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Homelessness four times worse than in 2017

I usually leave it to my fellow bloggers to cover New Zealand politics and general news, but every now and again there is a New Zealand story that catches my attention.

And in the case of homelessness there are two good additional reasons for covering this story, beyond the topic itself. First, that the NZ MSM seem to be ignoring it. Second, because in the face of MSM failure it’s up to blogs and other Social Media to support eachother and do the work the MSM refuses to.

In this case the report comes from Kiwiblog, Homelessness four times as great as in 2017:

In September 2017 there were 4,054 on the Priority A waiting list for Housing NZ. These are families who have been assessed as in urgent need of a house.

Labour said 4,054 was a scandal. They said they wanted to abolish homelessness.

In June 2020 there are now 16,651 families on the Priority A waiting list.

As commentators over there have noted: in 2017 the likes of John Campbell was shedding tears over homelessness and there seemed to be a story every day about the subject as the National-led government was rightly beaten over the head with it.

But now it’s just not much of a story apparently.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 14, 2020 at 12:55 pm

The Democrat Cities: San Francisco

San Francisco is one of the richest and most beautiful cities in the world.

Or at least it was once beautiful. In terms of buildings, houses and nature’s geography it still is. And it’s still rich.

But humans, who once contributed greatly to that beauty through those houses and the rest, are now making it ugly, and I’m not talking about the homeless themselves but the “leaders” of the city who have created this hell-scape.

Watch this 13 minute video on the homeless situation in SF, especially the interview of one of those leaders, Hillary Ronan at 8:16. It takes her not one minute to start blaming taxes, Federal Housing policies, and “Republican ideology”.

As the interviewer points out, San Francisco is the most unequal city in the world. What he does not point out is that the last Republican councillor left office in 2000: the last Republican mayor in 1964.

If the Democrats are still implementing Right-Wing policies then they must be the most mindless puppets in the history of the Left.

Then there’s the related matter of humans crapping on the streets of SF.

The San Francisco Street Crap Map App

By the end of 2019, these factors, plus the housing shortage causing soaring rents, resulted in a rather astounding survey produced by the city administration itself:

35 percent of San Franciscans consider leaving for good, according to city survey

As usual the survey was dismissed as fear-mongering: why the city administration would want to indulge in such was not a question asked. What should have been obvious was that with such feeling about, a tipping point was approaching and the only question would be what it was.

It turned out to be COVID-19, or more precisely the response of SF and California government to the virus, with Lockdowns the now-standard answer. And so…

Real estate inventory change from February to July 2020, in metro area and city proper.

The 2020 San Francisco exodus is real, and historic:

A new report confirms what many have been talking about for weeks: There is an exodus out of San Francisco, and the numbers are staggering.

… inventory has risen a whopping 96% year-on-year, as empty homes in the city flood the market like nowhere else in America.

As the article pointed out this cannot be blamed on the local tech giants of Google, Facebook and their like switching to people working from home. The nearby San Jose metro area has not suffered any such exodus.

No city with such beauty, effectively sitting beside a 21st Century industry, will suffer the fate of Detroit, but unless the Progressive Democrats who dominate the city begin to dump their cherished Left-wing beliefs, ideas and policies about how to run the place – in terms of housing, policing, regulations, homelessness and drug use – all these problems will continue to worsen and the city’s slow decline will continue.

Nobody wants to live in a city like this.

Written by Tom Hunter

August 27, 2020 at 10:00 am

When COVID-19 meets a Shit Hole

And by “shit hole” I don’t mean some poverty-stricken part of the Developing World.

No, I’m talking about those two former jewels in the constellation of great American cities:

Los Angeles
San Francisco

In the last few years the problem of homelessness in these two cities, and other parts of coastal California have exploded. I’ve been intending to do a series on the myriad problems of that One Party state, starting with how the Democrat government – the extremely “Liberal” government – of the State and these cities has actually made the problems of the homeless worse, together with the problems of most everybody else who lives there.

But with the appearance of the coronavirus it’s time to take a look at how it is likely to intereact with the existing homeless problem. The bottom-line: it’s going to be bad.

Below is an interactive map of reported human feces on the streets of San Francisco. It’s based on a smart-phone app that allows people to report where they’ve seen such piles, as a warning to others, and so the city knows where it has to clean up.


And the trend is not their friend, as the graph on the right shows, driven by an estimated 550,000 homeless in the whole state (as of YE 2018). That’s nearly half of all the homeless in America.

But this is not just about conferences being cancelled, tourists heading across the Golden Gate to Sausalito for a taste of what San Francisco was like just thirty years ago (even twenty years ago), or local trust fund babies getting their Berluti’s covered in human shit.

This is starting to have real disease implications, as numerous articles like this one from The Atlantic pointed out last year:

Los Angeles recently experienced an outbreak of typhus—a disease spread by infected fleas on rats and other animals—in downtown streets. Officials briefly closed part of City Hall after reporting that rodents had invaded the building.

And this from 2013:

Public health officials have launched a new, coordinated effort to contain a persistent outbreak of tuberculosis in downtown L.A.’s skid row, including searching for more than 4,500 people who may have been exposed to the disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have dispatched scientists to Los Angeles to help local health officials figure out why the disease is spreading and how to stop it.

It’s so bad that even the clueless Democrat governor of the state was forced to address it, although he sounded amazed that such a thing could happen nowadays:

“Our homeless crisis is increasingly becoming a public-health crisis,” California Governor Gavin Newsom said in his State of the State speech in February, citing outbreaks of hepatitis A in San Diego County, syphilis in Sonoma County, and typhus in Los Angeles County

“Typhus,” he said. “A medieval disease. In California. In 2019.”

It should not be a surprise. The homeless numbers have had double-digit increases in these cities in the last few years and those people already have weakened immune systems because of drugs, poor hygiene, bad food, and all the other stuff that comes with living on the street. A lot of them are also mentally ill, which makes it tough to get them health care.

You also can forget simple ideas like getting the cops or any government agency to pick them up off the street: decades of legal victories won by the likes of the ACLU and other activist groups have ended that.

At the start of the coronavirus panic there was much brutish talk about “Medieval” actions in dealing with yet another 21st century pandemic. But who needs such new diseases when you’ve already got medieval ones.

The homeless of California will continue to proliferate. So too will the new diseases of the 21st century that reach them, and that means everybody else as well.

Written by Tom Hunter

March 11, 2020 at 10:09 pm