New San Francisco Resident Expresses Shock over Crime, Homelessness: ‘This Is a Disgrace’

A man who recently moved to San Francisco has revealed the shock he has felt after moving to the crime-infested Democrat-led California city.

After city officials cleaned up San Francisco for Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping’s visit earlier this month, crime, open drug use, and rampant homelessness are already back.

One new resident has told Fox News that he’s stunned by what he has seen after moving to the liberal “utopia.”

This is a disgrace,” Jeremy Bernier told FOX’s Carley Shimkus on Monday.

“I’ve been to 50-plus countries and traveled the world.

“I’ve never seen anything like this.

“It’s just ground zero of the fentanyl crisis.

“You’ve got people literally smoking fentanyl, taking these drugs out on the streets.

“You’ve got the tents and camps while you’ve got a playground with children playing right nearby, and this is blocks away from the mayor’s office.

“It’s just unbelievable to me that a city and country with such immense wealth can have such blatant poverty and suffering.”

Bernier’s comments join a chorus of complaints about crime, filth, drug use, and homelessness that have plagued the city for years.

Some business owners have been forced to shutter in light of the dilemmas.

Those to shut down include the popular vegan eatery Gracias Madre, which closed after more than a decade earlier this year.

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More recently, restaurant owner Tony Pankaew lamented that the city is deteriorating back to its natural state after rushing to clean up ahead of Jinping’s visit.

The Communist dictator was in the state for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit earlier this month.

During his trip, Jinping met with Democrat President Joe Biden.

Bernier himself witnessed the contrast.

The software engineer arrived in San Francisco a week before Jinping, and the cleanup left him pleasantly surprised.

“I came into San Francisco expecting the worst because all over social media, it looks terrible, right?” he said.

“When I arrived in San Francisco, actually, I was surprised that it seemed really clean and fine.

“Yes, there were the bad areas around the Civic Center area, but the good areas were really fine.

“So I thought, ‘Wow. The media is showing an overly dystopian view of it.’

“Then I left the city for a couple of weeks, just arrived back here on Saturday, walked through the Tenderloin [district], and I saw that,” he said, pointing out images he captured of homelessness in the city.

“Either it was cleaned up for Xi Jinping, and then it got bad, or they never cleaned up after Jinping.”

California Gov. Gavin Newsom received criticism for the massive cleanup effort.

The Democrat governor acknowledged the backlash during the unveiling of a new program to plant trees in urban neighborhoods as part of his Clean California initiative.

“I know folks are saying, ‘Oh they’re just cleaning up this place because all those fancy leaders are coming to town’,” he said.

“That’s true because it’s true.

“It’s also true for months and months and months before APEC, we’ve been having different conversations and we’ve raised the bar of expectation between the city, the county, and the state and our federal partners,” he added.

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) replied to the acknowledgment with a post on Twitter/X.

The NRCC wrote in part, “Why will they [Democrats] clean up for China but not Californians?”

Bernier, however, said the problem is a “human” issue instead of partisan.

“Whatever your party is, you can look at this and see this needs to be solved,” he said.

“This is a crisis.

“We’ve just got to come together and solve it.

“It’s just it’s a matter of just having the willpower to solve it.”


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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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