San Francisco has finally cleaned up its city streets but only as part of preparations for an official visit by dictator Xi Jinping, the leader of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
According to the New York Post, the Democrat-led California city reportedly cleaned up some of its homeless encampments ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.
The city reportedly focused on specific intersections where homeless encampments are prevalent.
The clean-up includes encampments in the Tenderloin and South of Market (SoMa) neighborhoods, according to the NY Post.
However, after complaining about the crisis for years, residents and business owners have slammed the efforts as “band-aids.”
The city’s attempt to relocate homeless individuals and curb drug addiction has heightened police presence and led to the removal of tents near the Moscone Center on Howard Street, one of the key APEC venues.
The APEC summit is set to draw over 20,000 visitors.
Democrat President Joe Biden and the CCP leader will be attending the summit.
The event has prompted the city to fence off certain areas, pushing drug dealers and addicts to other areas, the outlet reported.
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However, business owners lament the lack of long-term solutions.
They are emphasizing the need for permanent measures rather than temporary fixes.
“They are just essentially herding the problem around but offering no long-term solutions,” Adam Mesnick, a SoMa resident and business owner, told the NY Post.
“I’m just outside what they consider the ‘containment zone’ for APEC, so the problem is getting pushed into my area, which is already pretty saturated with drug activity.
“I don’t know if these tents will be in physical view during APEC, but it will be virtually impossible to eliminate all of that.”
Fentanyl-related overdoses continue to plague San Francisco, with the city expected to reach a record-breaking 800 deaths this year, The Post added.
“They are very good at creating an illusion and they are very good at performance art,” Mesnick said.
Mesnick added that he had discovered two dead bodies in his community, the NY Post noted.
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