The San Francisco Fire Department confirmed that, last January, they found a stillborn baby abandoned in a port-a-potty at a city-sanctioned safe-sleeping homeless encampment.
“San Francisco called its taxpayer-funded open drug scene a ‘safe sleeping site,'” tweeted Michael Shellenberger, author of the best-seller “San Fransicko.”
“It was Orwellian,” he said. “Addicts stayed in tents all day smoking fentanyl & engaging in sex trafficking.”
“Now,” he continued, “the city admits it found a stillborn baby in a Port-a-Potty.”
San Francisco called its taxpayer-funded open drug scene a “safe sleeping site.” It was Orwellian. Addicts stayed in tents all day smoking fentanyl & engaging in sex trafficking. Now, the city admits it found a stillborn baby in a Port-a-Potty. https://t.co/FTZyKVuJwF
— Michael Shellenberger (@ShellenbergerMD) March 4, 2023
As BizPac Review reported in 2020, San Francisco residents, businesses, and the University of California Hastings College of Law essentially birthed the controversial safe sleeping sites after they sued the city, arguing that homeless people in the streets of their inner-city Tenderloin District community amid the coronavirus pandemic have made sidewalks “unsanitary, unsafe, and often impassable.”
“All of its residents—housed and unhoused—are being put at risk by the policies, actions, and inaction of the City and County of San Francisco,” the lawsuit stated.
David Faigman, chancellor and dean at UC Hastings, told CNN at the time, “We are suing because our neighborhood has become a pandemic containment zone. The city has basically cordoned off our area. Tents are blocking the streets. Tents are blocking doorways. There are needles in the streets. There’s open-air drug dealing.”
In response to the lawsuit, the city opened its first “safe sleeping village.”
Two years later, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that one of the city’s remaining safe-sleeping sites had become a “living hell.”
And, in January of last year, San Francisco Mayor London Breed declared a state of emergency in the Tenderloin.
It was in the midst of this chaos that “at about midnight on Jan. 7, 2022, the fire department responded to a report that a stillborn baby was found in the portable bathroom of a tent village referred to as a ‘Safe Sleep Site,'” according to The San Francisco Standard.
“The stillborn baby was found at a site that was located in a rotunda in front of San Francisco City Hall,” the outlet reports.
The site was shut down in June 2022 and its operator, the nonprofit Urban Alchemy, “moved on to open a homeless shelter in Lower Nob Hill and was recently granted a contract by the city to perform homeless outreach,” The Standard continues. “The organization holds $62 million in contracts in San Francisco while also providing homeless services in a half-dozen cities.”
As a matter of policy, Urban Alchemy did not house pregnant women at the rotunda, Kirkpatrick Tyler, head of government and community affairs for Urban Alchemy, told The Standard, adding that, following the incident, the organization reviewed its policies.
“In this case, unfortunately, our staff was not informed of the pregnancy by the resident or her partner during intake nor were there any noticeably apparent signs that the resident was pregnant,” Tyler explained. “When we became aware of this situation, we quickly identified the resident and helped connect her with emergency medical care. We also acted immediately to notify the proper support and authorities.”
On Twitter, people are horrified by the desperate condition of a once-beautiful city.
“Disgusting and so sad that these poor people are allowed to live this way. It’s cruel and inhumane, yet the left, the supposed champion of the poor and downtrodden just throws millions at groups who grift and waste and nothing is done,” wrote one user. “Just shameful.”
Disgusting and so sad that these poor people are allowed to live this way. It’s cruel and inhumane, yet the left, the supposed champion of the poor and downtrodden just throws millions at groups who grift and waste and nothing is done. Just shameful
— Nancy the Neanderthal (@nan_mclellan) March 5, 2023
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