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Oh, to Be Rich, Powerful and Tone Deaf in San Francisco

Oh, to Be Rich, Powerful and Tone Deaf in San Francisco

Tents are shown in front of a Caltrain commuter rail in San Francisco, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

By with Michael R. Shannon
Saturday, 18 January 2020 09:30 AM Current | Bio | Archive

We’ve covered the at first gradual and now accelerating decline of San Francisco. Under leftist supervision the city has become a mecca for the homeless, addicted, criminally-inclined, and mentally imbalanced.

The quality of life in the downtown area has become so bad that columnist Kurt Schlichter calls the city “Scat Francisco.”

For tourists and convention attendees who want to see what the streets of Bombay look like without leaving the USA, San Francisco in its current state is the cheaper destination. Normal people find this much less appealing.

That’s one of the reasons Oracle — the company, not failed presidential candidate Marianne Williamson — moved its OpenWorld conference to Las Vegas, ending two decades of the gathering being located in San Francisco.

Other companies are not deterred by a few piles of poop on the sidewalk.

SF Gate informs us that J.P. Morgan is “currently inundating San Francisco for the 38th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference” that attracts over 9,000 conference attendees. And if you thought SF housing was expensive, get a load of these conference room rates.

“Rooms in hotels near the conference are going for as much as $2,000 a night. Meeting tables at the Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel cost $150 an hour.” For $2,000-a-night we would expect the room to come with hot and cold running servants. To say nothing of sidewalks that don’t require a hazmat suit to feel protected from disease.

That disparity is causing some attendees to rethink their attendance. For instance, “I’ve been coming to JPM for five years, and the homeless situation has gotten much worse,” Selin Kurnaz, co-founder and CEO of New York-based Massive Bio, told Bloomberg at a party Monday night in the Tenderloin. “I feel unsafe walking around at night, especially as a young woman.”

J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon — noted plutocrat and occasional toyer with running for president — pooh-poohed that heart-felt observation with a colossally tone-deaf response. He told Fox Business “the city is ‘not quite that bad’ and that attendees ‘know where they’re going, they plan for it the same time of the year.’”

Well sure. I doubt that any homeless person has been able to penetrate Dimon’s security cordon. And we’d also bet the only time Dimon sets foot on a San Francisco sidewalk is when he alights from his armored SUV to enter the hotel.

Maybe next year Ms. Kurnaz can hitch a ride with Lord Dimon. He would probably charge her by the foot traveled, but it might be worth it to stay safe in Scat Francisco.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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