One San Francisco business owner sounded off against Mayor London Breed for downplaying crime and homelessness after the city led a temporary effort to clean up the streets ahead of the highly-anticipated APEC summit last week.
Lifelong San Francisco resident Tom Wong said during "FOX & Friends First" that, in less than one day, the city was back to its original form - ridden with crime, drugs and homelessness.
"It's horrible. I just drove through the Tenderloin, and it is just a lot of drug heads, drug dealers, and they're all out, they're all out in the neighborhood," Wong told co-host Todd Piro Tuesday. "It's less than 24 hours, and it's back to the same thing."
"It is crime-ridden… drugs everywhere. There's needles everywhere. There's poop everywhere again," he continued.
Gov. Gavin Newsom admitted the city was cleaned up because of the notable meeting between China's Xi and President Biden last week.
"I know folks are saying, 'Oh they're just cleaning up this place because all those fancy leaders are coming to town.' That's true, because it's true," Newsom said during an unveiling of a new program to plant trees in urban neighborhoods as part of his Clean California initiative launched in 2021.
He added, "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."
Despite the efforts to rid San Francisco of drugs and crime ahead of the U. S.-China summit, Wong argued the city reverted to its previous state shortly after the visit.
However, Breed doubled down on claims over the weekend that the city's crime levels have improved in recent years - a suggestion critics claim is undeniably false as businesses and residents flee.... (Read more)
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