From Joe D’Alessandro, president of S.F. Travel, the city’s visitors bureau:
“The streets are filthy. There’s trash everywhere. It’s disgusting,” D’Alessandro said, adding he’s traveled the world, and San Francisco stands out for the wrong reasons. “I’ve never seen any other city like this — the homelessness, dirty streets, drug use on the streets, smash-and-grabs.
“How can it be?” he continued. “How can it have gotten to this point?”
Notes the San Francisco Chronicle:
Remember, this is the man whose job is to glorify San Francisco, which tells you something about how far the city has sunk.SFC columnist Heather Knight SFC writes:
In January, I told you about hotel managers and owners speaking out. Kevin Carroll, executive director of the Hotel Council, which represents 110 hotels, said at the time, “People say, ‘I love your city, I love your restaurants, but I’ll never come back.’”
In February, I told you that the Union Square Business Improvement District, which assesses extra property taxes to pay for services in the shopping mecca, was having to train retail workers on what to do when a severely mentally ill or drug-addicted person wreaks havoc in their store...
[T]he Game Developers Conference, which drew 28,000 international gaming professionals to Moscone Center last month, found itself in the public eye after some tweets from frustrated conference-goers went viral.
An Australian gamer tweeted that San Francisco “is a dangerous city” and the conference should no longer be hosted here. He cited a mugging, credit card theft and the general feeling of being unsafe. Others chimed in with stories of car break-ins, a knife fight and assaults. One attendee tweeted that all the developers he’d talked to were “still shell shocked after this year.”...
San Francisco is one of the great cities in the world, and it’s like you’re in the Third World,”[Ron Olejko, senior director of meeting services for the American College of Rheumatology] said, adding that for now, San Francisco is still in his rotation, but more for the image than the reality.But, hey, you can't blame the City Attorney, he has only held his post for the last 17 years and he is acting to fix the three-week-old scooter "problem."