If you thought that the streets of San Francisco drowning in human excrement were bad enough and a disincentive to visit, you’ve seen – and smelled – nothing yet, as Peter Hasson at The Daily Caller reports:
San Francisco’s pee problem could soon get worse.
Chesa Boudin, the urine-and-feces-plagued city’s incoming district attorney, pledged during the campaign not to prosecute public urination and other quality-of-life crimes if he was elected. Boudin declared victory Saturday night after results showed him winning a plurality of votes in the DA race.
“We will not prosecute cases involving quality-of-life crimes. Crimes such as public camping, offering or soliciting sex, public urination, blocking a sidewalk, etc., should not and will not be prosecuted,” Boudin vowed in response to an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) questionnaire during the campaign.
“Many of these crimes are still being prosecuted, we have a long way to go to decriminalize poverty and homelessness,” he lamented.
This will no doubt come as huge relief to residents of SF, who will now have to wade through shit and piss and dodge the homeless encampments while being accosted by hookers, panhandlers, drug dealers and mentally ill in order to get from A to B. Coincidentally, the most affected will be the poorer residents who don’t have cars – or, increasingly, armoured, amphibious vehicles – to get around the city.
So who is this crusading DA? NBC describes Chesa Boudin as “the son of anti-war radicals sent to prison for murder when he was a toddler”. In case “anti-war radicals” bring to mind flower children chaining themselves to the gates of Pentagon, Chesa’s parents were members of the domestic communist terrorist organisation Weather Underground, who participated as getaway drivers in a 1981 armed car robbery that left a security guard and two police officers dead. His mother, Kathy Boudin, served a 20-year sentence and was released in 2003, while his father, David Gilbert, is likely to remain behind bars for the rest of his life, with three life sentences over his head. Prior to the robbery, Gilbert was for years a regional leader of WU. Boudin herself was nearly killed in 1971 in an accidental explosion at a Weathermen “bomb factory” at her New York townhouse. Weather Underground as a collective entity was responsible for a series of terrorist attacks during the 1970s.
Further from NBC:
[Chesa] said that as one of the dozens of people whose lives were shattered by the deadly robbery in 1981, he experienced first-hand the destructive effects of mass incarceration and it motivated him to reform the nation’s broken criminal justice system.
So San Francisco’s newest District Attorney’s key takeaway was not that terrorism is bad or that murdering police officers and security guards in the course of armed robbery is something to be avoided by any reasonable person. No; it is that the criminal justice system is broken and mass incarceration is a problem.
In case you were wondering, Chesa, who was 14 months old when his parents were arrested, was brought up in Chicago by the legendary Weather Underground leaders Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. Ayers, of course, was one of Barack Obama’s political mentors (though, because irony is dead, later accused Obama of being a terrorist for his use of drones while president) and a suspected ghost writer of Obama’s bestselling memoirs, “Dreams From My Father”.
You are right, children are not responsible for the views and crimes of their parents, but Chesa certainly seems to share the former. Before studying law at Yale (and becoming a Rhodes Scholar – he earned two masters degrees at Oxford), he did a stint as an aide and translator for the late Venezuelan commo Hugo Chavez, with an office down the hall from Chavez’s (according to an American-Venezuelan poet Guillermo Parra). He is said to have been close to Chavez’s paramilitary enforces, “colectivos”. Now in office in San Francisco, in addition to letting urine flow free through the streets, his agenda seems to centre on dismantling immigration enforcement.
It seems that in San Fran, shit indeed raises to the top. Happy life in your new socialist dystopia, dear Silicon Valley progressives.