Having spent my early childhood on the Sacramento River delta, San Francisco was a magical place to me. It was a stunningly beautiful city with fabulous architecture and history and an incredible food culture.
It is shocking how much a single generation has utterly trashed the city. Now San Francisco is a place that has more drug addicts than kids enrolled in public high schools, roughly 1 in 38 residents. San Francisco hands out 4.45 million “free” hypodermic needles a year to drug addicts, most of which end up littering the streets and getting washed out to the ocean. The city has 16,000 people with HIV and 13,000 people with Hepatitis C. Tech-savvy residents have created a map to mark human defecation. Car break-ins (to feed the city’s drug addiction) happen every 22 minutes. It is a city defined by social failure.
You would think San Francisco residents would have a compelling interest in having a justice system that works to clean up these problems. And you would be wrong. Instead residents are electing radicals intent on amplifying the city’s ills. The kind that lead their supporters in chanting “fuck the police” at their election parties. Because it makes sense to have people making laws that openly hate the people working to enforce the laws.
In an election with virtually no turnout, San Francisco chose Chesa Boudin as district attorney. Boudin ran on a message of ending mass incarceration. That means the city will have a prosecutor who doesn’t want to send criminals to prison. He ran for the position to undermine the position and won.
Boudin knows a lot about incarceration. His parents were members of the domestic terrorist group Weather Underground, and were convicted of murdering two police officers and a security guard during an armed robbery in upstate New York. His mother was released in 2003 and now has a position at Columbia University – because higher education is so backwards now that convicted murderers are teaching folks about the evils of incarceration – and his dad is still in prison.
So what did Boudin do while his parents were in prison growing up? He was raised by the leader of the Weather Underground, Bill Ayers, in Chicago. The same Ayers who helped turn Chicago Public Schools into the poor performing money pit that it is today. After law school, Boudin went to work for Venezuela’s now deceased president Hugo Chávez. His credentials in helping turn great places into literal shitholes are impressive.
You almost have to wonder how cities like San Francisco and New York, which soon will be offering criminals Mets tickets to show up for court because bail is racist, can retain any police force at all. Who puts their own life at risk in the service of systems like these?
All I can say is thank God for the electoral college.