How much dysfunction can Silicon Valley take?

As I have mentioned, San Francisco now has more drug addicts than kids enrolled in public high school (roughly 1 in 38 residents suffers from an addiction). The city passes out 4.5 million needles a year through its needle exchange program.

High levels of property crime typically follow drug epidemics, as addicts need to steal to service their habit. San Francisco is no exception – according to police, there is a car break-in in the city every 22 minutes.

Behold, car break-ins are now the faults of… “rich people.” And “rich people” equates to “car owners.”

This article:

A tech CEO’s #Tesla has been broken into 4 times in 18 months at the same city parking lot, and he’s so frustrated with the city’s response, he’s thinking of relocating his software company. https://t.co/at8JIkKgxM pic.twitter.com/raMi7gt2nK— NBC Bay Area (@nbcbayarea) March 11, 2019

Gets this response from far-left activists in San Francisco:

More accurate headline:

Entitled Asshole Expects City To Look After Private Property He Leaves On Public Land https://t.co/kOBDcZtnrT— Sarah Mei (@sarahmei) November 18, 2019

Part of the problem is that he’s a rich tech executive who is actively contributing to the income inequality that leads to these property crimes, yet instead of addressing that, all he does is demand MORE resources. https://t.co/579ooaTzRv— Sarah Mei (@sarahmei) November 18, 2019

Another part of the problem is that our public spaces are WAY too accommodating of rich people – by which I mean car owners.— Sarah Mei (@sarahmei) November 18, 2019

Public space for parking doesn’t make sense, really. What other private property can we leave unguarded in a public space and expect it to be there on our return?

We should use that space and those resources for better transit, pedestrian, and bike facilities.— Sarah Mei (@sarahmei) November 18, 2019

If my dude doesn’t want his car broken into, I have two suggestions:

1. Take the bus (Stop flaunting the wealth you extracted from your workers)

2. Do some reading (Look into how you might personally address income inequality in your neighborhood)— Sarah Mei (@sarahmei) November 18, 2019

He’s demanding (& will likely get, due to his prominence) more enforcement, leading to more incarceration, leading to more income inequality, leading to more property crime.

He’s extracting short term benefit for himself at the expense of long term damage to the community.— Sarah Mei (@sarahmei) November 18, 2019

I’m old enough to remember when owning a Tesla was a form of virtue-signaling in itself. Now it’s a sign you are one of the oppressors.

In a month that has already included headlines about how tech companies are looking at moving out of Silicon Valley because the electrical grid is now impossibly unreliable:

Silicon Valley business leaders warn that power shutoffs and the unreliability of the electric grid threaten the state’s thriving economy, including its important technology industry.

“The uncertainty is the greatest threat they face to running their businesses in Silicon Valley today,” said Tim McRae, Vice President at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. McRae is in charge of the organization’s energy policy.

The impending power shutoffs were a frequent topic of discussion at the organization’s annual luncheon Friday, which brought together hundreds of business, political and community leaders.

“I think I join every leader in California to express my deep concern that this cannot be the new normal,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff when asked about the impact of PG&E’s policy to turn off power to prevent wildfires when faced with high-wind events.

What do Silicon Valley companies get that justifies putting up with all this?

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