Increased Crime In San Francisco Leads To Cascading Problems

As stated by Rafael Mandelman, the San Francisco Supervisor, there has been yet another large retail store in the city to announce that it plans to cut its hours as a reflexive response to the increasingly excessive amounts of theft taking place.

Once upon a time, the Castro Safeway on Market and Church Streets would have had their doors open 24 hours a day, but in the past month, effective as of the 24th of October, their new hours have become 6 am to 9 pm.

As reported by CBS SF Bay Area, the district under Mandelman includes the Market Street Safeway, and the chain has reached out in an effort to talk about the massive problem with theft.

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” think like a lot of retailers they’ve been experiencing increasing property crime and theft from their stores,” stated the Supervisor, “I think the last 6 months from what they say has been sort of — off the charts in terms of how bad it’s been. It’s sad, upsetting, and frustrating.”

Mandelman went on to describe the closure as an ‘equity problem,” stating that he was currently working on planning meetings with the police forces in San Francisco, Safeway, along with the district attorney in the city. He went on to say that, as reported by Safeway, the police very rarely seem to rest anyone for the thievery even if they end up responding to the reports.

“There’s a lot of low-income folks, seniors, folks with a disability, who rely on that Safeway and other Safeways around the city,” he stated.

“I feel like it’s definitely an inconvenience, not everybody can make it to the supermarket between those hours, so it’s a little frustrating, especially for me personally. I like to shop later on,” stated Christ Rankins, who makes their residence out in the Castro neighborhood.

All the while, Johnny Denhgam stated, “It’s better for me to come up here after work, go shopping and go home.”

“Now it’s like I either have to go shopping before work, or on my days off, which I really don’t like doing,” he continued.

The whole subject of the rising crime is entirely central to an ever-growing effort to recall Chesa Boudin, the district attorney of San Francisco.

Just this past week, two other prosecutors out in San Francisco put their names on the continuing to grow list of almost 50 attorneys who have been fired or have quickly resigned since Boudin took office back in January of 2020. At this point, just around 1/3 of the attorneys of the department have left their jobs.

The two previously mentioned, prosecutors Brooke Jenkins and Don Du Bain, have now effectively joined the effort to recall Boudin and have cited the lack of commitment, from the district attorney, to prosecute these crimes as the main reason for their stepping down.

“Chesa has a radical approach that involves not charging crime in the first place and simply releasing individuals with no rehabilitation and putting them in positions where they are simply more likely to re-offend,” stated Jenkins as part of an interview with KNTV. “Being an African American and Latino woman, I would wholeheartedly agree that the criminal justice system needs a lot of work, but when you are a district attorney, your job is to have balance.”

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