Appalling street conditions in San Francisco drive away a major convention

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The streets of San Francisco…

SF is a sh*thole. Shocker, not.

From SF Gate: In a move that is alarming San Francisco’s biggest industry, a major medical association is pulling its annual convention out of the city — saying its members no longer feel safe.

“It’s the first time that we have had an out-and-out cancellation over the issue, and this is a group that has been coming here every three or four years since the 1980s,” said Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of S.F. Travel, the city’s convention bureau.

D’Alessandro declined to name the medical association, saying the bureau still hopes to bring the group back in the future.

As a rule, major conventions book their visits at least five years in advance. So when D’Alessandro and members of the hospitality industry hadn’t heard from the doctors about re-upping, they flew to the organization’s Chicago headquarters for a face-to-face meeting with its executive board.

And with good reason: The group’s annual five-day trade show draws 15,000 attendees and pumps about $40 million into the local economy.

“They said that they are committed to this year and to 2023, but nothing in between or nothing thereafter,” D’Alessandro said. “After that, they told us they are planning to go elsewhere — I believe it’s Los Angeles.”

The doctors group told the San Francisco delegation that while they loved the city, postconvention surveys showed their members were afraid to walk amid the open drug use, threatening behavior and mental illness that are common on the streets.

It didn’t help that one board member had been assaulted near Moscone Center last year.  “There was a time when the biggest obstacle to having a convention here was that it can be expensive, but now we have this new factor,” D’Alessandro said.

In recent years, conventions have hired uniformed off-duty police and private security officers to patrol around Moscone and the nearby hotels.

Tourism is San Francisco’s biggest industry, bringing in $9 billion a year, employing 80,000 people and generating more than $725 million in local taxes — conventions represent about $1.7 billion of the business.

“You may not know it, but tourists spend more money outside of the hotel than inside the hotel,” said Hotel Council Executive Director Kevin Carroll. “Everything from restaurants to shopping to taking taxis.”

Industry leaders have been meeting with Mayor-elect London Breed to urge her to increase police foot patrols and mental health services — and to enforce the quality of life laws currently on the books.

In the meanwhile, D’Alessandro said, the rumbling of discontent continues from a number of conventions — “even from local tech companies who hold some of our biggest annual events.”

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15 responses to “Appalling street conditions in San Francisco drive away a major convention

  1. John Kernkamp

    With both the homeless and the Folsom Street Fair, SF has become a mecca for the depraved and worthless.

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  2. Democrats have the opposite of the Midas touch. Everything they touch turns into crap — actual sh*t in the case of once-beautiful San Francisco and Seattle.

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    • Amen to that! The quickest way to get the attention of the leaders of SF is to cut off the money supply that these conventions bring to their city. Perhaps then they will get their heads out of the sand and start to clean up their city.

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  3. Truly amazing is the transformation of the Folsom street fair from
    the 1967 hippie era event themed like a costume ball to the
    current homosexual perverted depravity it is now. Attended the
    1967 event. Still have the 1967 event poster posted in my living room.
    From the summer of love to satanic decadence.

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  4. They are reaping what they sowed, if you allow the depravity to rule the streets, then you get San Francisco and many other left leaning cities run by dumocraps and driving any good left out. They will not see the error of their ways so nothing is going to chance except the amount of street crap that will keep piling up till people have had enough.

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  5. San Francisco with expensive housing and a lot of homeless drug addicts is on the decline….

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  6. San Francisco was doomed, drugs, homosexuals, vice, everything and anything that was not normal, collapse follows. Sometimes natural disasters are a way of cleansing, it’s not man’s way but God’s Design.

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  7. Thank You Dr. E. Thank You, DCG

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  8. Scaring away conventions and tourism and the people have done nothing. Why are they not rushing the doors of the mayor and demanding results?
    A former mayor of SF is now working his way up to be Govenor of the state. His record alone should tell the story of whether he should continue in leadership. He allowed a once beautiful city sink into the dark abyss of perversion and filth and did nothing.
    Sadly California is getting what it deserves. They insist on continuing to elect those that allow nothing but destruction to a state that used to be renown for leadership and leading the way. No more.
    Liberals have now destroyed another beautiful gift. I am not sure how they think this will all end. Do they think they will be exempt of all the troubles they are bringing onto this country?

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  9. San Francisco’s NEW “Biggest Industry” is going to be “U-Haul Truck and Trailer Rentals”-for a while…..

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    • For sure. Tucker Carlson stated a few weeks back that the rental for a truck leaving is several times higher than trucks coming into the city. It is a shame to see such a beautiful city that was such a pride of the country for so many decades, rot away like this.

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  10. Reblogged this on On the Patio and commented:

    Way to go San Francisco! You were just kicked to the curb of your crapass city by a MEDICAL convention! Good luck with any others that may follow suit. Seeya! Woouldn’t wanna be ya!

    Liked by 2 people

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