New York Times admits Democrat-run cities are unlivable. Dr. Drew predicts major epidemic in filthy Los Angeles this summer

The filthy conditions of Democrat-run U.S. cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles are so alarming that even the New York Times is acknowledging that fact.

On May 22, 2019, the New York Times published an op/ed, “America’s Cities Are Unlivable. Blame Wealthy Liberals,” by the paper’s opinion columnist Farhad Manjoo, calling “progressives” hypocrites for abandoning “progressive values in their own backyards”. (H/t FOTM reader Big Lug)

Manjoo writes:

When the cost of living is taken into account, billionaire-brimming California ranks as the most poverty-stricken state, with a fifth of the population struggling to get by. Since 2010, migration out of California has surged.

The basic problem is the steady collapse of livability. Across my home state, traffic and transportation is a developing-world nightmare. Child care and education seem impossible for all but the wealthiest. The problems of affordable housing and homelessness have surpassed all superlatives — what was a crisis is now an emergency that feels like a dystopian showcase of American inequality….

Homeless man defecates in a S.F. street

Manjoo then describes the “unlivable” conditions in San Francisco, which he calls “Nancy Pelosi’s city”. It’s a city of stark contrasts of great wealth and squalor, where one of every 11,600 residents is a billionaire, yet “the streets there are a plague of garbage and needles and feces,” and homeless veterans eke out a living surviving on trash from billionaires’ mansions. But the city’s heartless rich actually are crowdfunding a legal effort against a proposed homeless shelter by claiming the shelter to be an environmental hazard.

400 miles south of San Francisco is the Democrat-run and equally unlivable Los Angeles — California’s biggest city and the second largest U.S. city in population, numbering 4 million.

A news video from NBC4 LA describes the atrocious conditions in Los Angeles (h/t DCG’s “Liberal utopia of Los Angeles: Rotting trash and rat infestation fuels health concerns“):

  • Hundreds of filthy homeless encampments where people live in piles of garbage.
  • Streets even in downtown L.A. littered with piles of rotting garbage uncollected in weeks, even months, infested with rats and disease-carrier fleas.
  • Orkin pest control ranks L.A. as the second most rat-infested city in the U.S. (Atlanta, Georgia is the first), but the L.A. city government has no program, like that in New York city and Washington, DC, to control the ever-growing rat population.
  • Last fall, fleas infected with typhus were found on rescue dogs in L.A. animal shelters.

The Calcutta-like conditions of Los Angeles prompted famous TV addiction medicine specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky to predict a major infectious disease epidemic this summer, putting at risk thousands of lives.

On Thursday, May 23, on Fox News Radio’s Brian Kilmeade Show, Dr. Pinsky said:

I live in the great state of California, the utopia that is California, which is a nightmare. I want to give you a prediction here. There will be a major infectious disease epidemic this summer in Los Angeles.

We have tens and tens of thousands of people living in tents. Horrible conditions. Sanitation. Rats have taken over the city. We’re the only city in the country, Los Angeles, without a rodent control program. We have multiple rodent-borne, flea-borne illnesses, plague, typhus. We’re gonna have louse-borne illness. If measles breaks into that population, we have tuberculosis exploding. Literally, our politicians are like Nero. It’s worse than Nero.

It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen in my life. I feel like I’m on a train track waving at the train and the train is going to go off the bridge. The bridge is out.

Here’s what I want to do, I want to take away qualified immunity from the politicians so we can go after them for reckless negligence.

The Los Angeles city government consists of:

  • Mayor Eric Garcetti, Democrat.
  • City Attorney Mike Feuer, Democrat.
  • City Controller Ron Galperin, Democrat.
  • City Council: 14 of the 15 City Council members are Democrat (the remaining member is Republican).

The San Francisco city government consists of:

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William
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Notice that Manjoo ascribes this crisis to “inequality”. I suppose the unstated implication is that even more socialism would fix that. A few years ago the New England Patriots played the Atlanta Falcons in the Stupid Bowl. The subtext was that the Patriots were the “bad guys” representing white supremacy (at least half the team is black), and of course patriotism, and the Falcons were the ‘good guys” because their city is the “gayest” and “blackest” in the country. And naturally run by demonrats. According to this article we can now add “most rat-infested” to it’s list of accolades. The… Read more »

William
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William

That homeless guy doesn’t appear to be using any..paper. I don’t know. Couldn’t he at least find a clump of bushes? Don’t they have trees and bushes in SF? Public bathrooms? I see I’m just being Eurocentric and all of that, probably racis’ too. He’s most likely a refugee, enriching us with the vibrancy of his culture

william huegel
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william huegel

america….the democratic socialist will bankrupt kalifornia

Kelleigh Nelson
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Kelleigh Nelson

This is unconscionable. Why do they continue to ignore this? Do they believe nothing will happen to them? How many people are exiting this state every year?

I expect the same thing will eventually happen in Chicago, Illinois, run by disgusting Democrats for decade upon decade. They now have a new mayor, she’s a lesbian African American married to a white woman. I can just imagine what will become of the city where I was born.

Alma
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Alma

The politicians won’t do it, so let the epidemics clean up, and the fires control it and the much needed rain wash it away. That’s what you call Heaven sent. Oh, no politicians left behind.

Alma
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Alma

San Francisco and Los Angeles, how ironic, God’s wrath is in the making. HE punishes and restores, and some don’t want to believe in HIM.

jknbt
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jknbt

the first order of business for new dem mayor Turner in Houston, TX, was to pull down the statue honoring Sam Houston. He backed down on that one when armed demonstrators showed up at the statue to protest his decision. The second order of business was for him to demand that all pulpits in all churches in the city turn in a written copies of the Sunday morning sermons so that his “free speech” monitors could scrutinize the sermons for any sort of politically incorrect speech damaging to democrats or Turner. The leading pastors in the city refused and recommended… Read more »

Blather
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Blather

There is a reason they are called Demoncraps. That’s all I’m say’n.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

I think the comments are largely on the mark with this one. There may be a few things we seldom discuss, however. Obviously, (to me at least), the Odor is hard at work implementing The Plan. In fact, The Plan (by that or any other name) has morphed into a “religion” for the Satanists. This “religion” consists of many tenets that are categorically opposite of anything acceptable in Western Culture. This article illustrates a couple of them. The recent introduction of “Nullos”, that’s where leftists are mutilating their children to remove sexual organs from infants in the name of “Progressivism”… Read more »

Jeff Martin
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Jeff Martin

This Manjoo character is something else. Really, rich liberals are responsible for the Progressive/Marxist-run major American cities which are unliveable? I have a lot of problems with the liberal rich, but let’s put the blame where it rightfully belongs. The Progressive/Marxists could care less about the common people, particularly in California, where they love illegals more than their own citizens. And that buttplug mayor in New York City that had to change his name to run for office because he is hiding his criminal past. But nothing’s going to change until stupid people quit voting for these vile politicians.

Goldbug
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Goldbug

Amazingly, Californians still pay their taxes so their leaders can receive their unearned paychecks. Why do they do that?

John ender
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John ender

I think that Trump had a name for places like this: Sheet-holes!

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

Thank you for this important article. Portland, Oregon is climbing the list of “sh*thole” cities. There is a proposed site, which is owned by a church only blocks from me. The proposal is to move a homeless camp from a site approximately six miles away to this vacant lot, for which the City of Portland will pay this church $4300.00 a month. Unfortunately, since the deal has not yet been done . . . . driving by this lot yesterday, I see that there are at least 30-35 tents which has been set up (none of which are the people… Read more »

Thinkbeforemoving
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Thinkbeforemoving

Seattle Washington, Portland Oregon is pretty bad, but the trophy for the worst of all is San Francisco , and Los Angeles . We already see Typhus the next medieval disease will be TB and the plague … I kid you not I saw big rats scurrying around in downtown Portland It is not fun to go downtown and it smells like a urinal and step over homeless to get into a restaurant, or run from a schizophrenic that is off their medication and threatening people. Poor Seattle and Portland are more than half way down the road to ruin… Read more »

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CalGirl

I grew up/lived in mid-Atlantic East coast, went to college & lived in the South, then the Intermountain West, & the West Coast. Here’s a list of places I’ll NEVER pass through/visit again if I don’t have to: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacrmento, Stockton, heavily-laden illegal immigrant locales in Utah, all of urban Colorado, any place along the I-10 or lower through Arizona, New Mexico, most of Florida, Atlanta, metro Virginia and much of the DC area except for the national monuments (and even then…it is a gigantic HASSLE to thread your way through the filth and “alternative neighborhoods” &… Read more »

william chandler
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william chandler

The Billionaires think they have a right to use their wealth to interfere in Our lives with their “social engineering programs” I believe We have the SAME right to interfere in their wealth. “Funny” how these BILLIONAIRE Leftwingers believe in Socialism and Sharing (YOUR) property………. but Their’s is THEIR’S ….. no WAY are they gonna share. Who is funding all these Socialist Groups that hate Our Freedoms and Our beliefs? Kochs, Buffett, Soros, Bezos, Gates, not happy with their riches they wish to OWN you. These SCUMionaires do not even GIVE to charity. They establish tax free “trusts & foundations”… Read more »

Smith123
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Smith123

Seems to me the more drugs they legalize the more dumber the population becomes and in the end, end up on the streets because they can no longer function in reality.

Win win for the Democrates, they pocket the public money letting everything go to ruin, the drug money and the addicts are happy to sit in the streets because drugs are legalized.

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Anne M. Berg
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Anne M. Berg

I’ll sleep better now that I know the mayor of Lost Angels has found the solution to our worse than third world problems here. I so look forward to tap and shower water coming from the sewer.

https://www.technocracy.news/la-mayor-eric-garcetti-launches-green-new-deal/

Hank Hollins
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So just what’s wrong with feces, urine and trash on L.A.’s and certainly also S. F.’s streets? California wants all those immigrants so let those immigrants work to clean up the mess.

dave kraft
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dave kraft

I took an RV trip through San Francisco in 2010. I saw the homeless problem back then, in 9 years it’s exponentially worse. You simply must see the film Seattle is Dying. Superbly shows the problem and finds the solution in Providence, RI and their approach to solving drug addiction related crime. Criminals with 85 arrests and still on the street in Seattle having nervous breakdowns and drug induced meltdowns right next to a family waiting for a bus. The police are demoralized by the lack of will to enforce laws by the City Council and Court systems. Film link…… Read more »

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By the time this turns into a major crisis, Dems are going to be proven politically unfit to be in positions of authority. All they care about is finding a way to fight Trump, whether they encourage and empower millions of illegals to flood American cities, or conspire with liberal judges to rule against any attempt Trump makes to deal with the problem. This is the REAL travesty. These people are traitors to the Americans they live alongside of… Actively trying to destroy our cities is the Democrats’ true agenda.. It has NOTHING to do with trying to improve the… Read more »

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