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News + PoliticsThe Tom and Tim Show: Occupy the Super Bowl!

The Tom and Tim Show: Occupy the Super Bowl!

How should we respond when the mayor begins kicking out the homeless? Here’s one idea…

Tim Redmond
Tim Redmond has been a political and investigative reporter in San Francisco for more than 30 years. He spent much of that time as executive editor of the Bay Guardian. He is the founder of 48hills.
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10 COMMENTS

  1. I love you Tom. You are hilarious and wise and we were so lucky to have you repping us and we need you now like never before. Never go away ever.

  2. There are no cities in the United States which really deal effectively with the problem of homelessness. That is one of the reasons the prison population in this country dwarfs that in other countries. And it’s hard to say that San Francisco,s housing problems are due to one political party instead of rapidly increasing demand .

  3. I compeletely agree. The system is a money hungry mess. My hope is that the Super Bowl will be the motivation that will fix at least some piece of it. Clearly Care Not Cash is unsuccessful. The 90 limit on shelter beds would be fine if they could then move people into permanent housing, but there simple aren’t enough permanent housing slots to go around. That doesn’t even take into consideration that many of the SROs are slums and some of the shelters are less safe then the streets. I’ll take any action to fix this situation over the current status quo.

  4. You’d think the homeless situation here in San Francisco would bother San Francisco Progressives™ more than it does. What spectacularly bad advertising that situation is for the kind of generosity and tolerance that San Francisco practices and really leads the nation on.

    Do you think that tourists from Houston leave San Francisco saying, “wow, San Francisco is really handling homelessness the right way. Let’s bring some of those San Franciscan values back to Texas with us — copious services, shelters, Mercy housing, tolerance for open drug use and petty crimes. It’s really working here in San Francisco. Let’s have that in Texas!!”

    No, San Francisco’s generosity and tolerance presents itself to the objective observer as a complete, spectacular, feces-smeared, face-down OD’d in the gutter failure, and paints progressivism and our holier-than-thou romanticizing and enabling of failure and self-destruction in the light of the complete absurdity that it is.

  5. Where does $165 million/year go when “progressive homelessness advocates” get their hands on the money?

  6. Where are these resources? The shelters are full. The people that don’t want to live on the streets get kicked out of the shelter every 90 days and are told to call 311 and maybe in a week or so you’ll get a bed. The whole system is broken!

  7. Whatever it is, make sure that you all do exactly the same thing that you did when confronted with aggressive panhandling, care not cash and sit/lie. Run for that red cape, take the bait. The only thing that is important is that you all be seen standing up for your values. Nevermind that they are eliciting this response because they know that it will end up fucking both “progressives,” whatever those are these days as well as the homeless. Outcomes are not important, being seen as being right is.

  8. Exactly, they’ll be taking down the encampment near the Ferry Building, and providing resources for the homeless. This is what they should have been doing all along.

  9. Its disingenuous to say the mayor wants to kick out the homeless. From the Chron:

    We’ll give you an alternative,” Lee said when he was asked whether the sidewalk sleepers will have to go before San Francisco plays host to the thousands in town for the Super Bowl in February. “We are always going to be supportive. But you are going to have to leave the street. Not just because it is illegal, but because it is dangerous.”

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