16th Street station area teems with crime, filth

? Drugs and violence in the Mission

16th Street station area teems with crime, filth

For years, there has been drug selling at the 16th Street BART station.

Not one captain of the Mission Police Station has done anything to stop this, nor have BART police. Supervisor David Campos also has done nothing to improve that area.

The area around the station is looking more and more like Civic Center. This entire area of 16th Street is filthy with stolen shopping carts, bedding and more. Residents walking into that area feel very uncomfortable seeing drug sellers and vagrants. People are afraid that one day they’ll be shot.

The 16th Street station is a welcome area for drug sellers and vagrants. Vagrants are allowed to sleep, urinate and leave stolen shopping carts all around the station and Mission Street. No one is stopping this nonsense. Not the Mission Police Station. Not BART police. Not the Mayor’s Office. No one.

The mayor of this so-called beautiful city is not interested in people or neighborhoods of this city. Mayor Ed Lee’s ears and eyes are closed when it comes to drug selling and vagrants making a mess and sleeping in our neighborhoods.

Carmen Castillo
San Francisco

? “S.F. boom leaving many behind,” The City, Monday

Remember S.F.’s neediest

This article hits the nail on the head. I was walking through the Mission district on Saturday and I noticed how the area has changed.

The tech workers are edging out the poorest of the poor. The tech industry is edging into the Tenderloin. And social services are frankly deteriorating. There is little mention of the problem in the San Francisco Chronicle. Your paper has been the one to highlight the issue.

Homelessness is growing, and people on minimum income cannot live in The City. And what I notice is there seems to be little concern from the top down for those who have so little and have so much need.

San Francisco, the city of St. Francis, is becoming the city of wealth and technocrats, without heart for those whom St. Francis cared for. It begins with all of us — to notice people who are in need, to demand that there be services, and to hold our leaders accountable to the needs in front of them. We all need to be involved in this process — sharing what we have, our time, our resources — so that all may have their basic needs met.

Father River Damien Sims
Executive director, Society of Franciscan Workers
San Francisco

?“Ed Lee presents balanced two-year San Francisco budget,” The City, Friday

Where is money going?

The budget next fiscal year will be $7.9 billion! That is more than a 16 percent increase in two years.

Is Muni 16 percent improved? Are the streets 16 percent cleaner? Is homelessness 16 percent eliminated? Schools? Parks? What did we get for all that extra money?

I would be fine paying more taxes if I saw some improvement. The budget is up $1.1 billion in two years, but I fail to see what has improved in that time. I thought Mayor Ed Lee was such a good fiscal manager, but the budget has ballooned during his tenure.

David Fix
San Francisco

? “San Francisco crime down but residents report feeling less safe,” The City, Sunday

Police inaction to blame

Staffing shortages are well-known excuses for police ineffectiveness. As an ex-police officer, I can think of at least two reasons why you have the crime rate dip with escalating fears. Reclassifying cases from felonies to misdemeanors and misdemeanors to suspicious circumstances or similar skews the statistics to make the administration look effective in crime fighting. Second, the lack of  aggressive police pursuit of cases turns off citizenry and results in less cases being reported.

Meanwhile, citizens feel less safe amid a sense of hopelessness.

A thoughtful analysis of these problems may lead to some semblance of a solution. However, throwing money at it will not.

Robert A. Jung
San Francisco

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