San Fran to spend $300,000 on designer garbage cans despite worsening homeless crisis

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Thanks to misplaced Democrat priorities on the local and state level, the entire state of California is slowly turning into a dumpster fire.

On the state level, Democrat-run cities like San Francisco are preparing to spend up to $300,000 for designer trash cans as crime continues to spike.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the city’s Board of Supervisors is convinced that the root of the city’s endless crisis is all the trash and litter on the streets.

“Our streets and our sidewalks are a mess and the cans we have out there now are actually part of the problem,” one supervisor, Matt Haney, said to the Chronicle.

Plus, he’s never liked how the current cans look.

“I’ve always hated them,” he said.

The proposed new ones are quite fancy:

In fairness, the current/old ones really are trash.

“The current trash cans frequently overflow, attracting rats and complaints. The locks are easily broken and the opening at the top is wide, allowing people to reach in and root for recyclables to turn in for cash, which can sometimes lead to more trash strewn nearby. People complain there also aren’t enough cans and the existing ones are ugly,” according to the Chronicle.

Still, spending $12,000 to $20,000 for custom-made trash cans seems a bit much, though thankfully, Haney at least admits as much.

“$20,000 a can is ridiculous,” he said.

The problem is a board committee already “agreed Wednesday to advance to the full board” a proposal to pay for 15 of these fancy designer trashcans.

Haney is hoping he can still negotiate the price down, but there’s no guarantee.

Meanwhile, on the state level, Gov. Gavin Newsom is facing heat over his own misplaced priorities. This week he signed a bill granting $330 million in subsidies to his friends in Hollywood.

“The bill includes a new $150 million tax credit aimed at promoting the construction of new soundstages. That provision will be earmarked for productions that shoot at least 50% of their schedule at a newly built studio facility,” according to Variety magazine.

It also reportedly includes “$90 million a year for the next two years to lure TV shows from other states, and to subsidize TV shows that have already relocated.”

Part of the goal is to promote so-called “diversity.”

“Under the new soundstage credit, productions that meet their diversity targets will receive a 4% bonus on the tax credit — 2% each for hitting goals for above-the-line and below-the-line hiring,” Variety notes.

But that’s not all Newsom is promoting. He’s also promoting homelessness …

During a press conference Monday, he was asked whether the additional $12 billion he’s throwing into combating homelessness — he’s already spent billions more — could potentially incentivize more homeless into setting up camp in California. He replied by suggesting that he’d love it if they did.

“It’s about getting people off the streets, out of incidents of crisis, and meeting people where they are and to the extent that people want to come here for new beginnings and all income levels, that’s part of the California dream. We have a responsibility to accommodate and enliven and inspire, and California’s dream is still alive and well,” he said, according to The Gazette.

“I’m proud of people from around the world looking at California again for opportunity, and that, again, that should not just be for certain people. All people should aspire to that California dream regardless of their income level and regarding their lot in life,” the governor added.

The remarks drew widespread condemnation, including from one of his recall challengers, Larry Elder.

“Are you kidding me … No, we don’t want California to be a magnet for homelessness. Incredible that this has to be said to our governor,” he tweeted Thursday.

He added a link to his campaign website, ElectElder.com. Luckily for him and others concerned about Newsom’s misplaced priorities, he may just get elected.

“Conservative radio host Larry Elder is leading the field of candidates running to remove California Gov. Gavin Newsom from office by way of a recall election scheduled to take place on Sept. 14, according to a new poll released Wednesday,” Newsweek confirmed Friday.

But will California’s radically far-left residents actually recall Newsom? That remains to be seen, though for now, the polls aren’t looking good for his critics.

“[A] new poll … found [that] 43% of California voters are in favor of recalling Newsom in the Sept. 14 special election, while 48% said they would vote to keep him in office, and 9% said they still aren’t sure,” according to Mercury News.

The good news is that 58 percent of voters said they’d prefer a new governor in 2022, and so if enough undecided recall voters switch to a pro-recall position before the official vote in September, Newsom may very well finally get removed.

Vivek Saxena

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