Not a bad idea

President Trump revived an idea of relocating detained immigrants to so-called sanctuary cities, signaling he is considering previously discarded options amid his growing frustration over the flow of Central American families seeking asylum at the southern U.S. border…

Reminds me of the program San Francisco has had to bus the homeless out of the city.

“Get your ass out of here.”

That’s the title Bilal Ali, a homeless man living at a city shelter, gave to San Francisco’s decade-old program providing free one-way Greyhound bus tickets for the homeless to leave town.

Since February 2005, The City has provided nearly 10,000 homeless residents Greyhound bus tickets — also a $10 per travel day allowance for food — to cities across the United States under Homeward Bound, the bus ticket home program, according to data compiled by the San Francisco Examiner through the Freedom of Information Act.

My Dad used to be in the Army Reserves, and I can remember one summer in the early 60s, when he was stationed at the Presidio, and we came up from Fresno to visit him for a few days. San Francisco was really a magical place. Morning fog, stately small homes up and down the hills, the clanging of those cable cars….Coit Tower, the smell of freshly caught crab at Fisherman’s Wharf, dinner at the Marines Memorial

It started to change in the 60s with the Haight-Ashbury district (named for the corner of Haight and Ashbury), and the Tenderloin district.

We used to go to evening plays on Market street, and you would see well-dressed theater-goers walking past drugged out people laying on the sidewalk and panhandlers. It was a surrealistic feeling.

Although I am less than 100 miles from “The City”, the last time I was there was 7-8 years ago, when my nephew was visiting and wanted to see Alcatraz. I have no real desire to return.

Fifteen years ago, a national oil company invited my company as a vendor to meet them in San Francisco. When they were ready to close after some days, the rep told me that they would never come back to San Francisco – never again. The city is losing convention business in droves.  

The streets are filthy.

They are proud of their sanctuary status, and perhaps the best policy is to put that hospitality to the test.

When I haven’t been away at school or in the Army, I have always called California my home. Over the years I have seen it change from a place that was the envy of the world, to a place of high taxes, crime, and a huge cost of living. A lot of that is a result of our own doing.

We pay some of the highest taxes in the country and don’t have much to show for it.

I am wondering how bad things have to become before they get better.

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