Gavin Newsom admits San Francisco clean-up was only because 'fancy leaders are coming to town'

"That's true because it's true," Newsom said.

Jarryd Jaeger Vancouver, BC
California governor Gavin Newsom admitted on Thursday that the massive effort to clean up the streets of San Francisco in the leadup to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit was undertaken simply because world leaders were coming to town.

The Golden City has been criticized by residents and visitors alike for years now over its rampant homelessness, open-air drug use, and general disarray, problems that Newsom vowed to address for the good of the people.

"I know folks say, 'Oh, they’re just cleaning up this place because all these fancy leaders are coming into town'," Newsom said during a press conference, adding, "That's true because it's true."

Despite this, he claimed that the "Clean California" initiative had been a priority for months before the summit.

"APEC is a forcing function and that's always a positive thing," Newsom explained. "Anytime there is a large event, it just focuses the mind, just keeps everybody on the same agenda."

"The goal here is that this is not a situational commitment, this is a long-term strategy. It began in July of 2021 and momentally and directionally we want to continue to see these kinds of projects up and down the state."

Over 3,000 encampments were cleared as part of the initiative, however, not everyone was thrilled. As the Daily Mail reported, the city offered to take homeless people to shelters in the area but many refused.

"We've got nowhere to go and they're trying to push us to areas we don't want to go," one man told the outlet, adding, "We've got nowhere to go and they're trying to push us to areas we don't want to go." 

The APEC summit is taking place in San Francisco between Nov. 11 and 17. During that time, the city will play host to a number of world leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, as well as 20,000 other visitors.

Sign in to comment


Powered by The Post Millennial CMS™ Comments

Join and support independent free thinkers!

We’re independent and can’t be cancelled. The establishment media is increasingly dedicated to divisive cancel culture, corporate wokeism, and political correctness, all while covering up corruption from the corridors of power. The need for fact-based journalism and thoughtful analysis has never been greater. When you support The Post Millennial, you support freedom of the press at a time when it's under direct attack. Join the ranks of independent, free thinkers by supporting us today for as little as $1.

Support The Post Millennial

Remind me next month

To find out what personal data we collect and how we use it, please visit our Privacy Policy

By signing up you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy
© 2024 The Post Millennial, Privacy Policy | Do Not Sell My Personal Information