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‘Soft-touch’ San Francisco leaders now call for ‘IDEAS’ to end open-air drug markets

San Francisco officials on Tuesday unveiled what they said was a deliberately ‘soft touch’ scheme to deal with the city’s relentless drug crisis – insisting that under their plan ‘nobody’s going to jail,’ but remaining vague on how to end the problem.

With nearly 1,700 fatal overdoses since the start of 2020, San Francisco’s drug crisis has resulted in almost double the death toll of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In June, the city’s mayor, London Breed, announced that their notorious taxpayer-funded open-air drugs market will close at the end of the year.

Tuesday’s plan, named ‘San Francisco Recovers,’ appeared to be a return to the open-air market system, however.

Their plan promoted ‘supervised consumption sites where drug users can safely use substances under medical supervision to prevent accidental overdose deaths.’

A homeless man injects fentanyl into his friend's armpit, due to a lack of usable veins, as people walk by near City Hall on Saturday

A homeless man injects fentanyl into his friend’s armpit, due to a lack of usable veins, as people walk by near City Hall on Saturday

A homeless woman smokes crack with two others in the Tenderloin on Friday

A homeless woman smokes crack with two others in the Tenderloin on Friday

A homeless woman smokes crack with two others in the Tenderloin on Friday

A homeless woman smokes crack in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

A homeless woman smokes crack in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

A homeless woman smokes crack in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

Homeless drug addicts smoke fentanyl on the street near City Hall on Friday

Homeless drug addicts smoke fentanyl on the street near City Hall on Friday

Homeless drug addicts smoke fentanyl on the street near City Hall on Friday

A homeless drug addict injects fentanyl into his arm near City Hall on Friday

A homeless drug addict injects fentanyl into his arm near City Hall on Friday

A homeless drug addict injects fentanyl into his arm near City Hall on Friday

A homeless drug addict shows bruises and scars on his swollen legs from drug use in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

A homeless drug addict shows bruises and scars on his swollen legs from drug use in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

A homeless drug addict shows bruises and scars on his swollen legs from drug use in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

Homeless drug addicts take over a city bus stop in front of the Asian Art Museum as people who are waiting for the bus wait in the background in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

Homeless drug addicts take over a city bus stop in front of the Asian Art Museum as people who are waiting for the bus wait in the background in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

Homeless drug addicts take over a city bus stop in front of the Asian Art Museum as people who are waiting for the bus wait in the background in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

A homeless man injects fentanyl into his arm in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

A homeless man injects fentanyl into his arm in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

A homeless man injects fentanyl into his arm in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

A homeless drug addict injects fentanyl into his arm near City Hall in in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

A homeless drug addict injects fentanyl into his arm near City Hall in in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

A homeless drug addict injects fentanyl into his arm near City Hall in in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

A homeless drug addict holds pieces of fentanyl near City Hall in in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

A homeless drug addict holds pieces of fentanyl near City Hall in in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

A homeless drug addict holds pieces of fentanyl near City Hall in in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

Two pieces of different types of fentanyl are seen on tin foil on the street near City Hall in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

Two pieces of different types of fentanyl are seen on tin foil on the street near City Hall in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

Two pieces of different types of fentanyl are seen on tin foil on the street near City Hall in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

A homeless drug addict is passed out on the street as people walk by near City Hall in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

A homeless drug addict is passed out on the street as people walk by near City Hall in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

A homeless drug addict is passed out on the street as people walk by near City Hall in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

They featured a range of other requests for handling the crisis, but instead of mapping a way to achieve them instead requested the 21 city departments and six city commissions come up with ideas for them within 90 days.

Matt Dorsey, a supervisor, said that the goals were deliberately ‘soft touch.’

They include electronically-tagging users and having police officers track them down and confiscate their drugs if they wander into known drug-dealing areas.

San Francisco’s supervisors want job placement and training instead of imprisonment for those who agree to stop drug dealing, and ‘right to recovery’ zones near treatment centers, with zero tolerance for possession or dealing.

In addition, they called for supervised drug consumption sites.

‘This is a way that nobody’s going to jail but we’re doing an effective job of interrupting the drug market and drug scenes,’ Dorsey said, according to The San Francisco Standard

Tenderloin Supervisor Dean Preston has called for a hearing to address drug overdose deaths to be held on September 29.

‘We are determined to make sure health experts, not politicians, lead the creation and implementation of a long overdue overdose prevention plan,’ Preston said.

Their outline came three months after the current scheme, known as the Linkage Center, was denied further funding.

A man walks by a homeless drug addict passed out under his belongings in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

A man walks by a homeless drug addict passed out under his belongings in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

A man walks by a homeless drug addict passed out under his belongings in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

Homeless drug addicts are seen high on a couch on a street corner in the Tenderloin District on Friday

Homeless drug addicts are seen high on a couch on a street corner in the Tenderloin District on Friday

Homeless drug addicts are seen high on a couch on a street corner in the Tenderloin District on Friday

A man smokes fentanyl near City Hall on Friday, in broad daylight in the heart of the once-thriving city

A man smokes fentanyl near City Hall on Friday, in broad daylight in the heart of the once-thriving city

A man smokes fentanyl near City Hall on Friday, in broad daylight in the heart of the once-thriving city

A homeless woman named Rockey smokes fentanyl in front of her tent in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

A homeless woman named Rockey smokes fentanyl in front of her tent in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

A homeless woman named Rockey smokes fentanyl in front of her tent in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

A homeless woman named Rockey sits with her dog after smoking fentanyl in front of her tent in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

A homeless woman named Rockey sits with her dog after smoking fentanyl in front of her tent in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

A homeless woman named Rockey sits with her dog after smoking fentanyl in front of her tent in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

Homeless drug addicts lay out used clothes for sale to try to make money in front of closed businesses in the Tenderloin District on Friday

Homeless drug addicts lay out used clothes for sale to try to make money in front of closed businesses in the Tenderloin District on Friday

Homeless drug addicts lay out used clothes for sale to try to make money in front of closed businesses in the Tenderloin District on Friday

Homeless drug addicts smoke fentanyl on the street near City Hall in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, California

Homeless drug addicts smoke fentanyl on the street near City Hall in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, California

Homeless drug addicts smoke fentanyl on the street near City Hall in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, California

A Police Officer inspects a bag of fentanyl after arresting a drug dealer near City Hall in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

A Police Officer inspects a bag of fentanyl after arresting a drug dealer near City Hall in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

A Police Officer inspects a bag of fentanyl after arresting a drug dealer near City Hall in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

A Police Officer inspects bags of fentanyl after arresting a drug dealer near City Hall in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

A Police Officer inspects bags of fentanyl after arresting a drug dealer near City Hall in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

A Police Officer inspects bags of fentanyl after arresting a drug dealer near City Hall in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

A homeless drug addict is passed out on the street in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, California

A homeless drug addict is passed out on the street in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, California

A homeless drug addict is passed out on the street in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, California

A homeless drug addict sits passed out with a syringe hanging out of his mouth in San Francisco

A homeless drug addict sits passed out with a syringe hanging out of his mouth in San Francisco

A homeless drug addict sits passed out with a syringe hanging out of his mouth in San Francisco

A homeless drug addict sits passed out on the street near City Hall in San Francisco

A homeless drug addict sits passed out on the street near City Hall in San Francisco

A homeless drug addict sits passed out on the street near City Hall in San Francisco

A homeless drug addict stands passed out head first in his belongings on the street near City Hall in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

A homeless drug addict stands passed out head first in his belongings on the street near City Hall in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

A homeless drug addict stands passed out head first in his belongings on the street near City Hall in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco

A homeless drug addict sits passed out next to his milk, cereal, and candy on the street near City Hall

A homeless drug addict sits passed out next to his milk, cereal, and candy on the street near City Hall

A homeless drug addict sits passed out next to his milk, cereal, and candy on the street near City Hall

A homeless drug addict sits next to his snacks in San Francisco

A homeless drug addict sits next to his snacks in San Francisco

A homeless drug addict sits next to his snacks in San Francisco

Business owners in San Francisco's Castro District are calling on city leaders to provide more beds for the unhoused community, and are threatening civil disobedience, including withholding taxes, if the city doesn't address the growing issues in front of their storefronts

Business owners in San Francisco's Castro District are calling on city leaders to provide more beds for the unhoused community, and are threatening civil disobedience, including withholding taxes, if the city doesn't address the growing issues in front of their storefronts

Business owners in San Francisco’s Castro District are calling on city leaders to provide more beds for the unhoused community, and are threatening civil disobedience, including withholding taxes, if the city doesn’t address the growing issues in front of their storefronts

A homeless drug addict injects fentanyl into his arm near City Hall

A homeless drug addict injects fentanyl into his arm near City Hall

A homeless drug addict injects fentanyl into his arm near City Hall

It emerged in June that the facility said to have cost $19m in taxpayer cash, treated just one in every 1,000 users and failed to cut fatal overdose numbers.

The Linkage Center in the Tenderloin, at the heart of San Francisco’s civic center, opened in January and was intended to help the city’s large population of homeless people and drug addicts to find help.

But critics say the site, rented at a cost of $75,000 a month, has failed to curtail the problem in the crime-ridden city, which recently recalled its woke DA Chesa Boudin amid a spike in crimes blamed for a sharp decline in locals’ quality of life. 

They note that only 0.1 percent of those using the site were directed to treatment in the first five months, despite the estimated $19 million spent in running costs. 

Between January and April, just 18 of the 23,367 drug users who visited the site were referred for treatment.  

Furthermore, the rate of fatal overdoses has not declined in a meaningful way: in January the office of the chief medical examiner reported 49 deaths, and last month there were 45.

And the center even went on to quietly drop the word ‘linkage’ from its title, because so few of the drug abusers who visited were being linked to any meaningful form of help.  

San Francisco has become a drug-abusing Wild West with syringes littering pavements and drug dealers, selling heroin or the deadly opioid fentanyl, easily recognizable dressed in black with matching backpacks. Above: a person in a wheelchair shoots up, just outside the Linkage Center on January 22

San Francisco has become a drug-abusing Wild West with syringes littering pavements and drug dealers, selling heroin or the deadly opioid fentanyl, easily recognizable dressed in black with matching backpacks. Above: a person in a wheelchair shoots up, just outside the Linkage Center on January 22

San Francisco has become a drug-abusing Wild West with syringes littering pavements and drug dealers, selling heroin or the deadly opioid fentanyl, easily recognizable dressed in black with matching backpacks. Above: a person in a wheelchair shoots up, just outside the Linkage Center on January 22

Angel Martinez, who has been homeless on and off for several years, pours ice water on her head in an attempt to stay cool in the scorching heat in Santa Rosa, California

Angel Martinez, who has been homeless on and off for several years, pours ice water on her head in an attempt to stay cool in the scorching heat in Santa Rosa, California

Angel Martinez, who has been homeless on and off for several years, pours ice water on her head in an attempt to stay cool in the scorching heat in Santa Rosa, California

Angel Martinez (right) pours water on Jerry Fullington's head to cool him off from the heat in Santa Rosa, California. The friends, who used to be a couple, have been homeless on and off for years but are hoping to get inside soon

Angel Martinez (right) pours water on Jerry Fullington's head to cool him off from the heat in Santa Rosa, California. The friends, who used to be a couple, have been homeless on and off for years but are hoping to get inside soon

Angel Martinez (right) pours water on Jerry Fullington’s head to cool him off from the heat in Santa Rosa, California. The friends, who used to be a couple, have been homeless on and off for years but are hoping to get inside soon

Part of the linkage center is pictured behind screens in January. It was never intended as an area for drug users to get high - but thousands of them are now doing exactly that

Part of the linkage center is pictured behind screens in January. It was never intended as an area for drug users to get high - but thousands of them are now doing exactly that

Part of the linkage center is pictured behind screens in January. It was never intended as an area for drug users to get high – but thousands of them are now doing exactly that 

Drone footage shot in January shows San Francisco's homeless and drug addicted population inside the center, which is estimated to have consumed much of the $10 million set aside to tackle crime in the city's Tenderloin neighborhood

Drone footage shot in January shows San Francisco's homeless and drug addicted population inside the center, which is estimated to have consumed much of the $10 million set aside to tackle crime in the city's Tenderloin neighborhood

Drone footage shot in January shows San Francisco’s homeless and drug addicted population inside the center, which is estimated to have consumed much of the $10 million set aside to tackle crime in the city’s Tenderloin neighborhood 

Residents claim that DA Boudin's policies have made the liberal California enclave - which has seen vagrancy and crime rates soar in recent months - an increasingly unsafe place to live

Residents claim that DA Boudin's policies have made the liberal California enclave - which has seen vagrancy and crime rates soar in recent months - an increasingly unsafe place to live

Residents claim that DA Boudin’s policies have made the liberal California enclave – which has seen vagrancy and crime rates soar in recent months – an increasingly unsafe place to live 

San Francisco is now blighted by rampant open-air drug abuse, car break-ins, aggressive shoplifting, homeless encampments and fouling of pavements with human excrement

San Francisco is now blighted by rampant open-air drug abuse, car break-ins, aggressive shoplifting, homeless encampments and fouling of pavements with human excrement

San Francisco is now blighted by rampant open-air drug abuse, car break-ins, aggressive shoplifting, homeless encampments and fouling of pavements with human excrement 

A homeless person is seen near the City Hall of San Francisco in California

A homeless person is seen near the City Hall of San Francisco in California

A homeless person is seen near the City Hall of San Francisco in California

Homeless tents are seen near the City Hall of San Francisco in California

Homeless tents are seen near the City Hall of San Francisco in California

Homeless tents are seen near the City Hall of San Francisco in California

Two homeless men sit near the City Hall of San Francisco in California

Two homeless men sit near the City Hall of San Francisco in California

Two homeless men sit near the City Hall of San Francisco in California

Danielle Shannon Robles, a homeless woman who sleeps in a tent, is seen near the City Hall of San Francisco

Danielle Shannon Robles, a homeless woman who sleeps in a tent, is seen near the City Hall of San Francisco

Danielle Shannon Robles, a homeless woman who sleeps in a tent, is seen near the City Hall of San Francisco

A homeless person is seen near the City Hall of San Francisco in California

A homeless person is seen near the City Hall of San Francisco in California

A homeless person is seen near the City Hall of San Francisco in California

A homeless person and their dog is seen near the City Hall of San Francisco in California,

A homeless person and their dog is seen near the City Hall of San Francisco in California,

A homeless person and their dog is seen near the City Hall of San Francisco in California,

Business owners in San Francisco's Castro District are calling on city leaders to fix the problem

Business owners in San Francisco's Castro District are calling on city leaders to fix the problem

Business owners in San Francisco’s Castro District are calling on city leaders to fix the problem

Kwamaine Martell, from the Castro Benefits District, power washes the sidewalks due to an increase in trash and feces from the homeless in the Castro District of San Francisco, California

Kwamaine Martell, from the Castro Benefits District, power washes the sidewalks due to an increase in trash and feces from the homeless in the Castro District of San Francisco, California

Kwamaine Martell, from the Castro Benefits District, power washes the sidewalks due to an increase in trash and feces from the homeless in the Castro District of San Francisco, California

Kwamaine Martell, from the Castro Benefits District, power washes the filth sidewalks

Kwamaine Martell, from the Castro Benefits District, power washes the filth sidewalks

Kwamaine Martell, from the Castro Benefits District, power washes the filth sidewalks

Kwamaine Martell cleans up the streets every morning after they become filled with trash and feces from the homeless community

Kwamaine Martell cleans up the streets every morning after they become filled with trash and feces from the homeless community

Kwamaine Martell cleans up the streets every morning after they become filled with trash and feces from the homeless community

Power washers are needed to clean off the sidewalks, thanks to the homeless population of San Francisco, California

Power washers are needed to clean off the sidewalks, thanks to the homeless population of San Francisco, California

Power washers are needed to clean off the sidewalks, thanks to the homeless population of San Francisco, California

A man from the organization Urban Alchemy cleans the streets from trash caused by the homeless drug addicts in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, California. Businesses and storefronts are closed and boarded/gated up due to homeless drugs addicts

A man from the organization Urban Alchemy cleans the streets from trash caused by the homeless drug addicts in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, California. Businesses and storefronts are closed and boarded/gated up due to homeless drugs addicts

A man from the organization Urban Alchemy cleans the streets from trash caused by the homeless drug addicts in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, California. Businesses and storefronts are closed and boarded/gated up due to homeless drugs addicts

A homeless man addicted to drugs sits passed out in a wheelchair. Business owners in San Francisco's Castro District are calling on city leaders are threatening civil disobedience, including withholding taxes, if the city doesn't address the growing issues in front of their storefronts

A homeless man addicted to drugs sits passed out in a wheelchair. Business owners in San Francisco's Castro District are calling on city leaders are threatening civil disobedience, including withholding taxes, if the city doesn't address the growing issues in front of their storefronts

A homeless man addicted to drugs sits passed out in a wheelchair. Business owners in San Francisco’s Castro District are calling on city leaders are threatening civil disobedience, including withholding taxes, if the city doesn’t address the growing issues in front of their storefronts

Two homeless people addicted to drugs are seen sitting in their tent in the Castro District of San Francisco, California

Two homeless people addicted to drugs are seen sitting in their tent in the Castro District of San Francisco, California

Two homeless people addicted to drugs are seen sitting in their tent in the Castro District of San Francisco, California

A homeless man smokes fentanyl in the open street in the Castro District of San Francisco, California

A homeless man smokes fentanyl in the open street in the Castro District of San Francisco, California

A homeless man smokes fentanyl in the open street in the Castro District of San Francisco, California

Tents with homeless people addicted to drugs line a street in the Castro District of San Francisco, California

Tents with homeless people addicted to drugs line a street in the Castro District of San Francisco, California

Tents with homeless people addicted to drugs line a street in the Castro District of San Francisco, California

A row of tents filled with homeless drug addicts line a street in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, California

A row of tents filled with homeless drug addicts line a street in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, California

A row of tents filled with homeless drug addicts line a street in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, California

Two homeless drug addicts use tablets on the street in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, California

Two homeless drug addicts use tablets on the street in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, California

Two homeless drug addicts use tablets on the street in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, California

A homeless drug addict uses a tablet on the street in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, California

A homeless drug addict uses a tablet on the street in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, California

A homeless drug addict uses a tablet on the street in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, California

A dose of the anti overdose drug Narcan is tucked into a glass block on the street in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, California

A dose of the anti overdose drug Narcan is tucked into a glass block on the street in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, California

A dose of the anti overdose drug Narcan is tucked into a glass block on the street in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, California

Narcan, the anti overdose drug, is tucked into a glass block on the street in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, California

Narcan, the anti overdose drug, is tucked into a glass block on the street in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, California

Narcan, the anti overdose drug, is tucked into a glass block on the street in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, California

Gina McDonald, a co-founder of Mothers Against Drug Deaths (MADD), told DailyMail.com they welcomed the closure of the site, saying that many contractors had made huge profits from its operations.

‘We were all in favor of this Linkage Center, as we were told it was going to link people to services,’ she said.

‘But it turned into this drug den, with people who were trying to get clean and sober besides those openly using.

‘We’re thrilled they are shutting it down.

‘It was supposed to be a place that people could get help and treatment.

‘And it basically turned into an opium den.’

McDonald said that the San Francisco department of health was misguided in failing to push people to seek treatment. She said a more robust policy was needed to encourage vulnerable people to seek help, and tolerance was not the answer.

‘The department of health has taken on this radical harm reduction model,’ she explained.

‘They say they are ‘meeting people where they are at’. But they’re leaving them there.’

Figures compiled by Gina McDonald show that fewer than one in 1,000 visitors to the center have actually received treatment or a referral to rehab

Figures compiled by Gina McDonald show that fewer than one in 1,000 visitors to the center have actually received treatment or a referral to rehab

Figures compiled by Gina McDonald show that fewer than one in 1,000 visitors to the center have actually received treatment or a referral to rehab 

1662675324 591 Soft touch San Francisco leaders now call for IDEAS to end

1662675324 591 Soft touch San Francisco leaders now call for IDEAS to end

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1662675325 982 Soft touch San Francisco leaders now call for IDEAS to end

This email sent by special project coordinator Rob Hoffman, of the San Francisco Department of Public Health, said he'd observed HealthRIGHT 360 staff and found no evidence to back up the numbers of people the nonprofit claimed it was helping

This email sent by special project coordinator Rob Hoffman, of the San Francisco Department of Public Health, said he'd observed HealthRIGHT 360 staff and found no evidence to back up the numbers of people the nonprofit claimed it was helping

This email sent by special project coordinator Rob Hoffman, of the San Francisco Department of Public Health, said he’d observed HealthRIGHT 360 staff and found no evidence to back up the numbers of people the nonprofit claimed it was helping 

McDonald, who was herself homeless with meth-induced psychosis, and whose daughter became addicted to fentanyl, added: ‘I think it’s the fault of the San Francisco department of public health that has hired these contractors who make a lot of money when people stay sick.’

She added: ‘I believe that if you’re laying on the street shooting up, smoking fentanyl, and stealing – you can’t live there on the street.’

McDonald said the main problem was the drug dealers, noting ‘there are 30 people out there any time of day.’

‘The police do arrest dealers when they can,’ she said.

‘The street-level dealer keeps on his person the amount that is only a misdemeanor. The homeless person sitting nearby has the rest of the stash.

‘And the police do not arrest the homeless, because people in San Francisco people won’t support that – they see it as harming them.

‘My daughter’s dealer was arrested three times and released, for selling fentanyl. Then they’d send him off to a Narcotics Anonymous meeting.

‘I had to go and pay him off for her safety.’

McDonald said her organization backed the approach taken by the San Francisco department of adult probation, which has opened two drug-free sites for people to access services and housing. 

‘They don’t let you stay if you are using,’ she said.

‘If you are caught, you aren’t kicked out onto the streets but you are sent out for treatment, and then welcomed back.’

London Breed, the mayor of San Francisco, is seen on June 11 speaking at a Pride Event

London Breed, the mayor of San Francisco, is seen on June 11 speaking at a Pride Event

London Breed, the mayor of San Francisco, is seen on June 11 speaking at a Pride Event

The Linkage Center site was rented for $75,000 a month. Critics say that is has, so far, cost $19 million to run

The Linkage Center site was rented for $75,000 a month. Critics say that is has, so far, cost $19 million to run

The Linkage Center site was rented for $75,000 a month. Critics say that is has, so far, cost $19 million to run

Parisa Safarzadeh, spokeswoman for London Breed, the mayor of San Francisco, said the Linkage Center had been a valuable experiment, which served 400 people a day with hot meals and showers.

She said the site was an ‘immediate intervention to stabilize the community in the short term while the city developed its longer-term plans for the Tenderloin.’

But it is unclear what the longer term plan comprises.

Breed has talked about opening up a ‘safe consumption site’, and proposed spending $4 million on projects in the Tenderloin next year such as street or park improvements.

And McDonald said the city needed a radical rethink of its policies. 

‘San Francisco has become Gotham,’ she said.

‘It has to change.’

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