Under the questionable leadership of the Democrats, San Francisco has created a rather curious revolving door: criminals in, businesses out.
Business after business has shuttered its doors in the ultra-woke city, with the most recent casualty including Nordstrom.
That’s right: As of July 1, Nordstrom Rack will shutter its doors permanently in the Northern California city, and by the end of August, the flagship Nordstrom store will also close its doors.
According to a report from Cleveland.com, “Nordstrom will not renew its lease in the Westfield mall, citing decreased foot traffic and other challenges to the stretch of Market Street where it will also shutter a Nordstrom Rack location.”
That’s a nice way of putting it.
Challenges such as smash and grab robberies, hordes of drug abusing homeless, and a general absence of law enforcement, to name a few.
All so woke politicians can virtue signal from their heavily fortified private residences, worth well into the multiple millions in the not so golden state.
And Nordstrom is hardly the only business closing, as even “green” businesses have had enough with the virulent crime.
As reported by the Daily Mail, none other than Whole Foods, well known for its “green” policies, is closing its doors in the city’s infamous Tenderloin district.
And, rather tellingly, the company didn’t even bother to invent some lame excuse for why it’s closing the doors of its San Francisco location: it just delivered the flat truth.
“We are closing our Trinity location only for the time being. If we feel we can ensure the safety of our team members in the store, we will evaluate a reopening of our Trinity location,” a Whole Foods spokesperson remarked crisply.
Basically, crime has become so bad in the city that Whole Foods cannot “ensure the safety” of its team members.
Nice work, libs.
San Francisco Supervisor Matt Dorsey expressed frustration with the business closing, though he understands where Whole Foods is coming from.
“It’s obvious to me that, as an employer, Whole Foods has a lot of concerns about the safety of their employees, and ultimately that’s why they made the decision to close. I wish they hadn’t, but I’ve also been in there and seen some things that are off-putting,” Dorsey remarked laconically.
That’s one way of putting it.
For starters, all 250 Whole Foods baskets had been stolen, which meant customers were unable to utilize this service.
That’s if customers could even make it into the store, given the hordes of drug-abusing homeless they typically had to navigate before even entering the high-end grocer.
“Our neighborhood waited a long time for this supermarket, but we’re also well aware of problems they’ve experienced with drug-related retail theft, adjacent drug markets, and the many safety issues related to them,” Dorsey continued.
Leave it to California to foster an environment wherein furtive drug deals in the dark have been converted into open “drug markets” wherein literally anything goes.
Looks like “Defund Police” hasn’t worked out very well for the not so golden state.
Which is why even Democrats such as Dorsey are clamoring for refunding the police, pronto.
“Whole Foods’ closure – together with many other safety-related challenges we’ve seen recently – is Exhibit A as to why San Francisco can no longer afford NOT to solve our police understaffing crisis. San Franciscans – or at least the ones I represent in District 6 – are demanding solutions, and they have a right to expect that from those of us in City Hall. I hope my colleagues will support this effort. We owe our residents nothing less,” Dorsey urged.
One can only hope his colleagues may listen, but that would require a degree of logic that simply may not be possible in the increasingly communist state anymore.
In general, California has the dubious distinction of scaring businesses from all industries, aside from maybe Hollywood and seedier enterprises, away from the state.
In an exhaustively compiled list, Henry O’Loughlin provides extensive insight into the sheer number of businesses leaving California.
Humorously, several outgoing businesses are bound for Texas, which, along with Florida, appears to be one of woke Governor Gavin Newsom’s arch-nemeses.
For instance, Tesla, Chevron, McAfee, Oracle, and Charles Schwab have all left California in favor of setting up shop in Texas, taking a large number of productive, taxpaying employees with them.
Predictably, California appears to have doubled down on its asinine policies, from claiming a ludicrous $800B “down payment” for reparations to continuing to have the highest prices in the nation, as fuel prices in the so-called “Golden State” have impressively surpassed those of Hawaii.
Will multiple business closures prompt California officials to rethink their unapologetically pro-crime policies?
If the best predictor of future policymaking is past policymaking, then likely not.
Author: Ofelia Thornton