SF Tourism Organization Warned of Homelessness Impact on Visitor Numbers

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PEOPLE VISITING SAN FRANCISCO FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD ARE BECOMING MORE AWARE OF THE HOMELESS PROBLEM. KPIX FIVE’S JOHN RAMOS SAYS: THE CITY’S TOURISM INDUSTRY IS WORRIED. It may sound crazy, but shortly after the 1906 earthquake and fire leveled SF, city leaders decided that TOURISM was a way to repair the economy. It workedâand now, more than a century later, visitors contribute more than 700 million dollars a year to keep the city running. “So, tourism has long been the key industry in San Francisco.” Welcome to the 108th annual luncheon of the city’s largest tourism organization known as SF Travel. The group includes businesses that cater to touristsâso you may be surprised how candid today’s message wasâ “We’ve got such a glorious history, such a beautiful setting and the fact isâwe’re letting it slip away.” And there is one problem causing that concern. Daniel Lurie/Founder, Tipping Point Community Tonight, 23,000 people will be homeless in the Bay Areaâthat’s a crisis.” Joe D’Alessandro/SF Travel President and CEO “We’ve lost conventions who are afraid to come to SF because coming here they saw some of the conditions on the streetsâthey said, I don’t know if this is safe and secure.” Ironically, it may be the superheated economy, with its high housing costs, that is forcing those on the margins out onto the street. Whatever the reason, homelessness is growing in the Bay Areaâand is becoming much more visible to the visitors. Shawn Prementine/Family visiting from Ohio “My wife noticed a sidewalk full of tents and she said, you wouldn’t be able to build a house on the sidewalkâso why are they tolerating tents on the sidewalk?” The city “tolerates” it because it doesn’t seem to have any choice. There is simply no affordable place to put poor people in the area. But the tourism group believes THAT compassion is being exploited and more should be done to deal with the crime, filth and open drug use in the city. (Joe) “We can’t blame people on the streets because they’re there because of unfortunate situationsâwe have to help them. But at the same time we can’t tolerate bad behavior on the streetsâand that has to stop.” SF’s tourism was born of adversity and it faces adversity today. Luckily, the city holds enough charm to keep visitors coming back in spite of it. In SF, JR, KPIX-5. THE 700 MILLION DOLLARS THAT JOHN MENTIONED IS JUST FROM THE TAXES GENERATED BY TOURISM. OVERALL… VISITORS SPEND MORE THAN 10 BILLION A YEAR… MAKING TOURISM THE CITY’S LARGEST INDUSTRY. TOSS TO METEOROLOGIST MARY LEE.


Drowsy_ Mouse · August 3, 2018 at 9:53 am

this isn't everywhere in the city, just on market and around city Hall. still fine in the touristy areas

enrique velasquez · August 3, 2018 at 12:25 pm

Why would anyone bring kids to San Francisco? Take them to Disney land lol this place is not for kids old people or religious types

anonymous mc · August 3, 2018 at 2:58 pm

shit pisco

Jim Jones · August 3, 2018 at 3:55 pm

we need to fund the space wars vote tea party

Paul Siegel · August 3, 2018 at 6:18 pm

Beautiful city turned into a progressive "utopia".  Sad.

anh dep trai · August 3, 2018 at 6:35 pm

Come to see the famous tents city! The new attraction of SF.

2WhiteAndNerdy · August 3, 2018 at 7:13 pm

All they have to do is make panhandling illegal with HEAVY enforcement. Years ago, when I lived in Fort Worth, TX, they did that. Was very controversial, but it seriously cleaned up the downtown streets and made it a lovely and safe place to hang out at night. They shut down the soup kitchens too. Seemed cruel, but it had a HUGE positive impact on the local economy. Evidently, the bums just mosied on over to San Francisco. Haha.

Gabriel G · August 3, 2018 at 7:54 pm

thanks democrats kooks

aceman8448 · August 3, 2018 at 8:20 pm

More like prop 47 in action

Tyg Rahof · August 3, 2018 at 9:52 pm

S.F. IS not safe. Period.

SheepDog · August 4, 2018 at 5:24 am

Who would have thought that when you give out free needles that people will just drop them on the ground? I mean there is no way they could have foreseen that right? Walking the SF streets is like playing HIV hopscotch.

owlswim · August 4, 2018 at 6:11 am

With J€ws you loose

kotk05 · August 4, 2018 at 10:00 am

maybe the region should hurry and connect up bart with san jose subway, add extensions that goes to Vallejo-Benicia, Brentwood, and San Rafael. then they can have homeless always on the move by telling them 1st 50 "Homies" to San Jose main station gets a shiny $20 bill. Or Scavenger hunt (no pun intended), every "Homie" who completes it gets a $10 Starbucks gift card.

1tired citizen · August 4, 2018 at 11:58 am

Non enforcement of laws against bad behavior is the same thing as condoning that bad behavior.

Grey Line · August 4, 2018 at 12:10 pm

A holiday company put my friends in a hotel right on union square. He had to do a mad dash out and back again each evening. He said, never again’.

Herman R · August 4, 2018 at 2:26 pm

So many haters in the comments section

Bo Hunter · August 4, 2018 at 9:59 pm

I love watching this city and state fail. Whatta shithole

eatpumkin090 · August 4, 2018 at 10:11 pm

If it's too expensive to live there, than move. Why would anyone choose to live on the streets just to stay in that area?

Oheeeoh · August 4, 2018 at 10:47 pm

A huge Tsunami would be one solution.

Laverne Dofelmier · August 5, 2018 at 1:11 am

We’ll never return to SF, what a squalor !!! Portland and Seattle catching up.

John Q · August 5, 2018 at 1:26 am

The homeless and the gangs are huge embarrassments. California could reduce both greatly if it stopped being such a bunch of delusional pussies. Show no mercy with these selfish parasites.

Jay Gigidy · August 5, 2018 at 2:07 am

So liberal socialists can't give out free housing like they always promise? Where is Ocasio Cortez? Why isn't she in California fighting for the homeless? Instead she is letting illegals get housing before them.

Jay Gigidy · August 5, 2018 at 2:08 am

How does an uber liberal socialist state not give out free housing to these people? Hypocrites.

HardRockMiner · August 5, 2018 at 3:24 am

This is what happens when you fill a city with sjws, transsexuals, lesbians and fags. Burn baby burn.

John Doe · August 5, 2018 at 3:58 am

I would like to see how Inspector Callahan would deal with these filth.

curtis lawson · August 5, 2018 at 6:18 am

I went there last year And within one hour A homeless guy attacked me and my dog with a stick we had to have are car locked up at night you cannot park on the street at Without your car getting broken into If you're into poop Hypodermic needles I'm bums Then San Francisco's the place for you 💩💩💩💩🧔🏻🧔🏻🧔🏻🧔🏻🧔🏻

Ute Castronoova · August 5, 2018 at 12:34 pm

Santa Cruz is the same now..there are more homeless than tourists downtownand the cops are dressed up to look like 'hosts' for tourists. Its a joke. More liberal fraud. They keep voting the same people into office who are only concerned about what Trump does than their own problems.

When I vote this year its not going to be for any liberal. My first time voting because I'm tired of their bullshit.

J Mazz · August 5, 2018 at 1:08 pm


J A · August 5, 2018 at 3:10 pm

It’s only going to get worse

AliceinJapanaland · August 5, 2018 at 3:25 pm

Yeah…. We'll see for how long tourists keeps SF economy floating. I wouldn't count on it as more people watch the news and tourists come back telling everyone they know how frightening and disgusting it was.

FleX TowN · August 5, 2018 at 3:47 pm

Don’t visit this shit town till they clean up their act

GhostVision Films & Photography · August 5, 2018 at 5:09 pm

It’s mayor breed fault she takes drug money that’s why they won’t wipe out the homeless because drug money flows thru city hall that’s how they pack they pockets the homeless drug addicts aren’t going no where as long as city hall and cashing in on that drug money

N D · August 5, 2018 at 5:12 pm

Tent city… Tent tent city..

TheCritter001 · August 5, 2018 at 5:14 pm

You could fit at least a couple thousand on Alcatraz lol.

Baynewsvideo · August 5, 2018 at 5:18 pm

By this time next year SF Tourism will be DOWN by 10%. Why do you put5 up with this when every major city outside California is shipping homeless to SF and California. These people are parolees, sex offenders and mentally ill. Lock em back up…and house the ill in the soon to be abandon shopping malls and old Sears and K-Mart stores.

Mike Carr · August 5, 2018 at 5:27 pm

California is like the plague. It spreads its cancer all over the mid west. Right now they come to Nevada and bring their bullshit. NO ONE CARES ABOUT THE WARRIORS BASKETBALL here in Nevada so when you see someone with the hat or Jersey you instantly know they are a loser. And they like balls ..big ones.

Mike Carr · August 5, 2018 at 5:28 pm

Furthermore no one wanted the shitty ads raiders . They are the worst. Plus football is dead. They took one too many knee stunts for most people.

nel nel · August 5, 2018 at 6:24 pm

Compassion being exploited? Thats the true face of humanity. Compassion will drag those down who lend a hand.

Wally & Tony !!! · August 6, 2018 at 1:02 am

After the last time when I went to San Francisco and stepped on a needle I made sure to go home to Grove and told everyone to avoid this dump. It's absolutely disgusting.

billy y · August 6, 2018 at 1:07 am

Thes homeless people didn't came and make their tents overnight ! so the question is .. What the city council / government been doing all these time ? ! … suggest " SACK " the F @#$ lot of them ! !

Frances Marshall · August 6, 2018 at 5:07 am

Your answer SF is Sanctuary City. You won't see me visiting SF. My neighbors moved in one year ago due to the increase in crime.

EspoJason · August 6, 2018 at 5:13 am

I've NEVER EVER seen as many homeless people as I did in SF and that was OVER 20 years ago. They still haven't fixed this problem?!?!?!?!

supralex1 · August 6, 2018 at 6:14 am

I suppose Donald Trump's tweets are more embarrassing than San Francisco's streets!

trooperwon · August 6, 2018 at 9:11 am

The poor can live in the oceans… Sharks need to eat too.

Trish Fitzpatrick · August 6, 2018 at 12:23 pm

They STILL don't get it! Their foolish wealth redistribution schemes and "tolerance" beckons people who DO NOT want to live like normal folk. Individuals who are addicted flock to a warm, sunny climate where the necessary concerns are taken care of and use whatever they can get in panhandling for the drugs they enjoy. LIBERALS are leading these people astray and the rest of us are suffering from it!

Mr. Papageorgio · August 6, 2018 at 2:49 pm

Nuke it.

Gregory · August 6, 2018 at 3:58 pm

Stop the drugs coming in from Mexico and a lot of cities will heal.

Sammy sausage · August 6, 2018 at 4:26 pm

I love how people think Republicans are going to solve California's problems. All the Republicans are going to do is still as much money as they can. Lie to you and put one of their friends in there that is totally unqualified for the job. And guess what San Francisco will still have the same problems.

Pat McNamara · August 6, 2018 at 5:36 pm

As opposed to all the homeless people defecating in the street

Kevin Pippin · August 6, 2018 at 7:21 pm

Maybe the city needs another good fucking Earthquake,and Fire to clean the shit up

Alexandre Reis · August 6, 2018 at 10:40 pm

So they voted in a democratic as a mayor, who are more worried about helping new voters , ops: sorry illegal immigrants, than the homeless

Marc Giancola · August 7, 2018 at 1:48 am

If you wanna go to SF you are brain dead anyway

jd5179 · August 7, 2018 at 1:57 am

Instead of doing something to resolved homeless issue – SF will just warn you – effin enablers

John R · August 7, 2018 at 2:01 am

Libtard Paradise MAGA MAGA MAGA 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

John-Paul Nagel · August 7, 2018 at 2:48 am

Los Angeles Same
Mayor Garcetti POS!

12154 23135 · August 7, 2018 at 4:01 am

My boyfriend and I went to L.A. there are a lot of homeless people in the streets. I got confused and I thought I was in Mexico

wylde678 · August 7, 2018 at 5:16 am

It's not the homeless that are the problem, but the homefull. These super rich liberals should share their homes with the less fortunate.

nat lee · August 7, 2018 at 5:33 am

SFO has become a 3rd world country.

john giants john · August 7, 2018 at 6:55 pm

A change Spare Some Change, And Then Cartman Jumps 3 Homeless People

NothingToPointOut24 · August 7, 2018 at 9:46 pm

Just how Venezuela has proven socialism doesnt work, San Francisco has proven that liberalism doesnt work.

People can talk about "gun nuts" and "white supremacy" all they want when they talk about the right (which represents probably less than 1 percent of the Republican party) Just because you are for gun rights, doesnt mean you are a gun nut. Just because you are pround to be white, doesnt mean you are a supremacist.

But the fact is, people that travel are not thinking twice when visiting those red areas of the country. They are thinking twice when visiting San Fran, Detroit, Chicago, New York. Portland, Seattle etc.

Live your Values · August 7, 2018 at 9:54 pm

I canceled my plans

ahri · August 8, 2018 at 12:41 am

“We can’t blame the people who live on the street.” Yes you can, you don’t get addicted to heroin by shooting it once or twice 🙄

Jesse Gallego · August 8, 2018 at 12:57 am

I live in Medford Oregon, but love S.F. but it costs a lot in San Francisco

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WD Harris · August 8, 2018 at 4:00 am

Last time I was in SF I was at Fisherman's Wharf and it was panhandle city….the whole time was homeless drug addicts asking for money. I have nothing against them BUT damn I'm on vacay…..leave me alone.

Mr Buckle · August 9, 2018 at 6:01 pm

the socialist hell hole that is california

Lava1964 · August 10, 2018 at 2:05 am

Wake up, San Francisco: Homeless people do not help the economy. They scare off people who might want to spend money.

Re San · August 15, 2018 at 8:02 am

Help them my ass. Start gathering them up and euthanize them like the rabid fucking dogs they become.

xlioilx · August 15, 2018 at 10:12 am


WonderfulWino · August 18, 2018 at 10:04 pm


Gary Miller · August 19, 2018 at 4:12 am

The perfect liberal utopia. Exactly what they want everywhere.

hightops77 · August 20, 2018 at 9:59 am

Never been there and never will go there 😳😳

Dad · August 20, 2018 at 4:39 pm

Hey Buddy! The homelessness is created by your liberal agenda…FIX THAT!

eddie corbette · August 22, 2018 at 2:17 am

San franshithole

G H · August 23, 2018 at 8:51 pm

Nasty! I will never go again. Let's not forget to warn about the shit everywhere, used needles and trash all around. Crime, it's just nasty…and gross. You people did this…now deal with it.

Hugh Janus · August 23, 2018 at 9:13 pm

I thought about visiting SF, but after the bums and violent illegals running rampant I have no interest anymore. You can keep your shithole bastion of leftist mistakes.

Rabbi Schmiel · August 25, 2018 at 5:13 am



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lion fish · September 5, 2018 at 5:57 pm

Sanctuary Citie , SF support's Illegal aliens but not Legal elderly and the mentally ill citizens and the Working poor. Boycott SanFransisco and any other Sanctuary city that doesn't have a solution for affordable housing and care centers for the Mental illness programs. I've lived in SanFransisco for 15 years. It's to expensive and Dangerous. Beware and don't go there. That's the only way too change politics $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. When SanFransisco loses Billions they will CHANGE. Democrats and the Far leftist are Greedy. They say their for Human rights, but won't spend the money .

blue bugaboo · September 7, 2018 at 7:17 am

San Franstinco

The Cheeseburger_666 · September 16, 2018 at 7:54 am

I took a shit on the streets of san francisco once. even my shit is afraid of sf and it went crawling back to my anus.

Eric Huff · September 22, 2018 at 9:55 pm

Maybe San Francisco needs a 9 on the Richter and then it can be rebuilt or bulldozed.

soundspartan of the basket · September 23, 2018 at 1:46 am

These conditions were voted in, so LIVE with it!
Oh, and by the way Californians, STAY THERE!

epigmenio cardoza · October 10, 2018 at 7:39 pm

And what would sf be without liberals. Concord. Utah. There are no successful conservative cities. Only conservative towns with no real economy or tourism.

Roberts TV · October 14, 2018 at 1:02 pm

CHALLENGE….LOL… When did we go from problems to "challenges"? Bad enough you have ro get people to scoop poop after their dog but not hiring to scoop human poop. Stay away.

Pelomalo · October 21, 2018 at 9:10 pm

We were there in August and we won't be going back. The smell of human waste is every where you go. Our hotel had cops at each entrance every night we were there and they even say don't go out at night if you don't have to.

Pikka GTR · November 2, 2018 at 3:41 am

Sanctuary cities are so nice!

Dave Gutknecht · November 2, 2018 at 8:40 pm

Your tax dollars at work isent it wounderfull…Vote Red.

Eugene Mitchell · November 4, 2018 at 6:28 pm

My partner and i no longer drive through the city when going fishing. You can smell the shit a mile or more before you get there. The needles and shit on the sidewalks has kept us form our breakfast spot.
My wife and i used to go to the city twice a year, stayed on Columbus at a nice hotel so we vould go to the theater and all the wonderful restaurants and bakeries.
These days we wont step foot in that stink hole full of junkie panhandlers.
Thank the liberal politicians for allowing it to happen. The city is destroyed and may be beyond redemption.

Roy Cantrell · November 9, 2018 at 9:06 pm

If homeless mess bothers you put them in homes. Win win situation. Structured is best . I don't like pink houses let's get rid of them

sgm04 gm · November 12, 2018 at 8:50 pm

Just fucking shoot them all!!! Im sick and tired of these mother fuckers!!! Just put them in a gas chamber and problem solved!! Im sick and tired of dealing with this bullshit when we pay so much fucking money to live here…

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wayne s · February 12, 2019 at 6:24 pm

you are reaping what you libs have sown for years. Enjoy the crap piles every place.

Gregor · February 20, 2019 at 12:14 pm

So the residence of San Francisco keep electing the same
people with the same views to office?? 
Sounds insane to me.

FREAKOUT TENT · March 7, 2019 at 12:36 am

your wife sounds like a bitch.

Paul Revere · March 11, 2019 at 4:22 pm

San Franshithole a tourist destination for cesspool creatures. And liberal democrat socialists.

randy scott · April 17, 2019 at 11:19 pm

What did they expect ? Their democrats , the same political party that gave America the KKK and voted against dam near every civil rights issue in the history of America ! There ! I said it now go do your own homework on the subject . Democrats are the scum of the earth .

Mary Jane · June 7, 2019 at 1:57 pm

City county leaders are responsible 4 this! WE NEED new L e a d e r s!🙏🏽😇🙏🏽😇

stephen seefried · July 15, 2019 at 3:59 pm

I just want to clarify not all homeless people conduct the bad behavior like drug using alcohol if using needle going urinating or defecating on the street I am Steven and I am homeless in San Francisco with my dog Mister Bean and I have never set up encampments or urinate or defecated on the street at night I set up a small bed near coit tower and in the morning we get up and leave and there is no mess no needles no urine no feces none of that I don't use drugs I don't drink but I've seen many people think that the people like me and my dog Mister Bean I just like all the other drug users are giving us a bad name that's not true some of us homeless people I actually not on drugs and not using alcohol and just need help getting into a program for mental health and to get off the streets

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