Far from being the Golden State of old, the once shining cities, supposedly, of California are a stinking mess. That’s been publicized quite a bit. The homeless situation has led to actual online maps in San Francisco telling residents where poop is concentrated so that they can avoid those areas. Rats have overtaken Los Angeles, and in both locations, disease epidemics have popped up.
There’s also an amazingly dangerous situation in the cities where used needles from drug use are just lying around waiting for someone to step on them.
After touring some in San Francisco, President Donald J. Trump has seen enough, and he is prepared to slap California with a sanction and force them to clean up the mess.
Speaking with reporters on Air Force One as he traveled back to the White House from California, Trump told them that the homeless problem in cites like Los Angeles and San Francisco was allowing pollution to flow into the ocean.
“It’s a terrible situation — that’s in Los Angeles and in San Francisco,” he said. “And we’re going to be giving San Francisco, they’re in total violation, we’re going to be giving them a notice very soon.”
He specified the number of used drug needles flowing into the storm drains.
“They have to clean it up. We can’t have our cities going to hell,” he said.
Trump said that the Environmental Protection Agency would issue a notice, referring to the city’s “serious violation” of the pollution laws.
And here the state of California prides itself on the tough environmental regulations that make living and working there so expensive.
“In the case of Los Angeles, it’s a disaster. If you look at San Francisco, it’s a total disaster,” he told reporters after visiting a newly constructed wall on the United States-Mexico border. “We’re going to get involved very soon on a federal basis if they don’t clean up their act.”
The solution from the Trump administration will not be to throw money at the problem, that’s for sure.