Quick Takes – Unhealthy California: Los Angeles; San Francisco; San Diego

     Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.

     The focus this time: Fools’ Golden State

     First, a little mood music:

     Carrying on…

     Though ‘Frisco gets the bad rap for feces paved sidewalks and other vectors of a myriad of diseases, Los Angeles is facing quite a problem of rat spread diseases such as typhus. But wouldn’t the woke and government enlightened city be able to take care of rats and mere trash? No.

“For months rat-infested trash has been piling up on Ceres Avenue, a street that connects downtown LA’s bustling produce and garment districts. Now, health officials say accumulations of trash like this could be a cause of an outbreak of the bacterial disease typhus.”

     The rights of the homeless, in part, seem to be of some blame since the right of the homeless trump the rights of Angelenos to not die of typhus

“‘LAPD cops stationed near downtown LA’s Skid Row now work in fear of becoming the newest victims of the county’s growing typhus epidemic'”

     How bad is it? The rats are not just plaguing the homeless, or even the hoi polloi, but the City Hall itself!

“The first clue Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson had that rats were invading City Hall, possibly carrying a potentially deadly disease, was the pitter-patter of little feet.

“‘We had an employee or two mention they heard something in the ceiling,’ Wesson said Thursday as he led a tour through his office, where he recently had all the rugs ripped out. ‘Then we had an employee spot what she believed to be paw prints.’

“After a flea hidden in a rug pounced on one of his employees late last year, Wesson had enough: He shut down the office and had all the rugs removed.”

     Not to be outdone in the race to the bottom, San Francisco reminds us of why they will always have a special place in the heart of the Apocalyptic Seal that is pestilence.

“‘The streets are totally and completely out of control. I walk about three miles from home to work some days to work. Every time I do it, I risk stepping on needles (saw one today, and I see at least one most days), human feces and urine (which is on every block), trash (littered everywhere from leftover encampments), or bumping into drug dealers (especially near Civic Center), drifters, and passed out junkies.'”

     Not even San Diego, which used to be a Republican bastion back when California was competitive, is free from the poison that is Progressivism.

“A tent, of course, is not a home. But for these San Diegans, it is a blessing.

“Like other major cities all along the West Coast, San Diego is struggling with a homeless crisis. In a place that bills itself as ‘America’s Finest City,’ renowned for its sunny weather, surfing and fish tacos, spiraling real estate values have contributed to spiraling homelessness, leaving more than 3,200 people living on the streets or in their cars.

“Most alarmingly, the explosive growth in the number of people living outdoors has contributed to a hepatitis A epidemic that has killed 20 people in the past year — the worst U.S. outbreak of its kind in 20 years. Deplorable sanitary conditions help spread the liver-damaging virus that lives in feces.”


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