(RepublicanJournal.org) – San Francisco, once one of the most popular and attractive cities in the US, has become a showcase for the failure of far-Left government. Recently, big retailers have been abandoning the city in the face of rampant crime. As one sandwich shop owner recently found out, life on the Bay isn’t great for small businesses either.
On April 20, Peterson Harter, a 39-year-old from New Orleans, Louisiana, opened Sandy’s Muffulettas in San Francisco’s famous Haight-Ashbury district. Peterson felt the neighborhood, well known for its role in the 1960s counterculture, had the same energy and “funkiness” as his native city, and he thought it would be the perfect place to sell a range of sandwiches built around the muffuletta, an Italian-style sandwich developed in New Orleans.
Just three months later, he’s regretting his decision. On July 19, Harter stepped out of his shop and saw a homeless man urinating on his trash cans. He asked him to stop — but the man punched him in the face and ran off. Harter posted a video on Instagram that showed his bruised, scraped face as he delivered an angry (and obscenity-laced) rant against the state of the city. He tagged California Governor Gavin Newsom, San Francisco Mayor London Breed and District 5 Supervisor Dean Preston (who are all Democrats) in the message and asked them, “What’s the plan?” The next day, he also posted a photo that he says shows the man who attacked him and asked anyone who recognizes him to contact either himself or the San Francisco Police Department.
Harter seems to have lost his illusions about San Francisco’s energy. In April, he said he couldn’t imagine running his shop in any other neighborhood; now that’s changed to “I’m f***ing fed up with this goddamn city… It shouldn’t be this way at all.” He’s right; it shouldn’t be. But will the city’s far-Left politicians do anything to fix it?
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