San Francisco business owner roasts Newsom for cleaning up city for world leaders: ‘He doesn’t care’ about us

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A small business owner in San Francisco was frustrated by the city government and the California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom after ordering a thorough cleaning ahead of this week’s APEC summit.

The city has made a major effort to build streets ahead of a crucial meeting between the US and China, including removing homeless encampments around the city.

“At first I thought… “Of course, we would have to clear high security zones. But then I realized that they were cleaning outside of these high security zones. “

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US President Joe Biden, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, right.

US President Joe Biden, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, right. (Getty Images)

Newsom acknowledged the cleanup Friday when a new program to plant trees in urban areas was announced.

“I know people say, ‘Oh they’re just cleaning this place up because all these fashion leaders are coming to town.’ That’s true, because it’s true – but it’s also true for months and months and months before APEC [Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit]we have been having discussions,” the governor said.

“It’s really sad,” Rabkin said of the comments. “He doesn’t care about having clean streets for the members of parliament he serves. But at the snap of his fingers, things are clean. Just in time for this conference.”

“If it wasn’t very clear before, it is very clear now that our leaders at the local and state level are not completely incompetent and incompetent, they just choose not to serve the people.”

President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jingping will meet face-to-face in the city this week – a first for the two leaders met in Indonesia in November 2022.

Gov. Gavin Newsom

Gov. California Gavin Newsom speaks with other local officials and local officials at the opening of the recently completed Clean California beautification project. (California Governor Gavin Newsom’s YouTube Channel)

San Francisco Mayor London Breed said the conference could help the city inject $53 million into the economy, according to FOX affiliate KTVUsaying that “tourism is our business here in San Francisco”.

“It’s funny,” Gabkin said. “The city has always gotten away with being poorly run. But with work-from-home policies, people are starting to leave… the tax base is shrinking. Small business owners are the ones who suffer. So it’s really hard to see that there are issues. getting a proper cleaning because this conference is coming in and world leaders are going to come into the city.”

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Gabkin, who has operated her small business for more than 11 years in the city, said the homeless crisis and drug epidemic have been weighing on residents for years.

“People don’t need to be here anymore, and they don’t want to live in a place that doesn’t feel clean and safe,” she said.

“We feel the terrible pain. It’s no secret that stores are closing left and right. This is not a media stunt. This is the reality on the streets.”

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FOX News’ Peter Aitken contributed to this report.

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