Bill Walton, an NBA icon and prominent Democrat, has had enough of the crime and homelessness in his beloved San Diego. After being assaulted, Bill reached his breaking point and shouted out the Democratic leaders.
You failed us and yourself, Bill said, because you did nothing and still don’t do anything. I was once again threatened, pursued, and assaulted by the homeless population in our park while riding my bike peacefully early on Sunday morning in Balboa Park.
“Unfortunately, and with a broken heart, I must no longer claim that San Diego, California, is the world’s best place. I can’t say that SD is a safe, healthy, clean, and lovely area anymore.
“I can no longer urge my family, friends, tourists, and businesses to come to SD to live, work, and play.
“I can no longer say that our neighborhood for the last 43 years is still my dream. I am brokenhearted, Mayor@toddgloria —clean up our city, and let us reclaim our lives.
“We must fix our homeless crisis. We need engagement, rehabilitation, and constant enforcement, and we need it now.
“You speak of the rights of the homeless, what about our rights, we follow the rules of a functioning society, why are others allowed to disregard those rules.
“Your lack of action is unacceptable, as is the conduct of the homeless population.”
“Bill’s frustration over our homelessness crisis is shared by people across our city, including the mayor himself, and in cities across the United States,” Rachel Laing, the director of communications for San Diego mayor Todd Gloria said.
“As Voice of San Diego has covered, people living on the streets since the pandemic seem to be in worse straits than ever, with more behavioral health and substance abuse issues than we’ve seen prior to the pandemic.
“In our efforts to address the neighborhood impacts of homelessness – particularly encampments and the trash and unsanitary conditions that result from them – our crews are finding an increase in hording behaviors and anti-social behavior such as vandalism and unwillingness to put trash in available nearby receptacles.”