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Democratic Mayor London Breed recently took issue with the characterization of her city as a dangerous cesspool that is fast driving away business, stating, "San Francisco is a major city and it has challenges."
Among the leftist-controlled city's latest challenges is a roving gang of baseball bat-wielding kids that targets mothers and nannies trying to pick up children from school.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that a group of adolescents is likely responsible for the attacks on at least 11 women in the city's Noe Valley, also called "stroller valley" on account of the preponderance of young families still living there.
Thomas Harvey, captain of the San Francisco Police Department's Mission Station, indicated that the ski mask-clad suspects smashed and robbed their victims in broad daylight then used a stolen car as a getaway vehicle.
According to the Telegraph, at least one victim was savaged with a baseball bat, and another was punched in the face.
A woman who identified herself only as CW told the Telegraph that police — whose force is greatly understaffed — appeared to have "zero interest" in investigating her attack. She had been thrown to the ground and robbed while attempting to pick up her daughter from the nursery.
KNTV obtained video of one of the suspects escaping while his victim screamed out in pain and terror:
One juvenile male was detained Thursday, though the others remain at large.
Rafael Mandelman, a Democratic member of the city's governing San Francisco Board of Supervisors, attributed the trend of children "doing these really awful things" in part to kids' removal from schools during the pandemic, which teachers' unions pushed for.
"Those couple of years where school was erratic or non-existent, where everyone was under stress, parents and caregivers were under stress. That was probably impacting vulnerable communities more anyway. Sociologically. who knows what was going on, but I would not be surprised if we are going to be experiencing the lingering impacts of that for a generation," said Mandelman.
Supervisor Catherine Stefani, also a Democrat, stressed the "need for increase police presence in the area, especially given what is happening in Noe Valley. ... Ensuring the security and well-being of residents, particularly women, is top priority for me and I have asked SFPD to step up patrols in the area."
According to the SFPD, between Jan. 1 and July 2, there were 152 reports of arson; 15,524 reports of larceny theft; 2,761 burglary reports; 1,206 assaults; 1,316 robberies; 105 rapes; 3,311 motor vehicle thefts; and 26 murders.
As the mothers and nannies of Noe Valley well know, the chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime in the city is 1 in 186, and the likelihood of becoming a victim of a property crime is 1 in 20.
The city's official homeless count as of 2022 was 7,754 people.
TheBlaze previously detailed a survey conducted by the San Francisco Chronicle last year, which found that 37% of current residents plan to be living somewhere beside San Francisco in three years' time. The city experienced a 7% numeric decline in its population between July 2020 and July 2021.
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Joseph MacKinnon is a staff writer for Blaze News.