UPDATE: The San Francisco Superior Court judge overseeing the lawsuit filed by Embarcadero homeowners to block construction of the homeless shelter near the Bay Bridge threw out the complaint. The new center is expected to open by year's end.
Wealthy San Francisco residents — a number of them reportedly donors to Democratic and left-wing groups — are fighting a proposed homeless shelter in their posh neighborhood on the city's eastern waterfront, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
The GoFundMe campaign — "Safe Embarcadero for All" — was created last week and has raised over $66,000 of its $100,000 goal as of Friday afternoon.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed proposed a homeless shelter in the city's Embarcadero section, which sits by the financial district, South Beach, and the Bay Bridge — but certain residents are balking at the plan.
More from the GoFundMe page:
South Beach, Rincon Hill, Bayside Village, East Cut & Mission Bay residents, businesses and other interested parties are organizing to oppose Mayor London Breed's proposal to build a 225 bed Navigation Center on Seawall Lot 330. The process of picking the site was shrouded in secrecy with no input from citizens or Supervisors. Residents first learned of the plan from the newspaper.
The Mayor's legislation to fast-track homeless shelters is deeply flawed. Newly proposed ordinances give the Mayor extraordinary emergency powers and remove the Board of Supervisors' oversight over the process of building shelters. This undemocratic process has left us no choice but to pursue legal options to ensure that the City adheres to normal environmental and building rules designed to protect health and safety.
Homelessness is a very real problem that we all need to help solve. However, completely removing meaningful community engagement and Board oversight is no way to achieve a lasting solution.
The Mayor's attitude is that neighbors of proposed shelters need to be "educated" rather than engaged with. The Mayor should not be allowed to steamroll over communities just to pursue a campaign promise.
The Free Beacon said the proposed homeless shelter site and surrounding neighborhoods are in California's 12th Congressional District — represented by none other than Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The paper added that San Francisco is among the wealthiest cities in America, with an average household income of $141,000 — and in fact, a family of four with an annual income of $117,400 would qualify for subsidized housing.
Fox News reported that its review of records found that "multiple individuals — bank executives, professors, and authors — who donated to the GoFundMe page have also contributed to Democratic political groups, including thousands of dollars to the Democratic National Committee, MoveOn, Hillary Clinton's campaign, and other left-leaning organizations."
The network said it reached out to Pelosi's office, asking if she supports the project to combat homeless in her own district; it isn't clear from Fox News if her office responded or not.
Homeless shelter opponents also launched a website called #stopthemegashelter, saying the planned location is "home to thousands of families, visited by millions of tourists and at the center of some of San Francisco's most iconic events — including the San Francisco Marathon, San Francisco Giants stadium and on one of the busiest bicyclist paths in the city."
Over 1,500 people have signed the site's Change.Org petition to move the shelter site as of Friday afternoon; the goal is 2,500 signatures.
The Free Beacon said Mayor Breed, in response to the opposition, tweeted Wednesday that San Francisco's homelessness crisis is so bad the city "can't afford unnecessary delays."
As you may have heard, the city last year launched a pricey "poop patrol" to clean up human feces on streets and sidewalks. And residents have even launched their own campaigns to document the squalor around them.