Some days this town gets me down. I think today is one of them.
An obviously drunk and homeless man got on my bus this morning. He drank from a large can of beer, didn't pay his fare and sat at the front of the bus. It was 8 a.m. and the bus was packed. Someone mentioned the can of beer. He got angry and started cursing and threatening to kill those standing around him. Not a good way to start a Monday.
Yes, SF has a homeless problem. We're a city of about 800,000 with an estimated 6,500 homeless people. Many of these folks came here from other places. Most are drug addicts, alcoholics, mentally ill. We spend $190 million a year -- the highest per capita amount in the U.S. to fix a problem that won't go away.