San Francisco has gained worldwide fame as a place for aggressive panhandling, outdoor drug use and extensive camps, the filth and despair all the more remarkable for the city's immense wealth.
Some roads are so dirty that officials started a special "poop patrol". A young technician created "Snapcrap" – an app to report the dirt. Morning commuters swiftly pass by homeless people huddling on subway walls. In the neglected city center, the frail and sick shuffle in wheelchairs or stumble around, sometimes half-dressed.
The situation has become so bad that a coalition of activists has collected enough signatures to measure the city's November. 6 votes that would tax hundreds of San Francisco's wealthiest companies to help thousands of homeless and mentally ill residents, which failed in Seattle earlier this year. Proposition C would bring in $ 300 million a year, nearly double the city's homelessness.
"That's the worst thing ever," says Marc Benioff, founder of cloud computing giant Salesforce and a fourth San generation Franciscan who supports the move, even though his company scores 1
"We have to do it, we have to try something," said Sunshine Powers, a tie shop, Love on Haight, in the historic Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of the city. "If my community is bad, nobody will want to come here."
The proposal is the final battle between big business and social service advocates demanding that companies pay in America to eliminate inequalities that are exacerbated by their success. In San Francisco, it is also a thrilling struggle between the recently elected Mayor London Breed, who is pushing for votes with the city's Chamber of Commerce, and philanthropist Benioff, whose company, with 8,400 employees, is San Francisco's largest private employer  Breed fiercely opposed The measure proposed that cooperation was lacking and could attract homeless people from neighboring countries to the city and cost middle-class jobs in the retail and service sectors. San Francisco has already dramatically increased spending on homelessness, she said, with no noticeable improvement.
Last year, San Francisco spent $ 380 million on its $ 10 billion budget for homelessness-related services.
"I have to make decisions, not just my heart," Breed said. "I do not think we can double what we spend on homelessness without new accountability if we do not even spend what we now have efficiently, a good government."
West Coast cities are sometimes grappling with rampant homelessness by a growing number of well-paid tech jobs that challenge low-income residents from tight housing markets. A family of four in San Francisco who earn $ 117,000 is considered low-income.
In Seattle, business picked up as executives picked up a per-employee tax in June, bringing in $ 50 million a year after Amazon and Starbucks pushed back. In July, the City Council of Cupertino in Silicon Valley awarded a similar tax following the opposition of its largest employer, Apple Inc.
However, Mountain View residents will pay a $ 6 million tax a year this fall, largely from Google, for transit projects.
The San Francisco measure is different, as it would raise the tax mainly through revenue rather than the number of employees – an average tax increase of 50% on corporate revenues over $ 50 million a year. It was also voted on by citizens, not by elected officials.
Stripe, the online payment processing company, has opposed $ 420,000 in campaigning against Proposition C, but other companies have remained calm. The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, whose board consists of representatives from Microsoft, LinkedIn and Oracle, is leading the fight.
It would affect up to 400 companies, with internet and financial services sectors accounting for nearly half of the costs
The city says that confidentiality does not disclose tax information, but some of the companies that pay the most are big names in the major industries. Wells Fargo & Co., retailer Gap Inc. and the Uber platform did not comment on this.
The Pharmaceutical Distributor McKesson Corp. asked questions to a private business association, the Labor Committee, which described the measure as flawed. Utility Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. said he did not take a position. Twitter did not comment, but Chief Executive Jack Dorsey tweeted last week that he trusted Breed to solve the problem.
"Anyone can look at the status quo and understand that it does not work, but more money alone is not the only answer," says Jess Montejano, spokesperson for the campaign "No on C".
Benioff disagrees. A two-year $ 37 million initiative he began with the city, to which he contributed more than $ 11 million, has housed nearly 400 families through rental allowances, he said.
Benioff has pledged at least $ 2 million in corporate and personal funds in the November tax campaign. He said that he was ultimately influenced by a report by the city's chief economist, in which the measure would likely reduce homelessness, while creating a net loss of at most 900 jobs or 0.1 percent of all jobs.
"I said," Well, I'm the biggest employer in town, and the city is threatened by homelessness and cleanliness. We need to act now, "he said.
At least half of the new revenue would go into permanent housing and at least a quarter to services for people with severe behavioral problems.A 1-night count from 2017 found an estimated 7,500 people without permanent housing More than half lived in the city for at least ten years.
Tracey Mixon and her daughter Maliya, 8, are homeless homeless.
Mixon, 47, a native of San Francisco, lives and works in New York York notoriously dangerous and drug-contaminated tenderloin district, they were forced out of their rent this summer, partly because the company that managed their property was losing their state accreditation, she said on a recent afternoon while working on crossing the guard
One of the hardest parts was to find a place for the day when Mother and Daughter Dismissed from Shelter
"I need to protect her from people who use drugs," she said. "I have to protect her from people who could fight."
In Stormy Nichole Day, 22, on the street that played a key role in the "Summer of Love," she says she would love a place to live. Currently, Day is sleeping in a door. She could thrive if her basic needs were met, she said.
"And that includes a house and a place to cook food and a place to shower."