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San Francisco Spends $5 Million of Taxpayer Money to Give Free Beer and Vodka Shots to Homeless

San Francisco Spends $5 Million of Taxpayer Money to Give Free Beer and Vodka Shots to Homeless

Meanwhile, CA Gov. Newsom dodges questions about blowing $24 billion to reduce homelessness without getting any results.

San Francisco has such a significant homelessness problem that there are literal poop maps distributed so residents know where to avoid feces lines on streets.

As the once-great city descends into a Mad Max dystopia, public officials think that the solution is to use $5 million in taxpayer dollars to give free booze to homeless people…many of whom are likely to be alcoholics.

Adam Nathan, founder and CEO of the small business AI marketing tool Blaze and the chair of the Salvation Army San Francisco Metro Advisory Board, posted a thread on X slamming the program after watching a string of unhoused drunks line up for their shots, stating it “just doesn’t feel right.”

“Did you know San Francisco spends $2 million a year on a “Managed Alcohol Program?” It provides free Alcohol to people struggling with chronic alcoholism who are mostly homeless,” Nathan wrote on the social media site.

His estimate was actually just 40% of the total cost — the four-year-old “managed alcohol program” actually costs the city $5 million a year, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The program as described by the Chronicle sees nurses dispense “controlled doses” of vodka and beer to street people at specific times of the day. Intended to keep the homeless off the streets and out of jail or the emergency room, it’s run out of a former hotel in the city’s Tenderloin district.

Apparently, the goal of the program is to reduce the amount of emergency room visits by homeless alcoholics who binge on alcohol to the point that they are suffering severe health consequences.

But a professor at the UCSF School of Nursing, Shannon Smith-Bernardin, who helped set up the program in San Francisco explained how the aim is to stabilize the amount of alcohol being used by the homeless people ‘so they’re not binge drinking or stopping drinking and having seizures and then … start figuring out what’s next.’

Aside from pouring the pints, and serving the shots, the program also allows those taking part to receive medication and therapy in a further drive to reduce the alcohol cravings.

Nathan has brought the program on his social media feed earlier this week, posting details of what he discovered after walking into the former hotel where the scheme operated. He was appalled by what he had seen.

‘I’m no doctor or “expert” on issues of drug policy. But I am a taxpayer. When did this Managed Alcohol Program get approved? Where were the public hearings? Why is it hidden away in an old hotel? Who approved a $2 million budget for it?’ Nathan asked on X.

Here is a video from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine featuring “experts” explaining the program, which also includes a massive dose of social justice. It’s worth checking out for the comments.

Admittedly, it is a bold strategy.

Let’s see if it pays off.

California Governor Gavin Newsom was called out by a reporter after he continued to dodge questions about blowing the state’s $24 billion spending on the homeless.

….California spent $24 billion tackling homelessness over five years but didn’t track if the money was helping the state’s growing number of unhoused people, a damning report says.

At a press conference announcing his plans, he was asked by Angela Hart of KFF Health News if he felt his administration did enough to ensure the money was well spent and if he was worried the appetite for spending was lessening based on the homelessness program.

The usually confident Democrat hemmed and hawed for two minutes, to which Hart responded: ‘I’m sorry governor, I didn’t hear responses to either of those questions.’

The fiasco is so astonishing that even California Democrats are beginning to complain.

Some California Democrats are turning on their Golden State leader after Gov. Gavin Newsom’s homelessness council failed to track whether billions of dollars spent on curbing the homelessness crisis were successful in the last five years.

“You come to a budget committee, and there’s no numbers,” Democratic Assemblymember Phil Ting said to Newsom’s housing and homelessness officials during Monday’s budget committee hearing. “How many people have we helped? How many people are off the street?”

“Because that’s what people want to know,” he added.

I suspect Newsom will be grilled even harder as news about the free beer and vodka is spread.

Failure of this magnitude is hard to hide and difficult to explain away with an explanation of “incompetence.” The officials of San Francisco and Sacramento who created these harmful homelessness programs have engaged in destructive, misplaced compassion—likely with a huge side of graft.

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Concise | May 14, 2024 at 9:21 am

Let’s cut the crap. These are not well meaning, but misguided and mismanaged programs. These are fat corrupt democrat grifters quite deliberately enriching themselves. Same thing is happening but to the tune of billions with illegals and the border. And “climate change.” And the cons don’t end there.


 
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Paul | May 14, 2024 at 9:33 am

Subsidize something and you’ll get more of it.

Every.

Single.

Time.


 
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smooth | May 14, 2024 at 9:34 am

CA gov newscum squander billions during pandemic lockdown, over-paying for hotel rooms for homeless junkies to get them off the streets. Those hotels were totally trashed beyond recognition, and now the state of CA is on the hook to pay to repair and rebuild them, while the homeless junkies are back living on the sidewalks now. It was another failed public works boondoggle by state of CA, dig a hole and fill it, in the name of virtue signaling, that accomplished nothing of value, and squandered taxpayer money. CA is under one party rule, dem super majority.


     
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    MajorWood in reply to smooth. | May 15, 2024 at 1:25 am

    Google is not updating the streetview pic of a large Rodeway/Comfort Inn complex that the PDX local .govs took over as a shelter. It looks like a Beirut operation now from the street, with a huge security fence and already a death and a major fire. Forget rentals, they are buying up these places. We are in the process of getting a new 60 bed treatment place that was a semi-luxury hotel soon to open for only like $16+M. What a bargain.

    https://www.wweek.com/news/city/2024/01/02/central-city-concern-plans-to-turn-lolo-pass-hotel-into-a-drug-treatment-facility/

    So roughly $250K per bed, and probably 10,000 plus fentanyl addicts on the streets. They’ll have it fixed in no time and well under budget, assuming the budget is the USA GDP.


       
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      smooth in reply to MajorWood. | May 15, 2024 at 9:52 am

      All those properties will be destroyed by the occupants in 1-3 months. The fentanyl and meth dealers will be setting up across the street. They aren’t legally permitted to lock-in the residents, and the impact to the surrounding neighborhoods will be horrific.


 
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LeftWingLock | May 14, 2024 at 10:55 am

What kind of beer and vodka? Homeless are people too and they don’t deserve off brands. Absolut or Grey Goose on the vodka — Bud Light on the beer.


     
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    alaskabob in reply to LeftWingLock. | May 14, 2024 at 12:21 pm

    No more Mogen David 20-20 or Thunderbird! We developed a combination drink for the Pioneer Square bunch… Sustacal and Muscatel….. Sustcatel!

    UW and Harbor View were the leaders in CPR and with Medic One. An old alkie collapsed in Pioneer Square and they called Medic One. When they arrived, two motorcycle cops were performing CPR. As the medics moved in, the crowd parted. The leader was an old hardcore fireman…. the cops stood back and the fireman walked up. Kicked the downed guy in the rear and said…”George… get your ass off of the street and go home!!” George came too and staggered away. Not bad … Geroge had survived being crunched by two big cops!


 
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destroycommunism | May 14, 2024 at 12:26 pm

When asked where and when the free weed would be forthcoming

the mayor said

Its coming out of my own stash next week

“Hey, man, let’s go down to Skid Row and have a kegger!”


 
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George S | May 14, 2024 at 12:40 pm

The details matter… there are 180,000 homeless in CA… in my days as a bartender I could handle about 50 customers… that means CA needs 3600 people to sling that booze to the homeless, figure them getting $100 a day. There are 16 shots in a bottle of vodka, which can be purchased in bulk for less than $10.00… the (cheap!) vodka is 112,500 bottles and the cost is therefore about $110k. You can get beer at $1 a bottle… that’s $180K for beer…

For about a $325k, CA can buy and serve all the homeless one round of the alcohol. For 5 million, that can be done 15 times per homeless during the year. Roughly once a month.

How does that stop their binge drinking exactly?


     
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    Milhouse in reply to George S. | May 15, 2024 at 6:01 am

    This isn’t a state program, it’s a city program, so it’s not serving 180,000 bums, only however many there are in SF. And not all bums will use the program, so it’s even less. On the other hand, some people who have homes will also show up, so the numbers go up.


 
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Breakaway Books | May 14, 2024 at 12:54 pm

Had enough yet?


 
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henrybowman | May 14, 2024 at 1:06 pm

“You come to a budget committee, and there’s no numbers,” Democratic Assemblymember Phil Ting said to Newsom’s housing and homelessness officials during Monday’s budget committee hearing. “How many people have we helped? How many people are off the street?”

Screw that — how many mail-in ballots did you collect from them? That’s the only number that matters.


 
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guyjones | May 14, 2024 at 1:15 pm

Only the vile and evil Dhimmi-crats promulgate policies and programs that are a noxious melange of equal parts stupidity, callousness, destructiveness and profligacy.


 
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Gosport | May 14, 2024 at 1:30 pm

So umm, how “homeless” does one have to be to get free booze? Do I have to like defecate in the street to prove it or what?

(Asking for a friend)


 
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destroycommunism | May 14, 2024 at 2:53 pm

Since bars/restaurants can be held responsible for the actions of their customers

Im sure the law will extend that to the government bartenders

AOC IN DA HOUSE!!!


 
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E Howard Hunt | May 14, 2024 at 3:54 pm

Please, how is this any different than methadone clinics? They are either both bad or both good.

https://disq.us/url?url=https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com%2FWallStreetApes%2Fstatus%2F1789768061777494116%3AVGcvYaCaYBUfxG3NH-FhaWZxTro&cuid=855561

Taxes In America Are OUT OF CONTROL

Brown–Forman, American Based Distillery Company Exposing How Much They’re Taxed

– Every gallon of whiskey we make, we owe the government $13.50 a proof gallon
– A barrel at 125 proof is 66 proof gallons
– So every barrel we fill, we owe the government $894 in new-mate taxes day one
– Brown Foreman alone pays roughly $4 million a day in taxes
– $20 million a week
– $1 billion a year

and 4-7 years is when you’re finally recouping that money, when you finally dump that whiskey, put it in a bottle, and sell it to the distributor.”


 
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smooth | May 15, 2024 at 9:47 am

Meanwhile hunter biden is getting narcan delivered to his malibu rental house by bicycle messenger service.

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