OAKLAND CALIFORNIA – Open-air drug markets and narcotics tourism, rampant thievery, and lax camping regulations have made Oakland, Calif., “unlivable,” according to a neighborhood activist.
Fox News reported that “Oakland, San Francisco, and the surrounding areas have become the promised lands of fentanyl and milk, and people come here to get it,” said Seneca Scott of Neighbors Together Oakland. People who are homeless now in Oakland are usually not locals. “They’re drug tourists.”
Recent reports show that people are flocking to the “Fentanyl Island”, a plot of land located between 7th St. & Brush St., in West Oakland. Scott describes it as an outdoor drug market with dozens of laden-out cars. “They are coming here to get their drugs of choice, and to steal to support these habits because there is no law.”
In Alameda County where Oakland is situated, homelessness also exploded, reaching 9,700 in the last year. County data.
OAKLAND IS A FAVORITE DESTINATION OF HOMELESS PEOPLE DUE TO OPEN-AIR DRUG MARKETS AND DRUG TOURISTISM.
Scott stated that “our homeless crisis has contributed to deteriorate the value of our property.” “When you combine this with the eviction ban and other government policies we now have a situation where property values are falling.”
A property manager in Oakland told Fox News that RVs lined up around her apartment building horrified potential tenants and made it difficult to fill vacant units. In addition to fires, homeless camps are also prone to fires. One person died last year after an RV fire trapped in the vehicle.
Scott, a Fox News reporter, said that “open-air drug markets are a big part of Oakland’s homeless crisis and we allow RV parking for sale of drugs and pretty much anything else,” Scott explained. It’s made living conditions unbearable.
According to a survey of 1270 locals , 36% believe that homelessness in Oakland is the most pressing issue. In the same poll, 63% of respondents disapproved of how the city government was handling.
California Gov. Last year, the office of California Gov. Gavin Newsom sent a letter to Oakland officials calling their treatment of encampments “simply inacceptable.”
Welcome to FentaNYL Island, where homelessness has doubled in less than ten years.
Scott told Fox News that despite the picturesque weather of the city and its skilled workforce, “homelessness has exploded.” It’s creating an untenable situation for our ability to maintain a healthy, thriving business community.
Scott stated that “We have investors who would love the opportunity to invest in Oakland.” “But, as long as… the neoprogressives are in control, and they seem to be hell-bent, no one will come here.”
Click here to watch the complete interview with Scott .
Ramiro Vargas has contributed to the video