Fat Steve's Blatherings

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Missing the Point on the Left Coast

Summary:
      San Francisco knows that lack of children can cause a problem, but they don't know what the problem is.

In Depth:
      A few weeks abo, the Associated Press ran a story that said:
      Anne Bakstad and Ed Cohen are starting to feel as if their family of four is an endangered species in San Francisco.

      Since the couple bought a house five years ago, more than a dozen families in their social circle have left the city for cheaper housing, better schools or both.

      San Francisco has the smallest share of small-fry of any major U.S. city; 14.5 percent of its population is younger than 18. . . .

      Determined to change things, Mayor Gavin Newsom has put the kid crisis near the top of his agenda, appointing a 27-member policy council to develop plans for keeping families in the city.

      Newsom has created a tax credit for working families, and voters have approved measures to aid public schools, which have seen enrollment drop from about 62,000 to 59,000 since 2000.

vvv"We are at a crossroads here," said N'Tanya Lee of the nonprofit Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth.  "We are moving toward a place where we could have an infrastructure of children's services and no children."

      If you think the problem is unused infrastructure, rather than a disappearing population, think again.

THE HOUSE OF SAUD MUST BE DESTROYED -- AND WILL BE!

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