Wednesday, November 09, 2005


On Tuesday, San Francisco voted to ban military recruiters in city schools and voted against a state proposition regarding parental notification on abortions

The outcome of Tuesday's election was a good way of determining San Francisco's hostility towards families and the military. San Francisco County voted overwhelmingly against California's Proposition 73 which would have have required parental notification before a minor tried to obtain an abortion.

Here were the results of Prop. 73 in San Francisco Country

YES: 32,923 20.5
NO: 126,993 79.5

Here is how California voted state-wide:

YES: 3,130,062 47.4
NO: 3,465,629 52.6

What is curious is that lost in the shuffle are the media reports from a few months ago that detailed the appallingly low number of children in San Francisco. This article from the Associated Press is typical...

[AP:] SAN FRANCISCO—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.

The goodbyes are so frequent that Carina, age 4 1/2, wants to know when she is going to move, too. Eric, 2 1/2, misses Gus, his playmate from across the street. “When we get to know people through our kids, we think to ourselves, `Are they renters or owners? Where do they work?’ You have to figure out how much time to invest in people,” Bakstad said. “It makes you feel like, `Where is everyone going? Stay with us!’”

A similar lament is being heard in San Francisco’s half-empty classrooms, in parks where parents are losing ground to dog owners, and in the corridors of City Hall. San Francisco has the smallest share of small-fry of any major U.S. city. Just 14.5 percent of the city’s population is 18 and under.

It is no mystery why U.S. cities are losing children. The promise of safer streets, better schools and more space has drawn young families away from cities for as long as America has had suburbs.

But kids are even more scarce in San Francisco than in expensive New York (24 percent) or in retirement havens such as Palm Beach, Fla., (19 percent), according to census estimates.

A vast swath of an urban community is indifferent or willfully ignorant of the concerns that parents have and the problems that families are facing. It's almost as if San Francisco is saying, "children are not welcome."

Another indication of the lack of San Francisco's lack of compassion for the young is the cynical ploy to keep military recruiters out of San Francisco schools and colleges.

Proposition I, dubbed "College Not Combat," would oppose the presence of military recruiters at public high schools and colleges. However, it would not ban the armed forces from seeking enlistees at city campuses, since that would put schools at risk of losing federal funding.

Proposition I, "College Not Combat"

YES: 65,185 58% (in favor of ban)
NO: 47,275 42%

It smacks of a cynical ploy because these voters are projecting their own personal antipathy towards the military (and it's not Iraq, it's been there for at least 4 decades). However, the very kids they are trying to "protect" are being denied opportunities and the sacrosanct "choice" that liberals have worked so hard to protect in other areas (see: abortion). The funny part is how city run colleges are exempt lest they lose precious federal funding - talk about compromising your principles! As for denying job opportunities for San Francisco students, what's next? Are companies like ExxonMobil, WalMart and McDonald's going to be denied the opportunity to hire these San Francisco students?

The voters of San Francisco has sent a mesage loud and clear: Children should neither be seen nor heard.

1. May 25, 2005 SacUnion.com: Where Have San Francisco's Children Gone?

2. Nov 8, 2005 SF Gate.com: Early approval for San Francisco handgun, military recruiting bans

3. Nov 8, 2005 California State-wide results

4. Nov 8, 2005 San Francisco County Returns

Update, check out: Michelle Malkin on the San Fran gun ban.


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