The city of San Francisco has boycotted most of America based on its officials’ woke ideology.
Government employees are also barred from traveling to those states on official business.
- How did we get here?: San Francisco has made a habit of responding to purportedly repressive laws in various states with economic sanctions.
- The first such instance occurred in 2016, when then-Supervisor Scott Wiener issued an ordinance barring the city from entering into contracts with states deemed to have anti-LGBT laws.
- Since then the trend has only accelerated, with sanctions expanded to states with supposedly unconscionable abortion and voting laws.
San Francisco-based New York Times economics reporter Conor Dougherty summed it up nicely on Monday when he tweeted: “Basically whenever there is some right wing kerfuffle in another state, SF, a city of less than 1 million people, swoops in to declare their support and outrage by banning city travel/purchases to said place.”
San Francisco’s ideological stand has come at a price: the reduction in businesses the city can deal with has driven up costs, hurt quality and burdened government employees.
- “It limits our ability to procure products and receive services and contract services we need to run,” Chu told Mission Local. “It limits competition for our work.”
- Even Wiener, the former San Francisco supervisor who spearheaded the initial boycotts, has conceded the issue is “not as straightforward” as he once believed.
- “I’ll be honest, over time I have come to have mixed views on the approach,” Wiener, now a state senator, told Mission Local.
Indeed, the city’s ideological allies, activists and organizers in affected states, have characterized San Francisco’s approach as “high-handed, unwelcome and wrong-headed.”
- “This is definitely not anything we want,” Emily Persaud-Zamora, the executive director of a voting rights organization in Nevada, one of the states on San Francisco’s boycott list, told Mission Local.