Faithful Democrat and former UCLA basketball star Bill Walton has had enough of the homelessness problem in his native San Diego.
The longtime NBA center and number one overall pick is riled up after having an apparently violent confrontation with a derelict man in late August.
Walton described the incident in a Sept. 2 email he sent to San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria.
“Once again, while peacefully riding my bike early this Sunday morning in Balboa Park, I was threatened, chased, and assaulted by the homeless population, in our park.”
“You have failed, us and yourself,” he continued in the email.
Walton, born and raised in the suburb of La Mesa, has lived in the same neighborhood for the last 43 years.
Genuine as the love and concern for his city may be, Bill seems to have forgotten the fact he’s a Democrat. His party’s leadership in America’s major cities are solely responsible for the homeless problem transforming into a nationwide homeless crisis.
Walton, who once headed the Secretary of State campaign for State Sen. Rick Metsger (D-OR), sang a very different tune while the riots of 2020 nearly burned cities like Minneapolis, and his own, to the ground.
“I stand with the protesters. I stand with the demonstrators who are trying with everything they can to make real change,” said Walton in a San Diego Union Tribune piece.
San Diego’s yearly crime data revealed that “homicide, rape and aggravated assault increased 3%, 11% and 12% respectively in 2021.”
Homelessness has also been on the rise in San Diego. Upwards of 1,500 homeless were recorded in downtown San Diego last month, an all-time high.
It’s gotten so bad that Mayor Gloria recently instilled a “progressive enforcement” initiative, meant to discipline the homeless that refuse shelters. The questionable tactic has led to eight times as many homeless arrests.
Preposterous doesn’t even begin to describe Bill Walton’s comments. Truly fascinating is his display of unawareness along with his inability to grasp the fact that his voting record makes him partially responsible for the decay of his city.