Crime is so out of control in San Francisco, California, that employees who work at the Nancy Pelosi Federal Building, there, have been told to work from home.
This information comes from The San Francisco Chronicle.
The outlet has managed to get a copy of the Aug. 4, 2023, memo that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) sent to the workers.
It is in this memo that the HHS tells the workers at the Nancy Pelosi Federal Building - named after former House speaker and current U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) - to stay home because of the skyrocketing crime rate, especially in the downtown area where the building is located.
Addressed to HHS regional leaders, HHS Assistant Secretary Cheryl Campbell wrote the memo.
"In light of the conditions at the (Federal Building) we recommend employees . . . maximize the use of telework for the foreseeable future," the memo reads.
Campbell goes on to write that the recommendation ought to be extended to all building employees who do not currently use work-from-home options.
At the time of this writing, it is unclear whether other federal agencies are following suit here, telling their employees in the area to also work from home. So far, we only know about the memo sent to the HHS employees at the Nancy Pelosi Federal Building. But, the building also houses the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
The Chronicle, however, does report that Pelosi, herself, has not advised her own workers in the area to work from home. But, the report indicates that Pelosi is providing them with extra protection.
The current situation in San Francisco is neatly summed up by the New York Post.
The outlet reports:
Homeless people are seen consuming illegal drugs in an encampment in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco. San Francisco has fallen into an urban decay of abandoned shops, open-air drug use, and homeless encampments in recent months, with crime surging, especially in the downtown area.
Here, the Post cites a report showing just how bad crime is in San Francisco, providing concrete examples.
"The most-robbed Walgreens in the nation saw its latest thefts captured on camera — in the middle of a journalist’s televised report on the rampant crime at the San Francisco store," the report begins.
It is no wonder that federal employees are being told to work from home. The wonder is why, considering the risks, any decent person continues living there.