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SF’s Democratic Mayor Makes Hard Shift to the Right With Drug Test Proposal



San Francisco Mayor London wants residents there to undergo drug tests as a condition of receiving public financial aid. (AP File)
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San Francisco Mayor London Breed wants local legislation that would require people receiving county financial assistance to undergo drug tests.

And, if those tests reveal substance-abuse issues, residents would need to seek treatment to remain eligible for financial support.

“No more handouts without accountability,” Breed said at a news conference Tuesday.

Breed, a Democrat, is running for re-election in 2024. The field will include Daniel Lurie, a Levi Strauss heir, who announced his candidacy on Tuesday.

Lurie said that he would “slam the door shut on the era of open-air drug markets and end the perception that lawlessness is an acceptable part of life in San Francisco.”

Ahsha Safaí, a political moderate serving on the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors, is also running.

Requiring drug tests for people receiving public assistance is a longtime Republican policy and talking point.

The fact that Breed would adopt a Republican position in liberal San Francisco speaks to the city’s huge challenges with homelessness and fentanyl addiction.

San Francisco’s General Assistance program administered $30.3 million in fiscal year 2022. There are about 5,200 people currently in San Francisco’s General Assistance program. It provided $30.3 million in aid in fiscal year 2022.

Read more at The San Francisco Standard.

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