Walton reached his limit and called out the California city’s Democrat leaders after getting assaulted, again.
“You have failed, us and yourself, you’ve done, and continue to do, nothing,” Walton said in an email to San Diego’s Democrat 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 speak of the rights of the homeless, what about our rights, we follow the rules of a functioning society, why are others allowed to disregard those rules.
“Your lack of action is unacceptable, as is the conduct of the homeless population.”
“Sadly, and with a broken heart, I can no longer say that my hometown of San Diego, is the greatest place in the world,” Walton followed up in an Instagram post.
“I can no longer say that SD is a safe, healthy, clean, and beautiful place.
“I can no longer urge my family, friends, tourists, and businesses to come to SD to live, work, and play.
“I can no longer say that our neighborhood for the last 43 years is still my dream.
“I am brokenhearted.
“Mayor [Todd Gloria] —clean up our city, and let us reclaim our lives.
“We must fix our homeless crisis,” he concludes.
“We need engagement, rehabilitation, and constant enforcement, and we need it now.”
sadly & with a broken heart, I can no longer say that my hometown of San Diego, is the greatest place in the world, or that it is a safe, healthy, clean & beautiful place, @ToddGloria — we must fix our homeless crisis, we need engagement, rehabilitation, and constant enforcement, pic.twitter.com/oBWQQzKXQ0
— Bill Walton (@BillWalton) September 19, 2022
“Bill’s frustration over our homelessness crisis is shared by people across our city, including the mayor himself, and in cities across the United States,” said Rachel Laing, the director of communications for Mayor Gloria.
“…people living on the streets since the pandemic seem to be in worse straits than ever, with more behavioral health and substance abuse issues than we’ve seen prior to the pandemic,” She added.
“In our efforts to address the neighborhood impacts of homelessness – particularly encampments and the trash and unsanitary conditions that result from them – our crews are finding an increase in hording behaviors and anti-social behavior such as vandalism and unwillingness to put trash in available nearby receptacles.”