San Fran­cis­co cleans up city’s home­less­ness ahead of Xi Jin­ping vis­it

The city of San Fran­cis­co has cleaned up its home­less­ness in prepa­ra­tion for a vis­it from Xi Jin­ping, the pres­i­dent of Chi­na, sched­uled for this week.
The cleanup of the city comes short­ly after Cal­i­for­nia Gov. Gavin New­som (D) vis­it­ed Chi­na last month. The cleanup includ­ed a pow­er wash­ing and scrub­bing of its streets and the removal of most of the city’s home­less camps, accord­ing to KTVU.
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“I know folks are say­ing, ‘Oh they’re just clean­ing up this place because all those fan­cy lead­ers are com­ing to town,’ ” New­som said on Fri­day. “That’s true, because it’s true — but it’s also true for months and months and months before APEC, we’ve been hav­ing con­ver­sa­tions.”
APEC refers to the Asia-Pacif­ic Eco­nom­ic Coop­er­a­tion sum­mit, which will host an expect­ed 20,000 CEOs and Heads of State in the city this week. San Fran­cis­co May­or Lon­don Breed has argued that the con­fer­ence will bring in almost $53 mil­lion, which could revi­tal­ize the city’s econ­o­my.
“Tourism is our busi­ness here in San Fran­cis­co, and we need to focus on mak­ing sure that the tourist dol­lars still come back,” said city res­i­dent Patrick Ryl …