Skip to comments.San Francisco becoming a child-free zone as youth population declines
Posted on 03/23/2011 2:52:57 PM PDT by longtermmemmory
Despite efforts to stem the tide of family flight, the population of children in San Francisco continues to ebb.
Families that remain in The City are bucking the trend that has plagued San Francisco for years as the number of children defined as people up to 17 years old has dropped from 181,532 in 1960 to 107,524 today, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau figures. The 2000 census counted 112,802 youths.
The decrease is disappointing news for city officials, who have attempted to counter the family-flight trend by creating more affordable housing, improving schools and cutting costs, such as a college savings account for kindergarten enrollees.
Its definitely not a hopeful sign that we have 5,000 less kids, said NTanya Lee, the executive director of San Francisco-based advocacy group Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth, which lobbies City Hall on budget and housing issues.
The census has yet to release a more detailed age breakdown of The Citys youth population.
A 2009 controllers survey found families with children were no longer more likely to leave The City than other people, with the exception of families with children under the age of 6.
The percentage of parents with young children considering a move has increased from 36 percent in 2007 to 41 percent in 2009 though it remains lower than the 45 percent in 2005, the report said.
Im very surprised, said Margaret Brodkin, the former head of the Department Children, Youth and Their Families. I thought we had finally turned the corner in being a more child-friendly city and keeping families in The City.
Brodkin suggested the count might be off because it failed to account for a number of undocumented youths.
Omar Khalif, who is a proponent of a ballot measure to advise changing the campus-assignment system to ensure kids can attend school closer to home, is a father of four daughters who lives in the Bayview district. He said hes not surprised by the trends.
This is no longer a blue-collar town, Khalif said. You dont have families moving here.
As for what The City could do to make it easier on families to survive in San Francisco?
How about giving families a tax break? said Khalif, referring to the proposal to offer a payroll tax break on new hires for companies willing to locate to the mid-Market Street area. Here we are living paycheck to paycheck.
Mayor Ed Lees spokeswoman Christine Falvey said Lee has been meeting with family services organizations as he drafts a budget for next fiscal year.
Mayor Lee is committed to keeping families in San Francisco, Falvey said. He is focused on job creation and economic development, two very real factors in keeping families in San Francisco.
Efforts to keep families from splitting town - 1,942 affordable-housing units currently in planning or under construction are targeted specifically for very low- and low-income families. - Kindergarten to College: Every student who is enrolled in kindergarten receives a college savings account with an initial $50 deposit from The City. - BenefitsSF.org: The Citys new multilingual public benefits website provides eligibility screening and electronic applications for food stamps and affordable health coverage in English, Spanish and Mandarin. - After-school programs: Most have access to after-school programs, and youth participants report satisfaction with those programs.
The rampant on the street drug selling and paraphanalia selling. The out of control focus on recreational sex.
It is just not a place to raise children.
This really IS for the children! ;)
Perhaps there is something flawed with gay procreation methodology.
Hang in there, San Freakcisco, you might get a shot at those little Mexican kids.
Quick, let’s move in more illegal aliens and educate them so they can be taxpayers. Oh, they want to work for the Government too? D@MN!
I wonder how many teachers got laid off?
The snotty liberals HATE children. They want to ban anything children do, say, play with, or eat.
Remember, San Fran banned Happy Meals.
This is a good thing. No child should be raised in San Francisco.
It shouldn’t be anywhere near 107,524! There should be exactly 0 children in San Francisco.
A child is better off being brutally killed than to spend one year in that horrible city.
it’s a good thing to keep children away from pedophiles... and by that i don’t mean to say all fags are pedophiles.
Not being a good place for children was my main objection to buying a house in the city.
You don't want kids anywhere near those whackjobs.
so there is no happy in sand francisco.
hmmmm escape from san francisco.
perhaps the child catcher set up shop there. (see chitty chitty bang bang)
Where have all the breeders gone?
Long time passing
Those poor Mexican kids...
Where butt-banditry is rampant, my kids will not go.....
And, the 800-pound gorilla-sized reason for this is...?
I suppose, that this either means that the remaining children get a really good education (yeah, right) or the adults don’t pay much in school taxes (yeah, sure).
Take away the kids, and a city has no future.
In the case of SF, no future might be a very good thing.
No child left behind in the evacuation from San Franfreako, otherwise your children will be taking it in the behind in more ways than one!
Note to the last family out of San Fran: Don’t look back. The last time that happened, someone turned into a pillar of salt.
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