Why have we heard so little about the closing of Laguna Honda Hospital?
There’s a good reason. It has nothing to do with the stated rationale for closing. There is nothing wrong with the hospital facilities, which were rebuilt after the overwhelming passage of a bond issue. There’s no demand for its closing, rather the reverse.
The cited employee misbehavior issues, which could be addressed by removal, replacement, or retraining of the offending individuals are just a figleaf. What’s really going forward in secret is to replace the hospital not only with luxury condos (as with the old Public Health Hospital on the Presidio) but an entire new neighborhood, which is planned to be the biggest real estate development in San Francisco for many decades. That’s what has investors and developers susurrating in ecstasy. That’s why nothing is being heard from Pelosi and other local politicians, because those in the know have been quietly bought off.
The plan is wait till the patients are all removed – and after the election – then to announce it as a surprise. All the stops are to be pulled out and all the cliches about affordable housing, solving the homeless problem, high density infill, and meeting the needs of every possible interest group. Except one – the disabled and impoverished seniors living there now, and those who may be in need of space in the future. Those are just useless eaters, to be bounced off to the Central Valley or Nevada or anywhere out of sight, if a virus doesn’t get them first.
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