Salon owner Elizabeth Novak says she’s moving her business out of Sacramento, California because she can no longer deal with the capital city’s homeless problem.
Monday, in an interview with Fox News, Novak discussed a viral video she made calling out Governor Gavin Newsom (D) and explaining how she has to “clean up the poop and pee off my doorstep” left by the homeless:
“I’ve had a business in downtown Sacramento for 15 years. I just want to tell you what happens when I get to work: I have to clean up the poop and the pee off of my doorstep.
“I have to politely ask people, who I care for, I care for these people who are homeless, to move their tent. So, I want to know what you’re going to do for us.”
Novak told Fox News that she wouldn’t be moving her business if it weren’t for the homeless problem, but the crime and filth of the homeless have just become too unbearable:
“When I come into work, I’m never sure what I am going to walk into. I’ve been broken into; I've had my glass broken; I clean up human excrement off of my doorstep every week, cups of urine, things like that.”
“And, I do have compassion for these people – but, they’re sleeping in front of your door and they’re leaving trash and they’re turning over garbage cans, and I can’t do that anymore.”
Asked if the homeless problem in California really as bad as media reports claim, Novak said it is, adding that drug abuse by the homeless is a bigger issue than housing – but, police are helpless to do anything about it:
“I’ve spoken with a lot of law enforcement in my area and they all have the same answers: their hands are tied, they can’t arrest them, and a lot of people think arresting won’t do much but, it definitely will.”