Newsom sending National Guard to SF to help with fentanyl crisis

April 23, 2023

MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-Ne/MediaNews Group via Getty ImagesThe San Francisco Police Department and the office of San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins are partnering with the California National Guard and the California Highway Patrol in an effort to stymie the city’s ongoing struggles with fentanyl. California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who toured the Tenderloin with San Francisco Mayor London Breed and state Attorney General Rob Bonta earlier this week, announced the plan Friday. “Two truths can co-exist at the same time: San Francisco’s violent crime rate is below comparably sized cities like Jacksonville and Fort Worth — and there is also more we must do to address public safety concerns, especially the fentanyl crisis,” he said in a news release. The California National Guard, meanwhile, will dedicate personnel and resources toward dismantling fentanyl distribution rings.