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Written by: Heather Knight / SF Chronicle
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A year ago, Joe D’Alessandro broke the cardinal rule of those working in the tourism industry. He publicly trashed his own city, the one in which he makes his living promoting to tourists and conventioneers.
In my column last year, D’Alessandro, president and CEO of San Francisco Travel, accurately called out the side of the city that doesn’t show up on postcards and in guidebooks. The tent camps. The feces. The needles. The car break-ins. The threatening behavior of some people with untreated mental illness or who are high out of their minds.