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SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Residents of San Francisco's Castro District continue to deal with the endless problems surrounding homelessness and drug addiction. Recently, a new problem has surfaced.

Their local library has become a magnet for those living and using drugs on the streets.

Now some are asking the library to turn off the WiFi in an attempt to push them out.

ABC7 News reporter Lyanne Melendez visited 16th Street near Market across from the library to see what conditions were like.

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She navigated her way through a homeless encampment where she saw families and many tents.

Thomas Ashwood told her why many gather there.

"It's because they're safe here and it's not violent here. When they go to sleep they don't have to worry about waking up when their tents are on fire or someone is cutting it open," explained Ashwood.

They are drawn to this spot because they're in front of a public building with access to the bathrooms. They've also learned how to generate power from the bicycle docks.

"When I come to the library, you almost always see someone smoking meth and people are doing fentanyl as well and it's comfortable, the weather is not too bad, no one bothers them," said long-time resident Richard Wigen.

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Neighbors and merchants in the San Francisco's Castro District agree this is not a homeless problem they face. It's a drug problem.

Another visible reason for congregating here is the access to free Wi-Fi.

It's no secret, that residents have asked the public library to shut down the Wi-Fi at night hoping that will drive them out.

"What are you going to do get all of them shut down,?" asked Ashwood.

The reality is that the free city Wi-Fi along the Market Street corridor is not reliable, but the Wi-Fi at the public library is much more robust and allows for streaming.

In fact, ABC7 News witnessed many of them doing just that, using the internet from outside, waiting for the library to open.

We reached out to the San Francisco Public Library. They said a 2017 study found that crime in the area fluctuated whether Wi-Fi was turned on or off. They also told us "they continue to seek to address the digital divide."

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From seeing people die from a gunshot wound to others overdosing, Jacques Bidjima describes raising a child in San Francisco's Tenderloin District.

"Obviously they aren't filing resumes," said Kathy Amendola, a resident of the Castro who offers historic tours of the district.

"Obviously you want to provide this service for your patrons and anyone is welcome inside but there is no reason to let it go on during the night," added Amendola.


re are signs of vandalism in the area. The library's parking lot surveillance camera was damaged and neighbors continue to report crimes like broken garage doors and Ring doorbells that have been tampered with.

"This is the public library, I live in this neighborhood. I won't let my daughter come here unaccompanied," said David Burke, the SFPD Public Safety Liaison for this district.

"We don't have a lot of sticks, we have even fewer carrots and if folks don't want help, they can refuse it which is very frustrating for those of us who live and work in the Castro," expressed Burke.

Burke says it's obvious they need help and treatment but they are one of the hardest groups to reach.

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Warriors Opening Night Opponent Announced: Report

Getty Draymond Green, Stephen Curry, and Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors.

While some Golden State Warriors fans may still be riding the wave of their championship run this past season, NBA basketball is just two short months away. Basketball will soon be back, and the Warriors will be forced to defend their title against 29 other hungry teams.

Luckily for Golden State, they still have a great team that’s perfectly capable of contending. Alongside their star trio of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green, guys like Andrew Wiggins, Joran Poole, and Kevon Looney will be crucial to their success, too.

And as they get ready for next year, the entirety of their schedule is unknown. However, their opening-night matchup has just been announced. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Warriors will take on the Los Angeles Lakers on opening night, which will also be when they receive their rings.

“Scheduled for the NBA’s 2022-23 opening night and ring ceremony on TNT: Lakers at Warriors, Oct. 18, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium,” Charania reported.

Scheduled for the NBA’s 2022-23 opening night and ring ceremony on TNT: Lakers at Warriors, Oct. 18, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 13, 2022

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This will mark the second year in a row that the Warriors have faced the Lakers on Opening Night. Last season, they earned a 121-114 win with Curry leading the way, dropping 21 points and 10 assists.

And although the thrill of seeing the Warriors get their rings on opening night will be sweet, there has been a mixed reaction to the fact that they’ll be playing the Lakers.

Fans’ Reactions to Warriors/Lakers Matchup

In terms of star power, this game makes plenty of sense. Curry, Thompson, and Green spent years battling against LeBron James, and Anthony Davis is one of the best big men in the business. However, while the Warriors were busy winning their fourth championship in eight years last season, the Lakers failed to make the Play-In Tournament.

Jonathan Von Tobel of VSiN and ESPN Las Vegas pointed this out, insinuating that the best team in the league should have a better opening-night opponent than the 11th seed in the West from the previous season.

“The 11th seed in the West playing the defending champs? Pass,” Von Tobel tweeted.

The 11th seed in the West playing the defending champs? Pass.

— Jonathan Von Tobel (@meJVT) August 13, 2022

Another NBA fan on Twitter pointed out the fact that a lottery team was being handed a “marquee matchup.”

“Lottery teams getting marquee matchups I’m sick,” they tweeted.

Lottery teams getting marquee matchups I’m sick

— HappyPacersFan (@szn_holiday) August 13, 2022

On the other hand, some fans were excited for the matchup… but not necessarily for the reasons the NBA might want. One fan predicted that the Warriors were being handed their rings and a win on their first night, seemingly assuming that the Lakers would be an easy opponent.

“Boys get their rings and victory to start the season,” they tweeted.

Boys get their rings and victory to start the season

— MR. UNLIMITED (@FSUAlex_) August 13, 2022

And another pointed out the fact that it would be a chance for Juan Toscano-Anderson to face off against his old team.

“TOSCANO-ANDERSON revenge game,” the fan tweeted.

TOSCANO-ANDERSON revenge game.

— Ty Hoops (@TyHoopsPDX) August 13, 2022

However, while James vs. Curry should provide plenty of entertainment, the matchup a lot of fans wanted to see was Warriors vs. the Memphis Grizzlies.

Warriors vs. Grizzlies Drama

Just recently, Jaren Jackson Jr. of the Grizzlies posted a video to TikTok of him working out. In the video, a whiteboard in the Grizzlies locker room was shown, and on it was a quote from Green.

‘“Memphis is going to get their reality check,” the quote read.

This stems from a long history of drama from last season between the two teams, culminating in the two squads facing off in the playoffs. Obviously, the Warriors got the better of Memphis there, but the beef still lives.

And while the two sides won’t get to face one another on opening night, keep an eye out for their matchups next season, as they are sure to provide lots of drama.

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