San Francisco residents reported more than 30,000 cases of poop to authorities in 2019, city records show.
As of Monday afternoon, the city’s Department of Public Works responded to 30,136 cases of “human or animal waste” this year, easily topping the 28,353 cases the agency handled in 2018 with a week still to go.
After years of reading about the alleged horrors of San Francisco, I decided I wanted to see for myself if the City by the Bay was really in such dire conditions.
I’d grown up 30 miles south of San Francisco, occasionally popping in for field trips or shopping or sightseeing. Sure, the city had always had homeless people, but the conditions I read about—needles everywhere, “poop maps” documenting the location of human feces—seemed absurd.
How bad could it actually be in one of America’s most famous cities?
Some of those homeless people may be coming from San Francisco International Airport, where San Francisco police hand out free bus tokens to keep them out of the terminals at night.
Forbidden from crashing in the stations, many of the homeless simply got onto the trains where they can ride until late at night. Many wind up at the airport and from there back onto the bus heading north again. It’s like a daily homeless migration pattern.
“It’s unconscionable that agencies are playing what appears to be musical chairs with the homeless,” said Supervisor Aaron Peskin, whose district includes the Drumm Street block where the SamTrans line terminate.
All of those bankers who flocked to San Francisco this past week for the JP Morgan Health Care Conference were met with an unexpected - and wildly unappreciated - surprise.
"It comes up with our members every year," said Steve Ubl, chief executive officer of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, which represents the world’s largest drugmakers. "It gets worse and worse in terms of concentration and cost. It’s outrageous."
San Francisco has squandered its place in the sun," said John Price, CEO of Greffex Inc., an Aurora, Colorado-based genetic engineering company, who traveled to the conference fresh off a business trip to Asia. "San Francisco is the Bill Clinton of cities. It squandered itself with its flaws."
The JPMorgan gathering at the Westin St. Francis, which attracts about 10,000 people, has long drawn the ire of some attendees. Conference-goers have taken to Twitter and blog posts to express concerns about the homeless situation and watching city officials clean up human feces, all while spending thousands of dollars on hotel rooms and resorting to holding meetings in bathrooms.
"I’ve been coming to JPM for five years, and the homeless situation has gotten much worse," Selin Kurnaz, co-founder and CEO of New York-based Massive Bio, said at a party Monday night in the Tenderloin. "I feel unsafe walking around at night, especially as a young woman."
Last Friday at the Richmond Station parking garage, there were four elevators. One was broken, one had a large pool of vomit at the elevator entrance and inside, and on the sixth floor (top level), there was tons of pigeon poop in front of the elevator doors. So walk through vomit to get on the elevator and bird poop to get off.
And there was no agent in the booth, and no visible police or security.
292 homeless people per 100 BART cars, guess what you get?
A man was beaten with a chain in an unprovoked attack aboard a BART train during Tuesday evening commuting hours, leaving him with injuries that required hospital treatment, officials said.
The unidentified victim was on a Daly City-bound train approaching Lake Merritt Station shortly after 6 p.m. when another man allegedly asked for directions and then hit him, according to BART spokesman Jim Allison.