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San Francisco focuses on crappy laws instead of excrement-covered streets

San Francisco focuses on crappy laws instead of excrement-covered streets

San Franciscans can look forward to higher taxes, no plastic straws, and the end of company cafeterias.

San Francisco has a public hygiene crisis of epic proportions, but city officials would rather focus on crappy laws instead of excrement-covered streets.

It is so bad that San Francisco’s new mayor London Breed recently told a local NBC affiliate that she’s never seen as much human feces piled on the sidewalks as she did during a recent stroll through the city.

A sample from a recent interview interview will give you an idea of the caliber of leadership that residents will now enjoy:

“I will say there is more feces on the sidewalks than I’ve ever seen growing up here,” Breed told NBC in a recent interview. “That is a huge problem and we are not just talking about from dogs — we’re talking about from humans.”

…Breed, a San Francisco native who grew up in the city’s public housing, was sworn in as mayor last Wednesday and among her endeavors is to increase the construction of affordable housing and implement safe, supervised injection sites for homeless individuals to use drugs instead of the very public drug activity the city sees daily.

To solve the homeless problem, San Francisco residents will vote this November on a new tax to solve the problem.

The city elections department verified on Monday that supporters of the measure had collected the required amount of signatures to place it on the ballot.

If passed, the measure would raise more than $300 million annually for housing and shelter beds for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming so. Up to half of the money would go towards permanent housing, and about a quarter would go towards mental health services.

The AP notes that the $300 million figure doubles how much San Francisco currently spends on its homeless population.

The funds would be generated from an average half-percent tax increase on companies’ revenue above $50 million each year, according to AP.

But that isn’t the only crappy news for Bay Area residents. The straw-ban craze has hit, and the city is ordering that “environmentally friendlier” and costlier alternatives be offered. The city’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to stop the sale and use of plastic straws and other plastic food accessories such as coffee stirrers and splash sticks beginning on July 1, 2019.

Additionally, certain take-out containers will likely also soon be banned.

San Francisco’s board of supervisors not only voted to ban plastic straws but also takeout containers treated with fluorinated chemicals. The proposal — which requires a second vote next week — also prohibits restaurants from offering napkins and utensils with takeout or delivery orders unless they are requested by customers or there is a self-serve station.

The board cited environmental impacts as well as litter on streets and waterways as reasons for the ban.

I am going to go out on a limb here and argue human excrement poses far more of an environmental hazard than stray sporks and bendy straws. Furthermore it will make little difference: 10 rivers in Asia and Africa contribute 90% of the plastic waste in the ocean.

Finally, because of minimum-wage rules and a decline in tourism, local restaurants are struggling. Subsequently, San Francisco’s smart set is gearing up to ban company cafeterias:

Two city supervisors have introduced legislation that would nix the installation of non-retail cafeterias in office buildings, a measure aimed at encouraging legions of workers to patronize often struggling neighborhood eateries.

…While cafeterias at tech companies in sprawling suburban areas might make sense, that approach is incongruous with operating in an urban environment, says city supervisor Ahsha Safai, who co-sponsored the legislation with supervisor Aaron Peskin.

Now, heavily taxed San Franciscans will have to brave feces-riddled streets for overpriced meals served with pricey utensils. I predict more brown-bag lunches and a continuing exodus from the Bay Area.

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It’s absurd to assume that liberals want to ‘fix’ any problem. They do not. Problems are to be used to gain votes and amass power.

    n.n in reply to rdmdawg. | July 28, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Progressive (i.e. monotonic) Profit, not to be confused with the other PP, which is also profitable on a forward-looking basis.

    As for liberalism, it is not well defined, it is divergent, which creates an illusion of tolerance. Principles matter.

    randian in reply to rdmdawg. | July 28, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    “that approach is incongruous with operating in an urban environment”

    The supervisor doesn’t seem to understand what “incongruous” means.

A few generations ago San Francisco was truly a world-class city. Now it’s just a 3rd world $hithole.

    Hawkeye42 in reply to maxmillion. | July 28, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    I could not agree more. I went there for the first time in late June, not because I really wanted to but because I sell it as a stopover to my clients.
    I had my 12 year old with me who has been to Asia and she said the smell was worse than the almost open sewer in Cambodia we saw on a trip there. Add to that the naked men at the Pride parade and she never wants to return…I am with her once was enough.

      Subotai Bahadur in reply to Hawkeye42. | July 28, 2018 at 1:43 pm

      I first visited San Francisco almost 40 years ago. I still remember the moment that I stepped through the Chinatown gate on Grant Avenue and for the first time in my life was not a minority. Loved the town at first, and visited it a number of times. But it steadily degraded. Now it is a 4th world city, and is itself anti-American and part of a hostile nation [California] that needs to be occupied and cleaned up.

    fscarn in reply to maxmillion. | July 28, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    Riffing a little on Curly Howard, “a turd-world city.”

    JusticeDelivered in reply to maxmillion. | July 28, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    “…While cafeterias at tech companies in sprawling suburban areas might make sense, that approach is incongruous with operating in an urban environment, says city supervisor Ahsha Safai”

    It sounds to me like San Francisco will soon be like Flint, Mi. A distillation process where productive citizens are replaced with multigenerational non-productive people, with all major businesses deserting the city, and tax base falling to the point that the city will be running Flint like cons to get state residents to pay their way.

      Flint has its problems but people don’t pee, crap and leave needles in the streets. Many of Flint’s problems were caused by manufacturing leaving town. SF caused its own demise.

      Let destruction come quickly and be overwhelming. Prog failure needs to be writ large and night-lit to discourage the rest of the government moron class in our less-enlightened jurisdictions.

I left my turd in San Francisco.

Early in my career I worked at a company with an employee/customer cafeteria. It was genius… employees spent less time on their work breaks because they weren’t driving around town, they tended to discuss work related issues, across departments, while dining, and it provided a great way for employees and customers to develop their relationships. In short, it was great for business. But these progs don’t understand, or care, a bit about that, do they?

    JOHN B in reply to Paul. | July 28, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    Remember, to these people businesses that create jobs and pay taxes are the enemy.

    They must be punished and controlled.

    Valerie in reply to Paul. | July 28, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    I enjoyed the company cafeterias where I worked, too. What the San Francisco city supervisors are doing is attempting to pass another, regressive tax on workers and businesses. It will be counterproductive.

    bw222 in reply to Paul. | July 28, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    A $6/25 minute lunch will become a $15/90 minute lunch.

    John in reply to Paul. | July 28, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    There’s no way they would know that. The morons who infest City and County of SF believe government is the highest and best calling; they’ve never had productive, wealth-creating employment.

These companies will just buy a restaurant near their office and pay another company to run it. Employees will show their badges and get to eat for free.

I predict more brown-bag lunches

Well then, they’ll just get rid of brown bags.

To the totalitarian mind-set, nothing is impossible.

    JOHN B in reply to tom_swift. | July 28, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    Bringing in lunch will be illegal. Companies will be required to police employees’ bags and backpacks to make certain they do not sneak food into work. Or face huge fines.

    As you wrote, “to the totalitarian mind-set, nothing is impossible.”

      JusticeDelivered in reply to JOHN B. | July 28, 2018 at 4:08 pm

      Movie theaters did this, and people quit patronizing them. Today, they are in decline.

Does anyone else wonder if those restaurants will increase their prices once the anti-eatery law goes into effect. When you have a forced customer base, you can pretty much do what you want. Look at our schools for an example.

San Francisco needs to be deported.

Given the state of the sidewalks NOBODY should visit San Francisco (or much of the rest of coastal California) without making sure their Hepatis A & B vaccines are up to date. I would not even consider buying a single bite to put in my mouth other than something in a sealed container, never mind eat in restaurant.

    Arminius in reply to Granny. | July 30, 2018 at 12:19 am

    Actually given the state of the sidewalk NOBODY should visit San Francisco. Period, full stop. And that’s a message you’ll hear from SF residents. The leftists mismanaging the place have turned the city into an open air sewer and insane asylum. So residents are now visiting travel and tourism sites where people review what a living hell SF is and how they’ll never go back, and the residents are practically begging people not to come for even a first visit and learn from their own experience. They figure that is the only thing that will get the mayor and city/county board of supervisors’ attentions.

    There are a lot more problems than feces and needle festooned sidewalks, rampant homelessness, and of course the public drug use. Street lamps in SF have rusted through and fallen over because people have been urinating on them for years. Crime is out of control. Part of the problem is due to the insanity of voters throughout the state, who a few years ago voted to essentially decriminalized minor non-violent crimes such as petty theft. I’m not joking when I say they’ve essentially decriminalized crimes such as petty theft, vandalism, harassing phone calls, vehicle tampering, and vehicle burglary because it rarely results in an arrest, and if it does it is almost never prosecuted. One man in Stockton has been arrested 89 times for petty theft which means thefts of up to but not including one thousand dollars in property. The only thing that leapt out at me is the cops actually bothered arresting the man nearly one hundred times.

    Of course, there’s no problem in Kali that San Francisco can’t make exponentially worse. The SFPD will not do any follow-up investigation when anyone reports a crime either online or in person at a police station; you fill out the form and they might use the reports to identify patterns but that is about it. The only thing the report is actually useful for is filing insurance claims.

    I know people who have had their vehicles burglarized right in front of a police station, or even witnessed by police officers as they sit in their squad cars. A cop will not walk out of the station or get out of their cars to even look at the burglarized vehicle. Even if the burglars are sitting in a van going through your stuff just a little way down the block the cops won’t lift a finger. They’ll just tell you to either go inside the station and fill out the form in person or fill it out and submit it online. They’re just not going to bother with it. And the criminals know this, so vehicle burglary as well as petty theft and vandalism is rampant.

    I was amused by the suggestions about how to stop people from brown bagging it at work. The most amusing one was that the city should just ban brown bags. Mostly because very few private sector workers can afford to live and shop in San Francisco. In fact, there are not all that many private sector workers at all. The average private sector paycheck is about twenty thousand dollars less then average city retirees monthly pension check. This is of course not a sustainable model.

    I was offered a job as a pharmaceutical sales rep with a major firm. It would have been a great job but it came with a catch. The sales territory was in San Francisco, with regular business trips to cover a territory in Hawaii. And the company required their reps to live in their sales territories. It paid seventy thousand a year and while it’s illegal in Kali to pay pharm sales reps commissions there was potential for bonuses, which were capped at twelve thousand dollars a year. Assuming I would collect every single dollar in bonus money that they offered I still would have been on food stamps so I turned the job down. I believe everybody turned that job down.

    The only people who can afford to live in SF are either wealthy limousine liberals like Pelosi and Feinstein or welfare recipients in the projects. And this is entirely due to SF politics and policies. Again, it’s amusing to read about how the new mayor’s priorities include building more “affordable housing.” It’s precisely because of leftists like here that housing is so unaffordable. Section 8 housing can cost the resident as little as just a few dollars a month; single digits, less than ten dollars. And try kicking them out if they refuse to pay even that much. You’ll see single moms show up at court, hair and nails freshly done in their designer clothes and shoes talking on their new iPhone in the corridor until it’s time to go in front of the judge and with a straight face tell the judge that they just don’t have 8 dollars to spare for rent. And they’ll get away with it for at least a few months, maybe more if they get a soft-headed, soft=hearted judge. Why anyone would want to be a landlord in SF, between the rent control, insane tenant’s rights protections, and just generally hostile attitude I’ll never know. Which is why so few developers and landlords even bother building and renting out apartments.

    Yep, just do not go to SF at all.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | July 28, 2018 at 3:48 pm

Next they’ll be outlawing toilet paper.

Volunteers remove excrement from sidewalks with plastic straws, raise donations for homeless petting zoo/adopt-a-wino programs, proves Frisco is so pigressive.

Seriously, folks, city workers pouring a little lime (very cheap) over the excrement will:

1. Stop the odor;
2. Highlite the location;
3. Accelerate deterioration.

Anyone who grew up on a farm knows that if you want to get rid of rats, you stop feeding them. But as we learned in my neighborhood, lots of bird seed in the parking strip makes for an uncomfortable homeless camping experience. It is one of those rare moments when squirrels and crows are friends. At some point enough seed gets put down that the rats show up too, but they disappear once the free food stops, which is after the targeted uninvited guests have already departed for a better spot.

mochajava76 | July 28, 2018 at 5:20 pm

I wonder if straw polls will be banned in San Francisco . . .

We know that Strawman arguments are still alive and well.

Could the CDC condemn a city, or problem area within a city? The “Healthy Housing Reference Manual”, Chapter 10 “On-Site Wastewater Treatment” reads:

“Treatment of Human Waste

Safe, sanitary, nuisance-free disposal of wastewater is a public health priority in all population groups, small and large, rural or urban. Wastewater should be disposed of in a manner that ensures that

community or private drinking water supplies are not threatened;
direct human exposure is not possible;
waste is inaccessible to vectors, insects, rodents, or other possible carriers;
all environmental laws and regulations are complied with; and
odor or aesthetic nuisances are not created.”

I wonder if there’s any political / indemnification (?) angle for the CDC on behalf of the Fed. Gov’t to condemn San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, et al – or the worst areas – as a kind of pre-emptive act to put local gov’t on notice that noted conditions are unacceptable, AND, the fed. gov’t will NOT help them clean up the mess when the filth triggers an outbreak, such as cholera, ecoli, etc.

Politically, it wouldn’t hurt to put urban liberal lunacy on parade for all to see where it ultimately leads.

“…While cafeterias at tech companies in sprawling suburban areas might make sense, that approach is incongruous with operating in an urban environment, says city supervisor Ahsha Safai, who co-sponsored the legislation with supervisor Aaron Peskin.”

Of course, these leftist shitstains have all the knowledge and are best suited to choose who among their constituent mascots will be forced to Fight For 15 and who will be awarded the waiver on non-retail food service.

As if anyone could afford to eat at a restaurant in SF even once or twice a week.

Give it a year or two on the new tax and they’ll lower the threshold to $5 million. Because when the new money goes to those unemployed/homeless, it’ll be a shining beacon to the rest of the worlds unemployed/homeless.
You always get more of what you’re willing to pay for.

Now, if we can get the Golden Gate Bridge out of there, we can leave the rest of the place to rot.

Lived there twice back in the 50’s and early 70’s for about a net three years. Now live down the Peninsula, which is still decent but now unGodly expensive for anyone new to buy in or rent.

San Francisco has many non- touristy neighborhoods, which are still feces free, but they are still under the same goofy government.

I still go there on business: we don’t go there for eating our to entertainment any more.

“I seen California destroyed by Progress” and San Francisco more so. Not by the native Californians and San Franciscans,both of whom are submerged in a sea of immigrants, domestic and foreign.

You folks who want to build a wall to keep Californians out: I wish California had that option fifty years ago.

Ce la vie. (Little French lingo, a la Rush)

SF City Hall has its own cafe, though I don’t know if it’s considered “retail” for purposes of this law.

My favorite place to eat in SF is Max’s Opera Cafe, though if SF is going to be dorks about everything the Max’s in Palo Alto is bigger and has much easier parking.

    Arminius in reply to randian. | July 29, 2018 at 2:23 am

    I used to have favorites when it came to SF. Do I have a favorite SF restaurant, No,I get out as soon as I can and that is really too bad for the world. But I didn’t make these new rules.

A Cessna pilot thinks he’s cocky and checks in with ground control. He’s just achieved his best average cruising speed and wants the world to know it.

Aviator: “Control, my altitude and airspeed.”

Control: “Angels five, ninety knots.”

A Beech craft Twin Bonanza gets in on the game.

Control: “Angels 7, 130 knots.”

Then a F/A-18 driver thinks he can sneak on the fun.

Finally voice out the blue, from an SR-71 driver flying higher, faster, than you’ll ever live to fly.

I didn’t finish. It’s always when you feel most sure of yourself that you get shot down.

Voice_of_Reason | July 29, 2018 at 7:13 am

the proggressives in san fransicko are doubling down on stupid.

they can’t even keep human poop off the sidewalk and yet think they are smart enough to direct companies’ policies on whether to have an in-house cafeteria.

they can’t even keep human poop off the street, and yet they want to ban straws.

they can’t even keep human poop off the street and yet they try to regulate things that are no business of the government.

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