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San Francisco’s Poop Patrol Members to be Paid $71K ($184K With Benefits)

San Francisco’s Poop Patrol Members to be Paid $71K ($184K With Benefits)

“what essentially have become housekeeping services for homeless encampments”

As we recently reported, the problem of human feces on the streets of San Francisco has gotten so bad that the city is launching a new ‘Poop Patrol’ to deal with it.

We cited this San Francisco Chronicle report by Heather Knight:

It’s no laughing matter — SF forming Poop Patrol to keep sidewalks clean

In a city where filthy sidewalks are many residents’ No. 1 complaint, City Hall has come up with a new way to deal with No. 2.

It sounds like silly elementary school banter, but it’s real. San Francisco is about to launch the Poop Patrol.

In about a month, a team of five Public Works staffers will begin patrolling the alleys around Polk Street and other hot spots in a vehicle equipped with a steam cleaner.

They’ll begin their shifts in the afternoon, as the city starts losing its sheen from overnight cleaning. The Poop Patrol’s mission? To spot and clean piles of feces before anybody complains about them.

What we didn’t know until now, is how lucrative such a profession can be.

Matier and Ross of the San Francisco Chronicle report (emphasis is mine):

San Francisco Public Works has a $72.5 million-a-year street cleaning budget — including spending $12 million a year on what essentially have become housekeeping services for homeless encampments.

The costs include $2.8 million for a Hot Spots crew to wash down the camps and remove any biohazards, $2.3 million for street steam cleaners, $3.1 million for the Pit Stop portable toilets, plus the new $830,977-a-year Poop Patrol to actively hunt down and clean up human waste.

(By the way, the poop patrolers earn $71,760 a year, which swells to $184,678 with mandated benefits.)

Really? $185K in pay and benefits to clean up after adults who relieve themselves on public streets?

Emily Zanotti of the Daily Wire has more:

In addition to the Poop Patrol, the city is spending $72.5 million on a street cleaning budget, $12 million on cleanup services for homeless encampments, $2.8 million on biohazard removal, $.23 million for specially designed street sweepers that use steam (which can effectively sanitize areas affected by human waste and drug use), $3.1 million for a series of portable toilets that won’t be open at night, $364,000 for a “needle team” similar to the “Poop Patrol” but charged with locating and eliminating drug use waste, and $700,000 for a “needle cleanup squad” that requires its own vehicle to transport bio-hazardous waste.

This March 2018 tweet from Kamala Harris has a whole new context now:

California is the future?

Let’s hope not.


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Close The Fed | August 24, 2018 at 8:08 am

For the life of me, why don’t they build a few buildings with efficiency apartments?

The rate of mental retardation in S.F. officials surprises me, considering they’ve got high tech out there. Apparently being elected means never having to say, “I don’t have a clue.”

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Close The Fed. | August 24, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    What they need is a patrol with weed burning torches, walk up behind those dropping a load and warm up their buns. I bet they would quit after having their rump hair removed.

    Icepilot in reply to Close The Fed. | August 24, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    “why don’t they build a few buildings with efficiency apartments?”
    I recommend either the Presidio or Golden Gate Park. Add free needles & the homeless will come flocking.

legacyrepublican | August 24, 2018 at 8:16 am

Just remember, $71k is extreme poverty in SF. It is not even close to a living wage there when those making over $300k are considered lower class. Even after the benefits, it isn’t enough.

So, the reality is that while they earn a nice tidy sum that would be fantastic in fly over country, the workers are getting paid sh** for cleaning up sh**.

This may be the first time anyone has actually tried to put a number on the cost of cleaning up the crap liberals leave behind.

Anyone know what all those benefits are? Asking for a friend 😉

But seriously, as a small business owner, struggling to figure out how you come up with over $100k of benefits …. outside of pension contributions and healthcare, which can’t run more than $40k (can they?)

Well, back in Maryland on the East Coast, wifey and I have determined the stupidity to be “spores”, likely from longterm exposure to Radon or Sanctimony.

Of course, it’s been almost 20 years since we moved here from Texas, so Teh Stupid likely has worked it’s way into us. Attempt no landings here.

Maybe something similar to explain the West Coast, like radiation posioning in the current from China.

Gee, I can’t imagine which part of SanFran is more attractive, the poop on the streets, or the high cost of living caused by the cleanup.

Talk about putting (expensive) Band Aids on a problem….

Don’t know about Cali, but that is way more than starting teachers are paid in the east.

$71K in San Francisco is just one step up from homelessness. If you’re lucky you can rent a single room rather than a deck in a bunk bed.

(counts through debt to China)

What’s California worth again?

Isn’t SF just a waypoint on the way to the leftist Utopia?

The big quake will literally by a flush.

    legacyrepublican in reply to TX-rifraph. | August 24, 2018 at 11:56 am

    The streets of the Barbary Coast used to be filled with real men. Now it is full of men who want to be Barbara forgetting their manly “y” and sitting on what is in their “a” instead.

In Frisco’s government, the overhead includes employee benefits: holidays, vacation time, sick pay time, health care insurance, retirement, and management – who make much more, and are frequently political appointees.

P.S. Native Friscans HATE the word Frisco…..

casualobserver | August 24, 2018 at 9:27 am

Time to raise taxes again. Doesn’t the county already put an additional tax on top of the state sales tax? Watch it climb again!

Frisco frisco frisco frisco frisco frisco frisco frisco frisco frisco

Great. More government jobs for their illegal population.

Help Wanted….$174,000 a year. Scooping poop of sidewalks. Apply at San Francisco City Hall. Job requirements vote democrat….other than thant….none.

New degree at UC Berkeley….Batchelor of Arts in Poop Scooping.

Since (Some of) the residents of our condo can’t clean up after their animals, we use a service that comes by weekly and scoops the poop and carries it off. I see an expansion opportunity here.

How come no one ever asks this question?

WHy was there such a sudden increase in homelessness in most major cities in America? Are the services and the funding that previously helped to keep homeless off the street being overwhelmed by the additional support needed for refugees?

Did the major influx of refugees overwhelm the services that prevented many of these people from becoming homeless. If so, it is beyond shameful that we kick our own out onto the streets in the name of compassion for strangers.

    Loren in reply to elle. | August 24, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    No sudden increase in actual homelessness, it is just now that a nominal R is in the Whitehouse, the media can report on it again.

      elle in reply to Loren. | August 24, 2018 at 5:42 pm

      You make a good point that they didn’t report it under Obama, but the numbers of homeless did explode over the last decade. You can just walk downtown in large cities and see it for yourself. It’s amazing how many more there are today than there were before. There has always been the down and out but something changed that they suddenly so many more found themselves on the street.

      Funny how it happened at the same time we allowed hundreds of thousands of refugees to begin using many of the same free clinics, section 8 housing, and social services. But I’m sure it’s just a coincidence – not.

So, if I understand the photos correctly, they are pressure washing to ‘stuff’ into the drains. Has anybody told the environmentalists in SF that the drains go straight to the bay? I realize the bay is pretty bad, but this isn’t going to make it any better.

They are paying people a great wage to help keep the poor people live in the street. Maybe if they put some money towards helping people find a place to live it may be better. ……oh! I forgot. Dems run San Fran and this is how the Elite solve the problem of stepping in poop.