Saturday, March 18, 2017

Watch Your Step in San Francisco

If you feel like you've seen an increase in hypodermic needles and human feces on the sidewalks of San Francisco (especially in the Tenderloin and South of Market), you're not alone.

(AND SHOULD YOU BE FEELING THIS WAY,
You must live in SAN CISTERN-0)

According to the annual Street & Sidewalk Maintenance Standards report released last week by the SF Controller's Office, reports of the two biohazards are both significantly on the rise from last year.



WHY, THE CITY EVEN HAS A CONVENIENT, EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBER YOU CAN DIAL WHEN YOU SEE USED NEEDLES OR EVIDENCE OF SOMEONE DOING THEIR BUSINESS,,,, IN THE DOORWAY OF YOUR BUSINESS.  IT'S 3-1-1...

OH~ The sights, the sounds, the scents of beautiful San Francisco, California.

I've been to San Francisco once, for my OU college roommates' wedding.... It was a nice place to visit.
In 1997.
Rodney, my roommate/groom, took me specially to Candlestick Park to watch the Giants play the old Montreal Expos on a Sunday afternoon.  The Giants won,
and the sidewalks around Candlestick were
needle/do-doo free....

Hypodermic needles saw the biggest jump in reports—a 41 percent increase citywide, from 2,527 in the 2015 fiscal year to 3,551 in FY 2016. Of those reports, the vast majority were concentrated in District 6, which encompasses SoMa and the Tenderloin. D6 had 1,653 reports of needles on the sidewalk this year, compared to 1,106 last year, making for a 49 percent increase.

Needle hotspots in D6, according to the report, include Leavenworth & Golden Gate in the Tenderloin, Minna Street between Seventh and Ninth streets in SoMa, and Mission/Van Ness between Market, Otis, 12th, and Gough streets.

Citywide internal counts of needles collected by SF Public Works' "Hot Spot" team were also way up—by nearly 40 percent, from 16,000 in FY 2015 to 23,300 in FY 2016.

While D6 had the most hypodermic needles by far, reports of needles also increased 45 percent in District 9 (Mission/Bernal Heights), from 517 to 752. By comparison, Districts 1 and 2 (the Richmond/Seacliff and the Marina/Pacific Heights) only had 23 and 76 reports of needles, respectively, in FY 2016.

The city is also taking more crap than usual—literally. Reports of human waste were up 39 percent citywide from FY2015 to FY2016, with the heaviest concentration also in District 6, which saw a 29 percent jump ( from 5,811 to 7,509 piles ).

IT IS UNKNOWN WHETHER EACH INDIVIDUAL TURD IN A PATH DOWN A SIDEWALK, CONSTITUTES ANOTHER 'INCIDENT' OR IF THE TOTAL AREA IS CONSIDERED AS JUST ONE~

District 10 saw the biggest year-over-year increase in human waste reports, rising from 340 to 816—
a jump of 140 percent. But every single district in the city saw reports of human waste rise—and by double digits in all but one district.

BART police are cracking down on drug use,
inside Civic Center station.         

On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, police conducted a three-day sting inside the station, using plainclothes officers and surveillance cameras. Once suspects were identified by the plainclothes officers, BART’s Critical Asset Protection team moved in to make the arrests.

In all, 27 people were arrested for narcotics use. BART police said they are working with the San Francisco District Attorney’s office to build cases against the more than two dozen suspects.
Open drug use, particularly of intravenous drugs, has become a common sight inside Civic Center station, especially in the outer hallways and stairwells.

The news isn't much better when it comes to graffiti and broken glass. While Public Works' internal evaluations found a decrease in broken glass on most routes, the controller's office reports that 311 requests regarding broken glass on the streets are up 24 percent citywide, correlating with a rise in auto break-ins in the city.

On the bright side however, reports of some other issues that bedevil locals, like non-hazardous sidewalk litter and cleanliness around trees and landscaping, are on the decline.
The city's "For God's Sake, Don't Litter" campaign has been a marginal success, down 9% in 2015.


San Francisco is the home turf of Needle Pelosi, D-California and also Senator DoDoo Feinstein.  

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