In San Francisco, 25,084 cases of human and animal feces on the streets led San Francisco Mayor London Breed to exclaim, “I will say there is more feces on the sidewalks than I’ve ever seen growing up here,” according to the NBC Bay Area.
During the first 10 months of 2019, reported cases surpassed last year’s, according to a report from the district of San Francisco, California, according to The Daily Caller of Nov. 15.
Although the city government budgeted more than $750,000 in a patrol to clean up the feces left in public space in 2018, the amount of waste is higher this year.
The city’s new district attorney, Chesa Boudin, said he would not penalize quality-of-life crimes, including public urination.
“We will not prosecute cases involving quality-of-life crimes. Crimes such as public camping, offering or soliciting sex, public urination, blocking a sidewalk, etc., should not and will not be prosecuted,” said the official.
Boudin was raised in Chicago by Weather Underground leaders Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, who were sent to prison on murder charges when he was a young boy, NBC News noted.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was pleased with Boudin’s triumph as prosecutor, according to his own tweets.
“Now is the moment to fundamentally transform our broken and racist criminal justice system by ending mass incarceration, the failed war on drugs and the criminalization of poverty,” wrote Sanders in a tweet congratulating Boudin on his “historic victory.”
It is estimated that there are more than 7,500 homeless people in the city without access to public restrooms and other basic resources, which influences the accumulation in the streets of copious quantities of needles for drugs, garbage, and human feces.
San Francisco, nicknamed one of the dirtiest places in the world, had an average of more than 80 cases of waste every day by 2019.