Poop Patrol: San Fran deploys squads to clear streets of human feces after residents raise stink


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Poop Patrol: San Fran deploys squads to clear streets of human feces after residents raise stink
Published time: 15 Aug, 2018 12:06
Edited time: 16 Aug, 2018 09:33
https://www.rt.com/usa/436012-san-francisco-poop-patrols/
Poop Patrol: San Fran deploys squads to clear streets of human feces after residents raise stink

San Francisco has established ‘Poop Patrols’ to deal with human waste that’s contaminating sidewalks in one of America’s wealthiest cities, sometimes making them almost impassable.


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A homeless person in San Francisco Complaints soar as San Francisco drowns in human waste

The city is about to launch the ‘Poop Patrols’ squad to remove man-made feces from the streets, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The task force, made up of five Public Works staffers, will begin patrolling sidewalks “in about a month.”

‘Poop Patrol’ will begin its unenviable work in the afternoon, by which time piles of feces tend to become visible. The poo crew will travel in a vehicle equipped with a steam cleaner. “We’re trying to be proactive,” explained Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru. “We’re actually out there looking for it.”

The Chronicle, however, good-naturedly trolled the city official, saying: “We’re all out there looking for it, our eyes are trained on the sidewalks as we walk so as to avoid that awful squishy feeling.”

It looks like the news is coming at just the right time, as around 65 complaints regarding sidewalk poop are made by San Francisco residents every day. Notably, the city, which is known for its skyrocketing housing prices, has only 22 public toilets.

Being part of a multi-million effort called Pit Stop, the toilets are open only until late afternoon or evening. So, at nighttime, there is only one option for homeless people to relieve themselves when urgently required.

Some of the waste also comes from dogs, as their owners fail to pick up after them.

Doing everything we can to make sure sidewalks are clear for pedestrians. pic.twitter.com/iRH3ZITOWg
— Mohammed Nuru (@MrCleanSF) August 13, 2018

Don’t understand why people trash our beautiful city. Please call 911 if you see people dumping. Whomever did this should do some time in jail. pic.twitter.com/aqMUMpPZWN
— Mohammed Nuru (@MrCleanSF) August 13, 2018

Mayor London Breed had been taking unannounced tours to check out the city’s streets before she teamed up with Public Works to establish ‘Poop Patrols.’ Breed said she had “to deal it with myself in front of my home,” which was “not a pleasant feeling.”

Earlier this year, residents pounded city authorities with demands to remove “sh*t, poop and excrement” from public areas. “[A] homeless encampment is blocking [the] sidewalk and creates a health hazard [with] trash and feces. Please move them, and send a cleaning crew. Sidewalk is impassable, forcing pedestrians into the street,” read one municipal complaint.

Photo shows ’20 pounds of feces’ dropped on #SanFrancisco sidewalk 😮💩 https://t.co/vMmr75CFumpic.twitter.com/06RNHQaN8h
— KRON4 News (@kron4news) July 2, 2018

The scale of San Francisco’s human-waste problem was graphically illustrated back in July, when photos of a sizeable plastic bag of excrement that was abandoned on a street corner were circulated on social media.

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Tech hub San Francisco, California is the second-most expensive US city to live in. It’s also awash with human waste. This year, over 16,000 feces-related complaints have been lodged with city authorities.

As of Thursday, there have been 16,022 complaints made about ‘feces,’ and thousands of others made using words like ‘sh*t’, ‘poop’ and ‘excrement’, to San Francisco’s municipal authorities.

“Human feces still not cleaned up despite multiple complaints. How many weeks will pass?” reads one complaint lodged Wednesday.

“Bodily fluids and feces down the whole street, garbage, cloths, food thrown all over sidewalk,” reads another.

“Homeless encampment is blocking sidewalk and creates a health hazard w trash and feces. Please move them, and send a cleaning crew. Sidewalk is impassable, forcing pedestrians into the street,” reported one user, his complaint accompanied with a photo of a tent pitched under a tree in the city’s central Mission district.

San Francisco residents can make non-emergency ‘311’ municipal complaints with the touch of a button, thanks to a website and a mobile app. Complainants can attach photos as proof, and the authorities send a notification when the problem is resolved.

Many of the complaints are connected to the city’s homeless problem. Rent in the city averages over $3,500 per month, pricing out all but the highest earners and creating a city of wealthy tech employees on one side, and a teeming homeless underclass on the other.

San Francisco is beautiful, just don’t mind the giant bags of feces and step over the used hypodermic needles!
— E.Stanley Thurston (@mrgoody_2_shoes) July 4, 2018

There are an estimated 7,500 homeless people in San Francisco at any given time, almost one percent of the city’s 871,000 population. Elsewhere in California, the problem is almost as grave, with more than one quarter of the US homeless population living in the state.

The city’s seedy underbelly leaves behind other forms of hazardous waste too. A February NBC report revealed that in addition to feces, downtown San Francisco is polluted with more garbage and used syringes than some of the world’s poorest slums.

Dr Lee Riley, an infectious diseases expert at the University of California in Berkeley, told NBC reporters that in some parts of the city, the contamination is “much greater than communities in Brazil or Kenya or Italy.”

Getting stuck by a used needle can pass on diseases like HIV and Hepatitis B and C. San Francisco has one of the largest HIV-positive populations in the US, with an estimated 16,010 people living with the disease.

Disturbing survey finds trash, needles, feces littering streets of Nancy Pelosi’s home town. San Francisco has streets covered with garbage, human excrement and hypodermic needles across the liberal city. Discarded needles could cause HIV and Hepatitis B and C, Paradise lost. pic.twitter.com/UVcYL90ZdQ
— Captain Ron (@papaneeed1) June 16, 2018

The extent of San Francisco’s human waste problem was graphically illustrated last week, with photos of a 20-pound bag of excrement abandoned on a street corner going viral. The city received several 311 complaints about the bag, as citizens reported a “strong smell of feces” in the area. One reddit user described the bag as “the most atrocious smell I’ve ever smelled in San Francisco.”

Photo shows ’20 pounds of feces’ dropped on #SanFrancisco sidewalk 😮💩 https://t.co/vMmr75CFumpic.twitter.com/06RNHQaN8h
— KRON4 News (@kron4news) July 2, 2018

Complaints about human waste in San Francisco have skyrocketed, increasing by 400 percent from 2008 to 2018, according to the City. The 311 site and app received over 21,000 reports last year. At the current rate, that figure will be more than doubled by the end of 2018.

The problem is starting to hit the Golden Gate City where it hurts too. This week, a major medical association decided to pull its annual convention out of the city, citing safety concerns.

The convention was expected to draw 15,000 attendees and bring $40 million into the city’s economy, but organizers told the San Francisco Chronicle that members were afraid to walk the streets and felt threatened by open drug use, unchecked mental illness, and threatening behaviour from the city’s vagrant population.

Twitter users have not been shy about their disgust with the city’s problems, with many blaming years of Democrat leadership for allowing the problem to fester.

San Francisco has reached critical mass in the drug, homeless, crime problem. Now major conventions are cancellingc. Participants too afraid to walk alone in the City by the Bay. So sad. Such a beautiful city being run into the ground.https://t.co/GGtecdpY6f
— Kari Lake Fox 10 (@KariLakeFox10) July 4, 2018

How’s that liberal paradise California @TankTopArms? Anyone ready to #WalkAway? Or do they love being taxed to death and the smell of feces? Is the plan still to secede? #CalExithttps://t.co/egB13LzESZ
— DQ 🇺🇸 (@DQuesada) July 4, 2018

San Francisco is actually a pretty nice city…

You know when you remove the large number of homeless camps, drug addiction, poop maps, and trash lying everywhere. pic.twitter.com/bMr0m2Nk4P
— Ashton Whitty✨ (@ashtonbirdie) July 4, 2018

I’m sitting by the dock of the bay, watching the poo roll away | https://t.co/u7aTOMTjnl
— Mike (@Doranimated) July 5, 2018

San Francisco has grappled with homelessness since the 1970s, with the shortage of housing, deindustrialization, welfare cuts, and the gutting of the city’s middle class through high taxes and gentrification all getting blamed for the problem. Attempts to fix the situation have thus far proven unsuccessful. The temporary shelters opened by Dianne Feinstein in the late 1970s were underfunded and buckled under demand, while the aggressive crackdowns of Frank Jordan and Willie Brown in the 1990s and 2000s drew public backlash and alienated the city’s liberal voters. The city has not had a Republican mayor since 1964.

Recently elected Mayor London Breed has faced even more urgent calls to address the issue before business and tourism are scared away for good. Industry leaders have encouraged the mayor-elect to increase police patrols, enforce panhandling laws, and fund mental health services. With tourism bringing in some $9 billion dollars per year, failing to clean up the streets could bankrupt the city by the bay.

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Urgent Peace Meditation April 15th


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Peace Meditation Videos — Urgent Peace Meditation April 15th
By Editor April 14, 2018
http://www.theeventchronicle.com/the-event/peace-meditation-videos-urgent-peace-meditation-april-15th/

The first two official Peace Meditation videos (English and German) have been created, more languages will be added soon. Make them viral and spread them through your networks!

English:

German:

In addition to that, guided meditation videos have been created in 13 languages:

A very informative article about our Peace Meditation with many audio, video and interactive assistance tools is available here:

https://www.welovemassmeditation.com/2018/04/april-15-16-syria-peace-meditation.html

You can join our meditation in real time on COEO here:

http://meditate.coeo.cc/m/1030

A sharable facebook post about the meditation is here:

And the facebook event here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/197084094238513/

Victory of the Light!

This article (Peace Meditation Videos) was originally published on The Portal and syndicated by The Event Chronicle.

ENENews: Sickened animals “unlike anything doctors have ever seen” on West Coast — “They’re eating themselves from the inside”

Sickened animals “unlike anything doctors have ever seen” on West Coast — “They’re eating themselves from the inside” — Cancers… liver, pancreas, intestines shut down… infested with parasites and immune to antibiotics — Unprecedented catastrophe to cause loss of 200,000 sea lions (VIDEO)
http://enenews.com/sickened-animals-anything-doctors-along-west-coast-theyre-eating-inside-cancers-liver-pancreas-intestines-basically-shut-down-infested-parasites-immune-antibiotics-unprecedented-catastrophe-p
Published: January 7th, 2016 at 11:19 am ET
By ENENews


(Garnet the California sea lion, deceased, arrives at the Marine Mammal Center. Azure Gilman / Al Jazeera America)
Al Jazeera, Jan 6, 2016 (emphasis added): In warming ocean, record number of seals and sea lions sicken and starve — Ailing or dead seals and sea lions washed up on California beaches in record numbers in 2015; this year could be worse… They are brought in with all sorts of problems: lockjaw, poisoning, cancer… But most of the record number of seals and sea lions washing up on California’s shores and being brought to a regional rescue center are starving… this slow-motion catastrophe is likely to continue… In 2015, [NOAA] counted more than 4,200 California sea lions, 90 Guadalupe fur seals, and 70 northern fur seals. The [Marine Mammal Center’s] staff began to realize something was different early in the year… the pups brought in for rescue were unlike anything the veterinarians had ever seen… It was the worst year in the center’s 40-year history, staff said… Only half the usual number of sea lion pups were born off the California coast in 2015, [Dr. Shawn Johnson, director of veterinary science at the Marine Mammal Center] said… veterinarians at the Marine Mammal Center are bracing for the worst.
http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2016/1/6/in-warming-ocean-record-numbers-of-seals-and-sea-lions-are-sick-or-starving.html


(Volunteers using wooden sheilds to corrall an evasive animalAzure Gilman / Al Jazeera America)
Dr. Shawn Johnson, director of veterinary science at the Marine Mammal Center: “They were basically just skin and bones. Their liver, their pancreas, their intestines were basically shut down. And they were eating themselves from the inside to stay alive by the time we saw them… If it continues, if this is the new normal, the sea lion population and the fur seal population in California are going to have severe drops in their overall population.”

http://www.lagunabeachindy.com/sea-lion-pups-in-trouble-again/
Laguna Beach Independent, Dec 18, 2015: With the lowest body weights ever documented, California sea lion pups are not only starving from lack of food, they’re infested with parasites and immune to antibiotics, said [Keith Matassa] the director of the Pacific Marine Mammal Center… A record number of emaciated and dying sea lion and seal pups is expected along local shores this winter… Last year, 3,500 sea lions and seals were rescued by various California marine rehab facilities. This year, the stranded pinnipeds are expected to hit 4,000… The animals are riddled with intestine-perforating parasites, known as thorny-head hookworms. “We’re seeing such a high level of parasites now, it’s not normal,” said Matassa… Antibiotics for infections are proving ineffective… Conditions have “not gotten much better over the past couple of years,” [Sharon Melin, NOAA wildlife biologist] said… The food web, said Melin, “has been out of whack now for quite some time.”… The fact that northern pup seals are following suit signifies the domino effect of a distressed environment, she said… the California sea lion population tops out at 300,000… she predicts a drastic decline to 100,000 due to low food availability… “There’s so many stressors on the ocean right now,” Matassa said.


( An emaciated sea lion pup. Pups have had trouble finding their usual prey of sardines and anchovies, which are moving to cooler areas because of ocean warming caused by El Niño. Photograph: Noaa Fisheries West Coast)
Guardian, Dec 30, 2015: Unprecedented numbers of dead or starving seals washing ashore as Pacific Ocean warms, with experts saying they are ‘preparing for the worst’ in 2016… According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries, there has been a huge increase in stranded sea lions… According to NOAA, more than 4,200 sick sea lions have been washed up in California so far this year, comfortably the greatest number of strandings over the past decade.
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/30/el-nino-ocean-warming-seals-california-pacific


( A sea lion pup under normal weight in a picture taken in January 2015. Photograph: Noaa Fisheries West Coast)
Dr Terry Gosliner, senior curator of invertebrate zoology at the California Academy of Sciences: “We are entering a really interesting period where the observations we make don’t have a precedent… It could take decades for these ecosystems to stabilize again.”
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/30/el-nino-ocean-warming-seals-california-pacific

Savage and Post to Fight for a Hero’s Dog Another Injustice. Made me cry.

It Takes a ‘Savage’ Manning a ‘Post’ to Fight for a Hero’s Dog
Matt Towery | Nov 13, 2014

http://townhall.com/columnists/matttowery/2014/11/13/draft-n1917900/page/full

Matt Towery

Michael Savage stands out in the world of talk radio because of his willingness to call out anyone or anything. The New York Post stands out as a one-time tabloid that has turned into a beacon of honesty. This newspaper will report the truth when others seek to hide it.

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An underreported truth of late is the story of U.S. Army Spc. Brent Grommet and his one-time military companion, a German Shepard named Matty. They are heroes who are worth fighting for. In July 2013, Spc. Grommet returned from Afghanistan with Matty still by his side. In the service of our nation, the two had trained together, deployed together and suffered injuries together. It seems Matty was left lame in one leg from the same explosion that injured Grommet.

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So what do Michael Savage and the Post have to do with Grommet and Matty? Absolutely everything.

It’s important to recall that Grommet, just a low-ranking enlisted man, is but an afterthought among bejeweled and bedizened military brass. One would think his right to adopt Matty would be assured by a law specifying just that right. It was signed into law by former President Bill Clinton, and it gives the sole right for a military working dog to be turned over permanently to the soldier to whom it was originally assigned. But apparently one Lt. Col. Richard Vargas refused to allow the rehabilitating Grommet to adopt his companion dog now that the soldier is home.

Once this story hit, I expected to see it on every newscast and in opinion columns. Perhaps a holiday and the post-election news cycle had left distracted folks like me behind the information curve. Fortunately, the Post was not behind the curve. It ran the story. And the tell-it-like-it-is Savage was on top of it, too, discussing it on his Veterans Day broadcast.

You might remember Savage as the talk show host who got banned from Great Britain by a politically correct gaggle of bureaucrats. (He was punished for telling the truth about radical Islam.) Now he seems to be a lone voice in his fight to reunite this injured soldier with his injured dog. In an interview with Grommet’s father, Savage learned that Matty actually cried out for his master even as a military vehicle pulled away with the dog.

Opinion writers like myself can only get information from news reports that we read and hear. If this man-and-his-dog story is accurate, and Army authorities have shown complete disregard for this American hero and his dog, then our treatment of veterans — from this incident to shabbily run hospitals — is a national disgrace.

Let’s be clear: Specially trained dogs like Matty are worth tens of thousands of dollars. But the dog is nearly priceless to a young man in Spc. Grommet’s predicament. At minimum, there is in this case a cold-hearted disrespect for this American hero. More likely, there is some kind of chicanery and cover-up involved that is a disgrace to those who lead our military.

Some surmise that in the year-plus it has taken for the Grommet family to track down the man who apparently took the dog, something tragic may have happened to this noble canine servant.

Others guess that the lieutenant colonel, or someone close to him, knows not only that the dog is safe, but its exact whereabouts — somewhere hidden from Grommet by people who care little for the soldier’s suffering and sacrifice.

Dammit. If we can’t stand up for the rights of injured veterans, including their right to be reunited with a dog who was nothing less than a fellow warrior, then we have no right to stand up for anything.

My hope is that others will take up the cause of Grommet and his beloved Matty. It would be gratifying to find out that by the time this column is published, we learn that the military has gone to every extreme in an effort to locate Matty and get him back with his true master and friend. But don’t hold your breath.

Even if that happens, it’s still disheartening to see that it’s left to American media giants like the New York Post and Michael Savage to have to inform us of something that we should already have been aware of — a case of callousness and disrespect toward those who sacrifice for us.