Cases of human waste on San Francisco streets spiked to 31,000 in 2019. That’s an all-time high. The agency in charge of cleaning up the mess has a quarter-billion-dollar budget. $224 million is for personnel costs alone.
Public works employ a staff of 1,790. This includes truck drivers at $218,495, arborists at $206,107, and general laborers at $188,975. Team members on the self-styled “poop patrol” cost taxpayers up to $184,000 each.
San Francisco’s has a “Mr. Clean.” He is Mohammed Nuru. Nuru is the Public Works Director. He is best known for his department’s ineffective efforts. His department keeps feces and hypodermic needles out of the public way… but not very well.
In 2019, Nuru earns $380,120 in total compensation. His base salary rose $65,000 over eight years. In February 2020, the FBI came to arrest Nuru in on allegations of a porta potty scandal. I’m sure he got a crappy deal.
Creating more homelessness and naming things after women…
In 2016, the city saw the creation of a new agency to serve its homeless residents. By 2019, the department has 148 employees. 53 of them make more than $100,000. Director, Jeff Kosinsky, brings home up to $238,182 annually.
Yet, each year the city’s homeless population continues to grow. The population rose to 8,000 this year. That’s up 17%. Complaints of human waste on city streets increased from 18,246 in 2016 to 31,000 in 2019.
San Fran has a Department on the Status of Women (DOSW). It strives to “make San Francisco the best place for women and gender expansive persons to live, work, and learn in the United States.” The agency tackles projects such as how many public spaces carry women’s names.
Total compensation for DOSW’s six full-time paid staff was $1 million in 2019. Ironically, DOSW does save money. But it does so on its mostly-female ‘policy fellows.’ These interns receive $20/hour while other San Fran government internships in civil engineering, surveying, and similar roles receive $29.50/hour.
San Francisco is a progressive utopia. Nobody seems to care in the least about the taxpayers’ ability to pay. No one is thinking about how much money they are spending. Even less thought is given to ensuring receipt of value. Why is it reasonable to spread this contagion nationally? Do we really want to get our leadership from San Francisco? Cleanliness is next to godliness. But do we have to be taken to the cleaners?