Starting next month, a team of five employees from the Department of Public Works will take to the streets of San Francisco's grittiest neighborhood, the Tenderloin, in a vehicle equipped with a steam cleaner. They will ride around the alleys to clean piles of poop before citizens have a chance to complain about them, the Chronicle reported.ZeroHedge reports that the poop patrol will be fairly lucrative work: the city has allocated over $100 Million to fix things.
After quoting Mayor Breed, who acknowledges, “We’re spending a lot of money to address this problem,” the following San Francisco Public Works budget items are presented:What would they have to pay you to clean up poop all day? $71,760 with full city benefits, probably including retirement, all the insurances (health care, dental, etc.) and ample holidays might sound pretty good. Most people don't end up getting paid 2-1/2 times their pay in benefits. I'm sure they're generous benefits. If you have no particular skills, this might be the best pay you'll ever get. In fact, even if you have a decent job, this might be the best pay you'd ever get.
And crucially, there's now "the new $830,977-a-year Poop Patrol to actively hunt down and clean up human waste."
- A $72.5 million-a-year street cleaning budget
- $12 million a year on what essentially have become housekeeping services for homeless encampments
- $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
- $364,000 for a four-member needle team
- An additional $700,000 set aside for a 10-member, needle cleanup squad, complete with it’s own minivan
The SF Chronicle casually notes in parenthesis, "By the way, the poop patrolers earn $71,760 a year, which swells to $184,678 with mandated benefits."
It begs the question of whether one can live on $71,670/year in San Fransicko. A 2015 article on Investopedia makes me think it's possible.
A snapshot of a poop map, from KFI AM640. Actually rather old data, 2015, so it's probably much worse now.
Like most of you, I have ideas about how to permanently solve this issue without spending $100 Million a year, but those ideas would get me accused of being a Hatey McHater just hating on those poor, innocent homeless people. With worse hygiene habits than the slums of Calcutta or Rio de Janeiro.