Crooner Tony Bennett may have left his heart in San Francisco, but a lot of local folks are leaving something a lot less romantic – poop. No, not talking about dog doo doo, but human excrement being left on the streets and byways of the California city.

Once known for its iconic cable cars, the trendy Fisherman’s Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the city by the sea has become famous – make that infamous – for the tons of human poop that litter the public fairways from Fort Point on the north to Vistacion Valley on the south – and from Mission Bay on the east to Golden Gate Park on the west coast. In other words, the entire city.

According to the official human excrement report and map – yes, they even have a map of poop sightings – in the past decade or so, there have been official reports of 118,000 dumps on the commons. Averaging somewhere between half pound and a full pound each, San Franciscans have dropped trou in public enough to have deposited between 118 and 236 TONS of fecal waste. And unofficially, officials believe that map records only a fraction of all the public piles.

The map above indicates the specific locations of those 118,000 dumps. You can not only find the map, but the specific addresses where each turd turned-up thanks to the folks at Open the Books. (click on the pinpointed map to get the list if you desire. But why you would, is beyond me.)
Of course, this does not consider the tens of thousands of druggie needles that are disposed of on the commons of San Francisco. That is a blight for another time.

But this is only the frosting on the cake. Okay, that may not be the best choice of words, but the point is that San Francisco has had a reputation for being a dirty city for decades. Not only has that been a frequent report for tourists, but my wife and I saw it first hand during a visit to the city more than 30 years ago. There was litter everywhere. It is the reason we never found a reason to go back. Actually, we avoided reasons.

San Francisco is a city with one of the highest homeless populations. It is reasonable to assume that the poop and liter problem are at least partially due to that fact. That has not helped encourage tourism. Most people have two reactions to the kind of homelessness you see all over San Francisco – pity and anxiety. As much as our compassionate side is sad to see disheveled people sleeping on benches or in the nooks and crannies of buildings, we also have a natural fear. These are, after all, desperate people.

I know the social welfare agencies promote photos of the homeless as a sad mother holding a couple sad looking kids in their fundraising material. In reality, if you travel through places where the homeless gather it is 90 percent scary looking men and an occasional woman. The odds of seeing that depicted woman and those cute kids is nearly the same as winning the California lottery.

One reason that San Francisco may not be able to deal with the poop, the liter and the homelessness is the lack of resources. Yes, that Golden City by the Bay is running short of the gold. San Francisco is broke – something that had been hidden by the folks in city hall for years. In 2014, the pension liability was officially reported as zero. One year later, after new accounting procedures were imposed, the pension liability rose to … ready?

… $1.8 billion dollars in 2015 – and experts report that figure is still too low.

If the taxpayers of San Francisco were to pay off the city debt in one payment, they would each have to cough up more than $16,000.

If there is any discernable reason that San Francisco is in the condition it is – suffering the modern debilities of America’s urban centers (and one seemingly unique to the city by the bay — the most obvious commonality is long term Democrat governance. The economic and social decline we see in San Francisco has spread to the entire state of California – much like the Democrat politics of Chicago is now bringing down the entire state of Illinois.

One can only wonder how our other great cities would compare is view through a poop map.

So. There ‘tis.

By Larry Horist

So, there ‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.

19 thoughts on “The sewer that is San Francisco”
  1. The,city was a toilet in 1972 and is only worse now.Another lefty failure in society.

  2. Good article and this breaks my heart as this should not be occurring one of God’s most majestic cities.
    I will never visit there again until it is cleaned up and it will never be cleaned until California gets a Conservative governor. Shame on you Pelosi for letting your hometown become a sewer. Get real.
    This is very dangerous for diseases. Why do the most beautiful places in this country allow it to be

  3. Of course, San Francisco is a giant outdoor toilet. The newly elected mayor knows this. Conventions that once were held there, know this.

    Los Angeles is a scabies hotbed and other West Coast cities, once beautiful, have now been ruled by leftist demented Democrats long enough that they have become cesspools of human filth and disease.

    Nuts, fruits, and flakes have voted in the leftist Democrats and ultimately are responsible.

  4. How very sad. A once beautiful romantic city totally gone. Why would anyone want to live there? Frankly, why would anyone live in that state? Thanks, dems, good job.

  5. Any place that is governed by Democrats is a shit hole. That is what they want to turn our County into. A third World scum bag Commie Ruled shit hole.

  6. Yes, like many other of the largest cities in the Country. I believe an appropriate description is “cesspool”. Democrats want to eliminate the Electoral College that is established by our Constitution to give these major cities more power in electing the President. What could possibly go wrong with that?

  7. Why have you singled me out for moderation. What is wrong with Sanctuary City?
    You must not know about the First Amendment and you have harassed me long enough, whoever runs this biased site

  8. Not much point in replying, really. I was in Frisco earlier this year. It is definitely a shit hole. Very sad.

  9. By the way it looks it is not a bathroom, it is a toilet with out a flush handle

  10. eddie boy- you’re totally unhinged and out of your mind. Nothing in this country since it’s beginning has been worse than the buffoon trump and his low IQ lemmings. All of you need to be deported. we have no room for losers like you.

  11. This is what socialism brings, it will not be long before the city goes bankrupt and then will look for Trump and the rest of the country to bail them out, I say tell them to blow it out their asses, ( no pun intended)lol

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