Published at The National Desk
WASHINGTON (TND) — Florida Governor Ron DeSantis held up a map of human waste in San Francisco at the Great Red vs. Blue State Debate as a result of the out of control homelessness.
OpenTheBooks CEO Adam Andrzejewski joined The National Desk’s Jan Jeffcoat to break it down.
“That was a great moment at the debate. A picture tells a thousand words. We created this map because of personal observation. Our chairman had visited San Francisco — he used to live there — and found the city in decline with homeless all over the place and too much human feces on the city streets. When he told our team this story, we immediately went to the open data portal at the city and found the 311 call list, where somebody reports human waste in the public way in San Francisco,” he said.
“That report generates latitude and longitude where the event occurred. We grabbed those coordinates and we did what any good watchdog group would do. We mapped them and we did use brown pins. There was a brown out in the Bay area!”
Auditors at OpenTheBooks created the map on the ongoing crisis in the city. They reported that there has been at least 118,352 reported instances of human fecal matter on city streets since 2011.
The rise in human waste on the streets of America's largest cities is creating another hazardous safety issue.
“It cost taxpayers a lot of money. The poop patrol makes up to $185,000 a year. A lot of people wouldn't even do that job even at that high rate. Right after the debate within 12 hours, we updated our data through the current period in 2023. Things are not getting better. They are actually getting worse,” he said. “The number of cases reported to the city have spiked to an all time high. The number is now pushing 36,000 cases a year.”