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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Final Tally of How Much Filth Bay To Breakers Left Behind Is...

Posted By on Thu, May 20, 2010 at 5:30 AM

click to enlarge Can you weigh pee? If so, San Francisco is much heavier this week. - JOSEPH SCHELL
  • Joseph Schell
  • Can you weigh pee? If so, San Francisco is much heavier this week.
It's here! It's here! The dilapidated floats, cast-aside former drink receptacles, and any other manner of crap people deigned to toss in the streets during Bay to Breakers have been weighed. And a grand total of 24 tons of filth has been scoured off the race's path.

Is that a lot of crap? You're damn right it's a lot of crap. But, relatively speaking, it's not as crappy as it has been. In 2008, 35 tons of trash was scoured away by the Department of Public Works. Last year, that total dropped to 13 tons, however -- meaning this was a dirty year. 

Complicating matters, however, not one organization hauls away post-Bay to Breakers trash -- two do. And the above totals only reflect the Department of Public Works' post-race scouring. The Recreation and Park Department cleans all the crap dropped within the boundaries of Golden Gate Park -- meaning the last couple of years may have been filthier than the numbers disseminated by the press indicated.

This year, the DPW collected 18 tons of trash, while Rec and Park hauled away six tons. Neither city department was ready to disclose to SF Weekly how much this all cost, and how much it was costing the city -- though, ostensibly, race organizer AEG* is picking up the check.

We're not the only ones who've been asking questions about this. Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi -- whose District 5 is yearly transformed into an open cesspool -- on Tuesday formally fired off "letters of inquiry" to the San Francisco Police Department, DPW, and Rec and Park querying how damn much this cost and how damn much money the taxpayers are out.

Inquiring minds want to know. Everyone loves a party. No one wants to pay for it. 

*An earlier version of this story mistakenly substituted "ING" for "AEG."

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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