San Fran Can't Clean the Streets, But Will Order $20K Trash Cans
San Francisco, the home of the men and women who fund the Democrats, is also one of the filthiest and most expensive cities in America.
There's a good reason for that even apart from the self-inflicted homeless crisis and that reason is political corruption.
It's a story that starts with Willie Brown's man, Mohammed Nuru aka Mr. Clean who was in charge of cleaning up the city.
Mayor Ed Lee appointed Mohammed Nuru to head DPW in 2011. That year there had been 5,547 "human waste incidents". By 2013, there were 8,793 human waste incidents.
A 58% increase.
Mr. Clean was hard at work on the job.
By 2016, the number of human waste incidents had tripled to 18,276.
In 2018, there had been 28,084 human waste complaints in San Francisco. Annual human waste complaints had increased 400% since Mohammed ‘Mr. Clean’ Nuru had taken over at DPW.
Fortunately, DPW had a plan.
Between 2013 and 2018, human waste incidents had increased by over 200%. But DPW had paid a public relations firm $408,745 to produce reports claiming that San Francisco was spotless.
Even as the city was drowning in trash, the PR firm gave it the highest cleanliness marks ever.
Federal authorities charged San Francisco Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru and high-profile restaurateur Nick Bovis with fraud Tuesday following a public corruption probe. The schemes involved an envelope of cash, fraudulent city contracts, improper gifts from a Chinese developer and a $2,000 bottle of wine, according to authorities.
Nuru was also Mayor London Breed's ex.
San Francisco is hoping to replace the long despised green trash cans littered throughout the city, as its board of supervisors voted Wednesday to approve using new designer prototype bins.
However, there’s a catch: Each new can will cost between $12,000 and $20,000, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Public Works acting Director Alaric Degrafinried agreed during the meeting Wednesday that the prototype cost is “a lot.” He said the main reason it’s so expensive is because San Francisco worked with a designer on a custom-made prototype. When mass produced, each can will cost an estimated $2,000 to $3,000, the department said Thursday. Old trash cans cost $1,218 each in 2018.
That's not what a trash can costs at Home Depot.
In 2018, the city decided to work on a new custom designed trash can and choose San Francisco-based Advanced Prototype Engineering LLC as the industrial designer. Last year, Public Works released three finalists for sleek gray bins.
Nuru, who was charged with fraud, granted a $5.2 million trash can contract to Alternative Choice LLC, a business registered to a family member of Walter Wong, a former city contractor who pleaded guilty to fraud and money laundering. The City Attorney subpoenaed the business last year.
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. And meanwhile San Fran only gets filthier.