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SF Sidewalk Cleaners Can’t Keep Up With The Call Of Nature

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Raw sewage oozes onto the sidewalk in San Francisco's Noe Valley.

Raw sewage oozes onto the sidewalk in San Francisco’s Noe Valley.

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – San Francisco has been trying to clean the stench of urine from its streets, an aroma that in several neighborhoods serves as a daily reminder of the failure of a quality of life law passed more than a decade ago.

The Department of Public Works received some 5,600 requests from business and residential property owners in the first half of 2013 to have sidewalks steam cleaned, primarily, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, to deal with human waste, despite countless citations issued by police under a 2002 law banning public urination.

Citations for peeing in public in San Francisco range from $50 to $100, but can only be issued if the officer actually witnesses an answer to the call of nature in person as it happens.

Not all of the steam cleaning requests, which can be submitted by dialing 311, involve the use of sidewalks and gutters as bathrooms.

But the majority of the sanitation complaints so far this year originated in the Tenderloin and South of Market neighborhoods, with the Mission District accounting for most of the rest.

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