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From left, Veneita Walker and Majesti Laso work as attendants for the pilot Pit Stop program at JC Decaux toilet on Market Street near Church Street on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 in San Francisco, Calif. San Francisco Public Works' Pit Stop program hopes to make the toilets more attractive to the public by making sure they aren't used for drug dealing and other illicit activities. Photo: Nathaniel Y. Downes, The Chronicle

San Francisco Hires ‘Potty-Sitters’ To Discourage Bad Public Bathroom Behavior

The city of San Francisco is stepping up its stinky patrol with the recent hiring of “potty-sitters” to ensure the city’s public toilets are in decent condition and used for their intended purpose.

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Bad Tasting, Smelly Tap Water Returns To East Bay MUD Customers This Weekend

The East Bay Municipal Utility District says beginning this weekend, a drought-related shift in its water operations will mean a change to the taste and smell of tap water for the 1.3 million people in the service area.

05/08/2015

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South Bay Landfill Prompting 30 Complaints Daily; Neighbors Say Smell Getting Worse

A landfill may be responsible for a stench plaguing residents in the South Bay that has prompted dozens of air quality complaints on a daily basis.

01/22/2015

Shopping carts sit in the parking lot of a Target store. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Petaluma Target Store Evacuated After Sulfur Smell Emanates From Busted Sewer Drain

Employees were evacuated from a Target store in Petaluma Wednesday morning because of a sulfur-type odor, a fire captain said.

09/17/2014

A shelter-in-place order was issued after a chemical HazMat situation in Hayward. (CBS)

Shelter-In-Place Order Lifted After Hayward Hazmat Situation At Chemical Company

A hazmat situation at a Hayward chemical company has ended after nearby residents and businesses were ordered to shelter in place within a one-mile radius.

08/26/2014

Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce is bottled at the Huy Fong Foods plant on May 14, 2014 in Irwindale, California. Huy Fong Foods is at legals odds with the Irwindale City Council and residents of nearby houses where some have complained of ill effects caused by strong pepper odors during the fall pepper crushing season at the plant. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Sriracha Hot Sauce Maker CEO Compares California Business Regulations To Communist Vietnam

The head of the Los Angeles-area company that makes Sriracha hot sauce has compared government restrictions on his business to those he faced in communist Vietnam.

05/15/2014

A worker wears a hazmat suit. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Dozens Report Strong Gas-Like Smell In Richmond Area

Fire crews responded Tuesday to an influx of calls about a strong gas odor throughout west Richmond this afternoon, fire officials said.

10/08/2013

A general view during the Oakland Athletics game against the Seattle Mariners at O.co Coliseum on June 16, 2013 in Oakland. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Another Sewage Problem Causes Foul Odor During Oakland A’s Game

The Oakland Athletics dealt with another sewage problem yesterday, this time in their dugout instead of the clubhouse area and nearby hallway.

09/18/2013

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Gas Smell Briefly Stops Trains On BART Dublin-Pleasanton Line

BART trains on the Dublin-Pleasanton line were stopped Monday afternoon due to a natural gas odor, a spokeswoman said.

12/17/2012

Mystery Odor Plagues Mineta San Jose Offices

  There’s something in the air at the San Jose airport, and it’s not just the passenger planes. Airline offices have been plagued with a smelly odor that just won’t seem to go away.

08/19/2010