Now another story on a city’s inability to provide for basic human needs: State government is canceling a $1.7 million for a 150-square-foot restroom serving the central square for Noe Valley. (That’s $11,333 per s.f.) The town square in this family neighborhood is a place where people gather for the Farmer’s Market and for their kids to play, but if you gotta go, you’ll have to leave. The city ballyhooed the funding, but when word hit the media about the cost and three-year permitting process, the governor pulled the funding.

This is the second time in the last month that San Francisco has gotten national press for inept management, the previous being its cancellation of a program for new trash cans on which it had already spent almost a half million dollars just for design. Things like this undermine daily life in the city and trust in government.