City of San Diego budget expands beautification initiative

NEWS // July 25, 2019

City of San Diego budget expands beautification initiative

City of San Diego News Release 

As a part of their commitment to keeping neighborhoods clean and safe, the City of San Diego‘s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget lays out a plan to significantly expand the popular “Clean SD” program to remove trash and debris from communities across the city.

The City of San Diego will expand the program citywide and plan to include the hiring of a second shift of crews to enact litter removal on a 24/7 basis. The City’s budget more than doubles funding for the program by adding $6.5 million – for a total of more than $10 million annually in cleanup efforts.

“We’re restoring pride back in our neighborhoods with every cleanup job, and now we’re investing more resources into ‘Clean SD’ so we can do even more for our communities,” said Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer. “San Diegans deserve nothing less than to have clean and safe public spaces to enjoy and this budget delivers on that commitment in a big way for neighborhood residents.”

Initially launched in May 2017, the “Clean SD” program is an aggressive cleanup effort to keep neighborhoods, public spaces, canyons and riverbeds free and clear of trash and debris. City and Urban Corps crews respond to complaints received through the City’s Get It Done application, and have removed litter from “hotspots” in Ocean Beach, City Heights, San Ysidro, Logan Heights, Paradise Hills, Webster and Mount Hope, Mission Beach, Point Loma and Pacific Beach – neighborhoods with  historically high levels of illegal dumping activity.

In partnership with the San Diego River Park Foundation, the City has also targeted land along the San Diego River. The City  owns about one-third of the property along the river with the other two-thirds being privately-held by several businesses and other government agencies. Cleanup efforts along the river reduced the number of homeless encampments by 90 percent.

The “Clean SD” initiative also includes canyons to help reduce the risk of wildfires and materials that could cause them to spread more easily after they spark. Since its inception, crews have already removed over 3,600 tons of debris, including:

  • 7,200 mattresses and box springs
  • 2,100 shopping carts
  • 900 tires
  • 550 appliances

This article was originally published in City of San Diego’s online newsroom, read full article here: