Supervisor Matt Haney announced a 10 point plan to make downtown San Francisco cleaner and healthier on Monday.
“Everyone deserves safe, clean and healthy streets and sidewalks. When you live in a neighborhood where the daily reality is sidewalks covered in feces, needles or trash, it is no small thing. It is a daily reminder of how the place you live, your neighborhood, is valued, and therefore how you are valued. It’s a fundamental question of human dignity and respect. No one should be forced to live in these conditions.”
– Supervisor Matt Haney, District 6
The plan focuses on challenges being faced with the current system from street and sidewalk maintenance to the lack of detail when a 311 case has been closed.
Living on the street that the New York Times has called the ‘Dirtiest Block in San Francisco,” Haney has made cleaning up the streets, public health and human dignity the main priority.
“There are absolutely things that we can do, many of which are preventative, common sense measures to ensure safe, clean and healthy streets and sidewalks,” Haney said. “This is the City’s responsibility.”
The plan includes:
- Adding more trash cans, improving design
- More public restrooms, including 24 hour public restrooms
- Daily cleaning of high need micro-neighborhoods
- Regular sidewalk pressure cleaning
- Doggie bag receptacles
- Beautification of the streets
- Syringe disposal boxes
- Secure private trash cans
- Independent data and accountability
- Integrated, effective and responsive 311
Haney has been working on this action plan for three months.
According to 311, the requests to clean up the needles, feces, and trash on the streets has gone through the roof since 2015.
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