The Dirty Streets of San Francisco.

The Mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom, wants to deputize 400+ city workers. They would then have the authority to issue citations to litterbugs.

This is an idea that might look like it would fly on paper, or in the mind of a Mayor, but in reality could get sticky.

Can’t you just see an alleged litterbug being told, “Hey there, I’m a city worker and that will be 80 bucks for that gum wrapper.” It’s likely the ticket, and/or city worker, could end up wadded up in the gutter.

5 Comments so far

  1. Scott (unregistered) on February 13th, 2005 @ 11:53 am

    Ha! If this happened in New Orleans, where I live, the city workers would probably all end up being shot by the litterbugs.

  2. Dave (unregistered) on January 27th, 2006 @ 8:15 am

    I’m not sure this is the answer but I sure do recognize the problem at hand. SF has become one of the filthiest cities. The amount of random litter and street trash is unacceptable. For starters, I think that on-foot street sweepers need to be deployed in all of the destination neighborhoods. What I mean by that are neighorhoods that are a destination for entertainment/dining by visitors and locals. These neighborhoods are what make SF interesting and desireable. These areas should be kept spotless. eighborhoods like The Castro, West Portal, Union Street, The Marina, The Haight, Chinatown, Japantown, etc. I’ve seen on-foot street sweepers in Union Square – not sure who funds these people, but would be great if we could deploy them elsewhere.
    Second, Better garbage cans. In a city that supports recycling, we should have 3-part cans that allow us to recycle on the street. Also, garbage cans that DON’T allow people to reach in would help litter. Homeless people constantly dig through the garbage and leave remnants all over the sidewalk.
    Third, do some awareness advertising about the 28CLEAN service. I mention it to everyone I know, and nobody has heard of it. This would get more citizens involved in helping to keep the city clean.
    Fourth, in other major cities, they actually rinse off the sidewalks/streets at night. They do this in Madrid, for example. All the streets/sidewalks where tourists can be found are rinsed down so that in the morning, they are clean and inviting. Since tourism is a huge part of SF’s income, cleanliness should be a priority.
    Lastly, CLEAN UP MARKET STREET. The grand boulevard in our city is an embarassment between 4th and 10th Streets. The police need get the vagrants off Market and then give hopes for some redevelopment. I am so embarassed when I see tourists walking down Market at 7th…what an eyesore – especially since that’s considered City Center and Theater District. Just plain filthy.

  3. joann Landers (unregistered) on January 27th, 2006 @ 10:20 am

    Thanks, Dave and a big “Hear, hear!”
    (It is an abbreviation for “hear, all ye good people, hear what this brilliant and eloquent speaker has to say!”)

  4. Sean (unregistered) on January 27th, 2006 @ 1:59 pm

    It still blows my mind when I see people actually walking barefoot on the sidewalks here. WTF? I guess courting staff infections is exciting for some… [For starters, I’m over the constant ‘trash tornadoes’ whirling up on my street.]But to be fair, there are ‘grand plans’ to revitalize/sanitize that stretch of mid-Market. But as is typical in SF, there are myriad neighborhood groups at odds with the city.

  5. SEAN (unregistered) on January 27th, 2006 @ 2:00 pm

    (Oopsie. Make that “staph” infection.)

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