SAN FRANCISCO—Mayor London Breed proposed on July 24 that close to $725,000 in additional investments to support the City’s Fix-It Team, a multi-agency unit aimed on improving cleanliness and quality-of-life in San Francisco neighborhoods.
“Ensuring that our streets are clean and safe is a basic duty of city government and it’s clear that the City must do a better job,” said Mayor London Breed. “This proposal will expand street cleaning, add more trashcans throughout the city and increase public safety.”
According to a press release from the Mayor’s Office, the two-year budget amendment announced by Mayor Breed will benefit the Fix-It Team, which responds to quality-of-life concerns, such as graffiti, broken streetlights and unpainted curbs in local communities. The Fix-It Team is in the process of increasing from 29 zones to 35 zones. The funding increases were decided based on the needs residents have recognized.
“The Fix-It team has a proven track record of working closely with constituents to make our streets cleaner and safer,” said San Francisco Board of Supervisors President Malia Cohen. “I’ve seen their responsiveness and effectiveness across District 10 and across San Francisco. I am thrilled to see this expanded investment in clean and healthy streets.”
Additional budget investments will offer $250,000 to the Downtown Streets Team, a unit consisting of formerly homelessness individuals that works with the Fix-It Team on street cleaning programs. Mayor Breed’s budget includes $75,000 to support the installation of 20 new BigBelly bins—containers that use real-time technology and automatic compactors, allowing them to hold five times the amount of waste than a regular receptacle.
Over $100,000 will be included to add fencing around public parking lots, to decrease incidents of vandalism and graffiti, and $15,000 will be added to install solar-powered motion-detection lights for 300 households, delivering stronger illumination for streets and sidewalks.
The budget investments will support enhanced video surveillance systems for Community Benefit Districts, to sway public dumping, and provide funding for new locks on residential trash bins for approximately 200 households throughout San Francisco.
“Since Fix-It began in 2016, we have visited 29 neighborhoods, interacted with more than 1,300 residents and completed 3,800 fixes,” said Fix-It Director Sandra Zuniga. “This investment will strengthen our ability to respond to issues across the city in a timely, effective manner.”