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San Francisco Renews Focus On Clean Streets

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) –San Francisco is poised to revive a "Clean Streets" program that fell by the wayside during the city's budget crisis. The program targets trash in neighborhood commercial districts.

When San Francisco was a little more flush with cash it had a jobs program that focused on keeping commercial corridors free of trash, dirt, grime and graffiti. That went south with the budget, but on Tuesday, during monthly question time, Mayor Ed Lee told the supervisors he's bringing it back.

KCBS' Barbara Taylor Reports:

"The funding will pay for a nonprofit provider that will hire between 20 and 30 people that will be trained and managed by DPW," said Lee.

The mayor cobbled together funds from The Department of Public Works, the city PUC and the Department of the Environment, and restyled it as an apprenticeship program.

"They will also provide education to merchants, to residents, and to property owners on their responsibility to keep the sidewalks free of litter, and keeping the properties clean and safe," said Lee.

The program is set to begin July 1st.

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