Along with a community coalition, Supervisor Wiener announced the Clean, Green, and Safe budget enhancement package designed to keep our public spaces clean, well maintained, and safe. San Francisco Beautiful is glad to join the Supervisor in supporting these enhancements along with Friends of the Urban Forest and the San Francisco Parks Alliance. We will only be successful in funding these important needs with your help. We need you! Please call or email your Supervisor and the Mayor requesting support for the Green, Safe, and Clean budget enhancement package.
Over time, the City’s budget investment in basic cleaning, greening, and safety services for parks, streets, and other public spaces has been dramatically reduced. The proposed budget package would begin reversing these cuts. Specifically:
$327,500 to increase tree maintenance in our parks (Recreation and Parks Department)
Rec and Park has only enough staff to maintain an average of 750 trees per year – out of a total of 131,000 trees in our parks. With an aging tree population, we are approaching a crisis of hazardous tree conditions in our parks. This funding will allow Rec and Park to increase tree maintenance to address hazardous tree conditions before these trees cause damage or injury and to better ensure the long-term health of all park trees.
$1.8 million to expand Park Patrol (Recreation and Parks Department)
Currently, there are no more than two Park Rangers per shift to patrol all 220 of San Francisco’s parks. The increase in patrol officers would provide one dedicated Park Ranger on 24/7 patrol for each of the six Park Service Areas throughout the city. With more coverage of our parks, Park Rangers will be better equipped to enforce park rules and address the nearly $1 million in graffiti, property damage, and illegal dumping that occurs in our parks every year.
$800,000 for landscape maintenance and cleaning in our public spaces (Department of Public Works)
Years of staffing cuts have left DPW with insufficient personnel to keep our streets, sidewalks, and public spaces clean and our green landscaping thriving. Getting the debris and waste cleaned off our sidewalks and out of our public spaces is a primary responsibility of city government. These funds will increase landscape maintenance staff and cleaning crews to make our neighborhoods cleaner and healthier.
Every year, budget priorities always exceed available resources. This is why San Francisco Beautiful urges you to help the Supervisor ensure that this critically important budget priority is fully funded. Please call or email your Supervisor and the Mayor requesting support for the Green, Safe, and Clean budget enhancement package.
Contact your supervisor here.