THE NEW DEPARTMENT OF
SANITATION & STREETS
WHY IS SF SO DIRTY?
The answer is surprisingly simple: San Francisco is one of the only major cities in America without a Department of Sanitation & Streets. That means there’s no specific agency that’s responsible for cleaning our streets, sidewalks, and public restrooms. And it shows—infectious disease experts say that our streets are so dirty that our risk of infection is as high as in communities in parts of the world suffering from extreme poverty.
WHAT'S THE SOLUTION?
For the last 18 months, Supervisor Matt Haney has been working closely with the men and woman who are currently tasked with cleaning our streets. These public servants have been working hard to keep out streets clean despite a lack of resources and support from their management and City Hall. Together they’ve crafted a plan that will create a Department of Sanitation & Streets that will bring common sense solutions to keeping our city clean.
WHAT WILL THE DEPARTMENT OF
SANITATION & STREETS DO?
SANITIZE PUBLIC SPACES
The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t expected to end anytime soon. How we look at infectious diseases has permanently changed, and City officials are currently preparing for a second spike in the curve.
The Department of Sanitation & Streets will provide daily street and sidewalk cleaning to keep our public areas sanitary and our communities healthy.
DATA DRIVEN CLEANING
Right now, street cleaning is done sporadically with decisions about how often sidewalks and streets get cleaned left entirely up to the Director of Public Works.
Unfortunately, that means neighborhoods with political influence get cleaned and other parts of the city are left neglected and dirty.
Using a data-driven decision process, the Department of Sanitation & Streets will make sure that every street is cleaned to the standards of a modern city.
ACCOUNTABILITY & OVERSIGHT
Our limited street cleaning programs are currently the responsibility of Public Works. This giant department has 17 offices, ranging from building engineering to horticulture, all reporting to one director with no oversight body and no review process. To make matters worse the most recent Director of Public Works was just indicted by the FBI for corruption and bribery.
The Department of Sanitation & Streets will be a stand-alone department with a citizen oversight commission and public account- ability that is laser-focused on cleaning our streets.
CLEAN & SAFE PUBLIC TOILETS
Everyone needs ready access to clean and safe public restrooms. It’s a basic and essential city responsibility that’s not being adequately addressed. Of the hundreds of public restrooms that the city owns, only a handful are actually “public” and open for people to use whenever they need them.
The Department of Sanitation & Streets will take responsibility for providing safe clean public restrooms.