'Eco Blitz' Launches To Clean San Francisco For Holidays

Matt Bigler
November 20, 2019 - 3:53 pm

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San Francisco is starting to "deep clean" some of the most popular areas of the city for the  holidays. 

But some say those tax dollars should be spent on some of the city's other bigger problems.

“Let’s get the show started, right?” San Francisco's Department of Public Works Director Mohammad Nuru said as he announced the plan Wednesday. 

Nuru says for the next six weeks his department is going to increase the amount of cleaning they’re doing in high profile parts of the city to make them sparkle for the holidays.

“We’re going to try and make sure the city’s presentable,” Nuru said. 

Fisherman's Wharf, the Embarcadero and Union Square are some of the places getting extra attention. 

“So that people who visit this are have a clean, safe, green place that they can enjoy their experience in," Mayor London Breed said. 

The "Eco Blitz," as it's called, was cheered on by many visitors and businesses. One critic who did not give his name, but works with San Francisco's homeless, said the squalor is a symptom of the city's larger problem: drugs.

“And not one word about cleaning up the drug problem. Not one word about picking up the dope man,” he said. “I’ve seen them out here. They pick them up and cut them loose.”

Earlier this year, Breed approved nearly $12 million for ongoing street cleaning programs.