Community members consistently approach me about the cleanliness, or lack thereof, of our City streets. Like most issues, there is no single, all-encompassing solution to our challenges with blight. The reality is that trash is a drain on City resources, and it impacts how we feel about our community.
Making our community cleaner is a priority for my office, which is why I have secured more than $500,000 from the City’s budget throughout my years in office to kick off several programs that are part of my action plan to help #beautifySJ, starting with District 2.
My team and I have launched the #D2CleanStreets Initiative in South San José, a multi-faceted approach to combating the blight plaguing our streets. This initiative starts with these projects:
I know that we have notoriously blighted areas in District 2. I am changing that by partnering with the Downtown Streets Team (DST), a non-profit organization that contributes to a cleaner community while engaging homeless and at-risk individuals, through the SJ Bridge program.
Together, we have identified hot spots in District 2 that will be monitored regularly by the SJ Bridge program in 2019-2020. These hot spots are:
We have the opportunity to expand or change these hot spots as areas improve this year.
In 2018-2019, the hot spots where DST conducted clean-ups were:
My office also kicked off efforts to build community resilience and activation along the historically under-served area of Roeder Avenue and Roundtable Drive through Project Hope.
Project Hope is a community-driven initiative led by the City's Anti-Graffiti & Anti-Litter Program. It is a unique and innovative neighborhood engagement and improvement program that aims to improve the quality of life in the Roundtable Drive area by addressing challenges comprehensively and collaboratively. Project Hope's objective is to develop strong new community leaders and action-oriented neighborhood organizations.
I am proud that my office and Project Hope helped guide and form the Roundtable Neighborhood Association, which empowers residents in the area. Although this is a huge win for the neighborhood, there is much work to be done, and we look forward to further collaboration.
To read more about my proposals and efforts to clean Monterey Road, visit the Union Pacific Railroad section on my D2 in the News webpage.