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San Diego mayor signs off on $4.3 billion budget, announces 24/7 citywide clean-up

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Posted at 1:16 PM, Jun 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-20 16:16:20-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer signed off Thursday on his $4.3 billion 2020 budget previously approved by the super majority of the city council.

The budget funds the largest infrastructure investment in San Diego’s history and includes more funding for homelessness programs, road repairs, tree trimming services and housing reform.

Faulconer appeared to be most excited about the expansion of the Clean San Diego initiative, which aims to clear debris from across the city.

The mayor announced during his signing ceremony that $10 million will go toward the expansion of the CSD program, and more crews will be hired to clean up areas citywide 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“We’re restoring pride back in our neighborhoods with every cleanup job, and now we’re investing more resources into ‘Clean SD’ so we can do even more for our communities,” said Faulconer.

Funding for the program was more than doubled from Fiscal Year 2019 after Faulconer requested an additional $6.5 million for its budget.

Since the program started in May 2017, more than 3,600 tons of debris have been removed from neighborhoods, canyons, and the San Diego River.

Other efforts in the program include an increase in street sweeping in the East Village, sanitizing sidewalks, and graffiti removal.