Office of the Mayor

(562) 570-6801
333 West Ocean Blvd, 14th Floor
Long Beach, California 90802
7/7/2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 07072017
Subject:
Mayor Robert Garcia Calls for a Clean Long Beach Initiative
Contact:
Marisol Samayoa
(562) 570-5229
marisol.samayoa@longbeach.gov
Communications Deputy
Office of the Mayor




Mayor Robert Garcia is calling for a Clean Long Beach Initiative aimed at modernizing and expanding the City's efforts to keep Long Beach clean and litter-free.

"It's time for a full and comprehensive review of our Clean Team efforts to ensure that we are keeping our City clean and litter-free. We must improve cleaning schedules, work with the state to clean up freeway on-ramps, add trash cans, and review best practices across the City."

Mayor Garcia's proposed initiative includes an assessment of City policies and makes the following recommendations:
  • Review the City's current efforts to keep the City clean and resources and investments made over the past few years to improve the City's response capabilities;

  • Review the Illegal Dumping Action plan requested by the City Council;

  • Review the Clean Team operations efforts and resources for improvements and/or Investments;

  • Map all freeway on-ramps and off-ramps and working to improve cleanliness and conditions across city, including Caltrans’ role in the maintenance of the areas;

  • Review trash can locations citywide and identify opportunities to add and/or replace trash cans;

  • Explore city ordinance and policy around locked trash dumpsters in alleys;

  • Review all supermarkets and retailers employing shopping cart theft technology to ensure system functionality, and evaluate whether additional stores should be added to the City's ordinance;

  • Modernize the Go Long Beach App and review the appropriate staffing and budget necessary to ensure timely trash and dumped item pickups and graffiti removal;

  • Provide an estimate of the funding, timeline, and purchasing process needed to implement a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and update the City Council on the progress and implementation;

  • Review graffiti contract and resources to ensure we are maintaining graffiti removal within the City's 48-hour standard as well as explore expanding the City's graffiti contract to cover other areas within the City;

  • Analyze cost and staffing levels necessary to host additional neighborhood clean-up events;

  • Analyze the cost and staffing levels necessary to explore proactive code enforcement with a focus on business corridors and egregious code violation;

  • Review existing laws and ordinances that relate to empty private lots, empty businesses falling into disrepair, and active businesses or properties in poor condition; 

  • Update and review all codes relating to cleanliness, empty lots, and facades;

  • Partner with Long Beach Transit to ensure clean and well-lit bus stops;

  • Revisit a new Litter-Free Long Beach campaign to include local LBUSD schools and colleges;

  • Work with BIDs across the city to strengthen their commitment to cleanliness, trash removal, and graffiti removal as a part of their existing service contracts; Consider establishing a regular, revolving volunteer corps to work with existing city staff on neighborhood clean-up events, or corridor clean-up events year-round;

  • Explore additional informational and marketing campaigns in Long Beach to reduce trash, debris, and illegal dumping;
Mayor Garcia will make the recommendation for a study session regarding the Clean Long Beach Initiative to the Long Beach City Council next Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 5 PM in the City Hall Council Chamber located at 333 W. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802.