Mayor Sam Liccardo and three councilmembers will introduce a plan at a city council meeting on September 22nd that will dedicate $1 million a month until the end of the year to clean illegal dumpsites and pick up trash from the streets. “It has become a mess out there,” said Mayor Sam Liccardo at a virtual news conference. “Illegal dumping abatement, blight busting, whatever you call it. We’re going to triple the budget between now and the end of this year so we can get a handle on this very big challenge,” Liccardo said.
San Jose officials said the city already cleans up 45 tons of trash from the streets every week. The proposal is for San Jose to spend an additional $3 million until the end of year to hire contractors to pick up even more. “I think the citizens who live here have kind of reached their limit,” said Julie Riera Matsushima, a downtown neighbor. Riera Matsushima is part of a group of downtown neighbors who started to pick up trash themselves and put pressure on the city and property owners to do the same.