Vote YES on Prop B to create the Department of Sanitation and Streets, Sanitation and Streets Commission, and a Public Works Commission in the City and County of San Francisco.
Prop B asks voters to amend the Charter of the City and County of San Francisco to establish a Department of Sanitation and Streets, as well as a Sanitation and Streets Commission and a Public Works Commission. Within the proposed Sanitation and Streets Commission, members shall serve four-year terms and will be created no earlier than July 1, 2022. Currently, San Francisco only has the Department of Public Works, in which sanitation is sporadically implemented by the director of Public Works at whim, resulting in affluent neighborhoods being cleaned while other neighborhoods are left without sanitation. Earlier this year, the previous director of Public Works, Mohammed Nuru, was charged by the FBI with corruption and bribery. Prop B provides citizen oversight to combat further corruption and allocates employees, resources, and the city’s budget to ensure sanitation for all, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Why voting YES on Prop B matters:
- Sanitation departments are found in almost every major American city except San Francisco. The people of San Francisco need this department more than ever in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Creating and sustaining a new Department of Sanitation and Streets would only increase the City of San Francisco’s spending by less than .0005%, between $2.5 million and $6 million, according to the SF Controller’s analysis.
- Prop B establishes a citizen oversight commission to oversee spending and requires both the Department of Sanitation and the Department of Public Works to undergo annual audits by the Controller’s Office to eliminate waste and corruption.
- Leading the contributions supporting Yes on Prop B is Laborers Pacific Southwest Regional Organization Coalition Issues, followed by the Northern CA District Council of Laborers PAC and Operating Engineers Local Union No. 3 Statewide PAC.
- Another top funder, Recology, is an employee-owned company that shifts traditional waste management to resource recovery through sustainable recovery practices.
- There are no committees registered in opposition to Prop B at this time.
There is no prominent misinformation about Proposition B.