Newsom: We need to clean our streets

Mayor Gavin Newsom wants to step up efforts to remove gum, glass and cigarette butts from The City’s streets in reaction to less-than-stellar results in a recent city litter audit.

“We still have less litter out on the streets than we did two years ago, but the numbers started to creep up in this last audit,” Newsom said in a year-end address posted on YouTube.

Some major problem areas include big commercial corridors, including Mission Street and Geary Boulevard areas, Newsom said.

“We just have to do better, and more, I get it,” he said.

The good news: Despite budget cuts, streets are cleaner in some residential areas and popular corridors such as Divisadero and Dolores streets, Newsom said.

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