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Community and Economic Development

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 21, 2005

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Eric Symons
(619) 533-5318
Tim Graham
(619) 533-5130

Downtown’s "Clean and Safe Program" Extended and Enhanced
Property Owners Ratify Renewal of the Property & Business Improvement District

SAN DIEGO - Business and property owners in Downtown voted to continue and increase services provided by the Downtown Property and Business Improvement District (PBID), also known as the "Clean and Safe Program," for another ten years.

The Mayor and City Council unanimously approved a ten-year renewal of the PBIB following a noticed public hearing on June 14, 2005 and a final counting of all returned property owner ballots. More than 4,600 ballots, representing over 6200 parcels, had been mailed to property owners of record within the proposed boundaries for the Downtown PBID on April 28, 2004. An overwhelming, assessment-weighted majority of property owner ballots (71 percent) favored PBID renewal.

The Clean and Safe Program will be renewed for a ten-year period beginning July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2014. As a renewed special assessment district, this Program will continue to provide a customized array of enhanced services to meet the needs of 272 blocks organized into the following five benefit zones: Core/Colombia, Cortez, East Village, Gaslamp Quarter and Marina. Property owners supported increasing assessments from $2.9 million to $5.8 million to pay for expanded services.

The City’s Community and Economic Development Department contracts with the Downtown San Diego Partnership for the operation of the PBID. The operations of the Clean and Safe Program are overseen by a by a volunteer management committee whose members are comprised of representatives from each of the neighborhoods receiving enhanced services. Enhanced services include sidewalk sweeping, trash and debris removal, power-washing sidewalks, graffiti removal, landscaping, tree maintenance and weed removal. The Program’s safety personnel provide public information and serve as an extra set of eyes on the street.

"Property and business owner supported assessment districts significantly contribute to the ambiance and appearance of the City’s commercial districts" said Jeff Kawar, deputy director of the City’s Community and Economic Development Department. "The Downtown Clean and Safe Program is a terrific example of a property owner program that supplements baseline City services, organizes property owner interest, collaborates with other useful City programs, and actively supports a property and business owner environment."

The Downtown Clean and Safe Program was initiated on July 1, 2000 for a five-year term to provide funding for improved maintenance and upkeep of sidewalks, landscaping, and other public areas, as well as public safety services for the Downtown community. For more information about the Downtown Clean and Safe Program, contact Will Berry at (619) 234-8900, extension 109 or visit www.dtsd.org and select "Clean and Safe."

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With an emphasis on the City’s urban core neighborhoods and low and moderate income residents, the City of San Diego’s Community and Economic Development Department strives to improve the quality of life and ensure a healthy economy in San Diego through job development, business development, neighborhood revitalization, public improvements, redevelopment, social services, and revenue enhancement.
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