Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
January 17 was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and to honor the memory of Dr. King's legacy of community service, Councilmember Marti Emerald worked in partnership with community leaders and volunteers for a district-wide clean-up. More than 200 volunteers joined in to support this clean-up effort on their day off.
The Teen Challenge Center parking lot was used as the staging area. As volunteers registered, Councilmember Marti Emerald kicked off the morning with introductions and some instructions for the group.
Rebuilding Together San Diego provided the necessary tools ? trash bags, gloves, shovels, rakes, long-handled trash grabbers, and weed whackers. Just before 10 am, the group was divided into teams and they headed out to different neighborhoods in District Seven to pick up litter and clear some weeds.
Chollas Parkway, University Avenue, Alvarado Road, Serra High School in Tierrasanta, Mission Gorge and Twain were some of the roads targeted by clean-up teams. In addition to the usual litter - food wrappers, cigarette butts, and soda cups, a mattress and a sofa were also collected.
A BBQ-style lunch was served by the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council.
"It's no secret that we have great people in San Diego. I am so proud of the many volunteers from District Seven for giving their time to make our neighborhoods cleaner. Thank you everyone," said Councilmember Emerald.