Governor Gavin Newsom launched a statewide day of action at a ‘Clean California’ project in Richmond, Calif. on Wednesday. The day of action highlights Newsom’s $1.1 billion initiative that aims to revitalize California’s streets and public spaces.
Caltrans has cleaned and maintained the Richmond Clean California site. The site has reportedly benefitted local communities through expanded litter pick-up and sustainable landscaping along the state highway system. Caltrans is also leading several litter pick-up and hiring events across the state as part of the day of action.
According to Newsom, Clean California will expand state and local litter abatement efforts and generate over 10,000 jobs in the next three years. This includes jobs for people exiting homelessness, veterans, at-risk youth, local artists, students, and people reentering society from incarceration.
“Clean California offers a historic opportunity to transform our streets and highways that have been blighted with litter and hazardous waste for decades,” Newsom said in a press release. “This program will create thousands of jobs to support people exiting homelessness, at-risk youth, formerly incarcerated individuals and others getting back on their feet.”
Clean California includes potential projects in all 58 counties in the state. Caltrans is set to award $296 million in matching grants to fund impactful projects on local streets and roads, tribal lands, parks, pathways and transit centers in underserved, rural and urban communities.
Caltrans is developing a needs-based formula that will help provide additional support to underserved communities. There is a goal of funding more than 100 local project a year.
Clean California will reportedly remove an additional 1.2 million cubic yards of trash from state highways each year. Last year, Caltrans collected 270,000 cubic yards of trash alone. This initiative will also include funding for a public education campaign to foster a sense of shared responsibility for litter prevention.