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Through Partnerships and Volunteers, the City Beautifies

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The City of San Bernardino will initiate its first citywide clean-up project to revitalize and restore local neighborhoods and improve the overall aesthetic appeal. The City is asking for individuals, businesses and organizations to volunteer Saturday, September 10, 2011 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to clean-up various areas of San Bernardino that need a little tender loving care.

Free food will be provided to all registered volunteers. Basic tools and supplies will be provided, however, volunteers are encouraged to bring their own tools, supplies and water. “Our city has enormous potential. Together we can make an impact that will allow others to see what a difference a day makes in creating a cleaner and greener community” states Mayor Patrick Morris. The Beautification Partnership seeks to make San Bernardino more attractive to citizens, homebuyers, businesses and investors. “The more we can increase the aesthetic appeal of the city, the more we will see increased local job opportunities through investment and a greater quality of life for all residents.” says Charles McNeely, City Manager. Activities include trash and graffiti removal, planting, weeding, painting and repairing.

The Beautification Partnership initiative would not be possible without a number of organizations partnering with the City to accomplish this exciting endeavor including the San Bernardino City Unified School District, the City’s Economic Development Agency, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Mormon Helping Hands - a service division of The Latter Day Saints, NCAs - Terrace West Association and DRNAG, the San Bernardino Sunset Rotary Club, and the City of San Bernardino Municipal Water Department.

City residents can discard bulk items at several sites: Western Regional Little League (6707 Little League Dr.), Wildwood Park (Waterman & 40th Street), Ann Shirrels Park (Magnolia & California Streets), Ruben Campos Community Center (1717 W. 5th Street), Church of God Prophecy (3030 Del Rosa Ave.), Smart and Final Parking Lot (D & Baseline), Seccombe Lake (South 7th Street), Lytle Creek Community Center (380 South K Street) and Asa Charter School (3515 North “D” Street). The bulk item drop-off event will be from 8am until 12pm. The City will be providing roll-off’s and front load vehicles for the residents to dispose of old furniture, unwanted items, yard waste, appliances, and mattresses. These dump sites will be accepting tires (up to 9 per vehicle) and e-waste. The dumpsites WILL NOT accept universal waste (batteries, fluorescent bulbs, lights bulbs), hazardous waste (chemicals, oil, gasoline, pesticides, etc.), paint or automotive parts. Residents will be required to show proof of residency within the City of San Bernardino.

To obtain further information and to participate in the Beautification Partnership interested persons should do the following: call the City’s SB Direct Call Center at 909-384-SBSB (7272); go to the City’s website at www.sbcity.org; visit the City’s Facebook at www.facebook.com/sbcitygov; stay updated on twitter at www.twitter.com/sbcitygov ; and get the latest San Bernardino RSS news feeds at www.sbcity.org/newsalerts/rss.asp.

In addition to the Beatification Partnership, the Community and School Alliance (CaSA) will be collecting electronic waste on August 27 and 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Board of Education Building parking lot, located at 777 North “F” Street San Bernardino. For more information please call (909) 381-1250.

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