The city’s Street Sweeping division has up to 14 routes to service per day and has 18 positions (17 sweeper operators and one supervisor) budgeted in the division but has been reduced to just nine sweeper operators at its lowest point, Diko Melkonian, deputy director of Public Works wrote in the memo.
Public Works officials wrote a memo this week making a recommendation to the council to hold off on the study until “after the pandemic.”
The Long Beach City Council approved a plan to extend a forgiveness program for street sweeping citations for people affected by COVID-19.
The current forgiveness window is set to expire at the end of October but city staff has recommended extending it another month.
Regular enforcement of street sweeping will resume on July 6.
Residents that can prove they’re experiencing financial hardships related to the virus can have their first citation waived as the city eases back into regular street sweeping activity.
The report requests the city manager to report on how street sweeping enforcement efforts have impacted neighborhoods and what programs could be implemented to “waive, dismiss, or lower street sweeping citations during COVID-19 emergency.”
In the weeks that it has stopped issuing citations, the city is projecting that it will lose approximately $1.7 million dollars through May 1.
Street sweepers in the city are equipped with GPS technology and the city will look at developing a system to use that to alert residents when its safe to park.
This morning at 4th and Junipero, Long Beach officials gathered to celebrate the first day of new street sweeping times in Alamitos Beach, the result of a lengthy process spearheaded by Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal in 2006 to change the inconvenient schedule in the densely populated, parking-challenged neighborhood.