This page explains the services we provide and also contains a map that shows you where we provide those services. To see our most recent Cleaning Reports, please visit our Documents page.
The SoMa West Community Benefit District was established in 2019 pursuant to the California Constitution and the Property and Business Improvement District Law of 1994, as amended and augmented by Article 15 of the San Francisco Business and Tax Regulations Code.
Approximately 80% of the budget goes to additional cleaning and safety services provided on a daily basis in addition to all current services by the city. The services we offer, or currently plan to offer include the following:
Safe Team Program
The Safety Program will provide security services for the individual parcels located within the District in the form of patrolling bicycle personnel, walking patrols and/or vehicle patrols. Additionally, a security camera program will be explored. The purpose of the Safe Team Program is to prevent, deter and report illegal activities taking place on the streets, sidewalks, storefronts, parking lots and public alleys.
The presence of the Safe Team Program is intended to deter such illegal activities as vandalism, graffiti, narcotic use or sales, public urination, trespassing, drinking in public, prostitution, illegal panhandling, unpermitted vending, and illegal dumping. The Program will supplement, not replace, other ongoing police, security and patrol efforts within the District. The Safe Team Program will only provide its services within the District boundaries. The special benefit to parcels from these services is increased commercial activity which directly relates to increased building occupancy and customer usage. A District that is perceived as unsafe deters pedestrian and commercial activity.
Clean and Beautiful Program
In order to consistently deal with cleaning issues, a Clean and Beautiful Program will provide a multidimensional approach consisting of the following elements. The clean team will only provide service to properties within District boundaries. The special benefit to parcels from these services is increased commercial activity which directly relates to increases in lease rates and customer usage. Services may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Sidewalk Cleaning: Uniformed, radio equipped personnel sweep litter, debris and refuse from sidewalks and gutters of the District. District personnel may pressure wash the sidewalks. Paper signs and handbills that are taped or glued on property, utility boxes, poles and telephones are removed. Clean sidewalks support an increase in commerce and provides a special benefit to each individually assessed parcel in the district.
- Sidewalk Pressure Washing: District personnel may pressure wash the sidewalks. Clean sidewalks support an increase in commerce and provides a special benefit to each individually assessed parcel in the district.
- Trash Collection: Collector truck personnel collect trash from sidewalk trash receptacles as needed. They are also dispatched to collect stolen shopping carts and large bulky items illegally dumped in the District.
- Graffiti Removal: Painters remove graffiti by painting, using solvent and pressure washing. The District maintains a zero-tolerance graffiti policy. An effort is made to remove all tags within 24 hours on weekdays.
- Landscape Maintenance: Weeding of District tree wells and sidewalk cracks.
- Public Space Activation: A program to activate public spaces in the District may be developed.
- Art in Public Places Program: A program of temporary and permanent art, including performing art, may be developed.
The Clean Team will only operate within District boundaries. The special benefit to assessed parcels from these services is increased commercial activity, which directly relates to increased building occupancy and customer usage. Dirty and unclean sidewalks deter pedestrians and commercial activity.
Marketing and Advocacy
In order to communicate the changes that are taking place in the SoMa West Community Benefit District and to enhance the positive perception of SoMa West parcels, a professionally developed marketing and communication program will be created. This is a special benefit because it works to improve the positive perception of the District. Decisions on where to shop, eat, work, and live are largely based
on a perception of the place. The special benefit to District assessed parcels from these services is increased commercial activity which directly relates to increases in lease rates and enhanced commerce.
The programs being considered include the following:
- Destination Marketing
- Media Relations
- Community Grants
- District Stakeholder Communications
Below is a map of our boundaries. Click for larger map (will open in new window).