News Release

SUPERVISOR DIANNE JACOB

DATE: October 11, 2008

CONTACT: Steve Schmidt, 619-531-4766 or 619-206-9108 

 

SPRING VALLEY GETS 84 TONS OF HELP TO CLEAR 'BAMBOO CITY'
Jacob thanks Probation, Sheriff and waste agencies for cleanup of troublesome encampment

SPRING VALLEY– The final pile of garbage from a decades-old transient encampment in Spring Valley has been cleared and Vice Chairwoman Dianne Jacob is praising the many partners that helped with the cleanup.

Twelve Probation Department work crews, totaling 158 public service workers and twelve probation officers overseeing the project, spent the weekends of Sept. 27 and 28 and Oct. 4, cleaning up “Bamboo City,” which sits adjacent to the Spring Valley Swap Meet on Quarry Road.

In total, 1,032 man hours were expended removing 84 tons of garbage.

“This was an extraordinary mess that required extraordinary muscle to clean up,” said Vice Chairwoman Jacob who praised nearby residents and public and private agencies for joining forces to dismantle the encampment. “A huge thanks to Allied, EDCO, the Spring Valley Swap Meet, Probation, the Sheriff’s Department and the County’s Codes Enforcement Division for their efforts.”

The cleanup project was carried out by the Probation Department and Sheriff’s Department. EDCO donated bins, Allied Waste waived dumping fees, and the Spring Valley Swap Meet provided technical assistance and financial support.

“The next step is to remove the bamboo to keep this community nuisance from coming back,” Jacob said.