“Mission Beach is, at most, a few feet above sea level,” said Mission Beach Town Council vice president Greg Knight. “The streets of the community are swept four times a week, (Mondays and Thursdays on one side, Tuesdays and Fridays on the other), and a large amount of sand, leaves, and trash is blown down our streets. If not removed, that trash then goes down the storm drains and blocks them.”
Added Knight, “It is therefore imperative to keep the storm drains clear of debris, or else there is a risk of severe flooding during the rainy season and big storms.”
On July 17, Knight said community leaders met with mayor’s representatives and agreed to identify potential corral locations throughout Mission Beach.
“We were assured that street sweeping would not be affected because the City would inform the scooter operators of the street sweeping schedule and that the operators had agreed to move the scooters out of the corrals before each sweeping occurred,” said Knight. “This promise has not been kept. Scooters are not removed for street sweeping and the sweeping trucks have to drive around the corrals. As a result, trash and leaves are not being removed.”
Responding, City of San Diego senior public information officer Anthony Santacroce, said: “The City is working directly with scooter operators to keep street-sweeping routes clear and has levied multiple citations to operators who have not complied. Operators are notified about any obstructions, especially in device-heavy areas like the beach communities.”
Added Santacroce: “Scooter operators have three hours to remove devices that are illegally parked. If action is not taken, the City will impound devices at the expense of the operator. The fee is $65 per scooter and $1 per day.”
Noted Knight: “This is actually happening in all the beach communities. This is a matter of utmost importance and needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency before the rainy season hits and the accumulated debris ends up in the storm drains.”