The Board of Supervisors finds and declares that:
Dumping on streets, sidewalks, public rights-of-way, and other public properties within the City and County of San Francisco is detrimental to the health, safety, and welfare of the community and is hereby declared to be a public nuisance. Dumping in public spaces creates urban blight and not only impedes the paths of travel for pedestrian and vehicular traffic and is detrimental to businesses and personal pursuits, but pollutes public spaces with potentially harmful and toxic substances, degrades neighborhoods, and encourages others to unlawfully dispose of other waste and debris, all fostering a disrespect of public property and of the community.
Cleaning up and abating unlawfully dumped material on public properties costs the City and County of San Francisco tens of thousands of dollars a year. The City is rarely able to recoup those costs from the individuals and entities who commit the illegal dumps.
Because dumping on public properties and rights-of-way is hereby deemed a nuisance, immediate and effective abatement against the parties responsible for the unlawful dumping is essential to deter these illegal acts and may be accomplished through the judicial procedures outlined herein.
The City is enacting this legislation pursuant to and in accordance with California Government Code Section 38771, and California Civil Code Sections 3479 and 3480.
Nothing in this Article shall be construed to in any way limit the City’s right to enforce any other provision of the Municipal Code or state law, or to create a duty or obligation on the part of the City to enforce this Article.
(Added by Ord. 73-11, File No. 110222, App. 5/5/2011, Eff. 6/4/2011)