On Wednesday, California governor, Gavin Newsom launched a $1.1 billion plan to clean trash, and graffiti off the highways, roads, and public spaces around california.
Gov. Newsom also stated this plan will create 11,000 jobs for ‘youth at-risk’ and homeless individuals. Newsom announced that 400 individuals have already received the opportunity to become employed by the bill. California, the largest state by population, also has the largest amount of homelessness. It is estimated 161,000 are experiencing homelessness inside the state in the year of 2021 (U.S. News).
The beautification plan will be a partnership with cities and counties, which will receive one-third of the money in grants, the governor said. “It’s not just about addressing encampments. It’s also about leaving something behind, beautifying the landscape and looking at art components” such as murals, the governor announced.
In 2017, Governor Jerry Brown of California officially signed a bill announcing California as a sanctuary state. This bill may have contributed to causing a lack of cleanliness on the highways, roads, and public spaces. Other factors may include a lack of adopt-a-highway groups/families, and the state’s massive population of 40 million. “Newsom first announced a $1.5 billion Clean California initiative in May, but the Legislature decreased the funding to $1.1 billion in the final budget the governor signed last month” (Telegraph).
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