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(a) Establishment. There shall be a Department of Sanitation and Streets, which shall come into existence three months after the Transition Date for the Sanitation and Streets Commission in Section 4.139(d). The Department shall be headed by the Director of Sanitation and Streets, who shall be qualified by either technical training or management experience in environmental services or the maintenance, sanitation, or cleaning of public spaces; and shall have a demonstrated knowledge of best practices regarding cleaning and maintenance of high-traffic or publicly accessible areas. The Department shall assume all responsibilities previously under the jurisdiction of the Department of Public Works that pertain to the duties specified in subsection (b).
(b) Duties. Except as otherwise provided in the Charter or pursuant to Section 4.132, in addition to any other duties assigned by ordinance, the Department shall have the following duties:
(1) efficient and systematic street sweeping, sidewalk cleaning, and litter abatement;
(2) maintenance and cleaning of public restrooms in the public right of way;
(3) provision and maintenance of city trash receptacles;
(4) removal of illegal dumping and graffiti in the public right of way;
(5) maintenance of public medians, and of street trees in the public right of way pursuant to section 16.129;
(6) maintenance of City streets and sidewalks;
(7) construction, repair, remodeling, and management services for City-owned buildings and facilities; and
(8) control of pests on City streets and sidewalks.
The Board of Supervisors may limit, modify, or eliminate the duties set forth in subsections (1) through (8), and may transfer any of those duties to the Department of Public Works or other City departments, by ordinance approved by two-thirds of the Board. Nothing in this Section 4.138 shall relieve property owners of the legal responsibilities set by local or State law, including as those laws may be amended in the future.
(c) Refuse Collection and Disposal Ordinance. The Director of Sanitation and Streets shall perform the responsibilities assigned to the Director of Public Works by the Refuse Collection and Disposal Ordinance of November 8, 1932, as it may be amended from time to time.
(d) Administrative Support. By no later than the Transition Date in Section 4.139(d), the Board of Supervisors shall by ordinance require the City Administrator, the Department of Public Works, and/or any other City department to provide administrative support for the Department, which shall include but need not be limited to human resources, performance management, finance, budgeting, technology, emergency planning, training, and employee safety services. At any time more than two years and three months after the Transition Date, the Board of Supervisors may adopt ordinances requiring the Department of Sanitation and Streets to assume responsibility for some or all of that administrative support.
(e) Transition. No later than the Transition Date in Section 4.139(d), the City Administrator shall submit to the Board of Supervisors a proposed ordinance amending the Municipal Code, including but not limited to the Public Works Code, to conform to Sections 3.104, 4.139, 4.140, 4.141, 16.129, F1.102, and this Section 4.138, as adopted or amended by the voters at the November 3, 2020 election.
(Added by Proposition B, Approved 11/3/2020)