State Street Promenade Deep Cleaning Scheduled

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By the City of Santa Barbara

Sweeping and pressure washing in the street is scheduled as follows:

  • Monday, August 15th   1200-900 Blocks (Victoria to Canon Perdido)
  • Tuesday, August 16th   800-600 Blocks (Canon Perdido to Cota)
  • Wednesday, August 17th   500-300 Blocks (Cota to 101)

Time: 1:30 AM – 10:00 AM

To enable thorough cleaning of curbs and gutter areas, please remove all portable items from the street by 1:00 AM on the night your block is scheduled to be cleaned. Pressure washing will be complete by 10:00 each morning.

If your on-street facility has a platform that is not portable, please sweep around the outside of the facility, clean all debris from under the platform, and dispose of it off-site prior to your block’s scheduled cleaning. Crews will pressure wash around your platform.

The City is not responsible for damage to items or platforms left in the street during deep cleaning.

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a-1660485480 Aug 14, 2022 06:58 AM
State Street Promenade Deep Cleaning Scheduled

That’s what we’re saying it should be a given, for all the money we spend( billion and half dollars annually )shouldn’t be a subject and it shouldn’t go out to subcontractors. This city has enough employees they should be able to do it themselves

SantaBarbaraObserver Aug 13, 2022 06:49 AM
State Street Promenade Deep Cleaning Scheduled

The merchants and the owners of the property should pay the entire cost of this and any cleanup. We homeowners are responsible for the cleanliness of our right-of-way, so the business and property owners should be as well. Our tax dollars should not be gifted to those are have been gifted public property for their private profits and low wage jobs that saddle the community with untold social costs. In fact, we should be charging all the businesses and the property owners who use State St as theirs, a min of $100 a sqft per month for any use of the public's property and requiring that they maintain the space in perfect condition.

a-1660585999 Aug 15, 2022 10:53 AM
State Street Promenade Deep Cleaning Scheduled

Wow, insults! Always a sign the discussion isn't going your way when you feel the need to jab at someone. So tell me, with the business literally passing on ALL costs to their customers, sales tax included as you point out, what makes you think they also won't pass on the added costs for this $100 per square foot? "Now let's talk about the real costs of low wage...." (try's to change subject to an unrelated matter so people don't notice I don't know what I'm talking about). And your final question was answered previously with the sales tax, but also with increased employment (regardless of whether you think those employees are getting paid enough or not). The final question also shows a real lack of understanding in our tax code - ALL businesses get to write off their expenses, that's how it works.

SantaBarbaraObserver Aug 15, 2022 10:31 AM
State Street Promenade Deep Cleaning Scheduled

Not linear. 100 a sqft per year NNN. I know its a hard one for a young commercial agent working for their dad, but sales tax is charged to the customers, not the business. The businesses can absorb the costs, but they dont. They charge the customer.
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Now let's talk about the real costs of low wage, low skill labor that is being employed by these restaurants. The actual costs to society of having low wage, unskilled staff that are often paid in cash + the costs to society of these underpaid workers who require social programs and aide just to survive? The fact that we subside these businesses with social programs that give their employees free food, free healthcare, rental subsidies. etc. All while we as a government look the other way so that these "businesses" can employ undocumented people at very, very low wages...
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So tell me why the citizens of SB should subsidize business owners with both labor and property while allowing the owners of said property to write-off all most costs while they pay property taxes based on 50year old valuations?

a-1660583289 Aug 15, 2022 10:08 AM
State Street Promenade Deep Cleaning Scheduled

That was a quick 91% reduction in lease rate (assuming the switch to linear feet vs. square feet was accidental) and still would be more expensive than anything else in the city. Tell me, what metrics did you use in establishing that number? If the lessee is required to "maintain the space in perfect condition", what would be included in the NNN's? If the private business, with the help of public resources, increases it's sales wouldn't the increased sales tax the city receives be a benefit?

SantaBarbaraObserver Aug 15, 2022 09:32 AM
State Street Promenade Deep Cleaning Scheduled

Right, $100 a ft. per year, not month. Make it NNN as well... Its public property, its not the business owners. Make them pay for the use or find another business that doesn't use public resources for private profits while employing low wage labor that requires social services and public aide to survive.

Chip of SB Aug 13, 2022 07:57 AM
State Street Promenade Deep Cleaning Scheduled

They already charge the business owners one of the nations highest sales tax rates as well as a pretty stiff hotel tax. They also impose an excessively costly and subjective permitting process with confounding requirements that are interpreted differently each time a different city official applies them which has a tendency to financially cripple businesses before they can even open. This is why so many state street properties in this area are unoccupied, but it also means the state street businesses you mention are already paying the city a fortune

SBSand Aug 13, 2022 06:08 AM
State Street Promenade Deep Cleaning Scheduled

Good! I remember that downtown was pressure washed REGULARLY and was so much cleaner than it is now. Used to walk down state every day on my way to the transit center at like 6-6:30 am and there were crews cleaning it EVERY SINGLE MORNING. SB is slacking, this needs to be routine.

NotReallyDave Aug 12, 2022 07:09 PM
State Street Promenade Deep Cleaning Scheduled

Will this cleaning episode be done by City employees or by City-contracted consultants? I suggest the cleaning be started at 630 Garden Street and go through that entire block.

a-1660361524 Aug 12, 2022 08:32 PM
State Street Promenade Deep Cleaning Scheduled

Isn’t that the City Bldg ? Gonna take more than a steam cleaner . Why does the City of SB sub out millions of dollars worth of cleaning jobs to Big Green Cleaning ( privately owned) The City has all the employees and equipment. With a 1.4 billion dollar annual budget the city can’t pick up beach trash cans and dump them or steam clean De La Guerra plaza after fiesta ( may be large kick backs) involved - just saying ? very suspicious if you ask the commoners

bicyclist Aug 12, 2022 05:48 PM
State Street Promenade Deep Cleaning Scheduled

5:06 - nice to see compassion for our rodent friends, they're pretty resilient, so probably just seek dryer/higher ground maybe even inside - way dryer. Your concern is greatly appreciated!

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