Clean California Creates Jobs to Beautify Roadsides

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Source: Caltrans

Clean California, a sweeping $1.1 billion effort to massively expand state and local litter abatement efforts introduced in Governor Gavin Newsom’s California Comeback Plan, will create an estimated 11,000 state and local jobs over three years, including opportunities for people exiting homelessness, veterans, students, at-risk youth, and those reentering society from incarceration. In this News Flash, Caltrans highlights recent hiring events geared to fill available state jobs for landscape maintenance, equipment operation, and highway maintenance.

Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/KZ6uaBUZVmc 

Caltrans’ Clean California hiring events provide interested applicants an opportunity to obtain a state job with medical, dental, vision, paid sick leave, and retirement benefits. Salaries for the jobs vary, and workers with experience who are hired may make up to $5,379 a month to start in certain positions. Available Clean California job postings can be found on CalCareers.

The statewide program includes potential projects in all 58 counties, with nearly a third of the funds being directly invested into cities, counties, tribes, and transit agencies to clean and enhance local streets and public spaces. Caltrans will award millions in matching grants to fund impactful projects on local streets and roads, tribal lands, parks, pathways, and transit centers in underserved, rural, and urban communities.

This News Flash is the 233rd in a series of videos highlighting Caltrans’ activities that present the wide-ranging work that Caltrans does to enhance California’s economy and livability. To see more of these and other videos, search for #CaltransNewsFlash on Twitter or visit theCaltrans News Flash page.

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Byzantium Oct 01, 2021 05:34 PM
Clean California Creates Jobs to Beautify Roadsides

No state benefit should come without a commensurate obligation to pay back the state in some manner in return. No more one-way benefit streets. Masses of litter on our highways - if you don' work, you don't eat remains the best proscription for "poverty" as well as impoverished attitudes. Will the public employee unions destroy this initiative too?

chico berkeley Oct 01, 2021 05:42 PM
Clean California Creates Jobs to Beautify Roadsides

UUUUM. Have you ever seen a homeless person picking up trash?
I haven't.
Besides a feel good project to make the homeless look better to the public,sounds like another BILLION $ thrown into a "feel good" hole.
We have tons of incarcerated people that could do these jobs.
State wide Desal would be a lot better use of funds

RHS Oct 02, 2021 08:24 AM
Clean California Creates Jobs to Beautify Roadsides

This is a great step forward (or at least not another step backwards). We need the work and they need the job and certainly there is no realistic "free market" alternative. My kind of socialism.

Luvaduck Oct 02, 2021 09:55 AM
Clean California Creates Jobs to Beautify Roadsides

When FDR did this, it was called the CCC and was a civilian work corp. As I well as I remember reading about it, hey were provided with meals and either tents or barracks, but only hired young men (age range. ) who would do physical work.They did many projects we still enjoy today. Given the scarcity of boarding houses or cheap rooms, considering that would be helpful to those trying to save up and maybe get to somewhere less expensive to start over. Bet construction firms would have fits. They're used to cheap labor and big profits on government jobs. Bid low and write overrun provisions in the contract.

Byzantium Oct 02, 2021 10:36 AM
Clean California Creates Jobs to Beautify Roadsides

Public sector unions are the first to howl today about this sort of labor project - you are taking away union jobs. The death of community volunteerism and the rise of public sector union dominance has been a major turning point in our nation's recent history. FDR did not have to deal with government employee unions. In fact he strongly warned against them. JFK is the one who first allowed government employees to unionize in the early 1960's.

ChillinGrillin Oct 02, 2021 04:12 PM
Clean California Creates Jobs to Beautify Roadsides

Byz: My usual response to your comments applies here: What are you talking about? Death of community volunteerism? Companies increasingly, especially in SB, organize volunteer projects and incentivize volunteerism to help the community and improve their image. Union dominance? The percentage of workers in unions is close to an all-time low. Your tangential connection of a highway cleanup project to a cliche conservative boogeyman is laughable. Do you even know if unions have voiced opposition? Or are you just making things up as usual?

Lucky 777 Oct 02, 2021 10:36 AM
Clean California Creates Jobs to Beautify Roadsides

The CCC built many of the trail systems and campgrounds in our National Parks, and in the time after The Great Depression when many men were "riding the rails" looking for employment it found a willing workforce. They lived in camps, were given all the food they wanted, and HALF their wages were sent back home to care for family members left destitute. WWII siphoned off this cohort of men into the military and the program stopped. Alcoholism may have been an issue then, but nowadays drug abuse is going to pose a much tougher problem for wrangling up work crews. And they will be living urban, amidst temptations, instead of in camps in nature away from their former lives. One can hope.

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