Nov. 10, 2020 By Christian Murray
Dozens of residents joined Council Member Francisco Moya Sunday to pick up trash and sweep a number of streets in Corona.
The cleanup, which was attended by volunteers of all ages, was part of an effort to keep the area clean at a time when garbage has been piling up across the city following budget cuts. The Dept. of Sanitation’s budget was slashed by $106 million this year and the mayor suspended a popular graffiti cleanup program in March.
Participants at Sunday’s cleanup split into groups and picked up garbage, swept the streets and power-washed public areas along the commercial corridors.
Moya said it is important to maintain the neighborhood and to ensure that it remains clean and safe.
“A clean neighborhood is about our community having quality of life. We all deserve that, regardless of ZIP code,” Moya said. “We deserve clean streets and the same services that other neighborhoods, just a few minutes from here, have access to.”
The cleanup was supported by the Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless (ACE), the NYPD 110th Precinct, Iglesia Adventista del Séptimo Día, the Dept. of Sanitation and Neighbors of the American Triangle.
Moya thanked the attendees for participating in the cleanup and said that he would find the funds necessary to keep the district clean.
“I am incredibly proud of and grateful to the volunteers who took time on a Sunday morning to give back to their community,” Moya said.
Moya said he has increased his efforts to maintain and clean up neighborhood parks and streets in recent months. He says he has led multiple neighborhood cleanups.