mayor of San Francisco says he's hiring 10 workers whose
sole responsibility will be to clean up needles littering
Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell said Monday the team will
respond to resident complaints and remove needles and
syringes from "hot spots'' every day of the week.
tells the San
Francisco Examiner that discarded
syringes on the streets are among the top litter complaints
in the city with a growing homelessness problem.
Health Director Barbara Garcia says the city will provide
$750,000 to the AIDS Foundation to hire the new needle
says she expects the workers would start as early as June.
275,000 needles are collected each month by the Public
Health Department and nonprofits who provide syringes and