Clean & Safe Program

Maintenance services performed through the CHBA Clean & Safe Program are essential and will continue as scheduled during the COVID-19 crisis. Our crew will take all necessary safety measures while performing their tasks.

Keeping our Streets Clean for the Community

The Clean & Safe Program is a service provided by the City Heights Business Association for the property owners and businesses within the City Heights Maintenance Assessment District. The program provides maintenance services along University Avenue from Interstate 805 to 50th street and segments of 37th Street, Central Avenue, 43rd Street, and Fairmount Avenue.

Learn more about the Clean & Safe team and how they contribute to a more prosperous community in City Heights.

CHBA Clean & Safe crew member emptying trash bin

What is a Maintenance Assessment District?

A maintenance assessment district (MAD for short) is a defined geographical area where property owners vote to assess themselves an additional tax/assessment in order to fund enhanced services or projects within the district's boundaries. In 2004, property owners voted to create the City Heights MAD along portions of University Avenue, 37th Street, Central Avenue, 43rd Street and Fairmount Avenue. Some of the enhanced maintenance services provided include landscaping, sidewalk and gutter sweeping, lighting, sidewalk power washing, trash removal and graffiti abatement. Since 2005, The City Heights Business Association has managed the City Heights MAD under contract with the City of San Diego. Daily maintenance within the district is performed by the staff of the CHBA Clean & Safe Program.

Services Provided

Learn more about the work that the Clean & Safe program does in our City Heights community.

CHBA sponsors a series of street light banners throughout the business district highlighting our international marketplace and community.

Chba Streetlight Banners

CHBA purchased, installed and maintains a series of benches throughout the district.

4060 Fairmount Ave

In collaboration with the City of San Diego, CHBA has installed bike racks throughout the district.

CHBA Bike Racks

CHBA purchased, installed, and maintains 9 bus shelters.

City Heights Business Association purchased Bus Shelter

In order to reduce litter, we have partnered with I Love a Clean San Diego to install cigarette disposal stations at key locations throughout the district.

Cigarette butt containers

CHBA has three full-time Clean & Safe Ambassadors that focus on providing maintenance and security services.

City Heights Clean & Safe Coalition on the streets

We installed and maintain dog waste bag stations to keep our community clean.

Pet waste bag dispenser

In order to keep our district clean, we remove graffiti 5 days a week.

CHBA Clean & Safe crew member removing grafitti from a wall


We collaborate with PATH and several local organizations in funding and implementing a homeless outreach program in Mid-City.


The CHBA has sponsored landscaping projects throughout the business district to help beautify the streets of City Heights.

CHBA sponsors murals throughout the district in order to beautify the area and deter graffiti.

Mural in west City Heights

We purchased, installed and maintain planters throughout the business district.

Sidewalk planter

We regularly power wash sidewalks and bus shelters.

Clean & Safe crew members power washing the sidewalk


We collaborate with SDG&E to install and maintain additional lighting in alleys.

We have purchased and installed solar lights throughout the district.

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The CHBA works to keep the business district clean with daily sweeping. 

CHBA Clean & Safe crew member sweeping the streets


We purchased and installed over 50 trash receptacles that we maintain regularly.

Installing & maintaining public trash cans

The CHBA contributes to the beautification of the business district by collaborating with local artists to turn utility boxes into pieces of art. 

CHBA Painted Utility Boxes

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