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Naming contest launched for San Diego’s new mini street sweeper

San Diego launched a naming contest this week for the city’s new quieter and more environmentally friendly mini street sweeper.

Because the electric sweeper is narrower than the city’s other sweepers, it’s more effective at picking out trash and debris from narrow spaces like bike lanes, city officials said.

The new sweeper will be painted blue to fit with San Diego’s Think Blue outreach and education initiative to make the public more aware of stormwater pollution and the need for street sweeping.

People can help pick the sweeper’s name on social media, including Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. They can also submit suggestions to [email protected].

On Nov. 10, three possible names will be selected from the suggestions, and the public will be able to vote on them through Nov. 23, with a winner announced in late November.

City officials announced this fall plans to raise the cost of a street-sweeping citation from $52.50 to $68 and to revamp street-sweeping routes following a study that showed the system could be more efficient.

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