Leaders from Talmadge Neighborhood Watch Block and the Talmadge Patrol suggested that the neighborhood literally "sweep in the New Year." In a matter of a few days, the neighborhood was scouted, alleys were identified for a cleanup effort, emails were sent, and signs were posted. As a result, the first Talmadge Neighborhood Watch Alley Cleanup was held on Saturday, January 10, 2009. Approximately 22 volunteers met at the traffic circle at 9 a.m., including San Diego City Councilmember Todd Gloria. The group divided into three teams and worked until midday collecting an estimated 2,200 pounds of debris. Members of the community volunteered personal trucks and trailers to haul the debris to the landfill. The City of San Diego Environmental Service Department provided free permits to cover the cost of dumping at the landfill.

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