Bakersfield area PG&E Company adopts highway for over $6k

Sponsorship money will be to hire people to clean

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Crews will clean-up a highway to celebrate it being adopted by a local company today.

Representatives of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Bakersfield Homeless Center, and Keep Bakersfield Beautiful met at the Adopt-A-Highway sign on Rosedale Highway near El Toro Viejo Road.

According to officials, Pacific Gas and Electric Company is the first corporate sponsor for the City of Bakersfield litter cleanup program for local streets and highways.

The annual sponsorship of $6,700 is in support of PG&E's adoption of Coffee Road from Brimhall Road to Rosedale Highway and beneath the Coffee Road Overpass, as well as Rosedale Highway between Henry Lane and Enger Street.

PG&E adopted these areas from the City of Bakersfield. The City will use the sponsorship to hire clients of the Bakersfield Homeless Center to regularly clean up litter in these adopted areas.

On May 22, the City of Bakersfield and Keep Bakersfield Beautiful will accept the sponsorship check from PG&E on the behalf of the Bakersfield Foundation. A crew from the Bakersfield Homeless Center will begin to cleanup immediately afterward.

Thomas Allen, Director of New Generation Construction at PG&E said "We are happy to help beautify the community that so many of us call home, especially as we work with our Bakersfield customers to remove the Kern Power Plant. We're also proud to help provide employment to those most in need."

"We are grateful for the partnership to make this opportunity available for our people. Our City needs clean streets, and our people need job opportunities. This program represents a win for our workers and a big win for our community," said Carolann Wooton, External Affairs Manager, Bakersfield Homeless Center.

The City and KBB believe sponsorships such as this can help fund ongoing beautification efforts while providing a pathway to decrease homelessness. Please call Keep Bakersfield Beautiful at (661) 326-3539 to participate in this program.

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