Dog owners, Recology staff and two congressional representatives volunteered Saturday afternoon to clean up trash at Ocean Beach and Lands End because park service workers are furloughed, organizers said.
Volunteers met at 2:30 p.m. at stairwells 20 and 21 along the promenade and on the beach at Ocean Beach.
Two of the volunteers were Reps. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, and Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael.
"This is expensive. It’s damaging to businesses, to employees," said Huffman. "It’s deeply shameful if you care about governing"
National Park Service workers are furloughed because of a partial federal government shutdown as President Donald Trump seeks money for a wall on the country's southern border.
Congresswoman Speier said many of the workers live paycheck to paycheck and can’t afford a prolonged shutdown.
She said Republicans and Democrats alike have to do the right thing and pass a continuing resolution to protect the workers. Their families and the citizens who depend on the services the furloughed workers normally provide.
"The stunt the President has undertaken here has cost, money and anguish and lives and probably some health conditions as well," Speier said.
Other volunteers included members of the San Francisco Dog Owners Group. Recology provided a truck to recycle and haul away trash.