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Welfare recipients help 'City by the Bay' gleam

San Francisco's orange-vested street cleaners - who sweep litter into orange plastic bags or scrub city streets with rotary-brush machinery - have been getting some extra help this summer.

More than 1,000 city welfare clients have joined cleanup crews in a new program that requires welfare recipients to work for their checks. Workfare, a plan publicized by President Reagan when he was governor of California - assigns able-bodied people from the city's general assistance rolls to work with street cleaning crews in the Department of Public Works one day each week.

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Areas that need sprucing up are pinpointed by San Francisco State University's John Westfal, a professor of geography, in his weekly litter assessment report to the Bureau of Street Cleaning.

''Although our enrollees receive no additional pay for this Workfare stint,'' said a social services official, ''their cooperation has been very good so far. They all know that if they do not participate . . . they could lose their general assistance funds for as much as two weeks. The work is not hard - and many of our people seem to feel they are helping out in San Francisco's big cleanup and antilitter campaign.''

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