INGLEWOOD – A national trash hauler is causing grief and strife in two southland cities. One gripe is related to price increases and the other centers around their failure to pick up the trash.
City of Inglewood residents received a mailer from Republic Services about the annual rate increase authorized by the city council who receive campaign donations from the hauler.
The notice says the price increase needs to be adjusted to “provide better collection service hours, which will allow improved access to valuable street parking” says the undated notice. The notice fails to provide what the increase is.
The city’s trash contract came into question when a previous member of the council said the overall contract would be too costly for Inglewood residents and that the mayor opted for Republic allegedly because they gave his brother a job by the time the council voted on the matter. The contract was approved 3-1 with the mayor abstaining because of his brother’s employment, although he voted in favor of exclusive negotiations with Republic.
Then District Attorney Jackie Lacey investigated the matter and her office lost the case file according to an article published in The Times. The FBI questioned other companies who bid on the contract but nothing else was said about it.
City of Santa Ana residents are complaining loudly that as soon as Republic Services was awarded a hefty contract that was previously held by Waste Management, the problems started.
It was initially reported Athens Services would receive an 18 year contract valued in excess of $600 million. Athens was also entangled in Inglewood when they told the LA Times they were approached to hire Mayor James T. Butts’ brother in order to get the contract.
In Santa Ana, they too went with Republic Services (Consolidated Disposal Services) over Waste Management and Athens despite Athens providing the lowest cost to residents likely due in part to their employees not being unionized.
The new contract began July 1 but the company claims it can’t pickup the trash because of a lack of employees which results in residents being fined for leaving out their overflowing trashcans.
The situation has been compounded by City workers actually leaving nasty notices on residences that have left their trash cans out on as they hope to get them picked up eventually. The city notices advise that residents can be fined $500 dollars for a second warning and $1,000 for a third warning.
It is beyond belief that the City of Santa Ana would resort to citing residents when the real culprit is Republic Services – and the City Council majority, as well as Mayor Vince Sarmiento – who gave the trash hauling contract to Republic Services.The City of Santa Ana is citing residents for leaving out trash cans that have not been emptied yet
The Inglewood trash contract is currently up for negotiation. Previous reports indicated one of the Inglewood council members received a consulting contract with the trash hauler two years after voting in favor of the current contract. The Inglewood mayor was alleged to benefit from 2 out of 3 votes when his brother detailed his paying rent to the mayor on his bankruptcy filing.
Are the city council’s and trash hauler in collusion to gauge residents under the guise of providing union jobs?
How many union jobs have been lost and outsourced to private companies under the tenure of the Inglewood mayor since he took office in 2011?