This article was posted on Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017
Do you know that some housing providers have already received notices from their new City- appointed trash haulers that their rates will be increased by at least 100%?!  You should know it – you passed this outrageous law!  You even promised us that the rates would be lower.  One housing provider just now reported that her rates were increased from $95 a month to $255.  That’s a 168% increase!  Another 54 units was raised from $400 to $2,300 – 283%!

You declare that we have a shortage of housing – we provide most of the solution by supplying the biggest share of housing in the whole State. We are the solution, not your problem! Why are you punishing us with this new trash collection monopoly?

Tenant Welfare 

Why do you also punish us with “Tenant Welfare” (rent control) when housing providers, as individuals, are required to pay 100% of the cost?  Why don’t you ask all the other citizens in the city to share in this costly law?  Shame on you for not even trying!

Illegal Inspections 

You further punish us with illegal inspections without a search warrant.  Shame on you!  How would you like to have your house inspected?  You even allow your Housing Department to confiscate apartments from some of our less efficient housing providers.  You actually allow them to damage those individuals who are trying to solve one of your biggest problems – a housing shortage.  You are destroying their retirement plans while sitting there voting to increase your own salaries, retirement plans and benefits – shame on you!

Now, to top all this off, you have more tricks up your sleeves that will add more insult to injury to these housing providers who are already providing more housing than any other group you can find to punish.

Cost of a Trash Collection Monopoly 

Economics 101 teaches us that the larger the number of companies competing for a specific business, (i.e. trash) the lower the prices will be and the better the service! Why are you now taking away this right to choose our own trash collectors?  Why are you putting those other small competitors out of business? This will increase the cost of providing housing by a substantial amount!  You are taking it away from some of our trash haulers and giving it to other haulers, unions and yourself.   It takes a criminal mind to copy and/or conceive an idea like this!  Let us repeat that: It takes a criminal mind to vote for an idea like this! Why do you vote to do things that increase the cost of housing and then claim that you are looking for a solution to solve the housing problem? You promised when you passed this new law that our costs would be less. Yes, you did!  – Shame on you!

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Those trash collectors who you put out of business are hardworking business people who have been providing us good and decent services.  And when they did not, we could hire a competing company – and we have done that in the past.  They chose to take the risk associated with providing a needed service and now you choose to punish them too?!  You are totally ruining some family businesses that were counting on their business to eventually give them a similar retirement that you have assured for yourself by getting elected.  Do you know what these entrepreneurs were told in a City meeting – “We are really sorry to hear that you will go out of business.” Are you really? Shame on you!

How can you have such a cold heart that allows you to vote to destroy individuals who provide housing and other needed services? How can you sleep at night?  Do you really do this only to generate votes from a larger majority and support from the unions so that you can be reelected? Shame on you!

Take Action – Make a Motion! 

Please, have mercy this one time; repeal this terrible trash collection idea now, or control this monopoly by freezing the prices that were being charged as of January 1, 2017.  At least have the tenants pay for their own trash – allow a pass-through for all trash expenses.  As individuals, you can make this motion to correct all this injustice.  Please, do it now!

To All Housing Providers

Please email your personal displeasure or cut out the above article and mail it to your favorite politicians.  If you do not have a problem with “Tenant Welfare” (rent control), inspections, or trash collections, please do it to support those of us who do have these problems.  Also, please send a copy to Mayor Garcetti and all the following City Council members, the majority of whom are totally guilty of all the above.  Complain loud and clear!  As for now, AOA has filed a lawsuit to force the City to put the trash monopoly on the ballot.  If we win, then we will be able to hit other cities who have instituted this same type of anti-free enterprise “law” without getting the vote of all the people.  Taking action now could eventually benefit all housing providers.  Please mail or email the above article today.  Mention how much your rates have been increased if this has already happened to you. 

As you know by now, the trash haulers have really been raking in the money since our gracious Mayor Garcetti and the City Council members granted them and the union a citywide monopoly.  Again, “monopolies cause prices to go up and service to go down”. 

Please support our lawsuit and help to stop these bandits!  We need your support to keep this lawsuit going and time is of the essence!

Thank you.  Dan Faller, AOA President


If you have experienced an outrageous price hike, please fill out a declaration, and send it to Dan Faller at AOA, 6445 Sepulveda Blvd Ste 300, Van Nuys, CA 91411 or email it to [email protected].  We need as many of these declarations as possible to help win the lawsuit that AOA has filed against the city for this totally unfair and unethical trash monopoly.

Also, if you haven’t already done so, please make sure you contact the mayor and your councilpersons regarding your troubles due to this new law.  


Mayor of Los Angeles

Eric GarcettiCity Hall, 200 N. Spring Street Rm #303, Los Angeles, CA, 90012 – [email protected] – (213) 978-0600

Mailing address for All City Council Members
City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street (Rm #), Los Angeles, CA 90012

District 1 – Gil Cedillo: [email protected] or room 460 – (213) 473-7001 or (323) 550-1538

District 2 – Paul Krekorian: [email protected] or  room 435 – (213) 473-7002 or (818) 755-7676

District 3 – Bob Blumenfield: [email protected] or room 415 – (213) 473-7003 or (818) 774-4330

District 4 – David Ryu: [email protected] or room 425 – (213) 473-7004 or (323) 957-6415

District 5 – Paul Koretz: [email protected] or room 440 – (213) 473-7005 or (323) 866-1828

District 6 – Nury Martinez: [email protected] or room 470 – (213) 473-7006 or (818) 778-4999

District 7 – Councilwoman Elect Monica Rodriguez: [email protected] or  room 455 – (213) 473-7007 or (818) 756-8409

District 8 – Marqueece Harris- Dawson: [email protected] or room 450 – (213) 473-7008 or (213) 485-7616

District 9 – Curren Price: [email protected] or room 420 – (213) 473-7008 or (213) 485-7616

District 10 – Herb Wesson (President): [email protected] or room 430 – (213) 473-7010 or (323) 733-8233

District 11 – Mike Bonin: [email protected] or room 475 – (213) 473-7011 or (310) 575-8461

District 12 – Mitchell Englander (President pro tempore): [email protected] or room 405

District 13 – Mitch O’Farrell: [email protected] or room 480 – (213) 473-7013 or (213) 207-3015

District 14 – Jose Huizar: [email protected] or room 465 – (213) 473-7014 or (323) 526-9332

District 15 – Joe Buscaino: [email protected] or room 410 – (213) 473-7015 or (310) 732-4515


Help Stop the Trash Monopoly!

Still unsure?  Take a look at this member’s

Letter to the Mayor Regarding the Trash Monopoly and this

Second Letter to the Mayor Regarding the Trash Monopoly