January 12, 2018

Mayor Eric Garcetti
City Hall
200 N. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA  90012

Mayor Garcetti:

Enclosed is the January issue of the Apartment Owners Association News.  Over 100,000 copies are mailed out each month to housing providers and other businesses.  As you can see by the cover, this new trash contract has really caused big problems and got the angry attention of housing providers and all other businesses in Los Angeles.

To prevent this atrocity from hanging over your head, please consider taking steps to correct the major problems it has caused.

There are three main current problems and even more that will be coming in future months.

Current Problems

  1. Extra Fees – Plus the greedy trash companies have doubled the basic charge on many businesses.
  2. Poor Service – This will go away as the trash companies get more organized.
  3. No Competition – This is the cause of all the problems.  They don’t have to be competitive.

Future Problems

  1. 5% Yearly Increases – This compares to the 3% allowed for rents.
  2. Penalties – Property owners being charged for what the tenants refuse to do.
  3. No pass throughs – Who’s trash is it?
  4. Separation of trash – will not happen.
  5. Disrespectful treatment by trash companies – they have nothing to lose for ten long years.

Suggested Solutions

  1. Please disallow all extra fees that were never charged in the past when the trash companies had to compete with each other.  They were profitable without these fees which are a poor excuse for doing nothing more than they did before such as pushing a remote button to open a gate!  They already almost double the rates before adding the extra fees!!
  2. Basic charges should remain the same as before plus a reasonable increase to pay for additional requirements such as new trucks that will last more than ten years.  Please consider that they would have had to get new equipment without the monopoly.  It certainly does not justify the 100% increase that many owners have been charged.  Realize that one can’t compare rates with other cities that are also being ripped off!  Compare prices only where competition is allowed!
  3. Maximum yearly increase should match the rent control figure of 3%.  The 5% cannot be justified unless the rent control percentage is also increased to 5%.  Which number is considered fair?
  4. Cancel penalties that can be assessed because of which bin the tenant decides to dump his trash.  There is no justification for penalizing property owners for what they cannot control.
  5. Allow a pass through of all trash charges.  Since the trash belongs to the tenant, it seems that the tenant should be paying for all pick-up expenses.  This could also make them more responsible.
  6. The separation of trash could be done by the trash companies.  They make money off the recyclables so why not require them to do the separation of trash.  The tenants will never comply!  They dump trash wherever it’s most convenient.
  7. Stop allowing them to use force to make businesses sign their contracts.  They will not even deliver the “recycling bin” unless the contract is signed.  The law requires us to use it and should require them to deliver it without more contract signing.  They do not need any type of a contract since the new law requires them to pick up and the owners to pay!
  8. Allow competition between the “chosen 7” – Theycould each pick up trash anywhere in their assigned districts.  Then watch all those extra charges and ridiculous prices disappear!  Stop worrying about whether one owner gets a better price than another – that’s free enterprise and it’s the best system ever created!
  9. Appeal process – Please put a little justice in the system by creating a process where we can obtain an official decision about over charging for services.  Give us justice!
  10. Consider cancelling their contract!  Legally the trash companies have not complied with the contract they made with the City.  They promised low prices and good service.  They are giving businesses poor service and astronomical prices.  Certainly do not renew this disaster when the ten-year period is up.  Once again, open it up to fair competition for services.  Our old American economic system of free enterprise could really work much better.  Also, please support getting the “RecyLA – – The Best Way” on the November ballot. 

The above are some, but not all, of the changes we hope you will consider.  One thing you and we do know for certain:  “A monopoly causes prices to go up, and service to go down!”    Why, oh why have you allowed this to happen to businesses in Los Angeles!?!

Thank you,

Daniel C. Faller
President

P.S.  The trash companies are going crazy with all the power that has been transferred to them! 

P.P.S.  It seems that the trash companies got these fees past the usual oversight of the Council?  I have to guess that you did not even realize what these fees would do to the total costs and the damage they would do L.A. businesses.  Please recommend the necessary changes and “thank you” for anything you can do to correct this problem.

Dan’s Note:   Please make a copy of this letter and deliver it to Mayor Garcetti and the City Council members. We need to educate them on what’s going on.  Contact information for each is listed below:

 

Mayor of Los Angeles

Eric GarcettiCity Hall, 200 N. Spring Street Rm #303, Los Angeles, CA, 90012
mayor.garcetti@lacity.org – (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:  councilmember.cedillo@lacity.org or room 460
(213) 473-7001 or (323) 550-1538

District 2 – Paul Krekorian:  councilmember.krekorian@lacity.org or room 435
(213)473-7002 or (818)755-7676

District 3 Bob Blumenfield:  councilmember.blumenfield@lacity.org or room 415
(213) 473-7003 or (818) 774-4330

District 4David Ryu:  david.ryu@lacity.org or room 425
(213)473-7004 or (323)957-6415

District 5 Paul Koretz:  paul.koretz@lacity.org or room 440
(213) 473-7005 or (323) 866-1828

District 6Nury Martinez:  councilmember.martinez@lacity.org or room 470
(213)473-7006 or (818)778-4999

District 7 Monica Rodriguez:  rosie.cruz@lacity.org or room 455
(213)473-7007 or (818)756-8409

District 8 Marqueece Harris- Dawson:  councilmember.harris-dawson@lacity.org or room 450
(213)473-7008 or (213)485-7616

District 9 – Curren Price:  councilmember.price@lacity.org or room 420
(213)473-7008 or (213)485-7616

District 10Herb Wesson (President):  councilmember.wesson@lacity.org or room 430
(213)473-7010 or (323)733-8233

District 11 Mike Bonin:  councilmember.bonin@lacity.org or room 475
(213)473-7011 or (310)575-8461

District 12Mitchell Englander:  (President pro tempore): or room 405
councilmember.englander@lacity.org

District 13 – Mitch O’Farrell:  councilmember.ofarrell@lacity.org or room 480
(213)473-7013 or (213)207-3015

District 14 – Jose Huizar:  councilmember.huizar@lacity.org or room 465
(213)473-7014 or (323)526-9332

District 15 – Joe Buscaino:  councildistrict15@lacity.org or room 410
(213)473-7015 or (310)732-4515 

 

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