With the 2014, Los Angeles Exclusive Trash Franchise set to take effect in July of 2017, a sense of urgency has evolved in the Commercial Housing and Business Community.
A recent article in the Los Angeles Times outlining the new policy and the pitfalls which many believe will be suffered by apartment owners and building owners as well as added cost to the bottom line of all doing business in Los Angeles has awaken the masses to the issue.
The City created 11 exclusive commercial trash zones and awarded the Exclusive Zones to a select number of trash companies. These seven companies are the only companies allowed to pick up the commercial trash within their awarded zone.
Q: The number one question being asked is, “Will I have to pay more for the same service?”
A: If past experiences tell us anything, the answer is YES. We have seen instances where the cost for the same service doubled or tripled. One company which received the exclusive rights to pick up the trash in three zones has already began raising its rates and in some instances by 40%.
Q: What will happen if I am not satisfied with the service being provided by the company awarded the zone where my apartment and/or business is located? Can I change companies?
A: NO. You have lost the ability to choose the company which will give you the best service for the best price. Another way to put it is that the City Council members have decided to vote to take away your “right to choose”.
Q: What if the trash company wants to increase the number of trash bins I currently use and thereby increase the amount I must pay per month? Can I tell them I do not require an additional Bin?
A: NO. If there is a dispute, it will be resolved by the Department of Sanitation.
Remember, the Franchise Fee the City receives is based on a percentage of the gross you pay the trash company. The more the trash company makes – the more the City makes. We say, “Leave the decision making and our wallets to US!”
Too Late to Fight?
Is it too late to stop this infringement on our rights as apartment owners and business owners? We believe the answer is No. A group of community leaders, business owners and advocates for free enterprise have united to fight the attempt by L.A. City Politicians and Labor Organizations to create a closed monopolized system for commercial trash pickup in Los Angeles.
The Committee for Accountability and Good Government in Los Angeles and proponents worked to draft an Initiative Ordinance titled the Non-Exclusive Franchise System for Solid Waste Collection. The Initiative Ordinance repeals several sections of the City’s ordinance and allows trash companies and business clients to operate as before, without penalty or fees. This petition was approved for circulation by the City Clerk on October 12, 2016.
What Has Taken Place to Date?
Since the approval of the Petition for Circulation, we have been engaged in two courses of action – both of which have the goal of qualifying the Ballot Initiative and secondly to insure the voters of Los Angeles see the value in voting for it.
We have secured the support of other organizations such as the Apartment Owners Association of California, Inc. (AOA), United Chambers of Commerce of the San Fernando Valley, the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles, (AAGLA), Minority Apartment Owners Association and Churches in Action of Los Angeles.
We have engaged in strategic talks with Building Owners and Management Association (BOMA) and are encouraged by their response. In response to our last letter and request for financial assistance, some of you have answered the call. Thank you.
We will have only four months to collect the 61,487 valid signatures to qualify the Initiative for the ballot. In addition, we will need to collect about 85,000 in total to insure the initiative qualifies.
We have selected a primary professional signature gathering company who will undertake the signature collection once the trigger is pulled. A retainer commitment has been reached.
How Can You Help?
First, we need to raise the money needed to pay the professional signature gathers, verify the signatures and execute a solid signature collection campaign.
Second, we will need you to spread the word and bring others into the fight.
We know we are doing what is right and best for all business owners in Los Angeles; but we cannot do it alone. Please send a copy of this article with your comments to your City Councilperson and the Mayor.
You can contribute directly to the effort by completing the contribution form below and send it in with your check made payable to the Committee for Accountability and Good Government in Los Angeles, c/o AOA, 6445 Sepulveda Blvd., Suite #300, Van Nuys, CA 91411.
AOA has endorsed David Hernandez for Mayor of Los Angeles. Please vote for him when you go to the polls on March 7th.
If you would like further information, call David Hernandez, Lead Proponent & Executive Director at (818) 448-3803, State ID # 1334520 – www.nolatrashmonopoly.com.
Help Stop the Trash Monopoly!
Please enclose check or money order payable to:
Committee for Accountability and Good Governmant in Los Angeles
and mail to: c/o AOA 6445 Sepulveda Blvd. Suite 300, Van Nuys, CA. 91411