From the Article: I did a study of waste collection rates of 24 cities in the Bay Area, from San Jose to San Francisco, Milpitas to Richmond and there was no correlation to waste collection rates and the distance to the landfill.
This article talks about Milpitas from the viewpoint of a Real Estate agent.
Meeting Location: Barbara Lee Senior Center (next to Milpitas City Hall)
Address: 40 North Milpitas Boulevard, Milpitas (Room 140 & 141)
Time: Mar 4th, Weds, 7:00 PM
Republic Services, the operator of Newby Island landfill will present a new proposal to stop the odor flowing into Milpitas, Fremont, and North San Jose. If you want to “Stop the Stink” please attend this meeting. Show the media and the community how committed we are to achieving Clean Air. Republic representatives will answer questions.
Let’s make the most of the meeting’s media coverage to spread the word to residents who haven’t heard how to take action to solve the odor problem. A large gathering on Wednesday night will do it.
Republic Services,是 Newby 垃圾厂的操作者, 他们将向周边城市讲解新的除臭方案. 如果您想停止恶臭,请大家一定参加这个会议. 让媒体和社区知道我们非常关注空气质量. Republic的代表将回答问题.
让我们大家一起来采取行动解决气味问题. 3月4日,周三晚上7点, 苗必达老人中心(市政府旁边), 参加的人越多越好.
- Welcome: 7:00 PM
- Presentation by Republic Services: 7:10 – 8:00
- Adjourn: 8:30 PM
Milpitas Odor Group Weekly Community Meeting. Everyone is welcomed!
7pm Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Milpitas Community Center, 457 East Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas
(None of the organizations on the agenda is scheduled to be there.)
1. Community Meeting with BAAQMD: BAAQMD has proposed coming into Milpitas and doing a community meeting. At our meeting we will be discussing what we would like them to address, the format that they have communicated for the meeting, etc.
2. Republic’s latest proposal: We will discuss Republic’s latest proposal with all those that attend the meeting. The purpose of this discussion is to educate the attendees on the proposal and for our group to discuss this proposal among ourselves. Republic has already agreed to come to meeting with our group in the future to answer any questions we have about the proposal. This meeting will have advance notice to all of our mailing lists. Republic, as is anyone or any organization, is always welcome at these public meetings, they are held in city facilities.
3. Effective communication: We will discuss effective ways for us to continue communicating with all of the organizations listed on the agenda. A lot of people have shared some great ideas but not everyone follows the email path.
Calling the BAAQMD odor hotline 1-800-334-6367(ODOR) every time you smell odor is the single most important thing you can do to help out. We need the odor complaint logged with Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) and the source of odor investigated and traced back to the source. Read more on our odor reporting page.
A San Francisco law firm’s prior class-action lawsuit over odors allegedly emanating from the Newby Island Landfill and Resource Recovery Park on the Milpitas-San Jose border has stalled, after a judge ruled the existing suit was legally insufficient as presented to the court.
Ever since there was a City of Milpitas 61 years ago, our elected officials have remained bedeviled by the complaints about odors wafting in from the west. They’ve summoned all kinds of strategies, done any number of studies, and paid out uncounted thousands of dollars for legal talent to no avail.
San Jose Planning Commission for the third time in two months delayed a decision regarding the proposed expansion of San Jose’s Newby Island Landfill and Resource Recovery Park by 95 feet in height at 1601 Dixon Landing Road.
Summary: Republic’s Newby asked for an extension. They need 4 votes to approve the expansion and there are only 4 commissioners who can vote. They wanted to wait to get another commissioner on board, so if it is 4-1, the expansion will pass, 3-1, expansion deny. No vote on the permit took place. Instead, the commissioners voted that this item be continued to 5/6/15. We had over 400 people attend this event.
Republic presented a plan where they will pay for an odor study and work with Milpitas and San Jose to choose an odor consultant. They also proposed setting up a coalition made up of various stakeholders to address the odor problem on a continuing basis. The proposal was a good first step and they should be recognized for that step. There will be significant amount of negotiations between Milpitas, San Jose City Officials and Republic. In the meantime, it is important that we stay focused on our goals.
It is too early to tell in regard to testimony. We will watch what happens over the next few months and then prepare testimony based upon the final proposal that is made.
The summary of the Republic Proposal:
- They will pay for an odor study, consultant/company to be agreed upon by Milpitas, San Jose, Republic
- Upon completion of study Republic will implement commercially acceptable mitigation of any odors found to be on Republic Property
- Agree to help create and join a group of interested parties that will continue to focus on any current/future odor issues.
- Permit to grant the expansion approved.
San Jose Planning Commission is scheduled to vote on a land use permit for the possible expansion of the Newby Island Landfill and Resource Recovery Park, located across the city’s border in San Jose, next week.