It is a Measure to allow the unanimous decision by the Milpitas City council to continue with its decision to use Waste Management’s landfill in South San Jose.
Who put Measure L on the ballot?
Surprisingly, it was Republic Services who put it on the ballot.
Why did they do that?
Because they lost out on the bid to get the business to use their landfill and want another chance at it.
Why is it that voting Yes on Measure L would deny them this chance?
They twisted the wording so that it would trick the voters to think that saying “Yes” would add something new.
How much did it cost Republic Services to put it on the ballot?
There’s no way of knowing the exact amount, but it is estimated to be around $10,000. This includes the $10 they paid the professional signature for each signature.
How much did it cost the City of Milpitas to put it on the ballot?
It cost the City of Milpitas $58,000
What will happen if Measure L does not pass?
The City of Milpitas will be forced to do another bid, which will cost them another $300,000
How much money is Republic Services putting into their campaign to fight against Measure L?
Public records show that they have spent $600,00 so far.
How much have supports of Measure L spent in support of Measure L?
All the money that is spent to support Measure L comes directly from individual citizens. So far they have spent less than $20,000.
How should I vote on Measure L?
To have lower garbage rates and improve services, Vote Yes on L.
Go to our website at http://YesOnL.vote
The City of Milpitas also has published a fact sheet on the new disposal contract with WM.
Paid for by Milpitas Citizens for Yes on L, FPPC#1390888
September 7th, 2016
Dear Milpitas Candidates for Mayor and City Council,
Milpitas residents have been suffering under Republic Services’ Newby Island operations for decades. Our city does not benefit from disposal tax revenue as it sits on San Jose land, but we are negatively impacted as Newby Island uses our city address and pollutes our environment.
Newby Island has grown from a local dump into one of California’s largest waste management facility, attracting waste streams not only from the Bay Area, but also from cities as far as Elk Grove, Merced and Clovis. Newby Island is now the largest and last active landfill along San Francisco Bay. Instead of following its original closure plan at 150ft height, Newby Island has applied to expand its landfill to an unprecedented 245ft height and operate beyond 2041.
To make matters worse, Republic Services has a monopoly of Milpitas garbage contract for over 30 years. Milpitas residents pay the highest garbage rate in Santa Clara County for unlimited collections while we bear the burden of pollution. Regulatory violations continue to occur and Newby Island operations have now raked in over 30+ violations (including 11 for public nuisance violations) in the past 1.5 years. Over 5367 odor complaints logged to BAAQMD (Bay Area Air Quality Management District) and the City, which is 100 times above CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) guidelines for odor threshold. Republic Services have been ignoring our pleas to suspend its expansion plan until odor is abated. It continues to lobby for landfill expansion permits and new long-term disposal contracts.
We urge you to take the following public stance against Republic Services in support of the 23,000+ residents who have signed “Stop Newby Island Expansion” petition:
- Support Measure L because the City has done its due diligence in the entire Garbage Disposal/Collection process which was fair, competitive, and open. Voting YES on the Measure L would uphold the Milpitas City Council’s decision to award the disposal contract to Waste Management’s Guadalupe Landfill. Republic Services has held a 30-year monopoly of Milpitas garbage contracts. It did not submit a garbage disposal bid and now seeking to undermine the RFQ process costing the city an additional $58,000 to place this item on the ballot. Waste Management who won the disposal contract is the lowest qualifying bid and had demonstrated strong regulatory conformance with 50-years remaining landfill capacity.
- Oppose the Newby Island Landfill expansion. This is just bad idea with excess landfill capacity remaining in the county, so there is no need to expand Newby Island Landfill and bring more garbage into a densely populated and environmentally sensitive area. An expansion is also counterintuitive to state mandates on recycling, composting and source reduction.We have low confidence in Republic Services based on their track record. They spent $27 millions in odor measures at their Sunshine Canyon Landfill in Southern California, and violations persist. This is evidence that a full-proof odor mitigation technology does not exist. We are extremely frustrated because other states have denied permits and ordered landfill closure as in the case of the Tullytown landfill which has a similar scenario where one city has the permitting jurisdiction, another city downwind bears the odor impact. North San Jose, Milpitas, Fremont residents deserve equitable protection, especially since Newby’s odor has been an on-going problem for decades.
- Reject any campaign contribution by Republic Services. Republic Services works by deeply getting involved in local politics and preaching that they are not the dominant source of odor and is the only viable solution to Garbage Disposal and Collections services. We know from working with BAAQMD that their investigation has pinpointed Newby Island as the source for 90% of confirmed complaints in the area. The RFP process has shown that there are many many companies who would do business with Milpitas without causing pollution in our town.
- Apply pressure on Republic Services to cleanup their facility. We need to apply pressure to Republic Services at all level of government local, state, and federal. We have escalated the problem to all regulatory agencies. They’ve done their investigations and uncovered violations. Improvements were made, but odor problem is persisting. Regulatory violations continue to occur and Newby Island operations have now raked over 30+ violations (including 11 for public nuisance violations) in the past 1.5 years. Unfortunately, the regulatory agencies have no fixed timeline for compliance and not ready to push administrative or legal actions. Small fines is chump change to multi-billion waste management companies. Residents’ livelihood is compromised in the name of corporate profits.
We hope that you will commit to cleaning up the dire situation in Milpitas from the pollution caused by Republic Services’ Newby Island Resource Recovery Park.
Milpitas REACH (Residents for Environment And Community Harmony)
“Our goal is to encourage residents’ dialogue and collaboration to eliminate man-made sources of odor polluting Milpitas. Through our collective efforts, Newby Island expansion permit appeal decision was deferred 8 times pending a new odor study. We need your help to win the battle. Let’s reach out and reach up together towards better environment & communities. “
“Clean Air” Rally – Aug 27 @ 9am-11am
Venue: 2 Ranch Dr, Milpitas, CA 95035
JOIN US to drive awareness to stop odor and stop Newby Island landfill expansion!
Rally Volunteer Sign-up:
● Rally activities are limited to public sidewalk and pitstop shown in map. Do not litter, trespass or obstruct traffic.
● You’re encouraged to participate in Milpitas City Family Bike Event, which is FREE to the public, but not associated to Clean Air Rally. The bike trails offer an excellent recreational opportunity to see protected wildlife, wetlands and odor generation facilities in our community.
Republic Services agrees to provide $2 million in odor mitigation measures over next five years
Date: Friday, August 5, 2016
Time: 5:30-7:30pm (Presentations start at 5:45pm)
Location: Milpitas Community Center, 457 E. Calaeras Blvd., Milpitas CA
On August 5, 2016, Congressman (Mike Honda) will convene a panel of experts from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) to speak on improving waste management throughout the South Bay – why we need to do it, how to do it, and what state and federal resources are available to help cities, communities, and municipalities reach their goals.
What to expect at this free event
- Hear about the federal and state resources that can help our cities and communities improve recycling and better manage our waste streams.
- Share your questions, comments, and suggestions with Congressman Honda and participating agencies.
As community leaders on the local Newby Island odor issue the congressman thought this event would be of interest to you and values your input. Please share this notice with your group and neighbors.
If you have questions, feel free to email me.
Cathryn Ming Hyde
Constituent Services Director
Congressman Mike Honda (CA17-Silicon Valley)
More details here: Mike Honda Aug5th Meeting Notice
Please take note – Milpitas Post Newspaper 2016 “Best of Milpitas” voting has begun and ends on July 29.
As you are aware, Republic Services were voted the “Most Community-Minded Company” every year by Milpitas Post readers since 2012, even when its Newby Island operations have been repeatedly cited by regulatory agencies for recurring violations, including public nuisance. This award is being heavily used in Republic Services PR campaigns to solicit new businesses as well as garner support from decision makers.
Please consider taking 5 minutes of your time to vote for better deserving companies at www.BestOfMilpitas.com.
#110. Most Community Minded Company (Large Corporation)
#112. Most Eco-Minded Company
#202. Worst Happening of the Past Year
Cisco Systems may be a good option for #110 and #112 as they’re the #1 largest employer in Milpitas City and ranked as top 50 “Green” companies in the US. It received 2016 Climate Leadership Award from US EPA. Its 2015 Corporate Social Responsibility report shows that it spends $286 million for community programs globally and only 0.27% of returned products are ever sent to landfill, while its San Jose-Milpitas operations exceed >80% recycling rate. Cisco is a corporate sponsor for Milpitas local public schools.