Please beware of paid petition gatherers trying to overturn city council disposal contract decision. They’re using scare tactics (such as garbage rate hike) to solicit signature. In reality, the city council already selected the lowest bid.
Please alert your friends and neighbors to not sign this referendum.
It appears that the person collecting signatures is spreading false information. Please note that the city has not released any change to garbage fees since only the disposal contract was finalized (20% of cost) while collection contract (80% of cost) is still pending.
Specifically for disposal contract, the city council selected the lowest bid at $42.78/ton (i.e. Guadalupe Landfill in San Jose). City staff estimated that we are currently paying between $43-$50/ton to Newby. The consultant also revealed that San Jose City currently pays Newby $44.96/ton.
We are appalled that we have been paying higher than our neighboring cities all this while to smell their trash. We should support city council decision to go with the lowest bid and send our garbage to San Jose for a change.
Unfortunately Allied Waste is using paid signature gathers to acquiring enough votes to place a referendum on the ballot to allow the voters to overturn the City Council’s unanimous decision. Allied Waste has the ability to run an expensive campaign with misleading scare tactic messages. Allied Waste is a subsidiary of Republic Services.