Oakland’s New Garbage Contract Will Greatly Affect San Leandro

SAN LEANDRO | When the Oakland City Council awarded a garbage contract to locally owned recycling company California Waste Solutions earlier this month and passed over what seemed like a stronger competing bid from Waste Management, the effects of the decision appeared to be confined only to Oakland. But a closer examination of the deal reveals that neighboring San Leandro stands to lose nearly $2 million in revenue next year because of the Oakland City Council’s decision. Oakland’s switch to California Waste Solutions means that San Leandro will miss out on fees it collects from Waste Management for its waste transfer station in that city.

Yet despite the fact that Oakland’s decision to go with California Waste Solutions will have a substantial impact on San Leandro’s budget, the city’s officials failed to lobby the Oakland City Council to stick with Waste Management. Instead, San Leandro Vice Mayor Benny Lee urged the Oakland City Council on July 30 to choose California Waste Solutions — a move that went against his own city’s financial best interests…

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Categories: Benny Lee, Chris Zapata, Davis Street Transfer Station, East Bay Express, garbage, garbage contract, Oakland, Oakland City Council, san leandro, Stephen Cassidy, Waste Management

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  1. The one person defending Benny Lee's action, and there is only one, seems to forget Benny Lee was elected to represent San Leandro not Oakland. That was a reprehensible action on his part, as San Leandro lost many millions over the life of the contract and hundreds of jobs. In other words —-he screwed the city he represents.

    Very few care that Sara Ubelhart gave money to Pauline Cutter because a majority of voters in California approve of medical marijuana and it's distribution. You are in the minority.

    What they don't approve of is our Vice Mayor Benny Lee telling Oakland it's ok if they take MILLIONS of dollars and jobs away from San Leandro. What San Leandro voters don't approve of this same company's director threw a fundraiser for Diana Souza after taking jobs and millions away from our city.

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  2. Just read in the San Leandro Times that Souza has taken $1000 from California Waste Solutions director Andy Duong who threw a fundraiser for her.

    For those who don't know the Duong family are the ones who run CWS and are friends of San Leandro Vice Mayor Benny Lee who appeared before the Oakland City Council, introduced himself as our Vice Mayor, and told them to give their garbage contract to CWS even though it would cost San Leandro millions of dollars in transfer and permit fees and cost San Leandro hundreds of jobs.

    Shame on our Councilman Lee and shame on Councilwomen Souza for having them throw a fundraiser for her and take their money. This San Leandro voter will never vote for either of them again and I'm sure there are many others who feel the same way in our city. No Benny Lee puppet for Mayor.

    Proud to be voting for Cutter our next San Leandro Mayor for sure! Can't take anymore of Lee and Souza mistakes that take millions from San Leandro's general fund and lose hunded's of San Leandro jobs.

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  3. THOUSANDS OF SIGNATURES SAYING NO TO MARIJUANA DISPENSARY IN SAN LEANDRO. WILL NOT VOTE FOR ANY CANDIDATES SUPPORT IT.

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  4. Majority of voters in SAN LEADNRO disapprove of medical marijuana and it's distribution. You are in the minority.

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  5. For those don't know Duong family they are minority family owned business they fought back when bully WM want them out of Oakland. We believe there are many genuine caring not bias people can see the principle behind it. I live this San Leandro I think WM charging too much I want city of San Leandro find a lower bid with more services like Oakland did. Thank you for protecting rate payers. The lost of millions that you claimed is from our over priced WM garbage bills. How bias you are. Benny Lee is not your puppet and I will vote for again.
    By the way, WM transfer station smell like dead fish every time drive by.

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  6. I agree that Benny Lee was supporting his friends and not looking out for the best interest of San Leandro. Before I even read this article and the comments I had a feeling that this company had to be Asian-owned because that's where I feel Lee's allegiance lies. Not to the city and not to the non-Asian community. The ironic thing is that we are constantly finding products that come from Asian countries don't have the same standards of safety and cleanliness that we do here in the U.S. They don't even have a waste facility in the area yet so I wouldn't be surprised if we find out in a couple of years that all that garbage is being mishandled or dumped in the Pacific somewhere. Just another nail in San Leandro's coffin. Thanks Benny Lee for your allegiance as well as Mayor Cassidy and Chris Zapata for being asleep on the job. We are always complaining about crime in San Leandro but it looks like the biggest criminals are the ones who are supposed to be protecting us.

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  7. Black, white, yellow, brown…what's your problem?

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  8. Not good enough for you, don't buy them, what's your issue Marga?

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  9. Mike Katz again have his crazy wife all over we get it attack council, police, too many Asian and what else?

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  10. August 29, 2014 at 8:42 PM whine to chief of USA that your undie updside down.

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  11. Benny Lee should move to Oakland where his friends are. He could run for Council there. I voted for him in the 2012 and never will again. He's the Vice Mayor of San Leandro and his actions took millions of dollars of San Leandro money and gave it to Oakland. Horrible decision by a Vice Mayor who forgot where his voters live and what city he owes his allegiance to. San Leandro voters won't forget traitor.

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  12. San Leandro voters won't forget traitor Mike Katz against anyone disagree with his pretend human right lawyer wife.

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  13. The one person defending Benny Lee's action, and there is only one, seems to forget Benny Lee was elected to represent San Leandro not Oakland. That was a reprehensible action on his part, as San Leandro lost many millions over the life of the contract and hundreds of jobs. In other words —-he screwed the city he represents.

    Very few care that Sara Ubelhart gave money to Pauline Cutter because a majority of voters in California approve of medical marijuana and it's distribution. You are in the minority.

    What they don't approve of is our Vice Mayor Benny Lee telling Oakland it's ok if they take MILLIONS of dollars and jobs away from San Leandro. What San Leandro voters don't approve of this same company's director threw a fundraiser for Diana Souza after taking jobs and millions away from our city.

    What San Leandro voters don't approve of is flying the Chinese flag over city hall. Recall Benny Lee and don't vote for Souza for Mayor.

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  14. Marga Lacabe told lies to voters and said she was a international human rights lawyer to get elected to the Central Democratic Committee. Hyprocrite Marga talking out of her ass as though she's not a liar?

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  15. Some traitor went on TV gossip SLPD should we vote for you

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  16. Most of the money being discussed now is tied to expansion/construction fees for a larger plant on Davis, not ongoing operating fees. (no thanks) Great news though, good chance SL will continue to get back even a smaller return of the money WM gouged from her residents.

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  17. It's obvious the poster above who keeps trying to defend the San Leandro traitor Benny Lee doesn't understand the harm San Leandro will suffer and why. It's not just the expansion fee San Leandro lost which is over 1 million, but San Leandro gets over 500,000 thousand per year in transfer fees from Waste Management from the Oakland garbage that is brought to Davis Street. This goes into the general fund of the city that helps keep our police, fire, public works going. The contract was a 10 year contract. You do the math!

    The fact is even though WM is based in Texas, the Transfer Station is based in San Leandro and the garbage that is brought into San Leandro by other cities generates millions of dollars for San Leandro and hundreds of jobs. Oakland garbage will now be brought to Richmond and San Leandro will lose millions in fees and permits and many jobs will be lost in San Leandro. Shame on the Vice Mayor. Resign Benny Lee and do the honorable thing.

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  18. Waste management has positioned itself to be the only game in town. In every aspect of managing the waste Dump sites, pick up, everything. As In a monopoly of the waste industry and they are the big bully everywhere. you see what they will do if they don't get their way. Does garbage mafia sound about right?

    Waste Management wanted to be the town monopoly pushing out every bit player. They control waste dump sites, refuse pickups, and fees. Oakland was smart not to let this trash mafia put a 50% fee hike with less services on their people. The ol' boys club here in San Leandro are now pissed off that they can't steal money from the people of Oakland.

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  19. Diana Souza has done nothing in her 8 years on the City Council. Her fellow Council members never voted her Vice Mayor under 2 different Mayors and Councils. They knew her best and never respected her. She is not well thought of in most of the city. Not voting for Benny Lee's puppets. He talks a lot but says nothing meaningful. When he does say something he cost the city he lives in, San Leandro, millions of dollars. Move to Oakland with your friends the Duong family. Take Souza with you.

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  20. By MW:

    Some people in our area seem to \think that certain Oakland and San Leandro officials, and including those on the respective City Councils, make a lot of their decisions, and such as in regard to which company will get the contract for trash pickup, on the basis of which person or company recently gave them a one thousand dollar election campaign contribution.

    If our local officials are really granting huge contracts on the basis of the small and lightly disguised bribes of only one thousand dollar election campaign contributions, then I think, and based on the “standards” of politics, and especially Bay area politics, what they did was disgusting.

    In fact, some analysts have concluded that the contracts for the next several years of trash pickups in Oakland and San Leandro will be worth over one billion dollars in business, and that does not even count the fact that the recent actions by the Oakland and San Leandro City Councils will most likely lead to California Waste Solutions eventually being granted similar contracts from other cities and counties all over the United States. In other words, the actions of the Oakland and San Leandro in recently granting CWS these contracts will most likely eventually lead to tens of billions of dollars in additional business for CWS.

    So if some of our local officials did sell out, and if so if they did sellout for only such small and measly things as one thousand dollar election campaign contributions, then I think what they did, and based on the “standards” of politics, and especially the “standards” of Bay area politics, was sickening and disgusting.

    So as to uphold the “standards” of Bay area politics, they should have demanded hundreds of thousands of dollars in under the table bribes, also huge Swiss bank accounts, and still furthermore that some of their spouses and children would be given very high paying no work jobs.

    They should have also demanded that when they themselves retired from their jobs as “public servants,” they would then themselves also be given extremely high paying no work jobs with the winning bidder.

    In fact, I am going to demand that the Alameda County DA's office do an investigation to determine why our local “public servants” may have very well sold out so cheaply. And in closing, let me comment how can Alameda County ever expect to get the respect it deserves if we allow our local paid off political hacks to sell themselves for not much more than nickels and dimes.

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  21. Agree, demand Alameda County DA's office perform an investigation, audit immediately on $1000 from garbage firm plus $4900 from a San Leandro business owner has a big Marijuana operation in Oakland. Important Note: San Leandro council is currently working on medical marijuana dispensary ordinance.

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  22. The one person defending Benny Lee's action, and there is only one, seems to forget Benny Lee was elected to represent San Leandro not Oakland. That was a reprehensible action on his part, as San Leandro lost many millions over the life of the contract and hundreds of jobs. In other words —-he screwed the city he represents.

    Very few care that Sara Ubelhart gave money to Pauline Cutter because a majority of voters in California approve of medical marijuana and it's distribution. You are in the minority.

    What they don't approve of is our Vice Mayor Benny Lee telling Oakland it's ok if they take MILLIONS of dollars and jobs away from San Leandro. What San Leandro voters don't approve of this same company's director threw a fundraiser for Diana Souza after taking jobs and millions away from our city.

    What San Leandro voters don't approve of is flying the Chinese flag over city hall. Recall Benny Lee and don't vote for Souza for Mayor.

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  23. Pauline Cutter pocketed $4900 from a San Leandro business owner has a big Marijuana operation in Oakland. Important Note: San Leandro council is currently working on medical marijuana dispensary ordinance.

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  24. Here's my take on the situation which hurts San Leandro:

    Vice Mayor Benny Lee = San Leandro Traitor

    Diana Souza, wanna be Mayor = Benny Lee Puppet

    No wonder they want to fly communist China flag at City Hall

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  25. China flag flap at white house. your underwear made in china. don't wear them.

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  26. It's obvious the poster above who keeps trying to defend the San Leandro traitor Benny Lee doesn't understand the harm San Leandro will suffer and why. It's not just the expansion fee San Leandro lost which is over 1 million, but San Leandro gets over 500,000 thousand per year in transfer fees from Waste Management from the Oakland garbage that is brought to Davis Street. This goes into the general fund of the city that helps keep our police, fire, public works going. The contract was a 10 year contract. That comes to 6 MILLION dollars lost to San Leandro's general fund!

    The fact is even though WM is based in Texas, the Transfer Station is based in San Leandro and the garbage that is brought into San Leandro by other cities generates millions of dollars for San Leandro and hundreds of jobs. Oakland garbage will now be brought to Richmond and San Leandro will lose millions in fees and permits and many jobs will be lost in San Leandro. Shame on the Vice Mayor. Resign Benny Lee and do the honorable thing. Move to Oakland where your friends are. Souza should go with you.

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  27. Most of the money being discussed now is tied to expansion/construction fees for a larger plant on Davis, not ongoing operating fees (no thanks) Great news though, good chance SL will continue to get back even a smaller return of the money WM gouged from residents

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  28. CURRENTLY SAN LEANDRO IS WORKING ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA ORDINANCE. PAULINE CUTTER RUNNING FOR MAYOR TOOK $4900 POT MONEY FROM OWNER ZOCALO COFFEE HOUSE IN SAN LEANDRO. NEW OWNER OF ZOCALO SARA UBELHART IS MARRIED TO GIANT DAN GRACE MAFIA MARIJUANA DISTRIBUTOR FROM OAKLAND. NO TO MARIJUANA. NO TO PAULINE CUTTER.

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  29. It's obvious the poster above who keeps trying to defend the San Leandro traitors Benny Lee and Diana Souza doesn't understand the harm San Leandro will suffer and why. It's not just the expansion fee San Leandro lost which is over 1 million, but San Leandro gets over 500,000 thousand per year in transfer fees from Waste Management from the Oakland garbage that is brought to Davis Street. This goes into the general fund of the city that helps keep our police, fire, public works going. The contract was a 10 year contract. That comes to 6 MILLION dollars lost to San Leandro's general fund!

    The fact is even though WM is based in Texas, the Transfer Station is based in San Leandro and the garbage that is brought into San Leandro by other cities generates millions of dollars for San Leandro and hundreds of jobs. Oakland garbage will now be brought to Richmond and San Leandro will lose millions in fees and permits and many jobs will be lost in San Leandro. Shame on the Vice Mayor. Resign Benny Lee and do the honorable thing. Move to Oakland where your friends are. Souza should go with you.

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  30. The one person defending Benny Lee's action, and there is only one, seems to forget Benny Lee was elected to represent San Leandro not Oakland. That was a reprehensible action on his part, as San Leandro lost many millions over the life of the contract and hundreds of jobs. In other words —-he screwed the city he represents.

    Very few care that Sara Ubelhart gave money to Pauline Cutter because a majority of voters in California approve of medical marijuana and it's distribution. You are in the minority.

    What they don't approve of is our Vice Mayor Benny Lee telling Oakland it's ok if they take MILLIONS of dollars and jobs away from San Leandro. What San Leandro voters don't approve of this same company's director threw a fundraiser for Diana Souza after taking jobs and millions away from our city.

    What San Leandro voters don't approve of is flying the Chinese flag over city hall. Recall Benny Lee and don't vote for Souza for Mayor.

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  31. Absolutely agree with 10:14. BTW the medical mmj ordinance already passed the city council by a 5-1 vote. Benny Lee was the only no vote and Diana Souza recused herself because her son works in a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland. This dispensary wants to put in a bid for San Leandro's dispensary.

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  32. Shame on you Pauline Cutter!

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  33. Diana Souza has done nothing in her 8 years on the City Council. Her fellow Council members never voted her Vice Mayor under 2 different Mayors and Councils. They knew her best and never respected her. She is not well thought of in most of the city. Not voting for Benny Lee's puppets. He talks a lot but says nothing meaningful. When he does say something he cost the city he lives in, San Leandro, millions of dollars. Move to Oakland with your friends the Duong family. Take Souza with you.

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  34. Shame on our Vice Mayor Benny Lee telling Oakland it's ok if they take MILLIONS of dollars and jobs away from San Leandro.

    Shame on Diana Souza for allowing this same company's director to throw a fundraiser for her after taking jobs and millions away from our city.

    Shame on Diana Souza and Benny Lee for wanting to fly the Chinese flag over city hall. Don't vote for Souza for Mayor and recall Benny Lee.

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  35. Many Thanks to CWS continue purchase trucks from our very best SL trucking companies and thank you for supporting Diana Souza for Mayor! When SL trash contract about due for renewal, San Leandro residents welcome CWS put in lowest price bid – WM better twice if they think they can steal from us!

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  36. It's obvious the poster above who keeps trying to defend the San Leandro traitors Benny Lee and Diana Souza doesn't understand the harm San Leandro will suffer and why. It's not just the expansion fee San Leandro lost which is over 1 million, but San Leandro gets over 500,000 thousand per year in transfer fees from Waste Management from the Oakland garbage that is brought to Davis Street. This goes into the general fund of the city that helps keep our police, fire, public works going. The contract was a 10 year contract. That comes to 6 MILLION dollars lost to San Leandro's general fund!

    The fact is even though WM is based in Texas, the Transfer Station is based in San Leandro and the garbage that is brought into San Leandro by other cities generates millions of dollars for San Leandro and hundreds of jobs. Oakland garbage will now be brought to Richmond and San Leandro will lose millions in fees and permits and many jobs will be lost in San Leandro. Shame on the Vice Mayor. Resign Benny Lee and do the honorable thing. Move to Oakland where your friends are. Souza should go with you.

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  37. I think it's important that we take care of our garbage. It makes sense that we should try to manage our garbage by making bills and contracts. My neighborhood doesn't do a very good job at this. Our waste management people don't come very often and it's annoying. http://www.oscarsdisposals.ca/en/waste_management.html

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  38. It is sad that the decision was made for personal gains even though it affects another party’s prospects. They should have pursued on with the discussion to promote a mutual understanding and agree on a win-win situation. Nevertheless, as long as the residents’ lives are not affected in regards to daily garbage removal, then I guess there is still a positive outcome to this predicament.

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