Budget Crisis Averted in San Leandro After Oakland Garbage Compromise

San Leandro officials down in the dumps
about Oakland’s garbage contract are now
relieved by news of a compromise.

SAN LEANDRO | CITY COUNCIL | The substantial $500,000 annual hit San Leandro’s general fund would have suffered following Oakland’s decision in July to exclude Waste Management’s from its next zero waste contract appears to have been averted.

In an article, first reported Thursday by the East Bay Express, Oakland city officials are nearing a compromise solution to end the growing controversy that followed the City Council awarding Oakland-based California Waste Solutions (CWS) a 10-year, $1 billion bid over Waste Management, which, subsequently, filed a lawsuit against Oakland. If a new deal giving Waste Management the right to pick up Oakland’s garbage and allowing CWS to be the city’s sole recycler is approved, some in San Leandro city government will exhale a huge sigh of relief.

As reported last month, Oakland’s decision inadvertently cost San Leandro fees paid by Waste Management to the city at its Davis Street Transfer Station. A portion of the fees, totaling around $500,000 annual could have been lost, along with over $1 million in permit fees San Leandro was expecting from a $100 million expansion of the transfer station. Infamously, San Leandro Vice Mayor Benny Lee unknowingly advocated against his city interest when he told Oakland city council members to select CWS, instead of Waste Management. In retrospect, many at San Leandro City Hall were unaware or unprepared for the potential loss of revenue.

In addition, the San Leandro City Council was again left in the dark earlier this week about the potential for a compromise in Oakland. San Leandro Councilmember Jim Prola advocated during a council meeting Monday night to schedule a resolution calling for the Oakland City Council to re-open negotiations with Waste Management. Prola suggested using language contained in a petition posted on Change.org.

“I don’t think it’s a good idea to fight with electeds in Oakland,” countered Councilmember Pauline Cutter, who added, “although I think they were wrong.” However, City Manager Chris Zapata, who, himself erred in sending a letter advocating for the city to Oakalnd officials just hours before it deliberated July 30, said he was scheduled to meet with Waste Management officials the next day.

“If you want to keep your powder dry for another meeting, that would be an advisable course of action,” said Zapata and the resolution was moth-balled. By Thursday morning, a possible deal was announced potentially ending the trash talk in Oakland and neighboring San Leandro.



Categories: California Waste Solutions, Chris Zapata, Cutter, Davis Street Transfer Station, garbage contract, Jim Prola, san leandro city council, Waste Management

78 replies

  1. See many nice Diana Souza signs are up and some others. None of Mike Katz-Laacaabee.

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  2. Prediction: Pauline first, Dilman second, write in third, souza fourth.

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  3. Souza is just as bad as Cassidy when it comes to being a bully. The difference is she is not as smart as Cassidy. In fact, some in San Leandro think she is the least intelligent of all the council members. I don't know if that's true, but I have been to council meetings and she is the least prepared and obviously hasn't read her council material. I'd vote for anybody else before I'd vote for her. I may not agree with Cassidy's tactics but he pointed San Leandro in the right direction and got a lot of positive things done. Business and jobs are now coming to San Leandro.

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  4. Many in Town are talking, SL defeated mayor get can't over the lost his seat to Cassidy is getting %@%&@8#.

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  5. Here's my take on the situation:

    Vice Mayor Benny Lee = San Leandro Traitor and Oakland puppet

    Diana Souza, wanna be Mayor = Benny Lee Puppet and Oakland puppet

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

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  6. Marga why don't you draw some signs for Mike he needs them badly you still have time.

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  7. We like CWS and wise Benny Lee. We are 100% supporting Diana Souza. Diana Souza speak for me!

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  8. 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 almost cost the city he lives in, San Leandro, millions of dollars and dozens of jobs. Move to Oakland with your friends the Duong family. Take Souza with you.

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  9. 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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  10. Marga go draw some signs for Mike you still have time.

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  11. Diana Souza and Benny Lee are the two most hated politicians in San Leandro right now and one person posting here will not save them from election embarrassment.

    Pauline Cutter is endorsed by Firefighters, Labor Unions plus the Chamber of Commerce, Teachers and the Sierra Club. It looks to me like she has a majority of both school boards and City Council. It also looks like she has dozens of supporters on the different San Leandro Commissions. These are the people who know San Leandro Council members best and they choose Pauline Cutter for Mayor. That's good enough to get my vote.

    I have listened to and watched Council meetings and Souza is definitely the least intelligent Council person. She has taken the lead on, and done very little in her two terms. Souza would be a disaster for San Leandro!

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  12. Diana Souza speak for me! We are totally behind Diana! Diana's Great Signs are up, looking good! Diana is running a classy campaign proud of her! Welcome CWS to do business with our very best San Leandro trucking companies, way to go!

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  13. Pauline Cutter speaks for my husband and me! Looks to me like Pauline Cutter received endorsements from a broad base of San Leandro elected officials and commissioners, community and business leaders, labor organizations and residents including a majority of both school boards. That's good enough for this San Leandro voter and family. We will vote for Pauline. Thanks for the information.

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  14. SLPD supports Diana Souza for Mayor, just that endorsement say a lot to many of us. We support SLPD! We support Diana Souza! When we oppose MJ, Diana heard our voices and concerns didn't back off from bullies! Diana Souza speak for us!

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  15. Fleas keeping Marga copy/paste between articles, very obvious!

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  16. Marga is too busy catching fleas right now. Unable to copy & paste her media posts of blame who, blame said, blame about, blame what, blame on fleas!

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  17. Oh Well… Blame on Mike Katz-Lacabe letting fleas into San Leandro schools. Costing school district millions of dollars killing fleas. Costing millions of dollars expense for our SL schools and our score still below state standard. Our children in San Leandro deserve more, shame on Mike Katz-Lacabe wannabe council.

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  18. Air quality complaints at WM according to some might be “low,” but the dump does still smell at times. I have noticed this when shopping at Home Depot at the West Gate shopping center and at Costco.

    I have asked people working at Home Depot and Costco what the foul smell is? They say it comes from the dump at the end of Davis St. The smell is rotten, foul and nauseating. I have had to hold my nose and cover my mouth when walking to the store or back to my car. I have never called to complain about the smell because honestly I don't know who to call. Don't tell me the dump doesn't smell.

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  19. I was shopping at West Gate shopping center when customers were asked to leave the area because of a strong foul smell. It was later reported by officials that the source of the smell was methyl mercaptan a flammable colorless gas being used at the Waste Management's facility 2615 Davis Street. The smell was reported nearly 2 miles from the WM site. Students at John Muir and Woodrow Wilson schools were moved to the back field near Cherry Grove Park. Say it again the dump does smell.

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  20. San Leandro Police endorse Diana Souza for Mayor that's good enough for me. STRONGLY support SLPD and SOUZA FOR MAYOR!

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  21. Some more Diana Souza for Mayor good looking signs are up! We support SLPD. We Support Diana. We Thank CWS to continue spending big money and buying more trucks from our very best SL trucking companies.

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  22. Souza doesn't take sh-t from Cassidy and he knows it. Cassidy is a control freak. He was the same way on school board. Cassidy's ego is so big that he seems to think he's the only one with ideas. Cassidy takes credit for everything, seems to forget he's part of a team. Always rude, always condescending.
    Cassidy told lies saying city going bankrupt just to get his ass elected. Cassidy always disrespectful to women and disrespectful to San Leandro Police. What kind of Mayor doesn't support their city Police?
    Cassidy has left a trail of puppets Mike Katz Lacabe, Marga Lacabe, Mack Rose, Almonte, Prola, and Cutter. Not voting for anyone endorsed by Cassidy. Voting NO to all Cassidy puppets.
    Cassidy needs to do some soul-searching and should apologize to the many good people he's told lies about. Most embarrassing Mayor San Leandro has ever had.

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  23. Thank you for the information. There're endorsors on this list ran against our friends. We will inform them who shouldn't they be voting for mayor in San Leandro.

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  24. Diana Souza and Benny Lee are the two most hated politicians in San Leandro right now and one person posting here will not save them from election embarrassment.

    Pauline Cutter is endorsed by Firefighters, Labor Unions plus the Chamber of Commerce, Teachers and the Sierra Club. It looks to me like she has a majority of both school boards and City Council. It also looks like she has dozens of supporters on the different San Leandro Commissions. These are the people who know San Leandro Council members best and they choose Pauline Cutter for Mayor. That's good enough to get my vote.

    I have listened to and watched Council meetings and Souza is definitely the least intelligent Council person. She has taken the lead on, and done very little in her two terms. Souza would be a disaster for San Leandro!

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  25. Diana Souza has absolutely zero leadership ability and no ethics at all. San Leandro needs someone better and that would be anyone else. She is not well thought of by leaders in San Leandro or other cities in the Bay Area. Would make a horrible Mayor and we would suffer because of her incompetence.

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  26. Thank you because I live in Diana Souza's district and she is the worst and can't seem to help us……No vote Souza.

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  27. Anybody but Souza for Mayor. She does not have leadership skills. Even after eight years on the city council. She also lies a lot.

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  28. Thank God for the lawsuit by WM. It saved our city millions of dollars in fees and hundreds of jobs.

    This was a big mistake by our Vice Mayor. He almost cost the city he was elected in millions of dollars in general fund revenue that we need for our police and fire services, not to mention schools, libraries, parks and roads. These millions from transfer and permit fees went directly into San Leandro coffers. How did our Vice Mayor hope to replace these millions, or does he propose to cut our already thin police and fire. Don't even pretend he didn't know how this would affect San Leandro as he said, because he was elected because of his budget and financial expertise. What a LIAR Benny Lee is!

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