Hayward garbage rates may rise, but why is an Alameda County supe involved?

CONFLICT: Richard Valle chatting with voters during his run for Alameda County Supervisor in 2012. But do his duties as supervisor today conflict with his local recycling company? PHOTO/Matt Santos
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Garbage rates in Hayward may increase by 10 percent next March. Negotiations between the city and Waste Management are ongoing, but the increase could raise rates up over $30 a month for a single 32-gallon garbage cart, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Rates would again rise by three percent in 2016 and 2017, but also contain new services for residents.

Then there is this odd passage:

Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle asked the City Council in December to include language in the contract to increase the wages of recycling sorters. Valle is head of Tri-CED Community Recycling, which subcontracts with Waste Management to handle Hayward’s curbside recycling.

It seems Valle’s non-profit recycling company, based in Union City, cannot give its own employees a raise without the rate increase, he told the paper.

In fact, Valle’s decision to maintain his position at the recycling company in addition to his duties as District 2 county supervisor turned some heads two years ago simply because the job is notorious for burning out some officials and, not to mention, appearing to be inherently riddled with conflicts of interest.

Note the city with the highest garbage rates in the area is Union City, which Valle represents and once served as its city council member, a fact many of his opponents often recite. Valle also represents Hayward on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.

A public hearing on the Hayward garbage rate increase is scheduled for the Jan. 20 meeting.



Categories: Alameda County Board of Supervisors, fiftyplusone, garbage, garbage rates, Hayward City Council, recycling, Richard Valle, Tri-CED

128 replies

  1. The truth will be told now that there is finally a public record and vote on the books.

    The Audubon Society, Sierra Club, Friends of Nature, Wildlife Fund, and every other environmental organization in the county and state will have nothing to do with Dick Valley. This corrupt murderer of wildlife is enemy number one. He should experience the same fate as the majestic animals he has condemned to death.

    DICK VALLEY=MURDERER!!!

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  2. The District is a lot more progressive and Hispanic since Richard Valle first ran. It has changed to favor Valle more and more each day. Not a chance for you or anyone else to get elected. Since you live in Hayward, run against him. Maybe you might get more than 5% of the vote, but I doubt it. We like the way he fights for, and votes for middle class jobs, social justice and living wages! I guarantee he will get the environmental vote over a lunatic like you. We don't like liars.

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  3. Valley is a murderer of wildlife and deserves to be indicted. Add this to his LONG roster of fowl misdeeds. He continues to take his marching orders from his union whore puppet masters.

    Dick Valley hates wildlife and is against nature.

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  4. Richard has too much money, volunteers, and is too popular
    in his District. Every time he has an event or a fundraiser it's
    jam packed. People are very supportive of him and like what
    he is doing, even though one person doesn't, who always posts on this blog. What a hater you are. No wonder you were never elected!

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  5. The Audubon Society, Sierra Club, Friends of Nature, Wildlife Fund, and every other environmental organization in the county and state will have nothing to do with Dick Valley. This corrupt murderer of wildlife is enemy number one. He should experience the same fate as the majestic animals he has condemned to death.

    DICK VALLEY=MURDERER!!!

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  6. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Valle got elected because most of us agree with him. Who is evil and who is holy in your book? Who did you vote for? Are you in his District? Why don't you answer some questions? We love Richard but it's plain to see you don't. In every election there are winners and losers–your side lost–get over it. xoxoxoxo

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  7. 'Progressive'=DICK VALLEY=criminal against nature and wildlife=MURDERER!

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  8. We definitely agree with the above poster, 9:54. Dick Valley and his union sluts are the scourge of Alameda County. The sooner he is gone the better for all living creatures, especially birds.

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  9. The District is a lot more progressive and Hispanic since Richard Valle first ran. It has changed to favor Valle more and more each day. Not a chance for you or anyone else to get elected. Since you live in Hayward, run against him. Maybe you might get more than 5% of the vote, but I doubt it. We like the way he fights for, and votes for middle class jobs, social justice and living wages! I guarantee he will get the environmental vote over a lunatic like you. We don't like liars.

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  10. Richard Valle was Democratically elected by people like my wife and my neighbor who love both of the Valle's. Even though I voted for someone else I do respect the process unlike you. Grow up, and if you don't like what he does vote for someone else next time. I, and most of the people in his District, will vote for Valle because we like the fact that he is pro working family.

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  11. Valley is a murderer of wildlife and deserves to be indicted. Add this to his LONG roster of fowl misdeeds. He continues to take his marching orders from his union whore puppet masters.

    Dick Valley hates wildlife and is against nature.

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  12. Audubon Society of East Bay has now come out against this guy because of his vote on the Altamont Pass windmills. If he ever had any support for nature groups it is now gone. Nobody of any import in the environmental community will have anything to do with him.

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  13. Had no idea about Valley killing birds. Guy needs to join them.

    No surprises here: Dick Valley and his union sluts kill nature.

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  14. The District is a lot more progressive and Hispanic since Richard Valle first ran. It has changed to favor Valle more and more each day. Not a chance for you or anyone else to get elected. Since you live in Hayward, run against him. Maybe you might get more than 5% of the vote, but I doubt it. We like the way he fights for, and votes for middle class jobs, social justice and living wages! I guarantee he will get the environmental vote over a lunatic like you. We don't like liars.

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  15. Audubon Society of East Bay has now come out against this guy because of his vote on the Altamont Pass windmills. If he ever had any support for nature groups it is now gone. Nobody of any import in the environmental community will have anything to do with him.

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  16. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Valle got elected because most of us agree with him. Who is evil and who is holy in your book? Who did you vote for? Are you in his District? Why don't you answer some questions? We love Richard but it's plain to see you don't. In every election there are winners and losers–your side lost–get over it. xoxoxoxo

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  17. Had no idea about Valley killing birds. Guy needs to join them.

    No surprises here: Dick Valley and his union sluts kill nature.

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  18. I'm progressive and an environmentalist but will continue to vote for Richard. My candidates don't have to be with me 100% of the time and he votes the way I like over 90% of the time. I don't belong to a union but I do think we need better wages and benefits for middle class working families. Those were good jobs he saved while the windmills will be made safe over the next three years with retrofits. We need good jobs too. Most people in my area like Richard a lot. You and I both know no one will challenge him and have a chance of winning because he is even more popular now. Every poll shows him with an extremely high approval rating. His staff is excellent and has helped friends of mine when they needed help. Good luck trying to defeat or defame him. He's great to most of us.

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  19. Audubon Society of East Bay has now come out against this guy because of his vote on the Altamont Pass windmills. If he ever had any support for nature groups it is now gone. Nobody of any import in the environmental community will have anything to do with him.

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  20. Let's put it in perspective. Across the united States 600,000 birds a year get killed by wind turbines says the American Bird Conservancy. Gruesome as this sounds, those turbine numbers are no match for the annual tolls of communication towers,which kill 6.8 million; power lines 175 million; windows, 300 million to a billion; and finally cats, which dispatch 1.3 to 4 billion birds a year. And that's not to mention the untold billions that perish from habitat loss and climate change.

    The few hundred that are killed in the Altamonte Pass is negligible compared to the above mentioned losses. In the meantime the American Bird Conservancy and wind energy experts are working to reduce the rate over the three year extension while keeping the good paying jobs that wind turbines created. We need the jobs and the wind turbines which will be retrofitted to make them safer. You may hate Richard for other reasons, but most of us environmentalists will support him when he runs again because of his hundreds of positive votes for the environment.

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  21. Let's put it in real perspective. Across the united States 600,000 birds a year get killed by wind turbines says the American Bird Conservancy.

    The many hundreds that are killed in the Altamont Pass is far too many. In the meantime the American Bird Conservancy and wind energy experts are continually delaying and delaying and delaying doing the right thing to protect avian wildlife. In fact, the union whores are in the pockets of big business, which doesn't give a rat's ass about the birds. We need to put wildlife first and say 'Adios, union whores and big business shits.' No reputable environmentalist or nature-lover will ever support DICK VALLEY. We in the environmental community know he is as good a friend to nature as a chainsaw is to old growth forests. He cares only about what his union slut bosses tell him to do. He is their puppet, bought and paid for. We will very soon be saying 'so long for good, Dick.' For the birds, that day can't come soon enough. Oh, please be sure to park your mucho-expensive car where the birds can be sure to take a crap, Dick!

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  22. By all means. Let's get as many union whores to 'fly' into the turbines and thus help to decrease the larded surplus population.

    So glad that Audubon and other environmental groups that care about our wildlife have dropped this asshole big-time.

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  23. I'm progressive and an environmentalist but will continue to vote for Richard. My candidates don't have to be with me 100% of the time and he votes the way I like over 90% of the time. I don't belong to a union but I do think we need better wages and benefits for middle class working families. Those were good jobs he saved while the windmills will be made safe over the next three years with retrofits. We need good jobs too. Most people in my area like Richard a lot. You and I both know no one will challenge him and have a chance of winning because he is even more popular now. Every poll shows him with an extremely high approval rating. His staff is excellent and has helped friends of mine when they needed help. Good luck trying to defeat or defame him. He's great to most of us.

    Like

  24. Let's put it in real perspective. Across the united States 600,000 birds a year get killed by wind turbines says the American Bird Conservancy.

    The many hundreds that are killed in the Altamont Pass is far too many. In the meantime the American Bird Conservancy and wind energy experts are continually delaying and delaying and delaying doing the right thing to protect avian wildlife. In fact, the union whores are in the pockets of big business, which doesn't give a rat's ass about the birds. We need to put wildlife first and say 'Adios, union whores and big business shits.' No reputable environmentalist or nature-lover will ever support DICK VALLEY. We in the environmental community know he is as good a friend to nature as a chainsaw is to old growth forests. He cares only about what his union slut bosses tell him to do. He is their puppet, bought and paid for. We will very soon be saying 'so long for good, Dick.' For the birds, that day can't come soon enough. Oh, please be sure to park your mucho-expensive car where the birds can be sure to take a crap, Dick!

    Like

  25. Let's put it in perspective. Across the united States 600,000 birds a year get killed by wind turbines says the American Bird Conservancy. Gruesome as this sounds, those turbine numbers are no match for the annual tolls of communication towers,which kill 6.8 million; power lines 175 million; windows, 300 million to a billion; and finally cats, which dispatch 1.3 to 4 billion birds a year. And that's not to mention the untold billions that perish from habitat loss and climate change.

    The few hundred that are killed in the Altamonte Pass is negligible compared to the above mentioned losses. In the meantime the American Bird Conservancy and wind energy experts are working to reduce the rate over the three year extension while keeping the good paying jobs that wind turbines created. We need the jobs and the wind turbines which will be retrofitted to make them safer. You may hate Richard for other reasons, but most of us environmentalists will support him when he runs again because of his hundreds of positive votes for the environment.

    Like

  26. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Valle got elected because most of us agree with him. Who is evil and who is holy in your book? Who did you vote for? Are you in his District? Why don't you answer some questions? We love Richard but it's plain to see you don't. In every election there are winners and losers–your side lost–get over it. xoxoxoxo

    Like

  27. Let's put it in real perspective. Across the united States 600,000 birds a year get killed by wind turbines says the American Bird Conservancy.

    The many hundreds that are killed in the Altamont Pass is far too many. In the meantime the American Bird Conservancy and wind energy experts are continually delaying and delaying and delaying doing the right thing to protect avian wildlife. In fact, the union whores are in the pockets of big business, which doesn't give a rat's ass about the birds. We need to put wildlife first and say 'Adios, union whores and big business shits.' No reputable environmentalist or nature-lover will ever support DICK VALLEY. We in the environmental community know he is as good a friend to nature as a chainsaw is to old growth forests. He cares only about what his union slut bosses tell him to do. He is their puppet, bought and paid for. We will very soon be saying 'so long for good, Dick.' For the birds, that day can't come soon enough. Oh, please be sure to park your mucho-expensive car where the birds can be sure to take a crap, Dick!

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  28. Most of my environmental friends will be voting for Richard Valle because we need more solar and wind instead of using fossil fuel!

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