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on Apr 4, 2014
Shame on you for defending these clowns.
When I moved to Pleasanton from another Bay Area city, my monthly garbage fees DOUBLED, for services that are technologically at least 5-10 years behind. We already have nearly the highest garbage fees in the Bay Area. Our rates are substantially higher than what our neighbors pay in cities like Dublin and Livermore.
Why do we have to continue to tolerate these ridiculous cost increases that far exceed the rate of inflation? Because Tony makes great barbecued chicken for Jeb and the City Council?
It is time to kick these guys to the curb and open up this garbage monopoly to some good old fashioned capitalist competition. We certainly can't do any worse than what we have now.
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For less than $8.50 a week, they haul away anything I can stuff into those cans! That is, by far, one of the best values around...
"When I moved to Pleasanton from another Bay Area city, my monthly garbage fees DOUBLED, for services that are technologically at least 5-10 years behind" - I would really like to know how the services are so far behind? What is the technology that we should be employing that everyone else is using that Pleasanton is not? Forgive my ignorance, but I don't pay that much attention to garbage, but I guess I should.
Thanks Jeb, you made you point in this sentence, "both are active in Pleasanton civic and professional organizations."
It is clear that through campaign contributions of food, wine and money (check the Mayor and Council's documents on the city's website) one of them are my neighbor whom lives in a huge Ruby Hill home, and has done VERY well for himself. Both Bob and Tony have done well thanks to a monopoly type of contract with the rate payers of Pleasanton, and approved by our own elected officials.
Go out for bid, please. This guy needs some competition.
The article says "some consideration was given to helping PGS relocate its operations farther east on an extended Busch Road so that it might also seek service contracts with other cities, including Livermore." Huh, we are trying to help a private company to make more money?
If PGS wants to move to gain more business, they are a business and can move at any time. As long as it does not cost the current rate payers or the city anything, that is ok. But the city should not be paying anything to help the company move. The current location is just fine for our needs.
I checked the prices and was surprised to note that PGS apparently charges for bringing out the trash cans of residents who are unable to do this themselves. It's admittedly a very small amount, but I'm surprised that the extra fee is even permitted. (Though I would hope that neighbors move the trash cans for those who are elderly or disabled, so that no one has to pay the fee anyway!)
It always seems to be that people with money get their way!!! I'm all for working hard and making money but sometimes, officials allow those that have money and maybe contribute in one way or another to get extra breaks !!!
I am all for the Pleasanton garbage business going out for a competitive bid. My new rate for trash and yard pick up is over $100 quarter. that is more then I pay PG&E for electricity in a three month period.
Often times, I put stuff out on the curb and hang a free sign on it, it gets picked up. I suppose I could start boxing my garbage and hang a free sign on it.
I was dismayed at the price increase. This is the second in two years. I was more irritated to hear that it was due to a cost of living raise and a new union contract for the drivers. I support small business and I am glad that the owners are community focused but they also need to be fiscally responsible and transparent. One of their office employees told me that California guarantees every employee a cost of living raise every year - uh, not really. The private sector doesn't guarantee anything. If you work hard you get to keep your job and be grateful for it. I would like to see the city put this contract out for bid and make sure that we are getting competitive, market bases prices and services.
The People United Will Never Be Defeated!
El Pueblo Unido Jamas Sera Vencido!
Perhaps it's time to organize and protest the rate increase.
Response to "Me Too" -
Many cities have far more sophisticated recycling programs that redirect far more types of materials. PGS caught up a bit a few years ago, but they made a big fuss about it, and forced another large rate increase on us at that time. Even after all that drama, we are still way behind.
Many other companies also provide curbside pickup of large items or extra garbage, often as part of their (lower) monthly fee. We have to haul those items to the transfer facility ourselves, and pay an extra fee for the privilege.
Just got back from vacation and got my bill. My fees went from 107 to 115!!! Not to much money but I am already paying a ton if I do not say so. The service sucks also. They did not pick up my trash on my pick up day during the holidays (they picked up all my neighbors) I called before an hour had passed and the girl told me that they were short staffed because of the holidays and they had no one to send back out so I could either wait a week until my next pick up or bring the can to the center itself and they would not charge me!
Not surprisingly, the increase on the bill is stated as being attributed to increased labor and union costs. There you go, now you know who to blame.
With reference to the mention of having to pay a fee to dispose of large items at the transfer facility....
In my opinion, this is a really bad policy, because it encourages fly-tipping.
First of all we all must remember that PG holds a monopoly of the garbage business in ptwn. If the city doesnt approve their hikes, we are without refuse service unless waste management comes in. Also, have you ever tried to park around PG offices to go in and pay your bill? All the spots are taken by employees with no place for the public to park. And, their handicap parking spots are not up to code. Aso, Tonys so cheap, they dont accept CC/debit unless your behind. I would vote for any new garbage company that wants to come to ptwn.
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