Ken Katz 
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Re: “Oakland's Trash Program Promotes Waste

The agreement the City Council struck granted Civicorps the contract for collecting restaurant waste. The rationale being that the Oakland-based non-profit would train low-income youth as truck drivers and, in addition, transport the waste to the EBMUD sewage treatment plant where it would be digested and turned into methane which would be used to generate power. Do they have their own rate schedule or does it conform with Waste Management's?

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Posted by Ken Katz on 07/15/2015 at 9:39 PM

Re: “No, Governor Brown, You Shut Up

I was already greatly disillusioned with Gov. Brown. In the last year or two, he's vetoed two common-sense pieces of legislation. One would have granted business and property owners legal authority to remove collection bins placed on their property after giving the bin operator 10 days notice. The other would have required salvage yards to pay for scrap metals with checks - not cash.

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Posted by Ken Katz on 05/13/2015 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Oakland Considers Regulating Street Donation Bins, Advocates Call for Ban

If you actually read the petition, perhaps you'd be less inclined to label this issue as "minor". Not when these multimillion dollar operations are bleeding Oakland dry and not giving us anything in return -except, of course, for further complicating the graffiti and illegal dumping.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Ken Katz on 02/03/2015 at 4:24 PM

Re: “The Problem with Paid Petitioners

According to one of the individuals circulating the Waste Management petition, Arno Political Consulting was, in fact, one of the contractors employed by Larry Tramutola.

I'm willing to bet that Arno was also involved in the referendum in San Diego that just qualified for the ballot. In effect, it imposes a two-year delay in implementation of an ordinance that would have provided health benefits and an increase in the minimum wage to $11.50 over a period of three years. Circulators lied through their teeth to get signatures. One example: "The price of hamburger will double".

Coincidentally, a former San Diego assemblywoman had introduced several pieces of legislation that would crack down on such abuses but they were all killed by lobbyists for the industry.

Something definitely has to be done to stop this insanity. How about a petition to ban petitions?

10 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Ken Katz on 09/24/2014 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Updated: Compromise Deal Reached on Oakland Garbage Contract

While I applaud Mayor Quan's efforts to come up with an equitable solution, the devil is in the details. During the past couple of weeks, in the face of a petition drive financed by Waste Management that was based on lies and innuendo, I've been telling people on the street that the council voted for the local company with the lower bid AND one that was offering all kinds of additional perks.

These included a willingness to work with Civicorps to get young Oakland residents off the streets and into good paying jobs; to build a state-of-the art sorting facility superior to the one on Davis Street; to work with EBMUD to convert green waste into a clean source of energy; and much, much more.

Since the city council would have to ratify this agreement, I'm hoping that they would settle for nothing less.

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Posted by Ken Katz on 09/18/2014 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Waste Management Launches Referendum Drive to Win Back Oakland Garbage Contract

This is just a bunch of TRASH TALK! To put it in the simplest possible terms: seven of the eight council members voted for the Oakland-based company that submitted the lower bid.

What's truly outrageous is that hordes of well-paid petitioners from outside Oakland are lying through their teeth to get signatures to overturn that decision. No! They are not going to phase out recycling. Yes! Our garbage rates are going to go up - but less so under the proposal submitted by CWS.

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Posted by Ken Katz on 09/08/2014 at 8:58 AM

Re: “Waste Management Launches Referendum Drive to Win Back Oakland Garbage Contract

In defense of the City Council, Waste Management's original proposal was to raise our rates 75% which they very properly rejected. I think that long term we are going to appreciate their decision to go with the low bidder - one that is locally based.

Meanwhile, the folks circulating the petitions to overturn the council's unanimous decision are lying through their teeth to get signatures and it's working. The very unfortunate postscript is that, if they do get sufficient signatures to qualify for the ballot, a special election will cost Oakland taxpayers $1 million.

16 likes, 17 dislikes
Posted by Ken Katz on 09/05/2014 at 11:05 PM

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