Trash Rate Hike Ploy

Is the proposed trash hike a ruse?

On November 20th,  the Redlands City Council will hold a public hearing to discuss the trash rate hike for the repair of Redlands streets.   TKE was the engineering firm contracted to make the determination that the Redlands city trash trucks have damaged our streets.  The city staff is reasoning that because of this report the citizens should pay more for trash service unless they can muster the unlikely number of 11,000 + parcel owners to write protest letters.  

Once again it seems that citizens have been bamboozled by our out of town staff members that  appear to be playing politics for our elected officials.

 Isn't this just a game to force  citizens to pay for years of  mismanagement and lack of proper maintenance of our city's streets?  The city staff try to not dirty their hands and hired yet another  "contractor" to write the report blaming city trash trucks for road deterioration.  Why couldn't Redlands engineering staff do the work?  If the city trash trucks did the most damage to city streets then the roads in front of the dump and city yards should be in the worse shape.  Is this true?

TKE was contracted with the city in 2007 and has made over a half of million dollars from the City of Redlands.  Does TKE just produce determinations as guided by city staff to keep the gravy train flowing?  Was the study really a comprehensive study? How did TKE win bids for all of these jobs? How does TKE keep a contract for five years?   Was the work competitively bid to allow other engineering firms to compete?  Or is this contract just an example of how the city is really doing business cutting out local small businesses from having a chance to fairly and competitively bid on local contracts? The consulting contract and spreadsheet of funds paid to TKE are included below.  

What happen to state gas tax money that the city receives for road maintenance and repair?  How many times do citizens have to pay for street repairs?  Many other trucks and heavy vehicles drive our city streets everyday so why aren't they being taxed for road repairs?  

The proposed trash rate hike seems like another ruse sponsored by the city of Redlands.

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Wheeler Gannon November 20, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Let me see if I get this: Martinez says that Job 1 was to fix "budget and financial state". METHOD: Increase water, sewer, and garbage rates; Reduce city performance; Early retirement for high salaries; fire low salaries; Ignore increased healthcare and pension liabilities; Issue millions of dollars of bonds; Increase HQ salaries and Public Relations (substitute slogans for service - "A City That Works"); increase the basic cost structure of the city. RESULT: Redlands appears to have fallen off the fiscal cliff - no value-added businesses, reduced bond rating, and declining property values. All with passive nodding approval of bobble-heads on City Council.
Wheeler Gannon November 20, 2012 at 08:46 PM
I suggest that you actually read TKE's report. It's ALL theoretic logic with data cherry-picked from a civil engineering text. There's nothing specific to relate it to Redlands. We used to call this a "dry lab report". Students submit these. It's totally unacceptable in the real world. It's known as CRAP! or worse. Martinez seems to think it's a "scientific" analysis. At best Martinez has a thinking disorder. At worst ............
Wheeler Gannon November 20, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Redlands' street analysis was performed at a discount by computer-vision start-up as a proof of concept. I know of no verifying follow-up data to corroborate its findings in this city. Perhaps someone could provide a reference.
SBSWZ November 20, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Page 5, PDA Report : one possible erroneous assumption made was: "Residential streets will have volumes of approx 200 vehicles per day, one refuse, (one) recycle, and (one) greenwaste trash truck each week..." Most streets have homes on BOTH sides of the street and these three trucks go to and fro. The PDA Report does not account for the density of homes to which these trucks service so the duration of the force applied onto the pavement per distance traversed should have been factored into their approach. For example, if there were 60 homes per mile of street (120 if both sides are accounted), that would differ from a mile of street that has only 10 homes (20 both sides). While the distance covered is the same, the actual damage to the pavement is a product of some constant (k) x duration (time), and force (mass, vertical accel). Also while "empty" versus "full" was described, was the starting point of these trucks versus end-point of these trucks taken into account such that the near terminal part of the route may have higher degradation rate than the initial part of the route. See also page 7... Delivery truck in the residential streets had a 38.5% impact - highest among all cited vehicle types. On Collector streets, City bus, school bus, delivery truck, and commercial truck accounted for much more than all of the other vehicles. Arterial streets - Commercial truck 42%. Did anyone mention this last night at RCC? (3 minutes is insufficient)
Steve Rogers November 20, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Computer-vision start-up company huh, probably recommended by Urban Environs or Urban Futures, two "visionary" planning outfits that have sold Redlands and San Bernardino County down the river with regard to banking, financing and redevelopment of the Inland Valley. With any computer modeling the old adage GARBAGE IN, GARBAGE OUT always holds true, especially involving ILLEGAL TRASH RATE HIKES, but Nabar wants to take it a step further and sell the "combined refuse enterprise" to Republic, but only after he gets the new fee hike approved by City Council. He already sole-sourced a contract to Republic, his hauler buddies from Colton, $1M/ yr. of capacity in the City owned CA St. landfill and has gotten the Council to sell the adjacent buffer groves to a developer to turn it into a Material Recovery Facility (MRF), thus to position Republic to becoming the City's private trash contractor once the public sector hits the fiscal wall/ falls of the fiscal cliff. Hey Nabar, did you get a chance to destroy the records on that police investigation into the ex-City employee from Solid Waste that was diverting trash from the old Hersey's warehouse, for his own private resale/ gain at garage sales... it isn't a coincidence, is it, that now he's the General Manger over at Republic!? Big question, did DA Mikey help you with this little cover-up too??


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