Cypress Trash Company requests 10% – 17% rate increase

(Cypress, Ca, March 11, 2017, by Dave Emerson)  Valley Vista Services wants to raise Cypress residents’ trash rates 10% due to “unanticipated costs.”  That’s in addition to any Consumer Price Index related increase.

And that’s actually the “good news.”  Valley View wants to raise their rates for Cypress businesses by 17%!

Here’s a summary from Cypress’ diligent citizen watchdog George Pardon:


Monday night’s Cypress City Council Agenda item 13  is both shocking and of great concern. Valley Vista Services (VVS) has requested an extraordinary rate increase of 10 percent for residential rates and 17 percent for commercial rates in addition to any annual CPI adjustment.

The agenda item proposes to establish a City Council Ad-Hoc Committee to study Valley Vista Services’ request for a Solid Waste Franchise Extraordinary Rate Increase.  Valley Vista Services requested the extraordinary rate increase citing unanticipated costs associated with their operation including bulky item collection, special services such as graffiti removal, and the establishment of local solid waste operation facilities.  VVS reports its costs to operate have exceeded their original estimates when they proposed to serve Cypress.

At this point the City Council is only being asked to appoint an ad hoc committee to investigate the request, and to hire a consultant to assist in the investigation.  I’m wondering if that’s really necessary, or if the Council could  just say no to the rate increase, without spending taxpayer dollars on a consultant.

Interestingly enough, California’s Fair Political Practices Commission levied the highest fine allowed for political money laundering against George Briggeman, who runs Valley Vista’s Cypress operations in October of 2015 for dealings with two current Cypress City Council Members, Mariellen Yarc and Rob Johnson.   According to an article in the Orange County Register,

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66 townhome project on Orange Ave. on tonight’s Cypress City Council Agenda

The 66 unit complex is permitted under previous changes made by a previous Council, which has frustrated many residents

(1/10/2016, Cypress, CA, adapted from an e-mail from long time Cypress resident George Pardon):

As expected, the City Ventures 66 townhome project on Orange Ave is on this Monday’s City Council agenda. It is Public Hearing number 2 on tonight’s agenda. (The public meeting begins at 7:30 pm tonight)  Here is the link to the Agenda Report:…/0111…/2_CUP_No_3034_011116.pdf

While I remain very frustrated by how the 2004 zoning change took place allowing this project to come about, it is my sense that the City Council will be hard pressed to deny the project. If they do deny it, it will likely end up in court and I be…lieve the city will lose the court case. The reason is the current zoning allows the project and the developer isn’t asking for any exceptions to the current zoning.

The following are both Government Code and case law related to this matter showing the findings the city would have show to deny this project:

1.…/county-violates-california-s-…  In Honchariw v. County of Stanislaus, the California Court of Appeal overturned Stanislaus County’s decision to deny a subdivision map for a housing project that included no affordable units. The court ruled that the county violated the Housing Accountability Act (the Act), which is colloquially known as the “Anti-NIMBY” law.

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Los Alamitos City Council re-elects Richard Murphy as Mayor

In this 2012 News Enterprise photo Richard Murphy was sworn in by City Clerk Windmera Quintanar. Last night he was sworn in as Mayor for the second year in a row!

(Los Alamitos, 12/22/2015) by Dave Emerson:  In a first for this millennium, Los Alamitos’ City Council re-elected the same Mayor for the second year in a row.  And it was unanimous, reflecting the strong support Mayor Murphy has attracted within a Council that had been bitterly divided for almost a decade prior to Murphy’s election in 2012. The Council’s newest member, Shelley Hasselbrink, was unanimously elected Mayor Pro Tem.

Which means that a year from now, Council Member Hasselbrink will probably become only the fifth woman Mayor in Los Alamitos history.

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Park evaluation, Senior Housing on Monday Cypress City Council Agenda

(Cypress, CA, 10/25/2015) by George Pardon:  Click here for the Cypress City Council Agenda  for Monday, October 26:,min/2015_agendas/102615_agenda.html

In addition to the Cypress City Council considering approval of the 33 acre Senior Housing/Commercial Retail development called Barton Place (Agenda Item #1), the City Council will also consider approving a scope of work for a study to assess current park space, recreation facilities and current and projected community needs to guide future capital improvement planning. 

The scope of work for this assessment includes the evaluation of sports parks, neighborhood parks, and the Senior Center.  The need to conduct this study was included as an objective of the City Council’s March 2015 update of the City’s Strategic Plan.   Agenda Item #10 provides valuable information about existing  park space and recreation facilities that I think you’ll find to be a beneficial read.,min/2015%20_staff%20_reports/102615%20Staff%20Reports/10_Facilities_Assessment_102615.pdf Continue reading

Massage, stop signs, parking, cell tax, land purchase on 10/19/2015 Council Agenda

What could be done with those striped end sections?
City Hall :  The "elephant in the room?"

What’s this month’s closed session about?

(10/18/2015, Los Alamitos)  Note:  I still hope to get JM’s important post on corruption in OC up later today, but felt the need to get a brief post up on Monday’s Los Alamitos City Meeting first. by Dave Emerson:

The revised agenda for Monday’s 6 pm Los Alamitos City Council Meeting is now online, and quite a number of items caught my attention:

Item 14:  Last on the agenda, is a Closed Session with representatives of the  Lincoln Property Company and the Joint Forces Training Base for the purpose of negotiating “price and terms of payment.”   Not sure what exactly they’re paying for, and since it’s a closed session I’m not sure if I’ll be able to find out and still live, but I did put out an inquiry for details to at least one City Official.  Could be something mundane, maybe the long discussed idea of moving City Hall.  My personal hope would be for a OC Parks Regional Sports Park, possibly including a football/soccer/baseball athletic stadium, which is Continue reading

Important Public Hearing on MultiFamily Moritorium at Cypress City Council Monday (9/28)

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Cypress’ resident George Pardon urges residents to let their voice be heard, as a unanimous vote will be required Monday night.

(Cypress, 9/25/2015) It looks like the voice of the people is being heard loud and clear at Cypress City Hall.  This just in from Cypress resident and Council-watcher George Pardon:

Please attend Monday’s meeting and let the City Council know your position on the proposed moratorium on new multi-family housing in office and commercial zones.


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