(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,