(Cypress, CA, 4/29/2014) The following was compiled and edited from e-mails from two of our readers, so it represents two perspectives. You can add yours in a comment at the end.
The meeting last night was a doozy!! The trash item was on the consent calendar and pulled by Mayor Mills for discussion and a separate vote.
Every Councilmember and City Attorney Wynder had many comments about how they were not happy with the way the RFP was written:
- C.M. Yaric spoke about the many charges and called them taxes.
- C.M. Bailey was outraged because they were the lowest bid yet and were adding in additional charges that were going to cost the city residents.
- Mayor pro tem Johnson chimed in a little bit, but was not as vocal as the other two. He took a very large contribution from Republic for his campaign. Yaric also took campaign funds from Republic. I find this ironic as they were the ones who voted yes on this Consultant, Sloan Vasquez.
- Mayor Mills and C.M. Narin Both came up with a couple of suggestions that they wanted to see in the RFP:
One was a one pass system so that they would not have so many trucks on the street. The consultant did not like that idea at all and said nobody in California uses it.
I guess he is unaware that the community of Rossmoor has a one pass system. You would think that a consultant for multiple cities would be aware of that.
The City Attorney spoke of the wear and tear on the streets by multiple trash trucks every week. Yaric said that Cypress streets are the best in Orange County, including Los Alamitos, which does have multiple trash trucks and the worst streets.
C.M. Narin wanted to make sure that e-waste was worked into the bid so that multiple times a year people could get rid of their electronic waste.
George Pardon was the only resident to get up and speak. During public comments at the beginning of the meeting, Pardon asked that the Council invite in a “Peer Review” of the RFP process to insure that things were being done properly & since we need a better handle on what is going on. No one on the dias responded to Pardon’s request.
Pardon was saying that we need one of the other Consultant companies to review what is going on in Cypress.
One of our resident/reporters spoke with Mr. Pardon after the meeting, and he said that the Council just ignored his request and his comments.
It seems that the CCC ignores a lot of comments from the Public and gets very defensive whenever a member of the Public is critical of the CCC or City Hall.
The most interesting thing I took away from this discussion of an RFP (Request for Proposal) was why on earth was this a consent calendar item? This is probably the most expensive contract the city will negotiate yet they didn’t even think to put it on as an item that the public could see. Thank goodness Mayor Mills pulled the item or it may not have seen the light of day. Kudos to George Pardon who asked Mayor Mills to pull it.
I guess we’ll have to wait and see if Republic/Consolidated gets the contract.
All the Council Members argued about what went on in the previous meetings which were done in the conference room, with no TV coverage, before the formal City Council meeting ever started.
All the discussions on the Trash Franchise so far have not been on camera. Why the lack of transparency by the Cypress City Council?
Why doesn’t the Council want the residents to see what they are in for? $$$$
Last year at a Cypress City Council meeting, on camera, City Attorney Wynder said to all of the Council Members that he advised that everything be done on camera in open meetings where everyone could attend or watch from home. When did the Cypress Council members stop listening to their City Attorney?
One of the most ironic comments made at the meeting was from C.M. Bailey, during the discussion regarding too many trucks tearing up the streets.
Bailey asked if it was the trash trucks or the FedEx trucks that tear up the streets? Then he went on to comment that it is the FedEx trucks because everyone orders from Amazon now.
Well, Bailey weren’t you the one who was courting Prologis??? Who would have brought a trucking distribution center to Cypress. ??? Bailey never thinks before he speaks. That is the most ironic comment of the year so far for him, But the year is young.