Jan 132022
 

Your intrepid blogger received a copy of  letter from Eric Eisenhammer and the Gold Country Taxpayer’s Association.

What I find stunning is that the staff of the WPWMA DID NOT DO A TECHNICAL ANALYSIS/REVIEW OF THE BIDS!!! In something so highly regulated, what competent staff would make such a glaring mistake?

Date: January 13, 2022

To: WPWMA Board Members

From: Gold Country Taxpayers’ Association

RE: Agenda Item 9(a) – MRF and WRSL Operations Procurement

Honorable Board Members,

The Gold Country Taxpayers Association supports ethical and accountable leadership for our communities, lower taxes, and smarter regulations. It is in support of our core mission that we are writing to you today regarding the MRF and WRSL Operations Procurement this evening’s agenda.

We have been following this issue on your agenda for several months and have read with interest several media and other online reports related to this process. These reports leave us with serious concerns related to the recommended actions staff has asked you to take. This procurement will impact local residents and ratepayers for over a decade; therefore, it is imperative that as board members representing taxpayers throughout our region, you are thoughtful, analytical, and deliberate in your actions.

First and foremost, we believe that it is fiscally imprudent to award a procurement of such a complex and technical nature without an independent fiscal and technical analysis. This contract involves the investment of well over $100 million of taxpayer dollars for necessary infrastructure. As one of the region’s largest capital investments of the coming years it is absolutely necessary that you protect the taxpayers’ investment by fully analyzing the proposals to ensure that these investments allow you to fully comply with the onerous regulatory requirements of SB1383 and ensure the selected vendor can deliver on the lofty promises contained in their respective bids.

Our understanding of staff’s fiscal analysis is that it was limited to only the early years of the contract, rather than the full term of the potential agreement. We believe it is fiscally irresponsible on a contract of this duration to not consider the costs over the full term of the agreement. This is especially true when the agreement requires such a large amount of capital equipment investment.

We are confident that you are well aware of these technical, regulatory, and fiscal issues. You demonstrated that when you approved a significant contract with a qualified company to fully
analyze the 30% design submissions. We are completely baffled, however, that staff never utilized this expertise to protect the authority and the taxpayers.

Additionally, we are deeply troubled by a number of issues that have been brought to light in regard to one of the companies submitting a proposal. More troubling is the appearance that the authority made no efforts to substantiate or disprove the allegations prior to making a recommendation. We understand that this company afforded an opportunity at the last meeting for staff or board members to ask questions related to these allegations – that opportunity was met with silence. Quite frankly, our members and the general public deserve, and demand, better.

With the length of this contract, we can ill afford to be victims of unanticipated rate increases or complete disruption of service that has been reported in other localities in relation to their waste services.

For these reasons, the Gold County Taxpayers Association asks you to not award a contract unless and until an independent full technical and fiscal analysis is completed. It is the only way
that taxpayers can be protected.

Sincerely,
Eric Eisenhammer
President
Gold Country Taxpayers Association

 

Jan 112022
 

And why is it so easy for your Intrepid Blogger to find one FCC contract after another with serious issues? Again, we ask where was the staff of the Western Placer Waste Management Agency and where was the board of the WPWMA?

It looks like there is another recent FCC disaster in Polk County Florida.

The problem with these new wrinkles, however, is that the county cut back on services even while charging more. The new contract hiked the annual cost of garbage collection by 23 percent.

Why am I not surprised to find another one of these so easily? Here is an editorial about the Polk Co paper about FCC once again.

The very biased staff of the WPWMA found an industrial accident by the company they railroaded in the bidding process, but they failed to mention that FCC killed someone in Polk County. The WPWMA staff should be ashamed of themselves.

BARTOW — The widow of a Lakeland man who died in February when the motorcycle he was riding was struck from behind by a garbage truck has settled her wrongful-death lawsuit against the driver and the trash hauler.

Court records show that Michelle DiMezza’s settlement, which isn’t disclosed in the court file, was approved Nov. 27 by Circuit Judge Catherine Combee.

DiMezza had sued FCC Environmental Services in Circuit Court in February, seeking in excess of $15,000 for the death of her husband, 53-year-old Michael Louis DiMezza. He had stopped his 2009 Harley-Davidson motorcycle for a red light at Socrum Loop Road and Lakeland Park Boulevard. It was about 5:30 a.m. Feb. 27, and he was northbound on Socrum Loop Road on his way to work as IT operations manager for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

In fact, your intrepid blogger has detailed several instances of FCC, major injury, death, etc. The WPWMA staff missed all of those, instead choosing to go on a rampage to manipulate the board in to believing that your intrepid blogger was the issue it appears.

The sloppy work by FCC in Polk is well documented and the Board of Commissioners (aka Supervisors in CA) went off on them.

Commissioners seem satisfied with the performance of Waste Management, which collects in the east half of the county. The frustration is aimed at FCC Environmental, which services the west side of the county, including unincorporated parts of Lakeland.

The operation with both companies is a $21.2 million expense to the county. For the service, residents pay $206 a year, which reflects a recent $10 increase.

Combee said in a phone call that he’s waiting for direction from county management over how to handle the matter since FCC is still under contract through 2024 to perform the work.

“Can we switch to the other contractor and have them do all the work?” he said. “Can we fire them? That’s what we are asking the county manager: How does that process work?”

Even more rate increases? But, I thought the WPWMA board did the fiscally conservative thing by choosing FCC???

A holiday season’s worth of trash sits in a smelly heap on the curb outside Graham Allen’s home.

It’s been 13 days and counting since a hauler has come through his Gibsonia neighborhood and emptied the bins, he told Polk County Commissioners on Tuesday.

“There’s a lot of trash and a lot of stink in the air,” said Allen, one of the roughly 147,000 residents of unincorporated Polk County who pays $206 a year for once-a-week trash pick-up.

It’s a service many residents on the west side of the county say they haven’t been regularly receiving.

Complaints against FCC Environmental about missed collections have mounted throughout much of 2021, and during the commission’s first meeting of 2022, the elected leaders took action to address the problem.

It looks like once again FCC can’t handle their s–t.

That’s a far cry from the technological innovations the company touted when the contract was secured in 2017, Commissioner George Lindsey said.

Sound familiar? Where was the technical review by the WPWMA???

Commissioners expressed shock that the company uses paper maps to keep track of its route.

Perhaps FCC gave the staff of the WPWMA paper maps of Madrid?

By a unanimous vote Tuesday, the commission directed County Attorney Randy Mink to send a letter to FCC Environmental with an ultimatum: Show improvement within 30 days or lose the job.

Would the WPWMA board do this? Would they cross swords with their staff?

In the month of July, Polk County received 1,248 complaints from residents who say their curbside trash wasn’t picked up by the county’s contracted haulers, according to data provided by the county.

That’s more than 40 complaints per day, nearly double the amount the county received in June.

Hey wait, isn’t this the 4th separate instance of FCC failing to do their job that your intrepid blogger has detailed since taking up this cause? Why the hell didn’t anyone in the back office or the WPWMA Board themselves ask any questions or even find this stuff out?

There is something key to note – FCC had part of Polk County and Waste Management the other. Note that it was FCC that was the disaster.

Something smells.

Dec 142021
 

Dear WPWMA Staff: I will not stop until the whole truth is exposed behind this WPWMA contract. If you want to make it about your intrepid blogger, it is party time.

For the benefit of the readers, the WPWMA Board was ready to go with a different provider than FCC. Late the Friday before Thanksgiving week, the staff released a report recommending the local affiliate of FCC to do services for the dump and composting. We did an expose’ on FCC. It showed PROVEN Bribery and Corruption overseas. Domestically, we saw proof of underbid contracts, severe issues at several of their facilities, toxic compost that was not completed correctly and several lawsuits related to FCC’s plants causing severe and foul odors all around the areas.

How did Staff Respond? What looks like an ego-feuled rampage where they met with the board members individually to pressure them in to moving the FCC contract forward. Some were said to have even made it about your intrepid blogger.

The Staff took the time to do due diligence on Green Waste/Zanker – that they did not do on FCC in order to assuage their bruised egos from getting torched by your intrepid blogger. That opposition research came out in the Jam-Down Board meeting where the board rubber stamped the recommendation of staff.

There is apparently a whole lot more than I have written about. 2021 is going to feature a demolition of the inside of the WPWMA. You will also recall that your intrepid blogger had to torch the staff of this district because they were preparing to give a no-bid contract extension to the Nortech people who proved they were overmatched by the requirements of this district. Then there is the small matter of the planned junkets to Spain by the WPWMA staff as well… (We have leaks all over the county, and people talk, a lot)

This bombshell hit my inbox:

It’s good to see you’ve picked up the latest on the WPWMA again.  I’ve heard the City of Roseville has a separate action they are considering this Wednesday to strike (or further)  their own deal with Recology, which I’d say is smart of them since I’d imagine that gives them a little more leverage than when they are represented by 1 seat at the WPWMA (where the County has 2) even though they comprise 40% of the revenue/customers.  It will be interesting to see where this all lands.  Thank you for your coverage of the issue.

There may be justice after all. If the City of Roseville charts their own path – the WPWMA will collapse. After the antics of the staff and the acquiescence of the board who rolled over for their demands, this may be the only answer to stop the rampage.

(WPWMA = Western Placer Waste Management Agency, FCC =  Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas, S.A. )

P.S. Please also note that George Soros owns 25% of FCC.

Dec 042021
 

Hannah Holzer is proving that she is a typical liberal hack. The truth does not matter, research is for the bourgeois.

Here is 100% of the agenda from the BS article:

How egregious was it? A chunk of Roseville was shaved off from the rest of the city in a way that made no sense apart from cynical political calculation. In another questionable change, a supervisor previously approved of a configuration of a district primarily because it contained his house.

Here is the truth that Holzer denies because it is all about Scott Alvord (a democrat) being drawn in to Sup D2. MAP A WAS THE MOST LIKE THE CURRENT LINES!

DOH!!!

Just because a lot us did not like Map A, “egregious” is a leftist whore-out term to create controversy in the wrong spot. Egregious was what Jim Holmes did to inject drama in to the entire process. No Holmes drama, no Sacramento Bee whore-out op-eds whining because there was no Democrat seat drawn in Placer County. Whenever the Bee Editorializes, imagine it is being written in Beijing. This is because this floundering enterprise has decided that going in to Pravda communist territory is the way to regain relevance.

Oh and the supervisor Holzer refused to mention by name in the above snippet? That would be Jim Holmes… whom I’d imagine this loser would want to retain in office given where he generally falls on County issues. But mentioning Holmes by name would undermine the fake controversy that the Chinese Consulate in downtown Sacramento is trying to gin up.

Further illustrating what a complete fool Mz. Holzer is, is her reliance upon Suzanne Jones for many of the quotes in the article. The “Hybrid” Map looked like one of Holzer’s UC Davis sorority party drinking games. Those that supported it did not realize that even your intrepid blogger could have written up a lawsuit and trashed it as the flaws were that obvious. But this is what ass-backwards reactionary compromise does to people.

Crazy Suzy was only pissed because Carol Garcia remains in Sup D4 and Garcia (or someone else for that matter) is going to blow her ass out of office. It would be funny to see the Bee endorse Jones who is a social conservative with an IQ roughly equal to the sidewalk. I should start posting photos of Carol Garcia on the blog to give Jones nightmares… good Lord. Who the hell knows what 2024 holds?

So, to my dearest plant-life supervisor and lazy commie “reporter” – let me show you what real research and opinion looks like. I give you Rocklin Mayor Joe Patterson:

https://goldcountrymedia.com/news/213281/supes-can-right-the-wrong-districting-decision-this-tuesday/

Supes can right the wrong districting decision this Tuesday <<< NOW TAKE NOTES, see how Polite this title is? You guys are a so-called journalists. Act like it. I am a blogger and I am not constrained by any so called veneer of objectivity. Or perhaps you should put “Sponsored by the CADEM Party with Major Funding From Chairman XI” at the bottom of your crap if you had any integrity.

Supes can right the wrong districting decision this Tuesday

Joe Patterson
Rocklin City Council

Every 10 years after the Census is completed, the Placer County Board of Supervisors is required by state law to redraw district boundaries to account for population changes and ensure every supervisor represents an equal number of residents throughout the county.

Earlier this week, on a 3-2 vote, the Board of Supervisors moved forward a proposal that does not consider the public’s testimony and weakens the voices of every resident, particularly those who live in cities.

Why is this important? Because the Board of Supervisors has a $1-billion annual budget and is primarily responsible for addressing homelessness, libraries, veteran services, mental health services, jail facilities and coordinating emergency services.

This process, called redistricting, is complicated and usually politically charged. Politicians are often motivated to draw district boundaries that protect their jobs. That is why voters created an independent commission on the state level which takes that power away from politicians. For the first time ever, the supervisors had an opportunity to create a truly independent commission where the decisions would be made by residents. Instead, they appointed an advisory committee of their choosing and ultimately dismissed their recommendation and virtually all public testimony. The approved map is very clearly against the will of the people.

One county supervisor, Jim Holmes, who represents most of Rocklin and all of Loomis, went as far as going to the Loomis Town Council to admit that he asked county staff to draw a map to ensure his job would be safe. Despite video evidence of this unethical and perhaps illegal request, he now denies it happened or was taken out of context.

After several months of hearings and receiving public input, their hand-picked advisory commission recommended a map that incorporated public testimony and would not split cities while also respecting rural areas. Emails, calls, and testimony from approximately 500 people overwhelmingly supported these goals. However, Supervisor Jim Holmes made a motion that dismissed this process and adopted the staff-created plan without changes requested by the public. His motion flew in the face of what the vast majority of his constituents asked the Board to do via official public comment: keep us together.

The map supported by Supervisor Holmes splits Rocklin into two different districts and it does so by separating the most diverse part of town, thus diluting the voice of Rocklin residents. It also rejects a desire by the town of Loomis to be matched with the rest of the Loomis Basin and distinct from the city of Rocklin.

In Placer County, 72 percent of the population lives within cities (Rocklin, Roseville, Lincoln, Loomis, Auburn and Colfax) yet four of the five supervisors live in unincorporated areas. This matters because decisions are being made on how to spend $1 billion every year and city residents have very little input on how it is spent.

Take for example, $77 million that Placer County received from the federal government intended to help assist residents and businesses impacted by the pandemic and various state-mandated lockdowns. Our supervisors allocated $28 million of those funds to install sewer infrastructure in parts of the county that are largely uninhabited. While your kids were stuck learning from a computer screen, your favorite business was closed at the peak of the pandemic or you lost your job, our supervisors decided to spend millions of dollars to get new people to move to Placer County rather than helping residents who already live here and pay taxes. This should infuriate city and rural residents alike.

Only one supervisor, Bonnie Gore (who lives in a city), supported keeping cities together while also creating some independence to drawing the lines. However, the majority of the Board chose to draw their own lines.

This year gave supervisors a unique opportunity to engage the public and help give you a bigger voice on matters that keep you safe and healthy. Unfortunately, the majority signaled a lack of concern for your input and decided they could do a better job.

Fortunately, this is not over quite yet. The Board of Supervisors can right this wrong and adopt a map that respects your wishes. They will be meeting on Tuesday and you can email the County Clerk at mwood@placer.ca.gov and ask that they throw out Map A and keep cities and rural communities together.

Joe Patterson is a Rocklin City Councilman and former mayor. His contact information is 916-297-4822 and joe.patterson@rocklin.ca.us.

Please note, I supported Map B. I am being told there is a Map Z in the works that will pull more of Rocklin proper in to Sup D3 and it is possible that the final Map will have almost all of Rocklin in Sup D3. Map B would have put all of Rocklin in Sup D3.  If Map Z gets passed, Bill Halldin will end up in Sup D3 and in my opinion would be the favorite to replace Holmes in 2024. Patterson will still be in Sup D2 under Map Z.

Holzer should be in Map CCCP.

Dec 022021
 

I have written some blogs about the Western Placer Waste Management Agency. I have heard that the staff went on a rampage and rode the five members of the board to get their way on the contract. The truth may be a little less hyperbolic, but your intrepid blogger now has the “Trash Bash” as an issue I will be tracking. I will be watching the staff of the agency, the performance of FCC and every nuance of what happens.

Every time I take up a cause, I also hear the rumors that people were invoking my name and saying “Don’t let him win”. Yawn. The fun part is knowing that I am living rent free in people’s heads and that I am vetting rumors of all sorts of unethical and maybe illegal behavior. We will see where they end up. After all, FCC has a proven record of bribery.

For those interested, I am 100% aware that the Green Waste people (whom WPWMA Staff screwed over) has three major issues in their file including the death of an employee in a freak industrial accident. Three discernable issues was all I found on them and I found 15 related to FCC in about 10 minutes of effort. Please note, my file on FCC is growing daily further adding to my theories of malfeasance by the staff of the district.

Lastly, Please note that I have worked for Bill Halldin professionally for many years. This includes helping elect him to the Rocklin City Council and as a campaign operative for his Assembly effort. I think he screwed up and made a bad choice picking FCC and acquiescing to staff, that is all. Mr. Halldin is also a friend of many years and I’d vouch for his character. My focus is on what the staff did to manipulate the outcome and their relationship with the provider they chose.

Mr. Halldin is the Chair of the WPWMA board. Supervisor Bonnie Gore is also on the board. I ran an independent expenditure trashing Jack Duran on her behalf. I am not close to Bonnie, but I have known her for 20+ years, have observed her for 20+ years in the public arena and I’d say the same thing about her character as I do about Mr. Halldin’s.

Speaking of Bonnie Gore – is she going to run for that new Roseville / Citrus Heights Assembly Seat? I hear that her other bad vote against Map A was borne out of some entanglements with some prospective donors / stakeholders for an upcoming race for legislature of some sort. My personal preference is for her to run for re-election as she should not waste herself on being a speedbump in Sacramento. It should be noted that then Bonnie Mertus became known as she was a legislative staffer for Senator Rico Oller amongst others.

Paul Joiner vs Shanti Landon – with the District Map Set, this race is going to be a WWIII Barn-Burner. It will effectively be Police/Indians vs everybody else. Landon has a slew of endorsements and strong fundraising. Joiner (another friend of many years) has the ability to write himself a check for what Shanti has raised thus far and the money bomb from those two special interests will be significant. Rocklin Councilmember Joe Patterson was drawn in to this district, but Bill Halldin is in District 2 as well. I spoke to Patterson, he is staying in Rocklin.

Speaking of Sup D3: Jim Holmes is now a 3 year lame duck. I do want to thank and applaud Mr. Holmes for “falling on his sword” at the last meeting and admitting his mistake with regard to his pubic comments about the map-drawing and his efforts to have map C created. It is rare to see someone man up like that in politics. While I still have major issues with Holmes, his actions on Tuesday deserve mention. Holmes made the motion to adopt “Map A”, which carried 3-2. Map A effectively ends Holmes’ 20 Years in office.

Suzanne “Crazy Suzy” Jones. The feedback I got about her was about her lack of awareness and her comments that belied her lack of intelligence. It is actually really sad to hear that stuff because despite the fact that I am close politically and personally with Kirk Uhler – for the good of Placer County I wanted to see her do well before I help run her out of office in 2024. She appears to be as inept and incompetent as Joe Biden. Will Suzanne file for one of the new legislative seats? She has run for office 8 times for 6 different offices and she is mid-term.

James Gallagher / Kevin Kiley – they got drawn in to the same district. I have read a lot of stuff that the citizen’s commission was having secret meetings with interest groups and I am certain that the process was corrupted. When I looked at the district they created with Kiley and Gallagher in it, I know 100% this was deliberate.

Kevin Kiley for Congress? I have been told he has been in contact with the NRCC and leadership. Kiley would be another McClintock type member of Congress in most every way. I hope Kiley takes on the Fraud Doctor Ami Bera – he’d wreck that loser. If Kiley runs for Congress, I’d be inclined to endorse him.

Gallagher? He has two terms left in the Assembly, my guess is at that point LaMalfa retires and Gallagher gets to realize his dream of being in Congress. Godspeed James.

Let’s shift to Orange County where some of the biggest losers I have ever dealt with in politics exist:

Loser #1 John Moorlach. You’d think after getting clobbered twice in the last two years that he’d go somewhere far, far away. But, he is on the minds of people (or perhaps those are the voices in his head). Is it Moorlach for OC Assessor? Is it Moorlach for Senate against Scott Baugh. (I seriously don’t think Moorlach has the balls to take on Baugh, but never underestimate ego) Or is Moorlach going to join the OC Supervisor free-for all?

Loser #2 Diane Harkey. Yes THAT Diane Harkey who I shredded earlier this year. SHE’S BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK and the whole OCGOP establishment have been pulling all the levers for her! She was early endorsed by Feckless Freddie and crew. (Fred Whitaker is the establishment patsy chair of the OCGOP) Well, it looks like there is another fly in the Harkey ointment (despite the gigantic opposition research file that is) – none other than Diane Dixon, the squishy Mayor of Newport Beach is going to join the fray.

Dixon is rumored to be quite aggressive interpersonally and Fred Whitaker found out personally. It has been rumored that the OCGOP may reconsider the endorsement of the deeply flawed Harkey (In favor of another 70-something?)

That gives us Kevin Muldoon, Diane Dixon, John Moorlach(?) and Diane Harkey. If that is how the race shapes up, I will be getting writer’s cramp as all three candidates over the age of 65 have opposition research files like Three Mile Island. (Or an FCC compost plant) Muldoon is Under 45.

It appears that several in Orange County are bristling against the concept of retirement and may need some more occupational therapy from your intrepid blogger.

I am sure there will be more. This is politics after all.