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Alameda County Has Their Hand on Your Wallet

Original post made by mooseturd on Feb 9, 2014

Alameda County Waste Management Authority proposes to collect a tax (called a fee) of $9.55 per year per residential unit. You probably have the notice of this if you didn't throw it out with the junk. Send the card back telling them to stop this nonsense.

I agree we need a collection program for hazardous waste. It shouldn't be paid for via a property tax. A fee at the point of sale works just fine for car batteries, tires, soft drinks and computers. It would work for paint, solvents and pesticides too.

Comments (27)

Posted by Stop Insanity !, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 9, 2014 at 2:36 pm

Yes, stop this nonsense. Opt-out, and SEND BACK YOUR opt-out card. There is more to it than appears in these 2 paragraphs. Scroll down just a few posts to
" Thousands in fees taken from unsuspecting citizens, yes YOU !! ".
You have probably, wrongly, tossed as junk mail. but you can still stop this insanity.

Posted by local, a resident of Birdland
on Feb 9, 2014 at 6:13 pm

You cannot opt-out of this. The opt-out fee is for the stop waste divisions Benchmark Service, not the hazardous waste surcharge. What I do not understand is how the agency can increase our property tax without a vote. They have a process to protest the increase but a majority of the taxpayers in Alameda County would have to turn in the protest card to stop the tax.

The ones we should complain to directly are Cheryl Cook-Kallio and Jerry Penton. They both voted on the resolution to add this tax without a vote of the people. Here is the resolution they voted on: Web Link

Posted by Mike Hosterman, a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Feb 10, 2014 at 8:54 am

This is a tax plain and simple. The convoluted way that this "fee" will be implemented is a violation of our right to vote on any property tax assessment.

Posted by Trash Nazis, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 10, 2014 at 9:33 am

Alameda County Waste Management Authority appears to be another government entity that is not elected and become Gestapo-like in their operations. They are also starting to go through people's trash to make sure you are complying with "putting your trash in the proper receptacles". Who the h*ll give this group of unelected bureaucrats the authority to become Trash-Nazis and go through people's trash. Also, are the people actually going through your trash being vetted in any way, or is it like the unvetted ObamaCare "facilitators", which include known felons, being given access to your highly confidential information? If you weren't shredding your paper before, you better start now.

Posted by Lieutenant Mandrake, a resident of Apperson Ridge
on Feb 10, 2014 at 9:42 am

Trash Nazis is right, this is exactly what the Gestapo did in 1938: assess homeowners a fee for separating hazardous waste from trash receptacles. What next? Will the Alameda County Waste Management Authority invade Poland? Or worse, will they place our trash in some sort of crematorium?!!?

Posted by worried senior, a resident of Happy Valley
on Feb 10, 2014 at 10:20 am

First this....just wait until the school district starts their public relations push for another parcel tax to cover all of the new kids coming into the thousands of new units now starting to be built in town.

Posted by Stop Insanity !, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 10, 2014 at 11:15 am

This 'service' is a 'service' like the friggin '800 phone service'. There ought to be a LAW that DISallows the use of the word service, unless it's a service I want or requested. What are the separate CANS for ???? With a detailed list, (are the windows on envelopes received..paper??) shouldn't our can separation be sufficient. Is this for the NOT so handy hazardous site somewhere beyond Livermore ???????? Why can't we just have a dumpster in city hall parking lot. Then picked up or transported once a month. OR at QUARTERLY drop-offs at Busch DUMP????????????
Why is this all so secretive...and slam dunk. There should only be 'affirmative' voting allowed on such matters!!!!!.... 'Not, oh you didn't alter your life and spend 4 hours driving to Oakland to protest our bullishness, so your opinion doesn't matter or that's a yes if you don't say no"" kind of non-vote'.
This COULD wait until the next "ELECTION DAY" and be accepted 'voting' practices.

Posted by Fletch, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 10, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Why can't they just make a very nominal charge (like $1 per gallon of paint) at the hazardous waste drop off? I would think that folks who are actually going to the effort to do the drop off wouldn't mind. If they want to add more "taxes", then we should get a "service" out of it like having the option calling in for a curbside pickup 4x/year instead of having to go to the drop off!

Posted by 1%er, a resident of Downtown
on Feb 10, 2014 at 12:31 pm

This yet but another full fledged onslaught against wealthy people who live in Pleasanton. First they went after the race traditionalists. Then they went after Christian white males. Then they went after homophobes. Whose next?

Posted by Stop Insanity !, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 10, 2014 at 2:05 pm

1%er, you're so cute and clever. What a jerk. Some of us don't have hazardous items. Many single seniors don't have hazardous projects/products.
Of course we would need a much more 'complete' list, than we were given for trash vs recycle, vs green separation. Many single seniors don't have hazardous projects/products, thus not 'needing' such a 'service'.

Posted by tim, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Feb 10, 2014 at 3:16 pm

Public meeting regarding this illegal property tax on: March 26th 3pm 1537 Webster St Oakland.

Posted by Did NOT see any card to opt out, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 10, 2014 at 3:54 pm

Can I still let them know I do NOT want or need yet another bureaucracy?
Q. How?
They call the tax a "fee", but it sounds like a Ripoff.
Is the is the same as the group called "StopWaste" that proposes to hand out grants to their buddies, for up to $65,000? For more that, the study might have to be justified.

I can tell you the conclusion of each of the "studies", now:
This requires further "studies!"

Posted by Michael Austin, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 10, 2014 at 4:04 pm

I agree with worried senior, I take it one step further. Every developer building these units should have to pay up, 5K per unit to be used towards PUSD needs over ten to twenty years to make it unnecessary for PUSD to propose another property tax increase on the ballot.

Also, developers should be required to pay up for the waste costs new residents bring with them, be it hazardous waste or just garbage. On the other hand, if waste management cannot absorb these ongoing cost with their profits, then they should get out of the business.

Posted by Henry Searle, a resident of Ruby Hill
on Feb 10, 2014 at 4:44 pm

If someone can't afford to fork over a measley 10 bucks, they probably shouldn't be living in Pleasanton. One perhaps might consider taking themselves and their peasant values and concerns somewhere else.

Posted by Stop Insanity !, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 10, 2014 at 6:38 pm

It wouldn't matter if it was $4.00 'starting out'. It's the camel's head inside the tent. These nave and 'do-gooders' starting out get their project and in three years it will be a another new bureaucracy, with paid employees, then we find out in 10 years it included 'retirements' too. We've just been screwed way too many times, by the little projects and really stupid, gullible, nave do-gooders that allowed them to get started in the first place. Just no more added to the long list. These project grow like a tumor.There are other ways to accomplish the same goals.
First, it needs to be much more transparent. I know Obama has redefined 'transparent', but it is still desperately needed in all public projects. Paint us a much better picture!!

Posted by Michael Austin, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 10, 2014 at 7:04 pm

Henry Searle, this is the same means by which the BAAQMD got its start. How
familiar are you with this bureaucracy? The last election ballot there was the food labeling proposal, as worded it would have become a bureaucracy far greater then BAAQMD and more private citizen invasive then the NSA.
The pay 10.00 fee or get out of town you mention is not the issue. many of us in Pleasanton give 100 times the 10.00 to local charities in Pleasanton and charities in Alameda County. When any Government agency asks for more money, it must go on the ballot. Too describe it as a fee is feeding into your ignorance, which is what they are counting on.

Posted by Henry Searle, a resident of Ruby Hill
on Feb 10, 2014 at 7:42 pm

You guys are too funny. I like food labeling, and don't think BAAQMD is intrusive at all. Of course, I have the money, perhaps unlike so many of the Chicken Little posters who peevishly cry about air pollution standards and waste regulations as intrusions upon their narrow little lives. Peasants, living in a wealthy area, with a peasant like penny pinching mentality. I don't believe your claims about giving to charity. I doubt you given anything at all.

Posted by Stop Insanity !, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 10, 2014 at 10:45 pm

These garbage snoopers did 'notification' this way, to sneak in under the radar. It is implemented because IT WON'T BE STOPPED. Public NON voting slips it right in!! It's the NOs who have to find the non-descript card, and mail it in to protest!!! Misplaced the card, or it slid under the newspapers....RIGHTO !1 that is EXACTLY what they wanted and expected !!!!
It's DONE !!! JUST LIKE THEY PLANNED. 'FIXED' so if they don't hear back, it becomes a YES vote thru NON action. Brilliant!!! screw the sheeple!!

Posted by Sallly, a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 11, 2014 at 9:06 am

This is our local politicans learning what we all see being forced down our throats from Washington D.C.! Chicago style politics! Win at any cost because they know better! Just like Foie Gras (Duck Liver Pate) we now have Foie Garbage tactics.
This should be a starting point to demand that ANY type of law like this has a (1) year period to begin and that the voters (the ones being force feed) get a right to regurgitate it back at the elected politicans (soon to be unelected)!
Call their offices, Fax/email a protest. Tell (5) friends to tell (5) friends!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!111

Posted by mooseturd, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Feb 11, 2014 at 9:36 am

mooseturd is a registered user.

I started this post. I hereby throw Henry Searle under the bus. No more posts for you Henry. You keep changing the subject.

Posted by Illegal Tax, a resident of Birdland
on Feb 11, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Since this "Fee" is unrelated to our trash collection service, it is clearly a tax. As such, it is legally required to be submitted to the voters for approval. However, with Jerry Brown as governor and whoever as Attorney General (both leftist Democrats, by the way), the rule of law is suspended. They are free to follow or not any law, especially if the law has been enacted by the voters. Where in the California State Constitution are they given those powers?

Posted by SF, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 11, 2014 at 5:51 pm

THe article needs to address the entire Recology vs Waste Management controversy and the Altamont Landfill issue with SF wanting to ship their trash not to Altamont but to the Central Valley Web Link

Posted by Stop Insanity !, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 13, 2014 at 10:45 am

please better explain the process/procedure/purpose of these police/snoopers.

Posted by Henry Searle, a resident of Ruby Hill
on Feb 13, 2014 at 12:11 pm

I doubt that Ruby Hill has any of these Chicken Littles who are wrought with conspiratorial fantasies about Nazi trash collectors coming to take away the stank that surrounds them. Most of us want more regulated outcomes when it comes to trash. But there are some who clearly don't. Glad they're not my neighbors.

Posted by Arnold, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 14, 2014 at 1:36 pm

Posted by Mike Hosterman (says):

"This is a tax plain and simple. The convoluted way that this "fee" will be implemented is a violation of our right to vote on any property tax assessment."

While I agree with you, where was the concern from yourelf and Mayor Jennifer Hosterman over the rapidly rising pension cots? She didn't seem to care and you were silent. Whether or not the increased pension costs show up on the property tax bill or not doesn't mean they aren't costing taxpayers a small fortune; much more than this waste fee. In your opinion, what makes the waste fee issue more important than unfunded pension liabilities?

Posted by Marcus, a resident of another community
on Feb 26, 2014 at 8:29 pm

Please. Just send your opposition ballot and encourage all your property owner friends and neighbor neighbors to send in their opposition ballots.

Posted by Marcus, a resident of another community
on Feb 26, 2014 at 8:41 pm

Sorry. I hit the wrong key before finishing.
ACWMA is attempting to rig the voting process but it wont work. They have structured the voting process to compare the opposition votes against everyone who neglected to vote. (See ACWMA Notice Ordinance 2014-01 Sec. (h).) Our law requires that the opposition ballot tabulation be compared to actual ballots in favor of the fee increase. (See Cal Const XIII 4(e) and Government Code73753 (4).)
This HHW initiative has many legal problems but the easiest way to kill this ACWMA overreach is just vote against it and then we will shoot down the bogus result in court.

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