Candidate Mitch Green provided the following write-up regarding the proposed Waste Management Landfill Expansion:
Aug 18, 2010
I attended the Simi Valley / Moorpark Democratic Club meeting tonight, hosted by Richard Carter, the newly elected Ventura County Democratic Central Committee Chair. The topic tonight was the Waste Management landfill expansion plans. As many know, I am against the current expansion plans and I have publically stated so.
The speaker at the meeting was Lou Pandolfi of the Simi Valley Landfill Expansion Task Force. Also present was Simi Valley Council Member Barbra Williamson who has worked with Lou on the Task Force for the last two years.
As it now stands, the landfill easily handle’s Ventura County’s daily waste requirements of 2100 tons on a permit of 3000 daily tons. Waste Management fills the remaining 900 daily tons with trash from Los Angeles County. Waste Management is asking to up its daily tonnage to 6000 daily tons so it can take in 3900 daily tons from Los Angeles County over and above Ventura County’s more constant 2100 daily tons.
The up side to the City of Simi Valley to the dump expansion plans is what? Maybe 8 more jobs and another tractor? Some benefit to the City. Yet the downside to the City of Simi Valley includes dramatically increased dump truck traffic and the inherent noxious fumes that go along with a mega dump.
And as I hear it, while the City takes the downside impact of the dump, the County reaps all the money. And only the County, not the City, gets to take a vote on it. So where are our Council members when we need them to take a stand and lobby on our behalf with the County?
When it comes to the dump expansion plans I hear Council Member Barbra Williamson loud and clear. She’s against the dump expansion plans and that makes her for Simi Valley quality of life. But what of the other Council members? Why so quiet? Why not come out and take a stand, one way or the other?
Me, I’m against the dump expansion plans. And when elected, I promise to do my lobby on behalf of the City at the County level to let the County officials know what you think about the dump. I hear you loud and clear. You too are against the dump expansion.
I’m Mitch Green. I’m a Democrat, I’m running for Simi Valley City Council, and I’m against the current dump expansion plans.