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File #: 2021-062    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Special Order Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 1/27/2021 In control: City Council
On agenda: 2/16/2021 Final action:
Title: PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. 21-014 TO CONSIDER AND APPROVE A RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL WASTE MANAGEMENT SERVICES RATE ADJUSTMENT FOLLOWING NOTICED MAJORITY PROTEST HEARING AND APPROVING AN ATTENDANT SECOND AMENDMENT TO FRANCHISE AGREEMENT FOR SOLID WASTE SERVICES, AN INCREASE OF 7.95%, AND APPROVE THE SECOND AMENDMENT TO FRANCHISE AGREEMENT FOR SOLID WASTE HANDLING SERVICES (CITY COUNCIL)
Attachments: 1. Exhibit 1-Resolution No. 21-014, 2. Exhibit 2-Maximum Rate Schedule-WRT-2021, 3. Exhibit 3-Certificate of Posting-Notice of Pub. Hear.Residential, 4. Exhibit 4-Certificate of Posting-Notice of Pub. Hear.Commercial, 5. Exhibit 5-Carson Municipal Code-Residential, 6. Exhibit 6-Carson Municipal Code-Commercial
Report to Mayor and City Council
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Special Orders of the Day


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PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER RESOLUTION NO. 21-014 TO CONSIDER AND APPROVE A RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL WASTE MANAGEMENT SERVICES RATE ADJUSTMENT FOLLOWING NOTICED MAJORITY PROTEST HEARING AND APPROVING AN ATTENDANT SECOND AMENDMENT TO FRANCHISE AGREEMENT FOR SOLID WASTE SERVICES, AN INCREASE OF 7.95%, AND APPROVE THE SECOND AMENDMENT TO FRANCHISE AGREEMENT FOR SOLID WASTE HANDLING SERVICES (CITY COUNCIL)

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I. SUMMARY


The City's residential and commercial waste hauler is WASTE RESOURCES LOS ANGELES, INC., a California corporation ("WRLA"), WASTE RESOURCES, INC., a California corporation, ("WRI") and WASTE RESOURCE TECHNOLOGIES, INC., a Delaware corporation ("WRT", and collectively with WRLA and WRI the "WRT Parties"). In recent years, WRT has suffered unexpected monetary losses and financial burdens as a result of certain legal disputes with the former hauler over the City's bidding process and the transition of the franchise. As a result, WRT has submitted a rate adjustment request of 7.95% for the residential and commercial waste hauling services, which rates would take effect mid-2021. In addition to the losses and financial impacts related to the litigation, which is the basis of this rate increase request, WRT has suffered significant fiscal impacts as a result of COVID-19, as have all solid waste haulers.
WRT's rate proposal was reviewed by a City Council subcommittee consisting of Mayor Davis-Holmes and former Mayor Robles. The subcommittee negotiated and analyzed the rate proposal with WRT over the course of nearly a year, prior to the final recommendation being presented to City Council. WRT's initial request to recover their litigation- and delay-related costs was nearly twice what is recommended here and was reduced through the Subcommittee's negotiation.
Property-related fees such as refuse rates are subject to a "majority protest" pro...

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