Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Oakland Garbage Strike Unveils Corruption

August 10, 2007, Oakland, CA:


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Oakland Garbage Strike Unveils Corruption!

"Chaucey Bailey was not afraid to call a Wicked person "Wicked" to the Wicked Persons Wicked Face!"
-Paul Cobb
Long Live Chauncey Bailey!!!

OAKLAND --Oakland and other parts of the East Bay area wallowed in its own filth with a month's worth of garbage piling up in the streets from the recent garbage lockout/strike. We know that garbage strikes can be nasty; it was in a garbage strike dispute that Martin Luther King was killed.

The recent lockout affected about 200,000 Waste Management of Alameda County customers in Oakland, Emeryville, San Ramon, Livermore, Albany, Hayward, Newark, Castro Valley and Oro Loma sanitary districts and some unincorporated areas but not other areas of the East Bay. WHY? Ask Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch.

Alameda County Superior Court Law and Motion Judge Frank Roesch has risen the perception of judicial misconduct to a new all time low in official graft and carpet bagging corruption of buying and selling influence and the power of the gavel in the bowels of justice to secure illicit personal gains in politics and business.

The renegade “Caca” Roesch, whom is of latino descent when it is advantageous, is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tri-City Economic Development Corporation, a local non-profit recycling company that has recently been awarded large contracts for garbage collections and recycling with the Cities of Hayward and Union City and received over $8.5 million dollars in funding supported through tax-exempt bonds that were approved by the California Pollution Control Financing Authority, chaired by state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, a Hayward resident.

Tri-City Economic Development Corporation, doing business as Tri-CED Community Recycling, a tax-exempt, nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation with no stockholders list it’s key officials as:
Frank Roesch, Board Chair
Richard Valle, President and CEO
Michael Mahoney, Secretary/Treasurer
33377 Western Avenue, Union City, California 94587

On Tuesday, December 12, 2006 at the City of Union City, City Council/Redevelopment Agency Meeting, at 7:00 P.M. in the Council Chambers at 34009 Alvarado Niles Road, Judge Frank Roesch performed the swearing in of Richard Valle. Councilmember Valle thanked his family and supporters for helping him to win re-election. Roesch also performed the swearing in of Councilmember Manny Fernandez.

On February 6, 2007, the City Council of Union City awarded Tri-City Economic Development Corporation, doing business as Tri-CED Community Recycling, a tax-exempt, nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation with no stockholders that is allegedly in the business of collecting curbside wastes in the cities of Union City and Hayward, and provides community recycling, education, job training and economic development a $5,595,937 loan through the California Pollution Control Financing Authority Bond Financing Program and assistance from The Small Business Assistance Fund. The company has recently received over $8.5 million dollars in funding.

The City Council Authority received letters in support of the Project from Assemblymembers Mary Hayashi and Alberto O. Torrico and Senator Ellen M. Corbett. Months earlier leading up to the loan, Senator Ellen Corbett held a private closed door session with the Union City Council.

Recently filed December 2006 State of California statements of political fundraising and contributions of politicians reveal contributions to the campaigns of these politicians by “Caca” Roesch and company.

Roesch and TRI-CED used what can clearly be perceived as official and political graft with corrupt influence in securing the contract with the City of Hayward. In June 2006, Michael Sweeney was elected Mayor for the City of Hayward and had been appointed by the City of Hayward to the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency in 2006.

Mayor Sweeney was first elected to Hayward’s City Council in 1982, and previously served as Mayor from 1990 to 1994. He became a member of the state legislature representing the 18th Assembly District from 1994 to 1998. From 1999 to 2003, he served as Governor Gray Davis’ Undersecretary for the California Resources Agency. He assisted the Secretary in developing policy and overseeing a $5.2 billion budget and 31 departments, conservancies, boards and commissions.

Sweeney worked as a consultant with TRI-CED were he assisted TRI-CED with the development of their e-waste program, community relations, contract negotiations, and obtaining the grant funding. The political connections are like a veritable Who’s Who in local/statewide politics with TRI-CED employing, among many others, the services of John Dutra, former Assemblymember, to give presentations.

Something smells besides the garbage in the East Bay but rest assured there will not be a strike in cockroach’s land. If an African-American judge or politician had done this they would be Under jail!

Frank “Caca” Roesch has been charged in legal proceedings with, among others, exhibiting willful corrupt misconduct, hostility, bias and prejudice, is an unmitigating liar, crook, thief, racist, bigot, has unclean hands, and is incapable of the fair and proper administration of justice and has gone to extreme lengths to establish that fact as he finds truth inconvenient, evidence oppressive, law inapplicable, and justice intolerable!. He simply utters convenient lies that do not pass the applicable test of truth.

But in Oakland, City Attorney John Russo and city officials said garbage was stacking up, Waste Management was in breach of contract, the trash created a public nuisance, and they had received more than 3,000 complaints which lead the city to ask an Alameda County Superior Court judge to issue a court order compelling the garbage hauler to pick up trash.

Oddly enough Russo himself has been subpoenaed for the City Attorney’s own role in spoliation of evidence, subornation of perjurious testimony, and unclean hands in turning over the court files to a defendant in a case for six months, not notifying the court of the brake in the chain of custody of the files, nor the critical missing documents after the return of the files by the defense counsel.

Judge Richard Keller issued that injunction after holding a contempt-of-court hearing. Waste Management faced fines of as much as $2,500 for every missed collection beyond the contracted 20 missed collections per day in Oakland.

The Pick up of Garbage was Clearly Defined by Racial and Economic Lines

A survey of homes and businesses from Albany to San Ramon found that trash is being taken away on time in well-to-do neighborhoods.

Service in poorer neighborhoods , particularly in the Oakland flatlands, Fruitvale, East Oakland and West Oakland is spottier. Garbage bins were overflowing days, even weeks after the trash was supposed to have been picked up, but no garbage trucks had been by since the lockout began.

"I call them every day and (the phone) is busy, busy, busy," store proprietor Mohammad Ali said, looking at the bin near the intersection of 34th and Helen streets. "Customers come in and tell us about it. They think it is because we didn't pay the bill. But we tell them it isn't our fault."

Elteaser Lomax, with her primary residence on Rhoda Avenue near MacArthur Boulevard in the modest Dimond district of Oakland. "The smell is terrible," Lomax said. She received a recorded message from Waste Management on Sunday saying her garbage would be picked up this week, but it wasn't.

A store clerk who would only give his last name of Krishna said he had called Waste Management several times to complain. "I don't know what they're doing or when they're doing it," he said. "I know they're not cleaning it up."

"People down here pay dues here, too," said Shaunté Childs, 19, on 98th Avenue, where trash bins weren't being picked up.

Scott Haggerty, president of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, said his office had received complaints that "lower-income areas of the county are not being paid as much attention to."

Waste Management spokeswoman Monica Devincenzi denied that the company was picking up trash in more affluent areas at the expense of poorer neighborhoods.

Service was more predictable in more affluent areas, in Oakland and elsewhere. At Montclair Village, a shopping center in the hills above Highway 13, the Montclair Egg Shop restaurant had its garbage picked up on Wednesdays and Fridays, as scheduled.

"Everything is like normal," said Mario Maita, a server at the restaurant. "No problems."

In Albany, Dave Lyons had noticed no disruption of service. He'd know, too. Not only does he regularly walk his dog Gus near Santa Fe Avenue, he's a real estate appraiser and is always eyeballing properties.

If garbage is getting picked up more often in middle-class and wealthier neighborhoods than in poorer ones, Lyons knows why.

"I'm 63 years old, and this is about money and power and clout," Lyons said. "Look around at this neighborhood. There's Wall Street Journals on the doorsteps here. I'm just guessing that if the people in charge of picking up the garbage are going to decide where not to pick it up, it's going to be in the neighborhoods where people don't vote, they don't complain and they don't have clout."

Residents served by Waste Management on tree-lined Tahiti Drive and Bahama Court near the Crow Canyon Country Club in San Ramon aren't complaining either. The trash is scheduled to be picked up today, and no one's expecting any delays.

"Last week, they picked up mine," said resident Dennis Dutra. "As far as I know, it's business as usual."

Cindy Simons, a Castro Valley woman filed a class-action lawsuit against Waste Management claiming they breached its contact as well as broke state business codes when they continued to take payments from residents when it was not providing trash collection service. The suit seeks reimbursement for money already paid Waste Management as well as damages.

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