Dear Editor:The recent request for proposal for con-tracting out trash services, with little or nopublic input, has raised my concern aboutthe direction the city is taking. The city hasbeen well served with delivery of qualitytrash service and managed costs as a cityenterprise operation.Looking at options for city service de-livery is a good management practice. Ican envision situations when outsourcingof city services could make sense. How-ever, such a change requires a thoroughanalysis of all business aspects to be sureour residents are getting the invested valueand the quality services they expect.Claremont’s trash services are a com-plete business that includes trucks, trashbins, trained personnel, facilities, equip-ment, customer lists and contracts for dis-posal, billing and finance. Such a businesshas a capital value.In any outsourcing decision a determi-nation of the value of the business needs tobe made to assure our residents that thecity is not giving away the asset withoutgetting value for it. As far as I can find outthere has been no such evaluation of thevalue of the city trash services business.At best the [Reqeust for Proposals] RFPappears to be a hastily prepared documentwith some glaring inconsistencies. The in-complete nature of the staff work is obvi-ous by the absence of any written reportsavailable for the September 9, 2010 Com-munity Services Commission meeting.Oral reports are inadequate when such asignificant change is being proposed forcity services.Unfortunately the RFP seems obliviousto the invested value of the city trash busi-ness. The RFP approaches outsourcing asif we would be changing from, one out-side vendor to another with little or noconsideration of the value of the existingcity enterprise.In my opinion the incomplete back-ground analysis of the business case foroutsourcing and the poor quality of theRFP are glaring problems that necessitatedropping the current RFP and startingover.
Algird G. Leiga
Privatizing city trash service
Dear Editor:With the celebration of Labor Day stillringing in our ears, the Claremont citycouncil is considering privatizing our trashcollection services and depriving our localemployees of their jobs. Does this reallymake any sense to you? We have one of the most awesome and dependable trashcollection services anywhere.• The people of Claremont are happywith our current service.• They have helped us to be a city com-mitted to recycling a large percentage of our waste. Will a private service have thesame commitment?• They are very reliable. They alwaysshow up on time and have even made ac-commodations when we have screwedup. Will a private company be willing todo that?• We have not had to worry about labordisputes, as other cities with private com-panies have.• We have supplied these workers witha living wage, which in a place like Clare-mont is something to celebrate.This is an ill conceived idea. Please donot go down this road. We understand thattimes are tough and you have some toughdecisions to make, but please do not takeaway one of the most well-run entities inthe city.
Jack and Vera Caselles
Police Blotter or gossip?
Dear Editor:In the September 4 COURIER, I readin the Police Blotter about a crime al-legedly committed at a rock festival in LAby a 19-year old former Claremont resi-dent. Why is this being reported in theClaremont COURIER?I thought that the Police Blotter pro-vided an update of crimes that occurred inour city. Reporting allegations of crimescommitted elsewhere by former Clare-mont residents is just tabloid gossip.Further, providing irrelevant personaldetails of this young man’s life in the Po-lice Blotter was intrusive and inappropri-ate.I hope that the COURIERwill recon-sider their policy on what types of activi-ties are news-worthy in the Police Blotterand show some discretion in what is cov-ered.
Longing for the days whenwe didn’t care
Dear Editor:I abhor the thought of someone burn-ing, with forethought and malice, an arti-fact held holy by any religion. As revoltingas this image is, we must remind ourselvesthat we are fortunate to live in a nationwhere our rights (to do sometimes poorlyconceived acts) are protected by our Con-stitution.Throughout our history, the proudlegacy of being a haven for immigrantsfleeing religious persecution has co-existedwith flagrant acts of bigotry and prejudice.So, on the occasion of a Quran-burningin Florida, I would like to take this time tohonor the Americans of many religiousand ethnic persuasions who have sufferedthoughtless abuse over the decades.To mention a few throughout historymy help us put this in perspective: thosewho sat at the back of the bus, those whowent to internment camps in the U.S. dur-ing WWII, those who have had workplaceissues because of headdresses.This letter is a show of support for thoseMuslims in our community who practicetheir religion, but also for those who don’thappen to practice their religion.Many leaders of the community, patri-otic immigrants, particularly in the health-care field, are the same as they have beenlong before September 11, 2001, when no-body cared if they were of Muslim de-scent. In that sense, I hope we can get backto “not caring” what religion our ancestorspracticed.
Claremont COURIER/Saturday, September 11, 2010
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