Pipe Dreams, Three-year water and sewer rate hikes would be just a down payment

When the utility folks get up to testify at city council hearings, they are typically the last to appear, long after the homeless and Occupy Sacramento activists have left, leaving a weary mayor and city council behind to summon the attention span necessary to ponder the implications of federal clean water mandates and steel-riveted transmission lines. It’s a subject that rarely sustains the attention of either politicians or city voters. Inattention, however, has its own special costs in government, as it does in real life.

To say that the city council has exercised inadequate oversight over the city’s utility systems would be an understatement. The consequences of its neglect range from the current major snafu in garden refuse pickup to a grand jury investigation and lawsuits two years ago over the city’s illegal diversion of millions of dollars of ratepayer funds.  read more …

The City’s Garbage Contract with BLT Enterprises: Time for Full Accountability

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IX. SUMMARY

We sincerely hope that Sacramento city officials and the Sacramento County Civil Grand Jury, as well as local media, will investigate and further examine the problems and serious issues that have plagued the City of Sacramento’s administration of its waste disposal contract over the past 15 years, as identified in this Eye on Sacramento report. It is time for full accountability.  … full report