with permission from the AOA (Apartment Owner’s Association)
(The following is an open letter sent to Athens Services and Recycle L.A.)
My family owns several Westside apartments and Athens has been our outstanding provider for many years.
Two years ago, when the City Council passed the new trash hauling arrangement, the union trade group called “LANE” agreed that small apartment owners would not have to make any special arrangements in connection with recycling or other labor-intense protocols. The big trash hauler, which would be reduced to seven, would have the facilities at their corporate areas to remove recycled items and take other appropriate actions consistent with state law.
As you’re more than well aware, the apartment owners are not able to instruct tenants to sort or separate trash because this would be considered by the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office as a form of “tenant harassment”.
As you’re also well aware, the current annual rental adjustment on rent is restricted to 3%. It’s based upon an arcane CPI formula which does not address or capture trash hauling. So, there’s no money whatsoever to encourage or promote the tenants to cooperate.
State law does not require resident managers at units of less than 16. Our maintenance and gardeners are difficult to control. So the trash hauling companies need to provide bins or other equipment at no additional cost that will promote or help the tenants fully understand their obligations. Remember, any activity on behalf of an owner will be viewed as tenant harassment.
LANE indicated that the union-driven big trash hauling groups that will ultimately get awarded the franchises (monopoly) will ultimately handle these items.
If you want to print signage and post it at my units, please do so. If you want to create flyers to help the tenants, please do so. However, we were promised at the outset that the trash hauling groups would be responsible for these activities and that our total costs would not be increased.
Again, Athens has been an exceptionally outstanding provider. They’re very professional and were very reasonably priced. They’re honest and appropriate. I know they will do things that are fair for small family-owned apartment businesses.
[AOA: As you know by now, some trash haulers have doubled what owners had been paying before our gracious Mayor and City Council members granted them and the union a citywide monopoly. Again, “monopolies cause prices to go up and service to go down”.
And would you believe that Mayors and City Council members also know this and still vote to make property owners pay the consequences.
Please support our lawsuit and help to stop these ________. (I’ll let you fill in the blank). Also, please fill in the blanks in the form link that follows below and try to really fill in the blanks for dollars contributed. Also, please send a copy of this to the Mayor and/or call his office and complain loud and clear! Mayor Eric Garcetti: email@example.com, City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street, 90012 – phone number 213-978-0600. Thank you, Dan Faller]
Michael Millman is an Attorney and a Mar Vista activist and can be reached at (310) 477-1201.