Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Athens Services Contract Leads To Lawsuit For Bribery ... Plus: Mountain Views News "Correction" Never Issued

It's a dirty business
Mod: Due to what in my opinion were lightly veiled legal threats made by a law firm employed by Athens Services, we have blacked out the following passages. This apparently has little to do with anything we said, but rather some citations made from a site they have issues with. We will have more on this matter in a few days.

A news site called Western Journalism has an interesting article about up about Athens Services, the company that collects trash in Sierra Madre. The article speculates about Athens landfill practices, but then quickly shifts into the bribery story.

To Recycle Or Not To Recycle? Mixed Messages In California - As California looks to initiate a “no waste” policy, a look at the statistics of landfills in and around the San Bernadino area shows that many have either seriously slowed their garbage intake for burial or only increased it slightly. That is, all except the landfills operated by Athens Services, all of which seem to have exceedingly high growth in landfill use. Now some residents are worrying that, unlike the other waste disposal companies, the Athens landfills are burying items that could otherwise be recycled in accordance with state and local laws.

At the same time this is happening, some California counties are aiming at what they call a ”no waste” policy, meaning that practically all garbage will be recycled some way or another. Despite this far-fetched concept and the unlikelihood of reaching such a goal, most of the state is still slowly edging toward less and less use of landfills.

Certainly most residents don’t think about garbage after it’s tossed; but, with large tax dollars being spent on waste disposal, residents across the country should look at their service providers.


Mod: The rest of the Western Journalim article can be linked to  The bribery lawsuit is also detailed in the following San Gabriel Tribune article. It can be found in its entirety by clicking hereThis article does conflict with WJ a bit about who is getting sued, howe. This article does conflict with WJ a bit about who is getting sued, however.


Mod: One more. You can link to Yuba.Net's coverage here.


Mod: Maybe Athens Services just likes to give people things. And so you know, a similar "evergreen" contract was signed with Athens by Sierra Madre a few years back. We have no indication that anyone at City Hall was taken out to dinner afterwards, however.

Mountain Views News "Correction" Never Runs

Mod: The following e-blast went out from Preserve Sierra Madre on July 26:


Mod: For the record, the Mountain Views News did not run this correction as promised to Preserve Sierra Madre. However, all is not lost. Pasadena's free mulch program did make that edition. 

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82 comments:

  1. Doesn't Councilmember Harabdian's family run Athens Services? Also Ed Chen, our Chamber of Commerce President, is an Athens employee I believe.

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    1. Wasn't Ed Chen the President of like three Chamber of Commerces and all of those cities use Athens. I bet an investigation into that would uncover some pretty damaging conflicts of interest.

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    2. Corruption is endemic with trash collection companies. They have their fingers in every city council election hoping to elect candidates who will then do their bidding. Let's see now, the trash company benefits, the city council candidate benefits, but guess who gets screwed when you don't have competitive bidding - Mr. and Mrs. Taxpayer.

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    3. Maybe Paul Tanaka could lead the investigation.

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    4. Too late for Paul, hasn't he already been incarcerated.

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    5. Tanaka could end up in the prison where he committed all of his crimes against inmates.

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    6. Now there is justice. Think of the interesting conversations Paul will have.

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  2. Thanks. Gotta love the Montebello City Council taking 100k from Athens. Nothing to see here, move along!

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    1. Now THAT's evergreen!

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    2. There are many defininitions of green. For govt officials that one is usually the most popular.

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    3. I don't know why everyone is upset. after all, Athens Trash has found a way to make their company sustainable. ;)

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    4. Maybe Athens could fund those Platinum Pensions. No, not those Platinum Pensions, I mean CalPERS.

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  3. We are connected to Athens at the hip (and my maybe serveral other body parts)!

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    1. Yep. One of them being very highly placed in town.

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  4. Can't giving Montebello elected officials $100,000 and not ours be seen as a form of favoritism?

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    1. Sierra Madre City Council candidates are missing out on the gravy train.

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    2. Dave L. I was there, too. I counted 125 people. I saw Susan. No camera, no notebook, just her usual self. The blog meister was also present. Dave you need to learn to count or have your eyes checked. We had a great turn out for that time of day. Why must you be so negative?

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    3. I'm not negative I'm truthful I say what I saw not what I imagined or wanted to see or create a good story in the paper. It was a great turnout 60 people. This is why I don't care for your group you overreact and attack it doesn't work. You do yourself and the homeowners near the Monastery a disservice with such rhetoric.
      Ok so now I'm ready for another personal attack.

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    4. 3:43, I hope you won't be too offended if I ask this, but who exactly do you mean by "your group"?

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    5. You are negative and your truth is questionable. At 3:30P you saw 60 people or maybe you imagined that or tou wanted a negative poor story in the paper. It was a great turnout of over 100 people . You admit you don't care for "our group" and don't seem to be able to give an example of overreacting or attack, so your method doesn't work. You do yourself a disservice with this kind of rhetoric. I'm sure you have another negative attack coming down the pike. I take it back.......you need more than new glasses. Maybe an attitude reassessment is in order.

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    6. "We had a great turn out for that time of day" Preserve Sierra Madre is the group who organized the rally therefore I assume the "we" is that group and the annon's are speaking for that group.

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  5. Susan Henderson is as good as her word. That is to say, not much.

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    1. Preserve Sierra Madre sent out news coverage of their rally at the gates of Mater Dolorosa. If I recall correctly, the Star News, Sierra Madre Weekly and Sierra Madre Tattler who were all in attendance had the count at well over 100 people. Mountain Views said 40. The Mountain Views News didn't even bother to attend and yet they downplayed the number. What a joke.

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    2. Susan was there with no camera. I bet the author counted the people in one of the posted pictures.

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    3. Susan was there briefly, I was there the count was 47 people certainly not even close to 100.

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    4. So the Pasadena Star News, Sierra Madre Weekly and the Sierra Madre Tattler were all wrong, and you are right? Are you really that special?

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    5. AT least I was there and I am special yes. Perhaps you should participate in a more effective way than attacking on a blog.

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    6. I was there and for whatever reasons you are denigrating this event by saying things that are not true.

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    7. You were there and you hid at the back of the crowd when you saw Susan. I was not impressed by your demeanor

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    8. At its peak time, the rally had at least 100 people. I hope when Susan says 40, that she did not do that deliberately and it was a "typo"{ as Preserve Sierra Madre put it.

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    9. I live at the top of Sunnyside and attended the event as well as took pictures from my home of the rally in front. There were never more than 50 persons there at one time. Over the 2 hour course of the event there were about 60 persons "in and out" 70 if you include dogs.

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    10. Did you use both eyes?

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    11. Have a nice day,I'm busy having coffee watching Deer interact with the Coyote family that live in the "unused property" formerly called the field adjacent to my home of 56 years.

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    12. Dave ain't here, man.

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    13. Dave from the Rave?

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    14. Dave's not here.

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    15. There were easily 100 people there but no matter. I think the turnout was incredible given that it was during work hours and it was close to 100 degrees. Think how many people would come to a City Council meeting and have already come for that matter on prior occasions when the chambers were overflowing.

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    16. Well school was out so the kids got to rally too

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  6. I wonder why Susan would tell Preserve Sierra Madre she was going to issue a correction and then not do it? It just makes the initial mistake even worse.

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    1. Susan is conflicted personally I believe. Remember, her first article on the monastery development said houses will be built there and that is the end of it. I think she sees Preserve Sierra Madre as something standing between her and a whole lot of real estate advertising. I doubt she cares about much more than that.

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    2. Maybe Preserve Sierra Madre had it wrong, and Susan never said she was going to correct her count.

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    3. Susan didn't even bring a camera. She already knew she was going to trash it.

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    4. Disagree 8:32. Henderson will take whichever side she thinks city hall wants. Hard call just now, so she's got to move between the sides, one issue favoring preservation, the next dissing it. See, you're not successful as a con unless you're a good strategist.

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    5. We are getting caught up in the "count". Regardless of the exact number, there were alot of people present. 3 out of the 4 news outlets that were present had the count over 100. They may all be wrong but why then did Susan say she would correct it.

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    6. That was before she was paid.

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  7. Tonight is National Night Out, in Memorial Park at 6 p.m. until 8 or 9 p.m. Fish and Wildlife Game Warden Adam Smith will be there along with volunteers, Joe Baglio and Caroline Brown, from the Natural Resource Volunteer Program, Ontario. Come by for information on Living With Wildlife and the Keep Me Wild program along with information on volunteering with the NRVP offices either in Ontario or Los Alamitos.

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  8. What does one do at Family Night Out in the park?

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    1. Watch how the federal govt. throws restricted money to cities for no apparent reason?

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    2. Bet Judy Chu shows up.

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    3. What does one do at Family Night Out in the park?
      Families socialize and have a good time and not only families but all neighbors,as we often do in our parks......

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    4. And we need federal $$ to do that? Goodness, I hope not.

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    5. Night out is a National event sponsored by the local police departments. Well worth attending. Police, fire, Rescue Team, CERT, and many other organizations participate. Some fun prizes too. Come and see and especially bring the kids.

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  9. I'm not sure, but I seem to remember reading something in the Athens contract that SM did receive money for signing the contract.

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    1. $100,000 large. Spent it on the Community Services Officer program.

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  10. National Night Out is a nation-wide observance of safety preparation for the local communities. At Memorial Park there will be information and displays by Sierra Madre Volunteer Fire Dept, Police Dept., CERT (Community Emergency Reponse Team), Sierra Madre Search and Rescue, SMPD Volunteers, SM Ham Radio Operators, Cal Dept of Fish and Wildlife, etc.
    There will be food trucks, too.

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    1. It is a great event with a lot of interesting stuff going on. Folks need to go.

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    2. I thought that National Night Out was a statement against crime. ?

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    3. Let's play a game! Fill in the blank:

      I heard National Night Out was reasponsible for the reform of ____ criminals.

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    4. National Night Out is a promotion for police + community partnerships.
      Looks like it's morphed into a civic fair.

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    5. 9:03 That is Take Back The Night. Different thing.

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    6. Oh good, let's spend twice the money then?

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  11. People need to understand that Susan Henderson is a fraud, and anything she says could easily be a lie.
    Use the Tattler search engine, read, watch some videos.

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    1. Something must have happened. The Mountain Views News flipped again.

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  12. ATHENS PAID SIERRA MADRE CITY HALL $100K AS A BRIBE / GREASE THE WHEELS IN ORDER TO GET THE TRASH CONTRACT! THE RESIDENTS WERE AGAIN CHARGED & THE RESIDENTS ULTIMATELY PAID THE $100K + AN ADDITTIONAL 10% UUT TAX. CITY HALL SCREEWD ALL THE Sierra MADRE RESIDENTS AGAIN!!!!

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    1. Which is worse caps guy or the guy obsessed with caps guy?

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  13. Obviously there is an organized campaign to denigrate the demonstration at the monastery. Maybe we should have another one. This time on a Sunday.

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    1. If it was a weekend, I'm sure they could get 300 people or more. I've seen the pictures, there were different people in different places and not all the people were standing at the gates for that iconic photograph. Some were milling about nearby and others had already left which is what prompted the group picture.

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  14. If you go back in time to read court papers on the Hillside Stranger it was noted that trash company Western Waste had set up a "play room" for city council men of 5 southeast area cities that used
    Western for trash services. Bell, Maywood, South Gate Huntington Park and Cudahy. Seems Kennth Bianchi and Angelo Bono where supplying the Hookers. Trash is a dirty business!

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  15. There was no demonstration it was a rally and yes a weekend would allow more people to attend perhaps a Saturday would be more tasteful though. An "organized campaign to denigrate" Wow! a conspiracy theory?

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    1. In Sierra Madre conspiracies are a way of life. Keeps things lively.

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  16. The gathering (rally) was put together as a show of force for any and all realtors who would show up to the Monastery development wine and cheese "presentation." We still haven't heard exactly what was presented. The rally organizers did not choose Thursday afternoon, the developers did!

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  17. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Night_Out

    Since the 1980's...

    Sierra Madre has not had a Take Back The Night gathering as far as I know.

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  18. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Take_Back_the_Night

    Very different focus...

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  19. This blog post appears to be nothing more than an attempt to gain a commercial advantage over Athens by smearing its good name and distorting its exemplary record.
    The author uses distorted data purportedly obtained from CalRecycle to suggest that Athens is landfilling more municipal solid waste (“MSW”), and recycling less. He also references a non-existent, fictitious lawsuit against our company. Neither claim is true.
    Simply stated: our cities have increased diversion; our landfill operations have increased recycling while reducing cost; and, there is no lawsuit.
    As a result of the 2013 closure of the Puente Hills landfill, MSW that previously had been transported to Puente Hills is now being sent to San Bernardino Landfills. The amount of solid waste being landfilled has not increased-- the destination has changed.
    The author compounds his deception when he accuses Athens of “simply dumping recyclables instead of going to the expense of doing the recycling.” The truth is just the opposite. All of the cities cited by the author are in compliance with legislated diversion requirements and each city has a diversion rate between 60%-70%.
    Furthermore, since taking over management of the San Bernardino Landfills, Athens has increased landfill diversion (recycling) by more than 20%. The recycling rate under the County’s previous vendor was 35% and currently the recycling rate stands at 53%.
    This notable achievement is reflective of Athens’ larger commitment to investing in technological innovation that supports increased recycling. Athens has developed more MSW processing capacity in the region than any other waste services company. We own and operate two major Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) in Los Angeles County and are actively working on final permitting of a third MRF in Irwindale, CA. We provide exclusive residential and commercial waste collection and processing services to 22 communities and non-exclusive services to over 45 municipalities and unincorporated areas in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.
    Gary Clifford
    Executive Vice President
    Athens Services 

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    1. You are confusing what this blog is saying with the articles it cites. Obviously your problems are far larger than you care to admit. And as far as garbage goes, obviously noone can compete with you.

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  20. This thug was one when he was on the Glendora, California city council and is still one with a close cousin of the Mafia Waster Hauler.

    Gary Clifford
    Executive Vice President
    Athens Services

    Do not trust him or his organization if they do not get thier way they make you and offer you can't refuse.

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