Monday, August 10, 2015

Trash Wars

Lawyer Brandt
A few days back I posted an article called "Athens Services Contract Leads To Lawsuit For Bribery." The purpose of the article was to highlight a story about a bribery lawsuit somehow involving the City of Montebello and Athens Services. Athens being the company that picks up the garbage in Sierra Madre.

However, there was an interesting (to me, anyway) subtext involving landfill practices, recycling and which trash companies do that as it should be done, and those who don't. The source for a portion of that information was a news site called "Western Journalism."

For whatever the reason, it was this subtext, and not the lawsuit itself, that prompted the following letter to this blog from Brendan W. Brandt of the law firm VARNER & BRANDT LLP. They are straight out of Riverside, I might add. A fortunate place known to its many enthusiasts as the City of Arts & Innovation (link).

This letter contests certain things said in the Western Journalism article I cited for my post. I am reprinting Brendan's letter here mostly because it offers interesting, and perhaps even alarming, insight into the wild and woolly world of warring trash companies. It also gives Brendan an opportunity to give his client's side of the story.

We're all about fairness here.


I am pleased to report that Lawyer Brandt is a former City of Upland City Council member. The reason this is important to me is Upland has one of the few Dunkin' Donuts franchises on the west coast. This deserves mention because we here at the Maundry Compound are east coast refugees who occasionally like to enjoy a cup of coffee served "regular." You can get that now in Upland.

As a young working fellow driving a delivery truck in New York City years back I often enjoyed the sweet and sugary products of Dunkin' Donuts. That takes me back. Especially their Boston Kreme donuts.

So anyway, I am not one to vouch for the authenticity of all the comments left on this blog. The vast majority are, in my opinion at least, aboveboard and written with the best of intentions.

But we do allow for anonymous commenting, mostly because I'd rather hear someone's opinions on something than do identity checks all day. Plus it does make for far livelier conversations. After all, we are here to entertain.

So I am not completely certain about the authenticity of what is written below, but what the heck. I'm sure I'll get a letter if I'm wrong.


Then there was this rather discordant entry:


I don't know quite what to make of all this except that trash companies do not seem to play well with one another. And they don't spell "thier" correctly. Not that spelling is what you need most from the garbageman.

But it does beg this question. When purported mafia trash companies dump bodies in landfills, is that considered proper recycling?

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50 comments:

  1. The only thing "dangerous" that this law firm should be concerned about is the amped up rhetoric.

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    1. Pick up the gobbidge and shaddap.

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  2. That lawyer letter is a joke. If it is legit, it shows that Athens is now concerned about their image. It is well known that some trash companies engage in nefarious activities to try to secure accounts and its been reported in various news sources about that corruption. When the Tattler starts receiving letters like that, you know its on the map - maybe on par with the influence of a publication like the Los Angeles..

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    1. A lot of trash removal people think that nobody loves them. Now one of those companies is reaching out.

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  3. All of a sudden I'm afraid to post a comment about this subject. Looks like a nice day today, not too hot with a little humility. Love that air conditioner.

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    1. How 'bout those Clippers?

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    2. I am sorry, but how is any of this going to help me leap my profit?

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    3. Did you know GemCoins are backed by amber mine?

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    4. I have amber with bugs.

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    5. Valuable! DNA in them there critters.

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    6. Steve Chen and Mayor Wuo are planning to use amber bugs to create the world's first Jurassic Antfarm. This will be covered in depth on Arcadia's Finest.

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  4. Can't these two fine trash companies get together for a donut and work things out?

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  5. J.C. I would be looking into the witness protection program. Check with SMPD they will refer you to the Detectives bureau.

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    1. When you visit the SMPD, always bring some potato salad.

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    2. Be prepared to fill out any insurance claim forms yourself. When we were robbed a while back they never got around to doing that. We ended up having to fill it out ourselves, and then going down to that place 3 times before one of them would sign it.

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  6. Not to let too many cats out of the bag, Athens Services has a dirty political hit squad who attack any and all opponents running against their favorite person they want appointed or elected to a position on any city they have or want to start a trash hauling contract with. Of course you have seen the long arm of their lawyers and legal teams.

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    1. Explains former Mayor Harabedian. That he is in bed with both the trash guys and the cop union is probably no coincidence.

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    2. and he is also an atty with Latham & Watkins and his specialty is white collar crime.

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    3. Happy days in the shyster game..
      Latham & Watkins leaving downtown for new $30 million location
      http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2012/nov/07/obsolete-del-mar-office-replacement-coming-downtow/

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  7. Looks like garbage removal is a dirty business.

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  8. The methodology from which Athens Services operates from can be found in the Old Country from which those original members of the family who started Athens Services trash service, actually this is the second trash company which they started the first one was involved in ugly legal case being decided against them so they changed the name and kept doing business as usual. Here we have it again coming full circle.

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  9. For more information concerning Athens Services please try this web site: http://www.stopathens.org/summary.pdf

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  10. I forgot this site but here it is: http://www.stopathens.org

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  11. Hey Mod,
    You may need to designate a second wall for those lawyer letters to the Tattler.

    Keep it up, they wouldn't be going after U.S. if there wasn't some truth to the link. Hmm.

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    1. I could fill a book with them. I'd call it "Love Letters from the Legal Profession." Not that I'm being proud or anything. I'm assuming I get so many because the pettifoggers are paid a lot to write them.

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  12. Riverside does have a pretty cool arts thing happening. Check it out. I had no idea.

    http://riversideartsmarket.com

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  13. Off topic, but Susan Henderson did not issue her monastery protest attendance correction in this week's edition, either. I guess she is not a person who keeps her word. Either that or she is taking their money.

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    1. Therre's no explaining Henderson's motives. Could be anything.

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    2. I think she still think that she has a law school degree and is a lawyer

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    3. Or possibly she did her homework and realized her attendance figures were correct.

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    4. Everyone is wrong except Susan.

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    5. I'll leave that one alone..............See ya at the special neighbors meeting.

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    6. If Susan is so sure she is right, why won't she put it in print?

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    7. "If Susan is so sure she is right, why won't she put it in print?" I'm not a mind reader why don't you ask her?
      It's a non issue,nobody cares Is my take on it.

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    8. Umm, no. Susan has been caught in yet another lie and wants nobody to notice.

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    9. 4:00 is either new to town or uninformed.

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    10. Or Susan. She likes to sock puppet here from time to time.

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    11. I'm sure the 18 readers of the paper won't mind simple errors like fact checks

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    12. When I use the Mountain Views News for birdcage lining my budgies become constipated.

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  14. More off topic Mod. What is going on with this toxic water spill in Colorado? Sound as if it will eventually (soon) end up in our yellow water supply. not good

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  15. Some council members do not want to hear the truth, especially our past mayor. Enough said I assure you.

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  16. Once again those who are too close to Athens Services want to get off topic shame on you. You took the money now pay the price for your crimes!

    Grammar lady and miss spelling bee are watching you.

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  17. The San Gabriel Tribune over sees (controls) free posting site called topix.com - but if you run afoul of any of their friends you might be posting about such as Athens Services they they will block access to that topic or not allow you to post anymore?

    http://www.topix.com/forum/city/glendora-ca

    Just like a bunch of tyrants.

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  18. It's a sure bet that this information and or links will not be shut down rather it's free and open to all who view and click on these links.


    http://waydowninthehole.com/category/city/


    http://waydowninthehole.com/2015/05/30/athens-services-phony-rate-increase-ask-ye-shall-receive/


    http://waydowninthehole.com/2015/03/24/shameless-rate-increases-chapter-two-a-tale-of-two-cities-glendora-san-gabriel/

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  19. Can anyone really handle the unvarnished truth about Athens Services?

    http://waydowninthehole.com/2015/03/11/edixon...

    http://waydowninthehole.com/category/company/

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  20. I put my trash containers out Tuesday evening most things are separated properly. The trash man comes,sometimes we wave at each other. I get a bill of $46 every 2 months life is good.

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  21. This is another happy (dull whited) customer. I put my trash containers out Tuesday evening most things are separated properly. The trash man comes,sometimes we wave at each other. I get a bill of $46 every 2 months life is good.

    Of course the previous poster is a paid stooge for Athens Services..

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    1. I'm not 5:20, but I could say the same thing. Different night, but the rest is pretty much the same - and I am not a stooge for Athens.

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  22. This is another happy (dull whited) customer. I put my trash containers out Tuesday evening most things are separated properly. The trash man comes,sometimes we wave at each other. I get a bill of $46 every 2 months life is good.

    Of course the previous poster is a paid stooge for Athens Services. But I am a johnny be good for Athens Services. Take time and grow up.

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  23. Being that johnny-be-good for Athens Services has taken on the fight to support them in any and all ways to keep the dishonest activities alive and well. It's always enjoyable to see a horn tooter join the blogging world.

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