Athens’ False Narratives

Athens is at it Again - False Narratives excerpt

In a letter to the City on March 9, 2021, Athens responded to some of the concerns that were raised by numerous Thousand Oaks residents and other companies who participated in the bidding (RFP) process. Athens’ letter is full of contradictory arguments and false statements.

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Reality

Athens argued that their low rates were “carefully and thoughtfully prepared”, even though their argument of using “competitive market forces to procure landfill services” doesn’t hold up. Their letter alleges rates at Chiquita Canyon Landfill are two times less than the Simi Valley Landfill and Recycling Center, which currently takes all of Thousand Oaks waste, however, Athens does not plan to use the Chiquita Landfill! Athens will be taking the Thousand Oaks waste to the Calabasas Landfill where rates are within pennies of the Simi Valley Landfill and Recycling Center. This cost-saving analogy does not hold up.

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Reality

First, no consortium of Ventura County cities has voiced concerns over cost controls where a collection company owns the landfill. The fact is the gate rates at the Simi Valley Landfill and Recycling Center are regulated not by Waste Management but by the County of Ventura. What’s more, Thousand Oaks had negotiated a separate agreement with the Simi Valley Landfill and Recycling Center that establishes a preferred rate for Thousand Oaks.

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Reality

Athens has already acknowledged that its rates are too low. Between the time that Athens produced the rates in their proposal response to Thousand Oak’s RFP in October 2020 and the time their contract was approved by the City in March 2021, Athens had already secured a 12% residential rate increase!