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Should San Diego Charge Residents For Trash Pickup?

Slight typo,

I wrote:

2) Granting a “franchise” to a private tax company will be just like the cable companies

Should read:

2) Granting a “franchise” to a private trash company will be just like the cable companies

December 8, 2010 at 3:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Should San Diego Charge Residents For Trash Pickup?

There are at least two salient points to consider:

1) The trash pickup is not now nor has it ever been “FREE”. We pay for it and other city services with taxes. Taxes that the city has chosen to squander on fabulous benefits packages that we could not afford at the time they were given and cannot afford now. How long before the city wants to start charging us for the “FREE” street maintenance, “FREE” beach cleaning, “FREE” lifeguard service, ad infinitum.

2) Granting a “franchise” to a private tax company will be just like the cable companies, you have no choice of who to use for trash pickup. No competition, you are stuck with one company, one price; you do not have the freedom to choose what company picks up your garbage. I have a business in a city that has a trash franchise, I pay 1.5 times as much for commercial trash pickup with the franchised company as I would if I could use a competitor. When was the last time you marveled at how cheap your cable bill was? That is a result of a franchise.

December 8, 2010 at 9:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )