BY LIONEL EMDE, RIPTIDE CORRESPONDENT
Recology, formerly known as Norcal Waste, is negotiating to buy the assets of Coastside Scavenger, and has submitted a $100,000 check to the City of Pacifica for an "assignment fee" in connection with the transfer. According to the City Council meeting agenda for October 19: "The final acquisition (of Coastside Scavenger) is conditioned, among other things, upon the successful assignment of the existing solid waste franchise agreement between the City and Coastside to Recology."
Coastside Scavenger "has been delinquent in its payment of franchise fees, and has been notified that the company is in default," according to the city's document. Consulting firm HFH is being recommended at a cost of $55,000 "to provide the city with support in analyzing and negotiating the assignment request with Recology." The consultant's budget has been reduced considerably from the last known city request. Coastside Scavenger had bounced checks to the city and also, it was alleged in a lawsuit, to employees.
In a letter to Pacifica City Manager Steve Rhodes dated October 7, 2009, Coastside Scavenger owner Louis Picardo wrote: "Just a note to say I have no problem with the assignment of the contract to RECOLOGY. I am currently negotiating the purchase price of the Company with them." Coastside Scavenger has been the only waste collection company servicing Pacifica for more than 50 years. The fate of Coastside's employee base in this transfer is unknown. City Council met again October 26 to discuss this item, and we await reports on the outcome of the meeting.