City of Chula Vista officials plan on Tuesday to publicly report additional details about the settlement reached last month between the city and Republican utilities following a month-long strike.
City Attorney Glen Googins is expected to provide more information at the city council meeting, including whether the waste hauler reimbursed the city for costs it incurred during the work stoppage and a breakdown customer credits that the company has applied.
The two sides reached an agreement on June 13, and City Manager Maria Kachadoorian made a brief announcement about the settlement a day later at a council meeting.
The strike began in mid-December when more than 250 unionized sanitation workers walked off the job to protest stalled contract negotiations. Thousands of customers in Bonita, Chula Vista and several parts of San Diego County have been affected. Chula Vista spent approximately $107,000 on equipment and for its own staff and third parties to pick up trash due to the work stoppage.
Customers only receive a 46% discount, according to the deal. This means, for example, that if a customer’s monthly bill is $30, they would have received a credit of $13.80.
Republic Services, which serves about 52,000 single-family households and 2,000 multi-family and commercial customers in Chula Vista, provided $1.03 million in credits to South County city customers, according to a memo from Republic Services sent July 12 in the city. Of that amount, he said, $806,000 went to residential customers, $227,000 to commercial and $1,600 to industrial.
As mandated by the agreement, Republic Services had a July 13 deadline to provide the city with a credit breakdown. The waste hauler also had to pay the city $16,600 for direct third-party costs by the end of June. Neither city officials nor Republic Services responded to requests for comment regarding the status of the payment.
Additionally, Republic Services is also required to provide the city with no less than $90,000 in services, such as garbage collection from various types of city properties, projects or events, and studies to determine how to reduce garbage in municipal properties.
Tuesday’s aging report comes after a Chula Vista resident hired an attorney to send the city a letter alleging the city violated disclosure laws by not properly “reporting” the settlement between Chula Vista and Republic Services.
In a previous statement, Googins said of the letter that his office “believes the city acted in full compliance with Brown’s law in the manner in which the city ‘reported’ on the closed session regarding the settlement. of the city with the Republic”.