The Los Angeles City Council late last week approved a $3.5 billion waste hauling franchise system for Las Angeles with contracts going to seven haulers: Athens Services, CalMet Services, NASA Services, Republic Services, Universal Waste Systems, Ware Disposal; and Waste Management Inc.
But Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, though he supported the deal, has raised some concerns about the lack of minority, veteran, and women-owned business participation.
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“Cities across the nation are looking at us,” said Harris-Dawson. “They are looking to see if we can achieve our environmental goals, which we have done, to see if we can get the accomplishments with labor, which we have done, but they are also looking at the minority and women-owned business participation.
“We need to provide leadership on that front. We’re in Los Angeles, one of the most dynamic and diverse cities anywhere world. If we can’t get it done here, there’s no hope for anywhere else,” Harris-Dawson said.