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LA Councilman Expresses Concerns about Franchise Zone Agreement

Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson has raised some concerns about the lack of minority, veteran, and women-owned business participation.

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. 

The idea of a waste hauling franchise system in Los Angeles was first discussed in 2012 as part of helping the city reach its zero waste goals.

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.

The Compton Herald has more:

“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.

Read the full story here.

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