The Trash Contract That Led to Chula Vista’s Trash Strike — Voice of San Diego


Republic Companies employees listen to a Chula Vista Metropolis Council meeting on Jan. 11, 2022, concerning contract negotiations with Republic Companies. / Picture by Adriana Heldiz

Weeks after trash employees began their strike, Chula Vista leaders are prepared to declare a state of emergency in hopes it’s going to help end the standoff.

However the metropolis has loads a lot much less leverage over the dispute than it could in another case, due to a contract it signed with Republic Companies, the private agency it employed to take care of trash assortment, once more in 2014. 

It’s that agency whose wage negotiations with larger than 250 employees represented by Teamster’s Native 542 stalled, essential to the strike. Chula Vista’s emergency declaration is its attempt to obtain leverage and push the company to a deal.

That play isn’t worth what it might probably be, though, in consequence of the city’s contract with Republic Companies stipulates that the company isn’t at fault for any “uncontrollable circumstance,” and the contract included a strike as one of these circumstances exterior the company’s administration.

“I don’t assume that ought to be in anyone’s franchise settlement to be frank and I definitely hope within the coming years that it received’t be there,” acknowledged Chula Vista Councilman Steve Padilla at a public meeting this week.  

Jesse Marx outlines the dispute in a model new story, spelling out the weak place the city finds itself in and the best way far apart the union and the company are on a model new collective bargaining settlement.

Click here to read the full story on the trash strike.

County Scales Again Isolation Timeline for Homeless COVID Circumstances

The county has dialed back required isolation times for people staying in county-provided lodge rooms throughout the wake of a spike in COVID circumstances that has elevated demand for them.

Packed homeless shelters have been notably reliant on lodging the place people with out a protected place to isolate can keep for what had been a extremely useful 10-day interval.

However as our Lisa Halverstadt critiques, county officers this week revealed they’ve diminished the required isolation to 5 days for people staying of their lodging who’re asymptomatic and try hostile for COVID following new federal guidance.

That contradicts Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention guidance for people who would return to shelters — providers that throughout the metropolis of San Diego reported larger than 120 circumstances over the previous three weeks.

The county defended that swap, noting that the likelihood of COVID transmission is “considerably diminished after 5 days” and that it wished to prioritize serving people who’ve been acknowledged to be optimistic for COVID.

Two essential metropolis shelter suppliers acknowledged they plan to maintain a 10-day isolation interval for his or her residents as a precaution, even when which means using their very personal sources to maintain shelter residents who check out optimistic isolated. Utilizing their very personal sources has not too way back translated into party tents outfitted with cots and heaters.

The county’s switch comes after two consecutive weeks with about 50 positive cases in metropolis shelters. As of Thursday afternoon, testing this week up to now had uncovered 22 circumstances at Father Joe’s Golden Corridor shelter and two at Alpha Mission’s 17th and Imperial Avenue shelter. The metropolis and suppliers are awaiting additional check out outcomes.

Click here to read more from Halverstadt.

San Diego Unified Addresses Staffing Scarcity

In an email despatched to mom and father late Thursday, San Diego Unified officers acknowledged it’s “very seemingly” that over the next few weeks faculty college students will most likely be supervised by centralized personnel, work in a analysis hall environment or have academic time modified by “self-paced actions” due to employees shortages following the newest surge in coronavirus circumstances. 

“These are non permanent measures required by the pandemic, and using these methods will permit us to hold school rooms open,” officers wrote. “If, after exhausting all on the market selections, a principal – working collectively along with his/her district assist employees – determines it’s unsafe to proceed with in-person instruction due to excessive staffing shortages, she/he might ask a COVID Affect Day (associated to a heat day) to be declared at their faculty.

“The State of California doesn’t require faculties to shut as soon as a selected COVID-19 case charge has occurred on campus, and nobody ought to anticipate any district determination to return all college students throughout the town to on-line studying. Moderately, San Diego Unified well being leaders will seek the advice of with their County colleagues so as to set up an acceptable threshold of positivity charges above which they don’t advise the continued operation of a selected college facility.”

In accordance to San Diego Unified’s COVID-19 Dashboard, 648 employees and 142 faculty college students had vigorous circumstances last week — a 37 % enhance over the sooner week.

Mysterious Sewage Spill Baffles Officers

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Water passes from Tijuana to the Worldwide Wastewater Therapy Plant by means of a grated drain that helps catch trash. / Picture by Adriana Heldiz

Federal officers are investigating why tens of hundreds of thousands of gallons of sewage-laden water isn’t making its technique from Tijuana to the worldwide wastewater treatment plant throughout the U.S. As a substitute, that untreated wastewater is flowing into San Diego by means of a border drain, which signifies there’s perhaps a broken pipe or a clog someplace in Tijuana. 

The runaway motion began Jan. 7 spherical 1:30 p.m. when practically a million gallons of sewage escaped from Tijuana by means of Stewart’s Drain, which sits merely east of the Worldwide Wastewater Therapy plant operated by the Worldwide Boundary Water Fee. 

The plant can take care of up to 25 million gallons of wastewater per day, and sometimes does. However spherical that exact same time, the plant started receiving merely over half the wastewater it normally ought to from Tijuana — about 12 to 13 million gallons, Lori Kuczmanski, a spokeswoman for the price, acknowledged Thursday. That principally means wastewater is escaping the sewage system someplace up the pipeline in Tijuana and discovering its technique into the Tijuana River on the San Diego side elsewhere by gravity. 

“It was a bit of alarming,” Kuczmanski acknowledged. “We don’t know proper now if there’s a break within the system or a damaged pump. We’re exploring the whole lot.” 

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Metropolis Makes Extra Trip Rental Lottery Plans

The metropolis has settled on a proposed lottery system for journey rental features important to long-wanted regulations it hopes to implement in July to limit the amount of leases and crack down on downside properties.

After listening to an preliminary lottery methodology launched once more in October, Metropolis Council members directed Mayor Todd Gloria’s employees to come up with a way to legally prioritize so-called good actors. The Metropolis Council requested a plan inside a month. That month received right here and went.

In a Jan. 7 memo obtained by Voice of San Diego, Metropolis Treasurer Elizabeth Correia wrote that the city plans to institute a weighted stage system based on components along with whether or not or not present rental operators pay required lodge taxes and haven’t any newest verifiable code violations to give good actors a leg up on getting one of a limited number of licenses for leases working larger than 20 days a yr.

There’s on the very least one more hurdle to cross sooner than the legal guidelines are enacted, though. The state Coastal Fee ought to give its stamp of approval and the city has beforehand acknowledged {{that a}} delayed Coastal Fee overview would possibly maintain it from enacting the model new pointers on time.

A Coastal Fee spokeswoman suggested VOSD this week that the corporate is for now planning to try to overview the city’s regulatory proposal in March or April. That would possibly give the city time to make any tweaks the price might recommend ahead of the supposed July implementation date.

Picture of the Week

Gov. Gavin Newsom helps clear up a homeless encampment shut to Interstate 5 in downtown San Diego on Jan. 12, 2022. / Picture by Adriana Heldiz

From Adriana Heldiz: Anybody who drives on our metropolis’s streets or freeways has seen the rise of homeless encampments throughout the last couple of months. There’s little doubt our space goes by a catastrophe, and officers are carving out plans to help get people off the streets — one factor we heard from Mayor Todd Gloria in his State of the City address and thru a modern go to by Gov. Gavin Newsom. 

As confirmed above, Newsom on Wednesday helped Caltrans employees clear up a homeless encampment shut to Interstate 5. The house was crowded with metropolis officers and reporters.

Once I obtained there, I immediately began snapping images of Newsom deciding on up trash. I try to get {a photograph} from every angle: some up extreme and some down low. One of Newsom’s employees members who seen me step over trash checked out me with a smile and acknowledged, “Ah, the life of a nonetheless photographer!”

Atone for our safety of metropolis and state plans to curb homelessness here.

In Different Information

  • Privateness advocates weighed-in with KPBS in town of Chula Vista’s police surveillance contract with Motorola Options, which our Jesse Marx reported back in September permits the company to faucet a spread of data from digital digicam feeds, drones and license plate readers. On the time the council inked the contract, there was no council dialogue and no person from most people spoke for or in opposition to it.
  • San Diego’s police union is challenging the city in court on the declare that its officers have been barred from recording their interviews about exemptions from the city’s employee vaccination mandate, arguing it’s inside an officer’s bill of rights to report any interview which may finish in self-discipline. (ABC 10)
  • Blood supplies in San Diego County’s trop trauma amenities are running so low that there received’t be ample blood to present victims in a catastrophe as small as a four-car pile-up, in accordance to the medical director of transfusion corporations at UC San Diego Well being. (Union Tribune)
  • The Port of San Diego is planning to double power capacity at the port by a contract with Baker Electrical, Inc. which may current gear so additional cruise ships can use electrical power in its place of working diesel auxiliary engines whereas docked. (
  • Logan Heights gets its first high school this fall — the newest highschool cluster since 1993 contained in the San Diego Unified Faculty District. (Union Tribune)

This Morning Report was written by Andrew Keatts, Lisa Halverstadt, MacKenzie Elmer and Adriana Heldiz. It was edited by Megan Wooden.

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