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Montebello Competitive Bidding Process for Solid Waste Hauling Services, Measure O (November 2011)

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A Montebello Competitive Bidding Process for Solid Waste Hauling Services, Measure O ballot proposition was on the November 8, 2011 ballot for voters in the City of Montebello in Los Angeles County, where it was approved.

Measure O requires that all residential trash-hauling contracts be put out to a competitive bid process. The city could not enter into an "evergreen contract" for trash-hauling that rolls over from year-to-year, either.

The City of Montebello currently contracts with Arakelian Enterprises, Inc. (also known as "Athens Services") for its trash services. With the approval of Measure O, once the current contract with Athens expires, the city council will be required to "publish solicitations for residential solid waste franchises and then publicly open the applications submitted by interested waste haulers. The submitted applications would then be evaluated based upon certain criteria, including, but not limited to: the applicant waste hauler's experience, its technical ability to meet the obligations of the franchise, and its proposed monthly rates for residential solid waste service. With limited exceptions, the City Council could only award a residential solid waste franchise to the responsible bidder that proposed the lowest monthly rates to City customers."[1]

Election results

Measure O
Approveda Yes 3,039 71.09%
Election results are from the Los Angeles County elections office.


The editors of Eastern Group Publications endorsed a "yes" vote on Measure O saying that it is "a good step toward ensuring fairness in the awarding of city contracts."[2]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Measure O: "Shall an ordinance be approved which requires franchises for providing solid waste (trash) hauling services to be awarded through a competitive bidding process requiring a public hearing and other compliance requirements to ensure fairness and transparency?"[3]


  1. Impartial analysis
  2. Eastern Group Publications, "Ballot Recommendations for Tuesday, Nov. 8 2011 Consolidate Municipal Election," November 3, 2011
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

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