Full Disclosure Now Comment

The following (in Italic) is an excerpt from the April 4th column by Jeff Jardine, "Is cash worth trash mountain?"

The column seems to be relatively straight forward by Jardine's standards until you arrive at the last sentence in paragraph six.

"Supervisors killed the plan in January 2001."

The Bee Editors know better. The landfill cover up was exposed by Mayor Carmen Sabatino and Councilmember Tim Fisher as City representatives to the Waste to Energy Committee. Some City staff members should receive the undying gratitude of Stanislaus County taxpayers for their work ethic and courage in shining light on this scandal. We should be thankful for the research of Dave Thomas and Georgianna McDonald as well as other citizens who were brave enough to demand answers.

To imply in any way that the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors or the Modesto Bee exposed or "killed" the landfill scandal is GARBAGE......It was their plan from the start!

If the editors of the Bee want to be "Watch Dogs" they should FOLLOW THE MONEY. What happened to the $19 million in overcharges to the taxpayer?

When the Managing Editor of the Modesto Bee, Joe Demma, was asked what was happening with the investigation of Village One and the Landfill, he replied, "You can't beat a dead horse?"

Full Disclosure Now does not intend to bury the horse until we know the horse is dead and if that be the case determine the cause of death.

The county also has 2,100 acres it bought -- using $14.02 million from the landfill fund -- from rancher Fred Vogel in 1999. If the land is sold, proceeds would go back to the landfill fund and, if the dump sells, into the county's general fund.

If the county sells the property after selling the dump, it would simply keep the money.

Either way, it's a windfall for the county at the trash ratepayer's expense.

That sounds enticing until you realize that you'd be selling control of the dump and handing some large corporation the opportunity to make Stanislaus County a dumping ground for the Bay Area and other counties. That dump would import more trash than the 300 to 600 tons per day it's now getting, filling it to capacity well ahead of projections.

Think the county hasn't entertained the idea of selling? Think again.

In May 2000, the county negotiated a "draft letter of intent" that would have enabled NorCal Solid Waste Inc. to operate a receiving facility for medical waste and also send trash to the landfill. Supervisors killed the plan in January 2001.
NorCal spokesman Robert Reed said he knows of no contacts with county representatives since.

But the megadump never really seems to go away. At least twice, county officials have tried to push a map through the state waste board that would allow a huge dump.