"My understanding is they haven't changed," says Debra Newman, the assistant budget analyst who worked on both studies. Her boss, Rose, says, "It's a time-honored procedure in government to evaluate who is the most qualified firm that will provide the best service at the lowest price."

Even if Recology scrapes together another million or so dollars to fight off Campos' and Mirkarimi's initiative, the company just might be crushed under the tonnage of its own illogic.

Not long ago, Recology submitted the best bid to pick up trash in San Mateo County, and ousted incumbent hauler Allied Waste there in January. But Recology's spotty startup service generated a deluge of complaints from skipped customers. Service there isn't much of a bargain, either. In Redwood City, halfway between San Francisco and San Jose, Recology charges residential customers $321 per year, just $9 less than in San Francisco.

If Campos and Mirkarimi's measure makes it to the ballot, Recology will have to make the argument that competition is good for San Mateo County, where the company won — but somehow bad for San Francisco, where it stands a risk of losing.

Recology is a private company, but analysts estimate its annual revenues at around half a billion dollars. Can it spend enough of that money to put another competition initiative into the waste bin? Kopp believes Recology will try.

"Don't forget, as an initiative campaign, there's no limit on spending. You'll see hundreds of thousands, maybe millions of dollars spent," he says. "You'll see wild and spectacular claims by the proponents and the opponents."

Let the trash-talking begin.

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Everyday, private sector workers fight for their jobs and it rewards all people with innovation and advancement.

It's time Recology and the all Government sector employees operate under the same conditions.

They need motivation.

There's a new study out: Government sector employees weigh 20% more than Private sector employees. Hmm.

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The #1 reason why Recology can't win a bid contract: There are companies lined up willing to haul the garbage for 1/2 the price and make up the difference by using clean burning systems(gassification)to produce electricity that would be sold right back to the City. None of those companies would think of doing business with Recology.

Then take a look at the patriarch Angelo Sangiacomo. Not only is he the largest landlord in the City. But his screw the customer approach that built that empire is why rent control was created in SF...to protect consumers from the Sangiacomo Empire. The pretend the difference with Recology is "different" because it is an employee owned company. So do we need "garbage rate control" or a consumer & City serving alternative?

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hell ya.... norcal is a huge monopoly!

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