ECG Files Suit Against City of Los Alamitos for Unlawful Trash Contract
A group of Los Alamitos residents filed a lawsuit against the city, a trash company and three City Council members, accusing them of awarding a multi-million dollar trash hauling contract as payback for contributions made to their campaigns. Citizens for a Fair Trash Contract filed the action in Orange County Superior Court Wednesday seeking to overturn the decision of the Los Alamitos City Council last June, when in a 4-1 vote, the council awarded a garbage contract to Consolidated Disposal Service.
The lawsuit also alleges that prominent businessman George Briggeman Jr., Consolidated and other individuals and entities contributed at least $36,500 to promote the election campaigns of council members Troy Edgar, Marilynn Poe and Ken Stephens in 2006 and 2008. These contributions were made “with the express or implied agreement” that the council members would vote to approve a trash collection contract with Consolidated, the suit alleges.
“City Council members Edgar, Poe and Stephens voted to award CDS the trash collection contract to repay Briggeman and CDS for the campaign support provided, and expected to be provided in the future, by Briggeman and CDS,” the lawsuit states.
I’ll post updates as this case of yet another betrayal of the public trust by local politicians progresses.