What the 'H...' are our City Council and City Attorney doing ? Why the special hearing that caused hundreds of Oaklanders to spend needless hours away from jobs and family to tell the Council what it already knows ? Why the long delay in dealing with this illegal issue of coal that so clearly has a straightforward and mandated remedy. Coal is automatically excluded under the contract because its "health and environmental" impacts cannot be completely mitigated.
If the contractor chooses to protest the prohibition, it is contractor's responsibility to bring forward scientific produced and tested studies conclusively proving that no health or environmental impacts are possible from shipping, handling, storage, long term holding, or rehandling for re-transport. Lacking such study and its scrutiny by the scientific and environmental communities automatically vetoes any consideration of "coal."
Secondarily, the spectre of possible litigation appears to frighten council members. This is ludicrous. The contract -- as revealed by Gene Hazzard -- clearly states that "contractor shall not assign any part of its contract without approval of the city." How is it possible that the City is afraid to enforce its own contract ? If this is so, why have a contract at all. The city should simply anoint it favorite vendor with the instruction to "proceed however you choose" -- ludicrous !
City Attorney -- Do your job ! Instruct the City Council that the contractor has violated Sections X & Y of the contract and that actions to terminate ARE ALREADY PROCEEDING !
City Council -- Get on the ball ! Immediately cease your 'hemmin and hawin,' give full instructions and backing to the City Attorney.
Then, publically announce to the residents of Oakland that you have acted decisively in the interest of the city to halt this illegal threat, and that as the City Council you pledge to continue to protect the health and safety of the residents and the city, as well as that of the planet.
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City Of Oakland
Public Ethics Commission