EDITOR: I would like to explain to my constituents why I voted against awarding a recent contract to the Arizona-based company Republic Services. Some have criticized this vote as prioritizing the needs of Arizona residents above our own constituents’ interests. Yet nothing could be further from the truth: The vote we cast that day was for a local company that offered the lowest bid for the services we sought.
County staff recommended awarding the contract to Santa Rosa-based company SCS Engineers to coordinate re-permitting activities for long-term disposal of waste at our central landfill. In addition to being local, this company offered the lowest price — an impressive 39 percent below what was offered by the out-of-state alternative, Republic Services. SCS Engineers was clearly the best choice for county residents and taxpayers.
This vote also gave us an opportunity to speak up on an issue that is near to our hearts and to many throughout our county and our nation: Arizona’s immigration legislation opens the door to racial profiling and exacerbates existing prejudice against immigrants.
As elected officials, we believe it is critical to speak out against this.
Sonoma County supervisor, Third District