Here it is, your weekly dosage of Leftovers:
Foul odors, traffic, noise, pollution and declining property values are among a handful of concerns Baldwin Park residents have about a proposed trash-sorting facility bordering Irwindale at Live Oak and Arrow Highway.
More than 200 residents crammed into Irwindale Council Chambers last week to hear Athens Services’ proposal for the 17-acre site. The materials recycling facility would receive a maximum of 6,000 tons of trash a day.
It’s not a trash dump. If approved, it would serve as a location to sort trash from recyclables. It also would bring in an estimated $2 million to $4 million annually to Irwindale’s coffers.
But Baldwin Park residents aren’t having it. They seemed especially irritated it wasn’t Irwindale that notified them about the meeting; it was Baldwin Park City Hall.
The Independent Cities Association, which is an organization of 52 Los Angeles County cities, unanimously has approved a resolution supporting the proposed NFL stadium in Industry.
Not a member of the ICA is the Walnut, which so far has been the lone municipality against the project. Walnut is a member of the Contract Cities Association, which is expected to decide its stance on the project next month.
Monterey Park Mayor Frank Venti, who is a member of the ICA, said he is “incensed” with Walnut Mayor Joaquin Lim’s continued disapproval of the NFL stadium.
Lim said he has a lot of concerns about the project, including traffic and “the noise factor that could disturb the peace and quiet of Walnut.”
It seems taggers have taken over the former site of Altmans Winnebago Inc. in Baldwin Park. The Caltrans-owned property that fronts the 10 Freeway has become an eyesore, according to city officials. Walls are tagged from the ground to the roofline.
City officials are in contact with Caltrans to clean up the site. Caltrans spokeswoman Judy Gish said they planned on meeting with contractors last week for graffiti removal.
But she also warned, “Within a very short time of the clean-up, the graffiti will be back.”
It seems graffiti removal is costly and timely, and Caltrans doesn’t have the resources to continuously clean up the site every time a tagger gets his spray paint can on it.
“It is a priority (for us),” Mayor Manuel Lozano said.
The Rosemead City Council chickened out on plans last week to allow a popular poultry slaughterhouse to stay in the city.
Cal-Poultry will have to shut its doors following the unanimous vote against allowing a municipal code change that would have allowed the business to expand.
The most interesting point: only a month before, three of the council members actually supported Cal-Poultry’s efforts to stay in the city.
Apparently, “passionate pleas” from residents — who reminded council members of the upcoming March election — swayed their final decision.