No More Trash Pickup for Green, Marquez, Library
The Business Improvement District will not pay to pick up trash in the Village Green, Marquez Business District, or the Palisades library, starting January 1.
At a meeting held at the Chamber of Commerce on November 7, BID members were told by legal counsel, they could not send out a mailing asking for residents to help defray the cost to pay for Chrysalis to pick up the trash and sweep the streets in those areas.
Annually between 2002 and 2017, the Chamber of Commerce had sent letters to residents asking for help for trash cleanup, generally raising $30,000 (with $7,500 from realtor Michael Edlen). The Chamber, under new management, has nixed any trash pickup citing new bylaws. The remaining money in a trash account was given to the BID in May.
Although that money, combined with the BID assessment money was able to keep the trash picked up, without the “Chamber” donation, the BID cannot continue to pay for the Green, Marquez or library AND by law cannot because it is outside of the district.
As former Palisadian-Post editor Bill Bruns explained in a November 5 email, “I followed the Chamber’s fundraising for Chrysalis every year after its inception. This is all they did, but still raised about $30,000 a year: Arnie and the Chamber president crafted the same fundraising plea/letter every year and sent it out by snail mail to their Chamber mailing list, which included the entire community (same list they used to mail the directory every year). Then Arnie would open the envelopes that came in, usually containing $25, $50 and $100, year after year, and take them to the bank.
“They didn’t strong-arm any of the merchants around the Village Green, and in fact most of them (Starbucks, for example), blew it off,” Bruns wrote. “The Chamber could send that same letter in early December and I’ll bet they would still raise $20,000.”
Not a chance.
Nicole Howard, who represents the Chamber of Commerce on BID said, “The mission statement of the Chamber is for business only.”
A member of the BID board asked, “but doesn’t having the Palisades trash-free promote business?”
Lemmo had said at the May meeting, “The Chamber is not a trash organization,” and suggested at this meeting, “We should take this over to PRIDE.”
Attorney David Peterson was clear that the BID, which is funded through the assessment of the district, needs stay within the district, and that fundraising for areas outside of the district was not legal.
Circling the News asked if the BID could take outside donations, such as the money given to it by the Chamber of Commerce, which it accepted earlier.
That was unclear, but Lemmo who is also the president of the board for the Glendale BID (Downtown Glendale Association), said they hold fundraisers for an auditorium located in the middle of the Glendale BID.