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OnJanuary13,2015,theChulaVistaCityCouncilappointedSteveMiesentofilla2yearvacancyonthe

council.Theproblemis,forthepast10+years,Miesenhasbeenthechiefofficeratapublicprivate
partnershipwiththecity.HeisthedivisionmanagerforRepublicWaste(formerlyAlliedWaste/Pacific
Waste).TrashcollectionismandatorywithRepublicforeverypropertyowner.Thecitynegotiatestherates
andtermswithRepublic,andifpropertyownersdonotpaytheirtrashbill,thecitybeginscollection
proceedings,holdshearings,andplacesliensondelinquentproperties.Miesenandtopmanagersofhis
companyhavedonatedheavilytothecampaignsofthecityattorney,themayor,andallofthe
Councilmembers.Hehasdonatedtoregionalandstateofficialsaswell.InSeptember2014,hesatacross
thetablefromthecitycouncilandnegotiatedanew5year,solesourcecontract.Then,lessthanthree
monthslater,inDecember2014,heappliedtofillacitycouncilvacancy,alongwith43otherhighly
qualifiedapplicants(aformermayor,formerportcommissioner,formerplanningcommissioners,former
chamberofcommercedirectors,etc.).Hewasvettedalongwiththeothersbasedoninformationprovided
onhis1090disclosure,whichstatedthatheownedbetween$2K$10KofRepublicstock.Thecity
attorneypubliclyadmittedthatheonlyvettedMiesenfor1090violationsandnotincompatibleoffice,
CommonLawDoctrine,nordidhedoathoroughreviewofallCOIissues.TwoCouncilmembersraised
theissuesthattheappointmentwouldn'tsitwellwiththegeneralpublic,buttheyvotedyesonMiesen
becausetheycouldn'tagreeonanyoneelseamongstthe44applicants.
If.Miesenvotestoincreasedensityinacondocomplex,howwillresidentsknowheisn'tadvocatingfor
moreRepubliccustomers?IfMiesendeclinesacitizenrequestfornewtrafficsignals,howwillresidents
knowheisn'ttryingtosavefuelforhisfleetoftrucks?IfMiesenvotesonroadconstruction,orvotesto
approveorchangetheGrowthManagementOversightthreshholds(traffic,police/fireresponse,etc.)will
hebeadvocatingforthecitizensofChulaVistaorRepublicWaste?Infact,ifacitizenhasissueswithtrash
collection,garbagespillsfromRepublictrucksthatblowthroughoutthecity,etc.,iftheycallSteveMiesen
forhelp,willtheybecallingtheheadofRepublicortheircitycouncilpersonwhooverseesthatcontract
directly?
WeneedtheAG'shelpinChulaVista.Wehavetriedtoresolvethislocallywiththecityattorney,butare
awarethatthisissueneedstobevettedbytheAGandtheAGONLY.Miesenhasreadlocalnewsstories,
editorials,comments,etc.abouthisappointmentandhasapparentlyspokentothecityattorneyabouthow
hewilltransitiontoadifferentrolewithinRepublic,butthatisnotgoodenough,astheappointmentand
histimeoncouncilshouldbereversedbasedonhisobviousCOIandincompatibleofficeissues.
Finally,aboutadecadeago,aformerportcommissioner,DavidMalcolm,alsodidconsultingworkfor
DukeEnergy.Malcolmconductedhisbusinessintheopen,andattorneysfortheportdistrictallowedhim
toservebothroles.MalcolmendedupgoingtojailforCOI.Citizensbelievethatourlocalelectricutility
assistedintheprosecutionofMalcolm,asMalcolmwasadvocatingagainsttheminfavorofDukeEnergy.
HereinChulaVista,therewasn'tanothertrashhaulerthatbidonthewastecontractwiththecity.Republic
isnotonlythesolesourcecontractor,butalsoappearsnottohaveanycompetitionthatcouldaidthe
citizensinChulaVistabyadvocatingforfairnessandimpartialityonourCityCouncil.
Thankyouforyourtimeandconsideration.Wedearlyneedyourhelp.AsIinterpretedtherulesintheCOI
manual,anydecisionthatismadewhileMiesenisoncitycouncilcanbechallengedatalaterdate.Ourcity
cannotaffordthisliability.