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Dec 10, 2021

City of Oakland and California Waste Solutions Settle Major Recycling Case Benefitting Oakland Ratepayers

The Oakland City Council approved this week settlement of the City’s lawsuit against California Waste Solutions, Inc. (CWS) after years of litigation to recover for Oakland ratepayers approximately $6 million in overcharges for bringing recycling carts at multi-family buildings out to the curb ( “backyard service”). The settlement requires that CWS refund approximately 2,000 multi-family building owners for those years of overcharging, and lower their rates for backyard service for recycling carts going forward. The settlement will make these Oakland ratepayers whole, remedying the harm they suffered for years as a result of CWS’ overcharging practices.

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Portrait of Barbara J. Parker

Barbara J. Parker

Barbara J. Parker is the elected City Attorney of Oakland, CA. She is the recipient of the 2015 Public Lawyer of the Year award from the State Bar of California.

In July 2011, the Oakland City Council appointed Parker to complete the term of the prior City Attorney, and in November 2012, Oakland voters overwhelmingly elected her to serve her first full four-year term.

Voters elected Parker to a second four-year term in November 2016. She ran unopposed.

Parker is the first and only African American woman elected to citywide office in Oakland.

Read her full bio.

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