The Rundown - Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - Why 13 Reasons Why?; Prez Trump needs to take a breath; Westminster City Council looks to eliminate consumer choice in trash hauling

Netflix has a phenomenon on its hands: a 13-part series (in its first year) called 13 Reasons Why in which a young woman who kills herself explains to various people who were in her life why they may have been the reason for her action. The network is now issuing "trigger warnings." Is it a valuable look into teenage life and the risks of suicide, or does it glorify and perhaps even encourage it?

One view:


President Trump must stop saying nice things about mass murderers who will never do what he wants.


At 7:06, we talk with Westminster City Council member Bruce Baker about that group's attempt to use regulations to effectively end trash-hauling competition after making it appear that they were backing off this effort when the public opposed an ordinance to do the same thing. 

According to Baker:

But by using the  power of city ordinances, my colleagues are planning to impose a series  to regulations that create such a large burden to any trash provider  that the cost of doing business as a trash hauler  in Westminster will be twice as expensive as what it costs today.

Here is sampling of the ideas we are considering:

1-     Require  all trash haulers to include in their basic price curbside recycling,  regardless of whether the customer wants the service.

2-    Require all trash haulers to impose higher fees on customers that discard more than one, 32 gallon barrel of trash each week.

3-    Require all trash haulers to offer 2 sizes of recycle material containers.

4-    Prevent all trash haulers from disposing of uneconomical recycle material at a landfill.

5-    Require all trash haulers to extensive reporting mandates needing costly data gathering equipment/manpower. 

6-    Require all trash haulers to formulate a plan to meet or exceed the city’s diversion of solid waste goals.

7-    Require all trash haulers to be accountable for the appropriateness of the trash/recycle discarded by their customers.

These kinds of  requirements are not what I consider to fulfill the promise that any one  in Westminster could “opt out” of the City contracted trash hauling. I find this conduct by my colleagues to be deceptive.

And then there's this #OnlyInAustralia reason for a traffic jam:

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