BFI wanted the new 1,528-acre mega-dump to be exempt from a policy that had applied to the city portion and barred it from accepting trash from outside L.A. County. Suddenly the deal was going to be about more than bureaucratic organization after all. If BFI got its way, the deal would be the vehicle for further dumping on the San Fernando Valley. This is exactly the sort of trickery community leaders had feared. Fortunately, thanks to the efforts of Supervisors Mike Antonovich and Zev Yaroslavsky, who voted against the merger, that didn’t happen. Its sleazy negotiating tactics notwithstanding, BFI will not be able to import the rest of Southern California’s trash into the area just outside Granada Hills. But the dump will get to keep operating for 30 more years, thanks to the supervisors’ approval. The daily amount of trash going to the landfill also will be increased from from 6,000 tons to 12,000 tons. And though the mega-dump will be held to some more stringent environmental standards, that will be of little consolation to those living nearby. Neighbors will still have to put up with the fumes, the hazards and the traffic – plus landfill operators and politicians who don’t care.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GIVEN that the Los Angeles County supervisors gave their tentative blessing to the dreaded merger of the two Sunshine Canyon landfills back in June, it comes as little surprise that they signed off Tuesday on the details of the project. Community opinion be damned. This sellout was preordained. The public never supported the merger of the two landfills – one within city limits, one under L.A. County government’s control – for good reason: Neither Sunshine’s operator, Browning Ferris Industries, nor the political leaders overseeing the deal ever acted with much integrity. Neighbors were worried that somehow, once again, their interests would be buried in the dump’s mountainous piles of trash. And they were right.
1 Mamadou Sakho in action for Liverpool Jurgen Klopp has offered Mamadou Sakho some reassurances over his Liverpool future after the defender was sent home from the tour of the United States.The centre-back was ordered to return to Melwood to continue his rehabilitation from an Achilles injury after being late on three separate occasions, which caused the Reds boss to question his attitude.However, Klopp said the France international’s punishment would not be extended beyond his exile from the pre-season trip and there was no question of him being sold.“Come on, it’s not (like that). Three times late, do you think I should (sell him)?” he said when asked what the future held for the 26-year-old.“No, it’s an issue – it’s not the biggest thing, it’s not the smallest thing – it’s how football works.“We have a few rules; a few from me, a few from the team.“When you want a great team then you have to do some things – if you don’t do it then I have to react.“I reacted – but nothing else. He missed three things he should not have missed, that is all, and that is why I sent him home.”Klopp added on Sky Sports: “Mama is not a bad guy, he’s a good person.“He’s not happy about the situation but it was my decision in this moment.“You can believe I didn’t want to do things like this, I like to be a nice guy until I can’t be a nice guy any more.“So he’s at home, we are here; we train here, he trains there. When we come to Liverpool again, then we’ll have a talk and we’ll see.”