NCRA needs volunteers for a very wide variety of tasks. Some are quick and easy while others are complex with a steep but satisfying learning curves.
For example, the Activities Committee needs tour and meeting location suggestions, help with event set-up, check-in and clean-up, as well as pre event managers for food orders. Also, the Communications Committee needs reporters, photographers, writers and editorial assistants, as well as people willing to maintain the press list and conduct media follow-up and help maintain the website. Interested? use the Contact page to send us a “Volunteer Available” note.
By John Moore
A semi-monthly feature, exclusive to NCRA News, from NCRA general counsel and board member John Moore, concerning recent legal decisions relating in some manner to wasting and Zero Waste.
RECOLOGY WILL GET NEW CRV TRIAL
On June 17, 2014, a San Francisco jury found that Recology made a false claim for CRV funds to the City and County of San Francisco and owed it $1,366,938.45. In a new twist to the case, on October 30, 2014, Judge James McBride of the Superior Court in San Francisco, who presided over the trial, vacated the jury verdict in granting Recology’s motion for new trial.
Judge McBride ruled that there was insufficient evidence to support the jury verdict and explained that “[t]he claim required proof that some City money was part of the Diversion Incentive Account from which the false claim was paid. No such evidence was presented at trial nor was there any evidence presented from which a reasonable inference that the account included City money could be drawn.”
NCRA News attempted without success to obtain the court filings on this motion from plaintiff Brian McVeigh’s counsel. They are not available online. This author, having not observed the trial or being familiar with the evidence can offer no opinion on the result. As one who has tried many civil cases, it is very unusual for a judge to vacate a jury verdict.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA RECYCLING ASSOCIATION
Board of Directors Meeting, 11/20/14
5:30pm Food served
6:30pm Meeting called to order, all presumed to be present
6:32pm Approval of Minutes (McKaughan)
6:34pm Approval of Agenda (McKaughan)
6:40pm Report by Committee: (15-20 mins each)
- Zero Waste Advocacy (Brooms/Boone to report)
- Report out from ZWAC Committee mtg on Wed Nov 12
- Compost outreach in apts (Brooms)
- Food Recovery outreach in Berkeley/Oakland (Moore)
Activities (Figueiredo, Chair Substitute while we find replacement)
- Debrief from ZFWF & Feeding 5K: venue, food, speakers, topic, should NCRA host ZFWF again?
- RU & NZWW: Coordinator for RU? Confirm date/location? What other activities/committees?
- RU at 20 – how do we capitalize on this? Also how to decide how much we should charge?
- Call for speakers for CRRA – mini-RU again?
- Update on Race to Zero (McKaughan)
Membership (Connolly, Shapira)
- Debrief Green Festival booth – effective at outreach for new members? What should we do differently if anything?
Annual members mtg in Jan – ideas for how to attract new members and engage current membership?
Newsletter Committee (Sinnott)
7:55pm Treasurer’s Report (Robinson/Sinnott)
- Status of 2014 Budget
- Update on finances & taxes for 2013 & 2012
Are we up to date on issuing reimbursements and donations?
8:15pm Actions Requiring Expenditures
- NCRA getting a loan to take it to the next level? (McKaughan)
- Request to donate to CAW for bag ban fight?
Payment for Sinnott for accounting support (Sinnott)
8:30pm Actions Requiring Discussion/Policy Decisions:
Having meetings at the David Brower center? (McKaughan)
8:35pm Administrative Activity:
- Update on new website roll-out (Sinnott)
- Update on elections – board members need to submit ballot statements
Status of hiring new Admin Coordinator – discussion about role of Admin Coordinator (McKaughan)
HELP STEER TOWARD ZERO WASTE!
Want to be at the heart of a thought-leading recycling organization? Other organizations are working for Zero Waste now, but NCRA has been leading in that direction for many years, is still out front, and is still on the move. You can help develop the cutting edge by serving on the Board of Directors.
NCRA will have six board positions open in the January election. It’s a two-year working post. Attendance at nearly all ten meetings a year is important, as is between-meeting work on at least one committee. Meetings move around the greater Bay Area. Phone participation is possible at some but not all locations especially at tour sites. Directors discuss issues, hear debates, and influence regional and national recycling thinking. They track and comment on legislation; listen to leaders in the regional industry; work on behalf of colleagues who need a boost; tackle issues that can’t be ignored; tour facilities; and talk business with operators. Benefits include free entrance to the annual Recycling Update.
Read about NCRA’s large vision in its bylaws, Article III: Purpose, Principles, Policies and Objectives. (Need Bylaws link)
You can be a part of the action! To run for the board, submit a campaign statement of up to 200 words. Say who you are and why you’d like to serve. Here are last year’s statements and 2013’s.
By midnight December 6, notify NCRA that you want to run. By midnight December 10, send in your statement with contact information to email@example.com. It will be presented to the members electronically. Voting will be conducted electronically from January 5-14. Results will be announced at the Members’ Meeting on January 15.
So help build your industry! Have fun with your colleagues! Get your statement in!