Should Sonoma County sell it central landfill to a private company?

At this morning’s forum in the Santa Rosa City Council chambers, state Assemblyman Wes Chesbro, D-Arcata, wasn’t eager to provide an unqualified answer.

To a question from the audience, he said, “The management of a landfill by a government agency does, I think, create a level of accountability that can help make it managed in a way that’s in the best interest of the local community and the environment.”

But, he quickly added, government can also insist on agreements with private companies that create the “leverage” necessary to protect public interests.

As the lead speaker at this morning’s forum on the future of the local landfill, Chesbro focused instead on the important of recycling.

The emphasis, he said, should be on the option – to sell or not to sell – that generates the “greatest reduction in waste and global warming.”