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Thursday, 07 February 2013 10:39

By Robert Souza

The Alameda County Planning Commission has postponed a decision on new rules to govern the expanding number of donation drop-boxes that have popped up in Castro Valley and other unincorporated areas in recent months.


Following an hour of public testimony and discussion Monday night, Commissioner Lawrence


Ratto moved to continue the item until the March 4 meeting.


Ratto said he wanted to hear from both nonprofit and profit-making donation-bin owners on the fees to be charged. He suggested requiring a 750-foot distance between the boxes, countering a 1000-foot limit supported by the Castro Valley Municipal Advisory Council (MAC).


MAC member Marc Crawford called the boxes “un-policed garbage cans” and said reducing the spacing limits between the bins could eventually double their number in Castro Valley.


“We can’t incorporate as a city, but we can maintain a quality of life. Let us have this little amount of control to address blight,” Crawford said.


The March 4 planning commission meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the County Building at 224 West Winton Ave. in Hayward.



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