PINOLE -- Pinole Councilman Phil Green earned $100,000 doing business with the parent company and affiliates of the city's garbage hauler in 2012, but did not disclose the income in state-mandated financial declarations, records show.
The information was revealed in a Jan. 31 letter sent on Green's behalf from Pinole City Attorney Ben Reyes to the state Fair Political Practices Commission.
The letter sought advice on whether Green can participate in City Council activities related to Richmond Sanitary Service, its parent Republic Services Inc., and other Republic companies. Republic owns Richmond Sanitary Service, the West Contra Costa Integrated Resource Recovery Facility in North Richmond and the Golden Bear Transfer Station in North Richmond.
The letter was obtained by this newspaper pursuant to a public records request seeking references to Green's dealings with the garbage companies.
In a telephone interview Saturday, Green said his income from Richmond Sanitary Service in 2012 was less than $10,000, and that he earned most of the $100,000 from its Arizona-based parent company and other affiliates. The money was paid to Green's company, PDF, which sells and services fire equipment. He is the sole owner.
Republic is "outside of the reporting limit," Green said, explaining that the city clerk had told him that income from any business located more than two miles outside the city does not need to be reported.
City Clerk Patricia Athenour said Monday she did not tell Green that.
A two-mile reporting limit in the state rules refers to disclosure of real property interests, not business income.
Public officials are required to disclose outside income and property holdings once a year to avoid conflicts of interest.
Last year, Green failed to report any income from his company on the 2012 statement of economic interest form filed with the Pinole city clerk. On Monday, Green filed an amended statement, declaring he made more than $100,000 with PDF; however, he did not provide the detail of that income, as required by law.
Green in October recused himself from a council discussion of a rate review application by Republic, saying he "may" have a financial interest in the matter, without elaborating; he also recused himself from two Republic-related items in September and another in January, as well as a discussion of rates and franchise issues in November.
Green participated in earlier council discussions concerning Richmond Sanitary, in May 2012 and February 2013.
According to Reyes' letter, Green's business relationship with Richmond Sanitary spans 35 years. In 2013, Green's income from Republic companies was about $47,000 as of November, including $5,000 from Richmond Sanitary, $16,000 related to Golden Bear and $26,000 related to the Integrated Resource Recovery Facility, according to the letter.
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