But that contract will expire June 30, 2009. “I don’t think it will be a slam dunk for renewal as far as I’m concerned,” Malkin said. “It will take something extraordinary to renew the contract.” Fierro said a specific reply to La Mirada’s questions about rates will be given later. But this year’s rate increases are being driven by the price of fuel, which has increased by 20 percent, normal inflation and a $1.77 increase to $26.20 per ton for waste dumped at the Puente Hills Landfill, Fierro said. In addition, La Mirada has a senior discount where people age 65 and older pay about half the cost, he said. But it isn’t just the money that city officials are angry about. They say that Consolidated’s service also is lacking. The company has missed picking up trash and bulky items left by residents, and given customers the wrong information about services available, said Steve Forster, city public works director. “Entire blocks are missed and bulky-item pickups are missed,” Forster said. “\ just one example of many. They don’t seem to have the proper coverage to accommodate pickups.” In some months, there have been more than 100 complaints, he said. Fierro said Consolidated has asked the city for specifics on the problems. “I can’t answer until I get the report that will give us the opportunity to go back to different department heads,” he said. “If we, in fact, didn’t perform to our level of standards, we want to know where we need to go back and fix it.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“I’m sure we’ll be able to do something after meeting with the controller,” Fierro said Thursday. La Mirada officials say they’re especially angry because the city’s rates now place them third highest among 15 cities, according to a La Mirada survey. At one time, La Mirada’s rates were among the lowest. “I’m furious,” Councilman Hal Malkin said. “In the last 12 years, we’ve managed to climb all the way to the top.” Still, the council will have no choice but to grant whatever Consolidated requests because of its contract with La Mirada. LA MIRADA – Rising fuel prices and increasing fees at Puente Hills Landfill may drive up city trash fees in La Mirada. But city officials say that Consolidated Disposal Services’s proposed rate increases – from $16.44 a month to $17.59 by Jan. 1, 2007 – are going up too much. The company has proposed a 4.48 percent increase to $17.18 for July 1 and another 2.4percent increase to $17.59 for Jan. 1, 2007. After Tuesday’s City Council meeting where the rate increases were reviewed, Richard Fierro, Consolidated’s director of community affairs, said the company would see if they could reduce the proposed increase.