A Victory for Citizens’ Rights

It is with great joy that we post Judge Castro’s May 30, 2019 Order suspending Ordinance 18-39.  Judge Castro has ordered the City to put the new trash plan ordinance to a ballot vote by the electorate of St. Paul.

The suspension will not take effect until June 30, 2019.

As we celebrate this win in the trial court, we are mindful that we still face a likely appeal by the City and  the ballot vote itself.

Thank you to all who have helped to bring us this victory, especially our attorney Greg Joseph.



  1. Susan Metoxen on May 30, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    Congratulations! Great work.

  2. Karen Hayne on May 30, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    This is necessary, awesome, and Just. Thank you All who worked hard to bring awareness to this money pit, trash hauling garbage problem. And Won!!! Great job!!!!

  3. Patricia Brooks on May 30, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    If suspension will take place on 6/1/2019
    does that mean we do “Not “ have to pay for trash removal until it is on ballot? Thanks so much Patricia

  4. Jenny on May 30, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    Great news!!!

  5. KAREN HAYNE on May 30, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    Oh thank you. I’m a snow bird & was fearful I would have to pay for a service I would be unable to use.
    The service being very close to paying twice as much
    As before the city took over. Same size can VERY close to twice as much.

  6. judi gordon on May 30, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    Now, let’s get to work showing our electorate how unfair the terms are. perhaps the council will give this a redo if they hear the stories. But there are plenty of people out there who will not speak out without support. And there are equally, I fear, as many who are fine with this situation.

  7. Cory on May 30, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    It absolutely sad that the City of St. Paul, the Mayor and the City Council have to be sued to act ethically, morally and LEGALLY! They all need to be removed at election time. It’s time for a fresh start in St. Paul before it’s too late!!

  8. Jeff Lewis on May 30, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Now let’s make sure that we are heard.

  9. Wendy on May 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Yay! Was so excited when I heard this on the radio tonight – thanks to those who started this lawsuit and continue the fight.

  10. Sam on May 31, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    What will happen to trash collection after June 30th? I was under the impression the ordinance would be suspended after the referendum lost, rather than immediately. How will trash be picked up in the meantime?

  11. Jeff R on June 1, 2019 at 7:14 am

    You people should be ashamed at the mess you have created, not to mention the money of OURS that you are now wasting because of this ridiculous venture. Yes, thank you very much.

  12. Janet on June 1, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Kudos to this group for their hard work! Let’s make sure we all cast a ballot on any new trash plan ordinance, and encourage our neighbors to do likewise.

  13. Michael on June 6, 2019 at 10:32 am

    Bad news everyone, the mayor has announced that he will continue organized hauling despite the judge’s order. The good news is we will not be billed for it, the the bad news is he intends to borrow at the taxpayers expense so we will still pay for it.

    • Chris on June 17, 2019 at 12:01 am

      The so called mayor and city council MUST GO!!!!! They are constantly walking all over “WE THE PEOPLE”. They ignore their own ordinances. We have been fighting them for years!because of 3 ordinances they are breaking, because it is city property that caused and is causing damage to our property. I had to go after @ the time city attorney Samuel Clark’s license. Then Public Works took action and fixed 2 of the 3 issues. During this time our so-called mayor carter took over & public works never took care of the third ordinance. Kathy Lantry the Director of public works lies about what they are doing. The mayor and city council care only about money in their pockets & votes. Our taxes keep going up and they give us less and charge us more money in other ways. Our City Council Members make 29% more than the City Council Member National average. Saint Paul is a small City compared to many. I have been told they gave themselves a raise since this National average article from 8/18/18. I can go on and on! THEY ARE SUPPOSE TO WORK WITH US & FOR US! NOT AGAINST US.

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