LocationAlhambra , CA United States
A towing company has filed court documents to compel the City of Alhambra to open up their towing contract to other companies, claiming that their exclusive relationship with another towing company violates the city charter.
Henry’s Towing has filed a petition with the Superior Court of Los Angeles to allow them to bid on the city contract. They said the City’s exclusive contract with Al’s Towing, which was renewed July 2016, contradicted language in the city charter that “no exclusive franchise shall ever be granted.”
Robert Ring, a lawyer for Henry’s Towing, pointed out that the City got rid of the franchise fee that Al’s Towing originally had to pay them, resulting in lost revenue for Alhambra.
In an effort to resolve the dispute sooner, Ring addressed the City Council last Monday. “Rather than continuing litigation, I think what the City should do is good government,” Ring said. “We should meet with your your city manager, your city attorney, and say, ‘This is our view of your charter. Do you really disagree?'”
Joseph Montes, Alhambra’s city attorney, told the Alhambra Source that no meeting with Henry’s Towing had been scheduled since Ring’s City Council contract. He had no comment on the pending litigation.