Jim Baum's persistence fighting Lodi's garbage company has paid off. The San Joaquin County Superior Court has ruled in favor of Baum, granting a temporary request for injunction.
Superior Court Judge K. Peter Saiers issued a judgement against Central Valley Waste Services to guard against excessive leaks and spillage.
"The court is willing to take jurisdiction to oversee what's going on out there," said Michael Babitzke, Baum's attorney. "It certainly is a positive step for Jim. At least someone's listening to him."
The ruling was handed down last Thursday, according to court records. Baum took his case to civil court in 2002 after repeatedly going before the City Council with pictures asking council members to do something about oil leaks and spillage found throughout his Lodi mobile home parks.
The Lodi resident claims trucks operated by Central Valley Waste Services are to blame. In the class action lawsuit he filed in October 2002, Baum said the garbage company has negligently damaged city streets and failed to upgrade its equipment.
Baum's case names Central Valley Waste Services, former district manager Alex Oseguera and Nick Sikich, division vice president.
New district manager Luana Pinasco declined to comment on the case, as did the company's legal representation.
"Perhaps now I have gotten the garbage company's attention," Baum said in response to the injunction.