RO KHANNA-the renegade Democrat who came within a few points of unseating Rep. Mike Honda in the last election cycle has found a new, local cause to champion: a fight against stinky garbage. He is fighting a proposed expansion of the Newby Island Landfill. Expanding the dump at the end of Dixon Landing Road by 15.1 million cubic yards, and delaying its estimated closure from 2025 to 2041, would create the Bay Area’s highest...
landfill. Residents of Milpitas and other nearby communities say the dump’s odors already are affecting their health and quality of life. Khanna, 38, of Fremont, said Wednesday that Milpitas Mayor Jose Esteves – who had endorsed Khanna in the 17th Congressional District showdown that Honda won by 3.6 percentage points – has appointed him “to be a liaison to community groups on this and to work with the city’s lawyers. Khanna said is no longer of counsel of the law firm Wilson Sonsini, but he remains a visiting lecturer at Stanford’s Economics Department.