Lou prepares for war
“We forgot, though, that sewer opponents are nothing if not wily.”
The Tribune wrote that in their “Bouquets and Brickbats” editorial on Friday, March 2. The Tribune, which is notorious for publishing their disdain of Los Osos sewer critics, achieved a new low, even by their already non-existent standards. The “sewer opponents” are “nothing” and “wily.”
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By ED OCHS
Sierra Club’s Andrew Christie is probably the single most influential voice speaking out on the environmental pitfalls and pratfalls of the County’s ill-conceived Los Osos sewer project. In “The Lessons of Los Osos,” Christie’s excellent summary of — as he sees it — the last major chapter in the 30-year Los Osos sewer saga, published in the July/August edition of the Santa Lucian newsletter, he chronicles the many achievements (and one notable failure) of the Sierra Club, SLO Green Build, Surfrider, Los Osos Sustainability Group and local activists in their combined efforts to substantially reshape the County’s predetermined project for Los Osos, which recently received a Coastal Development Permit from the California Coastal Commission.
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2009 was the year that included the removal of STEP/STEG and other alternatives from the County Los Osos Wastewater Project’s design-build process, a formal complaint against Public Works director Paavo Ogren and hours of tedious — but sometimes heated — debate at the Planning Commission meetings. Along the way, mistakes were made on both sides of the debate while everyone hopelessly expected some of the bigger problems to be mitigated. Contrary to what the County of San Luis Obispo has said, the County has unanimously sided with County staff recommendations with each and every turn involving the LOWWP. With hope fading in their eyes, a small group of Los Osos residents pleaded with the board to reconsider their decisions, but the board moved ahead. Those with the loudest objections to the County were silenced with Supervisor Bruce Gibson’s wave of the hand, a chuckle out of pity and a quick tug of the microphone plug — and the microphone was off. On a few occasions, Gibson asserted that most of the people of Los Osos approved of their handling of the process, but do they?
Whether you like it or not, it’s unarguable the County made an incredible amount of what they would call “progress.” The Planning Commission moved forward with the project, changing many of the project conditions, most of which remained uncontested by the Board of Supervisors. The BOS successfully paved a clear path for the project to be considered by the California Coastal Commission, which will discuss the LOWWP and the appeals in January of next year. The County also managed to secure consideration for USDA grant money (through a population waiver) thanks to the provision on Los Osos added to the Fiscal Year 2010 Agriculture Appropriations bill, which President Obama signed into law. Let’s not forget the $35 million dollar authorization in the Water Resources Development Act, which is available for federal appropriation. The only problem is that after lingering fees and changes relevant to the sewer, which include paying off the interest of the USDA’s $64 million loan, Los Osos residents may not actually see the savings.
For now, let’s take a look at what’s happened in 2009 and check out the highlights.
Keith Wimer of the Los Osos Sustainability Group is looking to hire a hydrogeologist to assess the saltwater intrusion dilemma. The LOSG is asking for donations. For more information, click here to e-mail Keith.
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