Apparently, MWH Americas has not left the building. County Public Works’ John Waddell wrote to a Los Osos resident on March 22, “The pre-qualified short-list for the treatment facility under a design-build process includes MWH, CDM, and Auburn Construction.”
Then, the plot twist. Public Works Director Paavo Ogren wrote in an e-mail to another Los Osos resident on April 5 that MWH has not been excluded from bidding on the design and construction of the treatment facility and construction of the collection system. Didn’t MWH already exclude themselves from bidding on the design of the collection for the “overall controversy in Los Osos”?
Where has all the sewerage gone?
When people think of Morro Bay, they think of the beautiful waterfront community with striking sunsets over Morro Rock and the harbor. But many are beginning to see Morro Bay in a different light that is very unsettling and disturbing.
The Morro Bay-Cayucos wastewater project has become a significant source of controversy for several reasons. As we previously documented in The ROCK, there is undeniable evidence that the current incarnation of the sewer system is discharging untreated wastewater around Morro Bay. After years of delays, the City of Morro Bay decided to proceed with an “upgrade” to the system with a controversial contractor and severe environmental concerns and impacts (as indicated in the March 11 California Coastal Commission staff report that analyzes the project).
Taxpayers Watch leaders (Clockwise from top left) Gordon Hensley, Stan Gustafson, Joyce Albright, Richard LeGros.
Los Osos Taxpayers Watch, the successor group to Tri-W sewer site promoters Save the Dream, has become an enigma in Los Osos: are they watching out for taxpayers or are they watching out for big business? In this case, it’s big business with a long shadow.
TYPO CLARIFICATION (6:00 PM PST): Fixed an obvious typo on the first paragraph (changed Los Osos to New Orleans)
Around the time the New Orleans Inspector General’s report was posted on local news sites, San Luis Obispo County government supporters and MWH Americas, Inc. sympathizers littered blogs and message boards with character attacks against those who supported the report’s findings. Unwilling to read the report and dissect the details, which show that MWH overbilled the city of New Orleans for their work — after Hurricane Katrina hit the region in late 2005 — by billing 118% percent of the actual value of their work.