"Put the phone down, Ms. Tacker, and step away from the door and nobody will get hurt. It was a mere oversight. ESHA, SMESHA, who can keep all this stuff straight and why would a bonding company need to know that kinda crap anyway? Geeeze!"
Well, it seems after yesterday morning's special 8 a.m. meeting to get a CSD Board vote on spending $4,501.20 to buy a Performance Bond that would get the CSD $225,060.00 worth of "restoration work" (i.e. safety and erosion control only, no cute little treelings and shrubbery, an image that usually pops into your head when you hear the word "restore") in case the recall and/ or sewer initiative passes and work on the Tri W site stops and things are left in a mell of a hess.
Board member Tacker stated at the meeting that she wasn't sure the $225,060 would be enough and inquired as to whether CSD General Manager Buel had sent along all the ESHA info on the land in question to the bond company (since, I presume, ESHA land comes with waaaaayyyy more headaches -- ie. mo' money! mo' money!-- required to "restore" it). Mr. Buel said he'd sent along an excerpt of an EIR summary, or some such.
So, the plot thickens as Board member Tacker calls the bonding company, The Insco-Dico Group and speaks to someone there and asks, Did you get the documentation that this property you're bonding was ESHA? And the person on the other end of the phone says, "Huh? What are you talking about? What ESHA?"
And then the you know what hits the you know what and ka-blooey, the next thing anyone could hear is the pitty-pat of all those Insco Dico Group's little feet as they yanked the agreement and headed for the door muttering, "Nuh, huh, we changed our mind we're outta here buh-bye no tickee no washee no deal no dice hava nice life hasta la vista see ya later we just remembered we gotta go to France!" and thundered down the stairs from Suite 105 and headed down Glendale Blvd, spatta-spatta-spatta!
So, no bond. No bond, no grading. Just grubbing and scraping, with the big cats going pockety-pockety, potketa, until some new bonding company can be found.
Which might get a little dicy since if word of this gets out, bond people might ask, Hey, if you "forgot" to mention "whether there are any unusual environmental issues with these sites, beyond being some sort of sewer treatment facility," like it said on the Insco/Dico Group's fax of August 23, 2005, then we gotta ask What else have you, uh, forgotten to mention that we could get stuck with should things go ker-flooey so we'll hafta charge you pots more money?"
Thus demonstrating yet again that Honesty is always the best and the cheapest policy in the long run. And, meantime, don't be surprised to read in the police report that Board member Tacker's cell phone has gone mysteriously missing.
Hey, don't look at me. I didn't take it!