Mommy, How Do You Spell, "Negotiate in good faith?"
So, on Sunday October 30th, the CSD votes unanimously to accept the non-negotiable proposal hammered out in a week-long negotiation that up-front required that "Everything Must Be On The Table." At those negotiations was a representative of the State Water Board. A tentative deal" is struck, the CSD takes it back to the community for public input, a vote is made and in the the next morning's TRIB story, we learn that the State Water Board needed to put the item on its agenda 10 days in advance of the meeting (a standing regulation that they had to have known about forever) and turns out they, Oh, gosh, uh, "forgot" to put it on the agenda, not even a place holder (in case the negotiations went on longer, at least there would be an allotted time to report-out about the ongoing negotiations) , oooo, my bad!
Meantime, since the state money is frozen and the contractors aren't getting paid, if they walk, the whole brokered deal could collapse and everyone will have a fine time heading to court.
Hmmm, let's see. Any hidden agendas here? Behind the scenes schemers rustling in the underbrush? How do you spell, Negotiate in good faith, anyway?
And for the classic Let's Carve That In Stone Fifty Feet Tall quote of the week: "I'd hate to see a good deal go south because the process failed," (Assemblyman) Blakeslee said. "This is numbered in days, not weeks."
The process failed? Since day one, I'd say.
So, will that be be the epitaph for Los Osos? If so, let's carve it on a huge stone portal arching across both entrances to the town. Put it next to the Bridge Bears: Welcome to Los Osos, Home of The Failed Process. Be Sure To Visit Our Ginormous In-Town Unaffordable Sewer Plant, Placed There By A Failed Process. Hourly Tours at 11 a.m. Ajacent Tot Lot open at Noon. Have a Nice Day.
Well, Stay tuned.