Who Took The Water Out Of The Regional Water Quality Control Board?
I was able to attend the December 1st meeting of the Regional Water quality Control Board’s hearing in SLOTown, but had to work the next day and so missed day two. Happily, the whole thing is on videotape, so I was able to get a copy and watch it and something struck me forcefully after hours and hours of viewing: Not one person on the Board or Staff said, “You folks (the CSD & Los Osos) have run into a rock on the road. How can we help you get this project going in a direction the community will accept so we can solve the wastewater and water problems you’re facing?”
Now, CSD Chairpersonage, Lisa Schicker, brought that up. So did several other CSD Board members and members of the community, as in “The community has voted, for the first time it was clear during public comment on Blakeslee’s “negotiated deal that wasn’t negotiated” that the community was really starting to (grudgingly) come together, work on this deal, move this plant out of town and get going and we need your help to do that.”
But the RWQCB was having none of it. What they spent the whole time doing was finding out what assets the community collectively owned so they could extract as much money therefrom as possible. Not one peep about problem solving to get a derailed and divided community back on track to solve their water and wastewater problems in ways the majority of the community could accept.
Nope, no interest in . . . water. What keenly interested the Regional Water Quality Control Board for two days was . . . finding money.