Why Los Ososians Are Getting Grey
If you ever wonder why so many people who pay the least attention to what’s going on in Los Osos end up crossing their eyes and grinding their teeth so often, Geoffrey Evan’s January 25th letter to the Editor is a case in point. Mr Evans, a member of the Los Osos/Baywood Park Property Owners Association, wrote in response to a Jan 15 Tribune story about the various legal bills piling up for the new CSD.
Alas, like so many people discussing The Hideous Los Osos Sewer Wars, what Mr. Evans does is conflation: put apples next to oranges and hope everyone will see pears.
For example, he notes that “since 1999 [a period that covers when the OLD board was in charge] the total expenses for legal costs including outside legal fees to combat the many lawsuits brought against the Los Osos CSD by some of the very people currently serving on the board, has been $700,000.”
Wow! That’s a lotta pears, isn’t it. But what Mr. Evans DOESN’T tell you is that a good chunk of that money involved the Cal Cities lawsuit, brought against the OLD board by Cal Cities to protect their assets -- the water they sell to the community. Another chunk of that amount involves various personnel matters having nothing to do with the NEW board or the Sewer Wars, a gender bias lawsuit against the previous fire chief and on-administrative-leave general manager and so forth.
And the biggest chunk of the most recent expenditures was caused when the OLD board went into court to try to stop the recall election. That piece of folly cost the taxpayers a bundle but also saved them a bundle when the NEW board settled, since had they not settled, the law was soooo clear on the penalties and consequences for attempting and failing to stop ballot measures before an election that I’m amazed that the new group claiming “concern” over expenditures, Taxpayers Watch, doesn’t sue the on-administrative-leave OLD board attorney for malpractice for advising the OLD board to start that lawsuit in the first place.
So, when you remove the [old] apples from the [new] oranges, what do you end up with? Something that isn’t pears at all.
But that’s the game – conflation, spin, missing information, distorted “facts.” And now that Taxpayers Watch is starting a drive to dissolve the very CSD that some of them helped create, keep your hat on. The wind from the spin will be ferocious!