The following is a press release sent from the newly formed, Prohibition Zone legal Defense Fund, to help Los Osos residents targeted by the RWQCB with CDOs. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 28, 2006 Contact: Rob Shipe: 528-7242 LosOsosCDO@Gmail.com or
Bill Moylan: 528-2324
LEGAL DEFENSE FUND STARTED FOR TARGETED LOS OSOS RESIDENTS
The Prohibition Zone Legal Defense Fund (PZLDF) has been established at Coast National Bank in Los Osos. The fund was created to accept donations and help raise money for an attorney to represent Los Osos residents that have been targeted with Cease & Desist Orders (CDOs) from the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB). While the Community Services District has requested and received status as a "Designated Party" and will be an active participant in the April 28th hearing, the CSD is legally not allowed to offer legal help to individual citizens. For many of the targeted residents, paying an attorney to protect their individual rights is simply not an affordable option. For this reason, the PZLDF was formed to raise money from the whole community in order to help our friends, neighbors and ultimately ourselves by engaging the services of one law firm which will represent, not only the originally targeted 45 people, but ultimately everyone in the prohibition zone, since all of them are also targeted to receive CDO's as well.
Every resident and business within the prohibition zone will be prosecuted. It's critical that residents and businesses contribute whatever time and money they can before they become a target for prosecution. The RWQCB Prosecution Staff views the first wave of defendants as a test case. If they are successful, they intend to streamline the process for the remaining residents and businesses. PZLDF President Bill Moylan said, "The Prohibition Zone Legal Defense Fund will be used, if needed, to defend the homeowners as a group if we need to go to court to have the RWQCB back off from issuing CDO's. Cease and Desist Orders are extremely serious and injurious to anyone who gets one. If the RWQCB does what it has promised, every property owner in the Prohibition Zone will get one. This is why we need every one in Los Osos to contribute to this fund. If we do not have to use it, all moneys will be donated to the Low Income Assistance Fund or other charity that benefits Los Osos."Defendants and community volunteers have been assisting with research and document preparation for the April RWQCB administrative hearing and any later legal proceedings. Those that can not donate funds are requested to donate time in an effort to generate a considerable savings in research time needed by whatever law firm is ultimately hired.Defense research has unearthed serious "unintended consequences" of imposing CDOs on businesses and property owners. While these consequences were apparently not anticipated or intended by the Regional Board's Prosecution Staff, they nonetheless involve serious legal risks for targeted homeowners and businesses who are and will be prosecuted. This fund is intended to help those who may not be able to afford the legal help now, and to protect those who will be subject to prosecution later.
Residents and businesses within the prohibition zone that support The Prohibition Zone Legal Defense Fund now will be protecting their own interests before their time comes. Donations can be made to the Prohibition Zone Legal Defense Fund at Coast National Bank or by mail to:PZLDFPO Box 6095Los Osos, CA 93412
Unfortunately, donations are not tax deductible but they are greatly appreciated. For more information or to volunteer, you can contact PZLDF Vice President Rob Shipe at 528-6772 or send an e-mail to LosOsosCDO@gmail.com. Mr. Shipe added, "We are literally trying to protect the community. This isn't about law suits, it isn't about fighting. We are trying to negotiate with the Water Board to clean up the water in Los Osos and move us towards compliance with measures the Water Board passed in 1983. This prosecution will accomplish neither goal. We would rather work with them, than fight against them."