Stand Down! Time To Do A Little Homework
Assemblyman Blakeslee’s “Breakthrough Proposal,” (the BBP) is making the rounds to all the warring parties. Basically, he’s asked them all (politely) to shut up and sit down and read his opening proposals and to begin considering their own offers or counter offers so the delicate dance of negotiating can begin.
Let us hope it will be a real negotiation without one party later saying, “Oh, heh-heh, the negotiations weren’t really negotiations.” Time to get serious. Failure here is not an option.
And I hope everyone in and out of Los Osos who’s interested in the outcome of the Sewer Wars, will take the time to track down and find the various original documents that are now in circulation. Hopefully, the CSD staff, when they get some time, will post the various Official Documents on their web site. In the meantime, copies of Assemblyman Blakeslee’s “Final Framework Resolution,” the CSD Resolution 2006 (June 8), as well as the CSD-authorized letter to Paul Hood of LAFCO, discussing collaborative options on a possible partnering with the County on the sewer issues, and so forth, should be available at the CSD office.
Every party in this process will have their own “deal-breaker” non-negotiable items. Right now, the language is deliberately vague in order to give all parties a chance to “fill in the blanks,” the details of which will be subject to debate, discussion, modification, rewrite.
And since the community is a vital part of this process, I hope they will all get involved to make sure their input and concerns are part of the mix. In addition, I can only hope that the community will take care not to fall prey to any fear tactics or spun “Truth” being hyped by one group or another or misleading headlines or half-baked media stories or wild suppositions and What-Ifs. Instead, I hope they will take the time to track down the actual documents and read for themselves what they actually say, attend any and all meetings to hear and comment on what’s being considered, and pay close attention to what actually gets votes on , since what is officially done is critical, not merely what is said. This community will have to pay dearly for everything that’s about to be done or un-done, so it needs to pay attention and make sure it becomes an active and open participant in the process.
“Stand down” does not mean idle, apathetic snoozing. It means get prepared, get informed, get creative, get smart, and above all, get involved. To start, the Board of Supervisors will begin a review some of the conditions of this proposal on Monday, June 19, in the new BoS chambers, at the County Government Center, 1055 Monterey St, starting at 2 p.m. The meeting will include public comment. So, be there, or at least send in your snail-mail or email comments. The county's involvement at this juncture is critical so the BoS needs to hear from all of you.