“ . . . A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes . . .”
This morning’s Tribune carried the news: “Osos CSD files for bankruptcy,” and goes on to state that the District filed on Friday in federal court, thereby becoming “the largest special district in the state to seek such protection from creditors since 1990.”
It was also noted that “Los Osos Board President Lisa Schicker said the board had no choice because of the sheer number of claims pending against the district. In all, fines, claims and debts to contractors add up to an estimated $40 million.” . . . “The board was particularly critical of the group Taxpayers Watch and state and regional water boards, which have fined the district for not building the sewer”
“Given the repeated assaults by Taxpayers Watch and the unwillingness of the water boards to work cooperatively with the district . . . the district simply had no choice,” Schicker said.”
It was noted that both Board members, Tacker & Schicker, stated that the district “needs the breathing room that bankruptcy protection will provide”
Well, not unexpected , but what blew coffee out of my nose was this: Halfway down the story was a quote from Pandora Nash-Karner, who said of the present CSD Board: “They’re like the teenager who got caught stealing the car. It’s not their fault. ‘Gee, officer, the stop sign jumped out in front of the car.’”
Not their fault?
For anyone unfamiliar with Pandora’s role in both the CSD and the CSD/Sewer Link, I suggest you visit Ron Crawford’s blogsite (http://www.sewerwatch.blogspot.com/) for an excellent History of Sewerville, so to speak – just click on the various links and caches and documentation, especially the piece Ron wrote for the Bay News documenting the timing of the CSD’s original formation election and the RWQCB’s decision concerning the Solutions Group’s Sewer Proposal, the $35-a-month Ponding System that the RWQCB had already disapproved of shortly before the election, a fact unknown by the majority of the community, but certainly known to the Solutions Group, a group of which Pandora was a key member and one of the first Board members on the newly created CSD.
For those who love beginnings, [It’s not my fault] it is there that the pebble was pushed off the hill by Pandora, the Solutions Group, the very first CSD, a pebble which became a boulder tumble, which became a landslide, which ultimately became the train wreck we’re dealing with today. Hip bone connected to the thigh bone. . . thigh bone connected to the . . .
And Pandora. as you will remember, was one who sent an email to Regional Water Quality Control Board Executive Officer, Roger Briggs, before last year’s recall was even certified, demanding that he “fine the CSD out of existence,” which he moved rapidly to do, first with an ACL and almost immediately afterwards with CDOs against The Los Osos 45. [It’s not my fault!]
For Pandora to now speak about the present CSD Board as if they were teenagers saying “It’s not my fault,” is genuinely, snort-coffee-through-your-nose, funny.
Next up in the Delight Department is the comment from Paul Hood, EO of LAFCo, the agency that will be considering whether or not to dissolve the CSD next month:” I’m sure everything will become crystal clear in the next five to 10 years. . . . Hopefully sooner.”
Gosh, ya think?
Well, would that it were so. The History of Sewerville, from the formation of the CSD to its possible dissolution, bifurcation, bankruptcy, whatever, would really be something to read. It would have to be written as a Tragic Comedy, or a Comedy of Errors with Tragic Consequences. It certainly would have a wild cast of characters including People Trying To Do The Right Thing, People Being Misled by Incompetent People While Trying To Do The Right Thing, People Pretending To Do The Right Thing So They Can Get Away With Doing The Wrong Thing, People Doing the Wrong Thing.
Toss in Hidden Agendas, Sly Thumbs-On-The-Scale Monkey-Wrenchers, Scientific Illiterates, Apathetic Voters, Media Asleep At The Switch, Absolute Failure of So Many Government Agencies and Regulators To Actually Do Their Jobs, Plain Old Greed, Egos Rampant On A Field of Political Expediency, Arrogance Run Amok, Unenlightened Self Interest, Lawsuits For The Right Reasons, Lawsuits For The Wrong Reasons, The Blind Medean Furies, A Bunch of Cut Down Dead Trees, The Law Of Unintended Consequences, and you have the making of an Epic! Cast of thousands! Call Cecile B. DeMille!
At this point, the list of unknowns is longer than the knowns: What happens to the Blakeslee Proposal? What happens to the Sewer Project? What happens at the LAFCo meeting? What happens to the CSD elections in Nov? What happens, What happens, What happens?
Well, as in all things here in Sewerville, Stay Tuned.