Uh, oh, Ron Crawford, over at www.sewerwatch.blogspot.com has fired up his S.Wa.T.T.Force 1 and taken on the county's Los Osos Sewer TAC team. It's a rumble in the sewer and amongst the myriad rules and regs and Commissions and laws and reports. Wheee! Let's hope some of his cogent points make it into the county's TAC report.
Next Public Hanging & Auto de Fe at the RWQCB Mad Hatter CDO Hearings for The Los Osos 45 Left Still Standing
May 10 the RWQCB will reconvene at Aerovista place (check their website for time and date) to finish torturing and burning the remaining Los Osos 45. Interestingly, the Chairman has also quashed the subpoena submited by a few of the 45 on March 13th who wished to depose RWQCB CEO Roger Briggs, now that he has returned from sailing the high seas.
Bwahahahahah. The Board can't possibly let THAT happen, so has requested "A protective order [from such subpoenas] is necessary to preclude any additional attempts to issue or request subpoenas for the deposition of witnesses on the staff of the Central Coast Water Board. "
In other words, if you're an individual CDO recipient and you wish to use your right to question witnesses, including Mr. Briggs now he's back in town, too bad. Outta luck. You'll simply have to make do with whatever the Board has decreed is the record to date and settle for whatever the Board wishes to to allow to go into that record. Nothing more. Nothing less. More tea! More tea! Move down! Move down.
Also on the agenda at that May 10th meeting, a decision by the board as to how to proceed with the CDOs for the remaing 45 as well as the rest of the community.
If my math is correct, using the figures supplied in this ruling, the RWQCB has spent about a year and a half and tons of taxpayer money to "prosecute" about 45 people. Of that 45, 30 settled, many under durress, but seven later withdrew that settlement agreement and have requested a "trial," which means that 23 settled, 22 did not. And there are a few remaining people who still have yet to be prosecuted. The return rate, then, for this massive process, is about 50%. And there's still some 4,500++ homeowners left to go.
And the appeal process STILL hasn't been heard by the State Water Board. And not a single drop of water has benefited by this extraordinarily expensive operation.
So, does someone want to explain to me what the cost/benefits are to the taxpayers of our dear state for this apallingly bungled, misguided operation?
I would advise everyone to attend this important meeting simply to watch the pro-forma, previously decided Rubber Stamps at work. Makes a nice piece of theatre.