A Mouse Tail
The following little tale is from PZLDF. You know, The Prohibition Zone Legal Defense Fund, the group that’s helping to support The Los Osos 45. You remember them? Oh, that’s right. You’ve forgotten those people. They were your friends and neighbors, but you thought the RWQCB “stood down.” Which means you think these people (and YOU) are “safe” from CDOs and CAO prosecution. You think that because of the 218 vote, the County” has” this project so you’re in the clear.
Errrrnnnkkk, not even close. The RWQCB didn’t “stand down.” The County doesn’t have this project (and won’t have it until the BOS votes to accept it, somewhere waaaayyy down the line) Which means, dear and gentle Homeowners of the PZ, YOU and your home have never left the RWQCB’s cross hairs.
Which becomes especially troubling when you stop to think what will happen to YOU if there are “delays” due to lawsuits or other serious issues, over which you have no control. True, the Board used the CDO's as a coercive method to get a favorable 218 vote, but it's also true that YOU, dear PZ homeowner, are the only ones in this game that they can get their hands on to "punish" if anything goes wrong. Yes, the recent vote made it clear that even though you voted overwhelmingly to support a project, you're still in the RWQCB’s abusive gunsights. The county isn’t. They don’t have this project, so they’re off the hook and to date the county has done nothing to help get YOU, dear homeowner, off the hook either. You're it.
Which means that YOU who voted to support a project but YOU who personally cannot possibly build a sewer plant yourself, YOU, who are forbidden by the RWQCB in one of their more specious Hobson’s Choice moves, to do anything BUT hook up to a sewer plant, (no onsites allowed, remember?) YOU stand to lose YOUR home –not the county – so long as this abusive Mad Hatter case stands.
And if you missed the Nov 6 Tribune story, PZLDF with attorney Shauna Sullivan was in Judge Barry LaBarbera’s courtroom recently. Sullivan represents both the folks filing the suit and the CSD in attempting to secure due process rights in this whole Mad Hatter Tea Party/Torquemada Auto de Fe ACL/CDO process started by the RWQCB nearly two years ago. The ISSUES at hand are ones that affect everyone in the PZ. Everyone.
To get an idea of the weirdness of this case, consider just one small point: Sullivan wants to amend her original case but to do so she needs the Official Record of the original ACL/CDO hearings. Problem? The RWQCB claims that she doesn’t need that record because it’s all online (not true) or can be looked at by going down to the office, Monday – Friday and plowing through boxes and boxes of documents.
Problem with that? As anyone who has sat through those Mad Hatter hearings can tell you, nobody in hell knows what was put into the Official Record or taken out or put in then taken out, or taken out then put back in, or partially taken out with only certain segments put back in or . . . . And since the goal posts kept morphing and moving as the original case bit the dust, then was changed and restarted, with the board’s attorney’s absolutely spooked at the possibility of something getting into that record they didn’t want to get in there, hence the parsing and snipping and in-out-in? No-out insanity, only God himself knows what was carried over, what got dumped. And things posted on the website kept disappearing, leaving everyone asking, WHAT “official record?”
So what’s the problem? Only stuff in the Official Record can ever come into a “real” court of law.
That’s the problem. Control the record, control the case. Deny the record, control the case. And that old standby, Morph the record, Delay the record, Muddle the record, Deny the record, run out the clock, and “win.”
But, wait, it gets better: In the courtroom, Sullivan was told that PZLDF could “buy” the record (they did and if you’d like to help pay for that cost, see the PZLDF address below) and it would be delivered within 90 days (this after over a year of requests to get the record, all foot-dragged and foot-dragged, forcing her to go to court to get the judge to ORDER the RWQCB to prepare the record).
Problem with that? Sullivan has only 20 days to amend her pleadings on a record that won’t exist for another 90 days. Without knowing what is or isn’t in the Official Record, how, do you suppose, that is possible? Hire a psychic?
When they say Justice is blind, they’re not kidding. In this case, blind, deaf, dumb and truly mad. Yet that’s the “justice” YOU, dear and gentle PZ homeowner, are now under. You, me and The Los Osos 45, you remember? Those people you forgot because you thought they had no relation to YOU since – Ha-ha – they got the CDOs and you didn’t, so you think you’re in the clear? And “safe?” Well, think again.
A little tale:
A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and hiswife open a package. What food might this contain? The mouse wondered -he was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap. Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning: There isa mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house! The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, ' Mr.Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of noconsequence to me. 'I cannot be bothered by it.' The mouse turned to the pig and told him, 'There is a mousetrap in thehouse! There is a mousetrap in the house!' The pig sympathized, but said, I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but thereis nothing I can do about it but pray. 'Be assured you are in myprayers.' The mouse turned to the cow and said 'There is a mousetrap in thehouse! There is a mousetrap in the house!' The cow said, 'Wow, Mr. Mouse. I'm sorry for you, but it's no skin offmy nose.' So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to facethe farmer's mousetrap alone. That very night a sound was heard throughout the house – like thesound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmer's wife rushed to seewhat was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomoussnake whose tail the trap had caught. The snake bit the farmer's wife.The farmer rushed her to the hospital, and she returned home with afever. Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer
took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup's main ingredient. Buthis wife's sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit withher around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig. Thefarmer's wife did not get well; she died. So many people came for herfuneral, the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat forall of them. The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with greatsadness. So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and think itdoesn't concern you, remember -- when one of us is threatened, we areall at risk. We are all involved in this journey called life. We mustkeep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourageone another. Please help Los Osos stop the enforcement against individuals and to deliver a sustainable project.
Citizens for Clean Water
PO Box 6095 L.O. 03412