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The following email from Ed Ochs, editor of The Rock:
The new issue of The Rock is out and also up on enhanced www.rockofthecoast.com.
This issue has several articles of vital interest to Los Osos. The two cover stories are curiously related, besides being about water and sewers. "Clear Damage: The Dire Condition of Morro Bay's Wastewater Collection System" is an indepth exposé of the Morro Bay/Cayucos system, which has been in neglect for years, leaking sewage into the soil and polluting groundwater. The story is documented with color stills of large cracks, misaligned pipe joints and sunken laterals. The MB/Cayucos Sanitary District recently raised sewer rates dramatically to pay for millions of dollars in major repairs. The RWQCB has been worried about pollution from Los Osos septics, worried enough to issue a building moratorium and CDOs. Is it possible that Morro Bay could wind up with a building moratorium like Los Osos? It will be very interesting to watch how they address the clearly documented leakage.
The second cover story, "March of 'The Reclamator'," documents 31 days in March in which Tom Murphy's Reclamator went from producing "snake oil" to clean water. On March 1 he installed a Reclamator in the front yard of the home he purchased in Bayridge Estates (which has its own community system, no septics), eliminating pollutants at the source--and the need for a County connection along with it. By March 31 the RWQCB and County were about to issue the Reclamator a permit to operate. The story features color photos of the installation from Day One to the celebratory raising of the first bottle of clear water. It should be noted that Marla Jo Bruton and Richard Sadowski, who initially exposed the condition of the Morro Bay/Cayucos system, have endorsed the Reclamator as a solution for both Los Osos and Morro Bay.
The Rock Report this month illuminates "Invasion of the Town Snatchers: The Ongoing Takeover of Los Osos, Morro Bay and Cayucos," which lays bare the roots of County corruption has that has allowed developers to infiltrate local government agencies to ensure development and even funnel public funds into projects that increase their profitability. This indepth piece exposes how some elected and appointed officials are more motivated by business interests than the welfare of citizens.
Also of prime interest to Los Osos is the story, "Regional Water Board Meets to Outlaw 'Smart,' Affordable Onsite Systems," which fits nicely into recent and ongoing commentary on your blog. Analysis by The Rock indicates that the RWQCB and County are shoring up the big-pipe bulwark for a megasewer in Los Osos by increasing their authority over onsite systems, that is, granting themselves the power to eliminate any and every onsite system as an alternative to the unaffordable megasewer--no matter how well it works or how many millions less it may cost.Also featured is a Q&A with Dr. John Alexander and Bo Cooper's latest column of oracular truth, "The County As People-Eater."
Finally, Rock Readers will find some much-needed relief in the painfully true-to-life spoofs, "County Seeks Thousands of Los Ososians for 'Vital Mission," "County Declares Sunset in Los Osos an 'Act of War'" and "Moon Falls on Taxpayers Watch."Oh yeah, this issue's back-page cartoons in "Political Sports" are controversial and contain images that are generally unsuitable for persons with low self-esteem, no sense of humor or rigid political beliefs.
And it's all now up on wwwrockofthecoast.com.