Uh-Oh, The 4.6 Mil Smackdown
Front page story by Jack Beardwood in the March 12, Bay News (www.tolosapress.com). Seems the U.S. Fish & wildlife Service thinks that the $4.6 million Broderson site plus $10,000 a year was mitigation for digging up Tri-W. Period. End of sentence. Touch one blade of grass at Tri-W and poof, the $4.6 million is gone, while the $10,000 per year remains and must be paid.
“The draft EIR,” wrote FWS officials, “ appears to conclude that the 72 acres of land not needed for leach fields at Broderson are still available to provide mitigation opportunities to compensate for biological impacts associated with this concurrently proposed project. We disagree. These lands at Broderson constitute the mitigation required for take of MSS (Morro shoulder dune snail) a well as impacts to other state-listed and special status species and their habitats that resulted from the clearing and grading of the Mid-Town Site (Tri-W), clearing and use of staging and collection areas and installation of pipelines that occurred in 2005 as part of the former project.”
Mark Hutchinson, who’s working on the draft EIR, disagrees, noting that “the county would be willing to offer more mitigation only if it disturbs an area that wasn’t included in the original project.. ‘We think Broderson property is more than appropriate,’ he said.”
Then added that “they [the county] would ultimately be negotiating these issues with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The county will just consult with FWS and the state Department of Fish and Game.”
Translation? The elephants will now commence to dance and anything resembling a mouse better run for cover.
Further translation? If FWS is correct, that the $4.6 mil plus $10,000 a year was total mitigation for so much as touching one blade of grass at Tri-W, then you can begin to understand the F*&k You And The Horse You Rode In On gamble the recalled board made with your money. One blade of grass, one roll of the dice and the $4.6 mil would be lost forever. And since the recalled Board wasn’t over deadline, they had the choice of waiting the few weeks until the Recall vote was over to touch that one blade of grass, which makes that F*^k You gamble even more breathtaking. And certainly not something a prudent Board, a Board that actually cared about the community would have ever done. $4.6 mil? Hell, Boys, Roll them snake eyes and F*^&k ‘Em All!
Proposition 8, Some More
In the same Bay News issue, (p. 5) is a Viewpoint/Letter by Stephen R. Marsden, Los Osos, in response to Pastor Nash’s Viewpoint of Feb 2o. Pastor Nash’s Viewpoint listed a whole bunch of reasons why the state should support heterosexual marriage, which neatly missed the entire point of the debate, which was and is: What’s the secular STATE’s compelling reason to treat citizens unequally when it comes to the secular contract known as “marriage?” That’s the question several of my columns on the issue raised and I’m still waiting for some kind of answer. Mr. Marsden neatly lays out the problem, so now I guess we’re both waiting on Pastor Nash. Thwok! The ball is once again in his court. Unless the state Supreme Court beats him to it.