It’s War and Peace and War, Los Osos Style!
Local author Barbara Wolcott finished her book on The Hideous Sewer Wars. Well, The Hideous Sewer Wars . . . . . So Far. Barbara’s previous book, “David, Goliath and The Beach Cleaning Machine,” covered the Unocal/Avila Beach destruction/rebuild and beach cleanup. The new book is at Volumes of Pleasure so you can go buy a copy and see if you’re mentioned in terms that aren’t too unflattering. Then everyone can call their lawyers and start suing for libel and/or start demanding retractions/corrections and we can all start The Hideous Sewer Book Wars.
For Immediate Release 8-11-09
Local Author writes new book about the
Los Osos Sewer Saga
Small Town Perfect Storm:
The Los Osos Sewer Saga
By Barbara Wolcott
Price: $19.95 ISBN: 978-1-930401-75-4
Publication date: August 12, 2009
A monstrous environmental public health disaster lay under a
town of 12,000 people. It had already contaminated one of two
aquifers serving them and the surrounding area. Now it threatened
the remaining water supply. The source was not oil, nor chemicals
but 5,000 septic tanks sending a million gallons of effluent down
An even greater threat loomed as a minority of residents set
out to prove there was no danger nor any need to build and pay
for sewer plant and collection system. What started as a quest
for technical information became a contest of wills—a minority driving the majority to the brink of an economic disaster in an epic battle spanning nearly thirty years. The catalyst who finally found a solution was a first grade student when it began and a California State Assemblyman when he ended it.
Good intentions, enormous egos and a plethora of happenstance contributed to the long contest, creating a Perfect Storm that came gradually, destroyed people, long time friendships, some marriages and trust in government. Few believed the town of Los Osos was worth saving, but it survived with scars and started to reclaim its serenity before the dust settled. There are no comparables. Los Osos cut a fresh path and claimed its own redemption.
SMALL TOWN PERFECT STORM is available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online bookstores. For book cover digital images, you may contact Central Coast Press-publisher Bill Charlesworth at firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-534-0307. Contact;Barbara Wolcott at email@example.com or (805) 543-5240 for an interview.
Planning, Planning, Planning.
The Planning Commission finished dotting the I’s and crossing T’s on August 13 and 5 -0 approved their re-crafted, modified, Giacomazzi-sited, water-smart sewer project, including a water conservation component. And now it goes to the BOS and hence to the Coastal Commission.
So, start yer engines. Lawsuiters, please take a number. Supporters, take a number also. Everyone else, start placing your bets: Who will be the first to sabotage the PC’s hard work and how quickly will it be – Penelope-at-the-loom-wise – quietly unraveled and morphed or buried in the dead of the night by the light of the silvery moon, only to be replaced by some other project that will suddenly appear after the public has fallen asleep only to wake up and rub their eyes and say WTF???
And who will be discovered holding the lethal weapon?