Saturday, August 07, 2010

Yup, That's How It's Done Here In Chinatown

Poor Ms. Sherrod isn't the only person to be the victim of Officials Acting Badly Without Complete Facts.  See Ron Crawford's post, "How the Water Quality Control Board "Sherroded" 45 Los Osos Property Owners," at

Yup, that's how it's done.  Bankrupt and/or bury the victims, then walk away.


FOGSWAMP said...

Ron sure seems to have a good nose, digs deep, is good at gathering and synthesizing information, and logically presents it so that folk can understand it.

However, I doubt that the licensed State Court Jester ms Young & Co will respond.

Alon Perlman said...

Well written, and stylistically all Ron. Zero nexus to anything actionable, however.

Oh, it's comment central over there. But it's pretty much 2006 all over again. Even the actual Horror of the RCB's 1% final solution is glossed over.
Kinda like the lessons of Vietnam and 9/11 all rolled into one.

The Lesson of Los Osos is that;
No one learned the Lesson of Los Osos©

FOGSWAMP said...

Oh yes," Lessons of Los Osos "learned " ;

Moving forward when you don't want to, is a bad and costly thing, just ask Toyota.

The "recall" was a good thing, because fixing mistakes only improves public trust.

Ron's waterboarding of the State Waterboard is a good thing, because they are in my view unnecessarily waterboarding the Los Osos 45 hostages rather harshly.

Sewertoons said...

Fogswamp says:

"The "recall" was a good thing, because fixing mistakes only improves public trust"

Really? Seems like the mistrust just shifted to another entity, the County.

FOGSWAMP said...


You're right "public mistrust" in government in general is at an all time low.

However, when I sated "fixing mistakes only improves public trust" in the context of moving the sewer plant to a more intelligent out of town location, away from the bay, I meant that it serves to protect our bay and environment from spills etc.

In 1983, the Supreme Court of California in the Mono Lake case defined "The Public Trust" doctrine
as ".. an affirmation of the duty of the state to protect the peoples common heritage of streams, lakes, marshlands and tide lands".

That revived "public trust" doctrine gave environmentalists one big club to protect water rights in the West.

A good read about the aforementioned is titled Vision or Villainy by Abraham Hoffman, also Cadillac Desert and Beyond Chinatown (Los Osos).

I might add that said books tell the sad tail of environmental disasters that resulted from poorly situated dams, not unlike the TiW location was to the bay.

Alon Perlman said...

Thanks fogswamp for the mention I did not know of-

A Tri W spill; given some study of drainage patterns in LO would not go to sweet springs though, but only in the Worst case scenario of a very wet season would eventualy end up in the bay after crossing a fair amount of land, with some subsurface transport. It would go to the west of sweet springs.
Still plenty of good reasons to have moved it.
The additional pipe leangth to go out of town bears some risk also.
In all cases small footprint and lack of reserve capacity of lined storage areas are risky.

FOGSWAMP said...

Alon ........ What's that old truism, "If it can happen, it will happen".

Yes, during heavy rain the spills start flowing and the sewage only serves to grease the way with the storm-waters down to Pecho Marshlands.

Of course with a gravity system, this is bound to eventually happen.