Aw, dang! And things were going along so nicely here in Sewerville. The sewer pipes are in, the sewer plant is a-building right along. A new Los Osos CSD election was on its way. The letters to the editor pages were filled with snarking about every other race but our own. The CSD candidates' forum was very informative and collegial and collectively respectful, the only "controversy" was over why two of the candidates apparently failed to contact the organizers (the local Democratic club and/or whoever was handling the arrangements) to say they couldn't attend and could we please set another night. But, everyone soldiered on nonetheless.
Then everything started to go sideways: The CSD decided that use of Channel 20 to broadcast the debate was verboten because the group organizing the debate was considered a "political" group, even though political affiliation has never been a part of the CSD candidate qualifications or of the CSD election itself. So the debate had to air on You Tube, of all places, until it finally aired on AGP's Channel 21.
Then Pandora Nash-Karner fired an opening salvo in the pages of the Tribune, directly attacking two of the candidates, dredging up the Old Sewer Wars, then touting her own slate of candidates. It was a letter that caused me to snort coffee out of my nose and think: It is supremely delicious how the architect of the original disaster now points with faux-dismay at those who were left to deal with the inevitable cascading debacle that resulted from the original disaster. Sudden concern about the fate of the CSD from the woman who demanded Roger Briggs fine the CSD out of existence? Quel gall.
But I said nary a word on this blog and hoped everyone else would zip-it. A few days later a clone of Pandora's letter appeared. Again, I posted nothing. And waited, with bated breath, but no counter letters appeared, so I figured maybe Pandora's targets and her Chosen Three would ALL rise above her baited opening salvo and stay focused on what's become our favorite mantra out here: A relentlessly smiley-faced "Moving Forward!"
But, no such luck. Saturday front page, the Sewer Wars erupted, with Pandora's Chosen Three now joined up and issuing a flier attacking their two opponents over the (ancient history) sewer while defending their own attack flier by saying that Cesena and Swanson are to blame since they criticized the two incumbants over "not holding the [current] district's administration accountable."
Yikes! Criticizing incumbents over current issues. In an election, no less. Who would have thought?
Well, you can see how splendidly our smiley-faced "Moving Forward!" mantra is working. As is our loudly stated insistence on not dredging up the Bad Old Days, our relentlessly positive efforts to just focus on current-and-future CSD issues, so long as candidates don't disagree with or criticize any incumbents for present-day administrative difficulties?
So, here we are once again in a fifth-grade Poo fight. With an added bonus: A Tribune front-page story that also tosses Mr. Storm's temper and obscene gesture issues front and center, a piece of information I doubt the average voter had been aware of prior to this.
Sigh. More proof positive that knives in a knife fight have blades that can cut both ways.
Since a good many people in Los Osos use mail-in ballots and vote early, the CSD election may well have been decided after the candidate forum but before Pandora's first shot and/or the Tribune headlines and this morning's final tit-for-tat final two letters. Wouldn't that be interesting to contemplate? Well, two more days and we'll see what happens. Good luck to all the candidates and thanks for running.
Except for the Tribune's final parting shot: The CSD candidates didn't even rate an editorial recommendation. Poor Los Osos. Still the county's Red-Haired Stepchild.