Friday, March 31, 2006

Tom Ruehr Needs to Donate His $120.00/hour to the Prohibition Zone Legal Defense Fund

Los Osos resident Tom Ruehr's name comes up in three very interesting places, and his is the only name that shows up in all three places.

He was a member of the Solution Group from 1997-98. He was a member of the Los Osos Technical Task Force in 2004, and he is listed as a consultant on the current waste water project update.

Considering former Solution Group members comprised five of the first eight CSD Directors, including recently recalled directors Stan Gustafson and Gordon Hensley, and considering that the LOTTF strongly disagreed with former Solution Group member's ideas, AND considering the "new" CSD Board -- a board that also strongly disagrees with former Solution Group member's ideas -- hired an engineering firm that included a former Solution Group member, it appears that Ruehr has jumped ship.

And, as far as I know, he's the only former Solution Group member or follower to have jumped. Everyone else -- the Gustafsons, and Hensleys, and Nash-Karners, and Karners, and DiLeos, and Semonsens -- all of them, are still locked arm and arm. But not Ruehr. Why?

Here's my e-mail, and his response:
- - -

    Hello Dr. Ruehr,

    I'm a freelance journalist researching a story on Los Osos, and I have just a couple of quick questions for you.

    Listed as a career "highlight" of yours in the recent project update document from Mr. Ripley, it says:

    "-- Served as a member of the Solutions (sic) Group with about 15 concerned citizens to develop a ponding system as exists in Arcata, California to treat the Los Osos waste water."

    What happened to that ponding system? Was it pursued? If so, how did it turn out?

    And:

    Were you satisfied with the performance of the Solution Group?

    Thanks,
    Ron


    Hello Ron,

    Thank you for your inquiry.

    It is inappropriate for me to comment now since I am working the the engineering firm to implement the sewer.

    You need to contact Gary Karner who was the chair of the Solutions Group. He is the husband of Pandora Nash-Karner.

    He should be able to provide you with an ear full of information.

    He has favored the down town sewer location and has opposed the newest sewer redition as I understand.

    Tom Ruehr

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Personally, I find it unconscionable that anyone involved with the Solution Group would pull one penny of public funds for sewer related stuff in Los Osos.

Although Ruehr has apparently freed himself from the "compelling language" of the Solution Group, and I applaud him for that, it can not be overlooked that he also had a hand in creating the mess in Los Osos as a member of the Solution Group. And now taxpayers are about to pay him to help clean it up? Not on my watch.

So, SewerWatch is asking Dr. Ruehr to donate the $120-140/hour that he will be making as a consultant for the waste water project update to the Prohibition Zone Legal Defense Fund.

Dr. Ruehr, here's the address:

PZLDF
P.O. Box 6095
Los Osos, CA
93412


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On a completely unrelated topic, much like the sky is blue and water is wet, Noam Chomsky is f-ing brilliant.

19 Comments:

  • I wonder what Noam would say about Los Osos?

    By Blogger Mike Green, at 6:23 PM, March 31, 2006  

  • Mike, if you read through that link, he talks about people being deceived by public relations campaigns. Something tells me he would find the Los Osos situation, especially the last seven years, very interesting.

    By Blogger Ron, at 7:07 PM, March 31, 2006  

  • I went and dug out that Chomsky quote I mentioned above:

    "Their policies are strongly opposed by most of the population. How do they carry this off? Well, that's been through an intriguing mixture of deceit, lying, fabrication, public relations."

    Sound familiar?

    By Blogger Ron, at 7:14 PM, March 31, 2006  

  • Ron,

    Baloney full of..... are you.

    love, Yoda

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:34 PM, March 31, 2006  

  • Chomsky is Los Osos. Profound. Often misunderstood or misrepresented. A signal that should be seen by others for its warning. Accused, instead, of being only fireworks.
    Rhur used to publically rant long, hard, and pointedly about the whole WWTF Boondoggle, knows his wastewater & sludge. Gets alot of respect from cal poly natural science types, something that G. Karner cannot universally claim.
    I'm re-reading a little Steinbeck
    right now. Been listening to some Micheal Franti this eve, followed by The Pacific Chorus frogs of Cuesta Inlet. Live, & Croaking...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:37 PM, March 31, 2006  

  • Anon at 23:37 "Live & Croaking" was me, the Dogpatch Refugee, so please to do unnecessarily inflict rebuttal or commentary upon poor anon as result of my mistaken mouse click.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:44 PM, March 31, 2006  

  • WTF, now I grow irked...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:46 PM, March 31, 2006  

  • Anon at 23:27 said,

    "Gets alot of respect from cal poly natural science types..."

    Dr. Ruehr's expertise gets a lot of respect from me, too. He is highly capable, and very smart. That's not my point. My point is he was part of the Solution Group, and now he's about to pull a check from public funds to clean up the Solution Group's mess. To paraphrase Yoda, bad taste it leaves, yes?

    By Blogger Ron, at 9:48 AM, April 01, 2006  

  • NOAM CHOMSKY IS A COMMUNIST. THE INTERNATIONAL COURT IS A COMMUNIST COURT. THE KYOTO TREATY IS A COMMUNIST PLAN TO SABATOGE THE INDUSTRIAL MIGHT OF THE UNITED STATES AND REDUCE OUR ABILITY TO REMAIN THE STRONGEST NATION IN THE WORLD. ENGLAND(A SOCIALIST COUNTRY) BACKED OFF KYOTO AS WELL.

    THE UINITED NATIONS IS A COLLECTION OF COMMUNISTS, ELITISTS AND POWER BROKERS WHO STAND FOR NOTHING, DO LESS AND BELONG SOME-WHERE ELSE: NORTH KOREA OR CUBA WITH MY BLESSINGS.

    HOW DO YOU HAVE DIPLOMACY WITH MURDERS WHO ARE OUT TO DESTROY YOUR CIVILIZATION IN ORDER TO YOU TO LIVE IN THE 8th CENTURY AND WHAT ECONOMIC SANCTIONS WILL YOU PLACE ON AL QUEADA, HESBOLLAH (SPELLING?) AND THE OTHER MURDERS WITHOUT CONSCIENCE?

    IF I UNDERSTAND YOUR OBVIOUS MORANIC POSITION, AFTER THE TOWERS AND PENTAGON WERE HIT AND AFTER THE PLANE WENT DOWN IN PENNSYLVANIA, YOU WOULD HAVE RUN TO THE U.N. A BEGGED FOOR THEIR IMPERIAL WISDOM AND DELAYED ACTION, AGREED TO SIGN THE KYOTO PROTOCOL SO THE COMMUNISTS IN THE U. N. WOULD LOVE US, FILE A COMPLAINT WITH THE INTERNATIONAL COURT, FORGET OUR CONSTITUTION AND THE FACT THAT WE ARE A DEMOCRATIC-REPUBLIC, HIRE A PACK OF EXPENSIVE, INTERNATIONAL LAWYERS TO PREPARE THE USELESS COMPLAINT, SEND A PLEA TO THE MURDERS ASKING THEM TO PLEASE STOP BEING NAUGHTY AND "MEAN SPIRITED" THEN ASK,"WHY CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?."

    YOU'D CUT OFF MILITARY MONEY SO THAT WE HAVE NO ABILITY TO DEFEND OURSELVES AND GO AFTER THE ENEMY, PROTECT OUR NATION AND, INSTEAD, SPEND THE MONEY ON MORE USELESS, EMPTY, EXPENSIVE AND REPETITIVE FAILED SOCIAL PROGRAMS THAT ONLY ENCOURAGE FAILURE, THAT KEEP BLACKS DOWN, ALLOW ALL THE ILLEGALS TO REMAIN IN COUNTRY, NEVER BE SENT BACK, GET A GREEN CARD OR CITIZENSHIP AND THEN, AFTER FEELING SO GOOD ABOUT YOURSELVES, ALL HOLD HANDS AND SING KUMBIYA WHILE CHINA AND RUSSIA FINALLY SUCCEED AND TERRORISM IS ALLOWED TO EXIST WITHOUT INTERRUPTION UNTIL THEY HAVE DESTROYED ALL DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND IRAN DEVELOPS AN ATOMIC WEAPON AND DROPS IT ON AMERICA OR AN ALLY.

    WOW! WHAT A WONDERFUL PHILOSDOPHY. HOW DID THIS WONDERFUL NATION EVER BECOME SO FORTUNATE TO HAVE SUCH DEEP THI NKERS? OH, I KNOW: THE DEMOCRAT PARTY WAS IN CHARGE.

    THIS IS WHY THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY MUST NEVER BE ALLOWED TO REGAIN THEIR POWER FOR AT LEAST 30 YEARS.

    GOD BLESS (OH, OH! I SAID, "GOD.") AMERICA, GOD BLESS G. W. BUSH, CHANEY, RUMSFELD, RICE AND OUR MILITARY AND GOD @#%$ ALL OF YOU GUTLESS, SOCIALIST, ELITIST COWARDS.

    BUDD SANFORD

    By Anonymous BUDD SANFORD, at 9:48 AM, April 01, 2006  

  • A nerve we have touched?

    By Blogger Ron, at 9:53 AM, April 01, 2006  

  • A local facist looney once again revealed.
    I DO agree with you about the bad taste in the mouth.
    Is Karner still on the water board??
    Nice to have my moniker back...

    By Anonymous Dogpatch Refugee, at 11:22 AM, April 01, 2006  

  • Budd,

    Are you the Budd who threatened the contractors or some other, and maybe fake, Budd Sanford?

    Curious minds want to know!

    By Blogger Sewertoons, at 8:07 PM, April 03, 2006  

  • It won't matter much ashe likely will not be writing the town's Nitrate & Pathogen Action Plan.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:16 PM, April 03, 2006  

  • Let the record reflect, I didn't say I agree with everything Chomsky says, I just said he is smart, or, more accurately, "f-ing brilliant."

    I'm a big fan of his thought process: point, point, point, conclusion.

    He teaches linguistics at MIT and has about 100 books published, for God's sake. Is someone arguing that he's not smart?

    By Blogger Ron, at 12:53 PM, April 04, 2006  

  • I guess BUD is.

    By Blogger Mike Green, at 8:00 PM, April 04, 2006  

  • No Budd isn't saying Noam isn't smart. He is saying he is a godless internationist. A Maoist mouthpiece. He is damning us as Reds for thinking otherwise by reading his treasonous pamphlets. Budd "threatens" everyone. He'll probably "threaten" this blog before its over. His behavior has been a great propaganda tool for the Tridubbers.
    Goddamn if this Boondoggle don't have its personalities...A whole toolbox full.

    By Anonymous Dogpatch Refugee, at 12:26 AM, April 05, 2006  

  • This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    By Blogger Mike Green, at 8:29 PM, April 05, 2006  

  • Dogpatch said:

    "Goddamn if this Boondoggle don't have its personalities...A whole toolbox full."

    That is one of the main reasons why I find this story so interesting. Excellent observation D.R.

    By Blogger Ron, at 10:50 AM, April 07, 2006  

  • Caveat Lector, everyone. Since there are very few folks posting here who actually are who they say they are, nobody should assume anything about anyone at any time, ever. And if a name appears, beware. A post by "Budd Sandford" or any other name has as much credibility as a posting by "Yoda."

    By Blogger Churadogs, at 6:30 AM, April 09, 2006  

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