Sunday, February 03, 2008

What's the Trib's Definition of "Several?"

When it comes to the history of the Los Osos sewer, everyone seems to have it wrong, except SewerWatch, of course.

From State Water Boards, to county officials, even Wikipedia, no one can seem to get it right, especially the Tribune.

For example, in today's story, Trib reporter, Sona Patel, writes, "After several failed attempts to build a sewer by the town’s services district...".


What's Patel's definition of "several?"

I count only two "failed attempts":

1) The Solution Group's "better, cheaper, faster" ponding project that formed the LOCSD in 1998, and then failed in late 2000, one month AFTER my first New Times cover story was published, where I showed that the Solution Group's project was failing dramatically (and the Trib, of course, never reported, like I did, that the project that got the LOCSD formed in the first place failed.)

That's one "failed attempt."


2) The failed Solution Group-turned-LOCSD Director's (that were now scrambling to save face over the embarrassment of the "better, cheaper, faster" fiasco) public-park-in-the-middle-of-town-on-ESHA-that-included-an-industrial-sewer-plant project -- an extremely unpopular project that was called "bait and switchy" by a member of the California Coastal Commission, and relied on an unsupported, and therefore illegal, Statement of Overriding Considerations that overrode the entire environmental review process for no reason whatsoever, from late 2000 to 2005.

That's only two "failed attempts" by the "town’s services district," and last I checked, two is just a "couple," never "several."

Now, granted, the Solution Group is also responsible for the demise of a third wastewater project for Los Osos -- the county's 1998 ready-to-go project, when Solution Group-turned-LOCSD Directors officially dumped the county's ready-to-go project in March of 1999 in favor of their "better, cheaper, faster" project, that would fail two years later -- but that third "attempt" wasn't "by the town’s services district," they just trashed it.

[MEMO to Trib editorial staff: Two is never "several."]

Jeeze... the next thing you know, the Trib will be writing an editorial supporting the mid-town, environmentally sensitive Tri-W location because they were told by the pre-recall CSD Board that there's no other feasible location.

Oh, wait. That already happened... just days before a crucial election on the matter.



  • County Public Works Director Paavo Ogren said county officials are interested in meeting with Todd about his technology but that it would be difficult at this point to compare his work with other private proposals.

    Color me just a little skeptical...

    It would be difficult at this point to _________-the statements atTRIButed to the CPWD PO in today's Tribune, in this "land of the free and the home of the brave" - Great opening Star Spangled Banner performance!! Girl can sing.

    By Blogger Mark, at 3:24 PM, February 03, 2008  

  • "Girl can sing"
    Yes indeed, well done!
    I just wish we could change the National anthem to something we all could sing, like "America the beautiful"
    That said, Ron is shooting fish in a barrel again.
    The Trivial, whew, what a stinker paper!

    By Blogger Mike Green, at 9:51 AM, February 04, 2008  

  • One more Superbowl comment,
    The commercials were overall pretty good, At the party I attended the Bridgstone add with Richard Simmons about to get run over got a huge response from those watching!
    The groans when the car swerved was the loudest outburst of the evening.
    Good game though.

    By Blogger Mike Green, at 10:07 AM, February 04, 2008  

  • The car swerved?

    Not at my party. I think you better call your cable company and ask for an upgrade. We all loved that ad! Or maybe it was just those *&^#% margaritas. And the company. I mean, we share common values and all....

    I gotta say, I generally hate the S*Bowl but I love party. (sigh)

    By Blogger *PG-13, at 11:59 PM, February 04, 2008  

  • Madame..

    By Blogger Mark, at 6:59 AM, February 06, 2008  

  • For a newspaper to be so light on the facts is disturbing. Maybe they sould have printed a picture of a technition pulling a sample.

    What was in the water that triggered the closure, Mr. Sneed???
    If it is bacteria from the recent sewerage spills, then I suppose I can understand the under reporting, sort of...

    County environmental health officials have issued three beach advisories for elevated bacteria levels.

    Weekly sampling found the waters on both sides of the Avila Beach Pier and north of the Cayucos Pier exceeded state health standards. Signs were posted at these locations warning the public to avoid contact with the ocean.

    New samples were taken for more testing. The advisories will remain in effect until results meet state standards.

    —David Sneed

    By Blogger Mark, at 7:05 AM, February 06, 2008  

  • A comment from from a previous posting: I never tire from reading and promulgating this, as it is illuminating "law": because it is sometimes difficult to read the full text of a law in the U.S.C., and because the section numbers you might be familiar with do not correlate with U.S.C. section numbers

    This just in...The words "and because the section numbers you might be familiar with do not correlate with U.S.C. section numbers" have been removed from the USEPA web page ""Laws the we Administer"....Hmmm.

    Fortunately I now copy all the web pages I visit.
    I am glad that someone from the government may actually be reading the LOSTDEP Blogs, or my blind copy email...

    Government of the people, by the people and for the people.

    By Blogger Mark, at 9:00 AM, February 08, 2008  

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