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Los Osos inches forward under threat of fines 

Los Osos CSD representatives, including Vice President John Fouche, Director Chuck Cesena, interim counsel John McClendon, and interim General Manager Dan Bleskey, met Wednesday morning to negotiate impending fines with Regional Water Board Manager Roger Briggs.

As of press time, the CSD and water board representatives were still meeting in private.

The challenges that lie ahead for Los Osos are formidable: to heal a divided community, to fend off fines, to retain state loan money, and to relocate the sewer.

Proponents of the downtown sewer have insisted that delays in the project would lead to fines of up to $10,000 a day for the community, as well as smaller fines for specific residents who are deemed gross polluters.

"We're just going to do what's best for Los Osos,- said CSD Director Julie Tacker, "and Measure B gave us that direction, as did the [recall] election.-

Since its inception, the new CSD board has already met four times in just 12 days. The previous board met once or twice a month, with meetings regularly going well into the morning hours. In an effort to be more democratic and transparent, the new board has promised to hold shorter, more frequent meetings.

Tuesday night's meeting, focusing on groundwater quality studies and a wastewater project audit, went until 11:30 p.m. Closed session discussion, which addressed the board's five pending lawsuits and two anticipated lawsuits, ran till 2 a.m.

-J.H.

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