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STEP proponent 

Los Osos

The Board of Supervisors has agendized the Los Osos wastewater project twice before Thanksgiving, even though they’re supposed to be done with the matter, and 22 Coastal Commission appeals are still under consideration. The public works department will ask for another quarter of a million dollars and consider the California Coastal Commissioners’ appeal.


Seven million dollars were spent in the past three years, to re-do the project stopped in 2005. The 218 engineer’s report stated that STEP and gravity would compete through the design build phase but we got an over-engineered, head-to-toe, no-bid project. Back to square one (minus $7 million).

STEP directionally drills 4-inch pipes at 4-foot depth, along the right of way, whereas the current project involves deep trenches in hydrophobic, Baywood fine sands; a problematic endeavor. Once the roads are excavated, the road taxes, which have been collected but deferred from Los Osos for the past five years, will not be used to “repair” our “existing” roads as promised by the county. Instead, because the roads were 100 percent disrupted, this will become a project cost.

 On Nov. 24, the board will address the inability to pass the second 218, (What vacant lot owner is going to vote to assess themself when there is no water to develop?) and those project costs will also be shifted to homeowners in fees and charges.

Property owners and appellants should’ve been notified and given the opportunity to comment on changes made. Where’s our transparent process and capitalistic competition?

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