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Re: “Three blocks upwind of downtown� (Sept. 23-29) by Ron Crawford: This article attempts to be cute by using subterfuge and confusion to make fun of the Los Osos sewer project.

First of all, Ron, correctly designed sewer systems don’t smell. Try driving down Tank Farm Road; you will notice that there is no smell. Can you think of SLO with no sewer system; no parks?

Los Osos was allowed to develop on 25- to 50-foot lots with septic systems, even though this would be unsatisfactory in any area. This community had historically denied all requests to pay for needed infrastructure and denied the last of the Clean Water Act monies to pay for a sewer system in 1982. Ron misleads readers by reporting that the community turned down a surcharge for recreation development implying that this is anti the current sewer, when in fact voters overwhelmingly approved the current sewer system by election. Only a small portion of the current residents are opposed to the sewer, and it is clear to most people that the “move the sewerâ€? movement is only an attempt by a small number of people to block this needed sewer system. These delaying actions have in fact increased the costs of this project. 

John Taylor

johnetaylor@charter.net

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