Mr. Crawford, I enjoyed your article in the New Times about the Los Osos Sewer project â€” very well researched and written!
As I started reading I just assumed it was a Daniel Blackburn article (my favorite New Times journalist). But when I read your line about â€œ(sound of pool balls breaking),â€? I thought, â€œThatâ€™s even better than usual,â€? and I looked at the byline and saw your name for the first time. So I guess Dan will have to up the brainpower if he wants to keep his place!
I hope Iâ€™m wrong about this, but I suspect the main purpose of the sewer plant project is not to provide sewer service but to serve as a barrier to local protest against the ultimate carpeting of every square foot of ground in a 10-mile radius with subdivisions and strip malls.
Normally the Los Osos locals would prevent such development, but the sewer project has every household paying $150 per month â€” which gives authorities some power over voters for future development. Theyâ€™ll be able to say, â€œWeâ€™re sorry it hurts so much to pay that $150 per month â€” would you like your bill to be reduced? Just look the other way while we approve this new 1,300-unit apartment complex, and your sewer bill will go down by $30 per month!â€?
Nothing beats money for changing hearts and minds of voters â€¦ . Keep sending those articles to New Times!
Herbert L. Kyzer, CPA
San Luis Obispo