God bless SLO County Supervisors John Peschong, Debbie Arnold, and Lynn Compton for doing the right thing at the March 6 Board of Supervisors meeting in regard to the Estrella-El Pomar-Creston (EPC) Water District request to transfer Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) status to their newly formed water district. That request included transferring 29 percent of the voting power from the county to the EPC's special interest group. It meant the district would have been speaking for thousands of landowners in the western third of the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin even though there are only 170 members in the water district who own 6 percent of the land area to be represented.
Our supervisors made it clear that was neither fair nor equitable to all the other property owners in the area. Had they asked for a more reasonable portion of the pie, I'm sure the vote would have been different, but they lost their opportunity to have a seat at the table because of their own greed!