There's an interesting question regarding the issue of Cambria dumping its toxic water into Santa Maria's water system.
Who brokered that deal?
My information tells me that Santa Maria's former city attorney, Arther (yes, that's how he spells his name) Montandon, was also serving as attorney for the Cambria Water District when this deal was cut.
In fact, when Montandon retired from Santa Maria in 2004 (after getting into trouble with the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office in 2003 for interfering behavior in the ongoing investigation of a criminal case), he went to work full time for the Cambria Water District.
Now, I'm not an attorney, but I do read books and watch television. Isn't this called a conflict of interest? Isn't it considered unethical to represent both parties in an action?
Perhaps some of our local attorneys will comment here on SOSM and enlighten us in this area.
And by the way, Montandon is the same man our local Chamber of Commerce chose to receive its distinguished Robert F. Grogan Award for Public Service at the Chamber's awards dinner last Wednesday, August 10th. (!)
Obviously, Montandon has the Santa Maria Chamber of Commerce snowed.
Something sure sounds fishy here -- not that any fish could live in the water we've been drinking.
One Tin Soldier