So let me get this straight now. A few years back, retired Santa Maria city attorney Arther Montandon brokered a deal between Cambria and Santa Maria to dump toxic water into Santa Maria's water supply. (Why does this sound like a bad Batman movie?)
We haven't been told yet how much money changed hands, but one would assume that it was a pretty hefty chunk of change for our public officials to be willing to risk the residents' health in this manner.
So it worked so well (no one in the public complained, because they didn't know about it) -- our city officials decided to go for it again. This time they were really into the big bucks. As retired attorney Dan Kirk said in his August 3rd letter to the editor, San Luis Obispo is willing to pay Santa Maria $12.5 million to get its contaminated dirt off its hands.
However, the SLO County Planning Commission is so concerned about the contamination level and toxicity of this dirt that it's requiring the actual tires of the hauling trucks to be cleaned before they will even allow them to be driven on their roads.
SLO not only doesn't want the dirt on their hands, they don't want the dust under their feet.
And Santa Maria is going to allow that dirt to be dumped in our town, so it can be blown all over the city with our high winds?
Who is responsible for allowing this agreement to be finalized with absolutely no public notice or opportunity for the residents to comment on it or make their wishes known?
The citizens of Santa Maria deserve some answers.
One Tin Soldier