A Superior Court judge has ruled against a Los Osos woman seeking to stop the ongoing sewer project in Los Osos.
Judge Charles Crandall on Friday denied the assertion by Jiordana Stark that fees authorized to pay for delivery of sewer services were an illegal tax.
In his 12-page decision, Crandall characterized Stark’s legal arguments as inadequate. At one point he wrote “petitioner’s argument is entirely lacking in evidentiary or factual support.” Elsewhere, he called her case “frustratingly thin on content” and her arguments “vague.”
At another point, he wrote “having spent hours sifting through documents attempting to fully grasp (her) contentions, the Court reminds counsel that it is not obligated to develop petitioner’s arguments for her.”
In his decision, Crandall outlined the “tortuous history” of the Los Osos wastewater project, which began decades ago and ratcheted into higher gear in 1988, when the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board prohibited wastewater discharges on many lots in Los Osos.
That area became known as the “prohibition zone” and became ground zero for decades of political, economic, environmental, and legal battles.
The project is now under county purview, with the Board of Supervisors having recently given their final approval to move forward.