Critics of San Luis Obispo County’s emergency ordinance prohibiting new pumping from the Paso Robles groundwater basin are still trying to decide if they want to appeal a judge’s recent ruling upholding the legality of the ordinance.
The ordinance was challenged by a group of North County property owners called the Paso Robles Water Integrity Network. Earlier this week, a tentative ruling to deny a writ of mandate to stop implementation of the ordinance was finalized.
“I believe we have 60 days from the date of the ruling in which to make a decision regarding filing an appeal,” said Cindy Steinbeck, who filed the legal challenge. “We will carefully discern our options within that timeframe.”
An appeal could be filed with the state’s regional appellate court in Ventura. However, time is running out because the two-year ordinance expires at the end of August.