I enjoyed reading Mr. Peschong’s Viewpoint, published Feb. 8, trumpeting the virtues of COLAB. I, too, support his concern for “water rights.”
However, it would be false to think of COLAB (Coalition of Labor Agriculture and Business of San Luis Obispo County) as a “watchdog” of these rights. This descriptor should be reserved for nonpartisan organizations that work for the general welfare of all our citizens.
Don’t try and fool us by referring to its “private membership” as being “diverse” and “civic minded.” COLAB’s support for “limited government and protection of private property” clearly signals its self-interests, as does its support and funding of local conservative candidates.
By definition, a “watchdog” should be impartial, considering the impacts and interests of all parties. Consistent with its politics, COLAB helped to derail the county’s water offset ordinance, despite the ongoing drought and wells running dry. Running short of water is not in the best interest of county tourism, Cal Poly, our rich natural flora and fauna, or local homeowners. What about the water rights and needs of these groups? Let’s call COLAB what it is: a political special interest group whose goal is to push its own agenda.
No thanks, Mr. Peschong, I will look to others to safeguard our county’s interests.