Los Osos sewer critics lose regular slot

Los Osos sewer critics, who have for several years been given a special speaking time at county Board of Supervisors’ meetings, can still speak, but will not have their own regular slot on the agenda, supervisors decided this week.

Chairman Frank Mecham said Los Osos issues are important to Los Osans, but most likely less so to others. He said the town has its own supervisor, Bruce Gibson, and anyone concerned can speak with him during his office hours.

Significant issues will go before the Board of Supervisors, Mecham added.

“There will be a (Los Osos) item before the board when there is something to talk about,” Gibson agreed during the discussion at the supervisors’ meeting on Tuesday.

The board and Los Osans have been going back and forth for years over the sewer being proposed for the community.

A group of Los Osos residents and activists has routinely taken considerable time during supervisors’ meetings on Tuesday to express themselves about the sewer and the way the county has handled it.

That in turn has led board members to say, at various times, that the time spent on Los Osos detracts from legitimate concerns of others throughout the county.

In addition, the time spent on Los Osos has occasionally caused the board to go past 5 p.m., at which point the supervisors lose their radio feed, and people listening cannot hear the meeting.

Supervisors at first gave Los Osos residents their own time every week, then reduced that to once a month.

Under the new procedures, Los Osans can continue to speak during public comment, as can anyone else.