The recent viewpoint article by Janice Peters (“Moving plant would be a costly waste,” Aug. 8) demonstrates some of the flaws in reasoning of which elected officials are guilty.
During Peters’ term on the Morro Bay City Council, she strongly supported upgrades to the Waste Water Treatment Plant at its existing site. Near the end of her term, it became apparent that the existing plant needed to be totally replaced and that new and potentially better alternatives were available. She and others on the council continued to advocate for the existing site, even though it was obvious that the Coastal Commission would not approve it.
This type of behavior results from false pride and has resulted in substantial increases in cost and hard feelings for the customers of the Morro Bay-Cayucos Sanitary District. Peters cites the increased cost of the alternatives and it is possible that the short-run cost of the alternatives will be higher. But as the Coastal Commission report points out, the long-term monetary, environmental costs will probably be less. Politicians’ bias toward short-run costs may help their electability, but it damages future generations and the environment.
The Righetti site suggested by the Coastal Commission is vastly preferable to the existing site of the Waste Water Treatment Plant.
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