For years, the Coastal Commission staff has been saying don’t rebuild the sewage plant at the same location. Morro Bay’s old guard kept their blinders on and wasted several years and millions of dollars insisting they would win a fight with the Coastal Commission.
Morro Bay residents, fed up with the old guard, soundly voted them out of office. Months later, when he was finally seated on the council, Mayor Jamie Irons could read the writing on the wall. The project was doomed, and he made the hard decision to change course. It’s not pretty, but we now have realistic costs on what it will take to do the project right.
If the losers ask you to sign the recall petition, ask them for their plan. If they are successful in recalling Mayor Irons, are they going to go back to trying to build the plant at the old and discredited location? Do they still want to fight the Coastal Commission? Make them tell you the specifics of how they can get the job done cheaper. Their only plan is to retake power.
It takes courage to stand up to the old guard and make the hard choices, even if unpopular. Mayor Irons did the right thing and has my support.