San Luis Obispo Mayor Jan Marx is just another politician. I called her office this past summer and explained to her that my home’s main sewer line had collapsed. It runs from my house to the city’s main line under the street. This type of pipe, that the city of San Luis Obispo approved in the 1950s and ’60s, lasts about 50 years. I asked her why I was responsible for paying for the city’s portion of the pipe repair. She had no answer. I asked her why I had to pay a $1,200 permit fee to fix the pipe since I wasn’t asking permission — it was a necessary repair and not home improvement. She didn’t know where in the city’s bureaucracy my $1,200 permit fee went. She told me that she’d find out and email me with answers. I’m still waiting for that email. I have not heard back in months.
Be aware, San Luis Obispo homeowners, that you may face a $10,000 bill for sewer replacement just as I did — and the city has no answer.