ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the story and theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re sticking to it; Republicans that is. I wrote on Friday about how Crap Costs Money. I predicted that the Republican spin doctors would blame the liberals and environmentalists for the increase in sewer fees that the Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD) Board of Directors approved this week.
It only took a couple hours and then there was Republican pollster and spin doctorÃ‚Â Adam Probolsky telling people listening to the Red County Radio Roundtable that the back story to the rate increase was that there was a consent decree with the EPA that required the Board to go to full secondary treatment. The decree of course was due to enforcement of the 1972 Clean Water Act which IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m pretty sure he thinks was the result of efforts by radical environmentalists to attack business. (Note: the 1972 Clean Water Act was signed into law by President Nixon)
There he goes againÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ Full of Crap and blaming liberals for it.
Anyway, what Adam conveniently left out of his commentary was the fact that the consent decree (reached in November 2004) was required because the OCSD Board voted in July 2002 to not apply for a waiver of the regulations and move the district to full secondary treatment. I was at the 2002 meeting and watched the mostly conservative board consent to the will of the public speakers and vote to not submit an application for a waiver from the regulations.Ã‚Â
At that time the Board knew they would have to move to full secondary treatment of wastewater and that a consent decree would be needed because without it they would face astronomical penalties for non-compliance while the additional facilities were constructed.
So now that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve flushed away ProbolskyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s crap, let me be perfectly clear here.
The increase in sewer fees due to the implementation of full secondary treatment was a ball that started rolling in 2002, not 2008.Ã‚Â Most of the board members at OCSD probably were not even on the board when the initial decision was made. What we are facing now is the bill for actions taken years ago. The decision is not due to Rosie Espinoza joining most of the fiscal conservatives on the Board in voting in favor of the increase. The cost of getting rid of our crap is increasing because conservative Republicans on the OCSD Board decided in 2002 that they wanted to flush less crap in the ocean off the coast of Huntington Beach and Newport Beach.
So enough of the crap guys; skip a cup of Starbucks drip coffee a month and youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got your increase paid for. And if you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t drink coffee, skip that bottle of Evian water, and youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve found the money there. At any rate, GET OVER IT! Crap Costs Money.