County to investigate Ogren and Kelly

June 23, 2011

Maria Kelly

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors is asking staff to investigate allegations of a conflict of interest between county Public Works director Paavo Ogren and Maria Kelly, who stepped down last week from the Los Osos Community Services District. [Tribune]

The move follows an exclusive investigation by CalCoastNews, suggesting that Ogren and Kelly did not publicly disclose a personal relationship between the two. Sources have indicated that Kelly lives most of the time at Ogren’s San Luis Obispo home instead of at the house she owns in Los Osos.

If correct, Kelly is in violation of a California code which requires board members to actually live in Los Osos.

Critics claim that the relationship has been going on for several years and that Kelly abused her position by not revealing that she was dating Ogren while the county was moving ahead with the controversial sewer system.

Paavo Ogren

Ogren said he will be meeting with county administrator Jim Grant next Monday to discuss the issue.

Kelly admitted the relationship to a reporter, but insisted that the couple had been dating for only six months and that they have never discussed the sewer issue.


  1. RU4Real says:

    With this latest scandal involving yet another Community Services District, perhaps NOW is the time for SLO County to eliminate them. The communities that have CSD’s generally do NOT have the infrastructure to keep them in business…we can’t afford them, the sooner they’re gone, the better off we’ll all be. We were MUCH better off in Los Osos when we had CSA 9 & it was much more efficient.

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    • justme says:

      The LOCSD kept the sewer out of central Los Osos where the county wanted it. No CSD at that time and we’d smelling it right now.

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      • Vagabond says:

        Hello! the County wanted the sewer out of town to begin with, it was the Solutions Group headed by Pandora Nash-Karner that lied their way into forming the CSD in the first place and MOVING IT TO THE CENTER OF TOWN
        If there had never been a CSD, the sewer would be operating right now at almost the same place it will be at a fraction of what it will cost.

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    • oto says:

      I think you have previously suggested that the County eliminate CSDs. Why? Are you referring to CSDs in general, or CSDs which are also “special districts”? Is there a difference between CSDs and “special districts”? I disagree with your opinion, but it is an opinion worth hearing more about.

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  2. RU4Real says:

    pismo20, we’re on the same page on THAT ONE! I’ve ALWAYS thought there was a big resemblance…

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  3. easymoney says:

    Who cares what their faces look like, the actual public records will set the tone for any actions the county will take. Paavo Ogren was hired to do a specific job and so was Ms. Kelly and if they crossed the line it will come out. Too much money involved and if those who have the time and want to do the work, there are many county staff indiscretions and missdeeds to look into …

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