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Tom Salmon

Tom Salmon, is a longtime Los Osos resident with 35 years of expertise in statewide public infrastructure.

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Dissolve the Los Osos Community Services District

OPINION by TOM SALMON I have long supported dissolution of the Los Osos Community Services District, in fact, I opposed its formation. With this coming election of directors, I am encouraged that the conversation to dissolve may get some traction. Incumbent Marshall Ochylski and seated director Lou Tornatsky (along with their wives) signed and supported […]... (Continue Reading)

Why is the SLO County Grand jury investigating Los Osos?

Opinion by TOM SALMON Currently, the Los Osos Community Services District is under investigation by the San Luis Obispo County Grand Jury. As an outsider looking in, I can only speculate as to why. The investigation is common knowledge, because there are recent legal bills, reflected by the district’s legal counsel. District legal counsel Michael […]... (Continue Reading)

Smoke and mirrors, still in los Osos

OPINION by TOM SALMON On April 10, CalCoastNews reported that the Los Osos Community Services District Board had directed their interim General Manager Peter Kampa to “immediately prepare and circulate a request for qualification/request for proposal for general legal counsel Services.” To date no such solicitation for services has taken place. A week later, CalCoastNews […]... (Continue Reading)

Los Osos needs to dump Wallace and Seitz

OPINION by TOM SALMON At the most recent Los Osos Community Services District meeting, an adhoc committee was appointed for two board members to look at the problems with their contract employees, mainly Mike Seitz, district counsel. and John Wallace and Rob Miller of Wallace Engineering. Remember, Wallace was just placed in front of the […]... (Continue Reading)

Should Los Osos dump Wallace and Seitz?

OPINION by TOM SALMON On Sept. 30, it was brought to the attention of the Los Osos Community Services District (LOCSD)  Board that General Manager Kathy Kivley had overpaid herself. This was less than a month after independent auditors would not give an opinion on the districts books reflecting her first year as the district manager. […]... (Continue Reading)

What happened to ethics?

OPINION by TOM SALMON The Los Osos Community Service District does more disservice than service to our community. Now it appears its General Manager, Kathy Kively, has been serving up more to herself than she’s contractually allowed. This is self-service, over community service, is as much as I can take. Ms. Kivley is orchestrating a […]... (Continue Reading)

Dissolution of Los Osos is the only solution

OPINION By TOM SALMON The Los Osos Community Services District was created in 1999 based on the premise of “local control.” When formed, the original board enacted latent powers that included providing the services of sewer, half the community’s water, drainage, fire, garbage, lighting, parks and recreation. The primary promise was to deliver an affordable […]... (Continue Reading)

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Los Osos officials fail to comprehend water conservation

OPINION BY TOM SALMON The Tribune reports that the Los Osos Community Services District (LOCSD) has implemented a 50 gallon per day per person water restriction and no potable water can be used for irrigation outside. The LOCSD fails to grasp the need for continuing groundwater introduction. If I skip my 10 gallon shower today […]... (Continue Reading)

Letter to the editor: Is it time to dissolve Los Osos?

OPINION By TOM SALMON Just when you thought the Los Osos Community Services District (LOCSD) could do nothing more stupid than allowing 150 million gallons – equivalent to six months’ of their district’s supply – of fresh water to be dumped in the bay last year as part of the wastewater project construction; it looks […]... (Continue Reading)

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Clean house, oust Wallace Group and Seitz

OPINION BY TOM SALMON The Los Osos CSD, Avila Beach CSD, and Santa Rita Hills CSD’s should keep a close eye on how the recent election and change in make-up of the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District (SSLOCSD), is bringing about change in that district. With the election of write in candidate, Jim […]... (Continue Reading)