California Valley board member lost and found
March 4, 2009
By KAREN VELIE
A director of the California Valley Community Service District (CVCSD) Director who has been absent for five months was officially listed as a missing person Sunday by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department. Sal Guide surfaced 48 hours later.
Locals claimed the woman had not been seen in the area nor reported for board meetings since October. The case was closed yesterday following a call from the elusive board member.
“In response to our efforts to locate, Ms. Guide called our Templeton office this morning and verified she is alive and traveling with family members out of state,” said San Luis Obispo County Under Sheriff Steve Bolts. “The missing person’s entry has been deleted from the system and the report has been exceptionally cleared.”
CVCSD General Manager Sharee Washer told a CalCoastNews reporter that Guide had failed to inform the district of a planned absence.
“She didn’t say she was leaving,” Washer said. “She said she had a sister she was going to visit, or [that there were] health issues. She didn’t say she would be gone forever.”
When CVCSD meeting attendees voiced concerns that the CVCSD had failed to locate the missing director, Washer said that not even the district attorney had been able find Guide. Washer confirmed that a district attorney’s investigator had questioned her in December regarding Guide’s whereabouts, and other issues.
San Luis Obispo County District Attorney media spokesperson Jerrat Gran did not return requests for comment.
CVCSD attorney Michael Seitz said the board has taken action to remove Guide from her elected office and is currently accepting replacement applications. In April, they plan to pick a new board member.
“The district obviously has some concerns,” Seitz added. “We don’t know where she is. They do need a five member board. Politics in the valley are contentious.”