Coastal Commission approves Los Osos sewer system
June 12, 2010
The California Coastal Commission gave unanimous approval Friday to the Los Osos sewer project, clearing a last hurdle and bringing construction a major step closer. [Tribune]
Thirteen Los Osos residents attempted a rhetorical Hail Mary at the Friday afternoon meeting in Marina del Rey, trying to convince the commission that there was a cheaper, more efficient, alternative.
In the end, the commission ignored those pleas. Now the focus shifts back to money as county officials attempt to secure more than $80 million in federal stimulus funds. They will also seek state and federal funding to help low-income homeowners afford the additional $200 a month that many residents of Los Osos will soon be paying.
The total cost of the sewer project is estimated to cost $181.6 million, with $166 million coming through various state and federal funding sources. The remaining $15.6 million comes from individual homeowners paying for sewer hookups.
Financing must be in place, before the county can solicit construction bids.
Opponents have not ruled out possible lawsuits to continue their challenge.