Sheriff called to ruckus at Los Osos CSD meeting
July 11, 2011
Board president Marshall Ochylski summoned Sheriff’s deputies to help bring order to a contentious meeting of the Los Osos Community Services District on July 7.
Following a motion and a second to appoint Michael Wright to fill the director seat vacated by Maria Kelly, Ochylski said that he felt Wright should be appointed to the board.
Ochylski said Wright, of all the possible candidates, was the most like Kelly, who was elected by the people.
“I look at who is closest to director Kelly and that is Michael,” Ochylski said.
Kelly stepped down under allegations that she had a conflict of interest because of a previously hidden relationship with a county department head and that she had had been living outside of the district without giving up her seat as required by law.
In response to Ochylski’s comment, several members of the public erupted in anger. They questioned Ochylski’s stated reason for supporting Wright and his close connection to Wright.
Ochylski said he personally asked Wright to run for office. In addition, Wright helped with Ochylski’s campaign in the race against Bruce Gibson for the District 2 San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisor seat in 2010.
“I am going to clear the room,” Ochylski said in response to the public’s outrage. “I am serious, I will clear the room.”
At that point, the taping equipment was turned off and a ten minute recess was called.
Upon return, Los Osos district legal counsel Jon Seitz said he looked up board decorum rules during the break and warned the public to gain control or face being removed from the room.
“Members shall not engage in disorderly or boisterous conduct,” Seitz said. “Any person may be removed from the meeting.
“At my request the sheriff has been summoned to the meeting.”
In the end, the public quieted down, the board reconvened and appointed Wright to fill the vacant seat. About 30 minutes later, two San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies made an appearance.
CORRECTION: Wright helped with Ochylski’s campaign for supervisor, he was not his campaign manager.