Pismo Beach developer files lawsuit against county board
May 14, 2012
A Pismo Beach developer filed a lawsuit against the San Luis Obispo County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) saying members of the board abused their authority in order to promote their own political careers. [Tribune]
In March, LAFCO members voted 5-2 to deny developer Larry Persons’ request to annex a 182-acre proposed development, known as Los Robles Del Mar, into Pismo Beach primary because of an alleged lack of water to support the project.
Supervisor Adam Hill is running for re-election against Pismo Beach Councilman Ed Waage. Several vocal supporters of Hill are opposed to the project because of concerns of traffic, water, and limiting growth.
The lawsuit claims that Supervisors Hill and Bruce Gibson are close friends and “improperly conspired together to deny the annexation in order to placate their anti-growth constituents and further their own political careers in an election year.”
The suit also alleges LAFCO board members made differing statements on the reliability of state water for Parsons’ proposed annexation and the pipeline project in Nipomo.
Gibson led the charge against Parsons’ proposed development of 300 homes saying that state water is unreliable while also promoting the controversial idea that seawater intrusion has put the groundwater supply at risk.
A few weeks later, while setting on the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors, members of the LAFCO board changed their statements on state water going from claims it was no more than 25 percent reliable when voting against the Pismo Beach annexation to assertions that state water was at least 60 percent reliable when promoting a draft reliability program.