Sanitation district delays vote on Wallace’s performance

February 12, 2013
John Wallace

John Wallace

The South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District Board delayed making a decision on plant administrator John Wallace job performance during a special meeting Monday evening.

The district’s board chair Tony Ferrara, a staunch supporter of Wallace, called the special meeting following a request last week for an audit of the district’s finances and a review of a possible conflict of interest.

Wallace is the plant administrator and also the owner and president of the Wallace Group, which the district pays between $50,000 and $80,000 a month for engineering, consulting and administrative work. The sanitation district serves the residents of the Oceano Community Service District, Arroyo Grande and Grover Beach,

During a performance review in November, the three person board consisting of Arroyo Grande Mayor Tony Ferrara, Grover Beach Councilman Bill Nichols and Oceano board member Matt Guerrero gave Wallace a positive performance review. Guerrero was the lone voice requesting a further review of Wallace and the Wallace Group.

In January, Grover Beach’s new mayor Debbie Peterson replaced Nichols on the sanitation district board. The newest board member came armed last week with a review of the district’s finances and the request for an audit.

After Monday’s meeting, the district’s attorney Mike Seitz said that it is likely the performance review and the request for an audit will be considered at the Feb. 20 board meeting.




  1. SLOChuck says:

    Everyone, go to the next board meeting and speak out against this. We’re finally making progess, don’t let Big Tony stop us now!

  2. MaryMalone says:

    The work Debbie Peterson has done cannot be underestimated. I would not be surprised if there weren’t at least one more grand jury investigation that comes of it.

  3. Pelican1 says:

    Justice delayed is justice denied.

    • MaryMalone says:

      Agreed. Also, politicians don’t get any credit from voters for doing the right thing if they have to be forced to do the right thing.

  4. SanSimeonSam says:

    Lets not forget that Mike Seitz’s wife works or worked at Wallace group as a manager for a number of years….no conflict there…..

    • soccermom says:

      This is old news… The wife has NOT worked for Wallace Group for several years now… and only worked for Wallace Group for a couple of years at best in the HR dept. Update your facts

      • Anodyne says:

        Let’s not forget that Seitz is also Wallace’s attorney and friend.

        • soccermom says:

          Seitz is not Wallace Groups attorney. You do not have your facts straight. And as for personal friendships, that would not be accurate either. You need to get your facts in order.

          • doggin says:

            Looks like we have an insider here. So tell us Soccermom what was it that one of Wallace’s own employees of the Wallace group told several people that Seitz sits in on every Wallace group meeting. Just curious about what goes on or maybe a share holder in Wallace Group or one of the other side businesses? While your at it explain Johns comment to the media about the lawsuit against The Wallace Group, not the San dist, when he replied ask Mike Seitz. If Sietz isn’t in the know and advising Wallace personally as his friend of business partner then why the need to ask Sietz? Dual roles anybody?
            Why is it I keep hearing the dueling banjos song when I see Wallace,Ferrara and Seitz in the news.

          • Anodyne says:

            Soccermom, you seem to have inside info regarding Wallace and Seitz. If so, then you know that Seitz was Wallace’s attorney. When was he replaced and by whom?

            • doggin says:

              That depends specifically on which lawsuit against Wallace or the W/G your referring to.

      • MaryMalone says:

        That Mrs. Seitz no longer works at The Wallace Group is irrelevant because the conflict of interest between Mike Seitz and John Wallace/TWG is an example of a long established pattern of behavior.

  5. SLOChuck says:

    Should it surprise me Ferrara delayed the vote? I get the feeling he’s just stalling to buy his buddy Wallace a little more time suckling on the taxpayers teat.

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