Sanitation district board votes against Wallace lawsuit

January 6, 2019

Shortly after a new member joined the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District board, its members voted not to seek a civil lawsuit against former administrator John Wallace. [Cal Coast Times]

Noting issues with statutes of limitations, the sanitation district announced Thursday any legal actions against Wallace would be “subject to dismissal.” For 27 years, Wallace worked as the sanitation district’s administrator.

In March 2018, Wallace pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor conflict of interest charges as part of a plea deal that allowed him to avoid a trial on four felony charges. Shortly afterwards, former sanitation district board member Jim Hill asked the board to look into getting restitution for rate payers.

Following the plea deal, Hill pressed fellow board members Linda Austin and Barbara Nichols to pursue justice for rate payers through a civil lawsuit. The members refused to agendize a discussion until  sanitation district administrator Jeremy Ghent asked the board to finish the discussion.

For years, several elected officials argued against an investigation into allegations of wrongdoing by Wallace, including Caren Ray who shortly after joining the sanitation district board, voted not to seek civil action against Wallace.

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Unbelievable!!! Looks like the money train is back in town. How can these people live with themselves??

Caren Ray for years has protected John Wallace and his theft of ratepayers money, kickbacks maybe, but we would nothing less from her now she has gain the power to again cover up Wallace’s illegal activities.

Of course Caren Ray’s first move was to kill any further recourse against Wallace. If she’ll disregard the Grand Jury report, shelving anything Knudsen uncovered is bound to happen.

There’s a reason Ferrara has been showing his face around here again recently, most likely to get all the puppets back in line.

Political road blocks thrown in front of ratepayers restitution:


Bill Nichols

Matt Guerrero

Mary Lucey

John Shoals

Barbara Nichols

Gerhardt Hubner

Linda Austin

Karen White

Caren Ray

Take away:

Do not wait for the public to do the job of elected officials. Hiring Knutson by the San Dist came too late. It’s not too late for the Integrated Waste Management Authority. The Board must step up and recover the public’s funds.

Another example of complete incompetency. Just send the rate payers the bill.