San Simeon looking to Paavo Ogren for assistance

November 18, 2020

Paavo Ogren

While local developers are eying San Simeon, district officials are unsure how to move forward with new construction and lifting the community’s more than 30-year building moratorium.

Five years ago, the district built a reverse osmosis facility to provide the community with drinkable water 12 months out of the year. In the past few months, vacant property owners and their attorney’s have insisted the district has enough water to lift the moratorium and let new construction begin.

The district is looking to Paavo Ogren, a former Oceano Community Services District administrator, to come out of retirement and help navigate ending the moratorium.

During the district’s October board meeting, staff noted the complexity of lifting the moratorium, including the various over-site agencies that must be involved.

The district has scheduled a special meeting for Nov. 19, when the board is expected to approve a contract with Ogren for $175 an hour for a maximum of 100 hours. Ogren is slated to assist attorney Jeff Minnery and the board in understanding and implement the complexities of lifting the building moratorium.

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As far as bureaucrats go, Paavo is one of the best, I don’t say that lightly, even though he was once the SLO County Publics Works Director, he was a finance guy, not a engineering guy!

He has a proven record of finding grants and bringing home the bacon, not every time, but a high percentage of the time.

He made the Cayucos Water Treatment Plant happen with little or no pain to the ratepayers!

That’s where I saw his abilities and was quite impressed.

Don’t know the guy, but have since watched him work over the years:)

As the developers wait, the Elephant seals are overtaking beaches to the near north and the Great White sharks are infesting the waters because of the new abundance of food. It appears that nature may get ahead of the developers in San Simeon?

The poop keeps showing up in the local punch bowl.

This reminds me of groundhog day! He just won’t go away!

Paavo was a consultant for Cambria in 2019 he failed at getting the district their Coastal Development Permit. Good luck San Simeon…..

That guy is cleaning up! He raked Oceano for over 250K.