We Want to Count Your Vote

Save Morro Bay has initiated legal proceedings to count and validate approximately one thousand protest letters the City recently discarded.

On Oct. 22, our attorney inspected those letters at City Hall and believe they should be counted and validated. Since Save Morro Bay co-founder Aaron Ochs announced the organization’s legal initiative at the Oct. 23 City Council meeting, the community has rallied behind us.

The media has also taken notice.

The New Times reported on Oct. 25 the latest developments, including a comment from City Manager Scott Collins. City Manager Scott Collins told New Times “the city believes it’s on solid legal ground,” adding that “even if the disputed protests are all counted, due to ‘errors or duplications’ the number wouldn’t likely surpass a majority threshold.”

The City is not on solid legal ground.

Though the City is allowed to administer the Proposition 218 process under state law, there is no provision in the law that legally allows them to discard protest letters based on their own arbitrary and capricious guidelines as long as the protest letter is submitted before the 45-day hearing period deadline.

The City’s resolution (Resolution 44-18) authorizing the 218 process does stipulate a date requirement for protests, and some of the thousand protest letters are undated. The resolution also precludes letters dated before the 45-day period commencement. However, the resolution unlawfully discriminates against ratepayers voting against any rate increase and/or in anticipation of unaffordable rate increases. The resolution also discriminates against the intent of the voter, forcing them to vote based on specific and limited parameters.

We also learned several of the discarded ballots are dated.

Mayor Jamie Irons says the protests were discarded because residents were getting “false information.” In The Tribune‘s Oct. 26 article, Irons refers to a voicemail he received from a resident claiming an unnamed activist told her the Water Reclamation Facility would cost $600-800 a month and that property values would plunge in half. After Irons allowed Mr. Ochs to listen to the voicemail, we concluded the lone example he provided was hearsay and a legally inadmissible reason to justify the discarding of a thousand protests.

We find it categorically absurd to invalidate all those protests because of one voicemail.

Irons also claimed Citizens for Affordable Living issued mailings and other collateral falsely claiming the rates would be $600-800 a month. We archived and reviewed all of CAL’s materials from this year and found no evidence the organization severely misled the community with that false claim. So we have to ask the question: If the mayor is spreading false information, should his protest be invalidated? We believe the answer is no. It’s the intent to protest that matters.

Proposition 218 is complicated. We get it. But we believe the City should not assume what ratepayers are thinking or considering when they submit a protest. They shouldn’t assume what they think ratepayers accurately know. While we concur with Irons that the 218 is designed to provide accurate and specific information about new rate charges, we vehemently disagree the City should engage in authoritarian and draconian measures to unjustly bend a ratepayer’s intent to vote.

We conclude our position statement with a recent statement from The Tribune editorial board, which we fully agree with:

“The Morro Bay City Council has struggled with a reputation for a lack of transparency, and its recent decision to not accept some Proposition 218 ballots protesting water and sewer rate increases didn’t help it. Opponents of the rate increase turned in a batch of ballots — they said there were 1,000 — on the night of the hearing. The council declined to accept them. Council members said they were invalid because they did not include dates, and speculated that many were probably duplicates of other ballots turned in earlier.

Contrast that with county elections, in which officials go to great lengths to verify the ballots, to ensure fairness. Instead, the council seemed to reject ballots out of hand. Had it accepted all ballots for verification, that would have firmly established, once and for all, whether a majority of ratepayers support the sewer/water reclamation project and is willing to fund it through a rate increase.”

Want to support our efforts to get all votes counted or validated? Email us today and find out how you can help.

3 thoughts on “We Want to Count Your Vote”

  1. A direction or bearing: “Hypocrisy”
    “Why are we trying to validate the invalidity?”
    Really want more of this or last, and be free, forever?

    CMB 10.24.17 City Council Meeting
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-XQOJKDpp4 @2:24 Irons speaks Sparks @3:24 Headding helps 2:26.55 Please stay with the feed until City Attorney Pannone kicks in at 2:28 @2:30 Headding “has no appetite”

    CMB 3.14.18 City Council Special Meeting
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yc12UGE68bw&feature=youtu.be&t=12s
    “The City is financially challenged” @ 14:07
    “Sports Complex!?” @ 22:00
    “We need the help of the advisory committee to get that loan!?” @36:00 McPherson is in lock step with Headding…
    “Complex question(s)” (Mr. Headding, Users/Ratepayers are Citizens too) @40:00
    CMB 9.11.18 City Council Meeting – Part 1 of 2
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMR1HS39T_E
    “I’m sorry Mr. Pannone” (CM Collins Parcels don’t vote, People do.) @ 1:14:00
    Editor’s comment: @1:21:24 Watch willfully ignorant and heavily conflicted https://www.carollo.com/ Engineer Casares posing as Morro Bay’s WRF “Project Manager,” check his time piece as Ahmed voices his concern for the thousand Citizens who cannot afford the Consulting Engineering business model; “big money, little interest “non-gravity” odor producing designs that forever MUST use ever increasing amounts of electricity, man-made membranes and cleaning chemicals to operate, instead of using the laws of nature.” And, in Morro Bay’s case, the need to buy and operate 3+ miles of a new all-electric force-main sewerage scheme to accommodate the business model’s Giant Carbon Footprint (GCF) technology “choice” while not spending a penny on the City’s aging collection system shows real stupidity. Corrupted thinking is corrosive and leads to corrupted results. Morro Bay’s 60 year old, currently in place sewerage, is leaky and is not addressed in the Morro Bay; “fox guarding hen house” Fix-It Ticket. FULL STOP
    TRUTH- Too much waste, fraud, abuse, coercion and especially the use of duress on Citizens. “REPEAL 218”
    @2:05 The Gentlelady responsible for accounting for the Citizen’s funds to the Citizens is, IMHO, correctly reacting to the Citizen stimulus in the room (because they represent 2,158 votes the City will not validate and the 1,000+/- votes council refused to acknowledge or validate, in order to protect the “big money/little interest/GCF” ($167 to $126.5 after a couple of weeks “chatting” with wolf Casares which proves the point about how much money has been and is needlessly being siphoned off, but that’s another chapter…) agenda.
    @2:06:13 CM Collins never heard from “the 200 Citizens” (something tells me you aren’t really trying to hear.)
    “Ms. Brinkman made a couple of comments about information not being {un}available on the website, no 218 info anywhere… @ 2:10:55
    Pannone appears conflicted as well as ambivalent. CM Collins, broken links aren’t funny. Broken links = BROKEN TRUST. Count each vote timely submitted at your 9-11 protest hearing. CM Collins, how is the investigation of your broken WRF links progressing?
    @2:20:00 Pannone “emotional about CAL’s outreach, but dry eyed for McPherson’s outreach. Joe, where are the affidavits supporting your tears? @2:22:58 “I don’t know for sure, but my guess is…” Joe, say it at so! To “dismiss” the Citizen’s votes is Un-American and that must not stand.
    @2:24:30 Irons asks for protest votes. At this point, the 1,000+/- Protests were lawfully submitted. If Joe is correct, simply open and validate each and every vote to educate us all what the Citizens actually think of Rob’s Project. If he is not, as I suspect, there will be enough votes to successfully PROTEST. Hiding the vote count compounds the distrust and community division that Rob’s Project has been and is sewing. I loved hearing Irons’ deep sigh at Ms. Hawley’s and Ms. Donnelly’s presentation of 1,000+/- 218 Protest Votes. Can’t make this stuff up.
    CMB 9.11.18 City Council Meeting – Part 2 of 2
    Irons: ““technically 2,158 un-validated votes” @ 0:05:00
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gapX14CQmE
    “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood” @ 0:09:25 Do you really want more of this?
    “…there are a significant number of people that just don’t seem come to things to get information and I understand that…”
    “I believe we should move forward and not count the additional ballots” @ 0:11:18 How is that transparent?
    McPherson: “…fair, reasonable and well beyond the requirements of a 218” @ 0:11:30 “Well beyond? Why?”
    CC/RM Swanson: “2 staff members for 3 full days to conduct the validation” & “I suggest or request that since it is not a necessary process to move forward that perhaps it would be concluded in 2 weeks…” @ 0:15:20

    It’s been a couple of weeks already Ms. Swanson, what gives with the almighty process?
    After a Keystone Cops style discussion led by CM Collins about how ‘hard it will be on staff’ (not mentioned, is how hard actually counting the votes could be on Rob’s Project) and a stem-winding and tortured explanation by CM Collins about CM Collins’ “enhanced 218 process” and to prove that McPherson REALLY, REALLY WANTS to be transparent, “MATT” turned in his Integrity Card, the one he used to make a motion to have Branin fill the vacant seat on the WRF committee, during the 3.14.2018 Special meeting, located at the link above, to provide cover for McPherson to pretend to care about Truth, Justice and the American Way.

    “so my question is they’re already declared invalid why are we trying to validate the invalidity…” “I’m cognizant of staff’s time I know the resources are stretched to what end does that help repair the community or what because we’re already invalidated…” @0:25:40 “Why are we trying to validate the invalidity”
    “…and so I trust that, but it still remains a concern and a small entity such as this I struggle with scale, I said it up front, however I think from an environmental justice stand point it’s the right thing to do…” @2:18:30
    “…and I know that’s a ways down line but in my opinion that’s what we’re supposed to be doing looking down the line far out at the 30,000 foot level and that’s where I tend to operate…”
    “…but also rate savings which would be important to both communities that as we know are becoming very high-cost not becoming are very high cost of living potential cost for our citizens as we possibly can so that becomes a key point for me, thanks.” The End @2:22:11
    PLEASE SEE ENTIRE 4 MINUTES AND the entire meeting. It is your 11 o’clock at night 9-11-18 city council in action.
    Editor’s question(s): Why isn’t John Headding interested in gravity flow design for wastewater treatment, instead of the very electric energy hungry MBR “Rob’s Project, he blindly supports? Who wants to be pay for energy when it is available for free? Why would you purchase a design from a “business model” that has giant holes in it? Where is John’s common sense and how does his ignorance of Evergreen Technology support a fiduciary duty of care? Instead John relies upon heavily conflicted Casares for guidance. Talk about lamb & slaughter. Save yourselves folks, for it is past time for change of course.
    NOTE TO: John Headding; Both Gravity Flow and Sludge Blanket Membrane technology last, and are free, forever.
    That is, uniquely American, so why so much resistance and willful ignorance? Why must I spend so much time and energy working to deliver cooked Roast Beef for the price of raw Hamburger?
    Isn’t the Governor signing 100% GREEN ENERGY REQUIREMENTS?
    Note to Casares/Carollo: DOESN’T GET GREENER THAN GRAVITY.
    The Consulting Engineering Business Model has largely ignored natural forces, Evergreen Technology. That is a BIG Problem.
    EVERY VOTE COUNTS COUNT EVERY VOTE FORTHWITH.
    Remember that Headding is in Lock-Step with McPherson about Rob’s Project
    CMB 10.27.17 City Council Meeting begin @3:33:00
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-XQOJKDpp4
    McPherson: “yeah uh, you’ve answered how we are going to be using WRFCAC going forward and I just wanted everyone to be clear why they were not able to view the RFQ before you brought it to council…
    LIVICK: “We selected the accelerated method at the last meeting. We just didn’t have time to bring it before WRFCAC”
    McPherson: “It’s more important to move forward quickly…”
    @3:47.00 Headding begins his questioning:
    “Sorry to be redundant… The RFQ appeared to be rather prescriptive…”
    “So I guess it is conflicting in my mind…” “I don’t get that, it’s counter intuitive to me.”
    @3:48:45 Livick speaks “”‘instructive’ back and forth w/Headding when you know what to look for.
    Pannone joins in @3:56:00 @3:57:30 Headding rightly

    12 5 17 CMB Water Reclamation Facility Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting
    @1 hour 23 minutes “SBR is off the table”
    @1:26:40 “everybody has to move fast”
    Please try to watch to the end.
    There are two public comments and responses for PWD Livick worth hearing.
    (Fascinating/Educational, if you are responsible for laying out taxpayer funds or a ratepayer)
    Sedowski @ 48:30 IS the voice of reason. Whereas, the millions ‘spent’ on the Mike Nunley / John Rickenbach “work” should be investigated as should the Casares “negotiation” with the “winning bidder.”
    Watch the “hand off by Rib Livick to John Rickenbach @ 54:00 “what is John actually saying?”
    @57:00 John hands off the “Injection Wells” discussion or lack thereof to MKN Assoc.
    No injection/No reclaim storage/ No Need to MBR…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfCpWAdlGlc No common sense there…

    Meanwhile at another meeting: On another note, I am deeply concerned by the lack of understanding exhibited by Mayor Irons when he injected ‘for two years’ while discussing USBF® “Design Technology” and left wondering what is the basis for that statement.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-XQOJKDpp4 @2:24 Irons speaks Sparks @3{24 Headding helps 2:26.55 Please stay with the feed until City Attorney Pannone kicks in at 2:28 @2:30 Headding “has no appetite”
    “Can’t just “come in after the “winner” has been selected,” like you insinuated Counselor, correct? VOTE NO / PROTEST 218

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Od_P-c-AqFE
    @ 1:05:30 ‘maiden voyage’ Why does MKN require a ten year contract?
    Is MKN still invoicing the City?
    I see that John Rickenbach is still on the job: http://morrobaywrf.com/
    Is he still being paid by MKN? VOTE NO / PROTEST 218

  2. A direction or bearing: “Hypocrisy”
    “Why are we trying to validate the invalidity?”
    Really want more of this or last, and be free, forever?
    CMB 10.24.17 City Council Meeting
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-XQOJKDpp4 @2:24 Irons speaks Sparks @3:24 Headding helps 2:26.55 Please stay with the feed until City Attorney Pannone kicks in at 2:28 @2:30 Headding “has no appetite”

    CMB 3.14.18 City Council Special Meeting
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yc12UGE68bw&feature=youtu.be&t=12s
    “The City is financially challenged” @ 14:07
    “Sports Complex!?” @ 22:00
    “We need the help of the advisory committee to get that loan!?” @36:00 McPherson is in lock step with Headding…
    “Complex question(s)” (Mr. Headding, Users/Ratepayers are Citizens too) @40:00
    CMB 9.11.18 City Council Meeting – Part 1 of 2
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMR1HS39T_E
    “I’m sorry Mr. Pannone” (CM Collins Parcels don’t vote, People do.) @ 1:14:00
    Editor’s comment: @1:21:24 Watch willfully ignorant and heavily conflicted https://www.carollo.com/ Engineer Casares posing as Morro Bay’s WRF “Project Manager,” check his time piece as Ahmed voices his concern for the thousand Citizens who cannot afford the Consulting Engineering business model; “big money, little interest “non-gravity” odor producing designs that forever MUST use ever increasing amounts of electricity, man-made membranes and cleaning chemicals to operate, instead of using the laws of nature.” And, in Morro Bay’s case, the need to buy and operate 3+ miles of a new all-electric force-main sewerage scheme to accommodate the business model’s Giant Carbon Footprint (GCF) technology “choice” while not spending a penny on the City’s aging collection system shows real stupidity. Corrupted thinking is corrosive and leads to corrupted results. Morro Bay’s 60 year old, currently in place sewerage, is leaky and is not addressed in the Morro Bay; “fox guarding hen house” Fix-It Ticket. FULL STOP
    TRUTH- Too much waste, fraud, abuse, coercion and especially the use of duress on Citizens. “REPEAL 218”
    @2:05 The Gentlelady responsible for accounting for the Citizen’s funds to the Citizens is, IMHO, correctly reacting to the Citizen stimulus in the room (because they represent 2,158 votes the City will not validate and the 1,000+/- votes council refused to acknowledge or validate, in order to protect the “big money/little interest/GCF” ($167 to $126.5 after a couple of weeks “chatting” with wolf Casares which proves the point about how much money has been and is needlessly being siphoned off, but that’s another chapter…) agenda.
    @2:06:13 CM Collins never heard from “the 200 Citizens” (something tells me you aren’t really trying to hear.)
    “Ms. Brinkman made a couple of comments about information not being available on the website, no 218 info anywhere… @ 2:10:55
    Pannone appears conflicted as well as ambivalent. CM Collins, broken links aren’t funny. Broken links = BROKEN TRUST. Count each vote timely submitted at your 9-11 protest hearing. CM Collins, how is the investigation of your broken WRF links progressing?
    @2:20:00 Pannone “emotional about CAL’s outreach, but dry eyed for McPherson’s outreach. Joe, where are the affidavits supporting your tears? @2:22:58 “I don’t know for sure, but my guess is…” Joe, say it at so! To “dismiss” the Citizen’s votes is Un-American and that must not stand.
    @2:24:30 Irons asks for protest votes. At this point, the 1,000+/- Protests were lawfully submitted. If Joe is correct, simply open and validate each and every vote to educate us all what the Citizens actually think of Rob’s Project. If he is not, as I suspect, there will be enough votes to successfully PROTEST. Hiding the vote count compounds the distrust and community division that Rob’s Project has been and is sewing. I loved hearing Irons’ deep sigh at Ms. Hawley’s and Ms. Donnelly’s presentation of 1,000+/- 218 Protest Votes. Can’t make this stuff up.
    CMB 9.11.18 City Council Meeting – Part 2 of 2
    Irons: ““technically 2,158 un-validated votes” @ 0:05:00
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gapX14CQmE
    “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood” @ 0:09:25 Do you really want more of this?
    “…there are a significant number of people that just don’t seem come to things to get information and I understand that…”
    “I believe we should move forward and not count the additional ballots” @ 0:11:18 How is that transparent?
    McPherson: “…fair, reasonable and well beyond the requirements of a 218” @ 0:11:30 “Well beyond? Why?”
    CC/RM Swanson: “2 staff members for 3 full days to conduct the validation” & “I suggest or request that since it is not a necessary process to move forward that perhaps it would be concluded in 2 weeks…” @ 0:15:20
    It’s been a couple of weeks already Ms. Swanson, what gives with the almighty process?
    After a Keystone Cops style discussion led by CM Collins about how ‘hard it will be on staff’ (not mentioned, is how hard actually counting the votes could be on Rob’s Project) and a stem-winding and tortured explanation by CM Collins about CM Collins’ “enhanced 218 process” and to prove that McPherson REALLY, REALLY WANTS to be transparent, “MATT” turned in his Integrity Card, the one he used to make a motion to have Branin fill the vacant seat on the WRF committee, during the 3.14.2018 Special meeting, located at the link above, to provide cover for McPherson to pretend to care about Truth, Justice and the American Way.
    “so my question is they’re already declared invalid why are we trying to validate the invalidity…” “I’m cognizant of staff’s time I know the resources are stretched to what end does that help repair the community or what because we’re already invalidated…” @0:25:40 “Why are we trying to validate the invalidity”
    “…and so I trust that, but it still remains a concern and a small entity such as this I struggle with scale, I said it up front, however I think from an environmental justice stand point it’s the right thing to do…” @2:18:30
    “…and I know that’s a ways down line but in my opinion that’s what we’re supposed to be doing looking down the line far out at the 30,000 foot level and that’s where I tend to operate…”
    “…but also rate savings which would be important to both communities that as we know are becoming very high-cost not becoming are very high cost of living potential cost for our citizens as we possibly can so that becomes a key point for me, thanks.” The End @2:22:11
    PLEASE SEE ENTIRE 4 MINUTES AND the entire meeting. It is your 11 o’clock at night 9-11-18 city council in action.
    Editor’s question(s): Why isn’t John Headding interested in gravity flow design for wastewater treatment, instead of the very electric energy hungry MBR “Rob’s Project, he blindly supports? Who wants to be pay for energy when it is available for free? Why would you purchase a design from a “business model” that has giant holes in it? Where is John’s common sense and how does his ignorance of Evergreen Technology support a fiduciary duty of care? Instead John relies upon heavily conflicted Casares for guidance. Talk about lamb & slaughter. Save yourselves folks, for it is past time for change of course.
    NOTE TO: John Headding; Both Gravity Flow and Sludge Blanket Membrane technology last, and are free, forever.
    That is, uniquely American, so why so much resistance and willful ignorance? Why must I spend so much time and energy working to deliver cooked Roast Beef for the price of raw Hamburger?
    Isn’t the Governor signing 100% GREEN ENERGY REQUIREMENTS?
    Note to Casares/Carollo: DOESN’T GET GREENER THAN GRAVITY.
    The Consulting Engineering Business Model has largely ignored natural forces, Evergreen Technology. That is a BIG Problem.
    EVERY VOTE COUNTS COUNT EVERY VOTE FORTHWITH.
    Remember that Headding is in Lock-Step with McPherson about Rob’s Project
    CMB 10.27.17 City Council Meeting begin @3:33:00
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-XQOJKDpp4
    McPherson: “yeah uh, you’ve answered how we are going to be using WRFCAC going forward and I just wanted everyone to be clear why they were not able to view the RFQ before you brought it to council…
    LIVICK: “We selected the accelerated method at the last meeting. We just didn’t have time to bring it before WRFCAC”
    McPherson: “It’s more important to move forward quickly…”
    @3:47.00 Headding begins his questioning:
    “Sorry to be redundant… The RFQ appeared to be rather prescriptive…”
    “So I guess it is conflicting in my mind…” “I don’t get that, it’s counter intuitive to me.”
    @3:48:45 Livick speaks “”‘instructive’ back and forth w/Headding when you know what to look for.
    Pannone joins in @3:56:00 @3:57:30 Headding rightly

    12 5 17 CMB Water Reclamation Facility Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting
    @1 hour 23 minutes “SBR is off the table”
    @1:26:40 “everybody has to move fast”
    Please try to watch to the end.
    There are two public comments and responses for PWD Livick worth hearing.
    (Fascinating/Educational, if you are responsible for laying out taxpayer funds or a ratepayer)
    Sedowski @ 48:30 IS the voice of reason. Whereas, the millions ‘spent’ on the Mike Nunley / John Rickenbach “work” should be investigated as should the Casares “negotiation” with the “winning bidder.”
    Watch the “hand off by Rib Livick to John Rickenbach @ 54:00 “what is John actually saying?”
    @57:00 John hands off the “Injection Wells” discussion or lack thereof to MKN Assoc.
    No injection/No reclaim storage/ No Need to MBR…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfCpWAdlGlc No common sense there…

    Meanwhile at another meeting: On another note, I am deeply concerned by the lack of understanding exhibited by Mayor Irons when he injected ‘for two years’ while discussing USBF® “Design Technology” and left wondering what is the basis for that statement.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-XQOJKDpp4 @2:24 Irons speaks Sparks @3{24 Headding helps 2:26.55 Please stay with the feed until City Attorney Pannone kicks in at 2:28 @2:30 Headding “has no appetite”
    “Can’t just “come in after the “winner” has been selected,” like you insinuated Counselor, correct? VOTE NO / PROTEST 218

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Od_P-c-AqFE
    @ 1:05:30 ‘maiden voyage’ Why does MKN require a ten year contract?
    Is MKN still invoicing the City?
    I see that John Rickenbach is still on the job: http://morrobaywrf.com/
    Is he still being paid by MKN? VOTE NO / PROTEST 218

  3. SLO County’s Public Works Department Deputy Director Mark Hutchinson said Lopez has always been categorized as a “high hazard.”
    “It sounds terrible but what it means is if it all went bad [if the spillway gave out] how bad would it be,” Hutchinson said.

    If a spillway failure could potentially impact more than 1,000 people downstream, the structure is more than 25 feet high, and holds more than 5,000 acre-feet of water, it’s given the high hazard label. But Hutchinson said he isn’t worried about the structure of the dam.

    “We’ve discovered that the Lopez spillway used all of the standard Army Corps details that were available in the 1960s. Oroville’s spillway, interestingly, didn’t—it was a custom design,” Hutchinson said.
    https://www.newtimesslo.com/sanluisobispo/dam-inspection-time/Content?oid=3334210

    But where was SLO County’s Mark Hutchinson in January 2009 http://nowastewater.blogspot.com/ ?
    Why did he not address the EVERGREEN TECHNOLOGY discussed in my DEIR comments for the then consulting engineers who rendered the Los Osos Ox-Ditch white elephant, that year’s ‘pet tech’ aka Paavo’s Project?
    Why hasn’t Pmgr Casares addressed it yet, himself:

    EDUCATED CITIZENS CONSERVE

    AN OPEN LETTER TO:
    City of Morro Bay, California
    Black & Veatch Project No.189276 & Beyond

    Re: USBF®, SBR & economical water reclamation facilities design and operation.

    Carollo Engineers Associate Vice President Eric Casares, P.E.
    Mr. Jaime Irons Morro Bay Mayor/City Council
    Mr. Rob Livick PWD Morro Bay
    Mr. Joe Pannone Morro Bay City Attorney

    Greetings,

    Evergreen Technology that exploits nature is “a sovereign remedy” for the currently high costs of the consulting engineering, designing, building and operating any Public Works “BIOLOGICAL” portion of those Wastewater Treatment and Reclamation Facilities designs that Carollo Engineers and or Black & Veatch offers, and especially, as in the case of the Morro Bay, California “Fix-it Ticket”, B&V Project No.189276 which calls for a permitted 30/30/30 effluent result.

    The Activated Sludge Evergreen Technology “Upflow Sludge Blanket Filtration” (USBF®) is an important Environmental Process Revolution that “by design” delivers 10/10/10, without breaking a sweat, using as much as 50% less Horsepower and requires approximately 60% to 80% of the land area of the SBR system depending upon lay out. The high treatment efficiencies delivered when using USBF® pave the way to economical water reclamation facilities design and operation. Please see ‘processes tab’ located on ECOfluid System Inc.’s website for information about ‘Features, Benefits & How it works’ provided within the system design.

    Evergreen Technology utilizing the “naturally occurring and free of charge” Filtration Blanket and Gravity was not evaluated in your B&V Project No.189276 “Facility Master Plan” dated 9, November 2016. http://morrobaywrf.com/site/wp-content/uploads/Morro-Bay-Draft-WRF-Master-Plan-Full-Document.pdf

    I am particularly interested in the opinion of Carollo Engineers Associate Vice President Eric Casares, P.E. for the ecologic and economic benefit of the Citizens who will purchase and use Evergreen Technology USBF® instead of SBR, MBR & Ox-Ditch.

    Acknowledgement, then acceptance of a longstanding and proven the Evergreen Technology Design USBF® will change the course of history. A change that will conserve ever more precious resources and provide for improved prosperity and energy conservation, for our posterity

    Operation of a USBF® plant is simple and self-regulating.

    Benefits:

    high treatment efficiency, including Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR)
    modular, expandable, compact
    no odor, no noise
    minimal amount of moving parts, gravity flow
    low cost of installation, operation

    fluidized bed filtration
    self-regulating hydraulic flexibilty
    handles highly fluctuating flows

    http://ecofluid.com/treatment-processes/upflow-sludge-blanket-filtration-usbf/

    The point of my interest here is predicated upon what posterity will receive from my generation which includes the manner in which government works in the Public Works Arena. The cost of doing business is significantly reduced when USBF® is made a part of the Process Design Engineer Consultant’s tool box.

    After all, gravity “is” the ultimate green energy…

    Respectfully submitted,

    MPL
    Concerned Citizen
    November 22, 2017

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