Adding woe to our waste
In a cringey 3-2 vote last week, the conservative majority of the County Board of Supervisors voted to leave the county-wide waste management org (IWMA), which will most likely make our lives more complicated and expensive. In a move we can only chalk up to childish retribution, the Board pushed to leave the IWMA after the org passed a styrofoam ban [because some people like styrofoam?!] Then they spent $32,000 of taxpayer $ to study the effects of leaving the IWMA, and when results showed it would cost an additional $1.6 – 2.1 mill, the 3 Supes ignored the advice and voted to withdraw anyway. [head slap] The day after the vote, the org’s interim director abruptly quit, after their prior director quit in June amongst the styrofoam ban drama. Not that the IWMA has been a saint through this mess, with a former staff charged with fraud and embezzlement. Now, cities and CSDs across SLO county are freaked their customer’s rates will also increase because of the county’s withdrawal. Pay attention, because if you are a person, you make trash.
What’s a concerned U40 resident to do now that the vote is final? Send them your thoughts. [After all their recent shenanigans, the Board of Supes better be on your frequent email list]. And remember, one of the 3 Supes making all these recent eye-rolling moves is up for reelection in 2022, as Jimmy Paulding is hoping to give Lynn Compton a run for her money.