What do 30 hypodermic needles, 200-plus cubic yards of garbage, a 40-foot shipping container and 60 people have in common? Those are some of the stats from the City’s cleanup of Morro Creek and the adjacent dunes.
Following a long outreach process that included significant social services support, the City conducted a thoughtful and extensive cleanup of the creek in areas some homeless folks frequently camp.
The primary purpose of the activity was protection of public health and the environment. Much of the garbage in the creek presented a growing public health danger. With El Niño rains expected to cause high flows in Morro Creek this winter, we wanted to ensure none of that refuse washed across Morro Beach and into the ocean.
Most of us have not been where I was at this time last year — and most don’t need to. I spent three hours slogging around our
wastewater treatment plant. I was mostly there to visit with some great folks who spend their working days in a stinky place so that when we flush our toilets, the environment does not suffer.
Another team keeps the sewer lines clear and the stuff moving to the WWTP. Lest we forget, to Dave and Dane, and Chad and Alex, and all the team at the WWTP and in waste collections, thanks for your service.
How can you most easily stay informed about what is going on in your community?
Some folks want tons of information about their City. Others are quite happy just to hear the big stuff. Your City government is serious about providing great information to all, and debuting this month are a number of important improvements that allow our residents better access to better information.
The City has placed significant emphasis and effort on improving the quality of our communication to the community and how the community can interact with us.
What in the world has the City been up to? What are we thinking about next? The answers to those questions, and more, will be featured at a specially formatted regular meeting of the Morro Bay City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 10.
The challenge for any community government that truly believes in making sure it’s a government of, by, and for the People is to make sure that those people have a say. That’s easier said than done.
People are busy and have lives to lead. They go to work, they spend
time with family, and in this amazing part of the country, they probably spend quite a bit of time outdoors. Unless something goes drastically awry, the vast majority of community members rarely give input on civic issues.
Council meetings are generally not packed full of people. Those that attend come frequently. Their input is absolutely valued, but how can we make sure more of the voices that make up Morro Bay actually use that voice?