October 2, 2021
By KAREN VELIE
An elected official from the San Simeon Community Services District resigned shortly after county prosecutors filed a civil lawsuit on September 28, alleging illegal business practices and false advertising against a company paid to run the district.
At a special September 30 meeting called to review their CEO, the district informed the public that Bill Maurer had resigned. Maurer, who had been a member of the board for about a year, is the subject of a fair political practices investigation for conflict of interest, as is board chair Gwen Kellas.
San Luis Obispo County prosecutors charge Charlie Grace and his company Grace Environmental Services, which is paid to run the district, with unfair and illegal business practices.
The San Simeon CSD Board of Directors responded to the civil action by calling for a special meeting that included a closed session for a review of Grace’s performance, under government code 54957 (b) (1) , which allows closed-door reviews of public employees, but not of contractors. At the same time, Grace claims he is not a public servant.
At the end of the closed-door meeting, the board announced that it had taken no action to report, although it said information would be provided at its October 12 board meeting.