By KAREN VELIE
Earlier this year, the state mounted an investigation into alleged conflicts of interest by Oceano Community Services District Director Linda Austin because of a complaint filed by activist Julie Tacker. Austin then sent information about Tacker to a man the district has had a restraining order against because of his threatening behavior. [Cal Coast Times]
After Austin sent Tackerâs information to Clark DâSouza, he posted several threatening videos on YouTube about Tacker. YouTube has since removed the videos because of the content.
âMs. Austinâs retaliatory behavior, while not surprising, is unsettling,â Tacker said.Â âShe was fully aware that the man was considered dangerous and the court had issued a temporary restraining order to protect the districtâs staff when she sent him my information and email.â
Earlier this year, Tacker accused Austin of voting on multiple projects that could financially impact properties owned by Austin in and around the community of Oceano. The Fair Political Practices Commission reviewed the complaint and mounted an investigation into the possible conflicts of interests.
Austin sits on both the Oceano Community Services District and the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District boards.
In 2017, the Oceano CSD requested a restraining order against Clark DâSouza because of his âhostile and extremely agitatedâ behavior. The district complaint also detailed the aggressive behavior of DâSouzaâs dog, a 90 pound Rhodesian Ridgeback he would bring to the districtâs office.
The court granted a temporary restraining order that lasted from June 25, 2017 through Aug. 3, 2018. The San Luis Obispo Sheriffâs Department took custody of DâSouzaâs shotgun and ammunition.
During a Sept. 19, 2018 sanitation district board meeting, DâSouza questioned why Tacker was at the meeting while she lives in Los Osos, parroting comments made by Austin. He then left his dog unleashed at the podium while Tacker spoke. As chair, Austin took no action.
Shortly afterwards, DâSouza posted a video on YouTube titled âJim Hill fucks goats,â in which he ranted about Hill and several others who have attended sanitation district board meetings.
Tacker then sent an email asking for a copy of the districtâs restraining order against DâSouza.
âDoes OCSD have a restraining order on Clark DâSouza? If so, may I have a copy? Heâs completely crazy and I worry about him at Sanitation District meetings,â Tacker wrote in the email.
Austin responded by sending Tackerâs email, which included her contact information, to DâSouza. DâSouza responded by posting several threatening videos about Tacker on YouTube in which he noted that Austin made him aware of Tackerâs concerns about him.
Austin did not respond to requests for comment.