LITTERING OF A PUBLIC ROADWAY IS ALWAYS CLEANED UP – SHOULDN’T THAT REMEDY APPLY TO LITTERING GOVERNMENT RECORDS WITH FALSE INFORMATION ?

There is so much misinformation and disinformation produced by, and cloaked around, Pete Kampa, Kampa Community Solutions, llc, “Kampa & Kompany”, and the activities with which they have been involved.  I believe it is EXTREMELY unlikely all could be the result of simple oversight, mistake or paperwork accident.   Even if “mistake or accident” were responsible for such garbage recited in official documents and records, the next logical question would be:  “What sort of PROFESSIONAL CSD MANAGEMENT HAVE WE PAID FOR SINCE OCTOBER 2014 AT A SIGNIFICANT COST?”  Can’t have it both ways.

The KAMPA & KOMPANY “LDPCSD paper trail” has intentionally been obscured.

Some might ask, but why “pepper official records” with erroneous statements when most can easily be challenged and corrected (if desired) with incontrovertible fact?

Personally I believe this activity,

of intentionally “littering official government records with clearly incorrect (false) information” – in conjunction with the successful KAMPA & KOMPANY effort to sanitize LDPCSD records by suppressing and preventing the documentation of differing opinions and meeting challenges in the Minutes,

is a continuing and purposeful endeavor to provide a “camouflaged defensive environment” in the event someone, somewhere, sometime, will pursue a legitimate and comprehensive investigation of what has been done to our Community Services District.

Look at our damaged financial stability, failure to repair/replace critical infrastructure when  government grants were available, and the re-configuring of our intended operation as a SURFACE WATER TREATMENT PLANT PUMPING FROM LAKE Mc CLURE into a KAMPA & KOMPANY PROPOSED GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION FACILITY FOR THE SPECIAL INTERESTS OF LAND DEVELOPERS OUTSIDE THE PLACE OF USE PROVISIONS UNDER L11395 under which the LDPCSD has operated since formation.   All of this by an obviously “special interest” bent “for profit management company” with a 20 year knowledge of the restrictions in the water license.   You know, I once believed local control of our water supply was a paramount issue to our local government administration but now must admit the Merced Irrigation District’s initial refusal to support the LDPCSD’s formation in 1980 was spot on the money!

This community is too irresponsible, easily swayed into wrongful activity (for want of truth and fact in a legitimate daily public news outlet covering government process like other “communities”- aka, NO WATCH DOGS TO KEEP THE WOLVES AWAY!), and too consumed with special interest corruption to have any substantive local control of a critical natural resource such as our water.  

Respecting the concept of a Thanksgiving Spirit I will not elaborate on what I believe a fitting punishment would be for such REPREHENSIBLE CONDUCT AND BETRAYAL OF OUR DISTRICT AND THE 99% OF LEGALLY ENTITLED MERCED RIVER WATER CONSUMING CUSTOMERS OF THE SUBDIVISION FOR WHOM THE TREATMENT PLANT WAS CLEARLY DESIGNED, CONSTRUCTED and INTENDED TO SERVE.

Back to the primary subject:  KAMPA & KOMPANY false information could also be used to create a “camouflaged defensive environment”

 

WHY do I believe this?

Because the more incorrect information that “litters an official record” the more likely it will provide a greater “plausible deniability” position for those responsible for the intentional transgression of law, regulations and rules in the first place.

Follow my attempted explanation?

In other words,

If an “official record”

(regarding any subject that may be under investigation)

contains an ABUNDANCE OF FALSE AND INCORRECT INFORMATION,

those being investigated for wrongdoing

(whether individuals, companies, agencies, associations, etc.)

will merely point to the PAST APPROVED AND CORRUPTED RECORD

and claim they were just honestly confused with all the contradictory and/or incorrect information

that had already been ACCEPTED, APPROVED AND PROCESSED BY HIGHER AUTHORITIES.

BINGO!

They have simultaneously created a working defensive position by way of the very method they used in committing the intentional violation in the first place –

FALSE INFORMATION INTENTIONALLY PLACED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS!

“Golly Gee, inspector, I/we just weren’t aware of the truth or facts due to the massive amount of incorrect information

already accepted and approved by the authorities in the State of California and elsewhere.”

(ahhh….but WHO PUT THAT GARBAGE THERE?

 Would be a reasonable next question.)

LDPCSD meeting Minutes (which SHOULD HAVE DOCUMENTED the many customer complaints and challenges to these KAMPA & KOMPANY  activities and their supporting materials) might have effectively destroyed this potential “Golly gee, we didn’t realize” ABSOLUTE BULLSHIT EXCUSE!

Diabolical, huh?

They effectively create a later defense for the wrongdoings they accomplished with the same clear false information that was/is

UNKNOWINGLY ACCEPTED BY LEGITIMATE GOVERNMENT AUTHORITIES and OTHERS!

Ahh, but what about the concept of conspiracy?  Where two or more entities effectively cooperate to intentionally violate the law to the public’s foreseeable detriment?

THE DEFENSE OF INNOCENT IGNORANCE TO COVER THE WRONGS THEY THEMSELVES INTENTIONALLY PURSUED?

Reminds me of a plea for mercy for criminal defendants because they are now orphans since they murdered their parents.

ANOTHER SERIOUS ASPECT

Doesn’t this also place the previously unaware approving and accepting legitimate government officials/agencies

in the precarious position of either,

ignoring the false information and just moving on, or, correcting the fabricated information and

perhaps even having to “eat one of their own” for the obvious deceptive techniques used to achieve approval?

 

Last two questions before our post Thanksgiving recess:

Does this just simply boil down to how many people are aware and concerned about this intentional “littering of the public record”?

How long do you think massive amounts of stinky unhealthy garbage on our state roadways and adjacent properties would be tolerated?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“JUST SHUT UP – DON’T LOOK AND KEEP MOVING”

lol

 

Hope you ALL had a wonderful THANKSGIVING!

My best to you and yours, Lew

SO WWW ?

 

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PREVIOUSLY TOUTED NEW GROUNDWATER SOURCE IGNORED TO FACILITATE ANOTHER UNTRUTH IN THE M.I.D. “SUPPORT RESOLUTION”?

 

sigh…….”Yeah, I went to the meeting”

and here I go again wasting valuable time…..

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DIRECTLY FROM THE LDPCSD WEBSITE:

June 7th, 2016

This may look like just a fence and a bunch of asphalt, but behind that fence is the completed Ranchito Well No. 2, funded with grants from the Department of Water Resources ($282,500) and the State Water Resources Control Board ($181,500), and only $11,260 of your water rate money (paid to the Lake Don Pedro CSD) We are thrilled to have this new water supply available for our community!

The completed Well #2, an important water sourse for our community!

May 2nd, 2016

The wells have finally been FULLY FUNDED! The US Department of Agriculture, Rural Development has as of today committed the last $500,000 in grant funding to the project. Out of the entire cost of the project to install three new, high producing groundwater wells, the only cost to the District was to buy a 17 acre piece of land that had an existing well on it. The graphs show the funding for the entire project, and the grants used for each well individually. This is time for celebration for the CSD and its Board for having the vision and drive to develop a new water supply for our community using state and federal grants!

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“We are thrilled to have this new water supply available for our community!”

“The completed Well #2, an important water sourse for our community!”

“This is time for celebration for the CSD and its Board for having the vision and drive to develop a new water supply for our community using state and federal grants!”

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Hey folks, LEW HERE: 

OK, so we have the statements of

“new water supply”, “important water sourse” (their spelling not mine) and “new water supply”

Please realize this is only one page on the LDPCSD website where the DISTRICT continued to brag about the NEW GROUNDWATER  SOURCE for our community which, with a realistic and factual retrospective look, is  hardly the great accomplishment it has been publicly portrayed. There is much more of this “new water supply” diatribe.

UNFORTUNATELY, THE FAILING PRIMARY INFRASTRUCTURE OF OUR SURFACE WATER TREATMENT PLANT WAS INTENTIONALLY IGNORED IN FAVOR OF KAMPA & KOMPANY’S PURSUIT OF THESE GROUNDWATER WELLS UNDER THE GUISE OF A “DROUGHT EMERGENCY” TO QUALIFY FOR, AND OBTAIN, GOVERNMENT GRANT MONEY.

Their primary duty of maintaining our basic infrastructure was neglected SO AS TO CREATE AN “ALTERNATE SOURCE OF WATER” (ground wells) TO BE USED IN A GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION PROGRAM FOR LAND DEVELOPERS OUTSIDE THE LEGAL SERVICE AREA.

Since Merced River Water could not be delivered outside of the PLACE OF USE under water license 11395 which is held by the MERCED IRRIGATION DISTRICT, KAMPA & KOMPANY intended to divert and deliver our NEW GROUND WELL EMERGENCY WATER FOR LAND DEVELOPMENT SPECULATIVE USES for properties outside the legal place of use.        

Truly a “sneaky Pete” diversion.

In fact…..

Twenty years ago when PETER KAMPA began his infamous career in the water industry here in LAKE DON PEDRO he was aware of these water license restrictions yet still advocated further water service expansion beyond the regulations.   Almost ten thousand acres more!   KAMPA returned to  Lake Don Pedro in October 2014 via a board orchestrated closed recruitment process specifically designed to guarantee he (and his KAMPA COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS, llc management company) would be the appointed GM in an effort to continue this enormous OUTSIDE PLACE OF USE EXPANSION – which once again, would be paid for by the legally entitled customers of the subdivision. 

BUT NOW the STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD is proposing to increase environmental releases from LAKE McCLURE (and other areas) which may likely cause water shortages for our community during peak water demand periods. 

So what did KAMPA & KOMPANY attempt to do at the last BOARD MEETING ON MONDAY in support of MERCED IRRIGATION DISTRICT’S counter proposal to the STATE OF CALIFORNIA WATER BOARD?

FORMALLY STATE IN AN MID SUPPORT  RESOLUTION A FABRICATION OF THE TRUTH, WHICH MOST OF US WOULD CONSIDER AN ABSOLUTE BOLDFACED LIE!

This was the focus of another  PUBLIC COMMENT of mine I read at the last meeting that will likely be KAMPA SANITIZED FOR THE RECORD like all the comments by customers since his return.

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Naturally there was no board answer to this question, much less all the others that have been asked for years.

Over a million dollars of saved LDPCSD funds spent in constructing and developing the groundwater wells along with all the subsequent controversy as to the original intended use (now defensively referred to as “EMERGENCY WATER” by the District)———— how could the statement  Lake McClure was our

“SOLE WATER SUPPLY FOR THE COMMUNITY”

possibly have been accidentally made?

(Recall also a previous Urgency Request Resolution to the SWRCB that stated LDPCSD had no “alternate source of water” when it actually did for twenty years with the first RANCHITO REMEDY WELL was another falsehood reported to the State of California in hopes of favorable treatment in its water decisions.       PREVIOUS SWRCB URGENCY REQUEST

True, the recitals did eventually mention the groundwater wells – like an after thought – which actually makes the “sole water supply” description at the beginning of the resolution even more reprehensible.   Sorry, no accident in my mind but rather a consistent course of misrepresentation ever since KAMPA & KOMPANY started MISDIRECTING THIS DISTRICT!

Here’s the entire resolution for your convenience:

 

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(My handwritten comments on the resolution.)

Water below our fixed pumps for three years?   FALSE!  (NOTE:  Our fixed intake pumps are currently off line due to a lack of maintenance and repair because all that government grant money was spent on ground wells for outside place of use developers instead of our primary infrastructure!  We are currently pumping groundwater and probably will for about three months – after removing the arsenic of course.  Three reasons have been offered for ground water pumping:  Repair time for the two intake pumps; saving money because ground wells are cheaper with electricity; and finally what appears to be the actual reason:  convenience because we are down one employee who was injured some time ago.  Take your choice.  The truth is difficult to ascertain at the LDPCSD.

AGAIN….calculated and intentional misinformation.

Our hard-saved 1 million dollars was used to leverage government grants so KAMPA & KOMPANY could pursue the “ALTERNATE SOURCE OF WATER” to circumvent water restrictions in L11395.  [I was asked by a government official some time ago what I thought a reasonable remedy to this entire mess might be –  I responded that our DISTRICT SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO KEEP THAT NEW GROUNDWATER SUPPLY FOR EMERGENCIES TO HELP EXISTING CUSTOMERS DURING DROUGHT – AND NOT TO EXPAND SERVICE BEYOND THE PLACE OF USE IN L11395.  Essentially to stand by what the DISTRICT is now saying after being caught cheating!)

Oh yes, LDPCSD (under Kampa & Kompany) certainly has been working with the Merced Irrigation District, but to what end?  Assist LDPCSD in expanding water service outside the POU and LDPCSD will support the MID S.A.F.E. proposal and F.E.R.C. re licensing project?  pure crap.  LDPCSD should be required to simply obey the license restrictions of which it has been aware for 40 years <period>.

LDPCSD has invested millions in water conservation activities?  Good heavens!   I sure would like to see the evidence in support of  that BOLD statement.   Notice the statement doesn’t actually qualify what those “millions” actually are….. (Perhaps this way Kampa could later state he was referring to the millions of “seconds” the District thought about doing the right thing – and not actually millions of dollars invested? )

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Have you noticed how CSDA (California Special District Association) material and “guidance” has been appearing with more frequency within LDPCSD since Pete Kampa took over?

I am so disappointed that the CSDA has had someone like PETER KAMPA on its board for so long but it might explain his “built in protection” from any serious investigation as to his activities.    I had always believed the CSDA was a great organization devoted to safe potable water for California citizens but now seriously doubt as to what they might actually be dedicated.  Business as usual and the status quo and to heck with the truth?

It was his CSDA associates that Kampa consulted regarding the Post Retirement Medical Benefits issue without remedy.   (Rather than an agreed neutral third party.)

CSDA is contributing to our new website with incorrect map information regarding the legal water service boundaries and even though advised of this fact continue to represent the incorrect “KAMPA DISTRICT SERVICE BOUNDARY”.

Most recently, Kampa’s desire to change our existing PUBLIC COMMENT POLICY regarding Minute reporting that is based on a recommendation by the CSDA Leadership Academy.  go figure.

YES INDEED.  PETER KAMPA HAS BEEN A “MOVER AND SHAKER” FOR SOME TIME.

Check out KAMPA’s  May 1, 2015 Saddle Creek CSD article statement regarding his position on the CSDA board:

“Serving on the CSDA Board provides me a front-row seat and strong voice in not only the policy and actions of the state association in support of special districts like Saddle Creek, but also inside information and influence on the decisions made at the state capitol.”

 

Yup, it was inside confidential information that facilitated KAMPA’s second employment return with our LDPCSD.

Kampa is an expert at using “inside information” for his personal and business benefit.

Great, a land developer special interest “inside lobbyist” on the CSDA Board who has extreme difficulty with telling the truth.

Getting to the point it is difficult to believe in or trust anything with which Kampa is “associated”.

 

My best to you and yours, Lew

 

. PS:  The LDPCSD Board did instruct that the Resolution be amended to reflect the facts of the situation which is good, however,

that is not the point.   The point is, look at the massive amounts of material that is constantly presented to the Board for approval and consider how much

“misinformation” has slipped through since October 2014!

more later have to get outside!

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YUP

His head, crowned with a rough brown leather “plains style” hat and lowered to the point

of avoiding any possible eye contact, slowly swung from side to side as the living 10 pound

grey matter filled pendulum it was.  Hands were buried deep into worn but not yet thread

bare Levi pockets, each apparently in individual search of elusive contents never found.

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Layered shirts evidenced the successful achievement of comfort and warmth over that of

contemporary fashion or style.   A slightly over-weight body was precariously balanced on

a straight supporting left leg while the toe of the right leather work boot meticulously

prodded and circled an oblong piece of rock in repeated failed attempts to stand and balance

it in the dark moist foothill soil.   A reddish hued recipient soil oblivious to the supplemental

offerings of blood, sweat, and tears manufactured through decades of back breaking physical

work. A dog barked for wanted attention as weight was shifted to the other leg and the head

momentarily lifted just enough for a reluctant glimpse of the cold surroundings.  A perplexed,

eye brow crunched, tight-lipped expression was cloaked in the shadow of the hat brim and

barely discernible in the low light.  A slow, smooth, steady gulp of crisp November night air

was momentarily held then released with a drawn out audible exhausted sigh with the lung

warmed expelled vapor dispersing into the cool night air.  A seemingly defeat inspired voice

then admitted softly, “yup, I went to the meeting” while a gentle touch of the boot quietly

returned the ultimately balanced rock to its preferred resting position in the cold dirt.

 

My best to you and yours, Lew

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WILL PETE KAMPA REMAIN IN LAKE DON PEDRO – OR IS IT HIGH TIME TO MOVE ALONG AND EXPLOIT ANOTHER DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITY?

Apparently, Los Osos CSD has ended its GM management relationship with Peter Kampa and his KAMPA COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS llc, stating his primary purpose had been completed despite an October 6th, 2016 Los Osos CSD meeting PUBLIC COMMENT challenging that gracious farewell press statement.

Rather than my attempting to explain the departure, here are two Los Osos articles for you to check out:

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The following article was posted on October 7th, 2016, in the New Times – Volume 31, Issue 11

Los Osos CSD splits with another general manager

By PETER JOHNSON

The Los Osos Community Services District (LOCSD) is about to go without a general manager after deciding to part ways with interim General Manager Peter Kampa.

Kampa’s contract expired on Sept. 30, and the district will not renew it. His contract was extended multiple times since he was hired in February on an interim basis, but an extension is not on the board’s Oct. 6 agenda.

LOCSD Board President Marshall Ochylski confirmed Kampa’s exit to New Times on Oct. 3.

“He completed the tasks we hired him to do,” Ochylski said. “We’re moving forward now.”

Kampa, whose firm Kampa Solutions manages small districts across the state, arrived after a messy break-up with prior General Manager Kathy Kivley. Kampa was tasked with getting the district’s finances in order and completing a tardy financial audit, both of which were accomplished, Ochylski said.

The LOCSD has not hired a replacement general manager. A request for qualifications is out, with some job applications submitted, but Ochylski declined to provide a timetable for the new hire. The current LOCSD staff will manage the day-to-day operations of the district in the meantime.

“We can handle it internally as we go through the interview process,” he said.

Ochylski said the district is looking for a full-time general manager with a strong background in water resources management. The LOCSD currently has a seat and financial role on the Los Osos Basin Management Committee, which is implementing a court-approved plan to stabilize the troubled Los Osos Groundwater Basin.

Kampa expressed some surprise about the timing of his departure. He said he had scheduled auditor visits in October and November to review the LOCSD operations for 2015-2016. But he said that the transition should go well given the staff’s experience running the district during previous stints without a general manager.

“They’ll be prepared to keep it on autopilot,” Kampa said. “The employees [at the LOCSD] have picked up an abnormal level of work.”

Los Osos CSD hires Thousands Oaks-based firm to manage district

 October 17, 2016 6:37 PM

The Los Osos Community Services District has named its third general manager in less than a year — Grace Environmental Services, a Thousands Oaks-based firm.

Read more here: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/article108867172.html#storylink=cpy

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LEW HERE AGAIN……gosh, I sure wish our Board would wake up and smell the chlorine as to the monumental waste of money and effort Kampa & Kompany orchestrated here at the Lake Don Pedro CSD for his special interest land development purposes.  (Also, please do not forget how Kampa and his company actually achieved that GM appointment through a board developed “closed recruitment process” guaranteeing Kampa could, and would, be the only applicant and ultimate appointee to the position.  In other words, Kampa has performed exactly as those sitting directors had intended – to develop an alternate source of water to further expand outside PLACE OF USE water service in circumvention of  water license restrictions for MERCED RIVER WATER.)

Perhaps KAMPA’s management activities in Lake Don Pedro are also approaching a “parting of the ways” as well?  Personally, I would much prefer an honest board doing their ethical best (even with “honest mistakes”) over that of a “for profit professional part time remote GM” that ignores established regulations, policies, opinions of customers, and intentionally increasing District Liabilities while pursuing his goal of creating a “water empire in the same drought prone foothills” where he began his infamous water career 20 years ago.   The fact that KAMPA was already aware of  the MERCED RIVER WATER restrictions in L11395 back then makes his recent activities even more reprehensible and outrageous.  Sure cannot say he didn’t know!

Guess it’s true….. perpetrators always return to the scene of the crime.  

{not so lol for customers trying to survive in a State recognized disadvantaged community.}

I cannot help but wonder what impact, if any, KAMPA’s GROUND WATER SUBSTITUTION PROGRAM (specifically designed to circumvent the restrictions in water license 11395 regarding MERCED RIVER WATER USE to continue service expansion for land developers outside the legal PLACE OF USE) might have had on the State’s recent  proposal to increase environmental releases from Lake McClure which could very well lead to serious future ramifications regarding our water availability here in Lake Don Pedro.

Think about that.  Kampa aggressively pushed for the new groundwater substitution wells to circumvent those license restrictions just to provide water service beyond the legal Place of Use which was established decades ago, yet for the program to work even more Merced River water must be used.  [Diluting the degree of arsenic contamination from groundwater for safe consumption.]  Could the STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD have interpreted KAMPA’s  special interest activities as an indication that the LDPCSD already had MORE THAN ENOUGH AVAILABLE SURFACE WATER and could therefore AFFORD TO LOSE some of it for increased environmental releases?   (I clearly recall warnings by our legal counsel when I was on the Board of Directors that pursuing further water  service connections outside the PLACE OF USE under L11395 could conceivably jeopardize the water service for  EVERYONE.)

Maybe the SWRCB realized STATE AND FEDERAL GRANT MONEY was obtained through MISREPRESENTATION OF FACT and then those funds were MISAPPROPRIATED TO CONSTRUCT AND DEVELOP KAMPA’s GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION PROGRAM WITH AN “ALTERNATE SOURCE”  RATHER THAN repairing and replacing our failing primary infrastructure which is obviously based on the treatment of surface water from Lake McClure which might also have suggested the LDPCSD did not need as much surface water from the lake to meet our water demand?   So maybe the State figured “why not put that water to better use in maintaining the survival of other species that DO REQUIRE THAT WATER”?   (I mean, it’s not like  Salmon and other water dependent creatures could obtain public funds through misrepresentation and then construct their own groundwater supply to insure survival.)

Heck, KAMPA & KOMPANY even created and furnished our water consuming community with a “foreseeable negative consequence” to boot!  Due to the insistence on developing new ground wells our community must now contend with the expensive proposition of arsenic removal which I  would imagine also entails additional monitoring and reporting to State Health Department officials to insure customers are not adversely affected health wise.  Please realize there was no arsenic problem with the surface water from the lake prior to KAMPA’s groundwater substitution program.

You know, I am truly sick of this KAMPA KRAPA and am not sure if I care to waste any more time attending LDPCSD meetings or reporting on what other Kampa activities are in store for us.   Seriously, what is the point?   They (Kampa & Kompany) will only continue to do as they please.   Who is going to stop them?  {RECALL Kampa & Kompany is merely a shorthand description for those who support service expansion beyond permitted areas in the water license while forcing all to pay for that special benefit.}

Take PUBLIC COMMENT for instance.   The District repeatedly violated its own policy regarding how PUBLIC COMMENT was to be reported in the Minutes so customers (or other interested parties) could understand topic discussions, complaints, and/or suggestions.  So, what was the response?  Did KAMPA & KOMPANY apologize for the obvious censorship and propose to correct those violations by finally abiding by their own existing policy to provide the public with a fair and reasonable comment period that is documented in our records?  Nope.  They simply propose changing the policy to fit the goal of suppressing contrary opinions being documented in the record.  This only results in more Kampa sanitized records.

The POST MEDICAL RETIREMENT BENEFIT issue?  Where is the neutral third party analysis of the facts?  Never happened.  An attorney works for the client, and what the client wants, the attorney assists in delivering.  How is that impartial?   Also please do not forget when KAMPA made an issue of these benefits several other retired employees voiced an interest in also receiving those previously discontinued benefits -this has the potential of creating yet another extremely costly gigantic “Kan of Kampa Worms”!    (Please do not misunderstand, I wish nothing but the best for our employees, but this issue was just another example of how KAMPA has done everything in his power to increase District expenses which will undoubtedly be used as evidence in justification for greatly increased water rates/fees for everyone else.)

What about 40 years of water service WITHOUT AN OFFICIAL SERVICE BOUNDARY MAP?  PURE BULLSHIT!  There has always been an official map but those wanting water outside the legal PLACE OF USE were obstructed from receiving MERCED RIVER WATER so it just conveniently disappeared (like many inconvenient “official records”).    Golly gee, no map, no violation.  Problem solved.   Sure haven’t seen the promised RE-CONSTRUCTED OFFICIAL LAKE DON PEDRO WATER SERVICE BOUNDARY MAP yet either…..just the same antiquated “proposed map” KAMPA and his OUTSIDE PLACE OF USE land developer buddies have attempted to pass-off as a legitimate document for decades.   Heck that piece of crap is still on public display on the LDPCSD website as well as the boardroom wall.

Yes indeed folks, it is extremely difficult and quite frustrating to challenge those who make, and plan to make, substantial amounts of money by doing AND SUPPORTING THINGS the “KAMPA WAY” — all at the “legitimate customer’s expense” – financially, and now, possibly even health wise too.  (Do you think for a nano-second KAMPA & KOMPANY would admit to providing water with an arsenic amount over the State Maximum Contaminant Level?)

Will this corrupt mess ultimately be exposed as the INSTITUTIONALIZED FRAUD it has appeared to be for decades?   Yes, I think it will – and just like the results in this last presidential election – the public and the “POWERS THAT BE” will eventually recognize the corruption and unethical activities for what they are and respond appropriately.   We’ll just have to wait for reconciliation while continuing to pay for such deceit as long as PETE KAMPA, KAMPA COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS, llc, and his special interest land development associates are at the helm of our sinking LDPCSD ship.

 

Humm, a ground well inspired farewell?

 

My best to you and yours, Lew

 

PS:   Below are two of Mr. Wes Barton’s monthly emails to those interested in this continuing LDPCSD saga:

I am formally asking this Board to reject subject motion “….resolution clarifying medical benefits ……  .

Resolution has 9 (1-9)paragraphs beginning with “whereas”, 1 (10)paragraph beginning with “now therefore”

1 (11) paragraph beginning with “wherefore”.  I’ll reference paragraphs 1-11 for my comments.

Begin paragraph 5 thru 7.  Yes there is an April listing of history found but listing was never approved.

Failed April 2016, vote 2-2-1.  Recorded in minutes May 2016.          Second, Barton prepared a letter to the

Board and GM on July 9, 2016, addressing CPA reports’ probable errors regarding not only the cencus but

Also the life of this benefit.  Barton showed that Staff (Syndie) listing (report) had missed certain info that

Was material (CPA auditor notes, community member u-tube tape, concerns over hire dates with handbook

Preparation and no clarification of missing “grandfathered documents” noted in handbook).  Point of these

Missed items is  not to question Staff listing of what was found but only that not all was found and reported.

From a control point, without control of all documents, cannot assume you have a material listing.    Last

Presentation to the Board and GM of Barton’s letter was Sept 18, 2016.      On Sept 19, GM asked board

For permission to use CSD Attorney as reviewer not as an independent 3rd party.  Board didn’t approve but

Didn’t reject (no action taken).  At issue with Sept 19, agenda item also is that it discussed the purpose of

Review is CSD records whereas it had been agreed in public meeting the purpose was to evaluate the

“Words only” of the handbook.  Apparently, GM asked for a legal review and counseling not evaluate the

Words only.  Several meetings this clarification had been made (especially since no way of determining if

All documentation history was possible).

Paragraph 8, is opinion.  Was never questioned could the policy be more clear.  Was never questioned

Would written policy be better than verbal.  Was never questioned that the revised policy in July was

Responsible.   In short, might be good opinion, just wrong purpose and subject.

Paragraph 9, is a second attempt to get the Board to approve the list discussed above  paragraph 5-7.

(This may be a very annoying habit of GM.)

Paragraph 10 and 11, should fail.

Why am I concerned about this, besides general honesty.  The Board in 2008-9, goal was honorable;

I estimate ½ million cost for the last 2 only not considering ongoing employees’ cost for ever.  This is

Not an expense that a small CSD can afford.  I also have questions as to why this came-up again?

I wonder if this was as honorable as the 2008-9 Board was.  I sincerely doubt that the two employees

Were promised this bene until recently.

If the Board is sincerely, ethically, morally hurt, then all they have to do is add the two with a waiver

Beginning today.  This would allow the adjustment for past considerations, reducing some cost while

Honoring the past intended actions.

PLEASE READ IN MEETING OR ALLOW TO BE READ, REVIEWED REGARDLESS OF COMMUNITY LIMITATIONS

POLICY.

Wes Barton

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First, Lord, I really have been trying not to “bad-mouth” my brothers but sometimes it is the “person” not the process.

Second, since most of you have shown little interest in the CSD and do not plan to attend the meeting I’ll try my best

To be brief but outline what is happening as listed in this agenda (need to click “attached” to understand detail):

3)a,b,c present only (no action expected):  Obviously since no one furnished any commentary.  But, Bd President asks

    Public to contact GM (not Board members) in advance of meetings.  BD/GM apparently believe they are not subject

    To public though CA Code explicitly says otherwise.

4)a,b approve prior financial (treasurer’s) info and minutes:  financials are still erroneous after being highlighted

    Previously.  Still incomplete as defined as “basic” financials.                          October minutes are missing.  Specially

    Onerous since it included a closed meeting “report out”.  (Only chance I’m aware of for “secret meeting” concerning

    ½ million dollar employee benefit, GM potential legal/insurance issues, GM loss of another CSD “job”)

    It is also interesting that GM wants to decrease transparency of reporting minutes from meetings.  Ref 5) e.

5)a,b,c relatively self explanatory so I will address “the rest of the story” behind budget changes:  1st GM has been on

    Board for over 2 years; this defines full responsibility–not “staff’s fault”.     GM has discovered major items not budgeted

    (major risk of major shut down).  Could be $300000.  Health Department involved concerning water quality.  (Won’t

    Discuss the barge[s] and previous GM; another story)   $300000 is being taken from “intake pipe” budget.  Last year

    Or so 4 major leaks, 65-70% water loss each time;          “priorities, priorities who knows the priorities”?

    Note: this reminds me of the story behind the story.  Multi-hundreds of thousands of dollars per well that can’t operate

    Without “surface” (lake) water.  Did we dig the wells because no lake water?

5)d going on since 2010 !  Inventory of correspondence was not approved !  Barton later showed examples where other 3rd

    Party persons input was missing.  GM couldn’t find a commercial “arbiter” to settle the WORDING ONLY of the employee

    Handbook.  Thus GM hired the CSD’S lawyer to consult on all issues of the law.  After all the discussions, Board President

    Must condemn this action of GM.  If President wants to give this benefit to two employees (my estimate $500000), he

    Needs to ask the board to approve, now.

5)f, g relatively self explanatory.    MID, CSD and you and I are in a major fight for our home and access to water.

EDITORIAL:  GM when hired stated that CSD wasn’t his type of client; too small.  HE HAS PROVED IT !  WE’VE PAID FOR IT!

QUESTION  IS : how much more do we pay?  He has proved it at McCloud, CA, Sonora, CA and recently Los Osos.  (others ?)

Note: last 30-60 days, Los Osos CSD didn’t renew Kampa LLC contract but hired another “contract firm”.  Reading a local

Los Osos “rag/web” this week, writer referred to “bureaucratic leach” in describing the departure of Kampa LLC and the

Hiring of the new contractor.  I’m not going to go that far but this non-licensed, part time, non-residential, non-hands-on,  Outside

GM Isn’t working.  As the GM is comfortable blaming a near, non-existent staff, our board apparently thinks they

Have limited responsibility if they have piles of paper (over and over again) and a “GM” .  As the folks stated in the Newsweek

Bloomberg magazine discussing Kampa/Nestle leaving McCloud, CA, we are still suffering thru the “legacy cost”.    Kampa

Will be gone, he always does go.       We are already over our heads trying to act like we are a “Hetch-Hetchy” water system.

We’re not !          Our last Financial Mgr had the guts to show a five year forecast.  CSD’s GM just piles more and more paper in

Front of the Board; they just move it on.  Apparently scared to ask, when is enough ?  [Sounds like the two trillion dollar debt

We gave our kids, huh?)                        Whatever you do don’t come to the meeting, very limited seating; they count on it!

 

 

 

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THANKS FOR THE FORWARD WES – SORRY POST WAS LATE

THE STORY BEHIND A GREAT SONG

Frank Sinatra considered Kate Smith the best singer of her time, and he said that when he and a million other guys first heard her sing “God Bless America” on the radio, they all pretended to have dust in their eyes as they wiped away a tear or two.

Here are the facts… The link at the bottom will take you to a video showing the very first public singing of “GOD BLESS AMERICA”.  But before you watch it, you should also know the story behind the first public showing of the song.

The time was 1940. America was still in a terrible economic depression. Hitler was taking over Europe and Americans were afraid we’d have to go to war. It was a time of hardship and worry for most Americans.

This was the era just before TV, when radio shows were HUGE, and American families sat around their radios in the evenings, listening to their favorite entertainers, and no entertainer of that era was bigger than Kate Smith.

Kate was also large; plus size, as we now say, and the popular phrase still used today is in deference to her, “It ain’t over till the fat lady sings”. Kate Smith might not have made it big in the age of TV, but with her voice coming over the radio, she was the biggest star of her time.

Kate was also patriotic. It hurt her to see Americans so depressed and afraid of what the next day would bring . She had hope for America, and faith in her fellow Americans. She wanted to do something to cheer them up, so she went to the famous American song-writer, Irving Berlin (who also wrote “White Christmas”) and asked him to write a song that would make Americans feel good again about their country.  When she described what she was looking for, he said he had just the song for her.

He went to his files and found a song that he had written, but never published, 22 years before – way back in 1917. He gave it to her and she worked on it with her studio orchestra.  She and Irving Berlin were not sure how the song would be received by the public, but both agreed they would not take any profits from God Bless America. Any profits would go to the Boy Scouts of America. Over the years, the Boy Scouts have received millions of dollars in royalties from this song.

This video starts out with Kate Smith coming into the radio studio with the orchestra and an audience. She introduces the new songfor the very first time, and starts singing. After the first couple verses, with her voice in the background still singing, scenes are shown from the 1940 movie, “You’re In The Army Now.”  At the 4:20 mark of the video you see a young actor in the movie, sitting in an office, reading a paper; it’s Ronald Reagan.

To this day, God Bless America stirs our patriotic feelings and pride in our country.  Back in 1940, when Kate Smith went looking for a song to raise the spirits of her fellow Americans, I doubt whether she realized just how successful the results would be for her fellow Americans during those years of hardship and worry….. and for many generations of Americans to follow.

Now that you know the story of the song, I hope you’ll enjoy it and treasure it even more.

Many people don’t know there’s a lead in to the song since it usually starts with “God Bless America…..” So here’s the entire song as originally sung…..ENJOY!

Let us pray God still does Bless America, and it’s not too late.

Click on:

VIDEO OF KATE SMITH SINGING “GOD BLESS AMERICA”

REMEMBER TO THANK A VET- TODAY AND EVERY DAY!

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GUESS WHAT I DID?

i-voted

You know my opinion already so it makes no sense to belabor the issue, right?  I just pray the Good Lord continues to bless this great nation while granting its citizens the resolve to face and adequately address whatever materializes on our horizon due to the results tonight.    Whatever happens, living in the United States of America is one of the greatest blessings each of us shares and OUR FREEDOM should never be taken for granted.

As always,

my best to you and yours, Lew

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THE 1965 PROPOSED SITE

for the

SNELLING RESERVOIR

as viewed from

 ALAMO DRIVE in the Lake Don Pedro Subdivision

(The body of water under the arrow is Kelsey Lake, Merced Falls, Merced County, CA.)

 

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HAD A 50 YEAR OLD MID PROPOSAL BEEN APPROVED – A TRIP TO MERCED ON MERCED FALLS ROAD WOULD HAVE REQUIRED A BOAT! lol

Judging by the 25 years of traveling Merced Falls Road from the Lake Don Pedro subdivision to the city of Merced and experiencing the traffic first hand, I can comfortably state that many of us utilize this “short cut” rather than traveling HWY 132 into La Grange and then HWY 59 south to Snelling on our way to Merced and else where in the valley.  [I often use both routes (Merced Falls and HWY 59 to Snelling) for a bit of variety on routine journeys – one going downhill, the other returning uphill, just to make that literal “round trip” to Merced and back.]

Did you know our familiar winding Merced Falls Road could have been dramatically changed by a MERCED IRRIGATION DISTRICT water holding proposal documented in Bulletin Number 131, MARIPOSA AREA INVESTIGATION by the Resources Agency Department of Water Resources in November 1965?  Check out the below map found while researching the water issues of this area:

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The unincorporated area of MERCED FALLS (middle-left side of map and west of McSwain Reservoir [currently known as Lake McSwain], would have been under the proposed SNELLING RESERVOIR!   Much like the town of Bagby on HWY 49 between Coulterville and Mariposa that was submerged due to construction of the New Exchequer Dam, Merced Falls would have been relegated to similar “underwater status” as water backed up from the (proposed) construction of the Snelling dam.  Notice also the massive holding of water on the Merced River east of Bagby along with the many other water holding/diversion proposals scattered about the area.  Absolutely fascinating with all the engineering and planning involved with such major projects.  This doesn’t have anything to do with current LDPCSD issues but I thought it interesting enough to share.

Now on to burn day preparation!  Rain is on the way!

My best to you and yours, Lew

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MARIPOSA COUNTY PROPOSED “ZERO SPHERE OF INFLUENCE” IN APRIL 1985?

Well this certainly was an interesting, although labor intensive, little experiment.  When I discovered Mariposa County Planning in April of 1985 had originally suggested a “ZERO SPHERE OF INFLUENCE” for the LDPCSD [ie, the District should not expand water service beyond the approved PLACE OF USE UNDER THE WATER LICENSE] I was curious as to how such a lucid and reasonable suggestion for our predicament had been abandoned, so I just kept reading forward in the timeline.

Jotting notes down by hand or typing them into an open word file was cumbersome but I did not want to just summarize in my own words so I decided a “COPY & PASTE” approach might be more convenient and would maintain the authenticity of WHAT REMAINS OF THIS DISTRICT ANNEXATION HISTORY.  Ended up with a 36 page word document full of  annexation “Minute Snippets” from April 1985 to December 1989.  The only problem was when I tried to insert this word document into a blog post my computer refused to cooperate with the format.  Wonderful!  What next?   The good news was the document would at least print – so TO THE INK AND PAPER!!!   After printing I scanned them into the computer to be inserted like any other JPG image.  (Who would have ever thought I would be talking like this?  lol)

You know, it doesn’t matter what the particular issue is or even to what degree innocent taxpayers are victimized,when you start researching how such OUTRAGEOUSLY UNETHICAL ACTIVITY WAS PERMITTED TO CONTINUE, you will discover there were indeed those who recognized it for what it was at the time and spoke up that it was wrong.  Unfortunately, those attempting to “do the right thing” were swimming against a very strong current of greed and focused desire to obtain something that was not theirs.  Honest and sincere efforts to follow the rules were ignored in favor of big money, special interest corruption and continued deliberate violation of established protective regulations….

…regulations specifically designed to prevent the foreseeable harm

this district has suffered for decades.

ANYWAY, that initial proposed ZERO SPHERE OF INFLUENCE was, not surprisingly, met with strong opposition by the numerous property owners and speculative land developers outside the permitted PLACE OF USE who wanted and demanded the subdivision’s water for their varied purposes.

APRIL FOOLS DAY? 

Is every day for subdivision entitled MERCED RIVER WATER customers who continue to pay for this fraud.

 

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