Another LAME Presentation containing an unrelated example of trickery and play with words utilizing a “spontaneous verse” recorded very quickly without much thought. (Later I added an audible “drumstick introduction marker” for this experimental “Uncle Lewie” layered self sing along. Can you correctly answer the question regarding this LAME recording? Intrigued?)
Yup, just a little playful demonstration of how some easily observable facts about a situation can be used to intentionally confuse an issue, misrepresent the actual facts of the matter and encourage reliance on that information. Unfortunately, this formula is often utilized to the detriment of others – in whatever form of loss, injury or damage, financial, emotional, legal, etc…
The other night I found that file on the recorder and wondered what the heck it was – forgot all about it but when I listened to it couldn’t help but laugh as I vividly recalled the very early morning circumstances.
Strange, I knew the nanosecond that tune and words were exiting my mouth if I didn’t record it right then I would never remember it correctly and for once the recorder was conveniently in sight on the bathroom counter. Perfect! Right on the way to the throne! I wanted to use the verse in some fashion …but didn’t know for what exactly at the time but later thought about this sing along verse repeated in layered parts like in “Row Row Your Boat”.
(Hey – I’m serious about the forgetting stuff. Haven’t you ever thought about something and said to yourself – “quick! Write it down so you don’t forget!” But by the time you find a writing instrument and paper – POOF! The thought, idea, memory, whatever IS GONE!
There you stand with pen in hand
Without a word to relay,
“Darn it all I seriously wonder
Will I ever be ready some day?”
That run to the throne
Was my “ready one day”
Thanks to handy recorder
There’s now a “verse test” to take!
(Perfect example! I would have never remembered the above developing rhyme but fingers were already on the keyboard!)
Yes, for some reason sure reminds me how unrelated open acreage properties in an Assessor Parcel Map overlay might appear to blend perfectly with an establish fifty year old Common Interest Development in the form of a Property Owners Association residential subdivision, regulated under the DAVIS-STIRLING ACT found in the California Civil Code, and governed by a Board of Directors with annual assessments, violation committees, and property development controlled through CC&Rs (Covenants, Codes and Restrictions) that run with property title in the over 3,000 subdivision lots. Point being – just because something may at first blush appear to be the same and perhaps look like it belongs – that does not in itself equate to being legally identical in substance or having the same obligations, responsibilities, and/or entitlements.
Do professional Cons in dark allies near casinos, bus stations, airports, etc., really sell solid gold watches at a fraction of their APPARENT WORTH to “Marks”?
(“Marks” – those targeted as scam victims – generally using some phony baloney sob story of hardship which is forcing the Con to part with the extremely valuable object for very little money due to emergency……. A story which assists the “Mark” into actually believing they are “in a way” helping the Con although their inner voice is screaming not to get involved – but is there a bit of “larceny of the heart”going on there too? They (ultimate victim) know better – “but what a deal!” – Ahhhh, but you can’t cheat an honest person… If the Mark was exchanging very little money for something believed to be much more valuable – but due to the Con’s professed desire and need for quick cash (bus fare, airplane ticket, taxi to hospital where partner was giving birth to an alien life form from another planet, whatever…. was there also a bit of dishonesty involved with the Mark as well by “taking advantage” of the Con’s emergency circumstances in needing fast cash?)
Or do Cons use fancy looking, cheap fake, “knockoffs” as the item of interest for the “Mark” ?
When such activities are intentionally orchestrated by two or more people to induce action, or inaction, by others (especially large groups of people) to their detriment – perhaps a crime is also being committed?
Well, I never seem to learn a final lesson with Jalapenos. What am I eating right now? Pizza topped with sliced Jalapenos. Good Heavens. Better leave the recorder on the bathroom counter tonight.
My best to you and yours, Lew
PS: Raining last night and couldn’t see a thing for the special Lunar Eclipse/Super Moon/Blood Moon/Wolf Moon/Lew’s Lounge Moon (I made the last one up – lol), yep, couldn’t see a frigg’n thing….. but tonight?
Maybe tonight we take every single available portable fan outside and turn them on simultaneously at high speed while pointing them towards the Super Moon/Lunar Eclipse in order to part the low layer of clouds for a better view?
Now where did I leave that long extension cord? lol
How did you folks weather the storm last night? PHEW! The winds were howling here. (Progressively worse it seems.) I was recording a “LAME project” and later discovered I could still hear the wind outside in playback.
Once again the relentless strong wind that typically assaults the southeast side of the house compelled a quick decision as to how best protect that homemade shade cloth awning I created that took hours of hand stitched reinforced seams for the various support lines. (I swear by that 550 7 strand nylon paracord! Fantastic stuff for all sorts of projects! – Cut a small piece – remove the individual strands – they are great for sewing with a large needle. I had a post on this, guess it’s still here somewhere?)
So I’m standing in the pouring rain and howling wind with basically two options:
allow the large shade cloth I had sewn together and installed over the back deck to continue billowing and “popping” like a parachute due to the oscillating gusts and take a chance they would survive, or, quickly detach the lines from the multiple posts supporting them over the deck to stop that parachute effect which clearly had the potential of snapping off posts or breaking the “wood spacers” keeping the shade cloths fully open and, well, properly spaced.
(That was my greatest concern, because although I had taken precautions of securing the wooden slats to the cloth – if they snapped under the pressure of the billowing parachute, those broken pieces could be propelled about by the wind representing a potential for serious damage or personal injury. As is traditionally pointed out in such high velocity wind environments, it is not the speed or force of the wind that will harm you, but rather, all the debris being hurled at you! For instance, one of those 1” x 2” x 8’ shade cloth support posts, if broken, could be released and actually launched towards the great room glass slider like an arrow from that “popping parachute 550 cord bow” and could severely damage that glass door – not to mention what it could do to the dumb ass standing there in a storm scratching his head trying to figure out what to do! Lol)
I kid you not! Felt like a star “action character” in one of those old black and white Sinbad the sailor type movies depicting the high sea perils ancient mariners faced.
(Minus the chiseled six-pack stomach; glistening rippling muscles; long flowing hair….blah, blah, blah)
There I was – pitch of night in the middle of a tremendous storm with ghost like howling winds (probably caused by some pissed off witch or evil spirit of some sort – certainly not climate change – lol) desperately attempting to save my redwood decked land based ship from certain destruction by cutting loose the varied sails and yardarm rope rigging to prevent the snapping of wooden masts and support structures…..
(like a 30 year old Leland Cypress tree trunk last night!)
and the ultimate capsizing and sinking of my vessel…..
“Cut the sails!
Save the masts and ship!
Cut the sails – let ’em go!”
(Makes your heart race with the imagined excitement yeah? Lol)
OK, good plan. Just simply climb a ladder in the dark during a severe wind/rain storm with a sharp knife in hand
(no, not held securely between my clinched teeth like a pirate climbing over the side of an adversary’s ship – lol)
and stretch out my cutting arm as far as I could in order to reach the nylon cords dancing above my head – wildly flipping and flapping about in the gusty wind – rather scary in itself.
(Know how in some of the old “fright films” a situation like this takes a dark turn by mysterious evil forces?……”Stretching out as far as he could with outreached arm, the razor sharp knife trembled in hand as the wind wildly whipped and snapped a loose end of 550 7 strand rot resistant Desert Storm (fantastic inventory of colors and combinations) nylon paracord (Paracordplanet) – which inexplicably wrapped around the knife handle in his out stretched hand snapping it away from him and whipping and slashing the now wind controlled air born razor by a wet nylon cord like a possessed flying demon slashing, cutting, nicking bone and ….YIKES! Knew I had a restless night, but, phew. Anyway, a bit scary up a ladder at night, in a storm, high winds, with a sharp knife……blah, blah, blah)
ANYWAY, exercising extreme caution I successfully eliminated the “parachute effect” without injury or further risk of property damage. Sure was some mess though.
(Used a knife to cut the support 550 lines because due to their being wet and knots pulled tight under tension of the wind there was no way to untie them safely while standing on a wet ladder.)
No biggie considering the other possibilities. Certainly much easier dealing with storm debris clean up than having to extricate oneself from being impaled by a 1”x2”x 8’ shade cloth support post. (Or a loose end of 550 paracord wrapping itself around my neck in an evil “spirit wind” and while fighting the ever increasing tightening hold of the garotte around my neck…slip and fall off the deck with the other end of the cord becoming entangled and essentially hangi…….YIKES! Oh, remember why I didn’t sleep too well, howling wind, worry, and too many Jalapenos and chips last night.)
My best to you and yours, Lew
PS: Well, a cursory inspection revealed three leaning Cypress trees and one with a trunk completely snapped off a couple of feet off the ground. That will be a challenge in removal because I’ll need the assistance of an extension ladder to reach branches “wind tangled” in the canopy. This loss was right next to the one that fell during a storm a few years ago damaging a garden shed roof. (The shed actually kept it from going all the way down to the ground.)
That row of trees reminds me of a smile that incrementally looses another tooth (figure the space made available by the missing tree permits more wind to enter and essentially work on the next loose tooth a little harder! Formula: Rocky shallow rooted trees + water saturated ground + strong winds = Lumberjack Lew) Rather depressing after almost thirty years of raising and caring for these trees, but I must strive to be positive…(right?) ..maybe that old expression of “growth through destruction” will apply? You know, … not realizing and appreciating concealed “positive aspects” of what certainly appears to be just a total loss right now?
Hey! At least I don’t have a giant splinter sticking out of my bod! Or lacerations from a wind controlled flying knife! Or a ……
Suddenly Liz and I make eye contact with the same obvious unspoken thought (she speaks too you know):
(Darn dog forgot to remind me to take the potted plants out of the outdoor casement windows again)
(Below) “Now where did I leave that little piece of blue tarp?”
Why not? It is, after all, just another “Lew Almost Music Expression” produced in video format right?
So it is technically a LAME production anyway!
Perhaps, “Lew Almost Music Experiment” might be a more accurate and appropriate definition? Whatever, I can still continue having a blast with this stuff while simultaneously boasting a voluntary and accurate content disclaimer –
they are all LAME productions!
(Referencing a lack of skill, proficiency, aptitude with “real” musical instruments/equipment and a wanting in vigor of expression; weak presentation, etc – A lack of adequate time the primary excuse used in quickly wrapping up a project when a bit more time and thought would have made a very big difference – this usually equates to something as simple as a good night’s sleep and starting again later…… But, oh no….. “I’ll just change this little part right here real quick…..”
For example, this final “tune”, as usual, was waaaaaaaay overdone –
I created a “sweet spot” that I really liked and thought had some interesting potential – but instead of “protecting that content” I kept throwing other instruments in the mix until I actually buried what I initially liked but going back through all the layered tracks was going to lead me in the opposite direction of finishing the project, so, I screwed up and rushed another one because I already have so many other “open projects” ….. it isn’t even lol and adding another was not an option at the time. [Yawn] Ahh, that elusive thing called time….)
Oh well. Guess I should just keep on practicing, right? (Poor viewers- “he he he” evil chuckle). This “almost music” stuff is also a great way to utilize some of the thousands of photos and videos I’ve collected through the years – which of course themselves are also chronic victims of poor organizational skills resulting in a lack of consistent easy retrieval – (“where the heck is that “______” I shot back in winter of 2014?”) but I’m working on that also, just takes a lot of, well, you know.
Seriously though, what is the point of taking and storing such material if not shared with others? (Most will probably end up in a land fill somewhere when I depart anyway, so might as well spread the garbage now yeah? lol.
Of course that assumes others might even be interested, but there resides the primary reason for this exercise – the personal and therapeutic benefits in redirecting years of frustration and anger about the “activities of others” into creation of an expressive opposition,…. or in the present case, appreciation for something. Yeah, I know, blah, blah, blah, here’s another LAME project for your whatever…. 🙂
The conclusion of a recent Letter to the Editor of the Mariposa Gazette regarding water service issues of the LDPCSD (more like a 350 word drive-by spray of relevant facts in outline form) referenced this website for more information on the subject. I woke early this morning realizing I had essentially invited the entire Gazette reading public to drop by without making any reasonable advance preparations. You know, rather like inviting folks to physically stop by and visit where you live without first picking up and cleaning to make a decent first impression – quite a traumatic realization for an “almost hermit”.
Sure, in this case it is more a matter of rummaging around my “grey matter output” on this website that has been fueled by a sense of betrayal and frustration with the lack of more immediate correction and expressed in a variety of ways: verbatim transcriptions of board meetings; audio and video meeting productions, formal complaints to local, state and federal authorities, etc. and most recently, through what I call “almost music” videos. (An activity which, in itself, only goes to show – you never know what previously unconsidered, new, and enjoyable options might materialize in response to a negative situation demanding much time, money, effort and diversion from originally planned and more happier pursuits.)
Anyway, a friend recently pointed out that banging on an empty trash can with or without vocal expression is still a form of music and my referring to what I was doing as “almost music” could conceivably be considered offensive or insulting to others who might express themselves in a similar fashion. OK. Point well taken – I basically agree with that and would never intentionally demean other sincere expressions regardless of form. The “almost music” characterization of my back ground sound and/or satirical little songs was not intended to be self deprecating, but rather, just an acknowledgement that (in my own mind) what I’m doing would likely not qualify as true music by those trained in composition and/or those possessing the talent and skill (achieved through extensive study and practice) to play an authentic musical instrument. Seriously, I am merely pressing different Casio keys to mimic instrument sounds digitally – but it is still a blast of fun!
Do I know how to play a violin? No.
Laotian flute? No.
Would I know how to use a set of drums if they were laid out in front of me and I was handed a couple of drumsticks? No.
Could I conduct a string quartet or orchestra? No.
Do I know how to write music? No.
You get the idea — but I sure can play around with a Casio keyboard in an attempt to produce digital sounds that at first blush seem like actual musical instruments/equipment. (A real trumpet player or violinist could never hold a note as long as I can digitally – while sipping a beer with the other hand no less! lol)
Heck, that keyboard even has the capability of conveniently recording different tracks with a variety of instruments with playback of all or only selected tracks. I honestly do not know how to use the far majority of functions and features of the darn thing! This new interest started when a friend generously loaned me an old keyboard she had and I was hooked – and thus began the systematic torture of viewers with “almost music”. I just needed a short cut to being an accomplished musician so I could (hopefully) present my opinions and thoughts in a form folks might think interesting, or humorous enough, to spend the time to get the point. (Which I repeat over, and over, and over, ……anyway.)
Yup, Lewtune “almost music” videos turned out to be a blessing in disguise while continuing objection and fight against what I sincerely believe to be an intentionally designed financial and water service fraud operating for decades committed against thousands of MR WECs of the Lake Don Pedro residential subdivision since 1980 (formerly Sierra Highlands Water Company – transformed into a public agency in August 1980 with 88 affirmative votes and 29 against).
Yes indeed, a brand new special district complete with built in innocent, but mandatory victim customers of LAFCO’s foothill water providing district scam essentially creating a perpetual “deep pocket” for continued water service expansion outside the subdivision POU of WL11395 to serve LAFCO ANNEXATIONS.
How? With an extremely expensive (and for this area, unreliable) GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION PROGRAM to specifically serve thousands of acres of LAFCO ANNEXATIONS into the LDPCSD that apparently didn’t even follow their own operational guidelines.
Why groundwater? Because water license 11395 prohibits Merced River water service outside the subdivision so all river water illegally leaving the subdivision must be replaced with groundwater. If the water is replaced – supposedly there is no violation of the license, so the MR WECs of the subdivision have been, and are expected to continue, paying for this special benefit water REPLACEMENT service for even more third party land developers who own LAFCO ANNEXED PROPERTIES within the district’s LAFCO expanded water service boundary. Some of these outside owners are attempting to develop adjacent subdivisions which will obviously only increase the demand for expensive groundwater that is already primarily subsidized by subdivision residents!
Please understand: subdivision MR WECs, DO NOT REQUIRE GROUNDWATER REPLACEMENT!
Seriously, consider how different this designated “disadvantaged community” might be if clear state regulations had been followed from the beginning. Wonder how much more developed, attractive, and valuable our subdivision properties would be right now had our right to that quality Merced River water been protected rather than exploited by the respective local county government departments, agencies, commissions, etc. which were apparently focused more on the special interests of land developers in a drought prone area wanting our subdivision dedicated water. Everybody wins but the subdivision residents who have primarily paid for all the additional costs! (Heck, subdivision owners no longer consume the quality Merced River water from Lake McClure, but a “blended product” made with groundwater that must have contaminants such as arsenic removed. Special monitoring, treatment, reporting, equipment, etc. all paid for by those who do not require a remedy for intentional violations of the state water license.
Shame, shame, shame. Distrust of local government is sometimes not only warranted, but earned.
Worked outside a bit – then inside to play around with the “almost music stuff”. What can I say? It’s fun! Anyway, just playing around and then thought…..why not a last 2018 “almost music” thing? So, here it is, just sliding under the wire of 2019….”We’re not going to make midnight” – although it actually looks like we will…maybe. But maybe not?……it is 2343hrs right now. 2347hrs……processing almost done……OK READY TO POST (fastest one ever I think!) 2351hrs bye!
LAFCOs – Local Agency Formation Commissions, ie, state agencies operating at the county level so that THE POWER OF THE STATE IS ACTUALLY EXERCISED BY AND FOR LOCAL COUNTY INTERESTS under the concept local authorities would know best how to develop and manage local resources and appropriate development.
This post/video simply examines some of the 2016 statements made by LAKE DON PEDRO COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT (LDPCSD) General Manager/Treasurer, Pete Kampa, and his supporting Board of Directors in light of the historical facts contained in the September 28, 2017 State Water Board Notice of Violation. That NOV reaffirmed exactly how this nightmare of SPECIAL BENEFIT WATER SERVICE outside the legal subdivision started and continues today.
Fake Maps, paper, Mylar, digital, whatever! All the same. FAKE/FALSE INFORMATION.
The Lake Don Pedro residential subdivision (as a CID,POA & CC&R governed entity under the California Civil Code) has been severely injured by other organizations, both public and private, that were intended to assist in protecting its integrity but instead, exploited a subdivision water resource for outside subdivision development and profit.
The “disinformation” intentionally spread within this area for decades has been outrageous – but especially damaging since return of Peter Kampa in October 2014 to complete the LAFCO ANNEXATIONS for outside subdivision development he started over twenty years ago when beginning his infamous water career in California between the years 1994-1997. Pete Kampa’s twenty year affiliation with the CSDA (CALIFORNIA SPECIAL DISTRICTS ASSOCIATION) [aka a major not for profit state lobbyist organization] has in no small part assisted KAMPA with the corruption and abuse within the LDPCSD. Seems every turn in the road has involved some facet of CSDA, the political special district updates from Sacramento; opinions regarding our POST RETIREMENT MEDICAL BENEFITS which were abandoned years ago until KAMPA & KOMPANY decided to reinstate them at great cost to our district; discounts for CSDA members and affiliates for such things as our LDPCSD WEBSITE, (which is still quite unresponsive to public requests and continues to display incorrect information to the public); how about THE FINAL ANSWER TO THE WL11395 POU QUESTION FOR LDPCSD WATER SERVICE TO LAFCO ANNEXATIONS? Just another one of the many FAKE KAMPA POU MAP PRODUCTIONS courtesy of a CSDA discounted provider (don’t forget the $35,000 budget the Board approved for this digital FAKE MAP!,and so it goes, on and on and on…..) Kampa is not just a “REMOTE GM/TREASURER – BUT A CSDA LOBBYIST AND SHOULD BE REGISTERED AS ONE! lol
Yeah, yeah, yeah….OK…..prepare yourself for another repeat and resulting yawning exercise – lol
Kampa was returned to the LDPCSD through a highly unethical “CLOSED RECRUITMENT SELECTION PROCESS” specifically designed to guarantee ONLY PETE KAMPA could be appointed as the new GM/Treasurer and provided access to over ONE MILLION DOLLARS IN LDPCSD CASH that was saved as a result of a successful PROPOSITION 218 to raise rates and fees almost ten years ago to avoid LDPCSD bankruptcy. (Those funds were later used by Kampa to leverage state and federal grant money to develop the ground water production for an “ALTERNATE SOURCE WATER” which Kampa used to circumvent Merced River water restrictions contained in WL11395 which prohibit river water service outside the authorized Place of Use subdivision. By “blending” this groundwater with Merced River water, the final “blended product” is CLAIMED TO BE A LEGAL “FOR SALE PRODUCT” TO LAFCO PROPERTIES OUTSIDE THE PLACE OF USE BOUNDARY OF WATER LICENSE 11395!
[RECALL THE SO GOSIP (Same Old Group Of Special Interest People) talk of “finding someone” who was going to write grants for groundwater well development” (for LAFCO ANNEXATIONS outside the subdivision) before Kampa even submitted his blitzkrieg promoting management contract?]
Hindsight is always 20/20 yeah?
CONSIDER ALSO: Since the groundwater contains contaminants such as arsenic, that must be removed for human consumption which Merced River water does not possess, this SPECIAL BENEFIT BLENDING also forcesMR WECsto consume something less than thequality Merced River water that has been pumped from Lake McClure from the very start back in the late 1960’s when the SIERRA HIGHLANDS WATER COMPANY!)
ANYWAY, …..Thanks to confidential BOARD INFORMATION of a forthcoming GM opening (that was quickly relayed to PETE KAMPA by a sitting LDPCSD director/personal friend who worked with Kampa back in the mid 1990s) Kampa was able to quickly prepare and present a contract – ready for board approval – for his company, KAMPA COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS, or KAMPACS, to immediately assume REMOTEdistrict GM/Treasurer responsibilities. There was no public notice of the upcoming vacancy and prior plans for GM selection were immediately abandoned by members of the board. Kampa was then appointed without even a simple employment background check which would have revealed KAMPA was in actuality, a rogue former employee who was negotiating ANNEXATIONS INTO THE DISTRICT WITHOUT BOARD APPROVAL OR AUTHORIZATION, apparently one of the reasons prompting a quick resignation and departure to McCloud CSD where he also made quite a name for himself in exploiting the resources of that special district.
(Yes, the CSDA must be very proud. Read Governor Brown’s statement about that McCloud CSD contract negotiated by Kampa back then when Governor Brown was the State Attorney General!)
Pete Kampa was very much aware of the LDPCSD water license limitations in serving Merced River water and immediately started work on the plan to misrepresent the actual purpose of developing more groundwater wells (ostensibly for entitled subdivision customer use during state wide emergency drought)for the true misappropriated purpose of expanding SPECIAL BENEFIT GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTED SERVICE OUTSIDE THE WATER LICENSE DESIGNATED PLACE OF USE RESIDENTIAL SUBDIVISION!
Rather like the old traditional “bait and switch”, yeah? Advertise one thing but sell another?
State and federal officials were told groundwater production would be used for the drought threatened residential subdivision, when in actuality, the Ranchito Drive “remedy well” (which formerly produced enough groundwater to remedy the illegal service already recognized outside the subdivision) had already failed, or was in the process of failing, to produce the groundwater necessary for water license compliance purposes. This water license compliance reporting to MERCED IRRIGATION DISTRICT (MID) [holder of water license 11395] started back in 2000 when MID stated NO MERCED RIVER WATER COULD BE SERVED OUTSIDE THE POU BOUNDARY OF THE WATER LICENSE AND ANY SUCH SERVICE WOULD HAVE TO COME FROM THE RANCHITO DRIVE WELL – the only ground well owned by the LDPCSD! (Kampa stopped these compliance reports and the water loss information previously furnished the public.)
Yup, not about the MR WECs of the subdivision at all, but rather, PETE KAMPA’s LAFCO ANNEXATIONS FROM 20 YEARS EARLIER LOSING THE ONLY ALTERNATE SOURCE WATER AVAILABLE TO PREVENT VIOLATION OF THE WATER LICENSE RESTRICTIONS. Do not forget Pete Kampa was likely also aware of the other properties receiving water for many years that were outside the POU of WL11395 but district billing was unaware yet he allowed such known unreported illegal service to continue.
In other words, KAMPA and his special interest board of DEFECTORS NEEDED GROUNDWATER AND FAST BEFORE THE NONCOMPLIANCE WITH WL11395 WAS PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE! And what better way to obtain it than telling “the community and world” they were DRILLING HOLES ALL OVER THE PLACE to prevent customers from losing water service as the lake went down due to drought*. (Original board that hired Kampa knew exactly what they were doing in violating clear restrictions in WL11395 and burdening MR WECs with the added financial costs of subsidized water for third party land developers to which our district had no legal duty or moral obligation to provide water. Period.)
* Another important issue. Decades of massive water loss (wink and nod thefts?) have continued unchecked yet the PERFECT OPPORTUNITY FOR CORRECTIVE ACTION DURING THAT STATE WIDE EMERGENCY DROUGHT (relaxed EPA/development, application/permitting, etc. and physically reaching equipment usually under water) to repair and replace failed equipment for our SURFACE WATER TREATMENT PLANTwas intentionally ignored in favor of groundwater wells desperately needed to maintain water license compliance reporting conditions that KAMPA HAD STOPPED (later said he was unaware of the reporting requirement) that the MONEY GRANTING AUTHORITIES WERE NOT EVEN AWARE!
The State of California and Federal Government thought they were approving grant money to save a community on the verge of losing their water supply as the McClure Lake level went down (this has happened a number of times in the past but not quite as severe) when in reality they were providing PUBLIC FINANCING FOR PRIVATE LAND DEVELOPER PROPOSED PROJECTS ON SUSPICIOUS LAFCO ANNEXED PROPERTIES!
REM: The PROPOSED 900 ACRE RESIDENTIAL SUBDIVISION across the road from the LDPCSD Administration Office (where the original office was destroyed by arson in February 2012 during an investigation of this outside POU water service issue) that MARIPOSA COUNTY LAFCO later said had been annexed in 1995 but kept a virtual secret from the public until only a few months before Kampa returned to the LDPCSD and a SEMI-PRIVATE LAFCO-LDPCSD meeting produced two new maps with different LDPCSD BOUNDARIES OF WATER SERVICE?
But I digress.
Thousands of property owners (past, present and future) of the Lake Don Pedro Owners Association (LDPOA) who were essentially forced into becoming mandatory customers of the LAFCO created Lake Don Pedro Community Services District (LDPCSD) (due to CC&Rs that ran with their POA governed property title) have all been harmed by this rigged groundwater substitution program subsidy for land developers outside the water entitled subdivision that is primarily paid for by subdivision LDPCSD customer owners! I call these victims: MR WECs (Merced River Water Entitled Customers – of the Lake Don Pedro subdivision).
WHAT ARE THE DESIGNED CHARACTERISTICS OF SPECIAL DISTRICTS LIKE THE LDPCSD?
1) limited service (Subdivision lot water service)
2) to a particular group of customers (Only LDP subdivision property owners- as indicated in LAFCO publications);
3) within a defined geographical area (an official water service area with boundaries aka, THE LDP SUBDIVISION as determined by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) January 1981 approval in the transfer of SIERRA HIGHLANDS facilities and assets to the newly LAFCO FORMED LDPCSD) [Spoiler Alert: Mariposa County LAFCO (in anticipation of the CPUC’s intention to limit the service area to only the subdivision and golf course) apparently quietly & secretly substantially enlarged the LDPCSD SERVICE AREA (ready for this?) immediately after the STATE OF CALIFORNIA DECLARED WATER LICENSE 11395 FULLY APPROPRIATED AND BEING PUT TO MAXIMUM BENEFICIAL USE AS REQUIRED BY OUR STATE CONSTITUTION!
State declaration of water license full appropriation: July 1980
LDPCSD formed by LAFCO: August 1980 (And that official service area map has been missing ever since!)
4) customers are charged only for those costs NECESSARY IN PROVIDING THAT SERVICE which is absolutely impossible when MR WECs has been subsidizing a groundwater substitution program for land developers OUTSIDE THE ENTITLED SUBDIVISION!
Sad to say but my conclusion is the LDPCSD has been an intentional fraud since its first day of operation.
Also, do not forget that it only took 88 votes to encumber thousands of LDP subdivision MR WEC owners with this hidden GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION PROGRAMfor perpetuity! AND THE GERRYMANDERING THAT PERMITS THIS TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE TO CONTINUE! NON STAKEHOLDERS WHO CAN VOTE AND DETERMINE DIRECTOR ELECTION OUTCOMES!
WHY DID LAFCOs CONTINUE ANNEXATIONS KNOWING THE LDPCSD COULD NOT SERVE THE WATER?
TO ASSIST IN THE GERRYMANDERING OF THE DISTRICT TO “LOCK IN” THE FRAUD AGAINST MR WECs?
WHY FORCE MR WECs INTO TREMENDOUSLY EXPENSIVE GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION FOR LAFCO “LATE ON THE SCENE” PROPERTY ANNEXATIONS INTO THE LDPCSD?
TAXABLE DEVELOPMENT IN THE DROUGHT PRONE FOOTHILL AREAS OF TWO COUNTIES WHERE THE RESPECTIVE COUNTY WOULD NOT HAVE TO FURNISH AN EXPENSIVE WATER SUPPLY?
WHO WERE THE TRUE BENEFICIARIES OF THIS UNETHICAL FINANCIAL SCHEME?
Sorry, this post is kind of all over the place – think I would learn not to just blah, blah, blah…without a bit more planning ahead— ahhh, what the heck! Woke again this morning thinking about it anyway….might as well blah, blah, blah…
Yes indeed, I do repeat myself – and will most likely continue to do so until this decades old criminal conspiracy is corrected because I believe heart and mind it is absolutely wrong to the innocent stakeholder property owners of this subdivision.
Anyway, I thought some of the statements made in 2016 take on more illuminating aspects especially when considered in light of the STATE NOV and the apparent June 2018 Kampa/SWRCB quick attempt to end that investigation. An investigation that started off quite professionally but was quickly shunted into the shadows of special interest protection and concealment from the public.
There is a gold mine in these past meeting recordings because the true motive for so many of these former statements and actions by KAMPA and HIS BOARD only become apparent when truth is allowed to flow like water from undocumented valves.
HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR – BUT PLEASE BE SAFE SO AS TO CONTINUE THE HAPPINESS ALL YEAR LONG!
When I listened to the December 17th, 2018 LDPCSD Meeting audio CD I was again struck by two reoccurring aspects of these meeting GM REPORTS –
1) SOBS, same old BULL $hi7, and
2) they are all dressed up in intricate KAMPA-GANDA labyrinths of words and speech all exquisitely designed to confuse and misrepresent facts in his continuing effort to conceal the unethical and continuing harm to this district, but more importantly, to the MR WECs of the subdivision forced to pay for such betrayal since 1980 formation by LAFCO.
So much of what GM/Treasurer Pete Kampa says just plain doesn’t sound right or pass the BS test if you will, for one reason or another. This all too common observation triggers my questioning of the matter resulting in time consuming research which confirms, or where really murky activity is present with little information, highly suggests, intentional deception and the concealment of important fact from the public.
I have always freely admitted to being very suspicious regarding activities of our “remote managing” LDPCSD GM/Treasurer Pete Kampa, and sadly, this post is just another example of why that is, at least for me personally. Seems Pete routinely furnishes examples of why confidence in the accuracy of the information he relays is a real gamble if you are interested in the truth. Whatever the story Pete may be spinning at the time you can bet there is always a KAMPA-GANDA portion lurking in the shadows far removed from what is generally accepted as ethical behavior by those in such important positions of public trust.
OK, I do not trust Pete Kampa or ANYTHING HE HAS DONE SINCE RETURNING TO THE LDPCSD where he started his infamous water career here in the United States over twenty years ago by personally setting up LAFCO ANNEXATIONS which is GROUND ZERO in this LDPCSD CORRUPTION–
in my semi hermit internet outspoken repetitive styled opinion – lol .
Of course four years service on the LDPCSD Board of Directors exposed me to an environment and much information the average MR WECs is only learning now. Yes this is an incredible amount of work (AGAIN- the district, especially in light of its NONTRANSPARENT HISTORY FOR DECADES should be required to post every single LDPCSD meeting audio on the ldpcsd website for public consumption (in addition to their forced consumption of a “blended outside POU sales water”) but it MUST BE DONE unless, such special interest corruption is to be made official LDPCSD policy. How can I enjoy why I purchased my Lake Don Pedro subdivision land if threatened by a carpet bagging “remote GM/Treasurer” who has quite clearly demonstrated his dedication to expanding costly special benefit water services on the financial backs of letitimate water customers of the subdivison in favor of his special interest 20 year old LAFCO ANNEXATIONS?
A vicious time consuming cycle because the Board of Directors have each, and as a whole, continued to relinquish their power and authority –
(to run this district ethically and legally to the service of the intended far majority of legal customers)
-to a man with decades of documented special interest for owners of LAFCO ANNEXED LAND with PROPOSED DEVELOPMENTS that are stalled for lack of available water in this drought prone area. (Some projects even contrary to the interests of the ALREADY EXISTING AND APPROVED SUBDIVISION WHICH ALREADY HAS AN ADDED LAYER OF GOVERNMENT IN THE FORM OF A CID/POA/CC&R/Davis-Sterling Act governed subdivision.)
I wonder if you viewers can tell when I pick back up on a continuing long post with a different more positive attitude, say due to rest, or in the alternative, notice an angrier expression due to escalating frustration with the lack of, or glacial speed of, law enforcement regarding such local agency corruption?
Perhaps another example of corruption and decay would be beneficial in recognizing what is at play with the LDPCSD and its NEGLIGENT PARENT LAFCOs?
(expanded this out a bit to clearly make the connection between the two different failures)
Would it be proper, logical, legal, moral, etc., to subject a child to further injurious punishment for having rotten teeth, poor skin, and being morbidly obese when the parents have routinely provided soda pop, candy and treats as incentives to encourage co-operation and accelerate training since birth – rather than proper nourishment and responsible guidance for normal growth?
BREAK IT DOWN…..
Would it be proper, logical, legal, moral, etc., to subject a child to further injurious punishment for having rotten teeth,
(LDPCSD annexations – permitting developments without adequate water service – LDPCSD conflicting unethical policies due to LAFCo’s special interest decisions catering to third party developers over the established interests of the LEGALMR WECsin the CID/POA & CC&R GOVERNED Lake Don Pedro subdivision),
(LDPCSD public appearance and first impression reputation),
and being morbidly obese
(LDPCSD massive unsupported expansion of District Service Boundaries outside the legal Place of Use for WL11395 contrary to operative regulations and law)
when the parents have routinely provided soda pop, candy and treats
(LDPCSD annexations – permitting developments without adequate water service)
as incentives to encourage co-operation and accelerate training since birth –
(placate water demanding real estate/land developer interests with unsupported annexations to facilitate rural foothill growth counties wouldn’t have to finance)
rather than proper nourishment and responsible guidance for normal growth?
No doubt both the LDPCSD and the Lake Don Pedro residential subdivision have, and are, paying a horrible price for the intentional violation of state water regulations in an attempt to create a “foothill water empire” with that surreptitious “master plan” apparently orchestrated by those in control of the LAFCOs (Local Agency Formation Commissions) of Tuolumne and Mariposa which created the LDPCSD in 1980. (How else could the initial service area established by the CPUC in January 1981 have been changed and the initial LAFCO commissioned 1980 area service map be AWOL/MIA [absent without leave and missing in action] for forty (40) years?)
The local government betrayal of “tax paying mandatory property owner customers” of our preexisting CID/POA governed subdivision – along with the continued intentional exploitation of our most valuable resource in quality Merced River water from Lake McClure per Water License 11395 is simply reprehensible.
What a magnificent selling point for real estate sales within our subdivision which is now only half developed. How many more people could have been encouraged to purchase property here and make these beautiful foothills their final home? Our subdivision and every single property owner, whether resident or absentee, has been financially harmed by this continuing county betrayal which in reality likely assisted in our ultimate government designation as a DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITY!
The only disadvantage I see is a lack of honest responsible local government which only continues a conspiracy with rogue LDPCSD officials to continue the special benefit GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION PROGRAM for LAFCO ANNEXATIONS with all those substantial additional costs passed on to MR WECs as they have been since August 1980.
That LAFCO PARENT CONCEPT kind of encouraged this “almost music” video presentation stuff. REM? A disguised Chipmunk type voice and off we go to spread the word of unethical financial liabilities being forced on the MR WECs of the Lake Don Pedro residential subdivision for perpetuity. Yep, diminishing this POA’s greatest selling point for encouraging more people to move up here to these beautiful Sierra Nevada western foothills and create a home. The words I would like to use to accurately describe these treacherous money worshiping traitors I will withhold for now.
(NOTE: as mentioned in the original postings at the time, Director Jim Sult (left middle- green shirt) was not one of the original designers – or apparent supporters – of this continuing water POU MAP SCAM. The community was indeed lucky to have Mr. Sult on the board although only for a relatively short period of time.)
Why are the MR WECs of the Lake Don Pedro subdivision further punished for LAFCO failures to properly discharge their duties in:
1) the actual formation of the LDPCSD and its water service boundaries according to the California Public Utilities Commission decision approving the transfer of Sierra Highland’s facilities and assets to the new LDPCSD, and
2) realistically researching annexation applications and their proposed developments outside the WL POU APPROVED SUBDIVISION (with special emphasis on compliance with their own operating 76-4 Resolution requiring an adequate services clause in the annexation application)
LAFCO ANNEXATION WATER has always been wrongfully subsidized by thousands of innocent victim MERCED RIVER WATER ENTITLED CUSTOMERS (MR WECs) of the Lake Don Pedro subdivision, which was formerly the SIERRA HIGHLANDS WATER COMPANY subdivision which is the PLACE OF USE for MERCED RIVER WATER per WATER LICENSE 11395 under which the LDPCSD has operated since formation by county LAFCOs of Tuolumne and Mariposa in 1980.
I DIGRESS….BACK TO THE 15 EMAILS KAMPA SENT TO DOLLAR GENERAL OFFICIALS
So viewers might easier appreciate what I’m clumsily attempting to explain here —(I’m tired, frustrated and in a bit of pain anyway due to that injury a few weeks ago – but getting better thanks) let us take a short trip back to the recent December 17th, 2018 LDPCSD Board Meeting where Director Russell Warren questioned GM Kampa about the newly opened Dollar General Store on HWY 132 and problems concerning that organization following the contract for water service Kampa negotiated. (Some of my video comments will become more understandable in later blah blah blah after the below video. You know, this is another good example of why Board Directors and public should be provided such information (as they were prior to KAMPACS MANAGEMENT) for their own reading in the agenda packet. I believe that was one of my first public comments when I returned to this LAKE DON PEDRO CSD NIGHTMARE after the passing of Tara my former GSD who had Degenerative Myelopathy (a slow paralyzing condition starting from tail and works its way to the brain stem, fortunately physically painless but …. – oh crap! Can’t even go there now…..!).
Anyway, when I first returned to meetings I saw the complete control by Kampa and the board oblivious as to rudimentary facts about the district and its operation who could only recite sentences and phrases like KAMPA-GANDIZED trained primates conditioned to reward. Simple, obvious, and legitimate questions posed to the board and GM had to be repeated ad nauseam just for acknowledgement but then never answered. Agenda item requests with pertinent subjects routinely rejected or indefinitely put on hold due to more serious matters never to be revisited.
“what I’m clumsily attempting to explain here” – for sure huh? here’s the video I did yesterday
Hello! Welcome back. How was your return trip from the video? I’ve got a mess here. Many of the files he sent will not print or copy correctly for some reason. Bare with me, if I have to I will re-type some of it for clarity.
Anyway, Kampa said he sent 15 emails to DG, right? Let’s start with my PUBLIC INFORMATION REQUEST (when I inserted the original request with numbering, the website editor went crazy and inserted other numbering/lettering stuff – so ignore that double number/letter crap. lol)
From: Lew Richardson Sent: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 11:43 AM To: Syndie Marchesiello <email@example.com> Subject: PUBLIC INFORMATION REQUEST
Thanks for the meeting CDs but would appreciate copies of the below GM handouts for the Monday, December 17th, 2018 LDPCSD Board meeting that were not contained in the noticed agenda packets as the meeting discussion is hard to follow sometimes just listening to the audio without the document in hand for reference. Syndie, since you have been specifically trained in the Brown Act and in preparing public agency agendas and board packets, could you educated me as to why important information contained in the GM report (and other GM meeting handouts) is not included within the properly noticed agenda packet prepared in the LDPCSD office and distributed? (The GM made a point of saying his report would be sent to the office by email on December 14th – apparently suggesting with sufficient time for proper inclusion and notice – yet it was not in any of the distributed packets or available on the website. )
Apparently during the December 17th, 2018 LDPCSD Monthly Board Meeting there was a
a) GM Report handout
b) I believe there was also a water loss report, and,
c) some compliance monitoring information.
Also, there was discussion of the failure of the DOLLAR GENERAL to honor the LDPCSD contract by providing required documents GM Kampa had negotiated with them for development of the store. Kampa stated he had spoken with different DG representatives multiple times on the telephone and had sent 15 emails to them requesting the information. KAMPA said he is now charging his hours of work on this problem and needs to set a date to force the issue with Dollar General.
This is a public information request for those 15 emails sent to Dollar General officials by LDPCSD GM Kampa in an effort to have them honor the development contract by furnishing the requested information.
Thanks, curiously yours, Lew
Pursuant to your request for records of the above date, attached are all records responsive to your request. I have pasted your request below for reference:
In response to your item #1a, b and c, attached are two versions of the service line bid summary presented at the meeting. The summary was prepared on the morning of the 17th after bids were opened that morning at 9. The services contract associated with the contractor’s compliance and monitoring work scope was also handed out and made publicly available at the meeting, as was the month water audit report.
In response to your item #2, attached are all communications by email and letter to CD CG La Grange regarding the Dollar General issue. These documents comprise the record you request.
The following 15 records were provided by Kampa (as the entire communication record for Dollar General as requested) with the first four files obviously unrelated to the alleged DOLLAR GENERAL refusal to furnish required information. These files addressed other LDPCSD issues as noted.
1 Bid Summary – Service Line Replacement.pdf [178.82 KB] December 17 2018 Meeting GM handout black and white graph
2 BidAnalysis.pdf [67.86 KB] December 17 2018 Meeting GM handout color graph
3 Contract for Services.pdf [118.42 KB] December 17 2018 GM Meeting handout regarding Contractor Compliance and Monitoring Inc
4 Monthly Audit Summary… [92.21 KB] LDPCSD Dec 17 2018 GM Meeting handout (treated water loss 22%)
Hang-on, let me try to arrange his files in chronological order……what a pain in the ASS! The redundant titles and inability to see the entire file name made distinguishing the files from one another very difficult and required retyping what could be observed in the file name with the size of the file also re-typed in order to identify which was which!!! OK, here are the other files in order of creation:
5 Letter to Accept Main… [86.32 KB] June 14, 2018 (no letterhead) Letter from Pete Kampa to CD DG LA GRANGE LLC
6 Dollar General.eml [20.07 KB] (email) September 6, 2018 17:20 pkampa@kampacs to David Gonzalves, Tuolumne CountyCc Syndie ldpcsd KAMPA EMAIL BUT TO TUOLUMNE COUNTY
7 Out of Office: Dollar General…[14.4 KB] (email)September 6, 2018 17:20 David Gonzalves, Tuolumne County TO: Peter Kampa
8 Re: Dollar General Store.eml [28.67 KB] (email)September 7, 2018 07:38 David Gonzalves Tuolumne County TO: Pete Kampa Cc: syndie@ldpcsd; Quincy Yaley
9 RE: Dollar General Store.eml [20.53 KB] (email)September 7, 2018 08:00 David Gonzalves, Tuolumne County CRA to Peter Kampa and Quincy Yaley
10 Letter to accept Main Line… [276.83] pdf September 11th 2018 LDPCSD Letterhead URGENT NOTICE from Pete Kampa to CD DG LA GRANGE LLC
11 Second Final Demand Notice &… [2.21 MB] November 29, 2018
12 CD DG La Grange 2nd Final …… [454.22 KB] (email)December 10, 2018 11:58 Chris Fallentine (Cross Development with Dollar General) to: Peter Kampa, Cc: Robert Vann; Wendee Zang; Maggie Blakewood
13 RE: CD DG La Grange 2nd Final… [459.79 KB] (email) December 10, 2018 12:11 Wendee Zang (Cross Development with Dollar General) TO: Chris Fallentine; Peter Kampa, cc Robert Vann; Maggie Blakewood
14 RE: CD DG La Grange 2nd Final Demand 462.78 KB] (email)December 10, 2018 12:17 Chris Fallentine to: Wendee Zang; Peter Kampa Cc: Robert Vann; Maggie Blakewood
15 RE: CD DG La Grange 2nd Final Demand [486.98 KB] (email)December 10, 2018 15:45 to: Peter Kampa Cc: Wendee Zang; Robert Vann; Maggie Blakewood
OK, with this listing we can now begin to add the original correspondence with any other attachments to that file that were included. (If the file contents are merely circulating old information copies I will identify them as such).
CHRONOLOGICAL DOLLAR GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE
5 Letter to Accept Main … [86.32 KB] June 14, 2018 (no letterhead yet signed as LDPCSD GM) FIRST LETTER from Pete Kampa to CD DG LA GRANGE LLC-
THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT:
THIS LETTER MAKES IT CLEAR
NO PROJECT COMPLETION AND DISTRICT ACCEPTANCE –
NO WATER SERVICE FOR DOLLAR GENERAL OPERATIONS!
Think it strange addressed to “To whom it may concern” regarding such an important project? You would think a GM would have a list of responsible parties to every contract with the district for whatever service.
second DOLLAR GENERAL communication-(and #6 of the 15 records Kampa provided)
6 Dollar General.eml [20.07 KB] (email) September 6, 2018 17:20 pkampa@kampacs to David Gonzalves, Tuolumne County Cc Syndie ldpcsd
I wanted to let you know that the Dollar General store in Lake Don Pedro has not yet submitted the documentation, bonds and other information necessary for the District to accept the water main serving the property. I am not sure if they have their occupancy certificate from your agency, and am hopeful that we are providing this notice in advance of such final.
We notified them over two months ago of the requirements under their agreement with us for the construction and acceptance of the improvements. None of the requirements are that difficult for the business to accomplish, such as as-built drawings, accounting of the cost of the improvements, and a warranty bond; but I am concerned that they will wait until the last minute and it will appear as though we are holding them up, which is obviously not the case. Our Board meets only monthly with the next being on September 17, 2018; and we have not heard from them and at the same time hear the community is excitedly awaiting a grand opening very soon.
I just wanted to head off any last minute trouble. Please let me know the status of their final, and how we can work together to get this store opened.
7 Out of Office: Dollar General…[14.4 KB] (email) September 6, 2018 17:20 David Gonzalves, Tuolumne County TO: Peter Kampa:
“I will out of the office for a brief period . Any items requiring immediate action will need to be handled by staff. Please contact Quincy Yaley at (209)533-5961 or Kim MacFarlane at (209)533-5604 for any managment issues or decisions regarding CRA. Or you may contact Karen Willenberg, (209) 533-6641) as well, for any items needing attention during this period.”
8 Re: Dollar General Store.eml [28.67 KB] September 7, 2018 07:38 David Gonzalves Tuolumne County TO: Pete Kampa Cc: syndie@ldpcsd; Quincy Yaley:
Peter. We are experiencing some real difficulties with the construction team and will review this information and discuss
I am going to forward this to John Gray as well
We will contact you once a path is determined
David B Gonzalves
Community Resource Agency
Sent from my iPhone
On Sep 6, 2018, at 5:20 PM, Peter Kampa <firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>> wrote:
I wanted to let you know that the Dollar General store in Lake Don Pedro has not yet submitted the documentation, bonds and other information necessary for the District to accept the water main serving the property. I am not sure if they have their occupancy certificate from your agency, and am hopeful that we are providing this notice in advance of such final.
We notified them over two months ago of the requirements under their agreement with us for the construction and acceptance of the improvements. None of the requirements are that difficult for the business to accomplish, such as as-built drawings, accounting of the cost of the improvements, and a warranty bond; but I am concerned that they will wit until the last minute and it will appear as though we are holding them up, which is obviously not the case. Our Board meets only monthly with the next being on September 17, 2018; and we have not heard from them and at the same time hear the community is excitedly awaiting a grand opening very soon.
I just wanted to head off any last minute trouble. Please let me know the status of their final, and how we can work together to get this store opened.
9 RE: Dollar General Store.eml [20.53 KB] (email) September 7, 2018 08:00 David Gonzalves, Tuolumne County CRA to Peter Kampa and Quincy Yaley:
I do not believe that we authorized stocking.
Quincy and the building official can address this issue
David B Gonzalves
Community Resource Agency
Sent from my iPhone
> On Sep 7, 2018, at 7:55 AM, Peter Kampa <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Your response if very much appreciated. It appears as though the store is stocked and ready to go….
> —–Original Message—–
> From: David Gonzalves <DGonzalves@co.tuolumne.ca.us>
> Peter. We are experiencing some real difficulties with the construction team and will review this information and discuss
> I am going to forward this to John Gray as well
> We will contact you once a path is determined
> David B Gonzalves
> Community Resource Agency
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Sep 6, 2018, at 5:20 PM, Peter Kampa <email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>> wrote:
> I wanted to let you know that the Dollar General store in Lake Don Pedro has not yet submitted the documentation, bonds and other information necessary for the District to accept the water main serving the property. I am not sure if they have their occupancy certificate from your agency, and am hopeful that we are providing this notice in advance of such final.
> We notified them over two months ago of the requirements under their agreement with us for the construction and acceptance of the improvements. None of the requirements are that difficult for the business to accomplish, such as as-built drawings, accounting of the cost of the improvements, and a warranty bond; but I am concerned that they will wit until the last minute and it will appear as though we are holding them up, which is obviously not the case. Our Board meets only monthly with the next being on September 17, 2018; and we have not heard from them and at the same time hear the community is excitedly awaiting a grand opening very soon.
> I just wanted to head off any last minute trouble. Please let me know the status of their final, and how we can work together to get this store opened.
10 Letter to accept Main Line… [276.83] pdf September 11th 2018 LDPCSD Letterhead URGENT NOTICE from Pete Kampa to CD DG LA GRANGE LLC: (with attached June 14, 2018 initial correspondence)
HERE AN OCTOBER 5, 2018 DEADLINE FOR DOLLAR GENERAL TO FURNISH ALL NECESSARY DOCUMENTS HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED TO AVOID INTERRUPTION OF WATER SERVICE.
11 Second Final Demand Notice &… [2.21 MB] November 29, 2018:
PREPARE! It’s long – much of it appears “boiler plate” (traditional) type contract explanation of the duties and obligations of each party and what is generally expected on both sides – but I am no attorney, so who knows if there are not “other secret options” already planned and planted in this agreement since Kampa admitted to expecting such problems with Dollar General anyway. Who knows what is going on really when false information is relayed by the GM/TREASURER?
When I read the part about DG having to disclose what APNs and street addresses would be served by this line extension “project”, I thought….“Oh crap! What other properties other than the two approved by the Board of Directors, which were the Dollar General and the Don Pedro storage facility? Has DG with “a wink and nod” of Kampa, (or visa versa), permitted other outside WL11395 POU LAFCo Annexed properties in the area connection access to “their private water main extension” that GM/Treasurer Pete Kampa admitted WAS A PRIVATE WATER LINE transporting public water?
The point is, who knows where?—- IF OTHER CONNECTIONS WERE MADE OR PREPARED FOR DURING THIS LINE EXTENSION PROJECT? (For instance, DG contractor installed infrastructure to serve properties in the area not party to this contract so that convenient connection could be made in the future without shutting down line pressure. Then let’s say, for the sake of argument, there is a big legal battle over shutting off Dollar General, but even in that event with the district winning the suit and displaying photos of the lock on the DG water meter, where else has this newest “main extension” actually permitted further undocumented diversion and use outside the WL POU that is not documented in LDPCSD records? Just like 20 years ago – main extensions and lateral lines going who knows where?
Just a thought because I am not a water law attorney or a special interest remote GM, but look what has happened in the past. Why was the LDPCSD really formed by the two County LAFCo s? Just to provide a convenient water source for developing vast areas of rural drought prone foothill areas in both counties with the most important aspect being that it was FREE DEVELOPMENT MONEY for difficult areas that the county wouldn’t have to furnish!
You bet! The thousands of suckers (innocent people who merely appreciated the foothills and wanted to live here) purchasing property in the Lake Don Pedro Owners Association (LDPOA) and thereby becoming a MR WEC, and MANDATORY LDPCSD CUSTOMER) would be subsidizing a special benefit GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION PROGRAM (furnished by the LDPCSD to CIRCUMVENT Water License 11395 RESTRICTIONS ON DIVERSION and USE OF MERCED RIVER WATER) that would fund developments outside MR WECs Lake Don Pedro subdivision which is the legal Place of Use for Merced River water.
Best part is, the dumb ass MR WECs didn’t/don’t even realize the scam as rates and fees continued to go up beyond what was necessary to simply supply water service to those legally entitled due to the status of their property as a Common Interest Development and governed by a Davis Sterling recognized Property Owners Association with Governing Documents and Covenants, Codes and Restrictions which are far more restrictive on land use and development than LAFCO ANNEXED PROPERTIES INTO THE DISTRICT which often propose competing residential subdivisions greatly increasing the water demand for expensive ground water. Vicious cycle of fraud for a special district violating core purposes for existence.
This whole mess seems typical of Pete Kampa and I certainly would not discount a surreptitious co-operation far outside public knowledge and behind the scene deals involving that “private water line”. Anyway, BELOW is a very important letter (with attachments) and contains much interesting information.
12 CD DG La Grange 2nd Final …… [454.22 KB] (email) December 10, 2018 11:58 FROM Chris Fallentine (Cross Development with Dollar General) to: Peter Kampa, Cc: Robert Vann; Wendee Zang; Maggie Blakewood:
“Good afternoon Pete,
We are scrambling to get the matter resolved for the Dollar General in LaGrange, CA. I have inserted into this email your chart of the billing. I would like you to review it and comment on a couple of issues.
Who has been the party that has issued the two checks for $3,000.00?
In all of the billings listed below, how many are due to contractor failures/reinspection’s or other contractor related costs that would have been outside the normal billing?
Cross Development is processing a check right now for the $2,600.00. We would like to get all matters concerning this issue resolved by the end of the week. If you have each of the items listed in hand this week, has soon can we consider this resolved?”
13 RE: CD DG La Grange 2nd Final… [459.79 KB] (email) December 10, 2018 12:11 FROM Wendee Zang (Cross Development with Dollar General) TO: Chris Fallentine; Peter Kampa, cc Robert Vann; Maggie Blakewood:
We made the two $3,000 payments.
Check #12031 went out on 2/1/18 & check #10461 went out on 8/24/17.
I have requested another check o go out this Thursday for the $2600 deposit, per the invoice received from Lake Don Pedro.
Please let me kow if you need anything else.
14 RE: CD DG La Grange 2nd Final Demand 462.78 KB] (email) December 10, 2018 12:17 From Chris Fallentine to: Wendee Zang; Peter Kampa Cc: Robert Vann; Maggie Blakewood:
Thanks Wendee. I’ll keep the pressure up on these other items.
(NOTE: ALSO CONTAINED EMAIL HISTORY OF REQUEST TO ALL PARTIES – ALREADY POSTED)
15 RE: CD DG La Grange 2nd Final Demand [486.98 KB] (email) December 10, 2018 15:45 to: Peter Kampa Cc: Wendee Zang; Robert Vann; Maggie Blakewood:
Thanks Pete. I would just like to confirm with Syndie that the General Contractor didn’t cause additional monies to be paid due to failed inspections or additional inspection due to poor performance. I do know that The Hatch Group paved over the old water meter and had to go back and open up the asphalt and have it removed and capped.
DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE
OK, that’s it, 11 Dollar General related files plus the 4 unrelated files, that makes a complete count of the 15 communications provided by Kampa for my PIR.
SO, now that we have gone through these files……
How many Kampa emails were sent to the Dollar General?
Kampa emails were indeed sent to Tuolumne County crying about the DG not following the contract provisions and attempting to halt the planned Grand Opening, but as far as emails to the Dollar General, I must have missed them. A couple of letters, yes, but no emails.
Guess I need to listen to that audio recording again…….sure thought he said he had sent 15 emails……
There are some other very important questions regarding what happened with this Dollar General project but I’m beat and a hot buttered rum sounds fantastic about now.
Maybe I’ll check for major errors and/or correct later….but I doubt it right now.