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Note from Wes Barton concerning the LDP CSD meeting Feb 21, 2018

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I am sorry I will be missing the meeting, this may bring my absents over ½ dozen since 2006-2007.

It is Necessary, however. 

I am going to comment on your “audit” agenda item 5b, only.  If ever I’ve seen a pure “Kampa-ism”, this

Is It.  “I’ll put the check in the mail after you cash it”; “trust me”!     Sorry Pete, I for one do not trust you!

The difference between me and the folks you often “snooker” is I do understand you and your “model”

Of “talk and paper and talk and paper and talk and etc.”

 

 

[WES BARTON/lakedonpedro.file photo]

I have also studied business and practiced good Business; I know right from wrong and maybe.  I must say I have learned, from you,  how you take an honest

But weak organization, use its ignorance to con government and “crony” players to benefit you and said players.

Leaving the weak organization as an even weaker organization that fears leaving your bosom for you have exploited their weaknesses and destroyed any confidence that may have brought them to this organization with desire to serve the community.  Pete, you are something else!

Just glancing at the financial info you are providing this month shows a discrepancy must exist between the CSD periodic records and a proper audit any professional level accountant might prepare.  After the fourth Year of auditing an organization to now ask for 10 years of past records is near unbelievable, except here, by

Our “auditor”.    Ask your auditor if he is under investigation for audits of 2015, 2016 for questionable reports.  I’ve told you earlier, State Auditor has referred this CSD to the State’s local high-risk audit team, too.  It took a long time for the State to look at CSD’s water rule, boundaries  but they finally did.  Your accounting and

Financial controls structures are probably in “deep do-do” too.  Pete, knowing that there is not a person in the walls of CSD that can properly read financials, he is offering all an out by sticking their heads in the sand (or another way of saying it is to sign off on the audit before reading and you won’t see the audit again).

Note: I’ll try to keep it alive, however, until it passes the “stink test”; Nellie, I don’t know your background.   Hope I didn’t insult you with my comments; I do know the others.

I pray that the Board will remember Pete’s character  when they review his fairy tale presentation in the closed Meeting today, too.

 

PS Syndie, please give Nellie a copy, thanks

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SPECIAL LDPCSD BOD MEETING, Wednesday, FEBRUARY 21st, 2018 @ 1300hrs

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EXCERPTS FROM THE FEB 21 2018 PACKET,

THEN MIGHT I SUGGEST MUNCHING THROUGH THE ENTIRE ENCHILADA BELOW? lol

COVER LETTER TO ELECTRONIC AGENDA PACKET

(Ask for yours yet?  They might make nice souvenirs?)

AGENDA PACKET HIGHLIGHTS CURIOUS ACTIVITY

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Agenda Item 5.b. (more below regarding this highly suspicious proposal)

Kampa proposes ACCEPTING “LATE AUDIT REPORT” WITHOUT ANY ADEQUATE REVIEW? 

Typical Kampa method of operation – QUICK!  HURRY!  TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!

Approve without a semblance of reasonable attention! 

That’s what got us into this KAMPA KOMPANY KRAP!

 

 

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39%

TREATED WATER LOSS FOR JANUARY 2018

NATURALLY NO OUTSIDE PLACE OF USE REPORT AGAIN

who knows what the raw water  loss between McClure and treatment plant might be?

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Yet another unsigned certification of adequate revenue for next six months?

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 WILL BOARD ACCEPT KAMPA’S RIDICULOUS PROPOSED MOTION?

“I MOVE TO ACCEPT THE 2016/2017 ANNUAL AUDIT”

 WITHOUT READING OR STUDYING THE MATERIAL FOR ACCURACY?

 

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$   START IMPORTANT BACK TRACK 411   $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$  

RECALL THE LAST AUDITOR’S VISIT WITH THE WRONG FINANCIAL INFORMATION ALREADY PREPARED AND FORMALLY BOUND FOR BOARD “SNAP” APPROVAL?

SAID THEY WERE GOING TO MAKE CORRECTIONS FOR A LATER APPROVAL – YET THE MOTION ON THE MATTER MADE NO MENTION OF THE NECESSARY CORRECTIVE CHANGES TO BE MADE FOR IT TO BE CORRECT?

I AM NOT POSITIVE, BUT BELIEVE THERE WERE TWO OTHER  OCCASIONS FOR SUCH NECESSARY AUDIT CHANGES SO THIS WOULD BE THE THIRD TIME.

AND WHAT DOES PETE KAMPA NOW PROPOSE IN THIS RESOLUTION?  

FOR THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS TO ONCE AGAIN IGNORE THEIR FIDUCIARY DUTY TO THIS DISTRICT AND BLINDLY TAKE PETE KAMPA’S WORD THAT THE NUMBERS ARE CORRECT AND NECESSARY CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE TO PRODUCE AN ACCURATE AUDIT? 

 

Seems to me common sense would dictate a responsible review of this very important financial information prior to approval –

ESPECIALLY AFTER MULTIPLE FAILED ATTEMPTS TO APPROVE IT WITH MISTAKES!

 OLD POST WITH A VIDEO OF THE “KAMPA MOTION OF AUDIT APPROVAL” (WITHOUT MENTION OF THE CORRECTIONS TO BE MADE) AND WES BARTON’S COMMENTS ON RELATED FINANCIAL MATTERS:

LINK BELOW

There he (WES BARTON) Goes Again! and Thank You!

LINK TO VIDEO OF KAMPA AUDIT MOTION WITH POST:

<<<VIDEO of motion with original POSTING  >>>

 $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$  END IMPORTANT BACK TRACK 411 – RETURN TO FEB 21 2018   $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$  

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WORKERS’ COMPENSATION COVERAGE FOR DIRECTORS and

ALL PERSONS PERFORMING VOLUNTARY SERVICES

(Wonder if the 3-4 hard core meeting CUSTOMER ATTENDEES might qualify as DISTRICT VOLUNTEERS FOR COVERAGE?  lol)

 

Future WORKERS’ COMPENSATION for medical/psychological/psychiatric assistance due to the stress and discomfort involved in running a CSD the KAMPA KOMPANY WAY? 

(aka, cheating and exploiting the far majority of customers may be easy for some of these directors but the “getting caught” part might be a bit uncomfortable.)

Perhaps ADDITIONAL INSURANCE COVERAGE while wining and dining with KAMPA’S CSDA ASSOCIATES ON THESE PROPOSED “EDUCATIONAL JAUNTS”?

Page 29:  PRESENTATION OF COMPLETED DIGITAL “REPRESENTATION” of infrastructure, boundaries and related data  (Recall one of the reasons KAMPA’s $35,000 DIGITAL MAPPING PROJECT WAS DESIRABLE?  

Because it would be so easy to make paper copies for distribution – right?

JUST ANOTHER KAMPA MEETING “SAND BAGGING”

Why no paper copies of these KAMPA INFLUENCED MAPS (based on highly suspicious 24+ year old “shape file” information from an abandoned project when KAMPA was employed here between 1993-1997) in the agenda packet so CUSTOMERS COULD REVIEW THESE “DIGITAL REPRESENTATIONS” PRIOR TO THE WEDNESDAY MEETING?  

Kampa is apparently still pushing the infrastructure constructed for LAFCo annexed properties (and others?) that are OUTSIDE THE WATER LICENSE PLACE OF USE according to the STATE OF CALIFORNIA.

Alright then. There it is.  Still a little hungry?

Below is the whole greasy meal!

My best to you and yours, Lew

2018-2-21 Special Meeting Agenda Supporting Documents
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MEISU

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MEISU

Guess we are all “broken records” to one extent or another when passionate about someone or a particular subject, issue, cause, etc…  A friend gently reminded me once again that I often invoke examples of things younger viewers may not appreciate due to my advancing age and their lack of experience with the activities I grew up with and reference  ….ah, ok – lol.

“Broken record”… those old flat vinyl grooved analog recordings utilizing a needle to transmit the sound through the “record player” or “turn table” to the amplifier, then out through the speakers (simplistic explanation).  Old time records if not handled carefully could get scratched causing that “stereotypic” (cute play huh?) repeating “click” and scratchy sound as the needle (traveling in the spinning groove) hit the damaged surface of the record.  Sometimes if the damage was severe enough, the needle would get stuck repeating the same snippet of music over, and over, and over, and over, and over,  …..

JUST LIKE ME AND THIS MERCED RIVER WATER PLACE OF USE STUFF!

   Lol 

True, Pete Kampa has also been a “broken record” on the subject of OUTSIDE POU use under WATER LICENSE 11395 for a much longer time (over 20 years) and for CLEARLY DIFFERENT MOTIVES, yet I don’t believe that is the most important distinction which defines our  adversarial- and repetitive “broken record” perspectives.

The way I see it is this – (you knew it was coming right?)   there is absolutely nothing wrong with repeating something you believe in (with heart AND mind) in a sincere attempt to influence others into appreciating your perspective and gathering necessary support for related activities.  However, if the repeated information being used is not truthful or worse yet, intentionally designed and masterfully used to misrepresent the truth to deceive others into a position of detriment or loss, well, that is not devotion or passion but simple propaganda – or repeated information designed to influence others for various nefarious purposes benefiting the one purveying the untruths, and/or the interests of those hidden behind the scenes that the “untruthful agent”  represents.

Simply put, any “deal” designed, dependent upon and sustained through untruths is likely not in the best interest of those being actively deceived.

Certainly not a rocket science sort of revelation, and as semi-recent cartoon character Homer Simpson might exclaim,

“Duh!”

My best to you and yours, Lew

 

 

My best to  you and yours, Lew

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SONORA UNION DEMOCRAT: Groveland board to fill vacancy, names Kampa interim GM

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Groveland board to fill vacancy, names Kampa interim GM

 The Groveland Community Services District Board of Directors has hired Pete Kampa to serve as interim general manager and could appoint someone to fill a vacant board seat at a special public meeting on Saturday.

Nancy Mora and Lawrence Soe submitted applications to fill a vacancy created by the departure of former GCSD director Scott Wemmer. The two candidates will be interviewed by the board at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Tenaya Elementary School cafeteria, located at 19177 Highway 120 in Groveland.

The board will consider making a selection after conducting the interviews and receiving public input.

Soe previously applied for a seat on the GCSD board in November when there were two vacancies, but he had to withdraw from the running because he was not registered to vote in the county at the time.

County Clerk Debi Bautista confirmed that Soe registered to vote online Wednesday, the final day that applications could be submitted for the vacancy on the GCSD board. All directors must live in the district and be registered to vote in the county.

Soe is an engineer for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and works out of Moccasin. He lives in Pine Mountain Lake most of the time but previously lived in the Bay Area, where he was registered to vote before Wednesday.

Bautista said that Soe used a South San Francisco mailing address for his registration.

In a phone interview, Soe said he didn’t realize the meeting was Saturday and had been planning to go sailing in the Bay Area because he had a four-day weekend. He said that he would have to change his plans and return to Groveland on Saturday.

Soe said he wasn’t encouraged to apply for the seat by anyone. He said that he originally applied in November after receiving a letter from the district soliciting potential applicants.

After Soe was forced to drop out last time, the GCSD board appointed Spencer Edwards to one of the vacancies. The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors appointed Janice Kwiatkowski to fill the remaining vacancy in December.

Soe, who listed his age as “mid life” on his application, said he became interested in applying again after Wemmer’s surprise resignation in January. Wemmer cited undue public scrutiny on his family and their businesses as his reason for leaving.

“Everything that keeps coming out in the news is people quitting and it sounds like there’s some issues with people not seeing eye to eye,” Soe said. “I don’t know any of them, I don’t know any backgrounds or whose connected to who, so I figured I’ll be able to help out.”

If appointed, Soe said he will have to inform the city of San Francisco to avoid any potential conflicts of interest because GCSD purchases its water supply from the city out of Hetch Hetchy Reservoir and Cherry Lake.

Soe said many SFPUC employees have served for public agencies in areas covered by the utility, which stretches from the Hetch Hetchy Valley to the Bay Area.

“There’s no way around it,” Soe said. “If I have to make decisions (as a GCSD director) on things that might affect SFPUC projects, I may have to recuse myself.”

Mora, 60, could not be reached for comment Thursday afternoon, but her application stated she retired three years ago and moved back to California from Texas. She has an address within the district and has been registered to vote in the county since 2016, according to Bautista.

Mora’s resume stated she has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and worked for 20 years at Quebecor World, a large commercial printer, where she managed customer service and paper departments and oversaw a staff of 16 people.

She also worked in sales for Commercial Metals, an international steel company, and as an account manager for SUCCESS Partners, the publisher of a magazine specializing in multi-level marketing companies.

Mora said she served on the boards of the Greater Lewisville Community Theatre and her homeowners association while living in Texas. She stated in a letter attached to her resume that she would no regular conflicts from allowing her to attend the GCSD’s board monthly scheduled meetings.

“I’m interested in joining the GCSD board for a couple reasons,” Mora wrote in the letter. “First, we’ve recently moved back to California, and I look forward to getting involved and meeting new people. Secondly, I’ve always felt it’s important to participate, or give back to your community.”

Meanwhile, Kampa has been serving as interim GM of the district since Feb. 1. He previously served as general manager of Tuolumne Utilities District, the largest water purveyor in the county.

Kampa said he also serves as the general manager of four other small community services districts in the communities of Lake Don Pedro, Copperopolis, Arbuckle, and Hornbrook near the Oregon border.

“The more I do these, the more I see they are all dealing with the same issues,” Kampa said. “I’m just replicating strategies from one place to another.”

Former full-time General Manager Jon Sterling retired at the end of last year to work in the private sector. The GCSD board awarded him a contract in January to work as a backup water and wastewater treatment plant operator at $65 an hour and only when needed.

Greg Dunn, the chief plant operator, is currently the only employee with the proper certifications to operate the plant and comes in a couple hours each day on the weekends to meet state requirements.

Kampa said the goal is to have other employees certified by the summer.

The district is paying Kampa $110 an hour not to exceed $115,000 in a six-month period. He said the district was previously seeking a full-time GM for between $115,000 to $135,000 a year, though he doesn’t expect his billing for a whole year to reach that level.

There is a meeting of the board’s GM recruitment ad hoc committee scheduled for 10 a.m. February 23 at the district office on Ferretti Road, though Kampa said the board could also decide to keep him on at his hourly rate.

Public meetings are also scheduled for 10 a.m. Feb. 26 and 10 a.m. March 8 to discuss the role of the GM moving forward, as well as the norms and protocols for the board.

Kampa said he looks forward to having a full board because the district has a number of major upcoming projects.

Those projects include a sewer rate study estimated for completion by the end of March, an $8 million renovation of the wastewater collection system in downtown Groveland, Big Oak Flat, and sections of Pine Mountain Lake, and $5 million relocation of the water lines in Groveland away from Highway 49 to improve accessibility for maintenance.

Contact Alex MacLean at amaclean@uniondemocrat.com or (209) 588-4530.

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USDA FURNISHES $324,641.40 BUT REMAINING $175,358.60 OF ORIGINAL APPROVED $500,000 GRANT CANCELLED

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Certainly good news for the LAKE DON PEDRO CSD which has been severely constrained financially without those funds which have been expected for approximately one year.  Perhaps there will be more information at the next Board meeting regarding these funds and how they will be used?  Still no word on the Notice of Violation issued September 28th, 2017 regarding the WL11395 Place of Use issues or Pete Kampa declaring a new Place of Use in Lake Don Pedro for Merced River water.

Perhaps the issue of using public grant funds for proposed private land development projects through a GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTED SPECIAL SERVICE outside the Place of Use (and for remaining compliant with Water License regulations for properties already receiving substituted service) will continue to apparently be overlooked and not addressed?    Seems an extraordinarily long wait for such a simple question, but who knows?

My best to you and yours, Lew


 

 

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WHY DOES THE USDA REFUSE TO REIMBURSE THE LAKE DON PEDRO CSD FOR MONEY IT HAS NOT SPENT?

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The following is an email response from Wes Barton to LAKE DON PEDRO CSD Board President Danny Johnson.  Johnson had suggested at that last SPECIAL MEETING (Wednesday, January 17th, 2018) that Wes put his observations, comments and questions in writing and forward them to President Johnson.   You will recall many of Mr. Barton’s questions have gone unanswered for over a year as documented in meeting recordings posted on this website.

“Around, around the agenda GO ROUND

As customers chase the GM

The GM stops and laughingly says

HA!  We don’t have to answer!”

When General Manager/Board Treasurer Pete Kampa states he is confused about the legitimate WATER LICENSE 11395 PLACE OF USE RESTRICTIONS for Merced River water in the Lake Don Pedro area I become rather agitated because I have researched the matter extensively and the statement is just plain not truthful.  PETE KAMPA has over twenty years experience with such water issues – notably including four years of “hands on” experience in setting up these OUTSIDE POU ANNEXATIONS to the Lake Don Pedro CSD which he knew twenty years ago would require GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION in the future and was the reason for his UNETHICAL APPOINTMENT RETURN to the LDPCSD in October 2014.

Kampa has laughingly dismissed this (reason for his return) as a wild conspiracy theory while simultaneously refusing to answer legitimate questions as to his activities since 2014 regarding the SPECIAL BENEFIT GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION PROGRAM for land developers outside the WL POU.

The plan was to DIVERT AND  USE STATE AND FEDERAL GRANT FUNDS

(INTENDED TO DEVELOP GROUNDWATER WELLS FOR EMERGENCY DROUGHT USE FOR EXISTING CONSUMERS),

   TO FURTHER EXPAND A SPECIAL BENEFIT GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION SERVICE FOR LAND DEVELOPERS OUTSIDE THE MERCED RIVER WATER PERMITTED PLACE OF USE.

{Like the “slumbering annexation” for a proposed 900 acre residential subdivision adjacent to the LDP subdivision that was LAFCO approved in 1995 but only acknowledged a few months before PETE KAMPA returned to the LDPCSD?}

The <MR WECs> of the Lake Don Pedro subdivision have essentially been forced to fund this SPECIAL GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION BENEFIT for decades.

[October 2017, lakedonpedro.org file photo: PETE KAMPA

using his newly acquired $35,000 DIGITAL MAPPING PROJECT (approved by the Board of Directors

despite public warnings of likely potential misuse by KAMPA)

TO CHANGE the STATE RECOGNIZED PLACE OF USE BOUNDARY

FOR MERCED RIVER WATER per WL11395]

 

However, the only confusion that appears to have existed, and still does, is why PETE KAMPA refused, and still refuses to acknowledge the clear and decades old legitimate 11395 water use restrictions while ONCE AGAIN ACTIVELY VIOLATING THEMEVEN AFTER A NOTICE OF SIMILAR VIOLATIONS FROM THE STATE WATER BOARD in September of 2017!  

(lakedonpedro.org file photo)

{OR IS THE LDPCSD BOARD OF DIRECTORS

KNOWINGLY ASSISTING PETE KAMPA WITH

THIS CONTINUING 3+ YEARS OF DECEPTION?}

As mentioned before, I am not much of a financial person and am quite satisfied when my bills are paid and the check book balances,  however, there are some BASIC financial matters that do not require extensive education or experience to understand that something is very wrong and I believe Wes Barton has discovered something OUTRAGEOUSLY SIGNIFICANT to Kampa’s continued and UNWARRANTED COMPLAINTS against the USDA and his “stated” CONFUSION as to why the USDA as failed to reimburse the LDPCSD for it’s expenses.

Let’s start with a few basic definitions.

 

USDA:  UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

G/L : GENERAL LEDGER: the principal and controlling ledger of a business enterprise containing individual or controlling accounts for all assets, liabilities, net worth items, revenue, and expenses.

REIMBURSE:

1  : to pay back to someone : repayreimburse travel expenses 2 : to make restoration or payment of an equivalent to reimburse him for his traveling expenses

FRAUD: 1 a : deceit, trickery; specifically : intentional perversion of truth in order to induce another to part with something of value or to surrender a legal right/ was accused of credit card fraud/ : an act of deceiving or misrepresenting : trick /automobile insurance frauds/ 2 a : a person who is not what he or she pretends to be : impostor – He claimed to be a licensed psychologist, but he turned out to be a fraud.  Also one who defrauds : cheatb : one that is not what it seems or is represented to be/ The UFO picture was proved to be a fraud.

CONSPIRACY: a secret plan made by two or more people to do something that is harmful or illegal: the act of secretly planning to do something that is harmful or illegal

 

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Danny,

Sorry for not replying to your request to explain my question concerning “request for money from USDA when

I didn’t believe we have paid the vendor thus how could CSD be reimbursed”.    I waited until I had G/L to check

A couple of points that I was sure were not pertinent but wanted to  verify.   Secondly, I’ll stay away from most

Numbers, but can support all in detail (from CSD records).

Brief history  and meeting (Jan 17, 2018) discussion:

GM Kampa (GM) indicated “confusion” as to why USDA had not paid apx $324k requested in Nov., 2017, after

Advising CSD Board final review/approval of funding was planned for 7/19/2017 (original req #1 form @$210k

Was presented to Board at that Time).  [To my knowledge, no later info as to any reason to believe there was

Any delay in USDA approval; as well as GM continued the process and applicable communication for funding.]

Also during the July meeting, GM requested an additional funding to Kennedy Jenkins for $60k and that CSD

Would then owe KJ apx $70k, $59.9 for services not originally budgeted.    From June 30, 2017 thru Dec 2017,

GM reports only $1129 spent (or accrued) per G/L on well projects.

12/14/2017 (Nov business), GM reported a “revised” USDA funding request #1 for $324.6k.  This report

Appears to show the increased $114k  ($324k-$210k)  made up of old cost before June 30, 2017, of apx

 $54k (nearly all NJ & sons and K J costs) and about $59k for KJ (dated Aug thru Nov 2017 include  a noted

Cost of $1.7k for the “future”).    GM booked this request as a billing and documented in the G/L & A/R.

Basis of my question, “why surprise no reimburse” or even “checks in the mail”:

If Grants “reimburse” only cash expenditures.    CSD G/L shows apx $1k cost paid/accrued since June thru

Dec 2017.  Revised Request #1 shows $59k spent since June 2017 but  CSD G/L denies this expenditure. 

GM requested $60k to be paid (budget) to KJ to obtain  the reimbursement from USDA.                 Simply put,

I wouldn’t expect USDA to reimburse if I had not paid so why would USDA pay CSD if they hadn’t paid.

[Since cash, other checks and balances would probably catch G/L issues/errors on these transactions if paid.]

I don’t like “gotcha’s”, either.  I reject that this is an unknowable to CSD, known only by me.  However, if one

Wants to “tag” this as a “gotcha” then it must be obvious CSD’s leadership and management is in “deep

Do-do” and need to look close at their organization and selves at least as far as “financial controls”.

Wes Barton, Jan 24, 2018

e-mail: lw.wes.barton@gmail.com

ps don’t have Nellie’s e-mail, please forward

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So what do you folks think?

My best to you and yours, Lew

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PETE KAMPA DECLARES NEW WL 11395 POU FOR LAKE DON PEDRO DURING STATE WATER BOARD GRANTED 90 DAY EXTENSION TO ANSWER THEIR SEP 2017 NOTICE OF LICENSE POU VIOLATIONS?

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Ever read or hear something that just doesn’t make sense, but it’s hard to explain exactly why, or what it is? How it keeps chewing at your brain until that glimmer of recognition and understanding of its illogical nature materializes in another unrelated though humorously similar example?

That’s what I thought about GM/TREASURER PETE KAMPA’s self admitted continued questioning of state officials about one stated detail contained in the STATE WATER BOARD September 28th, 2017 NOTICE OF VIOLATION regarding

Water License 11395 PLACE OF USE restrictions

that really had no effect on the primary issue for the violation notice.

OF COURSE it could conceivably be another extremely important component to understanding the surreptitious motives and plans birthed from decades of behind the scene “wink and nod” devious activities by governing, regulatory, enforcement, and managing entities and officials involved  with this Community Services District’s dark side;

the continuing absolute betrayal and victimization of the extreme majority of MR WECs of the Lake Don Pedro subdivision – which to me sounds very much along the lines of

FRAUD, DISCRIMINATORY FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION AND
DENIAL OF RIGHTS TO A SELECT GROUP OF INNOCENT
TAXPAYERS BY REASON OF THEIR PROPERTY OWNERSHIP
WHICH OCCURRED WITHOUT REASONABLE DISCLOSURES REGARDING
THE FINANCIAL LIABILITIES THAT ARE ASSUMED FOR THE SUBSIDIZATION
OF AN EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE SPECIAL BENEFIT GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION SERVICE FOR
PRIVATE THIRD PARTY LAND DEVELOPERS OWNING THOUSANDS OF ACRES
OUTSIDE THE SUBDIVISION  PLACE OF USE FOR MERCED RIVER WATER under WL11395;
(well, something like that)

the diabolical plan of using an UNPRECEDENTED STATE WIDE  EMERGENCY DROUGHT situation to obtain government grants ostensibly for EMERGENCY DROUGHT WATER FOR EXISTING CONSUMERS yet all the while PETE KAMPA was aware of both known and unknown COMPLIANCE FAILURES to SUBSTITUTE GROUNDWATER for the MERCED RIVER WATER ILLEGALLY LEAVING THE PLACE OF USE (POU) and intending to even further expand this GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION PROGRAM to potentially thousands of ANNEXED ACRES outside the  license POU leaving costs to the majority of MR WECs of the Lake Don Pedro subdivision;

and now?—

yet another unrestrained and arrogant demonstration by PETE KAMPA (supported by his APPROVING Board) of utter contempt and conscious disregard for long established STATE WATER BOARD and MERCED IRRIGATION DISTRICT published PLACE OF USE MAPS for  MERCED RIVER WATER per WL11395.  

Yes, the CALIFORNIA SPECIAL DISTRICTS ASSOCIATION (CSDA), a not for profit lobbying organization, must be very proud of their twenty year active Board Member Pete Kampa – a government transparency award and everything!

Perhaps Pete is shooting for a diminished capacity defense plea?  You know, insanity?

-or-

Is he again playing everyone for fools with his elaborate twenty plus year secret plans?

Does he have sufficient agreeable and influential contacts within the State water industry to pull off a quick POU Change with some “administrative” remedy circumventing a full blown change petition and further investigation of the facts?

I always understood a formal change petition would be way too expensive both financially and politically because it would involve considerable, and understandable, push back from down river users – especially those with prior water allotment revisions and reductions.

Why would KAMPA in light of the clear statements in the NOTICE OF VIOLATION regarding the ACTUAL 11395 POU – proclaim and institute a NEW POU in the LDPCSD and, once again, stop the mandatory outside POU compliance reporting OF KNOWN PROPERTIES OUTSIDE THE BOUNDARY?

Seriously, he received another 90 days to answer for KNOWN POU VIOLATIONS, yet he announces a NEW POU BOUNDARY FOR THE LDPCSD which is OBVIOUSLY INCORRECT AND CONSTITUTES ADDITIONAL NEW POU VIOLATIONS WHILE WAITING TO ANSWER FOR THE ORIGINAL PREVIOUS VIOLATIONS THAT GAVE RISE TO THE STATE’S NOTICE OF VIOLATION BACK IN SEP 2017!

JUN 15 1978 MAP SHOWS SIERRA HIGHLANDS WATER COMPANY BOUNDARIES

WL11395 POU RESTRICTIONS were, and still are clear and easily understood by those NOT ATTEMPTING TO CIRCUMVENT THEM (who knows whether or not Kampa “influential contacts within the state water industry” are busy right now attempting to change this long established POU?)

Yup, RESTRICTIONS clear as big red reflective octagon stop signs and/or flashing red lights.  Humm, a traffic violation analogy might actually be helpful in attempting to understand Pete Kampa’s apparent approach to this STATE VIOLATION NOTICE.

A STATE VIOLATION NOTICE which, incidentally, has been an ABSOLUTE BLESSING as to providing important missing information to this forty (40) plus year fraud against the “extreme majority” of MERCED RIVER WATER ENTITLED CUSTOMERS owning property in the Lake Don Pedro residential subdivision.   An EXTREME majority of MANDATORY CUSTOMERS who are essentially forced to subsidize this special benefit groundwater substitution service for those lands annexed into the LDPCSD by county LAFCos which also completely ignored the water restrictions in WL11395.   yeah, yeah….sos

OK, onward with the traffic citation analogy…..

A CHP officer on patrol observes violations of law contained in the California vehicle code for which the officer has obviously been educated, trained, and provided the authority and jurisdiction within which to enforce those laws.   The officer observes a violation, initiates a traffic stop, contacts the driver and conducts a basic investigation (license, registration, insurance, driver’s physical/emotional condition, etc.) and if the violation is not serious enough to warrant immediate “in custody status” (handcuffing, placing in patrol unit, etc.), he issues a citation listing alleged violations along with a date, time and location to appear before a judge.  Only one thing is missing…. acknowledgement of the driver’s “follow-up responsibilities” documented on the citation and agreed to, as evidenced by the driver’s signature.

Most of you already know this, but for those who may not, a signature on a citation documents the driver’s promise to later appear in court and IS NOT an admission of guilt – remember, that innocent until proven guilty concept?  Just promise to take care of this later.

The driver’s signature is the “bond” (like bail bond) guaranteeing the driver will appear in court in the future to answer for the alleged violations listed on the citation, however, if the driver refuses to legitimately sign the citation for whatever reason, the officer will then on the scene take physical custody of the person by handcuffing and transporting to a facility/jail for identification, booking and then obtaining that signature as a promise to later appear in court.   If still no signature at that time they will likely remain “in custody” until appearance before the judge where a monetary “bail” is set. (Of course I am referring to the old days so there may be some procedural changes based on specific arrest circumstances.)

Now in this NOTICE OF VIOLATION for water license PLACE OF USE violation it would seem as though GM/TREASURER PETE KAMPA, …………………using the CHP analogy above,

has been attempting to engage the traffic officer in an argument over an insignificant aspect of the violation for which the citation was issued rather than focusing on preparation for the formal court appearance.  In other words, Pete Kampa is demanding to know exactly how a state water board officer determined how a related issue appears to have occurred rather than examining and addressing what triggered the original violations and represents a potential for continued POU violations in  the future.

HINT: This is likely why KAMPA CHANGED THE PLACE OF USE FOR MERCED RIVER WATER FOR THE LDPCSD LAST WEDNESDAY IN HIS SURPRISE INFO DUMP (or so he believes?) —- IT WILL BE EASIER TO MEET THE KNOWN EXISTING GROUNDWATER COMPLIANCE DEMAND AS WELL AS PROVIDE ADDITIONAL OUTSIDE POU CONNECTIONS IN THE FUTURE – ALL WITH PUBLIC MONEY – if the high consumers are removed.

[RECALL how the COUNTY OF MARIPOSA owed $40,000 plus for reimbursement to the LDPCSD because the LAKE DON PEDRO WASTE WATER FACILITY had been using the wrong water meter for years and only paying for a fraction of the GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION actually being consumed.   That extra FREE WATER was probably also helpful with the processing of the liquid leachate from the Mariposa County landfill that was transported to the LDP Waste Water Facility in tankers during all times of the day and night during periods of heavy precipitation.  No doubt helped to keep residential sewer costs down around the golf for a while.  Hum, wrong meter?  Sounds recently familiar.]

Of course, in this STATE WATER RIGHTS CASE, it was PETE KAMPA and the LDPCSD that indeed furnished the STATE OF CALIFORNIA with clearly incorrect and contradictory map information regarding the PLACE OF USE restrictions under water license 11395.

Rather like OUR DRIVER providing a counterfeit license, altered registration, or false insurance paperwork to the arresting officer, but when confronted about the discrepancies, starts jumping up and down, waving his arms, and screaming, “how do you know I don’t have valid insurance right now, right this minute?  Maybe I just left the insurance place!   You can’t prove I don’t have it right now, can you?  You can’t prove right now for sure that I don’t have insurance – right now –  can you?”

lol

Reminds me of a humorous sign in the Mariposa County Building Department many years ago:

“Arguing with a building inspector is like rolling in the mud with a pig. 

The pig loves it and you just get dirty.”

Then, even after being granted a 90 day extension to prepare an answer for the court appearance (STATE WATER BOARD HEARING) our driver (GM/TREASURER) continues to pester the ISSUING OFFICER (State Water Board) to provide specific details of the evidence giving rise to the initial vehicle traffic stop (violation notice) while committing similar more serious violations as the officer drives away?

Naturally such information (if provided) would be quite helpful in determining what sort of defense would be appropriate when ultimately appearing in court and attempting to “beat the ticket” – that is, if Pete Kampa isn’t going for a diminished capacity gig.  lol

BUT WAIT!

WHY does PETE KAMPA even need to respond to the STATE WATER BOARD

since he has already established a new POU by again discontinuing the compliance reporting and public information regarding consumption figures while stating they are now entitled to MERCED RIVER WATER based on a map from an abandoned project 24 years ago which clearly contradicts the STATE WATER BOARD and MERCED IRRIGATION DISTRICT ESTABLISHED OFFICIAL POU MAPS?

(curious)

Remember how I have become rather “expressive” during meetings regarding these POU maps?

No, it didn’t happen again fortunately, but probably should have – regardless I sure as hell would have had a PUBLIC COMMENT

IF GM/TREASURER PETE KAMPA HAD INCLUDED HIS

NEW PLACE OF USE 11395 BOUNDARY

FOR MERCED RIVER WATER, and

 REPORT OF ANOTHER

43% TREATED WATER LOSS

IN THE NOTICED AGENDA PACKET LIKE IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN

RATHER THAN ANOTHER UNATTACHED MEETING SURPRISE GM REPORT 

aka a

“DUMP OF CONCEALED IMPORTANT DISTRICT INFORMATION”

(which of course can’t be discussed at the meeting because it was not part of the “sometimes numbered agenda packet” and will most likely be lost like so many other “SUSPICIOUS UNATTACHED DOCUMENTS” in LDPCSD HISTORICAL RECORDS.)

That OFFICE ARSON PRIOR TO KAMPA’s RETURN is beginning to make much more sense now.

AS DOES MARIPOSA COUNTY LAFCo REQUESTING LDPCSD HELP WITH THEIR OWN ANNEXATION MAPS.  

Recall how I accused GM/TREASURER PETE KAMPA of INTENTIONALLY USING THE WRONG POU MAPS ON THE WEBSITE AND LEAVING THOSE INCORRECT PAPER COPIES ON THE BOARD ROOM WALL FOR THE PUBLIC TO SEE?

(Tell a lie often enough and it becomes a management/board truth and hopeful defense to the State Water Board?)

Well, I stand by what I said and would like to try and clear this KAMPA MAP GARBAGE up right now WITHOUT the distraction of all the audio/video stuff, ok?

 

BELOW IS THE MAP PETE KAMPA CONTINUES TO DISPLAY

ON THE LDPCSD WEBSITE AND BOARD ROOM WALL

This is the June  20, 1977  MERCED IRRIGATION DISTRICT MAP illustrating the Place of Use for Merced River water whose boundary is titled:  SIERRA HIGHLANDS WATER COMPANY,

however this map also contained added diagonally hatched areas identified in the title block as

“AREAS RESERVING WATER FOR FUTURE USE”. 

This map was evidently submitted to the STATE WATER BOARD FIRST during licensing in an attempt to include these other LAFCo ANNEXED PROPERTIES but they were apparently detected as incorrect and a revised map on June 20, 1978 resulted – without the hatched “reserved water” designation.  THOSE HATCHED AREAS REPRESENT THOUSANDS OF ACRES THAT WERE ANNEXED INTO THE LAKE DON PEDRO COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT BY TUOLUMNE AND MARIPOSA COUNTY LAFCOs (LOCAL AGENCY FORMATION COMMISSIONS). 

THESE AREAS, HOWEVER, WERE CLEARLY OUTSIDE THE PLACE OF USE FOR MERCED RIVER WATER YET ANNEXED ANYWAY CREATING MUCH TURMOIL.   MANY WERE ANNEXED BEFORE THE LDPCSD CONSTRUCTED THE FIRST WELL IN 1993 AS A “REMEDY FOR OUTSIDE POU WATER LICENSE VIOLATIONS”.  That original well, RANCHITO #1, IS STILL OFF LINE FOLLOWING ITS FAILURE DURING ALL THE DRILLING FOR NEW WATER TO SELL OUTSIDE THE POU.

WHY ANNEX LAND INTO A DISTRICT

(SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO SERVE WATER)

WHEN THAT DISTRICT

COULD NOT LEGALLY SERVE THEIR

ONLY SOURCE OF WATER?

(Does the large print help with clearly illustrating a legitimate question that has begged for an answer for decades?  lol)

WAS THE LAKE DON PEDRO CSD SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED, FORMED AND INTENDED FROM DAY ONE TO INTENTIONALLY CIRCUMVENT MERCED RIVER WATER STATE RESTRICTIONS CONTAINED IN WL11395 THROUGH A SURREPTITIOUS GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION PROGRAM PAID FOR BY THE THOUSANDS OF UNSUSPECTING PROPERTY OWNERS OF THE LAKE DON PEDRO SUBDIVISION (half absentee) WHO CONSTITUTE THE  DISTRICT’S EXTREME MAJORITY OF MANDATORY CUSTOMERS?

DOCUMENTS SUGGEST SOME OF THESE MAJOR ANNEXATIONS (EVEN OTHERS NOT SHOWN ON THE BELOW MAP OF annexed and proposed annexed lands) TOOK PLACE BEFORE THE CALIFORNIA PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION ACTUALLY APPROVED THE TRANSFER OF SIERRA HIGHLAND’S FACILITIES AND ASSETS TO THE NEWLY FORMED LDPCSD!

Regarding the above RESERVED WATER that Pete Kampa insists is some sort of a SERVICE RIGHT for these ANNEXED PROPERTIES, the SEP 28, 2017 STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD NOTICE OF VIOLATION , PAGE 1, THIRD PARAGRAPH clears up this continuing false information by Kampa:

Curiously, a very large portion of that “middle hatched area” was also a 900 ACRE PROPOSED SUBDIVISION ANNEXATION that was LAFCo  approved in 1995 (when PETE KAMPA was employed at the LDPCSD the first time and advocated thousands of acres be annexed into the district), yet that ANNEXATION WAS ACTIVELY KEPT A SECRET for over twenty years until PETE KAMPA was returned to complete these annexation projects by developing an ALTERNATE SOURCE of groundwater production designed, developed and operated with public funds yet intended for private annexed land development and benefit.  Cute huh?

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

BELOW is the June 15, 1978 REVISED MERCED IRRIGATION DISTRICT MAP illustrating the Place of Use for Merced River water – which, for the POU, is exactly the same as the June 20, 1977.

This is the official POU SERVICE MAP ON FILE with THE STATE WATER BOARD.

NOTICE THE ANNEXED LANDS “RESERVING WATER FOR FUTURE USE” ARE ABSENT.

THIS IS THE MAP (above)

PETE KAMPA AND HIS BOARD OF DIRECTORS HAVE REPEATEDLY REFUSED TO OBTAIN FROM

THE STATE WATER BOARD

AND NOW CONTINUE TO ACTIVELY IGNORE!

 

 

Remember this guy?  “WOODSTOCK” from the Peanuts comics?  Lucy and Charlie Brown?  yeah, I’m old.  Anyway, I’ve always thought our district boundary resembled Woodstock a bit (of course his tail became much larger with the South Shore Club 2,010 acre project off Bonds Flat Road that was annexed into the LDPCSD but never developed due to the developers failure to meet approval conditions set by the State Water Board.  That’s why they are called “conditionally approved projects”.  Conditions must be met to obtain approval.  Unfortunately, those fixated on obtaining water only hear the two words “approved project” which of course is not so lol for those who end up paying for the negative results.)

So with Woodstock’s outline above in mind, notice that the county line “dip” on the top of his “map tail”, is CLEARLY ABOVE THE NORTHERN SUBDIVISION (POU) BOUNDARY.  The school is between this county line and the subdivision boundary.  (Some continue to interpret and claim a portion of this county line is a road.  WRONG!  (Please return to map reading 101 for a refresher.)

The school has always been outside the subdivision (thus POU) and this fact has been known since before it was constructed, yet once

again PETE KAMPA and HIS SUPPORTING BOARD contend everyone else is wrong – including, among others, the State Water Board, the Merced Irrigation District (holder of WL11395), previous boards, GM’s, attorneys, blah, blah, blah – everyone is wrong except Pete Kampa who set up a lot of this over twenty years ago.

At this last meeting (Wednesday, January 17, 2018) PETE KAMPA with his BOARD’s SUPPORT has proclaimed the TRADITIONAL HIGHEST CONSUMER OF GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTIONand six other OUTSIDE POU PROPERTIES,

as now being

KAMPA-GANDA’d into

AN ENTIRELY NEW

PLACE OF USE BOUNDARY

for MERCED RIVER WATER under

LICENSE 11395!

This GM/TREASURER has now refused to release the consumption rates for known OUTSIDE PLACE OF USE PROPERTIES while also attempting to “low key” the fact we just had yet another 43% water loss last month – and that’s only treated water!  Raw water loss (between lake and treatment plant) is traditionally quite substantial as well.

PETE KAMPA is apparently not asking the STATE WATER BOARD for an administrative change in the Place of Use for Merced River Water under the license, nor is he seeking a formal change petition (IF I WERE A LICENSED DOWN RIVER USER I’D BE IN CONTACT WITH MY LEGAL COUNSEL AND ASKING UNDER WHAT AUTHORITY CAN A GM/TREASURER OF A CSD UPSTREAM UNILATERALLY CHANGE THE PLACE OF USE OF A WATER LICENSE DURING A WATER LICENSE VIOLATION INVESTIGATION for THAT VERY WATER LICENSE POU ISSUE?  

SPEAKING OF LEGAL STUFF– that’s another thing….what’s with all these “GM EVALUATIONS” held under Government Code Section 54956.95 which deals with liability and loss issues of a district?

What is actually taking place in these so called AND agenda titled CLOSED SESSIONS for

“PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE EVALUATION Government Code Section 54956.95 Title: General Manager”

Seriously, does the following government section under which these “evaluations” are taking place sound like a General Manager Evaluation to you?

??????????????

Government Code – GOV
TITLE 5. LOCAL AGENCIES [50001 – 57550]
  ( Title 5 added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 81. )
DIVISION 2. CITIES, COUNTIES, AND OTHER AGENCIES [53000 – 55821]
  ( Division 2 added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 81. )
PART 1. POWERS AND DUTIES COMMON TO CITIES, COUNTIES, AND OTHER AGENCIES [53000 – 54999.7]
  ( Part 1 added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 81. )
CHAPTER 9. Meetings [54950 – 54963]
  ( Chapter 9 added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 1588. )
54956.95.  
(a) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prevent a joint powers agency formed pursuant to Article 1 (commencing with Section 6500) of Chapter 5 of Division 7 of Title 1, for purposes of insurance pooling, or a local agency member of the joint powers agency, from holding a closed session to discuss a claim for the payment of tort liability losses, public liability losses, or workers’ compensation liability incurred by the joint powers agency or a local agency member of the joint powers agency.
(b) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prevent the Local Agency Self-Insurance Authority formed pursuant to Chapter 5.5 (commencing with Section 6599.01) of Division 7 of Title 1, or a local agency member of the authority, from holding a closed session to discuss a claim for the payment of tort liability losses, public liability losses, or workers’ compensation liability incurred by the authority or a local agency member of the authority.
(c) Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect Section 54956.9 with respect to any other local agency.
(Added by Stats. 1989, Ch. 882, Sec. 3.)

????????????????????

Consider also that since Pete’s return in October of 2014 a “formal” GM Evaluation has never taken place although scheduled multiple times yet the board is again waiting for the GM/TREASURER to essentially evaluate himself.  Yup.

Since the LDPCSD has a history of doing many things ASS BACKWARDS, perhaps I should follow suit and provide the end of the meeting now?

The SPECIAL MEETING ended at 1459hrs (2:59PM).

I packed up all the camera/recording equipment and exited to the parking lot.  I talked with Wes Barton a bit in the parking lot and entered my pickup.  While Directors were in CLOSED SESSION I finally decided to wait in the parking lot again to hear the “report out” from their “GM EVALUATION”.

The exterior door to the BOARDROOM was closed so I moved my truck from the original parking space close to the door and backed into another space near another vehicle so I could keep an eye on the closed boardroom exterior door without looking over my shoulder or using the vehicle’s mirrors (A real pain in the neck the last time on CODE 5 – lol)

1518 hrs:  Director Russ Warren opened the BOARDROOM door, and while standing in the open doorway began surveying the parking lot looking for something.  When it appeared as though he was going to re-enter the boardroom and close the door again, I yelled out of my open passenger window something to the effect of”  “Are you done?  Ready for the report out?”  (I was concerned if I did not speak up they would later say “no one was in the parking lot so we adjourned the meeting and you’ll have to wait until next month’s packet to read the report out in the Minutes for approval”.)

Director Warren scanned for a bit more and located my vehicle’s new position in the parking lot and inquired:

“Did somebody knock on the door?”

I responded that no one had been near the door.  Warren entered and closed the boardroom door behind him.

1519hrs, (one minute later) BOARD PRESIDENT DANNY JOHNSON exited the boardroom with paperwork in hand.  I asked if they were ready for the REPORT OUT of the CLOSED SESSION?  JOHNSON replied no and that he just needed to make some copies.  (Gee, wonder what copies were needed for a GM evaluation?  This CLOSED SESSION had been planned for some time, why weren’t copies made in advance?  Were the originals furnished by the board or the GM/TREASURER?

1522hrs, DANNY JOHNSON returns to the boardroom and exterior door is again closed.

1528hrs, GM/TREASURER PETE KAMPA exits boardroom with brief case and proceeds directly to the Administration Office.

1552hrs, Operations Supervisor Randy Gilgo and another employee return to the LDPCSD compound in separate District vehicles.

1615hrs, Director Warren again opens the BOARDROOM door, I asked if ready for report out?  Warren replies they are waiting for Board Secretary Syndie Marchesiello.

 

and the

MR WECs

have been paying for such

UNETHICAL GARBAGE FOR DECADES!

 

Later,

My best to you and yours, Lew

 

PS: Sometimes I write and post things I believed humorous at that time, however, upon a later rereading with a bit more reflection (usually after a good night’s sleep) wonder if the attempt to produce a laugh or two might have gone too far in some fashion and caused distress to others or even hurt feelings – which was certainly never my intention.  You know?  Crossing some invisible line subjecting the joke itself to speculation as to whether it secretly reflected a personal belief or agreement with whatever the intended point of the attempted humorous comment may have been?    That’s why I use the “lol” so frequently in posts, as a reminder of the tongue in cheek nature of so much of my written expression. (It is much easier to appreciate the intended humor when “in person” and witnessing simultaneous facial expressions, body language, tone of voice, etc. during such a joke presentation.)

Unfortunately, after starting the rather lengthy YouTube uploading process for this video and passing that “POINT OF NO RETURN” (should probably get another computer) I realized I likely, and quite unintentionally, may have offended an apparently very large segment of the population with what many, including myself, would consider to be an innocent albeit stereotypical humorously intended comment with absolutely no ill-will what-so-ever to the referenced individuals themselves.

OK, with that said, the above may be the way I perceived my joke made at someone else’s expense while trying to make a serious point with a couple of laughs, but that other person (the joke comparison) may not think the comment so funny, but actually disparaging, intentionally mean and hurtful, and just plain ignorant.

So in the event my sometimes excessive attempts to snag a laugh or two may have indeed offended or even angered some folks, I do sincerely apologize for the 420 comment.  I do not believe for a nanosecond such consumption is responsible for the extremely pathetic performance of our “BOBBLE HEADED APPROVE ANYTHING KAMPA BOARD” which has repeatedly ignored multiple public requests for the district to acquire easily obtainable, legitimate, and truthful water license facts from the STATE WATER BOARD.    Oh yeah, I also do not believe such consumption alone would necessarily cause an otherwise honest individual to become corrupt and unethical – especially when Oath sworn to represent the interests of the public.

Obviously there is something else at work here.

 

 

 

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“ALMOST MUSIC” REVISION POST —— “QUIET ON THE SET —- POST TWO in 1 and a 2 and a 3….”

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Saturday, Jan 13, 2018-

Hey there.  Well, it’s cold (chilly to you folks in the REAL COLD), foggy, everything is obviously wet and slippery on a hillside so I decided to give my posterior a break and forego the outdoor stuff today and try to figure out what I did wrong with the last “almost music” offering.  (Yes actually, I am a little sore from working yesterday also.)

Well, one thing was, just because an audio track “appeared” to have nothing on it (in that space between thumping on a trashcan or finding the right note on the guitar with numerous failed attempts – lol) there is definitely background noise, refrigerator compressor kicking on and off, breathing, tapping my foot on the floor, canine “toenails” as the dog curiously walks by, wind, traffic, etc.  (Even accidentally recorded a “stomach growl” once while hungry. lol)    So much to consider.  I must check tracks much more carefully.

Anyway, I cleaned up the non-sync “dueling harmonicas from hell” in the intro (yes, yes, I know I don’t know how to play the darn thing – but it’s still fun trying to learn – and it was a raw track that should have been turned off anyway. NOTE TO SELF….NEVER POST WHEN TIRED UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY!), dumped some of that background “didn’t know it was there stuff”, and adjusted some volume levels.  As always, I also like playing around with the L-R levels so the sound moves from one speaker to another on playback. Funny, I change some small aspect of the composition only to discover later how that seemingly insignificant change unexpectedly caused a shift in synchronization somewhere else. (Knocked the clapping out of sync!)  Start over.  (Still not right.)  I can understand how some have dedicated their lives to such intricate work but it sure is tricky even with a simplistic approach like mine.

You know, I’m sure that Casio keyboard female voice has a “6, 7, 8, 9” number key somewhere, but I didn’t have time for a full-out search to find the missing “9” in “11395”, so filled it in with my own voice (but that track was muted on the first post). [No, the digital voice did not have a speech impediment with the word “nine” —-“Number nine, number nine”?  Remember?  That very strange recording on the The Beatles White Album?  John Lennon/Yoko? …. Never mind.  I’m just old and recalled a related song.]

There’s much more I’d like to do with this particular project (especially on the video side) but time, as always, seems so limited – however, I do learn something every time I mess around with the stuff so I guess it is all forward motion.

Oh yeah, Monday’s REGULAR LAKE DON PEDRO CSD Monthly Board Meeting has also been changed to a SPECIAL MEETING (as was the meeting in December) which is therefore conducted under slightly different rules and policies.  As anticipated, GM Kampa received an extension for his answer to the State Water Board Notice of Violation.  There’s a rather peculiar letter by GM Kampa to the USDA with copies to government representatives, apparently requesting some sort of assistance in receiving those federal funds for the groundwater wells which are now clearly being used for an “ANNEXATION EMERGENCY WATER DEMAND” rather than the “DROUGHT EMERGENCY WATER DEMAND” as was intended and “sold to the public” – but you know my opinion on that matter so why bother with it now, right?

Let’s part on a happy note.

 

(Although if I play it, perhaps a little off key – right?  Lol)

Stay warm.

My best to you and yours, Lew

 

My best to you and yours, Lew

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ALL ABOUT THE WATER OF THE MERCED RIVER

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Seems I always end up going just a little bit too far with adding “stuff” to these experimental compositions.  Everything will be going along pretty good until I pass some invisible line of “too much” in mixing resulting in audible distortions I am unable to remove.  Sure, there may be some kind of software program that could help with this difficulty (also knowing what the hell you were doing and possessing the talent, skill, and training necessary would also be helpful, lol) but what I’m doing is still just a bit of a hobby and collecting expensive equipment will not pay for itself.  Yup, I certainly have more appreciation for the folks that professionally do this kind of work and can understand how their equipment/software would always be changing and upgrading with the new technology.  Not hard to imagine it consuming a big chunk of any profit that might be generated just to “stay on top” of the new thing.  I recall reading where Frank Zappa would perform a bunch of quickly scheduled live concerts only to obtain the cash necessary to arrange the studio time with expensive full orchestras for  special projects. Others might consider his band’s extremely lucrative (and demanded) concert schedule the epitome of success whereas for Frank Zappa it was only a means to the end of facilitating what he truly wanted to do with music.

Heck, don’t get me wrong here, I AM NOT COMPLAINING!  I have been very blessed and am having a blast with what I possess even though the technology is antiquated because it is still new to me.  The fact it is older equipment/software is the very reason I can afford it in the first place!

Recall how the cost of the first “anything” was way up there for the first models?  The first tube television sets?  Then color sets, remote controllers, built in tape recorders, digital components, etc…. prices on the old basic sets came way down (flooding market with antiquated technology that was, or would be shortly, discontinued) allowing others to afford their first television set while the continuing “new improvements” kept the price range higher for those desiring the best available.

Oh yeah, one more excuse regarding the questionable quality of this particular “expression”.  Slapped it together rather quickly – have work outside waiting – great weather and soil moisture for digging, plus there was a little confusion with revisions and I ended up downloading/uploading the incorrect one – not a dramatic difference, but the other was just a bit better – maybe.   lol

My best to you and yours, Lew

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