BUSY TUESDAY – OH YEAH….AND “MONDAY’S” MEETING WENT WELL

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Welcome and a good morning afternoon to you all.   Let’s see, today is Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017.   Corrected the wrong date on the previous posting (ie Monday, not Tuesday – recent power failures have messed with all my house powered clocks and telephones!)

GOOD NEWS FOR YOU VIEWERS

You won’t have to endure a video production of Monday’s LDPCSD Monthly board meeting – Yippie!  (Wondering what you’ve done right to avoid such audio/visual torture?)    Actually the meeting was pretty straight forward and according to the agenda.  Both Board President Danny Johnson and Director Jim Sult were absent so VP Dan Hankemeier presided.  The audience outnumbered CSD representatives 7:5 – wow!

Wes Barton opened with a Public Comment regarding the recent audit statements which he generally characterized as “garbage”.   Wes spoke of what appeared to be incorrect capitalization figures and that the accruals were off between $185,000 – $300,000.  The Board did approve both GM KAMPA proposed policies yet there were assurances that the one regarding public information responses by the district would not interfere with the current process of how Wes Barton makes his monthly reports. Actually I didn’t think that one was going to pass as it appeared headed for referral to the entire board at the next meeting until, as Director Emery Ross pointed out, Wes Barton voiced he was not concerned about the policy being used against him (Wes) in a negative way (to prevent how he’s been double checking financial matters for years).

I was/am skeptical (due to everything else that has transpired since Octoer 2014) and voiced polite concern (NOTE: with no evidence of “Ugly Pill” consumption or “under the influence”of same during the entire meeting!) that the policy could perhaps later be used to thwart or stall public requests for time sensitive information.  I was able to confirm that we are not “out of compliance” with any law but the CSDA award for transparency was desired.  I certainly hope I am wrong that the policy will be “misused” in the future.   VP Hankemeier even advised Wes to contact him if such did happen.  Naturally I will keep all the recordings so if there is a later problem with the process we can go back for a detailed analysis of what was said at the meeting, but again, hope I am just “twice shy”.

Speaking of saving recorded information – I am currently working on a new backup system so I too will benefit from some time off from the traditional blah blah blah meeting video reports – you know something? Just the “raw” recordings from that short Monday meeting were over 6GB.  Such storage space really adds up over time.

“OH BY THE WAY….”

Some storm yesterday huh?  I was driving to Modesto to pick up another external hard drive (8TB this time) when it “jumped up” with all the “bells and whistles” of a good old Midwestern tornado storm with rain, thunder/lightning; high winds, rapid temperature change and hail – then 10 miles down the road a beautiful spring day with patches of bright blue sky – ahhh changeable foothill weather ahead – never boring.   I stopped to check on a guy in a truck on the side of the road who was OK but confirmed he had just heard tornado watch warnings were in affect for the area.  Wonderful day for a quick trip to Modesto!

Yup a lot of rushing around yesterday in some angry weather to return a same day mail delivered hard drive that was not the correct one – in either SIZE OR CONFIGURATION! (isn’t that frustrating – taking the time to make sure you are ordering the right thing then waiting days for it to arrive and when it does discovering it is OUTRAGEOUSLY the wrong item and paying more for something less?), driving to Modesto to return the wrong one and pick up the right one – LAST ONE IN STOCK incidentally so it could not be held indefinitely, quick turn around and headed back to Lake Don Pedro meandering  through weather related traffic, then making it home only to discover the power was out again.  Oh well, sometimes things just have to wait – but there’s always a good reason and sometimes even a benefit – although usually not appreciated at the time of the inconvenience.

My best to you and yours, Lew

 

 

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SMALL AGENDA yet another KAMPA BIG POLICY CHANGE?

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HAVE YOU TAKEN A LOOK AT THE TUESDAY, MONDAY, MARCH 20th, 2017 AGENDA & PACKET?  YOU SHOULD. KAMPA&KOMPANY ARE CERTAINLY WORKING ….BUT TO WHOSE BENEFIT?  

Need to make this quick. We have a lot of rain coming in this next week.  OH BOY!  Everything will just start growing again when the Sun comes back out, but at least it will be much easier to take down the next time.

 

TO:  THE THREE DIRECTORS WHO (to my knowledge)WERE NOT INVOLVED with orchestrating the “Grant Fund Solution to the OUTSIDE MIDPOU PROBLEM” – a source of much of the continuing controversy.

SUBJECT:  KAMPA PROPOSED PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST RESOLUTION (and Debt policy)

FROMYour “Blah blah blah (UGLY PILL FREE) Blogger Lew

 

Gentleman, shall we try another approach?

THE REAL PROBLEM

Substantial financial mistakes, errors, and possible intentional misrepresentations of fact that have been discovered and made public WERE NOT BROUGHT TO THE BOARD’S ATTENTION by GM KAMPA, (who is also Board Treasurer); his management company; or the various other highly paid financial experts our district employs for such purposes – but by our own resident customer and former Board President Wes Barton.

 

ONLY “CHECK & BALANCE” REMEDY AVAILABLE

For many years, and countless hours, Wes has used his financial and accounting background to double check our financial reports and procedures.   Wes has made detailed public reports to the board regarding his research and findings at almost every Monthly Board meeting I have attended.  Although essentially ignored by management, these reports have often ignited more director interest and actually resulted in board action which is very good for the district and customers.

 

WHY ELIMINATE  “LOCAL GOOD”

I respectfully ask the three of you to consider NOT ONLY the TIMING OF THIS POLICY CHANGE (after substantial discrepancies were reported by Wes including how much money Kampa actually made compared to what he reported), but also its likely outcome of hampering or completely ELIMINATING A TRUSTED, RELIABLE AND NECESSARY CHECK & BALANCE against the continued domination of our public agency by a GM who is also a private for-profit management company president and businessman.  (That old “SERVING TWO MASTERS” thing.)

 

WHAT EXACTLY ARE THE CHANGES?  AND WHY?

Even the description of this “change” and the supporting data is cause for pause.

 

FROM THE AGENDA PACKET:  “Debt and Public Records Request Policy – To remain in compliance with new laws and to achieve the CSDA Excellence in Transparency award, two new policies needed to be developed this month; and are included in this agenda packet for approval.”

 

 

 

IS THE DISTRICT CURRENTLY OUT OF COMPLIANCE?    

FOR WHAT REASON?  SAYS WHO? 

 

DOES THE DISTRICT REALLY “NEED” THIS NEW POLICY?

 OR

DOES KAMPA NEED IT TO ELIMINATE UNCOMFORTABLE CHALLENGES TO HIS INCORRECT STATEMENTS?

 

ISN’T AN AWARD MEANINGLESS UNLESS PRESENTED FOR SINCERE ACHIEVEMENT AND NOT AS SIMPLE CAMOUFLAGE FOR PAST ACTIVITIES? 

 

Included with this agenda item is a draft public records response policy developed from a model provided by the California Special Districts Association and in place with many special Districts throughout the state.

“…… A DRAFT PUBLIC RECORDS RESPONSE POLICY DEVELOPED FROM A MODEL…..”

Who’s draft?   What model?  Yes, yes…we know how tight Pete is with the CSDA.

 

“….and in place with many special Districts…..”

Comparable districts?  Where? What size?  Yearly income?  Water license restrictions on place of use?  Was their administration office also destroyed by arson?  Did they have a GM return after 20 years to finish unethical work not completed the first go around, but this time with grant money?  Etc.

The District’s website contains many of the documents normally requested of the District through this process. Staff’s intention is to maintain a vast reference library of important and timely public records on the website; which will save staff time and individual response effort.

 

STAFF’S INTENTION TO MAINTAIN….?  OH PLEASE!  LOOK AT THE WEBSITE!

 

MISLEADING FACTS IN SUPPORT OF RESOLUTION

“….The District’s website contains many of the documents normally requested….”  

Perhaps, but also, many requested documents that are currently posted are STILL INACCESSIBLE AFTER MONTHS OF COMPLAINTS – ie, the Resolution 2013-4 prohibition of further OUTSIDE MIDPOU water service.                    

This can not possibly be an oversight, but an intentional refusal to provide truthful information to the public.

Why change another policy which will only restrain or possibly eliminate a reliable and proven “check and balance” from the customer side of the equation?

Instead of changing another policy, based on incorrect support material offered by KAMPA, why doesn’t the Board demand management to successfully complete that which is already presented to the world as finished?  

Fix the 8 links under NOTICES on the website which do not work!  First have KAMPA ADEQUATELY FINISH WHAT HE IS ATTEMPTING TO USE AS SUPPORT FOR YET ANOTHER MORE RESTRICTIVE POLICY CHANGE BEFORE CHANGING THAT POLICY!

 

DIFFERENT POLICY CHANGE FORMAT

This policy change presentation in the agenda packet deviates from the traditional comparison presented.

 

You know what I mean? Where the original policy is displayed with what is to be removed identified with strike out, and the proposed new material in a different font style and/or color for ease in identification, comparison and understanding of exactly what changes are to take place.  (ie, like in voter pamphlets.)

 

CSDA LETTER HITS IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF THIS RUSE

Please also review the Agenda Packet CSDA letter to the Hoover Commission (pages 6-10) regarding the proposed elimination of Special Districts.  At the top of page 9 the letter states:

 

“It is impossible to productively take a one-size-fits-all approach to local government, and it is both counterintuitive and hazardous to consider a top-down approach to local government.”

 

And on page 8:  Where special districts such as ours want services

“done well; and wants it done with local control and flexibility”. 

 

Top of page 9 (under Community Engagement) where it states

“….special districts offer the opportunity for increased levels of community engagement”.

 

Where CSDA mentions the use of the LAFCo process criteria, please realize how this process was completely avoided in the GRANT MONEY SOLUTION TO THE MIDPOU PROBLEM:

Open and public local process;

(NOPE!   The Grant Solution consisted of private communications, negotiations and agreements OUTSIDE the scrutiny of public monthly board meetings, conversations and agreements which also likely constituted serious Brown Act violations.)

includes input and participation of all affected parties;

(NOPE!    99% of subdivision customer opinions have been ignored and left completely out for decades)

objective analysis,  

(NOPE!    Kampa’s private business interests, past LDPCSD OMIDPOU experience, and recent communications regarding “PLACE OF USE” water service issues also occurred outside the boardroom and could hardly be considered objective)

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gives residents who receive and pay for the services the final say.

(NOPE!   The 99% of entitled MERCED RIVER WATER using customers of the subdivision have been intentionally left out of such discussions and decisions for decades – they have had their district official records stolen, lost, fabricated and replaced but their opinions were of no concern back then or now, the only two important things required of them was/is continued ignorance of the facts and their money to fund further deceit.)

Also page 9: (This is a really important observation.)

“LET’S MAKE SURE WE ARE FIXING

A PROBLEM THAT ACTUALLY EXISTS”

PROBLEM:  Incorrect financial information has been provided to the Board of Directors, the Public and other government entities by alleged professionals to which our district already pays a substantial amount of money for the proper management of these financial issues.    

PROPOSED SOLUTION: (By PETE KAMPA – the GM/BOARD TREASURER and President of his own “for profit” special district management services limited liability company):

Restrict and/or completely eliminate the only truthful reporting

by our own local customer, former Board President and concerned advocate Wes Barton? 

 

 

 

Who is this KAMPA RESOLUTION really intended to benefit?

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My best to you and yours, Lew

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CALIFORNIA SPECIAL DISTRICTS ASSOCIATION LETTER TO LITTLE HOOVER COMMISSION- good grief.

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Surprised to see this in our March 20th, 2017 Agenda Packet but am glad I did.

Perhaps there may be those concerned about the “lack of respect” Pete Kampa and his group have shown for the legally entitled MERCED RIVER WATER users of the LAKE DON PEDRO OWNERS ASSOCIATION (LDPOA) SUBDIVISION, who due to that property ownership, are also MANDATORY CUSTOMERS of the THE LAKE DON PEDRO COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT (LDPCSD) which is an INDEPENDENT SPECIAL DISTRICT.

Sorry, but after reading it for a third time I am afraid it all smells like the same type of garbage Pete Kampa has been pushing at the Lake Don Pedro CSD since his board orchestrated behind the scene appoint to that GM position without any semblance of a traditional employment background check. I had hoped maybe the CSDA had been hoodwinked by an imposter, someone who’s actual character was not known to their association but now must wonder if KAMPA is just merely a glinting reflection of what the CSDA truly represents?

We all know why a typical employment process was not required, right?   psst- but just for new viewers let’s hit it again:

KNEW WHAT THEY BROUGHT IN

Because the board already knew exactly what they were getting with “ringer” PETE KAMPA – a PRO OUTSIDE MIDPOU EXPANSION ADVOCATE with experience, NOT ONLY WITH THE LAKE DON PEDRO CSD, but MOST IMPORTANTLY – in obtaining GRANT MONEY with which to develop a MUCH LARGER ALTERNATE SOURCE OF WATER to fuel a GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION PROGRAM TO REPLACE MERCED RIVER WATER that ILLEGALLY LEAVES the WATER LICENSE PERMITTED PLACE OF USE.

HERE’S THE MONEY – NOW GET MORE GROUNDWATER WELLS WITH GRANTS

That NO BACKGROUND CHECK process was also done to expedite the timeline for KAMPA to immediately begin accessing the over $1 million dollars LDPCSD had saved after near bankruptcy four years earlier.  The drought emergency “short-cut rules” wouldn’t last forever.  KAMPA used that money to leverage grant money allocations so as to construct more groundwater wells (greater alternate source of water) to begin further OUTSIDE MERCED IRRIGATION DISTRICT PLACE OF USE water service to properties which are prohibited MERCED RIVER WATER under MID’s water license 11395.  All under the guise of helping existing water customers for whom those grants were entitled to assist during the drought.

GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION or GROUNDWATER CIRCUMVENTION?

This GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION PROGRAM is nothing more than a way to circumvent the MERCED RIVER WATER RESTRICTIONS IN THE WATER LICENSE while simultaneously, FORCING THE ENTITLED MERCED RIVER WATER using customers of the LDPOA SUBDIVISION TO PAY FOR A SPECIAL BENEFIT WATER SERVICE TO LAND DEVELOPERS OUTSIDE THE MIDPOU FOR WHOM THE LDPCSD HAS NO LEGAL DUTY OR MORAL OBLIGATION TO SERVICE WATER IN THE FIRST PLACE!   (Does the use of capitalized letters and color font help emphasize? lol)

CSDA ADVISED OF MISLEADING MAPS ON LDPCSD WEBSITE

Regarding CSDA mapping project on the LDPCSD website.  When I first observed the maps Kampa had posted on our LDPCSD website (what the CSDA was posting per KAMPA information) I emailed the CSDA in July of 2016 explaining some district history, our water license restrictions, and how those maps were not current and correct.  Even provided copies of three maps as well.    What was CSDA’s response in correcting the matter?  Absolutely nothing.  Only response I recall was an acknowledgement of receipt of my communications, which I had to request on the second email to them just to make sure the information was received!

Surprising?  No really when you consider Peter Kampa sure appears to be one of their own.  I believe KAMPA was actually going to be President of the CSDA one year if he had not been fired from the employment position that qualified him for that position.  I believe he has been a CSDA Board Member and even an instructor at various educational opportunities offered by the CSDA.  KAMPA admits to being a government “insider” on important water use issues and has no doubt made (and trained) many influential authorities and regulators.  Certainly Kampa has friends in high places.

Frankly, if Pete Kampa represents the caliber of individual CSDA believes a good example of their efforts, well I must now also doubt the motives and goals of the CSDA.  Let’s see…..CALIFORNIA SPECIAL DISTRICT ASSOCIATION?  If there are NO SPECIAL DISTRICTS in the future (as has apparently been suggested in meetings discussed in the letter), that means NO CSDA right?  How could there be an association of special districts in California if there were no more special districts?  (yeah, that redundancy again)

Could it be the CSDA (just like KAMPA) is far more concerned with their own special business interests rather than their advertised lofty goals of assisting communities with obtaining necessary and/or desired services?  Humm

Not sure how to word this comment, but something to the effect of:

A sad realization it is that the individuals, entities, even public agencies we once essentially believed to be honest and dedicated to the assistance of regular citizens, ARE IN REALITY NOT what we were educated,  trained, and encouraged to trust and support.

THE LDPCSD SPECIAL INDEPENDENT DISTRICT.   Where does the deceit stop?  Who has the power and authority to correct obvious and intentional wrongs against innocents who have done nothing wrong with the exception of purchasing property with which to build a dream?  Why should honest hard work towards that dream be transformed into a working nightmare due to the greed and selfishness of others demanding something clearly not legally theirs to demand?

HEY!  I DID NOT MAKE MERCED RIVER WATER DIVERSION AND USE REGULATIONSBUT I CAN READ, AND SO CAN PETE KAMPA AND THE CALIFORNIA SPECIAL DISTRICT ASSOCIATION MEMBERS WHO APPARENTLY SUPPORT WHAT KAMPA HAS DONE, IS DOING, AND WILL DO TO OUR LDPCSD FOR THIRD PARTY BENEFIT.

Why are unethical practices rewarded through the apparent apathy of its victims to take action?  Is is due to lost hope for long overdue change?  Recognition that “standing up for your rights” also “makes you a larger target”?  I don’t care for being forced to subsidize private special benefit water service for land developers where the LDPCSD has no legal duty to do so, but if that is what is going to continue such needs to be documented as A DISTRICT POLICY and made public in all property purchases, transfers, disclosures, agreements and official recordings.

There needs to be a clear “meeting of the minds” between the seller and buyer.  An agreement which would demonstrate a property purchaser knowingly assumed the increasing:  UNKNOWN FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES for that water service benefiting an UNKNOWN NUMBER OF DEVELOPMENTS,  for an UNKNOWN PERIOD OF TIME. 

Yup, after reading that CSDA letter a tune started bouncing around my skull but I don’t have the skill to produce the music – so here are some lyrics.

They talk about cooperation and dialog

And working together as a team

Continually use the word community

All just part of their scheme.

To separate us from our money

Funding for their devious plots

Go right ahead – speak up at meetings

Pay for it with a stomach in knots.

Legitimate questions go unanswered

A special benefit direction quite clear

So similar to enemies all over the globe

But it is our local conspirators we should fear.

 

My best to you and yours, Lew

No need to comment on the highlighted material, but check it out.  Does the CSDA know what is happening at the LAKE DON PEDRO CSD?

 

 

 

the CSDA either. 

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#18- BACKTRACK PRACTICE and END OF FEB 22 2017 LDPCSD MEETING. Received Tuesday’s agenda today. lol

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#18.  Another power failure today just after 0900hrs, not bad – only a few minutes.  Lost some of the material for this post even though I regularly save while working – there’s always something I’ll later scratch my head over and say to myself “I thought I had a comment there?”  (Yes, I know.  I comment on everything, almost.)

So when I started up again I decided to just mess around experimenting with the program for awhile so if the power went out again I would not freak out with what was lost – if anything.  (Short interruptions are often back to back.)

Learned some new things – sure wish I had more time to mess with it – think I missed a beautiful day.   Anyway, after feeling reassured of no further power interruptions, I started to work on #18.  Heck, I already had the intro done (I know I can make a template for that, but right now I’m still re-creating everything for each post from scratch) so I figured – why not use my practice stuff in the real #18?  SO, we shall see.

I noticed after an hour or so into the presentation that the dreaded “wide aspect ratio issue” had resurfaced.  Went back and made corrections – may have missed a few.  Evidently some of the “still shots” I pulled from the original “wide aspect recorded video” (Old Olympus camera) were involved with resetting the option somehow.

Heck I’m still not sure why, but even right now I can switch over to the other open window and see for myself that rather large file uploading smoothly and much more rapidly.

Not a YOUTUBE employee feeling sorry for me?  May be someone from AT&T?  Some extra Guardian Angels assistance when needed?  Oh yes, of course the strong supportive psychic power from all viewers focused intensely on the problem always helps.

Whatever!  Uploading nicely for a _______ long posting!  Guess how long?   Nope! Not going to tell you now.   You’ll find out later.    Incidentally, I do truly care what these other folks think – I was just trying to pull a laugh out of you at the  _______ mark.)

 

My best to you and yours, Lew

 

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#17 LAKE DON PEDRO CSD February 22, 2017 Board Meeting…..(not quite the last one)

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#7 When I glanced at the audio last time it must have been in the “zoom out” view – there was more to it than I had initially believed – so, one more blah blah blah will be required after this one. The thing that jumps out most about this one (at least to me-trying to remember what it was about – lol) was the discussion of management evaluations. Basically, referring back to The Treasure of the Sierra Madre movie spoof ….,,,, “I don’t need no stink ‘n evaluation – just confirm WE ARE HEADED IN THE GENERAL,  you know, moving forward towards the lofty goals we established together as a team several months ago – so all WE REALLY HAVE TO DO now is affirm in as many words as possible that we are indeed heading in that vague and unspecified direction – but certainly on track as we anticipated, so, who’s up for another committee?  Preferably outside public view?” ….. lol – later, Lew  (wild spring growth is calling me!)

 

My best to you and yours, Lew

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#16 LAKE DON PEDRO CSD FEB 22 2017 BOARD MEETING

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#16.

Well, I believe we have another example of the tag team effort with the Danny Johnson lecture-question-comment series (think a comparison video of older material might be interesting) and KAMPA’s traditional continuous canned material.

Naturally I had something to say when Danny requested suggestions for management performance.

ARE YOU FRACK ‘N KIDDING ME?

YOU MEAN LIKE WHAT CUSTOMERS SHOULD EXPECT FROM THEIR PUBLIC AGENCY MANAGEMENT?

HOW ABOUT THE TRUTH RE DISTRICT OPERATIONS? 

I ended up reading a sentence in a letter written in 1996 by Pete Kampa when he had to “backtrack” on MISREPRESENTATIONS HE HAD MADE to County agencies regarding proposed future district plans (versus his own personal water service expansion plans for outside POU which was pretty obvious, then, and now.)  Evidently the board back then caught wind of Kampa’s “end-run attempt” in recruiting county departments to sign up for something not officially approved by the district.  (Hum, guess in this current situation he figured it was better to BECOME THE VOICE OF THE DISTRICT (as Danny Johnson dubbed him) so anything he might MISREPRESENT might be accepted and supported?)

Wes Barton once again makes some great observations and that’s where we stop in this presentation.

Not sure but I think only one more episode will be required judging by a quick look at the audio track.  I once said I wasn’t going to do this “word for word stuff” anymore because of the time (finishing just before the next monthly meeting!) but made an exception for the audit report presentation and Board Approval and the second run-together Special Meeting that followed.  Glad I did it, no regrets, just very taxing.

Yes, I did indeed establish some more fire breaks with the weed eater and rake.  Sure can feel it today but it is a good pain, feels like accomplishment towards a worthy and necessary project.

 

Because after all, say it with me  …..

Anything valuable requires protection.

 

My best to you and yours, Lew

 

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#15 LDPCSD February 22nd, 2017 Monthly Board Meeting – Thank you!?!

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I wonder— could someone at YOUTUBE have taken pity on this tired old blah blah blah blogger and made some adjustments to compensate for my D.A.C.O. mistake with the aspect ratio on that old Olympus camera?

Something sure has happened…the previous hours and hours and hours of upload time have been dramatically reduced.  If not a result of greatly appreciated compassion and human intervention, perhaps the planets have come into alignment to mitigate that technical issue?   I don’t know…. but sincerely, THANK YOU VERY MUCH – WHOEVER or WHATEVER is responsible!

Speaking of cameras and settings….I had an idea for a new video camera setup for our LDPCSD meetings.  (are you ready?)  The new camera will incorporate an on-board polygraph with instant digital recording and readout through the viewfinder.  Lol!  The deluxe model will eventually boast a mild but unpleasant corrective electrical shock for tough and resistant cases.  Yeah, I know, probably won’t hit the market for a while but just imagine the demand for those documenting highly suspicious political activities?

Hey!  At least I did not suggest waterboarding the waterboard.  (actually, afraid I did years ago)

OK, put your food tray up.  Fasten your seat belt and prepare for another dose of repetition.

Board President Danny Johnson and GM Pete Kampa also repeat themselves – stating that monthly board meetings are for the board to conduct district business and the public’s only role is to observe and comment when permitted.  And I agree.  (Seat belt?)  Well, I would agree except for one major issue which is responsible for this continuing nightmare – month, after month, after month……

The decision to move forward with a “GRANT MONEY ANSWER” (to the decades old problem of OUTSIDE MERCED IRRIGATION DISTRICT PLACE OF USE (MIDPOU) per water license 11395)  was apparently made outside the normal public meeting environment by sitting directors co-operating with Pete Kampa and his management company prior to his GM “appointment”.

This is the driving force for so much of the current controversy and for JOHNSON & KAMPA to now play the “NOT ON THE AGENDA THEREFORE NO DISCUSSION” card, while they control agenda preparation, is just another painfully obvious technique to limit constructive discussion while simultaneously covering their apparent wrongful past activities.

KAMPA is a smooth operator – absolutely no doubt about that and he can parse words “finer than a frog’s hair” but when he states things like,

“there have been no formal written requests for further outside POU water service since I became GM”

he may actually be telling the truth!

(Seat belt?)

LOOK FOR OPERATIVE and/or CONDITIONAL WORDS

The operative words in that above sentence are “FORMAL WRITTEN REQUEST” and “SINCE I (HE) BECAME GM”, because after all, things like that are usually agreed upon “OUTSIDE” normal operations, much less put into a written form which in such cases often end up being referred to as “evidence”.  Yes indeed, far detached from the concept of “transparency of public process” which JOHNSON AND KAMPA now frequently speak – as if it were a controlling factor in past activity.

The really important questions all revolve around a completely different time period which they are scrambling to avoid – what was discussed and agreed upon prior to KAMPA becoming the “appointed GM” through a 2014 board orchestrated closed recruitment process which garan..…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

(ok, ok, —– I’ll quit this time…..besides, you already know – right?).

My best to you and yours, Lew

 

Guess who’s going to attack hillside vegetation?

May the chlorophyll be with you!

 

 

 

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……………………….and I wear it too! lol

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You suggest I have OBSESSION

For how the district runs?

Can’t deny you may be right

The work is never done.

But IF obsession drives me

Can’t complain it serves me well,

Like the CK scent I often wear

Better than OPPRESSION HELL.

‘Cuz we all now reek of OPPRESSION

A dictator’s desired mark

Better tagged with work OBSESSION

Than remembered for a traitor’s heart.

My best to you and yours, Lew

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#14 LDPCSD Feb 22 2017 MEETING

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#14 – Yesterday’s outdoor work certainly helped. My sore muscles remind me of what was accomplished as I groan getting up or sitting down today.  I chuckle to myself as to the cyclical nature of the chore but am appreciative of the ways I’ve been able to make the work a little bit easier each spring with experience.

I still look back at the last meeting with chagrin.  Perhaps an indication I should just step back from the stress of their absurd and contradictory activities?   I guess that’s the most frustrating aspect in attending these CSD meetings and spending so much time reporting on them – is anything actually being accomplished?

I often think about walking away from this mess but you know what?  That is exactly what cheaters want and depend on in order to continue their cheating of others.

Those who were excitedly bragging about their “grant money answer” to the outside POU problem in 2014 are certainly singing a different song now which doesn’t make sense either. They repeatedly state everything they’ve done was honest and for the community’s benefit but if that were true why the later denial of the “grant money answer” for outside Place of Use water service?

In other words, mistakes are mistakes and we are all human, if someone who is well intentioned does something but it is not successful or even proper, no biggie, “thank you for your honest attempt to help”.  However, when darker motives govern and a calculated plan of deceit implemented with further resulting harm to innocent customers of a public agency,  that same activity cannot be brushed off as a simple little mistake or oversight – it reeks of a betrayal and conspiracy to do wrong.

Sure I may be a pain in the ass repetitive blah blah blah blogger, but I am not trying to deceive anyone nor am I lying about the fact pattern to this continuing nightmare.  Heck, I wish I could just let it go but I can’t because I know in my heart and mind it is just plain wrong.   I am reassured that it was an intentional wrong due to the fact those orchestrating the deal are working overtime on damage control rather than just saying “hey, we thought this plan would work but it turns out it would not for the following reasons…..”,

Maybe I am missing something, but it occurs to me the only reasonable answer to what is going on right now is that KAMPA & KOMPANY knew it was wrong at the time.  Kampa was obviously aware of the legal issues of the situation from his employment 20 years ago when he also tried to expand Outside MIDPOU special benefit water service.

So if two or more people work together to do something illegal, and that plan comes to fruition with harm to others, doesn’t that constitute a form of conspiracy?

Who knows?  But we do know from the TIMELINE – this garbage has been going on since the District’s formation and I’m starting to wonder – Is that the precise reason the District was formed in the first place?

Creating the facade of a normal CSD with a mandatory customer base with which to spread the costs of providing special benefit water service to vast property holdings not otherwise entitled to water service under 11395?  Conflicting availability fee schedules?  The numerous “under the table deals”?  Fabricated records, missing records, then arson of the administration office and records?  Special Tax Rate Areas?  Gerrymandering elections?  Culminating with a 2014 closed GM recruitment process and guaranteed KAMPA appointment without any form of a background check?  When considered all together it is rather difficult to believe the “grant money answer” to the MIDPOU problem was a simple mistake.

 

My best to you and yours, Lew

 

 

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