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Sunday, April 17, 2016.

Although you may never know what is generally going to happen in life, there are situations whose variables are stable enough that specific outcomes will repeat themselves with such frequency that one might successfully anticipate future results.  In other words, there is a sufficient consistency or pattern of events taking place upon which a person could reasonably predict what will happen in the future.   Naturally, recognizing and appreciating such patterns at the time they occur in “real time” is the key to being prepared for what is likely going to happen.  Failing to recall at that precise moment will only result in the “I should have known better”, “why didn’t I see this coming again?”, “this is the same thing that happened last time”, “why happen now?”, etc.


Some friends were going to be stopping by yesterday, so, considering the fact young children are rarely on Tarantu-Rattle (name obviously derived from two of the very common indigenous species living here; Tarantulas and Rattlesnakes) I was engaged in the traditional “mad-dash safety check” for potentially injurious items within reach of possible curious little hands.  This routine is especially difficult for me because, to my chagrin, I must admit to leaving tools and equipment at numerous project sites resulting in the well deserved observation/expression “spending more time looking for a tool than actually using it”.


ANYWAY, I’m walking around the place picking up shovels, rakes, hedge shears, screwdrivers, and land mines (just checking to see if you were paying attention), and was opening the translucent fiberglass panel garden shed door to properly store some “found tools” when …………..why does this seem to always happen at the most inconvenient time?

Soon as the door swung open and I had started inside – something dark, about the size of a wadded up paper towel, dropped only inches in front of my face to the dirt floor below – once again reminding me why I prefer to wear a hat while working around this place.  (Ticks, spiders, etc.)  Yes, it was one of the many bats that hide out during the day until their bug eating acrobatics at night.  I had suddenly disturbed the poor thing during its beauty sleep nestled between the top of the door and the frame.  The opening door was its “rise and be blinded” wakeup call.   (Thinking I might construct/install some other “hide out” immediately above the door that might be safer for both of us?)


The little creature (as always) was apparently uninjured, probably just as startled as me as it “played dead” on the dirt floor……   Ahhh, but the eyes – the eyes tell all – and they were attentive!  I quickly grabbed a commemorative Black Oak casino beer glass full of miscellaneous nails and screws that was sitting on a shelf and dumped the contents in a bucket.  I thought about cleaning the glass first but this wasn’t my first “bat rodeo” and knew from experience as soon as those little beady eyes understood I was occupied doing something else – it would do a fast “bat walk” to the nearest vertical structure and  quickly climb and disappear.  I placed the dusty glass on the dirt floor and gently escorted the little thing into the glass and covered the top.

Black Oak Bat

Figure 1   BAT IN BLACK OAK CASINO BEER GLASS (LOOKING STRAIGHT UP)  What happened to my Bat videos?


I kept the glass covered with a towel to obstruct the bright light from further irritating the animal but briefly displayed the visitor to my friends and their children.  Later I released it inside the shed on a shelf by the door.  My only regret is not recording just how quickly the bat crawled to a vertical 2×4, straight up that stud, maneuvered around another shelf, then straight up that stud until reaching the rafters and “POOF” it disappeared into the darkness.  You know, I forgot just how fast those little animals can move on solid objects when not darting about snagging flying insects at night!




Never said I was a great cook – these were quick and easy, utilized some garden produce, and provided the opportunity to prove the “don’t play with your food” admonition no longer applies when you get old.

OKAY, looks like another beautiful foothill Sunday morning with clear skies and a slight breeze from the north.  I read where there is a chance of rain for late next week.  The over-growth is calling once again!


Tomorrow (Monday) is the LDPCSD Board Meeting at 1300hrs where Directors will consider approving a fulltime GM contract submitted by Pete Kampa and Kampa Community Solutions, llc.  I guess some would say it is merely a formality since Kampa had obviously been using the title General Manager anyway since appointment as Interim GM in October 2014.  Others could also argue that Pete Kampa should at least be required to wear the title of “IGM” for a while (as intended) before being “promoted” to full GM.   I fall into that later category I suppose, especially in light of the massive spending and behind the scene maneuvering done in regards to providing further water service outside the Place of Use issue under L11395 while using government grant money to do so.   That reminds me, the outside MIDPOU report was in the meeting packet once again.  Good job Board of Directors.

I should probably note once again that my references to “Kampa & Kompany” only refers to those particular individuals who support Pete Kampa and his expansion plan of further outside place of use water service using district ground water production as the substitution method for Merced River water transfers.  It does not necessarily mean the LDPCSD Board of Directors, although there are certainly individual directors who have supported this endeavor, or employees who are traditionally apprehensive of not being considered “a team player” with whatever IGM or GM may be the “mover and shaker” at that time.


I also noticed that once again Pete Kampa refers to correspondence the LDPCSD received from the USDA and a resulting affirmative LDPCSD reply, yet these letters are not included in the packet like in the past – why?  I understand the reason for not including all advertisements or routine announcements that were also included in past packets,  however, specific communication regarding financial and/or operational issues should not be concealed from customers.  Was there something confidential that customers should not know?  Do customers need/require the IGM/GM to explain such matters?  Are the subjects too complicated for us to understand?  Can we not read and draw our own conclusions from correspondence?  Come to think of it, do directors even receive such communications or do they also receive all information via the IGM/GM’s perspective?

Please recall how our engineers clearly indicated that a past outside Place of Use property project (another adjacent subdivision to the LDP subdivision) would have to secure their own water supply, yet when that same information was reiterated to Directors via a former GM memo it somehow had transformed into “existing or additional wells” which clearly implied the District would furnish the water.


(Bat excrement and a great fertilizer)

Such incorrect interpretations, and resulting assertions and proposed/completed activity, etc., will not occur with as much frequency if customers are aware of such information.  (aka “more eyes = less lies)  An impolite and crude way of expressing this concept might be:

“Don’t piss on me and tell me it is warm rain”

Seriously, why should customers intentionally be exposed to only a “special interest revision” of information concerning the operation of their district that may not even be in their own best interest as an entitled Merced River water user?

Anyone who owns property in the Lake Don Pedro is subdivision is a MANDATORY CUSTOMER OF THE LDPCSD and therefore ENTITLED TO and SHOULD BE PROVIDED relevant public information as to their Community Services District operation.   Pete Kampa is skillful at avoiding and dancing around particular subjects.   He is practiced at providing only sketchy answers to exact questions he would otherwise prefer not to address at all.   He even continues his past history of district expansion with the LDPCSD due to behind the scene duplicity with a sitting director who arranged a successful noncompetitive recruitment process.  Kampa is quite proficient in operating in a multitude of environments which provide their own “grey areas” for ethics or legal compliance.

Such activity illustrates and exemplifies even more why pertinent government correspondence with our district should once again be contained in the monthly board packet, because otherwise, we just wait for the next surprise bat to fall.


Later, Lew

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Here’s the end of the March 21, 2016 LDPCSD Board Meeting where a former director’s good question resulted in a very interesting response by IGM Pete Kampa.   Later than I would have preferred but look at how fast this Summer’s Tinder Box is growing!  These rains have really increased the growth. Anyway..

Here’s the YouTube link – I can’t upload such large files  ……yet    🙂


My best to  you  and yours, Lew


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Here’s the end of the March 21, 2016 LDPCSD Board Meeting where a former director’s good question resulted in a very interesting response by IGM Pete Kampa.   Later than I would have preferred but look at how fast this Summer’s Tinder Box is growing!  These rains have really increased the growth. Anyway..

Here’s the YouTube link – I can’t upload such large files  ……yet    🙂


My best to  you  and yours, Lew


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Although sewing is not actually a rest from the digit/hand work of typing, at least sewing requires different repetitive movements!  lol

ANYWAY thought I would incorporate some necessary Summer preparation and learning how to use video editing software with my concern about our Lake Don Pedro Community Services District and what KAMPA & KOMPANY are doing.

Hope it works!

My best to you and yours, Lew





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Mr. J. Michael Colbert, Area Specialist/FOIA Coordinator.

Yes, I agree to pay the estimated cost of $94 to secure the entire USDA Rural Development Grant Application record for the $500,000 that is scheduled to be awarded to  the Lake Don Pedro Community Services District (LDPCSD).

I trust that Mr. Jose Guardado has explained my position in regards to this proposed substantial grant to the LDPCSD.  For the record, I think the USDA’s willingness to financially assist the LDPCSD in maintaining our water supply during this extended California drought is truly admirable and an excellent example of the positive co-operation that can be achieved between California public agencies and the Federal Government.

However, with that said, I also believe the USDA has been a victim because it has intentionally been denied easily obtainable information regarding the LDPCSD’s sixteen year history of “ground water substitution for illegal surface water transfers” of Merced River water.  You see, due to Place of Use restrictions contained in water license 11395 (held by the Merced Irrigation District (MID) under which the LDPCSD has operated for over 35 years, Merced River water cannot legally be diverted outside the residential subdivision and golf course area, and if it is, MUST BE REPLACED with an equal or greater amount of “alternate source water”, which  for the LDPCSD meant ground wells.    This was the reason for construction of the Ranchito Drive ground well in 1992. Our only well before Pete Kampa and Kampa Community Solutions, llc was hired to again expand the LDPCSD water service area.

So, simply put, that one ground well was a legal remedy to cure multiple (and intentional) violations of specific conditions in the water license.

Perhaps the reason why the LDPCSD never expanded its ground water production program in over thrity-five years was never considered or questioned by the USDA.  I imagine there are a number of normal and legitimate reasons which might prevent water agencies from pursing an alternate source of water and would guess adequate financial funding at the top of the list.  No doubt the USDA Rural Development program has saved countless communities from running out of drinking water along with enhancing their production methods to assure quality.  And again, this is a very generous and positive program but I believe what the LDPCSD has, is and will eventually do with those funds IF AWARDED, will  only tarnish that otherwise exemplary program reputation with what appears to be criminal activity such as misrepresentation of facts with the intent to misappropriate funds for other purposes other than for which granted,  and the continuing fraud against the 3,128 +/- legal Merced River water consuming property owners of the entitled residential subdivision.

 believe these facts were hidden from the USDA in order to obtain the grant.

I recognize you are the expert in such matters and greatly appreciate the reduced costs as itemized in your estimate already, so please accept the following with all due respect.  Since you may not be aware of my particular situation I thought I might ask why I do not qualify for a free copy per the below section, hey $ 94 is 94 bucks right?  lol:

 (iii) Documents shall be furnished without any charge or at a charge reduced below the fees established under clause (ii) if disclosure of the information is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the government and is not primarily in the commercial interest of the requester.

Perhaps I should explain, the reason for this request is so that I might share what relevant information is contained within these public records with viewers of my website, LAKEDONPEDRO.ORG.  I have not profited one single penny from this website in the many years of operation nor do I intend to do so in the future as it is merely a conduit to reach other subdivision owners while providing information they otherwise may never receive. I certainly have learned much already about the “operations or activities of the government” regarding this grant matter and quite frankly would be quite surprised if you folks were not a bit perturbed about being “hoodwinked” by this obvious misrepresentation of the facts.

But YES!  I agree to pay.  lol

Thank you for your attention in this matter and please appreciate my argument is not with the USDA, Rural Development, any officials or employees with those organizations or with the great work you normally perform for the various needy [not greedy] public agencies.    Thanks, sorry so long, but thought  you should know, Lew Richardson

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