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VOICE OF THE DISTRICT

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Continued JULY 18 2016 LDPCSD MONTHLY BOARD MEETING

After approving the CONSENT CALENDAR,  President Danny Johnson appeared to “jump the gun” a bit by introducing the next order of business as “Adoption of a Resolution Approving a Revised Policy on Employee Benefits including Medical, Dental and Vision and Eligibility ….(pages 27 -75 of agenda/packet)

Folks, like many others, I believe this GM Kampa re-establishment Post Retirement Medial Benefits for employees AFTER POLICY WAS SET BY A PREVIOUS BOARD OF DIRECTORS is absolutely wrong and requires serious investigation.  How did this happen?  Still not answers, just Kampa wanting the board to retro-actively approve his actions.

[Order your electronic copies from the LDPCSD Office yet?

209 852-2331!]

Back to Agenda Item 5a:  Discussion and Action Regarding the District Organizational Chart, Personnel Responsibilities and Position Requirements. (pages 25-26)

GM Kampa moved to the other end of the Board table in order to work a slide presentation to augment his proposal.   (Once again I could not find these extra presentation charts and such in my agenda/packet.  Why not included with the agenda packet for everyone to read along as is traditional in such presentations?  Put together too quickly?)

Kampa emphasized the most important aspect of this item was to understand what was required of the various employee positions within the district but he would not get into every little detail of those responsibilities entailed.

(What is expected of the GM and what the GM expects of the other employees – currently four fulltime employees and one extra help office assistance.)

THE VOICE OF THE DISTRICT STAMMERS FREQUENTLY

Kampa was apparently experiencing some difficulties with this presentation and admitted incorrect information was being displayed but eventually synchronized what he was saying with what was being projected on the gym wall.  Hey!  Give the guy a break.  He’s running multiple public agencies at the same time and these things should probably be expected with “remote general managing”.

He stated the Government Code had very specific language describing the different positions and responsibilities.    Kampa talked, and talked, and talked about things which could have easily been represented in a simple written report.

 

Ah what the heck!  I’m sick of listing to another KAMPA “sales pitch” for more power and authority in misdirecting our district towards continued private special interest/benefit land development profit while using our non-profit public agency to do so.    Listen for yourself.   What do you think?

 

My best to you and yours, Lew

 

Phew!  It’s hot.

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CONTINUED HEAT WAVE and blah blah blah

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Why does the Lake Don Pedro CSD consistently refuse to post a legitimate map displaying where Merced River Water (pumped under Merced Irrigation District water license 11395) can legally be used in this area? Properties outside the 11395 Place of Use MUST use ground water. Why should 99% of legal Merced River water users in the subdivision (for whom the water plant was constructed) pay for this ground water special benefit for land developers outside the subdivision?

NOT OUTRAGED

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20160728_0420160728_22Yes indeed.  Miserably hot, but usually in the wee early morning hours some relief with a cooler breeze.  Sometimes I break down and decide to use the air conditioner, but then I must listen to the sound of the air compressor kicking on and off, on and off, on and off….  Geez, every time it kicks on I imagine the sound of rolling silver dollars criss-crossing and traveling across the floor and “plunking” down the stairs yet never to be seen again.   Air conditioning is great, but expensive.

COOL AIR NOISE

Sometimes while half awake – I catch myself counting the times the compressor starts.  (Instead of counting sheep)  Then I try to count how long it stays on but usually drift asleep during the count until startled by the next “Varooom” of the air conditioning forced air cycle.  “Five!” I blurt out instinctively from my quasi-sleep state.

Often, rather than waiting for the next startup and tolerating those imaginary annoying coins rolling everywhere (but in my pocket)  I get up, walk over to the thermostat, reluctantly turn it off, return to bed and drift off again trying to avoid a nightmare of some hellish sci-Fi environment as I toss and turn to the rising temperature.  Open windows, a wet washcloth, and a spinning fan on high also work well and avoids those noisy coins rolling everywhere.  lol

BACK TO DISTRICT BUSINESS

So what is KAMPA & KOMPANY so darn afraid of by just honestly posting official maps which dictate how his District should operate?  (Remember, my reference to KAMPA & KOMPANY refers to Pete Kampa and those that support his reconfiguration of our SURFACE WATER TREATMENT PLANT operations into a ground water substitution program where new ground wells, will of necessity, be continuously added to our inventory as further outside POU properties are served ground water.)

Kampa is setting all of us up for an extremely ugly never ending cycle:

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more Outside MIDPOU customers, more ground wells, more customers, more ground wells, higher OUTSIDE MIDPOU use, more ground wells, further expansion – more ground wells, etc.

How many viewers out there honestly believe government agencies are going to provide more money for this lunacy which defies responsible use of our resources?

How can the District refuse to provide customers the maps which detail how it SHOULD HAVE been operating the last 35 years or so?SIERRA HIGHLANDS & LDP Subdivision

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Why doesn’t the District permit other customers to read brief descriptions of Monthly Meeting Public Comments where speakers are required to use the podium and microphone so comments can be recorded?  Why on earth are they recorded anyway?  The Public Comment subject matter is no longer published for other customers to consider.

Certainly the technology exists to where a simple sentence or two could be used to adequately describe a comment – even if a whole three (3) minutes were used!  lol

EXAMPLES: “A public member again questioned why specific information about grant funding discrepancies and major project changes [that was agreed to be furnished], has not been furnished in over three months”.

Another public member commented that all existing and available official maps regarding LDPCSD water service should be published on the website for all customers to view and appreciate for themselves.

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Another speaker said “customers deserve the truth” and Public Comments should not be stopped at 3 minutes without a reasonable cause to do so.

One speaker suggested using a light bulb to signal the end of a speaker’s time rather than that annoying “beep beep beep” which distracts both customers and audience from the presentation.

SIMPLE BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF COMMENTS

Yes, it was done in the past and could be done again — but ONLY IF MANAGEMENT actually cares (OR THE BOARD INSTRUCTS MANAGEMENT TO DO SO) about what customers think.   According to the GM and directors themselves, the district has evidently received much “questioning” regarding their activities.

GOOD JOB CUSTOMERS!  Like the old bumper sticker says: 

QUESTION AUTHORITY!

EVEN IF YOU CAN NOT ATTEND MEETINGS – YOU CAN STILL ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT THE HECK THEY ARE DOING WITH OUR MONEY & GOVERNMENT PUBLIC FUNDS THAT WERE INTENDED TO BE USED FOR EXISTING CUSTOMER BENEFIT DURING THE DROUGHT EMERGENCY AND NOT CREATING NEW OUTSIDE MID-POU GROUND WATER SUBSTITUTION SERVICE.

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Director Warren questioned the large amount of water being used by some OUTSIDE MERCED IRRIGATION DISTRICT PLACE OF USE PROPERTIES, one in particular that was supposedly a leak that had been repaired a month or so ago, but it has been high for months and wondered  whether it was due to cattle ranching or perhaps another illegal marijuana grow.

CHECK OUT THIS PECULIAR RESPONSE BY KAMPA:

Pete Kampa commented he did not want to disrupt the apple cart by changing the OUTSIDE MID-POU report which “everyone seems to really really loveIGM PETE KAMPA during March 21, 2016 Monthly LDPCSD Board Meeting but in reality It’s singling out individual people, their name, and their water use and not something we do on a regular basis for anybody inside the district.”

LEW’S VIEW:      DIRECTOR EMERY ROSS has attempted many times through the years to permanently abandon the OUTSIDE MIDPOU report because he does not like the idea of entitled MERCED RIVER WATER using customers seeing exactly how much GROUND WATER his cattle ranching business actually requires.   (Or understanding how that mystery stock pond suddenly rises?  MYSTERY POND PHOTOS)  Director Ross once even unilaterally had the office change the reporting procedure from name to account number without ANY involvement of other directors, much less an entire board action.  The next time the report came out PRESTO!  Only account numbers without a clue to the property owner or address of use and all he had to do was “instruct” Syndie in the office to make the change.  (Amazing what could be done in the “good ‘ol days of complete “non-transparency” of public agency operation) The reporting process was eventually returned to the original format despite quite vocal objections by Mr. Ross and his privacy concerns. 

WHAT?  His privacy concerns?  

Director Emery Ross explains how to purchase district vehicles and save money.

Director Emery Ross

– when he wrongfully obtained another individual’s meter and started a cattle ranching business?  After being specifically informed and denied a water meter, by not only the seller, but the district as well?  He is lucky to even have continued water service after his wrongful meter acquisition and other sneaky activities to obtain such.  (Sound familiar? Like the sort of management we are currently experiencing?)

I have always believed customers should have access to such information because it makes understanding not only where the OUTSIDE MIDPOU water is actually going, but who is the responsible party.   Does Ross object to the fire department, elementary school, or sewer plant’s usage being disclosed?   I doubt it.  Emery created and runs a commercial cattle ranch with chlorinated water, OK, what’s done is done.  But he shouldn’t cry about his privacy rights when that water was intended for an established residential subdivision.   Anyone who takes the time to study those old reports will also notice that sometimes during very high water demands Ross’s water use was unavailable, but that is probably just another coincidence, like the fact an UN-monitored OUTSIDE MIDPOU water line crosses his ranch from Granite Springs Road to HWY 132 without a District maintenance easement for access.   What pipeline?

How many viewers believe such an “unchecked water line” with potential “free water diversions” would be permitted to traverse their expansive ranch property?  (Heck, that isn’t fair to Emery either, I mean, decades of questions about that waterline going without answers.)

ANYWAY, so here is PETE KAMPA parroting some of the same verbiage as Ross about privacy concerns for OUTSIDE MIDPOU groundwater use by a sitting director customer who should never have received water from the District IN THE FIRST PLACE! 

Give them an inch, and they’ll take a mile but promise it will never happen again.  “Riiiiiiiiiggghht”- (Austin Powers-lol)

Remember when Ross suggested that ALL ENTITLED MERCED RIVER WATER USING CUSTOMERS OF THE SUBDIVISION SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO PUBLICLY REPORT THEIR WATER USE LIKE THOSE RECEIVING THE SPECIAL BENEFIT GROUND WATER SUBSTITUTION?

What sort of mind comes up with garbage like that?  ABSURD.   Still, KAMPA refuses to acknowledge that this groundwater substitution program is a special benefit which does require special reporting to the State anyway, besides, legal MERCED RIVER WATER customers should be allowed to understand exactly who is receiving this special benefit for which they pay – along with to what degree of use AND/OR WASTE.THEY DIDNT WANT OUR SUBDIVISION

Would a commercial “water slide” from Coulterville to Waterford be permitted with chlorinated water intended for human consumption in the subdivision?  Perhaps only a few million gallons every couple of weeks – like our unaccounted for water loss?  Maybe a snow making machine for “SKIING LAKE DON PEDRO IN THE SUMMER?”  Ice rinks?  A snow cone machine in every garage?Rod 5

How about more stock watering ponds that magically appear during Summer drought conditions – they look nice with all the contrasting dry grass and trees around?

Kampa stated if the District were still under the mandatory 30% restrictions, they would be enforcing those water use regulations. Kampa continued by saying the District did not have any restrictions on the amount of ground well water these property owners could purchase and use. 

LEW VIEW:  So, in other words, the water production from these extremely expensive ground wells that were constructed and developed with public funds, can be pumped until bone dry by property owners otherwise not entitled to our traditional District service under MID’s WL 11395?  And who NEVER PAID A FAIR AVAILABILITY FEE IN DECADES ANYWAY? 

And when those wells are exhausted through over use (perhaps involving enormous waste as well) the 99% of legal users in the subdivision will be responsible to pay for the expensive replacement of those wells for which they receive NO BENEFIT?

What about the ONLY POSSIBLE BENEFIT for the “entitled river water users” that would be lost?IT IS ALL IN THE GRIP BOYS II

Think about that:  Unrestrained OUTSIDE MIDPOU use could result in inadequate water production from ground wells necessary to actually save entitled users from complete loss of water if the lake goes completely dry.   What a scam!

Sure seems the far majority of legal customers are being victimized for the special benefit of third party profit margins, all facilitated through the reconfiguration of a NON PROFIT PUBLIC AGENCY under the CONTROL OF A FOR-PROFIT MANAGEMENT COMPANY SET ON BUILDING A WATER EMPIRE IN A DROUGHT PRONE, FRACTURED ROCK GEOLOGIC FOOTHILL AREA WITH PUBLIC FUNDS FOCUSED ON PRIVATE PROFIT LAND DEVELOPMENT.

HOW MUCH OF THIS MESS CAN BE DIRECTLY ATTRIBUTABLE TO COUNTY INVOLVEMENT USING LAFCo ANNEXATIONS AND PROJECT APPROVALS THAT WERE NOT PROPERLY INVESTIGATED PRIOR TO APPROVAL?

Kampa said he would look into the matter of this potential excessive outside MIDPOU water use.  Boy am I relieved.  NOT!

The Agenda’s Consent calendar was approved unanimously.  

Must leave……

NEXT POSTING AGENDA ITEM:  DISCUSSION AND ACTION REGARDING THE DISTRICT ORGANIZATIONAL CHART, PERSONNEL RESPONSIBILITIES AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS –    PAGES 25-26

This is an extremely important subject matter.  KAMPA is requesting EVEN MORE AUTHORITY & POWER in continued misdirection of our SURFACE WATER TREATMENT PLANT OPERATIONS to OUTSIDE MIDPOU SPECIAL INTEREST BENEFIT along with what is best for PETE KAMPA to expand his management company services as well.

PREPARE FOR THE CREATION OF ADDITIONAL

DISTRICT EMPLOYEE POSITIONS

(Probably an effort to”COOKIE CUTTER” RECONFIGURE

our LAKE DON PEDRO CSD into a mirrored image of other current clients

so as to make his job of remote and simultaneous management of multiple agencies

much easier for him, while as always, passing the increased expenses on to innocent customers who have been

intentionally deceived about their NON PROFIT PUBLIC AGENCY CSD FOR DECADES –

but who are now starting to wake up and smell the chlorine!)

Better get involved – the District Election is in October.

Reminds me, have you, –  yes you!  

Requested the monthly Board Agenda/packet material

be sent to your email address?

PLEASE JOIN YOUR FELLOW ENTITLED MERCED RIVER WATER

PROPERTY OWNERS/CSD CUSTOMERS

IN DEMANDING THEIR CSD SERVE THEM AS INTENDED.

HECK, THE WORST THING THAT MIGHT HAPPEN IS YOU WILL

UNDERSTAND WHY YOUR RATES & FEES ARE PLANNED TO BE GREATLY INCREASED.

   IGNORANCE IS NOT ALWAYS BLISS – REQUEST YOUR CSD 411 AND LEARN.

Call the LDPCSD Office @ 209 852-2331 and make

arrangements for delivery of your electronic copy.

 

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MAPS ILLUSTRATING THE LEGAL PLACE OF USE UNDER WATER LICENSE 11395 ARE NOT DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN, SO

WHY DOES THE DISTRICT CONSISTENTLY REFUSE TO POST AND SHOW CUSTOMERS THE TRUTH?

 

JUN 15 1978 MAP SHOWS SIERRA HIGHLANDS WATER COMPANY BOUNDARIES

 

MERCED IRRIGATION DISTRICT PLACE OF USE MAP

per WL11395 restrictions under which our

LAKE DON PEDRO CSD

has always pumped

MERCED RIVER WATER

from LAKE McCLURE

(BELOW)

MERCED IRRIGATION DISTRICT PLACE OF USE (MIDPOU) PER WATER LICENSE 11395 UNDER WHICH THE LDPCSD PUMPS MERCED RIVER WATER FROM LAKE McCLURE

(BELOW)

My unprofessional rendition of the WL11395 MIDPOU SERVICE MAP

along with

THOSE PROPERTIES THAT MUST BE FURNISHED

OUR EMERGENCY GROUND WATER

as SUBSTITUTION FOR

MERCED RIVER WATER

NOTE the large white block of 2,010 acres to the west of the subdivision

that was approved for 772 acre feet of MERCED RIVER WATER a year,

yet never developed.  Our DISTRICT receives absolutely nothing in financial support.

Speculative land development and special benefit water service

SHOULD NOT BE THE FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

of the 99% OF LEGALLY ENTITLED MERCED RIVER WATER USING CUSTOMERS

OF THE LAKE DON PEDRO SUBDIVISION.

 

Why does the Lake Don Pedro CSD consistently refuse to post a legitimate map displaying where Merced River Water (pumped under Merced Irrigation District water license 11395) can legally be used in this area? Properties outside the 11395 Place of Use MUST use ground water. Why should 99% of legal Merced River water users in the subdivision (for whom the water plant was constructed) pay for this ground water special benefit for land developers outside the subdivision?

 

OK….for sure this time…..later….

My best to you and yours, Lew

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SURE IS HOT!

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District operation isn’t the only thing ugly today – have you observed the smoky-hazed horizon of the valley?  Yuck.

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CONSENT CALENDAR AND TYPICAL “LEW VIEW BLAH BLAH BLAH”

Consent Calendar: Read and file the June 2016 Treasurer’s Report (please recall that GM Pete Kampa is also the LDPCSD Treasurer – controls district direction and money, very dangerous combination) and Approval of the Minutes for the Finance Committee Meeting of June 20, 2016 and Regular Board Meeting June 20, 2016.

Please recall that it is these regular monthly meeting Minutes which contain the public report out of any PUBLIC COMMENT which might be made during these board meetings.

Please understand:

Some customers take the time to read the agenda/packet, (traditionally released only a day or so before the Monday meeting without adequate time to read and study the often massive amounts of “one-sided propaganda” advocacy and defense of “self-serving special interest activities” by our FOR-PROFIT management team.

District management consists of appointed GM Pete Kampa and his for-profit professional management company (KAMPA COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS, llc) which both simultaneously serve multiple agencies in addition to our own NON-PROFIT PUBLIC AGENCY CSD.

The agenda/packet has been changed a number of times during the very meeting this “pre-notification” is designed to cover.

Customers who do decide to take the time to speak in that public setting are often harassed with a “BEEPING TIMER” (three minutes is a ridiculous short period of time for such serious matters concerning district operations which have been hi-jacked & re-configured to special interest benefit yet paid for by the 99% of entitled MERCED RIVER WATER USING CUSTOMERS of the subdivision) OR interrupted with verbal admonitions of “being nice” to those responsible for the perversion of our district’s primary intent and purpose.

“BE NICE” to those who mislead and abuse public trust?

The Board of Directors (under management’s supervision and direction) acknowledges this customer interest, time expended in preparation, and action in speaking in a public setting regarding their district’s misdirection (which other customers not attending the meeting should be permitted to read and understand) with a generic

“_____ PUBLIC MEMBERS SPOKE”

(Fill in the number of speakers – 411 is the same!)

Ohooooo, how informative!  Folks – this is another excellent example of the importance the current Board of Directors and management place on the bill paying customer’s perspective.

NOTE:  Although the majority of the board was NOT ELECTED BY THE PUBLIC but appointed under the supervision and influence of KAMPA and KOMPANY, I never-the-less believe the MOST CUSTOMER ORIENTED AND CONCERNED DIRECTOR demonstrating individual responsibility and integrity (above the obvious special interest/benefit objectives pushed by management), WAS APPOINTED, so “appointed vs elected” is not necessarily a bad thing, but we need four more directors like this – independent thinkers who are not swayed by the constant SPECIAL INFLUENCE MISDIRECTON OF MANAGEMENT.  In other words,  directors who will honor and perform their FIDUCIARY DUTY IN SERVICE TO THIS DISTRICT AND CUSTOMERS.  If viewers are following KAMPA’s continuing nonsense and the individual director responses – you already know to which director I am referring.

RIDICULOUSLY CHEAP “AVAILABILITY FEES” FOR OUTSIDE MID-POU FAIR?

KAMPA’s claim that “some” OUTSIDE MID-POU property owners have paid availability fees and are therefore deserving of this GROUND WATER SUBSTITUTION PROGRAM SUPPORTED WITH PUBLIC FUNDS is, once again, a typical SNEAKY PETE HALF TRUTH.

Entitled MERCED RIVER water subdivision property owners pay $60/acre – maximum three acres – for the availability fee because the average lot size in the subdivision is approximately two acres.  This makes sense and is a reasonable charge, yet, KAMPA & KOMPANY advocate it is also fair and reasonable that a 900 acre proposed subdivision OUTSIDE THE PLACE OF USE UNDER 11395 also pays only $180 a year for water they are otherwise not entitled!

Using the $60/acre formula, that 900 acre private speculative subdivision should have been paying $54,000 every single year!

$60 acre x 900 = $54,000 a year   NOT $180!

KAMPA & KOMPANY has never explained why 99% of the ENTITLED WATER USERS IN THE SUBDIVISION should be required to pay for private “for-profit land development projects”.   Heck, PETE KAMPA even set up some of these properties for such GROUND WATER SUBSTITUTION almost twenty years ago and (in my opinion) was specifically brought back to Lake Don Pedro by these “SPECIAL INTERESTS” to finish what he started by USING THE OVER ONE MILLION DOLLARS OUR DISTRICT HAD SAVED IN THE FOUR YEARS AFTER NEAR BANKRUPTCY TO CREATE AN “ALTERNATIVE SOURCE OF WATER” TO SELL OUTSIDE THE PLACE OF USE!  (NOT FOR EMERGENCY DROUGHT USE BY EXISTING CUSTOMERS)

SOUND LIKE A CONSPIRACY TO YOU?

In April of 2016 PETER KAMPA published, and furnished to the public, a pamphlet of FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS RELATED TO WATER SUPPLY which he stated was a result of questions submitted by Director Emery Ross, which in itself is ridiculous since Director Ross:

Purchased his property knowing it was not entitled to district water;

Was refused water service multiple times by the District;

Somehow obtained a water meter belonging to another entitled property owner;

Had an undocumented water line traversing his property that is not monitored by the district for water loss and has no traditional utility maintenance easement for access to the pipe (Ross has stated the district WOULD NEVER OBTAIN SUCH AN EASEMENT);

That water line also serves other OUTSIDE PLACE OF USE Ranches and cattle damage to the pipe was repaired by Ross without district supervision or involvement;

Ross had another water meter “accidentally” installed backwards which prevented consumption reading;

Also had a mysterious cattle watering pond appear on his ranch in August 1998; and

Was personally involved in other highly suspicious activities including; three meters on one property owned by a long time friend and repair of another leaking OUTSIDE POU water line without district supervision).

THIS Director, who created a cattle ranching business with water intended for residential use in the subdivision with another person’s “liberated water meter” is  the director PETE KAMPA turns to for advice and direction on OUTSIDE PLACE OF USE WATER ISSUES?

MAKES SENSE, Director Ross was also the director who telephoned KAMPA and relayed EXPLICIT CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION to make  sure KAMPA was selected as the new IGM utilizing  a closed recruitment process where KAMPA was the only possible applicant considered who just happened to have a contract ready for signature!  (Even the agenda was mysteriously changed at the last minute to include this KAMPA CONTRACT which was accepted without even the hint of a background check which would have revealed his past activity in district OUTSIDE POU Expansion.)

What’s the term we keep hearing about on the national news lately?

OH YEAH,   A RIGGED SYSTEM!

 

 

KAMPA DOES NOT TELL THE TRUTH

That April 2016 pamphlet contained the following statement on page 8:

“For example, the District never thought we needed wells before due to a dry lake, or levels below minimum pool.  We know better now.”

According to a former GM the first Ranchito Drive well was supposedly constructed due to explicit District concern over diminishing lake levels and the fear the subdivision might completely run out of water.  But as we all know now, that first well’s water production had to be dedicated as the LEGAL REMEDY FOR THE MANY VIOLATIONS OF SERVING MERCED RIVER WATER OUTSIDE THE LEGAL PLACE OF USE under 11395!

Besides this, there is much information regarding the District’s prior concerns to diminishing lake levels in the past – also involving petitions to the State Water Resources Control Board in hopes of reducing traditional environmental releases for fish and wildlife.  True, the most recent drought was more serious, but the fear of losing lake water has clearly been addressed a number of times in the district’s history.

PETE KAMPA simply does not tell the truth, even about basic and easily proven facts.

Kampa published this false statement in yet another failed attempt to conceal the true reason for the public funded new ground well construction:  to create an “alternative source of water” with which he could then use to expand the OUTSIDE PLACE OF USE WATER SERVICE through a SUBSTITUTION PROGRAM he advocated back in 1994-1997 when he first started his infamous career in water when first employed by the LDPCSD.  KAMPA has always been aware of the restrictions in wl11395, he just didn’t care.

 

CAN NOT FIND THE LEGAL MAP OF SERVICE?

On page 9 of that ROSS/KAMPA Frequently Asked Questions pamphlet, Kampa states the District could not find the MID map that was submitted to the State of California.  (I also recall KAMPA suggesting approximately $10,000 would be required to draft a new district service map.)  OH MY GOSH…..how convenient!  lol

WHAT?  I quite easily received one with a simple telephone call request that was promptly followed up with an email and map attachment! AND IT WAS ABSOLUTELY FREE!

FOLKS….put on your thinking caps!  This is not rocket science – it is pure duplicity in continuance of the fraud against the 99% of entitled MERCED RIVER WATER USERS who are paying for further expanded water service OUTSIDE THE POU.

UNBELIEVABLE that after over 35 years of District water service in Lake Don Pedro, KAMPA & KOMPANY absolutely refuse to publish for customer information and clarification, the easily obtainable MERCED IRRIGATION DISTRICT PLACE OF USE MAP which reflects the clear restrictions contained in water license 11395 concerning MERCED RIVER WATER USE under which our district has always operated.

KAMPA & KOMPANY ALSO REFUSE to clearly indicate all the other properties which are NOT ENTITLED TO MERCED RIVER WATER and must therefore be furnished GROUND WATER through an EXPENSIVE SUBSTITUTION PROGRAM using extremely expensive ground water wells developed with public funds but intended for private third party interest/benefit.

 

FOR WHAT PARTIES ARE KAMPA & KOMPANY ACTUALLY WORKING?

KAMPA & KOMPANY have now enlisted the assistance of the CSDA (California Special Districts Association) to presumably add an air of legitimacy to his disingenuous plan of special benefit OUTSIDE MID-POU water service paid for with public funds.

When I observed the SOI (Sphere of Influence) Map on the new website I sent an email to the CSDA and explained the situation and asked that they post LEGITIMATE MAPS OF DISTRICT SERVICE since KAMPA & KOMPANY refuse to acknowledge this truth.  (I also sent the four maps already posted on this website for clarification.)

How can ANY LEGITIMATE PUBLIC AGENCY conduct business without acknowledging their intended, entitled, and rightful customers, much less those properties that must receive SPECIAL BENEFIT WATER SERVICE?

THIS IS ABSOLUTE BETRAYAL OF THE 99% OF ENTITLED, LEGAL USERS OF MERCED RIVER WATER IN THE LAKE DON PEDRO SUBDIVISION!

CONSTANT PROPAGANDA WORKS!

Years ago I was astonished by otherwise well-meaning directors of the Lake Don Pedro Owners Association who constantly, and incorrectly, referred to their elected/appointed director positions as being in service to the HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION.

I was shocked that these folks apparently had no idea that in actuality we are a PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION not a HOMEOWNERS organization.   How could they be so confused?  Simple – management company indoctrination with constant use of the term HOMEOWNERS.

HOMEOWNER THIS, HOMOWNERS THAT….homeowners, homeowners, homeowners…..and it stuck.  They were not bad people or stupid by any means, they had just been repeatedly taught the term “HOMEOWNERS” rather than “PROPETY OWNERS”.

I believe a similar process has occurred with some of the directors on our CSD Board with the term “COMMUNITY”.  They too were well-meaning community volunteers who dedicated much time and work into helping the district and its customers during a very serious drought emergency.

Unfortunately, (as is usually the case)  a few “cheaters” used the GM appointment process (and exigent circumstances of a severe drought) to push their own individual agendas of furthering OUTSIDE MID-POU EXPANDED SERVICE.  Perhaps some did not honestly comprehend the subtle misdirection but rather, consciously chose to place their confidence and trust in a touted “PROFESSIONAL” in the business (who obviously had a preconceived agenda based on previous experience).

Even so, HOW THIS RE-CONFIGURATION OF DISTRICT OPERATIONS ACTUALLY STARTED IS LESS IMPORTANT NOW THAN STOPPING THE FURTHER PROGRESSION.

What’s done is done but directors must now accept responsibility, recognize and acknowledge the deception, and take corrective action by no longer ratifying inappropriate past activity by management (unilaterally re-establishing POST RETIREMENT MEDICAL BENEFITS a good example) or approving further special interest proposals by management.  (Some pretty shocking/interesting stuff to be addressed in forth-coming posts.)

HAVE YOU FOLKS REQUESTED YOUR MONTHLY AGENDA/PACKET MATERIALS TO BE EMAILED TO YOU YET?    JUST CHECKING…..lol

KAMPA has misrepresented the Lake Don Pedro CSD situation to customers, State and Federal agencies in order to surreptitiously obtain his “alternative source of water” for further OUTSIDE MID-POU expansion, however, that deception is now known and must be curtailed.

Any director who now continues to support KAMPA’s agenda cannot later claim “they did not realize” what was actually taking place and were only acquiescing to what they “believed was sound professional management advice.”

Every one of us has , at one time or another, been mislead, fooled, or side-tracked by others for various reasons, and that can easily be attributed to simple human error, but to continue such district misdirection after enlightenment with the truth is unequivocally wrongful and every bit as dishonest as those who originally, and intentionally, orchestrated the deception.

Heck, those directors who may have initially been “fooled” by Kampa & Kompany were the victims of an accomplished “for-profit” businessman with very strong, practiced, and successful cajoling techniques.  Many viewers have witnessed and recognized some of those techniques in posted mini-videos of past meetings on this site. 

There is no doubt at all that Pete Kampa is extremely slick.

The current board should continue with the many activities of routine business until the District election in October at which time a newly elected Board of Directors will assume responsibility.  Perhaps then Mr. Kampa could be thanked for his “orchestrated second tour of service to the LDPCSD” and the process of securing a new GM without the FOR-PROFIT MOTIVES and LIABILITIES of running a private management company for multiple agencies simultaneously could be pursued.

 

Guess I received a better night’s sleep during this heat wave than I initially thought?  Lol

 

My best to you and yours, Lew

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NOW THAT PUBLIC COMMENTS HAVE ONCE AGAIN EVAPORATED INTO OBSCURITY-

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Let’s take a look at some of the other information relayed to the public during the last LDPCSD Monthly Board of Directors Meeting held July 18, 2016 at the Lake Don Pedro High School Multi-purpose room.

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Board President Danny Johnson thanked “Public Members” for making their comments stating the board learns from them.   Johnson’s presiding officer’s report indicated the board has been asked again and again about its work and Danny once again stated that for himself, he got on the Board of Directors to try and improve the district, and had no other agenda than to try and make it better for this community.

{LEW VIEW: The point of contention (as mentioned previously during a Public Comment) is the concept of what constitutes “the community” regarding water service and Johnson’s appears to include other properties outside the Place of Use under WL11395 which has always quite clearly identified where Merced River water can be legally diverted and used without relying on a ground water substitution program to replace the transferred Merced River water.  This special benefit (of using ground water substitution) has been, is currently, and is planned to continually be paid for by the 99% of legal Merced River water using customers of the subdivision who do not require ground water substitution for their water service.  (The new ground water wells are supposed to be used for water production during drought emergencies – not sold as a special benefit to properties not otherwise entitled to Merced River water.)

One of the most common excuses for this continuing push for expanded water service Outside the POU (Place of Use) for decades is that the Merced Irrigation District (MID) filed an incorrect District service map with the State of California which did not include all the properties entitled to water.  But this reasoning fails to consider the clear language of WL 11395 as well as the terms of SIERRA HIGHLANDS WATER COMPANY transfer of facilities and assets to the new LDPCSD formed in August of 1980, because those documents also clearly indicate only those properties currently served water were included as part of the LDPCSD’s inherited customer base. 

You must also realize that this very issue (wrong map being filed) was brought up at the time, considered, and denied.    One of the reasons previously shouted by those demanding water was that the subdivision/golf course had over 5,000 acre feet a year under the water license, used less than a quarter of that approved amount, and it was simple selfishness that prevented further water service outside the subdivision/golf course area. 

Fortunately, most of those people have finally come to understand the facts of the situation:  Merced River water pumped from Lake McClure must be used withing the MIDPOU which is based on the restrictive language of water license 11395 which the MID is responsible for obeying as holder of that license.  Please also consider that the 99% legally entitled users of Merced River water own property in a subdivision that is not even half developed yet.   So right off the bat a prudent person evaluating that 5,160 afa figure would more than double the current high water demand to reflect the demand for a full build out of the subdivision in the future.   The golf course is closed but never-the-less entitled to some of that water as well – who knows what might happen in the future?

The South Shore project off Bonds Flat Road has been the ONLY SWRCB (STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD) AND MID (MERCED IRRIGATION DISTRICT)  approved annexation to the LAKE DON PEDRO COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT.  (There were many other required approvals such as County LAFCos, Planning Departments, EPA, etc.)  Approved were 2,010 acres for a residential subdivision and golf course complex and 772 acre feet a year of MERCED RIVER WATER consumption.  Unfortunately, though approved that project failed to develop even though it is legally annexed to the LDPCSD and 772 af of MERCED RIVER WATER is set aside for the property.  NOTE:  Insult to injury?  The District, although spending much money on that lengthy approval process, does not receive a thin dime from that failed development which is the huge area west of the original subdivision.  

Heck, the MID even picked up a State water audit from its enforcement division during the process due to an unrelated mistake in MID’s mandated environmental water releases.  Following that, Place of Use issues of Merced River water in Lake Don Pedro became more important because any violations by the LDPCSD could result in significant State enforcement fines against the MERCED IRRIGATION DISTRICT. 

Thus our original Ranchito Drive well (which a previous GM recently advised was constructed for emergency drought use for the subdivision)  became the REMEDY FOR VIOLATIONS OF WL11395.   A ground water substitution program basically means that for every unit of MERCED RIVER WATER that leaves Lake Don Pedro subdivision/golf course property (entitled under license) that river water must be replaced with an equal/greater amount of ground water, which as we all know, is produced from very expensive ground water wells.  The wells recently constructed and developed by the LDPCSD were funded with public grant money obtained by using over a million dollars of LDPCSD funds to qualify and were supposed to be used for the benefit of existing customers as a result of the emergency drought and NOT FOR CREATING NEW SPECIAL BENEFIT WATER SERVICE!}

Johnson stated all business and technical questions should be directed to Pete Kampa as he is the voice of the district.

KAMPA is also the President of a professional management company which simultaneously services multiple clients.  KAMPA has been directing District activities towards further development of special water service benefits outside the POU of WL11395 while guaranteeing the employment of his KAMPA COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS, llc, for many years to come.  (IN FOR A DIME….IN FOR A DOLLAR!)  Read the resolutions, do you honestly think our local board of directors created those?  Read the original KAMPA contract for services and what is now paid by the District.   What has happened to, and is currently happening, with our original employees?  For whose benefit is our SURFACE WATER TREATMENT PLANT BEING RE-CONFIGURED?

MONTHLY REPORT BY GM PETE KAMPA

Kampa advised his report had a number of attachments including color graphs (unfortunately the black and white copies again made distinguishing between the various shades of grey difficult) of the often requested water loss report which identifies how much water is actually lost between the treatment plant in route to customers (known as unaccounted for water, which differs from that which is used for back flushing filters, water hydrant testing, etc,).   Kampa stated the losses increased when lake pumps are used due to the higher pressures and volume of water within the pipes.  (Translation: Regular leaks become worse.)

Johnson noted that in May the district lost approximately 10af of raw water (untreated) and then 6af due to leaks during delivery of water to customers.

LEW’S VIEW:  An acre foot of water doesn’t mean much to the average customer so I have converted those units into something more familiar like cubic feet and gallons.

1af= 43,560 cf or 325,853 gallons

therefore;

10af = 435,600 cubic feet or 3,258,530 gallons, and

6af =261,360 cubic feet or 1,955,118 gallons

16af total loss of water pumped:  5,213,648 gallons

Kampa also advised some of the loss was from the large water tanks overfilling and spilling water but some contractors would be coming out to fix that electrical problem with the equipment.  Service line leaks, raw water pipeline leaks, tank over fills, all are being addressed.   Johnson advised the distribution meters in the community (AKA SUBDIVISION) have not been calibrated yet (to check water loss amounts) but will be done in the near future.

SUBSTANTIAL WATER LOSS FOR DECADES – and the District finally has access to millions of dollars for PRIMARY INFRASTRUCTURE repair/replacement, yet the money is spent by KAMPA AND KOMPANY to expand District special benefit water service even further beyond the LEGAL PLACE OF USE UNDER L11395.

THE DOLLAR STORE WATER SERVICE ISSUE

KAMPA advised it was not the District’s decision whether or not to serve water for the project, but the county – if there is no controversy as to supplying the water.

LEW’s VIEW:  BS!  How can this be true if the District provided incorrect information in the first place?  The County evidently failed to confirm that the District EVEN HAD THE WATER TO MEET WATER DEMANDS FOR PROPOSED PROJECTS WHICH THE COUNTY APPROVED.   “Not our job”, “if a water district employee says they can supply the water, we approve the project”.  ????   Is that how it works when money talks and legal requirements walk?

The District evidently intentionally concealed the fact such properties could only be served ground water from very expensive ground water wells it could not afford.  Some annexations to this district may have even been “defaulted approved” as the District never even replied to multiple requests for proposed annexation comments  from the county!  Cute huh?  District wants the properties annexed by the county but doesn’t want to explain how the district cannot serve Merced River water pumped from Lake McClure but only ground water of which the district does not have enough.  So….when the county asks for comments on the proposed development (or the county will just go ahead and “default approve the annexation”), the district sighs in relief and throws the county request for annexation comments in the trash.  PRESTO!  Another property annexed into the district without controversy or even the public’s knowledge of the process?

Kampa stated it was a matter of whether the properties meet the district’s rules and regulations regarding connection such as annexation and whether outside the Place of Use.  Kampa advised the district just responds to the county as to whether the project development meets district regulations.  Kampa said the project development officials would have to submit plans to the county and if approved those would be sent to the LDPCSD for approval.

WHOA THERE KAMPA — Weren’t you the one advocating annexation of these properties when you started your water industry career here in Lake Don Pedro in 1994-1997?  You knew what the legal PLACE OF USE was under water license 11395 then, and now. How can you now imply the District must just go along with your “sleeper plan” of special benefit water service paid for by the majority of innocent entitled users of Merced River water?

ALSO:  Does it make sense for the District to accept a ground well from an outside place of use property so that all customers will be responsible for the maintenance, repair and replacement in the future?  Heck, if a contract for water service clearly laid out the condition that all expenses for that ground well would be born by the land developer and future owners and beneficiaries for perpetuity, things might be more understandable.  But even then, if the property owner claims financial hardship and they can’t afford a new well, you know as well as I— once the district starts furnishing water it will continue and never stop.   No matter how expensive to the rest of us.  Whether a simple single family dwelling, cattle ranch or other commercial business or enterprise.  How many other expensive ground wells will district customers eventually financially cover for private third party special benefit and increased profit margins? While our original subdivision property is passed over by purchasers in favor of “newer gated communities” created with our designated water?

 

Would someone please explain to me at the next monthly meeting:

WHY SHOULD 99% OF LEGAL MERCED RIVER WATER CONSUMING CUSTOMERS IN THE LAKE DON PEDRO SUBDIVISION SUBSIDIZE GROUND WATER SUBSTITUTION PROGRAMS FOR MERCED RIVER WATER TRANSFERS OUTSIDE THE PLACE OF USE UNDER WATER LICENSE 11395 FOR PRIVATE SPECULATIVE LAND DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS?

HOW CAN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA CONTINUE TO PERMIT INNOCENT SUBDIVISION WATER CUSTOMERS TO PAY FOR A SPECIAL INTEREST WATER SERVICE OF WHICH THEY RECEIVE NO BENEFIT?

Kampa stated the CUSTOMER SERVICE SURVEY would be discussed at the evening meeting, but he was going to keep it active for now (AKA NOT REPORT CURRENT RESULTS) in an attempt to gather some more responses.

(LEW’S VIEW:  You can now access the survey without providing addition personal information on the LDPCSD website, yet the results are still not available.) 

Johnson questioned publishing the results on the website as previously stated.

TROUBLE WITH LAKE PUMP START-UP

Kampa stated one of the pumps is not working correctly and believes the pump casings and columns are nearing complete failure and the engineer’s recommendation is complete replacement but there will be more information available after inspection.

Director Russell Warren asked about the status of the SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) equipment [AKA, electronic control equipment for remote monitoring and control].  Kampa advised some missing parts caused the project to halt but will be resuming shortly by getting the Medina well and well #5 connected.  Director James Sult asked about pushing progress with the meters and monitoring.  Kampa advised some of the programming dates back to the 1990s and needs to be upgraded also.  Kampa said once installed, and functioning, the district would be able to control equipment including cameras for monitoring the functioning of the wells.  Kampa stated our equipment would not store data but only reflect real time activity of the equipment.

LEW VIEW:  All this emphasis on ground wells and SCADA while our SURFACE WATER TREATMENT PLANT PRIMARY TRANSMISSION LINE HAS BEEN LEAKING HORRIBLY FOR DECADES – NOT TO MENTION THE INFRASTRUCTURE TO THE LEGAL SUBDIVISION.

Has a PROPER COMPOUND WATER METER been installed as a “CHECK METER” on the PRIVATE WATER LINE running between GRANITE SPRINGS and HWY 132 yet?  Theoretically, there could be a number of other OUTSIDE MERCED IRRIGATION DISTRICT PLACE OF USE diversions from that line (which doesn’t even have a district maintenance easement) operating for the last four decades.   There is a lot of “unobserved” property where our 30% – 50%+ water loss could be going, but gosh – there are so many other important things to do to set up the infrastructure in order to sell our newly developed emergency drought water outside the place of use.

Director James Sult questioned Kampa about several leaks on the intake pipeline from the lake to the treatment plant to which Kampa advised the major one had been repaired but the line will be subject to further failures.  Kampa said the leaks are showing up about every month. The matter was the expense in replacing the line and the crew to do the work, not just walking the line and discovering leaks.

Kampa stated there was no longer a long list of leaks to be repaired and he would be making a report in August about the matter.

Board President Johnson asked about the new LDPCSD website and whether or not it could be used for customers to report leaks that they observe.  Johnson said he has not seen any water running down the streets as in the past and does not know where our water has been going.

HERE’S A POSSIBILITY:  Hint, sounds like “utility left”.

KAMPA says customers should call directly to the office to report leaks now because he did not want to take the chance of missing an electronic report somehow.

I mentioned a report I had made regarding water flowing down the ditch along Ranchito Drive to which Syndie advised the district had addressed that the same day.  Johnson mentioned the line replacement program to which I commented replacing the entire line made sense when there were already 7-9 repair bands (on one section of pipe).

President Johnson started to introduce the CHIEF PLANT OPERATOR’S REPORT but Wes Barton asked if public comment was allowed after the last GM report.  Johnson acknowledged Barton could speak.  At this time a request was made to turn on the air conditioning in the large multi-purpose room (gym to us old folks)  lol.

FOLKS THIS FORMERLY ROUTINE REPORT, THAT WES BARTON IS TALKING ABOUT BELOW IN HIS PUBLIC COMMENT, IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.  KAMPA STOPPED ACCOUNTING FOR OUR “SHRINK” (WATER LOSS) SOON AFTER HE ARRIVED BECAUSE IT IS THE UGLY TRUTH.  HIDING IT FROM CUSTOMERS IS SHAMEFUL AND A CLUE TO THE TYPE OF MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES WE HAVE BEEN RECEIVING.   

WES BARTON commented

“Of course the staff is not recommending a controller – then we would know what the numbers were, that they were right and we would have them in-house and we wouldn’t have some of these questions that we’re are talking about with these wells.

In the old days, when we weren’t hiding Randy and Randy came to meetings he had a report that included all the changes on the wells, it said how much water came out of the intake, it said how much water was sold, it should how much water when the tanks went up and down, and we assumed that the pipe’s were relatively fixed, and water loss.  And then dumb people like me could look at that and say, this is what we produced, this is the up and down in the pipes, I mean the tanks, this is what we sold, then we know pretty quick how much water we have lost.  Now I know that’s dumb – it’s not pretty, but it’s factual and a hell of a lot better than playing shell games.” 

For your information, according to the money, OK, the money, accounts payable, excluding the water from the wells, because I don’t have that (Board President’s timer beeps) I have no idea how much water was wasted from the wells (beeper continuing) in my numbers, in the month of May your percentage was 65% waste plus the total that came from the wells this is just a forced number, just a number to play with to get a perspective, not how to solve it, to get a perspective, in June it was 33% plus all the water that came from the wells, OK, it’s not a fun number, it’s ugly as hell, it’s not pretty, but it’s a fact, or, your, what you’re going to pay MID (Merced Irrigation District for the water pumped out of Lake McClure) for what you sold is wrong.” (beeping in background)

Director Emery Ross asked Wes what his question was.  Wes asked Emery “what question?”  Emery said Wes was asking for an answer to his question and Emery wanted to know what the question was.  Wes Barton explained he was merely clarifying the issue because the District does not know the answer to its amount of water waste and he was just trying to clarify the issue to help out.  Emery, under his breath, asked if Barton knew the answer to the waste problem.  (Wes had returned to the audience chair.)

With no further comments Board President Johnson introduced the Chief Plant Operator’s Report portion of the meeting.

GM Kampa stated he apologized (beeping in background) because he received a message from Randy this morning and that Randy had personal issues and was not going to be at work for the day.  (Isn’t Randy the only certified employee remaining that can legally supervise the running of the treatment plant?)  Kampa said – we will continue to strive to have Randy come and be able to explain about operations and he (Kampa) was really sorry he (Randy) was not here today to talk about it because (cross talk) we don’t have the reports (audience cross talk) spelling out the good work that they have been doing.

Kampa said he has had extensive conversations with the operations folks (perhaps involving the re-establishment of Post Retirement Medical Benefits as well?) and was confident they had a story to tell above and beyond what the district is hearing all the time – that the District just wasn’t good at telling their own story for whatever reason.

WHAT?  Are you kidding me?  That’s all customers ever hear from the District – what a great job the District is doing for customers!

Good title for a book about the LDPCSD:  “Some Public Members Spoke Anyway”

He said they were “getting to” much more maintenance than they ever have in the past and are making routine inspections and are making upgrades, and completing the reads on time (Reading meter consumption of customers with the drive by AMR (automatic meter reading system) that get us the documentation for our water loss.  That employees are responding to a number of after hour problems right now and Kampa had questions from board members about such over time pay and what makes up that expense and what was going on.

Kampa said he would try to pull the information together and make some kind of report that makes sense, but at the same time wanted to assure the board they would be receiving some kind of operations report but he could not fix it right then while sitting in the board room.

Board President Johnson commented that “when we started our journey” they (the board) wanted to put procedures and protocols in place and understood they were works in progress with the Strategic Plan but his perceived accountability is if “they are not telling their story – they are hurting themselves”.  Johnson said he wasn’t trying to throw anyone under the bus but they needed to understand so they could be supportive of operations.  Johnson felt everything would be much better once those matters were addressed for operations as they had been for administrative issues in the office.

Kampa then apologized again for not addressing the separate report within the Strategic plan update.  He had intended on doing it next month and was glad he had been reminded about it last night as he was able to get it done this morning.  Kampa backtracked to the second page of his written report and mentioned some of those items, ie, water loss, maintaining infrastructure, upgrades, capital improvements, state and federal requirements, etc.  Johnson stated there was little accountability for the operations portion of the district.  Johnson said next month should be interesting since Kampa was aware of what the board was looking to see accomplished.

I commented that Randy missing so many meetings was very curious as he was one of the few original employees left.   It was confirmed that attending meetings was part of his job duties.  I asked what the disconnect was and one of the directors replied Randy was absent to which I replied I knew that – but why absent for so many other meetings?  Johnson referred the matter to Kampa so I asked if GM Kampa wanted Randy to attend meetings to which he replied absolutely, no doubt.

NEXT THE CONSENT CALENDAR FOR THE JULY 18th, 2016 Meeting

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My best to you and yours, Lew

 

 

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PUBLIC COMMENTS CONTINUED (7-18-2016 LDPCSD Meeting at High School)

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PHYSICAL DISTANCE FROM CONSTITUENTS? what's next, barricades and razor wire? lokl

I was musing this morning that it is too bad simple attendance numbers for CSD meetings is not the deciding factor over some of these serious management created issues.  Issues that the district appears to be moving away from as quickly as possible while steadfastly refusing to provide satisfactory answers to the rate paying public as to how they (serious issues) materialized.

8 to 7!  WE WIN!

Yes indeed.  Had numerical superiority been the decider at the last CSD meeting the audience would have been the victor by squeaking out a win with an eight member audience compared to the 7 member CSD team.  Well, to be fair, at least one attendee was not a customer but a former general manager of our District.  He had come to address issues concerning his (and another three previous employees of our district) with questions as to their available benefits after retirement.   But I digress – we will delve into that interesting comment when it pops up later in the meeting.

SAME OLD PROCESS

Yes I am getting old and definitely know so because I can recognize with first hand experience patterns of local government activity and the predictable negative results for current and future residents.   Still, I foolishly envision property owners of the LAKE DON PEDRO OWNERS ASSOCIATION (aka mandatory customers of the LDPCSD) one day taking an interest and attending meetings to not simply ask pertinent questions that never receive answers, but to overwhelm the board room fire code capacity while DEMANDING ANSWERS TO SIMPLE QUESTIONS REGARDING THE RE-CONFIGURATION OF OUR SURFACE WATER TREATMENT PLANT AND THE SUBSTANTIAL ADDITIONAL COSTS THAT WILL BE PLACED ON CUSTOMERS FOR PERPETUITY.

Unfortunately, the really BIG CUSTOMER CROWDS don’t usually show up until it is too late when the only “shrink” they notice or care about is the reduced household budget due to significant water rate increases.  Then a three minute PUBLIC COMMENT TIME LIMIT makes sense and will be absolutely necessary – if everyone wants to get out of the board room on the same day that is.  And only then does that angry crowd of customers begin to understand the significance of those routine monthly and special public meetings that are often quite boring and drag on forever.  Meetings, however, that are designed and dedicated towards incremental movement towards some plan, and like chess moves, every Board Decision approving a Kampa recommendation moves our NON PROFIT CSD a little closer towards some goal.  The question is, does the achievement of that goal reasonably and/or honestly benefit and serve the majority of customers?

WHY 3 ,1, 2 RATHER THAN 1, 2, 3?

I got ahead of myself yesterday by posting my 3 minute PUBLIC COMMENT out of chronological order from other comments because I wanted to quickly grind out a meeting post and my presentation was already digitized and ready to go in the computer.  So today I will report on the other opening PUBLIC COMMENTS – I mean, heck, the District sure doesn’t seem to care.

WHY MEET AT THE HIGH SCHOOL MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM?

Board President Danny Johnson explained that our Regular monthly board meeting was being held in the multi-purpose room of the LDP High School because of construction around the CSD facility, no air conditioning in the board room, and a later scheduled community information meeting to be held at 1800 hours.  You can imagine the added difficulties in hearing those who spoke, much less understanding the audio recording of their statements made in a large echo producing gym with air conditioning sporadically going on and off.  Thank goodness we had very similar uncomfortable folding metal “back torture” chairs to sit in for hours and the ever present “beeping” of President Danny Johnson’s PUBLIC COMMENT TIMER to make things feel ….well,  “more like we were home”.  LOL  Perhaps KAMPA can schedule the next board meeting at a heavy equipment construction site for convenience?  Maybe under Lake McClure by the dam? (Must bring your own scuba gear)

FIRST PUBLIC COMMENT

WES BARTON has been asking for specific information for three months yet District officials refuse to respond. Why?

WES BARTON, at podium, has been asking for specific information for three months yet District officials refuse to respond. Why? If everything is legit, why the refusal to provide the information?

WES BARTON (former CSD Director, the customer’s Financial Watch Dog, and steadfast meeting attendee – only a few of his many volunteer efforts) stated he was still waiting for answers to his questions about discrepancies in government grant funding and approved projects.  As you will recall, the projects changed and money had apparently been reallocated.

Please also recall that there was an “impromptu unofficial meeting” following a regular board meeting a while back where Wes received a lot of flak (including focused yelling and screaming) from GM Kampa and others for his financial questions during meetings.  The upshot of that discussion was that the GM was to furnish Wes the information to answer his financial questions regarding actual costs of these ground well projects whose plans and funding have shifted dramatically from their original applications and subsequent approvals.

Barton stated USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) project plan costs seemed to have gone up exactly the same amount as the funding for well number 6 which was completely abandoned (apparently due to diminishing funds).  He stated it almost looked as though someone was trying to obtain grant money from state and federal government sources “at no cost”.

Barton referenced the very first line of the USDA’s commitment letter which stated all the revenue follows the expense.  He said from an audit, control and honesty standpoint what has been happening sure makes this place look bad.  Barton said it has now been three months and no one from the district wants to discuss the matter.

 

LDPCSD’s THREE MINUTE PUBLIC COMMENT LIMIT INCORRECT?

VICTOR AFANASIEV advises the Board of Directors their 3 minute limit on PUBLIC COMMENT is in conflict with the BROWN ACT governing OPEN MEETING procedures.

VICTOR AFANASIEV advises the Board of Directors that their 3 minute limit on PUBLIC COMMENT is in conflict with the BROWN ACT governing OPEN MEETING procedures.

VICTOR AFANASIEV (Former CSD Director and also a long time community volunteer) questioned why the public is only permitted three minutes to speak (very reasonable question considering the very low meeting attendance so it is not like customers are lining up outside for a chance to say something before the board.)  Victor said the Brown Act permits public members to speak for as long as necessary so long as it does not prevent others from public comment.

Board President Danny Johnson stated that the district has always used the three minute limit for public comment to which Mr. Afanasiev again stated the Brown Act permits as much time as necessary (which sounds far more reasonable than constantly interrupting or “timer beeping”  speakers during their extremely limited opportunity to comment on serious issues.)

Victor stated he had discussed the matter with officials from both counties who agreed the LDPCSD 3 minute limit was improper.

OK, that brings us up to the last public comment presentation (mine) which was posted yesterday.

Please look for these PUBLIC COMMENTS by WES BARTON, VICTOR AFANASIEV, MYSELF and a FORMER GM IN THE CONSENT CALENDAR IN AN UPCOMING AGENDA PACKET COMING TO YOU VERY SOON!  

I’ve included two examples (below) of what to look for so you don’t accidentally over look all this important information that fellow customers would like to share with you! 

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Customers bombarded with hundreds of pages of District ONE SIDED 411, yet Customer comments are routinely dismissed as unimportant.

PUBLIC OUTREACH? OH PLEASE! WHY NOT IDENTIFY THE SUBJECT AND COMMENT FOR OTHER CUSTOMERS?

KAMPA states he wants to continue his public outreach program to customers.  Really?  Why not just identify the subject matter comments already made by those few who attend meetings so that other customers can read and understand?  Heck, there may be many customers who agree with the comments, complaints, suggestions, etc…..  Ohhhhh, I see, that’s what you’re trying to avoid.

NOT OUTRAGED

I have a lot to attend to right now, but will get back to the meeting report as soon as possible.  Until then, and as always,

My best to you and yours, Lew

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WILL PUBLIC COMMENT CONTINUE TO BE A TREMENDOUS WASTE OF TIME?

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Monthly meeting was held at the LDP High School multi-purpose building. 7 CSD members - 8 audience members. WHAT A CROWD!

The LDPCSD monthly Board of Directors meeting was held at the LDP High School multi-purpose building on July 18th, 2016 @ 1300hrs. (A separate second “community meeting” was also held at the high school at 1800hrs).   Seven individuals represented the CSD (above from left to right):  Directors Emery Ross, Russell Warren, James Sult, VP Dan Hankemeir, Board president Danny Johnson, LDPCSD GM/Treasurer & president of KAMPA COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS, llc a professional management company, and Syndie Marchesellio Board Secretary, Property Specialist and Office Manager.  There were 8 audience members.

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You’ve heard me blah blah blah before about how the district bombards customers with massive amounts of very important material on the Friday before the Monday meeting?  Well yesterday’s Lake Don Pedro Community Services District monthly Board of Directors meeting was no exception staying true to form and consistent month, after month, after month…..

REALLY WANT PARTICIPATION?

Gosh, it almost seems like the District (as managed by PETE KAMPA, president of KAMPA COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS, llc a professional management company) does not really want customers to be well informed, much less participate in their own LOCAL PUBLIC AGENCY NON PROFIT CSD.

But how can that be true when Kampa has repeatedly encouraged customers to become involved, ask questions, and participate?  Didn’t he also instruct educational classes regarding district management and customer relations for the CALIFORNIA SPECIAL DISTRICT ASSOCIATION (CSDA)?  Isn’t he a true believer and practitioner of his highly focused compensated preaching?  Classes I attended while a director on our board suggested the agenda/packet should be available at least five (5) days in advance of the noticed meeting to permit adequate time for meeting preparation and later meaningful discussion.

SPEAK CLEARLY INTO THE MICROPHONE SO WE CAN BE SURE TO NOT HEAR WHATEVER YOU SAY

Those who do take the time to read the agenda/packet materials, prepare statements for PUBLIC COMMENT and actually attend these 2-4 hour meetings miles away, quickly discover their concern, effort and even the basic subject matter are completely ignored in official meeting Minutes that could be of assistance for other potentially interested customers/parties.

NO WAY!   ONLY ONE WAY!  THE KAMPA COMMUNICATION WAY!

That’s probably the most frustrating aspect of LDPCSD communications under this KAMPA & KOMPANY management – IT IS ONE WAY ONLY. Customers are routinely bombarded with massive amounts of material in the form of detailed reports, diagrams, charts, graphs and self-congratulatory director testimonials of unprecedented successes (often used to camouflage extremely important facts that are then simply glossed over in favor of the typical confusion and/or exuberance), yet repeated customer complaints, comments and suggestions are actively ignored and completely dismissed as unimportant.

CAPTIVE CLIENTELE

Considering the circumstances, why would KAMPA & KOMPANY give a “furry rat’s ass” about customers anyway?  They get paid regardless of how frustrated or disappointed their customers may be thanks to the bill paying mandatory customer base in the LAKE DON PEDRO OWNERS’ ASSOCIATION subdivision.

WHO KNOWS?  WHO CARES?

There is no local newspaper, television, or radio publication that could pick up our CSD’s INTENTIONAL FAILURE TO ADEQUATELY INFORM AND RESPOND TO CUSTOMER CONCERNS, much less conduct a serious investigation into how a local NON PROFIT public agency can  essentially be privatized and exploited by a FOR PROFIT management company…..blah, blah, blah…..

ANYWAY, I read the following within my permitted 3 minute audio recorded PUBLIC COMMENT TO NOWHERE at yesterday’s meeting – please excuse the bare-boned sentence structure to fit within the time frame.

 

WATER RATES MUST SKYROCKET to cover illogical EXPANSION OF GROUND WATER SERVICE TO PROPERTIES OUTSIDE THE PLACE OF USE OF WATER LICENSE 11395!  Land development special benefits subsidized with public funds while ignoring the fact the treatment plant was specifically constructed for the subdivision.

Merced Irrigation District said NO MERCED RIVER WATER OUTSIDE THE PLACE OF USE, but we did so anyway and RANCHITO WELL #1 was developed in 1992 as a remedy for the violations*.  AND NOW THAT VIOLATION REMEDY is to become DISTRICT POLICY with added costs passed to the 99% of legal MERCED RIVER WATER USING CUSTOMERS.

Customers have been deceived about our legal service area for over 35 years and  I only recently discovered authentic documents approved by the California Public Utilities Commission on its website.   Our administration office was destroyed by arson during record research of this very issue in February 2012.

The District charges an AVAILABILITY FEE of $60/ac, maximum 3 acres or $180/year because lots in the subdivision are on average less than two acres, yet a proposed 900 acre subdivision which MUST BE FURNISHED GROUND WATER also pays only $180/year rather than the $54,000 using the $60/ac formula.  Does that sound reasonable?

GROUND WELL PRODUCTION WILL NOT MEET EXISTING HIGH WATER DEMAND and selling what EMERGENCY WATER we have is foolish.

Expanding service outside the PLACE OF USE with emergency ground water, new employee positions, GM created Policies, reinstating post retirement medical benefits and even a plan for accepting deeded “iffy wells” from developers so innocent customers will pay for maintenance, repair and replacement, all greatly increasing costs.

IN THE INTEREST OF HONEST PUBLIC SERVICE WITHOUT HINT OF MISREPRESENTATION I would suggest the BOARD postpone voting at this time; immediately post on its website and Face Book Page the MID Place of Use Map along with identification of all properties that must receive ground water substitution.

ONLY THREE SHORT MONTHS until the District election after which these issues and financial consequences could be addressed before an informed public and decided by a fully elected board of directors.

 

 

  • I was recently advised by a former GM the well was not specifically constructed for that purpose but was indeed accepted as the legal remedy for outside Place of Use customers who were wrongfully receiving Merced River water outside the permitted area under water license L11395 held by the Merced Irrigation District.  Unfortunately, select District information has either been “liberated from the office” or through the years or destroyed by the arson in February of 2012.

More later….

 

My best to you and yours, Lew

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WATER LICENSE 11395 PLACE OF USE vs LAKE DON PEDRO CSD WEBSITE MAP (RIVER v GROUND WELL USE)

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Why does the Lake Don Pedro CSD consistently refuse to post a legitimate map displaying where Merced River Water (pumped under Merced Irrigation District water license 11395) can legally be used in this area? Properties outside the 11395 Place of Use MUST use ground water. Why should 99% of legal Merced River water users in the subdivision (for whom the water plant was constructed) pay for this ground water special benefit for land developers outside the subdivision?

Why does the Lake Don Pedro CSD consistently refuse to post a legitimate map displaying where Merced River Water (pumped under Merced Irrigation District water license 11395 – which our district surface water treatment plant has used since it was built) can legally be used in this area? Properties outside the 11395 Place of Use MUST use ground water.

While looking at the above map can viewers now appreciate why PETE KAMPA & KOMPANY placed so much emphasis on constructing and developing an “alternate source of water” with public funds?  The ground well project was repeatedly advertised as being an emergency drought water supply for existing customers – yet was planned from the beginning (and is still being pursued) to be the solution for land developers outside the Place of Use who can not legally be furnished Merced River water from Lake McClure.

Why should the 99% of legal Merced River water users in the subdivision (for whom the water plant was clearly constructed) pay for this ground water special benefit to land developers outside the subdivision?

 

THIS IS THE ORIGINAL DISTRICT SERVICE MAP ON FILE WITH AND USED BY THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA

THIS IS THE ORIGINAL DISTRICT SERVICE MAP ON FILE WITH, AND USED BY, THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA – this is what was transferred by Sierra Highland Water Company to the LDPCSD with a majority vote of 88 people.

 

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WHAT THE CSD WANTS PEOPLE TO BELIEVE IS THE SERVICE AREA (website)…..,MAP DISPLAYED ON THE NEW LDPCSD WEBSITE

 

MAP DISPLAYED ON THE NEW LDPCSD WEBSITE (above)

 

 

 

MERCED IRRIGATION DISTRICT PLACE OF USE MAP FOR L11395 aka the MID POU MAP.  MID has always stated  NO MERCED RIVER WATER CAN BE PROVIDED OUTSIDE THIS BOUNDARY.

 Why is KAMPA & KOMPANY so determined to expand district water service outside the 11395 Place of Use requiring expensive ground water wells designed, constructed, developed, maintained (and eventually replaced) with public funds – for private land development projects?

These ground wells were ostensibly created for the benefit of the legal users of Merced River water in the subdivision during drought water shortages – how can such emergency-intended water be sold outside the POU for private profit endeavors?

Remember this when the LDPCSD comes knocking on your water meter for more MONEY!

My best to you and yours, Lew

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MAP DISPLAYED ON THE NEW LDPCSD WEBSITE IS, ONCE AGAIN, EXTREMELY MISLEADING

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MAP DISPLAYED ON THE NEW LDPCSD WEBSITE

IS, ONCE AGAIN, EXTREMELY MISLEADING

[NOTE:  The CUSTOMER SURVEY RESULTS from months ago still have not been posted for customers to easily view.  The new website has a link to the Customer Survey form, however, you must supply personal information to create a member account to use the link.  I read the privacy notice and don’t feel comfortable supplying that additional information at this time, besides, I don’t believe a customer should be required to provide such information (that can later be used for other unknown purposes) just to see the results of this old survey – IF THOSE RESULTS ARE EVEN CONTAINED UNDER THAT LINK.  It would be frustrating to furnish personal information to access the link only to discover the results were not there.  Once your 411 is out there – its out there!  No return policies.  lol] 

PETE KAMPA ONCE AGAIN INTENTIONALLY FAILS TO INCLUDE AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT LIMITATION: MERCED IRRIGATION DISTRICT WATER LICENSE 11395 PLACE OF USE RESTRICTION BOUNDARY !

KAMPA ONCE AGAIN INTENTIONALLY FAILS TO INCLUDE AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT LIMITATION: THE MERCED IRRIGATION DISTRICT WATER LICENSE 11395 PLACE OF USE BOUNDARY which identifies where Merced River water (pumped from Lake McClure) can legally be used.   The LDPCSD has always operated under License 11395 and properties served OUTSIDE the L11395 Place of Use MUST BE FURNISHED AN ALTERNATE SOURCE OF WATER which in the LDPCSD’s case means providing ground water pumped from extremely expensive ground wells that were recently constructed, developed and maintained with public government funds to maintain water service during emergency drought situations.  Many questions still remain, including, Why should the 99% of legal MERCED RIVER WATER USING CUSTOMERS OF THE SUBDIVISION pay for A SPECIAL BENEFIT GROUND WATER SUBSTITUTION PROGRAM OUTSIDE THE LEGAL PLACE OF USE UNDER 11395 for land developers not entitled to our lake water?   Why don’t these outside Place of Use properties drill and develop their own ground water wells with their own funds instead of forcing legal water users in the subdivision to subsidize private land development projects?  (Please do not forget providing water is only the first step as there will always be a substantial amount of money required for administrative compliance reporting, maintenance, monitoring, repair and eventual replacement.) Besides, currently there is not even enough ground well water production to meet the subdivision’s peak water demand during these continued drought conditions – why sell what we have developed with public funds to private land developers OUTSIDE THE LEGAL PLACE OF USE?  The LDPCSD is a nonprofit PUBLIC AGENCY operating with public funds so why is KAMPA & KOMPANY determined to expand water service even further outside the legal use area of 11395 for private real estate and land development interests yet having the 99% legal MERCED RIVER WATER USERS pay for this special benefit?  How can public funds be misdirected in such a way?

WHY IS THIS VERY IMPORTANT  35+ YEAR WATER LICENSE PLACE OF USE BOUNDARY NOT CLEARLY ILLUSTRATED ON KAMPA’S NEW WEBSITE SERVICE MAP SO THOSE VIEWING COULD HAVE AN ACCURATE AND  FACTUAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE WATER SERVICE LIMITATIONS OF THE LDPCSD?

While the primary infrastructure of our SURFACE WATER TREATMENT PLANT FOR MERCED RIVER WATER has been allowed to deteriorate, KAMPA & KOMPANY have focused district attention and funding on issues supportive of further expanding outside Place of Use water service with ground water.  Please remember that is exactly what Kampa was doing in Lake Don Pedro in the 1990s (he clearly was aware of restrictions even then) and has only resumed that special interest benefit effort since his LDPCSD Director orchestrated selective/closed recruitment process appointed him GM in October of 2014.

Our SWTP has been intentionally neglected for decades and even the extremely serious continuing results of that neglect are currently ignored as irrelevant.  Heck, last meeting Pete Kampa acknowledged the district has the ability to calculate the loss, but is apparently unconcerned with identifying exactly how much water we pump from the lake that never makes it to the treatment plant!  Since PETE KAMPA became GM, that water loss (or “SHRINK” as customer/former director Wes Barton refers to it) is just dismissed and ignored while KAMPA & KOMPANY repeatedly pat themselves on the back and advertise their great district succes. (Which clearly advances his ultimate goal of even further outside MID Place of Use water service.)  I was not the only audience member who was shocked by this information – especially during a state wide prolonged drought with water use restrictions and monetary fines for enforcement.  Doesn’t the California Constitution say something about “maximum beneficial use” and prevention of “waste”?

WHAT?  KAMPA STOPPED TRACKING THIS WATER LOSS?

THAT’s RIGHT.

KAMPA & KOMPANY are only concerned with the water that makes it to the treatment plant – where the water goes prior to that is immaterial to his plan.

Remember all that water gushing out of the Barrett Cove Ravine leak in those videos that simply flowed back to Lake McClure from where it was originally pumped?  Kampa & Kompany are unconcerned with that wasted water but customers still pay for that wasted pumping – and have for decades!  Kampa has the ability to determine exactly how much water is being lost, but is unconcerned and refuses to do so.  How can Kampa keep a straight face when attempting to compare ground well and lake water production costs with such horrible water losses?

Is all of that unaccounted for water truly just lost to leaks?  Or do such leaks conveniently camouflage other unaccounted for lost water between the lake and treatment plant?  Gosh, where could it be going?  What transmission infrastructure diversions could have been planned and/or started in the 1960s?  Heck, customers can not get straight answers to current questions – how will almost four decades of water secrets be publicly exposed without serious “outside” investigation?  But who cares about missing water that doesn’t exist in paper reports?

[VIDEO BELOW] SUCH WATER LOSS HAS NOT BEEN MONITORED/REPORTED BY THE DISTRICT SINCE GM KAMPA/KAMPA COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS llc, ASSUMED MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES.   WHY?

UPDATE ON THE LDPCSD BARRETT COVE RAVINE LEAK

At the last meeting I confirmed that KAMPA has been looking at a proposed short cut for the over two mile 18″ diameter raw water line path from the lake to the treatment plant which loses much water – but can anyone guess what that shortcut would entail?

Crossing property owned by an individual who has been attempting to obtain LDPCSD water for decades to develop a private 900-1,000 acre subdivision – gosh, what a coincidence.  When asked, Kampa stated he had done no more research on the concept than looking at it like I had on Google Earth maps.  He denied “boots on the ground”.  His boots?  That may be true, but what about other contractors or consultants researching on his behalf?

A long time ago I proffered the possibility of “legitimate government entities” being involved with such duplicity and betrayal of the legal MERCED RIVER WATER CUSTOMERS OF THE LDPCSD – and that far-out possibility sure hasn’t been refuted with any assistance in stopping Kampa’s 20 year old pursuit of building a water empire with public funds for use by private land development interests.

Who is looking out for the legal customers who are to be saddled with the financial responsibility of such water service expansion beyond the permitted areas in the water license? How can a County LAFCo, armed with the incorrect information ANY PROPERTY COULD RECEIVE MERCED RIVER WATER from the LDPCSD, order another public agency (the LDPCSD) to provide expensive ground water substitution for properties outside the Place of Use under the water license, and legally have the innocent legal 99% MERCED RIVER WATER USERS pay for such developments for perpetuity?  Will subdivision customers get a portion of the anticipated profits for supplying such ground water for private development?  What about the next severe water shortage?   When many more properties are provided our emergency ground water?  SOMETHING IS VERY WRONG HERE.

Do not forget all this nonsense when KAMPA & KOMPANY eventually asks, pleads, begs and/or demands more of our money in a PROP 218 rate/fee INCREASE to fund their betrayal.

The reality is: one does not have to look towards cities like Sacramento or Washington DC for evidence of serious corruption –

we have been swimming in it for decades here in Lake Don Pedro – and it is not too difficult to understand the who, what, where, when and whys, because it has been the same old story since the beginning —-

FOLLOW THE MONEY!

Hope you all have a safe and wonderful Fourth of July – I pray we are as FREE TOMORROW as we are TODAY!

My best to you and yours, Lew

 

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