For those who did not listen to the “whole enchilada” meeting on April 15, 2019, here’s the CLOSED SESSION REPORT OUT regarding the Board of Directors obtaining a “full time GM”.
SPECIAL MEETING SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY:
Special Meeting of the Board of Directors 9751 Merced Falls Road April 22, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.
Mission Statement: The Lake Don Pedro CSD is dedicated to providing our customers with ample quantities of high quality water meeting all standards, in a fiscally responsible manner.
AGENDA 1.CALL TO ORDER: Presiding Officer: Establish Quorum, Pledge of Allegiance: 2.PUBLIC COMMENT:
Any person may address the Board at this time on any matter within the jurisdiction of the Board that is NOT ON THE AGENDA. A maximum of three minutes is allowed each person and a maximum of 20 minutes per topic. Any person wishing to address the Board on an item ON THE AGENDA will be given the opportunity at that time. Speakers are encouraged to consult District Management or Directors prior to agenda preparation regarding any District matters, as no action will be taken on non-agenda issues.
3.CLOSED SESSION – Public Employment (Pursuant to Govt. Code Sec. 54957) Title: General Manager 4.RECONVENE OPEN SESSION a.Announcement of Action Taken in Closed Session 5.DISCUSSION AND ACTION ITEMS a.Appointment of an Ad-Hoc Committee or other Board Participation in the Development of job classifications, salary recommendations and selection of a regular/permanent General Manager for the District b.Consider revisions to the Current General Manager Job Description 6.ADJOURNMENT:
What will all this mean to ALREADY VICTIMIZED “LEGAL CALIFUSION CITIZENS”? Who knows? But I would be willing to bet EVEN GREATER DMV costs passed on to citizens to continue CALIFUSION ARROGANT OPEN BORDER POLICIES WITH A CORRESPONDING “RIGHT TO VOTE” ADVOCACY PROGRAM FOR MILLIONS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS – ALL TO INSURE A VOTER POPULATION IN SUPPORT OF THE REFUSAL TO ABIDE BY FEDERAL IMMIGRATION LAWS OF THIS COUNTRY WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY FORCING LEGAL CITIZENS TO PAY FOR THE CLEAR DIVERSION FROM LEGAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. (Just like the LDPCSD subsidized outside Place of Use water services to LAFCO ANNEXATIONS beyond water license 11395! same only different, yeah? lol)
I fail to understand how such continued activities by the State of Califusion, and DEMOCRAT, PROGRESSIVE, SOCIALIST LEFT OFFICIALS leading these various departments and agencies, actually benefits LEGAL STATE CITIZENS, much less their entire UNITED STATES of AMERICA HOMELAND. Sure appears to be an institutionalized sabotage in pursuing a POLICY OF OPEN BORDERS AND RESOURCE “GIVE AWAYS” aka, REDISTRIBUTION TO OTHERS WHO IGNORE IMMIGRATION LAW.
But please remember, Califusion’s current Attorney General, Xavier Becerra and his Deputy AG, both left Washington DC during the DEMOCRAT CAUCUS COMPUTER SERVER INVESTIGATION….weird huh? So now the California Department of Justice is the Department of “JUST US”. Rem also that good ‘ol Xavier does not consider the millions illegally entering this country to actually be committing a crime and is working to eliminate the “crime” designation of that activity.
Tons of information in this audit, but below are only a few items that caught my eye as symptomatic of a problem spanning the entire STATE OF CALIFUSION and spreading throughout our country. The June response will be interesting. OK, here we go on an extremely limited “snap shot” of some of this DMV audit.
2019: Final Report—California Department of Motor Vehicles
The California Department of Finance, Office of State Audits and Evaluations, has completed its audit of the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The enclosed report is for your information and use. DMV’s response to the report findings is incorporated into this final report. DMV agreed with our findings. We appreciate their assistance and cooperation during the engagement, and willingness to improve their business practices and reduce wait times to enhance the field office customer experience. This report will be placed on our website. A detailed Corrective Action Plan (CAP) addressing the findings and recommendations is due within 60 days from receipt of this letter. The CAP should include milestones and target dates to correct all deficiencies. The CAP should be sent to: OSAEReports@dof.ca.gov. After the initial CAP is submitted, it should be updated every six months thereafter, until all planned actions have been implemented. The appropriate individual or mailbox DMV has designated will receive reminders when the updates are due to Finance.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY PAGE: At the direction
of Governor Brown, the California Department of Finance, Office of State Audits
and Evaluations, conducted a
performance audit of the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
The audit objectives were to:1. Assess the efficiency and effectiveness
of DMV’s current operations and make recommendations
to improve its practices and enhance the field office customer experience.2.
Evaluate DMV’s information technology (IT) system
and its impact on the field office
vision of being a trusted leader in delivering innovative services, the mission
of DMV is to serve the public by licensing drivers,
registering vehicles, securing identities,
and regulating the motor
vehicle industry. DMV’s five-year strategic plan, focused on delivering
superior customer service, is designed to support its vision and
mission. DMV’s operations are not always efficient and effective in
delivering services to its customers and
many opportunities exist to improve its practices and enhance the field office
REAL ID implementation and long
wait times during summer 2018 highlighted problems at the DMV, the
findings and recommendations described throughout
this report indicate DMV has operated with significant
weaknesses in its underlying governance structure
and organizational culture.
BACKGROUND In summer 2018, California news outlets
began reporting on DMV customers
experiencing hours-long waits
at DMV field offices. Long customer wait times were intensified by IT
outages. In September 2018, at the direction of Governor
Brown, Finance’s Director informed DMV it would be
subject to a performance audit, as long wait times do not reflect the high
standards of service that
Californians expect from state government
PAGE 5: DMV and the REAL ID Act
In May 2005,
Congress passed the REAL ID Act, establishing minimum security
standards for state-issued driver licenses and identification
cards. Beginning October 1,
2020, individuals will need
to present a REAL ID-compliant
driver license or
identification card or another
acceptable form of identification to board a domestic flight or access secure
(LEW – 13 YEARS LATER?…)
2018, DMV began issuing REAL ID driver licenses and identification
cards. To apply for a REAL ID at
DMV, citizens are required to visit a field office and provide original or certified documents proving their identity, Social Security number, and
residency. For additional information
regarding REAL ID and its
requirements, see Appendix D
for DMV’s Fast Facts about
Federal REAL ID.
Our audit did
an assessment of
any activities related to the Motor Voter program. An assessment of the Motor Voter program is being
performed by Ernst and Young, LLP,
and its results will be issued
under separate cover.
Finding 1.1: Significant
Deficiencies in Planning and Implementation of the REAL ID Program
Negatively Impacted the Field Office Customer Experience DMV’s customer experience was significantly
impacted by the implementation of REAL ID, manifested
mainly by long field office wait
times in summer 2018. DMV should have implemented
a more robust approach for planning and executing
the REAL ID Act. DMV’s strategic
plan goals include providing superior customer
service and equipping employees
with the tools and facilities
to meet its responsibilities,
which fell short with regard to REAL ID.
The approach for complying with REAL ID was
inconsistent in the decade leading up to implementation,
the REAL ID IT project was not
recognized as a priority until 2017,
(rather like the legal WL11395
POU was never confirmed by LDPCSD!)
and DMV missed opportunities
to reevaluate policy impacting the frequency customers require its services. In preparing for REAL ID implementation, DMV
anticipated approximately 23 million people would
apply for a REAL ID-compliant card
by 2022-23. As of September
2018, DMV had issued approximately
1.3 million REAL ID driver licenses and identification cards, leaving over 20 million people
expected to still apply.
referenced in the Background
section of this report, beginning October 1, 2020, individuals will need to present a REAL ID-compliant card or another acceptable form of identification to board a
domestic flight or access secure federal facilities. If DMV
does not address the recommendations detailed throughout this report, it risks
repeating long wait times and unsatisfied customers leading up to October
2020 and beyond.
for REAL ID implementation, DMV anticipated approximately 23 million people would apply for a REAL ID-compliant
card by 2022-23. As of September 2018, DMV had issued approximately 1.3 million REAL ID driver
licenses and identification cards, leaving over 20 million people
expected to still apply.
referenced in the Background
section of this report, beginning October 1, 2020, individuals will need to present a REAL ID-compliant card or another acceptable form of identification to board a
domestic flight or access secure federal facilities. If DMV
does not address the recommendations detailed throughout this report, it risks
repeating long wait times and unsatisfied customers leading up to October
2020 and beyond
formed an internal REAL ID steering committee to help implement the REAL ID
Act. The steering committee met
in 2007 and 2008, but was
hesitant to take meaningful
action. For example, meeting minutes from October 2007 reported
management was concerned that the issuance
of a letter to DHS could be construed as a commitment to implement the REAL ID
Act. The steering committee
meetings appear to have ended in September 2008.
managers expressed concern with the lack of preparation time provided to
familiarize themselves with the
content prior to weekly meetings. Field office managers often receive the meeting content from regional
office management on Tuesday evening or Wednesday
morning shortly before the
meeting starts, as it originates from the Director’s Tuesday morning team meeting. This limits
managers from spending time to fully understand
the materials and ask follow-up questions before sharing with employees.
Additionally, this could result
in managers providing inaccurate guidance, delays in addressing employee questions, and inconsistent implementation of
policies and procedures. DMV
should consider moving the date
of the Director’s meeting to Monday mornings with communication to field office
managers no later than Tuesday
mornings, to provide sufficient preparation time for weekly meetings.
SOUND FAMILIAR? Same routine as the LAKE DON PEDRO CSD “noticing” Board of Director monthly meetings with the agenda/packet delivered on the Friday before the Monday meeting, which insures the public will not have enough time to
read and understand the packet, but more importantly,
such limited notice effectively prevents adequate time to contact the office (or other pertinent agencies) FOR CORRECTIONS regarding incorrect and/or misleading information used to intentionally misled and/or distract customers from what is being proposed for GM/Treasurer/Board action.
are expected to designate employees to triage
the pre-queue, i.e., approach customers
in line to determine the purpose of their visit, answer questions, review documents, and
direct them to the appropriate area of the office to complete their
transactions. Triaging customers
helps ensure customers are prepared with the proper documentation to complete their transaction
and know where to go. During our visits to 30 field offices, we observed 15 offices with lengthy pre-queue
lines. Only 6 of those 15 offices were observed triaging the pre-queue line. Inconsistently triaging the pre-queue lines increases the risk that
customers will experience long
waits only to learn they cannot
complete their transactions because they have the
wrong documents or payment
method. For example, customers
may wait in the pre-queue, receive a ticket, wait for their ticket to
be called, go to a window, and begin
processing their transaction,
only to learn at the window that field offices accept cash, check, money order, or debit cards for payment, and not credit cards. DMV should ensure all field offices
consistently dedicate employees
to triage customers in the pre-queue
lines, including educating
customers of DMV’s accepted
forms of payment. Additionally,
DMV should evaluate the
feasibility of accepting credit
cards as a form of payment in field offices
and October 2018, field offices
were provided tablet devices to
aid in triaging the pre-queue line so
employees could issue Qmatic tickets and make return appointments for customers when necessary.
Only 1 of the
15 offices visited with lengthy pre-queue lines
were observed using tablets to triage the pre-queue line. DMV informed us that tablets may not be consistently used because of limits with network connectivity, which it was
actively working to resolve. One field office stated it received limited hands-on training regarding how to use the tablets and therefore did not rely on them. Tablets may also have not been observed in
use because field offices were
not triaging pre-queue lines.DMV should ensure employees responsible for triaging lines use
tablets to assist customers while they wait and assign Qmatic ticket
numbers. The employees should be trained on
how to use the tablets to
effectively assist customers. If problems arise with tablets, DMV should troubleshoot and timely resolve the issue
rather than abandoning use of
No wonder the DMV since 2013 (new DMV DIRECTOR APPOINTED) can’t figure out my home is in Mariposa County and keeps charging me an extra $22 in registration fees by repeated asserting I live in Stanislaus County and subject to valley SMOG REGULATIONS (and no, it is not just the zip code confusion with 95329). Heck, maybe if I were to claim to be from some Central American country, here illegally and stole the truck during our group’s invasion into the USA …. Registration would be exempt? Lol)
Take a look at the report if you care to see some more frightening detail as I must get outside and perform some work – no one else is going to do it for me.
Everyone seems to be wondering how the Russians obtained information that was handed over to Wikileaks….did some of it actually come from the Democrat Caucus Server controlled by the Pakistani Awan family which was apparently paid much more money than other comparable IT employees working for the Democrat Party? (Millions of dollars for what? Blackmail due to what was discovered on that server? Was it later sold?)
And who was in charge of that server? Our California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (oh yeah, and his current Deputy California Attorney General who was also in Washington DC at the time!) Co-incidence?
Folks, just imagine….all this was going on within the DNC and Democrat Caucus in Washington DC (that was actively covered up to prevent any public understanding as to how serious the information theft was) all the while the DEMOCRAT PROGRESSIVE SOCIALIST LEFT continued to “MAKE UP EVIL STORIES” connecting PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP with the alleged Russian backed release of information they claim was damaging to Hillary Clinton during the election. (Funny. HRC has enough damaging information “baggage of her own doing” without any assistance from the Russians or anyone else!)
I’m sorry, but I honestly believe the most dangerous organized enemy of our UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, has been, and still is, THE HI-JACKED DEMOCRAT PARTY, aka, the new DEMOCRAT PROGRESSIVE SOCIALIST LEFT!
(Of course without millions of “low information” (and easily deceived) voters that keep them in office the DPSL could never get away with such despicable criminal behavior. Gosh, perhaps that’s just another reason for the DPSL to encourage and advance such massive uncontrolled illegal immigration into this country by people who will vote for ANY PARTY who provides more services at NO COST!)
The DPSL PROFESSIONAL DISINFORMATION AND PROPAGANDA focuses on blaming, and framing, innocent others to cover their own duplicitous betrayal of America and all her legal citizens which simultaneously obstructs the legitimate progress being made in cleaning up the decades of their continuing corruption.
They will do ANYTHING TO DISTRACT AND CONCEAL THEIR NEFARIOUS ACTIVITIES! –prohibit free speech challenging DPSL activities at all levels of American education, from elementary school to state universities! They encourage assaults on those who disagree rather than a logical debate. Why? Because many of their positions are completely illogical when investigated! They even encourage massive illegal immigration into this country which clearly injures all legal American citizens and their vested, entitled interests as LEGAL CITIZENS!
There’s an easy way to identify most of these folks fortunately – if some activity or policy is clearly detrimental to the LEGAL AMERICAN CITIZEN (regardless of any particular individual difference – as our population diversity is what makes us even stronger) ,,, if the activity is obviously against the interests of our country and her LEGAL CITIZENS…..you can likely bet, money, marbles or chalk it originated from the darkness of the DEMOCRAT PROGRESSIVE SOCIALIST LEFT!
YES INDEED….there are many other “links” in the above articles. Check them out as I believe all this will slowly start coming together to paint a pretty clear picture as to the lengths these ANTI-AMERICA activists (often clad in RED WHITE and BLUE as camouflage) will go to destroy this country!
Now that integrity and honor has been returned to the US ATTORNEY GENERAL’s OFFICE (WILLIAM BARR) I believe we will be hearing much more about this, and many other, absolute betrayals to our USA and her LEGAL CITIZENS in the near future. I will continue to pray for such ILLUMINATION because just as Liz Wheeler’s segment title on OANN
Honestly do not know what to believe regarding this last meeting as I think we have all been “systematically conditioned” to expect the unexpected – which is of course, a very difficult environment to navigate when it comes to responsible planning for the future.
Traditional values of “right and wrong”, “legal vs illegal”, “ethical vs unethical”, (all orbiting the concept of an individual possessing some form of a “moral compass” derived from “proper upbringing”), has incrementally been replaced with an “anything goes” policy by those claiming to have a better system. However, this proclaimed “better system” completely ignores the legally entitled citizens in favor of extremely expensive special benefits/opportunities to a host of others who demand the same rights and privileges without the corresponding allegiance, obligation and dedication to the actual providers of such costly “giveaways”.
WHO PROVIDES THIS WEALTH OF BLESSINGS?
THE AMERICAN CITIZEN!
The citizens of America WERE NEVER INTENDED TO BLINDLY SERVE THEIR GOVERNMENT!
Government was created to protect and serve THEIR INTERESTS!
When government “gives away anything” it is actually giving away that which belongs to all American Citizens who have earned and accumulated such wealth through generations of hard work, sacrifice and devotion to THEIR COUNTRY THAT SERVES THEM. (Yes of course, bad things have happened in the past, but such evil is not accepted as the operating policy for the future. We have learned extremely painful lessons from the past and Americans generally strive for the values of truth, honor and justice for everyone, regardless of our diversity – which makes US even stronger.)
Corruption of the Lake Don Pedro Community Services District is a microcosm of the disease sweeping across America and if radical change is not implemented immediately (as our current President is attempting to do – despite the traditional and disingenuous activities of the DEMOCRAT, PROGRESSIVE, SOCIALIST LEFT) the FREEDOMS and OPPORTUNITIES American Citizens have cherished and valued (yet have been taken for granted as though they exist on their own accord) will be lost forever and all the “late on the scene”, “after the fact”, retrospective – even heartfelt sobbing apologies with promises to do better next time will be absolutely useless because there will be no “next time”.
Victims of fatal traps are incapable of accepting apologies after the fact as they will simply no longer exist.
APRIL 15, 2019 LDPCSD BODM (Started to just write the report, then decided audio/video better idea (so viewers could “hear” the nuances of the presentations. This was the original beginning I forgot to include when I decided to go with the video. Ooops! LOL)
Director Emery Ross not present.
PUBLIC COMMENT: Service
line replacement questions by public member.
Stated his double check valve became clogged and was leaking, apparently
due to debris in water line. Not a big
concern as he was able to clear it, but questioned how is water measured with
the on/off of pressure with air gaps…does air get measured as actual water
usage? Short answer, yes. Readings have been higher than they should
be. Worked has already stopped in that
area. Customer was impressed that when the
construction company was forced to remove a rock wall to reach the project
site, when completed,the rock wall was replaced. Felt the work was good
quality. A director commented that the air pressure would still register less
than the same volume of water passing through the meter.
Wanted to “plant a seed” with the board in regards to the LDPCSD
rate/fee increase and suggested the Board of Directors proceed with a new rate
study to determine how much of a rate increase.
Discussion focused on doing a RATE INCREASE. Regardless if the LDPCSD received more grant
money or not, President Johnson said project work had to be done so a rate
increase would be necessary. Looking at
long term repairs, etc. Johnson said the
LDPCD could not even afford the 25% the district would have to come up with as
an annual premium in order to secure the rest of the grant money (if
application for grant was approved). Johnson
stated as the auditor had reported/suggested, the district needed a rate
increase to cover existing liabilities.
Johnson said he realized the idea of a rate increase was not popular,
but they’ve been there before and it had to be done. Johnson characterized the financial situation
and needed repairs as whether the district was going to play “offensive ball”
or “defensive ball”? Johnson emphasized
a number of times that the board needed to address the situation and gather
their own thoughts but repeatedly advised he was in favor of a “rate study” and
corresponding rate increase. Johnson gave the examples of the old Ranchito
Well – $40,000, barge: $60,000 – there’s
a $100,000 –getting the pumps at the lake fixed (our primary intake pumps at
Lake McClure that have been used since the formation of the LDPCSD to supply
water to the subdivision and other areas.
Valves needed to be fixed….that’s a couple of hundred thousand dollars…..
that’s $300,000…. And that’s 30% of what we have saved right now. Johnson posed: what else is going to break here that they
will have to react to? A rate increase
is something the board might HAVE TO DO for the future. When discussion as to how much of an increase
would be necessary, Syndie Marchesiello, Board Secretary, cautioned President
Johnson that such discussion was outside the noticed agenda and should be
placed on the next meeting agenda for consideration and discussion.
Johnson thanked Syndie for keeping the board on track but it
was something he had been thinking about for a while and wanted to bring up but
agreed the next meeting would be fine.
LEW RESPONSE TO THE ABOVE:
GM and HIS BOARD still have not answered pertinent/legitimate questions
from years ago…..refuse to place items on the agenda for discussion – yet continue
deceptions while planning to victimize customers even further with another rate
WHO PLACED THE LDPCSD IN THIS PRECARIOUS SITUATION WHILE
PURSUING A SPECIAL BENEFIT SUBSIDIZED GROUNDWATER PROGRAM FOR LAFCO ANNEXATIONS
FINANCED WITH PUBLIC FUNDS AND GRANT MONEY RATHER THAN REPAIRING OUR PRIMARY
INFRASTRUCTURE WITH THE FIRST ROUND OF GRANTS AND PERFECT OPPORTUNITY WITH A
LOWER LAKE LEVEL FOR THE WORK?
ALL INTENTIONALLY DONE SO AS TO OBTAIN THE NECESSARY “ALTERNATE
SOURCE GROUNDWATER PRODUCTION” FOR LAFCO ANNEXATIONS (WITHOUT AGREEING THERE
WILL BE NO MORE EXPANSION OF SUBSIDIZED WATER SERVICE OUTSIDE THE SUBDIVISION
TO LAND DEVELOPERS OUR DISTRICT HAS NO LEGAL DUTY OR MORAL OBLIGATION TO
PROVIDE WATER WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY PLACING THE DISTRICT IN THE PRECARIOUS POSITION
OF HAVING TO RAISE RATES/FEES TO DO WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE IN THE FIRST
PLACE — RATHER THAN FOCUSING DISTRICT BUSINESS ON OUTSIDE INTERESTS OF PETE
KAMPA FROM 20 YEARS AGO WHEN FIRST EMPLOYED WITH THE LDPCSD AND BUSY SETTING UP
THESE ANNEXATIONS WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM THE BOARD AT THE TIME.)
DISTRICT LIABILITY WAS INTENTIONALLY INCREASED WITH THE
RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF POST RETIREMENT MEDICAL BENEFITS THAT A PRIOR BOARD HAD
ABOLISHED SEVERAL YEARS EARLIER. HOW DID
THE ORIGINAL RANCHITO WELL #1 BECOME INOPERATIVE FOR SO LONG? HOW DID THE BARGE GET DISMANTLED AND MADE COMPLETELY
INOPERATIVE AFTER TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS ON ENGINEERING AND PLANNING HAD
ALREADY BEEN SPENT FOR A DIFFERENT ABANDONED CONCEPT? WHO
HAS REPEATEDLY LIED TO THE BOARD AND PUBLIC (without accountability) ABOUT HIS
COMMUNICATIONS WITH DIFFERENT OFFICIALS REGARDING FAILURE TO ABIDE BY THE DOLLAR
GENERAL WATER SERVICE CONTRACT THE GM HIMSELF NEGOTIATED? OR WHETHER THE POU MAP INFORMATION THE
GM/BOARD SUBMITTED TO THE STATE WATER BOARD WAS ACCURATE AND CORRECT?
GM KAMPA REPORT: Kampa stated the majority of his “exercise” the last
AH HECK! Let’s go audio/video so viewers can hear
Yes indeed, three BIG beautiful 1:500,000 scale Nevada maps resting comfortably (and neatly) on hooks in a corner for easy access when researching a particular area within that state (Nevada has 17 counties). Since the maps were so large, placing them on a table top (even if I could find an available clean table – or floor space….lol) was too cumbersome and obviously risked damage to the paper media.
Solution: cutting long pieces of a redwood fence plank (sanding to avoid splinters), attaching the map to the “holder stick” with staples, and then placing the redwood holder on wall hooks. This permits easy rearrangement (which map will be “on top” for viewing) – or even a multi-map viewing opportunity with a side by side comparison.
Sometimes I will be looking at a particular map in conjunction with Google Earth images on the tablet but if curiosity arises about mineral composition (for example) I can simply rearrange the map order on the hooks by bringing the geologic map forward for viewing (below). The system will work for any map, of any state.
The geologic map is extremely interesting but also required bringing out some of my old college geography and geology text books just to understand what information was being conveyed. (Pretty technical descriptions but very interesting.)
THE “FINAL HOME DREAM” WAS ONLY AN ILLUSION
Although my Father’s military service required many relocations within, and outside the United States while growing up as a “military dependent” , I apparently got the whole meaning of “home” wrong and replaced it with a whimsical quality of my own, that being finality. Seems all those years of dreaming of a “final home” where I would never have to move again and learn yet another foreign environment along with the customs of the people living there, was a fallacy of logic and likely a financially unsustainable one in this ANYTHING GOES, FREE FOR ALL, over regulated and taxed current state of Califusion. Stuff happens, yeah?
Yup, the actual truth of the matter had bombarded me for decades while packing and unpacking from place to place…..wishing, even praying, that the repetitious cycle of moving and endless flow of “goodbyes and nice to meet you” introductions would eventually cease, yet I was oblivious to the reality, totally missed the undeniable truth of the matter –
home is where you hang your hat –
and that can be anywhere, for any length of time, and at any age.
Well, the weeds are conspiring again – must get outside and battle against their goal of total domination. Hope you all have a great weekend.
Who knows? But on March 23, 2019 at 1943 hours I sent a request to the LDPCSD for Public Information with a copy of that request sent simultaneously to another address to prove it was actually sent. I requested this information because board room meeting statements by current General Manager/Treasurer PETER J. KAMPA confirmed such correspondence existed – that he had emailed officials at the SWRCB (State Water Resources Control Board) many times.
Remember the statements by members of the BOARD OF DIRECTORS when it was suggested that Kampa contact the SWRCB to find out what the delay was on the Merced Irrigation District Water License 11395 Place of Use investigation regarding the FAKE POU MAP KAMPA AND HIS BOARD HAD PRODUCED to FINALLY ANSWER the MERCED RIVER WATER USE question for the the Lake Don Pedro area “ONCE AND FOR ALL”?
(Still have difficulty understanding how the LDPCSD Board of Directors could seriously believe they had the power and authority to produce a map that would supersede the legitimate WL11395 POU Map on file with the SWRCB as to where Merced River water could legally be diverted and consumed.)
HERE IS THE REQUEST I SENT THE LDPCSD OFFICE:
“During the March 18, 2019 LDPCSD monthly board meeting directors questioned current GM – TREASURER PETER KAMPA about the status of the NOTICE OF VIOLATION by the SWRCB (regarding the submitted POU MAP Pete Kampa had produced through another CSDA member/affiliate CAD COMPANY in MODESTO, CA). Kampa stated he did not know. VP Hankemeier asked if the district could send a letter to the state asking why we had not heard anything yet? KAMPA stated he sends them emails all the time. This response occurred at approximately 52’47” into the meeting. This is a formal public information request for all those emails GM KAMPA stated he has sent to the SWRCB in regards to the water license 11395 map issue which apparently continues unresolved as of yet. Please notify when copies of these emails are ready for payment and pickup. Thank you, Lew Richardson LDPCSD Customer for almost 30 years and former LDPCSD 4 year term Director.”
OFFICE RESPONSE ON MARCH 25, 2018 @ 0939hrs:
Lew, Your request has been received and is being processed. Regards, Syndie Marchesiello Office Manager / Board Secretary
Who knows? Maybe Pete Kampa has indeed been sending many emails to “COVERT OPERATIVES” at the SWRCB? Perhaps that is how the attempted “quiet June 2018 closure” of an active NOTICE OF VIOLATION investigation almost occurred? And based on what? MORE FALSE INFORMATION BY PETER J KAMPA. After all, such communications surely are not legal and therefore would have to be “concealed from the public” – just like so much of “Pete Kampa’s special interest LDPCSD activities” taking place behind the scenes. Reason? His obvious devotion to prior (and highly suspicious) LAFCO ANNEXATIONS INTO THE DISTRICT BOUNDARIES he set up 20 years earlier?
After a trip to the transfer station we stopped by the office just before lunch to pay the water bill and check on that PUBLIC INFORMATION REQUEST from last month.
Office Manager/Board Secretary Syndie Marchesiello advised she would check with the GM today. Who knows? Maybe there are some emails with information Kampa didn’t want to be public yet? Perhaps he just forgot considering his busy schedule with his other SPECIAL DISTRICT MANAGEMENT CONTRACTS? Maybe his duties as an almost 20 year DIRECTOR WITH THE CALIFORNIA SPECIAL DISTRICTS ASSOCIATION (CSDA) complicated his schedule and he just didn’t have the time to forward all those email communications with SWRCB officials?
Then again, maybe they just don’t exist, like the 15 emails he stated he had sent to Dollar General officials?
OF THE DEMOCRAT,
Chronic excuses for failure to perform required duties; disinformation and concealment of truth; forcing an already victimized and ignored mandatory customer base to pay more for less service and quality of water while subsidizing an extremely expensive special benefit GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION PROGRAM for owners of LAFCO ANNEXED PROPERTY OUTSIDE THE WATER LICENSE Place of Use for Merced River water……, this and much more, ALL DUE TO A MULTI-DECADE PLAN OF INTENTIONAL, and very expensive, special interest management sabotage and misappropriation of a CALIFORNIA SPECIAL DISTRICT’S FUNDS AND RESOURCES – all hi-jacked to private third party land development/real estate special interests.
ANYWAY, as a “refresher”, below is a portion of the March 18th board discussion which illuminated another ASSERTED FACT by PETE KAMPA (that he had communicated with the SWRCB many times already – but felt any further communication “might make them mad”)
No shame at all.
WEEDS! WEEDS! WEEDS!
every where you look, eh? lol
My best to you and yours, Lew
PS: Who knows if this is the correct Government Code Section cited for the CLOSED SESSION on Monday (since previously questioned erroneous citations were NEVER EXPLAINED and only causally acknowledged), but this is what they’re using:
Government Code Section 54957:
Government Code – GOV
TITLE 5. LOCAL AGENCIES [50001 – 57550]
DIVISION 2. CITIES, COUNTIES, AND OTHER AGENCIES [53000 – 55821]
PART 1. POWERS AND DUTIES COMMON TO CITIES, COUNTIES, AND OTHER AGENCIES [53000 – 54999.7]
CHAPTER 9. Meetings [54950 – 54963]
chapter shall not be construed to prevent the legislative body of a
local agency from holding closed sessions with the Governor, Attorney
General, district attorney, agency counsel, sheriff, or chief of police,
or their respective deputies, or a security consultant or a security
operations manager, on matters posing a threat to the security of public
buildings, a threat to the security of essential public services,
including water, drinking water,
wastewater treatment, natural gas service, and electric service,
or a threat to the public’s right of access to public services or public
(b) (1) Subject to
paragraph (2), this chapter shall not be construed to prevent the
legislative body of a local agency from holding closed sessions during a
regular or special meeting to consider the appointment, employment,
evaluation of performance, discipline, or dismissal of a public employee
or to hear complaints or charges brought against the employee by
another person or employee unless the employee requests a public
(2) As a condition to holding
a closed session on
specific complaints or charges brought against an employee by
another person or employee, the employee shall be given written notice
of his or her right to have the complaints or charges heard in an open
session rather than a closed session, which notice shall be delivered to
the employee personally or by mail at least 24 hours before the time
for holding the session. If notice is not given, any disciplinary or
other action taken by the legislative body against the employee based on
the specific complaints or charges in the closed session shall be null
(3) The legislative body
also may exclude from the public or closed meeting, during the
examination of a witness, any or all other witnesses in the matter being
investigated by the legislative body.
(4) For the purposes of this subdivision, the term “employee” shall include an officer or an independent contractor who functions as an officer or an employee but shall not include any elected official, member of a legislative body or other independent contractors. This subdivision shall not limit local officials’ ability to hold closed session meetings pursuant to Sections 1461, 32106, and 32155 of the Health and Safety Code or Sections 37606 and 37624.3 of the Government Code. Closed sessions held pursuant to this subdivision shall not include discussion or action on proposed compensation except for a reduction of compensation that results from the imposition of discipline.(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 11, Sec. 1. (AB 246) Effective January 1, 2014.)
beginning in October of 2014, under direction of PETER J KAMPA, [a previously employed LDPCSD rogue employee (1994-1997) who was/is also a sitting Director for the powerful
CSDA (CALIFORNIA SPECIAL DISTRICTS ASSOCIATION)]
initiated a systematic multi-year criminal plan to illegally change the legitimate June 1978 State Water License 11395 Place of Use Official map on file with the SWRCB (State Water Resources Control Board) for Merced River water use in the Lake Don Pedro area.
Kampa resigned from the LDPCSD in 1997 but was returned in October 2014
through an unethical “closed recruitment process” and was subsequently
appointed GM/Treasurer without even a rudimentary employment background
check which would have revealed his prior unethical annexation
activities at the LDPCSD which apparently resulted in that first
employment tour resignation.
This elaborate KAMPA/BOARD/CSDA/ et al plan was necessary in order to provide PROHIBITED WATER SERVICE for stalled land development projects on LAFCO (Local Agency Formation Commission) ANNEXED properties (clearly outside the water license permitted area of service) which Pete Kampa himself had been quietly setting up in the mid 1990s without board direction or approval.
Since 2014 KAMPA (with assistance from many others) simultaneously also misrepresented his intended TWO USES for state and federal EMERGENCY DROUGHT GRANT FUNDS, those being:
1) To develop a massive “ALTERNATE SOURCE WATER” – using that grant funded GROUNDWATER PRODUCTION to maintain water license compliance (every unit of Merced River water that leaves the legal subdivision for outside LAFCO ANNEXATIONS must be replaced with an equal or greater amount of groundwater), and
2) Providing even further OUTSIDE WL11395 Place of Use service to many other LAFCO ANNEXATIONS including a proposed 900 acre residential subdivision which LAFCO, the LDPCSD and Kampa had all managed to keep secret for over 20 years until only a few months before KAMPA’s “unethical return” in 2014 when LAFCO quietly updated their policies manual in a “semi-closed” public meeting.)
SO, FROM THE VERY BEGINNING, PETE KAMPA WAS A DISHONEST FORMER SPECIAL INTEREST LDPCSD EMPLOYEE WHO WAS SPECIFICALLY RETURNED BY THE 2014 LDPCSD BOARD OF DIRECTORS TO MERELY CONTINUE HIS DISHONEST ATTEMPTS OF SECURING WATER SERVICE FOR ANNEXATIONS HE PERSONALLY SET UP WHILE THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS REPEATEDLY REFUSED MANY PUBLIC REQUESTS TO SIMPLY CONFIRM THE VALIDITY OF THEIR ACTIONS WITH THE SWRCB REGARDING WATER LICENSE 11395 RESTRICTIONS.
Worse yet? Pete Kampa through his almost 20 years with the CALIFORNIA SPECIAL DISTRICTS ASSOCIATION has cultivated a sophisticated support defensive system within state departments, agencies, associations, government officials, politicians, etc.
Exactly how such “Califusion Corruption” operates….
outside the law with ONLY the appearance of legality.
“When they took the fourth amendment, I was silent because I don’t deal drugs. When they took the sixth amendment, I kept quiet because I know I’m innocent. When they took the second amendment, I said nothing because I don’t own a gun. Now they’ve come for the first amendment, and I can’t say anything at all.” -Tim Freeman
OK, I admit to being suspicious of what could theoretically develop after reading these two articles by Editor Greg Little of the Mariposa Gazette (April 5th, 2019 Edition under News) about subdivision connected issues. Perhaps good. Maybe bad. Unfortunately, I’ve been conditioned to the later. Again, I am cognizant of my inherent distrust and bias, (you know) “the fool me once shame on you, fool me twice (or three four, five times, etc.) shame on me”, but thought the below articles interesting and wanted to share (especially the second one regarding subdivisions).
GOLF COURSE SEWER RATES
Yes, a very unfortunate financial situation for current homeowners around the golf course* (I would be furious also – that is quite a jump in fees), however, those of us who were present at the time and witnessed the “massive residential development” in the Lake Don Pedro subdivision around that golf course, might argue this was to be anticipated, in fact, PROBABLY EVEN EXPECTED with such uncontrolled “SPECULATIVE AND MODEL HOME” construction which was specifically prohibited in subdivision CC&Rs. (Land development was to be done by the lot owner (or through his contractor) with the owner ultimately occupying the residence—– thus avoiding EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED around the golf course…. construction of many “high-end homes” with many of them remaining vacant for years due to lack of sales.)
Without “resident owners” to cover the costs of that extremely complicated and expensive waste water disposal facility (with the pumping of “you know what” uphill not being the most efficient type of operation) funds have always been lacking to properly maintain the facility. Then there was the land fill processing of leachate, the liquid from rain/snow fall that percolates through the landfill material and is collected in basins (so as not to pollute, creeks, groundwater, etc.), but when basins are filled to capacity due to excessive precipitation, the excess liquid (varies in toxicity depending upon the material it flows through) was trucked out in tankers and disposed of at the Lake Don Pedro waste water facility. Unknown if this program continues or whether it had anything to do with the County of Mariposa replacing key components of the system years ago.)
* Before I get too far ahead…I have
always wondered about the real estate disclosures, if any, regarding this
aspect of home ownership in the subdivision around the golf course. (Lots that could not support an onsite septic
disposal system typical of other properties due to an inadequate percolation area
for waste water and/or extremely steep rocky geography aka, those “difficult to
develop properties” which may have a
desirable view or location, but are much more expensive to properly develop. (Individual driveways and septic systems.) Were prospective purchasers clearly advised of
the “sewer system issue” and the anticipated HIGH COSTS involved in maintaining
it PRIOR TO OBLIGATING THEMSELVES (THROUGH PROPERTY/HOME PURCHASE) to this increasingly
Or, was it like the MARIPOSA COUNTY LAFCO POLICY OF ANNEXATION into the LAKE DON PEDRO CSD water service boundary which very quietly required THOUSANDS OF LEGAL SUBDIVISION WATER ENTITLED USERS (the “deep pocket”) TO SUBSIDIZE A SPECIAL BENEFIT GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION PROGRAM FOR THOSE PROPERTY OWNERS NOT ENTITLED TO TRADITIONAL MERCED RIVER WATER SERVICE FROM LAKE McCLUR AS DESIGNED, INTENDED and CONSTRUCTED?
Sorry, but it occurs to me the root of both problems was in how the Mariposa County Planning Department and LAFCO (Local Agency Formation Commission) were apparently working with the original Sierra Highlands Water Company officials; special interest land developers and real estate interests years before the LDPCSD was formed by ignoring their own operating regulations , State Water Law, SRA Fire Safe Roadway Standards, the primary characteristics of a SPECIAL DISTRICT which THEORETICALLY made it a desirable option for providing services in a rural area, etc.
Essentially throwing thousands of property owners in an established existing CALIFORNIA SUBDIVISON MAP ACT approved residential subdivision under the “BUS OF LAND DEVELOPER GREED” and the ANTICIPATED INCREASE in a TAX REVENUE STREAM”.
Pretty harsh, yeah? I wish someone could explain it to me in another way that was less accusatory in “doing the wrong thing” but when available public documents are withheld from public inspection it does not instill much confidence for another, shall we say, ethically palatable interpretation.
I was certainly never advised that owning my Lake Don Pedro LDPOA property in the subdivision also meant a lifetime of paying for a special benefit groundwater substitution service for property owners outside the WL11395 approved subdivision.
Paying for a special benefit water service for properties CLEARLY NOT HELD TO THE SAME REGULATIONS AND OBLIGATIONS of a CID (Common Interest Development), POA (Property Owners Association) subdivision that are also governed under the California Civil Code Section known as the DAVIS STIRLING Act? That doesn’t seem fair, does it?
Seems every single property owner within the nonprofit LDPOA subdivision (with the exception of owners in Tuolumne Unit 1 who are not “MANDATORY CUSTOMERS” of the LDPCSD – which itself is also a nonprofit organization) has been betrayed by their own local government entities to the benefit of private “for profit motivated” outside developers. Counties benefit though land developments that can be taxed without the corresponding liability of having to provide water service for the projects – with all those expenses just being passed on to the unsuspecting MR WECs (Merced River Water Entitled Customers) of the LDP subdivision!
BACK TO THE GOLF COURSE AREA – PLUS
indeed, had existing regulations been followed and enforced at the time, with emphasis
on subdivision CC&Rs (Covenants, Codes and Restrictions) governing how land
development could legally proceed within the subdivision, (and not completely ignored by a pro-real
estate “HI-JACKED anything goes” Lake Don Pedro Owners Association (LDPOA) Board
of Directors), this terrible financial situation for the home owners around the
golf course would likely never have materialized.
to think of it, IF the LDPOA had protected its land owners who were also MANDATORY
LDPCSD CUSTOMERS by defending their MERCED RIVER WATER ENTITLED CUSTOMER status
from EXPLOITATION BY PRIVATE THIRD PARTY LAND OWNERS, our water rates and fees
would be much less due to a far less complicated and unethical system of water
deliveries to LAFCO ANNEXATIONS outside the water license place of use.
But how was such a corrupt LDPOA board of directors put in the position of ignoring established regulations specifically designed to prevent EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED?
All orchestrated by local real estate profit motivated interests lead by the Bay Area (late on the scene) Deerwood Corporation which had purchased several hundred properties (many at auctions for much less than they were worth because owners were fleeing a subdivision and local government which had betrayed their dream of foothill residency) providing DEERWOOD with the votes required to put anyone on that board – including a real estate business owner who had lost their broker’s license due to intervention by the California Department of Real Estate for unethical financial practices. Wonderful.
Yup, there were proposed competing subdivisions all around the existing water entitled Lake Don Pedro subdivision yet concerned LDP subdivision owners had no viable recourse with the exception of potentially losing everything they owned seeking justice in a legal gamble against the “government’s own activities” through a local Superior Court.
Hens appealing within a Fox controlled environment?
(The Jim and Marion Dean case is a perfect example of already VICTIMIZED PROPERTY OWNERS BEING FURTHER VICTIMIZED BY THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT! Approximately ½ million dollars of their “golden years retirement fund” lost in merely attempting to compel the State of California and the County of Mariposa to simply follow their own established regulations regarding those extremely dangerous and substandard ”developer convenience roads” constructed to reach multiple properties to avoid the added expense of individual and compliant SRA (State Responsibility Area) FIRE SAFE approved driveways for “difficult to develop properties”. All because of “late on the scene” NON EXCLUSIVE ROADWAY EASEMENTS filed with the county decades earlier, HOWEVER, and this is the important part, AFTER THE SUBDIVISION HAD BEEN APPROVED PER THE CALIFORNIA SUBDIVISION MAP ACT BY BOTH COUNTIES!)
CONSIDER this, subdivision CC&Rs were created to PREVENT THE EASILY FORESEEABLE FUTURE NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES OF UNCONTROLLED DEVELOPMENT around the golf course which resulted in this financial nightmare of a waste water treatment plant with high operating costs. Same with the LAFCO expansion of LDPCSD water service boundaries for the purpose of serving water to the continuing LAFCO ANNEXATIONS into a SPECIAL DISTRICT THAT LAFCO NOT ONLY CREATED, but that it had known since before LAFCO formed the LDPCSD, IT COULD NOT LEGALLY PROVIDE THE ONLY WATER SOURCE IT POSSESSED PER WATER LICENSE 11395!
LAFCO RESOLUTION 76-4…. ADEQUATE WATER/SEWER SERVICES AVAILABLE ON FACE OF APPLICATION FOR ANNEXATION TO EVEN BE CONSIDERED FOR ANNEXATION APPROVAL? What happened to that logical operating rule between 1976 and 2019?
Want to talk about a perfect example of being set up for failure? Enter the Special District by the name of LDPCSD.
Those involved with such massive deceptions through the decades should be embarrassed for their direct responsibility in creating such easily predictable negative circumstances, ahhhhh, but they are not embarrassed at all because it is all part of an incremental “behind the scenes” orchestrated plan to achieve goals that could not be OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FOR UNDERSTANDING, DISCUSSION AND POTENTIAL REJECTION FOR VIOLATING LAW!
The focus was NEVER on what was best for the existing subdivision community, its property owners (TAXPAYERS!), much less the residents who would eventually invest everything they had in calling this area home, but rather, on “cutting corners” FOR FAST PROFITS BEFORE THE “VICTIM PROPERTY OWNERS REALIZE THEY HAVE BEEN HAD”!
So here we
for such unnecessary financial hardships on their neighbors will spout such exculpatory
“We did what we thought best for the community”
“No one could have predicted the current situation”
“Arguing about past decisions is not productive”
“Those against development will always complain about progress”, etc.
NICE TRY. Much of this is a result of clearly foreseeable consequences from INTENTIONAL VIOLATION OF EXISTING LAW, REGULATIONS, and POLICIES!
Same situation as Mariposa County LAFCO continuing to ANNEX PROPERTIES OUTSIDE THE LDPCSD water license legal Place of Use for Merced River water which was always pumped from Lake McClure – not from PETE KAMPA’s $400,000-$600,000 groundwater wells developed with state and federal grant funds.
Groundwater which must have contaminants such as arsenic removed, monitored and reported to the state – all increasing the costs above the planned service MR WECs (Merced River Water Entitled Customers) of the Lake Don Pedro subdivision should receive per water license 11395.
What about the ADVERTISED and INTENDED, but CLEARLY LOST BENEFITS, of having a SPECIAL DISTRICT water service operation in the first place? (Limited service, particular group of customers, geographically defined service area, with the service costing consumers only that which is required to provide the service.)
Do you find it just a coincidence that such betrayal of a SPECIAL DISTRICT and IT’S CUSTOMERS is being perpetrated by a LDPCSD GM/TREASURER who is simultaneously an influential director with the
CALIFORNIA SPECIAL DISTRICTS ASSOCIATION (CSDA)
for approximately 20 years, Psst…..the same amount of time he has intentionally MISREPRESENTED THE WATER RESTRICTIONS IN MERCED IRRIGATION DISTRICT WATER LICENSE 11395 to other state water departments, agencies, politicians, and the public?
a California Special Districts Association director be involved with such CONTRADICTORY
ACTIVITIES of a SPECIAL DISTRICT he had been “managing” since 2014?
continue a special benefit, subsidized groundwater replacement program for LAFCO
ANNEXATIONS he personally set up 20 years earlier when beginning his infamous California
water career and operating as a rogue LDPCSD employee far outside the scope and
performance of his duties at the time, aka, without board knowledge or approval.
Yup, FORESEEABLE NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES RESULTING FROM UNCONTROLLED DEVELOPMENT and intentional violation of existing, established rules, regulations and law.
what the DEMOCRAT, PROGRESSIVE, SOCIALIST, LEFT in the current STATE OF
CONFUSION has provided to the innocent victimized Lake Don Pedro subdivision
property owners. That’s the bad
news. The good news is it does not have
to remain so corrupt.
Forget about what is RIGHT and what is DEMOCRAT, PROGRESSIVE, SOCIALIST, and LEFT.
Focus on what is RIGHT and WRONG during the next election and MAKE CALIFORNIA GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBLE AND ACCOUNTABLE TO HER LEGAL TAX PAYING CITIZENS ONCE AGAIN!