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LDPCSD June 17 2019 Meeting

Notes from the office $3.00 CD

President Danny Johnson opens June 17th, 2019 Lake Don Pedro CSD Monthly Board meeting at 1303 hours, VP Hankemeier and Director Warren absent.  Pledge of allegiance. 

Public Comment: Wes Barton stated be believed a non-confidential report regarding our new general manager’s employment back ground might be made available for the public, but stated it did not appear to be on the agenda.  Barton also questioned who had been made Board Treasurer…. Johnson advised the Treasurer had not yet been appointed and thanked Barton for his comments. Did not mention the confidential nature of our new GM’s employment background.

President Johnson again thanked Pete Kampa for his service to the LDPCSD and welcomed Patrick McGowan as the new GM.  Johnson then turned the meeting over to the “two GM’s” as he was unaware of which would be speaking first.   

Pete Kampa advised he had no report for the meeting.   Kampa stated the board should probably direct the new GM as to how meetings in the future would proceed and suggested an upcoming agenda item to address the matter of setting initial goals.   Kampa referenced his past work as a starting point.  

Board President Johnson questioned Kampa about the projected grant reimbursements.   Kampa said there were two grants in the “hopper” (processing) of which he was aware unless something had happened he did not know of yet ….. Stated both grants having been submitted and accepted around mid-May ….  Usually takes 6 weeks, and he expects payment to be made before the first of the fiscal year – a few weeks.   Both are from the Department of Water Resources – both focused on the service line replacement project. 

($3,000 – $4,000 each for line replacement with 80+ lines replaced during the first round that reportedly WERE NOT LEAKING  – information has been rather sketchy since then!   (Consider:  between $240,000 – $320,000 to tear up subdivision roadways and replace NON LEAKING WATER LINES – how did that lower our massive continuing water loss for both raw and treated water?  Simply RAZZLE DAZZLE public with GRANT MONEY DISTRACTIONS FROM REALITY!) 

 [A FUTURAMA episode phrased an example of grant fraud waste as “DUMP TRUCK LOADS OF FLAMING GRANT MONEY”  .,..or something like that  LOL!]

Patrick McGowan, new General Manager.  Will be meeting with the District’s engineer tomorrow to ascertain the status of the various projects to make sure he was on the same page.  Working with the employees who had been very helpful in familiarizing him with district business.  McGowan also (apparently) thanked Pete Kampa for his calls and emails.   Stated he liked the work and the challenge and believed he would do a good job.   

Randy Gilgo, Operations Supervisor: Randy commented that his operations report was as straight forward as it always was.   Stated he was unsure where they were with the INTAKE PROJECT – confirmed a failure a couple of weeks ago with the one remaining working pump. (Two pumps at Lake intake.)  Cannibalized parts from the inoperative pump to repair the working one.  Stated his biggest concern right now was the new PG&E plan of shutting off power during high fire dangers and how to secure another source of power for water operations in case of PG&E shutoff.  

Director Emery Ross confirmed the district could go 2-3 days if system was completely filled prior to shutoff but Randy explained everything would have to be 100% filled because transferring from one site to another would not be possible.  Randy said even if PG&E turned the power off for two days, then back on for two days we would still be without water due to the high summer water demand (two days would not be enough to fully recharge all water tanks – takes 7-10 days to refill everything.)  

Mandatory rationing may be part of the solution.

Ross spoke of configuring his own backup system (evidently for his outside place of use commercial cattle ranch which must be supplied groundwater replacement since outside the water license permitted service boundary of the subdivision) and asked if he could fill a 1,000 gal tank with water from another site that might have water.  Board Secretary Syndie Marchesiello commented that would likely be a board decision.  Director Ross, again, wanted to know if a customer came to the district compound with a tank could it be filled with water?   Randy stated for animals, yes, the district would furnish water for customer tanks at the LDPCSD compound. (Untreated raw water from the lake.)

GM McGowan stated the topic had already been addressed with Pete Kampa and Blackwater Engineering (Jeff Black, District engineer) regarding hazard mitigation plans.

(REM?  Kampa and the Tuolumne County Hazard Mitigation agreement?)    

Johnson suggested contacting Mariposa County in regards to their emergency mitigation plans.   

McGowan questioned whether grants were available for emergency generators?  Kampa stated they originally were not but there has been a change in the thinking at the state level and changes may permit obtaining funds for such emergency power generation.       Kampa stated mobile generators might be considered.  (Mobile vs a permanent installation)  Kampa suggested moving forward aggressively on the matter for the future but this summer is out of the question.)

Very likely that power will be shut off during a “RED FLAG WARNING” which could be up to eight days as was the case in the camp fire.   Once the warning was lifted all transmission lines would have to be inspected before being re-energized which could mean another week in waiting.)   


1335hrs:  VP Dan Hankemeier arrives at meeting.

Danny Johnson asked what were the sizes of the pumps?  How much power would be required?  A 40HP pump would require approximately 32 KW.  Randy stated someone would have to come in and calculate what the power requirements would be. 

Kampa stated in Groveland they were using much larger generators.  100kw  Maybe $100,000 – $150,000 installed each.  Plus fuel tanks.  Groveland was going to get 5 units.  

Arbolada Drive does have a booster pump and generator setup, so ironically, the smallest area of water service for homes up on the hill (although more outside place of use expanded water service was to be added to the area in other proposed future developments) will  be protected from water loss in the event of PG&E shutoff for as long as the reservoir holds water.

WES BARTON commented on the grants being handy but none of that will help us now if PG&E shuts off the power.  He suggested perhaps a political remedy might be pursued to stop PG&E from implementing such a policy until districts such as ours had a chance to obtain the necessary emergency support equipment. 

Victor Afanasiev questioned the amount of time PG&E would provide prior to shutoff?  Ross responded, one hour.   Danny Johnson stated the availability of generators may not be too good during an emergency.  Johnson brought up the idea of increasing rates and fees again.

CONSENT CALENDAR, pages 5-16.  Two May meetings.  Hankemeier questioned the lower cost for water in May.  Barton stated Hankemeier was absolutely right because the water amount sold for the groundwater wells jumped from 1,900 to the next month of over 4,000. 

Board Secretary requested the VP furnish the questioned account number:  Hankemeier responded:  01-1-5021-561.

Wes Barton stated we still had the fouled up receivable numbers, intake water imbalance, labor rates from $7,000 up to $11,000, whole bunch of problems…..been ignoring for a long time and we do not have a Treasurer.  Barton recommended everyone, including the new GM, read the last two audits to see what makes the LDPCSD “tick” financially, take courses on financial reporting and management, look at the possibility of obtaining an in house financial controller/treasurer, ascertain exactly what cash we have on a daily basis as this has not been done for some time, …Barton said that money will be down to next to nothing real quick, Barton stressed that was our biggest problem…not having a treasurer and a financial controller.  (A CPA 50 miles away was not sufficient.)

Director Emery Ross:  Page 5:  Unrestricted …. Cash brought in is less than spent (possibly a timing mistake in payments)

Wes Barton stated the district is still unaware of its exact financial position which he has commented on for a very long time.

Consent agenda approved unanimously.

Discussion items:  Approval of fiscal budget.  Kampa provided an overview.  One of many policy actions.  Spending, financial projections for future, is cash flow adequate?  Enough cash for the next six months?  A budget can be very tight or more relaxed.  Now recommending a preliminary budget due to the change in personnel….must adopt a final budget by September 1st.  Kampa again brought up modifying revenue….(RATE AND FEE INCREASES TO CUSTOMERS). 

Projected $100,000 short next year already.  Kampa suggested from a practical point increasing rates every year with cost of living changes.   Should perform another rate study for approximately $50,000.  What goes up, down…..plan for new rates and vacant parcels, aka AVAILABILITY FEES on PROPERTY TAXES.  Kampa said there were strategies to get rates increased…… perhaps take on more debt for projects, vote YES or NO.  Revenue options to be researched for the future.   Doesn’t see much in cost cutting options especially with no growth. 

GM McGowan stated he was still researching all the information but agreed rate increases would likely be necessary.   

LEW’S VIEW:  Kampa stating district should budget for contingencies?  Wow. Really?  How does a SPECIAL DISTRICT budget for the contingency of a 20 year CALIFORNIA SPECIAL DISTRICT ASSOCIATION (CSDA) director spearheading a 20+ year criminal conspiracy to quietly reconfigure the Place of Use boundary for water license 11395?  Much less using a DIGITALLY CREATED FAKE WL1135 POU MAP (to replace the “physically existing” official map on file with the SWRCB in Sacramento) in order to provide SUBSIDIZED SPECIAL BENEFIT GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION WATER SERVICE TO OWNERS OF LAFCO ANNEXED PROPERTIES (outside the legal POU of residential subdivision) that KAMPA himself had wrongfully set up over twenty years ago when beginning his infamous water career here in California?  In other words, how can a district possibly plan for such outrageous criminal activities by those in extremely powerful positions in state wide lobbying organizations supposedly serving a public interest?

Wes Barton commented that if the board of directors wants the public to approve another rate/fee increase and were bringing costs down every year, there would be no problem, however, when the board is a HIGH COST PRODUCER?  Our district is now based on the high cost operations of government and granting authorities so your costs will be high – changes the entire way the district operates – that’s where we are now.

Director Ross:  Questioned Pete as to trying to have water rates coincide with cost of living allowance? Kampa said no, you could do it every five years though.  Johnson suggested the “pain” to customers is reduced when a number of small rate increases are used rather than big ones. 

Preliminary budget approved, unanimous.

Kampa asked if the public hearing had been set for public notice….Syndie responded in July. 

Page 23:  Transfer of funds from LAIF reserves.  (LOCAL AGENCY INVESTMENT FUND- I believe) which pays 10 times the return as a regular money market fund.

Kampa advised LAIF was restricted only to requiring board action for withdrawal transfers.   Apparently the new GM suggested transferring $500,000 which was not currently in the account – with that figure apparently based on anticipated grant reimbursements.     Kampa acknowledged that GM McGowan was placed in an unfair position as he has no experience with the prior financial policies and operations Kampa was handling.  Kampa advised the treasurer could make recommendations as to any withdrawals or deposits into that account,   (Ooops!  We don’t have a treasurer yet!) Kampa suggested another resolution to clarify future LAIF activities.    Kampa said board should provide access to the LAIF now (after things even out in July-August) and then later (after grant reimbursements make us financially whole again) establish how LAIF will be utilized thereafter.

Wes Barton thought the $160,000 in the LAIF had certain requirements and suggested the board go back to around the last Proposition 218 to raise rates and check the particulars.

Director Ross asked what the board was now doing regarding the matter?  

Short answer:  essentially providing GM Patrick McGowan with the authority to withdraw LAIF Funds to cover costs of district operation without the required prior individual board approvals for each withdrawal until grant reimbursements are received.

(When reimbursements are received (deposited?) this pre authorization (temporary access to funds) for GM withdrawal will cease.)  What if reimbursements are redirected away from the LAIF?    ????

No exact amount of money should be referenced since it is an unknown variable.

Unanimous board approval for temporary access to LAIF account.


 Kampa stated it was a failure on Dollar General’s part.  Kampa suggested a note for McGowan: make sure counties do not approve such projects prior to the approval needed from the LDPCSD.   (Tuolumne County approved the Dollar General for opening prior to the contract requirements being met according to district.) 

SO FOR ONE YEAR FROM JUNE 17, 2019 – any failures are the responsibility of DG.                                                

Easements, maps, cost accounting, maintenance bond to cover the first year.

Board accepts resolution: unanimous.   BECOMES FIXED ASSET FOR DISTRICT.                                                       

BOARD OF DIRECTORS OVERSIGHT ON NEW GM HEALTH BENEFITS:  To be provided immediately upon hiring (July 1st)

Director Ross questioned the availability of any additional coverage for a work related disability for McGowan based on his own (Ross) hardship with a work related permanent disability. Ross said the current agreement would not help him if so injured and board should look at the matter.  Emery said there were also limited extra disability insurance policies.

Board:  unanimous approval of resolution.

After the vote Pete Kampa spoke of learning experiences and “dynamic board experiences” suggesting Director Emery Ross might expect some policy or discussion to come up on a later agenda regarding this extra disability insurance coverage.   Board members agreed it would be discussed on a later agenda.

Johnson continued about meetings – items need to be brought to the GM for meeting agenda preparation.

Resolution approving those for bank access, signatures:  Approved unanimous.

 End of meeting, June 17, 2019 at 2:29PM

Miscellaneous welcomes and thank yous, small talk, Kampa made a point of stating he had  “this guy” picked out a long time ago.  

My best to you and yours, Lew

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Not saying a thank you from the Lake Don Pedro CSD was necessarily required or appropriate, but it would have been a nice gesture to at least acknowledge a customer’s pointing out an apparent error.

example: Got it, thanks – with all the work around here sometimes a typo slips through.

However, failing to at least acknowledge the submitted question might cause one to consider the possibility it wasn’t really a mistake for one reason or another?

But what about the subsequent new typo errors? Sure looks like a quick retype of the GM’s contract to correct the MERCED SUPERIOR COURT VENUE with the more appropriate MARIPOSA SUPERIOR COURT but actually resulted in several other mistakes.

But there’s something I believe more important: what do these new mistakes inadvertently actually point out? (Other than it has the earmarks of a traditional KAMPAGANDA deception – quickly put together “under the radar” for some emergency purpose to avoid public viewing and understanding – yet in the rush to get the work done the resulting mistakes reveal the deception.)

So what else is important besides the suggestion it was slapped together quickly without serious regard for quality?

Well, at least to me, clear evidence that the CSDA (California Special District Association) involvement with every aspect of our district management and operation is going to continue regardless of the past unethical assistance provided in violating state water law. Heck, it’s written into our new GM’s contract.

I’m all for continuing education in any field, but just like the national news media outrageous betrayal to citizens with all their FAKE NEWS AGAINST THE COMMON SENSE PROPOSED BY TRUMP —- where will our staff/employees be receiving all this continuing education in how to manage and operate a special district?

But to whose benefit?

The customer


the CSDA?

Lake Don Pedro CSD just concluded five years experience with the professional experience and integrity of a 20 year CSDA director. (One who conspired with other CSDA members and affiliates to violate state water right restrictions in WL11395 to provide special benefit water service to LAFCO annexations Kampa set up 20 years ago.)

And our new GM will be trained and instructed by such CSDA leaders and their organization?

Lord help us all.


JUNE 1st, 2019 email from Lew to the Syndie @ the LDPCSD:

ON page 4 of the May 22, 2019 LDPCSD Special Meeting agenda under Section 6, General Provisions, the second sentence states:

“Venue of any action shall be in the Superior court for the County of Merced or the US District Court for the eastern District of California, Fresno Division.”

Just curious, since the contract is to be followed in Mariposa/Tuolumne counties and the employing agency is in Mariposa County, why was the Merced Superior Court selected as the venue for any potential litigation regarding the employment contract?   Thank you, Lew

June 7, 2019 LDPCSD to Lew,

Your email question has been received and  is being reviewed and processed.


Syndie Marchesiello

No other information was provided from office then I see the VENUE CHANGE IN THE JUNE 17, 2019 agenda packet…….

I see everything differently now I have experienced the KAMPAGANDA CSDA et al EFFECT. This sure looks like some kind of LEFTIST DOMINATION of management and operation of special district services provided here in California to customers who essentially have no adequate, much less ethical, representation in the legal functioning of their own community service district. District gerrymandering and massive suspicious annexations violating LAFCOs own policies and regulations while saddling thousands of innocent MR WECS (Merced River Water Entitled Customers) of the LDPOA subdivision with picking up the ever increasing extra costs for special benefit water services?

Pete Kampa certainly left his CSDA MARK at the LDPCSD and I suspect a host of extremely expensive CSDA suggestions, encouragements, and furnished policies will follow.

Folks this isn’t just about our water service, it is about our entire country in general and how the radical left intentionally creates chaos while proposing solutions and claiming only they are capable of successfully correcting the problems they quietly create— all to gain and maintain support and power. Just a huge cycle of deception to maintain control with the ever increasing costs simply passed to the victim customers who have no powerful advocates with whom to represent their wrongful exploitation.

Heck, the counties were intimately involved with setting this outside Place of Use scam up in the first place with full knowledge of the state water license restrictions – but what community suffered for over 40 years due to politicians and government employees pursuing private goals rather than following public law? Would counties, especially when State Authority is exercised through local commissions such as LAFCO, intentionally violate existing state and federal law without some sort of powerful/influential “under the table”, “wink and nod”, “green light” from higher authorities in the state and US government?




All planned, initiated, and continued with the public’s money and resources.

Same type of scam Kampa & Kompany was practicing here in Lake Don Pedro for a quarter century.

My best to you and yours, Lew

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Well, add “canine injury” to the list of things which assist/permit/allow/facilitate/blah blah blah, more LAME activity (audio visual stuff) on my part.  (AKA, viewers being against ANYTHING which allows more time for this type of nonsense – lol)

A little over two weeks ago my GSD surprised me with a jaunt after some deer that frequent the area.  She sees them all the time.  Often just sits there watching them.  It’s almost like she puts on this big show for me…..GOOD LORD!  IT’S THOSE REALLY BIG THINGS ON THE HILLSIDE AGAIN!  GOT TO GET TO WORK….  WOOF WOOF WOOF!  Lol  Yup, she sees them all the time, but from inside the fence.  Most of the time she will stop and return when I call, (forgot the E- collar this time, and she’s “collar wise”- never have to “correct” while she is wearing it because she behaves) not this time- that is, not until disappearing over the hilltop for (what seemed like a long time), but maybe a minute or so.    So what does a deer do when— some domesticated long haired fur ball ignorantly believes chasing it (the deer) on the home turf of heavy foothill brush and tall weeds is a good idea early in the morning?  Probably something on the order of …..

(First deer to second one)  “JAKE!   JAKE!  Look!  Look!  The brown fussy female is finally outside the fence and chasing me from a start point of over 50 yards away steep downhill!  Look at this!”  (Jake uncontrollably laughing, has to lean against an Oak for balance) “Be sure to introduce her to the new spring sticker patch!”   (Jessie laughing while obviously waiting for Liz to get a little bit closer before bouncing off into the darkness to provide a close up tour of the rescue patch of stickers.)  “Oh you can count on it.  Think she’ll make it to the corner?”  (Jake: “I doubt it, they both put on some pounds recently.)  Jessie: “Ok, then (laughing)….I’ll catch yooooou later!”    Jake chuckles and says:  “Be gentle but teach a lesson”!.  

Liz came back just as I was ready to drive up the hill.  Looked like some kind of specialty bakery or confectionery item, smoothly blended waves of dark chocolate, caramel, cream, and not just sprinkled with toppings, but all that sticky sweet looking waving color of goodness was heavily rolled in a generous pile of loose, dried vegetation, flaky brown and tan stickers, thorns, nettles, needles, etc.   

Crap. Now I’m not just hungry. I want candy. lol

Jesse gave her the full tour alright and I’ve been picking embedded stickers out since.  (Imagine little pieces of bloody wooden toothpicks removed from under your skin with tweezers!)  So, Vet visit for the ear, (the shaking head tells all) then later that same week, the left hip and leg became extremely swollen – (oh yeah, almost forgot the three days of diarrhea!  My pup was a sick little girl alright) and the swelling was spreading to the foot.  Looked like the leg belonged on a much larger animal and pushing maximum density. Couldn’t even feel the heel tendon (today is Sunday…2nd day of antibiotics, and other meds, and swelling finally down from hip area – I was afraid she was going to pop!)

My first thought was Rattlesnake – yet never a whimper, cry, panic, nothing – were the last four years of vaccinations doing their job?  Could there have been two injection points that she chewed away? (There was a large silver dollar sized “lump” with one small opening that was oozing – and the Vet found another spot further away which looked more like the one I first observed the night before. What the heck?) I have also recently dispatched two one buttons (very dangerous because you can’t hear them as well), no doubt there are many more, But still….Liz is real furry….how could she have been bitten without my knowing?)

Oh yeah, there was also a definite loss of appetite but thankfully would always accept good portions of water.

Was finally was able to inspect the wound (night before appointment) but whatever it was she had chewed out the area (or had venom of some type partially eaten it away – as the initial area around the “chewed spot” was purple/black (Confusing two different injuries?) then bright red to pink, reducing to the natural color of her skin,  ????  kind of a tan cream? At least in that hip area.  Anyway, something really bad got her ……  OR…. another sticker embedded very deep with a resulting infection?  Hot compresses, continuing oozing, eventually swelling down.  And today?  I can finally feel the heel tendon! Think another visit will be in order soon.  I suspicion some foreign object needs to come out, but maybe not.  We shall see right?  Anyway, Liz is much better (preemptive) thank you. My best to you and yours, Sew   (lol)

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Why not?

Seems that whatever actually happened— it is less clear than the above article!

Good Lord – look how close he came! Figured the below was important enough to take the time to re-type it so viewers could read it easier…….. (frankly, this is another perfect example of why CALIFORNIA is in such serious trouble – just look at the character and integrity of those managing and directing the very important Special District services provided citizens within this state! We pay more and more, for less and less, thanks to cheats like Peter Kampa.)

Peter Kampa and his fellow conspirators attempted to surreptitiously replace the official STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD (SWRCB) water license 11395 Place of Use map on file in Sacramento with a FAKE DIGITAL POU MAP which Kampa had created through – you guessed it – other CSDA member organizations. This (and much more) in his secret effort to provide an expanded SUBSIDIZED SPECIAL BENEFIT GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION WATER SERVICE FOR PROPERTY OWNERS HOLDING LAFCO ANNEXED PROPERTIES WHICH KAMPA HIMSELF WRONGFULLY SETUP TWENTY YEARS EARLIER WHEN STARTING HIS INFAMOUS WATER CAREER HERE IN CALIFORNIA.

[Thus, the following CSDA information only further encourages a thinking individual to puke in utter disbelief when considering the Peter Kampa documented track record in special district management!]

(from article)






(Now back to blah, blah, blah “Lew View”)

Sounds like a monopoly on special district management doesn’t it?



Good election 2020 motto,


My best to you and yours, Lew

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Good question. For example, recall the PG&E claim for +$16,000 in damages when one of their high voltage conduits was damaged (apparently as a result of prior digging in the area) and the LDPCSD requested the line be relocated for safety reasons in order to proceed with a state required treatment plant upgrade?

I recall Wes Barton asking about it a few times along with my repeated requests for information as to whether the claim was paid or if the LDPCSD was continuing to deny responsibility. Typical Peter Kampa response: zip. Nothing. Nada. No comment.

Will this issue just be forgotten with all the other sneaky, low down, unethical KAMPAGANDA garbage Pete generates and wallows in before ultimately (and quickly) moving on to the next opportunity for SPECIAL DISTRICT deception and exploitation?

Welcome to the Kampa Klub of Special District conquest Groveland CSD!

Consider: who better to circumvent Special District protective regulations than a TOP DOG CALIFORNIA SPECIAL DISTRICT ASSOCIATION (CSDA) Board Director of 20 years! After all, if you’re going to cheat anyway – might as well cheat with the best, yeah?

Anyway, I ran across this issue while looking for something else but it re-energized my curiosity….what happened to that PG&E claim?

Did PG&E just drop it while working through their bankruptcy issues?

Will it eventually be addressed in court litigation?

Did the LDPCSD agree to some compromise to this issue while working through that massive raw water line leak problem at Barrett’s Cove that had gone unresolved for months due to PG&E’s refusal to move a precariously leaning utility pole over the water line leak? (A massive leak allowing pumped water to flow back to the lake where it could be pumped again, and again and again without delivery to the treatment plant?)

Well, now that the main component (Pete Kampa) is gone (sorry Groveland, but you asked for it) maybe other facts of the matter can also be finally flushed out? I sent the below information request to the LDPCSD office this morning:

This is a public information request regarding the January 12, 2017 PG&E claim for $16,886.26 as a result of damage to a high voltage underground conduit and relocation of that line away from the LDPCSD project area.    I believe the date of the incident was October 6, 2016.  Although multiple requests have been made in the past, no information was ever provided by then acting GM/Treasurer Peter Kampa.

I would appreciate all subsequent information following that which was publicly documented in the February 22, 2017 meeting agenda packet.    

Thank you, Lew Richardson

Here is the initial information that was provided in the February 22, 2017 LDPCSD Monthly Board Meeting agenda packet:

Yup, just like the commercial on television where “Just OK” isn’t good enough – yeah? (Dangerous looking carnival ride where the attendant is asked by a frightened (would be rider):

“But what if something bad happens?”

and the worker shrugs the question off with the answer…

“We just go to the next town”.

Well, a lot of very bad things have happened to our LAKE DON PEDRO CSD since October 2014 and the lead perpetrator, Pete Kampa, has already left for the next town!

My best to you and yours, Lew

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There is likely some reasonable justification for assigning the Merced Superior Court as the jurisdiction for the new LDPCSD General Manager employment contract and hopefully we will soon be made aware of exactly what that is.

Here’s my June 1st request for information and the June 7th office response:

ON page 4 of the May 22, 2019 LDPCSD Special Meeting agenda under Section 6, General Provisions, the second sentence states:

“Venue of any action shall be in the Superior court for the County of Merced or the US District Court for the eastern District of California, Fresno Division.”

Just curious, since the contract is to be followed in Mariposa/Tuolumne counties and the employing agency is in Mariposa County, why was the Merced Superior Court selected as the venue for any potential litigation regarding the employment contract?   Thank you, Lew

Lew, Your email question has been received and  is being reviewed and processed.

Regards, Syndie Marchesiello, Office Manager / Board Secretary

(SIDE NOTE: The last information request (for all the “follow up emails” Kampa had stated he allegedly had sent the SWRCB – regarding his FAKE 11395 POU DIGITAL MAP) has apparently been ignored – just like so many others! The only possible reason I can imagine is that Pete Kampa had once again just simply lied about having continuing correspondence with the State of California. Why else refuse to produce such correspondence?

Quite similar to the situation with the Dollar General contract where Kampa had also wrongfully stated he had sent 15 emails to those officials when they failed to abide by the construction contract conditions. Interestingly, both those incorrect comments by Kampa (of having been communicating with Dollar General and the SWRCB) were in direct response to specific board questions regarding the former GM’s activities!

A day late and a dollar short, yeah? Too bad the Board of Directors were not asking legitimate questions back in October 2014 before hiring Kampa without even an employment background check…..but wait…. isn’t this current situation rather similar to that failure with the board president’s recent comment that such employment information regarding the new GM appointment is confidential and not for public release?

What does the board know about our new GM that the public is prohibited from understanding?)


Perhaps the Merced Irrigation District (MID), (holder of water license 11395 which regulates the diversion and use of Merced River water in the Lake Don Pedro area), would prefer to have this most recent LDPCSD General Manager contract closer to home (Merced CA) so any potential litigation could be monitored and addressed more timely with perhaps even a more favorable resolution anticipated? (You know, that “home court” advantage concept?)

Or perhaps, it is a matter of simply avoiding the Mariposa County jurisdiction due to the decades of County Planning, LAFCO (Local Agency Formation Commission), et al SPECIAL INTEREST activities that UNEQUIVOCALLY CREATED AND CONTINUED this OUTSIDE Merced Irrigation District Place of Use boundary issue causing serious turmoil in the Lake Don Pedro area since the Lake Don Pedro CSD was formed by Tuolumne and Mariposa County LAFCOs in August 1980?

Unfortunately, it is quite evident LAFCOs own operating regulations were not followed in the formation of the LDPCSD along with the decades of boundary expansions outside the MIDPOU that followed. Why were Merced River water restrictions in the license completely ignored? (Once again, difficult to blame the receiving customers when clear and specific rules were not followed by the regulating departments and agencies responsible for the LDPCSD’s orderly development and growth.)

Who knows? I am just one of thousands of other MR WECs (Merced River Water Entitled Customers) of the Lake Don Pedro Owners Association (LDPOA) residential subdivision who must pay for, and consume, arsenic and other contaminant treated groundwater blended into our quality Merced River water from Lake McClure — aka (also known as) PURE QUALITY WATER of which we have always been entitled to under 11395 as property owners within the LDPOA subdivision.

Pay more to receive less?


Whereas I would prefer the far more accurate and descriptive title:


My best to you and yours, Lew

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who the FRACK actually knows?

Except those involved in this atypically secret and speedy LDPCSD recent general manager appointment? 

SAME OLD STORY? JUNE 2017 photo & blah blah blah

For the record, I have no idea who the new GM is, nor do I believe I have ever met him.  He may be a great guy with loads of integrity (which I was told by an unknown third party who apparently knew our new GM and his family well).

Of course, he could also PERHAPS BE

(emphasis on perhaps, because EVERYONE IS PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY, right? – Well, unless of course the person is a conservative president who is “DRAINING THE SWAMP” of political corruption. lol)

(Or he could PERHAPS BE) someone more like Peter Kampa, who in my opinion and based on his documented record with the LDPCSD, sold out whatever integrity and/or trustworthiness he may have possessed a very long time ago when pursing his own business interests rather than the district’s. 

Yes, Pete Kampa certainly appears as an energetic, “clean cut professional” with an impressive repertoire of memorized special district topic points that quite effectively appear to unequivocally support and justify whatever he is selling at the moment, and that is the important point to remember, Pete Kampa is ALWAYS SELLING SOMETHING. 

Live and learn.  But that’s just the problem in such scams – by the time customers learn just how disingenuous their Board of Directors and their “hand-picked remote GM” actually are, their deceitful plans have already been initiated and/or accomplished. The damage has been done, complex and expensive activities utilizing beneficial government grants have started and once complete Pete Kampa simply moves on to the next special district for conquest and exploitation. Here’s the kicker!…..These other “victim districts” have


If some unethical or illegal plan is discovered and rejected by the public or proper authorities (or when the job is successfully complete for use) Kampa just moves to the next “cultivated district” on his list. This is especially effective when his SPECIAL DISTRICT MAGIC is allowed to work for a while before returning to finish the job, as in the case of Lake Don Pedro CSD. Let those LAFCO ANNEXATIONS and angry land owners simmer for two decades until the money and time is perfect for the reconfiguration of a SURFACE WATER TREATMENT PLANT into a GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION FACILITY TO CIRCUMVENT THE RESTRICTIONS IN WL11395 for annexations Kampa set up 20 years ago! Whatever happens with such scams Pete Kampa always has a “fallback” special district for a strategic retreat.

(Kind of like the current commercial running on television where an “almost as good” certainly isn’t good enough. A concerned mother and son are sitting in a ride compartment but questioning a carnival worker about the safety of the Ferris wheel type of mechanical ride he assembled himself the night before – as he has difficulty with the locking device. Something to the effect of, son: “but what if something bad happens?”, the carnival worker shrugs it off while walking away saying “we just move to the next town” as mother and son quickly get off the ride before it starts.)

Sure wish MR WECs could have avoided the KAMPA RIDE for the last 5 years, not to mention what the future holds now, as good old Pete just moves on up the road to the next town.

Yes of course people like Pete Kampa are brought in by local leaders looking for remedies to problems …. some might honestly get fooled, but what are they actually expecting this “CSDA PROFESSION HITMAN” to do for (or against) that particular special district community?  Who knows?  But if the Groveland public thinks they understand “government transparency” now, just wait for the Pete Kampa “interpretation” and his bait and switch ploys which must always be fueled with half truths, misrepresentations, and outright deceit and betrayal when questions get too close. 

Oh well, so sad, but it is a Groveland community problem now, which in itself speaks volumes as to the “protection of the public” by local and state law enforcement authorities who refuse to timely investigate and resolve such activities (or are effectively prevented from doing so through DEEP STATE POLITICAL ACTIVIST EMPLOYEES REFUSING TO PERFORM ASSIGNED DUTIES ACCORDING TO DEPARTMENT POLICY AND LAW) – which only permits and encourages continued destructive, expensive, and illegal activity to continue again, and again, and again…..unchecked and without accountability – other than the “passed on accountability” in higher taxes to those consumers who are already victims of such special interest unethical activities and misuse of public funds! (Vicious little cycle with the innocent (often mandatory) customers getting the “short end of the stick” every single time.  Why?  CITIZENS MAKE UP THE “DEEP POCKET” FOR FINANCING SUCH DEVIATION AND CORRUPTION OF THE LAW AND LEGAL PROCESS!    

Whether the special interests of real estate and land development in Tuolumne and Mariposa disagree with the restrictions in WL11395 or not, it is state water law created by professionals to achieve maximum beneficial use of Merced River water for the public. Naturally this is a highly complicated and controversial legal issue spanning decades and affecting many water right holders.   Still, it is frightening (at least to me) to realize that the legally established POU Boundaries for water license 11395 on file since June 1978 were almost completely reconfigured (replaced) based on intentional misinformation furnished by a top California Special Districts Association 20 year director to the California State Water Board Water Rights Division in order to continue illegal diversion and use of Merced River water which only begs the question:

who can the public trust concerning their water?

Is the Lake Don Pedro CSD just one of the many corrupted special districts in California which cost (the often “mandatory”) customer consumers more and more while receiving less and less – all under the generally accepted banner of “everything costs more anyway”, as pointed out by our California Special District Association member auditor who was advising the board on the best time to raise our rates and fees? 

 OOPS!  Almost forgot a crucial element to this KAMPAGANDA MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUE (or perhaps even the CSDA’s?) …. it is always best to assist in the hiring of your own replacement (especially if just caught being extremely dishonest).  CONSISTENCY IN LEADERSHIP and MANAGEMENT SO AS TO CONTINUE ADVANCING WHATEVER SCAM ACTIVITY OR PROGRAM KAMPA INITIATED. Assisting in the replacement sounds like a reasonable concept at first (for a normal “above board operation”), except when you consider the potential for the Board of Directors, Pete Kampa (and his various water organizations) and the Merced Irrigation District et all, to simply –

replace Pete Kampa with another individual with the same or similar commitment to circumventing water law and expanding a highly unethical and expensive subsidized groundwater replacement program for LAFCO ANNEXATIONS outside the MERCED IRRIGATION DISTRICT PLACE OF USE (POU) for Merced River water per water license 11395 which the MID holds.  (The WL11395 POU is of course the Lake Don Pedro residential subdivision and golf course.)   

Gosh, why take a chance that the last five years of public deceit and misrepresentation of facts to other government entities along with the hidden goals already accomplished could be lost to a new GM who might actually follow the law and support the rights of the thousands of MR WECs (Merced River Water Entitled Customers) in the subdivision?

So, what is the Lake Don Pedro CSD Board of directors, their former GM and his company, the MERCED IRRIGATION DISTRICT, and other individuals/agencies/companies/corporations, etc., previously involved with the development of a FAKE DIGITAL WL11395 POU Map, actually concealing from the far majority of legal Merced River Water Entitled Customers (MR WECS) of the Lake Don Pedro subdivision with this rapid appointment of a new general manager? 

Or are they even being fair to this new employee? Was he clearly advised what DIRECTORS and Pete Kampa had done in creating the FAKE DIGITAL WL11395 POU MAP which was intended to replace the official one on file with the SWRCB to permit continued violation of diversion and consumption restrictions in the future? Or will he simply be “kept in the dark” like our own attorney was regarding the new Lake Don Pedro Waste Water Facility being constructed OUTSIDE THE MID POU USE AREA?

Again, considering the years of deception routinely practiced by the Board of Directors, Peter Kampa, the Merced Irrigation District, etc., it is extremely difficult to view such a speedy, confidentially cloaked GM appointment as above board or even in the best interests of the legal customers.  I sure would hate to see any other innocent person harmed by residual unethical shenanigans by Directors and their former co-conspirator “voice of the district” Pete Kampa.

Consider (only this short list):

  • Pete Kampa worked for LDPCSD between 1994-1997 and was aware of water license 11395 restrictions (as was the Mariposa County LAFCO (Local Agency Formation Commission) years prior to LDPCSD formation in August 1980.
  • Pete Kampa was caught (back in the mid 1990s) attempting to annex thousands of acres into the LDPCSD (both Tuolumne County and Mariposa County) without board instruction or approval – he then left for McCloud CSD and the infamous Nestles bottling contract.
  • The Board of Directors between (2014-2019) refused to simply contact Merced Irrigation District (MID) holder of WL11395 or the State Water Board to ascertain the official state POU on file for WL11395.
  • Pete Kampa stated the MID recently provided him with the most recent POU map on file and that was all he knew about the map (although the map in question appears to have actually been created during his first tour of duty in the 90s for the South Shore Club project that was subsequently abandoned for failing to meet state water board conditions of approval.)
  • Merced Irrigation District assisted Pete Kampa in preventing OUTSIDE POU USE information from continued provision to the public  (multiple information requests for 16 years of license compliance reporting were never provided, much less acknowledged by MID – the water license holder was unsure what I was requesting?  16 years of monthly reports?  Certified mail never received, etc. while simultaneously encouraging the LDPCSD to change MID terminology regarding the OUTSIDE MID POU REPORT which Kampa discontinued upon his return in 2014?)
  • Pete Kampa assisted in the recent GM recruitment
  • Contract enforcement venue chosen was Merced Superior Court (rather than Mariposa where our CSD is located and the contract to be honored – I emailed a question to the LDPCSD office regarding this yesterday.)
  • Director comments during meeting regarding the GM candidate being well “connected” in the area? With whom or what?
  • Candidate’s past employment history is confidential from public according to Board President Danny Johnson.
  • The State Water Resources Control Board Notice of Violation action against the LDPCSD from September 28th, 2017 (complaints filed Feb & April of 2016) is evidently still in some type of process while incorrect information regarding the matter has remained on the state website for public viewing despite complaint.
  • Good Lord…. and there is so much more ….

I truly want to believe the best in people and have absolutely no reason to doubt the integrity, honesty or good intentions of the recent GM appointee, however, with that said, I also have five years of unanswered legitimate questions and a host of related reasons not to trust the motives and goals of those making the appointment.

As President Trump often says, “we’ll just have to wait and see” – but that’s part of the problem, yeah?

My best to you and yours, Lew

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