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TOO FAR AGAIN?

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I tossed and turned a bit last night.

Did yesterday’s DKNB (Digital Know Nothing Band) SPOOF go too far in my continued expression of frustration and disappointment with the special interest activities of duplicitous public officials and their contracted professional General Manager who have clearly pursued private land development special interests with public resources?   Evidence clearly supports the accusation of many years of Merced River Water Entitled Customer (MR WEC) betrayal.

Believe it or not I actually toned DKNB down considerably in a number of areas, for example, the original video staging of that bathroom scene also included Nestles Quik lightly sprinkled around the inside of the toilet bowl trying to simulate years of rust stains (NEGLECT) but it turned out too gross looking and could have easily been interpreted as something far more disturbing than rust!  The snipped corner of a gallon zip lock plastic bag full of water made an excellent bladder but after posting realized I failed to provide a plausible reason for that “wild shot” extinguishing the candle flame on the tank.  (Could have been as simple as a sneeze, guzzle of beer, dropping something, reading an unattached GM report, etc.)

I was advised many of the images flashed by too quickly to fully appreciate what was being displayed.  Yes that’s true, but I have always believed (perhaps mistakenly) if someone were interested in the material they could pause the presentation to inspect more closely.  Guess it depends on the device being used.

Frankly, I have NEVER BEEN SATISFIED with ANY of these “presentations” but the lack of time (skill, talent, ability, blah, blah, blah) dictates I do the best I can then just “throw them out there” in hopes a few of the intended points are “caught”.

Some of it was pretty straight forward.

 

You know, I have held on to that video of the coals in the fire for some time because I could always see something that seemed fitting – a simplistic view of

HELL. 

Rather like looking at large billowy passing cumulus clouds on a bright blue sky day – I can usually see and/or imagine something else in that passing vapor.

Can you see what resembles a human skull and horizontal distorted face in the image below?

 

How about now?

 

 

GEEZ! 

NO WONDER I TOSSED AND TURNED LAST NIGHT!

My attempted music composition is another  source of constant disappointment – one can only go so far without the requisite skill, talent and/or training.  DKNB was likely just one more in a series of  amateurish “viewer tortures” highlighted with unaccomplished, worn out elementary harmonica and guitar riffs, various keyboard sound effects and simplistic lyrics.

OK.   So what?

There doesn’t seem to be a waiting list for legitimate investigators or news reporters – much less professional musicians and/or videographers to document and expose this four decades old LDPCSD FRAUD.

BOARD APPROVED $35,000 MAPPING PROJECT USED BY CURRENT GM/TREASURER PETE KAMPA TO 

REPEATEDLY PRESENT

KNOWN FALSE INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC

AND STATE WATER BOARD!

A fraud, incidentally, which simultaneously undermined the greatest property sales variable (QUALITY WATER) for our massive two county semi-regulated COMMUNITY INTEREST DEVELOPMENT (the Lake Don Pedro residential subdivision) situated in the rugged, fractured rock, drought prone western Sierra Nevada foothills.

But then again, was this “loss” of the greatest property selling point for our subdivision property only incidental to the CSD FRAUD or …… a diabolically designed and essential sacrificial part of this “FOOTHILL WATER EMPIRE SCAM” in order to establish the initial “LEGAL RIGHT” to Merced River water so as to eventually facilitate its exploitation throughout the undeveloped rural areas of both counties while the thousands of oblivious MR WECs property owners of the Lake Don Pedro subdivision picked up the escalating costs?

Look at the historical record.

Follow the money.

What the “HELL” do you think?

What is happening here in LAKE DON PEDRO is an excellent example of what has been wrong in this entire country for a very long time regarding PUBLIC SERVICE FAILURES – a complete lack of accountability by those who work together to intentionally violate the law (CONSPIRACY) to utilize PUBLIC RESOURCES (tax dollars) for special interest PRIVATE BENEFIT/PROFIT while holding the “average citizen” to a much higher standard for far less serious transgressions of law.

And who ends up paying for all this deceit?

 

My best to you and yours, Lew

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DKNB (again)

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DKNB 

  (again)

This term looks like it could be on a stock market display yeah?

“DKNB had climbed one and a quarter at today’s closing bell”.

Perhaps representative of the file naming process where vowels are dropped to reduce the descriptive title length, ie,  “fraud 2014-2018” becomes, FRD 2014-2018; “theft” becomes THFT; “that no-good lying bastard becomes” THTNGDLNGBSTRD, etc.?

However, “Members of this DKNB” is a quality neutral assertion of fact without indication of potential desirability for inclusion in the group – absent the context in which it was used.  For example,

“Members of this DKNB”, which was formed through the mutual efforts of various churches in the area, attributed their community success to the cooperation between……” would likely be perceived as a good thing with which to be involved, whereas,

“Members of this DKNB” were quickly surrounded by SWAT personnel and the area closed to traffic”, probably not so good – and might indeed suggest using a different route home.

Obviously when the words forming DKNB are revealed it certainly appears derogatory and dismissive  yet this interpretation fails to appreciate the environment giving birth to the spontaneous shorthand.   So basically, blah, blah, blah … — …      🙂

OH YEAH…..

Lake Don Pedro Community Services District

9751 Merced Falls Rd., La Grange, CA 95329

DIRECTORS

Danny Johnson, President Dan Hankemeier, Vice President

Emery Ross Russell Warren Nellie Sperry

 

 

Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors

9751 Merced Falls Road

March 19, 2018 at 1:00 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.      PRESENTATION ONLY:

  1. Presiding Officer’s Report
  2. General Manager’s Report: Peter Kampa
  3. Chief Plant Operator’s Report: Gilgo

 

4.         APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA: The following items may all be approved in one motion or considered separately as determined appropriate by the President

  1. Read and file the February 2018 Treasurer’s Report
  2. Approval of the Minutes of the Special Meeting of February 21, 2018

5.         DISCUSSION AND ACTION ITEMS

  1. Review and acceptance of the 2016/17 annual audit
  2. Consideration of request from internet service provider Cal.net for use of Arbolada Tank property for an additional wireless internet antenna
  3. Discussion and action related to system water loss, loss reports, customer and system master meter accuracy and related actions/implications
  4. Discussion and action related to Notice of Intent to submit an application for federal Hazard Mitigation Grant funding for the purchase and installation of fuel-powered generators to operate critical pumps during power outages
  5. Adoption of a resolution amending the District Investment Policy

6.  ADJOURNMENT:


Lake Don Pedro CSD

Regular Board Meeting of March 19, 2018

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Meeting agendas and written materials supporting agenda items, if produced, can be received by the public for free in advance of the meeting by any of the following options:

  • A paper copy viewed at the District office, 9751 Merced Falls , La Grange, CA 95329 during business hours or mailed pursuant to a written request and payment of associated mailing fees
  • An electronic copy received by Note – a form requesting email delivery of agendas and/or meeting materials must be completed a minimum of one week in advance of the meeting
  • Viewed on the Board page of the District’s website
  • A limited number of copies of agenda materials will also be available at the meeting

 

Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance: If you require special assistance to participate in Board Meetings, please contact the LDPCSD Board Secretary at (209) 852-2251 Ext. 2.

Advance notification will enable the District to make reasonable arrangements to insure accessibility.

 

 

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My best to you and yours, Lew

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QUICK REPORT ON THE Wednesday, FEBRUARY 21st, 2018 Special Meeting of the LDPCSD Board of Directors

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Hello!  I have a bunch of stuff to do but wanted to pass on some of the important particulars of yesterday’s meeting….

Three meeting attendees: two customers and the LDPCSD Auditor.  Another packed board room.

The Chief Plant Operator Randy Gilgo was absent.

Full board (one a little late).

I read Wes Barton’s letter into the record during public comment (posted yesterday) and followed with mine below (yeah, I know, blah, blah, blah …)

“Oath Sworn Directors have a duty to this District to abide by CALIFORNIA STATE LAW in the performance of their elected/appointed positions.  Contrary to this duty, directors have rarely asked PERTINENT often OBVIOUS – COMMON SENSE QUESTIONS regarding the special interest direction GM/TREASURER PETE KAMPA and his limited liability management company has pushed this public agency.  The board’s dereliction of duty began in October 2014 with the failure to perform a routine employment background check prior to KAMPA (and company) being appointed as GM/TREASURER and provided access to over one million dollars saved after near bankruptcy.  Despite the total destruction of the LDPCSD Admin Office in February 2012, even a simple “in house” review of existing records would have clearly revealed KAMPA’s many PAST MISREPRESENTATIONS of the Place of Use issue when first employed here between 1993-1997 when very busy pushing LAFCO annexations into this district.  The Board’s failure to “represent the interests of the MERCED RIVER WATER ENTITLED CUSTOMERS OF THE LDP SUBDIVISION” have not only continued but have escalated in severity.   Even after many public meeting requests spanning over a year for the Board and/or GM to simply contact the STATE WATER BOARD and obtain the OFFICIAL PLACE OF USE MAP FOR MERCED RIVER WATER, directors rejected those COMMON SENSE REQUESTS choosing instead to continue following the district management direction established by Kampa.   This board has consistently approved the use of District resources for Kampa to continue attempts at completing what he started 20 years earlier with the many LAFCO ANNEXATIONS that could not develop without an ALTERNATE SOURCE – OF GROUNDWATER PRODUCTION.  Even a 900 acre proposed residential subdivision right across the road here was quietly approved in 1995 during Kampa’s first tour but actively kept a secret from the public until only a few months prior to Kampa’s unethical return in 2014.  Even today KAMPA once again requests the board to approve an extremely suspicious annual audit WITHOUT EVEN READING IT which has already been the subject of multiple corrective revisions for several months.  Unanimous board decisions mean little when dedicated to violating both the trust of customers and the law. You should all be ashamed, with the noted exception of newcomer Director Mrs. Sperry.”

AUDIT PRESENTATION – HOW ABOUT SOME “UP FRONT” SURPRISINGLY GOOD NEWS FOR A CHANGE?

The Board  DID NOT “BLINDLY” accept GM/TREASURER KAMPA’s suggested motion of approving the audit without reading the material!  (That suggested approval motion by KAMPA is not only outrageous but quite revealing as to another of his traditional methods of operation.) CONTROLLER’S  REPORT – additional information from prior years due to a new system being used by Controller.   During a JOURNAL ENTRY ADJUSTMENT discussion Kampa interrupted to explain a possible explanation for project discrepancies that were apparently identified in the audit that he meant to address the year before.

I asked about the significance of unsigned certificates in the agenda packet regarding assurance of sufficient funds to operate for the next six months – Kampa stated they only had to be signed quarterly and were just routinely included with the other material.  (Still think they would look better signed –or left out completely.)

The audit material will be sent to customers receiving electronic packet information (have you – you know what?) and will also be posted on the LDPCSD website.

Another pleasant surprise…..Kampa’s suggested motion of including WORKERS’ COMPENSATION COVERAGE FOR VOLUNTEERS WORKING FOR THE DISTRICT ALSO DID NOT PASS.  (KAMPA admitted there have been no such volunteers as of yet nor were any expected.)

I have been told that some time back there were volunteers working on a Financial Committee and assisting the district with financial matters – but not performing maintenance tasks.  I made a comment that such a plan was once again “putting the cart before the horse” and could easily result in much higher costs if volunteer “accidents” were to occur.

EDUCATING DIRECTORS

Regarding training for directors by the Special District Leadership Academy in Seaside, (an associate organization of the CALIFORNIA SPECIAL DISTRICTS ASSOCIATION which Kampa has been an active board member for approximately 20 years, I confirmed my support for educating directors – however, questioned what good such training would actually be IF STATE LAW could not be followed by directors or the GM?   Think about that for a moment….

PETE KAMPA is a “professional “ SPECIAL DISTRICT MANAGER AND OWNER OF KAMPACS, aka, KAMPA COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS (a SPECIAL DISTRICT MANAGEMENT LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY) ……  was previously employed at the LDPCSD between 1993-1997 working extensively on annexing much more property into the LDPCSD service area – whose land development projects would be dependent upon a GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION PROGRAM THAT DID NOT  EXIST YET.

Kampa has also been a board member on one of the most (if not the most) powerful and influential “not for profit” water lobbying organizations in the State of California for about 20 years – yet this “professional” explains to state regulatory agencies that there has been confusion for many years regarding the PLACE OF USE MAP for MERCED RIVER WATER per WL11395?

Additionally, consider that MR KAMPA was also apparently unable to read and comprehend the clear restrictive terms cited in that license which the LAKE DON PEDRO CSD has used since formation in 1980 to provide water to customers.

But wait…..Didn’t PETE KAMPA recently receive a TRANSPARENCY AWARD from a BIG NOT FOR PROFIT WATER ORGANIZATION?

So I wonder….

what good is specialized education without the personal and/or

business integrity to properly use it for the public’s benefit?

THE BIG ISSUE:  Although GM KAMPA refused to discuss aspects of the POU VIOLATION in his digital map presentation it was never-the-less confirmed that he has indeed sent that SAME INCORRECT DISTRICT POU BOUNDARIES TO THE STATE WATER BOARD IN RESPONSE TO THEIR SEPTEMBER 28th, 2017 NOTICE OF VIOLATION REGARDING POU RESTRICTIONS.

I am still amazed that directors have difficultly answering simple questions like:

DID YOU READ THE NOTICE OF VIOLATION?  (Board President Danny Johnson said he “scanned it”.

DID YOU UNDERSTAND THAT THE NOV CLEARLY DETAILED WHAT THE OFFICIAL POU WAS?

HAVE YOU LOOKED AT THE JUNE 1977 MAP ON THE WALL, WHICH ALTHOUGH ILLUSTRATING INCORRECT INFORMATION REGARDING “RESERVED WATER” FOR NUMEROUS LAFCO ANNEXATIONS, DID IN FACT CORRECTLY ILLUSTRATE THE LDP SUBDIVISION AS THE LEGAL POU – again, according to the STATE NOTICE OF VIOLATION?

(NOTE: That incorrect “reserved water” illustration on the June 1977 map also included the 1995 LAFCO approved 900 acre “slumbering subdivision” Kampa has actively kept a secret from the public since his 2014 return.   Incorrect maps are still being displayed on the LAKE DON PEDRO CSD website despite the contradicting factual information contained in the September 2017 STATE WATER BOARD NOV.)

Another closed session under GOVT CODE 54956.95  for PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE EVALUATION  (I asked for clarification of this Government Code Section as it appears to deal with district liability loss from potential law suits – President Johnson made a note of the request stating it would be addressed at the next meeting.)

 

REPORT OUT FROM CLOSED SESSION:

California Code, Government Code – GOV § 54956.95

(a) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prevent a joint powers agency formed pursuant to Article 1 (commencing with Section 6500 ) of Chapter 5 of Division 7 of Title 1, for purposes of insurance pooling, or a local agency member of the joint powers agency, from holding a closed session to discuss a claim for the payment of tort liability losses, public liability losses, or workers’ compensation liability incurred by the joint powers agency or a local agency member of the joint powers agency.

(b) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prevent the Local Agency Self-Insurance Authority formed pursuant to Chapter 5.5 (commencing with Section 6599.01 ) of Division 7 of Title 1, or a local agency member of the authority, from holding a closed session to discuss a claim for the payment of tort liability losses, public liability losses, or workers’ compensation liability incurred by the authority or a local agency member of the authority.

(c)  Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect Section 54956.9 with respect to any other local agency.

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ahhhhh   HAIL!

 

Just had a little bit of hail!  Naturally now that I’ve picked up all the tools it will likely clear up requiring them to be hauled back out for “good weather” work– but had I left them out….well you know – lol

My best to you and yours, Lew

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Note from Wes Barton concerning the LDP CSD meeting Feb 21, 2018

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I am sorry I will be missing the meeting, this may bring my absents over ½ dozen since 2006-2007.

It is Necessary, however. 

I am going to comment on your “audit” agenda item 5b, only.  If ever I’ve seen a pure “Kampa-ism”, this

Is It.  “I’ll put the check in the mail after you cash it”; “trust me”!     Sorry Pete, I for one do not trust you!

The difference between me and the folks you often “snooker” is I do understand you and your “model”

Of “talk and paper and talk and paper and talk and etc.”

 

 

[WES BARTON/lakedonpedro.file photo]

I have also studied business and practiced good Business; I know right from wrong and maybe.  I must say I have learned, from you,  how you take an honest

But weak organization, use its ignorance to con government and “crony” players to benefit you and said players.

Leaving the weak organization as an even weaker organization that fears leaving your bosom for you have exploited their weaknesses and destroyed any confidence that may have brought them to this organization with desire to serve the community.  Pete, you are something else!

Just glancing at the financial info you are providing this month shows a discrepancy must exist between the CSD periodic records and a proper audit any professional level accountant might prepare.  After the fourth Year of auditing an organization to now ask for 10 years of past records is near unbelievable, except here, by

Our “auditor”.    Ask your auditor if he is under investigation for audits of 2015, 2016 for questionable reports.  I’ve told you earlier, State Auditor has referred this CSD to the State’s local high-risk audit team, too.  It took a long time for the State to look at CSD’s water rule, boundaries  but they finally did.  Your accounting and

Financial controls structures are probably in “deep do-do” too.  Pete, knowing that there is not a person in the walls of CSD that can properly read financials, he is offering all an out by sticking their heads in the sand (or another way of saying it is to sign off on the audit before reading and you won’t see the audit again).

Note: I’ll try to keep it alive, however, until it passes the “stink test”; Nellie, I don’t know your background.   Hope I didn’t insult you with my comments; I do know the others.

I pray that the Board will remember Pete’s character  when they review his fairy tale presentation in the closed Meeting today, too.

 

PS Syndie, please give Nellie a copy, thanks

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SPECIAL LDPCSD BOD MEETING, Wednesday, FEBRUARY 21st, 2018 @ 1300hrs

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EXCERPTS FROM THE FEB 21 2018 PACKET,

THEN MIGHT I SUGGEST MUNCHING THROUGH THE ENTIRE ENCHILADA BELOW? lol

COVER LETTER TO ELECTRONIC AGENDA PACKET

(Ask for yours yet?  They might make nice souvenirs?)

AGENDA PACKET HIGHLIGHTS CURIOUS ACTIVITY

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Agenda Item 5.b. (more below regarding this highly suspicious proposal)

Kampa proposes ACCEPTING “LATE AUDIT REPORT” WITHOUT ANY ADEQUATE REVIEW? 

Typical Kampa method of operation – QUICK!  HURRY!  TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!

Approve without a semblance of reasonable attention! 

That’s what got us into this KAMPA KOMPANY KRAP!

 

 

Page 7:  

39%

TREATED WATER LOSS FOR JANUARY 2018

NATURALLY NO OUTSIDE PLACE OF USE REPORT AGAIN

who knows what the raw water  loss between McClure and treatment plant might be?

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Yet another unsigned certification of adequate revenue for next six months?

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 WILL BOARD ACCEPT KAMPA’S RIDICULOUS PROPOSED MOTION?

“I MOVE TO ACCEPT THE 2016/2017 ANNUAL AUDIT”

 WITHOUT READING OR STUDYING THE MATERIAL FOR ACCURACY?

 

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RECALL THE LAST AUDITOR’S VISIT WITH THE WRONG FINANCIAL INFORMATION ALREADY PREPARED AND FORMALLY BOUND FOR BOARD “SNAP” APPROVAL?

SAID THEY WERE GOING TO MAKE CORRECTIONS FOR A LATER APPROVAL – YET THE MOTION ON THE MATTER MADE NO MENTION OF THE NECESSARY CORRECTIVE CHANGES TO BE MADE FOR IT TO BE CORRECT?

I AM NOT POSITIVE, BUT BELIEVE THERE WERE TWO OTHER  OCCASIONS FOR SUCH NECESSARY AUDIT CHANGES SO THIS WOULD BE THE THIRD TIME.

AND WHAT DOES PETE KAMPA NOW PROPOSE IN THIS RESOLUTION?  

FOR THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS TO ONCE AGAIN IGNORE THEIR FIDUCIARY DUTY TO THIS DISTRICT AND BLINDLY TAKE PETE KAMPA’S WORD THAT THE NUMBERS ARE CORRECT AND NECESSARY CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE TO PRODUCE AN ACCURATE AUDIT? 

 

Seems to me common sense would dictate a responsible review of this very important financial information prior to approval –

ESPECIALLY AFTER MULTIPLE FAILED ATTEMPTS TO APPROVE IT WITH MISTAKES!

 OLD POST WITH A VIDEO OF THE “KAMPA MOTION OF AUDIT APPROVAL” (WITHOUT MENTION OF THE CORRECTIONS TO BE MADE) AND WES BARTON’S COMMENTS ON RELATED FINANCIAL MATTERS:

LINK BELOW

There he (WES BARTON) Goes Again! and Thank You!

LINK TO VIDEO OF KAMPA AUDIT MOTION WITH POST:

<<<VIDEO of motion with original POSTING  >>>

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WORKERS’ COMPENSATION COVERAGE FOR DIRECTORS and

ALL PERSONS PERFORMING VOLUNTARY SERVICES

(Wonder if the 3-4 hard core meeting CUSTOMER ATTENDEES might qualify as DISTRICT VOLUNTEERS FOR COVERAGE?  lol)

 

Future WORKERS’ COMPENSATION for medical/psychological/psychiatric assistance due to the stress and discomfort involved in running a CSD the KAMPA KOMPANY WAY? 

(aka, cheating and exploiting the far majority of customers may be easy for some of these directors but the “getting caught” part might be a bit uncomfortable.)

Perhaps ADDITIONAL INSURANCE COVERAGE while wining and dining with KAMPA’S CSDA ASSOCIATES ON THESE PROPOSED “EDUCATIONAL JAUNTS”?

Page 29:  PRESENTATION OF COMPLETED DIGITAL “REPRESENTATION” of infrastructure, boundaries and related data  (Recall one of the reasons KAMPA’s $35,000 DIGITAL MAPPING PROJECT WAS DESIRABLE?  

Because it would be so easy to make paper copies for distribution – right?

JUST ANOTHER KAMPA MEETING “SAND BAGGING”

Why no paper copies of these KAMPA INFLUENCED MAPS (based on highly suspicious 24+ year old “shape file” information from an abandoned project when KAMPA was employed here between 1993-1997) in the agenda packet so CUSTOMERS COULD REVIEW THESE “DIGITAL REPRESENTATIONS” PRIOR TO THE WEDNESDAY MEETING?  

Kampa is apparently still pushing the infrastructure constructed for LAFCo annexed properties (and others?) that are OUTSIDE THE WATER LICENSE PLACE OF USE according to the STATE OF CALIFORNIA.

Alright then. There it is.  Still a little hungry?

Below is the whole greasy meal!

My best to you and yours, Lew

2018-2-21 Special Meeting Agenda Supporting Documents
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MEISU

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MEISU

Guess we are all “broken records” to one extent or another when passionate about someone or a particular subject, issue, cause, etc…  A friend gently reminded me once again that I often invoke examples of things younger viewers may not appreciate due to my advancing age and their lack of experience with the activities I grew up with and reference  ….ah, ok – lol.

“Broken record”… those old flat vinyl grooved analog recordings utilizing a needle to transmit the sound through the “record player” or “turn table” to the amplifier, then out through the speakers (simplistic explanation).  Old time records if not handled carefully could get scratched causing that “stereotypic” (cute play huh?) repeating “click” and scratchy sound as the needle (traveling in the spinning groove) hit the damaged surface of the record.  Sometimes if the damage was severe enough, the needle would get stuck repeating the same snippet of music over, and over, and over, and over, and over,  …..

JUST LIKE ME AND THIS MERCED RIVER WATER PLACE OF USE STUFF!

   Lol 

True, Pete Kampa has also been a “broken record” on the subject of OUTSIDE POU use under WATER LICENSE 11395 for a much longer time (over 20 years) and for CLEARLY DIFFERENT MOTIVES, yet I don’t believe that is the most important distinction which defines our  adversarial- and repetitive “broken record” perspectives.

The way I see it is this – (you knew it was coming right?)   there is absolutely nothing wrong with repeating something you believe in (with heart AND mind) in a sincere attempt to influence others into appreciating your perspective and gathering necessary support for related activities.  However, if the repeated information being used is not truthful or worse yet, intentionally designed and masterfully used to misrepresent the truth to deceive others into a position of detriment or loss, well, that is not devotion or passion but simple propaganda – or repeated information designed to influence others for various nefarious purposes benefiting the one purveying the untruths, and/or the interests of those hidden behind the scenes that the “untruthful agent”  represents.

Simply put, any “deal” designed, dependent upon and sustained through untruths is likely not in the best interest of those being actively deceived.

Certainly not a rocket science sort of revelation, and as semi-recent cartoon character Homer Simpson might exclaim,

“Duh!”

My best to you and yours, Lew

 

 

My best to  you and yours, Lew

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SONORA UNION DEMOCRAT: Groveland board to fill vacancy, names Kampa interim GM

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Groveland board to fill vacancy, names Kampa interim GM

 The Groveland Community Services District Board of Directors has hired Pete Kampa to serve as interim general manager and could appoint someone to fill a vacant board seat at a special public meeting on Saturday.

Nancy Mora and Lawrence Soe submitted applications to fill a vacancy created by the departure of former GCSD director Scott Wemmer. The two candidates will be interviewed by the board at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Tenaya Elementary School cafeteria, located at 19177 Highway 120 in Groveland.

The board will consider making a selection after conducting the interviews and receiving public input.

Soe previously applied for a seat on the GCSD board in November when there were two vacancies, but he had to withdraw from the running because he was not registered to vote in the county at the time.

County Clerk Debi Bautista confirmed that Soe registered to vote online Wednesday, the final day that applications could be submitted for the vacancy on the GCSD board. All directors must live in the district and be registered to vote in the county.

Soe is an engineer for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and works out of Moccasin. He lives in Pine Mountain Lake most of the time but previously lived in the Bay Area, where he was registered to vote before Wednesday.

Bautista said that Soe used a South San Francisco mailing address for his registration.

In a phone interview, Soe said he didn’t realize the meeting was Saturday and had been planning to go sailing in the Bay Area because he had a four-day weekend. He said that he would have to change his plans and return to Groveland on Saturday.

Soe said he wasn’t encouraged to apply for the seat by anyone. He said that he originally applied in November after receiving a letter from the district soliciting potential applicants.

After Soe was forced to drop out last time, the GCSD board appointed Spencer Edwards to one of the vacancies. The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors appointed Janice Kwiatkowski to fill the remaining vacancy in December.

Soe, who listed his age as “mid life” on his application, said he became interested in applying again after Wemmer’s surprise resignation in January. Wemmer cited undue public scrutiny on his family and their businesses as his reason for leaving.

“Everything that keeps coming out in the news is people quitting and it sounds like there’s some issues with people not seeing eye to eye,” Soe said. “I don’t know any of them, I don’t know any backgrounds or whose connected to who, so I figured I’ll be able to help out.”

If appointed, Soe said he will have to inform the city of San Francisco to avoid any potential conflicts of interest because GCSD purchases its water supply from the city out of Hetch Hetchy Reservoir and Cherry Lake.

Soe said many SFPUC employees have served for public agencies in areas covered by the utility, which stretches from the Hetch Hetchy Valley to the Bay Area.

“There’s no way around it,” Soe said. “If I have to make decisions (as a GCSD director) on things that might affect SFPUC projects, I may have to recuse myself.”

Mora, 60, could not be reached for comment Thursday afternoon, but her application stated she retired three years ago and moved back to California from Texas. She has an address within the district and has been registered to vote in the county since 2016, according to Bautista.

Mora’s resume stated she has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and worked for 20 years at Quebecor World, a large commercial printer, where she managed customer service and paper departments and oversaw a staff of 16 people.

She also worked in sales for Commercial Metals, an international steel company, and as an account manager for SUCCESS Partners, the publisher of a magazine specializing in multi-level marketing companies.

Mora said she served on the boards of the Greater Lewisville Community Theatre and her homeowners association while living in Texas. She stated in a letter attached to her resume that she would no regular conflicts from allowing her to attend the GCSD’s board monthly scheduled meetings.

“I’m interested in joining the GCSD board for a couple reasons,” Mora wrote in the letter. “First, we’ve recently moved back to California, and I look forward to getting involved and meeting new people. Secondly, I’ve always felt it’s important to participate, or give back to your community.”

Meanwhile, Kampa has been serving as interim GM of the district since Feb. 1. He previously served as general manager of Tuolumne Utilities District, the largest water purveyor in the county.

Kampa said he also serves as the general manager of four other small community services districts in the communities of Lake Don Pedro, Copperopolis, Arbuckle, and Hornbrook near the Oregon border.

“The more I do these, the more I see they are all dealing with the same issues,” Kampa said. “I’m just replicating strategies from one place to another.”

Former full-time General Manager Jon Sterling retired at the end of last year to work in the private sector. The GCSD board awarded him a contract in January to work as a backup water and wastewater treatment plant operator at $65 an hour and only when needed.

Greg Dunn, the chief plant operator, is currently the only employee with the proper certifications to operate the plant and comes in a couple hours each day on the weekends to meet state requirements.

Kampa said the goal is to have other employees certified by the summer.

The district is paying Kampa $110 an hour not to exceed $115,000 in a six-month period. He said the district was previously seeking a full-time GM for between $115,000 to $135,000 a year, though he doesn’t expect his billing for a whole year to reach that level.

There is a meeting of the board’s GM recruitment ad hoc committee scheduled for 10 a.m. February 23 at the district office on Ferretti Road, though Kampa said the board could also decide to keep him on at his hourly rate.

Public meetings are also scheduled for 10 a.m. Feb. 26 and 10 a.m. March 8 to discuss the role of the GM moving forward, as well as the norms and protocols for the board.

Kampa said he looks forward to having a full board because the district has a number of major upcoming projects.

Those projects include a sewer rate study estimated for completion by the end of March, an $8 million renovation of the wastewater collection system in downtown Groveland, Big Oak Flat, and sections of Pine Mountain Lake, and $5 million relocation of the water lines in Groveland away from Highway 49 to improve accessibility for maintenance.

Contact Alex MacLean at amaclean@uniondemocrat.com or (209) 588-4530.

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USDA FURNISHES $324,641.40 BUT REMAINING $175,358.60 OF ORIGINAL APPROVED $500,000 GRANT CANCELLED

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Certainly good news for the LAKE DON PEDRO CSD which has been severely constrained financially without those funds which have been expected for approximately one year.  Perhaps there will be more information at the next Board meeting regarding these funds and how they will be used?  Still no word on the Notice of Violation issued September 28th, 2017 regarding the WL11395 Place of Use issues or Pete Kampa declaring a new Place of Use in Lake Don Pedro for Merced River water.

Perhaps the issue of using public grant funds for proposed private land development projects through a GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTED SPECIAL SERVICE outside the Place of Use (and for remaining compliant with Water License regulations for properties already receiving substituted service) will continue to apparently be overlooked and not addressed?    Seems an extraordinarily long wait for such a simple question, but who knows?

My best to you and yours, Lew


 

 

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WHY DOES THE USDA REFUSE TO REIMBURSE THE LAKE DON PEDRO CSD FOR MONEY IT HAS NOT SPENT?

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The following is an email response from Wes Barton to LAKE DON PEDRO CSD Board President Danny Johnson.  Johnson had suggested at that last SPECIAL MEETING (Wednesday, January 17th, 2018) that Wes put his observations, comments and questions in writing and forward them to President Johnson.   You will recall many of Mr. Barton’s questions have gone unanswered for over a year as documented in meeting recordings posted on this website.

“Around, around the agenda GO ROUND

As customers chase the GM

The GM stops and laughingly says

HA!  We don’t have to answer!”

When General Manager/Board Treasurer Pete Kampa states he is confused about the legitimate WATER LICENSE 11395 PLACE OF USE RESTRICTIONS for Merced River water in the Lake Don Pedro area I become rather agitated because I have researched the matter extensively and the statement is just plain not truthful.  PETE KAMPA has over twenty years experience with such water issues – notably including four years of “hands on” experience in setting up these OUTSIDE POU ANNEXATIONS to the Lake Don Pedro CSD which he knew twenty years ago would require GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION in the future and was the reason for his UNETHICAL APPOINTMENT RETURN to the LDPCSD in October 2014.

Kampa has laughingly dismissed this (reason for his return) as a wild conspiracy theory while simultaneously refusing to answer legitimate questions as to his activities since 2014 regarding the SPECIAL BENEFIT GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION PROGRAM for land developers outside the WL POU.

The plan was to DIVERT AND  USE STATE AND FEDERAL GRANT FUNDS

(INTENDED TO DEVELOP GROUNDWATER WELLS FOR EMERGENCY DROUGHT USE FOR EXISTING CONSUMERS),

   TO FURTHER EXPAND A SPECIAL BENEFIT GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION SERVICE FOR LAND DEVELOPERS OUTSIDE THE MERCED RIVER WATER PERMITTED PLACE OF USE.

{Like the “slumbering annexation” for a proposed 900 acre residential subdivision adjacent to the LDP subdivision that was LAFCO approved in 1995 but only acknowledged a few months before PETE KAMPA returned to the LDPCSD?}

The <MR WECs> of the Lake Don Pedro subdivision have essentially been forced to fund this SPECIAL GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION BENEFIT for decades.

[October 2017, lakedonpedro.org file photo: PETE KAMPA

using his newly acquired $35,000 DIGITAL MAPPING PROJECT (approved by the Board of Directors

despite public warnings of likely potential misuse by KAMPA)

TO CHANGE the STATE RECOGNIZED PLACE OF USE BOUNDARY

FOR MERCED RIVER WATER per WL11395]

 

However, the only confusion that appears to have existed, and still does, is why PETE KAMPA refused, and still refuses to acknowledge the clear and decades old legitimate 11395 water use restrictions while ONCE AGAIN ACTIVELY VIOLATING THEMEVEN AFTER A NOTICE OF SIMILAR VIOLATIONS FROM THE STATE WATER BOARD in September of 2017!  

(lakedonpedro.org file photo)

{OR IS THE LDPCSD BOARD OF DIRECTORS

KNOWINGLY ASSISTING PETE KAMPA WITH

THIS CONTINUING 3+ YEARS OF DECEPTION?}

As mentioned before, I am not much of a financial person and am quite satisfied when my bills are paid and the check book balances,  however, there are some BASIC financial matters that do not require extensive education or experience to understand that something is very wrong and I believe Wes Barton has discovered something OUTRAGEOUSLY SIGNIFICANT to Kampa’s continued and UNWARRANTED COMPLAINTS against the USDA and his “stated” CONFUSION as to why the USDA as failed to reimburse the LDPCSD for it’s expenses.

Let’s start with a few basic definitions.

 

USDA:  UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

G/L : GENERAL LEDGER: the principal and controlling ledger of a business enterprise containing individual or controlling accounts for all assets, liabilities, net worth items, revenue, and expenses.

REIMBURSE:

1  : to pay back to someone : repayreimburse travel expenses 2 : to make restoration or payment of an equivalent to reimburse him for his traveling expenses

FRAUD: 1 a : deceit, trickery; specifically : intentional perversion of truth in order to induce another to part with something of value or to surrender a legal right/ was accused of credit card fraud/ : an act of deceiving or misrepresenting : trick /automobile insurance frauds/ 2 a : a person who is not what he or she pretends to be : impostor – He claimed to be a licensed psychologist, but he turned out to be a fraud.  Also one who defrauds : cheatb : one that is not what it seems or is represented to be/ The UFO picture was proved to be a fraud.

CONSPIRACY: a secret plan made by two or more people to do something that is harmful or illegal: the act of secretly planning to do something that is harmful or illegal

 

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Danny,

Sorry for not replying to your request to explain my question concerning “request for money from USDA when

I didn’t believe we have paid the vendor thus how could CSD be reimbursed”.    I waited until I had G/L to check

A couple of points that I was sure were not pertinent but wanted to  verify.   Secondly, I’ll stay away from most

Numbers, but can support all in detail (from CSD records).

Brief history  and meeting (Jan 17, 2018) discussion:

GM Kampa (GM) indicated “confusion” as to why USDA had not paid apx $324k requested in Nov., 2017, after

Advising CSD Board final review/approval of funding was planned for 7/19/2017 (original req #1 form @$210k

Was presented to Board at that Time).  [To my knowledge, no later info as to any reason to believe there was

Any delay in USDA approval; as well as GM continued the process and applicable communication for funding.]

Also during the July meeting, GM requested an additional funding to Kennedy Jenkins for $60k and that CSD

Would then owe KJ apx $70k, $59.9 for services not originally budgeted.    From June 30, 2017 thru Dec 2017,

GM reports only $1129 spent (or accrued) per G/L on well projects.

12/14/2017 (Nov business), GM reported a “revised” USDA funding request #1 for $324.6k.  This report

Appears to show the increased $114k  ($324k-$210k)  made up of old cost before June 30, 2017, of apx

 $54k (nearly all NJ & sons and K J costs) and about $59k for KJ (dated Aug thru Nov 2017 include  a noted

Cost of $1.7k for the “future”).    GM booked this request as a billing and documented in the G/L & A/R.

Basis of my question, “why surprise no reimburse” or even “checks in the mail”:

If Grants “reimburse” only cash expenditures.    CSD G/L shows apx $1k cost paid/accrued since June thru

Dec 2017.  Revised Request #1 shows $59k spent since June 2017 but  CSD G/L denies this expenditure. 

GM requested $60k to be paid (budget) to KJ to obtain  the reimbursement from USDA.                 Simply put,

I wouldn’t expect USDA to reimburse if I had not paid so why would USDA pay CSD if they hadn’t paid.

[Since cash, other checks and balances would probably catch G/L issues/errors on these transactions if paid.]

I don’t like “gotcha’s”, either.  I reject that this is an unknowable to CSD, known only by me.  However, if one

Wants to “tag” this as a “gotcha” then it must be obvious CSD’s leadership and management is in “deep

Do-do” and need to look close at their organization and selves at least as far as “financial controls”.

Wes Barton, Jan 24, 2018

e-mail: lw.wes.barton@gmail.com

ps don’t have Nellie’s e-mail, please forward

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So what do you folks think?

My best to you and yours, Lew

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