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EFFLUENT METER PROGRESS REPORT – just another lump of coal for MR WEC’s Christmas socking

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Seems I often wake in the morning thinking about things that simply do not make sense concerning the Lake Don Pedro Community Services District [LDPCSD] (essentially, the local public water company whose water source was planned and intended to be water license 11395 which lists the Lake Don Pedro residential subdivision as the Place of Use (POU) [CPUC transferred Sierra Highlands Water Company facility and assets to the LDPCSD in Jan 1981] for Merced River water pumped from Lake McClure).  This probably explains the “tossing and turning” at night sometimes too – you know, with the resulting waking up in the morning talking to yourself out loud! lol

Anyway, this morning I was confusing my dog by thinking out loud how the directors and GM make such a production of their stated sincere efforts to identify and control a massive water loss spanning decades (both treated water for human consumption and raw, straight from the source without treatment for such purposes as agricultural irrigation).   Now, you would think, any sincere effort to get that monster of a water loss under control –

(especially in a drought prone area during a state wide emergency drought when customers are already paying $53 a month before a single drop of water is used due to a Prop 218 to avoid bankruptcy almost ten years ago)

– would begin with the FIRST STEP (GM/Treasurer Pete Kampa acknowledged) of having water meters that work and are accurate.

I know.  Shocking information yeah?  I mean having water meters that work and are accurate for a public water company?

Need to take a break?  Relax a bit?  Yeah, me too!

Maybe grab an adult beverage or something?

OK, here we go…..having water meters that work and are accurate?   DUH!

Who would have ever thought such “liquid cash registers” in the form of water meters for billing purposes, should actually work and indicate accurate consumption?  Seems fairness to the customer is often over looked in favor of a company profit rationale, but hey, what has been fair about the LDPCSD concerning MR WECs?  Anyway, thank Heavens for the professional management assistance our district board receives in identifying such an elusive problem and then immediately proceeding with a corrective action using grant funds.

“But that’s not the problem at all” I yawned just before 0500hrs this morning as my canine companion slowly turned, looked at me then exhaled a long and drawn out accepting breath that it was to be another inside day.  Just as well, cold, foggy, I’m still healing, besides, she did not know it at the time but today was also a bath day for her!  Evil sounding lol in background…..

Anyway, “But that’s not the problem at all”- the board and GM only talk about following up on this NO BRAINER of a plan to obtain working and accurate meters and track down the water loss.  OK, but when did the GM state they were going to be replaced?  Couldn’t recall so I started looking – hum, April 18, 2016.

So now I can write affirmatively that it has been 2 years and 8 months of recognizing the problem but they still have not installed proper accurate meters necessary to track down this outrageous water loss MR WECs has paid for since the LDPCSD was formed by the County LAFCOs of Mariposa and Tuolumne in August 1980!

The Board and GM since October 2014 have been too busy attempting to divert even more water outside the subdivision to Kampa’s LAFCO ANNEXATIONS from 20 years ago and have made it quite clear – if they can’t expand service with a “fake POU map scam” (to serve Merced River water under WL11395) they will simply continue to force the thousands of  MR WECs of the Lake Don Pedro subdivision to subsidize an increased GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION PROGRAM (to circumvent WL11395 water restrictions of NO SERVICE OUTSIDE SUBDIVISION) to provide service to all TUOLUMNE and MARIPOSA COUNTY LAFCO ANNEXATIONS (including competing residential subdivisions adjacent to Lake Don Pedro), or as long as they own their Lake Don Pedro subdivision property!  (And you thought the LDPCSD Board and their special interest supporting GM had forgotten you for Christmas?)

Imagine, these LAFCo’s created the LDPCSD in a known high fire severity zone and drought prone region;

prior to LDPCSD formation in 1980, LAFCOs changed the service area boundaries of their creation to be much larger than they knew the CPUC was prepared to approve in the January 1981 transfer of facility and assets from the then Sierra Highlands Water Company to the newly formed Lake Don Pedro CSD;

later LAFCos “doubled down” on that water service area expansion by approving further questionable annexations into their LDPCSD water purveyor without good faith research or reasonable and prudent planning;  (ie, Mariposa’s detailed Sphere of Influence (SOI) study report without one word regarding the operating water license restrictions of no service outside subdivision?  Mariposa LAFCO Resolution 76-4 “will only consider such applications for annexation where it is shown that adequate water and sewer service are provided for in said application”.)

LAFCOs essentially forced the thousands of current and future property owners of the Lake Don Pedro residential subdivision –

(who were mandatory LDPCSD CUSTOMERS because of their COMMON INTEREST DEVELOPMENT (CID) PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION (POA) -CC&Rs (COVENANTS, CODES and RESTRICTIONS) attached to their property title,

– to assume the financial responsibilities for an extremely expensive special benefit GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION PROGRAM TO CIRCUMVENT STATE WATER LICENSE DIVERSION AND USE RESTRICTIONS for their special interest LAFCo ANNEXATIONS into the LDPCSD;

– and for the MR WECs of the Lake Don Pedro subdivision to continue to subsidize an ever increasing GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION PROGRAM for all current and future LAFCO ANNEXATIONS (INCLUDING PROPOSED COMPETING RESIDENTIAL SUBDIVISIONS ADJACENT TO WHERE THEIR WATER WAS UNETHICALLY OBTAINED FOR DEVELOPMENT) for as long as they own their Lake Don Pedro property.  Wow!  What a deal.

Fits right in with the MYSTERY of the original LDPCSD water service area map commissioned by Mariposa County LAFCO that has been missing in action since 1980 despite multiple requests for its production by other government entities and the public.   Yet, still no official, initial LAFCO map of the district they created.

(Ahhh, but I think “we” know why……it was all about what was hidden in the metes and bounds survey language (that means nothing to most people who are not trained as surveyors or engineers – or involved in the “LAFCO-LDPCSD MAP DECEPTION”) that greatly enlarged the LDPCSD’s service area certainly far beyond what the CALIFORNIA PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION WAS PREPARED TO, AND ACTUALLY,  APPROVED IN JANUARY 1981!  Ah oh, repeating myself, yeah?   Oh well.   (Heck, the LDPCSD was formed immediately after the State of California declared WL11395 to be fully appropriated and being put to maximum beneficial use per the State Constitution.

Yup, ink was barely dry from the State’s proclamation the water license was maxed out, when  Mariposa County LAFCO then secretly expanded the district substantially and such annexation expansion has not stopped – despite clear logic and instructions from the CPUC.   Yup, did you know the CPUC specifically excluded such annexations and water deals stating they should not become obligations of the TO BE FORMED LDPCSD?

I did huh?

Yet here is Kampa still attempting to maneuver a WIN through the system with the same worn out misrepresentations of fact and various falsehoods denied in the past.  Heck, the State has been through this exact same thing when back in 1977 the LDP SO GOSIP (Same Old Group of Special Interest People) tried to “plant” a “FAKE POU MAP” with the water board in hopes of ratifying what they were already doing…. serving Merced River water far outside the POU restrictions of WL11395 and planning to divert even more for other proposed residential subdivisions in the area.

Wow!  Imagine, LAFCO substantially increasing the local water demand while ordering the LDPCSD to provide water for annexed developments it could not legally provide under the state license.

Ahhhhh, THEN PART II OF THIS FRAUD AND EXPLOITATION.  GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION PAIR FOR BY MR WECs!    MR WECs is then further exploited as a “mandatory customer of the LDPCSD” due to the CC&Rs (Covenants, Codes and Restrictions) of their CID (Common Interest Development), POA (Property Owners Association) called the Lake Don Pedro Owners Association (LDPCSD), that actually created the LDPCSD (Lake Don Pedro Community Services District) with an affirmative vote of only 88 people – financially victimizing thousands of property owners in the subdivision for perpetuity.

I did again, huh?  Sorry,  what about…..

And our Board and Kampa have un-apologetically arranged for MR WECs to further subsidize an extremely expensive groundwater replacement program for all LAFCO ANNEXATIONS into the district that cannot legally receive the intended Merced River water from the subdivision.  So, now, in addition to all the other added costs associated with these LAFCO ANNEXATIONS (many of which violate LAFCO’s own operating policies concerning annexations into a special district like the LDPCSD) MR WECs must now also pay for their groundwater substitution.

OK, OK…..but ….

how was that alternate source of water based on groundwater wells actually developed?    Through misappropriated grant funds designated for the drought relief of existing customers not providing further water service outside the POU!

Alright….

But, what about this unethical groundwater substitution only circumvents clear Merced River water restrictions in WL11395?

Yes,OK, I repeat myself.  I’ll wrap it up.

I honestly do not understand how such activity could be anything but a continuing fraud (against the legitimate water users forced to pay much more for their CSD water than necessary to financially support private developers outside the subdivision who do not want to drill and be financially responsible for their own groundwater wells) and conspiracy to violate the law, with emphasis on the state restrictions regarding legal water diversions and use, but I’m just a MR WECs and powerless to stop this insanity but I sure as hell can express my disgust and hope someone or something out there does have the authority and power!   BRING IT ON!

SO FRUSTRATING!

My best to you and yours, Lew

My best to you and yours, Lew

My best to you lol

 

 

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“COSTLY THE GM”

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{Sing along with imagined music to “Frosty the Snowman” –

a lot better than what I would have slapped together and thrown out!   lol}

COSTLY THE GM

 

“Costly the GM”

Is a very special man

From the tailored shirts

And POU maps that hurt

He returned to the SO GOSIP* band.

“Costly the GM”

Had a twenty year old plan

Though it didn’t work then

Thought he’d try again

Providing water for his LAFCO lands.

“Costly the GM”

Still refuses to obey the law

Claims it’s not fair

Without water there

Sure appears something’s stuck in his craw.

“Costly the GM”

With a history of stretching truth

He misrepresents

Then claims innocence

But the documents provide the proof.

“Costly the GM”

Will never admit the scam

For he is not dumb

And this district he’ll run

Straight into this drought plagued land.

 

🙂

 

*Same Old Group Of Special Interest People  (SO GOSIP)

 

My best to you and yours, Lew

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NOTES FROM LISTENING TO DEC 17th 2018 LDPCSD MONTHLY BOARD MEETING

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Hey viewers!  Here’s the meeting from Monday – and as old Professor Farnsworth would say:

GOOD NEWS EVERYBODY!

There are very few Lew View comments! 

(Difficult to keep toast down already listening to “The voice of the district”!)

lol!

Here we go….just quivering with excitement yeah?

~~~

 

Monday, December 17th, 2018

Johnson: opens meeting at 1307hrs, all present, stand for pledge

JOHNSON ANNOUNCEMENTS: asked if people knew what happened 49 years ago today, 49th Wedding Anniversary of Wes and Gigi Barton.

PUBLIC COMMENT –  no comment

Johnson thanks everyone for their support.

Warren: First came on board during heart of drought, only had 60-90 days of water, sees we got our million dollars back plus land purchase, a lot of improvements to system, got the million bucks back – thanks the board and public for keeping them “honest”? Good work and proud to be part of it.

Johnson: everybody made it successful.

Wes Barton:  Dec 2014 $1 million – $600,000 spent during the emergency.

GM REPORT BY KAMPA:

Impossible to read water audit report ?  Not in agenda packet?  Reads approximately 10 acre feet lost in raw water, and 7.34 AF treated or 22% of what produced.  Hope projects working on will help control failing lines.   Black smudges on paper.

Johnson: report states?  KAMPA: 22% of the treated water lost.

ROSS: How consistent is the water loss from month to month between 22-38%.  Ross believes somebody is diverting the water for use.  Someone is taking water without paying for it he believes.  Has been this way since 2008.  ????  (longer than that)

Kampa stated 5 lines leaking all the time put out a lot of water.  Not consistent month after month.  Fluctuates according to amount of water in system….  Emery stated with all the repairs that have been made the loss should have gone down but remains fairly constant.

Kampa agreed there was a problem.  Kampa said they don’t even know if the ones they are going to replace are actually leaking.  Ross said the loss should go down and Kampa agreed.  Kampa said there was no doubt some were leaking, but was that the totality of the problem?  And he didn’t think so.

The survey found 3 illegal connections but Kampa believes we have more.

7.34 treated, 10AF raw, 17.5 AF total.

Johnson:  total water consumption for this period?  Kampa stated those figures were in gallons not AF, and did some quick calculations……Johnson wanted to know how many AF we sold…..  $6,000 in lost water?

KAMPA – affluent meter vault flooded and doesn’t work…. manual read for 10 years…..will be replaced.  Measures all water leaving plant…..couldn’t test before…….. if can’t find will hire a water audit expert….

Johnson felt the consistent water loss requires a different strategy – perhaps physical inspection of meter boxes.

Kampa reported a lot of research the mapping …..documentation is very fragmented.  Spans a huge amount of time, a couple of things of no doubt, the district followed the county line (rehashing same 411 as last month).   Sierra Highlands Water Company was being followed for the LDPCSD boundaries.  Owners’ Association study …… took boundaries of Sierra Highlands Water Company, what Sierra Highlands had approved by the CPUC,  documentation is only in pieces.   No doubt, probably going to be difficult for state to put it all together, likely going to send back to us and have it  surveyed to prove it an administrative mistake.  (THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS!  EVEN MORE MONEY TO SPEND and TIME TO WASTE ON KAMPA’S SPECIAL INTEREST 20 YEAR OLD ANNEXATIONS THAT WANT TODAY’S EXPENSIVE GRANT FUNDED EMERGENCY DROUGHT GROUNDWATER PRODUCTION FOR DEVELOPMENT?)

Kampa says no one place to go for the information.  Kampa pouring over documents and sending to the state.

Johnson:  survey the entire district or just the areas in question?

KAMPA- they’re going to want a surveyor to take the two documents survey and the map and compare the two.   Problem is, Mariposa County side of the drawn map can see the whole left side shifted down and does not follow property lines.  (UNIT 7 abandoned and was never included in the SIERRA HIGHLANDS WATER COMPANY SUBDIVISION OR THE LATER CID/POA and CC&R GOVERNED RESIDENTIAL SUBDIVISION!)

JOHNSON: Want this approved where there is no doubt where the boundaries are, should have been done a long time ago.  (Already done multiple times but the SO GOSIP (same old group of special interest people) refuse to abandon their  proposed money making developments outside the subdivision fueled with proposed entitled subdivision water!)

Kampa said it would either be an administrative error or we need to go through a petition process to change the POU.  Shouldn’t be too bad because we are already providing service and not bringing in new areas to be developed – they’re existing…..(Perhaps forgot the recent McDonough issue where a property was supposedly brought back into the LDPCSD, which was something I thought only LAFCO had the authority to do?   That property was brought back into district boundary for the specific purpose of development with groundwater substitution paid for by MR WECs!)

Ross said surveying the subdivision would be a can of worms because there are only pieces of rebar marking the survey locations.  Ross said they required brass topped pins with surveyor’s information.

KAMPA said it’s been a lot of preparing for the service line contract – closing out reimbursements – will show up next month.

Randy not present again….out with stomach flu.

Kampa will cover his operations report again.  Normal maintenance around plant.  Kampa concerned with co-ordination with PG&E to fix leak.  Can’t get information.   Randy said it needs to be an emergency to get PG&E out there…..same 411 as last month!

Jose passed his T-2 examination. (D-1/T-2 now and takes pressure off other employees)

DOLLAR GENERAL.  Director Warren asked if there was any new information on the Dollar General not fulfilling the contract as reported earlier?….. Kampa asked  Syndie, no.  Only to get a check to the district which puts a band aid on the wound.   Kampa says it hurts them, because they now own a private water line but there are a lot of main extensions without proper documentation, and DG has not finished their documentation.  Most developers will not complete documentation unless something is held back from their completion but the County of Mariposa TUOLUMNE went ahead and gave them a certificate of occupancy.  Whoops!  Haven’t received any money but he expects we will but not the documentation.

KAMPA does not believe Dollar General will honor what the district is requesting even though he has talked with them multiple times on telephone, 15 times in emails.

Director Ross discussed the AMR (automated meter reading) system and the major failures experienced through the years creating a long meandering discussion including the topic of debris in water tanks (including small fish) and deteriorating main water line from Lake McClure.

Ross asked if it would be tens of millions of dollars to replace the raw water line.  Kampa said he would have to check his budget figures but Johnson stated it would be approximately 2.5 million and Kampa agreed.

VP Hankemeier asked about the barge project (last report was contact could not be made or information obtained regarding the progress of the rebuild project).  Kampa said he left another message that morning for information as they have some new REDESIGN options they are exploring and are drawing them up for the engineer now to be sure they meet the requirements previously set.  Kampa stated “we”’ would have to put the heat on them.

Johnson confirmed that the new groundwater wells could only provide 50% of the district’s true water demand (recall that the district was under mandatory water conservation when wells brought on line) and if the other intake pump goes out the district would likely required a 50% or more water restriction in consumption for the wells to cover demand.

Barge is dry docked with no “in the water again” approximate date.

WES BARTON: Stated he was looking at the situation from an organizational standpoint and what could have happened if we were properly staffed.   He felt many of the questions brought up would never have occurred because the board would have been more involved.   Wes stated he has been looking into the outside POU and map controversy and felt Lew Richardson had some good information about the  situation.   Wes stated if he understood the state’s position (violation notice) this situation was not appropriate for an “administrative remedy” (as Pete Kampa has repeatedly stated) but requires a full change petition to the SWRCB which is not simply asking local people here what they want to do, but rather, noticing all users of Merced River water as to any plan to change current POU boundary and water use regulations.   Barton said the issue wasn’t whether the maps are right or wrong, but rather, does the district want to expand the POU BOUNDARY beyond what was established originally?  Wes stated they were arguing about stuff that had already been decided and should be looking at other things.   He commented on where were we going to expand?    He referenced some material Pete Kampa had provided that suggested only 3 new homes a year.   He said a good accountant would have had the Dollar General set up with a pre-fund that the district would draw from without having to chase after the money owed.  Regarding the Barrett Cove leak that has continued for months due to the lack of PG&E to repair a power pole next to the leak…..what happened to the $16-$19,000 claim for damages PG&E had against the LDPCSD?  (When district dug up some PG&E power lines looking for our water lines.)   Wes said he never saw a payment from the district to PG&E and wondered if that was part of the problem regarding PG&E’s failure to respond to the power pole problem near the continuing main line leak.  Wes said that leak has apparently expanded.  Wes said he has noticed the increase in water because that is where he has always walked every day.

Director Ross: Without people in the audience the board would not be as good as it is.  Watching us and bringing stuff to the board.  It takes a lot to come to meetings but it keeps the directors on their toes.

Johnson said the board does listen (referenced Richardson’s comments) but it takes time and money to address concerns.  (Oh really?  How much time would it have taken for any one Director to pick up the telephone and order an official POU map from the SWRCB instead of listening to a GM with an obvious documented special interest in land development annexations outside the SUBDIVISION PLACE OF USE  from 20 years ago he himself set up when starting his infamous water career?)  The board is trying to fix things from decades ago.(No, you are actually re-litigating POU issues settled decades ago by the state (because of Kampa’s FAKE POU MAP) but outside subdivision developers still want more of our water and Pete Kampa wants MR WECS to continue paying for such special benefit groundwater substitution service.) Johnson said he got on the board to help the district, customers and community.  He had worked with electrical panels before and when he saw the panel at the CSD it scared him.  He appreciated the input.

Item 4 – Johnson wanted to pull out the engineer’s document (from consent agenda) for board discussion.     Board approved remaining treasurer’s report and minutes.

Since Binkley Engineering is retiring from our District business – Kampa discussed his research on the new engineering firm and his decision to go with Blackwater Engineering out of Modesto with whom he has worked with in the past.   Approved.

(Confusion over placement of information in the packet – Kampa stated he accidentally placed items in wrong order.)

KAMPA: Lowest bidder for the grant service line replacement and meter project – tour of district equipment in the rain for bidding contractors –  sealed bid/10% bid bond – received 6 bidders, 12 at pre-bid, 6 turned in that morning.   Must take lowest responsible bidder.    Discussion regarding possible reasons for the varying bid estimates.   Some of the pipe materials being used for replacement are not certified “lead free” as now required by new state standards – but said it was not a big deal.

Director Warren mentioned one bid averaged $7,000 per service line replacement which was much higher that what we previously paid for the work.

GM Kampa said competitive bidding does not always get you the best deal.   Kampa said some of the cost was for re-doing the temporary asphalt repairs done in the past with permanent asphalt patches.  A couple of hundred need to be re-done.

Warren stated that in reality we were back to $2,000 a pop.

Kampa said to be honest is was closer to $2,500 per line without the asphalt repair.  He said the whole first year (2015) was done without reimbursing the district with grant money – all out of pocket.   He said we only got a portion of it back.

Warren reiterated we were paying $2,000 each without asphalt and it didn’t seem to make sense.

Kampa stated he wanted to provide more information….and discussed some of the reimbursement he anticipated from the state in the future which was $335,067.

Director Warren stated he was rather shocked by the cost of each line replacement.

Kampa again explained that the repairs were a little bit different this time because everything will be new, whereas not all of the previously replaced lines replaced all the old components leaving a weak link in the line.  He also reminded directors that the new repairs include all the asphalt repairs required.   Johnson asked if Kampa had an area for the first repairs and he responded “yep”, and stated the majority of the repairs would be located ….. paused, and  referenced a “central reduced zone“ it’s past the pressure regulating valve –

Johnson asked for street names.  Kampa replied, Banderilla, Capullo Circle, pretty much all down around the golf course on either side, up to Banderilla, and up to the Alamo Zone north side and all the way down to the other.

Kampa said the incidence of failures in the area was the factor in selecting them for first replacement and they have higher pressures.

Public comment?  None.

Johnson asked about the communication to the community to let them know what was happening.  Perhaps something in the newspaper?  Johnson wanted to show what we have received for the money spent.  Johnson wants a document advertising the beneficial projects completed with the grant money for publishing for the community to appreciate the work.

Board approves notice of award for the contractor bid.  Unanimous.

Victor Afanasiev questioned what newspaper would be used since the Sonora Union Democrat was no longer available in Lake Don Pedro.  Syndie responded,  Foothill Express and the Mariposa  Gazette, Johnson said it could also go on the LDPCSD website.  Kampa said he would do a press release for local media.

5b. Resolution approving compliance monitoring contract.  P29-37.    Another additional document handed out at the meeting.  Unanimous decision.

5c. From last month – operations reporting and priorities.  Kampa didn’t expect this date to be the planning session but discussion would be good – avoid dwelling on small projects.

Director Warren wanted a priority designation of some type with approximate cost.

Johnson then reiterated he wanted a specific report on where time is being spent by our employees.  Where are our resources being spent.  Is the AMR project actually saving time, or costing district more time and money?  Sick time, vacation time, how are things being taken care of by our employees?   Service maintenance plan board set up – is it helping?  Hindering?

Kampa said it could help but is not being used at this time.  Johnson asked if the program was too cumbersome and prevented employees from using the plan?  Kampa said it was a matter of having the time, Johnson again asked, where is the time being spent?  He said all he hears is there isn’t enough time for whatever, and he wants to know where the time is being spent.

Director Warren said we don’t have the manpower to do a pro-active plan.  He asked if the very expensive map completed was being kept up with the new data?  He was more concerned with the map issue.

Ross said we didn’t have enough people to perform everything wanted.

Johnson talked about his prior employment spanning a great area with 15-20 different organizations but had a report that employees in each area filled out to indicate where time was spent.   He said whatever was on the reporting sheet should equal an 8 hour day.  Originally he was against the “added work” but found the reporting sheet so valuable he insisted that area managers also complete the report.  He said when other managers were making up stuff in answer to the question (what were the employees doing) by top management at a meeting, he could easily report exactly what not only his employees, but their managers, were doing with their time.   Johnson said he had an employee confess to him that the report actually made her feel better about the sense of not getting things done during a particular period when she read what she had accomplished during the same time period.

Johnson said a simple report like that could answer thousands of questions.

Ross questioned the process.  Johnson said it hinged on trust because obviously someone could lie about what they were doing.  Same as with overtime reimbursement….what was being accomplished for this overtime?  Discussion of meter reading and the failure to obtain correct billable readings every month for all customers.

VP Dan Hankemeier wanted to know why employees were perceived as being reactive only and unable to proceed with other planned work.

Kampa said they will never hear from him that our employees running the plant should also be working on capital improvements.  He said they were two different things, yet the employees should be identifying and reporting on district functions that need improvement.   What are the time sucking projects?

Johnson: what is the goal for next month in order to support and work on these plans?  Johnson provided an example:  the general report of “performed service requests” should include how many, what type, etc. are all such requests revolving around a similar problem?  How much time to re-read 29 meters?   Once a complaint becomes a report, how long does it take to response and correction?

Director Warren felt the board was discussing subjects more appropriate for the GM and his management of his employees.  Johnson reminded everyone that the subject came up last month because a groundwater well was off line for a while due to the lack of some gaskets – why didn’t we have those in stock for immediate repair?  He said it was not a witch hunt, but a way for the GM to show how the board could help him and with an employee report tracking system it would not be hard to do.

This month there was $1,800 in overtime.  What did district receive for that overtime?  Questions a responsible board member should ask….where is the money going?

Kampa said they had to obviously discuss the district’s infrastructure and prioritization of a capital improvement plans for the future.  Johnson said such a plan should have dates attached to it for completion, cost, who is accountable, etc.

Johnson reiterated his concern about the condition of intake and thought the public should be aware through district communication.

Director Warren thought 3-4 days more appropriate for such a planning workshop instead of 3-4 hours in one meeting.

Kampa said we were trying to do such projects ourselves and it was an engineering exercise, but just add new projects to others not completed from the past.  He said the district has done things and then s said, wish he hadn’t of done that and he was determined not to rush the process just to get something done for the sake of saying something got done.

Johnson said the board needed to hear from operations and noted that Randy rarely attends meetings (with the operations report therefore traditionally handled by GM Kampa).  Kampa said Johnson and the board would not get the real story and he doesn’t need a report sheet to tell him time is being wasted because none of the automated equipment of the plant is working.  He said the plant was run 80% manually with trouble shooting ongoing.    Kampa stated he has asked for a written engineering explanation of how the treatment plant is supposed to be operating.  Kampa says Randy says the system is only manually operated because he doesn’t know the automatic side of the operation.

Kampa said once the new equipment is installed the employees will be trained on how to run the treatment plant automatically and will  learn  to walk away from the 80% manual operation.

Johnson said, tell me what they are doing – if something needs repair, get it fixed.

Kampa stated he felt he had received good direction from the board.  Projects based on engineering experience and cost factor – something we will talk about with the district engineer.  Johnson asked when could this happen –

A condition assessment – estimated years left of equipment,  6 months, typically a full year for a full plan, but we don’t have to do the whole thing, we can carve out certain projects…. Line replacements, raw water line, master metering, a number of projects, evaluation of the transmission line, etc., intake, treatment plant upgrades, distribution components are all part of a planning grant already submitted and will probably take another two months for decision to award planning grant under Prop 68, it might take four months to get a contract and funding for it because it is a half million dollar planning exercise, but the result is plans and specifications approved by the state ready for a construction grant or construction loan but you’ll see progress all the way through it.

Russ Warren also stated he was appalled at the condition of some of the water tanks – rotten boards supporting electronics, lack of security, level indicator systems not working properly … we needed to standardize and update some of that equipment with new technology such as electrical generation from the moving water in pipes.

Continued discussion as to what might be done.  Johnson asked if Kampa if he could just explain to him the operational roles of employees because he felt there was more the board could do there.

Director Emery Ross asked Wes Barton how many people were here in 2008 – for operations?  Wes replied he believed 3 or 4.  Ross said, double what we have now and things weren’t getting done then.

Director Warren felt that with only three employees in operations we were slowly sinking as a district.

Johnson disagreed but continued by asking the board what they wanted to do about the matter.

VP Hankemeier asked when Kampa would have something put together for the board regarding a planning meeting for projects?

Kampa said the first part would be consulting with the engineer but a condition assessment of the plant could not be done quickly and the district had a lot to do.

Public Comment:  Wes Barton stated every GM has had a plan of what needs to be done and how employees were spending or should be spending their district work time.  Every GM here has had their own computer package through the years for such employee tracking costing around $1,000 – $2,000 for the software.   Wes said the real question to ask was, what are employees doing that customers are willing to pay for?  Those are pretty well listed.  But what are they doing that customers do not want to pay for?  Those are the things you want to get rid of.   Wes said this could be done with some special time cards entered into that software package.  Value added work, or, bad work?  That can go into your computer system.  That can be done but who will be using the information?    We hired the CPA at $600 a month, for payroll and the financials, he now gets paid about $2,500 a month.  I don’t know what he’s doing, you guys know what he’s doing but I don’t, but I think he could be doing this kind of recapping work with this information.  Wes said it would take time to get started but it could be done if we stopped with the other garbage.  Just like with the grants – no question that they’re a blessing but everything we do with a grant takes a lot longer and a lot more money than you can convince anyone in the public  – am I to believe we got three wells for $600,000 each?   I don’t think so, I don’t believe that was reasonable and I wouldn’t even try to explain it.  But it happened.  Why did it happen?  Because it had a whole bunch of these  other things in there that had to be done because of all the engineers and all.  Maybe we need to staff up with the right people – so long as we’ve already got a CPA we’re more than doubling his pay right now –  more than doubling it, so he could be doing these things and we could simplify the things all we want  let’s throw out the things that aren’t worth doing.  Wes said he wasn’t looking for a job but would be more than willing to help with the effort.

President Johnson asked for a summary.

Syndie said she had it for Kampa to meet with engineer and establish a time.

5d.  Board reorganization.  VP Hankemeier suggested keeping everything the same.  Ross seconded.

Unanimous board decision to leave board as is.

Next closed session, 3:40hrs, will reconvene at 3:48hours.

CLOSED SESSION: CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL – LITIGATION Significant exposure to litigation pursuant to paragraph (d)(2) of Government Code Section 54956.9: (1 case)

 

President Danny Johnson open meeting for the CLOSED SESSION REPORT OUT at 4:14 hrs, with nothing to report, and closed meeting also at 4:14hrs.

 

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Well, that’s what I noted from listening to the two CDs (Regular Board Meeting and the CLOSED SESSION “Report Out”) I picked up yesterday.

I wonder if the litigation could be with PG&E for the damage claim the district has evidently not paid?

Or a personnel hiring matter for operations manager from last year?

Or GM Kampa’s POU map submitted to the State Water Board?

(Recall admission from last month that district could potentially be subject to “exposure”?)

Who the heck knows?

(But I sure as heck have some reasonably fact based theories.)

Time will tell.

My best to you and yours, Lew

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JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE THAT BREEDS DISTRUST

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Scan you LDPCSD December 17th, 2018 Agenda Packet yet?

Notice what appears to be another “Kampa Sandbagging” on his GM report?

Why not included in the properly Brown Act noticed agenda and packet distributed by our local LDPCSD office?

Was Pete’s report simply not completed on time when the agenda packet was ready in the office – as required?

Or, is this a common Kampa technique utilized to obscure, conceal and/or “down play” public knowledge and appreciation for how some aspects of the LDPCSD are now operated under a Kampa Community Solutions, llc, aka, KAMPACS remote management system?

You know, GM Kampa never explained where he had used the wrong government code on information contained in previous agenda packets…..was it those GM Evaluations where a government code section dealing with DISTRICT LIABILITY and LOSSES was used?  Heck questions about that numerous times did not receive any semblance of a decent response – questions regarding such pecularities usually do no.  They are just forgotten until the next occurrence which is predictably the next monthly board meeting.

Is that why we see this new GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION in the agenda this month?

“6. CLOSED SESSION
a. CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL –LITIGATION
Significant exposure to litigation pursuant to paragraph (d)(2) of Government Code Section
54956.9: (1 case)
7. ADJOURNMENT:

 

ANYWAY, Our Meeting Agenda Packet only included the below reference as to why there was no GM Report:

 

No biggie, just probably added that late report to the LDPCSD website “online packet”.

OOPS!  But wait!  I recall that the packets sent digitally to requesting customers, those posted on the website, or the ones handed out at LDPCSD Board Meetings are not always the same.   Well today is Saturday, December 15th, 2018 so guess I had better see what has been posted on the LDPCSD website as far as the meeting agenda packet for Monday _–

 

SURPRISE!

(or maybe not – lol)

GOLLY GEE! There’s no DECEMBER 17th  2018 MEETING AGENDA or PACKET AVAILABLE on the LAKE DON PEDRO CSD Website.

Rather hard to read the missing GM REPORT yeah?

The monthly WATER LOSS REPORT is missing also.

GO FIGURE.

 

My best to you and yours, Lew

 

PS SURPRISE – #2!

The DECEMBER 17th 2018 Meeting Agenda and Packet are on the website…..oh yes they are!

Just under the TAB TITLE NOVEMBER 19th, 2018 who would have every  thought?

Guess what?

Still no GM Report so I’ll wait until I get a CD copy of the meeting audio some time later.     lol

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SWITZERLAND- WHAT’S IN A HANDSHAKE?

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PEARL HARBOR DAY

Received this morning –  felt it worthy of passing on to viewers who might be interested.   Struck me as to how it appears to relate to the many difficulties the USA is experiencing as a result of politically motivated immigration to disrupt and confuse the differences between  “RIGHTS”, “PRIVILEGES”, “PREFERENCES”, etc. within this freedom born and loving country.

Finally understand how normal life expectancy plays a critical role in their rewriting and perversion of true history.  Once those who were physically present and knew the truth from the special interest propaganda that is intentionally spread to confuse and change issues for the invading forces are gone, who will stand against an anti USA position and scream from the top of their lungs:

“THIS IS A LIE AGAINST LEGITIMATE CITIZENS* OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THEIR COLLECTIVE INTERESTS IN PRESERVING FREEDOM”

 then again, who will be here to receive and understand such a warning – much less care?

Yup, beginning to understand how natural death might be embraced after conversion into a stranger while in your own home.

 

* Please appreciate that race, ethnicity, culture, religion, etc.  has little to do with being a LEGITIMATE CITIZEN.

 

My best to you and  yours, Lew

 

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Subject: Switzerland — What’s in a Handshake?

Wake up people!

At first glance this may seem like a trivial story,  but what lies hidden beneath it could have serious consequences for our children and grandchildren.

 

In Switzerland it has long been customary for students to shake the hands of their teachers at the beginning and end of the school day. It’s a sign of solidarity and mutual respect between teacher and pupil, one that is thought to encourage the right classroom atmosphere. Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga recently felt compelled to further explain that shaking hands was part of Swiss culture and daily life.

 

And the reason she felt compelled to speak out about the handshake is that two Muslim brothers, aged 14 and 15, who have lived in Switzerland for several years (and thus are familiar with its mores), in the town of Therwil, near Basel, refused to shake the hands of their teacher, a woman, because, they claimed, this would violate Muslim teachings that contact with the opposite sex is allowed only with family members.

 

At first the school authorities decided to avoid trouble, and initially granted the boys an exemption from having to shake the hand of any female teacher. But an uproar followed, as Mayor Reto Wolf explained to the BBC: “the community was unhappy with the decision taken by the school.  In our culture and in our way of communication a handshake is normal and sends out respect for the other person, and this has to be brought home to the children in school.”

 

Therwil’s Educational Department reversed the school’s decision, explaining in a statement on May 25  that the school’s exemption was lifted because “the public interest with respect to equality between men and women and the integration of foreigners significantly outweighs the freedom of religion.” It added that a teacher has the right to demand a handshake. Furthermore, if the students refused to shake hands again “the sanctions called for by law will be applied,” which included a possible fine of up to 5,000 dollars.

 

This uproar in Switzerland, where many people were enraged at the original exemption granted to the Muslim boys, did not end after that exemption was itself overturned by the local Educational Department.  The Swiss understood quite clearly that this was more than a little quarrel over handshakes; it was a fight over whether the Swiss would be masters in their own house, or whether they would be forced to yield, by the granting of special treatment, to the Islamic view of the proper relations between the sexes. It is one battle small ,but to the Swiss significant between overweening Muslim immigrants and the indigenous Swiss.

 

Naturally, once the exemption was withdrawn, all hell broke loose among Muslims in Switzerland . The Islamic Central Council of Switzerland, instead of yielding quietly to the Swiss decision to uphold the handshaking custom, criticized the ruling in hysterical terms, claiming that the enforcement of the handshaking is “totalitarian” (!) because its intent is to “forbid religious people from meeting their obligations to God.”

 

That, of course, was never the “intent” of the long-standing handshaking custom, which was a nearly-universal custom in Switzerland , and in schools had to do only with encouraging the right classroom atmosphere of mutual respect between instructor and pupil, of which the handshake was one aspect.

 

The Swiss formulation of the problem  weighing competing claims will be familiar to Americans versed in Constitutional adjudication. In this case “the public interest with respect to equality” of the sexes and the “integration of foreigners” (who are expected to adopt Swiss ways, not force the Swiss to exempt them from some of those ways) were weighed against the “religious obligations to God” of Muslims, and the former interests found to outweigh the latter.

 

What this case shows is that even at the smallest and seemingly inconsequential level, Muslims are challenging the laws and customs of the Infidels among whom they have been allowed to settle [i.e., stealth jihad toward sharia dominance]. Each little victory, or defeat, will determine whether Muslims will truly integrate into a Western society or, instead, refashion that society to meet Muslim requirements.

 

The handshake has been upheld and, what’s more, a stiff fine now will be imposed on those who continue to refuse to shake hands with a female teacher. This is a heartening sign of non-surrender by the Swiss. But the challenges of the Muslims within Europe to the laws and customs of the indigenes have no logical end and will not stop.

 

And the greater the number of Muslims allowed to settle in Europe, the stronger and more frequent their challenges will be. They are attempting not to integrate, but rather to create, for now, a second, parallel society, and eventually, through sheer force of numbers from both migration and by outbreeding the Infidels, to fashion not a parallel society but one society now dominated by Muslim sharia.

 

(The Muslims have no intention of assimilating into any non-Muslim society because their religion forbids it.  The Western Countries had better wake up and start deporting the Muslims before a it is too late. The Muslims have a Master Plan for World Domination, but the Western Countries currently have no Master Plan for defending against it.  – BKJ)

 

The Swiss handshaking dispute has received some, but not enough, press attention. Presumably, it’s deemed too inconsequential a matter to bother with.  But the Swiss know better.  And so should we.

 

There’s an old Scottish saying that in one variant reads: “Many a little makes a mickle.” That is, the accumulation of many little things leads to one big thing. That’s what’s happening in Europe today. This was one victory for the side of sanity. There will need to be a great many more.

 

This needs circulation far and wide.   Hopefully the U.S. can learn before it’s too late.  In fact, some schools in the U.S. are now letting Muslim male students bring and use their prayer rugs, but we can’t have prayer  in our schools?

 

https://www.truthorfiction.com/muslim-students-question-swiss-handshake-custom/

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PUBLIC INFORMATION ACCESS IS QUESTIONABLE AT TIMES – PERHAPS EVEN A BIG JOKE

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Over a decade of MARIPOSA COUNTY LAFCO ANNEXATION FILES missing from their website?

Sheriff/District Attorney/Grand Jury etc, unable/unwilling to investigate and make corrections?

California Attorney General and his Department of Justice suggest contacting local and state law enforcement and various state and federal political officials for assistance or perhaps hiring private legal counsel — IF you can even find adequate representation that does not have a “conflict of interest issue” with any one of the many extremely powerful  players (or KAMPA supporting organizations such as the CSDA) in this Lake Don Pedro water right scam spanning decades.

Court?  As in risking your own future financial security to pursue complaints of local public agency corruption in a Superior Court?  That’s what the DOJ is supposed to do.

Look what happened to prior Lake Don Pedro victim residents Jim and Marion Dean before they left this realm of existence after losing close to 1/2 a million dollars for simply attempting to get the County of Mariposa to obey its own frigg’n land development regulations and STATE RESPONSIBILITY AREA 1991 FIRE SAFE MINIMUM ROADWAY STANDARDS IN A DESIGNATED HIGH FIRE SEVERITY ZONE 12 YEARS AFTER THEY WERE PASSED BY THE LEGISLATURE!

Think about that!   1/2 million dollars of private retirement funds lost in simply trying to get the County of Mariposa to follow land development regulations it set up for public safety and the good of the county!

Then later – recognizing the many failures and liabilities PERMITTED TO CONTINUE FIRE WISE, DESPITE CLEAR ENFORCEABLE LAW TO THE CONTRARY, the state decides to charge a “Fire Fee” to all regular citizen property owners within the SRA for more revenue AND WAS ABLE TO KEEP THE MONEY after it was determined to be essentially an illegal TAX!    So much for record keeping and filing protests for those years….the state still kept MY MONEY yet permitted a land developer to intentionally violate 12 year old state regulations regarding minimum roadway standards in a residential high fire severity zone by constructing substandard roads to serve multiple proposed residences, one even violated six separated state public safety regulations specifically designed to protect life and property!  What have we all witnessed year after year after year after year?     The senseless loss of life and property due to wild fire and the failure to abide by public safety fire regulations in land developments.  Lake Don Pedro was fine for decades until that “late on the scene” land developer from the Bay Area constructed many of these “developer convenience roads” to reach traditionally difficult to develop properties within this CALIFORNIA SUBDIVISION MAP ACT APPROVED SUBDIVISION to cut expenses for traditional individual driveways.  That geriatric couple, my friends, each died (within a couple of weeks of each other) with an incredible added stress due to fighting a righteous and legally grounded public safety cause yet losing in Mariposa County Superior Court because of the private special interests that can so often be easily and quietly elevated above common sense law.  A COMMON SENSE LAW that increasingly appears to only apply, and be enforced against, powerless citizens through, and by, an out of control special interest local government with no accountability to anyone or anything.   (What is it “they say”?   Accountable to the public they represent and serve?   lol)

Repeated failure to respond to written requests for lawful public information?

A semi-secret meeting between LAFCO and LDPCSD officials in 2014 that dramatically changed the LDPCSD operating water service boundary to permit a previously proposed 900 acre residential subdivision across the street from the LDPCSD Administration Office – without providing requested evidence that such annexation was properly performed back in 1995 -even though that annexation was then evidently actively kept a secret from the public for over 20 years until shortly before Pete Kampa was unethically returned to the LDPCSD as GM/TREASURER and tasked with providing an “alternate source water” for a massive groundwater substitution program to serve many LAFCO ANNEXED PROPERTY DEVELOPMENTS outside the water license Place of Use for Merced River water – and utilizing state and federal grant funds intended for existing customers during a state wide drought emergency?

Yes, a big ‘ol honk’n sentence for a big ‘ol water suck’n scam by slick special interests who always use public funds and resources for their private land development benefit, aka, GIFTS OF PUBLIC FUNDS!

(Yes, didn’t sleep well last night.)

So I decided to again attempt to find out what’s been going on up in Sacramento with the State Water Board regarding Pete Kampa’s multiple attempts at filing his FAKE POU MAP in replacement of the SWRCB OFFICIAL ONE ON FILE (so as to enlarge the PLACE OF  USE FOR MERCED RIVER WATER UNDER WL11395 and reduce the degree and severity of intentional violations he’s known about for over 20 years).

[Don’t have time right now, but a 2016 KAMPA denial played next to a 2018 acknowledgement of “potential”financial exposure of the district might make for an interesting comparison – yeah?]

Actually thought I had found the information I was looking for

yet after downloading and attempting to open the file from the SWRCB website a security alert warning advised the file is probably dangerous and may allow a malicious user to take over my computer!    YIKES!  That doesn’t sound good, eh?

Wonderful.

Been there – done that!  My aging curiosity certainly is not worth risking compromising my computer with garbage quite costly to remove.    A government website really screwed up my laptop years ago….I was happily downloading all sorts of great information left and right when suddenly, a momentary flicker on the monitor and then …..BSOD!   (BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH!)  What a horribly helpless feeling.

So, guess I’ll just continue to wait and hope for a legitimate SWRCB investigation, illumination of the truth, and some semblance of justice and accountability for the years of wasted public resources and distraction from legitimate LDPCSD business, but of course, while “WE WAIT” Kampa & Kompany (and his supporting organizations) are simultaneously continuing to misrepresent and deceive costing MR WECs more money each day with a likely corresponding reduction in the quality of entitled service.

Think I’ll limp around outside in the sunshine for a while.

My best to you and yours, Lew

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YES! THAT DON PEDRO WASTE WATER FACILITY CAME ON LINE IN 2008 LIKE I THOUGHT

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(BELOW) Don Pedro Waste Water Pond in the top right corner of this file photo.

 

Found this document this morning.  Considering the discussion at the last LDPCSD Special Meeting on November 12, 2018 reported yesterday, I thought it might be of interest to those concerned about the issue.  Lots of background information and tons of technical stuff.

Although I have not read every single word in the document I did scan it rather thoroughly for any mention of the process of dumping toxic liquid landfill leachate (the brownish nasty liquid stuff which accumulates at landfill basins when precipitation percolates through the garbage) into the facility for treatment –  without success.  I did read something about how using such a system for any other purpose not specifically approved by the state could be a violation.   I honestly do not know if that prior leachate dumping by tankers from the Mariposa landfill is continuing or exactly how it was initially set up by the county, but it sure sounds like something our community should find out if the County of Mariposa is indeed attempting to force that financial MONEY PIT/nightmare on the MR WECs of the Lake Don Pedro subdivision WHO (as you might have heard somewhere – lol) HAVE ALREADY BEEN UNETHICALLY SADDLED WITH THE SUBSTANTIAL COSTS in providing a subsidized groundwater replacement program for LAFCO ANNEXATIONS outside the WL11395 Place of Use boundary for Merced River water.   (Properties, incidentally, our district has no legal duty or moral obligation to provide water service which certainly makes the program appear to be more of a GIFT OF PUBLIC FUNDS AND RESOURCES FOR PRIVATE  LAND DEVELOPER BENEFIT.

When you think about it,  MR WECs are already subsidizing that waste water facility with KAMPA’s GRANT FUNDED GROUNDWATER WELL SUBSTITUTION PROGRAM since the facility is outside the legal Place of Use for Merced River water and must receive groundwaterAlthough this document does mention that the facilities source water is a “blend” of surface and groundwater it FAILS TO EXPLAIN WHY THIS MUST BE DONE!

Anyway, here’s the link to the document:

Don Pedro Waste Water Facility Information

 

 

My best to you and  yours, Lew

 

 

 

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