Haste (According to online Merriam-Webster):
speed of motion or action: quickness or eagerness that can result in mistakes:
1) rapidity of motion
2) rash or headlong action
3) undue eagerness to act
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You know folks, I need to “take a deep breath” and “slow down” myself. I have a lot going on right now but am compelled to get this information out, so please excuse if there are mistakes. I’m distracted and exhausted.
ANYWAY, I recognize no one starts with the same information or understanding of any given subject. So, perhaps the best place to proceed is by posting the agenda packet material which prompted my emphatic objections that the entire process was improper and unethical.
NOTE: Since the management proposal (and contract ready for immediate signature) was in the board packet for public dissemination, I can only believe Mr. PETE KAMPA has no concerns about any terms being confidential or privileged so I will post all the pages and cite a few in support my questioning and concerns.
I have already spoken with one customer who felt the maximum of 20 work hours a week [PAGE 19 under General Management Responsibilities] and the compensation of $75,000 for the first year plus possible incidentals, [PAGE 18, bottom paragraph] was a great deal for KAMPA but not so wonderful for the DISTRICT.
Anyway, I do have some questions and maybe after viewing this, you folks might have some of your own. Here we go:
Why did Directors Emery Ross, Victor Afanasiew and Danny Johnson ignore the professional advice of GM Ralph Felix on how to proceed with the recruitment and selection process for a new GM? [PAGE 16 LDPCSD STAFF REPORT by GM]
Directors VICTOR AFANASIEV and DANNY JOHNSON were aware of the correct procedures to select a replacement GM – they participated with the CEA (California Employer’s Association) in selecting Ralph Felix. The CEA helps protect a public agency such as ours from improperly conducting recruitment which could result in serious problems…..ahhh, down stream you might say.
Why was the Personnel Committee not tasked with responsibility of recruitment?
When did these three directors decide to forego normal recruitment of a GM?
When did they first learn of the KAMPA management proposal?
Why were Directors EMERY ROSS, VICTOR AFANASIEV, and DANNY JOHNSON so determined to push through and approve only one proposal by PETE KAMPA which was solicited by Director ROSS?
Should EMERY ROSS have recused himself from voting on the matter because of his continuing friendship and past working relationship with PETE KAMPA?
JUST BEFORE THE CLOCK STRUCK TWELVE!
The KAMPA PROPOSAL was sent to the CSD OFFICE and EMERY ROSS on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 1158 PM – only two minutes before midnight. [PAGE 17]
Note that Kampa does not indicate how he came to “understand that your District manager has resigned effective the end of this week”.
The original agenda had no mention of the KAMPA PROPOSAL and was printed on or before September 30th, because I received one on Tuesday, September 30th with the CSD project list. Then it was suddenly changed on Oct 1st to include the proposal for a meeting on Oct 3rd! Who pushed that change?
During the Friday, Oct 3rd Special Meeting I questioned EMERY ROSS as to telephoning PETE KAMPA and divulging confidential information concerning the GM resignation. ROSS stated he had not read the September 23rd email sent to him by the GM and had only heard about the GM resigning from some citizen. Then he called KAMPA with the news.
QUESTION: WHO WAS THIS CITIZEN WITH CONFIDENTIAL/PRIVILEGED INFORMAITON who thought they should advise a micro-managing director that the GM had resigned?
THINKING CAP TIME FOLKS! lol
If you were a director on a board and some citizen told you your GM had resigned, and you didn’t know a thing about the matter, wouldn’t you first check your emails/telephone messages, etc. from the office or at least place a call to the office and/or GM to find out what the heck was going on?
Does it seem reasonable, responsible, or proper that the first person EMERY ROSS telephoned was his old friend and co-worker PETE KAMPA who just happened to be the GM of his own consulting management firm looking for more business?
[PAGE 18: NOTE the job name and date under the KAMPA COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS, LLC letterhead: Lake Don Pedro Community Services District, and under that?
September 25, 2014 !
This appears to be evidence that PETE KAMPA was certainly aware of the GM vacancy at least FIVE DAYS prior to sending in his very late night proposal on September 30th.
Did it take five days to create that “boilerplate” type pdf proposal – working feverishly until almost midnight on Tuesday?
COULD KAMPA have, (in concert with and per the instructions of EMERY & maybe BETSIE ROSS), intentionally withheld sending the email to bolster EMERY ROSS’s story of hearing about the resignation some time after the confidential email in hopes of indicating a last minute process and not violating the confidential/privileged nature of the communication?
OBVIOUSLY PETE KAMPA KNEW ABOUT THE RESIGNATION ONLY TWO DAYS AFTER DIRECTORS RECEIVED THE GM’S CONFIDENTIAL RESIGNATION LETTER!
Why wasn’t the proposal sent September 25th, when there would have been sufficient time for all directors to study the proposal, schedule a meeting to discuss, and then make a decision?
IS KAMPA EMERY ROSS’S TYPE OF GM? – GROW THE DISTRICT OUTSIDE THE MIDPOU LEGAL PLACE OF USE BOUNDARIES AND SPREAD THE COST WITH THOSE WHO DON’T EVEN RECEIVE THAT EXPENSIVE BENEFIT!
Yup, good ‘ol EMERY ROSS has done it again. Naturally he wants KAMPA to come back to the LDPCSD.
I wonder if EMERY ROSS, VICTOR AFANASIEV or DANNY JOHNSON BEFORE THEY VOTED TO ACCEPT THE KAMPA PROPOSAL were aware of the whole story about his prior employment at our LDPCSD?
According to my sources there were a number of customer complaints that were to be filed against PETE KAMPA right before he resigned in the Fall of 1997. The board certainly didn’t discuss this at last Friday’s Special Board Meeting. There was no prior or substantive discussion regarding KAMPA’s prior employment or difficulties while with the LDPCSD at all.
Were these directors aware PETE KAMPA, right before he resigned as Plant Manager for the LDPCSD, pushed for and received authorization to proceed with Sphere of Influence boundary adjustments to include other outside the LEGAL Place of Use properties for potential future water service customers?
THE ONLY WAY to supply that water is to drill many more ground wells to provide another source of water other than Lake McClure (which you should know by now, cannot be used by outside MIDPOU (Merced Irrigation District Place Of Use) properties due to restrictions in Water License 11395…..say it!….Water License 11395.
Is this management proposal evidence of PETE KAMPA’s continued program of district expansion just like EMERY ROSS desires, along with all those folks who pay nothing to the district yet vote in district elections? There’s much more to this folks, but I have some happy/sad work to perform.
My best to you and yours, Lew
PETE KAMPA MANAGEMENT PROPOSAL BELOW GM STAFF REPORT
My best to you and yours, Lew
My best to you and yours, Lew
Thanks for your thoughts.