I REMEMBER … A CONFLICTED BUT BEAUTIFUL MORNING

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CONTINUATION OF OCTOBER 21st, 2011 LDPCSD MEETING

Verbatim transcriptions based on analog and/or digital recordings of the meeting

Prior to jumping back into that infamous meeting orchestrated by TUMMOTA (The Unidentified Male Member Of The Audience) who was purportedly from the State Attorney General’s Office yet permitted a choreographed barrage of personal attacks by the SO GOSIP (Same Old Group Of Special Interest People) on a director during a recorded public business meeting, I would like to chitchat about some bird brains that are close to me.

“ANOTHER  BIRD” COINCIDENCE?

Yes indeed, I think that little bird knew exactly what it was doing when it landed on the trash can filled with wild bird seed and began pecking away at the lid.  Sure it would have been much more interesting if the little guy had been pecking out a complex Morse Code message regarding the condition of his feeding station, but his message was received loud and clear never-the-less. 

I’ve been feeding these birds for twenty years, in fact, one of the first “improvements” to the property was hanging a couple of seed feeders and a bird bath fed by a drip irrigation emitter to guarantee every time I watered trees their bath would be filled.   I had 17 existing Oaks scattered about a 1.1 acre downhill lot covered in hot dry grass, weeds,  “tripping rocks” (low to the ground that inevitably snag the toe of your boot and produce that “impromptu unbalanced downhill dance”) boulders and a host of other indigenous foothill creatures.  There were few neighbors then, Castle Air Force Base was still open and quite active with aircraft,  and that feeding/bathing station was a pretty popular spot for a host of animals.  Like a little oasis.

PATTERNS OF BEHAVIOR

Certainly after feeding generations of different species of birds a few would come to learn my pattern of behavior just as I had theirs?  The encounter a couple of days ago was only one of many interspecies’ communications through the years.  Hummingbirds get quite vocal when their precious fluid container is either empty or has been over-run by ants (coating the wire that hangs the feeder with vegetable oil helps reduce ant intrusion but of course it eventually wears off after repeated ant attacks and requires re-coating to be effective.  Apparently, after walking through the oil they end up rubbing their antennas with legs contaminated with oil which they do not seem to care for at all.).  Sometimes they’ll even fly in for a quick shower when I’m spraying water on dust covered bushes and trees.

TWELVE O’CLOCK HIGH AND APPROACHING FAST

I’ll be doing some work in another area of the property when suddenly a Hummer will dart into sight, hover only a couple of feet right in front of me while chattering like crazy.  Once receiving some form of acknowledgement of its presence the little bundle of energy will rapidly change elevations and positions but all directly in front of me.  If I do not respond immediately it will fly a short distance to resting spot in a tree, chatter for a bit, then quietly observe only to repeat the process if I do not respond.  Usually I just laugh to myself, stop work, and proceed with filling the feeder with their traditional red nectar.  That’s when the real show starts with all of them jockeying for position, chasing one another off with some pretty amazing and amusing displays of precision flying.    

Anyway, after the “garage communication” I began filling the feeders to the common background choir of impatient chattering song by Finches, Nuthatches, Sparrows, etc., scattered throughout the surrounding trees.  Imagine the knowledge that could be gained if I could only translate the different languages? …….  “Finally – ‘bout time he got off his lazy butt” — “What’s so difficult? Put the seed in the feeder”—-  “Next time I’ll peck his forehead!” etc.     Well, enough about these particular bird brains.

I REMEMBER …  A CONFLICTED BUT BEAUTIFUL MORNING

I watched as he slowly placed one foot in front of the other in a series of small meticulous steps. Head down in clear concentration – focused on the unfolding path for what appeared to be house slipper clad feet.  The low elevation of these cautious steps often made the walk seem to be more of a shuffle.  As he continued to traverse the bright green Sun lit morning lawn framed in shadows of large Pines, I felt uneasiness build in my stomach and spread through my abdomen. 

A flood of divergent emotions started to boil up from stomach to chest as a multitude of concepts such as love, loss, emptiness, regret, betrayal, deceit, sympathy and purpose danced through the firing synapses of my brain.  Why would this observance trigger such strong emotions?  Because of a similar walk I had seen my Father negotiate in his late 80’s?  Or was it that nagging value taught as a child to respect my elders?

My mind began to process a checklist of memories, lessons learned, and confirmations of truth.  I confided in my partner about the possibility of changing the day’s schedule and foregoing any further investigation as planned.  Then almost simultaneously as those doubts left my lips a familiar and reassuring voice was remembered and clarified the issue barring further hesitancy:  “Knock it off Lewis – get back to work”.   The momentary doubts fueled by emotionally charged questions of life and death, respect, sympathy, and compassion for an adversary quickly evaporated and were replaced with a sense of respectful determination. 

I REMEMBER

OK, back to the October 21st, 2011 meeting where TUMMOTA represented as being from the California State Attorney General’s Office, insisted members of the SO GOSIP be allowed to personally attack a director with matters not constituting business of the Community Services District.

{Over stadium loud speakers….}

NOW PINCH HITTING FOR THE SO GOSIP – MS CORALANE PORTER OF THE DEERWOOD TEAM

Verbatim transcript with [PERSONAL OPINION/COMMENT in italicized font within brackets]

Coralane Porter: Ahm, and again this is related to your blog Lew. 

Director Richardson:  Sure

Coralane Porter:  You have attacked my father for years he has never been nothing but less, he’s always been a gentleman to you.  You have implied and pretty much said that he broke rules and regulations on driveways and that is a lie.

Director Richardson:  (Softly) No it is not.

[Yes indeed, to my knowledge your father has always conducted himself as a gentleman and I have stated so numerous times through the years on this website.  Even when personally advising directors (multiple times) he had every intention of recalling them from office he was a gentleman.  So?  Just because a person may be polite, that is not justification for doing wrong things.   My opposition has always been focused on what your father and his multi-million dollar Deerwood land development/mortgage corporation has done to this community, not how nice he appears while doing such. 

Nice try Coralane.  You know very well the issue is not about “driveways”, but “roadways” because the later were intended to serve multiple dwellings as in the case of the Deerwood-Alfier Roadway on Alamo Dive hill where your father and Harry Alfier intended to construct homes with an enhanced view of the high Sierras without the traditional cost of individual driveways.  Asphalt paving of a Pedestrian & Equestrian Trail in contradiction of Mariposa County Ordinance 950?  This is a complex subject but we’ll return to it after Harry’s speech because I’ve got some things I’d like to share with all of you.]

Coralane Porter:  Yes it is sir and you know that and you let it lie, you imply and insinuate and you, truly I, I can’t believe he’s as nice as he is to you.  He is such a gentleman and you have treated him horribly and that’s why I don’t read your blog because it, it’s so upsetting and what you do is you say things related to the water, you take pictures, you spend all this time and you just want people, we’ve lost business because of you sir.  Where people will come up here and they get on the blog and they go well it sounds like Deerwood is doing some really undercut because you want people to get that impression, you love for people to get that impression.

Director Richardson:  Not at all

[Please do not tell me what I do and do not know or want.  You who claim not to read posts on this website yet complain about what I write.  Actually, it occurs to me the people who claim to support Tom Porter, including members of his own family, are doing him more harm than good.  I never posted a photograph of the cartoon that gave rise to Porter’s “Cartoon Recall” of an LDPOA (Lake Don Pedro Owners’ Association) Board of directors until CSD Director Emery Ross used that recall as a reason not to support and appoint Victor Afanasiev to the board – the only applicant at that time incidentally.  It was an irresponsible and misleading comment to make in regards to the man’s qualifications and integrity.   As I have said many times I, and others, are very proud that we stood our ground in support of the First Amendment right to free speech against a very powerful special interest multi-million dollar corporation.  Every time members of the SO GOSIP make such spurious accusations and innuendos of wrong-doing it provides me with the opportunity to respond.  You bring it up then complain about the response. 

Oh, now you claim your business losses are because of me?  Oh please.   I wasn’t the one to purchase a non-performing golf course.  I wasn’t the one who put developer-friendly directors on the LDPOA Board who refused to enforce subdivision regulations.  I wasn’t the one who overbuilt with speculative and model homes constructed WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL as required by regulations.  Who from this area requested such uncontrolled development?  I find it interesting that in some areas Deerwood “cookie cutter” homes are so close you can spit from one deck to the one next door!  Perhaps people from high density city life care for that kind of layout but most folks up here surely do not judging by how they built their own homes.  But there’s the rub about spec & model homes…..the future owner has no say in their configuration on the lot.  Your father offered a “take it or leave it” home.  So?  People have chosen not to take it – yet you blame me?  Grow up.   I wasn’t the one who constructed dangerous developer convenience roads to maximize profits regardless of the potential injury and/or death to innocent others.  Do not blame others for the negative ramifications inherited due to past self-serving activities.   You assume to know what I want and state it as fact, and as usual, you are absolutely wrong.  I want people to know the truth about what has happened in Lake Don Pedro since arrival of the mighty Deerwood Corporation, but that wouldn’t be a big selling point either.  I wish no hardship on anyone, but some people earn it by their own actions.]

 

Coralane Porter:  And then after you said so many negative comments about things about my father and, and imply and insinuate, and this and that, then you kind of said oh gee it’s so sad that the country club is closed.  In one of your blogs you implied that I don’t even know if he owns it anymore?  You know, but its like you just put this stuff out there and it’s, it’s like creating something, he’s always done things by the book, always.  And as a daughter, as a daughter I am so offended by how you act as a Board of Director it is, it is unbelievable and you have a mocking attitude, you have a real arrogant way you carry yourself, you’re very friendly and kind of nice and if someone does something, see right now if you weren’t here (referring to TUMMOTA) he would be attacking me.

Director Richardson:  No

Coralane Porter:  You would be attacking me, yes you would

Director Richardson:  No, I’m hoping the new President (referring to TUMMOTA) will give me the opportunity to respond to what she’s saying to me though.

Coralane Porter:  And you’ve been doing this to me sir

TUMMOTA:  Wait till she speaks then you respond

Director Richardson:  OK, thank you

[Sure it is sad the golf course closed but expecting other water customers to subsidize its losses is unfair to the majority of customers but when has Deerwood been concerned about fairness to others?  I was raised in a golf family – my Dad played most of his life, my brother was on the college golf team and I knocked the ball around for many years until finding other things I enjoyed more.  I’m not against golf or those who play it at all but public funds should not be used to offset a private company’s water bill.  That golf course has always had a difficult time because of two major variables:  1) Lack of play, and 2) The amount of water required to keep it green.   Decorating it with expensive condos and Deerwood custom homes did nothing to change either of those variables.

One of your father’s associates, Orb Hatton owner of Tri County Realty, stated at a public meeting the golf course had some potential buyers.  (Do not forget if it wasn’t for your father, Orb Hatton would have never been allowed to run for LDPOA election because he wasn’t a member in good standing and had just paid $19,000 in a law suit for violating some of the very regulations your father later violated concerning “bridge roads” in the subdivision.  But your father and his millions of dollars pushed Hatton through despite obvious ineligibility to run.)  There have been many rumors about the golf course selling for years.  But please, if your father ever does get rid of it let me know so I don’t make the horrible mistake of saying he is still the owner. 

Done things by the book?  Which book – the land developer’s handbook of “rule and regulation circumvention”?   The field guide on how to “Pack a Board of Directors”?  Perhaps the classic:  “Play ball with me and I’ll stick a bat up your assets”?   

I am arrogant?  Who was it that came charging into Lake Don Pedro with proclaimed millions of dollars?  Purchasing several hundred properties at distressed prices to obtain a majority vote on the LDPOA board which then refused to enforce established regulations to protect the public?  I sure as heck wasn’t the “millionaire many times over” bragging in his book to be a “major real estate conglomerate”.  Who has displayed the typical signs of arrogance?  When your father first came to Don Pedro he was asked why he chose this area for his most recent development and his response was because the land was cheap.  But closely related to that (which would not have been in his best interests to admit) was the fact the residents and “out of area owners” were unorganized and ill prepared for another Deerwood assault on a community. Add a couple of local real estate business owners pursuing their own riches provided the “anything goes environment” for Deerwood.  You know as well as I there is a trail of Deerwood activites in other communities.  How many long time property owners who paid many years of standby water fees were denied the opportunity to build their “dream home” because Deerwood over built to obtain precious water connections?     Look at Brooktrails, which the Deerwood Corporation website still refers to “Brooktails”- they ended up with a building moratorium yet you whine about being offended with the truth?  Deerwood still can’t even get the spelling correct for that victim….should be “Brook-tales”.  Deerwood slid into Don Pedro with a past history of other conquests and methods of operation. Did the residents of this area request a change in the rural atmosphere to which CSD Director Mark Skoien recently referred?

NOTE: Apparently the previous building moratorium has been upgraded with a Development reduction program. Pretty interesting:   http://www.btcsd.org/specific/devredu.php

This might have been something Lake Don Pedro could have considered but developer convenience roads have already been constructed to many of the “difficult to develop properties” despite their dangerous nature.

Frankly, in retrospect I’m glad TUMMOTA was there but for different reasons.  None of the SO GOSIP should have been allowed to carry on about issues unrelated to the District, but since they did I have a legitimate reason and responsibility to respond.  Yes, I admit to being sarcastic by referring to TUMMOTA as the “new President” but the more he spoke the less I believed he was a legitimate  investigator from the Attorney General’s Office.]

Coralane Porter:  And you’ve been doing this for years though.  My parents have worked really hard at what they’ve done and that they have never cheated anyone, they’ve never stolen from anyone, and your constant (inaudible) and here you’re a board member and you attack the members of this community, you’ve done it for years and you are just unbelieve, unbelievable in your arrogance and how you treat the people and it’s, it’s really, just blows me away and ah, and ah blows me away that my dad is so nice to you.  I thought, well hey, I carry the anger and I’ve been, I try to be cool, but when she brought it up, you’ve attacked her, everybody, Harry, all the things that you have done and participated with us and Bill of course you’re connected with Lew too, but I’m not going to get into that right now, but I’m just saying you have had some very negative things and that’s, that’s, but you write a blog hoping people will read it and maybe they’ll decide hey, when we were trying to sell property you were hoping that maybe they wouldn’t buy it and some people didn’t.  But people that met my father and saw how he did his business, and I, I guess, I shouldn’t have gone up, come up here as a daughter but it’s really offensive and I think you’re an evil man.  I think you are an evil man and you sit on our board and you do a lot of, because someone who is evil puts stuff out there I (inaudible) you, you talk, you know you can speak without verbalizing.  You give a lot of body language and people can read that and I’ve tried to be nice in these meetings because of how you are, cuz you just love it, you love to get, you get all excited about stuff and you’re, you’re gonna have it in your blog and it will be all, oh yea, and that’s kind of like your shtick like hey I’m gonna get it in there, but you know what, I’ve had almost everything lost through this economy so you can’t take anything from me, nothing.  And you can’t take anything from my family any more.  

Director Richardson: May I speak now sir? (Speaking to TUMMOTA)

(Applause from audience for Coralane Porter)

[Yes I have written for over six years about what your father and his corporation has been doing here in Don Pedro (naturally with support from other real estate business owners and members of the SO GOSIP).  I have no idea how hard your parents have worked, what their actual motivation is, or how many people they have harmed.    I attack which members of the community?  The same ones who betrayed this area and assisted The Deerwood Corporation in its activities for their own “side benefits”?  You and your ilk may consider my responses an attack but that’s your perspective, I prefer to characterize it as local “Homeland Defense” from unethical business practices which have severely harmed this rural residential foothill area and countless people.

Attacked Kathy Agee?  You must pay more attention to what is being said Coralane.  Agee misstated the facts of the matter and wrongfully accused me of slandering her.  OK, we’ve already established your father acts like a gentleman but history is full of people who have done horrendous things to others but who appeared docile, polite or congenial otherwise.  So what does that have to do with the facts?

I am evil?   Have you taken a close look at some of your father’s hard core supporters?  How dare you – you spoiled pompous brat!  How can any of you not recognize the foreseeable injury/death of another on one of those roads?  When it happens (and it certainly will without intervention) are you going to shrug it off as someone else’s misfortune unrelated to Deerwood’s facilitating the accident scene?  I would not want that on my conscience but I guess that is another reason we find each other on opposite sides of so many issues.  Why not test the high speed performance and handling stability of your expensive luxury car on some of those developer convenience roads Deerwood constructed for us commoners?  (But look out for horses and pedestrians on dedicated P&E Trails!) Would you feel comfortable driving your parents around those roads in inclement weather or emergency situations?  You are so smug in your denial. 

“Our Board”?- you are sounding more and more like Harry Alfier all the time.  You’ve had almost everything lost through this economy?  I don’t know what you’ve lost but you certainly haven’t lost your misdirected sense of responsibility and accountability or propensity for blaming others for the results of your own actions.  It is still amazing to me that the SO GOSIP will acknowledge how the national economic crisis was created by unethical activities of others far, far, away…..but refuse to recognize perfect local examples.

So you don’t’ care for my “body language”?   Too bad!  I think it well accepted that most people will exhibit body language given a particular environment and sitting at a board table being attacked by one disingenuous special interest person after another is not enjoyable, but hey, at least I didn’t laugh at your group’s antics and performance because then you would charge I laughed at another’s misfortune.   Yes I can “speak without verbalizing” which I do find a bit humorous considering your mother’s actions.]

Director Richardson:  OK, anything I’ve ever said about your father has been absolutely the truth.  Those roads he put in this subdivision violated State mandated fire safety code, minimum standard – roadway standards, they violated them.  He put those roads in 12 years after the State of California issued those rules, to this date they are going to be a problem in this community for perpetuity – Harry, let me finish. [Harry Alfier owner of Lake Don Pedro Realty – the other beneficiary of the developer convenience road that serves his property on Alamo Drive hill begins to speak.]   Now as far as, as insulting your father, your father is nice to me, I’ve always been nice to him, but your mother flipped me off in a public restaurant with my girlfriend.

Coralane Porter:  She has never done that and you are a liar. 

Director Richardson:  No, no

[I had had enough.  I never publically mentioned what happened up there in Mariposa until right then.  I am a liar?  Oh Coralane, why on earth would I make up such a thing? (I mean besides your outrageous and contemptuous explanation that I am an evil man.)   I would never jeopardize my integrity by stating something untrue about another.  Why would anyone do such a thing when their presumed “targets” do more than enough harm to themselves?  NOTE: You, and Harry Alfier (later), have made slanderous statements about me in a recorded public business meeting and both of you should be more cautious and circumspect in your emotional outbursts and I am sure your father’s attorneys would agree.

This begs another question:  Why would Peggy Porter feel compelled to “flip me the bird” in a public restaurant in the town of Mariposa?  (The following explanation is illustrative of my observation that these people do more harm to themselves than anyone ever could.)

“THINKING CAP” POP QUIZ:

What human emotion would be most closely associated with “flipping someone off”?  (Extended middle finger displayed from the closed back hand of the presenter)  Please choose only one answer:

  1. A.       Trust
  2. B.      Anticipation
  3. C.       Surprise      
  4. D.     Anger
  5. E.      Joy

I believe most reasonable people would conclude letter D. “Anger” to be the most common and accepted associated emotion with “Flipping the bird”, “Traffic finger”, “Giving the finger”, etc.

For more on this obscene gesture:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finger_(gesture)

So, back to the original question: What would motivate Peggy Porter to do such a thing? For the answer let’s take a little trip back to another blog posting.

 

REMEMBER THE “ON THE COURTHOUSE STEPS” BLOG?

I posted that blog on August 24th, 2011 six days after witnessing the auction procedure on Thursday, August 18th, 2011 at the Mariposa County Courthouse.  What that original blog did not mention was the fact the auction involved two properties from the Lake Don Pedro area, one of them Thomas and Peggy Porter’s mansion on Rincon Court which overlooks the golf course, the other a residence owned by a former CSD General Manager. 

The auction was published in the Mariposa Gazette under “Public Notices” which I later referred to in the blog “CARLIN’S THINKING CAP” on September 7th, 2011.  (Information from that link apparently changes with the new foreclosures that are continually listed.  Very sad how many are in Lake Don Pedro.)  That blog dealt with a number of “hot topics” including, three directors refusing to investigate director misconduct (one of them ultimately pleading “no contest” to providing false information to a peace officer and resigning); an unpaid large water bill for the waste water plant which serves the golf course and surrounding homes; and Tom Porter’s announcement of his intention to recall certain directors from the LDPCSD.

That Thursday was planned to be a very busy day and a close friend who had the day off was going to help with the driving and videotaping of the Merced River’s flow to Lake McClure (those videos listed on top menu bar).  The plan was to witness the auction at the courthouse, grab a bite to eat at the “Happy Burger restaurant” then up to Yosemite for the video shots.  

The above paragraphs under the subtitle “A CONFLICTING BUT BEAUTIFUL MORNING” accurately describe the moments before the auction.  I did not know members of the Porter family would be attending the auction but when we pulled into the parking lot and observed Tom, Peggy and Coralane milling about the courthouse lawn waiting for the auction to begin, well, I thought it a rather sad situation.  There were no SO GOSIP supporters shouting opposition to the foreclosure process or demanding that the rules be changed or an exception be made for this particular matter.  It was quiet, peaceful and almost a funeral-like environment with the morning sunshine on the manicured green lawn.  I indeed felt a bit sick to my stomach.

KNOCK IT OFF LEWIS – GET BACK TO WORK

Yup, I could hear my Dad’s voice in my heart and mind quite clearly, along with my friend’s voice in my ear who was surprised at my sudden hesitation about continuing the research.   I decided to forego the actual Porter auction and gave the three of them about as much room as possible which made hearing the auctioneer’s words difficult.  The opening bid for the Porter mansion was $1.5 million, but I heard no bids from the Porters.  There was no one else in attendance.  I shot some video from our position on a bench on the other side of the front lawn away from the courthouse steps.  We waited for the Porters to leave the area in their vehicle at which time I approached the auctioneer for some information about the process and actually became a “witness” to one of the foreclosures.   

Finishing up at the courthouse it was time to grab some lunch before we headed up towards Yosemite National Park.  Turning onto the street where the Happy Burger Restaurant is located off HWY 140 we were surprised to see the Porter vehicle (personalized plates) parked in front of the Red Fox Restaurant a little further up the street and on the right.  I pulled into one of the open parking spaces at the Happy Burger about midway the length of the building and shut off the engine.  My friend and I discussed the possibility that the Porters might be in the Happy Burger because we could not see through the window treatment that was reflecting the late morning Sun.  Since there was obvious parking available in front of the Happy Burger we decided the Porters were likely at the other restaurant up the street since their vehicle was parked directly in front of that establishment.

BIG SURPRISE AT TABLE NUMBER WHATEVER!

Yup there they were immediately inside at the table directly in front of my truck parked outside. We ordered and immediately went to the outdoor patio area out of sight of the main restaurant area where the Porters were seated.  Our meals were served out on the patio and just as we started to eat Mr. Porter, instead of taking a right turn out the entrance door into the parking lot opened the glass door to the patio area on the left and said “Hey Lew, just saw you and wanted to say hello”.  I replied “Hello Mr. Porter” and waved.  Porter exited the restaurant.

I was still talking about how polite Mr. Porter had been when Peggy and Coralane walked out the glass entrance door (to the right), took a left, but stopped in front of a plate glass window directly in front view of our table.  Upon making eyesight and without any fanfare Peggy “flipped me off” and the two of them turned and walked away.  I couldn’t believe she did it and commented “I guess she thinks my website is number one”.  WE laughed about it for a while trying to figure out if Mr. Porter was involved in some way….. you know, like his stopping by to say hello was only to get our attention for the “gotcha” coming by way of Peggy and Coralane a short while later.  I honestly do not know. I’d like to think not.]

Coralane Porter:  She’s never, she’s hardly

Director Richardson:  You were standing right next to her when she did it.

Coralane Porter:  She’s never flipped you off

[Yes she most absolutely did but to be fair, I cannot say with certainly Coralane observed what her mother did because it happened so fast although it seems rather unlikely she and her mother would stop in front of the window for a couple of seconds without another purpose before proceeding outside to their vehicle across and up the street.  (Later that day I even thought about going by the Happy Burger on the way back from Yosemite to see if their video surveillance cameras captured the incident since it was by an entrance, but decided not to make a big deal out of the momentary “self-expression” by Mrs. Porter.) 

Either way, it doesn’t really bother me that Peggy “shot me the bird”.  The only reason I mention it now is because I am not a liar and refuse to be called such by Coralane Porter.  If Coralane was involved, she is the liar and if she did not see what her mother did she cannot claim I am not telling the truth because she is ignorant of the facts.  I believe she probably needs to have a heart-to-heart talk with her mother.  Based on past behavior of the SO GOSIP I certainly do not expect an apology from Coralane Porter but if offered I will accept such and we can put the matter behind us.]   

 

Director Richardson:  Besides that, be that as it may, you can deny

Coralane Porter:  that’s outrageous

Director Richardson:  that, you can deny that all you want,

Coralane Porter: Oh I will sir

Director Richardson:  because I have a witness too

Coralane Porter:  I’m gone, I’m gone

Director Richardson:  Well no wait, no, stay here and hear the rest of it

Coralane Porter:  No you can’t make me stay – what are you going to call your DA friend up here?

[Here we go again with the DA friend disinformation that was originally spread by a former director who pled no contest to providing false information to a peace officer which, need I say, is a far cry from the much more serious crime of felony perjury before a Grand Jury if that were indeed a part of the reason for the plea bargain.  The director resigned from the board the next day – matter closed.

Even if I did have a friend that was a District Attorney (which I do not), why would one be necessary since TUMMOTA was presented at the meeting and was an investigator from the State Attorney General’s Office?  LOL]

 

Director Richardson:  Oh no, you’re going to, you’re going to accuse me of all these things then run away and not listen to my response?

Coralane Porter:  I’ve listen to this stuff for years sir, I, years, and I don’t care what is said.

[Typical behavior, make spurious outrageous accusations then run away and ignore a defensive response. Coralane doesn’t  care what is said?  Then why did she and her friends open their mouths in the first place?]

Multiple voices to Coralane

[Coralane Porter starts to leave the Board Meeting Room and TUMOTTA quickly exits and consoles her]

Unknown female voice:  Coralane don’t give him the satisfaction

Director Richardson:  Satis….?  This is not satisfying to me at all.

VP Kinsella:  Coralee please sit

Director Richardson:  Please sit down

Ruth Smith:  Don’t lower yourself to his level

Director Richardson:  Oh, thank you Ruth.

Ruth Smith:  Don’t, don’t do it.

Director Richardson:  Thank you Ruth

Coralane Porter:  I’m upset

Ruth Smith:  I know you are

Coralane Porter:  I’m upset, it’s because of years of building up this stuff, it’s just years of this

Multiple voices in background

 

[Ruth Smith talking about “lowering to someone else’s level”?   That’s a laugh.  Ruth was formerly a staunch supporter of the property owners’ association and the regulations and rules which were created to prevent exactly what the Deerwood Corporation has done.  I have never understood this.  Harry Alfier, Kathy Agee, Orb Hatton, Tom Porter, etc. – I can understand their financial motivations – they are against ANYTHING that might make property transfers more difficult, but why would someone who protected and defended this subdivision for so many years suddenly do a 180 degree turn?  Go figure.  Your guess is as good as mine.  Oh yeah, almost forgot – in anticipation of their whining indignation regarding the previously posted cartoon of the “SO GOSIP Blockheads”, let me make this perfectly clear:

The cartoon was not a suggestion they commit suicide by cutting off their own head with a hand saw….. but rather, only the corners of the block!  LOL]

TO CORALANE PORTER

Since Coralane does not view material on this website would someone be kind enough to relay this message? 

I appreciate and respect your love and loyalty to your parents but please try to understand the following.

In a similar manner in which some business people will harm others and claim “it’s all just part of doing business”, I truly regret any discomfort or pain caused you and your family due to my honestly opposing the activities of your father’s land development/mortgage corporation in Lake Don Pedro.

I believe it was Abraham Lincoln who is attributed as saying:

“Corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow.”

I agree with this observation.  Your father, as president of Deerwood, may not have “hands on” injured other people and may indeed be a gentleman in his public conduct, but with a stroke of his pen or whispered word he effectively set into motion a corporate machine that demolished other peoples’ dreams and seriously disrupted their lives as surely as if he personally operated the construction equipment.

The Deerwood Corporation has furnished your family with a luxurious life style for many years and no doubt your parents worked very hard for that accomplishment, however, to deny or fail to recognize the harm it has brought to others, unfortunately, only diminishes my instinctive sympathy.

The Deerwood Corporation is a powerful adversary with a massive arsenal of professional services at its disposal.  I believe its influence in this area overwhelmed, circumvented, perhaps even corrupted not only individuals but established regulations designed to protect the public along with the governmental entities authorized for their enforcement.  Confronted with this massive proven political machine I have used my limited resources in dedicated opposition. 

The birth of this website was a direct response to elected officials of the LDPOA “Porter Board” who clearly refused to abide by the law of this state and provide me with a membership list so as to write owners and attempt to organize our vast geographically dispersed membership.  Rather than allowing me to waste time, resources and money on paper, ink and postage for years, their obstruction birthed LAKEDDONPEDRO.ORG.

Yes indeed I have written, drawn, photographed and posted some pretty satirical stuff but for an  “evil man” have held back much.  The truth of the matter is The Deerwood Corporation has furnished much raw material and your denying such only diminishes your credibility. 

Perhaps in your secluded home set back from the roadway you may not have noticed the numerous trucks, vans and trailers hauling out other people’s dreams of homeownership and residency in these beautiful foothills.  Please forgive that I am not more understanding about the financial impact so many vacant Deerwood speculative and model homes have had on your lifestyle.  I do not enjoy seeing the suffering of anyone and that includes you and your family.  Be appreciative of what you have enjoyed for so many years and recognize loss is not just measured in cold hard cash.

 

My best to you and yours, Lew

 

PS:  Enough “touchy-feely” —– (there’s that sarcasm again) the next batter-up on the SO GOSIP lineup of personal attacks….. {drum roll …. Then heard over loud speakers of a packed stadium}  “Harry Alfier from Lake Don Pedro Realty!”  {Over background audience noise and ballgame announcer}:  “get your popcorn, roasted peanuts…..”

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