LAFCOs – Local Agency Formation Commissions, ie, state agencies operating at the county level so that THE POWER OF THE STATE IS ACTUALLY EXERCISED BY AND FOR LOCAL COUNTY INTERESTS under the concept local authorities would know best how to develop and manage local resources and appropriate development.
This post/video simply examines some of the 2016 statements made by LAKE DON PEDRO COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT (LDPCSD) General Manager/Treasurer, Pete Kampa, and his supporting Board of Directors in light of the historical facts contained in the September 28, 2017 State Water Board Notice of Violation. That NOV reaffirmed exactly how this nightmare of SPECIAL BENEFIT WATER SERVICE outside the legal subdivision started and continues today.
Fake Maps, paper, Mylar, digital, whatever! All the same. FAKE/FALSE INFORMATION.
The Lake Don Pedro residential subdivision (as a CID,POA & CC&R governed entity under the California Civil Code) has been severely injured by other organizations, both public and private, that were intended to assist in protecting its integrity but instead, exploited a subdivision water resource for outside subdivision development and profit.
The “disinformation” intentionally spread within this area for decades has been outrageous – but especially damaging since return of Peter Kampa in October 2014 to complete the LAFCO ANNEXATIONS for outside subdivision development he started over twenty years ago when beginning his infamous water career in California between the years 1994-1997. Pete Kampa’s twenty year affiliation with the CSDA (CALIFORNIA SPECIAL DISTRICTS ASSOCIATION) [aka a major not for profit state lobbyist organization] has in no small part assisted KAMPA with the corruption and abuse within the LDPCSD. Seems every turn in the road has involved some facet of CSDA, the political special district updates from Sacramento; opinions regarding our POST RETIREMENT MEDICAL BENEFITS which were abandoned years ago until KAMPA & KOMPANY decided to reinstate them at great cost to our district; discounts for CSDA members and affiliates for such things as our LDPCSD WEBSITE, (which is still quite unresponsive to public requests and continues to display incorrect information to the public); how about THE FINAL ANSWER TO THE WL11395 POU QUESTION FOR LDPCSD WATER SERVICE TO LAFCO ANNEXATIONS? Just another one of the many FAKE KAMPA POU MAP PRODUCTIONS courtesy of a CSDA discounted provider (don’t forget the $35,000 budget the Board approved for this digital FAKE MAP!,and so it goes, on and on and on…..) Kampa is not just a “REMOTE GM/TREASURER – BUT A CSDA LOBBYIST AND SHOULD BE REGISTERED AS ONE! lol
Yeah, yeah, yeah….OK…..prepare yourself for another repeat and resulting yawning exercise – lol
Kampa was returned to the LDPCSD through a highly unethical “CLOSED RECRUITMENT SELECTION PROCESS” specifically designed to guarantee ONLY PETE KAMPA could be appointed as the new GM/Treasurer and provided access to over ONE MILLION DOLLARS IN LDPCSD CASH that was saved as a result of a successful PROPOSITION 218 to raise rates and fees almost ten years ago to avoid LDPCSD bankruptcy. (Those funds were later used by Kampa to leverage state and federal grant money to develop the ground water production for an “ALTERNATE SOURCE WATER” which Kampa used to circumvent Merced River water restrictions contained in WL11395 which prohibit river water service outside the authorized Place of Use subdivision. By “blending” this groundwater with Merced River water, the final “blended product” is CLAIMED TO BE A LEGAL “FOR SALE PRODUCT” TO LAFCO PROPERTIES OUTSIDE THE PLACE OF USE BOUNDARY OF WATER LICENSE 11395![RECALL THE SO GOSIP (Same Old Group Of Special Interest People) talk of “finding someone” who was going to write grants for groundwater well development” (for LAFCO ANNEXATIONS outside the subdivision) before Kampa even submitted his blitzkrieg promoting management contract?]
Hindsight is always 20/20 yeah?
CONSIDER ALSO: Since the groundwater contains contaminants such as arsenic, that must be removed for human consumption which Merced River water does not possess, this SPECIAL BENEFIT BLENDING also forces MR WECs to consume something less than the quality Merced River water that has been pumped from Lake McClure from the very start back in the late 1960’s when the SIERRA HIGHLANDS WATER COMPANY!)
ANYWAY, …..Thanks to confidential BOARD INFORMATION of a forthcoming GM opening (that was quickly relayed to PETE KAMPA by a sitting LDPCSD director/personal friend who worked with Kampa back in the mid 1990s) Kampa was able to quickly prepare and present a contract – ready for board approval – for his company, KAMPA COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS, or KAMPACS, to immediately assume REMOTE district GM/Treasurer responsibilities. There was no public notice of the upcoming vacancy and prior plans for GM selection were immediately abandoned by members of the board. Kampa was then appointed without even a simple employment background check which would have revealed KAMPA was in actuality, a rogue former employee who was negotiating ANNEXATIONS INTO THE DISTRICT WITHOUT BOARD APPROVAL OR AUTHORIZATION, apparently one of the reasons prompting a quick resignation and departure to McCloud CSD where he also made quite a name for himself in exploiting the resources of that special district.
(Yes, the CSDA must be very proud. Read Governor Brown’s statement about that McCloud CSD contract negotiated by Kampa back then when Governor Brown was the State Attorney General!)
Pete Kampa was very much aware of the LDPCSD water license limitations in serving Merced River water and immediately started work on the plan to misrepresent the actual purpose of developing more groundwater wells (ostensibly for entitled subdivision customer use during state wide emergency drought) for the true misappropriated purpose of expanding SPECIAL BENEFIT GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTED SERVICE OUTSIDE THE WATER LICENSE DESIGNATED PLACE OF USE RESIDENTIAL SUBDIVISION!
Rather like the old traditional “bait and switch”, yeah? Advertise one thing but sell another?
State and federal officials were told groundwater production would be used for the drought threatened residential subdivision, when in actuality, the Ranchito Drive “remedy well” (which formerly produced enough groundwater to remedy the illegal service already recognized outside the subdivision) had already failed, or was in the process of failing, to produce the groundwater necessary for water license compliance purposes. This water license compliance reporting to MERCED IRRIGATION DISTRICT (MID) [holder of water license 11395] started back in 2000 when MID stated NO MERCED RIVER WATER COULD BE SERVED OUTSIDE THE POU BOUNDARY OF THE WATER LICENSE AND ANY SUCH SERVICE WOULD HAVE TO COME FROM THE RANCHITO DRIVE WELL – the only ground well owned by the LDPCSD! (Kampa stopped these compliance reports and the water loss information previously furnished the public.)
Yup, not about the MR WECs of the subdivision at all, but rather, PETE KAMPA’s LAFCO ANNEXATIONS FROM 20 YEARS EARLIER LOSING THE ONLY ALTERNATE SOURCE WATER AVAILABLE TO PREVENT VIOLATION OF THE WATER LICENSE RESTRICTIONS. Do not forget Pete Kampa was likely also aware of the other properties receiving water for many years that were outside the POU of WL11395 but district billing was unaware yet he allowed such known unreported illegal service to continue.
In other words, KAMPA and his special interest board of DEFECTORS NEEDED GROUNDWATER AND FAST BEFORE THE NONCOMPLIANCE WITH WL11395 WAS PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE! And what better way to obtain it than telling “the community and world” they were DRILLING HOLES ALL OVER THE PLACE to prevent customers from losing water service as the lake went down due to drought*. (Original board that hired Kampa knew exactly what they were doing in violating clear restrictions in WL11395 and burdening MR WECs with the added financial costs of subsidized water for third party land developers to which our district had no legal duty or moral obligation to provide water. Period.)
* Another important issue. Decades of massive water loss (wink and nod thefts?) have continued unchecked yet the PERFECT OPPORTUNITY FOR CORRECTIVE ACTION DURING THAT STATE WIDE EMERGENCY DROUGHT (relaxed EPA/development, application/permitting, etc. and physically reaching equipment usually under water) to repair and replace failed equipment for our SURFACE WATER TREATMENT PLANT was intentionally ignored in favor of groundwater wells desperately needed to maintain water license compliance reporting conditions that KAMPA HAD STOPPED (later said he was unaware of the reporting requirement) that the MONEY GRANTING AUTHORITIES WERE NOT EVEN AWARE!
The State of California and Federal Government thought they were approving grant money to save a community on the verge of losing their water supply as the McClure Lake level went down (this has happened a number of times in the past but not quite as severe) when in reality they were providing PUBLIC FINANCING FOR PRIVATE LAND DEVELOPER PROPOSED PROJECTS ON SUSPICIOUS LAFCO ANNEXED PROPERTIES!
REM: The PROPOSED 900 ACRE RESIDENTIAL SUBDIVISION across the road from the LDPCSD Administration Office (where the original office was destroyed by arson in February 2012 during an investigation of this outside POU water service issue) that MARIPOSA COUNTY LAFCO later said had been annexed in 1995 but kept a virtual secret from the public until only a few months before Kampa returned to the LDPCSD and a SEMI-PRIVATE LAFCO-LDPCSD meeting produced two new maps with different LDPCSD BOUNDARIES OF WATER SERVICE?
But I digress.
Thousands of property owners (past, present and future) of the Lake Don Pedro Owners Association (LDPOA) who were essentially forced into becoming mandatory customers of the LAFCO created Lake Don Pedro Community Services District (LDPCSD) (due to CC&Rs that ran with their POA governed property title) have all been harmed by this rigged groundwater substitution program subsidy for land developers outside the water entitled subdivision that is primarily paid for by subdivision LDPCSD customer owners! I call these victims: MR WECs (Merced River Water Entitled Customers – of the Lake Don Pedro subdivision).
WHAT ARE THE DESIGNED CHARACTERISTICS OF SPECIAL DISTRICTS LIKE THE LDPCSD?
1) limited service (Subdivision lot water service)
2) to a particular group of customers (Only LDP subdivision property owners- as indicated in LAFCO publications);
3) within a defined geographical area (an official water service area with boundaries aka, THE LDP SUBDIVISION as determined by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) January 1981 approval in the transfer of SIERRA HIGHLANDS facilities and assets to the newly LAFCO FORMED LDPCSD) [Spoiler Alert: Mariposa County LAFCO (in anticipation of the CPUC’s intention to limit the service area to only the subdivision and golf course) apparently quietly & secretly substantially enlarged the LDPCSD SERVICE AREA (ready for this?) immediately after the STATE OF CALIFORNIA DECLARED WATER LICENSE 11395 FULLY APPROPRIATED AND BEING PUT TO MAXIMUM BENEFICIAL USE AS REQUIRED BY OUR STATE CONSTITUTION!
State declaration of water license full appropriation: July 1980
LDPCSD formed by LAFCO: August 1980 (And that official service area map has been missing ever since!)
4) customers are charged only for those costs NECESSARY IN PROVIDING THAT SERVICE which is absolutely impossible when MR WECs has been subsidizing a groundwater substitution program for land developers OUTSIDE THE ENTITLED SUBDIVISION!
Sad to say but my conclusion is the LDPCSD has been an intentional fraud since its first day of operation.
Also, do not forget that it only took 88 votes to encumber thousands of LDP subdivision MR WEC owners with this hidden GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION PROGRAM for perpetuity! AND THE GERRYMANDERING THAT PERMITS THIS TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE TO CONTINUE! NON STAKEHOLDERS WHO CAN VOTE AND DETERMINE DIRECTOR ELECTION OUTCOMES!
WHY DID LAFCOs CONTINUE ANNEXATIONS KNOWING THE LDPCSD COULD NOT SERVE THE WATER?
TO ASSIST IN THE GERRYMANDERING OF THE DISTRICT TO “LOCK IN” THE FRAUD AGAINST MR WECs?
WHY FORCE MR WECs INTO TREMENDOUSLY EXPENSIVE GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION FOR LAFCO “LATE ON THE SCENE” PROPERTY ANNEXATIONS INTO THE LDPCSD?
TAXABLE DEVELOPMENT IN THE DROUGHT PRONE FOOTHILL AREAS OF TWO COUNTIES WHERE THE RESPECTIVE COUNTY WOULD NOT HAVE TO FURNISH AN EXPENSIVE WATER SUPPLY?
WHO WERE THE TRUE BENEFICIARIES OF THIS UNETHICAL FINANCIAL SCHEME?
Sorry, this post is kind of all over the place – think I would learn not to just blah, blah, blah…without a bit more planning ahead— ahhh, what the heck! Woke again this morning thinking about it anyway….might as well blah, blah, blah…
Yes indeed, I do repeat myself – and will most likely continue to do so until this decades old criminal conspiracy is corrected because I believe heart and mind it is absolutely wrong to the innocent stakeholder property owners of this subdivision.
Anyway, I thought some of the statements made in 2016 take on more illuminating aspects especially when considered in light of the STATE NOV and the apparent June 2018 Kampa/SWRCB quick attempt to end that investigation. An investigation that started off quite professionally but was quickly shunted into the shadows of special interest protection and concealment from the public.
There is a gold mine in these past meeting recordings because the true motive for so many of these former statements and actions by KAMPA and HIS BOARD only become apparent when truth is allowed to flow like water from undocumented valves.
HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR – BUT PLEASE BE SAFE SO AS TO CONTINUE THE HAPPINESS ALL YEAR LONG!
My best to you and yours, Lew