sigh…….”Yeah, I went to the meeting”
and here I go again wasting valuable time…..
DIRECTLY FROM THE LDPCSD WEBSITE:
June 7th, 2016
This may look like just a fence and a bunch of asphalt, but behind that fence is the completed Ranchito Well No. 2, funded with grants from the Department of Water Resources ($282,500) and the State Water Resources Control Board ($181,500), and only $11,260 of your water rate money (paid to the Lake Don Pedro CSD) We are thrilled to have this new water supply available for our community!
May 2nd, 2016
The wells have finally been FULLY FUNDED! The US Department of Agriculture, Rural Development has as of today committed the last $500,000 in grant funding to the project. Out of the entire cost of the project to install three new, high producing groundwater wells, the only cost to the District was to buy a 17 acre piece of land that had an existing well on it. The graphs show the funding for the entire project, and the grants used for each well individually. This is time for celebration for the CSD and its Board for having the vision and drive to develop a new water supply for our community using state and federal grants!
“We are thrilled to have this new water supply available for our community!”
“The completed Well #2, an important water sourse for our community!”
“This is time for celebration for the CSD and its Board for having the vision and drive to develop a new water supply for our community using state and federal grants!”
Hey folks, LEW HERE:
OK, so we have the statements of
“new water supply”, “important water sourse” (their spelling not mine) and “new water supply”
Please realize this is only one page on the LDPCSD website where the DISTRICT continued to brag about the NEW GROUNDWATER SOURCE for our community which, with a realistic and factual retrospective look, is hardly the great accomplishment it has been publicly portrayed. There is much more of this “new water supply” diatribe.
UNFORTUNATELY, THE FAILING PRIMARY INFRASTRUCTURE OF OUR SURFACE WATER TREATMENT PLANT WAS INTENTIONALLY IGNORED IN FAVOR OF KAMPA & KOMPANY’S PURSUIT OF THESE GROUNDWATER WELLS UNDER THE GUISE OF A “DROUGHT EMERGENCY” TO QUALIFY FOR, AND OBTAIN, GOVERNMENT GRANT MONEY.
Their primary duty of maintaining our basic infrastructure was neglected SO AS TO CREATE AN “ALTERNATE SOURCE OF WATER” (ground wells) TO BE USED IN A GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION PROGRAM FOR LAND DEVELOPERS OUTSIDE THE LEGAL SERVICE AREA.
Since Merced River Water could not be delivered outside of the PLACE OF USE under water license 11395 which is held by the MERCED IRRIGATION DISTRICT, KAMPA & KOMPANY intended to divert and deliver our NEW GROUND WELL EMERGENCY WATER FOR LAND DEVELOPMENT SPECULATIVE USES for properties outside the legal place of use.
Truly a “sneaky Pete” diversion.
Twenty years ago when PETER KAMPA began his infamous career in the water industry here in LAKE DON PEDRO he was aware of these water license restrictions yet still advocated further water service expansion beyond the regulations. Almost ten thousand acres more! KAMPA returned to Lake Don Pedro in October 2014 via a board orchestrated closed recruitment process specifically designed to guarantee he (and his KAMPA COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS, llc management company) would be the appointed GM in an effort to continue this enormous OUTSIDE PLACE OF USE EXPANSION – which once again, would be paid for by the legally entitled customers of the subdivision.
BUT NOW the STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD is proposing to increase environmental releases from LAKE McCLURE (and other areas) which may likely cause water shortages for our community during peak water demand periods.
So what did KAMPA & KOMPANY attempt to do at the last BOARD MEETING ON MONDAY in support of MERCED IRRIGATION DISTRICT’S counter proposal to the STATE OF CALIFORNIA WATER BOARD?
FORMALLY STATE IN AN MID SUPPORT RESOLUTION A FABRICATION OF THE TRUTH, WHICH MOST OF US WOULD CONSIDER AN ABSOLUTE BOLDFACED LIE!
This was the focus of another PUBLIC COMMENT of mine I read at the last meeting that will likely be KAMPA SANITIZED FOR THE RECORD like all the comments by customers since his return.
Naturally there was no board answer to this question, much less all the others that have been asked for years.
Over a million dollars of saved LDPCSD funds spent in constructing and developing the groundwater wells along with all the subsequent controversy as to the original intended use (now defensively referred to as “EMERGENCY WATER” by the District)———— how could the statement Lake McClure was our
“SOLE WATER SUPPLY FOR THE COMMUNITY”
possibly have been accidentally made?
(Recall also a previous Urgency Request Resolution to the SWRCB that stated LDPCSD had no “alternate source of water” when it actually did for twenty years with the first RANCHITO REMEDY WELL was another falsehood reported to the State of California in hopes of favorable treatment in its water decisions. PREVIOUS SWRCB URGENCY REQUEST
True, the recitals did eventually mention the groundwater wells – like an after thought – which actually makes the “sole water supply” description at the beginning of the resolution even more reprehensible. Sorry, no accident in my mind but rather a consistent course of misrepresentation ever since KAMPA & KOMPANY started MISDIRECTING THIS DISTRICT!
Here’s the entire resolution for your convenience:
(My handwritten comments on the resolution.)
Water below our fixed pumps for three years? FALSE! (NOTE: Our fixed intake pumps are currently off line due to a lack of maintenance and repair because all that government grant money was spent on ground wells for outside place of use developers instead of our primary infrastructure! We are currently pumping groundwater and probably will for about three months – after removing the arsenic of course. Three reasons have been offered for ground water pumping: Repair time for the two intake pumps; saving money because ground wells are cheaper with electricity; and finally what appears to be the actual reason: convenience because we are down one employee who was injured some time ago. Take your choice. The truth is difficult to ascertain at the LDPCSD.
AGAIN….calculated and intentional misinformation.
Our hard-saved 1 million dollars was used to leverage government grants so KAMPA & KOMPANY could pursue the “ALTERNATE SOURCE OF WATER” to circumvent water restrictions in L11395. [I was asked by a government official some time ago what I thought a reasonable remedy to this entire mess might be – I responded that our DISTRICT SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO KEEP THAT NEW GROUNDWATER SUPPLY FOR EMERGENCIES TO HELP EXISTING CUSTOMERS DURING DROUGHT – AND NOT TO EXPAND SERVICE BEYOND THE PLACE OF USE IN L11395. Essentially to stand by what the DISTRICT is now saying after being caught cheating!)
Oh yes, LDPCSD (under Kampa & Kompany) certainly has been working with the Merced Irrigation District, but to what end? Assist LDPCSD in expanding water service outside the POU and LDPCSD will support the MID S.A.F.E. proposal and F.E.R.C. re licensing project? pure crap. LDPCSD should be required to simply obey the license restrictions of which it has been aware for 40 years <period>.
LDPCSD has invested millions in water conservation activities? Good heavens! I sure would like to see the evidence in support of that BOLD statement. Notice the statement doesn’t actually qualify what those “millions” actually are….. (Perhaps this way Kampa could later state he was referring to the millions of “seconds” the District thought about doing the right thing – and not actually millions of dollars invested? )
Have you noticed how CSDA (California Special District Association) material and “guidance” has been appearing with more frequency within LDPCSD since Pete Kampa took over?
I am so disappointed that the CSDA has had someone like PETER KAMPA on its board for so long but it might explain his “built in protection” from any serious investigation as to his activities. I had always believed the CSDA was a great organization devoted to safe potable water for California citizens but now seriously doubt as to what they might actually be dedicated. Business as usual and the status quo and to heck with the truth?
It was his CSDA associates that Kampa consulted regarding the Post Retirement Medical Benefits issue without remedy. (Rather than an agreed neutral third party.)
CSDA is contributing to our new website with incorrect map information regarding the legal water service boundaries and even though advised of this fact continue to represent the incorrect “KAMPA DISTRICT SERVICE BOUNDARY”.
Most recently, Kampa’s desire to change our existing PUBLIC COMMENT POLICY regarding Minute reporting that is based on a recommendation by the CSDA Leadership Academy. go figure.
YES INDEED. PETER KAMPA HAS BEEN A “MOVER AND SHAKER” FOR SOME TIME.
Check out KAMPA’s May 1, 2015 Saddle Creek CSD article statement regarding his position on the CSDA board:
“Serving on the CSDA Board provides me a front-row seat and strong voice in not only the policy and actions of the state association in support of special districts like Saddle Creek, but also inside information and influence on the decisions made at the state capitol.”
Yup, it was inside confidential information that facilitated KAMPA’s second employment return with our LDPCSD.
Kampa is an expert at using “inside information” for his personal and business benefit.
Great, a land developer special interest “inside lobbyist” on the CSDA Board who has extreme difficulty with telling the truth.
Getting to the point it is difficult to believe in or trust anything with which Kampa is “associated”.
My best to you and yours, Lew
. PS: The LDPCSD Board did instruct that the Resolution be amended to reflect the facts of the situation which is good, however,
that is not the point. The point is, look at the massive amounts of material that is constantly presented to the Board for approval and consider how much
“misinformation” has slipped through since October 2014!
more later have to get outside!