NOTE: Recent rain = moist ground = easier digging = scrambling to get some work done – THUS “shotgun approach” to meeting report. (spread all over the place – lol) Ready?
A rather difficult title to get through eh? But can you imagine what it was like to witness (tolerate) such a “Special” meeting of local government oath sworn officials and their contracted professional management company president and appointed General Manager/Board Treasurer Peter Kampa, as all worked together to again deprived the public of timely, relevant information regarding the operation of their Community Services District while continuing a SPECIAL INTEREST CONCEALED AGENDA OF FURTHER EXPANSION OF GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTED SERVICE OUTSIDE THE LICENSE PLACE OF USE? <gasp! long sentence -lol>
Can’t imagine? Well, if a bit curious you’re in luck, here’s my rambling perspective of the continuing garbage taking place within our local public agency.
The LAKE DON PEDRO COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT regularly scheduled MONTHLY BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING for Monday, DECEMBER 18th, 2017 was cancelled. A SPECIAL BOARD MEETING held on Thursday, December 14th, 2017 @ 1300hrs was touted as replacing that regular meeting, yet not surprisingly, lacked some of the basic agenda packet material traditionally contained in a REGULAR MEETING AGENDA for public review. (Perfect timing too with the pending answer to the State N.O.V. – Notice of Violation and Kampa’s Resolution of LDPCSD commitment to Tuolumne County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan involving elements of the STATE NOTICE OF VIOLATION. hum)
POU MANAGEMENT DECEIT RETURNS TO LDPCSD
SUCH “REMOTE KAMPA MANAGEMENT” was brought to our district when Pete Kampa returned to complete what he had started 20 years earlier when employed here between the years 1994-1997 and pushing for the LAFCo annexation of thousands of acres into the LDPCSD service area.
(KAMPA KNEW FULL WELL BACK THEN THAT THESE ANNEXED PROPERTIES WOULD REQUIRE GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION TO RECEIVE LEGAL WATER SERVICE.)
YUP, so KAMPA was brought back, unethically appointed GM/Treasurer, handed one million dollars in CSD cash to leverage GOVERNMENT GRANTS, and “UNLEASHED WITH APPROVED SUPER POWERS” to develop an adequate “ALTERNATE SOURCE” OF GROUNDWATER needed for not only the existing undocumented OUTSIDE POU SERVICES wrongfully receiving MERCED RIVER WATER (of which he may very likely had already been aware of many years prior), but also the other proposed developments requesting GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION. (Isn’t it strange how a 900 acre proposed residential subdivision was approved in 1995 by LAFCo when KAMPA worked here yet was actively concealed from public knowledge until only a few months prior to Kampa’s return in a peculiar (semi-restricted) meeting/agreement between LAFCo and the LDPCSD over what had actually been approved in the past?)
Sorry…..back to Dec. 14th 2017 SPECIAL MEETING…..
Same old Kampa technique of dumping of various important potential agenda items into a “SURPRISE MEETING DAY PRESENTED GM REPORT” – unattached from the LEGALLY NOTICED AGENDA PACKET, and since not on a “formal agenda” thwarts opportunity for public comment (even on requested items) – thus insuring the typical unilateral, biased special interest perspective by the primary architect of this GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION fraud against MR WECs? What a system!
Who will actually know what is going on with the STATE WATER BOARD NOTICE OF VIOLATION as KAMPA attempts to
“SPEND & SPIN”
a way out from accepting responsibility for his yearlong attempt to falsify a government Place of Use document for MERCED RIVER WATER USE under LICENSE 11395 with a known incorrect and obscure digital “shape file” (map) from an abandoned “conditionally approved” project 24 years earlier?
Even the rationale for cancelling that regular meeting and having a SPECIAL MEETING (“time emergency” to approve a Kampa Resolution) is cause for alarm considering KAMPA’s documented past for devious activities under cover of a real or manufactured emergency.
And what was this emergency? A resolution of commitment between the LDPCSD and TUOLUMNE COUNTY which involves our district’s’ WATER SERVICE BOUNDARIES and GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION DEMAND for annexed properties.
What a coincidence!
Think about that. The STATE WATER BOARD recently investigated these issues and required GM KAMPA (“Voice of the District”) to respond to the State’s NOTICE OF VIOLATION within 90 days – but Kampa is attempting to postpone that deadline while simultaneously working with Tuolumne County behind the scene regarding aspects of the very violations contained in the State Notice to which Kampa should be responding. Here are a few things about this “quick resolution” that just don’t seem right:
- Mariposa County is the lead agency in regards to the operation of the LAKE DON PEDRO CSD yet there is no corresponding information
- Very rushed decision by board on another curious Kampa Resolution (Modus Operandi)
- Lack of adequate notification, information, research, and understanding of “commitment”
- Regards specific violations contained in unanswered State Notice of Violation
- Pro/Con statements by Directors regarding KAMPA’s “commitment resolution” do not make sense
- Recessing a meeting to wait for absent director “ringer approving votes” very peculiar
- Pete Kampa has a history of misrepresenting truth regarding LDPCSD service boundaries and the POU
- Kampa is focused on defending his past wrongful activities not on what is best for this CSD – much less the VAST MAJORITY of MERCED RIVER WATER ENTITLED CUSTOMERS of the LDP Subdivision not requiring expensive GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION
AND YET ANOTHER ASPECT OF “VIOLATION INFORMATION” WITHHELD FROM PUBLIC
Cancelling that regular meeting was also a convenient way to avoid disclosure to the public of the MANDATORY MONTHLY COMPLIANCE REPORT TO THE MERCED IRRIGATION DISTRICT REGARDING OUTSIDE LICENSE PLACE OF USE SERVICE WHICH REQUIRES EXPENSIVE GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION FOR THE MERCED RIVER WATER THAT WRONGFULLY LEAVES THE SUBDIVISION.
This maneuver also made my agenda request for discussion (below) a moot issue.
 GM PETE KAMPA, and those that support the continued expansion of GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION for OUTSIDE MERCED RIVER WATER PLACE OF USE ANNEXED PROPERTIES, often state how much less expensive groundwater is than water from Lake McClure. This is a very misleading statement because they apparently only consider the electricity required to run the different pumps involved. The much larger lake intake pumps obviously use more electricity since they move a much larger volume of water a further distance to the treatment plant, whereas, the much smaller motors on ground wells use substantially less electricity. Using this methodology, some current directors have even advocated that all those LAFCO (Local Agency Formation Commission) ANNEXED PROPERTIES INTO THE LDPCSD (that were clearly outside the District’s water license Place of Use) could ultimately pay less for their GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION service than the LEGAL MERCED RIVER WATER ENTITLTED CUSTOMERS (MR WECs) of the LAKE DON PEDRO RESIDENTIAL SUBDIVISION! (Talk about rewarding decades of wrongful activity with even more public money!)
GROUNDWATER LESS EXPENSIVE? Kind of like purchasing a $50,000 motor vehicle based on its excellent fuel mileage yet misrepresenting to the public all required transportation for the month can now be accomplished for only $250 — with no consideration for the initial vehicle purchase or the other related expenses ie, qualified drivers, mechanics, permits, licensing, registration, insurance, mechanical monitoring, inspections, reports, adjustments, corrective repairs and eventual replacement cost. Extremely misleading – but designed to be just that by Kampa & Kompany.
BELOW – PRIOR AGENDA REQUEST SUBMITTED FOR DECEMBER MEETING.
KORRUPT AS KAMPA?
This is something that has baffled me since the beginning – why do some of our directors so blindly support what Pete Kampa is doing?[Usually by “RE – PETE – TING” the apparent attractiveness of the particular “BAIT” being used by the GM/Treasurer to procure the support he needs to move closer to his ultimate goal of further outside POU district annexed expansion through GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION.]
KAMPA: “Quite complicated, but essentially, if you approve “X” district will get “Y”.
DIRECTORS: “Golly Gee “Y” is good for district and customers! Who doesn’t like “Y”? WHY not more “Y” for everyone? I VOTE “Y”! Unanimous!”
RESULT? District indeed receives some “Y” but also a host of other unexpected and negative letters, symbols, and numbers (in various configurations – lol) All of which Kampa knew, or had reason to know, would also result with the requested approval.
How can they appear so oblivious to what Kampa has been doing since his unethical return in October of 2014?
How can they ignore undisputed documented history of the EXACT SAME TYPE OF MISREPRESENTATION Pete Kampa was involved with over 20 years ago?
Are directors consciously supporting this OUTSIDE POU EXPANSION with groundwater?
There is little doubt two directors have supported such expansion in the past, but regarding the other three, I really do not know and am tired of trying to make sense out of their support. Guess it really doesn’t matter whether they are actual informed conspirators with Kampa or have been misled in some fashion by their honest desire to serve the community, but either way their votes continue to support whatever Pete Kampa puts in front of them to approve – especially when rushed without adequate research and/or understanding of potential negative consequences.
ONCE AGAIN, I am not against water service for outside POU annexed properties or those property owners seeking such, however, I am FOR THE RIGHTS OF MR WECs. I do not believe property owners within the entitled river water using subdivision should be forced to pay for SPECIAL BENEFIT GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION SERVICE for thousands of acres specifically prohibited from Merced River water use under the license with which our district has always operated.
Many people simply do not understand the actual problem due to the abundant disinformation that has intentionally blanketed this community for years by those who want the same corrupt system to continue for their benefit.
The LAKE DON PEDRO CSD DOES NOT DETERMINE WHERE MERCED RIVER WATER MAY BE DIVERTED AND CONSUMED – THE CALIFORNIA STATE WATER BOARD DOES and that determination has been very clear for decades:
MERCED RIVER WATER IS RESTRICTED FOR USE ONLY WITHIN THE RESIDENTIAL SUBDIVISION AND GOLF COURSE AREA.
The problem has never been so much about how to provide this SPECIAL BENEFIT GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION FOR ANNEXED PROPERTIES OUTSIDE THE PLACE OF USE OF THE WATER LICENSE as much as it has been WHO SHOULD PAY for this above and beyond water service?
In other words:
WHY SHOULD PUBLIC FUNDS BE USED FOR PRIVATE LAND DEVELOPER BENEFITS
THAT PROPERTY OWNERS IN THE SUBDIVISION SIMPLY DO NOT REQUIRE?
Succinctly as possible regarding this last SPECIAL MEETING, I believe –
anytime something is RUSHED THROUGH JUST TO GET IT DONE the probability of unforeseen future negative circumstances occurring increases,
however, I also believe –
Anytime something is RUSHED THROUGH JUST TO GET IT DONE the probability of unforeseen future negative circumstances occurring are practically guaranteed if PETE KAMPA is involved.
Pete Kampa does his best work (of misrepresentation) when “time is of the essence” – he has a documented history of “pushing quick decisions” from those he has INTENTIONALLY PROVIDED INCORRECT OR MISLEADING INFORMATION.
It is a technique or modus operandi if you will.
My best to you and yours, Lew