I will never attend another Lake Don Pedro CSD Board of Directors Meeting. Even though I only listened to the Board and Staff Pledge THEIR ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG, read the below Public Comment blah, blah, blah and returned home.
JULY 15, 2019 PUBLIC COMMENT
(Lew Richardson, customer for almost 30 years)
Unfortunately, there appears to be no change in the SPECIAL INTEREST DIRECTION this CSD and our new GM are headed. A GM whose water industry employment background has been unilaterally designated as CONFIDENTIAL and restricted from public review by Board President Danny Johnson. This related issue could indicate a less than above board continuing relationship between former GM Kampa, the Merced Irrigation District, and those special interests outside the legal Place of Use for Merced River water demanding continued, and expanded, extremely expensive subsidized groundwater substitution paid for by the legal owners – while the board considers raising our rates and fees?
This board has for years refused to answer legitimate questions posed by the public regarding this continuing SUBSIDIZED GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION deception, so I will ask an important question and provide the obvious answer our Board refuses to acknowledge:
Why has the most important STATE WATER BOARD REPORT OF INVESTIGATION – complete with “THE FINAL ANSWER TO THE OFFICIAL WATER LICENSE POU MAP – (which was the stated goal of Kampa’s $35,000 digital mapping project) — NOT IN TODAY’S AGENDA PACKET?
Because once again, an ABSOLUTELY FALSE STATEMENT IS BEING “PLANTED INTO THE OFFICIAL RECORD FOR WATER LICENSE 11395” in an effort to continue subsidized special benefit groundwater substitution for land developers outside the water license place of use of the subdivision. BUT HOW one might ask?
LISTEN CAREFULLY TO THIS FALSE QUOTE FROM THE CONCEALED REPORT OF INVESTIGATION:
“AS OF 2015, THE FOUR WELLS ARE CAPABLE OF SUPPLYING OVER 100% OF THE COMMUNITY’S WATER DEMAND.”
BUT HERE’S THE TRUTH:
The only time those wells provided 100% of the community’s water was during the emergency drought when, under threat of a $500 fine, customers voluntarily reduced their water consumption by 50%, with many experiencing substantial financial landscaping loss in addition to great inconvenience and unnecessary frustration. This should not be our new norm for water use.
BUT HERE’S THE TRUTH:
Why is this patently false statement, contained in the ACTUAL REPORT OF INVESTIGATION LETTER, with two exhibit maps, not provided in the agenda packet with the cover letter addressed to a GM that is no longer employed by the LDPCSD?
BECAUSE this community is unequivocally being set up for not only FURTHER OUTSIDE MIDPOU SPECIAL BENEFIT WATER SERVICE FOR THOSE LAND OWNERS NOT ENTITLED TO LICENSED WATER, but more importantly – THIS REPORT ESSENTIALLY ESTABLISHES AN ERRONEOUS BASELINE OF A PERMANENT 50% WATER REDUCTION FOR OVER 3,100 LEGAL LDPOA SUBDIVISION PROPERTIES for the sole intent of providing extremely expensive special benefit water service to those property owners clearly outside the legal place of use for Merced River Water.
I request that the entire SWRCB REPORT WITH THE TWO MAPS OF INVESTIGATION BE IN NEXT MONTHS AGENDA PACKET. Thank you.
Hey viewers! Why else do you think the maps and other very important information contained in that Report of Investigation was not in the agenda packet for the public to review? (Thinking cap time! lol)
My best to you and yours, Lew