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BROWN ACT VIOLATIONS

 

 

Lassen County Supervisor Salary History & 700 Forms

California Recall Regulations

Diebold Voting Machine Program Cards Easily Changes Votes

 

The third certainty in life, besides death and taxes, 

corruption in Lassen County

Corruption/Land Deals

 

CAO Richard Egan

What a tangled web we weave when first

we practice to deceive

700 FORMS

 

CHAPMAN-attention strumpet

BUSTAMANTE

HAMMOND-a supervisor for profit

BURNS

District Attorney Montgomery

Larry Wosick, the bully   

 

 

      

 President Harry Truman

"I never did give anybody hell, I just told the truth and they thought it was hell"

 

 

February 11, 2016

 

Supervisors Pay Records Altered

Kan We Help has been requesting the Supervisors pay records for several years and we were disappointed that

"someone" made a decision to alter the payroll records.

This is the document Kan We Help received, on August 31, 2015 last year. The pay record shows that Supervisor Chapman received a base salary of

$40,534.83. This equates to 80 hours a pay period (26 pay periods in a calendar year)

Without any pay increases during the fiscal year 2014/2015 Supervisor Chapman's total "gross" pay was $40,534.83

The Ordinance that regulated the Supervisors pay during the 2014/2015 fiscal year stated the Supervisors pay was $35,485

There is no provision for any other pay, including longevity "pay" ( a bonus that is included in the Budget each year)

Kan We Help requested the Supervisors Pay Records after the Supervisors gave themselves a raise. The request was delayed until February 10, 2016.

and now we know why

They altered the "Amount", in the pay records,

to equal the

"legal Ordinance pay" of $35,585 for Albaugh and Hammond, but in Chapman and Pyle's case it still came out to $39,033.54.

 

 

BELOW:

The data has been removed from their pay history

Why?

Because they lied

to the public

about their pay

Supervisor Albaugh's calendar year pay is above Supervisor Chapman's

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 7, 2016

Honey Lake Valley Recreation Authority

Has Dug A Huge Hole

For

Themselves [in more ways than one]

.......and that's about it

 

 

February's are coming and going

and NO PROGRESS ?

 

 

 

 January 27, 2016

 

Did CAO Egan sleep through vote

Lassen County CAO Richard Egan

to award an engineering contract

for the courthouse modernization

Kan We Help asked for a copy of this $133,000 report that the Board approved on December 8, 2015

 and Richard Egan claimed that it didn't exist

Richard Egan issued the RFP, for this contract, without going through the Lassen Board of Supervisors to be approved.

The secrecy was necessary because the Board never budgeted for Court renovations in the 2015/2016 Budget.

THIS WAS A CHAPMAN BACK DOOR DEAL ?

Chapman is obsessed about getting the new Board room while he is Chairperson

and has announced now that it would be done before  he leaves office in January/2017

 

 

 

 January 26, 2016

Lassen County Chamber of Commerce's

 Dream for Susanville Ended

The Chamber of Commerce is a privately owned business that represents the philosophy of  Republicans (not that this is a bad thing to represent a political party, but just a fact).

The Chamber often comes to the Board of Supervisors asking for money. Money for a fake Christmas tree for the town of Susanville.  Most recently, the Supervisors gave this business $5,000 to enter a contest.

This contest ended and more than $50,000 was donated and spent for this contest.

What did the County get for $5,000 ?

NOTHING

The Lassen County Chamber of Commerce spent the $50,000 on CONCEPTS

MAYBE THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CAN SHARE

WHAT LASSEN  COUNTY TAXPAYERS BOUGHT FOR THE

SUPERVISORS DONATION

 

Kan We Help called this a Ponzi Scheme from day one

 

 January 20, 2016  

LASSEN COUNTY SUPERVISORS

ALBAUGH, HAMMOND AND HEMPHILL

VOTED TO SPEND OVER $17,000

TO PLACE A STATE OF JEFFERSON CEREMONIAL VOTE

ON THE JUNE BALLOT

These three Supervisors, Albaugh, Hammond and Hemphill heard 42 minutes of reasons why any ballot measure from Lassen County would be just ceremonial.

YES OR NO, It will mean absolutely nothing.

California Counties are turning their backs on this Cult

and then there is Lassen County

looking like complete fools (Albaugh, Hammond & Hemphill)

 

The three, Albaugh, Hammond and Hemphill

 voted for the "STATE OF IGNORANCE"

 

 

 

[seceding from the State of California is decided by the State Legislature]

No one from this 50 year old cult showed up but the Board of Supervisors heard that the State of Jefferson cult didn't need any support from Lassen County. 

 So why did these three, Albaugh, Hammond, Hemphill,  discount the facts?  Just Consider the history of these three Supervisors. What did Hammond get? Hammond is a Supervisor for Sale.  Hemphill is just remarkably dumb. Albaugh, did this for Brian Dahle.

 Brian Dahle has publicly stated that he wants to be the first Governor of the new State of Jefferson.

 

 January 19, 2016  

 

KEEP IT CALIFORNIA

[Keeping all 58 Counties in tact]

Today theState of Jefferson Cult wants Lassen County Taxpayers to pay up to $17,000 to put their initiative on the Ballot

because they cannot get the signatures to do it on their own

Lassen County is a welfare county and depends on the 62% revenue from California to operate

 

THE STATE OF JEFFERSON CULT

OFFERS NOTHING

 

Plumas County Supervisors were smart and told them NO, on January 12, 2016

 

 January 18, 2016  

 

Modoc County Supervisors

Cancel yet another Flood District meeting date

made by

Lassen County CAO Richard Egan

Chapman jokes the meeting could take place in Modoc County's Alturas Court elevator

Video courtesy of the Lassen County Scoop

Watch and listen to Egan explain why the meeting was cancelled

Lassen County CAO Richard Egan continues to claim that a quorum for this ten member Board requires that all ten Supervisors must attend.

 

Egan also told the Lassen Supervisors that they can convene this Flood District meeting with five Lassen County Supervisors and one Modoc County Supervisor

 

THE REAL ISSUE: RANCHERS PYLE AND EGAN WANT CONTROL OVER THE GROUNDWATER

VIDEO COURTESY OF LASSEN COUNTY SCOOP

Click on photo below for 2015 Groundwater Report

 

 

 

Three Supervisors from each County must attend to conduct business. In the past only  Lassen County Supervisors have met and held meetings.

 Lassen County Supervisors have held these meetings WITHOUT MODOC COUNTY and approved budgets and spent money ?

 

 

County Counsel placed a legal notice about a January 19, 2016 meeting in Adin without confirming that at least three Modoc Supervisors would attend.

Bob Burns comment: "There is a lot of fraud and abuse in Modoc County"

 

 

 January 17, 2016  

Lassen County Supervisors District 3

Taxpayers Deserve Representation

 

Newly elected (January/2015) District 3 Supervisor Jeff Hemphill does not give Board Reports when asked ( A report of what he has done to earn a paycheck). Hemphill just Passes.

 He has had a month off and he reported NOTHING at the Board of Supervisors meeting on January 12, 2016 which is typical. Hemphill sits on this Board and waits for instructions from Pyle or Chapman. Chapman and Pyle control what Hemphill says and does. 

Hemphill has had 12 months to DO SOMETHING, ANYTHING and all he has added to the meetings are crude offensive remarks about Supervisor Albaugh's private parts, his political opinions on who should be President....all of which have no place at a Board meeting.

Hemphill makes Motions for Pyle and Chapman and when asked what the Motion means, he looks like a deer in the headlights. 

 .....What motion, did I make a motion. Chapman, hand me that motion again. Hey, I need a little help here !

We will not say he is the dumbest and laziest Supervisor who ever sat on the Board.

NO, WE WILL NOT SAY THAT.

Watch:  

[click on photo]

Far left: Supervisor Hemphill, (red shirt)  and (far right) Supervisor Pyle discussing the political rally they both attended

 

DID LASSEN COUNTY TAXPAYERS PAY FOR HEMPHILL & PYLE TO

ATTEND A RENO POLITICAL RALLY ON JANUARY 10, 2016 ?

 

DOES DISTRICT 3 DESERVE MORE THAN A TYPICAL  ALFALFA MAFIA  Good ole Boy to represent them...........?

 

 January 15, 2016  

2016 Will Not See A Change

In

Lassen County Corruption

You gotta watch the Lassen County Scoops"Changing of the Guards"

WATCH THE NOMINATIONS

Immediately after taking his seat on the Board , District 5 Supervisor Tom Hammond voted to give 4,000 acres of public land to a friend where his Herlong businesses would benefit.

Tom Hammond then failed to disclose his business account with Lassen County and continues to receive thousands of dollars, from Lassen County, for his businesses in Herlong.

 HAMMOND NEVER SAID A WORD UNTIL KWH DISCOVERED THIS

Crooked is as crooked does, Mr. Hammond

.....they own you......

 

IN LASSEN COUNTY THE CULTURE OF CORRUPTION

IS THE WAY OF LIFE.

Corruption/Land Deals

 

 

 January 14, 2016  

Lassen County Supervisors

Will Have the $17,000

State of Jefferson issue on their

January 19,  2016 Agenda

State of Jefferson group has been picking the pockets of taxpayers all over California

and are being rejected.

 

Plumas County Supervisors rescinded their commitment to pay for this to be on their June Ballot

The SOJ Cult doesn't have any money or support

to put this on a ballot

 

 January 12, 2016  

 

 

Plumas County Board of Supervisors

Vote Unanimously

NOT TO PLACE THE

 

STATE OF JEFFERSON ISSUE

ON THEIR  JUNE BALLOT

The "Keep it California" group has gained statewide support against this "old" group that has been recently resurrected

 

KEEP IT CALIFORNIA[Keeping all 58 Counties in tact]

 

 January 7, 2016  

Lassen County Supervisor Board

Will Elect A New Chairperson on January 12, 2016

Bob Pyle and Jim Chapman must step aside

and

Allow one of the remaining three Supervisors to take the Chair

 

Aaron Albaugh is the obvious choice

Supervisors Hammond, Hemphill and Albaugh should be appointed to all of the County Committees. Pyle and Chapman can stand aside and offer......whatever......

The question:

Will Pyle and Chapmans EGO'S let someone else learn the Board Chairmans' job before they leave at the end of 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 December 31, 2015  

 

LCT Advertiser.......Headline : "Utility" ?

STICK A FORK IN STEWART 

Stewart is not needed.

 Stewart is not entitled to an additional $3,000 a month in perpetuity

That bad policy ended with Frank Cady

CADY YEARS

THE LMUD RATEPAYERS DESERVE A CLEAN START WITH NEW GENERAL MANAGER SMITH

 

 

What "DEAL" does Bill Stewart want?

Bill Stewart will testify, on April 11, 2016, that Fred Nagel and the entire LMUD Board approved the Hayden Hill land purchase, or will he ?

Why does LMUD Director Jay Dow want to give this Bonus to Stewart?     Will Stewart disclose all of the "free" services Dow received if he doesn't get this contract?

Why do the Beterbide's want to give this Bonus to Stewart?Will Jess lose his seat on the Board regarding the contaminated LMUD property scandal on Chestnut?

 

 

Left to right: Frank Cady, LMUD Director Fred Nagel, Retired LMUD GM Bill Stewart

 

William Stewart was very much apart of the CADY YEARS and all those scams that were perpetrated on the ratepayers.

 

Stewart will retire on the eve of the Hayden Hill trial where he, as LMUD's bookkeeper, issued a check to purchase the Kinross Gold land (Hayden Hill) that was signed by Fred Nagel and Frank Cady. 

The entire LMUD Board lied about their approval to purchase this land when they filed their lawsuit. Chittock knew they lied but he filed the lawsuit anyway ($$$$$)

 

Lassen County Times has suppressed this story and the fact that your new utility increase was needed to continue to fund one of the many Nagel/Cady/Stewart scandals

Lassen Municipal Utility District's

Trial Date:  January 25, 2016

LMUD vs. Hayden Hill (Kinross Gold)

Hundreds of thousands of ratepayers money has been spent on a $65,000 land scandal

 

 

 December 30, 2015  

The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter....Winston Churchill

 

LCT Managing Editor, Sam Williams, nurtures the false notion that democracy means that ignorance is just as good as knowledge

 

 December 29, 2015  

When the Lassen County Times

Relies on Advertisements

&

Not Subscriptions

the public will always get the sanitized version

of

Lassen County News

The downside: this enables the corruption to explode because they can hide behind Sam Williams and his weekly throw-away

 

 December 23, 2015  

LASSEN COUNTY TIMES

The Best Friend of Corruption

in

Lassen County ?

Left: Lassen County Times Editor Sam Williams     &     Right: Lassen County CAO Richard Egan

..."quietly" Complicit to the corruption.

 Is that  an understatement ?

Censors the public

Suppresses the truth

Sanitizes to protect the guilty

What better friend could they have

.....and they wonder why no one wants to work for them.....

 

 

 

 

 December 22, 2015  

 

TYPICAL OF THE

DECEPTIVE BUDGET PROCESS,

COUNTY SUPERVISORS TUCKED

HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS INTO THE PARK BUDGET ONLY TO BE REDIRECTED

 

Johnstonville Park

$25,000 budgeted

DOES NOT EXIST

10.76 Acres on Diane Drive, Susanville

APN 116-180-62

 

just another Budget Scandal

 

[Bieber Park, Brian Dahle's District, gets $250,000]

In 2010, Supervisor Keefer wanted to build a new community Park in Johnstonville. The County had access to Prop 40 funds (2002, California Clean Water, Clean Air, Safe Neighborhood Parks and Coastal Protection Act).and Supervisor Keefer wanted to use these funds for a community park in his District. 

The County land in Johnstonville soon proved to be unsuitable due to drainage issues. Caltrans yard across the road drained into the proposed park land. Caltrans was asked to mitigate this and agreed to grade their land so the water would be re-directed.

According to public records, the County budgeted $25,000 for the Park in 2010 but never spent anything. The Park was then re-located to Janesville and has now been re-named after Supervisor Keefer who lost his bid for re-election to Larry Wosick (a one term Supervisor)

BUDGET TRICKS /  BUDGET LIES

Brian Dahle was Supervisor of District 4 in 2010. $250,000 was placed in the 2010/2011 Budget for his Bieber Park. 

 

 

 December 19, 2015  

Chapman claims that the Old Historic Court house is not

HISTORIC ANYMORE

Watch Chapman whine about his new Board Room

Is Chapman's memory conveniently failing

The Lassen County Court House was registered with the National Register of Historic Places on January 23, 1998 as the "Courthouse Square"

 

According to public records, Lassen County has pulled many permits, since 2012, to remodel this Court House after the new $38 million dollar Hall of Justice was built on Riverside Drive. This building falls under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 

NOTE: Lionakis was the Architect that designed the new Hall of Justice. Lassen County Supervisors just signed a $133,000 contract with Lionakis to study the old Court.

Many space needs studies have been done and the County is well aware of each and every inch of this building.  The $133,000 is a gross waste of tax payers money

THERE IS ONLY ONE PERSON, CHAPMAN, WHO HAS PUSHED THIS

....more to come

 

 December 15, 2015  

Lassen County Supervisors

Watch CAO & Supervisors Dummy-Up when drilled on the Longevity pay 

Approve a Pay Raise for themselves

 that will now be given when the

Lassen County employees get a pay raise

GONE IS THE STUPID 25% OF A SUPERIOR COURT JUDGES SALARY

 

WHAT was added IS THE SECRET BONUS PAY

 

The Longevity pay: this is a 15 year bonus salary program for Supervisors.

After 7 years of service the Supervisors get a 2 1/2% bonus. But they are given  5 years seniority automatically the day they are elected so after two years they are quietly given this 2 1/2 % bonus pay. A Supervisor gets another 2 1/2% raise if they are re-elected. After ten years in office (2 1/2 terms) they get an automatic 7% bonus pay.

 

Kan We Help has objected, for many years, to this secret Bonus because it exceeds the Statutory Pay limit

 

This "longevity pay" was excluded in the 2013 Salary increase

 

 

All salary/pay is regulated through this Ordinance and there is no mention of an additional "longevity pay" and yet all Supervisors received this pay.

Benefits are defined here as health benefits, life insurance, retirement benefits but does not include any "salary/pay" increases. 

but was re-instated in the 2015 pay ordinance ?

 

Watch the Supervisors dummy-up

Supervisor left to right: District 5 Tom Hammond, District 3 Jeff Hemphill, District 1 Bob Pyle, District 4 Aaron Albaugh, District 2 Jim Chapman

&

approved yet another "STUDY" of the County's

space needs for the old Court House

{Past studies have been expensive and never used. This will be no different}

They approved the unbudgeted $133,000 contract for the Old Courthouse without considering the fact that they have no idea what it will cost to fix the Riverside building and move four Departments.

CAO Egan was asked several times how much it will cost and he went from "I don't know to "maybe $200,000 or $300,000.

The public was told $600,000 and that was before they found out all of the repairs that will be needed before anyone moves in.

 

 

 December 14, 2015  

There is no public outcry for a new

Board of Supervisors Board room

 

On January 21, 2013 Supervisor Chapman led a tour of the old Court Annex space in the basement of the County Administration Building on Roop Street

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Without any authority, Chapman instructed NST to proceed with plans to

 remodel this Courtroom into a Board Room

 

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Jeff Morish, from NST, told the Board on February 11, 2013, a Master Plan should be done first. Chapman really showed no interest in doing this the right way. Chapman wants a new Big Board Room with all of the bells and whistles.

On April 23, 2013 Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Chapman pushed to approve a contract with NST to "study" the use of the Court Annex for space and design. Soopervisor Chapman pushed to get his new Board Room done by June 17, 2013.  Jeff Morish said it could not be done.  At this time, the Supervisors had not budgeted a dime for this folly.

Kan We Help requested a copy of this "study" and was told that it did not exist

On December 10, 2013, CAO Martin Nichols presented a "Reassignment of Courthouse Space" to the Board of Supervisors.

Martin Nichols tells the Board "at such time as the remodeling costs are known, the Board will be advised of that determination and be requested to appropriate those expenditures

 

At the January 21, 2014 Board of Supervisors meeting, Chapman now wanted a Task Force Committee to be formed. Chapman never mentioned bringing back any previous Task Force.  This new Task Force would be chaired by him and members would be hand picked by him. Chapman claimed that this new Committee would be tasked with moving County Staff efficiently into available spaces in the old Courthouse and Courthouse Annex. Chapman promised that the "COURTHOUSE SQUARE REVITALIZATION TASK FORCE COMMITTEE" would recommend what needs to be done with the vacant spaces.

THIS COMMITTEE NEVER MET AND WAS DISBANDED IN 2015

 

On March 11, 2014, the Board of Supervisors set aside Chapman's Dreamcicle Board Room.

On April 14, 2014, new CAO Richard Egan claimed that he was going to receive a "NEEDS ASSESSMENT STUDY" in a few weeks and told the Board that rather than spending money to remodel the vacant spaces, it might be possible to buy the BLM building on Riverside Drive. Kan We Help requested a copy of this study and was told that it was not disclosable.

The 2015/2016 Budget (July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016) did not include any money for remodeling the Courthouse/Annex projects. Previous and present Board members have said many times that a Master Plan must be in place before this EXTENSIVE movement of county offices. NOW, before ONE DOLLAR is spent on the new Riverside building, Chapman now wants to spend $133,000 on a study for his New Board Room, up those stairs,  in the Old Courthouse.

He is obsessed with putting an elevator in ?

The Lassen County Supervisors eventually purchased the BLM building by borrowing $4.1 million. The Supervisors have no idea how much "fixing" this 1996 building will cost, plus moving costs, plus new furniture, fixtures. After transferring $1.1 million to the JPA for the community pool there is less than $1.5 million left of the loan.

 

Over the years, Chapman has made many attempts to get "new digs".  The Supervisors have placed this issue on the December 15, 2015 Agenda to spend $133,000 just to look at the possibility of building a Board Room in the historical Court.

 

AFTER THE BLM BUILDING IS REMODELED AND OCCUPIED SOME TIME NEXT YEAR, THEN AND ONLY THEN SHOULD THEY consider

CHAPMANS

DREAMCICLE

..some time in the future, if at all

Eventually, if they can find the money, the most efficient and convenient space to move the Supervisors Board room is the 2600 square foot Auditors office in the County Administration building on Roop Street. The Auditor could relocate directly below in the space vacated by the Public Defender.

Sounds simple, cost effective and efficient......tell Supervisor Chapman

ABOVE: ROOP STREET ENTRANCE OF COUNTY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING

Basement of County Administration. Entrance through glass enclosure in back parking lot

Auditor, Public Works and Planning will have inside stairwell to access Board Room and Administration offices

 

 December 12, 2015  

Another slight of hand move by Lassen County Supervisors

The Statutory Salary limit, approved in 2013, for Lassen County Supervisors is *$35,485

*According to surrounding counties Supervisors salaries,  this is a competitive salary

HOWEVER

Lassen County Supervisors receive an additional pay increase they just don't want to talk about which pays them thousands of dollars above the Statutory Salary

Example:

Benefits listed are benefits paid by the County not the employee

 

The Supervisors total compensation

 if this Ordinance is approved on 12/15/15:

Chapman *$59,349

*Chapman is paid $1,437 per board meeting regardless if he attends

Pyle $59,349

Albaugh  $ 55,592

Hammond  $ 56,207

Hemphill  $ 45,196

 

 

 December 11, 2015  

LASSEN COUNTY'S

POOR MANAGEMENT, POOR PLANNING

Lassen County decided on acquiring a $4.1 million dollar debt this year.

They spent $ 1.4 million on a building (2950 Riverside, Susanville)

September 22, 2015 Video Tour

 

The Supervisors have no idea how much they will need for the repairs, remodeling and the cost to move four county departments in to it (District Attorney, Public Defender, Child Protective Services, Probation Department)

With less than $1.5 million left [of the$ 4.1million loan], Chapman pushes his new Board room up so he can "hold court" in it before he retires at the end of 2016.

Chapman escalates his new board room on 9/22/15 with an illegal RFP

 

There is no public outcry for a million dollar Supervisors Board Room,

you just hear Chapman's cries

 

 

 

 

 December 10, 2015  

 

KAN WE HELP FILES

BROWN ACT COMPLAINT

This was all Chapman

Supervisor Hammond stated that he did not know about this RFP. He was never given a copy. No Supervisor was given a copy except Supervisor Chapman

Chapman, a 40 year career politician, knew his action was illegal

 

 He escalated his new Board Room.

Listen to the discussion "at the end of the meeting" on 9/22/15

Chapman knew better than anyone that there was no plan to remodel the old Courthouse until the next fiscal year

 

 

Remodeling the Riverside property may take most of the remaining loan dollars

 

and

Chapman knew that it was anillegal process to issue a Request For Proposal in this manner.

WATCH THE 12/8/15 DISCUSSION

Supervisor Pyle childishly threw the KWH Complaint over his shoulder. Chapman just pontificated

Supervisor Albaugh was absent but Hammond, Hemphill, Pyle and Chapman approved the Contract to Lionakis for $133,300. 

 

This is not budgeted. Kan We Help will monitor how they pay for this.

 

CHAPMAN WANTS AN ELEVATOR IN THE OLD COURTHOUSE BECAUSE

 PLUMAS COUNTY & MODOC COUNTY HAVE AN ELEVATOR

                                                                                    RIGHT PHOTO: Modoc County Courthouse, Chapman got stuck in their elevator when he recently visited.........

Chapman wants to demolish the historical courtroom, at the top of these stairs, for his new board room. Chapman also wants an elevator because Chapman just loves elevators.

 

2015 continued