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NEW...."Caught with your pants down" page and his twin brother "Knotagin"
The third certainty in life, besides death and taxes,
corruption in Lassen County
CHAPMAN- the attention strumpet
HAMMOND-a supervisor for profit
District Attorney Stacey Montgomery
Larry Wosick, the bully
JUNE 7, 2016 ELECTIONS
LASSEN COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY
COUNTY CLERK CONSPIRE TO CHEAT THE VOTERS
Chris Montgomery perjured himself when he filed his Candidate documents on March 11, 2016
Chris Montgomery perjured himself, in January, when he changed his voter registration stating he lived at 250 S. Pine Street, Susanville
If the Montgomery's owned this house in January, which they did not, Stacey Montgomery would have been required to disclose this "rental income" on her FPPC 700 Form.
DISTRICT 2 DOES NOT DESERVE ANOTHER LIAR
Steve Pezzullo owns 250 S. Pine Street.
Steve Pezzullo's renters left in March/2016
Steve Pezzullo's new renters:
Stacey & Chris Montgomery
The Montgomery's are using 250 S. Pine in their political ads
If Montgomery lacks ethics and honesty now,
just think what he can do as keeper of the District Attorney's Budget
Lassen County Election Officer,
she selects the laws to obey
Bustamante is tasked with determining a Candidates qualifications to run for office
THAT'S HER JOB
To test this enforcement obligation by the Lassen County Election Officer, Kan We Help Secretary filed Candidate documents for the Susanville Sanitation District with a Westwood address. Election Officer/County Clerk Julie Bustamante promptly sent a letter stating that you need to live within the Susanville Sanitation District to run for this office.
Julie Bustamante has confirmed that Chris Montgomery registered to vote
and lied where he lived
in January, 2016.
Montgomery committed willful perjury.
Maybe this should go to the District Attorney.
......and Stacey Montgomery can put this complaint on top of Julie Bustamante's Perjury of her FPPC 700 form
Quid Pro Quo
[ you let my husband illegally run for office and i will throw out your perjury on your FPPC form]
New Lassen County District Attorney
looks the other way on
On January 25, 2016, when Stacey Montgomery filed her "Statement of Economic Interests" it did not list a Schedule B (Real Property owned). She and her husband, Chris Montgomery rented a home at 710-075 Sunnyside Road, Janesville.
On March 11, 2016, Lassen County District AttorneyStacey Montgomery and her husband Chris Montgomery lived at 710-075 Sunnyside Road, Janesville, Ca. (District 3, not District 2)
On March 11, 2016, Stacey Montgomery and her husband Chris Montgomery DID NOT LIVE IN DISTRICT 2, when Chris Montgomery filed his candidate papers falsely statingthat he lived at 250 S. Pine Street, Susanville.
ELECTION CODES REQUIRE THAT YOU LIVE IN YOUR DISTRICT 30 DAYS BEFORE FILING YOUR CANDIDATE PAPERS
CHRIS MONTGOMERY FAILED TO COMPLY WITH THIS. HE COULDN'T EVEN REGISTER TO VOTE IN DISTRICT 2 UNTIL THE END OF MARCH and yet the County Clerk, Julie Bustamante states that Chris Montgomery registered to vote in District 2 in January of 2016 when he lived in Janesville District 3?
Public Officials Abuse
The public cannot expect the Supervisors to "police" themselves.
There is no incentive to do that.
The Lassen County Board of Supervisors each trade votes to accomplish personal agendas. Overlooking abuses of other Supervisors so they will overlook their abuses. A Quid Pro Quo, within the Board, has existed for a very long time. A practice that has become so accepted that new Supervisors coming in will believe that it is legal and moral to "help yourself".
Violations of ethics such as conflicts of interest, violating Board policies when it expedites a Supervisors effort to help a friend or just for personal gains is a standard on this Board, violating the Brown Act as though the law was non-existent and unenforceable.
Chapman's recent actions, as Chairperson of the Board of Supervisors, has become an accepted practice even though it is illegal and unethical. Some Chairpersons have chosen to go the straight an narrow and follow the law and practice honesty.
CHAPMAN HAS NOT
Chapman placed this item in the Consent Calendar so that the public could not comment. Fund 150-1501 did not have sufficient funds to pay for this work and would have required a 4/5 vote to increase this budget item.
If you place it in the Consent Calendar the public cannot comment that there isn't $189,792 in that Budget and that there is only $150,000 in the Susanville Memorial Building.
NO PUBLIC COMMENT WAS ALLOWED AND NO 4/5 VOTE LANGUAGE WAS INCLUDED IN THE "ACTION REQUESTED" DESCRIPTION. WHERE WILL THEY GET THE EXTRA $50,000 ?
County Counsel, Bob Burns, placed a $2,233.09 Settlement check from an Illinois class action lawsuit (which Lassen County was not a party to but simply benefited from) in Closed Session. This issue did not remotely fall under the Brown Act requirements for a Closed Session issue.
This was not a closed session item, so what did the Supervisors discuss? This was a regular agenda item. The public was not afforded the right to comment.
Bob Burns announced that the Board left it up to him whether to deposit the check or send it back?
THAT IS NOT HIS JOB..............
Supervisor Chapman placed this item in the "Consent Calendar" to approve funding for the future 2016/2017 Budget ? This would have required a 4/5 vote by the Board and was not an item to hide in the Consent Calendar. Supervisor Hemphill did not recuse himself from this vote (Craig Hemphill receives this money).
THE PUBLIC WAS NOT ALLOWED TO PULL THIS ITEM AND NO SUPERVISORS PULLED IT FOR DISCUSSION. THIS WAS NOT AN ISSUE TO BE PLACED IN THE CONSENT CALENDAR.
CRAIG HEMPHILL'S $79,117 2015/2016 CONTRACT EXPIRED ON JUNE 30, 2016 AND THIS ACTION EFFECTED THE 2016/2017 BUDGET.
CRAIG HEMPHILLS PAY INCREASE WAS SLIPPED INTO THE CONSENT CALENDAR AND IS NOT "Routine in nature"
Approving a future Budget item expense not "ROUTINE IN NATURE". Bob Burns placed a 2016/2017 expenditure in the "Consent Calendar". This was not pulled by any Supervisor for discussion. The public was not afforded an opportunity to comment on Agenda item G-8
THE PUBLIC WAS NOT ALLOWED TO PULL THIS ITEM AND NO SUPERVISORS PULLED IT FOR DISCUSSION. THIS WAS NOT AN ISSUE TO BE PLACED IN THE CONSENT CALENDAR. THIS ACTION PROVOKES SECRECY AND ELIMINATES ANY SCRUTINY BY THE PUBLIC.
Are the Supervisors now obligated to fund this in 2016/2017 fiscal year? Sleazy way to "pre-fund" your budget?
This Agenda items was one of those shady "land deals" Lassen County Supervisors are so famous for.
Previous Pezzullo deals resulted in giving him thousands of acres of public land for $56,500 and "Town Center" rezoning for property around Pezzullo's Herlong property and the One Stop building in Herlong which he gave back because he couldn't sell it
This was not a "Consent Calendar" issue and was placed in the Consent Calendar to avoid public scrutiny.
The public was not allowed to comment on this and now we know why?
The Supervisors intentionally did not use the Valceschini/Cramer name in the Agenda description. This was not a "ROUTINE IN NATURE" issue. The Valceschini/Cramer family built a house on the 142 acres ten years ago and now, because of the restrictions on the 142 acre parcel, could not carve out another 5 acre "residential" parcel for ten (10) years.
However, the Cramer's are developing the "Cramer Ranch Estates" between these two parcels, in which they plan to sell residential lots. What does Pezzullo or Larry Smith Realty have to do with this? Steve Pezzullo attended this meeting and left after Supervisor Chapman refused any public comment on this "Consent Calendar" agenda item .
SIGNED, SEALED AND DELIVERED
More public money for a study of Supervisor Chapman's "elevator" was placed in the Consent Calendar to avoid any public comment.
The Supervisors did not place any money, for any renovations to the Courthouse, in the 2015/2016 Budget because they intended to purchase and remodel the building at 2950 Riverside in Susanville ($1.3million dollars for the old BLM building).
When the Supervisors borrowed $4 million dollars they told the public that they were going to use the money for the Community pool, purchase the old BLM building and remodel the Courthouse and Administration buildings.
With only $1.273 million remaining of the loan and the Supervisors have no idea the costs of finishing their newly acquired 2950 Riverside building, why
IS THE NEW BOARD ROOM AND "ELEVATOR" BEING FAST TRACKED OVER ALL OTHER CAPITAL PROJECTS?
YES, FOR ONE MAN'S EGO
This remodel of the old Courthouse's new elevator and Board of Supervisors new Board room is estimated to cost $1,000,000 according to Lionakis's report to the Board of Stupervisors
The so-called Chapman's Courthouse Square Mondernization Committee never met and was disbanded in January of 2016.
Who did they meet with on December 1, 2015.....Chapman?
Worst Public Servant Award
2016 Runner Up: Stacey Montgomery
3rd Place Runner Up: Bob Burns
Kan We Help Challenges
of the Consent Calendar
Chapman can rely on the fact that the Lassen County Times does not report on the Board violating the Brown Act and has suppressed all of the Board's abuses. From Larry Wosick not living in his District to Tom Hammond's conflict of interests.
KAN WE HELP CONTINUES TO EXPOSE IT ALL
The Lassen County Times suppressed the LMUD abuses for 16 years:
the Hayden Hill land scam, Arrowrock Hydro Scam, Misappropriation of public funds, conflicts of interest
Lassen County Times the biggest enabler of corruption in Lassen County
An old career politician has reduced public meetings
to abuse, intimidation & personal agendas
Most politicians want their final term to be dignified, at least with a certain level of dignity anyway.
Chapman will not accomplish this.
He has reduced the Lassen County Board of Supervisors to a "bully" pulpit. The public is more than aware of his rudeness and temper tantrums.
Will the four other Supervisors rein in Chapman's style of rudeness or will they just sit back and be told what to do? Where's the representation for the other four Districts?
Chapman believes that the
PUBLIC'S MONEY is his to waste
Lassen County Supervisor Jim Chapman
Abuses Authority as Chairperson
At the March 22, 2016 meeting, Chapman threatened a member of the public when they requested to speak on an agenda item.
Chapman refuses to let the public comment on the Consent Calendar Agenda, claiming that it is "administrative" only
*At the April 12, 2016 meeting, Chapman puts 18 of the 27 Agenda items in the Consent Calendar. 8 of the 18 were pulled for discussion by the other Supervisors. So much for routine.
*The Consent Calendar issues are supposed to be "routine in nature", but that is the last thing these "untouchables" are. The Consent Calendar is approved with one sweeping vote and Chapman, unlike Supervisor Pyle, will not allow any item to be pulled for a separate vote and discussion by the public.
At the upcoming April 19, 2016 meeting, Supervisor Chapman has placed
8 of the 12 Agenda items in the "Consent Calendar".
Consent Calendar Agenda item G-6
MORE MONEY FOR CHAPMAN'S ELEVATOR
A LOT MORE MONEY !
Chapman paid $81,100 for a Slide show about his elevator.
Now, he has put an additional $ 132,505 for more discussions on his elevator in the "Consent Calendar".
When money is no object, why not
Presently this historic old staircase takes you to the second floor
Old Courthouse on Lassen Street in Susanville, CA
WHEN MONEY IS NOT A CONCERN
CHAPMAN'S ELEVATOR NOW TAKES PRIORITY OVER ALL COUNTY CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS
The "Lassen County Scoop"
Lassen County Scoop
County Counsel Bob Burns
is so............ far out of his element
Former Lassen County District Attorney and now County Counsel Bob Burns placed a California Settlement Case illegally in Closed Session. Burns claimed that this case was an "existing" case but in fact it was a copy of a Final "Settlement" Notice.
Lassen County was never a part of this lawsuit but benefited from this Class Action lawsuit.
Bob Burns didn't know the difference...........
This case does not remotely fall within Government Code Section 54956.9 of the Brown Act. This lawsuit simply reflected a "final decision" by an Illinois Court.
Brown Act Section 54954.5 (a) allows for "existing" litigation to be placed in "CLOSED SESSION" if it would jeopardize service of process or settlement negotiations.
Burns took this issue into Closed Session for a $2,233.09 settlement check Lassen County received on a settlement received from the State of California. All that was required was for the Board of Supervisors to accept/reject this money.
This was an Open Session issue and Burns did not know that ?
Settlement documents are discloseable and must be discussed in Open Session. Burns did disclose the Settlement documents from his illegal Closed Session but violated the Brown Act by stupidly placing this in Closed Session.
A member of the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) asked the Board of Supervisors, in Public Comment, what Budget their contract is paid from. Bob Burns interrupted and advised the Chairperson not to answer?
THE BUDGET IS A PUBLIC DOCUMENT
KAN WE HELP BROKE THIS LMUD STORY IN 2006
Lassen County Times buried the
LMUD-Hayden Hill story year after year
...and now takes their "front page" story, today, from the archives of Kan We Help.
FRAUD FROM DAY ONE
Nagel, Stewart and Cady were fraudulently taking $30,000 checks from individuals that were told they were going to get POWER.
Fred Nagel knew before he took money from the Willow Creek landowners that LMUD could never provide power to Willow Creek [ Willow Creek was not in LMUD's territory]
[ The Lassen County Times suppressed all facts relating to this Scam]
Lassen County Supervisor Jim Chapman Places
18 of the 27
April 12, 2016 Agenda Items
Chapman will not let the public directly comment on these 18 Agenda items, which is against the law
Chapman skips putting the March 15 Meeting Minutes on the Agenda & instead places the March 22, 2016 Minutes in the Consent Calendar even though the record of the meeting was destroyed.
No mention, in these contrived Minutes,
of Chapman's "tantrum
The Audio of this meeting was destroyed so that Jim Chapman's threats to arrest a member of the public would be hidden. However, anticipating shenanigans, Kan We Help taped the meeting.
Bob Burns is allowed to place a "Settlement" case in closed session. This is an Open Session Agenda item. If the Supervisors would ever hire a competent attorney, this would never happen.
Click on link below
Lassen County Scoop
Lassen County Times Editor Sam Williams
A "newspaper" (?) editor that wouldn't know a Brown Act Violation if it hit him square between the eyes
A "newspaper" that would not criticize the hand that feeds him; Lassen County's $100,000 Lassen County Times Budget
A "newspaper" that gets info from Chapman in Closed Sessions.
A "newspaper" that enables the corruption in Lassen County through suppression
"Chapman walks out of pool meeting ?"
.....Sam Williams failed to mention a few people walked out before Chapman when it became too painful to listen to the perpetual circle of the sad, sad, discussion
Williams writes that there are "nattering naysayers" against the pool project.
There was a very supportive group, at the March 29, 2016 HLVRA meeting, that want this community pool and has supported this project for 2 1/2 years of fumbling and bumbling from five men that have no idea what they are doing
What this so-called "Editor" omits is that Chapman leads this Board in delays and ignorance. In 2014, Chapman barely attended the meetings.
The bad decisions, of a clueless HLVRA Board, is beyond frustrating.
The real problem:
The HLVRA Board has no idea what they are doing.
L to R: Dave Meserve, Supervisor Tom Hammond, Susanville Councilperson Brian Wilson, Susanville Councilperson Nick McBride and Supervisor Jim Chapman
The "original" schedule:
A Supervisor for profit
Supervisor Jeff Hemphill either
committed perjury on January 29, 2015
extremely from his "elected" position in 2015
Lassen County Supervisor Jeff Hemphill submitted his 2014-700 form on January 29, 2015. It consisted of two sheets
Lassen County Supervisor Jeff Hemphill submitted his 2015-700 form on March 29, 2016. It consisted of SIX sheets.
In the past 12 months, Supervisor Hemphill was able to secure a job for his wife at the Sierra Army Depot.
Supervisor Chapman Pushing Contractor
to Have His New Boardroom Finished
by *December of this year
*the original scheduled completion date was 3/21/17
Chapman has spent thousands of taxpayers dollars on many studies over the years[over $200,000] to have a new Boardroom. Presently, the Board meets at 707 Nevada Street. This location does not have an elevator. Chapman needs an elevator. So they spent $133,000 for another study on just the "elevator"...........
The study Chapman doesn't want to talk about was the study done in 2014. It put the cost of moving the Supervisors and staff to a new location (the old courthouse on Lassen Street in Susanville) from $862,500 to $1,425,000.
After 8 months, the Supervisors have not remodeled the offices for the District Attorney, Public Defender, Child Support Services and Probation in the old BLM building on Riverside.
Keep in mind that the Supervisors are going to use the same pot-of-money.
More than $800,000 for the BLM building and more than a $1,000,000 for the Board's new digs
There is $1,273,496.65 left of the Certificate of Participation loan and the Supervisors still are not even close to moving the four County Departments into the $1,300,000 building .
THE SUPERVISORS COULD MOVE THE AUDITOR TO THE EMPTY OFFICES BELOW IN THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING AND REMODEL THE AUDITORS SPACE FOR THE NEW BOARDROOM, LEAVING STAFF WHERE THEY ARE.
........OOOPS, THAT IS TOO LOGICAL AND PRACTICAL & WOULD SAVE MONEY......
SCRAP THAT IDEA
ON JUNE 7, 2016
LASSEN COUNTY DOES NOT NEED TO ELECT
MORE BULLIES OR LIARS
On March 27, 2016, Chris Montgomery's Mother, Dava Montgomery, sent a very disturbing letter to Kan We Help in which she threatens Eileen Spencer and her family ?
On March 11, 2016, when Chris Montgomery filed his Candidate papers to run for District 2 Supervisor, he lived in District 3, at 710-075 Sunnyside Road, Janesville, CA
As of March 21, 2016, Steve Pezzullo owned 250 S. Pine Street, Susanville, Ca. Chris Montgomery, under penalty of perjury, stated that he lived at 250 S. Pine Street, Susanville, CA
Today, Lassen County tells Kan We Help
the Community Development Commission was dissolved on December 29, 2011
The 2016 Municipal Codes lists:
Municipal Code Title 2, Chapter 2.58 Community Development Commission
Members: County Supervisors
Executive Director: CAo
There is "UNFINISHED" business
with this Commission
Convene to authorize the repayment of the *$50,000 USDA Grant and change the "use" of the Commission's property at 463-475 Birch Street in Westwood
[* Given the very unethical past practice of the Lassen County Supervisors, Kan We Help will follow up with the repayment of the $50,000]
463-475 Birch Street, Westwood, Ca
Lassen County CAo Egan and Supervisor Chapman
any semblance of following any laws
Can the public trust them? Could they ever trust them?
463-475 Birch Street, Westwood
This property is owned by the Lassen County Community Development Commission.
Jim Chapman, Tom Hammond, Jeff Hemphill, Aaron Albaugh, Bob Pyle
It would have been easy just to put this on the Agenda under "Boards and Commissions" and approve the change of use. Public Records indicate the Lassen County Supervisors NEVER MET to change the use of the Westwood Warehouse.
The public was told that only the "parking lot" was owned by the LCCDC
LIES AND MORE LIES
In 2015, the Supervisors intentionally placed $50,000 in an innocuous "paving" fund to secretly pay back the USDA Grant that limited the use of this property. Chapman was on the Budget Committee that made this decision.
This "use" could not be for County boat storage.
The Supervisors cannot blame this deception on the Auditor, Public Works, Planning, the Sheriff.
THIS DECEPTION IS THE
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
SWIM FREE ZONE
The site of the old Roosevelt Pool in Susanville
and F U T U R E site of an "undetermined" pool?
After 2 1/2 years, the JPA Board is again bogged down in deciding on Pool A, B or C.
The JPA Board ignored the advice years ago to get the pool design completed, working drawings completed, budgets completed and when the cost was known........GET THE MONEY YOU NEED AND HIRE A CONTRACTOR.
Of course that was not done and now they are bogged down again with Option A, B, or C. Empathy goes out to the General Contractor to have to put up with this Board.
Project Manager Jared Hancock suggested that the Board might want to allocate more money?
Plan C effects the quality of the pool
Five Board Members that have no idea
what they are doing
The Joint Powers Authority, Honey Lake Valley Recreational Authority Board: L to right, Dave Meserve, Tom Hammond, Dave Wilson, Nick McBride, Jim Chapman
This JPA Board did not listen to anyone and the fact that they had zero experience or knowledge of building anything is why the pool has not even started construction
After Jim Chapman threw yet another one of his tantrums and had a meltdown about the on-site well,
no one had the heart to tell Chapman that they had to cut his elevator out the budget.
Questions for the
Lassen County District Attorney
1. Will Stacey Montgomery prosecute her husband for Perjury or will the State Attorney General have to do it?
2. Will Stacey Montgomery send a "Cease and Desist Notice" to force the Board of Supervisors to allow public comment on all Agenda items or will the Attorney General have to do it ?
JUST DO YOUR F _ _ _ KING JOB STACEY
Hold your noseHold your nose
"Stephen" Pezzullo owns 250 S. Pine Street, Susanville, Ca.
Pezzullo purchased this property in a bank foreclosure in 2011
As of March 21, 2016
Chris Montgomery (KSUE broadcaster & the DA's husband )submitted his Candidates papers, on March 11, 2016, to run for District 2 Supervisor
stating that 250 S. Pine was his legal address (under penalty of perjury)
Now, let's take a look at Pezzullo
Steve Pezzullo is a partner with Larry Smith and their HSP Resources (Hayes, Smith, Pezzullo)
Pezzullo failed to get the Amedee Airfield when Kan We Help filed papers that stopped the Board of Supervisors from including the Army's airfield in the thousands of contaminated Amedee parcels of public property the Supervisors gave Pezzullo and his partners for $25,000.
Pezzullo retaliated by filing a complaint against the Assessor for excluding the Army's Amedee Airfield, in Herlong, from his sale.
The Herlong sale was recorded
without including the Army's Airstrip.
NEXT: Pezzullo then filed a complaint against
the Assessor for not living in Lassen
County when he ran for Assessor.
DA Montgomery attempted to prosecute the Assessor from Pezzullo's complaint. Fortunately, the DA's case fell apart in court when the case Montgomery filed was dismissed.
Then there are Pezzullo's thugs
How do "case titles" get reduced to initials?
The public could not do a "search" and find cases against Stephen Pezzullo or Larry Smith
This case originally had a case title of SP vs FD and Kan We Help asked the Court to correct the Case title. It was changed but they mis-spelled "Steven"
WELL, WE COULD ASK
FORMER DISTRICT ATTORNEY
BOB BURNS WHY CASE TITLES ARE ONLY INITIALS..........
Brown Act Violations Stacking up
County Clerk Julie Bustamante destroys the County's Audio recording of the 3/22/16 meeting. She claims the recording was "unrecoverable"
County Clerk Julie Bustamante claims the Audio Recording
Board of Supervisors
March 22, 2016 Meeting
Is this what happened? The County Clerk records the meetings
NOTE: On March 22, 2016, Jim Chapman refused to allow public comments on Agenda item B-4 and then threatened to arrest a member of the public who objected to his action
All in full view of County Counsel Bob Burns, CAO Richard Egan, Sheriff Dean Growden, all the Supervisors, the Lassen County Times (recording also), Department Heads and VETERANS........and the public
This old politician reminds Kan We Help Secretary that this is not a Town Hall meeting?
Maybe Supervisor Chapman needs to be reminded that this is a PUBLIC meeting governed by the Brown Act.
If you put your head down, you get to ignore what just happened
Guess who came to the meeting?
Oops.....Kan We Help recorded the entire meeting,
Lassen County District Attorney
Receives Brown Act Complaint
District Attorney Stacey Montgomery's husband, Chris Montgomery, is running for District 2 Supervisor on the June 7, 2016 ballot.
Will she condone the Board of Supervisors violations and enable future Board members to break the law or set a precedent for future Boards that they must follow the law ?
Lassen County Supervisor Chapman
Gets Slapped with Another
Brown Act Violation
Bob Burns advice leads to more Brown Act Complaints
illegal new Chapman rule: Public needs a Sponsor to comment on Agenda
The Consent Calendar Rule Section 5 E has been in effect for decades allowing full and direct comments by the public.
On September 8, 2015, former District Attorney and now Lassen County Counsel Bob Burns pushed Supervisors to change the rule to violate the Brown Act. The advantage for the Supervisors was to put the majority of agenda items in the Consent Agenda to eliminate any public comments.
Supervisor Pyle was the Chairperson in 2015 and ignored the new illegal rule 8 times.
However, the old politician, Supervisor Chapman, knew the advantage of not letting the public *directly comment on the Consent Calendar Agenda and loaded the Consent Calendar with most of the Agenda.
Lassen County Board of Supervisors Meeting:
Raise your hand, get arrested
The Brown Act allows for the public to address "directly" all agenda items
NOT IN KING CHAPMAN'S COURT
Supervisor Chapman is now violating the law at every meeting.
Kan We Help.com Secretary Eileen Spencer raised her hand to comment on Supervisor Hemphill's " $700 donation" in Agenda Item B-4 (Unagendized Reports by Board Members). Chapman had talked over Hemphill during his Board Report. Supervisor Chapman looked down when Spencer's hand went up and Chapman attempted to go on to the next Agenda Item.
Supervisor Chapman did not ask for "Public Comment" on Agenda Item B-3
The old politician then threatened to arrest Spencer for "DISRUPTION"
Jim Chapman, a Bloviating Bully........
or just a miscreant legacy ?
Steve Pezzullo Rents
District Attorney Stacey Montgomery
250 S. Pine Street in Susanville
So Chris Montgomery Could Run in the District 2 Suprvisor Race
Chris Montgomery filed his candidacy papers to run for the District 2 Supervisors seat and stated that his address is 250 S. Pine Street, Susanville, CA.
As of 3/21/16 this property was owned by Steve Pezzullo.
Steve Pezzullo ran an unsuccessful campaign for District 2 Supervisor in 2012
2016 Lassen County Supervisors Race:
Aaron Albaugh (Incumbent)
LASSEN MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT
LMUD VS HAYDEN HILL/KINROSS GOLD
In 2007, LMUD Director Fred Nagel, Accountant Bill Stewart and General Manager Frank Cady wrote a check for $65,000 for a worthless piece of land. Frank Cady and Fred Nagel did not inform the LMUD Board that the land needed $300,000 worth of mandatory restoration from the gold mining and that Surprise Valley Electric had no intention of bringing power back down to the gold mine.
LMUD Director Fred Nagel claimed that Frank Cady had no legal right to purchase this land even though the LMUD Board approved the purchase and Fred Nagel signed the check
Nagel 's remedy was to file a lawsuit on January 27, 2011, to void the purchase. After 5 years of shameful litigation and hundreds of thousands of dollars spent LMUD asks the Court to dismiss the lawsuit with prejudice. The Court vacated the April 11, 2016 trial and granted LMUD a "Motion to Dismiss".
NOW LMUD WANTS TO RAISE THE RATES (SERVICE CHARGE), ON MARCH 22,
TO WASTE MORE MONEY ON THE 230KV FOLLY THAT DOESN'T EXIST AND WILL NEVER EXIST.
LMUD has amassed millions for this fake project and now they want to raise more money that will sit in their bank accounts.
Lassen County Supervisors
Intend to Expand the
The old boundary excludes BLM property.
The "proposed" new boundary includes BLM property ?
LASSEN COUNTY PROPOSAL
Information on submitting public comments
Lassen County Counsel Bob Burns
and Bad Legal Advice
Lead to Two
Brown Act Complaints
Supervisor Chapman stated that they don't pay Mr. Burns to monitor Brown Act Complaints
MOST PEOPLE FIND IT EASY TO BE HONEST, RICHARD EGAN FINDS HONESTY AN INCONVENIENCE
Lassen County CAo Richard Egan placed the majority of the Board of Supervisor's Agenda in the "Consent Calendar" (13 items). CAo Richard Egan has abused the "Consent Calendar" more than anyone else in the history of Lassen County government. He places Critical/Controversial issues in the Consent Calendar hoping no one will notice, including Supervisors. This Agenda category is voted on with one sweeping vote.
Agenda Item: G-8
TRANSFER OPERATIONAL CONTROL OF COUNTY OWNED PROPERTY
FUNDS WERE "NOT" AVAILABLE WITHIN THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENTS BUDGET
During the Budget process, Egan, Pyle and Chapman placed the $50,000 in PUBLIC WORKS Fund 588/Budget 943/Account 3002800 (paving).
CAO Egan and Supervisor Chapman were quick, to deny, that funds were being taken out of FUND 588 [PAVING], but Public Works Pete Heimbigner was quick to confirm the fact that the $50,000 is being taken out of "Paving" to pay back the USDA Grant.
The Sheriff's Department's budget is bare bones so $50,000 was placed in the the WESTWOOD PARKING LOT ACCOUNT, to pay back the USDA Grant, with the hopes that no one would notice
The Sheriff told Kan We Help that he has no idea how much money it will take to use and maintain the Westwood warehouse.
A similar stunt was performed when $142,000 was placed in the WESTWOOD LIBRARY FUND to replace the Library roof [ that was never done]. The Funds were used in Beiber
The apple doesn't fall
far from the tree
FACT: Donald Trump's father was arrested on June 1, 1927 with other KKK brawlers
[FACT: Trump's father was a slum lord that notoriously promoted race riots in the 1950's)
Lassen Supervisors pull money
out of their
$133,000 for Supervisor Chapman's unbudgeted new Board Room
$120,000 of unbudgeted money for land in Westwood 3/8/16 Agenda H-2
$40,000 for unbudgeted Agenda, Minutes, Audio/Visual software for the County Clerk
$20,000 of unbudgeted money to remodel the County Clerks new "office".
COUNTY "IN-HOUSE" SUPPORTIVE SERVICE EMPLOYEES
SUPERVISORS HAVE HISTORICALLY
DISSED THESE EMPLOYEES
Friends of Mountain Meadows
PGE to Restore
the Westwood Lake
Lassen County District 1 Supervisor Bob Pyle told the group this is a "private property" issue not a community issue
PG &E owns the water rights to the Westwood Lake
Supervisor Pyle will not be running for re-election
Mountain Meadow/Walker Lake was drained, by PG&E on September 12, 2015 devastating the eco-system
...and Supervisor Pyle said it was a "private issue"
Friends of Mountain Meadows will be making a presentation at the March 8, 2016 Lassen County Board of Supervisors meeting. The next meeting of the group will be in Westwood on May 18, 2016.
Lassen County CAO
Lassen-Modoc County Flood Control
Water Conservation District
District elects new Chairperson from Modoc County
District 4-Modoc County Supervisor
Modoc County has three women on their Board and soon to be FOUR
Left to right: Vice-Chairperson (District 5) Geri Byrne, Chairperson (District 3) Kathie Rhoads, District 2 Supervisor Patricia Cullins
Approximately 30 attended the Flood District meeting at the Adin Community Hall, Modoc County
Lassen County Supervisors continue to abuse their positions on this Board
Lassen County CAO Richard Egan and County Counsel Bob Burns prepared the Agenda and Kan We Help documented the intentional Brown Act Violations (2013-2016)
Left: Lassen County CAo Richard Egan Right: Modoc County CAO Chester Robertson
INTENTIONAL BROWN ACT VIOLATIONS
Brown Act Section 54952.6
1. September 17, 2013Note: Rhetta Vander Ploeg was County Counsel
The Lassen County Supervisors held a Public Hearing without any Modoc County Supervisors. They voted to approve the 2013/2014 Flood Districts budget without a quorum. A quorum is six (6)
2. October 8, 2013Note: Rhetta Vander Ploeg was County Counsel
The Lassen County Supervisors failed to Notice a Public Hearing for the Flood District Budget and instead placed it on Department ReportsBrown Act Section 54954.6
3. July 15, 2014 Note: Bob Burns was County Counsel
The Lassen County Supervisors again hold a Public Hearing without any Modoc County Supervisors and approved the 2014/2015 Flood Districts budget. The budget was approved without a quorum
Lassen County Counsel Bob Burns advised the Flood District Board
to Break the law
Lassen County CAo Richard Egan & County Counsel Bob Burns prepared the February 23, 2016 Lassen-Modoc County Flood District Agenda, placed the required Legal Notice in the Lassen County Times but told the Modoc CAO Chester Robertson that he did not need to take out a Legal Notice in the Modoc County Record (A weekly publication that is circulated on Thursdays) Brown Act 54954.6.
Lassen County Counsel attempted to run the meeting with numerous interruptions. Bob Burns told Chairperson Wills that he could "recess" the Lassen-Modoc County Flood Control Board and open the "Special Joint Meeting of the Lassen County and Modoc County Board of Supervisors" meeting scheduled for 2:00 PM
Audio of Joint County Meeting
BIG PROBLEM, YOU CAN'T DO THAT
BUT THEY DID
The Agenda for the Flood District had been approved with no additions or deletions and there was nothing on this Agenda that would allow another meeting to take place during the Flood Districts meeting. The Flood District would have to adjourn and reconvene, but Burns new the restrictions on that route. He then suggested something that he knew to be "illegal".
BOB BURNS SHOULD BE WORKING ON HIS RESIGNATION LETTER?
Immediately after the Flood Districts "recess" Lassen County Supervisor Jim Chapman opened the "Special Joint Meeting".
While the Brown Act allows meetings/discussions between public agencies, it does not allow a public entity to take action/votes outside its jurisdiction. This meeting was held in Modoc County so the Lassen County Supervisors could only "discuss" issues during this "Special Joint Meeting". Brown Act Section 54954 (b)
SLEAZY IS, AS SLEAZY DOES
Lassen County Supervisors never intended to include the Modoc Supervisors ?
LASSEN COUNTY CAO RICHARD EGAN
PLANS TO HOLD YET ANOTHER
FLOOD CONTROL MEETING
MODOC COUNTY SUPERVISORS
But where..... this meeting has been noticed for a Modoc County venue?
If the Modoc Supervisors cannot attend, the meeting must be cancelled
MODOC COUNTY SUPERVISORS
FAILED TO NOTICE
FLOOD DISTRICT MEETING
FEBRUARY 23, 2016 @ 1:30
Lassen County Supervisors
Properly Noticed the Flood District meeting
NOW cannot hold this meeting tomorrow, in Adin, which is in Modoc County
There is no quorum !
Lassen-Modoc County Flood District
February 23 Agenda includes
[1:30 PM at Adin Community Center, 609 Main/Hwy 139]
adding the Districts responsibility
managing the groundwater
within the Flood District
LASSEN COUNTY'S RIVERSIDE PROPERTY
After six months of studying "space needs" and $37,335 later, the County is no closer to moving four County departments into the old BLM building at 2950 Riverside, Susanville.
The Supervisors told the public that this building could be purchased and remodeled for $1.7 million. However the County paid more than the property was worth [$1.3 million] and the improvements that need to be made have far exceeded the original estimates.
The County has $1.3 million left of the Certificate of Participation loan
MOST OF THE $1.3 MILLION WILL BE USED TO FIX THIS BUILDING........MAYBE ?
Lassen County CAO attempts to increase a budget line item that didn't exist
Kan We Help is watching the 2015/2016 Budget very closely and told the Supervisors at the January 9, 2016 Board of Supervisors that Fund 100/Budget 0062/Account 3000131 did not exist
CAo Egan was quick to tell the Supervisors to ignore this comment because Fund 100/Budget 0062/Account 3000131 did exist.
WELL, IN FACT THIS LINE ITEM DID NOT EXIST
It is disturbing that the CAO can move money from one account to the other without the Supervisors ever knowing.
The Westwood Library account is a good example. $142,000 was moved into this account (over a number of years) to re-roof the small library in Westwood, but the Westwood Library has never been re-roofed.
This is a $7,000 job.
The Parks Budgets have been mis-used also.
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
The data has been removed from their pay history
Because they lied
to the public
about their pay
Supervisor Albaugh's calendar year pay is above Supervisor Chapman's
Honey Lake Valley Recreation Authority
Has Dug A Huge Hole
Themselves [in more ways than one]
.......and that's about it
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
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 ?
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
Kan We Help called this a Ponzi Scheme from day one
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)
[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.
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
Modoc County Supervisors
Cancel yet another Flood District meeting date
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
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"
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.
[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 TRUMP POLITICAL RALLY ON JANUARY 10, 2016 ?
DOES DISTRICT 3 DESERVE MORE THAN A TYPICAL ALFALFA MAFIA Good ole Boy to represent them...........?
2016 Will Not See A Change
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.
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
Plumas County Board of Supervisors
NOT TO PLACE THE
STATE OF JEFFERSON ISSUE
ON THEIR JUNE BALLOT
KEEP IT CALIFORNIA[Keeping all 58 Counties in tact]
Lassen County Supervisor Board
Will Elect A New Chairperson on January 12, 2016
Bob Pyle and Jim Chapman must step aside
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......
Will Pyle and Chapmans EGO'S let someone else learn the Board Chairmans' job before they leave at the end of 2016.