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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
District Attorney Montgomery
Larry Wosick, the bully
Supervisor Jim Chapman Obsessed
Getting Fancy New Million Dollar Board Room
Courthouse Square RFP
.....and will do anything legal or illegal to get it
After the RFP, for the remodel/elevator, was issued Chapman visited the Modoc Court on October 15, 2015 and got stuck in the elevator for some time
Chapman wants to spend $500,000 to put an "elevator" in this two story building.
Lobby of Old Lassen Superior Court room
Currently the District Attorney has offices upstairs and will move to the Riverside Building after extensive remodeling ($1,000,000 est.) is done. The Public Defender presently occupies the Court Annex in the lower level of the Lassen County Administration Building and will also move to the new Riverside building (Old BLM building, 2950 Riverside Drive, Susanville)
Throw Out Honesty, Throw Out the Budget
TIME TO THROW OUT THE CAO again
or just get new supervisors ?
LASSEN COUNTY SUPERVISORS
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL
OLD COURTHOUSE AND ANNEX REMODEL
Left: Old Superior Court, soon to be vacant Right: Court Annex, empty
...and you will not see it on any past Agenda for approval
The RFP was discovered when Kan We Help was monitoring the LCPIC expenditures.
The Lassen County Board of Supervisors
did not budget a dollar on this Project
Fiscal year 2015/2016
LASSEN COUNTY SUPERVISORS
November 30, 2015 @ 1:00 PM
707 Nevada Street, Susanville, CA
Lassen County Auditor Watching LCPIC COP Funds
Richard Egan Attempts to Use
Replace a Heater at 107 S. Roop Street
Kan We Help is committed to monitoring every penny
LASSEN COUNTY SUPERVISORS ATTEMPT
TO HI-JACK MODOC SUPERVISORS AGAIN
and Modoc Supervisors are not buying it this time ......
WATER: THE NEW GOLD
The Lassen County Supervisors have been unsuccessfully trying to hold a Lassen Modoc Flood District meeting without the Modoc Supervisors
Chapman & Hemphill get stuck in Modoc Court elevator & Chapman cites motive ?
On November 17, 2015, the Supervisors failed to agendize this subject and instead illegally slipped the Flood District meeting in the last item of the day, CAO Richard Egan's "Information for the Board of Supervisors"
Listen to the 11/17/15 discussion
Lassen County Supervisors want control over the Watersheds in the Lassen-Modoc County Flood District.
Lassen County Supervisors want to create watershed "Zones" within this District that Lassen County will have authority over.
There was talk about forming a JPA which would not be controlled by LAFCO.
Lassen County Budget
Lies & Deceptions
After Kan We Help discovered millions of dollars the Lassen County Supervisors tucked away in accounts like postage and transportation a new budget scam has been uncovered
One Example and the tip of the iceberg:
Westwood Community Center Remodel
ACTUAL DOLLARS REPORTED SPENT ?
2010: $5,000 2011: $45,000 2012: $5,500
Also take a look at the discrepancies for Janesville Park, Spaulding Marina, Lake Leavitt Park, Beiber Park, etc. !
The work was never done, and the budget numbers have been falsified. This method is used consistently year after year.
Compare each line item in Fund 150
Look at how the "Actuals" have changed
This goes farther than Lassen County
Public Records show that the Treasurer, Richard Egan may have been falsifying the State Controller Schedules also
The Lassen County Supervisors divert budgeted dollars to other projects as a matter of ordinary business.
Suddenly the "ACTUAL" expenditures change again. Look, in particular to the re-roofing of the Westwood Library. The County spent $58,000 to re-roof a 1,000 square foot Library in 2012, and in 2013 spent $49,000 to re-roof the Westwood Library, and in 2014 spent $33,751 to re-roof the Westwood Library.
FACT: The Westwood Library hasn't had a new roof in 30 years
Westwood Library Roof
Photo taken 9/18/15
According to public records, this is what the $142,359 Westwood Library three year "Re-roofing" was actually spent on
Fiscal Yr. 2012 /2013
Beiber Library $51,076.31 (District 4 Supervisor Aaron Albaugh)
Westwood Community Center $5,072.28
An unidentified bathroom $2,690
NO WESTWOOD LIBRARY RE-ROOF
Fiscal Yr. 2013 /2014
Public Works Shop Addition $37,234.28
Herlong Community Center $7,006.99
Standish 4-H $5,100.00
An unidentified bathroom $ 427.73
NO WESTWOOD LIBRARY RE-ROOF
Fiscal Yr. 2014 /2015
Beiber Library $33,750.53 (District 4 Supervisor Aaron Albaugh)
NO WESTWOOD LIBRARY RE-ROOF
John & Eileen Spencer, of Westwood,
paid for the Westwood Library to be painted
with the promise from
that they would actually put a
new roof on the Library
District 1 Supervisor Bob Pyle has been asked to intervene..........
Lassen County CAO Richard Egan
Tells Supervisors, At Board Meeting,
He Is Putting Together An Illegal Board Meeting
in Modoc County
Richard Egan stated that he tried to set a Lassen Modoc Flood Control District Meeting for December 10 in Adin, Modoc County. but the Modoc County Supervisors could not attend. Egan claims he is going to try and set the meeting on December 17, 2015.
Egan said that he plans to hold the Flood District meeting, in Modoc County and then adjourn to reconvene an illegal Lassen County Board meeting in Modoc County.
MAJOR, HUGE, GIGANTIC,
BROWN ACT VIOLATION
Egan finished by telling the Board that he is working with County Counsel Bob Burns to make the arrangements. What better person to get advice from than a man that has no problem ignoring laws.
GROUNDHOG DAY REMAKE
LASSEN COUNTY SUPERVISORS
Lassen County was awarded a Grant of $788,000 in 2009 and if they don't piss the money away they will have to give the money back to the State of California in two years
The Supervisors did what they normally do, they shelved it.
The same silly excuses, the same stupid logic, over, and over and over and over
Listen to the discussion
Just a remake of the movie
Lassen County Does Not Build Anything
......but they are experts at buying and selling (aka Giving Away) Real Estate to their friends
Expansion of the Beiber Family Resource Center (One Stop)
A 2009 Lassen County capital improvement project that is yet to be built even though the States $788,000 Grant money still sits in the bank to expand this facility.
This project had no fiscal impact on the General Fund. This CIP was funded through the Mental Health Services Act and the Supervisors continued to waste this Grant money .
2009 Proposed Much Needed Expansion to the
One Stop Center in Bieber
Public Works Director Peter Heimbigner ordered these plans knowing the cost to build would exceed the Grant money?
So these costly plans were scrapped
Six years later the County purchases a $184,094.60 mobile unit for the Bieber One Stop Resource Center & does not identify the Fund that will pay for it.........
By the way....this action, to purchase a mobile unit, was suggested back in 2009
The Supervisors and CAO will attempt to divert the remaining Grant dollars to inappropriate expenditures....cause that's what they do .....
KAN WE HELP WILL, OF COURSE, MONITOR THIS ACCOUNT
LASSEN COUNTY SUPERVISORS
OVER A MILLION DOLLARS IN
RENOVATIONS, REMODEL AND REPAIRS
OF THEIR RECENT PURCHASE
1996 BUILDING AT 2950 RIVERSIDE
TAKE A WALK THROUGH OF THIS BUILDING
As of October 16, 2015 the Auditor's record shows only $1,545,480.75 left of the $4,000,000 LCPIC fund
CAO Egan, Tony Shaw & Public Works Peter Heimbigner
May have not fully disclosed condition of the
County's newly acquired BLM Building
OCCUPANTS AT RISK
NO SPRINKLER SYSTEM FOR FIRE
NO FIRE ALARM AT ALL........
Lassen County paid for an Appraisal and an Architectural Review
prior to the purchase
The Architect's report places a comment about
"fire alarm system" under "LOW VOLTAGE"
NO FIRE ALARM SYSTEM THROUGHOUT THE BUILDING
September 22, 2015 Video Tour of old BLM Building
This "MAIN WORK" area is the District Attorney's in the SW corner of the building
THE "PLANNED" OCCUPANTS MAY HAVE A DIFFERENT OPINION
Lassen County's Fraud & Abuse
"Bob Burns: The Dark Stinky Stain on the County"
The Lassen County Supervisors decided to hire the sitting District Attorney Bob Burns as their new County Counsel when the current County Counsel Retta Vander Ploeg gave her notice. The Supervisors decided to hire Burns at an out-of-town meeting, out of Susanville. This meeting was held in Bieber. No audible motion was made to hire him and yet the Supervisors signed his contract on May 16, 2014.
On September 24, 2013, Tom Hammond was seated after District 5 Supervisor Jack Hanson was recalled.
Tom Hammond was Lassen County Vendor #611 when he was seated on the Board of Supervisors. Hammond knew that he was doing business with Lassen County for years and it would be a conflict if it was not disclosed. Over the next two years Supervisor Hammond continued to do business with Lassen County, a lot of business.
Burns said nothing, Egan said nothing. HAMMOND SAID NOTHING, until inquiries were made about the conflict of interest.
CAo Richard Egan never brought this issue immediately to the Board when he was hired on February 25, 2014. Egan was Lassen County Treasurer, and long time resident, prior to being hired by the Supervisors as County Administrative Officer.
Agenda H-4 was placed on the October 13, 2015 Board of Supervisors Agenda [see 10/17/15 post below] to allegedly give CAo Richard Egan special authority to approve spending over $25,000 for 14 accounts (Totally unnecessary due to budget restrictions already in place). The real goal was not the 14 accounts, but just Supervisor Tom Hammonds account for his businesses in Herlong. Listen to the Burns & Egan Agenda H-4 Discussion on 10/13/15
Suddenly Cao Richard Egan advises the Supervisors that they should take a separate action on Supervisor Hammond's business. The vote was unanimous to continue doing business with "The Mark" (Hammond's business in Herlong). This vote should have been made the day Supervisor Hammond took office (9/24/13) two years ago when County Counsel Vander Ploeg was still there. Vander Ploeg is the "attorney" that advised Tom Hammond that he could vote on the Pezzullo/Herlong sale. A vote that cost Supervisor Hammond a FPPC $2500 fine.
NOW........County Counsel Bob Burns advises the Supervisors that under Government Code 1091 (c) 8 a majority vote must be taken for Lassen County to continue doing business with Supervisor Hammond
No such code exists
L: Bob Burns
CAo Egan claimed that he had suspended Supervisor Hammond's account in July of this year.
Of course that was a bold face lie
Bob Burns Trashes Modoc County
Listen to Bob Burns comments on 10/27/15:
"There is a lot of fraud and abuse in Modoc County"
CAO Richard Egan has been trying to hold a Lassen-Modoc County Flood Control & Water Conservation District meeting with or without Modoc County. He and Bob Burns told the Lassen County Supervisors that the five Lassen County Supervisors would qualify as a quorum as determined by their alleged 9 member Board.
Burns, Egan and Chapman are attempting a very deceitful act.
John Benoit of LAFCO, provided Kan We Help with a copy of the "Act" that created this District.
The Supervisors District's, in both Lassen and Modoc County's, must be within the territory of this flood district, to be on the Flood Board.
At the time this was discussed there could have been 10 members on the Flood board. Re-districting in Modoc County included Supervisor David Allan.
The issue for Lassen County is that the Big Valley watershed is in limbo.
As always, Chapman mis-spoke about the events surrounding Kan We Help contacting Modoc County CAO Chester Robertson. Evidently Chappy was in Modoc County at the time Mr. Robertson spoke with Kan We Help's Secretary Eileen Spencer and revealed that Chapman got stuck in their elevator.
Modoc County is very concerned about the "Bully" behavior of Lassen County.
The issue came up when Richard Egan stated that he was setting up a meeting of Lassen County Supervisors in Modoc County. The Brown Act does not allow them to hold a meeting outside of their jurisdiction with the intent of adjourning their meeting to hold a Lassen-Modoc County Flood District meeting.
However the "two county" board could meet after a proper Public Notice to conduct only the business of the District. The subject matter that the Lassen Supervisors want to discuss is not within the jurisdiction of the Flood Board.
quagmire ? YES
Modoc County, evidently, is not going to be bullied and Lassen County does not know what to do except
HLVRA's Unprofessional Speculations
May Prove Too Costly Too Build the Pool
The HLVRA Board of Directors would not listen to those professionals that strongly suggested getting a set of Plans done a year ago.
In fact, that was their original goal
This pool cannot be built for $2.2 million but the HLVRA Board was told this over and over.
Even though the second RFP clearly stated the GMP, only two Contractors Bid in an illegal and unethicalsecret bid opening. Modern Building bid $2.9 million and Tricon bid $3.3 million
The Board voted to sign a contract with Modern Building and try and scale down the pool because they do not have $3,000,000.
Hopefully none of these Board members (Hammond, Chapman, Wilson, McBride) will be in office when they come to the public for more money
STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
That isn't going to happen anytime soon
RAPE IS AN ACCEPTED MALE SPORT IN LASSEN COUNTY
Law enforcement in Lassen County still treat women like property, a man's property
Angel Siler Murder
TRIAL DATE: APRIL 18, 2016
Kan We Help brings the "Archangels of Justice"
to Lassen County, on May 11, 2015, to investigate this murder
District Attorney arrested Romero on May 8, 2015 after learning there would be a private investigation
Ira Robins and Sal Rastrelli arrive in Susanville to investigate a murder that was ignored by Bob Burns
Kan We Help announced on May 7, 2015 that they were bringing the Archangels of Justice, to Susanville, to investigate the Siler murder.
One of the suspects in the 2011 murder was arrested on May 8, 2015
Bob Burns Not Competent
in Civil Law
Is County Counsel a liability?
Listen to the Agenda H-4 Discussion, 10/13/15
Warning: Chapman lays out the first 9 minutes of the smoke screen. Spending is controlled by each Departments budget, so there was no need for this dog and pony show. Hammond was the only reason this was placed on the Agenda and then Burns screws it up because he doesn't know the law
Honey Lake Valley Recreation Authority
Three companies submit pre-qualifications to bid on pool
1. Modern Building Company
2. Tricon Construction, Inc.
3. Geney/Gassiot, Inc (rejected)
Two companies submitted Proposals
Modern Building Company
California Contractors License: 285006
Secretary of State records show this company was created 5/15/1973 ID C0680825
Tricon Construction, Inc
Reno, Nevada/ Rancho Cordova, California
California Contractors License: 754506
Secretary of State records show this company was created 6/2/1998, ID 2110470
Honey Lake Valley Recreation Authority
promised that the second RFP bids
for the Community Pool
would be open to the public
The Executive Director, Jared Hancock never had any intention of making the bid opening public
The public is banned from the bid opening at 5:00 PM this afternoon
This unfortunate action puts a permanent black cloud over the legitimacy of the entire process
Where's the shame....?
Clear & Willful Intent
to Commit Perjury
....and 3 months later, the
District Attorney has done nothing ?
THEN THERE WAS
"NO INTENT TO COMMIT PERJURY"
Deputy DA David Evans may have lost the County Assessor's perjury case intentionally. He ran against Stacey Montgomery for District Attorney and lost and may have wanted to just make her look bad like he did with Bob Burns during the 2014 campaign
David Evans: "Now, is the time to take over this office"......
Instead, Evans just looked incompetent
Evans presented a clumsy and contrived case against the Lassen County Assessor and often times during the hearing froze, forgot his line of questioning and repeated himself to the point where you could watch the public gallery shake their heads in disbelief.
JUDGE MALLERY KNEW THIS CASE SHOULD NEVER HAVE SEEN THE INSIDE OF A COURTROOM
THAT is......Stacey Montgomery's fault !
Lassen County Treasurer/CAO Richard Egan
of the LCPIC dollars
from 2003 to 2011
*Kan We Help promised to monitor every penny of the new Certificates of Participation.
* The data below has been confirmed by the Lassen County Auditor
In the past, the Lassen County Supervisors have never disclosed the activity of these shell corporations. These loans have been obscenely expensive and the Supervisors do not want any public scrutiny.
Well gentlemen, those days are gone.........
The Wish List
Lassen County CAO & County Counsel
Lied to the Board of Supervisors
Supervisor Tom Hammond
CAo Richard Egan and County Counsel Bob Burns put on a
Dog & Pony Show
at the October 13, 2015 Supervisors meeting
Listen to the Agenda H-4 Discussion, 10/13/15
Agenda H-4 was placed on the October 13, 2015 Board of Supervisors Agenda to give CAo Richard Egan special authority to approve spending over $25,000 for 14 accounts. The real goal was not the 14 accounts, but just Supervisor Tom Hammonds account for his businesses in Herlong.
Cao Richard Egan advises the Supervisors that they can take a separate action on Supervisor Hammond's business. The vote was unanimous to continue doing business with "The Mark" (Hammond's business in Herlong). This vote should have been made the day Supervisor Hammond took office (9/24/13) two years ago.
This Agenda item was only about protecting Supervisor Hammond's business with Lassen County
County Counsel claimed that Tom Hammond's interest with his County Account was remote (Gov't Code 1091 a & c) and the County could continue purchasing from Hammond's businesses in Herlong if they took a vote.
Burns also claimed that the
Conflict of Interest Penalty letter allowed Supervisor Hammond to do business with Lassen
County. It does not. The Supervisors were told, on October 13 by Burns &
Egan, they must take a vote to "ratify"doing
business with Supervisor Hammond.
This vote was required the day Tom Hammond
THAT IS WHAT AGENDA H-4 WAS ABOUT.
*Five year history of Vendor #611
*Verified by Lassen County Auditor records
KAN WE HELP requested a copy of this FPPC "Advice Letter" Burns referred to on October 13, 2015 and the Memo CAo Richard Egan claims he sent to County Departments in July suspending business with Supervisor Hammond
Listen to the Burns & Egan Agenda H-4 Discussion on 10/13/15
A. FPPC Determination Letter & Hammond's $2500 Conflict of Interest fine
B. Government Code 1090
C. Government Code 1091 (c) 8 does not exist
County Counsel advises Supervisors to rely on this government code to take action on.
Supervisor Hammond did not attend the October 13, 2015 Board of Supervisors Meeting
Lassen County Counsel
Holding up Public Records Requests Now
1. Printout of expenditures of the $4,000,000 Loan
2. Printout of the Supervisors Contingency Fund expenses
WONDER WHY HE DOESN'T WANT THE PUBLIC
TO HAVE THIS INFORMATION?
Lassen County Counsel Bob Burns
Running County Business
CAO Egan busy playing politics and selling himself for bigger role, bigger paycheck and it won't be in Lassen County
[Does anyone remember the Ketelsen/Settlemire debacle? The two attorneys exchanged being CAO]
The Westwood Library's new roof is being held up until Bob Burns approves the $10,000 new metal roof that was approved in the 2015/2016 budget.
Why would Burns even be in the "loop"?
Bob Burns targeted 14 Venders to be monitored but wants Supervisor Hammond's business in Herlong, "The Mark", to be taken off the County's purchasing list.
Bob Burns decides "who" rents public property. KWH wanted to rent the Old Courthouse room for two days and Burns went off on a huge paranoid conspiracy theory. Burns supported the same rental to attorney Chip Chittock and had no problem with Chittock having direct access to the District Attorney's offices.The DA is currently housed adjoining the old courtroom upstairs. Chittock has yet to give a date to the County for the "rental". KWH was turned down for the rental because no date was given.
THE LASSEN COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE IS AT THE TOP OF THESE STAIRS
Chapman went on to rattle off all of the other places in Susanville that Kan We Help could rent for their two day meeting
Burns has over stepped his authority a bit..............
Judge Mallery Throws Out
District Attorney's Perjury/Voter Fraud Case
Against Lassen County Assessor
The District Attorney's political vendetta against Lassen County Assessor Dan Schlueter ended this afternoon when Schlueter's attorney Stephen King proved that his client did not commit perjury.
Steve Pezzullo lost his appeal to lower his Herlong properties tax bill. Pezzullo paid his taxes in full on March 11, 2015 and then shortly after, according to Deputy McGarva's testimony, an "anonymous" voter fraud/perjury complaint was filed with District Attorney Stacey Montgomery.
Pezzullo's attempt to acquire Herlong's Amedee Army Airfield was foiled when the Assessor assigned Parcel numbers to the Airfield. Lassen County Supervisors attempted to include the East end of the Amedee Airfield to Pezzullo when they gave him the 3,000 acres of public land.
In an earlier sale to Pezzullo, the Lassen County Supervisors succeeded, in including the "One Stop" building in Herlong. Pezzullo gave the building back to the County when he found out that he would need to bring the building up to ADA compliance before he could sell it.
PEZZULLO & MONTGOMERY ATTENDED THE COURT HEARING TODAY
DA Montgomery's lead investigator, Undersheriff John Mineau, told the DA that Dan Schlueter did not live in Clear Creek (Lassen County) because Schlueter could not have lived in an "uninhabitable" trailer on his property. DA Montgomery did not present a single witness that could verify this assumption. She relied totally on the statements by Officer McGarva and Undersheriff John Mineau (Mineau did not testify and was not present in the courtroom). King, on the other hand, provided five witnesses that rebuked McGarva's testimony.
Dan Schlueter's attorney Stephen King presented a brilliant defense that proved that the Assessor lived in Lassen County prior to filing his candidate papers to run for the seat being vacated by long term Assessor Ken Bunch.
Montgomery leaves the courtroom vowing to contact the Secretary of State ???????
Gets Fresh New Paint
500 Birch Street, Westwood, CA 95137
Lassen County Public Works
to schedule new roof budgeted for 2015/2016 before Winter
Lassen County's New $1.3 Million Building
District Attorney, Public Defender, Child Support Services & Probation
The Building will be divided into four quadrants: Probation (front left), Child Support Services (front right),
District Attorney (back left), Public Defender (back right)
Projected "rents" will not be enough to make annual loan payment on the LCPIC $4 million loan
Kan We Help Celebrates
of Providing Accountability Through Exposure
Kan We Help now has 641 world wide cities logging on daily (38 California cities) with over 7500 hits per hour.
A few years ago, the local weekly free-throw paper tried to compete with "The Bulletin Board" by offering "tastes" of news on-line.
Kan We Help does not have to suppress the facts because we are free of Advertisers
Thank you all for logging on
Anonymous "Chat Rooms" for people that don't want to talk to real people about their real lives.
Lassen County Sheriff's Department
Continues to Lose Deputies
Due to Non-Competitive Pay
Pay them equal to or more than prison guards
Lassen County has the money to pay Sheriff Deputies prison guard wages but decided to offer them pennies on the dollar.
Bad precedent to set
THE LAST TWO YEARS THE SUPERVISORS HAVE CONCENTRATED ON PAYING THE ADMINISTRATION OBSCENE SALARIES AND BENEFITS AND JUST RECENTLY ATTEMPTED TO INCREASE THEIR OWN SALARY WHILE IGNORING THE NEEDS OF THE COUNTY
THE LAST TWO YEARS THE SUPERVISORS HAVE BEEN PLANNING TO SPEND MILLIONS ON A NEW BOARD ROOM FOR THEMSELVES AND millions RENOVATING THE OLD COURTHOUSE....WHICH WILL BE VACANT SOON.
Bad precedent to set
The Drought Effects Lassen County
PGE Lake in Westwood
According to Paul Moreno, a PGE Media representative, Mt. Meadows Reservoir was drained due to the fact it was not maintaining a level needed for hydro-power. Mr. Moreno stated that no other lakes in the area were effected.
Rumors that it was an accident when a valve was un-clogged by a Fish and Game biologist are not true. PGE has been monitoring the lake levels daily for some time. Paul Moreno stated that all of the creeks feeding Mt. Meadows Reservoir have dried up and the little water left was not supporting the fish population.
UNLESS THE AREA GETS SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL OR SNOW THIS YEAR, THE LAKE WILL REMAIN DRY
Lassen County Supervisors hide millions in small accounts & Trust accounts
CAo Egan and Supervisor Chapman lied about the COP loans (LCPIC) to build the Jail and Juvenile Hall.
Lassen County Supervisors fail to support law enforcement
Lassen County DA files charges against Assessor but ignores perjury of Burns and Bustamante, all for new offices.....
Supervisor Hammond gets in bed with HSP Resources to help win a public bid
Hammond and Pyle celebrate their vote on issuing a bad $350,000 public loan
Lassen County Supervisors entertain support
for the "State of Confusion"
Lassen County Sheriff
Wants a Warehouse
to store his boats for
Walker Lake Patrols
463-475 Birch Street, Westwood
September 15, 2015 Video
PGE drained the lake on September 12, 2015 ?
It will take years after the drought ends to fill Walker Lake aka Mt. Meadows Reservoir
This was the view from across the dam
Sheriff Growden initially spoke at the June 23, 2015 Board of Supervisors meeting wanting to use the Westwood warehouse at 463-475 Birch Street in Westwood. He then spoke on September 15, 2015 and stated that the Sheriff's Department could pay back the $50,000 RBEG Grant ( Rural Business Enterprise Grant)
Probably, the extra $50,000 the Sheriff found can be used for a better purpose
Lassen County used a $50,000 RBEG Grant (obtained through the USDA) to renovate this building and it can only be used for small and emerging private business enterprises with less than 50 employees and less than a million dollars in gross revenues.
On May 19, 2015, Public Works asked the Board of Supervisors for authority to purchase a warehouse that sits on 3.48 acres in Westwood. The Supervisors approved this purchase and paid Ryan Real Estate Appraisers $3500 to appraise this property. This Warehouse is less than 2 miles from the Birch Street warehouse property.
This issue has not been on any Agenda since May 19, 2015?
Where ....or Where..... are the Supervisors going to find THIS MONEY ????
[ ANSWER: KWH has located the "pocket" money the BOS uses]
Walker Lake in Westwood Drained by PGE
Two Bald Eagles fly above the mud and the stink of dead fish
PGE drained the lake dry over the week end. Walker Lake feeds into Lake Almanor
This once beautiful serene Lake is now just a stinky mud hole. The hundreds of fish that made it through the dam struggle to breath in the pond of water left below the dam.
PGE will not comment on why Walker Lake was completely drained.
Was Walker Lake water needed this year for the 25th Annual whitewater event next weekend ?
Lake Almanor water is being released into the Feather River
Kiss the Rings
and all of your wishes will come true
Video: Last "budget" meeting & Chapman has one of his tantrums
or NO SOUP FOR YOU................
BUDGET HEARING TODAY
707 Nevada Street. Susanville, CA
@ 2:30 PM
$140,173,816 2015/2016 BUDGET
REVENUES UP FROM THE 2014/2015 FISCAL YEAR :
Kan We Help submitted a list of 8 "over-funded" accounts to the Board of Supervisors to the tune of over $2,000,000.
Enough to fund any request made by the Sheriff Deputy's, One Stops request for $60,000, New Appraiser, Code Enforcement Officer, new Deputy DA and Investigator.........
It is not unusual for public entities to hide millions in accounts like postage, memberships, conferences, travel. They know that everyone will look at salaries and not the small accounts.
CAO Egan Disingenuous to County Staff
Egan's Budget is a Lie
Communications: Fund 100, Budget 921 had Zero in this account in 2014/2015 Budget and suddenly has $8,000
Memberships: Fund 100, Budget 31 had $168 in this account in 2014/2015 Budget and suddenly has $3,500
Professional Services: Fund 130, Budget 526 had $ 384,000 Budget in the 2014/2015 and suddenly has $980,000
Kan We Help submitted 5 pages of these accounts
NEW LASSEN COUNTY
Last January, Kan We Help pointed out, to the Lassen County Supervisors, that they have "Rules of Procedures" that they didn't follow and the policy document needed to be updated to conform with current laws. It took County Counsel or "whoever" nine months to take a look at these Rules and bring them up to date or leave them alone.
On September 8, 2015, County Counsel Bob Burns decided to leave them the way they have been for decades, OUTDATED AND DISCRIMINATORY.
Kan We Help offered the Supervisors, for review, a version that cleaned the policy document up and conformed with current law. [The KWH corrections are made in yellow]
Watch what t h e m......."good ole boys" done did .
Chapman goes on and on about his critics hating County Government
....but he just doesn't realize that
the public is just tired of hearing his fake facts
At the September 8, 2015 meeting, Supervisor Chapman claims that the
Board hasn't had a raise since 2001 or 2002
Kan We Help presented this chart to the Supervisors in 2013 and now, 2 YEARS LATER, look at Chapman's Gross Salary for the past year.
"the pay raises are given without the public knowing, and then Supervisor Chapman lies, and lies and lies"
In 2007, the Supervisors attempted to invoke the
"25% of a Superior Court Judge" language they placed in Ordinance 532 in 2002.
MINUTES: January 16, 2007 Board of Supervisors Meeting
Even the Lassen County Times wrote an Editorial
Page 8C, January 23, 2007
Labor Negotiations at Impass
Lassen County Sheriff
......while the Supervisors placed an $11,755 pay increase for themselves on today's agenda
Under Sheriff John Mineau pleads for fairness at the Supervisors meeting today
To watch entire 9/8/15 meeting click here-Lassen County Scoop
SUPERVISORS......REALLY BAD TIMING
**After the public presentations, this issue failed for lack of a motion**
2014/2015 Actual Compensation
of Lassen County Supervisors
+ the overcompensated County Counsel Bob Burns
"the county of privilege"
In the past 12 months, the Lassen County Board of Supervisors have not hesitated to donate $11,085 of unbudgeted money to a private organization
In a blink of an eye $4,000 was given to the "Lassen County" Chamber of Commerce for a pyramid scheme Supervisor Chapman wanted because they gave him a GoPro Camera
In a blink of an eye $2,000 was given to the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce for a FAKE TREE.
The taxpayers have paid $103.20 for the Chamber of Commerce's "parade applications", $75.00 for the Chamber of Commerce's "Home/Garden booth".........etc, etc, etc.
NOTE: The Supervisors have never asked for any accountability and certainly have never told them NO.
Now watch how they feel about the people that help the poor and disadvantaged
Click on photo below
The Caretakers of the elderly and disabled in Lassen County have been attending the Supervisors meetings for months and have pleaded to have their budget increased. Currently the Herlong, Westwood and Bieber "One Stop" Resource Centers receive $10,000 a year. The Supervisors want them to raise their own money because they would feel better.
Herlong One Stop Resource Center, helping the disadvantaged
NOW, THE SUPERVISORS THINK THEY DESERVE AN $11,755 ANNUAL INCREASE IN THEIR SALARIES
They are overpaid now, so maybe we should tell the Supervisors to
EARN WHAT THEY ARE NOW BEING PAID BEFORE THEY CAN ASK FOR MORE MONEY
Public Records show that Supervisor Chapman and Pyle
were paid $53,463 last fiscal year
THE COUNTY FOR THE PRIVILEGED
"the county of privilege"
Lassen County Counsel Bob Burns contract states that he will get a
$126,897 salary plus benefits
(70% of a Superior Court Judge salary in perpetuity?)
County Counsel Contract
But, according to public records, for fiscal year July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015,
Bob Burns was paid
$144,522.99 salary + 38,034.87 in benefits
As of July 1, 2015, a Superior Court Judge's salary changed to $189,041
As of July 1, 2015, Bob Burns salary
should have changed
to just $132,328.70
Then why was he paid $144, 522.99 ?
... because he knows nobody will check ...
"the county of privilege"
Watch and Listen to Supervisors Pyle and Chapman comment
about the "One Stop Resource Centers" that help the County's Disadvantaged
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The 2015/2016 Lassen County Budget does not include the $30,000 increase to the One Stop Resource Centers Budget in Herlong, Bieber and Westwood. The Supervisors needed that money for SOMETHING ELSE..............
This money will be used for a ridiculous, obscene PAY RAISE FOR THE SUPERVISORS
The Supervisors want the public to think that they are getting the $35,485 dollars stated in the Lassen County Code (Title 2, Chapter 2.36.030)
HERE IS A TASTE OF REALITY SUPERVISORS
HONEY LAKE VALLEY RECREATION AUTHORITY
DECIDES TO REJECT ALL BIDS ON POOL
AND REISSUE (9/28/15) THE REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL
The HLVRA has not received the $1.1 million construction money
from the City of Susanville
On August 10, 2015, Kan We Help filed a Complaint when the Executive Director decided to close the Bid opening to the public