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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 for profit elected official
District Attorney Stacey Montgomery
Larry Wosick, the bully
Chapman's Budget Meetings
Are Abusive, Intimidating,
The Sheriff's Department presented
an issue of urgency for Lassen County
at the Budget meeting on June 21
and needs a budget increase of $172,000
for upgrades to the
"911" Dispatch System
watch the video
Supervisor Chapman tells the Sheriff that he will bring this topic up at the Agenda Committee on Wednesday, June 22.
But, Chapman DID NOT SEE ANY URGENCY
AND FAILED TO PLACE THIS ISSUE ON THE JUNE 28 AGENDA
Everyone knows that the
"KISS CHAPMANS RING"
MUST PRECEDE ALL REQUESTS
listen to Chapman's embarrassing outburst
Supervisor Chapman turns the annual
Lassen County Budget Meetings into a joke
Chapman makes it very clear that County Departments get nothing until they beg
.....its an "ego" and "abuse of authority" issue with Chapman
Lassen County Receives One Bid
2950 Riverside Remodel
There is $1,317,290.64 left
of the LCPIC loan
KAN WE HELP HAS SAID MANY MANY TIMES,
FINISH THE RIVERSIDE BUILDING
THERE IS NO MONEY
FOR CHAPMAN'S ELEVATOR
Lassen County CAO Richard Egan paid too much for this old building knowing that it had major repairs. Egan told the Supervisors that he could buy and improve this building for $1,700,000.
The building was appraised at $1,000,000. Egan paid $1,300,000 and told the Supervisors that it would cost $700,000 to repair. The only bid on the repairs was $1,433,709
This does not include the cost of a "fire protection" system
Kan We Help posted a photo of deer eating in the "Community Pool" Site on May 1, 2016
But when KWH posted cows grazing in the pool site, on June 18, 2016,
the HLVRA suddenly scheduled a
GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY
at the site three days later
This $2,750,00 "seasonal pool" will open the Spring of 2017. Between March and June of 2017
Over the years (since 2013) the pool got smaller
and the price got bigger
The HLVRA approved the design of the pool in December of 2015. That design has morphed to the above pool
WAKE UP, WAKE UP, WAKE UP
LASSEN COUNTY SUPERVISORS
Left to right: District 5 Supervisor Tom Hammond, District 3 Supervisor Jeff Hemphill, District 4 Supervisor Aaron Albaugh, District 1 Supervisor Bob Pyle
The Lassen County Supervisors will meet again today at 2:00 PM to discuss the 2016-2017 Budget.
These five Supervisors almost pushed the Sheriff Deputies to strike last year when they refused to bargain with them.
THAT CAN'T HAPPEN AGAIN.
There are not enough Deputy's to protect citizens in
Lassen County any longer.
Call your Supervisor and tell them to fix the problems at the Sheriff's Department
1. Create upward mobility
2. Pay more or all of the Deputies health costs
3. Match the pay of the Correction Officers or pay more
DON'T LET THE LIES OF THE SUPERVISORS TELL YOU ANYMORE THEY ARE BROKE.
THEY HAVE $$ MILLIONS AND $$ MILLIONS TUCKED AWAY
Time to step up and keep Lassen County Safe
Lassen County Community Pool
Now Just a Cow Pasture
FINAL #1 results
as opposed to the
California State Secretary report
Lassen County Clerk Julie Bustamante's term of office ends in 2018
She has made Lassen County elections a joke
Those that won, may not have won
Those that lost, may not have lost
FYI: Bustamante is going to certify this election "2 weeks after the election"
what was the hurry this time, Julie ?
Minutes After Kan We Help's 6/14/16 Post
Lassen County Clerk Posts Election Result Report #16
2016 Election Results
County Clerk Julie Bustamante just found 55 more ballots
that resulted in 366 more votes
Once again, her numbers are totally unbelievable
Lassen County Clerk
Continues to Count
California State Secretary reports that Lassen County has 13,434 registered voters
Lassen County Clerk reports only 12,739 registered voters
Should the public be concerned with a 695 discrepancy ?
Lassen County Clerks Report #14 was issued on 6/13/16 at 3:18 PM
7044 votes cast..........?
When the Polls closed at 8:00 PM on June 7, 2016, that stopped all pollng or provisional votes being received. These votes included all ballots cast at the Precincts.
Lassen County Clerk needs to explain why votes cast at the Precincts continue to come in
Report #12: June 10, 2016 Report #14, June 13, 2016
Candidate Polling ABS/VBM Candidate Polling ABS/VBM
Noyes 23 29 Noyes 24 29
Statti 200 156 Statti 222 156
DeMartimprey 230 343 DeMartimprey 260 343
Gallagher 285 268 Gallagher 299 268
Teeter 512 46 Teeter 566 46
Stovall 111 20 Stovall 116 20
Montgomery 254 26 Montgomery 284 26
Dixon 167 253 Dixon 187 253
Albaugh 363 458 Albaugh 418 458
228 additional votes found from the "Precincts" from June 10, 2016 to June 13, 2016
The latest Supervisors Race results as of June 13, 2016:
FYI: Sacramento County with 462,117 votes cast
reported 100% counted on June 10, 2016
Lassen County Budget Talks Begin
Kan We Help will be providing video & the Minutes of this "public" Meeting
The purpose of the initial Budget meeting (with a very somber County Administrative Officer Richard Egan who arrived late) was to look at new County positions and/or reclassification of employees for pay increases
Undersheriff John Mineau made the presentation for Sheriff Dean Growden who was not present. Mineau made it perfectly clear the Department needs to change if they want to keep staff. He stated that if a Deputy is promoted to Sergeant they would lose $100 in pay.
THAT'S JUST NOT RIGHT
Also, CAO Richard Egan announced that yet another Veterans Affairs Representative will be leaving.
Future meetings will be determined at the 6/21/16 Board of Supervisors meeting
District 2 Voters Did Not Want A Cheater
Chris Montgomery, the District Attorney's husband, was short 272 votes
Chris Montgomery registered to vote in District 2 when he was living in District 3
Chris Montgomery filed Candidate papers for District 2 when he was living in District 3
Chris Montgomery moved into District 2, in a Pezzullo rental in April/2016
THE VOTERS SAID "NO WAY"
LASSEN COUNTY VOTERS TELL
THE JEFFERSON CULT
GET THE HELL OUT OF OUR COUNTY
as you exit your campaign
for the State of Jefferson
DON'T LET THE DOOR SLAP YOU
ON THE ASS AS YOU LEAVE
Don't complain about government,
if you don't vote
Make your voice heard
VOTE ON JUNE 7, 2016
Kan We Help has exposed the Lassen County Supervisors decades old practice of
hiding millions of dollars in
grossly padded innocuous budgets (postage, training, equipment)
AND THEN CLAIMING THEY WERE BROKE
FIX THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT
create an environment for officers to stay here; better pay, upward mobility, affordable health care
FIX COUNTY BUILDINGS
create and staff a capital improvement department staffed by professionals
FIX THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
create and staff a new DA department for prison affairs********protect law biding citizens first
Robbery is a civil matter
Vandalism is a civil matter
Assault is a civil matter
Rape is a civil matter
RURAL LASSEN COUNTY
Will hiring more Deputies make a difference?
These small rural communities, in Lassen County,
have little to
by law enforcement
Local crimes against the people are being ignored by Deputies and the District Attorney
WAKE UP LASSEN COUNTY SUPERVISORS
Lassen County residents are not safe
Honey Lake Valley Recreation Authority
Does Not Qualify
to be a
Short sightedness, arrogance and an inexperienced Board
caused years of delays
Who will bail this project out?
or ...... Puddle Pool?
Budget Cuts Should Typically lower the price, but
Pool Costs Have Escalated to $2,750,000
...but does not include the following
Chris Montgomery lied to run for Lassen County Supervisor
What will he do if he is elected?
Bob Burns County Counsel Department:
Reduced to Burns & and his Administrative Assistant
Stephanie Skeen was the last attorney to leave. This attorney has recently left Bob Burns to work for District Attorney Stacey Montgomery.
On May 17, 2016, Lassen County Counsel Bob Burns asked the Board of Supervisors to allow him to review and update Lassen County's Municipal Codes. The Board gave no direction for him to start this project.
Last year, on August 28, 2015, Kan We Help told the Board their Rules of Procedures, Rules & Regulations conflict with their Municipal Codes & current laws. The Board ignored Kan We Help and passed Bob Burns "revisions".
NOW, BOB BURNS HAS NOTHING TO DO AND WANTS TO REVISE LASSEN COUNTY'S MUNICIPAL CODES.....
KAN WE HELP OFFERED ADDITIONAL COPIES OF THE WORK KWH SUBMITTED LAST YEAR.
THE BOARD TOOK NO ACTION
Lassen County Times.....Who are these people ?
Good luck in the June 3, 2014 election ???
Lassen County Public Works
Updates Supervisor Chapman's extravagant
Courthouse Elevator Project
5/24/16 BOS Agenda Item H-4 : Capital Improvement Updates
The Supervisors finally realize there is not enough money [from the $4.3 million loan] left to finish the Riverside property and Chapman's court elevator.
Kan We Help has been critical of this Board slipping in Chapman's elevator when the County has not moved an inch in finishing the Riverside building that will house the District Attorney, Public Defender, Child Support Services and Probation departments.
Some are saying Chapman plans to cut the Sheriff's 2016/2017 Budget to fund his Elevator?
The court elevator project "has not been fast-tracked" as Supervisor Chapman wanted but is now projected to begin construction in February 2017. Chapman wanted it done so he could "historically" claim to be the first Board of Supervisor Chairperson to have his PHOTO taken in his elevator.
KAN WE HELP IS WATCHING
$4.3 MILLION COUNTY LOAN
On January 12, 2016, the
Plumas County Board of Supervisors
Saw through the fraud of the SOJ Cult
NOT TO PLACE THE
STATE OF JEFFERSON ISSUE
ON THEIR JUNE BALLOT
Lassen County Supervisors
Hammond, Hemphill and Albaugh
cost this County thousands of dollars putting
this Cult's issue on the ballot in June.
? FREE, FREE, FREE ?
Lassen County Counsel Bob Burns offered to help this Cult fight their "legal" battle with the State Legislature with Lassen County taxpayer dollars ?
KEEP IT CALIFORNIA[Keeping all 58 Counties in tact]
WESTWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
HOSTS LASSEN COUNTY
DISTRICT 1 SUPERVISOR CANDIDATES
On May 17, 2016, District 1 Supervisor candidates Alex DeMartimprey and Paul Statti attended the question/answer forum hosted by Gail Brown of the Westwood Chamber of Commerce.
Alex DeMartimprey is a lifetime resident of Lassen County. His father was a Board of Supervisor Chairperson in 1989. DeMartimprey knows Lassen County and what the County needs, HONESTY, JOBS, HONESTY!
Paul Statti wears a Tea Party dog collar that is connected to the racist Tea Party/State of Jefferson leader where ever he goes. Statti who has demonstrated no aptitude for any elected position is representing the Tea Party and the State of Jefferson. Statti told the Westwood people, on May 17, 2016, that he has attended BOS meetings for over three years. Being generous, Paul Statti has been an infrequent attendee at the Board of Supervisor meetings. When Statti does attend a BOS meeting you will find him "texting".
STATTI KEEPS A CHAIR WARM .......THAT'S IT
Chris Gallagher was a NO SHOW .Chris Gallagher has a failed employment history.
Watsonville, Arcata, Susanville, Los Banos
When the ex-Susanville Police Chief left Lassen County he got into the same trouble as the Los Banos Police Chief.
THE LOS BANOS POLICE UNION FILED NUMEROUS COMPLAINTS
Marlo Noyes was a NO SHOW .
All five Lassen County Supervisors
Approve an Amended Ordinance
(Supervisor Hemphill secured a job for his wife in the past year at the Sierra Army Depot and Supervisor Hammond was fined $2500, by FPPC, for voting on the Herlong transaction. Hammond owns two businesses in Herlong and has a lucrative contract with Lassen County to protect)
to open development
within the 2.8 mile radius of the
Army's Amedee Airfield
which they have no control over
This new Ordinance goes into effect in 30 days and was enacted to allow Steve Pezzullo and friends (aka HSP Resources) to develop within the 2.8 miles of the Army's Herlong Airfield.
District 4 Supervisor Hammond continues to lie to his constituents that the Army's Airport in Herlong will be a "PUBLIC AIRPORT". The Army has a 50 year lease with Lassen County with an option of an additional 50 years (the lease was a condition of the transfer of Army land to the County)
Steve Pezzullo & friends have done absolutely nothing for the town of Herlong that they bought for $31,500 (and is selling off parcel by parcel) from Lassen County and the 3,000 acres of contaminated public land for $25,000.
Pezzullo now only has to deal with securing "permits" from the Lassen County Planning Department and wait for the inevitable approval of the poorly written "Amedee Army Airfield Land Use Compatibility Plan" that has no enforcement capability whatsoever.
This so-called "Plan" does not address Federal Aviation restrictions for military airports but makes considerations as if it was a "public" airport
District 2/3 Supervisor Candidate
Chris Montgomery's page
has been the most visited KWH page for the last 8 days
Montgomery lived in District 3 when he registered to vote in District 2
Montgomery lived in District 3 when he filed his Candidate papers for District 2
Don't worry, he has the protection from his wife
who is Lassen County District Attorney
Kan We Help Submits Concerns
Re: Amedee Army Airfield Use Plan
Area of Influence for the
"AMEDEE ARMY AIRFIELD LAND USE PLAN
The State of Jefferson Cult Complains
about Supervisor Chapman's Comments ....?
"If the Voters reject it (on June 7) then they need to get the hell out of the County"
How about all of the lies that have spewed from these idiots over the past 65 years of this scam
How can you stop the "unstoppable"...?...........when nothing ever started?
XX The Dos Equis Group XX
Lassen County CAO Richard Egan approved the use of the Susanville Veterans Hall for the State of Jefferson cult members to hold a rally. This rally could have been held at any Bar in town and looked the same.
Check out the 65 year failed history of this Cult on Wikipedia
Supervisors Tom Hammond, Jeff Hemphill and Aaron Albaugh voted to place the "LEAVE CALIFORNIA" issue on the ballot for the people to decide if they wanted to leave the State of California. This "gift of public funds" could have cost the Lassen County taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars and now these delusional old Hippies say that they have already gotten Lassen County "in" their group.
Paul Statti, candidate for Bob Pyle's District 1, is one of these "State of Jefferson" gang, cult members.
Lassen County does not need one more
Tea Party/Jefferson supporter sitting on this Board.
DISTRICT 3 SUPERVISOR JEFF HEMPHILL
HOLDS SUCCESSFUL AND MUCH APPRECIATED
TOWN HALL MEETING
HONEY LAKE VALLEY GRANGE IN JOHNSTONVILLE
Video: District 3 Town Hall Meeting at the Honey Lake Valley Grange
Grange Officer Penny Artz introduces Supervisor Hemphill
Residents came early and the room was filled to standing room only by the time the meeting started
The proposed Mental Health facility at the "Gables", new marijuana regulations, Johnstonville Park
NEW "CRV" ONLY
OPENS IN SUSANVILLE
Big Foot Recycling
702-040 Johnstonville Road (next to Pardners)
HOURS: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM Tuesday - Saturday
General Manager Nick Roetto
Local Deer Enjoy
the Community Pool
Lassen County District 3 Supervisor
to hold a
TOWN HALL MEETING
Honey Lake Valley Grange
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.
kanwehelp.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 ?