Thursday, April 17, 2014

COMMENTARY Majority of Voters Blithely Go About Their Business, Following the City Council, Never Acknowledging the ’Scandals’ at City Hall

“But in the topsy-turvy world that city hall has become since Jason Stilwell — an outsider from Santa Barbara — became city administrator two-and-a-half years ago, an employee in the finance department who stole food stamps was lavished with praise, but one who talked to a reporter was fired.”

“Meanwhile, the city council blithely goes about its business, never acknowledging the scandals that are piling up at city hall, and pretending it’s The Pine Cone that has the problem.”

“Meanwhile, a purge of city hall employees who were not part of Stilwell’s team also got underway. Anybody — and the total is more than a dozen to date — who revered, or even remembered, the pre-Stilwell era was apparently bound to be fired, put on leave, or forced to resign.”


Source: Editorial: Who will the next victim be? The Carmel Pine Cone, April 11, 2014, 28A

Meanwhile, on April 8, 2014, a General Municipal Election occurred, whereby a majority of the 1111 voters (41.8% of registered voters) elected incumbents Mayor Jason Burnett and Council Member Carrie Theis. Apparently, a majority of voters, unconsciously and unthinkingly, follow the city council, blithely go about their business, never acknowledging the scandals at city hall, and pretending there are no scandals. As a result, a majority of voters fail to hold elected officials accountable for their individual and collective responsibility to acknowledge and address the “scandals” and properly oversee the city administrator and city administration. Furthermore, a majority of voters seem to be unconcerned about the city employees who have been fired, suspended, placed on administrative leave, and resigned and untroubled about “Who will the next victim be?”

City of Carmel-by-the-Sea Employees Fired, Contract Suspended, Paid Administrative Leave, Resigned (March 2013 – March 2014)

Children’s Librarian Linda Macdonald, Fired, March 2013

Deputy City Clerk Molly Laughlin, Fired, March 2013

Former Fire Marshall Art Black & Former Building Official Tim Meroney, Inspections/Code Compliance Contract Suspended, April 2013

IT Manager Steve McInchak and Computer Tech Rose Franzen, Paid Administrative Leave, June 2013

Building Official John Hanson, Paid Administrative Leave, June 2013; Fired, August 2013

Administrative Coordinators, Community Planning & Building Department, Leslie Fenton and Margi Perotti, Paid Administrative Leave, October 2013; Fired March 2014

Assistant City Administrator/City Clerk Heidi Burch, Resigned, October 2013

REFERENCES:
City fires librarian, assistant clerk disappears
- No explanations offered
By MARY SCHLEY
Published: March 29, 2013

City's contract review raises questions
By MARY SCHLEY
Published: April 26, 2013

Building official fired after weeks of paid leave
By MARY SCHLEY
Published: August 9, 2013

- Quits over secrecy at city hall
By MARY SCHLEY
Published: Nov. 1, 2013

Burch's resignation letter condemns city administration
- Planning commissioner calls treatment of employees ‘brutal’
By MARY SCHLEY
Published: Nov. 15, 2013

Planning department employee fired for giving info to newspaper
■ Coworker also fired; appeals planned
By MARY SCHLEY, The Carmel Pine Cone, April 4, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Curtis E. A. Karnow, Judge of the San Francisco Superior Court: ORDER GRANTING MOTION OF MONTEREY COUNTY WATER RESOURCES AGENCY FOR LEAVE TO FILE CROSS COMPLAINT & ORDER SETTING CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE, April 15, 2014

ABSTRACT: Re: CALIFORNIA-AMERICAN WATER CO., Plaintiff, vs. MARINA COAST WATER DISTRICT, ET AL., Defendants. AND RELATED CROSS ACTIONS, (Case No. CGC-13-528312), Curtis E. A. Karnow, Judge of the San Francisco Superior Court, issued ORDER GRANTING MOTION OF MONTEREY COUNTY WATER RESOURCES AGENCY FOR LEAVE TO FILE CROSS COMPLAINT, “Monterey’s cross complaint must be filed within six court days to today’s date” of April 15, 2014, and ORDER SETTING CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE for May 20, 2014 “to discuss the next steps in this case and the setting of dates.” The ORDER GRANTING MOTION OF MONTEREY COUNTY WATER RESOURCES AGENCY FOR LEAVE TO FILE CROSS COMPLAINT document is embedded. Relevant Register of Actions and Documents are reproduced with links to documents.

Order Granting Motion of Monterey County Water Resources Agency for Leave to File Cross Complaint Cgc-13-52...
Date: April 15, 2014
ORDER GRANTING MOTION OF MONTEREY COUNTY WATER RESOURCES AGENCY FOR LEAVE TO FILE CROSS COMPLAINT

Register of Actions
Date
Proceedings
Document
Fee
APR-15-2014
ORDER GRANTING MOTION OF MONTEREY COUNTY WATER RESOURCES AGENCY FOR LEAVE TO FILE CROSS COMPLAINT (TRANSACTION #55307103)

APR-15-2014
ADDED TO CALENDAR FOR CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE HEARING SET FOR MAY-20-2014 AT 10:00 AM IN DEPT 304


APR-15-2014
ORDER SETTING CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE (TRANSACTION #55307103)


ADDENDUM:
Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco
Case Number: CGC 13 528312
Title: CALIFORNIA-AMERICAN WATER COMPANY, A CALIFORNIA CO VS. MARINA COAST WATER DISTRICT et al
Cause of Action: OTHER NON EXEMPT COMPLAINTS (- COMPLAINT FOR DECLARATORY RELIEF)
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RELATED NEWS ARTICLE:
Monterey County can challenge regional project agreements
Karnow says statute of limitations has not yet expired
By Jim Johnson, 04/15/2014 07
Highlight Excerpts:
A San Francisco Superior Court judge has ruled Monterey County will be allowed to challenge the validity of the agreements at the heart of the failed regional desalination project.
Judge Curtis Karnow ruled Tuesday that the county can file a cross-complaint in the lawsuit aimed at unraveling the three-way partnership backing the $400 million desal project, which fell apart in the wake of revelations regarding former county water board member Steve Collins' dual role on the proposal.
Karnow gave the county six days to file its cross-complaint in the lawsuit, which was initially filed by California American Water in an effort to seek a court ruling on whether the project agreements were still valid and who should be responsible for tens of millions spent on the proposal.

Monday, April 14, 2014

GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE FOR THE MONTEREY PENINSULA WATER SUPPLY PROJECT AGENDA & MINUTES April 16, 2014

GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE FOR THE MONTEREY PENINSULA WATER SUPPLY PROJECT
April 16, 2014

Monterey Symphony Presents ‘REFLECTION’ FEATURING HEIDI HAU, PIANO (PRIMO) & WILLIAM WELLBORN, PIANO (SECUNDO)


“…our 68th Season – a Season of Discovery…” 
Mission Statement
To engage, educate and excite our community through the performance and continual discovery of symphonic music.

Vision Statement
The Monterey Symphony produces and presents the best musical programs, educational activities and community events possible to engage people of the Central Coast and the Salinas Valley in the continual discovery of symphonic music.

Monterey Symphony Presents ‘REFLECTION’ FEATURING HEIDI HAU, PIANO (PRIMO) & WILLIAM WELLBORN, PIANO (SECUNDO)

Max Bragado-Darman, Conductor

Heidi HauPiano (primo)

“Noted for her unique recital format, Heidi believes in making music understandable and approachable for everyone. Accordingly, she supplements her concerts with commentary and colorful anecdotes, rewarding the audience with unique insight into the music and the composers.”

William Wellborn, Piano (secundo)
William Wellborn, piano performs: Franz Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 15

“William Wellborn enjoys an active career as a pianist, teacher and lecturer, and has concertized widely on three continents, as well as twenty-eight states in the US.”

The Musicians

DATES & TIMES:
Saturday, April 26 @ 8:00 P.M.
Sunday, April 27 @ 3:00 P.M.

CONCERT VENUE:
Sunset Center

E/s San Carlos St. @ 9th Av.
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA.
PROGRAM:
Gioacchino Antonio Rossini (1792-1868)
Overture, The Barber of Seville
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
The Carnival of the Animals

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Symphony No. 40, KV 550, G minor

Program Notes - Reflection

Pre-Concert Lecture Series
All concerts will feature a pre-concert lecture, free of charge, one hour before the performance. These lectures, provided by Dr. Todd Samraoffer intriguing facts and historical context about the composers and the pieces to be performed, which greatly enhance the concert-going experience.

TICKETS:
Single Tickets: $29.00 - $79.00
Please call Monterey Symphony Box Office @ (831) 646-8511

SPECIAL EVENT:
Friends Luncheon – Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Please join the Friends of the Monterey Symphony for a luncheon. Cost is $45 per person. The guest speaker will be pianist Heidi Hau.

Casa Munras
700 Munras Ave
Monterey

11:30 a.m. – No Host Cocktails
12:15 p.m. – Luncheon
1:15 p.m. – Presentation

For reservations: Online, or call 831-646-8511.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Monterey Symphony
2560 Garden Road, Suite 101
Monterey, CA 93940
Voice: 831-646-8511 | Fax: 831-644-0669
Email: info@montereysymphony.org

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Monterey County Democratic Central Committee (MCDCC) Adopts Neutral Stance on Measure O Despite Plea from Jason Burnett to Vinz Koller, Chair, Executive Board, Monterey County Democratic Central Committee (MCDCC) to Oppose Measure O

ABSTRACT: Despite Jason Burnett’s plea of “Please show your support for your elected officials working so hard on a water supply and vote NO on Measure O” to Vinz Koller, Chair, Executive Board, Monterey County Democratic Central Committee (MCDCC), the Monterey County Democratic Central Committee (MCDCC) “has decided to remain neutral on Measure O,” "Shall the ordinance, Measure 0, which directs the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District to adopt a policy to move toward public ownership of all water systems within its boundaries by conducting a feasibility study, and if deemed feasible, move forward with acquisition of all such water systems' assets, be adopted?," the June 3, 2014 ballot initiative by Public Water Now, according to The Monterey County Herald.  In Mayor Jason Burnett’s letter, dated March 25, 2014, he claims: “The only real threat to our continued progress is the effect of Measure O driving a wedge between two of the partners – the Water Management District and CalAm – such that the current healthy tension turns into unhealthy division. In fact, Measure O could very easily disrupt the public financing we agreed to in the Settlement, actually increasing CalAm profit potential and therefore our water rates.” He claims: “Worse yet, Measure O stands to slow the progress on the water supply project itself.” He claims: “Defeating Measure O would send a strong signal that we remain focused on a new water supply to serve our community and would put us in the best position possible for returning to the state to seek a modified CDO deadline.” And he claims: “Measure O puts our water supply project in jeopardy and risks throwing us into economically harmful water rationing. Measure O is a symbolic gesture divorced from the practical realities of water supply. If passed, it will divide our community right at the time when we need to stay united.”  Jason Burnett’s letter, dated March 25, 2014, to MCDCC Chair Koller is embedded.
FROM: JASON KESTREL BURNETT
TO: MCDCC Chair Koller
DATE: March 25, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

Carmel Residents Association Hosts A TOWN MEETING AND FORUM ON MEASURE O THE PUBLIC WATER NOW INITITATIVE

WHO: Yes” on Measure O Speakers
Ron Cohen, Founder & Managing Director, Public Water Now
Ron Cohen says Cal Am has monopoly on supply
By JIM JOHNSON Herald Staff Writer, 09/14/2013

George Riley, Assistant Managing Director, Public Water Now & Founder, Citizens for Public Water & Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Member of the Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority (MPRWA)
George Riley: Will Cal Am play fair?
By GEORGE RILEY Guest commentary, 11/10/2013

No” on Measure O Speakers
Rich Heuer, "Water Not Politics," Chairman and Treasurer & Board Member, Monterey Peninsula Taxpayers Association & Partner, Hospitality Marketing Associates
Note: Heuer, Richards J. III, Petitioner, vs. Valenzuela, Claudio, et al, Respondents, VERIFIED PETITION FOR WRIT OF MANDATE (Measure O Ballot Language and Ballot Argument for Measure O)
Cal Am-backed suit challenges Measure O ballot argument
Argument 'stretching the truth,' plaintiff says
By JIM JOHNSON Herald Staff Writer, 03/26/2014
Rick Heuer: Water management in parallel universe
By RICK HEUER Guest commentary, 10/11/2013

Scott Dick, Research Consultant

WHAT: Town Meeting And Forum On Measure O, The Public Water Now Initiative

WHEN: Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 6:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.

WHERE: Carpenter Hall, Sunset Center
W/s Mission St, between 8th Av. & 10th Av.
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA. 

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC