Posted: July 5, 2022
Newberry Springs Community Alliance
'For those who want to know more
about Newberry Springs.'
by Ted Stimpfel
Celebrating over 11 years of news blogs.
More revelations on the mythical
fairyland thinking of the li'l CSD Elf.
Despite witnessing so many CSD failures and missed opportunities
for Newberry Springs, I do find humor in some of the pitiful antics of the CSD
directors. They are so egregiously bad, they are sometimes funny.
You know that you are deep into someone's psyche when director
Jack Unger continues to publicly blame you for things that you have no connection
What kind of a disturbed mind does someone have to center me
as the center of his black-hole universe?
Unger's latest accusatorial post was on Facebook, Sunday,
July 3, 2022, and is pasted below.
Click to enlarge.
Let me first address the top of Jack Unger's post.
He spins it as if it was so nice to see so many people showing up in
support of Commodities. What he isn't disclosing, or he is too
lame to see, was that the people attending were there because they
were angry and highly pissed off at the CSD.
They were not there to praise Commodities but to express
their anger at the directors and the General Manager who they believed had
unnecessarily transgressed against them.
To capsulized what had happened (I did not witness the event
but I have heard the descriptions from both sides at three different meetings),
the Commodities delivery truck had to make its monthly delivery a day early.
The delivery truck can only be unloaded in front of the door to
the CSD's office because the hydraulic pallet trolley used to unload the large
pallets of food need the concrete that is adjacent to the office door.
When the unexpected delivery supplies blocked the normal
entrance to the office, I understand that the General Manager, Jodi Howard,
went into a verbal hissy assault upon the volunteers that escalated into an
earful pissing match between multiple parties.
Jodi Howard's point was that the truck was unloading
on an unauthorized day and that it shouldn't be there obstructing the
business entrance to the CSD office.
Rather than professionally de-escalating a matter
that she had stirred up over a minor inconvenience, she enflamed the
issue by calling the Sheriff's Department which responded.
Yes, Jodi Howard called the Sheriff's Department because her
doorway was temporarily obstructed by food being unloaded for the needy.
During the board meeting, CSD president Robert Springer
expressed that both sides could have acted better, but he failed to
acknowledge that the matter was initiated by the CSD. There
was no apology from the CSD board.
I have silently listened during the two board meetings
and a third meeting held on the subject and I have not heard how many
members of the public were inconvenienced by not having direct access to
the CSD office during the approximate 1 hour of the truck's unloading.
Was it one, maybe two, or possibly none? Yet,
the volunteers feed hundreds of hungry Newberry residents!
Where should the CSD's concern be? Should
there be worry that if someone shows up for a burn permit,
the person might be temporarily inconvenienced, or should the CSD's
concern be in assisting Commodities placing food on the table for
the many children in Newberry's food desert?
Currently, the CSD's management seems so skewed.
I am not sure but I presume that the CSD's office was
accessible through the door to the CSD's meeting room.
The work of the volunteers is hard and tedious.
The volunteers have no control over the food delivery but they
inconvenience themselves and they show up whenever the truck comes and they
truly give of themselves.
I consider them Newberry's angels who deserve far more
respect and better treatment than that given by the CSD's General Manager.
Commodities is not an organization. It has only
been people who respond to help their neighbors. As such, Commodities
has never had a formal written relationship with the CSD. Now after
the General Manager's childish tirade, she is doubling down by formalizing
the CSD's relationship with the Commodities operation.
She is having the CSD's Policies rewritten to tighter
control the Commodities presence and operation. Some of the proposed
new wording irks the volunteers but the policies are still being worked out.
After many years of the CSD's cooperation, the current
General Manager has strained a close relationship.
The leading Commodities spokesperson has been Juan Figueroa,
the person that Jack Unger insinuates that I am ghostwriting for.
Yeah, I think that Jack Unger is freaking nuts!
I have only seen Juan Figueroa at a few meetings.
I consider him a rough speaker and a lousy writer as I struggle to
understand many of his social media posts. However, he does communicate
and while unpolished, I find myself learning more from him than all of
the CSD board members combined.
The CSD now has a large 3-minute countdown display clock to
intimidate public speakers to talk within a 3-minute restricted time period
during public meetings. While some speakers do over-talk nonsense,
some important matters can not be addressed within 3-minutes.
Few people usually attend CSD meetings due to
good cause. It is a place one goes to, to be ignored and disrespected.
If the board can not listen to a concerned citizen for more than
3-minutes on an important community issue, the board should
The 3-minute limitation is an arbitrary and capricious
unconstitutional rule that infringes upon the public's right of redress.
Jack Unger writes (presumably of me, T.S.), "...the only
way to stop these "playground bullies" is to stand up to them. Until
we face them down, they will keep verbally and emotionally abusing the
good people of our community."
If standing up against the immoral corruption and
the malfeasance of the CSD is being a bully, then Jack can call
it bullying. However, my blogs are backed with documentation and
they support the community. The only "we" described
by Jack Unger is himself and the board.
The Right of Free Speech.
At the last CSD meeting, the community was present
and enraged against the CSD's General Manager's verbal and emotional
abuse against the angels of Newberry. It is the public's
right and responsibility to stand up against the board's abusive
Perhaps, it is the good Commodities folks that
Jack Unger is calling "bullies" as they are rallying against
the CSD's abuses. So, are the "playground bullies" the
community's Commodities volunteers?
Today we have people that are being forced out of
their Newberry "forever" homes and moving elsewhere because of Jack
Unger and the board's stupidity in
the Clearway Energy project. Unger and the other board members
(minus Margie Roberts) have collectively cost this community's residents
millions of dollars by creating a depressed real estate market and future
Jack Unger and the other CSD board members
are slowly being recognized for who and what they are.
Friendly neighbors but incompetent and failures in running
the Newberry CSD.
This coming November, the district seats of Robert
Springer, Jack Unger, and Victoria Paulsen, are
coming up on the election block. Hopefully, voters will remember
the damages and the failures to advance the community that these people
have caused Newberry Springs.
Remember the morally corrupt Newberry CSD board that green lighted Clearway:
Robert Springer • Paula Deel • Jack Unger
Vicky Paulsen • Larry Clark (now ret.)
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