A few Bozos are still impacting CSD.
The Newberry CSD (Community Service District) has had a past history
of mismanagement and malfeasance. The recent Grand Jury probe of 2013-2014 found
The LAFCO's (Local Agency Formation Commission) seizure upon the
problems in 2014 to encourage the disbanding or consolidation of the Newberry CSD
was understandable and justified. The CSD's earlier board members didn't understand
the scope of their job, their duties, responsibilities, and procedures.
Likewise, the previous general managers of the Newberry CSD were limited
by the fear of losing their job if they tried to reign in the renegade boards' overreaching
and constant micromanagement. The General Manager's job is to run the daily
functions of the CSD while the Board's job is to set policy and oversight.
The only thing that saved the CSD and gave the licensing LAFCO
some confidence in Newberry was
the CSD's astute hiring of Le Hayes as General Manager.
From his many years as the G.M. of the Baker CSD, Hayes
brought a high degree of knowledge, experience, and
professionalism to the Newberry CSD. As a good-looking, conscientious, and
cheerful Dudley Do-Right for Newberry, Hayes foiled LAFCO's attempt to railroad
the CSD's demise.
One would think that the skills that Le Hayes brought to the
Newberry CSD would be praised and welcomed by all. But we're talking about
Newberry Springs. Problematic habits by a minority of the CSD board members,
who were part of the previous difficulty, haven't changed. They don't appear
to be capable of necessary rehabilitation.
Rather than working with Hayes and learning, Director Robert
Vasseur has continued his general grumpiness, as previously reported; and he
continues to attack Hayes with verbal tirades, even attempting to acquire the
support of other board members to fire Hayes. Vasseur has been encouraged
by the support of Director Robert Shaw who has also been critical as an
Constructive dissent among board member can be helpful
and beneficial when justified; but the motivation for the Neanderthal-type attacks
against Hayes appears to be petty envy. When board members can't separate
their lingering emotional frustrations from CSD business, the community suffers.
Annonymous letter to LAFCO.
Also undermining the CSD is a recent unsigned letter
that was annonymously mailed to LAFCO and the press by a cowardly dissident who
didn't sign a name.
The letter alleges that nearly $57,000 is under estimated in the budget
and the letter purports to be sent by two directors;
however, there is no evidence of a two person conspiracy; nor did the author
of the report substantiate any of the contained allegations.
What does exist is very strong evidence that a woman is
principally responsible, with a second woman being knowledgeable of the activity;
neither are part of the CSD board. That is not
to imply that one or two Directors on the board didn't participate in sending
the letter as the letter implies. That implication isn't documented and
may lead to a D.A. investigation of fraudulent impersonation of elected officials.
This matter could become very interesting depending upon the results of the November
election and who thereafter sits on the board.
Kerri Zurcher, Treasurer of the Newberry CSD has responded
with a strong denial (below)
of the undocumented attack; however, the annonymous letter has
tarnished Newberry and did make it into a recent
to Robert Springer, CSD President; the CSD Board; Le Hayes, CSD G.M.; and Ron Frame,
First District Field Representative.
Kerri Zurcher, CSD Treasurer, response letter.
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