Paula has fiddled with|
Newberry Springs long enough!
Fiddling is the best way to describe what
Paula Deel has been doing with the community. Over the many years of
taking-on the titles of various reigns of community leadership, Paula has
repeatedly failed to accomplish anything of lasting or of meaningful value.
After years of Paula Deel's involvement, ask yourself:
How has Paula Deel made your daily life in Newberry better?
Paula's accomplishments have been little more than that of a
social party coordinator, helping to assist others in the organization of community
social events, such as the annual fireworks or the pistachio nut festival.
Chamber of Commerce
For her years of management of the Newberry Springs Chamber of
Commerce, Paula Deel has been a failure in providing local businesses meaningful
She has failed to properly market Newberry Springs and to attract
needed new commercial businesses.
Name on Storefront
To most who know the CSD director, she is very personable.
A friendly, civic-minded individual who emotionally feeds off of the popularity
that she receives from community recognition.
Paula Deel holds a name that is widely associated with her
now-defunct feed and plumbing shop. This recognition has previously served
her in past elections as Newberry's voters have voted on name recognition,
not upon a person's ability. For this November's election, the
Deel name might not be enough for the votes needed.
A huge screw-up !
Paula Deel believes that she knows what is better for
you than you do yourself.
Paula's shocking betrayal of selling-out the community
on the CSD's litigation on the Daggett Solar Power Project now has many voters
Voters are re-evaluating Paula's outlandish checkered past.
It may be time to break-away from Paula's loser history of costly community failures.
Her betrayal on the solar project might be
explained if the CSD received the tens of millions of dollars that
the sellout was worth to Clearway Energy. The settling
for peanuts demonstrates how ridiculous and unsophisticated
the CSD directors are.
Betraying the community was so wrong, but in betraying the
community, the CSD had the Golden Goose before it to pluck. Instead,
it was the Newberry CSD directors who got plucked !
What the board members naively settled for was lunacy. Yet,
this group is so uppity on itself it wouldn't listen to others outside of its
board. The CSD came away as snookered simpletons. They were all
outclassed and successfully out-negotiated as fools.
Others profited from the settlement but it wasn't the CSD, our
Fire Department, the future civic hub, nor the community. The CSD
walked away with pennies on the dollar and they foolishly believe that they
did good !
Defies CSD Transparency
And The Will Of The People
CSD director, Paula Deel, has had the opportunity for years
to fight for the residents' California Constitutional right to have
open transparency of the CSD's actions. After all, the CSD board conducts
the People's business.
Citizens have a right to know the CSD's full actions.
Instead of promoting transparency, Paula Deel has supported the CSD hiding its activities
from public scrutiny.
In defiance of the California Constitution's Article 1,
Sec. 3, Paula Deel has supported the minimal ink on the CSD's agendas and Minutes;
and, the CSD's refusal to audio or video record its meetings. This is not good
governance, but a cover-up of malfeasance by cowardly and inept directors who do not
want their actions publicly displayed.
This arrogance towards the public needs to change and that can
start by electing new people to the CSD. The secrecy contributed to the
stupidity of the solar settlement.
Years ago, Paula and her husband advocated for dozens of Chino-based
dairies to relocate to Newberry Springs. The anticipated flies, smell, and
groundwater contamination resulting from the tens of thousands of proposed cows
brought forth a resounding outcry from residents that quashed the proposal.
The community did not want to join the Deels in welcoming what the
growing Chino-area residents were expelling. Newberry residents did not want
Newberry to become a dairy community. The dairies, however, would have profited
the Deel's then-existing business. For Paula, it always seemed to be
about the money.
Metropolitan Sewage Sludge
Later, Paula Deel was an early advocate of Nursery Products
establishing a toxic sewage sludge processing plant in Newberry Springs.
Like the smelly dairies, the facility would have been highly
offensive to the residential community, bringing in hundreds of truckloads of
fresh urban sewage sludge each week, and contaminating the air and groundwater.
Again, it was the community that said no.
Daggett Solar Power Project
During the years of the Daggett Solar Power Project's
permit processing, Paula was silently noncommital. She would not
stand behind the community in openly voicing opposition.
While she did attend a couple of the County's public meetings on the
application, she never spoke in opposition to the project.
Paula Deel, however, was very open in sitting within the
pro-solar orange encampment of Union workers supporting the solar project, against
Many of Paula's past fought-for ideas have directly contradicted
the overwhelming Will of the community. Often, her support has appeared based not
upon what is best for the community, but upon what would best profit her financially.
As has been published and recognized for a couple of years, the
Daggett solar project is expected to devalue each Newberry residential property by
thousands of dollars. The desirability of living in Newberry Springs will be
negatively impacted by the increased levels of airborne silica dust in the
Potential residents will not want to move into a silica air polluted
toxic community. Paula Deel and the other directors knew of this and didn't
care. They sold out to the Big Solar foreign marauders despite knowing the
health and financial injuries to you.
Pictured above sitting with Paula Deel is Brian Fisher, her long-time
friend, and volunteer at the Senior (Family) Center. In the Fall/Winter 2020 edition
of the Newberry Springs Community Focus,  Page 6, Fisher makes an interesting
admission about the Senior Center.
"Out of the blue, we got a
call from Clearway Energy Group who asked what they could do for the Family Center.
I told them about our parking lot lights and they agreed to donate the money for the
replacement. I have come to believe that Clearway Energy Group, the solar company,
really wants to be a good neighbor. Thanks to Clearway, in the near future the
center will get new lights, including upgrades to LED bulbs."
Clearway Energy is also reported to have made bribe "donations"
to Daggett and one can logically extrapolate that money has also been quietly
offered to Paula's Newberry Springs Chamber of Commerce and other groups
to buy their loyalty.
It also wouldn't be surprising if Clearway Energy might have offered
generous funds to certain attorneys to sway legal representation.
The idea that the Senior Center is selling-out and sadly betraying
the Newberry seniors for a few hundred dollars in LED lights is sickening. By
creating increased levels of silica dust throughout Newberry, corporate Clearway Energy
will be bringing painful suffering and early death to many of Newberry's seniors with
How does that make Clearway Energy a good neighbor ?
Why the hell is Brian Fisher publishing praise of Clearway Energy
over a few hundred dollars that won't even cover one future week's cost of medical
treatment for one seriously inflicted senior?
Brian Fisher is part of the CSD directors' Jack Unger and Victoria
Paulsen's civic hub group and aligned with Director Paula Deel. How are all
in this clique possessed with such extreme small-mindedness?
An example of the fingers-in-the-money is the divisive eyesore
billboards on I-40 and I-15 that Paula Deel supported. As a reward for her earlier
support, the billboard company has her fingers directly involved in the distribution of
the community's funds derived from the billboard revenues.
Under the billboard permit proposal accepted by the County, the funds
have a preset distribution to community organizations. Under Paula's distribution
committee, the funds are now diverted to whoever Paula's group (Paula) deems most worthy.
No public disclosure has ever been made by Paula for transparency of the fund's
Newberry Springs Community Plan
Other endeavors headed by Deel have tanked. The
much-trumpeted Newberry Springs Community Plan that Paula volunteered
to organize and lead, and which multiple public meetings were held, and
approved by the CSD board, was later shelved by the County due to the inept
follow-through by Paula.
Desert Trails Promise Zone
In 2016, Paul Deel with Paula took control of the preparation of
the Desert Trails Promise Zone application (these people like to jump in and run
everything). This was a one-time and fantastic opportunity for Newberry Springs
to acquire a major infusion of federal economic assistance.
This could have brought tens of millions of dollars of economic
development, including distribution centers and hundreds of great jobs to Newberry.
The Deels were repeatedly warned of problems in the manner of their
management of the application but they were too stubborn and arrogant to listen to
experienced advice. Through their blundering asinine mismanagement, Newberry
lost a gifted opportunity.
The Newberry Springs Economic Development Association (NSEDA) is a
spin-off of the group originally formed for the above Desert Trails Promise Zone.
NSEDA later incorporated under Paula, her husband Paul, and CSD director
Vickie Paulsen. In 2016, it accepted a generous donation from Mike and Donna Mumford
of 20-acres of land.
Needing a purpose for the land, the Deels declared the land an
experimental farm and claimed that its planted seeds would grow to bring economic
development and prosperity to Newberry Springs.
This is it ! The 20-acres of land. According to
Paula, this is supposed to be the economic salvation of Newberry.
After 4-years and tens of thousands of MWA taxpayer and community dollars,
this is now supposed to be economically benefiting the community.
Acquiring a 5-figure taxpayer grant from the Mojave Water Agency, and
thousands of dollars in payola billboard money being funneled by Paula, the Deels have
poured mucho dollars into a well, laying some pipeline...  and where did
the money go?
The property doesn't even have power and the well's pressure switch already
appears to have been vandalized.
The Deels irrationally expected that Newberry's residents would leave their own
properties and follow them to rent sand from NSEDA's farm to grow crops that the residents
could then sell at farmers' markets; thereby, improving the economy of Newberry Springs. (huh?)
It was a Deel's senseless idea 4-years ago. After tens of
thousands of wasted dollars, it is a worse idea today.
Who in their right mind wants to leave their own land and pay money
to rent sand from NSEDA and then give free sweat equity into developing NSEDA's remote
The residents have plenty of their own sand outside their door
to improve which offers their crops far better security from the night harvesters.
At least the Barstow economy benefited as the driller for NSEDA's
well was a Barstow company, Randall Wallis Water Well Drilling.
Despite having some educational gardening meetings, and being
a social club where Paul Deel can strut about, the precious funds expended
have failed to provide any community economic development.
Here are the principal farming improvements! Empty weed-infested
rectangles. Paula Deel believes that what you see here deserves
community (billboard) funds. If you agree with her judgment, return her
in November to handle your public CSD funds. Please visit this pathetic
and experience it for yourself. (Photo was taken September 2020.)
While good at spending public money, or money given to her,
Paula Deel doesn't appear to have any capability for economic development, nor developing
Newberry through the Chamber, the CSD, NSEDA, Desert Trails, the Newberry Springs
Community Plan, or anything else.
Why did Paula Deel vote against Newberry
residents' health and property values ?
Associated with the Deels is Ron Harter who is a major alfalfa
farmer who is reportedly selling-out his property to the Daggett Solar Power
Project. As a close friend, the Deels honored Harter by inviting him
to be a charter fellow officer of NSEDA. (Clickable link above.)
Correction: While extremely rare, sometimes a mea culpa is due.
I have deleted a few paragraphs for accuracy because a
clarification has been brought to my attention.
In the past, Ron Harter has made reference to his farm, Harter
Farms. The impression given was that he owned the farm that he works.
The title is under the Harter Revocable Trust.
I have now been informed that indeed the Harter Farm has
sold-out to solar but that the farm was owned by Ron's brother, Joe.
Ron Harter was the farm's operational manager.
While Paula's grandmotherly outward facade may appear friendly,
good, and noble, her actions have been treacherous. She, furthermore, lacks
the professional business savvy, educational background, and contacts necessary to
manifest meaningful project outcomes.
Voters are slowly awakening to her habitual failures, failures
that have held back, and have greatly damaged Newberry Springs.
Voters should recognize: Deel + Newberry = Community Failure
It is now time for the CSD to be given some clean hands !
Turncoat Paula's latest trick to betray the community by supporting
the solar industry, once again...
Crossed the line.
Paula Deel and the CSD board have exercised intentional bad faith in
dealing with the community.
When outside corporate evil attacks the residents of Newberry,
disappointing that we have CSD evil that joins it.
The CSD's deceitful betrayal was cowardly hidden and it has
left terror and lasting trauma in some elderly Newberry residents with respiratory
ailments and a limited income. They are fearful of the devaluation of their
home values and exposure to increases in silica dust. None of this needed to
While we may be still a few months away from a possible court legal filing
to address the Newberry CSD directors' transgressions against our community and their
alleged criminal misrepresentation and fraud before the California Superior Court,
the local anger continues to grow.
Possible future portrait.
As described in my August 10, 2020, news
Paula Deel and the other directors, allegedly without lawful authority
orchestrated a sham upon the Superior Court by having the Friends of Newberry Springs
illegally dismissed from the litigation. The court may have ramifications
upon the CSD directors.
There is no legal authority under the Newberry CSD's charter
from LAFCO to interfere with a public entity's litigation. The CSD's
actions appear highly malicious and done solely to deprive the community's
Friends of having their day in court. The residents were considered
an impediment to the CSD having its financial settlement.
The intent is to recover current and future damages from the CSD and
the individual directors and staff for their interfering removal of the Friends.
At two highly attended (packed) CSD public meetings before the
COVID-19 switch to Zoom meetings, the community made it abundantly clear that the
residents wanted a Superior Court decision. The CSD agreed and then later
Summary of this Blog...
Enough of Paula Deel
Paula Deel = Continued Newberry Failure
Dang, there is much more baggage to present on Paula but this writing
is already too long. Perhaps more in another blog. For me, I have had
enough bad judgments and failures from Paula.
Lesson learned: Only an uneducated and uninformed person will keep
voting for a candidate who repeatedly fails and stagnates the community.
Newberry is blessed with two other solid women who are running for
the CSD office without the baggage, with clean hands, and who will represent
the Will of the People. I will be voting to give them a fair chance.
Newberrians need to vote intelligently.
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