Newberry CSD Directors
Screws The Community
Posted: July 10, 2020
Newberry Springs Community Alliance
Blog by Ted Stimpfel
In a SPECTACULAR demonstration of stupidity, the Newberry CSD directors
Robert Springer, Paula Deel, Jack Unger, Victoria Paulsen,
and Larry Clark performed the ultimate sellout of the Newberry community.
All five of the CSD directors unanimously agreed to betray
the community and settle the CSD's litigation against the County regarding
the Daggett Solar Power Project.
The CSD's treachery will collectively cost Newberry Springs'
residents many tens of millions of dollars in their property value and create
an unforgiving carcinogenic silica dust hazard that may cost the shortening of many
lives. Most at risk will be the elderly, the community's young children,
and those who are already sensitive receptors.
The fears that have been long forecasted by this blog came
true when the board cowardly held a secretive meeting on July 7, 2020, with
their attorney in a closed electronic session. General Manager Jodi Howard
altered the normal pre-announcements of the meeting so that the public was not given
timely notice as required under the Brown Act.
Recognizing the poor leadership of the CSD, this blog site has
been long fearful that the CSD directors might sell out to the billion-dollar-plus
solar project for something like a meager $10-million in mitigation damages.
This would be a very low figure that could be acquired but one that would provide
for the costs of Director Jack Unger's proposed new civic hub.
Unbelievably, according to the July 7, 2020, drafted meeting
Minutes (below), the asinine board members, Robert Springer, Paula Deel,
Jack Unger, Victoria Paulsen, and Larry Clark soldout
the community for a mere $200,000 and some very worthless Project set-back alignments
and unenforceable language on dust control.
What the CSD fools are reportedly settling for is malfeasance against
the CSD as it is against the citizens of Newberry. It is shocking that the CSD's
attorney, Mike Gatto of Los Angeles, would have allowed the CSD to have been so terribly
The CSD directors will now be trying to further dupe the community by
claiming that they have negotiated a great settlement. That it was the best under
the circumstances. They will undoubtedly expect an ignorant community to praise
their brilliance. (Excuse me while I puke.)
These CSD clowns should be run out-of-town on the next railcar (preferably towards Needles).
At this point, I am going to stop writing this particular blog
in fear of writing what I truly think about the CSD directors and their General
Manager, Jodi Howard.
Next Monday, July 13th, registration sign-ups will begin for candidates
for two Newberry CSD office seats currently occupied by Paula Deel and Larry Clark.
Let's replace these two with intelligent people who will
represent the interests of Newberry's residents.
I will be endorsing one candidate that will be running but we
need one more.
If interested in running, please feel welcome to
us for possible support.
Should you have any comments on the CSD's board surrender, please tell us here.
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