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North San Joaquin Water Conservation District citizens call for Bryan Pilkington’s removal

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Posted: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 11:55 am, Wed Jun 29, 2011.

Citizens of the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District are so fed up with the board's chairman that they are strongly considering hiring lawyers out of their own pocket to remove him.

"This needs to stop," said Toni Miller, a constituent of the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District about the board's chairman, Bryan Pilkington. "He can't keep running the district into the ground."

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  • Doug Chaney posted at 9:43 am on Wed, Jun 29, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    It was Mr. Somera, a Lodi area resident. He was termed out just this past year. I think he's a retired Lodi police officer, and reputed to be a very good one at that.

  • Josh Morgan posted at 7:14 am on Wed, Jun 29, 2011.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 542

    Doug, who is the foreman of the Grand Jury from Lodi? I went to the website and found only two members from Lodi and the foreman being the retired parks and recreation director from Stockton. Am I reading that wrong?

  • Doug Chaney posted at 10:15 pm on Tue, Jun 28, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    I support that this dysfunctional group stop fingerpointing and blaming others for the problems that some of these same board members have created themsleves. Where is the outside private auditor that is needed to straighten out the financial mess going all the way back to when Fred Weybret was chairman of this board and it was just a bully pulpit, rumor goes, and the free wheeling and unaccounted for spending was never accounted for and many assumptions were made that a large amount of funds were plain taken or misspent and no records ever kept. I now put myself in a neutral position on this dysfunctional group, Mr. Pilkington included, and the only solution I see for this disoriented group is to realize that the good old boys dominance is not a ruling factor in good old Lodi anymore and the bullying, name calling and finger pointing are going nowhere. As a Lodi resident that resides in this dysfunctional districts' boundaries whose city tax monies pay some of that wasted purported $200,000 the city of Lodi still donates of our taxpayers' money even after the pumping tax was declared illegal, I've attended one meeting and was ashamed that they even call themselves a board. This board could care less about the smaller ag farmers in their district and until they are treated like the good old boys with the winegrapes and crops growing on every spare acre they can beg, borrow steal, lease or buy there will never be any forward progress. It seems their only solution is to hire consultants who can meet and talk seriously and actually think and solve problems instead of screaming out of turn, blaming others, finger pointing, bullying and continue conducting meetings that go absolutely nowhere. Maybe the grand jury didn't scrutinize the right parties when they conducted their "thorough" investigation, with a Lodi good old boy as the grand jury "chairman" that seemed to avoid stepping on any toes of anyone with an influential position or name.

  • roy bitz posted at 9:22 pm on Tue, Jun 28, 2011.

    roy bitz Posts: 503

    I am extremely interested in area water issues and have attended several NSJCWCD meetings in order to learn about area water resources and issues.
    I have listened to Mr. Pilkington's presentations and goofy comments.
    In my view, Mr. Pilkington has proven to be a "useful idiot".
    His "bombastic behavior" has brought attention to the fact that significant area water rights---20,000 acre feet of water annually (in wet years)-- could be lost. if the district cannot get it's act together---cannot develop a plan to use these precious water rights.
    I support Mr. Beck and Mr.Peterson in their efforts to preserve area water rights.

  • Casey Orndorf posted at 6:28 pm on Tue, Jun 28, 2011.

    Casey Orndorf Posts: 8

    Let's slow down here. One of the board members apparently announced that he would be on vacation this week. Everyone is entitled to a vacation. One can hardly hold HIM responsible for the absence of the others. Especially in this economy, if you have the wherwithal to schedule a vacation, you go or you lose deposits.

    The alleged grandstanding of one of the other members is a different story entirely. But to brush the entire board with such a broad brush is just as irresponsible as the actions of those holding up the meetings.

  • phillip montgomery posted at 1:47 pm on Tue, Jun 28, 2011.

    phillip montgomery Posts: 8

    I went to this meeting last night and I have to say that I felt like I was slapped in the face by the absence of 3 of our duly elected board members ie: Bryan Pilkington,Hugh Scanlon, and Mehrten Wilbur. These individuals didn't have the time to do their job resulting in a non-quorum. Even though 50 +/- constituents took their time for this meeting these fellows did not. I want to thank Joe Petersen and Mark Beck for doing their job and taking the time to address all of the people that did show up. To the other 3 fellows: your election to this board is a travesty and I hope Mrs. Miller's petition gains some steam. I don't care if you do or don't support taxes on groundwater but I sure as hell care that my elected officials take the time to show up for scheduled meetings.



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