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North San Joaquin Water Conservation District’s stormy session

New chairman Bryan Pilkington ends meeting early — no action taken on agenda; General Manager Ed Steffani steps down

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  • Josh Morgan posted at 10:02 pm on Thu, Dec 9, 2010.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 541

    Doug......were you at the meeting?

  • Doug Chaney posted at 11:08 am on Thu, Dec 9, 2010.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Thank you, Mr. Beck, for restoring some sense of order to the meeting and not allowing the boisterous loud mouth bullies in the audience to continue the shouting match and name calling. What a disgusting, unruly way to end a meeting so shortly and abruptly. And thank you, Bryan Pilkington for being a real chairman and adjourning the meeting and making certain that not only the other board members, but the bullies in the crowd who've had it their way for so long, recognize that you are the chairman now and that the old dynasty will not be allowed to control and hold meetings in this fashion any longer.

    And, Mr. Bitz, IMO, you are so right about the amount of water that Lodi actually uses and the fact that this water issue has nothing to do with needing nearly anywhere as much water as the NSJWCD claims, some 200,000af, but would like as much as the old regime planned so they could wheel and deal and profit not only the district, but certain interested agricultural interests and possibly many private pockets along the way. It is all about the money, and not the water, as far as I can see. And these meetngs need to be held in the evenings and not like the Lodi city council Tuesday morning 7am shirtsleeve sessions that're used to pass many issues while most Lodians are off to work, sleeping, taking their children to school or taking care of personal business. It makes one think that this is just a scheme to keep the questionable issues from being opened to public scrutiny. Many back room deals are changed and finalized during these early morning sessions. These early sessions should be for closed sessions only and any meeting that allows comments from the public should be held in the evening when all citizens are able to attend and voice their opinion for the record. Don't many members of the NSJWCD board and the members of Lodi city council hold regular jobs? Why would, or should, they be asked to take time off from their own work to take care of business for either the city or water board? To me these are just tactics to keep those away and keep their schemes, plans and the fleecing from those who are outspoken and can't attend because of the early morning hours. All public meetings for these 2 groups should be at 7pm to allow ALL to attend, not just the chosen few.

  • Paul Parises posted at 3:48 pm on Wed, Dec 8, 2010.

    Paul Parises Posts: 9

    Doug Cheney, your statement about Mr. Steffani is crass. Here’s something for you to ponder, which I became aware of at a meeting this past summer. Mr. Steffani would often do the engineering work/drawing/calculation etc. on the some of the various line repair projects, rather than hiring an “engineer” to perform these tasks. His actions obviously saved the district that expense, Is there no value in that? Now when the district has to pay for this you can thank “your GOB Bryan “Bilk-ington.” And yes it should be spelt with a “B”.

  • roy bitz posted at 7:55 am on Wed, Dec 8, 2010.

    roy bitz Posts: 503

    I have attended three of these meetings to learn more about the ground water over draft and area water usage.
    The area ground water over draft is about 200,000 acre feet annually.
    Some 15,000 acre feet are used within the city limits of Lodi---185,000 acre feet are used in the areas surrounding Lodi. The over draft is a rural problem. Lodi's impact on the ground water over draft is minimal--about we are about 7% of the problem---folks living outside the city account for 83% of the problem.
    I see a connection between the city's approved $40,000,000 water treatment plant and this problem. It's all about money!

  • Doug Chaney posted at 7:42 pm on Tue, Dec 7, 2010.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    What was the shouting match about?



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