Race to the finish in Mountain House
by Mountain House Press
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As the Nov. 2 Election Day draws closer, the accusations in the race for two seats on the Mountain House Community Services District board are flying thick.

Defending their seats on the board are Mike Klinkner — appointed to a seat in the summer to replace Matthew Balzarini, who was elected to the new Lammersville Unified School District board — and Celeste Farron — who as a concerned citizen attended nearly every meeting of the board until she was appointed at the most recent meeting to fill a seat left vacant by Eric Payne, who resigned.

Klinkner has 16 years of municipal experience in addition to his few months on the Mountain House board. He plans to bring “experience, honesty and integrity” to the board and donates his $100-per-month stipend for serving on the board to nonprofit outfits that help Mountain House youth.

Farron has lived in Mountain House for more than five years and is co-chairwoman of the local youth action committee, in addition to her recent appointment to the CSD board. She pledges a tireless drive to balancing cost-effectiveness and highest-quality results if she’s elected to the board.

Both share similar visions for the future of Mountain House and have said that the present board works well as a unit, even while some of its individual members disagree on certain topics.

The incumbents also say that the two others running to serve on the board have made claims that stretch the truth.

The men challenging Klinkner and Farron are Jass Singh and Rajesh Dighe. Singh claims 20 years of experience as a successful businessman. Dighe has spent 20 years as an expert and manager in the software technology field.

Dighe’s No. 1 priority is opposing a power plant that is planned to be built in Alameda County just 2½ miles from Mountain House. He also wants to better integrate community feedback with board decisions and create “innovative solutions” to problems facing the town.

Singh promises to be fiscally accountable and clamp down on spending.

Both point to numerous “failures” of the board in their campaign materials.

Both criticize the board’s 2010 decision to increase special taxes by 4 percent. While Klinkner and Farron say the increase was needed to maintain vital services like park maintenance and public safety, Singh’s and Dighe’s campaign materials hold that the tax increases are an unnecessary burden placed on the people of Mountain House.

One of Dighe’s fliers says one of his top priorities is to “stop property tax increases.” The flier also says the board of directors, as it now stands, “lacks the knowledge, capacity, business acumen and necessary skills to delegate the proper action plans and corrective measures … for the development of our community.”

He wants to give Mountain House contracts to local residents, entice businesses to town and “stop bloated salaries and benefits” of the CSD staff.

Singh also decries the compensation packages for Mountain House employees. He wants to lower residential water bills by rolling back salary increases, offer Mountain House contract work to local residents before bids are offered to outside entities and balance the “operational part” of the budget, according to his campaign material.

He is also concerned about undue influence on the community. In an e-mail sent to members of the board of directors and obtained by the Press, Singh wrote that the board members recite “... the oath every month to defend the Constitution and U.S.A., but Koreans as foreigners are deciding the faith of Americans on our soil, and our CSD department is controlled like a puppet by Koreans.”

However, according to Sensibaugh, who has worked as general manager in the town since before home building began, much of what Dighe and Singh want to do is unrealistic or legally impossible.

Campaigns in conflict

Sensibaugh pointed out, for instance, that the CSD has no control over whether property taxes increase or decrease.

He also countered claims that employees have received 12 percent raises even as the economy has struggled.

In February 2009, the district laid off 10 out of 23 full-time positions, and the remaining employees agreed to forgo a 3.5 percent cost-of-living increase that year, he said.

In 2010, employees received a 2.5 percent cost-of-living increase in pay, while Sensibaugh received a 5 percent “equity” increase, after San Joaquin County — which fully governed Mountain House before the CSD was elected in 2008 and still has great sway with the unincorporated community — identified several employees who were undercompensated.

Meanwhile, spending on employee benefits was increased as required “by law,” Sensibaugh said. All employee salary and benefit costs to the district are available on the Mountain House website, and they show that Sensibaugh, the town’s highest-paid administrator, makes $217,000, including benefits and salary.

“We put it on the website long before the rest of California decided that was a good idea after Bell,” he said, referring to the small Southern California town where outsized pay and benefits packages created a scandal told around the nation.

Sensibaugh also explained that the service district’s budget, between $12 and $13 million this past fiscal year, is balanced and carries a reserve of about $4 million.

He said claims of an imbalanced budget could come from the fact that the district is lending money from its general fund to pay costs of the community’s water treatment plant. If the district relied on residents to foot the water plant’s burden through utility bills alone, Sensibaugh said, the fees would be exorbitant.

This approach, he said, keeps residential water bills low. Plus, the money lent will eventually be paid back into the general fund, when enough people live in Mountain House to fully cover the utility cost through their bills.

Farron and Klinkner also disputed some of their opponents’ claims at a Mountain House Press-hosted Monday, Oct. 25, forum that Singh and Dighe could not attend because of conflicting schedules. Both Singh and Dighe provided statements to be read to the audience.

Klinkner said that while everyone wants more businesses in Mountain House, no grocery store or other business will set up shop before such a move is financially viable. When development in the community picks up and more people move in and create a stable customer base, he said, Mountain House will court and draw plenty of businesses.

Farron added that, contrary to claims in Singh’s statement, the community services district has an open and fair bidding process for contracted work. She added that it would be illegal to open bidding only to Mountain House businesses, an idea featured prominently in campaign materials of both Dighe and Singh.

One of the few items all four candidates seem to agree upon regards a power plant that is slated to be built just over the county line, some 2.5 miles from Mountain House.

The Mariposa Energy LLC proposal would see a 200-kilowatt power plant that would run as many as 4,000 hours a year built just inside Alameda County’s borders. All four candidates for the board of directors oppose the idea.

Dighe has made opposition to the plant’s construction a mainstay of his campaign, while Farron and Klinkner agreed that allowing the plant would set a dangerous precedent wherein Alameda County exports its heavy industry — including more power plants and the pollution that goes with them — to its neighbor’s backyard.

Despite agreement on that count, the disagreements between the four candidates on even basic matters of board purview are wide — so wide, Sensibaugh said, that he doubts special tax increases and balanced budgets are really at the heart of the campaign.

“I think the campaign has turned to the point where it isn’t about taxes and it’s not about employees, it’s all about destroying a board that I think can do good things for this community, and it’s about grabbing power for the wrong reasons,” he said.

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IMHO
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November 02, 2010
Sorry John,

But I really have to disagree. While banks may not be up in arms about someone watering or mowing a lawn on a foreclosed property they own, what happens when your neighbor that mows the law runs over a sprinkler head and breaks it? Or worse, what happens if that neighbor runs over his foot and cuts off a few toes? We're talking about liability. So is the MHCSD going to pay for the broken sprinkler? Is your neighbor going to sue the bank because of a pot hole in the yard that caused him to cut off his toes? You may laugh, but the old days are long gone and this is the reality of today. The banks don't want you on that property and the CSD has no right to be on it.

Your scenario sounds rather folksy, but not realistic. Sorry.
JJMcDonald
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November 02, 2010
Hi IMHO,

Yes, I was half joking. First, of all no one is going to get arrested for trespassing - that's goofy and very illustrative of what is wrong with America. In the good old days, neighbors would help each other without the worry someone is going to throw a good Samaritan in jail. Well, actually we have a good old neighbor where I live who has mowed a foreclosure or two on this own nickle. No one called the cops on him, and now his neighbors think the guy walks on water so to speak. There is something called the spirit of the law and the letter of the law. This is one of the problem with the folks who run this town they come up with legal reasons to be lazy. Seriously, who is going to call the cops because someone is watering and mowing the lawn of a foreclosure? Is the bank going to sue for enhancement? :-) LOL.

I also have a neighbor who is a landscaper and work has been thin - he'd probably do it for a reasonable fee and a whole lot less than Valley Crest does. And if he does a really job he might want to bid for the next landscaping contract :-).

All the best,

John
MHRes
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November 02, 2010
wow JJMcDonald. That was unbelievably rude. Someone asked you a legitimate question and you attacked someone's WEIGHT ?

wow ...
IMHO
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November 02, 2010
Sorry John,

I know you are half joking, but this is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard of. Morgan or anyone at the CSD won't mow the lawn, the bank will not pay for the upkeep and who's going to post for Morgan's bail when he's arrested for trespassing? Also, who's going to pay for the increase in water charges? Us?

Another shinning example of how out of touch Jass is with reality. Thanks for hitting the nail on the head!
JJMcDonald
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November 02, 2010
Hi MHisHome,

Great question: How would a program work that would result in foreclosed homes in Mountain House getting their front lawns watered and mowed?

First of all you tell the water plant to turn on the water and that MHCSD will pay for it. Yes, I know that's probably $150/mo LOL. We need to elect Jass to get our $100/yr rebate so this program is a bit cheaper. We take the rest out of the $8000 fun run budget that attracted 20 or 30 Mountain House residents for an average cost of $320 per 5K runner.

Next, you look on craigslist and get a $50 mower and a $10 hose, and a $5 sprinkler. Take that out of the fun run budget too.

Next, you tell Morgan, MHCSD employee, who clearly needs the fitness training to fire the mower up and start mowing and watering. We'll call that an event so it fits his job title. The health benefits are for free. His new hired help who lives in Mountain House can manage the regular event schedule as she seem super energetic, smart, and wonderful in all ways. The talent in Mountain House is impressive.

The front yards are pretty small in Mountain House. Morgan should have plenty of time now that he is not having to plan that $11K Trip To Reno and doesn't have to learn bingo anymore :-)

I'll even provide a free piece of cardboard to layout for the mower, gas, and sprinkler in his $500/mo car that we tax payers provide him so he doesn't damage the interior. He's supposed to use that car for work, so this is a perfect application.

Then we bill the bank for Morgan's time and we make that funny reimbursement line the the budget actually have a little meaning :-). And since Morgan makes so much darn money - it will be a very good program for us tax payers.

All the best,

John McDonald
MHisHome
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November 01, 2010
JJMcDonald,

Can you please answer this one question for me....Jass mentioned in his statement to the Tracy Press that he would have the CSD take care of the yards on foreclosed homes. I would like to understand how this would be accomplished. In many of the posts that I have read here it seems that MH is already paying higher taxes so where would these funds come from? How would this program work?

Concerned MH Homeowner
JJMcDonald
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November 01, 2010
Hi IMHO,

Some people are genuine in their concern about character and some are not. People of all sorts including myself perceive injury to ourselves to be much worse than the same injury we do to others. I think this double standard is at the root of the severity of the complaints about Jass. For example, a Celeste sign went missing. And I agree it did, I saw where it was missing and mentioned to Jass at the time that he would likely get blamed and he better hope that MHCSD took it. Less than 48 hours later there vicious posts and the cops were called and two MHCSD board members pointed the finger to Jass as the thief with ZERO evidence. It became open season on Jass signs because people believed he was a thief and so 75% of his signs went missing and the stealing was documented. Now, where is the outrage? In fairness, once on the stealing was admitted both Celeste and Andy told the thieves to knock it off. Just imagine what would have happened if the roles were reverse. Look at how far they were willing to take their complaints with ZERO evidence.

Where is the worry about the character of people who openly lie about the % raise or $ in compensation? I mean of all the things to tell the truth about, a publicly available number should be an easy one. Yet, somehow their are candidates who cannot seem to be able to state a couple of numbers. Where are the character issues about lying about easy to prove numbers? If people can't tell the truth about a few numbers, why do you believe them about much more detailed topics about contracts, leases, and personal events from months ago, etc.

One of the reasons I support Jass so strongly is because he didn't lie to me, he didn't tell me one story one day, and then another day I found out something else.

All the best,

John

RedHotChilliPeppers
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November 01, 2010
IMHO,

You should know I'm no "insulting Mountain House". Nothing could be further from the truth.

I did at one time look into purchasing a home in Mountain House and have done my homework and read the Master Plan. Therefore I qualified my statements. With each successive statement.

Because when I looked into purchasing a mountain house the economy was good and all the things I was told, never did pan out. That's not an insult. It is what it is.

And the bus goes north toward Antioch. I qualified my statement in reference to the trailer park with no bus. Meaning San Joaquin Delta College. Again, I'm not "insulting Mountain House" residents, so don't feel so bad. It was just a bad move to waste most of the bond monies.

It's just that it could have been better handled. As I said I didn't purchase there but we could still be alarmed at such waste in our county bond monies. And don't be upset that I used the word trailer park. People can clearly see that from the freeway.

IMHO
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November 01, 2010
Dear MountainOfHorrors,

You claim to be a Christian, yet tell me I have no life, no friends, etc. Yet you don't even know me or anything about me. Didn't someone say, "Judge not, that ye be not judged"? I'm sorry, but your post doesn't sound very Christian to me. It's hard to play the victim card when you're victimizing others isn't it?

No one ever said anything about your race, color, creed, etc. Fact is, it's not an issue and never has been. I don't know why you keep playing the victim here. You're just embarrasing yourself and if nothing else, shedding a bad light on the Jass campaign.

I think JJMcDonald has been respectful and engaging. I don't think your comment merrits much of a response however.

And not that it matters, but I have read the whole Bible, cover to cover. Don't know how that's relevant to the discussion at hand though.
MountainOfHorrors
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November 01, 2010


Freddie is back! and hey, I have a life, lots of friends, not like you the forum, the blogs and facebook is your life and just to let you know being a minority on this town of horrors I will not let anyone control my life ever even over my dead body. I will not sell my soul to anyone to control my life as long I follow the constitution, respect everyone, obey the rule of law and have faith in God. I also have the rights like everybody else. You don't pay my bills and you don't feed my family. I go to church on Sundays, helped our church giving out goodies for families and we decorated our home for Halloween too. Do you have a problem with that? Do you go to church? Have you read your bible lately? Do you practice what the Lord is preaching us? There is only one God and one heaven. Have you forgotten to pray? Do you teach your kids not to lie? Do you still know your 10 commandments? Do you practice them? I suggest instead of putting all your time posting negatives,lies, fabricating stories please take a time to read the bible and practice what the Lord has preached us. Think how the Lord has suffered for all our sins. Mountain House CA was not created by God to be your heaven and paradise. GM is not created to be your God and BODS are not created to be the Deciples. Unfortunately, people thinks that Mountain House CA the heaven and paradise (because they loved it so much)BODS is God and the Mesiah. Only God can protect and provide you an everlasting life. When nature disaster strucks who is the first thing that comes to your mind? Is it the Board or God please save and help us. God,Heaven and paradise is up there,not down here.

Enough is enough for all this accusation and fabricating stories. I read alot and do my homeworks. Because of my faith with our Lord Almighty he helped me to think what is right and wrong. Finally, after all my research, facts are gathered.

FACTS:

Salary and compensation are public documents. Jass is not lying on this one (Go to Mountain House Website and pls.read)False accusations:

FACTS:

Jass signs on two homes are not foreclosed homes. There are residents living there.

First home allegedly awaiting for banks approval.

Second home - Short sale, allegedly received an offer Friday and is now pending as of yesterday 4:00pm signed yesterday in Fremont. Awaiting for banks approval.

(again, Jass did not put any signs on foreclosed properties)False accusations

FACTS:

Two times in a row someone stole signs in my own lawn in the daytime on 10/10 and this is not csds lawn. While 2 people allegedly admitted that they stole the signs, but the forum admin deleted that thread.(again, Jass is accused of stealing signs)

Stealing stuff on my own property is illegal.

FACTS:

All flyers that is placed on my door was also stolen (IMO, opponents are collecting Jass flyers to place it on someones mailbox and accused Jass of putting flyers in their mailbox) so why not the 2000,00 residents here did not received Jass flyers from their mailbox or myself.

(False accusations again)

FACTS:

Flyers that are distributed on the school are not inside the school property. This was distributed outside the school property. Outside school property is csd property.

(Another False accusation)

FACTS:

I am not Jass and I dont look like Jass. I don't speak punjabi.

(again false accusations that Jass has a multiple identity)

With this test and research it is proven to me that Jass is not a liar, based on my recent bad experienced lately. You all failed on the test.

In fact, I would like to invite anyone who still insist that I am Jass to come to our Church of Jesus Christ and a 30mins bible study. Our Pastor is from Tracy and the people comes from all over. They are from Stockton, Lodi, Fremont, Dublin, Tracy, Pleasanton, you named it we are everywhere. After the bible study we served foods and talk to church members. We just finished an event recently, last week and the biggest event of more than 1,000 people will be this Nov. You are more than welcome to attend, we don't bite, and it is good for you to meet your neighbors who are discriminated because of our colors. Let me know if you are interested to listen to the words of God. We are nice people and has a good heart you know! And if you are not interested will still pray for you!

This is like Meg Whitman today that opponents allegedly accused her a whore, racist and Nazis. Really? Tea Party labeled as racist, naziz, liars. Really? This is an example of fabricating and spreading false information and this is what is happening in this Mountain House CA.

I don't really care if anyone is a right wing or left wing. Its for everyone right to decide and make the right choices and be respected as well.

We as minority and different colors of skin deserved to be treated equally and be respected. That is what Martin Luther King said "We are all created equal." unfortunately, I do not feel it here on this town.

All we ask is STOP the Wastefull Spending for Mountain House. Is that too much to ask?

By the way, if anyone wants to learn Bingo, Mahjong and Pai-gow, our church members can teach you for free.

May God Bless You!

IMHO
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November 01, 2010
I think the reason there has been so much character assassination on Jass is not because people are trying to smear his name and throw the focus off the salaries, etc. I think it’s because there is a genuine concern about his character, honesty and integrity. Not to mention his lack of understanding of what the MH CSD Board of Directors can and cannot do.

For example, Jass has claimed that he wants to offer contracts first to Mountain House employees right? How badly does he want MH to be sued? I think Jass needs a lawyer on his political team that can help him out. Based on half of what he’s claimed he wants to do, you’re looking at a handful of lawsuits that MHCSD would probably lose. More money lost with no problems solved.

Jass claims he wants to bring in retail into MH. A joke at best. What can he do that the developers have not tried? What agreements can he make with any of these businesses? What kind of incentives is he thinking of offering? Seems like an empty and vague promise to me. It’s something the BOD has no power or influence over as well. What’s worse, since Jass has alienated Trimark, who’s the say he won’t do the same with Shea, Kamillos, etc.? I don’t want a board member that can’t work with our developers.

Bring a Tech Center to MH? How? Does he plan on amending the Master Plan? Does he have some all powerful rich friends of Tech Companies or can offer some sort of incentives to bring them out here? Nope. He can’t offer land or rent discounts, that’s the developer. He can’t offer tax discounts, that’s the county. He may be able to convince the board to offer them some CSD special tax discounts, but who are you really hurting there? Seems like a weak and empty promise with no detail on how he plans to do it. Sounds like your run of the mill politician promising everything (clean air, jobs, lower taxes, etc.) with no detail or plan on how he will do it.

After school programs? You mean like the various sports clubs many current and previous BOD’s have personally put in lots of time and effort getting started? Or the MH Youth Action Committee which is going well? Or is he referring to education programs? Like the kind the LESD BOD not the MHCSD is in charge of?

Complete road to Grantline? Even if this were somehow possible, all you’d do is add more tax onto the current property tax bill. Have you seen how much we’re paying for roads? Trust me, it wouldn’t be pennies like someone from a previous post tried to indicate. Not to mention that if the CSD takes ownership and responsibility for this road, what happens once Shea starts to develop this area using lots of heavy equipment that will ultimately destroy the road requiring it to be resurfaced? Well, since the CSD owns the road, guess who has to foot the bill instead of the developer? Us. All for a road to nowhere so a few people can shave 5 minutes off their commute. Sounds like an empty promise, a complete misunderstanding of what the BODs can do or a high price to pay for little benefit to me. What it really sounds like to me is he’s willing to tell people what he thinks they want to hear to get elected.

Here’s what I’m scared of – Star Testing, SAT and ACT after school tutoring? Who is going to foot the bill for that one? I hope not me. Sounds like Jass actually wants to raise my taxes, not lower them.

He talks about stopping the Mariposa Power Plant, but what has he done to help stop it? Did he go to the meetings that other candidates have arranged with potential political candidates? Has he drafted letters or complained about the project to anyone? Or did he just jump on the bandwagon in hope of getting more support? Maybe he signed a petition against it?

Sorry John, it just seems Jass is out of touch with reality. I’ve seen his flyers and I question him deeply. Seems like a lot of empty promises he wouldn’t even begin to be able to fulfill on. Not to mention the handful of lawsuits he could embroil us in further raising our taxes or paying for things the CSD shouldn’t be involved in raising taxes again.

Sadly, Jass would just add to the problem and not add any solutions. This is why I say, anyone but Jass.

IMHO
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November 01, 2010
Hi JJMcDonald,

I'm happy to see someone from the Jass side finally posting in a respectful and professional tone. I believe you regarding the other personalities.

I don't think anyone is arguing Paul's salary or the fact that the Tracy Press might have a few off numbers. Wouldn't be the first time. I agree his salary is way too high and I'd prefer to be rid of him entirely and hire a new GM, but unfortunately it isn't that easy. As I'm sure you're aware, the board evaluated Paul a number of times (as these articles have been in the Tracy Press off and on over the last year). They've done it with a lawyer and behind closed doors. I don't think it was a matter of trying to sneak behind the public's back as it was trying to not get sued. Let's face it, the board is new and none of the members has had any prior experience with this sort of thing. Matter of fact, I think Mike Klinker is the only current board member that has worked in a city before. I honestly believe they want to get rid of Paul, but as I'm sure you know, it's not so easy to fire someone without getting sued. You have to have proper documentation and cause. In the business world, you would typically need a few written warnings on file before you'd fire someone or a compelling case because if you don't, a lawsuit is coming. I don't know what the board is thinking or what happened, but I'd assume they're trying to be careful. You also have to consider the Golden Parachute Paul has. I'm not 100% behind Trimark and realize they are out to make money and are sometimes unreasonable. I also am leery of the County Supervisors that have the real power over our town. Let's face it, when it comes down to it, our BOD is weak at best in what they can and can't do. Paul's salary, benefits and are exorbitant as is his package if forced out, but that was set in stone long before any of the board came into place. Now the question is, do you force him out now and pay additional exorbitant amounts for his retirement in addition to paying a new GM or keep him on and wait until things are better when we can afford to push him out, pay his golden parachute and pay a new GM's salary. I know Jass wants him out now, but I disagree. I think his performance, while not stellar, is at least acceptable and to push him out now paying for his golden parachute plus the salary of a new GM would be too much of a strain on our community.

As far as the pay of the MHCSD, yes, it’s a bit of an increase, but also consider the fact that they didn’t receive any increase in salary for a year or two there. So now the argument revolves around the contract vs. a memorandum of understanding right? So let’s look at these a little more closely. According to Wikipedia: “In some serious cases, depending on the exact wording, MoUs can have the binding power of a contract; as a matter of law, contracts do not need to be labeled as such to be legally binding. Whether or not a document constitutes a binding contract depends only on the presence or absence of well-defined legal elements in the text proper of the document.” I think the BOD was trying to honor the MOUs and bring the CSD employees up to pace with what they had agreed. I believe they also tried to align the pay they gave with other similar cities so the current pay is comparable. They even posted salaries and benefits information on the website as a goodwill gesture of transparency because they knew it would cause some stir in the community. What you keep bringing up is nothing new to our community and has been discussed ad nauseam. There may have been some misunderstanding on the BOD’s part as far as a contract vs. an MOU, but then again neither you nor I know the full legal extent of how legally binding those MOUs are. I think the board acted in good faith and tried to honor the MOUs, give the CSD comparable salaries, bring their current pay up to par with today’s pay rates and neighboring cities pay rates and avoid being sued. I’m not saying it’s perfect or 100% right the pay raises came now or were so high, but I do believe the board acted in good faith and tried to do the right thing. If Jass gets elected, he can’t change any of this. Even if he tries, he’d just get voted down. What’s done is done. I think we’re looking to move on. I don’t agree with him that we need to reverse everything and lower the salaries. You’re treading on thin ice from a legal standpoint and need to be careful. I say we move on.

JJMcDonald
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November 01, 2010
IMHO, Lone Ranger,

Here is an honesty test --

How much is the GM making in the '10-'11 budget cycle? Just write down the number in the post.

What was the percentage increase in Salary? in Benefits from '09-'10 to '10-'11? Just write down the percentage.

Hint: http://www.ci.mountainhouse.ca.us/admin/upload/Payroll Comparison (2).pdf

Hint: http://www.ci.mountainhouse.ca.us/admin/upload/2010-11 payroll for website - FINAL.pdf

All the best,

John

JJMcDonald
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November 01, 2010
IMHO,

I don't call anyone ON or OFF. I think I know one of the 3 posters you mention. I don't know the other two.

There are a lot of people in Mountain House that are not very happy with Mountain House politics. This pre-dates me and I don't understand many of the old hurts, etc. My focus has been on the out-of-touch MHCSD (12%, 246K) on financial issues and doing a few obvious things around Mountain House that should get done and also bringing a sense of professionalism to the board.

For example, the board members where surprised by the water services contract coming up and having to make a decision with less than one days notice - they were right to be surprised - but then they did not read the GM the riot act for giving them 1 day notice or running a normal RFI process.

For example, the board killed the $11K bingo trip to Reno, that's great. However, these types of crazy ideas should never get to the board level, it should have been killed by the GM or at least clarified prior to the meeting. The Board is the dumb idea killer of last resort. In my company we have a few dumb ideas, but I would look bad or my boss would look bad if we have not fully vetted the ideas BEFORE the board meeting.

For example, the board looked at a whole bunch of financial projections in the last board meeting. However, these projections are either wrong or in the best case the financial spread sheet is incomplete so the numbers are not balanced. So how is a board member supposed to properly review the material? Once again, I'm not allowed to present financial documents that don't balance in my company. To date, I'm still unclear if it is a big error or just missing information. And yes, it does matter as this single unbalanced line represents more than our entire cash balance.
JJMcDonald
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November 01, 2010
Hi IMHO,

Read your long post - I will try to respectfully respond.

1. Road from Central to Grant Line. From my understanding it is not with in the authority of MHCSD to order the building of the road. JUST as it is not with in the authority of the 4 candidates to stop the building of the Power Plant - it is good they are voicing their opposition. However, it is important for the MHCSD board to voice the will of the people to the developers, to gather the necessary money to maintain it, and to see if there are any incentives (partial payment) possible to financially encourage the developers. One of the biggest problems that we have are the can't do attitudes. We seem to be able to do lots of goofy things like plan trips to Reno. But we don't seem to be able to keep foreclosed homes lawns watered and mowed, build 100 feet of road, make a public bid with a normal process, bend the rules for a single mom with 4 kids.

2. Slime, the things Jass is accused of pale in comparison to what the opposition has done. The opposition actually stole his signs and wrote about it on the internet, personally attacked him in Mike's first flyer, repeatedly lied about the salary increases (just check out the Tracy Press article above), called the cops on Jass, attacked all his supporters including myself and called me one of Jass personalities -- and their folks are still at it, lied about the contracts vs. MOUs and on and on. And then I'm asked to care about a first generation American passing out flyers at school -- sorry I don't care about it - he shouldn't do it, but I think that is a non-event.

3. Stealing, after the first sign of Celeste's got removed I'm unaware that any other Celeste signs being removed. And she certainly does not have a systematic problem with this as I know where here signs are. 75% of Jass signs were removed at one point, far far more than the 1 sign of Celeste's that got removed. She also had a big one on MH Parkway get blown away as it was flopping about before it disappeared.

4. Jass apologized for his comments about the board president - maybe you missed that. Jass did ask Tracy Press to re-schedule and proposed this past weekend. I'm sorry you missed those posts.

5. I would stop posting on the $245,560 and 12% raises if people who stop posting misinformation as you see in the article above. What do you say the numbers are? I've posting the source documents again and again.

JJMcDonald
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November 01, 2010
Hi IMHO,

I can think of one group of people who are doing very well in this economy. They work for the Mountain House Community Services District. In fact they are doing amazing well with their 12% raises. So well, that they have time in their busy schedules to plan learn to play bingo trips to Reno.

IMHO
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November 01, 2010
You know JJMcDonald,

I was going to say you're good. I've noticed savemoutainhouse, MH_Resident and MHofHorrors have all been called off...and I suspect you were the one that called them off. Is this true? Do you really know these people / this person?

You seem to put a more professional face on what was otherwise a name calling juvenile fiasco. I'm sure you've read all the posts so you know full well what I've been called here in the comment section. It's basically been everything up to what the Tracy Press will allow here before they get booted and their comments erased. Was it Jass himself? Taking on multiple personalities again? I would not be surprised in the least. It's at least one of his close supporters which doesn't bode well for your campaign sadly.

So John, do you know these / this person? Did you call them off? My suspicious are saying yes...
IMHO
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November 01, 2010
Dear RedHotChilliPeppers,

Once again your attempts at insulting MH proves feeble at best. MH has a Master Plan, has been following it since the beginning with some minor modifications and has slowed development because of the economy. If you don't believe me, do a simple internet search. It's posted on the SJ County website for all to see. The only problem is no one is building many houses in this economy which drives everything. Tracy is in the same boat. I could list of half a dozen problems Tracy is suffering from as well just off the top of my head, but I understand everyone is having problems in this economy. You're not saying anything of any importance or relevance.

Oh and MH has a bus stop. It's on Legacy Dr. right in front of Wicklund Elementary School (and I'm not talking about a school bus stop either). Maybe you should come out to MH for the first time and check it out. It's really quite lovely here.

All the best.
IMHO
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November 01, 2010
Are you serious JJMcDonald?

Lie?

Jass has claimed if elected, he'll connect Central Parkway to Grantline Rd. Simple truth is - he has no authority in this area.

Jass has claimed he'll do various things regarding improving our schools, none of which are in the power or scope of the MHCSD BOD, all of which are in the power of the independent Lammersville School District BOD (maybe he's running for the wrong BOD?)

Slime?

Jass and his people have handed out flyers at elementary school functions which is illegal. Even after being warned to stop, he still persisted in distributing his flyers.

Jass has taken email addresses off email lists handed out at community events and spammed all the emails with propaganda including trying to sign people up for his Yahoo group.

Steal?

Jass' people have continually removed campaign signs. Sure it could be vandals, but lets face it, repeated removal of signs for the same candidates implicates Jass supporters.

Use political leverage?

Jass has continually accused the current BOD of many grave crimes, maligned the BOD President and refuses to apologize, alienated and accused Trimark of many things, yet refuses to show up to any debate or public forum to account for his actions. If he can't make an event, he could have called the Tracy Press to see if they could reschedule or host another event, but it seems he was never really interested in speaking out in public about his actions and beliefs in the first place.

Distract?

Everything you have posted has been discussed in so many other online forums, meetings and other discussions that no one is even bothering to respond to you anymore. They just choose to ignore you. How many times can you have the same debate. I guess you're hoping to bring the same debate here in hopes of more visability. Sadly, I think it's just you and I reading these comments.

And you want to know the truth of it all? I have never met Celeste, Mike, Rajesh or Jass. All of this I have learned by my own reading and research. I have seen the Jass flyers. We can discuss each one by one if you'd like. We can also talk about raises and pay and what not if you'd like.

Things are not perfect, but based on what I've seen of Jass, I wouldn't vote for him even if he paid me...which I don't doubt he might eventually try to do based on what I've seen. My vote is - anyone BUT Jass.
RedHotChilliPeppers
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November 01, 2010
the only problem with MH, is they never had a master plan. If they did they never followed it. If they ever followed it they couldnt agree on it and it ultimately turned into a mess. Then they spent millions for a trailer park with no bus stop.


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