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trash talk

Rosemead, CA

#23 Mar 14, 2014
http://www.loscerritosnews.net/2014/01/08/cen...

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2013, 7:50 p.m.

He participated in a closed session meeting on Monday Jan. 6 with President Royal and Director Vasquez while other directors were absent.

Hews Media Group-Community News has obtained an audio recording of Central Basin Municipal Water District’s Special Board Meeting on Monday that shows,

despite a strong warning of conflict from CBMWD legal counsel,

President James Roybal, Directors Leticia Vasquez and Bob Apodaca orchestrating a legal session to settle a sexual harassment and battery claim against Apodaca.

In the recording, Richard Padilla sternly advised Apodaca during open session prior to adjournment to closed session, and during closed session, that he should not participate during legal discussions in the matter of Lopez v. CBMWD/Bob Apodaca. Padilla said legal discussions would constitute conflicts for at least two members. He stated,“it may behoove Director Apodaca to recuse himself.”

As he continued, President Roybal silenced Padilla by repeatedly interrupting him during open session, insisting they discuss these issues in closed session, which they did.

In the audio Padilla reported that,“legal counsel and the General Manager provided an update on the claim and the referring of this matter to JPIA. The direction from the Board was unanimous of those present in the closed session proceeding to delegate the claim to the ACWAJPIA. Our legal staff will work with Mr. Perez to verify this can be done.”

HMG-CN contacted Director Art Chacon who had an opportunity to listen to the audio recording and felt that Padilla went “above and beyond” to warn the three about potential conflicts.

Chacon said Padilla went so far as to spell the conflict out by saying
“I cannot direct either of you not to be in closed session, however, my admonishing here does not inoculate you from any potential violations you might receive, so I just want to be very clear-you’re on your own.”

Chacon was outraged that Director Apodaca participated in any discussion or vote pertaining to his own legal case.
Chacon was also very concerned that Roybal and Vasquez ignored legal advice and allowed Apodaca to discuss and vote on the claim.

Chacon added that he would have preferred CBMWD to handle the matter from within.

He said that if our insurance keeps paying for Apodaca’s perversions, then in essence our premiums are akin to paying Apodaca’s dues in some “perverts club.”
“Apodaca knows that the ACWAJPIA will find an amount to settle out of court while making the victim sign a confidentiality agreement ensuring her silence,

people’s water bills are paying for this guy’s fun and games,” he said.

HMG contacted Director Hawkins who
also felt that Apodaca’s participation in the closed session was inappropriate and illegal.“Those three could have held off meeting to discuss these issues until the full Board was available,” he said.
“The action they took was to make the handling of a serious matter, the sexual assault of another person, a routine administrative issue to pass off to ACWAJPIA,
it’s outrageous,” added Hawkins.
trash talk

Rosemead, CA

#24 Mar 14, 2014
When made aware HMG-CN knew of the vote, Director Vasquez first said,“there was no vote on that matter, there was no quorum.” Her statement, in direct conflict with the statement on audio by Padilla that said,“the direction from the Board was unanimous of those present in the closed session.”

Vasquez was then told HMG-CN possessed the audio tape and she repeated that “there was no quorum on the issue therefore no decision was made, but it would be great to see and hear them for accuracy; please forward them to me.”

Three hours after Vasquez was made aware of the story, HMG-CN received an email from CBMWD scheduling,“a special legal matters meeting on the Apodaca case” for next Monday Jan. 13.

Calls and texts into Roybal and Apodaca went unanswered.
OP-ED

Rosemead, CA

#25 Mar 14, 2014
OP-ED: Central Basin Municipal Water President James Roybal Must Resign
By HMG-CN Publisher Brian Hews

http://www.loscerritosnews.net/2013/12/10/op-...

Break the rules go to jail, LAUSD Teacher Jail.

With the latest revelation by HMG-CN that Central Basin Municipal Water President James Roybal has been sentenced to LAUSD ‘Teacher Jail,’ and then blatantly violated LAUSD policy by attending CBMWD committee meetings, Roybal has once again shown that he is not fit for the office of the president of CBMWD and should resign immediately.

HMG-CN does not take this decision lightly, but given the overwhelming evidence of corruption, cover-up, and blatant disregard for authority Roybal has exhibited, it is an inevitable conclusion.

The reign started when Roybal, along with his ally, Director Leticia Vasquez, took office at the beginning of this year. By the first meeting Roybal, Vasquez and long-time friend Bob Apodaca disregarded Section 8 of the CBMWD Administrative Code and elected Roybal president, stripping Director Art Chacon of the position.

Later, in a blatantly vindictive maneuver, Roybal then removed Chacon and Director Phil Hawkins from all but one committee position, giving a majority to Vasquez, including Hawkins’ Metropolitan Water District seat.

It was the start of the “Roybal Three’; the Roybal, Apodaca, and Vasquez Reign of Corruption led by Roybal.

Late 2012, Interim COO Chuck Fuentes and assistant to the General Manager Ron Beilke were getting a little too close for the Roybal Three. Fuentes and Beilke had noticed billing discrepancies and asked Pacifica, owned by the politically-connected Ernie Camacho, to give them detailed billings on their engineering services to CBMWD. Camacho reportedly took exception to the questioning and let the Roybal Three know about it.

In January of this year we reported the Roybal Three unexpectedly fired Fuentes and Beilke.

BREAKING: Chuck Fuentes Fired by Central Basin Water District Board During Special Session
http://www.loscerritosnews.net/2013/01/24/bre...

Later, our research revealed that the Roybal Three received over $50,000 in donations from Pacifica, Pacifica’s owner Ernie Camacho, and Camacho’s children.

Both Fuentes and Beilke are suing the CBMWD for wrongful termination.

In February, HMG-CN reported that Roybal and Vasquez received a substantial amount of money for their election campaigns from convicted felon Rick Meyer and accused felon who-plead-down-to-a-misdemeano r, Angel Gonzalez.
reality chick

Rosemead, CA

#26 Mar 18, 2014
Op/Ed: Central Basin Director Leticia Vasquez Slammed at Her Own Press Conference

http://www.loscerritosnews.net/2014/03/18/ope...

The embattled Central Basin Municipal Water District (CB) exists for the purpose of providing fresh drinking water to two million residents residing in 24 cities.

It is a far cry from what is going on these days where the water agency’s main function seem to be spending money on lawyers, with certain directors routinely back-stabbing each other and providing fodder for myopic journalists who have little background on the Commerce-based agency.

Dirty Laundry List with links follows

Beilke says he would like to see Vasquez explain her positions on all accusations.

“If she’s the savior that she would like people to believe, then she should welcome the opportunity to sit down and talk on the record,” Beilke said.

We here at HMG-CN agree.
Chacon-holics

West Covina, CA

#27 Mar 18, 2014
reality chick wrote:
Op/Ed: Central Basin Director Leticia Vasquez Slammed at Her Own Press Conference
http://www.loscerritosnews.net/2014/03/18/ope...
The embattled Central Basin Municipal Water District (CB) exists for the purpose of providing fresh drinking water to two million residents residing in 24 cities.
It is a far cry from what is going on these days where the water agency’s main function seem to be spending money on lawyers, with certain directors routinely back-stabbing each other and providing fodder for myopic journalists who have little background on the Commerce-based agency.
Dirty Laundry List with links follows
Beilke says he would like to see Vasquez explain her positions on all accusations.
“If she’s the savior that she would like people to believe, then she should welcome the opportunity to sit down and talk on the record,” Beilke said.
We here at HMG-CN agree.
The Chick has got it DOWN!
trash talk

Rosemead, CA

#28 Mar 20, 2014
Central Basin presentation postponement may have violated California’s open-meeting act

http://www.whittierdailynews.com/government-a...

"After the decision to postpone the State of the District was made public, Directors Robert Apodaca, James Roybal and Vasquez all expressed disappointment. "

A majority of a board may meet to call a meeting and/or make an agenda.

appears here that the majority were not in favor of a postponement
and that director postponed all by himself or under pressure from one or more board members OR the majority is talking out of both sides of their mouths
Call A special Meeting majority of the board
truth squad

Rosemead, CA

#30 Mar 20, 2014
The Wave's version
Central Basin board votes to censure member over car accident

http://wavenewspapers.com/news/article_9995b5...

Vasquez, a former Lynwood City Council member, read a statement which in part said “Central Basin ratepayers paid more than $100,000 arising from a 2010 six-car automobile accident caused by Mr. Chacon despite a finding by the Central Basin insurance carrier and the result of an exhaustive independent investigation that he was not engaged in any Central Basin business at the time.”

She provided a letter dated July 1, 2013, from the law offices of Robert J. Gokoo of Santa Ana, to Perez, which stated “there is no coverage for the default judgments obtained against director Chacon in the matters of Wawanesa Insurance Company vs. Arturo and Hector Chacon in Los Angeles Superior Court case no. 11K07994 and Infinity Insurance Company case no. 12K03842.”

The attorney letter concluded:“these matters are not covered by the ACWA/Joint Powers Insurance Authority memorandum of liability coverage for the Central Basin Municipal Water District.”

A Sept. 3, 2013 letter from Gokoo to Chacon's attorney, provided by Vasquez, stated that the Joint Powers group considered Chacon's request for reconsideration but confirmed the original denial of liability coverage.

Vasquez, in her statement, alleged that Chacon has not had a driver's license since 2003 but was still being paid a $600 a month vehicle stipend.

Vasquez also listed Chacon convictions for driving without a license in 1991 and driving under the influence in 1994, 1997, 1999 and 2011.

Chacon insisted that “I was driving on Central Basin time” and “I do have a driver’s license.”
comment
Has anyone seen this alleged license and if so IS IT VALID
Ed Vasquez said Chacon was on district business- that is SO reassuring.
Who has what on Ed to get him to come out from under his rock?
reality chick

Rosemead, CA

#31 Mar 21, 2014
Central Basin’s Art Chacon could lose monthly allowance and mileage

http://www.whittierdailynews.com/general-news...

Not even bus fare?
Taxi
Dial A Ride
Limo Service
How is he supposed to represent us and conduct the public's business?
Trash Talk

Rosemead, CA

#32 Mar 24, 2014
http://www.whittierdailynews.com/general-news...

COMMERCE - Central Basin Water District Directors Monday essentially refused to make a $16,000 payment to a woman injured in a car accident caused by director Art Chacon.

The 2-2 vote, taken during the Board’s regulary scheduled meeting Monday, means that Chacon will be liable for damages the woman suffered in the multi-car accident.

Several action items will be heard by the board during the course of Mondays meeting.

Chacon, a board member has been driving without a driver’s license but collecting mileage reimbursement and car allowance from the district.



The board will later consider whether or not to continue paying those expenses.

comment
Was the district even a party to her lawsuit?
Was the district ever found liable?
The three who proposed this gift of public funds should resign
Trash Talk

Rosemead, CA

#33 Mar 24, 2014
http://www.whittierdailynews.com/environment-...

By making the payment I'd cancel the insurance too!

The report was one of many items on the agenda that saw the board reject a warrant list that included a $16,000 payment to a woman injured in a 2010 car accident that was caused by Chacon.

General Manager Tony Perez, who had approved the payment, said after the meeting the money already had been paid.
The warrant list is just a report of the month’s spending, Perez said.

The board also received a report about the potential loss of the district’s insurance.



Richard Aragon, the district’s finance director, said Central Basin has cost its insurance carrier about $328,000 during the last five years.

Aragon said that’s the difference between money paid out for liability and workers compensation claims and premiums paid by the district.

Walter Sells, executive director for the Joint Powers Authority of Association of California Water Agencies,
has recommended his agency cancel Central Basin’s insurance because of high claims.

His recommendation will be considered Wednesday by the JPIA’s executive committee.



Aragon said he will be looking at all options to make sure Central Basin has insurance.

“We have no reason to believe there’s no hope so to speak,” said Aragon.“It’ll be a challenge and take work but we think it’s definitely possible.”

District had no liability
Millions for Defense but not an ounce for Pirates--Thomas Jefferson vs the Barbary Pirates- he sent in the Marines--" to the shores of Tripoli"

Now go get the money back
realiiity check

Rosemead, CA

#34 Mar 24, 2014
March 24
In Today's Meeting a vote reviewing the warrants- paid checques, shows that the General Manager had already paid the money!!!

Water district votes against $16,000 settlement payment for crash involving board member

http://www.whittierdailynews.com/general-news...

COMMERCE - Central Basin Water District Directors Monday essentially refused to make a $16,000 payment to a woman injured in a car accident caused by director Art Chacon.

The 2-2 vote, taken during the Board’s regulary scheduled meeting Monday, means that Chacon will be liable for damages the woman suffered in the multi-car accident.

Several action items will be heard by the board durign the course of Mondays meeting.

Chacon, a board member has been driving without a driver’s license but collecting mileage reimbursement and car allowance from the district.



The board will later consider whether or not to continue paying those expenses.
Trash Talk

Rosemead, CA

#35 Apr 3, 2014
Chacon gang member Roybal has his own problems

http://www.loscerritosnews.net/2014/03/28/tea...

Two hours after the protest, the sign carrying marchers travelled to nearby Commerce to attend the Central Basin Water District meeting to confront Roybal and to demand his immediate resignation from the five-member board.

Roybal did not attend Monday’s meeting.

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It is reported that the "protesters" were rude at the meeting, sitting in the front and holding big signs up in front of the public and refusing to lower them- a pox on both parties

Ronald Beilke, a former administrator with Central Basin Water District attended the protest and told HMG-CN directly by stating,
“Having experienced Jim Roybal’s irresponsible rage and excessive alcohol consumption first hand, I have no doubt whatever offenses he committed to be reassigned for over a year to teacher’s jail are serious.”

“But beyond that, the fact that he has defrauded LAUSD by collecting a second salary of $30,000 plus benefits from Central Basin is criminal and a further abuse of the children of the school district.
LAUSD has been paying him his full workday salary while his paid water district meetings overlapped.
He was President for over a year and could have rescheduled meetings to hours that would have prevented this, but chose not to do so,” Belike said
reality check

Rosemead, CA

#36 Apr 3, 2014
http://www.loscerritosnews.net/2014/03/29/vid...

The letter sent to HMG-CN caused an outcry by the United Teachers Union who want to know why teachers are in jail. Currently LAUSD does not inform the UTLA what teachers are charged with while in jail.

Another public records request by HMG-CN found Roybal violating LAUSD policy by going to Central Basin meetings after attending teacher jail.

Roybal earned in excess of $30,000 while in teacher jail. After that article was published, HMG-CN wrote a letter to the Office of Inspector General asking the OIG to investigate Roybal.



The OIG initiated an investigation Jan. 24, 2014, once the group was told about the investigation, they planned and executed the protest

The letter sent to HMG-CN caused an outcry by the United Teachers Union who want to know why teachers are in jail. Currently LAUSD does not inform the UTLA what teachers are charged with while in jail.

Another public records request by HMG-CN found Roybal violating LAUSD policy by going to Central Basin meetings after attending teacher jail.

Roybal earned in excess of $30,000 while in teacher jail. After that article was published, HMG-CN wrote a letter to the Office of Inspector General asking the OIG to investigate Roybal.



The OIG initiated an investigation Jan. 24, 2014, once the group was told about the investigation, they planned and executed the protest



concerned "parents" or UTLA? or??
trash talk

Rosemead, CA

#37 Apr 4, 2014
http://www.loscerritosnews.net/2014/04/04/cen...

Out of the frying pan into the fire
trash talk

Rosemead, CA

#38 Apr 4, 2014
http://www.loscerritosnews.net/2014/04/04/cen...

Out of the frying pan into the fire

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