Saturday, July 30, 2016

Congressional Candidate Dr. Bob Derlet Takes Campaign 'Break' to Join Scientific Expedition into Sierra Wilderness Watershed; Expresses Concern About Algae, Pollution in Mountain Lakes

SIERRA NEVADA (San Joaquin River Watershed)  – Dr. Bob Derlet – who has made the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the environment a major focus of his insurgent campaign for Congress in the 4th CD – will interrupt his political campaign schedule starting this weekend for a four-day scientific fact-finding mission deep into the sierra wilderness watershed.

Contrasted to incumbent Rep. Tom McClintock, who doesn't even live in the 4th CD, Dr. Derlet said his concern about the Sierra is important, in part because he's a resident and primary care doctor in Tuolumne County.

Traveling with a group of other professionals, Dr. Derlet is expected to collect data from 10 lakes in the upper reaches of the San Joaquin river watershed in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

“I have nearly 20 years of longitudinal data on wilderness lakes and streams, and I do not want to skip a year. This trip will focus on water analysis of 10 lakes ranging from 7,800 ft. to 11,000 ft. in the Central Sierra. My concern is the increase in Algae related to increasing Sierra Lake temperatures and pollution into the lakes from polluted air,” said Dr. Derlet, a UC Davis professor who has published more than 20 scientific research articles related to the Sierra Nevada Watershed.

Noting that "our district includes 300 miles of the most pristine and majestic landscapes in America, the Northern and Central Sierra Nevada. Several 14,000-foot high mountain peaks, Lake Tahoe, and Yosemite and Kings Canyon National Parks captivate the eye, as they did John Muir’s over 100 years ago," Dr. Derlet pointed out that the Federal Government manages two thirds of the district area that includes vast forests, wild rivers and thousands of high country lakes.

"These areas need some form of Federal protection. I support Senate Bill 1724, which provides $415 million to 'Keep Tahoe Blue.' I support scientific forest management to prevent catastrophic fires that have destroyed homes and damaged our watershed. And I encourage conservation of one of California’s most precious resources so present and future generations of families can experience the same tranquility and beauty that John Muir once experienced," he said.

The 4th district includes Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mariposa, and Tuolumne counties plus portions of Fresno, Madera, Nevada, and Placer counties.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

4th Congressional District Candidate Derlet has "coffee" in Jackson, attends Amador County Fair

Derlet comments on Democratic National Convention, and how McClintock and Trump target seniors and the planet.

JACKSON, CA – 4th Congressional District candidate Dr. Bob Derlet will host a "Coffee with the Candidate" here Thursday, July 28 – and hold a press availability – at Rosebud's Cafe, 26 Main St. in Jackson at 10:30 a.m.

Seeking to oust Rep. Tom McClintock (R-4th CD) – who hails from Southern California and continues to not live in the 4th CD – Dr. Derlet said will comment Thursday on the Democratic National Convention, which wraps up this week.

Dr. Derlet, who lives Twain Harte, said he wants to replace McClintock because the incumbent is "out of step" with the world by supporting Donald Trump and the Republican Party, who Dr. Derlet suggests are at war with seniors and the environment.

"Trump and McClintock are out of step with California and the rest for the world," said Dr. Derlet, former University of California, Davis professor and Chief of Emergency Medicine at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. Now Dr. Derlet is primary care physician at a Rural Health Clinic in Tuolumne City.

"The Trump platform and McClintock claim that global climate change is natural. But they cannot explain the rapid increase in our planets temperature in just the past 10 years. Or the massive historic flooding in our country, drowning thousands of homes," said Dr. Derlet. “The Republican platform of Trump and McClintock says nothing can be done. I strongly disagree. We can help the environment and build a robust economy at the same time," Dr. Derlet said.

Dr. Derlet says the GOP and McClintock are targeting seniors and Medicare.

"If Medicare changes to a voucher system, which Republican, including Tom McClintock, have voted to do, seniors will lose their freedom to choose a doctor," said Dr. Derlet, adding "I won't let McClintock take away seniors' right to choose a physician. I am fighting to keep traditional Medicare, and improve it."

The 4th district includes Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mariposa, and Tuolumne counties plus portions of Fresno, Madera, Nevada, and Placer counties.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Supervising Kickbacks

As recently reported by the Ledger Dispatch, “nagging questions” are raised by the latest “Special Investigation Report by the Grand Jury.” This report details how in 2008, the Amador County Board of Supervisors used “deceptive methods” to hide an LLC money trail and shift tax liabilities, possibly wasting millions of dollars of taxpayer money. It describes how the BOS prevented the County Auditor from executing the Auditor’s duties, and how the BOS deliberately ignored County ordinances, written policies and procedures and State and Federal healthcare laws.

“It was obvious that the $400,000 paid to the County was a “Kickback” so that the developer could sell the HHS building.  The BOS made the choice to put a building developer before people.” Senior County Staff Member [G.J. Report, at 84-85].

“Consideration was paid to the County to ensure that the BOS would approve a 20-year guaranteed HHS building lease without the mandatory early termination clause contingent on available County, State or Federal funding”, “Mostly done through a “Consent Agenda” without public discussion.” [G.J. Report, at 90 -40].

The report reveals how each BOS Member has claimed not to recall much about this lease and how its onerous terms came to pass. Having run for County Supervisor myself, I am being asked to comment on the conduct of my own district’s elected official, former Supervisor Ted Novelli. I recommend that everyone read the report for themselves. It shows that Ted Novelli was familiar with the first HHS building lease in March, 2008. He then “…voted to approve the contracts between the County and the CDAP. He also voted to approve to renew the CDMH contract for MHSA Funding in May 2008.” [G.J. Report, at 86]  Then as the BOS Chairman, Novelli “…signed the June 3, 2008 Subordination Agreement [Amended and Restated Lease] between the County and a bank that requires the County to continue paying the lease payments to the bank [for twenty years] even if the new owners default.” [G. J. Report, at 86].

These highly questionable actions locked us into now owing millions in back taxes, plus $135,000 per mo. lease payments for 20 years, which will end up costing us 35-40 million dollars. How did we get from having a 5-year lease that could be renegotiated in the event of a lack of funding, to the manipulation of $500,000 of inducements, $400,000 in cash money and a 24% tax reduction?

It took six years to reveal how our County officials may have used a “pay to play” cash kickback to create a “balanced” budget, with $200,000 of the $400,000 going right back to the developer. We have now learned that certain officials may have engaged in a dubious “give-away” to benefit a building owner ahead of the interests of the people they were expected to serve.  The possible illegality of using this secret loan to cover a County budget deficit just before an election, and the hidden negotiations of this questionable lease should be further investigated.

Mike Spence