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Letters to the Editor
March 18. 2008
Who is really
misleading the Pacific Shores property owners?
Maxine Curtis who lives in Medford, Oregon is the chief
proponent of dissolving the Pacific Shores Subdivision California Water District (PSSCWD) and is working with the North Coast
Environmental Center in Eureka to force the dissolution of the district.
Curtis has made numerous accusations at the Del Norte County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) hearings for the dissolution
of the Water District, claiming that supporters of the Water District including myself have misled the other property owners. So I investigated her claims.
She claims that she bought her lot 20 years ago to build a house on and was “promised”
that there would soon thereafter be water and sewer. No such promise was ever
made! In fact Maxine Curtis knew or should have known about the facts and circumstances
of Pacific Shores when she bought her property after all the public debate and news articles about the problems. To begin with it is the buyer’s responsibility to research all aspects of any property before they
Maxine Curtis further makes it sound like some slick con man tricked her into buying property in Pacific
Shores in order to swindle her out of her money. Nothing could be further from
the truth, Maxine Curtis bought her one forth share of a lot at a Del Norte County Tax Sale for tax defaulted property
from Sarah Samples, Tax Collector, who always described the Pacific Shores lots as “Worthless sand lots” at the
While Curtis continues to whine about her money, she fails to disclose that she actually got a very
good deal. Her property has increased in value significantly over what was paid
for it. In fact, the lots are selling for about 3 times what was paid for hers. That means she has received the equivalent of a rate of return on her investment of
approximately 5% compounded monthly. That is about TWICE what her money would
have earned in a savings account.
Now she is demanding a refund of the taxes she paid on the property because she is not satisfied with
the efforts of the Water District to implement the water and sewer systems, saying “I went to them and said ‘Give
me a refund,’” “If I bought something that didn’t work
I’d get a refund,” “We need to get part of our money back.” And that is the basis for her demand to dissolve the Water District.
Another thing that Curtis is not telling everyone is that she and her attorney, Robert Black, former
County Counsel, are suing the PSSCWD for monetary damages in a separate legal action.
Very truly yours,
River Alliance + State Parks
“OUR PLAN IS – ???"
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Mmmmm ... or maybe
as the above Thomas Guide maps show, they have A PLAN and just haven't had the forthrightness
and / or honesty to tell US.
- It's Our Right!
"Our right to own property is at the core of freedom and liberty. Simply put, if you can't own property, you
become property! Is the ... " And Now - The Rest Of The Story !
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39 min 32 sec)
Many thanks to the people at DNN for this lead.
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Read All About It!
Pacific Shores Water Dist & Property Owners Recently Initiated Two Legal Actions
We recently read
in our LOR (The Triplicate) about Maxine Curtis' legal efforts to claim her share of the Del Norte County's highly questionable
confiscation of Pacific Shores' funds. However, did anyone read and / or hear about the Pacific Shores Property owner
(Daniel Wettengel) who recently filed a "Petition and Complaint" with the CA Coastal Commission and a "Writ of Mandamus" filed by the Pacific Shores Subdivision California Water District (PSSCWD) to recover impounded funds from
Del Norte County?
While Curtis et
al gets full play (a 13 paragraph article) from the LOR, PSSCWD and the PSPOA get "buttkus"!
Why does this not
come as a surprise to us "Del Nortians"? Mmmm! Could it be the price of tissue limits their issue or maybe just a
prejudicial lack of interest in the "rest of the story"!
For your reference on the above issues check out the following web pages:
Del Nortians Wonder Where's The Rest Of The Story
You may have recently read The Daily Triplicate's (LOR) opinionated take on the BofS's Pacific Shoes actions, but here we seek to give you both sides. Although the letter archived here was sent to the Board last 18 Dec, We're sure you haven’t seen or been told of it or The
Rest Of The Story. Evidently the Board didn’t release it, or if they did; our LOR didn’t believe
it warranted our attention. Mmmm, wonder why?
Related Articles & Documentation
(just click on the page or site to go there):
Pacific Shores Property Owners
In Fight To Defend & Keep
Home, Hearth & Retirement Dreams
Tom W. Resch of the Pacific Shores Property Owners Assoc. (PSPOA) has published an open letter to the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors, asking them to rescind the August 8, 2006 resolution to withhold the payment of $225,000 in tax money due the Pacific Shores
Subdivision California Water District. It's a must read!
PSPOA asserts this is a violation of the State of California tax laws and property rights. PSPOA notes its main purpose is to represent the property owners in Pacific Shores, especially their
Mr. Resch was careful to draw the line between PSPOA and the Pacific Shores Subdivision
California Water District. The main reason for this was to clearly delineate the rights and corresponding responsibilities
of each in regards to the property owners and the Del Norte County government. The bottom line is, that regardless of who talks to whom, the right to decide rests solely within the collective
vote of property owners.
The LOR (local opinion rag) stories of a solution being worked out are just that, stories! One, an old one on multi-use,
was spun years ago. It has since been resurrected and acquired new legs. It was a fantasy then is a fantasy now and will in
all likelihood remain so. As Mr. Resch so aptly put it; " Property owners in Del Norte County, don’t panic by what
you read in the newspaper. If I make a comment to the newspaper, after I read it, I think that the opposition wrote it."
By the way, as of this posting (10-14-06), not a word of our LOR's three
articles on Pacific Shores, published this week's front pages for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, have been
posted at their web site - Mmmm strange!
For more info click on the subject below:
Del Norte County Land Use Gateway
Pacific Shores Home Owners & Water District Docs
Del Norte County Board of Supervisors Pacific Shores Docs
Del Norte County Board of Supervisors Docs
… And Now For TheRest Of The Story!
Pacific Shores "property rights battle" has been an on going one struggle of "David vs. Goliath" proportions ever since the
county approved the development nearly a half a century ago.
a classic "little guy" struggling against the almighty state and a juggernaut of special, so called, environmental interests wanting to drive the private owners off their
land. This hardy bunch has been stubbornly holding on to their retirement dreams and the property that anchors them in reality
for almost 40 years. During this time the CA state government has done a 180 and along with their eco junkies has bulldozed
under all earlier legal acceptance and recognition of this legitimate development. It continues relentlessly to do so as I
struggles like this, rarely does the "little guy" have venues open to fairly present his / her side. Our LOR (Local Opinion
Rag) offers no exception to this and has not stepped forward to fulfill this void. However, they have been more than willing
to serve as the biased "mouth piece" on this issue for The California Coastal Commission, the State and various prejudiced
factions within our local county government.
property owners strongly contend both local and state laws have been violated in an aggressive coordinated county / state
effort to trample and destroy their property rights. In the past they have had little or no success in getting out this story;
so it is with great satisfaction that we announce the PACIFIC SHORES PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION blog web site at http://www.pspoa.org/, just click on the
blue hyperlink, you'll go right to the site. Go ahead visit it and get the rest of the story!
PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS On THE BLOCK
Tuesday's edition of our LOR headlines:
"County inches closer to solving water woes". Pacific Shores property owners petition asking the water district be dissolved …. LAFCO to meet again Thursday to choose an adhoc committee to help select independent council to … advise the commission …." County Council Robert Black told LAFCO members they "have the authority to receive the petition … decide whether
the names on it are authentic, then decide whether to ask home-owners if they want to do this." "We need to proceed cautiously and get information to the property owners" said Supervisor Sarah Samples
who chairs LFCO. … Daren McElfresh, LAFCO's executive officer, aid he hopes the commissioners decide to provide an outside council to advise them". Sarah recommended
an adhoc committee. I recommend myself as chair," she said. (Bruin / Triplicate 08-29-06)
Well so much so for one opinion
Now For The Rest Of The Story!
It seems to me that, the county's inching has all the earmarks of a headlong rush to cut the private property rights and protections right out from under the
Pacific Shores homeowners and turn the area into a monumental $6 million dollar a year tax loss.
Talk about a need for council - I'll say!!!! This whole action stinks like a Lake Earl catastrophic
breach on a hot day.
If the Pacific Shores Water District and Pacific
Shores Property Owners Association are to be believed
the county's August 8th action is fatally flawed. Substantial problems remain outstanding and largely unanswered:
- An incomplete and unacceptable document of petition
- Total disregard for legal process and procedures of timely notification, publication, promulgation and investigation
- Lack of supporting data for recommended county action and resolution
- Proposed monitorial confiscatory actions of a highly suspicious nature
- Strong indications of improprieties and conflicts of interest
- A long and extensively documented history of county neglect and inaction
- Finally dissolution of what little political structure exists with no thoughtful economic solution for the property
owners, other than to sellout and get out at artificially depressed price
Judge for yourself, checkout the archived documentation at www.legrange.com and / or hyperlink back to the original sites.
A) Archived - Del Norte Board of Supervisors On Pacific Shores Water District
B) Archived - Pacific Shores Water District & Home Owners Assc.Docs
c) Arichived - LAFCo Documentation
So why the rush to make mistakes? Clearly what are called for here, are actions of careful deliberation,
consideration, and forethought. Not some headlong rush to spend taxpayer's monies for someone to gloss over and / or cover
up past county inadequacies and failures. Slow down and do it right!
For our land Use Gateway Page - click here.
The Brown & Open Meeting Acts
You Have The Right To Know!
One of our readers, Thomas Resch, recently posted this bit of relative civic information at another web
site (http://www.pspoa.org/ ).We believe this piece of legislative declaration should become an integral part of our mantra and be ingrained
in our activist psych.
We can only confront with and hope that our local governmental bodies will take it as equally as serious
in their public &/or private deliberations. We again call for NO BACKDOOR or BACKROOM
actions, open deliberation / discussion and complete transparency! In this regard we see a creeping return to the disgusting
practices of unannounced or poorly announced meetings which have hastily published agendas that are poorly adhered to and
stray into areas and decisions of public concern without wide and proper public consultation, public contribution and due public consent. This is not the PRC (Peoples Republic of China) and we, the public,
have no intention of letting it be run that way!
The Ralph M. Brown Act was enacted by the Legislature in 1953. The Act refers to requirements governing the conduct of meetings of local agencies,as
well as the conduct of the governing officials of those agencies. If you want to read it in detail, you can look up the Government
Code section starting at 54950.
The intent section of the Brown Act has never changed and it reads as follows:
enacting this chapter, the Legislature finds and declares that
public commissions, boards and councils and other public
in this state exist to aid in the conduct of the people's business. It
is the intent of the law that their
actions be taken openly and that
their deliberations be conducted openly."
people of this state do not yield their sovereignty to the
agencies which serve them. The people, in delegating their
do not give their public servants the right to decide what
is good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed
that they may retain control over the instruments they have created." (Section 54950.)
As Mr. Resch so aptly put it; "The reason we posted the Brown Act Information: so people can attend public
meetings and retain control over the instruments they have created."
Thomas Resch / Pres. PSPOA
Liberty and Freedom are under constant
erosion from the simple weight of government and the tendency of our government employees to narrow their focus. Preserving
and strengthening Liberty and Freedom are the rightful role of citizens in a
To be effective, in the honorable business
of husbanding Liberty and Freedom, concerned citizens must organize and form coalitions with good people who share the same concern you have for the culture, traditions, values, and heritage,
of free women and men. ...
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How's Your Coordination Status?
Can Private Property Rights & Public Property Use
Coordinate With Rural & Urban Environmental Needs
With a little bit more effort put toward coordination than that spent fighting endless
contestation - yes they can! And now for the rest of the story:
How Coordination Plans Work
by Fred Kelly Grant
Local governments that have implemented “coordination” status
with federal management agencies are successfully fighting erosion of private property rights in their communities.
The “coordination” status is authorized by almost every federal statute relating to management of land, resource,
and environment. All the local government has to do is formally accept the congressional invitation to “coordinate,”
and federal agencies have no choice but to agree.
(for the rest of the story - click here)
Recent LAFCo Meeting Notes:
DEL NORTE LAFCO
Del Norte LAFCO convenes, as needed, upon the 4th Monday of the month, at the Del Norte County Administrative Center, Board
of Supervisors Chambers, 981 H Street, Suite 100, Crescent City, CA 95531 at 4:00 p.m.