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Water District: CEO Can Do What He Wants, No Paper Trail Needed

The Golden Spigot has got some brass.

That’s the only way to explain the explanations coming from the Santa Clara Valley Water District.

Last month, San Jose Inside published emails from a top district attorney, Leslie Orta, who noted in September 2014 that CEO Beau Goldie violated rules by amending contracts with RMC Water and Environment, without approval from the board of directors.

Goldie and top administrative staff have said for months that all dealings with RMC were done by the book, despite concerns of improprieties being raised by district staff for more than a year and a half. The matter, which is going to the district’s audit committee for further review, has received extra scrutiny because one of Goldie’s top administrators, Melanie Richardson, is married to a principal owner of RMC, raising conflict of interest concerns.

But the district remains steadfast, insisting in emails to San Jose Inside that Orta’s legal opinion was incorrect and subsequently overruled:

“General Counsel, in addition to District management, ultimately concluded that the intent of the board, though not explicitly stated, was that the CEO was delegated authority to take all necessary actions, including executing the contract, and, if necessary, amending the contract, to complete the project, as long as the project had funding.”

This is some legalese gymnastics, but the explanation suggests the CEO and general counsel Stan Yamamoto know better than the publicly elected board and can read minds and assume “intent.” But it gets crazier. How did the district come to this opinion?

Conversation. And only conversation.

District spokesman Marty Grimes told San Jose Inside in an email, “There was no written legal opinion generated when that determination was made.”

The mechanics of such a scenario mean Orta, a respected attorney for the district, sounded alarm bells and the CEO and the district’s top counsel, Yamamoto, got together to discuss the issue. Then they moved on without a single note or correction.

San Jose Inside called Yamamoto to get a further explanation about how district decisions are made. The attorney cut off the first question by twice yelling, “What about ’em?”

When told the questions were about RMC business, Yamamoto said, “I cannot disclose to you any advice that I’ve given. I’ve told you that before and I’m telling you that again, and that’s the end of the conversation.” Then he hung up.

The district documents everything: memos, emails, legal opinions, write-ups for racist and homophobic emails shared by staff; everything.

It even has a so-called “firewall” arrangement to keep Richardson away from RMC business, although the district refuses to release the document, dubiously citing attorney-client privilege.

And yet, the general counsel thought a potential violation of rules by the CEO—involving a company that stood to gain millions and also happens to be owned by the spouse of a top district administrator—was not worth picking up a pen or drafting an email. It was as casual as Yamamoto and Goldie asking about each other’s weekend, or debating where to go for lunch.

But then something happened. Despite the in-house legal determination that the CEO did nothing wrong and had authority to do whatever he wanted with the contract, staff started taking amendments on Lower Silver Creek to the board.

In these actions, the district actually defends its actions as a model of transparency (emphasis added):

“With this project, even though staff concluded that Board approval of contract amendments was not required, bringing them to the board was done in the interest of transparency, to inform the board and the public of the status of the Lower Silver Creek project, and to confirm the Board’s support for the project’s continuation.”

Two things about this statement:

  1. The only three amendments on the Lower Silver Creek project did not involve RMC, and they were brought to the board after Orta’s September 2014 emails noting the CEO broke district rules on amendments.
  1. Take a look back at the intriguing use of capitalization of the word “Board” and “board.” Perhaps the district was just exhausted from tapping the shift button to spell “Board” 18 times prior in the email, but there’s something subliminal about seeing a big word like “Board” before “approval” and “support,” and then lowercasing to “board” when admitting previous decisions bypassed a transparent process.

Orta wrote two emails stating that the CEO broke district rules by twice amending RMC’s Lower Silver Creek contract. On Sept. 10, 2014, she told chief operating officer Norma Camacho and the CEO’s top staffer, Meenakshi Ganjoo:

“Regarding the LSC program management agreement with RMC, On April 28, 2009 the board approved the sole source transaction and delegated authority to the CEO to approve the agreement (along with several others), but the board did not delegate authority to amend the agreement, nor any of the other sole-source agreements approved in that same board action discussed in the same memo. The agreement was amended subsequently, so in violation of board policy.”

That’s about as clear-cut as it gets. Orta, who is well respected by her peers, wouldn’t make such an accusation lightly. But her superiors ignored and overruled her opinion without so much as a post-it note.

San Jose Inside pressed the district for an explanation, and the response cited the Executive Limitations policy in justifying the CEO’s unapproved amendments on RMC work. This same document recommends: “With respect to purchasing and contracts activities, use a fair, open and expeditious process and stay within the Board’s authorized expenditures.”

One could argue the decision to not even mention the amendments to the board would fall far short of a commitment to openness. Also, neither Orta’s emails nor Yamomoto and Goldie’s unwritten overrule were discussed in October, when staff delivered a two-hour presentation to explain all actions related to RMC.

Gary Kremen, chair of the board, said he intends to make sure future decisions are vetted by the board rather than fast-tracked by the CEO.

“I will be spearheading an effort to ensure such financial commitments by the district are explicit and not someone’s vague interpretation of intent,” he said.

Changing the culture of the district requires change at the top, and it appears machinations are in the works. Last month, the board gave the CEO a 5 percent raise, retroactive to July 1. On its face, this would seem bizarre, as Goldie has been on the hot seat for months. The raise, which was granted for accomplishments in the prior fiscal year, was passed on a 5-1 vote with director Barbara Keegan opposed.

But in granting Goldie the raise, sources say, steps are being taken to oust him sooner than later. The raise could be seen as a bargaining chip to entice the CEO out the door, and Goldie could step down or take a leave of absence as early as next month.

Josh Koehn is the news editor for San Jose Inside and Metro Newspaper. Email tips tojosh@metronews.com or follow him on Twitter at @Josh_Koehn.

6 Comments

  1. Having watched the board meeting last night on this topic; saw the clear cover up. You could tell Keegan (thanks for the vote) was not happy. Mel Mel got her way

  2. What a joke. As usual cover up. And a big fat raise retro to July as if he doesn’t make enough already !!!! And he got a raise prior to that as well in 2013 not sure about 2014 while regular staff received nothing .
    Nice severance package to get him out while district still smells of roses!!! Feel bad Leslie Orta but not unusual for the district to cover up and change wording around to suit the scenario.

    • Friend OF PAULS, OLD AV GUY WHO THEY WANTED OUT BUT HE NEVER GOT A GOLDEN GOLDIE PACKAGE, JUST MORE LIES……. YOU SHOULD SEE ALL THE COVER UP THEY DID FOR IT MANAGERS, AND THE FRAUD THEY ARE TRYING TO GET THE BOARD TO SIGN OFF ON FOR A NEW BOARD ROOM PAUL TOLD ME HOW THE FIRST 3 MILLION DOLLAR BOARD ROOM TURNED OUT TO BE A JOKE WORK DONE MIDNITE TO 6AM LO BID, THEY SHOULD DIG DEEP FOR THE FIRST GRAND JURY THAT CONVENED FOR THE WASTE OF MONEY ON THE GOLDEN PALACE ….

  3. Time for a Grand Jury to take a look at the shenanigans.
    A raise? At a time when users are suffering incessant price hikers amid conservation. There should be a clawback.

  4. “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”
    You hit the nail on the head Leslie!
    Sure we believe the Districts response AFTER the signed amendments were made public as well as Orta’s email! They should have spoke up and given that explanation at the Board Meeting when it was asked of them.
    Hope all involved in this cover up get dealt with accordingly and there is a lot of them!

  5. It would sure be nice if they went after managers in the IT dept, that relieved my friends medical and personal issues.
    again read the audit 2102 it explains all. Just a shame IT managers can lie about stolen laptops, equipment in the board room, how much was spent on the board room, this is pure RMC/IT BS. hE TOLD ME GEORGE KAMENJATI TOLD STAFF PAUL WAS A WALKING PHARMACY, BI POLAR, AND WAS GOING TO COME IN THERE AND KILL PEOPLE, GEORGE K IS THE MUSLIM AND THE ONE THAT YOU SHOULD BE DOUBLE CHECKING HIS BACK GROUND, AND HIS MANY TRIPS TO THE MIDDLE EAST,

    SO BE PREPARED TO SHELL OUT ANOTHER 3 MILLION IN TAX DOLLARS FOR A NEW BOARD ROOM.
    https://pgoeltz.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/diversityaudit2012.pdf

    scvwd-boardroom-lies-when-they-just-need-to-use-what’s-there-av-upgrade/

    SCVWD WASTE GOES ON AND ON AND NO ONE GIVES A SHIT

    https://pgoeltz.wordpress.com/2015/06/23/scvwd-boardroom-lies-when-they-just-need-to-use-whats-there-av-upgrade/

    http://www.sanjoseinside.com/2015/11/06/ceo-staff-misled-water-district-board-about-rmc-contracts/#comment-1613061

    CEO, Staff Misled Water District Board about RMC Contracts

    Santa Clara Valley Water District CEO Beau Goldie and top-level staff have repeatedly misled the board of directors and public regarding contracts with consultant RMC Water and Environment, according to internal emails.

    Earlier this week, San Jose Inside reviewed hundreds of documents district staff compiled for an Oct. 27 board meeting. At that meeting, Goldie and top district executives told the board that procedures were followed, no laws were broken and all invoices to the consultant checked out. This despite its own staff’s flagging of a half-million dollars in improper payments to RMC and possible conflicts of interest.

    Goldie went on to call RMC’s work on the Lower Silver Creek (LSC) watershed, which began in 2009 and is located in East San Jose, a “success.”

    In a follow-up video interview with San Jose Inside on Oct. 29, Goldie said he was not sure who amended contracts with RMC on three separate occasions, but he reiterated his contention that transparent processes were followed in the disbursement of taxpayer dollars.

    “On this particular contract there was a question in terms of the authorization that was allowed,” Goldie said. “Legal staff and project staff looked at that project and the authorities were appropriate per the interpretation of that contract. So, what I’m saying is all the transfers that were made and the authorization were followed.”

    The emails show that, contrary to Goldie’s statement, just the opposite occurred.

    All three amendments to RMC’s original deal for Lower Silver Creek violated board rules, the district’s own attorneys determined.

    In a Sept. 10, 2014 email sent by Leslie Orta, the district’s senior counsel tells chief operating officer Norma Camacho and CEO Goldie’s top assistant, Meenakshi Ganjoo, that Goldie violated board policy on multiple occasions by amending RMC contracts without board approval.

    Orta wrote in the email: “Regarding the LSC program management agreement with RMC, On April 28, 2009 the board approved the sole source transaction and delegated authority to the CEO to approve the agreement (along with several others), but the board did not delegate authority to amend the agreement, nor any of the other sole-source agreements approved in that same board action discussed in the same memo. The agreement was amended subsequently, so in violation of board policy.”

    Leslie-Orta-Email-2

    In another email sent a day later, Orta tells COO Camacho: “The third contract non-compliant consultant agreement was with RMC to provide program management services for Lower Silver Creek construction project. Although the board delegated authority to the CEO to approve the sole source agreement (per board action on April 28, 2009), there was no delegation to approve subsequent amendments to the Agreement. During the course of the project, two amendments were approved by the CEO, revising the scope of services and increasing the maximum compensation limit of the Agreement. (Norma- can you provide me info on what we are doing to rectify this issue?)”

    Leslie-Orta-Email-1

    The district has refused to comment on these emails as well as release the documents San Jose Inside reviewed earlier this week. In the Oct. 27 board meeting, neither of these two emails were ever mentioned by Goldie, Camacho or Orta.

    When informed of the senior counsel’s emails noting the CEO’s violations of district policy, board chair Gary Kremen said he now intends to launch a full-scale investigation.

    “I am deeply concerned by these allegations,” Kremen said. “I plan to lead the board to investigate all single-source contracts entered into the last 10 years.”

    The board has already voted to refer RMC’s work to the audit committee.

    Board member Dick Santos said he does not recall his colleagues ever being informed of Orta’s emails, or the CEO’s inappropriate actions in amending RMC contracts without board approval.

    “There is no doubt in my mind that the CEO has exceeded his authority,” Santos said.

    The district communications department and records division has gone into lockdown, failing to provide any answers or documents since San Jose Inside discovered Orta’s emails. However, during its review, San Jose Inside photographed documents that show that the executives presented an inaccurate account of events to the board of directors last month.

    In the original contract, the Lower Silver Creek agreement with RMC specifies that the consultant cannot shift money for future tasks to current work. (Item No. 3 below, outlined in red.)

    No transfers of future to current

    However, district staff admitted to the board that money was frequently moved from later tasks to earlier work.

    In one email exchange between district staff and RMC employee Steve Bui, $180,000 in future work was shifted to tasks already underway. The approval was extraordinarily casual, coming in email exchanges a few sentences or less.

    Goldie has repeatedly hedged answers to the board and in interviews, saying he wasn’t sure who signed off on amendments with RMC. He has said that he trusts staff did the right thing. But the first two amendments to RMC’s agreement bear the CEO’s own signature.

    Amendment No. 1

    Amendment 1 SignatureAmendment No. 2

    Amendment 2 Signature

    In the third amendment to RMC’s deal, COO Camacho signed off in Goldie’s place.

    Amendment No. 3

    Amendment 3 Singature Norma Camacho

    Goldie has been described by district staff as a “micromanager” who is keen on knowing all the details of agreements. He admitted as much in an interview.

    “You mention I’m a detail person, yeah,” Goldie said. “I also verify things.”

    And yet, Goldie apparently failed to verify—or perhaps intentionally ignored—board policy requirements in signing for the district without the consent of its elected overseers. (The board referred RMC’s contract to the audit committee on a 6-0 vote, with director Dennis Kennedy absent. This week he resigned his position due to health reasons.)

    It’s unlikely that Goldie’s professed lack of knowledge about the identity of amendment signers was accidental, given the amount of preparation for the public meeting. District sources say the CEO and top-level staff met every other day, for weeks, to discuss RMC business ahead of the Oct. 27 report.

    Complicating matters is the consultant’s close connections to the district. One of Goldie’s top administrators, Melanie Richardson, is married to an RMC owner, Tom Richardson. Goldie and district staff have argued there were no conflicts of interest in her role with the district. However, the district refuses to release the “firewall” agreement it created, citing attorney-client privilege.

    This spring, Goldie pressed the board for permission to sign single-source agreements to plan and design an $800 million groundwater recycling plant. He cited the drought as a reason to bypass the standard consultant qualification process. RMC was tabbed for the biggest chunk of the work, initially projected at $4 million. District sources say RMC’s early involvement gives it an advantage over competitors in landing future agreements.

    After facing media and board scrutiny, the district capped RMC’s payout at $1.28 million—unless the CEO receives board permission for more.

    Josh Koehn is the news editor for San Jose Inside and Metro Newspaper. Email tips tojosh@metronews.com or follow him on Twitter at @Josh_Koehn.

    9 COMMENTS

    1. Josh Thanks for the report I think you meant tapped instead of tabbed in the second to last paragraph. Have a nice day.

    2. I am getting the feeling that SJI is in the ever pursuit of the next Piniata from Xavier Campos, George Shirakawa and now Beau Goldie. You keep hitting until you get a crack and spill your candy. I guess Halloween candy was not enough for you.

    3. Good job reasoning through page after page of mind numbing contracts and lawyerspeak. The one thing I’m paying close attention to is.

      However, the district refuses to release the “firewall” agreement it created, citing attorney-client privilege.

      Isn’t the district a public entity Josh? I mean, they’re supposed to let the public view this kind of stuff right?

      • > “firewall’ agreement? Between SCVWD employees?

        What kind of collaborative, cooperative institution pays employees to not talk to each other and not work together?

        I think I can do that kind of work. I think I would be good at it.

        How much does it pay and where do I sign up?

        • What gets me is the amount of time I see them posting to their respective twitter/facebook/instagram/myspace/blogger etc. At least 10% of their time is spent doing that.

          Funny JMO gets on me for posting here so much, I feel I fit in with them.

    4. “ARE YOU BLIND TO THE TRUTH WHEN ITS RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU?” MR.DA CALL MYSELF IN ABOUT THE FRAUD( SAME AS RMC BUT LESSER AMOUNTS, AND SAME LIES, DECEIT, COVER UPS ETC.

      MAX HERE IS MORE INFO BTW, IF YOU HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING THIS THREAD YOU WOULD SEE PGOELTZ IS A @SCVWD RETIREE AND INFORMATION PROVIDER TO THIS THREAD…
      ..
      THIS IS THE EXACT same thing going on with the board room, they let the 3,2 million board room fall apart( email can be provided by then manager kamenjati) to stop all work, the IT manager/deputy and managers then got a consultant to pretty much do as they asked, problem is IT staff lied about money spent, whats in the room. AND MORE… Just like RMC staff has been lying to the board about how much has been spent and what HAS TAKEN PLACE. , they also are not truthful about contracts and equipment paid for but not used, OR thrown away, so same story just another department.

      https://pgoeltz.wordpress.com/2014/10/11/santa-clara-valley-water-district-board-room-upgrade-lies-golden-goldie/

      SANTA CLARA VALLEY WATER DISTRICT SCVWD Fail EVEN CAO-CEO LOOKED FOOLISH

      TWO SPEECHES ON 10 28 2014 BUT GO TO VALLEYWATER.ORG AND WATCH THIS GUY, MR, MUIRHEAD

      http://scvwd.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=3&clip_id=1182 (READING, HANDOUT BELOW 10 28 14 POINTING OUT FACTS IT MANAGERS LIED ABOUT COST OF MONIES SPENT AND COST OF UPGRADE) EVEN MR. MUIRHEAD IS CONCERNED! TIME CERTAIN AV UPGRADE EVEN THE TECH TELLS IT LIKE IT IS HOW THE STAFF HAS BEEN LETTING EQUIPMENT BREAK AND MANIPULATING EMPLOYEES TO GET THERE WAY.
      https://pgoeltz.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/scvwd-ray-10-28-2014.pdf RAYS HANDOUT

      https://pgoeltz.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/diversityaudit20121.pdf

      http://cf.valleywater.org/About_Us/Board_of_directors/Board_meetings/_2014_Published_Meetings/MG55587/AS55593/AS55594/AI55663/DO55863/DO_55863.pdf

      2.1 Public Hearing on the Engineer’s Report for Boardroom Audiovisual Modernization Project; Resolution to Approve the Engineer’s Report and Project; Adopt Plans and Specifications and Authorize Advertisement for Bids, Project No. 60204016 (San Jose). (S. Tikekar)

      http://scvwd.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=3&clip_id=1182

      Resolution Providing for the Notice of Time and Place of the Public Hearing on the Engineer’s Report for the Boardroom Audiovisual Modernization GOLDIE FUNG KAMENJATI TO YOUR LEFT… THERE LIES ON BOARDROOM UPGRADE.

      DiversityAudit2012 THE AUDIT 2012 WHICH SHOWS HOW UPPER MANAGEMENT LIES…..

      handout ON DEC 11TH 2012 WERE I BLOW THE WHISTLE.http://scvwd.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=3&clip_id=962 ITEM 1.4 FROM VALLEYWATER.ORG

      JOE HANDOUT SAME INFO GIVE TO DIRECTORS AND 2 CAO?????

      WATCH THE ACTING IT MANAGER LIE, SAME LIES AS THIS BOARDROOM IS BASED ON….http://scvwd.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=3&clip_id=1043 ravi acting unit manager timestamp 2.38- 6.17 sept 10 13 FROM VALLEYWATER.ORG

      SANTA CLARA VALLEY WATER DISTRICT BOARD ROOM UPGRADE LIES

      YOU WOULD THINK PUBLIC OFFICIALS WOULD NOT LIE???????

      http://cf.valleywater.org/About_Us/Board_of_directors/Board_meetings/_2014_Published_Meetings/MG55522/AS55533/AI55560/DO55650/1.PDF

      THIS IS ALL LIES, THE AMX CONTROL SYSTEM IS CAPABLE OF HANDLING VOTING WITH 2 SCREEN UPGRADES, GEORGE, FRANK, JESUS, BUEA. THEY ARE ALL LIES WE CAN PROVE THE SYSTEM HAS BEEN UPGRADED 3 TIMES AND MONTHLY BY THE TECHS UNTIL TOLD TO STOP BY GEORGE KAMENJAITI. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE 250K AMOUNT? THE SAME WAY GEORGE LIED ABOUT PAUL GOELTZ, HE IS LYING ABOUT THE BOARD ROOM, THIS IS YOUR TAX. i BROUGHT THIS UP 12/11/12 ITEM 1.4 AND SENT PAPERS TO 2 DIFFERENT CAO SHARON AND OLGA WHO DID NOTHING. ASK GEORGE WHAT HAPPENED TO THE SOFTWARE CONTRACT, AND WHAT IS WRONG WITHhttp://WWW.AMX.COM FOR A CONTROL SYSTEM? ASK GEORGE DID WE NOT HAVE A MEETING AND I PROVIDED INFO ON USING THE SYSTEM NOW FOR VOTING, TAXPAYERS WOULD NOT BE ON THE HOOK FOR A MILLION DOLLARS.

      FC 1025 (09-20-13)
      Meeting Date: 10-14-14
      Agenda Item:
      Unclassified Manager: S. Tikekar
      Extension: 2424
      Director(s): All
      BOARD AGENDA MEMO
      SUBJECT: Resolution Providing for the Notice of Time and Place of the Public Hearing on the
      Engineer’s Report for the Boardroom Audiovisual Modernization Project, Project No.
      60101011 (San Jose)
      RECOMMENDATION:
      Adopt the Resolution (Attachment 3) Providing for the Notice of Time and Place of the Public
      Hearing on the Engineer’s Report (Attachment 1) for the Boardroom Audiovisual Modernization
      Project for 6:00 p.m. on October 28, 2014, at the Santa Clara Valley Water District, Boardroom,
      at 5700 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, California 95118.
      The Board’s approval of the recommendation to adopt the Resolution and set the time and
      place for the public hearing will allow the Boardroom Audiovisual Modernization Project to
      proceed. If the Board does not approve this recommendation, staff requests Board direction
      regarding further action for the Project.
      SUMMARY:
      The objectives of the Boardroom Audiovisual Modernization Project are to implement a new
      audiovisual system for the boardroom, its conference rooms and integrate an electronic voting
      (e-voting) system.
      This Project will:
      a. Improve the Board-meeting viewer’s experience by incorporating state-of-the art AV
      equipment in the delivery of broadcast services.
      b. Create a reliable, media-friendly boardroom that will facilitate AV presentations for
      various meetings including the District’s board meetings, and those of civic groups.
      c. Create high quality and high definition state-of-the-art digital AV system to facilitate and
      document District meetings, voting records, and presentations, and which can be made
      available via cablecast, broadcast, or the internet, either in simulcast or for subsequent
      distribution.
      d. Create a high quality, user-friendly AV system with enhanced capabilities for person(s)
      with disabilities.
      3.8SUBJECT: Resolution Providing for the Notice of Time and Place of the Public Hearing on
      the Engineer’s Report for the Boardroom Audiovisual Modernization Project,
      Project No. 60101011 (San Jose)
      10-14-2014
      Page 2 of 3
      BACKGROUND:

      ( SYSTEM WAS UPGRADED LAST 2007-2012, AND OVER 100K ADDED 08-2012, OR IS SITTING OR SURPLUSED… THEN GEORGE HALTED ALL WORK AND SOFTWARE CONTRACTS. )

      The Boardroom’s audiovisual system was designed in 1997 and built in 2000. In addition to the
      board’s own public meetings, the existing system is used for the District’s many internal
      divisional, unit, and group meetings, and frequently for other general district and community
      events of a business, educational, outreach, or celebratory nature.
      The existing legacy analog-based audiovisual system, uses technology designed over 17 years
      ago and does not provide for enhanced features of an e-voting and high resolution multi-screen
      viewing, archiving, editing, broadcasting and streaming of digital audio and video signals.
      This system is not capable of integrating a sophisticated digital e-voting system and related
      features, nor does it have enough capacity or compatibility to provide for additional multi-signal
      switching of wired and wireless digital devices that can accommodate multi-scenario featured
      meetings.
      The existing system requires dedicated staff resources to insure basic operation during board
      meetings. The reliability of this aged system is unpredictable and on many occasions has
      experienced audiovisual devices and power-related deficiencies and failures.
      Because of the new features requirements, technology limitations and exiting issues, the Project
      scope will completely overhaul the AV system and provide for a modern electronic voting
      system.
      ENGINEER’S REPORT
      Section 12 of the District Act requires the Board to conduct a public hearing to hear testimony
      on a project when: 1) the project is new construction and 2) the project is funded by a single or
      joint zone of benefit. As the proposed Project meets both conditions, staff prepared an
      Engineer’s Report titled “Boardroom Audiovisual Modernization Project Engineer’s Report”
      dated June 2, 2014, (Attachment 1) for the purpose of public disclosure. The Notice of Public
      Hearing for the Engineer’s report is provided in Attachment 2.
      FINANCIAL IMPACT:
      The estimated total planning, design, construction and District labor costs for the Project are
      approximately $750,000 to $940,000 (FY 2015 dollars). A budget adjustment will be
      recommended to the Board later this fiscal year to provide the funds needed for planned Project
      construction work. ( THIS IS ANOTHER OUTRIGHT LIE, THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE SCVWD TIME, NOR ITEMS NOT COVERED BY UPGRADES, WOOD, ELECTRIC, ETC.)
      CEQA:
      Recommendation: The recommended action does not constitute a project under CEQA because
      it does not have a potential for resulting in direct or reasonably foreseeable indirect physical
      change in the environment. SUBJECT: Resolution Providing for the Notice of Time and Place of the Public Hearing on
      the Engineer’s Report for the Boardroom Audiovisual Modernization Project,
      Project No. 60101011 (San Jose)
      10-14-2014
      Page 3 of 3
      ATTACHMENTS:
      1. Boardroom Audiovisual Modernization Project Engineer’s Report.
      2. Notice of Public Hearing
      3. Resolution to Set a Public Hearing
      4. Project Delivery Process Schematic

      Boardroom Audiovisual System Modernization Project
      PROJECT NO. 60101011
      ENGINEERING REPORT
      Prepared by:
      George Kamenjati, Office Automation Administrator
      The information presented in the Engineering Report is consistent with the design plans that
      have been prepared under the direct supervision of the undersigned, who hereby certifies that
      he (she) is a Licensed Electrical Engineer in the State of California.
      Information Technology Services Division
      Frank Fung Sudhanshu Tikekar
      Information Technology Unit Manager Deputy Administrative Officer
      Jesus Nava Beau Goldie
      Chief Administrative Officer Chief

      1. PROJECT BACKGROUND AND DESCRIPTION
      The Boardroom’s audiovisual system was designed in 1997 and built in 2000 to provide that
      era’s state of the art technology platform for the district’s board to communicate with the
      community it serves. In addition to the board’s own public meetings, the existing system is used
      for the District’s internal divisional, unit, and group meetings and for other general district and
      community events of a business, educational, outreach, or celebratory nature.
      The existing analog-based boardroom audiovisual system, uses technology design

      The existing system requires dedicated staff resources to insure basic operation during board
      meetings. The reliability of this aged system is unpredictable and on many occasions has
      experienced audiovisual devices and power-related deficiencies and failures

      Because of the new features which can’t be integrated in the existing system and due to the (THAT IS A PURE LIE ANYONE CAN CALL ME THE SR TECH AND I WILL PROVE THIS DOCUMENT WRONG408 899 9692
      previously presented issues of reliability, supportability and limitations, it was decided to provide
      the needed technology by planning a comprehensive system upgrade.
      The upgrade Project objectives were established by staff, and used to design a new audiovisual

      ( ASK THEM WHAT STAFF, ANY TECHS? NO THEY ARE TO ASHAMED! OF THE LIES ALREADY THAT HAVE BEEN TOLD.)

      system for the boardroom and conference rooms.
      This Project will:
      a. Improve the Board-meeting viewer’s experience by incorporating state-of-the art AV
      equipment in the delivery of broadcast services.
      b. Create a reliable media-friendly boardroom that will facilitate AV presentations for
      various meetings including the District’s board meetings, and civic groups.
      c. Create high quality and high definition state-of-the-art digital AV system to facilitate and
      document District meetings, voting records, and presentations, and which can be made
      available via cablecast, broadcast, or the internet either in simulcast or for later
      distribution.
      d. Create a high quality, user-friendly AV system with enhanced capabilities for person(s)
      with disabilities.

      THE WHOLE BOARDROOM MODERNIZATION PLAN IS BASED ON LIES AND WE CAN PROVE IT.

      https://pgoeltz.wordpress.com/2015/06/23/scvwd-boardroom-lies-when-they-just-need-to-use-whats-there-av-upgrade/

      SCVWD BOARDROOM LIES WHEN THEY JUST NEED TO USE WHATS THERE. AV UPGRADE//
      Posted on June 23, 2015
      ACCORDING TO BROWN ACT THERE WERE HANDOUTS BY THE PUBLIC, WERE ARE THOSE AND WHEN IS THE AUDIO BEING RELEASED ? WHERE IS THE AUDIO RECORDING? FUNNY WEB SITE SAID MINUTES NOW ANOTHER NEW PDF SAYING MINUTES COMING???

      062215 IT Ad Hoc Comm Mins COMING….

      DUG MUIRHEAD HAD NOTHING TO SAY?

      WOULD YOU LIKE THE TRUTH FROM THE SENIOR IT TECH THAT GEORGE KAMENJATI INTERJECTED HIS RACIST WAYS TO GET ME OUT, AND IS STILL LYING ABOUT THE AV SYSTEM, CALL BILL KNOFF, LOOK AT THE PRS, ASK RAY WHAT THE SYSTEM CAN DO.!

      SUBJECT: Technology Upgrade of the Boardroom (Audio/Visual System)
      RECOMMENDED ACTION:
      This is an information only item and no action is required.
      SUMMARY:
      Boardroom audio visual is extensively used for the purpose of Board public meetings, general District and
      community events that are business, educational, outreach or celebratory in nature, and by District’s
      departments, divisions and units for various group meetings. The system uses dated technology that does not (only the racks and amplifiers are from 2000, they will never change and the equipment is solid state digital until output.)
      meet the current digital and high definition broadcasting standards.
      ( most viewers in the US still have dial up and the ones the don’t have at best 1.5mb if that, is not equipment, do a test, vieW a meeting and try different bandwidths, IT knows this!) Hd is not always the right choice!)

      Staff( OR GEORGE HAS PROVIDED ALL INPUT AND WISH LIST FOR THE CONSULTANT) has performed extensive additional review of the system along with a stakeholder input. In order to

      comply with the latest high definition broadcast standards, and features, staff recommends a major technology
      upgrade of the audio visual system in the Boardroom. The estimated project cost, including design,
      construction, staff labor, and contingency is $600,000.( wrong they have already wasted over 40k in unused gear, (BTW NO AV COMPANY COVERS CONDUIT, ELECTRICAL, PLASTER, DRILLING WHICH IS MORE COST) AND A WASTE OF MINE AND YOUR TAX DOLLARS. ETC. ETC. UNDOCUMENTED STAFF TIME, (ASK TO SEE THE AV WAREHOUSE, THE GEAR SITS< THE COMMITTEE MEETING SPEAKER/MICS/REQUEST GEAR, THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT, BEST THERE IS BEYER, unused prs, and untold staff hours, and cannot do hd and wiring for this cost, this will go past 1.5 mil, just look at every av job from day one) or ask!! THE ORIGINAL SYSTEM( AND AUDIT 2012 EXPLAINS HOW MANAGEMENT WORKS) COST 2-3 MILLION NEVER COULD GET RIGHT ANSWER, WENT TO GRAND JURY. THAT SAID THEY WORK THE SAME WAY TODAY. WE HAD YEARS OF CLASSES TO GET ALONG WITH MANAGEMENT, BUT 500K RAISE TO BEAU, LEFT NO ROOM FOR THAT DEPARTMENT. BUT NO CHANGE, STILL TO THIS DAY, SAME MANAGEMENT SHENANIGANS FOR ME, AND OTHERS REMAIN TO THIS DAY IN THE DEPT.

      PLEASE FOR YOUR REVIEW FACTS AND LINKS…. BACKED UP BY LINKS, EMAILS ETC.

      scvwd ray 10 28 2014PDF HANDOUT BOARD MEETING 10 28
      https://pgoeltz.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/scvwd-ray-10-28-2014.pdf RAYS HANDOUT

      SCVWD PGOELTZ 10 28 2014 HANDOUT BOARD MEETING 10 28
      https://pgoeltz.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/scvwd-pgoeltz-10-28-2014.pdf
      PAULS HAND OUT

      JOE HANDOUT LETTER TO DIRECTOR JUDGE, WHICH WAS SAME LETTER TO CAO OMS.
      https://pgoeltz.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/joe-handout.pdf

      AND I HAVE TO BEG TO GET PERSONNEL GEAR ( OR CHECK)GEORGE KAMENJATIA TOLD TECHS TO THROW OUT. AND SIGN MY LIFE AWAY FOR ITEMS THROWN AWAY..
      P Goeltz Release (1)

      ASK ABOUT EOC, I DESIGNED IT PAID 100+ K BUT GK STOPPED IT AND HAD A NEW SYSTEM BUILT, MY SYSTEM WAS APPROVED, STATE OF ART, AND VERY REAL, SO 100+K MINUS 20 %RESTOCKING FOR GK, WANTING , HIS IDEA, WHEN IT WAS EOC, ROOM ANYWAY.

      ASK ABOUT RAY WALK AROUND THE LAKE, ( OR OTHER TECH WORKERS WALK AROUND THE PARK?OR HIS CLASSES, OR GEORGE ELL ME HE WAS TRYING TO HELP ME, WHILE TELL OTHERS, I SHOULD BE FIRED, GEORGE IS THE ONE WHO CREATED THIS MESS, AND LOSS OF TRUST. OR ASK ANY TECHS ABOUT GEORGE TELLING THEM OF MY MEDICAL HISTORY OR DIRECTING ME TO HIS MEDICAL WEBSITE.

      DiversityAudit2012 READ THE ENCLOSED AUDIT, ITS TRUE. IT WAS SO MESSED UP THEY HIRED ME, THAT SAID, EVERYTHING HAS BEEN REPLACED, MODIFIED, UPGRADED, DIGITAL, VIRTUAL, REMOTE CONTROL, SPLIT SCREENS, MULTIPLE ROUTING ANYWHERE IN BUILDING, VIA WIRING OR CAT 5/6 WHICH IT KNOWS AND THIS IS THE WAY TO WIRE NOW, DIGITAL RECORDING AND AUDIO AND OR VHS, HARD DRIVE AND OR CD/DVD, OVER EAR MICROPHONES, VOICE TRANSMITTED INTO DIRECTORS HEARING AID, IN EAR MONITORING, VIDEO CONFERENCING, CABLE TV TO MOST OF CAMPUS, TO OUTER BUILDING CABLE IS RAN JUST NEED EQUIPMENT FOR FAR END!, CAMERA FOLLOW USER, AND CENTRAL PANEL AND MULTI CAMERA CONTROLLABLE TO GIVE EVEN MORE CAMERA CONTROL WAS PAID FOR AND PROGRAMMING, BUT LIKE OTHER EQUIPMENT SITS AS GEORGE ORDERED WORK TO STOP SO THE SYSTEM WILL FAIL. CONTROL ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, USER HAVE CONTROL SYSTEMS TO REQUEST TO SPEAK, ON/OFF MICROPHONE, AND VOTING CAN BE ADDED TO THOSE SAME SCREENS, EVEN AUDIO, IF TURNED ON, AND MUCH MORE, 10K IN FEW MODERO PANELS FOR CHAIR, TECH, COB, AND LED DISPLAY OR ROUTE TO SCREENS, AND THIS IS NOT ALL. EQUIPMENT IS AT OLDEST 2004 BUT ALL STATE OF ART, AND BEST USE OF TECHNOLOGY, AND MY AND YOUR TAX DOLLAR, THIS ROOM HAS MORE BELLS THEN HIGHER GOVT ROOMS.

      The primary objectives for the technology upgrade are as follows: AND I AND OTHERS CAN RIP THIS REPORT APART WHY IT’S 99% LIES.

      A. Improve the Boardroom experience for the public by implementing a state-of-the-art audio visual, (WE CAN ADD LIGHTING, SMOKE, AND OTHER ENHANCEMENTS CONTROLLED AND RUN BY THE CONTROL SYSTEM, DEPENDING ON DEFINITION OF WHAT YOU WANT A MINOR MASTER UPGRADE MIGHT NEED TO HAPPEN. LESS THAN 10K.)
      system that is social media friendly.ANOTHER OPERATOR EITHER THERE OR REMOTE MAKING COMMENTARY PER SCVWD LINE. ( IT ALREADY IS AND CAN BE MORE IF IT PERMITS PROGRAMMING AND MAYBE 5K, BUT IT’S HOOKED INTO THE INTERNET,AND DEPENDING ON WHAT KIND OF SOCIAL MEDIA, A COMMUNICATIONS PERSON COULD DO THAT FROM THEIR DESK.. THE SYSTEM COULD BE ON 5 SEC DELAY TO ADD SCRIPT, PHONE ETC.)
      B. Create a high quality, user-friendly AV system with enhanced capabilities for person(s) with disabilities.( already is state of art uhf assisted listening, and the best screen resolution @1024×768 hd will make it harder to see)
      C. The audio visual system should be able to support a virtual Boardroom that allows for virtual ( SIMPLE SOFTWARE PACKAGE FROM AMX A CONTROL SYSTEM ALREADY INSTALLED, DEPENDING ON DEFINITION OF VIRTUAL. A MASTER UPGRADE MAYBE BE NEEDED, 20K. BUT MAIN PART OF SYSTEM)
      participation of the public and social media (Upon approval by the Board).
      D. The system should be able to support an electronic voting (e-voting) system (Upon approval by the
      Board) in the near future. (WE HAVE ALREADY DEMO’D AND GEORGE HAS THE REQUIRED AMX UPGRADE EMAIL, PRETTY SURE THE TECH DOES ALSO.)
      E. Implement an end-to-end system that complies with the latest standards of high definition broadcast. (THEN WHAT WILL VIEWERS DO WITH THEIR SMALLER FONT AND SMALLER/WIDER SCREEN? HAVE YOU ASKED THE PUBLIC, NOT JUST STAFF)
      F. Based upon the stakeholder review, incorporate new features and enhancements to improve the
      experience of a Boardroom event.
      (LIGHTING, SMOKE, SUBWOOFERS CAN EASILY BE ADDED, HOWEVER, YOU MAY WANT TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE ROOM, ITS NOT A BOARD ROOM BUT A CHURCH, YOU WILL NEVER BE EITHER HAPPY OR HAVE AS GOOD OF GEAR AS YOU DO NOW, THE BOARDROOM IS EVEN ON THE SAME NETWORK AND EQUIPMENT IS ALL CONNECTED TO ALL ROOMS, AND ALL COMMUNICATE TOGETHER, SO DON’T FORGET THOSE ROOMS WILL NEED CHANGING ALSO, OR SOME OF THE GEAR.)

      BACKGROUND:
      The current audio visual system was designed in 1997 and built in 2000. The core and the functionality of the
      ( WHAT IS SAD IS ONLY THE RACKS AND AMPLIFIERS ARE SOME ARE ORIGINAL, BUT THEY ALSO ARE DIGITAL CORE(AMPS) AND THE OUTPUT WILL ALWAYS BE ANALOG. THE OLDEST AROUND 2004/5 IS THE DIGITAL AND STATE OF THE ART AUDIO/ DIGITAL ROUTER PROCESSING ALREADY SET TO HANDLE NOISE CANCELING FOR VC. YOU CAN OBSERVE THE MAIN EQUIPMENT FROM ANYWHERE OR WORK IT, BUT THINK THEY TOOK IT OFF THE NETWORK?? AND MY NEWEST WAS UP TO 2012 BUT MAJOR GEAR 2006, 2008 AND IS PERFECT GEAR,
      system was (WAS AS IN OVER 10YRS AGO) analog-based. A minor(90k) PLUS MAYBE 45K IN OTHER UPGRADES, retrofit was performed in 2006 to add additional( NO FEATURES ADDED WIRING, SPEAKERS, I ADDED ALL THE BELLS AND WHISTLES 2008-2012.) INCLUDING DIGITAL, TAPING, RECORDING, VC, CAMERAS FOLLOW SPEAKER, REQUEST TO SPEAK,, DIGITAL RECORDING, CAMERAS TO RECORD EVERY ANGLE, WHAT IS REALLY NEEDED IS STAFF TO TELL THE DIRECTORS HOW TO USE THE EQUIPMENT. )

      features based upon user
      feedback. (JUST OUT RIGHT LIES) OVER 200K HAS BEEN ADDED INCLUDING DIGITAL, RECORDING, AUDIO DIGITAL PROCESSING AND VIDEO CONFERENCING) ETC ETC.

      The technology is obsolete, and very hard to support and maintain on a regular basis. The reliability of this outdated

      ( ONLY BECAUSE GK ORDERED WORK TO STOP AND THERE IS EMAIL TO THIS, ALL EQUIPMENT PURCHASED SITS)

      system is unpredictable, and on many occasions it has experienced failures. Such failures sometimes ( THIS IS JUST NOT TRUE, MAYBE A FEW MINUTES, BUT WE HAVE THE EQUIPMENT TO QUICKLY SET UP TO RUN AUDIO AND PRESENTATIONS, AS WE HAVE TO USE IT WHEN THE SHOW GOES ON THE ROAD?

      ( HOW CAN IT BE HARD TO SUPPORT WHEN OVER 25 LOCAL COMPANY S WILL GLADLY WORK THERE FOR ISSUES/PROBLEM, I’M ALWAYS AVAILABLE FOR HELP, AND GLADLY HELP)
      ASK GEORGE WHY HE STOPPED MAINTENANCE?

      have resulted in expensive repair costs, and potential delays in bringing the system online for the meetings.
      (They have spent no more than 10K sInce i left, they want the system to fail) plus 1000s of dollars in new gear just sits.)

      Another challenge Finding professional support for the existing system by mainstream vendors and
      manufacturers is also very challenging. The components of the system also do not meet the latest ENERGY
      STAR rating standards.
      ( THIS IS FOR WASHING MACHINE ETC, ANY ENGINEER KNOWS AV EQUIPMENT DOES NOT REQUIRE THIS AS THEY ARE SOLID STATE, THEY HAD TO DIG DEEP FOR THIS) iF IT WAS NOT PUT IN WHAT WAS A BATHROOM A LOCATED BEHIND AV AND AMX CONTROL GEAR BOUGHT AND, SITS TO CONTROL GEAR BETTER, JUST SITS.
      The new system will enhance transparency as recommended in the recent audit. It will also provide a better (EVERYTHING IS ALREADY TRANSPARENT UNLESS YOU DO NOT POST IT. ONLINE, BACK UP DIGITAL TAPES, AUDIO, 6 CAMERA ANGLES ETC.)
      customer experience online when community members are viewing Board meetings remotely. THAT’S A BANDWIDTH ISSUE.
      ATTACHMENT(S): WHERE ARE THEY
      None
      Page 2 of 2
      Page 72Agenda Item No.: 5.2
      Unclassified Manger: Sudhanshu Tikekar ( BTW LIED ON HIS APPLICATION ABOUT HAVING MSE CERTIFICATION) and manager experience, there already is complaints against him, this is the 4th it unit boss that will be fired)
      Email: stikekar@valleywater.org
      COMMITTEE AGENDA MEMO
      SUBJECT: Technology Upgrade of the Boardroom (Audio/Visual System)
      RECOMMENDED ACTION:
      This is an information only item and no action is required.
      SUMMARY:
      Boardroom audio visual is extensively used for the purpose of Board public meetings, general District and
      community events that are business, educational, outreach or celebratory in nature, and by District’s
      departments, divisions and units for various group meetings. The system uses dated technology that does not
      meet the current digital and high definition broadcasting standards.
      Staff has performed extensive additional review of the system along with a stakeholder input. In order to
      comply with the latest high definition broadcast standards, and features, staff recommends a major technology
      upgrade of the audio visual system in the Boardroom. The estimated project cost, including design,
      construction, staff labor, and contingency is $600,000.
      The primary objectives for the technology upgrade are as follows:
      A. Improve the Boardroom experience for the public by implementing a state-of-the-art audio visual
      system that is social media friendly.
      B. Create a high quality, user-friendly AV system with enhanced capabilities for person(s) with disabilities.
      C. The audio visual system should be able to support a virtual Boardroom that allows for virtual
      participation of the public and social media (Upon approval by the Board).
      D. The system should be able to support an electronic voting (e-voting) system (Upon approval by the
      Board) in the near future. it can we already had a meeting with minor upgrades to screens (the amx master can be programmed so voting can take place on the member amx screen result displayed overhead and online.)
      E. Implement an end-to-end system that complies with the latest standards of high definition broadcast. ( MOST 90% OF PEOPLE CANNOT VIEW HD DO TO AMERICAN BAD CONNECTIONS RATES.)
      F. Based upon the stakeholder review, incorporate new features and enhancements to improve the
      experience of a Boardroom event. ( FIREWORKS ITS A PUBLIC MEETING YOU HAVE WHAT ANY BOARD ROOM HAS) AND MORE.
      BACKGROUND:
      The current audio visual system was designed in 1997 and built in 2000. The core and the functionality of the
      system was analog-based. A minor retrofit was performed in 2006 to add additional features based upon user
      feedback.
      Page 1 of 2
      Page 71
      The technology is obsolete, and very hard to support and maintain on a regular basis. The reliability of this outdated
      system is unpredictable, and on many occasions it has experienced failures. Such failures sometimes
      have resulted in expensive repair costs, and potential delays in bringing the system online for the meetings.( WHEN AND SHOW THE REPAIRS)
      Another challenge Finding professional support for the existing system by mainstream vendors and
      manufacturers is also very challenging. The components of the system also do not meet the latest ENERGY
      STAR rating standards.( MAYBE YOU HAVE NOT LOOKED BUT THESE ARE NOT WASHING MACHINE, BUT FINE USE AND LOW ENERGY ELECTRONICS, AMPLIFIERS WILL NEVER HAVE ENERGY STAR, THAT’S GOING REAL DEEP MR IT MANAGER WITH OUT A MSE,
      The new system will enhance transparency as recommended in the recent audit. It will also provide a better
      customer experience online when community members are viewing Board meetings remotely. ( FOR 200 PEOPLE, GRANICUS IS FINE AS IT IS) ASK YOUR TECH OR CALL ME)

      SUMMARY:
      Boardroom audio visual is extensively used for the purpose of Board public meetings, general District and
      community events that are business, educational, outreach or celebratory in nature, and by District’s
      departments, divisions and units for various group meetings. The system uses dated technology that does not
      meet the current digital and high definition broadcasting standards.
      Staff has performed extensive additional review of the system along with a stakeholder input. In order to
      comply with the latest high definition broadcast standards, and features, staff recommends a major technology
      upgrade of the audio visual system in the Boardroom. The estimated project cost, including design,
      construction, staff labor, and contingency is $600,000. (WRONG ADDING STAFF TIME AND ITEMS NOT DONE BY AV WILL SHOOT COST TO OVER 2 MILLION)
      ( LETS NOT FORGET THE STAFF TIME AND ELECTRICAL, AND THINGS AV CONTRACTORS WHICH THERE ARE 100S WILL TO WORK WITH WHATS THERE ASK YOUR TECH, IT STILL WILL EXCEED 1.5 MILLION ALL DO THT FACT GEORGE STOP WORK ON THE OLD AND ALL THE EQUIPMENT AND PR RECORDS ARE THERE, ITS NOT THE PUBLIC THAT NEEDS HD ITS YOU STAFF LYING THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON OVER 4 YEARS.)

      The primary objectives for the technology upgrade are as follows:
      A. Improve the Boardroom experience for the public by implementing a state-of-the-art audio visual
      (SYSTEM IS STATE OF ART, REMOTELY CONTROLLED ANYWHERE IS THE WORLD, STANDARD 1024X768 FOR VIEWING EVERYONE CAN SEE, THE SYSTEM IS SOCIAL FRIENDLY, JUST CREATE AN ACCOUNT LIKE I DID FOR AV YOUTUBE OF PEOPLES PROJECTS, DUAL SCREEN SIGNAL CAN BE SENT TO 100%OF THE ROOMS. 70% OF THE ROOMS VIA AV PLATES AND OR CAT 5/6. HD IS JUST A WAST OF TAX PAYERS MONEY THE US UNLIKE THE DISTRICT DOES NOT HAVE A 100mb SYSTEM MAYBE 1.5 IF THAT AT BEST TRY WATCHING HD ON 1.5 Mb WILL NOT HAPPEN, THERE IS PRESS FEEDS S DIGITAL RECORDING OF BOTH AUDIO AND VIDEO AND TRANSFER DIGITALLY TO NETWORKS OR WHAT EVER WE EVEN HAVE ARE OWN CABLE SYSTEM, I CAN GO ON LIKE JOY STICKS FOR CAMERAS, THE CAMERAS WILL FOLLOW WHO IS SPEAKING IF USING RTS RIGHT, AND IF THAT SYSTEM DOES N OT WORK THERE IS ANOTHER 200k OF EQUIPMENT IN THE STOREROOM UNUSED TO DO EVENTS, OR RUN THE BOARD MEETING, THEY HAVE IN EAR MONITOR AND OVER THE EAR MICROPHONES DO THEY USE THEM NO.)

      system that is social media friendly. ( IT IS)

      B. Create a high quality, user-friendly AV system with enhanced capabilities for person(s) with disabilities. (ALREADY UPGRADES TO UHF ASSISTED LISTING, AND MONITORS CAN BE SET UP)
      C. The audio visual system should be able to support a virtual Boardroom that allows for virtual
      participation of the public and social media (Upon approval by the Board).
      D. The system should be able to support an electronic voting (e-voting) system (Upon approval by the
      Board) in the near future. (THE AMX SYSTEM CAN BE EASILY CODED AND 3 TOUCH PANELS ADDED TO HANDLE THIS GK WAS AT DEMO)

      E. Implement an end-to-end system that complies with the latest standards of high definition broadcast.
      F. Based upon the stakeholder review, incorporate new features and enhancements to improve the
      experience of a Boardroom event.
      BACKGROUND:
      The current audio visual system was designed in 1997 and built in 2000. The core and the functionality of the
      system was analog-based. A minor retrofit was performed in 2006 to add additional features based upon user
      feedback.
      (THIS IS UNTRUE OVER $100K HAS BEEN SPENT IN THE BR ITS FULLY DIGITAL, THEY JUST WILL NOT TELL THE BOARD WHAT THEY HAVE, THE LAST UPGRADE WAS NOT FROM USER FEED BACK BUT TO UPGRADE THE SYSTEM, ALMOST $80K AND ANOTHER $40K HAS BEEN SPENT SINCE THEN BUT THE IT DEPT REFUSES TO TELL THE TRUTH, GET THE DOCUMENTS FROM PURCHASING, THEY HAVE UNUSED EQUIPMENT, OPEN PO ETC, ASK THE WORKERS NOT THE LAIRS.)
      Page 1 of 2
      Page 71
      The technology is obsolete, and very hard to support and maintain on a regular basis. The reliability of this outdated
      ( JUST PROGRAM WHAT YOU NEED AMX CAN DO VOTING AND THERE ALREADY IS A UHF ASSISTED LISTING, ALONG WITH VIDEO OR AUDIO CONFERENCING, WHICH COULD BE DONE VIA NETWORK INSTEAD OF T3, BUT WE BOUGHT VIDEOCONFERENCING STILL STATE OF ART IN 2006 OVER $50k, OH AND OVER 30 VENDORS IN THE BAY WILL HELP WORK ON THE SYSTEM)

      system is unpredictable, and on many occasions it has experienced failures. Such failures sometimes
      have resulted in expensive repair costs, and potential delays in bringing the system online for the meetings.
      Another challenge Finding professional support for the existing system by mainstream vendors and
      manufacturers is also very challenging. The components of the system also do not meet the latest ENERGY
      STAR rating standards.
      ( I CAN SUPPLY YOU WITH AT LEAST 20 CERTIFIED AND QUALIFIED TECH COMPANIES WILLING AND WAITING FOR WORK.)

      The new system will enhance transparency as recommended in the recent audit. It will also provide a better ( IF THIS IS TRANSPARENT WHERE IS THE 15 PAGES REPORT DROPPED OFF OR THE INFO AT LAST AV Upgrades
      customer experience online when community members are viewing Board meetings remotely). ( that can happen via amx which there is open po.\)

      062215 IT Ad Hoc Comm Agenda

      JOE HANDOUT LETTER TO DIRECTOR JUDGE, WHICH WAS SAME LETTER TO CAO OMS.
      https://pgoeltz.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/joe-handout.pdf

      DiversityAudit2012https://pgoeltz.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/diversityaudit20121.pdf

      scvwd ray 10 28 2014PDF HANDOUT BOARD MEETING 10 28
      https://pgoeltz.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/scvwd-ray-10-28-2014.pdf RAYS HANDOUT

      SCVWD PGOELTZ 10 28 2014 HANDOUT BOARD MEETING 10 28
      https://pgoeltz.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/scvwd-pgoeltz-10-28-2014.pdf
      PAULS HAND OUT

      THE PROBLEM IS STAFF HAS NEVER TOLD THE BOARD HOW TO USE EQUIPMENT, NEVER TOLD THEM WHAT THERE IS. YOU THINK RMC IS A FRAUD THE IT DEPT IS JUST AS BIG OF A FRAUD AND WASTING TAX DOLLARS BY THE MINUTE. AND THIS ALONG WITH MISTREATMENT OF STAFF, ETHICS VIOLATIONS, LIES, FRAUD THE LIST GOES ON AND ON.
      PG

      @JOSH DONT HOLD BACK GOT NAMES, EMAILS AND MANY WILLING TO TALK

      • This comment seriously needs a TL;DR.

        As far as I can tell it’s about spending on a board room video system that the IT department had to jump through hoops to install as a “High Priority” item. After the IT department accomplished said, rushed task implementing said system to perfection, the board never even bothered to power it on. Anondaisy is angry that they had to jump through these hoops for the board for something that was supposedly so important, and never used.

        Welcome to the world of IT anon.

        Let me give you my own story (albeit shorter) I worked for a company who’s software required 40 man hours to install. I automated the install. My boss was angry I wasted time on something that would, “discredit the complexity of the product and reduce the number of billable hours”

        • > Welcome to the world of IT anon.

          Not so much the world of IT. It’s the world of bureaucracy.

          And “sole source” non-competitive procurement just makes the process scandalously abusive.

          Obama’s cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline after seven years of bureaucratic “pretend” reviews was likewise obscenely wasteful and corrupt.

          Obama knew from the moment he took office that his constituency (“environmentalist wackos”) wanted it cancelled, and he knew he was going to do it.

          And, put the California High Speed dodo bird in the same category of abusive deception. It’s now clear that the real cost is NOT $68 billion, but double, triple, or ten times that. No one knows.

          But for politicians like Jerry Brown and special interests like Richard Trumpa to pretend that taxpayers are going to get any benefit from the billions of dollars of debt piled on to future generations is despicable.

          Jerry Brown and Richard Trumpa are not going to heaven.

        • Sorry Robert not a writer but a tech, just have to keep hammering and supplying data until the taxpayer/DA get its, yes confusing, but read the links, you will find already about 3.2 million was spent on present day BR, only to have corrupt management let it fail, yes i and others made garbage into a high class system, with tons of bells and whistles(top notch wireless, video conferencing with isdn, ip, and a control system that had equipment online and remote controlled, 6 cameras, digital processing and routing to any room on/off campus, dv cameras/editing enough auxiliary sound and video equipment to do any type of event and remote board meetings, system was online or via browsers/api, and so much more), only problem was management never told the board what they had or how to work things, kamenjati even stopped maintenance and repair so system could look to the board as if new was needed. if you watch the meetings(start 2012-2015) they have had on BR, staff again lies about what’s there, what has been spent, and various other false claims( just like rmc and other issue’s) the audit 2012 explains how they operate, now they want to take it all toss it out and claim they want to build new due to age etc, for under 750k, ones there claims of 98% is wrong and the cost will rise to around 2 million as they don’t count many others charges. so just trying to hammer it in the waste, and so much equipment that just sits now, as the managers have no concept on how to tell campus about what we do, instead tells end user to just go out and buy your own equipment. so understand no one cares about what there is it will never get used, but they want more now, that is what must stop.

          • I’ve worked with a lot of these technologies over the years. Not even in 2001 dollars was that an appropriate amount for a video conference system with all the bells and whistles (I mean,, you can build something that costs that much with Studio grade cameras and what not, but not needed)

            I too am a tech, and I find tech issues in politics and public service is nothing more than a gaping black hole to a lot of voters. Not a lot of people spend as much of their free time learning… or relearning this craft year after year. The parameters for say, a journalist never changes, but in our line of work it changes constantly, new technologies and buzzwords are often carried to the ears of management through the ether of gossip with no real concern for the costs implementing them.

            Basically what I’m saying is, nobody is going to care about IT costs. Maybe it’s time our local politicians start making a budgeting board for its IT costs, but without popular support nobody is going to even bother.

    5. thank you, that’s what i have been trying to say, (point 3 mill is what they spent on the system before i came i fixed most things with another 200k,)and they want to spend another, the 1st board room was so much they built it and forgot to put IT in and to pretty much ripped it apart to get network and av in, pretty sure the whole golden palace went to grand jury around 2000, i was hired to fix all the mistakes, and they still want another system, and as you say nobody but a few techs care about the cost. the water district did start it ad hoc committee staffed by directors and given or feeding the same old lies,
      Its not energy star compliant(hello they are pulling at straws on that one)
      Needs to be hd, when the problem is end user bandwidth.
      AMX cannot handle voting ( when staff so a demo on amx voting)
      and pretty much everything they say the system cannot do it can or can do with under 75k in modifications
      this post has the biased staff report and my rebuttal and others rebuttal.

      .https://pgoeltz.wordpress.com/2015/06/23/scvwd-boardroom-lies-when-they-just-need-to-use-whats-there-av-upgrade/
      JOE HANDOUT LETTER TO DIRECTOR JUDGE, WHICH WAS SAME LETTER TO CAO OMS.
      https://pgoeltz.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/joe-handout.pdf

      DiversityAudit2012https://pgoeltz.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/diversityaudit20121.pdf

      scvwd ray 10 28 2014PDF HANDOUT BOARD MEETING 10 28
      https://pgoeltz.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/scvwd-ray-10-28-2014.pdf RAYS HANDOUT

      SCVWD PGOELTZ 10 28 2014 HANDOUT BOARD MEETING 10 28
      https://pgoeltz.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/scvwd-pgoeltz-10-28-2014.pdf
      PAULS HAND OUT

      THE PROBLEM IS STAFF HAS NEVER TOLD THE BOARD HOW TO USE EQUIPMENT, NEVER TOLD THEM WHAT THERE IS. YOU THINK RMC IS A FRAUD THE IT DEPT IS JUST AS BIG OF A FRAUD AND WASTING TAX DOLLARS BY THE MINUTE. AND THIS ALONG WITH MISTREATMENT OF STAFF, ETHICS VIOLATIONS, LIES, FRAUD THE LIST GOES ON AND ON.
      PG

 

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