SANTA CLARA VALLEY Water District CEO Beau Goldie Resigned

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Water District CEO Beau Goldie Resigned, and We’re Better For It

A statement released by the Santa Clara Valley Water District today put a happy spin on CEO Beau Goldie “retiring/resigning,” but let’s cut to the chase: He got canned.

And rightly so.

The 31-year district employee, the last seven of which had him at the helm of the nearly $400 million public agency in charge of water for 1.9 million people, got too comfortable. It was as if the rules didn’t apply to him—or his buddies within the district, or their husband’s companies—and he played fast and loose with taxpayer dollars. In the end, it cost him his job.

Goldie’s decision to go peacefully is a bit of a surprise. There was word he was refusing to sign a release in which both sides would agree not to sue one another. A bitter divorce would have been entertaining, perhaps, but fruitless for all parties. His legacy has been distilled to seven bullet points, which can be found at the bottom of this column. Go, Beau, go.

A CEO should be many things, but they shouldn’t be too proud to admit mistakes, especially when those mistakes involve taxpayer dollars. A public agency has to be accountable to its constituents, and Goldie was far more concerned with protecting himself and his long-term colleagues than shepherding public dollars in a transparent, responsible manner.

He also used the district counsel’s office to insulate himself against requests for public information. If there is one person who should follow Goldie out the door, it’s the district’s adorably curmudgeon counsel Stan Yamamoto, who seems to think that attorneys aren’t required to show their work.

Multiple times Goldie and Yamamoto have teamed up to prevent the release of damning documents. For example, they have refused to release information related to a “firewall” agreement for Melanie Richardson, an administrator in charge of flood control for the district who at one time oversaw procurement, and also happens to be married to an owner of RMC Water and Environment, a company that bids for and wins big-dollar consulting contracts with the district.

It turns out, there is no “firewall” agreement, according to sources in the district, and any suggestion to the contrary by Goldie, Yamamoto or the spokesflak du jour is a lie.

Here is an internal document from 2011 that proves Richardson has had a conflict of interest in the district’s dealings with RMC.

“The short answer is yes, Melanie does have a financial conflict of interest because she receives community property income from her spouses’ employment with RMC,” wrote Leslie Orta, a district counsel, in a memo to Marc Klemencic, a former chief operating officer who is since retired.

It remains a mystery why Goldie was so insistent on fast-tracking contracts to RMC, but he apparently got another approved before being thrown out the door. We’ll follow up on that.

There remains a question of whether Goldie exceeded his authority when he started modifying contracts without board consent, and whether this put board members at risk of being sued. This definitely could have played a factor in his departure.

One of Goldie’s final acts as CEO was commissioning an investigation into district employees who blow the whistle. It is taking place right now and Yamamoto’s office has dragged its feet on releasing contract details to San Jose Inside. The witch hunt is an obvious misuse of taxpayer dollars in a time of drought.

Goldie’s cavalier attitude rubbed the board of directors raw, and the district’s employees were fed up with a CEO continuing to accumulate raises and performance bonuses while they did the real work day in and day out.

The district can spit shine Goldie’s legacy all it likes, but it would do the public a favor by admitting addition by subtraction has made the agency more accountable.

Beau Goldie’s top accomplishments, according to the Water District.

  • Opening of the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center;
  • Establishing the district as a leader in the state in terms of drought response;
  • Accelerating a purified water program to develop drought-proof supplies to help with future droughts and climate change impacts;
  • Seeing the successful passage and early implementation of the 15-year Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program, which voters passed with nearly 74% support in November 2012;
  • Improving the Asset Management Program to protect and efficiently maintain investment in district assets;
  • Developing and implementing programs to ensure a sustainable workforce in the future as a wave of Baby Boomer retirements is expected; and
  • Improving organizational performance and transparency through a comprehensive Management Audit Program.

This article has been updated.

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

14 Comments

    • Ethics, union, upper management, managers, the blatant lying by IT staff to the board regarding the boardroom, temp hiring, hiring in general, purchasing, there is so much for the DA to look at mainly collusion between all parties. most of this was brought up in the audit 2012. which is available online just google for it.

  1. You forgot to mention that SCVWD is affectionately known as the Golden Spigot. They’re either hosing you or raking you.

  2. Real journalism still works. Had Josh Koehn not exposed the problems of this CEO, had he not done the homework, read the documentation, connected the dots and exposed the scandals, Goldie would still be comfortably ensconced at the district. It was good journalism.

    The Metro gets its share of criticism. But even when we disagree with the angle of a story; Josh and his team are accurate and professional in their approach to stories. They are often cynical; but that is their job. George Shirakawa would still be on the Board of Supervisors and Beau Goldie would still be CEO of the water district without Josh’s efforts on behalf of the taxpayers. Someone ought to acknowledge that fact.

    In fact, at some point, someone should nominate him for a Pulitzer. He has earned it.

    • > Real journalism still works.

      Explain sumpin’ Rich.

      How is it that Hillary Clinton is gliding to her coronation on a surf of laundered foreign money with a debris field of public malfeasance in her wake, and yet the over class’s kept “journalists” do nothing but enthuse about the clever roguishness of Bill Clinton and his ability to make female journalists want to sleep with him and male commentators “get a thrill up their leg”?

      Or, is that you defination of “journalism that works”?

    • Not at the District, the lady in charge currently (much like Beau) is sitting on a big pile of complaints. Another lady who was in charge of Ethics resigned after a year recently. Right before that the District hired a guy who quit the Ethics office after a couple of days! The Ethics department has a long scandalous history.
      Hopefully Josh will continue his investigations, as the CEO was just the tip of the iceberg.

  3. It seems to me that the purpose of Boards of Directors of public agencies like the SCVWD is to provide oversight on the public’s behalf and prevent the years of abuse and conflicts of interest exhibited by Beau Goldie during his term as CEO. The Board has failed utterly in that task, which has cost the taxpayers untold millions of dollars. And when SJI locates the tip of the iceberg of Mr. Goldie’s malfeasance, the Board lets him resign, and the Board President, Barbara Keegan, drafts a press release gushing about what a great job Goldie did. TOTAL BS!! This is a shining example of how Boards protect malefactors in an organization to the detriment of the taxpaying public. This patty cake deal by the Board is clearly designed to stop further investigation. The Civil Grand Jury should initiate an investigation into Mr. Goldie and the Board of Directors, and SJI should help the CGJ by continuing to dig into this pattern of malfeasance by SCVWD executives and its Board of Directors.

  4. Had dinner Friday night in Palo Alto with a few folks including a local lawyer and a signer in opposition to an SCVWD ballot measure. After a bottle of Madeira wine, one person had these observations about some of the bullet points above:

    o Improving the Asset Management Program to protect and efficiently maintain investment in district assets;

    by allegedly feathering his own nest with sweetheart contractor kickbacks.

    o Developing and implementing programs to ensure a sustainable workforce in the future as a wave of Baby Boomer retirements is expected;

    by making sure anyone over 50 is put out to pasture and implementing an unwritten policy to have HR do everything it can to discriminate against hiring anyone over 40.

    o Improving organizational performance and transparency through a comprehensive Management Audit Program.

    by establishing an unhealthy, almost fearful work environment, pitting environmental planning, biologists against engineering and pitting white collar against blue collar employee organizations; allowing executive management to reap huge salary increases while the most talented employees were kept in check and not given opportunities for advancement; promoting only employees who knew how to play politics best and the least talented managers.

  5. So now the board need to step up, hold themselves to a higher standard, break up the upper management/worker competition discrimination games. The DA needs to come in and do audits, of assets, PR’s, hiring, bidding, lots needs to happen. Beau and his golden spigot/palace needs a shakedown. this is your tax money.

  6. This goes backs years and many of these points were brought out in the hidden but published scvwd audit 2012 (just google it or ask) about the glaring discontent between top and the bottom, sort of the 1% vs 99%.

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3 thoughts on “SANTA CLARA VALLEY Water District CEO Beau Goldie Resigned

  1. Thank god! not if they could rid of half the managers, the union, few others that sucks up
    to upper management. of course there is some board that needs to go also, slowly they
    will, notice the turnover. Its a shame another av tech is quitting, the district, let’s
    see 3 fired IT managers, COUPE TEMPS,psychopaths running the the district and IT DEPT. ITS
    NO WONDER PEOPLE HAVE BAD WORDS AND MORE TRUTH COMES OUT ABOUT WASTED TAX DOLLARS,
    NEPOTISM, DISCRIMINATION, GROSS VIOLATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS, AND WITH THIS NEW RFB THEY
    ARE CLEARLY TIRED OF THE TRUTH ABOUT THE WASTE IN THE BOARD ROOM AND WANT TO HIRE TEMP
    WORKERS, WHO PRETTY MUCH HAVE DO RIGHTS!, SO SURE GEORGE K IS READY TO TALE HELM OF THESE
    WORKERS AND I PRAY THEY KEEP THERE OWN AV TECH ALTHOUGH WITH DUTIES OF APPRENTICE.
    http://cas.valleywater.org/go.jsp?
    act=actShowViewRFPScreen&tmstp=1452744331927&fld=fldHomeCntrName&srcde=dteCntrList&source=
    scrHome&form=frmCntrList&ind=0&scr=scrViewRFP&id=1646848
    iT’S A SHAME WE REBUILT GARBAGE, TO A GOOD SYSTEM, AND THEY DELIBERATELY TRY TO BREAK IT,
    SO THEY CAN WASTE ANOTHER 3 MILLION, DO NOT BELIEVE THEY CAN UPGRADE TO HD, CHANGE,
    REMORE, MORE BELLS WHISTLES FOR UNDER A MILLION, LETS NOT FORGET COST ALREADY AND DISTRICT
    COST AND PROJECT WILL SORE, AS THEY HAVE NO CONCEPT OF DOING AV, TELL STAFF HOW TO USE
    EQUIPMENT, HAVE OVER 150K OF TOP NOTCH PRO AUDIO AND VIDEO GEAR THAT WILL GO TO GEORGE’S
    CHURCH.. FYI ALL GO EQUIPMENT GOES TO EMPLOYEE’S CHURCHES, SCHOOLS FRIENDS ETC, DO AN
    AUDIT, DO AN AUDIT OF AV GEAR AND WHERE IT IS.
    WELL it good they ax golden goldie box ax the ones the screwed me, and threw my personal
    item away. (it’s ok karma comes quick). few reminders from fired temp and good man.
    How Do You Sleep At Night?
    I contracted at the district. The general lack of ethics was joked about constantly.
    The three midgets that run the IT department in descending order:
    a-The idiot who came highly recommended by a senior staff member (Deputy)
    b-The Spineless One (Unit Manager)
    c-The Sociopath (Help Desk Supervisor)
    These three abusive A**HOLES should be investigated!!!!
    They are just as guilty as ANYONE at the district. I’m sure everyone is more concerned
    with the CEO and the larger, more exposed issues at hand. But these “men”, probably handle
    quite a bit of the taxpayer dollars, and they, in turn, should be looked at as a
    department. They should be investigated for prejudice, impartial treatment of employees,
    nepotism, racism, falsifying documents, destroying evidence in the form of e-mails and
    documents, and in general: MAKING IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR PEOPLE TO PUT IN A LEGITIMATE 8 HOURS
    AND GET PAID FOR A HARD DAY WORKED!
    Guys like this are on easy street at the SCVWD and it’s just one cover-up after another.
    They know where the bodies are buried. Maybe they get a cut from the Board Room
    upgrades??? They are like corporate mobsters. But that would be giving them too much
    credit. They are like COCKROACHES, and dear Mr. District Attorney please be ready when you
    turn on the lights……
    http://www.sanjoseinside.com/2015/11/04/water-district-redacts-interview-about-staff-
    sharing-nude-photos-racist-jokes-with-work-emails/
    http://www.sanjoseinside.com/2015/10/09/water-district-ceo-beau-goldie-on-the-chopping-
    block-travels-to-savannah-georgia-to-duck-board/
    http://www.sanjoseinside.com/2015/10/09/water-district-ceo-beau-goldie-on-the-chopping-
    block-travels-to-savannah-georgia-to-duck-board/
    http://www.sanjoseinside.com/2015/12/08/water-district-ceo-can-do-what-he-wants-no-paper-
    trail-needed/
    http://www.sanjoseinside.com/2015/11/06/ceo-staff-misled-water-district-board-about-rmc-
    contracts/
    don’t forget to read what we have been complaining about for years, and i will not stop
    till i get my 1300$ and the above mentioned mangers outed.
    https://pgoeltz.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/diversityaudit2012.pdf expailns it all.
    https://pgoeltz.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/joe-handout.pdf
    https://pgoeltz.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/scvwd-ray-10-28-2014.pdf
    https://pgoeltz.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/scvwd-pgoeltz-10-28-2014.pdf
    You would think a tax sucking agency could do better, but the management and upper staff
    or leadership is pretty much corrupt. contact me for more info facts, names, more rmc
    like waste in the board room and IT dept and other depts i have seen. It’s your water
    are tax for them to waste on junk take the new unused laboratory 80% not used, george put
    av gear in but there is no support nor use for this gear? why ask a manager that has no
    concept of av, ask a tech.
    info @pgoeltz pgoeltz@yahoo.com
    408-899-9692

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