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The Latest Issue Of The Lake Berryessa News, December 2019, Has Been Published And Is Available to Download. Click on image below.

LBNews Pg 8&1 Dec19

"Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." John F. Kennedy    

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The Lake is Rising!

 Lake Level as of 11/4/19:

Lake Berryessa is now at 430.9 feet above msl (mean sea level) - 9.1 feet below Glory Hole.  

The lake has risen about 5 inches in the last 3 days. It usually takes about 3 inches of rain before the ground is saturated enough for new rain to run off into the lake. On average, once the ground is saturated, the lake rises about 7 inches per 1 inch of additional rainfall.

The latest rainfall data shows that the official rainfall measured at Monticello Dam has reached 3.15 inches. The Lake Berryessa News weather station above the Berryessa Highlands

 (https://www.wunderground.com/dashboard/pws/KCANAPA64

shows a 3.56 inch total.

Water temperature has dropped to uniform 55 degrees from the surface to 70 feet.

Check real-time lake levels, water temperatures, and storage capacity at:

www.scwamonitoring.com/LakeBerryessa/index.htm

Lake Temperature 120119

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Christmas 2019: The Promise of the Gift of Lake Berryessa Revitalization

Napa County is close to signing a 55-year agreement that would let it try to jumpstart the long-stalled Lake Berryessa resort revival starting next year. “We’re not going to celebrate until we sign on the dotted line, which is close,” Supervisor Alfredo Pedroza said. “I think every time we drive by the lake, we all get excited about the potential of what it could become,”

If all goes as county officials hope—and County Executive Officer Minh Tran tried to tamp down any overly optimistic expectations—the Board of Supervisors could vote on an agreement with the Bureau in January or February.

Lake Berryessa has seven resorts on federal land. The Bureau of Reclamation a decade ago demolished five resorts and unsuccessfully sought concessionaires to redevelop them. Napa County could try to succeed where the Bureau has failed. It would try to find concessionaires to build marinas, restaurants, stores and other amenities at three of those five resorts, with an option to take on the remaining two at a later date.

Reaching an agreement with the Bureau has proven difficult, with supervisors in May expressing disappointment with the terms being offered. Supervisors Pedroza and Dillon traveled to Washington, D.C and met with Bureau staff to try to work things out.

The County had previously entered into an MOU with the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) to discuss whether the County should assume management of one or more concession areas and determine development interest.

The County is currently in discussions with the BOR regarding how to share the cost and risk of possible concession management as well as how to best manage and develop the Lake Berryessa area. According to Supervisor Ryan Gregory, "Although there is still much work to do, I'm excited to report that many of the proposed terms under the Managing Partner Agreement (MPA) with the BOR have been resolved, including the 55-year term expected to begin November 1, 2020.

Staff anticipates returning to the Board in January/February 2020 with the MPA for consideration and releasing a Request for Proposal in April/May 2020 for concessionaires at Steele Canyon, Spanish Flat, and Monticello Shores (Rancho Monticello). Several previous bid proposals and detailed plans are available to re-use. (See diagrams below.)

County officials have also wanted the Bureau to share in the losses in the initial years of an agreement, before resorts are built and begin generating revenue. County expenses would include such things as management staff and Sheriff’s law enforcement at a busier lake. The Bureau proposes to make available $1 million over five years.

After ten years of devastation and delay, people often  forget what a wonderful place this was, especially for Berryessa Highlands and Spanish Flat residents.

Steele Park from the air
Rancho Marina edited-1


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Boat Repair 2019a
Steele Park Site Plan edited

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Original Steele Park Environmental Management Program

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Spanish Flat Site Plan
Monticello Shores (Rancho Monticello) Site Plan edited-1

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A Christmas Thought:

Why Be Nice Only Once a Year? Why Are There Only Ten Commandments?

For those of us who are not religionists, the rules of moral and ethical human conduct are a bit more complicated than for those who may try to follow the Ten Commandments. Humanism is an alternative view of how to do the right thing - the Golden Rule.

Some people declare humanism to be a religion, a life stance, or a worldview, while others profess it to be a progressive philosophy, an ethical perspective, or a belief system. Usually, an array of principles is provided as a list of what’s key to humanists—affirming human worth and dignity, reason, compassion, morality, ethics, democracy, scientific inquiry, naturalism, and critical thinking with no adherence or affirmation of a divine creator or other supernatural force.

Without a definitive set of beliefs, dogma, or scripture, humanism appears nebulous, which is the main reason the American Humanist Association has developed the Ten Commitments. Whereas the Ten Commandments of the Hebrew Bible are a set of strict rules dictated by God, the Ten Commitments stand on their own as humanist values to maintain and strive to practice daily.

They propose we put our values into action to work towards positively impacting our communities and society. In their simplicity, the Ten Commitments ultimately define what we are about and what we stand for.

The Ten Commitments are less about absolutes and serve more as a guide to putting beliefs into action. They hold people accountable to their values. They ask non-religionists to be proactive versus reactive. They demonstrate that following humanist principles involves doing what is inherently right to ensure the well being of everyone and everything in this world.

-Ten Commitments


The Ten Commitments

Critical Thinking

As we are each bombarded with a constant stream of information, it can become challenging to decide what is accurate and true. Thinking critically allows us to make sense of all this information and reason our way to good judgments and effective solutions to the problems we face while rigorously avoiding pitfalls like rationalization, conformity, and stereotyping.

This process forms the basis of the scientific method, which opens the door for new discoveries through hypothesizing and experimenting. Critical thinking is a skill that requires continued attention, practice, and reflection. Exercising our minds to build these skills enables us to challenge biases in ourselves and in others, paving the way for a fair, open-minded, and autonomous perspective that fosters a multicultural worldview.

Ethical Development

The key to understanding ethical development is acknowledging that nobody is perfect or has all the answers. Ethical development is a never-ending process that requires constant reflection and evaluation of our personal choices and the consequences they have on others. Fairness, cooperation, and sharing are among the first moral issues we encounter in our ethical development as human beings and are often embraced intuitively, but each new day carries with it new challenges and new moral dilemmas. We should continually adapt and rebuild our moral frameworks with the goal of becoming better humans.

Peace and Social Justice

True peace involves an intense commitment to social justice and affirms the human rights and personal autonomy of all people. Any level of injustice against groups or individuals signifies existing conflict, even if the conflict isn’t immediate or obvious. We attain peace only by consistently responding to injustice through thoughtful conflict resolution that aims to repair harms and ensure a fair and equitable society moving forward.

Service and Participation

Service and participation means putting values into action in ways that positively impact our communities and society as a whole. It fosters helping others, increasing social awareness, enhancing accountability, and many attributes of the other nine commitments. Engaging in service doesn’t just make the recipients better off, but those

who serve can develop new skills, experiences, and personal satisfaction that all promote personal growth. We must all recognize that we are members of a group, and engaging in service to benefit the group and the other individuals in it makes us  better off.

Empathy

Empathy means entering imaginatively into another’s situation in an attempt to understand their experience as though we are experiencing it ourselves. Empathy requires a person to step outside of their own perspective to consider someone else’s thoughts, feelings, or circumstance from that person’s point of view. In many ways, empathy is the first step to ethical behavior as it allows us to respond compassionately to the suffering of others and exercise good judgement when our actions may affect someone else. Understanding another’s perspective is not only critical to building better relationships, but also makes us better citizens in our local and global communities. Empathy promotes tolerance, consideration, and compassion among us all.

Humility

Humility means displaying modesty about accomplishments, talents, gifts, or importance of self. It acknowledges we humans are fallible and have limitations in what we know and can do. Being humble isn’t about having low self-esteem or denigrating oneself. Humility at its core is robust self-awareness—awareness of our strengths and weaknesses, our faults and our merits. Humility involves setting aside personal pride and overcoming our egos to embrace gratitude for what you have and appreciate others for who they are.

Environmentalism

Regardless of our individual identities, we all share the same home: planet Earth. Just as we depend on the planet to sustain us with its precious resources, this planet’s ecosystems depend on us to be good stewards and take responsibility for the impact human activity has on our shared planet. Disregard for the large-scale impacts humans have on our environment has caused extensive harm to earth’s ecosystems. Despite this, humanity is also capable of positive environmental change that values the interdependence of all life on this planet.

Global Awareness

We live in a world that is rich in cultural, social, and individual diversity—a world with rapidly increasing interdependence. As a result, events anywhere are more likely to have consequences everywhere. Global awareness broadens our knowledge of cultures and perspectives that are outside of our own experience. A true global awareness includes attention to both current and historical events, and acknowledges how we affect—and how we are affected by—the interconnected social, political, and economic systems in which we reside. The end-goal of global awareness is global citizenship, which recognizes our personal responsibility to foster a healthy and dignified life for everyone in our global community.

Responsibility

Every day, each of us makes choices. These choices, large and small, all have consequences—for ourselves and for the world around us. Moral responsibility involves taking conscious ownership of one’s intentions and actions, and being accountable for the resulting consequences. Although we all live in a society with various cultural values, expectations, codes of conduct, and social mores, ultimately we all decide for ourselves what is right and wrong. Being a responsible person involves steadfast attention to what is right and willfully bearing the blame or praise for our own actions.

Altruism

Altruism is the selfless concern for the welfare of other living beings without expectation of reward, recognition, or return. The collective welfare of our communities and society depends on the welfare of each individual person. We should always seek to alleviate the suffering and hardships of others with compassionate action. By caring for others around us and lifting each other up, we reinforce healthy connections and contribute to the betterment of our community, society, and the world.

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Funny Christmas Quotes

“Christmas is a baby shower that went totally overboard.” – Andy Borowitz

“This holiday season, no matter what your religion is, please take a moment to reflect on why it’s better than all the other ones.”– Guy Endore Kaiser

“Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year.”– Victor Borge

“My husband’s idea of getting the Christmas spirit is to become Scrooge.”

“There are 17 more shopping days until Christmas. So, guys, that means 16 more days till we start shopping, right?” -Conan O’Brien

“Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.”– Dave Barry

“I haven’t taken my Christmas lights down. They look so nice on the pumpkin.”– Winston Spear

 “Nothing’s as mean as giving a little child something useful for Christmas.” 

– Kin Hubbard

 “Adults can take a simple holiday for Children and screw it up. What began as a presentation of simple gifts to delight and surprise children around the Christmas tree has culminated in a woman unwrapping six shrimp forks from her dog, who drew her name.” – Erma Bombeck

 “I bought my brother some gift wrap for Christmas. I took it to the gift wrap department and told them to wrap it, but in a different print so he would know when to stop unwrapping.” – Steven Wright

 “Be careful with drinking this Christmas. I got so drunk last night I found myself dancing in a cheesy bar… or, as you like to call it, delicatessen.” – Sean Hughes

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Corporations ARE NOT People, Stupid! Repeal Citizens United

by Peter Kilkus

The 1880s and 1890s were the days of men such as John D. Rockefeller, J. Pierpont Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, James Mellon, and Cornelius Vanderbilt. Wealth begat wealth as corporations took advantage of government disarray to buy tariff, banking, railroad, labor, and public lands legislation that would further enrich them. Citizen groups committed to maintaining corporate accountability continued to battle corporate abuse at state levels, and both courts and state legislatures revoked corporate charters.

Gradually, however, corporations gained sufficient control over key state legislative bodies to virtually rewrite the laws governing their own creation. They limited the liability of corporate owners and managers and issued charters in perpetuity. Corporations soon had the right to operate in any fashion not explicitly prohibited by law. 

Step-by-step, the court system put in place new precedents that made the protection of corporations and corporate property a centerpiece of constitutional law. Judges sympathetic to corporate interests ruled that workers were responsible for causing their own injuries on the job, limited the liability of corporations for damages they might cause, and declared wage and hours laws unconstitutional.

In 1886, in a stunning victory for the proponents of corporate sovereignty, the Supreme Court ruled in Santa Clara County V. Southern Pacific Railroad that a private corporation is a natural person under the U.S. Constitution - although, as noted above, the Constitution makes no mention of corporations - and is thereby entitled to the protections of the Bill of Rights, including the right to free speech and other constitutional protections extended to individuals. 

Thus corporations finally claimed the full rights enjoyed by individual citizens while being exempted from many of the responsibilities and liabilities of citizenship. The subsequent claim by corporations that they have the same right as any individual to influence the government in their own interest pits the individual citizen against the vast financial and communications resources of the corporation and mocks the constitutional intent that all citizens have an equal voice in the political debates surrounding important issues.

Markets and politics are both about governance, power, and the allocation of society’s resources. But the political reality is that in a political democracy, each person gets one vote. In the market, one dollar is one vote, and you get as many votes as you have dollars. 

No dollar, no vote. 

-Citizens United

Behind its carefully crafted public-relations image and the many fine and ethical people it may employ, the body of a corporation is its corporate charter, a legal document, and money is its blood. It is at its core an alien entity with one goal: to reproduce money to nourish and replicate itself. Individuals are dispensable. It owes only one true allegiance: to the financial markets, which are more totally creatures of money than even the corporation itself.

The marvel of the corporation as a social innovation is that it has the ability to bring together thousands of people within a single structure and compel them to act in concert in accordance with a corporate purpose that is not necessarily their own. Those who revolt or fail to comply are expelled and replaced by others who are more compliant. 

The contemporary corporation increasingly exists as an entity apart - even from the people who compose it. Every member of the corporate class, no matter how powerful his or her position within the corporation, has become expendable - as growing numbers of top executives are learning. As corporations gain in autonomous institutional power and become more detached from people and place, the human interest and the corporate interest increasingly diverge. It is almost as though we were being invaded by alien beings intent on colonizing our planet, reducing us to serfs, and then excluding as many of us as possible.

Citizens United: Perversion of Democracy - One Dollar, One Vote!

The Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the court opened the campaign spending floodgates. The justices' ruling said political spending is protected under the First Amendment, meaning corporations and unions could spend unlimited amounts of money on political activities…Disembodied corporations were now transformed into real people.

In his opposing argument, Supreme Court Justice Stevens statement is still relevant 10 years later:

". . . corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help structure and facilitate the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their 'personhood' often serves as a useful legal fiction. But they are not themselves members of “We the People” by whom and for whom our Constitution was established."

Corporation Runs for Congress Based on Citizens United (True)

“Murray Hill Inc. for Congress” was ready to hit the campaign trail running, armed with a dynamic strategy and catchy campaign slogans like “Corporations are People Too,” “Privatize Gain...Socialize Risk,” and the surefire vote-getter, “The People Should Always Come 2nd or 3rd." Murray Hill Inc., the first American corporation to openly run for Congress (as opposed to the more traditional “candidate-as-corporateproxy” model) has had its hopes of corporate candidacy dashed by the Maryland State Board of Elections...on a technicality.

According to its advertising, Murray Hill, a public-relations firm, is usinf a recent Supreme Court ruling that granted corporations full first-amendment political rights as people, to create “the best democracy money can buy.”

Even though Murray Hill Inc. did have a “DesignatedHuman”(DH)  representative, the Board rejected the corporation’s application on the groundsthat it was “not a human being,”

Despite the Supreme Court’s controversial 5-4 ruling in the “Citizens United” case, which removed longstanding restrictions on political activism by companies, these bids for office still face significant obstacles—not least the requirement that candidates in Maryland be at least 18 years old. Murray Hill is just five.

It would become the first elected official truly available to constituents 24 hours a day, seven days aweek. Nor is it alone: according to the Washington Post, a firm called Computer Umbrella is now running for Congress in Virginia. Many legal scholars, as opposed to corporate lobbyists, are shocked that the Supreme Court ruled that Congress cannot limit the rights of corporations that are invented by man and controlled by man. To endow those legal fictions with the same natural rights as living, human beings is absurd. To claim the U.S. Constitution as the basis for that ruling is an outright fabrication.

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Update on Aetna Springs

Historic, deteriorating Aetna Springs resort in rural, remote Pope Valley got a new owner last year with the stated goal of creating a world-class luxury destination. In December, 2018 Alchemy Resorts bought 3,100 acres that included the 700-acre Aetna Springs property and 2,400 nearby acres.

Alchemy bought Aetna Springs for $22 million from the Dallas Police and Fire Department Pension Fund, which took a huge loss. They had bought it for $110 million in 2006 before the county denied plans to develop part of the property, formerly a portion of Juliana Vineyards, into 16 luxury homes around Lake Luciana and a vineyard.

David Wickline, owner of Alchemy Resorts, said he has planning permits that allow for 70 guest rooms and a couple dozen glamping tents, a small winery and 16 residential estate lots on the Aetna property. He does not plan to reopen a golf course there that closed in January. The plan is to “restore the historic property to its original grandeur through the development of a world-class luxury resort that showcases Napa’s food and wine combined with leading wellness programs,” the press release stated.

Napa County Traffic Trivia

What out-of-county city generates the most trips into Napa County during an average morning rush hour?

Vallejo is the leader, generating 3,500 peak morning rush hour trips, according to the Napa Valley Transportation Authority’s updated Travel Behavior Study. That far outstrips Fairfield at 2,243, the Santa Rosa area at 1,837 and Vacaville at 1,217.

What are the top five counties coming into Napa County on a daily basis?

Solano County generates 28,900 trips or 55 percent, Sonoma County 9,900 trips or 19 percent, Contra Costa County 4,300 trips or 8 percent, Alameda County at 2,000 trips or 4 percent and Sacramento County at 1,700 trips or 3 percent.

What highway is entirely within Napa County?

Highway 221. It links Imola Avenue in the city of Napa with Highway 29 at Soscol Ferry Road near the Grapecrusher statue, running by Napa State Hospital and Napa Valley College along the way. This highway once was Highway 29. Then California opened the present-day Highway 29/Highway 12 “Southern Crossing” route in 1981 that traverses the Napa River on the Butler Bridge. The discarded Highway 29 route between Soscol Ferry Road and Imola Avenue became Highway 221.

What is the “other” Highway 221?

California in 1970 considered building a Highway 221 that would have started around Trancas Street near Silverado Trail and crossed the valley at Oak Knoll Avenue to join Highway 29 between the city of Napa and Yountville.The idea of losing vineyards to another car-carrying swathe of asphalt through the heart of the agricultural preserve didn’t play well. The county Board of Supervisors told state planners to forget about it.

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Concession Areas

Markley Cove Resort, Pleasure Cove Marina, Steele Canyon Recreation Area, Putah Canyon, and Spanish Flat offer a variety of recreation services, including boat launch ramps, and are great alternatives to Oak Shores and Capell Cove. For information regarding services offered at concession-operated facilities, please call or visit their websites:

Markley Cove- 707-966-2134, www.markleycove.com
Pleasure Cove Marina- 707-966-9600, www.goberryessa.com
Steele Canyon Recreation Area- 707-966-9179, www.goberryessa.com/campground-at-steele-canyon
Spanish Flat Recreation Area- 707-966-0200, www.spanishflatcamping.com
Putah Canyon Recreation Area- 707-966-9051, 
www.royalelkparkmanagement.com

For more information, call the Lake Berryessa Administration office at 707-966-2111, ext. 113 or visit the website at:  http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/index.html    

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See my detailed report on how Lake Berryessa and Monticello Dam function at:

www.lakeberryessanews.com/special-publications/as-lake-berryessa-flows/as-lake-berryessa-flows-2.html

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Special Release: New combined report for those who want to know almost everything about how Lake Berryessa works!

As Lake Berryessa Flows:

A Combination of Science, Engineering, and Natural Beauty

by Peter Kilkus

The Science and Engineering Elements of a Major Natural Resource

Download Full Report PDF Here...

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Welcome to the best map of Lake Berryessa you’ll ever find!

Click on the map to see a larger version.

Click here to download a pdf copy.

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Lake Berryessa Fills and Glory Hole Spills: The Video History

This amazing series of Lake Berryessa News Drone videos by Evan Kilkus documents the 45 foot rise of Lake Berryessa in 2017.

http://lakeberryessanews.com/photo-album/videos.html

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Full lake level history 2015
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BERRYESSA VALLEY HISTORY

Berryessa Valley and the Town of Monticello Historical Photos and Videos from before Lake Berryessa covered it.

Berryessa Valley photo

Thanks to Carol Fitzpatrick for creating the Berryessa Valley Exhibit at the Spanish Flat Village Center described in the first video.

https://www.facebook.com/BERRYESSA-VALLEY-EXHIBIT-767097649995856/photos/

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WHAT HAPPENED AT LAKE BERRYESSA?

A CONDENSED POLITICAL HISTORY 
1958 - 2018

by Peter Kilkus

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What Happened At Lake Berryessa? The Book! 

(Click to Download the PDF here)


Table Of Contents

Introduction

Without THE LAKE BERRYESSA NEWS there would be no Lake Berryessa News…and finally there would be no definitive history of what happened at Lake Berryessa. Having participated directly for more than twenty years as an advocate for the lake in the fiasco that was the Bureau of Reclamation’s Visitor Services Plan, its farcical but tragic outcome, and the process of rebuilding, I have very strong views of the causes and results - supported by facts and data which were mostly obfuscated by the proponents of the destruction of the lake’s residential and business community.

The Bureau of Reclamation and their supporters destroyed family recreation at Lake Berryessa for a generation of families, children, and friends. Many people ask me about the history of the process that led to the present situation at Lake Berryessa. When I explain what happened most become incredulous and can't believe the government could have done something so stupid. "How could they have gotten away with that?" they exclaim.

The goal of this book is to provide the history and the context within which such an incredibly destructive course of action took place.

The initial timeline shows a condensed history of the process. The next section tells the story through the eyes of Lake Berryessa News articles. With the permission of the Napa Register, a parallel history is presented through contemporaneous editorials, articles, and letters to the editor from the Napa Register.

This book is not a traditional academic exercise in historical exposition. Academic historians define history as presenting facts without expressing any opinion or analysis of the events whereas memories are comprised of emotions that can have a great influence on the perception of an actual event. Critical historians live by the old saying of "there are two sides to every story and then there is the truth."

I’m more interested in the narrative approach to defining this history. Almost two decades have passed since this story began, and Lake Berryessa history has been created with every day of that twenty years.

This book is the raw, as-it-happened, unfiltered picture of what many of us lived through. It is organized chronologically; focused on a single coherent story; primarily descriptive but also analytical; primarily concerned with people but also the abstract circumstances in which they find themselves. To me a big part of the fascination with any history is trying to discover what was going on inside people's heads in the past, and what it was like to live in that past.

The future may finally looking brighter for Lake Berryessa or does it? History continues to unfold.

Peter Kilkus, Lake Beryessa, 2018

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Here's an interview I did in 2010, three years after the interview below with Pat Monaghan and just after Pensus had been given the contract for 5 resorts. As we all know Pensus was subsequently kicked out in 2012.        

Here's a 2007 TV interview with Pat Monaghan, cofounder of Task Force 7 at Lake Berryessa, to give you some historical insight. Those of you who remember Pete Lucero will recognize his description of what we called "The Big Lie" - which turned into the "Epic Fail".


How It All Began: The Origins of the “Big Lie”


Lake Berryessa History Timeline: 1958 - 2018

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Lake Berryessa News (2010 - 2018): A VERY SLOW MOTION Disaster! 

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Some Interesting Past Stories


Lake Berryessa Glory Hole Swallows Senior Center Gambling Bus


Bird Goes Over the Glory Hole Waterfall Without A Barrel


Glory Hole: Awesome, Frightening, But Dangerous?


February 2019: 2nd Anniversary of Glory Hole Spilling


My First Fishing Trip on Lake Berryessa


Analysis of the Creation of the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument - the Dumbest National Monument in the United States


Rattlesnakes: Friend or Enemy – or just a primal fear?


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Special Publications (PDF)


As Lake Berryessa Flows:

The Science and Engineering Elements of a Major Natural Resource (Combined Reports)

Combined Report Title Page and Index

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As Lake Berryessa Flows: 

A Combination of Science, Engineering, and Natural Beauty 

(Single Report)

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As Lake Berryessa Turns!

Temperature and Fishing in a Warm, Monomictic Lake 

(Single Report)  

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Seeing Underwater at Lake Berryessa 

(Single Report)

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Silly Septic System Standards Harm Rural Napa

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The History of the Creation of the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument: The Ultimate Political Perversion of the Antiquities Act

By Peter Kilkus (6/20/17)

The Twisted Ten-Year Political Path From a Modest Nature Area Partnership to a Local Blue Ridge Berryessa National Conservation Area to a Large Disjointed Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area to an Incoherent Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument.

Is it the “Dumbest National Monument in the United States”? An objective review of the process by which it was created and the final formal designation suggests the answer is YES. I personally support the creation of legitimate national monuments, but this is not that. Being part of the ten year political process that led to its creation convinced me that in many situations the Antiquities Act is being abused. The Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument is a perfect case study of this abuse. 

Read the full report here.

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Conspiracy Theory Or Automatic Pilot: The Economic Roots Of Environmental Destruction        

By Peter F. Kilkus 

Download PDF of this report (2 MB)


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The Amazing Foods of Chef Neiman Marxist

Chef Neiman Marxist French


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The Winters Express

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Peter’s 75th Birthday Video (Hirez, 3m22s, 203MB )

Peter’s 75th Birthday Video (Lorez, 72MB)

Bill Scholer Birthday Band raw (1:37, 101 Mb, Lorez)

Bird video

ACDC Intros mix

BEMS

Glory Hole Overflows


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Hot Tramp 1000 Video

Caymans Dive Video Short - Peter Only (1 minute)

Caymans Dive Video Long - People and Fish Life (7 minutes)



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