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Atlas Fire Second Anniversary Commemoration - PG&E Shuts Off Regional Power For Two Days!

Tenth Anniversary of the Destruction of the Lake Berryessa Resorts - Still NO Progress with the Bureau of Reclamation.

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

LBNews Pg 8&1 Oct19

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Daylight Savings Time ends Nov. 3, 2019

Starting in 2007, DST began in the US on the second Sunday in March, when people move their clocks forward an hour at 2 a.m. local standard time (so at 2 a.m. on that day, the clocks will then read 3 a.m. local daylight time).

Daylight saving time ends on the first Sunday in November, when clocks are moved back an hour at 2 a.m. local daylight time (so they will then read 1 a.m. local standard time).

Last year, DST began on March 11 and ended on Nov. 4. And this year, DST will begin on March 10 and ends on Nov. 3, 2019. You will then move your clock forward an hour on March 8, 2020, and the new cycle will begin again.

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Holiday Celebrations This Year? 

by Peter Kilkus

The 2019 holiday season has just begun. Which will be the special one for Lake Berryessa?

Halloween

Will the Bureau of Reclamation answer Napa County's "Trick or Treat" call with a treat rather than its usual bait and switch tricks which have led to a multi-year delay in the revitalization of Lake Berryessa? The important treat would be a Managing Partner Agreement (MPA) that allows Napa County to take over management of the lake resorts.

Thanksgiving

Will the Lake Berryessa community celebrate the happiest Thanksgiving in years knowing that the MPA will lead quickly to Requests for Proposals (RFP) being sent to compnies wishing to bid on managing the resorts? There were nine positive responses to the Request for Interest and Information (RFII) distributed by Napa County in 2017.

Christmas

Will Napa County give the Lake Berryessa community its late, but well-deserved, Christmas present of a ready-to-go bid package to be distributed before the end of the year? Reclamation has reserved the Lake Berryessa Senior Center and Community Hall for a meeting on December 5th but has not specified the purpose of the meeting.

Positivity vs. Reality

A Lake Berryessa News editorial colleague, nicknamed "Mr. Positivity", continually counsels me to  think happy thoughts. I have a plaque on my wall that states, "If you're lucky enough to live at the lake, you're lucky enough." But as someone who has fought the Bureau of Reclamation for 20 years - yes, 20 years - to minimize its wanton destruction of the Lake Berryessa community, it's sometimes hard to

 

but let's try.

The final Ragatz report in May, 2017 was titled, “Lake Berryessa: An Untapped Resort Development Opportunity” and stated that “Lake Berryessa now represents one of the most untapped opportunities in the country for new resort development and local economic impacts.”

Ragatz viewed Lake Berryessa as a year-round destination, not simply one for the summer months. Hospitality offerings that include bird watching, health and wellness programs, spa services and culinary education could drive off-season and mid-week demand, it said. It will be important to reestablish the reputation of Lake Berryessa with criteria of success, quality, and an “in” destination to visit .

Many thorough economic and environmental reports have been part of previous Reclamation Bid Prospectuses and are available for use by Napa County. Releasing new bids should be a reasonably easy task.

Supervisors Dillon and Pedroza with Deputy County Executive Officer Molly Ratigan have been negotiating with the Bureau of Reclamation for several years regarding Lake Berryessa.  Let's speculate that in a fit of  mutual respect, the latest terms for an MPA are close to resolution.

Let's say our supervisors are quite upbeat about their final meeting with the BOR. Say they told Reclamation that negotiations are over and both teams of lawyers have gone through everything with a fine comb. Say that all that’s needed is for Reclamation to make a final decision on a couple of items.

Then the County negotiating team addresses a near-future Supervisor's meeting to get the rest of the Supervisors to accept and approve what was presented to Reclamation.

New RFP's go out by the end of the year which include the required 50 year contract term and the approval for the use of subcontractors. A  response date is set for March 31, 2020. Resort operators are selected by May, 2020. Revitalization of the selected resorts begins in the summer of 2020.

Certainly an aggressive schedule, but in my opinion doable. Lake Berryessa deserves this type of approach after so many years of neglect. Thousands of words, plans and diagrams have already been written which can be reused.

I have a friend who always told me he had two girlfriends. One was Italian named Rosy Scenario, the other was French and named Skylab Debris. He enjoyed Rosie because she was always happy and looking forward, but with Skylab he often felt that the something bad might be falling on his head from above. I think I'll choose Rosy too.

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Boat Repair 2019a

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Future Scent

by Jason Colby

I can smell the future and it doesn’t smell good. Here I stand waiting to pay for my coffee knowing that in about twenty four hours someone will be shot in this convenience store. Should I bother telling the cashier that a shooting will occur and someone will be injured or killed? When they inevitably ask how I could know this they will either think I am crazy or that I have violent intentions. The smell of gunpowder combined with the almost rusty smell of blood is what informs me of the events that will transpire.

This ability came to me several years ago following removal of a brain tumor. The smells were confusing at first and the doctor visits, examinations, and tests all said I was healthy with no brain damage. It took time to understand what the smells meant. It started to make sense when I smelled smoke at my parents house only to have a major fire occur there a day later. It could have been a slow growing fire that I had smelled however no one else noticed anything prior to the event. Later when I smelled blood at the office I had a hard time understanding what it was and why I was smelling it. The next day , while opening a package with a box cuter, Travis cut his arm fairly deep. The smell of blood, almost rusty, was clearly what I had smelled the day before.

Over time I have learned that what I smell becomes reality twenty four hours later. Because I don’t see the events that will happen, it can be hard to identify exactly what is going to happen, and even more difficult to determine who will be affected. Who will be shot in the convenience store? The clerk, a child, the perpetrator? This is certainly no gift. I lack details and there is not much I can do to help those that will be involved, whoever they are. Are there others with similar abilities? Certainly I can’t be the only one.

A couple of days have passed since I was in the store and the local paper reveals the events surrounding what I smelled. Turns out a person attempted to rob the store at gunpoint and an undercover police officer had shot and killed the robber. The streets are crowded as I make my way to the bus stop. Intense smells from everywhere suddenly overwhelm me and I stumble grabbing a light pole to steady myself. The smell of dust, acrid smoke, blood, sweat, and a multitude of other scents I can’t identify assault me from every direction. As I hold the pole trying to steady myself a passer by is listening to the news on their phone. The reporter is explaining how a large comet will be passing closer to Earth than previously predicted. No impact on earth is expected. I can smell the future and it does not smell good. This is going to be very bad.

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New lower price for a great house with a fantastic view.

Check out the drone video at: https://youtu.be/VVal4ppnXFA

Sanderson October2019

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Ten Years Ago at Lake Berryessa - Never Forget! (October, 2009)


Lake Berryessa folks are in a state of anticipation now that the concession bids have been received. On September 30th, the Bureau of Reclamation received bids for all the resorts at Lake Berryessa. Bureau of Reclamation spokesman Pete Lucero said on Oct. 6, that they had received “at least 2 bids for each of the six resorts available for new contracts.” He also said that the names of the bidders would not be released at this time.

The Lake Berryessa News has confirmed the following: Steele Park owner Sean Buckley has bid on Steele Park Resort. Markley Cove owners John and Linda Frazier have bid on Markley Cove Resort. Present Rancho Monticello owners did not bid on Rancho Monticello resort since they expected their bid to be disqualified. They still expect to receive fair market value for their facilities. Present Spanish Flat owners did not bid on Spanish Flat resort because "the conditions in essence said we would be disqualified if we tried." Previous bidder Peter White, who had been a partner in the Recreation Del Sol Enterprises bid in 2007 did not bid this time.

Calls were not returned by Forever Resorts or the Pensus Group. Informed observers believe that Pensus did bid on all six resorts but Forever Resorts did not bid on any resorts. This leaves at least one “mystery bidder” for Putah Creek, Berryessa Marina, Rancho Monticello, and Spanish Flat.

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1025 Arroyo Linda Oct2019
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This poem was recommended to me by local Spanish Flat poet and chef, Geoff Lake. See some of Geoff’s recipes at: http://www.lakeberryessanews.com/the-amazing-foods-of-chef/the-amazing-foods-of-chef.html

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The Poison Tree

by William Blake

This poem was recommended to me by local Spanish Flat poet and chef, Geoff Lake. See some of Geoff’s recipes at: 

www.lakeberryessanews.com/the-amazing-foods-of-chef/the-amazing-foods-of-chef.html

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A Poison Tree is a poem that focuses on the emotion of anger and the consequences for our relationships should that anger be suppressed. It deals with the darker side of the human psyche. It is one of English literature’s most striking explorations of the corrupting effects of anger.

The speaker tells of how he talked to a friend about his anger and everything was fine but with an enemy he could not do so and kept the anger inside. It began to grow, eventually becoming a metaphorical tree with poison fruit.

The enemy or foe ends up under the tree, destroyed by the speaker's pent up anger. The speaker seems ok about this but is there some doubt about the destructiveness of his anger? Early communication of anger seems the best way to deal with it.

William Blake's poem was written in 1794.  Society at that time was encouraged to bottle up emotions and to present a polite and unruffled persona to the world. Blake thought this approach unhealthy and advocated a more expressive mode of being, especially with regards to potentially festering emotions. His ideas were against the prevailing attitudes of the church and state.

A Poison Tree uses metaphor, antithesis and biblical associations to highlight the self-damage that can proceed from suppressing anger. The emphasis is on letting go of negative emotions and moving on with life before this energy impacts on the health and wellbeing of others.

A Poison Tree

I was angry with my friend:
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.

And I watered it in fears.
Night and morning with my tears:
And I sunned it with smiles.
And with soft deceitful wiles.

And it grew both day and night.
Till it bore an apple bright.
And my foe beheld it shine.
And he knew that it was mine.

And into my garden stole.
When the night had veild the pole;
In the morning glad I see;
My foe outstretched beneath the tree.  

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The Stock Market Is NOT The Economy, Stupid!

by Peter Kilkus

(This is an excerpt from the book: 

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

Download PDF of the complete book here (2 MB)...

I want to focus on the stock market in a bit of detail because it is a major driving force in the way corporations and clueless people behave. Breaking through the myths fed to the general public by the financial media can bring a revelation akin to that of an old time Catholic who finally realized he wouldn’t go to hell for eating meat on Friday!

The stock market is not the hub of capitalism, as some believe. In fact trading in bonds and foreign exchange dwarfs stock market trading. There are three alleged purposes for the stock market. The first is that it provides a way for some new companies to raise large amounts of capital. The second is that it provides an additional source of capital, if needed, after a company has gone public, through a secondary issue of stock into the marketplace. And third, it provides a measure of the “market value” of a company when one company decides to buy another, through an acquisition or merger.

In the first case, a company basically sells its soul in an initial public offering (IPO). This is the process of “going public.” It raises millions of dollars with the benefit of not having to pay the money back to anyone – it’s not a loan. But going public does affect the soul of the company because everything the company now does must be done in public under the scrutiny of the government and the shareholders. This is not necessarily good. The simplest example of the negative aspect of being a public company is that the managers of a private company have the freedom to make rational decisions. They can decide to lower their profit margin - to invest in new people or equipment or to avoid a layoff, for example - without causing any impact on an arbitrary stock price. I have been in situations where we did just that.

The real incentive to go public is the large amounts of money the financial backers and each employee of the company, not just the managers, can make because of their stock options. The goal of most new startup companies is to go public for that reason, and the case can be made that it creates very strong incentives for the employees to work diligently to make the company a success. But when big money is the ultimate goal, the law of unintended consequences often bares its fangs

The case of the secondary stock offering is simple – more stock sold in the public market equals more money in the company’s bank account. But it obviously drives the company to keep the stock price high now if it plans to sell more stock later. The third purpose, providing an objective value of a company, has some relative validity in the way the game is played today. But it is not the only, nor necessarily the best, mechanism for that valuation. Consider Internet company stocks in 1999, for example. But none of the three purposes discussed above leads to significant financial activity compared to the vast amounts of money traded daily in the stock market. What no one wants you to know, and what only a small percentage of people understand, is that the stock market is nothing more than a big gambling casino with the large financial companies as primary owners, fund mangers as the dealers, and stock analysts as the lounge singers. Large and small investors wander among the various game tables with the only real difference being the cash needed to bankroll one of the games. In the broadest sense, the stock market provides no real productive value to an economy.

1.  Stocks Support Company Growth – Not: Whose IPO Is It Anyway?

Both civilians and professional apologists would probably say that the stock market raises capital for in­vestment. In fact it doesn't. Between 1981 and early 1996, U.S. nonfinan­cial corporations retired over $700 billion more in stock than they issued, thanks to takeovers and buybacks. Most of the daily trading in the stock market is of existing shares, not newly issued ones. Over the long haul, almost all corporate capital expenditures are internally financed, through profits and depreciation allowances. Of course, some individual firms do issue stock to raise money, but surprisingly little of that goes to real invest­ment either. The process we all hear about is an Initial Public Offering (IPO). However, once the IPO takes place, the stock, mostly “common stock” which often pays no dividends if the company is small, is traded in the “secondary” stock market (98% of NYSE and almost all of NASDAQ is common stock). This means that the stock is traded among individuals with no real connection to the original company.

I was a senior manager in a startup telecommunications company that went through an IPO. I have to admit that I felt the power of the dark side of that abstract Homo economicus. After almost four years of intensely hard work (often 10 hour days, 6 day weeks), every employee stood to make a lot of money, and many would become quite wealthy (a couple of dozen millionaires), at least on paper.

A company doesn’t sell its stock on the open stock market. In reality, a consortium of investment banking and brokerage firms (the underwriters) helps determine the amount of stock and the guaranteed initial price of the stock to be offered (called “taking the company public”). The underwriters then buy the stock from the company at the guaranteed IPO price (for example, 5 million shares at $25 per share for $125 million to the company). Once that happens the company, as a company, has no more special ownership of the stock – it has the money in the bank. But individual employees in the company, especially senior management, with thousands or tens of thousands of stock option shares (each at a cost anywhere from a nickel to a dollar a share), have an extremely keen personal interest in the outcome of the IPO. The final price in the market is what they will get for their shares when they are finally able to sell them (usually over a four-year vesting period).

Take a real life example. An engineer who joins a startup company may get an option for 5,000 shares at $0.05 per share. He or she works incredibly hard for 3 or 4 years (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter holidays included). The stock splits once before the IPO and once after the IPO. Our engineer now has 20,000 shares at $0.0125 per share. In the boom times the stock is at $42 per share and the engineer is looking at $840,000 profit, before taxes. (However, if the stock crashes to $4 per share, as this one did less than two years later, the profit drops to only $80,000.) Perform the same calculation for a senior manager who joined the company at the same time as the engineer but got an original option for 20,000 shares! Even assembly workers and test technicians received stock options worth tens of thousands of dollars. Many people bought new cars for cash after the IPO. Although not as extreme, normal profit sharing and stock option plans in established companies can also be very strong incentives to drive up profits and stock prices at all costs, especially for top management.

The original underwriters also have a deep interest in the IPO because they were the ones who actually paid the initial price and will only make a profit if the price of the shares increases (for example, to $35 per share, for a $50 million profit on the original five million shares) as they are sold into the open stock market. Of course, the members of this investment group are also usually members of the initial capital financing of the IPO company and so may also own millions of low-priced stock option shares from their initial investment in the startup. For example, if the IPO is for five million shares, there may be an additional thirty million shares, at an average cost of $1, in the hands of employees and the financial backers. (Exercise: multiply thirty million by $35.) Although the company makes a significant amount of money in the initial round, the large financial market players are the big winners in the game.

How the IPO stock is initially priced is somewhat esoteric, but is based on the company’s multi-year plan for revenue and profit growth. The more rapid the revenue and profit growth projected over the following three to five years, the higher the IPO price. In our case, the revenue and profit projections were so “aggressive” that it would be extremely difficult to grow the company as fast as the plan required - doubling in size every year for several years - which is known in the trade as a “stretch objective” or BHAG (Big, Hairy Ass Goal). Therefore, the employees of the company, including the managers, were trapped in a multiyear business plan primarily driven by the stock price desires of the large financial corporations, even though abetted by their own personal desires.

To be fair, we all took part in the planning process, and we knew it would be tough. However, aside from the “rah-rah” of how much better we were than the competition, of how well we could meet the “challenge” of an “aggressive growth plan”, of exciting and interesting career opportunities for all employees, the final driving force which shaped all “reality” was the stock price and how much money everyone personally would make over a relatively short time frame. The stock price did increase beyond our wildest dreams, but wild dreams can lead to wild actions. Working all night for days is common near the end of a quarter. To guarantee high revenues, there were times the V.P. of Engineering tested circuit boards in the Test Department, and the CEO helped pack boxes in the Shipping Department. And it wasn’t because of egalitarianism or because the customer necessarily needed the product. Customers were often asked to accept shipments early so the quarterly numbers could be met. This type of activity is not unique in the corporate world.

This is one example of how the short term profit requirements of financial markets control even relatively environmentally benign telecommunications companies, including the intelligent and usually socially-conscious people in those corporations. It gives an insight into the forces driving extractive industries like lumber and mining or the cultural-imperialist corporations of fast food and fashion.

2.  The Small Investor: Gambler/Sucker/Believer (Choose One)

Despite the stories about delivery drivers getting rich off stocks traded online, the boom has bypassed most Americans. As of 2015, 40 percent of households owned stock directly and indirectly - including through a mutual fund, individual retirement account and defined contribution pension plan, for example. This is a significant increase from 32 percent in 1989, but still less than half of all households.

A growing number of Americans own stock, but most still don't own much. Less than one-third of households (29 percent) owned stock worth more than $5,000 in 1995. Almost 90 percent of the value of all stocks and mutual funds owned by households was in the hands of the top 10 percent. Wealth projections through 1997 suggest that 86 percent of the benefits of the increase in the stock market between 1989 and 1997 went to the richest 10 percent of households, with 42 percent going to the top 1 percent alone.

But what drives individual stocks? Again, especially since it’s a casino, it’s simply a perception of a company or industry segment. If I think a stock will go up because I think other people will think it will go up, I buy now. When it does goes up, I sell, take my profits, and look for something else I think will go up. If it goes down, I sell, take my losses against my income tax, and look for something else I think will go up. Since it’s so simple, a ritual has grown up around this activity to make it seem complex, scientific, or logical. The mythmakers will say that a company has a value based on its future revenues and profits. This is called determining the “market fundamentals” of a company.

Through “analysis” the “professionals” will judge the future sales projections in a company’s “target market”, their potential profitability based on their “efficiency”, the capability of their “management team” to meet their plan, and peg a stock price. Any stock price is essentially arbitrary. The final driver for the stock to go up or down over time is primarily the change in short term profitability of the company which drives the herd mentality of the market players.

So why do normal people invest in the stock market? Many have no choice since their pension funds and 401K money is invested in stocks but not controlled by them. For others with a choice, it’s not just raw greed, but a “reasonable” desire to have more. If others have done it, why can’t I? But there are risks. Say you have $10,000 in a CD at 5%, you make $500 interest in a year with no risk. With a CD from a bank you actually get the $500 deposited in your bank account at the end of the year, as well as your principal back, for a new total of $10,500. Then you can decide to buy another CD or not.

But the financial media tell you that only conservative little old ladies own CDs and you can get twice the return by buying stock. If you buy 500 shares of some stock selling at $20 per share, you’ve now fully invested your $10,000. If you’re lucky, the stock goes up $2 (or 10%) during the year and you “make” $1,000 (instead of the CD’s $500). But remember you only get the money if you now sell the stock. And typical stocks are notorious for movements of several dollars at a time. At the end of the year the stock may just as likely be selling for only $18 per share and your original investment is now down to only $9,000. You lost $1,000 by trying to make an additional $500. Some gamble if you really need your money! Mutual funds do limit your risk by spreading it over many more stocks, but the principle is the same.

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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.

1 Lake Map Base 082317

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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
Lake Levels 2006 to 031217 edited-1
Lake Levels 1990 2017


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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

Click here for PDF version


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

Click here for PDF version


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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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Caymans Dive Video Short - Peter Only (1 minute)

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

pKilkus@gmail.com                       © Peter Kilkus 2018