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Thursday, February 28, 2013

UPDATE ON OUR LLC "PROJECT DIRECTOR"

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 Michel Jichlinski,
the Project Director for the scheme by these foreign investors,
was the subject of a posting here a short time back.
At the time all I could find, in my slow-witted fashion, was
information regarding an investigation for fraud committed
by the Louis Berger Group, a big-time federal contractor,
while he was the President and CEO, looking into serious
allegations that Uncle Sam was getting taken to the cleaners,
to the tune of millions.
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Now I have new information - I was simply slow to
find it - a lot came out in 2010-2011 - and it's stunning.
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 Now remember, as you read this,
that this new Project Director for the
Augustin Plains Ranch LLC,
Michel Jichlinski,
 was the "BOSS" at Louis Berger during
 the period when ALL of this fraud occured. 
It turns out they were guilty as sin.
Thieves.
Millions and millions stolen.
 Taxpayer's money, gone with the wind.
So they were caught red-handed,
via a "whistleblower" that had the data,
 and the feds ordered the boys to pay up.
Enough?  Doubtful, probably not.
They had been stealing for a long time.
But they admitted guilt, and the fines
include BOTH CIVIL and
CRIMINAL penalties.
$69.3 MILLION DOLLARS IN FINES!!!
Did Jichlinski have to pay his part of the tab?
Quien sabe?  Who knows?
If I get updated info, I'll post it. 
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But God Bless all "whistleblowers,"
wherever they are, and especially the
man who came forward here!
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The "whistleblower" in the case detailed
 how the company was "a culture of fraud." 
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Below is a link to a whole batch of articles about the issue
from the McClatchy Washington Bureau - a
well-respected investigative newspaper/web outfit.
 
 
And here's just a brief quote:
 
WASHINGTON — A nearly $70 million fine announced
 Friday against one of the U.S. government's largest
 Afghanistan contractors is an apparent record war-zone
 settlement, and it grew from a classic David vs. Goliath
 confrontation.
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New Jersey-based Louis Berger Group, which has overseen the
 construction of roads, power plants and schools across
 Afghanistan, acknowledged that It had knowingly and
 systematically overcharged the U.S. government and agreed to
 pay $69.3 million in criminal and civil penalties.
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Here's maybe the most amazing of the articles,
the "whistleblower's" story:
 
Whistleblower details bribes fraud in Afghanistan

Warren P. Strobel | McClatchy Newspapers
KABUL, Afghanistan — A corporate whistleblower, whose evidence of fraud led to one of the largest fines ever against a war-zone contractor, said that he was ordered to facilitate bribes, keep information from government auditors and inflate overhead rates.
          
Former Louis Berger Group employee Harold Salomon, in his first interview since the case was settled earlier this month, said he came to believe the New Jersey firm hired him because executives calculated the Haitian immigrant would not uncover their defrauding of U.S. taxpayers.
"Me being an immigrant would be easy prey," he said. They thought, "I would not understand anything."
           
Louis Berger agreed Nov. 5 to pay $69.3 million in civil and criminal penalties and accept a "deferred prosecution," which means federal charges would be dropped only if the firm complies with its court agreement with the government. The deal, however, allows the firm to continue competing for U.S. government contracts.

Louis Berger is among the U.S. Agency for International Development's largest contractors in Afghanistan.
Salomon, who worked as a financial analyst for Louis Berger from 2002 to 2006, described a culture of fraud that permeated much of the company.

He said his first clue that something was amiss came just three months into the job, when he was told to send an inexplicable $35,000 wire transfer to an individual overseas. He questioned his superior, who told him to send the money anyway, and then asked for a confirmation email from the overseas recipient. The response he got: "I was told it was 'grease money'," in other words, a bribe.

Salomon, who declined to identify his superiors by name, spoke to McClatchy in a telephone interview from the United States.
Louis Berger spokeswoman Holly Fisher declined to comment on the specifics of Salomon's experiences at the company.
"This matter was settled with the parties involved — the U.S. government, Mr. Salomon and The Louis Berger Group — on November 5, 2010. The Louis Berger Group has undertaken comprehensive improvements to its internal controls, policies and structures, which form the foundation of the company's systems going forward. We see no reason to comment further on these matters," she said in an e-mailed statement.
The firm acknowledged over-billing the U.S. government, in what federal court documents and sources said was a complicated mathematical scheme to manipulate contract overhead rates.

Salomon said that he once came across a document, misplaced in a stack of papers, that was a "menu of fraud." Meant as an analysis for a senior company official, it contained columns showing various options for increasing Louis Berger's profit by including different overhead costs.

Salomon said he was asked to lie and misrepresent financial data to the Pentagon's Defense Contract Audit Agency. He once found a financial journal entry that was accompanied by a card that stated, "Do not show to auditors." He took it to his boss, who, he said, exclaimed, "Holy Cow, we cannot show (them) this." The note was taken from him and, he believes, destroyed.
He eventually decided he had to leave the company in order to report what was going on. He took large chunks of data with him that he later turned over to federal investigators. "It was just an accident" that I had the information, he said, "I worked long hours at home."
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On the advice of a colleague, Salomon contacted agents from the Defense Criminal Investigative Service. He soon became worried that Louis Berger would try to blame him for the fraud and hired a law firm, Phillips & Cohen LLC.
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Under federal whistleblower statutes, Salomon can receive 15 percent to 25 percent of the court award. He said he would give half that amount, which is still to be determined, to a charity for Haiti he founded.
Salomon said he first became familiar with corruption in his native Haiti, where he worked from 1986 to 1993. Now, he said, "I have seen corruption in a way that I didn't anticipate or I didn't know could happen in the United States."

MORE FROM MCCLATCHY

$69.3 million Afghan-contracting fraud may be a record
Flawed contracts prove costly for Afghanistan, U.S.
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New Mexicans need to be very wary -
this guy obviously knows a lot about bribery.
Michel, how much 'grease money' have you
spread around Santa Fe, and
wherever else it's needed?
How far have you spread your venom?
Has anyone from the Bureau of Reclamation
or the Corps of Engineers taken the bait yet?
KNOW YOUR ENEMY FOLKS,
HE LOOKS LIKE THIS....
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The funny part of this deal, is that in
Michel's letter to the editor of the
Socorro paper 1/30, he said this:
"The area of disagreement is mostly with the offensive terms of the first letter that imply that we are immoral, unethical criminals acting against the citizens of New Mexico. We are respectable, law abiding entrepreneurs...."
Yeah, right.  Michel, let me ask you -
DID YOU TRY THAT LINE ON
THE FEDERAL INVESTIGATORS?
Did they laugh as loud as we're laughing now?
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STOP THE WATER GRAB!
“Anything is better than lies and deceit!”
    Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)
Russian Author and Social Reformer
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You have to wonder what the hell possibly
possessed Verhines, that he would even think
of hanging out with this guy, publicly,
 in the state capitol.  Is he stupid, or did he
  figure no one would know just who
 his sidekick really was, or is it that
 he doesn't give a rat's ass,
one way or the other? 
 It had been less than 90 days since the feds
 had levied their record-setting fine.
Jichlinski was then technically out of
The Louis Berger Group,
but was the major player when all these
 crimes happend,
and now he had come to New Mexico -
to ply his trade.  He knows a lot about
fraudulent accounting practices, and bribery.
Oh, perfect!  It's a buyer's market in this place!
True, but it's not just that they're cheap,
they're also a public embarrassment.
What, do they think people can't figure it out?
They're as bad as the Whore of Babylon.
 There's no shame here. Has there ever been?
Verhines could just as easily have been
 hanging out with the devil himself.
  Well, maybe he was,
come to think of it.
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 Ah, New Mexico.
La Tierra de Encantada -
 The Land of Enchantment.
La Tierra de Los Ladrones -
The Land of The Thieves.
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Here's the minutes of the meeting -
Jichlinski is introduced on Page 5.
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Thursday, February 21, 2013

A LETTER TO THE LEGISLATURE

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(This letter is being sent, personalized, via email,
 to each member of the New Mexico Legislature, with a link.
The last batch of these went out Saturday 2/23.
I'm a slow typist.)
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An Open Letter to the Members of
THE NEW MEXICO LEGISLATURE - 2013
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 Honorable Ladies and Gentlemen of the Legislature,
 I ask for just a moment here.
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The small deluge of water-related bills before you now,
such as SB 440, HB 19, HB 181, and apparently more,
need to be looked at carefully.  All of them pose grave
risks for New Mexico's water future - all of them are
shortsighted - all of them have implications that no one
seems aware of.  Some of this seems like an effort to
win some political points on a hot-button issue during
a draught, some of it seems far more devious.
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This water legislation poses serious problems for an issue
 that calls for wisdom and insight - not quick decisions
made in the middle of a draught. 
 PLEASE don't let water be comidified -
 turned into money - at this point.
  (Well, it already is to some degree,
 but don't let it get any worse.)
Let there be a close look at what's possible,
with some realistic objectives. 
Let there be some common sense, as well as a
 recognition that water belongs, by law, to New Mexicans
Foreign-owned corporations cannot be allowed to get their
 hands on the water,
and SELL IT BACK TO US!
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  Here in  west-central New Mexico, we are facing the nightmare
 of having foreign investors propose to take 54,000
acre feet of water per year from beneath the
San Augustin Plains, for up to 300 years they say,
and sell it back to New Mexicans, for God only knows
what kind of prices.  They refuse to show a business plan;
they refuse, actually, to be seen.
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  The most recent Project Director
 for the Augustin Plains Ranch LLC,
the current mouthpiece for these foreigners,
 is Michel Jichlinsky, the target of a federal investigation
 for what went on when he was President and CEO
 at the Louis Berger Group, a big-time federal contractor,
when they allegedly stole millions and millions of
 taxpayers' dollars, by overbilling and fraud
of every type imaginable, for years and years.
(See the post on my site listed on the right column
up above titled "WHO'S MICHEL JICHLINSKY?
  A THIEF?")
He's not American.  His loyalties aren't here.
He writes letters to the editors of papers in the area,
but hasn't shown his face at any meeting.
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Someone needs to come forward, and become a
hero, a saint.  Someone needs to introduce legislation
that would make it totally impossible for foreign-owned
corporations to get their hands on our water.
This has to be done - if not, this craziness will
be popping up from under every aquifer in the state.
It's UN-AMERICAN.  Period.
It's also unethical, immoral, and just plain wrong.
It's OUR water, not theirs!  By LAW!
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If someone would come forth on this issue, I can assure
you they will get overwhelming support from across
the state - and one heck of a lot of media attention.
It's a possibility, an opening, for someone to
get the spotlight, legitimately, on something
that really, really matters.
It's a chance to stand up for New Mexican and
genuine AMERICAN interests, if someone
 is up for it.
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And it actually IS
 a real chance to be a hero, a saint (don't laugh -
that's pretty much the way some people would see it).
I think....no, I KNOW, the vast majority of
 New Mexicans could agree on this one point:
 we simply can't let foreign interests get our WATER!
And I'm not overplaying the issue - in the slightest -
 water is life!
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Thank you for your time.
God Bless you all.
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Matt Middleton
Magdalena, New Mexico
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Sunday, February 17, 2013

WHO'S MICHEL JICHLINSKI? A THIEF?

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I wrote a letter back in mid-January to the
Socorro Defensor-Chieftain.  Without boring you
with details about the fundraiser we were promoting,
I said some things about the project, which included -
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"It’s time for people to get with it, and STAND UP against this immoral, unethical crime against the citizens of New Mexico, and the folks directly impacted in Catron County in particular. Call or write Susana Martizez’s office. There is a “Contact the Governor” page under “Contacts” on Gov. Martinez’s website — www.governor.state.nm.us/ — or just Google to save time and you’ll get there quickly. Susana Martinez is a good place to start. Water belongs to the citizens of New Mexico, and is a resource to be administered carefully for the benefit of New Mexicans. It is not to be administered to the benefit of foreign “investors” so they can make a killing, literally billions of dollars, over a span of many generations."
Matt Middleton, Magdalena
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This rattled the cage of a fellow with
 Rancho de Agua LLC.
Here's his response which appeared in the paper 1/30.
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Ranch disagrees with offensive terms, charges
Editor:
I refer to the two letters published in your Jan. 19 edition concerning the Plains of San Augustin water project. These letters make some points which we very much agree with and others that we emphatically disagree with. Starting with the areas of agreement, the first letter states that “Water belongs to the citizens of New Mexico, and is a resource to be administered carefully for the benefit of New Mexicans.” As Mr. Inman states in the second letter, there is a significant groundwater resource in the basin.
The state, its citizens, farmers and the environment are facing extraordinary challenges and sooner or later, the groundwater resources of the San Augustin Plains will be tapped for the benefit of all citizens of the state. We believe that a private-public partnership of all stakeholders, including the citizens of Catron and Socorro counties, will provide the best value to the citizens of New Mexico. This is why we have proposed and continue to propose that a true dialogue takes place between us and the local community, with the aim of including the latter into the management of the resource and of the
 benefits of the project.
The area of disagreement is mostly with the offensive terms of the first letter that imply that we are immoral, unethical criminals acting against the citizens of New Mexico. We are respectable, law abiding entrepreneurs including individuals who have owned property in the plains for over 30 years and have committed to work in harmony with New Mexico stakeholders.
Michel Jichlinski
Project Director APR, LLC
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The way the letter sounds, you'd swear it was this guy and
a few good ol' boys from the Plains that got together for coffee,
and horseshoes, and talked about doin' some good for all
the nice folks out here.  Nonsense, this guy's in the employ of
Bruno and Vittorio Modena and the "investment" crew, still
hiding under the corporate veil.
He's just another shill, like poor ol' Tom Carroll,
that pathetic fellow who nearly got tarred and
feathered when he came to a "town meeting"
in Magdalena, NM a few months back.
But no, this boy's a bonafide BIG TIME shill!
This guy wouldn't be involved unless there was
A REAL BIG POT OF GOLD
at the end of this rainbow.
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Listen Michel, a corporate reality owned by foreigners
 has absolutely NO BUSINESS
trying to get their hands on New Mexico water,
 which belongs to US, NOT YOU GUYS.
This is just a local chapter in the many
 water heists going on worldwide. 
 I see from your profile you have experience
in all these matters.  No doubt.
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  These New Mexico stakeholders that you speak of....
you mean us?   The citizens of Socorro and Catron Counties,
you mention, and the folks across the state?
   Well, how much do the stakeholders get?
How much will you boys get?
What's your heilek, your share.
What's our heilek, our cut?
A good businessman would demand an answer. 
Give us some transparency here.
Where's that business plan?  Is there one yet?
Can we see it please.  That's not a request.
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Where does the Modena money come from?
We ask that of someone running for Congress: net worth
 and the sources of income - why shouldn't it be asked here?
A good businessman would demand an answer.
This proposal has far greater implications than the brief
career that some congressman could ever have.
 SHOW US THE MONEY!
Of course you won't.
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This whole scheme is unethical and immoral.
If you want me to bring in a busload of
Jesuits, Protestants of various stripes,
and a few good Torah scholars,
to discuss the issue - let me know.
Perhaps SHAME might suit you
better than this sappy condescending crap
about a "partnership" that will give us -
all of New Mexico - the best "value."
The best VALUE???  
 What are you, a burger pitchman?
  A car salesman?  Nice diamonds?
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There's no "true dialogue" with people
like you - "spin doctors," snake oil salesmen -
 and people around here savvy that.
  You're not overseas or in DC now Michel.
Drop the "value" - get out some tax returns.
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Who is this Michel Jichlinski?
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He's spent a lot of time in Washington, DC,
with a big time contracting outfit,
the Louis Berger Group,
and Greenway Enterprises, 
"servicing the needs of the federal government,"
 as his profile on the net servive
"Linkedin" puts it.
Linked in?  You better believe it.
"Embedded" is a better word -
sucking off the federal tit, to the tune
of millions and millions.
  Servicing someone, certainly themselves.
  And involved in numerous
big-time operations to privatize water -
and move it, and fix rates -across the globe.
Google him. 
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Read more below - there's a great investigative
article about this guy's tenure at the
 Louis Berger Group,
 when they allegedly stole millions and millions
 of taxpayers' dollars in Afghanistan
 and elsewhere.
Lots of evidence.
Evil just goes on, and on, and....
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He's lived all over, but is from Switzerland.
He got his M.S. in Economics from the
Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
U.S. Passport?  Doubtful.
It sounds like now we've got another foreigner,
 (albeit with big Washington connections),
acting for the foreigners.
This is positively, absolutely
 UN-AMERICAN!
He was the bigshot with what looks like
a criminal enterprise, which has,
according to all the allegations,
(and there are plenty)
 bilked American taxpayers out of millions
(and there's a ton of evidence).
Investigation/Prosecution will happen if
 someone has the will to do it.
But these guys have a lot of friends
in government - that's how they get to the
point where they can steal millions.
These guys are connected.
(How did it ever get this bad????)
It's all "under criminal investigation," was
the last word.  We'll update this when
we have more data.
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http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/09/19/v-print/100690/us-contractor-accused-of-fraud.html
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But doesn't it figure, that along with all
the other bullshit associated with this scheme,
it would end up that we also

 have to apparently contend with
some ANTI-AMERICAN FOREIGNER,
with obvious problems on the allegiance issue -
Who does he owe his to? Family?
Investors? His country?

Certainly not America.
Where did all the stolen money go, Michel?
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Here's just the opening -

and yes, Michel Jichlinski is
part of the story, if you'll read on the link.
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WASHINGTON — On July 31, 2006, an employee of the Louis Berger Group, a contractor handling some of the most important U.S. rebuilding projects in Afghanistan, handed federal investigators explosive evidence that the company was intentionally and systematically overbilling American taxpayers.
Neither the whistleblower's computer disk full of incriminating documents, nor a trail of allegations of waste, fraud and shoddy construction, however, prevented Louis Berger from continuing to reap hundreds of millions of dollars in federal contracts.
In fact, two months after the government learned of the employee's allegations, the U.S. Agency for International Development tapped Louis Berger to oversee another $1.4 billion in reconstruction contracts in Afghanistan.
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Here's his online profile:
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Michel Jichlinski is a Principal at Ascendant Program Services, LLC and the Director of Operations of Greenway Enterprises, a General Contractor servicing the needs of the Federal Government. He also serves as Chief Technical Advisor at InfraLinx Capital, and serves on the board of advisors of CG/LA Infrastructure. He provides advice to governments, contractors, developers and financial institutions.
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.In 2008, Michel Jichlinski retired as President of the Louis Berger Group, Inc. where he was responsible for the company’s operations in the United States and worldwide. The Louis Berger Group is a leader in the planning, design, and construction management of large infrastructure projects in the United States and over 100 countries around the world.
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Michel Jichlinski served on the boards of CHELBI Engineering Consultants in China, of the Institute for Infrastructure Finance and of the International Road Federation. He was President of Louis Berger SAS in France where he spent a year from 1999 to 2000.
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Michel Jichlinski’s expertise covers a broad spectrum, from structuring Infrastructure Public-Private Partnerships to the organization and management of programs in complex and dangerous areas. Notably, he led the multinational team that completed the reconstruction of the 389 km long Kabul Kandahar Highway in Afghanistan in only eight months.
His technical know-how includes the planning, design, financing and construction of infrastructure and development projects in the United States, Western Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Sub Saharan Africa.
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Born and raised in Switzerland, Mr. Jichlinski holds a M.Sc. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He has lived in Switzerland, Israel, Cameroon, France and the United States and speaks English, French, Spanish and Hebrew fluently.

Specialties

Management, Due DiIligence, Strategic Planning

Michel Jichlinski's Experience

Principal

Ascendant Program Services, LLC


January 2011Present (2 years 2 months)

Director of Operations

Greenway Enterprises


January 2009Present (4 years 2 months)

Advisory Board Member

CG/LA Infrastructure


November 2008Present (4 years 4 months)

Chief Technical Advisor

InfraLinx Capital


January 2009December 2010 (2 years)

President

The Louis Berger Group

19842008 (24 years)

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STOP THE WATER GRAB!
Surely the President can agree with us,
that theft from government is not good.
I know it's bold. It's out on the edge.
 I know from a Chicago-Springfield background
  it's hard to fully grasp that honesty
 could be part of government.
Newt Gingrich.
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Postscript:
Some short days after I posted this,
I came across info that brought things
up to date - the Berger Group was found guilty
 and hit with the largest fine ever for a 
war-time contractor.
It's all here:
http://stopthewatergrab.blogspot.com/2013/02/update-on-our-llc-project-director.html
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Thursday, February 14, 2013

SENATE BILL 440 - A BAD IDEA

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FROM THE NEW MEXICO WATCHDOG
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SENATE BILL 440

(New Mexico Watchdog is a project of The Rio Grande Foundation. The Rio Grande Foundation is a research institute dedicated to increasing liberty and prosperity for all of New Mexico’s citizens. We do this by informing New Mexicans of the importance of individual freedom, limited government, and economic opportunity. Through New Mexico Watchdog we hope to better inform the citizens of New Mexico how their state and local governments work and how their money is being spent. We welcome tips about government waste, fraud, abuse and corruption, regardless of the political affiliation of the politician or official involved.)
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Suffering through the state’s worst drought in 60 years, New Mexico farmers and ranchers may get help from the Roundhouse ­– but at a hefty price for taxpayers.
Senate Bill 440, sponsored by Sen. Joseph Cervantes, D-Las Cruces, calls for $120 million for the Interstate Stream Commission to “acquire, retire, protect and conserve” water in the lower Rio Grande basin, which has degenerated in some spots from a mighty river to a slow-moving stream due to the lack of rain and snow.
“We’re not getting water down to the southern part of the state, and we’ve got to find ways to addresss that,” Cervantes told New Mexico Watchdog. “One of the ways to address that is to import some water from outside the district. Another way to do that is acquire senior water rights.”
“Water is a sleeper issue here inNew Mexico,” Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, said on the opening day of the session. “It is going to be — and already is — a major concern.”
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PARCHED: This section of the Rio Grande in New Mexico reflects the low water levels across the state. Courtesy: US Geological Survey
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Nearly every chart, graph and measurement reflects the dire picture across New Mexico.
  • Virtually the entire state as in severe, extreme or exceptional drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
  • The drought has hit New Mexico’s eastern plains the hardest, and according to the Palmer Drought Index, a measure that combines temperature and precipitation, the area has suffered through its driest two-year stretch since the drought of the 1950s.
  • Of the state’s 15 reservoirs, 14 are below 50 percent capacity, the University of Arizona’s Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) shows.
“It’s a devastating world out there,” said Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales,who is a farmer in the hardest-hit area of the state. “When we do get rain, we’re getting two-tenths, three-tenths of a inch of rains. It’s like putting water on hot grease.”
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WATER: New Mexico state Sen. Joseph Cervantes, D-Las Cruces, has introduced a bill calling for $120 million to try to address the state’s drought crisis.

The dry conditions have prompted the Office of the State Engineer and the Interstate Stream Commission to conclude that “as more time passes, and water problems increase in magnitude statewide, existing regional water plans are outdated and useless in addressing emerging water crises.”
SB440′s hefty price tag – it’s about $25 million more than the annual budget for the state Department of Public Safety – may prove to be a big hurdle in tough financial times. But Cervantes, with no pun intended, said that it’s a “drop in the bucket.”
“We have to have a comprehensive approach from the top of the state down,” Cervantes said.
While the bill directly affects the southern part of the state, one of the most influential legislators from the north, Sen. Phil Griego, D-San Jose, says he’ll support it.
“It can’t be a north against the south (situation),” said Griego, a farmer and rancher. “We have to work together as a state because the farmers in the south are suffering the same thing as the farmers in the north.”
Griego plans to introduce his own bill, calling on the state to spend $400,000 from the general fund to construct water storage plants.
Unless the state receives moisture of practically Biblical proportions, expect to see more debate.
“The drought right now is simply bringing to our attention what is inevitably in the future of the state of New Mexico, which is growth and development,” Cervantes said. “We’re trying make that happen. … All those things are tied to water. Nobody’s going to come here, (companies aren’t) going to stay here, we can’t achieve any of those goals if we can’t assure people of the water they need.”
Contact Rob Nikolewski at rob@nmwatchdog.org
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A FEW THOUGHTS
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Senate Bill 440 - just introduced last week by
 Senator Joseph Cervantes D-Las Cruces -
  opens up the possibility for the state to
 "acquire" water to solve the farmers'
problems in part of the state, and fuel more
growth, which Cervantes insists is a pressing
 need, which leads to a greater need
for more water, and more water, and....

This could lead to the
 San Augustin Plains Ranch LLC
 filing a new application that could have
 the "blessing" of the legislature,
for all practical purposes.
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The entire Court of Appeals reality would
become a dead issue.  The foreign "investors"
could simply drop the case, and throw out
a new application - and THIS TIME they
could say something which would satisfy the intent of the bill -
 get a lot of water from somewhere -
and get the State of New Mexico citizens
to buy it - to the tune of initial millions.
This is just a one-year appropriation,
a ONE-HUNDRED AND TWENTY MILLION
dollar appropriation.
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Once you got this started, and got people
dependent on that water -
 farmers, subdivisions, more golf courses - 
could you ever stop it then?  Doubtful.
It could rain for 40 days and nights
across The Land of Enchantment,
but if the contracts with the foreigners
were signed up, locked up, it wouldn't matter.
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This bill has been sitting around since the
2011 Legislative Session in Santa Fe.
It never went anywhere - almost no one's
even heard of it, until last week.
What, do they have all their ducks
lined up in a row now?
Are all the "right people" on board, like Ben?
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The whole process is devious, and strange.  
The bill is listed under a
"Hazardous Materials" category when you
search for the bill online.
"HAZARDOUS MATERIALS?"
  What's hazardous here is Cervantes
and whoever's paying him. 
Where else would they
buy enough water to make a difference?
The northern part of the state seems worried
that Cervantes is looking in that direction
for more water.  How is that possible? 
 Those folks have been arguing in court about
 "who gets what" among themselves for years.
Northern New Mexico has their own problems,
like not enough water. 
When Cervantes talks about how a solution
 for the southern district is to "acquire" water from
elsewhere, outside the district, you can bet
 he's probably eyeballing the Plains.
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He's obviously been talking to that lobbyist
for these foreigners, who's been knocking
at legislators' doors, and probably spending
wads of cash down at The Bull Ring,
or La Fonda Hotel, those famous
  City Different politico hang outs,
where the boys make deals,
and let the lobbyists pick up the tab.
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There needs to be some work on moving water
 around the state, but it has to be done carefully,
 and cautiously. The water's our future. 
This is a desert, in a drought.
But we can't simply rape the water on a
 grand scale from one area, so that
another is "blessed" with crops, stripmalls, subdivisions,
and CASH for every "developer" looking
for quick profits.
  This doesn't show any insight, any wisdom,
 and those are the qualities the issue cries for.
Where's King Solomon when we need him?
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Let your state legislator know NOW that
you think Senate Bill 440 is a bad idea,
for a lot of reasons.  Here's the State
Attorney General's finding on the bill:
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"The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) reports the following: 
SB440 purports to make legislative findings of
 fact which the AGO reports are false and appear  intended to contradict the State of New Mexico’s legal position and support New Mexico’s opponents,
   including the State of Texas, in two important lawsuits, State of
   New Mexico v. United States of America Bureau of Reclamation, in New Mexico federal district court and the petition of agencies of   the State of Texas to the United States Supreme Court requesting  permission to sue the State of New Mexico in an
 original action before that court."
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So we have here, good Senator,
"Findings of Fact" that are
"FALSE" and "INTENDED TO SUPPORT
NEW MEXICO'S OPPONENTS,
INCLUDING THE STATE OF TEXAS..."
is what it says. 
Hmmmmm.....
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 Well....Senator Dinero,
"False" means LYING where I come from,
and supporting Texans, against your
own people, ought to be a hanging offense.
What does Robert Duvall say in that film -
"Must be Texans, lowest form of
white man there is."
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So, it's you, and surely these good foreign folks,
and their accountants, and lawyers/shills,
 and associates, and bagmen -
Mafia?....Foreign Mafia?
Foreign "Investors?"
What's the term here?
How do they introduce themselves?
"Hi Joe, I've got the cash.
Got time for a brewski?"
 And then we have the Texans.
God Help Us!
These people have been a problem for
New Mexico and its people since Day One.
And then there's all that damned money,
 just waiting to be split up. 
I hope you get what's coming to you.
I pray that you do.
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Here's the complete report by the AG's office:
http://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/13%20Regular/firs/SB0440.PDF
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Cervantes is a used car salesman,
disguised as an attorney.
Slick, pretty, sly.
I wonder how much he got paid to be
 the shill for this scheme? 
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“The drought right now is simply bringing to our attention
what is inevitably in the future of the state of New Mexico,
which is growth and development.  We’re trying make that
happen. … All those things are tied to water. Nobody’s going
to come here, (companies aren’t) going to stay here, we can’t
achieve any of those goals if we can’t assure
people of the water they need.”
  
$enator Joseph Cervante$ 
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STOP THE WATER GRAB!
"A fool and his money are soon elected."
Will Rogers
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