Oh, and did I forget to mention . . . .?
Then there's this morning's Tribune headlines, "Water board didn't intend to negotiate, records show."
Gosh, how shocked are we at that? Seems that the Tribune requested and got all kinds of emails and documents sent among various State Water Board staff and board members and we're shocked -- shocked! -- to learn that Sam Blakeslee was sent on a fool's errand along with Darrin Polhemus from the SWB. There were no "negotiations."
Ha-ha-ha, said the State Water Board's Executive Director Celeste Cantu, who must have been snickering up her sleeve when she wrote that "Darrin did a very good job, bringing the CSD closer to reality." Oooo, Wrong. Dead wrong, Ms. Cantu. Darrin's spending a week doing whatever those folks were doing in that room, -- playing Monopoly? -- took the CSD further away from "reality."
Even sillier is the State Water Board's media-guy, Bill Rukeyser now saying that the heading of the letter signed by Ms. Cantu -- "Agreement for Structured Negotiations" -- didn't mean anything. The wording was just "bureaucratic convention."
You know, just like --"agreement" or "structured" or "binding arbitration," or "abide by" -- and all those other annoying, meaningless words that often appear in legal contracts. Oh, wait, silly me. I forgot. The word "legal" is also another one of those little "bureauctatic conventions" that can be ignored when convenient.
On the up-side, these documents, beside showing the arrogance and ethical bankruptcy of the the SWB and staff, should be a wonderful wake-up call to any governmental agency in the State of California who is or is thinking about doing business of any kind with the State Water Board.
Before you sign anything that looks even vaguely "legal," you'd better hire former President Clinton to parse just what the SWB means by "is." And, of course, the word "negotiate."
Forget about trying to parse the meaning of the word "in good faith." Nobody should ever again be fool enough to associate that word with the State Water Board.