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The Oroville Matter

Oroville, California is a Gold Rush town near Sacramento. The name is from Spanish for gold, “Oro,” and that from the Latin “Aurum,” for gold honored in physical science by the symbol “Au,” a common reference for money, in many ways and money is the root of this disaster.

The Jerry Brown Gang wants to build a high speed railroad from San Francisco to Los Angeles, which they announced before looking into the logical shortest path as one where rights of way were not available, nor would they be taken under present statutes. Jerry Brown did not know such trains must run in straight lines as railroad tracks are not designed for very high speeds turns. The route he intended would require the building of a dozen of the longest tunnels ever cut and a similar number of the longest bridges ever built. Cost? Try a trillion Dollars plus!

Jerry’s alternate plan called for an inland system built on open land, much of which is desert, but with start and end points about 100 miles from San Francisco and Los Angeles. These were to be served by busses and the total fares would be double the cost of current air transport, to say nothing about the time consumed. This is tied into the Oroville Dam as the spillway construction funding overlapped high speed rail project planning. Governor Brown was eager to gather funds for state portion of the project and Jerry is very good at robbing Peter to pay Paul.

Recently the London Daily Mail reported, “On Monday, emergency crews prepared loads of rock to be dropped by helicopters to seal the crumbling spillway that threatens to inundate communities along the Feather River in Northern California. Local crews were seen in dump trucks dropping off piles of rock, which were then loaded into the bags with backhoes. The operation to close the gap would begin as soon as it was feasible, authorities said.”

Little of this kind of reportage is seen in California papers. The story behind the story is coming out on Sacramento talk radio and the following “facts” are unconfirmed, but are consistent with what we know:

Apparently the preliminary work for the spillway, made necessary a repair of a design oversight in the original dam design and they failed to find bedrock to support the underpinnings of the addition. Reinforced concrete pillars were planned to insure locating the system, but when the contractor came under pressure to complete the project on time and within budget he took the shortcut of omitting steel reinforcing rods that more than double the strength of the castings. “Rebar” work is time-consuming and expensive even though he bought all his steel from China. Again, all of this is from Sacramento talk radio shows, unconfirmed, but quite believable.

There have also been rumors that lawyers and real estate professionals have been buying options on desert property that has had prices on the order of $100 per acre with one year options to buy for a few Dollars per acre. If the state pays $1,000 per acre the option holders pay the landholders $100 and pocket $900 per acre! Could it be state legislators are the money men in this scheme? Would it be the first time? Will it be the last time? Awaken ye!

Many of us are always suspicious of our elected ruling class in California. I am 100 miles west of this crime scene and within 25 air miles of the Pacific in a Shan Gri La county ringed by old volcanoes ranging from 3400 to 7000 feet and so formidable the railroad never got here, but we see everything coming off the North Pacific going over us inland to drop the water that supports LA County.

In spite of all that is published, California mismanages water grossly letting the almond crop consume as much annually as Los Angeles for the few million Dollars it makes. When we get great rains they do not arrange for ponding and aquifer restoration with injection wells. They let the water return to the seas and now Jerry Brown is plotting to take all water declaring it belongs to the state and not the landowners so he can charge us for is our! Jerry also thinks all the money in California banks belongs to the state and for that reason I no longer bank in California, but in two states with better laws. It is a little awkward but I am secure from the real thieves in California.

A few years ago the California Franchise Tax Board, FTB, took $1,000 from me with a phone call to a Bank of America saying the IRS told them I made $10,300 more than I reported to them! I asked for a copy of the letter to resolve the matter with the IRS and was told that would be illegal! I knew then I was being scammed so I started a war and FTB exposure campaign you can read at:

By my reckoning: The California State Franchise Tax Board is taking $1 billion from innocent people, mostly elderly pensioners who are afraid to fight scams of the kind they pulled on me. I got my money back with the help of my state Senator, state Assemblyman and Governor Brown, whom I met at a Westwood One meeting in LA when we were both working for their network. His handshake feels like someone handed you a dead carp, but he was pleasant and charming and his office people were helpful. The Attorney General, now our US Senator, Camella Harris, was not and she is one cold animal on the phone. I really think she is a robot.

I can smell corruption 100 miles away, my distance to Sacramento, and now 200,000 people are in great danger of losing everything, including their lives, because of it. How do we survive corruption?


The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author and are not not necessarily either shared or endorsed by

Adrian Vance

Trained as a science teacher, with eight years classroom experience, he has been writing professionally since the age of 15. He was the youngest person to be published in Journal of the Illinois Academy of Science at 17 as a result of a paper he wrote suggesting a revision in the science teaching curriculum. Publication was accidental as his teacher headed the selection committee and his paper was sent to the printer in error. Nonetheless, it received positive response. It proposed teaching General Science, then Physics followed by Chemistry with Biology in the senior year given the then new molecular focus in Biology. During his college years he worked on the school newspaper, primarily as a photographer and did an occasional feature, some of which caused him to be called to the Dean's office. "You don't like the way we do things here?" was the usual opening remark followed by the expected suggestion. After his third year, exhausted and without direction, he left for one year, but returned, when Sputnik and Admiral Rickover's books documented a crisis in American education. He felt called to teach and completed a B.S. in Physical Science at Illinois State University with a major in chemistry, minor in biology, near minors physics and education. He did graduate work in both Illinois and California completing a California Life Diploma teaching credential in 1962. While teaching he saw many needs and opportunities in educational publishing so he wrote and produced educational materials, primarily filmstrips and sound recordings. He also wrote for photographic magazines as film work put him in touch with many photographic and production problems. He has 325 screen credits in educational, industrial film and filmstrip as a writer-producer. In 1976 he won the Learning Magazine “Best of the Year” award for his “You in the Universe” filmstrip series and the New York Film and Television Festival Silver Medal for “An Introduction to Cells” filmstrip series. For a partial database of Adrian’s publications please click on and you will see them listed by series title and publisher. Each series title included four to 30 filmstrips and all are not fully listed in this database. The grand total is over 800. Over that 30 years Mr. Vance also wrote other material: two books, published in New York: “UFO’s: The Eye and the Camera” for Barlenmir House and “Audiovisual Production” for Amphoto Books. He wrote and illustrated over 100 features and columns for photography magazines. He was a Founding Contributing Editor for Peterson's PhotoGraphic Magazine and the West Coast Editor of Popular Photography from 1974 to 1978, writing a monthly column for the magazine. As a result of underwater photography work he contributed to SKIN DIVER magazine in the 70's. His "Timing Waves to Enter The Sea" article, first appearing in SKIN DIVER, is now a chapter in a classified U.S. Navy Seals training manual. "UFO's, The Eye and the Camera" documents his "Two channel information theory for the analysis of events simultaneously seen and photographed." It is the first comparative analysis of vision and photography written with the idea of combining information from both sources into a single analysis that can be used scientifically and forensically. Mr. Vance is also credited with solving the mystery of how complete maps of Earth were drawn in antiquity and he rediscovered Captain Cook's secret method of locating Pacific islands so well their positions have only recently been improved. He is cited with discovering the method in the seventh edition of "The Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings," by Dr. Charles Hapgood and he later contributed to a definitive article on cartography in antiquity for The Smithsonian Magazine as they confirmed his method. On February 19, 1976 Mr. Vance got a “Certificate of Appreciation” award from the Los Angeles Police Department “in grateful recognition of his generosity in make available to officers of this Department the talents and training of his German Shepherd, Boris. The ready willingness of Mr. Adrian Vance to become involved and to make available his valuable dog in a potentially hazardous situation deserves the gratitude and approbation of the entire Los Angeles Police Department.” This incident was critical to the LAPD administration’s realization that trained dogs could be of value in police work and they are now employed by the LAPD. When the computer replaced film the school market audio-visual field he switched horses at full gallop and produced 460 computer educational disk systems for the Apple II computer over 15 years. During that time he became a professional broadcaster in the 90's to promote the State Water bond issue in Santa Barbara, California as he felt it was critical for the town. He was publicly credited for having been one of the top ten reasons the measure passed thanks to his book “Drought in Paradise” and radio work. The collapse of his software business when Apple Computer discontinued the "II" machine line in 1995 crystallized the failure of his second marriage. With no clear direction in the school market supplemental materials field he sought a career in broadcasting in Las Vegas, Nevada doing shows on both KDWN and KXNT. This was unsatisfying due to the "star" economics of commercial radio where a few performers make millions and everyone else starves. Mr. Vance has also been a day trader, strategist, system developer and author on the equities markets and trading. He now trades stock, land and develops residential property. His website and trading information service, "The Stock Surfer" was a leading Internet service for seven years. He has been developing “The Young Americans” series of Young Adult novels promoting conservative values as well as his personal memoir, “A Long Way From Normal.” You can buy Adrian Vance’ books or downloads at December 21, 2010 he was awarded US. Patent 7,855,061 for his “Fuel Farm” that makes a gasoline equivalent 100 Octane fuel, butanol, from CO2, water and sunlight with algae and bacteria. You can see the full disclosure websites regarding his inventions at: and -30-

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