There has been a lot of rhetoric in this yearâ€™s IID election. Some are saying lies are being told, others are saying the truth is being denied.
People like me will go so far as to say that the newspaper out of El Centro often appears to be an arm of influence for the incumbents who have mismanaged the IID for so many years while the serious questions have been ignored and the public has been buffaloed.
Facts are stubborn. We know a lot about what’s happened under Menvielle and Mendoza:
- Â· The disastrous gas hedging fiasco was allowed to happen, costing IID ratepayers $160 million.
- Â· These two allowed the hiring of Brady and his bunch of outsiders.
- Â· Allowed the over-charging of millions to the electric ratepayer. (According to IID minutes, the controller â€œreported an over-collection in the energy cost adjustment account of almost $20 million” with the amount rolling into 2012 to be $37.7 million). I imagine itâ€™s probably even higher by now.
- Â· Allowed for the collection of $20 million in Public Benefits Charge funds when the district canâ€™t give the benefits back to the ratepayer fast enough. (The PBC charge is no longer mandated by the state, yet under Menvielle and Mendoza, they keep collecting it).
Those are just some of the real reasons, rather than reheortic, why Iâ€™m voting for Bruce Kuhn and Steve Benson because it is time for a change. Mr. Menvielle and Mrs. Mendoza have been on the IID board for far too long and have made too many seriously, painfully wrong decisions that have hurt me, my family, my neighbors and friends in our pocketbooks and Iâ€™m not going to give them the opportunity to continue doing it.
IID electric ratepayer
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