Healing and Positive Action Needed

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For several years I’ve been a severe critic of what I perceived as corrupt IID operations and unfair bloc voting by three directors. But with the election of Norma Galindo, Steve Benson and Bruce Kuhn comes the opportunity to all work together for the good of the community. What is needed now is for everyone to step back away from negativity and give the new directors an opportunity to work with Jim Hanks and Matt Dessert to help bring needed change.

 

All have expressed a desire to put the needs of the Valley first, putting aside selfish interests. Let’s give them the best possible chance! Together they bring a broad spectrum of experience, fresh ideas and leadership. And, this new board should be allowed to move IID forward to a more productive future.

 

This will require all of us who have been critical to get past any thoughts of taunting, or revenge. That will only be counter-productive and not give the directors the chance to carry out the mandate they were given to make constructive change. There are too many critical issues to be addressed to waste any more energy on negativity. Fairness, quality, accountability, visibility, truthfulness, integrity, experience and ability should be the new words to live by.

 

IID is at a crossroads between the past/ future and the infusion of new experience and ideas couldn’t come at a more opportune time. IID’s water, power and even land use is coveted by outside interests as never before. Everyone on the new board understands the importance of a strong, fair, efficient IID to the future of all in the Valley, because they have lived during  the problems. And, they plan to continue to live there raising their families and enjoying the abundance the Valley offers. Let’s give them every opportunity to bring IID back to and beyond glory days when it was enviously called “The Diamond of Utilities.”     

18 COMMENTS

  1. You seem really on top of the issues, Homegirl. That’s a compliment! Agree with you and Arn both recommending being polite and letting facts lead the way.So much attacking just makes it more difficult to get anything done.

    • It makes it impossible to get anything done Jerry- and is really the reason we are in this mess. Enhanced and enforced governance policy and rules of order are the only and a simple solution to righting this $500,000,000 dollar a year public business enterprise. The outside world is here seizing financial opportunity and bypassing this poorest of the poor regions. Time to fix it quickly with a more intelligent, competent and proactive approach to doing business.

  2. Homeboy — did you say Matt Dessert is related to Kevin Kelley? It may be by marriage. Is this one of the reasons why you are so mad at him? Matt will be president next term and if he is related it should be brought out and discusssed.Wouldn’t be a solid start for the new board.

    • Believe me Jerry there are many, many, many, many, other business reasons why Kevin will be gone. No skills, no expertise, no benefit to leading or running the IID business operation just to name a few. Kevin is a lame duck as well.

    • I very much agree that it could be Basilh. Eclectic, pragmatic and with integrity. Board concensus will be more work and debate as it should be. Directors need to heed the words of Dr. Laura in the process and simply “be polite”. Too many interested parties like to wage unproductive and petty personal attacks. Such behavior is toxic and impedes any constructive progress.

  3. Norma Galindo is better than Insider’s remarks which imply both race and liberal leanings. She will make very informed decisions, and is a unselfish person who will work with all board members to improve IID. She isn’t going to be a Tony or Oscar show. Grow up Insider and give Galindo more credit!

    • @Gabriel, you read me wrong. Norma will do her thing. I know she will eventually be the only voice of reason 100% of the time. Tony Ramos and Oscar Gonzalez do their own thing and will most likely side with Norma most of the time. Not sure where you got the Race and Liberal thing from????

  4. the focus of the board should be the health and well being of the iid, not any one or two issues. the poor, the farmers, the developers, the this and the that should not even be referenced. these are diversions and treat any board member or news source who screams them with scorn and derision.

    a healthy iid will benefit the poor, the farmers, the developers, etc etc etc. time for all for all.

    • BINGO DESERTREK- RUN IID LIKE A BUSINESS. BUT TO DO SO WE HAVE GOT TO HAVE ENHANCED AND ENFORCED GOVERNANCE POLICY. NO WAY AROUND IT OR THE VICIOUS CYCLE OF PERSONAL AND POLITICAL CONFLICTS OF INTERESTS OF THE BOARD AND SPECIAL INTERESTS WILL CONTINUE TO INTERFERE AND IMPEDE RUNNING IID LIKE A BUSINESS. HUNDRED’S OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ARE BEING LOST, STOLEN OR WASTED AND IF WE CONTINUE TO OPERATE WITHOUT ADEQUATE GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE AND ENFORCEMENT THEY WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO.

  5. Yeah, sure, done deal. Galindo, who is probably the smartest person on the board will be a waste of talent. The Gang of the Right will do what the hell they want. Expect more of The Oscar and Tony Show

  6. I don’t think Arn was saying to sit around holding hands healing, or that it would be easy, and not take time to get IID working efficiently again. He is just saying it will be best for everyone to calm down so the new Board can make and support effective, fair decisions based on factual analysis, not just animosity.I’m sure you also agree on this.

  7. One of the first things that I’d like to see the new board finish is to publish a full investigation of the emails between Garber, Menvielle, Kelley and the IVP editor, and make the emails public. The employees are owed an apology.

  8. Healing and Positive Action Needed? Hate to bust the naive bubble but there is still an overwhelming amount of very very difficult and painful work to do to deliver some additional words to live by like cost effective services, proactive business practices, representation, competent, reward, control, process, procedure, merit and respected. The work and sacrifice to dig out from under the huge shadow of slow reactive business process and incompetence has just begun. 5 years worth of focused business optimization work are necessary and can only be successful if enabled by a uniformly committed board and a momentum of constructive and productive change uninterrupted by 2 year political cycles. NOTHING productive will happen sitting around the campfire holding hands and healing. Our poorest of the poor communities will continue to violated and bypassed and remain the same. The future of our region and our self determinaton depends upon getting this slow, wallowing, reactive public business enterprise up and running as fast and effectively as possible like a real business and not like a country club any longer. Forget the healing-tape an asprin on it and let’s get our public utility up working again for it’s ratepayers, our communities, our entire region and for our futures.

  9. Cool heads are needed, because there is so much improvement needed!But Arn is right.We shouldn’t be as hateful as those who have screwed up IID so much!!!

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