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.”