IID Board to seek stay of QSA decision

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EL CENTRO – At the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors meeting of February 5, General Manager Kevin Kelley commented on the closed Board meeting of February 4;

“Following its closed session yesterday,” said Kelley, “the Board directed me to obtain independent legal counsel for the purpose of seeking a stay of Judge Connelly’s pending decision of the Quantification Settlement Agreement coordinated cases. The underlying rational of securing this stay of 90 days in the QSA litigation would be to allow IID and Imperial County sufficient time to come to some resolution of their dispute regarding the restoration of the Salton Sea. IID and the County have had preliminary discussions about the need to identify and jointly pursue a viable and certain long term funding mechanism for Salton Sea restoration. Both entities believe that at least a conceptual framework exists that could lead to a settlement of their differences and in fact, a larger settlement between all of the parties.”

32 COMMENTS

  1. At the end of the day it really doesn’t matter who Kevin Kelley wrote or writes for- Kevin Kelley is not qualified to be IID’s GM. His performances as a political lackey and mere press release guru for various different IID regimes over years and his lack of management expertise, experience and any real progress over the past 2 years are simple fact and indicators of his incompetence to manage and lead this business operation.

  2. Why don’t we just gather the emails and publish in the desert Review. Start with the exchange between Kevin Kelley amd Brown from IV Press. From all the exchanges Kevin Kelley couldn’t have been doing much IID work. Kelly even edited for Brown. Kelley’s salary should have been paid by the Newspaper. The IV Press acted like an in house paper for the IID. The public should see and the only way is to publish in the Desert Review. Maybe Homeboy and Homegirl could take the lead along with GEEZER and Inside Track.

  3. Come clean Veridical. There are hundreds of the Kevin Kelley emails. They clearly show Kevin Kelley was writing and editing for the IV Press on ratepayer time. Look at the dates and time. Isn’t this misuse of public money? In any other comapany he would be fired immediately and might even be asked to repay his time spent supporting the IV Press. And look at all the money he has authorized to be spent at IV Press. Isn’t that a conflict of interest? Come on Veridical behavior like that should have consequences! It shouldn’t be swept under the rug like they’ve always done at the IID. Isn’t it fianally time for transparency. The new board needs to act immediately to clean up the corruption! Not ignore!

  4. You would think Kevin Kelley would be content to make a quarter of a million a year from IID. Why does he need to write editorials on his IID computer and his IID email to the communicate with IV Press? And what about the Altima, Basil? How do you explain that? You’d think KK could afford to buy one without a deal from the IVP!How can we trust this guy with our water and energy resources? How many other deals has he made?

  5. Time to move on and judge Kevin Kelley by his performance as GM. Writing is his hobby and no reason he shouldn’t be paid for it if it doesn’t write about IID issues and it doesn’t affect his ability to perform as GM.

  6. The emails Maria prove Kevin Kelley worked for the IVPress writing editorials while he was working for the IID, And he also bought an Altima from the IVP usung arcticles he wrote for payment. And he ensured that the IVP would be rewarded with ample money a year from IID. No wonder the IVP backed everything the IID management wanted and printed only what Kevin wanted. Information has been slanted as the IID wants us to read. Complete control of the informaaion we read. No wonder IID was allowed to give the highest salaries in the Imperial Valley to a group of favorred cronies and give out contracts to their friend without worry of newpaper stories shedding light. Just printing wht IID gave them.

    • kelley got caught writing articles for IV Press during IID working hours and his punishment is $250,000 a year???

  7. Maria/Homegirl – ladies, give Kevin & the new board an opportunity to perform. It will take time to clean up years of corrupt management practices and doesn’t happen overnight. I’m encouraged by the progress they are making. Why don’t you both offer some positive ideas and encouragement! You seem like intelligent ladies with ideas.

    • And you sir “seem” like a condescending balless wonder. Dream on little big man- Kevin does not have the skills or experience to get the job done and the Board needs training and education in what their job and focus should be. Stick around more often ese and you might just learn something.

  8. There was another buzz today about the emails I asked about. Heard today the IV Press management is now embarrassed about email ties to Kevin Kelly going public. Why not? Think IID should publish all and let the chips fall where they may. Rumors are worse.

  9. Homegirl, I was responding to you, not Maria. Way too early to make your blanket accusations. I’m encouraged by the new actions at IID. Give your tired diatribe against the GM and board a rest!

    • Just facts Basil not accusations. I repeat-

      Maria- IID directors don’t have to necessarily be professionals- just be representative to ALL their ratepayers, know what their job and focus should be and do it. The problem is that I don’t know if our IID directors have ever understood how a 1/2 billion dollar, board governed public utility ought to be effectively governed and directed. A weekend seminar/retreat for the IID directors might be helpful and productive.

      Finding a GM that is a professional manager and who has expertise and experience in “cleaning up” such a business operation means soliciting for the GM position out in the national marketplace. It is a big big job that will require much expertise and experience. The IID board would ultimately approve the hiring of the GM. However- current local political pressure has us using the “interim executive position charade” ie Carl Stills and Kevin Kelley to appoint people not necessarily qualified by their experience and expertise for these executive positions. When we continue to appoint or promote unqualified people up the food chain up also goes the need for expensive consultants who do have the necessary expertise to support them. The solution Maria is to do a national search for a GM/professional manager(to include our region)and advertise the GM position out to the marketplace. Local or otherwise, take the time to find a candidate to get the job done, vet them thoroughly and give them a contract long enough to finally “clean the business enterprise up” and not continue to subject the direction and productivity of the IID business operation to the 2 year political swings of IID board politics and elections. The negative impact of the IID’s 2 year political cycle swings and the IID directors not focusing on their jobs keeps our strategic water and electric utility meandering aimlessly and continuing to do its business reactively while more sophistcated outside political and business influences continue to take more control of our regional self determination and our futures.

  10. IID has tried professional managers before and it didn’t work – don’t know the people, culture, and don’t take ownership of the problems/solutions, since they don’t live there. By the time they do they are part of the problem.

    Things are starting to work with Kevin Kelley and Carl Stills, so you should wait longer before making any blanket accusations. are you still upset about not working there? Don’t you think you had enough time to “clean up”?

  11. Homegirl where could we find a professional General managerand professional directors? Who would hire them? and how long would that take?

    • Maria- IID directors don’t have to necessarily be professionals- just be representative to ALL their ratepayers, know what their job and focus should be and do it. The problem is that I don’t know if our IID directors have ever understood how a 1/2 billion dollar, board governed public utility ought to be effectively governed and directed. A weekend seminar/retreat for the IID directors might be helpful and productive.

      Finding a GM that is a professional manager and who has expertise and experience in “cleaning up” such a business operation means soliciting for the GM position out in the national marketplace. It is a big big job that will require much expertise and experience. The IID board would ultimately approve the hiring of the GM. However- current local political pressure has us using the “interim executive position charade” ie Carl Stills and Kevin Kelley to appoint people not necessarily qualified by their experience and expertise for these executive positions. When we continue to appoint or promote unqualified people up the food chain up also goes the need for expensive consultants who do have the necessary expertise to support them. The solution Maria is to do a national search for a GM/professional manager(to include our region)and advertise the GM position out to the marketplace. Local or otherwise, take the time to find a candidate to get the job done, vet them thoroughly and give them a contract long enough to finally “clean the business enterprise up” and not continue to subject the direction and productivity of the IID business operation to the 2 year political swings of IID board politics and elections. The negative impact of the IID’s 2 year political cycle swings and the IID directors not focusing on their jobs keeps our strategic water and electric utility meandering aimlessly and continuing to do its business reactively while more sophistcated outside political and business influences continue to take more control of our regional self dtermination and our futures.

      • Right on Homie! Pay some of that green for a real Vato con Pelotas. Bring in Mitt Wrongme or Jerry I’mbrownerthanyou.

  12. What happened to the emails that implicated Garber, Kelle yMenvielle and the late IVP editor? Weren’t there others? Those should have been published officially. They are floating all over the valley.And the crooks should be fired. That might be a good start to get some honorable and high public esteem for IID.

  13. Ralling at the new board is ridiculous. They need to micromanage as long as they still have the crony managment that raised their salaries to the highest in the Valley and a GM who pitted directors against his bosses to move up and replace them while not knowing Energy or Water or anything about the departments, except PR (writing) that make up IID and anything about managing a billion dollar company. The new directors have their jobs cut out for them & need support, not ridicule. Besides that they have lawyers that have been lining their pockets with gold for years, while accomplishing nothing but creating more ways to make money for themselves. The directors need time to clean house. If they don’t, let’s riticize them & call them all the names we can think of. But after a few weeks cut them some slack.

    • Directors should not be cleaning house. They know business about as well as our appointed journalist token GM . Cleaning up this poop needs to happen quickly. Hire a GM that is a professional manager. Give her/him an expert as AGM for electric and an AGM expert for water. The GM professional manager re organizes the operation with a plan bought into by the board while the board begins to focus outward on developing vision, strategy, direction and policy. This is the only way to get out from under the inefficient and reactive business practices. Without an IID board focused where it should be it will be meandering, reactive and corrupt business as usual while more sophisticated outside political and business interests laugh and wave as they take our resources, self determination and futures. Hire a professional GM board and get to work and focused where you belong.

    • micro managing by the board has taken the iid to the present location. the cronies in place are there because of the board.

      they need to get out of the day to day view of things, and set long term policys to get out the present mess.

  14. Insider might look at his termination contract to see if bad mouthing IID could cost him his settlement. Kuhn, Galindo, Benson, Dessert and Hanks have finally brought honesty/integrity to the board. They are trying to get to the root causes. Agree sith Scotty – give them a chance! Also agree with Geezer about reinstatement of historical water rights and needing a viable solution to the Salton Sea environmental issues. I think this board offers us the best chance to obtain favorable solutions for thr Valley. By the way, what happened to Homegirl? Has she become anonymous?

    • Put in my 40+ and not at IID. What has this board done? They are clueless. Look at the way Tony Ramos and Mike Morgan gave them class at the last BM. They seem more worried about public speakers and video taping of the meetings. To bad Otero has no pelotas to prosecute, oh well, welcome back to the 60’s.

    • Yep Veridical- the bitch forgot to enter her name before her last post. Still alive…the bullet proof vest is working out great.

  15. Just more reactive business practice-stays cost big money. Why reactive business all the time? 100’a of millions of dollars continue to be lost, stolen, and wasted. This particular reactive business practice expense is an example of ratepayer dollars wasted due to poor vision and strategic planning. But the Board is too busy with their hands in the day to day business operation and peddling local political influence. Come on Board get focused on your job and better serve the IID rayepayers. More sophisticated outside political and business interests continue to wave and laugh as they blow right by stealing our regions opportunity, self determination and future.

  16. When did I move to the Old South!!! Dessert looked like a jerk trying to explain to Tony his stance. Truth is Dessert is a Hog trying to dictate the Ratepayers and keep them down. He is scared to hear the truth. The fat man at the end (whenever he pleases like showing up) also trying to play Boss Man because he to is scared of the truth, wants to shut down video so we won’t see him asleep on the chair. Benson lying about the ECA pay back and buying time to make up more lies. Galindo, what the hell are you doing for the ratepayers (85% Mexican’s)? Tony and Morgan…good job.

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