Letter to the Editor: Retiree Passing Through the Storm

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I was glad to find that IID decided to follow up on my proposed 2017 resolutions, but don’t think the approach will work.

Recently I received a letter from IID asking about the suggested resolutions, indicating an investigator was following up. Sure enough, I was contacted for an interview that I politely declined, since those who confidentially shared with me believe it could result in their firing. I suggested if the investigator really wanted to get to the bottom of allegations, all employees be given a bullet-proof whistle blower status. And, employees who have left in the last 18 months be contacted, also, and those receiving remuneration to exit IID be exempt from any non-disclosure agreement.

I think this is the only way to drill down accurately on the facts. Those who shared with me were not only concerned about IID, I believe they were truly scared. For this reason, I also think the interview results should be given directly to the President of the Board, Bruce Kuhn, who has a long, proven history of honesty and concern for employees and the IID.

Many of the best energy employees have already left for better positions, retired, or will soon find better jobs outside the Valley. For this reason, I think IID faces a critical, uphill battle to efficiently manage the Valley’s water and energy resources. And, I’ve already provided a pinnacle of problems and troublesome issues, so it is up to IID to interview its executive team, department managers, and employees to get to the facts, and make IID a “diamond utility” again. I hope this new investigation will drill down to expose the truth, and lead to productive solutions. If IID is incapable of conducting a credible investigation, then I suggest that the ratepayers insist that county, state, or federal authorities be contacted to assist in the investigation.

As a final comment, I’ve attached a couple of paragraphs, excerpted from an oft referred to white paper I wrote over a decade ago, that apply as much today as then:

“Living in a somewhat remote area it would seem necessary to have a management group that has to take ownership for its decisions. To do this they must be rooted in the community and have to live with their decisions. Managers who come from the outside are totally unprepared for what they find. Even though they may have extensive experience and some concept of what needs to be done, they do not understand the dynamics of the community nor the inner workings of the IID well enough to plan and implement the necessary controls,

The best way to fix the problem permanently is to select qualified managers who are familiar with the company and know its (electric) operations from the ground up. They should know where the gaps in productivity are; they should know how to positively impact the culture; and they should know how to motivate people to work in a structured environment. They should also have an excellent understanding of finances, control systems and the checks & balances necessary to plan and control the overall environment. These managers must also be loyal to the valley and IID, thinking more of the people and less of themselves, thereby not profiting individually from their actions. Although the solution must be from the bottom up, it requires committed top down support; no exceptions.”

Signed,
Arn Lahde

18 COMMENTS

  1. In the past IID used a consulting firm out of San Diego to investigate and intimidate the employees. Don’t expect any evidence of wrongdoing to be found by them. More likely any information that could be valuable to a grand jury will disappear!

  2. Word on the street that Mike Morgan & Carl Stills team employing Paul Peshel for zglobal investigation.

    Anybody get a call yet ?

    • Same old song and dance here Oldtimer. The z crowd was fine when they did or were appearing to do what they were told. The trojan horse was let in and the city fell. Staff tried to speak out, some did and were silenced or marginalized by the smartest guy in the room.

  3. Here’s a way to help resolve the issues at IID. Instead of hiring an investigator to interrogate Arn & determine whether Arn & his sources are correct or not, consider doing this: Visit Lloyd and Betty at the Desert review & read & document all blogs associated with Arn’s letters, Shorty’s letters, Gary Redfern’s articles, Kevin Kelly’s letters, & Ross Simmons letter. Then verify the claims made in each of the articles, letters & blogs. Once the investigator completes the verification process they will know the truth & they can report it to the board president. I believe the truth will show several corrupt individuals (both inside IID and outside.) Past blogs stated to “follow the money.”

  4. It is a misuse of public funds for the IID to hire investigators to hide their corruption. Let the GM and the Directors that are receiving compensation from Z Global pay for the coverup… If Bruce wants an investigation have him call the DA and have him impanel a Grand Jury…

  5. Funny how the Board of IID and their puppet GM have the money to hire consultants, investigators, and outside law firms, but never have the funds necessary to pay employees a cost of living increase each year or improve the poor retirement plan. Instead of hiring an investigator to hound you Arn why don’t they admit they have failed the public and resign! Hopefully with Director Kuhn leading the way with Director Ortega and the soon to be new Director maybe we can get some action!

    • Dear Hopeful, your comment perturbs me. It’s my understanding IID employees are overpaid for their minimum qualifications, ie. no degree. If you were savy enough, you would know 401k’s are a thing of the past and you can thank Governor Jerry Brown for that and all the other freebies the State of California gets. Make IID Great AGAIN.

      • Engineers need a degree plus professional certification – unless you are a consultant like ZGroup; then the engineering manager needs no degree, nor experience. The engineers who have left IID have been snapped up at higher salaries, positions, and benefits because of their degrees, certifications & experience. Makes IID Less & Rates Higher.

      • Engineers need a degree plus professional certification – unless you are a consultant like ZGroup; then the engineering manager needs no degree, nor experience. The engineers who have left IID have been snapped up at higher salaries, positions, and benefits because of their degrees, certifications & experience. Makes IID Less & Rates Higher.

      • Time for some research, nothing said about 401’s, and that is what IID uses as a pension plan, looks like #boy isn’t too savy.
        As far as wages IID is for most employees far below the norms. Get your head out of the farm bureau and colabs behinds

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