Osias Dog & Pony Show at what cost?

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Other than value for political campaigning what was the value/damage to the IID of the dog & pony show put on by Mr. Osias at the request of the president of the board? What is the cost to all ratepayers? What damage was done to Mr. Dumar’s & Mr. Silva’s cooperative efforts to develop a voluntary on-farm conservation system?

 

Osias and management dodged previous requests by directors for Osias to provide information, board discussion and board direction for pre-court of appeal filings and the SWRCB petition findings. He never complied on both requests. However, on two occasions, both just prior to the election cycle, he has responded to individual board member requests to intervene on their behalf to counter questions raised on the campaign circuit.

 

As the GM should have to authorize the payment of these shenanigans the public needs to know the cost and date of anticipated payment of these two campaign contributions paid on the ratepayers tabs. Will the costs be declared as public funds being received as in-kind campaign contributions?

 

This collusion and the continuing, historical newspaper reporting weakens the needed strategic leverage to force the State to mitigate and restore the SEA as called for in the QSA agreement but now denied by Osias and agreed to by Judge Robie, who birthed the IID transfer concept while on the SWRCB. This serves San Diego’s interest quite well, but is folly on the part of the board, and legal.

 

 

It should be remembered that the Board President and Osias both admittedly worked for the Bass Brothers in their attempt to buy land and sell the Valley’s water, another undeclared conflict.

 

The people’s business is being sacrificed by the intentional side shows allowed, encouraged and tolerated inside the Board Room to benefit the incumbents’ rebuttals to campaign statements and their necessary support of continuing Osia’s employment.

 

The unyielding personal interest and personalities of former associations, the traits that originally served as the magnet to attract them, now find themselves in conflict. The collateral damage of the most recent self-serving verbal attack is the blanket accusations against growers as a group by the incumbent candidates and Osias during a public meeting.

 

Let them pursue each other in court on their own time. The IID focus should be on the legal right to use the water, appurtenant to the land, in a reasonable legal and defensible matter and participate in the benefits the use of the water provides or generates for the benefit of the region. It is time personal interests are kicked under the bus.  

 

Arn Lahde

14 COMMENTS

  1. Boot out Menvielle and Mendoza period!Then clean house. There are a lot who care and don’t scare easy, butnothing can be done until the Menvielle and Mendoza quit selling their influence. They have been in power too long and think they own the district and newspaper.Nobody believes the newspaper stories in the Valley Press about the district anymore anyway. It is time for sweeping change. Maybe we can get some honest leadership then. We sure nee it.

    • THE IID BUSINESS CULTURE HAS BEEN 1/2 WAY CLEANED UP AND FIXED TWICE. A WASTE OF ABOUT 7 MILLION BUCKS. GRAB YOUR SWORDS AND FOLLOW “NIGHTHAWK THE WARRIOR RATEPAYER”!!!!
      ENHANCE AND ENFORCE IID’S GOVERNANCE POLICY!! HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS HAVE BEEN LOST, STOLEN AND WASTED….CLEAN HOUSE BUT BE SMART!!!!!WE HAVE GOOD PEOPLE AND RESOURCES-WE NOW SIMPLY NEED QUALIFIED GENERAL MANAGEMENT, INTELLIGENT AND BALANCED BOARD LEADERSHIP WITH THEIR HANDS OUT OF INFLUENCE IN THE IID BUSINESS OPERATION AND A SOLID 5 YEAR PLAN TO EXECUTE -IT IS A 5 YEAR COMMITMENT AND PROCESS TO FIX THE IID BUSINESS CULTURE SO THAT THE CHANGES TOWARD A MORE EFFECTIVE BUSINESS ENTERPRISE STAY IN PLACE.TAKE OUR COMMUNITY OWNED ELECTRIC AND WATER UTILITY BACK FROM THE INFLUENCE OF SPECIAL AND OUTSIDE INTERESTS!!! CHARGE…..

      • I agree girl … fix it already. Sadly the board wants to run the operation on a day to day basis and the gm won’t remind them of his responsibilities and theirs’.

        • This GM doesn’t know what his or the Board’s responsibilities are deserttrek. Because the Board is focused inward on the business operation and conflicts of interest instead of outward on vision, strategy, policy and direction- the IID continues to meander aimlessly/reactively while outside public agencies and more sophisticated business interests continue chuckle at us as they pass us by with our futures in their hands.

  2. In addition to the Osias misuse of public booard meeting to campaign for Menvielle did you notice that the IVP is still in bed with Menviele even though Brad is no longer the editor. They also labeled as “stolen” the informative emails sent by Menviele that disclosed the collusive relationship of an IID director, IID Legal and the IVP that destroyed the Grand Jury Reporting. Aren’t whistle blowers protected? Why did the IVP automatically misbrand them as stolen? It would appear as obvious that they are trying to cover up their involvement in a corrupt process, as well as protect incumbent directors and management. Menviele and management brought in the Spyware to spy on employees to punish those employees who got out of step. Now they have been burned by employees who care about fairness, and they cry foul! They shouldn’t have it both ways. Menvielle and Mendoza need to be voted out of office and the IVP should be ashamed of itself for getting so involved in corrupt practices.After the former editor left the IVP is still out of touch with the people of the Valley and so are the encumbents and inner circle at IID. You have been right about that all along, Homegirl.

  3. When 23 of the highest 25 salaries in the region are at IID I think you are drinking too much of the Kool Aid, Homegirl. And if the IID staff is not performing up to par due to lack of training I would think they should be making the big bucks because they are highly trained & have the experience – otherwise they shouldn’t have such high salaries are benefits! My gosh what would IID pay for trained/experienced personnel!Sounds like they are highly paid in spite of lack of training and experience, not something that one of the poorest counties should condone.

    • Trained, experienced and “QUALIFIED” personnel require a 1 year severance package on top of the competitive SOCAL utility market wages being paid. Hell with the Board interfering in the day to day IID business operation on a continuous basis, taking a position and moving to this desert island and then having the plugged pulled on you te day after your probationary period ends is not a far fetched scenario. Paying way too much for positions that have cronies appointed to them is a crime ie Kevin Kelley with no management skills and all politician ($240,000) for that laugh is indeed perverse and an insult to this poorest of the poor communities. This fiasco can be fixed but it is a long term fix. Cutting wages below SOCAL utility industry standards is not going to help fix anything however. In fact it will just make the delivery of these strategic services worse. To transform this IID fiasco into delivering cost effective water and electric services to IID ratepayers will take an uninterrupted 5 year commitment to a skilled GM/professional manager and the ENHANCEMENT AND ENFORCEMENT OF IID’S GOVERNANCE POLICY. HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS CONTINUE TO BE LOST, STOLEN AND WASTED AND THAT AIN’T EVEN COUNTING THOSE 23 OF 25 HIGHEST PAID SALARIES IN OUR REGION.

  4. Menvielle and Mendoza do need to pay for the Osias tirade tryin to help his friends. With most of their money from out of area, even out of state we can’t afford threir efforts to depive us of our water and electricity. And let’s get rid of Garger and whoever let the salaries and benefits get so overwhelmingly high. This poor county can’t afford these carpetbagers. Vote em out!! Arn you continue to highlight the problems. Like your ideas too Homegirl and follow Homeboy. They can’t stop the blogs even with the other newspaper in their pocket.

    • IID wages are not high-there are just no comps in our region for these wages which is typical of such a large special district in a sparsely populated rural region. Certain IID staff however are not producing up to par with their wages due to a poor IID training and extended education policy and subsequently poor IID staff training and education programs. We need them out here to professionally, technically and successfully support our sophisticated special district business enterprise. This is part of the IID Board focus that isn’t happenning but is necessary to guide and direct the vision stragtegy and long term success of our community owned water and electric utility.

      Have you seen my homeboy tailjock? I want to follow him but I can’t follow him if he doesn’t come around any more. I miss his shocking and inflammatory revelations, the excitement and the drama homeboy generates in the name of the special 10% water interests. I miss my man!!!!!

  5. Let’s get out and vote out Menvielle and Mendoza and get rid of the Osia crowd. That’s the only way we can quit spending money LIKE IT WAS WATER on attornies who have made tens of millions and give us no answers, but ways to spend money on more attornies. All with the support of Menvielle and Mendoza. we need change to get the answers.

  6. Agree, Homegirl. Arn is right on! Even agree with you on governace and enforcement. We need change. We’ve had too much of the encumbents. There are serious problems from outside interests and Menvielle and Mendoza are in bed with them.

    • JaneSaid-“we’ve had too much of the incumbents”. This is what happens when they stay around too long they get delusional and intoxicated by their political positions and influence. They begin to think of their responsibilities as something other than what they are…..as their playground, as their money and as if they know what is good for us little people. You can see it in their grandiose adverstising- Mendoza sees herself as “still the one for the people” and Menvielle sees himself in the race for the U.S. presidency as “a job creator”. Neither of these 2 out of focus incumbents knows what their responsibilty really is or how to get the job done. They just continue to roam around the halls of IID interfering and impeding the business operation due to a lack of governance structure,
      governance enforcement and accountabilty while the entire IID organization continues to operate reactively without vision or a long term vaible strategy. Incumbents who have been around too long,as evidenced by these 2, become severely self intoxicated and delusional. But where’s the BEEF??? The challengers all seem to have lost their 2,000 to 3,000 vote momentum.

  7. Nice shot Arn. This is a prime example of incumbent politics being paid for by IID ratepayers due to the current lack of enough governance structure at IID that allows these kinds of conflicts of interest and the personal political interests of the IID board to influence and interefere with the efficient and cost effective management and administration of the IID business operation. VOTE ONLY FOR IID CANDIDATES THAT ENDORSE THE ENHANCEMENT AND ENFORCEMENT OF IID’S GOVERNANCE POLICY. THOSE BOARD CANDIDATES THAT DO WILL PUT THE INTERESTS OF THE IID RATEPAYERS, OUR COMMUNITIES AND OUR REGION BEFORE THE INTERESTS OF THEMSELVES AND SPECIAL INTERESTS. IF WE CAN’T WRESTLE CONTROL OF THIS ROGUE PUBLIC BUSINESS ENTERPRISE BACK TO THE PUBLIC THROUGH THIS ELECTION PROCESS-THEN IT IS TIME TO NOTIFY HIGHER PUBLIC AUTHORITY TO COME IN, HAVE A LOOK AROUND(INVESTIGATE)AND TO STRAIGHTEN THE IID OUT.

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