SEC NEWS AND REPORTS
31 - Important -
The law firm of Smith
& Christensen was hired by the SEC to conduct an independent
audit. See contract below.
Among Services to be performed are:
"1. Firm is to review Socorro's current written and unwritten
policies, practices, and procedures, including those of Socorro's
Board. This review will include but not be limited to issues surrounding
Socorro's management practices, Board governance, Board compensation,
reimbursement of Board Members' expenses, Board benefits, and
such other issues as may be raised by the members, employees or
Trustees during the investigatory phase of the audit."
"3. Firm will require a means by which its membership, Board
members, and employees may communicate confidentially with Firm
about any issues of concern. Socorro will provide a link on its
website......for interested persons to communicate confidentially
with Firm via e-mail."
This contract was approved by the Board of Trustees at the June
25, 2014 Board of Trustees meeting. The Firm link is still not
up on the SEC website but we have given an alternate secure and
direct email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Use this address to let the Firm know of your opinions, complaints,
treatment by the SEC, etc. All methods will be utilized to publicize
this contact link so that a broad range of experience of members
with the SEC can present a accurate picture of conditions throughout
the SEC service area. Please find free to forward this information.
firm email address
The articles (below) are from this mornings Chieftain and
all deal with the SEC coop. Trustees Wade and Cordova have voted
to censure Trustee Wagner again. Read this article carefully as
it says more about the Board of Trustees majority than about
Trustee Wagner. Trustee Wagner was also the only trustee who voted
against suing the members in 2010 among other acts that the Board
considered disloyal, etc. Trustee Wagners letter
to the editor refutes Trustee Doroughs letter in the last
two issues of the Chieftain and inserts in SECs billing
and Greg Millers letter covers the positives in selling
the whole coop.
31 - Chieftain articles:
calls for recall of SEC chair Dorough (Letter)
board censures Wagner
to editor from Greg Miller on Socorro buy-out
July 30 - June
board meeting minutes
29 - Comments
on July 23rd meeting videos -
- Audrie Clifford requested that since Trustee Wagner was not
present that the agenda item dealing with censure be delayed until
his return in the interest of fairness. (video below)
Illegal basis (action cited by Ms. Dorough legal and proper) for
censure with no authority for censure in bylaws or state law,
but passed on a 2 to 1 vote. The conversation covered the issue
of trustee absence by claiming non-notification of absence. See
Trustee Wade act all insulted. It is funny and obviously scripted.
However, notification WAS given by telephone to the SEC office
Wednesday morning that Trustee Wagner would not be able to attend
the meeting due medical problem. See Ms. Latasa remain silent
as to the fact that notification was given. See the Board decide
on a 2 to 1 vote to go ahead with censure in his absence. That
decision could have waited.
Wiggins tell Trustee Amaro that "you are wrong" when
Trustee Amaro quoted a legal opinion on the matter of the email,
a subject of the censure.
OF DISTRICT 2 MEETING: Trustee Wagner had requested that the date
of November 15, 2014 be approved for the District 2 meeting as
both Macey Center and Fidel Bldg. in Socorro were available for
those dates. He was well aware that the District 3 (Socorro) meeting
was also on that date but that should not have been an issue and
could have been an advantage with most of the city at one or the
other of the meetings. However, they used that fact to not only
deny his request but change the location of the meeting to the
Fine Arts Center in Magdalena. Remember last year at the District
2 meeting and election when then Trustee Wolberg moved to set
the meeting at the Alamo Reservation which would make the round
trip from Socorro over 120 miles. Wolberg had the votes so it
was done. The people of Socorro turned out and voted Trustee Wagner
a new term. The changing of the meeting location could have waited
until the next board meeting.
PUBLIC COMMENTS: Marie Watkins and Santos Aragon.
Remarked on the snide comment by Ms Dorough in the Chieftain Letters
to the Editor in which "open forum of Council meetings with
its audience of supporters" is intended as an insult. Ms.
Watkins contrasts that statement with the problems arising from
the SEC culture of secrecy and lack of supporters.
Raised a question that has been a very sore point with many members
that of unfairness in the awarding of scholarships and Youth Tour
trips. (If you only have time to watch one video, watch this one.)
He researched the awards and discovered that the two scholarships
awarded in his district were given to relatives of the district
trustee and that the GPA of one was inferior to that of other
students, his own son included. This is the type of thing that
Trustee Wagner has been fighting for the past eight years and
the reason that the members distrust the Board of Trustees.
Mr. May is continuing to advocate for reform in the managing of
Capital Credits and his ideas have a great deal of validity. (072914-comments
on July 23 meeting videos )
24 - Mayor
wants to see a co-op quorum (Chieftain)
White letter to the editor re: buy-out
23 Board Meeting -
Comment re: Censure Letter (see Agenda).wmv
by the board.wmv (11 min) Censure Letter
July 23, 2014 Trustee
Wagner censure letter
14, 2014- The Wagner-Dorough email triggering
The letter was read during a City Council meeting.
location of District 2 Meeting Location.wmv (3
(Oct 11, Magdalena Fine Art Center at the School)
Note, this decision could have been put off
to the next meeting, but as we know, the district 2 trustee is
as often as not, but out of any decisions concerning his district.
Consultant Report part 1 of 2.wmv (16min)
Consultant Report part 2 of 2.wmv (16min)
Watkins and Santos Arago.wmv
May and Dave Brockensette.wmv (4min)
Report to the board.wmv (5min)
regional meeting delegate selection.wmv (3min)
Report to the baord.wmv (5min)
23rd Foundation Meeting Agenda
23rd Board Meeting Agenda
Note under new business "censure of trustee". This refers
to the letter Anne Dorough sent to all board members related to
meeting with the Socorro Mayor. It is important to realize that
this email was cc:'d to all trustees and management thus constituting
a quorum and is therefore public information.
14, 2014 Email from board chair Anne Dorough to the board on meeting
with Socorro Mayor
comments-Marie Watkins & Dorough e-mail.wmv
This is where the Mayor reads Dorough's email
22 - Please note that in the video below, the Mayor refers to
a meeting with the law firm hired by the SEC to conduct an audit
of the SEC activities. (Consulting
agreement ) The
contract was approved by the Board of Trustees at the June 25,
2014 Board meeting. Members have been awaiting the link on the
SEC website to send in their stories about the SEC and its treatment
of members. Manager Joseph Herrera was questioned as to whether
the contract had been signed yesterday prior to the City of Socorro
meeting. His answer was that he didnt know if it was signed
and that the contract might be in the mail. Two hours later Mayor
Bhasker is talking about a meeting with the law firm on 8/27/2014
arranged by Mrs. Eileen Latasa on behalf of the SEC. Draw your
on July 21 City Council Meeting
22 - Last
nights video of SEC Resolution at the Socorro City Council meeting.wmv
(22min) or .avi
meeting video on YouTube
21, 2014 - Socorro City Council agenda
July 21 - Resolution
on acquisition of SEC 14-07-21
June 16 -
Socorro resolution to: receive complaints about the SEC and investigate
Principles of Co-ops - From SEC website
knows what else will arise at the SEC Board of Trustee meeting
on July 23, 2014, 2 P.M., 310 Abeyta but the Agenda
is listing a couple of eyebrow raisers.
H. CONSULTANT ACCOUNTANT PRESENTATION. This presentation was requested
by Trustee Wagner because of the extraordinary sums paid to this
accountant in the past year although we have a full accounting
staff at the SEC and an auditing firm. There has never been a
clear answer from Manager Herrera as to the accountants
duties but here is a clear add up of the amounts paid to Mr. Wilson.
June 2013 to December 2013 ------ $ 97,146.07
January 2014 to June 4, 2014 ------- 86,663.74
TOTAL - June 2013 to June 4, 2014 $ 183,809.81 total amount paid
to Mr. Wilson for approximately 1 years work.
NEW BUSINESS: 2. CENSURE OF TRUSTEE. Trustees Dorough, Wade and
Cordova voted last week to censure Trustee Wagner. They will vote
on the censure this week. Actually a censure from these three
can be considered a compliment.
23rd Foundation Meeting Agenda
23rd Board Meeting Agenda
Note under new business "censure of trustee"
And there will be a "consultant accountant report"
services from June 2013 to June 4, 2014, Mr. Bryce Wilson was
paid $183,809.81 for Accounting Services!
Wiggins law firm - June - $2,954.84
Bryce Wilson consultant - $14,289.60 - 5/11 to 6/4
Cordova PR firm - $1,081.53 6/13/14
18 - Commentary
the letter from Anne Dorough (unfortunately mistitled by the Chieftain)
concerning the feasibility study by the City of Socorro on the
take over of the SEC. The same Dorough letter is contained in
the latest billing of the SEC. (Link below)
The feasibility study was authorized by RESOLUTION 14-06-16 (Link
below) and cites the reasons for such action among them, "constituent
complaints regarding SEC's rates and service quality" and
SEC's unresponsive attitude toward complaints. The Catron County
Commission is also being contacted for help with similar complaints
especially in regard to billing "estimates" and is considering
their response to the problem. Many SEC member complaints have
also been addressed to the PRC.'
Trustee Dorough's letter properly titled "Who Wants a Lose-Lose
Deal" is focused on scare tactics and does not address the
root of the member's problems with the SEC Broad of Trustees,
the SEC management and their bullying treatment of members and
the extraordinary power and actions of the SEC's law firm. The
off focus of content and tone is all the more astonishing as it
has lately been revealed that the SEC is paying a Public Relations
Firm for services. Please refer to the video tapes of the June
25, 2014 (Link below) meeting entitled "Payments to Cordova
Agency." A trustee asks about a check entry dated 5/09/14
in the amount of $2,889.00 paid to Cordova Public Relations Inc.
Manager Herrera's answer cites help in drafting the billing inserts
and the back page of Enchantment Magazine.
at the "Cordova PR billing" (link below) which was discovered
within the incomplete records of the Wiggins, Williams and Wiggins
firm supplied by that firm under the Inspection of Public Records
Act requested by a member. There are probably other billings that
we have not been able to locate. Think about it; the SEC has a
public relations firm working for it and we are paying for it!
There is a meeting of the SEC Board of Trustees this coming Wed.,
July 23, 2014 at 2 p.m. 310 Abeyta. Please attend.
to video on Cordova PR firm
billing in 2013
City resolution on SEC complaints
July 18, 2014 comments
18 - SEC
(This is a duplicate of the letter to the editor in
the Chieftain July 17th). Note: nowhere in the commentary
does it mention a key factor related to obtaining a new franchise
agreement and that is, the SEC management wants secret meetings
with the city. The city want public meetings. As owners
have seen over and over, keeping things secret is really a corporate
Socorro City Council meeting Monday 21st -
"Resolution No. 14-07-21 - Encouraging a Decision by SEC
Member/Owners Regarding Municipal Acquisition."
21, 2014 - Full Council agenda
takeover costly, bad idea (Chieftain Letter)
(Note - title of the letter to the editor was a Chieftain
error and should be corrected)
on this ludicrous PR piece later... meanwhile, some resources
on the subject:
Microgrids Create Municipalization Benefits
Times -Cities Weigh Taking Over From Private Utilities
on public power option
Number of cities with own power
Power is Hometown Power
energy on Boulder
Boulder did it