Vote no on the Public-Private Partnership
Act (HB 299), or any legislative attempts toward privatization.
This bill has passed the House Committee
on Transportation and Public Works and we need to STOP it!!!
For exmaple: if a person cannot afford to
pay his or her water bill, they would be charged with a
crime and could be jailed for up to 6 months or pay a fine
of up to $500!
sign the petition here
San Augustin Water
Coalition Board meeting on TUESDAY, MARCH 10th at 6.p.m.
at the Datil Baptist Church meeting hall.
The public is invited. Agenda items include finalization
of the program for the annual meeting scheduled for April
NM bills to watch that could effect water and public rights
in this region: HB
366 and SB
421 would take away the power of local governments to
regulate oil and gas development in response to concerns
over water contamination and health risks.
Where they stand now: HB199 was tabled in HEENR last week.
However, a similar bill (HB366) passed and is now headed
to Judiciary. You are right that this vote went down on
party lines. Rep Egolf voted against the bill and believes
strongly that local governments should have the authority
to manage their air, land and water.
11 - Citizens
mobilize against water grabs
(or go to
web link here)
Feb 5- Update on SB 276:
With regard to Senate Bill 276, the bill received a "do
pass" recommendation from the Committee, and the vote
Senate Bill 276 needs the support of the water grab community.
the Senate website to read it.
download the bill here
is a bill pending in the State Legislature (Senate Bill
276) that would require the State Engineer to hold hearings
on contested water rights applications in the county in
which the water right at issue is located unless the parties
to the proceeding agreed to have the
hearing elsewhere. The assumption is that the bill would
make it easier for people protesting applications to deal
with those applications.
ASAP, please let Doug Meiklejohn, the head of the NM Environmental
Law Center, of your support for the bill SB 276 as soon
as possible. His email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
The battle goes on ... and on ....
Why? Well, the Augustin Plains Ranch thinks we will quit
and go away. If we do, they win.
Bruce Frederick, attorney defending us in battle, has won
the first two rounds for us: two applications submitted
to the Office of the State Engineer have been rejected.
Now theres a third application.
The State Engineer has the application, but is not publishing
it as he must do before it can be acted upon. He can sit
on it indefinitely (and maybe hope well go away?)
and until it is noticed in local papers we cannot take any
action. So heres what we have to do: 1) watch the
local papers for an announcement of the new application
and 2) protest at that time.
Meanwhile, dont give up. We can win if we hang in
and work together. So far thats what has happened;
you have all been great through seven years of protests,
court cases and games playing by the APR LLC.
11 - Water
grab application sent back (Chieftain)
Augustin Plains water grab
(letter to Chieftain)
of State Engineer to launch updated website (Chieftain)
Water Grab News Here >>
AND AREA NEWS
Kestrel - Magdalena, Jan 2, 2015
16 - Military
study looks at area needs (Chieftain) [new]
Re: the CO2 pipeline proposed to cross Catron County. Representatives
from Kinder Morgan will be hosting a series of public presentations
that will provide a detailed overview of the Lobos Pipeline
project, as well as address questions and concerns from
the general public.
Tuesday, September 9
La Promesa Elementary School
898 HWY 304 Veguita, NM 6PM
Thursday, September 11 -
Quemado High School 3484 US HWY 60
Quemado, NM 6PM
21, 2014 - Water Grab Oral Argument hearing
in SW (Colorado basin) disappearing
Plains submits new application (Cheiftain)
Lorna Wiggins, Wiggins
SEC NEWS AND REPORTS
letters, letters----so you think the members might have the monthly
billings of the SEC as a forum for their opinions someday? Not
while the current pathway as set forth by the trustee majority,
management and lawyers are running the show. Pres. Dorough's letter
in the monthly billing refers to the proposed new by-laws (with
the up and down only vote) as "a golden opportunity to overhaul
Socorro Electric from the ground up." The only gold in this
opportunity is "Fool's Gold" which runs counter to the
4 main issues set forth by Mr. Christensen. These are RATES, SERVICE,
TRANSPARENCY AND DEMOCRATIC CONTROL BY THE MEMBERS.
What do the members lose in the way of transparency and democratic
control by the members. The following is not a complete list although
we hope to have a complete list available before the March 25,
2015 vote on the bylaws.
On April 17, 2010, members passed bylaws setting:
1. Term limits for trustees,
A yearly monetary cap of $10,000 per trustee, $15,000 for president,
One monthly meeting for the Board of Trustees open to member/owners
and press with timely notice of the meeting...a section of the
meting agenda shall be reserved for member participation during
with member...may address the Board without prior approval of
SEC Board of trustees and Management shall guarantee transparency
of Action with open access to SEC Books, Records, and Audits....
SEC Board of Trustees and Management will account for and notify
Members of their Patronage Capital annually as required by existing
Bylaws (but disregarded until 7/2009)
SEC Board shall make adequate arrangements for and assure fair
elections which include VOTING BY MAIL and election administration
by a third party accounting firm.
The SEC Board of Trustees shall voluntarily agree to abide by
the New Mexico Open Meetings Act and the Inspection of Public
the end of May, 2010 the Board of Trustees with the exception
of Charlie Wagner voted to sue the SEC members to overthrow the
newly passed bylaws. Judge Mitchell agreed with the members and
awarded judgment to the members as state law gives members the
right to pass bylaws. THIS IS A STATE LAW. Remember this as we
will return to this law on amending bylaws.
The bylaws of April 17, 2010 are missing from Christensen's proposals.
So much for DEMOCRATIC CONTROL BY MEMBERS AND TRANSPARENCY. Passed
by the members, approved by a judge, discarded by Ms. Dorough's
Another court case brought by Charlene West and Charlie Wagner
regarded access to the SEC Membership List. A prior ruling by
the New Mexico Supreme Court gives members the right to the list
for a proper purpose. Our present lawyers ignored that ruling
and Number 4 in blue ink above forcing another hearing, this one
before Judge Reynolds. Judge Reynolds ruled for Mrs. West and
after a delay, she did receive the list. A search of the Christensen
bylaws turns up the attachment SECTION 4.05 which severely limits
easy access to the SEC Membership List for all members especially
candidates running for the office of trustee. No Inspection of
Public Records or member passed bylaw to protect SEC rights.
Back to members passing amendments to bylaw. This is not being
allowed on March 25, 2015. The Christensen bylaws speak to the
issue as follows. SECTION 4.03 Notice of Member Meetings. (attached).
"When notifying Members of any Member Meeting, the Cooperative
shall include notice of any matter which a Member may raise or
discuss, and intends to raise or discuss, at the Member Meeting
1. Requested in writing, by a percentage of the Total Membership
entitled to call a Special Member Meeting
(this totals not less than ten percent 10% of the cooperative's
total non-suspended Members. See attachment SECTION 4.02) and
the Cooperative receives the written request satisfying the member-identification
standards set forth in SECTION 4.02 at least thirty (30) days
prior to delivering notice of the Member Meeting..........
The Cooperative shall also notice any matter that the Board of
Directors intends to raise or discuss at the Member Meeting."
the actual amending contained in SECTION 10.01 (attached.) After
fulfilling the requirements in the paragraph above a member or
"any group of members may by petition containing the names,
authenticated signatures, addresses and account numbers of 500
members have a proposed Bylaw amendment included in the agenda
and put to vote at the next Annual Meeting, so long as the petition
is received by the Cooperative not less than 180 days ("that's
6 months") prior to the to the Annual Meeting.
there enough hoops for the members to jump through? Enough hard
won rights lost? Enough "Democratic Control" and Transparency
NOTE; SECTION 10.01 mentions "an official
written ballot by mail to vote." Vote by mail is mentioned
in a few other places in the Bylaws and Bylaw Analysis but there
is no bylaw codifying VOTE BY MAIL. This could present a large
problem down the road and member amendment is rendered almost
impossible by the Christensen Bylaws. Others are doing an analysis
of Mr. Christensen proposed Bylaws which will b made public for
the member's information.
4.02 cont. at Section 4.03.pdf
4.03 Notice of Member Meetings.pdf
4.05 Member Meeting List.pdf
10.01 Bylaw amendments.pdf
22 - Commentary for downloading
days the board meetings run like clockwork with pre-planning and
scripts all written out in advance. Of course it gets funny when
a trustee loses his place and the chair and/or lawyer has to straighten
out the script. The vote will always be 2 to 2 with the chair
voting to break the tie in favor of Trustees Wade and Cordova.
Trustee Wade will nominate Trustee Cordova to a office and Trustee
Cordova will have to second his own nomination (is that even legal?)
rather than have Trustee Wagner or Amaro fill the position. The
tapes of the meeting broken into sections is invaluable in charting
the pattern. The chair has stepped up the action by limiting discussion
and attempting to stifle any dissension. Take a few minutes to
watch and to the videos below. Especially to "Consideration
& Approval of new board policies" Part 1. and "Special
meeting to vote on proposed by-laws."
"Special meeting to vote on proposed by-laws." came
up first with the "President's Report - Call for a special
meeting of the members for the purpose of voting on bylaws as
proposed by Aaron Christensen." This will be an up or down
vote with no debate and no discussion by the members. No matter
that the lawyer refuse to allow properly passed propositions by
the members to be voted upon without being held over a year for
"consideration" by the members which means as explained
by lawyers - debate and discussion." The Christensen Report
is sacrosanct. This vote will be held at a special meeting on
April 25, 2015, Finley Gym with registration and voting from 1
to 3 p.m., business meeting from 3 p.m. Mail in ballots will be
sent out. This process is idiotic. There is good in the Report
but that good is heavily outweighed by the elimination of member's
rights. Watch the video!
Consideration & Approval of new board policies is in direct
contrast to the proposed up or down handling of the bylaws by
the members. The trustees amended the Christensen Policies to
give themselves more power. The members deserve the same rights
as the trustees to pick and choose, discuss and debate. Again,
watch the tape.
Three weeks after the Special Meeting takes place, the 2015 Annual
Members Meeting is scheduled for May 16, 2015 at the Macey Center.
on 2/18/15 board meeting
20 - New attorney fees in right column
Dorough letter to the editor
(scroll down the page)
billing insert on Christensen report
18 - Board Meeting
new board proposals passed along party lines as expected. Videos
will be up tomorrow (Thurs). Obvious there was a pre-meeting agenda
to get them passed.
& Approval of New Board Policies.wmv Pt 1 of 4
& Approval of New Board Policies.wmv Pt 2 of 4
& Approval of New Board Policies.wmv Pt 3 of 4
& Approval of New Board Policies.wmv Pt 4 of 4
the old by-laws.wmv
meeting to vote on proposed by-laws.wmv
Meetings Act annual resolution.wmv
(Form 7) Report.wmv
- Statewide Report.wmv
13 - Prediction: Prediction
of New By-law and Policies
5, 2015 -
hears recommended bylaw changes
Wagner letter to Chieftain (scroll down)
Nebraska Took Its Energy out of Corporate Hands and Made It Affordable
2 unapproved minutes & props.
3 unapproved minutes & props
AND CONSULTANT FEES
Wilson, Christensen Detail
Wiggins lawfirm -
2010 - $14,619.12 (5 payments)
2011 - $3,1355.83 (6 payments)
2012 - $5,5980.00 (6 payments)
2013 - $139,163.90 (full year)
2014 - $100,550.83) (full year) (revised)
Jan - $1,990.19
and Christensen (Board Audit)
2014 - $32,668.82 (Indluds $30K retainer)
Jan - $45,587.50
Bryce Wilson, Accountant
2013 - $108,075.26 (full year)
2014 - $131,780.31 (full year)
Jan - $14,202.41
PR Firm 2014
2013 - $25,094.61 (July thru December)
2014- May through Dec $9,563.96
City and SEC Franchise Issue
City Council meets on 1st and 3rd Mondays at 111 School
of Mines Road.
Latest Agenda: (Pending)
buy-out webpage click
Click here for more news, and videos
(New district numbers)
on the use of e-mail addresses ending in @socorroelectric.com.
These are reviewed by management staff, and saved. Never assume
privacy. The Ipads issued to the trustees are a way of controlling
what trustees say, read, and correspond to everybody.
1: Leo Cordova
District 2: Charlie Wagner
(safe to use)
District 3: Melissa Amaro
District 4: Dave Wade
5: Anne Dorough -
Lorna Wiggins, Wiggins
CO-OP IN THE NEWS
members should carefull (sic) read proposal
Special co-op members meeting slated
19 - Chieftain-
Dorough letter to the editor
4 - Chieftain:
hears recommended bylaw changes
Wagner letter to Chieftain
insurance policy in question (Chieftain)
SEC Co-op News >>>
Lorna Wiggins, Wiggins
How Nebraska Took Its Energy out of Corporate Hands and Made It
Affordable for Everyone