Lorna Wiggins, Wiggins
CURRENT SEC NEWS AND REPORTS
April 17 -
is a letter from The Informed Cynic to SEC members published in
todays Chieftain. Pay particular attention to
the last two sentences which note the total from the incomplete
records is $388,574.15 for the three years, 2010-2013. A rough
guess or estimate places the real total at double this amount
or more. Verification will have to wait for the rest of the records
from SEC manager and/or attorney. Add this sum to amounts paid
to mysterious accountant, Bryce Wilson, who received at least
$105,000 in 2013, $16,202.56 from 12/8/13 to 1/4/14, and $13,687.22
on 2/25/14 although he is not on the SEC regular payroll and there
is no logical explanation for whatever duties he carries out.
(See "Attorney Documents" link above for more information)
Letter to the Chieftain - in the print edition only:
Several years ago I set up a website, The Informed Cynic, dealing with issues affecting the citizens of Socorro County and the surrounding area. I also began filming the meetings of the Socorro Electric Cooperative in an attempt to present a unbiased record of events to the membership. News archives, commentary, the meeting videos, etc. are all posted on the website.
On January 23, 2014, I began my first attempt at an Inspection of Public Records Act request with a letter to Mr. Joseph Herrera, SEC General Manager soliciting documents relating to fees paid to SEC attorneys from 2010 through 2013 and all contracts between the SEC and those attorneys. On February 26, 2014, I picked up a packet of documents for which I was charged $1 per page for a total of $344. On examination, I discovered that the file of documents was incomplete with entire years missing and gaps within years furnished. Invoices were heavily redacted. Only one attorney contract was included. I detailed the lack of compliance in another letter to Mr. Herrera dated March 31, 2014. That letter has not been answered.
The received information though incomplete is very interesting and it is important that those facts and figures be made know to SEC members. If additional records are received, they will be added to existing data posted on the website.
The records from Dennis Francish are complete and his contract is included. $113, 818.06 was billed to the SEC from 2010 through 2012.
Han: Only 7 months of billing supplied, Feb, 2012 Sept,
2012 in the amount of $53,534.11 although the firm was hired in
June, 2010 for the case in which the SEC sued the members. No
& Wiggins: At least $209,616.29 billed from 2010 to 2013 as
there are gaps in years 2010 and 2011. One of the most intriguing
items billed by the Wiggins firm deals with the Investigation
by Ira Bolnick. This action was taken against Trustee Wagner and
authorized by the SEC Board of Trustees upon the recommendation
of Attorney Lorna Wiggins. Part one of the investigation
which cost the SEC $11,789.61 is posted. Part two of the report
has been kept from the members. Ms. Wiggins hired and paid Mr.
Bolnick and then billed the SEC for that amount. The second item
lists Cordova Public Relations to which the Wiggins firm paid
$25,094.61 from July, 2013 to December, 2013 and billed back to
the SEC. There is no indication as to why the PR firm was engaged.
No contracts pertaining to the Wiggins firm, Mr. Bolnick or Cordova
Public Relations provided. The total derived from these incomplete
records is $388,574.15 for the 3 years, 2010 -2013. The actual
total is higher but unknown due to the noncompliance of the SEC
April 16 - Q&A With Trutee Dorough -
When Trustee Anne Dorough did not attend the meeting that she arranged with members of her District, the members held the meeting without her and asked people in attendance to compose questions that they wished Ms. Dorough to answer. The attachment contains both questions and answers arranged by topics. The "Topic: Direct to Anne" which starts on page 4 will be of special interest to members of the Reform Group who were largely responsible for her election. It also explains why many members in District V are talking recall and members from other SEC districts are cheering them on.
March 26 - Commentary
was an important day for the SEC. Two meetings took place
one in District V (Quemado) and another at the Board of Trustees
meeting room in Socorro. The District V meeting was requested
by members wanting to discuss SEC issues and events with their
trustee, Anne Dorough. Negotiation on the date with Ms. Dorough
began in late January and on February 7, the date was set for
March 24, 2014. The meeting was advertised and articles about
it submitted to the local newspaper when Pres. Dorough rescheduled
the regular March meeting of the trustees for the same date and
time as the prior scheduled meeting with District V members. A
handout detailing the timeline of these events was handed out
at the March 24 meeting in Quemado which went on without Ms. Doroughs
presence. This attached handout which also lists members concerns
is posted below.
meeting was well attended filling the Senior Center with interested,
courteous members most from District V but with several members
from other SEC districts. Ben Hall, who represents the area on
the Public Regulation Commission attended with his assistant and
was very helpful in addressing issues raised by members. Questions
from the floor were recorded on cards to be sent on to Ms. Dorough
for her answers. A copy of these questions is also posted below
as they are of interest to all members concerning as they do:
The doubling of the amount for several past bills, the lack of
proper response to member problems, the lawyers actions
in regard to member sponsored amendments to the bylaws, the misuse
of quorum, improper rulings, questions about capital credits,
etc. Where is the 19 million dollars of capital credits that belongs
to the membership? The members were particularly troubled by the
Colette Foard Trails End case wherein the SEC attorneys and trustee
three majority are ignoring a ruling from the New Mexico Attorney
Generals office ruling in favor of Ms. Foard. The proposed
takeover of part of the co-op by the City of Socorro led to many
questions about what would happen to the rest of the co-op. Mr.
Hall was particularly helpful on this issue. It was obvious that
the behavior of SEC management, legal advisors and some trustees
has eroded confidence among SEC members. Firing and recall were
mentioned by several members. This will be an ongoing story. The
SEC Board of Trustee meeting is another but related story.
Additional comments -
In January, correspondence began with District 5 trustee Ms Dorough, with regard to scheduling an informational meeting with her constituents. Below is a file which contains a series of emails denoting efforts made to achieve that goal. Ms Dorough did not attend the meeting.
the meeting there was a discussion of the issues. Attendees were
offered the opportunity to submit individual questions and concerns
to Ms Dorough which were sent on to her via email. A response
by April 15th was requested so the members can be fully informed
before the annual meeting On April 26th.
March 25 - Board meeting videos: