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MAGDALENA AND AREA NEWS

071714- Augustin Plains Ranch Files New Application for NM Water Permit  

071514 - Company tries again to tap New Mexico plains for water   [new]

071714-Augustin Plains Ranch press
release
  [new]

0714134 - Augustin Plains Ranch
Application
 
[new]

Bosque 2013 Habitat News
Bosque July 2014 Newsletter  

2014 Sevilleta Summer News Letter

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WHERE TO LODGE A COMPLAINT

Report the conduct of an attorney at the Disciplinary Board of the NM Supreme Court Website- The form

Consumer complaints with the NM Attorney General - Utilities problems
Website - Form & instructions


NM Attorney General Open Meeting Act  

NM PRC (Public Regulation Commission) - Your rep is probably Ben L Hall.
Website  - Online Complaint Page
Please read instructions and FAQs
download a copy

Submit a complaint about Open Meetings and Inspection of Public Records Act or here

Contact Wiggins law firm
Letter to the editor Chieftain  
Letter to the editor Abq Journal  
Letter to the Informed Cynic  

Complaints to Agencies:
Nat'l Rural Electric Co-op Association
NM Rural Electric Co-ops  
New Mexico RUS
NM Rural Electric Coop Act [2013]   
Cooperative Finance Corp. (CFC)  

CURRENT SEC NEWS AND REPORTS

Board meeting today at 2pm.

July 23rd Foundation Meeting Agenda   
July 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.
June 14, 2014 Email from board chair Anne Dorough to the board on meeting with Socorro Mayor  

July 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 didn’t 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 own conclusions.
Comments on July 21 City Council Meeting  

July 22 - Last nights video of SEC Resolution at the Socorro City Council meeting.wmv (22min)   or .avi version

Full meeting video on YouTube  

July 21, 2014 - Socorro City Council agenda  

Related documents:
July 21 - Resolution on acquisition of SEC 14-07-21  
June 16 - Socorro resolution to: receive complaints about the SEC and investigate feasibility study  

Seven Principles of Co-ops - From SEC website  

July 20 -

Who 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 accountant’s 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 year’s work.

M. 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.

July 19 -

July 23rd Foundation Meeting Agenda   
July 23rd Board Meeting Agenda   
Note under new business "censure of trustee"
And there will be a "consultant accountant report"

For services from June 2013 to June 4, 2014, Mr. Bryce Wilson was paid $183,809.81 for Accounting Services!

Most recent payments:
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

July 18 - Commentary

See 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.

Also look 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.


Related documents:
Link to video on Cordova PR firm
Cordova billing in 2013  
SEC billing insert
Socorro City resolution on SEC complaints  

July 18, 2014 comments  

July 18 - SEC billing insert      (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 policy.  

July 18 -
Socorro City Council meeting Monday 21st -

"Resolution No. 14-07-21 - Encouraging a Decision by SEC Member/Owners Regarding Municipal Acquisition
."
July 21, 2014 - Full Council agenda  

071714-
Preserve public lands for future generations (Chieftain Letter)  
(Note - title of the letter to the editor was a Chieftain error and should be corrected)

More on this ludicrous PR piece later... meanwhile, some resources on the subject:

Community Power Network  
Gallop Solar  
060214- Microgrids Create Municipalization Benefits   
NY Times -Cities Weigh Taking Over From Private Utilities  
Q&A on public power option  
2012 Number of cities with own power   
Renegotiating a franchise  
Public Power is Hometown Power  
Boulder CO story   
Xcel energy on Boulder  
Boulder Energy Future  
How Boulder did it    
Boulder feasibility study  

 
 

 

 

NEXT REGULAR BOARD MEETING
Next Meeting Wed July 23 at 2pm
310 Abeyta Ave. NE. Socorro
(Across from the DAV Hall) Map
SEC Website

Find your district  
District 5 Recall Petition

Recent meeting agendas and minutes:

June 25 - Board Agenda

May 21st Meeting Agenda
May 21 Board minutes  
April 23, 2014 Agenda

April 23, 2014 meeting minutes

CO-OP INFORMATION

GPS Mapping of SEC Territory 
2012 Satisfaction Survey
Map of New Districts
Current 2012 By-laws  
Current Board members
Right so inspect public records
Youth Tour NRECA program
SEC Youth Tour Contest winners  
Seven Principles of Co-ops
Nat'l Rural Electric Co-op Association
NM Rural Electric Co-ops  
New Mexico RUS
NM Rural Electric Coop Act [2013]   
Cooperative Finance Corp. (CFC)  
Robers Rules of Order website  

Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) 
Energy Efficiency & Conserv. Program
New Mexico Court Case Lookup
Enchantment Magazine  

Recent payments to outside consutants

Wiggins lawfirm - 2014
Jan - $21,458.56    
Feb - $12,498.76
Mar - $16,154.77
Apr - $7,438.05
May - $11,901.14 (Includes Annual Meeting)
June - $2,954.84
Years 2010 to end of 2013 at least $209,626.29

Bryce Wilson, Accountant - in 2014
Jan - $16,202.56   
Feb - $13,687.22   
Mar - $13,212.39
Apr - $11,335.74 (Mar 9-22)
May - $17,936.23 (March 30 to May 13)
June - $14,289.60 (5/11 to 6/4)
At least $105,000 in 2013

Cordova PR Firm 2014
5/9/14 - $2,889.00
6/13/14 - $1,081.53

Cordova PR Firm billing in 2013  

Socorro/SEC Franchise Issue
Socorro Council Webcast  
City Council meets on 1st and 3rd Mondays at 111 School of Mines Road.
Latest Agenda: July 21st

Special buy-out webpage click here
July 21, 2014 - Socorro City Council agenda  
Latest news:

May 23 and June 5, 2014 Letters SEC to
Mayor

June 16 - Socorro resolution to: receive complaints about the SEC and investigate feasibility study  

June 14 - Email from Trustee Wagner to Mayor Bhasker re: June 16 council meeting  
Dec 16, 2013 City council minutes
 
Feb 3, 2014 City council minutes  
Docs. given to the council at 3/4/14 meeting
Socorro and SEC franchise agreement explained
 

Click here for more news and information.

 

TRUSTEE E-MAIL CONTACTS
(New district numbers)

WARNING... on the use of email addresses ending in @socorroelectric.com. These are reviewd by management staff, and saved. Never assume privacy.

District 1: Leo Cordova
district1@socorroelectric.com
District 2: Charlie Wagner
cawagner@gilanet.com (safe to use)
District 3: Melissa Amaro
districtthree@socorroelectric.com

District 4: Dave Wade
district4@socorroelectric.com
Distgroct 5: Anne Dorough -
district5@socorroelectric.com

District Meetings for 2014  
Wiggins, Lorna Wiggins, Wiggins

CO-OP IN THE NEWS

July 3 - Legal, consulting firm to review co-op board  (Chieftain)  

May 22 - City serious about SEC acquisition  
May 22 -
County residents better off with PNM

May 15 - SEC takeover idea unrealistic  (Letter)  

May 8 - City embarks on route to acquire co-op
May 8 - Co-op meetings need revamping   

May 1 - SEC meeting lacks necessary turnout

More SEC Co-op News >>>
Wiggins, Lorna Wiggins, Wiggins

SEC COURT CASES INFORMATION

NM Statutes and Court Rules

No active cases. Links to previous cases at the top.


NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL NEWS


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