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CONSULTING AUDIT ATTORNEY AND
BUY OUT CONTACT INFORMATION

Use either or both of the following secure email address to express any concerns or complaints about the SEC:

DIRECT EMAIL TO CITY OF SOCORRO:
City.Coop.Info@socorronm.gov

DIRECT EMAIL TO LAW FIRM AUDITING THE SEC: socorroreview@gmail.com

REGULAR MAIL ADDRESSES::

Smith-Christensen, LLP
ATTN: Socorro Electric Review
5970 Fairview Rd., Ste. 126
Charlotte, NC 28210

City of Socorro
ATTN: CITY.COOP.INFO
111 School of Mines Rd.
Socorro, NM 87801
Phone: (575) 835-0240

Flyer with auditor contact information

Click here for more Buyout information

OTHER COMPLAINTS

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)  

MAGDALENA AND AREA NEWS

August 26 - [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

August 21, 2014 - Water Grab Oral Argument hearing  

072514-Groundwater in SW (Colorado basin) disappearing     [new]

072414-Augustin Plains submits new application (Cheiftain)     [new]

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

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

071714-Augustin Plains Ranch press
release
 

0714134 - Augustin Plains Ranch
Application
 

Bosque 2013 Habitat News
Bosque July 2014 Newsletter  

2014 Sevilleta Summer News Letter

MORE >>


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

Sept 11 - Greed driving force behind pollution  

Sept 7 - This coming Saturday, September 13, 2014, is the date of the Pietown Festival   which is always a lot of fun. This year the SEC Reform Group will have a table set up to provide information on the activities of the SEC including the proposed takeover by the City of Socorro, the ongoing recall petition for the District 5 trustee with copies of the petition available for signing, contact information for the law firm that is conducting an investigation into all facets of the SEC – board, management, etc. Additional help to man the table is welcome.

Please stop by. As owner/members, you have rights and responsibilities to monitor the activities of your electricity provider. And the pie is wonderful!

The following is the link to the “Chieftain” article of Sept 3, 2014. Nice to see a thorough coverage of monthly SEC Board of Trustee meeting. Note that once again the trustees are setting the place and date for the District II Members Meeting ignoring the wishes of Trustee Wagner and District II members. Last year the board set the place for the meeting and election at the Alamo Reservation in an attempt to stop the re-election of Wagner. Alamo has the lowest member population in the district and is also the most remote from the larger population centers. People came out anyway and re-elected Wagner by 70%. This year the date set by the board is also that of Socorro Fest, Alamo Indian Days, Balloon Fest and October Fest. Gee, does the board majority think the members are stupid?

Sept 4 - Document sent from Socorro City to Christensen lawfirm on issues with the SEC  (658 pages)   (Large 58MB file) Data included 6 videos from this website.

Sept 3 - More Communities Opting to 'Go Local' with Greener Power Supply - "growing trend known as Community Choice Aggregation. Established by law in six states thus far, including California, CCA allows communities to pool their energy load and then direct the purchase of their energy supply while working in partnership with existing utilities, who then deliver the power." Full article  

Sept 3 - 'Worse Than Anything Seen in 2,000 Years' as Megadrought Threatens Western States.
More here  

Sept 2 - water grab update -
From the New Mexico Environmental Law Center comes the following summary of our situation:

Corporation believes new application will get them all the water. Um, not so fast...
The Augustin Plains Ranch LLC water grab case began because the Ranch, which is owned by an Italian billionaire, seeks to monopolize 54,000 acre-feet of water (enough to supply half the needs of Albuquerque) to sell to the highest bidder. Thanks to our supporters, we were able to fight them. "We led the effort to demonstrate that the application was unconstitutional," said Staff Attorney, Bruce Frederick. Based on our arguments, the State Engineer and a District Court Judge denied the Ranch's application. The Ranch appealed.

However, it appears the State Engineer is now working with the Ranch to deprive our clients of their day before the Court of Appeals. The State Engineer has accepted a second application from the Ranch. Although this second application is substantially identical to the first, the Ranch and the State Engineer convinced the Court that the Ranch's appeal was moot. The Court dismissed the appeal, sending us back to square one.


With your continued support, we will fight the Ranch's second application. We'll keep you apprised of the next steps. Stay tuned

August 30 - Top 10 Lies about Municipalization

August 29 - The August 27th SEC meeting was very important. There were two presentations, the first by Aaron Christensen, the attorney looking into "issues surrounding Socorro's management practices, Board governance, etc." The complete contract with the SEC is attached. Mr. Christensen spent Tuesday in one on one discussions with individual board members and Wednesday morning with Mayor Bhasker and other city officials. He probably also spent time with staff, management, and attorney but I have no direct knowledge of such meetings. Members may communicate with him by way of email and snail mail for the next two months and it is very important that members express their opinions. Contact inrformation in the left column of this web page and below. Mr Christensen's presention video is below.

The second presentation was by Kathy Buhl of the Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC). (see video below) The CFC has an Integrity Fund which grants money to protect the geographical integrity of rural electric cooperatives from hostile takeovers by other companies. The SEC applied for such a grant and Ms. Buhl announced that the grant was approved which means that they will give the SEC $263,000 a year with a approximate $600,000 life time cap to fight the City of Socorro if the city does decide to break off from the SEC. A question from the audience clarified that no SEC member or Mayor Bhasker was spoken to concerning the situation. The CFC deals only with the "corporation" which means management although member/owners do own the cooperative. Ms. Buhl cites the fact that the members elect trustees as their representatives so they do have a voice. The problems with trustees did not factor into the decision to award the grant. This action is reminiscent of 2010 when the trustees sued the members. The were no copies of the report available for distribution but a formal for a copy is in the works.

The meeting was fairly well attended by members, Mayor Bhasker and other city officials with the result that public comments (also taped and posted) were lively and in some cases very hard hitting.

The SEC Foundation Committee, Trustees Dorough, Cordova & Wade, met before the Board Meeting to devise new policies in regard to scholarships. Final action will not be voted on until next month's meeting but one proposed change produced some spirited debate. Seems that no child will be considered for a scholarship if his/her parents are delinquent on their bill. This is a big problem given the trouble with estimate billing which often results in sky high amounts being charged. One member who has been protesting the manner in which scholarships are awarded was told that the reason his son was not considered was because their account was delinquent. The fact that he was questioning a estimated bill of $3,100 which was found to be wrong did not matter nor did the fact that no policy at that time addressed delinquency. Members should consider if this is fair as they can take corrective action by bylaw amendment. Video below.

An almost hour long executive session followed the open meeting. Of note was the change that Trustee Wagner was allowed to attend. Those of you who remember the police being called to forcibly and illegally remove him from the room will find this very odd. Mr. Christensen was in attendance at the executive session.
  082714-Meeting Comments  

Flyer with Christensen law firm contact information
Or see the left column on this web page

082714-Agenda

Videos:
Presentation by Aaron Christensen.wmv  (15min)
(Smith/Christiansen agreement  )

Presentation by Kathy Buhl of CFC.wmv  (12min)

Public Comments.wmv
 (4min)

Change time and location of Dist 2 Annual meeting.wma  (9min)

Foundation Committee report to the board.wma  (8min)


 

 

 

NEXT REGULAR BOARD MEETING
Next Meeting Wed Sept. 24th at 2pm
310 Abeyta Ave. NE. Socorro
(Across from the DAV Hall) Map
SEC Website

Find your district  
District Meetings List
2014 DISTRICT MEETINGS

District I - Tues. Oct. 14, Las Nutrias Senor Center Register 5-7pm, then business meeting

District II - Sat. Oct. 11 Magdalena High School
Register 1-3PM, then business meeting

District III - Sat. Nov, 15 Finley Gym
Register 1-3PM, then business meeting

District IV - Fri., Oct. 17 San Antonio Elementary School Register 4-6pm, then business meeting.

District V - Sat. Oct. 4, 2014, Datil Elementary School Register 1-3PM, then business meeting

District 5 Recall Petition

Recent meeting agendas and minutes:

July 23 - Meeting Minutes  
August 27 - Board Agenda

Activist Guide to Video Archiving  

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
July - $5,093.48
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 (March 9-22)
May - $17,936.23 (3/30 to 5/13)
June - $14,289.60 (5/11 to 6/4)
July - $10,886.69 (6/15 - 7/3)
At least $105,000 in 2013

Cordova PR Firm 2014
5/9/14 - $2,889.00
6/13/14 - $1,081.53
7/11/14 - $3012.05

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: (Pending)
Special buy-out webpage click here
Latest news:

Top 10 Lies about Municipalization

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

Sept 11 - Greed driving force behind pollution

Sept 4 - Tri-State seeks OK to charge extra (Cheiftain)

August 7 - Chieftain: Co-op not fair, reasonable (letter)   Trustee Wagner on Censurship  

July 31 - Chieftain:
- Trustee calls for recall of SEC chair Dorough
- Co-op board censures Wagner  

July 24 -
Mayor wants to see a co-op quorum (Chieftain)
Ruth White letter to the editor re: buy-
out  

July 17 - Co-op takeover costly, bad idea  

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

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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