QUESTION: Why would the Imperial Irrigation District hold a meeting in La Quinta? IID has a perfectly good meeting room in El Centro? Why drag the whole board and probably a third of its staff to the Coachella Valley?
It seems to me is was just an excuse for the board and staff to go out of town, away from the public's prying eyes, or to party, maybe gamble in the Palm Springs area?
We're paying for this. IID just raised our electric bills 7 percent. — Consumer, El Centro
IID rate-payers are lucky compared to electricity users in other parts of the state.
Elsewhere in the state, electric rates went up 30 percent. That wasn't enough. Some utilities couldn't buy power because they couldn't pay delinquent bills to power providers. To stretch the power they initiated "rolling blackouts."
IID spokeswoman Sue Giller says the utility has a meeting in the Coachella Valley every three months because it sells electricity in that area as well as Imperial County. You're right, it was an expensive meeting. Department heads and administrative staff made the trip.