On the issue of the water transfer, he said details to resolve include how the water will be conserved and how the transfer can be implemented fairly. If the transfer does not move forward, Horne said the IID will have to decide how it will participate in the state's water future. He said the IID cannot hide its head in the sand and act as though it does not have a role to play in such efforts as the IID is perceived as having the proverbial "deep pockets" of water.
On power issues, Horne said the IID has been fortunate in being somewhat insulated from the problems that faced other power utilities hit with rolling blackouts. He said a deregulated industry is still being pushed by government and the IID must continue to protect its customers while planning for future demands.
Horne would not take credit for any accomplishment, instead crediting them to the board as a whole.
For example, he said the board has developed a strategic plan, which includes goals and objectives, and building from there, the board then developed an improved budget process.
He said during his year as the board's president, the IID moved from study group meetings that were closed to the public to committee meetings that are properly noticed and open to the public.
In a press release, Horne announced his campaign theme will be "For the good of the Valley." It goes on to say he will emphasize his record as an advocate of local control and a staunch opponent of fallowing Imperial Valley farmland as a means of conserving water for transfer to the coast.
"For too long we have been trying to accommodate outside interests who want our water and really don't care how they get it or what happens to the Imperial Valley afterwards," he says in the release. "It's time to start thinking about what's best for the Valley."
Horne is a lifelong Valley resident, and a graduate of the University of California, Riverside. He is a past president of the El Centro Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, the El Centro Rotary Club and the Imperial Valley Board of Realtors. He lives in El Centro with his wife, Alexa, a teacher at McCabe School. They have three college-age children.
Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.