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Voice: Mendoza does not know what she should

December 11, 2001

It appears that Ms. Stella Mendoza only wanted the job of Imperial Irrigation District director for the $48,000 a year and to take as much money out of the farming community and give it as welfare payments to all of the people of the Imperial Valley (which would include me).

Last April in this paper I chastised Ms. Mendoza for her lack of knowledge of the water department. Well, here we go again.

In April you stated you were not elected to serve as a fiduciary representing the narrow interests of the landowners or any other particular group. You were legally wrong then, and you are legally wrong to try to give 25 percent of the landowners' transfer money (without their consent) to the community for doing nothing. It appears you want the community to receive something for nothing.

Whether you like it or not, you were elected as a "trustee" for the water owned by the landowners of the Imperial Valley. Contrary to the message you are trying to convey to the public that the water is owned by all of the people of Imperial County, once again, you are wrong.

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The people who live in Ocotillo, Salton City, Bombay Beach, Helen's Beach and Winterhaven do not live inside the boundaries of the IID water department but they do live inside the power department's boundaries as do many communities in Riverside County.

DAVID CASON

El Centro

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