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Stella Mendoza takes reins as IID board president

January 09, 2002|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

Imperial Irrigation District Division 4 Director Stella Mendoza began her one-year reign as board president Tuesday behind a small bouquet of red roses and baby's breath, wearing a faux jewel-encrusted crown and wagging a red star-tipped magic wand.

Division 3 Director Lloyd Allen is the board's new vice president.

Mendoza replaced Division 1 Director Andy Horne, who received a resolution thanking him for his efforts over the past year. Each director also said kind words to Horne for his leadership.

In other business, the board unanimously approved the public release on Jan. 18 of the draft state environmental impact report for the IID/San Diego water transfer.

The board was told the week delay is to change the draft in response to concerns expressed in a letter from the Coachella Valley Water District.

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The federal environmental impact statement is set to be released Jan. 25.

The board approved a $650,000 minor overhaul of its Coachella gas turbine plant unit 4.

In nonaction business, the board was updated on discussions between IID staff and representatives of the Cabezon Indian Tribe, who are interested in selling 150 megawatts of base load electricity to the district.

The board was updated on the district's facilities master plan and the public benefits charge program.

For its next meeting, Horne asked that the board discuss its concern with the power plants being built in the Mexicali area.

>> Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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