Stella Mendoza has been appointed president of the Imperial Irrigation District board, making her the first woman to head the board, which stands to reason since she is the first woman on the board in its 100-year history.
We are sure it will not be an easy year as the district faces some of the toughest issues and battles in years, maybe even in the district's history.
The board is going to have to have an open mind as it faces such critical issues as the water transfer and all the issues that go along with transferring Imperial Valley water to the coast. There are so many issues wrapped up in the transfer — perhaps most important, how the transfer will affect the Salton Sea and farming — that it is difficult to keep track of everything. It is even tougher to balance all the issues tied to water.
Mendoza, while she is only one voice and has no more power than any other member, will set the tone for the meetings. In that way she has a great deal of power as president of the board. Mendoza and the board are going to have to consider all the ramifications of the water deals and in the end make the decision that best meets the need of the Valley.