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Voice: Easy for arrogant media and others to say IID needs to cut fat

April 29, 2002

Well, here we go again. Time to thump on our favorite target again, the Imperial Irrigation District.

Oh how easy for some to sit behind their word processor and rip and tear and bang their fist on the table and demand answers without talking, really talking, to those who are doing the work of trying to implement this efficiency study that has become the Holy Grail of all efficiency studies. (How ironic that this "professional" company went belly up. Maybe somebody should have given THEM an efficiency study.)

I wonder if some newspapers would still be banging their drum if the study came back that the district was underfunded … hmmmmm?

There is fat to be cut. You know that, I know that, we all know that. There is in all companies, and even newspapers if you look hard enough. There are two sides to every coin.

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One group keeps riding that same old horse of lower and lower rates … but don't you, don't you dare reduce my level of service, no sir. The other side of that coin is the cost of that service. Never mind that last summer while all of California suffered with rolling blackouts, here it was business as usual. (Do you really want SDG&E's or Edison's rates and service?)

Never mind the people who bring you the state's cheapest water and power (aren't those two good selling points to new business looking to locate some where?) work 24/7. Never mind that the ones trying to implement this new plan in a way that doesn't come back and bite us in few years have a very difficult task to perform.

Example: how does a department that puts a million miles a year on fleet of vehicles keep the same level of service now that it has been greatly reduced? When the water service has now become service on demand and it runs 24 hours a day, how do you do that?

And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Your friends, your neighbors, your brothers, your sisters, your mothers and your fathers who work at the IID are trying to get the job done. And make no mistake, it will be done.

I think it is best remembered by some in the media that if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.

BYRON McCLURE

El Centro

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