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By RUBEN CASAREZ | Imperial Resident | July 30, 2010
For some of us who care for our fellow man, it saddens us to see how the Imperial Irrigation District treats the water construction employees. The current IID management seems to have hostilities against this group along with some other IID work groups. I have seen many IID groups receive wage increases; this group has been left out. Their supervisor is very abusive towards them, insulting them and demeaning them Because they demanded fairness, he has retaliated against them and reduced them to the lowest menial task of pulling weeds when we all know equipment is available to perform the task quickly.
NEWS
By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF WRITER | July 22, 2011
The Imperial Irrigation District is inviting residents to come and celebrate "A Century of Service" with a dinner in Imperial. The event is free to the public to commemorate IID's centennial. Today's event takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Imperial Valley Fairgrounds, Casa de Manana Building. For more information, please visit www.iid.com/centennial .
OPINION
By GARY REDFERN, Imperial | May 17, 2012
So many of the same people who are suing the Imperial Irrigation District and costing its ratepayers millions in legal fees are now campaigning against the current IID directors on the platform that those directors are spending too much in legal fees. How quaint. To join the discussion and add your comments to this story, please click here to be directed to Facebook.
NEWS
By ELIZABETH VARIN | Staff Writer | September 14, 2011
A man well-known at Imperial Irrigation District meetings was honored Tuesday as a “great man to the city of Brawley and the Imperial Valley as a whole.” The board unanimously approved a resolution in remembrance of Orbia Hanks, who died Sept. 2. Hanks was a well-known former Brawley mayor, educator, coach and businessman, as well as advocate for water rights. “(Orbia) so loved his community and the preservation of Valley life that he became an ardent advocate for the protection of water rights, attending numerous Imperial Irrigation District board meetings and asking many pertinent and pointed questions concerning this subject area and the financial outlook of the district,” read the resolution approved with a 5-0 vote.
NEWS
ANTOINE ABOU-DIWAN | Staff Writer | January 3, 2013
At least seven local restaurants were targets of a telephone scam today, the Imperial Irrigation District reported.  Somebody claiming to be an IID customer service representative is calling local restaurants and telling them they are behind on their bill, and they need to make an immediate payment to avoid disconnection. The IID notifies customers in writing before service is disconnected due to non-payment. Individuals and businesses who feel they may be victims of a telephone scam can call the IID at 1-800-303-7756.
NEWS
By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | August 20, 2012
EL CENTRO - An Imperial Irrigation District meter reader hit a bicyclist about noon Monday in El Centro, causing traffic to slow slightly and the bicyclist to be taken to the hospital. Limited information was available at the scene. The investigating officer couldn't comment as per department policy. However, an IID official was able to give some information regarding the incident. The IID employee had just finished reading the meter at a business on the corner of Fourth Street and Orange Avenue and was heading to another location, said Kerry VanBebber, IID's officer of security, claims and investigations.
NEWS
By ANTOINE ABOU-DIWAN | Staff Writer | July 27, 2013
Calling it “the most comprehensive restructuring ever undertaken” by the department, Imperial Irrigation District officials recently reorganized the energy department. Growing regulatory and compliance requirements, coupled with an organizational structure that was too large, made for a department that had become difficult to manage, said Carl Stills, interim energy manager. “Arn (Lahde) came in and started looking at the organization,” Stills said. “In a normal operation there is a span of control between four to seven direct reports.
NEWS
By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF WRITER | April 21, 2011
An upcoming vote for Imperial Irrigation District hourly employees at an election scheduled for the end of April will allow them to choose whether to pay dues or an agency fee. The vote is known as an agency shop election, said Dan DeVoy, IID human resources manager. Employees have been informed by postings on bulletin boards throughout the district. To find out more about the vote, please read the Imperial Valley Press print edition or E-Edition for April 21, 2011. To find a newspaper rack near you, click here .
NEWS
By ELIZABETH VARIN | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | February 22, 2012
There was a near consensus at the local utility organization's meeting Tuesday: it's a step forward and about time. The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors showed support for an economic-based wheeling rate, the first district officials say they have ever seen. However, a vote will have to wait 60 days while the district gets stakeholder input on an adjusted charge on renewable energy developers, said Chief Financial Officer Greg Broeking. Concerns have been raised about the wheeling rate - a charge to transport electricity across IID power lines to areas outside the district's service area - specifically about whether the district's fee would be “pancaked” on to the California Independent System Operator's existing rate.
NEWS
IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF WRITER | October 11, 2012
UPDATE: The IID reports that nobody was hurt. The incident is under investigation. An Imperial Irrigation District truck fell into a shallow canal near Highway 98 and Dogwood Road this morning. More information will follow as it becomes available.
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NEWS
By ANTOINE ABOU-DIWAN, Staff Writer | August 6, 2013
The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors will consider three water conservation-related items when it meets Tuesday. The district has used more than its allocation of Colorado River water for the last two years, and is facing water payback and transfer obligations of more than 200,000 acre-feet of water. The board will be asked to approve the district's on-farm efficiency water conservation program Tuesday. The program offers farmers financial incentives to install water-efficient irrigation measures on their fields, like sprinklers and tailwater recovery systems.
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NEWS
By ANTOINE ABOU-DIWAN, STAFF WRITER | August 2, 2013
The Imperial Irrigation District's recently adopted water apportionment plan is being challenged in court. Alleging that the district is relegating to farmers water that remains after other users, like municipal customers, have received their share, El Centro farmer Mike Abatti seeks to halt the implementation of the IID's Equitable Distribution Plan. The Imperial Irrigation District adopted its Equitable Distribution Plan to help it repay the more than 200,000 acre-feet of Colorado River water it ordered above its allocation over a two-year period.
OPINION
By JOHN DANTICE, El Centro | August 1, 2013
Imperial Valley families are not the only ones challenging a water agency about the cost of water. In (a recent) Union-Tribune there is a story about the San Diego Water Authority going to court to use the Metropolitan Water District for over-charging for delivered water. The ironic aspect of the story is that the overpricing allegation is for the water from the transfer agreement with the Imperial Irrigation District. San Diego County Water Authority claims that the cost for delivering the water does not reflect the actual cost of labor and equipment required to move the water (sounds familiar)
NEWS
By ANTOINE ABOU-DIWAN, Staff Writer | August 1, 2013
The nation's largest agriculture-to-urban water transfer has been deemed legal and valid, closing another chapter in a decade-long dispute over rights to Colorado River water that is crucial to California, six other states and Mexico. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Lloyd Connelly ruled Wednesday that the Imperial Irrigation District was in compliance with state environmental regulations and had the authority to enter into the landmark Quantification Settlement Agreements. Imperial County, Imperial County Air Pollution Control District and a number of landowners were challenging the validation of that agreement, alleging that requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act were not followed.
NEWS
July 31, 2013
Please help me as I am certain others are in my situation. I have a small business in Calexico, which due to the economic situation is not doing well at the moment. I came across information provided to me from my local bank about available grants being provided by the Imperial Irrigation District. Never having written a grant or knowing where to start, I went to the Small Business Development Center to request information and assistance. I was told that business grants are simply false promises and that they placed absolutely no value in any promise to provide grants to local businesses.
NEWS
By ANTOINE ABOU-DIWAN, Staff Writer | July 28, 2013
A little more than halfway through his term as president of the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors, Matt Dessert is appealing for cooperation from the agricultural community, saying that time is of the essence if it wishes to help the IID tackle the many water-use issues it faces. Dessert made his comments at Tuesday's Board of Directors meeting. “I'd like to make a reminder to the ag stakeholders in the room - especially COLAB (Coalition of Labor, Agriculture and Business)
NEWS
By ANTOINE ABOU-DIWAN | Staff Writer | July 27, 2013
Calling it “the most comprehensive restructuring ever undertaken” by the department, Imperial Irrigation District officials recently reorganized the energy department. Growing regulatory and compliance requirements, coupled with an organizational structure that was too large, made for a department that had become difficult to manage, said Carl Stills, interim energy manager. “Arn (Lahde) came in and started looking at the organization,” Stills said. “In a normal operation there is a span of control between four to seven direct reports.
NEWS
By ANTOINE ABOU-DIWAN, Staff Writer | July 23, 2013
The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors will consider Tuesday a request for infrastructure improvement for Calexico's Gran Plaza Outlet Mall. Improvements include traffic signals and rebuilds of overhead power lines at a cost some $1.9 million. While the Calexico Redevelopment Agency agreed to contribute some $7 million for public infrastructure improvement, that agreement was nixed when Gov. Jerry Brown eliminated redevelopment agencies in 2011. The board will also consider funding request of $30,000 to benefit the Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program's environmental education programs.
OPINION
By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | July 20, 2013
For years there has been reluctance for the Imperial Irrigation District to cede any of the autonomy it has come to enjoy over its long and storied history of providing power to the residents of the Imperial Valley and parts of Coachella. It has remained steadfast through IID management and many elected boards to continue to operate apart from the statewide power grid lorded over by the California Independent System Operator, or CalISO. Nothing has changed today: IID still has some of the lowest rates in the state because of its independence and separation from the grid, and it still controls its own destiny for the time being.
NEWS
By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | July 14, 2013
It is very sad to lose a life. But how much has IID spent on search for the Calexico teen who is believed to have drowned in the All-American Canal? These funds are public funds and it seems as though this family has been given “special” treatment far and above all other equally tragic drownings. IID personnel have been seen for weeks devoting countless hours of taxpayer money. Have they become a taxpayer-funded search and rescue department? I hope the next family receives equal attention, Dippy Duck isn't always enough.
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