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TID candidates focus on water rights, keeping rates low

TID candidates focus on water rights, keeping rates low

Joe Alamo


POSTED October 4, 2013 7:57 p.m.

 

 

The Nov. 5 Stanislaus County Consolidated District Election will include two seats on the Turlock Irrigation District Board of Directors — Division 3 (northwest Turlock and most of Ceres) and Division 5 (south Turlock, north Merced County all the way to the Merced River).

Get to know the two current incumbents and their challengers below.

Candidates for TID Board of Directors Division 3

Name: Joe Alamo

Bio: Alamo currently represents Division 3 on the Turlock Irrigation District Board of Trustees since being first elected in 2009. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agribusiness from Cal Poly , San Luis Obispo.  Alamo currently lives in Turlock with his wife Nelia, and is a self-employed dairyman and agribusinessman.  He is currently a member and past president of the Central Counties Dairy Herd Improvement Association. Alamo is also a director of the Turlock Pentecost Association, and serves on the Board of Cal Poly AGR Alumni Association. Additionally, Alamo is a member of the Western United Dairyman and the Stanislaus County Farm Bureau, and a representative on the district’s Drinking Water Committee and the Pension Investment Committee.

Why are you running for the TID Board of Directors? "I want to continue to maintain reliable and affordable power and water for TID customers. I believe we need to be efficient and have reasonable rates for our ratepayers and adequate water for our farmers."

What do you feel is the most important issue facing the District? "My top priority will continue to be controlling rates.  I feel the founding fathers of the irrigation district had amazing foresight, and we need to continue the tradition of providing the lowest possible rates."

If elected, what would you like to accomplish on the TID board? "I believe that we should have the best possible rates for water and power.  We need to do our best to keep water and power rates reasonable and affordable.  Turlock Irrigation District is a single company and serves both their water and power customers fairly.  Our water rates and electricity rates have both historically been competitive with other utilities in the state; that’s one indicator that we are doing a reasonable job of balancing the two services we provide."

 

Name: Daniel Agundez

Bio: My wife Sue and I have lived in the Turlock Irrigation District Division 3 for over 33 years. I have lived and farmed in Stanislaus County for more than 60 years. I started farming 300 acres of oats and alfalfa in the early 70s, while working for Pacific Gas & Electric as a lineman. I spent the last 15 years as an electrical supervisor in the Los Banos area, retiring after 40 years of service to PG&E customers. My wife Sue and I continue to farm 10 acres in west Modesto, raising dairy goats as a hobby. Our children are married adults with five grandsons.

Why are you running for the TID Board of Directors? "I am running for TID Board of Director Division 3 to ensure accountability to TID customers. I want to provide affordable and efficient water and power with open and transparent leadership from the TID board and administration."

What do you feel is the most important issue facing the District? "The most important issues facing TID is the relicensing of Don Pedro Dam in 2016, to keep FERC from taking 30 percent of our water for the salmon; to monitor the deep wells to the east that causes concerns to TID customers' domestic wells groundwater supplies.

If elected, what would you like to accomplish on the TID Board? "If elected I would like to keep electrical and water rates affordable to all customers for the next 10 years, hire and keep TID jobs locally; start an apprenticeship program that would give our young adults a chance to work locally; and support our local economy."

 

Candidates for TID Board of Directors Division 5

Name: Ron Macedo

Bio: Born and raised in Turlock, and attended Turlock schools.  Macedo currently represents Division 5 on the TID Board of Directors, where he is Vice President, since first being elected in 2009. Macedo is also a Director for the Stanislaus County Fair Board. He currently owns R.A.M. Farms in Turlock, and was the past President of the Stanislaus County Farm Bureau. In the past, Macedo served as the State Director for the California Farm Bureau Federation, District 13. Additionally, Macedo is a representative on the district’s Facilities Committee and the Irrigation Committee.

Why are you running for the TID Board of Directors? "I am running to continue my tenure on the TID Board to try to continue the long tradition of affordable water and power rates here in the District."

What do you feel is the most important issue facing the District? "The most important issue currently facing the district is the relicensing of Don Pedro dam and powerhouse."

If elected, what would you like to accomplish on the TID Board? "If reelected, I would love to secure the license, and I would love to defend our water rights. I would also fight to keep an affordable and reliable electric service for our customers."

 

Name: Darrel Monroe

Bio: I have spent my whole life being involved with the District. From 1990 to 2013, I was a ditch tender for TID until I retired. My kids and grandkids plan on living here for the rest of their lives. I currently live in Hilmar. My wife’s family has been here helping with the District since 1907, and I know this district like the back of my hand.

Why are you running for the TID Board of Directors? "We need a new board and general managers because right now we’re over a billion dollars in debt; and someone needs to stand up and do something."

What do you feel is the most important issue facing the District? "The most important thing to me is changing the irrigation system practices and the handling of gravity water. The district also needs to focus on relicensing, because that contract ends in 2016."

If elected, what would you like to accomplish on the TID Board? "I would put more managers that came up through the company, and I would hire more local men and women to re-staff. We need to get rid of outside contractors. The District has survived for over 100 years; we need to go back to how it was done before."

 

 

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