ElectriCities Mismanagement is our Target

If you live in one of the 19 western cities, especially those in Gastonia, Lexington, High Point, Granite Falls, Monroe (Board Member cities) and you want to help with a letter to the editor and comments to the council, email me here for some sample comments. Even though the situation is not as dire in the west, we know some will want to help the east and the board members in these cities need to feel pressure. Same for 32 eastern cities especially Tarboro, Wilson, Rocky Mount, Greenville, La Grange and Wake Forest (board members). Different letter and comments.

We will be spreading out and covering reporters in cities, councils/Mayors, business leaders. We will get a spokesperson for each group. We are emailing and calling and visiting legislators, especially those who took PAC money on top of this 14% increase.

Rick Dew will be at the Wilson Council meeting tomorrow night. Get out and support him. He needs back up. Talk to your paper, call city councils, email and call legislators. Time to let the voice of the people be heard about mismanagement at ElectriCities.

For details please look over Dan B analyses here on this site. They are excellent.

Comments

Good work.

Looks like your organization is taking shape!

Recommended.

Excellent Job Al in organizing and enlisting everyone

And thanks to Dan and James for advice and analysis.

Jesse Tilton is not only a sorry leader, poor manager, but he is also a terror to women. The place is plain "woman unfriendly." In a very short period of time six women have left, three of whom had daily interaction with him and all three would attest to deplorable behavior on his part. He threatens, talks down to, berates and belittles women. Now, since he has chased off all the lobbyists with any clout, he registered himself. How pathetic. I am sure that will lead to nothing since legislators recall his deplorable behavior and attitude during deregulation.

What is the board doing? Are they even awake. Tilton sends a glowing memo out about Karen Johnson in March and poof she is gone. Now he registers. Looks like the Board is totally clueless at this point. Jessie Tilton has ruined ElectriCities beyond repair and the chronies he brought in have earned high on the hog off the people of NC and contributed nothing.

ElectriCities - Give us a break

Thanks James. Your advice is like gold.

check this out. way to go Jeff Herrin, editor of the Rocky Mount Telegram.

James, Dan and all the rest of our friends at BlueNC - if you will front page this, we will get even more people on board.

People are coming here and then joining our organization. The power of this site is phenomenal and has led to a grassroots machine that is working.

http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/communities/herrin/entries/2008/07/...

Al Manning, retiree, native of eastern NC and proud of it, plenty of time to read, research and get annoyed about the lack of accountability in elected leaders these days. Married to a real southern lady and we live with two labs and two airedales who run

ElectriCities is making Mayor Bruce Rose sweat

Interesting meeting in wilson.

The Mayor is guilty. He was talking fast, rude, defensive. He was dismissive.

Rick Dew is challenging him and understands it better than he does.

The Mayor sits on a board making high finance decisions he does not understand or question. Not a good place for a Mayor of City the size of Wilson.

The Council was clueless. My goodness. Read, learn, understand.

This is all over their heads. We are all cracking the issues and making them look bad cause we are exposing that the board just "goes along" and whamo, a bad idea is born.

Al Manning, retiree, native of eastern NC and proud of it, plenty of time to read, research and get annoyed about the lack of accountability in elected leaders these days. Married to a real southern lady and we live with two labs and two airedales who run

Wilson Times&ElectriCities

At the City Council meeting last night Ken Raber was there to talk about why the increase.The council was allowed to ask Ken question only showed how little they knew about what they was into. Afer the snow job that the council may or maynot understood I stood and told the mayor and council that there was mismanagement and the need to say no on the increase and renewal or contract of the CEO and ElectriCities and there members. Important stuff but the Times said very little about the rate or what was said one way or the other.
wilsontimes.com

This is great.

Keep going.

Your next steps are to pull all of these facts and figures into a narrative, and then, to turn that narrative into a press release or article. Pull the materials -- the quotations, the salary information, the facts and figures, the errors and omissions -- and write the news.

Then, send it to the news, along with the unanswered questions.

And, send it to the Board that will be meeting on the 25th. Let them know that it would be foolish and unethical to vote for a rate hike if they do not truly understand everything that is going on. It is their job to fully understand the ramifications of their votes and there is no shame or harm in postponing the vote until they have all relevant facts and information.

And keep the pressure up. You have 7 days to send letters to the editors -- not emails, but actual letters -- in addition to your online efforts. Get your local business owners to discuss what would happen to them if they mismanaged their businesses. Get your local residents to discuss how dismayed they are that part of their increasing bills comes from mistakes. Get your local charities and public service institutions -- your hospitals, your schools -- to point out the cost of mismanagement, whether it is 2% or 10% on their programs.

Again, this isn't just about the cost of electricity in the midst of an energy crisis... this is about the cost of mismanagement leading to a higher cost of electricity for customers that have no choice and that trust their public officials (and this Board of Directors) to be knowledgeable, to be accountable, and to act in the interest of the citizens of those member cities.

And as always, let us know how we can help.

More great advice.

Can we hire you full time Dan? Great advice. We are on it. Everyone is pretty motivated.

Al Manning, retiree, native of eastern NC and proud of it, plenty of time to read, research and get annoyed about the lack of accountability in elected leaders these days. Married to a real southern lady and we live with two labs and two airedales who run

Mayor Rose is an embarrassment

http://wilson.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=231

You can watch the debacle on line. Note how no one can ask questions of Ken Raber.

You can watch the slots listed on the side.

Al Manning, retiree, native of eastern NC and proud of it, plenty of time to read, research and get annoyed about the lack of accountability in elected leaders these days. Married to a real southern lady and we live with two labs and two airedales who run

action plan

We are working on the press release.

How do we find out the losses the RDU Airport, Carolina Health Systems, Progress and Duke took on refinancing. Ken Raber says they used this tool. Of Course, he does not say when, how much, loss, etc. I bet it is nothing like the bath here.

Dont you like how Bruce Rose does not answer the question about knowing for so long and not telling the people. Takes some nerve.

I hope everyone will watch a cut so you can see the level of non-leadership we have out here. It actually gets worse not better.

We will send you something to look over, off line.
Thanks Dan.

Al Manning, retiree, native of eastern NC and proud of it, plenty of time to read, research and get annoyed about the lack of accountability in elected leaders these days. Married to a real southern lady and we live with two labs and two airedales who run

Rocky Mount Telegram Shows How Town Councils are NOT to ACT

http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/search/content/news/opinion/stories/2008/07/19/ratesedit.html

Rocky Mount Telegram
Our View: Utility rate hike too much, too fast

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Saturday, July 19, 2008

A decision by Tarboro's Town Council to up electric rates is one more blow to the local economy and a confirmation to residents that costs are going up everywhere.

The fact that Tarboro already has made a pre-emptive rate hike shows just how Tarboro Town Manager Sam Noble – who also is chairman of the ElectriCities board of directors – thinks the area's power supplier will react to a proposed 14 percent hike in the wholesale cost of power it provides.

Tarboro (as will all municipalities served by ElectriCities, including Rocky Mount) faced a tough choice when hearing of ElectriCities' plans. Unfortunately for that town's residents, it made the wrong choice and at the wrong time.

Passing along a double-digit rate hike before the power supplier has even made its decision seems premature. It also sends the wrong message.

No, jacking up utility bills isn't OK with Tarboro Town Council's constituents. Just ask them. The quick-draw rate hike is especially egregious in light of the 30 or so top executives at ElectriCities pulling in six-figure salaries.

How about asking some of those folks to tighten their belts before coming after those who can barely scrape by, thanks to high electric bills, sky high gas prices, rising food costs ... Need we go on?

ElectriCities should have found a more palatable way to deal with its financial missteps rather than dumping an inflated bill on cash-strapped residents.

But since it didn't, the cities and towns represented by ElectriCities should fight for their residents. That's what our elected officials were voted in to do. Tarboro's Town Council is to represent Tarboro residents – not ElectriCities' board of directors. And we can't think of a single way that the council's decision to smack working folks and small business owners over the head with a blunt 13.2 percent electric rate hike best represents them.

As Telegram Editor Jeff Herrin suggested in his online blog, at the very least ElectriCities could stagger the increases over time to spread the pain a little. Tarboro leaders could have pushed for that option, and had it gained any favor among ElectriCities' board, the town just might have been looking at bearing a lighter burden than what it faces come August when the rate spike goes into effect.

Other area cities and towns under the ElectriCities umbrella should look at Tarboro's precedent and consider it the prime example of what not to do. We need leaders who'll stand up for us all and ensure we're being treated fairly. Noble and the rest of the Town Council could do better by remembering that.

Al Manning, retiree, native of eastern NC and proud of it, plenty of time to read, research and get annoyed about the lack of accountability in elected leaders these days. Married to a real southern lady and we live with two labs and two airedales who run

Rocky Mount's Curmilus Dancy has picked up the cause

Al Manning, retiree, native of eastern NC and proud of it, plenty of time to read, research and get annoyed about the lack of accountability in elected leaders these days. Married to a real southern lady and we live with two labs and two airedales who run

Letters going out; press release and event next

Eastern NC SPEAKS OUT ABOUT ELECTRICITIES MISMANAGEMENT AND LACK OF LEADERSHIP AND NEED FOR ACCOUNTABILITY
ARTICLE

http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/local/content/news/stories/2008/07/13/electricities.html

ARTICLE
http://www.wilsontimes.com/News/Local/Story/Electric-rates-face-August-increase

COMMENTS
www.thepoliticalagitator.com

COMMENTS
http://wilsontimes.com/phpbb3/viewforum.php?f=8

Editor
http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/communities/herrin/entries/2008/07/...
http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/communities/herrin/entries/2008/06/...

Tarboro
http://www.gotarboro.com/cbb/

Scotland Neck
http://www.topix.net/forum/city/scotland-neck-nc/THLJI91MLU2632SN4

Editorial
http:/www.rockymounttelegram.com/news/content/news/opinion/stories/2008/07/19/ratesedit.html

Citizens in Wilson
http://wilson.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=231

KINSTON
http://www.kinston.com/news/average_47972___article.html/increase_rate.html
http://www.kinston.com/articles/north_48108___article.html/editor_students.html

http://www.kinston.com/news/water_46901___article.html/rates_increase.html

BLUENC
http://bluenc.com/electricities-mismanagement-is-our-target

http://terrellforhouse33.blogspot.com/

If you live in one of the 19 western cities, especially those in Gastonia, Lexington, High Point, Granite Falls, Monroe (Board Member cities) and you want to help with a letter to the editor and comments to the council, email Alman on www.bluenc.com Same for 32 eastern cities especially Tarboro, Wilson, Rocky Mount, Greenville, La Grange and Wake Forest (board members). Different letter and comments.

We will be spreading out and covering reporters in cities, councils/Mayors, business leaders. We will get a spokesperson for each group.

Talk to your paper, call city council, email and call legislators. Time to let the voice of the people be heard about mismanagement at ElectriCities.

Elizabeth City
http://hamptonroads.com/2008/07/elizabeth-city-officials-brace-residents-higher-energy-costs#comment...
http://www.dailyadvance.com/search/content/news/stories/2008/07/18/0719electricDM.html

Elizabeth City
A 14 percent electric rate increase is proposed. Any rate increase from ElectriCities is likely to be passed along in full to customers because of previous city efforts to avoid rate increases. Public hearing, July 28

Hertford
The Town Council rejected a proposal to increase retail rates 9.8 percent. Next month, it will reconsider the proposal and a suggested compromise. Next meeting, Aug. 11

Edenton
The town manager expects to request a 12 to 13 percent increase in retail rates. Committee meeting, July 28 Decision expected, August

On TV
The ElectriCities presentation made to Elizabeth City’s council on Friday will be rebroadcast on Elizabeth City’s Channel 11 this week:
Monday: 7 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m.
Thursday: 2 p.m.
Friday: noon