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ISSUES ON THE MOVE!  www
WATCH if concerned about your electric bill: 


FIRE ISLAND WIND background information



CHUGACH ELECTRIC 
SALARY LIST (2010)

Provided by Chugach Electric under member information bylaw


5/5/11 - Conflict of Interest - Union Friendly Chugach Electric Candidates (Alex Gimarc) The IBEW wants favorable treatment when their contracts come up for renewal.
4/28/11 - The forces behind candidates matter
(Alex Gimarc)  About IBEW Union front group "Chugach Reliability"

ISSUES ON THE MOVE!
WATCH if concerned about your electric bill: 

12/19/07:  Unprecedented Blue Ribbon Panel of top executives tasked by reform board to investigate Chugach Electric problems

July 23, 2009 - Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan's 2009 Transition Team Report [Utilities Section]
Candid treatment of ML&P and other Southern Railbelt electric utilities.  Not new generation but all parts of the customer value chain, especially distribution covered.  The poor economic value received by electric customers is specifically identified.


FIRE ISLAND WIND background information


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DIRECTOR VOTING SCORE  Who are the Consumer Champions and who are the Sellouts?

"By their votes you shall 
know them!"


Chugach members reject scare mongering
3/30/09 Uwe Kalenka OpEd
3/22/08 Alex Gimarc OpEd
4/2/07 Ray Kreig OpEd


SELF HELP TO LOWER YOUR ELECTRIC BILL

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DON'T BE FOOLED!

Reiser, Robbins, Crawford, Henderson are the official IBEW Union Candidates!


FRONT GROUPS OF THE IBEW UNION:

* Chugach Reliability Group
   = IBEW Union
* Chugach Action Committee 
   = IBEW Union

* Chugach Customers
   = IBEW Union

Remember:
IBEW Union
= special
   interest, not your interest


UPCOMING LABOR NEGOTIATIONS for extensions to

2006 IBEW CONTRACT

with IBEW on both sides of the bargaining table.

Chugach Consumers is sorry to announce:  New IBEW Union Contract, Wages up 16%, Benefits up 30%.  See salary list.


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2014 Chugach Electric Elections
Annual meeting and election May 22

Chugach Consumers recommendations:

"BULLET VOTE" ONLY FOR Jeff LANDFIELD
Learn why: 

BOARD STATUS:  Out of seven seats, before this election, it had NO pro-consumer directors.  Four candidates are running for three seats. Chugach Consumers recommends maximizing your voting power. Vote for only one director, Jeff LANDFIELD, the only candidate displaying a pro-consumer agenda.

Please VOTE ONLY for
Jeff LANDFIELD

 

BYLAWS RECOMMENDATIONS:   YES on Both 
(EXTENDING DEADLINES TO PREPARE ELECTION PAMPHLET and NOTIFYING MEMBERS OF CHANGES TO BOARD COMPENSATION)

 

Do NOT Vote for Harry Crawford or Janet Reiser.  Both are always heavily backed by the IBEW Union and they are its loyal servants.

 

Irrespective of the results of this or near term future elections, the IBEW Union will have absolute control of the Chugach Electric board.

 

FOUR candidates are running for THREE seats on the board. 

Jeff Landfield - Account Executive at Network Business Systems
Jim Henderson - principal with New American Financial Group
Harry Crawford - former Democrat Alaska State Legislator (IBEW Union) NO!
Janet Reiser - Dir. of Business Development, Aleut Corp. (IBEW Union) NO!


Electronic voting here

 


2013 Chugach Electric Elections
Annual meeting and election May 16

 

Chugach Consumers recommendations:

 

BYLAWS RECOMMENDATION:
NO on AUTHORIZING LONGER BOARD TERMS

 

Do NOT Vote for Susan Reeves.  She is backed by the IBEW Union.

 

Irrespective of the results of this or near term future elections, the IBEW Union has absolute control of the Chugach Electric board.

 

At this time, no further recommendations are being made for this election.  We note that David Gillespie has by far the best electric utility background of any of the candidates.


FOUR candidates are running for TWO seats on the board. 

David A. Gillespie - Chief Executive Officer of The Aleut Corporation
P.J. Hill - Retired professor, economic consultant and commercial fisherman 
Trudy Sobocienski - Alaska Native Enterprise Developers, LLC.
Susan Reeves, Attorney at Reeves Amodio LLC (IBEW Union) NO!


Electronic voting here



12/19/07:  Unprecedented Blue Ribbon Panel of top executives tasked by reform board to investigate Chugach Electric problems


Fatally flawed GRETC [Greater Railbelt Energy and Transmission Company] stopped - 4/1/10 Chugach Consumers testimony - Events & Document Log - New State Agencies governed by self-protecting utilities holding monopoly service territories are not needed.  Reforms favoring open competitive entry by free enterprise private sector firms to drive down the currently high costs being paid by Railbelt consumers are!


SUSITNA DAM background information


Interesting FAA shots capture Natural Gas Plant Fire (December 17-18, 2009)

 
July 23, 2009 - Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan's 2009 Transition Team Report [Utilities Section]
A candid treatment of issues surrounding Anchorage ML&P and other Southern Railbelt electric utilities.  Not just the energy crisis and new generation but all parts of the customer value chain, especially distribution, are covered.  Main chapter authored by former ML&P and ACS executive, Mary Ann Pease.  The poor economic value received by electric customers is specifically identified.


Tony Izzo, 2008 IBEW Union-endorsed candidate for the Chugach Electric BoardTony Izzo's Illegitimate Degree -- Eddie Burke exposed this leader of the IBEW's 2008 team on KBYR and Izzo was NOT elected to your co-op board.




 

IBEW UNION AGAIN SWEEPS ALL CHUGACH BOARD SEATS

INTENSIFIES ABSOLUTE CONTROL OF ALL RAILBELT ELECTRIC UTILITIES (EXCEPT POSSIBLY ANCHORAGE ML&P)

CEA BOARD HISTORY CHART HERE

 

2012 Chugach Electric Elections

Valid Ballots Cast:  9,954  Members eligible to vote:  66,824
Member participation: 
14.9%

Candidate Votes

Backing 

Jim Nordlund 6,421 IBEW-backed* ELECTED 3 year term
Sisi Cooper 6,383 IBEW-backed* ELECTED 3 year term
Steve Strait 4,421 Pro-consumer

Estimated 99% of all campaigning expenses were paid for by Chugach Electric IBEW Union employees front group

Right after these results were announced the board retired to meet and appointed officers: Janet Reiser board chair, Susan Reeves vice-chair, PJ Hill treasurer, Jim Henderson secretary. 

* Nordlund, Cooper backed by IBEW Union front group (Chugach Reliability) 

2012 Chugach Electric Elections

Chugach Consumers recommends:

Vote for ONLY ONE director:  

Steve Strait
Electronic voting here
BYLAWS RECOMMENDATIONS:
YES on all except
NO on Meeting Fees for Committees


Bully Paul Honeman runs for Anchorage Mayor

 

Undoubtedly to impress his government union buddies, Paul Honeman ordered the 4/6/03 arrest of pro-consumer champion Uwe Kalenka who was peaceably campaigning for the Chugach Electric board in the public plaza at the Sullivan ArenaPaul Honeman's astonishing and reckless act cost Anchorage taxpayers over $200,000.  Judge Brian Clark Exonerated Uwe and found city guilty of violating the first amendment & freedom of speech. 


6/15/11 - Glen Biegel Exposes CIRI/IBEW Union manipulation of Chugach Electric - [53:58 min]  Discussing Chugach Electric voting to buy wind power from Fire Island - Former Chugach Board president Rebecca Logan, "Chugach staff was made to feel they would lose their jobs if this wasn't done."


IBEW UNION SWEEPS ALL CHUGACH BOARD SEATS

FIRST TIME IN OVER 30 YEARS THAT THE CHUGACH ELECTRIC BOARD WILL NOT HAVE EVEN ONE PRO-CONSUMER MEMBER ON IT

CEA BOARD HISTORY CHART HERE

 

2011 Chugach Electric Elections

Valid Ballots Cast:  9,54Members eligible to vote:  66,829
Member participation: 
14.3%

Candidate Votes

Backing 

Janet Reiser 6,592 IBEW-backed* ELECTED 3 year term
Harry Crawford 5,315 IBEW-backed* ELECTED 3 year term
Jim Henderson 5,208 IBEW-backed* ELECTED 3 year term
Doug Robbins 5,146 IBEW-backed* ELECTED 1 year term
Steve Pratt 4,179
Uwe Kalenka 4,062 Pro-consumer

Estimated 99.9% of all campaigning expenses were paid for by Chugach Electric IBEW Union employees front group

Right after these results were announced, Janet Reiser was installed as board chair, Susan Reeves vice-chair, PJ Hill treasurer, Doug Robbins secretary. 

* Reiser, Crawford, Robbins & Henderson backed by IBEW Union front group (Chugach Reliability) 

2011 Chugach Electric Elections

"BULLET VOTE" ONLY FOR UWE KALENKA!
Learn why: 

BOARD STATUS:  Out of seven, before this election it had only one pro-consumer director (outgoing Liz Vazquez). Six candidates ran for four seats. Chugach Consumers recommends maximizing your voting power. Vote for only one director, Uwe Kalenka, the only candidate with a proven pro-consumer track record.

Please VOTE ONLY for
Uwe KALENKA


Candidate Statement
   Campaign Flyer

UWE:  Proven track record, a triple A+ voting record during his service on the board!

THE IBEW UNION WILL CLEARLY INCREASE ITS BOARD MAJORITY AND INTENSIFY EVEN MORE ITS SPECIAL INTEREST CONTROL OVER CHUGACH ELECTRIC IN THIS ELECTION.  It is extremely important that there be at least one director on the Chugach Board where there is absolutely no doubt that the only guide to this director's behavior is total loyalty to the best interests of the electric customer.  If there is no pro-consumer director, then the IBEW dominated Chugach board can (and will), with impunity, go behind closed doors in executive session and waste $millions of dollars in your electric bill payments on featherbedded labor contracts, lavish benefits, overstaffing and gold plated and often unnecessary construction and maintenance.

That is why Chugach Consumers, for the first time ever, is recommending that members not use all their possible votes (four) on this ballot.  

Members should only mark their ballot for one director, Uwe Kalenka.

Why? Since all six candidates are running against each other for the four board seats to be filled, this will have the effect of greatly magnifying the intent of your vote for Uwe. This strategy is called "bullet voting". Otherwise, if you vote for more than one candidate, it will negate your vote for Uwe (if you really intend for him to be elected to the board).

It's additionally important because of the four seats, three are for 3-year terms and one is for only a 1-year term (which will go to the candidate with the lowest vote total).  We need Uwe on the board for a full 3-year term. 

Please mark only one name, for Uwe Kalenka, to make it possible for him to be seated and be a watchdog for the public interest in the face of the expected heavily financed IBEW Union negative personal attack ad campaign.

Chugach Electric Association ballots will be mailed to you on April 24th and must be voted and received by the election contractor before NOON Monday May 23.  This year you may also vote Electronically on the internet.

Look for your ballot envelope in the mail:

2011 Ballot Envelope

Vote for your interests, Vote UWE 

Vote YES on the two Bylaws 
(minor housekeeping measures)

Chugach Consumers is a grassroots group of fiscally-concerned Chugach Electric members working for a cooperative that serves ratepayer-owner interests only!  


2010 Chugach Electric Elections

Valid Ballots Cast:  10,147
Members eligible to vote: 
66,375
Member participation: 
15.3%

Election results - top two elected:

Candidate Votes

Backing 

Susan Reeves 5,408 IBEW-backed* ELECTED
PJ Hill 4,929 ELECTED
Alex Gimarc 4,746 Pro-consumer
Riki Lebman 4,472

IBEW-backed*

Right after these results were announced, Jim Nordlund was installed as board chair, Janet Reiser vice-chair, Susan Reeves treasurer, Pat Kennedy secretary. 

* Susan Reeves & Riki Lebman were backed by IBEW Union front group (Chugach Reliability)  

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2009 Matanuska Electric Elections  IBEW Union sweeps MEA elections also.
2009 Chugach Electric Elections

Valid Ballots Cast:  10,439
Members eligible to vote:  66,034
Member participation:  15.8%

Election results - top three elected:

Candidate Votes Backing 
Pat Kennedy 5,157 IBEW-backed ELECTED
Jim Nordlund 5,015 IBEW-backed RE-ELECTED
Steve Pratt 4,864
Uwe Kalenka 4,784

Pro-consumer

Right after these results were announced, board chair Rebecca Logan retrenched on transparency reforms and guided the board into making the election of board officers SECRET.  Logan last year pulled off a surprise take over and was elected board Chair with the support of IBEW Union backed directors.  By this secret process these 2009 officers were appointed:  Rebecca Logan, Chair, Jim Nordlund (IBEW-backed), Vice-chair, PJ Hill, Treasurer & Alex Gimarc, Secretary.

Of interest in these results:  The IBEW Union had ALL the money in this election.  There were no ads or mailers for pro-consumer candidates at all!  Yet only 150-373 votes ( 1.4 - 3.5% of those cast) separated the slates.

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