Cobb EMC lost a
court-ordered special election yesterday by 2561 to 1113,
Take Back Cobb EMC’s facebook page.
That was the vote against mail-in voting,
because the insurgents believe mail-in voting helps incumbent directors win
It’s Cobb EMC’s incumbent directors who want to build a coal plant in
Ben Hill County,
about 70 miles north of here.
There are two questions in the form of proposed bylaw amendments to be
decided by members Saturday: (1) whether to allow mail-in voting for
directors, and (2) whether to prohibit payment of retirement benefits
Reform groups Cobb EMC Owners Association, Take Back Cobb EMC and Cobb
EMC Watch strongly oppose allowing mail-in voting until new directors
are elected. They argue that mail-in voting would give an overwhelming
advantage to incumbent directors with unlimited EMC member funds at
their disposal in campaigning for re-election versus the very limited
funds available to challengers.
“The historical evidence of mail-in voting shows that it favors the
incumbents over challengers,” Cobb EMC Watch says. “It gives the
corporation tremendous leverage to manipulate and influence the voting
process. The corporation can use its much greater financial resources
to back its slate of candidates.”
This comment from Seth Gunning came in today. -jsq
Speaking About organizing & activism- We can make them dichotomous, in order to speak about them more distinctly; but my intent (in the comment turned blog-post) was not to insinuate that the two are anti-thetical or opposing to one another in many ways at all.
That is not to say, though, that the work of one doesn’t clearly look much different from the work of the other.
I hesitate to use metaphor, because while they might be good heuristic learning tools, they too often are or become justificatory and prevent us from communicating clearly.
Appended is my LTE in the VDT today.
I’ve added links. -jsq
What is the Industrial Authority’s plan to bring in real clean jobs?
MAGE SOLAR is hiring for the first of 350 jobs
in its photovoltaic (PV) solar manufacturing plant in Dublin, Georgia, with half
the population of Valdosta, in Laurens County, with half the
population of Lowndes County. They’ve parlayed their position
between the Atlanta airport and the Savannah seaport for
many new clean jobs.
Suniva of Norcross’s second PV plant with its 500 jobs
went to Michigan.
Saginaw Valley calls itself Solar Valley and collaborates
with governments, academia, and industry, winning thousands of clean
jobs in wind and solar manufacturing and generating plants.
Here are videos that illustrate the VDT’s point today in
What We Think:
While officials continue to downplay local citizen anger about current
projects, citizens are organizing in a variety of ways to affect change
the next election cycle. When Sterling Chemical came to Lowndes County in
the 1990s, citizens were told the project was a “done deal,” and so
it was. Sterling is still here, but those in office at the time aren’t,
and the director of the Industrial Authority at the time is no longer
As has been shown worldwide, citizens are tired of being told what’s
best for them, having no say so in how their tax dollars are spent,
and having their concerns ignored.
Until officials understand that it is coming from all directions and not
just led by a few malcontents, the swell will continue to grow. And those
who continue to ignore the anger and frustration do so at their own peril.
Maybe the VDT is referring to this kind of response from the VLCIA panel
on 6 Dec 2010:
“these things do prop up the local economy, period, end of discussion.”