ElectriCities of NC - NEEDS NEW LEADERS

ElectriCities of NC - NEEDS NEW LEADERS

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#1 Jul 15, 2008
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Posted : 7/15/2008 10:32:06 AM Quote Reply
Supposedly over 20 years, there have been more than 40 complaints about Estherine Davis for her behavior and harrassment of people. They have all been ignored but they are all in files and many are in writing.
She is a secretary moved up the proverbial ladder to a lobbyist. No credential and little speaking ability. Meet her and you decide if any of those rungs were deserved.
She will need a new revolving door since she has been part of lies about her two bosses, both white, and now a total of six other people in the division have left in 5 years because of her, including three in the past five months. All are white. Only one person has remained in the division and she is not the brightest bulb in the pack but she is black.
This is more than 80% turnover in a group that lobbies. That is why there are 10 contract lobbyists. Staff cannot get it done. They are too busy packing to get away from this woman. So I suppose the Board can say "We can't hold her responsible for her behavior." or something else equally idiotic.
No, this is not the most pressing issue at this place but it is a BIG indicator of the crap that goes on and the environment there that needs fixing, and why there needs to be a change in the entire senior management. SOON. How can work when they are working in a soap opera,
craig f

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#2 Jul 31, 2008

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#3 Aug 3, 2008
http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/news/conten... ...

I draw the line at plain old lying or misleading, whichever it may be.

I just read Mr. Henderson's article about ElectriCities and he is off the mark or ElectriCities provided less than accurate information. ElectriCities' figure of $190,000 and $80,000, if that is what they gave him, cannot possibly be right. Common knowledge.

There are 5 staff people so the salaries there alone would be more than $300,000 + the $80,000 federal lobbyist + at least $200,000 for outside consultant lobbyists (see secretary of state page). So I think you should re-total or re-ask. Common knowledge. Also the lobbyist has been the recipient of double digit increases of more than 15% and 20% in one year, a dramatic spending pattern.

And it is a stretch to say that they need a range of experience and affiliations and are touting their expertise when THREE staff lobbyists have left during the past six months and there has been 80% turnover with the staff lobbyists since 2002. All of that must be considered with costs to this program.

All you have to do is look at the Secretary of State Website to see how many MORE contract lobbyists there are working for ElectriCities as compared to their competitors. So, the conclusion would be it takes 4 times as many lobbyists for 1/10th the customer base when comparing ElectriCities to Progress Energy. That would mean overspending or lack of expertise. I encourage everyone to take a look and I think you will agree, the amount spent is enough to evoke "furor" and is an area prime for a cut.

I encourage everyone to go to Electricities and ask for the public records for the salaries for Davis in 2006, 2007 and 2008 and see the percentage change; then look at the salaries for Johnson (ooops Davis just chased her off), Bailey (M), Henley, Amburn for the staff and see if it does not add up to more than $300,000. You can even ask if the salaries are divided among "topics" for budget purposes though that is just a game because they are lobbyists, grassroots, whatever. We all know what it means.

Then ask for the contracts for Ainsworth, Dorsett, Barnes, Musselwhite, Peters, Talley (federal), Melton, Tillet, and then check and see if there isn't a little contract for Mike Colo to do some legislative work which should count in lobbying (he was registered in the past) and if you want, ask for any contracts related to grassroots since they do that in their off time from the legislature. Still lobbying. They are playing fast and loose with the reporter and saying that this is what they "reported" for lobbying. Or they are counting part of the salaries as something other than lobbying, like grassroots. Either way. A spin on words. Get the facts. Continue to provide the information to city councils. Employees have verified this data. This is an area that should be cut. Ineffective due to turnover and too many compared to competitors.

But don't take my word for it, look at these pages and draw your own conclusions. And get the documents there.


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#4 Aug 3, 2008

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