Secret water transfers, misleading annexation deals and disrespectful interactions with the public have earned the Oakdale Irrigation District a bad reputation. It’s time our community takes back control of the OID.
This public agency has become hostile to almost any level of public involvement. That must change.
The Nov. 3 election gives us an opportunity to get our irrigation district back on the right path. As the challenger for OID Division 4, I encourage every voter to get the full story about what our district’s current leaders have been doing. Ask them why OID continually pumps our community’s groundwater while it exports surface water to outsiders. If OID has so much extra surface water, why isn’t it sold to local farmers who desperately want it and have made generous offers to buy it?
Why take secret votes in closed-door meetings to benefit outsiders while endangering our own natural resources? The public has the right to know what’s being considered before the votes are cast, not long after the deal’s done.
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Mail-in ballots arrived last week, and every vote is important. If you have questions about what I stand for, contact me through Facebook.com/LindaSantos4OID .
Linda Santos, Oakdale, Candidate for OID Division 4