Loyd Turner, support Edison and candidates
B-2- B-2- B-2- B-2- THE SUN (Victor VolUy) Frl., Oct. 12, 1979 Adelanto council meeting turns into forum for MWA campaign By JEAN TIERNEY Sun Staff Writer ADELANTO The City Council meeting here turned into a water agency campaign briefing for 30 minutes this week. Lloyd Turner of Lucerne Valley, president of the Valley Improvement Progress Committee, said his committee is endorsing four candidates for the Mo-Jave Mo-Jave Mo-Jave Water Agency board of directors on the Nov. 6 ballot, including Adelanto Mayor Hastell Hollis. Mollis, a candidate in Division 3, asked when the City Council meeting opened Tuesday that Turner be given space on the agenda. : Turner said the Lucerne Valley committee is also supporting candidate Jim Gilliam of Barstow and Incumbents AJ Kite of Lucerne Valley and William Orchard of Newberry Springs, because "every one of them has worked hard for the Edison plant.". The Mojave Water Agency directors have asked the state Energy Commission to reconsider a decision to let Southern California Edison to continue with its application to build a 1,290-megawatt 1,290-megawatt 1,290-megawatt peak power plant in Johnson Valley, but the directors split their vote on the issue in August. Tuesday, Turner said Edison would "put up front money of ?6 million to $8 million with the first shovelful that's turned" in the plant's construction "to pay for a (water) pipeline to Barstow." : Turner said that amount of money would not pay for the entire pipeline, "but it would get it this far, maybe to Oro Grande or Helendale." Hollis said the water agency has an agreement with the cities of Adelanto and Barstow to construct a water pipeline north from the California Aqueduct, but not a contract. "The only way to get the pipeline is the Edison plant," Hollis said. Desert residents have paid $13 million in taxes to the agency since it was formed, but the only water purchased was 22,500 cubic feet bought last year which "went down the river and out to Soda Flats," Hollis said. The water agency piggybacked the water to the Barstow basin on the wet Mojave River bed last, year and, this summer, reported that it raised the water table In the Barstow area about 40 feet. Turner said the Edison plant would bring about $77 million in benefits to the water agency to help bring state water to Adelanto and Barstow. He said that unless the agency decides to support the power plant project, which is to use no more than 2,000 acre-feet acre-feet acre-feet of water a year, the agency's consituents should choose from among four plans to change the agency's policy. Turner said the voters can either elect four directors who support the power plant project; try to recall Director Glenn R. Gaines of Yucca Valley , who Turner said is opposed to the plant; file a lawsuit against the agency; or ask the state legislature to dissolve the Mojave Water Agency and let each community form its own water agency.