GLAD WE DIDN’T STEP IN IT: :KIUC and Anne Barnes are apparently not going to talk to us or anyone this week and we are not going to get to know how lucrative a position with KIUC’s Board of Directors actually is before the balloting for three director positions is completed.
The three incumbent candidate were paid the second, third and fourth most of all directors with only secretary Ray Paler exceeding their “stipends”
Phil Tacbian came in at $16, 374, Peter Yukimura at $15,542 and Dennis Esaki 13, 074 while Paler who is not up for reelection made $18, 845.
But despite a plethora of calls and emails requesting the full record for both stipend compensation and any other payments, broken down by director, even though she agreed to “talk to accounting“ and produce those records, when the due date came around Barnes disappeared. We could only speak to her loyal assistant Shelly Paik who couldn’t get her to talk to us during this critical period when the ballots for the new directors are coming in.
PNN asked for a breakdown of the 2006 numbers but only got the “stipends” collected as reported on KIUC’s IRS 990 form, not any per diems and/or expenses paid during the numerous training junkets directors take on the mainland or any other payments made if any.
According to Barnes- not the 990- the nine directors did split the $138,891.70 in stipend and $90,104.16 for “travel & training” although the 990 lists on Part V-A “Current Officers Directors Trustees and Key Employees Compensation” payments of $504,606. with “Contributions to Employment Benefit Plans & Deferred Compensation Plans” of $47,810.
But the requested full disclosure of the exact payments to even the three directors running for reelection has been denied even after Barnes’ assurances they would be forthcoming.
Barnes’ husband Walt was an original KIUC board member and one of those who was caught making up facts and figures on KIUC’s behalf during the Council hearing on the Co-op purchase before Kaua`i electricity users paid up to double of what the former Kaua`i Electric Co. was worth even after the price was slightly cut after government watchdogs’ extensive research and activist prodding.
Anne Barnes eventually took over as KIUC spokesperson and public information officer and her obvious unavailability for comment on that part of the story is in keeping with the much reported and much ballyhooed and admitted penchant for secrecy and “speaking with one voice” as KIUC mandates.
According to Barnes KIUC’s complete 2006 990 tax form is available at their web site although she would not provide the specific URL and it is not plainly listed. Copies of the 990 are available by request from PNN in a 40 page PDF as sent by Barnes via email.
UPDATE: Developer-friendly blogger Charley Foster wanted to know our sourcing for yesterday’s story of what happened really happened when Jimmy Pflueger caused the Ka Loko dam break and murdered those seven people. We posted the following further sourcing for the story in the comments section here.