Mr. Otto Merida, the president and CEO of the Latin Chamber of Commerce, and Ms. Maggie Petrel, the chairwoman of the board for the Latin Chamber of Commerce — even if the letter was signed with their names and no title that could be taken as a personal letter and not the opinion — or not on behalf of the Chamber or its members, but…and there is always a but for everything, the newspaper identified them with their respective positions.
Regardless of whether they wrote the letter as individuals or as officials with the Chamber, we believe that they should have disclosed that Tony Sanchez, Senior Vice President of Government and Community Strategy, was at one time the president of the Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce and believed to still be a member of the board of the organization.
It all seems like a family affair and that could be the reason why Otto Merida and Maggie Petrel jumped at the opportunity to come out in defense of the powerful Nevada Energy, AKA, NVEnergy or Nevada Power.
Chelsea Campbell, is also part of the NVEnergy, AKA, Nevada Power or NVEnergy Latino clique.
Ms. Campbell has extensive political experience having worked for Senate Majority Leader, U.S. Senator Harry Reid, the imaginary Godfather of the Chamber President and CEO, Otto Merida and a variety of presidential, congressional and local campaigns in various capacities; she also serves on the Government Affairs Committee for the Latin Chamber of Commerce.
We believe that the letter to the editor was written by someone else with more legal experience since the wording was meticulous and apparently chose to make their utility company look better than it really is.
Parts of the letter reads: “Don’t be fooled. Solar companies are for-profit businesses.” Is the Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce or whoever wrote that letter to the editor telling the community that they are in that our utility monopoly is not a for-profit business?
…“However, there are no rules for them to follow, as they are not regulated,” the defenders of NVEnergy, AKA, Nevada Power and Nevada Energy wrote, but they did not explain that they control their own regulators, the Public Utility Commission.
…“Their business models are built on tax incentives and subsidies, and they need the local utility’s grid in order to be successful. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you,” they cry in another paragraph of the letter to the editor, but they did not disclose that their business models could very well be built by political connections and the blessing of former Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate, Harry Reid.
The letter to the editor continues with “…Energy has been a big topic of discussion over the past few months, and NV Energy has taken the brunt of a lot of criticism, particularly from some in the rooftop solar industry. What’s been conveniently left out by the solar folks is the service obligation that all of our public utilities have and the rules they must abide by.”
We feel sorry for NVEnergy, AKA Nevada Power or Nevada Energy; they are being treated as the step-child of Nevada and unjustifiably “ha[ve] taken the brunt of a lot of criticism,” — talk about cynicism!
Where has the Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce been when NVEnergy abused their customers by isolating themselves from those who are paying an astronomical power bill every month with the blessing of the Public Utility Commission (PUC) and not even allowed to receive outside calls to come in to them? “It’s opportunistic for NV Energy’s detractors to use the monopoly-and-competition argument to suit their immediate needs on net metering, because they don’t have an obligation to serve,” the letter cried out.
But it is not opportunistic for NVEnergy, AKA Nevada Power or Nevada Energy, to try to compete with those solar companies that are now indirectly interfering with the Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce friends.
Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce should be more transparent when taking a stand in favor of someone that is not serving the best interest of the small business owners or the community as a whole.