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Video – Special Meeting Last Thursday

29 Apr

Video – Special Meeting Last Thursday

Video 1     Discussion – Martin Brannan interviewed for prosecutor position
Video 2 Discussion – Martin Brannan
Video 3 Passed – Martin Brannan hired as interim prosecutorDiscussion – Medical Marijuana Dispensary application fee
Video 4 Discussion – Medical Marijuana Dispensary application fee
Video 5 Passed – Medical Marijuana Dispensary application fee $2,500 non-refundableDiscussion – Call to the Public
 
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Brannan Has Long Record With AZ Bar

28 Apr

(See yesterday’s story)

I placed a call to the Arizona State Bar Association to inquire about Martin Brannan’s record as an attorney. The Bar returned my call right during the meeting where Brannan was being installed as Quartzsite’s prosecutor. The report given: Martin Brannan of Lake Havasu City has a record of 8 public records (charges) brought against him since his Arizona Bar admission in 1996. Of the 8 charges, 7 have been dismissed, and one is in formal proceedings. Mr. Brannan did not disclose the (6) other charges at the council meeting. Nobody on the council thought to ask him about his record. The public was forbidden to speak on the decision. Brannan added that he admitted his performance as La Paz County Attorney a few years ago was not up to his own standards, and promised to do a good job for Quartzsite. By the way, Brannan was hired today by a majority vote of council.

 
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Admitted Murderer Freed – Quartzsite Next

27 Apr

The prosecuting attorney most preferred by first degree murderers is coming to Quartzsite. Tomorrow (Thursday) Martin Brannan may be put in place as Quartzsite’s prosecutor. A special Quartzsite Town Council meeting was called for this hiring.

No public discussion will be allowed, but you can watch. Brannan has made recent news headlines:

1. Botched the murder investigation   2. State Bar Association targets attorney   3. Brannan could not be reached for comment

Attend Meeting: Thursday 1:30pm at Quartzsite Town Hall, April 28 2011.

 
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Watch Yesterday’s Special Council Meeting

23 Apr
Video Part 1 Passed – Seek Appraisal for Water Allocation

Passed – Add services to Wastewater Plant contract

Video Part 2 Discussion – Medical Marijuana Facilities
Video Part 3 Discussion – Medical Marijuana Facilities
Video Part 4 Discussion – Medical Marijuana Facilities
Video Part 5 Discussion – Mobile Home Subdivisions zoning

Passed – release Matt Newman from prosecutorial duties

 
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Quartzsite Featured in LA Times

18 Apr

Read all about it: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-quartzsite-20110416,0,575043.story

 
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Quartzsite Crop Circles

15 Apr

See for yourself: http://www.rvnewschannel.com/crop-circles-or

 
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Did You Miss the Quartzsite Council Meeting?

14 Apr

Watch it here. Tuesday April 12, 7-9pm. Two hour meeting.

Video 1 Medical Marijuana Dispensary – discussion of new zoning needed for medical marijuana dispensary coming to Quartzsite. Speakers from Higher Health and Wellness LLC traveled to meeting to share industry experience with town leadership. 

Video 2 Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Video 3 Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Video 4 Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Video 5 New Van Grant

Video 6 Ordinance 11-03, Economic Plan, RV Health Permits – La Paz County will be asked to send a representative to Quartzsite to explain to the public what their aim is in demanding health department permits from residential property owners who use RV hookups.

Video 7 Employee payroll reports – Council bashed mayor for wanting to see records showing who each payroll check is written to, before approving. Town attorney replied to motion sponsor Lukkasson that the mayor’s action is legal. Signed minutes Dec 21 meeting

Video 8 Public Comments – Public comments included another reminder that Town often does not comply with Arizona Open Meeting Laws.

 
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Video – Ethics Committee Met Wednesday

06 Apr

 Video 1 of 7   Video 2   Video 3   Video 4   Video 5   Video 6   Video 7

Again, a committee has been formed to consider censure of the Mayor of Quartzsite, as a result of complaints brought by the Town Manager to the Vice Mayor. The Mayor was not present for this meeting. The result of the meeting was to refer the findings to Town Council. 

No hearing was scheduled for the Mayor to respond. Nobody, including the town’s attorney Pamela Walsma, displayed interest in providing a due process hearing for the accused. Councilman Lizzaraga: “waste of time to hear from the Mayor”.

Notably, in spite of the town’s well published advice regarding behavior at meetings, many potentially slanderous remarks were made. The Vice Mayor chaired the meeting, but did not discourage such personal remarks by the public or the council members. These (less than objective) comments were heard: Town Manager Alex Taft remarked about one of the enumerated complaints that it was “emotional” rather than “factual”. Mike Jewitt: “…riding him out of town on a rail … tar and feathers”. Councilman Joe Winslow, regarding the Mayor: “… I don’t know why we’re even discussing his ethics. He has none.” Councilman Bob Kelly: “get someone with some brains”.

Mayor Ed Foster reports that he was not given notice of yesterday’s meeting, but learned of it by reading this website.

 
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La Paz County Checks – N.S.F. Again

06 Apr

A representative of the La Paz County Elections Department has called at least one recipient of a recent check from that department. A warning was given that the check will probably be returned N.S.F. The reason given is that Wells Fargo bank has declined to provide overdraft protection for the county.

 
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Quartzsite – Ethics – Alert

05 Apr

Wed April 6 2011, 2:30pm Town Hall

Information on Special Ethics Committee Meeting

 
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