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“Going Quartzsite”

24 Jan

A new phrase has been coined by the largest news organization in Arizona. The Arizona Republic reports on website AZCentral.com:  “Cave Creek, Don’t Become The New Quartzsite“. The governing Council of Cave Creek, Arizona is experiencing strong resistance to their leadership. A recall is being organized there against 6 newly elected members.

Quoting the article: The syndrome has a name. Cave Creek, it appears, is going “Quartzsite.” In 2011, the tiny western Arizona town of Quartzsite was convulsed in political in-fighting so chaotic that observers were calling on the governor to send in the state police to restore order.

 

 
 

Town Volunteer Spirit Not Held By All

14 May

Opinion from contributor Hal Davidson:

OPEN LETTER TO THE MAYOR, COUNCIL AND PEOPLE OF QUARTZSITE

Mr. Mayor Council and people of Quartzsite I would like to present to you some of the salaries that our State and other States pay their Governors. These are the salaries of the highest elected executives in their respective states. The reason I bring this to your attention today is because, in my opinion and that of others, Quartzsite is paying a salary to our Town Manager that we can neither afford or should be willing to afford.

The salary for the Governor of Colorado is $90,000

The salary for the Governor of Oregon is $93,000

Last but not least, the salary for the Governor of the State of Arizona is $95,000.

That is $1,000 less than the Quartzsite Town Manager is paid.

We can just not afford this high salary in Quartzsite under the current economic constraints we are faced with. That is just one of the reasons there is a recall going on right now. We, the people, feel that under your leadership, we as a community are making the same financial mistakes over and over again. We are not going to allow you to continue on this path.

If you want to sign petition just call 928-581-0039 or 928-916-2888

 
 

Quartzsite Town Council Special Meeting 1pm Thursday

24 Apr

Jennifer Jones is the sole subject of a special Quartzsite Town Council special meeting just scheduled. It was requested in writing by Norma Crooks and two other people who may be Council Members. Those other two requestors did not state their names, as is necessary on such a public document, and their signatures are not legible. Click on image for a closer look. The public has a need to know of such actions and exactly which public servant initiated the action. The Town Clerk is no longer providing full information on the agenda regarding sponsors of proposed actions. Apparently, at least two Council members were notified of the meeting just in (legal) time, after the public notice.

The request refers to Jennifer’s “adversarial position” as if it was a new condition just created. Jones is the local resident who has been often dragged into the Town’s court with flimsy cause. She has for some time had a number of (adversarial) civil actions pending against the Town.

The Council will consider removing Jones from a volunteer board.

Request for Special Meeting

 
 

Here We Go Again

22 Apr

FROM THE DESK OF PATRICIA WORKMAN

 April 22, 2013

Dear Ms. Bruno:

 Today I received, through the Town in-house mail system, an argumentative essay (of sorts). It was presented to me, in a sealed envelope, at the Town Clerk window by a member of your town staff, “Susie” or “Tina”. It was not sent through the U.S.P.S.  The enclosure (essay) was neither dated nor was it stamped as received into the Town’s public record, by the Town Clerk. The one-page enclosure was not specifically addressed to me or to anyone. To whom it was/is intended I could only presume by reading the page from beginning to end. Those the essay is meant to in?uence must be inferred from the totality of the contents of the one-page essay. I assume you as Town Manager authorized the distribution of this essay through the Town’s in-house mail system, if not please advise me as to how it came to be distributed as in-house Town mail. The essay appears to be signed by Michelle Lukkasson. 

As I am sure you know, Michelle Lukkasson is an appointed Director of the Town Council to the Town of Quartzsite Municipal Property Corporation, therefore, this correspondence needs to be at least stamped and received as part of the Public Record of the Town. Certainly, we would not want it to appear that Ms. Lukkasson has exercised, under color of law in her appointive position, an attempt to lobby the Council through use of Town resources or the in-house Town mail system in her capacity as a Town of Quartzsite Municipal Property Corporation Director. 

The first paragraph of the essay reads as follows: (I am attaching a copy of the original envelope and enclosure with this memo to you)

Ok. Here we go again. I can sense from item 6 on the agenda that we as a town, you as our council representing this town are at it again. It appears that you will not be in executive session to discuss a raise for our chief of police, or even the idea of a press release and public apology for our Chief of Police for everything that he has been drug through, but rather, you will discuss the idea of getting rid of him. Me as a one of your constituents can only ask why. I see what has gone on in this town the same way that l am sure most of your constituents do and I am sure they are scratching their heads too. 

The second paragraph reads:  Our chief of police has been so thoroughly investigated by every agency in this state, along with the most recent money spent by our town to hire a private investigator to look into the matter of a complaint filed by some resident who was arrested. All reports in and all complaints are unfounded…huh….and now you want to go to executive session to discuss his dismissal….. And just what do you think this will accomplish? The reason for the strife in our community is plain and simple….the bullies continue to win….They raise a stink, you guys respond and the most consistent man in your town’s employ, who stands on the line of right continues to be attacked. Removing him does not solve the problem because the bullies are still here. If you can even find a new Chief of Police, the bullying will continue….and nothing changes…

The third paragraph reads: Quit being reactive and start be proactive!!! I would like to see this council take some positive action and spend what money you think you have to buy out our Chief and use it to solve the problems that create these kinds of issues. Instead of buying out Chief Gilbert, perhaps you need to start offering some money for the permanent departure of those who create these problems. 

The fourth paragraph reads:  If you even think that you have the arrogance to do something like this, you underestimate the support this community has for our Chief of Police. He is the cornerstone of this community right now. Who else renders the support that he does. If I were Chief I would hope that you offered him a buy-out and I would take the money and run while there is still money to take. It does not take a rocket scientist to see the direction our financial situation is headed. it won’t be long before the Town of Quartzsiteis not in the news anymore because the Town of Quartzsiteis going to be gone. No money, no town! ! The bullies win and the county gets what it wants and you as a Council facilitated it. Good for Patricia Anderson to resign…she saw the writing on the wall! 

The last, and fifth paragraph, reads:  I am only one voice, but l can assure you that there are many people out there that think and feel the same way. You would be smart to remove this item from the agenda, do your jobs as council people, taking care of the real problems of our community and leave our Chief of Police alone to do the fine job that he continues to do. Don’t you get it.. He is not the problem!

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Ultimately, the essay by whoever concocted it is Council correspondence in that it was distributed by the Town to me, and therefore became thereby a public record of the State ofArizona. We must be ever cautious as far as maintaining accurate Town public records, so I submit this to the Town Clerk to be distributed to you. 

Ms. Bruno, I am confident you recognize the above signature as that of Michelle Lukkasson or it is a seriously clever forgery. Would you please identify the source of this essay and how it ended up placed into my hands?

Patricia Workman

cc: Town Clerk, Town Council members

Please reference Attachment/Page 4

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Page 4:  Ok. Here we go again. I can sense from item 6 on the agenda that we as a town, you as our council representing this town are at it again. It appears that you will not be in executive session to discuss a raise for our chief of police, or even the idea of a press release and public apology for our Chief of Police for everything that he has been drug through, but rather, you will discuss the idea of getting rid of him. Me as a one of your constituents can only ask why. I see what has gone on in this town the same way that l am sure most of your constituents do and I am sure they are scratching their heads too.

Our chief of police has been so thoroughly investigated by every agency in this state, along with the most recent money spent by our town to hire a private investigator to look into the matter of a complaint filed by some resident who was arrested. All reports in and all complaints are unfounded…huh….and now you want to go to executive session to discuss his dismissal….. And just what do you think this will accomplish? The reason for the strife in our community is plain and simple….the bullies continue to win….They raise a stink, you guys respond and the most consistent man in your town’s employ, who stands on the line of right continues to be attacked. Removing him does not solve the problem because the bullies are still here. If you can even find a new Chief of Police, the bullying will continue….and nothing changes…

Quit being reactive and start be proactive!!! I would like to see this council take some positive action and spend what money you think you have to buy out our Chief and use it to solve the problems that create these kinds of issues. Instead of buying out Chief Gilbert, perhaps you need to start offering some money for the permanent departure of those who create these problems. If you even think that you have the arrogance to do something like this, you underestimate the support this community has for our Chief of Police. He is the cornerstone of this community right now. Who else renders the support that he does. If I were Chief I would hope that you offered him a buy-out and I would take the money and run while there is still money to take. It does not take a rocket scientist to see the direction our financial situation is headed. it won’t be long before the Town ofQuartzsiteis not in the news anymore because the Town ofQuartzsiteis going to be gone. No money, no town! ! The bullies win and the county gets what it wants and you as a Council facilitated it. Good for Patricia Anderson to resign…she saw the writing on the wall!

I am only one voice, but l can assure you that there are many people out there that think and feel the same way. You would be smart to remove this item from the agenda, do your jobs as council people, taking care of the real problems of our community and leave our Chief of Police alone to do the fine job that he continues to do. Don’t you get it.. He is not the problem!

(Signature)

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Town Attorney Brannan Terminated For Cause

05 Nov
Martin Brannan

 

Martin Brannan no longer works for the Town of Quartzsite as Town Attorney. His contract was terminated for cause on October 30.

SEE LETTER OF TERMINATION

Here are the reasons given for Brannan’s dismissal:

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1. Violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys in the State of Arizona, including a conflict of interest in violation of Ethical Rule 1.7(a). You gave advice to Council of the Town  Quartzsite regarding personnel matters then initiated legal action against advised Council members for failure to follow advice.

2. Material Misrepresentation to Town Council and Violation of Town Procurement Code. Stating to Council on March 27, 2012 that there would be no authorization to use town funds in connection with a voter fraud investigation; You later claimed that you had authority to hire Mr. Humphreys to perform an investigation without approval of the Council for the expenditure and incurred expenses in excess of $8,000 on behalf of the Town without authorization from Town Council, in violation of Town Code Section 3-401H.

3. Attempted and actual abandonment of your position; Seeking to abandon your position by repeatedly requesting notice of constructive discharge from acting Town Manager Frausto; Abandoning your position by packing your belongings and not returning to work.

4. Intimidation of Acting town Manager and coercion to acquire her signature on a document purporting to recuse herself in regards to personnel matters.

5. Acting in violation of your duties of loyalty.

 
 

Must See Video

18 Oct

Ed Foster’s attorney Julie LaBenz talks about WHAT JUST HAPPENED HERE!?!

Ed Foster was just finally seated as Mayor. The voters have been denied their Mayor for almost 5 months by a belligerent and stubborn Town Council.

 
 

Chief of Police Gilbert Pulls Out Gun On Leave

31 Aug

Quartzsite Chief of Police Gilbert Pulled Out His Gun.

Current Police Chief Jeff Gilbert is on administrative leave, accused of a criminal act. Today he was being served legal process at home. He chose to draw his weapon to discourage the process server, Jack Jones. Gilbert had just pulled into his driveway, exited car with gun in hand and began shouting.  August 31 2012, 7:16 pm. Full Blue Moon tonight.

 

 
 

Councilwoman Workman Demands Apology

29 Aug

Quartzsite Council member Patricia Workman delivered a letter this morning to the interim Town Manager – Terry Frausto. CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO ENLARGE

Letter Workman to Frausto

 

 

 

 
 

Quartzsite Town Attorney Sues His Own Clients!

28 Aug

Martin Brannan

Quartzsite Town Attorney Martin Brannan filed a petition for a Temporary Restraining Order this morning ostensibly on behalf of the Town of Quartzsite (plaintiff) against the Town’s elected officials! (Town Council, defendants). So, in effect, Mr. Brannan is suing the Town on behalf of the Town! (Interestingly, he is suing his own clients, to whom he gives legal advice.)

It appears the motive for this bizarre move was to  protect his job, since the Town Council was to consider firing the Town Manager and Assistant Town Manager, who hired and sustain Mr. Brannan. (Mr Brannan has been  the subject of numerous Bar complaints, still pending, according to the Arizona Republic newspaper.) Mr. Brannan claims such firings would be illegal. But

1) if true, it wouldn’t be the first time the Town acted illegally. The old Town council has routinely held illegal meetings, as the State AG has already ruled. Mr. Brannan never filed a TRO to stop those illegal meetings. And

2) a TRO is supposed to be issued only after an act, when actual harm is alleged. Not before.

Surprisingly (or not, considering his track record for the town), La Paz County Superior Court Michael Burke signed off the TRO, which this reporter believes fails the 4 basic legal tests for a TRO at every point. (If nothing else, ignoring Mr. Brannan’s obvious conflict of interest, Mr. Brannan lacks standing to sue the Town Council on behalf of the Town. Clearly, the Town Council did not authorize this suit against them.) In essence, what Judge Burke has done is akin to barring the Arizona Legislature from voting on SB 1070 because it might be unconstitutional. A TRO is not ripe until a law or act has been ratified. You can’t get a TRO because of what someone “might” do. There has to be actual harm.

Now Judge Burke has created a constitutional issue, a violation of Article III, Distribution of Powers clause in the AZ Constitution, because the Judicial is telling the Legislative what it can and cannot do.

Hopefully the Arizona Attorney General will step in with an emergency appeal to the Arizona Court of Appeals to overturn Judge Burke as it has done a few times already.

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“A party seeking injunctive relief must show:

1. that they are likely to succeed on the merits,

2. that they are likely to suffer irreparable harm in the absence of preliminary relief,

3. that the balance of equities tips in his favor, and

4. that the injunction is in the public interest.”

At minimum, it is hard to see how it is not in the public interest for elected officials to do their job.

[contributed by Quartzsite Outsider – Thanks!]

 
 

Council Stalemate Meeting

27 Aug

The  Quartzsite Town Council met today but decided little. Council member Mark Orgeron complained that the Town administration is blocking efforts to hold a  special Council meeting.

Video much appreciated, contributed by  Southwest Desert News / MPI, LLC (copyright)

 
 

Quartzsite Police Chief Suspended

23 Aug

Jeff Gilbert

Current Police Chief Jeff Gilbert is suspended with pay, pending due process. Allegations not revealed. Sgt. James Schultz appointed acting chief by Town Manager Alex Taft. Sgt. Fabiola Garcia of Laveen Arizona, long time good friend of Jeff and Sondra Gilbert, also suspended.

FULL  STORY  AT :     PARKERLIVEONLINE.COM

 
 

Meet The Candidates

21 Aug

The Quartzsite Senior Center hosted a 90 minute event which filled the bingo room. Candidates for local elected positions in the coming August 28 primary election each gave a five minute statement. Direct questions from public attendees followed.

Video much appreciated, contributed by Southwest Desert News / MPI, LLC (copyright)

 
 

RV Tent Show Owner Mistreated By Town

20 Aug

The ownership of the biggest annual event in Quartzsite has made a complaint to the Town of Quartzsite and hired an attorney to combat their unwillingness to communicate. The owners wish to resolve the matter of a  sudden huge increase in the normal charge for sewer usage at the property where the tent is erected each visitor season.

Kenny King’s letter of complaint available for viewing   HERE   or   HERE.

 
 

Mayor Warns Councilmember Anderson

16 Aug

Today this letter was delivered to Quartzsite Councilmember Patricia Anderson. Anderson is warned in the letter against taking action that may be a misedmeanor crime: usurpation of office. Click on photo to enlarge.

Today's Letter Mayor Foster to Anderson

 
 

Quartzsite Woman Seeks Supervisor Position

08 Aug

Jennifer Jones

 

Jennifer Jones will appear on the August 25 primary ballot for La Paz County Supervisor, District  3 (the part of town south of Interstate 10). She is the only Quartzsite candidate to appear on the ballot. HEAR HER ADDRESS THE PUBLIC at “Meet the Candidates” night last July 26.

Audio much appreciated, contributed by Southwest Desert News / MPI, LLC (copyright)

 
 
 

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