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Quartzsite’s Incompetent Town Council

25 Oct

At the last meeting, the Quartzsite Town Council:

1. Fired Police Chief Jeff Gilbert (his second firing in about a year). Reported cost to taxpayers to break the Chief’s contract is at least $85,000 $116,000.

2. Appointed a new Council member without adequately examining her qualifications. The presiding Quartzsite Municipal Court judge yesterday refused to swear in the new unelected appointee – Monica Timberlake. The judge’s reasons:

1. “interrupts judicial proceedings” 2. “owes the court money” 3. “breaking the law …[that the appointee is]…  swearing to uphold”.

 
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Quartzsite Chief Gilbert Fouls Out At His Firing

22 Oct
Jeff Gilbert

Jeff Gilbert

Jeff Gilbert was terminated (fired) without stated cause by the Quartzsite Town Council today. His last act was to stand at the podium during the call to the public and break a very significant rule. He decided to turn around and face the public and “thank” the town (his foul-out). It is well known that a speaker must face and address only the Council from this podium, not turn to the public.

Ironically, Jeff Gilbert personally participated in the arrest of his nemesis Jennifer Jones about two years ago at the same podium and for the same act – facing the public from the podium. Her elbow was broken by Officer Rick Paterson during that widely criticized arrest. Another irony – the same mayor presided today, as in 2011, but did not object to Gilbert’s obvious infraction.

“I am still the chief” was a familiar statement from this former police chief. This was his second firing by the town in about one year. His firing in 2012 was reversed. The Town of Quartzsite is now burdened with many claims and lawsuits as a result of actions by Gilbert and his cops. The Town is thus clinging to sub-prime liability insurance it sought after its participation in the economical Arizona Municipal Risk Pool was cancelled.

The Jennifer Jones arrest two years ago:

 
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Six Months Prison For Quartzsite Investor Peter Pocklington

27 Sep

Peter Pocklington, 71, of Palm Desert, California, has promoted gold mining enterprises in the Quartzsite, Arizona area for the last few years. He has now been found in violation of probation a court granted him in 2010. He appeared in Federal court in Riverside California a week ago to be sentenced. His sentence begins December 9. This according to Canadian source CTVnews.ca.

 
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Gilford vs. Quartzsite

10 Jul

Local resident Douglas Gilford has brought suit against the Town of Quartzsite and 30 individuals, seeking damages and injunctive relief.

Read Amended Complaint Gilford vs Quartzsite

 
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Quartzsite Special Meeting Wed 1pm (Let’s See)

25 Jun

1. Letter from Mayor Foster to Town Clerk Frausto:

DATE June 24, 2013

To Ms Terry Frausto, Town Clerk, Town of Quartzsite

From: Ed Foster, Mayor

Re: Emergency Meeting.

Ms. Frausto

The schedule for tomorrow’s regular meeting for the town council is in trouble. Ms. Bruno is not allowed to reschedule a regular meeting of the Town Council. I am calling for an Emergency Meeting of the Town Council to be held at 9:00 am June 25 as scheduled by the Town Code. At this meeting we will adopt the Agenda for the regular Meeting and Schedule it for 9:00 am the 26th. This will keep us in compliance with town code and open meeting laws.  Thank you;

/s/ Ed Foster

Mayor, Town of Quartzsite

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[Mayor Foster’s letter was apparently ignored until he received this response in his mailbox today]

2. Letter received by Mayor Foster from Town Clerk Frausto:

To:  Mayor Ed Foster

From: Terry Frausto, Town Clerk

Date: June 24, 2013

RE: Emergency Meeting Request

Dear Mr. Mayor:

Upon your request for an emergency meeting I consulted with the Town Attorneys and received this response:

We write in reference to the June 24, 2013 letter of Mayor Ed Foster seeking to call an Emergency Meeting of the Quartzsite Town Council at 9 a.m. on June 25. Such a meeting would be in violation of the Open Meeting Law because there is no emergency to justify such a meeting in Quartzsite. Absent an emergency, a meeting of the Council may be convened only with 24 hours advance public notice, carried out through proper posting of the meeting agenda. Here, the proposed 9 a.m. meeting would violate the Open Meeting Law because there has been no advance posting of any agenda. 

On June 24, 2013 there was no objection from the Council when they were told the meeting had to be rescheduled and held at 1:00 p.m. To that the attorneys responded:

On June 24, Council members Workman, Jewitt, Scott, Orgeron, and Crooks all consented to rescheduling the Town Council meeting for 1 pm on June 25. This complies with the Town Code provisions governing special meetings. The Town properly posted public notices of the agenda for the meeting. 

On June 25, if a quorum (at least 4 members) of the Council comes together at 1 pm, a meeting may be held pursuant to that posted agenda. The Council may also vote to adjourn and conduct no business.

 

 

 
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Update – Quartzsite Town Manager Bruno Hijacks Council Authority

24 Jun

[Corrected 5:20 pm,  4:45 pm]

Correction: 5 pm Mayor Foster indicates that his written letter of instructions to the Town Manager Laura Bruno is being ignored. Foster wrote the letter this afternoon to arrange a 9am meeting. The brick wall that the letter met and the confusion it now creates puts the public completely in the dark about what meeting will take place, and when if at all, tomorrow. It seems that now as a result of the Town Manager’s actions that there can be no legal meeting tomorrow to conduct the Town’s important business.

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At the 9:00 to 11:00 am Quartzsite Town Council work session today, Rain Golden-Bear brought something to the attention of the Council.  The public notice for the regular Council Meeting scheduled for tomorrow at 9:00 am did not get posted … in time. The public must be notified by postings of an agenda, made least 24 hours in advance of such a scheduled meeting. This per Open Meeting Law of Arizona, the very subject of today’s session. But because of some excitement in Town Hall recently, no one got around to posting that agenda.

So, Town Manager Laura Bruno and the Town attorneys decided to change the time of the Tuesday Council meeting to 1:00 pm. So today’s public attendees left understanding that tomorrow’s meeting will be held at 1:00 pm, not 9 am.

But wait a minute. Laura – you don’t have the authority to change the time of any Council meeting. Only the Council has that authority. It is, after all, a “Council” meeting. You have apparently usurped the power of the Council, with the help of the Town attorneys.

It gets better. After deciding to change the meeting to 1:00 pm they thought everything was fine, right? Not so fast.

Again, nobody properly posted the 24 hour advance public notice of tomorrow’s new time of 1:00 pm. This occurred on the town website. (Weren’t such postings covered in the work session today regarding Open Meeting Law?)

Mayor Ed Foster will take the bull by the horns and call a special emergency meeting for 9:00 am tomorrow on Tuesday June 25 to correct the mishandling. All are invited. Way to go Mayor Foster.

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http://www.ci.quartzsite.az.us/images/CHAPTER_2_-_Mayor_and_Council_0113.pdf  Section 2-4-1 Regular Meetings (Ord 89-05)(Ord92-07)(Ord 02-05)(Ord 11-11)

The Council Shall hold regular meetings on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 9:00 A.M., except when the day fixed for any regular meeting of the Common Council falls upon a day designated by law as a legal holiday, such meeting shall be held at the same hour on the next succeeding day not a holiday unless otherwise noticed by the Town. All regular meetings of the Council shall be held at the location specified in the Notice of Meeting

 
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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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Quartzsite Town Council 2013 April 9 Audio

09 Apr

Part 1:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDCaTtObXyQ&feature=share&list=UUpOI84ohKOfpWoXxuiFTAXA

 

Part 2:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJha-f_c89A&feature=share&list=UUpOI84ohKOfpWoXxuiFTAXA

 
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March 12 Quartzsite Town Council Meeting

12 Mar

Rob Troxler honored for service and received an award.

Pickup trucks approved for purchase.

Thank you to video contributor Southwest Desert News / MPI, LLC (copyright)

 
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Quartzsite Council & Bruno Lovefest – Video

26 Feb

The Council has failed to mount a search for a qualified Town Manager for the last six months. So, given the absence of competition, the council found Laura Bruno to be the best qualified candidate when compared to the others. Hired for over $96,000.

Thank you to video contributor Southwest Desert News / MPI, LLC (copyright)

 
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Quartzsite Council Picks Zoning Commission & Laura Bruno As Town Manager

23 Feb

Following an executive session, Council returned to public portion of meeting to act.

Thank you to video contributor Southwest Desert News / MPI, LLC (copyright)

 
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Video: Quartzsite Town Council Regular Meeting February 12

12 Feb

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

 
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Quartzsite Police Unsolved Crimes #1

09 Feb

A Photo Speaks 1,000 words:

Discovered February 8 2013 at Quartzsite Town Hall sidewalk connecting to Children’s Library. The evidence indicates that the evildoers acted in broad daylight. Dana Stadler and Michael Roth were recently convicted for a chalking crime such as this. No investigation is known to be underway by QPD.

 
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