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Jones Claim Against Judge Putz-Artrip And Town Of Parker

03 Feb

A letter of claim has been delivered to the Town of Parker and others as described below. This claim is directly related to another described on this blog today. READ FULL LETTER OF CLAIM

This claim … arises out of the negligent actions of [Parker Magistrate Judge] James Putz-Artrip, acting outside of judicial immunity… Judge James Putz-Artrip signed administrative search warrant SW-2013-002 as “Judge Quartzsite Municipal Court”, which had the effect that Jennifer Jones and her husband John Jones were subject [to] a false light invasion of their privacy in a heated confrontation with four armed Quartzsite Police Officers and the Community Development Director.

No arrest or citations… a false and defamatory press release was subsequently issued… by The Town of Quartzsite… had the effect of forcing the Jones’ to relocate…Mr. Jones was then harassed by BLM law enforcement officers Conde and Thompson…. the application was for a non-criminal search warrant …extra due diligence would have been appropriate… no physical evidence such as photographs, video, or even copies of referenced codes or ordinances over the alleged ‘violations’ were submitted in support of … warrant… “

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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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Quartzsite Town Council 2013 April 9 Audio

09 Apr

Part 1:


Part 2:

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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.


“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!]


Wednesday’s Town Hall Style Meeting

19 Apr

Town Hall Style Meeting, April 18, 2012



Video copyright Moore Photo Imaging, S.W. Desert News – Thank you!


This Just In

28 Jan

Robert H Jackson

The prosecutor has more control over life, liberty, and reputation than any other person in America. His discretion is tremendous. He can have citizens investigated and, if he is that kind of person, he can have this done to the tune of public statements and veiled or unveiled intimations. Or the prosecutor may choose a more subtle course and simply have a citizen’s friends interviewed. The prosecutor can order arrests, present cases to the grand jury in secret session, and on the basis of his one-sided presentation of the facts, can cause the citizen to be indicted and held for trial. He may dismiss the case before trial, in which case the defense never has a chance to be heard. Or he may go on with a public trial. If he obtains a conviction, the prosecutor can still make recommendations as to sentence, as to whether the prisoner should get probation or a suspended sentence, and after he is put away, as to whether he is a fit subject for parole. While the prosecutor at his best is one of the most beneficent forces in our society, when he acts from  malice or other base motives, he is one of the worst.

U.S. Attorney General Robert H. Jackson, April 1, 1940


Jade Jones “Served” With Court Paper

23 Nov

Today about 12:30 Al Johnson acted again, with police sergeant Frausto in tow. Johnson served a single page legal style document, bearing the name of the Magistrate Court of Quartzsite Arizona, titled “Complaint” on Jennifer “Jade” Jones. It detailed 4 misdemeanor counts related to the business she attends on Main Street. Johnson insisted that Jones must appear in court immediately, although the document was not accompanied by a court summons. He stated “If you’re not in court today, … I suggest that you show up”. It appeared to bear the original signature of Martin Brannan, Town Prosecutor. After the “service” was completed, Johnson reached over the fence again, to place the complaint in a more attractive position. Johnson remained on the property and did not seem ready to leave after he was told to go. “Goodbye Al”. Then Johnson was heard giving legal advice to Jones: “ …you don’t have the same expectation of privacy”. Johnson is the assistant manager for the town. It appears that he would be disqualified to serve process for a case in which he is a party to the action. The complaint seems to stem from his department. It also appeared that the court had not issued the document, as there was NO case number, nor the usual stamp indicating that it had been filed with a court clerk. See the document HERE.


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Redistricting Meeting – Video

15 Nov

If you could not make it to the Monday November 14 meeting, here is an hour of viewing:

Thanks to Bill Moore who provided this video.

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Council Meeting On Video

08 Nov

Quartzsite Town Council Meeting held today, November 8, 2011 at 9:00 am

Videography compliments of Bill Moore

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Our Amazing Council

12 Aug

Our new council member was appointed and sworn in with cosmic speed. It was as though the council was of one mind. Four candidates had applied, but only one was to be selected. So then, each council member is expected to evaluate each candidate on their own. Each council person is expected to decide, individually, as to who each council member feels is the best qualified candidate, then cast one vote. They are expected to make a decision without consulting other council members (illegal).

It was time to vote. Amazingly, the first name to come up for a vote was Mike Jewitt. No discussion. Immediate vote. Unanimous. It was as though all the council members knew who to vote on first. This seems to beat all odds, since we know that no council member had previously spoken to any other member about their choice (illegal).

Here is the math:

25% chance that Jewitt (one of four candidates) would be the first to be voted on.

X 5% chance that he would be unanimously elected (5 voters x 4 candidates = 20 potential outcomes. 1 in 20 = a 5% likelihood of a unanimous outcome)

= 1.25% chance of this occurring (without illegally consulting one another).


UPDATE: See Video – Police Station now off limits to cameras – New Sidewalk & Camera & Cell Phone Rules

19 Jul




Sgt. Frausto Says (Today):

No trespassing behind town hall.

[Sure there’s an inviting sidewalk, and no warning signs, and you could get 6 months in jail for walking around the building].



Monday July 18: New sign on entry door to police station – No Cameras

Friday July 15: beware entering town hall with camera. No warning sign posted at entry! Sign is posted at center of building.



Alex Taft, Quartzsite Town Manager, says by her actions in town hall (Day before yesterday):

Here’s a line. I just now made it with duct tape on the carpet. Do not use a video camera on the side near the clerk window. That should clear up the ambiguous enforcement policy we have always had, because the sign has always said “No Video or Cameras”. We just didn’t ever say exactly where you can’t use them. Do not use a camera anywhere in back offices, except if I want to conduct a television press conference. After all, it is my rule. Audio recording is OK anywhere.

Police Sgt. Frausto Says by his actions (Today):

Do not use a camera in the clerk window area. I don’t know what that tape on the floor is. Get outta here with that camera. We got a new sign with red letters, but you don’t have time to read it.

Police Chief Gilbert Says by his actions (Second Visit – Same day – Friday):

We got a new sign with red letters, but you don’t have time to read it.  Get outta here with that camera. Do not use a video camera anywhere in QuartzsiteTown Hall, except during public meetings. Period. (Even if police are arresting you or your friends for camera or cell phone camera or sidewalk use, I guess). No audio recording either. And put your camera in your pocket.



By extension of this logic, cell phones must now be kept in your pocket in Town Hall. They have cameras built in. Otherwise, how would anyone know if you are recording or texting or photographing with your phone?

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Megyn Kelly Fox News Show To Talk Quartzsite Today

14 Jul

Today I received a communication from Debbie at Fox News who is a producer at “America Live With Megyn Kelly”.  They have interest in doing a story TODAY on Quartzsite. Please tell your friends. Fox was granted permission to run the video of Jennifer Jones’ arrest.

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Review Video of Last Town Council Meeting

14 May

Select a video “part”, or watch the entire meeting by viewing all in the series:

Video Part 1 Discussion: Attempt to compel mayor to follow meeting rules regarding prayer
  Passed: Medical Marijuana Dispensary application fees
  Passed: Amend personnel policy
Video Part 2 Passed: Funding for new van
  Passed: Appoint Nora Yackley to Enterprise Zone
  Discussion: Restaurant “per seat” charge
Video Part 3 Passed: Restaurant “per seat” charge seasonal accommodation
  Citizens comments
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Mayor Arrested Just Before Council Meeting

10 May

Mayor Ed Foster and Police Chief Jeff Gilbert confirmed that just before tonight’s meeting, Mayor Foster was arrested. The arrest took place at Town Hall. Charges were not specified. Mayor Foster presided over the meeting as usual.

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Meeting Tonight

10 May

Come to tonight’s meeting: 7pm at Town Hall, 465 Plymouth Ave.

  1. Compel Mayor to adhere to meeting rules
  2. Marijuana dispensary fees   (NO Public Discussion)
  3. Amend personnel policy        (NO Public Discussion)
  4. Funding – new van                 (NO Public Discussion)
  5. Appoint rep to Enterprise Zone (NO Public Discussion)
  6. Seasonal restaurant “per seat” charge
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