27NOVEMBER 10:01 AM --After a long wait for a precedent-setting en banc
decision by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court in a case
regarding a fired California police-officer turned
“whistle-blower”, US Magistrate Mark Aspey (U.S.
District Court of Arizona) has now rendered a
decision in a lawsuit brought more than two years
ago by former Quartzsite police department employees
(commonly referred to as the “Quartzsite 8”) against the
Town of Quartzsite.
QUARTZSITE OFFICIALS PRESS FOR APPEAL
9 DECEMBER 2013 --
The Quartzsite officials who are facing a
judgment in which the three are held personally
liable for their actions have filed an appeal.
NEWS: WHAT'S INTERESTING ON THE WEB?
Q8 LAWSUIT FALLOUT: TOWN
'SECRET' ORDINANCE TO INDEMNIFY THEMSELVES
FROM THEIR OWN ACTIONS
5 DECEMBER 2013 --
The findings of the court hearing the case
concerning Quartzsite's officers has resulted in
the finding of three Quartzsite officials
personally liable: Alex Taft, who was the town
manager; Albert Johnson, who was the assistant
town manager and Jeff Gilbert who was Quartzsite
chief of police.
The damages have yet to be determined -- but the
issue is clear: Quartzsite's officials did not
have the protection [known as 'qualified
immunity'] they believed they had. The fallout
will likely be significant -- and even if
'relief' [in the form of bankruptcy] is
ultimately sought, if 'intent' is found, the
judgment will stand and will, ultimately, have
to be paid or result in a judgment that will
remain, affecting even future monetary gains
that may have been realized.
While the ordinance [see
pages 58-64 from council's packet] now in question is seemingly
designed to protect the town's officials -- and
even the council -- from such a judgment and, in
fact, specifically addresses criminality and
promises that these officials will be provided a
criminal defense -- proof of criminal intent
would still preclude any protections
Notably, the ordinance seeks to provide the
town's attorney the authority, the latitude and
even the responsibility to determine the intent
of their own employers and then to use their
position [as the town's attorney] to present the
actions of the town's officials as well as the
circumstances under which they've acted in such
a way as to avoid the appearance of criminal
It is also important to note that this ordinance
could be overturned in a referendum should
Quartzsite's citizens seek to challenge it
within the appropriate statutorily provided
period of time.
Critics contend that the citizens can and should
repeal by referendum the sections of the
unnumbered indemnification ordinance
[the meeting for which -- for other reasons --
does not meet the requirements for Open Meetings
Act compliance] was passed this week and endeavors to
provide for and authorize
criminal defense services for town officials --
and the expenses related to them -- to be paid for by
"Certainly, after a probable cause finding by a
judge," one critic stated, "taxpayers should not
bear the brunt of defense costs for a defendant
in a felony criminal case that moves toward
trial after a charge is brought by a prosecutor
and probable cause found by a judge."
"Further," he stated, "concerns of ethical
conflict of a town's attorney are apparent
should the attorney -- who represents the
municipal corporation and not its directors --
determine whether there is or is not criminal
intent on the part of any town director or town
manager who have direct authority to hire and/or
terminate any town attorney with or without
Thus, the ordinance -- which, for several
reasons, does not meet the criteria for having
been passed according to the laws of the State
of Arizona -- may be proven to provide more in
the way of a false sense of security than any
real protection, as there is no insurance and no
law that protects one from the consequences of
willfully criminal behaviors: the one protection
taxpayers have against the many forms of
DAHLIA CASE PRECIPITATES Q8 DECISION
2DECEMBER 2013 --
A decision in the Dahlia case
on August 21 of 2013 is the precedent upon which the
decision concerning the Quartzsite 8 case was
Following the decision in the U.S. Ninth District
Court, Judge Aspy -- the judge overseeing the
Quartzsite 8 case -- requested attorneys on both
sides review the en banc Dahlia v.
Rodriguez decision and write supplemental pleadings
that addressed the decision and how it applied to
the Quartzsite 8 case. The order can be
found here. The
Amicus Brief filing is
Here, POLICECHIEF MAGAZINE
weighs in on the ramifications of the ruling.
AELE [Americans for Effective Law Enforcement] also
issued an article on Restoring
Constitutional Protection for Police Whistle
KATIE COURIC: UNLIKELY WHISTLEBLOWER?
Katie Couric -- commonly considered a mainstream
media 'darling' has suddenly found herself on the
outside looking in after doing a segment on the
dangers of the HPV vaccine.
BAD CARE SUBSTANDARD VETERINARY CARE
A GROWING PROBLEM
2DECEMBER2013 -- As issues surrounding veterinary
care plague even responsible vets, a growing number
of those dedicated to caring for their animals seek
better guides to understanding their rights in
relation to those animals. Many build
in an effort to raise awareness of the dangers.
Advocating for them are people whose
lost to incompetent vets -- and those voices
have become a cacophony for change.
SUPREME COURT REFUSES TO HEAR INTERNET TAX CASE
GET READY TO PAY MORE
Upon the Town taking adverse
employment action against the plaintiff police
department employees, and due to constitutional issues
raised by the (soon after fired) police department
employees in La Paz County Arizona Superior Court in the
Fall of 2011 the Quartzsite 8 case was removed to
Arizona US District Court.
SOON TO BE BUILT SOLAR FACILITY WILL MEAN
THE DEATH OF MANY BIRDS:
It was just announced that a $1 million judgment was issued
over the deaths of birds -- including eagles -- by wind
farms. How, then, can the
site north of Quartzsite be built
with critics already contending that
it, too, will cause the
deaths of wildlife?
SMART METERS COMING TO QUARTZSITE... IN 3 DAYS?
21 NOVEMBER 2013 Quartzsite citizens are receiving
notices concerning the
SMART METERS now being distributed
throughout the area, and stipulating that it's to happen
within three days. However, it may happen much faster than
that -- and if you are hoping to 'opt out', the only way to
intercept the installers is to call the number on the notice
as quickly as possible.
In Quartzsite, that number is 1-800-252-9410. According to
this site, 'opting out' is still an option in Arizona.
You will find the form there, along with a letter and
instructions for sending it. Health and safety issue
POPULAR DRUG CULTURE CONDONES MOLLY: WHAT? WHY?
The way the mainstream media seems to be endorsing the
publicity surrounding the popular 'club drug' known as Molly
has parents -- and doctors -- perplexed. It is, after all,
anything but 'safe' and the USDEA is reporting that "the
drug has become a toxic mixture of lab-created chemicals."
Yet Madonna, Miley Cyrus and others seem to be openly offering a
public endorsement of it to teens.
REUTERS: BEHIND PENTAGON'S DOCTORED BOOKS...
HARVARD STUDY SHOWS FLUORIDE IS CAUSING DEATH, LOWERING IQ
17 NOVEMBER 2013 The Harvard study reveals what independent
researchers have been espousing for years: fluoride is
detrimental to your health and intellect.
Dog leads firemen to fire
DRONE STRIKES U.S. GUIDED MISSILE CRUISER
Two sailors are reported injured following an incident in
which a drone described as 'malfunctioning' struck a U.S.
ship -- an error that's not supposed to occur.
MULTIPLE SUITS FACING TOWN PROMPT
SPECIAL EXECUTIVE SESSION
12 NOVEMBER 2013 The Town Council
met for over 2 hours in a special executive session Tuesday to address
concerns over the suits pending against Quartzsite.
Currently, there are at least 3 federal suits again the
town's administration already underway. No comment was made
following the executive session.
In the document, four cases are specifically mentioned: that
of Richard Oldham -- presented as Desert Gardens Mobile
Homes & Classic Cars v. Quartzsite -- although the suit
[regarding taxation issues] was initiated by the Town of
Quartzsite and not Oldham. Other litigation currently
pending include Michael Roth, Jeff Gilbert and Jennifer
Jones, and notes the fact that the towns of Quartzsite and
Parker are currently involved in suits against all of the La
Paz county supervisors, the county attorney, Tony Rogers,
the county administrator, Dan Field and the County Sheriff,
It should be noted that the suits listed on the agenda are
not representative of all suits presently underway by the
US AID PROGRAMS SWEPT UP IN CORRUPTION SCANDAL
PITBULL SAVES WOMAN IN HOME INVASION
Proving that not all pitbulls are bad, this one saved her
owner and was rewarded by the veterinary staff -- and a
FATHER'S COMPLAINTS OF BIAS IN CLASS ASSIGNMENT NETS HIM
ACCUSATIONS OF 'NEO-NAZI' FROM UNION OFFICIALS
MULTIPLE SUITS FACING TOWN PROMPT
SPECIAL EXECUTIVE SESSION
11 NOVEMBER 2013
The Town Council will meet in special executive session
Tuesday to address concerns over the multiple lawsuits
currently pending against
CRITICS CONTEND THAT "DISGUSTINGLY
TRASHY ADS" ACCOMPANY OBAMACARE CAMPAIGN FOCUSING ON
BIRTH CONTROL ... They may have a point.
TOWN'S ACTIONS OF BUCKEYE COUNCIL
MIRROR QUARTZSITE'S AS BRUNO WORKS TO BRING ASST. POLICE
CHIEF TO TOWN
31 OCTOBER 2013
At Monday's council meeting [OCT 29] Laura Bruno handed out
copies of the resume of Larry Hall, the Asst. Police Chief
in Buckeye, Arizona, suggesting that Hall could serve as the
Interim police chief in Quartzsite.
Mary Scott questioned why Bruno was presenting the
application of only one individual -- and no action was
A cursory search of the Buckeye council's website shows that
their council, too, is in violation of Arizona's open
meeting laws as there are three meeting minutes missing from
the online record with no explanation offers as to why.
It remains unclear why the Assistant Police Chief from
Buckeye would be available and willing to work completely
without compensation for 3-4 weeks in Quartzsite.
SPECIAL MEETING SLATED TO ADDRESS
POLICE DEPARTMENT LEADERSHIP
28 OCTOBER 2013
Quartzsite's Council was slated to meet at 9 a.m. Monday
morning to address the issue of leadership in the
police department following the dismissal of Police Chief
Jeff Gilbert last week. According to the town's website, a
possible action included the appointment of an 'interim'
The council, though, did not make a determination in the
matter, following sometimes heated discussions that included
the consideration of utilizing the Sheriff's Office and
deputies for law enforcement and other options -- none of
which were ultimately adopted.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC STORY OUTLINES
POLICE CHIEF'S ACCUSATIONS OF CORRUPTION
26 OCTOBER 2013 -- The story
in the Arizona Republic following the firing of Police Chief
Jeff Gilbert -- presumably to tell those who followed the
story from 2011 that Gilbert had been fired -- provided
Gilbert with a forum to level accusations against the town's
administration: an opportunity Gilbert utilized to
expose a 'cover-up' that resulted in what he described as the
destruction of his career in law enforcement.
Gilbert's statements have ignited a firestorm of controversy
in Quartzsite, where he was dismissed from
his position as Chief of Police -- amidst accusations that
the town administration's lack of oversight had resulted in
the release of confidential information of unsuspecting
citizens not involved nor knowledgeable of the myriad of
issues facing the small town.
For years, high level corruption has been alleged and the
town's various administrations have established an
extensive and well documented history of the mishandling of
FOIA requests amidst determined refusals to open the town's
books or to allow for an independent forensic audit to prove
there has been no wrongdoing on the part of the town's
Complicating the issue further were allegations that the
town's employees -- including police officers -- had been
essentially ordered to 'target' those who questioned the
town administration's activities -- which resulted in a
split in the police department with the police chief facing
accusations from 80% of the officers.
Now, with the firing of ex-town manager Alex Taft as well as
Police Chief Jeff Gilbert, the question remains as to how
those ordered came to be issued -- and by whom.
The La Paz County Drug Task Force [known as CADRE] was also
drawn into the controversy when Gilbert complained that
monies under the financial control of CADRE had been
utilized by the county's administrators to provide payment
to then litigant Jim Willett, the original complainant for
Yakima -- the disposal company that sued La Paz County and
obtained a multi-million dollar settlement that escalated to
over $12 million before it was paid by passing the burden to
La Paz County's taxpayers.
These issues brought about accusations still facing the
controllers of CADRE for allowing the agency to be drawn
into the controversy in Quartzsite by participating in what
then town manager Alexandra Taft alleged were vote fraud or
inconsistencies that pointed to vote fraud.
As a result, it now appears that federal funds may have been
misappropriated as they seem to have been reallocated from
their original purpose which was to investigate drug
trafficking within the county.
TOWN'S MAYOR AND COUNCILWOMAN MARY
SCOTT PREVENT COUNCIL
FROM ASSUMING ROLE OF 'BOARD OF
24 OCTOBER 2013 -- The lack
of a Board of Adjustment has created a vacuum in citizens'
rights to 'due process' as required statutorily under state
law and town code zoning articles.
As this discrepancy was only recently exposed and actually
represents nonfeasance on the part of the town's officials
who knew of the discrepancy and left the
Adjustment Board without members and citizens without
representation for at least a period of several years.
Further, any involvement on the part of council members
actually constitutes 'usurpation of office' on the part of
those council people -- and the council has a responsibility
to immediately rectify this situation.
The town released a document showing that the town's council
have acted as the Board of Adjustment without having been
awarded the right to wield such authority. In
addition, in other cases, the council members as well
as Zoning Administrator Steven Heinrichs and Town Manager
Laura Bruno [and her predecessor ex-town manager Alex Taft]
chose to withhold from certain citizens that they even had
the right to request redress under the Board of Adjustment.
Thursday, in a meeting that lasted approximately two hours,
Mayor Ed Foster and Councilwoman Mary Scott held firmly
their position that the town's council should not abolish
the volunteer citizen Board of Adjustment as provided for
under state law as well as town code and indicated that the
council should instead seek further legal advice.
'DENIAL OF DUE PROCESS' DIRECT RESULT
OF TAKING MAYORAL POWERS
When Quartzsite's council removed most of the powers from
the position of the Mayor in an effort to control
Quartzsite's Mayor Ed Foster, it appears that they failed to
address or assume the responsibility for the proper
maintenance of a Board of Adjustment -- which has resulted
in the denial of due process of at least two Quartzsite
According to the Planning & Zoning Code -- which is
delineated under State law -- citizens who are
concerned about the handling of complaints to the Planning
and Zoning agent -- in this case, Steven Henrichs -- are
entitled to appeal his decisions. In Quartzsite, there is no
Board of Adjustment. Neither are there downloadable forms
delineating the appeals process.
The council is to address these issues at today's council
POLICE CHIEF REMOVED FROM DUTY
Quartzsite's Council voted to relieve Police Chief Jeff
Gilbert from duty while agreeing to pay his entire contract
-- two more years of full pay. As the problems in Quartzsite
have unfolded before a national and even, at times, an
international audience, Gilbert has remained at the
forefront of Quartzsite's PR issues -- but opinions as to
who remains the controlling force in the tiny town vary,
with few attributing those issues to Gilbert.
POCKLINGTON IN FINAL BID TO AVOID JAILTIME
In an effort to win leniency on the part of the court, Peter
Pocklington has presented himself as the only caregiver to
his ailing wife of 40 years -- a move that may prevent his
serving six months behind bars over the hiding of a
consulting fee of $15,000.00 from his probation officer.
Pocklington has been ordered to complete six months of jail
time -- but has also been allowed to be treated at a
hospital prior to presenting himself to the courts prior to
During this time, attorneys are working to ensure that the
71 year old Pocklington will be allowed to sidestep the
order in order to continue being able to care for his wife. In
a case that just concluded in May, Pocklington was ordered
to pay more than $5 million by the Arizona Corporation
Commission over a La Paz County gold mine in which he was
accused of bilking investors.
BACK IN THE
What are civilization preservation teams and how to they
operate? Oathkeepers, a group self described as being
dedicated to the Constitution and providing a forum for both
police and military personnel who are similarly engaged
continues to educate the public concerning these issues.
RETIRED FIGHTERS BEING TURNED INTO DRONES
program is already well underway: old and obsolete aircraft
will soon be occupying airspace in spite of the concerns of
the more prudent. Is it practical? Is it safe? With
escalating costs a consideration, studies are belatedly
LET THOSE THAT WANT IT
With the government headed for a show down/ shut down [over
'OBAMACARE'] the solution is simple: let those that want it
to subscribe and let those that want no part of it the
freedom to exercise the right to 'opt out.' Detractors are
already pointing to the
disastrous inside scoop.
After all, critics assert, if it's as successful as Obama
and his supporters think it will be, the program will prove
to be massively popular. If not -- well, that's another
matter entirely and highly unlikely according to supporters.
After all, what's not to like? Critics
contend that the entire program is reminiscent of all things
Obama since the Obamacare
website crashed upon launch.
READ MORE &
MSM DROPS COMMENT OPTION The
comment sections of stories have long been a draw since
the advent of the Internet -- with some people spending
a large portion of their online time commenting on
various articles. Now, mainstream media are dropping the
option due to overwhelmingly negative comments on
stories designed to promote mainstream media ideology
and offering critiques on poorly written or overtly
OBAMACARE TO BE FUNDED
On the heels
of questions raised a few months ago by then
councilwoman Patricia Workman concerning whether or not
damages from a prior fire  had been mitigated
during the permitting process for reopening the
facility, the restaurant has now burned -- and is
considered to be a total loss. [PICTORIAL
HERE] One individual has attracted interest for what
would appear to be unfettered access to the 1:50 a.m.
Click to Enlarge
In a public meeting on June 11, 2013, Carol Callison --
in preparation for operating the Stage Coach Restaurant
and Hotel for an out of town owner -- read a statement
she had authored that publicly chastised Mayor Ed Foster
and Councilwoman Workman for questioning the condition
of the restaurant. [VIDEO
HERE]. [Callison's comments begin at the 45:03
mark.] Councilwoman Norma Crooks indicated that the
actions of Foster and Workman may bring about yet
another Ad Hoc meeting -- a common strategy repeatedly
utilized by the council to discipline Foster for his
Foster stated he had only responded to questions from
the community and a constituent's concerns when he
visited the La Paz County Health Department to
investigate the claims.
Click here for the 2004 Stagecoach fire story.
The 'case' against
Peter Pocklington and his LLCs was handled by
the Arizona Corporation Commission which governs
securities and, in May of 2013, this case was heard and
reportedly settled for $5,149,316 in restitution plus a
$100,000.00 administrative fee.
This information was
initially reported via McLean's, one of the Canadian
entities that continues to cover the activities of
Canadian promoter Peter Pocklington. The accusation
accusation of defrauding
investors via the Nevada LLCs. Pocklington's
documented response stated that
the matter was misunderstood and he further indicated that the
settlement was less costly than the expense of
continuing to defend.
Pocklington came to Quartzsite in 2009, the
lead man in several companies including Crystal
Pistol Resources, LLC, Crystal Pistol Management LLC and
Liberty Bell Resources LLC. Foreclosure processes
are already underway.
MILLION USERS DUMP
Facebook users are finally seeing the chink in the
giant's strategy: the complete lack of
DAILY MAIL is reporting Facebook users are abandoning
accounts in droves -- most of them citing concerns that
privacy is virtually non-existent
-- the reason most pros and privacy advocates have
painstakingly avoided the social networking platform. Evidence, the report
states, is beginning to emerge that there are also
addiction issues related to the use of Facebook.
THE CHANGING FACE OF MEDIA
the mainstream media has lost credibility with their
readers, alternative media has stepped into the
ever widening gap. a poster child for war -- is losing
the support of their readers, even amongst those who are
'die hard' believers in the GOP. Now, Glenn Beck and
Rush Limbaugh are discovering what it is to be labeled a
'conspiracy theorist' for covering the 'cutting edge' of
stories once considered outside the realm of the
mainstream media. Their response? You can't leave all of
these stories unaddressed when the evidence indicates
there's more to it than 'conspiracy'...
John McCain -- long a
poster child for war -- is losing support even amongst
those who are 'die hard' believers in the GOP. McCain,
Breitbart reported, indicated that Obama should bomb
Syria before the Congress can prevent the event. The
senator seemed surprised when he met with a vocal group
in Phoenix to discover the attack on Syria to be a
harder sell than he had anticipated when detractors
demanded reconsideration of the decision to bomb Syria
in spite of Obama's staunch determination to create yet
another war. To see McCain's visit to Prescott, Click
and scroll down.
Mc CAIN CAUGHT PLAYING GAMES ON HIS PHONE
John McCain obviously
thinks there is no problem with his having been shown to
have so little regard for the lives of Syrians that he
played poker on his iphone instead of listening to
the arguments against attacking Syria.
Grinning like a schoolboy, McCain complained that he had
lost his game. Critics say that's not all McCain is
losing -- and they're also asking
"Are these people really running the country and, if
so, should they be?"
THE CRISIS AT HAND IS LARGER
THAN AMERICANS KNOW
Concerns are running very
high that there is a much larger issue than is known in
the public arena.
Strategical questions are being raised and military
personnel are releasing information that counters the
'story' being released by America's elected
THE 'PEACE PREZ' PRESSES ON FOR STRIKE AGAINST SYRIA
Obama has garnered a great
deal of criticism against the U.S and himself as he
presses onward for a strike in spite of global
opposition. Using such angst inspiring verbiage as 'my
military', Obama has held press conferences in an effort
to garner support for military action, he says, to 'send
a message to those responsible for the
chemical weapons attack on Syrians.
Although the fact seems lost on 'America's war obsessed
leader', the innocent people of Syria will -- if Obama
has his way -- pay the ultimate price for the political
issues plaguing their country. Fortunately, Obama seems
to be collapsing under the global backlash the proposed
strike has generated, which includes Putin
demanding the U.S. provide evidence to back up their
claims of Syrians having attacked their own.
LEAGUE OF CITIES
MOVES TO RESTRICT ACCESS
In an unprecedented move,
Arizona's League of
Cities and Towns is working to be allowed to lobby
to restrict access to government accountability measures
including those protected under the Freedom of
Information Act [FOIA]. While the city that appears to
be driving the measure is Yuma, the move will have far
reaching implications for all cities and towns within
Arizona -- some 91 different incorporated
The limitations are severe. Citizens will no longer have
the protections offered under FOIA to obtain even
critical documents without laboring under the
restrictions of the proposed measure -- one which the
League of Cities and Towns is lobbying for at the
highest levels of state government. Among the
restrictions is one that will prevent citizens from
making no more than 20 FOIA requests within the
timeframe of one year. [These documents can be found in
the League of Cities and Towns 2014 Proposed Resolutions
on pages 13 and 14.]
The League's materials state that "in many cases public
records are not even reviewed or picked up or are barely
given a look through."
Critics charge that since most municipalities impose a
fee for FOIA requests of at least 50 cents to $1 per
page, this information would appear to be incorrect
and/or misleading due to the sheer expense of filing
"In cities and towns where there are an abundance of
requests for such information, these fees charged could
easily provide the funds necessary to justify the hiring
of a clerk whose job description specifically entailed
the provision of FOIA documents," stated Amy Corbin, a
'FOIA' law watchdog.
"Further, they've indicated that by allowing one
situation in Yuma which involved a single individual to
become the precedent for such vast restrictions is the
equivalent of punishing the citizenry of the entire
state of Arizona over the actions of one person," she
stated. "That should concern even the stoutest defender
of such ridiculously restrictive measures as this."
REMEMBER WHEN: THE LEAGUE OF CITIES AND TOWNS FILED SUIT
AGAINST THE STATE OF ARIZONA?
Since even the most basic most efforts to research
documentation typically require multiple FOIA requests,
the League's efforts to restrict access are sure to have
far-reaching consequences for those who have the most to
lose: the citizenry.
ARMED AGENTS INVADE 'NO KILL' SHELTER TO GRAB, KILL TINY
infant deer – as shown by her spotting – was brought in
by concerned persons who reported they were concerned she
been abandoned by her mother. An
entire group of agents – 9 Wisconsin DNR [Department of
Natural Resources] and 4 sheriff’s deputies
were deployed to hunt down and retrieve ‘Giggles’ only
to immediately destroy the fawn, without so much as a
hearing on the matter.
It's not the first time
Wisconsin has been accused of animal cruelty.
Other states, too, have similar mandates.
In situations where citizens have become aware of a
situation in time, politicians have been pressured to do
the right thing. In one case in which pressure from
Chicago’s powerful press resulted in viral responses,
Charlotte the deer obtained a reprieve in time. Too
often, however, the 'policies' in place have resulted in
a complete lack of protection for wildlife by the very
agencies entrusted with their preservation, resulting in
outcry and backlash from the nation’s citizenry.
Charlotte Must Die for Christmas
The destruction of
‘Giggles’ is paralleled by other cases throughout the
U.S. where the rescue of wildlife has resulted in the
unnecessary killing of animals and the
charging – criminally -- of those who have attempted to
assist them. Critics charge that the practice is
rooted in a ‘culture of death’ that has
‘usurped anything resembling common sense’, and is
resulting in the unnecessary and often cruel destruction
of hundreds of thousands of animals each year – both
in shelters and in the wild.
LOOKING FOR OUR ARCHIVES?
New protections are in
the works for those in the difficult situation of being
privy to information that can be damaging to their
'superiors' and even the house of Representatives is
taking steps to ensure that whistleblowers enjoy the
protections they deserve.
LOSS OF INSURANCE RAISES GREATER ISSUES
contend that a derogatory article in the Parker Pioneer
about councilwoman Patricia Workman seemed designed to
do two things: justify the ‘censure’ proceedings against
Workman and then to effectively place the blame for the
town’s loss of insurance squarely on the newly elected
this letter from Ann Gergen of the Arizona
Risk Retention Pool, the reasons for the town’s loss of
insurance were very
listed and then properly detailed. Workman‘s alleged
release of a letter that only later was alleged to have
been protected under laws concerning attorney client
privilege were not even mentioned in the communiqué
between Ann Gergen and the town‘s interim manager, Laura
Bruno has indicated that there is another, earlier
letter dated September 27, 2012, in which the issue of
Workman’s alleged ’leaking’ of the allegedly
’privileged’ document was specifically mentioned and
then cited as the reason for the town‘s removal from the
Bruno indicated that Ann Gergen, President of the
Arizona Municipal Risk Retention Pool, referred to this
matter as the ’straw on the camel’s back’ -- “at least
that’s what they advised me,” Bruno stated.
At issue, according to legal analysts, is the fact that
the letter from the law firm of Jackson Lewis did not
have the typical notations concerning attorney client
privilege and, thus, were not readily identifiable as
‘protected’ or ‘confidential’ documents.
Confidential documents are typically labeled as such in
order to prevent against the arbitrary release of
sensitive documents -- something that was not done in
Workman, newly elected to her position, is widely
regarded as a staunch advocate of transparency in
government -- but she insists that had she recognized
the information contained in the document as sensitive
or a potential problem for the town’s officials, she
would have taken additional steps to prevent the
unwitting dissemination of the letter or its contents.
Compounding the issue further is the fact that the
letter was shared with Workman and other council members
in private meetings in Bruno's office instead of a more
proper forum of an executive session during which
properly labeled documents were shared.
Gergen concluded the letter to the council by saying the
council might be reconsidered for insurance after
providing “evidence that it has cured all of its
failures giving rise to this termination of coverage.”
“She’s been targeted, it’s true,“ stated Mayor
Ed Foster, who was ordered to be seated in court
Foster had been denied
the right to occupy the seat he rightfully won -- and
should have been allowed to fill -- since May. “There
was a series of lengthy stalling strategies on the part
of the officials that had been replaced as well as at
least two councilmen whose seats on the council are
likely to be jeopardized soon,“ Foster explained. “It’s
clearly not the best work environment for Ms. Workman
Foster has pointed out that the town’s council spent
upwards of $100,000.00 in an unjustified effort to prove
that the election was compromised -- a move for which
the council was criticized by most voters as an
outlandish effort to circumvent the will of the voters
of Quartzsite. “The effort was proven not only to be
unfruitful but unjustified as well -- and the money was
simply wasted,” Foster said.
“It is a well known and hotly contested issue that
because certain councilmen owe their positions not to
elections but to appointments by the town’s
administrators at the time, they have been less than
fair with Pat Workman,” Foster continued. "Included in
that list are Norma Crooks and Michael Jewitt, two of
Workman’s most outspoken critics."
Ms. Gergen is reportedly out of the office on business
and will return at the end of the month. In light of the
assertions published in the Parker Pioneer we are
awaiting her comments concerning her position on the
reasons for Quartzsite’s removal from the Arizona
Municipal Risk Retention Pool.
FISCAL CONDITION AND HANDLING OF
has again been featured in the Wall Street
Journal -- with a more detailed
approach than the one that appeared via the WSJ photog's
snippet in July. The story attempts to address the
reasons Quartzsite is embroiled in a political firestorm
of controversy, adding a
for good measure.
JUST ONE PERSON
comment by a politician
lit a fire in the hearts
and minds of locals when the citizenry created and
shared artwork that showed them -- united -- could
muster far more attention than the politicians had
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the rest of the story.
Should those who disagree
with the issues plaguing Quartzsite stay quiet?
Or is some degree of accountability in order-- even
when officials would rather not answer? As legal
battles heat up, Quartzsite officials are again
playing 'musical chairs' with council seats -- and
while new suits against the town are coming, eight
are already underway in the Federal Courts.
At least a few 'legal eagles' are asking: how much
heat does Quartzsite need in order to justify
Coming Soon to Quartzsite: Arizona Western University is
developing a new facility in Quartzsite - a turning point
that's sure to bring about great opportunity for those
interested in seeing true growth in the area...