I don’t care who you are or where you live, this is a fine example of what happens when a Council and Police Department get out of control.
State of emergency declared in western Arizona town
PHOENIX — The far western Arizona town of Quartzsite was in a state of upheaval Monday after the town council ousted the mayor from power and declared a state of emergency, all over an online video that shows a woman being arrested.
Mayor Ed Foster told The Associated Press on Monday that the town council held a last-minute meeting that was closed to the public Sunday night, declaring a state of emergency in the 3,600-person town just east of the California city of Blythe.
The council’s declaration put police Chief Jeff Gilbert in charge, making Foster the “deputy chief executive of nothing right now,” he said. It also allows the five-member council to meet without public notice and suspend all public comment at the meetings until they declare the state of emergency over.
“I’m going to tell you frankly, this council is out of control,” Foster said. “The chief has been out of control for some time and I’ve asked the state government to help a number of times,” to no avail.
If you watch this video, once it’s over, there are links to the rest of the Council meeting if you’re interested.
Foster described the government and Gilbert as corrupt and abusive of their power, and said all their recent actions are frantic efforts to cover up millions of dollars of money from lining some of their pockets.
Both Gilbert’s and the town hall’s phone numbers rang busy Monday, and all five council members and the town manager did not immediately return email requests for comment.
A man who answered the town hall’s phone later Monday and did not identify himself said he would deliver a message to Town Manager Alex Taft but said council members were unavailable.
Vice Mayor Barbara Cowell told The Arizona Republic on Sunday that Foster’s characterization of the council imposing “martial law” was inaccurate, saying that a recording of the meeting will be made available to the public Monday.
Far be it for me to tell these folks in Quartzsite what to do but I’m thinking they may have some *special elections* in your near future.
But a word to the wise, so they say, is sufficient; be careful of who you replace who with. You don’t want to let yourself get fooled and taken in by someone that’s at least as destructive as the people you seek to replace. Trust me on this; call it recent 1st hand knowledge.
Foster said the council declared the emergency because they claim they’ve received threats from members of the public who saw a video posted on YouTube.
The video shows a woman identified as Jennifer Jones being arrested and hauled away from a council meeting after she said the council was violating open-meetings laws. Jones was speaking during a public comment period, and Foster is heard on the video telling other council members who ordered her removed that “the lady has the floor.”
A City Council in total disarray, accusations of corruption, an accusation of a violation of *open meeting laws*, a claim of *martial law*, Ladies and Gentlemen, this is a town on the verge of imploding.
He said he’s gone to Gov. Jan Brewer’s office, the Attorney General’s Office and the FBI with his allegations and pleas for an investigation, and that he’s been ignored. He said he was contacting the FBI on Monday with information about Sunday’s meeting declaring an emergency, which he said was illegal because it was closed to the public and in violation of open-meetings laws.
I don’t know how the Arizona AG’s office or the office of Gov. Brewer work but if the people of Quartzsite are waiting for the FBI to make a decision to investigate, they had best be prepared to wait a long time. The FBI can’t make a pot of coffee without a 2 year investigation into the impact that the coffee will have.
This is funny but at the same time really sad, the ignorance exhibited is somewhere out there in unbelievable land. Maybe these folks are just too close to California.