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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Ad hoc - post hoc

Just when you thought it couldn't be done, last nights Town Council meeting managed to lower the bar for Quartzsite politics yet again. How low can you go? I don't know..everybody limbo!

My, my, my, where to begin...the mayhem was brewing even before the meeting was called to order. When Mayor Ed Foster announced that he would be giving the invocation, Councilwoman Patricia Anderson and tho other haters began to wail...all Councilpersons refused to stand for the prayer. (Here's a novel idea, if you truly believe that our mayor is too unholy to bless the meeting, then I make a motion to actually separate church and state and do away with he invocation all together!) Councilman Jose Lizarrage made a motion that Vice Mayor Cowell chair the meeting. I guess he doesn't understand that legally, the position of "vice mayor" only exists in the absence of a mayor. These childish actions set the tone for what was to follow.

The only "new business" on the agenda was Vice Mayor Barbara Cowell's "Discussion and possible action regarding the ad hoc Ethics Committee recommendations concerning Mayor Foster's "official conduct" and "...to renounce and disclaim all of the actions and communication of Mayor Foster" etc. etc. followed by Mayor Foster's agenda item: "Discussion and possible response to the ad hoc Ethics Committee".

Let me preface the following recap by clarifying the fact that using the word "legal" or "ethical" in a sentence does not necessarily make it so. The Town's "Procedures and Policy Manual - Legal and Ethical Standards of Conduct" is not actually law, code, or statute of any sort, despite Alex Taft's defamatory insinuations to any publication that would waste the trees to print them.(which may be an ethics violation in and of itself as well as a crime under Arizona Revised Statutes 41-772)

Before proceeding to the new business, Mayor Foster explained that Council was "in illegal territory", and should the Council choose to proceed with that knowledge, they would be exempt from the "Executive Protection Clause" and could therefore be held personally liable in a civil action. Apparently, it's a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" situation our leadership has put the taxpayers in , where the only real winners will be the attorneys. Councilman Lizarraga commented that "We were told by our insurance that if we did not do something, we could be held liable."

Mayor Foster inquired as to whether the ad hoc Committee was proceeding under recommendations or legal council made by Town Attorney Pamela Walsma, and made it clear that nowhere in Arizona Revised Statutes 9-240 Powers of Common Council was there a provision for the Council to take sanctions against one of it's members. Foster asked Walsma if she could provide legal justification for such action, and would she sign a statement approving the Committee's recommendation to do so. Taking a page from the Dan Field play book, Walsma waffled and back peddled just as we would expect. She stated "I do not approve of all the things they do" and declined to sign Mayor Foster's document.

Mayor Foster also offered the Council the opportunity to deal with the matter in "executive session", but the Council declined and a video and audio recorded public free for all ensued.

The unethical Committee's recommendations included a demand that, as Mayor, Ed Foster stop publishing The Mineshaft,  cease attending meetings which include the La Paz County Economic Development Board, and not travel at Town expense (something the Mayor has never even done). In addition, it was recommended that recalled Councilman "Machine Gun" Joe Winslow demand Mayor Foster's resignation yet again. Councilman Winslow said he didn't believe the Committee's recommendations went far enough.

Also, it was revealed that Pamela Walsma has been posting inquiries to the Municipal Attorneys  online help blog as to the possibility of sanctions and other actions against the Mayor which included withholding his stipend. Foster made public the responses to Walsma's internet inquiry from Attorney Mary Wade of Tempe, and Scottsdale City Attorney Bruce Washburn , advising her that the proposal of censure was illegal. Something Town Attorney Walsma had not bothered to disclose to the Council, according to Councilman Robert Kelley. All six members of the Council voted to approve the censure of Mayor Foster, who stated that he will be ignoring the illegal demands.

Allegedly, Walsma has posted numerous internet pleas for assistance in municipal law since being retained as Town legal council, and one wonders why the Town mismanager would increase the budget for her services from $35,000 to $100,000 annually, when it seems clear that Walsma is practicing far outside of her legal specialty (wills, trusts and estates). If Walsma doesn't approve of the Council's actions, is she just in it for the money? And why did the Town toss aside more qualified candidates like Glen Gimbut and Gerald Hunt anyway? (Walsma's expertise might be useful however,  if the Town was looking to engage in the eminent domain taking of property owned by residents unlucky enough to die without their affairs in order...)

Despite Mayor Foster pointing out to Police Chief Jeff Gilbert that he was in violation of A.R.S. 14-772 by engaging in politics while on the job and in uniform, Gilbert showed his blatant contempt for the law and insisted on opining on five, count 'em five separate occasions! Mayor Foster graciously told Chief Gilbert that "freedom of speech" was at work and indeed,  Foster seems intent on keeping his promise that he would allow anyone to speak their opinion of him during the meeting.

Resident Violet Kiss falsely alleged that the Mayor had specifically instructed vendor Jennifer Harris to "sue every person on the Council" at a meeting of the Citizens Coalition she attended in June. However, that meeting was recorded and the facts reveal that Harris had publicly notified the Town Council of her intent to do so at a Council meeting roughly a year earlier,  before she had ever met Mayor Foster.

"Point of order! Point of order" repeatedly cried Council and audience members who didn't want any opinion expressed but their own and the meeting was continually disrupted by.those who wanted to silence any criticism of the apparent conspiracy against Mayor Foster.Police Chief Gilbert demanded "we will have order" even though, if acting as "Sergeant at Arms" it is not his legal place to make that demand unless acting on the instruction of the meeting's Chairman (the Mayor).  Resident Ron Burch was even threatened with being thrown out of the meeting (at the direction of Councilman Winslow instructing Chief Gilbert) for trying to speak loud enough to be heard over the clamor. (He had asked that the entire discussion be tabled for review by the Attorney General ). Council members Bob Kelley, Jerry Lukkasson and Joe Winslow got up and stormed out, but were careful to keep a quorum of four members to avoid have the meeting adjourned prematurely. Mayor Foster rightly pointed out that Burch had the floor and should be allowed to speak his peace, and former Quartzsite Mayor Richard Oldham turned his video camera on Police Chief Jeff Gilbert and advised "I don't think you should Chief". Faced with the probability of yet another round of unflattering appearances on the internet, Gilbert backed down.

When Mayor Foster pointed out that under state law, the only recourse for any allegations of ethics breach was a recall, Councilman Jerry Lukkasson's wife Michelle cried out "November 25th!" (Silly woman! In her haste to pull recall papers on the Mayor, she doesn't even realize that Town Hall is not open on that day because of the holiday.)

Perhaps pandering to advertiser pressure, wanna be journalist Shanana "Rain" Golden-Bear stated that she was putting the next issue of her free campfire kindling to bed, and for now, would be scaling back her print coverage of Town politics...and then went on to post a lengthy internet dissertation with her biased spin on the meeting. You didn't really believe she could keep her anti Foster opinions to herself now, did you?

Foster allowed supports and critics alike to speak their mind and now (in my opinion) has ample prima facie evidence against his critics to seek possible criminal prosecution in addition to civil damages. Thousands of dollars have reportedly been raised by outraged citizens in the hope that Mayor Foster will use the donations to sue Taft, Gilbert, and the Councilpersons as individuals since Foster has vowed to not sue the Town for the actions of it's officials. The meeting was finally forced to conclude when Al Johnson announced that the timer for the air conditioning would be shutting the system down in five minutes. I'm just impressed it could keep pace with all the hot air as long as it did!

It should also be noted that earlier in the day, the Council held a work session to discuss vendor permits and requirements. Although no action is to be taken this season, Building Official Al Johnson wants the permits changed from the current annual renewal to a permit that would expire every 180 days. This would effectively align the vendor's "temporary structures"  with the current definition contained within the Town Building Code, and Johnson could then use the permit records to target long term vendors for citations. Mayor Foster took a stand for the vendors, stating that they might feel short changed, whether they intended to stay and create revenue or not. Police Chief Jeff Gilbert stated something to the effect that "we should not live our lives for the vendors".  The La Paz County Health Dept. was in attendance and proposed a plethora of new regulations for the food vendors. These proposals were not actually rejected and may possibly be put into effect for the following winter season...that is, if the currently recalled Council members are not removed from office and replaced with "vendor friendly" candidates. So vendors, make your presence felt this winter and attend the meetings!

51 comments:

  1. Throw all the bums out! And get your freedoms back! Wake up America!!!

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  2. Wonder when Mayor Foster plans to become a resident of AZ? Something he failed to do once he became mayor. Bet ya didn't think anyone knew Ed. I think we should just recall you.

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  3. Why wait until residents are dead to try and steal their property? I heard that Pam and the town officials have allegedly been trying to take Richard Oldham's airport. Speaking of rumors, has anyone else heard that Deena was arrested for felony evading and told the charges would be dropped if she left town quietly? If it's true did Sondra and Jeffy have anything to do with that deal? Can anyone confirm or deny???

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  4. Sorry "Just Me" , Mayor Foster Has been a resident for quite some time now and trust me, when Alex, Jeff, Sam and Rain were investigating the opposition cadidate's eligibility, they would have pursued it vehemently if Ed wasn't squeaky clean.

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  5. I love the line from Forest Gump, “Stupid is as stupid does.” What better way to describe the actions of Chief Jeff Gilbert? I can remember as a small boy watching the evening news with my grandparents and hearing the newsman describing a disaster only to finish with, “Film at 11”! Well we have a major disaster right here in Quartzsite and thanks to You Tube we can see our town government and Chief of Police Jeff Gilbert sinking into the cesspool of public opinion as they try to overthrow the will of the people in the name of their own personal interest while braking the Laws of Arizona and a few additional Federal Laws thrown in to boot! Lets not forget violations of Constitutional and Civil Rights too.

    Has Chief Jeff Gilbert and Town Manager Alex Taft ever given any thought beyond their OVER INFLATED PAYCHECKS as to why the Arizona State Attorney General has refused to investigate their claims (other than no case) against Mayor Ed Foster? Could it be because of documented and video evidence of Chief Jeff Gilbert along with Town Manager Alex Taft breaking the laws? Have any of you noticed that Chief Jeff Gilbert has the time to make false charges against Mayor Ed Foster, but doesn’t have the time to take a report or investigation one of his own QPD Officers for child rape? The reason most criminals land in jail isn’t because they are smart. After viewing the many videos of Chief Jeff Gilbert in action I would have to cast my vote not only for not being the brightest bulb in the trash can, but IMHO also guilty as charged!

    There is nothing that Chief Jeff Gilbert, Town Manager Alex Taft, County Attorney Sam Vederman, or Sheriff Don Lowery can do to fix a Grand Jury formed by the Attorney Generals Office. A full investigation into the Grand Jury testimony in La Paz County of Chief Jeff Gilbert alone should help him to become nervous about dropping a bar of soap in the prison showers! You have already destroyed your career in Law Enforcement, (other than training videos on how NOT to be a Chief of Police at all the training academies in the country) how many of the QPD cops are you taking with you?

    As for Town Manager Alex Taft, have you ever given ANY thought of how you are going to look on the evening news when you do the “Perk Walk” out of Town Hall for the News Cameras and Major News Reporters fighting for that slip of the tongue confession? Oh, that’s right, you are already on video. Upon your convictions, I for one will demand that all the Town Funds you wasted on the Town Attorney are repaid from your assets!

    If you are a supporter of the sitting members of the Town Council, you should be ashamed of your self. There is no legitimate excuse for the actions by the Council members during the Town Meeting or towards Mayor Ed Foster. You need to re-examine your reasons for supporting the childish and criminal behavior of such unqualified and undeserving people! Unlike them, I will follow the guidelines of Law to removed them from office and seek criminal prosecutions of each member in both the State of Arizona and Federal Courts! FYI, the concerned citizens of Quartzsite are digging into their pockets to help with the legal cost as we speak!

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  6. Other than the town attorney, can you show me any defense attorney that would fight to represent Jeffy? OMG! YOU DID WHAT ON YOU TUBE? Now if Jeffy has the money for his mouthpiece’s Hawaiian vacation, he might take the case. NOT! What law firm wants to lose a court case with that kind of bad notoriety?

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  7. WOW! What kind of Town Attorney do we have? Just think of all that money that the Town of Quartzsite could have saved by just getting one of them Legal Service Memberships for a hundred bucks a year? I’d love to get paid hundreds of bucks/hr and just go to a legal question blog to get answers. I can’t wait until a grand jury hears that evidence…

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  8. "Just Me" you should stay out of politics and stick to what you know (truck stops).

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  9. Quartzsite is finally a year round town-a year round GHOST town!

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  10. I find it hard to believe that the town council approved the spending of $30K fighting Mayor Foster. He ask for a few financial reports that Alex Taft unlawfully refuses to give him and you are telling me it cost $30K? I hope that you got at least a kiss and some vaseline with that too?

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  11. When you consider the fact that Taft was working on the new budget before Ed was even sworn in, it appears to me that the 300% increase in allotted legal fees was part of a premeditated plot to go after him from day one. I mean, just look at the crap they pulled that night...Huntley's tantrum, the refusal to swear Ed in at the beginning, the contempt on the faces of the council members...these guys have played their parts perfectly. Who wrote the script? Taft? Or was it a group effort? Hey, I read the coverage of the meeting on Quartzsite News and the video is going to be posted at:
    http://www.quartzsitenews.tv/videos.htm
    Are we going to have to put the bouncers from the Jerry Springer show on the Town payroll by the next meeting?

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  12. ARS 41-772 does not pertain to town employees. It only applies to state employees. In ARS 41-762 Definitions, it states that employee is defined as a person holding a position in state service. It also defines state service as all offices and positions of employment in state government except offices and positions exempted by the provisions of this article. This doesn't apply to county employees either, which is why you see county employees running for office.

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  13. Freedom is NEVER FREESeptember 16, 2010 at 9:19 PM

    Yup! This town is managed by a group of dumbmotherfuckers, Always has been, that's why we fight. F you Jeff Gilbert and Alex Taft!

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  14. "Anonymous", you left out the part of the Definitions that states "unless the context otherwise requires" - let's the AG decide.

    "Freedom is NEVER FREE" your post makes me smile, but please watch your language. And don't be afraid to think outside the box...for all we know, the Town could be really run by Mexican Drug Cartels and those dumb MFs just cut a deal. After all, Quartzsite is only one tank of gas away from the border...

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  15. Freedom is NEVER FREE!September 16, 2010 at 10:19 PM

    AR,
    Was there a typo? Sorry if I offended my english teacher!!!
    Bring 'em on! If anyone joins Jeff Gilbert or Alex Graft, I mean Taft, they can't be that smart!

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  16. Arfighter WRONG Ed is not yet a resident of QTZ. You may wanna check with town records on that. And anonymous no need to try and put me on your pay roll at the truck stops. I have a great job with the County but thanks for thinking abou tme. :)

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  17. I remember when the state walked into the city of Anchorage Alaska and removed the chief of police and each and every cop pulling their badges and ids. It has been done, it can be done, so Jeffy take note!

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  18. No "Freedom is NEVER FREE!", I know that wasn't a typo and I'm not your "english teacher" but this blog has a fan club at the Scholars Academy that is even bigger than the "I slept with a cop" club. I only hope that as grown ups, the example we set here for the Town's young people is one of accountability for your actions, and at this time, I have no preponderance of evidence to suggest that Town leaders have been fornicating with anyone's mother. If I ever do, you will hear it here first! Please choose your expletives carefully...I'm far more lenient in allowing comment content than any other forum. Long live the 1st Amendment!

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  19. Freedom is NEVER FREESeptember 17, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    All right AR, I'll tone it down, damnit!

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  20. Terry frausto officer fraustos wife picks and chooses what she does and who she does it too by what her officer husband tell her to do. She can't keep any help because you must kiss her ass to stay working there. She hires all her and tafts friends. Anita from the apartment was hired by Terry frausto because Alex told her to hire her. WE NEED TO GET RID OF ALEX TERRY FRAUSTO AND JAVIER FRAUSTO GILBERT AND AL. Then we can recover and fix all the wrong they have done!!!!!

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  21. ARFighter
    Let's break it down. First the statute is found under Title 41 - STATE GOVERNMENT. That should be your first clue. Try using the appropriate statutes, like Title 9 that addresses Cities and Towns. Facts are only effective when used appropriately.

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  22. Going on a weekend trip. Post won't be published until Monday.

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  23. Thanks to the video confessions of the Town Council, Town Manager Alex Taft, and lets not forget “Make No Report” Chief Jeff Gilbert there should be NO problems in getting Civil and Criminal convictions. The only question that I’m concerned about is, “Do they have enough personal assets to pay the citizens of Quartzsite back for their misappropriations of funds and criminal activities”?

    For the last few months I have spent my time contacting investors in Arizona, California, Washington, Illinois, Iowa, and Kentucky towards forming a “Legal Finance Fund.” While this will give them a needed tax right off, at the same time it will place a much-needed legal force together to right the wrongs committed against the citizens, venders, snowbirds, and visitors of Quartzsite.

    Has the Town Attorney ever taken the time to explain to the Town Council, Town Manager Alex Taft, and Chief of Police Jeff Gilbert that under the rules in Civil Cases that in the “Discovery,” all sworn affidavits, records, evidence, audits, and even the statements of ones spouse is admissible in Criminal Courts? To help them understand better, ALL the evidence that is found in Civil Court can then be used against you in Criminal Court that was not allowed before!

    I have as well been advised that the Quartzsite Police Department can be disbanded with cause and all contracts broken. It shouldn’t take much with the Civil Suits coming and after the “Discovery,” Criminal charges can’t be far behind. Those QPD Officers not charged will be stained by their knowledge and refusal to report and/or take actions to stop it. Far better to resign and move to another Police Department with lower pay than be part of the cover ups of Chief Jeff Gilbert!

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  24. It is amazing how the truth works against those that are trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the residents of Quartzsite. Thanks to last weeks Town Meeting and the childish and stupid actions of Joe Winslow, and Patricia Anderson at the benediction, followed with the additional statements by Jose Lizarraga to Hi-Jack the meeting away from the ELECTED Mayor Ed Foster weren’t sufficient, the following actions of Jerry Lukkasson, Bob Kelley, Barbara Cowell, along with Alex Taft, Jeff Gilbert and Pamela Walsma has pushed the voting citizens of Quartzsite past the breaking point!

    In the approaching Fall Election, Patricia Anderson, Jose Lizarraga, Jerry Lukkasson, and Bob Kelley will join Joe Winslow and Barbara Cowell in what looks to be Quartzsite’s 1st total across the board “Recall Elections” of ALL THE COUNCIL MEMBERS! This should have NO problem in making the National Evening News, as “Inquiring Minds Want To Know”! It will be interesting to see how the sitting Council will respond to the news hounds asking them to explain their criminal actions along with supporting Chief Jeff Gilbert allowing (One of his Police Officers) an accused “Child Rapist” to continue working for almost a year and refusing to make a Police Report or Investigating the alleged charges against Josh Starr, only to justify it as a Personnel Matter?

    Just how far away can the State of Arizona and the U.S. Federal Attorney General Offices be from taking action against the soon to be former Council Members, Town Manager Alex Taft, and Chief Jeff Gilbert? They will be forced to look into the complaints that they have overlooked in the past to keep from looking bad themselves in an election year on National TV?

    As for the Town Manager Alex Taft and Chief Jeff Gilbert, get ready to bend over, grab your ankles, and kiss your ass good-by! Both of you have made it clear that you are NOT wanted and are in many peoples eyes unqualified to hold the jobs you have and are way over paid. With the Council that is protecting your jobs, gone, there will be a very hard push to have you fired with cause, and the evidence against you taken to both the State and Federal Grand Juries in the next steps to bring justice to the victims of Quartzsite during your rain of terror! Your “Booking Photos” should help to offset some of the cost to the Town of Quartzsite. I for one would gladly pay $5 for each photo to complete my set to hang on my “Wall of Shame”!

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  25. A Lake Havasu observerSeptember 21, 2010 at 5:38 PM

    When will these people learn that you CANNOT run a town like a union local here in Arizona.

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  26. How does Barbara Cowell dare to complain about the Mayor's alleged ethics? Everything he has done is for the interests of the people. Vice Mayor Cowell chairs this ridiculous committee while her real estate endeavors look like a serious conflict of interest. Isn't it true that the council approved paving the remote road that Cowell's property is on? Doesn't she have partners for the future development of that property? I'll bet her investors are Taft and Gilbert...that's how things happen around here. Then that horrible Rain will write some garbage pr story about "booming economic development"!

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  27. Rain would be better off waiting tables than her highly bias attempts at being a reporter. But then again in one way she does have experience taking out the trash. It is sad that she can’t tell the difference between the political trash and garbage she’s been backing and the truth. Oh, I forgot, it’s a free rag that free political advertising pays for. Well well, now we know how she got her business license don’t we! Pardon me but doesn’t that make her only a advertiser for hire, not a reporter…

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  28. With the needed recall signatures in hand, does that mean that we will see Mayor Ed Foster taking the referendum duly signed and notarized but rejected by town attorney Pamela Walsma to the Arizona State Attorney Generals for criminal investigation?

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  29. Actually "Desert Viper", I believe the right and proper person to take that particular issue before the AG would be Dean Taylor. Mayor Foster recused himself from any official capacity with the Citizen's Coalition at the first meeting after the election. He is only a member now. Mr. Taylor should indeed request a formal, legal opinion on that matter. Did you see that the Bell, CA story of city leader's on the take made the national news?
    http://abcnews.go.com/search?searchtext=Bell%2C%20CA
    Prosecutor called it "Corruption on steroids".
    http://today.msnbc.msn.com/?id=29383169&q=Salary+scandal+snares+city+officials&search=&p=1&st=1&sm=user
    (The phrase "you ain't seen nothing yet" comes to mind...)

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  30. Barbara Cowell is scumSeptember 22, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    The new road on Targa leads right to Vice Mayor Cowell's development? That's one of those things that make you say HMMMMMMMMMMMM!

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  31. Anonymous,
    Rain couldn't wait tables. With an ass like hers she'd be knocking food off everyones table. She would make a good bouncer though. Boing Boing Boing!!!!

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  32. Be careful there "wide load", she'll call you a "cyber bully" and dedicate the whole month of Oct. to raising awareness of just how quickly her karma is coming back to her...

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  33. Is Joanne Winer the real owner /controller of The Desert Messenger? Her husband Paul the bookman was friends with Walt Akin and Joanne Winer writes many of the stories in the paper.BTW,why was Joanne Winer terminated from the Salvation Army? And how can I get a private park on BLM land in the town limits like Celia's rainbow gardens did?

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  34. Anon-you're just jealous because you don't have tattoos on your face! ARF-JUSTICE IS COMING-There is a God and he works through the internet!

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  35. Hey Dave, maybe "Army" HQ got wind of Joanne's husband Paul's late night charitable deductions leaving out the back door when he thought nobody was looking. Where do think all those used books came from anyway? I heard she resigned but perhaps it was under duress...

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  36. The sad thing about the Salvation Army is they now have Bob Kelly's wife running it, a known thief! (just ask around, everyone knows)

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  37. If that is true then we don't have to worry about Bob losing his council paycheck!

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  38. Barbara Cowell is a real estate agent right? Well as I see it she must have money along with Jose Lizarraga (being a full time fire fighter), and Bob Kelly’s wife works a Sally’s right? So why don’t we have them pay back the attorney fees wasted in this so called BS AD-HOC. I even bet that Alex Taft was part of it along with that child rapist protector Jeff. As I see it, make them pay back the town! Then it would be justice for all…

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  39. With the family history Barbara Cowell has one would think that she would resign before the skeletons in her family closet are exposed. From what I have been told it helps me to understand her lack of ethics and proper leadership as vice mayor!

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  40. Oh, do you mean moving her brother the "high risk" sex offender to Quartzsite under Gilbert's watch? Because I think we've already covered her former son in law the child rapist...What other skeletons do you think our vice mayor would prefer to keep in the closet?
    http://www.ci.quartzsite.az.us/wp-content/uploads/howard.pdf
    http://www.azcorrections.gov/inmate_datasearch/results_Minh.aspx?InmateNumber=249702&LastName=HOWARD&FNMI=B&SearchType=SearchInet

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  41. What do you mean under Gilbert's watch? I personally saw underage young boys & girls at and in his motor home at the Yacht Club. One day he even told me that the young boys that day were living with him. I didn’t know he was a level 3 sex offender then or I would have called the cop shop. Little good that would have done.

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  42. How can anyone justify having Vice-Mayor Barbara Cowell in charge of any Ethics Committee? So far we have a woman whose very own son-in-law was raping a 12-year-old child that turned up pregnant. Has a brother that moved to Quartzsite as a level 3-sex offender (VERY HIGH RISK) that had underage kids living at his residence with street reports that he was funneling drugs to the kids. She had full knowledge that QPD Officer Josh Starr was accused of “Statutory Rape” of another underage Quartzsite girl and fails to demand a full police investigation into the charges.

    One could connect the dots here and see that Quartzsite could be considered a safe haven for child rapist, sexual perverts, and sex offenders under Vice-Mayor Barbara Cowell’s watch! The real disgusting realization comes from the people that are demanding the resignation of Mayor Elect Ed Foster for wanting to investigate the towns financial records to help stop wistful and fraudulent spending over calling for the immediate removal of the woman that many can see has ethical problems of her own. I don’t think anyone can defend a person that has problems with family members that like to sexually assault underage girls and refuse to protect the other young girls of Quartzsite from another Quartzsite Police Officer by demanding that Chief Jeff Gilbert do his job the first time this problem for Quartzsite came to light!

    One could ask themselves was the motivating factor that kept Chief Jeff Gilbert from calling for an outside agency to investigate the alleged “Statutory Rape” involving QPD Officer Josh Starr and a 15-year-old underage girl be because they were already overlooking the activities of the Vice-Mayors brother Bill Howard with the children of Quartzsite? I will not ask that question here at this time! However, I will ask her just why she didn’t step in and DEMAND action!

    It is up to you the people that live and vote in Quartzsite. Do you want the removal of a ethical person wanting to investigate complaints and criminal wrong doing or support someone that feels that any underage child in Quartzsite is fair game for sexual assault and rape especially if one of our own Police Officers is the alleged assailant? With all the stories I have been hearing one would think her attacks against Mayor Elect Ed Foster was only to keep the spotlight from shining on her! In the days to come we will not stop until we find out how many other Council Members supported Vice-Mayor Barbara Cowell’s view on this very important subject.

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  43. Unfortunately, the policy manual stipulated that the ad hoc inquisition had to be overseen by the council idiots with the most seniority, not the most personal ethics. The thing that really bothers me is that people actually voted for Barbara Cowell, and right after recalling her business partner Carolyn Guthrie. Thank goodness all of this hidden ugliness is finally coming to light and voters are turning out in record numbers to change it.
    If you're potentially sexually assaulting children and peddling drugs at Yacht Club's motel, or at Dr. Hadlock's RV park, or a felon selling guns in the swap meet, you can sleep soundly at night, knowing that Police Chief Gilbert will be preoccupied harassing The Grubsteak for live music, or chasing after hippie kids with kooky clothes for loitering, or threatening citizens who make formal complaints against his officers with arrest for disorderly conduct...The current council has full knowledge of what's going on but choose to close ranks and protect the Chief. Instead of forming a committee to investigate the Mayor, they should have formed a committee to investigate Police Chief Jeff Gilbert and Sgt. Xavier Frausto, instead of relying on the hollow assurance of Alex Taft that the Town had found no merit to an overwhelming body of formal complaints.

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  44. Has Jeffy ever given any thought that the next polygraph he takes will be loaded with questions about Josh Starr? I bet he could be questioned about his personal relationships with Blythe and Taft too! The video should be called, to tell the truth. If his wife supplies the questions it could be changed to, divorce court…

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  45. Have you guys ever thought of starting a newspaper? The only way you are going to defeat the evil empire is with information.... and most of the citizens are not online. I would chip in a few of my hard earned dollars to help you out. Keep it up! The Empire will not last!!!!!

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  46. The last time I took up someone's offer to help me out, I found myself in a dark alley on the delivery dock of the building...

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  47. What's your point anonypuss?

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  48. Anonymous,
    Has your ability to discern between good and evil improved since then? If not, then you better stick with reading the existing newspapers so you can stay "safe".

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  49. Sure wish I would have been there when the League of Cities & Towns informed Vice-Mayor Barbara Cowell that her actions against Mayor “Elect” Ed Foster were views as being only “Political”! I was told by someone at the meeting that she was almost moved to tears. Me thinks she is seeing the writing on the walls!

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  50. I'm about to move a traffic violation case out of the Quartzsite Magistrate Court to AZ Federal Court due to the fact that the magistrate and the sergeant are married (fraud? coersion? racketeering? extortion?). I need help from all posters here. I need to obtain a copy of Magistrate Terry Frausto and Sergeant Frausto's marriage license (which is public record). However, I need to know in what state/county they were married. If anyone knows, please let me know. This is going to be a very big lawsuit against the town. And I'm going to win. If anyone has any additional information regarding these two (including any information on quotas, etc. for both the magistrate and sergeant), let me know. If you're interested in knowing more (and I can verify you're not a family member or friend of the Frausto's), let me know.

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  51. Xavier Frausto's "oath of office" was signed 10-201994, back when Glen Nichols was Marshall. If you want to know about quotas, get a police scanner and listen in, also compare "revenue" for QPD to last several years for same time period. It's under the accounts payable summary in the Common Council meeting packet. Karen Norris will give you an open records request form and pull the papers.

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