We are no longer a nation of laws was the message conveyed last night by all six members of the Quartzsite Town Council. They have now officially placed themselves above the authority of the State of Arizona, the United States Supreme Court and the even the Supreme Law of the Land, the United States Constitution. It's as if they have anointed themselves as gods.
After being told repeatedly that Councilman "Dirty Laundry" Lukkasson's agenda items were in violation of numerous laws and published court rulings, as supported by documents personally submitted to them, the council members shrugged off the repeated warning that they had waved "executive protection" and were now personally liable for their actions. In a horrifying display of contempt after the meeting ended, Councilman "Machine Gun" Joe Winslow stated "I guess I'm just getting sued", as he laughed heartily with friends.
The bad news for both citizens and visitors is that with Mayor Foster as the only dissenting vote, your council voted to restrict citizens' free speech, and revoke business licenses without due process. So incoming vendors should be aware that a new legal aid coalition is being organized to provide assistance to any vendor or businessperson whose license is revoked while a paid member of said coalition. More on that subject as details become available .
Because Town mismanager Alex Taft had threatened the mayor with a $500 fine for allowing citizens to speak "off topic" of things deemed to fall under the description of "town business", Mayor Foster used his executive privilege to bypass both "reports and announcements" and "call to the public" until such time as he could consult with his attorney. Hey Ed, we don't have any confidence in Pamela Walsma's legal advice either. Isn't she being sued through her law firm for a million dollars for malfeasance in a private case not related to Quartzsite Town business? Where does Ms. "Graft" find these people anyway?