Monday, November 29, 2010

Third retribution arrest in 5 days? What are they thinking?

false reporting to law enforcement over the Al Johnson Assault.

Now here's a funn thought...The Jones' did call 911, and the did speak with QPD Officers Norris and Schultz, but the

The arrests of Jennifer and John Jones were clearly illegal. State law for arrests for misdemeanor offenses do not provide for warrantless arrest unless a crime is witnessed "in progress" or  unless related to a traffic violation.

13-3812. Examination of complainant; issuance of summons or warrant of arrest

13-3854. Arrest without a warrant

13-3853. Arrest prior to requisition

13-3903 Notice to appear and complaint 

Friday, November 26, 2010

Two arrested at Town Council Meeting

Russell Sias, manager of Crawford's Trailer Park was arrested for serving Police Chief Jeff Gilbert with the notice of Federal Injunction mentioned in the previous post. Sias, did not actually touch Gilbert with his hands, he only touched him with the legal documents he was officially serving for Jennifer Jones and this video clearly shows that Chief Gilbert (in civilian clothes) knew what was taking place when he invited Sias to serve him. Russell Sias plead "not guilty" to simple assault" and was released on his own recognizance Wednesday.
Before the meeting even began, Jones herself was arrested for allegedly filing a false report 
over the video taped criminal trespass, warrantless search and assault by the "Building Official" and obstructing Mr. Johnson's "government operations" Jone's bail was posted by a friend, and delivered by Mayor Ed Foster, who gave her a ride home along with an apology for the actions which transpired.

This scenario reminds me of of when Constable Paul Staudt served former Mayor Huntley with an official Notice of Claim  back in June, and Huntley responded by shoving the Constable hard, with both hands right in front of Chief Gilbert who refused to arrest Huntley.This only proves yet again that QPD won't recognize an assault, unless they want to cry victim...and that they should really read what's in the manilla envelope, before they rush headlong to prove it true!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I'll see your Notice, and raise you a Federal Injunction!

Well, it won't be a happy Thanksgiving for the Town Council, Town Manager Police Chief or Building Official. An Injunction was filed against the Town of Quartzsite Body Politic in Federal court Monday afternoon, by Town Council Candidate Jennifer Jones.
The Federal claim relates an alleged escalating pattern of harassment toward Jones that began about 2 1/2 years ago with the warrant less search of her home and culminates with the video taped assault by Town "Building Official" Al Johnson. 

A correspondence over the weekend from Mayor Ed Foster to Town mismanager Alex Taft and Town Attorney Pam Walsma had asked for Johnson to be placed on administrative leave pending a complete investigation by an outside agency.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Quartzsite "Building Official" assaults "Vigilante Vendor"

Will there be an arrest when he comes to work on Monday? If the police fail to arrest Mr. Johnson, they will be held criminally liable...

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Going "Green"? Arizona medical marijuana PASSES!

 Until recently, I didn't even know how to spell "marijuana" but even I was aware that many AZ aging winter visitors already use marijuana for medical reasons - with or without a prescription.Now, Quartzsite medical card holders need not fear Police Chief Jeff Gilbert and a felony arrest

.By about 4,300 votes, Arizonan's have decided the future of this alternative therapy.This is NOT close enough for a recount. Arizona becomes the 15th state to legalize medical marijuana.

Proposition 203 (Medical Marijuana)
Result Votes Percentage
Approveda Yes 835,735 50.13%
No 831,314 49.87%
Total votes 1,667,049 100.00%
Voter turnout 55.28%
Results via the Arizona Secretary of State as of November 12.

Arizona's law is very different from California's.The law only allows 120 dispensaries for the entire state, and those have to be equally distributed amongst all the population centers in the state.If you are 25 miles away from the closest dispensary you can get a permit to grow your own, as long as you meet the requirement of a doctor’s prescription.You will not be allowed to smoke in public or drive after smoking. Andrew Myers, campaign manager for the pro-Prop. 203 Arizona Medical Marijuana Policy Project,  said Prop. 203 was written to create a strict and regulated medical-marijuana program.

In anticipation of  the legalization of cannabis for medical use, The League of Arizona Cities and Towns had drafted a model ordinance so we won't have to pay our idiot (wills, trusts and estates)Town Attorney Pam Walsma $300/hour to draft one. According to the League
"The ballot initiative gives cities and towns the ability to "...enact reasonable zoning regulations that limit the use of land for registered nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries to specified areas in the manner provided in Title 9, Chapter 4, Article 6.1..." (municipal zoning).
Applicants for medical marijuana dispensaries must apply to the state Department of Health Services for a permit and must certify that their dispensary location is in compliance with local ordinances; there is a limit of 120 dispensaries statewide. However, if your city or town has not adopted zoning regulations for medical marijuana facilities, neither the city nor DHS could restrict its location.
The model ordinance is intended only as a guideline; consult your city or town attorney for legal advice.

According to a CH 12 news report: "The general-election canvass will be held Nov. 29. The Arizona Department of Health Services has 120 days from that day to finalize all rules for implementation. The department is expected to begin reviewing dispensary and patient applications by April 2011."

In neighboring California,  medical marijuana is the number one cash crop.According to a poll commissioned by the Sacramento Bee news paper: "More than 400,000 Californians use marijuana daily, according to the state Board of Equalization. And state residents consume 16 million ounces of weed a year, from legal and illegal sources. And, 47 percent of registered voters said they have used marijuana at least once in their life. That exceeds the registration of any political party in the state."

The Los Angeles Times reported Marijuana is the most popular illegal drug in the United States. Seventy years of criminal prohibition, "Just Say No" sloganeering and a federal drug war that now incarcerates 225,000 people a year have not diminished the availability or use of — or apparently the craving for — cannabis. And helping meet the demand is California, the nation's top grower. Marijuana production here results in an estimated $14 billion in sales, and its cultivation and distribution are now tightly woven into the state's economy. It is grown in homes, in backyards and even in national parks, including Yosemite.

Marijuana is popular, plentiful and lucrative, costing about $400 a pound to grow and yielding $6,000 a pound on the street. So it is perhaps inevitable that an attempt would be made to legalize it, as failed CA Proposition 19 attempted to do. The act would have authorize possession of one ounce of marijuana for personal consumption by people 21 and older, permit marijuana use in private residences or public places licensed for on-site consumption, and allow marijuana cultivation in private residences for personal use.  reports that "Enforcing marijuana prohibition costs taxpayers an estimated $10 billion annually and results in the arrest of more than 829,000 individuals per year — far more than the total number of arrestees for all violent crimes combined, including murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault."

 According to the U. S. Justice Department's National Drug Intelligence Center "No reliable estimates are available regarding the amount of domestically cultivated or processed marijuana. The amount of marijuana available in the United States--including marijuana produced both domestically and internationally--is unknown. Moreover, estimates as to the extent of domestic cannabis cultivation are not feasible because of significant variability in or nonexistence of data regarding the number of cannabis plants not eradicated during eradication seasons, cannabis eradication effectiveness, and plant-yield estimates."

A recent article claims that more than 3.4 million Californians smoked pot in 2008, according to the latest research by the National Survey on Drug Abuse and Health.Further, it states: "Historically, marijuana use in California remains lower than during peak years of the late 1970s. But voters' approval of Proposition 215, the Compassionate Use Act – which made the state the first to legalize medical marijuana – is changing the social dynamic, according to poll results and interviews with users in 15 counties.

1. Controls nausea (benefit for chemo patients)
2. Controls weight loss (benefit for anorexic patients, AIDS patients, & Cancer patients
3. Reduces pressure in the eyes (benefit for those with Glaucoma, present medication loses its effectiveness after a short treatment period)
4. Reduces tremors (Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS)
5. Reduces muscle spasms (Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS)
6. Reduces pain (Cancer patients, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, Neurological issues, Migraines,) Has an analgesic effect that seems to work as well as codeine and enhances the effect of other pain medication
7. May protect nerves from damage (MS)
8. Can control dosage, quick response to smoking
9. Only 3% addiction problem
10. May cure cancer

Even our neighbor to the south is rethinking their position. "Among those throwing their weight behind legalization was former President Vicente Fox, a member of Calderon's own conservative National Action Party.
"We should consider legalizing the production, distribution and sale of drugs," Fox wrote on his blog during the series of forums. "Legalizing in this sense does not mean that drugs are good or don't hurt those who consume. Rather, we have to see it as a strategy to strike and break the economic structure that allows the mafias to generate huge profits in their business."
For an in depth analysis of the marijuana debate, check out:
Marijuana & Money A CNBC Special Report

Thursday, November 11, 2010

New Quartzite Police misconduct videos

 Quartzsite Police Officers Fabiola Garcia and Ruben Villafania are  speaking in Spanish on the job, at Town Hall right before Michael Roth's arrest for "disorderly conduct". This is the video feed directly from officer Garcia's badge camera, as submitted into evidence at Roth's trial.

Arizona Constitution
Article XXVIII
1. English as the official language; applicability
Section 1. (1) In this article, unless the context otherwise requires:
1. "Government" includes all laws, public proceedings, rules, publications, orders,
actions, programs, policies, departments, boards, agencies, organizations and
instrumentalities of this state or political subdivisions of this state, as appropriate under the circumstances to a particular official action.
2. "Official action" includes the performance of any function or action on behalf of this state or a political subdivision of this state or required by state law that appears to present the views, position or imprimatur of the state or political subdivision or that binds or commits the state or political subdivision, but does not include:
(a) The teaching of or the encouragement of learning languages other than English.
(b) Actions required under the federal individuals with disabilities education act or other federal laws.
(c) Actions, documents or policies necessary for tourism, commerce or international trade.
(d) Actions or documents that protect the public health and safety, including law enforcement and emergency services.

3. Preserving and enhancing the role of the official language; right to use English
Section 3. A. Representatives of government in this state shall preserve, protect and enhance the role of English as the official language of the government of Arizona.
B. A person shall not be discriminated against or penalized in any way because the person uses or attempts to use English in public or private communication.
4. Official actions to be conducted in English
Section 4. Official actions shall be conducted in English.

 A phone call to the property owner confirmed that no authorization had been given for the Quartzsite Police to trespass at Crawford's Trailer Park and a criminal complaint is being drafted against Police Chief Jeff Gilbert as we speak!

And a late edition to the lineup is this video of Mayor Ed Foster enjoying Michael Roth's wash tub campfire, which warranted "a full response" from the Quartzsite Fire and Police Departments. QPD demanded entry, which was denied by Roth, who leases the property. Upon instruction by Police Chief Jeff Gilbert, Officer Yeomans of the QPD climbed atop the fire truck to photograph the inside of Roth's yard. When informed that photographing beyond "plain sight" had been ruled a Constitutional violation by the Supreme Court, Officer Yeomans immediately handed the camera to the fire fighter standing next to him, who continued with the illegal photography. In an interview with Quartzsite Constable Paul Staudt, Yeomans admitted he was just following Chief Gilbert's orders.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Be there, if you care!

La Paz County Supervisors to hold public meeting on BLM trail closures

On Wednesday, November 3rd, at 6pm at Parker High School-Multi Purpose Room (1600 Kofa), the La Paz County Board of Supervisors is holding a work session to discuss the BLM ”Trail Closure” issue impacting La Paz County and surrounding areas.
If you are an ATVer, offroader or just enjoy our beautiful desert and its trails you will definitely want to attend. This meeting is to inform the public about this issue. We will have members from the Arizona Sun Riders Club, also from Parker Four Wheelers who will be in attendance.
This will have a huge financial impact on our economics here in La Paz County if these trails are closed. This is a County wide issue that impacts not only our residents but the thousands of winter visitors who come and enjoy our beautiful desert and its trails. We hope you will join us and help support keeping our trails open.
If you have any questions on this meeting please call the La Paz County Board of Supervisors for more information: (928) 669-6115

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Vote like your country depends upon it


And I strongly recommend voting "yes" on medical marijuana, so that law enforcement and our judicial system can be put to better use locking up violent criminals.

"Yes" on a constitutional right to hunt, or else those pesky javalinas will overrun the state while PeTA activists jump for joy.

"NO" on taking moey from early education and "no" on taking away the land conservation fund.

And Quartzsite residents, don't forget to write in Constable Paul Staudt, as they forgot to put his name on the ballot.