Where to begin? How about at the end?
In front of an all time record setting crowd, estimated at over 200, Barbara Bowman shoved Republican Precinct Committeeman Michael Roth, then former Mayor Steve Bennett grabbed him by the back of his T shirt. The excitement took place after AZCOPS Vice President John Stair made his presentation on behalf of the Quartzsite Police Officers Association. Another man came to Roth's defense. However, it was Roth who was arrested by Chief Gilbert and his merry band of thugs, Xavier Frausto and Rick Patterson, with Fabiola Garcia rushing in to bring up the rear.
Photo from Parker Pioneer
Ah yes, Quartzsite...the charming little desert town where YOU get arrested for the privilege of being assaulted! Roth was charged with "disorderly conduct" and "resisting arrest", even though he never resisted and was noticeable rough handled by Frausto , who shoved him through the crowd..."Clearly, somebody was going to get arrested at the meeting. For a while we thought it was going to be one of us." said one of the Quartzsite officers who is asking for the chief's dismissal. Numerous witnesses have expressed a willingness to testify on Roth's behalf.
All members of the Quartzsite Town Council literally turned their backs on our police officers, on public safety and on the citizens they are supposed to represent when they once again walked out of the meeting and tried to bring it to a halt for lack of a quorum. Clearly, a riot could have easily broken out, (and almost did) due to their childish behavior. Town Attorney Pamela Walsma repeatedly exceeded her position by interrupting the mayor and offering her unsolicited opinions, to which Mayor Foster responded "I have it on good authority that once a quorum is established, the meeting may proceed." He reminded her that a legal opinion is just that - an opinion. (And hers has proven to be worthless, time and time again.) Foster also pointed out to the spectators that members of council were having in illegal quorum in the adjoining room, as he patiently waited for them to return to their duty.
New Town Prosecutor Martin Brannan sat next to Walsma for a time, but even he walked out on the meeting. It must have been disturbing to see his prosecution witnesses on the QPD standing in solidarity against his employers!
"Dirty Laundry" Lukkasson is convening another "ad hoc" committee at taxpayers expense to say he doesn't like the Mayor for calling the special meeting on June 1st. It was obvious that he didn't even write his own last minute agenda item, because he couldn't even read it. A witness has come forward that claims Alex Taft was coaching him that morning at his Main St. Eatery.
The police chief's wife Sondra had to be "detained" by her husband, on the way out of the meeting.
Councilman Jose Lizarraga was expected to resign after pulling nomination papers to run for Mayor against Ed Foster, but it didn't happen.
38-296. Limitation upon filing for election by incumbent of elective office
A. Except during the final year of the term being served, no incumbent of a salaried elective office, whether holding by election or appointment, may offer himself for nomination or election to any salaried local, state or federal office.
B. An incumbent of a salaried elected office shall be deemed to have offered himself for nomination or election to a salaried local, state or federal office upon the filing of a nomination paper pursuant to section 16-311, subsection A or formal public declaration of candidacy for such office whichever occurs first.
C. The resignation of the incumbent elective officer duly filed in writing with the officer, board or commission having jurisdiction of the office shall, if not accepted within ten days, be deemed to have become effective as of the date of filing.
D. This section shall not be construed to prohibit a person whose resignation from office has become effective from qualifying as a candidate for another office during the unexpired portion of the term affected by the resignation, nor shall it apply to any incumbent elective officer who seeks re-election to the same office or to any other public office during the final year of the term to which he has been so elected.
E. A person violating any provision of this section is guilty of misfeasance in office and the office held by such person shall be declared vacant.