AZ AG Horne: Quartzsite violated open meeting law

“Normally, we do not release the results of an investigation until it has been completed. However, because this is a matter of unusual public interest, we are prepared to say that, based on review of a video of a July 10 meeting, there is reasonable cause to believe that there has been a violation of the Open Meeting Law, inasmuch as the public was excluded. The meeting was held under the misconception that an emergency meeting can be conducted without the public present. Independently of the question of whether the Town Council had a legitimate reason to hold an emergency meeting, even proper emergency meetings must allow the public to be present. The exception is if there is a legitimate basis for an executive session, and the City Council did not attempt to hold a proper executive session during the emergency meeting. The investigation of this and other alleged violations of Open Meeting Laws is ongoing.”

Read Attorney General Tom Horne’s press release here.

10 Responses to AZ AG Horne: Quartzsite violated open meeting law

  1. Jane says:

    Encouraging as it relates to open meeting laws. Wouldn’t the AG also be involved in the matter of payroll fraud and intimidation by law enforcement?

  2. Pima Pal says:

    Tom Horne has turned out to be a conservative’s dream. He is right on all of the issues that matter to me. His background as a state senator and Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction gives him insights that benefit us all. Plus he had years of private practice legal experience that routinely took him into the courtroom, so he’s got the knowledge and isn’t afraid to do what needs to be done within the framework of the law. I was thrilled when he took on the Tucson Unified School District’s obscene La Raza endorsed Reconquista studies program, while Education Superintendent. Our tax dollars were being spent teaching public school students that the USA is an aggressor nation and they need to reclaim the American Southwest for Mexico.

    Republicans here in the People’s Republic of Pima also appreciated his many campaign visits here. It’s nice we weren’t forgotten or given short shrift.

  3. Steve Calabrese says:

    The AG is sending a message that the light is shining on Quartzsite, but for each violation ideally a separate complaint should be filed. The AG then has the option of combining the complaints into a unified investigation.

    Generally, investigations of this type take months or years. It is rare that one is expedited; there is a natural reluctance (for good reasons) to short circuit the system and fast-track complaints. In the case of Quarzsite, the fast-tracking is warranted. Also, different bodies will investigate different violations – note the restraining order fiasco, where a restraining order was granted AGAINST a citizen because a COUNCIL MEMBER petitioned for a restrainer order because he was afraid that he (the petitioner) would freak out if the citizen got too close. Yes, a guy actually asked a judge for a restraining order banning someone from all public meetings, and for the person to give up all their guns, because the guy asking for the restraining order said, “This guy called me a turd, and if he gets into my personal space I don’t know how I’ll react.” And the judge granted it…this is going to be dealt with not by the AG, but the AZ Supreme Court, which has ultimate disciplinary authority over the judiciary. I think by the time this is done a whole alphabet soup of agencies are going to stomp all over the oppressors in Quartzsite, but it will take a bit of time.

    In the meantime, Tom Horne is my hero for being the first agency to step up. AZCOPS, your turn!

  4. Army Of One says:

    Ditto to both Pima Pal and Steve’s comments about Tom Horne. I bought into the wrong candidate in the primary and now admit my mistake in view of the disclosures driven by that man’s foolish politically motivated arrogance and inability to see past his own nose. I’m not ashamed to admit I was wrong. Tom Horne is doing a fine job. I have every reason to believe (based on his past work for Arizonans) that he will continue to do the right thing based on the law. And unlike his primary opponent, is unlikely to ever end up staring a suspension or disbarment in the eye.

  5. Frankly Speaking says:

    No doubt the rational people of Quartzsite are happy with this! After seeing that initial video of the arrest of a woman who the mayor granted the podium to speak, its good to know these out of control elected nuts are being looked at.

  6. Chief Editor says:

    IS JENNIFER JONES IN QUARTZSITE, AZ IN IMMINENT DANGER? DEFINITELY YES

    People need to know what really goes on in Arizona. This is what Jennifer and any one standing up to the racketeers can expect next:
    Go to:
    http://azjusticenews.blogspot.com/

    and see for your self how crooked and desperate Arizona cops and Politicians are to try and stifle the voices speaking out about their corruption and abuses.

    • Cave Creek Cal says:

      What’s going on in Quartzsite is a terrible situation, but is getting a lot of exposure and is now looked into by the Arizona Attorney General, who appears to have found the actions of the town council to be in violation of the law.

      Quartzsite citizens voted these people into office and have the ability to recall them. The town manager and chief of police appear to need replacing, also. Where is the Quartzsite city attorney? Where is the DPS? How about the La Paz County Board of Supervisors?Those are the first line elected officials to address the travesty.

      To paint ALL police and elected officials as corrupt is as unfortunate as the acts being perpetrated by the out of control people the citizens elected in the first place. There are plenty of decent men and women who hold public office. Just as there are pedophile priests who have practically destroyed the Catholic church, there are also dedicated ones. Your broad brush doesn’t apply in Quartzsite or anywhere else.

      • Steve Calabrese says:

        I don’t think anyone is trying to paint ALL police as corrupt. After all, this issue first started picking up steam when 10 Quartzsite police officers signed a request for AZCOPS to investigate the Chief for violating the civil rights of civilians.
        Those officers appear to take their oaths seriously.

  7. Cave Creek Cal says:

    It’s not me who is trying to paint all police as corrupt, Steve C. I was responding to the asinine comment from Chief Editor, who wrote about “Arizona cops and politicians (being) crooked and desperate.” I don’t agree with that premise at all. I have relatives who have served their communities as a police officers, and they are neither crooked nor desperate. They put their lives on the line each and every day they put on a uniform.

  8. Robert Beall says:

    I think the Jennifer should make a Civil Rights Complaint to the U S Attorneys office that her cnstitutional Rights were violated. Maybe a Congressional investigation? This is more important than Steroids!!!!!!