On July 8, 2011, I did a post, “A Town in Arizona Run by Wolves,” about the tyrannical city government of Quartzsite (pop. 3,397). At a recent town-hall meeting, council members and the police chief forcibly removed and thereby silenced a non-violent citizen, Jennifer Jones, during the open-to-the-public portion of the meeting. They did so against pleadings from the mayor, Ed Foster.
Foster, a former Marine and retired engineer, says the town council and police department are filled with corruption, citizens are intimidated by the town manager and tax collector, and that the city council has prevented him from examining the payroll to uncover possible financial wrongdoing.
After the townhall meeting made the national news, instead of reforming their ways, Quartzsite’s corrupt city council is redoubling their tyrannical ways by declaring a State of Emergency!
Amanda Lee Myers of the Associated Press reports, July 11, 2011, that the council’s declaration puts Police Chief Jeff Gilbert in charge, which renders Mayor Ed Foster the “deputy chief executive of nothing.” The peremptory declaration also allows the five-member council to meet without public notice and suspend all public comment at the meetings until they declare the state of emergency over.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety, the state police, is currently investigating Jeff Gilbert. Ten officers in Gilbert’s dept (that’s 80% of the force), “the Quartzite 10” as they are called in town, have come forward with numerous charges of criminal activity by the police chief, including Gilbert illegally using the federal NCIC criminal database to harass hundreds of local citizens. [Source]
Ironically, the “Vision Statement” of Quartzsite’s city government says “We, the Mayor and Common Council, strive to make our community the best possible place to live. Furthermore, we encourage our citizens to develop strong ethical, social, cultural, and business relationships to enhance living in our community.”
The website of the Quartzsite city government boasts that the town has “over two million visitors a year!” Let’s tell the city we will boycott Quartzsite because of its tyrannical government. Here’s contact information to express your outrage:
- Chief of Police Jeff Gilbert: email@example.com
- Town Manager, Alex Taft: PO Box 2812 Quartzsite, AZ 85346, Phone 928-927-4333
- The web-page for Quartzsite’s City Council does not have any contact info for Council Members.
And here’s contact info to voice your support:
- Jennifer “Jade” Jones, Publisher, The DESERT FREEDOM PRESS: Phone (928) 575-6594; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mayor Ed Foster: (928) 750-8113
- Michael Roth, La Paz County Republican Precinct Chairman: (602) 791-5401 or (928)927-8888
H/t beloved fellow Anon.