Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Trouble In Quartzsite

A reader sent this in for our consideration:  it's the story of the mayor of Quartzsite, AZ who's been bullied by the city council.
He said since being in office, he has discovered that every pay period, eight to 10 paychecks go to unnamed people and that he has been denied access to financial records to find out where the money goes at every turn.
Mayor Ed Foster was removed from office by the council.  Apparently his ouster stems from what happened earlier this month during a council meeting.  Check out the video below and see how a resident tries to address city hall and the suspicion of corruption within.  The mayor attempts to take control of the meeting but councilmembers overrule him and the speaker.

The issue of local corruption came up during one of our meet-ups some years ago.  A local reporter countered that he never found evidence of wrongdoing on the part of city officials.  I'd like to believe that, but then I think of all the Laredoans who have been caught with their hand in the cookie jar.  I'm not saying all politicians are corrupt.  I'm just saying that we don't know exactly what is going on.

Laredo may not be Quartzsite, but it has the potential. 

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