Yucca Valley, Ca.-(Opinion) In a knee-jerk reaction to a story posted on Cactus Thorns, Jennifer Collins, President of the Chamber of Commerce, signed a letter to “rescind” my membership with the Chamber because I am opposed to the Town’s General Fund tax Measure U which is not business friendly. Collins has taken a great risk to support this bad tax to promote her own political aspirations and in doing so, is not protecting the businesses in the main corridor. See story link here.
In her letter to me dated September 11, 2012, she cites Section 4 under Article III, Membership as follows:
“Standards of Conduct. Signed application for membership constitutes consent by the applicant to adhere to these by-laws and any other stated policies of the Chamber; to execute one’s business in a legal and ethical manner, and to conduct one’s action or behavior in a manner that is not unbecoming or prejudicial to the aims or repute of the Chamber.”
It appears I am not allowed to express my personal opinion opposing Measure U while the Chamber spends membership funds, resources and staff time to promote their support of this bad tax that will not help businesses.
Anxious to flex her veto pen, newly elected Chamber President Jennifer Collins failed to follow the bylaws she was sworn to uphold, or else failed to read past Section 4 of the bylaws.
In the section called Rights of Members-Section 6, Rights, Privileges, and Obligations of Members, Section B-3, Termination of Membership, I am entitled to a notice and opportunity for a hearing. Neither one took place.
The disturbing part by this self-proclaimed candidate for the office of Yucca Valley Town Council is cause for concern if she cannot comprehend the bylaws as President of this organization. There are rules, regulations, and bylaws in place to establish a minimum code of conduct for the Chamber Board of Directors, which apparently Jennifer Collins feels does not apply to her.
This is The United States of America and the last time I checked we are not ruled by a Junta. This retaliation against me by the Chamber is a violation of my right to speak freely and voice my personal opinion.
Shame on you.
Margo Sturges Author Link Here
Attachments: Exhibit C- Yucca Valley Chamber termination of membership letter dated September 11, 2012
Exhibit D-Yucca Valley Chamber Marketing/Tax Endorsement letter dated September 12, 2012