Yucca Valley, CA - This commentary will not beat around the bush to point out that crestfallen candidate for Yucca Valley town council, Jennifer Collins, is the least best candidate to serve the public as councilwoman. Almost certainly, for the following reasons voters will not likely elect this candidate to represent them for the difficult choices ahead.
As a private person, Collins is respected by many and thought to be an asset to the community — but as a public figure many , however, citizens are appalled (and disgusted) over her willingness to bend the rules, even bending the mandates of the California Insurance Code (infra).
I’m skeptical as well of Collins’ pushing the envelope on common sense, civility and propriety.
I’m also skeptical of Collins’ pattern and practice of glaring conflicts of interest and bending the rules concerning California nonprofit corporate law and local Chamber by-laws (infra). And as President of the Chamber of Commerce and as a appointed public official (Arts Council or something), Collins tasteless and mean-spirited rant on the public is unconscionable (infra).
Consider Collins’ fraudulent and controversial submission to the town clerk. Collins’ designation to the clerk for the March 5 Ballot Special Election will appear as “Local Insurance Executive.” This is an outright misrepresentation. She intentionally inflates her title to that of an “Insurance Executive” thereby deceiving the public (and she defiantly refuses to make the correction on her ballot designation).
Town Clerk, Jamie Anderson, has already dug her heals in and will wrongfully accept Collins’ designation on the ballot as “Insurance Executive” – even though it flies in the face of California Insurance Codes and common sense. A public request was submitted to Anderson requesting she use the proper designation on the March 5 ballot (Insurance Agent). The Town Clerk’s response was that according to the dictionary, “executive ” is an appropriate ballot designation.
Subsequently, Anderson received another a second public request asking her to reconsider and strike out the word “Executive,” on the ballot, replacing it with “Local Insurance Agent.” The request providing more documentation and California Codes for her to reconsider. Nonetheless, Anderson rejected the request for the second time.
Be sure, the Town Clerk is making a mistake. Her mythology is inconceivable and amateurish. Pursuant to the California Insurance Code, Collins is an insurance agent or broker (infra), not an “insurance executive.”
Even the City Clerk seems to favor defying California law. Is this the doing of Town Manager (Mark Nuaimi) in order to keep the deck stacked on the town council?
Consider that Collins knows or should know she is misrepresenting her title and deceiving the public because she confirmed on her Farmers Insurance homepage that she is indeed an “insurance agent.” Collins writes: “You came to an insurance agent with answers. With me as your California insurance agent, you’ll be informed and aware of Farmers products and insurance industry trends. Hence, under California Insurance Codes — Collins understand that she is not authorized to use the title “Executive Insurance Agent.”
Collins’ California Insurance Agent/State License ( #:0D04667) was issued granting her the privilege of doing business as a authorized insurance agent. Collins has demonstrated she is willing to intentionally misrepresent her professional statue in some sort demeaning con game to deceive the voters and the town clerk.
No where in the massive California Insurance Codes is there such a title of executive insurance agent.The Insurance Commissioner frowns on any name when it is likely to mislead the public. [California Insurance Code 881.(3)]
California Insurance Code Section 790.03. defines unfair methods of competition and unfair and deceptive acts or practices in the business of insurance. It prohibits making, issuing, circulating, or causing to be made, issued or circulated, any estimate, illustration, circular, or statement misrepresenting… or making any misleading representation… .
Section 790.03 (b) goes further. It states, “Making or disseminating or causing to be made or disseminated before the public in this state, in any newspaper or other publication, or any advertising device, or by public outcry or proclamation, or in any other manner or means whatsoever, any statement containing any assertion, representation, or statement with respect to the business of insurance or with respect to any person in the conduct of his or her insurance business, which is untrue, deceptive, or misleading, and which is known, or which by the exercise of reasonable care should be known, to be untrue, deceptive, or misleading.
Furthermore, Section 1621 of the Insurance Code defines an insurance agent is a person who transacts insurance, disability, or health insurance, on behalf of an admitted insurance company. The term “insurance agent” as used in this chapter… .
Even though Collins’ proper statutory title is “insurance agent,” she deliberately foists herself off as an local insurance executive. This bogus title was submitted this to the Elections Clerk “ Under Penalty of Perjury.”
Several local sources — who have been in the insurance business for 50 years — are very concerned with Collins’ freely bending the rules in order to get enhance her chances of getting elected. They too are outraged because they know she is misrepresenting her designation on the ballot and bending the rules.
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
Collins’conflicting interests casts doubt on her ability to be an elected official who honors transparency.
As President of the Y.V. Chamber of Commerce, Collins naively and bullishly went on record having the Chamber endorsing Measure U (the failed 30 year general tax without earmarks). Even though Collins was advised to keep the Chamber out of the Measure U politics (the Chamber is a nonprofit/tax exempt organization under the jurisdiction of California Corporations Codes and Federal IRS Codes) she defiantly ignores the warning.
In furtherance of the conflict, it is well known that Collins is part of the exclusive “in crowd clique” at city hall. Many residents refer to her as part of the “Bubble”
Collins lives on the same street as other council members; she is a member of the same controversial church as other town council members; she lives in Sky Harbor as do other council and Commission members. And her appointed position (and participation) as a commissioner didn’t stop Collins from dragging the Chamber into politics. Collins even used Chamber money in support of said political Measure.
Collins revealed that she conducted an email survey of Chamber members before involving the Chamber. She revealed the results of that survey indicated that 88% of the membership didn’t want Chamber involvement. It’s reported that this was the first time the Chamber has ever taken a stand on an political issues.
The conflicts of interest and doing things her way demonstrates poor leadership and lack of judgment.
UNPRINCIPLED AND MALICIOUS ATTACKS ON THE PUBLIC
During the heat of the Measure U debacle, Collins published on her social media Facebook account that the people opposing Measure U were “Cockroaches”. When a candidate for elected office (who is also a town commissioner) refers to fellow citizens as “cockroaches” that in itself is is reason to not put your confidence in this candidate.
Is this the caliber of public officials the public deserves?
Yucca Valley Planning Commission, Jeff Drozd, unflinchingly supports Collins’ bid for councilwoman. He has made the good argument that we all make mistakes. He asks for forgiveness concerning Collins’ transgression.
Even so, the town council is of one mind. That is unhealthy and dangerously absent the mother’s milk of democracy (diversity). This is reason enough to vote for other choices.
Voters want good temperament candidates who would never — under any circumstances — call member of the public “cockroaches.”
Given the three strikes Ms. Collins has notoriously earned — three bites of the apple of you will — that is enough foreshadowing to put voters on notice. For all the above reasons, please consider voting for diversity in Yucca Valley’s March 5, 2013 special election.
Commentary / Opinion / Branson Hunter
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