During the past 3 months, many citizens of the Morongo Basin, the Gateway to Joshua Tree National Park, have become a quick study to participate in our great Democracy. The small rural town of Yucca Valley is currently exercising the right to redress government through a recall process overcoming threats by the supporters of the status quo who are not concerned for the community as a whole regardless of their social standing, income level and even judge citizens based on the length of their residency.
The condescending attitude exhibited by the recently fired town manager encouraged acting out by the likes of the two planning commissioners appointed by the recall targets, Yucca Valley Councilmen George Huntington and Robert Lombardo. Both councilmen were unwilling to address the inappropriate actions by Planning Commissioners Tim Humphreville and Jeff Drozd citing their freedom of speech, will now be held accountable for looking the other way. Humphreville has violated the elections code with an open case filed with the Attorney General that was forwarded to the District Attorney. Drozd has allegedly created a false identity to impersonate a Vietnam Vet which is being investigated at this time.
The citizens gathering signatures for the recall petitions were physically and verbally threatened which continues to this day. Wielding hammers, advocating a boycott, bullying and verbal attacks by the No Recall group is a throwback to the days when police were called in to protect the rights of the black voters who were being harassed or blocked from participating in the election process. A sad commentary on the political headlock placed on the rights of the citizens, back then and now in Yucca Valley.
Around the world, our military men and women are placing their lives in harms way to defend Democracy to allow a voice for the suppressed people held down by ruling governments. In a recent letter to the Editor by Joseph Sullivan, President of the Morongo Basin Lincoln Club, he asks-”In a representative democracy, should every decision made by our elected leaders be so strongly opposed by an organized group of relative newcomers to the point of recall?” (Bold added for emphasis)
This elitist-entitlement attitude based on residency was displayed by Recall target,Yucca Valley Councilman George Huntington, as his reason for not approving the selection of a nomination to the planning commission which has now come home to roost. The organized block by Huntington, Rowe, Abel and recall target Robert Lombardo also raised questions of Brown Act violations. Background story>LINK
This is the final week to gather signatures for the recall of George Huntington and Robert Lombardo and I urge all residents to sign the petitions to be a part of Democracy!
For the above reasons, and there are more, support the Yucca Valley Recall.
”Voting rights attacks are the flip side of buying a democracy. First you buy all the leaders you can, and then you suppress as many votes as possible of the people who might object.”-NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. Photo Courtesy: NAACP.org
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