Joshua Tree, Ca.,- The San Bernardino County Municipal Advisory Commission, also know as the Big Mac, met last evening to discuss whether or not to recommend representation for Desert Heights, a small community of approximately 3,000 residents located within the sphere of influence of the City of Twentynine Palms. This matter was tabled for the next meeting.
Prior to this agenda item, I spoke about defining community representation during Public Comment. I referred to the Municipal Advisory Manual>MACHandbook2005 which states the MAC member is chosen to represent his or her community. I asked whether or not that interpretation should include the one (or all) of the following criteria:
1. Residing in that community
2. Having the same zip code of that community
3. Being registered to vote in that community
4. Living within that community water district service area
5. Attending events and meetings of that community
6. Owning a place of business in that community
My concern on behalf of the Yucca Mesa residents is their appointee, residing in Landers, does not meet even one of the 6 criteria above and they essentially have no MAC representation.
Supervisor James Ramos Chief of Staff was sitting in the audience among a sparse handful of attendees taking notes and left at 8:00 PM.
I did not ask for her removal from the dais, nor did I mention her by name when I addressed the entire members. After my comments, Chair/Field Representative Mike Lipsitz announced it was Elizabeth Karman who was appointed to represent Yucca Mesa for clarification to the audience and future viewing audience via YouTube: Big Mac May.
At the end of the meeting, the past president of the Yucca Mesa Association walked up to the dais to say thank you and Karman flew off the handle! Unable to accept a simple “Thank You,” Karman spewed her anger yelling out…”I’m not your puppet!” Her actions indicate she is not willing to hear input from actual residents from Yucca Mesa. Perhaps she is not capable of receiving any compliments in her present physiological state of mind and would benefit from “Anger Management Courses?”
One thing for sure, Karman needs to take a course in Ethics AB 1234 to learn more about do’s and don’ts on being a Public Figure. It might be too late to teach an ol’ dawg new tricks…however, it is required for MAC members.
Perhaps it was the Full Moon that frazzled Elizabeth Karman of Landers during the whole meeting…