June 3, 2014
3rd District Supervisor
Re: Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council
Appointee: David Peach
Dear Honorable Supervisor James Ramos and Fellow Board of Supervisors,
I am writing in opposition of removing Mr. David Peach from the dais of the SB MAC Council as stated on today’s agenda. He has been abiding by the rules of the MAC Handbook which he swore to uphold upon accepting his appointment.
No where in that manual or guidebook does it require any MAC member to surrender his or her First Amendment Rights of Free Speech. While most of us in the Morongo Basin may not always agree with Mr. Peach, we fully support and defend his rights to express his opinions. This is America and many have served this great Country to defend our rights including the honorable service by Mr. David Peach.
There has been a culture of “Bully Tactics” taking place in the Morongo Basin, specifically in Yucca Valley. I call it “Swarming” to describe the tactics of a small group of self-appointed citizen vigilantes conspiring to remove or silence anyone who speaks up or speaks out.
As if a throw back to the days when faces were covered with hoods and crosses were burned on the front lawns, this group seeks to intimidate and silence their targets, one way or another.
While I have been personally targeted with abrupt removal from the Yucca Valley Rotary and the Yucca Valley Chamber without any grounds or stated reasons, I continue to stand tall against these bully tactics and personal name calling by the worst offenders: Tim Humphreville and Isaac Hagerman. There are others behind the scenes.
While citizens express their “Rights to redress our Government,” the bully tactics continued to include assault with a hammer against those peacefully gathering to protest at a public street corner, putting paint in gas tanks and even organizing a swarm of complaints to have someone banned from making comments on the local newspaper or an attempt ruin their business.
Some of these actions were a clear violation of the Elections Code. I filed a complaint with the Attorney General last year and I am preparing to file new charges.
I have copies of email exchanges between the fired Town Manager Mark Nuaimi and the local newspaper Publisher where he called Mr. Peach “evil” and pleaded to have him removed from making any comments on the Hi-Desert Star.
I have a copy of my report to the SB Sheriff of white paint placed into my gas tank after Measure U, an unpopular 1% general fund tax for 30 years was defeated through my efforts.
I have the District Attorney case # where Mr. Timothy Humphreville, the Chair of the Yucca Valley Planning Commission, went to a citizen’s place of business with false accusations causing her to be fired violating the Elections Code because she also campaigned against Measure U on her own time.
I have documentation when a business owner spoke out against the new highway medians and ex-Councilman Isaac Hagerman organized a group of his friends, some living out of state, to “swarm” Yelp with bad comments about his business.
I have copies of Hi-Desert Water District Director Sarann Graham’s letter to the Editor and DVD of her verbal outrage to chastise Mr. Peach at a water board meeting for his personal opinions speaking as an individual.
I have copies of the false complaints filed by Mr. Tim Humphreville against an elder statesman which were rejected by the FPPC. Mr. Humphreville secured a handwriting expert in his continued failed attempts to discredit this same elected official.
I have the police report where it was alleged Mr. Humphreville and associates, cut the lock off a security chain fence in the middle of the night flashing high beam flood lights directly into the master bedroom of a council woman who opposed Measure U. Having built that home, they knew which home and window to target.
I have copies of the verbal assaults on Mr. Peach and others written by Mr. Tim Humphreville on various websites to include Cactus Thorns and the Hi-Desert Star comment section.
What is Mr. Peach’s crime? Exercising his First Amendment Rights to express his own personal opinions and concerns?
Mr. Peach has always been in support of protecting the ground water of the Warren Basin and only questions the process to assign the sewer costs equally among his fellow citizens. The fact that he lives in Joshua Tree should not disqualify him from speaking up about his concerns for his neighbors in Yucca Valley, especially the low income citizens who represent the majority of the First Phase.
The fact Mr. Peach is a member of the San Bernardino County Municipal Advisory Council should not disqualify him from voicing his valid concerns and giving up his First Amendment rights.
Mr. Ramos, I urge you to ask your fellow members on the Board of Supervisors to table this item from your consent agenda to review the documents I have mentioned in this letter before taking any action against Mr. Peach.
Please do not support or encourage these bully tactics without review of all the facts and documents.
Margo Sturges LINK
Concerned Citizen of 3rd District
Resident of Yucca Valley, JT property owner
Citizen Reporter, Cactus Thorns
Attachments: Mac Handbook>MACHandbook2005
James Ramos: SupervisorRamos@sbcounty.gov
Chief of Staff Philip Paule: email@example.com
Deputy Chief of Staff Chris Carillo:Chris.Carrillo@bos.sbcounty.gov
3rd District Field Representative: Mike Lipsitz
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