The above letter was the Cease and Desist Letter sent to the City of Menifee February 18, 2015 to protect the taxpayers right to free speech. Public comment is sacred by the U.S. Constitution, that is a given. The City of Menifee council should be well versed in this, as stated by Mayor Scott Mann at a February 4th, 2015 City Council meeting that he himself was familiar with Baca vs. Moreno Valley School Board, well alrightey now.
Back in January 27, 2015 at a City of Riverside City Council meeting, Councilman Mike Soubirous asked the question to interim City Manager Kristi Smith, regarding what the Baca vs. Moreno Valley School Board meant, and how it is to be interpreted for public speakers. According to Smith, “That means if they (public) want to come up and criticize the council, city manager, myself, the clerk and staff members they are allowed to do so, and we cannot tell them they cannot do so.” What Baca vs. Moreno Valley School Board gave the public at large, was that it gave teeth to the rights of addressing elects and staff, after all we are their employer. It only reinforced our rights of free speech under the U.S. Constitution, the California Constitution and the Brown Act. This had to be done because many in government were attempting to control the message of the public, disrupting and impeding free speech, and inadvertently violating their right to speak freely.
We seek to maintain and expand the meaning of patriotism, respect for our national symbols, the value of American Citizenship, and the unifying force of “E pluribus unum” that was created from the people of many nations — one nation and one people. We are tasked to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom and to carry out the purposes expressed in the preamble to the Constitution of our country. This is a Quote from the Sons of the American Revolution, which Mr. Scott Mann you are a member, you have proclaimed Sept 17th- the 23rd Constitution week. You have denied the public and your Council their right to free speech. You have denied them the freedoms that they are afforded, just because they are Americans. You need to be ousted from the Sons of the American Revolution for what you have done to your community, the Patriots in this room, your fellow Councilmember Tom Furman, the County of Riverside, and your country.
You are a hypocrite. Instead of Uniting your community you are dividing it. The Laws of the City of Menifee are super seeded by the State of California and the Constitution of the United States. It is your true intention and you have clearly demonstrated, to take away the voice of the people of Menifee.. By law we can criticize staff, Council and the Mayor. Mr Mann the public here is only asking to be heard, and for you to bully, belittle and interrupt them is against the law.
“everyone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference” and “everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression.”
You use your Sheriffs as a king would use his army, you are not a KING you are a Mayor, a son of the American Revolution, in the United States of America, Where Freedom of Speech is KING. -Vivian Moreno
Then Brent Holstrom asked the Menifee Council to apologize and call the whole thing off, we heard nothing but silence after she gave up 2 minutes of her time for a response. It didn’t happen that night.
Former City of Riverside employee, Jason Hunter, talks about the oath of office of the electeds and speaks of the violation of Moreno’s first amendment rights. He ask the City of Menifee to apologize, they do not…
Public Speaker Grant speaks on the Moreno incident that occurred two weeks prior (click this link to view you tube). Another, Grant stated the prior meeting outburst reminded him of the movie “A Few Good Men,” Mayor Mann couldn’t handle the truth, and further stated, “there are not one set of gonads between the four of you.”
Menifee resident and public speaker Anne Pica speaks about the interruption of both Katie Minnear and Vivian Moreno, and how they should both file a Federal Law suit pursuant to free speech violations (click this link to view on you tube).
SECTION 1. Section 54954.3 of the California Government Code is amended to read: (c)(1) Subject to reasonable regulations promulgated pursuant to subdivision (b), the legislative body of a local agency, or its presiding officer or staff, acting in their official capacity on behalf of the legislative body, shall not prohibit, limit, or otherwise prevent any of the following:
(A) Public criticism of the policies, procedures, programs, or services of the agency, or of the acts or omissions of the legislative body or its officers or employees acting in their official capacity.
Two other City of Riverside favorites came to publicly speak at the Menifee City Council, both former employees of the City of Riverside, terminated for exposing fraud and wrong doing by the City of Riverside. Former Deputy City Attorney Raychele Sterling who attempted to expose fraud within the City of Riverside only to be fired by Priamos. Then was offered a settlement but refused, in order to expose the bigger picture of which associates and even councilman lied under oath, which of course, the case was lost. And former utility employee, Jason Hunter, who received and accepted a settlement offer…courtesy of the ratepayer and taxpayer.
UPDATE: PRESS ENTERPRISE: FRIDAY 13, 2015: CASSIE MACDUFF: KEEPING ORDER? LOOKED MORE LIKE A CLAMPDOWN TO ME. Well, I’ve watched two different videos of what happened that night several times, and it sure looks to me like they clamped down because they didn’t like what Katie Minnear and Vivian Moreno were saying, not because of some imaginary decorum violation. If anyone breached decorum, it was City Attorney Jeffrey Melching, not the two women.
The people have an ironclad right to seek “redress of grievance” from their government. The government that they themselves employ. the people have an ironclad right to seek redress of grievance from their government. The government that they themselves employ. Read the U.S. Constitution. It’s right there. It’s also in the California Constitution that the citizens have the right to “instruct” their public officials – and the Brown Act, which describes the platform…the platform of public meeting.
UPDATE: PRESS ENTERPRISE: 02.21.2015: LATEST CITY COUNCIL APPEARANCE UNEVENTFUL FOR ACTIVIST: Just as a side not for the PE, we are not always looking for an eventful or explosive situation when we come to a city council meeting. We simply want cities to comply with our first amendment rights to free speech, guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, the California Constitution, and the rights bestowed upon the public by the Brown Act.
CAL FIRE ATTEMPTS TO IMPERSONATE LAW ENFORCEMENT AT THE 02.18.2015 CITY OF MENIFEE CITY COUNCIL MEETING: WHAT IS IT WITH RIVERSIDE COUNTY AND BADGES, AND SOME ADJOINING CITIES? IN THE CASE OF RIVERSIDE COUNTY SUPERVISOR JEFF STONE: IMPERSONATE A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER BECOME A SENATOR! ANYONE ELSE..IT APPEARS WOULD GET JAIL TIME.LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER JEFF STONE
Some firemen find themselves in the position to impersonate law enforcement as in the case of the City of Menifee, whereby I was told to sit down while documenting a public meeting. I was told by Rodriguez that I was blocking the isle, blocking what? There was a desk behind me blocking the isle, and another person with a camera, and where I was there was no exit point, therefore, not technically and isle. I was told earlier, that the area where I was standing was designated to take pictures and film by community or members of the public.