The City of Carson has taken a stance. It has “declared war” against registered citizens. That war includes both presence restrictions which prohibit all registered citizens from visiting both public and private places as well as residency restrictions which prohibit all registered citizens from living in a significant part of that city.
The Carson City Council knows that its laws do not comply with recent state appellate court decisions which are based upon interpretations of the state and federal constitutions. Members of that Council have stated publicly, however, that they disagree with the courts’ decisions and therefore refuse to abide by them.
The City Council also disagrees with a Settlement Agreement signed by the City Manager and City Attorney in July 2014. The terms of that agreement require the City to “align with state law” by significantly revising its presence restrictions and by placing a stay of enforcement on its residency restrictions.
In order to compel the City of Carson to honor its promises in the signed Settlement Agreement, the City of Carson was sued for breach of contract and fraud. The attorneys who represent the City attempted to stop the lawsuit by a filing a motion that was superfluous at best and mean spirited at worst. A judge this week denied that motion and allowed Plaintiff Frank Lindsay to file an amended complaint which adds two important components – compensatory damages and punitive damages – which for legal reasons were not included in the original lawsuit.
After the judge’s ruling, the plaintiff has attempted to initiate settlement discussions. The City of Carson has failed to respond to that attempt and is unlikely to do so unless they are forced to do so by a different court, the court of public opinion.
It’s time to convene a court of public opinion at the Carson City Council meeting on July 21. Join us for a protest prior to that meeting near City Hall and/or speaking to the Council during its meeting. There are plenty of protest signs available, the same signs used during our peaceful protest on March 7.
It’s time to Show Up – Stand Up – Speak Up.
by Janice Bellucci
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