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"Corruption in San Juan County - Supreme Court rules against SJC" video report online

San Juan Islander posted an article  Special treatment for council member's neighbors in June 2015. Four and a half years later we posted an article San Juan County loses 9-0 at state Supreme Court: SJC Public Records Ordinance declared invalid.

  • The connection between the two stories is best explained by watching a video report by We the Governed called "Corruption in San Juan County - Supreme Court rules against SJC" . The video spells out the shenanigans that took place after county officials tried to cover up the special treatment. The county went so far as to create new policies adding steps to the process citizens must go through to sue over violations of the Public Records Act. The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a local ordinance cannot trump the public’s right to sue an agency under the Public Records Act and that the county's ordinance violated the Act.

The video gives a factual accounting of what happened including the code enforcement officer being fired and then paid $150,000 for unlawful termination. 

Personal opinions creep in at the end as they show each person and describe where they are now. But overall it is a well-done description of what is a disgraceful episode in the county's history.

RELATED ARTICLES: 

Special treatment for council member's neighbors - June 2015

County pays out $52K in public records settlement - December 2015

County manager oblivious to concerns about contract -  December 2015 Editorial

Response to editorial from Cascadia Consulting Group - December 2015

San Juan County loses 9-0 at state Supreme Court: SJC Public Records Ordinance declared invalid.

 

 

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