Freedom and rights Ballot Initiatives:
We have almost completed the legal response we are preparing for the Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners, (BOCC) and County attorney Todd Starr. Two of the commissioners, along with Todd Starr are refusing to comply with the constitution and Colorado Statutes, so a legal suit may be in the works. We have local counsel, and likely a Denver-based top legal firm ready to take this case, even to the Supreme Court if we need to. Stay tuned for the document we will give to the BOCC.
We are now moving to also add more control over what the People in Archuleta County have, by bringing a "Home Rule" petition to the voters. The Home Rule will allow the People to create their own rules and laws according to the constitution and liberty standards, and to eliminate unconstitutional and big government power grabs.
Come to Eagle Mountain Mercantile (uptown Pagosa, in the mall area… they are closing and have great deals…) to sign our Home Rule Petition, 9 AM - 5:30 PM, Mon-Sat., or our Thursday, 6 PM meeting at the Quality Resort. Yes "One" petition, (not 11) to get this before the People so we can progress to the People's will. Write letters to the editor of the Pagosa Sun to defend our liberties and get us back to sane government… (firstname.lastname@example.org), and call (264-8300), or email the Board of County Commissioners, (Michael Whiting, email@example.com, Clifford Lucero, firstname.lastname@example.org, Steve Wadley (email@example.com,) and ask Todd Starr why he is resisting the Colorado Statutes… see last week's paper - Todd M. Starr (TStarr@archuletacounty.org), and encourage June Madrid (firstname.lastname@example.org), to stand on her oath of office… all of them actually… and the Colorado statutes), and talk to your friends and family. We have the means to set precedent for all of Colorado (only two are Home Rule so far), but we can certainly help our fellow Coloradans to take back their local government as well.
Stay tuned, as we will have the details on what "Home Rule" encompasses, but the "jist" of it is that we can establish our own "Charter" that dictates what we allow and do NOT allow in our county, despite various statutes and ordinances which violate constitutional "common law" and our freedoms. Most government statutes and rules are meant to create a revenue stream... taking money from us at every turn. This we will stop because it is killing business, killing jobs and killing our economy.
1-23-14 Board of County Commissioners meeting: The so-called "work session" the BOCC planned turned out to be just another controlled BOCC meeting, with only 3 minutes for each speaker to present something. This, of course, prevented us from giving any kind of rebuttal of value to them.
It began by Clifford Lucero (lame duck, so he has nothing to lose by fighting us), read a statement by County Attorney Todd Starr (he didn't have the courage to be there it seems), which reiterated that we did not have any authority to be doing what we did, (but provided zero evidence to prove it… all hearsay), and Clifford was ready to close it down right there, but the other two commissioners wanted discussion. Michael Whiting, to his credit apologized to all for the format, since he, too was thinking it would be tables and real discussion. (By the way, Clifford Lucero was voted chair "again" which seems rather weird, and Michael was, "again," shut out).
They all seem to be trying hard to steer us away from our ballot initiatives and toward our talk of "Home Rule" for our county (Which Clifford already stated he was against), but this is just trying hard to get us to forget the ballot initiatives, which we are NOT going to do. In fact, a lot of time was spent yesterday, and at last night's meeting creating a document we plan to give, officially, to the BOCC as lawful NOTICE, with request for answers to our legal position, and letting them know we are not dropping this as they obviously want. If this has to go to court, we are prepared to take it there, since every county in the state is being disenfranchised by this issue.
We are now finalizing a "Lawful NOTICE" letter which will be handed to the BOCC at their next meeting so it is official. This letter will have the laws and statutes we are standing on, and our "argument" which could likely end up in court if they persist in subverting our rights. This letter will be posed on this site when we get it done.
While we reported earlier that the county agreed with our position, the County attorney, Todd Starr, is still resisting Colorado Statutes, and our right to petition at the county level, so we will be dealing with that in the near future. They ARE now counting and certifying the initiatives, (which must indicate something), and once that occurs, they have 21 days to decide whether to make them law, or bring them to the voters in a special election.
Here is the Power Point Presentation with the basic law and constitutional support for what we are doing.
Despite having only about 6 people involved with the collection of signatures, we completed the historic ballot initiatives and handed them in November 26th, to the Archuleta County Recorder's office within 10 minutes of closing. We obtained over 6000 signatures on 11 petitions, and, if they county them as required according to past officials, we have more than enough signatures for all 11 to go before the County Commissioners, or to the voters, whichever is necessary. This process may take some time.
It took 6 of us approximately 6 hours to complete all the sorting, compiling, counting, printing and final stapling of these documents. Thanks to all those who helped in this constitutional and liberty-restoring process.
We in Archuleta County, Colorado created 11 ballot initiatives we will be bringing to the Board of County Commissioners, (BOCC) and/or to the voters if the BOCC does not adopt them. Under the Colorado Constitution, We the People have the authority to decide for ourselves locally how we want to govern ourselves.
Question and Answer talking points for 6 of the more detailed Ballot Initiatives:
- Common Law Courts
- Credit Union
- Fully Informed Jury
- Judges Shall be elected
- Oath of Office Accountability
- Reinstatement of the Grand Jury
The TenthAmendmentCenter.com wrote a blog on what we are doing in our area with the Liberty Zone.
The County Commissioners, after some language adjustment, passed the gun rights resolution unanimously in front of a full house, including Sheriff Pete Gonzalez. We will make this available as soon as it is posted. Watch the video HERE!
We are preparing a second, more encompassing resolution that will protect ALL of our constitutionally-protected rights, and will present it within the next 1-2 weeks for their consideration. We will be discussing this at Thursday's meeting.
The County Commissioners have drafted a resolution for 2nd Amendment protection. The BOCC meeting to vote on this will be 4-30-13 at 1:30 PM in Pagosa
Make it a point to spend a little time every week outside the meetings... spending it on liberty and freedom support through educating yourself or others. Use the resources on this website... get the facts on what is happening and be more prepared to help yourself and others.
You can view the Presentation video we did for our area HERE... (We hope to have a better quality video presentation when funds are available, but the essence of the presentation is easily understood).