CITIZENS GROUP FORMS TO RECALL THREE MEMBERS OF MORONGO VALLEY COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT

CITIZENS GROUP FORMS TO RECALL THREE MEMBERS OF MORONGO VALLEY COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT

In the wake of the controversial firing of Morongo Valley Community Services District Manager Meg Foley, a group of citizens are meeting to organize a recall of three of the five Morongo Valley CSD Board members. According to Spokesman Bear Zeller, the group is organizing to learn the legal steps needed to begin a formal recall effort against Board members Michael Francis, Glen Sheppard, and Johnny Talbert. The Citizens group held their first organizational meeting last night. Zeller told Z107.7 News that Foley’s firing was sparked when she fired three members of the Morongo Valley Fire Department, an agency that is under her supervision as the CSD Manager. When the Board demanded their time cards, Foley was advised by counsel that would violate their personnel privacy and she refused. Zeller says she was fired by the CSD Board in retaliation. A CSD is the step right below incorporation; the law allows residents of an unincorporated area to initiate the formation of a community services district, CSD, authorized to provide a wide variety of services, including, among others, fire protection, public recreation, street lighting, and library services. Foley’s firing was done at a 4 ½ hour closed session meeting Monday, January 9.. A large contingent of Morongo Valley citizens upset with Foley’s firing are expected to be at a meeting of the Morongo Valley CSD this Wednesday night at 7:00 pm at the Covington Park meeting room.

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