EMOTIONAL TESTIMONY AT MORONGO VALLEY COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT BOARD MEETING

EMOTIONAL TESTIMONY AT MORONGO VALLEY COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT BOARD MEETING

EMOTIONAL TESTIMONY AT MORONGO VALLEY COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT BOARD MEETING
The Morongo Valley Community Services District Board of Directors met for the first time last night since Manager Meg Foley was fired in January. A large and sometimes emotional crowd showed up for their three minutes of public comment. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was there and files this report…
Last night’s meeting of the Morongo Valley Community Services District was a do-over of January’s meeting which was cancelled due to lack of a quorum. It was the first meeting to allow for public comment since the controversial termination of CSD manager Meg Foley. The approximate 75 residents in attendance waited patiently as the board slogged through comparatively mundane business. Even the naming of Linda Bailey as Volunteer of the Year offered little distraction to those eager to be heard. So when it came time for public comment, 20 residents cued up, each claiming their three minutes. Many tearfully read from prepared statements. Some called for Foley’s reinstatement, others called for those that voted for her dismissal to step down, and still others defended the board for doing what they feel is best for the community unpopular as their actions might be. Rules of non-disclosure may prevent the motivations behind Foley’s firing from ever being understood. What is clear, however, is that Morongo Valley is hurting as this community struggles to reconcile.

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