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On January 19, 2023, there was a Special City Council Meeting with two closed session items. Sure, they were technically identical in name and description, with the only difference being CS1 vs. CS2 but one of them appeared to be about councilmember Karen Macedonio. The item was about potential litigation.
At the beginning of the meeting, you will hear a comment by councilmember Macedonio and a public comment by Shawn. Here is the discussion from the special meeting.
Key Time Frame - Watch From 03:48 to 09:15
Now that you have watched the key time frame in the above video, you will have heard councilmember Macedonio’s comment, question, and request along with a public comment by Shawn. You will also have learned the city is pursuing a quo warranto against her for serving two elected positions. One as a city councilmember and one as a member of the East Kern Health Care District.
So what is Quo Warranto? Here is the meaning from the state attorney general's office.
When the meeting was over, it raised a concern as to why there was no public discussion or input first. It’s also concerning as to the basis for this when it was addressed previously in August of 2021, and everyone was aware of it and the discussion. It’s furthermore concerning as to how fast this happened just after the whole issue with the selection of the mayor pro tempore that took place on January 10, 2023, 9 days prior. Why the issue in 2022 vs 2020 with the mayor pro tempore selection and was it due to the rush to pursue a quo warranto against councilmember Macedonio next in an effort to see if she can be removed from office? Does this concern anyone else? What do you think?
Here is the discussion from the meeting August 10, 2021, where the now mayor brought this up when he was a city councilmember.
Key Time Frame - Watch From 1:31:00 to 1:37:40
Now that you have watched the key time frame in the above video, you will have heard the now mayor’s comments and the discussion around it, when he was a city councilmember.
Keep in mind that the East Kern Health Care District doesn’t have an issue with this, in fact the EKHCD has a resolution on it, resolution 21-09-01 since 2021 regarding “incompatible offices”. After this meeting in August 2021, it's also important to acknowledge that it appears from documentation that both the attorney for the EKHCD and the attorney for the city at the time discussed this back then, and concluded they were not incompatible offices. So how in 2022 is it an issue specifically with the newly elected councilmembers, mayor, and newer city attorney since then?
Since that meeting on January 19, 2023 ended, two Facebook posts were created on January 20, 2023. Here are the Facebook posts.
Now comes two days after the special city council meeting of January 19, 2023, where they determined to pursue a Quo Warranto against councilmember Macedonio, an email was sent to the city council regarding this. Here is the email below that was sent to all the councilmembers and mayor.
The same day the email was sent to the city council, January 21, 2023, a petition was created asking the attorney general to deny the request of a quo warranto by the city against councilmember Karen Macedonio. Here is the petition.
Then, Facebook posts were created between January 21, 2023 - January 23, 2023. Here are the Facebook posts.
Next, at the January 24, 2023 City Council Meeting, a public comment was made by Shawn. Then on January 28, 2023, a Facebook post was created showing the clip of his public comment. Here is the Facebook post.
Then this happened. Here is the article regarding the February 28, 2023 City Council Meeting.
Next, on March 7, 2023, another email was sent to the city council regarding the whole quo warranto issue and their recent appointment. Here is the email below that was sent to all the councilmembers and mayor.
Since the email above was sent, and the news article was published, it raised additional concerns due to councilmember Macedonio being pursued for a quo warranto regarding holding two offices, that some feel may be incompatible, and wondering if the same would apply to the person recently appointed. Here is a Facebook post created April 8, 2023, stating these concerns and questions.
This above concern was also raised at a city council meeting, with the answer yet to be determined (TBD).
You have reached the end of the incident talking points!
Here is the opinion statement regarding this all with the dispute of the Quo Warranto being pursued against councilmember Karen Macedonio in the city of California City, CA.