El Mirage Officials Celebrate Narrow Victory in Bond Election, AG Opens Investigation over Allegations City Used Public Resources to Influence Outcome

Categories: Election 2011
mook.jpg
El Mirage Mayor Lana Mook
El Mirage officials are planning to declare victory regarding the narrow approval of an $8.5 million bond at a special City Council meeting this afternoon.

Their adoption of election results comes two days after the Attorney General's Office opened an investigation into whether the city improperly used public resources or employees to influence the outcome of that election.

City officials, who have been pushing for voters to approve the bond to finance a new police station and part of a YMCA, squeaked by with a three-vote lead in the November 8 election.

On November 14, Assistant Attorney General James Barton on wrote a letter to the El Mirage City Council, putting them on notice about his inquiry and giving them a chance to respond to the allegations made against them.


City officials have until December 5 to explain why El Mirage dispatched several city employees, including the city engineer and a police officer, to the Shell gas station, owned by bond opponent Joe David, when a couple of pro-bond campaign signs on his property went missing.

"What is the reason for such attention over one location's campaign signs?" Barton asks in his letter.

New Times first reported the city's heavy-handed response to David's bond opposition in September and, again, in October

City officials will also have to explain why they changed the city's laws to allow employees to get involved with local elections -- just in time for them to take an active role in the city's own bond election. (Several weeks before that change, El Mirage officials decided to shut down the city for a week and give employees a paid vacation during that time.)

"In what ways did the City encourage city employees to campaign for passage of the bond? Did the City recently lift its restrictions on city employees involvement in city politics? If so, any did any officer of the City suggest that city employees could now support the bond election?" Barton's asks in his letter.

And Barton is also asking for copies of El Mirage News, the city-produced newspaper.

The city publication contained columns by Mayor Lana Mook which advocated for the passage of the bond, and state law prohibits the use of city resources to influence an election.

Mook could not be reached on her cell phone or at City Hall.

Vice Mayor David Shapera told New Times that he didn't have any comment, and punted the call back to the Mayor's Office.

Councilman Jack Palladino said he didn't have any comment because it was "all a bunch of lies."

One of the El Mirage residents who raised questions about the election and the city's involvement is Linda Kleiner.

"Circumstances surrounding the bond election raised a lot of questions, starting with the city giving the employees a week of paid vacation and then giving the same employees the ability to participate in a city election -- when no other city in Arizona allows that," she tells New Times. "El Mirage residents deserve to have a fair election processes."
My Voice Nation Help
79 comments
tandfriends1234
tandfriends1234

who ever reads these post,

you should all be aware that the city is looking better everyday and it looks like more business are moving in.  I spent time with a friend over at the planting park and I was very surprised at how nice it looks.  i want to thank our city for the new ideas.  Even though I am much older than most you, i am a  proud grandpa of 10 grand kids and 6 great grand kids and I have been married to my wife basically my whole life.  yes we came from Mexico and I can tell you that our people are very proud people and we are hard working, family connected, very dedicated to our religion and we love our language "spanish".  We are clean and honest people and we do not  cause problems for those who lead us in a better direction but this fat lady (Linda) and her crazy husband (Jay) are just white trash.  One of my daughters who is a college graduate in Psychology and will be receiving  her Masters in Psychology,   know the family very well through the daughter and while they are critical of our city government, this family lives off the government assistance programs.  i see this fat lady parading around the city with her family like they are entitled to pick on our city officials.  this fat lady should spend more time fixing her own families short comings, like getting herself and her adult kids jobs so they can pay state and local taxes like the rest of us have to support the assistance they get.  leave us alone people, we are happy in el  mirage.

tandfriends1234
tandfriends1234

like i said before, I was at the meeting where this woman's husband spoke at calling our city out like he is so clean of any civil and criminal charges.  He stated, "The tree rots from the top down" and he and his fat wife should look at how they have rotted and destroyed their family from the top down.  These liars have gone around slandering our city and friends for years now and we think it's time to expose them and their bull shit.  monica why don't you interview their family members?  leave our city alone please.  we are pleased with what our city officials and leaders are doing.  My family and i and grand kids have been here a lot longer then this crazy family.  if you don't like our city then move out.

tandfriends1234
tandfriends1234

dear monica,

you don't know the personal lives of this so called person linda k.  have you sat down and interviewed her about her family past history and what she has hidden from her own family.  have you done you due diligence with this woman and her past history and her families history.  You say you like to cover the politics of our city, what about covering the horrible person who is giving you information.  I have looked into this person and you would be surprised what we have found out about how she treats her family and friends.  You would be shocked and disgusted with what she has done.  be careful who you believe these days.  my information comes directly from a person very close to her and that she trust completely but this person is also very close to me and I will not shame my friend.  watch out you may be the next victim.  We are pleased with our city officials and what they are doing, let the ag's office handle any illegal things not a big mouth idiot. 

urallcrazy
urallcrazy

Bobsbigboy1948----To everyone who doesn't know---Bobsbigboy1948 is Roger Cleveland.  He is a past City Council Member who ran unopposed for his Council seat.  He was on the Council for 4 years and hardly uttered a word other than to vote however he was told to vote.  The one thing he DID DO was take NUMEROUS trips on the city's money.  Even taking his family with him.  He tried to get away with the city paying for his familys trips but got caught and had to pay the money back.  Roger is preparing to run for City Council again next year.  He's been seen cozying up to El Mirage Fire Fighters every chance he gets, hoping to win their support.  LIKE THAT WOULD EVER HAPPEN.  These are some of the comments that this former and want-to-be-again Councilman have said in these blogs.  (I don't take credit for the spelling, it's his.)  Quote:  u at council in the diaper peanut section----or inserting their thumbs up your appendages.  Old Dumb Dorks.  Your inteligence very small brained slipped up ur asses.    -----under ur asssssssssss. ------ yellow belled s-o-b cowards.  Go stick ur head back up ur maximus.  End Quote.  Yep, Let's all get out and vote for Bobsbigboy1948

ShaunaJ
ShaunaJ

Of course she can not be reached for comment and probably neither can the city manager.  If they answered calls they would have to answer for their actions.

urallcrazy
urallcrazy

For a couple months now there have been numerous blogs and comments regarding El Mirage and the present administration.  A few comments have been extremely negative opinions with nothing to back them up.  There has been much name calling and un-kind remarks.  Everyone is entitled to his or her opinions and we have the right to disagree however, to quote John Green, Scottsdale from the Az. Republic Letters to the Editor---"If it cannot be articulated civilly without recourse to obsenities, bigotry and hate, maybe it is not an opinion worth sharing."  Most comments on this blog are NOT WORTH SHARING...

Liberty
Liberty

KNOWLEDGE & APTITUDE IS SURELY LACKING @ THE MAYOR & CITY MANAGER....

Liberty
Liberty

HEY SPENCER & LANA.... YOU DON'T HAVE A MERITOCRACYBONE IN YOUR BODY....CHEW ON THAT....YOU BOTH ARE THE CANCER IN THE CITY!

Liberty
Liberty

CRONYISM IS ALIVE & WELL IN EL MIRAGE ONCE AGAIN....RIGHT LANA & SPENCER...  LOL... IT'S GOING TO GET A LOT HOTTER.....ENJOY.....

urallcrazy
urallcrazy

BE SURE TO PICK UP A MONDAY DAILY NEWS-SUN PAPER AND READ THE ARTICLE ON THE 6OTH ANNIVERSARY PARTY.  DON'T YOU JUST HATE HOW THIS ADMINISTRATION NEVER DOES ANYTHING FOR THE COMMUNITY.?????  THEY ARE SO DARN SELF-CENTERED!!!!!   NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Phxnative1963
Phxnative1963

I knew it was only a matter of time, before the illegal actions of the current political and administrative staff would be investigated by the State. Stay tuned, there is much more to come.

urallcrazy
urallcrazy

It's the holiday season and let this be a warning to Winefsky, Fredette & Frizzell.  Just one short year ago Linda Kleiner (who I thought was my friend) conned me out of LOTS of money.  She claimed she was buying gifts for the poor kids of El Mirage, she also claimed she was helping a local, poor church in El Mirage buy gifts for their children,  She said she was collecting donations.  It was all a scam, a swindle. She and her family had a pretty good holiday with my money.. HAPPY HANUKKAH!!

CHRISTMAS IS COMING EARLY THIS YEAR.  IT'S DEC. 22ND.

Juanita in El Mirage
Juanita in El Mirage

The bond election did not raise alot of questions. Only Jim McPhetres and his buddies Linda Kliener and Fredette and Winesky and Frizzell raised questions. And only to get publicity for themselves. Jim has flip flopped so many times on the issue, even he doesn't know what he wants, thats why he has a lobbyist telling him what to do. On Wednesday he just approved it and then congratulated the police as if he was for them all along. As if he didn't pay a lobbyist to fight it when the Mayor was down at the legislature fighting to give the citizens the right to vote and decide for themselves. He is still with the lobbyist as he's hoping to take over the mayor's position.That will never happen, he won't be here for long. That will be a blessing for our city.Ask McPhetres about the ponti scheme he's involved in with Kliener.Ask him about his buddy the militia man.

urallcrazy
urallcrazy

So Monica,   are you going to print the results of this investigation when all of these allegations are proven false???   I doubt it, you wouldn't want to print anything good about El Mirage and you wouldn't want to print the truth either.  Once again Monica, stop believing Linda Kleiner.  The truth does not exist in her world.

Abc
Abc

Aren't they one and the same?  Everyone knows who runs the city and it is not even remotely the city manager.  You could get rid of the city manager and save the citizens a ton of money as no one would notice any change..

Abc
Abc

They hired an assistant police chief without even advertising the position so I would say yes cronyism is very alive and well.

urallcrazy
urallcrazy

If by hotter you mean the up-coming recall!!!????  Two can Play that Game you know!!!

guest
guest

U-R-CRAZYYYYYYY, OR MAYBE SIMPLY BLIND? HOWEVER, YOUR RIGHT ON ONE POINT YOUR FRIENDS ARE SELF-CENTERED. GUESS YOUR EDJUMACATION WAS SUPPLIED VIA DISCRIMINATING TEACHER. OH BY THE WAY WHEN AND WHERE U AT COUNCIL IN THE DIAPER PEANUT SECTION FRONT ROW. OR BACK LEFT CORNER HIDING N INSERTING THERE THUMBS UP YOUR APPENDAGES. WHERE OR WHERE HAS OUR CITY PAPER GONE?

HappyinEM
HappyinEM

since you feel there is so much more to come, why not come out with it?  Or are you waiting for one of the three stooges to tell you what to say next. Kleiner, Fredette and Winefsky are a joke.  Not a normal IQ among them and yet you people are listening to them.  Kleiner has been mucking up politics in EL Mirage for years but she will never come out and show her face.  All her work is done behind the scenes so when the proverbial sh.. hits the fan she is not involved.  Now she has a couple more willing participants to throw under the bus!

Friend of El Mirge
Friend of El Mirge

Just wakeup Linda? Aren't you packing up yet? Pay more attention to your family or you may lose them along with your house. Half of them already have restraining orders against you. Hold on tight to the other half. Why don't you get a job and help your husband instead of causing him more worries? He deserves better.

rememberingthefacts
rememberingthefacts

Amazing how history repeats itself with Linda Kleiner...She swindled many people getting them to buy her worthless graffiti comic book, NOBODY WANTED IT! so she kept the money, surprise surprise. Donated to her supposed purchase of paint to cover up graffiti, never happened! All along the house she bought for her daughter was in foreclosure, now her house is in foreclosure and going to auction 12/22 BUT she was collecting money for the poor kids at Pastor Lupe's church? Right, most of the money for toys went into her pocket, wanna bet? Now that most of the people she used to try to con are wise to her scam she has found new suckers...Winefsky, Fredette & Frizzell...hang on to your wallets. McPhetres is too dumb to admit what a worthless, lying, scheming person she is. All he wants to hear is how she will "help you win another election". Good luck with that. His track records stinks as much as hers. Good thing the council only has 1 POS loser to deal with. They are making real progress in this city despite the false accusations. Wonder what nonsense they will invent after the AG announces there was no concerns or basis for the complaints Kleiner & Fredette alleged! Pack your bags Linda, move as far from El Mirage as your stolen money will take you. McPhetres...maybe she will take you with her since you like repeating her garbage so much. ADIOS!

Liberty
Liberty

Pound sand....loooooser.... factless moronic words.....

urallcrazy
urallcrazy

Monica,  two months ago I asked you when were you going to print the results of this investigation and you have yet provided us with the AG's findings.  We'd like to hear your negative version of the dropped investigation.

Monica Alonzo
Monica Alonzo

urallcrazy -- of course i will publish the results of the investigation.

i think it's a shame that you'd say that i wouldn't print anything good about el mirage. as you know, i've covered the city for a long, long time and my goal is always to keep an eye on its politicians -- no matter who they are. and my goal is to keep the community informed. you should know that better than most.

and listen, if you, or anyone else for that matter, believe that something -- anything -- that I am publishing is a lie, i would respectfully ask that you specifically tell me what that is. if you don't have any examples, i would also ask that you not try to mislead the public by claiming that facts are lies just because you don't like the facts.

the community -- your community -- deserves better.

Bobsbigboy1948
Bobsbigboy1948

W O W u R allcrazy. old DUMB DORKS the EASY COAST calling you back. U R right on 1 subject your inteligence verysmall brained sliped under ur asssssssssss.

Bobsbigboy1948
Bobsbigboy1948

well we see how once again the city council and P. O. E. M. along with others have Poisisoned and Polluted our city. so whats next hire more frined and family members. now that city manager can hire and fire department heads. after all look at our city attorney he makes $7.000 dollars a month and only works two hours? did you know that adds up to $84.000 a year and only 24 hours of work? at a rate of $58.33 a minute, wow what a job. do you know you could hire a full time attorney for less than $56.000 a year? city assistant manager for around $75 thousand to $83 thousand a year instead of $87 to $95 thousand? whats next an event coordinator at a rate of $55 to $65 thousand a year? REALLY U R ALL CRAZY 1163 to 1160 = 2,332 el mirage citizens voted. guess the monopolization has bugun rich get richer and the rest of us pay for it.

Bobsbigboy1948
Bobsbigboy1948

SO REMEMBERING THE FACTS YOUR THE ONE THEY ARE LOOKING FOR. NOT NICE SENDING THREATS WITH NO RETURN ADDRESS! no GUTS, no MORALITY, only LILLIL YELLOW BELLED S-O-B's COWARDS. NOTHING NEW!

ShaunaJ
ShaunaJ

You are dead on about a lot of this Monica.  Keep them honest (well as honest as this group can be).

urallcrazy
urallcrazy

No Monica, you keep the community MIS-informed!  You ALWAYS cover the City Of El Mirage in a NEGATIVE way.  You ask for comments from City officials but NEVER print the positive info you are given.  You also know that I know you have been given the facts about what is really going on in the city of El Mirage, but none of that appears in your article. You thrive on the negative.   By the way, anytime you quote the people you are quoting in this article---YOU ARE misinforming our residents.  You are right---Our community deserves better.  Try staying neutral and printing both sides of the story (which is what a good reporter does.)

Bobsbigboy1948
Bobsbigboy1948

now Monica please remember your dealing with moronic pee brained shallow narrow persons. they snub all citizens and veterans of El mirage. by having a so-called veterans parade with all there friends and forgot the rest of the city. nothing new apparently the citizens are beings used to further there dirt tricks.

ShaunaJ
ShaunaJ

They hired an assistant police chief without even posting the job.  Why follow city policies when it comes to hiring.

urallcrazy
urallcrazy

I received this in an E-Mail today and I thought this applied to you GUEST.  "Some people are like garbage trucks. (that would be you)  They run around full of garbage, full of anger and full of disappointment.  As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it. (that would be this blog)  SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE DO NOT LET GARBAGE TAKE OVER THEIR DAY." 

urallcrazy
urallcrazy

BOB, BOB,BOB-- You are SO uninformed.  First the city doesn't need an attorney on staff FULL TIME, plus he is a contract employee so therefore the city does't pay him benefits.  AND therefore saves the taxpayers money.  I'm sorry, I'm unaware of the city hiring family members.  Please enlighten me!!!  Where do you come up with these untruths and figures, do you pull them out of your backside???

rememberingthefacts
rememberingthefacts

Roger, go take your medicine. You have been infected with Fredette, Flysin, McPhetres and Winefsky!

HappyinEM
HappyinEM

I hate to tell you this but the city attorney works way more than 2 hours a month.  I have frequently see him at city hall on days that are not council meeting days.  He is also available to staff by telephone.  Let's not forget te 2 PR firms that the last administration hired for 300,000 a year.  Gee, that was money well spent.  Shall we bring back Michelle and BJ ?  Bet you 5hink those were the good old days!

Juanita in El Mirage
Juanita in El Mirage

Please go to the Council meetings and see what's going on. It's open to everyone. This council has accomplished more in the past 9 months than the previous council did in over 4 years.

Trekies2002
Trekies2002

hEy urAlLcraZy your name speaks 4 its self! watch out 4 the garbage truck it just stoped in front ur house? or trailer, or port-a-potty, or is it ur new home?

urallcrazy
urallcrazy

Too bad you can only call people names and write worthless crap, where are the facts???  You don't know who I am,  where I come from or where I'm going.  But YOU, it's pretty obvious you kknow nothing and have absolutely no future.  Stuck in a quagmire. 

Arizona1234
Arizona1234

ur a demented moron who should crawl back into the cesspool u came from!

GUEST
GUEST

SO THE GUTLESS WONDERS HAVE EMERGED. USE OF TREATS, TRYING TO INTIMADATE THOSE WHO THEY DISRESPECT AND ARE INCAPABLE OF FACEING THOSE WHO TELL THE TRUTH. CITIZENS OF EL MIRAGE THE TIME HAS COME. YOUR SO CALLED CITY COUNCIL CONTINUES TO RAISE TAXS, SPOUTE LIES, SPEND  YOUR MONEY.  

urallcrazy
urallcrazy

WRONG,WRONG,WRONG---You who know so little and speak so many untruths!!!!  The city WILL NOT maintain the facility.  McPhetres must have mis-spoken on that point too!!When will you figure out that you CANNOT believe this man.

ShaunaJ
ShaunaJ

Alright Monica.  When these sheeples have no facts to prove you wrong, they resort to name calling.

ShaunaJ
ShaunaJ

These clowns have come out in the council meetings several times admitting they had incidences where they were in violation of the open meetings law because they were together and it wasn't posted (and most of them were at events with public safety departments - hmmmm).  They think the rules do not apply to them.  How many times do they have to do things like this before they are held accountable.

ShaunaJ
ShaunaJ

Actually McPhetres is the only one with a clue.  Wait until your tax bills go up and your utility bills go up and other fees go up to cover the cost of the additional $3 million loan they are getting to cover the difference between the $8.5 million bond and the $11.5 million they published it will cost to build a new station and YMCA-like facility.  McPhetres may have overstated the total cost to the taxpayers but it will be much more than the $24/year they keep preaching it will cost the citizens to not only pay to build it but maintain it over the cost of what they currently pay to maintain their current buildings.  By the time the sheeples that voted it in figures that out, it will be too late.  Good luck to you.

Bobsbigboy1948
Bobsbigboy1948

way to go Monica, unfortunately the mice are incapable of seeing, hearing or speaking any truth. they are only capable of false accusations. did you know they have no lives of there own, only that which they misappropriate from others. there only capable of deception and deceit. all that is left is the loss of moral values corruption.  

Monica Alonzo
Monica Alonzo

Friend of El Mirage-

As I posted earlier -- if you believe that something that I'm publishing is false, please let me know specifically what that is. It's one thing to make a general statement, like, 'these are all lies", when you don't have to back that up with your own facts.

I'm basing my reporting off of city documents and various other public records. In most cases, I've linked directly to the documents from which I've taken my information.

Also, the only shame here is that you are trying to obfuscate the truth by wagging your finger and lobbing sophomoric insults.

urallcrazy
urallcrazy

You wouldn't recognize the facts if they jumped up and kicked you where it hurts.  Besides the facts would only confuse you more!!!!!

urallcrazy
urallcrazy

And how would you know what this council is doing?  You don't have the guts to show up and observe and learn.  Oh well, McPhetres will tell you lies and untruths and you're stupid enough to believe him.

Liberty
Liberty

Hey idiot.... the facts don't lie...go stick ur head back up ur maximus .... LOL

Liberty
Liberty

and the payola continues Delgado.... Juan wake up... They bought u ....ur a underhanded lying sack of poo poo...

Liberty
Liberty

doing all their underhanded deceptive greedy dealings

Bobsbigboy1948
Bobsbigboy1948

pray you no way. your holly horns are showing. nothing new only information you know comes from your mother mooooookie. better watch out or you will cry when that knock on the door comes. oh and as for praying REVELATIONS 12:13, 2. and PSALMS 23. remember those who have big mouths like you say the least truth.

Friend of El Mirge
Friend of El Mirge

Not on bit of truth. So old trash. It's time for you and yoour buddies to go back to school. Maybe a little more education aboce 5th grade level would help.

And for the reporter, shame n you. You must know LK is full of herself yet you publish stuff without verifying the facts.  tsk tsk

Friend of El Mirge
Friend of El Mirge

You must be McPhetres and Linda's friend. Not a word of truth, just like all the false statements you made to the AG. But you don't care, you just want to put garbage out there to make your buddy look like the good guy. Won't happen. There isn't much that can make him look good now. He's buried himself in falshoods just like you. I will pray for you both.

Bobsbigboy
Bobsbigboy

well jUnita you r correct they have done more in 9 months, two or three counts hireing friends, best buddies, and firing others without cause. however, it appers your just like them. COUNCIL MEETING AUGUST 25th 2011. Agenda item number 1 Question 1 Adopting a letter in support of Special Election Bond. On Juls 14th 2011 the Mayor and five council members  letter was signed after the council meeting was over. ERGO OPEN  door meeting violation. the meeting was simple they were trying to cover thier ouw A holes. which was not the first time, nor then second time, maybe not even three times. We guess you knew this transpired or where you part of it? LETTER to city of EL MIRAGE city council, from the Attorny General. Date 14 November 2011 investigation use of public funds to Influence the outcome of a BOND ELECTION. the mayor, her husband, and several of the P. O. E. M. organization members were connected with this.  SO your saying our money is being used correctly? did you know our city lawyer recieves $84.000 thousand dollars in pay from the city and he only works 1 day? did you know they are firing personel, and then hireing their best freinds in place? NO? if this is correct then your right they have accomplised spending more money, spreding more lies, accomplishing in handing out $45.000 thosunad dollars to councilman Delgado for helping them in their election like a payoff! they have VIOLATED the public's right's

Now Trending

Phoenix Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...