Actually, this doesn't relate directly to recent Glendoran madness, but is rather a gem from the archives. Apparently, Glendora's politics have been driving ordinary citizens to advocacy for years and years. Christina Demirchyan, at the PCC Courier, reports on Richard McKee, formerly president of the California First Amendment Coalition:
It was because of one specific lawsuit that McKee first entered into the CFAC. In 1993, he attended his first city council meeting after listening to his friend, a senior police officer, complain about the meetings.You here that young ladies? "The only way to provoke change was to sue the city council." I imagine the lawyers are circling over the Glendora City Council even as we speak...
During the first meeting he attended, then Mayor Bob Kuhn manipulated the time so that the issues of public interest were overlooked.
A month later, the city of Glendora had a budget meeting. It was during this meeting that McKee realized his city was not doing its job.
The meeting left no room for public comment and they moved money around when no action was supposed to be taken without the public's consent.
Following Francke's "when you know the law, you can make a difference" belief, McKee realized the only way to provoke change was to sue the city council. Reading up on the law and contacting the California First Amendment Coalition, McKee set out with a lawsuit that he hoped would enhance public awareness while changing the ways of the city council.