Cook stated at Public Comments, "Palm Springs is an unethical city that violates California Constitutional rights. Now, they have to pay."
The Baldwin Park boxers sued Palm Springs because it wouldn't release records on its former Finance Director, Craig Graves. Craig Graves has been caught cooking the books and engaging in creative accounting at least twice, while he's been working in Baldwin Park. Read about it here: Craig Graves Cooks the Books
He left Palm Springs for unknown reasons. The boxers want to know, and in fact, they have the right to know under the California Constitution.
The City Manager was squirming all night in his seat, knowing that Cook came to address the City Council for its Public Records Act violation.
Originally, the City of Palm Springs wouldn't release records. Cook threatened to sue. James Thompson agreed to release the records. Then he lied. Then he went back on his agreement. Then he sent a letter through his City Attorney that he wouldn't release them.
Cook stated, "They have to release the resumes at the very least. They didn't even do that. So, they've already lost. You don't have very bright people running Palm Springs."
He added, "When government agencies behave this way, they violate our democratic rights. People begin losing faith in the integrity of local government."
To be sure, the public officials felt offended to be served at their own Council Meeting. In turn, the boxers felt offended that the City of Palm Springs failed to comply with our California Constitutional Rights.