Thursday, March 10, 2016

Baldwin Park Councilmember Ricardo Pacheco Retaliates Against Senior Citizens (Tuttle's Friends)

Council Member Ricardo Pacheco
Yesterday, Greg S. Tuttle, local business owner and activist, opposed the three temporary restraining orders against him by Mayor Manuel Lozano, Council Member Ricardo Pacheco, and Council Member Raquel "Monica" Garcia. In response, Council Member Ricardo Pacheco ordered John Rios and Mr. Luna, age 73 and 76 respectively, to also appear in court. Both Rios and Luna weren't witnesses to any of the allegations that the Mayor and Council Members are making against Tuttle, but they are Tuttle's friends and are quite vocal at the City Council meetings against the three.

(The backstory of this restraining order can be read here: Local Business Owner Defeats Mayor Lozano and Council Member's Temporary Restraining Order)

Nonetheless, Mr. Luna was in the hospital yesterday because of heart problems. He asked the attorney on record, Jimmy Gutierrez that he couldn't appear, but Gutierrez said it didn't matter that he was sick. He still had to come to court.

Additionally, I received an emergency notice of a hearing to cancel the judicial orders to have the witnesses, Teri Muse and Chief Michael Taylor, appear. Unlike Rios and Luna, Muse was a witness to the allegations that took place in Santa Barbara. Michael Taylor is being summoned because he can testify about Pacheco's character and his recent violent outbursts against people.

Tuttle believes that this was done in retaliation against him for opposing the temporary restraining orders and prevailing against Garcia and Lozano. He says, "They decided to drag my friends into it, who have nothing to do with the case."

It appears that Pacheco is caught between a rock and a hard place, because the merits of his case are falling apart, but he can't admit that it was unlawful for him to file a temporary restraining order against a citizen and local business owner.

To that, I just wanted to say, this is taxpayer money you're wasting and you shouldn't be spending it on unlawful lawsuits. You're not the King of Baldwin Park. If you can't handle people criticizing you publicly or exposing you, then you need to step down as a public official. Simple as that. 

Thomas Jefferson was right: "When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. . . ."

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