by Pam Zubeck
This is not an issue of lack of transparency, Judge Kane's findings is an active document the City Clerk is using to make her final determination.To recap, Collins is under recall in the April 7 election by a few people led by former Harrison District 2 board member Deborah Hendrix, because Collins hangs out with a tax cheat, Douglas Bruce, (though Hendrix herself is in hot water with the IRS) and doesn't represent the wishes of the southeast District 4. Collins has since been accused of an ethics violation regarding a property transaction involving Bruce.
Sarah Johnson stated to Mr. Blancken that Judge Kane's findings will be adopted as part of her final determination. This document was provided to Sarah Johnson and is a working document until her final determination is made. However, she is working to make her determination as soon as possible. I can enter your request for Judge Kane's recommendation as an official CORA and let that process run its course.
To reiterate, Judge Kane's findings will be an integral part of the final determination and will be released in their entirety when the City Clerk releases her determination.
Robert Blancken was forced to file an official CORA Request with the City of Colorado Springs because Clerk Sarah Johnson refused to disclose Judge HayDen Kane's initial opinion/findings regarding Mr. Blancken's Recall Protest.The Independent reported Johnson's dismissal years ago.
Judge Kane's opinion/findings were made available to Clerk Johnson on March 10th, 2015. Mr. Blancken and the Recall Petition Committee were promised immediate access to Judge Kane's opinion/findings during the Protest Hearing that was conducted on March 2nd, 2015.
Mr. Blancken stated, "I spoke with Clerk Johnson and she refused to provided his initial findings. Given this willful disregard for transparency on the part of Clerk Johnson, I had no choice but to submit a CORA Request and notify the public of her egregious misdeed."
Judge Kane did communicate that his findings would be made available to both Mr. Blancken and the Recall Petition Committee, as well as the public.
Mr. Blancken has requested a one-on-one meeting with the Mayor to further discuss these issues. At this time, no meeting has been scheduled by the Mayor's office.
Mr. Blancken went on to say, "It's a sad day in our city when public employees like Clerk Johnson behave in this manner. It appears she is doing everything within her power to ensure this recall occurs despite the legitimate evidence I presented. Clerk Johnson is ultimately accountable to the taxpayers, but her actions continually demonstrate her contempt for the citizens of this city. Perhaps that is why the city wouldn't allow me to address her involuntary dismissal from her previous employment during the Recall Protest Hearing. The powers that be probably do not want the public to know that she is unfit for duty. A bipartisan committee in Kentucky knew that and dismissed her, when will our Mayor and Council do the same?"