South Tucson residents are questioning a recent posting found outside of City Hall announcing the Council’s intent to hold meetings for the “sole purpose of strategizing on the campaign for the recall elections set on March 13, 2018.”
South Tucson Mayor Ildefonzo Green and Council members Rufino Cantu, Robert Larribas and Carlos Romo are all subjects of the recall election. Earlier this month, the crew acted to delay the recall until March 2018.
The “Public Notice,” appears to violate Arizona’s Open Meeting laws according to elected officials in other jurisdictions as well as experts on the law.
Experts say that a governing body cannot legally sponsored private activity such as strategizing for a campaign. They also note that governing bodies cannot blanket notice meetings. They could announce quorum gatherings for non-city business, but they’d have to notice each non-campaign gathering 24 hours in advance.