Two days ago, I wrote St. Augustine Beach Mayor UNDINE PAWLOWSKI GEORGE about her unconstitutional, unctuous, ukases and rude behavior at the Tuesday, January 8, 2019 City Commission meeting, where she:
- repeatedly gaveled people for First Amendment protected activity -- applauding some of the 33 speakers who unanimously opposed the plan, which was tabled
- angrily read at the audience, without eye contact, rat-a-tat-tat, a statement attacking opponents of her PASSPORT LABS, INC. parking app scheme, mocking people for "misinformation"
- demanded to inflict her app idea without any effort to resolve questions about:
- lack of disabled parking spaces, violating ADA
- lack of public support for paid parking
- opposition to privacy-invading app payments using credit cards
- illegal unconscionable contract of adhesion contrary to public policy in a "Confidential" contract that violates F.S. 119.0701
I asked for any legal research supporting her ukase on applause, addressing it to the St. Augustine Beach City Police Chief City Attorney, Florida Bar, Florida Police Lawyers Association, city insurance defense lawyer.
I asked to talk to Mayor GEORGE about her bad excuse for performance art, as if channeling the ghosts of Richard Milhous Nixon, Captain Queeg from the Caine Mutiny, and Col. Nathan Jessup from A Few Good Men.
In the immortal words of William F. Buckley, Jr., "Why does baloney reject the grinder?"
St. Augustine Beach Mayor UNDINE GEORGE is already drawing comparisons to her petty, mean, vindictive predecessor, disgraced, defeated ex-Mayor ANDREA SAMUELS, and raging redneck boor disgraced former St. Augustine City Manager WILLIAM BARRY HARRIS.
I rated UNDINE GEORGE our "Worst Mayor" in Folio Weekly superlatives last week. She reminds me of the narrow-minded joyless city officials in the movie, "Footloose."
Mean Mayor UNDINE GEORGE has a "whim of iron": it was she who first pushed the notion of using credit cards and smartphones to pay for parking in a small beach town, arising from her:
- untruthful claims that St. Johns County is close to adopting paid parking:
- still-undisclosed "colleague" communications, which she refuses to disclose, and
- wondrous reported experience with the glories of smartphone app parking in a courthouse garage in Gainesville.
Police officers have a legal duty to disobey illegal orders, like those that Mayor GEORGE would like to give to remove people engaging in First Amendment protected activity.
Police officers will not indulge the delusions of this juvenile judgmental Mayor, whose hare-brained smartphone parking app scheme is in flames.
The next time Mayor UNDINE GEORGE makes an illegal order, as she did to citizens Tom Reynolds and Merrill Roland eleven months ago, Chief Robert Hardwick is now on notice that he is duty-bound to refuse it, or risk being sued for civil rights violations for violating the First Amendment.
Here's the e-mail correspondence:
From: Ed Slavin
Sent: Wed, Jan 9, 2019 11:28 am
Subject: Request No. 2018-28: URGENT: Legal status of applause and laughter and other protected activity at St. Augustine Beach City Commission
2.5 Police officers must obey lawful orders, but must refuse to obey any orders the officer knows would require the officer to commit an illegal act. If in doubt as to the clarity of an order, the officer shall, if feasible, request the issuing officer to clarify the order. An officer refusing to obey an order shall be required to justify his or her actions. (Emphasis added)