A heated exchange erupted at the beginning of the meeting between Ojai Councilmember Leslie Rule (District 1) and Ojai City Attorney Matthew Summers when Rule attempted to read from a Jan. 24 letter, presented by private attorney Jon Drucker, to Summers, the other councilmembers and members of the public, including the Ojai Valley News, just prior to the Jan. 24 Ojai City Council meeting.
The letter (attached with this article) is signed by Jon Drucker, on behalf of Rule. The Ojai Valley News has redacted statements made in the letter about a private citizen.
- Watch the 1st ten minutes that started the call for an investigation into collusion and/or a conflict of interest between Mayor Stix and Mindful Citizen Dba Simply Ojai.
New Council Member, Leslie Rule explains her reasons for disclosing what she believes to be improprieties not protected by "closed session" requirements.
See the letter by her attorney, Jon Drucker explaining her rights under the Brown Act.
Since the mayoral scandal has broke out in January, Summers has often interrupted public comment speakers and made legal arguments to silence them. Is he over stepping his position as city attorney? Watch for yourself.
January 24, 2023 Ojai City Council Meeting
February 14, 2023 Ojai City Council Meeting
Ojai Valley News photo by Kimberly Rivers