Open Letter to Superior Councilwoman Soyla ‘Kiki’ Peralta
Posted: Monday, Mar 25th, 2013
Dear Ms. Peralta:
In the years I have been in Superior, other than showing support for a few council candidates, I have stayed away from Town politics and negativity. Instead, I have focused on Town clean-up efforts, recycling and promoting the Town and businesses, through my work with the Chamber of Commerce. I have watched you berate and belittle people at many Council meetings. Your behavior at the special Town Council meeting on Wednesday, March 13, related to the Land Exchange that will allow Resolution Copper to proceed with mining in this area, has pushed me past my tolerance level.
When the meeting was turned over to you to chair, because of three members that had conflicts of interest with the issue, you must have taken that as an O.K. to be rude, pushy and basically obnoxious. You slammed that gavel down as hard as you could and threatened people with removal by the police if they tried to say anything. You acted like someone who was just throned queen of a dictatorial nation. You made it very clear that you had no interest in hearing what anyone had to say and went so far as to say “If you wanted to speak you should have been here last week.” How could they? The agenda item to OPPOSE the Land Exchange did not exist last week!
There were approximately 120 people who came to the meeting that night. Regardless of their stand on the Land Exchange, they were there because they are passionate and emotional about their cause. Each person in that room had a right to be treated with dignity and respect. Instead, they were treated like dirt!
No public official should EVER treat people like that, regardless of their opinion. Ms. Peralta, you shamed the Town of Superior and should make a public apology to the community for your totally inappropriate behavior. This is a very sad time for Superior.