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Censure

Councilwoman Holly Blair reads from a prepared statement her response to the council's censure of her actions.

LEMOORE — The Lemoore City Council decided in a 4-to-1 vote to censure Councilwoman Holly Blair Tuesday.

After a little discussion and a few comments from the public, all council members, aside from Blair, voted to censure – formally express disapproval of Blair’s actions.

The censure document includes 14 reasons for the council censuring Blair and 11 specific instances of Blair’s misconduct, according to fellow council members.

Some of the items listed as reasons and examples include discussing personnel matters in public settings, making allegations against city staff without factual evidence and using expletives and inflammatory language in communication with city employees, residents and fellow council members.

Connie Wlaschin, a Lemoore resident, said that she is going to figuratively turn her back to Blair because of Blair’s disrespectful actions and comments toward council members, residents and Wlaschin herself.

After Wlaschin finished reading her prepared statement, Lemoore resident Ed Rodgers went up to ask exactly what was in the censure.

Immediately, City Attorney Jenelle Van Bindsbergen said that copies were available at the meeting and online.

At least 11 people in attendance hopped up to grab a copy with some grabbing multiple copies to pass out.

After handing out copies of the censure, Kristen Curcio, a Lemoore resident and volunteer in the effort to recall Blair, reminded residents of the efforts to recall Blair.

“We are the ones who elected you and we will take you out,” Curcio said.

Blair was given time to read her prepared statement in response to the censure. Her response included her reasoning for behaving the way she did and expressed her concern for actions taken by city staff, council members and residents before and after she asked for an investigation into her interactions with the police.

She ended her response by saying that she is proud of her actions and will be prideful of the censure.

“I will frame it and put it on my wall, for I know that I am advocating for the entire community of Lemoore, and not just for a select few,” Blair said.

A large portion of the crowd responded by shouts to express that she did not advocate for them.

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With the passing of the resolution to censure Blair, she will now be restricted in her duties as a council member.

Effective immediately after the passing and approval of the censure, Blair is to be removed from committees or boards that she sits on as a council member.

She currently is seated on Lemoore’s City Manager’s Committee, Kings County Emergency Food and Shelter Committee and the Cross Valley Rail Corridor Joint Powers Authority.

The meeting was moved to the civic auditorium from council chambers in order to accommodate the number of residents in attendance.

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The reporter can be reached at 583-2458 or chelsea.shannon@lee.net.

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