Daily Sun missed the story on City Council

Fake news hits, again.

I do not know what city of Sunnyside council meeting Managing Editor Ted Escobar attended, but it was not the same one I attended. At the Jan. 8 meeting, where the new council was sworn in and the new mayor and mayor pro tempore were sworn in, it was brought to the council’s attention they should consider getting a legal opinion on the following two things:

Is Councilman John Henry living in the district and a legal residence from which he was elected to serve? According to the Public Disclosure Commission, Mr. Henry listed his mailing address at 10 Maple Grove Road, the same address as David Rand’s pot shop, “Stonie’s.” There is a camper-trailer set up next to Stonie’s and local residents report it is occupied at night.

In that same PDC disclosure, Mr. Henry claims he had no assets and named Best Built Construction as his employer. Best Built is owned by Rand. Stonie’s LLC is owned by Diane Rand.

I feel there could be an issue within the appearance of fairness doctrine if Councilman Henry votes on any issue regarding the legal sale of pot in Sunnyside.

At no time did we ask for Mr. Henry to be unseated, nor question the validity of the election. All we asked for is for the council to seek a legal opinion from the city attorney on these items.

This action can be heard by going to the city’s website and listening to the audition presentation.

I congratulate the newly elected. Council members should be thanked for their service; it’s not an easy job.

Mike Farmer



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