The attention and the scrutiny have been overwhelming for the 36-year-old mother of four, who's working on her bachelor's degree at ASU (in biology and Chicano studies) and receives only a $300-per-month stipend for her work on the council. (Regular council members receive $200 a month.)

She isn't wealthy and has no entourage or PR advisers, as the mayor of Phoenix does. Suddenly, because of her defiance of the sheriff, she's being interviewed one day by playwright/actress Anna Deavere Smith for inclusion in a future one-woman performance by Smith. The next day she's being vilified, with TV reporters trespassing in her front yard to get a better shot of the car she was driving when she was ticketed.

"That whole thing was blown way out of proportion," said Jimenez of the headlight kerfuffle. "I never said I was being racially profiled. And I have every intention of taking care of the ticket."

Mordicai Sulk
Mordicai Sulk

She didn't have to say she was racially profiled because many immigrant rights activists said it for her.

As any journalist who's waited weeks or months for a police report from the MCSO knows, the sheriff's flacks turned over the police report on Jimenez in record time. It was in the hands of reporters within 24 hours after the citing — which signals that the small-town politician now joins many other public officials, political foes, supporters of political opponents, and journalists on the sheriff's enemies list.

Quite a feat for a newbie public servant who's been in office less than six months and who hasn't decided whether she'll continue in local government or go to dental or law school.

"This gig as mayor, I tell people, is just part of the journey to where I'm supposed to end up," she said. "There are times when I've thought about resigning, but I've never been a quitter in my life."

Arguably, it was Jimenez's act of defiance that started Arpaio on the road to widespread derision. He's facing more negative public opinion than ever, the threat of a federal investigation, and mounting criticism from other elected officials emboldened by Jimenez's bravery.

Yet the skullduggery of small-town politics is ongoing. Jimenez and her allies maintain a slim 4-3 majority on the Town Council. Her cousin, Patricia Jimenez, faces a recall election in September over what seem like relatively petty, personality-based issues. If her cousin loses the recall, the mayor will face a council vote to demote her to councilwoman (the mayor of the town is elected by and from the council).

There also has been talk of recalling the mayor, though petitions cannot circulate until June, according to state law. Outsiders to Guadalupe politics may be bewildered by the fact that the faction considering the mayor's recall also opposes the sheriff. Unsubstantiated rumor, jealousy, and small-time rivalries seem to be driving the local conflict.

For example, in a letter to all town residents announcing a May 4 Sunday meeting at Our Lady of Guadalupe to discuss alternatives to the MCSO, Deacon Bernasconi attacked Mayor Jimenez, stating:

"You are probably aware that the mayor of Guadalupe made a threat to Sheriff Arpaio that Guadalupe was going to terminate the contract with the sheriff's department. Unfortunately, the mayor spoke without thinking. Elective officials should not make drastic decisions without thinking of the consequences and without having a plan first."

Informed that it was the other way around — based on Arpaio's videotaped meltdown on April 3 — Bernasconi admitted that he hadn't been present at the verbal donnybrook or seen Channel 12's online footage of it. He said he based his statements on information given to him by others.

In fact, the footage reveals that Mayor Jimenez was calm and respectful compared to Arpaio, and it was clearly Arpaio who threatened Jimenez.

"If you don't like the way I operate," Arpaio told her, "you go get your own police department. You've got 90 days to cancel your contract — 90 days! You wanna cancel it, feel free to."

The threat from Arpaio was, if the mayor didn't want deputies harassing the town's brown-skinned citizenry, she must find some other agency to patrol its streets.

"We'll look into that," Mayor Jimenez replied before walking away.

Jimenez telephoned Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon that night, and met with him later in April to see what sort of letter Phoenix would need from Guadalupe to review the prospect of providing police protection for the town.

Jimenez narrowly escaped a vote of no-confidence on May 21, when three council members called a Town Council meeting and placed the reconsideration of the mayor's and vice mayor's positions on the agenda. The tiny council chambers were filled with TV cameras expecting something dramatic. About a minute into the proceedings, Jimenez, citing the illness and hospitalization of council member Patricia Jimenez's father, moved that the agenda be tabled and the meeting adjourned. The ayes had it, 4-3.

(As this story went to press, council members opposed to Jimenez were pushing for another no-confidence vote.)

An activist affiliated with Rusty Childress' anti-immigrant organization, United for a Sovereign America, was at the meeting and has been present at all Town Council meetings since April 3. He denied that he was spying for nativists, but there's no doubt that Childress and assorted Arpaio backers are cheering the squabbling in Guadalupe and the attempted removal of Mayor Jimenez.

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Aussie
Aussie

News of Joe and his regime have now hit Melbourne Australia how can a country stand by and not see what this man is as they say here in Australia JOE YOUR LOWER THAN SHARK SHIT !

Bobby
Bobby

Who among us doesn't understand the definition of "illegal"? What if I took your car and called myself the undocumented owner? Should our law enforcement smile and give me a bottle of water?

Anon
Anon

"In Arizona, they came first for the Mexicans, And I didn�t speak up because I wasn�t a Mexican; And then they came for the Dark Skinned, And I didn�t speak up because I wasn�t Dark Skinned; And then . . . they came for me . . . And by that time there was no one left to speak up."

ROGER
ROGER

forgot the ilegal in front of immigrant didnt ya?

Dennis Gilman
Dennis Gilman

"Talk shit...Get hit!!" ???????Comment by Red and White Supporter from Cave Creek Today, 10:00 ??????????????????

What does this mean?

THE REPEATER
THE REPEATER

The Sonoran News is a disgusting rag that doesn't even allow for comments. Thats why one of their racist writers dumps her trash Article in a comment section of another paper. That is about as low as one can sink. Even more interesting is that reporter hasn't been to Guadalpe. Not durring the disgusting raids that were so well writen about by the New Times (they were there)

Dennis Gilman
Dennis Gilman

The Sonoran News is a disgusting rag that doesn't even allow for comments. Thats why one of their racist writers dumps her trash Article in a comment section of another paper. That is about as low as one can sink. Even more interesting is that reporter hasn't been to Guadalpe. Not durring the disgusting raids that were so well writen about by the New Times (they were there)

ernie
ernie

Time to 86 the Fountain hills art shows where Pio signs pink underware as a fund raiser.

The WTF Express
The WTF Express

"In that sea of 5,500 residents, roughly 80 are people without color."

In KKKave KKKreeKKK, AZ, that filthy, shit-filled pond of roughly 5,000 persons, 95 percent of the population is as white as Wonder Bread. (according to the U.S. census)

And they like it that way. the town's full of racist scum and has a long history of coddling Nazis, the KKK, Hells Angels, you name it.

So when it comes to anything coming out of KKKave KKKreeKKK, consider the source.

Dennis Gilman
Dennis Gilman

It looks like The Sonoran News is so hard up for readers that they have to Copy/Paste their crap on a New Times blog in hopes that someone will read it. Does any sane person really think that anyone has Judges "fix" fix-it tickets?Only the Nativists when it's The Mayor of Guadalupe. Lets just hope that Sonorans investigative journalists dont find an actual copy of that 3rd grade note Rebecca's math teacher took or all hell will break loose.

Lucy Fur
Lucy Fur

Guess the Sonoran Not News' Linda Bonehead ("Real Facts"?) reads the New Times. It's rumored she's working on a hard hitting follow up which includes the following "facts" about Mayor Jimenez:

1)At age 6, the young criminal Rebecca Jimenez stole -- that's right, stole! -- a cupcake from her aunt's table and was imprisoned in her room for the entire rest of the day, having to go to bed without her supper.

2) Age 9, the notorious criminal Rebacca Jimenez passed a note in math class telling classmate Jessica Alvarez that she thought the boy next to her was cute. Math teacher Linda Periwinkle intercepted the note and read it before the entire class causing the criminal Jimenez enormous embarassment.

3) Age 14, notorious criminal Rebecca Jimenez stayed home from school for one entire week due to a bout with acne that temporarily made her cheeks look like the face of the moon. During that time, her mom told the school that her daughter was actually suffering from the flu. Because of this egregious and criminal act, the Sonoran Not News is researching to see if Jimenez's mom can be stripped of her American citizenship, and Jimenez retroactively placed in a foster home with white parents despite her current age of 36.

The crimes just keep stacking up! First loose dogs, now this. Good work L. Bonehead. Your Pulitzer's in the mail along with your sheepskin from Stanford.

The REAL FACTS
The REAL FACTS

GUADALUPE � In the one-square-mile town of Guadalupe, which has apopulation of about 5,500, approximately 72.3 percent are Latino (60.7percent Mexican), 48.5 percent are American Indian, 1.3 percent areblack and 1.5 percent are white.In that sea of 5,500 residents, roughly 80 are people without color.According to Guadalupe Mayor Rebecca Jimenez, the town is adual-cultural community, those cultures being Yaqui and/or of Mexicandescent. Jimenez accused deputies from Maricopa County Sheriff'sOffice of treating victims "as if they are criminals" and said wordtravels fast in the close-knit community "about the insensitive andeven abusive behavior of the deputies when they interact with our people."Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, white apologist to the illegal aliencommunity, jumped into the fray proclaiming Guadalupe's crime rateranked near the bottom compared to the rest of the Valley and saidGuadalupe had only one violent crime last month.Jimenez and Gordon called Arpaio's crime suppression sweeps racialprofiling aimed at illegal aliens.When 98.5 percent of the population is comprised of people ofcolor, the chances are exceedingly high whomever MCSO pulls over willbe a person of color.After Jimenez announced she doesn't want MCSO doing crimesuppression operations in her town, Arpaio sent her a 180-day noticeto terminate their contract with the town.District Commander Tim Campbell, who has worked the Guadalupe beatfor 30 years, was surprised by Gordon's statement and said, "I don'tknow where Mayor Gordon gets those statistics. They're completelyinaccurate and frankly they're offensive to the 65 deputies who workout in the east valley."According to Campbell, Guadalupe is a very violent community andduring the months of January, February and March, there were 13stabbings and shootings, citing "That's a lot of violence for onesquare mile."As far as MCSO is concerned, the city of Phoenix is more thanwelcome to take over the contract.Campbell told Gordon his statements have caused major problems fordeputies working in Guadalupe, with people pointing, calling themnames and flipping them the finger.Stating Guadalupe is "a hostile environment" and has always been adifficult place to work, Campbell said "because of baseless inaccuratecomments by Mayor Gordon and Mayor Jimenez, it's now become a verydangerous place for our deputies to work."Jimenez said, even before being appointed mayor in December 2007,she's had "several encounters with deputies that illustrate theignorance and prejudice of the sheriff's deputies."The ignorance seemed to be on the other foot a couple of weeks agowhen Jimenez was pulled over for driving at night with only oneoperational headlight.After the deputy informed her as to why he pulled her over,Jimenez asked, "Is there a town code or something that allows you topull me over for only having one working headlight?"Deputy Brown responded, "Yes, ma'am, there is actually an Arizonastatute that allows me to conduct a traffic stop on vehicles with onlyone operating headlight."Although she was driving with a broken headlight and had no proofof insurance or registration with her, Jimenez claimed the trafficstop was Arpaio's way of retaliating against her and asked the deputyhow he "liked working for a sheriff who racially profiles againstpeople with brown skin.""I continued to remain silent," wrote Brown in his narrative ofthe traffic stop.When Brown attempted to explain the citation he was about to giveJimenez, she interrupted and said, "You already told me that youpulled me over for my headlight, I'll just have to go to Judge Meltonand take care of it �"As soon as the ticket was filed, Guadalupe Municipal Court JudgeRobert Melton wisely recused himself and transferred the citation toanother jurisdiction.Jimenez, who has a criminal record that spans about a decade, hasbeen cited at least seven times since 1997 for dog at large on apublic street and/or failure to license dog.In 2004 she pled guilty to dog at large in a public street and wasfined $95.That same year she charged with disorderly conduct and criminaldamage. In a plea agreement, Jimenez pled guilty to the disorderlyconduct charge and was fined $555.In 2005, after pleading guilty to dog at large in a public street,with the failure to license dog and unlawful keeping of dog chargesdismissed, Jimenez paid her fine with a bounced check.While Anna Gaines reported the recall effort against Mayor PhilGordon was going really well, there were citizens in Guadalupe callingfor Jimenez to resign.Toni Campoi, who served on the Guadalupe Town Council in 1995, hasattended every council meeting since Jimenez was appointed lastDecember. She says Jimenez is rude to fellow council members as wellas to citizens in the audience.According to Campoi, because Jimenez was appointed rather thanelected, she can't be recalled and there are three members of councilwho "got in with less than five votes."There is apparently a recall effort against Guadalupe CouncilwomanPatricia Jimenez, a cousin of Mayor Jimenez.Last but not least, Gov. Janet Napolitano openly admitted her openborders agenda by announcing state funds would no longer be given toMCSO for fighting illegal immigration. She said Arpaio's crimesuppression sweeps were "causing trepidation in the illegal immigrantcommunity."That triggered citizens of Arizona and other states to donatemoney to MCSO so Arpaio can keep it up.

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Coz
Coz

Right on #18

Tired of  Misinformation
Tired of Misinformation

First I want to say that while Arapio's actions are incredibly racist, they are also illegal. You cannot sit and wait for a crime to exist. This is why police cars must be marked to catch you for speeding. We've all watched police shows (I'm saying this as most middle class Americans only get their brush with crime from t.v.)were evidence is thrown out because the officer obtained information about a crime under false pretenses. It is not a crime to drive down the street, but Arapio's raid made it a crime. That is police state mentallity and should be freightening to all of us, no matter how you stand on illegal immigration. It's a direct violation of your constiutional rights. Next, I want to address the burden that so many people claim that illegal immigration is. Complaining about it being on your tax dollars is a little outrageous, a bit of research will tell you much more of your tax money goes to elected officals and the business that support them than to any social service, whether or not they "deserve" it. Complain about how many elected officals live at a much higher standard of living than you do, on entirely your tax dollars rather than the Mexican who is cleaning up someone's yard who lives in a shack with 15 other family members. Most illegals do pay social security to have a job here, and it's actually your benefit if they stay illegal, more money for the government. Secondly, that whole burden to the educational system is frustrating. Due to the latest laws that have gone into effect, many illegals are leaving the state, pulling their childern out of schools. Many of the school districts are facing huge budget cuts due to the loss of enrollment, cuts that have been made at the school level will effect all the legal childern left.When it's in someone's interest to play on humanity's xenophobia for votes, one is reminded of a certain Nazi dictator who did the same.

AL
AL

I have almost 4,000 hours flying helicopters and I never could get one to "sputter menacingly".

The WTF Express
The WTF Express

The Sonoran Snotrag? That piece of shit racist right-wing fishwrap up in KKKave KKKreeKKK? So what if it's now licking Joe's hole? So other newspapers are supposed to do likewise? I don't think so.

Joe's no shoe in. By every poll out there, he's got a little over 60 percent. Not the 80 percent he lies about all the time. He's not invincible. And if he is reelected, that makes it that much more important that the New Times continue to expose his corruption.

If you want to pitch a tent for Joe, Omar, go right ahead. Pardon the rest of us who decline to go gay for the guy.

Omar Tentmaker
Omar Tentmaker

You write, "Sources have informed New Times that the FBI has an agent investigating Arpaio and the MCSO for civil rights violations." Just who might the "sources" be? The FBI is notoriously tight-lipped about discussing its investigations. The FBI only rarely gets involved in matters involving politicians and needs the OK from Washington HQ to do so. Why is New Times so cranked up about an elected official doing his duty as he sees fit? Even Arpaio's long-time enemy Sonoran News has made peace with him. Like him or not, Arpaio is going to run and be reelected to office. If New Times has an issue with Arpaio, I submit the newspaper should take the matter up with voters. If New Times doesn't agree with the voters' decision, tough luck! ~

John P
John P

Arpaio is a racist and a fascist.

Rebecca
Rebecca

I figured that not everyone would like what I had to say, but it is a valid point of view. As is the true patriot's. In response however, I would like to say that I am not my ancestors, and the choices they made, and the things they did are not my fault. I was born in America and whether you like it or not, it is my home as well as yours. Now, you feel the same way about illegals making this their home and why not-- Viva La Reconquista! My problem is not with illegals living on "American land", my problem is with the major burden that such illegals are putting on our healthcare system and our education system. I feel that the "victory" (more appropriately defeat) at the Alamo was as much as an atrocity as what happened at Wounded Knee. Yet, we are not there. We live in the "now". And, I worry that the America of now can not adequately handle such large numbers crossing its borders. I am merely a concerned citizen, who wishes to focus on the "now" and the "future"- things we can actually exert an influence on. You, True Patriot, appear to be more focused on your rage regarding things that happened long ago- things that I had no part in; things that none of us can change now. I think it would be more beneficial if we approached current events with a desire to do what's best for our ountry's future, instead of getting caught up on the past. I'm o.k. with us differing in our opinions on things, I just don't see how calling me a Bitch is going to help matters.

TRUEPatriot
TRUEPatriot

"The type of people who would abandon their own country and have no respect for the laws of the country they wish to make their new home, are not the type of people I want to be my fellow Americans."

"The type of people who would abandon their own country"? Um, sorry lady. Unless you're of Native American descent, that would include your forebears.

Regarding breaking laws, entering the country "illegally" is a civil misdemeanor. Yeah, it's against the law. So is jaywalking.

Regarding the type of people I don't want to be my fellow Americans, at the top of the list are a-holes like you. Go the fuck back to wherever your ancestors came from, bitch. I'll take the Mexicans anyday.

Rebecca
Rebecca

First of all let me say I dislike Sheriff Arpaio and think he's an ass. Be that as it may, the other sentiment I had while reading this story is as follows... From the comments posted thus far, it would seem that we should do away with visas and green cards all together and just let anyone who wants to to come on in and enjoy the perks of being an American. You people need to realize that the U.S. does not have unlimited resources and can not afford to dole out services to every needy person on the planet. I'm always hearing about these people coming here because they want a better life. Well, I can appreciate that, but not on my tax dollar. I wish people would stop talking about illegal immigrants as if they are helpless and had no other choice other than to break into our country and leech off our services. The type of people who would abandon their own country and have no respect for the laws of the country they wish to make their new home, are not the type of people I want to be my fellow Americans.

bucky
bucky

I suppose that it could seem like race profiling. After all, most of the illegal aliens in Maricopa County are of Hispanic extraction. As such, they look Hispanic. Too bad. So sad.

If you are here illegally, YOU ARE A CRIMINAL. If you are using a forged or stolen Social Security card, you are committing fraud and/or identity theft and YOU ARE A CRIMINAL. It really is that simple.

If you leave now and come back through legal means, I will embrace you as a fellow resident. I have no problem with legitimate immigrants and count many as friends. Until you do, you are a criminal and should be treated as such.

Dennis Gilman
Dennis Gilman

Steve, Now we are going to expect this kind of quality all the time. Great article. Clearly the most precise and complete coverage of The whole situation. Before anyone ever comments again on Arpaio or immigration, they should read this first.

Rick R.
Rick R.

What a great article, you took us on a ride thru the town of Guadalupe without having to be there to see all the abuse of power by MCSO, it just makes me so angry to see how dirty, low and unprofessional Arpaio and his office conduct their business and the part that makes me sick is I get to pay for his salary.

Anthony Wesley
Anthony Wesley

By the way,

Thanks Steven, you are the voice of reason in this ridiculousMess.

Anthony Wesley
Anthony Wesley

I really can't understand why this city and state is putting up with this. Most everyone I talk to doesn't understand or understands and wants something done about it. It seems that the Mayors are the only ones that have the rights of Arizona citizens on their minds. This maniac needs to be stopped. Most of us have been involved or know these immigrants that have come here to feed their families and hope to share in the American dream. We know them to be great people and would welcome them to America to live next to us. (They already do)They have added to our great country and I love their culture and beliefs. To have them terrorized in this way is sickening and totally Un-American in every way. America was built by and for immigrants that want a better way of life and if the statue of liberty's inscription was not written for them, then who?

Mike West
Mike West

This guy Bernasconi is full of shit. He blasts the Sheriff. Then he blasts one of the few politicians who have stood up to sheriff Joke -- the Mayor of Guadalupe. Bernie needs to get his head out of his ass and stop playing games. Self-important tools like him make his little town look stupid.

Mayor Jimenez, if retards like Bernasconi drive you from office, come on over to Tempe and run for something. I'll vote for you.

Rudy
Rudy

This is one of the best articles that I have read in the New Times in a long time.

Kudos to the writer and to everyone that contributed.

AND YES...BUFORD ARPAIO'S DAYS ARE SLOWLY COMING TO AN END...the egomaniac, self-centered, law-clown is a disgrace and a shame for all Arizonians.

 
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