Committed Felony Perjury in Her Campaign
Pam Hansen was originally listed on the ballot, but was subsequently disqualified for making a false statement that she owed no fines from her candidate committee on her affidavit of identity.
This is a felony, and if convicted she would be ineligible to serve on council with her seat being immediately vacated.
Misled Residents about Reason of Disqualification
Pam stated in a campaign post on Nextdoor
“My name is not on the ballot because of a 2016 campaign reporting fine that I was unaware of until September 2, 2020”.
The truth is she was informed multiple times by Oakland county, one time “Via certified mail” as you can see in the example notification.
With all this information public and accessible to anyone with an internet connection it is surprising she would mislead the public instead of just stating “I forgot”
Misled Residents about Knowledge of Campaign Finance Laws
Pam claimed in a comment to that post on Nextdoor
“I made a mistake by not sending in an affidavit of organization on time in fall 2016 and for my ignorance of campaign finance laws at the time”
She made the same mistake, and had the same fines in 2014, so was clearly aware, never-mind the fact that they mail you a letter informing you of what to do and by when.
Was Rude or Non-responsive as a President
Letter From My Wife to President Hansen
Verify what you have told are facts: My wife was correct, the village acted illegally as ordered by a Michigan judge.
Educate yourself: My wife is educated, the first in her family to graduate from college (Go Green!!!). In fact she’s so intelligent she didn’t need to look up the definition of “residential area” in the dictionary as the judge’s order told Pam Hansen.
Note was written for you: My wife needs reading glasses and left the bottom portion of the email in larger text as she scales it back to normal size before sending, the note was not written for her and this is the rudest accusation I’ve ever heard from a public official.
Lack of Response to My Letters and Concerns
I brought up major concerns with two members of the D&I Committee.
I did this during a council meeting, and later with three emails. The third of which was my first response ever from Pam Hansen.
Pam’s response to concerns about a D&I committee member who has a very long history of posting abhorrent tweets that are divisive and intolerant the response was
I talked to him about it
I will not remove him from the committee
I will not condemn these tweets
Clearly this committee was formed for political reasons, not to promote Diversity and Inclusion. Very similar marketing of D&I can be seen by the “connect franklin” Group, also while ignoring serious D&I concerns.
**My concern with David Sahli was not with intolerant tweets he made, but with his handling of concerns with someone making these types of tweets being on the D&I committee. I raised concerns about tweets from Michael Seltzer publicly and privately with David Shali. He did not act in a responsible manner by condemning the tweets and trying to have Michael removed from the committee. Instead, he warned him and the account was deleted.
Additional Lack of Response
I also brought up concerns of legality of the streetscape project multiple times, without ever receiving responses.
Misuse of Government Resources
Collusion with Connect Franklin
This e-mail came from a FOIA request looking into corruption in our village government.
Here we can see that Pam Hansen is driving a “voter education” initiative. The purpose of this voter education was not to provide unbiased information including both sides of the issue, but it was to push for a vote YES as is clearly indicated by the statements “we are asking for voter approval” and “I agree on simplicity and alignment of village messaging with CF.“
This email also shows the misinformation campaign of informing residents “Why the charter needs to be amended”. The village was mislead for many months with council members claiming the only way to install sidewalks along Franklin and 13 Mile Rd was by approving this charter amendment.
The Michigan Campaign Finance Act (MCFA) is a law intended to remove the unfair advantage that people in a position of power have over the voting public.
This act strictly prohibits any use of government resources in promoting a particular stand on an issue. The reason this is important is to protect the public from being overrun by a small majority in government who are abusing their power.
Clearly when we have a village trustee who is preparing “voter education” materials to “align village messaging with CF”, all the while using village resources like mailers, our webpage, letters from the clerk, along with using a highly paid PR person, and the village administrator we have a huge problem of corruption that MCFA was intended to prohibit.
Misleading Voter Education
The result of this unfair advantage is that voters received one sided information that included major factual misrepresentations that has affected the way people voted.
The most important fact left out is that the Village Charter does not need to be changed for residents to approve sidewalks. The charter amendment is taking the rights of the residents and giving it to the council. Thankfully 18 days before the election we finally see the truth from our village in our weekly newsletter.
Unfortunately, the Bias is Still Present in a FAQ
The village “voter education” material was updated but done so in a manner to confuse and mislead voters into thinking the process is very complicated and unlikely to really be implemented.
The following public letter from the village attorney to the village administrator was released on Tuesday 4/27.
Mike Seltzer went ballistic when he found out this public letter was released to the public. He demanded an full independent investigation into how this leak occurred.
Why The Concern? This completely blows up the false narrative that Mike Seltzer, Pam Hansen, and Brian Gordon were pushing which was that a charter amendment is required. Remember the FOIA fact that they had to explain “Why the charter needs to be amended”.
Why couldn’t we have a fair election where voters are simply provided the facts and allowed to vote?
In the future, our village needs to ensure any “Voter Education” is truly unbiased.
This could be easily accomplished by forming a diverse committee that includes council members from both sides of the issue.
A public hearing should be held to present the voter education materials to the public. The final released materials should consider feedback from the public and to get input from residents before releasing the materials.