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Mintz for City Council

By   /   October 17, 2010  /   19 Comments

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Vote for a candidate who:

  1. Believes in “common sense” Government. Dan believes City policies, fees, ordinances and zoning should reflect the real needs of our community and help businesses create jobs and provide services. Government should encourage commence and support a healthy economy. Government should not make unnecessary rules or limit the free market without good cause. Government should enforce existing common sense laws that protect our citizens and provide for the greater good of our community. Dan will use common sense to plan our future.
  2. Believes the citizens of Twentynine Palms should be able to live,work and shop in our hometown. Dan understands if more local opportunities are present, more jobs will be created, more taxes will be available to enhance and improve local streets, parks, youth sports  and senior services  and fewer resources will be spent on travel out of town.  If they can work and shop locally, citizens will save money, time, and vehicle maintenance while increasing sales tax dollars to their own community and decreasing the impact on the environment. From retail to recreation, Dan is ready to plan for our future.
  3. Believes in fiscal responsibility. The city should provide services to the community within its budget and should allocate funds to services the voters  choose. Tax payer dollars should be re-invested in projects and programs which improve the quality of life for residents, enhance the visitor  experience and encourage business investment and job creation. Dan will listen to voters and make responsible decision to plan for our future.
  4. Believes the city should have strong working relationship with the U.S. Marine Corps  and Joshua Tree National Park. Dan understands that a healthy community works together. Twentynine Palms is comprised of proud Americans who support the Marine Corps and appreciate the National Park Service. Dan will work to build bridges and forge partnerships to plan for our Future together.
  5. Believes in the future of Twentynine Palms. Dan has lived in the Twentynine Palms for 43 years and has operated a successful business, in partnership with his sister for 25 years. He has invested his time and energy in the community, volunteering for numerous youth programs, non profit organizations and community causes. Dan understands our city’s unique issues and community relationships. Business profits have been re-invested in the business, keeping it a vibrant, wholesome center for family entertainment.

Dan has spent his life working for Twentynine Palms: he’ll continue to plan for our future and work toward a better way of life for our community  as a City Council-member.

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Daniel Mintz

Dan has lived in the Twentynine Palms for 43 years and has operated a successful business, in partnership with his sister for 25 years. He has invested his time and energy in the community, volunteering for numerous youth programs, non profit organizations and community causes. Dan understands our city’s unique issues and community relationships. Business profits have been re-invested in the business, keeping it a vibrant, wholesome center for family entertainment. Dan is a Candidate for Twentynine Palms City Council.

19 Comments

  1. Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

    Dan,

    What is your plan if elected concerning the habit of Council and staff to junket about the state for one event or another? What is you opinion on unnecessary travel?

  2. Mark Clemons Mark Clemons says:

    Mr. Mintz. Good to read your post, if you have any issues that you would like to know my position on I encourage you and the other candidates to ask. These blogs are the superior media for dissemination of candidate’s views. That said we are closing in on the Election Day. I will have a few questions for all the candidates in the coming 29 days.
    I would like to see the citizens of 29 get and feel more involved. One way I see people connecting with our municipality is providing all details on all expenditures in a comprehensible format in real time on the city’s web site. Let’s enable the citizens, they will and do make the best auditors.
    How do you feel about putting some light on the city’s finances by exposing every dollar spent in real time on the city web site?

    • Mark Clemons says:

      29 used to have a chamber of commerce that could be the model for the Wikipedia definition of chamber of commerce “A chamber of commerce (also referred to in some circles as a board of trade) is a form of business network, e.g., a local organization of businesses whose goal is to further the interests of businesses. Business owners in towns and cities form these local societies to advocate on behalf of the business community. Local businesses are members, and they elect a board of directors or executive council to set policy for the chamber. The board or council then hires a President, CEO or Executive Director, plus staffing appropriate to size, to run the organization. The chamber we have now does not fit this description; they now look at our tax dollars as an entitlement. It is my opinion that as long as the chamber can set back and slop up our tax dollars they fail at their chartered function of being a business association. Those that been here for a while can remember 29’s heydays and how the chamber brought people together, it may have been necessary for their own survival.
      There was a day back in the mid 90s when the chamber was broke, and thought they may have to close their doors. When Karen the director told me that, I said “let me see what I can pull off”; six weeks later with a group of the 29 faithful we had The Mud Bogs. We gave them a nice check and were told by the board president we had a lifetime membership in the chamber. Not long after that the chamber fired Karen, started receiving your tax dollars, and my business has not heard from them for more than 15 years. If you have noticed Pioneer Days is but a skeleton of what is was in the glory days before they were funded by your tax dollars.
      Now my question; should the chamber survive as it was chartered serving their business members in return for funding from those businesses, or continue the current entitlement of your taxpayer dollars for their survival?

      • Mark Clemons says:

        The taking of ones property by the governing body or Eminent domain was once only use to enable a provider of public services to complete public projects. Recently (time flies it has been over four years) the supreme courts ruling gave local government the right to seize personal property for the needs of private developers. I am proud of our court system, however they occasionally make a ruling that appalls me and this is one of them. To give a governing body such as the 29 council the power to take property from a citizen to give too a private business is a huge responsibility and is ripe for abuse, to me it is plain wrong. As a council member I could and would not vote to use the power of emanate domain for private development. I would like to know how the other candidates feel about property rights and, the use of emanate domain?

        • Mark Clemons says:

          Parking is always a business concern, and to many a major expense. If a business looks to 29 to open up shop in, would be able to know how to budget for parking. If he looked at recent actions by the city where they required one business to put in a very attractive ($$$) parking lot, permitted another one to open with a dirt lot, and then the city covered 90% of the cost to one of the good old boys lots. If you were going to invest your personal wealth in a business would you do it in a town with these types of inequalities? This is the most loathsome of selective code enforcement, as a candidate how do you feel about the lack of uniformity? Do you consider this as smart growth or common sense?

          • Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

            posting once is enough, mark…. If it is a good question post it as a story.

            • Mark Clemons says:

              I will try to give an easy question on this busy day. At the forum last there were six candidates that had similar answers to the questions, were your words an indication of your leadership, or were you trying to be a polished politician by saying what you thought the people wanted to here?
              Dan don’t want to clutter your blog with my mug so maybe you can pass this question along

            • Mark Clemons says:

              I will try to give an easy question on this busy day. At the forum there were six candidates that had similar answers to the questions, were your words an indication of your leadership, or were you trying to be a polished politician by saying what you thought the people wanted to here?
              Dan don’t want to clutter your blog with my mug so maybe you can pass this question along

          • LG Dunbar LG Dunbar says:

            Mark: This is Dan’s post, not yours. Are you that desperate to try and get your message out that you hijack someone else’s post?

  3. Cora Heiser Cora Heiser says:

    Hi Dan,
    I will be asking all candidates these questions. Do you think councilmembers should receive health benefits while serving on the council? Do you think councilmembers should be offered retirement and post-retirement health care benefits at a cost of 500 dollars a month, paid by the city, per retiree to include their dependents? If this plan is still in place, if you are elected, would you participate if you meet the eligibility requirements; reaching age 55 with 5 years of service?

  4. Mark Clemons Mark Clemons says:

    I will give you a one word answer but first, you opened a can of worms. First who should get government funded health care? On one end you have the vets who took the oath and served honorably and deserve only the best, on the other end you may have a congressman who completes the term of a departed congressman for as little as 60 days and he gets a life of the best and I mean better than those heroic vets. Then in between, on the upper end you have the government employees then at the lower you have illegal, the poor, and the working poor, It would bother my sleep patterns if I was the one denying them of basic treatment. I could go on and on, I often joke about the only ones that get good health care are those that don’t produce, need health insurance run for public office or apply for a state job.
    To answer your question, I am on the record with a No

  5. Cora Heiser cora Heiser says:

    Mark,
    I think we agree that our Vets deserve the best health care. I believe that the reason anyone would take on a job in local politics (hopefully)is to make their place a better place to live. It shouldn’t be the money, but as we have seen many city managers and city councilmen are taking advantage of the very people they serve. Compensation should be included in the total amount of what city managers and city councilmembers earn. It is easy for me to say, because I am not seeking election, but in my opinion, the city councilmembers should not earn post-retirement health care. For a young city, it may not seem like much, but over the years, this could really turn into a huge expense for Twentynine.

  6. Mark Clemons says:

    Cora, the argument by the establishment we won’t get the caliber of those willing to serve with out medical insurance, retirement, pulse other perks is a sham, we as a city don’t need those that see the tax dollars as a path to personnel wealth.
    It is not just Bell or 29 it is the way California laws has made it easy for the looting to take place. It has been so easy for enrichment by serving local governments and their RDA special interest that even the moral one’s maybe unknowingly participated. Nothing like moving from a Chevy to a Cadillac.

  7. DeLucia_Zanini says:

    Mr. Mintz,
    A couple of times in this city’s short history we have seen a sham pulled on the voters by candidates that had hidden agendas. These candidates used their seats on the council as a vehicle for a high paying position with the city. Yes, they used their council connection bypassing and limiting better qualified applicants from the coveted high paying government job. Cronyism seems to be the only way to get a job in this town where the practice of pushing the legal envelope has become common practice. I would like to know if you feel this type of action is moral.

    • LG Dunbar LG Dunbar says:

      I would like to make an informed vote on November 2nd. However, posts such as this are of absolutely no help. If you have specific knowledge about “a sham pulled on the voters by candidates that had hidden agendas,” why not share it? Who are these candidates that “used their seats on the council as a vehicle for a high paying position with the city”?

      As a relative newcomer to Twentynine Palms, I would personally like to hear more and know more about the corruption of city hall.

  8. Mark Clemons says:

    Do you think the voters would like to know as a candidate how you feel about property rights and, the use of emanate domain? The taking of ones property by the governing body or Eminent domain was once only use to enable a provider of public services to complete public projects. Recently (time flies it has been over four years) the supreme courts ruling gave local government the right to seize personal property for the needs of private developers. I am proud of our court system, however they occasionally make a ruling that appalls me and this is one of them. To give a governing body such as the 29 council the power to take property from a citizen to give too a private business is a huge responsibility and is ripe for abuse, to me it is plain wrong. As a council member I could and would not vote to use the power of emanate domain for private development.

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