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Twentynine Palms, CA– Jerry “Jay” Corbin not only wants to double the budgeted cost of training new Planning Commissioners, but he wants them trained to be Radical Environmentalists to boot!

—— Forwarded Message
From: Jay Corbin <jcorbin29@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2011 20:57:37 -0800
To: “Tooker, John” <jtooker@29palms.org>
Subject: January 25th meeting
Good morning!
I would like the Council to consider a policy requiring Planning Commissioners to attend the League of California Cities Planners Institute each year. Following each Institute,
the Commissioners would prepare a brief description of the sessions they attended and provide their written evaluation of the benefit they received.
If, from time to time, Commissioners are unable to attend, they may instead participate in equivalent training such as attendance at one-day UCLA-Extension Public Policy
classes. I just went online and seven excellent classes are offered this quarter, including CEQA and Climate Change, Designing and Implementing Effective Zoning Ordinances,
Endangered Species, The Art and Economics of Building Green and Subdivision Map Act a 2011 Update. Two of these classes anytime during the year could substitute for
attendance at the Planners Institute if they are unable to attend. A brief report to the Council on each class would be provided by the Commissioner following attendance.
I am requesting that this be on the 1/25 Council Agenda for discussion and possible action. Please call or email if you have any questions.
As you know, I will be in Sacramento this week so unable to meet with you Wednesday.
Thank you,

Currently, Planning Commissioners are invited (at city expense) to attend the League of California Cities Planner’s Institute each year. In the past, not all Commissioners have attended each year. This year, $3,500 has been allocated for this purpose. If all commissioners attended, the cost is estimated to be $5,000 – $7,000.

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  1. Paparrazi Paparrazi says:

    I’d like for him to add a few more class’s to the list.
    Here’s some classes that he forgot…… How to avoid listening to the public and not get shot. Why do people that work hard have money? Why no one liked me in school? Why liberals like to spend other peoples money? How to get seated next to Barney Frank at the State of the Union address. Why the earths cooling is a sign of climate change and things are actually getting hotter. Why does Fed Ex ship things in a truck instead of a ship?

    • Papa, Your comments are very witty!

      OFF TOPIC TO PAPA ONLY-don’t read past this point, ya hear?

      FYI,you are developing a fan club among readers that email me directly with their comments.

      Just wanted to pass the info along!

      Ps. One email remarked about your pooch with helmet-too cute.

  2. John Anderson says:

    I have known Jay for at least 17 years now. He is a good guy who cares about the community to ensure the City gets quality development.  When he was the Community Development Director in 29 Palms, he would try to find solutions and resolve problems for complex issues.  Jay has the public interests and understands that tax-payers dollars need to be spent wisely.  He is not a “wide eyed environmentalist” but someone who tries to strike a balance between “good development” and “protection of the environment”.  In my opinion, Jay has a clear vision for the City, possesses strong leadership skills, and cares for his community.  Good job Jay!  Keep it up!   John

    • Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

      A man is judged by the company he keeps.

    • Paparrazi Paparrazi says:

      John – It’s a parallel universe isn’t it. I was watching the history channel last night on the Third Reich. Deja Vu.. People said just about the same thing about the guy they were talking about. Maybe Jay is destined to be a world leader just like that guy. He was concerned about quality people and used government money to produce them.
      BTW, I love your shows on ESPN and Wipeout. And who could forget your big hit
      Seminole Wind http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGoBQIhyFFM

      • Branson Hunter Branson Hunter says:

        Pap, what’s the purpose of the Hitler analogy? Corbin is a law abiding American. Attack him on his record.

        • Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

          Corbin is law abiding?

          • Branson Hunter Branson Hunter says:

            Well the law-abiding thing may have been a stretch.

            I’m not a law-abider. Don’t tell anybody Dano but last Friday I was in a rush to get from 29 unincorporated to downtown Yucca. I was late in meeting one of my responsibilities so I set the cruse control along stretches of Hwy. 62 at 70 mph!

            At Old Woman Springs Road & 62 an old woman slowed but failed to come to a complete stop as she made a left hand turn. She is a law breaker too. However, I don’t think she was a Hitler or a simpatico follower.

            And I know there are many other law-breakers. All those medicine cabinets are hidden places for law-breakers when they abuse legally obtained prescriptions when someone else in the family snatches a few pills.

            Evey time I’m in the Yucca — run in part by members of the Lincoln Club of Morongo Valley — I see law-breaker’s jay walking. It wasn’t Jay Corbin so I can’t say he was a law-breaker.

            However I’m guessing Jay Corbin has been a speeder, a jay walker and hasn’t always executed a complete stop where required.

            I stand corrected.

        • Paparrazi Paparrazi says:

          BH, First the post was tongue and cheek. In context it was on my mind since I watched the program less than 24hrs before the post. I knew that you would not like my using the analogy because you think it is never possible that anyone that is a do gooder has anything in common with Nazi’s. I didn’t say or implicate that he was a Nazi. I’m only pointing out that using government influence, laws for use of indoctrination was a tactic that was used by the Third Reich. Was it not? I do consider many aspects of the environmental movement to be terrorist in nature. Greenpeace, Code Pink, Wiki Leaks and of course the Global Warming scare tactics. Hm I remember Al Gore testifying in court that to deny global warming is like being a holocaust denier. I have not made any accusation against good old Jay as doing anything illegal. I have been attacked by eco terrorism so when I hear that someone wants to use my taxed dollars as part of indoctrination into being “Eco Friendly” it raises the hair that now grows in places it shouldn’t. So for the record, I attacted Jay on his record of wanting to use tax dollars for something that I consider a scam that steals from us twice. 1st by taxing us to send people to learn how to propagate a hoax that wants money to tax me again. I’m not going to be a victim of “Normalancy Complacency” like the trap the Jews fell into in Germany. In other words, that just can’t happen here, or in the this case that can’t happen in America. BTW. I am German.
          I am concerned about suppression of free speech. I saw nothing wrong with the speech made by Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen regarding his remarks recently before congress and the Nazi comment. I understood he was not calling republicans Nazis. He was just using the analogy as a reference on propaganda. He’s polar opposite politically from me but I actually enjoyed his comment and thought it was thought provoking. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0111/47903.html

  3. Cora Heiser Cora Heiser says:

    Other than the fact that I wonder why Jay takes it upon himself to write the city manager, I don’t disagree with the planning commission going to trainings. Let’s spend some of the money on educating our leadership and no offense intended, but it has been disappointing at the “I don’t knows” or just complete wrong information that I and others have received from departments at the city hall.
    I know the city council goes to the Leaque of CA cities and I still get I don’t knows, most of the misinformation seems to come from the staff and the councils lack of research (excepting Steve Spear and Joel Klink from this statement.) I would like to see all of them step up their game, question the city manager and staff a little more. I would like to have confidence in our city leaders.

  4. TJ says:

    Yup, we definitely shouldn’t encourage our leadership becoming more educated. We also shouldn’t develop alternate courses of action in case they aren’t available a certain week for training. And, should they attend a development seminar, we also should not have them write a report about what they learned to bring the information back to others. Oh, and those reports just might provide the incentive necessary for some of them to actually pay attention at the seminar instead of day dreaming and just out right sleeping on post.

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