The following article is written by Michael McGuire, former editor of the Livingston CA Chronicle. Read what Mr. McGuire writes about Twenynine Palms and its hiring of 29 Palms City Manager, Richard Warne. McGuire has a nice comment in his article about about 29 Palms.
Headliner Examiner | Examiner.com April 23, 2012 | By Michael McGuire,y
Richard Warne, who left Livingston earlier this year after a recall election left him without majority city council support, has landed the job of city manager of Twentynine Palms.
Scheduled to take office on April 26, Warne is already facing opposition; but for reasons unspoken in Livingston.
In Livingston, Warne’s political problem was he asked for higher water-use rates than voters wanted.
In Twentynine Palms, the debate is over Warne’s campaign contribution against Proposition 8, which would have legalized same-sex marriages in California.
“Citizens wishing to offer comment as to how Twentynine Palms can protect civil rights for all while employing a manager who actively works to deny civil rights of selected minorities may attend the Twentynine Palms City Council meeting beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 6136 Adobe Road,” a letter-writer wrote the Hi-Desert Star.
Bloggers have joined in to campaign for Warne’s departure, even before his taking office.
If Warne survives this controversy, he has a good deal.
“Warne is expected to begin performing his duties on Monday, May 2, and will be compensated with a base salary of $171,500 annually, pending approval of the employment agreement by the City Council on April 26,” according to a Twentynine Palms news release.
Twentynine Palms is also a very nice place to be.
Military buffs will recognize it as the home of the largest U.S. Marine base in the world, while U2 fans will note the band’s “Joshua Tree” album was named for the nearby Joshua Tree National Forest.- 30 -