(FLASHBACK-JANUARY 3, 2010) it is rare that you can prove a illegal meeting of the Twentynine Palms City council. It is even rarer to have the proof on the cities web site right before our eyes.
Meetings of public bodies must be “open and public,” actions may not be secret, and action taken in violation of open meetings laws may be voided. (§§ 54953(a), 54953(c), 54960.1(d))
On November 11th 2009 four members of the City Council Gathered with the City Manager for a photo in front of a howitzer donated by the Base. This in itself is not a violation of the Brown Act (54952.2.(C)) if it was well publicized and notified in the press. But then we have been a recipient of supposed notifications of public meetings for quite some time and were not informed that 4 members of the council would be having a photo shoot.
This photo is indicative of the pattern of illegal gatherings and serial meetings held by the Gang of Four and the City Manager for years.
Consensus is developed by the council with one on one or two on one meetings held by the City Manager almost on a daily basis. It is really as if the fix is in long before a regular and official meeting is ever held.
The two biggest abusers of the serial meeting principle is Flock and Harris. I’d ask anyone to stop by the City Hall any given day and one or both of them are in a meeting with the City Manager.
We as citizens have a right to expect that our public officials conduct themselves in an open and forthright manner. We by right demand that our officials have fair and open dealings with every member of the public. Twentynine Palms has had a long and sorted history of back room sorted deals that have slowly over time made Twentynine Palms famous for country bumpkin politics and a third rate city.
This is election year and by god it is time we clean house one more time.