“An intelligent person who does stupid things is still stupid.”
At the bottom readers will find a Press Enterprise article; the 29 Palms de facto Coup d’Etat; the fire tax H&I quickview peril; a lack of Plan B ensuring the safety of residents and local business; a possible insurance increase for business and town residents; and why if H&I fails new businesses will not want to invest in the City .
Let me get this straight taxpayers:
A. Patrick Muñoz, a prestigious superstar for one of the highest rated law firms in California, Rutan & Tucker ( a hundred year old law firm) gives very bad legal advice to the five amigos on the City Council that yokes the City, it’s property owners, and the next two generations of 29′ers to a huge mega-million debt Bond. A debt that must be paid back with astronomical interest rates.
Then the five amigos become titillated, empowered and hubris much like like children in a 1930′s candy store with ten bucks in their pockets. The amigos owe answers to no one. That’s how it works.
Continuing. . . A. Patrick Muñoz bad legal advise came at a time when he knew (check out the video) that the California Legislature outlawed redevelopment agencies and the old laws were quashed.
To poke a stick into the eyes of hardworking taxpayers (ouch!) A. Patrick Muñoz knew that the Supreme Court of California would soon rule on the constitutionality and legalities of the corpse of RDAs. Bad legal advice anyway you slice the twinkles.
To add a fly in the ointment, the executed Client/Retainer agreement between the City and Rutan & Tucker calls for a percentage of the total amount of the Bond debt, in addition, the five Amigos agreed to spike hourly rates whenever the RDA or any business that relates to it — such as all Project Phoenix business, the Successor Agency, the work done when the Five Amigos recommended they all be appointed to the Community Oversight Agency, and on and on to infinity. Nearly every city council meeting it Project Phoenix time.
Now here is what is beyond the pale: If you read the following article you can see that A. Patrick Muñoz and Rutan & Tucker are going to make a shit load of money dealing with the complexities in the aftermath of RDAs.
Twenthynine Palms’ undertook a de facto Coup d’Etat: Thanks a bunch John, Joel, Dan, Jay and Jimmy. You amigos took the city without firing a shot.
So much for the ripoff.
Where is Plan B for public safety?
There is no Plan B for public safety should fire tax H&I fail?
More specifically, if H&I fails the Lear Fire Station will close. Oh, yes it does impact on the City. Because if the 29 Palms Fire Department and Marine Base fire unit is involved in a fire outside the city — like it was out in Desert Heights two days ago — there is NO Lear Station to deal with it. Consequently, the 29 Palms Fire Department will be out of town when there is a local home or business fire.
Therefore, the Five amigos may have placed every business, man, woman and child in harms way, or exposed them to death. Meanwhile, should city homes and business catch fire the five amigos are still at the counter in the candy store.
Now tell me why would any new business want to come to town if there is a 24/7 threat of fire without Plan B?
The solution: Fund the fire department on an annual basis even if H&I passes (29 does not fund its own fire department).
30 March 2012 05:57 PM (viewed first in inlandPolitics)
SACRAMENTO — Local officials who once oversaw billions in redevelopment spending with little interference from the state now are having to make the case for every penny.
In hundreds of draft plans approved in recent weeks, local governments list proposed payments to begin settling redevelopment debts and contractual obligations for agencies that shut down Feb. 1. Final plans for the first six months of 2012 must be acted on by April 15, and plans for the second half of 2012 are due less than four weeks later.
Redevelopment agencies in Riverside and San Bernardino counties were among the most active in the state, with almost 20 percent of total redevelopment spending in 2009-10. As they rush to meet the deadlines, local officials contend it’s often unclear what can go on the lists, known as “recognized obligation payment schedules.”
State auditors, meanwhile, already have flagged some proposed payments, raising the prospect of courtroom fights across the state over disputed expenses.
The outcome has major implications for California finances. Budget writers assume that the state’s bottom line will benefit from $1 billion in former redevelopment revenue in the current fiscal year, and more in subsequent years. But that number hinges on how much money goes to settle the affairs of former redevelopment agencies.
“The challenging thing is we’re not only implementing the process, we’re figuring out what the process is,” said San Bernardino County Auditor-Controller Larry Walker. Auditor-controller offices oversee newly created funds to pay the former redevelopment agencies’ approved expenses.
The Brown administration’s Department of Finance and the state controller’s office will have the final say on what expenses get paid. Finance department spokesman H.D. Palmer said the department has reassigned auditors to focus on reviewing payment schedules.
The post-redevelopment landscape could yet change again. Several bills pending in the Legislature would revive some parts of the redevelopment program, such as for affordable housing.
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