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No kidding…. Project Phoenix Funding is Taken By State, Its Over it is Dead

By   /   June 1, 2012  /   4 Comments

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No matter what the City Manager is going to tell you next week as he attempts to put the best spin on this humiliating defeat of the City of Twentynine Palms’ plans of a grandiose Taj Mahal and  socialist “Workforce” Housing, the city got their clock cleaned.

For once and for all time the State of California’s Department of Finance has told the City No, Nyet, Negative, Nine. They are not going to pay for a  stupid $30 Million dollar project, that no one wanted and no one figured they would have to pay for.

Well in an attempt to screw the State out of what the City Council thought was their fair share of the property tax increment, they screwed us all.

We end up paying back Bonds that we can never use the proceeds from, out of the money that we should have got for roads and infrastructure. Go figure.

What turns out to be is the folks that look the most ridiculous are the Oversight Board. They failed to protect the interests of the taxing agencies they were supposed to represent. They look like complete fools, like wide mouth Bass that bought the City’s Staff’s line of bull hook, line and sinker.  Their reputations are completely destroyed. Who is going to trust their collective judgement in the future?

We are now $30 Million in debt and the City Council is about to give a Pay Raise to the city manager. What a bunch of coconuts.

It is time we think about changing the way we are governed in 29 Palms. Some say recall, some dis-incorporation, some say changing the council to a 7 member council elected by  district. Any way it goes it is time for a change.


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Dan OBrien


Cactus Thorns has been online in one form or the other since 2001. What started as a personal blog documenting the corruption and lack of Due Process of the 29 Palms Community Development Department has turned into over these many years into a hugely popular Independent Alternative News Media Outlet. We have partnered with other media including The Desert Star Weekly, Joshua Tree Star, other blogs, indie media and an incredible staff of volunteer Reporters, Commentators and Opinion Makers to create one of the most read, honest and dependable alternative to the Local traditional Media services in the country. Thanks to you the reader we are in the 5% of most read sites in the World.


  1. 2grounded 2grounded says:

    Thank You Dan !

    Too bad the paper won’t print the truth like this.

  2. Cora Heiser Cora Heiser says:

    Giving City Manager Warne a raise when his advice on Project Phoenix has been bad from day 1, his reluctance to share public information with the public, and his poor leadership and downright rude behavior to the fire department….????

    • Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

      Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?
      Chico Marx in Duck Soup (movie)

      • Steve Spear Steve Spear says:

        It seems reasonable that there are two “sides” to this Project Phoenix matter.

        There are those that really want Project Phoenix to be built and the Bonds that were sold at the last minute will be allowed to be used for that purpose.

        There are those that do not want Project Phoenix built under the circumstances that city manager Warne established. A drastically changed concept from the original conception and in changing the concept placed 29 Palms into debt for up to 30 years.

        The Phoenix supporters are hoping that events swing their way by the State allowing the use of a contract between a city and itself and then concurred in by a board of individuals that failed to do their duty.

        The Phoenix critics believe that the answer from the State has been a consistent “no” and that “no” is “no”.

        What should concern everyone, both the supporters and the non-supporters, is this:

        Should we as a city spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees to Rutan and Tucker to take the State to court so that 40 units of low income housing and a community center/theater complex can be built?

        If no money is spent and the city continues on this “appeal” strategy then I see no foul.

        But, as we can see from the last financial disclosure the city provided, they spent $25,000.00 in legal fees to Rutan and Tucker to process their various appeals. That is a problem and that problem will get bigger as the issue escalates into full fledged legal battling in the courts.

        There are those of us that want Phoenix to be “dead” so we can move on with building a better city that has better infrastructure for the majority of the citizens and addresses public safety by seriously dealing with the Fire Department issue.

        There are those of us that Phoenix to remain alive so that 40 units of low income housing and a community center/theater complex can be built.

        Those two factions will never agree on anything. The opponents will see the State as saying “no” the proponents will see the State as being “unclear”.

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