——– Original Message ——–
Subject: RE: Public Records Request… Twentynine Palms ROPS
From: Administrative Officer
Date: Thu, June 28, 2012 8:11 pm
To: ‘Dan O’
Dear Mr. O’Brien,
The Department of Finance (Finance) received the following request dated June 18, 2012. Your request seeks an electronic copy of the appeal your city made to Finance’s deficiency letter dated April 27, 2012; specifically an appeal dated on or about June 12, 2012. You also seek Finance’s response to the appeal. To date, Finance has not replied to the appeal, but the appeal is attached for your review.
Since Finance does not hold Public Records Act requests open, you will need to submit another request at a later date if you are interested in receiving Finance’s response to the appeal letter.
Jeanna Wimberly | Administrative Officer | California Department of Finance |
Since you can not get a piece of paper from the City Manager on this subject unless it goes through Rutan and Tucker and at least 30 days of extensions and excuses, we are always impressed with how open, transparent and helpful the State of California’s Department of Finance (DoF) is in providing timely and complete information. Munoz has always been a complete jerk when it comes to discovery.
Anyways lest I get off track here. The DoF this evening sent us the City’s most recent appeal. For those of you that are into getting to the facts the information provided is of value to those wishing to have historical insight into the HUGE mistakes made by Richard Warne, Matt McCleary and A. Patrick Munoz as they have put a completely solvent community into a huge fiscal hole.
While this whole appeal might have been made moot because of the signing into law of AB1484 you get an insight into the weird minds of these guys. It is like watching lemmings. These folks never deviated from the course they chose. Even when they were told dozens of times that they were headed towards a cliff. Now that the “Clean Up Bill” has been passed their entire argument has zero merit. Even now, they march onward toward that certain fall, oblivious to reality.
No matter how much money the city plans to throw at this problem they will not prevail. They do not fit into the narrow Dutton exceptions. They blew it. They now have to pay the piper. Is there anyone reading this that has a doubt that the State is going to reject this their latest Appeal?
For goodness sake, we laypersons on this blog were able to see it was a fool’s Errand. The late Ray Charles could have seen this path of destruction. It is time that Warne, McCleary and Munoz publicly admit their error, apologize to the Citizens of 29 Palms and offer some sort of mitigation to the city for knowingly giving such horrible, horrible, did I say horrible, counsel. All three need to tender their resignations.
…… from The Fool’s Prayer, Edward Rowland Sill. 1841–1887
…”Our faults no tenderness should ask,
The chastening stripes must cleanse them all;
But for our blunders—oh, in shame
Before the eyes of heaven we fall.
“Earth bears no balsam for mistakes;
Men crown the knave, and scourge the tool
That did his will; but Thou, O Lord,
Be merciful to me, a fool!”
The room was hushed; in silence rose
The King, and sought his gardens cool,
And walked apart, and murmured low,
“Be merciful to me, a fool!”
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