The 29 Palms Oversight Board continues to be told that the city of 29 Palms is talking with the Department of Finance (DoF) about keeping Project Phoenix alive and using those funds sitting in the bank that were scrabbled together from a sale of Muni Bonds on it.
Well I’m calling Bullshit.
I have a continuing request to the DoF for any and all correspondence to them from the City of Twentynine Palms and any of its representatives.
Here is yesterdays email from them with attachment.
Dear Mr. O’Brien,
I am going through my Public Records Act log and was not been able to locate the information provided under your request. In an effort to ensure the information has been provided, I am attaching herein.
The Department of Finance does not have any new correspondence to or from the City of Twenty-nine Palms other than what was sent to all successor agencies on July 12, 2012 informing them we are not accepting any appeals or revised ROPS, but that we would review any disputed items during our review of the January/June 2013 ROPS.
Jeanna Wimberly | Administrative Officer | California Department of Finance | office: 916.445.3274 Extension 3061 | 916.323.0488CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This communication with its contents may contain confidential and/or legally privileged information. It is solely for the use of the intended recipient(s). Unauthorized interception, review, use or disclosure is prohibited and may violate applicable laws including the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender and destroy all copies of the communication.
Here is what I send on a periodic basis to the DoF:
From: Dan O
Sent: Monday, July 23, 2012 7:26 AM
To: Administrative Officer
Subject: Public Records Request… Twentynine Palms ROPS
As always, Pursuant to California Public Records Act (Government Code section 6250, et seq.) We request a electronic copy of any letters of correspondence between the Department and the City of Twentynine Palms, The Successor Agency, or Oversight Board, concerning any and all communications between the City of Twentynine Palms and the Department of Finance. Please provide any and all letters, memos, or notation to any phone conversations or faxes between your Department and City Manager Richard N. Warne, A. Patrick Munoz, Matt McCleary or any other person claiming to be an official of the 29 Palms Successor Agency, City of 29 Palms or its Oversight Board, directly or indirectly, pertaining to present or proposed corrections of deficiencies and or Appeals that can be considered public record.
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To back up what the PIO of the DoF said she sent the latest letter to all Successor Agencies: Revised ROPS and Appeals Letter issued on 7.12.12
So the next time someone tells you that the City is talking with the DoF about making Project Phoenix happen refer them to this article.