Dear Mr. O’Brien,The Department of Finance (Finance) received the following Public Records Act (PRA) request, dated September 23, 2012. In your request you specifically asked for the following information:Electronic copies of any letters of correspondence between the Department and the City of Twentynine Palms, The Successor Agency, or Oversight Board, and the Department of Finance concerning Project Phoenix, Bonds, ROPS for 2012-2013, exceptions, and or any request to the DOF for special Variances.Any and all letters, memos, or notations to any phone conversations, faxes physical meetings between the Department of Finance and City Manager Richard N. Warne, A. Patrick Munoz, Matt McCleary, members of the City Council or any other person claiming to be an official of the 29 Palms Successor Agency or City of 29 Palms directly or indirectly, pertaining to above requested information or the proposed corrections of deficiencies and Appeals that can be considered public record.Finance is complying to your request by providing all the responsive records (attached) we have identified that are not protected from disclosure by an applicable exception. Specifically for documents protected by attorney-client privilege (Evidence Code section 954), incorporated into Public Records Act via Government Code section 6254 (k).This response satisfies this PRA request, as well as the duplicate PRA requests submitted on September 28, 2012 and October 2, 2012.Attachments:
I would like to ask all of you to take the time and read through the above attached files. If after reading them you are not convinced that Project Phoenix is dead, dead, dead, and the Bond is a albatross and will effect our city budget for 30 years. Please, either put up evidence to the contrary or stop drinking the Kool-Aid.
Others here will break down the information provided by the Department of Finance to us to better explain all the information provided, but I thought it was important we get the raw information to you with no spin. You decide, have we been telling you the truth for the last year and a half?
The latest release of documents by the DoF is embarrassingly revealing that the City Manager and his legal counsel have not been as forthright to the City Council or the Citizens of our City.
I am not going to berate the Council nor try to spin something out of this, other than what the facts of reading the information self-evidently concludes.