Updated Sunday, Nov. 18 @ 11:05 AM:
A majority on the City Council have cloaked their indifference regarding the safety of residents to the constructive reality that they treat residents like douche bags.
Note also that the TPFD has been insulted and kick-around long enough by local elected officials and their City Boss. The TPFD has 50 years of outstanding service to the community, but they too are treated like douche bags by the city council.
Wouldn’t a reasonable prudent city council address the grave issues concerning a whooping fifty percent cut in public safety facing residents, their families, business owners, developers, builders and investors?
In grim defiance of urgent and compelling public safety issues in the public and private sectors, the leadership in this remote community is out-to-lunch; they have gone amok.
The city council and its City Boss, Richard Warne, are about to place a curse on Twentynine Palms and in doing so impeded the growth of the small town — growth so desperately demanded by residents.
City Hall is remiss by not representing the city as a whole. While the TPFD is about to be dismantled, city hall continue to remain silence about this public embarrassment.
The TPFD is about to be deconstructed and County Fire in its stead sill soon take over fire and public safety. Hence, said services will severely be scaled-back due to a fiscal crises in the County (and thus a public crises in 29 Palms).
However, let it be known that a solution to the looming crises is to partnering with the San Bernardino Fire Department. In this way, the city has the ability and financial resources to keep TPFD fire fighters in place at its present level.
The City partners with the 29 Palms Chamber of Commerce (to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars and a free remodled building) , it partners yearly with a local group called ChalkFest (a fundraiser), and it partners with other annual local groups of friends (assisting in fundraising).
Nonetheless, the City Council have failed in their fiduciary obligation to keep residents safe — and informed — on matters of public safety.
Yet, the majority of city councilmen are playing the dangerous game of “I see no evil, I speak of no evil and I say no evil” in terms of the well-being of resident .
Hence, City Hall has not spoken to this problem or even lifted a finger to fix it. City Hall continues to blame residents for the problem. City Councilman contends that the people do not want adequate fire protection. Are you shocked yet?!
Emergency response times will indeed take longer (if at all); flood control channel gates that cuts through downtown and the city limits at large may not get closed; resident’s flooding emergencies cannot be met; and that during seasonal emergencies, earthquakes and catastrophes the town will be largely be on their own.
Given the “uber” weather conditions — as former city councilman Steve Spear has alluded to — anything is possible in the Morongo basin, and in particular Twentynine Palms.
The Marine base (MCAGCC) — which borders the small and remote Hi-Desert town situated in the Southeast corner of San Bernardino County — will be on lock down in terms of national security; they have already informed the TPFD, the Marine base fire department will be not be there to assist the town with public safety or fire protection.
Twentynine Palms is heading 50 years “Back to the Future”– before there was a TPFD – whereas the town likely had better fire protection than it will in the second decade of the 21st Century new
The best hope for the private and business sectors is that after newly elected City Councilwoman, Core Heiser (a proponent of fire & safety issues) is sworn in, one of the city councilmen will be open to partnering with County Fire.
Footnote: Why is the 29 Palms Chamber of Commerce not speaking up for their membership?
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