Local radio continues to mingle hard news reporting coupled with their penchant for maintaining the status quo.
City Councilman, Joel Klink, reports the most important issue facing the city is roads (safe routes).
The station interviewed outgoing City Councilman/rotating Mayor, John Cole. In this hard news report the station reported Mr. Cole “the gracious gentleman, accepted his loss … .”
This is not news folks.
It is common knowledge the Danignault/Cole connection is largely the local mover and shakers behind PP (Project Phoenix) which has plunged the town into draconian debt ($31 million/30 years/three generations/nothing to show for it.
In another shocking turn of events in the same report, Councilman Joel Klink told the station’s owner, Gary Daigneault — “My priority number one is Safe Routes to School, which has already started actually.”
Klink added, “I think it’s time that we really start, really pushing, for retail… .”
Really? Retail will be hard pressed to set up business in Twentynine Palms when the city is facing a dire situation whereby it cannot provide a safe town due to a pending 50% cut in public safety and fire services.
Twentynine Palms Councilman Joel Klink is a local postal employee. And it appears that with the increase holiday in postal work , Mr. Klink has his priorities mixed up. Has he gone berserk?
While he prioritizes “Safe Routes” as the number one issue facing the city — is he okay with placing every man, woman, child, business owner, builder, developer and investor in danger when there will no fire truck or firefighters to travel those safe routes?
Why is the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce not asking these question on behalf of their private sector members?
Is Mr. Klink oblivious to the town’s private sector pending increase in insurance rates? Is he oblivious that one fire truck and a mere 3 firefighters (some still in training) cannot respond to all emergence?
By all indications from experts, we are in for a bumpy ride in terms of climatic disasters. Earthquakes create fires as well as massive flooding.
If not partnered in some fashion with County Fire — or some other “sustainable model” — the city will not be safe because private sector and public sector emergency requirements cannot be met during any flooding, or city-wide emergencies, or when County Fire is on-the-ground elsewhere.
Much work needs to be done to make this town safe. There is a lot of local talent outside city hall that is reconnoitring and seeking alternatives to meet public safety issues by retaining the current level of firefighters.
What about city hall? Seems Councilman Klink has other priorities.
This would not be a town to invest in or open any retail business. If I owned a local business I’d head for Yucca Valley where their general taxes in large part go fir their fire services and public safety.
Finally, although Mr. Daigneault does a lot for the community on many levels, however, his biases in reporting hard news needs work — just give the residents of Morongo Basin the fact: Who, what, why, when and where – or do an Op-Ed. It’s simple.