I have been called by numerous citizens telling me that at 7:00 AM a very accurate and meaningful news story was aired by Z107.7 about last nights Water Board meeting as reported by Dan Stork.
These same citizens then tell me the online version of that story is very different than what Dan Stork reported.
I also heard the 7:00 AM story and thought that it was very accurate. I then went to the Z107.7 website and was simply dumbfounded by what Z107.7 is reporting on the air as compared to what someone at Z107.7 is writing as news on the website. How the tone of the news at Z107.7 can change in 3 hours is a testimony to special interests at work.
Gary Daigneault wants to have his “Theatre” built to the tune of 11 million in workable dollars for a 31 million dollar debt. We then have a city that has as of yet failed to step up to the plate of public safety by assisting in the funding of our fire department. Last night we had a Water Board delay the transfer of fire services to the county due to citizen input. Some if not many citizens believe it is time for the city to pony up some money for the fire department that the city has not provided a dime to for 25 years.
The very idea of the city shelling out 23 cents for every dollar it collects in general tax revenue is anathema to the likes of Gary Daigneault and Richard Warne. Heaven forbid that the city of 29 Palms pays it fair share for public safety as do the citizens of Yucca Valley and the unincorporated areas of Joshua Tree and Landers and Wonder Valley.
Should the city actually step up to its primary responsibility of providing minimum police and fire protection then these special interest groups face losing money for their pet projects. Such proposals as low income housing along with a “Theatre” complex that only Gary Daigneault and his select few desire, to signs and sheep that support a restaurant instead of the city, the list is long and to be honest saddening.
The point of this story is simple – do not believe the hype that Z107.7 will be putting out in the next few weeks. They/he has a personal interest in making your believe that getting 1/2 of your current fire protection level at the same cost you pay today for two stations and six firefighters is a good deal, after all he has a “Theatre” to build and your safety does not have a place until intermission of the next play.