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I have been assured that the city council will move forward in directing staff to prepare alternative solutions for evaluation in regards to the issue of the fire department and public safety. This action will take place on Tuesday evening the 11th of December.

With that being said I think it would be appropriate for the council meeting of December 11, 2012 that fire department business from the public not be brought forward. The meeting of the 11th is a special meeting and is meant to celebrate 25 years of being a city and the swearing in of Cora Heiser and Joel Klink.

Although the city manager seems to think that it was not appropriate to even place an information item on the agenda for Tuesday the 11th about the fire department and public safety issues it seems that enough of our council do think it is important. Important enough that they will handle it in their own way on Tuesday night.

I think that the full court press has been implemented and somewhat effective and I think it is time to allow our council the space to do what I am told they will do and that is direct actions on the 11th to be completed by the end of January 2013.

It should be understood that much of the frustration that we a citizens have, and are feeling over the fire department issue, can be traced back to city staff and not necessarily our council.

Given these factors it is my intent to remain silent on the 11th of December in regards to the fire department and I hope that all of the public does the same and allows Cora, Joel, and the city to have a memorable evening that is devoid of possible heated comments.


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Steve Spear

Former 29 Palms City Council member from 2002 through 2010. Graduate of Villanova University with a BA majoring in criminal justice. Served in the United States Marine Corps from 1977 through 1990 attaining the rank of Major in the Marine Corps Reserves.


  1. Steve, local radio on Friday once again reported that LAFCO is sa
    aying there can be no JPA with water and the city in terms of saving the Lear station. The broadcast was a bit fuzzy, and I didn’t see it today on their website local news.

    The issue tossed around is a bit unclear, and we are getting no leadership from the city manager. Have you any more info in this?

    ZTuesday meeting sounds like a good plan.

    • Postscrpt: My appoligies, it was on the Up-Close show.

      Moreover, Councilman Corbin called in and was artculatng that the Lear is sorta out of the picture as per lafco. The host comports to the same even though he lives in Indian Cove area and ought be concerned if not very alarmed if Lear closes down — as well as all IC residents.


  2. Steve Spear Steve Spear says:

    I did not hear the Up Close show I was in San Bernardino.

    The JPA option is a viable and very alive option. I have no idea what Jay was talking about.

    A JPA is a nuance that perhaps some are not seeing. I have the 2008 Davis report which very specifically speaks to the total feasibility of the city and the Water District forming a very successful JPA should the elected officials opt to do so.

    Again lets take a week off and see what our council does or does not do on December 11, 2012.

    Time is on our side and if the city does not see what damage can be done to the very existence of the city by the Water Board and a few citizens then they should not even be on the same playing field.

  3. Steve_In_29 Steve_In_29 says:

    The only problem with waiting is that the WD specified that they needed to see some type of positive movement on this issue SOON.

    Hopefully (as you hint at) there will be a motion made by some Council members, who have remembered their responsibilities to the citizens, that will address the single most important issue facing this City.

  4. Steve Spear Steve Spear says:

    Hi Steve,

    I did some checking and the water District should be okay with the city council directing action on Tuesday the 11th.

    They realize that only two council members are needed to get the item on the next agenda which is January 8th, 2013.

    The problem will be getting three council members to actually order the staff to come up with alternative solutions on the 8th of January.

    Should the council not get three to direct and lead then the Water Board will have no choice but to either continue the application via LAFCO for county fire to take over or simply allow our own fire department to staff less and less as the years go by.

    Sooner or later the city will have the kind of fire department that the county proposes to have for us now. However, in about 3 or 4 years when that 1.2 million buys even less of what county fire has to offer the city will be in a real pickle because even the 1.2 million will not be enough to staff the needed fire department that this city must have in order to exist.

    My prediction is that the water board will keep the fire department no matter what and then eventually force the city to either pay for a fire department or cease to be a city.

    Should be fun to watch if it were not so sad.

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