Received this email from the Department of Finance as per my request for a copy of the decision on 29 Palms and Project Phoenix.
Dear Mr. O’Brien,
The Department of Finance (Finance) received the following Public Records Act request yesterday. Finance is still in the process of reviewing the files and has not issued its determination letter for 29 Palms. Finance is required, by law, to advise of the outcome of its review by December 18 (15 days prior to the county’s property tax distribution per HSC 34177 (m)).
You may request the information at that time. The outcome letter will also be posted on our website shortly after its issuance.
Jeanna Wimberly | Administrative Officer | California Department of Finance | office: 916.445.3274 Extension 3061 | 916.323.0488
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From: Dan O
Sent: Thursday, December 13, 2012 5:18 PM
To: Administrative Officer
Subject: Public Records Request… 29 Palms Meet and Confer
Pursuant to California Public Records Act (Government Code section 6250, et seq.) We request a electronic copy of any letters of correspondence between the Department and the City of Twentynine Palms, The Successor Agency, or Oversight Board, concerning the Department of Finance Meet and Confer of November 2012. Please provide The Department of Finance Opinion and decision, pertaining to this Meet and Confer or the proposed corrections of deficiencies and Appeals that can be considered public record. We were unable to ascertain your answer to the city of Twentynine Palms. We are looking for DOF resolution of this matter. Please provide your answer to their voluminous document dump.
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Attention: Dan O’Brien, Publisher
Last night I was sent a total of 65 megs of PDF files that were used by the City of Twentynine Palms to try to confuse and bamboozle the State Department of Finance….. from what I can gather from the totality of the files is…. NO is No… No matter how you wrap it, or what bow you put on it…. The law is the law and the answer is No…. This is what I got out of it.
1. The Bond will be paid out of the city’s portion of the tax increment
2. The City has the obligation to Defease the Bonds as per the Language of the Bond Documents.
3. Bond Proceeds can not be used to build “Project Phoenix.”
4 . Bond proceeds are to be saved and used to defease the bonds at the earliest opportunity.
5. There is no language that the city must wait for 10 years to defease the bonds.
We should have the DoF answer today.