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Project Phoenix…. Final Answer….. NO!!! Merry Christmas from Jerry Brown…

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Grinch[1]For what has to be the 10th time and we hope the last time the City of Twentynine Palms has been told no by the State of California on funding from the RDA Bonds to build Project Phoenix yesterday.

Here is a copy of the letter sent to Richard Warne by the California Department of Finance stating that the game is over….. The city must pay back the Bonds (Defease) as soon as practicable.

I know, I know…. They got you believing that up is down and down is up….. If you don’t believe me, Read the letter yourself….. Here is the Letter…. Twentynine_Palms_ROPS_III_MC_Determination (1)


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  1. Steve Spear Steve Spear says:

    “Successor Agencies are required to defease or repurchase on the open market for cancellation any bonds that cannot be used for the purpose that they were issued or if they were issued after December 31, 2010. The bonds proceeds requested for use were issued on April 18, 2011. Therefore the items are not enforceable. obligations.”

    That statement in the letter is very clear and leaves no ambiguity. Yet city staff is already spinning the same old disinformation that they have spun time after time.

    Here is the bottom line. We as a city were not provided an opportunity to vote on these bonds back in 2011 and to be honest we had no input into the process as citizens because at the time we had a city staff as well as a majority of the council that would not listen to the citizens but instead only heeded the advice of themselves. It was a classic example of “Group Think” and can be used in leadership seminars as a prime case of the “Abilene Paradox”.

    Step one in getting our city back in order is to start the process of removing the responsible individuals. The first set should be the City Manager, the City Attorney, and RSG consulting.

    What many people do not know is that we as a city are on the hook for 30.8 million dollars. Unless we can defease the bonds fast our local entities such as the Morongo Unified School District, Copper Mountain College, the Cemetery, The Hospital and others will be receiving less monies each and every year for the next 30 years so that investors can get their interest while the city has nothing to show for the 30.8 million dollars – nothing, nada, zip!

    That is malfeasance of the highest order and those individuals that I named were the start of this malfeasance. Those council members that then went along with the malfeasance by voting to approve the bonds then need to be removed from office at the next election cycle of 2014.

  2. Meanwhile, one of our city councilmen who attended the holiday retreat in Sacrramento meeting with the DoF said

    “The Department of Fincance is confused.”

    Classic denial and subtertfuge.

    That trip results in another bill $6,000 presented to the city for administrative costs, attorney fees, consulting fees, and travel expensees — for a sum total of nearly a quarter of a million dollars with nothing to show for it.

    Wouldn’t it have been more cost effective to simply buy a dictionary for Ron Mintz, with a post-it on the page that explains the meaning of “NO”.

    The city manager and Rutan & Tucker are up to their earlobes in self-serving conflicting priorities. They are useless at this juncture.

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