Yes the 29 Palms City Manager well deserves to be criticized and fired for his scheming, his heavy handed style of management, his blundering $31 million city debt and his manifest failure to take steps to protect the city with adequate public safety and fire protection.
But lets be clear. The problem is the city council.
The City Manager is under the charge of the city council. Richard Warne is a subordinate lieutenant whereas the City Council are the generals.
Interestingly, with Warne taking the heat this works to the advantage of the City Council.
I didn’t go to the special council meeting last night because a preview of the Power Point Presentation clearly indicated staff would recommended County Fire was the best option. The meeting was a sham before it took place. County Fire was always the only option. It was a set up and everyone knows it.
The County Fire option is the worst of all options because it will result in gutting the fire department. Over time, there will be foreseeable tragic consequences. Yet the City Council is willing to gamble with your life and property.
Early this morning, Twentynine Palms firefighters responded to two fires within 30 minutes. Than shortly later, they responded to third fire situation. Link. Imagine that had these fires been businesses, structures, schools, churches or homes… A gutted fire department with one engine and volunteers ain’t going to cut it.
This is mind-boggling. How could this be the best option while the city continues to pocket over 20 percent tax revenue designed for fire services?
Does Councilman Corbin have a conflict of interest? You bet he does. His wife’s employment with County Fire helps pay his mortgage and puts food on his table. I believe Corbin has disgraced himself for not disclosing his conflict of interest (Cactus Thorns disclosed it). Corbin needs to recluse himself from any vote of this nature.
The City Council has lost sight of what remains important.
Richard Warne is a clear detriment to the city.
This city council as a unit is broke and morally challenged.
Two council members need to be recalled.
“Anything can be reversed; these are human decisions.” — Noam Chomsky,