However, contained in the article is a quote that should make every 29 Palms business owner, especially chamber members, shutter. The quote is:
“Me, personally, not representing the chamber, I hate to see it coming here,” Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce President Chuck Caplinger said.
That’s right, boys and girls, the 29 Palms Chamber of Commerce President just stated that he “hates” to see a new business coming to the City of 29 Palms. It does not matter that he prefaced his statement with “Me, personally, not representing the chamber”. He is the Chamber President and he was quoted as the Chamber President.
From the Chamber website homepage: http://www.29chamber.org/index.html
“The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to meeting the needs of it’s members and the community by fostering economic opportunity and developing a favorable business climate while enhancing our quality of life.”
And from another page on the Chamber website:http://www.29chamber.org/chamberinformation/aboutus.html
“The Chamber is made up of local and area business owners and citizens who work to improve the local business climate and further develop the economic base in our community.”
This should be the last straw for the good citizens of 29 Palms putting up with the likes of Chuck Caplinger. He is the poster boy for everything that is currently wrong with, and the economic downfall, of the business climate in 29 Palms. The great Southwest Design debacle was his brainchild. About a year or so ago, he actually proposed imposing impact fees on new development for…. Public Art.
Hmmm… I wonder who the leading candidate would be to be hired, and paid, to create that public art.
And now we have Caplinger hating to see a new business come to this community. Well, here is my 3-Step Plan for Rapidly Improving the Business Climate in 29 Palms:
1. Chuck Caplinger immediately resigns as President of the Chamber and as a Chamber member
2. Chuck Caplinger ceases all his business activities in 29 Palms
3. Chuck Caplinger picks up his carpet bag and returns to Hollywood to crawl back under whatever rock he crawled out from under.