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Steve Whitten-29 Palms Transplant Considered for Appointment to YV Planning Commission

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68891_133490966702137_100001237040050_202605_5113014_n-e1322024445646Yucca Valley, Ca.- I must be losing my touch to not have noticed any advertisement in the local newspaper calling for applicants to the Yucca Valley Planning Commission.  I did pick up on an odd sense of bravado by Steve Whitten who just moved to Yucca Valley from Twentynine Palms. I have always like Steve since I met him when he ran for City Council in Twentynine Palms. Always a perfect gentleman to me when our paths crossed at fund-raisers, I would hope he would be the son I never had.  I always wished the best for him as a newbie transplant to Yucca Valley but he has acted strange lately. Now it seems very clear, he is working hard for extra brownie points.

On February 5, 2013, Yucca Valley Councilman Dawn Rowe will choose from two applicants to be her appointed Planning Commissioner, Steven D. Whitten or Soltanhamid Nooraei.  Don’t hold your breath folks.

Based on the amount of brown stuff on Whitten’s nose defending Measure U, showing disrespect for our past Mayor and blindly supporting a candidate that lives on Rowe’s street, odds are this carpetbagger will be appointed. Bringing experience as a previous Planning Commissioner from Twentynine Palms is a good thing but now he will be a political appointment in Yucca Valley, gads.

Here is a heart warming tribute to Steve by the owner of this blog, Dan O’Brien. “Whitten is a guy you want on your 6.”  LINK

Whitten will certainly fall in line with the wishes and desires of Rowe and unfortunately, true to political appointments, may be a dis-service to our community. Another pawn on the chess board ready-willing-and able to do the bidding for his new BFFs.

I’m really disappointed to hear this but explains why Whitten has been uncharacteristically rude on this blog.

Someone please get more tissues for Whitten….

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Margo Sturges

Yucca Valley Editor

Note: Margo Sturges has written many articles for Cactus Thorns and is the founder of Citizens4Change.info. Email contact: MargoSturgesYV(at)aol.com "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."- George Orwell

35 Comments

  1. Good luck Whitten. I hope all your dreams will come true.

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    • Steve Whitten Steve Whitten says:

      Well, you got the story half right Margo.

      God, Country, Community.

      I'm still the same person, the only differences, I have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my Saviour and my address.

      I have faithfully served our country the majority of my life to include surviving a combat tour. I have volunteered for things like Little League, Coaching High School Junior Varsity Football, Chamber of Commerce Events, the General Plan Advisory Committee, tried for City Council and served on the Planning Commission. My motivation is to make the Community I live in a better place for my family, friends and neighbors and Community.

      So why would I not try and do the same for the Community I live in now?

      If duty calls, I will answer.

      If you consider me requesting for more information about Mr. Leone as being rude and disrepectful your wrong. I'm somewhat new to Yucca Valley, been living here just over a year now. I do not know the man. I've always said I'm sure he's a nice guy. He served his Community for 12 years. You should know by my work on the GPAC and PC that I do my home work. I seek wise counsel. I go straight to the source when needed. I want to make a well informed decision. Giving me Mr. Leone's past laurels as information is not enough.

      I have always found that if you work hard and reachout to all persons in the Community, it has a positive "Can Do" impact. Being consistently divisive tears a Community apart.

      God gave us free will for a reason. You also know, that it is God's will that will be done.

      Have a great weekend and maybe we'll cross paths Tuesday evening.

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  2. Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

    Margo, Steve is part of the secret insidious plot we 29 Palms folk have to take over the whole Basin... First Yucca Valley and then Landers and then the whole... danged... Basin!

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    • Scots Slant Scots Slant says:

      O'Brien,

      Which one is you?

      Oh...never mind...first guy, second row back; the guy with the, Barney Fife, I-know-my-marbles-are-somewhere look.

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      • Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

        Boy Scot you sure are fixated on my marbles, I never knew you felt that way about me...

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        • Scots Slant Scots Slant says:

          O'Brien,

          I told you not to tell...can't you keep a secret?

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          • Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

            Well... this is a news blog you know....

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            • Scots Slant Scots Slant says:

              Oh, gee Dan, sorry, I got confused: Didn't realize calling someone a, "Carpetbagger" or, "Brown noser," was, "news."

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              • Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

                I'm confused too Scot. I thought we were talking about my Marble Bag I didn't know we now expanded to Steve's Marbles and Bag too..... I got to get a program just to keep up with you...

                Focus Scot, Focus.... When you start a thread no matter how silly finish it out... don't go haywire on a guy and jump the track.

                So I guess you are tired of talking bout my Marbles.... right?

                Zip....

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    • Steve Whitten Steve Whitten says:

      Do we have to have Steve & Cora suspend your Security Clearance?

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      • Cora Heiser Cora Heiser says:

        @Steve Whitten,
        How did I get drug into this? I haven't bothered anyone's right to speech. I haven't even voiced my opinion on this subject. So what gives?

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  3. Wolverines!

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    • Steve Whitten Steve Whitten says:

      Didn't know you were a University of Michigan fan Margo.

      I was born and raised in Northern Lower Michigan.

      Go Blue!

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  4. Carey Alderson Carey Alderson says:

    Are you really going to fault a guy for supporting and being involved in the community where he lives??

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  5. @Carey. Good choice of words, "being involved"-see Camouflage, Deception, Disguise and uncharacteristically rude. Whitten has not committed any crime and therefore not at fault. The problem is mine dealing with disappointment, I expected honesty and sincerity.

    Supporting the community is a good thing when citizens learn about the issues and make informed decisions. Some others prefer to run with a certain mindset to be accepted...human nature.

    I look forward to you moving to Yucca Valley one day when the beach head is established...

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    • Tim Humphreville Tim Humphreville says:

      Gee look another new low for Margo, Now she attacks People in the community who apply for a spot, to volunteer for their community. One wonders why there are so few people whom will put themselves up for this kind of abuse, to serve the community they live in. Hey Margo, I hear Amboy calling your name, Maybe you could run for Mayor there.

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      • Often Timmy is the incarnate of a talking snake and a one-issue bloke. Margo could become another Marie Curie, and Lit'l Timmy would drive the knife deep into her fifth thoracic vertebra and give it a big twist.

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      • @Timmy. You never disappoint me because you have never conducted yourself with manners or respect. One can always expect you to call names and conduct yourself in a way that is a disgrace to our community as a Town Official.

        Perhaps you were not raised with manners or you still have anger issues. Obviously you are not from the south, raised in Port Huron or served active military duty, especially the Marine Corps. The only person to fully understand this situation is Mr. Whitten and surely he is embarrassed by your comments towards me.

        I explained to our readers that I do not quote scripture because I am still learning and studying the Bible. Guess what we covered this morning?

        1 Timothy 5

        1. Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, 2.older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.

        You see Timmy, some of us were taught by our parents to respect our elders, give up your seat for them, open the door....etc. I just learned today the Bible verse that says the same thing.

        I will pray for you.

        Thank you for your comment.

        Sincerely,

        Margo

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    • Carey Alderson Carey Alderson says:

      @Margo.

      "see Camouflage, Deception, Disguise and uncharacteristically rude" What does that have anything todo with being involved?

      If Steve Whitten if not at fault why did you decide to berate him?

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  6. Mark Clemons Mark Clemons says:

    One thing about our great country we get what we collectively deserve, if Yucca likes the direction 29 was going with Steve as a planner they may follow. They may want to head east to check out his legacy as a local planner. Just think how nice it will be to have obstructions to commerce at every turn. Of course there will be a means of fast tracking the chosen. Personally like the guy but have to caution on positioning a man with such an anti-business attitude who has very little experience in the private sector not to mention political ambitions. As an absentee commercial owner in Yucca this is not good news for me.

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    • Steve Whitten Steve Whitten says:

      Anti-Business Mark, really? I was the one who brought this code to the table for review and changes. It may not be perfect, but it is now a heck of alot easier for guys like Dan to now do business in 29.

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      • Mark Clemons Mark Clemons says:

        It is good to eliminate as many anti-business codes as possible I commend you on any that you have been responsible for eliminating. I do have issues with the million dollar plus boondoggle initiated by S Spear to address the build out size (big brother control) of 29.

        How many years now?

        Thought you were on board with that waste of funds. That so called review is sure lingering around consuming valuable resources while enriching some real out of town crooks, not only the waste it’s stifling 29s progress towards convenience and commerce.

        We will most likely never see eye to eye on commerce and value or the right for one to control his destiny without the tyranny of big brother. Once again I think your intentions are honorable and would fit an H O A where commerce is regulated to who and what business within the community.

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    • Carey Alderson Carey Alderson says:

      Way to go Mark! There you go again, talking out the wrong end.

      You would figure after Steve Spear, Steve Whitten, Dan O'Brien, and myself (just to name a few), have shown you time and time again that your perception of the facts are way off track.

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      • Mark Clemons Mark Clemons says:

        missed that cary maybe you can refresh the fine readers of this blog to all my misconceptions, just drove through town and admired all the good plannig you planners have givin the good citizens of 29 lmao oh don't worry about me I have a good carring wife to cry to if those wise ass remarks of yours get under my skin, lol

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        • Carey Alderson Carey Alderson says:

          My "wise ass remarks"? Good one, I see you want to start another mindless argument.

          You may need that shoulder to cry on if that sit down movie theater opens up. And since you have yet to offer to the commission any ideas that you think might help improve the city, I suggest you rethink your thought process.

          Babbling on the blog about how the city should un-incorperate, and that the county codes are better, blah blah blah, does NOT count. Just as Steve Spear wrote below, "others have stepped up to plate to lead when you have not."

          You posted on this thread just to get a swing in on Steve Spear. Nothing you posted has anything to do with the original premise of the story. Do you need to scroll back up and read what Margo wrote? Take your time, we'll wait.....

          Those that do read this Cactus Thorns regularly knows that you good sir, like to talk without knowing the facts.

          I would be glad to point out every instance where you were proven incorrect, but you really want to know something, I don't have to.

          Those that know and know you, know the truth.

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          • Mark Clemons Mark Clemons says:

            Anyone who knows my business philosophy knows I welcome competition, bring on that theater. Back to what the PC and city council have done for the citizens just open your eyes when you drive through town good job boys

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  7. Steve Spear Steve Spear says:

    Mark - please.

    The old General Plan was a disaster and you know it. As for Steve "W" taking credit for the rewrite of the DevCode I will let him take it even though the rewrite of the code was part of my Million dollar "boondoggle".

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    • Mark Clemons Mark Clemons says:

      Did I miss something, tell me again the benefits of that million plus boondoggle, maybe you can give us a brief rundown on the most beneficial changes. let me get a bag of popcorn and a soda for this.

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      • Steve Spear Steve Spear says:

        Well Mark,

        It had the chance to change the city and to some extent it did.

        I deliberately stayed out of the mix and allowed the involved to set the course for had I engaged then some forces would have said that I was trying to remake the city to my own designs.

        Am I satisfied with the outcome? Not really but nor am I dissatisfied. The new General Plan will last for 10 to 20 years and although not satisfied with the results I am satisfied that we have a new General Plan that is very different than the one before.

        Mark you can continue on your course and I for one do not find fault. What I do appreciate is that others have stepped up to the plate to lead when you have not. Finding fault is simple, finding ideas and a course of direction is a challenge.

        Enjoy the popcorn - your drive in makes the best!

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        • Mark Clemons Mark Clemons says:

          Just wondering what outcome we received for the big bucks that went out of town, how are we better off ? traffic planning? build out size? just wondering about where my tax dollars go

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  8. Steve Spear Steve Spear says:

    BTW Steve"W" - good luck in your endeavors to serve your community.

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  9. LINDAG LINDAG says:

    Love this stuff! I wish I had somebody here in La Quinta who would duke it out with me like this....I only have one person, Robert Sylk, and everybody else sits on the sidelines, reading voraciously, biting their nails, but won't jump in with their two cents worth...they are no fun at all...and our Mayor and Council would never get involved in a verbal battle. I guess they say, you cannot have a battle of words with an unarmed opponent.

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