OFF- TOPIC FIRST
Reliable sources disclosed this morning that the city of 29 Palms is being sued in Federal Court for $4,000,000. I will post a portion of the conformed law suit in CT, and disclose the details and causes of actions in a couple of days. Note Z107.7 was not interested in the story.
TWENTYNINE PALMS PALMS WATER BOARD MEETING
Twentynine Palms, CA – The TPWD special fire meeting on Monday, February 4 was nothing less that planing for THE DAY AFTER DOOMSDAY. That day is one day after June 30, 2013. Credit due, the water district is working very hard looking alternatives to keep Lear Station 422 open.
422 responds to fires within city limits and water ratepayers; it’s the backbone of the TPFD fleet that provides emergency services and fire protection to the city. That could all change because the city has fallen flat on its face on public safety and fire protection.
It’s pretty much a dysfunctional city council. Last night, that was about as clear as a crystallized quartz gem. The TPWD meeting was actually a peek into the dark heart and soul of the 29 Palms City Council. Although the Board of Directors are not talking about a city plan, they have met in private three times with Councilmen Dan Mintz and Joel Klink. What was discussed?
That is on a need to know basis, and the city feels the public doesn’t need to know. What is known is there will be no increase for water district workers because the city refuses to fund the fire department.
The city has literally planted transparency six-feet-deep. By design, the City Council continue to keep a very concerned and alarmed public ignorant concerning public safety and fire protection. They seem to like to keep the public dumb as as stumps.
Councilman Dan Mintz would not discuss (with me) the content of their private meetings . Nor have the other councilmen because of a non-disclosure verbal pledge to keep things quiet. Richard Warne and the city council likes it this way.
The city council places more importance supporting each other than they do the public. Their actions are the proof in the pudding.
During the water board meeting, Councilman Harris offered the public an opportunity to view Tribal documents in his possession where the TRIBE is planning on putting some money aside for fire services. Be sure, this is the only damn thing the city council has done in the last year to inform the public about the future of the TPFD — offering the public to views a public records in Harris’s chain of control.
CITY TOO COWARDLY TO SAY NO – THAT’S THE PLAN
Thanks Harris, you are so generous but really offer no info to the people you represent what the city plan is. What about your campaign pledge, “I will represent all the people”. The time is past due. Why is the city council too cowardly to just say no, and hiding behind the TPWD?
Just say it… the city will not help fund the fire department. Conversely, the city is willingly to do the impossible… attempt to transfer/convey that obligation to the Marine Base, the Tribe (29 Palms Band of Mission Indians) and Congress. Good luck on that people at city hall and councilmen.
That’s their plan.
Though the city council will meets to discuss fire next Tuesday, the Agenda is not up on their homepage because of a planned failure of transparency, while all Arts Council meeting and Agendas are posted.
[Off Topic note: After Cactus Thorns article last week, the city finally took-down its misinformation that John Cole is Mayor.
I believe at the February 12 city meeting, the city will reveal how the BASE will provide the second fire truck in 29 for structural fires; they will tout the TRIBE will set Casino money aside for fire, and bullshit how an Act of Congress will take federal lands out of service and transfer it to the public for possible sale and thus added tax revenue.
AN ACT OF CONGRESS WILL SAVE THE CITY VIA TRANSFER OF LANDS, NOT CITY FUNDING
Board of Director Philip Cisneros (Ret. Colonel) wasn’t exactly sold that an Act of Congress will save us. He pointed out how difficult this would be. He’s been there and done that, said he.
Board of Director Chancy Chambers wasn’t exactly jumping for joy either. He discussed [assuming argumento that an Act of Congress were possible] the transfer of federal lands wouldn’t accomplished much because checkerboard parcels in question to the Southeast of 29 are small parcels and the tax revenue would not amount to a hill of beans.
Amid all the pomp, an Act of Congress is not going to help fund the fire department by any meaningful result. It’s pie in the sky and the city knows it. These small parcels really have no propensity to bring in the big dollars that are needed to fund two stations.
USMC BASE (MCAGCC) WILL PROVIDE A SECOND ENGINE AND FIREFIGHTERS FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS, NOT THE CITY
While there is a deepening malaise at city hall, city officials flaunt their charm to everyone clueless that will listen.
The city council I believe will sell the public next Tuesday that they can simply dump their responsibility off on Base Fire to respond to all structural fires in the city. City Hall, Richard Warne and the City Council would have a better chance of selling CRACK to the public at the Four Corners. Very reliable sources reveal that Warne was asked to discontinue dragging Base Fire into the city’s problems. Warne has stubbornly refused, saying Base Fire is a tangible asset.
Extremely reliable sources both on and off the Marine Base have reported that the Base is becoming edgy and pissed-off with the city for continuing to refer to the Base as providing public and fire safety to they city.
FACT: The Base does respond to city structural fires with one engine and firefighters, but that could change at any given moment. As the Base grows and the city has increasing firefighting needs, the Marine Corp (MCAGCC) order could discontinue their MOU good will it any anytime.
The Base has their own priorities. The fact remains the Base will face the same seasonal weather emergency as the city, pending 8.1 earthquakes (like the one yesterday in the Solomon Islands), flooding conditions, catastrophic acts of nature or terrorist acts impacting on the Base would be subject to national security measures and lock-down, or just taking care of their own fire fighting calls.
The city is pleasuring itself it they think the can get away with transferring this responsibility to the Marine Corps. The MOU (Memo of Understanding) is basically misunderstood by the city and they are misusing the good will the Marines have provided in responding to structural fires.
FACT: Base Fire is not a reliable source protocol. An errant city manager feels otherwise, and in intentionally creating bad protocol relations with the Base. There is NO mutual aid as an accountable asset.
TWENTYNINE BAND OF MISSION INDIANS (THE TRIBE) WILL PROVIDE FIRE FUNDING, NOT THE CITY
The city is anxious to squeeze the Tribe for as much money as it can when the city pays nothing. Lets call a spade a spade: The city council and city hall are hypocrites. As Harris said during the water board meeting, the Tribe is talking about putting some money aside to help the city provide fire services.
I predict next Tuesday the city will unveil and sell their Razzle Dazzle how everyone else will fund fire services but them. If we are lucky another infamous Power Point presentation will be rolled out by the City Manager.
As one can readily ascertain, there are many holes in a plan that omits the city form helping fund the TPFD and a second engine while passing the ball to others not connected with the city or the TPWD.
Fire Chief Thompson discussed Monday how his department will be absolutely stretched to the limit 24/7, fifty-two weeks a year. He said they are quite willing to do this since there will be no money for Fire Duty Officers. The Chief will be the duty officer on call 24/7 fifty-two weeks a year.
Said the Chief, “this will save $15 to $30 thousand a year”. The man will always be on duty as fire duty officer. A fire duty officer is required by California law. The city is willing to let this unconscionable development further stress out fire personnel and officers.
Chief Thompson and the manager (presumable the water district manager) will meet with Tribe Fire Fire Council to explore the future. Water Board President, Kerron “Sam” Moore, Jr., said, “I’ve talked with tribes [before] about fire, so cross your fingers.
The future of safety of residents, their families, homes, businesses and churches are in the clutches of cross-fingers. This is not science fiction, it’s the reality at City Council.
To hell with the people, let them eat cake.
FACT: While the City of 29 has $40 million is liquid assets (stocks, bonds, property & overall assets, including $13 million in cash reserves as disclosed in 2011-2012 29 Palms “CAFR” documents — (more on this soon)) — it wants to divert its responsibility to the USMC , the Tribe and cross their fingers for an Act of Congress.
CAFR UPDATED 9:50 PM:
FACT: Of the $39,976,099 amount to be exact, $9,620,967 (unrestricted net assets) may be used to meet the City’s ongoing obligations to citizens! Page 3 of the independent auditor’s report of Rogers, Anderson, Malody and Scott, LLP.
Money is not a problem… What is the problem with the city’s refusing to help fund the fire department.
I guess politician Jim Harris thinks the TRIBE’s casino money is going will put to rest this controversy. During the water board fire meeting , Harris touted the money this will bring in but he hasn’t a clue about amounts. Right Jim… Tha’ts the only damn thing the city council has done during this entire year regarding public and fire safety commitments– an offer to share a this document that says the TRIBE may sometime in in the future put away some money.
COMMENTARY / OPINION / BRANSON HUNTER
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