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29 Palms Council Council Meeting -Tuesday, February 12

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Options for Providing Fire Services” is included in the regular Agenda.

What is interesting is Agenda #12 (Options for Providing Fire Services). While this is the most important item of all, it comes at the end of the meeting.

Of course this will discourage resident from staying so late. By design or by happenstance?

The council meeting Agenda is on the city’s homepage. It ought to be a very long meeting because there are lots of Agenda items to plow through.

There is no mention of the the fire service option in the Staff Reports. In fact during the year, while residents and business owners fret over public safety, the City Council continues to remain mum on the pending assault of public fire safety. June 30, 2013 is dooms day for new funding.

During Agenda #12, look for the City Council to pass the ball to the Tribe for city fire safety, the Marine base for the second fire engine, and an Act of Congress to convert local federal lands for sale as a means of new revenue (good luck with that).

Yet the Staff Report does mention $200,000 owed for attorney fees.

The City has over $39 Million in liquid assets (current CAFR report) plus another $12 million in the city budget in reserves (reflected in the 2012-2013 Annual Budget). In the CAFR report, a highly professional outside auditing  firm reports that there is now nearly $10,000,000 readily available for public funding (such as fire protection).

Closed Session begins at 5:00 PM. During Closed Session the TPCC will discuss pending litigation and Public Employee Performance Evaluation.

Regular meeting at 6:00 PM.


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Branson Hunter

(This story was posted by Cactus Thorn contributor Branson Hunter)

"The ends do not justify the means." If you use illegal mean to accomplish a legal and even desirable result, the good result does not make the bad means you used justifiable.


  1. Cora Heiser Cora Heiser says:

    Branson, If you meant there is nothing new in the staff reportregarding fire dept, I would agree. However,I read the staff report online and it does mention the Fire Dept. In fact if you go to page 106, there are 25 pages regarding the Fire Dept. Of course it is the same power point, Rutan & Tucker’s memo regarding a JPA and then the final 3 choices as before:
    The City Council could (1) decide to take no action or (2) make cash payments to the Water District either directly or indirectly through a joint-powers authority. (See City Attorney Memo for more detail). These alternatives put the city’s finances in jeopardy by taking on an open-ended,labor intensive, ever-increasing obligation that is financially unsustainable. (3) The City could also take the initiative and submit the LAFCO application to have the San Bernardino County Fire District annex Twentynine Palms into the Fire District.
    Unknown at this time. It could be millions of dollars if City assumes responsibility for fire
    protection services.
    It seems that no progress has been

    • Cora Heiser Cora Heiser says:

      I guess I should finish my sentence before hitting reply. It seems that no progress has been made from the City side, however, we are all waiting to hear what information that the meetings between City Council members Dan Mintz and Joel Klink and Water Dept. board Sam Moore and Bo Bourikas produced.

  2. Cora, I did mean nothing new. However, I guess the pdf file wasn’t completely loaded when I viewed it. I would like Steve Spear to comment on the labor intensive issue: I assume this refers to public retirement issues (CalPER) Yes / No?

    I gave you those five stars for responding. Thank you very much for representing the entire community and for your transparency.

    • Steve Spear Steve Spear says:

      Hi Branson,

      I have no clue as to what the city manager means when he says “…labor intensive…”

      Most interpretations of the meanings of those two words would imply “hard work” such as digging a ditch by hand could be said to be “labor intensive”.

      As to how using part of the General Fund to maintain public safety is somehow “labor intensive” is beyond me.

      Perhaps he feels it will be too much work to write a check to the fire department? Your guess is as good as mine.

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