Twentynine Palms, CA – A Task-Force Feasibility and Desirability Committee dedicated to funding or helping fund the TPFD for the public good ought to have taken place earlier this year. Something akin to the movement Mr. Gillick was involved in cira 1985 when a few did the impossible and accomplished cityhood.
The four councilmen have been fed the pabulum far too long and they are in many ways far too complacent. That is not good. It’s the opposite of good.
Another thing, our councilwoman doesn’t even know what took place in 3 closed informal meetings with Councilmen Joel Klink, Dan Mintz and a couple of TPWD Directors to discuss the issue of public safety and the TPFD.
That’s not good either.
TPWD Directors were pressured to keep mum about all three meetings in terms of everything discussed. This is not the way a representative form of local government is supposed to work.
It’s more the style of government practiced by North Korea, The Republic of China, the old Soviet Union or by the Afghanistan Taliban.
THE CITY IS LOADED
The prestigious outside auditing firm of Rogers, Anderson, Malody and Scott, LLP report in the 2011-2012 29 Palms *CAFR audit documents that there is $9,620,967 of unrestricted net assets available for use to meet the City’s ongoing obligations for public use. This is addition to the $13 million in current budget in reserves.
City Reserves are for emergencies and special needs. Funding a fire department is a public safety and special need. Thus reserve funds must be tapped.
Said $9.6 million of CAFR funds are readily available to help fund the fire department because auditors tell us this is earmarked for public use.
All told, CAFR has $39,976,099 in liquid assets, stocks and bonds, etc. (not included in the annual budget).
Bureaucratic get very edgy when people start talking about CAFR because it not the usual info the public is aware of. It’s not suppose to come up. I am willing to meet with Mr. Warne to discuss it.
Rather it’s been an obvious game of dodge to obscure and doublespeak with unclear extraneous information.
The city can still form a Taskforce of Feasibility and Desirability Committee of citizens to move rapidly forward on fire funding for the good of the entire community, its schools, churches and businesses.
This can be approached it in a positive manner without all the finger-pointing and with a manager and legal counsel at the sidelines (both have hindered public safety).
When Mr. Gillick and other in 1989 reconnoiter to become a city they formed the Feasibility and Desirability Committee made up of local citizens, There was no city manager’s negativity views or bad advise of an outside hungry law firm back then making hundreds of thousands of dollars off local residents. They did it themselves with community backing. It was tough going, but they did it.
It’s not too late. The city first needs to come up with temporary ad hoc funding for the current year to fund the fire department. Meanwhile, citizens can workout permanent funding vis a vis a Task-Force Feasibility and Desirability Committee. Funding could be accomplished without even tapping into the — available for public use — CAFR $9,620,967.
Mr. Gillick reports in his fine article in said publication that “The first explicit steps toward becoming a city were taken by the leadership of that water district in 1985. He also wrote ”We heard a lot of grumbling about it at first…”
Given the amount of community spirit at that time, coupled with a “can do”attitude, it was accomplished Note that these men and women hired a consulting firm to help them deal with the obstacles of their time.
The Firm was positive and quickly adapted the “can do” spirit. We do not have this at city hall today.
Today, our local elected officials are controlled and shoved-around by money-hungry outside influences.
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