On another occasion Brooks Bowers yep that Brooks Bowers went before that very same council and got approval for a code variance similar to the one the city now finds itself on the hook for to the tune of Three million. Shucks at the time the city was letting the connected few move a whole dam hill for the now Fairfield, no permits, where was the councils even hand? Who was the land owning profiteer?
Oh that three million lose, yea they were even threatening a long time land owner with emanate domain if he did not give up some of his property for a new road to a council coveted illegal development.
How do we survive as a city with such prevalent inequality, Does anyone believe the new dollar store wanted to locate so far from the key revenue source the base? This is just another case of the city picking and choosing the winners and losers.
Now I am a member of the Elks and have no problem them having a swap meet, my problem is the selective enforcement of the code that states no outdoor swap meets permitted. I am one who believes if we have a code it should be enforced across the board. I once heard a council member say they are not to be used across the board they are to be used as tools when needed. What kind of BS is that? I must add that a code is in no way as enforceable as a court tested law, and we as citizens have a duty to use the constitution to limit and control our governing entities. That wonderful document was meant to do just that control the government not the people.
This country was formed as a republic not a democracy; our forefathers did their best to protect us from mob rule. Democracy is nothing more than mob rule.
By Mark Clemons, November, 2, 2013
Afternote: Mark Clemons is a California businessman and the son of a historic 29 Palms family that hosted the first filming of movies on the big outdoor screen back in the 1930s. This was back in the days when James Cagney and Ester Williams called 29 home. Mark is a strong advocate of an outdoor swap meet at Smith’s Ranch. Mark has carried on the family tradition of Smith’s Ranch,and the 29 Palms Drive-In Theater. His popular, buy short-lived, weekend outdoor swap meet was shut-down code enforcement. He was also order by code enforcement to remove a sign facing Adobe Road. It should be noted that Mark ran for a seat on the city council during the last council elections. Had Mr. Clemons been seated on the city council, the city would not have incurred a $28, 00,000 bond debt. Story Posted by Branson Hunter.
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