Updated 7 January, 2014 @ 5:29:12: Twentynine Palms: An interview with Steve Spear regarding a possible Grand Jury Complaint seeking indictments against local officials.
Local resident Steve Spear is planning on filing a complaint with the San Bernardino County Grand Jury seeking indictments against local public and elected officials (see below photos). Steve Spear is a former Marine Corps Officer, a long time 29 Palms resident, and he honorably served eight year as an elected official on the 29 Palms City Council.
Mr. Spear believes that city staff, the city council, the city attorney and the 29 Palms Oversight Board has failed miserably in their duties. Should Steve Spear seek Grand Jury indictments – he’ll also likely name Korina Cole, former City Mayor, John Cole and Dave Price who, says Spear, “sold out the Morongo Unified School District to the tune of millions.” And possibly some past and present 29 Palms council members could be named in the Grand Jury Complaint seeking indictments.
Steve Spear, “I am waiting for the decision by the judge in Sacramento before I waste the time of the Grand Jury. Should this matter turn against the city on January 20, 2014. I will forward a citizens complaint to the grand jury naming a whole host of individuals which range from city staff, the council in place at the time, and more importantly the Oversight Board that has, as the Attorney General opines, failed miserably in their duties. Last but not least will be Munoz and McCLeary as well as Warne.”
AN INTERVIEW WITH STEVE SPEAR
Can you speak about a complaint you are researching seeking Grand Jury indictments in local government?
Yes I can. When the Attorney General for the State of California uses words such as “sham”, “unlawful”. and “Illegal” as well as the concept of “unclean hands” in the brief to the courts about the sale of bonds for Project Phoenix, then there is clearly a problem in 29 Palms which has its roots in a council that has failed in its duties.
The top story yesterday morning in reporter Dan Stork’s look back at 2013 is: “The city of Twentynine Palms declined to bail the water district out in its fire department financial dilemma.” Is the lack of public safety part of a possible Grand Jury Complaint?
The council it appears does not understand the basic premises and purposes of government. Public safety is the singular priority and they have failed in assuring that priority. By neglecting the fire department and befriending the special interests that have brought little to our city they have shown their inability to be civic leaders.
Can you speak of any alleged wrongdoing you may be considering in a complaint to the Grand Jury to seek indictments?
I do believe that once the council was made aware of the issues and potential consequences and they dismissed those warnings as coming from uninformed individuals that they crossed the line. Acting without opposing information is one matter but to dismiss sound conflicting information as being uninformed which then places a city into a 31 million dollar debt for 30 years is as the Attorney General opines – criminal at the least.
Legal counsel negotiated a contract with the city in which he had a material interest regarding his payment for legal fees on the bond sales, redevelopment and Project Phoenix matters. That contract made him rich by the income of most families in 29. It continues to enrich legal counsel. Is it something that might show up in your complaint to the Grand Jury to seek indictments.
Absolutely. Patrick Munoz, the city attorney, has become over the years to be an arrogant self serving individual. As the Attorney General points out it is unconscionable he serves as legal counsel to the city, as well as the Successor Agency, and the Oversight Board all of which have demonstrated their inability to comply with the law. Patrick Munoz will be a primary target of my submission to the Grand Jury.
Legal counsel also advised the council on the city’s humongous and protracted municipal bond debt. Municipal bonds are one of Rutan & Tucker’s specialty. Is this a conflict of interest or something that might show up in your complaint to the Grand Jury to seek indictments?
See above answer.
What about other players? Can you speak about other areas where staff, the council or the Oversight Board has “miserably failed in their duties”?
In my estimation the Oversight Board is the most culpable and more than likely the most likely to be targeted for indictments. Their sworn duty was to represent their respective appointing authorities which are taxing recipients. All of them failed to represent those agencies. Most egregious is Dave Price who sold out the Morongo Unified School District to the tune of millions. Then there is the Korina Cole and John Cole collusion factor, related by marriage, the father in law and daughter in law relationship. None of this will be missed upon review by the Grand Jury.
Is the way in which public funds are distributed by council members to a few local organizations discriminatory?
Not so sure discriminatory but the distribution of tax dollars favors the few and not the city as a whole. It is a pity that the council does not see the damage that they have allowed to occur by their inability to seriously question the recommendations and suggestions of city staff.
Thank you Steve for your time.
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