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The Dreams of Camelot are over for 29 Palms and Yucca Valley, Action Required

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Twentyine Palms, Yucca Valley – The city and the town, respectively, have no viable plan for the future. They are firmly planted in servile debt. Make no mistake about that. While Twentynine Palms continues living the the dreams of Camelot, the end of Camelot has reached the doorsteps of Yucca Valley.



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This is the uncontroverted reality. Both have experiencing unbelievable outside exploitation that continues to this day.


Twentynine Palms has a debt owing more than it has in liquid assets. It has made no efforts known to the public to negotiate with bond holders to pay down this weighty debt of about $30 million, spanning three generations over 30 years. It has made no efforts to tighten its belt. It has made no efforts to be a watchdog over wasteful spending. It has made no efforts to look out for the taxpayer.

Simply put, elected officials lack the consciousness to take the city into the future.


Yucca Valley has sorrily allowed urban commercial blight to overpower the town. It has allowed outsiders, town managers on many levels to control the future of the community and its financial assets. It has allowed a huge deafening and sucking sound to pull money out of the community like a turbo-vacuum cleaner into the hands of profiteers. The dreams of Camelot are over for the town.


Elected leaders in both communities lack the consciousness to dig taxpayers out of the hole. Consciousness comes at different times for people, if at all. Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley can no longer postpone fixing systemic flaws in local government. But first, leaders must fix themselves.“Catch-22“: local leaders haven’t  the consciousness to draw-back and change course. Local Staff officials  drive both communities do what they do know best. They follow their agenda: spend money and make deals with outsiders. All of which is not helping the communities prepare for the future.


The writing is on the wall. We are told by experts around the world that  there is a “great deflation” coming in 2014 and beyond. It’s called a “demographic cliff” that takes place when a large portion of the population enters retirement, such as what is happening now with the Baby Boomers, who are downsizing and spending less. The future will weaken the economy and cause deflation to occur between 2014 and 2019. Say they, we can also expect to see Europe particularly hard hit by this trend in the coming decade.

Google an assortment of issues regarding the economics of the future, geopolitics and environmental changes. Both communities are unprepared for the financial ferment due to both local decisions and global conditions.

Twentynine needs to take care of local infrastructure and real problems, rather than be led astray by duplicating city buildings and the worst man-made disaster ever to fall on the community; to wit, Project Phoenix (PP). The city needs to work on street signs, responsible beautification along SR 62, local infrastructure that benefits the entire community. The city would be prudent to put firewall up to protect taxpayers’ City Reserves from a hungry staff. It needs to prioritize paying-down the bond debt. If forceful and diligent, it can be done.

The city needs to pull back and save money.

Staff is doing a grave disservice to the entire community by recommending the city spend use its RESERVES FUNDS for non-priority projects. Shame on the them.

Yucca Valley is a run-away freight train without an engineer heading toward a massive mountain cliff. While raking staff have their own agenda, and the town council is incapable of stopping the impending disaster.


Election year 2014 is here. Both communities have three openings each on their city or town council. People who have the thrifty consciousness to spend less and save more, please come forward. People are needed whom have the intellect to drive staff. As far as Twentynine Palms is concerned, its outside legal council (a bond attorney with Rutan & Tucker) needs to more on. If not he needs to be replaced as quickly as possible. The 29 Palms Community Development Director need to go back to his consulting firm, RGS.  McCleary and A. Patrick Munoz are addicted  to power and money. That will not change. Both have become an  anathema to the entire community at large and taxpayers.

The city of Twentynine Palms and its neighboring town Yucca Valley needs leaders whom have the consciousness to prepare for the future. All elected officials in both communities are good people. The played the game as they best knew how.

Updated today @ 1:08 p.m.

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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 Comment

  1. Council member Bob Leone once again is looking out for the taxpayers. He believed it was too sweet of a deal for National CORE…

    The dysfunctional and clueless mushrooms on the town council last night borrowed bond money to finance the underfunded National CORE crooks (they are shady crooks in my opinion based on extensive research and writing many stories).

    If any of the council members and its pandering interim manager didn’t see this one coming — as the Feds stated CORE was busted for being under financed — they are living in a bubble. The council has allowed CORE to legally extort taxpayers.

    OMG when will it end!

    This is another example of the curtains falling on Yucca Valley because of mismanagement, over-development, ignorance and a disgraced and terminated town manager who plundered it all with the ass-kissing town council.

    Just think, the town council voted to borrow bond money to give to a very naughty National CORE with no terms or conditions to pay it back. CORE used the same old stale MO to hoodwink clueless and mushy council members, just like they have other cities.

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