Desert Hot Springs, Ca.,- Dean Gray, Investigative reporter, Publisher, Editor and…..Blogger, was appointed to the DHS Planning Commission last evening after raising a few eyebrows.
Gray, a regular contributor to Cactus Thorns is the owner of the Desert Vortex News shedding light on local political corruption and mismanagement. Dean exposed shady dealings by the recently ousted Mayor Yvonne Parks and the ex-City Manager Rick Daniels, who has since taken his act on the road to Needles where there is no local blog.
Dean Gray was “Inked at Nine.”>LINK
Dean emailed this story link with his comment, “Was it something I wrote?”
The Desert Sun writes:
The Desert Hot Springs City Council appointed various commission members on Tuesday to serve the city for the next two years, but the selection of Dean Gray, an outspoken local blogger, raised the most eyebrows.
Councilman Scott Matas said he could not support Gray’s appointment to serve on any city commission because Gray had “personally attacked” him in various publications, including the blog Gray administers.
The council approved the slate by a 3-2 vote, with Matas and Pye voting no. Mayor Pro Tem Russell Betts, who recommended Gray be appointed to the city’s Planning Commission — a voluntary post — said he could not think of any better person to hold outside developers accountable than Gray.
Betts said he is “100 percent certain” that Gray will place the city’s interests ahead of those of housing and commercial developers.
However, Matas remained unconvinced about Betts’s selection.
“He has printed personal attacks on me and you want to overshadow that because” of some investigations he has launched on housing developers, Matas said.
Matas’s sentiments were echoed by several members of the audience. George Fisher, a city resident and property owner, said there are a few candidates that have applied for the commission positions “that are questionable, such as Dean Gray.”
“There are a few that will not take this oath seriously,” Fisher added. “They are just interested in preserving their own agenda.”
Matas said each council member’s selection should be voted on individually. But City Attorney Steve Quintanilla said the slate of candidates would have been approved in any case because of the council’s 3-2 split, adding that each council member is allowed to appoint someone.
“There is nothing (in the city’s ordinance) that says how they have to vote,” Quintanilla said.
The ordinance states that one member of each commission “shall be appointed by one member of the City Council, and ratified by a majority of the City Council.”
“The only thing that matters is am I going to do a good job as a planning commissioner,” Gray said, adding that he will continue to write his blog.
“I don’t pretend to be objective. I’m an advocate,” he said, and pointed to his experience as surveyor in Alaska and more than 20 years as a carpenter that will help him as a commission member.Gray, who has attended the College of the Arts in San Francisco, said “I support development, but I am not going to be shy about being an advocate for a more beautiful city.” Source>LINK
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