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Happy Anniversary City Hall: Illegal Misconduct, Dirty Hands and Sham Litigation

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Twentynine Palms – One year. It’s been one year  today.

February 26 is the anniversary of the day an apple-polishing city council unanimously authorized its self-serving, bad legal advise  bond counsel  attorney to file litigation against the County of San Bernardino and the California Department of Finance to move forward with the expenditure of the bond proceeds.

Costa Mesa law partner and city bond counsel A. Patrick Muñoz of Law Firm Rutan & Tucker has accomplished nihility. Currently, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny is reviewing a new opposition motion filed by Muñoz. It’s been a year yet since the council authorized the litigation, yet a decision on the hearing has stalled.

Lets call this “Year One“.

Legal documents filed by the California Attorney General:  Legal documents on file with the court calls Twentynine Palms litigation a “sham” based on “unlawful” and “illegal” means. Bond counsel Muñoz and his sidekick RGS Consultant Matt McCleary ( hired by the city council as an overpaid ranking staff member)  have “dirty hands” and has been involved in “illegal misconduct” according to incriminating court records.

It is puzzling, convoluted and quite disturbing that a naive, fawning  council unanimously gave shyster Muñoz a unanimous “favorable performance rating. ” Even after he sat there and allowed council members to continue two illegal closed-meetings, inter alia.

According to the Attorney General, thus far,  Muñoz has racked-up $1,000,000 in legal fees with no benefit whatsoever to taxpayers or the city regarding “PP” (Project Phoenix)  and its old RDA debt bond of $30,000,00. Who is looking out for the taxpayer?

Meanwhile, the city council continues its wasteful spending frizzy, diddle away money on non-priority pet projects like “Beverly Hillbillies” who just won the 200 million dollar powerball lottery jackpot. After spending like intoxicated incompetent fools, staff and the city manager have  recommending the city council invade taxpayers City Reserves.

OMG when will it end!


Note: Rutan & Tucker  has been providing legal service for over a hundred years. Rutan & Tucker, LLP is named to the Daily Journal’s list of the largest law firms In California with approximately 141 attorneys in Orange County and Palo Alto. They are a money-making machine putting the city and taxpayers through the meat grinder.

Note: Rutan & Tucker and their “Goldlen Boy” Muñoz have a conglomerate of similar litigation matters filed against the State of California.  They are making mega millions off the backs of hardworking California taxpayers.

Note: According to deputy attorney general Michael Witmer, $12 million of the tax allocation bonds issued by the city – earmarked for Project Phoenix (PP) — contained no concomitant contracts to build anything or a defined plan of how the bond proceeds were to be expended. Witmer said this was done “surreptitiously” in that the transfer of bond proceeds to the city had been done without consultation with the California Department of Finance or its approval.

The rest of the story:

Hundred of stories are archived concerning the mismanagement of Twentynine Palms, its reckless and narcissistic wasteful spending, the city’s 30-year bond debt, defunct RDA, “PP” (Project Phoenix), bad legal advise attorney A. Patrick Muñoz and his transparent conflicts of interest, RGS Consultant Matt McCleary, bond debt to duplicating existing city buildings, et al.

Google around for more information using key words provided hereinabove. Note that the city continues to refuses to help fund a near bankrupt Twentynine Palms Fire Department that is unable to protect the city 24/7, leaving churches, businesses, hotels and motels and numerous school  subject to peril at any given moment — including a soon-to-open Tortoise Rock Casino coming to Twentynine Palms.

Open Letter to San Bernardino County Fire and Board of Supervisors

Has McCleary been caught lying to the Court?

Grand Jury Complaint Seeking Indictment Against Local Officials?

State Uses Attorney General To Fight 29 Palms’ Effort To Keep RDA Funds

Muñoz most aggressive of 24 county cities in litigation efforts to usurp money from local agencies

The Wolf of Twentynne Palms

Who is RSG Matt McCleary? What has he done for the city?

29 in the Business of Enriching Rutan & Tucker and “Bad Legal Advice Attorney,” A. Patrick Munoz

It’s going to be one hell of a week for Twentynine Palms

Open Letter to San Bernardino County Fire and Board of Supervisors 





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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. Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

    Assistant Attorney General Micheal Glenn Witmer is one brilliant litigator.

    What a step up….. While Witmer was able to get his licks in on Munoz, he was unable to break the veil on Matt McCleary until the guy came up with a ruse of objections on McCleary’s Declarations……

    It was Munoz who in coming to his buddy’s rescue, proved to the court that McCleary is as potentially indictable as Munoz himself. It does not matter if the judge sustains or overrules the objections on either the original objections or the reply objections. Munoz sealed McCleary’s fate. BRILLIANT on the Part of Micheal Glenn Witmer, he is a litigator in the same mold as Thomas Edmund Dewey.

    I got to tell you how ever this goes I can see indictments in the foreseeable future. I believe that the AG is looking for a song bird. Wonder who that might be?

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