Twentynine Palms – We all should be aware that Council members Jay Corbin and Dan Mintz had a FIDUCIARY DUTY to attend the last day of the three day seminar in Sacramento.
The last day of the League of California Cities seminar dealt with teaching ETHICS to public officials and how best to developing the PUBLIC’S TRUST.
Both of the aforementioned council member were irresponsibly when they ditched those important seminar classes.
Taxpayers paid their way to Sacramento and paid for the seminar in order that their public officials learn how to be more responsible to the public and develop trust and learn applied ETHICS.
Corbin and Mintz not only violated their FIDUCIARY DUTY, they also breached the PUBLIC TRUST. Their actions were an outgrowth of the absence of ethics.
Corruption comes in many forms, it’s not only confined to criminal liability or violating California Codes. Both Corbin and Mintz are culpable of WRONGFUL CONDUCT in carrying out their duties as public official. They FRAUDULENTLY squandered public funds intended for a 3 day seminar.
Both Corbin and Mintz thought it more important to game the system and abort the seminar when they boogied over to the Sacramento County Courthouse to watch the city’s bond attorney argue the city’s litigation opposition motion before Judge Kenny. They were mere warm bodies seated there to watch the show.
The public and taxpayers got a one liner at the city council meeting last night from both Council Members Corbin & Mintz when they reported on watching the proceedings as City Council bond attorney, A. Patrick Munoz, argued the city’s opposition motion before Judge Kenny.
Here is the a transcribed script that Corbin and Munoz reported at last night’s council meeting:
Corbin reported: [City bond attorney] Munoz did a good job.
Mintz reported: Munoz did a good job. The judge asked lots of questions.
They abandon the seminar with this puerile nonscense? Clearly they lost sight of the mission. There was absolutely no benefit whatsoever to the public or taxpayers. Taxpayers paid their expense up there and back; taxpayers paid for the seminar. This is squandering of taxpayers resources. Both public servants were so arrogant and complacency, they may be oblivious to their breach of fiduciary duty to taxpayers.
These people have lost sight of the fact that they are public servants.
Nonfeasance: The non-performance of some act which ought to be performed ;
Misfeasance: A act that is legal but performed improperly;
Breach of Fiduciary Duty: The relationship wherein one (public official) person has an obligation to act for another’s benefit (taxpayers);
Breach of the Public Trust: A Junket to Sacraments, a paid seminar and two no-shows on day three.
Although not criminal, this is an outgrowth of grey areas of CORRUPTION.
Is it too much to ask that our public officials to be reliable? Is it to much to ask that our public officials not squander money. Is it too much to ask public officials be responsible and morally ethical? It is too much to ask 29 Palms Council member be trustees of taxpayers’ and city resources.
In Twentynine Palms it just business as usual.
Absent those two council members benefiting from the ETHICS and PUBLIC’S TRUST portion of the seminar — ethics and public’s trust qualities are not firmly established in Corbin and Mintz.
Editorial Opinion and Commentary by Branson Hunter