Updated 3-12-14 @ 9:25 with photo and caption. Greetings Mr. President.
My name is Ben Holstrom. I am a local taxpayer living in the Twentynine Palms
sphere of influence unincorporated area of Desert Heights. I do My property taxes are collected by the county of San Bernardino and then subsequently disbursed pay taxes in the City of Twentynine Palms. I’m sorta a disgruntled local taxpayer concerned about the terms and conditions of Theatre 29 paying back the taxpayer the loan your friends on the City Council fronted your group for your electronic sign. BTW, congratulations on yesterday’s Grand Opening of the new Theatre 29 electronic sign I helped paid for. Please don’t misconstrue this letter. All you folks at the city playhouse known as Theatre 29 are doing a fine job and proving community theater productions on grand scale. Since your genesis in 1999 you folks have blessed the area with entertainment beyond expectation. Nonetheless, my concern is the non-disclosure repayment plan: Is there such a plan? If no plan, them I am very concerned. One of your previous presidents back-pedaled not very long ago on a promise to raise $1,000,000 of private money to help fund the new and duplicated subterranean performing arts theater under the old RDA Project Phoenix (which is illegal now) to build your theater group this venue. You remember Project Phoenix (PP) In a public meeting when you were a board member of the 29 Chamber of Commerce regarding PP, you approached me and we had a conversation about PP. You disclosed you had been working on the planning of the duplicated city theater with city officials for a long while before the public even had knowledge, disclosure or input. Nothing illegal about that since under the defunct RDA statutory requirements, the public was cast aside and had no input (due to the lobbying efforts of the California League of Cities).
As you know or should know, the city shall be operating in red ink without the usual one million dollars left over in surplus finds — and owes $31 million over 30 years spanning three generations in connection with PP. Can yo u understand my concern now? Do you care? Personally, I would like to see he day when Theatre 29 becomes self-sufficient like the Hi-Desert Cultural Center. Therefore, as a local taxpayer I hereby request an accounting of terms and conditions of paying back the city your taxpayer’s loan. Respectfully submitted, /S/ Ben Holstrom Email: email@example.com a/k/a internet handle Branson Hunter Postscript: A CPRA request will forwarded to the city requesting the the total cost of the electronic sign, any repayment plan on record and all emails pertaining to the deal.