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Here are the Docs: $18,000 Grant NOT Designated for Project Phoenix Theatre Design

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Here are the documents for the ONLY $18,000 grant awarded to Theatre 29 which spells out the use is for play production and NO mention of allocating funds for architect design of a new theatre.

1. Public Records Request of March 13, 2012 for “Theatre 29 Design”-No such records to “obtain an architect.” Theatre29_PRA_Mar_2012

2. SB County Scope of  $18,000 Contract “Providing production of Plays” Dates: Nov. 2, 2009 - December 1, 2009

Theatre29_$18M_Contract_2009

 

3. SB County Purchase Order $18,000 “For Production of Plays.”  Dated December 4, 2009

Theatre29_$18m_PurchaseOrder_2009

 

 

So why did Gary Daigneault announce the following on his radio station on  October 27, 2008:

COUNTY FUNDS NEW THEATER DESIGN FOR THEATRE 29
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY HAS FUNDED THE PLANNING AND DESIGN PHASE FOR A MAJOR EFFORT TO BUILD A LARGER AND MORE MODERN NEW THEATER BUILDING FOR THEATER 29 IN 29 PALMS. REPORTER KARL GARDNER SAYS 1ST DISTRICT SUPERVISOR BRAD MITZELFELT IS GETTING THE PROJECT ROLLING —–
TWENTYNINE PALMS’ ONLY LIVE THEATER VENUE, THEATER 29, RECEIVED $18,000 FROM COUNTY BLOCK GRANTS TO BEGIN DESIGNING A NEW 250 SEAT THEATER AND 1000 SEAT OUT DOOR AMPHITHEATER AT PIONEER PARK ON THE CORNER OF ADOBE AND SULLIVAN ROADS. COUNTY 1ST DISTRICT SUPERVISOR BRAD MITZELFELT ANNOUNCED THE FUNDING WILL BE USED TO COVER DESIGN COSTS, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY AND THEATER 29. THEATER BOARD PRESIDENT, GARY DAIGNEAULT SAID “WERE ECSTATIC TO HAVE SUPPORT FROM THE COUNTY AS BE BEGIN OUR PROCESS OF PLANNING AND FUNDRAISING FOR A NEW REGIONAL ARTS CENTER”, ADDING “WE’RE A VICTIM OF OUR OWN SUCCESS AND WE NOW NEED LARGER QUARTERS.” THE CURRENT BUILDING, HOME TO THEATER 29 WITH A SCANT 91 SEATS, WAS A FORMER ROOFING TRUSS FACTORY. ONCE THE PLANNING IS COMPLETED, THE THEATER GROUP WILL SEARCH OUT FUNDING FOR CONSTRUCTION. SOURCE>LINK

 

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Margo Sturges

Yucca Valley Editor

Note: Margo Sturges has written many articles for Cactus Thorns and is the founder of Citizens4Change.info. Email contact: MargoSturgesYV(at)aol.com "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."- George Orwell

12 Comments

  1. Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

    It is too bad our friend could not let sleeping dogs lie. The subject was forgotten and the story put to bed. But no, he could not help poking a stick at the monkey cage.

    While there is no criminal penalties to such a bait and switch scam, I’ll bet there are some civil penalties that County Counsel or the State AJ could impose. Like the standard breach of contract clause. But then the City Council would like always, pull his bacon out of the fire.

    Any more, I think all we are doing is battling windmills. I am hoping that someday all this will equate to better representation in local government.

    But you are all doing a great job of it….. It must be driving the guy nuts.

  2. Cora Heiser Jumps On Gary Daigneault (Dec. 18, 2011):

    Cora wrote: “There aren’t any other documents that can be found that link any discussions from Gary pitching a new idea, asking for funds from anywhere, to August 9 with Corbin’s statement, and then to October’s presentation that the city is funding the building that will house a Theatre for Theatre 29. I simply wanted to know the process of how it became a part of a Project Phoenix.”

    http://www.vote29.com/newmyblog/archives/30446

    Blog title: “Straight From the Horse’s Mouth: Gary Daigneault’s Presentation to 29 Palms’ City Council.”

    • Larry Briggs Larry Briggs says:

      FYI: John M. Freter of Yucca Valley attacked you in today’s Hi Desert Star. Said you had “journalistic pretensions”.

      • Steve Spear Steve Spear says:

        And what is that to mean Larry? Are you now also a proponent of the politics of water in Yucca Valley?

        BTW Freter is wrong about the rates. All in Yucca do not pay the same rate and JSCC is one of them as is the Town itself.

        I had this very discussion with Mark Nuami years ago.

        Anything wrong with different rates? Not at all because Yucca at least did the rate schedule out in the open.

        Can we in 29 say the same about $18,000 from a county supervisor for the production of plays that ended up getting spent on drawings? How did that happen? Where is the curiosity about that?

        Where is the curiosity of how a great project got turned into a very bad project that benefited a small portion of the population when the original concept was to benefit the majority?

        Lets deal with real issues Larry instead of what somebody in Yucca thinks Branson wants to be. I am sure that Freter’s opinion does not impact Branson in any manner at all.

      • Thanks you very much Larry.

        Later this morning I will respond to his letter in friendly manner. Mr. Freter letter is pure drama and his all of his allegations lack merit. Unfortunately, when he alleges slander (sic) he also fails to identify what words he feel are libelous.

  3. Daigneault claims “victims of our own success.” How so Gary?

    In fact, since 2008, the gross ticket sales revenue has been falling according to tax records filed.

    So, since ticket prices did not decrease, purchased seats must also be falling. Right Gary?

    Gary puffs up the “need” for a larger facility on the tax payer’s back but the tax documents indicate ticket sales declining. Hmmmm

    Where’s the “grant for the architect” Gary?

  4. Steve Spear Steve Spear says:

    Margo, is there access to the tax documents that can be published?

    • michaelv michaelv says:

      Steve:

      I went to http://www.guidestar.org and they list all non-profits. There is a fee to obtain certain records, of course, however I was able to get their 2011 Assets $53,453, Revenue $50,819 and Expenses $ 47,653.
      There was no listing for more recent years everything else was previous years which I am sure you will like to see. Hope that helps.

  5. econ101 econ101 says:

    I just found the tax documents all for free on Guidestar.com. Sign up for a free account and you can download them.

    • I am going to post tax documents now rather than later especially since these tax documents raise even more questions. The 2012 tax filings are still missing…this is 2014…Hmmm. Will post what I have in my files.

      Background-Most pages of a 501(c)(3) corporation”s tax documents are public. They are supposed to be available on the California Department of Justice’s website.

      However, there are BIG problems with Theatre29 and the DOJ. Theatre29 has still not properly registered with the DOJ as required by law.

      Look for the tax documents within the next 15 minutes…I just returned home from a Hi-Desert Water District meeting with the assessment numbers.

  6. Carey Alderson Carey Alderson says:

    To all:

    Gary Daigneault and I have not always seen eye-to-eye on a few things but I think you might be confusing a few things in the article for funding that happened over two separate years.

    On Oct 21, 2008 the BOS approved 5-0 CBDG grants in which one item was $18,000 for the Theatre.

    (From BOS Staff report)
    1. Conduct a public hearing and review proposed Substantial Amendments to the 2008-2009 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Action Plan for the County’s 2005-2010 Consolidated Plan; and,
    2. Amend any strategies, actions, or proposed accomplishments identified in the 2008-2009 Strategic Plan portion of the County’s 2005-2010 Consolidated Plan that are affected by the
    amendments approved at this hearing; and, 3. Approve the following Substantial Amendments to the 2008-2009 Action Plan for the County’s2005-2010 Consolidated Plan:
    —–
    c. First District: Initiate a new project for design of a 250-300 seat indoor theater and a 1,000 seat outdoor amphitheater at Pioneer Park in the City of Twentynine Palms (No. 246-34102) utilizing $18,000 from unprogrammed funds for the First Supervisorial District (No.310-12129/0583).

    Now, in the article there is reference a Dec, 2009 discretionary fund payment from the 1st District Supervisor in the same amount of $18,000.

    I am not here to defend the accounting of the Theatre’s filings. I am just saying that you are confusing the two dollar amounts.

    • Hi Carey,

      The city is providing exclusive use of a public building for one dollar a year to an organization that is out of compliance with state agencies? The city waives money owed to the city to the same organization without a written contract because the same organization said they’d pay it back in two years on a head non and a wink. As a declared candidate for the city council, I don’t believe this is not how you would handle the people’s business.

      Your blog in here a couple months ago declared your intentions to run for the city council. You seems to be clear on spending cuts and fiscal accountability, all good things. But it seems people are afraid to talk about what is going on at city city hall and a really serious debt and spending anomalies.

      Break the mold Carey lets see some good old fashion politicking. If you want to be elected, make waives, be critical and roll up your selves and show people you are different from the fabulous foolhardy spenders. If you want to be elected — fight for it don’t be afraid to step on toes.

      Either you are part of the problem or part of the solution. Hey, I respect you and your the time you spend as a PC. I don’t know you as a person but would like to. All told, I want to get behind someone with guts, grit and the balls to advocate change. Do that and the job will be handed to you.

      That’s how Cora got elected. Lets get this election front stage. It may be the most important election since the elections of the very first city council make up.

      What do you say? I say come alive. Be a Marine and push for victory. Fight for victory.

      Comments please… .

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