Alternative title: What’s that stench coming from Theatre 29?
Twentynine Palms - When will it stop? It will not stop. I don’t think cronyism and patronage is a threat anymore. It is a promise.
On April 8, the 29 Palms City Council will consider the approval and acceptance <wink, wink> of a Simi Dabah sculpture for Theatre 29. The pork kings are in line for another city benefit. The installation cost of the sculpture is estimated to cost $1,500 or less.
To recap the obvious, these “ungrateful spoiled brats” – Theatre 29 leaders — are so hubris they massaged city council in the right places to take out a staggering bond debt for a state of the art performing arts theater for their the exclusive use of Theatre 29. All done absent any studies. After that, the drain on public funds just never ended. “Come out, come out, where every you are.” What is the real story how this came about? This cries out for more exposure, transparency and sunlight.
Isn’t it obvious that Twenynine Palms has a small shadow government consisting of a few local opportunists (and *Machiavellians)? who are always first in line for public entitlements? And who get what they want, when they want off the backs of hardworking taxpayers and from sheep on the council. The problem at city hall: no one caring about public safety or taxpayer.
See below for an image of the sculpture and placement at the theater.
FACT: The playhouse is a city building for the absolute and exclusive use Theatre 29.
FACT: There are many other city facilities and buildings that cry out to be enhance by this sculpture.
FACT: Simi Dabah sculptures are non-representational sculptures. His entire works are left untitled, inviting the viewer to interpret the work.
FACT: Any approved public entity may select a sculpture from this collection for installation on their site under Mr. Dabah’s Donation Program.
FACT: The sculpture has no name.
FACT: After acquisition, the unnamed sculpture in question was given the name “Drama Face” by whom?
QUESTION: Isn’t this an insult to the sculpturist who doesn’t wants his work named (he wants people to use their imaginations)?
FACT: A reasonable, prudent person would not name an artist’s work when the artist invites the viewer to interpret his unnamed work.
FACT: The sculpture is definitely not — in any freaking way — A representation of a “drama face” (see below).
QUESTION: Who initiated the selection of the sculpture for the benefit of the theater?
QUESTION: Who invented the unlikely misnomer “drama face“? Are theater puppeteers once again pulling strings to get what they want?
FACT: The sculpture is better suited to be installed at the Community Center or another city structure or facility for everyone to enjoy.
FACT: Simi Dabah’s sculptures are primarily donated for city facilities throughout the U.S.
QUESTION: Is this another rubberstamp project projecting the illusion of transparency when it appears before the city council agenda?
Conclusion: It’s abnormal for nonprofit organizations to continually feed off city-public funds. Preferential treatment of one nonprofit is pretty shabby. Sometimes, officers and incorporators actually take over the organization for their own purpose and end up corrupting it. This is what has happened at Theatre 29. I’ve represented many nonprofit organization and have worked with many more as a consultant and as a legal advocate. And I’ve incorporated many and watched they grow and flourish. The few that misuse public funds usually have had legal action brought against them in a taxpayers’ law suit. It’s time for the city to have a good housecleaning!
Disclaimer: Theater 29 Palms as a whole is not being criticized. Its many talented volunteers and regulars members work very hard year around to produce entertainment at the playhouse. It’s the petty hierarchy that is dragging Theatre 29 through the mud.
Below is a photoshoped picture of the sculpture (04-08-2014 Staff Reports). Really… is this misnamed drama face a publicity stunt to convince toddler on the city council it belongs at Theatre 29?
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