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Read it and weep, Your Children will be shackled with $30 Million Debt for 30 years.

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I am pleased to announce that the City learned today that the Court issued the writ of mandate requested by the City in its case against the State Department of Finance relating to bonds issued for Project Phoenix, the Downtown Revitalization Program.  It appears this means that the City has prevailed.  We do not have any further details at this time and are awaiting receipt of the Court’s detailed documents to evaluate the basis for its decision.

Please contact Patrick Munoz, City Attorney at 714-662-4628 if you have any questions.

Danny Mintz


City of Twentynine Palms


The Sacramento Superior Court has Court has ruled in favor of the City Of 29 Palms in Case no. 34-2013-80001474 The City of Twentynine Pams vs The DOF.

Rather than tell you what it says I went out and bought the ruling from the Court. So that you might know how badly it went for the powers of good and how well it went for Rutan and Tucker…..

Ruling 34-2013-80001474


I will be shaving closely for my moment at City Hall.

I have a feeling this will be appealed by the DOF so don’t count your chickens.





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Dan OBrien


Cactus Thorns has been online in one form or the other since 2001. What started as a personal blog documenting the corruption and lack of Due Process of the 29 Palms Community Development Department has turned into over these many years into a hugely popular Independent Alternative News Media Outlet. We have partnered with other media including The Desert Star Weekly, Joshua Tree Star, other blogs, indie media and an incredible staff of volunteer Reporters, Commentators and Opinion Makers to create one of the most read, honest and dependable alternative to the Local traditional Media services in the country. Thanks to you the reader we are in the 5% of most read sites in the World.


  1. Steve Spear Steve Spear says:

    It is a sad day. But it is what it is.

    I wish the city has as much good fortune in purchasing the properties to build PP.

    My thoughts and feelings about the whole project have been negated by a judge but that is our system.

    Had the state prevailed I would have been telling the council to cease the expenditure of tax dollars on an appeal. That same opinion holds true for the state.

    Lets stop the waste, accept what the decision is and move on.

    My time involved in city politics has been enjoyable and troublesome.

    • 2014 California Rules of Court Rule 8.104 mandates that the time to appeal is 60 days after receiving a copy of the order. It remains a possibility the Dof and Ag could appeal the order.

      Meantime, the RDA IS DEAD. That means that the public DOES have a choice of how the money is spent. Unlike the previous city council makeup of Klink, Harris, John Cole, Mintz and Corbin — who kept the public at arm’s length and blinded sided while they planned a massive redevelopment restructuring of the downtown area — the council needs to rebuild the public’s trust by involving the community this time around.

      That involvement does not mean following the same old clan (shadow government) that work on the sidelines to get what they want.

      Should the town blow the money for another playhouse because Gary Daigneault informed the council that his troupe has outgrown the city theater, or should the toddlers on the CC use it for all the residents to improve the city’s infrastructure?

      Assuming the matter isn’t appealed by the Dof and Ag, do the right thing this time.

  2. Larry Briggs Larry Briggs says:

    Dan, Thank you for publishing the judge’s ruling.

    • Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

      No problem… The judge says the city has the brass ring…. I must abide by what the judge says.

      You did notice that page 19 was missing….. I hope I can get the corrected version today.

      • Larry Briggs Larry Briggs says:

        Downloaded it last night. Got all 20 pages, Page 20 starts “..writ as necessary.” Went to the CVEP Economic Forecast Conference in Indian Wells this morning and read the judges ruling in between breaks.

  3. Robert Nelson Robert Nelson says:

    If it’s built they should name Gary’s gift from the city THE GARY DAIGNEAULT FRAUDITORIUM … and a huge metal plaque (costing at least $20,000 or so – ’cause money is apparently no issue in 29 Palms) should be hung right inside the entrance that says “Made possible by the lack of journalistic integrity of Brehm Communications / Hi-Desert Publishing.”

  4. Thanks again to Dan for taking the time out of his very busy schedule to obtain, pay for and posting the entire ruling in Cactus Thorns. Where else can readers get this sort of professional service?

  5. michaelv michaelv says:

    It will be interesting to see how the City choses to spend the money. Curb gutter and sidewalks in areas to make the City more pedestrian friendly would go a long way. I hope that given the court ruling they do not squander the money away to the self interest groups that I am sure are standing in line with their hands out.
    Lastly, I am not sure how many of todays children in 29 Palms will be around to make a payment. it appears that less and less high school graduates stick around. I hope the population can support the debt.

    • What to do?

      Downtown street resurfacing of crumbling streets , complete beautification along 62 east and west of Adobe that was never completed because of a infamous con artist, the west side on Donnell Hill is missing — can you believe it — some street signs, and the absence of public safety is a threat every day to the entire community.

      Very primitive isn’t it. This sounds like 1910 rather that 2014.

  6. Steve Whitten Steve Whitten says:

    Here are my suggestions:

    1.Implement the recommendations from Council Approved Downtown Revitilization Plan – The primary on is Construct a Waste Water Treatment Plant for the Downtown area. New Construction (Franchise type) Businesses would rather connect to a exisiting sewer than construct their own $500K Package system. I do know of a couple of exisitng businesses that would love to expand in the downtown but can’t because they have no room to expand their septic systems.

    2. Implement the recommended actions of the Council Approved Economic Development Plan. The Primary one being the hiring of a QUALIFIED ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST. A Public Affairs person will only get you so far.

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