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Attorney General Declares Theatre 29 Operating as “Unregistered Entity”in California

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Twentynine Palms, Ca.,- It appears the recent articles posted on Cactus Thorns has finally caught the attention of Theatre 29 pointing out questionable claims by past president Gary Daigneault, unaccounted grants in the amount of $18,000 and failure to register their non-profit 501(c)(3) with the Attorney General. 

The recently updated website indicates they have finally registered with the Attorney General’s office in their letter dated May 2, 2014, and Theatre 29 has been officially granted a Charitable Trust number of CT0206301.

But, it’s still not over. 

“Because the captioned entity has been operating as an unregistered entity in California in previous fiscal years, it is delinquent in filing reports with the Registry of Charitable Trusts.”

The Attorney General has demanded Registration Renewal Reports (RFF-1) for fiscal years 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 to include required fees and copies of their IRS 990 filings for those same fiscal years, all to be submitted within 30 days from the date of their letter dated May 2, 2014. The Attorney General’s Office is also requesting a copy of their Application for Recognition of Exemption (IRS Form 1023), if submitted to the IRS.

The letter states, “The Registration Renewal Fee, RRF-1, is required to be filed annually on the 15th day of the 5th month after the end of the organization’s accounting period.” Theatre 29 must file those RRF-1 with the Attorney General along with a copy of any extensions requests.

“If the captioned organization contracts with a commercial fundraiser for charitable purposes or fundraising counsel, that entity must also register and file annual reports with the Registry.”

On page two the letter from the Attorney General’s office warns,

“Directors must adhere to the California Nonprofit Corporation Law (Corporations Code Code 5000, et seq.) and Trustees for Charitable purposes must adhere to provisions of the California Probate Code, commencing with section 15000.”

Here is the copy of the letter>THEATRE_29_9809036239523_(1)

In light of the above information, I submit that Theatre 29 filed a false application to participate in the recent San Bernardino County Give BIG Fundraiser requiring ALL non-profits be registered PRIOR to April 1, 2014. Gary Daigneault, as a Board member, should return the funds received under false pretense. Give BIG Story>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


  1. Good reporting, Margo.

    Given the theater’s digressions and reporting failures, the council wants to build then a sparkling new playhouse.

    Since when does a city support a nonprofit (that wasn’t a non profit) and front the $3,000 for an electronic sign absent any legal document or a promissory note.

    These people on the council are sick fascists.

    • The ex-city manager agreed with a citizen’s comment it was unprofessional to not have any legal document or letter of agreement/understanding outlining the financial details on the electronic sign. Whoops! He’s gone!

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