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29P Council to Buy Property for Project Phoenix

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Twentynine Palms, Ca.,- The City Council will meet as both Council and Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency this Tuesday at 6 pm at the city hall to purchase properties for Project Phoenix.  Here is the agenda>link

I am unable to locate any previous discussions regarding warehousing properties for Project Phoenix but the above agenda indicates this is a done deal.  The Council will meet in closed session to discuss the purchase, terms and price, followed by returning to an open session to authorize the city manager to secure the three properties located on Smoke tree Avenue for a combined price of $123,000.

The three APN numbers are: 0617-113-24, 25 and 16. 

Zillow.com lists the first parcel #24 at 6528 Smoketree Avenue, Twentynine Palms which was built in 1939 with a lot size of 7,200 square feet. It is a 2 bedroom, 1 bath home that last sold for $50,000 in 2008. The property is zoned Tri-plex and owned by MIMI KOSRAVI and HOSHANG S Nejad, Husband and wife each 50% interest. SB County>link For more information and aerial view see Zillow>link

The other two parcles are also owned by the parties listed above.  The total value listed on the San Bernardino tax rolls is $53,335.00 as of 2014.  Home and adjoining lot is currently listed by Tony Salto at $115,000>link

 The DesertTrail.com writes:

The redevelopment project had been held in over concerns about the fate of proceeds from bond sales in the wake of the dissolution of redevelopment agencies across the state.

If completed as planned it will include a downtown community center and adjacent low-income housing.

At the same meeting, councilmembers will review the city’s proposed 2014-15 budget and recommend changes to staff.

The next step, Guzzetta said, will be to reexamine the scope of the Project Phoenix plan.

“The council will have to revisit the whole project,” he said. “The original project had a larger budget than what we have at this point.” For more on this article>link



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  1. Larry Briggs Larry Briggs says:

    FYI. The city has owned the 3 parcels to the immediate west of these since 2002.

    • Larry, the City owns the 3 parcels since 2002 or the RDA? Those are different parcel numbers right? (Gads…that’s 12 years without receiving any tax increment!)

      I seem to remember the Department of Finance ordered the City of 29 Palms to sell their RDA properties that were purchased with the State’s RDA funds.

      Wow! The city is going to purchase land to warehouse while neglecting to provide fire protection for their citizens?

      Just saying…

  2. michaelv michaelv says:

    Let me see if I understand this. The judge ruled on a question the city attorney raised in favor of the City. The answer, if I recall did not in anyway authorize or approve the release of bond money collected by the city for P/P. With that being said, is the city jumping the gun here?
    Mr. Peck did state the city was going to be in the red soon, and without additional funding, how is this purchase being made? Does the city really need a new community center or low income housing? I think that the right thing to do is put everything on hold until after the November elections. Decisions are being made here by people who have dreams, and that is what it all is. A dream that one day soon 29 will be just like Yucca, with stores and restaurants and more citizens to pay for all of the money wasted on P/P. Never mind the underfunded, low staffed, one station fire department. That will just have to do until they get all the cronies taken care of. Now if I have missed something and for some reason the State actually released the money, well…..never mind

    • MichaelV-Be sure to factor in a $150,000 reduction of TOT taxes (Fiscal year 2014/15-to $725,000). This TOT has been trending down from a previous high of $1 million.

      When the base builds an additional 80 (not replacement) hotel rooms there will be another TOT reduction of $150,000.

      Who is going to pay for the “City Bond” that was validated by the recent judgement in favor of the city:

      1. Yes…it is a valid bond.

      2. Yes, it was issued by the city.

      3. Yes, it is the obligation of the city.

      The attorney painted the city in a corner…how can one justify “appealing the judge’s recent ruling” that was in favor of the city?

      Someone said…be careful what you ask for…

      BTW-No mention of payment by the DOf or the dissolved RDA.

  3. Larry Briggs Larry Briggs says:

    Those are separate parcel numbers. My reference says only the city. You can check to see if they are RDA or not.

  4. Off the top of my head I am going to say they are not RDA. The property list turned into the Department of Finance listed two properties. One was the vacant lot on the highway where the 29! sign is displayed.

    Anyone care to track down parcel numbers in SB County? Go to http://www.mytaxcollector.com and plug in address or parcel number for tax and owner information history.

  5. The thugs that run the city ought to asking do residents want to blow money on duplicated city buildings, and a big ugly monstrosity called a multipurpose community center/performing arts theater?

    The thugs that run the city, who have no Plan A or Plan B to financially support a downsized and underfunded fire department, ought to ask the public if they, their families and businesses want a fire department funded by the city.

    But these thugs will not consult the public because they have their own agenda that does not include taxpayers or the public. The public, to them, just gets in the way.

    • michaelv michaelv says:

      Branson, you are correct. Why isn’t anyone in the City saying lets back up a step and re-evaluate our situation. No, they are stubborn people hell bent on leaving a large wasted building as a monument to their selfish ways.
      Sadly, except for a few dwindling people, no one cares. if they did, city hall would be inundated with calls, letters, and emails, screaming about the lack of fire protection and the deplorable condition of the city in general. It will take a disaster before anything is done about the fire department. Enough said about this topic, we have beat the dead horse long enough to realize that in fact it is dead.

  6. diogenes29po diogenes29po says:

    As soon as I win the lottery, I plan on building a huge building and employ at least 100 people. I will not engage in manufacturing, sales or perform any services because of the regulations involved. If my math is correct, bankruptcy should occur within 12 months. It appears that I will then have to borrow some money to buy more lottery tickets. Opinion and fantasy dream of Gene Buczak.

  7. diogenes29po diogenes29po says:

    It is my understanding that a bond issue was to be approved by the voters. Please enlighten me.

    • Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

      No Bond was ever approved by the Voters. In a quirk of Law RDAs could create bonds to indenture the property owner of any given RDA with a Bond by a majority vote of the RDA… In this case the City Council.

      So what happened was 4 City Councilmen put every citizen of this Town in debt. That debt to be paid out to the likes of guys like Larry for the next 30 years.

      By the time it’s all over it is going to cost the taxpayer $30 Million or more.

      The process was neither democratic or small “r” republicanism but Fascist. I was few a politicians conspiring with a few well connected special interests to fleece the public and their treasury.

      The system is broken…. Get your shoulders back into the oars and row before they take the strap to you.

      • Yes, we have fascist thugs on the city council:

        Lit’l secret snot Danny Mintz,

        Jimmy Harris (Big bag of vacillating hot air),

        Joey Klink (empty suit with a million dollar smile),

        Jay Corbin, a good guy with unreasonable city goals (really Jay… an arch over the city?).

        Fascism in my opinion is alive in one sick city.

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