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Owen Gillick: Local Statesman must be respected and his voice heard

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“The city is out to lunch on transparency, effective government and public safety. Something has to give… .”

Twentynine Palms, CA – It’s been eleven days since the much respected City Manager of 29 was summarily given the boot for no articulable reason.  Let’s hope Joe Guzzetta and his spouse are ”ready to explore other opportunities” after 43 years of honorable public service.

Mr. Guzzetta was forced out of public service by the Gang of Five council members who ceased being public servants the first day they took the oath. The last one up was Councilwoman Cora Heiser. From day one, Heiser’s political campaign platform of transparency and reform were scrapped. In its stead, Heiser incorporated the platform of bond attorney, A. Munoz, and began her ass kissing escapades. She reaches across the dais to hold the hands of four council members and gives freebies to the insiders who have had their way with this city and its monetary asset for three years.

It’s an honor to be fired by a city council that has never been  answerable to the public or taxpayers and who are on an unbelievable spending spree while forsaking public safety. Joe Guzzetta must have demonstrated that he, above all, had ethics, morality and integrity. All of which is absent with  five seated council members.

It’s kick in the pants to terminate a loyal professional such as Joe after 43 years of faithful public service.  But, then again, when has this city council every though about anyone other than themselves and cronies whom they pander and serve.  

Rotating/appointed Mayor Dan Mintz is a big fat liar!

Does anyone really believe “the city wants to go in a new direction”? That is the rationale given for Joe Guzzetta’s firing. There is no new direction, it has never been on the council agenda, never discussed in open meetings and has never cut muster for the Brown Act. The city council are five liars. Just they lied when they canned the previous city manager, Richard Warne. They just pulled stuff out of their ass and circulated it as fact.  They were caught lying then with bogus press releases and — like then — they are lying now.

“None of the five have a vision for a “New Direction” and they know it.” Steve Spear

As for future plans, Guzzetta said he is ready to explore other opportunities after 43 years of public service. Guzzetta looks forward to traveling with his wife, Kathleen, celebrating their 37th anniversary on May 14.  They will also spend time with their grandchildren.

Meanwhile,Twentynine Palms continues to be unsafe city, Best to avoid until it has an adequately funded,  2-station functioning  fire department. It’s a shame council members can’t and will not support the TPFD. Yet the city council has just added $5,000 to the Public Arts Advisory Council’s $15,000 budget… and And it approved setting aside $40,000 for a Hotel Tourism Marketing District and $50,000 for a lobbyist to help them keep up with new business on board the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center.   

Owen Gillick has severely admonished the council for their planned coup of Joe Guzzetta, he said: “I’m still stunned and amazed, as are many who respect Mr. Guzzetta”.  

Mr. Gillick also alleges such surprise decisions to fire Joe was  “made in secret and announced without clear justification.” Mr. Gillick alleges that there are Brown issues have been raised. Adding,” I can see no other way that a city direction-change decision could have been made without public notice and discussion”.

Mr. Gillick wih the help of others, was involved in and did the impossible and accomplished cityhood during challenging times.

He stated that “Two essential ingredients for cityhood were “feasibility and desirability.” Gillick was involved in a Feasibility Committee that was formed to gather information concerning an important issue of the times — Cityhood circa 1985)

This council desperately needs direction. It needs a Taskforce of Feasibility and Desirability Committee of citizens holding public workshops and gaining public input on this so-called “new direction”.

The city cannot simply function without a well-funded fire department. It’s not too much for the public to ask for a fire safety and a fire department ready to serve. It’s not too much to ask for public workshops, public input and a new Taskforce on revitalizing the downtown area.

Owen Gillick is to be respected. His voice must be heard. Recently he has been referred to as the senior statesman of Twentynine Palms. 

Meanwhile, the city is out to lunch on transparency, effective government and public safety. Something has to give… .






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Branson Hunter

(This story was posted by Cactus Thorn contributor Branson Hunter)

"The ends do not justify the means." If you use illegal mean to accomplish a legal and even desirable result, the good result does not make the bad means you used justifiable.


  1. Larry Briggs Larry Briggs says:

    Ben, Why do you have to be a maggot mouth senior correspondent” Just express your opinion without the gutter talk.

  2. Just what is your problem Larry? Be specific so I can address the matter. I need specifics, Larry, otherwise, your criticism falls flat and is not taken serious.

    “Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.” — Friedrick Nietzsche

    This council is like a pack of Pavlov Dogs, and money to waste on non-priority projects is their dinner bell.

    Upon examining the full test of the post, there are a few things you could be talking about. I’ll address those, as follows:

    Larry, is it the “Gang of Five” term you find objectionable? Maybe it was that Dan Mintz lied when he unexpectedly announced the council is taking the city in a new direction? We know that was a big fat lie. Are you taking issue with calling Cora an ass kisser. Truth hurts, Larry. Her reform platform was a hoax. A bloody hoax. Are you sad that I suggested 29 is not a safe city? It’s a fact.

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