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29 Palms: Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me

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Twentynine Palms – There is breach of the public trust concerning two members on the city council that ought to be addressed. Council Member Dan Mintz and Jay Corbin should not be delegates to September 2014 League of California Cities Annual Conference and Expo. 

It’s that time of the year again… and the council will meet Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in regular meeting to decide to designate a delegate and alternative delegate to the League of California Cities Annual Conference and Expo.  This agenda item that should catch your eye:





8. Designation of a Delegate and Alternate Delegate. RECOMMENDATION: RECOMMENDATION: The City Council designate a delegate and alternative delegate for  the League of California Cities Annual Conference



Traditionally, the city sends a council member to the League’s conference functions. However, are taxpayers willing to be fooled again by rotation/appointed Mayor Dan Mintz and smart good guy who made too many mistakes, Jay Corbin.

A few months back, both Dan Mintz and Jay Corbin were sent to Sacramento  to attend a  League of California Cities three day seminar.  Taxpayers paid their seminar fees, lodging, meals, et cetera. The most important day on the seminar was on day three.

The 3rd day of the seminar was reserved for the most important aspect of the three day seminar:  ETHICS TRAINING.

Those of you that follow Cactus Thorns will recall the fact that the rotating and appointed mayor, Dan Mintz and Council Member Jay Corbin played hooky and skipped the ETHICS TRAINING.

Corbin has a wealth of local government experience as councilman and as a 29 Palms ranking city staffer (back when)  to understand the importance of remedial ethics training and ethics training to keep abreast of new laws and court cases. He ought have not stiffed the public as a no show.

Mintz —  given his penchant for secrecy,  nonsensical double-talk,  disrespect or ignorance of  the Brown Act (twice  violating the Brown Act sitting in illegal closed sessions) and his zeal for cover ups – stiffed the public and failed to show up the last day of the League’s ETHICS TRAINING.

In doing so, Mintz had intentionally created a significant and egregiously breach of the public trust. In fact, it was an bona fide  violation and a misuse of public funds. Mintz, therefore, has a deficit in the ethics department — not only for skipping out on and shunning ETHICS TRAINING when taxpayers paid his way to go up there to be more ethical — but  also because without that last day of ETHICS TRAINING he lacks a clear understanding of ethics.

Both Mintz and Corbin acted irresponsible and cannot be trusted to be delegates to any League of California Cites functions.

In the wake of the Bell scandal, the League of California Cities and its member cities, city managers and local elected officials took immediate and significant steps to enhance local government transparency and accountability.” Nonetheless, Mintz and Corbin violated this trust. Both should not be selected as delegates.


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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.

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