Twentynine Palms – The Tuesday, May 27, city council meeting had to be an embarrassment.
From all available evidence it seems clear that the city council is stonewalling (again) on a request by the water board for a join meeting. The TPWD Board President Sam Moore was summoned to the podium by council Member Jay Corbin. Moore was put in the hot seat by a Corbin. He (Corbin) demanded to know the cause for a speedy request for a joint meeting.
The council namely nitpicked, stonewalled and danced around meeting with the water board to discuss some sort of joint funding of the fire department. Council Members are very touchy about giving-up tax increment funds it receives from the county or turning lose other funding sources. There is this bandwagon mentality that encourages and supports wasteful spending.
Last month, Twentynine Palms Fire Chief Jim Thompson told water board directors that Desert Heights taxpayers are funding the downtown Adobe Road fire station to the tune of $165,000 a year the since lack of funds ended staffing for the Lear Avenue fire station last June.
This makes the city council edgy.
City council members are acting in bad faith and stalling on a meeting of the minds with water board members. It appears that the city council has personalized the issue of public safety with some sort of ax to grind with the TPWD Board.
We have a city council that spend the city in the red, plundered annual surplus of about a million, diverted annual surplus fund back to the council’s use, makes liberal use of slush funds for pet projects – and the Corbin rakes Water Commissioner Sam Moore over the coals for alleged overspending in his department?
Classic hypocrisy: POT=KETTLE=BLACK.
According to the Desert Trail, it seems Director Moore requested that Fire Chief Jim Thompson contact City Manager Guzzetta to to set up dates for a joint meeting to discuss the offset of Desert Heights taxpayers of $165,000 . This is making the council members edgy. Seems the Chief is saying the city owes $165K. Could this be one of the issues that got Joe Guzzetta fired?
We already know the city gets something like 26.4 percent of property taxes for public safety, infrastructure and improving the quality of life for the public, and we know the council uses those funds for nonproirty projects.
Meantime, the Desert Trail reports During 2014-15 budget discussions, the council put $161,000 into tourism and marketing, with $120,000 pegged for Internet marketing, $16,000 going to current marketing specialist Vickie Waite and $25,000 set aside for other marketing uses.
But nothing for public safety in the budget in terms of a fire department facing bankruptcy whiles the public is in harm’s way 24 hours a day — and the TPFD is unable to keep its mutual aid agreement with the Base or County Fire.
The city council has reached a point of “no return” to where it is static and dysfunctional.