(OPINION)Twentynine Palms, Ca.,- I have just reviewed two DVD’s of the Twentynine Palms Council meeting and the meeting held by the 29 Palms Water Department held the following evening. Let’s just say…I was more comfortable having my wisdom tooth extracted.
What started out as a very simple question, “Could the 29 Palms City Council meet with the Water Department in a joint meeting as per the request by that agency”…turned into an outright violation of the Brown Act by Councilman Jay Corbin. During the council discussions, he asked Sam Moore, President of the 29 Palms Water Board, to approach the lectern. There were some questions he had to ask before he could agree to a joint meeting.
Corbin acted as if he was being asked to give up his “First Born Child” and proceeded to conduct a cross examination seeking the purpose of the request for a joint meeting. Corbin pulled out his Ouija Board to put words (or dollars figures) into the mix which was NOT on the agenda apparently not concerned about violating the Brown Act.
After a gentle coaxing by Mayor Dan Mintz to hold off discussions until it was placed on the agenda, Corbin was still determined to have his way. Pouting that “others get to say their words but he could not,” he created tension in the room and was clearly agitated. Corbin felt he had the right to seek more details. He asked the City attorney if he was out of line in his quest for answers to his questions and then proceeded to argue with the attorney when she did not agree with him.
I would suggest this entire exchange about “The Meeting” be place on YouTube so that all could watch the antics of this Council. Oh yeah…then place the highlights of the water board meeting’s reaction to their simple request for a joint meeting. The 29 Palms Water Department received a list of questions at 4:30 in the afternoon on the day of their meeting from the 29 Palms Council that had to be answered before they, the Council, would grant a joint meeting.
Council member Cora Heiser agreed with Councilman Joel Klink on what ever it was he originally proposed at the beginning of the discussions and then voted to the contrary when a motion was placed on the floor.
Unfortunately, the real losers here with this display of irresponsible bickering and Brown Act violations are the citizens of 29 Palms. These families and their children are indebted with a bond they did not vote on and are lacking the security of adequate fire protection.