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Council Bickers

(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.

IMG-20140530-00151What 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.

CorbinCorbin 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.

Corbin Argues with Attny

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.

Cora Agrees with JoelCouncil 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.

Here are the links to Rebecca Unger’s story on the City Council meeting>LINK and the 29 Palms Water meeting posted on the local newspaper website>LINK



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  1. Steve Spear Steve Spear says:

    The DVD is not up on the city site yet.

    What was the sequence of the vote on the motion by Corbin?

    I am guessing, but Corbin makes the motion then it is seconded by who, Klink?

    Then what is the sequence of the roll call vote?

    This is important because it will tell us who is thinking on their feet when they are at the dais and who are operating in an intellectual void of brain freeze.

    Clearly Corbin knows what he wants and knows how to get it. I may not agree with him on all matters but he is effective and a force to be reckoned with if you are on the council and if you are on the council, Jim, Danny, Joel, and Cora you all need to bring your “A” game when you walk into that chamber.

    • Yes…Corbin gamed the agenda item. He created muddy waters forcing his way to ask questions that were not on the agenda. Suggestions by the attorney did not sway him from his “mission” and the twisted motion proposed by Corbin…was indeed seconded by Klink.

      If Jay Corbin is impatient because he only has a few months left on the dais, I believe he should just step down now. The damage he caused between the council and water department appeared it was intentional and personal. The concern for the citizens was put last as he “gamed” this item. These two agencies must work hand-in-hand to provide a solution for fire protection. (Bumper sticker: Time for Jay to call it a day!”)
      Here is an important comment by Chancey Chambers that I will re-post here on this story:

      “Mintz and Harris deserve credit for voting against Corbin’s ridiculous motion. I believe these two truly want a meeting where we could openly discuss the community’s fire protection issues. I think Heiser also wants a meeting but misunderstood the intent and context of Corbin’s motion.

      Why ask questions in order to have a meeting that will answer the very same questions they want answered???? It’s absurd.

      Besides , the water district cannot force the council to do anything so there is no reason to avoid a meeting. Let’s face it… These “questions” are a trap.

      I believe any information from the district that is sent back before the council will be piecemealed and nitpicked by Corbin and fallaciously used as an excuse to avoid a meeting. I think he fears a true conversation with the district about fire protection because it may lead to the city taking action he doesn’t want.”-comment by Chancey Chambers.

      • Corbin makes motion to table the item “pending answers submitted to the water department” and “control” of any funds.

        Klink seconds the motion adding one additional question concerning the Desert Heights tax increment in light of the closure of the Lear station.

        Roll call in the following order:


        You called it right Steve!

  2. Steve Spear Steve Spear says:

    Exactly what I thought even without seeing the DVD.

    Heiser, again, given the opportunity to make a change fails. I do not think she was confused as Chambers thinks. Instead she was just not thinking as she has done in the past.

    She locks up on the dais and all her good intentions and good thoughts off the record are then sent to the trash can when the time comes to fish or cut bait. She goes into vapor lock, brain freeze, public fright, or in other words just plain scared.

    She then has the audacity to show up at the water board meeting a day later and claim that she is for a meeting so we can get to the “dance” when less than 24 hours earlier she trashed the idea of a meeting.

    Help me out here? Does anyone know what this council is doing other than spending money out the ass for sheep and signs and out reach programs to get businesses to the city which has been done time and time again for the last 25 years with no results.

    Meanwhile streets are decaying and public safety suffers because the likes of Heiser can not think when put under pressure.

    God save us but I do not even think he can at this point because it has gone that far down the drain.

    Thanks for the record of the vote Margo – it speaks volumes.

    • Mark Clemons Mark Clemons says:

      I cogitate the question of God being a he or a she, thanks Steve now I know.

      • Steve Spear Steve Spear says:

        Good point Mark. Shows my Catholic education that is for sure.

        Lets put it this way, “God save us but I do not even think the divine being can at this point”.

        And to add insult to injury I am sure glad that the council and SCOTUS think those secular invocations are appropriate and prepare our leaders to do the will of the people under god’s eye.

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