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“Time to warm up the city council campaign machine”

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Updated Friday, June 13 @ 6:27 a.m. ♦


The Desert Trail published an impressive editorial under the same title. The newspaper correctly surmised, “With the possibility of replacing three of five councilmembers, this election may fundamentally alter the direction the city council.”

Having three new faces on the council would be a gift from heaven. 

The salient issues facing the city are public safety in terms of emergency response, fire services, and fire protection, and that dirty old bird Project Phoenix as it relates to rebuilding the downtown area. The TRAIL, too, recognizes these issue are of paramount importance. 

A hotly contested issue duplicating another unnecessary city playhouse will be in issue. 

Jim Harris recently stated on local radio he will seek another four term. Dan Mintz, the most clandestine member on the council, as expected, is holding his cards close to his chest. Thus far, only one individual has taken out papers to run. That is Planning Commissioner Carey Alderson.

Carey Alderson is also a member of the Board of Directors of the 29 Palms Chamber of Commerce. Alderson took out papers to run for a seat on the city council months ago. He has missed out on his opportunity to campaign early and unfortunately continues to be remiss by not campaigning. This makes no sense.

This foreshadowing behavior is not the way Carey would fit in on the council, is it? Make waves Carey. It’s okay to do that. It’s the American experience. Grow a pair, get out there and start campaign. Kiss a few babies, shake a few hands, have a press conference float a press release. Is his campaign manager full of energy and spirit, or a lump on a log

What is Carey waiting for? Jump in and start your engine. What is the message Carey wants to get out to the public? Carey, I urge you get moving. Make contact with the people you hope to serve.

Since Carey is sandbagging and not campaigning, here is his Linkedin web address: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/carey-alderson/2a/21b/829 


The Desert Trail wrote

“… we urge the people of Twentynine Palms to get involved in the coming campaign. It is up to each of us to influence a process that will, in turn, influence our lives for many years to come.


As much as Jim Harris has been held under the microscope and criticized, he does in fact deserve credit for having kicked off his campaign. 


Is the voting public going experience another “Campaign paralysis 29“? So many issues, such little time




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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. Two thoughts: @ TPWD Directors and @Mark Clemons:

    TPWD Directors: The way out of quagmire the council has created is for a couple of water district directors to run for council. Any one of the directors would TROUNCE Harris and Mintz. The directors have capital, are well respected and intelligent and are responsive to the the public. The directors have demonstrated they would not simply go along to get (like Councilwoman Cora Heiser). The directors have fresh ideas and are creative.

    @ Mark: (1) Many laws are bad, while many more are necessary. I agree with you but you went too far in your comment (below).

    (2) Nonetheless, the city needs an independent voice on the council like you (not muted goats who bow to the putative Machine Boss & bond counsel Patrick Munoz and their local friends). Kindly consider another run on the council. You love this town and can do lots of good things.

  2. Steve Spear Steve Spear says:

    I was informed yesterday by my employer that Jim Harris and or one of his associates contacted my employer.

    The thrust of the documents sent to my employer by Jim Harris and or his associates was that I may have “anger” issues.

    It seems that Jim Harris and or his associates do not like what I have to say about Jim Harris or how I say it.

    I have asked for the documents to be sent to me and they are being sent for my review. My employer has dismissed the letter and documents as being outside the purview of my employment since I was acting as a citizen at the time and not as an employee.

    The intent of Jim Harris and or his associates was to cause me problems with my employment.

    It did not occur to Jim Harris and or his associates that my employer understands the Constitution of the United States and the First Amendment that allows for freedom of speech.

    This was an underhanded and blatant attempt to silence me in regards to Jim Harris’s failures as a councilmember.

    What I find more striking and I would think that many voters will find striking come November is that Jim Harris and or his associates will not engage me in any forum in regards to Jim Harris’s performance and decisions.

    Instead Jim Harris and or his associates have attempted to silence me through jeopardizing my livelihood via my employer.

    I think most of you, if not all of you, whether you agree with me or not, find this failure of Jim Harris and or his associates to engage me in open debate despicable but more dastardly is his and or his associates attempt to deprive me of my income, simply because I tell it like I see it, and at times leave the colorful metaphors in place for emphasis.

    Upon receipt of the documents and upon my review I will evaluate further civil courses of action.

    • Hi Steve, two issues:

      (1) The behavior of the complainers are vindictive, despicable and cowardly. They lacked the credibility to even sent you a copy. Harris and his cohorts should keep their noses out of private citizens’ workplace. This is another layer of hateful conduct. Harris is fanning the flames of contempt and loathing of private citizens. if someone don’t go along with their program, they will do all they can do to destroy that person.

      I understood from the get-go that Harris lacked the right stuff as a public person. He has shown demonstrated this many times over.

      Google “Interference with contractual relations.” This will give you a handle on what it takes to prove a case for damages. Maybe a restraint order against HARRIS… .

      (2) BTW Steve, can you help me out here?:

      A city warrant check was issued to the 29 Palms Family Fitness Center for $300.00 (Staff Report 6/10/2014).

      Check 56898 |05/27/2014|Vendor 2457 | 29 Palms Family Fitness Center | $300.00

      Since when has the city (taxpayers) picked up the tab for a fitness center? If you have no knowledge of this, I’ll send out a request for public info.

      • Steve Spear Steve Spear says:

        Hi Branson,

        I am not aware of any special relationship between the city and the 29 Palms Fitness Center.

        I would submit the CPRA to see what the expenditure was for.

        I also appreciate your support in regards to Jim Harris and or his associates contacting my employer.

        I have also received numerous emails directing me to civil remedies for this uncalled for attempted attack against my livelihood.

  3. Elected officials trying to silence Freedom of Speech…another outrage!
    The very fiber of cronyism is unraveling in Yucca Valley as desperation seeps in when the light of truth shines on those dark corners behind closed doors.

  4. Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

    You know Steve, I would hate to think that the contributing problems we had on base doing business, could have been that fact of Harris’ close ties with MCCS and his meddling.

    If he would try to get you fired he would have no problem with interfering in local commerce. This could be a huge campaign issue.

    I believe the old guy needs to have a psychological check up, either he has age related psychological problems or he has every indication of a true sociopath.

    • Mark Clemons Mark Clemons says:

      Dan did you run into the roadblocks in 29 Palms or was it on the base? I thought the city annexed the base main side.

      If the so-called main side is part of the city why would MCCS have the authority to deny your access to commerce?

      Main side being part of the city then the main side falls under county health right?

      If the city annexed the main side, shouldn’t that give unbridled access by the city to the base infrastructure (sewer fire, water and such)?

      One thing for sure sending city council, staff, and the nuts on the PC to learn how other cities do it might be misguided. there is no other place that the federal government denies half of a cities populace from access to half of the city proper. Is it possible there are viable legal avenues ahead?

      • Larry Briggs Larry Briggs says:

        There are several locations in the country that have similar agreements between the military base and the city. It is done here in order to get the gas tax from base sales to augment road repairs in town. Oxnard and CLNC are two that I believe have this arrangement. Jim Hart, the former city manager was the one who initiated the agreement and the CG at the base concurred and Washington said OK.

        • Mark Clemons Mark Clemons says:

          BS Larry, Port of Hueneme is a city that operates the port along with the navy apples and oranges. Oxnard proper has no geographical area off limits to any of its citizens. There may be federal reservations in the vicinity that are off limits but none are within the city limits.

          Just as 29 is due the gas tax it is also do sales tax for all nonexempt goods sold by MCCS in the city limits, time to collect the citizens need some non connected representation.

          There are many adjudicated issues facing 29.

  5. Carey Alderson Carey Alderson says:


    No one has pulled papers to run for City Council. They can’t, the candidate filing date is in July. Some have indicated that they would be.
    As for me, I am still weighing options and looking at how best that I could serve the City of Twentynine Palms. Yes, I have been approached and asked to run. Yes, I am interested and I have been talking to other citizens and getting there opinions.
    I have also looking at some of the hot button topics that this city MUST address. Mainly the issues with the water district over the fire department, the real future of Project Phoenix, and the spending of city funds.
    When or if, I decide to run for City Council, trust me everyone will know.

  6. Carey,

    You have some outstanding issues should you decide to throw your hat into the ring, and I hope you do. Anyone wanting to read Carey’s writings about a platform he would pursue, goto this Link:


  7. Mark Clemons Mark Clemons says:

    nice piece (From The Washington Times)

    Keep in mind, people in the political class constantly reveal their contempt for regular citizens. That contempt is the inevitable result of a group of people who have convinced themselves that big government is necessary because the little people can’t control their own lives.

    These same politicians and bureaucrats then begin to see themselves a genuinely better than everyone else. After all, if they were just like us, then they’d be part of the rabble, and they can’t have that. The solution to their dilemma is a police state.

    whom ever runs please keep this article in mind, respect the right of the individual. this town has become the poster child of tyranny.

    • Larry Briggs Larry Briggs says:

      Do what Mark tells you to do and how he tells you to do it and you will be in Libertyville forever.

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