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Pet Project Playhouse Theater. The people want Infrastructure, while council Members Harris and Mintz will do whatever it takes to send enormous funds on a theater the public does not want or need.

Pet Project Playhouse Theater. The people want Infrastructure, while council Members Harris and Mintz will do whatever it takes to send enormous funds on a theater the public does not want or need.

The Desert Trail has a current Online poll that may surprise you (shown below).

“What issue would you most like to see addressed in the 29 Palms City Council campaign?

Jobs……………………….. 1.1%

♦ Downtown revitalization…. 0%

Tourism …………………..11.1%


Infrastructure repair…….33.3%

Drug and alcohol abuse…11.1%


Here is yet another Basin Poll that evidences that the downtown revitalization (a/k/a Project Phoenix) is of no priority with the poll-taking public or taxpayers. 

By and large the public and taxpayers do not want another playhouse when it already has a city owned year-around playhouse that is exclusively used by a local thespian group. A local group that, indeed, wants to shackle you, your children and grandchildren with a 30 year bond debt for a foolish playhouse when, in fact, the city desperately needs neglected infrastructure attended to by the council. This is a much wiser use of taxpayers’ money. 

The public wants the city’s neglected infrastructure to be dealt with. We have dead wood on the council that wants another four years: Harris and Mintz.

This poll indicates that what is important to the public are crime and INFRASTRUCTURE. People want street signs, road resurfacing, road repairs, beautification and other necessities. People want necessities, not a new state-of-art playhouse. There are NO studies whatsoever that another playhouse in the Basin can be supported. There are too many playhouse venues in the Basin.  

I think it if fact by now that this council does not give a damn what the public wants. They don’t want to know because they don’t like the answer.

This is not the first local Poll that gives the Project Phoenix playhouse the boot. People are concerned with necessities of life, necessities that this city council does not care about like public safety, a funded TPFD, and infrastructure?

On July 14 the Twentynine Palms City Council Race begins. As many may know Council Members Jim Harris and Dan Mintz refuse to seek public input on Project Phoenix. The council — all five of them — are salivating over Bond Money it may get. The public wants infrastructure and crime fighting, while five knuckleheads on the council are anxious to turn dirt on an useless second exclusive-use playhouse. 

 The Desert Trail reports:

TWENTYNINE PALMS — The candidate filing period for three seats on the Twentynine Palms City Council officially begins at 7 a.m. Monday, July 14, at City Hall, 6136 Adobe Road. City Clerk Cindy Villescas said Monday, June 30, however, that the day’s first appointment, at 8 a.m., has been spoken for by incumbent councilman and mayor Daniel Mintz.  


Hence, Dan Mintz and HARRIS already have appointments with the City Clerk to file their papers for another four years <yuck>. They will run on a platform of shoving the public aside and embracing well-connected local cronies. There is absolutely NO public input sought from Mintz or Harris 

If you desire a government that pushed the public aside, vote for stoopigeon Jim HARRIS and a lover of closed-doors meetings, Cloak and Dagger Dan Mintz.

Conversely, take a look at the council campaign in Yucca Valley:

Candidate Ron Cohen has a better platform. He states: “The very first thing that I’m proposing to do is periodic town hall meetings.” 

Conversely, the 29 council is enjoying an unspoken buffer zone of distancing the public; to wit, pushing them aside like children. Moreover, the philosophy held by the council is that the public just get in the way.

According to Twentynine Palms City Clerk Cindy Villescas, The last chance to return completed forms and file for a council seat is 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, because City Hall is closed on Fridays. If an incumbent fails to file for city council, the filing period will be extended to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, reported by Rebecca Unger.

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  1. Mark Clemons Mark Clemons says:

    Regan “Government is not the solution to our problem, government IS the problem.”

  2. The poll continues… It is very clear that the council is out-of-touch with the public according to the recent count on the Poll.

    The two choices on the list receiving the least votes are “TOURISM” and “DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION”. The top priorities of the public are city infrastructure and crime concerns — both are at the top of the list.

    Downtown revitalization consists of first and foremost, the playhouse. After it is funded, there is not going to be much left for beautification projects (etc.) in the downtown area.

    If you want the council to continue usurping public funds on projects that have little, if anything, to do with the needs of the public or city infrastructure, vote for Stoolpigeon Harris and Cloak and Dagger Mintz.

  3. Larry Briggs Larry Briggs says:

    Ben, the projected revenues for the city are $7.8 million dollars. The projected cost of law enforcement is $3.4 million dollars. That’s getting close to half of the city’s income.

    • Hi Larry,

      Yep. That’s a lot of cash I am just highlighting the findings of the poll…

      If this council were more responsible to the public they would seek and solicit meaningful input from all the public on how the downtown area is to change. Don’t you agree?

      That the crowning glory of the downtown revitalization is the playhouse. The public doesn’t want it. It’s too much of a sacrifice and the costs of maintenance and operational costs are astronomical.

      • Larry Briggs Larry Briggs says:

        You are talking like they broke ground yesterday. I’m sure the Council will look for civic input at an appropriate time.

  4. diogenes29po diogenes29po says:

    Rulers have never asked for input when presenting a White Elephant.

  5. Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

    Being that the Desert Trail is sort of the Propaganda Wing of Municipal Government, one could exspraulate that this poll was an attempt at getting public input.

    I appears that the poll pretty well expresses public oppion and mirrors other polls we have taken over the years.

    There is a diconnnect between the council and those it is supposed to serve.

  6. Larry Briggs Larry Briggs says:

    4 July 2014 @ 0915 the poll read: Jobs 20%, Revitalization 20%, Tourism 5%, Crime 20%, Infrastructure 25% and Drugs 10%. Quite a change from your post.

    • Larry, you miss the big picture.

      The polls discloses the public wants the city council to focus on infrastructure, things like road maintenance, hot slurry roads, street signs, downtown beautification, raising dilapidated, condemned structures that should have come down years ago, public necessities, a funding source for the fire department etc.

      That is the big picture Larry.

      Even though thespian people, chamber people and local influential insiders ran to take the poll, the big picture has not changed:

      Infrastructure is at the top of the Poll list. “Downtown revitalization” is of no priority. Infrastructure pulls in
      36.8% of the total vote, while “downtown revitalization” only gets 16.2% of the total vote choice.

  7. Larry Briggs Larry Briggs says:

    4 July 2014 @ 1300 the poll read revitalization 21.7%. Crime 17.4%. My golly molly!

  8. Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

    Quite the change from your post too, Larry.

    Jobs 20.7%
    Downtown revitalization 17.2%
    Tourism 3.4%
    Crime 15.5%
    Infrastructure repair 34.5%
    Drug and alcohol abuse 8.6%

  9. Larry Briggs Larry Briggs says:

    Sorta like CT. Hard to believe sometimes.

    • Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

      Well the one thing we learned from the poll is the Tourist Industry has absolutely no support in this town.

      3% is like one person got warm and fuzzy for the hot sheet commandos. I guess someone in town must support the “nooner” business.

      Now the next time someone pitches a bitch about the people giving more money to the tourist groups, you might refer them to this Desert Trail Poll.

      Sometimes when you least expect it, you learn something.

      • Tourism only gets 2.9 % of the total vote out of five choices. Yet, “tourism” has been the golden goose for towns and cities that have poured so much money into tourism that they went broke.

        Tourism projects take priority over maintenance, safety, finding funding solutions for the TPFD, and poorly maintained and neglected infrastructure. Even though tourism only has 2.9 % of the total vote, tourism is always a welcome priority with this council — and those projects get funded.

        The council is out of touch with the public, and living in the land of OZ.

        According to rumor, there are going to be maybe eight people running for the 29 council. That would mean there are six choices other that Harris and Mintz.

  10. Larry Briggs Larry Briggs says:

    5 July 2014 0845. Jobs 22.7%. Downtown Revitalization 16.7%. Tourism 3%. Crime 15.2%. Infrastructure 34.8%. drugs 7.6%,

  11. Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

    DT Poll as of 5:10 PM July 5, 2014

    Jobs 18.8%
    Downtown revitalization 15%
    Tourism 2.5%
    Crime 12.5%
    Infrastructure repair 45%
    Drug and alcohol abuse 6.3%

  12. Larry Briggs Larry Briggs says:

    7 July 2014. 10.25AM. Jobs 17.3%. Revitalization 14.4%. Tourism 1.9%. Crime 11.5%. Infrastructure 46.2%. Drugs and Alcohol abuse 8.7%. At 10:25AM there were 104 votes cast per the Trail.

  13. The public is favoring “Infrastructure” three to one over the PP Playhouse theater scheme.

    Revitalization (Project Phoenix theater playhouse) has 14.7% of the vote while Infrastructure (streets, beautification, necessities, maintenance, public safety etc.) has 45 percent of the vote.

    This council needs to put off any plans/decisions on a PP theater playhouse until after three council members are sworn in. But when has this council shown any concern about what taxpayers and the public wants?

    This council has an ethics deficit: Mintz and his pal, Jay, are sent to Sacramento for ethics training to attend a League of California Cities seminar, and what do they do? They skip the class. Ethics is very much in issue this year with Mintz and stoolpigeon Harris seeking another four years. They sat through two illegal discussions during two closed sessions, with their guru Patrick Munoz seated at their feet.

    Their only concern, they got caught (in two Brown Act violation).

    Time to change the old guard of cronies serving cronies. How about a fresh municipal government looking forward, preparing for fiscal challenging times ahead and dealing with the much neglected infrastructure and public safety.

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