On January 26, 2005, Councilman Steve Spear sent an email to Jay Corbin, which was copied to the City Manager Michael Swigart and then mysteriously to others on a flawed city distribution list “mailto:@loot.dreamhost.com” The email was regarding his concerns with the way Agenda Item 10.3 was handled at the meeting the previous night. Councilman Spear’s email stated:
I have had time to think, and reflect, and to also watch the tape of the Council Meeting from 01-25-05.
I draw some concerns.
As an elected official, I enter into debate with my fellow elected officials. I had never expected that a staff member would attempt to question and enter into debate with an elected in a public forum.
You placed me in a situation that was uncalled for in my opinion. Your position, as I see it, is to implement the will of the majority of the Council, not to be a proponent of the minority. I have had the opportunity to seek the advice of others in this regard and they too see that your thoughts and ideas of where our city should be going mean little, for you have not entered into the realm of responsibility associated with elected office. If you do not understand what is happening with the dynamics at a Council meeting, or do not understand what I am saying, despite that my fellow Council Members do, then ask your questions afterwords, or if you so desire, resign your position as CDC, and run for public office.
I take true offense to your conduct on Tuesday night and feel that your conduct must be documented for the final analysis you are a staff member the implements the will of the Council, not your own.
I have forwarded this memorandum to the Council and shall request a closed session for personnel issues at the next Council meeting in order to see a written reprimand for your breach of professional staff conduct and have it placed in your personnel file.
Someone has to be kidding me. This Milquetoast limp dick slap at Corbin’s ego is worth $135,000?
By the time that 2005 came around no one in the City of Twentynine Palms was not aware of the antics of Jay Corbin and his henchman Gary Blackman. For the lawyers of Rutan and Tucker who are supposed to be representing the City in this matter to say that Corbin was a private person and his actions during a Public Meeting were not that of a Public Person, shows the collusion and corruption and a lack of ethics by the City Attorneys. Sorry Patrick this is morally and ethically wrong. This $135k should be taken from the hide of Tony P. Munoz. As an at will employee he should be kicked to the curb.
This is a bucket of worms that by November is going to spill on to every public official in Twentynine Palms.
As for helping the Corbin Campaign it makes him look like a sniveling whimp. It appears that Corbin is a thin skinned psychopath. He can dish it out but is unable to take gentle and simple criticism without screwing the pooch.
This should be fair warning about this guy. I believe he ain’t wrapped right.