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UPDATED: Martha Talking Sewers With Margo…Redux

By   /  April 4, 2014  /  Yucca Valley  /  Comments Off

Margo and Martha in the Sewers of Cathederal City

On November 19, 2010, I posted this story about my visit with Martha Van Rooijen, an expert in the business of sewers, grant writing, out reach to pass the assessment vote and project coordination. She was instrumental assisting the residents of the Cove in Cathedral City . I was very pleased when the HDWD decided […]

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My Questions for Hi-Desert Water District CFO

By   /  April 2, 2014  /  Feature, Yucca Valley  /  Comments Off

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Yucca Valley, Ca.,- At the recent Hi-Desert Water District meeting, there was a proposal to the Board of Directors to consider constructing the collection system in-house in order to save money but would take five years.  Contracting out to professionals would take two years to complete the sewer project. In reviewing the in-house proposal  I […]

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An Open Letter to John M. Freter of Sky Harbor

By   /  April 2, 2014  /  Yucca Valley  /  1 Comment

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  Yucca Valley, Ca.,- Dear Mr. Freter, I must congratulate you for slipping past the scrutiny and fact-checking by the Hi-Desert Star to submit your inaccurate Letter to the Editor, “No Facts behind slam of water district,” published March 25, 2014. You Sir are misinformed and have misled the readers of the Hi-Desert Star.  While […]

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Hi-Desert Water District Under the Gun: Sewer Decisions & Gamble in-house Construction?

By   /  April 2, 2014  /  Feature, Yucca Valley  /  Comments Off

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Incompetent HDWD General Manager proposes in-house construction Yucca Valley, Ca.,- If you live in Yucca Valley, you should attend this evening’s Hi-Desert Water District Board meeting at 6 pm at their office.  The Board of Directors will hear reports from Carollo Engineers, their hired engineer representative that specializes in the construction of waste water treatment […]

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UPDATE: This and That! Graham Speaks Up & Marshalls on Track!

By   /  April 1, 2014  /  Feature, Yucca Valley  /  15 Comments

This and That

Can anyone confirm or deny… 1. UPDATE-A major retail store will be pulling out of Yucca Valley? The leasing agent for Marshalls confirmed they are NOT pulling out. 2. Fired ex-Town Manager has been meeting/consulting with Yucca Valley Staff? …or “Stake Holders?” 3. UPDATE: The Marine Base has an abnormal high rate of auto accidents […]

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Monday: Welcome Home Vietnam Vets event features Congressman Raul Ruiz

By   /  March 30, 2014  /  Feature, San Bernardino Co  /  2 Comments

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Morongo Basin, Ca.,- Did you serve in the Vietnam War? Do you have friends and family that came home from that war…or were killed? Did you grow up in that era and remember how rotten our heroes were treated at their arrival back to the States? Please plan to attend this event to welcome and […]

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Doin’ the Math on Theatre 29′s Ticket Sales

By   /  March 29, 2014  /  29 Palms, Feature  /  9 Comments

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Twentynine Palms, Ca.,- Now that the tax filings have been posted for your review, let’s look a little closer at Theatre 29′s ticket sales as reported on the documents to see if Gary Daigneault’s claim of “the theatre has out grown this facility,” holds any water 2009 TAX RETURNS>LINK There was $46,765 reported in ticket […]

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HDWD Sarann Graham- “Big Shot” with Public Funds…again!

By   /  March 29, 2014  /  Feature, Yucca Valley  /  1 Comment

Money-to-Burn

Yucca Valley, Ca.,- Hi-Desert Water District Director Sarann Graham loves to toss money around especially when it isn’t coming out of her pocket but off the backs of the rate payers. At the Special Meeting held yesterday, agenda item #8 was a proposal to spend $1,500 to underwrite the 4th annual Desert Wise Garden Tour […]

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Yucca Mesa Potluck Today! MBTA & Rooftop Solar Speakers

By   /  March 28, 2014  /  San Bernardino Co  /  Comments Off

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Yucca Valley, Ca.,- Come out to see the open plains of Yucca Mesa…no medians, no light signals and no big city lights. See old friends and make new ones at the monthly pot luck gathering held at the Yucca Mesa Community Center, 3133 Balsa Avenue, Yucca Mesa.  Starts at 6 pm sharp.  Bring a food […]

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The History of Theatre 29…Who, What, Where, When & Why

By   /  March 27, 2014  /  29 Palms  /  1 Comment

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SCSS-For more than a decade, the City of Twentynine Palms has partnered with Theatre 29 to bring quality, live entertainment and award-winning stage productions to the desert community. Theatre 29 was formed in 1999 as an all-volunteer community theater program and was later incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Its mission is to bring quality, […]

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Andy Takata- Banning City Manager Fired…”Litigation may result”

By   /  March 27, 2014  /  Yucca Valley  /  Comments Off

Andy Takata

PE.com-Banning, California-The Banning City Council has fired City Manager Andy Takata, saying in a written statement the council “lost confidence in Mr. Takata’s management.” The city’s contract attorney, David Aleshire, read a statement at the Tuesday, March 25, council meeting that said council members “will not individually comment on this matter.” Takata will leave without […]

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Updated:Theater 29′s Recent 990 Tax Filings…Say Gary! Where is the “Architect” Grant?

By   /  March 26, 2014  /  Feature  /  9 Comments

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Public Information Requests were sent to Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt’s office in early 2012 asking for any and all documents pertaining to a “Grant” that was awarded to Theater 29 to pay for an architect to design  a new theater, as stated in  Gary Daigneault’s presentation to the 29 Palms City Council.>STORY Mitzelfelt’s office responded to […]

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Sewer Assessments Reveals Future Depressed Real Estate Market for Yucca Valley

By   /  March 26, 2014  /  Feature, Yucca Valley  /  7 Comments

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Yucca Valley, Ca.,- Better sit down folks! If you live in Yucca Valley, your pocketbook is going to take a hit by the Hi-Desert Water District. If you don’t know what sewer phase you are in…you’d better find out. Go to their sewer website and click on the GIS portal…enter the address or parcel# to […]

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Here are the Docs: $18,000 Grant NOT Designated for Project Phoenix Theatre Design

By   /  March 26, 2014  /  29 Palms, Feature, Project Phoenix  /  12 Comments

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Here are the documents for the ONLY $18,000 grant awarded to Theatre 29 which spells out the use is for play production and NO mention of allocating funds for architect design of a new theatre. 1. Public Records Request of March 13, 2012 for “Theatre 29 Design”-No such records to “obtain an architect.” Theatre29_PRA_Mar_2012 2. […]

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