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The Passing of “Mac” Dube

By   /  April 30, 2014  /  29 Feature, 29 Palms, Feature, Opinion  /  1 Comment

Mac Dube

We at Cactus Thorns offer our condolences to the Dube family and to Pat. “Mac” Dube passed away on Tuesday. He was a figure of prominence in 29 Palms and will be missed. I can recall when I was a young captain out in the “boonies” of the training area of MCAGCC meeting, then to […]

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When will it stop?

By   /  April 4, 2014  /  29 Feature, 29 Palms, Feature  /  17 Comments

Miner and Pack Horse

Well. I have been asked this question several times this week and I tell people I have no answer. Their concern is over the expenditure of $13,000 to purchase a metal sculpture and to place it “again” as they say on the road to the 29 Palms Inn. These people do not see that the […]

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Misunderstood – Z107.7 Misses the Mark

By   /  March 31, 2014  /  Opinion  /  35 Comments

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Z107.7 ran a story today about the meeting that was held on Saturday discussing the options available for the 29 Palms Fire Department. The reporting of what was presented was accurate. However the reporting/innuendo of what happened in the past was off the mark. Z107.7 wants us to think that the city of 29 Palms […]

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Fire Department and Other 29 Palms City Stuff

By   /  March 4, 2014  /  29 Feature, News, Opinion  /  6 Comments

It does not seem right to have all these posts under the Jim Harris thread. The discussions have moved on to other matters so here is a new thread for these other discussions. Incoming search terms:donald trump you\re fired gif

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29 Palms Joins the Big Boys

By   /  February 26, 2014  /  29 Feature, 29 Palms, Feature, News  /  12 Comments

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It is about time that 29 Palms joined the other big cities. Last night we learned that the city for the first time in 27 years is projecting that it will be in the red come June 30, 2014. Yes, for the first time since the city incorporated, staff is projecting that instead of having […]

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What is going on in 29?

By   /  February 12, 2014  /  29 Palms, Feature, News  /  6 Comments

What

At last night’s council meeting a discussion was held in order to decide if the purchase of the land owned by the Huell Howser trust was a good idea for the city in order to build a park that also had a “dog park” component attached. The council decided that it was not a good […]

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Happy Birthday Fellow Marines!

By   /  November 10, 2013  /  Feature, News, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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I wish all my fellow Marines a Happy 238th Birthday today!

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Another Chance for 29?

By   /  November 6, 2013  /  29 Palms, News, Opinion  /  14 Comments

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As most of you should know there is presently a low level movement afoot to bring a new idea to 29 Palms – a racing drag strip complex. I must say that this idea is definitely thinking outside of the box and thinking outside of the box is exactly what this city needs when it comes […]

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Of Politics and Friends

By   /  October 14, 2013  /  29 Feature, 29 Palms, Opinion  /  4 Comments

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I have been involved in local politics since late 2001 when I ran for city council. That is about twelve years. In politics one should never take anything anyone says as being the truth of the matter. Nor should anyone take offense to opposing points of view no matter how vitriolic the comments are. During […]

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Let’s talk straight

By   /  July 21, 2013  /  29 Palms, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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I Just got home from my son’s wedding in Hawaii. Maui to be exact. While I was there I received a phone call from the city manager, Joe Guzzetta. He is a wonderful person and in the short time that he has been here I feel that he will do the city well. So where […]

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Sorry, but… the truth matters

By   /  July 10, 2013  /  29 Palms, Opinion  /  10 Comments

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Upon the release by the city of the closed session Warne separation agreement by my California Public Records Act request I was, well, shocked by the secret terms and conditions that our city engaged in and agreed to. Even in my initial review of the document I saw issues, very problematic issues, of procedure, law, […]

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Warne Contract Exposed

By   /  July 5, 2013  /  29 Palms, Opinion, Project Phoenix  /  Comments Off

Breach-of-employment-agreements

It seems that the Fat Lady has not yet sang on the saga of the termination of Richard Warne. Below, attached to this post, is the complete contract change that was put in effect during the closed door session meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council on April 9, 2013 and then signed to as […]

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Another shot across the bow for another Brown Act violation

By   /  May 7, 2013  /  29 Palms, Opinion  /  5 Comments

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I decided to step forward to call for an end to the continued violations of the Open Meetings rules codified in the Ralph M. Brown Act. This Morning, I as a former city council member and an eight year veteran of the Twentynine Palms City Council, lodged a letter to the Twentynine Palms City Council to “Correct […]

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Time to unravel the Warne mess

By   /  April 29, 2013  /  29 Palms, Opinion  /  1 Comment

Loyalty

Former city manager Richard Warne managed to alienate almost everyone in the city of 29 Palms except for the special interest groups that loved him because he catered to their specific needs. The council is starting to discover the level of mismanagement that Warne engaged in over the last two years. That discovery started when […]

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