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What to do when change actually happens? Say thank you.

By   /  April 24, 2013  /  29 Palms, News  /  3 Comments

Thank You

As many of you know I filed a California Public Records Act (CPRA) request on Thursday, 18 April, 2013 with the city of 29 Palms. That request was to find out what severance package former city manager Richard Warne actually received following his departure from the city of 29 Palms. The reason for my request […]

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What you do not know will cost you.

By   /  April 20, 2013  /  29 Palms  /  5 Comments

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I had a fun day today at the golf course on base but was flabbergasted at the total lack of knowledge that the people of this city have when it comes to the termination of the city manager. It appears that few actually knew what Richard Warne’s contract was and even fewer know what transpired […]

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29 City Manager Warne Fired! Not Retired.

By   /  April 16, 2013  /  News  /  6 Comments

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Z107.7 in a great piece of investigative reporting has discovered that Warne was fired last Tuesday. April 9, 2013. What the council now needs to explain is why did they try to deceive the public with the now infamous “retired” press release and why are they providing upwards of $250,000.00 in a severance package if […]

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29 Palms City Manager Retires

By   /  April 15, 2013  /  News  /  11 Comments

Gold Watch for Retirement

It has just been learned that Richard Warne the city manager of 29 palms has announced his retirement. This announcement comes six days after a closed session was conducted by the city council concerning Warne’s performance. As details become available they will be posted here on Cactus Thorns. Richard Warne Part 1: The Bio Behind […]

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Double Taxed in 29

By   /  March 20, 2013  /  News  /  4 Comments

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The 29 Palms city council recently decided to do nothing and rejected a request for assistance from the Water District for our 29 Palms Fire Department. Yucca Valley pays a little more than 4 million a year for fire protection that is provided by the county. That 4 million comes off the top of the […]

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A Chance for the 29 Palms Council to Shine

By   /  March 11, 2013  /  News  /  16 Comments

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This Tuesday the 29 Palms city council has some interesting items on their agenda. The first item that is a start in the right direction is the authority of the council to construct flashing lights and traffic calming dots on the roadway at Utah Trail and Highway 62. The staff report is well written. This […]

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How Did Five Smart People Get Bamboozled?

By   /  March 1, 2013  /  News  /  32 Comments

Bamboozled

Richard Warne, the city manager for 29 Palms, was quoted in the local newspaper, The Desert Trail, as follows: “…ironically, the state’s financial officials gave the city $200,000 for litigation expenses relating to the dissolution of the redevelopment agency.” Seems pretty innocent until you examine the words that are used and then do as I […]

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When Will it Stop in 29 if Ever?

By   /  February 28, 2013  /  News  /  4 Comments

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I am sure many have heard the news that on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 the city council voted in a closed session to pursue legal litigation against the State of California. This litigation is a result of Project Phoenix being denied by the State on numerous occasions over the last two years. Some questions come […]

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Audits – lets have a reality check in 29

By   /  February 7, 2013  /  News  /  Comments Off

reality check

Both the city and the water district have outside audits. The water district is required to do so every three years I believe as so is the city. Never has any irregularity been discovered at either agency. What is going on is either a misunderstanding of how “flat line” funding sourcing actually works or a […]

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“Reasonable voices need to be heard?” not so says Richard Warne

By   /  January 10, 2013  /  News  /  8 Comments

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Today has been an incredible day. But once the agenda and staff reports were posted at the city website for Monday’s special meeting of the city council to discuss our fire department’s future – the magnetic poles of the earth shifted. My telephone has not stopped ringing for hours. People are at this time numb […]

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“Reasonable voices need to be heard” says Jay Corbin

By   /  January 10, 2013  /  News  /  2 Comments

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Facebook January 9, 2013 at Jay Corbin’s page: “The Twentynine Palms city council will have a special meeting Monday Jan 14th @ 6pm to discuss the financial crisis at the 29 Palms Fire Dept. They are currently spending about $300,000 more than they take in; their expenses are about 25% more than their income. Their […]

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A City in Crisis – 29 Palms

By   /  January 1, 2013  /  News  /  4 Comments

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There are three pending problems for 2013 that have put a once calm desert city into what some may say is a complete crisis situation. Many in the city simply do not know how their tax dollars have been so grossly mismanaged in the last two years. Many also become upset once they are informed […]

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Where is the budget Mr. Warne?

By   /  December 28, 2012  /  News  /  4 Comments

where is the beef

I thought it was time to let the public know what we as citizens are dealing with when it comes to Mr. Warne and to be honest with you what our elected leaders are having to deal with. I think it was in September or October  I saw council-member Klink and I mentioned to him […]

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“The Desert Trail” may not be believers anymore either.

By   /  December 21, 2012  /  News  /  1 Comment

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Rebecca Unger was informed on Wednesday evening at the Water Board meeting that the State Department of Finance had, once again, denied the city of 29 Palms the ability to proceed and build Project Phoenix using the 30.8 million dollars in bonds that the city sold. When I told her that information she had that […]

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