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A 2014 ballot initiative to raise the parcel tax to fund the TPFD not likely

By   /  July 24, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

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Twentynine Palms – A parcel tax hike for TPWD ratepayers could appear on the 2014 November ballot. Ostensibly, the purpose would be to fund a cash strapped Twentynine Palms Fire Department.  But that may not be likely since last night the TPWD disclosed the results of a $49,375 telephone survey by the Lew Edwards Group. The survey disclosed that […]

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Blowback from the firing of City Manager Joe Guzzetta

By   /  July 17, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

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Council, Guzzetta break silence on firing. See newspaper article below ♦ Twentynine Palms (Opinion and News)- The story below was published in the Desert Trail on Saturday, May 31, 2014. Cora Heiser is correct that her job is to “protect the corporation” (the city of 29 is a corporation). However her job is to serve the public and the […]

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“What about that direction” Council Members?

By   /  July 15, 2014  /  Opinion  /  22 Comments

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Updated 7-15-14 @ 8:00 p.m. ♦ Twentynine Palms – Fiscal Armageddon pretty much sums it up for the city. Bad choices have been made. Now the city has to pony up $2,138,600 for their ultra vires acts for ignoring California laws as it pertains to winding down the old RDA. When a very remote desert city is in […]

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Here Come 29 Palms Vacation Home Rentals!

By   /  July 15, 2014  /  Feature, Opinion  /  8 Comments

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  Twentynine Palms, Ca.,- Bowing to pressure of property owners seeking to recover lost rental income and the cheer leading efforts of the Chamber of Commerce Executive Director veering into politics, the first steps will be taken this evening to allow Vacation Home Rentals. The local newspaper reports: The issue of Vacation Home Rentals will […]

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Debunking the Myth Behind the S.B. Grand Jury

By   /  July 11, 2014  /  Opinion, San Bernardino Co  /  Comments Off

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Preface to Story “The old Grand Jury assistant used to say that if she got more than two who were worth something she was happy.” However, “This year there is a potential for the Grand Jury to outdo the 2008 Grand Jury.”    I ran across an interesting essay of the San Bernardino Grand Jury. Many […]

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Agenda: July 14 Meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council (MAC)

By   /  July 10, 2014  /  Opinion, San Bernardino Co  /  Comments Off

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From: Mike Lipsitz <BasinMAC@gmail.com> Chair, Morongo Basin MAC  Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:25:53 -0700 Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council MORONGO BASIN MUNICIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL To Third District County Supervisor James C. RamosAGENDA Regular Open Session Meeting  6:30 PM, Monday, July 14, 2014 Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst Ave., Joshua Tree, CA 92252A. Call to […]

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Random Thoughts

By   /  July 6, 2014  /  Opinion  /  18 Comments

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Sunday July 6th: I am hoping beyond hope that Erin Corwin has run off with her secret lover and is swimming on some beach in Tahiti. I am beginning to think things are not right in Corwin House and she might not be with us any more. Lets pray for her safe return. The 29 Palms […]

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Project Phoenix gets a wing clipping

By   /  July 2, 2014  /  29 Feature, 29 Palms, Opinion  /  18 Comments

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% Crime……………………..33.3% Infrastructure repair…….33.3% Drug and alcohol abuse…11.1%   Here is yet another Basin Poll that evidences that […]

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Yucca Valley Inching Toward Commercializing & Industrializing Residential Zones

By   /  June 27, 2014  /  Feature, Opinion, Yucca Valley  /  4 Comments

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  (June 24)  The town of Yucca Valley this week took a major stride toward the liberalization of its land use policy, with the planning commission making a recommendation that the city council alter its development code to allow greater latitude with regard to the type and nature of home-based businesses that can locate in […]

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National CORE under the microscope: Mismanaged Senior Housing

By   /  June 26, 2014  /  Opinion, Yucca Valley, yv feature  /  Comments Off

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Indian Wells residents await turnaround Xochitl Peña10:14 p.m. PDT June 23, 2014 | The Desert sun INDIAN WELLS – For years, residents in Indian Wells Villas and Mountain View Villas have raised concerns about how safe and how well maintained the city’s two affordable senior housing developments are. A Desert Sun review of emails, contracts and […]

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National Park Drive is super-duper, but…

By   /  June 25, 2014  /  Opinion  /  4 Comments

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Twentynine Palms – There was a grand celebration in the old town yesterday. The festivities began at the Old Schoolhouse Museum midway down National Park Drive. The Twentynine Palms City Council celebrated completion of the National Park Drive Improvement Project with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m.   Everybody who is anybody was there. The “in […]

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Man up, like you have a pair

By   /  June 22, 2014  /  Feature, Opinion  /  1 Comment

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Besides a fire about so high, what burns my ass more than anything is the complete cowardice of people to defend their own beliefs and space.  I get emails and letters on a weekly basis asking me to husband some cause or carry the banner in the advancement of some perceived wrong. While we get […]

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Hi-Desert Water Director Graham Silences “Free Speech”

By   /  June 14, 2014  /  Feature, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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Hi-Desert Water District Director Sarann Graham’s letter to the editor quoted Thumper’s Rule, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say it at all,” which may be a teaching moment for a great-grandchild, but what about the right to free speech protected by the First Amendment? Specifically, Graham criticized Mr. David Peach for expressing his […]

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OMG! Some questions about the City’s 2014-2015 budget

By   /  June 12, 2014  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

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  Twentynine Palms – Tuesday evening the city approved the people’s 2014-2015 budget. The short-term fiscal outlook looks good, right? Its general fund revenue coming in are about $7 ¾ million and its expenditures going out are about $7 ¾. That’s a good thing, right? The budget is balanced. But not so fast. The old […]

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