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City receives letter from State Controller’s Office regarding RDA transfers

By   /  July 9, 2014  /  29 Palms, Feature, Project Phoenix  /  3 Comments

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Earlier this year, the State Controller’s Office (SCO) conducted a review of asset transfers made by the former Twentynine Palms Redevelopment Agency’s (RDA) to the City of Twentynine Palms, occurring after January 1, 2011. Thereafter, on May 29, 2014, the SCO issued a letter to the City along with a draft report. The draft report […]

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SB Sentinel: Persistence Pays Off for 29 Palms

By   /  May 16, 2014  /  29 Feature, Feature, Project Phoenix  /  8 Comments

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Persistence Pays Off For 29 Palms In Fight With State Over RDA Funds   SB Sentinel.com-May 2014- The city of Twentynine Palms’ intrepid foray to the forefront of California cities challenging the redevelopment agency-shuttering legislation passed by the state of California in 2011 has paid off, with a court ruling last month that overturned the […]

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Desert Trail Editorial: Project Phoenix…Get Involved

By   /  May 15, 2014  /  Opinion, Project Phoenix  /  10 Comments

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Twentynine Palms, Ca- Today’s edition of the local newspaper’s thought-provoking Editorial encourages citizens to get involved with THEIR Project Phoenix and writes: Things are starting to happen with Project Phoenix, the long-smoldering plan to revitalize downtown Twentynine Palms but not before the Twentynine Palms City Council sits down to rethink the project based on less […]

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29P Council to Buy Property for Project Phoenix

By   /  May 10, 2014  /  29 Palms, Feature, Project Phoenix  /  12 Comments

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Twentynine Palms, Ca.,- The City Council will meet as both Council and Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency this Tuesday at 6 pm at the city hall to purchase properties for Project Phoenix.  Here is the agenda>link I am unable to locate any previous discussions regarding warehousing properties for Project Phoenix but the above agenda […]

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2011 Project Phoenix Outreach…Flash Back

By   /  April 24, 2014  /  29 Feature, Feature, Project Phoenix  /  1 Comment

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  Twentynine Palms, Ca.,- I was searching for my 2011 post on Cactus Thorns when I ran across this story, “Community Divided Over Project Plan,” by Courtney Vaughn dated November 30, 2011, (updated December 7, 2011). It is important to review what took place back then at one of the outreach meetings for Project Phoenix.  […]

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Questions for the Phab Project Phoenix Pholks

By   /  April 23, 2014  /  29 Palms, Opinion, Project Phoenix  /  Comments Off

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Twentynine Palms, Ca.,- Just curious folks.  I attended the early outreach meeting years ago about Project Phoenix. I asked about the sewer system the city was going to install at “no cost to the surrounding businesses” in the project and asked about the associated maintenance costs.  I was told by ex-City Manager, Richard Warne, the […]

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On Second reading City wins nothing

By   /  April 10, 2014  /  29 Palms, Feature, Project Phoenix  /  2 Comments

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We forgot what the questions the City asked the Court…. and Expected the court to answer questions never asked by the city. They asked a question that no one ever contested. The City wanted to know if their bonds where legal…. Actually no one ever questioned that in any of the States pleadings… and in […]

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Read it and weep, Your Children will be shackled with $30 Million Debt for 30 years.

By   /  April 9, 2014  /  29 Palms, Feature, Project Phoenix  /  11 Comments

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  Bulletin: I am pleased to announce that the City learned today that the Court issued the writ of mandate requested by the City in its case against the State Department of Finance relating to bonds issued for Project Phoenix, the Downtown Revitalization Program.  It appears this means that the City has prevailed.  We do […]

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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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Another Southland City Gets Ass handed to it by Court

By   /  March 16, 2014  /  29 Palms, Feature, Project Phoenix  /  6 Comments

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 Another City, another lawsuit and another decision against a stubborn municipal government, unwilling to play by the rules. West Covina City administrators Friday warned that a recent decision in Sacramento Superior Court could result in the state raiding nearly all of West Covina’s $12 million cash reserve.  In an Article written in the The San […]

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Comeback Eyed for Pieces of Redevelopment

By   /  March 5, 2014  /  Feature, Project Phoenix  /  Comments Off

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…… local governments could take advantage of the expanded IFDs only “on the conclusion of any outstanding legal issues between the successor agency, the city or county that created the (redevelopment agency) and the state.” Other requirements include audits by the state controller and approvals from the Finance Department.

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Addressing Redevelopment Dissolution Issues

By   /  March 4, 2014  /  29 Feature, 29 Palms, Feature, General Posts, Project Phoenix  /  2 Comments

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The Sonoma Press Democrat has a four page overview Addressing Redevelopment Dissolution Issues. The article also addresses what may be instituted in the future — infrastructure finance districts (IFD) and how these districts  differ from the defunct RDAs. They require public input for projects  that hold genuine tangible quality-of-life benefits for the residents. This article is worthy of a good read. It’s doubtful […]

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No Magic Tricks for Twentynine Palms

By   /  February 14, 2014  /  29 Feature, 29 Palms, Project Phoenix  /  2 Comments

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There are some magic tricks that just won’t work. Magic will not fix problems long ignored by the the city council. The council’s lack of oversight on run-away spending is not to be remedied by magic.  “Pour over” funds diverted from City Reserves to special accounts, are loopholes that needs to be closed. It’ll take […]

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Who runs this town, Randy Councell or the City Council?

By   /  February 11, 2014  /  29 Feature, 29 Palms, Feature, Project Phoenix  /  1 Comment

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I was surprised to receive anonymously these documents that I am about to share with you. Like I have been telling you for years, there is an INN Crowd and then the rest of us. Here is a story in a series of PDF Files. 1. Minute excerpt of the City Council meeting on 12/10/13 […]

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