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Ethics Training for Twentynine Palms City Council

By   /  April 22, 2014  /  29 Feature, 29 Palms, Feature  /  Comments Off

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April 22, 2014 – Updated 1:40 p.m. Twentynine Palms, CA – Sure all council members are good people… bla, bla, bla. Now that that is out of the way, let’s talk. Jay Corbin is not running for another four years. He will be missed though he has made mistakes. Cora Heiser and Joel Klink’s seats […]

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Much Ado about Nothing: Two Curtain Warming Babbling Buffoons

By   /  April 20, 2014  /  29 Palms, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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April 20,  2014 | OP-Ed Twentynine Palms, CA  -  During airing of the April 4 Close Up show babbling buffoons – Councilman Jim Harris and host Gary Daigneault –talked little about nothing. It was a feel good drama that punk’d. At the very end of the show Harris called in. Their short exchange served-up a fluffy mass of […]

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Another public perk in the pipeline for playhouse puppet masters

By   /  April 7, 2014  /  29 Feature, 29 Palms  /  9 Comments

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Op-Ed:  Alternative title: What’s that stench coming from Theatre 29? Twentynine Palms - When will it stop?  It will not stop. I don’t think cronyism and patronage is a threat anymore. It is a promise. On April 8, the 29 Palms City Council will consider the approval and acceptance <wink, wink> of a Simi Dabah sculpture for […]

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The Moral Collapse of Twentynine Palms Elected Officials

By   /  April 4, 2014  /  Opinion  /  5 Comments

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 Updated 4-5-14 @ 6:00 a.m. Twentynine Palms, CA – A small desert city where “cronies serve cronies.” This City Council is marinading in the biggest moral corruption scandal in its history. Where is the City’s moral compass? Congressman Paul Cook April 2, 2014, newsletter: “Americans should not be asked to trust their government if they are not receiving […]

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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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Part II: Gary Daigneault: “Why are people so suspicious in the Morongo Basin?”

By   /  March 25, 2014  /  Feature, Opinion  /  4 Comments

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Part I is Linked here. Look for two more articles in this series under a new title to be published by one of Cactus Thorns’ editors.  ∞ Kicking the Hornet Nest ∞ On March 24, 2014, Public person Gary Daigneault, owner of Joshua Tree radio station Z107.7, discussed his involvement concerning a $3,000.00 loan the city […]

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29 Palms City Manager a Class Act; New Information Reveals “Cronies Serving Cronies”

By   /  March 17, 2014  /  Feature  /  1 Comment

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Updated 3-17-14 @ 10:25  p.m. Joe Guzzetta was kind enough to get back with me on a request for public information concerning repayment for the electronic sign. Mr. Guzzetta clearly wasn’t involved in the financial aspect of the sign between the city and Theatre 29.  The criticism below is directed at rotating Mayor Dan Mintz […]

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29 Palm foreshadowing fiscal disaster goes unabated

By   /  March 16, 2014  /  General Posts, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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A crises is described as stage in a sequence of events at which the trend of all future events, especially for better or for worse is determined — setting into motion a turning point. Twentynine Palms is a relaxed Lilliputian city located in the isolated hinterlands of the southern Mojave High Desert. It’s a little […]

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Open Letter to Theatre 29 President Brian Tabeling

By   /  March 12, 2014  /  29 Palms, Entertainment, Feature  /  15 Comments

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Updated  3-12-14 @  9:25 with photo and caption. Greetings Mr. President. My name is Ben Holstrom. I am a local taxpayer living in the Twentynine Palms sphere of influence unincorporated area of Desert Heights.  I do My property taxes are collected by the county of San Bernardino and then subsequently disbursed pay  taxes in the City of Twentynine […]

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Rats Jumping 29 Palms Ship!

By   /  January 29, 2014  /  29 Palms, Feature, Project Phoenix  /  Comments Off

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Twentynine Palms, Ca.,- Matt McCleary, the interim Community Development Director hired in 2013,  tendered his resignation to the Twentynine Palms Council.  He has secured employment in the private sector and will be jumping ship in 60 days. No doubt the scathing testimony tying McCleary’s involvement with Phoenix Project by City Attorney, Patrick Munoz, pushed this […]

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The Untold Story: 29 Palms Citadel Visitors Center

By   /  September 14, 2013  /  29 Feature, 29 Palms, News, Opinion  /  4 Comments

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Last Updated 9/15/13@ 8:12 a.m:  Image of the Citadel Photo (inserted below) appeared in the Desert Trail. The pulp fiction-like saga of the Donnell Hill Citadel Visitors Center is indeed a shocker. This repugnant scheme was also carried out behind closed doors in secrecy. The project is on par with the now defunct Project Phoenix […]

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City Manager Richard Warne wants us to “Eat Cake”

By   /  December 5, 2012  /  29 Palms, Opinion  /  3 Comments

 City Manager Richard Warne is desperate. While the city rolls the dice stalling on public safety, it may be willing to place the private and  public sectors in harm’s way — as well as the three 29 palms public schools. Warne is squarely behind the cloak of danger. Why? Because when Warne packs his baggage […]

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Twentynine Palms: A life or death situation?

By   /  November 23, 2012  /  29 Palms, News, Project Phoenix, San Bernardino Co  /  13 Comments

Below is an e-alert Communique from our local “Community Emergency Response Team” (CERT) Coordinator, Mary Reeves, about the “life or death situation” confronting our community of Twentynine Palms. It seems the very people in place to help us during inevitable natural disasters, emergencies, earthquakes or  seasonal flooding are sending a signal of distress concerning the overshadowing and self-immolation […]

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Why the Desert Trail is making a mistake in recommending four more years of John Cole

By   /  October 27, 2012  /  Candidates, Opinion  /  26 Comments

First off, John Cole is good people. However, nobody owns public office because they are good people.  Look at the record record. I believe the Desert Trail is disingenious and condescending to suggest Ms. Cora Heiser is better suited to an appointed city position. Here is the link to the TRAIL article wherein it recommends […]

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