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29 Palms Water District issue

By   /  May 13, 2014  /  29 Palms, Feature  /  2 Comments

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When the infrastructure of public services works well by the efforts of those in its employment and management, it needs to be recognized. That is the case today with the 29 Palms Water District. There’s 840 feet of PVC water line from the Water District’s meter to my house. So when there’s a leak due […]

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29 Palms Council Agenda, two issues just don’t add up

By   /  January 11, 2014  /  29 Feature, 29 Palms, Feature  /  2 Comments

Twentynine Palms City Council, from left: Jay Corbin, Joel Klink, Jim Harris, Cora Heiser, and dan Mintz.

  Two issues on the Staff Report and the City Council Agenda for Tuesday, January 14, 2014, that just doesn’t make any sense: (1) The League of California Cities wants 29 Palms taxpayers pay an additional surcharge, in addition to costly yearly membership fees, to help fund the League’s redevelopment litigation against the state; and […]

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Fire station shutdowns prompts questions, doubts

By   /  November 17, 2013  /  29 Feature, 29 Palms, Feature, Opinion  /  6 Comments

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Updated: see below boxed text.  What are  the distinguishes factors and similarities between Twentynine Palms and the small city of Canyon Lake (see story below)?: (i) Canyon Lake is expected  to close its fire station by December 5, while 29 Palms Fire Department (TPFD) was forced to close one of its fire houses earlier this year and gut the fire department by […]

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Part II: 29 City Council’s alternate universe on public safety

By   /  September 28, 2012  /  General Posts, Opinion  /  3 Comments

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(Part II updated @ 9:14 am, Friday September 28, 202) This is Part 2 of 2  of a story concerning the Alternate Universe wherein five elected city councilmen dwell.  A parallel  universe far removed from reality.  The inaction on the part of this city council when they know beforehand that their lack of action will put residents, visitors, businessperson or […]

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Part I: Twentynine Palms City Council’s Alternate Universe on Public Safety

By   /  September 26, 2012  /  29 Palms, Opinion  /  Comments Off

What’s in store for the private and public sectors when the 29 Palms Fire Department is gutted? L to R: The Adobe station in 29 Palms and the Lear station which serves the city and Desert Heights TPWD ratepayers Twentynine Palms, CA – At issue, a draconian-like reduction in fire services, emergency services and public safety. […]

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“The emergency we now have.” — Councilman Jim Harris

By   /  May 24, 2012  /  29 Palms, General Posts, Opinion, San Bernardino Co  /  29 Comments

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Part 1 of 2: News and Commentary  I attended this evening’s Special Workshop Meeting of the Board of Directors of the 29 Palms Water District. Think of it as a Joint LAFCO, 29 Palms Fire Department and 29 Palms Water District meeting to discuss — what Council Jim Harris termed during public comments — “The Emergency […]

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LAFCO gives Twentynine Palms its wakeup call!

By   /  May 11, 2012  /  29 Palms, News, Opinion, San Bernardino Co  /  9 Comments

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 LAFCO informs the City of Twentynine Palms to take over fire services or contract it out. While the City Council of Twentynine Palms fiddles with a  second community playhouse & duplicate town center – like Superman LAFCO flies into action to force the City to act on fire services and public safety.  Ratepayers in the […]

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Twentynine Palms Fire Department running out of money!

By   /  June 24, 2011  /  Opinion  /  3 Comments

“Twentynine Palms Fire Department running out of money, ballot measure planned” reports Derwood Andrews (reporter for a local   radio station). OPINION | COMMENTARY The Twentynine  Palms Fire Department has been neglected by the city for years. To this day, that  neglect continues. Meantime, it’s business as usual in 29 Palms: Tens of millions of dollars […]

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Water Rates Exposed

By   /  May 30, 2011  /  29 Palms, Desert Hot Springs, La Quinta, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Riverside Co, San Bernardino Co, Thousand Palms, Yucca Valley  /  2 Comments

It is no secret high desert residents pay more for water. It costs more to deliver water there. Desert water rates do not leave everyone happy who has a lawn to water and a swimming pool to keep filled. Neither does it please apartment owners who pay more than single family residents.

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What do goundwater nitrates and a 29 RDA debt bond have in common?

By   /  March 20, 2011  /  29 Palms, General Posts, Yucca Valley  /  7 Comments

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Commentary | Opinion | Sunday 03/20/2011 The City of Twentynine Palms never had it so good due to smart thinking and due diligence. It is debt free and has plenty of money in reserve. Yet, Twentynine Palms is considering a staggering 30-year debt bond. Al told, to the tune of $12,500,000.00 for no good or […]

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