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Big MAC On Track With Brown Act

By   /  March 19, 2014  /  General Posts, San Bernardino Co  /  Comments Off

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The San Bernardino Municipal Advisory Council met yesterday at the County office in Joshua Tree to review the Brown Act with counsel.  The meeting started promptly at 11AM with everyone in attendance except the representative for Wonder Valley. Upon my arrival at the conference room, a frowning MAC appointee Elizabeth Karman from Landers, loudly growled […]

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Where is the Yucca Mesa and Desert Heights Representation on the Big MAC?

By   /  March 18, 2014  /  Opinion, San Bernardino Co  /  2 Comments

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OPINION, The San Bernardino Municipal Advisory Council was formed by 3rd District Supervisor James Ramos to represent the unincorporated communities. The following appointees were reported by a press release from Ramos office to represent their communities: Max Rossi (Wonder Valley) Larry Parrott (Flamingo Heights) David Peach (Joshua Tree) Mark Lundquist (Joshua Tree) Jack Dugan (Pioneertown) […]

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Big MAC Meets for Brown Act Training Tuesday 11AM-Session Open to the Public

By   /  March 16, 2014  /  General Posts, San Bernardino Co  /  2 Comments

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UPDATE:  Special Meeting of the Morongo Basin MAC March 18, 2014.docx Special Meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council   Brown Act Training Tuesday, March 18th 2014 11:00 AM     Bob Burke County Government Offices 63665 Twentynine Palms Hwy. Joshua Tree, CA 92252   Agenda 1)  Call to Order Special Meeting of the […]

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JBWD General Manager Named

By   /  February 6, 2014  /  Feature, Joshua Tree  /  Comments Off

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Joshua Tree, CA—The Joshua Basin Water District (JBWD) Board of Directors is pleased to announce, pending contract and hiring approval at the February 19 Board meeting, that they have appointed Curt Sauer as their new General Manager.The appointment is subject to “final action” of the Board approval of Mr. Sauer’s contract, as legally required during open […]

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I’ll Take My Victories Any Way I Can

By   /  July 23, 2013  /  29 Palms, Opinion  /  5 Comments

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This evening the 29 Palms Council Approved a resolution to take the Brown Act Pledge. If you remember a couple of months ago during the height of the Warne Golden Parachute incident that I and as it turns out others filed complaints by way of  letters to cease and desist or correct and cure. I […]

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Let’s talk straight

By   /  July 21, 2013  /  29 Palms, Opinion  /  Comments Off

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I Just got home from my son’s wedding in Hawaii. Maui to be exact. While I was there I received a phone call from the city manager, Joe Guzzetta. He is a wonderful person and in the short time that he has been here I feel that he will do the city well. So where […]

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FBI, IC3 Checks Out Cactus Thorns

By   /  July 20, 2013  /  Yucca Valley  /  Comments Off

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Cactus Thorns.com- It was only a matter of time the FBI made their presence known on the Cactus Thorns blog because readers have been filing numerous complaints with the Attorney General, the San Bernardino District Attorney PIU, the Department of Finance, the FPPC and the Secretary of State regarding election code violations. Last evening, during […]

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Brown Act Pledge dilemma: Lets hope this is over

By   /  July 19, 2013  /  29 Palms, Opinion  /  5 Comments

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I am going to give it a shot here to be as non-confrontational as possible about the following story. Be patient as you can with me. Working with Steve Spear and California Aware we have once again given the City the opportunity to take the Brown Act Pledge. Rumor has it, that the Council will […]

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HDWD Bob Stadum’s “Mea Culpa”….Poof!

By   /  July 10, 2013  /  Yucca Valley  /  Comments Off

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Yucca Valley, Ca.,- Just when I THOUGHT the local newspaper was going to print or post an investigative story about four Hi-Desert Water Board members attending a town council meeting and three of them speaking on the politics of the Yucca Valley Recall…poof! The story disappeared! A well written story by Courtney Vaughn ended up […]

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The Brown Act means what it says – latimes.com

By   /  June 15, 2013  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off

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This editorial applies to our Local Municipal Governments as well….. The best way to deal with slower learners is often patient repetition of a lesson. It seldom does much good to shout at them or to embarrass them for taking so long to pick up on what others understand quickly and easily. And so for […]

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The Truth about HDWD Sarann (Kruse) Graham

By   /  June 6, 2013  /  Yucca Valley  /  1 Comment

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Yucca Valley, Ca.- I feel sorry for Hi-Desert Water Director Sarann Graham, STILL traumatized from her old days as Mayor of Lawndale over 27 years ago. Back in the day when she was known as Mayor Sarann Kruse, she was served Recall papers, involved in a controversial ordinance requiring a special license review for soup […]

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The Ministry of Propaganda

By   /  June 4, 2013  /  29 Palms, Opinion  /  10 Comments

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News propaganda is a type of propaganda covertly packaged as credible news, but without sufficient transparency concerning the news item’s source and the motivation behind its release. Transparency of the source is one parameter critical to distinguish between news propaganda and traditional news press releases and video news releases. As with any propaganda, news propaganda […]

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Transparency and Fairness lose 3-2 in Closed Door Vote

By   /  May 29, 2013  /  29 Palms, Opinion  /  4 Comments

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Twentynine Palms, CA– Councilmen Mintz, Klink and Corbin refused last night to take the pledge to not violate the Ralph M. Brown Act. They in their juvenile minds believe it is better to violate the law than admit that the closed door Golden Parachute given to Richard Warne was wrong. Too bad two of these […]

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We need a Brown Act Pledge not another Closed Session

By   /  May 23, 2013  /  29 Palms, Opinion  /  6 Comments

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There is another Closed Door Executive Session next Tuesday to discuss the possibility of yours truly, entering into litigation with the City of Twentynine Palms. I’d like to put a kibosh to such ugly rumors right now. My only intent is to work within the system to exhaust administrative relief as provided in Government Code […]

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