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California certifies business sites ready for development

By   /  March 13, 2014  /  General Posts  /  Comments Off

< ![CDATA[ The state has launched a new program aimed at speeding up commercial and industrial projects throughout California. Officials of California’s Business, Transportation and Housing Agency said Wednesday that the new Site Certification Program allows local governments statewide to register commercial or industrial sites that are “project ready” and market them as locations for […]

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29 Palms plays Russian Roulette while Oakdale considers fire merger

By   /  September 3, 2013  /  29 Feature, 29 Palms, News, Opinion  /  71 Comments

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Last updated Tuesday, 9/3/13 @ 10:06 a.m. While the Twentynine Palms City Council Members  are affected with apathy and play a cocky game of “Russian Roulette” with public safety, the Oakdale City Council is preparing to do what 29 Palms must do… partnering with their local  fire district. Twentynine is neither prepared nor equipped to provide fire protection to the The Tortoise Rock […]

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Redevelopment: State orders withholding of revenue from Ontario and Santa Ana

By   /  August 26, 2013  /  RDA  /  Comments Off

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The State Department of Finance orders the Board of Equalization to withhold revenue from Ontario and Santa Ana (see below).  Last updated 8/23/2013 @ 4:55 PM: Twentynine  Palms is one of the cities that has brought a legal action against the state regarding post-redevelopment money. On April 24, 2013, Twentynine Palms filed a legal action […]

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Attorney General Complaint- YV Election Code Violations

By   /  June 27, 2013  /  Yucca Valley  /  Comments Off

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Sent Via Email June 27, 2013 Certified Mail #7011-0470-0003-4101-7309 State of California, Department of Justice Office of the Attorney General Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Dear Ms. Harris, I am filing this complaint with your office on Yucca Valley Town Manager, Mark Nuaimi, for interfering with an election process to recall. This is the same […]

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Reprieve for CPRA as Legislature, Gov. Brown accept budget bill- FIRST AMENDMENT COALITION

By   /  June 22, 2013  /  News, Opinion  /  1 Comment

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  It’s official!  The Public Records Act will be restored when Gov. Brown signs the Budget Bill into law. The fate of the CPRA unfolded  this week as public and media criticism grew over the Legislature’s adoption of a section of the Budget Bill that allowed local governments to opt out of key provisions in the […]

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Backpedaling in Sacramento after records act gutted

By   /  June 21, 2013  /  News  /  Comments Off

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The California State Legislature has a 20% approval rate. Excerpts of Dan Walters Friday videologue ( June 21, 2013:  “ A few days ago the California State Legislature passed legislation to gut the California Public Records Act telling local governments that they didn’t have to comply with public requests if they didn’t want to. Then there […]

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Assembly reverses course on open records limits – latimes.com

By   /  June 20, 2013  /  News, San Bernardino Co  /  Comments Off

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SACRAMENTO — Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) said his house would take up an amended version of a major budget bill on Thursday without the proposed limits on public access to open records. If the measure passes the Assembly and Senate, Gov. Jerry Brown would essentially be left with a choice: signing a […]

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Local Governments Misuse of Public Power

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

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  This story is not specifically about Yucca Valley or Twentynine Palms, but it includes them along with other local government entities across the landscape of America. Among the vast selection of new stories this morning in mainstream media were a bunch of stories and commentary on corruption and the misuse of public power in American […]

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Tell Gov. Brown to Save the Public Records Act

By   /  June 15, 2013  /  News  /  Comments Off

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The California Public Records Act (CPRA) is gravely threatened by stealth amendments revealed for the first time yesterday as part of a “trailer bill” to the new state budget. Instead of the relatively minor cost-saving tweaks proposed earlier by the Governor and approved in legislative committees, the actual amending language will gut key transparency safeguards […]

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AB642 Makes Dead Tree Newspapers Obsolete!

By   /  June 4, 2013  /  News  /  Comments Off

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California Legal Notice Bill Gets It Right. AB 642 Allows Online News Organizations To Compete With Printed Newspapers for Public Notices. California Assemblyman Anthony Rendon may be new to his position, but he could teach a lot to , more experienced legislators about proposing an online public notice bill that makes sense. If the definition […]

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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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It’s True Local Governments Can Lie To You

By   /  June 1, 2013  /  29 Palms, Opinion  /  7 Comments

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I hope you caught the hatchet job by what is beginning to appear as the official Print Organ of the City of Twentynine Palms, the Desert Trail proudly proclaimed that Government Can Lie and they will subserviently, and in lockstep with government, bring that lie to you wrapped as truth. The City believes, that things […]

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Who takes hit in city bankruptcies: Muni bondholders or workers?

By   /  May 28, 2013  /  29 Palms, Project Phoenix  /  Comments Off

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Across the country, bondholders are keeping a close eye on San Bernardino and Stockton. There, investors are anxious to discover how modern municipal bankruptcies will divvy-up the pain – will it be the creditors or the employees who bear the brunt of the recovery. Confidence in muni bonds could be shaken if the traditionally safe […]

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Holding the Council’s feet to the fire: AB1344 and The Brown Act.

By   /  May 5, 2013  /  29 Palms, Opinion  /  9 Comments

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You know you are on the right track when other officials from local governments around the County are telling you that the Twentynine Palms City Council was wrong in their calling of special executive session to discuss and approve Compensation Packages for both the “retired” city manager and then the new city manager, without a […]

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