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Questions for the Phab Project Phoenix Pholks

By   /  April 23, 2014  /  29 Palms, Opinion, Project Phoenix  /  No Comments

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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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Debunking Councilman Harris & Gary Daignault’s double-speak Project Phoenix Dupery

By   /  April 11, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

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Updated today @ 5:46 p.m. I refuse to be a verbal punching bag for [Daigneault's] twisted, infantile ego maniac narcissistic personality.” — Ron Brault, President of the 29 Palms Pistol & Rifle Club >>Link. On April 11, 2014, Up Close this morning Harris called in to promote Project Phoenix (hereinafter “PP”).  Well… they’re at it again. […]

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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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Updated:Theater 29′s Recent 990 Tax Filings…Say Gary! Where is the “Architect” Grant?

By   /  March 26, 2014  /  Feature  /  9 Comments

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Public Information Requests were sent to Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt’s office in early 2012 asking for any and all documents pertaining to a “Grant” that was awarded to Theater 29 to pay for an architect to design  a new theater, as stated in  Gary Daigneault’s presentation to the 29 Palms City Council.>STORY Mitzelfelt’s office responded to […]

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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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Part I: Gary Daignault: “Why are people so suspicious in the Morongo Basin?”

By   /  March 22, 2014  /  29 Feature, Feature, Opinion  /  1 Comment

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  Op-Ed by Branson Hunter. This story has been been edited and revised. It is now Part I of a two part series.  New revelations have surfaced. Those revelations are in both this revised story and in Part II.  Part II  will be posted later.   For the last decade Cactus Thorns has been a […]

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RDA Tears: Riverside County Gets Asses Handed to Them By Court… May Appeal.

By   /  March 18, 2014  /  Feature, Riverside Co  /  Comments Off

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Judge sides with state in redevelopment battle and, like 29 Palms’ fickled PROJECT PHOENIX, Judge Eugene Balonon agreed with the state’s argument that contracts between the county’s redevelopment agency were not “enforceable obligations” because the state law abolishing redevelopment was effective that day. The judge also denied the county’s request for $5 million to fund […]

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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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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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Dear Department of Finance…Is This Legal?

By   /  February 23, 2014  /  29 Palms, Feature  /  2 Comments

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Twentynine Palms, Ca.,- At the recent meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council, also meeting as the Successor Agency as declared in their agenda packet, four members (minus excused Cora Heiser) discussed and approved language for a contract to hire Matt McCleary as their interim Development Director on an hourly basis AND to serve as […]

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What is going on in 29?

By   /  February 12, 2014  /  29 Palms, Feature, News  /  6 Comments

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At last night’s council meeting a discussion was held in order to decide if the purchase of the land owned by the Huell Howser trust was a good idea for the city in order to build a park that also had a “dog park” component attached. The council decided that it was not a good […]

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Canary McCleary Contract Stinks!

By   /  February 12, 2014  /  29 Palms, Opinion  /  1 Comment

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Twentynine Palms, Ca.,- During this quiet time waiting for the Department of Finance to render their decision on the litigation over the bonding of RDA, Redevelopment Agency, the rats have been jumping ship to a higher ground beginning with Frank Spivak, owner of RSG who dissolved his company and obtained employment at the City Manager […]

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Morongo Basin United with San Bernardino County Corruption

By   /  February 1, 2014  /  Opinion  /  1 Comment

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San Bernardino County is proactively holding on to the title as the most corrupted county in the country.  Locally, it seems Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms have stepped in to help retain that ignominious title. In Yucca Valley, it’s the controversy over the water rights at the old Blue Skies Golf course, the disgraced former town manager […]

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