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29 Palms: Proposed playhouse akin to failed Amphitheater in San Manuel

By   /  June 2, 2014  /  29 Feature, 29 Palms, Entertainment  /  Comments Off

Plan A: 29 Palms Project Phoenix proposed performing arts theater

  The Press Enterprise ran a story today that when San Bernardino County was planning to build an outdoor amphitheater at Glen Helen Regional Park, officials saw it as a potential cash cow. Expectations were high. Since it opened in 1993, the amphitheater venue continues to  cause the county to dig into its general fund to cover […]

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Joe…Sometimes Good Guys Finish Last…

By   /  May 17, 2014  /  29 Feature, Feature  /  Comments Off

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OPINION-Having given the boot to three Town/City Managers during the past 16 months, how does this reflect on this rural high desert region called the Morongo Basin? While there were abundant reasons for cutting loose City Manager Richard Warne out of Twentynine Palms and even more reasons for the disastrous unpopular immoral Town Manager/politician Mark […]

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29 Palms: Discretionary slush funds under attack

By   /  May 16, 2014  /  29 Palms, Feature  /  1 Comment

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Friday, May 16, 2014 ~ Twentynine Palms – A few day ago, the Editorial Board of the Sacramento Bee condemned their City Council’s use of discretionary account funding for special projects. The Editorial Board detailed how their city charter allows members of Sacramento’s City Council to keep ‘discretionary accounts’ which allows them to personally direct funds […]

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SB Sentinel: Persistence Pays Off for 29 Palms

By   /  May 16, 2014  /  29 Feature, Feature, Project Phoenix  /  8 Comments

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Persistence Pays Off For 29 Palms In Fight With State Over RDA Funds   SB Sentinel.com-May 2014- The city of Twentynine Palms’ intrepid foray to the forefront of California cities challenging the redevelopment agency-shuttering legislation passed by the state of California in 2011 has paid off, with a court ruling last month that overturned the […]

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Desert Trail Editorial: Project Phoenix…Get Involved

By   /  May 15, 2014  /  Opinion, Project Phoenix  /  10 Comments

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Twentynine Palms, Ca- Today’s edition of the local newspaper’s thought-provoking Editorial encourages citizens to get involved with THEIR Project Phoenix and writes: Things are starting to happen with Project Phoenix, the long-smoldering plan to revitalize downtown Twentynine Palms but not before the Twentynine Palms City Council sits down to rethink the project based on less […]

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Theatre 29 “Contracted Fundraiser” Questions

By   /  May 9, 2014  /  Entertainment, Feature  /  Comments Off

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Twentynine Palms, Ca.,- The recent letter from the Attorney General to Theatre 29 dated May 2, 2014, states the following: “If the captioned organization contracts with a commercial fundraiser for charitable purposes or fundraising counsel, that entity must also register and file annual reports with the Registry.” >THEATRE_29_9809036239523_(1) Would that apply to the recent San […]

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2011 Project Phoenix Outreach…Flash Back

By   /  April 24, 2014  /  29 Feature, Feature, Project Phoenix  /  1 Comment

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  Twentynine Palms, Ca.,- I was searching for my 2011 post on Cactus Thorns when I ran across this story, “Community Divided Over Project Plan,” by Courtney Vaughn dated November 30, 2011, (updated December 7, 2011). It is important to review what took place back then at one of the outreach meetings for Project Phoenix.  […]

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Questions for the Phab Project Phoenix Pholks

By   /  April 23, 2014  /  29 Palms, Opinion, Project Phoenix  /  Comments Off

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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  /  Comments Off

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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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