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29 Palms Fire Department At Crossroads As City Mulls Funding Options

By   /  June 14, 2014  /  29 Feature, 29 Palms  /  1 Comment

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(June 12)  TWENTYNINE PALMS—A consensus that would unite the Twentynine Palms Water District and  Twentynine Palms municipal officials over financially sustaining the fire department or possibly paving the way for a city takeover of its functions continues to elude the community. Advocates for the department nevertheless remain committed to forging an alliance of local agencies […]

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Distinguishing Morongo Basin MAC Council from the 29 Palms City Council

By   /  June 10, 2014  /  Opinion, San Bernardino Co  /  Comments Off

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Updated June 11 @ 7:38 a.m.:  This story will connect with what distinguished good local government from bad local government. It will also review a report concerning Desert Heights issues and how MAC might best represent that community.    RIGHT TO THE POINT  I attended the June 9th Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) Meeting […]

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Is the council finally getting the message…

By   /  May 30, 2014  /  29 Feature, 29 Palms, Opinion  /  7 Comments

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TWENTYNINE PALMS – The TPWD and TPFD are no longer pulling punches. They are pissed at the city council and they are finally speaking out against a dubious and reckless council that spews hype, double-speaks and points fingers at other entities or individuals for their (the council’s) failures. Wednesday night was an obvious a turning […]

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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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Happy Anniversary City Hall: Illegal Misconduct, Dirty Hands and Sham Litigation

By   /  January 26, 2014  /  29 Feature, 29 Palms, Feature  /  1 Comment

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Twentynine Palms – One year. It’s been one year  today. February 26 is the anniversary of the day an apple-polishing city council unanimously authorized its self-serving, bad legal advise  bond counsel  attorney to file litigation against the County of San Bernardino and the California Department of Finance to move forward with the expenditure of the […]

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Open Letter to San Bernardino County Fire and Board of Supervisors

By   /  January 16, 2014  /  29 Feature, 29 Palms, Feature  /  Comments Off

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Twentynine Palms – Is 29 Palms safer today, than it was yesterday? Yes. This is welcome news for the entire city of residents; businesses; its 30 or so churches; the Tortoise Rock Casino (soon to open); developers; builders; public schools in 29; parents; investors; In-keepers; travelers and visitors to our wonderful remote desert paradise. We […]

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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

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  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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Twentynine Palms drawsback from public safety

By   /  January 8, 2014  /  29 Feature, 29 Palms, Feature, Project Phoenix  /  Comments Off

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The least the city could do is offer assurances that public safety is a priority. Twentynine Palms – The city counsel has been very slow in accepting responsibility for public safety. Without County and Base Fire coming to the rescue, 29 Palms would be in deep trouble. The City has de facto shifted its obligation […]

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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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City Snoozing on Public Safety Obligations

By   /  November 7, 2013  /  29 Feature, 29 Palms  /  1 Comment

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Twentynine Palms – The desert city can’t seem to shake the fact that it has an under-funded fire department. City leaders seem to be in the doldrums for any plans helping to pay for public safety. The city continues to hold the false belief that the water district has sole responsibility for the public safety […]

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A reasonable plan for Twentynine Palms…

By   /  September 23, 2013  /  29 Feature, 29 Palms  /  Comments Off

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The San Bernardino City Council, after driving the city into ruins, has learned its lesson: Tonight it will begin asking residents and other members of the public “What they think is important for the city to prioritize and consider.” Meanwhile, 29 Palms these past years and to this very day, has willingly and recklessly driven itself […]

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Puffed up like pigeons

By   /  September 16, 2013  /  29 Feature, 29 Palms, Opinion  /  9 Comments

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The desert city of Twentynine Palms is not providing for the public’s safety? City council members have their own narrow agenda which is to spend as much money as fast as they can before the next city election. The city is diverting public funds intended for public’s safety to nonpriority projects. The City’s short list on […]

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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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Challenging days ahead for Twentynine Palms

By   /  August 30, 2013  /  29 Palms, News, Opinion  /  6 Comments

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The recent flooding once again brings home the reality that a 24 hour rain would paralyze the Morongo Basin. Nothing comes in, nothing goes out. SR 62 and roadways washed-out, and businesses and homes flooded. Meanwhile, the 29 City Council continues to be okay with being unprepared for disasters, fires and rescue calls with a […]

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