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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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City Council Rebuffs Meeting with Water Directors

By   /  May 29, 2014  /  29 Feature, 29 Palms, Feature  /  2 Comments

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Twentynine Palms – The Tuesday, May 27, city council meeting had to be an embarrassment.      From all available evidence it seems clear that the city council is stonewalling (again) on a request by the water board for a join meeting. The TPWD Board President Sam Moore was summoned to the podium by council Member […]

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Are workshops, public hearing and citizen input healthy or not?

By   /  May 26, 2014  /  29 Feature, 29 Palms, San Bernardino Co  /  1 Comment

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Twentynine Palms – Should the public have a voice through workshops, public hearings or through the democratic voting process before possibly spending millions of taxpayers’ money to revamp the downtown area with a second community building, or another city-owned performing arts theater that it does not need? If you said no to public input – it’s […]

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Update: 29 Palms Citadel Visitors Center

By   /  September 21, 2013  /  29 Palms  /  Comments Off

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Last updated 9/22/2013 @ 12:31 a.m.  I would like to update a story published in Cactus Thorns on September 14, 2013 under the headline: The Untold Story: 29 Palms Citadel Visitors Center. New information has been revealed and sent to me in four PDF files. These files are briefed below along with the PDF files. I […]

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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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Yucca Valley Town Council in Closed Session Until 10 PM

By   /  January 23, 2013  /  News, Yucca Valley  /  Comments Off

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Yucca Valley, Ca.,- This evening’s Town Council meeting was quick and decisive…sort of.  The meeting started promptly at 6 PM and the gavel came down at 7:30.  Then they went into a closed session for 2 1/2 hours! I waited until the end and was the only one left in the large room after the […]

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Jennifer Collins’ Foray into the Political Arena is a Red Herring for Disaster

By   /  January 22, 2013  /  General Posts, Opinion, Yucca Valley  /  12 Comments

Yucca Valley, CA – This  commentary will not beat around the bush to point out that crestfallen candidate for Yucca Valley town council, Jennifer Collins, is the least best candidate to serve the public as councilwoman. Almost certainly, for the following reasons voters will not likely elect this candidate to represent them for the difficult […]

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Yucca Valley Town Council….a New Era?

By   /  January 20, 2013  /  News, Yucca Valley  /  2 Comments

Yucca Valley, Ca., -I am the eternal optimist when I see a glint of sunshine breaking through the clouds. This was my feeling when I read the Yucca Valley Town Council agenda for their meeting Tuesday, January 22, 2013. Asking for more transparency from our elected leaders, I believe they have taken a step in […]

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Blog…Tool…Open…Help…Know… and other Four-Letter-Words

By   /  January 15, 2013  /  News, Yucca Valley  /  3 Comments

Blog is NOT a four letter word and is a successful Tool used by Cactus Thorns to advocate Open transparency in local governments of Towns and Cities. The rules of engagement have changed and traditional local media no longer have total control over what is being reported, or not reported. Volunteer citizen reporters of Cactus […]

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FPPC: Proposal to Amend Regulations

By   /  April 28, 2011  /  News  /  Comments Off

The very annoying word and phrase for many local and state public and elected officials are: ‘transparency‘ and ‘conflict of interest’. These welcome proposals ratchet- down better  protections for the people of the state of California and all  its towns or cities. If you wish to make comments via telephone, scroll down to the toll […]

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Is that transparent enough for you?

By   /  December 29, 2010  /  News, San Bernardino Co  /  Comments Off

Tense moments at board meeting | The Lucerne Valley Leader Tense moments at board meeting Tue, 12/21/2010 – 15:27 — By KRIS REILLY, Editor The new members of the Lucerne Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees took their seats last week, and it didn’t take long for the new board to have its first […]

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Rutherford and Ovitt take Oath

By   /  December 6, 2010  /  News, San Bernardino Co  /  Comments Off

SAN BERNARDINO – Supervisors Gary C. Ovitt and Janice Rutherford began new four year terms on the Board of Supervisors following Oath of Office ceremonies at the County Government Center today. Supervisor Ovitt, who currently serves as Board of Supervisors Chairman, will continue to represent the Fourth District, which includes the cities of Ontario, Chino, […]

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Santa Clara University: On Favoritism, Cronyism, and Nepotism

By   /  November 12, 2010  /  General Posts, Opinion  /  1 Comment

By Judy Nadler and Miriam Schulman These materials were prepared for the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics program in Government Ethics by Senior Fellow Judy Nadler and Communications Director Miriam Schulman. The Center provides training in local government ethics for public officials. For more information, contact Judy Nadler. What are favoritism, cronyism, and nepotism? What […]

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