A few words about the election in Twentynine Palms
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Update, Thursday 9-29-16: The council’s Project Phoenix downtown head trip to include a civil community building with meeting and banquet facilities, kitchen, library and gym. Link
There has been a noticeable decline in the quality of our elected leaders. To put it bluntly, many politicians are just in it for themselves and demonstratively fail to pursue the public’s interest.
Councilmembers Mintz, Cole — and career politician Councilman Klink — are stellar examples of this. They haven’t crafted responsible public policy that is capable of addressing the problems the city faces.
Their only plan is a gratuitous new multipurpose civic building and another performing arts playhouse — even after data shows the public wants infrastructure and beautification, not playhouses — and throwing money down a rat hole to showcase tourism for Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree.
The polarization in the local electorate make it extremely difficult, and more commonly impossible, to substantially hold these three bums accountable.
The crony lethargic-pandemic gripping the city is fueled by Mintz, Cole and Klink.
The council has a massive run up of debt with absolutely nothing to show for it. The city’s debt crises continue to be ignored by Cole, Mintz and Klink.
Meantime, the three gleefully rotate themselves into the position of mayor and mayor pro tem to the point of ad nauseum.
Our heavy-handily elected officials voted to raise property taxes, fees and assessments on property owners without a blink of an eye without letting the electorate decide.
The public was shunned and stunned with the bond debt of all told $33,000,000 — with, to date, nothing to show for it!
The public needs some major fixes to restore credibility to justify the city’s existence. Many believe the city would be better off to disincorporate.
Frankly, neither of the three pass the plausibility test.
There is a “political class” in local government — driven by and including self-serving special interest. Such as it is, the three old guard councilmen and special interest have anointed themselves as noblemen.
Note that Councilmember Klink is running for his fourth term on the council — all told for sixteen years — serving special interests — and senselessly squandering public funds.
Mr. Klink has shown he has brought no methodology whatsoever to the decision-making process.
The nihilistic free-spending does nothing for the public or the city.
Literally, the only protections that average folks have from more “mugging of public funds” is to retire career councilman Klink.
Is there any reason for the electorate to reelect career politician Councilmember Klink?
Endnote: Steven Bilderain, Jim Krushat and Ken King are candidates running for city council. A Meet the Candidates forum is scheduled for on October 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, at the community center building on Joe Davis Drive south of Luckie Park.
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