A few words about the election in Twentynine Palms

A city in crises: Ineffective and irresponsible leadership on the city council.

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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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7 Responses to A few words about the election in Twentynine Palms

  1. Steve Spear
    Steve Spear September 28, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    I have confirmation from multiple sources at City Hall that Project Phoenix has dropped the construction of a Theatre as part of the main building.

    The Multipurpose Room as well as the Library stayed in the plan as was the wishes of the people who attended the citizens input meeting last month I believe it was.

    I repeat no new Theatre to be built as part of Project Phoenix.

    • Dan OBrien
      Dan OBrien September 28, 2016 at 4:34 pm

      I’ll believe that when the construction contracts are signed.

  2. Steve Spear
    Steve Spear September 28, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    Well… Read the Staff report from last night then read the Z107.7 online news and combine that with the multiple sources from City hall and it is a pretty safe bet the new Theatre is not going to be built.

    The State wore the funds down from the Bonds due to Rutan and Tucker charging very high fees to accomplish a task of saving the Bonds to build little.

    I am sure it was plain to those that tracked the issue back then that the proceeds needed to be paid to the Bond holders but the available principle to build was an ever shrinking asset and Rutan and Tucker were determined to get their profit margin whether Project Phoenix was built or not.

    I can recall talking to Joel Klink when that first community meeting was held at the Community Centerin regards to the Bonds so many years ago. I said to him that this is a bad idea and he said he thought it was a good idea.

    Here we are many years later with a certain conviction that he was wrong for the dream of Mr. Warne, Joel Klink, and the others has proven to be a drain on the tax payers.

    33 million dollars that would have went to the city and the other needing agencies of this city, the Cemetery district, the Hospital District, the School District and so many others has been squandered.

    It is not like those that voted for this were not asked and perhaps told not to do it – they were. What hits home now is their inability to digest information at the time that should have steered them clear of this but they did not listen for one reason and one reason only – they did not like the messengers and therefore the message was wrong.

    It is time for Klink to go and in two years time for Mintz and Cole to go.

  3. Branson Hunter
    Branson Hunter September 28, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    1. Steve, any knowledge or source of info what a proposed city multipurpose community building may cost?

    2. FYIW: Last council election local newsmedia editorial boards did not support one incumbent councilmember (this councilmember wasn’t reelected). This election, will the news media support a candidate… will they recommend Klink for 16 concurrent years?

  4. Steve Spear
    Steve Spear September 29, 2016 at 6:00 am

    I have no idea on the cost of a multipurpose building with a library and a gym will be. I do know that as time goes by the cost of design, engineering, plans, not to mention the cost of the materials to actually build something, only increases.

    All the properties are not even bought yet to build what they had hoped would be a great draw to the downtown area.

    Whatever does get built will be a much, much, smaller project than originally envisioned.

    Plus by selling the bonds they are backed into a corner of having to build something. I think the wording was, “substantially similar” to what was envisioned.

    Had they stuck with the original idea of Project Phoenix things would have already been constructed.

    As for who the press backs or does not back is up to them. I too think three terms is one term too many and four terms is and will be a tragedy. But that is only my opinion and there are others out there that think up to six terms would be just peachy.

  5. Branson Hunter
    Branson Hunter September 29, 2016 at 6:10 am

    It’s likely that if funds fall short this council will raid the city’s CAFR or emergency funds to complete the project. Said councilmen are desperate. If they attempt the raid public emergency funds the council should be held on a WIC ‭§5250 (involuntary psychiatric) hold.

  6. Syndi Banks September 30, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Maybe put it to a vote for all Council members to have a 4 year only on the Council. This way new ideas can surface and make the Town better. Or get rid of the City and be a township and learn from Yucca Valley!


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