City Manager Luckino understands: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” — George Santayana

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Twentynine Palms, Yucca Valley – “Not in our city” is the message Twentynine Palms City Manager, Frank Luckino, seems to be sending to former Yucca Valley Councilmembers and Hi-Desert Water District elected officials.

Luckino is the preeminent of Twentynine Palms City Managers . If his plan works out, he’s not about to let the city stumble behind the eight ball like the economic powerhouse town of Yucca Valley.

The Tainted Brown Elephant 

The Hi-Desert Water District Directors, along with former Yuccaabner.jpg
Valley Town Councilmembers over past years, simply sat on their hands while mandated sewers costs and costs associated with property hook-ups were increasingly becoming unfathomable.

All the while , it was common knowledge that it was a matter of time before the state mandated sewer treatment facilities and sewer infrastructure for the town.

They played the game of Chimpanzee Silence: See nothing, say nothing and do nothing.

Yucca Valley residents, property owners, mom and pop businesses, and seniors are now paying a heavy price because past councilmembers and the HDWD didn’t have vision, the leadership or the guts for any plan or funding set aside for wastewater treatment, sewer infrastructure and exorbitant hook-up associated costs and fees.

The common people are now paying dearly for the inaction and a breakdown of common sense and leadership that spread over the legacy of past town and HDWD leaders.

Twentynine Palms: Now comes to the rescue Twentynine Palms City Manager Frank Luckino

Taking the bull by the horns, Luckino is knee-deep in talks the MCAGCC and others to essentially partnership in a collaborating effort for a joint wastewater treatment facility.

It would, could be and may be infrastructered at the present base location, the Marines main side area known as “Lake Bandini.

Luckino states,

“It [the base’s outdated 50 years old wastewater treatment needs to be replaced. We are talking to them about collaborating and getting one plant capable of taking their capacity and the city’s capacity.”

The impossible may be not be so ‘impossible

“A portion of Twentynine Palms could be hooked up to the sewer system in another five years,” Luckino said.

The base is hoping to get this through what the military calls micon dollars by 2020.  Luckino continued, “They would then have construction complete in 2021.”


Does a bear poop in the woods? Yes, unless cross agency officials act in good faith to not gouged Desert Heights ratepayers with assessments, fees, charges [taxes] for municipal projects.

That will happen in a Parallel universe where copies of ourselves serve justice, fair play and equal protection from unjust taxation.

WILL Desert Heights water ratepayers help fund the city’s sewer? Is there an official brave enough to take up that cause?

Endnote: The curren edition of the San Bernardino Sentinel has one of the best journalistic pieces around enitled: 29 Palms City Manager Makes Pitch For Cloaca Collaborative With Marines.

Time and time again the Sentinel proves itself worthy of Excellence in Journalism. 

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7 Responses to City Manager Luckino understands: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” — George Santayana

  1. JT Dave September 12, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Mr. Hunter,

    Have you lost your mind?! This article is laughable and brings your mental stability into question. Who exactly do you think was on the council that lacked common sense and leadership at that time? It was FRANK LUCKINO! And, to top that one, Mr. Luckino left the Town Council for a fat, tax-payer funded job at the Hi Desert Water District. The very district you say is guilty of inaction. So the common people are paying dearly because of Mr. Luckino. How you view him as a savior is amazing, unless he’s paying you part of his current fat salary to publish such nonsense.

    The irony in all this is that you are guilty of your own headline, and there is serious humor in that! Thanks for the laughs.

  2. Branson Hunter
    Branson Hunter September 14, 2017 at 8:45 am

    @ JT Dave:

    Dave, you seemed to missed the issues. We all know the backstory on Mr. Luckino. That’s why he was hired.

    You just weren’t smart enough to understand the putative satire in the story.

    Since Frank has ‘been there and back’ it’s obvious to all but for you that he remembers the past inaction of YV council and the HDWD. For years they did nothing about sewer infrastructure and water treatment.

    Frank has demonstrated that he isn’t going to sit around and do nothing in terms of 29’s looking at mandated sewers by the state. The issue becomes is the 29 council actually going to prepare for the inevitability, or be condemned to repeat the mistakes of the past.

    I stand by the statement that Luckino is one of the very few “preeminent” city managers of Twentynine Palms.

  3. September 14, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Dave, you are forgetting that Branson Hunter is not capable of error.

  4. JT Dave September 14, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    You are certainly correct, and that provides humor and frustration at times. I just couldn’t resist commenting on what seemed so ironic.

  5. Branson Hunter
    Branson Hunter September 15, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    both of you clowns wrote nothing of importance.

  6. September 15, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    That’s in keeping with most of your comments. Lots of words signifying nothing.

  7. Branson Hunter
    Branson Hunter September 16, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Sorry Larry. You post nothing for the readership of this blog, nada, ziltch, trash. POST A STORY! What a dork.


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