Closed City Hall thwarts democracy

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Jim Bagley Twentynine Palms

Integrity in the election process matters at every layer of governance by democracy in jim bagleyAmerica. In Twentynine Palms a citizen was denied the lawful opportunity to be on the ballot for the City Council election because City Hall was closed on the legally published deadline date.

This is fundamentally wrong on so many levels.

There is no doubt in my mind that had Denise Cullum been given the rightful opportunity on the published Friday deadline to correct the need for addition signatures with her nomination papers, that it would have been easily accomplished and she would be legally on the ballot as a candidate.

Any interested citizen should have had the same expectation to participate fairly. I have never been a supporter of this concept of municipal employees being granted permanent three-day weekends at the expense of accountable public service to taxpayers. What business in Twentynine Palms could flippantly choose to be open only four days a week and expect to survive? This concept of having City Hall only open Monday through Thursday has more to do with providing the city staff generous permanent three-day weekends than an ethos of accountable public service to the taxpayers.

This failure to comply with the published election code process is a glaring example of the arrogance of this policy. City Hall should return to accountability to the pubic with a regular work week in service to the citizens that are compelled to work to pay the taxes and fees for these services.

Hi-Desert Star – Posted: Friday, September 7, 2018 3:30 pm

Jim Bagley is a native son of Twentynine Palms, Calif. His family has been part of the community for three generations and Bagley has served as Mayor of Twentynine Palms three times. Full Biography for James R. Bagley.   James Bagley currently works as a Broker at Jim Bagley Real Estate and he is a avid aviATOR.  see also: What I’ve Learned: Jim Bagley


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