Funding Joshua Tree Gateway Communities

Twentynine Palms is the gateway to two natural desert wonders, the Oasis of Mara and 49 Palms Oasis.

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The above Poll is a current Desert Trail and Hi-Desert Poll.

The city is the gateway to the desert’s natural wonders of the Oasis of Mara and 49 Palms Oasis.

The Oasis of Mara is listed as one of the important oases in the World. It has been said that the Oasis of Mara is “the cornerstones of Joshua Tree National Park.”

Joshua Tree Gateway Communities benefactors do not list or talk about he two oasis on their “Communities website Link”that specifically describes for tourists what specific communities offer.

Will the city council this summer give another $40,000 to promote tourism in other areas?

Lets be frank… this came about by one of the well meaning cronies in town who pitched this new moniker, hitting the city up for $40K annually. The individual pretty much ‘demanded’ the council  pay up.

Forty thousand dollars for some social media sites?

Happy days for Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley.

Every serious desert visitor and child would want to see a natural oasis in the city.

Desert oasis are the stuff of swashbuckling desert adventures and daring romantic bravado.

An oasis is a place in a desert that has water supplied by a spring or other underground water source. The word oasis can also be used in a metaphorical way to describe a refuge or relief from something difficult or unpleasant.

Could those people at least  update their Joshua Tree Gateway Communities social media sites to include Twentynine Palms’ natural desert wonders of the Oasis of Mara and 49 Palms Oasis?

The council needs to do their homework.

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7 Responses to Funding Joshua Tree Gateway Communities

  1. Dan OBrien
    Dan OBrien February 20, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Excellent points made.

  2. Branson Hunter
    Branson Hunter February 20, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    That’s not all… In their “communities” description of 29 Palms, they fail to list the Tortoise Rock Casino .The Casino is a huge draw to the city, but it is not properly promoted. Why is it not being promoted as a community activity?

    What JT Gateway Communities is doing is replicating information. I googled around for about an hour of interesting things in and around 29. Other sites were more informative with maps and better descriptions.

    Their description of the 29 Palms “community” is vague and unspecific. YV community, they list restaurants and other attractions. In the JT community they go all out. 29 Palms highlights falls short of acceptable.

    The JT gateway communities promotes the entire basin and events. Do any search for events and they will come up. The city’s website is very good. Why pay $40k because one of the local well intended cronies felt so strong about this he almost demanded the money (see the video).

    PS: Again, this a freaking useless spending of public funds. A majority of the council don’t respect taxpayers. They spend public funds for what they want, not for the betterment of the people that live here.

  3. Mark Clemons February 21, 2017 at 7:34 am

    From my casual observation traveling 62 twice a day is the most photographed is the Joshua Tree sign coming out of Yucca, a thousand dollar investment.

    Give credit to 29 for trying they tried street art, oasis of murals, constantly kissing the feds ass, they have sincerely tried maybe to hard. The good intentions that lead to restrictive codes that the dreaming entrepreneur is unable to over come.

    In JT there was less restrictions, (parking signs ex.) that directly lead to JT becoming the jewel of the basin.

  4. Branson Hunter
    Branson Hunter February 21, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    @ Mark: Wait until Caltrans modernizes JT. There will be more room for cars, pull in parking, bike lanes and the traffic likely slowed to 35 mph. A perfect union for increasing tourism for J.T. Which is good. There will be better and roomy walkways through the town. Why couldn’t 29 have something like that? More tourism will be lost for come-lately 29 when that modernization is completed.

    Further, JT Gateway Communities website describes the various tourists assets in each communities in their “Communities Link.” Yucca Valley section lists restaurants and other niceties. For 29 Palms, they not only fail to list desert oasis and the Tortoise Rock Casino — but do not even list the 29 Palms Inn or attractions in the city. But they do for Yucca.

    Surely, the city and council will do nothing about this. Just pay the money — go along to get along. It’s only taxpayers money and there is more where that came from.

    Twentynine Palms will move forward where three repeat councilmen retire.

  5. Mark Clemons February 22, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    I here you Branson however the way I see whats going on in the county area of JT is they let freedom ring that freedom let JT develop its own identity. Commerce followed the freedom and the state and county followed the dollars.

    Where 29 went wrong is the early councils had no clue and followed the lead of a out of town council that was indentured to those in the back room who pushed for cityhood. Those who were behind the push to incorporate felt they had an entitlement to protection from competition. Codes were developed to serve, protect, and promote those in the backroom.

    Then we get to Yucca, they embraced a wide range of commerce from swap meets to home depot while 29 was talking about limiting growth, and protecting the status quo.

    There is ways for 29 to become a great place to work and live with a tourist as a side line. Its not as so many in the past have advocated by wanting to follow some other town or city, Sedona we will never be. A start while not a first to put 29 in the spotlight is to dump the boondoggle and think forward go tec with citywide free internet, promote the military and the great workforce they train. Keep those who are discharge here in 29, when you have a workforce as great as what comes from the marines labor intense business will follow.

    At this late point its silly to compete for the tourist that come to JT or the retail that sees Yucca as the best value for their investment. Here in 29 the best bet would be use that money for what we have the foundation for and that is being the greatest city to live in. That does not mean shinny boondoggles, it will take kicking those in the back all controlling room to the curb, and lets let freedom ring.

  6. Branson Hunter
    Branson Hunter February 22, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Well said Mark. We don’t seem to differ. Sometimes the old should be replaced with the new. Same old council people, same old blighted council.

    The people that live here and Marine families needs a Saturday Outdoor Swap Meet. That is indisputable. We have no one on the council or the PC with the foresight, the political independence or the virtuous initiative to move this forward. I love a political leader who says lets make this happen, not a political hack who says that can’t be done.

    The council has focused for too long on a desert mirage the city CANNOT afford contrived by fired city manager, Richard Warne — the high falutin’ massive steel superstructure to house promises and drain all available funding from the people that live here and expect better management of public funds and city improvements.
    Note: The Desert Trail has suggested and the present City Manager has said the city hasn’t the money to construct this mirage. The maintenance and management of this mirage would require costly maintenance and a newly hired director.

  7. Mark Clemons February 23, 2017 at 7:18 am

    Branson sounds like the city manager has his head on straight. Those who thought they were entitled to this boondoggle have no bones enslaving the taxpayers with their self center entitlements.


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