What we need is a change in the system

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I believe the current election cycle is not going to bring about equality and Fairness to our city. Its going to bring about the same disappointment that every other election has done. I do propose a solution.

With 26,025 people, Twentynine Palms is the 286th most populated city in the state of California out of 1,496 cities. The largest Twentynine Palms racial/ethnic groups are as follows White (60.7%) followed by Hispanic (22.6%) and Black (7.8%). There is a lack of representation.

While I do not like the council make-up, one can not deny the three seats held by Cole, Klink and Mintz represent the racial demographic. But is that enough to make for fair representation? There seems to be a disconnect with the citizens of the town.

On the other hand, Mr Wright seems to represent the Black (7.8%) population just about 7.8% of the time. I am a little disappointed in his tenure so far. So far he has not championed the causes he said were important during his election.

Not since Elaine Bernel, has the Hispanic (22.6%) been represented.

None on the Council openly and aggressively speak for the 16.5% of Twentynine Palms residents who live in poverty.

The median age for Twentynine Palms residents is 23.9 years young. This group is not represented.

An interesting problem is four of the five are sucking from the tit of Local, state and federal governments. Their retirements and wages are tied to keeping you paying unfair taxes. They all receive either retirement checks or wages from the “man.”

How can we bring fairness, Justice and equality to City Government?

I believe the city needs is to implement a the ward or district council system.

No longer will neighborhoods other than that around the “29 Palms Inn” be ignored and should get their fair share of representation.

The city will be divided into 5 to 7 wards or Districts. Each ward or district would elect amongst its citizens living within the each district a representative to the City Council. Each Council member would represent the concerns and needs of their own district or ward. Monies would be apportioned to each district equally.

The long time practice of parlaying the “At-large” existing council by hook or crook would end, as each ward would each be given a fair share of the tax dollar.

Wouldn’t it be nice to get those potholes fixed? Wouldn’t it be comforting to have your representative answering to your electorate?

I want you all to ponder how this would actually be a new day for Twentynine Palms. I will work with any group that will champion District System.


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20 Responses to What we need is a change in the system

  1. Dan OBrien
    Dan OBrien September 19, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    I suppose because I have gotten no local comments on this subject everyone is in agreement with the above post.

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    Mark Clemons September 22, 2016 at 7:42 am

    It’s my opinion that 29 has had a problem long before cityhood, and cityhood didn’t correct the crooked realtors and county from back room deals. Prior to City hood we had MACs that were loaded with the local crooks (realtors) leveraging the zoning and code for personal profit. It was a repetitive attempts to manipulate zoning and the only recourse for the average citizen was a costly legal battle.

    When the cityhood campaign was proposed to the residence was advertised as a more representative than the uncaring county, it turn out the smaller the governing entity the proportion of unethical dealings increased. 29 became a child of the crookest counties in the nations with all the county’s DNA.

  3. Larry Briggs
    Larry Briggs September 24, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    Expand on your racial/sexual quota system. Sound like you would need more than 5 council people.

    • Dan OBrien
      Dan OBrien September 24, 2016 at 6:21 pm

      Well Larry here is the law…… You can make head or tails of it I think. It can be done and is being done all over this state.

      California Government Code 34870. This article applies only to cities.

      34871. At any municipal election, or special election held for that purpose, the legislative body may submit to the registered voters an ordinance providing for the election of members of the legislative body in any of the following ways:
      (a) By districts in five, seven, or nine districts.
      (b) From districts in five, seven, or nine districts.
      (c) By districts in four, six, or eight districts, with an
      elective mayor pursuant to Article 5 (commencing with Section 34900).
      (d) From districts in four, six, or eight districts, with an
      elective mayor pursuant to Article 5 (commencing with Section 34900).
      The term “by districts” as used in this article shall mean
      election of members of the legislative body by voters of the district alone.
      The term “from districts” shall mean election of members of the legislative body who are residents of the district from which they are elected by the voters of the entire city. “Geographical area making up the district” shall in the case of elections by district
      mean the district, and in the case of elections from districts shall mean the entire city except with respect to the residence requirements imposed by Section 34882.
      That ordinance may also be qualified for the ballot by means of an initiative measure in accordance with Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 9200) of Division 9 of the Elections Code.

      • Dan OBrien
        Dan OBrien September 24, 2016 at 7:03 pm

        In addition: The council has the opportunity to move to district voting without having to call for elections.

        34886. (a) Notwithstanding Section 34871 or any other law, the legislative body of a city with a population of fewer than 100,000 people may adopt an ordinance that requires the members of the legislative body to be elected by district or by district with an elective mayor, as described in subdivisions (a) and (c) of Section 34871, without being required to submit the ordinance to the voters for approval. An ordinance adopted pursuant to this subdivision shall include a declaration that the change in the method of electing members of the legislative body is being made in furtherance of the purposes of the California Voting Rights Act of 2001 (Chapter 1.5
        (commencing with Section 14025) of Division 14 of the Elections Code)

  4. Branson Hunter
    Branson Hunter September 24, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    There is a selfish council of three individuals who continue giving taxpayers a buzz cut. They rule the fiefdom and answer to no one. These three are on a mission. The city absolutely needs a change on the council. Voting districts would make council member answerable to the public who put them in office. This will surely dilute the crony-pandemic gripping the city.

    • Dan OBrien
      Dan OBrien September 25, 2016 at 10:50 am

      I am not about to say that if we have district Representatives that we would not have the same outcome of a 3 council member cabal.

      But if each geographic district has its representative come from and voted by the district we have a better chance of a true Representative council.

      With district voting and term limits we would have a more varied council.

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    Mark Clemons September 26, 2016 at 7:22 am

    I want nothing from the city, no goats signs or anything else but to be left alone, if the city would disappear who would notice, who would lose?

  6. Larry Briggs
    Larry Briggs September 26, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Amboy is the place for you.

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      Markclemons@mt September 26, 2016 at 9:40 am

      Thanks Larry my wife is from there went to school there. I have the mail contract that serves amboy they get a lot of visitors, most likely more than 29 go figure

    • Branson Hunter
      Branson Hunter September 26, 2016 at 1:39 pm

      Larry, what do you think about rent control (in 29)? Yea or Nay… .

  7. Larry Briggs
    Larry Briggs September 26, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    The same as gun control…NO!

    PS Larry your name ain’t Secret…. Fix your log on

  8. Larry Briggs
    Larry Briggs September 26, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Who ever put me on this rag is requested to fix the log.

    • Dan OBrien
      Dan OBrien September 26, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      So if yo see an old feller with a Nom de Plume od “secret” know that its Larry trying to hide his identity.

      He’s so smard.

  9. secret
    secret September 26, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    Tanks Dan

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    Mark Clemons September 27, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Bureaucracy and the free market stands out when driving 62. One community wanted to be an arts centered economy, they formed councils and committees and used them to stay elected. Those that were elected did what politicians do, close the doors to city hall. What emerged was want-to-be-artist not only indentured they were so jubilant you could say they were self-indentured with bureaucracy to assure the servitude of the public, to embrace their artistic quest was mandatory .

    They had a vision a tunnel vision, an artist involve in the design of all new construction, only businesses that fit their vision of an artist community was going to open in [their] town. They went so far as rerouting our military from coming to our town they just didn’t fit their artistic standards, seem best to send them down a dangerous two lane road Indian and Lear than have the marines that serve and risk their souls defending our nation to traverse [there] town.

    Meanwhile what was known in the day as the dump of the desert afforded the populace economic freedom and artist prefer freedom. They were free from a local bureaucracy, business flourished and we now have an example of what the free market can accomplish, JT has become the jewel of the desert with a very vibrant economy.

    The free market will flourish a bureaucracy will die, often a slow miserable death

  11. Branson Hunter
    Branson Hunter September 27, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Therefore, the population of 29 must head West to Y.V. to spend their money. The base has it’s own city so they are good and have no need to spend $$ in 29. They can bypass the city via Indian. New blood is needed on the council consisting of more intelligent or progressive elected officials. New direction is needed. More women in office are needed.

    Vote for the incumbent for 16 consecutive years as mayor and mayor pro tem and nothing will happen. The city will further sink into blight; Americans with Disabilities will continue to be slighted; special people will shamelessly continue getting the bacon.

    Putting all the bond debt eggs in one basket for more performing arts structures and another civic center building does nothing for the people that live here.

    Vote wisely; vote new blood.

  12. Dan OBrien
    Dan OBrien September 27, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Drop the speed limit on Lear and Indian Trail to 25 MPH, Put massive speed bumps every 1/8 of a mile or so. Make it a pain in the ass to not travel through Downtown 29 Palms whilst going to the base.

    By doing this you move the city of 29 Palms before MCAGCC. Instead of at the end of the road. All traffic must travel through the Commercial Districts of town. If they can’t draw the crowds they can not build the business.

    As it is now we are chasing away business. Instead of drawing it to us, we push it to Lear Road.

    Otherwise plan to move the commercial district to Lear rd and Indian Trail.

  13. Branson Hunter
    Branson Hunter September 27, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    That is the route Desert Heights residents use to access SR 62 and civilization. Are you inviting an early morning “tar & feathering” party in Wonder Valley? But then you jest…
    D.O. wrote:
    Drop the speed limit on Lear and Indian Trail to 25 MPH, Put massive speed bumps every 1/8 of a mile or so.

    • Dan OBrien
      Dan OBrien September 28, 2016 at 5:46 am

      Tar and Feather? Let me see many you folks up in the heights Tar (a petrolatum product) and Feathers (animal product) are taboo…. And then you got the Peace and love crowd up there….. I’m more worried about the Zombie Apocalypse.

      What say we grind the asphalt from 62 to Two Mile…. You still can get to town and you have to go through downtown to get to 62?


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