What’s Mike Tyson’s connection to Desert Hot Springs, and DHS’s connection to 29 Palm?

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tyson2By Branson Hunter

It’s difficult to pigeon-hole Mike Tyson, and his connection to City of Desert Hot Springs will surprise many.

On December 8, Tyson will be center stage when he is honored as Grand Marshal for this year’s Desert Hot Springs Holiday Parade.

Moreover, Tyson has plans for promoting concert opportunities in DHS funded by Tyson’s businesses. City officials have confirmed that Tyson plans in DHS include a “cannabis project” and an opioid addiction program.

Earlier this year, and Daily Mail reported that Tyson broke ground on Tyson Ranch ranch to grow high-quality weed in California City (65 miles southwest of Death Valley National Park).

Tyson Ranch is designed to use 40 acres of Tyson’s property for cannibus growing.

The facilities will also include a Tyson Cultivation School designed to teach growers the latest methods in cannabis production. Daily Mail states that Tyson is reportedly a believer in the medicinal and healing qualities of marijuana.

Note also: The Tyson Ranch facility is reportedly dedicated to growing “CBD” cannabis compounds.  CBD has been used in the past to treat inflammatory ailments. CBD also functions as an antioxidant, anticonvulsant, and antipsychotic agent.

The Tyson Holistic program will focus on treating individuals who have suffered from psychological related trauma during their military service.mayor california city

Tysons business partners include California City Mayor Jennifer Wood.

It’s difficult to define this guy, a vegan advocate; a skilled pigeon keeper; an American former professional boxer champion, rated by the major professional boxing organizations as one of the best heavyweights champions of all time.

It’s difficult to characterize someone who for over 30 years enjoys celebrity status; was convicted of rape in 1992; was a controversial ‘bad boy’ inside and outside the ring; and who was known as “The Baddest Man on the Planet.”

DHS city media specialist Doria Wilms reports, The city’s position is Mike Tyson did already pay his debt to society for something that happened over 25 years ago, Wilms stated to a CBS Local 2 reporter.

In an June 3, 2005 interview with USA Today, Tyson said…

“My whole life has been a waste – I’ve been a failure.” I just want to escape. I’m really embarrassed with myself and my life. I want to be a missionary. I think I could do that while keeping my dignity without letting people know they chased me out of the country. I want to get this part of my life over as soon as possible…People put me so high; I wanted to tear that image down.”[149] Tyson began to spend much of his time tending to his 350 pigeons in Paradise Valley, an upscale enclave near Phoenix, Arizona.

Not all DHS resident are pleased with Tyson as Grand Marshal of  Desert Hot Springs Holiday Parade. Many believe his history speaks of violence, ear chewing mayhem, lawlessness, and rape. 

After much circumspection, years of self-improvement and self-discovery, Mike scores  another victory. He is working to become a better person working for the betterment of society.

Tyson and his wife resides in Nevada. He is an American Muslim.


The city of DHS has broken its chains as one of most absurd and inefficient city in California. Due to their ability to think outside the box with new leadership, DHS is a showpiece city in terms of pulling itself out of a financial quagmire and distancing itself from a sleazy reputation.

Meantime, up the hill in Twentynine Palms the city council has seen little change, direction or focus for the last decade.  Scores of wasted millions; an unyielding pandering and focus on T-O-U-R-I-S-M; coupled with massive sums of taxpayer’s money in order to enlarge and modernize Theatre 29; chronic cronyism; and a ten-year old dusty trail of fumbling the ball for more-and-more Phoenix project funds.

For going on 18 years I have followed the same political project that just never got done. Now the city is engaged in a great reorganizing redux program of repeating history by funding the same  project that, yes, “Never got done.”

They ‘never got  things done’ but millions from the bond debt were pissed-away with a post bond debt of no less than $35.5 million debt. All accomplished absent a citizens’ vote.

Property owners and tax payers to this day — and years into the future — will pay down this tax related debt for the pleasure of bond investors.

While Twentynine Palms is repeating history, Desert Hot Springs is moving forward with new leadership.


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