While public fire safety is inadequate in the City, plans are afoot for a Starbucks

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It’s true, the city isn’t exactly bathing in sunlight in terms of adequate fire safety for local businesses, residents and citizens.  This blog has written many articles that document that the city and unincorporated areas of 29 have inadequate fire safety coverage.

Our county firefighters are well trained and professional. This writer thanks them all. Nonetheless, we just need more of them and for fire stations to reopen.

The San Bernardino County Fire Chief pitched (advocated) for the takeover of the defunct Twentynine Palms Fire Department. Now, according the Chief’s own fire fighters, San Bernardino County Professional Firefighters Local 935,  “Public safety is at risk in the City of Twentynine Palms.

County Firefighters serve the eastern unincorporated communities of Desert Heights, Wonder Valley, TPWD ratepayers and the city of Twentynine Palms.

The Wonder Valley Fire Station on the East Side was just locked down. The public was  promised the station would be funded for another year, but it was not. After the fact, County Fire state that they closed because of bad water. Conversely, it was disclosed there was not funding for another year to keep it open.

In spite of contaminants in the water, nothing new (been there for years), it’s not a major expense to have portable hauled to the station. Homeowners in the Wonder Valley unincorporated area has been doing it for decades.

We can’t seem to get a straight or firm response from the county — or the city council — concerning the public safety fire risk in our remote city and unincorporated area.

The fact that public safety is “at risk” in 29 and unincorporated 29 areas, it goes unabbated.

The Lear Fire Station on the West Side of the city was and continues to be shut down.

The medic engine that covered the East Side (Wonder Valley, etc.) has been assigned 200 more square miles of area to cover.

On or about 5/12/17 the county or county fire management had initiated or announced  a fee schedule to charge residents for use of their community center. The Wonder Valley Community has used that building for years.

Fire assessments and fees (i.e., new taxes) will be raised at the discretion of the County Fire Management  — without a vote.

They were pushed down our throats by LAFCO’s anti-Constitutional administrative regulations that shut the public out of due process under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

The County Fire Chief wanted to serve our area, but now he is falling short on providing all the protective services we were expecting, or require.

It ought to be noted that the City of Twentynine pays NOTHING for fire services. That is one reason why the Lear Station was forced to shut down because lack of funding.

It is cause to credit the council for our prevailing lack of public fire safety protection, and to impute to the council the shut down of much of our previous fire services.

The City and unincorporated areas are getting less protection now than before County Fire assumed jurisdiction for public safety and fire protection. 

Meantime, while the city council willfully and obtusely continues to overlook fire safety issues, they are frantically searching for more money to feed attorneys, consultants, firms, and administrators to advise them how to move forward with the cursed Phoenix project.

After 10 years of planning and over $3.5 million of plundered taxpayers’ money, the council had to dump the Project Phoenix Plans and start over because it was non-conforming to legal requirements.


A Newport Beach developer is interested in constructing a Starbucks on the vacant lot at Adobe Road and SR 62 (Four Corners). The developer is interested in building a 1,800-square-foot drive-thru coffee shop on the northwest corner of Highway 62 and Adobe Road.

This would be a real asset for the community, visitors and travelers.

The first thought was Rose, the fabulous owner, manager and baker of the  “Jelly Doughnut.”

Given the people traffic Statbucks would produce, It’s thought that the Jelly doughnut would benefit from a Starbucks because it’s on the same side of the street very close to the new proposed business.


“This is clearly a local treasure as all the locals go for their morning donut and coffee… .” — Bree T

I would hope both the planning commission and the council would do all they can do to make Starbucks happen.

The 29 Planning Commission meets tonight at 5 p.m. at City Hall. It will discuss a new cellular tower and the Starbucks issue. 
By Branson Hunter







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11 Responses to While public fire safety is inadequate in the City, plans are afoot for a Starbucks

  1. Branson Hunter
    Branson Hunter October 5, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Addendum: We now discover that plans for the downtown YV fire station has been delayed. According to local sources, “the station is in the fire department’s five-year plans, but it’s not known when the county will actually approve the funds to build the station.”

    What a bunch of double talk. How can county provide reliable services when they continue to cut, cut, cut? The county is acting like a corporation, not a government with a priority that puts the general welfare of its residents first.

  2. larry briggs
    larry briggs October 6, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Steve should have some thoughts on this

  3. Steve Spear
    Steve Spear October 6, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    I understand Greg was a firm “no” and you were a reluctant “yes”.

    With that being said, unless there has been a change in the design as compared to the last time this idea came to the council, and the idea was voted down by the council due to traffic collision/public safety concerns.

    Maybe you can let us know if we are looking at a different design concept to ensure public safety or is this proposal virtually the same?

    Thanks Larry,


  4. larry briggs
    larry briggs October 6, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    What I was talking about was the closing of the fire stations and the lack of funds to build a new one in Yucca.

  5. Branson Hunter
    Branson Hunter October 7, 2017 at 7:55 am

    It’s a simple question Larry…

    Why are taxpayer paying you to be their representative if you will not answer a simple question?

  6. larry briggs
    larry briggs October 7, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Steve was talking about Starbucks. I’m talking about fire stations. I hope you understand the difference.

    • Steve Spear
      Steve Spear October 15, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      Hi Larry,

      I did answer your question about County Fire and what it is doing and more importantly not doing.

      But you have not responded to my Starbucks question.

      Can you provide some insight. Thanks.


      • Steve Spear
        Steve Spear October 21, 2017 at 6:06 pm

        I can not figure out how to start a new story…. so…. Larry you have still not answered the question about Starbucks.

        Better yet the city is facing a law suit to stop the at large elections for city council and must now adopt districting elections as per state law.

        Goodbye to the clique!

  7. Steve Spear
    Steve Spear October 8, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Sorry I missed the point of your question Larry.

    Well lets see. Wonder Valley station is closed for drinking water reasons. Understandable with water that bad. What is not understandable is there are things like Sparklets and other commercial water sources to provide drinking water for the fire personnel.

    The Courthouse uses bottled water for its staff so was it too expensive for county fire to provide bottled water or was this an excuse to close a station they did not want open anyway?

    As for Yucca, again is it an excuse to make more and more money?

    Got my property tax bill on Wednesday. Thanks to our city council I am paying an additional $152.98 for county fire protection that has an ever DECREASING presence in our area.

    Closes a station, can’t build another hmmmmmmmmm…..

  8. Branson Hunter
    Branson Hunter October 8, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Was this the plan all along? Take over TPFD but omit informing ratepayers that once achieved, the county and county fire will “cut, cut, cut” services, stations and med-engines response times for the entire area. We were swindled. Firefighters tell us we are ‘at risk’ out here.

    Meantime, councilmembers are living a fantasy planning Camelot and wasting no less that $3.5 million until the Project known as Phoenix was not conforming. That was quickly “swept under the rug”.

    The money drain continues anew from the ashes on version 4 to reconstruct the downtown area. Version 4 of the Phoenix project will spend money again for a “PP” design that will enrich some of the same old independent consultants, consulting firms, administrators, and to once again duplicate paying for administrative costs and attorney fees.

    In other word, the council is starting over again from scratch from “no design at all.” Is this the epitome of incompetence, or just bad planning and bad legal advise?

  9. Steve Spear
    Steve Spear October 8, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Branson – Project Phoenix is the epitome of a totally incompetent city council.

    We can blame KLINK, COLE, and MINTZ for the initial failure. But we can now add WRIGHT and BILDERAIN to the mix for a failure to see a disaster in the making yet went along with the sham to show unity with the other three failures.

    What a joke these 5 are.


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