Will the City Council “Bite the Bullet”or let outside legal experts sue the city?

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There is a time for all seasons. It is the season for the city of Twentynine Palms to comply with AB 182, California Voting Rights Act of 2001.

Councilmember Joel Klink, Danny Mintz and John Cole are facing a dilemma they never thought that they would face. If they are smart, they will “Bite the Bullet” and discontinue AT LARGE ELECTIONS.

Outside legal forces have singled-out the small and remote city of 29. Traditionally, legal forces bringing these law suits have targeted bigger cities, but they chose Twentynine Palms for good cause.

City Manager FranK Luckino understand the gravity of the letter to sue.  Next meeting, council members will consider adopting a resolution of intent to start the transition from at-large to a district-based elections.

This is the “Bite the Bullet” test: Will the council begin instituting the process that will bring DISTRICT ELECTIONS, or will they ostentatiously ignore the intent to sue letter?

If the council –by a majority vote — adapt and conform to California’s Voting Rights Act of 2001, the endless cycles of  KLINK, COLE and MINTZ  (The trio of witless spenders who mismanage taxpayers’ funds, and who relentlessly chase their tails) may be ending.


A standing ovation for the democratic process and attorneys who bring lawsuits in the public interest.

The council of three may have to turn the lights out on themselves with District Elections, or likely be forced by the courts to conform to California Voting Rights Act of 2001.  

This council’s old guard has accomplished debt upon debt; they have done enough harm; and they have done little good for the people who live here, but for placating local cronies and their special projects. 

They have unequivocally and irrefutable blungled the cursed Project Phoenix. They have rivited local property owners with an all told debt of thirty-three Million five hundred thousand dollars.

After going on 10 years, that $33.5 million has demonstratively accomplished NOTHING.

It’s time for this KAKISTOCRACY government in Twentynine Palms to end. How can anyone in good  faith argue these three have benefited the taxpayers, or residents. It’s time for a change.

“There sure is a lot of dissension for a small city way out in the middle of nowhere. It’s time to throw the bums out of office, the whole lot of them.” —  crixus


As per California Code,  the city will have 90 days to begin compliance procedures, after which the door is open for outside experienced legal entity to sue the city.

Council members will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24
AB 182, Alejo. California Voting Rights Act of 2001:
(Elec. Code §§ 14027-14032)
CVRA prohibits the use of an at-large election system if racially polarized voting and the at-large election system combine to either impair the ability of protected class voters to elect candidates of their choice or impair their ability to influence the outcome of an election.
The CVRA provides that a voter who is a member of a protected class may bring an action in superior court to enforce the provisions of the CVRA, and, if the voter prevails in the case, he or she may be awarded reasonable litigation costs and attorney’s fees. The CVRA requires a court to implement appropriate remedies, including the imposition of district-based elections, that are tailored to remedy a violation of the act.

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3 Responses to Will the City Council “Bite the Bullet”or let outside legal experts sue the city?

  1. Branson Hunter
    Branson Hunter October 24, 2017 at 9:24 am

    PALMDALE city council did not want DISTRICT ELECTIONS. They fought the legal experts who brought legal action in the public interest against the city for elections violation: All told, Palmdale lost. They frittered-away 4.5 million of taxpayer’s money for legal fees and for the cost of defending the suit.

    Twentynine Palms is hiring a consultant to tell them the demographics of the city. The “updated” 2010 Census is the primary source for demographics information.

    Sources reports that “the last 22 years only two Latinos ran for election” in 29 Palms. Latinos make up nearly 20 percent of the city’s population. And note that legal experts sued 22 cities; all 22 converted to DISTRICT ELECTION!but for Palmdale city council.

    Why pay a consultant for the obvious? The hand writing is on the wall. The city is (again) frittering-away more taxpayears’ money that comes from people, families, seniors, veterans who have all worked their asses off to pay taxes for elected officials to decide how to spend it.

  2. larry briggs
    larry briggs October 26, 2017 at 9:37 am

    The Morongo Basin School District appears to have received the same letter. Their elections are at large also.

  3. Branson Hunter
    Branson Hunter October 26, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Right, Larry. I hope to put up a story concerning YV’s letter, their lack of transparency, useless spending, an illusion of control; attorneys priming the pump; Brown Act questions.

    Latino population in YV is about the same as 20%.


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