2/17/13 News Roundup

Grassroots Campaigning for Town Council Candidate Bob Leone continues… | Cactus Thorns – A handful of citizens with very little money in their campaign war chest, continue “onward and upward” to keep their candidate, Bob Leone, on the minds of the voters. Yucca Valley is holding a Mail-in ballot election to fill one seat on the Town Council. City Manager Rick Daniels Says City is Evil Empire – Desert Vortex News –
Sometimes a casual remark is all that is needed to reveal what a person really thinks. Kinda like the way liquor will loosen a man’s lips. Obviously, the city of Desert Hot Springs is not the evil empire. Continue Reading →

City Not in $3 Million Hole???

Let Us Clear Some Things UP

A few California cities led the news over the dire financial straights of their municipal finances. Two have entered into bankruptcy and a third is talking about it. All came to their dire financial though a combination of exhausted financial reserves and a failure to curtail spending deficits. While not facing bankruptcy, this year Desert Hot Springs joined the ranks of cities that have dipped into reserves to make financial ends meet and at budget time last June made no adjustment to spending to account for a $4 million deficit. City leaders express calm and optimism, publicly assuring the public there is nothing to be concerned about. Continue Reading →

Investigation

We use our tools to investigate the facts of the matter. Too often public records requests are ignored by the city clerk or partially fulfilled. The city of Desert Hot Springs does not exist in a vacuum but must be held accountable for their actions. In order to advocate for a better city we need to first investigate the problems so as to understand the solutions. Investigation is too often thwarted by those with a special agenda to hide the facts of the matter. Continue Reading →

Steering Public Interest Away From Concern

There are a variety of matters before the council including the 2012-13 budget now under review by the Finance Committee. In response to concerns expressed that the city is entering a period of fiscal crisis due to the budget proposing to next year spend $3.2 million of the $5 million in reserves – council member Jan Pye said “the city is not in a fiscal crisis and has not spent any money of the reserves.” YET! Obviously the council is making every attempt to avoid alarming the public as next year is election year for three of the 5 council members. Next year is also contract renewal time for the city manager who has endured heavy criticism for having lost several million dollars due to bad management. Continue Reading →