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The Twentynine Palms City Council heard from numerous residents during last night’s meeting on the topic of vacation home rentals, with the great majority in support of the city’s current ordinance. Reporter Heather Clisby was there…

Mayor Daniel Mintz presided over the council meeting. Heather Clisby photo

Last night’s Twentynine Palms City Council meeting was a continuance of the discussion on the pros and cons of vacation home rentals (VHR) and if the current city ordinance is effective.

But first, Dr. James Danoff-Burg, director of conservation at The Living Desert, gave a presentation on the explosion of the raven population, how they are threatening our desert tortoises, and what locals can do to deter them.

The Living Desert’s Director of Conservation Dr. James Danoff-Burg presented on how the explosion of the raven population is threatening the desert tortoise. Heather Clisby photo

The city’s Parks and Recreation Department is now distributing free PPE equipment to all local business owners. Interested parties can go to Help29.com to register and arrange for pick-up.

The council approved the purchase of two lots at $25,000 each to be used for Project Phoenix parking.

There was high praise for City Manager Frank Luckino as the council discussed his contract amendments. The position is not on an automatic scale and must be reviewed. While there were some notable increases (base salary – 2.5 percent, cost of living – 2.7 percent), Luckino did not request retroactive pay. Mayor Pro Tem Karmolette O’Gilvie commented, “I think we’re getting a whole lot more than we’re paying for.”

But the bulk of the two-hour meeting focused on the city’s vacation home rental ordinance, in place since February 2015. (Councilmember Joel Klink recused himself from the discussion as his son is considering becoming a VHR owner in the city.) The city has 114 VHRs with 16 permit applications pending.

Eric Menendez, director of operations for the Desert Beacon, addressed the council in support of VHRs. Heather Clisby photo

Residents addressed the council in person and via numerous letters read aloud by Mayor Daniel Mintz and City Clerk Cindy Villescas, most in favor of the current policy, with some dissenters from the Indian Cove neighborhood. Councilmember McArthur Wright inquired about the notification letter that residents receive within a 300-foot radius around the property while Councilmember Steven Bilderain suggested the council might consider a policy that disallows “clusters” of VHRs in close proximity to one another. Mayor Mintz stated that the council will review the ordinance at a later date and, in the meantime, request an updated VHR map and stats on how the rise of VHRs have affected the local hotel/motel business.

VHR owner and local resident, Heidi Oldridge, spoke in support of the city’s current VHR ordinance. Heather Clisby photo


The Twentynine Palms City Council met last night (February 23) and awarded 17 contracts for Project Phoenix construction and approved a grant application for a new park. Reporter Heather Clisby was there …

Last night’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council was a productive one despite an absent Mayor Daniel Mintz. A public hearing was held on the sewer rate fee study. Just one protest letter was submitted so the council voted to approve.

With Councilmember Joel Klink stating that the vote brought happy tears to his eyes after so much time and effort, the council voted to award 17 contracts for the building of the Project Phoenix Community Center and the Joshua Tree National Park Cultural Center for just over $7.5 million. Construction is slated to commence March 29.

Senior Project Manager Bryant Ismerio from Tilden-Coil Constructors addressed the council. Heather Clisby photo

Community Development Director Travis Clark presented details on the application for Proposition 68 park bond grant funds totaling $8.5 million to develop Pioneer Park. Located off of Sullivan and Adobe Roads, the park project will cover 17.7 acres.

Recreational features include the renovation and expansion of Theatre 29, outdoor stages and amphitheater, multi-use field (soccer, football, etc.), walking trails, running loop, children’s playground, inter-generational playground, basketball court, tennis court, sand volleyball court, picnic and BBQ pavilion, bike flow course, kite flying hill, public art and arroyo nature trail and demonstration gardens.

Artist rendering of the proposed Pioneer Park. Heather Clisby photo
Proposed plan for Pioneer Park. Heather Clisby photo
Artist rendering of the proposed Pioneer Park. Heather Clisby photo

Plans for Pioneer Park (which originated in the Parks and Recreation Master Plan from 2008 and the city’s General Plan in 2012) incorporated suggestion from the community after several public meetings.

San Bernardino Assistant Chief Scott Tuttle (R) introduced the newest member of the department, Battalion Chief Bob Evans. Heather Clisby photo


The Twentynine Palms City Council gathered for its final meeting of 2020 where Mayor Joel Klink delivered a State of the City address and the next mayor was selected. Reporter Heather Clisby has details…

The Twentynine Palms City Council met in chambers Tuesday; the public had to watch the meeting online. Heather Clisby photo

With no public in attendance per COVID-19 restrictions, the Twentynine Palms City Council wrapped up 2020 last night with recognitions and awards. Mayor Joel Klink delivered the annual State of the City Address noting that “2020 could not go fast enough.”

Video reports were shared by Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent David Smith and Supervisor Dawn Rowe. All recognized the challenges that COVID-19 brought to the community, though Klink noted that the city is doing well financially.

Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent David Smith sent a video message to the Mayor and the Council for the annual State of the City Address.

The mayor presented the Employee of the Year award to Community Development Director Travis Clark and the Mayor’s Recognition Award to Astrid Johnson, president of Morongo Basin ARCH.

Community Development Director Travis Clark receives the Employee of the Year Award from Mayor Joel Klink. Heather Clisby photo
Astrid Johnson received the Mayor’s Recognition Award for her tireless work with the homeless. Heather Clisby photo

Incumbents Steven Bilderain and Joel Klink were sworn in to their offices, representing Districts 1 and 2, respectively.

The council approved the third element project design for Project Phoenix and awarded the contract to Jacobsson Engineering Construction, Inc. for $3.89 million. Work will begin January 4 and building will begin in March.

The annual succession change-up closed the meeting with Mayor Daniel Mintz and Mayor Pro Tem Karmolette O’Gilvie at the helm.


For the last time this year, the Twentynine Palms City Council will meet tonight and Mayor Joel Klink will deliver the State of the City Address. Reporter Heather Clisby has details…

Tonight’s Twentynine Palms City Council meeting will be the final of 2020, so in addition to Mayor Joel Klink’s State of the City Address, there will be the presentation of the Employee of the Year and the Mayor’s Recognition Award.

The council will officially certify the election results of November 3 and officially seat councilmembers-elect, Steven Bilderain of District 1 and Joel Klink of District 2.

The council will discuss and likely award a contract to Jacobsson Engineering Construction for $3.8 million to implement the third phase of Project Phoenix. This phase involves demolition, site grading, and street improvements, among other tasks all slated for completion by November 19, 2021.

The meeting will also include the council selecting the next mayor and mayor pro tem as it done annually.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m., but due concerns around COVID-19, is not open to public attendance. However, the proceedings can be viewed online through the City’s website, 29palms.org. Residents can also view the meeting on demand through the site.

The next meeting of the council will take place on January 5, 2021.


The Twentynine Palms Ministerial Association will host its annual Community Thanksgiving Service this Saturday (November 21) at 1 p.m. in the east parking lot at Palms Baptist Church, 5285 Adobe Road, Twentynine Palms. Local pastors will provide words of encouragement with Mayor Joel Klink presenting a proclamation from the City of Twentynine Palms.  Hi-Desert Worship Ministries will provide songs of praise.  An offering will be collected for Food for Life Ministries. The service will be held outdoors in the parking lot and folks are asked to bring their own chair and or blanket to sit on.  Facial masks and social distancing will be required. 

For more information, email: 29palmsma@gmail.com or contact Pastor LeeAnn Clarke at 760-367-3840.

If you are unable to attend and would like to make a donation, please make checks payable to The 29 Palms Ministerial Association and mail to PO Box 463, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277 and memo “Food for Life.”