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The Twentynine Palms City Council meeting last night was bustling with recognitions, budgets and good news. Reporter Heather Clisby has the details…

Last night’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council had a full agenda before a crowded room.

Kajiel Sullivan, a local military spouse, gave a presentation on Juneteenth, the occasion of slaves being freed in 1865. She hopes to create a local Juneteenth event and seeks $1,325 and guidance from the City.

The council reviewed a draft of the newly revised Visit 29 logo to be used in tourism marketing. After a few questions and suggestions from the council and the public, the logo will be sent back to the Tourism Business Improvement District for revision.

City Manager Frank Luckino gave an extensive review of the two-year budget plan and noted some highlights, including $5.6M in reserves.

Luckino also announced that the City’s application for the $2 million Community and Cultural Resources grant has moved to the second round. The funds would build a cultural center at the heart of Project Phoenix. A site visit will occur on May 23.

Next step for Project Phoenix is a meeting with affected business and property owners on May 31 to discuss preparations.

Tax revenues collected from AirBnb last quarter broke a record for the city:- $53,000, and the tourism economy continues to increase.

Community Services Director Randy Councell noted there are currently 265 riders signed up for the JT55 bike ride on April 27 and that 85 percent are non-locals.

Randy Councell, Community Services Director, talks about the Morongo Basin Active Transportation Plan.
(L to R) Mayor Bilderain, Councilwoman O’Gilvie and Councilman Wright.
Jim Krushat of Kiwanis Club of Twentynine Palms presenting the Walter Zeller Award from Kiwanis International to the City in honor of their support.
Mayor Bilderain recognizes Gary Daigneault of the Twentynine Palms Rotary Club for their participation in the Cash for Trash Recycling Program.
Mayor Bilderain recognizes Robin Schlosser of Reach Out Morongo Basin for their participation in the Cash for Trash Recycling Program.


Tuesday night’s (11/13/18) Twentynine Palms City Council meeting included a major responsibility shift for the Chamber of Commerce. Reporter Heather Clisby was there…
Denise Cullum, president of the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce, stood before the city council last week with an announcement: After 82 years, the Chamber voted to relinquish their sponsorship of Pioneer Days, the Light Parade and the Car Show due to short staffing. Cullum stated that with only nine employees, the responsibility had become “a little taxing.”
Instead, Cullum said the Chamber aims to improve the Visitor Center and help increase tourism, citing a shared vision with the Tourism Business Improvement District. Cullum stated that the Chamber would also prefer to re-focus further supporting existing businesses throughout the year. The Chamber would still sponsor the Car Show in March to fulfill the current contract, Cullum stated.
The Council moved to create a sub-committee consisting of government and business leaders to discuss shared responsibilities of future events.
During public comments, Aaron Kyle, who owns multiple properties, expressed a strong opinion that the Chamber should continue hosting the events, stating that “tax dollars should not go in to planning events” but rather, in to building the city’s infrastructure.


In the last meeting before the November 6 election, the Twentynine Palms City Council discussed what’s on the local ballot while urging all citizens to vote. Reporter Heather Clisby was there…

Last night’s Twentynine Palms City Council Meeting was focused on the upcoming election. The Assistant Superintendent of Business Services for the Morongo Unified School District, Sharon Flores, gave a presentation on Measure O, the $62 million bond that the district hopes to use for facilities upgrading and safety measures.

City Manager Frank Luckino highlighted two upcoming propositions of local concern. Proposition 1 provides funding for veterans’ housing and Proposition 2 funds the “No Place Like Home” program benefitting the homeless.

Regarding the slated demolition of two downtown buildings as part of Project Phoenix, the council was ready to approve both until Councilman John Cole suggested they simply refurbish one building to save the cost of constructing a storage building from scratch. The council will consider and re-visit.

Heidi Grunt, owner of the 29 Palms Inn and Campbell House, was unanimously approved as a new member of the Tourism Business Improvement District Advisory Board.

Finally, City Manager Frank Luckino asked for $250,000 to complete funding for the signal modification of the Adobe Road turn on to Highway 62 heading west, citing safety concerns.


The Twentynine Palms City Council will meet this evening to discuss items regarding Project Phoenix and the upcoming elections. Reporter Heather Clisby has details …
Tonight’s Twentynine Palms City Council meeting will include a special presentation on Measure O, the school bond initiative. The council will also discuss and make recommendations for Propositions 1 and 2, which both address housing issues.
The City Council will review the request for a two-year extension of the conditional use permit for the 200-unit apartment complex known as “The Ridge at Twentynine Palms.”
Regarding the downtown improvement plan, Project Phoenix, two buildings are slated for demolition: The former Tire Shop on Hwy 62 and the former Hart’s furniture storage building on Smoke Tree.
The council will further discuss a board appointment for the Tourism Business Improvement District and will offer details on a contract for the Highway 62/Adobe Road traffic signal modification project.
Tonight’s Twentynine Palms City Council meeting will take place at City Hall, 6136 Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms at 6 p.m.


Robbing Peter to pay Paul? Probably not, though it may have appeared that way at last night’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council. Reporter David Haldane was there and explains…
The Twentynine Palms Historical Society will spend less than expected expanding its Old Schoolhouse Museum. Housing the city’s tourists, on the other hand, will probably get more expensive. Both outcomes stemmed from last night’s Twentynine Palms City Council meeting. Rejecting its staff’s recommendation, the Council voted unanimously to waive more than $48,000 in fees for the historical society’s planned construction of a 2,200-square-foot multipurpose room. The decision came after several speakers railed on its behalf. Then the Council declared its intention to impose a 1.5 percent nightly assessment on the city’s hotels, motels and vacation home rentals to fund the newly created Twentynine Palms Tourism Business Improvement District. A public hearing on the matter was set for October 10. In other business, the Council voted to rescind its Downtown Economic Revitalization Specific Plan for being out of date.