Rick Daniels Gone!

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Going Away Party for Tricky Ricky

DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA – After four years of deficit spending on top of several very costly mistakes – the least of which was $250,000 lost on a failed music festival – Desert Hot Springs must finally turn its attention to its finances.

Desert Hot Springs City Manager Rick Daniels

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Former Desert Hot Springs City Manager Rick Daniels

Like the music the city council faced when the music festival failed, it is now time for a city council to face the music on what has been a wild five year spending party.

In true Desert Hot Springs fashion, one last party is planned for the man who just a couple of months ago proposed spending the last of the city’s savings ($4 million in reserves) in one year to keep the city spending party going.

This Thursday a group of people we call The Blind Apologists For Millions of Dollars in Wasted Taxpayer Dollars ($250,000 lost on the music festival, $250,000 lost on the Flamingo hotel deal, $1.4 million lost on the Jewish temple debacle, $1 million lost on the Palmwood scam and a $10 million favor to developer at Skyborne) will throw one more party for former city manager Rick Daniels.

The local Chamber of Commerce, which is supported by funds from the city council, is now scrambling to round up money to pay for the party. The city’s spending spree emptied the city piggy bank. There is no more money at city hall for the extravagance of snacks and refreshments that would be part of a normal official city send off.

Nobody can accuse this publication of being a fan of Rick Daniels. But nobody gets everything wrong. When Daniels appeared for an interview with KESQ News anchor Kris Long last week, Daniels said it was the city council that was to blame for the music festival mistake – not him!

How poetic is that? He reminds television viewers across the Coachella Valley and beyond that his council made the music festival mistake – and not him! – and then those same council members throw him a party for him.

The Blind Apologists For Millions of Dollars in Wasted Taxpayer Dollars group at the Chamber may be sorry to see Daniels go, but we are not. And we are not the only ones happy to see him go. Certainly most all the people that Daniels talked into investing their savings in son Ben Daniels’ Grifphon Ponzi scheme are saying the sooner he gets out of the Coachella Valley the better.

That’s the difference between the group in Desert Hot Springs that is throwing a send off party for Daniels and those Grifphon fund victims. In Desert Hot Springs where a city has been left broke they throw a party for the guy that left ’em that way.

Like the Chamber we are also planning a party on August 29, Daniels’ last official day in Desert Hot Springs. Goodbye Tricky Ricky …and thanks for the memories!

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Dean M Gray

Writer, Artist & Publisher at Desert Vortex News
Dean started in the newspaper business at the age of nine earning 90 cents a week walking 4 miles delivering a newspaper door to door. 500 miles later he began writing his way out of a paper bag and traveling uphill.

For over 40 years Dean has been published in a variety of small newspapers and magazines. As publisher he founded an alternative city weekly newspaper in 2008 and published over 200 uninterrupted issues over 4 years to over 20,000 readers via 800 locations (and online) before selling the business. Now online with over 4 million readers worldwide.

Dean is a Master Carpenter and the author of the biography of Hilda M Gray, desert homesteader. He served as Planning Commissioner for the city of Desert Hot Springs from January 2014 to January 2015 when he resigned.

Dean M Gray is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors and lives in Palm Desert, California.
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5 thoughts on “Rick Daniels Gone!

  1. I certainly hope this is just a joke and not to be taken seriously. But in any case, if it is true and Mrs. Parks and her loyal puppets and Dinosaur Dot Reed are really throwing him a party it sure better be out of their pockets. Every last dime of it. If that self-righteous Bit-h of a Mayor actually does something like that it would be nothing less of a slap in the face to every citizen in this entire city. The Headline just said a Party was being thrown. It didn’t say a Party took place. So I don’t want to judge just yet. But that’s exactly how I would feel. If something like that took place the people of this city should feel insulted & humiliated. A Party ? I can’t even imagine………..lol

  2. A party for Ricky babe? Yep, I am all for it if the man will pay for it out of his own pocket. All the money that he has lost for the city and nothing can be done about it and that is why the man should pay for his own party. Of course the wicked witch of west, Parks will go along with it as she has her head all the way up his place where the sun never shines.
    A party? YES, if Ricky babe pays for it………..

  3. I wish you had a print paper so I would not have to look at his face anymore. I could just tear the picture out of the page and keep reading so if you will please, please, please stop putting his picture on your website thank you. I dont want to look at him anymore it makes me so mad at all the money he wasted. What we could have had.

  4. I can hardly wait to KNOW Rick Daniels is GONE! This man has been a disaster for DHS and if the mayor and her cronies want a party for him – let them pay for it out of their own pockets. As it is I can only pray that because the city is so broke that Mr. Daniels does NOT receive a “golden parachute”. He has more than spent HIS in waste, fraud and abuse of his power. Here is hoping that the next city manager is selected withOUT a golden parachute. Too much of the taxpayer funds are paying too many people who have done more damage than good to our lovely little town. GOOD-BYE Rick Daniels – hope you don’t screw Needles as badly as you have Desert Hot Springs.

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