Karl Baker Applicant for Needles City Manager
DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA – While it remains to be seen if former Congressman Anthony Weiner who was caught exposing his genitals sexting on the Internet can make a comeback in a race for New York city mayor, he is hanging it all out to revive his career. So too is a former Desert Hot Springs politician trying to overcome what he considers a similar small problem of inadequate proportions.
Former Desert Hot Springs Councilman Karl Baker, Jr. who was discovered soliciting sex from 18 year old boys (Baker is 71) with naked pictures of himself as a councilman hoped that unusual exposure was far enough behind him to land him a job as city manager of Needles, CA.
The discovery comes with an email Baker wrote to the mayor and council members of Needles. Desert Vortex News has the email obtained through a public information request.
“In my interest to work for your City I traveled there over the 4th of July holiday weekend. I saw nothing but possibilities,” wrote Karl Baker in an August 8, 2013 email to all members of the Needles city council.
Ultimately Karl Baker did not get the job. In fact, he withdrew his application when he discovered former Desert Hot Springs City Manager Rick Daniels was also applying for the job. His application turned into an endorsement for Daniels.
“I readily admit that I, too, applied for the Manager opening in your City but – in a flash – would easily step aside for someone like Rick Daniels – a man with infinitely better qualifications,” wrote Baker.
Rick Daniels ended up being selected for the job. Desert Hot Springs has replaced Daniels on an interim basis with Robert Adams. The city begins a search for a full time city manager replacement within the next six months. It is not known if Karl Baker will apply for the Desert Hot Springs city manager position.
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 3 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.