Politically Motivated Tim Radigan-Brophy Protests Event as Politically Motivated
DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA – It was the only event in the city commemorating our nation’s 9/11 tragedy and celebrating American freedoms.
Veterans gathering Wednesday evening inside were joined with other concerned residents recognizing that horrible catastrophe and commemorating the sacrifice of victims with words and prayers.
A small group of protesters staged a protest outside the Miracle Springs Hotel attempting to discourage attendance while making disturbing remarks and disrupting attendance with an intimidating banner. It was a small irritation to those gathered inside for the two and a half hour event.
“This is a day to celebrate our freedom,” said mayoral candidate Adam Sanchez who organized the event. “We can’t let a few people protesting outside stop us from honoring the victims of hate and intolerance. Those people are not what this city is all about.”
The small group of nine protesters picketing the event are affiliated with Mayor Parks’ re-election campaign. Their protest appeared entirely politically motivated by attempting to discredit councilman Adam Sanchez for holding this memorial event.
The apparent brains behind the protesters was Tim Radigan-Brophy, the colorful business partner of councilman Scott Matas. Matas is running for re-election on a slate along with council member Jan Pye and mayor Yvonne Parks. Council member Adam Sanchez is pitted against Parks in the November election.
Vets Offended by Tim Radigan-Brophy
Military veterans in attendance said they were offended and peacefully approached Radigan-Brophy’s group asking if his protesters were fellow veterans. None were veterans. The vets said they thought it inconsiderate of Radigan-Brophy and his protesters to try spoiling the 9/11 commemoration.
The event began with a spirited invocation by local Reverend Propes. This was followed by a moving account of one local veteran recounting his military journey, his combat wounds and challenges adapting to civilian life.
At the solemn event program speakers recited articles written by children about the values of American citizenship. Betty Baily won accolades with her stirring personal affirmation of what American freedoms meant to her.
Richard Fin, an Iraqi War vet, entertained with an impressive acoustic guitar rendition of his own composition, “Soldier’s Song.” Veterans spoke of their service to our country, the sacrifice of nearly 3,000 people lost to 9/11 terrorism, and why they were proud to have chosen military service to protect our freedoms.
Also stepping forward was former Desert Hot Springs police officer Paul Tapia, a 20- year military veteran who saw service in all the Gulf Wars. Tapia reminded us that the planes used by the 9/11 terrorists were all destined for Los Angeles and that we are never far from the war on terror. As an accredited teacher with experience working our city streets, Tapia also reminded us all of the importance of mentoring youth.
The assembly of protesters became camera shy when approached, turning their heads away in denial that they were identifying themselves in public and were stingy with an explanation. “We are not protesting anything,” said one protester holding the protest sign.
One protester deeply involved in local politics remained tight lipped but dressed in a manner to visually stand out from everyone else.
Spotlight on Tim Radigan-Brophy
Tim Radigan-Brophy was characteristically costumed in another colorful ensemble, perhaps to call attention to his leadership role in the 9/11 protest. Radigan-Brophy continues generating momentum as a formidable political force, not so much due to victorious achievements benefiting the community but for costing city residents money.
Tim Radigan-Brophy’s first foray into politics launched a petition drive against the Mission Springs Water District causing water bills to go up for district customers in order to pay for more than $300,000 in legal fees due to his petition.
Tim Radigan-Brophy was appointed by Councilman Scott Matas to lead the city’s economic development committee. Radigan-Brophy operates a dry cleaning business with Matas as his business partner. Radigan-Brophy also operates a property management company.
Despite the fact Tim Brophy-Brophy enjoys attending Las Vegas conventions representing the city, economic development of the city has lagged since he took over the committee assignment. Apparently unsatisfied, Radigan-Brophy has joined the city finance committee while making waves elsewhere in the city.
Allegedly, Tim Brophy-Brophy recently took an adversarial position attempting to change the by-laws of the Paradise Springs development in order to lower the homeowner association fees for properties he represents.
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.