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Will Frank Luckino Be Found Guilty Of 1090 Violations?

Yucca Valley, Ca.- At the next meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District on Wednesday, May 4, 2011, agenda item # 11 will discuss the legal opinion of CFO/Mayor Pro-Tem Frank Luckino’s ongoing struggle with conflict of interest as he continues to hold on to two competing positions that may soon be united as contractual partners to build the Wastewater/Sewer Plant.

In the past, there have been legal opinions by the Yucca Valley Town attorney regarding Luckino’s position as CFO of the Hi-Desert Water District while remaining on the Town Council, and previously an opinion by Best/Best & Krieger, BBK, the law firm representing the Hi-Desert Water District addressing Luckino’s potential exposure. 

All of these previous legal opinions were paid by the citizens and the ratepayers regarding his personal conflict of interest.

Frank Luckino has not paid for his own attorney fees as he seeks opinion after opinion to confirm that he has no conflict of interest, however, this new twist of the joint venture between both agencies may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

This latest item is an 11 page  letter to the District Attorney signed by HDWD President Sarann Graham in a 2 page cover letter,  prepared by BBK to address these concerns for clarification of any possible Section 1090 violation, which, if convicted, such violation would be a felony ending his career.

This letter to the District Attorney is spelled out in the Agenda Packet on the website of the Hi-Desert Water District, www.HDWD.com

In my opinion, the most simple solution would have been for Luckino to step down from his seat on the Town Council. He is a Father and Husband robbing his family of his precious time.  The citizens and ratepayers are not being served as he continues to straddle these two demanding positions.

Interested in pursuing a career as a Town Manager, I would think Luckino is taking a big gamble, going for broke, approaching the District Attorney with his case spelled out in detail by BBK.  It would be far more noble to step down at this point from the Town Council to protect his future career.

Building his resume Luckino has been using most of the education funds set aside for HDWD employees because he has no utiliity or water experience and now the additional legal fees?

As I see it, Luckino is not concerned with the large lawyer fees he is racking up off the backs of the ratepayers. I will be posting ALL the expenses related to this agenda item as an update to this story.

I urge you to attend the Board Meeting or contact your elected Hi-Desert Water Board of Directors regarding these ongoing legal expenses or other issues:

President Sarann Grahan   SarannG@HDWD.com

Director Roger Mayes  RogerM@HDWD.com

Director Dan Munsey   DanM@HDWD.com

Director Bob Stadum   BobS@HDWD.com

Director Sheldon Hough  SheldonnH@HDWD.com

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Margo Sturges

Yucca Valley Editor

Note: Margo Sturges has written many articles for Cactus Thorns and is the founder of Citizens4Change.info. Email contact: MargoSturgesYV(at)aol.com "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."- George Orwell


  1. Branson Hunter Branson Hunter says:

    Luckino must step down. The ongoings with the water board and town council is very different now than it was when Luckino was hired. Now, the conflicts are oozing out all over the place, and the conflict shall increase as the sewage project move forward. The water district may be handing out contracts with Luckino at the helm of the town and and CFO of the water board.

    Luckino must do the right thing, resign from the Town Council.

  2. Moretroubleforthe HDWD says:

    When will the people of Yucca Valley get it? Mr. Luckino is moving behind the scenes at both the Water District and Town. He is making deals with his developer and real estate friends on the Town side, manipulating the Town Manager and staff at the Town. At the Water District, he was sucessful in consolidating his power, by having other employees eliminated so that he is in total control of the sewer project. He holds the cards and pulls the strings of the GM. Finally, he is related to many and knows the power base in Yucca Valley, and has control on the private side. Dictator Frank is winning, and everyone is sitting by.

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