I have decided to post this as a story in response to Mark Nuaimi’s comment, instead of my response comment that may eventually be buried in the archives and possibly not read by our readers.
Thank you for taking the time to write your comment which was posted as a story by Cactus Thorns. It looked like great progress was being made in civil discourse except for the last paragraph. Please be advised two out of three links you posted were the wrong URL. I will assume at this point it was an error. Kindly repost the correct links since you were using them as your backup reference. If you are not able to repost the correct links, I will have learned something from you. Touche.
1. I guess you can’t help yourself when you resort to labels and name calling in your last paragraph. It is starting to look like it is part of your personality, a possible side effect of jousting at windmills as a defense mechanism, or plain bully tactics. I am even sensing it could be a gender issue, not sure. Time will tell.
2. As for your 1 inch thick background check to include newspaper articles and various blogging, my question is, were all the articles included and which Yucca Valley Council member actually read it? It should have been a 2-3 inch file if it included the Flash Reports, letter to the Editors and John Weeks ”kind” articles about you.
3. The Yucca Valley Town Council members were not aware of your controversial background before hiring you and they did not do a Google search on the final candidates. I STAND ON MY STORY.
4. As for Mr. John Tooker, he is a fine man and will always have the City of
Beaumont Yucaipi as his legacy of his great leadership before his retirement. Beaumont’s infrastructure is in place and development impact fees assure their future. While the City recently reduced the DIF’s, the fees were not completely wiped off the table. Beaumont turned things around when they moved to outsource some of their staff with bloated salaries and pensions with contracted efficient employees.
Any normal reader of my commentary will note that I observed Tooker as the common link in the hiring process of two town managers, nothing more, nothing less:
My story was not an attack on his character or abilities. That was your assertion that you added for good measure with your jab below the belt to John Tooker in your last paragraph.
5. As for your past and the continued unfolding controversy in Colton and Fontana, what would have been accomplished to post the articles, links and blogs about you when you were hired? It was a done deal when the Yucca Valley Town Council held all negotiations in closed session. Besides, it is my policy to accept everyone with a clean slate without any discriminations or prejudice, pretty much like a Juror, until the facts prove otherwise. This includes your statements and actions towards me.
6. I will re-confirm 100% you are to be praised for your intellect, skills, and talents especially in problem solving resulting in the ability to get the job done. My concerns are your methods and tactics that “the end justifies the means.”
(Inside to you, assuring different agencies, individually, the others were on board and proposing cemetery acreage that did not belong to the “City” to mitigate the “fly in your ointment” is just one example.)
7. I will not change my position to stay alert for any possible harm that may come to Yucca Valley’s future, her citizens, especially the low-income and Seniors that have no voice. It bothers me to see the volunteer citizen connections severed by you as volunteers are the backbone of this community. Our population is 25,000 with the average income of $30,000 per year. This is not Fontana.
Placing our Town in great debt with government or private bonds will only add to the struggle, especially if you design most of the payments to kick in five years down the road. Are you going someplace? ”First Do No Harm To Yucca Valley.”
Like it or not, your recent track record is Colton and Fontana.
Beaumont-Author has corrected Mr. Tooker’s city of employment to Yucaipa instead of Beaumont. I apologize for this error.)