Colton, Ca.- In order to write the biography of Yucca Valley Town Manager, Mark Nuaimi, it is important to review his past work experience and business dealings with Colton and Fontana. Did the Yucca Valley Town Council perform their due diligence prior to hiring this employee? They did not even “Google” his name.
As stated in Mark Nuaimi’s Employment Agreement “Recitals” with Yucca Valley, he claims “practical experience by serving as Assistant City Manager for over three years with the City of Colton and served in an elected capacity as Mayor/Councilman for over thirteen years with the City of Fontana.”
I sent a couple of emails and made phone calls to Colton ”Town Officials” requesting an official summary of Nuaimi’s severance pay, among other items, to write my biography on Nuaimi.
I recently received this email regarding the Senior Housing in Colton during Nuaimi’s employment at that city:
Dear Ms. Sturges:
Here’s what happened in Colton. The word is Nuaimi told certain local developers that were interested in senior housing that he would never let them do a development in “his town” and chased them away in favor of “his” developers. Council members under his control trusted him and never were aware of this.
There are three different potential development projects that failed and he chased off potential developers in each case. He told them in essence to hit the road and he would never allow them to develop in Colton. Senior housing next to City Hall in Colton was torn down and Nuaimi wanted it built on a heavily traveled commercial piece of property that the city owned (sound familiar?).
There was a lawsuit regarding construction defects at the original Colton Palms senior housing and the city was awarded $5.75 million to rehab the building, instead of rehabbing it the City Council voted to tear it down. During Nuaimi’s tenure in Colton, the City spent nearly all the $5.75 million set aside in the senior housing judgment (much of it on other projects that had nothing to do with senior housing) and Colton was left with no senior housing and no money to build senior housing. Nuaimi was involved in all those decisions.
Of course, he’ll deny all and blame it on the Council even though he controlled them through his political relationship with Mayor Kelly Chastain. Since his departure and the subsequent removal of his protégé, Mayor Chastain, senior housing is moving forward at the prime location where it was built originally. The local developer that was told by Nuaimi to take a hike has entered the picture and it appears his company may very well end up building Colton’s senior housing after Nuaimi’s failure to get anything done in his time in Colton.
I will interview a member of the Colton Town Council to update their senior housing situation and will look for the lawsuit details to post in my next story.
Note: Colton Mayor Kelly Chastain was successfully recalled. The petition was filed February 4, 2008.
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