Yucca Valley, Ca.- In a “Special Meeting” called right after the recess of Tuesday night’s Yucca Valley Town Council meeting, Mayor George Huntington brought forth the issue of filling the vacated seat of Mayor Pro-tem Frank Luckino. This item was not listed on any agenda, nor did I receive any “Notice of Special Meeting, ” nor was there any Staff report or public comments. According to the Town Clerk, the notice was posted on Monday, the day before this meeting and I am waiting to find out more details as I write this story. I have sent a second request prior to publishing this.
Council member Dawn Rowe said it should go to a special election or leave the seat vacant. Appointed Councilman Merl Abel said they should pick one from the previous group of citizens that applied when he was selected. Mayor George Huntington said they have set a precedence to appoint and Councilman Hagerman also agreed to appoint.
Their dilemmas are as follows:
The Yucca Valley Town ordinance to address filling a vacated seat will not take effect until July 21st and the Yucca Valley Town Council is dark in July. However, they must appoint someone to be seated at their August 2nd meeting.
Adding to this mix, they have decided to appoint a Mayor Pro-tem which is really complicating things since they changed the Mayor rotation that was put in place when our first Town Council members met.
I would like to see Mayor George Huntington serve a second term at the helm to keep these newbie elected/appointed Council members on course. So hopefully they will nominate and elect Council member Dawn Rowe to serve as Mayor Pro-tem for the remainder of this term and again at the right hand of a hopefully second term Mayor George Huntington.
Since Town Manager Mark Nuaimi’s arrival, the selection of Parks & Recreation and Planning Commissioners has been made political to serve at the pleasure of the elected/appointed Town Council members. Luckino’s Planning Commissioner, Tim Humphreyville may be shown the Exit door unless he can manage to convince his Town Council BFF buddies to appoint him. There are so many other very qualified applicants to serve on the Council that I do not see that happening.
The way things have been set up, there is no continuity or stability on the Planning Commission or Town Council as I see it. This dismantling of our community has isolated the elected leaders from the citizens and those that volunteered to serve on Town Commissions.
Applications will be accepted to fill Luckino’s balance of his term to November 2012 and the previous applicants will be contacted to verify their interest.
More details in a separate story regarding the final date to apply, the website link for the application and any further information for the Special Meetings to select the finalists.