Yucca Valley, Ca.- (Opinion/Commentary) With the assistance of Yucca Valley Town Manager, Mark Nuaimi, the seated Council members were given the opportunity to appoint their own Planning Commissioners, that is, with the exception of newly appointed YV Town Council member Robert Lombardo. He is stuck with “Luckino’s Leftovers=Tim Humphreville.”
Seems that Nuaimi has stripped Lombardo of his right to select his own Planning Commissioner. Nuaimi decided Planning Commissioner Tim Humphreville is the “exception to the rule” (probably because Humphreville is BFF of Councilman Hagerman and Rowe) and Lombardo is now stuck with Luckino’s appointed commissioner instead of having the right to select his own.
As I see it, this decision by town employee Nuaimi, is arbitrary, without merit and against the precedence set forth by previous actions. This is most unfair to Councilman Lombardo and to the voters of 2012, when Lombardo will be up for re-election. I cannot think of one good reason that Humphreville must stay on because there are many possible appointments with experience that could take his place……Planning Commissioner Graham, or Planning Commissioner Cooper….or any of the applicants that stepped forward with their great experience and extensive education.
The idea behind the individual selection process “has made the Planning Commission political” as per ex-Mayor Pro-tem Frank Luckino’s remarks. However, it does give the voting public a glimpse into the thought process of the councilman as he deliberates to select a commissioner that reflects him.
Vice Chair Planning Commissioner, Tim Humphreville, who might rotate into the Chair position by accident, is not a true reflection of Councilman Robert Lombardo. I served on the dais with both Commissioners and I believe it is an injustice to the citizens of Yucca Valley and a bad reflection on Lombardo if he is stuck with this commissioner. It will doom any chances he may have to run for re-election in 2012. Besides, Humphreville has plans to run for the office of Town Council and stated he would use the time to work on his campaign if he were asked to step down.
Tim, I think you should do the right thing and step down on your own accord now. Please do not make this a drama for Councilman Lombardo because he does not need anymore controversy with his appointment. Your lack of social graces, potty mouth and immaturity is the complete opposite of Lombardo. You rarely study your Planning Commission packet and your mind is made up before the gavel calls the meeting to order. Completely opposite of Lombardo’s style.
Tim it is obvious you did not have the safety for the general public on your heart when you voted against the established protocol to protect a building project for erosion due to our special sandy soil conditions. You felt the minimal State standards would be sufficient even after the extensive presentation of Staff regarding soil conditions because you did not want any builder to have that additional requirement. You are totally biased because you are a builder and have no regard for the public’s safety. Lombardo’s first concern is for public safety. When this matter went before the Yucca Valley Town Council, it was reinstated to protect the public with a 3-2 vote, Councilman Hagerman and Rowe voting no.
When I attended a recent Planning Commission meeting regarding the Senior Housing project, Tim Humphreville was not following along to the referenced stamp pages, and questions and appeared to be counting flies on the wall. The agenda packet was over 300 pages and Humphreville was the only one that did not read it. I can hardly wait for the time when these meetings become videotaped and the public will be able to see what takes place.
Tim, did you know you will be prohibited to use the title of “Planning Commissioner” on your voter ballot according to the SB Registrar of Voters because it is an appointed position? I guess you will have to list that you are a Builder/Developer on your ballot if business picks up for you.
Step down now and do not try to cling to your appointment by Luckino. Councilman Lombardo deserves to have his own appointee that will not embarrass him.
I will be posting a few articles reflecting your comments in the letter to the Editor and potty mouth comments directed to contributors of this Blog.
Thank you for your service Tim, it is time for you to move on.
A. Link to Tim Humphreville Letter to the Editor/scroll down for comments.
B. Tim Humphreville’s comments on this Blog in reference to the Hi-Desert Water District’s discount rates to the largest users of water: Town of Yucca Valley, Tri-Valley Little League, Basinwide Foundation, Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel. All comments not corrected for grammer or spelling.
“Dan, I think any non-profit should get water as cheap as possible.”
- “I would bet most people think it adds to the towns lure having nice fields.”
- “Margo has political issues…….so she would rather the whole town suffer.”
- “…..serving on the planning commission is a learning, fun experience.”
- “If I was to be asked to step down that would give me more time to campaign for the town council seat in 2012.
- “This town leans way to far to the left. Maybe I could fix that.”
- “Humpy for council bumper sticker want some?”
- “One never knows whether what Margo spits out is accurate or not. But that is not the point.
- “If we as rate payers in the community are paying a little higher rate for our water than the non profits, to water the fields the whole community uses what the hell is wrong with that?”
- “The tiered rate for water gets real expensive for large amounts of water.”
- “Do you think the average person in this town worries about the discount the little league field is getting on the water they use, or do you think that they like the quality off life they get by watching their kids play ball on them.
- “I think her hat is on to tight. “ (Reference to Margo Sturges)