Yucca Valley, Ca.- According to the Press Enterprise analysis of Redevelopment Agency data filed with the State Controller’s Office, the Town of Yucca Valley has racked up over One Hundred Million Dollars, $101,080.492.00! Is our town worth that much? I used to recall ex-Councilman Chad Mayes quoting a specific dollar amount of the worth of this little town but for the life of me, I do not remember the figure. He always brought it up when the Council was addressing the high costs of our lacking infrastructure stating it exceeded the value of the town.
While this may seem overwhelming for us wee little folks of Yucca Valley, population 20,700 with the average income of $32,000, it is just a smidgen of red ink compared to the City of Fontana with their RDA debt surpassing TWO BILLION DOLLARS! $2,664,951,323.00, according to the Press Enterprise analysis.
Fortunately for the Yucca Valley Town Manager, Mark Nuaimi, who was their past Mayor for several years, he has flown the Fontana coop and left the present Mayor of Fontana holding the RDA bag. While Nuaimi was Mayor of Fontana, he performed his “RDA Magic” to become one of the top agencies with the largest debt in the state and he was sure to maximize every dollar.
“Inland Southern California agencies have some of the largest debts in the state. For every $1 in revenue Fontana’s redevelopment agency collected in 2009-10, for example, it had about $25 of total indebtedness. That compared with a statewide average of about $1 for every $18 of total indebtedness.”-The Press Enterprise, Redevelopment: Court Decision only First Step.
“The recent ruling to shut down all RDA’s states auditors and oversight boards will decide how much of the agencies’ property-tax revenue should go to paying off debt and how much should be redirected to schools and local governments.”
The article further stated:
“Some agencies went on a borrowing binge last year to get projects on the books before Brown could carry out his plan to phase out redevelopment. The law dissolving the agencies, AB 1X26, gives the power to challenge those transactions.”
The Town of Yucca Valley will move to appoint themselves as the Successor Agency and more than likely hand over all the decisions to Nuaimi as the designated “Executive Director” or some other fancy title. The Yucca Valley Town Council will simply bob their heads in unison as the “Go Along-Get Along Sky Harbor Five.” Always receiving their weekly “update” on the town’s projects by Nuaimi, there is little transparency to discuss these matters openly in a study session to hear the opinions and input of the elected Council members. I guess their input isn’t needed as Nuaimi calls all the shots.
This is a lame Town Council that forget they are to supposed to represent the voters, elected or appointed, and should be engaged on these matters. There are TWO members that are skating along and NOT reading the agendas. What sorry Sad Sacks they have turned out to be having no clue as to what is going on.
Yucca Valley must have angels watching over us because we have been spared going into deeper debt because the “RDA Magic” was stopped in it’s tracks. I have constantly voiced my concerns and criticism about the CORE Senior Housing fiasco that not only used up all our RDA funds but will probably obligate our town to back-fill out of the General Fund. Promises by Nuaimi of future RDA revenues to full-fill this obligation has him looking like his face is splattered with egg.
Expect Nuaimi to work hard to pass an initiative to add 1% sales tax to bail out of these Yucca jams and to provide income to maintain a new proposed Youth Sports Park with projected maintenance costs of $200,000 up or more, per year.
Boy, that’s what we need right now with the high cost of water, mandated sewers and poor economic climate…..more grass soccer fields.
Where are our priorities?
Some interesting articles from the Hi-Desert Star: