Forget about the “Recommendations” of the City of Twentynine Palms or Yucca Valley Council members to nominate to the County of San Bernardino to fill County seats on the Successor Agency Oversight Board. You can apply directly to the SB Board of Supervisors for consideration.
In a Successor Agency Staff report presented by Mark Nuaimi, appointed Executive Director of the Successor Agency to the Yucca Valley Redevelopment Agency, dated March 1, 2012 , he spelled out the complete history leading up to the dissolution of the Redevelopment Agencies.
“There is no policy yet on what factors the County will take into consideration when making their appointments. In other counties, cities have suggested appointments to the Oversight Board for the county to consider. In fact, the City of 29 Palms recommended that the County appoint council members to their oversight board. In Orange County, there are examples where City Council members, City Managers and Deputy City Managers have been appointed to Oversight Boards to represent the County seats on the body.”
I wondered why Nuaimi included Orange County and made no reference to our San Bernardino County? My work was cut out for me to make phone calls to random cities (and only two towns) in our county. I sent an email to Josie Gonzales, Chair of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors for clarification on this matter and a link to Santa Barbara County story.
The City Managers and/or City Clerks in our SB County that I spoke with informed me Council members will not be nominated to the Oversight Board. In fact, in Rancho Cucamonga, their attorneys were recommending not to appoint any council members. When I asked why, I was told they determined there was a conflict of interest.
The Yucca Valley Town attorney clarified this issue at the March 6th meeting. She stated the FPPC , California Fair Political Practices Commission, regulations would apply to the Oversight Board and since they are not receiving any compensation, there is no conflict of interest other than the FPPC rulings, IE: owning/controlling property within the prescribed stated distance from the properties under consideration by the Oversight Board. However, the perception of a Conflict of Interest is a concern even if it is legal. I sent an email to Nuaimi asking if the members will be required to file form 700′s, Declaration of Economic Interests with the FPPC and have not heard back from him as yet.
I went a few steps further and found out the following Cities/Counties are accepting applications from the general public:
Solana Beach, County of Santa Barbara ( 1 Supervisor + one public member), San Ramon (1 Supervisor + one public member) , La Habra (County BOS to select 1 Supervisor + one public member), Tulare County dissolving nine RDA’s ( 1 Supervisor + 1 public member each) and Palos Verdes Peninsula recently nominated a city founder and former Mayor.
Coming back to our San Bernardino County area, I called Supervisor Janice Rutherford’s office and spoke to her Chief of Staff, Chad Mayes, who was out of town. He referred me to the Deputy Chief of Staff, Mark Taylor, who is going to research the County position and call me back next week.
I received a reply from Dan Flores, Chief of Staff for Josie Gonzales, and he wrote:
“Dear Ms. Sturges,
Thank you for your inquiry. The County of San Bernardino will have approximately 50 appointments to the various oversight boards throughout the County. Given the large number of appointees and the complexity of managing the meetings, we have asked our administrative office to recommend a strategy for the oversight board appointments.
This may include recruitment of appointees from the public. If you have an interest in serving, I would recommend that you submit a letter of interest to our Chief Executive Officer. This will ensure you are included in the process should the Board of Supervisors solicit applications from the public. For your convenience I’ve included Mr. Devereaux’s contact info below.”
Gregory C. Devereaux
Chief Executive Officer
385 N. Arrowhead Avenue
San Bernardino, Ca 92415-0120