Yucca Valley, Ca.-At Wednesday’s regular meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District, only one member of the Board of Directors stated he was following the letter of the law. Director Dan Munsey voted no because the Hi-Desert Water District cannot legally advocate for the Measure U. The vote was 3-1, Stadum unable to vote was standing outside in the hallway.
A Resolution in support of the Town’s General Fund Tax was requested by Jennifer Collins, President of the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce who voted to support the town tax without a super majority vote by the 350 members. In doing so, taking a risky political advocacy of a bad tax. Story link here
HDWD CFO Frank Luckino acknowledged this request by the Chamber of Commerce earlier on September 5th, then tried to back pedal stating the Resolution had been in the works for over a year. Luckino has yet to provide the billings from attorney John Brown, of Best,Best & Krieger. Please read this post: “Will Mesa Water Payers Have to Pay for Yucca Valley Chamber’s Tax Folly?” Story link
When this agenda item came before the Board of Directors, Bob Stadum had to recuse himself and leave the room, unable to vote on this matter. To avoid Conflict of Interest charges while seeking re-election, Stadum jettisoned off all his real estate properties in some fashion. As his bad luck would have it, he still is unable to vote on waste water agenda items for one year.
HDWD President Sarann Graham flaunts the law by posting Yes on Measure U images on her Facebook page and was quick to vote in favor of the Resolution along with Director Mayes and Sheldon Hough. Director Mayes asked, “What is the alternative?” and Hough rambled on for over 15 minutes in favor of the Measure.
Perhaps Graham’s bid for re-election is influencing her vote. She could have abstained and the motion would have died 2-2.
Thank you Director Dan Munsey for your honesty and integrity.