Yucca Valley, Ca.-After a dismal attendance of his recent Measure U presentations at the Community Center, Yucca Valley Town Manager, Mark Nuaimi, took his “dog & pony show” to the house of the Lord at Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel sanctuary yesterday afternoon after their last service.
Nuaimi cancelled last Wednesday’s evening presentation at the community center because there was no one in attendance. Hoping to utilize the handful of Pro Measure U committee members aka YV Chamber Board members that did show up, they traveled to the regular Board meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District. Their attention span was short as most left the meeting right after public comments and the Resolution agenda item. A Resolution was voted on for the For-Measure-U-Committee per their request at an earlier HDWD meeting on September 5, 2012. HDWD Director Munsey was the only one that voted No on this Resolution, keeping with the letter of the law. See story link here
(The Hi-Desert Star incorrectly reported Munsey endorsed Measure U during Director’s comments. He did not.)
Desperate to persuade more voters with his presentation, Nuaimi arranged a meeting at Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel. I did not receive any response to an email sent to the Pastor requesting equal time to present both sides of the issue. I stated the Town of Yucca Valley was presenting a Pro slant for Measure U, in my opinion.
This will be the second event held at JSCC in the last six months involving political issues. The last one was hosting a men’s ministry breakfast Meet n’ Greet last May or June with Supervisor candidate, James Ramos. I am very surprised JSCC would risk their tax exempt status to do this. Story link here
The Pastor declared this was an information only meeting and not For or Against Measure U. After the opening prayer, Mark Nuaimi was introduced and spent the next 12 minutes talking about himself and his walk with the Lord. He implied it was God’s will that brought him here to help Yucca Valley. He pointed citizens challenged his Fontana residence instead of living in Yucca Valley. He then spoke about his family naming each of them and their ages and not wanting to disrupt their lives. Besides, Nuaimi said he was “upside down about $100,000.00″ on his own home but loves Yucca Valley so much he drives 85 miles each way to work here.
At some point during his Measure U presentation, Town manager Mark Nuaimi, asked to turn off the audio recorders stating, “I don’t want my words to be used against me.” When there are no video cameras running, I utilize my digital recorder to document the meetings and to be able to post with accuracy.
It was the usual Measure U power point presentation as I have seen many times before. When the question session turned into a Pro/Against debate, the Pastor stepped in to stop the conversation and declared the meeting over with a closing prayer. There were approximately 25 in attendance and 17 were church members in favor of Measure U…..Nuaimi literally preaching to the choir.
Not part of the program, Yes on U Chair, Jennifer Collins, spoke to those gathered around her in the sanctuary discussing distribution of Yes on Measure U lawn signs. Hi-Desert Water District President Sarann Graham, arriving at the end of the presentation, had a member place Yes signs into her car in the parking lot of the church.
Why would JSCC allow Collins to conduct For Measure U business in their sanctuary and on the church campus? Would her actions jeopardize the church tax exempt status?