In the ten years which I have resided in Yucca Valley, I have never seen the residents handing over hundred dollar bills to the homeless or unemployed, beacause this beautiful area does not seem occupied by the very wealthy, but that is what you are doing. Every time you vote into office Bob Stadum for the Hi-Desert Water District. He gets paid about $135 per meeting (of which he has at least two per month, and even though he has attended several classes per year about the rules concerning Conflict of Interest & Ethics, does he pay that money back to the rate-payers since it still hasn’t sunk in? I think not, also does he pay the District back for the health care he enjoys using because he gets paid to go to work but never HAS to work! Legally he HAS to step outside the District public meetings to avoid voting for things he could profit from being a land baron owning dozens of lots for his 98 proposed tract homes. Does every resident of Yucca Valley own 64 tracts or 80 acres of land? No, of course not, which put this gentleman into a separate category all together.
Do what I did and go to San Bernardino County’s website and click onto their online services and put in APN 058513180-0000 and APN 058513182-0000 and you will find Bob Stadum’s properties listed under his various business names: Living Space (with surveyor Phil Fomotor), BHDK Investments, and First Pacifica Housing out of Redlands and “Yucca Valley 98 Homes, LLC” all of which put Bob Stadum into a category which should never have allowed him to enter in an office for which he legally can NOT work or vote on water issues from which he directly profits. IF Mr. Stadum would sell off all of these properties then perhaps he would not be in violation of the law. But will he do this before the next director election? I think not.
Reading the ten page letter by the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) states on April 12, 2007 that yes, this board director was guilty under the conflict of interest act, The Hi-Desert Star published this decision which fined him only $3,000 (after now former Board Member Wade White had seven charges against him). Publisher Dean Gray also wrote about this in his paper the Desert Weekly Star on May 6, 2010. Margo Sturges has also mentioned some of these things before about Mr. Stadum, also. (But she may have more updated info regarding his income at HDWD.)
Clearly, Bob Stadum has motives and an agenda that are NOT part of the community interest, just his own. So my question this election year is WILL the people of Yucca Valley just roll over and take being robbed or vote against this licensed real estate developer and property mogul, Bob Stadum, finally? This is just community welfare which no one can afford.Sincerely,Dorothy Calvert