Yucca Valley, Ca.-SPECULATION-From the time Chad Mayes was hired by Supervisor Janice Rutherford, he has been connected at the hip with Assemblyman Paul Cook sitting at the same tables and rarely taking notice of any other guests in attendance. Now that Cook has been elected to Congress, will Mayes follow the “Yellow Brick Road” to the White House?
Mayes served for eight years on the Yucca valley Town Council ever mindful of his votes and never causing controversy except when he lost his temper on the dais. One documented example of his lack of patience occurred during his term as Mayor in 2010 when the Council was addressing the Native Plant Ordinance. Story>>>link
Serving as Mayor, Mayes’ opinion was rarely revealed because he would always seek a three vote consensus before voting in agreement. With the EXCEPTION of his displeasure of funding the Yucca Valley Museum.
Mayes Puts Museum on the Chopping Block.
Looking back on his political career on the Yucca Valley Town Council, Mayes was fiscally conservative. Never wavering in his support of the Aquatics Program and reminding us he carved his initials on the station when he served as a Life Guard. Mayes never wavered on another matter voicing his disapproval of maintaining the charming Hi-Desert Nature Museum and always advocated to discontinue funding for it.
When he was asked about the Museum in September 2010 during his run for re-election he was quoted, “There’s no question that the museum is an asset. The question is, in these difficult economic times, can the town continue to afford to for the museum. This year it was budgeted at $250,000. It’s a regional asset and the county, the college and others can help fund it if it can’t be transitioned to a private sector non-profit.”
Back on June 7, 2011 Yucca Valley Mayor Pro-tem Frank Luckino tried to carry forth the desire of the resigned ex-Councilman Chad Mayes to place the Museum back on the chopping block which failed when newly hired Town Manager Mark Nuaimi pulled it off the chopping block.
What will happen to the Hi-Desert Museum at the next round of budget discussions?
Will this current Town Council close this Gem of the desert that was promoted for the Senior Housing Project?
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