Yucca Valley, Ca.-Opinion-In a comment to a previous story, Town Manager, Mark Nuaimi, has admitted to conducting serial meetings with the Yucca Valley Town Council to discuss agenda items which is a clear violation of the Brown Act. He states he meets with each and every member prior to the meetings to review the agenda. In doing so, Nuaimi is violating the Brown Act by gathering a consensus under the guise of answering any questions the Councilmen may have while meeting behind closed doors.
In conducting serial meetings to review agendas, the public is also denied their right to know what the elected officials were concerned about and what questions were raised. Nuaimi has placed himself as the controller of any input and also controls the outcome of the Town Council meeting in advance. Forgetting that he is the hired Staff, his self appointed “leader” management style takes advantage of the inexperienced Town Council while violating the law. I’m surprised Nuaimi bothers to hold Town Council meetings.
Here are Mark Nuaimi’s comments:
“As Town Manager, I typically meet with EVERY Town Council person weekly in order to keep them updated on projects, developments, answer questions, address issues, etc. During weeks when we have Town Council meetings, this includes Agenda Review.
During Agenda Review, I ask if there are any items that they need additional information on prior to or at the Town Council meeting or specific questions that they have. This way, I can ensure that Town staff are prepared to answer questions or have the information with them to be able to do so.
I also put together a (mostly) Weekly Update that highlights activities around the community. This weekly update is emailed to all Town staff, Town Council, and I believe many forward those updates to their contacts in the community.
The citizens of Yucca Valley can rest assured that their elected officials are well informed about what’s going on in Town.”
It is time for the Yucca Valley Town Council to take a stand against this arrogant, reckless and irresponsible Town Manager who has just admitted to violating the Brown Act to conduct serial meetings?
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