Yucca Valley, Calif.,- The Yucca Valley Town Council met on December 4, 2012 with a light agenda. This included a “State of the Town” address by the outgoing Mayor Dawn Rowe with the theme,”Two Steps Forward, One Step Back,” to memorialize her service on the dais as Mayor. What you did not see being addressed was all the debt and over committment of spending of the town’s General Fund by a “High Roller” Town Manager betting on the come relying on the passage of Measure U, a 1% General Fund tax for 30 years.
Okay, looking forward to what’s next, Councilman Merl Abel rotated to the seat as Mayor of Yucca Valley and after being given the oath of office by Congressman-elect Paul Cook, Councilman Robert Lombardo, rotated into the position of Mayor Pro-tem.
Yucca Valley Mayor Pro-tem Lombardo Did Not Recuse himself….
I am trying to figure out why Mayor pro-tem Lombardo did not leave the room and recuse himself from the discussion and vote regarding the Town of Yucca Valley website where he is currently advertising his dental practice. Didn’t Lazy Lombardo receive ethics training regarding Conflict of Interest, or the “perception” of Conflict of Interest in voting on matters where he will personally benefit?
Does Lombardo think he is above the law or was he too lazy to read the agenda, again, and did not know this was going to be addressed?
I am speaking about agenda item #17 to extend the Town Contract for three years to CGI Communications. It was presented by Staff as a “free of charge” service on the website to promote the Town with “Icons” around the border of the video. Bottom line, in plain english, these are advertisement buttons to promote private businesses. If you watch the DVD of this meeting, you can barely hear Lazy Lombardo mumble about the terms of the advertisement and stopped short about discussing the costs to advertise his business on the Town website.
“Free of Charge” or not, this website is a disservice to our Town because the content is “cheesy” and not current. This is something one would expect on the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce website to hawk advertisement but not on the Town website, in my opinion.
In voting to extend this contract, Lazy Lombardo did not recuse himself and he will continue to benefit by advertising his personal business on the Yucca Valley Town website.
This is a Conflict of Interest…..”Free of Charge,” or not.
Here is a real simple handy guide: 1-2-3.
1. Announce prior to the agenda item, ” I need to recuse myself.”
2. Give the reason for recusing to discuss or vote on the matter.
3. Walk away from the dais and leave the room.
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