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Where is the Transparency in Government by Yucca Valley Council Members?

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Yucca Valley, Ca.,- In a recent post on Cactus Thorns, we learned the Yucca Valley Town Council members meet individually behind closed doors to review the agenda for the Council meeting beforehand with Town Manager Mark Nuaimi. Serial Meetings Behind Closed Doors.

The Town Manager explained during their individual agenda reviews, the elected Council members are asked if there are any items they need additional information on before the meeting or any specific questions that they may have.

In doing this, the citizens of Yucca Valley are denied to know what were the concerns of our elected officials and did they all have the same concerns? What about any inter-action or discussion among the Council members on the items at the meetings? Most important, what answers were given to each question asked and why wouldn’t the public have a right to know about that?  Without the benefit of our Town Attorney being present during these private discussions behind closed doors, where is the legal oversight as to what is being said or promised?

There has been an effort to withhold information from the public by not including power-point information slides in the full agenda packet until the moment they are flashed up on the screen at the meeting.  Having discussed this new information individually with each Council member, they sit in silence during the presentation wondering why the public is NOT there to comment. This tactic brought in by this Town Manager is a bad reflection on the Town Council and does nothing to build trust with the citizens.  Adding ill will to the situation, Yucca Valley Mayor Dawn Rowe denied an additional two minutes extra time for me to comment on new information, even when there were no others requesting to speak…..then tried to scrub the entire incident from the minutes?

The power point presentation is never made a part of the full agenda in an electronic format and hard copy hand-outs are made available to the media by the Town Manager. To this date, there is no electronic version of that Measure U “Plan B” and the attempts to post to YouTube were poor quality. Plan “B” was shot down. No-No Nuaimi! Council Cinches Up Purse Strings.

Did you know the past two Town Manager’s annual evaluation were held on Saturday mornings, in closed session? Past Town Manager, Andy Takata’s evaluations were held at a scheduled Council meetings, in a Closed Session with benefit of a Town Clerk and Town Attorney. Most public agencies hold the Manager’s Performance Review during Closed Sessions during a regular scheduled  Town Council meeting with the benefit of the Town Attorney and Town Clerk. This inexperienced Town Council needs to check with other Public Agencies, I have.

Transparency is necessary to gain the trust of the public and not run the Town of Yucca Valley like a private club.

For these reasons listed above, I ask you to vote for Robert (Bob) Leone for Yucca Valley Town Council this March 5th. Leone will bring his experience to this newby Town Council  who are being led around by an aggressive Town Manager.

Bob Leone-Experience you can Trust



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Margo Sturges

Yucca Valley Editor

Note: Margo Sturges has written many articles for Cactus Thorns and is the founder of Citizens4Change.info. Email contact: MargoSturgesYV(at)aol.com "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."- George Orwell


  1. Tim Humphreville Tim Humphreville says:

    A new year, same old Margo. All the Town staff, All town council volunteers are corrupt. When does this bullshit ever get old? Why the hell would this town want to retread an old politician that has served three terms.One could argue that he would be part of the problem this town is trying to fix. But the big issue with him is his lack of integrity.Bob and Margo owe this community and Mayor Rowe an apology for the lies that they have spread about her and the rest of the council. I cant wait for the first public foram to show you all The prof that this Man has no integrity.

  2. One can readily see how Jennifer Collins would comfortably fit in the town council’s House of Cards. Conflicts of interest have proven not to be a concern for Collins. She would be an easily manipulated “Conflict Queen” backing the plays of the “Conflict King”, Mark Nuaimi.

  3. Commissioner Gordon Commissioner Gordon says:

    Everything is a conspiracy Tim, don’t you know? House of cards, everyone working together, I am just waiting for them to use the word Illuminati…… but these guys don’t seem to think that they have their own house of cards and that they don’t conspire together…. to be honest they make me sick. I have heard so many RUDE Bob stories from alot of people mostly outside of Town politics and yes 3 terms says it all…. 4 terms really??…. I agree with Tim so I guess we are conspiring because we agree…. Jennifer or Mike are our only options, I like both but I pledge my support is for Jennifer….. I hope you guys like my dots………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… pretty cool huh ………………………………. ………………………………………………………………..

    • Howdy Gordon, I quoted and posted the comment Jennifer Collins made on Facebook. Because you were in denial and accusatory that her calling Measure U opponents cockroaches was fabricated, I requested you show it to her and ask her yourself.

      Rather, you return with the same old misinformation and spin without any factual or supplemental information whatsoever. You and tiny Tim take the prize of being the least informed bloggers. You two wear high school cheerleader skirts and waive colorful pom-poms.

      Can’t you two cheerleaders offer some facts once in a great moon?

  4. Commissioner Gordon Commissioner Gordon says:

    I caught Margot on one of many lies on this blog site, she said on this blog site that there was never a March 2013 alternative to Measure U??? HUH, I heard her say it and my post and link on your blog site showed that she said it http://www.hidesertstar.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/article_43a25bfe-f145-11e1-8b5e-001a4bcf887a.html AND no one on your site reprimanded her for lying. Its soooo amazing that we never went to the moon, JFK is still alive, Elvis just left the room, 911 was an inside job, Paul McCartney died in 1966 and NASA is hiding the face on Mars. You guys usually attack people and not issues, its very sad. You are correct about Jennifer, the word she used was inappropriate, she should have used a much HARSHER word after all the attacks on her and her family. As I said the most important thing we need to answer is: Who said Koo Koo Ka Choo first, The Beatles or Simon and Garfunkle??? YOU never answered MY important question about this lyric and more importantly its deeper meaning in our society? Why do you avoid the Koo Koo Ka Choo question? Is there a conspiracy? Has Cactus Thorns held a secret meeting behind the public’s back to hide this subject? Why have my 163 posts on this Koo Koo Ka Choo subject been deleted? Questions the Morongo Basin needs answered.

    • Gordon, the Link you provided is a Letter to the Editor not not written by Margo. There were 19 comments to your Link, none of which I could identify as Margo saying what you attribute to her as saying. You failed again to show where Margo tells tails.

      Nice try Gordon, and the remaining long comment was all hyperbole and rhetoric.

      Since you practicably called me a liar concerning Jennifer Collins callig opponents of Measure U cockroaches on her Facebook — and have failed to ask here if she wrote that — you do not care about accuracy. Most of your comments lack substance or verifiable criticism. Cactus Thorns is your dump site. Your blog comments really do an injustice to this site and to your nemesis, Margo.

      • Commissioner Gordon Commissioner Gordon says:

        THIS IS MARGOTS RESPONSE…. THIS IS MY POINT YOU ACCUSE ME OF A WRONG LINK AND IT IS CORRECT… DID YOU READ IT???? I NEVER SAID YOU LIED??? I SAY JENNIFER SHOULD HAVE USED HARSHER WORDS… HERE IS MARGOTS POST…. SHE SAID “A Citizen’s Initiative on the March 5th ballot will have all the funds go to Phase One of the sewer system to save Yucca Valley!”

        Margo Sturges posted at 10:39 pm on Wed, Aug 29, 2012.
        Posts: 85
        This is a General Fund tax which goes directly to the coffers of the Town. It is not legal to dedicate, earmark or lockbox these funds to pay for sewers.
        In October you can look for Nuaimi to wave around a “Lease Agreement” for the town to lease the sewer plant and collection system, which is non-existent, so how can the document be legal? It doesn’t have to be! Some voters will be fooled by this and vote to give this guy $3million in tax monies each year…..to go along with the $8 million received annually from current Town income.
        Vote No Measure U.
        A Citizen’s Initiative on the March 5th ballot will have all the funds go to Phase One of the sewer system to save Yucca Valley!

      • Commissioner Gordon Commissioner Gordon says:

        Lets do lunch at Edchadas sometime Branson…. AND do you finally see Margots comment???

        • Gordon, I’m disappointed now that you are sounding like Jennifer Collins calling an adversary a maggot. And no sir, I don’t see the comments you speak of. Even the most errant of bloggers do not use that language.

          Would we be able to manage lunch in peace?

          • Commissioner Gordon Commissioner Gordon says:

            Maggot..??? I never said that…. huh?? I guess no lunch if you assuse me of calling her Maggot…… I may have misspelled with a t on the end but its not Maggot…. jeeez AND Margo said this “A Citizen’s Initiative on the March 5th ballot will have all the funds go to Phase One of the sewer system to save Yucca Valley!” YOU dont see it???

          • Commissioner Gordon Commissioner Gordon says:

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margot… my unintentional mistake….

            • Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

              You know Gordon, if you had one less arm you’d be a worm.

            • Commissioner Gordon Commissioner Gordon says:

              Ohhhhhh the pain and agony of the truth…..Ohhhhhhh I think I might cry myself to sleep tonight on my fluffy pillow….. anything but a worm… you could have used snake but you used worm…i am very perplexed and hurt…sniffle sniffle

    • With comments like this, I really concerned with the students at Yucca Valley High School with this example and lack of decorum as a Town Official, Yucca Valley Planning Commissioner. Gads!

  5. Commissioner Gordon Commissioner Gordon says:

    Do you like my dots, find the hidden meaning ………

  6. Steve Spear Steve Spear says:

    It would have Been the Beatles with “I am the Walrus”. The phrase was then used again very shortly thereafter by Simon and Garfunkel.

    Of a bigger concern is exactly what does “Koo Koo Ka Choo” mean.

    BTW your spelling of the term is not accurate you must be from the “other side” Gordon.

  7. Steve Spear Steve Spear says:

    Yes – I am sorry to have told you that but only true sixty-o-philes know that it is spelled as “Goo Goo G’Joob”.

  8. Commissioner Gordon Commissioner Gordon says:

    Ughhhhh im am a failure…. but knowing the Beatles I respect the meaning of spelling….lol Lunch with me you and Branson at Edchadas sometime??? To discuss Beatles of course???

  9. Steve Spear Steve Spear says:

    “Goo Goo G’Joob”.

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