Yucca Valley, Ca.,- I hope someone is working on a screen play of the “Wishful Thinking” by the Town Manager, using the guise of “Staff” and making others sign their name on pertinent documents while personally working the deal. There is an interesting letter dated November 14, 2012 requesting certain language be added in the event the DOF continues to deny payment.
In the November 14, 2012 letter to the DOF, signed by Finance Director, Curtis Yakimow, there is a proposal to give up a couple of ROPS… IF…the DOF will allow payment of the others. This letter was to confirm the conversations of the previous day “Meet and Confer” about the continual denial of payment because they do NOT qualify as Recognized Payment Obligations, ROPS.
This letter asks the DOF to add the following language:
“Upon receiving a finding of completion from the DOF, HSC section 34191.4 (c) may cause these items to be enforceable in future ROPS.”
Here’s the Nuaimi Proposal to the Big Guys at the DOF, paraphrasing: – November 14, 2012 See pages 1-5 (of 207)
I’ll give you guys Item # 2 Southside Phase 1A for $250,000 “The Agency believes this can be considered an eligible expenditure. However, for the sake of expediency in resolving all the outstanding issues……and will remove from future ROPS if a comprehensive solution is arrived at.” (Please note: the DOF has denied this ROP from the beginning.)
Items 6-7 General Plan Update $500,000.00 If you deny this one AGAIN, would you please add the wording: “Upon receiving a finding of completion from the DOF, HSC section 34191.4 (c) may cause these items to be enforceable in future ROPS.” (There was an attempt to backdate a cooperation agreement to October 1, 1992. DOF has continued to deny this ROP)
Item #8-Regional Wastewater Funding-$4,150,000-Agency will not include in future ROPS and agrees with the DOF “Upon receiving a finding of completion from the DOF, HSC section 34191.4 (c) may cause these items to be enforceable in future.” (The DOF has continually denied this $ 4.15 million dollar request for funding. There was no contract in place. Besides, the HDWD is the Sewer Authority and has the Sphere of Influence by LAFCO.)
So where is the line being drawn in the sand in this letter to confirm their meeting?
Items 10-13, National C.O.R.E Low Income Housing Project and Related legal expenses. $500,000 and $40,000.00
In summarizing the Meet and Confer discussion, the letter states “we are willing to move beyond each individual issue in order to obtain a workable global resolution of all the outstanding issues.”
The “5 page Summary Letter” states Item 2 is resolved, Items 6 & 7 will be resolved with additional requested language, Item 8 is resolved at present.
The “5 page Summary Letter” letter states the remaining issues are 10-13 National C.O.R.E Low Income Housing.
Please note: On November 30, 2012, this payment for CORE was denied by the DOF and ordered to remit $576,353.00 within five days of their letter. LETTER>http://www.vote29.com/newmyblog/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Yucca_Valley_LMIHF_DDRNov_20121.pdf
WISHFUL THINKING Christopher Booker described wishful thinking in terms of:
- “the fantasy cycle” … a pattern that recurs in personal lives, in politics, in history – and in storytelling. When we embark on a course of action which is unconsciously driven by wishful thinking, all may seem to go well for a time, in what may be called the “dream stage”. But because this make-believe can never be reconciled with reality, it leads to a “frustration stage” as things start to go wrong, prompting a more determined effort to keep the fantasy in being. As reality presses in, it leads to a “nightmare stage” as everything goes wrong, culminating in an “explosion into reality”, when the fantasy finally falls apart.
- The first time I heard the phrase, “Wishful Thinking” was during a meeting with Third District Supervisor Neil Derry on November 8, 2011, to discuss my concerns regarding the Yucca Valley Animal Shelter project.
- “Among other items we discussed, I gave Neil a copy of the Fieldman & Rolapp report on the Yucca Valley 1% increase sales tax initiative to “designate” a part of the tax revenues for the sewer project. Derry stated that was not possible and Nuaimi is fully aware any voter approved tax goes into the General Fund without designation. He had two words for proposing any new taxes to be approved by the Yucca Valley tax payers in this economy…Wishful Thinking.”
- Margo Sturges Author LINK