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Yucca Valley Town Council….a New Era?

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Public Facebook ImageYucca Valley, Ca., -I am the eternal optimist when I see a glint of sunshine breaking through the clouds. This was my feeling when I read the Yucca Valley Town Council agenda for their meeting Tuesday, January 22, 2013.

Asking for more transparency from our elected leaders, I believe they have taken a step in the right direction under the leadership of Mayor Merl Abel. link

The last two evaluations of Town Manager Mark Nuaimi, were held on a Saturday mornings instead of a closed session at the regular Town Council meeting, as in the past with our previous Town Managers. On Tuesday, the evaluation will be conducted in a Closed Session with “Public Comment” on this agenda item # 22 with the benefit of a Town Clerk and Town Attorney in attendance. Here is the link to the agenda: link

Of course, we will have to wait and see if there are any amendments or changes to Nuaimi’s contract.  In some other Towns and Cities, the Town Managers have wrangled changes to their contracts calling for a “Super Majority” to fire the manager and in another case, prohibiting any termination of contracts 180 days from any newly elected Town Council member.

In the case of City Manager Robb Quincy of Upland, he was on paid leave of absence starting January 4, 2011 before the Council could fire him by super majority. The City Council on May 2, 2011, unanimously voted to fire City Manager Robb Quincey.

The report states,  “A city municipal code had prevented them from terminating Quincey within 180 days of an election in which a new council member was elected. Councilman Gino L. Filippi was elected Nov. 2.

After more than an hour and a half in closed session, the City Council released Quincey from his employment with the city based on “two prongs,” said City Attorney William Curley.

“One is based on breach of the employment agreement and the other are four cause circumstances of failure to follow specific council direction,” Curley said.”

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Margo Sturges

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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. Former Upland city manager arrested – Los Angeles Times
    articles.latimes.com/ 2012/ oct/ 21/ local/ la-me-1021-upland-manager-20121021

    Former Upland City Manager Robb Quincey charged with felonies

    Former Upland City Manager Robb Quincey arrested on felony charges

    • Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

      Best part of that story is:

      January 2010 – The Upland police union attorney emails Quincey a tort claim on behalf of Lt. John Moore, who investigated the domestic dispute in 2008. Quincey allegedly settles with the attorney on Moore’s claim as well as another claim filed against the city by the police for $50,000.

    • January 2011 – The City Council places Quincey on paid leave of absence, following reports that he settled the two claims. The city’s finance director Stephen Dunn was placed as interim city manager.
    • May 2011 – City Council terminates Quincey for failing to follow council direction and breaching his employment contract.
    • November 2011- Quincey files a claim against the city seeking $7.8 million in damages. He accused the city of breaching his employment contract, wrongful termination and violating labor codes. The claim also accused Mayor Ray Musser and Councilman Ken Willis of defamation.
    • December 2011 – City rejects Quincey’s claim. Quincey’s attorney requests arbitration.
    • July 2012 – Arbitration judge upholds city’s termination of Quincey.
    • September 2012 – Arbitration judge rules that city does not owe Quincey any more compensation.
    • October 2012 – Quincey arrested by San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office officials on three felony counts.
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