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DOF Issues FINAL Determination Letter to Deny C.O.R.E/Low Mod Housing

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Yucca Valley, Ca.-On January 2, 2013, the California Department of Finance issued their final determination letter denying the National C.O.R.E. Low/Mod Housing project. The Town of Yucca Valley did not post this denial letter on their website as of this date and time.

Previously on November 30, 2012, the DOF denied payment and the Town of Yucca Valley requested a Meet and Confer session.  The Meet and Confer was held on December 19, 2012, to review additional or clarifying information.  As referenced in their final determination letter, the Meet and Confer meeting did not change the DOF’s position.

Previous denials that were issued October 15, 2012, and December 18, 2012, when the DOF did not recognize the General Plan update (RDA portion) and National C.O.R.E. Low/Mod Housing Project mentioned in this letter.

This letter is pretty clear and simple without the extra wording that was requested by Yucca Valley Town Manager, Mark Nuaimi, in the letter submitted to the DOF dated November 14, 2012. (See reference links below.)

The January 2, 2013 final determination letter states, “HSC 34163(b) Prohibits a RDA into entering into a contract after June 27, 2011. The contracts for these projects are signed September 15, 2011 and March 20, 2012, respectively. Furthermore, the former RDA was not a party to the  National CORE Project. This is Finance’s final determination of the LMIHF  balances available to the taxing entities.”  LMIHF Final Determination letter Jan 2, 2013

A Special Closed Session meeting is being held this week to evaluate the Town Manager.  I would like the elected Town Council members to ask why this information was NOT posted and whether this information was made available to them.

These funds were kicked out to CORE as requested by Mark Nuaimi to help them to secure HUD 202 funding, which CORE was unsuccessful in obtaining. The financial obligation from the town was also increased to $2.95 million for the “tie-breaker.” HUD has since discontinued this program. This financial obligation represents about 30% of the town budget!

Reality check-Pull the plug on this project.





Letter to DOF dated November 14, 2012-Requesting other language on future denials

DOF letter dated November 30, 2012 -Denial/Demand for payment

DOF letter dated December 18, 2012-ROPS Determination

Previous Posts:

Yucca Valley Gets the No-No Nuaimi

Dear DOF, when you deny,again, pleese say it like this

In Yucca, Its shuffle back to Yakima for Yakimow  May 29, 2012 


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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. Pull the plug on the CORE housing project-Stat! This project is DOA.

    The Nuaimi Charms Council into Senior Housing money pit…


  2. Following is a connection with this ruling to 29 Palms and bad legal advise attorney A. Patrick Munoz. This story is a classic example of the benefit Cactus Thorns contributes to the community.

    The DoF Final Determination flies in the face of A. Patrick Munoz and attorney wanna be RGS Matt McCleary’s propaganda they are spoon feeding the 29 Palms Oversight Board — that the DoF is floundering, vacillating and loosing all across the state on these matters.

    Munoz and McCleary are trying to sell their game that attorneys and errant cities are winning the Super Bowl. Munoz (designated agent-attorney for 29 & partner of Rutan & Tucker) has an unequivocal conflict of interest under the CALIFORNIA BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS CODE; i.e., a breach of ethical.

    He’s doing a tremendous disservice representing the 29 Oversight Board. Munoz has conflicting interest as client-in-fact for 29 Palms and its Successor Committee. You can’t represent two clients with opposing interests, but he’s also legal council for the Oversight Board.

    He needs to substitute out as attorney for the OB.

  3. I have not seen any reporting on YV RDA by radio or newspaper. Cactus Thorns brings the facts.

  4. LINDAG LINDAG says:

    Did the City provide you with this information?…or where did you get it? seem the press and radio are having a hard time obtaining information from the cities and do not know where to get it from the State. Help ‘em out Margo.

  5. Hi Linda, Each Town or City has information posted on their website.

    For La Quinta their ROPS are posted here:


    And your Oversight Board info is here:

    http://www.la-quinta.org/Index.aspx?page=702 (Hmm, no agendas?)

    The California Department of Finance website is: http://www.dof.ca.gov

    And the Final Determination letters:


    The DOF are really quick to comply to requests for public information and there is a phone number/email to contact them.

    As stated in my post, the Final determination letter to Yucca Valley was NOT posted on the Town website. When they were denied on November 30, 2012, I did not follow up with my continued requests for public information, so there was a lapse.

    See: http://www.vote29.com/newmyblog/archives/44222

    Note the Town Manager continued to assert on Dec.20th and two comments on December 21st, these were going to be paid.

    Now that this FINAL letter of denial has surfaced dated January 2, 2013…was he withholding information? Did he inform the Town Council? Why did he continue to talk about designating bond proceeds during the January 12th goal setting workshop?

    There is a skunk in the wood pile….

  6. LINDAG LINDAG says:

    Thanks Margo, this is the information I had already. You seemed to have speedier info than I and I thought maybe you had some “inside track”, lol. I had heard the audit of LQ was being done in Feb. but nobody was forthcoming forward that info and thre is nothing on the State’s websites…we just got a response from the City today, so now we are up to date.

    For the La Quinta readers, the “Other Funds DDR” is being reviewed and additional information was requested to be submitted within 5 days (from Jan. 22) and the Auditors are coming on Feb. 2 to review the transfer of assets from the RDA.

    • Thanks Linda! Keep us informed about the auditors coming to LQ! My “inside track” are my public information requests.

      Say, if you want to blow your mind, take a look at Fontana’s ROPs for Jan 1, 2013-June 30, 2013


      Take care!

      • LINDAG LINDAG says:

        Holy ca-ca Fontana! We thought we had a big ROPS bill in LQ but it pales in comparison to theirs! And guess whose name appears just below legal and audit fees? RSG TO THE TUNE OF $100,000! We cannot figure out why Frank Spevacek, principal of RSG, husband of Rosenow, the “R” is RSG, is working as our City Manager when they have all these “development/consulting” money making schemes going on with all these cities. I found the lawsuit filed by Diamond Bar residents where they sued their own city all the way to the Appellate Court (and won) in dispute of the RDA spending on a so-called “blighted” area of the city…and which ultimately helped define “blight”….and guess whose name appears in that document?? RSG/Frank. You can see why we are nervous about having him as our City Manager. An article in the L.A.Times quoted the City of Santa Ana as saying they hired Frank/RSG to consult for their City because they (RSG) are, … experts at helping cities expand their powers of eminent domain… Just the kind of guy you want hanging around influencing council members. The wolf is guarding the henhouse. I’ll keep you all posted on the audits in LQ.

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