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
In Yucca, Its shuffle back to Yakima for Yakimow May 29, 2012
Margo Sturges Author link
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