Yucca Valley, Ca.- Hold your nose! After two closed sessions with the current Yucca Valley Town Council consisting of four members since July 2012, Mark Nuaimi, Town Manager, has hammered out some major changes to his contract. It is called a “Second Amendment” to the his original contract and restates certain conditions of his original contract.
The new contract is written for a three-year term and incorporates wording from Assembly Bill 1344 which originated out of the City of Bell controversy. AB 1344 prohibits automatic increase to salaries that exceed COLA Cost-of-Living adjustment. AB1344 mandates any funds for paid leave pending investigation, or funds for legal criminal defense of official including any cash settlement relating to official’s termination be fully reimbursed if the official is convicted of a crime relating to the position.
The new contract calls for more PTO, Paid Time Off because Nuaimi claims he is working 50-55 hour weeks to do his duties. He even has the nerve to include a graph of his “overtime hours” above a 40 hour work week. Nuaimi’s paid time off will be doubled to 160 hours from the original 80 hours at a cost of $7,300.00 compensation. Nuaimi claims he is saving the town money because he should have received $30,000.00-$50,000.00 extra compensation based on the extra hours worked exceeding a 40 hour work week! He spent 18 months promoting Measure U and now Nuaimi is whining about the additional hours?
His original contract stated as an exempt management employee, his salary is NOT based on hours worked and employee shall not be entitled to any compensation for overtime. Original Nuaimi contract link
Not to mention he still resides in Fontana collecting $600.00 per month car allowance. His present severance pay is increased to 8 months from the original contract from 6 months by adding one month for each year of employment, not to exceed 12 months.
The Staff report includes Nuaimi’s report card for the past three evaluations (stamp page 85-87) and a power-point slide comparing his vacation accrual package which dipped 80 hours below his original contract. Looking for more compensation, his vacation accrual package will be increased to 120 hours annually in this new 3 year contract.
Then there is the Nuaimi “Longevity Incentive Package,” that is retroactive to January 8, 2013. It is called deferred compensation which may be placed into a qualified 401(a) or Nuaimi can ask payment be paid as salary:
(a) $12,500.00 on January 8, 2013
(b) $15,000.00 on January 8, 2014
(c) $17,500.00 on January 8, 2015
(d) $20,000.00 on January 8, 2016
Great news! This employee is giving up any cost of living in exchange for the above compensation! Claiming a “base salary freeze” during the term of this contract, the total package steps up over $300,000.00 over the next 3 years!
The Staff report begins on stamp page 79, even though these pages are not numbered, and includes a “merit raise scenario” to show that Nuaimi is saving the Town money in the long-term because his base salary stays at $190,000.00!
Bottom Line “Nuaimi’s Total Package:”
Original Contract : Fiscal Year 11/12 = $289,212.00 and Fiscal Year 12/13 = $293,340.00
Nuaimi’s New Contract Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year 13/14 = $295,840.00
Fiscal Year 14/15 = $298,340.00
Fiscal Year 15/16 = $300,840.00
Here is the link to the Town Council agenda for February 5, 2013, when this contract will be approved link
It was a smart move on this politician’s part to move his salary reviews to January 1st instead of using the month of June, when he was hired…especially with the forthcoming budget crunch and deficits caused by his irresponsible spending of town funds this past year.
Looks like Nuaimi has slipped in a 3 year contract and job security before the upcoming election on March 5th.
Please pray for Yucca Valley.