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Yucca Valley, Ca.-The Town Council lavished their praise on Town Manager Mark Nuaimi just before approving a 3 year contract that increased his current total package from $293,339.00, including insurance, contributions and allowances, to $300,840.00 by 2015.

Councilman Rowe came out of the box first to give some background on how a Town or City Manager’s salary was “formulated” based on surrounding communities. A CEO Comparison chart was presented showing other cities including General Manager Ed Muzik of the Hi-Desert Water District, who earns more than Nuaimi.

The Hi-Desert Star quotes Rowe, “These are sizable salaries, no matter what jurisdiction you’re in,” Councilwoman Dawn Rowe said, explaining that salaries of town and city managers are indexed according to the salaries of surrounding cities with similar populations. “Mark works hard for his time,” Rowe said, explaining that paying the town manager more in deferred compensation costs the town less than simply giving him a bigger salary.”


Councilman Robert Lombardo read a prepared statement, “It is easy to say that Mark Nuaimi is overpaid when many of us don’t even earn (that much).” (Yet according to his FPPC Form 700, Lombardo earns $100,000.00 per year, as does his wife.  Another $100,000.00 per year is received in lease payments and he values his practice at over $1 million dollars.) Lombardo Form 700 link

Next at bat was Councilman George Huntington who was quoted by reporter Courtney Vaughn, “Councilmember George Huntington defended Nuaimi’s salary, saying Nuaimi completes major town projects and aggressively seeks funding sources — a more hands-on approach than previous town managers. Huntington characterized Nuaimi as “an individual who isn’t from the same mold as other town managers in this community.”   Read Hi-Desert Star story link

Huntington also praised Nuaimi for the work at Hwy 62 and Hwy 247, without mentioning that was a Cal-Trans project. He responded to my statement that Nuaimi always appoints himself to be the lead on every project instead of delegating responsibilities by saying “The architect firm for the JPA Animal shelter was in Rancho Cucamonga and it was a no-brainer to have Nuaimi as lead since he lives in Fontana.”

I pointed out that Mr. Nuaimi signed a binding contract that stated he was not to be compensated for any overtime hours and now Nuaimi-Conflict Kinghe wants to be compensated? “Where is his time clock?” I asked, “And what exactly did he work on?” For 18 months Nuaimi worked on a 30 year 1% sales General Fund tax and even spent Saturdays installing Yes on U signs. Over $199,000 General Fund dollars was spent on Measure U, which failed to pass.

Also, Nuaimi is involved with designing Brehm Park (a private project), working on a joint agreement with Cindy Melland on the golf course project, (also privately owned), changing land use and designing Measure Hough_MarkNuaimi_RallyYesOnUU mailers which Lew Edwards was hired to design.

Is Nuaimi claiming “overtime hours” for his involvement with the Chair of the Measure U Political Action Committee, Town Council Candidate Collins, by working on strategy for the PAC, including standing on the street corner participating in a Pro-Measure U rally on a weekend? All four Council members: Mayor Merl Abel, Councilmen Dawn Rowe, George Huntington and Robert Lombardo endorsed Measure U and personally donated thousands of dollars to the PAC, as did Nuaimi who personally donated $1,000.00. link

Exactly what hours are the citizens getting stuck to compensate this manager? Let me repeat…he signed a binding contract

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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. LINDAG LINDAG says:

    Until we rid our cities of these moronic councils, pay for these City Managers will continue to skyrocket. Voters are giving away a great deal of power, and doing their communities a great disservice, when they do not educate themself on the candidates before they vote. Better that they do not vote at all if they are not going to take the time to put some thought into it. Do us all a favor and stay home if this is you. Just checking the familiar name on the ballot is an abuse of the process.

  2. RescueGuy RescueGuy says:

    How many hats can $300,840.00 buy? Stings like a bitch, huh Margo?

  3. isaachagerman isaachagerman says:

    Classy Margo cropping a picture to take Marks son out of it in an attempt to humilaite him when it obviously was a father and son goofing off. Dont be mad because you and *** couldnt put together a decent living, and now have to attack people that do. Get a job Margo stop trolling peoples facebook.

    Do you and ole **** sit around at night discussing how jealous of Marks “package” you are?

    • @Hagman,you are violating CT “family” rules. Your remarks about my spouse are out of line and disrespectful.

      • isaachagerman isaachagerman says:

        Sorry it took me so long to respond I was drying up my tears from feeling bad for you and ***. Go back and look at all of the post about my family. The problem with a compulsive liar as yourself Margo, you have to remember them all. Scroll back through your blackberry and find the old articles. It was all fair in love and war when you attacked peoples kids who are 11 and 12 years old. I stand by my statement of you and **** boy are upset you could never string together a decent living so you hate those that do.

        • @Hagman.Checked CT back to 2009.No comments on kids or wife.You lie.Again.

          Now put up or shut up-you idiot. There are NO posts about your family,or kids period. Never were, never was, it is NOT allowed on Cactus Thorns.

          Now put down your “whine” glass and check your testosterone level…you wimp. Call DanO and he will verify NO comments, ever-never.

          In the meantime, this post is about the Town Manager that signed a binding contract for NO overtime pay and is now wimping out for more compensation. Check out the Hi-Desert Star also reporting on his bloated “total package,” their words not mine and all the negative comments to the story. Key words: Contract…salary…NO overtime…

          You Hagman resigned after running for office and it is costing the Community $35,000.00 for a Special Election, you quitter. I’m sure the citizens would have raised more than that to buy you off the dais earlier. Looks like our prayers were answered when you found out you would NOT be voted in as the next Mayor and so you quit. Ha-ha-ha!

          How about you kicking the elderly patients to the curb? Here ya go baby-cakes: http://www.vote29.com/newmyblog/archives/31755

          If you’re lucky…maybe you will have RIZZO as your cell mate and you can discuss his salary he received at the City of Bell? What was that you were saying?…Save the Ta-Tas!


          • isaachagerman isaachagerman says:

            No margo it was save the moo moo’s. LOL yeah still waiting for that charge of me stealing medication you promised everyone that was coming. Wow been over a year now mmmmmmm maybe you just made that up nah not the credible Margo she would not just make something up. So what is that now put up or what???

        • Normally, Dan steps in here to enforce or reiterate CT rules.


        • Terry Elam Terry Elam says:

          Kicking old people to the street while letting daddy bail you out doesn’t exactly add up to stringing together a decent living.
          Was it the warm water in the spa?

  4. isaachagerman isaachagerman says:

    Classy Margo cropping a picture to take Marks son out of it in an attempt to humiliate him when it obviously was a father and son goofing off. Don’t be mad because you and *** couldn’t put together a decent living, and now have to attack people that do. Get a job Margo stop trolling people’s Facebook.

    Do you and ole **** sit around at night discussing how jealous of Marks “package” you are?

  5. isaachagerman isaachagerman says:

    accidently posted first one without proofing!

  6. LINDAG LINDAG says:

    I don’t have a dog in the fight amongst you in the high desert, but the problem is the domino effect. All of our City/Town Managers get these bloated salaries, whether they are good or bad at what they do, because the others get this amount, and on it goes. Then all the other city employees salaries are rated against the Managers, by percentage, so that what we end up with is an entire City Hall full of overpaid workers with extraordinary pensions and benefits that we pay forever. We cannot afford this!

    No other corporation would survive this way…with income going down, salaries go up? RU kidding me? The taxpayers cannot pay these bloated salaries and benefits and also pay for the pension packages and benefis for every former employee who has ever worked at their city. When are you all going to open your eyes and see how ridiculous it is that a manager of a little berg like Yucca Valley does not deserve to be paid more than the Vice President of the United States, which is the government job you would have to use for comparison. The Governor of our State does not make as much! These are civil servant jobs representing a population whose average income is probably around $40,000 as it is in La Quinta, I feel like I am witnessing a third world country mentality here with everybody drinking the kool-aid.

    • Terry Elam Terry Elam says:

      “No other corporation would survive this way…with income going down, salaries go up?”

      Are you kidding me? That’s the American way.

      • Phew on the town manager having the gall to disregard his contract.

        Phew on the TPTC Sky Harbor Cult. Phew on them for dumping oversights with regard to annual evaluations. Had all the residents and all the neighborhoods been represented on the YVTC, this would not have happened…another reason voting districts and fair representation are so desperately needed.

        Meanwhile, service men and women for the first time ever only get an increase in living cost of 1%, while unemployment is at an all-time high in the Basin (CAFR last 2010 report – 29 was at 17%). JObs, there are no jobs. The Basin is considered one of the economic-stricken area in the state during this great recession.

  7. Oops… “TPTC” should read YVTC.

  8. Anotherpowergrab Anotherpowergrab says:

    The saga continues, as the crazies of Yucca Valley continue their rants…. The entire region is laughing. Everytime an issue crops up, it ends up with name calling. The issue is public salaries, not all the other stuff that is in this thread.

    • Actually, the issue is a show of extraordinary greed of town manager and town town manager’s lacking the moral turpitude in not honoring his word and his agreement.

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