Mark Nuaima, a first-timer rooky town manager in Yucca Valley, has a salary higher than public officials are paid to manage the worlds 9th largest economy (California).
By comparison, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is the highest paid governor in the nation, according to a survey from a California state government commission. He makes a paltry salary of $183,255.
A meager salary in comparison to a tiny little town in the remote desert community of Yucca Valley.
The town manager of this tiny town makes all told $300,000 a year according to his new pay package, to which included 400 hours of requested, but undocumented, overtime.
Town Manager, Mark Nuaimi, works four days a
month week, and commutes from Fontana, California where he lives with his family.
California Governor Jerry Brown is the seventh-highest paid governor in the nation. There is conflicting data on just how much the governor makes, but the highest amount the commission reported for 2012 salary was $173,000.
Lawmakers in California receive a base salary of $95,291, a larger amount than any other state’s lawmakers
While the town’s population according to current census is 21,009, California’s population is 37,683,933. And while persons below the poverty level in the town is 15.5%, the town just recently provided their town manager with a pay increase.
The land area in square miles is 40.2, while California’s land area is 155,779.22.
So why the inflated salary package? If you ask the flamboyant town manager he will sell you on the proposition he is worth every penny of his inflated salary because of the difficult task of managing the small town of Yucca Valley. He is a charmer indeed, and very political savy.
Moreover, White persons not Hispanic in Yucca Valley is 73.7%, the state’s white population is of same is 40.1%. The town council is made up of all White persons not Hispanic. And all but for one newly elected town councilmember live in the same exclusive neighborhood of Sky Harbor.
The four members of the Town Council at that time — in a desire to beef-up their lockbox power base — openly supported the local President of the Chamber of Commerce for town council, who also attended the same beautiful Joshua Springs church (as much of a hamlet as it a popular church) and who resided in the same neighborhood.
The councilmembers lost in their efforts to elect their companion. They were in disbelieve voters didn’t endorse their neighbor and Sky Harbor companion. It appears the public had enough of village nepotism.
The four companion town councilmembers set the salary of their coveted town manager very high. Even higher that the highest CIA Grade 15, Step 1 – 10: $99,628 – $129,517. Moreover, the estimated salary of the CIA Director is difficult to ascertain, the best figure is General Hayden. His salary as C.I.A. director was set a few years ago at $172,000.
Not even close to what the town manager’s salary is in the valley of Shangri-La.
Shangri-La is a fictional place described in the 1933 novel Lost Horizon by British author James Hilton. Hilton describes Shangri-La as a mystical, harmonious valley, gently guided from a lamasery, enclosed in the western end of the Kunlun Mountains. Shangri-La has become synonymous with any earthly paradise but particularly a mythical Himalayan utopia — a permanently happy land, isolated from the outside world
There is hope with the newly elected fifth councilmember, Bob Leone, who on March 19 joined the town council. It is surmised Mr. Leone will be an influential in leading and educating his peers, and maybe bring some sanity to the Valley of Shangri-La.
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