Yucca Valley, CA – The town council — following the lead of neighboring Twentynine Palms city council, will give their terminated town manager a cozy and unwarranted severance package. They are calling it termination without cause. When you terminate someone, isn’t it always for cause? Otherwise, someone simply quits. Nuaimi didn’t quit.
- Hence, terminating a town manager without cause is an “oxymoron” statement.
Unlike 29, whose town council and city attorney ignorantly violated the law in two closed sessions by discussing compensation of packages of outgoing and incoming city managers — YVTC was obviously advised by their town attorney that compensation needs to be discussed in public. An official press release is soon to follow, reports the counci.
The TC noted that outgoing town manager will receive medical benefits amounting to about $15K, in addition to whatever the TC gives him in compensation as an unwarranted termination severance package. Even writing such a thing is silly, in practice it is a waste of taxpayers money.
There was a large turnout for the Yucca Valley Town Council meeting. Numerous people spoke during public comments immediately prior to the council going into closed session. Most people but for maybe one comments were all very clear they didn’t want a severance package for the departing town manager because there was cause to terminate.
Constitutionalist, community activist and intellectual, Fritz Koeing, was clearly the most vocal tonight when he gave two impassioned speeches. At one point in the first comment session Mr. Koeing was shouting at the Town’s councilmember for their shortcomings. Koeing cited the law and terms and conditions of the employment, tried to educate the TC that there is only one option according to city requirements and Nuaimi’s contract, termination with cause. Hence no going away gift of taxpayers money.
Margo Sturges also spoke: Before and after the closed session. She was applauded. Reporter/Blogger/Community activist/ former YV planning commissioner, Margo Sturges, said: “I want to address the victims of this town, the employees” that got the shaft by the town manager and council. Margo discussed how this mess is not over because it will take years to unravel.
Gary Gossich, from Colton, also spoke and reminded the audience of the havoc Mr. Nuaimi caused his town. Many people were thanked Mr. Gossich for his support, for traveling such a long distance and for his important comments.
Terminated town manager, Mark Nuaimi, spoke immediately after closed session. By doing so, he surprised many in the audience.
Largely, Nuaimi read from a prepared speech: First and foremost God was the main focus of his speech. He phrased God many times, thanked God, thanked the council, thanked everyone for showing up for the evening, and thanked the town. He stated that in looking back, he didn’t realize “soon enough” all the division in town (with him the central focus). Mr. Nuaim then recapped his accomplishments. He added that “my areas of personality need refining.” Also adding that “we must rely on God for immediate help. God knows how to lead. May God bless everyone.”
At the end, Nuaimi was applauded.
Frankly, lets leave God out government. He’s busy with important matters like dealing with the unmet needs of the human race.
The town council seemed to listen very carefully and respectfully to each speaker. But the “end game,” they did what they wanted, the way they wanted, outside the terms of Mr. Nuaimi’s employment contract. He will receive compensation for being fired. Who’s looking out for the taxpayer?
The only council member that was listening to taxpayers was Bob Leone. He voted to protect taxpayers: No on unwarranted compensation.
Would local dentist and council member, Mayor Pro Tem Robert Lombardo, give his fired employees an unwarranted and attractive compensation package just to be a nice guy? Lombardo is being Recalled.
Suggestion: Rather than blowing taxpayers resources when they fire their town manager and give him lots of nice money, use the money for an audible sound system in the community center. The present sound system is garbled and is difficult to understand or hear speakers, including council members.
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