Yucca Valley, Ca.,- On August 20, 2013, the unpopular politician/Town Manager Mark Nuaimi was fired with Council members Abel, Rowe, Huntington and Lombardo voting to reward this disaster with a severance package over $126,666 including medical insurance coverage. Councilman Bob Leone voted NO to paying any severance package.
Nuaimi’s departure was five months ago, however, a foul odor still persists in this rural town of 20,700 citizens with an average income of $35,000. Like an unflushed toilet after a bout of food poisoning, the stench remains as his no-bid contracts for the center median projects along the main business corridor have been extended to May after causing devastating holiday sales during November and December. These medians are viewed as the final nail in the coffin for older established businesses trying to survive the Great Recession because customers and delivery trucks are unable to enter the establishments. The Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce was nowhere to be found to support the 50 merchants especially since the President, Jennifer Collins, steered the organization into politics while becoming the mouthpiece for the disgraced Nuaimi to promote an unpopular sales tax which the voters defeated.
Bring out the toilet plunger folks because C.O.R.E., the developer of the Yucca Valley Senior Housing scam, is going to squeeze the Town Council this Tuesday for a hefty advance of monies citing they have a cash flow problem. The three story building, which has been reduced to a pre-fab structure resembling a prison ward, has been inching towards construction with a history of botched missteps, glitches and bad Karma.
The deficit spending stench seems to be continuing as two IOU’s were tucked into the future development impact fees totaling $700,000! The past Mayor Merl Abel foolishly touted our strong reserves of over $7 million without factoring the paper IOU in the till.
Abel has the unique distinction of signing Nuaimi’s “Gimmee-more-money-for-3-years-contract,” and a few months later, signing termination papers to fire him. Abel remarked the town is fortunate to be leveraging $3 million dollars into a large Senior Housing project upon hearing that Nuaimi bumped up the town’s obligation from $1.5 million to nearly double the amount of $2.95 million dollars. The town has no money to fund this project and the Department of Finance has denied any Redevelopment Agency payments to this Senior Housing project.
See my accompanying post on the C.O.R.E. Senior Housing scam looking for advances of money with “Staff” providing empty promises of unsubstantiated funds to repay the “advances.”