San Bernardino County is proactively holding on to the title as the most corrupted county in the country. Locally, it seems Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms have stepped in to help retain that ignominious title.
In Yucca Valley, it’s the controversy over the water rights at the old Blue Skies Golf course, the disgraced former town manager conflicts of interest with his paramour, the immediate former President of the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce, whereas the fired manager saw to it the Chamber President received taxpayers money for their weekend tryst, the dump-trucking of the bidding process, and much more. The town has too many skeleton’s lying around city hall to list here. It has made inexcusable mistakes, as a result the town is now seriously underfunded.
Three Yucca Valley Town Council members terms expire in 2014.
In Twentynine Palms, the lead prosecuting Attorney General filed incriminating court documents charging the city’s bond counsel, A. Patrick Munoz of the Law Firm of Rutan & Tucker and RGS Consultant, Matt McCleary (whom the city council transmuted into its generously paid City Community Development Director) with unclean hands, conflicts of interest, unlawful and illegal conduct, misconduct, and sham filing of court documents. McCleary has since submitted his resignation effective in March 2914.
That’s not all, most recently, two 29 Palms City Councilmen enjoyed a JUNKET to Sacramento concerning ethics and the Public’s trust, but ducked out on that seminar. The League of California Cities seminars’ most important flurry of seminars dealing with “Ethics” and the “Public’s Trust” didn’t seem important to the council members — so they ditched them.” Is this not a class act? Both officials violated their fiduciary duty and breached the public trust. Their behavior is tantamount to misfeasance, nonfeasance and misconduct because they gamed the taxpayers who paid their travel expenses and the cost of the seminar.
In San Bernardino County, Campaign finance statements filed today reveal that San Bernardino Second District Supervisor and Board Chairwoman Janice Rutherford committed violations of a campaign finance county ordinance. An ordinance she championed!
Rutherford is up for reelection in June.
And the most infamous corruption case in San Bernardino government — the Colonies corruption case — continue to rage on and bounce back and fourth between the California Supreme Court, California Appellate and SB Superior court — just as 29 Palms’ litigation against San Bernardino County and the Department of Finance filed inSacramento Superior Court is expected to do should either party appeal the matter .
When will it end?
It will end when the public grow weary and takes their angst – breaking & bending the rules; breaching the public trust; failing to be trustees of taxpayers assets; and squandered taxpayers’ money. Isn’t it obvious Elected officials seem to feel so empowered they loose sight that they serve the public.
Updated 8:24 a.m., Saturday 2-1-2014
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