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“Colton First” member appointed to MAC

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Colton First members celebrate holidays. Center: Gary Grossich

San Bernardino County- At the regular scheduled meeting of Tuesday, January 28, 2014, the SB Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Supervisor Josie Gonzales’ appointment of Gary Grossich, past recipient of of the “Citizen of the Year” award, as a member of the Bloomington Municipal Advisory Council where he resides. Agenda>LINK

Gary Grossich is also known for his contributions of time and talent in the formation of Colton First, a group of concerned citizens that meet monthly to discuss and review the agenda before the Colton City Council meetings.  As the business owner of the successful Nickelodeon Pizza, he has an open door policy inviting candidate forums for every race from school board to Congress. Grossich is known to crunch a few numbers reviewing financial statements and proposed budgets quickly getting to the core of expenditures.  He knows how to “follow the money.”

This tall gentle giant is the first one to give credit to other members of Colton First for the successful effort to placing Colton Mayor Kelly Chastain on the recall ballot and the extraction of the incompetent Assistant Manager, Mark Nuaimi, who mis-managed the city taking their reserves down to $55,276 on a trajectory towards bankruptcy. It has taken nearly three years to untangle the financial mess that Nuaimi left behind when he “laid himself off” to save the city money with a lucrative golden handshake. The last standing member of the embedded Nuaimi team was Councilman Vincent Yzaguirre who was voted out of office by the efforts of Colton First. Story>LINK

Colton First is a fine example of how citizens can hold their government responsible for decisions that have an impact on the community and businesses.  This group schedules guest speakers from surrounding areas who are elected or will run for office.  They are known for their generosity by collecting donations from members to distribute Thanksgiving baskets for needy families.

It has been my pleasure to meet with these dedicated citizens and look forward to attending their upcoming meetings.  It was most unfortunate I was unable to attend the grand opening and Open House of the Colton Senior housing project last Saturday.  I asked for, and received a rain check to tour the facility. Look for my upcoming report on this beautiful and successful senior project that was originally thrown offtrack by Nuaimi when he was running the show as Assistant Manager.  Story>LINK

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Margo Sturges

Yucca Valley Editor

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

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