There was a CDBG presentation of agenda item #14 to discuss the distribution of Community Development Block Grants. Previously awarded to deserving charities in the past, a past Town Council voted to “save” these funds for a three year period of time to install a zero depth splash pad at the community center. A different council of inexperienced members, that never attended previous meetings and an aggressive town manager, now fired, grabbed these funds to hire a pro-active code enforcement officer and derailed the splash pad goal.
Deputy Town Manager, Shane Stueckle, proposed fazing out CDBG funds for Paradise Corridor code enforcement next year and awarding funds for improvements to Jacob Park that is not owned by the Town of Yucca Valley. The Unity Home, Senior Nutrition program and Reach Out Senior assistance programs were kicked to the curb again.
Stueckle reminded the council that Reach Out receives a transportation grant from MBTA and Unity Home leases their housing from the town for $1 dollar a year. Question, why should Reach Out be punished for seeking other grants? Stueckle did not utter ONE word the Unity housing is counted towards the town’s mandated/required low income housing.
Farther down on the agenda, the council members rummaged under the slough of “Ad hoc recommendations” on item #15, as though through a poorly organized toolbox. The Yucca Valley Recall Duo of Councilman Robert Lombardo and George Huntington were serving in the capacity of an “Ad-hoc Committee” meeting with Staff AND legal counsel to craft their vision of an improved way to select the members to serve on the Planning Commission. What a fiasco that was! I will write about that item in a separate post. See “Yucca Valley Recall Duo Wastes Time and Money.”