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A FPPC slap on the wrist for City Manager Andy Takata

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Updated 6-23-14 @ 6:02 p.m. ♦

Twentynne Palms – Residents of this remote, business-starved desert city — with a fire department so underfunded it is incapable of proving public safety 24/7 – have an authentic right to know what its city council knows concerning its new interim city manager, Andy Takata. 

Andy Takata has been around the block a time or two, including being on the receiving end of a slap on the wrist by the FPPC. It’s all part of the “rocky road” elements of being a city manager.

Takata is a former Yucca Valley City Manager who bid farewell to the town on St. Valentine’s

Andy Takata, 29 Palms interim City Manager

Day in 2010 and migrated to Banning where he took over and became the city manager.

When Takata was City Manager of Yucca Valley, hired on February, 19, 2004, he was said to be an experienced and seasoned Town/City Manager.

Although his tenure as City Manager for the City of Banning was a rocky road, while managing Yucca Valley his budgets were balanced. Takata lived and worked in Yucca Valley over the next 5 years in good standing.

One  issues that didn’t settle well in Banning is that Takata ignored a Grand Jury “cease and desist” order. The FPPC ordered that $162,000 that was gifted to the Banning Cultural Alliance be returned and that any more business not be conducted with the Cultural Alliance.

Acting on behalf of the City, Takata made sure the $162,000 was not return from the Banning Cultural Alliance.

The Grand Jury also recommended a “cease and desist” for the City to discontinue its ties with the Cultural Alliance, however, thereafter, the Cultural alliance was paid several hundred thousand dollars in additional City funding.

Another issue that didn’t set well with Banning residents is that the City lacked proper maintenance and upkeep, and that Takata failed to enforce city codes in order to clean up the city.

Banning Residents had a laundry list of complaints against Takata. 

Residents’ laundry list of complaints leveled at Takata are unaccountability, lack of oversight, serving special interest, mismanagement, incompetence and “Serving good-old-boy- style of special interests. Link<<

After a while, Takata’s supporters on the Banning City Council “had a hard time defending Takata record as City Manager.” The city eventually fired Takata.

 

On October 31, 2013, the FPPC completed an  investigation of Takata:

Based upon the facts the FPPC found that, as the City Manager of Banning 

Andy Takata failed to timely report the following gifts, given by EJ. De La Rosa & Co., Inc., as follows: 

Gift Description: Meal at Porto Alegre

Date Received: March 11, 2010

Total Value: $88.29

For some reason Takata kept the FPPC findings from the Banning City council, the Banning City attorney and the public. It appears that this was the proverbial straw that broke the Camel’s back.  

On a personal level Takata was liked by many people for his personality, his sense of humor and his friendly nature. Even though, he was fired by the Banning City Council. 

 

 FPPC Complaint against Andy Takata, page 1 of 2

 

FPPC 1

 

 

 

 FPPC Complaint against Andy Takata, page 2 of 2

 

FPPC Complaint against Andy Tatata, page 2 of 2

 

PDF File:  FPPC Complaint against Andy Takata

 

More reading regarding City Manager Andy Takata

http://www.thebanninginformer.com/?page_id=7325

http://www.thebanninginformer.com/?page_id=6852

http://www.ejdelarosa.com/bankingtrading.html

http://www.ejdelarosa.com/bankingtrading.html

http://www.thebanninginformer.com/?page_id=6852

http://www.vote29.com/newmyblog/archives/61107

http://www.vote29.com/newmyblog/archives/60512
http://www.vote29.com/newmyblog/archives/58555
http://www.vote29.com/newmyblog/archives/26439
http://www.vote29.com/newmyblog/archives/58104
http://www.vote29.com/newmyblog/archives/53573

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Branson Hunter

(This story was posted by Cactus Thorn contributor Branson Hunter)

"The ends do not justify the means." If you use illegal mean to accomplish a legal and even desirable result, the good result does not make the bad means you used justifiable.

7 Comments

  1. A request for Andy Takata:

    Do not accept any gifts whatsoever. This will restore the lack of trust with residents and their errant city. In this way, there is no worry of forgetting to claim a gift with the FPPC.

    Some reasonable observations:

    One of the big criticisms In Banning with Andy is that he is a hardcore supporter of well placed cronies. That he pandered to a nonprofit organization, that he was not very transparent.

    Get the picture. This may be a perfect storm for the “NEW DIRECTION” a secretive 29 Palms wants to take residents.

    • Now we know what the new direction of the city is… now we know why Mr. Takata was hired:

      Because the 29 city council has demonstrated is has a good eye for someone who will support their “new direct” of
      unaccountability, lack of oversight, serving special interest, mismanagement, and “Serving good-old-boy- style of special interests.

      In summary: The statement of 29′s new direction becomes crystal clear. And by the way what possible reason can Cora Heiser give for voting for Mr. Takaka.

      We should all remember Cora’s statement to the public:

      “We won’t be fooled again’?

      Good tidings to Andy Takata. We wish him well. FWIW, watch your back Andy with all five of the council Members in 29 Palms.

  2. Larry Briggs Larry Briggs says:

    Thought Andy is the “interim” city manager.

  3. Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

    You would think that a little vetting would be something learned by this group of Brain Surgeons.

    Talk about a 100% record of picking trouble….. I think we have not had a good city manager since Gene Heraldson,

    He was a great city manager and his ex-wife was as entertaining a season 3 of “Law and Order.”

    • Perhaps Takata was “vetted” at 29Palms Society Social hobnobbing with Mayor Dan Mintz weeks before any official announcement of his interim appointment?

      As for managing Yucca Valley, AnotherPowerGrab has it right…Stueckle ran the show. Takata can take the blame for purchasing the PFF building since he pushed for that one…it’s still there Andy! So much for removing blight!

      Returning to the scene of the crime, eh?

  4. Anotherpowergrab Anotherpowergrab says:

    Takata is well over his pay grade. He is a bumbler and fumbler.
    Very little education or real experience.
    All small town government, and is not tried and tested.

    A smooth talker, he has proven that the Peter Principle is alive and well, has been way over his head.

    He NEVER ran Yucca Valley, Shane did.

  5. Incidentally, the company that feted TAKATA is De La Rosa & Co.

    De La Rose’s focus is California municipal bonds.

    Andy is a perfect match for a city council that will once again take a bite of the bond apple without public input, workshops or public hearings.

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