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
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.
PDF File: FPPC Complaint against Andy Takata
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