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2013 City Managers Meeting in San Francisco

By   /  December 21, 2012  /  News  /  Comments Off

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PRESS RELEASE-League of California Cities The registration and housing deadline for the League’s 2013 City Managers’ Department meeting in San Francisco is Jan. 8, 2012. The meeting is being held Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, 2013. This conference is tailored for city managers, city administrators, assistant city managers, administrative or management analysts, county chief administrative […]

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Yucca Valley Gets the “No-No Nuaimi” Notice from the State Department of Finance

By   /  December 20, 2012  /  News, Yucca Valley  /  35 Comments

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Yucca Valley, Ca.-On November 13, 2012, Town Manager Mark Nuaimi went to Sacramento to “Meet and Confer” with the California Department of Finance to discuss the denials issued to the Town for requests to be paid out of the dissolved Redevelopment Agency as a ROP, Recognized Obligation Payment. These very large requests failed to meet […]

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Will Chad Mayes Ride the Cook Coattails to the White House?

By   /  December 19, 2012  /  News, Yucca Valley  /  1 Comment

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Yucca Valley, Ca.-SPECULATION-From the time Chad Mayes was hired by Supervisor Janice Rutherford, he has been connected at the hip with Assemblyman Paul Cook sitting at the same tables and rarely taking notice of any other guests in attendance. Now that Cook has been elected to Congress, will Mayes follow the “Yellow Brick Road” to […]

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Cactus Thorns Virtual Garage Sale Fundraiser!

By   /  December 17, 2012  /  Entertainment  /  1 Comment

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The Elections are over.  Hot air is replaced with chilled winds slipping through the window cracks reminding us Winter has arrived. Thanksgiving has come and gone. Plastic trees adorned with wisps of wrinkled glitter garland shelter the family Nativity scene placed beneath. The Christmas tree sits upon a wobbly card table with pride.  There are […]

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Four Candidates to Run for Yucca Valley Town Council

By   /  December 15, 2012  /  News, Yucca Valley  /  Comments Off

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Yucca Valley, Ca.,- Four candidates have filed their papers to run for the two-year term for Yucca Valley Town Council. This seat was vacated by the resignation of Isaac Hagerman. The official candidates are Robert “Bob” Leone, Claude Short, Jennifer Collins and Michael Hildebrand. The Yucca Valley Town Council called for a Special Election for […]

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The Brouhaha Over the Nick Name of “Lazy.”

By   /  December 15, 2012  /  Opinion, Yucca Valley  /  4 Comments

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Yucca Valley, Ca.,- One of Yucca Valley’s Appointed Planning Commissioners, a Town Official, hijacked the comments section with his issue regarding a name used in a story which exposed a Council member voting with a Conflict of Interest. Story>>> link.  The issues raised while posing as “Commissioner Gordon” and stating he has “Bat Business” has […]

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Yucca Valley Mayor Pro-tem Lombardo too Lazy to Recuse Himself.

By   /  December 12, 2012  /  News, Yucca Valley  /  7 Comments

Yucca Valley, Calif.,- The Yucca Valley Town Council met on December 4, 2012 with a light agenda. This included a “State of the Town” address by the outgoing Mayor Dawn Rowe with the theme,”Two Steps Forward, One Step Back,” to memorialize her service on the dais as Mayor.  What you did not see being addressed […]

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I was Scolded for My Tithing? Where is That in the Bible?

By   /  December 12, 2012  /  Opinion, Yucca Valley  /  16 Comments

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Yucca Valley, Ca.,-COMMENTARY-After a month hiatus from posting on Cactus Thorns, it seems that all Hell has broken loose with certain Elders of the Church where I have worshiped for the past 8 or 9 years. After weeks of no eye contact, a Pastor approached me after the Sunday service to say “Good Morning” and […]

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YV Animal Shelter Project-Another Nuaimi Fontana Connection?

By   /  December 4, 2012  /  Opinion, Yucca Valley  /  Comments Off

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Yucca Valley, Ca.,-COMMENTARY- It may take a forensic audit to unravel the doings of Town Manager, Mark Nuaimi, and the Yucca Valley Animal Shelter saga.  Having appointed himself as the project manager, he has managed to twist this construction project to his own desires and creation of metal buildings while driving up the estimated cost of […]

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Mayor Dawn Rowe gets Slimed on her Last Day by Mark Nuaimi

By   /  December 4, 2012  /  Opinion, Yucca Valley  /  Comments Off

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Yucca Valley, Ca.-OPINION- Mayor Dawn Rowe may be happy to exit her 1 year seat on the dais leaving her “Legacy of Debt” for the Town of Yucca Valley. Unable to rein in the spending and financial over commitments of “High Roller” Town Manager, Mark Nuaimi, one project after another has been brought in over […]

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Time for HDWD Granny Graham to Get Off Her Throne

By   /  November 29, 2012  /  Opinion, Yucca Valley  /  4 Comments

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Yucca Valley, Ca.-Commentary-The Hi-Desert Water District had a policy of rotating their President on the dais, that is, until last year when HDWD Director Sarann Graham hijacked the position for a second year in a row.  After nominating Vice President Roger Mayes to the position, Granny Graham sat in awe of herself when she was nominated […]

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Nuaimi’s Management Style-Serial Meetings Behind Closed Doors to Discuss Agendas

By   /  November 29, 2012  /  News, Yucca Valley  /  2 Comments

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Yucca Valley, Ca.-Opinion-In a comment to a previous story, Town Manager, Mark Nuaimi, has admitted to conducting serial meetings with the Yucca Valley Town Council to discuss agenda items which is a clear violation of the Brown Act.  He states he meets with each and every member prior to the meetings to review the agenda.  […]

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No! No! Nuaimi! Town Council Cinches Up Purse Strings…

By   /  November 26, 2012  /  Opinion, Yucca Valley  /  32 Comments

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Yucca Valley, Cal.-OPINION-Last week the Town Council sent Town Manager, Mark Nuaimi, home for the Thanksgiving holidays without authorizing him any more Staff time or money to rush his proposed tax measure for the March 5, 2013 ballot. After his surprised defeat of Measure U, Nuaimi scrambled to throw out a Plan B which was another “Rush […]

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The Defeat of Measure U-The New Media Factor….

By   /  November 26, 2012  /  Opinion, Yucca Valley  /  3 Comments

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Yucca Valley, Calif.-Commentary- The Town of Yucca Valley started out 18 months ago to place a 1% General Fund Tax for 30 years led by then newly hired Town Manager, Mark Nuaimi.  Measure U, Nuaimi’s General Fund Tax, was defeated by the voters at the ballot box. When Nuaimi was hired, he was boastful of his […]

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