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Thou Shall Not Steal Campaign Signs

By   /  March 4, 2013  /  Candidates, News, Yucca Valley  /  Comments Off

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Yucca Valley, Ca,- In less than 48 hours from now, the Yucca Valley election will be decided by the first all Mail-in Vote by the citizens. Thank goodness because it seems the politics in Yucca Valley continues to a new low bar with each passing election. As usual, there is a problem with damaged signs […]

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Lessons in Leadership: Lead by Example

By   /  March 2, 2013  /  News  /  1 Comment

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Yucca Valley, Ca.-This article was sent to me from one of our readers following the pay increase that Town Manager Mark Nuaimi wrangled out of the inexperienced council members increasing his pay package to over $293,000. This money grab takes place just as cuts to the swim program and summer concerts were announced last week. […]

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Former Mayor Bob Leone Regarding Unmailed Ballots

By   /  March 2, 2013  /  Candidates, News, Yucca Valley  /  Comments Off

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I am running for the open Town Council seat because I want to bring my leadership, independence, and common sense back to our community. I do not agree with cutting the swimming program for our children and the Summer Concert Series so the Council may continue to fund car allowances for department heads: Finance Department $9,000; Community Services $6,000; Community […]

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City of Ridgecrest Courting Applicants for New Manager!

By   /  March 2, 2013  /  News, Yucca Valley  /  1 Comment

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Ridgecrest, Ca.,- A small rural community north of Yucca Valley with similar demographics has announced they are seeking a new City Manager. The last city manager, Kurt Wilson, left the position after two years on the job for a deputy city manager position in Stockton in August 2012. After several attempts in the past 5 […]

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Happy Birthday DanO! March 1st

By   /  February 28, 2013  /  29 Palms, News  /  5 Comments

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It was difficult to choose one photo to put up on this post. Dan O’Brien, Publisher of Cactus Thorns, has many great photos to choose from on his Facebook page. Husband, Dad, Grandpa, Air Force, Cousin, Friend and Publisher of this blog, O’Brien is always quick to say he serves the Lord first. On behalf […]

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Yucca Valley Council Hoodwinked to spend 30% of Town Budget for Senior Housing

By   /  February 27, 2013  /  News, Yucca Valley  /  Comments Off

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Yucca Valley, Ca.,- Last  November, the Town Council reviewed commitments and obligations taken on during Mayor Dawn Rowe’s term at the dais of uncontrolled spending. Leaving a “Legacy of Debt,” it is now coming home to roost on the backs of the citizens as there are attempts to balance the town budget by cutting out […]

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The Eyes Have It! Floaters, Flashers and Eye Exams….

By   /  February 27, 2013  /  News  /  5 Comments

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This post is to urge all our readers to pay attention to your health and especially the windows to the world, your eyes. Last month, I experienced  flashing lights in the left corner of my left eye which was annoying.  I used to experience migraine headaches and read that some sufferers experienced flashing in their […]

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Tax Initiative Backed by Town Manager Will Never Fly

By   /  February 26, 2013  /  Opinion, Yucca Valley  /  4 Comments

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Yucca Valley, Ca.,- On February 23, 2013,The Hi-Desert Star reported Sarann Graham, Ellin Loveless and Cynthia Kraemer are going to propose another tax measure of 3/4% for thirty years.  Candidate Jennifer Collins also pleaded for another tax measure to be placed on the ballot by the Town Council in the fall with another 1/4% General […]

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Past Mayor/Candidate Bob Leone’s Hi-Desert Star Interview

By   /  February 26, 2013  /  Candidates, News, Yucca Valley  /  Comments Off

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Yucca Valley, Ca.,- Town Council Candidate, Robert “Bob” Leone, answered a few questions posed by reporter Courtney Vaughn of the Hi-Desert Star local newspaper. Speaking in plain terms with little fluff or political-speak, the straight shooter-tell-it-like-it-is candidate criticizes the car allowances handed out to local department heads while the town cuts the children’s swimming lessons […]

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Beautiful San Clemente by the Sea seeks Assistant City Manager

By   /  February 26, 2013  /  News, Yucca Valley  /  Comments Off

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Yucca Valley, Ca.- In another public service announcement to “Save Yucca Valley Now,” I am posting a job opening in the City of San Clemente looking to find an Assistant Manager.  The earlier Assistant Manager has been promoted to City Manager. “The beautiful coastal City of San Clemente (pop. 64,000) is seeking a highly experienced […]

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New Bill to Address RDA Signage, SB 684

By   /  February 24, 2013  /  News  /  Comments Off

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The League of Cities and the California Sign Association are co-sponsoring a bill, SB 684 (Hill), which will address an unintended consequence of the elimination of redevelopment related to signage in former redevelopment areas.  Under current law, the Outdoor Advertising Act regulates the types and the locations of outdoor advertising displays but provides an exemption […]

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Councilman Robert Lombardo’s Sour Grapes over Measure U Defeat

By   /  February 21, 2013  /  Opinion, Yucca Valley  /  1 Comment

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Yucca Valley, Ca.- At the February 19th Town Council meeting, the public was subjected to the whines and moans of the Yes-On-Measure-U Committee. Speaking at the lectern that evening in an orchestrated presentation were the Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and later joining in was Councilman Dr. Robert Lombardo, DDS. Addressing an agenda item to end the […]

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Snow flurries dust the Yucca Valley area…

By   /  February 20, 2013  /  News, Yucca Valley  /  Comments Off

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Yucca Valley, Ca.- A fierce Arctic storm was predicted to pass through our area bringing rain, snow and 45 mph winds.  Some residents living in Yucca Valley woke up this morning to a quiet calm with blue skies and a scant dusting of snow on the ground. Just a few days ago this desert community […]

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The “Boys” Throw the Dice for Another Yucca Valley Tax!

By   /  February 20, 2013  /  News, Yucca Valley  /  10 Comments

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Yucca Valley, Ca.,- There were three meetings back-to-back  this evening at the Yucca Valley Town Council. The first meeting started at 5pm with a Budget Workshop spilling into the 6pm start time of the regular Town Council meeting with unfinished business. It was obvious the Yucca Valley Town Manager, Mark Nuaimi, wanted to continue the […]

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