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Posted: Saturday, July 21, 2012 5:30 am

YUCCA VALLEY — The town could devote an additional $1.35 million to a 75-unit, $17 million senior housing project.

After a recent hiccup in anticipated funding, the Town Council voted 4-0-1 Tuesday, with Mayor Pro Tem Isaac Hagerman absent, to increase the town’s loan to the project from $635,000 to up to nearly $2 million.

The funding for the Dumosa Avenue housing project will come from development and storm drain impact fees as well as Local Transportation Fund dollars and anticipated payments and reimbursements from the former redevelopment agency.

Town Manager Mark Nuaimi addressed the council Tuesday with an update on $11.2 million in tax credits the town competed for.

While the town had many worthy amenities and a decent amount of local funds dedicated to the project, Nuaimi said, it wasn’t enough to qualify the project for the coveted tax credits.

He recommended allowing the town to apply for the next round of Tax Credit Allocation Committee disbursements.

“If we are unsuccessful at this point in July, we risk losing the County HOME dollars that were awarded to us by the county Board of Supervisors,” Nuaimi warned.

The town manager said the town is committed to “piecing together a financial solution to continue to deliver this project.”

To improve the chances of receiving money, town staff have cut construction costs.

Councilman Robert Lombardo called the proposal “a worthy project,” and touted the creativity town staff used to find alternative funding options while delivering new infrastructure.  

The $17 million project will provide affordable housing for low-income seniors in the Morongo Basin. Development will be handled by National Community Renaissance of California.

To date, the town has committed $3.2 million toward the project, after receiving $1.6 million from the county and nearly $1.5 million in permanent financing from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The council was met with three minutes of silence when Yucca Valley resident Margo Sturges requested an additional two minutes to address the council on the topic. Her request was denied.

Sturges stood at the podium and faced the council in silence until her three-minute allotment ran out.

Aside from its commitment of funds, the town will not be a developer or owner of the project. According to a staff report, the town’s only role in the project will be as a lender.

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  • Dave Peach posted at 10:34 pm on Tue, Jul 24, 2012.

    Dave Peach Posts: 2998

    Thrill seekers.

    Thanks much, RD.

    Wise decision, Isaac.

  • RD posted at 4:47 pm on Tue, Jul 24, 2012.

    RD Posts: 443

    So ... the developer, National Community Renaissance of California, apparently created a foundation called Hope Through Housing Foundation to, as they say, "provide high quality services for seniors and children."

    The foundations revenue in 2010 was $4,397,240 and of that they paid out $1,768,123 for salaries ... and a whole lot more in for "expenses" which leaves you wondering if National Community Renaissance and it's foundation are more of those non-profits that profit those who created and run it ... and ya gotta wonder if NCR is an organization that YV should be doing business with.

    I guess Burum is no longer a director of National Community Renaissance - which is the new name of National Housing Development Corp. However ... he IS listed as a member of the board of directors of Vandalia Heritage Foundation. VHF's president and CEO is Laura Kurtz Kuhns ... who is on the board of National Community Renaissance. VHF is one of Alan Mollohan's nonprofits. Remember him?

    Can't the city of Yucca Valley find developer that isn't connected to such people?

    Mollohan, as a congressmen, steered $31 million to Burum’s NHDC between 2001 and 2006. Mollohan steered $173 million between 1997 and 2006 to five non-profits he had a hand in creating, including the NHDC and Vandalia, which received 92 percent of its funding from earmarks between 1999 and 2006. The other non-profits receiving money during this time were MountainMade, the Institute for Scientific Research, and the West Virginia High Technology Consortium.

    Mollohan was also the beneficiary of large campaign donations from Burum over the years, who donated $75,000 to a 527 group that ran ads against Republican Chris Wakim during Mollohan’s 2006 reelection campaign. Burum also donated $5,000 to Mollohan’s Summit, as well as direct contributions to Mollohan’s campaigns, most recently $2,300. Three non-profits ran by Burum have also received over $15 million from Rep. Gary Miller, R-Calif., whose PAC received over $6,900 from Burum since 2007.

  • Dave Peach posted at 10:06 pm on Sun, Jul 22, 2012.

    Dave Peach Posts: 2998

    The amount of money being blown on returned favors could house more seniors than attend any graduation ceremony plus the prom.

    Margo's moments of silence produced the most profound and understandable statement of the meeting.

    Dereliction of duty while the Boy's and Girl's Club was over-addressed was obviously overcompensated by blatant and unnecessary obstruction of truth and justice.

    Not a problem. The opportunity to read all about the missteps and misdeeds is increasingly unavoidable.

  • hoosierhen54 posted at 9:29 pm on Sun, Jul 22, 2012.

    hoosierhen54 Posts: 23

    Trying to find decent senior housing is almost impossible. Unless you want to move to a large city, or are independantly wealthy, there a few or no options. With Yucca Valley as a senior hotspot, I would think the more places we have for our locals to stay close to the town they have been living in benefits all. Not only are they close to the amenities they're used to, but it keeps jobs here for those who are in the medical and care industry.

  • Dave Peach posted at 7:05 am on Sat, Jul 21, 2012.

    Dave Peach Posts: 2998

    The project was formerly amended to include seniors with "moderate income", such as more affluent mothers-in-law. Burdening taxpayers for the inconvenience and cost isn't uncommon but remains dastardly and unacceptable.

    While Dentist Lombardo feels, assumes or guesses the project is "worthy", listing and quantifying the benefits and liabilities, and detailing the winners and losers, would allow an intelligent assessment of the multimillion dollar abomination.

    While many council members are obviously unsophisticated and gullible regarding finances, construction, development and special accommodations, assistance is available.

    See: Jeffrey Burum and associates. One is readily handy... locally present almost daily, temporarily.

    *Reserving space on the front page for upcoming announcements related to major promoters, and a usable idiot, could preclude an urgent inclination to tear it out.


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