Having served on an early Town Council, I am often blown away by all the statements of distrust! if you don’t trust the Town Council, please attend council meetings and watch what these people are doing for our community. We have a number of improvement projects under way in Yucca Valley, all thanks to the planning and leadership of this Town Council and their management team. They positioned Yucca Valley to be competitive and today we’re being rewarded with investments from other agencies. Here are a few examples for you:
1. Councilman George Huntington and Town Manager Mark Nuaimi were able to bring home approximately $1.7 million from the county transportation commission (SANBAG). Were it not for the wise planning of the town, we wouldn’t have had projects shelf-ready to use these funds. Were it not for the relationships these men have throughout our region, I suspect we would not have been so successful in getting these funds. Those funds will help deliver over a mile of sidewalk and transportation safety improvements, from Town Hall to Old Town.
2. It appears likely that the town is going to be delivering 75 units of affordable senior housing next to Town Hall. This project wouldn’t have happened where it not for the investment the town made in selecting a development partner and preparing the specific plan. That project alone is going to bring over $15 million of investment to the town.
3. In less than a month, the Southside Park project will be open to the public. The Town Council was able to bring that project to the community using federal, county, and development impact funds.
4. The town staff went after state Safe Routes to School money to deliver sidewalks from the high school to Twentynine Palms High School. They were successful and that project will be delivered in the coming year.
This Town Council and management team have shown success in leveraging other agency funding. They have also shown that they are frugal with our local tax dollars. They implemented pension reform long before the state decided to tackle the issue. They maintained balanced budgets throughout the Great Recession, while a number of cities across the state are declaring bankruptcy. Now they come to us with Measure U and suggest that this is the right solution for difficult challenges. I agree and I suggest that people start becoming part of the solution rather than part of the politics being played in town.