Nuaimi knows when to quit

There are 12 comments on the San Bernardino County Sun story from Jun 23, 2010, titled Nuaimi knows when to quit. In it, San Bernardino County Sun reports that:

One thing we have to say for Mark Nuaimi: We really admire his resignations. If that sounds like the most backhanded compliment ever, it isn't. We mean it, and in the most positive way.

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Watching from Colton

Colton, CA

#1 Jun 24, 2010
Gag me with a spoon!!!
This article sounds like it was written by Nuaimi himself. You actually believe he laid himself off for the good of Colton? How naive can you get? Name one project he "completed" during his tenure as Assistant City Manager of Colton. To take the job in Yucca Valley, he had to give up his position as chairman of LAFCO, leave SANBAG and resign as Mayor of Fontana. This sounds like getting out of town before it's too late. I believe he did need a job to support his family but I think Yucca Valley better keep a close eye on him. The Colton former City Manager, former CFO and then Nuaimi ran from a sinking ship in Colton. I believe he saw the writing on the wall with the approach of the elections in November and his popularity falling there and had to leave for survival.
Truth

Lynwood, CA

#2 Jun 24, 2010
Um, Nuaimi did not leave Colton for the benefit of Colton. He left Colton for his own benefit, taking with him a HUGE severance package. Colton would have spent less money to keep him...
high spirts

United States

#3 Jun 24, 2010
I think Mayor Mark has done a good jobas Mayor of Fontana. He his given the City apparence it was on the right track. I think he will do a good job as City Manager. He bring with him a wealth of knowledge. The new City is a lot better place to live and work. Good Luck Mayor Mark.
Best way

Colton, CA

#4 Jun 25, 2010
Watching from Colton wrote:
Gag me with a spoon!!!
This article sounds like it was written by Nuaimi himself. You actually believe he laid himself off for the good of Colton? How naive can you get? Name one project he "completed" during his tenure as Assistant City Manager of Colton. To take the job in Yucca Valley, he had to give up his position as chairman of LAFCO, leave SANBAG and resign as Mayor of Fontana. This sounds like getting out of town before it's too late. I believe he did need a job to support his family but I think Yucca Valley better keep a close eye on him. The Colton former City Manager, former CFO and then Nuaimi ran from a sinking ship in Colton. I believe he saw the writing on the wall with the approach of the elections in November and his popularity falling there and had to leave for survival.
No, I can't think of one "completed" project, but I do remember that he said he would have the HCP done by Councilman Toro's next birthday. That birthday came and went. No HCP. He then said it would be done by his "next" birthday. Still no HCP. Oh well.
Realist

Yucaipa, CA

#5 Jul 2, 2010
Good piece. It's the truth. The obvious reponses from Colton First is predictable. Mark is an honorable man who has strong christian beliefs and has a love for his family and community. He actually walks the talk, which is rare in city govt. Many of us wish him the best of luck in the future. Mark was a good Mayor who put his City first, unlike Colton Farce, which put themsevles first and are looking for scaps at the table.
Mark Nuaimi

Lynwood, CA

#6 Jul 2, 2010
Go away for vacation and come back to find the haters from Colton continuing the misinformation campaign... so here goes in response to the nonsense from "Truth" and "Best Way" (wonder which Colton FIRST members these are):

Severance package was consistent with most "at-will" contracts in any city. I notice there is no mention of the severance packages that went to the other directors who were let go from Colton -- only the evil Nuaimi. I remember many of these same people claiming I had a job all lined up and was just taking the money as a windfall. Then these same folks started celebrating the fact that I wasn't finding a job as if that was evidence that they were right about my qualifications.

Then we have the repeated claim that nothing was completed... do we really have to go through the laundry list?? Might as well...

1) Draft Housing Element completed after having to re-write it once Zamora "retired". That Housing Element was built on the two Specific Plans that were moving forward to completion when I left;

2) West Valley Specific Plan (Super Block) Update -- Specific Plan completed and Draft EIR was circulated by the time I had left. All that was required to complete was address the comments and fold them into a Final EIR;

3) Pellisier Ranch Specific Plan -- draft SP was completed and EIR work was being performed when I left;

4) Habitat Conservation Plan -- draft document was completed when I left. Actually we had completed three different versions of the draft in response to the cemetery. What the Colton FIRST people always fail to mention is that they became the fly in the ointment when they launched that bogus "protect our cemetery" campaign. After nearly 18 months of delays and tactics, we ended up with the cemetery re-endorsing the HCP approach and the conservation of property on a portion of the undeveloped lands in the cemetery;

5) Successful lawsuits with Rialto -- protected the interests of Colton residents with the two CEQA lawsuits where Colton was the prevailing party;

6) CUP revocations for those businesses that were impacting the community;

7) Colton Crossing -- the MOU that was recently entered into by the parties was a result of our strategy that we developed over 24 months ago. The "White Paper" that we developed was integral to our involvement at SANBAG and negotiating with the railroads. Included in this effort was the South Colton strategy to realign the railroad and bring transportation infrastructure to separate the residential from industrial uses.

I'm certain that these accomplishments will be poo-poo'd by the Colton First members. At least I can say that during my tenure with Colton I never approved an 80,000 square foot nightclub, that I didn't advocate for another nightclub in the middle of residential developments (remember the "Alamo"), and that once the City Manager and Finance Director left, I played an integral role in identifying the financial challenges and developing the cut plan that kept the City out of insolvency.

“Colton is NOT Frontiertown”

Since: Nov 09

Location hidden

#7 Jul 2, 2010
Welcome back Mark and congrats on your new job. I find it quite interesting that with cities across the IE ( Redlands, San Bernardino, Rialto, etc) also facing budget crisis due to a failing global economy Colton First still clings to their claim of "fiscal mismanagement" as far as Colton is concerned. In doing so they ignore the fact that (a) Colton is a small town compared to these other cities and (b) Colton never had the types of large revenue generators these other cities have. Some point to "huge profits" from the electric utility while ignoring the fact that all of the utility poles on Pennsylvania between Mill and Valley Blvd. have been recently replaced / upgraded ( not a cheap endeavor ). I suppose it just would not fit their political agenda to admit , like other cities across the nation, that Colton is also a victim of the economy. Maybe they believe David Zamora has a pocket full of magic beans that will miraculously create new revenue if he's elected.
advocate for democracy

Colton, CA

#8 Jul 2, 2010
Realist wrote:
Good piece. It's the truth. The obvious reponses from Colton First is predictable. Mark is an honorable man who has strong christian beliefs and has a love for his family and community. He actually walks the talk, which is rare in city govt. Many of us wish him the best of luck in the future. Mark was a good Mayor who put his City first, unlike Colton Farce, which put themsevles first and are looking for scaps at the table.
True. Mark's biggest "crime' as far as "Colton Farce" is concerned, at least from my observation, is he helped follow through with the Bike Path Project, a project which, by the way , which was initiated by a former Mayor. Had Mark been able to sabotage that project or at the least, been able to reroute it, he would be lauded as a hero by them.
advocate for democracy

Colton, CA

#9 Jul 5, 2010
hmm..no snappy response from Colton Farce ? They must be too busy planning a rally for 40 Glocc
http://www.topix.com/city/colton-ca/2010/07/c...
Voting Chastain OUT

Newport Beach, CA

#10 Jul 5, 2010
Magic Beans?! Thats awesome. Zamora has my vote for sure.
Janet Holderness

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#11 Jan 4, 2011
What Nuaimi was great at as Mayor of Fontana was looking the other way. When 2 police employees came forward with evidence of racism in the department, they were retaliated against by Janice Rutherford, and the city manager. Nuaimi was a spineless, liberal, coward who spoke out against racism, unless someone from the inside exposed it. Nuaimi's ego could not handle not knowing about it first, so he punishes those that reveal it for making him look bad. It also successfully deters other employees from ever bringing such issues to management's attention. It's sad Fontana's good officer's have to fear retaliation when contemplating doing the right thing.
Code 3

Corona Del Mar, CA

#12 Jan 4, 2011
Mr Observer wrote:
Welcome back Mark and congrats on your new job. I find it quite interesting that with cities across the IE ( Redlands, San Bernardino, Rialto, etc) also facing budget crisis due to a failing global economy Colton First still clings to their claim of "fiscal mismanagement" as far as Colton is concerned. In doing so they ignore the fact that (a) Colton is a small town compared to these other cities and (b) Colton never had the types of large revenue generators these other cities have. Some point to "huge profits" from the electric utility while ignoring the fact that all of the utility poles on Pennsylvania between Mill and Valley Blvd. have been recently replaced / upgraded ( not a cheap endeavor ). I suppose it just would not fit their political agenda to admit , like other cities across the nation, that Colton is also a victim of the economy. Maybe they believe David Zamora has a pocket full of magic beans that will miraculously create new revenue if he's elected.
David Crawford you are such a buthead.

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