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Banning City Manager Submits Resignation Letter: Takata's Last Day in February

Patch file photo by Eric Reed
Patch file photo by Eric Reed
Banning City Manager Andy Takata has submitted his resignation and his last day on the job will be in February, a city spokesman announced Tuesday evening.

Here's the full statement from Banning spokesman Bill Manis dated Jan. 14, 2014:

The Banning City Council and City Manager have been discussing the future concerning the City and have come to a mutual understanding whereby City Manager Andy Takata has submitted a resignation letter contingent upon developing a severance agreement consistent with the terms of his contract.

A Council Sub-Committee will be working to finalize the severance agreement. Mr. Takata will be available to assist the City in transition activities and it is anticipated that his final day of employment will be in February.

In the interim, June Overholt, Deputy City Manager, will be acting as the City Manager.

The City Council thanks Mr. Takata for his dedicated service to the City of Banning over the last four years. Mr. Takata wishes to thank the Council, Community and especially the Staff, for their support over the last four years.
Jack Smith January 14, 2014 at 11:06 PM
Alan Kapanicas would make a GREAT Banning city manager. GO GO GO GO GO AK............
Libi Uremovic January 14, 2014 at 11:35 PM
why did the city manager resign? is this about the mini tank scam..???
a litttle justice January 14, 2014 at 11:44 PM
More than likely it started with how the oil spill was handled and ended with the Council wanting to usurp his power as it relates to the hiring of the next Police Chief. It probably didn't help that he denied knowing about the MRAP in writing right here on Patch. The process of how the next Chief will be hired will likely be on the next agenda.
Jeremiah January 15, 2014 at 12:16 AM
A Little Justice - as it was spoken of by one councilman at that BPOA public Q&A and concurred with by another to me personally, the thought is to try to put together an advisory group of 2 citizens, 2 police, 2 city council to interview all applicants and submit a short list of acceptable names to whatever person or entity ends up being tasked with actually hiring the new police chief. That in my opinion would be a fair and impartial process, if it is actually put in place, and would truly indicate a council working for the people they have been entrusted with overseeing. **** Jeremiah
Jeremiah January 15, 2014 at 12:26 AM
Libi - there is no "mini-tank scam". That acquisition was completely above-board and compliant with a state-administered federal surplus disposal plan. Whether it is something that will be of benefit is something that will be decided in the near future and it will be kept or returned accordingly. Just as will the first helicopter that is offered. **** Jeremiah
a litttle justice January 15, 2014 at 12:27 AM
JP I believe that would be an acceptable process, however the reason given for the issue not being on the agenda according to the City Attorney was that legal issues needed to be researched. I can't see why there would be legal issues for what you described. Which leads me to believe that something more aggressive is being contemplated. We'll know in 2 weeks.
Alexander Cuttleworth January 15, 2014 at 05:53 AM
And another one bites the dust.......Anyone surprised? Nice to see Libid is still seeing bogeymen behind every tree.
Diego Rose January 15, 2014 at 11:35 AM
@JP and Alexander. To date, the "Who" approved the MARP for acquisition is what has not been answered. Not by anyone. Not the city manager, not the chief of police, or lack there of, not the BPOA, not even the city council. We've all been made aware of the governments program for military surplus, but again, that was not because of any of the aforementioned groups, it was because of some local journalist. Some in the community actually think having this vehicle while we can barely pay someone to drive it makes about as much sense as, paying for an insurance that you would never need! Just because you have a gift horse doesn't mean you can feed that horse. Not all of us can live on ranches anymore....apparently just some. Its not seeing boogieman as you would have people believe, but it is wanting people to be accountable and justify there actions. Sometimes it doesn't even matter if anyone agrees with that justification, but man up and give the people who are floating the bill some info. Pretty simple right?
Patch Reader January 15, 2014 at 12:18 PM
Well I'm going to say I told you so lol! Just wait more will follow! as long as the a$$ hole of the year possibly the decade sits on that council chair this will not be the last!
Jeremiah January 15, 2014 at 12:20 PM
I'm not quite sure what your issue is, Diego. Everything is legal and aboveboard. If you read the small print on the 1033 program, the council does not have to approve the acquisition or even know about it. Nor does the police chief. There is an LEA liason who does that. The vehicle was accepted as a possible benefit. If it is decided by all involved that it is a liability and doesn't serve a purpose, it will be returned and offered to another small town police department. **** Your issue is a separate one and valid in it's own right. People do need to be aware that there is an incipient militarization of police departments going on under the guise of "protecting our freedoms". While I don't personally see how this is going to take any freedoms away from you that haven't already been taken, I do respect your viewpoint. I just look a little deeper and understand that the people taking those freedoms don't want you locked up or even unhappy - they want you happy and productive and "feeding the machine" as you are now. The problem will arise when people wake up to this financial and moral slavery and try to escape from it - then and only then will a militarized police department be used against us. Before then it is only counterproductive to the purposes of the financial interests, which is to gain control of governments and their citizens. **** Confusing the issue and trying to take down the PD or Council in Banning for conspiracy doesn't fly - this is not an offensive weapon and would be of no benefit in taking away your freedoms. **** Jeremiah
haden ward January 15, 2014 at 12:44 PM
So, the idiot is gone, right? By the way, anytime a county, or city acquires something, risk management, and admin have to be aware if there is a potential for liability,,,,such in this case when ya take out a citizen on the highway, in Arizona...... Sounds like kindergarten SWAT is in trouble still over that shenanigan.
peter barrett January 15, 2014 at 10:29 PM
If Mr. Takata was earning $268,000 a year and resigned, why would he get a severance package??
Alexander Cuttleworth January 16, 2014 at 01:10 AM
Diego, I respectively disagree. Libi sees a problem, crime, scam everywhere. I've often wondered if she is disappointed when, and if, she is proved wrong. Can she accept the idea that she just might be wrong, especially since she is just reading what she assumes is fact, even tho she is not a Pass area resident and doesn't know any of the people to whom she credits with a crime or scam. Yes, there are government associated people who are guilty, but Libi reminds me of Chicken Little. It's not always a good idea to make an assumption until all the facts are out in the open...if they ever are. There are a small number of people on Patch who support Peterson and as you know, I'm not one of them but my objections are based on items written and signed by him. I'm willing to wait and watch to see whose head rolls next and am more than happy to make suggestions. As for the MARP vehicle, we can all beat our heads against the wall. I hope it will never be used but if there is a Columbine, Arapahoe, Newtown or any other shooting at one of our local schools, I'll be damn glad Banning has a MARP. And yes, I have insurance, which makes a lot of sense to me. It's there if I need it while praying that I never do. Peace, Diego :)
Diego Rose January 16, 2014 at 02:03 AM
@ JP, you wrote, "I'm not quite sure what your issue is." Well I had written, "Some in the community actually think having this vehicle while we can barely pay someone to drive it makes about as much sense as, paying for an insurance that you would never need!". . . I would be "some" in this instance. Which brings me to what AC wrote, "yes, I have insurance, which makes a lot of sense to me. It's there if I need it while praying that I never do." . . . . I wrote,"paying for an insurance that you would NEVER need!" l. . . . Such as "Bigfoot coverage" or better yet, "terrorism coverage." But I am the one who is so scared of everything right?
ATC January 16, 2014 at 11:01 AM
Well, here’s my take on what’s happening:  For years, we had a city council that spent tax payer money on many projects and deals that were, at best, questionable and at worst, highly unethical (even bordering on illegal). City administrators were certainly a big part of that dynamic; proposals were presented to council that were seldom if ever scrutinized or questioned. Instead, they were often approved almost as matter of course, costing residents more and more, while the city cut hours, laid off staff, and reduced services and amenities. *****  So, in 2012, residents opted for a major change.  Two entirely new faces, who campaigned specifically on cleaning up the financials of the city, were overwhelmingly voted into office.  Time will tell if we all made the right decision in 2012, but we certainly couldn’t afford to continue down the same path, could we?  They are doing exactly what they said they would, exactly what we voted them into office to do; and while there is indeed some major and even unexpected shakeups occurring, did anyone really think that it would be painless?  I, for one, am encouraged to see at least one or two councilmembers actually asking staff some tough questions about spending our tax money; if staff can’t legitimately answer those questions, then they shouldn’t spending it, should they?  JMO, YMMV
Jeremiah January 16, 2014 at 11:17 AM
Good analyses, ATC. Just wanted to let you know I am still looking forward to our cup of coffee but this week has gotten crazy for me - one project ending and 2 more starting plus doctor appointments all screwed up due to the ACA changes in insurance. Sorry - maybe we can get together early next week if that is convenient with you? **** Jeremiah
ATC January 16, 2014 at 11:39 AM
Whenever is convenient for you, JP. Thursdays are booked for me, and weekends are hit or miss, cuz of camping trips (required for sanity), but generally all other evenings are open, as well as every other Friday (I work a 9-80 schedule).
Jeremiah January 17, 2014 at 03:54 PM
I like the "camping trips for sanity" thing! **** Jeremiah
Alexander Cuttleworth January 18, 2014 at 01:21 AM
I'm sorry, Diego, I obviously didn't realize your insurance comment was a 'joke'. Peace

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