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Wildomar got Snookered

Residents of wildomar were snookered

snookered” as a slang verb that means to “deceive, cheat, or dupe:

at what was billed as a “Tiny House Village Meeting”

The original concept of what the meeting was to be can be found in the city council minutes of September 14, 2016 Agenda Item 3.1:

TO: Mayor and City Council Members

FROM: Gary Nordquist, City Manager

SUBJECT: Tiny House Village Meeting


Staff recommends that the City Council authorize hosting a Tiny House Village meeting on Thursday September 22, 2016 from 4:30-7:30 pm.


The Mayor has requested that the City Council approve the hosting of a meeting for the community to hear a presentation on the concepts of a Tiny House Village. The meeting is schedule for Thursday September 22, 2016 from 4:30-7:30pm in the Multipurpose room at the City Hall facility.

What occurred at this meeting was nothing short of a lie.

The only reference to “Tiny Houses” can be found in one place at the top of the cover sheet of the handout.

When asked about Tiny Houses by one of the attendees Mr. Roberson, a leader of the evening’s session, state that Tiny Houses was only a small part of the process and the the focus of the evening would be on the Local Framework Approach (LFA) of identifying the problem and coming up with solutions.


To start with this meeting was attended by 28 individuals, many representing county government, city government, local organizations that work with the homeless, local churches, former homeless individuals and 4 citizens that showed up to hear about Tiny House Villages.

What the late afternoon boiled down to was discussing what hasn’t worked in decades and how maybe to continue to do the same things, only a little differently.

The following PDF (7 MB) is the handout and slide presentation used at the meeting. Look real hard and you will find the tiny reference to Tiny House Villages


Full disclosure, I left this meeting at what should have been 1 hour early (Meeting started late apparently waiting for more people to show up). I stated at the city council meeting this was bad time slot as many of us have livestock that need to be tended to before dark.

Wildomar Responds to the Grand Jury, with a rebuttal

On September 16, 2016 the city of wildomar responded to the Grand Jury report of June 21, same.

The original report and the city’s response can be found at:

Recommendation 1 :
Develop policy and procedure ensuring the city complies with the “Maddy Act” by
posting all vacancies at the city clerk’s office, the public library and other designated location(s).

Response to Recommendation 1:
The City complies with all requirements of state law by posting notices of
unscheduled vacancies at the City Clerk’s office and the public library. My discussions with the Wildomar Library (aka Mission Trail Library) staff confirm that all documents provided by the City Clerk to the library staff are posted on the interior bulletin board.
Also in the city’s response is this statement:
• The City posts notices of unscheduled vacancies on the City web site.

As to the city’s response that it complies with all requirements of state law, the Grand Jury in its investigation interviewed the City Clerk and the Wildomar Library Branch Manager

Original Findings of the Grand Jury
1. Unscheduled vacancies (boards, commissions, committees) have not been posted at the public library as required by California Government Code Sections 54970-54974 also known as the “Maddy Act.” The vacancy notices have been posted only at the City Clerk’s office.

Photographic evidence shown to the Grand Jury along with records request that could not be filled by the city clerk’s office prove that prior to May of 2016 the Maddy Act List was not posted in the Wildomar Library nor was it available in the city clerk’s office.
The list is currently posted at the library, several times.

When one visits the city of wildomar website, on the city clerk’s page at the bottom under ONLINE FORMS AND INFORMATION

City Clerk Page as of 9-20-2016

City Clerk Page as of 9-20-2016

One finds a Planning Commission Vacancy that was filled at a city council meeting on July 13, 2016 still listed. But, what they won’t find is the Maddy List.


Recommendation 2:
The bulletin board currently being used at the Wildomar Public Library be replaced with a secure bulletin board, large enough to display the entire postings.

Response to Recommendation 2:
As this library facility is not controlled by the City but by the County, bulletin board
space for all documents has been limited. The Library staff has graciously shared this space with the City but the best practice would be to install another bulletin board exclusively for City documents.
Recent discussions with the Library staff have resulted in a plan to install a locked
bulletin board inside the library which will be accessible by the Library and City staff with document control/accountability by the City. The plan is to install this bulletin board no later than the end of October 2016.

The city’s response rings hollow as this has been one of three designated locations for the posting of city business since Resolution 08-07 was passed, approved and adopted the 1st day of July 2008. Why designate it if not available.

Installing a new bulletin board inside the library for the posting of city agenda’s also violates the Brown Act as interpreted by the Attorney General’s Office
In 78 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 327, 331-332 (1995), this office concluded that the 72-hour notice requirement mandates local agencies to post their notices in locations which are accessible 24 hours a day for the 72 hours prior to the meeting. Accordingly, notices cannot be placed in buildings which are locked for some portion of the 72 hours immediately prior to the meeting.

Neither the Library or the Post Office is open 24 hours a day

Recommendation 3:
If the U.S. Post Office in Wildomar is continued to be utilized a secure bulletin board of adequate size be used, otherwise, a different location be designated, such as the city website or local fire station

Response to Recommendation 3:
The City will comply with Recommendation number 3 and will install a secure
bulletin board inside the lobby area of the Post Office thereby improving public notice due to the extended hours the lobby is open. As this facility also is not controlled by the City the completion of this installation is scheduled prior to October 31, 2016.

If in fact the Post Office is not controlled by the city then how can a date certain be given without the assurance, in the form of a letter, of the Post Master for this facility be given in the city’s response.


Some people will be thinking, who cares if the library or the post office are available for posting the cities business. It is the current law and choice of the city to use these facilities to post the city’s business. Until such time as these laws are amended or the city designates other places for posting the laws need to be followed.

Wildomar About to Set a Precedence

UPDATE 2: Wildomar continues with its standard course of giving out misleading and poorly dispensed information about an event (one attendee, an elected local official and resident of wildomar stated he heard about this workshop the morning of). This meeting had nothing to do with “Tiny House Villages” as promoted and alluded to by our mayor (in the local newspaper “A coalition of leaders and officials will meet Thursday to further develop “tiny house village” concept”). This meeting focused entirely on how to end homelessness. It was attended by 28 individuals of which 4 were concerned citizens with the balance either city officials/employees or working in the homeless arena (employees with the county, salvation army or other aid organizations.

Our mayor also alluded to this being a presentation on the concepts of a Tiny House Village in Agenda Item 3.1 of the city council meeting on September 14, 2016

UPDATE: At Wednesday evenings City Council meeting Council Member Ben Benoit offered to pay the $89.00 rental fee out of his pocket for the use of the cities community room, this settles the matter of taxpayers paying for non-profits use of city facilities from the General Fund, for now.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 6:30 pm in Council Chamber during a City Council meeting item 3.1 Tiny House Village Meeting will be discussed.
This is the proposal that the city host a meeting for the community to hear a presentation on the concepts of a “Tiny House Village” aka a permanent tent city.

This is a Tiny Village in Madison Wisconsin

This is a Tiny Village in Madison Wisconsin

This is the mothership of Tiny Villages in Portland Oregon called Dignity Village

This is the mothership of Tiny Villages in Portland Oregon called Dignity Village

As a part of this agenda item it will be asked that the cost of using the Council Chambers for this meeting be paid for by the taxpayers from the city’s general fund. Although it is only $89 it sets a precedence for what a the last homeless count conducted in May of this year equated to 13 individuals being homeless in the City of Wildomar.

Funny thing is if one goes to a PE article dated July 27, 2016 this meeting is already a done deal.
Julie Kai
Joseph Morabito Just confirmed with Mayor Bridgette Moore. It will be on Thursday, September 22 from 4:30 to 7:00 at Wildomar City Hall. Thank you!
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