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How Embarrassing for the Citizens of Wildomar

While inspecting the city parks on a recent Thursday I came across a gentleman trying to make the ballfields usable at the city’s premier park, Marna O’Brien. He was out at the third base area and then the first base area with a barrel pump sucking up water, into a bucket, out of the depressions that fill up with water whenever it rains. When he filled up the 5 gallon bucket he would lug it over the the drainage swale in the grass area and dump it then trudge on back and do it again, over and over. This was on the most heavily used field in the park.

 

View a short U-Tube Video

These depressions have existed since the day the parks were re-opened in 2014 and have gotten worse due to a lack of proper maintenance on the part of city staff. The person in the video was a volunteer not a city employee.


The above photo was taken on April 17, 2014, just days after the parks were re-opened using Measure Z Parcel Tax money.


This picture, of the 3rd baseline on the same field as the video, was taken September 17, 2014 just 5 months after the parks re-opened.

These fields have been in need of added engineered material that has migrated away due to use and should be laser graded annually, the last time these fields had material added was when the parks were rebuilt by the County of Riverside in 2008.

The citizens of this City were billed $354,577.00 according to the Measure Z Parcel Tax Report for FY 2016-17 of which 2/3rd was spent on Marna O’Brien Park. Where did it all go.

A Fun Night Out

Went to the Riverside Art Museum to see some Chicano Art from the collection owned by Cheech Marin.
Papel Chicano Dos: Works on Paper. (65 pieces by 24 artist)

Got a pamphlet signed as they ran out of exhibit catalogs two people in front of us.

Even got our picture with Cheech Marin

Brought back a lot of fuzzy memories, to much smoke in the eyes.

It’s Time for Wildomar to Drain it’s Swamp

UPDATE: After attending a Measure Oversight Committee meeting on December 8, 2016 during which I brought up the condition of this Tot-Lot, I had to listen quietly to a sorry story of why this condition exist. The story told was that this is a one-time event caused by the adjacent school. The following pictures show this event occurring several times in the past where the Tot-Lot drained within a couple of days.

January 2016


September of 2014


February 2014

In all these past incidents this Tot-Lot drained within a couple of days.

One would think that after 2 ½ years of of operating the parks in wildoslavia they would get it right.

After the most recent rains, on November 26-27 which resulted in five-eighths of an inch, the drainage system ceased to function in one of wildoslavias numerous city owned Tot-Lots located in one of its three parks that service 35,000 plus citizens.

Gates to the school are in the background

The continual flooding of this particular park anytime the city receives more than one-half inch of rain has been the result of poor maintenance of the passageway, since day one, for water under a bridge utilized daily by school children at the local elementary school.

This is now, December 2016

This is opening day 2014

All of this has resulted in wildoslavia having now two Tot-Lots inaccessible to citizens that are physically challenged and requiring a ramp into the Tot-Lot. The other park is the city’s premier park where the ramp was destroyed.

The current condition of what was a ramp at Marna Tot-Lot

This is what was turned over by the County of Riverside

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.
http://www.pe.com/articles/kiler-809239-homeless-idea.html#article-comments
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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WILDOMAR IN THE NEWS

Being as Wildomar has virtually no decent new service, I will share this link.

http://ktla.com/2016/07/09/investigation-underway-after-window-of-deputys-patrol-car-shattered-in-wildomar/

This gives some details of what happened yesterday afternoon, while city officials were setting up for a party only 1300 feet away.

Click on the link it will take you to the Los Angeles News stations coverage. The commercial last 15 seconds, so patience.

WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE ?

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The Measure Z Oversight Committee meeting, originally scheduled for May 26, 2016, was by notice of adjournment, Adjourned Regular meeting for Thursday June 30, 2016.

Meeting of June 30, 2016

Ain’t going to happen as there has been no agenda posted 72 hours prior to the meeting, nor, has there been any additional notice of adjournment to a later date.

This voter approved committee has been turned into another city of wildomar farces. This committee which was to meet at least once every quarter has delayed past meetings to suit city staff and now with only 2 sworn members (three positions expired on February 28, 2016) staff has taken it upon itself to just not have any meetings. (Three improperly noticed positions are supposed to be filled whenever there is another meeting)

Where is the council in this matter, nowhere to be found.

Where are the citizens of this community, nowhere to be found.

PIONEER FAMILIES OF WILDOMAR

A record of many of the first or pioneer families to live in the settlement called Wildomar can be found in a book called History and Directory of Riverside County 1893-94 by A.A. Bynon & Son. This volume was produced in the inaugural year of Riverside County.

To see the list of individual members of early families visit the History Page of this blog.

OVERSIGHT STOMPED TO DEATH BY WILDOMAR

UPDATED @ 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2016
At 6:42 p.m. I received the first of 3 e-mails announcing the adjournment of the Thursday, May 26, 2016 Measure Z Oversight Advisory Committee Meeting until June 30, 2016.
Per Resolution 2013-37 Section 6 Time and Place of Meetings.
The Committee shall establish a regular date, time and place for Committee meetings, which shall be open to the public. Said meetings shall occur no less frequently than every 3 months.

The last meeting of the Measure Z Oversight Advisory Committee Meeting occurred on February 25, 2016 (the June 30th date will be 4 months and 5 days since the last meeting.)
3 days after the last meeting the term of 3 members of the committee ended which leaves the current committee with 2 members and 3 members-elect (not sworn in), also no chair or vice-chair.

The city of wildomar has finally stomped the Measure Z Oversight Committee into oblivion.
Fist they would delay meetings by a week, then a month and now nothing.
Its on the city of wildomar’s calendar (been there for over a month) but with hours past the required Brown Act time of 72 hours to post an agenda NOTHING

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An e-mail to a city official asking if the meeting has been cancelled has yet to be responded to.
The worst part of this is nobody cares. It’s only a lousy 350K of taxpayer money.

THE PROCESS HAS STARTED

As of February 3, 2016 the city of wildomar has provided the citizens an OFFICIAL page to view information on the “by district” process.

Visit
http://www.cityofwildomar.org/city-clerk.asp#elections

On this page you will find the letter that started the process rolling, the city attorney’s responses to that letter, the beginnings of the mapping process (three (3) Draft Maps with accompanying demographics) are provided. An interactive map is also included so you can switch from one draft to another easily.

What’s left is a packet so everyday citizens can participate in the process without waiting until the end of a long boring city council meeting, as this is where the council has determined you can participate in the mandated three (3) public meetings.

THE CONTEMPT IN wildomar CONTINUES

On Wednesday night January 27, 2016 the city of wildomar held a special meeting to discuss the change over to voting “by district”.

During the comment period a question was asked about why the public has not seen the “Letter received from the Law Firm” which started this process and why was it not included in the agenda packet for the special meeting.

During the response period citizens where assured by the city clerk with the concurrence of the city attorney that the letter in question and the “City Attorney’s” response would be made available on the city website As Soon As Possible

noun. The definition of concurrence is agreement or things that act or occur together. When two people agree on something, this is an example of a concurrence of opinion.

On Thursday January 28, 2016 an e-mail response was received by a citizen of wildomar which follows. The recipient of this letter has been redacted:

From: Debbie Lee [mailto:dlee@cityofwildomar.org]
Sent: Thursday, January 28, 2016 3:30 PM
To:
Subject: District Elections Letter

Please see the attached letter which you have requested. This should be up on the website before the close of business today. Also, I have requested a copy of the response letter which our City Attorney wrote and sent. As soon as I receive that I will forward it to you.

Should you have any questions, please let me know.

Thank you,

Debbie A. Lee
City Clerk
Human Resources Manager
Risk Manager

City of Wildomar
23873 Clinton Keith Road
Suite 201
Wildomar CA 92595

951.677.7751 x215
951.698.1463 (Fax)

City Hall Hours:
Monday – Thursday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed Fridays

www.cityofwildomar.org

All e-mail to and from the City of Wildomar may be considered public information and may be disclosed upon request.

As of 6:30 p.m. January 29, 2016 the person requesting this information has received only the “Letter received from the Law Firm” which has also posted on the city Website.
This letter was posted on this site in the previous post with a link to the city clerks page where said letter is contained.

http://www.cityofwildomar.org/uploads/files/city-clerk/elections/Alleged%20Violation%20of%20CVRA.pdf

The “Response Letter” from the city attorney has not been received by the requester above nor has it been posted on the city website. But apparently a local blogger with inside connections has posted two (2) response letters from the city attorney on their website at 2:29 p.m., Friday, January 29, 2016. Something to remember is city hall is closed on Friday’s in this town.

So much for respecting the citizens of wildomar. This is reminiscent of the fence being removed from Windsong Park before any of the security measures were in place or residents bordering said park were notified.
(Portions of the fence were left in place to secure the porta-potty and hold the plastic signs containing the park rules)