The first thing you will notice is there is a fence around the birthday celebration in Marna O’Brien Park. Outside of that fence is the Tot-Lot whose two swings are plenty busy and the Freedom Swing which sits all alone chained up.
Ethics is particularly important in public service. As a Planning Commissioner, you have been given significant authority and you are expected to use that authority with integrity. If the Planning Commission is to do its job properly and address the challenges confronting most communities, public trust and confidence is vital. High ethical standards are required to secure and maintain public trust that is essential to the planning process and to good government.
In Texas: Owing delinquent property taxes disqualifies a person from serving on the County Appraisal District (CAD) board of directors.
Few voluntary non-elected appointments have the kind of authority granted a planning commissioner. Fewer still have the ability to affect the future of a community to such a great extent
In doing so a Planning Commissioner needs to be above reproach
(1. such that no criticism can be made; perfect.)
In California maybe things are different as there is a small town where a Planning Commissioner is delinquent on the property taxes for every parcel they own in town and numerous others in the County they live in. The delinquencies also affects a parcel tax which is used to support the town’s few parks which councilmembers fawn over.
When recently brought to the attention of this towns city council members, they were quick to make excuse about why this is happening. The planning commissioner in question has a serious medical issue.
The question then becomes are these delinquencies a recent event due to this medical issue or is there a history of this type of behavior.
The answer is, there is a history. Property tax records show delinquencies on the books dating back to 2007.
This person also has a history of not completing legally required task like properly dissolving a domestic nonprofit corporation, for which this person is listed as the Agent of Service, this corporation has languished for more than two and a half decades and is currently listed as Franchise Tax Board/Secretary of State Suspended on the Secretary of State’s website.
The final question to be asked is should this person with a history of ignoring property tax law and not owning up to other legal responsibilities be allowed to continue as a planning commissioner setting the direction of growth for that city.
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.
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.
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)
Brought back a lot of fuzzy memories, to much smoke in the eyes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Being as Wildomar has virtually no decent new service, I will share this link.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.