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The letter of the law versus the spirit of the law is an idiomatic antithesis. When one obeys the letter of the law but not the spirit, one is obeying the literal interpretation of the words (the “letter”) of the law, but not necessarily the intent of those who wrote the law.

Idiomaticusing, containing, or denoting expressions that are natural to a native speaker.

AntithesisDirect contrast; opposition.

Idiomatic Antithesis: What do you do when you have to follow the letter of the law, but you have wiggle room to interpret said law to maintain the integrity of your work?

Knowledge about the workings of city government just got a little easier for those citizens that have chosen not to signed up for e-mail blast from the city. (Less than 1,000 have)
Access to agendas for City Council, Planning Commission, Measure Z Oversight Committee and some subcommittees have been somewhat enhanced, although not entirely, by the city complying with the requirements of the Grand Jury.

A new bulletin board has been installed in the P.O. Box Lobby open from 4:00am – 10:00pm.

Newly installed before October 30, 2016

Newly installed before October 30, 2016

This is an improvement over the city notices being posted on a clipboard in the retail lobby which was only opened from 8:30am – 5:00pm.

The way it was

The way it was

(This leaves a 6 hour daily period where access is unavailable vs. the 15 and half hours previously, at this location)

The Wildomar Library has cleaned out all materials not related to city business from a new bulletin board in the entrance lobby.

The way the Grand Jury saw it

The way the Grand Jury saw it

What they would see today during business hours

What they would see today during business hours

This is not much of an improvement over the previous situation because this building is still inaccessible for 16 hours each weekday, 19 hours on Saturday and all day Sundays.

If you intend on driving over and peaking in the window, good luck

If you intend on driving over and peaking in the window, good luck

For a typical city meeting held on a Wednesday at 6:30pm notice is required to be posted 72 viewable hours prior, or no later than 5:30pm Sunday because Closed Sessions begin at 5:30pm and Public Comments are allowed.

Viewable hours are important enough for the California Attorney General’s Office to have issued a determination
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.

In this opinion is this section of the “Brown Act”
Section 54954.2, subdivision (a) requires that the posting occur in a location that is “freely accessible” to members of the public. “Accessible” may commonly be defined as “capable of being reached . . . capable of being . . . seen . . . .” (Webster’s Third New Internat. Dict. (1971) p. 11.) “Freely” in this context may reasonably be defined as “without hindrance.” (Id., at p. 906.) Obviously, locked doors would provide a “hindrance” to the agenda being “seen” during the 72-hour period. If an agenda cannot be viewed where it is posted, the purpose of section 54954.2’s posting requirement would be frustrated.
Members of the public cannot be expected to have full opportunity to learn of agenda items of interest if the place where the agenda is posted is inaccessible to them during any portion of the required 72-hour period.
If the building in question is closed during the evening hours, the agenda may be posted on the outside of the building in a lighted display case if necessary.

For the Post Office access is unavailable for only 18 hours total vs the 46 hours previously. A vast improvement.

For the Library access remains pretty much the same as before, the library is closed on Sunday, not opening until noon on Monday which results in the first 18 and one half hours of no access. The library closes at 8:00 pm on Monday until 10:00am on Tuesday or 14 hours of no access. The library closes at 6:00pm on Tuesday until 10:00am on Wednesday or 16 hours of no access. This results in a total time of 23 ½ hours of access. (A shortage of 48 ½ hours)

For the Post Office posting would have to occur no later than 5:30 pm on Saturday

For the Library posting, to allow for 72 hours of accessible time, would have to occur no later than 11:30am the Saturday a week prior to the meeting. (For the City Council meeting that occurred on October 12th the posting would have had to gone up on October 1st.)


Everytime it appears the Measure Z Oversight Advisory Committee is dead it mysteriously comes back to life.


UPDATE: Checked the city of wildomar’s park web page, a website separate from the cities official page, and low and behold there is a cancellation notice. Thursday nights meeting has been adjourned to September 8, 2016. (Problem being that night is already scheduled for another event, same place same time) guess Measure Z will be rescheduled again.

The most recent death appears to be the August 25, 2016 meeting, which has been on the city calendar for several months. As of this writing, at 9:30 pm August 22, 2016 (less than the requisite 72 hours) there is no agenda posted.
The previous death and revival occurred starting with the May 26, 2016 Regular Scheduled meeting.
This meeting was to originally occur on May 26, 2016 at 6:30 pm.
This date was set back on August 27, 2015, a change from previous years, at the encouragement of staff due to difficulty in generating financial reports on time.

Meeting Change 08-27-15

On May 24, 2016 @ 6:42 pm (47 hours 48 minutes prior), by e-mail blast without explanation, this meeting was adjourned to an Adjourned Regular Meeting on June 30, 2016.

From: City of Wildomar (reply to: info@cityofwildomar.org)
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Subject: Wildomar Measure Z Oversight Committee Agenda 05-26-16
Show: raw text Date: Tuesday, 24/05/2016 6:42 PM
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The regular meeting of the Measure Z Oversight Committee of May 26, 2016 is adjourned to June 30, 2016.

If you have any questions regarding this email please contact:

Debbie A. Lee
City Clerk
Phone: 951/677-7751 x 215

On May 25, 2016 at 5:00 pm (25 hours 30 minutes prior) this meeting, certified by the city clerk as being posted in three locations, was adjourned to an Adjourned Regular meeting set to occur on June 30, 2016 at 6:30 pm. No explanation was given for adjournment.

Certification 05-25-16

On June 27, 2016 at the required 72 hours prior to the June 30, 2016 meeting no agenda was posted leading one to believe this meeting was not going to occur.
On June 30, 2016 at 5:27 pm (one hour and 3 minutes prior), by e-mail blast, notice was given that the Measure Z Oversight Advisory Committee would meet in a regular meeting on July 7, 2016 at 6:30 pm.

07-07-16 Annointed

Missing in all of this is what happened to the June 30th meeting.

Did it occur?

One would believe it did as from the time the May 26, 2016 adjournment was posted where 3 members are listed as Members Elect with no Chair or Vice Chair listed
and in the posting for the July 7, 2016 meeting refers to as Members Chair, Vice Chair and Members.
None of the three members have been sworn in to their positions, no meeting has occurred since the term of the three expired on February 28, 2016.

Is city staff now anointing its citizenry.



“The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the instruments they have created.”  GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 54950 “The Ralph M. Brown Act”

A Foggy SunRise

A Foggy SunRise

Typical Sunshine in Wildomar, everything kept in a fog. This may be the reason for such poor attendance at city  events.

On Wednesday March 9, 2016 the wildomar city council accepted from the County of Riverside the Grand Deep for Fire Station #61, the only fire station in the city.

During the “Comments” portion of the Agenda Item it was brought to the attention of the Council that several attachments were missing from the agenda packet. This included:

  1. Board of Supervisors Report and Resolution
  2. Preliminary Title Report
  3. Phase I Environmental Site Assessment

On Wednesday March 9, 2016 the wildomar city council accepted from the County of Riverside the Grand Deed for Fire Station #61, the only fire station in the city.

It was asked that this item be continued due to this apparent oversight in compiling the agenda packet.

The answer from legal was it does not have to be continued but if you wish to do so you can

The council in their typical “who cares” attitude went ahead and PASSED, APPROVED, AND ADOPTED the resolution.

During the council comments session it was decided by council memebers that this subject matter had been discussed Ad nauseam in past council sessions. (good luck finding any mention of it in past council minutes)

It was also elicited that since the “Title Report” was a long and boring report, the public would not be interested. (don’t want that person for “Real Estate Agent”).  

The same was said of the “Phase I Environmental Site Assessment” (The officials in Flint, Michigan are probably wishing they had read the Assessments before switching water sources).

One council member proclaimed this city wants every piece of county property located in the city, no matter what it was.

Be careful of what you ask for, this is how we ended up with Regency Heritage Park. AKA “OPEN CHANNEL A” of the Lakeland Village Master Drainage Plan.

The dog park after one inch of rain over several hours

The dog park after one inch of rain over several hours

The above was taken September 17, 2014 the day after a moderate rainfall. This scenario has been repeated on numerous occasions at one of wildomars 3 parks. (The second largest no less)



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
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


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.


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)


Below is the letter received by the city of wildomar from a law firm pointing out why they feel this city needs to vote “by district”.
This letter was finally made available on the city website after 2 council meetings (one regular and one special) more than 5 weeks after it was received.
The City of Hemet received a copy of this boiler plate letter which was published in the Press Enterprise several weeks ago.

The Letter 1

The Letter 2

For those that wish to have the PDF which also include the envelope the link is below

The city of wildomar website was used for this purpose so no one can be accused of doctoring the document.

The cities response to this letter will be added here as soon as the city post it.