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How much did wildomar received in STEP Grant from Office of Traffic and Safety for 2017

Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) Grants received by Eastvale ($95,000), Lake Elsinore ($90,000), Menifee ($110,000), Moreno Valley ($380,000), Murrieta ($110,000) Norco ($85,000), Perris ($110,000), San Jacinto ($95,000).

According to a document released by the State of California-Office of Traffic Safety a Grant Agreement was signed by Sheriff/Coroner Stan Sniff in September 2017. In it is the following information.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has been awarded a $1,688,994.00 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcement and public awareness effort to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department will use the funding as part of our contract city’s ongoing commitment to keep our roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education.

The city’s receiving funds listed at the end of the report include the following:
Coachella
Eastvale
Jurupa Valley
Lake Elsinore
Menifee
Moreno Valley
Norco
Palm Desert
Perris
San Jacinto
Temecula

Wildomar will receive nothing.

The contract signed by Sheriff/Coroner Stan Sniff
Attachment-9395

Freedom Swing Unchained, but, Not How It Should Have Been

This is what happens when a good idea goes bad because city officials don’t think it out.

The Freedom Swing was installed, for the second time, at a cost of more than $31,000 more than a year ago. It has not been available for use by the general public because this city was unable to come up with an instructional sign which would allow people to properly use this swing.
In the interim the swing was kept behind a locked gate which the children of this community figured out how to circumvent. (Bend the Latch)


Notice the tilt of the swing because the chain on the bottom left has been broken by people jumping up and down.


You can see where someone has tried to fix it with a piece of wire rendering this device unsafe for the general public.


The opposite side has been stretch almost to the breaking point

General Plan Amendments City of wildomar

The following contains all of the General Plan Amendments since incorporation. Included are the Resolutions and and accompanying Ordinances for a zone change. The links to take you to the minutes where the vote was taken to pass each amendment.
If you wish to see the items included in the agenda then go to http://www.cityofwildomar.org/council-agendas-minutes.asp
and open the agenda packet for the appropriate date.

First General Plan Amendment

City of Wildomar City Council January 28, 2009
www.cityofwildomar.org/uploads/files/minutes/01-28-09-cap.pdf
Starting of page 32 of the PDF. This project was Fast Tracked by the County of Riverside and ready for approval but because the community became a city it became our issue, the only thing the city needed to do was approve it all the paperwork was done.

2.A Environmental Assessment No. 41648 (EA41648), General Plan Amendment No. 891 (GPA00891), Change of Zone 7608 (CZ7608) and Plot Plan No. 23188 (PP23188)
Applicant: Jerry Tartaglino, Palm Desert Development
Location: South of Catt Rd., east of Arnett and west of Fox Ridge Lane
GPA00891: Project proposes to amend the project’s site land use designation use from Community Development Medium Density Residential (CD-MDR, 2-5 dwelling unit per acre) to Community Development Highest Density Residential (CD-HHDR 20+ dwelling units per acre)
CZ07608: The change of zone proposes to change the project site’s current zoning classification from Rural Residential (R‐R) to General Residential (R‐3).
PP23188: The Plot Plan proposes to construct 208 one and two bedroom units with one managers unit for a total of 209 units in 10 two story buildings and a community building. The project includes 243 parking spaces, two maintenance buildings, walking areas, putting green, circuit training locations, water quality/detention basin, off‐site storm drainage facilities, improvements to Catt Road and community gardens.
Environmental Action: In accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), that although the proposed project could have a significant effect on the environment; there will not be a significant effect in this case because a MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION will be adopted.
Planner: Gary Wayne, gwayne@cityofwildomar.org
The minutes for the meeting show the questions citizens were asking about this project
http://www.cityofwildomar.org/uploads/files/minutes/01-28-09-cm.pdf

This was in Planning Commission Agenda for January 21, 2009.
http://www.cityofwildomar.org/uploads/files/minutes/01-21-09-pa.pdf
The Agenda Packet is not available on the city website, the minutes for that meeting are.

MOTION: This item is for information only, no action is needed.
The minutes for that meeting starting on page 6 contain questions asked by Planning Commissioners, back when the city included these discussions in the minutes.
http://www.cityofwildomar.org/uploads/files/minutes/01-21-09-pm.pdf

http://www.cityofwildomar.org/uploads/files/minutes/01-28-09-cm.pdf
City Council Action on January 28, 2009 was as follows:
Council Member Ade move to approve Resolution No. 09-05, seconded by Council Member Cashman
Resolution 09-05 A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT NUMBER 08-0165 TO CHANGE THE GENERAL PLAN DESIGNATION FROM (MEDIUM DENSITY RESIDENTIAL) TO HIGHEST DENSITY RESIDENTIAL FOR ASSESSOR’S PARCEL NUMBERS 380-100-008-4, 380-100-009-5, 380-100-010-5, 380-100-011-5 & 380-100-012-7

Roll Call Vote: Ayes 5, Nays 0, motion carried.

Council Member Swanson moved to introduce and hold first reading of Ordinance No. 23, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Moore.
Ordinance No. 23 (Introduction and first reading) AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, AMENDING THE CITY OF WILDOMAR ZONING MAP FROM R-R (RURAL RESIDENTIAL) TO R-3 (GENERAL RESIDENTIAL) FOR ASSESSOR’S PARCEL NUMBERS 380-100-008-4, 380-100-009-5, 380-100-010-5, 380-100-011-5 & 380-100-012-7

Roll Call Vote: Ayes 5, Nays 0, motion carried.

 

2nd General Plan Amendment

City of Wildomar City Council February 25, 2009
2.A General Plan Amendment No. 762 (GPA762), Change of Zone 7207 (CZ9207), Tentative Tract Map No. 33987 (TTR33987) and Environmental Assessment (EA) No. 40319
Applicant: Glen Daigle
Location: south of La Estrella St., east of the 15 Frwy, and north of Glazebrook Rd.
Proposal: (GPA762) Proposes to change lots 1, 2 and the remainder parcel from Community Medium Density Residential and Community Development: Commercial Office to Community Development: Medium High Density Residential
(CZ7202): Change the existing zoning of lot 1 from Rural Residential (R-R) to General Residential (R-3), lot 2 and the remainder parcel from Rural Residential (R-R) to Watercourse, Watershed & Conservation Areas (W-1) and lots 3 and 4 from Rural Residential (R-R) to Commercial Office (C-O)
TR33987: A subdivision to divide 24.37 acres into 4 lots with a remainder parcel. Lots 1 consist of 81 condominium units on 8.95 gross acres, Lot 2 and the remainder consist of 2.84 acres of open space. Lot 3 is comprised of 9.82 acres and Lot 4 comprised of 1.95 acres, both are designated as future commercial development.

http://www.cityofwildomar.org/uploads/files/minutes/02-25-09-cm.pdf
City Clerk Schroeder read the title of Resolution No. 09‐11.
RESOLUTION NO. 09‐11 A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR ADOPTING THE MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION FOR THE PROJECT DESCRIBED IN ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT NO. 40319 FOR GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT 762, CHANGE OF ZONE 7207
Mayor Pro Tem Moore moved to approve Resolution No. 09‐11, seconded Council Member Swanson. Roll call vote: Ayes: 3, Mayor Farnam, Mayor Pro Tem Moore, Council Member Swanson. Nays: 1, Council Member Cashman. Abstention: 1, Council Member Ade. Motion carried.

City Clerk Schroeder read the title of Resolution No. 09‐12.
RESOLUTION NO. 09‐12 A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR APPROVING GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT NO. 762 TO CHANGE THE GENERAL PLAN LAND USE DESIGNATIONS FROM MEDIUM DENSITY RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL OFFICE TO MEDIUM HIGH DENSITY RESIDENTIAL FOR LOT 1 OF TENTATIVE TRACT MAP 33987 LOCATIONS ON PORTIONS OF PROPERTIES WITH ASSESSOR PARCEL NUMBERS OF 376‐410‐002 AND 376‐410‐024
Council Member Swanson moved to approve Resolution No. 09‐12, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Moore. Roll call vote: Ayes: ‐ 3, Mayor Farnam, Mayor Pro Tem Moore, Council
Member Swanson. Nays: 2, Council Members Ade, Cashman. Motion carried.

City Clerk Schroeder read the title of Ordinance No. 23.
ORDINANCE NO. 23 (Introduction and first reading) AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR APPROVING AN AMENDMENT TO THE OFFICAL ZONING MAP OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR FOR LOT 1 AND A REMAINDER PARCEL OF TENTATIVE TRACT MAP 33987 FROM RURAL RESIDENTIAL TO MEDIUM HGIH DESNITY RESIDENTIAL AND FOR LOT 2 OF TENTATIVE TRACT MAP 33987 FROM RURAL RESIDENTIAL TO WATERCOURSE, WATERSHED & CONSERVATION AREA, AND FOR LOTS 3 AND 4 FROM RURAL RESIDENTIAL TO COMMERCIAL OFFICE FOR PROPERTIES IDENTIFIED WITH ASSESSORS PARCEL NUMBERS 376‐410‐002 AND 376‐410‐024
Mayor Pro Tem Moore moved to introduce and hold first reading of Ordinance No. 23, seconded by Council Member Swanson. Roll call vote: Ayes: ‐ 3, Mayor Farman, Mayor Pro Tem Moore, Council Member Swanson. Nays: 2, Council Members Ade and Cashman. Motion carried.
The misspellings in the above ordinance are as written in the City Council minutes of February 28th. Also note that Ordinance 23 was used twice, once on January 28th and again on February 25th

A 3rd General Plan Amendment, Housing Element Adoption – General Plan Amendment No. 12-01, was attempted on June 13, 2012 at which time a protest letter was received, on recommendation of Thomas Jex item was continued until July 11th, 2012
July 11th at the recommendation of Matt Bassi item was continued until October 10, 2012
October 10th the city council tabled indefinitely

3rd General Plan Amendment
City of Wildomar City Council Agenda March 27, 2013
1. Oak Creek Canyon Project (Planning Application No. 11-0261)

RESOLUTION NO. 2013 -10
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, ADOPTING AND CERTIFYING AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (SCH# 2012031064) AND MITIGATION MONITORING AND REPORTING PROGRAM FOR THE OAK CREEK CANYON RESIDENTIAL/COMMERCIAL PROJECT CONSISTING OF GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT NO. 11-0261, CHANGE OF ZONE NO. 11-0261, FARM SPECIFIC PLAN NO. 116-C/W, AMENDMENT NO. 4 (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 11-0261) AND TENTATIVE TRACT MAP NO. 36388

RESOLUTION NO. 2013 -11
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING A GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 11-0261) TO: 1) AMEND THE GENERAL PLAN LAND USE MAP FROM MEDIUM DENSITY RESIDENTIAL TO MEDIUM HIGH DENSITY RESIDENTIAL FOR PHASE/PLANNING AREAS NO. 9 AND 18; 2) TO AMEND THE GENERAL PLAN LAND USE MAP FROM MEDIUM DENSITY RESIDENTIAL (ON A PORTION OF APN: 362-080-004) TO COMMERCIAL RETAIL FOR PHASE/PLANNING AREA NO. 19 AND 3) INCREASE THE SIZE OF PHASE/PLANNING AREA NO. 19 FROM 1.0 ACRES TO 5.0 ACRES AND RELOCATE THE PHASE/PLANNING AREA TO THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF BUNDY CANYON ROAD AND SUNSET AVENUE (ON A PORTION OF APN: 362-080-004) FOR THE OAK CREEK CANYON RESIDENTIAL/COMMERCIAL PROJECT

ORDINANCE NO.77
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING A CHANGE OF ZONE (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 11-0261) TO CHANGE THE ZONING MAP FROM: 1) R-1 (ONE-FAMILY DWELLING) TO R-4 (PLANNED RESIDENTIAL ZONE) FOR PHASE/PLANNING AREA NO. 9; 2) R-1 (ONE-FAMILY DWELLING) TO R-4 (PLANNED RESIDENTIAL ZONE) FOR PHASE/PLANNING AREA NO. 18; AND 3) C-P-S (SCENIC HIGHWAY COMMERCIAL) TO C-1/C-P (GENERAL COMMERCIAL) FOR PHASE/PLANNING AREA NO. 19 FOR THE OAK CREEK CANYON RESIDENTIAL/COMMERCIAL PROJECT

All three items were continued to a Special meeting on April 23, 2013

On April 23, 2013 a motion was made to continue the public hearing to May 8, 2013 at which time a motion was made to continue the item to an adjourned regular city council meeting on May 22, 2013 at which time:
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A MOTION was made by Councilman Benoit, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Swanson, to adopt a Resolution, as amended, entitled:
RESOLUTION NO. 2013 – 10
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, ADOPTING AND CERTIFYING AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (SCH# 2012031064) AND MITIGATION MONITORING AND REPORTING PROGRAM FOR THE OAK CREEK CANYON RESIDENTIAL/COMMERCIAL PROJECT CONSISTING OF GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT NO. 11-0261, CHANGE OF ZONE NO. 11-0261, FARM SPECIFIC PLAN NO. 116-C/W, AMENDMENT NO. 4 (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 11-0261) AND TENTATIVE TRACT MAP NO. 36388
MOTION carried, 4-1, with Councilman Cashman dissenting.

A MOTION was made by Mayor Pro Tem Swanson, seconded by Councilwoman Moore, to adopt a Resolution entitled:
RESOLUTION NO. 2013 – 11
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING A GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 11-0261) TO: 1) AMEND THE GENERAL PLAN LAND USE MAP FROM MEDIUM DENSITY RESIDENTIAL TO MEDIUM HIGH DENSITY RESIDENTIAL FOR PHASE/PLANNING AREAS NO. 9 AND 18; 2) TO AMEND THE GENERAL PLAN LAND USE MAP FROM MEDIUM DENSITY RESIDENTIAL (ON A PORTION OF APN: 362-080-004) TO COMMERCIAL RETAIL FOR PHASE/PLANNING AREA NO. 19 AND 3) INCREASE THE SIZE OF PHASE/PLANNING AREA NO. 19 FROM 1.0 ACRES TO 5.0 ACRES AND RELOCATE THE PHASE/PLANNING AREA TO THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF BUNDY CANYON ROAD AND SUNSET AVENUE (ON A PORTION OF APN: 362-080-004) FOR THE OAK CREEK CANYON RESIDENTIAL/COMMERCIAL PROJECT
MOTION carried, 4-1, with Councilman Cashman dissenting.

A MOTION was made by Councilman Benoit, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Swanson, to introduce and approve first reading of an Ordinance entitled:
ORDINANCE NO. 77
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING A CHANGE OF ZONE (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 11-0261) TO CHANGE THE ZONING MAP FROM: 1) R-1 (ONE-FAMILY DWELLING) TO R-4 (PLANNED RESIDENTIAL ZONE) FOR PHASE/PLANNING AREA NO. 9; 2) R-1 (ONE-FAMILY DWELLING) TO R-4 (PLANNED RESIDENTIAL ZONE) FOR PHASE/PLANNING AREA NO. 18; AND 3) C-P-S (SCENIC HIGHWAY COMMERCIAL) TO C-1/C-P (GENERAL COMMERCIAL) FOR PHASE/PLANNING AREA NO. 19 FOR THE OAK CREEK CANYON RESIDENTIAL/COMMERCIAL PROJECT
MOTION carried, 4-1, with Councilman Cashman dissenting.

At the end of all that:
A MOTION was made by Mayor Pro Tem Swanson, seconded by Councilwoman Moore, to adjourn this City Council meeting to an adjourned regular meeting on June 5, 2013.
MOTION carried, 5-0.

At the June 5, 2013 adjourned meeting Ordinance 77 received its second reading.
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4th General Plan Amendment
City of Wildomar City Council/Cemetery District Agenda December 11, 2013
2.2 City of Wildomar 2013-2021 Housing Element Update

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A MOTION was made by Councilwoman Moore, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Swanson, to adopt a Resolution entitled.
RESOLUTION NO. 2013 – 45
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, CERTIFYING AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (SCH# 2013051001) AND MITIGATION MONITORING AND REPORTING PROGRAM FOR THE 2013–2021 HOUSING ELEMENT UPDATE PROJECT CONSISTING OF GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT NO. 13-02, ZONE CHANGE NOS. 13-02 & 13-03; AND ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT NOS.13-03, 13-04, 13-05 & 13-06
MOTION carried on the following roll call vote:
AYE: Council Members Benoit, Moore, Mayor Pro Tem Swanson,
Mayor Walker
NO: Council Member Cashman
ABSTAIN: None
ABSENT: None

A MOTION was made by Councilwoman Moore, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Swanson, to adopt a Resolution entitled.
RESOLUTION NO. 2013 – 46
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT NO. 13-02 TO: 1) ADOPT THE 2013–2021 HOUSING ELEMENT UPDATE; 2) CHANGE THE EXISTING LAND USE DESIGNATION FROM MEDIUM HIGH DENSITY RESIDENTIAL (MHDR) TO HIGHEST DENSITY RESIDENTIAL (HHDR) FOR THREE (3) PARCELS (APN’S: 380-220-002; 370- 400-009; & 380-270-013); 3) CHANGE THE EXISTING LAND USE DESIGNATION FROM BUSINESS PARK (BP) TO HIGHEST DENSITY RESIDENTIAL (HHDR) FOR ONE (1) PARCEL (APN: 380-250-003 – THE SOUTHERLY 10-ACRE PORTION OF SAID PARCEL); AND 4) A CHANGE TO TABLE LU-4 OF THE GENERAL PLAN LAND USE ELEMENT (PAGE LU-42) TO ESTABLISH A MINIMUM DENSITY OF AT LEAST 30 UNITS/ACRE AND A MINIMUM SITE DEVELOPMENT SIZE OF 30% OF SITE FOR MULTI-FAMILY PROJECTS FOR ANY PROPERTY WITH THE MUPA LAND USE DESIGNATION
MOTION carried on the following roll call vote:
AYE: Council Members Benoit, Cashman, Moore, Mayor Pro Tem
Swanson, Mayor Walker
NO: None
ABSTAIN: None
ABSENT: None

A MOTION was made by Councilwoman Moore, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Swanson, to introduce and approve first reading of an Ordinance entitled:
ORDINANCE NO. 84
AN ORDINANCE OF CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT NO. 13-06 TO AMEND TITLE 17 OF THE ZONING ORDINANCE TO ADOPT A MIXED USE OVERLAY ZONE TO COMPLY WITH IMPLEMENTATION OF THE 2013-2021 HOUSING ELEMENT PROGRAMS
MOTION carried on the following roll call vote:
AYE: Council Members Benoit, Moore, Mayor Pro Tem Swanson,
Mayor Walker
NO: Council Member Cashman
ABSTAIN: None
ABSENT: None
A MOTION was made by Councilwoman Moore, seconded by Mayor Pro
Tem Swanson, to introduce and approve first reading of an Ordinance
entitled:
ORDINANCE NO. 85
AN ORDINANCE OF CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING CHANGE OF ZONE NO. 13-02 FOR THE ADOPTION OF AN IMPLEMENTING MIXED USE (MU) OVERLAY ZONE DISTRICT FOR 20 PARCELS WITH THE EXISTING LAND USE DESIGNATION OF MIXED USE PLANNING AREA (MUPA) FOR APN’S: 376-190-001; 380-160-005; 380-160-009; 376-410-021; 380-160-006; 380-160-004; 376-410-017; 362-250-001; 376-190-002; 380-160-007; 376-180-006; 367-050-068; 380-160-003; 367-180-015; 367-180-043; 376-410-016; 362-250-029; 380-160-008; 367-050-064; 376-410-015
MOTION carried on the following roll call vote:
AYE: Council Members Benoit, Moore, Mayor Pro Tem Swanson,
Mayor Walker
NO: Council Member Cashman
ABSTAIN: None
ABSENT: None

A MOTION was made by Councilwoman Moore, seconded by Mayor Pro
Tem Swanson, to table an Ordinance entitled:
ORDINANCE NO. 86
AN ORDINANCE OF CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING CHANGE OF ZONE NO. 13-03 TO CHANGE THE EXISTING ZONING DESIGNATION FROM R-R (RURAL RESIDENTIAL ZONE) TO R-4 (PLANNED RESIDENTIAL ZONE) FOR FOUR (4) PARCELS (APN’S: 380-220-002; 370-400-009; 380-270-013 & 380-250-003-THE SOUTHERLY 10-ACRE PORTION OF SAID PARCEL)
MOTION carried on the following roll call vote:
AYE: Council Members Benoit, Cashman, Moore, Mayor Pro Tem
Swanson, Mayor Walker
NO: None
ABSTAIN: None
ABSENT: None

Fifth General Plan Amendment
City of Wildomar City Council Minutes November 12, 2015
2.2 Villa Sienna Apartment Project

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A MOTION was made by Mayor Pro Tem Moore, seconded by
Councilman Walker, to adopt a Resolution entitled:
RESOLUTION NO. 2015 – 67
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, CERTIFYING AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (SCH# 20144011081), INCLUDING ADOPTION OF FINDINGS OF FACT, STATEMENT OF OVERRIDING CONSIDERATIONS AND A MITIGATION MONITORING AND REPORTING PROGRAM FOR THE VILLA SIENA APARTMENT PROJECT (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 13-0089) CONSISTING OF A GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT FROM MHDR TO VHDR, A CHANGE OF ZONE FROM I-P TO R-3, AND A PLOT PLAN TO DEVELOP A 170-UNIT APARTMENT PROJECT, SUBJECT TO CONDITIONS LOCATED AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF ELIZABETH LANE AND PRIELIPP ROAD (APN: 380-290-029)
MOTION carried, 5-0, by the following vote:
YEA: Cashman, Swanson, Walker, Mayor Pro Tem Moore, Mayor
Benoit
NAY: None
ABSTAIN: None
ABSENT: None

A MOTION was made by Councilwoman Swanson, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Moore, to adopt a Resolution entitled:
RESOLUTION NO. 2015 – 68
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING A GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT FOR THE VILLA SIENA APARTMENT PROJECT (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 13-0089) TO CHANGE THE EXISTING LAND USE DESIGNATION FROM MEDIUM HIGH DENSITY RESIDENTIAL (MHDR) TO VERY HIGH DENSITY RESIDENTIAL (VHDR) FOR A 170-UNIT APARTMENT PROJECT LOCATED AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF ELIZABETH LANE AND PRIELIPP ROAD (APN: 380-290-029)
MOTION carried, 5-0, by the following vote:
YEA: Cashman, Swanson, Walker, Mayor Pro Tem Moore, Mayor
Benoit
NAY: None
ABSTAIN: None
ABSENT: None
A MOTION was made by Mayor Pro Tem Moore, seconded by Councilwoman Swanson, to Introduce and approve first reading of an Ordinance entitled:
ORDINANCE NO. 112
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING A CHANGE OF ZONE FOR THE VILLA SIENA APARTMENT PROJECT (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 13-0089) FROM I-P (INDUSTRIAL PARK) TO R-3 (GENERAL RESIDENTIAL) FOR A 170-UNIT APARTMENT PROJECT LOCATED AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF ELIZABETH LANE AND PRIELIPP ROAD (APN: 380-290-029)
MOTION carried, 5-0, by the following vote:
YEA: Cashman, Swanson, Walker, Mayor Pro Tem Moore, Mayor
Benoit
NAY: None
ABSTAIN: None
ABSENT: None

Sixth General Plan Amendment (includes two projects Horizon and Grove Park)
City of Wildomar City Council/Cemetery District Agenda February 10, 2016
2.1 Horizon’s Mixed-Use Development Project

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A MOTION was made by Mayor Moore, seconded by Councilwoman
Swanson, to adopt a Resolution entitled:
RESOLUTION NO. 2016 – 13
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, CERTIFYING AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (EIR – SCH# 2015011021) INCLUDING ADOPTION OF A FINAL EIR, FINDINGS OF FACT / STATEMENT OF OVERRIDING CONSIDERATIONS, AND A MITIGATION MONITORING AND REPORTING PROGRAM (MMRP) FOR THE HORIZONS MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 14- 0040) CONSISTING OF A GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT; CHANGE OF ZONE; A TENTATIVE TRACT MAP (TTM 36672); CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT; AND PLOT PLAN LOCATED AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF ELIZABETH LANE AND PRIELIPP ROAD (APN: 380-250-023)
MOTION carried, 5-0, by the following vote:
YEA: Benoit, Cashman, Swanson, Mayor Pro Tem Walker, Mayor Moore
NAY: None
ABSTAIN: None
ABSENT: None
A MOTION was made by Mayor Moore, seconded by Councilman Benoit,
to continue consideration of the remaining Horizons Mixed-Use
Development project and ordinance until after the close of the public
hearing on the Grove Park Mixed-Use Development project.
City Attorney Jex explained State law limits the number to 4 of General
Plan Amendments the City can do per year. However, you can combine a
number of amendments into one Resolution and then only counts as one.
In speaking with the Planning Department, they are processing a number
of amendments that will come forward throughout the year. This was
seen as an opportunity to combine amendments, especially since it is the
same Developer. The remaining items on this item will be moved to the
end of the next item and then they will be taken at that time.
MOTION carried, 5-0, by the following vote:
YEA: Benoit, Cashman, Swanson, Mayor Pro Tem Walker, Mayor Moore
NAY: None
ABSTAIN: None
ABSENT: None

2.2 Grove Park Mixed-Use Development Project
A MOTION was made by Councilman Benoit, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Walker, to adopt a Resolution entitled:
RESOLUTION NO. 2016 – 17
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, CERTIFYING AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (SCH# 2014121064), INCLUDING ADOPTION OF FINDINGS OF FACT AND STATEMENT OF OVERRIDING CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE GROVE PARK MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 14-0069) CONSISTING OF A GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT, A CHANGE OF ZONE, A TENTATIVE PARCEL MAP (TPM NO. 36673), AND A PLOT PLAN TO DEVELOP A 55,000+ SQUARE-FOOT RETAIL/OFFICE CENTER AND A 162-UNIT MULTI-FAMILY APARTMENT PROJECT LOCATED AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF CLINTON KEITH ROAD AND YAMAS DRIVE (APN: 380-250-003)
MOTION carried, 5-0, by the following vote:
YEA: Benoit, Cashman, Swanson, Mayor Pro Tem Walker, Mayor Moore
NAY: None
ABSTAIN: None
ABSENT: None

A MOTION was made by Councilman Benoit, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Walker, to adopt a Resolution entitled:

RESOLUTION NO. 2016 – 14
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING A GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 14-0040) TO CHANGE THE EXISTING LAND USE DESIGNATION ON APPROXIMATELY 18.41 NET ACRES FROM BUSINESS PARK (BP) TO COMMERCIAL RETAIL (CR) ON THE SOUTHERLY 7.73+ ACRES, AND TO HIGH DENSITY RESIDENTIAL (HDR) ON THE NORTHERLY 10.68+ ACRES TO ACCOMMODATE THE HORIZONS MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT LOCATED AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF ELIZABETH LANE AND PRIELIPP ROAD (APN: 380-250-023); AND APPROVING A GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 14-0069) TO CHANGE THE EXISTING LAND USE DESIGNATION ON 10+ ACRES FROM BUSINESS PARK (BP) TO COMMERCIAL RETAIL (CR) TO ACCOMMODATE THE GROVE PARK MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT LOCATED AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF CLINTON KEITH ROAD AND YAMAS DRIVE (APN: 380-250-003)
MOTION carried, 5-0, by the following vote:
YEA: Benoit, Cashman, Swanson, Mayor Pro Tem Walker, Mayor Moore
NAY: None
ABSTAIN: None

A MOTION was made by Councilman Benoit, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Walker, to introduce and approve first reading of an Ordinance entitled:
ORDINANCE NO. 117
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING A CHANGE OF ZONE (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 14-0069) FROM R-R (RURAL RESIDENTIAL) TO C-P-S (SCENIC HIGHWAY COMMERCIAL) ON THE NORTHERLY 10+ ACRES OF THE SITE FOR THE GROVE PARK MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT LOCATED AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF CLINTON KEITH ROAD AND YAMAS DRIVE (APN: 380-250-003)

2.1 Horizon’s Mixed-Use Development Project
A MOTION was made by Mayor Pro Tem Walker, seconded by Councilman Benoit, to introduce and approve first reading of an Ordinance entitled:
ORDINANCE NO. 116
AN ORDINANCE OF CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING A CHANGE OF ZONE (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 14-0040) FOR THE HORIZONS MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT FROM R-R (RURAL RESIDENTIAL) TO C-1/C-P (GENERAL COMMERCIAL) FOR THE SOUTHERLY 7.73+ NET ACRES OF THE PROJECT SITE, AND FROM R-R (RURAL RESIDENTIAL) TO R-3 (GENERAL RESIDENTIAL) FOR THE NORTHERLY 10.68+ NET ACRES OF THE PROJECT SITE LOCATED AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF ELIZABETH LANE AND PRIELIPP ROAD (APN: 380-250-023)

Seventh General Plan Amendment
City of Wildomar City Council/Cemetery District Agenda July 13, 2016
2.5 Baxter Village Mixed Use Project

http://www.cityofwildomar.org/uploads/files/minutes/07-13-16-cm.pdf
A MOTION was made by Mayor Pro Tem Walker, seconded by Councilwoman Swanson, to adopt a Resolution entitled:
RESOLUTION NO. 2016 – 44
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, CERTIFYING AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (SCH# 2014121047), INCLUDING ADOPTION OF THE FINAL EIR, FINDINGS OF FACT, STATEMENT OF OVERRIDING CONSIDERATIONS AND MITIGATION MONITORING AND REPORTING PROGRAM FOR THE BAXTER VILLAGE MIXED-USE PROJECT (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 14-0002) CONSISTING OF A GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT, CHANGE OF ZONE, TENTATIVE TRACT MAP (TTM 36674) AND PLOT PLAN ON APPROXIMATELY 35.48 ACRES LOCATED AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF BAXTER ROAD AND I-15 FREEWAY (APN: 367-180-
015 & 367-180-043)

A MOTION was made by Mayor Pro Tem Walker, seconded by Councilwoman Swanson, to adopt a Resolution entitled:
RESOLUTION NO. 2016 – 45
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING A GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 14-0002) TO CHANGE THE EXISTING LAND USE DESIGNATION ON APPROXIMATELY 35.48 ACRES FROM MIXED USE PLANNING AREA (MUPA) TO MEDIUM HIGH DENSITY RESIDENTIAL (MHDR), VERY HIGH DENSITY RESIDENTIAL (VHDR) AND COMMERCIAL RETAIL (CR) TO ACCOMMODATE BAXTER VILLAGE MIXED-USE PROJECT (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 14-0002) LOCATED AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF BAXTER ROAD AND I-15 FREEWAY (APN: 367-180-015 & 367-180-043)
MOTION carried, 5-0, by the following voice vote:
YEA: Benoit, Cashman, Swanson, Mayor Pro Tem Walker, Mayor Moore
NAY: None
ABSTAIN: None
ABSENT: None
A MOTION was made by Councilwoman Swanson, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Walker, to introduce and approve first reading of an Ordinance entitled:
ORDINANCE NO. 121
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING A CHANGE OF ZONE (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 14-0002) TO REMOVE THE MIXED USE OVERLAY DISTRICT FROM THE ENTIRE SITE AND TO CHANGE THE EXISTING ZONING DESIGNATION ON A PORTION OF THE SITE FROM SCENIC HIGHWAY COMMERCIAL (C-P-S) TO R-3 (GENERAL RESIDENTIAL) AND TO R-4 (PLANNED RESIDENTIAL) TO ACCOMMODATE BAXTER VILLAGE MIXED-USE PROJECT (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 14-0002) LOCATED AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF BAXTER ROAD AND I-15 FREEWAY (APN: 367-180-015 & 367-180-043)
MOTION carried, 5-0, by the following voice vote:
YEA: Benoit, Cashman, Swanson, Mayor Pro Tem Walker, Mayor Moore
NAY: None
ABSTAIN: None
ABSENT: None

Eighth General Plan Amendment
City of Wildomar City Council/Cemetery District Agenda December 14, 2016
2.1 Westpark Promenade Mixed-Use Project

http://www.cityofwildomar.org/uploads/files/minutes/12-14-16-cm.pdf
A MOTION was made by Councilman Benoit, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Walker, to adopt a Resolution entitled:
RESOLUTION NO. 2016 – 60
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, CERTIFYING AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (SCH# 2014021022), INCLUDING ADOPTION OF FINDINGS OF FACT, STATEMENT OF OVERRIDING CONSIDERATIONS AND MITIGATION MONITORING AND REPORTING PROGRAM FOR THE WESTPARK PROMENADE MIXED-USE PROJECT (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 13-0082) CONSISTING OF A GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT, CHANGE OF ZONE, TENTATIVE PARCEL MAP NO. 36612, TENTATIVE TRACT MAP NO. 36781, TENTATIVE TRACT MAP NO. 36782, AND PLOT PLAN NO. 13-0082 LOCATED AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE 1-15 FREEWAY AND CATT ROAD (APN: 376-410-013, 376-410- 023 & 376-410-025)
MOTION carried, 5-0, by the following vote:
YEA: Benoit, Nigg, Swanson, Mayor Pro Tem Walker, Mayor Moore
NAY: None
ABSTAIN: None
ABSENT: None

A MOTION was made by Councilman Benoit, seconded by Mayor Pro
Tem Walker, to adopt a Resolution entitled:
RESOLUTION NO. 2016 – 61
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT NO. 13-0082 TO CHANGE THE EXISTING LAND USE DESIGNATION FROM COMMERCIAL OFFICE (CO) TO COMMERCIAL RETAIL (CR) ON 14.2 ACRES AND TO VERY HIGH DENSITY RESIDENTIAL (VHDR) ON 13.48 ACRES LOCATED AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE 1-15 FREEWAY AND CATT ROAD (APN: 376-410-013, 376-410-023 & 376-410-025)
MOTION carried, 5-0, by the following vote:

A MOTION was made by Councilman Benoit, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Walker, to introduce and approve first reading of an Ordinance entitled:
ORDINANCE NO. 127
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING A CHANGE OF ZONE (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 13-0082) TO CHANGE THE EXISTING ZONING DESIGNATION FROM C-P-S (SCENIC HIGHWAY COMMERCIAL) TO R-3 (GENERAL RESIDENTIAL) FOR A 13.48 ACRE PORTION OF THE PROJECT SITE LOCATED AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE 1-15 FREEWAY AND CATT ROAD (APN: 376-410-013, 376-410-023 & 376-410-025)
MOTION carried, 5-0, by the following vote:

Ninth General Plan Amendment
City of Wildomar City Council/Cemetery District Agenda February 8, 2017
2.1 Nova Homes Residential Project

http://www.cityofwildomar.org/uploads/files/minutes/02-08-17-cm.pdf
A MOTION was made by Mayor Pro Tem Benoit, seconded by Councilwoman Moore, to adopt a Resolution entitled:
RESOLUTION NO. 2017 – 01
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR,
CALIFORNIA, ADOPTING A MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION
(MND – SCH# 2016081009) AND MITIGATION MONITORING AND
REPORTING PROGRAM (MMRP) FOR THE NOVA HOMES
RESIDENTIAL PROJECT (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 15-0129)
CONSISTING OF A GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT, CHANGE OF
ZONE, TENTATIVE TRACT MAP (TTM 36952) AND PLOT PLAN ON
APPROXIMATELY 11.25 ACRES LOCATED ON THE EAST SIDE OF
GEORGE AVENUE ABOUT 660 FEET NORTH OF CLINTON KEITH
ROAD (APN:362-250-001 & 362-250-026)
MOTION carried, 5-0, by the following vote:

A MOTION was made by Councilwoman Moore, seconded by Councilman Nigg, to adopt a Resolution entitled:
RESOLUTION NO. 2017 – 02
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR,
CALIFORNIA, APPROVING GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT NO. 15-
0129 TO CHANGE THE EXISTING LAND USE DESIGNATION ON
APPROXIMATELY 11.25 ACRES FROM MIXED USE PLANNING AREA
(MUPA) TO MEDIUM HIGH DENSITY RESIDENTIAL (MHDR),
INCLUDING VACATION OF DEPASQUALE ROAD THROUGH THE
PROJECT AREA LOCATED ON THE EAST SIDE OF GEORGE AVENUE
ABOUT 660 FEET NORTH OF CLINTON KEITH ROAD (APN:362-250-
001 & 362-250-026)
MOTION carried, 5-0, by the following vote:

A MOTION was made by Mayor Pro Tem Benoit, seconded by Councilwoman Moore, to introduce and approve first reading of an Ordinance entitled:
ORDINANCE NO. 130
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF
WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING A CHANGE OF ZONE NO. 15-
0129 TO REMOVE THE EXISTING MIXED-USE OVERLAY DISTRICT
DESIGNATION FROM A 5.85 ACRE PORTION OF THE SITE (APN 362-
250-001) AND CHANGE THE EXISTING ZONING DESIGNATION ON
THE ENTIRE SITE FROM R-R (RURAL RESIDENTIAL) TO R-4
(PLANNED RESIDENTIAL)
MOTION carried, 5-0, by the following vote:

Unethical – At What Point?

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.
https://txplanningguide-ojs-utexas.tdl.org/txplanningguide/index.php/tpg/index

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.)
https://www.mml.org/pdf/pcebook.pdf

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.

DOES IT FIT

The consensus of the wildomar city council on February 22, 2017 was expressed the following vision statement:

 

The City of Wildomar will be a safe and active community, responsibly grown, with quality infrastructure while keeping a hometown feel.

 

Does Camelia Townhomes fit the bill.

Safe

First off this is going to be a gated community, therefore off by themselves and isolated from the city. There will be a no-man’s zone of at least 20 ft in width between one block wall and another, that borders single family homes in Murrieta, that will be heavily planted with tall shrubs, (Rhus Lancea, African Sumac is a dense shade tree, rather graceful with its arching branches and weeping foliage.) This no-man’s zone is an invitation for mischievousness or tomfoolery.

IS THIS SAFE ?

Per Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) for this project, page 96, The nearest sheriff’s station is located at 333 Limited Street in Lake Elsinore, approximately 9.9 miles northwest of the project site (at 60 mph that is ten minutes away). Traffic enforcement is provided for Riverside County in this area by the California Highway Patrol, with additional support from local Riverside County Sheriff’s Department personnel. The highway patrol stopped handling all traffic related events when wildomar became a city in 2008. Our current level of service is 0.4 officers per 1,000 population.

Per the MND page 97 the project will not induce substantial population growth and therefore would not be expected to substantially increase the demand for police protection services.

Is this safe, NO

There is talk of 2 million dollars being returned to the city, but, until it gets here it’s not a sure thing

Currently the city of wildomar has one fire station located 2.8 mile away. There is mutual aid provided by Station 75 which is 2.7 miles away.  There is also Station #5 in Murrieta which is 1.9 miles away.

The population is projected to be 538 new citizens at the calculated rate of 3.3 per single family unit used by the city.

Using the State of California’s Occupancy Standard of 2 persons per bedroom plus one additional person per dwelling unit, with 436 bdrms occupancy would be 163 +872 for a total of 1035 possible new residents. (Almost double what developer projects using the city’s formula.

Furthermore, the project is not expected to result in activities that create unusual police protection needs. (city must have a crystal ball)

Again is this safe ?

 

Active Community

As an active community the city council adopted a Multi-Use Trails map in 2011. Many housing developments throughout the city have Multi-Use Trails along their borders, some along Palomar St., others along Grand Ave.

The city is prepared to spend millions on such a multi-use trail and bicycle lane project the entire length of Grand Ave.

This site has no such trail even though one appears on the City of Wildomar Multi-Use Trail Map as W-E-02A. The developer claims the trail (Southern Immigrant Trail) is on the other side of the roadway. 

Question have you ever seen two way bicycle traffic on a roadway

(See Cross Sections of Washington and Jefferson)

This is what the developer is required to finish before they sell any homes. Notice the asphalt extends 1/2 of the roadway plus one lane only. The rest is to be provided by whomever builds across the street. (Except for that portion  that is part of this development on Jefferson Ave. in wildomar

Responsible Growth

Our neighbors to the south have asked that their quality of life not be destroyed by this project which will hover over their backyards invading their privacy. The developers response is we will plant more shrubs. We will not lower the height of the development nor will they move the structures back to simulate the feel of single family homes with backyards.

Is it responsible growth when a planning commissioner chastises these longtime homeowners for not planting enough vegetation in their yards.

NO

 

Quality Infrastructure

Wildomar Parks will receive

There are 20 parcels of which 16 will pay the Measure Z Tax. At $28.00 per parcel this amounts to $448.00 annually to pay for maintenance, operations and programs for the 538 new citizens (.83 cents a head per year) (Current residents pay approximately $10 a head).

The city will claim additional money will be collect through the Mello Roos fees extracted from this project, problem being there is no accountability for that money like Measure Z funds which haS an Oversight Committee.

The city will also collect a one time parks land fee of  $96,087.33

And a one time parks infrastructure fee of between $452,033.22 – $636,956.73

If these were 163 single family homes the same park land and infrastructure fees would be collected along with $4,564.00 annually for maintenance operations and programs ($8.48 per head instead of 83 cents)

The Wildomar Library will receive no money for expansion of the library. The Wildomar Library will receive no money for new books. The only money the library will receive will be for maintenance and operation of the existing facility which is currently undersized per county standards

Per a study done by the American Library Association:  Funding levels for Riverside County libraries remain at desperately low levels, barely more than a third of the national average on a per capita basis.

In 2014, to correct this underfunding, Riverside County adopted a Developer Impact Fee of $115 per single family dwelling and $80.00 per multi-family dwelling. Wildomar in the same year adopted nothing for libraries, no books no building.

The County of Riverside General Plan Standard is 0.50 sq.ft. per per resident. Looking at Wildomar:

The Wildomar Library on Mission Trail is 5,384 sq.ft.. With a population of 35,168 (January 2016) the square footage should be 17,584 sq.ft..We are currently at 30 ½%. Even below the county deficit with no money for expansion.

Keeping the Hometown Feel

 

This is going to be difficult when you look past the immediate connection of Jefferson Ave. in Murrieta to Palomar St. in Wildomar.

Looking past means looking at what other cities connected to this corridor the stretches from Rancho California Rd. in Temecula  to Main St. in Lake Elsinore a stretch of 17.2 miles

Temecula in March of 2005 in their Circulation Roadway plan discussed key roadway improvements with included expanding Jefferson Ave from Winchester to the city line from a 4 lane arterial to a 6 lane urban arterial highway.

When looking at the HIGHWAY 395 CORRIDOR STUDY FOR SOUTHWEST RIVERSIDE COUNTY compiled in 2012 after 2 community workshops were held. 20 members of the community attended the workshop in wildomar, similar to the previous workshop in Temecula which also had 20 community members.

The Murrieta City Council approved a plan to widen Jefferson Avenue north of Kalmia Street to 6 lanes due to increased traffic volumes. In certain locations, portions of the roadway are already built to this ultimate width and would only need to be restriped to achieve the 6-lane configuration.

Caltrans noted that it will be important to analyze the effects the Corridor improvements will have on the adjacent I-15 interchanges. Highway 395 serves as the primary alternate route for the freeway.

The 395 study states the current condition in wildomar as Two-lane facilities which are common in purely residential and rural land uses where volumes are typically lower.

 

Keeping the Hometown Feel is Going to be Kind of Hard with traffic whizzing by at 50 miles an hour.

Freedom Swing at Marna O’Brien Park One Year Later

 

 

 

Towards the end of the video it appears someone has gotten tired of waiting for the city to unchain this swing in the park. This is the second time I have noticed the latch having been bent so the citizens that paid more than $31,000 could use this apparatus that has been installed twice in the same park. (The first time it was installed it was removed less than a month later, after having failed a safety inspection.)

Some still Photos show the swing has a broken catch that hold the ramp in upward position

Upper Right side of swing has broken clip. The swing is also leaning to one side for some strange reason.

Is Wildomar About to Get Trump’d

This is a proposed park that will use precious Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to construct. These monies have been handed out with the following intent :

“The program allocates annual grants to larger cities and counties to develop viable communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and opportunities to expand economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons. To achieve these goals, program-funded projects must satisfy one of three U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) national program objectives required in 24 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) 570.208: provide a benefit to low- and moderate-income persons, prevent or eliminate slums or blight, or meet other urgent community development needs due to disasters or other emergencies.”

This project, Malaga Park or Gateway Park, first came to light in December of 2013 when the city set aside $100,000 of CDBG money to fund the proposed project which will consist of landscape architecture, planting,irrigation and aesthetic improvements and the installation of walkways, paths and monument sign

Because this project meets none of the above, except maybe providing refuge for those leaving a neighboring facility (not the doctors office) it proves once again that a Federal Program is being abused by local officials. These abuses have resulted in now 2 administrations trying to eliminate it (CDBG).

Barack Obama’s FY 2012 Budget to Congress stated:

While flexibility may be one strong characteristic of the CDBG program, the use of funds and how states and communities distribute their funds lead to resources spread across many activities, diverse constituencies, and geographies without clear or focused impact. This makes the demonstration of outcomes difficult to measure and evaluate.

President Trump’s upcoming budget proposal calls for slashing funding for a block grant program primarily because it was difficult to determine whether it was getting the desired results. “The federal government has spent over $150 billion on this block grant since its inception in 1974, but the program is not well-targeted to the poorest populations and has not demonstrated results,”

Also, ostensibly to better the lives of low-income residents, the city proposed to “pave and repair sidewalks along Wildomar Rd. and Secdo Blvd. at a cost of $91,867 for FY 2015-16.

The city set aside another $75,533 to purchase a property to be used as a community garden in FY 2016-17

Lastly, and the only project designed to really help a depressed area, the city set aside for FY 2017-18 $110,067 in funding for a Fire Hydrant project that will decrease the risk of loss due to a fire and increase the fire protection system currently in place in the target area, primarily the Sedco area of Wildomar. (After a local eating establishment had perished in a fire)

It has been said “The CDBG is a $3 billion program that ostensibly goes to developing poor communities but mostly goes to Graft, Corruption and Waste. It blows massive amounts of money on wasteful projects, while seeing huge chunks disappear into administrative costs.

The Heritage Foundation, called the Community Development Block Grant program a “slush fund for urban mayors.”

The CDBG program is chock full of cronyism and corruption and should be eliminated. Much like the corrupt city redevelopment agencies, what actually ends up happening is that this money gets funneled by politicians to friends with connections for various projects that aren’t really about helping the poor at all. http://reason.com/blog/2017/03/16/the-community-development-block-grant-pr

 

A Win for Transparency in Government

The cloak of secrecy has been pierce

I wrote an article back in September of 2015 concerning the practice of government workers, being they City Manager’s, City Council Member’s, Planning Director’s, etc, conducting City Business on personal devices. These devices such as cell phones, computer’s, tablets, email accounts when used for city business are now subject the to the California Public Records Act so sayeth the California Supreme Court who on this day Thurday, March 2, 2017 at 10:00am release their opinion

Here, we hold that when a city employee uses a personal account to communicate about the conduct of public business, the writings may be subject to disclosure under the California Public Records Act (CPRA or Act).1 We overturn the contrary judgment of the Court of Appeal.

The entire opinion can be read in the following PDF

 

http://www.courts.ca.gov/opinions/documents/S218066.PDF

 

Good Idea, Bad Plan

There is a move about town to install a “Drinking Fountain”, for dogs and humans, at the infamous Regency-Heritage Park located in the northwest side of Wildoslavia. While the idea has been batted about for a number of years the city has apparently located a willing child and sold them on doing a “Scout Project” to cause this fountain project to spring to life.

The idea is a good one and has been long sought after by dog owners, the few that use the DG covered dog park, as the summer months are rather warm in this part of the world where there is little grass to play on.

Above Picture taken in July

Even in Winter there is little grass in this neglected park

The above picture taken in December, the green outside dog park is weeds

The plan is bad plan because this park is a part of the, poorly maintained, drainage system that directs waters from several areas of Wildoslavia, namely to the south as far as Marna O’Brien Park and the hills to the Southwest of the park above the Woodmoor Tract of homes.

The red lines are the existing storm drain infrastructure, the blue line is the proposed additon. The following pictures show the areas where these enter the park

The above picture is looking southwest towards the hills above the Woodmoor Tract

The above picture is looking south towards Marna O’Brien Park, notice the wire has been lifted to facilitate the flow of water, presumably by city staff.

Above picture is looking east towards Palomar St.

The above picture is looking into the park from the Palomar pipe, notice the debris that has been there for years and still is.

In the past it has resulted in much damage being done to this park.

 

The above pictures were taken in September of 2014

This damage still happens today

Notice the engineered material that cost thousands of dollars is saturated from a December 2016 storm. The damage is so severe the swings have been removed.

Taken the day after Christmas 2016 near the drain for this Tot-Lot in Regency-Heritage Park

This poorly maintained drainage system for this park is slated for an upgrade somewhere in the future, brought to you by Riverside County Flood Control and Water  Conservation (RCFC&WCD), the upgrade is a part of the recently (January 2014) adopted Lakeland Village Master Drainage Plan

This Lakeland Village Master Drainage Plan (Lakeland Village MDP) calls for the current 10 foot wide X 18 inch deep channel through Regency-Heritage Park to be widened to 42 feet in width X 6 feet in depth. This new channel, referred to as “Open Channel A” will be capable of handling a 100-year event consisting of 1,115 cubic feet of water a second.
The city has known about this concept since they were notified by a concerned citizen more than 2 ½  years ago. Refer to

REGENCY HERITAGE PARK MORPHING INTO OPEN CHANNEL A

 

The above article was written in February of 2014

What does the city lose when this “Open Channel A” is constructed. Nobody really knows at the present time. The RCFC&WCD has a concept but no engineering has been done.

It is possible that 30 feet of the enclosed area currently called the dog park will disappear making the existing dog park smaller while at the same time making it more likely to survive as future flooding will be eliminated. It also means that whatever “Drinking Fountain” installed will lose its water source as the metered water is located on the east entrance nearest Autumn Oak Place.

That is unless the city plans for the new water pipe feeding the “Drinking Fountain” to be installed below the 6 foot depth of the future channel. Does that sound like a “Scout Project”, not many are qualified to operate a backhoe.

 

 

HO HO HO Where is Santa’s Dough ?


LOOK MA NO MONEY

The following was brought up, in part, at the wildomar City Council meeting of December 14, 2016. My Public Comments were apparently deemed inappropriate for a local blogger as my comments must have hit the cutting room floor. Included at the end of this article are my Public Comments in there entirety from my notes.

Since the Measure Z Oversight Committee was charged with looking after the collections starting with the Breakfast with Santa 2013 that responsibility has been waning.

(The comingling of revenues raised by this event was questioned since the beginning with city staff and the city manager expressing their opinion that this was appropriate).

This event had been held at Wildomar’s Fire Station 61 since 1979 with volunteer firefighters making the pancakes. The station was always working with various community leaders and groups to come up with different fundraisers to help offset the costs of up-grading and purchasing new state-of-the-art equipment needed in helping save lives and property. In 2004 they served about 300 residents to raise money to replace its out-dated emergency squad vehicle. A new one would have cost about $80,000.
http://myvalleynews.com/local/spark-of-love-toy-drive-to-aid-needy-families/

Today this event is monitored by the MEASURE Z OVERSIGHT ADVISORY COMMITTEE. This is made clear by the following statement:

The Special Event revenues reflect the Breakfast with Santa event wherein the City partnered with the Rotary Club.

The above line is found in the Measure Z Oversight and Advisory Committee Annual Report for FY13-14 on page 15 of the report found at: http://www.cityofwildomarparks.org/measure-z-documents
Also included in the above Annual Report is the following on Page 7 for the
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA 2013 (Held December 21, 2013)

Park Services Highlights
Breakfast with Santa event was conducted at the Fire Station on Gruwell Street. Over 250 guests participated in the event. Total net revenues were $1,109.63.

During December, the Breakfast with Santa event was conducted at the Fire Station on Gruwell Street. Over 250 guests participated in the event. Total revenues were
$1,644.00, expenses were $968.75, (refer to attachment 2). The revenues were
originally recorded in the general fund and now have been transferred (except $50.00 which will be transferred at the City’s mid-year report on 2-11-2014) to the Measure Z fund, where the expenses were incurred.

The above comments are included in Agenda Item #2.1 FY 2013-14 Mid Year Report, Staff Report Discussion of January 23, 2014
Also found at http://www.cityofwildomarparks.org/measure-z-documents

On January 16, 2014 the Wildomar Rotary Club received its cut
Voucher 202951 01/16/2014 Vendor 000214 Rotary Club of Wildomar
Invoice #11314 Breakfast W/Santa Fundraiser $484.37

Even in the most current Agenda Packet for the Measure Z Oversight Advisory Committee this event has its own line and budget in the financial reports

What has happened since the first year of the Measure Z Oversight Advisory Committee’s oversight of the event called BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA 2014 (Held on December 13, 2014)
May 28, 2015 Measure Z Oversight Advisory Committee Agenda Item #2.1
FY 2014-15 3rd Quarter Report
Page 8 of 20 shows that the city budgeted $4,200 and brought in revenue of $4,418.00. (December 2014 Breakfast with Santa)
The only expense found in found in the 3rd quarter report is Stan Argent- Breakfast with Santa 300.00

In March of 2015 the Wildomar Rotary Club received its half of the revenue generated after expenses.

Voucher 204466 03/05/2015 Vendor 000214 Rotary Club of Wildomar
Invoice #30515 Breakfast with Santa Fundraiser $1,339.00

According to City of Wildomar Vouchers (shown below) a total of $877.22 was spent on various supplies. The city also spent $1,177.11 on 4 Grills for community events add to that the $300 from the 3rd Quarter report above brings the total expenditures for the 2014 event to $2,354.33.

Revenue in of $4,418 minus expenses of $2,354.33 leaves $2063.67 divided by 2 gives the city of wildomar and the Wildomar Rotary Club $1,031.83
(How is it the Rotary Club received $307.16 more than the city)

Voucher 204188 12/18/2014 Vendor 000067 Petty Cash Invoice #79
Petty Cash Replenishment Breakfast with Santa $ 13.46

Voucher 204192 12/18/2014 Vendor 000186 Rightway
Invoice#59557 12/13/2014 Breakfast with Santa $ 209.90

Voucher 204238 12/30/2014 Vendor 000006 Wells Fargo
Invoice #121214 Breakfast with Santa Supplies $ 21.59
Invoice #121214 Breakfast with Santa Supplies $ 28.08
Invoice #121214A Breakfast with Santa Supplies $ 29.16
Invoice #170 Breakfast with Santa Supplies $ 93.31
Invoice #41847 Breakfast with Santa Supplies $ 12.48
Invoice #4900-5852 Four Grills for Community Events $1,177.11
Invoice #7 Breakfast with Santa Health Permit $ 87.00
Invoice #8055 Propane for Breakfast with Santa $ 252.83

Voucher 204262 01/08/2015 Vendor 000773 South Shore Deli Provisions, Inc.
Invoice #57073 Supplies for Breakfast W/Santa $ 308.00

Voucher 204295 01/22/2015 Vendor 000011 CR&R Inc.
Invoice #276984 12/16/14 Additional Pick-up Breakfast w/Santa $ 40.53

Voucher 204388 02/12/2015 Vendor 000067 Petty Cash
Invoice 81 Breakfast w/Santa $ 33.71

After all is said and done for Breakfast with Santa 2014 the Annual Report shows nothing.

Measure Z Oversight Advisory Committee Agenda Item #2.2
SUBJECT: FY 2014-15 Annual Report
Makes no mention of Breakfast with Santa Revenue (2014)

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA 2015 (Held December 12, 2015)
Now let’s look at the Breakfast with Santa 2015
July 7, 2016 Measure Z Oversight Advisory Committee Agenda Item #2.1
SUBJECT: FY 2015-16 3rd Quarter Report
(Page 7 of 14)
255-3556 Breakfast with Santa Budgeted $4,000 Actuals as of 3/31/16 $0.00

That is until December where the Agenda Packet shows the following
September 8, 2016 Measure Z Oversight Advisory Committee Agenda Item #2.1
SUBJECT: FY 2015-16 Year End Report – Pre Audit
(Page 19 of 110)
255-3556 Breakfast with Santa Budgeted $0.00 Actuals as of 6/30/16 $0.00

But what about all the expenses shown in the city vouchers listed below:

2015
Voucher 205573 12/10/2015 Vendor 000649 Mint Print Media
Invoice #950 Banner for Breakfast with Santa $ 51.84

Voucher 205576 12/10/2015 Vendor 000526 Print Postal
Invoice #12537 Breakfast with Santa 2015 $ 340.20

Voucher 205577 12/10/2015 Vendor 000186 Rightway
Invoice #120115 Breakfast with Santa $ 209.90

Voucher 205697 01/14/2016 Vendor 000006 Wells Fargo
Invoice #00001 Breakfast with Santa Propane $ 27.77
Invoice #106 Breakfast with Santa 2015 Supplies $ 125.31
Invoice #1167803 Breakfast with Santa 2015 Supplies $ 28.08
Invoice #19 Breakfast with Santa 2015 Supplies $ 209.93
Invoice #451167793 Breakfast with Santa 2015 Supplies $ 30.24
Invoice #47100 Breakfast with Santa 2015 Supplies $ 32.31
Invoice #8992 Breakfast with Santa 2015 Health Permit $ 97.25

Voucher 205698 01/14/2016 Vendor 000006 Wells Fargo
Invoice #20232 Breakfast with Santa 2015 $ 15.60
Invoice #3161897 Breakfast with Santa 2015 Tarps $ 12.92

These expenses total $1,181.35

The Wildomar Rotary Club received a check

Voucher 206017 04/07/2016 Vendor 000214 ROTARY CLUB OF WILDOMAR
Invoice #40716 BREAKFAST W/SANTA FUNDRAISER $1,142.08

With no revenue recorded (not even from the 8 sponsors) not sure how that happened.

2015 is also the year the Mayor stated that the city’s proceeds would be used to purchase emergency radios for the city and some of it was

Voucher 205550 12/10/2015 Vendor 000006 Wells Fargo
Invoice #239019 CEMETERY EMER EMER RADIO SUPPLIES $ 33.92
Invoice #899103591108 CEMETERY EMER EMER RADIO SUPPLIES $ 29.64
Invoice #9585034 CEMETERY EMER EMER RADIO SUPPLIES $ 83.91
Total $147.47

Voucher 205697 01/14/2016 Vendor 000006 Wells Fargo
Invoice #9960267 UV-5R DUAL BAND EMERGENCY RADIOS- CEMET $226.53

Voucher 205776 02/04/2016 Vendor 000006 Wells Fargo
Invoice #172663 Power Supplies for Disaster Net Radio $161.75

TOTAL $535.75

If the Rotary Club received their one-half then what happened to the rest of the city’s half amounting to $606.33

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA 2016 (Held December 10, 2016)
So far there are no numbers to look at, the most recent Quarterly Report for FY16-17 shows a line item for a budget of $4,000

Will the lack of accounting and oversight continue into the New Year. With there being as many as 15 sponsors this year the money will be substantial.

The next question that needs to be asked:
If Measure Z budgets for this event, are not the revenues the property of Measure Z.
If that is so, how is it the city can spent any of this money on anything other than parks related expenses.

My notes from the evening of December 14, 2016

Public Comments

Since the beginning of the Measure Z Oversight Committee the task of accounting for the Breakfast with Santa funds has belong to the committee, according to staff, with Measure Z funds budgeted for this event and the revenue line 255-3556 Breakfast with Santa one would believe this to be true.

For the 2013 Breakfast there was a budget of $1600, the committee saw most of the invoices and receipts and the results, $1,109.63 net revenue was included in the FY13-14 Annual Report. Of this $484.37 was shared with the Rotary Club

Since that time there has been virtually no accounting of the monies budgeted, spent or brought in.

Breakfast with Santa 2014 showed that $4,200 was budgeted, in only one quarterly report (the other quarters showed nothing budgeted) but $4,218 was brought in of which $1,339.00 was shared with the Rotary Club, a single expense of $300 was recorded. These numbers got no mention in the FY 2014-15 Annual Report.

Breakfast with Santa 2015 showed that $4,000 was budgeted but the quarterly reports show no expenditures even though $1,142.08 was shared with the Rotary Club. Per our Mayor the city’s cut was to fund Emergency Radios which this city spent $535.75 for such radios, what happened to the rest of the money.

Pre-audit numbers for FY15-16 show absolutely nothing budgeted nor any actual revenue brought in. There are also no expenses recorded.

For this years Breakfast with Santa 2016 $4,000 has been budgeted, we will have to wait and see if it gets any mention at all.