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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.

WILDOMAR where the LIGHTS are ON but NOBODY’S HOME

On two separate Friday nights November 4th and 11th, 2016 the lights at, wildomar’s premier park Marna O’Brien, have lit up all three ball diamonds. This would in most cases be a good thing as the citizens pay dearly with an annual Measure Z Tax for this pleasure used by a few.

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But, this is wildomar where on the two nights mentioned two fields sat empty while one team played, this condition existed from 9:00pm – 10:00 pm on both evenings that I know of. At a calculated cost (2009 study) these lights cost $33.20 per hour per field to operate. With all three fields lit up it was costing the taxpayers of this city $99.60 per hour of operation. These lights had been on since 5:30pm both evenings until 10:00pm a period of 4.5 hours for a total cost of $448.20 each night.

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As the parks are closed to the general public at dusk, the sports leagues using these fields are supposed to by City of wildomar Resolution 09-64 pay a prorated share for these lights. That share was per the Resolution to be $5.00 for the use of each field and $15.00 per hour per field for the lights. There is no way to know if anything is being collected by the city as the Measure Z Oversight Committee has never seen any documentation verifying this. The last Oversight meeting brought to light that the teams were paying nothing for the use of the fields in exchange for the teams maintaining the fields, for themselves as they leave them in unplayable condition for everyone else. This is a clear violation of Resolution 09-64

How much abuse are the citizens of wildomar to take at the hands of an uncaring staff.

Wildomar Parcel Tax the Real Numbers

My comments, at the city council meeting, concerned the apartments which remain the property of a single owner, such as Gables Oak Creek Apartments 148 units, Santa Rosa Apartments 320 units and Oak Springs Ranch 321 units for a total of 780 new dwelling units (the projected population increase is 1716 citizens). Those existing apartments now pay $84 annually in Measure Z.

 

County of Riverside Geographic Information System (GIS) Assessor's Parcel Number Report (APN)

County of Riverside Geographic Information System (GIS) Assessor’s Parcel Number Report (APN) For Gables Oak Creek Apartments

Permit Page fromthe above GIS page

Permit Page fromthe above GIS page

Tax Bill for Gables Oak Creek Apartments. notice the Measure Tax at the bottom.

Tax Bill for Gables Oak Creek Apartments. notice the Measure Tax at the bottom.

Same information for the Santa Rosa Apartments

Same information for the Santa Rosa Apartments

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The same for Oak Springs Ranch, the apartments behind city hall

The same for Oak Springs Ranch, the apartments behind city hall

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This, along with future apartments, approved or in the process of being approved, totaling 910 units that are rented out located on 5 seperate parcels, which will bring in a calculated 2002 new citizens, these will pay a single Measure Z parcel tax per complex or $140 a year for Wildomar’s parks.

Future Apartments
Villa Sienna Apartments 180 units
Grove Park Apartments 162 units
Baxter Village Apartments 204 units
Darling Bundy Apartments 140 units
Horizon/Strata 138 apartments 86 assisted living units

That brings the total Measure Z tax of $224 to the city for 3718 citizens living in 1690 apartment units.

(60 cents a year per citizen) The average single family home which pays $28 for the calculated 3.2 citizens works out to $8.75 per person

If anyone care to see the numbers I show the individual parcels along with copies of the pertinent pages of the Measure Z Park Tax Fiscal Year 2015- 2016 Assessment Roll. (This is a part of the documentation that the Oversight Committee has never seen, only one member has ever expressed an interest in seeing this documentation).

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So much for Oversight

Wildomar Library Less Than Significant

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While studying an EIR (Environmental Impact Report) for a group of condominiums awaiting approval to be built in Wildomar one can’t help wonder what these people are thinking when they declare an increase in population no matter how insignificant, in this case 630 individuals or a 1.9% increase, to be less the significant

The wording in the EIR section entitled: SUMMARY OF IMPACTS AND MITIGATION MEASURES FOR THE PROJECT: Impact: reads as follows
The proposed project would not result in adverse physical impacts with the provision for, or the need for, new or physically altered library facilities.
Mitigation Measure: No mitigation measures are required
Significance after Mitigation: Less than significant

Further on in the Summary of Impacts it continues with this statement
The project would not result in a cumulatively considerable contribution to adverse physical impacts due to the construction of new or expanded library facilities.

This statement is parrotted in another Mitigated Negative Declaration presented to the Planning Commission the month before.
Any impacts would be considered incremental and less than significant.
Page 104 of 147
http://www.cityofwildomar.org/uploads/files/minutes/2016-10-19-agenda-packet/Item%202.1%20-%20Attach%20A-Ex%201%20-%20Nova%20Homes%20IS-MND%20Document.pdf

Back to the EIR
Under the Heading Libraries is the following declaration
The City of Wildomar is a member of the Riverside County Library District (RCLD), which
operates 33 libraries throughout Riverside County and has an annual circulation of 3.4 million
items (Christmas, 2010). According to the City’s General Plan, the County Library System has
District-wide standards of 1.2 volumes and 0.5 square feet of library space per capita. The
Mission Trail Library located at 34303 Mission Trail, is the library nearest to the project site,
approximately 2.7 miles north of the project site.

To show you how old the numbers here are the current Riverside Library system has 35 libraries and 2 bookmobiles. It’s circulation in 2012 was 3,724,657. It’s collection consist of 1,626,646 in 2012.

So let’s look at what should be:
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 and half percent. Even below the county deficit.
Square Footage per the General Plan rate of 0.5 sq.ft. per capita for Riverside County based on the current population of 2,189,641 (2016) should be 1,094,821 sq. ft.
The current square footage is 360,757 a deficit of 734,064 square feet or about ⅓ of what it should be.
To be fair when the Mission Trail Library, now known as the Wildomar Library, was built it served an estimated population of 20,000 and was 5,000 sq.ft., undersized by half then. With a County Standard of 0.5 sq.ft. per capita it should have been 10,000 sq.ft..

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Volumes in the Collection
Wildomar Library contains 20,682 volumes where it should contain 87,920 this is a deficit of 67,238 or 23.5% of what we should have.
Per the General Plan the requirement is 2.5 volumes per capita
The EIR in question states 1.2 volumes per capita, that is the number of volumes on hand in per California Library Statistics 2012.
The total collection volume should be 5,474,103 volumes. The current collection in 2012 is 1,540,455. This is a far cry from what it should be with a deficit of 3,933,648 or 28% of what should be in our libraries.

The latest statistics for the Wildomar Library aka Mission Trail Library are 158,380 visits with 69,236 items checked out 2015-16, 69,236 visits with 2,280 children attending programs throughout the year.
2013-2014 Fiscal year had 152,401 visits and 69,236 items checked out.
Visits are up 4% from years previous.
Population 2014 – 33,718
Population 2016 – 35,168 and increase of 4%

The last monies collected for the library was by the County of Riverside, before cityhood, was a Development Impact Fee (DIF) for books only. This money, approximately $167,000, turned over to the city mid-year 2014 will purchase just under 7,000 books at the County’s estimated cost of $25 per book. But where to put them.

When this money runs out that’s it

Realizing the Impact to the County of Riverside they updated their DIF in 2014 to include this chapter:
http://planning.rctlma.org/Portals/0/genplan/general_plan_2014/EnvironmentalImpactReport/04-17_PublicFacilities_2014-04-07.pdf

Page 67 of 75
Ordinance No. 659 – Development Impact Fees Program: Under this ordinance, all new residential, industrial and commercial development is required to pay development impact fees commensurate with the level of new development proposed in order to offset impacts to existing and future public facilities. For library services, the ordinance establishes a base per-dwelling unit fee for both single- and multi-family homes; $341 and $286 per dwelling unit respectively. The ordinance enforces the program by stating that “no building permit shall be issued for any Development Project except upon the condition that the Development Impact Fees required by this ordinance are paid.” These funds are collected and used to provide both library services and construction of new facilities pursuant to the Public Facilities Needs List maintained by the County of Riverside and updated annually.
Riverside County General Plan Policies: Policy LU 5.1 in the Riverside County General Plan aids in the prevention of significant impacts to libraries. It directs the County of Riverside to take action to ensure that development does not cause growth to exceed acceptable levels of service. In terms of libraries, this is implemented through requirements for development fees to be paid as part of project Conditions of Approval. See Section 4.17.6.B for full text of the policy

b. Compliance with Existing Mitigation Measures from EIR No. 441
In EIR No. 441, prepared for the 2003 RCIP General Plan, Mitigation Measure 4.15.6A was imposed to reduce impacts to libraries to less than significant. This measure remains applicable to this project and would lessen impacts to libraries by setting a performance standard that must be met by new development proposals. This standard is implemented with funds collected pursuant to County Ordinance No. 659, as discussed above.
Existing Mitigation Measure 4.15.6A:
Riverside County shall provide a minimum of approximately 0.5 square foot of library space and 2.5 volumes per county resident.
F. Libraries – Level of Significance After Mitigation
With the implementation of the above-listed existing General Plan policies and existing Mitigation Measure 4.15.6A from EIR No. 441, GPA No. 960 would have a less than significant impact on libraries.

Notice the Fees for Libraries of
$341 for single family homes and $286 for multi-family homes (the fee is per Dwelling Unit)

The City of Wildomar chose not to include a DIF for Library Construct or Books when they adopted their fees in 2014.

It’s a sad state when two of our council members, both of whom proclaim they are members of the “Friends of the Mission Trail” Library, and claim they are pro library have not called for a Developer Impact Fee therefore this city collects no money for books or buildings.

THE SPIRIT OF THE LAW IS STILL BROKEN

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.
https://oag.ca.gov/system/files/opinions/pdfs/95-812.pdf?

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.)

Wildomar got Snookered

Residents of wildomar were snookered

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

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

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

TO: Mayor and City Council Members

FROM: Gary Nordquist, City Manager

SUBJECT: Tiny House Village Meeting

RECOMMENDATION:

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

DISCUSSION:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wildomar Responds to the Grand Jury, with a rebuttal

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

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

http://www.countyofriverside.us/Home/GrandJury.aspx

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

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

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

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

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

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

City Clerk Page as of 9-20-2016

City Clerk Page as of 9-20-2016

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

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

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

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

Installing a new bulletin board inside the library for the posting of city agenda’s also violates the Brown Act as interpreted by the Attorney General’s Office

http://ag.ca.gov/publications/2003_Main_BrownAct.pdf
In 78 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 327, 331-332 (1995), this office concluded that the 72-hour notice requirement mandates local agencies to post their notices in locations which are accessible 24 hours a day for the 72 hours prior to the meeting. Accordingly, notices cannot be placed in buildings which are locked for some portion of the 72 hours immediately prior to the meeting.

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

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

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

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

 

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

WILDOMAR IN NEED OF ANOTHER BELL

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

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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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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.

WILDOMAR PARROTS the “Little Hoover Commission”

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It is the belief of California’s Little Hoover Commission that Less Transparency in meetings will improve government. This belief was release in the commission’s report of June 2015, but has been the practice in the city of wildomar since it was voted into existence in February of 2008.
The public’s opinion is not needed.
According to the Sacramento Business Journal
Amid public outcry that cities are crafting policies outside of the public eye, a respected state panel has declared that laws aimed at maximizing public disclosure are actually hurting California’s democratic process.
http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/news/2015/06/29/little-hoover-commission-open-meetings-policies.html
The Little Hoover Commission Report can be found @
http://www.lhc.ca.gov/studies/227/Report227.pdf Conversations for Workable Government Report #227 June 2015

This local belief has once again resulted in the city of wildomar not opening a subject to citizen discussion in a public forum before taking action behind closed doors or voting on it in the consent calendar.

Currently the city of wildomar provides some of the poorest if not the poorest law enforcement and fire service in the county, with a ratio of .4 law enforcement officers per 1000 population, currently and into the foreseeable future cost are increasing at 7% annually.
This city of 35,000 plus is also served by one fire station which has resulted in sub-par response time. (Murrieta’s response time is currently less than 5 minutes where the city of wildomar’s response time is well north of 9 minutes) There is currently no plans for another station in the near future, even though before incorporation there was plans to rebuild Station 61 at different location and add 2 additional stations, one in the Sedco Hills area on Bundy Canyon east of the 15 Freeway and another in the Cottonwood Canyon area of Lake Elsinore, to service the east and northeast community of Wildomar.
The estimated cost increase for Fiscal Year 2015/16 is 9.53% from the previous fiscal year 2014/15. The current Fiscal Year 2016-17 is budgeted for $2,343,619 which includes 10.3 assigned staff, 4.7 medics, and ⅓ of a chief.

The discussion not opened to citizen discussion is the one of the city of wildomar joining the City of San Jacinto “Police Services Joint Powers Authority (JPA) Feasibility Study”.

Information hidden in the city vouchers shows that we are thinking of joining another JPA, this time to form another police force amongst widely scattered cities in Riverside County (Coachella to Temecula, by way of Moreno Valley and Jurupa) to replace the existing sheriff’s department.
Looking at some of the other cities, Moreno Valley, Jurupa, Eastvale, Calimesa, and Menifee, they held public meetings and council votes to discuss the idea of joining the feasibility study which will cost each city approximately anywhere from $19,000 – $24,000.
Wildomar by all news accounts was never a part of this study.

It only became apparent to myself that this city had joined this study while perusing the city vouchers. Low and behold,
Voucher 206315 paid out to the tune of $2,643.78 on June 23, 2016 to the City of San Jacinto for “POLICE SVC JPA FEASIBILITY STUDY”.
Not bad you say, that’s pretty cheap.
That appears to be just the tip of the iceberg.
Less than a month later the city paid out on Voucher 206414 another $3,200.44 for POLICE SVC JPA FEASIBILITY STUDY #2 .
So far we are up to $5,844.22.
Where does it all end, who knows, as this was never discussed at any city council meeting in the city of wildomar.

The last time the city of wildomar joined a Joint Power Authority (JPA) was to provide Animal Control Services.

This was not the vision when the numbers were being schmooze to the citizens by the Wildomar Incorporation Now group in the attempt to achieve cityhood.

In the initial study provided to LAFCO leading up to cityhood it was estimated the animal control would cost the city $79,000 annually.
http://lafco.org/wp-content/uploads/documents/archives/Wildomar_MSR-IFR_10-04__no_maps_.pdf Page 30-31
(Coverage is provided from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.
The new city would contract back with the County for animal control services. County staff indicate that the contract cost would be approximately $79,000 to maintain existing levels of service.)

Somebody missed the mark or fudged the numbers.

Along the way the city of wildomar joined the Joint Power Authority (JPA) to provide Animal Control. Joining this Southwest Communities Financing Authority has resulted in the city paying out $454,000 in Fiscal Year 2014-15, for animal control services including paying for a building (located in Wildomar) they will never own.

Current budget number are:
Shelter Operations $15,970/Mo – $191,640 annually
Animal Control Field Srvcs $5,600/Mo. – $67,200
Debt Service 224,900 Annually
Or $483,740 Annually
(This number does not include monies collected by the animal shelter for licenses and fines, which they keep)

Without the public’s scrutiny and input the decision of this city to be a part of this process is doomed to the same fate as joining the Southwest Communities Financing Authority (SCFA) for which this city, on its website, never post information on their meetings as required by the Authority.

That fate is excessive cost for less service than we currently receive.