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WILDOMAR UNCHAIN FREEDOM

Why is this playground apparatus chained up like a White Elephant

The gate approaching the swing. Note that it is between dawn and dusk, therefore the park is open

The gate approaching the swing. Note that it is between dawn and dusk, therefore the park is open

Chained so it will not swing. During normal park hours.

Chained so it will not swing. During normal park hours.

Close-up of the lock

Close-up of the lock

The above pictures were taken on July 22, 2016

On April 21, 2016 a city official commented “This swing opened up in my city last Saturday, it was a Girl Scout Silver Award project”.
(April 21st was a Thursday making the re-opening of this swing April 16th)

Excuse me?

The first time this project was done, incorrectly, it was a scout project.
Despite what city officials claim, it was removed on a Sunday morning in October of 2014 after it failed an inspection by a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) hired by the city when deficiencies were reported to the city’s insurance carrier.
The removal of this apparatus occurred a mere 22 days after installation as the ribbon cutting ceremony happened on September 27, 2014.

Below is a PDF of the inspection report
wheelchair playground summary 10-19-2014 Draft

The gist of the report was that the Wheelchair Swing did not meet safety standards

Freedom Redux

This time it cost the citizens of this community $34,000 from Developer Impact Fee Fund Account 460. The contractor was paid $31,573.80 which was listed in the City Council Agenda Packet of June 8, 2016 Item #1.6 of the consent calendar as the Marna O’Brien Park ADA Swing Re-Installation Project (CIP 036)
(The $2,426.20 above the $31,573.80 paid the contractor was attributed to construction management and inspection bringing the total to $34,000.00)
When the bids were accepted the city engineers estimate was $25,000.00
Inspection did not include another Certified Playground Safety Inspection as a copy of such an inspection was requested on June 8, 2016, acknowledged by the city clerk on June 9, 2016 with a reply promised no late than June 20, 2016.
(I am still waiting for the report and its almost August)

Pictures taken on numerous days and times since show the swing locked to its frame and the gate on the surrounding enclosure padlocked as well. All photos were taken during normal business hours of parks operations.
Starting on May 22 at 8:30 am

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Again on July 11th at 8:42 am

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The same goes for July 14, 20, 22, etc.

This swing appears to be shackled unless a city official is on hand for a photo op.

More questions need to be asked such as:
1. Why does an adult need another adult to supervise them on this swing. (Assuming they can
access this device)

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The apparatus according to the Bid Packet (and the Manufacturer) is list as an “Adult Wheelchair Swing” able to accommodate Juvenile, Adult and Motorized Wheelchairs.

Not only is this apparatus chained up every day making it inaccessible but it also continues the reliance on another person to enjoy it.

2. When the original installation of the Freedom Swing was completed with
volunteer labor in its previous location, in the existing Tot-Lot, the ADA ramp
that allows children in wheelchairs and with other disabilities to utilize the
equipment was removed, replaced by a concrete slab. With the Freedom
Swing now located in another location why was the ADA compliant ramp not
returned to the Tot-Lot. As it sits right now children with disabilities can not
access the Playground Equipment in the Tot-Lot which meets ADA requirements.

When the ramp was there

When the ramp was there

When it was removed

When it was removed

What it looks like today

What it looks like today

Maybe its time for city officials to quit patting themselves on the back for a job not so well done.
It is also time for the citizens of this community to start caring about where the precious few dollars are spent.

SEDCO RUN – RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN

After attending a recent Town Hall meeting in the City of Lake Elsinore concerning the SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON VALLEY–IVYGLEN SUBTRANSMISSION LINE PROJECT AND ALBERHILL SYSTEM PROJECT DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT which will affect homes and businesses along Malaga Road, Mission Trail, Waite Street., Lemon Street., Lost Road and Bundy Canyon Road, along with some cross country area between Lost Road and Bundy Canyon Road.

Alberhill Project Area ASP-4

Alberhill Project Area ASP-4

Alberhill Project Area ASP-5

Alberhill Project Area ASP-5

ASP4 Description

Description of Fiber Optic Work and Access Roads for ASP-4 &5

Description of Fiber Optic Work and Access Roads for ASP-4 &5

Drawing of Lightweight Steel Pole (LWS) to be used for project.

Drawing of Lightweight Steel Pole (LWS) to be used for project.

Current look of poles on Mission Trail

Current look of poles on Mission Trail

The future look. Poles are approximately 45 feet taller with additional power lines attached

The future look. Poles are approximately 45 feet taller with additional power lines attached

Parts being installed and removed ASP-4

Parts being installed and removed ASP-4

Parts being installed and removed ASP-5

Parts being installed and removed ASP-5

Work Schedule assuming approval by CPUC.

Work Schedule assuming approval by CPUC.

It became apparent that city officials could care less about this area by their non-appearance at this meeting or the one held on May 11th of this year. Many homes will be drastically affected aesthetically, visually and in the health and well-being of its residents when new 115 foot steel power poles replace existing 70 foot wooden poles to accommodate addition power lines as well as fiber optic lines. Not only will these poles continue to the visual blight of this area as residents will never look towards the Santa Mountain range without see these ugly poles but the additional power being transmitted brings with it further health concerns. These poles will also prevent Mission Trail from ever becoming a fully developed roadway with the required number of lanes to handle traffic along with bicycle/pedestrian traffic with the inclusion of bicycle lanes and proper sidewalks. Residents along Waite Street, Lemon Street and Lost Road will also be affected by taller poles to accommodate additional power.
Not only did city official not attend either of these meetings they relayed to citizens of wildomar absolutely no information about the changes that are set to occur in the near future, PROJECT CONSTRUCTION DATES Start Date- Spring 2017 Completion time 28 months. A comment made this evening has a city official believing nothing is going to change. Residents were never given the opportunity to voice their opinion about this project by city officials. All of this could and should go underground. Residents should have been told what options are available and how to voice the opinion about this project to the California Public Utilities Commission CPUC.

It might be time for the residents of the area known as SEDCO Hills to file the paperwork to detach from the city of wildomar and annex into the City of Lake Elsinore.
The petition must be signed by at least 20 percent of the registered voters residing in the community. The petition is filed with the executive officer of the local agency formation commission (“LAFCO”).

(I was one of two residents of Wildomar, no city officials bothered to appear for this important meeting challenging the Draft EIR)

WILDOMAR SHIRKS ITS RESPONSIBILITY TO ITS CITIZENS

Shirk – avoid or neglect (a duty or responsibility)

The city of wildomar once again shirks its responsibility. Rather than behave as a proper city and fix a city problem, the city has once again turned to an NGO.
(A non-governmental organization (NGO) is any non-profit, voluntary citizens’ group which is organized on a local, national or international level.)

On the evening of June 8, 2016 following a city council meeting, I spoke to the board of trustees of the Wildomar Cemetery District making the following the following statement.

CEMETERY
Public comment
At a recent event held on a Saturday in May at the Wildomar Cemetery it was noticed that access to the cemetery, other than climbing over the wall, was limited to one entry point on Gruwell. That entry point is 25 ½ inches wide. The minimum width required for wheelchair access is 32 inches for a standard wheelchair per ADA Access Guide. Let’s hope your wheelchair bound loved ones do not wish to visit the deceased on a weekend

These are from my notes of that evening.

The response to this by the Chair of the Board of Trustees was quite brusque, it was adamantly proclaimed there is no problem with access to the cemetery during non-business hours.

Following this shut down of the discussion
(as there is no discussion at a Cemetery District or city council meeting as members are prohibited by their own actions from addressing comments)
I gave the city time to announce a remedy to this situation by either an Request for Proposal or Request for Quote (RFP/RFQ) wherein the Wildomar Cemetery District would come up with a plan to remedy the access situation described above.
(I did not file a lawsuit)

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On July 5, 2016 I posted on my blog Wildomar Connected @ http://www.wildomarconnected.com and on the Lake Elsinore-Wildomar Patch @ http://patch.com/california/lakeelsinore-wildomar
An article entitled WILDOMAR CEMETERY NON-COMPLIANT

In it I showed photographic evidence, taken on July 4, 2016 (a holiday), of what I had described to the board of trustees of the Wildomar Cemetery District.

Lo and behold on July 8, 2016 the mayor of wildomar/chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of the Wildomar Cemetery District in another blog announced a solution to the access problem. It will become a “possible Girl Scout Gold Award project bringing it up to ADA standards”
That blog can be found @ http://wildomarrap.blogspot.com/ .
Credit where credit is due, this is a well written article.

This problem with access is clearly the responsibility of the Wildomar Cemetery District and in turn the city of wildomar and as such should be addressed by that entity and not pawned off to an NGO like this city is some third world country.
Scoutings Eagle and Gold Award projects are supposed to benefit the community not replace city public works.

WILDOMAR GETS SPANKED ONCE AGAIN

WILDOMAR DOES POORLY, SO SAYETH THE GRAND JURY
This is the third time in 8 years the city has had to explain its actions to the grand jury.

Wildomar does a poor job of informing citizens about volunteer position openings on the Planning Commission and Measure Z Oversight Advisory Committee, so sayeth the Riverside County Grand Jury.
In a report made public on June 24, 2016 with a response due by August 20, 2016 the city of wildomar failed to properly post unscheduled vacancies as required by the Maddy Act.
Posting of other required notices at the Wildomar Library and the Wildomar Post Office are also in need of change.
At the library:
Parts of the agendas posted are obscured by the door frame. However, a small note is located at the bottom of the bulletin board door, which states “Please ask library staff to view the entire agenda.”
The grand jury recommends:
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.

Wildomar Library

Wildomar Library

At the Post Office:
Postings at the U.S. Post Office in Wildomar are posted by the city clerk, or her deputy on a
clip board that is unsecured.
The grand jury recommends:
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.

As I see it there may be an issue with changing the bulletin board at the library because this is a county owned facility, not city owned. There is also the problem with the library not being accessible, either the building or the parking lot, 24 hours a day. Per the “Brown Act”
The agenda must be posted at least 72 hours before the regular meeting in a location “freely accessible to members of the public.”
The courts have not definitively interpreted the “freely accessible” requirement. The California Attorney General has interpreted this provision:
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.
http://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/agweb/pdfs/publications/brownAct2003.pdf

As for the U.S. Post Office,

Bulletin board at U.S. Post Office. There are three of these

Bulletin board at U.S. Post Office. There are three of these

there are secure bulletin boards available that could be used by the city but someone would need to show up when there is a postal employee present to unlock the bulletin boards. Anytime during normal business hours 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. Monday thru Friday.
U.S. Post Office “Postal Operations Manual” Section 125.351 General:
Scheduled use of lobby space by government agencies is provided in the following order:
a. Federal agencies.
b. State agencies.
c. County and municipal agencies.

Also Section: 125.361 Bulletin Boards The following guidelines apply to the use of bulletin boards: a. Postmasters may install bulletin boards in public areas of Post Offices or set apart a convenient place to display official government notices, notices of public assemblies, judicial sales, official election notices issued by state or local government, and similar announcements. These display privileges must be afforded without discrimination.

These sections clearly allows for the posting of agendas inside the locked bulletin board.
Postal Operations Manual @ http://www.napus.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/POM_9-12_08.pdf

As to the first recommendation of the Grand Jury:
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).

The city of wildomar would have to climb down of its high horse and want citizen involvement in the workings of the city. There is much talent to be found in the community but currently if one wasn’t a part of the small group of WIN – Wildomar Incorporate Now members, forget about it.
All one has to do to see the reality of this is to look at the past response to vacancies in the Planning Commission and Measure Z Committee where only one or two applications were received for each vacancy, even after numerous request. All this in a town of 35,000 citizens of which more than 18,000 are eligible to hold a seat.

The full Grand Jury Report can be found at: http://www.countyofriverside.us/Home/GrandJury.aspx

WILDOMAR CEMETERY NON-COMPLIANT

Wildomar Cemetery access is currently not ADA compliant on weekends and holidays. This was first observed during an event at the cemetery on a Saturday morning in May, and proven once again during a recent visit on the Fourth of July when photographic evidence shows that the three gates wide enough for wheelchair access are locked.

Front Gate facing Palomar

Front Gate facing Palomar

Side Gate facing Gruwell

Side Gate facing Gruwell

Rear Gate facing Parking Lot for Little League

Rear Gate facing Parking Lot for Little League

The only other proper entry point is a narrow passageway through the block wall on Gruwell about 200 feet from its intersection with Palomar St. (All other entry points require on to climb over the wall)

Along Gruwell St.

Along Gruwell St.

Having brought this to the attention of the city council, June 8th, where the mayor no less challenged the assertion without merit and the balance of the council was unable to respond as this was a “Public Comment” where response is prohibited by council rules.

Width of opening is 24 1/2 inches

Width of opening is 24 1/2 inches

The minimum width required for wheelchair access is 32 inches for a standard wheelchair per ADA Access Guide.

Per ADA Guideline

Per ADA Guideline

After having spent $31,000 installing a wheelchair swing in Marna O’Brien Park (for the second time) maybe the city could spend a couple hundred dollars to saw cut a wider passage way, 8 inches and provide a level concrete surface through it.

WILDOMAR CITY COUNCIL SET TO GET A PAY RAISE

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With the release of the latest press “Press Release” by e-mail blast from the halls of the city.
(For which 225 residents were signed up for in January of 2016)

Press Release

One can’t help but wonder how long it will be before the city council gives itself a pay raise. Any guesses as it being the next council meeting on May 11, 2016. This along with making this pay raise retroactive to the first of the year.

Legally they are entitled because the population of the city has reach the number established by California Government Code 36516. (a) (1) A city council may enact an ordinance providing that each member of the city council shall receive a salary based on the population of the city as set forth in paragraph (2).
Paragraph (2) The salaries approved by ordinance under paragraph (1) shall be as follows:
(A) In cities up to and including 35,000 in population, up to and
including three hundred dollars ($300) per month.
(B) In cities over 35,000 up to and including 50,000 in
population, up to and including four hundred dollars ($400) per
Month.

Hang on to the seat of your pants while they shoot for 50,000+ so they can receive $500.00 a month

WILDOMAR TO GET NOISIER

Stop the Noise

On Wednesday evening April 6th the wildomar Planning Commission is set to revise the Provisions of Chapter 17.256 related to temporary permits.

In doing so they will eliminated reference to “Major Events” and “Minor Events” by consolidating the standards into one section without distinguishing between a “major” and “minor” events.

Currently a “Major Event” is defined as a temporary event which 2,000 or more people are expected to attend. A major event may not be held at any location other than an established facility which is defined as

“Established facility” means an existing, legally permitted facility that is designed and constructed to accommodate 2,000 or more people.
(Wildomar Municipal Code 17.256.020 Definitions.)

Under the revised Chapter 17.256 Temporary events include but are not limited to, farmers markets, music festivals, stage or theatrical shows, sports events, fairs, carnivals, rodeos, automobile sales, shows or races, off-road vehicle sales, shows or races, animal sales, shows or races, heavy equipment auctions and tent revival meetings.
Farmers Markets is being added to the definitions despite the last attempt at a Farmers Market lasted all of a couple of months before closing up in abject failure, costing citizens of wildomar thousands of dollars in upgrades to Marna O’Brien Park.

Under the new rules proposed a temporary event may be held in any location within the City that is of the appropriate size and has the appropriate infrastructure to serve the anticipated number of attendees, as determined by the Planning and Public Works Directors.
“Temporary event” means an event held, either indoors or outdoors, on no more than four (4) consecutive days, to which the public is invited, with or without charge.

What’s not said here is
Application Limitations: An application for a temporary event permit shall not be processed and shall be summarily denied if 12 temporary events have already occurred at the location in question during the past 12 months.

That works out to noisy nights being possible next door to your home a total of 48 days per year. Not a month of Sundays but A month and a Half

Hours of Operation. Any activity for which a temporary minor event permit is issued shall not be allowed to operate between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m
Appeals. An applicant or, any interested person, may appeal the decision of the Planning Director to the City Council within 10 days of the date of the decision. The appeal shall be made on the forms provided by the Planning Department and shall be accompanied by the filing fee set forth in Chapter 3.44. That fee is currently set at:
Wildomar Municipal Code
Title 3 REVENUE AND FINANCE
Chapter 3.44 FEES
3.44.210 Land use fees. A. The following fees shall be paid to the Planning Director and deposited in the general fund:
1. Appeals to Planning Commission or City Council Fixed Fee ($)
Planning Department $910

To read the entire proposed changes to the municipal code download the Planning Commission Agenda Packet at http://www.cityofwildomar.org/uploads/files/minutes/04-06-16-pap.pdf

SUNSHINE WEEK 2016 is MARCH 13-19

IT CAN’T COME SOON ENOUGH

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

A Foggy SunRise

A Foggy SunRise

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The dog park after one inch of rain over several hours

The dog park after one inch of rain over several hours

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

 

ITS TIME FOR AN INITIATIVE IN WILDOMAR

With the city of wildomar burying the public meetings for “by district” discussion behind regularly scheduled city council meetings, the lack of applicants for a Planning Commission and Measure Z Oversight Committee openings, talk of how overwhelmed city staff is with “Public Records Request” for which they provide no evidence, now is the time for citizens to act.

This initiative should be called the Wildomar Open Governance Act

Transparency

(These initiatives are sometimes know as Sunshine Ordinances or Open Government Ordinances).
In numerous cases they are passed by city councils to appease citizens, the problem being they can also be changed by city councils whenever they wish. If enacted by an initiative on the local ballot they can only be changed by the people.
An example of a city council changing things when they choose can be found at http://calaware.org/awareness-area-government/milpitas-backslides-on-transparency-commitment

The purpose of this initiative is to enact voter approved local legislation to improve transparency in local government and make it easier for people to access city government so that they may be more informed about what their city is doing and so that they may be involved in a more meaningful and knowledgeable way.

The initiative should include the following:

A. Video and Audio Recording of Meetings

1. Each legislative body shall schedule regular and special meetings in a public building accessible with live video streaming capability.

2. The City Council and Planning Commission shall video record each meeting. All other commissions and committees shall audio record each meeting.

3. All meetings of the City Council and Planning Commission shall be live streamed and within one week (5 working days) of the meeting video shall be made available by webcast on the City’s website. Audio recordings should also be made available on the City’s website

4. All recordings shall remain on the City’s website for a period of at least ten (10) years from the meeting.

B. Notice and agenda requirements: Special meetings.
Special meetings of any local body may be called at any time by the presiding officer thereof or by a majority of the members thereof. All local bodies calling a special meeting shall provide notice by:

1. Posting a copy of the agenda in a location freely accessible to the public at least seventy-two (72) hours (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays) before the time of the meeting set forth in the agenda.

2. Delivering a copy of the agenda and copies of all agenda-related material to each member of the local body, to each local newspaper of general circulation, to each agenda subscriber, and to each media organization which has previously requested notice in writing, so that a copy of the agenda is received at least seventy-two (72) hours (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays) before the time of the meeting set forth in the agenda. Receipt of the agenda shall be presumed upon reasonable proof that delivery was made

3. In addition to the noticing requirements of this section, post a copy of the agenda for any special meeting on-line at the local body’s website at least seventy-two (72) hours (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays) before the time of the meeting set forth in the agenda. Failure to timely post a copy of the agenda online because of software or hardware impairment, shall not constitute a defect in the notice for a special meeting if the local body complies with all other posting and noticing requirements.

C. Notice and agenda requirements: Regular meetings
Ten Day Advance Notice Requirement for Regular Meetings of the City Council, Planning Commission, Advisory Committees and Standing Committees shall provide notice before any regular meeting by:

1. Posting a copy of the agenda in a location freely accessible to the public twenty-four (24) hours a day no later than ten (10) days before the date of the meeting.

2. Delivering a copy of the agenda and copies of all agenda-related material to each member of the local body, to each local newspaper of general circulation, to each agenda subscriber, and to each media organization which has previously requested notice in writing, so that a copy of the agenda is received at least ten days (10) before the time of the meeting set forth in the agenda. Receipt of the agenda shall be presumed upon reasonable proof that delivery was made.

3. In addition to the noticing requirements of this section, post a copy of the agenda for any special meeting on-line at the local body’s website at ten days (10) before the time of the meeting set forth in the agenda. Failure to timely post a copy of the agenda online because of software or hardware impairment, shall not constitute a defect in the notice for a special meeting if the local body complies with all other posting and noticing requirements.

D. Meeting Agendas
1. When items are withdrawn from the agenda of a regular or special meeting after posting of the agenda but before the meeting, all paper and electronically posted copies of the agenda shall be amended to state the reason for withdrawal.

2. Supplemental Agenda and Related Materials Requirements for Regular Meetings of the City Council may amend or supplement a posted agenda or agenda-related materials no later than seventy-two (72) hours before a regular meeting and only for the following reasons or under the following conditions:

a. To add an item due to an emergency or urgency, provided the local body makes the same findings before taking action

b. To delete or withdraw any item from a posted agenda; however, nothing herein shall limit the ability of a local body to delete or withdraw an item during the meeting as long as the local body permits members of the public to address the deleted or withdrawn item.

3. Excuse of Sunshine Notice Requirements. If an item appears on an agenda but the local body fails to meet any of the additional notice requirements under this section, the local body may take action only if:

a. The minimum notice requirements of the Brown Act have been met; and,

b. The local body, by a two-thirds vote of those members present, adopts a motion determining that, upon consideration of the facts and circumstances, it was not reasonably possible to meet the additional notice requirements under this section and any one of the following exists:
1. The need to take immediate action on the item is required to avoid a substantial adverse impact that would occur if the action were deferred to a subsequent special or regular meeting;
2. There is a need to take immediate action which relates to federal or state legislation or the local body’s eligibility for any grant or gift; or,
3. The item relates to a purely ceremonial or commendatory action.

E. Neighborhood Notices
A. Any notice that is mailed, posted or published by a City department, board, agency or commission to inform those residing within a 2,500 foot radius of a proposed or planned activity that might impact their property or neighborhood shall be brief, concise and written in plain, easily understood language. The notice shall also state the name and address of the person or persons to whom written comments concerning the notice should be submitted.

B. If mailed notices are returned undelivered, the person designated to receive written comments shall investigate the reason the notice was not delivered and make additional attempts via telephone or email to contact any resident not notified.

Public Notices in General
1. Public notices shall be written in easily understood language without undefined abbreviations or acronyms and give a full description of the subject, applicable regulations, significant consequences of taking action or non-action, when and where the subject will be considered, opportunities for public comment, and where to obtain further information.

F. Mayor’s State of the City Address
If the Mayor delivers a State of the City address, it shall be given in a disabled accessible venue with, audio and video-streaming and transmission capabilities. The event shall be noticed, recorded, free to the public and open to all

G. Public Records: Access Requests and Responses
1. The City shall keep a log of all submitted public records access requests and the responses thereto showing, as a minimum, the date of the request, a brief summary of the request, the date the response was completed and the records were available, an indicator to denote if no records were available, the name of the requester (when furnished), their email address (when furnished) and the staff member(s) responsible for processing the request. Submissions which provide no method of response must still be logged-in but otherwise may be ignored

2. All requests received via any format where an email address was provided shall be sent a return email acknowledgment of the receipt within one (1) business day after the request is received. Reasonable effort shall be exerted to promptly complete requests

3. The City Clerk shall publish in the Consolidated Annual Financial Report (CAFR) the number of public records requests received during that fiscal year, the number of requests where documents were made available, the number of requests where no documents were made available, and the number of requests completed

4. Any withholding of information shall be justified, in writing, within two (2) business days of the day of the request. All withholdings shall cite the justifying legal authority and, where that authority is an exemption from disclosure under the California Public Records Act, the public interest in favor of not disclosing. A withholding on the basis that disclosure would incur civil or criminal liability shall cite any statutory or case law supporting that position.

H. Public Records: Copying Fees
1. No fee shall be charged for copies of documents routinely produced in multiple copies. e.g. Meeting Agendas and packets.

2. Reproduction charges for documents copied to the order of the requester shall not exceed ten (10) cents per page copy charges. If the direct cost of duplication, as defined by case law interpretation of the California Public Records Act, is more than ten cents per page the City shall provide documentation of that.

I. Public Records: City Business
1. Documents which constitute active city agreements/contracts entered into prior to the effective date of the act which exceed $5,000 shall be digitized in response to a public records request or as time is available and published via the internet as the electronic documents become available.
All documents which constitute new agreements/contracts with totals exceeding $5,000 shall be digitized, processed with optical character recognition and published via the internet to facilitate document retrieval.

2. All bills, claims, invoices, vouchers or other records of payment obligations, as well as records of actual disbursements showing the amount paid, the payee and the purpose for which payment is made shall be public records and available to the public.

THIS INITIATIVE MAY NOT BE AMENDED EXCEPT UPON VOTER APPROVAL

This is a work in progress, many Sunshine Ordinances contain some/or all of the following:

Sunshine Reasons

THE CONTEMPT IN wildomar CONTINUES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Should you have any questions, please let me know.

Thank you,

Debbie A. Lee
City Clerk
Human Resources Manager
Risk Manager

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

951.677.7751 x215
951.698.1463 (Fax)

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

www.cityofwildomar.org

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

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

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

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