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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

 

The Embarrassment Continues in Wildomar

On February 11, 2017 I wrote an article about the poor condition of the City’s ball fields.

In that article was a video of a gentleman pumping out water from the first and third base area.

Early last week the city attempted a poor fix for this flooding by bringing in material of unknown origin (the origin will be known and reported when the city pays the invoice). This material was used to fill-in what was deemed the low spots, therefore the problem, around 1st and 3rd base.

Today after approximately 0.50 (one-half inch) of rain in a 12 hour period the flooding is back only worse as it has spread further into the infield.

The problem is a result of no maintenance on these infields since the city took over the parks from the county. These fields need to be laser-screed to ensure the water flows away from the infield. This process will require that the drainage swales are not higher than the ball fields.

This poor state of maintenance extends to all three fields currently in the one city park.

This city also needs to eliminate the gophers before someone breaks their leg.

The embarrassment continues well into the evening

Santa’s Dough and the Annual Report Go “Poof” in a Puff of Smoke

Santa’s Dough has disappeared like Santa up the chimney right along with the Measure Z Annual Report.

It appears that the Measure Z Oversight Committee’s reviewing of the the funds collected during the Breakfast with Santa starting in 2013 has come to an end, this along with preparing the Measure Z Annual Report.

During the February 2016 Oversight Committees meeting Agenda Item #2.2 Special Events several events will no longer be funded with funds from the Measure Z Parcel Tax, amongst them is Breakfast with Santa (a co-event with the Rotary Club)
Wildomar Night at Storm Stadium (a co-event with the Chamber of Commerce) and Drive-in-Movie (a co-event with Wildomar Little League). These events will now be funded through the Wildomar General Fund. Good luck keeping track of that money.

This still leaves the question of what happened to the original $4.000 budgeted for the 2016-17 as shown in the 1st Quarter Report.

In the Mid-Year Report this $4,000 has disappeared from the Revenue Summary: Breakfast with Santa (a category that no longer exist) and has been switch to the Revenue Summary: Special Event Revenue which had no budget listed.

Finally, the Measure Z Annual Report is usually reviewed, approved and forwarded to the City Council during the January February meeting. This year the last mention of this report was during September 8, 2016 meeting item #2.2 Annual Report Writing Process wherein “It was the consensus of the Committee to prepare the Annual Report from the Committee to the City Council.”

One Million Dollars Gets You What ?

The amount of revenue collected through the Measure Z Parcel Tax since it was passed in November of 2012 is $994,624.00 just shy of one million dollars.

Since the Measure Z Oversight Committee is unable to explain where almost $300,000 goes every year I figured I would give the public a little insight.
First off, when Measure Z was enacted and the parks re-opened on April 12, 2014 the city was paying $870.00 plus supplies per month for Janitorial Services at Wildoslavias three parks.
In June of 2014 the cost went up to about $1400.00 per month.(There appears to have been no contract)
November 12, 2014 a new contract with a new company was approved, on consent calendar Item #1.7, by the City Council which brought the cost up to $23,620 annually ($1968.00 per month) per the staff report.
This contract was relatively short-lived as in June of 2015 another company was doing the work by way of an emergency purchase order for $4,500 per month, this went on until April of 2016.
At this time a contract was again approved on the Consent Calendar, Item #1.5, with another company increasing the monthly cost from the previous contract to 15/16: $3,824.53, 16/17: $3,974.09, 17/18: $4,123.65 these charges do not include supplies as the vouchers show separate invoices for supplies.
What have we gotten for this 357 percent increase (357%)

Let’s take a look through pictures.

On Monday, December 12, 2016 at 10:52am we find this at one of our parks.

Notice the trash

We know the cleaning crew had been around because there was a new liner in the nearest trashcan

This is 10:00 in the AM

Then we take a trip over to the city’s premier park, in the afternoon of another day, and find these conditions:
Picture take December 16, 2016

Picture taken December 16, 2016

 

We also find this character (gray object leaning up against the concrete pillar next to the tree) sucking up the city’s power with his cell phone out of view of the parks cameras, while hiding behind one of the little league container.

This individual was present at this park again on Friday, December 23 at approximately 1:00pm

This is another of the parking lot electrical receptacles put in for the failed Farmers Market, now used by various individuals to power there phone chargers, vans, boom boxes, etc.

It seems the city hasn’t figured out what a circuit breaker breaker is for.

Picture take December 19, 2016

A return trip on Monday afternoon shows the conditions of the previous Friday still exist
Picture taken December 19, 2016

OK so the first time was a Friday afternoon, December 16, 2016, the second time was a few days later on Monday morning, December 19, 2016.

The above picture was taken a week after the first one, Friday, December 23, 2016 and the following picture a full eleven days, on December 27, 2016

The grounds drying out and someone is back in business.

These problems show a lack of caring on the part of the city.
A couple of new problems also show a lack of attention by city staff where-in some has turned the ball fields into an off road course.
Taken December 19, 2016

Twice since re-opening the parks the city manager has gotten quotes for gates to lock-up the parking lot at night, still no gates.

Some will say, well this is all during a week where it has rained some.
I say what are we the citizens paying over 325,000 dollars a year for.

Salaries paid to city employees to operate and maintain our parks totals $37,100 last year, this should be sufficient to monitor the contractors hired and take of the little things.

These contracted expenses of $126,800 last fiscal year are not being wisely spent.
It appears that the expenditure of $184,900 on Marna O’Brien Park alone is a total waste as no one is walking these parks daily to ensure that are clean and safe for city residents, this includes the city employee assigned to this task, the company contracted to provide “Facilities Maintenance and Janitorial Services” at a cost of $3,824.53 per month or the landscape company that is paid $34,003 annually (just for Marna O’Brien Park) to be responsible to maintain the lawn and shrubs where the campsite was located.

Further evidence of the sloppy work being performed by those employed to provide safe clean parks is found in the boy’s/men’s restroom.

Picture Taken on July 11, 2016


Picture Taken 5 months later December 23, 2016


Now we can add the other sink, $300,000 annually and we get duct tape.

The drinking fountain nearest the basketball courts has been missing its decorative buttons since day one of the parks opening.

Picture Taken April 17, 2014

Picture Taken November 16, 2016
The city can’t even spend a couple of bucks to make it look presentable.

The mayor of this berg insist on using scout projects to enhance the parks, they do the jobs the citizens are paying good money to be done professionally, money that is not being spent as the current reserves of the Measure Z Fund is in excess of $100,000.00.


These were replaced earlier in the year but a lack of proper supervision has resulted in numerous pieces of hardware coming off.

Ever wondered what happened to the bucket so prominently displayed in the first Annual Report FY 2013/14


It found a new home on the other side of the park

Back to scout projects


This fence should be straight and taut

A month later, Zip ties should not have been used

Here is another scout project gone awry in less than a year

These containers were for the collection of recyclables, they were installed just over a year ago.

Ever wonder how much this project has netted the city ?, or any charitable group ? The answer is zero

Now there is talk of another scout project, the installation of a drinking fountain for dogs at Regency-Heritage Park aka The Dog Park aka Open Channel A of the Lakeland Village Master Drainage Plan

A drinking fountain is a good idea for a dog park, but, only if the dog park is in proper location and can actually be used.
Here is a picture of the entrance to “The Dog Park” on Christmas Eve 2016. Ho Ho Ho!

Welcome to the locked gate that goes up after every rain event in Wildoslavia
This is a flood control channel after all, soon to be widened by County Flood Control. This widening will increase the width of the current channel which is 10 feet wide by 18 inches deep to 40 feet in width by 6 feet in depth, taking away an approximately 30 foot wide strip of the dog park.

 

This flood control channel that is home to the dog park also has a Tot-Lot as a part of its amenities. This is what it looked like most recently.

Look Ma, no swings. The two bucket swings have had no safety belts since the parks re-opened.
Notice the water logged “engineered surface” the cost several thousand dollars.

Back to the scout projects, these bulletin boards were placed in the parks in June of 2015

ViviLnk

By the middle of July they looked like this

ViviLnk

They were repaired by the city and now look like this, a year later.

As for a lack of safety of all citizens one only has to look at the Rabbit Hole.

The protective wire has been folded back, I guess water couldn’t flow fast enough with it covering the hole.

 

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 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.

snookered

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

workshop-9-22-2016

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.

pc-vacancy-16-06-14

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.