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WASTEFUL WAYS IN WILDOMAR

First time I posted picture was on July 15, 2014 the day the California State Water Resources Control Board approved an emergency regulation to ensure increased conservation efforts and reduce outdoor urban water use. These regulation allow the imposition of fines up to $500.00 per day for violations.
Since then almost weekly I have taken pictures of the City of Wildomar wasting water at Marna O’Brien Park. To their credit the waste is being reduced a little but far too much is going where it shouldn’t, the fines are set to take effect on August 1st. Sidewalks and parking lots do not grow.

Its more than just a little bit of water.

Its more than just a little bit of water.


July 21st, 1 week after the first picture. Got to the park a little late. This is about 1/2 hour after the water shut off.

July 21st, 1 week after the first picture.
Got to the park a little late. This is about 1/2 hour after the water shut off.


Sprinkler still broke. July 25th, 11 days after the first picture and 9 days after tell the groundskeeper.

Sprinkler still broke.
July 25th, 11 days after the first picture and 9 days after tell the groundskeeper.


Getting a little better, this is on the 28th

Getting a little better, this is on the 28th


Not sure who picked the sprinklers, but.

Not sure who picked the sprinklers, but.


This is on the July 28th. Better since broken sprinkler fixed but still needs work.

This is on the July 28th.
Better since broken sprinkler fixed but still needs work.


Watering everything but something growing.

Watering everything but something growing.


Not a single plant in this area.

Not a single plant in this area.


Except shrums.

Except shrums.


This occurs 3 times a week. All that water to grow dirt.

This occurs 3 times a week. All that water to grow dirt.


All that water and one still can't get a drink from the water statue, or

All that water and one still can’t get a drink from the water statue, or


If you have a long tongue you can try this one.

If you have a long tongue you can try this one.

WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR ? HERITAGE STATUS

While walking about town, doing my part for the environment, I came across a sidewalk that had been repaired most likely by the City of Wildomar.

Uplifted sidewalk

Uplifted sidewalk


Other edge of one slab being lifted by root.

Other edge of one slab being lifted by root.


I got to wondering if the city is going to wait for the trees uplifting the sidewalk to reach an age that would place them into Heritage Status at which time the city could claim they are no longer allowed to remove them thereby stopping the damage to city property.
Another slab further along the way

Another slab further along the way


Not to mention the damage that will occur to the block wall bordering Palomar Street that the city will most likely have to repair for the homeowners being as these trees are on city property.
Won't be long before the wall is affected

Won’t be long before the wall is affected


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In the mean time the uplifting is creating a safety hazard for the citizens using this sidewalk which could result in a person tripping and falling.
Ha Ha thought it was about the park didn’t you. Although the debris in the gutter will be there shortly.

WILDOMAR GENERAL PLAN AND VLF

Even though I agree with Martha Bridges, shame on me right, that Wildomar did not properly adopt the County of Riverside General Plan or the Elsinore Area Plan nor have they since incorporation attempted to complete one and therefore do not have a proper General Plan I have attended most of the meetings on updating the General Plan.
I do this because one never knows which the courts will rule on any matter before them and do not wish to left unheard on this important document in the event that the courts rule in favor of the city.
Having said that I also have to say I am real tired of the City of Wildomar blaming all of the shortcomings on the lost of the Vehicle Licensing Fees (VLF). Starting way back in 2008 shortly after incorporation the then Interim City Manager John Danielson started warning council members of the tenuous nature of VLF. It was not until June of 2011 a full 3 years after incorporation that the funding was eliminated by total surprise, therefore Wildomar should have already started the process for a General Plan 6 months prior to this time.
Both of the Cities of Menifee and Eastvale, two cities that also lost VLF funding started and have completed their General Plans, even the City of Jurupa Valley has asked the State of California for a two year extension to complete theirs, Wildomar didn’t give it a second thought until a lawsuit was filed challenging them on whether they had or didn’t have one.
The loss of VLF hurt for sure but law enforcement and fire took the brunt of the cost cutting, the sad fact is Wildomar was never in a financial position to be a city, unfortunately we are one and must try to behave like one as best we can.

MAYBE ITS ON THE TO-DO-LIST

UPDATE: With 50 hours to go at 4:07 and again 4:09 received an e-mail notification that the regular meeting of April 24, 2014 has been adjourned to May 1, 2014 same time, same place due to a staff scheduling conflict.

Notice with an agenda of an upcoming event scheduled to occur on April 24, 2014 at 6:30 pm in the council chambers located at 23873 Clinton Keith Road.

The City of Wildomar who has pledged on several occasions in the past to adhere to the requirements of the “Brown Act” has failed once again in its duties to due so. Will they as they have in the past step back and have a do over on a different date or will plow ahead totally disregarding its citizens right to be properly informed in a timely manner with all of the pertinent information.

What the hell am I talking about.

CITY OF WILDOMAR MEASURE Z OVERSIGHT ADVISORY COMMITTEE scheduled for Thursday Night, April 24, 2014 has not been properly noticed 72 hours prior, per the Brown Act. In order for that to have occurred notice would have had to been post by 6:30 pm on Monday April 21, 2014.

FILET MIGNON

While taking some updated photo’s of Marna O’Brien Park I came across a previous photo’s of a an area I worked on as a volunteer.

What I started with after plants were place during GDS

What I started with after plants were place during GDS


The area started out with plants too close together as well as too close to the sidewalks. After some prodding I was allowed to move them to a proper spacing and removed the dirt from along the sidewalks so the bark would be contained by the sidewalk rather washing over it.
After moving the plants to the proper spacing and moving dirt from the edge

After moving the plants to the proper spacing and moving dirt from the edge


Everything looked fantastic after “Bark in the Park Day” with 35 Hesperaloa parviflora (Red Yucca) planted and doing fine.
Looking Good

Looking Good

The changes are dramatic and not in a good way. As of April 17, 2014 there are 10 plants left

What it looked like on opening day

What it looked like on opening day

The culprit
One big A- – gopher.

We could use an owl here as well.

We could use an owl here as well.

Per the City of Wildomar Parks Subcommittee Agenda Packet of September 14, 2013 these plants are valued at $9.00 each, therefore this gopher is eating filet mignon having consumed $225.00 worth of plants. This is just one small area in one park

READY ? OR NOT ?

Were Wildomar’s parks ready to be opened on April 12,2014. You be the judge.

Empty as are all of them.

Empty as are all of them.


Opening Day and no waste receptacles. Ball Fields which are closed have them through.

Opening Day and no waste receptacles. Ball Fields which are closed have them through.


I'd say enjoy the BBQ but you can't even make trash can chicken

I’d say enjoy the BBQ but you can’t even make trash can chicken


Don't like where the table is, just move it.

Don’t like where the table is, just move it.


Don't like the view, turn the bench around

Don’t like the view, turn the bench around


Hang on to the children, numerous hazards are still present

Hang on to the children, numerous hazards are still present


Nice Banner

Nice Banner


We get this instead

We get this instead


Even Ortega Trails gave better

Even Ortega Trails gave better


More work to be done, can't wait to see what we've spent so far.

More work to be done, can’t wait to see what we’ve spent so far.


Art Deco, hope your not thirsty

Art Deco, hope your not thirsty


Good thing the lawns are still closed you could lose a small child in there

Good thing the lawns are still closed you could lose a small child in there


Bring you own nuisance bag

Bring you own nuisance bag


Hope the tree survives the seal coating that was applied and then wiped off

Hope the tree survives the seal coating that was applied and then wiped off

READY ON THE RIGHT ? READY ON THE LEFT ?

STAND DOWN!!
All is not ready on the firing line. The firing line being the bridge at Regency Heritage Park.
If standing on the bridge leading to William Collier Elementary School

Under the bridge peaking out of the garbage from the trolls point point of view

Under the bridge peaking out of the garbage from the trolls point point of view


and looking down range, to the southeast on the right (the side the school is on), is a MS4 channel “Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer Systems” or storm drain or System designed or used to collect or convey stormwater (including storm drains, pipes, ditches, etc.) leading to Grand Avenue which collects stormwater from the mountains to the south of the park.
Approaching Grand Ave.

Approaching Grand Ave.


Another look towards Grand Ave.

Another look towards Grand Ave.


Looking back towards the park

Looking back towards the park


It also collects run-off from the rural area between Grand Ave, Union St. as far south as Sheila Lane
Heading towards Grand Ave and Sheila Ln.

Heading towards Grand Ave and Sheila Ln.


While standing in the same spot if one looks to the left (up the hill towards the houses) is a flood channel coming off of Palomar Street.
Looking towards Palomar St.

Looking towards Palomar St.


Another look towards Palomar St.

Another look towards Palomar St.


The channels are on property owned by Riverside County EDA and listed as part of the City of Wildomar’s drainage system on the Santa Margarita River Watershed MS4 Facilities Map.
If one looks straight ahead towards the end of the park one sees what I have referred to as the “Rabbit Hole”
The rabbit hole, discharge point from Bryant St. Drain Stage 1

The rabbit hole, discharge point from Bryant St. Drain Stage 1


Which is owned and maintained by Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District RCFC&WCD which collects run-off from as far south and east as Mission Trail, Bryant St. and the pit called Marna O’Brien Park.
All three of these systems combine to bring you
After only 3/4 of an inch of rain had fallen overnight.

After only 3/4 of an inch of rain had fallen overnight.


Sedco Bryant St. Drainage  from hills west of Grand Ave. after 3/4 of an inch of rain.

Sedco Bryant St. Drainage from hills west of Grand Ave. after 3/4 of an inch of rain.


Unnamed channel from Palomar after 3/4 of an inch of rain.

Unnamed channel from Palomar after 3/4 of an inch of rain.


With the current condition of the bridge trolls housing we end up with this
Water accumulated before the bridge to the school. Poor Bridge Troll

Water accumulated before the bridge to the school. Poor Bridge Troll


Which leaves behind this
All the sediment in the channel will end up here once again

All the sediment in the channel will end up here once again


After many man hours countless thousands of dollars and months later it still looks like this on Opening Day.
The morning of opening day. Work on the parks began in October of 2013

The morning of opening day. Work on the parks began in October of 2013

When Mother Nature pulls the trigger and releases her next load of measurable rain down range the City of Wildomar will not be ready on the firing line

DISDAIN FOR THE AVERAGE CITIZEN OF WILDOMAR

At the most recent wildomar city council meeting congratulations were extended to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for the recovery of recently stolen items. A big hands together indeed for a job well done. What wasn’t given was acknowledgment that a LOCAL CITIZEN, who after hearing about the theft in one of the many forms of local media, called in the tip that started the Sheriff’s Department on the road to recovering these items which had been scattered to the winds, items having been found in 4 locations at last count.
Further evidence of the utter contempt by the city council for the Average Citizen of wildomar was during the discussion of future agenda items, one being obtaining a proper zip code for the residence of the most norther section of town which still retains a Lake Elsinore mailing address.

Six years and they are finally thinking about it.

During the discussion all anyone on the dais could remember was the loss of the “Bear Creek Golf Resort” to a Murrieta zip code by the post office, this occurred at a time when half the community of wildomar had a Lake Elsinore zip code. I did, we started out with a Wildomar Zip code and were switched to Lake Elsinore only to be returned back to Wildomar a few short years later. The thing is, no matter what zip we were still in the community of wildomar.
The residence of Bear Creek not only had their zip code changed but the County of Riverside shifted the boundaries of the community into the new City of Murrieta not the Post Office.
Also mentioned during this portion of the session was changing the Historical name of the Baxter Street off-ramp to something more pleasing to the council, like, Wildomar Parkway. Why the name change, nobody can remember who Baxter was or they know and are not pleased he called Murrieta home.
Near as I can tell he was Albert. S. Baxter, farmer, born in 1867 in Illinois who at the time he lived in the area called Murrieta his home, this is where his twin boys claim they were born.
Maybe we could rename it Alameda del wildomar to go along with Alameda del Monte. Alameda translates to Tree lined Avenue. Better yet why not Brown Ave seeing as how the Brown house is rotting away within view of the off ramp.

GRAND RE-OPENING FOR SALE; BRING YOUR OWN POWER

After passage of a $28.00 parcel tax that will garner the City of Wildomar almost $350,000 for maintenance, operations and programs the City of Wildomar will re-open, one, two or three ?, of its parks on April 12, 2014 by holding a swap meet, at $20.00 per spot, to go along with the Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt.
To add to City Officials confusion of what a park is for, the vendors will be allowed to set up their stalls at the same time children are running about hunting for hidden trinkets, paid for with about $1,000 of their parents parcel tax.
While looking over the vendor application for this day one can’t help notice the Section titled B: “Power Restrictions which requires a vendor to use either a Quiet Generator or No Power as no power is available at the park. Seems to me I recall power was added to the park for the failed “Farmer’s Market” back in March and April of 2010 when receptacles were added to the light poles in the parking lot at a cost of $3500.
Other than this fiasco that will occur at Marna O’Brien Park the other parks are progressing.
Marna O’Brien is having some work done on the parking lot, courtesy of most recent grant. None of the drains are marked and it looks like none of the filters have been replaced or repaired as required by the Regional Water Board Best Management Practices (BMP)but whats a little polluted water.
The grass, along with the shrums, at Windsong is coming along nicely. There is still the issue of replacing tables under the gazebo and the ugly fence is still in place.

The white stuff on the lawn are shrums not paper.

The white stuff on the lawn are shrums not paper.


Gazebo is great for getting out of the sun is you don't mind standing or bringing your own chair

Gazebo is great for getting out of the sun is you don’t mind standing or bringing your own chair


Heritage Parks is being worked on with large amounts of dirt being removed today Friday April 4.
Some of the dirt still being removed.

Some of the dirt still being removed.


Many of the plants appear to have been scraped away in the process, but hey its only taxpayer money and donated time so what the heck. With any luck the rains will hold off returning large amounts of water and sediment, at least until people have had a little time to use it.
Just the little bit of rain the other day has started destruction once again

Just the little bit of rain the other day has started destruction once again

HOW CAN IT BE ?

At the February 12, 2014 City of Wildomar council meeting one of the council persons requested that flashing speed signs be installed at David A Brown middle school. The cost for these signs was estimated to be around $4,200 each (two signs would cost approximately $8,400 plus installation cost).
In March the city issued a press release about the city receiving a grant from one of our insurance carrier, Public Agency Risk Sharing Authority of California ( PARSAC) for $23,000 which was to be spent on these signs, repairing some pavement issues at Marna O’Brien Park, and inspecting the playground equipment before the parks re-open.
In a recent Press Enterprise article the City of Lake Elsinore is going to install 18 of these flashing speed signs around 6 schools in the City of Lake Elsinore for a cost of $355,000. This works out to $19,722 for each sign.
Either we need to elevate this council person to Comptroller General of the United States where they can solve all the worlds financial problems or we need to ask How can it be that Wildomar is so thrifty and everyone else is so wasteful.
Keep in mind, that this council person was involved in the pre-incorporation of the city during which animal control cost was projected by the County of Riverside to be $70,000 annually. They were in office when the City of Wildomar accepted staff information presented to the council, which the council subsequently voted to accept, that Animal Control cost would be $90,000 per year and they are still in office at a time when Wildomar is paying out almost $450,000 for this service.
Assuming that the cost is comparable to our neighbors, Wildomar will be able to install 1 5/32 signs while not doing any of the required work on our parks.