Monthly Archives: March 2016


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
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



“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)