Poliical Piggery At the Political…..

April 16, 2014

…TROUGH

According to documents just received from the City Clerk of the City of Wildomar, in response to my Public Records Act request, the aforementioned Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast was attended by 6 members of city staff, at taxpayers expense, including the following:

1). City Manager
2). City Clerk
3). Planning
4). Engineering
5). Two other unidentified personnel

At a cost of $12 per person for “members,” the taxpayers of Wildomar ponied up a total of $72 for a greasy breakfast at a Lake Elsinore greasy spoon for the purpose of “networking.”

While attendance by the City Manager might, under certain circumstances, be appropriate, what possible benefit to the City of Wildomar is attendance by the City Clerk, Planning and Engineering Department personnel, not to mention the loss of employee productivity, while they were absent from their work stations?

In the future, city staffers who are active Chamber  members, should be required to pay for their own meals (and submit an expense reimbursement  request, justifying a legitimate city business reason to attend) and request time away from their desks by using accrued vacation time, or personal time, or at the very least, Leave Without  Pay (“LWOP”).

However, the requested documentation also displayed the exorbitant cost to the City of Wildomar taxpayers for the purchase of not one, but two tables, at the Chamber’s Annual Installation dinner.

On February 11, 2014, the City of Wildomar purchased a table for 8 persons, at a cost of$630, and again on February 25, 2014, paid an additional $580 for another 8 persons to attend the “black tie optional” affair, including the following:

1). City Manager (for two seats)
2). City Clerk
3). Planning
4). Planning Commission (for four  seats)

 It is likely that the first table for 8 was occupied by City Councilmembers and their spouses for an evening of political piggery at the preeminent political trough  and, once again, at the expense of the taxpayers of the City of Wildomar.

If the members of the small but indulgent political clique want to abuse their  recommended caloric intake  limitations for healthy people (approximately 2000 calories per day), they should do so at their own personal risk and expense.

Suffice it to say that the ultimate responsibility  for this unrestrained “snacking attitude” rests with the City Council, and their employers, the voting taxpayers of the City of Wildomar.

Comments can be made to zakturango@excite.com.

The next time the City Council blames the lack of funding on any City of Wildomar operational deficit,  consider their spending habits, their expenditure of more than $1300 for food in February/March alone.

If my memory doesn’t fail me,  didn’t the City of Wildomar boast rather loudly about a $1765 surplus at the end of fiscal year 2012? So much for thrift!

http://blog.pe.com/politics/2013/01/10/wildomar-modest-surplus-in-new-city/


Changing Wildomar’s Ranch Community…One High Density….

April 3, 2014

…PROJECT AFTER ANOTHER

The freshly constituted five-member Wildomar Planning Commission voted 4-1  to allow Rancon Development to move forward with a General Plan Amendment with the ultimate intention of building a high density residential project on land currently intended for half acre parcel minimums.

According to a blog by Joseph Morabito, who attended the meeting and reported on the issue, only Planning Commissioner Veronica Langworthy, who lives in the ranch community, voted against the request.

Please follow the link to his blog, for context:

http://wildomarrap.blogspot.com/2014/04/planning-commission-highlights-now.html

Unfortunately, once the developer has completed his application, as in the past, the majority of the Wildomar City Council will eventually approve the high-density  project, citing the expense the developer has incurred in the application process as their justification for doing so .

As a result, the face and personality of Wildomar will forever be changed by high-density development .

Comments can be made to zakturango@excite.com.

 The November 2014 election appears to be  ranch-style Wildomar’s last chance to save itself from the current  Wildomar City Council and their pro-development  Planning Commissioner appointees and City Staff.

Eventually, even the “litigation community activists” will grow weary of  trying to spare Wildomar from it’s self-fulfilling prophecy.


Wildomar City Hall/Developer Lose Round…

March 27, 2014

…ONE

Litigation is much like a 12 round boxing match. Each round can be scored, unless there is a knockout.

Yesterday, in Round 1, the Superior Court judge ruled against  the City of Wildomar political clique and their Developer co-defendant, CV Communities,  dismissing their motions  that would have put an end to the litigation filed by  Alliance for Intelligent Planning (“Alliance”), which argues that  the original approval granted by the County for the now-environmentally-inadequate tract map owned by CV Communities had actually expired.

For the record, if Alliance prevails  in the litigation,  CV Communities can still develop the land that they own. However,  they must  re-start the  application process  from Square One, meaning that they will  be appropriately required  to address all of the  environmental changes, which have naturally  occurred since  their predecessor developer  submitted the  original tract map for approval to the county.

 In most “normal”  cities, where real estate-driven politicians, and their  staff/appointees,  are not so influential, a developer bringing an expired tract map forward  would have  presented an opportunity  for  citizen-centric city officials to require a developer to address,  and improve upon, their proposed project.

In the abnormal City of Wildomar, where you can smell the economic desperation, current and past city staff members  improperly extended the expiration date  of this project, which is the fundamental basis of the current litigation, an issue which remains to be resolved in later rounds.

However,  because of yesterday’s ruling by the Court, there will be no early knockout  by Wildomar City Hall/Developer.

Eventually, in my opinion,  Alliance and the citizens of Wildomar will prevail in this relatively simple legal  matter;  “Is the tract map expired or not? “

Comments can be made to zakturango@excite.com.


“Can’t Figure Out Why…

March 23, 2014

Waiting for further programming by our fearless leader.

…BRIDGETTE MOORE IS SO DISLIKED”

How about political incompetence as an elected official?

According to blogger Joseph Morabito, based on a recent  Lake Elsinore /Wildomar Patch blog  his critical thinking skills admittedly need some calibration, as follows:

http://lakeelsinore-wildomar.patch.com/groups/announcements/p/get-your-own-moorebot-shirts

For example, the following:

1)  Councilmember Moore is primarily responsible for leading the Wildomar  City Council into joining the unaffordable Animal Friends of the Valleys  Joint Powers Authority, at an annual cost in excess of $300,000 over providing  animal control services for itself.

2) Councilmember Moore, as well as Mayor Marsha Swanson were well aware of the  then-ongoing  parks litigation against Riverside County, which produced a  courtroom defeat in 2009 and the resultant loss of a $28 per year  funding source for Wildomar’s parks. Both ignored the public recommendation, by yours truly, to immediately  place a “parcel tax” on the very next ballot opportunity. Instead,  Moore and Swanson  had to “hear from the community,” producing a six month delay while they created their Blue Ribbon Commission, which was stacked with politically naive cronies.

This resulted in the unfortunate, and politically lethal, recommendation for a  Mello Roos/Communities Facilities District  in Measure D, which measure  failed miserably in June 2011. As a result of their incompetence, the parks are still closed, at least until April.

If Bridgette Moore was merely a very active private citizen, none of the above would matter.

However, as a prominent member of the Wildomar City Council, her  “leadership”  is subject to the review and “critical analysis”  of any and all of its citizens, including Morabito and myself. 

In Morabito’s case, he wants you to buy a Moorebot T-shirt from his on-line t-shirt link.

Yours truly,  on the other hand, can only offer  thoughtful commentary. 

Go figure.

Comments can be made to zakturango@excite.com.


Rise Of The….

March 9, 2014
 

…MOOREBOTS

While they appear to be human, they are, at best, only humanoid.

They can be recognized by their unfiltered, unmitigated, and thoughtless support of anything proposed or voted upon by the Wildomar City Council, including the recent proposal to make the entire City of Wildomar a “potential annexation area” for Communities Facilities District. 2013-1, a Mello Roos scheme to tax every single property proposed to be built in the future in Wildomar. (Don’t presume for a moment that if the new homes do not provide sufficient revenue, the Wildomar City Council will not  eventually ask existing homeowners to tax themselves.)

 Please click on the link to the City of Wildomar agenda ( (and  scroll down to Page) 4, for context, as follows:

http://www.cityofwildomar.org/uploads/files/minutes/03-12-14-ca.pdf

If you want to upload the entire 847 page agenda packet( you should bring lunch, if you do), you will see Appendix A, which shows the entire city’s boundary of Wildomar as being the legal setting for the proposed CFD boundary.

The most verbose versions of the sycophantic  Moorebot can be found in the comment sections of the pages of the Lake Elsinore/Wildomar Patch, where the Rise of the Machines is most self-evident.

Another significant identifier  is the absence of outrage, by any of the Moorebots, especially  the  female-”designated” models, to the  sub-juvenile and unrepentant hand-drawn  cartoon depiction of a breast  cancer survivor, post surgery. In real humans, all women, and most  enlightened men, would demand a public apology by the cartoonist to the victim of his vile creation.

Instead, there is only silence, broken by the metallic hum of electrical activity produced primarily by the internal cooling  fan of each Moorebot.

Comments can be made to zakturango@excite.com.


A New Level Of Silliness…

March 5, 2014

Marsha Swanson Business advice

..LOWER EVEN THAN GOAT WORSHIP

On Friday past, the City of Wildomar exceeded, in a negative manner, the glory days of  having a goat parade through the City’s halls as  “Mayor for the Day.”

Instead, according to copies of  e-mails just received from the City of Wildomar  in response to my Public Records Act request,  Councilmember Bridgette Moore teamed up with Mayor  Marsha Sequine Swanson to provide  a “tour of City Hall” to a holistic massage specialist  from  another city, apparently representing the Inland Valley Business Community Foundation (“IVBCF”), another  Chamber of Commerce-like group, predicated on previous  tours granted by the cities of Temecula and Murrieta.

According to  an e-mail from  the city’s Administrative Analyst to Mayor Swanson, the following:

“Hi Marsha,

 Ron from the Inland Valley Business Community Foundation has been calling to request a tour of City Hall with you and other members of the organization. He said that he has done this in the past with Temecula/Murrieta. And when I explained our facility was much smaller, he asked, if you would be able to speak about business in Wildomar after the mini-tour. Are you interested in participating?”

 As a result, the original grand “Tour”  was reduced to a “mini-tour,” followed by the inappropriate use of the Council Chamber by Mayor Swanson, according to reports, to make a speech , once again denigrating  citizens of Wildomar  for using the Courts  to  seek redress for the  City Council’s  unrelenting dysfunction in approving  substandard developments.

Comments can be made to zakturango@excite.com.

It appears that these people have no ethical  filters with which to decline to permit the  mis-use of city facilities and city personnel time  simply because someone wants to promote their own business activities.

 According to my sources, the entire function was poorly attended.

 According to the  IVBCF,  “Ron”  appears to be the  organization’s “City Coordinator,-Breakfast  Meetings and Educational Tours. “

 For more information on  “Ron,”  please click on the following link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98GdaNRvkuQ

It may only be post-Wildomar nostalgia, but I’m beginning to miss the goat.


How My Boys Got Their Start In….

February 24, 2014

…HOLLYWOOD

Back in the day (circa 2002), my firstborn son, Tim Rasmussen, and his writing partner, son-in-law Vince Di Meglio.  transformed their  small North Hollywood apartment into a movie studio  and made a short film that  caught  the  attention of the Sundance Festival, as well as the attention of Director Jay Roach, who  hired them for a writing gig on the Meet the Fockers project (their second draft was the catalyst  to move the project forward), and the rest  is their own Hollywood history.

Please click on the following link to Vimeo to enjoy:

http://vimeo.com/86927958

I noticed, on a personal Facebook pag , that  Vince had recently uploaded  a copy of the short film,  “Fits & Starts,” onto the Vimeo platform.

I invite you to take approximately 12 minutes  of your time and enjoy my boy’s creativity, of which I am proud.

The lead female role is my daughter, Stacie, was also the  mother  of my only grandchild.

The lead male role is my brother’s son, James, who brings  the uniqueness of his own personal life to the screen.

There is another short film (circa 2003) , which also included James, called “El Elegante,”  which  Tim and Vince are currently  transferring from  35mm film to digital  for submission to upcoming film  festivals, as they get back to their  cinematic roots.

Comments can be made to zakturango@excite.com.


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