Wildomar’s Control Freaks Are Losing Control Of The….

October 21, 2014

….”INSIDER” BUBBLE

One of the problems with trying to maintain control of a small “pro-city” insider bubble, is the fact that Americans have a serious independent streak that eventually erupts outside the limits placed on them.

As you may recall, there is an elitist Facebook page,  arrogantly titled “Wildomar,” which is a tightly-controlled closed group,  administered in such a way as to control the members  and to eliminate any discordant  commentary.  The Facebook page is administered by the spouse of a  Wildomar Planning Commissioner and a very outspoken supporter of  the Wildomar City Council.

Recently, a dispute has apparently  risen  within the borders of the  Wildomar page  to the extent  that several  former members have now split off to form their own  Wildomar-based Facebook page,  title “Wildomar Is Funny!! (Except for Michelle S.).”

Please click on the following link  to observe the independent democratic spirit (some of it is slightly  irreverent as it is for adults)  for yourself:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/727773610611358/

Wildomar Magazine offers its congratulations, and a “best of luck in the future,” for the new page. I  may eventually join, just as an observer, however.

Comments can be made to zakturango@excite.com.


It’s So Predictable, It May Be…..

October 15, 2014

….CRIMINAL

One of the unfortunate side effects of the shrinking influence of news organizations is the lack of reportage when tragic incidents occur.

Apparently, last evening, at approximately 7:30 PM, there was a traffic collision between a truck and a motorcycle on Bundy Canyon Road at the Shell gas station, located adjacent to the northbound offramp of the Interstate 15 freeway. As a result of the collision, it appears that a motorcyclist suffered critical injuries at that location.

Please click on the following link to the Riverside County Sheriff Department for confirmation that Bundy Canyon  Road was completely shut down for two hours following the accident:

http://nixle.com/alert/5285223/

According to various contributors to the  Wildomar Friends and Communities Facebook page, the collision  involved a vehicle making a left turn out of the Shell station, crossing Bundy Canyon Road  when the collision occurred.

If you recall, Wildomar Magazine  previously dealt with the conditions  required by Riverside County, and the conditions  required by the City of Wildomar. Originally,  the developer was to develop an entire  commercial parcel, with an  exit at Sellers Road, with traffic lights  in order to allow patrons to turn left onto Bundy Canyon Road.  However, developer apparently induced the City Hall staff  to allow him to build only the gas station/minimart portion of the project.  At that time,  the City of Wildomar was going to permit a four way stop sign  at Sellers Road, which would have caused a  significant  traffic jam  on Bundy Canyon Road. At the end of the day,  the project went forward without any meaningful traffic controls, even permitting  unsafe left turns across Bundy Canyon Road.

As a result of their failure to recognize the potential hazards, the City of Wildomar has exposed themselves  to potential litigation for their dereliction of duty in  failing to require the appropriate traffic controls  for the project.

However, beyond the potential economic losses due to litigation,  which losses can be transferred to the city’s insurance pool, the moral deficit which will stain the current elected officials, and their  so-called ” professional staff”  cannot be transferred to anyone but the elected officials who approved this project  without requiring the appropriate traffic controls  to ensure public safety.

Comments can be made to zakturango@excite.com.


Candidates Respond In Different….

October 12, 2014

….WAYS

Yesterday’s Press Enterprise article provided some “real-time” responses to campaign/political inquiry in the following manner:

ARTICULATE AND ADULT.

They’re all voting to turn the commercial land into ultra high-density residential,” Andre said. (FACT!)

On the other hand, Andre believes the city should encourage commercial development. “Property owners need to clean up commercially zoned land to make it enticing to investors,” he said. (FACT!)

We need to be a community that focuses on stability and if we don’t focus on our commercial (development), we will never have stability,” he said. (FORWARD-LOOKING)

The city should resist attempts to cram homes on lots that are more conducive to business enterprises.(FORWARD-LOOKING)

AGITATED AND ADOLESCENT.

Walker put it bluntly: I want to protect what we’ve already been doing, and I want to make sure the other people don’t get in.” (FEAR OF WILDOMAR VOTERS?)

By other people, he means Andre and those whom he  may represent – a contingent that opposes many of the current council’s positions on land use, some of whom have legally challenged council decisions

“We’ve got to keep the momentum going when we can,” Swanson said. “I’m knocking on every door I can to find businesses that fit here.”(FANTASY)

Councilman Ben Benoit has been active in attempting to persuade Sacramento to spring some money for the cities. (FANTASY)

If you want to read the article for yourself, please click on the following link:

http://www.pe.com/articles/city-751785-council-development.html


Ever Wonder Why Your Water Bills Are So….

October 8, 2014

EVMWD Unsed Cash Reserves

…HIGH?

Just ask EVMWD candidate for the District 1, Peter Weber, former Reform treasurer for Lake Elsinore,  for the details.

Or, check out his website for more, as follows:

http://peterweber2014.wordpress.com/

Since the Water District answers to no one but the voters, your intelligent choices truly matter on November 4, 2014.

In addition, District 3 voters need to oust the Chamber of Commerce’s handpicked empty pantsuit, Judy Guglielmana and replace her with George Cambero, an honest citizen, with lots of water district experience.

Any candidate that claims endorsement from the various Chambers of Commerce/Rotary Clubs are puppets of the “shadow government” that wants to spoon feed you your politicians.


Incumbents Running As Victims. Will It…

October 6, 2014

….WORK?

Since there are only 2 challengers to their re-election, it absolutely will work for at least one of them.

However, rather than running on a campaign platform of the successful, and reasonable, imposition of a new tax (“Measure Z”), so far, each of the incumbents have primarily resorted to handwringing  over several public interest  lawsuits as the reason for the lack of  progress in the  City of Wildomar.

A local blogger has provided a friendly and safe political environment for each of the  incumbent candidates  to freely  disgorge  their innermost thoughts, all of which is valuable and instructive  in your deliberations for whom to vote in November.

Let’s take a look at portions of the  comments provided by each of the incumbents and their responses to questions about lawsuits, as follows:

1)Marsha Swanson

First thought that comes to mind is: Anger. I don’t get angry very often, it takes a whole lot to make me angry.  

That’s when I thought, she [Sheryl Ade] has more power, by NOT getting reelected, than we that worked so hard to be elected —and work for nothing. When she didn’t get reelected… that’s when all of this started. She didn’t pull this stuff when she was on the council. 

She had some good questions. She’s a very smart lady. She probably really has read CEQA, and she understands it —to her way of thinking. 

It’s not a black and white document. I don’t know what pleasure they get from doing this. I’ve tried having a conversation with her on more than one occasion to find out why. [She told me] “They’re wrong and I’m right”… she [acts as if] she knows everything there is to know and she’s right. It’s about proving that Sheryl Ade is right. 

They say it doesn’t cost the city anything; they’re wrong. Every time there’s a document drop we have to pay the different attorneys extra/overtime to go over every word of what they said. To recheck our plans… then to explain it in closed session.”

2)  Tim Walker

“We have to defend them. It’s going to cost us [Wildomar] money, but the same groups that keep bringing the same types of lawsuits are doing it because they couldn’t win elections and they are bitter about not being in control.”

3) Ben Benoit

“That they are a very small minority. They’re a very disingenuous group that’s in it for the wrong reasons. If you had to pick out who’s corrupt… I’m sorry, they’re the ones getting the checks from the developers at the end of the day when they are extorting the money from them. That’s probably the biggest part of CEQA I’d love to see changed is —where does the money go? We know in these lawsuits, when these attorneys get paid, six, ten, twelve times their normal hourly rate… they’re not keeping it all. It’s likely going other places. That’s the toughest part, when they’re calling us corrupt.

It’s my belief, that they’re doing it because they used to run this place. Sheryl [Ade] and Gary Andre would be down at the planning commission, if they were giving the thumbs up to the planning commissioner for this area, the project would go forward. If they gave it a thumbs down Dave Stahovich and Bob Buster would kill it… and they ran this area. I think it’s unfortunate that they [seem to] think now they have to use CEQA to try and keep some of that control. I wish they would move on.”

For the record, public-interest lawsuits do not provide any monetary benefit  for the plaintiffs.   Under the CEQA  statutes, plaintiff attorneys  are reimbursed for the legal fees for services provided. Under normal circumstances, the developer’s indemnity agreement with the city  is the legal basis for the city recovering their legal costs.

Instead of directing staff, including the recently hired CEQA consultant, to avoid repeated  litigation by simply reading and incorporating the  reasonable objections  from private citizens documented in  what Tim Walker calls “document dumps, ”  these unsophisticated and sophomoric incumbents prefer to  run for re-election as victims, as that is easier  to purvey  than are real accomplishments.


A Third Term Is Too….

September 20, 2014

…MUCH, EVEN FOR MEDIOCRITY

For some reason, known only to her,  Mayor Marsha Swanson is asking for your vote to  return her for a third term as a Wildomar city councilmember.

There is a naturally-occurring  political  cadence, such that even US presidents are restricted to two terms.

After two terms, it seems reasonable to expect that ” politicians,”  despite  Swanson’s  denial of being a politician  (even as she cites her political  resume  in her ballot statement), would have more  personal interests  than sleepwalking through another four-year term.

As has been recently displayed in a local blogger’s video of a recent  Council meeting, Swanson looks  bored and tired  as she slumps backward  in her dais chair.

Further,  there is nothing significant in her voting record, save for an automatic  “Aye” vote on every hyper-high-density project or proposed general plan amendment to include high-density apartments , brought before her in public meetings.

The adjacent City of  Murrieta  approved of city council term limits in November 2010 , with  a 65%  voter majority.

The  City of Wildomar needs a far better future vision  than “same old same old.”

Comments can be made to  zakturango@excite.com.


It’s All About The….

September 17, 2014

…DRAINAGE

Apparently, it rained in Wildomar yesterday.

I was able to keep up with some  of the  weather impacts, by following the local news  and the various Facebook pages providing photographs of the damages.

Mother Nature has finally  provided a plausible historical and meteorological context  for the recent bevy of  lawsuits, as follows:

1) Alliance for Intelligent Planning v,  Subway

2) Alliance for Intelligent  Planning v.  CV Communities

3) Citizens for Developer Compliance v.  Canyon Plaza

Each of the above litigations  were, or will be , initiated to force the developers and the City of Wildomar to mitigate, to the fullest extent possible, the drainage issues, which arise from their developments.

Clearly, Riverside County  did not address, in a fashion timely, the issue of “drainage” for the  watershed area to the northeast of Bundy Canyon  Road and Interstate 15.

That being said,  although the City of Wildomar does not have the resources, nor the obligation  to address all of the  drainage  issues on their own, it is their obligation to extract sufficient  drainage concessions/conditions from the developer of each project  coming before them.

At the very least, any new proposed development should not add to the drainage problems, but should attempt to reduce, in a reasonable fashion, some of the inherent problems within the Wildomar watershed.

 If you are not aware of lawsuit  #3), it’s because  I have not filed as yet,  although I have made preliminary  preparations to do.    In the case of Canyon Plaza, commonly known as the Circle K/Shell station on Bundy Canyon Road , the developer was originally  conditioned by Riverside County  to re-direct  the drainage  from his property, including  the water which passes over his property  from the northeast watershed to a large  drainage pipe, which passes  under Interstate 15, but which is 500 yards  south of his  project.

This would’ve carried any water down  through the  Wildomar Cemetery property and on to Murrieta Creek, without wrecking havoc  on existing properties, such as Elsinore high school.

Instead, the developer whined to the City of Wildomar staff, seeking relief from  Riverside County’s  appropriate conditions regarding drainage, and was granted, an infamous “minor change”  that resulted in the large pile of rocks that you can see for yourself on the east side of the  southbound  Bundy Canyon offramp.  Any water released in this manner  could conceivably end up  flooding Elsinore High School, including their gymnasium  floor for the second time.

Please tell me that that didn’t happen….again!

Needless to say, I am certain the  attorneys for the Lake Elsinore Unified School District will be looking for  any act of negligence which has contributed to their  gymnasium floor damages.

Comments can be made to zakturango@excite.com.


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