….WILDOMAR CITY COUNCIL BECOMES IT’S OWN VICTIM
I recently read a recent Press Enterprise article announcing that the Wildomar City Council had decided to join with the County of Riverside in opposing the lawsuit filed by the City of Eastvale, thereby becoming its own legal victim.
Until recently, Eastvale was the City of Wildomar’s fellow traveler in their seemingly endless pursuit of the Vehicle License Fees “taken” by the State of California.
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As you may know, Gov. Brown recently signed legislation which provided approximately $24 million to the County of Riverside with which to “forgive” debts which were incurred by four newest incorporated cities.
Apparently Eastvale was was able to avoid incurring financial indebtedness as a new city, as their commercial development wisely preceded their residential development. According to Eastvale, as a result of their financial acumen, the City of Eastvale gets zero dollars from the recent resolution.
Their lawsuit seeks their fair share of the $24 million, in cash, as a matter of fairness.
However, their lawsuit, filed on November 18, 2015, only names the County of Riverside as a defendant, with the usual “DOES 1-25 (as in “John Doe”), as place holders, should they find additional co-conspirators in the process.
None of those “DOES” happen to be The City of Wildomar, whose only co-conspiracy was joining with three other cities, including the City of Eastvale, in a repeatedly unsuccessful attempt to change the mind of Gov. Brown, assuming that he didn’t understand what the liberal governor “did” to the new cities in conservative Southwestern Riverside County.
This begs a number of questions, as follows:
1) Why would the City of Wildomar incur legal expense when they are not being sued?
2) Since they have spent/wasted approximately $75,000 for a joint Sacramento lobbyist who apparently had little to do with the ultimate resolution, how much more of Wildomar’s limited budget will this city council spend chasing a financial ghost?
Given all the whining about the financial costs of litigation by Wildomar City Council, it would seem that remaining on the sidelines of this litigation, with no expense to the City of Wildomar, would be the more appropriate legal tactic.
If Eastvale prevails in their litigation against the County of Riverside and it results in a significant financial setback for Wildomar, that might be the more appropriate time to unleash their legal beagle, City Attorney Tom Jex.
Perhaps the Wildomar City Council has a deep-seated psychological need to be involved in a legal fight, even if they have to pick the fight.
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