…WHO HAS THE ANSWERS?
Wildomar Magazine was initially opposed to cityhood for the former county island known as Wildomar and voted No on Measure C. Zak has since changed his mind, however, and now supports the city of Wildomar by commenting on it’s leaders foibles to help shape public opinion. It’s Zak’s gift to his community.
In addition, Zak, Wildomar Magazine’s editor and primary contributor, also voted Yes on Measure D, intentionally choosing, along with fifty-seven (57%) per cent of the voters, to divide Wildomar into voting districts. Zak has not changed his mind on this issue. The City Council will ignore the votes of the people at their political peril.
The City Council has every right, however, no, even a significant obligation to look at every aspect and element of the impact and implications of district voting. And that takes time and money for districting experts to provide needed information for the City Council and citizens. There cannot be a rump panel of citizens carving up a map of Wildomar and creating districts that would have Zak’s support.
As to the timing, 2010 will arrive soon enough and Councilpersons Scott Farnam and Sheryl Ade are entitled to their entire two year terms that the voters gave them to serve the city and citizens. Anything less would be taking away the rights of the voters who elected them for a two year term.
Now, the delicious district dilemmas.
First, the city will be divided into districts, most likely according to population and some geography. There is great likelihood that current Mayor, Bob Cashman, who appears to live in some proximity to Councilwoman Ade will thus reside in her District 2 or District 4 . Upon her desired re-election for a four year term, Cashman will be unable to run for re-election in 2012 unless he moves to another district, an unlikely scenario. If he does move into District 1, 3 or 5 so he can run, he may find himself running against Bridgette Moore or Marsha Swanson. Alas, Cashman will have to find a new home in whatever district will be unrepresented at that time.
Second, District 2 and 4 are tied personally and politically to Ade and Farnam. Until the Council establishes the districts and they are identified as “2 and 4” by an actual vote of the Council, the identities of the districts are as mobile as Ade and Farnam’s whims as to where they wish to reside. If either of them move to another area of the city, “Districts 2 and 4” move with them.
Ironically, tied as they are to being the “two lowest vote-getters,” those who tossed up Cashman’s “top vote-getter” status as the reason for his being the mayor will now have to sit on their hands and bite their tongues as they witness the whim of Ade and Farnam with regard to where they might want to live and lead the city. Cashman cannot utter a word.
Third, should Ade move from her current residence and hook her district to the rear bumper of a U-Haul trailer, any future city council candidates who might be a neighbor now can end their contemplation of seeking her seat as their replacement district 1, 3 or 5 will, as a result, not be voting until 2012.
All in all, Wildomar’s turbulent district dilemmas prove that there is a God and that He or She watches and enjoys politics in Wildomar rather than network television. There is no other explanation.
Zak is not taking any comments at this time. Rather, he wants those who have touted Cashman’s mayoralty on the basis of his top vote totals to ponder Cashman’s dilemma. If it looks like a political wedgie, don’t blame Zak.