…..NEEDS TO TAKE HOLD SOONER, RATHER THAN LATER
Zak and Gil attended the Strategic Visioning Session, held in the Elsinore High School gymnasium and conducted by Interim City Manager John Danielson, with city staff as the facilitators. The session was attended by nearly 100 citizens and property owners of Wildomar. The tenor of the meeting was generally congenial and upbeat.
Danielson opened by asking the attendees to contribute ideas and issues that mattered to them and then, by a process of affixing colored dots to the various topics that were posted on the wall, the most popular were chosen. (It was okay to vote more than once on one topic. It reminded Zak of the way we chose our mayor).
The topics with the most dots were then used as themes for breakout sessions. Some of the issues raised were wild-*ssed and crazy while others were thoughtful and had some merit. Zak got the first round of applause for his suggestion that Wildomar should be a secular government, free of religious interference but Zak’s topic did not get enough dots.
Wildomar Magazine will not attempt to address the specific issues raised, save for Zak once again having to listen to Kami Sabatzadeh, apparent official Street Hustler for the RDA PAC, again making his perpetual offer to Wildomar of a “free” community center from their stash of money, recently “replenished” to the tune of $600,000, “re-stored” by their own embarrassing vote to “rescind” their errant Genius vote.
And we all had to listen to the WCC once again brag about how they are feeding thousands of meals through HOPW (“Helping Our People in Wildomar”), using money from their Street Fair and Car Show. How many cans of Dinty Moore Beef Stew were collected, anyway? Now that’s a meal. A can of corn is not.
On to Wildomar’s reality.
I doubt there is any adult in the country that remains uninformed as to the current economic conditions that our nation is mired in. The full impact of the Wall Street Meltdown is yet to be known. However, restaurants, resorts and even Las Vegas casinos are experiencing a significant drop in revenue as individuals pull back and have re-examined their budgets. As should cities like Wildomar.
However, much more important to Wildomar is the economic conditions in the State of California. Governor Arnold is re-convening the state’s senate and assembly immediately after the election, hoping to wring some tax concessions from lameduck Republicans in order to re-balance the recently adopted state budget, already $3 Billion in the red, due to the economy. The state will try to balance their budget on the backs of cities and counties, cutting deeply into local revenues.
How much will the state take from cities like Wildomar? That’s the rub. No one knows. One of the reasons that I voted against cityhood is that the birthing of Wildomar was coming at the start of a bad economic cycle. This downturn was on our horizon even before the Wall Street mess.
So here’s my Strategic Visioning for Wildomar. It is time to hang on to every penny of revenue that comes through the front door of City Hall and save it for future use. Wildomar is going to need it and every penny that might be it’s first or second cousin. In fact, the City Council should severely curtail any but the most important of costly meetings and trips to represent the city. If Wildomar survives, there will be time to represent. If Wildomar does not, it won’t matter.
The $1,000 given to WCC must be the last donation of my taxdollars given to any group, non-profit and/or “faith-based,” until some future time of reasonable prosperity returns to Wildomar. This concept of taking tax money to fund a small group of “do-gooders” is contrary to the fiduciary responsibilities that the City Council members have to each of the citizens of Wildomar.
Kami’s “Free to Wildomar Community Center” can stay tucked away in his raincoat pocket for the present, as there will be no money to fund the operation of a community center.
Want a four-year university in Wildomar? Perhaps a diploma mill, using a postal mail box in the Stater Brothers center is a much more realistic dream.
To his credit, City Manager Danielson oft asked the numerous Suggestors of Hare-Brained Schemes if they thought the City or private funding should be used to bring about it’s realization. There were few responses.
As a public service, and at no cost to the taxpayers, Wildomar Magazine wants to acknowledge that any private monies secured and used to fulfill someone’s civic fantasy is fine with me.
Zak met some new friends, was ignored by those already peeved at the special effect that Wildomar Magazine is having and generally enjoyed the meeting. However, it was clear that we are living among those who still believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and unlimited tax revenues.
Sorry to dis-abuse you of your false hopes. Someday, you’ll thank me.
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