Mayor Moore’s Taxi Service To Elsinore…

April 30, 2010


Despite her preemptive protestation that she didn’t want to be glib, Mayor Bridgette Moore glibly suggests that Wildomar pay for taxicab rides to Lake Elsinore for marijuana for those who are suffering medical conditions that cause them pain and for which marijuana may be the appropriate palliative.

Not only is the author inaccurate and uninformed in Mayor Moore’s ghost-written piece for Southwest Riverside News Network, as Lake Elsinore has a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries and the ones that do exist, do so in County areas  along Grand Avenue in Lakeland Village.

But the glib, childish suggestion comes at a time when mature leadership needed to be present last Wednesday evening, and it was, in the form of four, wise “aye” votes, and not in  a whispered “nay” vote, as those persons behind Wildomar’s marijuana  collective will have a workable ordinance to operate under or Wildomar will have expensive litigation on their hands. These persons, motivated to help others,  are not going to wait while cities ponder outcomes that are being decided, in a tsunami format, in the larger political sphere of California, statewide. This is not a threat; it is a fact.

This is not about being rushed; rather  it is about urgency dictated by circumstances and political and societal changes far larger than Wildomar.

Another facet of the glib suggestion is the insult to our neighboring city, Lake Elsinore. Given Lake Elsinore’s checkered history, to suggest sending persons to Lake Elsinore for their marijuana is to presume that Lake Elsinore is a readily available resource of the product. 

One can only imagine the sense of insult that will be expressed in Lake Elsinore’s Council Chambers.

To be fair, I have now insulted Lake Elsinore myself by suggesting that it has a checkered history but, as a prime contributor to Elsinore Magazine, and a former regular dart tosser at the “Wreck,” I may have actually contributed to it’s reputation. 

Before you laugh at the “Wreck,” however, stop in someday at the Hideaway on Mission trail in Wildomar for a reality check.

What Wildomar needs right now is adult leadership, not someone with a wet finger in the wind, daintily testing to see which way it might blow.

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April 29, 2010


We’re not talking about someone who smuggles people across our border or little animals in Wildomar that will eat your  kitty cat. We are talking about people with old ideas standing in the way of medical progress.

The above acronym is, in reality, borrowed from a former activist group attempting to legalize prostitution. While medical marijuana is a much different issue, some of the same moralistic speed bumps are in place.

In the case of medical marijuana, there are people who are suffering as a result of sickness and injury who claim to have found relief in the use of this naturally occurring substance. And they have finally come to a place in society where they are organized sufficiently to have medical and legal opinions in support of their stand, as evidenced by presentations last evening at the Wildomar city Council meeting.

In a rare display of public oration, Zak Turango stood and vocalized support for the city’s leadership role in  exploring an ordinance change in order to for permit the establishment of medical marijuana collectives within Wildomar’s City limits.

Having suffered through a difficult year medically, Zak, who has never once indulged in consuming marijuana in any form, is ready to explore the benefits to reduce the effects of a significant and major stroke on May 3, 2009. The exploration is, of course, subject to approval and recommendation by my private physician.

Unlike prescription drugs, medical marijuana appears to have few profoundly negative side effects. For example, as a result of a raging, systemic blood infection in my body following emergency abdominal surgery in June 2009, I was prescribed a very powerful antibiotic known as Levaquin. The side effect for Levaquin is the potential of having one or both of my Achilles tendons pop out of my heel socket and painfully roll up my leg like a window shade.

Or how many men seeking intimacy are prescribed a drug like Viagra, despite the warning that four hour erections are no longer good things (I’m not certain they ever were) and one should rush oneself  with the four hour old Mr. Happy to an emergency room where it will be punctured and drained with the use of a hypodermic needle to prevent gangrene. I’m glad that I don’t use that stuff. I know, TMI.

Last evening, I commented that, while I was not initially a supporter of cityhood for Wildomar, it was imposed upon me nonetheless. Now that I  seek to reduce my pain, I do not wish the city of Wildomar to frustrate my attempts to legally find a way to ameliorate my pain.

I am sure that, once the word gets out, that the local churches will organize and evacuate their overgrown mega-sanctuaries (can a church have a hyperactive pituitary gland?) and land en masse on Wildomar City Council’s individual members.

Of note, Zak wishes to go on record applauding Council member Sheryl Ade for her leadership in promoting education on this issue.

The world is changing around us, folks, and this is one area that is changing profoundly. There is a marijuana initiative on the ballot for November which, if passed, will make marijuana possession and use legal for everyone over the age of 21 in the state of California.  It does appear that old-fashioned ideas about the evils of marijuana will be insufficient to withstand the force of history.

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April 28, 2010



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The Word On The Unpaved Streets of Wildomar Is…

April 25, 2010



What is it about people who allegedly cut corners in their business obligations to  the city of Wildomar that makes them think it’s desirable for the citizens of Wildomar for said corner cutters to seek to be appointed to the Wildomar Planning Commission?

Do they not understand that once they apply for the Commission, they become a public figure and can become unmitigated objects of parody and satire in the public media, as they should be?

How can they, if appointed as a Planning Commissioner,  tell a new business what enhancements to the city infrastructure will be extracted from them as a condition of a gaining permit if they’re unwilling to pay for the same enhancements in their own business?

Can you spell hypocrite? If you can’t spell it, could you just say it for the civic freedom it gives you to be honest about it. At the very least, that might be a start.

Anyone who operates a commercial business in Wildomar and who has not secured the appropriate and approved permits and licenses to operate, steal from the rest of us. When their business is interrupted by crime and they call the police, you and I are unfairly forced to pay for that police service, if they are not properly licensed or permitted.

That is why the City of Wildomar was properly responsive in shutting down the new marijuana cooperative on Mission Trail for attempting to open and operate without the proper licenses or permits. Although the cooperative installed plenty of expensive security equipment, any breach of that security, would trigger a response  from the Wildomar version of the Riverside Sheriff’s Department, whose response would necessarily be funded by the rest of the smoking and non-smoking citizens of Wildomar.

And that’s not fair.

Wildomar magazine has spent many years developing sources of information of what’s going on in our local community. People tell me stuff. We’ll see where this tidbit of street knowledge leads.

Once the application is on the official public record, we will be more detailed so as to inform fully the readers of Wildomar magazine. If it is withdrawn,  I guess you’ll never know more than you do now.

In any event, you’re not going to read inciteful commentary and opinio  about this “businessman’s”  unpermitted status anywhere else.

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In Case Staff Didn’t Notice….

April 23, 2010


Wildomar Magazine appears to do its best work on behalf of the citizens of Wildomar when it stirs up responses to its postings.  Consider, if you will, a recent comment received in response to a WM posting on January 9, 2010.

You can go to the original posting entitled “Which One?” and click on the comments section to read the entire comment and Zak’s response.

But for brevity’s sake, we post a portion of the comment, as follows:

My neighbor (corner of Willowbay and Grand Ave) filled me in on quite the issues of his addition to his home.

After reading what was said In the Wildomar Magazine on January 9, 2010 issue. Most of what was said in the article is ludicrous. (before today, never heard of this site, so it is not as “popular” as Zak claims on his site) I also know of a couple of people who probably started and continue to instigate this. Bob was approached about “joining in a lawsuit to stop the construction of this thing”…which we refused, stating the addition would only increase the value of the home.”

What makes the above comment so important, in Zak’s mind, is that the flawed decision-making process of city staff in the public works department triggered an organized effort to bring litigation against the process of approving  a nonconforming building addition to a neighborhood of conforming tract homes.

That means the city of Wildomar would have to spend limited resources to defend itself if that lawsuit had eventuated. Staff is supposed to protect us from that kind of outcome. After all, they are the professionals who’ve been hired to protect the city.

Zak could really care less about the lopsided numbers of the contrived comments of approval by supposed neighbors of this residence, since they were apparently asked by the homeowner to do so.  Zak has heard enough of the other side of the coin from other citizens of the city who agreed with Zak that the addition was odd and outrageous.

The point here is that city staff should be a reasonable filter for all citizens of Wildomar against this type of unreasonable,  irregular and nonconforming changes to our neighborhoods and staff failed to do so. Along with all of the changes in zoning and setbacks, there are motivated citizens in Wildomar who aren’t happy with the zoning and planning process at City Hall.

It would behoove the bureaucrats to open their ears and listen to the rumble from these people, most of whom were profoundly involved in establishing the city of Wildomar.

Just like we did as kids, we would put our ears to the train track to listen for oncoming trains, the contract bureaucrats should understand that that rumbling they hear is not tinnitus; rather, it’s a locomotive pulling the train of civic unhappiness.

Zak refers you to the January 2010 archives to once again enjoy the pleasure of reading the original piece and viewing the unique graphics, while exploring the comments section for context.

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If you’re in support of the project, hold on to your organized comments. Been there. Done that. The addition has been approved and built. 

Let’s hope that staff has learned their lesson in discerning the mind of the community.

Perhaps they should reread visioning process documents.

Zak’s Murrieta Roots…..

April 21, 2010



Including a stint as one of Murrieta Valley High School softball’s first pitching coaches.

So Zak enjoyed today’s story in the Californian about the Murrieta Valley High School  girl’s softball team, pausing for a few moments to recall pleasant memories, which I am now sharing  with you.

In the early 1990s, my daughter, Melissa, was a member of the first graduating class at  Murrieta Valley High (class motto? Never before. Never again) . She was also a skinny little second baseman for the Nighthawk girls softball team.

And since Zak had pitched championship level fast pitch softball in the Central Valley community of Visalia, California, winning the city league championship, pitching for the Lamplighter Inn softball team (made up of former players from the Orosi High School baseball team), he was asked to volunteer as pitching coach for the MVHS girls softball team.

He enthusiastically accepted the challenge.

It was delightful experience teaching aspiring, young athletes how to set up a batter, and the umpire, with a sinking fastball on the outside corner of the plate for a called third strike. Overweight umpires love to make an exaggerated “yer outta there” call with excessive hand gestures, to boot. Have you never seen Leslie Nielsen as an umpire in the Naked Gun movies?

Once the young ladies learned that unfair, inconsistent, part-time umpires are merely a part of the food chain (Zak obviously has umpire issues), and that they love to have their have their massive and controlling egos manipulated with a combination of glares and stares at timely moments, the girls also learned that umpires could be set up for that outside, sinking fastball moment.

It was a delightful time period in my life. Murrieta was a brand-new city and, while the runaway growth provide an opportunity to replace a modest home in Long Beach for a brand-new home in Murrieta, it was also apparent that the seeds of over-building had been planted long before Zak arrived.

When I later moved my family to Wildomar in 1994, it was apparent by the aging nature of the historic community and the variety of home settings, with two half-acre ranches sitting next to  mobile homes on small lots, that Wildomar was not Murrieta.  

It was apparent that Wildomar was never going to be overrun by vast tracts of red tile roofed homes. Rather, developers would have to develop in a smaller, piecemeal fashion, when they prefer to wipe out large pieces of flat farmland with hundreds of box-like homes. And, as a result, you see the Wildomar Planning Commission and City Council deal with the various issues, unique to Wildomar, such as trails and lot setbacks, when a developer brings the next high density project to Wildomar. Fortunately, the slower process permits Wildomar to control its own destiny.

So they, thankfully, head for Menifee instead, where they seem to be readily accommodated. How’s that working out for you, Menifee?

It’s time to go check my blood pressure for the day, before I have my first cup of decaf coffee, so my little trip down memory lane is over for now. I’m glad you stopped by.

Photo by Jamie Scott Lytle/staff photographer  for the Californian.

Help For Menifee; A Humble Recommendation….

April 17, 2010



“An independent audit states that in its first 18 months, the Menifee city finance department has been mismanaged, understaffed, prone to costly billing errors, open to conflicts of interest and even making payments on contracts that weren’t authorized by the City Council.

After looking over the report Friday, Finance Committee Chairman Scott Mann concluded there was approximately $135,000 in overbilling, $121,000 in back billing, $76,000 in double billing, and $60,000 in charges from unauthorized subcontractors.

Those figures add up to $392,000 in combined billing errors, and the auditors reviewed only six of the city’s 31 contracts that make up about 19 percent of the city’s $21 million budget. Most of the billing errors have already been made public.

“I can’t believe the scope of sloppiness and mismanagement emphasized in this report,” Mann said. “This is not the way to run a business, municipality or a school district.”

Citing a stunning report issued by a San Bernardino auditing firm, as reported in today’s Californian, the city of Menifee finds itself in a startling dilemma for a new city, or even an old one.

See the following link for yourself:

Although the usual attitude for bloggers like the mythical and mirthful Editor of Wildomar Magazine Zak Turango, is to gloat over such a windfall dilemma in “gotcha” politics, this is not the time for gloating. This is a serious matter, arising in tough economic circumstances and a time for real leaders to rise up on behalf of the  citizens of Menifee.

It is so serious, Zak will even go on record in commending Menifee City Councilman Scott Mann  for taking a leadership role in quickly turning to an outside  auditing firm in order to fully investigate and disclose the embarrassing circumstances we are all now reading about.

As to the humble recommendation noted in the title of this piece, former Interim Wildomar City Manager John Danielson is likely available as a resource for Menifee since Wildomar has now hired another competent professional as permanent city manager, Frank Oviedo, to replace him. Wildomar Magazine suggests someone from Menifee might want to contact Danielson.

Danielson was initially discovered and vetted by Wildomar Council member Sheryl Ade, as Wildomar’s new City Council groped for answers on how to get the new city of Wildomar off the ground. 

Ade says she was impressed by Danielson at their first meeting. She says she liked the fact that, rather than “pimping for the  job,” Danielson graciously discussed what qualities Wildomar should look for in a City Manager. 

Ade was sufficiently impressed with his professionalism, that she became an ardent supporter of his retention as Interim City Manager , once Wildomar became a city.

In addition to his managerial skills, Danielson was able to tap into his own network of gifted and professional colleagues, who also performed well in getting Wildomar off the launch pad and into orbit, albeit a low earth orbit, given the current economic conditions statewide.

For what it’s worth, Wildomar Magazine humbly suggests  John Danielson  for any future consideration as Menifee gropes for its own urgent solutions.

Danielson did a good job for Wildomar.

‘Nuff said.

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You have to know Zak serious is when he not only passes on another chance to mock Scott Mann, but also to offer a sincere compliment to him on his leadership.

There’ll be plenty of opportunities for additional mocking in the future, I’m sure.