Grand Jury Critical Of Cornerstone……

June 30, 2010



It’s good to hear someone else besides Zak Turango complain about the negative aftermath of inherent conflicts as a result of of how Cornerstone Community Church originally tried to stuff the Wildomar City Council  as we selected city Council members for our first City Council. 

No single political entity, and don’t for a minute  imagine that Cornerstone Community Church is not a political entity, should be able to back financially, through campaign donations and “groupthink” voting to secure a majority of seats on the City Council in a small community like Wildomar.

Zak understands that it is marginally legal, but it just doesn’t look right and the Grand Jury is appropriately critical of the result. Nor is it healthy for a small community, like Wildomar, as most thinking citizens would agree.

For example, Mayor Bridgette Moore is a proud member of Cornerstone and her appointee for Planning Commission was Harv Dykstra, also a Cornerstone member. As I recall, before Cornerstone withdrew its application in the face of a threatened lawsuit by reasonably concerned neighbors,  Moore  unabashedly and almost happily voted in favor of the project. As did Council member Scott Farnam, also a Cornerstone attendee.

To his credit, Commissioner Dykstra had recused himself before the Planning Commission vote on the Cornerstone project but only because he had sold them some doors in the then recent past.

According to the grand jury, each of the Cornerstone members on the City Council should have recused themselves prior to voting on the church project, based on their relationship to the church.

Although the City Attorney for Wildomar, Julie Biggs, had opined that recusal was not legally necessary, Zak thinks that the Grand Jury has a better grasp on the issue of conflict of interest then does the city attorney, whose task it is to determine what is often exquisitely legal, not necessarily what is proper.

In any event, I have linked Wildomar Magazine to the Grand Jury website, where you can read their  report and reach your own conclusions for yourself.

With the upcoming election season looming, and with Cornerstone’s immense “mining” project (See September 2009 Archives) still out there seeking eventual approval, informed voters may have to consider a normally distasteful political element such as considering a candidate’s church affiliation when contemplating their vote for  leaders for the city of Wildomar for the next 4 years.

A 3 vote majority bloc of Cornerstone Community Church members would not be healthy for the entire community of Wildomar.

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Public Service Announcement….

June 30, 2010


As I was perusing my e-mail account this morning, looking to see if a certain early Wildomar City Council candidate had sent her e-mail to Zak, renouncing “expensive” health insurance benefits for herself, in the unlikely event of her actually winning a City Council seat in November, given her outspoken support of the “community killers” in their multiple, expensive lawsuits against the interests of the citizens of Wildomar.

Instead, I found this:

Account Owner
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Update eFax Username/PIN in my preferences
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owners. We are currently upgrading our data base and e-mail account center. We
are canceling unused web mail email account to create more space for new

To prevent your account from closing you will have to update it below so that
we will know it’s status as a currently used account.


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Warning!!! Any account owner that refuses to update his or her account within
Three days of this update notification will lose his or her account

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This is a fraudulent Internet ploy, perhaps from another country, that is intended to get to persons who use the Internet and are easily intimidated, generally senior citizens, into providing important personal information that can be used for identity theft.
Zak’s  response was to prepare a reply with  directions and instructions, via e-mail, instructions that were fraught  with specific sexual connotations.
Then, as my outrage increased, Zak’s e-mail reply was  asking them them for their name and address so Zak could make travel arrangements to assist them with his sexually connotative instructions.

However, as I realized that any e-mail reply would likely go into their database and promote subsequent e-mails, confirming that their scheme had hit upon  an active e-mail account, my anger dissipated and my rational critical thinking skills returned.

Instead, I thought that perhaps by sharing the content of the fraud-based e-mail with my readers, perhaps the knowledge shared might spare one person from responding to this or any similar fraud with their valuable personal information.

As usual, this public service announcement which, as always, comes free of charge and is a part of the “gift that keeps on giving,” Wildomar Magazine.

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Hypocrisy,Thy Moniker Is……

June 26, 2010



Events are moving fast in the topsy-turvy (not to be confused with the upside down tomato plant hanging on my patio)

world of Wildomar litigation.

Apparently the 4th Appeals Court has already rejected the County’s request for reconsideration on their recent decision to overrule the Superior Court decision regarding the assessment for parks in Wildomar.

And now, we hope, as reported, the county will prepare themselves well and take this to the California Supremes (not to be confused with the singing group from Detroit)


and enable those of us who are civic minded and voluntarily voted to support Wildomar’s parks with a modest $28 per year assessment, a majority vote that, one arrogant person, Steve Beutz has overruled.

A lot of folks actually enjoy and support their new city.

Steve Beutz, and his anti-democracy  ilk, be damned.

Like a broken violin with one string, there is one disconsonant note that continues to be played by self-proclaimed candidate for the Wildomar City Council, Martha Bridges.

Once again, she obsessively harps on the issue of “expensive” benefits (everybody’s benefits are expensive) for City Council members, who are considered employees of the city and thus, entitled to health benefits.

A $300 per month stipend does not adequately compensate a hard-working public servant, such as Councilmember Sheryl Ade, for the endless hours of studying and a gazillion (not to be confused with Bridges’ alleged cost of  city-paid health benefits) telephone calls.

Bridges is entitled to grind away on any single issue or any number of issues that she believes might get her elected. Zak, who disagrees with her on this issue, encourages Bridges to be consistent with her own public pronunciamento and has previously challenged her to declare that she will refuse health benefits from the city, should she be elected to a city council seat, only to be met with silence.

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A simple  e-mail from the “Wildomar Watcher,” taking her very own pledge to foreswear health benefits, should she be elected, is all that is necessary to eliminate the current aroma of hypocrisy.

If Martha doesn’t want to take the pledge on Wildomar Magazine, just include it in one of the many comments on healthcare “perks” that we read in the discussion section of the Californian. (See link below).

That being said, Martha’s political naïveté in her outspoken support for Beutz’ lawsuits (while asking you to consider her candidacy) that will hamstring the city’s finances for years to come will ever remain with Martha, as a lingering, wafting, anti-community odor.

It’s The Perry Mason Amateur Hour…

June 26, 2010


The basic reason for having legal counsel is to avoid recent adverse outcomes to litigation being brought by certain persons which profoundly affect the dreams and aspirations of communities like Wildomar.

Today’s Californian reports another win for the “community killers,” led by hobbyist attorney-ishes, Gerard Ste. Marie and Steve Beutz. A check of the California Bar Assn. does not identify them as holding “bar cards.”

According to Wildomar Magazine’s sources, these amateur litigants reside in the same house, share the same brain, and are reportedly supported and encouraged in their destructive efforts by self-proclaimed candidate for Wildomar City Council, Martha Bridges.

There have been and remain several additional litigations still pending and being brought forward in similar fashion.

Occasionally, they are even rewarded by the courts for their  fees and costs, so we mean amateur in the sense that they apparently have their own political agendas, for what ever reason, rather than asserting they are attorneys for hire, whose legal specialty is suing the County of Riverside.

On the other hand, County Counsel exists solely to provide exactly what their name implies; to whit, to provide legal counsel and direction to County officials to assist said officials in making decisions properly and legally in the furtherance of County business to avoid future legal disputes. And, if County decisions result in litigation, to defend and successfully sustain their supposedly thoughtful legal opinions. But not of late.

As a result, and  once again, the beleaguered citizens of Wildomar face renewed uncertainty as to the economic viability of Wildomar, in the face of another appellate decision rendered in favor of amateur litigants.

If Beutz and Ste. Marie are doing this on Zak’s behalf, please stop doing me any favors. I am comfortable with the city of Wildomar’s existence, despite initially voting against its formation, and want to see it succeed.

One of the reasons I opposed cityhood, in the first place, was that I was suspicious of overly optimistic number crunchers, who were paid to promote cityhood through their economic optimism, and that, despite a looming economic downturn that could result in the eventual demise and devolvement of the new city, and that Wildomar would eventually have to return to County status.

So why go to the trouble of building a new city, in the first place?

Zak may have been right about cityhood. However, I did not think that demise and devolvement would come about as result of some admittedly creative individuals, intent on the  destruction of the new city of Wildomar, for their own personal agenda, perhaps,  or possibly for financial  gain. Or, some unhealthy obsession.

Who knows what lurks in the hidden parts of these men’s hearts?

In the final analysis, it doesn’t matter.

Whatever the intent of Beutz and St. Marie, they have once again  prevailed in their litigation  at the Superior Court and Appellate level, repeatedly and handily outmaneuvering the County’s bevy of well-funded attorneys.

So then, who are the amateurs?

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Hickman’s Resolution “Passes”…

June 24, 2010



Unlike the actual and noisy, noxious effusions  emanating from Hickman’s corpus, which reportedly occurs on an occasional basis behind and beneath the Council dais, this resolution is of little effect in the larger national scale of things important to our country.

So why do it in the first place?

Did somebody pull Hickman’s Federalist finger?

Other than to get a free limo ride and some “face time” on a national talk show for  Lake Elsinore Mayor Melissa Melendez,  Hickman’s “leadership” in fomenting division and discord within his community is a waste of time, at the very least.

I can’t believe that I am even wasting “cyber ink,” normally a cheap commodity, on the story but what the hell, it’s an election-year and a good time to try to inflict some early damage on Hickman’s reelection efforts through mockery. And politicians should never underestimate the power of mockery. It’s more effective than simple criticism.

According to Wildomar Magazine sources, Hickman even stupidly (see story below) voted against his own resolution, the first time around. When it was discovered that the vote had been taken in an improper format and had to be redone, Hickman looked to the Mayor for guidance, changed his vote and re-voted in the affirmative.

This “news” tidbit evokes memories for Zak Turango that go back to the days when Hickman would seek direction on how to vote from former Mayor Pam Brinley, Lake Elsinore’s 2nd most corrupt mayor ever.

Sadly, my friend, and usually wise politico, Thomas Buckley joined Hickman and two others, in voting 4-1 for the empty resolution. 

For the record, I have already chastised him to his face.

It appears that only  Council member Amy Bhutta had the proper sense to vote no on the issue. Congratulations to Amy for her  rational vote in an irrational setting.

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The Dumbest Politician I’ve Ever Known….

June 22, 2010



Two-term Lake Elsinore City Councilmember Daryl Hickman has, for years, enjoyed the status of being considered the “Worlds Dumbest Politician” by the former staff writers for  Elsinore Magazine, and that lofty status continues with the staff of Wildomar Magazine.

Would it be for the sick and lame joke that then-Mayor Hickman made at the Wildomar VFW reopening celebration? It was a joke about death, made in the context of a deputy who had just died accidentally while skydiving at Lake Elsinore?

Or would it be for his untrammeled and embarrassing support for the Trevi Entertainment Center? And Thomas Buckley’s bogus recall campaign?

Or should it be for his forgetting that he was only elected for the first time because Councilman Thomas Buckley graciously permitted the unknown, and cheap, Hickman to piggyback on Buckley’s expensive and obviously effective election signs?

Generally speaking, it is considered appropriate and even classy to remember who “brought you to the dance,” even if you honestly later disagree with that person on issues.

Hickman once mouthed the initials “F.U.,” across the dais to Buckley’s face, after gloatingly voting against RDA Chair Buckley’s proposed downtown redevelopment project.

And that is class, 3rd class.

And now, in a community where at least 38% of the local population  is Hispanic, Hickman takes the lead in promoting a meaningless municipal resolution in support of  Arizona’s SB 1070, according to today’s Press Enterprise.

Hickman is quoted as saying “he believes that most Lake Elsinore residents support the Arizona law. At least, he said, “Everybody I’ve talked to.”

It doesn’t seem to Zak that Hickman’s style of political polling is very scientific. Or smart.

Rather, it seems to Zak that Hickman has confused his own personal political opinion about a federal issue with his obligations as a local municipal leader, obligations owed to an entire community, whatever their ethnic makeup.

And, Hickman’s thinking, which is in eerily similar to that misguided bunch in Menifee, recently debating, then dodging, the same issue, is just plain dumb.

Let’s all plan on doing our part to make certain that Hickman is not rewarded with a 3rd term on the Lake Elsinore City Council in November.

That would make some people think Elsinore ‘s voters are dumb.

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Hickman and Zak go way back. Following a particularly robust City Council meeting, and after some humorous criticism of Hickman in the pages of Elsinore Magazine, Hickman accosted Zak on the steps of the Lake Elsinore Cultural Center in a threatening manner, saying, “Hey buddy, I come from the street.”

Zak immediately acknowledged Hickman’s “street creds,” but only if Hickman was talking about one named “Sesame.”

Stick A Fork In Voting “At-Large”….

June 21, 2010


There are usually two problems with activism in a community like Menifee.

The first problem is that an activist group has good intentions but apparently represents a very small, vocal of remnant of the community. According to today’s Californian, such a minority group has failed to secure sufficient signatures on their petitions to put the issue of voting for the Council “At Large” on the ballot.

As a result, the failed petitioners are going to themselves petition the Menifee City Council and ask the council to voluntarily put the issue on the ballot for them, which seems somewhat unfair.

Sometimes, perceived community apathy is just a “no” answer dressed up as “I don’t want to get involved by signing your petition. I just came to Albertson’s to get some groceries.”

The second problem is that the vocal minority, if they don’t get their desired response from us City Council, will continue to whine and bemoan their fate. This is not good for community building.

Get over your issue  ’cause it’s over. Enjoy your districts. Work on building your city.

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