….FULL TIME “BOOTLEG” PLANNING COMMISSIONER
Both of which are inappropriate for a representative of the City of Wildomar. Apparently, “inappropriate” is the accepted standard for Wildomar’s appointed and elected officials.
One of Wildomar Magazine’s credible sources provided a portion of Planning Commissioner Harv Dykstra’s political punditry in a written commentary he made on a Facebook page, the day after the election results were in.
Obviously commenting on the voters of Wildomar failing to return Incumbent City Councilmember Sheryl Ade to office, for which I am personally grateful, Dykstra opines, as follows:
“I don’t think it was Medical Marijuana as much as being anti-church and anti-business (especially small business).
That’ll kill you in politics.
Church people and small businesses built this town.
Sheryl forgot that.”
Harv Dykstra is way off base, as a political pundit.
It’s the larger businesses operating daily on Clinton Keith Road, gas stations and fast food restaurants, like MacDonald’s, which generate sales tax revenue, and which keep the City of Wildomar functioning, for now.
Alas, the bevy of “bedroom businesses” which largely populate the Wildomar Chamber of Commerce, can’t/don’t provide sufficient tax increment to fund a single police officer or fire fighter, let alone the city’s operations.
Only the Medical Marijuana collective ordinance issue explains how the previously unknown candidate Timothy Walker was elected. Walker admitted to putting out a few campaign signs. And no flyer handouts or mail outs were funded by Walker’s $600 campaign budget limitations, wisely imposed on his campaign by his spouse.
Had he spent more, or less, it would not have changed the outcome.
Unlike Benoit, Walker did not buy his council seat. It was a gift.
Walker also candidly admitted, in candidate forums, that he knew nothing about how the city was governed and only cared about stopping medical marijuana collectives as his primary motivation for running.
But for the Medical Marijuana Collective issue, a Walker-style candidate “usually” only gets the votes of family and friends.
And Dykstra’s presumption that Sheryl’s single vote against Dykstra’s church, Cornerstone Community Church, who was trying to push an ill-prepared, community upheaving, parking lot and sports field project past the Council, constitutes being “anti-church,” is patently unfounded.
Perhaps Dykstra should have had a private conversation with Sheryl, seeking her personal thoughts about church, before making a written public record of his own conclusions as to her personal beliefs.
After the City Council voted for in favor of the Cornerstone project, led by the “anti-citizen/pro-church” Council majority, despite insufficient consideration of Ade’s reasonable and appropriate criticisms, Cornerstone soon abandoned their incomplete application, in the face of a threatened lawsuit by concerned neighbors.
I suspect that Cornerstone’s Senior Pastor Ron Armstrong, a lawyer himself, knew the eventual outcome of that litigation.
If God says no to a congregation’s intercessory prayers, as He sometimes apparently does, is God, then, anti-church?
Apparently, the only “small business” that concerns Dykstra is his own.
Said business is reportedly out of compliance with local codes.
If the bootleg businesses in Wildomar don’t pay for the necessary and appropriate improvements to run a commercial operation, eventually you and I will have to do so or we will continue to suffer the negative impacts of those businesses.
Unfortunately, as a Planning Commissioner, Dykstra’s moral authority to vote to extract appropriate infrastructure requirements from future commercial applicants, on behalf of the citizens of Wildomar, has lapsed.
It was already lapsed when he was first appointed by fellow Cornerstone Church member, Bridgette Moore, who wanted to have an assured “pro-Cornerstone” vote on the Planning Commission.
Were Dykstra to insist upon any necessary infrastructure extractions for any future commercial application, beyond the obvious hypocrisy, his actions could invite litigation against the city for a violation of the applicant’s right to “equal protection” under the law, found in Article 1 of the California Constitution.
How can you require a future applicant to meet certain infrastructure requirements, when you are unable or unwilling to do so yourself, as a Planning Commissioner? That seems to be “unequal,” on its face.
Back to Dykstra’s political punditry.
Harv, thanks anyway, for your meaningless deconstruction of the recent election.
However, it was only the medical marijuana collective issue that elevated Tim Walker’s vote count to exceed both Incumbent Marsha Swanson’s (pro-chamber, pro-church and originally pro-medical marijuana collective ordinance) and Sheryl Ade’s vote counts.
Your explanation, as a result, doesn’t hold water, on it’s face.
And, as all can now see, Sheryl’s judgment and leadership on the medical marijuana collective issue has been vindicated and was the proper choice to make on behalf of Wildomar, given the filing of the lawsuit against the city by the collective applicant. (See article below).
After the election, Sheryl told me that, if she had to do it all over again, knowing the outcome of the election, she would make the same arguments on behalf of all of the Citizens of Wildomar best interests and vote exactly the same way.
Sheryl knew that she might be risking her reelection when she voted.
Sheryl didn’t forget a damn thing, Harv.
I truly admire that kind of thoughtful core value in a public servant, like Sheryl Ade.
My contempt for Dykstra’s “double standard,” as an appointed official, is elevated now, commensurate with Dykstra’s foolish and uninformed and unnecessary punditry.
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Watch for a flurry of nonconforming “bootleg” businesses to make application to the new council with their request for waivers for site improvements.