….A SQUARE HOLE RARELY WORKS OUT WELL
As Wildomar is finding out.
This morning’s Press Enterprise records the final outcome of an agreement between the County and Wildomar resulting from another successful lawsuit by one individual in Wildomar.
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Although the new agreement by the County to reduce the cost of public safety services in an amount equal to the County payments, originally provided to Wildomar as an assist for it to become a city, is a dollar for dollar exchange, it does seem to reveal the weakness of the original financial arrangements by the County that were the underpinnings of incorporation for the former unincorporated community of Wildomar.
And which have not withstood legal challenges.
For context, Zak was originally opposed to incorporation and voted against it, believing that becoming a city in declining economic times, might result in a financial failure and resultant “devolvement,” the actual term for returning to County governance.
This is why former City Councilmember Sheryl Ade displayed the political wisdom and fearlessness in advocating the approval of a Medical Marijuana Ordinance. Rather than spending Wildomar’s limited finances on litigation, Ade preferred to impose some reasonable controls on the local collective.
Unfortunately, Councilmember Bridgette Moore and her Religious Right-wing “friends” were not so wise in opposing the ordinance. And, as a result, have wasted more than $100,000 in legal fees.
Ironically, Councilmember Timothy Walker, whose rabid anti-marijuana collective public rant and campaign got him elected to a four-year term, may be around long enough to vote on the devolvement of the City of Wildomar.
We can all stop complaining about the lawsuits from Gerard St. Marie and Steve Beutz. It is obvious that they opposed incorporation from the beginning of the process, which is their right. That their arguments and lawsuits have had merit, is reflected in their seemingly unending string of courtroom victories.
If Measure D fails to pass on June 07, 2011, and the three neighborhood parks are closed as a result, it may only be a foreshadowing of the ultimate demise of the City of Wildomar as an independent government entity.
Wildomar needed the steady guidance and mature leadership of Sheryl Ade. Unfortunately, the voters of Wildomar went instead for the cheerleading squad from the Wildomar Chamber of Commerce continuation high school.
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