A recent lawsuit filed by the heretofore unknown Alliance for Intelligent Planning, has produced some unusual and inappropriate conduct on the part of Wildomar’s elected officials.
For example, on the day the lawsuit was filed, Mayor Marsha Swanson accosted Sheryl Ade, the as yet only known representative of the plaintiff alliance, using all types of sad histrionics, including tearful begging to stop the lawsuit.
When tears didn’t work, Swanson had the gall to the suggest that Sheryl should “just once, put the community first” cavalierly dismissing Sheryl’s years of activism and volunteerism on behalf of the incorporation committee, among other things.
If it wasn’t for Sheryl’s years of work, Wildomar wouldn’t exist as a city, according to Supervisor Bob Buster.
As recently as yesterday, Councilmember Tim Walker made repeated harassing telephone calls to former Planning Commissioner Gary Andre, seeking to confirm that Andre was a part of the alliance. Walker’s aberrant curiosity was not, however, sated.
Andre has generously spent years of his personal time developing the Butterfield Trails and, more recently, has spent the last several months creating a map of the inadequate infrastructure of the flood control system that currently exists in Wildomar.
Nevertheless, Walker’s ham-handed tactics and abusive treatment of Andre was sufficient to quash Andre’s Spirit of volunteerism and, as a result, Andre took his partially completed work product to City Hall , dropped it on the Assistant City Manager’s desk, and stated that “he was done” with his efforts on behalf of the city.
A special Wildomar Magazine word of thanks to Walker for his human and political sensitivities.
Not surprisingly, the boisterous councilmember could not stop there.
He took it upon himself to advise Andre, assuming he would get the message to Sheryl Ade, that, according to Walker, “Sheryl will never be elected to public office in Wildomar in the future.”
So now, Tim Walker is Wildomar’s official political pundit and is able to proclaim who will or won’t be a viable candidate in the future.
It appears to Zak that the little political clique at City Hall is now infested with a special strain of craziness.
Perhaps, Councilmember Walker, you did not notice that at the recent public event you attended at WRCOG, your boisterous reputation preceded you and no other officials from nearby cities wanted to share a table with you, according to my sources.
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PARANOIA UPDATE: It has further come to Zak’s attention that Andre, several days ago, was meeting with plaintiff counsel Ray Johnson at the subject property to discuss the drainage issue.
Apparently Johnson had convinced Andre to meet with him voluntarily, rather than be forced, by subpoena, to do so. That alone should give a hint to the paranoiacs that Andre is not a party to the litigation.
While discussing the drainage issues at the site, apparently Councilmember Bridgette Moore observed the two men talking and felt self-empowered sufficiently to approach the two men engaged in a private conversation and to demand of Andre as to his authority to discuss anything with plaintiff counsel.
(Apparently, Bridgette forgets that little impediment to her presumed “authority” called the Constitution and Gary Andre’s First Amendment rights to free speech, not to mention free association. )
Perhaps the city attorney could counsel Bridgette regarding the avoidance of any future contact with plaintiff counsel.
Ironically, in a moment of outrageous hypocrisy, Bridgette also apparently forgets that she and former Councilmember Scott Farnam attempted to remove Andre from the Planning Commission for allegedly approaching a residential code violator, as being an act of official malfeasance for improperly acting under the color of authority.
In this case, the City of Wildomar is a party to the actual litigation of the Bundy Canyon Subway project, Councilmember Bridgette Moore has no business making contact with plaintiff counsel on her own. Perhaps, as a result, she has waived some immunities for the City due to her reckless conduct.
In any event, she is being a bully to a private citizen, who has every right to discuss whatever he wants, with whomever he chooses.