Re-Thinking Wildomar….

October 20, 2011

 

…. RIGHT-SIZING WILDOMAR TO REFLECT ECONOMIC REALITIES

I am putting togerther the final elements of a proposed substantial economic  change for Wildomar that will be announced on the front page of Wildomar Magazine on November 06, 2011.

Three + years after incorporation is a good time to pause and consider where Wildomar is and where it is going. It is my intention to do just that, for your thoughtful consideration.

Therefore, in anticipation, I am creating a new category entitled, of all things, “Re-Thinking Wildomar.”

I trust that you will find my propositions meaningful for our community.

Comments can be made to zakturango@excite.com.

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Volunteer Apathy In Wildomar…

October 16, 2011

… AN UGLY REALITY

Although the City of Wildomar appears to be following my previous suggestion regarding their dysfunctional park “system,”  by closing down Windsong Park and Heritage Regency Park, the dilemma of Marna O’Brien Park continues to plague the city’s officials, apparently due to a lack of a sustainable cadre of volunteers to maintain the park.

My original idea was that the grateful parents and their young athletes would be willing to donate their time and efforts to maintain the sole park facility that enabled them to develop and exercise their athletic skills and, at the same time, continue to provide a reasonable measure of access to the park and playground facilities and equipment for the benefit of the rest of the community.

However, the stark reality of the attitudes of some sports leagues comes far short of the Turango ideal. For example, the last City Council agenda packet contains a proposal by one of the sports league’s as to their expectations of what the community should be willing to provide for their particular program, should they be chosen to provide “volunteers” for park maintenance.

Please click on the following link and scroll down to page 63 for confirmation:

http://www.cityofwildomar.org/uploads/files/minutes/10-12-11-cap.pdf

My favorite part of the proposal is the phrase ” closed to the public.”

That kind of attitude seems to justify the “No” votes on Measure D.

Rather than being grateful to the taxpayers for providing the facility, the sports league officials would be willing to exert themselves, but only if it inures to their exclusive benefit.

In the long run, it’s probably good that these attitudes are exposed publicly. Wildomar’s current version of “community” appears to be a little tattered.

Comments can be made to zakturango@excite.com.

Unfortunately, those folks who are trying to organize a financial effort to maintain Marna O’Brien Park by local fund raising have forgotten my prior suggestion and reminder that a proposal was previously made to the City of Wildomar, by private enterprise, that would connect young athletes with members of the community who would be willing to provide individual scholarships in support of their athletic endeavors.

Instead, they insist upon “reinventing the donation wheel.”

They should contact Assistant City Manager Gary Nordquist, who can provide the details.

 


Wildomar City Staffers Need To Attend A…

October 13, 2011

…. WRITER’S COURSE

Apparently the city staffer who authored the staff report for last evening’s City Council meeting, in which the City Council was being asked to authorize city staff to negotiate a Housing Element on their behalf, and which was stated that it would  “take effect immediately” without the appropriate Public Hearing before the citizens of Wildomar, created an unnecessary firestorm with his poorly written staff report.

After a plausible explanation by City Attorney Julie Biggs, and reassurances by City Manager Frank Oviedo, that the process to complete the Housing Element of the General Plan will not be conducted in the dark, in backroom deals and out of the sight of concerned, interested citizens, the City Council approved going forward with what appears to be a cost-saving agreement with the city of Eastvale.

At the end of the day, the responsibility for publishing a poorly written staff report must rest on the desktop of City Manager Frank Oviedo. He should be the final editor of any document prepared and published for public consumption. (See “Review” and “Polish,” above).

Comments can be made to zakturango@excite.com.

Zak can tell you from his own personal experiences, that Wildomar Magazine Senior Editor/ Publisher Gil Rasmussen, gives him Hell every day for minor typos and misstatements.

As result, Wildomar Magazine is a better product and Zak’s readers continue to daily “get more than they pay for.”


Local Fishwrap “Re-Discovers”….

October 12, 2011

…..WILDOMAR

The Press Enterprise has apparently come to its senses and “re-discovered” the City of Wildomar.

Please click on the following link and scroll down to “Communities” to confirm:

http://www.pe.com/

As a result true to its word, Wildomar Magazine will once again recognize the PE as being self-existent and a media entity separate from the Patch.

‘Nuff said.

Comments can be made to zakturango@excite.com.


Bass Ackwards In……

October 10, 2011

….WILDOMAR

On Wednesday evening, October 12, 2011, the Wildomar City Council will be given a choice to approve an agenda item with the following specifically designated tasks, as follows:

Please click on the following link and scroll down to page 88 to read for yourself:

http://www.cityofwildomar.org/uploads/files/minutes/10-12-11-cap.pdf

Task 1) Reach an agreement with Riverside County and WRCOG. This agreement, once received by the state agency, “will be in effect immediately.”

Task 2) Prepare a Housing Needs Assessment.

Task 3) Prepare a vacant and under-utilized land inventory.

Task 4) Develop Housing Grants, Policies and Programs.

Task 5) Public Participation

Task 6) Hand delivery and submittal of the Draft Housing Element to state authorities.

What, pray tell, is wrong with the above picture?

Once Task 1 is completed, nothing else matters, as the agreement “negotiated” by staff, and received by the state agency, will be in effect “immediately.”

In most communities, the General Plan is updated by the Planning Commission and subject to the ultimate authority and approval of the City Council.

However, in Wildomar, the political naifs who occupy the City Council seats, save for Bob Cashman, may be willing to abdicate their electoral responsibilities to non-elected staff members and contract employees.

Therefore, in the opinion of the Zak Turango, the Task Schedule may be incomplete, depending on the City Council vote on Wednesday evening.

Task 7) Recall  any Councilmember who votes “aye” to abdicate their obligation and responsibilities which they swore, under oath, to perform.

Task -8) Terminate all city executives.

Task 9) Terminate all contracts/agreements with Interwest and PMC.

Comments can be made to zakturango@excite.com.

Delaying Task 5 for Public Participation is an outrage. The City of Wildomar has known of this Housing Element issue for several years. It should not now be an emergency item.

The Housing Element is about increasing densities to more than 20 dwelling units per acre in Wildomar. Most tract homes in subdivisions have a density of approximately 4 1/2 dwelling units per acre.

This could result in nothing but low-income apartments being built in Wildomar in the future.

These decisions should not be left up to employees and contract employees.


A Corporate Coup d’ Etat…….

October 9, 2011

 

….. PROPOSED BY CITY STAFF

City staff has proposed an item for the City Council’s consideration and approval on Wednesday evening, October 12, 2011, all in the name of saving a few bucks, that, if approved, will eventuate in turning Wildomar into a high density urban community of primarily low income apartments, forever destroying the rural atmosphere and low crime environment we currently enjoy.

City Staff proposes that the City Council relinquish and voluntarily abdicate their authority, and that of the Planning Commission, to City Manager Frank Oviedo, and contract staffers from PMC, in both Wildomar and Eastvale communities, in order to “forever” establish the “quantity”of living units, including apartments, that will eventually teem within Wildomar’s borders.

City Staff is currently running around with their hair on fire in an attempt to have a “Public Hearing” on November 02, 2011, which will be no more than a bullet-pointed PowerPoint presentation, with little opportunity for informed public input.

Therefore, there being little time for any else, including complicated explanations, it is important for the citizens of Wildomar to attend the Wednesday evening City Council meeting for the purpose of vigorously objecting to the real estate and developer interests fast tracking this proposal, all in the name of saving a few bucks by sharing Eastvale’s contract employees.

It appears that City Staff is attempting to usurp the authority of our elected officials, whose naïveté and ignorance which has been the fodder for many satirical pieces on Wildomar Magazine, but now threatens the very essence of rural Wildomar.

Unfortunately, Wildomar’s use of contract employees has evolved into something evil.

Comments can be made to zakturango@excite.com.


“That Dog Won’t…

October 6, 2011

 

… HUNT”

Quoting an old Southern idiom that a statement is flawed is ironically yet properly applied, by Zak, to today’s Lake Elsinore/Wildomar Patch article about dogs collected at the Animal Friends of the Valley’s (“AFV”) Taj Mahal-ish facility located in Wildomar.

Please click on the following link to read the article, if you haven’t done so already:

http://lakeelsinore-wildomar.patch.com/articles/lake-elsinore-wildomar-biggest-contributors-of-unwanted-pets

As a public service, Zak will take the numbers from the article, as provided by the shelter itself, in order to take you to a different conclusion than that intended by the article.

Notice, if you will, that the numbers provided lump Lake Elsinore  and Wildomar together without any justification, other than the obvious fact that they are adjacent to one another.

Is this reflection that the staff and leadership of AFV consider that Lake Elsinore and Wildomar are communities cut from the same fabric? If so, then Wildomar’s Code Enforcement and Planning Commission, and ultimately the City Council, are not doing their jobs to elevate the standards of our Wildomar community above that of Sh*tville.

Back to the numbers. “According to the Wildomar-based shelter’s records, a total of 994 dogs and 1,265 cats from both Lake Elsinore and Wildomar were put down at the facility during the 2010-11 fiscal year.

Lake Elsinore was the bigger contributor, with 659 dogs and 666 cats.

But for such a tiny city, Wildomar has a sizeable unwanted cat problem, with 599 felines euthanized during the year, as compared to 335 dogs.”

 Obviously,  the good thinking folks that adopt a shelter dog, rather than purchasing a new puppy from a pet store, and pay fees to AFV to do so, is an internal matter of finances for the shelter. Their fees for adoption should reflect the costs of sheltering animals until they are adopted.

Zak is solely concerned with those animals which are left to be disposed by the taxpayers of Wildomar and must be dealt with, as mandated by state law.

Wildomar paid AFV $262,300 for the year 2009-2010 to kill the 335 dogs that did not get adopted.

Doing the simple math, that means that the taxpayers of Wildomar are paying $782.98 to the AFV, for each dog that is not adopted out.

Assuming the same number of dogs will be disposed of for 2011-2012, Wildomar will be paying $1057.61 for each dog euthanized.

And, as they say in the South, “that dog won’t hunt.”

There must be a better way to deal with problem of animal control, and apparently no one, except Zak, seems to be willing to do so.

Comments can be made to zakturango@excite.com.