A very unusual service club phenomenon is occurring in our midst.
The Wildomar Chamber of Commerce has yet to announce all of the various winners of the “….Of The Year” categories, either holding out for maximum anticipation and dramatic tension, or because they are afraid that they will be mocked on the pages of Wildomar Magazine for their choices.
However, certain winners, such as the Animal Friends of the Valleys (“AFV”) couldn’t wait for the announcement so they made it themselves. AFV has declared on their Facebook page that they are the winners of the Wildomar Chamber of Commerce “Non-Profit Organization Of The Year” award for 2012.
Please click on the following link to confirm (you’ll have to be logged into your Facebook account to do so):
What makes this choice so curious is the timing of their selection. As you know, if you are a regular reader of Wildomar Magazine, AFV has been undergoing a well-deserved and long overdue scrutiny in the local media, of late, which has revealed the allocation disparity between the various cities that participate in the Southwest Communities Finance Authority (“JPA”), especially the negative economic impact on Wildomar.
In Wildomar’s case, it appears that Wildomar is unfairly burdened with the allocation based on the unproven, theoretical “Animal Count,” rather than the more reasonable “Population Count,” to the extent that Wildomar unfairly pays 2 1/2 times more than they should to be a part of this organization.
Unfortunately for Wildomar, no one on the City Council appears to care about the situation.
As a result of the increased scrutiny, it appears that the Wildomar Chamber of Commerce is now in a “circle the wagons” protective mode, fearful that the idea of scrutiny, once unthinkable for the AFV, might actually gain some traction, especially in Wildomar, and especially in an election year.
However, the mis-identified Wildomar Chamber of Commerce can circle their wagons all they want. Wildomar’s secession from the AFV/JPA is going to be “front and center” in the upcoming election, as is the unthinking, unabashed, and unwarranted support of the AFV/JPA by the Wildomar City Council incumbents who have foolishly bound Wildomar’s economic destiny to this unfair process.
The evidence that the various Chambers of Commerce have no respect for city’s boundaries is the fact that Animal Friends of the Valleys has been the “Non-Profit Of The Year” for the following years and chapters:
1) 2008, Lake Elsinore Chamber of Commerce “Non-Profit Of The Year.’
2) 2009, Lake Elsinore Chamber of Commerce “Non-Profit Of The Year.’
3) 2009, Wildomar Chamber of Commerce “Non-Profit Of The Year.” (Yep, a twofer. Apparently some members voted twice).
4) 2010, nominated for Wildomar Chamber of Commerce”Non-Profit Of The Year.”
5) 2012,Wildomar Chamber of Commerce “Non-Profit Of The Year.”
Apparently, there are no other nonprofit organizations who are qualified for recognition in either city.
One of my concerns about this overly-feted organization is the fact, according to their budget for 2012-13, that they are planning on spending $1,191,432 in salaries for humans, primarily for directors, managers and supervisors, but only spending $714,768 for animals, for “sheltering services.”
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If you ever watch old Western movies, sometimes circled wagons didn’t work all that well as a defense strategy.