Where The Hell Is Wildomar’s….

 

…OLD TOWN?

Ironically, the most visible and recognizable piece of Wildomar’s history (the David A. Brown House) has wheels under it. If the history of Wildomar mattered, this house would have been relocated, and preserved, a long time ago.

The Southern California Association of Governments (“SCAG”), through their Compass Blueprint Development Project grant program, has provided a grant of up to $125,000 to the city of Wildomar for the defined purpose to “identify the historic “Old Town” area of Wildomar in the center of the City near Central and Palomar.”

Please click on the city’s press release of last year for context:

http://www.cityofwildomar.org/uploads/files/press-releases/Press%20Release%20Compass%20Blue%20Print.pdf

In reality, after incorporation in 2008, the original discussion relative to the Compass Blueprint program was to identify and develop a “town center,” not an “old town.”

A “Community Visioning Session” has been scheduled for September 22, 2012, according to a flyer published on the City of Wildomar’s website titled, “Create a Vision for Wildomar’s Old Town.”

Please click on the following link to view the flyer for yourself:

http://www.cityofwildomar.org/uploads/files/notices/Wildomar-Visioning-Meeting.pdf

Unfortunately for the history buffs, there is no “historic” old town in Wildomar to identify.

It probably never existed.

Most of the historic free-standing buildings,  have long since disappeared, generally through fire or disuse.

Unlike Temecula or Murrieta, who each had a recognizable core of historic buildings with which to develop their version of “Old Town,” Wildomar is an unremarkable collection of unremarkable street intersections.

Should the central core of Wildomar be Palomar at Central?

Palomar at Gruwell?

Central at Grand?

Clinton Keith at Palomar?

Unfortunately, for those interested in attending the Community Visioning Session,  the “brainstorming session” will be artificially limited to “jotting down your ideas for the Wildomar Old Town Vision.”

It appears that the “die has been cast” by someone’s preconceived idea for the future of Wildomar.

In fact, there is already a theme for the vision, to whit; “Building on our history to create a heart for our community.”

Fortunately, for those interested in attending and participating in the Community Visioning Session, there  are guidelines/ rules for this process.

Current City Councilmembers and current Planning Commissioners may attend the Session to observe, but they cannot overtly participate in the discussions, as they will be the appointed and elected officials who will ultimately convene as Planning Commissioners and city councilmembers to deliberate and vote on the implementation of the Community Vision.

As result, and despite the propaganda-like efforts of the undisclosed creator of the flyer on the city’s website, the creation of a Knott’s Berry Farm in Wildomar is not a foregone conclusion.

At the conclusion of the Community Visioning Session, it may turn out that the “heart of the community” is a forward-looking strategy for the modest development of a pleasant community core that will enhance the future of Wildomar.

Comments can be made to zakturango@excite.com.

This community event was originally posted only on the city’s Facebook page, providing notification only to those citizens who monitor the social network. However, after some scathing commentary directed at city staff by a community activist, this meeting is now being advertised in a more community-friendly venue.

If you want to read the scathing comments, please click on the following to the city’s Facebook page, as follows:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/cityof.wildomar

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