I recently doublechecked the Riverside County Grand Jury website to see if the City of Wildomar had ever formally responded to the Grand Jury’s Report for 2011-2012, issued to the public on April 23, 2012, and which required a formal response from the City of Wildomar by July 17, 2012.
Not surprisingly, the City of Wildomar has apparently taken a dismissive attitude toward the Grand Jury’s findings, declaring itself, by its actions or inactions, in this case, to be beyond the scrutiny of a duly-constituted Watchdog body, convened under the auspices of the Riverside County Superior Court.
If you haven’t done so already, please click on the following link to read the Grand Jury Report for yourself, as follows:
At the center of the investigation is the relationship between the City of Wildomar and Diamond W Events (“Diamond”).
If you’re not aware, Diamond is the corporation connected to Community Services Manager, Paula Willette, and which is the contractual vehicle through which Willette is paid for her services as a contract vendor, not an employee.
Entity Name: DIAMOND W EVENTS INC.
Entity Number: C3113350
Date Filed: 10/21/2009
Entity City, State, Zip: WILDOMAR CA 92595
Agent for Service of Process: PAULA WILLETTE
Agent Address: XXXXXXXXXXX
Agent City, State, Zip: WILDOMAR CA 92595
After completing their investigation, the Riverside County Grand Jury concluded that the City of Wildomar did not adhere to their own written policies and procedures when they contracted directly with Diamond.
It appears that Wildomar’s City Manager Frank Oviedo is willing to ignore the Riverside County Grand Jury in order to preserve the services of his own personal “gofer.”
Whenever there is any duty or position that needs to be addressed, Oviedo is able to hand it over to Willette on his behalf.
The dark side of this contractual relationship is found in the current language of the current parcel tax measure, Measure Z, where the tax revenue produced by the proposed $28 per year parcel tax goes far beyond the original park maintenance fiscal requirements, which previously financially supported the duties of Community Services Manager Willette, and which will likely expand Willette’s “duties” under the guise of “restore funding for recreational services/community events…,” according to the city’s latest “informational” brochure.
Can you say dance and sewing lessons?
Does Wildomar even need to facilitate dance and sewing lessons?
In my opinion, the vehemence with which Wildomar City Councilmember Bridgette Moore supports the fiscally risky Measure Z (if it fails, perhaps another $100,000 will have been wasted, just like Measure D wasted $100,000 in June 2011) is to bolster the employment status of her friend and political ally, Paula Willette.
Perhaps, after all, the City of Wildomar is willing to cavalierly dismiss the Riverside County Grand Jury by failing to timely submit a written response in order to keep their future options open (such as hiring Willette as an employee without opening the position to the general public).
Wildomar’s elected officials and City Staff should be embarrassed.
But rogues generally revel in their bad-*ss attitude.
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