When Politicians Are Out Of Office For Very Long…



Unfortunately for former Murrieta city councilmember, Doug McAllister, his recent sad, pathetic revision of Wildomar history cannot stand the glare of exposure from his own former city’s Council minutes.

In the recent “news memory” submitted to the San Diego Union Tribune, current publisher of the Californian, McAllister attempted to rewrite his own involvement in the annexation attempt by the City of Murrieta over the southern portion of the then unincorporated community of Wildomar.

So grab a Kleenex and click on the following link to McAllister’s pathetic rewrite:


1). McAllister’s misstatements(in “quotes”), with facts/corrections (in blue italics):

      a). “I was deciding vote on virtually everything… Among the most intense was the debate as to whether Murrieta should annex Wildomar.”

(According to the Murrieta city Council minutes of February 15, 2005, the following, ” Mayor Van Haaster gave an update regarding Wildomar annexation  and stated that due to the issue being politicized, he will be asking to agendize the complete withdrawal of the proposal for Wildomar annexation.”

      b.) “Targeted for dis-incorporation by the State and relentlessly swarmed by forces of the bullying brand that bizarrely desires Wildomar’s demise, the “little city that could” has consistently overcome over- the-top obstacles. They’re living proof that real leadership makes a difference.”

(Such political paranoia!! State-driven disincorporation? Swarmed by Bullies? Real leadership? These comments sound like desperate “pickup lines” at a League of Cities after-hours cocktail party.)

In addition to the above, the last known formal inter-city interaction between McAllister and the City of Wildomar occurred last June 2012 when representatives of the City of Wildomar presented a reasonable “population count” alternative to the present “animal count” protocol to the Governing Board of the Southwest Communities Finance Authority, the Joint Powers Agency for the Animal Friends of the Valleys.

After a thoughtful presentation by then Assistant City Manager, Gary Nordquist, McAllister quickly dashed any hope for reconsideration by declaring that City Council of Murrieta would rebuff any such proposal and, as a result, could and would exercise its single-vote veto.

As a result, Wildomar remains the “little city that can’t afford its animal shelter,” ultimately leaving secession from the Authority as the only means of saving $250,000-$300,000 per year by hiring its own animal control officer.

I know of no particular reason for Doug McAllister to write this particular piece of fiction. However, given the extent of the fallacious content, I thought it necessary to respond and clarify this part of Wildomar’s history.

Comments can be made to zakturango@excite.com.

If you so desire, and you should click on the following link to the City of Murrieta minutes, for February 15, 2005 and March 01, 2005 for confirmation and context:



For even more historical reading on the subject, please click on the following:



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