Thank Goodness We Stopped The 500 Great Day of Service “Volunteers”….

June 29, 2013

…FROM PLANTING GRASS SEED IN OUR PARKS ON JUNE 01, 2013

‘Cause if we hadn’t, all of the new grass would be dead this weekend, killed by the heat wave!!

‘Nuff said.

 Comments can be made to zakturango@excite.com.

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Why Does Wildomar Gets Sued So Often?…

June 29, 2013

…BECAUSE THEIR STAFF CAN’T DO SIMPLE MATH!!

Next Wednesday evening, a small, yet environmentally significant proposed development will come before the City of Wildomar Planning Commission for consideration  and approval.

However, the  Planning Department is apparently assuming that the Planning Commissioners will fail to properly exercise their mathematical skills in their deliberations.

For example, the project proposes to break up an existing 5 acre parcel into 10 individual 1/2 acre parcels, which is the minimum size allowed under  the Low Density Residential (“LDR”) land-use designation for the property.

Please click on the following link to the planning commission agenda for confirmation:

http://www.cityofwildomar.org/uploads/files/minutes/PC-Agenda-7-3-13.pdf

In what appears to be a misrepresentation by whomever  prepared the agenda, Item 2.3 considers the application for a subdivision of “5.0 acres into 10 lots for future single-family residential development.” Dividing  5.0 acres into 10 lots equals .5 acres per lot, which is permissible under the LDR.

However, the actual size of the parcel is 4.8 acres, which if divided  into 10 parcels equals .48 acre per lot and is, therefore, categorically less than the .5 acre minimum size required.

This doesn’t mean that the landowner cannot exercise his own private property rights to develop his own land; What it does mean is that he should have to reconfigure and reduce his proposed Tract Map to no more then 9 lots, making each lot to be .53 acres.

However, there are other much more nuanced issues that will result in litigation, if the Planning Commission fails to protect the citizens of Wildomar from substandard development/developers.

It is stated in the Agenda Packet the  applicant does not intend to build residential structures that would/should conform to the architectural standards of the existing homes that will be immediately adjacent to the proposed subdivision, if the planning commissioners are doing their jobs properly.

In fact, the developer states that he intends to sell each of the lots, if approved, to individuals.

Unfortunately, that would expose this attractive neighborhood to the prospect that, under current California law, a future property owner could legally put a mobile home on his 1/2 acre property, to the economic detriment of the existing homeowners.

 In addition, it appears that the someone has imported soils onto the property and has filled a naturally- occurring water pond (which fills during our “rainy” season), which has been reported to entertain migrant ducks traveling south  along the Pacific Flyway, raising a question of environmental concerns.

The Planning Commission  deliberations will be observed by concerned citizens next Wednesday evening to monitor their basic math skills, not to mention the performance of their duties on behalf of the  citizens of Wildomar.

 Comments can be made to  zakturango@excite.com.

 Apparently at Wildomar City Hall, 4.8 equals 5.0. How simple is that?

 If the Planning Commissioners and city Council members  don’t properly exercise their powers and obligations to protect the private property interests of the nearby property owners, private citizens will have no choice but to use the Courts to do so.


Wildomar Paying Over $300,000 More Than Necessary…

June 27, 2013

… TO BE A PART OF THE ANIMAL FRIENDS

As the old saying goes, “With friends like these, who needs…?”

 Last evening, at the Wildomar Special City Council meeting to publicly review and approve the City of Wildomar’s new two-year budget plan (Fiscal  Years 2013-14 & 2014-15),  Yours Truly once again took to the public dais  and lobbied for establishment of Wildomar’s own municipal animal control  department in order to replace its current overly-expensive relationship with the Animal Friends of the Valleys/Southwest  Communities Finance Authority,

Yesterday afternoon, City Manager Gary Nordquist released a document created by Finance Director Misty Cheng, in response to my written proposal submitted at the initial  Budget Review, conducted several months ago.

In my own response to the City’s response, I addressed the City Council, speaking from the following prepared notes,  which are now submitted for your review, Dear Reader, as follows:

“According to a city-produced document, titled “Animal Sheltering and Control Cost Options,” created as a Draft for June 26, 2013 presentation, the following City Estimate to provide animal control services, is as follows:

$283,643

 This amount is contrasted and compared with the “Proposed 2013-14 Budget,” as follows:

$360,852 

(The above figure is modified/reduced by an $83,448 “38% DIF payment.)

The Proposed 2013-14 Budget omits an important entry from the 2012-13 Budget, which states “less animal licensing fees of $80,000.”

By applying the same $83,448 “38% DIF payment” to the City Estimate of $283,643, the net amount of animal control costs is actually $200,195.

In addition, if the $80,000 in animal license fees, which is currently ceded to the Animal Friends shelter, the additional revenue would further reduce the net cost for animal control services to a net total of $120,195.

In contrast, if $80,000 in lost revenue is properly added to the $360,852 proposed in the 2013-14 budget,  rather than be omitted the net cost for animal control services for the next year would be  a whopping $440,852.

Therefore, the actual difference in the net cost of providing animal control services within the City of Wildomar, as opposed to continuing to participate with the Animal Friends JPA, is a significant savings of $320,657.

It is my recommendation, following the approval of the proposed budget this evening, that a study session be convened within the next 60 days to diligently review all aspects of this comparison for future Council consideration.”

In the City Council discussion that followed,  Wildomar City councilmember Ben Benoit  suggested the formation of a subcommittee of himself and one other city councilmember  to further explore the financial and legal ramifications of my proposal.

Mayor Tim Walker also joined with Benoit and voiced a  desire for further examination of the potential benefits.

For additional comments from Councilmember Benoit and Mayor Walker, please click on the  link to the  Lake Elsinore/Wildomar Patch, as follows:

http://lakeelsinore-wildomar.patch.com/groups/breaking-news/p/wildomar-city-council-passes-11-million-budget

Comments can be made to zakturango@excite.com.


The Embarrazzment of…

June 25, 2013

… MEAZURE Z RICHEZ

Ever thankful for the legal requirement to publicize, in writing, a municipal government’s plans and intentions for the expenditure of it’s taxpayers hard-earned tax dollars, the just-published City of Wildomar Budget for the fiscal year 2014 & 15 exhibits a deplorable, yet not altogether unexpected plan to spend extraordinary amounts of taxpayer dollars to celebrate the extraordinary 6th anniversary/birthday party  on July 01, 2014.

Please click on the following link to the 2014-15 budget (and scroll down to page 155) to confirm the extravagance :

http://www.cityofwildomar.org/uploads/files/minutes/06-26-13-cap.pdf

 After several years of celebratory sanity  including this year, when the City of Wildomar will modestly and appropriately celebrate its birthday with free coffee and cake during a break in next Wednesday evening’s “Special” City Council meeting, we  will apparently return to the era of juvenile pre-pubescent party excesses by spending $10,000 to celebrate Wildomar’s all-important  6th anniversary of incorporation at  Marna O’Brien Park.

 Quite obviously, the reason that the  juvenile frenzy will be held at Marna O’Brien Park is to link it to Measure Z funds under “park-related activities.”

 It will be interesting to see if the Citizens Park Oversight Committee addresses this fiscal excess, or if it will join  the Wildomar City Council by putting on it’s own poodle skirts, presumably rented and paid for under the authority of Measure Z.

 Perhaps, although we’re not holding our breath, Mayor Walker,  who ran for office on his self-defined reputation as a “conservative,” might even object  to a $10,000  birth day celebration.

 Comments can be made to zakturango@excite.com


Hiding Santa To Avoid Embarrassing…

June 24, 2013

…MEMORIES

Apparently, the City of Wildomar continues to be sufficiently embarrassed by the revelation of “mishandling” of City money after last year’s Breakfast With Santa fiasco, which was uncovered by the “original” Citizens Oversight Committee of One, Yours Truly.

(See Wildomar Magazine Archives on February 6,2013, “Santa’s Slush Fund Exposed,’ for the historic details, as follows:)

https://wildomarmagazine.wordpress.com/2013/02/

The recently released City of Wildomar budget for 2013-14 & 2014-15 contains a budget allocation for each year of $500 for an event to be held at Marna O’Brien Park (in order to qualify for Measure Z funding), which will be celebrated instead as “Winter Breakfast.”

please click on the link to the City of Wildomar budget (and scroll down to page 155) to confirm:

http://www.cityofwildomar.org/uploads/files/minutes/06-26-13-cap.pdf

Despite the municipal embarrassment, the juvenile adolescent females on the City Council dais (at my last count, there are  at least four of them) are  determined to have their  parties.

Comments can be made to zakturango@excite.com.

As long as Wildomar magazine exists, there is no place for juvenile adolescent females to hide their silly Santas.


Wildomar Budgets A 34.5% Increase For…

June 22, 2013

…ANIMAL FRIENDS OF THE VALLEYS

The  City of Wildomar released its 2013-14 budget late Friday evening, in preparation for next Wednesday evening’s Special City Council Meeting, proposing a budget allocation of $445,300 for “animal control  services.”

The budget document itself notes that this is a 34.5 % increase over the 2012-13 budget allocation for the same animal control services of $331,000.

The “bottom line” number of $445,300  is actually the “next to the bottom line” number, when we include the $80,000 in license fees which are  annually ceded to Animal Friends of the Valleys , making the actual “bottom line” figure to be $525,300.

As a result, the City of Wildomar is spending in excess of  $500,000 to corral 997 dogs and 779 cats (in 2012).

Comments can be made to zakturango@excite.com.

If you wish to examine the proposed budget for yourself, and Wildomar Magazine prefers that you do,  please click on the following link:

http://www.cityofwildomar.org/uploads/files/minutes/06-26-13-cap.pdf


Keeping Wildomar “Rural”…

June 20, 2013

HEROES AND VILLAINS

In the seemingly perpetual battle between the pro-development forces in Wildomar and the common resident/citizen who wishes to continue to enjoy Wildomar’s small-town “feel,” it doesn’t hurt to delineate and to define the heroes and villains that are promoting or destroying our more placid lifestyle.

The list of combatants are, as follows:

Villains:

1)  Wildomar city councilmember Bridgette Moore (based on her “aye” vote on the Oak Creek Canyon project).
2)  Wildomar Mayor pro tem Marsha Swanson (based on her  “aye” vote on the Oak Creek Canyon project).
3)  Wildomar Mayor Tim Walker ( based on his  “aye” vote on the Oak Creek Canyon project).
4)   Wildomar city councilmember Ben Benoit ( based on his “aye” vote on the Oak Creek  Canyon project).
5)  Wildomar Planning Commissioner Bob Devine (a Bob Cashman appointee, based on his “aye” vote on the Oak Creek Canyon project).
6)  Wildomar Planning Commissioner Stan Smith ( a Ben Benoit appointee, based on his “aye” vote on the Oak Creek Canyon project).
7)  Wildomar Planning Commissioner Veronica Langworthy (a Tim Walker appointee, based on her “aye”  vote on the Oak Creek Canyon project).

For confirmation of the above votes, please click on the following links to the Lake Elsinore/Wildomar Patch and the Press Enterprise, as follows:

http://lakeelsinore-wildomar.patch.com/groups/business-news/p/large-scale-wildomar-development-clears-first-major-hurdle

http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/wildomar/wildomar-headlines/20130522-wildomar-275-unit-oak-creek-canyon-development-okd.ece

Heroes:

1)  Wildomar city councilmember Bob Cashman (based on his “no” vote on the Oak Creek Canyon project).
2)  Citizens for  Quality Development (based on their lawsuit filed to challenge the approval of the Oak Creek Canyon project).

Missing In Action:

1) Wildomar Planning Commission Vice-Chair Michael Kazmier (based on his absence on the night of the vote on the Oak Creek Canyon project).
2)  Wildomar Planning Commissioner Bobby Swann (based on his absence on the night of the vote on the Oak Creek Canyon project).

 I guess that we will have to wait for the vote on the Lennar project  ( described below) to see which side of our community that   Kazmier and Swann will represent with their next vote.

As you contemplate the aforementioned list, lest you think that their votes, or absences, are unimportant you need to know, Dear Reader, that a  Lennar Communities project which intends to wrap 4 two-story homes around the backyard pool of an existing single-family residence on acreage) is currently in the comment stage of the development process.

If the elected and appointed officials are unable to recall or understand visioning process, where citizens of the newly- incorporated City of Wildomar adamantly stated that their intention was to retain the rural atmosphere, it then falls to groups like Citizens for Quality Development to influence the adverse outcomes, even if it means litigation.

please click on the following link to the Lake Elsinore/Wildomar Patch, to confirm:

http://lakeelsinore-wildomar.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/wildomar-considering-changing-a-rural-residential-area-to-allow-for-more-homes

Comments can be made to zakturango@excite.com.

 For your own edification, focus on the  upper “right angle” in the proposed map and you can see be existing homesite that will be thoughtlessly engulfed by this project.