Living Well In….

April 17, 2014

…PLEASANTVILLE

An unsolicited update for the readers of Wildomar Magazine.

Sheryl and I have been enjoying our new residence in a Senior (55 years +) Community in Hemet since December 2013. After completing the always exhausting rigors of moving, we eventually processed the stack of boxes in our new home and have settled into a pleasant, daily routine for our still-busy lives.

We live in community that has a plethora of nearby eating establishments, when my limited cooking and grilling skills are uninteresting to the joint palate, not to mention a variety of shopping choices for our personal and residential needs.

After taking a permanent,  salaried position with my employer,  whose corporate offices are located in Houston Texas,  I found that the demands of  handling a full-time  claims desk, even  if it’s a desk in my home office with no commute anywhere, exceeded the abilities and capabilities of my age and physical status  (almost  5 years post–stroke),  so I  formally semi-retired, returning to  a much more flexible and less demanding  status as an independent adjuster, completing  limited task field assignments for the same company, as well as another related  company.

As a result, I am in complete control of my work schedule  and my stress level is happily appropriate for an active 67-year-old senior citizen.

In addition, despite the physical distance from Wildomar (approximately 25 miles), my interest in things Wildomar  has properly waned to the extent that, although I continue to monitor  the limited news outlets for information about Wildomar, as well as maintaining daily, personal contacts persons whom I count  important, I am still able to maintain a reduced presence on Wildomar  Magazine, publishing articles and providing information and commentary when I moved to do so.

Filling the void which was previously occupied  by publishing a WM article 2-3 times per week , I have begun work on my personal Vietnam memoir  for my son and grandson. Perhaps, depending on my happiness with my expanding work product, I may upload  portions of  my memories onto Page 2 , ” Vietnam, 1968 ; A Year  For A Lifetime.”  However, since the format of a larger  creative work, such as a personal memoir, is not the same as a  “stand alone” article written for a WM format, I’m not certain that  it would be as effective as I would like it to be.

In any event,  I’m certainly not going to  stress about it. Eventually, the entire memoir will be completed, published and made available, in its entirety,  to any interested readers.

At the end of the day, after one-third of a year in our new home, we are pleased and quite satisfied with our decision to move to “our” portion of Pleasantville.

Comments can be made to zakturango@excite.com.

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Political Piggery At the Political…..

April 16, 2014

…TROUGH

According to documents just received from the City Clerk of the City of Wildomar, in response to my Public Records Act request, the aforementioned Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast was attended by 6 members of city staff, at taxpayers expense, including the following:

1). City Manager
2). City Clerk
3). Planning
4). Engineering
5). Two other unidentified personnel

At a cost of $12 per person for “members,” the taxpayers of Wildomar ponied up a total of $72 for a greasy breakfast at a Lake Elsinore greasy spoon for the purpose of “networking.”

While attendance by the City Manager might, under certain circumstances, be appropriate, what possible benefit to the City of Wildomar is attendance by the City Clerk, Planning and Engineering Department personnel, not to mention the loss of employee productivity, while they were absent from their work stations?

In the future, city staffers who are active Chamber  members, should be required to pay for their own meals (and submit an expense reimbursement  request, justifying a legitimate city business reason to attend) and request time away from their desks by using accrued vacation time, or personal time, or at the very least, Leave Without  Pay (“LWOP”).

However, the requested documentation also displayed the exorbitant cost to the City of Wildomar taxpayers for the purchase of not one, but two tables, at the Chamber’s Annual Installation dinner.

On February 11, 2014, the City of Wildomar purchased a table for 8 persons, at a cost of$630, and again on February 25, 2014, paid an additional $580 for another 8 persons to attend the “black tie optional” affair, including the following:

1). City Manager (for two seats)
2). City Clerk
3). Planning
4). Planning Commission (for four  seats)

 It is likely that the first table for 8 was occupied by City Councilmembers and their spouses for an evening of political piggery at the preeminent political trough  and, once again, at the expense of the taxpayers of the City of Wildomar.

If the members of the small but indulgent political clique want to abuse their  recommended caloric intake  limitations for healthy people (approximately 2000 calories per day), they should do so at their own personal risk and expense.

Suffice it to say that the ultimate responsibility  for this unrestrained “snacking attitude” rests with the City Council, and their employers, the voting taxpayers of the City of Wildomar.

Comments can be made to zakturango@excite.com.

The next time the City Council blames the lack of funding on any City of Wildomar operational deficit,  consider their spending habits, their expenditure of more than $1300 for food in February/March alone.

If my memory doesn’t fail me,  didn’t the City of Wildomar boast rather loudly about a $1765 surplus at the end of fiscal year 2012? So much for thrift!

http://blog.pe.com/politics/2013/01/10/wildomar-modest-surplus-in-new-city/

For the record, the  Press Enterprise reporter  is incorrect  in stating that the  $1700 savings is a  “per month”  savings, and not an “end of budget” year surplus.


Changing Wildomar’s Ranch Community…One High Density….

April 3, 2014

…PROJECT AFTER ANOTHER

The freshly constituted five-member Wildomar Planning Commission voted 4-1  to allow Rancon Development to move forward with a General Plan Amendment with the ultimate intention of building a high density residential project on land currently intended for half acre parcel minimums.

According to a blog by Joseph Morabito, who attended the meeting and reported on the issue, only Planning Commissioner Veronica Langworthy, who lives in the ranch community, voted against the request.

Please follow the link to his blog, for context:

http://wildomarrap.blogspot.com/2014/04/planning-commission-highlights-now.html

Unfortunately, once the developer has completed his application, as in the past, the majority of the Wildomar City Council will eventually approve the high-density  project, citing the expense the developer has incurred in the application process as their justification for doing so .

As a result, the face and personality of Wildomar will forever be changed by high-density development .

Comments can be made to zakturango@excite.com.

 The November 2014 election appears to be  ranch-style Wildomar’s last chance to save itself from the current  Wildomar City Council and their pro-development  Planning Commissioner appointees and City Staff.

Eventually, even the “litigation community activists” will grow weary of  trying to spare Wildomar from it’s self-fulfilling prophecy.