…WILDOMAR CITY HALL
During a “normal” election cycle, incumbent politicians are able to rely on their built-in advantage of the political apparatus to support their re-elections.
However, within the context of the last election cycle, where two unknown candidates, who expended little campaign effort, gathered more votes collectively than did Wildomar’s two most popular politicians, indicating a high degree of dissatisfaction with politics as usual in Wildomar, there seems to be heightened concerns at City Hall.
In this election cycle, it is evident that former Planning Commissioner Gary Andre’s run for a City Council seat apparently represents a threat to the status quo.
For example, within days of turning in his endorsement signatures, Andre received a telephone call from Council member Tim Walker accusing Andre of photographing his property on Palomar Road. In response, Andre simply denied the accusation as being baseless and untrue but it raises the question that perhaps the long-known rumors of code violations at the Walker residence are, after all, true.
Those alleged code violations relate to people occupying and living in recreational trailers parked for storage on the property, as well as multiple commercial vehicles, apparently related to Walker’s personal business, being permanently parked on a rural property.
Can we suggest Paranoia?
In addition, Andre was recently, if not coincidentally, contacted by Wildomar’s code enforcement officer over a long-standing safety wall Andre had built on his personal residence, with the appropriate permission from Riverside County , to prevent out-of-control automobiles from striking his personal residence (the safety wall has been struck five times).
Oddly, after being presented with the Riverside County permit documents, the code enforcement officer told Andre that he would make his report to the Planning Director, confirming the labyrinthine and political chain of command that exists at City Hall. Usually, a code enforcement officer reports directly to the City Manager and not the Planning Director.
Or just closes his properly reviewed and completed complaint file.
Further, when Andre sought and received permission to put up a political sign in a personal friend’s business in Wildomar, the business was contacted by pro- incumbent individuals who threatened an economic boycott of the business if the campaign signs were allowed to remain.
Fearfully, and for good reason as he does business with the city, the proprietor asked Andre to remove his, signs, which he did.
Finally, at least until today, is the latest Facebook effort of the “shadow government” organization that promotes it’s own member candidates, without admitting to its incestuous relationship with City Hall.
The Wildomar Chamber of Commerce , whose monthly breakfasts feed City Hall staffers on the taxpayer’s dollar has, once again, set itself up as the political forum moderator of choice in Wildomar , even though the majority of its members, operate and reside outside the city limits of Wildomar. This, in itself, is not unusual as this happens throughout Southwest Riverside County. However, you are invited to click on the link to the Wildomar Candidate Form Facebook page , where you can monitor the unfiltered personal attacks , posed as “legitimate” questions anticipation of the September 23, 2014 forum, as follows:
According to one questioner, she has an unusual interest in the physical and mental well-being of the candidates, as if this election is vetting the next president of the United States.
Since Gary Andre has been physically disabled for a long period of time, the following question is disingenuously posed , “Have any of you ever had, or do any of you currently have any mental… health issues, drug or alcohol addiction? Do any of you currently take painkiller medication on a daily, or regular, basis that could potentially interfere in making sound decisions?” should only be perceived by most rational voters as an unwarranted intrusion into Andre’s personal medical history.
The Facebook page does not identify who is the administrator of the page, but it clearly links itself to the Wildomar Chamber of Commerce website.
Perhaps someone at the Chamber should monitor this Facebook page for its level of political decency before this campaign becomes a cesspool of personal attacks.
Or, publicly disavow the Facebook page.
After all, the election should be about who can best represent the interests of the Citizens of Wildomar.
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UPDATE (As of 07:30 AM on August 26, 201): I checked the Wildomar Candidate Forum Facebook page this morning and the aforementioned anti-privacy and anti-disability question has been appropriately removed. It’s good to see that the Facebook page administrators are paying attention.
UPDATE UPDATED (As of last evening on August 27, 2014): At the behest of another, the Wildomar Chamber of Commerce Facebook administrator put the invasive health-related question back up on the page.