Ever Wonder Why Your Water Bills Are So….

October 8, 2014

EVMWD Unsed Cash Reserves

…HIGH?

Just ask EVMWD candidate for the District 1, Peter Weber, former Reform treasurer for Lake Elsinore,  for the details.

Or, check out his website for more, as follows:

http://peterweber2014.wordpress.com/

Since the Water District answers to no one but the voters, your intelligent choices truly matter on November 4, 2014.

In addition, District 3 voters need to oust the Chamber of Commerce’s handpicked empty pantsuit, Judy Guglielmana and replace her with George Cambero, an honest citizen, with lots of water district experience.

Any candidate that claims endorsement from the various Chambers of Commerce/Rotary Clubs are puppets of the “shadow government” that wants to spoon feed you your politicians.


The Smell Of Fear Permeates….UPDATE UPDATED

August 24, 2014
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…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:

 https://www.facebook.com/wildomarccef

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.

Comments can be made to  zakturango@excite.com.

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.


More Vendors Than….

May 26, 2014

…VISITORS

One of the hallmarks of a government bureaucracy, is the inability to be sensitive to and nimbly respond to “market conditions.”

That bureaucratic inability was evident in the sparse attendance at last Saturday’s barbecue at Marna O’Brien Park, sponsored by the “leadership” of the Wildomar Rotary Club and the City of Wildomar, which is the same people (Ben Benoit and Bridgette Moore).

Perhaps, they have gone to the same “well” too many times, relying on the presumed “draw” of still another Henry Sylvestre barbecue.

In any event, as a result of a “new” news source, you are able to decide for yourselves, dear readers, as to how robust was the response by the public to the latest “community” event, by clicking on the following:

http://www.wildomartians.com/WildomarCity.com/WildomarCity.com_HOME.html

If you click on the links to the 2 short YouTube videos, representing   two different  timeframe/sessions  for the Marna O’Brien Park event, you will be able to observe for yourselves  how this governmental/service club bureaucracy  is functioning.

Comments can be made to zakturango@excite.com.

This is hauntingly reminiscent of the city-sponsored  Farmer’s Market, which failed at the same location for the same reasons, perhaps.

Do try to ignore the presence of wheeled vehicles parked on the city’s newly planted grass.


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.


Taking The “Wild” Out Of…

June 6, 2013

….WILDOMAR

Any time at your city is dominated by  elected and appointed officials from the parasitic real estate industry, whose primary requirement to exist in their “business” is the unfettered production of high density residential tracts by profit-obsessed  developers, you can rest assured that the “wild” and rural nature of your community will eventually  be tamed.

Last evening, at yet another “special” Wildomar City Council meeting, real estate broker and Mayor pro tem Marsha Swanson put your final stamp of approval on the ironically-named   Oak Creek Canyon project, where the developer proposes to replace  naturally-occurring oaks and creeks with a cluster of  4500 ft.² high-density residential lots, confirming my exact premise.

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

http://lakeelsinore-wildomar.patch.com/groups/business-news/p/151acre-housing-project-gets-final-signoff-from-wildomar-city-council

Apparently, the only rational voice of opposition came from Councilmember Bob Cashman, again citing Wildomar’s rural vision, and who was then subjected to  a verbal inquisition from Mayor “Mad Dog” Walker who, when he isn’t  cracking wise,resorts to angry displays of public outrage.

It’s a bit weird, but there doesn’t seem to be any middle ground the Mayor’s public demeanor.

Comments can be made to zakturango@excite.com.


Wildomar; A Front Organization For…

March 13, 2013

 

…. THE ROTARY CLUB OF WILDOMAR;…

… which is itself a “front organization” for a local barbecue contest entrepreneur.

According to the City Council Agenda for tonight’s City Council meeting, the City of Wildomar is seeking a license from the County of Riverside because it “desires to have a space available for the conduct of City periodic or private events sponsored by the City…”

Apparently, the Wildomar City Council is about to officially blur the lines between their public duties as our elected officials, and their personal and private obsessions as members and officers of a “service” club, which has repeatedly, and willingly, extended their Rotary Club imprimatur to a privately run organization, which specializes in barbecue contests.

According to the website for the Rotary Club of Wildomar, the following:

Rotary President (2013-14), Wildomar City Councilmember Ben Benoit

Public Relations Director,  Wildomar City Councilmember Bridgette Moore

Membership Director , EVMWD Director Andy Morris

The Rotary Foundation, BBQ entrepreneur Henry Sylvestre

(There are more, if you scan the entire list of Rotary positions).

Please click on the following link to confirm: 

http://www.clubrunner.ca/Portal/Home.aspx?accountid=7220

Despite having suffered the embarrassment of extraordinary media disclosure of substandard monetary protocols arising from the recent Breakfast with Santa debacle, the City of Wildomar is on the verge of officially exploiting itself to be the “front” for an ongoing series of barbecue events, hosted by the Rotary Club of Wildomar.

In fact, go back to the link to the Rotary Club of Wildomar website and you will notice that the “4th Annual BBQ will be held in Wildomar CA at the County Transportation yard,” the same location and County Transportation facility which is the subject of this evening’s agenda.

Barbecue events, such as the one promoted by the Rotary Club of Wildomar, are shrewd cash-driven events, where event contestants provide tiny portions of their barbecued meat products to the public members in attendance, who have paid a $5 entry fee, plus an additional $20, or more, to sample the tiny portions.

I personally don’t give a darn if the few  silly adolescents that comprise the Rotary Club of Wildomar are able to raise money for their various programs, while sacrificing their club’s integrity for  an “unrelated stream of income.”

However, the City of Wildomar should not be co-facilitator of this ongoing enterprise, unless and until the City is provided fiscal assurance with an appropriate accounting, and oversight, of the cash handling procedures at every level of the event, starting from the entry gate, continuing through the financial records of the Rotary Club of Wildomar, as well as the event’s specific closing financial records from the BBQ enterprise itself.

Without that level of transparency and disclosure, any future revelation of questionable monetary procedures and protocols, will also stain and taint the City of Wildomar.

Comments can be made to zakturango@excite.com.

If a smalltime operation such as Breakfast with Santa, grossing less than $1100, can create a municipal firestorm, think what municipal embarrassment can arise from a tenfold, or a hundredfold factor of financial foibles might  produce.

Henry Silvestre can put on all of the BBQ events he desires.

I just don’t think the City of Wildomar should do anything more than issue an event permit, for an appropriate fee, while making sure the appropriate County Health permits and procedures are in place for the protection of event attendees.


Breakfast With Santa….

February 14, 2013

 

…. BARTERING MUNICIPAL FAVORS

Santa’s best gift to local citizens/taxpayers is the Public Records Act.

In yet another unseemly (if not illegal) display of municipal misconduct, a City of Wildomar official has offered to waive a $40 fee for CPR training to a vendor who provides maintenance services to the City of Wildomar, in exchange for being a sponsor of last December’s Breakfast With Santa event.

In an email from Wildomar’s Community Services Director, dated November 15, 2012,  to PV Maintenance, who contracts with the City of Wildomar for maintenance services, the following:

Joe, I want to check with you to see if you’d be interested in being one of our sponsors for our 11th annual Breakfast with Santa December 14. Funds will be raised to purchase CPR mannequins for residential classes we conduct quarterly.

I would also like to extend an invitation to any of your employees to take a free CPR course on Wednesday, December 5 from 9 AM-12 PM. I will be hosting a class for a few of our staff and residents and still have availability.”

 Please click on the following link to confirm the usual charge for CPR course:

http://www.cityofwildomar.org/uploads/files/events/2012%20First%20aid%20cpr%20training%20flyer.pdf

In his responsive e-mail on November 16, 2012, Joe Garza, of PV Maintenance, stated the following:

We’d be happy to help sponsor your event, please send over any info!

Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the CPR class. I still have some (employees) that need to get their certificates renewed. I’ll check our schedule next week & see if we can send one or two.”

 Once again, for the record, City Manager Gary Nordquist has agreed to look into this and take appropriate action to prevent its recurrence.

Comments may be made to zakturango@excite.com.

 Coming soon to Wildomar:

Eggstravaganza, March 23, 2013. (Hopefully no one is cooking, or bartering for, these eggs!)

The silliness continues.

 


BREAKING NEWS: Human Remains Discovered….

January 21, 2013

…IN WEST WILDOMAR

One of metropolitan Wildomar’s more conscientious homeless denizens discovered the badly decomposed human remains of the mythical girlfriend of a prominent Catholic University star football player named Manti Te’o, while seeking recyclable material in the equally mythical West Wildomar section of our city. (That means the homeless guy was picking up aluminum cans somewhere near the intersection of Mission Trail and Corydon, I think.)

For additional context and background, please click on the following link:

 http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2013/01/manti-teo-hoax-woman-at-center-of-case-incredible-person.html

Despite being quite upset by the grisly discovery, our Good Citizen managed to control his understandable panic long enough to dial 911, then he calmly returned to his  scrounging.

After Sheriff’s deputies completed their investigation, the Riverside County Coroner’s office removed the “body” to their offices in downtown Riverside, where an autopsy will be completed later today,  in an attempt to determine the cause of death.

Toxicology Reports are not expected for at least six weeks.

Local elected officials were unwilling to comment on the incident, or even to confirm the existence of West Wildomar, apparently out of embarrassment for being so easily hoaxed by others.

Comments can be made to zakturango@excite.com.

For the record, for the less sophisticated worshipers of athletes such as Manti Te’o, this obvious parody and satire is meant to mock the silliness of the bureaucrats of the Western Riverside Council Of Governments (“WRCOG”) and the equally fatuous consultants from RBF for their utter disregard for Wildomar’s General Plan, without considering the costly implications of the intrusive disruption and upheaval that their poorly-contemplated West Wildomar scenario will create.


Avoiding The Taint And Stain Of…

January 20, 2013

 

… OUR NEIGHBORING “CITY” TO THE NORTH

For those of you old enough to remember, or those of you who have lived in Wildomar before “political” newcomers, such as Ben Benoit, (2010) Tim Walker (2010), and even Bridgette Moore (2001) arrived on scene, the residents of Wildomar have sought to distance themselves from its tawdry northern neighbor, Lake Elsinore.

As a matter of fact, the community of Wildomar was granted formal status as an  “Unincorporated Community of Interest” long before it considered incorporation as a city, in order to prevent the annexation of Wildomar by some greedy Lake Elsinore  politicians (real estate agents and developer interests) in Lake Elsinore.

In effect, what the real estate hustlers wanted was access to Bundy Canyon Road and its potential commercial development from Mission Trail to the Interstate 15 freeway for its proposed 9400 home development in the Back Bay formerly known as Liberty.

Fortunately, Liberty has been pared down by approximately 50% and is now known as Summerly. Nevertheless, the reasons there are traffic lights nearly every 50 feet on Mission Trail is to handle traffic from Summerly.

Recognition of the taint and stain is found in the various, and well-deserved, monikers for Lake Elsinore, such as “Lake Smellsomemore,” and my personal favorite, since I created it back in the day when I was the prime contributor for Elsinore Magazine, “Sh*tville, inhabited by Sh*tvillians.”

For the record, most Wildomarians have little desire to have any physical proximity, or political and economic connection to, Lake Elsinore. Planning Commissioner Harv Dykstra led a successful movement in the 1990s to get a separate zip code for Wildomar, apart from the zip code for Lake Elsinore.

Current City council member Bob Cashman, at one point in the recent past, wanted to claim ownership of Elsinore High School, and to rename it  Wildomar High School, since it sits within Wildomar’s new boundaries.

As a Trustee of the Board of Trustees for the Wildomar Cemetery Special District, myself, current Planning Commissioner Stan Smith, and Community Services Director Paula Willette, successfully resisted Riverside County pressure to merge the Wildomar Cemetery  with the Lake Elsinore Cemetery Special District.

Now, foolishly, the ignorant, paid bureaucrats of the Western Riverside Council Of Governments (“WRCOG”) and their equally ignorant, paid consultants are attempting to foist the concept of “West Wildomar,” as a potential center of our city at the “northern” intersection of Bundy Canyon Road and Mission Trail, thereby reversing the trend of separation from Lake Elsinore, and to facilitate Wildomar being sucked back into the swirl and vortex of crime and corruption-ridden Sh*tville.

Please click on the following link to a recent Press Enterprise article for confirmation:

http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/wildomar/wildomar-headlines/20130118-wildomar-two-options-for-wildomar-downtown-development.ece

Unfortunately for the long-term citizens of Wildomar, who have historically made it clear that we want nothing to do with Sh*tville, the numbskull elected officials at Wildomar City Hall are in the process of earning their own special moniker for Wildomar, “Dumbsh*tville.

Comments can be made to zakturango@excite.com.

There is a reason why all of our sewers drain to Lake Elsinore.

It’s not just because of gravity.


Wildomar’s Sad Legacy Of…

January 16, 2013

 

…DYSFUNCTIONAL MAYORS

I was present at last week’s City Council meeting to observe the “passing of the gavel” ceremony between former Mayor Ben Benoit and newly-appointed Mayor Tim “Mad Dog” Walker, who immediately turned the usually august moment into a comedy routine.

One of the key points mentioned during the ceremony was that Walker is the sixth Mayor of Wildomar to hold that ceremonial position.

Therefore, I  thought it would be a good time to do a re-capitulation of Wildomar’s sad legacy of sub-standard mayors,  in the order of their “ascendancy” to the middle seat at the council dais, as follows:

 

1) Mayor Bob Cashman, Wildomar’s First Mayor is an excessively mild-mannered, genuinely intelligent and formally educated individual, whose tepid mannerisms have only earned him the utter, and dismissive, disdain of his uneducated City Council colleagues.

2) Mayor Scott Farnam, Wildomar’s Rhinestone Cowboy Mayor, whose predilection for physical violence led to reports of parking lot brawls and personal skirmishes at the former Bikini Beach Club bar in Lake Elsinore, which eventually “culminated,” in my opinion, in a  dastardly personal physical assault on yours truly on December 08, 2009, which resulted in a formal police report and investigation. In addition, his reputation, according to my sources, among Lake Elsinore locals, as the “drunken Mayor of Wildomar” was the result of evenings of liquid consumption at Pepe’s Restaurant and Bar in Canyon Lake.

3) Mayor Bridgette Moore, Wildomar’s adolescent teenage princess, who reportedly often joined Farnam at Pepe’s, likely achieved her best moment as Mayor, when she appointed a barnyard goat-like animal  to be the Mayor for the Day (ironically, perhaps our best-qualified Mayor, although, admittedly, I don’t have evidence of any of our mayors (including the goat) soiling City Hall’s carpets with fecal pellets) during her tenure.

Bridgette is also directly responsible for leading Wildomar into the ill-conceived and exorbitant participation with the Animal friends of the Valleys, operated by the Southwest Communities Finance Authority.

4) Mayor Marsha Swanson, whose “success” in the parasitic world of real estate sales (why should anyone take a 6% commission of the value, based on a sale price of  your house that you have cared and paid for?) does not equate to success in the “real” business world, appears to be the equally fatuous, older, big sister to the adolescent teenage princess, Mayor Bridgette Moore.

5) Mayor Ben Benoit just completed a remarkably unremarkable year as Mayor, save for the personal, political resume enhancements and appointments facilitated by his family name, rather than by his personal accomplishments.

6) Mayor Tim Walker, the wisecracking (when not manifesting anger)  City Councilman has merely shifted his amateurish comedy act to the chair  to his right and will inadvertently achieve his quest to become known as the Buffoon Mayor of Wildomar.

The aforementioned litany of underachieving, dysfunctional ceremonial Mayors is the primary reason why I voted against incorporation in 2008.

I was always afraid that this was going to happen.

I just didn’t know how bad it could be.

Comments can be made to zakturango@excite.com.

If these characters don’t take city governance seriously, why should we?