…. BRIDGETTE MOORE’S JUVENILE DESIRE FOR M&M CANDIES
Finally, after three years, sanity and reason has come to the City of Wildomar over the way it celebrates its third anniversary of it’s incorporation on July 01, 2008.
On Wednesday evening, June 22, 2011, at 6:00 PM, a hopefully modest and minimalist sheet cake will be unveiled prior to the regular City Council meeting.
Please click on the city agenda for confirmation:
In honor of the reign of modesty, however temporary, Zak has dug into his archives in order to re-publish one of his earliest pieces, for your historical reading enjoyment, as follows:
April 18th, 2008 by zakt
I REALLY WANTED MONOGRAMMED M & Ms
……Wildomar City Councilperson-elect Bridgette Moore, April 16, 2008.
It was a tender moment in a long, long city council meeting, with the pouty lower lip on Moore’s face jutting slightly, the silly expression of an adolescent desire for candy imprinted with Wildomar’s name, which touched a raw nerve in Zak when it came to the forced spending of his tax dollars.
It’s a perfect idea for a fun family birthday party for one’s teenage daughter. It reflects, however, a casual, if not disrespectful, attitude by public officials toward our hard-earned tax dollars.
As one of the two members of the Ad Hoc Inauguration Committee which is responsible for planning the festivities for the July 1, 2008 celebration of the city’s “birth” day, Ms. Moore truly wanted to be able to include “monogrammed M & Ms” as a part of the party fare. These, to go along with food for a thousand people, a full-length movie and finally, fireworks.
Moore’s night, as described above, is going to cost multiple thousands of dollars. Her further suggestion to get the money for the celebration from “sponsors” is not a good signal to developers and businesses that Wildomar already has a hand out for money. (I’m sure that “Greg Morrison, Temecula Resident” and his group of “taxpayers for responsible government” would be good for a hefty sum but the quid pro quo would be unsavory.)
Several lessons in reality arise here for the city council-elect:
1) Wildomar does not have one extra cent to waste and the City Council-elect should show their respect for our money from Day One. Excess at the celebration is the wrong message for the community. The Council needs to reflect their seriousness in minding each penny that comes Wildomar’s way to be able to survive beyond Birthday One in 2009, when the County-loaned money stops flowing.
2) Despite the majority “vote,” cityhood resulted from the votes of a dedicated minority of citizens amongst the total population. This council needs to mind it’s manners as it is still an un-invited guest in a lot of Wildomar’s residences.
4) Wildomar is being birthed during hard economic times. City Council needs to reflect that reality in its’ conduct.
Zak is willing to go along with a minimilist celebration but makes the following suggestions:
1) Lose the movie; it distracts from the serious object of the evening to swear in the city council and conduct the initial meeting. Decorum is not a bad theme for Wildomar’s first day.
2) Lose the fireworks; it increases the city’s risk of a fire loss in it’s first day of existence. Fireworks are quite expensive (in the multiplied thousands) and there will be plenty of local fireworks shows in the next few days to sate the neediest pyromaniac.
3) Lose the food; half of the area’s homeless will make their way to the high school for the free vittles from Wildomar. Zak is more than capable of grabbing a burger for himself earlier in the evening. Zak is a functioning grown up.
4) Let them eat cake; putting Marie Antoinette’s famous line into a new and positive context, providing large, less expensive sheets of cake, embossed with Wildomar’s first day message, can be cut into varying sizes of cake to accomodate whomever shows up and saves the embarrassment of over or under-estimating how many will show.
(Editor’s note, June 21, 2011: The more things change, the more things stay the same.)