A New Level Of Silliness…

March 5, 2014

Marsha Swanson Business advice

..LOWER EVEN THAN GOAT WORSHIP

On Friday past, the City of Wildomar exceeded, in a negative manner, the glory days of  having a goat parade through the City’s halls as  “Mayor for the Day.”

Instead, according to copies of  e-mails just received from the City of Wildomar  in response to my Public Records Act request,  Councilmember Bridgette Moore teamed up with Mayor  Marsha Sequine Swanson to provide  a “tour of City Hall” to a holistic massage specialist  from  another city, apparently representing the Inland Valley Business Community Foundation (“IVBCF”), another  Chamber of Commerce-like group, predicated on previous  tours granted by the cities of Temecula and Murrieta.

According to  an e-mail from  the city’s Administrative Analyst to Mayor Swanson, the following:

“Hi Marsha,

 Ron from the Inland Valley Business Community Foundation has been calling to request a tour of City Hall with you and other members of the organization. He said that he has done this in the past with Temecula/Murrieta. And when I explained our facility was much smaller, he asked, if you would be able to speak about business in Wildomar after the mini-tour. Are you interested in participating?”

 As a result, the original grand “Tour”  was reduced to a “mini-tour,” followed by the inappropriate use of the Council Chamber by Mayor Swanson, according to reports, to make a speech , once again denigrating  citizens of Wildomar  for using the Courts  to  seek redress for the  City Council’s  unrelenting dysfunction in approving  substandard developments.

Comments can be made to zakturango@excite.com.

It appears that these people have no ethical  filters with which to decline to permit the  mis-use of city facilities and city personnel time  simply because someone wants to promote their own business activities.

 According to my sources, the entire function was poorly attended.

 According to the  IVBCF,  “Ron”  appears to be the  organization’s “City Coordinator,-Breakfast  Meetings and Educational Tours. “

 For more information on  “Ron,”  please click on the following link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98GdaNRvkuQ

It may only be post-Wildomar nostalgia, but I’m beginning to miss the goat.

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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


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.

 


Wildomar’s Kitchen Nightmare…

February 12, 2013

 

…. BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

As a result of the City of Wildomar’s response to my recent Public Records Act request, where I requested all of the documents pertaining to the recent Breakfast With Santa, put on by the City of Wildomar on December 15, 2012, I discovered the following dismaying health facts.

What I discovered was recommendations for substandard kitchen practices that would/should turn the stomachs of any goodhearted and festive consumers, who only sought to be supporters of a local holiday event, and instead, turned out to be the unwitting recipients of potentially  contaminated food products.

In an e-mail from Paula Willette, Community Services Manager, dated December 05, 2012, to “K L”(presumably Kristan Lloyd), on behalf of Friends For Wildomar’s Parks, with a carbon copy (“CC”) to Wildomar City Councilmember Bridgette Moore, discussing the proposed food handling procedures for the upcoming event, as follows:

I’m getting there at 6:30 to start setting up. You will need whatever tools you need to mix and cook eggs, sausage and pancakes. The Scouts (past volunteers) mixed everything in 5 gallon buckets with a drill and mixing paddle and it seemed to work out great. They always had a large group, but I’m not sure how many were actually needed. I’m copying Bridgette on this because she was the woman in charge of the food and has a better handle on it.

When I do big breakfasts, I find it easier to precook the sausage ahead of time and then just warm it up.

I’ll purchase the batter and non-perishable things on Thursday and get the sausage on Friday or if you have room in your fridge, I can get it on Thursday for you.”

In a responsive e-mail from Bridgette Moore, dated December 07, 2012, to Paula and K L, the following:

“… are you cooking on grills? (You will) need warmers to keep eggs/pancakes/sausage warm. Cook ahead.”

According to the USDA, the following:

“Foods, including safely cooked and ready-to-eat foods, can become cross-contaminated with pathogens transferred from raw egg products and raw meat, poultry, and seafood products and their juices, other contaminated products, or from food handlers with poor personal hygiene. Most cases of foodborne illness can be prevented with proper cooking or processing of food to destroy pathogens. “

Please click on the following link for additional information:

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/FACTSheets/Foodborne_Illness_What_Consumers_Need_to_Know/index.asp

It appears from the aforementioned e-mails that the use of uninformed volunteers to prepare breakfast on a large scale probably did not rise to acceptable standards of food preparation.

As would any normal city, the City of Wildomar has created appropriate food handling ordinances, as follows:

Chapter 8.40 FOOD HANDLERS
8.40.010 Purpose and intent.
8.40.020 Definitions.
8.40.030 Food worker’s certificate required.
8.40.040 Exemption.
8.40.050 Application for food worker’s certificate.
8.40.060 Qualification for food worker’s certificate.
8.40.070 Issuance of food worker’s certificate.
8.40.080 Duplicate food worker’s certificate.
8.40.090 Revocation of food worker’s certificate.
8.40.100 Appeal.
8.40.110 Display of food worker’s certificate.
8.40.120 Violation—Penalty.

Unfortunately, Wildomar went further than most cities  to find a way around their own health ordinances so they have created a global exemption, as follows:

8.40.040 Exemption.

Any person who engages or serves or seeks employment relating to domestic or household work or to temporary, occasional or intermittent functions of bona fide religious, charitable or public service organizations, including fraternal organizations. veterans’ organizations. established youth organizations, parent-teacher associations, or students in public or private schools under the age of 16 engaged in school food operations, and civic or community organizations or groups, the primary purpose of which is the betterment of the cultural, social or economic welfare and environment of the community, shall be exempt from the provisions of Section 8.40.030. (Ord. 18 § 2, 2008, RCC § 8.44.040)”

Based on the above, any person over the age of 16 who participated in food preparation for Breakfast With Santa should have been required to comply with all of the requirements as “food handlers” under Section 8.40.

Perhaps, in the future, the City of Wildomar should learn to function as a government organization, whose obligation is to protect the health and safety of their citizens, rather than being the well-intentioned purveyors of substandard food products.

Comments can be made to zakturango@excite.com.


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.


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?


Bridgette’s Recurring Dream?…

December 1, 2012

 

 

….ANOTHER WILDOMAR NIGHTMARE?

According to a recent Southwest Riverside News Network (“SWRNN”) article, Bridgette Moore is contemplating her next M&M-laced fantasy with the tax increment from Measure Z, produced solely from the wallets, purses and pocketbooks of Wildomar’s over-taxed homeowners.

please click on the following link for context and confirmation:

http://www.swrnn.com/2012/11/29/wildomar-celebrates-parks-victory-makes-plans-for-future/

Unless she were misquoted, due to the reporter’s confusion, it appears that Bridgette is contemplating the formation of a Citizens Committee  to “…. start working on future events and plans for the cities three parks.”

As a reminder, Measure Z was “sold” to the voters of Wildomar on the promise of the creation of a Citizens  Oversight Committee as a watchdog over parks spending. If that “watchdog” somehow morphs into an “event planning lap dog” for silly adolescents on the Wildomar City Council, it will be evidenced  by the appointment of Bridgette Moore  surrogate John Lloyd, whose chairmanship of the last Blue Ribbon Committee resulted in the recommendation of a $5.2 million Mellop Roos/Committee Facilities District Bond issue, which recommendation fizzled after taking its first public breath in February 2011.

Having $350,000 per year to spend on M&Ms would surely maintain the “sugar high” that appears to propel Bridgette’s frenetic political lifestyle.

Comments can be made to zakturango@excite.com