Measure D and Z proponent, John Lloyd, former Chair of the Blue Ribbon Committee for Measure D, posted a blog on the Lake Elsinore/Wildomar Patch this morning, where he finally strips away the stealthy, if not sneaky, motivations behind the repetitive and costly park measures.
In 2011, the failed Measure D cost approximately $100,000, while the 2012 version, Measure Z, has expended $58,500 (plus the cost of the election) for a telephone survey/poll and an “education” regimen, conducted by an Oakland-based consultant firm, the Lew Edwards Group. (We should know by Wednesday if the expenditure was successful).
In his blog, Lloyd finally admits to having a larger vision for Wildomar’s parks, which goes far beyond the fiscal capabilities of the $28 per year parcel tax should it secure passage.
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The basic political problem with “dreams” of any kind, in a municipal setting, is that the dreamers have to find a way to effectively share their dream with the ultimate decision-makers, the voters of the municipality, and if possible, thereby reaching a majority consensus in order to go forward.
Former University of Indiana basketball coach, Bobby Knight, always said: “Most people have the will to win. Very few people have the will to prepare to win.”
Rather than having any kind of open and public consensus-building political discourse with regard to the current and future state of parks in Wildomar, park proponents have displayed their mistrust, if not contempt, for the entire community as a whole, choosing rather to focus on their core supporters (primarily sports leagues), while hoping to sneak a 66 2/3% majority vote for parks, as a “stepping stone” to an expansive and expensive parks and recreation bureaucracy.
Unfortunately for the proponents, their attempts to secure passage of a much-needed “park maintenance assessment” as a “down payment” on their dream of splash zones and sports fields has, so far, never carried the day without attaining sufficient numbers of “Yes on Measure ‘whatever'” voters.
Somehow their expansive parks and recreation dream DNA migrates into their message, as seen in the above postcard sneakily mailed to Eastside Wildomar voters only, which may hurt their efforts more than help them.
This DNA thing may explain why the Lloyd-chaired Blue Ribbon Committee was so easily led astray into their initial recommendation of a $5.2 million Mello Roos bond/Community Finance District that dealt a lethal blow to Measure D.
However, with the partial distribution of a postcard by the Citizens For Wildomar Parks (a Lloyd-led Political Action Committee), Lloyd has eliminated any further disingenuous posturing by park proponents that their focus is the benign maintenance of current and existing parks under the disingenuous banner of “Save Wildomar’s Parks.”
In the future, the “dreamers” should try to build a winning consensus first, before supporting the unwise expenditure of limited taxpayer funds on stealthy/sneaky tax measures which, ultimately, divide the community into two camps.
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John Lloyd and his Band of Dreamers should induce their cronies on the Wildomar City Council to put a formal “study session” on the agenda, after November 06, 2012, to begin the process of building a consensus on a park/park and recreation system.
Or we could just pay the Lew Edwards Group to tell us what we think.