Gary Andre Puts In The Time And Effort To Get….

November 4, 2014

…..ELECTED

Of course, Gary and his supporters won’t know if his efforts paid off until probably tomorrow morning.

According to Gary, he  hand-passed out approximately 6700 fliers, taking the time to talk with Wildomar voters  he met along the way.  (Old-fashioned, grass-roots door to door campaigning, without the glossy mailed fliers,  filled with a politician’s staple, mis-statements of  historical facts.)

That effort, combined with, the electoral  evidence of citizen dissatisfaction with City Hall  in the last election, when two unknown  challengers combined to receive more votes than did  incumbents Bob Cashman and  Bridgette Moore, may result in his election to the Wildomar  City Council.

Despite the fact that, having  re-located last year from the City of Wildomar, former city councilmember Sheryl Ade, and yours truly, are unable to cast votes  in this Wildomar election, we  happily assisted Gary  in passing out fliers as we believe he will bring the kind of knowledge and experience that is currently missing  from the city council dais.

Needless to say, we will be remotely  monitoring the Riverside County Registrar of Voters website  throughout the evening to  observe the results.

Comments can be made to zakturango@excite.com.

Congratulations to Gary Andre for his hard work and efforts  on behalf of the citizens of the City of Wildomar.


Candidates Respond In Different….

October 12, 2014

….WAYS

Yesterday’s Press Enterprise article provided some “real-time” responses to campaign/political inquiry in the following manner:

ARTICULATE AND ADULT.

They’re all voting to turn the commercial land into ultra high-density residential,” Andre said. (FACT!)

On the other hand, Andre believes the city should encourage commercial development. “Property owners need to clean up commercially zoned land to make it enticing to investors,” he said. (FACT!)

We need to be a community that focuses on stability and if we don’t focus on our commercial (development), we will never have stability,” he said. (FORWARD-LOOKING)

The city should resist attempts to cram homes on lots that are more conducive to business enterprises.(FORWARD-LOOKING)

AGITATED AND ADOLESCENT.

Walker put it bluntly: I want to protect what we’ve already been doing, and I want to make sure the other people don’t get in.” (FEAR OF WILDOMAR VOTERS?)

By other people, he means Andre and those whom he  may represent – a contingent that opposes many of the current council’s positions on land use, some of whom have legally challenged council decisions

“We’ve got to keep the momentum going when we can,” Swanson said. “I’m knocking on every door I can to find businesses that fit here.”(FANTASY)

Councilman Ben Benoit has been active in attempting to persuade Sacramento to spring some money for the cities. (FANTASY)

If you want to read the article for yourself, please click on the following link:

http://www.pe.com/articles/city-751785-council-development.html


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.


Incumbents Running As Victims. Will It…

October 6, 2014

….WORK?

Since there are only 2 challengers to their re-election, it absolutely will work for at least one of them.

However, rather than running on a campaign platform of the successful, and reasonable, imposition of a new tax (“Measure Z”), so far, each of the incumbents have primarily resorted to handwringing  over several public interest  lawsuits as the reason for the lack of  progress in the  City of Wildomar.

A local blogger has provided a friendly and safe political environment for each of the  incumbent candidates  to freely  disgorge  their innermost thoughts, all of which is valuable and instructive  in your deliberations for whom to vote in November.

Let’s take a look at portions of the  comments provided by each of the incumbents and their responses to questions about lawsuits, as follows:

1)Marsha Swanson

First thought that comes to mind is: Anger. I don’t get angry very often, it takes a whole lot to make me angry.  

That’s when I thought, she [Sheryl Ade] has more power, by NOT getting reelected, than we that worked so hard to be elected —and work for nothing. When she didn’t get reelected… that’s when all of this started. She didn’t pull this stuff when she was on the council. 

She had some good questions. She’s a very smart lady. She probably really has read CEQA, and she understands it —to her way of thinking. 

It’s not a black and white document. I don’t know what pleasure they get from doing this. I’ve tried having a conversation with her on more than one occasion to find out why. [She told me] “They’re wrong and I’m right”… she [acts as if] she knows everything there is to know and she’s right. It’s about proving that Sheryl Ade is right. 

They say it doesn’t cost the city anything; they’re wrong. Every time there’s a document drop we have to pay the different attorneys extra/overtime to go over every word of what they said. To recheck our plans… then to explain it in closed session.”

2)  Tim Walker

“We have to defend them. It’s going to cost us [Wildomar] money, but the same groups that keep bringing the same types of lawsuits are doing it because they couldn’t win elections and they are bitter about not being in control.”

3) Ben Benoit

“That they are a very small minority. They’re a very disingenuous group that’s in it for the wrong reasons. If you had to pick out who’s corrupt… I’m sorry, they’re the ones getting the checks from the developers at the end of the day when they are extorting the money from them. That’s probably the biggest part of CEQA I’d love to see changed is —where does the money go? We know in these lawsuits, when these attorneys get paid, six, ten, twelve times their normal hourly rate… they’re not keeping it all. It’s likely going other places. That’s the toughest part, when they’re calling us corrupt.

It’s my belief, that they’re doing it because they used to run this place. Sheryl [Ade] and Gary Andre would be down at the planning commission, if they were giving the thumbs up to the planning commissioner for this area, the project would go forward. If they gave it a thumbs down Dave Stahovich and Bob Buster would kill it… and they ran this area. I think it’s unfortunate that they [seem to] think now they have to use CEQA to try and keep some of that control. I wish they would move on.”

For the record, public-interest lawsuits do not provide any monetary benefit  for the plaintiffs.   Under the CEQA  statutes, plaintiff attorneys  are reimbursed for the legal fees for services provided. Under normal circumstances, the developer’s indemnity agreement with the city  is the legal basis for the city recovering their legal costs.

Instead of directing staff, including the recently hired CEQA consultant, to avoid repeated  litigation by simply reading and incorporating the  reasonable objections  from private citizens documented in  what Tim Walker calls “document dumps, ”  these unsophisticated and sophomoric incumbents prefer to  run for re-election as victims, as that is easier  to purvey  than are real accomplishments.


A Third Term Is Too….

September 20, 2014

…MUCH, EVEN FOR MEDIOCRITY

For some reason, known only to her,  Mayor Marsha Swanson is asking for your vote to  return her for a third term as a Wildomar city councilmember.

There is a naturally-occurring  political  cadence, such that even US presidents are restricted to two terms.

After two terms, it seems reasonable to expect that ” politicians,”  despite  Swanson’s  denial of being a politician  (even as she cites her political  resume  in her ballot statement), would have more  personal interests  than sleepwalking through another four-year term.

As has been recently displayed in a local blogger’s video of a recent  Council meeting, Swanson looks  bored and tired  as she slumps backward  in her dais chair.

Further,  there is nothing significant in her voting record, save for an automatic  “Aye” vote on every hyper-high-density project or proposed general plan amendment to include high-density apartments , brought before her in public meetings.

The adjacent City of  Murrieta  approved of city council term limits in November 2010 , with  a 65%  voter majority.

The  City of Wildomar needs a far better future vision  than “same old same old.”

Comments can be made to  zakturango@excite.com.


Is Anyone Minding The….

August 31, 2014

…STORE?

In the business world,  the most-enlightened  principle is “best practices”  when trying to organize human beings  into an effective “for-profit” pursuit.

In the government world,  the default principle is “close enough for government use.”

In the political world, where elected officials are the ultimate  “oversight committee”  looking out for the proper use and expenditure of hard-earned tax dollars  provided by the defenseless taxpayers, the electeds are the final word on government expenditures, except during election years when the voters have the final word.

In Wildomar, the current City Council has been and continues to be derelict  in its duties to provide effective oversight for the taxpayers of the City of Wildomar.

Every month,  contained within the agenda packet provided to the City Council  for their consideration and approval is a document called the “warrant list.”  The warrant list describes each and every expenditure  of the City of Wildomar as it conducts its business for the previous month and provides an opportunity for any  individual City Council member to call into question any expenditure  made on behalf of the city.  In my experience, over several years of attending city Council meetings,  I have yet to hear an objection to any expenditure by any of the elected officials.

As a result, and knowing that one of the city’s vendors  has previously been questioned by a neighboring city  for  it’s billing practices for services rendered, Wildomar Magazine, once again, initiated an investigation.

On  June 15, 2014, pursuant to the  Public Records Act,  I requested backup documentation from the City Clerk for invoices  published on the June 2014  warrant list for one of the cities  vendors,  PV Maintenance, who had just billed, and was subsequently paid in the amount of  $29,936.82  for services rendered in the month of May 2014

 In response to my request, the City Clerk provided all of the  invoices supplied by the vendor.

However,  there were no documents from any employee  of the City of Wildomar which would indicate that the City of Wildomar  had inspected and confirmed the work of the vendor  before the payment was issued.

 To be on the safe side of my investigation , on  June 30, 2014, I directed a follow-up e-mail to Gary Nordquist, Wildomar’s City Manager, as follows: “Before I reasonably conclude that there are no additional documents,  I want to confirm that the city does not possess  any inspection documents, such as field inspection logs,  confirming the specific work activities by PV Maintenance , prepared by any city employee as a part of a usual business practice.  If they do not exist, please advise the undersigned at your earliest opportunity.”

 On July 21, 2014, I received a  pleasant and, somewhat personal e-mail from Debbie Lee, City Clerk of the city of Wildomar, as follows: “Hi Gil, I have just been informed that there are no additional documents associated with your request.”

Prior to writing this article this morning, I went through the  backlog of agendas and confirmed that  this vendor has billed the City of Wildomar for a total of $578,572.67 through August 02, 2014.

Rather than forcing the City Clerk to provide copies  for the past 8 City Council agendas, I believe it is fair and reasonable to extrapolate that the City of Wildomar does not have anyinspection protocols  in place for  a review of what will be approximately  $800,000  in payments for the calendar year 2014,

I believe it is time for the actual “oversight” committee of the Wildomar City Council, the voting public,  to question the  business competence  of the current members of the Wildomar City Council.

As the initial investigator of the issue, I still retain the right  to file a Qui Tam lawsuit on behalf of the citizens of Wildomar, against any parties who may  have participated in any  false billings.

For the present, I believe that the issue can be a  reasonable political issue for discussion amongst Wildomar voters.

Comments can be made to  zakturango@excite.com.

Perhaps, the self-anointed “conservative businessman,” Tim Walker can ask some questions of the staff.  Better late than never.


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.