Thursday, October 19, 2017

• Car Crashes Into Wildomar Business

A little before 1pm a black Honda crashed into Multiservicios Latinos. A business that is nestled between Circle K to the south and Domino's Pizza to the north, on the corner of Bundy Canyon and Mission Trail.
Wildomar Building and Safety inspector Martin Haeberle looks at the damage.
Martin Haeberle listens to one witness's account.
In the lower left hand corner you see the hands of Mayor Pro-Tem Ben Benoit as he is taking a video of the damage and as the first responder pulls out the broken glass. 
Mayor Pro-Tem Ben Benoit was on the scene within a matter of moments after the incident occurred, after he was tipped off by Councilmember Bridgette Moore that is. ☺

I was told that the car had hit a parked truck before hitting the building, and that the building inspector was going to red tag that unit of the building; temporarily closing it. As is routine, the driver was transported to the ER.

Also on the scene was Wildomar's CSO Roxanne Jouglard and was told that there were no injuries.

There was no word as to when the business will be able to reopen.

A look at the scene from the pumps at the Circle K gas station.
A close up look of the damage.
Another angle of the scene.
Another angle that shows the damage to the door frame.
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Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
― Anton Chekhov

Fine Anton, Wildomar Rap won't tell you the moon is shinning... being that it's the middle of the day and the only light glinting off the broken glass here is from the Sun.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

• Upcoming Events Final Quarter 2017

So many times I've heard people say, "Oh my, I only wish I'd have known about (insert name of event here), I'd have loved to have gone."

Well, here's your chance to put several events on your calendar, before they happen this go round.

First up is the State of the City event. 

I've been to several of these, and though they are generally filled will fluffy happy talk, it's still good to get an assessment of where the city leaders think we stand. 

Tickets are free, but you need to get them ahead of time.
Here's the link to get tickets.
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Next up on the calendar is the inaugural showing of the Scary Dairy. It's a fundraising event from the Wildomar Rotary Club. 

This will be happening on Friday and Saturday evening, October 21st and 22nd.

It'll be at Wildomar's famous DeJong's Dairy. See the flyer for more details. 
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Sunday October 22nd there will be a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for shooting victim Chelsea Romo at the Elks Lodge in Wildomar. 

There is a big window from 3pm to 8pm to come out to be part of this fundraiser. Leave the cooking and cleaning to others as you help out a local family in need.
Spaghetti is the the international food of friendship. ☺
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On Saturday October 28th, at Marna O'Brien park will be the site of Wildomar's 4th annual Trunk or Treat event. This event has really grown into a terrific community event. 

Plan on coming before dark and visiting all the candy-passer-outers. Come dressed in an original or clever costume and enter one of the contests and you might go home with a prize.

If you'd like to be one of the official "vendors" see the flyer below for details. There is no cost to sign up. It's a great way for your business or organization to meet a large swath of the community. Bring a lot of candy with you, and think of a clever way to decorate your vehicle too.
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Community Clean Up Day

Not as much fun as the other things mentioned, but for some maybe just what they've been waiting for. If you've got junk, then bring it to one of the two designated areas. 

This will be happening on Saturday morning, November 4th.
Be sure to check the conditions in the flyer before heading out... you don't really want to dress your truck up like that of the Beverly Hillbillies just to learn you showed up at the wrong location... or to mistakenly bring things on the contraband list.

Also, you'll be needing to unload your own junk, so bring a crew with you.
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Other things to consider include:

Twin events, potluck at the VFW and a crafts fair the Elks Lodge on November 11th. The craft fair is starts at 10am and goes to about 2pm, whereas the potluck kicks off at 1pm. 

The annual Christmas Tree Lane held at the Elks Lodge, Saturday December 2nd. 

The annual Breakfast with Santa event that is held at Fire Station 61, on Gruwell St. 

There is no flyer made yet, but it's not too early for you to block out part of that morning to be part of one of Wildomar's most endearing and anticipated happenings.

• CERT reunion dinner, Thursday December 28th (other details to follow as we get nearer). There are many CERT alumni, but probably have lost contact after our classes were completed. 

As we've seen repeatedly this year, emergencies happen all the time, and seldom with much notice. If you've taken the CERT classes, it would be a good chance to reconnect over dinner... no cribbing on the menu. ☺

Come on out to one —or all of— these events and get a sampling of the Wildomar community in action. See you there.
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We know what we are, but know not what we may be.
– William Shakespeare

To Wildomar Rap or not to Wildomar Rap, that is the question. Nobility of suffering in the mind notwithstanding.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

• City Council Meeting October 2017

All meetings should be like this one was. 

Substance without shenanigans. 

As fun and delightful as Miss Miller (and the rest of team Cantankerotti) can be, her absence allowed for an entire productive meeting to start and finish within an hour. That and no front loaded presentations that often take up to 45 minutes.

There was much gone over in the meeting and I'll share the parts that I found most pertinent. 

Public Comments on non agenda items

Maureen Kennedy told the council about her concerns concerning crime in her area (near Gafford).

I'm going to post the video of her comment to show you what you can expect when you go to a city council meeting looking to give a public comment. It's just good people seeking to help other good people. 

2.1 Allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDGB) Funds
This is where local non profits come and state their case as to why the city should give them money. The money is given to the city by the feds (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to be specific), to then apply to projects that will help areas of need within the city.
Click link to read more
The bulk of the money ($127K) that the city had to deal with this cycle, is going to a capital improvement project: The Sedco/Mission Trail Sidewalk Construction Project.

The rest of the money (a whopping $20,677 to be exact) was bid upon by four local non profit organizations.

Assistance League of Temecula Valley asked for $15,000
HOPE asked for $25,000
• Merit Housing asked for $10,750
Rancho Damacitas asked for $10,000

In the end, the Assistance League and HOPE each got $9,000, with the remaining $2,677 going to Rancho Damacitas.

Based on the stats, that the Assistance League had helped clothe 123 kids from Wildomar, at $125 per student, has to be the best bargain going. 

Basic arithmetic tells you that the AL spent about $15,000 on Wildomar kids this year as part of their "Operation School Bell" project.
The odd man out — again, was Merit Housing. They are the people behind the Wildomar Senior Assisted Living off of South Pasadena St. 

I was glad to see Councilmember Marsha Swanson lay out why she wasn't in favor of including Merit Housing among the groups getting Wildomar CDBG monies.
"Merit Housing, that runs Merit Housing over there, they're a non profit, but that's not who owns it. That project is owned by a huge company, Merit Housing, I believe, that's what the tax rolls say. Everybody that lives there pays rent. We've asked them over and over to open as a cooling zone for our residents during the Summer —they have to have the air on for their people and they have the room, and we can never seem to get any cooperation, and they don't come here [to ask for the CDBG in person]. To give them money to raise someone's salary, doesn't make a lot of sense to me."

— Councilmember Marsha Swanson
The video of the 25 minute agenda item is below.
 3.1 Professional Services Agreement Re: 27 Acre Park
Suffice to say it's exciting to see the 27 acre future park getting closer to opening... at least in part. 

There will be three community workshops in the coming weeks and months that were billed as being "fun and interactive". 

• November 16 was mentioned as the likely date for the first workshop, but it wasn't set in stone. If you watch the video, you'll hear a bit of wavering about it. If you're signed up for city emails, just keep an eye opened for the official announcement.

• Something termed a "popup workshop" was mentioned, to be held at the yearly Breakfast With Santa event. This year it's slated for 

It's always dicey when city staffers try and give details of future projects. Many times things outside of their control come into play and cause unwanted delays. 

Still, Assistant City Manager Dan York talked about the first likely development for the new park.

"The input that we heard, at least up to this point in time, the community would like to have some amenity right of the bat. Whether it's walking trails, or the like. Our first phase [...] we'll try to get something opened to the public sooner than later; hopefully within the next year or so."

—Assistant City Manager, Dan York
The video below is just seven and a half minutes. If you're interested in the future park site, it's well worth your attention.
3.3 New Planning Commissioner Appointment

As most of the regular readers of Wildomar Rap know, long time Wildomar resident and planning commissioner, Stan Smith died in August. Which left an opening on the Wildomar Planning Commission.

How delightful it was to read in the agenda packet the name, Mason Ballard. He was chosen to finish the term that runs concurrent with Mayor Pro-Tem Ben Benoit.

He's a relative new comer to the area, but he and his family have already laid down roots in the W. They are active in the community and it's good to see such alacrity when it comes to public service. 

Watch the video below of him thanking the City Council for partnering with Wildomar Little League, for the past season's TOC that was held at Marna O'Brien park, to get a taste of his enthusiasm.
The city manager report had a ton of great info in it.
First was a reminder about the State of the City event, which will be next week, October 19th. All are welcomed, but you need to get your FREE tickets ahead of time.

 City of Wildomar's 2017 State of the City 

Below is a graphic from the report that details the beginning and ending dates for three projects that have been in the pipeline for quite awhile.
Watch the video (below) for more details.

• Malaga Park is located on the southeast corner of Mission Trail and Malaga at the city line between Wildomar and Lake Elsinore.
Let's hope that this fence will be coming down when the new Malaga Park is done.
Info about the Bundy Canyon project
begins at the 3:00 mark of the video.

Also mentioned at the meeting were: 
• An Elks Lodge spaghetti dinner fundraiser for shooting victim Chelsea Romo. It'll be October 22nd. Use this link for more information.

• Trunk or Treat at Marna O'Brien park Saturday, October 28th. If you'd like to be one of the "vendors" that pass out candy, contact the city for more information. There is no cost, other than the candy you pass out.
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Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
– Albert Einstein

Wildomar Rap values success, but has a very different definition of it than most 21st century denizens.

Monday, October 9, 2017

• To Breathe or Not to Breathe

Did anyone else notice the particularly dirty air that rolled in during the late morning? It was almost as brown as DeJong's chocolate milk. ☺

I was out at Marna O'Brien park, illegally flying my drone again, when I noticed a wave of brown air coming from the north. 

No doubt that it's Santa Ana wind season, I've heard of a fire near the 241 and 91 that is burning pretty fiercely, but I didn't detect the smell that usually comes with smoke tinged air.

The air didn't appear to be smoggy, just a lot of dust/dirt. Thank you Santa Ana winds.
Upon returning home I checked the local websites that deal with air quality, and found that the two were somewhat in conflict with each other, and what appeared to be obvious.
From SCAQMD. Perhaps they don't refresh their numbers very often.
AIRNow (dot) gov.
Looks like a day to put your step counter back in the drawer.
Just another 15 points and we hit the next level up, "Unhealthy".
If you or your children have breathing issues, what steps do you take on days like this?
I was out trying to get some pics of the park's landmarks,
but between the wind and the dirty air, it was a bust. Website for 92595

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As of 1pm this graphic had been updated to "Very Unhealthful".
I guess I'd scooped them or something
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I don't know, my music has always just come from where the wind blew me. Like where I'm at during a particular moment in time.
– Tom Petty

Whether it's "where the wind blew me" or perhaps "the best laid plans of mice and men"Wildomar Rap is perched on the corner of "look what the cat dragged in" and "how the cookie crumbles."

Saturday, October 7, 2017

• Chelsea Romo Returns Home

Unseasonably high October temperatures didn't keep away a crowd of nearly 200 that welcomed Chelsea Romo back home to Wildomar in the mid afternoon. 

For those that don't know, less than a week ago she was among the many people that were forever changed when a psychotic gunman let loose a deadly barrage of gunfirein the direction of a country music festival, from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas. 

She was hit by what was described as "shrapnel" in the eyes. She lost the left eye entirely, and her right eye is severely damaged.
KTLA and NBC both had camera crews on the scene,
in addition to several other local media outlets.
It was a tight squeeze onto the small cul-de-sac in the Windsong Valley area of Wildomar. The minor inconveniences were no match for the spirit of cooperation among those in attendance.
Well wishers were getting into position when she was about 10 minutes away.
At 3:30pm the hired car carrying Chelsea arrived at Akwo Circle arrived to throngs of neighbors, friends, family and media.
People lined both sides of the street as Chelsea Romo's car approached.
She did wave to the people lining the streets from her car window, but after hugging her children she went directly into her home. 
Chelsea was in the front seat with the window down.
Here are two of the many signs that were made for Chelsea's homecoming.
Many people sought out bits of shade as they waited for Chelsea to arrive.
There were periodic updates of where she was on the route.
After Chelsea went into the house, her father came out and I asked if the family was going to issue any statements. He told me that there wasn't going to be any formal statements beyond what they'd already told the crowd. 
The father of Chelsea Romo talking with an NBC reporter.
Gotta love the multitasking; how she's her own cameraman.☺
"Frank" from Anthology Church offered a prayer with many of those gathered having formed a circle, holding hands. 
A hearty "AMEN" was heard throughout the cul-de-sac upon the conclusion of the prayer.
Many family members spoke on camera.
Here is where the real hard part hits as the reality of day to day life sinks in. There is a GoFundMe page that has raised an impressive $89,000 in five days. Such community spirit, but we all know that amount of money will go very fast when addressing the needs that Chelsea will be dealing with.
Click this link to visit the page to contact the family, donate money or get updates.
I've heard that there is a "meal train" that is pledged until the end of November. (I'm guessing that a "meal train" is a list of people that have volunteered to prepare meals for the family). The best way to contact the family to offer any assistance would be through the GoFundMe page.
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Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.
– Lyndon B. Johnson

Wildomar Rap respects the past, but knows that it can't be changed or expunged. From this point forward, it's all about how one approaches today and tomorrow.

• Various and Sundry Things Vol 3

Three items that made the cut for this volume. 
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  You may have seen that Taco Bell is finally opened. 
It's official. Come and get your enchiritos now.
While there I poked my nose into all the open doors and many of the businesses are ready to open, but are waiting on inspections; be it from the health department, fire department, etc.

• Country Kitchen said they should be open by the end of next week. 
• Angelo's is hoping to be opened in two weeks or less.
• Jersey Mike's mentioned between the 11th and the 18th.
• The Habit said about two more weeks.
The other places were either locked up or obviously months away from opening.

When I was at Taco Bell no one was ordering inside, but the drive-thru was 6 cars deep at 3:30pm on a Friday. Is it really that big of a deal to park the car and go inside?

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New Signage at City Hall

Though we are still renters in that building, clearly marked signage has been added to the front and the back of the building. 

The project was designed and coordinated by Cameron Luna. The signs were installed by Signs by Tomorrow out of Murrieta.
As the installer was finishing up.
Photo courtesy Cameron Luna.
A view of the back entrance and the doors to the council chambers.
What it looks like from Los Reyes restaurant.
What it looks like from about 30 feet up.
If you're ever going to attend a city council meeting or planning commission meeting, 
it'll be through these doors located in the rear parking area.
For those that have never had need to visit the offices at city hall,
this is what the outer doors look like. Located on the second floor.
I asked Cameron for some thoughts on the project. 

To further help our citizens, The city has also added it’s “W enclosed in the circle” on the door signs in the building for the suites that belong to City Hall. 
The city seal is now on the window in the door
to the community room. Located upstairs.
For the community rooms like the council chambers and E.O.C., several exterior door windows and hallway windows also now have the Seal of Wildomar on them. The main lobby directory has also been updated to reflect these changes. 

City staffer Cameron Luna stands near the new directory on the first floor.
Lastly, the city has also restored the Wildomar Cemetery signage on the main entrance. 

The entire project design phase began this summer and was finished by September.

The reception on the signage from the community has been great as it is much easier for the public to find City Hall and participate in activities like afternoon council meetings and planning commission meetings.

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Wildomar's most notorious eyesore is finally gone... no, not the Brown House, but the Graffiti House that overlooked the 15 freeway. 

It was something the city was trying to accomplish for the longest time. In the end, the delinquent property owner sold the property, and the new owner flattened it.

No time table on when the Brown House will be gone. From what was discussed at various city meetings last year, it should already be gone and that field graded for the Baxter Village project. I'm learning that a lot what gets stated at city meetings (at least when it comes to development) is rather flexible in real life.

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Happiness equals reality minus expectations.
– Tom Magliozzi (1937-2014)

Wildomar Rap equals reality divided by opinion, multiplied by a raised eyebrow, covered in chocolate frosting.

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