|Crafted and adopted in December 2017.|
Friday, August 28, 2020
Will this help our economy?
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Very quick city council meeting, just over 10 minutes with one item on the agenda. Whether or not to have an election in District 2, which would only have one name on the ballot: Incumbent Dustin Nigg.
|Come on, let's have a vote anyway... who cares if it costs $15,000 or not?😵|
Since the item involved the Mayor, he recused himself and handed the reins of the meeting over to Mayor Pro-Tem Bridgette Moore.
There was one public comment, Kenny Mayes, who happens to be on the ballot in the District 4 contest. He mentioned it on Facebook earlier and I suggested he could bring it up as a public comment.
|I'm not really sure of any controversies, but he sort of addressed it in his comment.|
Programming note: his comment came before the staff report. Would he have changed his comment had it been delivered after instead of before? I doubt it, but we'll never know.
Below is a transcript of his comment.
The original estimate of how much the Registrar of Voters would charge Wildomar to conduct that election was between $8,000 and $10,000. That's what was in the agenda packet.
As it turns out, after more digging, the price tag to hold a worthless election was estimated to be $15,000.
After learning the cost of the election, Councilman Ben Benoit basically replied, "To not have the election will save us $15,000? Okay, that makes it an easy choice for me."
My comment was that maybe big cities can afford to spend $15,000 on a symbolic vote, but I don't see the point in wasting money in what's a foregone conclusion.
I then said how I thought it was odd that in his public comment Kenny thought we should spend the money for it. At the same time he's made a public records request to find out the cost difference on trash bags with and without a city logo... because that's a "want" in his book.
|As seen on facebook.|
Sorry Kenny, though I agree with you that sun shades at the park are more of a want than a need, $15,000 on a glorified straw poll that has no meaning is a bad option to make, and is a want.
In addition to the poll not having meaning, based on his comment it seems that he didn't understand how such a poll would work.
Yes, I know you already saw this graphic, but it's cool and I wanted it to show up as the graphic when the blog is shared... so here we are.
|The match of the century.|
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Though there were a few spots where technical difficulties slowed the meeting's progress, everyone that wanted to participate had their opportunity.
|Brianna Hayward, Wildomar's new Community Service Officer. Mayor Dustin Nigg looks on from his seat on the dais.|
Item 2.1, regarding ADUs (accessory dwelling units) was tabled because of a last moment email. I don't really get it. I saw the email and would love to ask the people behind it something. Hey, are you new to the concept of calendars or something?
Seriously, they seemed to want a minor change added to the language (in my view anyway) so why not deliver the email in a more timely manor?
This will be coming back to a future city council meeting.
2.2 Covid Update
Here's my recap... Covid is still a thing, and there's no end in sight to the "new normal". For details, please watch the video below.
I remember stating back in March, when we thought that all we had to do was hunker down for two weeks and it would all be over, something like: "Two weeks will go by quickly, just get with the program. By Christmas it'll be a distant memory."
3.2 Right of Way Enhancement Program
This is an entailed program, and I admitted during the meeting that it would have still been difficult to fully grasp if it would have been a 2 hour seminar.
I invite you to watch the video for all the details that were presented. In the meantime, I'll give it a go of how this will work in theory... at least one arm of it.
|Just a sampling of the graphics included in this item.|
Yes, that was over simplified, but that's how I took it.
The same would apply if you live in a subdivision that would like street sweeping, streetlights, a fancy new greenbelt that your old CSA tax no longer supports.
In the end keep this simple formula in mind when considering upgrades to your street or other amenities. You can have anything that you're willing to pay for. What you can't do is expect people from other parts of the city to pay for something that benefits a handful of people in your area.
Bundy Canyon Update
The bids are out and it's anticipated that Bundy Canyon will see construction beginning sometime in the 4th quarter. That's good news. What was a little startling to me was that the construction will be from Cherry Street to Oak Canyon.
I knew it wasn't going any further east than that mark, but since the part between Cherry and the freeway is under the domain of Caltrans it will be part of a future project.
|I must have been sleep walking during the last dozen meetings where this project was mentioned, because this was the first time that I remember hearing that the project didn't go all the way to the on and off ramps.|
City Manager Report
It was during this segment of the meeting that a new start time for city council meetings was discussed. Starting at the September city council meeting, the new (temporary) time will be 5:00pm (17:00 to those of us that use the 24 hour clock).
Orange Trash bags are being ordered so that goodhearted residents can collect litter from the roadsides and then leave the easily identifiable bags on the side of the road for collection that week.
BREAKING NEWS: Trash Bag Gate
You know all things are swell in River City when the some of the more strident locals take to grumbling about a new city sponsored trash bag program on social media..
|I wonder if that link still works?|
|An in action photo of Wildomar CSO Brianna Hayward.|
– EG Marshall (CBSRMT)
Wildomar Rap is a rather minor series of coincidences and certainly the smallest happenstance recorded in at least the last decade, if not longer.
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Wednesday, August 12, 2020
COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
Sheriff Chad Bianco
Type of Incident:
Possession of Cannabis for sale, Possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded firearm, resisting arrest, and driving under the influence.
Date of Incident:
Time of Incident:
Location of Incident:
Clinton Keith Road and Inland Valley Drive
Sergeant Joe Narciso
On August 12, 2020, at 4:28 AM, Wildomar deputies conducted a vehicle stop in the area of Clinton Keith Road and Inland Valley Drive. The stop was regarding suspicious activity in a residential neighborhood. The driver, a 17 year-old juvenile, was arrested for driving under the influence and resisting arrest. A passenger, Michael Dooty, 20 years old of Murrieta, was arrested for Possession of Cannabis for sale and Possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded handgun.
Charges will be filed on the juvenile with Juvenile Probation. Dooty was booked into custody at the Cois Byrd Detention Center.
Anybody with information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Stokes at the Lake Elsinore Sheriff Station, at (951) 245-3300 or the Riverside County Sheriff Dispatch, at (951) 776-1099.
As a reminder, "Community Policing" involves partnerships between law enforcement and community members. Business owners and residents are encouraged to report criminal activity directly to law enforcement by calling Sheriff’s Dispatch at (951) 776-1099, or by calling 911 if the matter is an emergency.
Sunday, August 9, 2020
The die is cast for this year's city council elections.
District 2 will have Dustin Nigg getting his second term unopposed, and District 4 will have two names on the ballot: Bridgette Moore v Kenny Mayes.
|Bonus points for knowing the year of this baseball card design.|
Commence history lesson
A little bit of back story when it comes to electing city council members by district instead of at large in Wildomar.
This is from memory, so try not to shoot the messenger if you have more detailed information than I present here... but your comments are welcomed both here and on facebook if you'd like to add to the story.
When we voted to become a city there were two options on the ballot.
One was to elect city council members "at large" which means the entire city could vote for all five council members.
The second option, which won originally, was to create districts.
From what I've been told, the original desire of the city founders was to have the elections be city-wide/at large. It was felt that the ballot language had been misleading and that's why the districts option was voted for.
One of the first things the new city council did was put the option of At Large v Districts on the ballot. The voters then reversed themselves and chose At Large..
How City Council Members are Chosen in Wildomar, Measures I, J and K (November 2009)
|Use this link to access the city's interactive map.|
Web Result with Site LinkWestern Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority
– Harriet Tubman
Wildomar Rap is pretty much over great dreams these days, but isn't looking to interfere with yours.