|My favorite photo of the year. |
A beautiful first day of Autumn. Looking easterly from about 300 feet above Marna O'Brien Park.
The question is whether to cite them chronologically, or by how impactful they were? Hmmm... let's go with the order in which they came, and then I can elaborate where it makes sense... deal?
If it took place in Wildomar, or affected Wildomar, it got consideration. For those that are curious about the original write ups, each entry will also be a link to the blog in question.
• Melissa Melendez (Assemblywoman for Wildomar) was slated to speak in front of an American Heart Association group in Wildomar but was then dis-invited due to her support for President Trump.
• Wildomar got a new Chief of Police, Captain Dan Anne.
• Caring Hearts (local charitable org) was recognized by Assemblywoman Melendez at one of her community coffees.
• Storm Damage, including a sinkhole on Grand Avenue, came with the heavy rains of early 2017.
• Wildomar's new Visioning Statement.
|So let it be written. So let it be done.|
• The first real sign of the Camelia Townhouse project was seen as a neighborhood meeting held at Sycamore Academy, where the developers met with nearby neighbors and others that were concerned.
As it turned out, this ended up being one of the biggest local stories of the year, and was mentioned at least a dozen times in this blog.
• Prop 64 and how to approach legal selling of recreational pot was another big story. The crowd at one of the meetings tested Mayor Tim Walker's mettle, and he appeared rattled more than once as he appeared to lose his cool. In the end, the subject was postponed until 2018.
• Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez held the first of two of her community coffees in Wildomar. There was a third scheduled, but it had to be scrapped when it was slated to be on the same day as the State of the City event.
• April 1st saw the best ever Wildomar based April Fool's blog when two videos of the Brown House being blown up were uploaded to Wildomar Rap's YouTube channel.
• Governor Brown, as part of the SB-1 gas tax theft (can you detect my subtle bias here?), finally played his Wildomar VLF chip, "giving back" the money he took from us many years earlier. Well, he didn't actually give back the estimated $10,000,000 he stole, but he promised he'd stop stealing the approximate $2M per year from then on.
• Wildomar got two new bus shelters. One in front of the library and the other in front of Falcon Square (between Jolie's Day Spa and Freddy's Tacos).
|Councilmember Bridgette Moore cuts the ribbon for the new bus shelter.|
|The little free library was installed by Kaylyn Turner.|
|As the ALS One 5K started.|
|Longtime Wildomar resident at The Farm, George Taylor (no relation to Jessie Taylor the singer) salutes during the singing of the national anthem. His wife Gayl is to his right.|
|Tim Underdown reminds the players about sportsmanship, having fun and staying hydrated before the AA match that had Wildomar playing against Temescal Valley. After a great comeback, Wildomar ended up being bested by a run.|
|This was a common reaction after a public speaker finished speaking during the planning commission meeting that the Camelia Townhouse project was discussed.|
• The solar eclipse, an event that was shared all across the country, left it's mark (or should I say shadow) on Wildomar too.
|Wildomar Mayor Tim Walker gets a gander of the eclipse through special glasses.|
|Marissa Hill readies the oversized scissors as she's about to cut the ribbon dedicating the fountain.|
• Las Vegas shooting Victim, Chelsea Romo, returned home to a near hero's welcome.
|People lined both sides of the street as Chelsea Romo's car approached.|
|A collage of the Mayor... it appears that he favors the left side of the room here. ☺|
|A look at the sea of people that attended Trunk or Treat 2017.|
|Mayor Pro-Tem Ben Benoit and Councilmember Bridgette Moore using the facebook live feature to share with the people of Wildomar in real time, as they track one of the airplanes.|
• Just as many new restaurants were about to come online, longtime Wildomar establishment D'Canters unexpectedly closed its doors.
|The lettering had been scrapped off the entry door and window.|
|Will Baxter Village take as long to construct as Wildomar Square?|
|This is still an issue, and if you are interested in Wildomar parks, you need to be part of it.|
|The Brown House in mid disassembly. The tower gone and the blue siding removed.|
One of two eyesores that were removed from Wildomar in 2017.
|This infamous piece of junk made it to the scrapheap about six weeks ahead of the Brown House.|
|Those in uniform stood at attention from the moment the procession was in sight, |
until it had completely passed and was out of sight going south.
Things to keep an eye on in 2018
I predict that Prop 64 and the city of Wildomar will be making headlines one way or another. With a new mayor, though all council members all have the same one vote on the issues, could see this being steered much differently than it was in 2017.
The 2018 city council elections will also be something to watch. There will be three seats due to come before the voters, districts 1, 3 and 5 (Benoit, Walker and Swanson).
It's my guess that, barring unforeseen occurrences, all will be seeking reelection. Papers must be "pulled" sometime in July if you're interested getting your name on the ballot.
|This is the council district map. If you're in district 2 or 4, you're on the sidelines in 2018.|
Will they be from a pool of known quantities, will they emerge from obscurity, or will there be none at all?
I've heard from one person that is eager to file papers for district 3, but it doesn't look too good when they don't bother attending any city meetings, and don't really seem to understand the process either.
Time for a last thought and a new word.
In 2016 I made a Christmas parody song (based on Up On A Housetop) called Christmas In Wildomar. In it there were "presents" for the city council, and Wildomar Chamber of Commerce.
I got the "present" for the city council correct, having Governor Brown give back our money... but was only half right with my gift to the Chamber.
My dulcet tones suggested that their gift could be "eateries" and that came with the opening of Wildomar Square.
Thing is, I didn't see the Chamber folding up its tent and allowing itself to be swallowed up by Murrieta's Chamber of Commerce. (face it fellers, that's just what happened, no matter what spin you attempt to put on it).
What I failed to address in that song was a gift for Wildomar Rap... but one was delivered just the same.
It came in the form of the city cranks (aka the Cantankerotti) finding new members, and even finding a way to get their patron saint to make a triumphant return to most city meetings.
As a blogger, I love sharing the stories about community spirit, new businesses, local achievement and other positive topics.
But throw me a bone now and then, and allow me to get opinionated when it comes to people that have a severe case of gooberitis.
|Gooberitis manifests itself by forcing the afflicted person to say patently ridiculous things during public meetings, or on social media, and never pausing when they are shown to be wrong.|
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