Voter Turnout Reveals Apathy In Wildomar

As the numbers were tabulated by the Riverside County Registrar of Voters on Election Night, the results showed that just 3,744 Wildomar voters cast a ballot for Measure D.

Just 18 percent of Wildomar residents over the age of 18 made their voices heard about the city’s parks Tuesday night.

As the numbers were tabulated by the Riverside County Registrar of Voters on Election Night,

The initiative asked Wildomar voters whether they were willing to incur an annual special tax of $28 to fund the city’s three parks.

According to the latest census data, 20,574 people living in Wildomar are over 18 years of age. Yet the Riverside County Registrar of Voters tabulations showed that, as of late Tuesday night, 2,070 voters cast a yes ballot for Measure D, while 1,674 cast a no vote.

The initiative required a two-thirds vote in order to pass. So with 55.29 percent in favor and 44.71 against, the Measure failed.

The numbers were disappointing to Yes On D organizers who spent countless hours on the campaign. According to Wildomar resident Kristan Lloyd, who worked alongside her husband, John, on the Wildomar Blue Ribbon Parks Advisory Committee, there were more than 80 volunteers going door-to-door, sending out emails, calling residents, and campaigning throughout the city.

“Ninety percent of people we (volunteers) talked to said they wanted the parks and were going to get out and vote,” said John, who chaired the Blue Ribbon Committee. “But you never know if they really will.”

Although the Wildomar numbers aren’t expected to change much -- if at all -- countywide there are still approximately 1,016 vote-by-mail ballots and 300 provisional ballots that need to be processed, according to the Registrar. Final numbers are expected this evening.

Tina Tyra June 08, 2011 at 11:41 PM
Janice, it was somewhere around 7,700. Special elections will never bring out the vote like a presidential election or even city council. People just assume that the majority will win and they don't vote. Voter apathy cost us our parks. There were plenty of people who could have made a difference. Almost everyone we encountered said they were voting yes...and then some didn't bother to go to the polls or forgot it was election day. It's going to be an expensive lesson.
Tina Tyra June 08, 2011 at 11:43 PM
Mort, you keep saying the same thing and it has gotten old. This is a free country. You are free to leave. No one is keeping you prisoner in Wildomar. For those of us who like our weather, we have adapted nicely. If you prefer something else, then stop complaining and go already.
amy June 09, 2011 at 12:09 AM
mort, you are a funny guy! glad it didnt go through... save the parks? why? how about save my job, or my husbands HUGE paycut from the school dist. this just opens the door to ream us for more taxes in the future. somebody said 54 cents a week... well you know what i already pay taxes and im SICK of paying and paying we are barely getting by and wildomar wants money for parks that meth heads can get high in at night. NO MELLO ROOS!!!!!!!!
George Jungle June 09, 2011 at 12:23 AM
mort, why did you move here? If you don't like it hit the road jack. We didn't ask you to move here. Quit feeling sorrry for yourself and do us all a favor and move back to where you came from. Wear a pair of pants when you go down the slide. lol Thats all you can find to complain about we live in Southern California hello!!!!!
Mort Mortimus June 09, 2011 at 12:30 AM
Point taken, and disregarded. It's a free country? Really? Thank you for informing me. I'm free to leave? You think I don't know this? Your statement about the weather says it all. You had to adapt to it. You're trying to convince yourself that this is a great place to live. It's not. It's desolate, windswept, skeletal nothingness, and if California didn't steal water from other states Wildomar wouldn't exist. Good day.
Mort Mortimus June 09, 2011 at 12:45 AM
Thank you, amy. I truly appreciate your compliment. I didn't plan to mention the after dark scary vampires that congregate in our "parks" but now that you brought it up I'm going to let that pony ride. The drug crowd seems to have taken over these parts. It is ridiculous that we are voting yay or nay on a parks tax when what we really need to do is vote on a measure to raise the budget of our police force and give our brave men and women in blue the resources to run the riffraff out of our town. I shouldn't have to feel nervous about walking my children around the block at sunset. I hope you had a good day, ma'am.
Mort Mortimus June 09, 2011 at 12:50 AM
I don't feel sorry for myself, George. Why would you think that? You're talking to the a guy who considers himself to be the luckiest dad in the world! Children should be able to wear shorts at the playground, George. Until now, I've never heard of a place that advises children to wear long pants to play on the playground equipment. Like it's not hot enough already? Ell oh ell, George. Good day.
Tina Tyra June 09, 2011 at 12:54 AM
Mort, okay we get the point. You are miserable. We all know that misery loves company. If you're so miserable here and have nothing good to say about our part of the world, then why do you stay? If it's so great in tornado alley, then perhaps you should reconsider. However, wherever you go, make sure they don't have any parks or playground equipment. As far as police, you just busted the budget because now more police and fire personnel will be needed to deal with the issues that abandoned properties will present. If you think there are problems now, then wait until there are no lights and the water has been turned off. Amazing how limited your foresight is. Oh by the way...our "brave men and women in blue" that you are referring to were overwhelmingly in favor of measure D.
Mort Mortimus June 09, 2011 at 01:00 AM
It is baffling to me that you think I'm miserable. I often wonder if people who respond to me aren't secretly responding to themselves. I am far from miserable, I assure you. I am constantly amazed at how fortunate I've been, but I don't believe in luck. I hope you have a nice evening, Tina.
J Carabine June 09, 2011 at 01:29 AM
I was looking for a percentage to compare apples to apples :)
J Carabine June 09, 2011 at 01:30 AM
Does anyone have proof of this drug use in our park?
Anthony June 09, 2011 at 07:35 AM
Mort is an old fart....> Good Day.
Jamie Scranton June 09, 2011 at 10:09 AM
Amy all I hear is what about me me my and ours! This is about everyone not just u and yours, not just kids but a community as a whole!!! You sound a little paranoid about something you were already paying, No proof as always people are are allowed to say anything they want in here and if you are someone who believes everything that is printed without having facts and proof to back it up you are going to be a very judgmental uninformed person. The majority that voted yes needs to get to a city meeting and go from here on how to correct what the minority who voted no doesn't seem to care about COMMUNITY!!!!!!!! thats what parks are!!!
David Pereira June 09, 2011 at 03:19 PM
I've sat and read Mort's smugness for weeks now and it's getting old. I live right down the street from O'Brien and I take my 3 year old daughter and dog for a walk there every night. Now because of people like Mort I won't be able to. I have to tell you Mort, your comments are beginning to anger people and you should really stop being such a smartass. You're at the point where almost everyone on this site hates you, doesn't that feel awful? It should. You're not the voice of reason and nobody cares about your grandeur vision of how a park should be. Like yourself I grew up in a place that had shady parks and let me tell you, at night they also became havens for drug use. So do us all a favor and either drop dead, move, get your old ass off the internet or at least put your picture up on your profile and use your real name. With no picture and no real name nothing you say holds any credence, believe that.
Jeanne Cordova Chavez June 09, 2011 at 05:13 PM
Thanks Davcid for your comment! All I read from Mr. Mort is negative. He is a crabby man. Hot slides? I remember as a child in Orange County sliding down hot slides in parks with big trees. They don't put the play equiptment under shady trees. You can't make the weather change to suit your comfort. This area has always been hot in the summer. If he hates the heat so much why live here? We love how in the afternoons the ocean breeze cools off the night. As for drug use, it is everywhere. Not just in parks and Wildomar. Name me a place were there is not a problem with drugs. Denver, the Mid West...everywhere...Stop blaming everything on the heat, drug users and be looking for ways we can make a safe happy place for the people to play, have a picnic or just take a walk with out worrying of being hit by a car.
michael June 10, 2011 at 09:46 AM
Hahaha mort you honestly are just ignorant, plain and simple! our parks arent well werent "unshaded circles of sand with melting playground equipment" have you ever even driven past marna O'brien? no i really doubt that! please just leave go live in a cave where its nice and shaded and where the rest of the world cant see or hear what you think!
Mort Mortimus June 10, 2011 at 09:03 PM
Hi David and Jeanne. I'm sorry you feel so antagonistic towards me. I'm not a crabby person. I'm actually quite a happy person. I consider myself to be the luckiest daddy alive. I won't be living here very much longer, I'm sure you'll be happy to know. From Wildomar I see in all four directions nothing but desolation. All the schools here look like prisons. Where I'm from, and where I'm going back to, the public can play on the school playground equipment after school is done for the day. No fences, no gates. I moved here believing all the people that said I would love the climate. I should have researched it. I do not like the climate here at all. It's broiling hot from April to October and then it rains for three months. I think that the only reason people think it's okay to raise children here is that they themselves were raised here. I think that raising children here is child abuse. I can't put my name and photo online because I've met people like you before, Mr. Pereira. I've received death threats, threats against my precious children, I received bullets in my mailbox, and my employer received emails with the most bizarre accusations. I'm terrified of you christians and it sure is easy to tell that you're a christian. You bring shame to true christians. You don't think I have any "credence"? Fine. Good day.
Mort Mortimus June 10, 2011 at 09:04 PM
I can't make sense of your comment. I gave up after the first line. Please brush up on your grammar skills and repost your comment. Good day.
michael June 11, 2011 at 12:07 AM
WOW is all i have to say
Joanie June 11, 2011 at 06:41 AM
Mort, if your grammar skills are as good as you suggest Michael's should be, then you should be able to insert a comma where intended and decipher his comments with ease. On a different note, while I'm sorry that you're not happy with So CA, I can understand that there's no place like home. I've traveled thru 23 states and as a child even lived in the Philippines. I love WA state but really have no use for FL (go figure:). There's still so much more of our vast and varied country I'd love to see but there's no place I'd rather live than right here in SoCA. We all have our preferences and apparently SoCA is not the place for you, but maybe before you return home the place will rub off on you a little. If you haven't already done so, you might travel up to the Sequoias, they're awesome! The drive to Solvang is really very lovely and even Joshua Tree Nat. Mon. has it's own desert beauty. Top to bottom, CA is quite diverse. As are playgrounds. Ours here are still fledglings but ya gotta start somewhere! Be it people or countryside, diversity is a wonderful thing. It's how it's presented or reacted to that makes one pull away rather than embrace. I may not agree with all that you've posted here but I certainly don't care to be included as part of the ALL who either "hate" or see you as being "miserable". Insults are easily hurled but never really accomplish much. To me, they are far from appealing and are no more than playground antics meant to bully and intimidate.
David Pereira June 11, 2011 at 01:31 PM
I'm not a Christian Mort, I just don't like you. Nobody does.
Mort Mortimus June 11, 2011 at 02:27 PM
And you, Anthony, are obviously a christian. It's so strange that christians always call people names. What makes you think I'm old? I have a three year old daughter, sir. And soon she'll be in Smalltown, USA. Good day.
Mort Mortimus June 11, 2011 at 02:37 PM
Wow. Just wow. I can't my children out of here fast enough. So you're an atheist? No way. Why do you call yourself nobody? Build some self-esteem, sir. Trust in your inner strength. Good day.
Joanie June 11, 2011 at 03:39 PM
Mort, I wasn't referring to you in my comment about bullying and intimidation. That was about all of the folks, who with every post that they don't agree with, always revert to name calling and feel the need to include others in their own descriptive feelings as if their words carry more power in doing so. I don't feel badly about you because you don't care for the Inland Empire ... why would anyone judge you because of that? I've spent a good deal of time in various areas of Florida, including the Keys and really don't care for it but I have family and friends who do. And some of them don't care for the brownness of SoCA but that's okay ... to each their own. Anyway, no one place is meant for everyone just as travel isn't. Either afar or nearby, my kids always looked forward to taking a road trip and enjoyed all of the amazing sights along the way. But of course there were always those times when they said "wake me when we've passed thru". Now, all grown up, they still enjoy traveling both abroad and here at "home". Good or bad, the memories and lesson's learned along the way are invaluable and will long be revisited in reverie. A good day to you also, Mort.
Joanie June 11, 2011 at 04:22 PM
Geeze, how could I forget about Canada last year, Hawaii back in childhood and well, understandably, Guam back then also :\
Mort Mortimus June 11, 2011 at 07:53 PM
Whoops! I misread. I apologize. : )
Mort Mortimus June 11, 2011 at 07:56 PM
Most people seem to overuse commas. I am a fan of Cormac McCarthy. Thank you for your comment. Point taken. I hope you have a nice day.
Anthony June 11, 2011 at 08:04 PM
Wrong again Mort. BTW Anthony here; I am an Atheist. What's your excuse now... LOL! And you are obviously a pessimist. For someone who has a 3 year old, one would think that one would want the possibility of having some place descent to take that 3 year old to play. (Like a park perhaps). Come on Mort, use that intelligence of yours for something positive.
Anthony June 11, 2011 at 08:11 PM
Wrong again Mort. BTW Anthony here; I am an Atheist. What's your excuse now... LOL! And you are obviously a pessimist. For someone who has a 3 year old, one would think that one would want the possibility of have some place descent to take that 3 year old to play. (Like a park perhaps). Come on Mort, use that intelligence of yours for something positive.
Hillary June 11, 2011 at 10:13 PM
Reply to Amy~ I walk at night at Marna Obrien. Sometimes as late as 10 pm. There's no meth heads there:) I know there around here, but they don't hang at the park


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