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$1.7 Million For Wildomar Awaiting Governor's Signature: More Cops On The Street Expected

The city manager and the mayor said that if the governor inks the deal, putting more cops back on Wildomar streets is the absolute top priority.

Legislation that would restore to Wildomar $1.7 million in revenues is now awaiting Governor Jerry Brown’s signature.

Friday night and into Saturday morning, the state Senate approved AB 1098, which restores specific Vehicle License Fee revenues to cities.

For cities incorporated after August 2004, the cash that could be returned is significant. In addition to Wildomar, the newly incorporated cities of Jurupa Valley, Eastvale and Menifee would all see millions in revenues returned to the respective coffers.

Friday morning, Wildomar City Manager Frank Oviedo and Mayor Ben Benoit were cautiously optimistic as they awaited word out of Sacramento.

“Even if this gets passed, I’m not celebrating until the governor signs it,” Oviedo said.

The city manager and the mayor said that if the governor inks the deal, putting more cops back on Wildomar streets is the absolute top priority.

budget cuts were needed to keep the city solvent. Reductions were made across the board, but the cut to police service was arguably the toughest to swallow for city leaders: An already skinny level of police service was slashed nearly in half.

“We have seen increased crime,” Benoit admitted.

If AB 1098 is signed into law, funding for Wildomar city parks is up for discussion, but Benoit said he would like to rely instead on the upcoming , which asks voters of they are willing to pay an annual $28 flat tax to fund city parks.

Currently, Windsong and Heritage parks are closed due to lack of city funds, and Marna O’Brien is currently being kept open by diminishing community donations.

“If Measure Z passes in November, we will have a dedicated funding source for parks and we won’t have this problem again,” Benoit argued.

The issue of how to utilize the restored VLF funding – if approved by the governor -- will come back to Wildomar City Council for review.

Martha L. Bridges September 04, 2012 at 02:17 PM
CC, You are confusing what may be WANTED or nice to have with a NEED. It is never wrong to question the cost of something that the taxpayers are being asked to fund. It is obvious that the City of Wildomar is paying excessively for both maintenance of the parks and their so-called parks programs. The hard facts prove that is true. And, you are playing on people's emotions to get what you and other supporters want. People can love their family, create wonderful memories, and forge bonds that last a lifetime without having a park - let alone a circus-like environment that some of Wildomar's parks programs have provided! You can call it being stuck in the past or being old fashioned, but it is fiscally responsible to question why Wildomar would spend 4 or 5 times as much as our neighboring cities to maintain each acre of park land. There are viable alternatives to funding the amount that the park maintenance should actually cost, and it is time for the city council to find that money in the existing budget not cry poor and ask citivens for more tax money.
Martha L. Bridges September 04, 2012 at 03:45 PM
FFWP not only does not have 501(c)3 status and is therefore not a legal non-profit, but it is using time, effort and possibly donations campaigning for passage of Measure "Z" - just as they did for last year's defeated Measure "D". That makes them a political organization as opposed to a non-profit - so you can add the FPPC into the equation when worrying about legalities and risks. If supporters of this unnecessary tax measure think that insults, slurs, and name calling are the way to get this measure passed or if they somehow think it is OK to accept donations and contributions from anyone for the care and maintenance of parks and then turn around and spend that money on campaign materials - they need to think long and hard about it. Without proper accounting they would have a very hard time defending any accusations of wrong doing. But putting all that aside, the city nas never managed the parks effectively. They didn't seek out cost cutting measures the way any good business does. And, if the voters pass Measure "Z" which calls for 2 to 3 times what the park maintenance should cost, the city will continue their wasteful management and spend every last dime they can get their hands on. To be opposed to being over taxed or to call on our local government to be fiscally and legally responsible is acting in the best interests of the community. Measure "Z" is a bad idea, at the wrong time. Vote No on "Z" & demand a better plan for parks!
Martha L. Bridges September 04, 2012 at 04:04 PM
CC, you should be the last one to raise the issue of what does and does not sound nice! You repeatedly berate, belittle and bully people here on the PATCH comments who don't agree with you. You cast aspersions and heap insults on people like me and others who oppose an unnecessary and unjustified tax, and you have wrongly implied that I hate my community and don't care for children. It appears that you and some other supporters will say just about any nasty, mean thing to get your point across. At the end of the day, that will simply discredit you and the cause you are working so feverishly to get passed.
Teller of Truth September 04, 2012 at 04:34 PM
@RAY A. You're absolutely right! VOTE YES ON MEASURE Z!
Teller of Truth September 04, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Martha is only using this park issue to promote her personal vendetta against the city council & nothing more. Depriving all the kids just because she has her own little vengeance going on, is quite despicable! Shame on you Martha!
Teller of Truth September 04, 2012 at 04:57 PM
@AG, Martha doesn't have a personal war w/Jerry Brown like she appears to have with the city council. She could care less about the issues at hand but just attacks the council members themselves. I wouldn't call that passion, its more like a raging, personal vendetta!
Teller of Truth September 04, 2012 at 05:04 PM
@Ray A, when you lie down with dogs, you only wake up with fleas. If you re read all of Ken & Marthas ramblings, you will see for yourself that they don't want this measure to pass and will not help you in your causes. Martha is on her own personal rampage & Ken doesn't want ANYTHING to ever move forward and progress. He resents anyone intruding on his territory. I wouldn't waste my energy on these two. Just a little heads up.
Teller of Truth September 04, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Martha & her crystal ball can see into the future and knows exactly that the city will continue their wasteful management & spending. See what I mean about her vendetta against city hall? Its never been about the parks or the kids enjoyment w/her. She just enjoys warring on the council and will use any measure to do so. SO VOTE FOR THE KIDS!!!! VOTE YES ON MEASURE Z!
Teller of Truth September 04, 2012 at 05:19 PM
$28 per year for parks for our children to be safe & play in. Moving forward with progress for our city. Do what you think is right for your own kids. (Do not be sucked into someones old vendetta against city hall.) YES ON MEASURE Z!
Teller of Truth September 04, 2012 at 05:25 PM
The parents & kids want & need a park. What is so hard to grasp there Martha? Take out your personal rages some place else. A park is a wonderful experience for any family. The ONLY "circus-like environment" is your attempt to stop the families here from having a better life. Just because you might not use any parks, doesn't mean you should try and halt it for everyone. You are being selfish.
Constant Comment September 04, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Marfa, thanks for giving your permission so that "people can love their families & create memories without having a park!" What..... are you playing God now? You truely think you're so pius that you can make a statement like that? Guess what honey, its not your call! Take your personal issues some place else.......YEZ ON Z! }~)
Constant Comment September 04, 2012 at 06:14 PM
FOCUS KEN! "CC" stands for my name = Constant Comment. I'm not Catie Cat or Kitty, etc... I've always been Constant Comment & have a LOT to say constantly & consistantly. Got it? I've never cyber-bullied the citizens of Wildomar. I don't live in the Mid West. I'm not a Fed either. I was not alive in the 1920s or 30s like you & Marfa. I don't really care how the land was back in your day. I'm only concerned with the present & future of this area....in this day & age. Got it? If I can clear up anything else for you, just let me know! }~)
Ray A September 04, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Thanks Teller of Truth. They say that no good deed goes unpunished. My mom used to say the "road to hell is paved with good intentions." And in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" Jimmy Stewart said, "lost causes are the only ones worth fighting for." I can already hear the threats of lawsuits. What the heck, I hope this isn't a lost cause. We should do at least as much for our kids as our parents did for us. But we're not even coming close. Thanks for your support. Vote yes on Prop Z!
Constant Comment September 04, 2012 at 06:16 PM
@Ray A, you might be barkin up the wrong tree there buddy! Good old Ken & his side kick Marfa are against Measure Z. Don't think anything you ask for or wish will ever change that. Oh yeah....YEZ ON Z! }~)
Constant Comment September 04, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Marfa, you know that all the insults, slurs & name calling, are only directed at you and have nothing to do with this measure. How do you think that would get something passed or not? Time to re adjust your meds! YEZ ON Z! }~)
Constant Comment September 04, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Thats true! I often wonder what shes going to bit*h about when this vote is over? (Not really) YEZ ON Z! }~)
Ken Mayes September 04, 2012 at 06:25 PM
TOT The kids of Wildomar have 3 parks and an organization dedicated to keeping them open all it takes is a little gumption on the part of their parents and themselves to keep them maintained. There is nothing wrong with warring with the city over how they spend our money. The city general fund brings in almost $18,000.00 per day every day of the year to the tune of $6,550,000 annually to spend on the citizens of Wildomar and they need to spend it wisely which so far they have done a poor job of, one example is the $420.00 per day they spend on just the building to house animals along with another $812.00 per day to care for them for a total of $1232.00 per day ($450,000.00 annually) of which only $80,000 is contributed by people with animals thru licensing fees, with about 6,600 dogs and 7,350 cats in Wildomar this amounts to 32.30 per year for every animal more than they want to spend on parks. Seems to me that animals people want are more important to the city than children. I'll give you another example, the city recently spent over $600,000.00 on sidewalks (money they received thru a grant) they put these sidewalks in a location that will require they be ripped out when Central St. is widened which it will be, what a waste of money.
Teller of Truth September 04, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Martha there is nothing "outrageous" about this tax. The only thing outrageous is your attitude against the children not getting a park to play in! Shameful!
Teller of Truth September 04, 2012 at 06:56 PM
KEN, it is NEVER ok to "war" with the City. You should work with them instead of spending so much time trying to squash progress. It is NOT up to you & Martha to decide what is best for ALL the children in this area. They will vote & we will see. YES ON MEASURE Z! ITS FOR THE CHILDREN!
Martha L. Bridges September 04, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Teller, you know who and what you are - logic, facts and real issues mean nothing to you. You're just part of the gang of city "supporters" who believes whatever they are told, and blindly follows certain council member(s) lead. I do have a passion for not getting stuck with poorly planned or excessive new taxes, and I don't mind standing up for that fact - especially when the proposed tax represents far more than is needed for the stated purpose of maintaining our parks. I make no apology in saying that I don't trust the council and I certainly don't want to give them a slush fund to waste away. The city needs to live within its budget and they already have enough of our money. You may like getting ripped off with excessive taxes, but I don't. I also don't like having the city council spending our tax dollars to the tune of $58,500.00 to buy a super slick sales pitch created by some outside consultants who aren't even familar with our community. And, AG, I am just as passionate and vocal about all the other unnecessary taxes, especially when they are misused, abused, wasted or hidden away from taxpayers. I'm a proud member of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assoc. and a tax watchdog at every level of government. Measure "Z" doesn't pass the "bad smell" test or any other type of proper analysis. There are other practical, viable funding solutions for maintaining our parks, and they should be used. Vote NO on Measure "Z". We pay enough taxes already!
Popeye September 04, 2012 at 08:05 PM
I can't believe my eyes. Tea Baggers that want to increase taxes and liberals that wants to defeat a tax increase. Oxymorons!
Constant Comment September 04, 2012 at 08:21 PM
@Ray A, I'm afraid that your remarks are falling on deaf ears as Ken/Marfa do not know what your word "selfless" means.....nor "contributions" or "betterment" . And I doubt they realize that they are the "arsonists" so to speak........YEZ on Z! }~)
Constant Comment September 04, 2012 at 08:27 PM
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOh! MARFA the WATCHDOG! I don't know whether to laugh or howl ! HA! And when you think of that "bad smell test", you ought to start with yourself. (I don't think thats something you stepped in either!) }~0
Constant Comment September 04, 2012 at 08:33 PM
I don't know Teller, with all of these unleashed self proclaimed "WATCH DOGS" running around now, it makes sense that they wouldn't want the park measure to go thru. Some dogs have a big problem with having to be LEASHED ! HA! }~) YEZ ON Z!
Martha L. Bridges September 04, 2012 at 09:20 PM
The 1029s or 1930s! Really CC you are stretching the truth one more time. What else is new. You can rebutt logically what I am saying so you just go off with a rant. You are a cyber-bully and you have expsoed yourself for one.
jjwalker_dyno-mite September 04, 2012 at 09:23 PM
What is being built between the Hospital and Albertson's? Is it the new city hall?
Constant Comment September 04, 2012 at 09:48 PM
FOCUS MARFA! If you read above, you will see that it was Ken who brought up the 1920s & 30s. I'll help you with the rest of your comment too; your "1029' should have been 1920. Your "can rebutt" should have been can't. Your "expsoed" should have been exposed. (You were successful in exposing yourself with the fact that you can't spell!) You really need to put that bottle down! Just a suggestion. }~)
Wildomar Resident September 04, 2012 at 10:31 PM
If the City says it will cost under $200K/year to keep the parks open and maintained, and the new tax is designed to raise $350K, why not just have the 50% of the population that wants the parks pay their $28. Problem fixed, case closed.
Ken Mayes September 05, 2012 at 05:54 AM
The city of Wildomar is accepting applications for Community Block grants from non-profit service organizations until the 20th of September its to bad that whom ever set up WFFP did such a poor job that after a year they still do not have their 501(c)(3) letter from the IRS something that should have taken 3 months max. Maybe the people that live in the Windsong area should set up their own non-profit to manage Windsong Park. All the dog lovers could set one up for Regency Heritage Park. If done right they could have a pretty nice park by this time next year because I see no hope for WFFP and when Measure Z fails to garner enough votes I see this organization falling apart.
RR September 05, 2012 at 02:31 PM
I live in Heritage Regency and the park and near Marna O'Brien park. Most of the times these parks were/are empty. The Marna O'Brien park dumpster is a dumping ground for garbage and is overflowing. I count the cars as I drive by....need only one hand.

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