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Jerry Brown Vetoes Wildomar's Hope Of Restoring $1.7 Million

The veto occurred after months of lobbying by city officials from Wildomar, Jurupa Valley, Menifee and Eastvale.

Wildomar’s hope of getting back more than $1.7 million from the state has been torpedoed.

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In his Sept. 19 veto message, Brown said AB 1098 would have undermined 2011 “realignment formulas” and therefore jeopardized public safety funding and created an $18 million hole in the state's General Fund.

The veto occurred after months of lobbying by city officials from Wildomar, Jurupa Valley, Menifee and Eastvale. If signed into law, the bill would have restored approximately $18 million in vehicle license fee (VLF) revenues to the four recently incorporated cities, as well as various cities that had annexed inhabited areas after 2004.

The League of California Cities argued in its request for signature letter for AB 1098 that there would be a no negative impact on realignment funding due to what it called “a more than expected influx of funds for the Department of Motor Vehicles administration from a new $12 fee on vehicle registrations.”

“Realignment” is Sacramento's shifting of responsibility to pay for law enforcement services from the state to local jurisdictions. In the case of VLF revenues, the monies were taken from cities to fund law enforcement grants previously paid by the state General Fund, the League argues.

Vehicle license fees have long been a major general revenue source to cities and counties, but the four new cities that incorporated after 2004 relied on it more heavily.

The reason is complicated: It began in 1998, when the state reduced the VLF revenue rate to cities, but provided "a backfill" from the state General Fund to offset the hit. But then in 2004 the state Legislature approved a “swap" that eliminated the general fund backfill but directed more property tax revenues to cities and counties as compensation.

"However, the Legislature failed to include a mechanism to provide such property tax revenues to cities that incorporate, or cities that annex new territory, after 2004," the League has argued.

In 2006, AB 1602 was passed to provide new cities with compensation via VLF revenues. But the VLF promise was derailed when in June 2011 the governor signed off on his budget package, which included a bill -- SB 89 -- that cut the VLF revenue stream from local cities and directed it to the state.

Although the revenue stream would have "phased down" for Wildomar and the other new cities over a five-year period after incorporation, the immediate hit was a tough one. Following news in June 2011 that the VLF revenue stream was eliminated -- to the tune of more than $1.7 million for this current fiscal year in Wildomar -- Wildomar City Manager Frank Oviedo and Assistant City Manager Gary Nordquist were forced to make difficult 2012-13 fiscal year budget cuts, in particular a reduction in the city's police service.

Wildomar and the three other cities still have a glimmer of hope, however, as they await a court ruling on the constitutionality of SB 89. On Sept. 23, 2011, the League filed the lawsuit in the Sacramento County Superior Court arguing that SB 89 and its companion bill AB 118 violate Props. 22 (2010) and 1A (2004). Wildomar and the other cities still await a ruling on League of California Cities v. Chiang.

Teller of Truth September 22, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Obviously not far right wingers nor far left wingers.....just ANTI old NEGATIVE MARFA! THATS ALL!
Teller of Truth September 22, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Marfa wanting to stop progress again only because she planned poorly and can not afford any new taxes. Heres a news flash for ya Marfa! You & Ken can not stop progress! We all know why you moved here. From the looks of your run down house, we think that the state run poor house would be a step up for you.
Teller of Truth September 22, 2012 at 06:28 PM
You offend everyone Marfa! Judging other people all the time. Do your late night rants give you a boost in your imagined super power? Your not fooling anyone here. What a joke!
Martha L. Bridges September 22, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Jeffries is running for the Board of Supervisors, and his ineffective lobbying on behalf of the City of Wildomar was nothing more than a politician’s ploy to gain votes in a close election race. Gov. Brown did the fiscally responsible thing in taking the VLF funds and also the Redevelopment funds back from the cities and reallocating them to other areas and programs through the state budget. Far from being a treasonist act, Brown is doing all he can to restore our state's finances to a reasonable, balanced position. There is no easy answer to the negative position the state's finances are in... We cannot go on spending money we don't have. The voters either will or will not approve Prop 30 tax increases, and either way we are looking at serious changes. Good for Brown to put the matter to the voters and let them decide. Jeffries is a purely political animal in search of a new elected office; I don't believe Wildomar can rely on what he says, what he implies or what he promises to deliver if elected. The city council members who so boldly declared their personal support for Jeffries, sign they own fate and the community's too. You simply can't turn your back on a friend of many years and not expect repercussions.
Martha L. Bridges September 22, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Grover Norquist and his pledge to not raise taxes is concentrated at the federal level of government and the congress of the United States...not at the state level. People, voters need to stop looking at party affiliation and do what is right for their city, county, and state governments. If the table was reversed, the Democrats would be the first to insist on keeping or restoring the 2/3 requirement for new taxes.
Constant Comment September 22, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Guess we called that one! Marfa backs Brown! I guess they got that in common; they're both two time screw ups! HA! Are we really supposed to listen to what old Marfa has to say about the people running for office when she calls them "animals" ? A little bit of sour grapes there Marfa? And last but not least..."turn your back on a friend"......are you kidding me? Aren't you the person that got fired from Kaiser Perm for turning your back on all kinds of people? Talk about repercussions! The shame of it all..........}~(
Constant Comment September 22, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Just how many people are you pretending to be MARFA? You can change your name but your venom is still the same! HA! }~)
Constant Comment September 22, 2012 at 07:19 PM
You got the 'insane" part right! You're ONLY reason for stopping the towns progression is because you can't afford the new taxes it would take to do it. How very selfish of you Marfa. You should be ashamed for your fellow citizen as well as for your bad planning. No one wants you on the city council and no one agrees with poor you or anything you have to say.
Constant Comment September 22, 2012 at 07:27 PM
You have never done anything right for your city! Marfa you are a big fraud! Its always been 'me me me' out of your mouth. You stand for Marfa and could care less about any one else. }~0
Constant Comment September 22, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Yeah "obviously" Marfa! Couldn't get the hang of knitting could you Marfa? Or perhaps no one to make any thing for? Ah poor, poor marfa! }~(
D A September 22, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Martha I encourage you to watch Braveheart! What Brown Is doing to this state is no different than tha raping pilerage and plunder that the King of England Did to Scotland in the movie... the only difference is he does it while sitting behind a desk. The only problem is we may need to resort to the same tactics to take our country back from an out of controll government REVOLUTION Martha REVOLUTION!
Teller of Truth September 22, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Yeah Marfa can be the horse we ride into town on.
Ray A September 22, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Martha, you need to do your homework. The Republican Assembly and Senate are up to their eyeballs in Grover Norquist, They have all taken the "Pledge" That is why we can't get budgets passed, and can't govern without making deals and being blackmailed by the minority party. It's a terrible way to have to govern and it makes governing all about politics and less about democracy. Norquist, the Teabaggers, Howard Jarvis, they're all the same. They love the benefits but hate to pay for them. Just sayin'.
Paula Phillips September 22, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Isn't is just peachy...our Governor can't do the hard work to reduce pension deficits so her realigns the fees from the VLF to fill the empty hole he has because the pensions are out of control....love the way they work lots of extra hours to beef up the pay before they retire so they get more...hmmmmmm Corruption 101
Ray A September 22, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Here's a short article from the LA Times about Grover Norquist and the California State legislature. http://articles.latimes.com/2012/may/19/local/la-me-republicans-20120519
Anon September 23, 2012 at 02:18 AM
CC whats with the Kaiser stuff? Do tell...........
Constant Comment September 23, 2012 at 04:24 AM
@American et al, (don't worry your secret is safe with me!) Yeah good old Marfa used to work @ Kaiser Permanente. I think she was the one to say "oh hell no" to all the people & babies that needed an expensive operation. I think that kind of false bravado must have gone to her head. Might explain alot. But the question you should be asking is why she is PRO gay! But that is a story for another day...Ha, winky face.
Ken Mayes September 23, 2012 at 05:37 AM
Martha Looks like I need to take you to task as well. Granted Mr. Jeffries is looking for his next job in government but our other choice is Mr. Buster. Mr Buster the man who literally shoved the "Community of Wildomar" under the bus of cityhood. The man who made a rotten deal with a local developer for worthless parkland after the people voted to become a city but before the council could be seated. The man who with the county purchased 167 acres of land for a regional park only to turn around and promise the choicest 80 acres of it to the community college district 10 years ago, the district with no money to pay for it therefore it sits still undeveloped, probably waiting for the developer with the sweetheart deal on the 22 acres of worthless parkland and on an on. Seems to me we have the usual choice of candidate, the lesser of two evils.
Seen it before September 23, 2012 at 09:10 AM
Constant Comment: your posts are quite amusing, but you sure are demonizing Martha. I'm still trying to figure her out. Is she conservative or liberal? She votes like a liberal, but talks like a conservative. You and her must go way back.
Martha L. Bridges September 23, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Ken, I can's fault what you say about Buster throwing Wildomar under the bus, cause I would be one of the first to agree with that and your other complaints against him. However, two or even twenty of Buster's wrongs don't make Jeffries a better or more attractive choice...in my opinion. Guess that's why we all get one vote and can express our political opinions. Cheers for your usual good research, I have no issue with any point you are making about Buster - but can't say the same for anything or anyone who promotes Jeffries.
Martha L. Bridges September 23, 2012 at 09:00 PM
@ Seen if Before You're right! Like most people I don't blindly follow any party line or slate of candidates and am both conservative and liberal depending on the subject and the issues. Not to be argumentative, but you have no idea how or for whom I actually vote. That's what the secret ballot is supposed to ensure!
Constant Comment September 23, 2012 at 09:07 PM
"I can's fault" ???????????? Kinda early to be drinkin there, don't ya think? }~0
Martha L. Bridges September 23, 2012 at 09:10 PM
@ CC You do know that knowingly telling out-and-out lies about someone in print can be countered with serious consequences including legal action, don't you? Well you do now!
Constant Comment September 23, 2012 at 09:21 PM
@ Seen it before, Marfa is a schitsophrenic. (sp) Shes just a bitter old bat that lives alone & spews her venom on here. She just likes to argue with anyone merely to feel important. You can't figure her out cause she'll change her comments. Its only a pathetic attempt to feel relevant. We don't go way back. Its just a few of us on here that are tired of her running off the intelligent people. She does that cause she thinks she runs the Patch & is queen bee. I'm ONLY on here to "demonize" her. All the rest of my posts are just due to being bored waiting for her to comment again.Thats 'my' job! }~)
Martha L. Bridges September 23, 2012 at 09:25 PM
@ Ray A I stand corrected...at least in small part..about Grover Norquist's influence over California's elected state representatives. However, you fail to understand my point about the huge amount of waste and duplication at all levels of government. We have absolutely no guarantee or any leverage to halt this terrible waste of our taxes if we simply give our elected officials more money to control. That is at the heart of my objections to Measure Z which calls for at least 300% of what it should cost to actually maintain our existing parks...and probably a whole lot more. Same holds true for the waste and duplication at the state and federal levels. And I don't exclude any of our elected representatives be their Republican, Democrat or some form of independent from the responsibility to do the hard work of cutting waste before pleading for more new taxes.
Constant Comment September 23, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Why are you talking to me? Are you threatening me? Wait just a moment......I just fell out of my chair...I was laughing so hard! I think the word you're looking for is LIBEL. I know, you probably didn't know how to spell that. So just like American Girl always says....bring it! You must never get tired of losing, do you? The only lies here are the ones you tell yourself. }~)
Dog September 23, 2012 at 09:53 PM
CC...Seen it before is Marfa, she has a history of congradulating herself on her own posts using different names and threatening legal action when losing an argument, what a fraud...
Constant Comment September 23, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Ah dang! And here I had visions of spending all that money that I was gonna win from that lawsuit! }~(
Seen it before September 23, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Dog.... Martha and I are not the same. I believe in God and I did not vote for Obama. If you really want to believe we're the same person, no problem. Another big difference... I like some of your posts.
Seen it before September 23, 2012 at 10:45 PM
And CC: I don't detect any schizophrenia in Martha- I detect a lot of bitterness from her, and I'm trying to figure out why, ..& if it's justified. She sure takes a beating I can see. Brings up the ol' 'chicken or the egg' phrase.

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