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Wildomar's Measure Z 'Yes Vote' Increases

Thursday night the registrar’s office posted updated election results that added a little more cushion to the Yes on Z count.

“In my experience, the trend usually holds,” said Kari Verjil, Riverside County Registrar of Voters.

Those words are good news to Wildomar parks’ supporters who are anxiously waiting to see if their early victory on Measure Z holds.

Thursday night the registrar’s office posted updated election results that added a little more cushion to the Yes on Z count.

There has been reason to worry.

Z required a two-thirds majority and the tally had come in at 66.77 percent, which is enough to pass.

But the registrar’s office still had another 105,000 vote-by-mail, 60,000 provisional, and 18,000 damaged ballots that needed counting.

At 5:22 p.m. Thursday, the registrar's office posted that it had counted another 19,000 vote-by-mail ballots and that pushed the Yes on Z vote up to 66.83 percent.

“It should be ok,” Verjil said of the upward trend.

At press time, Verjil could not say how many of the outstanding ballots may be from Wildomar, but she explained that the remaining uncounted vote-by-mail ballots are expected to be tallied by Saturday night; the damaged ballots will take longer, and the provisional ballots may take up to several weeks.

[Click here to see the latest election results updates.]

The registrar’s office has until Dec. 4 to certify the final results, and any requests for recounts must come within 5 days of that date, Verjil said.

According to the latest results from the registrar's office, 8,201 voters cast a ballot on Measure Z: 5,481 voted yes, while 2,720 said no to the measure that asked Wildomar voters if they are willing to pay an annual $28 special tax to fund their city parks. If the measure were to fail, the city contends there is not enough money in its budget to open its three parks.

In 2011, a similar initiative -- Measure D -- was put to voters but failed to pass. In that special election, fewer than 4,000 Wildomar voters cast a ballot.

Roberto November 09, 2012 at 08:01 AM
What about those who cannot afford the tax? They must now skip a meal or two...
Constant Comment November 09, 2012 at 08:39 AM
...ah quit gloating...}~)
Ken Mayes November 09, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Congratulations to the city council of wildomar on your purchase of OTRPD part 3.
Tina Tyra November 09, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Roberto, the anti-parks campaign over the years has cost Wildomar residents so much more than the $28.00 per year per family for parks. If you have a home, your property values are affected by the lack of parks in a community. You can take your family to see concerts and movies in the park for free. That saves a lot more than $28.00 a year. Your kids can play sports there. You can have a family reunion or barbecue there. There are classes and activities there. There is absolutely nothing else where you can get that much value for $28.00. If you are a homeowner, your property values reflect the availability of parks. If you're not a property owner, you don't pay anything.
Constant Comment November 09, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Pretty sure that Roberto was just being sarcastic guys......}~)
Anon November 09, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Poor Martha.
Michael November 09, 2012 at 10:35 PM
My wife is a 8th grade teacher at DAB middle school, and her students were so excited to get the parks back. That is what this is for, the kids and some place to play ball.
Brandi Hall November 10, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Nicely put Michael.
michael November 10, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Let's not call names, just adding fuel to the fire... Believe me I disagree with martha more than anyone but that's not the way to approach it... Be nice :) we won and showed what the the majority of people wanted... Its been a loooooong, tireless journey, but I have gained so much from this! Met so many awsome people, made another family, and above all saved our parks
michael November 10, 2012 at 04:46 AM
Also martha hasn't been a sore loser so let's not be rude winners
Roberto November 10, 2012 at 04:56 AM
Liberals cannot connect the dots. I'm a land lord and I will raise the rent by 30 dollars to cover my losss, payment etc. 2( I'm a poor and just getting buy and now you tack on 28 more dollars to my tax ill which I must pay becasue I'm on a fixed income get? in either case, someone will skip a meal somewhere.
Constant Comment November 10, 2012 at 05:17 AM
Marfa is a rude, bitter biddie. She DESERVES every single name that has ever been thrown her way. You may be a winner in your own way but for the rest of us, we rejoice any way we see fit. Like progress...its just nothing you can stop! }~)
Constant Comment November 10, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Oh so you're the one that saved our parks! I was wondering who did that. Funny how your name hasn't been all over these parks threads like some peoples are. And now you think you have the cloat to get all preachy on the rest of us? Get real! }~)
Constant Comment November 10, 2012 at 05:21 AM
Don't you live in the land of opportunity? }~)
Anon November 10, 2012 at 06:02 AM
Oh Michael, Julian, Andy she has been mean for 6 months.
John Lloyd November 10, 2012 at 06:08 AM
$0.54 a week. Not really a meal......
Roberto November 10, 2012 at 07:31 AM
Your avatar shows someone who eats really well. Reality is there are people who go to be hungry even in Wildomar and cannot afford your tax.
John Lloyd November 10, 2012 at 07:34 AM
I'm sorry Roberto for not taking your situation seriously. Please contact Ron Hewison or any of the staff at H.O.P.E. for assistance. Each month they will provide boxes of food to help supplement your groceries. I understand we all go through troubling times.
Constant Comment November 10, 2012 at 07:48 AM
"IF" he's a landlord like he claims, & he's not making ends meet, perhaps he should consider selling off one of his properties to eat? Just a thought.........}~0
The Teller of Truth November 10, 2012 at 08:09 AM
Making fun of Marfa is the citys past time! So gimmie a break reverand Michael!
The Teller of Truth November 10, 2012 at 08:13 AM
Then you must be doing something wrong. Its all in the planning. (Its all in the education too. )
Roberto November 10, 2012 at 04:44 PM
I don't care what you think about my situatiuon. You just dipped into someone's bank account to benefit your agenda. I wonder how the Farm feels abou paying for your parks.
Constant Comment November 10, 2012 at 08:30 PM
I guess you could say thats the American way.....certainly is the California way.....so I guess anyone that lives in CA should just get used to it! }~)
Roberto November 10, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Let me get this straight. You can go to HOPE and get free meals to cover the loss of income created by the park TAX?
Ron Hewison November 10, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Roberto, I am more than happy to meet with you and explain the HOPE programs. Just give me a call on Monday (951 285 1354). If there is a need, we wish to help all that we can. This is not related to the park tax, jusst trying to help those in need.
The Teller of Truth November 11, 2012 at 05:16 AM
Sometimes there are people on here that just like to argue for arguements sake. If you said the sky is blue, they would try to convince you that it is green. There are so many psychological reasons for this, you couldn't list them all.
Martha L. Bridges November 11, 2012 at 04:50 PM
I have known and helped HOPE for years. Our club used to do both food and clothing drives to help out. They are a wonderful organization, which not only helps those people in need, but does their work in a very systematized way. They help children and families throughout the Lake Elsinore Unified School District to get proper clothing, and provide food for those truly in need. Winter and the holiday season are just about here and there is a great necessity for their services. Please join me in giving whatever you can afford. Coats, sweaters and other cold weather clothing are especially needed during the winter months. You can be sure that the HOPE staff will make certain that your donations are used to help people in true need.
Martha L. Bridges November 11, 2012 at 05:05 PM
There ARE good, hard working people for which the Measure "Z" parks tax will be an additional burden. It asks not just for the money needed to reopen and maintain our 3 small parks, but for TWICE what is needed. Measure "Z" supporters are forever pushing the needs and wants of people with children, without considering the many good people who are living on fixed or reduced incomes - people who will probably rarely or never use these facilities - but will be required to pay for them. John Lloyd, the city and other supporters dream of a vastly expanded parks program with after school programs, sports and recreation programs and even dancing classes. These are things that parents should be paying for if they want them for their children. Government, especially a struggling local government, has far more important and fundamental services which it needs to delivered to ALL its citizens.
Constant Comment November 12, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Bitter, bitter Marfa! Does your venom never end? You lost! Face it like the big girl we all know you are! Still drivin that old caddy? What about all the people that you're choking out with all your gas emissions? If you're so worried about your neighbors, charity begins at home. Clean up your yard for GODS sake!
Constant Comment November 12, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Marfa, had to get that last jab in, did ya? I HOPE that we NEVER see you at any of the parks. You already know what this entire city thinks about you & how UN welcomed you'd be. My suggestion would be to get yourself a hobby that doesn't involve interfacing with any human beings. }~)

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