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OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE: Wildomar Seeks Volunteers To Help Oversee City Parks

Applicants must reside in Wildomar; the final five appointees will be selected by the Wildomar City Council.

The City of Wildomar is looking for residents to sit on an advisory committee to oversee how tax dollars will be spent on parks.

Through Jan. 23, the city is accepting applications for the five-member Wildomar Community Parks Funding Measure Citizen’s Oversight Advisory Committee.

The volunteer assignments are not paid employee positions, and no salary or benefits will be provided; some expenses, such as mileage, may be reimbursed.

Applicants must reside in Wildomar; the final appointees will be selected during the regularly scheduled Feb. 13 City Council meeting. Appointees will report to a subcommittee comprised of Wildomar City Council members Bridgette Moore and Marsha Swanson, said Wildomar Community Services Director Paula Willette.

The first Wildomar Community Parks Funding Measure Citizen’s Oversight Advisory Committee meeting will take place March 4, Willette said.

The oversight advisory committee is being formed after Wildomar voters passed Measure Z in November. The ballot measure imposes an annual $28 tax on the city's property owners for the purpose of maintaining Wildomar parks.

According to the approved measure, the tax dollars will be used “to reopen closed community parks, prevent closure of Marna O'Brien Park (the last open City park), restore funding for recreational services/community events, maintain safe playground equipment, clean public restrooms, sports fields, and youth/children's  recreation/after-school programs, restore park security patrols/safety lighting, and remove graffiti …”

For more information on the Wildomar Community Parks Funding Measure Citizen’s Oversight Advisory Committee and to download an application, click here.

Ken Mayes January 03, 2013 at 07:42 PM
Thank you very much Toni for providing information the city failed to mention on the cities website, such as due date for applications, date of selection, date of first meeting. So typical of the city, we want community involvement but only if your part of the inner circle. Now maybe someone can provide information on why the city request a persons Social Security Number, California Drivers License Number as I can find no other oversight committee including law-enforcement oversight committees that require this information and why the city council decided to appoint a committee before they have having established the policies, guidelines and procedures of this committee. That is like asking someone to volunteer now and we will tell you what your going to do later. Without any guidelines the statement on the cities website that "members serve at the pleasure of the city council" sounds ominous.
The Teller of Truth January 03, 2013 at 09:53 PM
So Ken, I take it that you're not going to apply?
Ken Mayes January 03, 2013 at 10:58 PM
Didn't say that now did I.
John Lloyd January 04, 2013 at 06:57 AM
Ken, Other than complaining about the city staff and council you really didn't say much at all. Are you going to put in an application and do something to fix the problems, as you see them?
Martha L. Bridges January 04, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Just reviewed the application form posted for the Parks Oversight Committee and here are my observations: 1. The city asks for applications without first defining the function/duties/responsibilities/meeting cycle/attendance requirements/reporting structure etc. How can people apply without first knowing these things and what is expected from them? 2. As a volunteer position, without salary or reimbursements, there is no need for either a driver’s license or social security number. The request for this information is not normal for volunteer positions or initial applications. How will it be used and safeguarded by the city from misuse, public exposure or identity theft? After all, the applications will have to be copied and distributed to council and staff and become city documents available to the public for review. 3. As an oversight committee whose main duty would be to review and report on fiscal matters, it would seem likely there would be no need for a driver’s license, a car or car insurance. None of these things are required to attend committee meetings, and a committee member should not need to travel except to attend meetings that would probably be held at city hall. 4. If the committee serves at the pleasure of the city council, then it cannot by definition be independent or perform its primary function of oversight without fear of repercussions. See below for remaining observations
Martha L. Bridges January 04, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Continued: 5. If the committee meets quarterly (as was suggested at the recent Parks Sub-Committee meeting) to review expenditures which have already been approved by council and spent, how would they have any oversight of the process or be able to raise questions about the Sub-Committee’s priorities/selection of vendors/expenditures or the appropriateness of programs etc. They would simply be a rubber stamp committee without the ability to influence these areas. There is no established process for raising questions or expressing concerns. 6. This application has been pulled together with unnecessary haste, and much like the previous Blue Ribbon Committee, has not been well thought out. It continues the city’s pattern of rushing forward without doing the necessary foundational work that would ensure effective committee function. 7. These actions and omissions expose the city to criticism and a lack of true oversight which could both be avoided. Why repeat the failed processes of the past?
Ken Mayes January 04, 2013 at 06:07 PM
I will be filling out an application minus the non relevant information.
Chere January 04, 2013 at 09:09 PM
This is exactly why we voted against the parks, but we have to pay more now for what ??a City that doesn't want to accountable they want volunteers who will give them personal information they don't need..If your not in the inner Circle your not going to be helping your word is nothing.. I have not been pleased with Wildomar becoming a city at all. They don't listen...wishing i could sell my home and leave honestly!
Hobie January 05, 2013 at 02:36 PM
You seem to be a single person oversight committee yourself. do you know who you really are? Proper identification in the form of drivers licenses is really needed for these positions. I'm sure a state identification card would qualify too since some of us don't drive. Social security numbers will be protected as well as all of the other SS numbers the city has on file. I don't know why you look for incompetence every time you write about city affairs. Other than taking the time to read one more of your attempts to trash the city of Wildomar, my only regret is that I live just outside city limits so I can't apply.
Hobie January 05, 2013 at 06:14 PM
Now that I've read the application for this committee, I understand your grievances. It's way too complicated. They are serious about getting people who understand the need to be able to logically communicate with others, something you have no interest in doing. Instead of being willing to express your opinions logically, you seem to only want to complain as loudly as possible. That really doesn't work well in the committee environment where discussion are intended to be held in a civil manner by expressing opinions logically whether for or against proposals that will come before the committee. In regard to your numbered points... 1. The functions and meeting cycles will likely be decided by the committee members themselves in order to remain independant of the city council rather than directed by the same council on their activites. It's also neccessary to schedule these meetings and activities to the convenience of the members other schedules. 2. As volunteers, they must still be lawfull resident of the United States and the city of Wildomer. A CDL and or CID and SS number will document those requirements. 3. See 1 and 2 above. 4. See 1 above. 5. The committee would see the expeditures and program selection process in a way to question the needs and methods and there by show there is an attentive audience to keep things on the up and up. 6. You should participate from within as I suggested so you can help correct how things are managed. 7. Ditto.
Ken Mayes January 05, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Hobie The only requirement for this volunteer committee application should be proof of residency in the city. If a person is selected and there is a need for this information which I seriously doubt as they are not working with children, therefore no live scan required. Their not handling money, therefore no credit check or bonding required. They also will not have access to classified information, only public records, therefore no security clearance. These applications will be copied and distributed to all the city council members and staff (the city requires 16 copies of anything a citizen brings before the city council), therefore there is the possibility that my numbers could end up all over the place.
Hobie January 05, 2013 at 07:11 PM
Now that I've read the application for this committee, I understand your grievances. It's way too complicated. They are serious about getting people who understand the need to be able to logically communicate with others, something you have no interest in doing. Instead of being willing to express your opinions logically, you seem to only want to complain as loudly as possible. That really doesn't work well in the committee environment where discussion are intended to be held in a civil manner by expressing opinions logically whether for or against proposals that will come before the committee. In regard to your numbered points... 1. The functions and meeting cycles will likely be decided by the committee members themselves in order to remain independant of the city council rather than directed by the same council on their activites. It's also neccessary to schedule these meetings and activities to the convenience of the members other schedules. 2. As volunteers, they must still be lawfull resident of the United States and the city of Wildomer. A CDL and or CID and SS number will document those requirements. 3. See 1 and 2 above. 4. See 1 above. 5. The committee would see the expeditures and program selection process in a way to question the needs and methods and there by show there is an attentive audience to keep things on the up and up. 6. You should participate from within as I suggested so you can help correct how things are managed. 7. Ditto.
Constant Comment January 05, 2013 at 09:59 PM
Did you not see the question mark there Ken??????
Constant Comment January 05, 2013 at 10:03 PM
You do realize that by just filling out half of a application, does not guarantee you a spot on the committee? I do not believe that anyone that is so against their own city, such as you & Marfa, should even be considered. }~)
Constant Comment January 05, 2013 at 10:05 PM
I agree Hobie. A person that does nothing but trash and sue their own city and neighbors, has no business on any of the citys' committees. }~)
Constant Comment January 05, 2013 at 10:10 PM
@Chere, I believe with all of the frivolous lawsuits popping up, its better to be on the side of caution, rather than to risk the intense scrutiny by that one individual above. Unfortunately, thats just what its come down to. }~)
The Teller of Truth January 06, 2013 at 10:05 PM
"The only requirement should be proof of residency" ??? Are you kidding me? That would open up possible litigation from every Marfa out there trying to fund their retirement by suing the city for every frivolous situation that they can create. I think the city is being cautiously responsible in their efforts to weed out any 'bad apples' that may want to use this position for their own nefarious deeds.
Hobie January 08, 2013 at 02:25 PM
"I think the city is being cautiously responsible in their efforts to weed out any 'bad apples' that may want to use this position for their own nefarious deeds." Exactly! They simply want to know who they are dealing with, though in some cases I'm sure they will have some idea who some of the applicants are anyway.

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