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A short video clip featuring Wildomar residents tells their side of the story about the housing tract known as Autumnwood.

Jennifer Muniz, former Autumnwood resident.
Jennifer Muniz, former Autumnwood resident.
UPDATED: Some Wildomar residents are not giving up their claims that something is gravely amiss in the city's Autumnwood neighborhood.

A short video clip featuring former Autumnwood residents tells their side of the story (watch attached). In the video, the residents say their homes have made them sick, and they want the state's Department of Toxic Substances Control to continue investigating the claims.

After testing soil, soil gas and groundwater samples from specific locations within the allegedly toxic Autumnwood housing tract, officials with the DTSC announced in December preliminary findings that showed the neighborhood is safe.

Xonia Villanueva, who is featured in the video, disputed those findings, claiming they were "manipulated." She is calling on the public to contact Gov. Jerry Brown, asking him to "clean house at the DTSC." At the end of the video, which was produced by Brave New Films, contact information for the public is provided.

In response to Villanueva's claims, the DTSC released a statement: “Our technical experts are among the finest and most respected in their field. The conclusions they’ve reached are based on their careful analysis of the extensive data gathered from our sampling as well as that of others. DTSC followed federal and state guidelines, and our work has been reviewed internally and by technical experts within Cal/EPA and the California Department of Public Health. The findings we shared with residents of the Autumnwood Development reflect our commitment to an unbiased analysis, as well as the conclusions of our sister agencies.”

The Autumnwood issue has been ongoing for more than a year. Since making their case public, some former residents have garnered support from Penny Newman, executive director at the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice.

Following the DTSC's announcement in December, Newman released this statement.

“DTSC must be held accountable. The state agency has been unable to address the impact of multiple contaminated sites, including those from Wildomar, Vernon, and others around the state. A state agency working to protect the people should not be beholden to its corporate polluters. I urge governor Brown to clean house at DTSC.”

Final test results from the DTSC are expected later this month.

Jake of Autumnwood January 23, 2014 at 01:21 AM
Please call Governor Browns office and request that he reform the DTSC. Point out that people are still suffering in Autumwood while the DTSC manipulates data in an orchestrated effort to sweep this toxic issue under the rug. Thanks for your support.
TSManning January 23, 2014 at 06:51 PM
I thought there was another agency pending investigation where is this that agency?
Corinne C. January 23, 2014 at 11:53 PM
Obviously the Autumnwood resident's won't be happy until the tests results come back in their favor. How will they collect any $ with the test results the way they are. I live in the area and have seen Thomas Ciccarelli clearly living in his home which is strange considering how TOXIC it is. I have 4 daughters and would NEVER move back into a TOXIC home if I truly believed that. I believed this story when I first heard it but now not so much! Karma is a b**** and eventually the b**** comes to collect so for Autumnwoods sake I hope you truly believe your homes are TOXIC. I want my governor worrying about REAL problems not BS.
Pauly January 24, 2014 at 12:49 AM
Corinne C., how about you move into the Autimnwood neighborhood for a month as a gesture of good faith, just so we know its safe since you liberals are so concerned about pollution, put your money where your mouth is and PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH!
Corinne C. January 24, 2014 at 11:12 AM
Pauly your funny im not the one complaining about pollution. I would love to live in the Autumnwood homes i think they are beautiful. I would bet its safe considering people are moving back in their homes! Mabye they should PRACTICE WHAT THEY PREACH! For such a polluted area they have some of the best landscaping I've seen. I didnt realize grass and plants could survive such polluted soil.
DB January 24, 2014 at 11:54 AM
The Governor is way to busy passing very important laws that allow illegal aliens driving privileges and children to use whatever bathroom they want. He does not have the time to look into something like this, our borders still have protection and until they are all down, that is his focus!
Ema January 27, 2014 at 09:35 AM
I've been living in Autumnwood for 3 years and haven't experienced any health issues nor has any of my family. I don't understand how many more tests these few residents need. It obvious that the problem is not with the whole neighborhood.
Amaryllis Court January 29, 2014 at 12:31 PM
Recent testing by DTSC did in fact find chemicals throughout Autumnwood: Benzene; Ethylbenzene; Tetrachlorogethene aka Perchlorate aka PCE; Chloroform; Naphthalene, Bis (2-Ethylhexyl) Phalate; 1, 2, 4 Trimehtylbenzene; 1, 2, 5 Trimethylbenzene; Toluene; oXylene; m&pXylene; Formaldehyde; Methanol in concentrations from 600 ug/m3 to 20 ug/m3. There were 17 chemicals above a CHHSL (health protective threshold) throughout the development. DTSC released a "draft" report saying only 1 chemical above a CHHSL. Anyone can READ the truth if they care to in the "draft" report. Autumnwood is cancerous and death causing - the truth! You can choose to stick your head in the sand or stand up for what's right. We've chosen to fight to uncover the truth in hopes that no more family's lives will be destroyed.
Amaryllis Court January 29, 2014 at 12:50 PM
The DTSC counts on NO ONE reading the report and simply believing what they say is true, even though they, the DTSC, is spewing LIES. READ THE REPORT. By the way... you'll first have to make conversions of all the different measures of concentrations (ug/m3; ug/L; mg/kg; mg/L, etc.) and then you'll have to solve the scientific notation formula to arrive at the health protective threshold (CHHSLs). Only then can you compare the concentrations found in Autumnwood to the CHHSLs. See for yourself. And, there is no excuse for calling people who've suffered unimaginable death and sickness liars when the accuser is unwilling to seek the truth that is out there to see. Ignorance is no excuse.
Stephanie Stoneleigh February 21, 2014 at 10:31 AM
Please call me - the symptoms you describe are very well familiar to me. And I think I can help point you to the answer. stoneleigh56@gmail.com


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