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WILDOMAR GENERAL PLAN STRUGGLES

Wildomar's officials and key staff members never took the necessary legal steps to adopt or "borrow" Riverside County's General Plan, and they never made any attempt to creative a Wildomar Specific General Plan during the 30-month period in which they were legally required to do so.  This situation gets worse the more you know about it.  The City not only failed to create a Wildomar General Plan, but also failed to obtain an extension of the 30-month deadline.

According to my sources, the initial city council members discussed the need for a Wildomar Specific General Plan, but then summarily dismissed the idea as being too difficult and far too expensive to tackle.  They appear to have been unconcerned about the legal requirements.

The city has scheduled what they are calling "Workshop #2" on this General Plan Update as part of their regular planning commission meeting, Wednesday evening, March 5th - which means it may be one of the shortest workshops on record. 

In the meantime, I am still trying to wrap my mind around just how the city feels it can amend, append or update a version of a document they never legally adopted.  It's a real quandary!

Here's a link to the full article and other details:

                                The WildomarWatcher

                  http://thewildomarwatcher.wordpress.com 

Funny thing about the people managing to get some of my recent comments/replies deleted - not just once but repeatedly - they tell you that I am insignificant and that my opinions are all nonsense, but  evidently they are so afraid people might consider what I say that they trick the Patch system to have them deleted.


The fact that these people are so afraid of my comments should make any intelligent person want to read them.

Anyone who wants to prevent you from seeing or hearing opposing thoughts has something to hide. Beware of these people who are so determined to censor and control what you read!

I have restored the two latest deletions for your reading pleasure and am letting people know about these dirty, childish tricks.

Martha L. Bridges February 26, 2014 at 12:46 PM


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BLUESGUITAR777 February 25, 2014 at 06:14 PM
Forgive my naivete but what would happen if they just never created a city General Plan? What legal ramifications, if any, would there be?
Martha L. Bridges February 25, 2014 at 07:32 PM
BLUES, you ask a good question. We are currently in the legal process of finding the answer to your question with a lawsuit which is now in the Riverside County Superior Court system. Both the California State Constitution and the State LAFCO organizations (Riverside Local Agency Formation Commission in this case) rules clearly define the legal obligation of every new General Law City in California to create a General Plan within a specified period of time. The laws also define many other explicit financial, operational and organizational obligations which new cities must meet.
BLUESGUITAR777 February 25, 2014 at 09:05 PM
@Martha So if the city is financially pressed and unable to do so, why/how does forcing it to spend taxpayer money to defend itself (instead of on a general plan) help the city and it's residents? I'm not railing against you (surprisingly) given my ignorance of Wildomar's issues and going ons but it seems to me if a city is not able to come up with a city plan due to lack of resources, forcing it into a court battle (spending what resources it does have) is counter productive. Perhaps you can further enlighten me?...
BLUESGUITAR777 February 25, 2014 at 10:54 PM
The same could be said be said of the federal government quite honestly. One way or another the greed and power grabbers must be stopped. Anyway, while I live in Elsinore my parents are in Wildomar so I keep my eye on yours and Ken's blogs.
LAKE ELSINORE RESIDENT February 26, 2014 at 08:27 AM
Martha I am not surprised by the incompetence of the Wildomar City Council and this is one more reason all the Council members needs to be replaced in the next elections.
Kevin Jon Sax February 26, 2014 at 10:40 AM
BLUESGUITAR777: I'm with you on this. Ms. Martha Bridges is clearly passionate on the subject, but myself, being a naif lol, fail to recognize the critical importance that Wildomar's General Plan be brought current. What is the gain (or loss) if the city proceeds with its existing general plan? I'm not discounting Martha's position, I am just not 'in-the-know' on this matter, so I am watching, but not knowledgeable enough to speak.
Martha L. Bridges February 26, 2014 at 10:42 AM
Deleted Comment From Ken Mayes Restored: BLUESGUITAR777 - at the time that Wildomar was allowed to become a city they were supposed to be financially sound enough to conduct all the necessary requirements of becoming a city. It was three years into Cityhood before the VLF disappeared and was winding down anyway with only two more years of the bump left. We had the money to sign a rotten Animal Control deal that now cost 4 times what was projected, move into a fancy new building for a city hall, take control of the parks while hiring an overprice community services director, have a City Manager as well as an Assistant City Manager, pay primo dollars for police service while short changing the fire department, we short changed the citizens with super low Developer Impact Fees. The list goes on and on with areas the city spent unwisely in the first few years.
BLUESGUITAR777 February 26, 2014 at 11:27 AM
Makes sense... _______________________________________________________________________________________ I'm not deleting or flagging any comments either... never do.
Marjorie Marrale February 26, 2014 at 11:59 AM
Why anyone voted for city hood, is a good question. We are not better off. It just becomes high end jobs for the want to be politicians. The hook was LE or Murrieta will incorporate Wildomar, maybe in the long run that would of been better.
Kevin Jon Sax February 26, 2014 at 01:09 PM
Martha, I appreciate the explanation, thank you. As you're aware, I have a lot of faith in the Wildomar city leadership, and I consider them friends. However, I'm listening to your message and will ponder it. When I worked in aerospace, there were many document, specification, and drawing revisions that were made, and it was a constant struggle to keep current, but I did my best, and on the whole, it saved us from building hardware that would later have to be scrapped. The majority of the revisions were typo corrections, or loosening of strict criteria (to reduce cost), but once in awhile a change would come in that would be critical to the form, fit, and function of the hardware, and if we didn't keep current designs on file, we would have a costly disaster. Also, when design changes come in, it could potentially change the terms of the contract (price and leadtime). So I can appreciate having an up-to-date General Plan in place, as long as the gain can justify the burden. And the answer to that question is unknowable to me personally. I worry it could be an unneeded burden, but I also can empathize that it could benefit us as well. I do not have a crystal ball.
Kevin Jon Sax February 26, 2014 at 01:30 PM
Martha, just want to add, I'm with the understanding the city operates on a very tight budget and a very lean staff. Many citizens volunteer and donate their time and resources to the city (myself being one of many). Would you consider volunteering your expertise and time to help the city in this project?
LAKE ELSINORE RESIDENT February 26, 2014 at 01:48 PM
Martha another problem the general plan brings is when developers/builders practically write the general plan for a small city. Which has happened in some of Wildomars neighboring cities when they had questionable city councils at the time the plan was developed. This even happens when a city revises a general plan, I believe the developers/builders need to be kept out of this process.
LAKE ELSINORE RESIDENT February 26, 2014 at 01:52 PM
Martha you mentioned LAFCO and I believe the Attorney General should look into what they have been doing for years. I question what motivates them to do the things they do if you get my drift.
Kevin Jon Sax February 26, 2014 at 11:14 PM
Martha, no offense taken. But, tell me, doesn't it get old being on the "unappreciated end" of the stick? Over time that would wear on me. I'm glad we're now able to talk in a civilized manner now. Thank you for that.
Martha L. Bridges March 01, 2014 at 03:28 PM
The censors are working overtime to keep you from reading my comments, but here below is the one they just deleted.
Martha L. Bridges March 01, 2014 at 05:10 PM
Funny thing about the people managing to get some of my comments/replies deleted - not just once but repeatedly - they tell you that I am insignificant and that my opinions are all nonsense, but are so afraid people might consider what I say that they trick the Patch system to have them deleted. I have restored the two latest deletions for your reading pleasure. __________________________________________________________ The fact that these people are so afraid of my comments should make any intelligent person want to read them. Anyone who wants to prevent you from seeing or hearing opposing thoughts has something to hide. Beware of these people who are so determined to control what you read!
LAKE ELSINORE RESIDENT March 01, 2014 at 05:24 PM
Martha you are telling the truth when you say the morons with all the aka's are afraid of you and some others who enjoy sharing the truth. The morons deal in lies and garbage which I was bored by a long time ago and stopped reading the morons post. I am certain many others have also joined me and don't read the boring gibberish written by morons. I look forward to reading what you have to say. I also like the fact you don't bellow from a tower your good deeds and I am certain many of them go unnamed and unmentioned to the public. Keep up the good work and one day Wildomar might have a good city Council. Until that day the future of wildomar looks bleak (ie Ken's park photos.)
Martha L. Bridges March 01, 2014 at 05:59 PM
Kevin Jon Sax, thank you for your well-reasoned comments. We none of us have a crystal ball - nor can we anticipate unknown factors which may crop up in the future. I am trying hard to keep that in mind, as well as reducing my articles to facts and staying away from defamatory personal remarks or attacks. We have all seen more than enough of that type of thing in the last week or two. __________________________________________________________ However, I do think it a legitimate concern that the council has sought out ways to circumvent legal requirements which should have been very obvious to them. The LAFCO approval which allowed the question of city-hood to be put before the voters was a very concise and comprehensive document which carefully spelled out the legal obligations the new city would be responsible for integrating in their policies, procedures and operational practices. There are numerous areas where they have failed to meet those obligations or respond to citizens' concerns about these issues. Hopefully that will change in the future.
Martha L. Bridges March 01, 2014 at 05:59 PM
Marjorie, in my opinion the people of Wildomar were pushed into premature incorporation based on faulty financial analysis and information. While that is now history, there are some legitimate concerns about the fact that the majority of the current city council members are the same people who turned a blind eye to the financial reality that there was never enough revenue to fully support city-hood. They are pushing hard for rapid development in an effort to convince the voters that we are as a city making great progress - while at the same time they fail to follow the very laws which would protect citizens from bad council decisions and which as often as not lead to lawsuits. __________________________________________________________ For example, Murrieta has just been sued by a large group of citizens for their approval on a large new apartment complex by Golden Eagle - the very same developer which has recently purposed very high density apartment/condo development projects in Wildomar. __________________________________________________________ These legal challenges are hardly unique to the City of Wildomar. They often happen in other cities new and old when elected officials decide to cut corners and ignore the law. Sadly at some point trying to circumvent the body of California laws that have been put in place over decades to protect citizens for this type of behavior, will have to be dealt with by the city.
Martha L. Bridges March 01, 2014 at 06:01 PM
Kevin Jon Sax, I hope you will not take this the wrong way, but I have and continue to volunteer to help my community especially in those areas where I have knowledge and the experience to do so. It is a complete misnomer to think otherwise. However, I prefer to provide help without working under the city's umbrella or most of the other so-called service organizations' as they appear to be fraught with politics. I find these groups so often allow their internal politics to interfere with actual progress. You must have experienced that in your own efforts to get a plan together to renovate the Brown House. __________________________________________________________ It’s probably “old school” but I am a firm believer in the adage that you should plan your work, and then work your plan. It seems to me that the city and the community fail to do that and end up struggling with organizational issues instead of getting the work done. __________________________________________________________ I also come from an old New England family where it was considered improper to pat yourself on the back publicly for every bit of help or services you are rendering to the community. We have, IMO, far too much of that in Wildomar. Suffice to say, I have tried to work with the city staff in a constructive way many time and on many different issues. And, I feel that my work as an advocate for bringing the city's operations into compliance with the law a major contribution to the long term well-being of the community. While this work often consumes countless hours of work in the line of research, reading, writing and attending meetings - and much of my limited income - I believe Wildomar will benefit from my contributions in the future.

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