Dog Park Survey

Thanks to everyone who has responded to my post about the potential for a dog park in Menifee / Sun City area.

I've created a short (less than 10 minute survey) to help me assess the needs / wants of the dog-friendly community. If you have some free time, I would appreciate it if you would click on the link below and complete the survey. Please feel free to pass the link along to other dog-friendly people you know.

http://FreeOnlineSurveys.com/rendersurvey.asp?sid=piviq5bh1hmujtj284464

Thank You!




Politics at Mt San Jacinto College

Most of us don't know what goes on amongst the officials at Mt. San Jacinto College, Menifee Campus. I certainly don't.

That's why Ann Motte created a website:
http://annmotte.com/

Ann Motte is an elected official, a trustee, on the college Board. She posts new articles quite frequently, explaining what goes on within the Board, and tries to help folks like us understand it.

Why is it necessary to understand?

Because it's your money. MSJC is part of the State's system of community colleges. Last June, those of us who live in MSJC's district were asked to spend more taxes on the campus to provide for expansion. That measure was defeated. Ann Motte used her website to explain to us the thinking that went behind this measure, and also explained how the college was still able to expand without this money.

I recommend visiting her website, and reading some of her writings. The next time an MSJC bond measure comes up, you can make a better decision on casting a vote.




Menifee Market Busted for Selling Booze to Kids

The Riverside County Sheriff published a press release stating that their efforts to stop sales of alcoholic beverages to minors proved successful in the bust of Menifee Market, on 26035 Scott Road.

The following is the press release...
On Friday, March 23, 2007, Deputies from the Southwest Station in conjunction with the State Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control agents conducted the one of several planned surveillance operations focused on minors purchasing alcohol products at local retail establishments in the Menifee and French Valley area.

On Friday, around 9:15 PM, they observed a minor purchasing alcohol at Menifee Market, 26035 Scott Road. The owner of the business, Yasir Harb, 47 years old, of Romoland, was cited for 25658(a) B&P, selling alcohol to a minor. Harb could face fines and or community service. In addition the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control will take administrative action against the business's liquor license that may include a fine, a suspension of the liquor license or the permanent revocation of the license

We would like to again thank the merchants of the county areas that are not selling alcohol to minors. Their continued support of the well being of the youth in our community is appreciated. The Southwest Station's efforts to deter the unlawful sales of alcohol products, and gain compliance by all merchants will continue and more programs will be conducted on a regular basis.

If citizens observe juveniles purchasing tobacco or alcohol, they are encouraged to call the Southwest Station's non-emergency number 696-HELP and report the incident.
This doesn't say anything about the parents or guardians who didn't know (or knew) their kids were buying booze.

Also note that this press release said that the bust of Menifee Market was just one of several planned surveillance operations in Menifee and French Valley. If you're a store owner with a liquor license, you're being watched.




Should the Two Chambers Merge?

This is a commentary from me...

The Menifee Sun City Chamber of Commerce is asking its members if they want the chamber to merge with the Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce.

This is a debate that's been going on for about as long as Menifee Sun City Chamber (MSCC) has been around, although the details of why the new chamber should merge hasn't been explained.

Often dubbed, "the new chamber", MSCC was created a few years ago after the Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce (MVCC) sought to merge with Hemet Valley Chamber of Commerce. This merger would have left the business people of Menifee underserved by the merged chamber. It turned out the merger attempt failed, and today there are still two chambers of commerce in Menifee Valley.

But the facts are that many members of the "new chamber" are also members of the "old chamber". And since a chamber of commerce exists to serve its members, how can members be underserved with having two chambers?

There's talk that having two chambers is counter-productive to the cityhood incorporation process. I don't know enough about the inner-workings of the cityhood process to comment. I know that board members of the old chamber as well as the new chamber are intimately involved in the cityhood drive. How this adversely impacts the cityhood effort, I don't know. I'd like to see people post some comments to that effect.

Competition between two chambers could become more fierce once Menifee incorporates into a city. If a chamber board member gains a seat among the new City Council, or even serves as Mayor, that chamber could gain a significant advantage over the other. Conflicts of interest could become worse if board members of both chambers hold elected positions in city government.

It's interesting to note that the new chamber (MSCC) asking its members to vote on merging with the old chamber, and not the other way around. This is quite a development, considering the new chamber originally claimed the old chamber was underserving the business people of Menifee Valley.

Has the old chamber made great strides towards improving its service to the Menifee Valley, such that the new chamber no longer sees it necessary to continue service? I don't have the answer to that either.

Lack of funding seems to be official reasoning for merger, if you read the article in The Californian, published Feb 27, 2007. However, like I said in the second paragraph above, chamber merger has been discussed for a long time, not recently. Also, a couple of years ago, Supervisor Jeff Stone offered to give $30,000 of public money to the new chamber to help it grow. This offer fell through because of negative publicity that Stone got in the newspaper. That was $30,000 of pulic money that could have been invested into our community, but we didn't get. You can read Julie Johnson's commentary about that here...
http://www.menifee247.com/2005/08/lets-talk_27.htm

When the new chamber started up, I was quite excited to join something that was focused on our community. The new chamber had been filled with hope and promise, and was financially solvent, according to ex-CEO Julie Johnson. Today, the new chamber is insolvent and pathetic. What happened? How did this thing fall apart?

As a rank-and-file member of both chambers (I think I'm still a member of the old chamber), I don't really care if the two chambers merge, or not merge. I think that's how other members feel too. All we want is a chamber that provides us with tools and resources to help us succeed.

Click on "Post a Comment" below, and share your thoughts.




Casino Night Fundraiser - Photos

casino night fundraiserPhotos from the Casino Night Fundraiser, to benefit the Menifee Valley Incorporation Committee, are online here:

http://anawatts.smugmug.com/gallery/2571789#135372519

The fundraiser took place on March 8, 2007. It was a success, raising nearly $35,000 for the cityhood effort.




Dog Park Plans Move Forward

I wrote a year or so back about the lack of a community dog park in the Menifee/Sun City area and am very grateful for the overwhelming support I received.

I'm finally moving forward with my plans to establish a privately run non-profit dog park in our community. Currently, I am in the very initial phase - information gathering and applying for non-profit status.

If there is anyone with experience forming a non-profit or who has a legal background as it relates to non-profit entities and would be willing to help, I can be reached via email at kj_jester@hotmail.com.

I'm looking forward to finally putting this plan in motion and giving our "best friends" a place to roam (off leash) in their own community.




Veterans Appreciation Day


Menifee Valley Middle School

Citizenship Day: Honoring Our Veterans

All U. S. Veterans are invited to join us as our honored guests on this special occasion.

When: Wednesday March 21, 2007

9:00 AM – 12:00 AM

Where: Menifee Valley Middle School

26255 Garbani Road

Menifee, California 92584


Share your thoughts and experiences with our students. We hope to honor your service to our country and make history meaningful to a new generation. Share your memories as a veteran with students in an informal interview setting. Please bring items such as photos, newspaper clippings, models, and uniforms to share.

(No weapons, please)

Lunch will be provided at noon.

For further information:

Email: Veterans@menifeeusd.org

Telephone: (951) 672-6400




Sun City Girl is Missing

A friend of mine is asking for help regarding a missing 11 year old girl from Sun City...

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE KEEP AN EYE OUT...

MY NIECE IS MISSING. SHE IS MISSING FROM HER HOME IN SUN CITY AS OF THIS MORNING. HER PARENTS WENT TO WAKE HER FOR SCHOOL AND SHE WAS GONE.

SHE IS BELIEVED TO BE WITH A 19-21 YEAR OLD MEXICAN/HISPANIC MALE GOING BY THE NAME JAVIER. HE FREQUENTS THE LIQUOR STORE ON MCCALL IN SUN CITY WHERE HIS FRIEND PABLO WORKS.

THEY MAY BE IN A BLACK PICK-UP TRUCK. POSSIBLY HEADING TO MEXICO. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE KEEP AN EYE OUT... SHE IS 11 YEARS OLD, ABOUT 4'11", BLONDE HAIR, BLUE EYES.

CONTACT ROBYN AT 951/757-6178 OR SHARON AT 951/897-0730

PLEASE SPREAD THIS AROUND.




Green Ball Golf Challenge

The Green Ball Golf Challenge is scheduled for this Friday, March 9th, at the North Course in Sun City. You still have time to join the fun.

The event is need of golfers, golfers, and more golfers. In addition to a fun day of golfing, there will be a "spectacular BBQ" planned for the awards dinner.

The event also needs door prizes. If you're a business owner, bring in a free prize and get your business name promoted at the event. Call the Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce, or drop your door prize at the Chamber.

Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce
27070 Sun City Blvd
Sun City, CA 92586
(951) 672-1991




Menifee History in New Canyon Lake Book

Canyon Lake resident Elinor Martin, whose family ranched in the area of Canyon Lake and Menifee Valley since the late 1800s, has a new book out called, "Images of America: Canyon Lake".

The book also includes some history about Menifee Valley.

Here's what The Friday Flyer has to say about the book...
Elinor writes about "The Early Years" after her grandfather, Henry Evans, moved to the Menifee Valley in 1890, eight years after California Southern Railroad built a line from Perris to Elsinore through what became known as Railroad Canyon. The railroad's first station was at Pinacate St., now the location of the Orange Empire Railway Museum and home to the Perris Valley Historical and Museum Association.

The railroad line was later sold to the Santa Fe Railroad and became part of its transcontinental line. Troubles with flooding beset the railroad almost from the beginning. On February 16, 1927, the railroad experienced its third washout since it was built. Pictures in Elinor’s book show how the bridge washed out from under the tracks at the southern end, where I-15 meets Railroad Canyon Rd.
The book is on sale for $19.99 at the Canyon Lake Market, Pepe's Restaurant and Pack, Wrap and Post.




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