City Adopts New Police & Fire Contracts

The city council today held a special session to adopt new contracts for police and fire. The existing contracts expired June 30, 2009, but...

The city council today held a special session to adopt new contracts for police and fire.

The existing contracts expired June 30, 2009, but the city was able to continue on a one-month "memorandum of understanding" that extended the service to July 31, 2009.

The new police contract goes into effect immediately, costing the city nearly $8.7 million, for the 2009/2010 fiscal year.

The contract also include a provision whereby the city and the Riverside County Sheriff will meet in the first quarter of 2011 to discuss the possibility of moving Menifee's police headquarters from the Perris Substation to the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta. Currently, Temecula's police department operates out of there, but there's an expectation they'll be moving close to the new city hall building.

The new fire contract runs through the same period of time, but at a cost of nearly $6.9 million.

Riverside County's fire services is provided by the California Department of Forestry.

Councilman Denver asked if the fire department will adopt the city's name and city seal on their trucks and uniforms, similar to the police department. City Manager Wentz replied that he's had discussions on that. However, a representative from the California Department of Forestry happened to be on hand, and said that their department has a policy against putting any city's name and insignia on their property or uniforms.

California Close to Seizing Property Taxes

After the contracts were adopted, the Mayor called for council member comments. No else spoke up, so the Mayor asked the City's financial consultant, Gary Thompson to provide a status on the State of California's attempt to seize local property taxes, as well as gas taxes.

Thompson said the State Legislature is trying hard to get the required the 2/3 majority vote to seize city property taxes, however if such an attempt passes, Menifee will not be affected because the city has no historical property tax data by which the State can determine how much to take.

However, nearby cities like Temecula, Murrieta, Perris, Hemet, could be hit really hard if the State takes all of their property taxes.

But Thompson thinks there's a good chance it won't happen, because the Governor is already against seizing such monies, and because Democrats are going to need several Republican votes to pass the measure, which is very unlikely.


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  1. The crooks in Sacramento are trying to pay for their historic overspending by taking city tax money to cover their expenses. Why is this irresponsibility allowed to continue??? Anyone who votes to raise or "seize" tax money at this point instead of cutting the ridiculous and frivolous overspending should be drowned in the depths of the sea with a millstone hung around their necks. Those who continue to vote them into office should soon follow. Ok, maybe that's a little harsh, but this is utterly outrageous.

    Thank you Governor for finally re-acquiring your backbone, soft as it is...

  2. No comment about the contracts. I do wonder about the property tax issue though. If CA takes the property tax, will they also honor the prop 8 reduced assessments that a lot of us have on file or will they make us pay the full amount? Just wondering???

  3. Why would Menifee want their Police headquarters in Murrieta? I vote we build a substation in Menifee by City hall...

  4. Menifee Police Department should be built within the city of Menifee, NOT Murrieta!

    As for the property taxes. I commented on this very topic on a previous blog. Our city controller dude better pull his head out! What is the plan for when the state takes these taxes?

  5. Looking at the bright side, at least we are assured of the protection of Police and Fire departments. I say this because apparently we no longer have the services of the MSJC Police. Yesterday the district attorneys office went to the college and seized quite a few items from the police station. After that they went to Chief Segawa’s house here in Menifee and continued their search. I guess MSJC got wind of this information and is taking action too. I heard from my friend who works there that Segawa was suspended today. I guess they finally wised up and are closing it down.

  6. Yes, I saw this as well. The D.A police were taking boxes and computers from the campus police station in Menifee. The rumor around tha campus is that Kevin Segawa is gone.

  7. How about the unused Target building as a police station?? Plenty of parking, warehouse area could be turned into a holding area, plenty of room for office space, training rooms, conditioning room, everything is there, just need to do some alterations on an as needed basis.
    Hope the new police contract includes a provision that the patrol offices do not respond to county calls. It was tried in Norco and the city informed the sheriff's department that they are paid to patrol the city and not the county. The city of Menifee should do the same.

  8. I was at the Menifee Marketplace for Chipotle for lunch this week and noticed their sprinkler systems came on. This was around 12:15!!!!!!!

    I do NOT want my $$ being spent to have water evaporating in 10 seconds in this 100 degree heat. I am fine with spending money for police.

    Where is that EMWD email for water wasters?

  9. To poster 07-17-09 11:26AM

    Excellent ideas! Not sure in the whole scope of new ciyhood, if Menifee will ever have IT'S OWN police force, but should it come to fruition, great ideas. City council you paying attention?

    I would hope that Police officers who patrol and are paid by Menifee, patrol only our city, even though Menifee contracts with Riverside County Sheriff.

    Now that's using some COMMON SENSE.

    Just think.

  10. Since the city is contracting with the County to provide policing, it's up to the county to provide the facilities, not the city. Why should the city spend money to build a facility when the County already has them?

  11. YOU PEOPLE ARE CLUELESS! Riverside Sheriff contacts for one MAKE MONEY! They paint a few of their cars with "City of Menifee" logos and it's business as usual. There are NO MORE DEPUTIES than there were before we incorporated. Menifee is getting ripped off...period. The only way to guarantee our cops are in OUR city is to start our own PD. Otherwise we are just throwing money into the county money pit. Get a clue and get involved.

  12. Most cities within Riverside County contract with the Sheriff's Department. I don't think that, while we are in an economic crisis, we should be arrogant and develop our own Police Department. Let's keep what we have.

    I am sure that the Sheriff will be patrolling more now that they know the college Police Department is now defunct.

    I got confirmation that Chief Segawa was served a search warrant at work and at his home. Also, the college has placed him on suspension due to the DA apparently having strong enough case against him to obtain a search warrant. I would guess that an arrest is soon too follow.

    Sounds to me like his goose is cooked.

  13. Since we have incorporated as MENIFEE, we should be working towards having our own Police Department. This way we will make sure that a certain amount of officers are ALWAYS within our city limits.
    Currently, this is not the case and can be confirmed by looking at the latest statistics for response times.
    If a certain amount of officers were always within our city limits the response times to level 1 calls should be LESS than 5 minutes at all times. This is currently not the case.
    I for one would like to know that we have officers within a couple of miles at all times within our city. Considering the lack of bridges and traffic jams at Newport and Scott Roads I would request that at least 1 car is always on the East side of the 215 and 1 on the West side at all times. Preferably 2 on each side would be preferable.

  14. Back to the State of California seizing city taxes, does everyone know that back in February when our sales tax soared to new heights, the state legislators gave themselves a pay hike??? Yes, gave themselves a pay increase!!! But, the state employee who only makes about $2000 per month has had their pay decreased by 10% with the furloughs.

  15. I hate to bring this up but somebody had to comment on it.

    I remember how anything regarding the city, police or the college came up and there was back and forth banter about Segawa and the “disgruntled employees.” Of course, we all grew tired of it.

    Now that we are seeing it again I feel that I must comment on the previous post regarding the college police and Chief Segawa. It was apparent that he was the one posting the “disgruntled ex employees” comments.

    Now that the District Attorneys office went to the college and his home with a search warrant he is very quite. Maybe it is because they seized his computers, leaving him no access to the internet. I would guess that he realizes that we all see through him and his load of lies now.
    We all know that a judge is not going to sign a search warrant for a school, Police department or a chief of polices house without plenty of really convincing evidence.

    At this point we must believe that the “disgruntled ex employees” were all telling the truth and they were wronged by Chief Segawa and the college.

  16. To the person or people posting that Menifee should form their own police department: Do you have any idea at all about how much forming our own PD would cost?

    With the condition of the economy, right now is not the time to be forming a police department. That isn't to say that it shouldn't be considered in the future, but this isn't the time.

    I agree that we should have a station or sub-station (not just a store-front office) within city limits.

  17. To: Jim P.

    Thanks you for stepping up and divulging such relevant information. It saddens me to hear that the corruption is true.

  18. We are too new a city to have our own police force. I don't know how many of you are employers, but there are employer costs that go beyond wages, equipment & operational expenses, not the least of which is LIABILITY & LEGACY. This contract with fire & police should be a "test" at best. I see the expanded "police" presence, but they seem to be hanging out at Chevron a lot & catching all the cracked taillights in town. Oh, and threatened to tow someone's unlicensed golf cart from the park at the last movie night.

    I'm all for securing the safety of the city; and maybe "crime" is on the rise if we get anymore misters installed at parks & shopping centers, but PLEASE, can we keep this real and in perspective?

  19. I agree, developing our own Police Department would be far too costly at this point. I think it is wise to stay with the Sheriff's Dept. and wait until we are out of this economnic crisis.

    I, for one, am thrilled to hear the news about the College Police Chief. After ready all of the allegations, and talking to friends that work at the college, I think he is pond scum. Looks like he will be united with some like prison.

  20. Wow, if it's true regarding Kevin Segawa and the search warrant shame on the college administrators for allowing him to remain in a position of authority after all of the accusations were made public.

    It appears the college administrators could no longer protect him once the D.A. took action against him. Very, very sad state of affairs at MSJC administration.

    I feel very badly for the officers who were forced out by this man. I was one of the doubters and now feel duped into believing the Chief, or ex Chief, was an honest law abiding man looking out for the best interest of the College District.

    Steve, can you please verify what's going on and advise?

  21. We need more police in Menifee. Crime rate is increasing. I've called the police on a few occasions and it's taken more than 6 hours or more for a police officer to show up. They seem unconcerned sometimes about what is going on.

  22. Concerned in MenifeeJuly 21, 2009 1:40 AM

    Cities, counties and special districts are among the big losers under Monday's deal; the state will borrow about $2 billion in local property tax money.

    Alright, now that the city is going to lose the property tax money what are you going to do now.

    We need more than 2 police officers on duty in Menifee. For the size in square miles that our city is we should have at least 8 officers on duty at all times.

  23. To "Concerned in Menifee", I'm not sure where you're getting your information from regarding 2 police officers. The contract that Menifee has with the Sheriff provides 8 sheriff's deputies to serve the entire city, and 2 community service officers.

  24. Ok, I am going to floor some people with this comment. I only heard this story 2nd hand and there is no way to verify it. Anyway, about 6 or 8 months ago one of my neighbors told me he had to call the police because there was a gun, or what looked like a gun, in his neighbors front yard. The deputy showed up and picked up the gun, UNLOADED it, and then ran a serial # or address check back at this vehicle. After that, he contacted my neighbor and said it yes, it was a gun, but it WASN't loaded, he doesn't know who it belongs to, basically he didn't have any info. He gave him a report # and left. Several days later he called my neighbor and said that the gun belonged to his partner who is the next door neighbor, where the gun was found. The owner of the gun got a day off or work I think for it, but that was it. I live within the city limits but don't want to say which development. I was floored that this happened because there are many kids running around our small community and also the punishment for this offense.

  25. Steve - I don't know where you heard that we have 8 officers "ON DUTY" at all times, but we only have 2 officers on duty. We have 8 officers assigned to Menifee that cover the 24 hours/7 days a week. This information was in the Menifee Post newspaper several months ago.
    This is why the average response time for a priority "1" call is soo long at over 6 minutes.

  26. Go to the City of Menifee official website. Then go to Agendas and Minutes, dated July 15,2009. Go down through the minutes to ATTACHMENT A, City Of Menifee, Level of Service on page 10, and it lists the number of deputies the city has contracted with. I am not sure of the definitions of each of these positions.

    Listed are:

    4-deputies (fully supported)SET
    1-deputy (unsupported)
    2-deputies (supported)TaskForce
    for Quail Valley
    2-deputies (supported)Traffic Team
    2-community service official II
    1-community service official I

    Again, not sure of definitions,and which deputies are actually on the street, but I count a total of 12 deputies. By my rough math that is
    3 deputies per 8 hour shift in a 24
    hour day. I can only base an opinion on what the city of Menifee provides in it's details. I conclude there is not enough deputies present for such a large area.

    Please think.

  27. I witnessed and called 911 to report shots fired. Actually saw the shooter empty his gun's clip, reload and fire all of the rounds again. Gave a good description of the shooter, the house and address, and cars involved. Stood in my yard for 40 minutes waiting for deputies to show up. After 1 hour,