Letter Carriers’ Food Drive Hits Menifee

The Menifee Valley Community Cupboard sent out a notice today about their involvement with the "Letter Carriers' Annual Food Drive", set for Saturday, May 9 across the country.

The way it works is that on May 9, residents throughout Menifee will leave a bag of non-perishable food items by their mailbox. The mailman will come by, pick it up, and take it to the Post Office. From there, all food gets delivered to the Menifee Valley Community Cupboard.

Last year, the MVCC received 12,786 lbs of food. This time around, they're aiming for 15,000.

The Community Cupboard is also looking for volunteers to help sort out and box the expected 15,000 pounds of food. Call them at (951) 301-4414 if you'd like to help out.




Gasoline Stolen from Cars Continues

Even though gasoline is a lot cheaper than it was last summer, apparently thieves are still siphoning gas from people's cars. Here's a message I received from a local resident...
Hi Steve,

I live in the Lakes at Menifee Development. Hope you will post this...recently my neighbor has had gasoline stolen from his cars (several times), which he parks on the street and in his driveway. The thief or thieves pry the gas door open and even popped a lock off a gas cap lock. Then they siphon the gas out of the car. We think it is some punk or a group of them living in our neighborhood, as we live in a gated community. Of course, they strike at night. I encourage everyone to be on the lookout for late-night loiterers, and park your cars in your garage if possible.

Thanks,

Todd Greene




California Lawn Bowling Day

Apparently our Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued an official endorsement of "California Lawn Bowls Day", honoring California bowlers' "efforts to encourage awareness of the challenge of lawn bowling” a few weeks ago.

So in reponse to that proclaimation, The Sun City Lawn Bowling Club will host its annual "Saturday On The Green" Open House on May 9th. All are invited to come and try out this ancient sport at their greens, located at Sun City Blvd and Cherry Hills Blvd. in Sun City.

The event will feature free pizza, free drinks, and free lessons by champion bowlers from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those interested in taking advantage of the free lessons should wear flat-sole tennis type shoes to the bowling green. All equipment will be provided without charge.

Here are some words from Conrad Melton, Committee Chairman of the Sun City Lawn Bowls Club...
Men and women of any age are invited to try their skill at this sport, which, for many, has become a lifetime activity. Bowls looks as easy as pitching pennies, but it is a finesse-and-strategy game, and has millions of devoted players all over the world.

Sometimes referred to as "billiards on grass," bowls is a sport for all ages, and is played as recreation – it's fabulous exercise for senior citizens – and as a highly competitive international sport. Its low impact form and unique social interaction appeals especially to adults and seniors, and many are surprised to learn that neither gender has an advantage in playing.

The Sun City Lawn Bowls Club was established with only one green in 1962. In the 1970s a second green was built by Club members. Sun City is one of 59 Bowling Clubs in California and has hosted visitors from all over the world. Every year the SCLBC hosts tournaments that attract competitors from the 28 Clubs in Southern California.
Saturday On The Green is an annual event. For information, call Tom Bentley, 951-679-1563 or gus6692591@hotmail.com . More information about lawn bowling can be found at www.trylawnbowling.com.




Menifee City Council Meeting - April 21, 2009

Folks the city council is having a meeting tonight starting at 7:00pm. You can read the agenda here...

http://www.cityofmenifee.us/agendas_minutes/20090421/agenda.pdf

It's been awhile since I've attended a meeting, and I apologize for not being able to report on them. I've been spending a lot of time working on one of my largest websites. I also have another big one that sorely needs some attention from me, which I've been putting off for too long. And then I also had that motorcycle camping trip to Utah, which has been been a tradition for my friends and I.

Tonight I have to sit out again. This afternoon the nice and wonderful Dr. Darryl Morris DDS, collected two of my molars, one on each side of my mouth. Right now as I type this I have two big wads of gauze in my mouth, along with Vicodin flowing through my veins. He decided to use general anesthesia on me.

I sat in his chair, while he told me stories about growing up Southern California, and I recounted my years growing up in Santa Ana. We talked about how little we go back to our old stomping grounds, mainly because the neighborhoods are mostly those we'd like to forget about. And then the next thing I know he pulls off his gloves and walks out the door, and his assistant helps me out of the chair.

I said, "Whoa, wait a minute Doc!" (with chunks of gauze in my mouth), "Aren't you going to pull my teeth out?" The assistant replied, "He already did".

I put my finger into my mouth to verify, and the assistant was all over me saying, No, no, no, you're fingers aren't clean". I put my hands over my face, and thought "Holy Cow!".

That's general anesthesia for you.

Anyways, I hope to get back to reporting on the city council meetings soon. If any of you happened to attend, please feel free to comment below on what you saw and heard.




Back From the Camping Trip

dixie national forest, utahArrived back home from my motorcycle camping trip Tuesday evening.

Had a great time seeing a lot of country, riding some 1,500 miles, and having a good time with my friends. Here's a recap of what attractions we rode through...

Zion National Park, UT
Dixie National Forest, UT
Bryce Canyon National Park, UT
Grand Staircase Escalante State Park, UT
Capitol Reef National Park, UT
Lake Powell, UT
Natural Bridges National Monument, UT
Monument Valley, UT
Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
Grand Canyon Caverns, AZ

Here's where we camped...

Day 1, Zion National Park
Day 2, Natural Bridges National Monument
Day 3, Grand Canyon Caverns

The trip was largely based around one stretch of road, Highway 12 through Utah. It's regarded as one of the top most scenic roads in the United States. As it turned out, it was exactly so. Miles and miles of open country, forest, mountains, desert, and lots twisty roads for a motorcyclist like myself to enjoy.

Highway 24, which runs through Capitol Reef National Park is perhaps as equally spectacular as Highway 12. It runs through tall columns of red rock.

Highway 95 running south along Lake Powell is another beautiful road, filled with sweeping curves through canyons that you can fly through at 80mph, and nary any law enforcement to give you trouble.

Hwy 261, Utah, winding down from Cedar Mesa

Highway 261, running from Natural Bridges National Monument to Mexican Hat, UT offers a breathtaking view of Southern Utah. There's a stretch of about 3 miles of dirt road that winds its way from atop Cedar Mesa, with 5mph switchbacks and a 10% downgrade. The view of the valley below is just awesome!!

It was mostly cold the whole time. The coldest it got during the ride was on Day 2, riding along Highway 12 towards Lion Mountain, where it got into the 20s. The coldest it got during the night was while we camped at Natural Bridges, where it also got into the 20s.

But the weather turned out to be great. Sunny most of the time, and no rain. It was just cold. But when we got back into the California desert, temperatures warmed up to the 90s, and we were riding with just t-shirts on.

Anyways, take a look at my photo album for all the pics...
http://picasaweb.google.com/cleardigital/20090404EasterVacationRide

Here's Larry's photos...
http://picasaweb.google.com/scarencelarence/UtahArizonaTrip?authkey=Gv1sRgCI2O1_ywke3KAQ&feat=directlink#

And here's Brian's photos...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/brobrian1925/sets/72157616417722421/




City Council Meeting- April 7, 2009

April 7, 2009. This was the first meeting at the new city hall. Facility tours were offered to those who were interested. The facilities are very nice and were conservatively done.

Meeting Called To Order at 7:02- Mayor Edgerton welcomed everyone to the new city hall and thanked MSJC for allowing them to use their facility for prior meetings, at no cost.

Words of Inspiration- by Pastor Tony Truax, Revival Christian Fellowship.

Flag Salute by Officer McElvain

Roll Call- Wallace Edgerton (Mayor), John Denver (Council Member), Darcy Kuenzi (Mayor Pro Tem) , Fred Twyman (Council Member), Gary Thompson (Treasurer), George Wentz (City Manager), Elizabeth Martyn (City Attorney), Carmen Cave (City Planner) and Kathy Bennett (City Clerk)

Presentations and Certificates of Recognition

Proclamation made naming April as Autism Awareness Month in the City of Menifee. Mary Mollway of New Vision Children’s Services (www.nvlearning.com), accepted the proclamation given by Mayor Edgerton. She commented that In the USA, autism affects 1 in 75 per and up to 1 in 150 kids according to the CDC. The mayor also encouraged accurate diagnosis and treatment of this neurologic disorder. A resource center for children with autism is being built in Temecula. The services are available for Menifee families who have children with autism.

Schedule of Future Events

-Easter Egg Hunt Saturday April 11th, 2009 at La Ladera Park.

Public Comments-

-James Zepka- Asked that council members be aware of traffic issues and future problems that may be faced with our rapid growth.

-Bob (last name unknown)- Mentioned a problem on Scott Road, where a stop sign is asked for, to help those who live on the southside of the road.

Trevor Sedwicks- Builder of new medical center on Newport Road, north of Bradley. He showed photos of the project. He asked that the commercial street banners which are against code, be allowed to be put back up. City Manager Wentz stated that the city is working with the property owner to resolve the concerns.

Bill Zeidlick- Recommended citizens view the city website and it’s documents. (www.cityofmenifee.us). He reviewed a 300 page document about future projects. He objected to the current RCIP.

Beth Green- Speaking about the decorum policy discouraging spontaneous applause to speaker comments at meetings. She called that policy “anal retentive”. The audience laugh at her humor as she walked away from the podium.



Approval of Minutes from prior meetings of 3/17 and 3/31- Motions approved and seconded.

Consent Calendar-

10.2 –Warrant (check) Register- Mayor asked that the information be clear as to who and what the payments being made by the city are for. The Mayor also asked that money due to Riverside county and others be clear in the future for both council members and the public to know. A quarterly report may be available next meeting.

11.1- Public Hearing on EIR, Change of Zone and Plot Plan 21452 and Plot Plan 22280 Commerce Pointe I and II. Discussed Project between Zeiders Road and 215 FWY., between Scott Road and Keller Road. Advocates sought change in zoning for this project to move forward. The site is 35 acres. Total building size will be about 209,858 square feet. 5 of 14 oak trees on site will be preserved. In place, 70 coast live oak trees will be planted, among others. The builder will build “Green”. No CFCs and will be LEED certified (First LEED certified project in Menifee, 7th in Riverside county). The facility will also have bike racks for local employees who want to bike to work. The applicant ?Casten Klein? Consulting of Murrieta asked for approval.

Comments In favor- Shawn Harrison (Southwest Land Consultants) represents nearby properties and is in favor of the project. Barbara Spencer appreciated the consultants and stated “they are great”. Darcy Kuenzi also gave word of support. The council approved the project without objection.

11.2- Public Hearing on Addendum to EIR 327… and Variance No. 1847

Lisa Sheldon spoke about a project on the SW corner of Menifee and Newport Road, near Centex at the Lakes. They are asking that the 14 acres (between Rockport and Newport) be developed for a 129,132 sq. ft total project. It will include a childcare center, fast food and a “sit down restaurant”. A drugstore, grocery market and retail shops will also be present. Two 3 story office buildings are also planned. Paul Lubay (Regency Centers) represented the owners and stated that this project will also be LEED certified.

Comments In favor: Bill Gould, a local resident, spoke in favor of the project. He lives 1 mile to the north at Heritage Lakes. He stated that the project will have a Fresh & Easy market.

According to the Fresh & Easy Website, there is a store coming soon to Menifee

Jeff Leatherman of Valley Wide Recreation and Park District spoke words of encouragement.

In Opposition: Barbara Spencer states it’s a good project but was concerned about 4 signs instead of 2 being displayed. Also, she was concerned about liquor sales being permitted with a childcare facility on site and elementary school (Callie Kirkpatrick) nearby . Council member Mann was also concerned about the alcohol sales near the school and daycare center, as was Council member Kuezni.

Rebuttal- applicants stated that alcohol sales are more than the 1,000 feet safe school zone permits and that the market and drugstore will sell other things, in addition to alcohol (Beer and Wine only).

Darcy Kuenzi asked for a continuance before approval is given. John Denver asked if this would be a hardship for the builder. The builder was ok with a 2 week wait time. The council agreed to a 2 week continuance. Council members Mann and Kuenzi were concerned about alcohol sales close to the school and daycare.

CONTINUED ITEMS

12.1- Menifee Development Stimulus Plan

Presented by George Wentz (City Manager) spoke about business growth in Menifee. The city will try to optimize turnaround times on project submittals and will establish a “pre application” process. The city will also review deposit requirements. The city will try to assure proper security of land with bonds. Also, the city will consider local fees and may reduce billed hourly rates by 20% to encourage new development. Developer Impact Fees (DIF) may also be reduced. Other initiatives discussed include a property tax rebate and a cash card for purchases made in the City of Menifee. Also, to goal is to get the word out as to why Menifee FIRST (for business development).

Scott Mann presented a Menifee Builder/Buyer Incentive which would lower DIF fees for developers who would then payback the new home buyer (owner occupied) a type of “Menifee Bucks” cash card, of sorts. He also recommended a property tax rebate up to 50% for year 1 and less during year 2, for new homeowners. The “Menifee Bucks” card can only be spent at participating Menifee businesses. John Denver retorted that some of this money should be allowed for use as a down payment since down payments can impede many new buyers.

Speaker Bill Zeidlick commented on the prior project (EIR 327) regarding the DIF fees. He also was concerned about where all the DIF fees for prior projects have gone.

Mayor ProTem Mayor Kuenzi commented about our overall state of US economy. She stated that Menifee is in a unique position to help make Menifee a better city while attracting new development, both home and commercial. Councilmember Twyman stated we need to make sure current residents are not negatively affected.

12.2- Report on Contract Services for Districting-

George Wentz spoke about the possible special election about re-districting, which would cost taxpayers about $35,000 to $50,000. He stated that plans to get it underway need to be initiated soon. Mayor Edgerton and John Denver are in favor of beginning the process.

Bill Zeidlik commented that a vote cannot occur regarding a special election today since it is not supposed to occur until April 21 (as stated on the agenda). Bill stated there is a cheaper, more common sense approach. Bill stated that districting should not occur until 2011 until after the US census. Bill also stated he plans to vote against John Denver and Scott Mann in the next election.

Mayor Edgerton asked City Attorney Martyn “that since districts won, are we not mandated to follow this?” City Attorney stated that George Wentz’ date of April 21, as listed, was an error and should read April 7. Fred Twyman asked that the cost be put to bid. City attorney stated that district voting must occur at the latest, by November 2010. It can occur sooner though. Census data from 2010 will be available 2012, at which point, the issue may be brought up again.

12.4- Media Relations Policy

Mayor Edgerton stated that public comments made to media by council members should be done, on behalf of the person them self, and not on behalf of the city, unless stated otherwise. The policy will be updated in the city handbook and discussed at next meeting. Twyman was concerned that the Menifee Post article entitled “A Message From the Mayor” may be construed as an official statement as opposed to an individual statement. Fred Twyman then jokingly commented that he should ask the paper’s editor for “equal time” in the paper. Some council members appeared to be concerned that future campaigns for political office may be compromised since they are not give equal time in the local paper.

NEW BUSINESS

13.2- Ordinance 2009-28U- Rescinding the General Planning Implementation

Council member Mann stated that this is crucial to stimulate our local economy. Darcy Kuezni agreed, as did all other council members.

Public Comments- Bill Zeidlik stated that a planning commission is needed ASAP to oversee development.

14.2- Senate Bill 214- regarding Sober Living Homes in Menifee (i.e. Drug Rehab homes, which may include parolees). It is recommended by all council members that community residents be informed of such homes, if they were to be present.

Miscellaneous

Open house signs are not removed by city officials and that there appears to be a “phantom serial sign stealer” per City Planner, Carmen Cave.

The council then went into a closed session.

The next meeting is Tuesday, April 21.




Motorcycle Camping Trip Day 1

Arrived at Zion NP around 4:30pm. Mostly good weather the way up, but had some gusts. Right now we are sitting around the fire drinking beer and 12 year old Scotch. Ate a pack of hot links. Folks have digressed to bitching about OBAMA.

Temps are getting cold right now.

I plan to stay up all night long and party out in preparation for a long cold day of riding tomorrow.
Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry




Heading Out on a 4-day Motorcycle Camping Trip

Folks, this morning I'm heading out on a 4-day camping trip to Utah and back, via motorcycle. Myself and six other friends are going.

Camping at Zion National Park the first night.

Natural Bridges National Monument, camping second night.

Grand Canyon Caverns, camping third night.

That first night is the coldest, with temps in the 30s. Rain and snow is predicted to fall prior to our arrival during that morning. We should miss that stuff, but am expecting wet and icy road conditions when we get there in the evening.

That next morning, we're riding up to Bryce Canyon. That'll be the toughest part of the trip, with temps that morning in the 20s, and more wet and icy roads. The rest of the trip should get better from there.

And for the record, I am by no means an expert riding a motorcycle on icy roads. I've tried it before, and ended up dumping my bike. Hopefully, things will be better only because we're staying on the more heavily travelled roads.

Either way, I'm looking forward to going on a road trip with my friends, and seeing some of the best countryside there is. As I write this at my home, I'm already looking forward to that hot bath I'll be taking when I come back.

I'll try to post updates on 24/7, assuming I have Internet access.




Menifee Lakes Plaza

I received the following e-mail from Helen Alexander regarding the "Menifee Lakes Plaza" located on the corner of Newport Rd and Antelope Rd...

Hi Steve:

At a meeting last week at Palmilla HOA, a representative from Markham development Management group Inc gave a presentation on the project specification for the Menifee Lakes Plaza on Newport and Antelope Rds North West.

This strip is going to contain retail, and restaurants, a Hotel and a gas & convenience store.

The Gas station ( I think a Chevron) is going to go in first. There will be stop lights at Pampas and another one a Palmvilla. There will be no left turn from Balsa.

There will be an entrance from Newport but the exit will be from Antelope.

I have a rendering diagram but I do not have a scanner to send this on to you.

The Hotel is being built as a condition for the use of this property - in conjunction with the Menifee Lakes golf & country club.

There appear to be 9 pads - a large major store and 2 smaller major stores.

We are all hoping for a good restaurant!!

For further information

MDMG
41635 Enterprise Circle North
Temecula CA 92590
James R Bach Project manager
951-296-3466
jrb@markhamdmg.com

I thought Menifee residents would be interested in this info.

Thanks for an informative site.
Helen Alexander




Help a Kid Raise Money for the Heart

I received the following e-mail from Lanie Dikitanan about her son trying to raise money for the American Heart Association...

Hello,

My son Bailey is a student at Ridgemoor Elementary. He is in the 5th grade. He has been participating in the San Diego American Heart Walk for over 10 years now. In the past few years, he has taken more responsibility with helping our team grow, fundraising ideas, and inspiring others to be involved. In fact, you guys did a story on his friend Michael Fritchman, who once walked on our team and decided to start a team of his own.

My son is taking on a huge project and I am helping him get the word out because I think it is a great idea and can really make a difference in our community. Bailey started a recycling drive at Ridgemoor's (proceeds go to the heart walk) Teacher Lounge and also at Yamashita Karate, Inc. We are hoping that if more local businesses or residents hear about Bailey's drive, it will get more people involved. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

--
Lanie Dikitanan
Come support my kids' awesome AHA Heart Walk Team
http://heartwalk.kintera.org/sandiegoca/dikitanankids
http://teamzipperman.blogspot.com/




Happy Nails Ribbon Cutting

I noticed while perusing the calendar of events from the Menifee Chamber of Commerce that Happy Nails is having a ribbon cutting at Countryside Marketplace, on Friday, April 10. It's scheduled for 11:00am.

It doesn't go into much detail.

But I guess the next time I'm working on a project, and I need to buy some nails, now I know where I can get them.




Easter Egg Hunts in Menifee

It looks we have three different Easter Egg Hunts taking place this week...

1) Sat. April 4th at 9:30AM.
It will be at the Menifee Valley Memorial Park.
26770 Murrieta Road Sun City, California
For more information, call 951-672-6579

2) Sat. April 11th at the Wheatfield Sports Park
from 11:00am to 1:00pm.
For more info go to www.lakemenifeewomensclub.org

3) Sat. April 11, 2009
La Ladera Park, 9:00am
29629 La Ladera Road, Menifee
For more infor, call (951) 696-0100.




Menifee Tea Party - Tax Revolt

tea party tax revoltTea Parties are taking place all over the USA this April 15th as a show of revolt against the massive spending the federal government has embarked on.

Menifee is having one too.

It's being organized through Facebook, so if you have a Facebook account, you can sign up for it here...

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=65648873445&ref=nf

Jackie Stuart, who's organizing this thing, will be watching this Facebook group to see how many people join in on it. If there's less than 200 people by April 15th, she'll move it to Temecula and join with them.

The Tea Party will be a bunch of people standing along Newport Rd, between Evans Rd and Bradley Rd, holding signs. She's asking people to make signs that read any of the following, "Signs should display sayings like: Give Me Liberty, Not debt! Don’t Tax Me Bro! Don’t Stimulate, Liberate! Read My Lipstick-No New Bailouts!"

I'd like to see a sign that says, "Give me some too!"

Personally, I think it's a good idea to have a tax revolt. You can't be a free man if you're deeper in debt to Uncle Sam. But it's nothing new; the Libertarian Party have been holding nationwide tax revolts on April 15 every year since the 1970s. What's taken conservatives so long to get with the program?




Riverside County Hiring Medical Staff

The Human Resources Department at the Riverside County Regional Medical Center will be hosting an Open House on Thursday, April 16, 2009, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., in the Hospital Cafeteria. They're recruiting for several positions including; Registered Nurses, Dieticians, and Allied Health Professionals.

Click on the link below to see the flier...

http://www.rc-hr.com/Portals/0/Flyers/RCRMC_Open_House__41609.pdf




Jana Alayra Concert at Revival Christian Fellowship

Jana Alayra, a popular children's musical artist, will be performing LIVE on Friday April 17th at 5:00pm at Revival Christian Fellowship.

Tickets are $20 per family of four. $3 for each additional ticket. Children 2 & under are free.

There will be raffle baskets, silent auction items up for bid, and LOTS of fun for the entire family. All proceeds will benefit the Revival MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) Outreach Ministry. Tickets may be purchased online at http://mops.revival.tv. Address: 29220 Scott Rd., Menifee. Information: 951-672-3157

Jana Alayra concert




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