Fred Twyman Helped Menifee 24/7 Grow To Greater Heights

The first time I met Fred was at a Board of Trustees meeting at Menifee Union School District in 2007, when the trustees were beginning their discussions on the upcoming budget. The meeting hadn't yet started, when Fred pointed out to me in the audience and said, "Are you Steve from Menifee 24/7?"

I immediately felt shocked that an elected official recognized me, a community news blogger, someone that I had never personally met. It was like a validation of Menifee 24/7.

I walked up to him and answered, "Yes", and shook his hand. We talked about Menifee 24/7 and he thanked me for starting it and told me that Menifee needed a dedicated news outlet, even if it was entirely on the Internet.

That meeting would be the first of many talks I've had with him about school budgets, unification, and local government. After school board meetings or city council meetings, he'd spend several minutes with me explaining the politics of local government, be it taxes, schools, development, just so that I could write intelligently.

I found Fred to be very open to the "new media" whereas other public servants and candidates throughout Menifee and Sun City, at the time, often didn't know what to make of Menifee 24/7 or other forms of electronic reporting. I remember him being a regular listener and caller on Menifee Talk Radio, an internet-based radio station, during city-council elections of 2008.

I often think that Fred's acceptance of Internet media is what encouraged me to grow Menifee 24/7 to greater levels and offer Menifee residents an electronic outlet for their news.

I went through the photo archives on Menifee 24/7 and here are some I found of Fred Twyman...

City of Menifee Inaugural Event, October 1, 2008, Fred Twyman second to the right,


Kohl's Grand Opening Event, October 1, 2008


Twyman receiving an award from Victor Giardinelli, July 22, 2008


The first ever meeting of Menifee City Council, Kay Ceniceros Center, June 18, 2008


Menifee Independence Day Parade, June 28, 2008


Super Target Ribbon Cutting Event, October 7, 2008




5 Comments:

  1. Our lives will forever be marked by Fred's influence. We as a community are blessed to have had Fred on our side, making our city so very special. I myself had conversations with Fred, about our children, community and life in general. God's newest angel will bring such passion and drive, he may reside in another place, however I'm confident his work here on this Earth will forever touch our lives.

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  2. Fred you will be missed. We need to support their family now, as a community. He always supported our community. Now it is our turn!!!!

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  3. Thank you for posting these pictures. Fred always had an intense energy about him; dedicated, kind, focused, honest and a depth of caring that went above and beyond. I went to high school with Fred and he was always sitting behind me due to alphabetical seating charts. He was a bit of a joker, but never in a mean way - just good humor. He helped me out with some college math when we were both at Cal Poly. We weren't in touch at all over the years, merely ran into each other at Lowe's and Home Depot off and on. I'll never forget pulling into Lowe's and seeing his vehicle plastered with election signs. I tracked him down in the store and we chatted a bit. I went home with some election flyers to put up for him. I know Fred has gone home, but I will miss him here.

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  4. I am still in shock by the news. I came to know and respect Fred Twyman by attending Menifee’s City Council meetings. He is on the list (and it’s short) of politicians that I respect and admire. Perhaps it is because he was not a politician but more a citizen that actually took the time to make life better for everyone. Thank you Fred.

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  5. RIP Fred Twyman, you were a wonderful person to have known. You loved your family so much and touched many lives. You will be missed my friend.

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