Wildomar awaits funds for vehicle licensing fees, still faces possibility of budget shortfall

The city of Wildomar will face a slight budget shortfall for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, according to the biennial budget approved Wednesday by city council. For 2017-2018, the budget remains in the black, but it calls for drawing approximately $140,000 from reserves in 2018-2019, which will bring reserves down to around $837,000. To get to […]

Respected city manager Rick Dudley retires

At 10 years on the job, Rick Dudley was Murrieta city manager for longer than any other individual to hold the position. But even at the end of his tenure, the power still hasn’t gone to his head. Dudley speaks humbly when asked about the many things accomplished over his time in Murrieta’s top job, […]

Dudley recognized for 10 years of service to Murrieta

Dudley recognized for 10 years of service to Murrieta

Outgoing Murrieta City Manager Rick Dudley was recognized at the city’s June 20 council meeting. Dudley was honored with a mention during the meeting’s invocation, awards from local elected officials, his own commemorative street sign and of course, some kind words from city councilmembers. Dudley has served Murrieta as city manager since Nov. 19, 2007, […]

CHP to implement “maximum enforcement period” for July 4 weekend

CHP to implement “maximum enforcement period” for July 4 weekend

The California Highway Patrol will be ramping up enforcement in the days leading up to July 4, the agency announced in a press release Wednesday. A “maximum enforcement period” will be observed beginning 6:01 p.m. on Friday, June 30 and ending 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4. Officers will focus on speed enforcement, and will […]

Murrieta presents draft district maps as council speaks out against districts

Murrieta presents draft district maps as council speaks out against districts

Murrieta city council heard the third of four public hearings June 20 regarding a possible move to district-based elections. Two possible draft maps, known as the “green” and “yellow” maps, were presented by Christina Cameron, who is a partner at city attorney Leslie Devaney’s law firm, and Douglas Johnson, who as president of National Demographics […]

Crime up slightly in Wildomar, official says

Wildomar city council heard an update from city’s police chief at the June 14 council meeting. Crime statistics were up slightly for January 2017 through May 2017 compared to the same time last year, said Capt. David Anne, who serves the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office as police chief of Wildomar and Lake Elsinore. Both cities […]

Outlook good for Menifee, Mayor Winter says at annual ‘State of the City’

Outlook good for Menifee, Mayor Winter says at annual ‘State of the City’

Growth was a big topic during the city of Menifee’s 2017 ‘State of the City’ address. But more than anything else, optimism was the dominant theme. Ever since vehicle licensing fee money, earmarked for newly-incorporated cities, was redirected by the state of California in 2011, the city was losing close to $7 million annually, Mayor […]

Temecula Parkway interchange project breaks ground

Temecula Parkway interchange project breaks ground

The city of Temecula broke ground on the Temecula Parkway interchange project in a June 6 ceremony. “This is a very happy day,” Temecula Mayor Maryann Edwards said at the ceremony. “We have been waiting 17 years for this opening.” Construction is set to take approximately 18 months, with completion targeted for December 2018, said […]