Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District has become the first organization to take part in a unique opportunity presented by Eastern Municipal Water District that will result in the usage of recycled water at Wheatfield Park in Menifee.
EMWD’s Recycled Water Retrofit Program allows government agencies, school districts, home owners associations or industrial organizations to obtain a low-interest loan from EMWD to fund a retrofit to recycled water.
Under the terms of the agreement, EMWD will loan Valley-Wide the funding for the $200,000 conversion project. Valley-Wide will repay the loan by continuing to pay its current potable water rate while receiving recycled water, which is significantly less expensive.
Because of the difference between EMWD’s recycled and potable water rates, it is expected that Valley-Wide will pay off the cost of the retrofit program within five years, at which time it will see a significant savings in its irrigation costs for the 25-acre park, located on the southwest corner of Menifee Road and La Piedra Road.
“Valley-Wide has long seen the importance of using recycled water to protect the resources of both agencies,” EMWD Director Ron Sullivan said. “To have them as the first participant in this program is a natural fit and one that will benefit both agencies and all of our ratepayers.”
Wheatfield Park has had a five-year average annual usage of 77 acre feet per year. The conversion will save enough potable water for roughly 150 households per year. One acre foot is enough for two, average-sized households per year.
The retrofit program allows for a loan amount of up to $2,500 per acre foot of water used annually, based on a three-year average. It is available to other organizations, though requirements must be met.
Both EMWD and Valley-Wide have long been leading advocates of recycled water. In 2011, Valley-Wide was selected by the California WateReuse Association as Recycled Water Customer of the Year. EMWD was selected California Recycled Water Agency of the Year in 2010 and honored for the National Project of the Year in 2012.
EMWD currently reuses approximately 90 percent of its recycled water for beneficial use and is one of the largest recyclers of water in California. It’s percentage-for-beneficial use is believed to be the highest of any water agency nationally. Recycled water accounts for 25 percent of EMWD’s overall water supply portfolio.
“We are appreciative to Eastern Municipal Water District for this opportunity,” Valley-Wide Board President Larry Minor said. “This program will ultimately save our ratepayers money and promote the long-term sustainability of our water supply. This is a fantastic program that has benefits across the board.”
Rafel Martinez, formerly head of traffic engineering and transportation in the City of Corona, has been named Menifee's Assistant Director of Public Works.
Martinez will play a key role in oversight of Menifee's ambitious $100 million, five-year capital improvement program,as well as street light and traffic signal operations. He will report to Public Works Director/City Engineer Jonathan Smith.
His chief goals are twofold, he said, "to bring the city's infrastructure up-to-date and to implement new timing and signal technology to better handle the vehicular traffic throughout the city."
He is a 12-year veteran of traffic engineering in Corona in western Riverside County, serving for the past six years as City Traffic Engineer and Transportation Manager with responsibility for traffic-related programs, coordination with county, regional and state transportation agencies and implementation of an $8 million traffic management system.
He also managed and organized town hall meetings to discuss traffic calming measures with residents.
Martinez graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering. He is married, the father of four boys and also is a licensed pilot.
Welcome to the City of Menifee, Raphael!
As Menifee tackles its ambitious five-year Capital Improvement Program, dubbed Menifee Moving, to improve accessibility and traffic circulation, the city is launching a community outreach program reminding motorists to slow down, obey traffic laws and be courteous drivers.
is a multi-faceted approach aimed at residents and community members who may be breaking traffic laws because of frustration caused by traffic in Menifee.
It's a program to remind drivers to slow down, obey traffic laws including cell phone use, and be courteous.
The Menifee Police Department is supporting the program and has responded recent complaints about motorists running red lights and blocking busy intersections. Traffic officers have increased visibility at busy intersections where motorists are notorious for breaking traffic laws and are writing citations for things like running red lights, blocking the intersection, speeding and cell phone use while driving.
"Our traffic officers have been more visible at high-traffic intersections during the past month," said Interim City Manager Rob Johnson. "The good news is the number of traffic citations has declined week after week, indicating that their presence is achieving our goal of motivating drivers to obey traffic laws and to drive safely."
The city's Public Works department is also contributing to Menifee Moving-safely and is working to improve traffic
flow at busy intersections around construction areas by reconfiguring traffic signal timing.
The community outreach effort includes raising motorist safety awareness with key messages distributed through the city's regular communications outlets including the website, the tri-annual Menifee Matters newsletter, the monthly Menifee e-news electronic newsletter and scheduled Tweets and Facebook posts.
The combination of police visibility at busy intersections, reconfigured traffic signal timing near construction zones and community outreach is aimed at improving the overall safety for motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and roadway construction workers.
"We know traffic in Menifee can be frustrating, and we're addressing it with the projects included in the Menifee Moving Capital Improvement Program, which is underway, but will not be completed overnight," added Johnson. "In the meantime, we are asking the community to drive safe for a safer Menifee."
New stores, medical building and school This fall, Menifee welcomes new amenities to the community including retail outlets, medical offices and a charter school. They will add to the city's sales tax revenue while offering more jobs and new services in the community.
The new additions include a 14,600-square-foot CVS drug store located at the southeast corner of Newport and Bradley roads.
Two new businesses, Fitness 19 and 99 Cents Only, will open after tenant improvements are completed inside a former supermarket building in the Sun City Plaza located at 26100 Newport Road. Fitness 19 will occupy 18,000 square feet and 99 Cents Only will occupy 22,500 square feet. Another 21,000 square feet inside the building is available for lease.
The new, $23 million public charter school, Santa Rosa Academy, opened this fall for the 2013-14 school year. It is situated on 25 acres within the master-planned Menifee Town Center project and is located on the southeast corner of La Piedra and Sherman Roads. The new campus features approximately 150,000 square feet of school buildings, including a technology center, performing arts center and athletic facilities. The school serves more than 1,000 students in grades K-12.
A new Dollar Tree store plans to open by January after storefront and interior improvements are completed. It is located at 26032 Cherry Hills Boulevard in the Sun City Shopping Center.
A new 9,500-square-foot medical office building is being built at 29878 Haun Road, next to the Texas Roadhouse restaurant.
It will include a dialysis center and is expected to open by January.
"We welcome these new amenities to Menifee," said Economic Development Director Jeff Wyman. "These projects have been in the works for more than a year and we're excited to see these businesses and resources open in Menifee. "
Many people are faced with requiring the services of a caregiver at some point in their life, either due to age, infirmary, or medical condition. There are some great resources and care providers in our local area but the legal issues regarding caregivers are numerous.
In some cases the person providing care is a family member related by blood. However, more times than not, the person who provides care is a non-family member. The dependant person may be lonely or depressed, physically or medically dependant on the caregiver and an emotional bond may form between the Paid Caregiver and the elderly person. Sometimes, the result is that a Caregiver will wind up in a will or trust and may inherit valuable family property. I would never advise that a caregiver is placed in a will or trust, but if a party has legal capacity and truly desires that the caregiver be placed in a will/trust California Law requires that certain steps are followed.
Because of the potential for abuse in this type of situation, under California law, a gift in excess of $3,000 made to a Paid Caregiver is presumed to be invalid. The same rule also invalidates gifts made to attorneys who drafted or prepared the will or trust.
A gift to a Paid Caretaker will not be presumed invalid if a "Certificate of Independent Review" has been prepared pursuant to the Probate Code. Such a certificate must be prepared and signed by an impartial attorney (a different attorney than who drafted the will/trust) who has reviewed the circumstances of the transfer and found it to be legitimate. The attorney must (1) counsel the testator about the nature and consequences of the intended transfer, (2) attempt to determine if the intended consequence is the result of fraud, menace, duress, or undue influence, and (3) sign and deliver to the testator an original Certificate of Independent Review, with a copy to the drafting attorney.
Frequently the technical requirements of Probate Code Section are not followed. Also, a gift made to a Paid Caregiver may be invalid for other reasons, even if there has been complete compliance with Probate Code, when, for example, there is a question of duress, coercion, undue influence, or fraud by the Caregiver that has not been detected by the attorney drafting or issuing the Certificate of Independent Review.
If you are an heir whose inheritance has been reduced because your mother or father made a testamentary gift to a Paid Caregiver or an attorney who draft the will or trust, you may be able to set aside the gift by taking appropriate legal action. In general the above also applies to non-paid caregivers.
On the other hand, let’s not forget that caregivers perform a difficult, important, and often thankless job. There are numerous local companies that provide carefully screened caregivers that have been background checked, fingerprinted, and provide supervision over the caregivers in order to avoid an improper relationship between the caregiver and patient.
Also, let’s not forget a family member can take advantage of a dependant adult just as easy, if not easier, than a trained caregiver. It is everyone’s duty to watch over our neighbors, friends, veterans, and community members to ensure that no person is being taken advantage of, either by caregivers, family, or strangers. If you suspect that a will has been changed improperly, or that a dependant adult is in danger (either financially or physically) you should contact the Police, Riverside County Adult Protective Service or a local elder law attorney.
Raxter Law, Jeremiah Raxter, Esq.
27851 Bradley Rd, Suite 145
Menifee, Ca 92586
One of the greatest things about fall is making pumpkin pie. Not only because of Halloween, but also because it’s a great excuse for me to stuff my face “taste testing” an entire batch of pumpkin everything before I present it to people. Binging aside, I always kick things up a notch and this year I’ve made this dessert even more awesome by combining the magic of cheesecake and the deliciousness of pumpkin pie to make the MASTER of all pies.
For the crust: Preheat the oven to 350F.
To a food processor add: 1 ½ cups of graham cracker crumbs, 6 tablespoons of melted, warm butter, ¼ cup of sugar, and ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon. Pulse until well combined.
Spread the mixture evenly into a 9-inch pie pan, be sure to press in to the bottom and sides as well. Slap the pie on the middle rack and bake for about 15 minutes, until the crust is a light brown and firm. Remove from the oven to cool.
For the cheesecake mixture: Combine softened cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar, and vanilla. Blend. Mix in the egg. Once combined, pour the cheese over crust.
For the pumpkin mixture: In a bowl add: pureed pumpkin, salt, sugar, all the spices, and flour. Add the eggs and blend/mix. Next, add your water, milk and vanilla. Mix until well combined and smooth. Pour over the cheesecake mixture. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes, then reduce heat to 350° and bake for about 30 minutes longer, or until center is set.
Done, son. If you’d like, you can slap some whipped cream on there, but you don’t need to mess with excellence.