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Supervisor Stone Allots Extra $10,000 to City for Nonprofits

The Murrieta City Council will vote on how to allocate the additional funding at its regularly scheduled meeting tonight.

An additional $10,000 from Supervisor Jeff Stone to the city of Murrieta for its Community Development Block Grants is set to be disbursed.

Stone, the county supervisor for the Third District, which includes Murieta and Temecula, announced the extra allotment at a January City Council meeting. In December, Council divvied up $42,000 in grants to area nonprofits, with the largest amount going to St. Martha's Food Pantry. 

The $10,000 from Stone comes from his Community Designation Fund, according to Opal Hellweg, legislative analyst for the supervisor. 

"All supervisors are allotted (these) funds to help constituents in their district," Hellweg told Patch. The supervisor typically requires a stringent grant process before he awards the $480,000 each year, she said.

Stone told the Council he knew they were dealing with a lesser grant amount this year.

"I know that your Council struggles every year when it comes time to divvy up the CDBG money," Stone said. "Many of the organizations (support) people (who) have lost their jobs...This year the federal government has chosen to limit (the funding)..."

The Council is now set to accept the additional monies at its regular meeting at 6 p.m. tonight at City Hall.

From the $10,000, it will vote on whether to award the additional money to the five organizations who received allotments for this fiscal year.

According to a staff report, if approved by Council, the same allocations voted on by Council in December would be used to distribute these new funds.

This means $4,761 would go to St. Martha's Food Pantry, $1,191 each would go to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Riverside County, Michelle's Place Breast Cancer Resource Center and Assistance League of Temecula Valley, and $1,666 would go to Safe Alternatives For Everyone (S.A.F.E.).

City staff is recommending these same allotments be used. The public can give their input at the meeting, to be held at One Town Square, 24601 Jefferson Ave. To see the full City Council agenda, click here.

UPDATED at 9:50 a.m. Feb. 21 to clarify where the additional funds from Supervisor Stone originate from.

TheOtherGuy February 21, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Clarification please: Is this a "personal" donation or a disbursement from the fund that each County Supervisor can direct as s/he sees fit?
Susan Marsh February 21, 2012 at 03:48 PM
I find the title of this article very interesting (and misleading). "Supervisor Stone Donates $10,000 to City for Nonprofits". If you were being literal or susceptible to media spin, you would think that the generous and benevolent Mr. Stone was making this generous donation from his own pocket, out of the goodness of his heart. And that the city council then weighed the worthiness of each organization to receive these funds. HELLO PEOPLE, this is your money, your tax dollars being given to these groups. Don't get me wrong; I think that each of these groups probably benefits the community or some segment of the community. My point is, the government cannot give us anything that we don't give them first. We are the wonderful people supporting these nonprofits not the politicians. The politicians simply control where your money goes (for good or bad). Then it says that the public can give their input at the meeting. Sure you can speak at the meeting (as long as you follow very strict rules) but who are we kidding that the council members have not already decided where the money is going and it will best benefit their future as politicians. I don't want to sound too cynical but wake up people the government (city, county, state, federal) is not here to take care of us. The greater majority of politicians are here to promote themselves and move up the power ladder, not to be statesman and serve the people. They cannot do that with out your vote and tax dollars.
Maggie Avants (Editor) February 21, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Susan and Wayne: The story has been updated with a clarification.
Paul February 21, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Actually in the case of Murrieta City Council you can look at the archived video of the recent meeting where persons from the different eligible groups that had asked for consideration explained what they needed the money for. Each person had three minutes during the period for public comment on the agenda item..You could see a long drawn out consideration by the several council members about the way to parcell out the limited money available. They currently and in the prior year decided to weight more heavily the charities that were providing food and other emergency care for the increased number of persons in need of some help right away. They discussed these groups at length before voting. I was in the audience, but did not speak during the public comment period. Actually they went through what seemed like a very long tedious discussion about the needs for each group. I believed they decided this on the faftual basis with no consideration as to which donation would best benefit their own political career. So tonght they may decide to avoid another hour long discussion and just prorate this added $10,000 OR they may discuss whether to give a small amount to one or more of the several worthy groups they passed over last time. The meeting is broadcast live over Verizon Fios, and some other channel on the other TV cable and over the internet. The video archives are available later to see over the internet from the citys web site.
Lee Schrank February 21, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Very misleading. Not a personal donation so no story
Paul February 21, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Sure you can speak on the record if you want to. I have tried it a few times. The following is my opinion. The rules are strict but not difficult. On the issue of this article you could say you think one charity group is preferable over the others. Or you could say you think the city should NOT GIVE any money to any charities. Or you could say you appreciate the city helping these charities and wish they could give more. The rules are pretty much do not use foul language or curse words. I think it is It is better to use polite discussion words and not the exagerated careless blogging words people get used to writting on comments and blogs. I would suggest it is better to say you "disagree with the other viewpoint" than to say "anybody that believes that is a dumb stupid moron".
Paul February 21, 2012 at 07:55 PM
The rules are to be followed, but are not difficult. This is just my opinion having sat through several meetings and talked several times. Rule 1. Usually you are allowed up to three minutes. There is a large countdown clock visable on a screen and on the podium so you know how much time you have left and when to stop. Some people choose to write out ahead of time what they want to say and then read it. If they do that they should practice reading it at home first and shorten it to three minutes. Some times persons read something they wrote but find their three minutes are up before they are even half done reading it. Or they have a talk timed for exactly three minutes but go off script to add a comment or so and then run out of time to finish their main point. Other people say all they want to say in just one or two minutes.
Paul February 21, 2012 at 08:04 PM
More of my opinion on what the rules are for making a public comment Rule 2. Another main rule is that on the public comment for an "agenda item" you are limited to talking about that one agenda item, and not branch off into other issues you might have. 3. Another main irule is shortly after the beginning of the meeting there is a period for public comment on topics that are "NOT on the agenda" for that meeting. Some cities will say the non-agenda items you talk about should be about something that affects the citizens of that city. In this time slot you must avoid talking about any item that IS ON the agenda for this meeting. 4. Another rule is to speak with the microphone near your mouth and face the council members. Even though the council members could hear you without the mike your voice would not be recorded on the video archive or be heard by the live TV or internet audience. 5. A few people people that are going to make a public comment dress up with coat and tie: Usually they are an attorney, or a technical expert on some subject. Most people dress in casual clothes. 6. After the period for public comment is closed for an agenda item the council members will discuss the issues. and one will ask a question of the others or make a statement. You think of a brilliant answer. You may have another insight that would be helpful to them. You want to wave your hand and ask to speak again. Too bad, the time for public comment is over.
Paul February 21, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Well, I just looked at the agenda for the city council meeting tonight. This item may not even be mentioned at the meeting. It is on the consent calendar, item C5. The entire list of consent items are expectred to all be approved in one vote without any comment or discussion. However there can be a discussion if any one council member asks it to be pulled out for discussion or clarification. I think they could pull it out if a member of the public requests ahead of time to make a public comment on it.
J.J. February 22, 2012 at 04:23 AM
How is this a story Maggie? When I read the title of this story, it sounded like Stone donated the money out of his own pocket. I think the title is very misleading and I'm not the only one who thinks that.
Maggie Avants (Editor) February 22, 2012 at 04:43 AM
All—I apologize for the misleading headline. It has been corrected. At the time I initially wrote it, I too believed it was a personal donation based on the supervisor's statement at the last City Council meeting. But I clarified with Supervisor Stone's office today where the funding comes from, and updated the story with that information. Due to the cities receiving less funding this year from the Community Development Block Grants, Stone made the extra allotment from his discretionary funds. Again, I apologize for any misrepresentation on earlier versions of this story.
Lee Stout February 22, 2012 at 04:33 PM
The Patch is a wonderful place to get your news. I always see comments on all online news services where people challenge an article. With the Patch, the author is reading the comments and make necessary changes to better clairfy. The interaction just makes this news source even better. Thanks Maggie!
Maggie Avants (Editor) February 22, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Thanks for the positive feedback, Lee!
Lee Schrank February 22, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Thanks for the correction, Maggie
Maggie Avants (Editor) February 22, 2012 at 10:03 PM
You're welcome. It was a big one.

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