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By Jeff Pack

Jack and Linda Williams, Morris nominated for Temecula Wall of Honor


Last updated 2/21/2019 at 11:55pm

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Sally Myers and Linda Williams speak during the Feb. 12 meeting of the Temecula City Council. Williams, along with her husband, Jack, who died last year, were nominated for inclusion on the Temecula Wall of Fame.

During the Feb. 12 meeting of the Temecula City Council, Mayor Mike Naggar nominated three people he believes are deserving of special recognition.

"We have a Wall of Honor out in the hallway, and it's sometimes difficult to determine who goes on the wall of honor because so many people have contributed to Temecula in so many ways that not only shaped this town but also shaped and supported its culture," Naggar said. "But every now and then, some people come along that have done just so much that you can't imagine that this region or this city would be the city that it is today without their contribution.

"This rarely happens, this is not something we do regularly. So it is rather a special honor. And I've nominated a couple of people," Naggar said.

Naggar asked the council to approve the nominations of Jack and Linda Williams as well as Robert Morris for placement on the Wall of Honor.

Morris' daughter, Belinda Morris, spoke on his behalf as the longtime artist and architect died in December 2018.

"I just thank Temecula. I love Temecula and whenever you see the sun shining in the mist, always think of him," Morris said.

"I think he's highly worthy," Naggar said. "You can't look anywhere in Temecula without seeing Bob's influenced around. His signature is all over Old Town, and it's just wonderful."

Linda Williams and Sally Myers, Jack's wife and daughter, spoke on behalf of the family, which started Richie's Real American Diner restaurant in 1991. Jack Williams died last year.

"They are representative of so much more than a great food," Naggar said. "They have exemplified hard work, integrity, love and devotion to their employees, customers and the entire community that lives or visits their restaurant. They have sought to serve others and to make all feel welcome and generously give back by supporting those in need."

The council voted unanimously to approve the nominations.

"Thank you all so much, this just an amazing honor," Linda told the council. "If Jack were here to say anything, he would be so humble, but he would be so joyous and happy all in the same voice."

Earlier in the evening, the council unanimously approved the consent calendars with councilmember James Stewart abstaining from an item involving Meadowview.

In the calendar, the city council approved the amending the Western Riverside Transportation Uniform Mitigation Fee Program to include a process for Western Riverside Council of Governments to calculate and collect fees on behalf of the city of Temecula. It was the second reading of the amendment.

They also approved a memorandum of understanding with the foundation for senior care for transportation and parking lot services at the Mary Phillips Senior Center, approved a cooperative agreement with Nonprofit Senior Golden Years in support of various senior services activities and approved a cooperative agreement with the Heart of Temecula LEO Club to use Ronald H. Roberts Temecula Public Library.

The council also approved the first amendment to allow Visit Temecula Valley to continue to lease office space within the city hall facility, consultant services with T.Y. Lin International for the French Valley Parkway/I-15 Improvements – Phase II and approved the fifth amendment to the agreement with California Watershed Engineering Corporation for the flood control Channel reconstruction and repair at Pala Community Park.

The council also approved plans and specifications for the public art installation for roundabout improvements on Ynez Road and the solicitation of construction bids for citywide concrete repairs and pavement rehabilitation in the Meadowview area.

The council also received and filed temporary street closure for the city's 2019 Springfest events and approved an agreement with Temecula Valley Museum Inc. to utilize the wedding chapel, courtyard and concessions facility on the property.

Gary Watts, vice chair of the Temecula Planning Commission, updated the council on the accomplishments of the commission in 2018.

His presentation included the Old Town Square Marketplace project, a four-story hotel and condominium project, office buildings, a Raising Cane's drive-thru restaurant, amendments to a municipal code on collection containers and overlay zone ordinance on 44 parcels throughout the city.

"I would just like to take this brief opportunity to thank the leadership of our, our commission chair Mr. Yeomans as well as my fellow commissioners who do just a really good job," Watts said. "I think that we are a finely tuned machine, and we move pretty well."

Craig Puma, chairman of the Old Town Local Review Board, also gave a presentation on the board's actions during 2018.

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Belinda Morris talked about her dad, Bob, who was nominated by Mayor Mike Naggar to be added to the Temecula Wall of Fame.

"In conclusion, we wished to inform the city council of the following the Old Town look where we board members take our responsibilities seriously and have an overall goal of assisting and advising our planning commission and city council in a way that enhances the look and use of the overall experience of Old Town for our local residents," Puma said. "We believe Old Town is continuing on a path of being the heart of our city. Thank you very much."

City manager Aaron Adams welcomed new Temecula Fire Chief Jodi Gray to her new position following her presentation to the council.

In other city news, later in the week, the city announced, "LOVE Temecula," a 2019 citywide initiative that Naggar announced and will spotlight the community's loving spirit as Temecula celebrates its 30th year of cityhood.

The meeting was adjourned in honor of former mayor and councilmember Ronald H. Roberts, who died a week earlier.

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at [email protected]


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