Monday, January 2, 2012

January 2012: Beginning a new year of Music and Art in Menifee


(This article will appear in the January 2012 edition of Menifee Buzz, a monthly newspaper)

Every ‘new year’ starts out with big ideas and this year is no different. Many local residents will be making lofty goals for the New Year to better their life. Our fair town of Menifee will be having a landmark ‘by-district’ City Council and Mayoral election. The city should be finalizing a General Plan that will hopefully attract business and jobs to Menifee.

One local resident, Milton Chavez has big goals for his personal and business life. An artist from a young age, Chavez, 31, grew up in Menifee, living here since 1987. After attending Paloma Valley High School, the majority of his professional life Chavez has been forced to commute to work like many local residents. After years of saving, he made the choice last year to start the process of opening a business here in Menifee.

Most of us can relate to commuting to work, and would love to eliminate that from our lives so more time could be spent with the kids. With three kids Milton Chavez is certainly no different, commuting to Oceanside everyday for work. According to Chavez, after contacting the City of Menifee and going thru various departments he was told there was only one place for his business, the Newport Commons at 27174 Newport Road, Suite B.

After making payments and going thru the proper procedures as requested he was then notified that his proposed business, a high end professional tattoo studio to be known as ‘Chavez Tattoo Studio’ was 913 feet from a worship facility located around the corner, 87 feet too close than the current law of 1000 feet. Due to the issue, a Public Hearing has been scheduled at Menifee City Hall on January 10 2012 at 7pm to allow for a variance. You can visit http://tinyurl.com/ChavezTattoo for all the legal info from the City of Menifee.

I support local residents opening local businesses, including this one. There are a lot of good people in Menifee with tattoos who work hard, love their kids and go to church just the same as folks who don’t have them. In addition to that, the plain dollar and cents of it is that someone going to get a tattoo will also being buying gas, food, soda or coffee on the way there and back and if we can keep that tax money local, we can help to build a stronger local community.

On another note, musically speaking, my good friend Tim Raether of the band Universal Trap told me about an upcoming show here in Menifee for fans of awesome rock n roll. Menifee musicians ‘Universal Trap’ are playing Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' in its entirety, along with a set of original songs, Friday January 27th 2012 at the Pit Stop Pub 26900 Newport Rd, Menifee, CA 92584. The show starts at 9pm, you need to be 21+, and it’s Free. San Diego's Audio Addiction is opening the show.
The writer, Bill Gould, is a licensed property management specialist, entertainment promoter and former Romoland School Board trustee. Visit his blog at BillandJeney.com, on twitter @BillGould, on facebook.com/williamjamesgould, email bill@fullvalue.us or call about rental homes at 951-704-2743.