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 isno different. Many local residents will be making lofty goals for the New Yearto better their life. Our fair town of Menifee will be having a landmark‘by-district’ City Council and Mayoral election. The city should be finalizinga General Plan that will hopefully attract business and jobs to Menifee.

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

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

After making payments and going thru the proper proceduresas requested he was then notified that his proposed business, a high endprofessional tattoo studio to be known as ‘Chavez Tattoo Studio’ was 913 feetfrom a worship facility located around the corner, 87 feet too close than thecurrent law of 1000 feet. Due to the issue, a Public Hearing has been scheduledat Menifee City Hall on January 10 2012 at 7pm to allow for a variance. You canvisit for all thelegal 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 workhard, love their kids and go to church just the same as folks who don’t havethem. In addition to that, the plain dollar and cents of it is that someonegoing to get a tattoo will also being buying gas, food, soda or coffee on theway there and back and if we can keep that tax money local, we can help tobuild a stronger local community.

On another note, musically speaking, my good friend TimRaether of the band Universal Trap told me about an upcoming show here inMenifee for fans of awesome rock n roll. Menifee musicians ‘Universal Trap’ areplaying Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' in its entirety, along with a setof original songs, Friday January 27th 2012 at the Pit Stop Pub 26900 NewportRd, Menifee, CA 92584. The show starts at 9pm, you need to be 21+, and it’sFree. San Diego's Audio Addiction is opening the show.
The writer, Bill Gould, is a licensed property managementspecialist, entertainment promoter and former Romoland School Board trustee.Visit his blog at, on twitter @BillGould,, email or call about rental homesat 951-704-2743.

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