Archive for January, 2012

Pension Spiking: the process whereby public sector employees grant themselves large raises or otherwise artificially inflate their compensation in the years immediately preceding retirement in order to receive larger pensions than they otherwise would be entitled to receive.  Artificial, just as the housing bubble the government created.. 

Can a little bit of kindness make everything all right? Regarding Miss Kindness herself, Kristin Tillquist, the Mayor’s as well as the people’s Chief of Staff …. Let me clarify, she has written a book called “Capitalizing on Kindness: Why 21st Century Professionals Need to Be Nice”.   But why is their fear among employees, former employees and fired employees who were in the employee of the City of Riverside?  And even those who are currently being litigated against for doing the right thing?  And why are residents even afraid to come forward and state their true thought about city business, which is truly the business of the people?  Why has the does the Mayor become so angry lately, especially after Berstein’s article?  So when TMC asked these questions, we are warned by city personnel with the threat of a Slapp suit.  This is a good example of why residents in the city feel terrorized by those who represent them.  Considering Miss Tillquist to be the right hand person of Mayor Ron O. Loveridge, and  stating ‘fear is an old school approach to business’?  As a servant to the people, has her kindness techniques really performed at the public sector level in the City of Riverside in which she manages?  Tillquist states in the business world the employee needs to respected… So, possibly her kindness techniques need to be implemented within the public sector.  But will they take hold under current city management?  Maybe, what is needed in the mix is a bit of warmth?  But how does Miss Kindness herself compare to Mr. Warmth himself?    and or should the City of Riverside hire Mr. Warmth himself for a consult?

So should her next book should be titled, “Capitalizing On How To Get a 15% Raise Out Of Your Boss In The Worst Economic Climate”?

How do ‘we the people’ not call this Pension Spiking by virtue of campaigning for the benefit of the Mayor?  Or maybe because she is just kind, or a damm.. good employee?  Who gets a 15% raise in the worst economic environment?  Kristen Tillquist does…

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With the looming POTENTIAL budget gap in excess of 5 million dollars, this of course is what the city is currently willing to admit,  however, can we be handing out 15% raises?  There’s nothing potential about it.  It’s fact, its real, and it’s here and we have been saying it for over a year now.  Currently, California is taking aim at pension spiking as indicated in this Bloomberg article.  Or as indicated in this L.A. Times article, “Pensions spiking, double dipping targeted by lawmakers.”  In February of 2011, the general fund was showing a negative 3 million dollar deficit and no one noticed it?  AHHHHH, I did!  In March 2011, the city started commingling funds with state redevelopment funds. Were they completely out of money ?   I believe so…with the POTENTIAL for mounting debt.  Miss Kindness herself earns a 15% raise.

Mr. Mayor himself goes on record stating his office will lead the way by not taking any raises. But how do you get a 15% raise in dire economic times when the going rate in the private sector is not more than 3%?  To be exact, executives in the private sector are in the 2.9%-3.0% average.  So what is the public sector doing right that the private sector is not?  Maybe the ability to raise taxes on a whim, while the private sector has to earn it?  The real abuses are not occurring in the private sector they are occurring in the public government sector.

Why would the Mayor give his Chief of Staff a 15% raise in these hard economic times?  Let’s look at the facts, first know that at the City Council meeting in October 2011, it was first brought before the public to name Riverside City Hall after Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge.  The members of this special and self appointed secret committee included Chief of Staff  Kristin Tillquist,  Former Riverside City Manager Brad Hudson, Private Developer Mark Rubin, Yeager Construction Companies Jack Yeager, Senior VP of The Entrepreneurial Corporate Group which owns the Mission Inn Ted Weggeland , Riverside County Fair Housing Executive Director Rose Mayes, President/CEO Riverside Chamber of Commerce Cindy Roth (incidently but not part of the committee, Richard Roth, who is now running for Senate, is hired by the city for litigation purposes as in the current case of RPD Sgt. Valmont Graham’s racism case,  and of course, he is endorsed by the mayor) , Roth Carney Law Firm Partner Jane Carney, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Roger Luebs, Director of Center for Philanthropy La Sierra University Dr. Jim Erickson, Retired Superintendent Alford Unified School District Dr. Damon Castillo, RUSD School Board Kathy Allavie. The majority of these people in one way or another have benefited from City Hall and/or have had their palms financially greased by the taxpayer.  If you look at the names they all have some connection with the mayor in terms of contracts, associations, employment by the city etc.  It appears as if there was a private committee headed by the ring leader, Jack Clark, a partner in litigation for BB&K, a firm which receives millions in taxpayer money for their legal advice to the city and not to forget the recently signed assumption of their lease with the city.  He inititated the presentation at a city council meeting.  Though he initiated the presentation of why Mayor Ron Loveridge’s name should be applied to City Hall,  was he the instigating leader?  Or was it Kirsten Tillquist?  My question is did any of the members know Ms. Tillquist was awarded a 15% raise in July 2011?  The question is who really came up with the idea to put the Mayor’s name on City Hall?

We notified one of the members of this ‘exclusive secret society’ about the particulars of naming City Hall after the Mayor.  This Member stated that a phone call came in approximately February or March 2011 (they weren’t quite sure of the exact date), but it was from Chief of Staff Kristen Tillquist.  The phone call asked this member to be a part of the secret society to name City Hall after  Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge.  Of course they accepted the invitation not realizing the fiasco this was going to ensue.  I personally believe this is one of the most embarrassing moments of the Mayor’s term, and will be remembered as part of his legacy.

Don’t get me wrong Tillquist, but how did you infuse the ‘kindness’ into the City of Riverside?  Secondly, was your work regarding the assembling of a committee for the naming of city hall part of her regular job?  Or was it done on city/ taxpayer dime and time?  I don’t know what kind of employee she is, but for the Mayor Loveridge to give her a 15% raise she must be really, realllllly goood!!!!!  The records attained were the result of a public records act request.

Eric Ustation, assistant to Mayor Ron O. Loveridge and Government Affairs Representative at Riverside Transit Agency also received a 15% raise!  The saga continues for these really gooood employees closest to the Mayor…

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UPDATE: 02/06/2012: REPRESENTATIVE BILL DEWEESE, PENNSYLVANNIA, CONVICTED ON THREE COUNTS CORRPUPTION CHARGES RELATING TO ALLEGATIONS THAT HE REQUIRED TAX-PAYER STAFF MEMBERS TO WORK ON HIS ELECTION CAMPAIGNS AS PART OF THEIR JOBS.

UPDATE: 02/28/2012: MAYOR CANDIDATE DVONNE PITRUZELLO CHALLENGED MAYOR RON LOVERIDGE REGARDING THE 15% RAISE GIVEN TO THE MAYOR’S CHIEF OF STAFF, KRISTIN TILLQUIST. 

SINCE RECENTLY SEVERAL SEWER EMPLOYEE’S WERE LET GO, AND WOULD NOT LOOK GOOD IN SPITE OF THE STATE AUDITOR’S COMING IN.  “MAYOR WILL YOU TAKE BACK THE 15% RAISE”? WELL I GUESS WE HAVE YOUR ANSWER.. (MAYOR DID NOT RESPOND)…

UPDATE: 05/05/2012: THE MAYOR’S OFFICE: OOPS! I DID IT AGAIN WITH ANOTHER 10% RAISE..

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UNKNOWINGLY PUSHING THE ENVELOPE, KEEP CONNECTED WITH TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!   TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, AND PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST…  AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!  COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT!   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM  BY THE WAY, COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED!

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THIS MORNING BOMB THREATS HAVE ENSUED THE CITIES OF RIVERSIDE AND SAN BERNARDINO, SPECIFICALLY THE COURTHOUSES.  PEOPLE WERE EVACUATED, AND AROUND 11:40AM, AN OFFICER YELLED “FIRE IN THE HOLE”, AND LOUD BLAST WAS HEARD.  ACCORDING TO SHERIFF OFFICIALS, EXPLOSIVE CREWS DETONATED A SUSPICIOUS OBJECT.  A CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S CHIEF OF POLICE SERGIO DIAZ STATED, “THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE THAT ANY OF IT WAS EXPLOSIVES”.  SECONDARY DETONATION WAS HEARD A BIT AFTER 12:00 NOON.  IT APPEARS THREE SUSPICIOUS ITEMS WERE FOUND, TWO WERE DESTROYED, ONE ITEM BEING A FONTANA ATTORNEY’S BRIEFCASE.  THE FIRST CALL CAME IN BEFORE 8:00AM FROM A BLOOMINGTON PHONE BOOTH, WITH A BOMB WARNING TO THE SAN BERNARDINO JAIL AND COURTHOUSE, AND THE SECOND CALL WAS AFTER 8:00AM WARNING OF A BOMB AT COURTHOUSE’S IN THE CITY  OF RIVERSIDE.  THIS IS WHAT IS HAPPENING TODAY IN RIVERSIDE.  CITY OF RIVERSIDE MAYOR RON LOVERIDGE’S STATE OF THE CITY SPEECH IS EXPECTED TODAY , THE NEW TEQUESQUITE PARK GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY THIS AFTERNOON,  THE MEETING WITH IMMIGRATION OFFICIALS AND ACTIVIST’S FOCUSED ON ISSUES OF DEPORTATION IN RIVERSIDE AND SAN BERNARDINO , THE HEARING REGARDING THE CITY OR RIVERSIDE POSITION ON RECUSING A BLACK JUDGE IN THE RPD SARGENT VALMONT GRAHAM’S RACISM CASE AND STUDENT PROTESTORS DISRUPT UC REGENTS MEETING REGARDING INCREASE TUITION COST.

             

UNKNOWINGLY PUSHING THE ENVELOPE, KEEP CONNECTED WITH TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!   TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, AND PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST…  AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!  COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT!   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM  BY THE WAY, COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED!

 

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Currently Former City Manager Brad Hudson collects a $200,000 annual retirement benefit from the city of Riverside, along with his new Sacramento County CEO salary of $258,000 plus benefits.  According to the Sacramento Bee he could earn a second pension when he leaves Sacramento County. His contract calls for Sacramento County to match up to $9,000 of his annual contributions to the county’s retirement plan.  During his employment with the City of Riverside, it has been found that he as spent over $200,000,000.00 in his discretionary slush fund without city council approval.  Hudson was allowed to spend up to $50,000.00 a pop.  New Mayoral Candidate Dvonne Pitruzello exposed his massive spending.  And of course Hudson had a shoe polisher here as well.  Quite possibly the City of Riverside owned Fox Theatre can have a musical about this.  The Fox, which runs on a deficit by the way, you guessed it, at tax payer expense.

BRAD HUDSON’S FIVE YEAR CONTRACT WITH THE COUNTY OF SACRAMENTO

BRAD HUDSON’S FORMER CITY OF RIVERSIDE CONTRACT

$197,000.00 CalPERS

$258,000.00 Salary as Sacramento County Chief Executive

$455,000.00 Total Yearly Compensation excluding benefits

Hudson retired at 53, to take on his new postion in Sacramento.  Excessive?  How much more will government do to terrorize the taxpayer?  Questions still remain if Hudson was given the choice to leave by resigning, therefore allowing him to receive his CalPERS pension, as opposed to being fired.  This has been an acceptable practice in the upper eschalons of government.  Another double dipping example is our new Chief of Police Sergio Diaz, retired from LAPD to take on the new position in Riverside.  Our forefather of this great country warned of this abuse, and as the peoples government it is not only our responsilbility, but our duty to oversee the activities of government.  We should never be asleep at the wheel, because if we do, the resultant government will be a reflection of our failure to intervene..

Read more here:

Public Eye: Sacramento County CEO’s refurnishing includes shoe polisher

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/01/06/4166679/public-eye-sacramento-county-ceos.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy#storylink=cpy

I have taken some time to research Hudson’s misdeeds over the course of his undistinguished career.  He apparently left the City of Riverside flat broke and saddled with an unambitious successor who can’t seem to “ferret out” (those were the man’s words in the local paper) what is going on around him. I’m also sorry to report having learned that the Riverside police turned a blind eye to misconduct by their bosses’ minor son.  That is most disturbing. We really got a bum deal when this bum caught his own high speed rail out of southern California and wound up in our area. Our pain is Riverside’s gain.    – commenter from the uncensored sacramento bee, hudsonfan

This guy is trying to reinvent himself after being run out as Manager of the City of Riverside.  I urge everyone to just look up all the dirty laundry he left there, there are several news articles by The Press Enterprise-( pe.com) as a former employee of Sacramento County ( I retired last year) I know for a fact that the “open door policy” sounds good on paper, but it is a joke, all the departments are so understaffed and overworked that no one has the time to just visit with the boss?  What ever happned to working your way up the ladder?  I’m sure there a few county employees that are qualified and would perfect for this job.  The B.O.S. are hopefully going to wash their hands on this selection without eating crow, but I hope the public fills the seats for the next meeting and lets them have it.  – commenter from the uncensored sacramento bee, formercountyemp

From the “Old dog, old tricks” file: He’s been CEO for just four months and the troubled “company” he inherited has seen four years of budget cuts, not to mention layoffs, program cuts, and employee contract concessions.Brad Hudson, Riverside’s ex-city manager and now top exec of Sacto County, must feel their pain. Poor guy ate a $36K pay cut to $258K. But like Scarlett O’Hara, he’s clawing his way back! The Sacto Bee reports that hard-times Hudson has run up a $21K county tab on new office furniture. There’s a $7,300 “Lexington” desk, a round table, end table, coffee table and credenza. “I wanted something that was appropriate for the work that we do,” he told the Bee. “It’s not extravagant. I just want people to feel like they can come in.” And sit right down in his “Diva Series” conference chairs. Just don’t plant your posterior on papa bear’s new “Tuxedo Executive” chair or he’ll toss you out on your cummerbund. The only creature comfort critic the Bee scrounged up was an ex-union boss, suggesting the Sacto supes knew what they were getting. Hudson could just be warming up. During his six-year watch, Riverside City Hall completed a decade-long $20 million remodel, including glass-walled offices for electeds and a corner lair for the city manager. Don’t forget, Hudson is at heart a hard-charging developer. His currency just happens to be taxpayers’ dollars and fancy-pants lingo. Viva la Renaissance Chez Tuxedo Junction!     - Uncensored Dan Berstein, Riverside Press Enterprise

“That’s because he is collecting a $200,000 annual retirement benefit from the city of Riverside, along with his new Sacramento County CEO salary of $258,000 plus benefits.” This is not an uncommon practice and happens more than people realize.  I believe Ann Madden Rice of UC Davis Med Center, who’s salary is almost $1M as the CEO, is another who is able to “double dip”, along with several others executives working in the UC system.  However you don’t see a bunch of slam pieces on UC Davis executives as they are quite chummy with Cheryl Dell, sacbee President, and it’s staff.  It all comes down to blantant greed and the obvious exploitation of state/county/city loopholes which enables this to happen.  I could really care less about the $78 polisher.  I care more about the state, county, and city officials being able to retire and collect full benefits/pensions on the tax payers dollar and then them being able to take another posistion (carefully picked as to not violate the terms of their pension) and collecting another salary.  I think once they retire, they should have to stay retired…irregardless of their former public position.  They want to keep working, then they can go into the private industry.  Possibly creating some jobs and revenue for the state as opposed to continuing to suck off the proverbial breast of the state.  It’s highway robbery and it’s a big reason as to why the state is in financial ruin.     – commenter on the uncenored sacramento bee, Ms.Nesbit

$200k pension and a quarter million dollar salary?  He’s the problem – the government has become the biggest 1%.  They didn’t need a shoe polisher, they need a rope and a strong tree to hang him from.  THIEF!!!     – commenter on the uncensored sacramento bee, brettsacto

UNKNOWINGLY PUSHING THE ENVELOPE, KEEP CONNECTED WITH TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!   TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, AND PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST…  AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!  COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT!  TMC WISHES ALL, EVEN CITY HALL, A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!  THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM  BY THE WAY, COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED!

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By May 1, 2012 the City of Riverside will really be in trouble.  As of November 30, 2011 the City of Riverside’s General Fund only had the sum total of $2,154.00  Yep we dared to ask, “Show me the money!”  But of course we wanted answers, we wanted the truth, but wasn’t sure how we would handle the truth, we got the truth.  Regardless, I said two thousand one hundred fifty four, not two hundred and fifty thousand dollars!   How do you pay the bills for our city with $2,154.00?  City of Riverside’s Chief Financial Officer Paul Sundeen stated in a Press Enterprise ariticl the city needs $50 million to $70 million available at any given time for day-to-day operations. The question needs to be asked what is the real reason Brad Hudson left. The 2 Billion dollar Renaissance was a complete failure.  According to discretionary fund records, Former City Manager Brad Hudson spent almost 200 million without any City Council approval.  Our prediction for 2012 will be The Beloved Fox Theatre will be closed and the real amount that was spent on the theatre will exceed almost 50 million.   Another question to ask is why the finance staff is currently working overtime?  Maybe trying to figure out who should be paid first, Police, Fire or General Staff?  Or will we have to eliminate our fire department and contract Cal-Fire, or will we have to eliminate our police department and contract Riverside Sheriff’s Department?  Well guess again…for one thing,  the Bond payments will supersede everything else, with 128 million due this year, and they, the city, only have two thousand one hundred fifty four dollars in the general fund?  Inquiring minds are asking, “Where did the money go?”  The City anticipates the upcoming property taxes to replenish the fund.  With unemployment and foreclosures at an all time high, with another real estate dip expected this year, how short will we come in reference to the city’s expectations?  Will the City pass it on to the taxpayer with increase utility and water rates?  Time will tell, THE TRUTH WILL BE TOLD.  Look out BRAD, this is the year of exposure..   The records attained were the result of a public records act request.

UNKNOWINGLY PUSHING THE ENVELOPE, KEEP CONNECTED WITH TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!   TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, AND PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST…  AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!  COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT!  TMC WISHES ALL, EVEN CITY HALL, A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!  THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM  BY THE WAY, COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED!