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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