CITY OF RIVERSIDE: CITY COUNCIL OVERSIGHT OF DISCRETIONARY SPENDING….A PATTERN OF FIDUCIARY NEGLIGENCE?

Posted: February 14, 2012 in Uncategorized
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UPDATE: 03/01/2012:  THE SACRAMENTO BEE REPORTS SACRAMENTO COUNTY EXECUTIVE BRAD HUDSON RILES UP LABOR UNIONS.

UPDATE:02/19/2012: SACRAMENTO BEE REPORTS:  BRAD HUDSON NEEDS A LESSON IN REALITY!  IT APPEARS THAT UNDER BRAD HUDSON’S WATCH THE COUNTY OF SACRAMENTO SPENT $15,000.00 ON A MACHINE TO CURB WHITE NOISE.  NOPE, HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH RACE, BUT FOR A LOGISON SOUND MASKING SYSTEM… IN ORDER TO PREVENT EASEDROPPERS FROM HEARING CONFIDENTIAL MEETINGS!  TMC WOULD LIKE TO RECOMMEND THE ‘CONE OF SILENCE’ TO DETER THOSE PESKY EASEDROPPERS.

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 COULDN’T HANDLE THE HEAT IN RIVERSIDE, CAN’T HANDLE THE NOISE IN SACRAMENTO?  ..AND HE ALSO MADE THE NEWS ON CBS!

 

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CBS ALSO MENTIONED BRAD HUDSON HAS YET TO RETURN THEIR PHONE CALL REGARDING THIS ISSUE, REGARDLESS, CBS REPORTER MENTIONED THEY WILL BRING HIM BACK IN THE NEWS IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS WHEN HE RELEASES HIS BUDGET ALLOCATIONS.

UPDATE:02/16/2012: SACRAMENTO BEE REPORTS:

 “I chewed him out about it,” Yee said. “I said they were unacceptable with the money he makes. … He went overboard. We all gave Brad a mouthful so I don’t think this will be happening again.”   – Sacramento County Supervisor Jimmy Yee

Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna said he asked Hudson to consider reimbursing the county for those costs – which seemed reasonable, given that Hudson makes close to $500,000 a year in county salary and retirement benefits from his last job.  Hudson declined to do so, Serna said. 

 

HUDSON’S PAST DISCRETIONARY SPENDING IN THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE

2005-2006:  $39,296,019.06

2006-2007:  $45,091,052.92

2007-2008:  $37,691,038.33

2008-2009:  $26,918,067.27

2009-2010:  $29,554,005.19

TOTAL       $178,550,182.77

2010-2011   $830,762.24

       

The total discretionary spending under Former City Manager Brad Hudson was $178,550,182.77.  Under Hudson, he could spend up to the maximum of $50,000.00 without City Council approval.  Prior to Hudson’s hire, in 2004, the maximum amount that could be spent without council approval was $25,000.00.  In June 2010, Mayoral Candidate Dvonne Pitruzzello asked the question regarding an accounting of the city manager’s discretionary spending.  This is what we found.  What it was spent on is all together another story, but it also appeared that that the discretionary fund had not been reviewed by city council.  But coincidently since Pitruzzelo’s June 2011 request the amount spent from discretionary spending decreased dramatically.  Since June 2010 Hudson’s approved contract spending under $50,000.00 now went down to $830,762.24  Brad Hudson began looking for another position in February 2011, and left August 2011 to his new position in Sacramento leaving questions regarding his spending and why he left.  The records attained were the result of a public records act request.

UNLIKE RIVERSIDE, IT DIDN’T TAKE LONG FOR SACRAMENTO TO FIGURE BRAD OUT… THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN PLACED IN POSITIONS OF POWER, FOR THEY DO NOT BENEFIT THE PUBLIC AT LARGE WITH REGARDS TO THEIR ACTIONS AND DECISIONS..

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 

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT, KEEP CONNECTED WITH TMC…

Comments
  1. Concerned Riversider says:

    No wonder when Hudson got to his new job, he thought it was OK to spend $21,000 on furniture for his office. He got so use to spending as he pleased as City Manager. It has been so frustrating to bring these issues to our city council and then have them sit there in stoney silence. Sometimes they even stepped in to protect him and Sundeen from criticism. These guys are highly paid “professionals” who should be able to answer the hard questions. They were spending a couple of Billion dollars of public money after all. The public had an interest in what we being done in their name.
    Just because Hudson is gone doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be some accountablity. We need to know the truth. Besides, he didn’t do this on his own.

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