No doubt, Interum Public Works Director Tom Boyd maybe the focus of the John Chiang’s auditing teams hard lined questions. and no doubt, former Public Works Director Siobhan Foster is also looking from the sidelines after leaving her Riverside position in a rush for the same position for the City of Pasadena, a much furthercommute away from home. Did she know anything of the second coming?
DON’T MISS CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR, DVONNE PITRUZELLO AND SELF APPOINTED CITY AUDITOR VIVIAN MORENO WILL BE GIVING CITY COUNCIL A MATH LESSON! FORMER DEPUTY CITY ATTORNEY RAYCHELE STERLING WILL BE TALKING ABOUT HOW HUMAN RESOURCES TERRORIZES THEIR EMPLOYEES BECAUSE OF THEIR OWN PARANOIA. TONIGHT AT 6:30 PM!
Item #2 is a big concern with the taxpaying residents of the City of Riverside. The city doesn’t have all the money for the park, it therefore will be encumbering our six of the taxpayer fire stations for collateral against a $4 million dollar loan. The six are as follows: Fire Station 2- Arlington, Fire Station 3- Magnolia Center, Fire Station 4- University, Fire Station 8- La Sierra, Fire Station 11-Orange Crest , and Fire Station 12- La Sierra South. The city not to long ago encumbered Fire Station 13- Sycamore Canyon, Fire Station 14- Canyon Crest and two libraries: Casa Blanca and Arlington to use as collateral for monies that found it’s way to the devlopers of the Hyatt Hotel. Now regarding the six fire stations, the finance company, Pinnacle Public Finance, Inc., states that the aggregate value of the fire statios is valued slightly over $4 million, and that is the reason for the need of six stations. I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but if you divide $4 million by 6 you get $666,666.66. A possible sign or just a coincidence? Regardless, the median value of each fire station. Pinnacle Public Finance must feel their is risk with this loan to the city, because sources state that the actual cost to build a fire station can run from $9 to $10 million. The estimated cost to build the Downtown Fire Station #1, is $11,246,872.00. Fire Station #14-Canyon Crest which was completed in 2007 costed $4,812,684.00 for one fire station , which contradicts the assessment of 4 million for all six. Is anybody out there experienceing a conniption fit just yet?
So, are we placing approximately $24,000,000.00 to $50,000,000.00 in fire stations for a $4,000,000.00 loan? More salt on the wound, the city’s finance team for this project includes Best, Best & Krieger. Now when this is all over, we will probably have to encumber another 6 fire stations (if we have any left) to pay their bill, since it’s the cities practice not to use contracts with them. Mad yet? The cities annual payment or debt cost will be close to $468,000.00 per year from the General Fund for 10 years. At the end of that 10 years the city will have paid out $671,150.40 in interest alone. That means that could effect police or fire department payroll. But it must not matter in lieu of the mayor’s staff receiving 15% raises. Now nothing is free, so will the city make up the slack in higher taxes, or revenue enhancers such as service or violation fees? Further, Chief Financial Officer Paul Sundeen’s name is not on any of these documents! By the way where is Paul!
So far it is estimated that Tequesquite Park will cost $10.1 million. The city already had $2 million to cover the design cost and environmental and conservation fees, The other $4.1 million would come from municipal debt that the city issued in 2008. Therefore, $4 million is needed to complete the project, which will be paid back over a term of 10 years. In terms of the next 10 years, the total cost from the City’s General Fund each year will be $804,000.00 That’s the cost of park maintenance $336,000 plus the loan payment including interest of $468,000.00
ITEM #20, ITEMS #21 and ITEM #22, the initiations of Landscape Maintenance Districts, where by an annual process of leyving special assessments pertaining to landscape maintenance. This cost of maintaining landscaping will assessed to property owners, as if you don’t have enough taxes to worry about. Dear City of Riveside, don’t we already pay for landscape maintenance in the form of property taxes? Another example of over taxation or double taxation without representation.. But this whole process brings back an old city favorite Albert Webb. Back in 2008, the Albert Webb company was paid 12 seperate payouts all in one day. Question abound, regarding this event.
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HOLDING TRUE TO HIS MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of the City Attorney’s Office is to provide excellent and ethical legal advice, effective legal representation, and other quality legal services for the City Council, City officers, and City employees in order that they may lawfully attain the City Council’s goals and other department program outcomes without undue risk to the City? DO YOU SEE TAXPAYER OR CITIZEN OF THE RIVERSIDE COMMUNITY MENTIONED? AFTERALL, IF YOU ARE PAYING THE BILL SHOULDN’T YOU, THE TAXPAYER, BE PROTECTED?
WHO WILL BE HIDING BEHIND THE COMPUTER NEXT WHEN JOHN CHIANG’S AUDITING? CLICK ON THIS LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE CURRENT CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEMS. CALL YOUR LOCAL ELECTED COUNCIL PERSON AND THE MAYOR AND REQUEST THAT THEY COMPLY FULLY WITH THE CONTROLLERS WISHES. THIS CITY OF RIVERSIDE NEEDS TRANSPARENCY IN THE BOOKS, AND WITH A NEW CITY MANAGER, SCOTT BARBER THS CAN BE ATTAINED.
TWO WEEKS AGO AT CITY COUNCIL MARCH 6, 2012:
Evening session was attended by Tom Boyd Interium Public Works Director, no sign of Paul Sundeen since he was last seen leaving mid day from city hall. Councilman Steve Adams was not seen either. TMC had their protest signs with sticks attached to them, some of them pointed. A plains clothes officer was called in by City Attorney Gregory Priamos. When the officer approached Gregory, Gregory said “over there”! The plain clothes officer looked over to us and went to the back of City Council Hall. As the group was leaving and exiting the hall, he later told our group that he was told by Gregory to come in an remove the protesters, because some of the signs had points. That would be considered a “weapon”. In this officers opinion he was just not going to do that. Possibly because it’s appearance was “frivolous”, much as some of Gregory’s law suits. In particular, Ms. Doreen Johnson. Evidently, the Johnson’s own a commercial building and leased property to someone who opened a marijuana dispensary and was then closed and a law suit ensued with their name on it.
It appears if anyone is doing drug business on a property you own, they the feds can take it away from you under asset forfeiture. Others our stating that Ms. Johnson’s property is coincidently across the street from a developers property that has done many projects for the city. But these projects have been in questioned regarding their public benefit. Originally, the true intentions of ‘asset forfeiture laws’ were to hit drug dealers by taking their expensive homes, pimped out vehicles, jewelry and luxury items attained and purchased with drug monies etc. This would occur after their arrest. It currently appears the City Attorney is stretching it to include innocent property owners. Whats really egregious is that they are using three BB&K attorney’s at taxpayer expense, with a cost of $300 to $400 an hour each to go against this business owner. According to Johnson, she was voted on by Priamos and the City as a public nuisance, violating zoning codes, and as she states has been slandered as ’drug dealer’. Even though the City Attorney serves at the pleasure of the City Council and the Mayor, nothing is said. Does our leadership care or even know the laws? Or our just banking that the advice given by city attorney Gregory Primos is solid and true? Does our leadership even have the background to contradict him? So under Federal asset forfeiture law,even if you loan your car to a friend, and that friend makes a drug deal with the use of your vehicle, they can take your vehicle. It’s a true stretch from the original intentions but something the Johnson’s should inquire with the State Attorney General or Federal Department of Justice. Where was Gregory when some of the City Council and Management were driving illegal cold plate vehicles, or where illegal gun sales were occurring, or when concealed weapons permits were being fraudulently being applied for with a city hall address? Did Gregory call the Feds? Or where by the attempted cover up of the Chief Russell Leach case. Where many at City Hall used their personal cell phones for communication whereby could not be subpoenaed, therefore did not exist. The question everyone is asking is why does Gregory want to beat everybody up?
Afternoon session, not in attendance was Tom Boyd, and again Councilman Steve Adams and Chief Financial Officer Paul Sundeen. The second day of the two month audit must be tumultuous. The Council Arena didn’t really get heated until the Chief of Police Sergio Diaz stepped in and began pointing fingers and speaking out at those those he didn’t like. Pointing and looking at Mayoral Candidate Dvonne Pitruzello he exclaimed, “I don’ t like her”, and pointed to others with signs, “and any of them”. Looked back at Pitruzello, “you said I wasn’t qualified”. Ok, it is a public forum, but we weren’t sure if the good ol chief was acting in police mode or in private citizen mode. Then he faced off with Activist Karen Wright, not once but twice, he left and then came back and he wouldn’t stop. “You’re a horrible person”, “Your disrespectful” and the coup de ta “You hate the police”! Ooops.. Assistant Chief Chris Vicino even appeared to be trying to get the chiefs attention for the unchiefly behavior, “Hey Chief”! “Chief”! Many around were asking who the man in the suit was. “He’s the chief of police”… “What, you’re kidding”? Well when I came up to Karen, she was visually shaken as many in the room were at this display. She of course did not know how to respond to the Chief, and she said she didn’t ever meant any disrespect to fallen officer Ryan Bonaminio or his family, as she indicated. Besides the chief, there were others who verbally attacked her. Have we forgotten what this country is all about? Is Riverside a microcosm of beliefs predating 2012? Have we forgotten what our forefathers warned us about? Afterall they were considered Kooks and Traitors. Questions many are secretly asking about our Chief, if he has the ability or is he truly qualified with the skills to create a unifying and cohesive support and alliance between the police and the community? Will the chief receive a letter from Gregory regarding his behavior at City Council Meetings as many others have for less of the behavior seen? A Strategic Plan submitted to the council two years to late and nothing said regarding the lateness from the mayor or city council? Do any of them care when the whole community is watching? What message does this send to our community from our leaders?
In Public comment, Kevin Dawson stated that the comments the Chief made were not in line with the preamble of the city charter. We want people to participate in city government. I’ve heard of other incidents where similar comments were made and I think they were inappropriate, and not in line with a leadership role. People look at the Chief for guidance.. Kevin also mentioned since the chief is in a leadership role, that maybe the City Manager should have a conversation with him, and I think he owes Karen Wright an apology. Both current City Manager Scott Barber and Chief of Police were brought in by Former City Manager Brad Hudson, whereby much of his activities have been in question.
NOT SURE WHERE THE CHIEF GETS HIS POLITICS ON SPEECH, BUT NEEDS TO READ THIS, I’M SURE HE PASSES IT DAILY..
Self appointed auditor, Vivian Moreno stated that one of things that the chief discussed in his description of his strategic plan was the enthusiasm and professionalism of the police department, there was nothing professional about the way he accosted Karen Wright when she was exercising her right to free speech. You have a monument on City Hall and there is a quote of Benjamin Franklin that talks about free speech. I’m sure that everyone would agree that everyone has the right to free speech. Our we all civilized in this room except the Chief? He also said that they (police) were a force of good. I don’t think what he had to say was good for her,(Karen Wright). He also stated something really interesting, he stated that the police don’t lie, cheat or steal.. There was $35,000.00 that was given to Connie Leach (former wife of chief Russ Leach) for the Multi Cultural Youth Festival from Police Asset Forfeiture, what about that? There was the receipts from the the Baker to Las Vegas Run for hotels, shoes, luches, dinners, what about that? …and Gregory Priamos, police asset forfeiture will now collect money from a poor woman (Ms. Doreen Johnson), you are now going to take her property because she rented it to someone undesirable.. I think there is no leadership in management, and I think there are a lot of problems with this city council and you better wake up!
CURRENTLY IN THE NEWS IS HOW PENSIONS RULES ARE NOW DISQUALIFYING SOME RETIRED WORKERS IN THIS NEW PE STORY. IN OTHER WORDS THE PRACTICE OF DOUBLE DIPPING. IN THIS PUBLIC DOCUMENT THEIR ARE WHO WERE PAID $31,875.00 FOR REDLIGHT CAMERA REVIEW, ONE OF THEM IS CITY COUNCILMAN’S STEVE ADAMS BROTHER, RON ADAMS.
OTHERS SUCH AS CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER PAUL SUNDEEN, WHO WAS BROUGHT OUT FROM RETIREMENT, TO BE EMPLOYED ON A PART TIME BASIS WITH THE CITY OF RIVERIDE, ACCORDING TO THE RULES AND REGULATIONS IS CONSIDERED NULL AND VOID. CURRENTLY, SUNDEEN WAS PLACED ON CONTRACT. THE QUESTION PERCOLATING IS CAN HE EVEN BE PLACED ON CONTRACT TO CONTINUE WORKING FOR THE CITY?
DOWNTOWN PARTNERSHIP WEBSITE A THREAT? VIRAL INFESTED? CAME ACROSS THE FOLLOWING: “WEB SITES RATED “CAUTION” MAY HAVE A SMALL NUMBER OF THREATS AND ANNOYANCES, BUT ARE NOT CONSIDERED DANGEROUS ENOUGH TO WARRANT A RED “WARNING”. PROCEED WITH CAUTION”. IS THIS A MESSAGE TO COMMUNITY BUSINESS’S REGARDING THE LEGACY OF DOWNTOWN PARTNERSHIP?
UPDATE: 3:00 PM CITY COUNCIL: PUBLIC SPEAKER REBECCA LUDWIG PASSESS 3 MINUTE MARK, ALMOST GETS A POLICE ESCORT OUT OF COUNCIL CHAMBERS. THE CALL, POSSIBLY CITY ATTORNEY GREGORY PRIAMOS. IT APPEARS THAT MAYOR PRO TEMPT PAUL DAVIS LOOKED AT PRIAMOS, THEN TWO POLICE OFFICERS WALKED DOWN THE HALL WAY. DOES PRIAMOS HAVE A POLICE BUTTON UNDER HIS TABLE?
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… WE WILL HAVE TO ASK GREG ABOUT THAT ONE… 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 OR FOR CONTACT! THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM