Archive for August, 2012

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THE TRANSCRIPT:

Greg Priamos 8:17 am

Hi Susan, this is Greg, uhmm, this is confidential, ahh what I’d like you to do today, please don’t share this with anybody.  I’d like you to prepare a Deputy City Attorney contract for Kathy Gonzales, ahh it would be a monthly salary of $10,111.00, an annual salary of $121,332.00, that works out  to $4,666.61 per pay period, Could you please put that together, uhmm.

Kathy has called me this morning and told me she is willing to, ugh, to accept that, and become a Deputy, and a she’s going to try and come back and work part time, supplemented by her vacation, sick leave, so she can get a year in order to get the higher retirement and death benefits for her family.

So, I told her I would move this forward as quickly as I could and get her reclassified.  So if you could please get that contract with duplicate originals together and I’d like to…I’ll make arrangements to get it over to the hospital so she can sign those.  Bye-bye.

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Susan Allen is City Attorney Gregory Priamos’s secretary.  Was she also the one who went to his home on taxpayer time to decorate his home for Christmas.  Was she even given extra paid days off after the good job she did.  What else does Susan Allen do for Mr. “P”?

Kathleen Gonzales was a superior attorney in Priamos’s department and excellent employee.  She dedicated much of her time to community and was an asset to us all.  She had been sick and was in the hospital when this recording was made.  We understand weeks after this taped conversation she had passed away around March 2004.  She was allegedly promoted from a salary of around $80,000.00 to $122,332.00.  There is the fact that Priamos knew she was terminally ill by her being admitted to the hospital days before, but promoted her (as per his comment on the tape) to pad her retirement and death benefits to her family.  The promotion was for the full time position of Deputy City Attorney.  Can this be construed as a ‘gift of public funds’ by our City Attorney?   According to Priamos, Kathleen indicated to him that she would try to come back and work part time, supplemented by her vacation pay and sick leave, though days earlier she was admitted to the hospital under a terminal condition.  The question TMC is asking, “Is this insurance fraud”?  “Isn’t this pension spiking”?

According to the tape, Priamos has his secretary Susan Allen draw up the contract, rather than a qualified contract attorney on staff or even luxury girl, Rhonda Strout, of the Human Resources department who could properly handle promotion paper work.  The action was also done in secrecy and confidentiality between Priamos and his secretary.  Why would a promotion be confidential and secret?  The position Gonzales was at, she would have received 1.5 times her annual salary if she passed, the new position would entitle her to 5 times her annual salary.  Priamos distinctly indicated on tape this was to be done for her to receive a higher retirement and death benefits for her family.

The following document indicates that secretary Susan Allen is the tenth highest paid employee in the City Attorney’s office, even being paid a higher salary then three staff attorney’s.

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Did Gregory Priamos know that his secretary took confidential work messages home for safe keeping?  And why would she do that?  What were the details of the scandal that hit his office which involved his secretary some years back?  Was there a reason she continued to remain on staff?  How many more tapes did Susan Allen take home, and for what underlying reason or purpose?  How many other employees are keeping official records at home?  Why was this the story the Press Enterprise would not print?

We know this is really sensitive material but TMC is showing how city business is done even in the most sensitive of issues.  Is this irresponsible, outrageous, possibly illegal and with the probability of some legal liability to the taxpayer?  We indicate other examples whereby city employees were ordered to clean up contaminated soils at AG (Agricultural) Park before Hazmat came in.  Some employees fell ill.  Were they compensated equally?  Or were they treated differently to protect against the allegations they made toward the City.  As of Tuesday, August 28, 2012 there were 13 lawsuits pending in close sessions at 1:00pm.  Former City of Riverside Raychelle Sterling stated that NBC has accepted to do a series of stories of the contaminated PCB site known as AG (Agricultural) Park regarding the alleged false information that was submitted by the City to such Departments as the EPA, and the City’s use of non protected employees to clean up the site. 

THE PRIAMOS EXPENSE ACCOUNT: A PARTY THE TAXPAYER WASN’T INVITED TO!

Usually in the private sector when there is a going away party everybody chips in.  It could be money, pot luck contributions etc.  But if you worked at City Attorney’s Greg Priamos’s office, your going away party was TAXPAYER PAID.

The following are receipts acquired through the public records request act, which shows you the taxpayer paid for former Deputy City Attorney Eddie Diaz’s Farewell Party for $154.19 including ingredients for homemade cake from Ralph’s.

                                       

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THE LANZILLO INCIDENT

UPDATE: 08/29/2012: FORMER AND FIRED RIVERSIDE POLICE OFFICER, CHRIS LANZILLO MAKES THE NEWS..  WHAT GOES? FIRED RPD OFFICER CHRIS LANZILLO IS REINSTATED WITH RPD THEN SIGNS OFF ON A DISABILITY RETIREMENT, AND IS THEN FOUND TO BE WORKING WITH AN INVESTIGATION COMPANY HE STARTED.  IS THIS INSURANCE FRAUD? 

“Are Police Unions crossing the line while bullying public officials?” as in this news story.  Does the Upland Law Firm Lackie, Dammeier & McGill have a play book? as in this news story “How Police Play Hardball At The Bargaining Table”.   The following is the Playbook created by Lackie, Dammeier & McGill, pretty disturbing stuff, appears even to the level of the “Shake Down”, “Strong Arm” or a “Piracy Operation” as some of main stream news sources are elusively indicating (Click This Link).  The Playbook was quickly removed from their web site when the cow pies began fly.

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Former RPD Officer and now Private Investigator, Chris Lanzillo, had done work for this Upland Law Firm.

Let me see if I’ve got this straight…A Riverside detective named Chris Lanzillo gets fired…then is called back so that he can be retired early on a medical disability…which qualifies him to recieve his pay in large part tax free for the rest of his life.  BUT…he’s not so disabled that he can’t work as a private investigator for a law firm that represents cops and cop unions…and shall we say…suuplement his retirement pay……Is that absurd or what!  He’s a bad cop who’s now a crook…and we got to pay his freight for the rest of his life!  – John Bosch, Commenter on the Orange County Register

UPDATE: 09/01/2012: DA SUBPOENAED VIDEO FROM COSTA MESA BAR, WHERE LANZILLO SAYS COUNCILMAN RIGHEIMER WAS DRUNK.  According to a KTLA report, Lanzillo stated that Councilman Righeimer stumbled out of the bar and was swirving all over the road in 911 call.  According to the video, it showed that he was not.  The police officer who went to Councilman Righeimer’s home, found he was not drunk, and found he had only drank two diet cokes.

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher became involved, now a Federal investigation will ensue.  According to Police Chief Sergio Diaz in a 2010 Press Enterprise story,  Lanzillo was fired “not because he was a member of the leadership of the [police union], but because he did some really bad things.”   The specifics of “the really bad things” was not elaborated on by the chief.  Incidently, former Detective Lanzillo was President of the Riverside Police Officers’ Association, in other words, a ‘Police Union’.

A very similar incident occurred with Buena Park Councilman Fred Smith in this Orange County Register story.

Jack Wu of the Daily Pilot brought this coveted point, if Lanzillo was getting paid to investigate and watch someone else, then stop and waste precious time following Councilman Righeimer whom he thought was drunk.  Wouldn’t you want your money back and question if there was some sort of attention deficit associated with his medical disability? 

In an article by Lauren Williams of the Daily Pilot, The Los Angeles Police Protective League (LLPPL) issued a statement critical of Upland based law firm Lackie, Dammeier & McGill and criticized the Costa Mesa Police Association (A Police Union).  They said that “Hardball Tactics”, or what I would say “Intimidation Tactics” can erode the publics trust.  Residents in communities trust and the need the police to protect and serve.  When these types of incidents occurr, the citizens see the police as a seperate entity, whereby the residents health and safety become at risk, and they to become intimidated by uncertaintity of who’s benefit the police really serve.   The LLPPL have a long and proven  record of working with city officials to ensure that public safety comes first.  It’s now left to the Fed’s to investigate the activities of this law firm and respond to the public with their conclusions.

Is the power of the badge being used to “bully” and/or being used in “enforcer type tactics” for police unions against elected officials?  Have police unions and law firms taken their activities to a different level that will become a red flag for the Feds?  An article by Steven Frank of California News and Views has this to say about that subject.

What I’m getting from some of these reports is disturbing.  Have Police become so powerful that they are somehow controlling certain political scenarios?  This would definitely not benefit the taxpayer, but the very few, and therefore become a public health and safety issue.  So now you have a police union, an attorney law firm with a police background, possibly with some outside police officers working together in unison using the grey areas of the law to terrorize and shake down individuals in city government, then decisions and contracts are then negotiated under these circumstances.  Others in elected positions are saying that the law firm harasses by threatening grand jury investigations.  Well if anybody knows, you can file a grand jury investigation against just about anything, you are harassed by the fact that you have to deal with it.  Sounds like a good tactic as others say in the business, a “client control” strategy.  Taking it a step further, is this part of the reason why California has unsustainable union contracts, is going bankrupt, and/or the reason why these contracts cannot be fulfilled or honored?  Then the question would be, were some of these contracts not negotiated in the best interest of the taxpayer due to ulterior motives?  Something to think about, this is what movies are made out of..

UPDATE:08/30/2012: AFTER BEING PASSED OVER 35 TIMES, AND YEARS AFTER COUNCILMAN “RUSTY” BAILEY’S TEMPER TANTRUM OF FEELING DISRESPECTED AT A COMMUNITY MEETING, SERGEANT VALMONT GRAHAM IS FINALLY PROMOTED TO LIEUTENANT.  TMC CONGRATULATE’S LIEUTENANT VALMONT GRAHAM.

JUST FOR LAUGHS….THE SECOND TIME THIS MONTH THEY SHUT THE LIGHTS OFF….WHICH ONE OF YOU RELEASED THAT STORY ON THE MAYOR?  BERNSTEIN!  ROBINSON!

RIVERSIDE FORGOTTEN…RIVERSIDE PUBLIC LIBRARY, CIRCA 1963

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!  TEMPORARILY BLOCKED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE AT PUBLIC ACCESS SITES WITHIN THE CITY, THEN UNBLOCKED.  I GUESS YOU CANNOT DO THAT ACCORDING TO ACLU.  PROUDLY RATED ONE STAR (POSSIBLY DOWN TO ZERO FROM OUR LAST ACCOUNTS) OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE FOR GOOD REASON, AND PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST, FOR GOOD REASON… WE WILL HAVE TO ASK GREGORY ABOUT THAT ONE ( OUR PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO CONTACT HIS PEOPLE)… AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!   COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPHALL SPELL CHECKERS!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT OR CONTACT US BY THE FOLLOWING EMAIL ADDRESS! CONTRIBUTORS WILL ALWAYS BE PROTECTED… YES, WE EXPECT THE JAIL TIME FOR THAT ONE…  THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

Tuesday’s City Council begain with the rattle, then the strike and finally the discharge of venom by City Attorney Gregory Priamos by reading a complaint laid out against Councilman Paul Davis by a Fire Inspector.  Was this premature?  It wasn’t to long ago that a deposition by former Chief Russell Leach was release prematurely by Priamos, and the case was still active and ongoing, and in this case Bailey came out looking disfigured.   Today, Priamos released a bombshell against City Councilman Paul Davis regarding a complaint issued by a female fire inspector.  This stemmed from a June 12th, 2012 incident at the food truck festival regarding fire hydrants.  Davis and his wife were organizers of this event.  According to Councilman Davis a female fire inspector percieved that he was ‘loud’ and ‘disruptive’, therefore the complaint, and according to the Press Enterprise, felt she was ‘disrespected’.  Disrespected possibly because Councilman Davis called Chief Earley in front of her?  Now, anyone who has worked in the private sector knows, if you reach a wall with one person, you ask for the next person in charge.  This isn’t ‘disrespectful’, this is ‘expected’ and ‘acceptable’.  She also made mention that he was ‘rude’ and ‘interfered with her work’.  Then this incident evolved into a ‘discrimination’ and ‘harassment’ complaint.  According to Priamos the ‘discrimination’ and ‘harassment’ complaint was investigated by the City and it was determined to be ‘founded’ against Davis.  Therefore, it happened as indicated.  ‘Discrimination’ and ‘harassment’ accusations are serious.  So, could the perception of the chain events be a misunderstanding which now became a ‘harassment’ and ‘discrimination’ complaint?  Now, we all know about ‘harassment’ and ‘discrimination’ complaints because we have seen enough of these lawsuits filed against the City by employees.  The City, it appears forgot one thing, according to Davis he was never ‘interviewed’.  So how did this get by the good city attorney many are asking?  Well, were not sure.  But Priamos did hire a friend, former RPD Lt. Jeff Collopy, Internal Affairs Bureau, to do the “independent investigative work” on this complaint, except he forgot to ‘interview’ Councilman Davis regarding his side of the story.  “Independent”, we as you can see, Collopy was far from that.  According to a posting by Alicia Robinson of the Press Enterprise, former Lt. Jeff Collopy charged the City/ taxpayer $85/ hour for 10 hours of investigative work for a total of $850.00.

Sidenote: Is this really about Councilman Davis forcing Priamos to be transparent?  Two weeks ago, Tueseday August 14, 2012, at city council closed session, Priamos was asked to produce his personal reimbursement schedule for public record, and was given 72 hours.

This carried forward to Councilman Bailey acting as Mayor Pro-Tem, also known as “Independent voice of Riverside”.  “The City Council does not condone the actions of Councilman Davis, founded through a complaint and interview by a city employee and investigated by a private detective,” Bailey said.  “The City Council will continue to call out for behavior expected of a public official serving the residents of Riverside.”

Well okay, but we know Bailey has a few skeletons in his closet that can be called out for behavior expected of a public official serving the residents of Riverside.  Let’s not forget Councilman Steve Adam’s sliding by complaints, or the citizens complaint against Adams files by six members of the La Sierra/ Arlanza Neighborhood Aliance that was dismissed by former City Manager Brad Hudson.  Again, did Bailey know Davis never gave his side of the story in what is called an ‘interview’?

Davis went on to say.  However, I do want to add something to this, this unfounded or finding of the complaint now that it has been read out of my arrangement has not been completed.  And I’m hoping that we can.  I have not been ‘interviewed’ officially, for them to say that it was ‘founded’, I do have ‘cause on that’.  But to that person I’m very sorry, and that should be a public statement to her.  What was just read was not what I’m comfortable with.

We know the Councilman Davis and Councilman Adams have had their spirited disagreements, but for some reason it seemed that Councilman Steve Adams was egging Councilman Davis on by the following statement.  “Are you feeling that you weren’t handled appropriately?”  …….Nope, we can handled it now, you just made the statement, Adams said.  Would you like to call for an independent investigation? So that you make sure that your rights are upheld, Adams continued.  “Steve!”, Davis answered, “the information that we discussed was that it was in position that it should have been handle.  Now a statement comes out that says that in fact it was ‘founded.’”  “That is the report that was given”, Steve said…  Davis then said, “that my understanding is that one piece of this is not ‘founded’.”  The mayor then intervened as stated that the conclusion of the report was that it was ‘founded.’

Davis went on to say that “I have great difficulty with what was just read by city attorney’s office that was not discussed.”

Even Councilman Mike Gardner layed in his two cents with all the trivial remaining sense he had, and said, “as far as the council is concerned, it’s now done”.

It appears that there were parts that complaint that were ambiguously discussed behind closed doors, then an occurrence unbeknownst to him happened.  The complaint was ‘founded’.  Not a simple complaint now, it now evolved to a ‘harassment’ and ‘discrimination’ complaint.  In TMC’s opinion the lines of separation are evident, and the damage of an unaligned railroad apparent.

“The damage is done,” Davis said.

As a kids game, when you are no longer wanted as part of the pack, the bullying happens and is becomes apparent.. for whatever reason..the munimob has spoken..you can’t question it, it just is…

It appears that there were parts that complaint that were ambiguously discussed behind closed doors by ‘the City’, then an occurrence unbeknownst to him happened.  The complaint was ‘founded’.  Not a simple complaint now, it now evolved to a ‘harassment’ and ‘discrimination’ complaint.

We understand now that not even an interview of the incident was given to Councilman Davis, it appears to be a complete violation of procedure, as many are weighing in.  It’s no secret to many of Councilman’s Davis’s relationship with Priamos, and even with other councilman, such Steve Adam’s, who also put his two cents worth on the issue.  Now it’s also not uncommon to see Priamos with Adams at a local watering hole such as Mazz at the Riverside Plaza.  But others are asking now is this retaliation toward a tape of Priamos released last week at City Council, which of course the tape had nothing to do with Councilman Davis, but simply a breach within his own office.  At City Council, former Deputy Attorney Raychelle Sterling weighed in toward Councilman Mike Gardner that Priamos would call him an ‘idiot’ at staff meetings. “ I don’t know why you support the city attorney.”  We found he also called Councilman Bailey an ‘idiot’, as well.  She went further to state that Councilman Adams is a liability to the city.

So why is Priamos acting this way?  We go back in time and ask the questions on certain incidents.  The episode and complaint against former Councilman Dom Betro yelling inappropriatly and making threatening comments on Main Street at Kevin Dawson and his daughter, what did Priamos say then? Nothing..  What about the Valmont Graham discrimination case? Where Councilman Bailey may have had a part in Officer Graham not getting promoted, due to a percieved perception.  Now costing the taxpayer extrodinary litigation expenses because of a misunderstanding?  It’s been perceived that Priamos protects those he has relationships with, and others he doesn’t.  Even though he says he serves at the pleasure of the council, a different turn of event occurs behind the close doors of the Priamos office.  Many at this time are beginning to think, doesn’t the City Attorney represents and protects the needs of the community against liabilities?  Well think again, there is a whole other set of dynamics that don’t include the taxpayer, the employer.  Possibly as some have said, a whole other culture has developed at City Hall.  Viewing the incident, we know that Councilman Davis has been the sole person to vote for another ambulance company entering the boundaries of the City, such as Mission Ambulance. Could we say that the complaint by the fire inspector suspicious?  It was filed solely based on perception? Perception than now became harassment and discrimination.  Perception sure has exploded.  Let’s also not forget Priamos friendship with Peter Hubbard who runs AMR (American Medical Response).  The following is a transcribed letter of the original,  written by Priamos to the law firm representing Mission Ambulance, and telling them they cannot send a representative to City Council in order to lobby for them.

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Let’s take it a step further, his friendship with Councilman Steve Adams.  We have witnesses who seen them together at one of their favorite watering holes, the Salted Pig.  Okay, now I’m beginning to think is this whole episode politically motivated?  We forgot to say that Councilman Davis also spoke with Fire Chief Steve Earley, who state he could not comment on the complaint.

Fire Chief Earley is also a friend of AMR’s Peter Hubbard.  There has been some talk around town that Peter Hubbard (AMR) hosted Tim Stack (President of the Riverside City Firefighter Union) and Wendy Stack’s wedding reception at Peter Hubbard’s home.  We shouldn’t be surprised, after all, this is River City and screwing is king…

Of course, you know there is more to come… stayed tuned for another episode of “As Riverside Turns Your Stomach”.

“Elected officials aren’t typically involved in such investigations”… yes, that’s right. The difference here is that the staff is completely out of  control, and have repeatedly demonstrated a complete disregard for the citizens they serve. When people complain about “out of control government” this is what they’re complaining about. The staff does what they want, when they want without regard to their elected officials. Totally unacceptable. We need stronger and  better oversight on the council.   -Jim Stewart, Commenter on the PE

Yes, let’s have the city pay to block off some streets for a food truck festival and then not allow the food trucks we invited to the city to sell their food. Good for Davis for getting upset at that kind of nonsense. I was at a separate event with food trucks and the county inspectors were waiting at the gates of the event like rabid dogs. Using selective enforcement to single out and shut down businesses is one of the reasons why this state is in the mess it is in.  -John Rockwell, Commenter on the PE

Let’s start a forum of stories about fire inspectors being rude.  – Sharon Marshall, Commenter on the PE

So the city hires private investigators to handle complaints involving elected officials. Good! Now perhaps they can investigate the ones who allegedly  violated the city charter by interfering in the police department’s promotional process.   – Mary Shelton, Commenter on the PE

But this complaint is politically motivated, plain and simple – Paul questions the kickback given by AMR to the fire chief, and then this happens. It’s ridiculous.  – Jim Stewart, Commenter on the PE

If I were mayor pro tem, and was running for that very office, I might have used the “Face Time” for more strategic issues facing our city, and not bickering over an issue which has yet to be resolved.  – Ron Woodbury, Commenter on the PE

UPDATE: 08/29/2012: A REPORT FROM THE PRESS ENTERPRISE IS STATING THAT COUNCILMAN DAVIS’S COMPLAINT HAS BEEN RESOLVED.  NOW THAT THE DUST HAS SEEMED TO SETTLE, WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM CITY ATTORNEY PRIAMOS’S NEXT PERFORMANCE EVALUATION?

JUST FOR LAUGHS PERSPECTIVE..

RIVERSIDE FORGOTTEN…RIVERSIDE MAIN STREET MALL, CIRCA 1966

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!  TEMPORARILY BLOCKED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE AT PUBLIC ACCESS SITES WITHIN THE CITY, THEN UNBLOCKED.  I GUESS YOU CANNOT DO THAT ACCORDING TO ACLU.  PROUDLY RATED ONE STAR (POSSIBLY DOWN TO ZERO FROM OUR LAST ACCOUNTS) OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE FOR GOOD REASON, AND PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST, FOR GOOD REASON… WE WILL HAVE TO ASK GREGORY ABOUT THAT ONE ( OUR PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO CONTACT HIS PEOPLE)… AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!   COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPHALL SPELL CHECKERS!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT OR CONTACT US BY THE FOLLOWING EMAIL ADDRESS! CONTRIBUTORS WILL ALWAYS BE PROTECTED… YES, WE EXPECT THE JAIL TIME FOR THAT ONE…  THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

According to Moodys, the nations largest issuer of municipal bonds, they are asking the question, is bankruptcy becoming a popular strategic choice for municipalities in order to deal with debt?  Well they think so and and in response they will begin a wide-ranging review of municipal finances in the nation’s most populous state because as they see it, there is a growing threat of municipal insolvency.  It is there contention that it expects more municipal bankruptcies and bond defaults.  Recently, Stockton, San Bernardino, Mammoth Lakes have filed and now the possibility of Compton in the coming month.  According to Moodys there will be more to come.  The fact that their are more bankruptcy filings and bond defaults among California cities reflects an increased risk to bondholders as investors.  These risk become the red flags which brings Moody’s focus of attention and an obligation to investors.  As bankruptcy becomes a tool for cashed strapped cities, this requires Moody’s to reassess the financial position of all cities in California.  Within a year the City of Riverside’s bond rating has decreased from an average of AAA rating  to AA /A rating.  Mind you this is still considered good, but the fact remains, it visually appears to be of concern.

                                                                             

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A decrease in bond rating to the investment community is a statement that there has been an appreciable increase in risk.  Therefore, in many ways it is of concern, because a lower bond rating can mean the difference of getting a better percentage rate on borrowing, especially in times when municipalities are struggling due to lower tax revenue streams.  Even if it was a 0.5% increase, it would cost more money to borrow.  The other concern is “How will the debt be paid off?”  Considering the fact that there will be lower tax revenues on the horizon.

If you look at the example of the US, losing its prestine AAA rating down to a not so prestine AA rating, it really matters.  It is a very loud statement that there has been an appreciable increase in the risk – which might still be tiny, but it exists – that the US might one day struggle to pay back all it owes.  In theory there will be a financial cost for the US government and US citizens, whose debt is priced off the interest rate paid by the government.  Perhaps an additional half of a percentage point on interest rates.  According to US Bank JP Morgan, over time, this could amount to an additional $100 billion of interest costs for the US economy.

As a result investors are beginning to wonder if cities are using bankruptcy as tool for their debt?  It was noted that some municipalities were considering bankruptcy as a new strategy to address budget deficits and avoid obligations to bondholders.  This in essence would be disastrous to the investment community.

According to Chris McKenzie, executive director of the League of California Cities, also considered a lobbying entity for cities, said, “Moody’s has an obligation to review changing circumstances, but we just suggest that their assessment of the framework and ground activities is perhaps exaggerated”.   Of course if you’re a paid lobbying group for cities, what else would you say?

If you take the City of Riverside for example, and look at their monthly financials.  May for example, and compare ratings in 2011 to 2012.  One will find a downgrade from AAA to AA / A.  Don’t get me wrong it’s still a good rating, but why the downgrade?  Are we borrowing more? Are we incurring more debt?  According to the City of Riverside’s Office of Economic Development we are continuing to do well in lieu of distressed economy.

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But can this be due to the fact that the City of Riverside has a continous revenue stream from our utilities, and the utilities we own?  Would we consider this a false sense of security for current ratings if utilities were accessed or used inappropriately?

                                         

MONTHYL FINANCIALS MAY 2011                MONTHLY FINANCIAL MAY 2012

In Moody’s report, more than 10 percent of California cities have declared fiscal crises, with most troubled areas lying inland in the middle of the state and east of the Los Angeles area.  The report also noted the potential for ratings downgrades to cities, counties, school districts throughout the state.  I would imagine a downgrade as I indicated in the City of Riverside’s may be of concern and therefore a red flag of interest.  Important to note, since January 2012, the City of Riverside is now using IDC Financial Publishing, Inc. for their Certificate of Deposit ratings, instead of the “A” rating system.  It’s based on their unique CAMEL system.

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According to them these Certificates of Deposit are rated “superior”, but really the banking institutions issuing these CD”s are rated ‘superior’.  I may consider these a bit deceptive by the City.   In other words, as opposed to rating the certificates of deposit, securities or investments by such institutions such as Moody’s, Fitch or Standar & Poors, IDC Publishing rates the institution or bank.  IDC Financial Publishing, Inc. explanation of their rating system is as follows.

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The Fitch rating system for banking institutes are explained on their site.

How did we get to the point of Cities filing for bankruptcy?  The state of the economy for one thing, uncontained government spending, unsustainable employee contracts, the loss of jobs, loss of industry, the cost of doing business.  No jobs paying their mortgage becomes an issue.  The loss of their homes.  Homes in terms of taxes don’t produce income for municipalities, in terms of property taxes, utility taxes; people don’t spend therefore less sales taxes.

One commenter on the Business Insider laid blame toward State Government, others have blamed foreign laborers, perhaps the truth of the matter that there is truth to both perspectives.

This has nothing to do with  foreign labor. It has to do with the abuse from government workers. Municipalities, counties and the State of California have made promises of  multi-million dollar pensions + benefits to its employees.  Partly because CA  lawmakers are in bed with the Unions or are too afraid of them. Either way, the  public sector union has forced the hand over the last 30 years and no one has  had the balls to say enough is enough. Almost 60 cents on the tax dollar  goes to pay for salaries + benefits + pensions. In any normal corporation, that  would have sent red flags to cut down on payroll expenses but not in the State  of CA. After all it’s other people’s money, right ?    -You reap what you sow, commenter on the Business Insider, August 17, 2012

UPDATE:08/25/2012:  IS CHUCK CONDER, ASSISTANT COUNCIL AIDE TO COUNCILMAN CHRIS MAC ARTHUR, THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S NEW JOE BIDEN?

Conder, an Airforce Veteran himself, responded to a City delegation headed in part by Councilman Paul Davis to explore a sister city relationship with Can Tho, Vietnam.  The Press Enterprise states it was unclear to whom Conder was referring to, but made the statement as a City Staff Member, “These socialist nuts”.  But of course, the obvious talk is about the people Vietnam.   Local Riversidian’s are just calling it another Biden moment for Chuck.  Councilman Chris Mac Arthur was quick to bring damage control to the situation by stating, “I think Chuck was speaking as a veteran to other veterans, certainly not in his role as a legislative field representative”.  The question is, was he on City payroll during the time in question.  Regardless, he is a public person and anything he does or says would over shadow the defense of being a private person.

Councilman Paul Davis responded to the comments as “completely innappropriate”.

Conder has had his behavior questioned over the year.  One was when he was canvassing his neigborhood in Councilman Paul Davis’s Ward 4 on a redistricting issue.  The rumour was that he wanted to remain in neighborhood to run against Davis in the next election.  Another incident was allegedly a physical altercation at City Hall.  Other’s have witnessed Conder referring to  women who spoke publicly at City Council as “idiots” and “bitches”.    Councilman Chris Mac Arthur certainly knew of this Biden moment.  Back in July 27, 2010 Chuck commented regarding the vendetta the Press Enterprise had against City Hall,  and the office of City Manager Brad Hudson.  We are all aware of the what the cost of his legacy will have on the taxpayer in the coming years.  The following is a small excerpt into the mind of Councilman Chris Mac Arthur’s Administrative Aide Chuck Conder.

Stop blasting city brass

The Press-Enterprise’s vendetta targeting Riverside City Hall, and especially the city manager’s office, has become an embarrassment to the newspaper and the city’s good name (“City manager up for review,” July 27). It is time for this to stop.

Have mistakes been made? Probably. Were corrective actions taken? Absolutely!

City Manager Brad Hudson and the city’s leadership team are doing a magnificent job leading Riverside through tough, nearly unprecedented, economic times. Our city is building and growing while maintaining a balanced budget and healthy financial reserve. Celebrate — don’t desecrate — their remarkable accomplishments.

Charles E. Conder III

08/25/2012: ONE DOG SHOT DEAD, ONE MURDERER WHO GOT AWAY..  CONFLICTING STORIES FROM RPD REGARDING THE KILLING OF A FAMILIES PET DOG.

According to Sharon Gonzales an officer told them that the dog was shot through a gate because officers needed to get into the yard to access a suspects house.  Well, ok… Whereby, Lt. Toussaint stated that the officer was actually in the backyard, and shot the charging dog to protect himself.   This is not the first time pets were shot dead by RPD, residents are asking the question, if a police officer needs to access homeowners yards our we to expect more of the same toward our pets?  A sort of mercy killing for the greater good?  What if there are small children in the back yard?  Regardless, a multitude of comments transpired on this topic in the Press Enterprise.  Currently no response from Chief Sergio Diaz, but as in the Bailey Laptop Caper, we are sure he is on it!

I’M ON IT, AGAIN! AFTER THIS ONE DRUMSTICK..

UPDATE:08/28/2012: MORE INVASIONS OF PRIVACY EXPECTED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE.  According to Councilman Mike Gardner, on the City’s New Neighborhood Networking site, the City of Riverside has contracted with the Department of Animal Services to canvass neighborhoods, going door to door, investigating if residents are harboring unlicensed dogs or cats.  Gardner states that the vast majority of vicious and aggressive dog calls that occure in the City are for unlicensed and unaltered dogs.  Therefore, I would suspect that once they are licensed, that behavior should cease.  Questions? Call Coucilman Mike Gardner’s office  951-826-5242. 

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UPDATE: 08/29/2012: CITY COUNCIL TUESDAY: FORMER CITY OF RIVERSIDE DEPUTY CITY ATTORNEY RAYCHELLE STERLING STATED THAT NBC HAS ACCEPTED TO DO A SERIES OF STORIES OF THE CONTAMINATED PCB SITE AG (AGRICULTURAL) PARK REGARDING THE FALSE INFORMATION THAT WAS SUBMITTED BY THE CITY TO SUCH DEPARTMENT AS THE EPA, AND THE CITY’S USE OF NON PROTECTED EMPLOYEES TO CLEAN THIS SITE.. MORE TO COME!

JUST FOR LAUGHS…

RIVERSIDE FORGOTTEN…THE PEACE TOWER, MT. RUIDOUX, CIRCA 1935

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!  TEMPORARILY BLOCKED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE AT PUBLIC ACCESS SITES WITHIN THE CITY, THEN UNBLOCKED.  I GUESS YOU CANNOT DO THAT ACCORDING TO ACLU.  PROUDLY RATED ONE STAR (POSSIBLY DOWN TO ZERO FROM OUR LAST ACCOUNTS) OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE FOR GOOD REASON, AND PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST, FOR GOOD REASON… WE WILL HAVE TO ASK GREGORY ABOUT THAT ONE ( OUR PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO CONTACT HIS PEOPLE)… AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!   COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPHALL SPELL CHECKERS!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT OR CONTACT US BY THE FOLLOWING EMAIL ADDRESS! CONTRIBUTORS WILL ALWAYS BE PROTECTED… YES, WE EXPECT THE JAIL TIME FOR THAT ONE…  THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

Normally, TMC would post each month someone who took great risk to do the right thing.  Doing the right thing shouldn’t have to be a risk.  But I hope this story gives courage to those employees and officers of the law who work hard to do the right thing for the citizens of Riverside.  Sergeant James Corcoron served as a Bell officer for 19 years.  Corcoran said that then Bell Chief of Police Randy Adams was angered when he went to him with allegations of voter fraud, unlawful vehicle seizures and illegal selling of building permits.

At one point the Chief wanted to know if Corcoran had taken his information to the FBI.  The truth of the matter is that Corcoran already did.  Corcoran stated that instead of the Chief investigating, he retaliated against him.  In 2009, Corcoran said that he and two other officers went to the District Attorney’s Office to try to persuade the office to investigate city officials.  And we certainly know how this goes in Riverside with our District Attorney, sound familiar?  We had a similar experience when we dealt with our District Attorney here in Riverside, and we wrote about this in our posting of the “Triangle of Influence”.  The Chief placed Corcoran on administrative leave in January 2010, that was a striking similar situation which occurred recently in the PU department with five employees.  We think because of the AG Park investigation with the EPA.

To Sergeant James Corcoran we wish you the best and hope more will follow your example of integrity.  Chief Adams was eventially removed from office after the L.A. Times expose revealed enormous salaries that top officials in the City of Bell were earning (well excuse the pun of the term earning).  Eight former City of Bell leaders were arrested on corruption charges, the chief was not.  Four council members, City Manager, Assistant City Manager.  For people who don’t think the Mayor’s office is signifant or does not have any decision making power…..well,  the Mayor and the Vice Mayor were also arrested on corruption charges.  Something for our Riverside City Council to ponder.

We are happy to say that Sergeant James Corcoran will receive his job back as patrolman once there is a opening position.  Food for thought, US District Judge Dickran Tevrizian, said the City of Bell could have lost in excess of $3 million if the case had gone to trial, due to Corcoran’s whistleblower lawsuit for reporting city corruption.  But instead decided to recieve $400,000.00 and reinstatement to the force.  Again, something for our Riverside City Council and the Mayor for some of the outragious settlements and judgements that are a actual cost to the taxpayer, thanks again to the exceptional legal advice of our City Attorney Gregory Priamos.

Since then, Chief Randy Adams filed two law suits against the City of Bell and former Interum City Manager Pedro Carrillo regarding issues of severance pay.   Interum City Manager Pedro Carillo is seen here with State Controller John Chiang.

UPDATE: 08/22/2012: SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE JOHN VINEYARD SAYS CITY OF RIVERSIDE CAN’T BAN MEDICAL MARIJUANA CLINICS!

Commenter on the PE, Daniel Kippycash · Riverside, California So let me understand some SIMPLE facts. The voters of CA approved MMJ sales in the state. The state set up criteria for these businesses to operate and run. So the city elected officials have taken it on their own, against the voters decision, to BAN tax paying business and employers within the city. A city with millions of square feet of empty commercial real estate! NOW they are spending millions to try and defend their actions, try and alter the voter approved rights when they can’t even keep services open and other key people employed due to budget issues. City Businesses = LOSS. Police Expense to City= LOSS. Legal Expense to City = LOSS. Real Estate Owners = LOSS. Tax Revenue to City & State = LOSS. Utility gains for Riverside= LOSS. Corporate Insurance = LOSS. Added Unemployment = LOSS. True Patient Safe Access = LOSS…. Police Unions = GAIN. Legal Representation = GAIN. Court Costs = GAIN. DRUG CARTEL INCREASED BUSINESS = GAIN. People in this world the one thing that CAN NOT be wrong are numbers! Who is advising the city council? POLICE UNIONS and LEGAL FIRMS. Hummmmm interesting isn’t it? BUT Has the Press Enterprise or anybody in the press ever asked them why they have not sat down with the MMJ Community to work TOGETHER to find a plan that all can operate under together? NO NO NO. Come on it doesn’t matter what side of this issue you sit on. If the voters approved a measure then how do you explain the city and police acting outside the LAW? If the people really had the facts in front of them about what is being done they would be sick. What is even worse is that the press is NOT doing any true journalism on this topic. Sound bites, police lies about the situation and in the end it all adds up to only a few receiving any benefits from these efforts…….POLICE UNIONS, PRISON UNIONS and LAW FIRMS! Follow the money people. Speak out.

Yes it’s not a perfect world, unfortunately, Federal law supersedes State law, State law conflicts with Federal law, which mean local municipalities can call upon the Federal Goverment to enforce the illegality of Marijuana.  According to the Federal Government, marijuana is considered a ‘Class One Drug’, no medical use..  In the State of California, Marijuana use is legal with restrictions, but remember still ‘illegal’ under Federal Law, therefore one can be arrested for illegal use and sale of marijuana according to Federal Laws. Even back in 2006 the adoption of a zoning law to prohibit the establishment of Riverside County came into play.  There certainly would be a shift in the money paradigm if marijuana was made legal by the Federal Government.  We certainly have documented evidence of this with alcohol prohibition in the 1920′s and 1930′s.

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UPDATE: 09/07/2012: REPUBLICAN VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE PAUL RYAN STATES THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULDN’T INTERFERE WITH STATES, SUCH AS CALIFORNIA, THAT HAVE LEGALIZED MARIJUANA!

JUST FOR LAUGHS..

RIVERSIDE FORGOTTEN..

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!  TEMPORARILY BLOCKED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE AT PUBLIC ACCESS SITES WITHIN THE CITY, THEN UNBLOCKED.  I GUESS YOU CANNOT DO THAT ACCORDING TO ACLU.  PROUDLY RATED ONE STAR (POSSIBLY DOWN TO ZERO FROM OUR LAST ACCOUNTS) OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE FOR GOOD REASON, AND PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST, FOR GOOD REASON… WE WILL HAVE TO ASK GREGORY ABOUT THAT ONE ( OUR PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO CONTACT HIS PEOPLE)… AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!   COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPHALL SPELL CHECKERS!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT OR CONTACT US BY THE FOLLOWING EMAIL ADDRESS! CONTRIBUTORS WILL ALWAYS BE PROTECTED… YES, WE EXPECT THE JAIL TIME FOR THAT ONE…  THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

Redistricting is the process of drawing new electoral district boundaries in order to equalize district populations, and that’s that.  It’s not about business preferences or to insure a candidates political election.  The overall purpose of redistricting is to review districts and where necessary redraw districts in order to address any changes in population concentration.  Anything other than this would be considered gerrymandering.  Gerrymandering, of course, would the act of that attempts to establish a political advantage for a particular party or group by manipulating geographic boundaries to create partisan or incumbent-protected districts.  Gerrymandering may also be used to hinder a particular demographic, such as a political, racial, linguistic, religious, or class group.  A considerable amount to consider.Unfortunately, the grey lines of redistricting interpretation has escalated into a cornucopia of questionable delineations when it comes to the final district maps.  Some of the Principle Rules of Redistricting are as follows:

1. Compactness-districts shall be drawn to encourage geographical compactness such that nearby areas of population are not bypassed for more distant population.

2. Contiguity-The geographic integrity of any city, county, city and county, local neighborhood, or local community of interest shall be respected.

3. Community Interest-A community of interest is a contiguous population which shares common social and economic interests that should be included within a single district for purposes of its effective and fair representation.

4. Protection of Incumbents and Achieving Political Goals- The place of residence of any incumbent or political candidate shall not be considered in the creation of a map. Districts shall not be drawn for the purpose of favoring or discriminating against an incumbent, political candidate, or political party.

One such incident of questionable activity came up when legislative aide to Ward 5 Councilman Chris Mac Arthur, Chuck Conder questioned the possible move of his residence from Ward 4, represented by Councilman Paul Davis.

Has Mr. Conder been on a mission canvassing neighborhoods, allegedly in what some are saying ‘gerrymandering mode’ in hopes to swing a district to their benefit in the next council election?  But Mr. Conder was the same person who allegedly was involved in an altercation at city hall, to take it a step further, has blatantly called City Council Public Speakers ‘idiots’, ‘ bitches’ and even taken photographs for record purposes.  I suppose for Councilman Chris Mac Arthur’s reference file.  One would think that this would be enough for firing.  Nope, this is Riverside, we are old school, and some political families are deep rooted in more ways than one, a way that some say is responsible for how the City is currently runned.

But nothing surprises me these day when you view Moreno Valley School Board Member Mike Rios, (incidently who would want this person around or representing your children? But evidently they keep voting for him!).  This is one man who has been charged with attempted murder, pandering, rape and pimping of underage girls, a wife who has been deported for illegally being in the country and drug transporting.…a great resume and now running for City Council of Moreno Valley, which I just believe did not make the application deadline.  Should we call it sociopathic behavior?

What constitutes a resume for a position as City Council these day’s?  Would it be the same that constitutes a resume for City Council in the City of Riverside?  Could we say it would be much more than a ‘housekeeping’ background?   I would imagine one should at least be able to read the city’s financial books as a start.  But changing the page, how about those who have taken the oath of office to complete the office that they campaigned for, then inadvertently decide to change course to pursue another political office?  Councilman Andy Melendrez, William “Rusty” Bailey and Mike Gardner, decided to run for Mayor without completing their obligatory oath to represent the constituents that they asked to elect them.  Councilman Mike Gardner on record states at a City Council debate at Cal Baptist University in 2011,  that he has “no intention to run for Mayor”.  Soon as he wins the election for Ward 1 City Council, he decides to run.  The same with William “ Rusty” Bailey, who on the eve of his reelection wining decides he may also just run for mayor.  Is there something in Riverside water, besides hexavalent chromium that is causing these indecisive brain damaging responses from local leadership?

As you can see, Chuck Conder’s residence is in Ward 4, which is actually in the pink in color (according to the map)  because it reflects Councilman’s Paul Davis’s area, and is currently in the Canyon Crest neighborhood of which is in question.   The recommendation is that residential portion be shifted to Ward 2.  Conder said Thursday that he and a neighbor circulated a petition, which he created after hearing Ward 2 Councilman Andy Melendrez’s impassioned plea not to split the Eastside.  “When Andy talked about (how) contiguous neighborhoods should be respected and you ought to keep neighborhoods together and not split them, that’s what was going to happen to us,”  neigborhood Conder said.  Well it wasn’t really going to happen that way.  First, if you look at where Chuck resides, we just called it Chuckie Land for the point of argument.

Keep in mind Chuckie’s neighborhood lines (the broad red lines) are made up of Ward 4, Ward 3 and Ward 2 residences.  Even if one wanted to change Chuck’s residence to Ward 3, it would still remain within the boundaries of the neighborhood lines (large red lines), therefore not breaching the contiguous argument he attempted to make.  The ward boundary line is indicated by the dark blue line on the map.  Therefore the question of why the petition, as many are asking?  Not to make this more confusing, Chuck Conder currently resides in Councilman Paul Davis’s Ward 4.  The rumour is he wants to stay in Ward 4 so he can run against current Councilman Paul Davis in the 2013 election.  Chuckie currently stated on record he has no plans to run against current Councilman Paul Davis in the next election.  So why the effort?  Can we assume that their is some underlying agenda?  We’ve heard in the past the those in politics may somtimes portray a position of having no underlying meaning, but why do it?  Is their a concealed agenda for Adkison’s , Bailey’s , Melendrez and Gardner’s efforts to pursue the Mayor’s seat?  All have been Councilman, and all want to be Mayor…and the later three have discount their obligation to the constituents to fulfill their electoral term.

But is it also possible for those in City Council to negotiate amongst themselves pieces of their district within closed doors to insure their reelection?  Is it also possible for someone to canvass district neighborhoods for signatures in order to play musical chairs with district neighborhoods in order to allegedly benefit themselves and possibly a political agenda in the next council election?  Or a letter from the Greater Riverside Chamber President, Cindy Roth, to recommend the move of one area of Ward 2 to Ward 1?

I don’t know what really happened to decency in government, or if it ever existed, but what about our fourth branch of government?  I always thought the responsible party would be our local paper, the Press Enterprise, so why does this publication feel the need to confine opinion in the way that it does?  Opionion good or bad molds peoples opinions.  People should not have to be protected by opionion, people can certainly be the judge of that.  Relevant stories regarding the City don’t always seem to make to print.  Is it because, maybe they are so tied with the city that a true investigative story of relevance may never come to fruition.  Is it possible such non print occurrences may be due to accepting special electrical rates with the City?

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Would this then obligate the PE to turn some stories down?  But in the politically correct world we live in, it must seemingly be acceptable.  There was a time when part of our checks and balances in government was the press.  The presss was considered the fourth part of government, notwithstanding the judicial, executive and legislative, something went a rye when one piece failed to step up to the plate of protecting the taxpaying people.

Let’s also remember the City of Riverside owns it’s Public Utilities, and electricity can be purchased from next to nothing, allowing the City to make astronomical profits.

-THE BAILEY LAPTOP CAPER-

As Joe Friday would say “Only the facts”.  The facts are, quite confusing… We have a teenager with an attitude, no back up (not muscle, but computer lingo for data protection),  a dog that is a barker not a biter (I’m a lover not a fighter scenario) but still allowed the intruder to breach the premises, home was not ransacked, there was the feeling of being violated (which I can understand), no crystal or china was taken (did anyone care about this when they were a teenager?), emotionally disturbing face book postings (I assume nothing was password protected).  A confrontation with the hacker online, and in this virtual world a chase ensued, eventually pressing him to leave this synthetic social playground.

JUST THE FACTS!

Neighbors saw the teen casing homes but did nothing, except for one individual who confronted him, and his response was, “I’m now going to lunch”.   But according to the PE, Chief Diaz is on it, couldn’t comment on it due the ongoing investigation.

I’M ON IT..

Months back, Diaz was praised on his work on the apprehension of the fifty cent bandit, as we have posted on TMC.  A perplexing set of circumstances,  eventually leading to questions such as why did this individual actually spent the time to go on to his facebook site to post embarrising comments which were by all standards “juvenile”, (which I would and could not expect anything less from a teen).  Did this teen know Councilman Bailey?  Could he have been a former or current student of his??

No password, that was easy…Facebook, who is this guy? Let’s have some fun..

Many questions abound in this perplexing enigma, but thank god for the chief to hopefully bust this caper wide open.  And it appears they did.  Again the story reported by the PE still appears missing pieces of puzzle to make this story whole.  The Press Enterprise states police was investigating an unrelated burgalary, when they happened to visit this teen’s home and spoke to the guardian.  Shortly after, the guardian and teen met with detectives and surrendered the property.  Now it appears to me that quite possible Bailey knew the teen, and/or the teen knew Bailey.  In the real world this doesn’t happen.  I’ve had property stolen as well as other residents in our neighborhood, and RPD response to the property stolen, is that it may never be retrieved or found.  Needless to say, the laptop and all the other stolen items were found, good for Bailey.  Other suggestions from emails to help Bailey,  were using and online back up system such as Carbonite,  to protect against stolen or lost lap top computers Lo Jack for Lap tops is recommended.  Once a computer is turned by a robbery suspect, the laptop can be located within hours.  Then simply a home alarm system.

This goes to reason, as police are not always at our disposal, as one wood street retired police officer had stated, RPD is not always responsive.  This was one resident who walks his dog, and was accosted by three individuals on Ramona.  Which he was able to hold back with the use of pepper spray.  Now he walks his dog armed.  He was asked, If residents should learn how to use arms for protection, his answer was yes.  As trying times continue people will become more desperate, and individuals will need to be able to protect their properties and most importantly their families.  Local gun classes and pepper spray classes can be found by calling any gun store.  Until then, we can only wait to hear a response from the Chief himself on this laptop caper, which it appears their was a break in the story.  A great surprise for residents who never receive this quick of a response from RPD.  Regardless, as many residents agree, quite a bit of hoop la of stories for a lap top by PE, where other stories of importance are only mired into the depths and darkness below the camouflage of political quicksand.

Well, the culprit was arrested in this lap top caper.  Officer Manning said police were investigating an unrelated burglary when they visited the teenager’s home (I would imagine inadvertainly) and spoke with his guardian. Shortly after that, the guardian and the juvenile, who is 17, “met with detectives and surrendered property taken in the burglary at Councilman Bailey’s house.  The juvenile admitted participation in the burglary,” Officer Manning said.  Police believe the teenager is involved with at least half a dozen other burglaries. Manning said they assume others are involved because of the types of items that were taken. Manning said the teen has no prior criminal record, but he declined to release any identifying details because of the suspect’s age.  Bailey could not immediately be reached for comment (Well alrighty now).  A neighbor told Bailey he had seen a male teenager peering into homes, apparently casing them, but it’s not yet known whether that was the same person police arrested.  Whatever the vague cirmcumstances, we are glad Bailey has retrieved his famed lap top.  We only hope that he would now fight so that this type of efficient police work can be attained by all citizens.  In the East Side, currently RPD is still seeking clues to the June 30th murder of Ashanti Hassan and the January 26th murder of Gregory Ball.

-UNION MAYHEM IN SAN BERNARDINO: NOW THE MAYOR’S FAULT?-

It’s hard not bring up the blame of government officials without bringing up the unions.  This is of course not a one sided issue.  Public/Government Officials and Unions who negotiated unsustainable pension plans as well as salaries.  Executive Government Officials who had City Council give their blessing for their high salaries and pension, beyond the standard of the private sector.  There are two aspects here to consider.

It appears the Mayor is already being shaked down in a intimidation tactic to vote a certain way.  This would not happen if people In the communities would educate themselves in city politics and attend city council meetings and voice their opinion, otherwise what you get is out side organizations which may not have the community’s best interest at heart, because what is at stake is their interest which may be union emphasized.  Government should be representative of the people, not those who’s interest lies within a particular group or organization of a few.  This in essence can only breach the health and safety of the community as a whole.  As a whole the community must pay for it in higher taxes.  And that is would substantiate a breach of public trust by those who took an oath to protect and represent their constituents, rather than their obligations to their contributors.   Well, this will continue to become and ongoing conundrum brought to the forefront of many municipalities.  More cities in the next few years will file for bankruptcy, Compton, CA may be next..with many more to follow.  Salaries and pensions that go beyond what is found by the standard of the private sector, cannot be legitimately justified. In the private sector salaries are based on the value or service produced, in public service, nothing is produced.  Salaries are simply justified based on taxpayer monies available in some sort of revenue stream that ends up becoming some sort of illusion of value.  Unsustainable pensions: many feel these union pension contracts were negotiated not in the best interest of the taxpayer.  Therefore a breach of trust and consequently should legally be deemed null and void.

-HEXAVALENT CHROMIUM IN RIVERSIDE, ARE WE THIRD UP ON THE LIST?-

Alark Hard Chrome was a chrome plating shop in the 1970′s located at 2777 Main Street.  Soil and groundwater at this sit were contaminated with chromium as a result of spills, discharges and drips of plating solutions on the premises.

This site was added to the EPA’s National Priorities List (NPL), commonly called the Superfund Site here in Riverside.  Even though there are many hot spots of contamination in and around Riverside, the EPA has set their sights on this one and continue to monitor levels of Chromium-6 also known as Hexavalent Chromium, a known carcinogen when found in drinking water.  Hexavalent Chromium was made famous in the Erin Brockovich movie of ground water contamination in Hinkely, CA.  All of the City of Riverside’s water come from ground water wells.  The Environmental Protection Agency will continue to monitor the Alark site, ground zero for the known dumping of this contaminate.  The EPA will continue to follow it’s path, or technically it’s plume, to known drinking wells.  The City of Riverside has said that our water is safe.

Our understanding of regulatory guidelines is that neither the State of Federal Government limit Hexavalent Chromium in water, but both regulate total chromium instead.  The Federal Government has a cap of 100 ug/L (100 parts per billion) for total chromium and the State of California limits total chromium in drinking water to 50 ug/L (50 part per billion).  In 2001, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) conducted ground water samplings.  In one well (MW-7), the ground water sample contained 17,300 ug/L (17,300 parts per billion) hexavalent chromium exceeding the States maximum acceptable level of 50 ug/L (50 parts per billion).  As we understand, there are new methods to detect specifically the carcinogenic Chromium-6 (Hexavalent Chromium) in ground water.

The question which has not been quite answered, is has the plume hit the drinking water aquafiers to the extent of concerned levels?  According to Riverside Public Utilites water quality report of 2011, hexavalent chromium ranged from 1.9 parts per billion to 2.7 parts per billion, all in acceptable levels for drinking water.  So how much Hexavalent Chromium is necessary for someone to come down with cancer?  At this time the answer is unknown.  The EWG (Environmental Working Group), initiated by Erin Brockovich, is now pushing to reduce California’s hexavalent chromium limit down to 0.06 parts per billion.  In this scenario, making a case of levels of hexavalent chromium contaminant in water in relation to cases of related cancer, won’t be necessary.  Therefore, if she is successful, Los Angeles, San Jose, Sacramento and Riverside would be targets of her litigation team.  If the State levels of hexavalent chromium were to drop to 0.06 part per billion, the City of Riverside would be third on the list on the top five chromium contaminated cities.

THE ALARK SITE (FIRST TWO PICS), AND ANOTHER AREA OF CONCERN, THE NEW FAIRLY NEW DEVELOPMENT CLOSE TO ALARK ON TWOGOOD LANE (THIRD PIC).

         

-COUNCIL INTERFERENCE ON THE PROMOTION PROCESS? 35-0..SGT. VALMONT GRAHAM CALLS FOUL!

On one hand, Riverside Chief of Police Sergio Diaz states that his promotion decisions are not guided by racial bias, and he wants to dispel the image that the city “is a soft touch” for disgruntled employees by litigating their suits.  Even though the Chief refrained directly about this case, he certainly appears to infer that those bringing up these issues of discrimination are disgruntled employees.  Sgt. Valmont Graham has served the citizens of the City of Riverside for an outstanding 25 years.  Allegedly, Sgt. Valmont Graham has been passed over 35 times during his employment with the City.  It would personally be an insult to refer an officer of the law, of this caliber,(of course I’m not talking about the illegal gun sale to the former City Manager Brad Hudson by the President of the RPD Union),  as a ‘disgruntled employee’.  So why the pattern of retaliation?  Now keep in mind that the Chief was hired by former City Manager Brad Hudson, who left town in whisk to take a lower paying job for the County of Sacramento when his discretionary spending came into question.  But it’s no secret, retaliation has costed the taxpayer a mint in legal fees, and further the settlement via a court judgement.  Sgt. Valmont Graham’s original complaint is as follows:

COMPLAINT OF 07-19-2011

TMC wrote a story, City of Riverside See’s Skin Color as Problematic?  The Press Enterprise story that Sgt. Valmont Graham was passed over for promotion because he was “black”.  A highly respected black judge, Jaqueline Jackson was assigned to hear this case, but was then asked by Richard D. Roth, contract attorney for the City of Riverside, to be removed.  As an attorney, how effective will he be in defense of the City, when more than likely he will settle this case out of court.  Roth is also running for California State Senate and is endorse by those in the City such as Mayor Ron Loveridge.  By the way Mr. Roth’s wife, Cindy Roth, is President of the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce, also supported and financed to promote certain City events such as the “Festival of Lights”.

The question that seems to be returning to the forefront is, “are Council interfereing with the Police promotion process?”  Back in May 2011, Councilman Steve Adams, also a former police officer, was brought to the forefront with allegations that he interefered with the promotion process of police officers, specifically Lts. Darryl Hurt and Tim Bacon.  Even then, Adams emphatically denied any interference, though the taxpayer shelled out $550,000 to settle the case out of court.  Well, all I could say, if we shelled out that amount of green backs, the two officers must have had a good case.  It certainly appears to be a repeating pattern of this allegation of intereference with Adams, comes complete with a corresponding pattern of denial as well.  Was it a corruptible surprise that a ‘special panel’ found no ethics violations by Adams?  Even Retired Deputy Chief Pete Esquievel came to the rescue of Adams by telling the panel that he made it clear to the two officers that it was not a condition of the officers promotion. But approximately a year before, Esquievel came forward with a complaint against the police department in other matters as you will find in this tort claim.  This tort claim also followed Police Officer Neely Nakamura’s complaints against the Riverside Police Department in her tort claim.  The distrubing claim by Nakamura against the Riverside Police Department was that she was illegall held, seized and searched, kidnapped and held without reason, do in part to her alleged sexual relationship with Deputy Chief Pete Esquievel.

                                                                  

CLICK LINK TO VIEW ESQUIEVEL DOCUMENT             CLICK LINK TO VIEW NAKMURA DOCUMENT

In the case of Lt. Meredyth Meredith, the then Chief Russell Leach said he was preparing to promote her to captain.  Then Assistant City Manager Tom DeSantis called Leach to put a stop to this.  Leach found out later that Adams marched into a meeting with then City Manager Hudsion and DeSantis, and emphatically told them she should not be promoted.  Of course, you guessed it, that was denied by Adams again.  By the terms of the City Charter, members of the City Council are not supposed to be involved in the promotional process.  Therefore, a violation of the City Charter would tell us that this would be job for the District Attorney.  Well, we all know that will never be investigated, and if it is the complaint would be unfounded.

    

According to a deposition release by City Attorney Gregory Priamos of former Chief of Police Russell Leach, he states that complaints made by current Councilman and Mayoral Candidate William “Rusty” Bailey may have hindered Valmont Graham from being promoted.  In addition, we find it interesting that a deposition of an ongoing case is released by our City Attorney.  Was there some in fighting between Priamos and Bailey?  According to then Assistant Manager Tom DeSantis, Bailey was embarassed or sleighted by what Graham had said, and was furious to the point of expressing his anger to city management.  Did Bailey’s act hinder the well deserved promotion of this black officer?  Others mentioned that at the meeting Graham talked about police issues and answered questions from the audience.  One question was not a police related, but Graham felt it was more in line of a Council question.  He then handed the mike over to Bailey to answer.  Was Bailey taken off guard because of the question, maybe he could not answer?  In any case it appears he was embarrassed, then furious, not sure in what order.  Then the focus was on Sgt. Valmont Graham.  Was this simply a misunderstanding?  A misunderstanding which has cost a vast amount of taxpayer monies and resources?

If there was some words of advice, what would Sergeant Joe Friday say to Councilman Steve Adam’s?CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW CLIP

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CITY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, THE PRIAMOS TAPE, COMING SOON..

UPDATE: 0818/2012: CITY ATTORNEY GREGORY PRIMOS BARS MISSION AMBULANCE LAWYER FROM LOBBYING CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS TO CHANGE THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S AMBULANCE POLICY.  THIS IS ONE CITY OFFICE THAT NEVER CEASES TO AMAZE ME..  WHAT?  DON’T TELL ME…AMR’S PETER HUBBARD AND GREGORY PRIMOS ARE ALLEGEDLY GOOD FRIENDS?  I WOULD NEVE HAVE SEEN THAT COMING..

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!  TEMPORARILY BLOCKED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE AT PUBLIC ACCESS SITES WITHIN THE CITY, THEN UNBLOCKED.  I GUESS YOU CANNOT DO THAT ACCORDING TO ACLU.  PROUDLY RATED ONE STAR (POSSIBLY DOWN TO ZERO FROM OUR LAST ACCOUNTS) OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE FOR GOOD REASON, AND PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST, FOR GOOD REASON… WE WILL HAVE TO ASK GREGORY ABOUT THAT ONE ( OUR PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO CONTACT HIS PEOPLE)… AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!   COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPHALL SPELL CHECKERS!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT OR CONTACT US BY THE FOLLOWING EMAIL ADDRESS! CONTRIBUTORS WILL ALWAYS BE PROTECTED… YES, WE EXPECT THE JAIL TIME FOR THAT ONE…  THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM