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.
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.
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’.
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.
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