I’m finding it difficult to understand the claim of August 28, 2012 at City Council, whereby City Attorney Gregory Priamos stated a “Discrimination” and “Harrassment” Complaint had been received against Councilman Paul Davis. I’m not seeing it. The players involved were Councilman Mike Gardner, Councilman Chris Mac Arthur, Councilwoman Nancy Hart, Counciman William “Rusty” Bailey and Councilman Steve Adams. Councilman Andy Melendrez was not present and wasn’t aware of the political dynamics at play. The problem with having one side of the story, is that it is one side of the story, and of course there is always two sides to that story.
The event in question known as the “Food Truck Festival” took place May 29th, 2012. Now to begin with, the Intake Interview was done by Steven Espinosa and Human Resources Director, AKA “Luxury Girl”, Rhonda Strout. Ms. Strouts Lexis license plate states “Luxury Girl”.
So in this scenario “Diss’d Girl” or Fire Inspector did not like the fact that someone went above her to resolve a problem. I worked in Corporate Retail for 17 years. I’ve known what I can and cannot do within the realms of my job description. It is acceptable to go to the next level to resolve a problem. I have never felt diss’d or disrespected by this. It appears to be a different scenario in Public Service. In this scenario, the fire inspector seems to feel it is unacceptable to contact the next person in charge for a difference in opinion. Further, feels disrespected by this action. We do this with physcian’s all the time when getting a second opinion, always acceptable. Going to the next person in charge should always be acceptable, no one should feel disrespected by this, otherwise I would see this as a personal problem. If you purchase a product at a electronic store, then have a problem with it and want to return it, the first person you would meet would be the floor sales person. If the problem was not resolved, you request the Assistant Manager, if problem continues not be resolved you request the Store Manager etc. Nothing wrong with this scenario, it is how things are done. The Davis’s did the right thing and called a superior, this was Chief Earley. A Fire Marshall then made the decision to give some leeway with this event and resolve the situation. While Fire Inspector girl appeared consumed by her own feelings and according to the first document above, Davis made her like she was “just nothing there”. What’s also interesting, was the fact that she appeared to attempt to bring a demeaning aspect to the Davis’s by bringing in the ‘alcohol’ term. She states that Mr. Davis was observed beer tasting but not inebriated at all, why’ll Mrs. Davis did not drink at all.
She also went on to say that she felt Councilman Paul Davis was demeaning towards her, because she was a ‘woman’. This allegation was made without any direct evidence of wrong doing by Davis. But our crack City Attorney Priamos accepted it as a bonafide “Discrimination Complaint”. Female Fire Inspector states many times Davis was ‘loud’, in one instance she says he was ‘verbally abusive’, in another instance, he was ‘loud and argumentative with no foul language’. But maybe the reason Davis was ‘loud’ was because a band was playing. In one instant, Mrs. Davis called Chief Earley, and her phone was handed to Female Fire Inspector. Fire Inspector mentions on the report that when on the phone she tries to tell the Chief what is happening, but the band is playing and she cannot hear the Chief at all. So, if she admits the Chief could not be heard, could we have had a misunderstanding of perception? Perception continues, she perceives that when Mrs. May Davis is talking to the Chief, that she stresses the word “inspector” in a rude fashion. Fire Inspector states Mrs. May chose a certain company because the City uses the same company to “handle there fire stuff”. Fire Inspector doesn’t know what Mrs. Davis meant by “handles their fire stuff”. Selective perception? The Fire Inspector’s solution for Mr. Davis getting the correct K-Extinguisher on a Sunday with limited time before the event opening, is for him to go ‘look through the yellow pages’.
Now, not only have I said this, but many of the merchants in downtown have said this to the closed ears of City Hall representatives. Councilman Davis is right, “This is why no one comes to Riverside”. And the solution, “The Council needs to get involved”. If anyone has tried to have an event or even open a business in Riverside, it is difficult, because of all the rules, regulations, ordinances and laws, but if the City is involved, all those problems cease to exist.
What has happened to Public Service scenario? Whereby one individual with a badge, can make personal claims of harrassments, discrimmination, disrespectfulness, rudeness, interferring with doing their job, and create a scenario with an impressive ending. What if there is a personality disorder involved with the badge, how would this be addressed? A badge has power, and it’s power should not be abused. Does the power of a badge allow no leeway for questions? How would a complaint be reasonably assessed for accuracy and legitimacy without receiving a response from the defendent? Has fire inspection become another money making enterprise for cities under the auspices of safety?
While others are asking the question, was there other activities involved. Did she have help from some of those on the dais? While we have seen others on the dais with worse allegations of improprieties. Councilman Paul Davis has been the loan wolf when voting against one ambulance company known as AMR (American Medical Response) being the sole provider of it’s services to the City of Riverside. Could this have open up a Pandora’s Box of conspiratorial activities focused on Davis? It’s no secret of the friendships between AMR’s Peter Hubbard and Fire Chief Steve Earley, Tim Stack (President of the Riverside Firefighter’s Union), City Attorney Gregory Priamos, and Councilman Steve Adams.
According to the first document, this female fire inspector has worked for the City of Riverside for over 25 years. TMC has asked for those hires dates.
UPDATE: 09/14/2012: AS PER PUBLIC RECORD THE HIRE DATE FOR FIRE INSPECTOR LISA MUNOZ IS (01/04/1991) WHO HAS BEEN WITH THE CITY 21 YEARS AS 2012. THE HIRE DATE FOR FIRE INSPECTOR RONNIE FOREST IS (10/13/1987) WHO HAS BEEN WITH THE CITY 25 YEARS AS OF 2012.
SEPTEMBER 4, 2012 CITY COUNCIL TUESDAY AN UPDATE …WHO’S THE BIGGER ‘IDIOT’?
Topics became fiery when former Riverside Deputy City Attorney commented on the Councilman Paul Davis Food Truck Festival and what happens in City Attorney Greg Priamo’s staff meetings.
Regarding the Food Truck Festival, Raychelle went on to say, “Once again your city attorney made you all look like a bunch of asses and this blew up in your face. Now Mr. Davis, everybody is rallying around him, because they know that you tried to railroaded him. So what has happened now? Rusty, Steve…. you deflected it off of Davis and placed it upon yourself.
Rusty we don’t want a mayor who is a puppet, and responds to the the pulling of a string. We want someone who has independent thought. Which I have never seen from you. You don’t have to be the puppet, Rusty, your capable of making those decision yourself…
I want to tell you what happens during Greg Priamos’s staff meetings…
Mike, you were probably talked about more than anybody. Greg despises you, your an “idiot.”
Andy, you are an “idiot” too.
Rusty, you are a nice guy but you’re “green”, everything you have ever gotten and everything you ever done was because your fathers a judge.
Paul, I don’t have enough time to talk about all the things he’s said about you, your wife and everything.
Chris, I don’t think he said anything about you, because you were a USC boy.
Nancy , you’re the sweetest nicest but you don’t know what you are doing.
Steve, you are a “huge liability” to the city and we all got a huge chuckle when Greg told about your infamous towing incident. Which I think was all over the paper.
The Mayor, he never says anything bad about you because he’s to busy “puckering up to your keister.”
All I can say about Dan Berstein’s story, is it received your attention and a write up in the Press Enterprise. I’m sure Raychelle is more than capable of using an array of classic and bubbling terms to reach the same point, but you must agree, this was more exciting to hear and certainly made her point!
You can scold a gadfly as people who speak out are labeled in a derogatory fashion and that’ s fair enough but if that becomes the “story” rather than whether or not the allegations are true or not including any potentially illegal pension spiking, then a publication is truly failing in its mission in investigative reporting and as a governmental watchdog. – Mary Shelton, Commenter on the PE
CITY COUNCIL TUESDAY: SALVADOR SANTANA WEIGHED IN ON THE HYPOCRISY OF AN INVESTIGATION
Salvador went on to report to council and describe the chain of events as he saw it. Salvador Santana is the editor for the blog site “The Truth Publication Online”. What we have found was that there were allegedly issues and complaints of sexual harassment that were never addressed by the City. His report was as follows.
I have never seen been before in a democratic country an investigation in which the investigator interviewed one side of the conflicting story and makes a report without listening to the other side. Even the worst criminal have their say in court. This is exactly what happened in the case of Councilman Paul Davis who was publicly reprimanded by this council. First time, the first time in the history of Riverside that a Councilman has been reprimanded in public. Not even one of those city officials, who gave police badges, priveledge cold plate license plates to friends, were reprimanded, neither the recipient. Sexual harassment cases were never a subject to a reprimand.
What was the horrible crime committed by Davis. Did he steal money? Did he rape someone? Did he hit the inspector? Did he do something immoral? Non of the above, Davis only had an argument with a fire department inspector who complained he was very very rude. An incident of minor importance, Of which by the way was one of many which has taken place in this chamber hundreds of times. Then the city spent money, we don’t know how much, contracting private investigator Jeff Collopy. Which he is very well known by City Attorney Greg Priamos. We know that Paul Davis and Priamos have had profound differences in the past on city issues. This has been plain and simple a political vendetta against Paul Davis. Do to the incomplete and faulty Investigators report, that violated Davis’s rights to express his side of his story. I’m requesting from this council an apology to Paul Davis.
VIVIAN MORENO, SELF APPOINTED CITIZEN AUDITOR: “SEIZING OUR DESTINY” OR “STEALING OUR DESTINY.”
We probably have the highest debt per capita rate in the State of California. The house of cards in the City of Riverside will fall and when they do, they will all fall at once. “Seizing Our Destiny” represents the dreams of the leadership of the City (Mayor Ron Loveridge). I call it “Stealing Our Destiny.”
The fundamental problem has been the constant borrowing of more money than we could ever pay back. We borrow to payback borrowed money. So how is it that none of the Law Firms you use or Financial Advisors raise any questions? Maybe because they make hundreds and thousands of dollars in fees off of the Loans and Bonds.
The Mayor should have been advocate for the City but instead chose to be a Debt Addict, and once you started, you need more and more debt to satisfy your fix. With our ongoing debt, we will find it harder to cover Basic Services. But the advocates for the City that stand before you, week after week, will remind you of the millions you spent on:
- New Furniture and Bathrooms for the Mayor and City Manager on the Seventh Floor.
- The Three Million Dollar plus in the Café at City Hall
- The Millions you spend going out to Lunch and taking your favorite girl or your favorite council person, and Councilman Steve Adam’s, we know you like to eat.
- The $600,000.00 you gave to Connie Leach.
- The Millions you gave to your favorite Developer.
- Your Luxury Car allowances.
- Your Guns and Cold Plates.
- Your Traveling Allowances.
and what you will leave the Citizens of Riverside, Mayor, is your Broken Dreams, Tax Hikes and your increases in our Utility Bills.
COUNCILMAN STEVE ADAMS BAITING FORMER DEPUTY CITY ATTORNEY RAYCHELE STERLING.
Raychele, I like to thank you because if you had not done the public request we would not ever known about the issue of Paul Davis being accused of and found guilty of abuse against one of our employee’s.
NEXT UP, COUNCILMAN STEVE ADAMS BAITING COUNCILMAN PAUL DAVIS…AND HOW MUCH HAS STEVO, “MR. LIABILITY” COST THE TAXPAYER? $1.00 OR $500,000.00 OR EVEN MORE!
JOEL UDAYKE, OWNER OF THE FLOWERLOFT: YOU WERE “HOODWINKED”..
Rusty, you were “hoodwinked” again by City Council, by you making those statements against Paul Davis. He is going to be your best buddy advocate on City Council..Paul Davis I support you but you have a challenge ahead of you.
UPDATE: 09/10/2012: ACCORDING TO CITY MANGER SCOTT BARBER, 12% OF VACANT JOBS ON THE BOOKS HAVE NO FUNDING. THE CITY COUNCIL CAN VOTE THIS TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 11, 2012 TO DELETE 229 JOBS, SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY ARE UNFUNDED.
UPDATE: 09/10/2012: Riverside City Attorney Greg Priamos will lead the City Council through a two-hour ethics training session Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 12 noon till 2 p.m. in the Mayor’s Ceremonial Room, 7th floor, City Hall.
FIRE AND STINK IN RIVERSIDE? FIRE AGAIN IN THE SANTA ANA RIVER BOTTOM, AND THAT SMELL PERMEATING THE AIR, WHERE IS THAT COMING FROM? IS IT THE SALTON SEA? LA TIMES REPORTS ON THAT SMELL. AND MY DESERT REPORTS AS FOLLOWS (CLICK THIS LINK).
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