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RIVERSIDE CITY HALL KEEPS ON TOSSING POLITICAL ROADBLOCKS, BUT HE KEEPS ON GOING…AND GOING…

Kim Kardashian may have a sex tape, but Councilman Mike Soubirous now has a water tape.  Who would be behind the new round of high school antics at City Hall?  Among the list of of roadblocks Soubirous encountered as he was voted into office were as follows…  First, you cannot “Like” the City of Riverside Facebook site if you are Council Candidate, because that would give constituents and residents the wrong idea.  Then we had the citation for campaign signs, Riverside famiglias within City Hall, decided to give Soubirios a run for his money by citing him for inappropriate sign placing, even if it wasn’t his campaign people, but a private citizen, who had relocated one sign to his own grass area in front of his own home!  I bet if they just called Zellerbach he would have been happy to come by in his county car, and rip that sign out of the ground and accidently toss it out onto the highway, as a favor to City.  Then the $100K hearing debacle, instigated by two of the most narcissistic and insecure people known, Chief Sergio Diaz and City Manager Scott Barber.  Now we have a hit piece by the Press Enterprise, the Center for Investigative Reporting (investigative team of Lance Williams & Katherine Mieszkowski) and KNBC’s Colleen Williams and Joel Grover.  Incidentaly, TMC was told that this investigation was initiated in and about March 2014, the same time as the investigation by Diaz and Barber were playing out.  This was of course before the passing of the July 2014 Water Conservation Ordinance.  Conspiracy or Coincidence?  Timing is everything when you are in the job of character assassinations.  Well in viewing over the scenario, the usual suspects come to mind, former KNBC reporter Mary Parks?  Former PE reporter and current Riverside City Hall Spokeshole, Phil Pitchford?  The Greater Riverside Chamber’s Ms.Cindy Roth?  Mr.Ron Redfern (former Press Enterprise Editor and now Chairman of the Greater Riverside Chamber working with Ms. Roth)?  Mayor Bailey? Former Mayor Loveridge?  Councilman Steve Adams?  City Manager Scott Barber?  Chief of Police Sergio Diaz?  Former Soubirous opponent and candidate for Council Valerie Hill?  Riverside Police Officer’s Asssociation (RPOA) Police Union President Brian Smith?

  Is this the best they can do to discredit a councilman by political assassination?  The powerhouse Riverside famiglias our out to get him, but this guy keeps on going!  Why is it that certain Riverside famiglias wish Soubiroius to resign?  While the people are stating otherwise.  If the Center of Investigative Reporting really did their homework they would open up a whole Pandora’s Box of corruption.  What KNBC, the PE and CIR didn’t get, was that TMC’s Center for Investigative Reporting stumbled upon the road blocks used in order to persuade one unruly Councilman, when a “go along, get along,” attitude is not followed.  The ACME Product Catalog !

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Not to mention, the addition of Wile E. Coyote on the City of Riverside payroll, which can definitely cause havoc in a Councilman’s daily endeavors.  To the TMC investigative staff, that’s dam good research! Something that the CIR (Center for Investigative Reporting) should be able to get some pointers from.

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THANKS AGAIN TO OUR CRACK TMC CENTER FOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING FOR THIS EXCLUSIVE BREAK THROUGH!

The following is a check made out to Wile E. Coyote Enterprises, a smoking gun, if I may say so..  Again, this check was cut, coincidentally, just under the $50,000.00 dollar amount allowed per City Charter, by the City Manager without Council approval.  With all this in play, makes me wonder what happened to Detective Jeff Collopy?  Was he not good enough? Diabolical enough? Clever as a Coyote enough?  Well the City went all out for the expert assassin.  TMC’s Center for Investigative Reporting is still attempting to assess if there is any connection between Detective Jeff Collopy, RPD Sergent Brian Smith, Chief Sergio Diaz and Mr. Coyote…  Of course Mr. Coyote’s resume states his experience with rabbits…  We found one such victim, a Mr. Bugs Bunny out in the Bahamas, under the FBI Protective Witness Program.  It’s all looney as a toon can get!

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In retrospect, I guess if 2013 was a rainy year we wouldn’t have this story, but with El Nino on the horizon this Fall 2014, I would imagine this would be a non issue.  With or without El Nino it’s a non-issue.  But if you are Mike Soubirous, that is a different story.  Water, was never an issue in the City of Riverside.  But the point is that Council made water conservation an issue in July 2014, including Soubirious, we didn’t have to in the City of Riverside, because we have plenty of water.  Yes Soubirious voted for it, but it seems his only crime was not changing his timer from 7 days to 4 days.  All his water use was legal!  Conservation was only voluntary before July 2014, since we had so much of it.  But the reality is as follows, if we currently sell 20% of our water to other municipalities at a profit, how much more can the City of Riverside make with selling 30%, or even 40% by enacting a “Faux Drought?”  That is the real issue, that is the real story.  It’s another example of the news medias “failure to communicate,” and investigate the true crux of a story.

KNBC states that as California’s drought worsened from 2012 to 2013, he (Soubirous) consumed enough water to supply eight California households – more than any other top water official in the state, records show.  The statement is absolutely correct, property size is relative to the water usage.  Soubirious property can be divided into 7 to 8 lots, therefore if each lot is using 125,000 gallons per year.  If you divide a million by 8 you get 125,000 gallons.  So what is the problem folks?  All within normal average household ranges.  Well it seems that KNBC, the Press Enterprise and Center for Investigative Reporting get’s the “Duh” Award, yep, even AP is laughing..  Let’s get real, I know that in our neigborhood, people are still washing down the driveways and sidewalks, and watering their lawns during the day and loading up there pools, no one seems to really care in Riverside, because we don’t have to.  The fact of the matter is that the amount of water used is proportional to the property size.

With this investigation KNBC, the PE and the CIR allegedly forgot to do, is to check into the other Council members, such as Chris Mac Arthur, who own a multitude of orange groves which need an enormous amount of water, much more than reported by Soubirous.  Then we have Councilman Paul Davis, who believes he actually uses more water on his property than Soubirous.  The Center of Investigative Reporting and KNBC failed to investigate this obvious point.  Was this on purpose?  Or just a professional oversight?  When City Officials and Elects are involved with DUI’s, Parking Lot Sex, Drugs, Misappropriation of Funds, Interference with the promotional process, wrecking cars and recent alleged rape, it’s all an abberration.  But sprinkler heads becomes the big issue.  If KNBC, the PE and the Center for Investigative Reporting finds this big news, than they are not investigating the mother load of corruption which resides in the City of Riverside.  Again, it’s not about sprinkler heads.  KNBC has already had their bouts with bad news reporting as in cutting, splicing and editing to format a particular view point.  So KNBC already has a track record of deceiving the public.

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What Joel Grover of KNBC doesn’t know is that the City of Riverside is on a punitive water rates.  Small homes less water, larger homes more water, it’s all relative in the larger scheme of things.  But did they mention that the ordinance was only enacted in July 2014, so where are their numbers coming from?  The Center for Investigative Reporting, possibly just forgot to investigate the real truth?  Well, all right..it’s obvious they were interested in the truth

But is there more to this picture than meet the eye?  Is their a conspiratorial nexus between KNBC’s Colleen Williams, former KNBC’s news reporter Mary Parks and former council opponent to Soubiroius, Valerie Hill?  According to the Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center web site, all three are listed!

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The following is a youtube which shows KNBC’s Colleen Williams and Riverside’s own and former KNBC reporter, Mary Parks.

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Again on KFI 640 AM Radio Councilman Mike Soubirous was crucified by the John and Ken Show via the KNBC report.

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Is there a nexus?  What TMC’s Center for Investigations found was the following.  Channel 9 signed on the air as KFI-TV on August 25, 1948, owned by Earle C. Anthony alongside KFI radio (640 AM).[1] The station initially broadcast a limited schedule, and formally began operations on October 6, 1948.[2]  Though KFI had long been affiliated with NBC Radio, KFI-TV did not affiliate with the then-upstart NBC Television Network as it was building its own station, KNBH (channel 4, now KNBC), which went on the air in January 1949.  Yep, KNBC connected to KFI Radio 640 AM.

Even local Press Enterprise Cassie Macduff decided to throw a few punches why’ll the going was good but made no attempt to contact Councilman Mike Soubirous for a response, or even attempt her own investigation.  Reading her post, it contains the same talking points as all the other articles with no research regarding how Councilman Mike Soubirous water usage is not that big of a deal.  Cassie should know that the new law was enacted in July 2014, prior to that it was legal to use as much water as you needed, some people even have Gage Canal shares and can basically run their water down the streets.  Cassie should know that the City of Riverside (the public) owns their own water rights, hence, Riverside Public Utilities.  Incidentally, the Press Enterprise resides in the  City of Riverside and Cassie MacDuff works in Riverside.  Why didn’t she ask the basic question or set a direction for the truth?  The only issue Soubirous as many residents have come out to say, is that they didn’t adjust their timers for 4 days of week instead of 7, from the end of July 2014 to when the story came out.  Shame on KNBC Colleen Williams and for KNBC reporter Mary Parks (Coincidentally, now works for DA Zellerbach’s office), Joel Grover, KFI 640 John and Ken and Riverside’s Press Enterprise and their cast of character reporters, Phil Pitchford now works for the City of Riverside and Ron Redfern now with the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce (How convenient).  Investigative reporting is dead, and if what is considered mainstream investigative such as the Center for Investigative Reporting in San Francisco, we have a problem.  They evidently couldn’t cut to the real issue in the City of Riverside.  What we have in the City of Riverside is corruption that far outweighs the City of Bell.  If any reporter from another news agency has the guts to come and investigate, I welcome it, but when we have an alleged nexus such as this, attempting to destroy the good name of a Councilman, because he is actually doing the work of the people, this should not be a problem.  The problem becomes he does not fall in line with “status quo,” that seems to be a contradiction, even if it points to the media.  We need to bring forth the real corruption, even if it is within mainstream media.  As of now, I can tell you, the whole City is Watching!

What people don’t know regarding the California Mandatory Water Restrictions, is that the City of Riverside never had to comply, since Riverside water regulations are pre-1916.  So the story goes that he (Soubiroius) used 1 million gallons of water between 2012 to 2013.  Well it was completely even after the City of Riverside’s passing this Ordinance in July 2014!   One of the stupidest things the Council did was pass a Ordinance to comply with California regulations..  We didn’t have to, we always had plenty of water.  Neighbors of Soubirous, actually used more than a 1 million gallons of water, even up to 2 million.  So what the the media is whining about including the PE is nonsense!  Many people in the City don’t know or understand the real truth of the situation.  The only reason to conserve water in the City of Riverside is that we can sell more at a profit to outside municipalities.  We currently sell about 20% of water harvested from the Bunker Hill Basin, if we could sell 30% to outside municipalities we make mint.  Problem is that the debt service in Riverside is increasing more than the incoming revenues.  With downgrades in our Sewer Bonds we cannot refinanced them.  That’s another story the PE won’t print.  You still need to ask the question, of why the powers want Councilman Mike Soubirous out!  I do know why, take it back, I do know why… working on my own time on this site or not getting paid for this, I’ve seen it.  The City of Riverside doesn’t really embrace honest representatives of the people.  But I believe the corruption may extend even beyond the City of Riverside.

According to the PE:

His hilltop property, fronted and backed by lawns, guzzled more than a million gallons a year as the drought worsened from 2012 to 2013, the center reported. It named Soubirous as the worst water waster among water policymakers in the state. -Cassie Macduff, PE

A Center for Investigative Reporting story this week showed that some of the state’s top water wasters are people whose agencies have imposed restrictions on watering – and three of the worst are from Riverside. -Cassie Macduff, PE

If Cassie did her homework, she would find that many in Riverside out use Soubirous, and some our in the 2 million gallon arena for 2012 to 2013, which of course is completely legal.

I believe the mandatory water conservation measures were put in place in 2014, so don’t we need to have this information before throwing so many stones? The City of Riverside has punitive water rates, meaning the more you use, the more you are punished in your bill. If Councilman Soubirous pays his bills, and thereby subsidizes the rest of the system (which I’m not even sure is legal in and of itself), I’m not so concerned about how much water he’s used in the past.If he broke rules this summer that he himself made, he needs to pay whatever fines the City is administering for such violations. Hopefully, he learns a lesson in the process. Let’s remember though, the City of Riverside itself has no dire water shortage itself unlike the State in general.Also, I would expect folks at the top of the food chain to have larger lot sizes for their homes, and hence, be larger consumers of water. This sample set is therefore biased to paint these folks in a bad light from the get go.  -Jason Hunter, Commeter on the PE
During my campaign for City Council, I brought copies of my water bills to forums and debates to bring to light the tiered billing system in place. I have been very open about it. Last summer I contacted my utility (water) provider to inquire about water saving sprinkler nozzles – which were installed in late February 2014. The utility’s contractor replaced every sprinkler head. I paid money above and beyond the rebate offer to complete the project. In addition, the contractor optimized my sparkler timer for most efficient use, timing and cycling. I have seen some reduction, and am finding ways to reduce further. Fake grass would run in the tens of thousands to install and has a life-cycle of 12 to 15 years. I am trying to do all I can to reduce the amount of water i use. I have removed sections of my grass in order to try other landscape options. I have lived in this house since 2006. I am currently serving my first term – and am serving with no pay. I will continue to find ways to cut my water use. BTW: I recently found out that the “CCF’s” listed on our water bills means “Hundred Cubic Feet.” I checked further to find out what this means in gallons. I did the math using the conversion 100 CCF’s = 748 gallons or one CCF = 7.48 gallons. Check your bill to find out your gallon usage – you might be surprised to find out how many gallons you use in a year. I was. Now I’m finding ways to cut that number.   -Councilman Mike Soubirous, Commmenter on the PE.
According to Councilman Soubirous in a comment in the PE:

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We were not on drought restriction when I applied for the sprinkler head rebate. There is concern over my water use for three years back? No mention of my cutting back the required 15% – which was done. Yes, messed up on the 7 day thing for a week or so, but was corrected when told. Not a planned thing. My water use is consistent with my surrounding area. I don’t waste. I just keep my front green so I don’t get a cite. The back yard is about half gone, all dirt and dying shrubs. That didn’t get reported. Seems like a lot was left out of the press the last few days. It’s always nice to read your statement in a quote that was taken out of context and clarifying parts left out. Yep, that’s fair and balanced reporting. Funny how one article will quote another and the second quoter relies on the first source to be accurate. Nice.
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PICTURES SHOW SOUBIROUS BACK AND SURROUNDING LAWN WHICH WAS RIPPED OUT IN JANUARY 2014, IN FEBRUARY, THE SPRINKLER HEADS WERE CHANGED AND TIMERS WERE SET AT 7 DAYS A WEEK, PERFECTLY LEGAL, UNTIL THE END OF JULY 2014.(CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE)
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Also, I would expect folks at the top of the food chain to have larger lot sizes for their homes, and hence, be larger consumers of water. This sample set is therefore biased to paint these folks in a bad light from the get go.   – Jason Hunter · Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)  –  Commenter on the PE.

The fact continues to remain, is that the City of Riverside by virtue of owning their own public utilities, doesn’t have to abide by post 1916 rules regarding water restrictions as set forth by the California Constitution.  We have enough water in the Bunker Hill Basin for City of Riverside residents to run water down the streets!  Which means we own it! you, me and all residents in Riverside.  Another story here, is the abuse of our Public Utilities.  Further what KNBC and the Center for Investigative Reporting doesn’t know is that Universities are exempt, and even swimming pools are exempt..that would pass the million gallon mark!  Let’s look at Riverside Community College’s Pool and the amount of water they use, or UCR, or California Baptist University.  The joke in Riverside is that are front lawns may be “brown”, but our backyard pools are “blue.”

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                              CITY COUNCIL MEMORANDUM                                     RIVERSIDE WATER ORDINANCE

Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) is in a unique position relative to the statewide drought picture. Because RPU’s water sources are groundwater, primarily from adjudicated basins, conservation action by Riverside residents does not create additional statewide water supply per se. In fact, much of Riverside’s water re source is available on a “use-it or lose-it” basis. The structure of the court adjudication does not allow water to be saved and “banked” for future years. Furthermore, while groundwater levels have declined in recent years, RPU is not in a position to declare Moderate or Severe water shortages as required to implement current conservation ordinances.  A more viable strategy is to allow agencies like RPU to produce adjudicated supplies and share with neighboring agencies.
In order to remain in compliance with the emergency regulations issued by the SWRCB, staff recommends that the City Council implement an emergency Water Conservation Ordinance.
FISCAL IMPACT:Measurable effects from customer response to the recommended conservation measures could negatively impact future Fiscal Year 20 15 and potentially Fiscal Year 2016 revenues. Additionally, there will be some non-de-minimus costs associated with enhanced customer outreach and communication. These costs will be absorbed within the approved budget and rate plans.
So they will increase are water rates!

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The above is from Blue Riverside, in their Q&A portion the question arises as to what if I have a pool?  It pretty much states not to worry about it.  This site also encourages neighbors to snitch on neighbors.

So by declaring and adopting the California Water Conservation rules, RPU can now increase their water supplies in order to sell more water to outside neighboring agencies. The truth of the matter is why did council pass this ordinance against the stock holders of the water rights, the residents?  Most of these violations will lye on the residents who are just attempting to make a living and pay their bills. I can only see that it was profit driven, maybe to help pay for the City’s increasing debt service.  Also, remember, approximately 20% of our water is sold to Western Municipal.  So our we conserving water so that we may be able to sell more off to other communities for a higher profit?  Then cite the citizens on water violations to increase profits?  Then we will be asked to use less water, then they will raise water rates to increase profits. You will use less and pay more.  Then they will manipulate the tier pricing seasonally or at will to increase even more profits. People in the City of Riverside, you need to start going to city council!  Why would Ward 1 Councilman Mike Gardner, who worked as an executive for Edison, vote for this uneccessary mandatory conservation?  The question is, “Why did Council decide to breach the residents ownership of water rights in order to make a profit?”  This simply appears to nurture another law suit against the City of Riverside for failing in their duty to protect the taxpayer.
Yes the law is the law, if within those two months Soubirous and others were in violation, they should be handed out a warning citation, as Code Enforcement does.  If not fixed they should be cited and fined!  In the City of Riverside they are just not doing that.  That’s another story for KNBC and the PE.  Warning Citations for a violation to be rendered, Soubirous did just that.  Make no mistake residents of Riverside, you may “Own It” but your water rates, electric rates and sewer rates will be going up.  The corruption is deep and you need to get smart, and the facts are in the documents, and the documents tell the truth, if you can handle the truth.  The media sources are not telling you the truth.  Good Luck Riverside, I am almost done fighting corruption in the City of Riverside, and may just move to the Beach area as well, Rancho Santa Fe or Del Mar sounds good.  We must make it perfectly clear, what was Coucnilman Soubirous actually guilty of?  Not his water use, that was all legal.  But failing to adjust his timer from 7 days a week to 4?  Yes, that was all this media frenzy was all about, the seven days.  There would be no story if the timer was changed to four days, a simple fix.
What we see here with Councilman Soubirous, is a “failure to communicate.”  A failure to communicate by the City and it’s Go-Along-Get-Along-Cohorts, who have done everything that the people don’t want, but everything that they want, that’s called corruption.  Soubirous happened to do what the people want, I guess you can’t do that, and that is your crime.

THE FAUX DROUGHT IN THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE CONTINUES TO FESTER..BROWN LAWN CITATIONS, BUT POOLS ..ARE OKAY?  It’s never clear what the residents are suppose to do in the City of Riverside.  Build it and they will come…Brockton Bike Lane Restriping…people are still waiting to see the droves of bicyclist.  Can’t water your lawns between certain hours, cut down 15% water usage, but if you have a swimming pool don’t worry about it?  But what are Riverside Residents saying?

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“BROWN LAWNS ARE SEXY” THE NEW TREND IN SHABBY CHIC IN RIVERSIDE?  OR, OUR FRONT LAWN MAY BE “BROWN”, BUT OUR BACK POOL IS “BLUE!” AS ONE RIVERSIDE HAPPY FAMILY STATES!

But for Code Enforcement Officers in Riverside who just don’t understand, it may cost you to be “Shabby Chic” in Riverside…  In the whole scheme of things, and in Riverside, the drought is a scheme, you didn’t hear from me, we just may have a “Failure to Communicate” by City Officials..  “Some Men You Cannot Reach”… you may not be able to if you cannot communicate.. duh..  Sometimes getting a good cold cocked in the back of the head can straighten a Riverside resident.  I imagine this because many in the neighborhood are afraid, and again, I say, afraid to argue with the City, or make their opinions known, without the feeling of retaliation by Riverside City Officials or the Riverside Police Department, as their bonafide enforcer.  But many are secretly stating “F” Riverside Code Enforcement.  Residents in the community just want to be let alone… Unfortunately, Councilman Mike Gardner is not really tied into the community as he thinks he is.

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Or do we just have a problem with color in the City of Riverside?  We prefer “Green” over “Brown?”  Why is Brown so bad?  It simply is the most cost effective color which actually supports all aspects of the mandatory drought resolution in the City of Riverside.  But Riverside Code sees an opportunity, and residents are seeing in now..and realizing the city just doesn’t give a rats ass for the concerns of the residents.  The contradiction again is that Riverside is promoting the fact that the residents “Own” their utilities!  Well if we own it shouldn’t we be treated as stock holders and receive dividends, instead  of them making the owners of the utilities feel like criminals?  Interesting enough, this comes from Jack B. Clarke, Jr., Attorney from Best Best & Krieger.  Some say Best Best & Krieger pretty much owns Riverside politics.  Well anyway, Jack attempted to have Riverside City Hall renamed under former Mayor Ron Loveridge

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Guess how many gallons I used legally between 2012-2013..

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Councilman Paul Davis and Councilman Chris Mac Arthur…Guess how many gallons I used legally between 2012-2013?

NO ON MEASURE-L SPOKEN BY RIVERSIDE’S OWN RETIRED  AND FAVORITE PRESS ENTERPRISE REPORTER, DAN BERNSTEIN:

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JUST FOR LAUGHS…..

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 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 THE ACLU.  RATED ONE TWO ONE STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVLY EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE (WE BELIEVE THIS WILL END SOON, SINCE THE FOCUS IS NOW ON THE IMPROPRIETIES OF MR. “Z”, WE TRIED TO TELL YOU, BUT NOBODY LISTENED), AND DON’T FORGET WE ARE PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST… A STRATEGIC LEGAL MANEUVER THAT CAN BE DONE ONLY IN RIVERSIDE WITHOUT A CONTRACT (WE BELIEVE THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN NOW, SINCE GREG SKIPPED TOWN TO THE COUNTY)… AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!   COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  WE JUST CAN’T SPELL!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR TOXIC DIRT BY CONTACTING US AT:   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

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A Submission to TMC:

Former Riverside City Attorney Gregory Priamos and other Riverside City Officials have been involved in a scheme using the Code Enforcement Department to issue fines up to $100,000.00, impose liens on thousands of properties to force their owners in foreclosure to eventually take their money or their homes. If you or people you know have lost money or their home, or both, in their scheme, please go online to Grand Jury – County of Riverside, fill out the Citizen Complaint Form and mail it to the Grand Jury ASAP. A pdf copy of the Form is attached. It’s time to stop these corrupt people from using US government grant to steal millions of dollars in fines and dozens of homes from Riverside residents. Enough is enough!

IF YOU WERE A VICTIM OF THIS ALLEGED SCHEME PERPETRATED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S FORMER CITY ATTORNEY GREGORY PRIAMOS, (CLICK THE LINK BELOW) TO DOWNLOAD THE CITIZEN COMPLAINT FORM, FILL IT OUT, AND MAIL IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO THE RIVERSIDE GRAND JURY.

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The following article was submitted May 30, 2014 regarding this issue FROM THE DESK OF LOUIS J. JEAN-LOUIS regarding a scheme to take Riverside Property Owners Homes for profit by inadvertently coding them by city violations, placing a lean on the property, and eventually taking the properties of hard working residents.  This scheme was allegedly perpetrated by former City Attorney Gregory Priamos, who is now with the County of Riverside:

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THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S UNCONSTITUTIONAL, PERSONAL & REAL PROPERTY GRAB UNDER THEIR OWN COLOR OF THE LAW? IS CITY ATTORNEY PRIAMOS THE CREATOR OF THIS SCHEME FOR PROFIT?

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 THE ACLU.  RATED ONE TWO ONE STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVLY EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE (WE BELIEVE THIS WILL END SOON, SINCE THE FOCUS IS NOW ON THE IMPROPRIETIES OF MR. “Z”, WE TRIED TO TELL YOU, BUT NOBODY LISTENED), AND DON’T FORGET WE ARE PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST… A STRATEGIC LEGAL MANEUVER THAT CAN BE DONE ONLY IN RIVERSIDE WITHOUT A CONTRACT (WE BELIEVE THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN NOW, SINCE GREG SKIPPED TOWN TO THE COUNTY)… AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!   COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  WE JUST CAN’T SPELL!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR TOXIC DIRT BY CONTACTING US AT:   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

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According to the San Bernardino Sentinel, Colton City Attorney Christina Talley has been relieved of her position as of September 18,2014, or could we say “fired?”   Christina Talley works for the infamous Best, Best & Krieger, and incidentally has been hired by the City of Riverside through BB&K to be interim City Attorney, after former City Attorney Greg Priamos skipped town when he couldn’t handle the heat in the kitchen to Riverside County.  Of course, the County Boys embraced Priamos with open arms.  Accordingly, Ms. Talley appears to have been passed around to cities like a bad can of sardines beyond there expiration date.   Cities continued to employ her, regardless of the smell she left behind.  According to the article there is more to the story then meets the eye, not only was City of Colon Colton concerned with her ineptness with Brown Act regulations, whereby she allowed non-agendized items to be discussed by council.  But even more discerning, was what occurred at a June 3 Colton Council meeting , at which a decision was made to place City Manager Stephen Compton on administrated leave.  This was as a result of Compton’s inquiry with reference to questionable financial practices, including “off-the-book” projects in public works department which led him very close to uncovering details of how certain projects were funded, including several unauthorized projects which were being run out of the public works department.  This of course, brought scrutiny, according to the article, toward the actions of public works director Amer Jakher, who enjoyed a close relationship with a majority of the of the city council.  As the focus pointed to Jakher, some council members were pushing Compton to examine the city’s contract with  Best, Best & Krieger and Talley, and potentially put the contract for city legal services out to bid.

In July of 2014, a group of Colton residents filed a complaint with the city to investigate alleged irregularities in the city’s public works department alleging potential misappropriation of public funds, gift of public funds and misuse of public funds which benefitted two city council members.  The citizens provided documentation indicating that the “off the books” activity, i.e., work that had not been considered or approved by the city council, had indeed taken place in the public works division.  That request was moved forward by Police Chief Steve Ward, who was then acting in the capacity of city manager during Compton’s absence.  Chief of Police/City Manager Ward initiated an investigation and personally forwarded the request to Talley.  The investigation was handed over to another Best Best & Krieger attorney, Ronald Ball, who is “of counsel” with the firm.  Several weeks later it was discovered that Talley, however, neglected to provide Ball with the background documentation that had been provided to the city by the group of residents requesting the investigation.  Thus, the investigation failed to focus on the “off-the-books” activity in the public works department that was at the root of the concerns expressed by the citizens group, and the final report reflected an incorrect timeline of events which discredited its conclusion that two of the members of the council, Frank Gonzales and Susan Oliva, had not benefited from the misapplication of resources in the public works department.  Manipulation of the facts?  Read the whole story in the September 19th article in the San Bernardino Setinel.

Beginning in August 2014, according to the San Bernardino Sentinel, Talley became less and less visible in Colton.  She was replaced in some venues by Marco Martinez, a partner with Best Best & Krieger. In fact, Talley’s mishandling of the Colton account appears to have impacted her standing with Best Best & Krieger, which now appears to be in danger of losing Colton as a client altogether.  Talley, who formerly had an office in Best Best & Krieger’s Irvine office, where she was formerly listed as an “associate,” has been consistently unavailable at that location since August.  She is no longer listed as an “associate,” but is now deemed to be “of counsel,” an indication Best Best & Krieger is seeking to disassociate itself from her.

But it doesn’t stop there, in the “Anaheim Blog”, Christina Talley who was Anaheim’s City Attorney since 2009 was asked to resign in January of 2013, with what appears to be her ineptness, again,  with the Brown Act.  The “Voice of Orange County” also brought forward another issue with Talley with reference to her alleged ineptness with the Brown Act.

But in my eyes what we see is a powerful law firm who has been allowed to be part of the very fabric which ultimately represents the interest of the taxpayers.  It certainly appears that they are their to protect their taxpayer paycheck with bad legal advice.

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As in the instance whereby the City of Bell sues former City Attorney Edward Lee, a BB&K attorney, for let’s see, “Faulty Legal Advice!”  So Riverside, you know have a little information of how the City of Riverside rolls in what is in it’s best interest…it may very well not be you.  What appears to be allegedly evident is that Best Best & Krieger has been manipulating California City politics through their “fly-by-night” team of legal attorneys, which seem to cause more financial liability to the taxpayer, then financial protection to the taxpayer.

Well I would expect that the City of Riverside’s spokes hole and former PE reporter, Phil Pritchard may attempt to spin the story by just saying she left Colton to work for the City of Riverside… Watch Two Timing Talley’s antics unfold at today’s City Council Meeting, and you the taxpayer decide!  Is she really inept, or really good at playing the field of City Politics?  Should we allow uncontracted legal work to continue with BB&K?  Should we allow BB&K Trash Attorneys to represent the taxpayers?  I think not.

CITY OF RIVERSIDE: COUNCILMAN MELENDREZ: HUMANITARIAN RESOLUTION TRIGGERS ETHICS COMPLAINT.

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Councilman Andy Melendrez’s attempt to create the City of Riverside as a “Sanctuary City” appeared to be hidden according to many in the community and not brought forward at a Tuesday’s City Council Meeting.  As a result, a formal Code of Ethics and Conduct complaint was filed by Fontana Council candidate Tressy Capps, specifically against Melendrez’s assertion that their would be no “fiscal impact” in the adoption of this resolution, as stated in the City Council Memorandum.  The following is the filed complaint by Tressy Capps.

UPDATE: TRESS CAPPS IN THE NEWS: THE DAILY CALLER: WOMAN WHO REALLY HATES MEXICAN FLAG LOSE JOB OVER HATRED OF MEXICAN FLAG.  The title says she hates the Mexican Flag, but the report list no direct statement by her with the words “hate” etc.

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CLICK THIS LINK TOVIEW FULL ETHICS COMPLAINT FILED BY CAPPS

The following is the City Council Memorandum stating that there would be no “fiscal impact” with the adoption of this humanitarian resolution.  The meaning of a resolution is defined as a firm decision to do something, or not to do something.

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW CITY COUNCIL MEMORANDUM

What was more discerning was this item/resolution it was placed on the Consent Calender, as some have indicated, a way to pass and sneak a real issue from the community.  Rather than just passed, it was brought out from the consent calender for discussion.  This play on politics does not make Andy a proponent for what’s right and wrong, as indicated by many in his ward.  The resolution states the following: “WHEREIS: The City of Riverside hereby stands in support of sanctuary and humanitarian efforts or assistance in the processing and treatment of all immigrants, including those recently arriving in the United States..”    According to the Press Enterprise, Melendrez stated that “the resolution would not have actually required the city to do anything, nor would it have committed any city funds.”  Even our interim City Attorney Christina Talley chimed in when asked for an opinion by stating the following, “Based upon the face of the resolution, I didn’t see anything in that resolution that conflicted with federal or state law.”   But when you look at the resolution statement it appears rather vaguely written, possibly not to directly take issue with the real point, “illegal” immigration.  His point of stating “including those recently arriving in the United States,” would actually imply helping immigrants “illegally” in the country.  It also seems that the City of Riverside supports efforts of efforts and assistance in the processing of all immigrants.  According the statement, this would imply both “legal” and “illegal” immigrants.  If this is true, the City of Riverside would effectively stating in this resolution that it supports breaking the law by supporting efforts to process “illegal” immigrants.  This I would say is a direct conflict with Federal Law, and out of the scope of a local municipality, such as our City.  Further, the definition of a “child” is someone under the age of 18 year of age, in some in some instances it may very well be under 19 years of age. The full original resolution is as follows:

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW THE MELENDREZ HUMANITARIAN RESOLUTION

Capps states that this resolution directly violates specifically page 4, item #6 of the Code of Ethics and Conduct for Elected Officials.  She cited the item, “they will seek to insure that information provided by the city government to the public is accurate and clear.”  Where is City Attorney Greg Priamos when we need him?  Hell, he would just make matters worse.

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW FULL CODE OF ETHICS AND CONDUCT (CLICK IMAGES ABOVE TO ENLARGE)

According to some in the community, this resolution advocatess breaking Federal law.. Not only is he advocating breaking Federal Law, he is stating it would be acceptable for the City of Riverside to assume acceptance of those who have entered the country illegally.  Some in the community feel this was done without consideration of those in his community who are legal, and need help, such as are veterans, homeless, residents struggling financially to make ends meet etc.  On the other hand, proponents state that we need to ensure that the security, protection and needs of illegal or undocumented children are addressed on a humanitarian level.  Which appears to be acceptable since immigration is a Federal issue.  Though the term “children” has yet to be defined in these resolutions. Many city’s have adopted similar resolutions, even some states, there is really no conflict as such which would interfere with Federal laws.  But what does this mean when a resolution such as this, is adopted at a local level?

UPDATE: COUNCILMAN ANDY MELENDREZ AT THE SEPTEMBER 23RD COUNCIL MEETING INSISTED THAT THE RESOLUTION FOR “SANCTUARY CITY” STATUS FOR RIVERSIDE BE BROUGHT BACK FOR COUNCIL VOTE ONCE AGAIN.  WILL THIS MEAN HIDDEN ADDITIONAL ASPECTS WHICH WILL BURDEN THE TAXPAYERS OF THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE?

CITY COUNCILMAN PAUL DAVIS INVESTIGATION IN LIMBO…ACCORDING TO THE RIVERSIDE PRESS ENTERPRISE!

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UPDATE: CINDY ROTH AND THE GREATER RIVERSIDE CHAMBER RECEIVES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY, OVER A HALF A MILLION OVER THREE YEARS FOR “KEEP RIVERSIDE CLEAN AND BEAUTIFUL” PROGRAM, AS VOTED AT SEPTEMBER 23RD CITY COUNCIL, WITH THE ONLY NO VOTE BY COUNCILMAN PAUL DAVIS.  INCIDENTALLY, COUNCILMAN PAUL DAVIS FOUND THIS QUITE PECULIAR ENOUGH THAT HE REQUESTED THIS ITEM BE REMOVED FROM THE “CONSENT CALENDER’ FOR DISCUSSION.  The discussion led to questions regarding how Cindy Roth’s Greater Riverside Chamber is paid.  First, the taxpayer must pay for this “Volunteer Program” in their “Trash Bill.”  Five other cities in California wouldn’t think of doing this.  Riverside does.  Therefore, the issue of this item becomes an illegal charge or tax against the taxpayer!   Since the charge comes from the Public Works Department, it must be brought forth for “bid.”  Secondly, there must be a contractors contract, referencing item by item, how the taxpayer money is to be spent.  Non of this has ever been done!  With her attorney husband and now Senator, “Something seems to be Rotten in Denmark!”  Question have arose over the disbursements of taxpayer monies, which appear to have never been reported to Council in the past.  Taxpayers continue to argue that it is a “money laundering” scheme.  Incidently, Cindy Roth, CEO/President, her husband is now Senator for the State of California, Richard Roth…  In the past has done outside legal work for the City of Riverside, which has been allegedly been questionable with reference in how his work really benefited Riverside residents.

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Cindy Roth and the Greater Riverside Chamber was also against Measure A, which was not in the best interest of the taxpayers, and evidently is why her behind the scenes political activities at City Hall have been seen as some, as a political powerhouse, which includes former CEO and Publisher of the Riverside Press Enterprise , Ron Redfern.   Riverside, wouldn’t you think something is wrong in Denmark?  At the cost of  $574,754 over three years to the taxpayer in your Trash Bill?  Now folks, this is a volunteer program…  Technically according to City policy, since this money arrives from Public Works, this item must go out to bid, secondly, there must be a contractors contract initiated itemizing the cost of services provided.  This was not done.  Also, an expenditure report has never been given to the City to disclose a specific itemization of disbursements.  So, where does the money go?  With this in mind, questions arise to how the monies are actually spent.  First of all, is there a specified account for this money?  Or is this money just deposited in the Greater Riverside Chamber’s general fund?  To possibly be used for Councilmember and Mayor special trips, campaigns etc.

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UPDATE: IS THE AMERICAN DISABILITIES GUIDELINES NOTHING MORE THAN A “SHAKE DOWN” SCHEME PERPETRATED BY THE CALIFORNIA TRIAL LAWYERS THROUGH LEGISLATION?  NOW UNDER THE DECEPTIVE NAME OF CONSUMER ATTORNEY’S OF CALIFORNIA?  NEW STORY IN THE PRESS ENTERPRISE..

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 THE ACLU.  RATED ONE TWO ONE STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVLY EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE (WE BELIEVE THIS WILL END SOON, SINCE THE FOCUS IS NOW ON THE IMPROPRIETIES OF MR. “Z”, WE TRIED TO TELL YOU, BUT NOBODY LISTENED), AND DON’T FORGET WE ARE PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST… A STRATEGIC LEGAL MANEUVER THAT CAN BE DONE ONLY IN RIVERSIDE WITHOUT A CONTRACT (WE BELIEVE THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN NOW, SINCE GREG SKIPPED TOWN TO THE COUNTY)… AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!   COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  WE JUST CAN’T SPELL!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR TOXIC DIRT BY CONTACTING US AT:   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW THE KTLA REPORT ON THE AG PARK DEVELOPMENT

What is different between this KTLA news story and the one in the Press Enterprise, can you tell the difference?  The following story came out September 6th in the PE under the title Riverside: Contaminated Site Could See Homes in 2014.

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CLICK THIS LINK FOR INFO ON CANCER CLUSTERS FROM THE NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE

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THE AG PARK ALSO KNOWN AS THE AGRICULTURAL PARK (CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE)

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THE SIGN STATES IF YOU SEE DUST CALL BRAD VERNACI, IF NO RESPONSE IS RECIEVED, CALL THE AQMD (CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE).

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MANY OF THE SIGNS ARE PAINTED OVER, WE FOUND ONE WHICH WAS CLEAR OF ANY DEFECT, BUT WAS FROM A FENCING AREA HUNCHED OVER ON CREST AVENUE.  THE SIGN STATES “THIS AREA CONTAINS CHEMICALS KNOWN TO THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA TO CAUSE CANCER, BIRTH DEFECTS, OR OTHER REPRODUCTIVE HARM.”  CALIFORNIA HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE SEC. 25249.12 (CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE).

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Some people will do anything for a profit. Chuck Cox is one of them. The people who already live there are sick and getting cancer. The people moving onto this toxic dump site need to be informed before they buy. The Press Enterprise who is aligned with city officials on this project continue to misinform the public, and continue to refuse to report actual residential stories of the residents who live there and are getting sick and dying of cancer.  – Donald Herman Collins Gallegos, Commenter on the PE

CITY MANAGER SPENDING CAPS:  Back in 2004 it use to be a maximum of $25,000 that the City Manager could spend per item without City Council approval.  When City Manager Brad Hudson was hired, things changed, the maximum increased to $50,000.  With that in mind, this City Manager, Hudson, with a criminal record in credit card fraud at a young age, spent in the neighborhood of $27 million per year!  The abuse was seen recently with one of Hudson’s hires from the County of Riverside, Scott Barber when he spent in excess of $200K of taxpayer monies to ensure financial leverage for himself within the politics of Riverside.  We continue to ask that Barber was unable to “ferret” out the financial complexities necessary that would not burden the residents of the City of Riverside and their children in the next 30 years. But in turn, he attempted to “strong arm” the taxpayer for his own financial gain, by a claim against the taxpayer.  His time as City Manager was nothing more than an attempt for financial gain at the expense of the taxpayer.

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CITY MANAGER SCOTT BARBER, ATTEMPTING TO ‘FERRET’ OUT COMPLEXITIES WITHIN RIVERSIDE POLITICS…

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 THE ACLU.  RATED ONE TWO ONE STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVLY EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE (WE BELIEVE THIS WILL END SOON, SINCE THE FOCUS IS NOW ON THE IMPROPRIETIES OF MR. “Z”, WE TRIED TO TELL YOU, BUT NOBODY LISTENED), AND DON’T FORGET WE ARE PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST… A STRATEGIC LEGAL MANEUVER THAT CAN BE DONE ONLY IN RIVERSIDE WITHOUT A CONTRACT (WE BELIEVE THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN NOW, SINCE GREG SKIPPED TOWN TO THE COUNTY)… AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!   COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  WE JUST CAN’T SPELL!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR TOXIC DIRT BY CONTACTING US AT:   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW SCOTT BARBER RETIREMENT LETTER

According to a City of Riverside News Release by Communications Officer Phil Pitchord, City Manager Scott Barber announces his intention to retire.   While caught in the wild fire in the trumped up investigations of two councilman, Barber came with more than 28 years of experience in local government and has been City Manager in Riverside since Dec. 6, 2011.  He previously served as Riverside’s first Community Development Director for six years.  Barber was hired on by former City Manager Brad Hudson.  The news release states that Barber will retire at years end, which would be December 2014.

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW NEWS RELEASE OF CM SCOTT BARBER’S INTENTION TO RETIRE

To All City Staff Members:
Attached is a letter that I sent to the Mayor and Council this morning announcing my plans to retire from the position of City Manager at the end of this calendar year.  I am writing to each of you as well, because it has been my privilege to lead this organization and serve the citizens of Riverside with you.  I have been in public service for 28 years, the last 9 here in Riverside.  Truly, my time here has been the highlight of my career.  During the last three years as your City Manager, we have balanced the budget while recovering from the worst recession in our lifetimes.  We have, together, created and retained jobs for our citizens, opened new facilities such as Fire Station No. 1 and the Convention Center, and won numerous awards for our leadership and innovation.
I look forward to the next chapter of my life.  I will continue to live in Riverside and be a part of this community.  I am proud of each of you and Riverside.
All the best,
Scott

Mayor Rusty Bailey said the following, “On behalf of the residents and businesses of Riverside, I want to thank Scott Barber for the last nine years of service to our community.”  “Scott has been a focused and innovative City Manager and Community Development Director who always has looked for ways to improve the City where he lives and has raised a family. I wish him and his family all the best in his retirement.”

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 Mayor Pro Tem Jim Perry said, “First, I want to thank Scott for his service and leadership,” “Second, I appreciate his acknowledgement of the current environment at City Hall and his offer to leave behind the issues of the past and move us all forward. Finally, it will be important that the City Council work quickly to identify an interim City Manager to manage the organization, while we focus on filling the vacancies in both the City Manager and City Attorney positions. I will begin to work right away with my Council colleagues on identifying and attracting an interim City Manager.”

According to the Press Enterprise they state that several city officials and residents had nothing but praise for Barber, who came into what some observers say was a difficult position. He took over from former Brad Hudson, a polarizing figure who orchestrated the biggest public works initiative in city history that also carried a hefty debt.  That’s funny the City never discussed the hefty debt publicly, after residential watchdogs have been bringing this to the attention of council.  City officials are now calling Hudson a “polarizing figure” when he left, he was the best next to ‘cream cheese.”  Even then Councilman Rusty Bailey, called Hudson his ‘moral compass.”  The city’s hypocrisy has no end..

Getting back to Scott Barber and all the wonderful things he states he did in his letter.  Phil Pitchford, Intergovernmental and Communications Director for the City of Riverside states many wonderful things as well.  Pitchford, incidentally, worked 18 years for the Press Enterprise as a journalist.  But it may not be good business to expressly tell the truth..  Back in 2010, Scott Barber approved a $2.5 million change order for the Fox Performance Plaza, without City Council Approval!  This violates every policy and procedure that the City Manager should abide by.  This my friends, is where City Manager Scott Barber should have been FIRED!  This is where is clearly over stepped his bounds as City Manager and his ethical integrity, but went ahead and did it anyway.  Either he was unknowledgable of City rules or all together simply unqualified to understand the severity of the overall picture.  So when City Council members continue to ignore it, they are in denial, this my taxpayer friends is the cusp of the problem!

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What about the Hyatt debacle, they are suing the City of Riverside for “extortion.”  A simple instant of how the City Manager handles money is the following..  The amount of $1407.91 may not be a lot for the City of Riverside, but it is a lot of money for many in the City…this amount remains unclaimed!

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Nothing said about the $200,000.00 approved and $49 increments by the City Manger to investigate two councilman, Soubirous and Davis, which he claimed they caused a hostile  work environment for him.  The Sobirious hearing turned out to be a complete sham and debacle.  City Manager Scott Barber cares nothing about the taxpayer, he cares only of his own welfare.  I ask his for a cashiers check for $200K to pay back the taxpayer for this nonsense.

One of our commenters Fay Vic made a good point regarding a statement on City Manger Scott Barber’s letter, whereby he states that he will be “dropping all my employment claims upon retirement to allow both the city and myself to move forward with a fresh start.”  This statement actually brings up more questions.  This no doubt questions Barber’s ethical integrity.  His intentions have always lied in favor of himself, and what he could get out of the taxpayer, and not for the benefit of the taxpayer, unfortunately.  This was evident in the two investigations of Councilmen’s Soubirious and Davis.  Whereby for his interest, he felt it necessary to spend in excess of $200,000.00 in an investigation that dealt nothing, but an expense to the taxpayer.  Barber cared nothing about the taxpayer, who will now pay his excessive retirement package.  Now with exposure of claim or law suit against the City/taxpayer, he just seems to continue to be a whining about his job conditions, when in reality he was not qualified.  The only thing that Barber was able to “ferret” out, was what is good for Barber.  Didn’t we hear the same appraisals and hive-fives for former City Manager Brad Hudson?  A manager who could not even pay for his own cup of coffee, and turned it in as an expense for the taxpayer to pay.  We all know where Hudson’s legacy will leave the taxpayer…in debt.  A debt that will compromise are own city utilities.  Remember “you own it” but it may not be for long.

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Commenter to TMC, Fay Vic, states the following, In his letter to the Council, Mr. Barber states, “To help the City turn the page on the past, I will also be dropping all my employment claims upon my retirement to allow both the City and me to move forward will a fresh start.”

What employment claims did Mr. Barber make? Is he talking about his complaint that was investigated by Gumport|Mastan, or did he make actual, official claims with the city, the State, or a federal agency? Perhaps 30 Miles should investigate this a bit further….public records request perhaps?

There are rumors that Barber is “retiring” (public employees vest with CalPERS, but never seem to really retire, instead preferring to “double dip” somewhere else, laughing at us in the private sector) in December because that’s when he hits some milestone towards receiving a spike in his pension. Any truth to this?

If Barber has threatened legal action (direct or implied) against the city AND he’s approaching such a milestone, then it would appear he is trying to entice the city into letting him retire in lieu of being fired, in return for him dropping current or potential legal action, most likely some derivative of the complaints he made against Councilmen Soubirous and Davis.

Since we know those complaints were just disguised vendettas and had no legitimate basis, I would call his bluff. Let him fight for his supposed “just deserts,” like all the whisteblower employees he fired, ran out of town, or harmed in some other fashion. If the karma police ran the show, this would happen. Instead we have our City Council, who will again demonstrate for us little people how there are two sets of rules in Riverside – one for them, and one for us.

AGAIN, THANK ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT WE ARE PROUD OF OUR ONE STAR RATING!  THANK YOU RIVERSIDE!

ACCORDING TO THE PRESS ENTERPRISE THE UNION CHIEF’S LAWSUIT AGAINST ZELLERBACH, COUNTY MAY END SOON!  THE COUNTY SUPES MAY END THIS..

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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 THE ACLU.  RATED ONE TWO ONE STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVLY EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE (WE BELIEVE THIS WILL END SOON, SINCE THE FOCUS IS NOW ON THE IMPROPRIETIES OF MR. “Z”, WE TRIED TO TELL YOU, BUT NOBODY LISTENED), AND DON’T FORGET WE ARE PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST… A STRATEGIC LEGAL MANEUVER THAT CAN BE DONE ONLY IN RIVERSIDE WITHOUT A CONTRACT, 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 SPELL CHECKERS!  WE JUST CAN’T SPELL!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT BY CONTACTING US AT:   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

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Does the famiglia buy loyalty in the realms of the press?  The County lists it’s legal filings with the Press Enterprise (PE) – which of course, keeps ‘em afloat money-wise.  The County could use other newspapers – most in the County – even the little one’s are certified by the court for legal filings.  But the county pays the PE (sometimes 3 times the cost) the high end legal “ad’s” pricing.  Many of these little local “rags” charge a third of what the PE charges.  Could it be that John Tavaglione (JT) buys loyalty?….Is Tavaglione behind the PE not hitting hard, with reference to media events?  Could this scenario explain how he’s protecting his boy Mayor Bailey?  Mayor Bailey being a former staffer of John Tavaglione, and interesting enough, also worked for Congressman Ken Calvert, who didn’t hold back when it came to his voracious appetite for female street walkers.  Rumors in the grapevine continue to connect Calvert with local hotels and hookers.  Don’t quote me on that, these are alleged rumors.  Of course, Calvert and Tavaglione are friends.

These two have been seen associating with Western Municipal Water Board of Director, Don Galleano and of course Riverside’s own, Councilman Steve Adams in many local watering holes.  The “dangerous liaisons” appear publicly clear, but what does this all mean?

Well, first, it is no surprise that Riverside County Supervisors support Councilman Adam’s run for Congress, and of course, Michael Williams directing his fundraising campaign.  But why is that?  Councilman Adams has the most ethics complaints filed against him, but of course through a Council admitted flawed process, appears to always result in a favorable outcome.  But when you view the network of individuals involved in the political process or, as I call it, the “Machine,”  it is no surprise that Riverside County Supervisors support Councilman Adam’s run for Congress.

So what is the connection or relationship between the PE and the City of Riverside?  We do know they received preferential electric rates at one time.  Would this be a gift of public funds since the residents of Riverside had to pay more for electricity of a utility they publicly own?  So,  if Adams is seen conversing with Ronald Redfern , former CEO and Publisher of the Press Enterprise, what kind of message does this send to his community?  Or could this be construed as meaning anything when it came to City politics?  We give you this recent political article by non other than Councilman Steve Adams in the PE.  Is the fact that this article received exposure in the PE directly due with who you know?  Is this a free campaign ad given to Steve?  Why is Steve on board with the PE as a contributing writer?  The County of Riverside under the direction of Tavaglione purchased the Press Enterprise building…coincidence?  Former PE CEO and Publisher Ronald Redfern is incidentally now Chairman of the Board for the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce.  We also see that Cindy Roth is involved, who’s husband is now Congressman Senator Roth, who did outside legal work for the City of Riverside..  and of course, Roth’s legal work never directly impacted the taxpayer’s with a positive benefit!   Not surprising..  But what was Cindy Roth’s position of going to each council member to, as Rodney King would say, “Can’t we just get along..” when tension escalated with council members.  Who is Cindy Roth and why doe she appear to have some sort of influence on elected officials?  Was she worried about her taxpayer handout?

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I think John Tavaglione is the reason behind the PE not hitting hard on issues that are important to the community.  His connection to the PE is uncanny.  Is he’s protecting his Boy Bailey (the current Mayor, William Rusty Bailey) – no doubt in my mind.  The PE appears to cave to the supes – especially when we know that JT is the “leader” of the Supes.  We must not forget the Inland Empire Political Fundraiser Icon, Michael Williams – often referred to as the only real game in town, is an ally of JT.  It has been purported that Tavaglione owns the building that Williams  resides and rents office space from.  Would that be some sort of red flag?  I would think so. So if John Tavaglione does not approve of a candidate or a particular measure, can we say that Mike won’t do the political fundraising?  If this is true, does someone have to kiss the “Godfather’s” ring to get approval and show ones loyalty?  The Michael Williams Company client list appears to be quite telling.  Made up of the “usual suspects” with a particular commonality.  Not hard to see a diffused political leaning as we would imagine.

What causes the political chaos or the stagnation of someone attempting to do good for the community?  Would it be who you know?  Has one person become so powerful that one nervously jumps at the drop of a pen when asked to do a favor?  A possible favor to maintain status quo?  Of course, in the sense of JT’s boy Bailey the appearance of not being status qou would not be acceptable..
(RPOA) Riverside Police Officer’s Association,  President Brian Smith is a friend of John Tavaglione.  He who controls RPOA campaign funds, as Smith – can often control some Council Members, as what we have seen with such graduates of RPOA in Riverside, as Chris Lanzillo.   The “control” has been seen in the “Soubirous Hearing.”  .. known as “The Soubirous Hearing Debacle,” that Smith was a part of.  But the whole agenda just appeared to “blow back” on their original plan.  Was this all about the “Cop Play Book?”   Further, JT also toppled longtime Riverside Sheriff’s Association (RSA) President Pat McNamara.  Former County Supervisor Bob Buster one stated, “RSA is the single biggest political force in Riverside County.”  Well, not anymore. RSA President Robert Masson, supported by Big John, toppled McNamara two years ago and now controls the very large PAC fund built up during the McNamara years.  Since John Tavaglione (JT) controls Masson, he now controls the RSA Political Action Committee. The PAC funds are rumored to be half a million or more. Big money – huge control. Val Hill, who claims to be a good friend of JT, reportedly was recruited by him to run for Riverside City Council last year.  Let’s see, RPOA (strongly influenced by JT) supported a longtime friend of JT – she certainly would have fully supported Bailey and company.
From a residents point of view Val Hill certainly didn’t appear to know the issues, well to put it bluntly, didn’t really know jack shit!  Not to mention the shit load of money to support her campaign that didn’t pan out except for the broken sewer pipes.  So, JT, a County supe, strongly influenced Brad Hudson, who was a former County Employee prior to moving over to Riverside City.  His “mini-me” DeSantis, came from the County as well.  And we know Priamos needed an “exit stage left” when the poop hit the fan over the Soubirious “investigation” flop, and had a soft landing with a County job.  All John Tavaglione?…. I would bet on it!  If this is all true or somewhat true, how could John became so powerful as a simple public servant?  Is he really there to represent the taxpayer?  Or does his organizations true objective lie elsewhere?  Benefiting ….  ?
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CITY OF RIVERSIDE: COUNCILMAN STEVE ADAMS TAKES THE CAKE WHEN IT COMES TO ETHICS COMPLAINTS! WHAT! HE IS RUNNING FOR CONGRESS?  THE US CONGRESS?  In a recent PE article Councilman Steve Adams stated that “This system is broken and it’s unfair,” Councilman Steve Adams said. “I don’t think we have the transparency that we need.”  But, but in one of these complaint Steve stated that he saw corruption, not once, but two times!  It appears that the Ethics and Complaint process that was set up, designed and crafted by former City Attorney Greg Priamos has been brought to the fore front.  It appears that he skipped town just in time to work for the County Supes… Steve takes the cake as the most Ethics Complaints which have been brought against a Councilman in the City of Riverside..and were unfounded! So the question is, did he or didn’t he see corruption in the City of Riverside?  We think he did..and the Ethics and Conduct process was set up for Stevo and his episodes, to be mitigated to a position of non compliance.
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Great work justice league! I know who John Aki is and in my estimation he has always been a straight up guy. I wish the best for him in his lawsuit. I will post his lawsuit and details. Thanks again for your insight and information. Agreed..why this news isn’t in the Press Enterprise, I just cannot understand. It may be why they blocked me from commenting, but their are many more who have contacted me complaining about being blocked by the Press Enterprise. Is the Press Enterprise a real newspaper? Or is it bought and paid for as many politicians are? I believe the next posting may have some answers. I look forward to your comments.  – Thirty Miles
UPDATE: HUMANITARIAN RESOLUTION TRIGGERS ETHICS COMPLAINT AGAINST COUNCILMAN ANDY MELENDREZ!
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UPDATE: MAYOR WILLIAM “RUSTY” BAILEY SERVED RECALL PAPERS AT TUESDAYS CITY COUNCIL MEETING! MORE TO COME…
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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 THE ACLU.  RATED ONE TWO ONE STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVLY EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE (WE BELIEVE THIS WILL END SOON, SINCE THE FOCUS IS NOW ON THE IMPROPRIETIES OF MR. “Z”, WE TRIED TO TELL YOU, BUT NOBODY LISTENED), AND DON’T FORGET WE ARE PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST… A STRATEGIC LEGAL MANEUVER THAT CAN BE DONE ONLY IN RIVERSIDE WITHOUT A CONTRACT, 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 SPELL CHECKERS!  WE JUST CAN’T SPELL!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT BY CONTACTING US AT:   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

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The City of Riverside pays approximately $80 million dollars during redevelopment for the Fox Theater, and we are now giving it away!  These tickets were found in a box in front of a store on Main Street.  The box said to “take one.”  When counted there were 44 tickets.  What’s egregious, is that some people paid for the event while others don’t.  Was this a last ditch attempt to fill empty seats?

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According to the PE, the Fox launched the Pink Panther Festival to begin August 22, 2014 with ticket prices to begin at $7 and up.  These just state to redeem voucher for a ticket, I would suspect at the ticket counter.

Live Nation runs the entertainment and show schedule for the Fox Theatre, incidently, Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey’s childhood friend, Paul McGuigan works for Live Nation according to the Press Enterprise.  The McGuigan Family even lived with the Bailey family for two months when they were young!  Bailey has been friends with Paul McGuigan, who works for Live Nation, since the fifth grade.  That’s a familial close tie.  According to the Press Enterprise the two (Bailey and McGuigan) attentded school and church together from fifth through 12th grades as attested per Bailey.

The McGuigan family lived with the Bailey family for two months when the McGuigans first moved from England for McGuigan’s father to become pastor of Calgary Presbyterian Church, which the Baileys attended. The families remain friends, Bailey said.

Bailey said he had asked McGuigan if Live Nation would be interested in running the Fox. (He also asked that applications be sent to other big-time operators including AEG, Bailey said.)

But after that, he stepped away, he said. “I didn’t want anybody to think there was any undue influence.”  I see Mr. Bailey, that was justifiably good of you.

“This is an exacting opportunity for the City of Riverside,” Mayor Rusty Bailey said., “this contact will provide Riverside with a world-class entertainment provider to match are world-class facilities.”  We at TMC were not aware or anybody in the City of Riverside that Riverside had “world class facilities.”  Did Mayor Bailey give this paid gig to Live Nation because he grew up with one of the officials Live Nation, Paul McGuigan?

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The City continues to be in the business of government entertainment, even though the Fox Theatres continues to operate in the black at over $1 million a year.

No matter which way you look at it, handing out tickets is a “Gift of Public Funds.”  This would have been a decision the City would have had to make.

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 THE ACLU.  RATED ONE TWO ONE STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVLY EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE (WE BELIEVE THIS WILL END SOON, SINCE THE FOCUS IS NOW ON THE IMPROPRIETIES OF MR. “Z”, WE TRIED TO TELL YOU, BUT NOBODY LISTENED), AND DON’T FORGET WE ARE PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST… A STRATEGIC LEGAL MANEUVER THAT CAN BE DONE ONLY IN RIVERSIDE WITHOUT A CONTRACT, 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 SPELL CHECKERS!  WE JUST CAN’T SPELL!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT BY CONTACTING US AT:   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

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DID THIS EMAIL FROM CHIEF OF STAFF MAUREEN KANE INFER THAT THE MAYOR’S OFFICE WAS INTERFERING WITH THE CODE OF ETHICS & CONDUCT REVIEW PROCESS?(CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE)
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Council members admittedly stated that the Code of Ethics & Conduct hearing process is broken.  A meeting to address this very problem is scheduled for next month.  Though in todays hearing, the adjudicating body admitted a broken system which needs repairs, they still decided not to postpone the process as suggested by public commentators. They decided to continue regardless of the process being broken or flawed.  Therefore, was this panel also guilty of violating the code of ethics, knowingly deciding to progress through this broken process anyway?  Keith Nelson, who was chosen to hear Hunter’s first case admitted the system is broken.  What we are now hearing is that the hearing process was more than flawed, it appears to have been designed to reach a favorable outcome.
 
The basis of this Code of Ethics & Conduct complaint filed by former and fired City employee, Jason Hunter, against the adjudicating chair, Justin Scott Coe was based on five points:
1) Scott-Coe says he was just following orders: he recieved a protocol and followed it. He is therefore excused from independent thought I guess, according to him.  The fact that the Adjudicating Body never received Jason Hunter’s pre-hearing objections and motions that were previously filed with the Clerk.  When Mr. Hunter took notice of this deviation by the City Clerks Office, he personally gave him copies at the first hearing.  Just this process described didn’t appear to provoke any questioning by Mr. Coe.
2) As described in Hunter’s complaint, the City Clerk, contrary to what was agreed to in the first hearing, supplied the Adjudicating Body with the city’s version of the evidence requested by the Adjudicating Body, not what was actually submitted by him!  Hunter was supposed to supply this information and did prior to 2nd hearing to the Clerk.  Scott-Coe then quashed all Hunter’s attempts to introduce this evidence at the 2nd hearing.
3) At the end of the Hunter hearing, Scott-Coe mentioned in front of several witnesses, that he met with City Attorney Gregory Priamos prior to the hearing!  Keith Nelson, former deputy City Attorney Raychele Sterling and Hunter all heard him mention Priamos’ name.  What motive does Nelson have to lie?  Regardless, all these communications should’ve been made public, or at the very least shared with the other Adjudicating Body members, prior to the hearing.
4) Perhaps the most damning thing revealed in Coe’s letter (email above): What is the Mayor doing coordinating the adjudicating body’s activities after-the-fact?  It seems from the Kane letter, Bailey was involved in: a) The decision to not rescheduled the appeal (thus ensuring Councilman Davis could not be present for deliberations) despite Hunter’s request to do so, b) The decision to separate the Adjudicating Body’s presentation from Hunter’s appeal (totally inappropriate), and c) The fact that this proposed meeting with the Adjudicating Body never took place, and hence the presentation to Council never took place.
5) Lastly, you gotta love the irony that Coe would be involved in a decision whereby he questions the training qualifications of the Human Resource Board in conducting quasi-judicial hearings, but Coe doesn’t admit he had no training to do exactly the same….despite the fact that the City Attorney’s office offers this precise training to commissions as the CPRC (Community Police Review Commission).
 
Again, the City of Riverside, at taxpayer expense, hired the impeccable, local favorite attorney, Doug Smith to represent Justin Scott-Coe.  Again at Friday’s 23rd, 2014 hearing, stated that Hunters willingness to resolve this issue with Coe gave the impression through Hunter’s emails that the request were “threatening!”  Nice Dougy Baby!  When Smith attempted to bad mouth Keith J. Nelson, PhD at the hearing, he interrupted and stated to Smith, “don’t put words in my mouth.”  Again a list of inaccuracies continue by this outside legal taxpayer hired gun.  In a letter, Nelson actually called Smith a “liar” in how he explained, or should I say, didn’t explain to Council, that the Code of Ethics and Complaint process was flawed.  As with former City Attorney Greg Priamos, furnishing “bad” legal advice, we ask the same question with Attorney Doug Smith!  He is just milking the taxpayers again for the benefit of City Hierarchy?  As with most law firms hired by the City of Riverside, the biggest, BB&K, have questionable and nefarious ethical track records.
 
Did the City of Riverside violate the Brown Act by not posting the hearing on the City’s within a 72 hours?  According to Jason Hunter they did according to the following email, not once but possibly twicel..
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TINA ENGLISH REVISITED: IS SHE QUALIFIED FOR THE JOB OF DEPUTY PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR/ENGINEER?
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According to the City of Riverside’s description of the requirement for this position, did she skew the system?  How did this happen?  Through the grapevine one qualified engineer is leaving the City of Riverside as a result of this.  Tina English has be purported to be the “god daughter” of Former Riverside City Manager Brad Hudson, who inadvertently skipped town when he was asked if he was having an affair with..
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 Assistant City Manager Belinda Graham.
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The following is quite remarkable..
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So is the City of Riverside in violation of the “Nepotism” clause of the City Charter by hiring family members as Tina English?  A position we believe is only held with a “Dance Degree?”  She started with the position of Assistant Development Director for Redevelopment under Hudson, then became a engineering genius when she moved on over to Public Works.
 
The requirements for this position are as follows:
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2. Must Supervise, coordinate , the surveying, mapping, plan check, contract, administration, construction inspection, and industrial waste inspection activities.
3. Make complex engineering calculations and to prepare engineering plans and specifications.
4. In terms of Education, must have the equivalency of Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Civil Engineering.
5. In terms of the Experience Level:  A range of seven to ten years of progressively responsible supervisory and administrative public works engineering experience.
6. The necessary special requirement was the possession of a Certificate as a Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California.
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Of course, we find Tom Boyd’s..but Tina English..she doesn’t have a Certificate as a Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California.  Unfortunately this is the problem, we have unqualified people placed in the positions of which should be qualified.  Don’t you as tax payers think that there is something wrong?   If so, you should display your dissent?  Isn’t time that you begin to listen to those that the city has labeled as haters?
 
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 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 THE ACLU.  RATED ONE TWO ONE STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVLY EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE (WE BELIEVE THIS WILL END SOON, SINCE THE FOCUS IS NOW ON THE IMPROPRIETIES OF MR. “Z”, WE TRIED TO TELL YOU, BUT NOBODY LISTENED), AND DON’T FORGET WE ARE PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST… A STRATEGIC LEGAL MANEUVER THAT CAN BE DONE ONLY IN RIVERSIDE WITHOUT A CONTRACT, 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 SPELL CHECKERS!  WE JUST CAN’T SPELL!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT BY CONTACTING US AT:   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

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RIVERSIDE’S OWN THREE STOOGES: SHEMP BAILEY, LARRY BARBER AND THE INCOMPARABLE AND GOD LIKE (ACCORDING TO RPOA PRESIDENT BRIAN SMITH) MOE DIAZ!  ANOTHER EPISODE OF MALICE IN THE PALACE AT CITY HALL?

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THE JULY 22, 2014 COUNCILMAN MIKE SOUBIROUS HEARING INVESTIGATING CHARTER VIOLATIONS AND A HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT BY CITY MANAGER SCOTT BARBER AND CHIEF OF POLICE SERGIO DIAZ RESORTING TO PREFIDIOUS THIRD PARTY INFORMATION. (CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW ON YOUTUBE).  ALSO NONE OF THE INTERVIEWEES WERE SWORN OATH.  SECONDLY, GUMPORT MASTAN FAILED TO UPHOLD SOUBIROUS “DUE PROCESS” BY OUR US CONSTITUTION’S FOURTEENTH AMENDMENT.  IT APPEARS THAT THIS LAW FIRM ATTEMPTED TO “WING” IT.

WE SAW THE RUSH TO JUDGEMENT BY THE THREE…THE THREE STOOGES IN THE COUNCILMAN MIKE SOUBIROUS INVESTIGATIONAL DEBACLE, BUT WHAT ABOUT COUNCILMAN PAUL DAVIS?  WAS THERE A PROBLEM REGARDING THE PAUL DAVIS INVESTIGATION?  The City of Riverside’s contract with the law firm Gumport Mastan was signed and dated a day before it should have been voted on it in closed session by council for the following day.  This opens up the question, have there been other instances of criminal activity such as this with reference to Brown Act violations.  Is this conspiratorial behavior a pattern with certain council members and staff?  Is signing a contract before council approving a contract a commong practice?  The April 14, 2014 document below displays City Manager Scott Barbers thanks to Councilmember/Mayor ProTemp Steve Adams and Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey.  I find this rather eGREGious in the fact that the very next day City Attorney Greg Priamos placed the issue to be heard on April 22, 2014 in a Closed Session conference.

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Now remember the Closed Session meeting of which the Councilman Paul Davis is to be heard is on April 22, 2014.  What happens next, is again eGREGious is that the contract with the Los Angeles Law Firm of Gumport Mastan is signed April 21, 2014, the day before the hearing!  Of course it was eGREGiously solidified by our City Attorney Greg Priamos.  Should he be disbarred?

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW FULL CONTRACT SIGNED BY COUNCILMAN & MAYOR PRO-TEMP STEVE ADAMS AGAINST COUNCILMAN PAUL DAVIS FOR THE ATTORNEY SERVICES OF GUMPORT MASTAN…THE SAME FIRM HIRED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE TO DEFEND DAVIS IN A DIFFERENT CASE!

On April 22, 2014, one of these two closed session items below were to discuss Councilman Paul Davis’s Investigation.

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We believe that this investigation was hatched, plotted and conducted totally behind closed doors.  There were “Secret Meetings” at hand.  There are generally three topics that keep public official’s discussion of any topic behind closed doors – and even those sessions are audio recorded in case of lawsuit or other court order.  They are union bargaining, discussing employee performance/adverse action such as punishment for wrong-doing and potential/pending lawsuits against the City.  That’s about it.  Conduct of elected officials IS NOT on that list.  And employees that file complaints are not on that list – only THEIR job performance, not anything or everything related to there employment such as filing against their boss or elected officials.
 
The City conducted “Secret Meetings” all at taxpayer expense to ensure that Diaz’ and Barber’s job positions were secure.  That’s the bottom line here.  Quite remarkable!  Diaz is already receiving a pension from LAPD for almost a quarter million!  The unfortunate double dipping continues with the new hiring of the Fire Chief Michael D. Moore!  Is this a continuing saga in how the unions can allow retirement pensions at an early term, then most employees, of course are not really ready to retire, so they go for another position somewhere else!  Is Double Dipping a new blood sport for public employees, because of unions?  This is another aspect of the abuse of taxpayer monies, which of course, doesn’t occur in the private sector!  I have nothing against the guy, but if you are going to retire, retire… most don’t, it only appears as another opportunity to start all over again, to take more taxpayer money.  Shame on him if this is the case.  My point is, that the retirement system is broken and open to abuse by public employees!
 
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So if acceptable to discuss and plot behind “Closed Doors,” then why was it suddenly okay to bring it before the public (The Soubirous’ “Hearing”)?  And, if it something that can be discussed in open session (which it was on July 22nd) then why was it even discussed at all behind closed doors?  Can’t have it both ways.  RPOA President, Sergeant Brian Smith says in his first Council appearance that he met with City Manager Scott Barber and Chief of Police Sergio Diaz,  and they decided to investigate.  In Barber’s memo in the Davis’ investigation, he closes with his memo to Beetle Bailey and the Mr. Liability himself, Adams – “Thank you for investigating” this.  Wow, all these were decided BEHIND CLOSED DOORS – “Secret Meetings” before it went to Council – who heard this behind closed doors  “Secret Meetings.”  Cover Up at City Hall.  Or maybe Monte “City” Hall – what’s behind Door #1?  Let’s Make A Deal Show… SICK!  Folks we have something more egregious than Bell.  Eat your heart out Cindy Roth, no more taxpayer hand outs!
 
So what we have is the Clowns on the Cowncil bought into a plan that was hatched behind closed doors.  Scott, Sergio, Steve and Rusty all collaborated in Illegal Secret Meetings to craft, orchestrate and design how they would each file – they went to their respective (disrespective) offices and crafted “complaint” memos, after knowing what each other had just discussed – Holy Conspiracy Batman!
 
THE DOUBLE HIGH BALL AT MARIO’S PLACE, DID IT CURE THE RESIDENTS PAIN OF THEIR EXCESSIVE TAXES AND FAUX DROUGHT RESTRICTIONS?  NO, NO, NO CHIEF DIAZ! WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT MENS BALLS…IT’S “HIGH BALL”, IT’S A DRINK..
 
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Councilman Mike Gardner came into a high-falutin bar known as Mario’s Place Restaurant on University Avenue, with what was reported as an “angry” or “agitated” demeanor and ordered up a “High Ball.”   He sucked it down in a one gulp, placed his glass firmly on the bar, and quickly and asked the bartender to get him another…  He drank that one down in a quick gulp sitting again, paid his bill and left….  With two high balls under the Councilman’s belt, did he leave to do the work of the people driving off into the sunset DUI’ing on his Segway?
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By the way, this is what we call hearsay, TMC received this by first party information, but sometimes the city would like to deal with third party information, as in the Soubirous investigation, as if it was first party information.  Was he sober on this train?  Council member’s, be very careful of about what bar you’re patronizing and who is sitting next to you, it could be a good friend of Vivian’s.
 

COUNCILMAN MIKE GARDNER’S DRINK RECIPE FOR A “HIGH BALL” IS AS FOLLOWS:

Instructions

Simple as the highball may be, it’s not without principles:

Use a tall — at least 12 ounces — narrow-mouthed glass (which preserves the bubbles). Put in the ice — 2 or 3 cubes are plenty. Some Brits prefer theirs without ice. Let ‘em go it on their own hook.

Next, pour your chosen liquor — the highball began as a whiskey drink, but soon became less exclusive — over the ice. Don’t slug it: it’s better to have two pleasant belts than one knuckle-duster (although if the drink’s potency is the result of a bartender’s kindness, it would of course be churlish to kick about it). For normal use, 2 or 3 ounces should do nicely.

Finally, pour in the sparkling water (club soda or seltzer). If at all possible, this should be refrigerated in order to keep the ice from melting prematurely and drowning the bubbles. How much fizz? Less than twice the amount of hooch is too strong, more than three times too weak.

No need to stir — if the water’s got any life left in it, the bubbles will take care of that. In any case, avoid stirring with metal, which is supposed to “squelch” the bubbles. “If one of your guests is stir-crazy,” our 1949 Handbook for Hosts advises, “give him a plastic or glass swizzle stick.” In any case, serve it up immediately.

A TRIBUTE TO RIVERSIDE’S OWN WRITER FOR THE PRESS ENTERPRISE…DAN BERSTEIN.  SOMEONE WHO COULD TAKE THE CITY’S SPIN ON PERCEPTION AND GIVE RIVERSIDE RESIDENTS PERSPECTIVE!
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WHAT WOULD THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE DO IF OUR VERY OWN INCOMPARABLE CHIEF OF POLICE DIDN’T HAVE A FEMININE SIDE…
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AND OF COURSE, WE AS A COMMUNITY EMBRACE THAT…
AS A TMC REPORTER, I WOULDN’T SEE IT PASS MY DISCRETION THAT THE TWO (BARBER AND DIAZ) WERE REALLY OUT FOR THEMSELVES, AS OPPOSED TO THEIR LOYALTY TO THE TAXPAYER.
 
 
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 THE ACLU.  RATED ONE TWO ONE STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVLY EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE (WE BELIEVE THIS WILL END SOON, SINCE THE FOCUS IS NOW ON THE IMPROPRIETIES OF MR. “Z”, WE TRIED TO TELL YOU, BUT NOBODY LISTENED), AND DON’T FORGET WE ARE PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST… A STRATEGIC LEGAL MANEUVER THAT CAN BE DONE ONLY IN RIVERSIDE WITHOUT A CONTRACT, 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 SPELL CHECKERS!  WE JUST CAN’T SPELL!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT BY CONTACTING US AT:   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

RECALL

UPDATE: 08.15.2014: RECALL DOCUMENTS WILL BE REDONE ACCORDING TO PROPONENTS. 

UPDATE: The exact code of California Election Code Section 11021:

11021. A copy of the notice of intention shall be served by personal delivery, or by certified mail, on the officer sought to be recalled. Within seven days of serving the notice of intention, the original thereof shall be filed, along with an affidavit of the time and manner of service, with the elections official or, in the case of the recall of a state officer, the Secretary of State. A separate notice of intention shall be filed for each officer sought to be recalled.

The exact code of California Election Code Section 11021 states that within seven days the original along with the affidavit is to be filed with elections official.  Still states there is a seven day window.

UPDATE:  According to State law:

A copy of the notice of intention must be served by personal delivery or by certified mail on the officer sought to be recalled. In addition, the original of the notice of intention, along with an affidavit of the time and manner of service, must be filed with the Secretary of State within seven days of being served. A separate notice of intention must be filed for each officer sought to be recalled.

At City Council, Dvonne Pitruzzello first gave a packet of the original signatures without the affidavit to City Clerk Colleen Nichol.  Councilman Jim Perry was served after Council was adjourned.  Nichol states that the affidavit must be filed with her.  State law contradicts this, it states the Secretary of State.   According to Nichols letter to Council, she states that the affidavit has yet to be filed. According to the law, proponents have seven days from the date recall papers were served to file.  Because of the failure to file, Nichol states that the process is deemed deficient, but not specific.  Do we think the City is just being the City and being difficult with are request, yes..

According to the Press Enterprise:

They served Perry with a required notice after Tuesday night’s council meeting, but City Clerk Colleen Nicol said Wednesday that the recall proponents failed to file a signed affidavit from the server, along with other paperwork.

“Under the law, there’s no remedy provided to me to allow them to continue with this process,” Nicol said. “They have to start over.”

Again, do we think that the City of Riverside is playing games with the letter of the law?  Are they setting themselves up for law suit on this issue?

UPDATE: We are attempting to clarify issues with regard to the Perry Recall.  Prior to the recall, meetings were appointed with City of Riverside, City Clerk, Colleen Nichol as to the process of a recall.  Be it known, to be the first time in the history of the City of Riverside to occur.  Corroborations with the Registrar of Voters also occurred to clarify proceedings.  We will keep you posted.  The letter below is from City Clerk Colleen Nichol regarding the proponents failure to file a signed affidavit from the server and other paper work. Questions arose as proponents believe that the letter was prematurely sent to the Alicia Robinson of the Press Enterprise.  According to State Law, allows 7 days to file after serving.  On Tuesday 12, 2014 at City Council, City Clerk Colleen Nichol’s was present at the time of service of recall papers to Councilman Perry.  Nichol’s accepted the packed with no response of any inaccuracy to proponents.  We will keep you updated.

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What was told regarding recall procedures was much different that what was reported in Alicia Robinson article regarding this issue.  It appear to be slanted with reference to her article.  The question we have, is City Hall protecting Perry?  Is the PE protecting Perry?  We will keep you posted.

According to his response at City Council on August 12,2014 he feels that this “group of people.” in reality these individuals are just residents, but he states that they are attempting to, as in mafia terms, “strong arm” him…

According to constituents in Councilman Perry’s Ward 6, they were not happy with the vote to approve and increase sewer rates, and not asking the question, as others on the dais asked, “Why did this all happened?”  What happened to all the money in the Sewer fund and where did it go?  Why is the debt service increasing substantially over the last five years?  Why did he (Perry) attempt to block a request by a fellow councilman to bring in State Controller, John Chiang (who is actually a really nice guy), to come to our city?  Why block a request for the controller in his duty to find the truth of alleged misappropriation of tax payer monies?  Who would be against that?  Perry is.  He suggested to create a workshop to discuss the logistics of how this will be done.  Come on Perry…money in, money out..was it done appropriately?  The State Controller can do that.  Why is this so difficult?  Is it because of political obligations?  Which may trump constituent obligations?

At a finance committee meeting on Wednesday May 14, 2014 which included Assistant City Manager Belinda Graham, Scott Catlett, Brent Mason, Councilman Jim Perry; Councilman Paul Davis asked the question as to why the staff seems to always go nuts every time we (council) ask a question?  This is probably very telling.  Staff is not use to being ask relevant questions in TMC’s eyes and may construe this as interfering with staff work or creating a fabrication of a hostile work environment..  Thus, we now see two councilman who asked the tough questions, and are now being investigated.  Who are the suspects at the crux of this investigation?  Councilman Perry asked at this meeting that a Workshop Committee be formed, for the record, to look into a forensic audit by the State Controllers office.  With this in mind, two councilman, Davis and Soubirous, asked the question of why this all happened, regarding the issue of increase sewer rates.  Where did the initial bond money go?  Debt service, via bonds was only $817,000.00 in 2008, but jumped to a whopping $17,472,000.00 in 2013, and will continue to increase thereafter..Why?  Is this why our sewer rates increased dramatically by council in 2014, because what they passed in increases five years ago in terms of the current rates, was enough to cover the debt service?

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Anyone would find this jump quite remarkable.  Only two councilman questioned this, doing their due diligence to defend the taxpayer.  This would appear to be quite simple, you would think..  The two councilman went forward to asked for the services of the the State Controllers Office, John Chiang.  Of course, you could only imagine, this idea made everyone unbearably nervous.  If everything is on the up and up, and doing the right thing, why should anyone be nervous?

Another question that arose, is the taxpayer inadvertently paying for the “Purple Pipe?”  Which former Public Utilities General Manager Dave Wright attempted to pass with a new tax..fee..etc..etc..or otherwise.  He was also one who seem to leave town in a hurry, for a job in Las Vegas.  I would imagine the moniker would be “Whatever happens in Riverside, stays in Vegas..permanently!”  Well, it didn’t happen as a result of few community “watch dogs, critics, hatters, wingnuts or gadflys”  But what we know, the City of Riverside will not take a defeat laying down.  Did they just include it in the Sewer Master Plan?  Again, if it was, this can be construed as another project that does not benefit the constituents directly, as it should, but the constituent will have to pay for it, for whoever it benefits.  If in fact this is true, we may have a subsequent violation of  Proposition 218, and will this set the City of Riverside, again, for another ‘law suit?”

The firing of the accounting firm of Moss Adams mid contract raised questions as to why?  Per public request act, we asked for the emails of all correspondence between Moss Adams and Chief Financial Officer Brent Mason.  The first, shows what appears to be a rather annoyed Brent Mason, when responding to Moss Adams billed amount of $41.250 to the City of Riverside.  Mason responds by questioning the $41,250.00, and states his current records shows the City to owe $1.80.  Mason ask if Moss Adams would like the $1.80 paid immediately?  Did Moss Adams offend Mr. Mason?

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In one instance Moss Adams states that didn’t receive all material new agreements or new contracts as requested.  Moss Adams actually states that they “stumbled upon them,” as a result, this required significant follow up in order to effectively synthesize a determination.

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There were new changes in the Teeter plan (California Revenue and Taxation Code Section 4701-4717) permits counties to pay property tax revenues to local agencies based on assessments amounts.  Standard accepted literature suggests that property tax revenue should only be accrued within 60 days of years end.  Instead, questions were raised when the City added a another 30 days, which included the month of October.  Reason being according to Mason, is “it made our property tax receivable number, a more solid accrual.”  According to Mason, the “exact amount of collection was assured in October.”  Ninety days,  instead of the accepted 60 days…

So far Councilman Perry has not come out to take a stand on what we believe at TMC, is the railroading of two Councilman, Paul Davis and Mike Soubouris.  Since there is no stand, there must be acceptance of spending up to 100K of taxpayer monies to investigate issues of unknown origins, which, evidently involve City of Riverside employees.  These employees claim that two councilman interfered with their work.  Some claim they caused a hostile work environment.  Once the City of  Riverside revealed who these complainants were through the public records request act, it left us leaving us to believe there may be a political conspiratorial angle to this.  Perry, has diverted the attention of a State Forensic Audit to a workshop.  Questions arose regarding bond payments in 2008 to a Master Plan Construction.  In the interim, bond monies were diverted for other uses, other than the intended use.  Therefore, two councilman came up to the plate, requesting the State Controllers Office come in and review the City of Riverside’s books.  Then all hell broke loose.  Councilman Jim Perry suggested a workshop would be in order to define the terms of the forensic audit.  In the real world, a workshop is not necessary, the suggestion of malfeasance should be enough for one in a leadership position to call for a review of the constituents monies, which may not have been appropriately dispensed.  Only an elect can call the State Controllers office for a forensic audit.

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Proposed workshop, signed by Councilman Jim Perry.  Is this really necessary Jim?  When the City needed 100K to investigate two Councilman, no one complained about that.  When we needed money to subsidize the Fox Theater, which has always run in the red, no one complained about that.  When we spent $150K for the former City Manager Brad Hudson to investigate himself, no one complained about that!  We even used that same law firm to investigate issues of misappropriation of Police Asset Forfeiture under Chief Sergio Diaz., no one complained.  They actually, and surprisingly came to a favorable conclusion!  Who would have thought?  Maybe Chief Diaz is right!  The community should stay out of areas they know nothing about…

Regressing, the whole forensic audit came about when figures and questions asked by two councilman, Soubiroius and Davis, didn’t appear logically.  Questions, were asked as to what actually happened to all the bond monies.  Did they go to their intended purpose.  Why did some of the accounting entries and posting didn’t conform to standard accounting practices.  In an email sent by Councilman Paul Davis to CFO Brent Mason, Davis asked to verify and confirm some questions he had regarding the sewer.

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PURPOSE OF THE RECALL:  Reason being Perry failed to ask and support the question, as to why, Sewer monies were not in the coffers when needed.  Questionable accounting practices were brought to the forefront by two Council persons, whereby the call to a forensic audit was in order and would actually benefit the taxpayer.     THE INCREASE IN  SEWER RATES!  WHEREBY HE DIDN’T EVEN ASK THE QUESTION AS TO WHY THE INCREASE IS NEEDED. ONCE AGAIN THE INCREASE IS NEEDED, BUT WHAT HAPPENED IN BETWEEN THAT THE CITY ARRIVED TO THIS POSITION OF GEOMETRICALLY INCREASING DEBT SERVICE?  CITY OF RIVERSIDE CONSTITUENTS WANT TO KNOW!  A FORENSIC AUDIT WOULD SIMPLY FOLLOW HOW TAXPAYER MONIES WERE USED.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO CIRCULATE RECALL PETITION:  TO THE HONORABLE City of Riverside City Clerk:  Pursuant to Section 11020, California Elections Code, the undersigned registered qualified voters of Ward 6 of the City of Riverside, in the State of California, hereby give notice that we are the proponents of a recall petition and that we intend to seek your recall and removal from the office of Ward 6 Councilman, in the City of Riverside, California, and to demand election of a successor in that office.  The grounds for the recall are as follows:

That Councilman Perry has failed to represent the best interest of his constituents by voting to increase their sewer rates, while opposing a forensic audit by the State of California Controller’s Office to determine if rates paid in previous years have been misappropriated or misused by the City.  This despite the City of Riverside Finance Director’s representation that if the State Controller found no wrongdoing, the audit would be at “no cost” to the City.  Councilman Perry also voted to keep the red light cameras in the City of Riverside despite overwhelming opposition from his constituency and the City as a whole.  Councilman Perry’s constituency has no confidence in his ability to represent their interest.

In February 2014, a citizens group in Glendale, California filed suit against the City of Glendale for transferring funds without voter consent.  The lawsuit claims that 90 million dollars budgeted for water and electric were used for other purposes, without a vote from Glendale residents, a direct violation of the California State Constitution.  Monies were found to be used for the City’s budgetary shortfalls unbeknownst to the taxpayer, as a result of bad decision making, the City increased their water rates to the extent that they doubled within a two years period in order to compensate.  Sounds vaguely familiar?  It should folks.  It Perry truly is looking out for the best interest of his constituents, and let’s take it a step further, for the all the constituents of the City of Riverside, something his opinionated supporters didn’t get, he should definitely study and investigate the financing practices as his background with the Sheriff’s department indicate.

On June 22, 2014 at the Mike Soubirous Hearing, the council voted at the end of the hearing “to vote, not to vote.”  Perry was the lone wolf who voted “Nay.”  We asked why?  The obvious answer is that he voted to willingly break the “Brown Act” for the second time!  Again, Why?

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The fact that he voted in favor of the hearing initially in closed sessions violated the Brown Act as admitted by Councilman Paul Davis.  By his lone vote he told the community he was in support of the Mike Soubirous hearing regardless of knowing that he would violate the Brown Act again.  Again folks, a second time!  Did he (Perry) really understand the motion?  We think not.  A Brown act violation is a misdemeanor and could get you a $1000 fine or six (6) months in jail, and if you wish to add up the counts, that’s another story.  Earlier that evening Perry brought RPOA President Brian Smith back up to the podium to give his rendition of Perry Mason, but he was just Councilman Jim Perry.

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It couldn’t be more obvious to the audience that he, Perry, was just pandering in support of RPOA’s President Brian Smith. Was Perry attempting to support and defend Smith’s line of allegations to help him make his case?  Was Perry doing this in order to show his loyalty and public support of RPOA in order to receive financial support from RPOA for his recall campaign and become RPOA’s guy?  Was this all orchestrated and designed between Perry and Smith?

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Perry asked Smith, “If you were asked for your phone records would you have provided them?” Smith stated “it depended on what they wanted?”  Again leaving the question of accountability and transparency by RPOA President Brian Smith.  You can’t have it both ways!  Then he brings in Press Enterprise’s reporter Alicia Robinson into the picture.  If I were Alicia, I’d be pissed, and a little beyond that..

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Perry also asked the question of what Smith meant by “Big League” him.  Smith stated that “he was letting me know his position vs. my position, and that was how I felt.”  Okay Smith, so what!  These appears to mean nothing.  Then Smith mentions “Spirited Conversation.” again so what?
In the recent past, Perry attempts to diffuse any effort to call upon the State Controller to audit, forensically, the sewer funds. While other council our giving their reasoning for this, especially in the financial journals, and finding contradiction in the CFO Brent Mason’s statements, why would he venture (Perry) not to investigate? If there was misappropriations of the taxpayers sewer funds why would he not be in support of this? Is he, Perry, answering to a higher source?  Or has now become part of the “get along group?”   The support of a forensic audit of the sewer funds would only be in the best interest of the taxpayer!   After all, what hasn’t been expressed is that the residents are responsible for approximately $4 billion in unfinanced debt, serious enough to bankrupt the City of Riverside.  Why wouldn’t Perry be concerned?  It doesn’t stop there, Councilman Perry supported the red light cameras, while the majority gave supporting evidence it was really a scam on the resident of  Riverside, and it was nothing more than another ploy or attempt to extort more revenue from the residents.

SHOULD WE AS A COMMUNITY BE CAREFUL THE NEXT TIME WE CHOOSE  AND VOTE ANOTHER COUNCILPERSON TO OFFICE?

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 WHAT WAS MORE REVEALING WAS THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S DEBT SERVICE OVER THE NEXT 30 YEARS.. TO THE TUNE OF $2,063,073,983.00 WHICH IN LAYMAN’S TERMS IS $2 BILLION! What was also stated by Councilman Mike Gardner, is that we, the City of Riverside, has a “baloon” payment due in 2014!  What does this mean?  It means that we have to come up with with close to a $100 million, which according to Gardner, will have to be refinanced.  With are downgrade in sewer bonds from a AAA rating to a A rating, this will definitely effect are ability as a city to refinance anything!

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW FULL EMAIL OF COUNCILMAN MIKE GARDNER’S EMAIL TO THE MORENO’S IN 2011 REGARDING DEBT SERVICE

But as John Candy states its all about people!  You need a college education to understand the numbers..  As in our case we spent five years to be educated by an Orange County CFO regarding municipal financing.

THE JULY 22, 2014 COUNCILMAN MIKE SOUBIROUS HEARING INVESTIGATING CHARTER VIOLATIONS AND A HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT BY CITY MANAGER SCOTT BARBER AND CHIEF OF POLICE SERGIO DIAZ. (CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW ON YOUTUBE).

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 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 THE ACLU.  RATED ONE TWO ONE STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVLY EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE (WE BELIEVE THIS WILL END SOON, SINCE THE FOCUS IS NOW ON THE IMPROPRIETIES OF MR. “Z”, WE TRIED TO TELL YOU, BUT NOBODY LISTENED), AND DON’T FORGET WE ARE PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST… A STRATEGIC LEGAL MANEUVER THAT CAN BE DONE ONLY IN RIVERSIDE WITHOUT A CONTRACT, 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 SPELL CHECKERS!  WE JUST CAN’T SPELL!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT BY CONTACTING US AT:   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM


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