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We’re not sure who was first? Ed or TMC…But TMC would also like to place it’s entry in asking for an apology from Councilman and Mayoral Candidate William “Rusty” Bailey for approving a campaign mailer that went out last weekend which contained photographs taken by TMC’s crack photographer without permission.  Now above, TMC’s crack senior minimum wage photoshop designer created a comparison photo montage of Bailey’s mailer and TMC’s….absolutely uncanny, the photo that is.  The question is, what was Bailey’s intentions in inadvertently using TMC’s photo’s to begin with?  Was TMC’s photographs just exceptional?  Should TMC recieve a “royalty” for this display of “stolen” property?  Or are we to accept, as it is in Riverside, this is business as usual.  Of course, “business as usual,” usually means the taxpayer is usually being taken..  That may be because no community members care.  The taxpayer, needs to rise from their knees and let their representatives know that this is unacceptable.

                   

ORIGINAL TMC PHOTOGRAPHS USED BY BAILEY CAMPAIGN, CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE..

THE BACK SIDE OF BAILEY’S CAMPAIGN MAILER, CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE

Well you received our attention, you should know by now we love numbers, so we did our own investagation, guess what?  The numbers don’t match up.  According to city records Adkan Engineering did receive $585,285.28 during the years between 2008-20012, and we have the city records to prove it, and not the $3.84 million the Bailey campaign stated he actually recieved.  Bailey was given an opportunity to retract his statement, but currently continues to maintain it’s legitimacy, regardless of public records which reference otherwise.

The mailer is misleading, it states that Adkison received $3.84 million in city funds, the actual dollar amount is $3,845,412.45.  TMC wanted to see those payouts that Bailey stated matched up to $3.84 million, well according to our public records, not even close.  Former Councilman Ed Adkison was correct, Councilman William “Rusty” Bailey was wrong.  According to the City of Riverside Vendor Payout list Adkan Engineering received a total $585,285.28 during 2008-20012.  Now, even though Bailey was given an opportunity to revise his assessment of that mailer, according to his campaign site, “Bailey Stands By Discussion of Adkison Record of Dealings with the City.”

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The following our contract job which need City Council approval in order to proceed, that Bailey failed to mention that he voted on, or did he actually understand at all what he was voting on?  Feb. 17, 2009: Council approves professional services agreement with Adkan for $202,602. Bailey votes yes.   April 5, 2011: Council approves an additional $164,341.60. Bailey votes yes. 
Jan. 10, 2012: Council approves an additional $178,477.55. Bailey votes yes.     Total: $545,421.15

“The fact is Riverside just can’t afford Rusty Bailey. Unemployment has tripled since Rusty was elected. Furthermore, Rusty complains about Ed giving the council a 60% pay increase, yet he still continues to accept his Council salary and has not asked for his pay to be reduced.  In addition, Rusty fails to mention Ed did not take a salary or benefits the last 18 months he was in office when the economy crashed,” said spokesman Jeff Corless.  “Rusty should act like a true public servant and follow Ed’s lead by making that same fiscally responsible decision.  Of course, you’d think he’d follow Ed’s lead on this matter since all he does is steal Ed’s ideas like taking credit for the Riverside Renaissance led by Adkison,” continued Corless.

Adkan Engineering is on an approved City list of firms elgible to enter into contracts for a specified amount.  Now getting a contract ofNow entering into a contract for an agreed maximum amount is one thing, how much you were actually paid is another.  For example, you can enter into a contract for $600,000.00 to perform certain duties for the City.  The $600,000 is the maximum amount that the City will pay out.  There may be 10 jobs at a cost of $10,000 over the course of the contract equaling $100,000, with a remaining $500,000 left on the contract.  If the contract expires the contract will have to be renegotiated.  So therefore, these particular contracts say Adkan Engineering could make up to $600,000.00, if selected for various Public Works Projects, but it is not guaranteed.  In addition there is a Conflict of Interest clause in the contracts.  Now, there are specific contracts with Adkan Engineering for specific jobs.

According to Bailey’s web site, it appears he is changing his tune when he states, “Whatever the amount, 3.8 million dollars or 380 dollars, taxpayers have a right to know where there money may be spent…and particularly if some or all of that money is going to a candidate’s business.”  Well alrighty now, I believe we do get the point.

In another campaign mailer sent to voters homes, Mayor Ron Loveridge stated of Bailey, “Rusty Bailey has the highest possible commitment to public service, reinforced by his years at West Point.  Values are important in being Mayor.  He is not wedded to any special interest.”  “Now lets talk reality.  According to the California 460 form Webb engineering  has contributed to the Bailey campaign.

Further, according to a Press Enterprise article regarding favoritism  Matthew Webb, stated that he is a Riverside native with ties to local officials. He has known council members William “Rusty” Bailey and Chris Mac Arthur for decades and is friends with Hudson.  Webb Engineering has also contributed to the Bailey campaign.

Albert Webb Engineering from January 2011 to December 2011 received totals of $1,042,080.42

               

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But to be fair, let’s do a breakdown of what other Engineering companies received from January 2011 to December 2011, and see how they pan out against Adkan Engineering, who is not the only engineering company on record with the City of Riveride Riverside.  There are many more engineering companies who have escalated beyond the $200K mark for 2011.  So what could possibly be Bailey’s analytical assessment of these accounting numbers?

ADKAN ENGINEERING            $192,755.10

ADECCO ENGINEERING          $804,520.57

AEI-CASC ENGINEERING             $600.00

AM ORTEGA GEN ENG             $15,363.00

EBS GEN ENGINEERING      $3,381,449.18

FALCON ENGINEERING       $1,375,313.81

POWER ENGINEERS           $3,749,143.18

WEBB ENGINEERS              $1,042,080.42

We kind of find it complimentary, but using our photos of Ed without permission…wouldn’t you say this is taking this just a bit to far Mr. Bailey?  What are most people thinking of this so far?

UPDATE: ACCORDING TO A NEW PE ARTICLE BY ALICIA ROBINSON, IN ORDER TO BE COINED THE ‘MOST INTELLIGENT COMMUNITY”, MOST OF THE $27,181.27 SPENT ON THE APPLICATION PROCESS WAS TAXPAYER PAID, THEREFORE, NOT A TRUE HONOR, BUT AN HONOR THAT WAS BOUGHT AND PAID FOR.

JUST FOR LAUGHS…..

Tough Campaigns, Pearce vs. Taylor

RIVERSIDE FORGOTTEN…

The Mission Service Station, 1918-1929, occupied the site of the Fox Theatre, Riverside

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!  TEMPORARILY BLOCKED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE AT PUBLIC ACCESS SITES WITHIN THE CITY, THEN UNBLOCKED.  I GUESS YOU CANNOT DO THAT ACCORDING TO ACLU.  RATED ONE TWO ONE STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, AND PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST… 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!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT OR FOR CONTACT!   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

It never ends, Sewer Bid Contracts again in the News, is City Hall in turmoil once again at the wheel of damage control working feverishly to sort a believable story for the public?  Do we now hire our trump card Best, Best & Krieger for Public Relations, or are we just a bit beyond that?  With City Councilman Paul Davis up for Mayor Pro Temp coming this week and City Attorney Greg Priamos hiding behind the comforting doors of his office, is City Manager Brad Hudson conveniently leaving the scene of the crime just in time?  Is his remaining posse working hard to answer all the abounding questions that remain?  And are City Hall employees celebrating Brad Hudson leaving, as they did when Assistant City Manager Tom DeSantis left?

Well, the spotlight is now on Riverside Public Works, that would be Tom Boyd’s department.  Did his department preferentially award a contract to Camp, Dresser & McKee?  A contract according to the standard scoring process should have went to Hill, known as CH2M Hill,  of who scored higher.  Incidently, CH2M Hill for the third year has been rated Worlds Most Ethical Companies, I understand ethics just doesn’t sit well in Riverside.  Regardless, there are two employees at the forefront of the allegations, City Engineer Warren Huang and Sewer Treatment Plant Manager Craig Justice, who stated to Deputy City Attorney Raychele Sterling that they were called into Public Works Director Siobhan Foster’s office, where “they were told that ‘she did not like the results of the scoring,’ and that the scoring needed to be ‘fixed’ so that CDM was selected” because Albert A. Webb Associates was to be a subcontractor on the job, according to the email.  Was there creative math occurring in this bid process?   Now we have the subcontractor Albert A. Webb and Associates at the forefront of the questionable bid process.   Matthew A. Webb, president of Albert A. Webb Associates, has acknowledged a friendship with Hudson, but has said the firm gained work based on merit and that jobs for the city are only a small portion of its business, but twelve payouts on a single day?  There lies the questionable appearance of bid splitting, and no one at City Hall has been able to explain it.  The following is City Memorandum from last month by Webb requesting a change order for an additional appropiation of $308,495.00.  Now the question, what is the purpose of the scoring process when no one follows the rules?  Does it then become just a city formality?   TMC has asked for a an independent forensic audit, who will answer to a community finance commitee.  Or a request by the City Council for State Controller John Chiang, would also be in order.

What does Chief Financial Officer, Paul Sundeen say about this.   According to Mary Shelton, who writes the River City Cop Watch Blog, Sundeen believes an independent audit is too expensive and wouldn’t be necessary in his opinion. He claims no bid splitting has ever taken place ever but if it happens, he should be notified to investigate it.  We have this bit of info for Paul to investigate thirteen payments in one day. Bid splitting or coincidence? as coincidental as our emails being blocked Paul’s office.

Cihigoyenetche, Grossberg & Clouse, Rancho Cucamonga based law firm Hudson requested to investigate allegations of favoritism of himself to the tune of $100,000.00, presented their findings.  According to Cihigoyenetche’s report, the employees Sterling says told her of favoritism denied making those comments when questioned by an investigator and they did not find that Hudson’s friendships influenced who got  contracts or that Hudson pressured anyone to award contracts to someone specific.  Good work Cihigoyenetche, Grossberg & Clouse!  I’m sure there was also no conflict of interest between the firm and Hudson…..and by the way, did the taxpayer pay your bill alright?  Did anybody know that Scott Grossberg performed magic! …and wrote books such as  “The Vitruvian Square: A Handbook of  Divination Discoveries,” “The Masks of Tarot,” and “Bauta: Betraying  the Face of Illusion,” in addition to his  oracle/divination cards, “The Deck of Shadows.”     But in all fairness, in report notes of the hired law firm requested by the Press Enterprise via the public records request act,  Cihigoyenetche’s reports, “To the extent that any public works managers pressured staff to award the contract to the firm with (Hudson’s) alleged friend as a subcontractor, such pressure emanated from a pervasive desire within the city to award contracts to capable local business to stimulate the local economy,” rather than to reward Hudson’s friends.  Ahhh, thats it!…it was all about “stimulating the local economy”, that was worth a $100,000.00 of taxpayer money to find out, wouldn’t you say?  Or a bit of magic sleight of hand with taxpayer money, now you see it, now you don’t!  Further, Deputy City Attorney Raychele Sterling, who was fired last month in May, stated that the employees were badgered and berated with threats of losing their job.  In a March 23 email to the City Council, Sterling wrote that public works employees told her they were directed by their superiors to assign projects to a particular firm because its head “is a personal friend of the city manager, and the city manager wants him to receive as many projects as possible.” This at around the same time fired employee Sean Gill, Construction Contracts Administrator for the City, claimed that city officials gave millions in contracts without the contracts going out to bid. The lawsuit also alleges Gill was ordered by Deputy Public Works Director Tom Boyd to sign off on projects that didn’t meet handicap-accessible standards or city requirements, and that Boyd “even instructed Gill not to inspect the work.”  The suit claims city officials — with the knowledge of council members — awarded contracts “in an effort to increase their political allies” and ordered work without public bidding, which cost the city more money than necessary.  There you go Mr. Sundeen, sounds like something to investigate, also sounds as both Raychele and Sean fall into the whistleblower category.

Last year, June 2010 at City Council, that Dvonne Pitruzello, City Council Candidate Ward 1, requested to see documents in regards to City Manager Brad Hudson’s discretionary fund spending.  Since then, numerous questions of indiscretions came to the forefront at City Council Meetings, such as the Connie Leach Contracts and questions of favoritism in contracts awarded to Albert Webb and Assoiciates.  Will the City of Riverside experience another mass exodus due to the next erruption of the Toba Caldera?  Keep connected with TMC…

UPDATE: 06/29/2011: HUDSON’S RESPONSE TO FORMER DEPUTY CITY ATTORNEY RAYCHELE STERLING, “ABSOLUTELY SILLY.”   HE MAY BE SAYING THAT BECAUSE HE’S LEAVING, BUT RAYCHELE HAS ONE HELL OF A LAW SUIT AGAINST THE CITY (TAXPAYER) WHICH WILL DEVULGE A BOMBSHELL OF IMPROPRIETIES.

On the City Council Agenda for Tuesday May 09, 2011, it appears we have another request by Albert Webb and Associates requesting an increase in funding via the infamous “change order”.   This is in lieu of multiple allegations by city employees in a PE article two weeks ago involving favoritism by City Manager, Bradley J. Hudson.  What stood out, was that Chief Financial Officer, Paul Sundeen stated that Webb was only selected for 2 projects out of 22 over a 2 year period.  Yes there are a lot of two’s, but when you multiply them geometrically they become this.  I don’t know if it’s my visual impairment or just a little bit of “fuzzy math”, but you will find more than 2 projects over a 2 year period.  We took years 2008-2009, WEBB20082009    To be fair, take for instance 2008 and look 06/02/2008.  There are 12 payouts on the same day; why couldn’t the city just make one check, well we aren’t quite sure.  I understand they could be all be from twelve new individual projects which makes accounting sense, or one past project with twelve change orders (when vendors ask for more money), or several projects with change orders.

The recommended total budget according to this City Memorandum is as follows:

$352,000.00        Webb environmental consulting services

35,210.00        10% Consultant Contingency

24,750.00        Legal Fees

31,435.00        Planning, Fish and Game Fees

15,000.00        Misc. Postage, advertising, printing and mailing

    50,000.00        Staff administration to support the environmental review

$508,495.00        Project Budget Cost

($200,000.00)       Less additional amount approved by Council August 11, 2009

$308,495.00       Additional appropriation required

The key, is that they are claiming no fiscal impact to the General Fund.  Though they would like to finance this cost through funds available in the 2011 Unprogrammed Taxable Bond Account No. 9854800-440446.  This would be like using a credit card to fund the needed requested amounts.  Simply, the taxpayer would have to pay for this in higher property taxes at a later time, not to mention the additional interest.

This has also been brought to you by the usual suspects who are working hard to protect and serve the community at large:

Submitted by: newly christened Tina English, Interim Development Director

Certified to as the availability of funds: Paul C. Sundeen, Assistant City Manager/CFO/ Treasurer

Approved by:  newly christened Deanna Lorson, Assistant City Manager for  Bradley J. Hudson, City  Manager, because the assistant usually takes the fall in case something goes wrong.

..and of course the whole thing seems up to par with the City Attorney, Greg P. Priamos, otherwise we’ll just call Best, Best & Krieger for a consult.

It appears they already received 200K back in August of 2009, what did we get for this?  I hope it was at least a couple of signature pens and a notebook, but I digress.  But I don’t know that as of yet, but I do know they will be at City Council  requesting an additional $308,495.00 to help them do what they know best, continuing to figure what’s best for the Riverside Library with the additional of cost for legal fees, postage, printing, and of course we have to throw in fish and game fees.  What, you didn’t know about the deer hunting and trout fishing within the library.  Planning what you are going to hunt or fish for is one thing, but how much are Fish and Game Fees anyway?,  I can tell you they are not, anywhere near that amount.     Well the jokes on you as well as myself, the taxpayer if this passes, to the extent of $31,435.00 for planning and fish and game fees.   Hopefully will get a few more pens and a couple more cool notebooks this time.

UPDATE: May 10, 2011:  Without community imput, City Council unanimously passed Albert Webbs and Associates request for additional appropriations of $308,495.00  Matt Webb, president of the engineering firm denies charges brought about by Deputy Attorney, Raychele Sterling.  But it appears that sometimes doing the right thing can be the wrong thing, which appears to be the undefinable position the City of Riverside is taking.   Now Raychele Sterling remains on administrative leave.  But many our a little closer in blood lines than we think in River City.  It appears that Councilman Chris MacArthur and Matt Webb are distant cousins!  OK, it’s a stretch, they are not technically, but it’s been cleared by City Attorney Greg Priamos, all by himself and without a BB & K consult,  that there is no conflict of interest.  It further appears that Chris MacArthur’s aunt was adopted by Matt Webb’s grandparents when she was five.  But still no conflict.  Matt Webb acknowledges that he has known Chris for decades. I don’t doubt it considering the close family relationship.  But according to a Press Enterprise article regarding favoritism Matthew Webb, stated that he is a Riverside native with ties to local officials.  He has known council members William “Rusty” Bailey and Chris Mac Arthur for decades and is friends with Hudson.  In my opinion good ol’ boys and cronyism begans with close family ties, and I don’t mean by blood lines.  But what is important, we haven’t heard from City Council why the additional appropriation was awarded and needed by Albert Webb and Associates, and without the scrutiny the council ususally imposes on others requesting the same.