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Riverside Residents demand pay back!  Don’t let the door kick you on the way out, Scott!

FORMER PUBLIC UTILITIES MANAGER, DAVE WRIGHT’S LETTER OCTOBER 17, 2014 LETTER REVISITED, ADDRESSING THE WATER CONSERVATION ISSUE:
The question remains that he left the City of Riverside as a tornado.  Did he see the writing on the wall?  But he came back from his plush job with the Southern Nevada Water Authority, to bring his opinion regarding City of Riverside water issues!  Residents are asking why? Is the City of Riverside not telling us the whole story of the residents rights to water?  Does David Wright have a conscious?  Is it disturbing him?

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Well his letter regarding the City of Riverside water was printed in the Press Enterprise. What! He is now considered a contributing writer to the Riverside Press Enterprise though he retired from the City of Riverside to take a new double dipping job in the vicinity of Las Vegas as Chief Financial Officer?

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DAVID H. WRIGHT: “RIVERSIDE WATER FOR RESPONSIBLE DEVELOPMENT”:
By DAVID H. WRIGHT / Contributing Writer
Published: Oct. 17, 2014 Updated: 4:44 p.m.
Over a century ago, Riverside’s founders obtained local water resources to provide for their agricultural needs. Water utilization has changed over the last hundred years as Riverside has become more suburban.
However, those water rights and resources continue to provide Riverside with enough water to meet the needs of all water customers of Riverside Public Utilities, plus an additional water supply available for planned growth and economic development. (Water that serves the Orangecrest and Mission Grove areas comes from Western Municipal Water District and those customers cannot be served by Riverside Public Utilities.)
Riverside’s water resources are all from local supplies, so droughts that affect imported water from Northern California or the Colorado River often do not affect Riverside.
Decades of snowfall on local mountains are the major driver for Riverside’s water resources, and Riverside continuously and successfully monitors and defends those water rights. Wells are pulling from depths lower than average right now, but local snowpack melts annually into these significant groundwater basins each year.
Over the last several decades, Riverside has also obtained the rights to treated, or recycled, water that is released in the Santa Ana River.
Riverside does not have the current customer demand to require the use of this water.
However, Riverside is looking at the eventual utilization of this recycled water as customer demand grows.
Recycled water comes primarily from water used inside the home so even reduced landscaping water use due to a local drought does not have a measurable impact on this recycled water supply.
Riverside has the opportunity to utilize this recycled water and RPU is developing specific plans for a system to distribute this water where it can be most economically and effectively used. Utilizing groundwater and recycled water supplies, Riverside has adequate water to meet the needs of planned customer growth.
Community growth and economic development have and always will be issues that require a significant amount of public discussion to arrive at appropriate decisions. The compromise that develops is usually the best for everyone in the community, not just those involved in the targeted development.
Significant planning and community impacts are studied, as they should be, to ensure that all aspects are considered.
Water use should be one of those issues, and it is already included when reviewing the impact of any new development. Adequate water supplies exist for anticipated economic development in Riverside.
So comments stating there is not enough water for future growth are an emotional, not rational, response.
Conservation and efficient water use are still very important for Riverside and all water users.
Conservation must include efforts that reduce wasteful water use and utilize more appropriate landscape plantings, regardless of future growth.
Periodic droughts have occurred over the past centuries and will continue in the future.
Luckily, Riverside is able to rely on massive underground water basins to carry the city through dry years. Water is a precious resource that should not be wasted but used to sustain life and provide for a vibrant community.
With responsible water use, Riverside has adequate water supplies to meet increased customer demand for decades to come.
David H. Wright is the former general manager of the Riverside Public Utilities.

Was this all about the Purple Pipe which didn’t benefit the taxpayer’s of the City of Riverside and was squashed!  Only to reveal it’s ugly head in our Sewer Bill?

WHAT DID DAVE WRIGHT NOT SAY IN HIS ARTICLE, “RIVERSIDE WATER FOR RESPONSIBLE DEVELOPMENT” (OCTOBER 17, 2014)?

Scott Simpson was the former Chief of Enforcement for the California EPA Department of Toxic Substances Control, and also worked for the Department of Food and Agriculture in their Environmental Hazards Assessment Program specializing in ground water contamination.

Mr. Wright did not tell you that the water rights that provide the City of Riverside with water (more water each year than we can use) are of a type known as “use-it or lose-it.” If you conserve water at home, don’t assume the city won’t pump its full water rights each year–for if it doesn’t, it will lose the amount that hasn’t been used. You cannot conserve at home and expect the city to bank the groundwater savings. The groundwater has to be pumped every year at the maximum volume allowed in order to have the same volume of water available to us in the future. It’s the law. So, if the city well can pump water, it will be pumped–whether you use it or not, especially during drought.
Water rights and water conservation don’t work together. Even under our current city-wide declarations of “Emergency Drought” and the Mandatory Conservation Measures, the city pumps water via its water rights in the full legal amount each year. What you conserve daily (the excess) is sold to other water districts outside the city. When you look at your water bill and see the punitive, four-tiered pricing schedule, and then look at your brown front yard and your empty pool, remember: the water you save each month will not be stored in reserve, but will be sold to the City of Colton, the Rubidoux Water District, the Jurupa Water District, City of Corona, the Temescal Water Company, Highgrove, Home Gardens and the Western Municipal Water District–and others.
Mr. Wright did not tell you that the groundwater basin to which we hold water rights contains in excess of five million acre-feet of water. He did not tell you we annually pump–for use and sale–only 84,000 acre feet of water per year. He did not tell you that annual rainfall in the mountains easily replaces ten times the groundwater we pump each year. He did not tell you that 25% of our annual water supply is sold outside the city for cash.
So why did Wright, the former General Manager of the city’s Public Utilities Department, implement punitive, four-tiered pricing for your water? Why did he tell you to conserve water? Why did you decide you had to let your lawn go brown? It’s all about the profit the city will see as you pay more for less water and the city sells your conserved water to others outside the city each day. Why should we suffer so developers can take our water?
You, as a member of the public, own the city’s water rights. The city says you own the water system, too–you’ve paid for it. Why did Dave Wright implement city water policy so as to deny you the water you need? State law says residential water use is the “highest and best beneficial use of water”; exporting our excess water is termed the “lowest beneficial use.”
The city is desperate to raise our water rates. It uses conservation and the economic theory that the higher the price, the more you will conserve! So look forward to higher water prices this year and fines for having a brown lawn in violation of city code. After all, the city needs your money.
-Scott Simpson, former Chief of Enforcement for the California EPA Department of Toxic Substances Control

AG PARK ISSUE REVISITED WITH NO RESPONSE BACK IN 2012:
We brought to the attention the issue of the AG Park spill to City Council Members, City Manager Scott Barber, Secretary to City Attorney Greg Priamos-Susan Allen, Deputy City Attorney Neil Okazaki with no response from any of them.  Even then they were aware of our concerns back in 2012, but as good stewards of the taxpayers, they did nothing.

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FORMER CITY ATTORNEY GREGORY PRIAMOS KNEW OF THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE ISSUE, AS EVERY OTHER ISSUE THAT CONCERNS THE TAXPAYERS.

JONATHAN GENTRY, MINISTER,  EXPRESSES HIS OPINION ON THE FERGUSON ISSUE:

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I been thinking about this investigation quite a bit, and continue with the thought of just what were they thinking?  Was this a conspired smear campaign, a power play to remove a colleague who may have become a political advisery?  Their plan, it appeared, simply begain to unraveled at the seams unveiling a vile, putrid decay of the very fabric of our democratic system.  Mayor Bailey and Councilman Adams relayed to Soubirous on April 1, 2014, that four City of Riverside employees filed under the Whistleblower’s Protection Act with complaints against him that he violated Riverside City Charter Chapter 407, thereby creating a Hostile Work Environment, what was said to him never occurred.  At the July 22nd Councilman Soubirous hearing, Councilman Paul Davis admitted Brown Act violations in which are council were involved.

In the Hostile Work Environment Guide, whats important to note is that the conduct or behavior must be pervasive and constitute a pattern rather than consist of one or two isolated incidents.  This pattern must include discrimination in the work place based on race, ethnicity, religion, disability, age, sex or color.  I didn’t see incompetence listed here. Whats also interesting is that this specialized high priced Law firm of  Gumport Mastan, either didn’t know what the legal definition of “Hostile Work Environment” was, or they knew and were going to take advantage of City Manager Scott Barber, Chief Sergio Diaz, Mayor Rusty Bailey and Councilmember Steve Adams and RIP-OFF the City of Riverside for approx $100,000.00.   How embarrasing that Barber,Diaz, Bailey and Adams thought this investigation would be in the best interest of the public.  Who was advising these people!  Oh yea I forgot Greg Priamos. Did Greg know the legal definition of Hostile Work Environment?  Well I guess it was a good thing that Priamos left for new job with the County, he is that much closer to the County Jail.  In retrospect, are they all really that DUMB, INCOMPETENT, and/or CORRUPT?

According to Seattle Business Magazine, misapplying “hostile” increases unfounded legal claims and tension and strained relationships between employers and employees and/or between coworkers, while misunderstanding “hostile” causes management to mishandle such allegations.

Section 407. Interference in administrative service.  Neither the Mayor nor the City Council nor any of its members shall interfere with the execution by the City Manager of his/her powers and duties, or order, directly or indirectly, the appointment by the City Manager or by any of the department heads in the administrative service of the City, of any person to an office or employment or their removal therefrom. Except for purpose of inquiry, the Mayor, the City Council and its members shall deal with the administrative service under the City Manager solely through the City Manager and neither the Mayor nor the City Council nor any member thereof shall give orders to any subordinates of the City Manager, either publicly or  privately. (Effective 12/27/1995).

Since they are “Whistleblower’s”, I would have imagined Federal Complaints would be in order.  No such Federal filing according to records ever occurred.  The four employees would have been RPOA President Brian Smith, RPOA Vice President Aurelio Melendrez, Chief of Police Sergio Diaz and City Manager Scott Barber.  It would appear that the conspirators whittled the four filers to two since the true investigation only reveals two employees; Barber and Diaz, with Smith and Melendrez as “witnesses.”  Barber made an indirect claim of a hostile work environment based on the witness testimony of third party information which, came directly from his meeting with Union President Brian Smith.  He then crafted his letter and sent it to Mayor Bailey and Councilman Adams, of course, CC’d (Carbon Copy) City Attorney Gregory Priamos (AKA: The Architect).  Remarkably, his letter stated that what was said between Smith and Soubirous created a hostile work environment for himself, he even admits what he has written is derived “third hand”, or AKA third party information.  I guess you can always count on third party information to make a tight case.

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BARBER’S COMPLAINT (CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE)

Not once, did our City Manager Scott Barber find it necessary to contact Councilman Soubirous to corroborate RPOA President (and RPD Sergeant-hoping to be Lieutenant) Brian Smith’s side of the story.  This I find quite extraordinary!  Isn’t Barber a conflict manager specialist?  Or was this class just not offered in a Thespian Major?  They didn’t even file their complaint according to the rules they evidently uphold (Charter Chapter 202-Code of Ethics and Conduct).

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW CODE OF ETHICS AND CONDUCT SECTION 202

Did they perceive themselves as entitled, for the rules of law?  Did they think the rules of law didn’t apply to them?  They certainly apply to everyone else!  Section 202 describes that a complaint form should be used and filed with the City Clerk!  That certainly didn’t happen.

In a secondary act of incredible noteworthy importance, the Chief of Police in his letter did the exact same thing as City Manager Scott Barber.  He based his complaint on RPOA Union President and RPD Sergeant’s Brian Smith’s personal account of his meeting with Councilman Mike Soubirous, that fateful Valentine’s Day of 2014.

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DIAZ’S COMPLAINT (CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE)

Again, an indirect claim of a hostile work environment was made, this time by the Chief.  We have to ask the question if Soubirous was being set up as part of orchestrated smear campaign?  We know there was growing tension between Soubirous and his relationship with City Manager Scott Barber and the Chief of Police Sergio Diaz.  Diaz in fact, threatened Soubirous political career.  Diaz stating in an email that it is “politically unwise to declare war on your cops.”   This is a guy who Soubirous loaned his truck out to on several occasions!  Also  Council Candidate John Brandriff, had filed a complaint against the chief  in  which his complaint was “founded”Diaz had told Brandriff at a West Side Story showing at the Fox Theater said the following:  “If you have anymore political aspirations don’t make an enemy out of me”.  This is a Chief who makes more than a half a million a year, $247 from his LAPD pension and $307 from his current salary as RPD Chief. Thinking he can manipulate the political fabric of our city.

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW THE REST OF THE LEFT OVER INTERVIEWS ELIMINATED FROM THE FIRST INVESTIGATIONAL RELEASE, THEY JUST DIDN’T SEEM TO FIT INTO THE LAW FIRM OF GUMPORT MASTAN’S $100K STORY

RPOA President Brian Smith emailed me to tell me how I may have spun the actual fact, that I need to investigate before making a statement on the blog. So when RPOA Brian Smith sent TMC this email:

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We asked RPOA President Brian Smith to clear up some questions simply because of his tag line, that he felt our post was a “interesting spin.” (CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE).

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With that we asked our email to respond to the original Cop Play Book. (CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE).  I did attempt to clarify through Seargent Smith himself but he never emailed me back.  So I did take his advice and did a little investigation of my own.  What I also found quite peculiar was RPD Sergeant and RPOA President Brian Smith’s interrelationships and affiliations with reference to CorporateWiki.Com   The connection between Cliff Mason and Chris (Christopher) Lanzillo.

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Now, former RPOA President Sgt. Cliff Mason was implicated in illegal sale of revolvers to former City Manager Brad Hudson and Assistant City Manager Thomas DeSantis while a RPD officer with the City of Riverside.  At the time Lanzillo was president, Brian Smith was Vice President, and Aurelio Melendrez (Councilman Andy Melendrez’s son) was Secretary.  According to Chief Sergio Diaz, Lanzillo was fired for doing some “pretty bad things.”   Those bad things were never elaborated upon.  We are still attempting to find what these really “bad things” are.  But he did come back to sue the taxpayers with the law firm he later worked for, Lackie, Dammeier & McGill.  His job was reinstated with RPD and shortly thereafter retired on a medical disability.  Shortly thereafter, started his own investigation company in Orange County and did some investigatory work for this law firm.  We asked the question is Lanzillo committed insurance fraud as a result of his miracle recovery?  The law firm was later the brunt of a DA investigation, which ultimately led to their dissolution.

When Chris Lanzillo was President of the RPOA, Brian Smith was Vice President and Aurelio Melendrez was Secretary, was the cop play book in effect back then?  The Police Union have in the past employed a law firm, Lackie,Dammeier & McGill, and a member of that law firm- former RPD Officer and RPOA Union President Chris Lanzillo who, according to numerous reports chronicled in the Orange County Register, tailed Cost Mesa Councilman Jim Righeimer falsely claiming he was drunk.  He had a receipt for consuming his diet cokes at a meeting at a local bar in his possession.  We now must look at the person behind the incident, former RPOA President and former RPD Detective Chris Lanzillo, and if he still is in contact with current RPOA President Brian Smith?

Former RPOA President & former RPD Detective Chris Lanzillo

The Cop Play Book was a list of strategic tactics designed and crafted by the law firm of  Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir, for cops and their unions in order to get what they want on the negotiating table.  The full play book is listed below with some excerpts.  The Playbook was quickly removed from the law firms web site when the cow pies began fly; not to mention Chris Lanzillo’s name was also removed from their web site as a working associate when the press exposed their underbelly.

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW FULL COP PLAY BOOK

Accordingly, with reference to the first page above, “associations leaders know, association leaders should be selective in their battles.” We also know that Aurelio Melendrez, Vice President of the Riverside Police Officer’s Association has referred to their RPOA as an “Organization.”

Always keep this in mind.  The public could care less about your pay, medical coverage and pension plan (really?), All they want to know is “what is in it for them?”  Again, how arrogant, deceiving and elitist of a statement this is, of course the taxpayer cares of the cost, they are paying for it!  Isn’t this the reason for the majority of municipal bankruptcy’s? Unsustainable pensions?

The Association should be like a quiet giant in the position of, “do as I ask and don’t piss me off.”  Again I ask RPOA President Brian Smith, is this a formula to create better politics, or “piss poor politics?”

“You should be in very close contact with your associations attorney, during these times to ensure you are not going to get yourself or any of your members in trouble.”   I would say they are referring to the law firm of Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir.  The demise of this law firm and their criminal activity can be read in the article by OC Watchdog, “Bare-knuckle police defense gets knocked out.”    Further, part of the law firms criminal activity was that they used GPS, in the form of attaching electronic devices illegally in order to track city officials!

No City Council or Governing Board should take place where members of your association and the public aren’t present publicly chastasing them for their lack of concern for public safety.  Do we not see this in the City of Riverside because they deal and prevent this issue from being public in closed sessions?  Every City Council meeting Riverside has in closed sessions deals with negotiating  with Union Representatives!

Blunders by the City Manager, Mayor, or City Council members of wasteful spending should be highlighted and pointed out to the public at every opportunity.

…as a pressure tactic, tactic seeking petition to file a referendum on eliminating the City Manager’s position for a full time elected Mayor may cause the City Manager to rethink his or hers position.

Focus on a City Manager, Councilperson, Mayor or Chief of Police and keep the pressure up until that person assures you his loyalty and then move on to the next victim.  Sounds familiar?

Of course, other ideas that cops come up with a very imaginative.  Just keep in mind, the idea is to show the decision makers that the public favors public safety and it will only harm their public support by not prioritizing you and almost equally important, to let them know that next time that they should agree with you much sooner.  Sounds familiar?  Sound to me as another strong-arm tactic possibly utilized to attain an objective.  Is this in the best interest of the taxpayer?  Or is the taxpayer being shaked down?

“Are Police Unions crossing the line while bullying public officials?” as in this news story.  How effective was play book for former Upland Law Firm Lackie, Dammeier & McGill as in this news story “How Police Play Hardball At The Bargaining Table”.   Was the play book a soft illegal tool implemented in order to creatively “shake-down” or “strong-arm” political targets, in order to make them a bit more pliable?

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On the KFI 640, radio host John and Ken interview Councilman Jim Righeimer about the incident, the original 911 call by Chris Lanzillo is also played on this show.  It’s worth listening to.  Righeimer is being set up by police officer and Chris Lanzillo.  Lanzillo is driving a white Kia with no license plates while following Righeimer.  Also noted was that he was illegally on the phone while driving, while making a false 911 call.

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CLICK THIS LINK TO HEAR THE 08/27/2012 AUDIO INTERVIEW BETWEEN JOHN & KEN AND COUNCILMAN RIGHEIMER AND AUDIO OF LANZILLO’S 911 CALL REPORTING AN ALLEGED DUI WHILE TAILING RIGHEIMER

Councilman Jim Righeimer claims that the base pay that is indicated for police officers as well as fire fighters within the city is not the actual pay.  For example if their base pay states $65K, it can actually be $135K, because their are actually 75 different ways to pay a public employee, not to mention pension, and may not even include healthcare!  What they are saying is that the actual average pay per officer is actually $135K, but what you see or talked about is the base pay of $65K.  Righeimer states that this was the main reason he was targeted, because he exposed to the taxpayer how much public employees really make.  TMC is investigating this aspect within the City of Riverside.

On September 9, 2012 the Orange County DA subpoenaed video from the Costa Mesa bar, where Lanzillo says Councilman Righeimer was drunk.  According to a KTLA report, Lanzillo stated that Councilman Righeimer stumbled out of the bar and was swirving all over the road in 911 call.  According to the video, it showed that he was not.  The police officer who went to Councilman Righeimer’s home, found he was not drunk, and found he had only drank two diet cokes.  Congressman Dana Rohrabacher became involved, and a Federal investigation ensued.  Currently, Righeimer is suing the Costa Mesa Police Union over the DUI sting fiasco.  In what was called a “very sophisticated conspiracy” by Righeimer’s attorney, Vince Finaldi, the use of GPS tracking devices utilized just takes this whole episode to the next level.  Bad enough, that the FBI is involved.

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

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

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

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

What I’m getting from some of these reports is very disturbing.  Have Police Unions become so powerful that they are somehow controlling certain political scenarios?  This would definitely not benefit the taxpayer, but the very few in union membership.  And by doing so, becomes a public health and safety issue.  So now you have a police union, an attorney law firm with a police background, and possibly toss in some outside police officers working together in unison using the grey areas of the law to terrorize and shake down individuals in city government.  Then decisions and contracts are then negotiated under these “circumstances.”  Others in elected positions are also saying that the law firm harasses by threatening grand jury investigations.

Well if anybody knows, you can file a grand jury investigation against just about anything, you are harassed by the fact that you have to deal with it.  Sounds like a good tactic as others say in the business, a “client control” strategy.  Taking it a step further, is this part of the reason why California has unsustainable union contracts, is going bankrupt, and/or the reason why these contracts cannot be fulfilled or honored?  Then the question would be, were some of these contracts not negotiated in the best interest of the taxpayer due to ulterior motives?  Something to think about, this is what movies are made out of..  And this is one scenario I would like to see played out on the wide screen.

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

Chris Lanzillo made #15 of Orange County Weekly’s Scariest People of 2012!  According to OC Weekly, Lanzillo proved the adage that once an asshole cop, always an asshole cop.

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But in this pic it appears he (Lanzillo, to the right) is drinking his ass off…

We also ask the question if City Hall elites have a play book, to get what they want?  Reviewing, could this have been a concerted avenue utilized by Adams (Ex-RPD), Bailey, Smith, Aurelio and Diaz to destroy a political opponent?  Could this have been a set-up, as Councilman Righeimer felt, as in his case?

According to a PE article you stated that the investigation on Soubirous was “incomplete” rather than “inconclusive.”, since Soubirous refused to let Gumport interview him.  But it seems that Smith has forgotten that Soubirous was told April 1, 2014 that he would never know the identities of those who complained against him, that there were four and accused him of interfering with employee duties and causing a hostile work environment.  According to the Fourteenth Amendment, was Soubirious being deprived of his right of “due process?”  With this in mind, the case lacks creadance, therefore having documentation of all correspondence would be in order.  Soubirous did just that, he declined to be interviewed, instead provided written answers to questions.  After all we found out later that the interview process contained no audio recording or corresponding notes.  This already appears as a set-up when you don’t know who the accusers are, and not allowed to respond appropriately by questioning them.  Incidently, Smith supported Soubirous when he ran for Supervisor and had close ties to the Soubirous family.  What made this campaign different for RPOA?  Did the order come from the City?

Smith said he would have nothing to gain by making up a story about what Soubirous said. “As a law enforcement officer, if I am proven to be less than credible, that’s potentially career-ending,” he said.  But does he?  Does the Cop Play Book tell a different story?

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Are the actions of the seven responsible for this embarrassing political train wreck?

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The wife and I have lived at this address for 42 years…we have had outstanding council reps, Arden Anderson, Rosanna Scott, Frank Schiavone, Paul Davis and now Mike Soubirous.  The unfounded “complaints” lodged against Councilman Soubirous are a joke. Apparently our City Manager and Chief Diaz got their bowels in a uproar over statement{s} made by the police union president or whatever title he hold/held. What a waste of tax payers money for lawyer fees. The approx. $98.000.00 would have bought alot of books for the libraries.  We support Councilman Soubirous 110% against these complaints or whatever you want to call them. Same goes for the investigation of Paul Davis too…Suck it Up Boys…get over it and save the City of Riverside taxpayers money for good causes not mickey-mouse charges.  -  Gordon Williams, Commenter on the PE 
Smith met with Soubirous one time alone and Soubirious met with one time with Aurelio Melendrez. You would think that if Smith felt there was any inclination of inappropriateness by Soubirous, he would attempt to record the moment or bring along a second party (which he claims are in RPOA’s “policy”).   He did not.  In fact he supported Soubirous for County Supervisor, even then giving him a campaign check.

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Chief Sergio Diaz also supported Soubirious by giving him a $500.00 personal check.  Smith, Diaz and Soubirous were friends.  Soubirous even loaned his truck out (several times) to Chief Diaz.  So what happened?  Was it that he couldn’t be bought?  He asked the questions he shouldn’t have asked?

Does Melendrez appears to conceive that RPD is an independent “organization” as stated at City Council?  An organization (or organisation) is an entity, such as an institution or an association, that has a collective goal and is linked to an external environment.  Has Riverside’s finest lost there way?  Concerned citizens and local community groups in Riverside agree that changes need to be made.  The Riverside Police Department cannot be part of as an independent external entity, it cannot be effective distancing themselves from the community, they must be part of the community.

Aurelio made it very clear that there “organization” should be autonomous..  I don’t know what world he is living in, but the residents of Riverside pay his salary and all of those in RPD. If he would like to be in control of his own organization, he should try to privatize it and start up his own armed security company, otherwise it gives the impression of a rogue organization.  A police force which has no transparency or accountability!  Why would someone think this was anything but open, honest and transparent?  The residents, the taxpayers, pay a lot of money for their salaries and pensions, and they come back and treat us in a condescending manner?  That’s unacceptable! It’s apparent that RPOA only cares about their members, the members of their “organization,”  as opposed to the taxpayer who pays their salaries, who they are there to protect and serve..or are they really self serving?  I ask this because the question arises as to where their loyalty lies?  Is it an attempt to separate law enforcement from their responsibilities and loyalties to the community residents? We may attempt to say yes, only by their actions.. Actions speak louder than words.

Mr. Smith, do the majority of RPD officers believe in what you are doing? If so, the taxpayers best interest is not at heart and we have a conflict and a question of loyalty. Your oath should state that.  To breach that would cause a health and safety issue with the taxpayers, that you’ve taken an oath to protect and serve.  Would you hold the taxpayer hostage to the wishes of your organization?  This would be a cause of breaching your contract with the taxpayer.  We as taxpayers asked RPOA to replace the cost of this kangaroo investigation.  We asked the amount to be replaced to the General Fund.  We ask that you resign as well as Aurelio Melendrez, or be fired.  This the community of Riverside ask, in the hopes they will not be retaliated against, we know we will.

Regardless, I would like RPOA President Brian Smith to chime in on this.. especially placing his Chief as a “deity” or “god like”.  That statement just seemed off the beaten track.  It is also easy to use big words and threats on the taxpayer, with the taxpayers own money.  Should this be acceptable to the tax payer or criminal? I say this because we then attempt to arise to a different level of reasoning. Those who work for us and take an oath to protect and serve, those who pay for their services, can actually take a different route..a route that doesn’t include the taxpayer.  Therefore what do we have as a police force?  We have a double dipping Chief of Police who was approximately two years late with his Strategic Plan… Again I say it, he was not qualified!   And as a citizen and taxpayer, I should’t be threatened by the Chief of Police nor any citizen/resident in Riverside.  Why does he do this?  What is necessary and hasn’t been done is to investigate Chief Diaz’s background.  If we would have investigated former City Manager Brad Hudson’s background, we would find that he had a criminal background…credit card fraud.  While Mayor Bailey stated that Hudson was a “moral compass” we dispute that..   He did have a criminal past!   The Hudson legacy gave us City Manager Scott Barber and Chief Sergio Diaz.  Two of the four instigators of this Valentines Day Blunder.  Not to mention, Hudson gave us his greatest gift to the residents, $4 billion in unpaid debt. Ask why you are seeing increases in sewer rates and mandatory water conservation, where we own our own water.  We see that this was one issue all can agree on even Smith regarding former City Manager Brad Hudson.  Smith states, “I think Scott’s done a great job for the city considering the bucket of shit he was left with Brad (Hudson) and Tom (DeSantis) and half the City Council that there’s now left him with it.” (pg.20 Smith Investigation, pg. 46 Investigative Report).

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When Smith commented on this investigation at City Council on June 17th, he hadn’t known that Soubirous actually responded in writing to questions.  The current investigation as it stands was not good enough for Smith at the Jully 22nd, who calls the investigation “incomplete” and would like the DA to get involved.  When a group of conspirators decide that the accused, should not know who is accusing him, or have and information of what the detail charges are. Why would anyone agree to a oral interview?   The law firm didn’t even tape the interviews or had written notes!  Good thing Soubirous didn’t agree to that, and rightfully so.  The law firm could not be trusted, where’s the due process?  The Chief and RPOA should know better, especially the Fourteenth Amendment.  Maybe they don’t know, or maybe they don’t care about the people’s rights?

But it didn’t stop there, Smith claimed in his unsworn testimony that Soubirous wanted a meeting via his phone text. This was unverifiable by Smith, since he states he doesn’t keep his text messages, he deletes all of them.  Unknowingly, Soubirous kept his, and those text contradicted Smith’s testimony. The truth of the matter is that Smith called for a meeting. (pg.7 Smith Interview, pg. 33 of investigational report).

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Smith in the interview states Soubirous texted him to set up a meeting, Soubirous personal text show contradicts Smith’s statement. (CLICK ABOVE IMAGES TO ENLARGE).

Why didn’t Smith file a complaint on Soubirous, and was only a witness?  This investigation seems quite remarkable, after all, he created the allegations. In fact,  it was all about Sergeant Brian Smith.  Was he up for a promotion to lieutenant?  What hat was he wearing?  RPOA President or RPD Officer Sergeant Brian Smith?  He was definitely wearing RPOA President hat, and this was not the first time.  The question is what made this meeting different?

We also ask the question of why the suggestion of armed security guards were in order for La Sierra Park? Soubirous originally asked Chief Sergio Diaz about the issue of utilizing RPD officers to patrol at the February 11th, City Council meeting.  Diaz never responded to the question, but instead disrespected Councilman Soubirous and even tried (actually succeeded) to get the audience to laugh at the question at Soubirious expense.  Scott Barber seemed to have to come up with a plan if in fact Diaz refused to comply.  Was armed security the alternative as a result of Diaz’s ego?  RPOA President Brian Smith was in favor of 3 million bucks in overtime money for his “troops.”  Of course this would never happen in the private sector, overtime that is, that is a no-no.  Why couldn’t we utilize that money for hiring new officers at the base salaries? It therefore must be a perk.  But with Diaz claiming there was not enough officers to handle the panhandlers, this seem to be the only viable option left for Soubirous to suggest as a way to fix the problem.

Was Valerie Hill recruited as Ward 3 candidate to run against Soubirous because of her commitment to RPD issues over the taxpayer?  Was Soubirous not chosen because of his position on (he was against) Measure A?  Cindy Roth, of the Greater Riverside Chamber thought so.  Now that we have Measure A, we still apparently have a problem with a shortage of RPD officers, hum… Roth still needed to receive her city taxpayer handouts for her non-profit “laundering” activity.  When will these welfare groups ever do the right thing?  The bottom line is that Soubirous rubbed two RPD officers egos the wrong way, and a conspiratorial retaliation ensued. We saw it first hand, some residents have seen this first hand but have remained intimidated and or quiet.

Smith accuses Soubirous of calling his guys “lazy” when it was Soubirous constituents who made that call. That would be Smith’s real employer, the taxpayer. (pg. 11 Smith Interview, pg.37 Investigative Report). Smith then wanted those emails and names, was he thinking of retaliation of those constituents?  It seems like Smith is parroting his boss, Sergio Diaz, who in his email to Soubirious stated to him that he (Soubirous) referred to RPD as “Lazy.”  Did Diaz make this up and his little boy Brian follows Daddy’s lead?  We need to ask the question of why the community does not contact RPD with their concerns.  I also don’t believe there is a direct contact number anymore, except for 911.

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Why did Diaz avoid the issue of mental health training suggestions to help avoid officer-involved shootings when dealing with mentally disturbed or violent persons, when brought up by John Brandriff at a CPRC meeting?   Then he retaliated against him.. What kind of person with a badge and gun does a thing as this; without a badge, gun and power would someone actually attempt to do this?

According to Smith account in reference to Chief Diaz’s job being in jeopardy, he states that “Sergio Diaz is a “deity” in this City.”  “Other than the elected Sheriff of Riverside County, you are not going to remove Sergio Diaz without an uprising from the city and the citizens here and the employees that work for him.”  This according to his Smith’s interview.  Now remember non of these interviewees were legally sworn in to tell the truth, according to law.

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I’m not sure where he gets this, but most of the community of Riverside sees otherwise.  Why Smith would support Diaz, against community feelings is a misnomer.  We ask the question to what is Smith’s MO?  Again, the taxpayers of Riverside would like to be reimbursed for the amount of $49K times 4, by RPOA, City Manager Scott Barber and Chief of Police Sergio Diaz for this conspiratorial debacle and attempting to trump are Democratic process!  Who are the real criminal masterminds?

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Just the fact that at one time Chris Lanzillo was President of RPOA running the show, makes we wonder as to their MO’s when it comes to taxpayer’s monies, and what they will do to ensure that they get it.

Another promotional piece by the PE. Not going to work Press Enterprise. RPD Chief Sergio Diaz is a liability to the city of Riverside. He has already been found guilty of using inappropriate and vulgar language toward Riverside resident John Brandriff. Where do I start. Diaz has had numerous unprovoked angry outbursts toward several residents with whom he disagrees. RPD Chief Sergio Diaz is a bad role model for the Riverside Police Department. Among the things that he has said to residents: grow some balls – it is politically unwise to get me upset – if you have any political ambitions in this town, you do not cross me – residents who live in their mothers basement, sitting in their underwear, eating cheeto’s – you should not be able to say anything – you are a disgrace …    Sergio Diaz refuses to attend RCPA Riverside Coalition for Police Accountability community meetings. Sergio Diaz refuses to accept any proposals from the city’s CPRC recommendations police commission. Sergio Diaz supports out-dated police policies that have cost Riverside taxpayers into the six digits due to lawsuits from residents who have been injured or killed by the Riverside police department.  Is this the kind of behavior that Riverside should have as a police chief ?  Let’s get a REAL police chief, preferably someone from within our own department.  No more LAPD transfers !!!    -Don Gallegos, commenter on the PE

 FORBES DECLARES RIVERSIDE A “COOL CITY”… 
The City of Riverside is rated #8 on their 2014 list of Cool Cities (CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW FORBES ARTICLE)
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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UPDATE: 1:00PM: 05.23.2014: WE’VE JUST BEEN NOTIFIED THAT JOHN BRANDRIFF HAS SENT A REQUEST TO CITY MANAGER SCOTT BARBER AS TO A “FINDING” ON THE COMPLAINT, BE IT “FOUNDED”,” SUSTAINED” ETC.  BARBER HAS SENT A RESPONSE BACK TO BRANDRIFF, “YOU SHOULD ANTICIPATE BEING CONTACTED IN THIS REGARD SOON.”  INVESTIGATORS HAVE STATED THAT BOTH BRANDRIFF AND THE CHIEF’S STORY WERE CONSISTENT WITH EACH OTHER.  With this said, we can come to the conclusion that the incident occurred as indicated.  With this in mind, we will keep you posted if new details arise regarding any disciplinary actions which may be handed down by the City Manager to the Chief.

“When a City employee with a gun and a badge makes these statements it is the worst kind of intimidation and bullying…”

John Brandriff, a Ward 7 Council candidate back in 2011 and who also served on the City’s Community Police Review Commission (CPRC), tells his story of his verbal exchange with Chief Sergio Diaz, which didn’t end copacetically.  As a result, a complaint was filed against Diaz, and sent to City Manager Scott Barber for review.  Below is that letter.

 

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW JOHN BRANDRIFF’S COMPLAINT LETTER TO CITY MANAGER SCOTT BARBER

According to the complaint letter, Chief Diaz’s expression of disdain stemmed from public comments made at a CPRC meeting in February of this year.  At this meeting Brandriff expressed his disappointment of the Chiefs lack of participation in the Mental Health/Police forum that was conducted at Bobby Bonds Park.  The actual comment was taken from audio at the CPRC meeting, it is as follows:

..as I said before, hopefully you guys will get a better response from the Chief than the forum did.  There were probably 10 or 12 different organizations from all over this City, and from L.A. and out of the County.   And, he (Diaz) didn’t really deemed it necessary when invited, to come and offer up anything to the community.  It was was hugely disappointing for me.  I just thought that there was more community involvement than that..

After expressing this comment, Brandriff states he was “nodded” outside by Assistant Chief Vicino who expressed his concerns of the statement he just made.  Listen to the actual CPRC audio of the comment by clicking the below link, (comment begins approximately around the 20.00 minute mark).

CLICK THIS LINK TO HEAR THE ORIGINAL CPRC AUDIO OF BRANDRIFF COMMENTING ON ON CHIEF DIAZ’S LACK OF PARTICIPATION IN THE MENTAL HEALTH/ POLICE FORUM.

What happened next at the Fox Theater only surmised to Brandriff that the conversation he had with Vicino was shared with Diaz.  What you read next is verbatum from Brandriff’s complaint letter:

I would like to relay an incident that happened to me Sunday night March 9th 2014 at the Fox Theater.  My wife and I arrived with Councilmember Davis and his wife to attend the showing of “West Side Story”.  Shortly after going inside we saw the Chief of Police, Sergio Diaz, and proceeded to say hello.  Councilmember Davis was in front of me and talked to the Chief first. When I went to shake hands with the Chief he pulled me closer and stated that should I ever have any concerns about the way he runs his department that I “should grow some balls and talk to him”.  I responded that I thought discussing some of the issues would be a good idea and that if he had time next week we could get together, it was then that I realized the Chief was very agitated because his response was very abrupt and curt when he said “oh I’ll make the time”.  By this time the rest of my party was starting up the stairs to our seats and I asked Chief Diaz if there was a specific number or person to contact to arrange the meeting he then reached in his pocket, obviously angry and shoved his card at me while moving closer and said “If you have any more political aspirations don’t make an enemy out of me”.

The letter below is the response from City Manager Scot Barber to John Brandriff, which assured him that the Human Resource Department did a full investigation, and that Barber will take appropriate action in accordance with related rules and policies.

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW LETTER SENT TO BRANDRIFF BY CITY MANAGER SCOTT BARBER

An isolated incident you would think?  Not quite, we are seeing a pattern of behavior that actually extends into the community.  As Brandriff stated, “…the kind of behavior you might expect in third world countries not in our City or our Country.”  Again, this is not an isolated incident, Ward 3 Councilman Mike Soubirious had a similar experience whereby the Chief appears to threaten his political career.  According to the PE, the whole thing seemed to begin with a series of emails sent out by Councilman Soubirous to his constituents concerns regarding vagrants and panhandlers.  The response from RPD was that “our hands are tied” or ‘there’s nothing we can do.”  Evidently, Soubirous states he didn’t send an email to Diaz, but the email was forwarded to Diaz by another councilman.  We are thinking here at TMC, could it have been Adams?  If so, would that have been a Brown Act violation we asked?  Incidently, another unamed councilman has been accused of violating the Brown Act, and a complaint filed submitted to the DA, we all know how that will end.  Regardless, that never seemed to stop Adams before.  In response, Diaz wrote back to Councilman Soubirous that no good can come from labeling dedicated public servants as “lazy.”  The next statement by Diaz seems to be on the political threatening side, Diaz states that, “it would be politically unwise to declare war on you cops.”  Already we get the feeling that trouble is a brewing.   We asked the question what kind of history does Diaz have in Los Angeles?  Why is a Chief of Police out threatening elects and candidates?  Why is he acting as some sort of rouge underworld boss shaking down and hard balling constituents asking questions and threatening those who have aspirations of running for office?  Difficult as it seems, Riverside has serious problems in RPD, and no one is minding the store when minding the store are the residents of Riverside.  Diaz was hired by former City Manager Brad Hudson, in which questions still abound on his creative ways of finding money for projects.  Would Diaz’s undisclosed behavior and actions within the City of Riverside be creating a “hostile work environment?”

There have been other incidents on record, one with public speaker Karen Wright when she spoke out at public comment on the naming of El Tequesquite Park to Bonaminio Park.  Another incident occurred with community activist Christina Duran, where she was seated next to County Supervisor Bob Buster who witnessed the whole Diaz exchange.  Another confrontation occurred with “Five Before Midnight” blogger Mary Shelton at a ACLU event.  At this event he (Diaz) confront Shelton, and ask the question, “What are you doing here? Who allowed you to come to this forum?”  An ACLU representative had to intervene to actually smooth over Diaz’s aggressive questioning.  Some are simply calling him a “drama queen.”  Many resident/taxpayers are asking the question of why he hasn’t been fired by City Manager Scott Barber? Is he not representing the interest of the taxpayer because he has obligations that superside the taxpaer? There are many more that, whom were asked not to be revealed, for fear of City and RPD retaliation, but we are even hearing of events occurring in Los Angeles which involve Diaz that are disturbing.  Again, this is the legacy of former City Manager Brad Hudson, the current City Attorney Gregory Priamos and the former Mayor Ron Loveridge.   Even TMC was drawn in to Diaz’s questionable behavior by a comment we made.  This email came from to us stating that Diaz wanted to meet with us, not to talk about how to make the community better, but because of a comment made.  The following is an email sent to TMC back in 2011.

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Sorry, we had to redact to protect individuals from possible retaliation by RPD or other City Officials … after all as most residents understand, this is Riverside…

What Diaz doesn’t get, is that the Community of Riverside also felt slighted when he stated that some of the critics are “sitting at home eating Cheetos in their underwear.”  In addition, he stated in the PE, “It’s a challenging job,” Diaz told me. “It’s not a job for people who prefer to be in their mommy’s basement commenting on news stories.”  Well alrighty Chiefy, we get it… Yes Myrah, we see you signaling that the bag is empty!  Let’s break out a fresh bag of Cheetos.. By the way, was that underwear custom tailored?  Yes the Chief is very handsome and very married, please don’t use 911 to call him again!

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But Diaz’s behavior might be the least of his worries, former Police Administrative Service Manager, Karen Aquino in a letter to California Attorney General claims misuse of funds through Diaz’s foundation.  http://www.riversidepolicefoundation.org  Some of the allegations Aquino makes in the letter is she states Assistant Police Chief  Chris Vicino ran the foundation on City time.  This my friend, if true is known as “time card fraud.”  She also alleges the city funds were directed toward the foundation, and a substantial amount of staff time was dedicated to the foundation at the expense of normal daily police operations.  The allegations of misuse of Police Asset Forfeiture monies was also addressed in this complaint.

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Of course, the same law firm, Cihigoyenetche, Grossberg and Clouse, who found no wrongdoing when former City Manager Brad Hudson hired them at a cost of $150K to investigate allegations of wrongdoing on himself, came to the same conclusion when they were hired to investigate allegations against Chief Diaz.  The City of Riverside can pull a Governor Chris Christie when it comes to investigating themselves, and misinform the taxpayers of Riverside that this is a valid investigation, but it’s all “smoke and mirrors.”  Since Police Asset Forfeiture monies are Federal monies, only the Department of Justice (DOJ) can justify and bring forth a legal determination.

“Respect for the community, respect for other officers, respect for ourselves is going to be the byword by which I will attempt to lead the city of Riverside over the next few years,” he said. “Out of respect comes every other good quality that we strive for in a police department and police officer.” - Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz

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BELOW IS A QUOTE WHICH COULD BE FOUND ON THE COMMUNITY POLICE REVIEW COMMISSION WEBSITE:

“Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.”  — Benjamin Franklin

 So what we’ve seen, is a Chief or Police out of control.  He is obviously not community orientated, as he was originally hired to heal the city, whereby, he has only been confrontational, intimidating and threatening to the residents and citizens of the City of Riverside.  Even the RPD officers are questioning his abilities and qualifications.  After all, he was hired by a former City Manager who had a record of credit card fraud!  I believe it was still okay with the City of Riverside.  But if you have the same qualifications and challenge the city, you will be destroyed.

PEPPER FILES FEDERAL LAWSUIT AGAINST THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE!

JUST IN:6:00PM: ATTORNEY LETITIA PEPPER, WHO WAS ARRESTED FOR CLAPPING IN JUNE OF 2013 FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST THE CITY RIVERSIDE!

According to a press release, former BB&K Attorney, Letitia Pepper files lawsuit against the City of Riverside  for the June 25, 2013 arrest and detainment.  Pepper was arrested for applauding at a City Council meeting last year.

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According to Pepper’s attorney, Jason Thompson, said Mayor Bailey’s animus towards Ms.Pepper appeared to have grown after she wrote in defense of people, which the Mayor had “dressed-down” during the earlier June council meeting. In her letter written to him two weeks before she was arrested for applauding, Pepper addressed the Mayor’s approval of some people and regular attacks on others. During the earlier council meeting, video footage shows Mayor Bailey telling certain citizens they were not allowed to applaud. However, a review of the same footage shows Bailey regularly allowing applause by people he clearly favors. In her letter, Pepper referred to Mayor Bailey’s selective approval and disapproval of citizens writing that the city council had become “so emboldened that it thinks it can treat audience members differently because of who they are.” Pepper continued that approval based on whether a citizen agrees with the position of the Mayor or council members violates the First Amendment. No arrests or warnings for applause on issues Mayor Bailey supported or of people he favors were made during the June 11 or June 25 meetings.

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PRESS RELEASE City Sued for Arresting Lawyer Who Applauded During City Council Meetin (click link to view)

Pepper, who previously worked at Best, Best & Kreiger, a law firm that has represented multiple cities in lawsuits against seriously ill and disabled medical marijuana patients, began advocating on behalf of those citizens after she herself was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Papers filed in federal court by Pepper allege that anti-patient Riverside Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey was retaliating against Pepper in-part because of his long-time dislike for people prescribed medical marijuana and because Pepper had written a letter to him after he’d threatened citizens who applauded during a June 11 council meeting. According to Pepper’s attorney, Jason Thompson, Riverside has been one of the most aggressive opponents of medical marijuana in California. Thompson explained that, despite passage of the state’s 1996 Compassionate Use Act, in May, 2013, with the help of law firm Best, Best & Kreiger, the city prevailed against a group of patients forcing them to leave the City. After winning the decision against patients, Mayor Bailey announced the city had won a “major victory” in its fight against patients. At the same time, the city announced it was shutting-down all remaining patient collectives. Thompson said that although marijuana reduces the size of cancer tumors according to the federal government’s National Cancer Institute, the City has effectively prevented thousands of its disabled and seriously ill citizens from accessing medicine.

The lawsuit filed by Pepper seeks an order requiring the City to follow its own rules as well as seeks money damages. Calls to the Riverside City Attorney’s office and to Mayor Bailey were not returned.  More to come on the trials and tribulations of  “Clappergate!”  Click this link to view TMC’s story on the arrest of Letitia Pepper for the clapping incident.

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THANKS TO DON GALLEGOS FOR HIS ARTWORK ABOVE (CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE)

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WHAT ARE OTHERS THINKING ABOUT THIS CLAPPING INCIDENT?  IS CLAPPING A REAL PROBLEM IN RIVERSIDE?, VIEW THIS TMC STORY!

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UPDATE: MAY 21, 2014: NEW PE STORY BY ALICIA ROBINSON: INVESTIGATIONS OF COUNCIL CLOUDED BY UNKNOWNS:  New article ask the question regarding the Soubirous and Davis investigation, as to what policies or procedure is guiding city officials.  The City has been vague and secretive of the inquisition regarding the complaint and who are behind the filing.

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UPDATE: POSSIBLE FELONY CHARGES TO BE FILED AGAINST DISTRICT ATTORNEY PAUL ZELLERBACH FOR CAMPAIGN TAMPERING:

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LET’S GET BEYOND THIS, SO I FU.KED UP!  I STILL NEED YOUR VOTE!

We actually knew there was something wrong with this guy, when we brought stacks of info to the “Z” himself, and his associate brought a file of TMC articles, which they wanted to know who was writing them.  Further, are Grand Jury complaint made against former Riverside Police Chief Russell Leach’s wife, Connie Leach, was squashed in the middle of interviews, and we were told the allegations were unfounded.  We know now we were not an isolated incident.  Why it was squashed, we don’t know.  Was there interference by the City of Riverside?  We don’t know.  Was there tampering?  We don’t know.  We could only speculate, and that is not good enough.  What we do know, is that we were made to feel as if we were the provocateur, just for asking the questions..  We found it quite remarkable, when Zellebach made his most telling statement to us, “Is it illegal, or just bad business?”  Why would someone tell us this?  We then asked the question, “How connected and obligated is he to City of Riverside Elected Council? To Judges? To the City Attorney? To the Grand Jury?  and possibly influencing the Grand Jury?  In November of 2011 we asked that question in a TMC posting of “TRIANGLE OF INFLUENCE.”

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.  NOW TAGGED LOCAL BLOGGERS OR LOCAL MEDIA?  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

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A Press Enterprise story broke April 25, 2014 which reported that the City of Riverside is investigating newly christened Councilman Mike Soubirous, retired California Highway Patrol Lieutenant and Acting Commander, on the issue of violating the City Charter Amendment Section 407.  Details of the violations or exactly what were the allegation were not given, but it all seems to stem from Soubirous contacts with police officials, such as Chief of Police Sergio Diaz and City Manager Scott Barber during recent discussions regarding panhandlers, vagrants, park security and a series of council emails.  This already is beginning to have a vial smell.  Did Diaz feel as if his abilities and experience levels were being questioned, challenged or even threatened?   With a murder at La Sierra Park, and recently a fatal stabbing at the new Bonaminio Park, four cold case murders on the East side, with crime rates increasing, did Diaz find that Soubirous’s questioning of panhandlers, vagrants and park security issues difficult to answer?  Was Soubirous rocking the boat of comfortness, just a little?

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City of Riverside Councilman Mike Sobirous

According to the PE, the whole thing seemed to begin with a series of emails sent out by Councilman Soubirous regarding his constituents concerns regarding vagrants and panhandlers.  The response from RPD was that “our hands are tied” or ‘there’s nothing we can do.”  Evidently, Soubirous states he didn’t send an email to Diaz, but the email was forwarded to Diaz by another councilman.  We are thinking here at TMC, could it have been Adams?  If so, would that have been a Brown Act violation?  Incidently, another unamed councilman has been accused of violating the Brown Act, and submitted to the DA, we all know where that will go.  Regardless, that never seemed to stop Adams before.  In response, Diaz wrote back to Councilman Soubirous that no good can come from labeling dedicated public servants as “lazy.”  The next statement by Diaz seems to be on the political threatening side, Diaz states that, “it would be politically unwise to declare war on you cops.”  Already we get the feeling that trouble is a brewing.  Anonymous sources are stating Diaz had made a similar threat regarding another current candidate running for office regarding the end of their political career if they continued on the road they are on.  TMC has found that it is John Brandiff, and has evidently filed a complaint against Diaz.  What kind of history does Diaz have in Los Angeles?  Information still coming through the pipeline.  So why is a Chief of Police out threatening elects and candidates?  Why is he acting as some sort of rouge underworld boss shaking down and hard balling constituents asking questions and threatening those who have aspirations of running for office?  Difficult as it seems, Riverside has serious problems in RPD, and no one is minding the store when minding the store are the residents of Riverside.

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Chief Sergio Diaz

Why does the Chief act as he does?  We are not sure but many in the community have witness his outburst.  It appears that Chief has a history of not being kind to taking suggestions and criticism well.  In one instance, he called certain commenters in the community who were questioning police tactics regarding the Officer Bonaminio murder, that they were “sitting at home eating cheetos in their underwear.”  In otherwords, the community should stay out of areas they know nothing about. If this is the case I can see conflict occurring if Council people are asking questions regarding Police affairs.

Section 407 refers specifically to the interference of individuals, such as the Mayor and Council, in city administrative services.  The section is as follows:

Neither the Mayor nor the City Council nor any of it’s members shall interfere with the execution by the City Manager of his/her powers and duties, or order, directly or indirectly, the appointment by the City Manager or by any of the department heads in the administrative service of the City, of any person to an office or employment or their removal theirfrom.  Except for purpose of inquiry, the Mayor, the City Council and its members shall deal with the administrative service under the City Manager solely through the City Manager and neither the Mayor nor the City Council nor any member there of shall give orders to any subordinates of the City Manager, either publicly or privately. (Effective 12/27/1995)

According to the PE, Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey and Councilman Steve Adams (also Mayor Pro Tem), told Soubirous that four complaints were filed for violation of section 407.  Both Bailey and Adams refrained to disclose who complainants were.  The last time similar situation occurred was when Fire Inspector Roni Forst filed a complaint against Councilman Paul Davis for harassment and discrimination.  Though not reported in the PE, I would deduce that before the complaints were filed, a proper intake interview was done without interference from outside sources, by the Human Resources Department.  From that point I would suspect that the interviewers would determine if there was enough evidence of a violation of section 407 of the City Charter for a proper complaint to be issued and filed.  When a complaint was filed against Davis, Steve Espinoza and Human Resource Director Rhonda Strout, A.K.A. Luxury Girl, did the intake interview.

The City Council then hired a Los Angeles based firm, Gumport Maslan, specifically Attorney Leonard Gumport would be handling the investigation. Gumport had been previously hired by the County of San Bernardino to investigate allegations of conflict of interest, bribery and corruption.  It doesn’t state if Soubirous was present when the Council decided to go forward with this investigation.  Regardless, Councilman Steve Adams, who was also Mayor Pro Tem, signed this contract with the law firm which interestingly has a cap of exactly $49,000.00.  Why $49,000.00?  Would it be that the City Manager’s maximum discretionary spending is capped at $50,000.00, at anything over $50,000.00 must be properly brought publicly to City Council?  Incidently, it was not uncommon to see Councilman Steve Adams having drinks and food together at local dining and waterholes with people from City Management.

Another time an issue came up with the interference with employee relations, was when Councilman Steve Adams was accused of interfering with the promotions process of RPD back in 2007, which by all appearances is a direct violation of Charter Section 407.   As a consequence, instead of a complaint filed, Lt. Darryl Hurt and Lt. Tim Bacon went straight for the jugular, filing a law suit against the City of Riverside which settled out of court to the taxpayer tune of $750,000.00, probably to prevent all the salacious details of a trial case.  When you look at the claims made by Hurt and Bacon against Adams, Adams gives the appearance of a “Godfather” like figure.  According to statements made by Hurt and Bacon, both whom were candidates for promotion to captain at the time, that they met individually at restaurant outside the city limits as to avoid the appearance of impropriety.  The issue at hand that allegedly Adams was concerned about was if the candidates actually campaigned against him.  When that issue was resolved, Adams then met with then City Manager Brad Hudson and spoke of the meeting.  Soon thereafter an official announcement ensued regarding the candidates.  Direct violation of Charter Section 407?

Another incidence, involved former Lt. Meredyth Meredith, whereby former Chief of Police Russel Leach was preparing to promote Meredith to captain, when he received a call from former Assistant City Manager Tom De Santis to put a stop to this.  According to a deposition, Leach stated, “And I found out that Steve Adams marched into a meeting…Hudson and De Santis and told them emphatically she shouldn’t be promoted”.  Leach stated in a PE story, that he was unhappy in his final two years on the job because “I didn’t like political involvement .  I hadn’t had it before.”  Leach also said that Hudson and DeSantis allowed council members – specifically City Councilman Steve Adams – to influence police promotions.

We didn’t even touch on the fact that Councilman Steve Adams had a series of citizen ethics complaints which followed him, all of them which were unfounded, of course, but one in particular which he admits witnessing corruption within the realms of the city.  I would imagine the current DA would respond by stating, “Is it illegal or just bad business.”

In another telling tale, there was story of John Carpenter, whereby Leach, Esquivel and De La Rosa had chosen him to be promoted to captain.  The went to City Hall to have a face-to-face with Hudson and DeSantis to present what the testing process revealed and who we selected.  And he said, “Let me think about it.”   So I let him think about it,  he hadn’t heard from him for a while, so Leach called Hudson.  Hudson told Leach that Carpenter and Adams had bad history together.  Adams was adamant that he didn’t want Carpenter to promote into Captain.  Section 407 violation?

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW COMPLETE CHIEF RUSSELL LEACH DEPOSITION

In a Press Enterprise article back in August of 2012, former Chief of Police, Russell Leach stated in a court deposition that a complaint Riverside Councilman William “Rusty” Bailey made in 2008 may have unwittingly help block Lt. Val Graham’s promotion.  In a phone call Leach received from former Assistant City Manager Tom DeSantis, he recalled how “Val had embarrassed Bailey at this community meeting, said a couple of inappropriate things and that Bailey was furious,” and expressed his anger at city management.  The following time Leach was preparing to make promotions, DeSantis asked him who was being considered?  Before Leach had a chance to answer, DeSantis stated, “Don’t tell me it’s Val Graham?”  Leach stated that because of the resistance he sensed in this conversation he didn’t put Graham’s name forward.  Was Graham held back because the then Councilman Bailey felt slighted?  Could this be perceived as a violation of the City Charter Section 407?

The players involved seem to be Councilman Steve Adams, Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey, Chief of Police Sergio Diaz and City Manager Scott Barber.  Incidently, Diaz and Barber were remnents of former City Manager Brad Hudson.  Hudson’s background was that he had a record for credit card fraud when he was seventeen.  Not that this is important, due to the fact that he was a teen.  But the question is, did Hudson carry his bad behavior to his adulthood?  During his reign he initially purchased a revolver from RPD Sgt. Cliff Mason, who was also President of the Riverside Police Officers Union, and fraudulently used the City Hall address of 3900 Main Street as his home address to apply for a concealed weapons permit. You would think that this officer would know the law in gun sales, well of course he does.  Well, we believe he did, and did otherwise, breaking the law.  Incidentally, neither the Riverside Police Department nor the City of Riverside are licensed to sell and transfer firearms, therefore the sale of firearms to private citizens or employees of the city is illegal.  In the City of Riverside no one seems to be accountable.  Again we see a culture of two sets of rules.  Can we call it corruption?  Can we call it illegal or just bad business, in the words of District Attorney Paul Zellerbach?  Whatever it is, it happened.

Opinions of residents in the City contend that Soubirous was not whom City insiders wanted to be part of the council “get along club.”  Valerie Hill would have been a better match, but residents have stated that they are tired of what the City has done with taxpayer monies and wanted someone to ask the tough questions and defend them, without the probability of being targeted.  Soubirous was whom the community elected.  But it certainly seems to have upset the apple cart of the usual suspects within the city status quo who are not accustomed to true leadership.  In this reporters opinion, the matter is petty, elementary, a waste of taxpayer monies and seemingly a non issue brought together by a bunch of frat boys.  What is most interesting and quite remarkable is the two peas in the pod appear to be Councilman Steve Adams and Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey.  Again you have to wonder if there was interference within the realm of the complaint, it’s hard enough to teach old dogs new tricks.

COMMENTS FROM THE PRESS ENTERPRISE:

My councilman did tell me he would look into an issue of concern involving the sale of an RPD helicopter., the city’s only fire fighting helicopter (photographed here at the Pomona Fairgrounds auction site)being sold off for $200,000 on Feb..22 of this year. Are CC members even allowed to ask those kind of questions or will be they be investigated? Given that Adams was not investigated for alleged 407 w/ RPD in 2006 and 2008 what are parameters to investigate? It’s our money folks.  -Mary Shelton

Seems like Councilman Soubirous’ digging into city corruption has garnered the attention of the Municipal Mob. He will now learn firsthand how this city conducts “independent” investigations. Just like Councilman Davis had to be taught: just nod your head Mike and they’ll leave you alone.  It’s time to wash the filth out of City Hall. We can start with whomever’s behind this plot. Of course, we’ll never find out because as Soubirous is realizing: their is ZERO transparency behind the process.  -Fay Vic

Most of you know that Mike Soubirous is a man of the highest integrity and ethics. Thus we know that this is just another witch hunt prompted by the City Manager Scott Barber, Chief Sergio Diaz, and perhaps even Mayor Rusty Bailey. Politics as usual at Riverside City Hall. Especially when someone such as Mike chooses to be a leader rather a city hall hack like most who sit on the city council are. Valerie Hill lost the election guys, just accept it. This is much to do about nothing. Nevertheless, we must support Mike now as much as possible. PS. We need a homegrown police chief instead of a double-dipping transfer from the notorious LAPD.  -Donald Herman Collins Gallegos

All I can say is that Mike is holding to his promise of transparency and honesty with his constituents. Knowing him and his family personally, I understand his right heart and integrity in wanting to serve his community, taking his job seriously in asking questions that are of importance and for the greater good of those he serves. Stay strong, Mike.  -JoeDeGerolamo

Something is screwy here. The Chief’s response do not seem connected to the e-mail cited. Also, does the right to face an accuser disappear for elected officials? What are the rules for Council members who wish to contact city employees? [Why do news articles seldom cover the information I want to know?]  – Richard P. Morrall

Chief Diaz needs to learn that the Council sets policy. Soubirous is well within his authority to question current policy and work with other council members to change it. This will end up being much ado about nothing, except that the City will be out $49k.  – sadf qwrett

Diaz feelings hurt because he was running cover for the vagrants (many of them are homeless sex offenders) and someone calls him on it. Someone should be investigating the tactics “The Chief” approved of before Soubirous spoke up on behalf of his constituents. Shame the rest of the lemmings are sitting on the sidelines, watching the City Manager-lead witch hunt.  Mike, hang in there. Keep your head high. The folks that elected you are smart enough to see what’s going on.  – Dick_Gosinya

Chief sounds insecure, well they all do. Barber and Diaz are dysfunctional leftovers from the Brad Hudson legacy. A cliquish culture of narcissistic lack luster leadership. All this because it seems one councilman, Soubirious, who is truly an independent voice. Didn’t Bailey run his campaign on being an independent voice?  – Bret Hudson

This is a city manager-led witch-hunt on behalf of the police chief with his panties in a wad because a ward councilman, on behalf of his constituents, pushed to tackle a thorny problem in the city. Diaz, Bailey, Barber et al are a bunch of spineless hacks who view their jobs as nothing more than gladhanding politics-as-usual.   – remmy700p

 As we have seen before, the nail that stands up, gets smacked down. Did the full council really discuss and vote to hire an investigator? The $49 K seems to be the maximum the city manager can spend on his own authority.  – Kevin Dawson

JUST IN: CITY OF RIVERSIDE HIRES A PSYCHOLOGIST TO HELP ALL CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS TO GET ALONG.  SORRY, THIS IS NO JOKE, THE CITY SPENT $16,000.00 TAXPAYER MONEY FOR THE HEAD SHRINK.  IS THIS AN OXYMORON TO THE TENTH DEGREE FOLKS?  Is it because some in the Council don’t want to be part of the “get along to go along” club, so they therefore must be crazy? So now we can fix that problem with an taxpayer motivator/psychologist, and somehow convince the council to get back to voting 7-0 on all issues.  Anonymous sources, of which we cannot corroborate, are stating that there was a big blow out between Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey and Councilman and Congressman Candidate Steve Adams which lasted in the neigborhood of 30 minutes.  The psychologist intervened and they are now friend again…
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UPDATE: 05.02.2014: JUST IN, RPD MICHAEL BLAKELY LEAVES RPD, NO OTHER INFORMATION AVAILABLE
Incidently, is also Karen Aquino’s superior.

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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 ACLU.  NOW TAGGED LOCAL BLOGGERS OR LOCAL MEDIA?  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

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On June 25, 2013 at City Council in the City of Riverside, Letitia Pepper, Esq., former Best, Best & Krieger Attorney, was arrested for clapping in approval of statements made by public speakers.  If you recall, public speaker Karen Wright was arrested last November 2012 for speaking 16.8 seconds over the 3 minute rule.  Mike Fine, Deputy Superintendent of RUSD, went over the 3 minute with no provocation or arrest by the mayor.. Regardless, Mayor William Rusty Bailey, as an audience member coined, “Lil Hitler”, felt strongly enough to sign the citizen’s arrest form that activated the arrest of Ms. Pepper.  Bailey, a government teacher, should know the constructs of the First Amendment, otherwise, what was he teaching his students?  A little power can certainly make you forget that you are there to serve the public.

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW FULL VIDEO OF MS. PEPPER, ESQ., DISCUSSING THE RIGHT TO CLAP.

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CLICK ON THIS LINK TO VIEW ARREST OF MS. PEPPER, ESQ., ON YOUTUBE

Once she was arrested and removed from council chambers, the audience responded with clapping in support of Ms. Pepper.  Was her First Amendment right of free speech impinged?  It is likely that this could be explored in a law suit against the City of Riverside.  What will clammed up City Attorney Gregory Priamos have to say about this?  Well he’s pretty much saying nothing about nothing these days..

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So why is Bailey clapping in approval without being arrested? Has he now become the decider?  What will King Bailey do next?  Send the masses of clappers to internment camps?

WAS THIS DOCUMENT WHAT RUFFLED THE MAYOR’S FEATHERS?

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW COMPLETE DOCUMENT

Ten days ago this document was handed to Mayor Bailey in demand for a public apology for unlawful and discourteous actions at Council Chambers June 11, 2013.  Ms. Pepper was representing three citizens, Vivian Moreno, Joel Udayke and Dvonne Pitruzzello regarding his position on no applauding during public comment.  Was this in fact, a personal vendetta against former BB&K Attorney, Letitia Pepper by Mayor Bailey? Why was Ms. Pepper targeted for removal and arrest my Mayor Rusty Bailey, when there were multiply clappers?  Why weren’t the other clapppers removed and arrested?  Is this the Mayor’s attempt to control public participation in government?  Is the arrest a show of force in an attempt to initimidate the public not to participate in government?  Currently the Mayor Bailey has passed the 10 day response time.  We’ve yet to hear of a statement from Mayor Bailey or even the clammed up in his office City Attorney Gregory Priamos.  But is there more to Priamos’s life than we know?  More to come on TMC..

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THE CITATION (CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE)

But I guess the questions many are asking these days, even those who voted for Rusty, what is he doing?  Again as many residents have said, they feel the city will retaliate against them if something derrogatory is said regarding city politics.  So why is it?  Many are asking, is it because of the history of Rivserside, whereby a conglomerate of politically tied families made the rules and the basis for politics in the City of Riverside?  Which of course includes the Bailey family.  You have Mayor William Rusty Bailey’s father judge and then you have the fathers friend who was a founder of incidently, Best, Best & Krieger.  Halleluah, are we actually coming to anwers of why the City of Riverside is the way that it is politically?

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In this pic we see Bailey’s father, Judge William R. Bailey II, with now Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey (middle) , and Judge John Gabbert.  Judge Gabbert has a history going back to the 40’s which answers the question of why the City of Riverside uses Best, Best and Krieger so much..

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Judge John Gabbert, in younger days, a Quandrangle of Influence within the City of Riverside?  What is the connection between Best, Best & Krieger and the City of Riverside?  What is taking that hold on Riverside that has everything to do with old family influences?  You get my drift, I wouldn’t attempt to try this case on the constitutionality of ‘clapping’ within the City of Riverside.

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Will Zellerbach do anything about this?  According to his campaign contributions, I guess not..

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Even RPD Investigator Michael Blakely decided to get into the act as Rusty’s bouncer.  Will he be asking the tough questions to Pepper as he did in the Neely Nakamura investigation?  Holy Cow! even the Chief of Police Sergio Diaz was there for the arrest..  This whole endeavor perpetrated by the Mayor himself, took 4 police officers, a police vehicle, RPD Investigator Michael Blakely and of course, the Coup d’état, the double dipping Chief himself, Chief Nacho Cheese, Sergio Diaz.  (Nope, nope…no police helicopter this time).  We also thought the good police officers were going to take Ms. Pepper for a ride around the block with sirens blasting in a show of force to the community, that of course, clapping is not allowed at public comment.  That didn’t happen, she was taking down to the Orange Station for processing and released.

SO RIVERSIDE, ARE YOU MAD ENOUGH TO ROAST THE WEENIES?

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LAUNDRY DAY AT LOVERIDGE PLAZA

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One homeless person was seen doing laundry in the water pool in front of City Hall on June 25, 2013.

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.  NOW TAGGED LOCAL BLOGGERS OR LOCAL MEDIA?  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

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Christopher Dorner w/ Chief William Bratton

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RPD FIELD OFFICER MICHAEL CRAIN

The Riverside Community Family mourns the loss of one of their own.  Are heart felt prayers and condolences go out to the family of Officer Michael Crain.  Officer Crain was 34yrs, and an 11 year veteran of the police force.  Crain is a decorated Marine who leaves behind a wife and two young children.  TMC published his name February 7, 2013, but was asked by Chief Sergio Diaz to be removed as per the safety of the family, until it was formally announced February 2, 2013.  Crain’s funeral is set for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at The Grove Community Church, 19900 Grove Community Drive, Riverside.  A 1 million dollar reward has been offered for information leading to the apprehension and capture of Christopher Dorner.

UPDATE: 02.13.2013: This substantiates TMC’s allegations that burning devices were used to cause a fire in the cabin in which Dorner was in.  There was no intention to arrest or take Dorner alive!  This was the plan.  INCENDIARY DEVICE CALLED ‘BURNERS’ WERE USED AGAINST DORNER.  THE INTENTION WAS NOT TO TAKE HIM ALIVE, ACCORDING TO POLICE SCANNERS.  Police audio from the Christopher Dorner siege reveals a deliberate plan to burn down the cabin in which Dorner was trapped, with one officer heard to say, “FUCKING BURN THIS MOTHERFUCKER,” before police discussed their intention to, “go ahead with the plan with the burners.”

“If the LAPD is going to abandon its mission of public safety and function as an armed vigilante justice squad, dishing out death sentences to those it believes are guilty — without a trial or anything resembling due process — then they might as well throw away all their badges as just call themselves the LA Gang Squad. Because that’s how they’re acting.”

So how does a gang within the Sheriff’s Department known as the “Jump Out Boys” allowed to occur? These individuals have matching tattoos and pride themselves on aggressive policing.

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If they can do this in this situation, what do the police do in community situations and get away with?  This is what the community is concerned about and many fear in their police in which they are their to protect and serve.  Or are they a completely different animal when it comes to the relationship with the community, are they to serve themselves and their associates as a cohesive self serving unit or gang.  Does the community in essence have something to fear in those that a there to protect and serve?

The audio was captured on police scanners as well as being picked up by a local news broadcast. More than seven agencies, federal, state and local were involved in the final hours of the siege. The LAPD SWAT Team was airlifted in to carry out the final raid, with reports later confirming, “the SWAT team had the cabin surrounded.” San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies were also involved in the standoff. The video above is from captured police scanner transmissions which were broadcast online shortly before authorities ordered them to be disabled.

“Alright, we’re gonna go ahead with the plan with the burners,” one officer says.

“Copy,” replies another.

“Like we talked about,” the first officer responds.

“The burners are deployed, and we have a fire,” says another officer moments later, before the police dispatcher repeats the statement.

Within minutes of the fire starting, police note that the cabin is “starting to collapse.”

Police are also heard discussing if they are ready to “bring fire”.

“Burners” is police slang for tear gas canisters, which are known to cause fires.

In a separate clip carried by a local news channel, police are heard to say, “Fucking burn this motherfucker,”  and “burn that fucking house down.” This audio appears to be from earlier in the siege following the initial shootout between Dorner and cops.

In another audio clip broadcast by CBS Los Angeles, police are heard saying, “get

HERE IS THE AUDIO..http://www.monsters.fm/pages/heardonmonsters.html?article=10811118

UPDATE: 02.12.1213: DORNER LOCATED, DEPUTY KILLED IN SHOOTOUT.  RIVERSIDE CHIEF OF POLICE SERGIO DIAZ STATES THAT DORNER’S BODY HAS BEEN FOUND, WHICH THEN TRIGGERED ARBITRARY WIDESPREAD UNFOUNDED REPORTS THAT DORNER’S BODY HAD BEEN FOUND.  

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IN ESSENCE, DIAZ MAY HAVE JUMPED THE GUN, WHICH CONTRADICTED LAPD’S REPORT.  CURRENTLY, THE CABIN CONTINUES TO SMOLDER, AND REMAINS UNSAFE FOR INVESTIGATORS TO SEARCH FOR THE BODY OF THE SUSPECT. 

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AS A RESULT, LAPD REPORTED THAT DORNER’S BODY HAD NOT BEEN RECOVERED!  AND IF ONE IS FOUND, IT MAY TAKE WEEKS TO MAKE THE IDENTIFICATION.  UNTIL FIRMLY IDENTIFIED BY DNA TEST ETC., TECHNICALLY, DORNER WILL CONTINUE TO REMAIN AT LARGE IN THE BOOKS.

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7 OAKS ROAD, ANGELUS OAKS (CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE)  CABIN BURNED TO THE GROUND, DORNER ASSUMED DEAD.  Allegedly the police and sheriff forces didn’t plan to take Dorner alive.  A tear gas cannister with a propensity for high heat was allegedly used, these types are hot enough to cause a fire.  After the fire broke out, a single shot was heard inside the cabin allegedly indicating a possible suicide. Though a charred body has been found, it is unclear if Dorner died at the hands of the burning infierno or a single self inflicted suicide bullet.

UPDATE: 02.11.2013: NEW LA TIMES ARTICLE REGARDING THE DORNER FIRING BY A STATEMENT MADE BY FORMER LAPD AND ATTORNEY RANDAL QUAN. “This officer wasn’t given a fair shake,” Quan said, according to transcripts of the board hearing. “In fact, what’s happening here is this officer is being made a scapegoat.”

UPDATE: 02.09.2013: LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT CHIEF CHARLIE BECK SAID IN A STATEMENT TO REOPEN THE INVESTIGATION ON CHRISTOPHER DORNER’S FIRING.

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THIS IN AN INTERVIEW WITH LAPD CHIEF CHARLIE BECK BY CBS.

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Riverside Assistant Police Chief Chris Vicino said officers will not rest until Dorner is caught. “We will look under every rock,” he said. “We will look around every corner. We will climb every mountaintop to catch him.”

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Many are asking this question, with three unsolved murders within Riverside’s own backyard, are there two sets of standard when it comes to murder investigations in the City of Riverside when it comes to a resident and a police officer?  Why was Vicino not as passionate to pursue an expedited investigation of local residential unsolved murders of Laureanz Simmons (14) 02/23/2012, Gregory Ball (37) 01/26/2012, Arturo Reyes (55) 01/17/2013 and Ashanti Hassan (29) 06/30/2012?  Are not police as well as residents part of the same family and both equally important in the community that we live in?  The Riverside County Board of Supervisors and the City of Riverside combined will add $200,000.00 to the reward for the capture of Dorner.  We are also asking that the Riverside County Board of Supervisors and City of Riverside contribute $200,000.00 each for the capture of the killers of the unsolved murders of Laureanz Simmons, Gregory Ball and Ashanti Hassan.  Why? Because it would be the right thing to do, so closure can be brought to the families of these individuals, and that the individuals face justice.

UPDATE:02.12.2013: COUNCIL APPROVES $100,000.00 REWARD FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO AN ARREST AND CONVICTION IN THE SHOOTING OF TWO RIVERSIDE POLICE OFFICERS, OBVIOUSLY WE DON’T THINK THAT THE POLICE AUTHORITIES WOULD LIKE THIS RESULT TO HAPPEN, THEREFORE YOU HAVE TODAY WITNESSED POLICE JUSTICE IN ACTION, OF WHAT IS ALLEGEDLY PART OF THE BROTHERHOOD OF POLICE CULTURE. 

FORMER LAPD CHIEF BRATTON DOWNPLAYS DORNER’S TACTICAL SKILLS, THOUGH DORNER CONTINUES TO ELUDE THE AUTHORITIES AND IS CONSIDERED EXTREMELY DANGEROUS.  “DON’T REMEMBER HIM”, BRATTON STATES, REGARDING ABOVE PIC IN WHICH DORNER IS SHOWN WITH BRATTON .  IN DORNER’S MANIFESTO HE ASK JOURNALIST TO INVESTIGATE LAPD.

NEW ARTICLE IN THE PRESS ENTERPRISE BY CASSIE MACDUFF WHICH ASK THE QUESTION: “COULD POLICE DISCIPLINE TRIGGER VIOLENCE?”

I never saw a wild thing feel sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever feeling sorry for itself. –D.H. Lawrence

VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: He was last seen driving a late model gray or blue Nissan Titan 4-door pickup with a ski rack on top. California license plate number: 8D83987.  Found.

SUSPECT DESCRIPTION: Christopher Jordan Dorner, a 33-year-old, black, male, 6 feet tall, 270 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes and an unknown clothing description.  Anyone who believes they have spotted Dorner is advised to call 911. Do not attempt to confront the suspect, as he is considered armed and dangerous.

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PRESS RELEASE OF THE FALLEN OFFICER AND THANKS TO THE COMMUNITY FROM LT. TOUSSAINT (CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE)

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MANIFESTO EXCERPTS:

When your family members die, they just see you as extra overtime at a crime scene and at a perimeter.

Ofcr. Burdios began singing a nazi youth song about burning jewish ghettos.

While traveling back to the station in a 12 passenger van I heard Magana refer to another individual as a nigger.

What I should have done, was put a Winchester Ranger SXT 9mm 147 grain bullet in his skull and Officer Magana’s skull.

This is my last resort. The LAPD has suppressed the truth and it has now lead to deadly consequences.

I do not fear death as I died long ago on 1/2/09.

I will bring unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform whether on or off duty.

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As much as the community of Riverside are shocked at this event, not only is he RPD’s fallen brother, but the Community of Riverside’s fallen brother, and Police Chief Sergio Diaz should not forget that and not leave us out..  Our neighbor’s are police officers, our friends are police officers, we all mourn together as a family, and as a community.  We are sadden that those two officers were at that intersection at that snapshot in time.

Our prayers go out to the fallen 34 year old RPD Officer is a Field Officer and an 11 year veteran of the force, who was with a new officer in training who was severely wounded.

According to a CBS report, Dorner was fired from LAPD after he made a complaint against his field training officer, Sgt. Teresa Evans.  Dorner said that in the course of the arrest, Evans kicked suspect Christopher Gettler, a schizophrenic with severe dementia.  Following the investigation, Dorner was fired from LAPD for ‘making false statements’.  Incidently Richard Gettler, Christopher’s father, gave testimony that corroborated and supported Dorner’s claim.  This after Christopher was returned to his father Richard.  Richard asked his son “if he had been in a fight because his face was puffy”.  His son responded that he was kicked twice in the chest by a police officer.

According to LA Weekly the murders of Monica Quan and fiancé Keith Lawrence were retaliation for her father’s role in his firing from the department, police said tonight.  The father is Randy Quan, a retired LAPD captain, and now attorney, was involved in the review process that ultimately led to Dorner’s dismissal.

Is Dorner’s current violent rampage a direct result of an assassination of his character and professional reputation for as he said, “doing the right thing”?  He writes about the indiscretions of LAPD, in addition he describes and details his clear indication of frustration with LAPD, unlike what mainstream media are coining the manifesto, “rambling”.  My suggestion to many of the media outlets, read it again.  Reading through the manifesto it almost appears as a suicide note, a sort of last will and testament.  In his manifesto, Dorner writes about aspects important to him and that molded him such as politics, his views on gun control, music, movies, comedians, books, friends and people close to him.  He is letting everyone know in this manifesto he will be leaving this world very soon.

DORNER VS. LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT FILED OCTOBER 3, 2011

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FORMER AND TERMINATED LAPD OFFICER CHRISTOPHER DORNER’S UNSCENSORED MANIFESTO

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TORRANCE POLICE MISTAKENLY SHOOT 3 INNOCENT RESIDENTS BEFORE FINDING THEY WERE IN ERROR.  Torrance residents concerned of the circumstances regarding the shootings of two female asian residents regarding the Torrance Police.  Over 30 rounds of ammunition discharged.  “It looked like the police had the goal of administering street justice and, in so doing, didn’t take the time to notice that these two older, small Latina women don’t look like a large black man,” attorney Glen T. Jonas, who is representing the victims, told the Los Angeles Times.

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The second episode, concerned David Perdue, incidently he is caucasian, and does not appear to look close to Dorner.  First, the Torrance Police broadsided him and started shooting at him.  Attorney for Perdue calls Torrance Police officers “violent and reckless” for shooting at and detaining him.  It appears that the police would have stopped shooting earlier, if it wasn’t for that darn airbag getting in the way of identifying Mr. Perdue as caucasian…

If you are a large black male individual that in any way resembles Dorner, Stay Home!  Especially if you live in Torrance or anywhere in Southern California, you don’t want to become a statistical police error.  It’s bad enough that vehicles are being shot by police just because the vehicle resembles Dorner’s.  On the other hand, you don’t even have to look like Dorner to be shot at by those who are there to protect and serve.

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One person took it upon himself to make up a sign to place on the back of his truck stating “Don’t shoot, not Dorner, Thank-you”, which led to a bumber sticker then of course t-shirts.

CBS REPORT: 1 COP KILLED 2 OTHERS SHOT AMID MANHUNT FOR EX-LAPD OFFICER

PRESS ENTERPRISDE: OFFICER SLAIN, ANOTHER HURT; MAMMOTH MANHUNT LAUNCHED

UPDATE: 02.09.2013: Congratulations to RPD Lt. Valmont Graham  and Community Activist Mary Shelton who will also be awarded the 2013 Bill Howe Award for Police Accountability by the Riverside Coalition for Police Accountability on Monday 11th at the Community Settlement Association, 4366 Bermuda Avenue, Riverside, CA , 92507, 6:30pm-8:00pm.   Free and Open the Public.up

UPDATE: 02.10.2013: FALSE DORNER SIGHTING AT A NORTHRIDGE LOWES.

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.  NOW TAGGED LOCAL BLOGGERS OR LOCAL MEDIA?  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

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AS A SIDE NOTE, I’VE BEEN TOLD THAT CUSSING AND SPITTING WILL NOT BE TOLERATED, AND A HEAP OF BOOK LEARNING NOT NECESSARY IN ORDER TO TAKE ISSUE WITH THE COUNCIL ON FEBRUARY 5, 2013 AT 1:00PM  Since the council always agree on everything, I know they’ll agree with this one.  Will council keep Councilmember Steve Adam’s mouth in check long enough as to not make a reckless statement which may be interpreted as fighting words by the other side.

UPDATE: 02.05.2013: POWER LINE PROJECT APPROVED 5:0 BY CITY COUNCIL.  What next?  The City of Jurupa Valley filing suit against the City of Riverside?  An additional law suit against the City of Riverside for an alleged illegal tax, of which was charged to residents in what is known as the “reliability charge”.  The reliability charge is $10.00 dollar monthly utility charge seen on residents bills, which was never voted on by the residents therefore possible legal ramifications in regards to violations in reference to Proposition’s 218 and 26.  Lastly, a possible IRS audit as a result of alleged misuse of Federal Bonds?  How much can the City of Rivereside’s legal fund take?  Mayor Bailey thinks we are in good standing after told by CFO Brent Mason we have $400 million in reserves, but let’s not tell him there are rules and restriction to the use of these reserves which are actually investment funds.

“We don’t want to fight, but we will.”  – Mayor Vern Lauritzen, City of Jurupa Valley

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My mom always said to me, “Don’t let anybody step in your face.”

The City of Riverside’s darling in lobbying, Cindy Roth, and her lobbying group, the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce, was out in force with this mailer sent to members.

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At this point, the City of Riverside is still in need of a legitimate Chamber of Commerce that truly represents real business.

THE RELIABILITY CHARGE: A UTILITY ANOMALY?

Each month since 2008 the citizens of Riverside have been paying a $10.00 charge on their utilities bill that was originally intended for the construction and expansion of transmission lines.  These lines would give the City of Riverside a back-up system in case a disaster occurred as we were told.  But is this really a tax?  This in turn would be a violation of Proposition 26.

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The City of Jurupa states that the City of Riverside’s route encompasses prime land which in turn would destroy the value.  The City of Jurupa Valley states that there are alternative routes available.  The City of Riverside’s position is that the route is the only route available.  TMC understands that the City of Riverside has spent a cost of over $20K for an EIR (Environmental Impact Report), which may be the reason for snubbing the City of Jurupa Valley.  Bailey went to the City of Jurupa Valley for a meeting, but nothing appeared to come from it. The position of Riverside in reference to the transmission line route was maintained.

Again, most people thought the City of Riverside were neighbors with the City of Jurupa Valley, and that we were friends being neighboring cities, but is this going to turn out to be another Hatfield’s & McCoys?

According to the Press Enterprise, on Monday, Jan. 14, Jurupa Valley Chamber of Commerce President Dan Rodriguez met with Riverside Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey to discuss how the Interstate 15 route would impact commercial, industrial and residential development that would bring jobs, tax revenue and valuable services to Jurupa Valley.  Chamber director Ron Anderson and Jurupa Valley council members Laura Roughton and Frank Johnston also attended the meeting.  In a memo to Bailey, Rodriguez warned that “this project would eliminate approximately 806 homes in the city of Jurupa Valley, which will affect the local school district and eliminate future customers for businesses …”  TMC was also told that the transmission route would cut through land considered prime realestate.  Jurupa Valley Councilman Frank Johnston described the meeting as “disappointing, but not surprising.”  This is reference to the collaboration with Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey.

Did our fare leader, Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey leave a bad taste in the minds of the leadership of Jurupa Valley?  Or could we assume that the tone and atmosphere was such that it reflected ‘fighting words’?  With that in mind, are the two cities to embrace in another expensive legal battle?  One that the City of Riverside may lose at  another enormous cost to the taxpayer?  That my friends is left to be seen…

As told by a former councilman, the way they understood it at the time the ‘reliability charge’ was to pay for transmission lines.  The reliability charge was to pay for three specific things…but continued to state that it was not to pay for all of those three specific things, but it was to pay for a component of those specific things.  Well are you confused already citizens of Riverside, well just ask our neighbors and any of the Councilpeople next door at the City of Jurupa Valley.

If the the City of Riverside’s reliability charge was originally for transmission lines as it was passed by City of Riverside Councilmembers, we should at this time have $150 million in the pot to pay for them cash!  But, again we have a but!  Even if we had the $150 million available to pay for these transmission lines cash, would it be a violation of Proposition 26, since it appears that the there is no true benefit to the citizens of Riverside?  Again, the City Council at the time understood that the reliability charge was for new transmission lines, but currently Dave Wright states it was intended to be used for other purposes.  Such as …

One was the debt on the riverside energy resource center, which is four 50 megawatt units near the waste water treatment plant that provide peaking generation, the debt on those 4 units is approximately $200 million.

Also, at that point in time when the reliability charge was put in place we had some low cost coal power contracts that expired and we weren’t legally able to replace them with power that cost as low as that coal, so we had doubling or tripling in the cost of replacement that power.

In addition the riverside transmission reliability project which was our cost of about $150 million, the entire project including all of Edison cost, our portion of that project was $150 million, also will have some debt associated with it. So the amount of the reliability charge revenue each year 20 to 25 million.

The debt on work and dprt on work is about $30 to $35 million and you add to that the cost of replacement energy that may be renewable or other sorts of energy. Another 10 to 15 million.

The annual cost are $50 million, and this is off the top of my head..so I have to go back and get….(we assume the figures).

The reliability charge will cover about half that. So that all was included when we looked at our rate projections, cause we project our cost 10 years. We project the rate increases 10 years. We look at what we can do and the rate freeze.

So folks it appears that the reliability charge that you pay each month is being used by the City of Riverside to pay for debt.

And yes, there will be cost of living type of increases that occur at the end of the rate freeze.  There always going to be cost of living type living increases that are required in water, groceries, gasoline and anything else that you purchase. Mr. Wright went on to say that our rates our competitive, our rates are lower than the surrounding service providers, and they are projected to continue to be.

Was the original intention of the reliability charge presentation when brought to council chambers to decieve and misdirect the then council people on the dais?  Is this charge to the Riverside residents not really a charge, but a tax? and a direct violation of Proposition 26?  Should this issue originally been on the ballot for a vote by the Citizens of Riverside?  If it wasn’t, should the Citizen’s of Riverside be entitled to a refund?  This of course was not answered by Utilities Director Dave Wright, when the question was raised in public comment.  Other questions being asked by Riverside residents are tiered pricing on water and electrical legal?  Another good question for a Prop 218 Attorney to answer.

As one of the major property owners affected by the power lines I find Mr. Wright’s comments totally uninformed. Anyone who has dealt with an Edison easement knows they are prohibitively restrictive. SCE grants a license that is revocable and can be altered at any time SCE deems to their benefit. I wonder how many auto dealerships Mr. Wright has discussed my location with, to date he has never even bother to discuss this with me. To be sure this is a totally self serving and condenscending move by the City of Riverside it is obvious they could care less about Jurupa Valley and its residents.    - Alan Sharp, Commenter on the PE

Deputy Superintendent of Schools Mike Fine goes over the 16 second mark at public comment and no arrest made.  What does Mr. Fine have that Karen Wright doesn’t?  Is is it something possibly called ‘access’.

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New word of the week and how it was used, coming soon from the following ethics appeal hearing.  No folks, it wasn’t “constipation” as someone indicated they thought Davis said.  The word, “consternation”, amazement or dismay that hinders or throws into confusion.  TMC thanks Councilman Paul Davis for the “big word” of the week.

ETHICS APPEAL: THE CHRIS MAC ARTHUR SLIGHT OF HAND, WAS IT QUITE DIFFERENT FROM HIS LEGISLATIVE AIDE’S SLIGHT OF HAND?  WHAT KIND OF THING DID PITRUZZELLO HAVE FOR ADAMS WHEN SHE CALLED HIM “SWEETHEART”?  WAS THIS A ELABORATELY STAGED DOG AND PONEY SHOW?  NO ONE’S TALKING BUT QUITE A SHOW!  THIS BEGINING ABOUT THE 8:00 MINUTE MARK ON THE VIDEO.

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At the January 15, 2013 Ethics appeal against Chris Mac Arthur, the City Council founded their was no violation of the ethics code.  The questions that arose was who is really in charge of Councilman Chris Mac Arthur’s legislative aide Chuck Conder?  This now leads us to believe that the Ethic Panel was mislead and misinformed by City Attorney Greg Priamos and City Manager Scott Barber.  In another bit of disturbing information,  TMC has been told that legislative aide Chuck Conder and City Manager Scott Barber are good friends.  We were told “they go way back.”  So does Chris Mac Arthur maintain stability with Conder because he has the ‘in’ with Barber?  Did this in any way implicate the ethics complaint against Mac Arthur? Or even Bailey?  What about the relationship between Councilman Steve Adams and the City Attorney Greg Priamos and City Manager Scott Barber, who have been seen at various water holes having a libation or two, or so forth..  Regardless, why would City Manager Scott Barber see it fit to put the citizen’s and city employees of Riverside at risk?  Regardless, it was all about the “bitch” word that was king at this showdown.  What else can we say boys will be boys..

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW FULL TRANSCRIPT OF THE ETHICS PANEL HEARING OF DECEMBER 13, 2012 

But the way City Manager Scott Barber and City Attorney Greg Priamos handled the direction of the December 13, 2012 Ethics Hearing was to misaguide the panel, and therefore their decision.  On page 23 of the transcript, Barber states that “these complaints have been investigated and that he had taken whatever action was appropriate.”  The part that got me was the “whatever action”, meaning there wasn’t really anything conclusive regarding Barber’ investigation.  Then Barber refers to the California State Constitution with reference to privacy rights for public employees, stating that “those rights preclude me from discussing any confidential personnel matters.”  One of the incidents referred to a “knife”.  The action should have superseded this right and become a police matter, and that never happened.  But as indicated Councilman Chris Mac Arthur brought these complaints to the City Manager for review and investigation.  But Mr. Mac Arthur, as the employee contract indicates, has the power to teminate via his direction to the City Manager.  Therefore, it is appearing that we do have another “dog and poney show” of the original hearing where the activities were orchestrated and designed to produce a favorable end result.

But we all new what would happen this January day, the 22nd and year 2013 when council again possibly misguided by the the City Attorney and City Manager, voted against the alleged accusations against Councilman Chris Mac Arthur.

At extreme difficulty to find out who is really in charge of legislative aid Chuck Conder, via questioning by Councilman Paul Davis and Councilman Andy Melendrez, the following was founded.  The City Manager has ultimate ‘hiring’ and ‘firing’ authority, however, City Councilmember’s are in fact in charge of their legislative aide.  This appeared to be an uncomfortable and tense situation for Barber, do to his body language and visual blood flushing to his head.  Was he having difficulty telling the truth?  Now, it appears to TMC that the adjudicating body, who was the Ethics Complaint Panel, was not fully clear about this due to the manipulation of information directly from City Attorney Primos and City Manager Barber, and allegedly was coached before hand as allegedly in the Rusty Bailey ethics complaint.  If in fact these alleged incidents occurred, would this change the ultimate purpose of the ethics panels duties?

Chuck didn’t do anything but this is a political move to turn voters against Chris MacArthur. Look most of us know and have seen how it works. Chuck is just to nice and I can contest to pushing someone’s buttoms. The move is on to put a selected group in office and everyone will be used. Mark was used for votes as Bailey didn’t have a shot at getting elected. Mark’s Military service hit the hearts of voters and other tricks by Bailey were used. Mark is a close friend of Art and that put him out. All the fuss about this is just the beginning of what the future holds. We saw Riverside get National coverage as a citizen was handcuffed and removed because she spoke over 3 mins and the new Mayor had his City Attorney order the police to remove the citizen. We have seen many complaints of disrespect and even using kids for p…olitical gain by our new Mayor. Lessons not learned yet by voters is nothing good comes with corrupted elected officials. Lawsuits will continue and the blame will be place on others to protect the guilty. Loyality goes only so far as the bribes and criminal acts take front stage. Bell citizens set back until they stood up to their corrupt elected officials who are now on trial. Riverside has to eiither step up or wait for a Bell results. Citizens of Riverside now have been put on notice they can not speak to truth or ask serious questions. One lady learned that and has a criminal record and it doesn’t matter that the City Attorney broke the laws of a citizens Civil Rights and Constitutional Rights. Many remember the years when Mobesters rule and then convicted elected officals ruled but 2013 history repeats itself. Democracy is lost to this great city and we have to work together to get it back.  – Jackie Rawlings, Commenter on the Press Enterprise

But it appeared to be an all out war against the contender Dvonne Pitruzzello by Counciman Steve Adams.  Why’ll Adams asked Pitruzzello if she actually witnessed.  At one point, Ms. Pitruzzello even addressed Adams as ‘sweetheart.’  But Adams contued to insist if Pitruzzello was witness to this knife wielding episode by Conder.  Her attempt to state that she was witness to Conder using his finger in a vulgar way was squashed.

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At the end of this ordeal, Councilman Adams walked by Pitruzzello from the dais while intentionally directing a dastardly smirk toward her.  What was Adams trying to inadvertently tell Ms. Pitruzzello?

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Was it to say something insidious about the confrontation, prompting a valid evaluation and questioning of the whole council ordeal?  Dvonne Pitruzzello made it known that the ethics appeal process regarding Councilman Chris Mac Arthur was a “dog and pony show.”  The heated exchange went something as this.

Adams: I have only one question for the appellant.  Do you have any first hand knowledge of the incident?

Dvonne: Which one?

Adams: The one with which you are filing the complaint, and now the appeal?

Pritruzzello: I filed the complaint on three incidents.

Adams: Did you see the incident of which there was an accusation of something with the knife that was unfounded. Do you have first hand knowledge..

Pitruzzello: No, but I was flipped off at a city council meeting.

Adams: No, do you have first hand knowledge, let’s stick with one question at a time.

Pitruzzello: But that’s not what we are debating.

Adams: Yes it is..

Pitruzzello: No it’s not. We are debating if it should be appealed or not.

Adams: I’m trying to find out if you have first hand knowledge.

Pitruzzello: We are debating if it should be appealed or not.

Adams continued to badger Pitruzzello to answer a question unrelated to the actual appeal process.  Down the road Councilman Adams stated:

Adams: If an event never happened, everything after that no longer exist.  It doesn’t count. So my question is,  do you have first hand knowledge were you there were you present, do you understand what you saw was to be true as to what was the accusation against Mr. Conder.

Pitruzzello: Sweetheart you are not listening.

Adams: No I’m listening..the answer is yes you saw or no you didn’t?

Did Councilman Adams really understand the appeal process at hand?  It appeared he didn’t according to City Attorney and Pitruzzello, but maintained he did.  But he continued to ‘bully’ his unrelated questioning toward Pitruzzello, when the legal issue was the ‘appeal process.’  It appeared when creviced into a corner whereby he could not rationally respond to the issue at hand, he abruptly motioned to dismiss the appeal.  As Mayor Bailey mentioned in purpetouity at his State of the City speech, “the Riverside Way”?  Again, Adams is one who has been seen at local watering holes with Priamos and Barber.  Barber, of course, good friends and buddies with Conder.  Can we consider some incestious favoritism and to the extent of cronyism in this situation?  We have yet to revisit Bailey’s ethics complaint that was brought by Self Appointed Citizen Auditor Vivian Moreno.

Incidently, Mayor Bailey’s legislative aide Mark Earley, who was incidently ‘let go’, and Councilman’s Mac Arthur’s legislative aide Chuck Conder did not appear at the Council hearing.  Regardless, an OSHA investigation of the knife wielding incident is still ongoing.

What TMC believes to be true was that the adjudicating body was deceived and manipulated in their decision by City Attorney Greg Priamos and City Mananger Scott Barber.  Intentionally?  The question is what is the true purpose of the ethics panel when they are not allowed to actually have direct witnesses?

Self Appointed Citizen Auditor went on to say the following about the complaint at public comment:

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Chuck Conder called Raychele Sterling and myself Stupid Bitches.  He flipped Dvonne off when you were sitting here.  For you Chris Mac Arthure to condone this behavior from your personal employee of yours is a reflection of who you are.  WEAK, IGNORANT, or Just plain STUPID.  The Lying, the cheating and the stealing that goes on here at City hall on a regular basis is criminal.

Every single one of you know that all these situation occured. Every single one of you knows Scott Barber Riverside City Manager, lied to OSHA. over this situation.  He should be fired for putting the Staff, Public and Council in harms way.

A question.  Why would your City Manager Scott Barber feel the need to lie to OSHA?  If there is any work place violence that happens at City Hall you the council sitting here are to blame because you know of the situation.  Maybe its because CHUCKIE and BARBER go way back and Scott Barber will support his buddies no matter what they do.

This is merely an excercise in Paper Trailing so when some one comes here AGAIN and we have a political occurance of Gun Violence We know whom will be to blame All of you.

You guys know what you do, and you all know what goes on at City Hall We know what your doing. And now Chuckie wants to be a councilman!  Scott Barber you deserve him!

All of you here today are representive of Chuck Condor.  This is what happened: Chuck Conder pulled a knife on Colonel Mark Early and you Fired Mark Early.  Chuck Conder called Raychele Sterling and myself Stupid Bitches and we notified Chris Mac Arthur imediately.   Chuck Conder flipped Dvonne Pitruzello off right here in Council Chambers and you did nothing.

So now you can do what Council things you do.  And you try to let this just die but it’s not.. and this is just another example of who you all are. WEAK, IGNORANT and Just Plain STUPID.

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Dog and pony show” is a colloquial term which has come to mean a highly promoted, often over-staged performance, presentation, or event designed to sway or convince opinion for political, or less often, commercial ends. Typically, the term is used in a pejorative sense to connote disdain, jocular lack of appreciation, or distrust of the message being presented or the efforts undertaken to present it.

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THE LIE HAS BEEN EXPOSED AND THE ADJUDICATING BODY MISINFORMED? SO NOW WHAT? WILL THE COUNCIL NOW HAVE THE GUMPTION TO TAKE ACTION?

Rumor is that the some of the panel was made by the very same people that heard the Bailey ethics complaint, this was because some of the original panel members refused, because they did not want to be a part of this decision making pane hearing a complaint against Councilman Chris Mac Arthur.  Barber continues to lie and supterfuge the councilmembers on the dais.  Councilmember Davis continually had to repeat the question as to whom is really responsible for their legislative assistant.  The question as to who is directly responsible for the behavior of their legislative assistants is the councilmember.  The councilmember also has the termination authority via their direction to the City Manager.

At the beginning of the hearing Mayor Bailey made it be known that no new evidence would be considered, and if it was could not be considered.  Councilmember Adams asked the question twice thereafter during the proceeding if any new evidence came in.  He was corrected by Priamos twice as there wasn’t.

What appears to be true and apparent was that Mr. Barber and Mr. Priamos led the adjudicating body to believe that Mr. Barber was directly responsible for the behavior of the legislative assistant.  Further, Mr. Mac Arthur is directly responsible for the behavior of his legislative assistant and he has the ability to fire or terminate his legislative assistant at anytime, under his direction to the City Manager.  This, all per City of Riverside’s employment contract.

NEW FORMAT FOR THE MONTHLY FINANCIAL REPORT: BETTER? OR LESS TRANSPARENT?

Has the new monthly report format been changed to give the illusion of financial stability for the City of Riverside?  In the new report we have sections which appear not to be ‘actual’ but a ‘forecast’, such as the general fund budget forecast, general fund revenue forecast and general fund expenditure forecast.

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Old version as indicated above, one could simply see what’s in the general fund for that particular month, as opposed to the new formatted version.  New formatted monthly investment report removes the “Pooled Cash and Investment By Fund” section and replaced with “Forcast” reports.  Such as General Fund Budget Forcast Report, General Fund Revenue Forecast Report and General Fund Expediture Forcast Report.  The third pic shows Mayor’s Bailey office was overbudgeted by over $100,000.00, was this to pay for the new teleprompter that he used at the State of the City address?  Well anyway, the new format was signed off by Chief Financial Officer Brent Mason.

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CDBG MONIES USED FOR INCUBATOR COMPANIES, ONE OF WHICH WENT DEBUNK..  Giving Federal CDBG monies to incubator companies, is that legal?  Even though many at public comment asked that it be removed from the consent calender for more discussion, City Council unanimously voted on it.  Even Councilman Paul Davis and Councilman Andy Melendrez who appeared most concerned about and questioned the funds use voted on it.  This was item #16 on the Consent Calender for January 22, 2013.  CDBG funding requires citizen participation, nowhere found on the document.  So, what our CDBG funds and what should they actually be allocated for?  Well, let’s start with the following.

Community Development Block Grant Program – CDBG:  The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs at HUD. The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula basis to 1209 general units of local government and States.

About the Program:  The CDBG program works to ensure decent affordable housing, to provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities, and to create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses. CDBG is an important tool for helping local governments tackle serious challenges facing their communities. The CDBG program has made a difference in the lives of millions of people and their communities across the Nation. 

Citizen Participation:  A grantee must develop and follow a detailed plan that provides for and encourages citizen participation. This integral process emphasizes participation by persons of low or moderate income, particularly residents of predominantly low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, slum or blighted areas, and areas in which the grantee proposes to use CDBG funds. The plan must provide citizens with the following: reasonable and timely access to local meetings; an opportunity to review proposed activities and program performance; provide for timely written answers to written complaints and grievances; and identify how the needs of non-English speaking residents will be met in the case of public hearings where a significant number of non-English speaking residents can be reasonably expected to participate.

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So what happened to IE Connect? How did it morph to IE Initiative?  More to come..

WATER LAWSUIT FILED LAST YEAR COMES TO HEAD WITH A CITY OF RIVERSIDE RESPONSE.  This was the original law suit filed by Riverside Residents Dr. Javier and Vivian Moreno against the City of Riverside.

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The following is the City of Riverside’s filed response to their suit.

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UPDATE: 02.05.2013: EVEN THE CITY OF SAN BERNARDINO GETS PROP 218, WHY DOESN’T THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE?  According to an article in the PE by Cassie Macduff, Proposition 218 prohibits siphoning money from restricted funds like the water fund for general-fund expenses.

WILL COUCNILMAN PAUL DAVIS BE TREADING UNCERTAIN WATERS IF LEGISLATIVE AIDE CHUCK CONDER ENTERS THE PICTURE IN THIS JUNE’S ELECTION?

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WITH INCREASING AMOUNT OF POTHOLES BECOMING PREVALENT IN THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE, WILL IT BE NECESSARY FOR CITIZENS TO DO IT THEMSELVES?  Well, this is what San Diego Hillcrest resident Primo Vanicelli decided to do back in 2010 as reported by the SanDiego.Com

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LET’S NOT MENTION THE CITY TREES THAT TAXPAYERS HAVE PAID INTO AND ARE NOT MAINTAINED.  LAST YEAR RESIDENTS SAW THIS IN WARD 1 AS A RESULT OF UNMAINTAINED CITY TREES.  OF COURSE THE CITY IS QUICK TO TERRORIZE THE CITIZENS BY CITATIONS AGAINST WOOD STREET RESIDENTS.  WELL COUNCILMAN GARDNER ISN’T THIS YOUR BLOCK?  WHAT ABOUT ALL THE UNCUT TREES AND EXORBITANT AMOUNTS OF FALLEN PALM FRAWNS, THAT INCIDENTLY, MOST RESIDENTS TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES.  STREET SWEEPER’S DON’T, RESIDENTS DO, AND THE DON’T APPRECIATE THE TICKETS THAT CODE GIVES TO THESE RESIDENTS WHEN THEY FORGET TO MOVE THEIR VEHICLES.  WHAT’S MORE EMBARASSING IS WHEN THEY HAVE FRIENDS, RELATIVES, LANDSCAPING OR REPAIR PEOPLE OVER WHICH RECIEVE CITY TICKETS.  WHAT NOW COUNCILMAN MIKE GARDNER? IS IT WORTH THE EXTRA $40 BUCKS TO LOSE THE SUPPORT OF A CONSTITUENT?

A LETTER TO THE TRUTH PUBLICATION ONLINE:  ” GOD FORBID IF THIS 7 YEAR OLD GIRL HAD BEEN MAYOR BAILEY’S DAUGHTER…”  A letter to the editor of the Truth Publication Online regarding his opinion on two sets of rules and the devaluation of life by the City of Riverside sent by Donald Gallegos.  His opinion letter is as follows:

“Recent actions taken by Riverside authorities confirm my suspicion that there are two set of rules by which Riverside residents should be expected to live by, or face the repercussions by local authorities via the Riverside Police Department, the District Attorney’s office, and City Hall Officials. “The de-valuation of a  Riverside citizens life and of their pets. “An RPD officer can go into your backyard while you are not home and shoot your dog dead under the premise that the officer was in the act of performing their duties and was allegedly in fear for their own life after the officer had put themselves in that position.  “Can not Riverside residents keep a guard dog in their gated yard to protect their home without the risk of coming home and being told that their beloved pet has been shot to death by the RPD ?

“The fact that Riverside police chief Sergio Diaz says that there is nothing wrong with the RPD current policies and procedures regarding the tragic death of a Casa Blanca resident is irresponsible, and further endangers the lives of both Riverside police officers and residents. Imagine Jerry Carroll saying this comment after four white officers had shot 19 year old black teenager Tyisha Miller in
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“I do not blame the officer in the Casa Blanca incident, I blame the policy and procedure of allowing officers to drive while using a computer. Many police agencies do not allow this for obvious reasons.

“The recent tragedy of a Riverside traffic employee running down and killing both an adult and a child while they were innocently waiting at a bus stop.  “The Riverside police department allowed this man to go home after questioning him. The man was obviously distracted, daydreaming, or asleep, and speed was a factor when you consider the damages.  “I have since found out that the 7 year old child was black, and that the driver was a Riverside employee.  “Did the Press Enterprise print a photo of these two victims ? If not.. why not ?

“I would bet my life on this… God forbid if this 7 year old girl had been Mayor Bailey’s daughter, the man would not have been free to walk away after running them down regardless of the reasoning behind it. Someone would have hell to pay for this I can tell you that much. The man would have been arrested and charged with a minimum manslaughter charge if not more.

“Two different rules to live by and the de-valuation of the life of a Riverside resident when it involves Riverside authorities and their employees.

“Donald H. C. Gallegos.”

Letter Courtesy of The Truth Publication Online, Editor Salvador Santana.

UPDATE:02.03.2013: FOR WHATEVER REASON IT APPEARS THAT THE ORIGINAL LETTER HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THE TRUTH PUBLICATION ONLINE SITE.

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A ON THE STREET PERSPECTIVE OF THE POSSIBLE CRASH ROUTE (CLICK ON ABOVE IMAGES TO ENLARGE.)

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Joe D. Williams, a Parking Control Representative for the City of Riverside was named as the driver in the fatal bus stop crash.  As of December 28, 2012, the date of the incident no reported indication of a drug test or alcohol sobriety test being taken.  Incidently, Williams was also not arrested, RPD Officer Bryan Galbreath said intent and negligence did not appear to be factors in the fatal accident, though police have yet to indicate why Williams vehicle left or veered off the road.  Information continues to be sketchy and vague from police and the city.  If anyone has ever received a ticket close to City Hall, you may have been a William’s victim, it’s alleged that he has been noticed by some Riversidian’s to be hiding behind the bushes awaiting a ticketing opportunity.  A witness, Patty Roach, told The Press-Enterprise in an email that the driver had been sitting at a red light on Magnolia at Tyler Street just before the crash and did not proceed on the green light until other motorists honked their horns at him.  What appears to be a brand new KIA sedan veered across two lanes.  A double standard of how members of our city are treated, as opposed to the common taxpayer and residents?  Currently, some have said he was allegedly texting.  Chief Sergio Diaz, again supports the activity of his officers driving while on a lap top, while the rest of us may have to deal with being ticketed or arrested if in a fatal accident, what some are saying is a “double standard of hypocrisy.” Victims in these cases have been Black and Hispanic.

UPDATE: 02.03.2013: ACCORDING TO THE PRESS ENTERPRISE PARKING CONTROL REPRESENTATIVE JOE WILLIAMS WOULD BLACK OUT AT WORK!  If Mr. Williams has had a history of black outs with reference to a seizure condition, why would he be driving?  Why wouldn’t those close to him family, friends, employees and employer allow him to drive a vehicle, knowing his condition of periodically experiencing black outs?  When on the job does he, as an employee, drive a city vehicle or a operates a segway?  He has been prescribed seizure medication, and many times these medications will indicate not to drive or operate heavy machinery.  Does he take his medication daily as indicated?  Did his physcian counsel him that he shouldn’t drive?  Did he knowingly not tell DMV of his condition?  Would the two victims be alive today if someone had done the right thing?  The below reports documentation to two incidents which occurred why in the employment of the City of Riverside.

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TMC GOES GLOBAL: MONTH OF JANUARY 2013 THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES HAVE VISITED:  Canada, India, United Kingdom, Australia, Vietnam, Phillipines, Poland, Côte d’Ivoire, Indonisia, United Arab Emirates, Nigeria, Thailand, Ghana, France, Egypt, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Argentina, South Africa, Brazil, Republic of Korea, Pakistan, Ukraine, Jordan, Maldives, Israel, Turkey, Oman, Singapore, Greece, Hong Kong, Benin, Peru, Taiwan, Mexico, Kuwait, St. Lucia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Switzerland, Venezuela, Russian Federation, Uganda, Croatia, Austria, Ireland, Belarus, Malaysia, Romania, Czech Republic and Japan.

RIVERSIDE’S OWN FIVE BEFORE MIDNIGHT BLOGGER MARY SHELTON BREAKS HER SHOULDER IN A FALL ON A CITY CURVE.  Her surgery on Tuesday the 29th exposed what was seen as a shoulder bone which was badly crushed to the point of no repair.  Her shoulder bone was rebuilt with the use of a prosthetic titanium insertion which will replace the bone lost as seen in the x-ray.

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Mary thanks all of those who emailed her with good wishes and of their concerns for a speedy recovery which includes Councilmembers Steve Adams, Paul Davis, Mike Gardner; Director of Public Works Tom Boyd and City Manager Scott Barber.  Shelton is to be awarded the 2013 Bill Howe Award for Police Accountability by the Riverside Coalition for Police Accountability on Monday 11th at the Community Settlement Association, 4366 Bermuda Avenue, Riverside, CA , 92507, 6:30pm-8:00pm.  RPD Lt. Valmont Graham will also be awarded the 2013 Bill Howe Award for Police Accountability. Free and Open the Public.

FORMER POLICE CHIEF RUSS LEACH WEEKEND EXTRAVAGANZA..  IT’S HERE FOLKS! THE THIRD ANNUAL CHIEF RUSS LEACH SUPERBOWL MEMORIAL WEEKEND CELEBRATION! 

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AGAIN, FOR YOUR SAFETY, IF IN RIVERSIDE PLEASE WATCH OUT FOR CITY OFFICIALS IN WEAVING CARS!   WE ARE TOLD THERE MAY STILL BE TWO SETS OF STANDARDS!  BUT OF COURSE THAT IS A QUESTION FOR THE EXPERT ON SURFING ON A LAPTAP WHILE DRIVING,

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COMPUTER WHIZ CHIEF NACHO CHEESE SERGIO DIAZ, WHO MAINTAINS IT CAN STILL BE DONE, IF YOU’RE A POLICE OFFICER.

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UPDATE: 02.05.2013: THE THIRD ANNUAL RUSS LEACH SUPERBOWL MEMORIAL WEEKEND EXTRAVAGANZA CLAIMS ANOTHER.  RPD LT. LARRY GONZALEZ ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF DUI AFTER RUNNING INTO A MAILBOX AND A RETAINING WALL IN AN UNMARKED CITY VEHICLE AROUND 2:00 AM IN THE MORNING.  All were at at retirement party for the retiring Lt. Chris Manning.  It was also indicated that the Police Chief Sergio Diaz was attendance among a who’s who of others.  Mayor Rusty Bailey who left the pow pow at around 9:00pm, stated that “He (Lt. Larry Gonzalez) was sober when he left”, according the PE.  That folks was from the mouth of independent voice himself.  But others at the party indicate a different story regarding Gonzalez’s alleged sobriety, and why didn’t others there step up to the plate to give the Lt. a ride home?  Lt. Gonazales was not sober from those in attendance unlike the Mayor Bailey’s statement to the press.  Not a good start for Mayor’s Bailey first months in office whereby his statements have more contradiction than truth.  What about the other’s who made it home that very night without incident of hitting a block wall or even a pedestrian?  What will the outcome be?  Will Lt. Gonzalez DUI have a favorable outcome in the court system, or is this truly a visual formality?  Will Lt. Gonzalez be made to be an example, regardless of the other officers before him who didn’t make the press?

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In a new article in the PE, it states that in recent decades, police as well as the general public have come under increasing scrutiny. Once upon a time, cops often got a pass when they were caught drinking and driving. A recent Riverside police chief learned that those days are over.  Other activities of policy abuse was the use of cold plates for city vehicles issued to Councilmembers.  The DMV is clear that these types of vehicles are to be used in criminal investigations and supervisin parolees, though at one time, four councilmembers were issued these vehicles including our Mayor Bailey.

IS THE CITY THAT BROKE, WHY IS THE CITY TICKETING VEHICLES IN THIS PRIVATE MALL?  PIC SUBMITTED TO TMC OF A CITY EMPLOYEE TICKETING THE BLACK VEHICLE NEXT TO IT  IN THE RALPH’S SHOPPING CENTER ON MAGNOLIA AND JURUPA.

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THE BACKSTRAND BUILDING, MARCH 27, 1940, ON SIXTH AND MAIN

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

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In an incident that made national news, Public Speaker Karen Wright appeared at her December 27th court date regarding her charge of disrupting a public meeting.  Later found through a public request act of the police report, City Attorney Gregory Priamos had given instruction to RPD Officer Sahagun to stop Wright from going past the three minute allotted time by sixteen seconds.

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                            Riverside City Attorney Greg Priamos               Riverside DA Paul Zellerbach

The situation became increasingly incomprehensible when Priamos would not comment do to “attorney-client privilege.”  Attorney client privilege?  That’s what we said…  In lieu things continued to take a strange turn when the filing by the Paul Zellerbach’s District Attorney’s office was never issued.  Karen was told by the court to call the DA’s office to find out if the DA intends to file or not.  Attorney Letitia Pepper attempted to request the issue be addressed in court so she could ask for a dismissal.  The court would not allow this.  The waiting game continues, since the DA did not have the courtesy to follow through, the justice system leaves Ms. Wright in the dark at this point, and she herself must make the effort to contact and find out their intentions.  How many DA departments be connected to and placed on hold to ask the question, “Mr. DA, do you plan to file charges against me?”  Could this inaction by the DA’s office be construed as a continued form of harassment toward Ms. Wright?  Or to continue the confusion so a warrant for her arrest is issued?  That’s so Riverside.  Most Riversidian’s agree, the Council and Mayor should have dropped the charges rather than enduring more city embarrassment, but currently the DA appears to be dancing around the issue..  So what is DA Paul Zellerbach’s relationship with the City of Riverside?  Possibley BB&K?  The Riveriside Grand Jury?  Local Superior Court Judges?  The Attorney General Office of the State of California?  and of course local cronies?

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One of the first items for new Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey would have been to drop charges.  Currently, Chief Sergio Diaz has yet to publicly apologize to Ms. Wright for his behavior and unrestrained verbality toward her earlier this year at a City Council Meeting.  No complaints were issued against Chief Diaz by Wright.  Chief Diaz was not arrested at this incident for his disturbance at Council Chambers.

So the citation issued by the police lists a court date. You check the docket the day before and can’t find your name, you call the DA and they say they are still consulting. You are then in a position where you still have to go to court because you don’t want to have the DA file at the last minute, you not show and the judge issue a bench warrant. You also don’t want to appear in court without an attorney, so you have that exspence. I’m sorry but it looks like they are unfairly jerking Ms. Wright around. This case should have been dismissed. Shame on the city of Riverside and shame on the DA.  – Kevin Dawson, Commenter on the PE

Just wait until the trial and CA Greg Priamos takes the stand under oath and has to testify who ordered him to order the officer to “stop” her. I don’t think his “apology” will quite cut it here.  – Mary Shelton, Commenter on the PE

UPDATE: 01/04/2013: Acording to the Press Enterprise, John Hall, Spokesman for the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, state they didn’t have enough time to investigate.

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John Hall, Spokeshole Spokesperson for the Riverside City DA’s Office

Okay John! this can expressly be construed as the DA does not have a case.  Hall went on to say, “There’s nothing that we have to do by law to notify anyone that nothing’s going to be done on that particular day.”  Okay John, I get it, you have the power but you had over 8 weeks to figure this out!  What goes?  By the way do you take dance lessons, because it appears you are dancing around the issue as well as the Big Kahuna, Zellerbach.  He further stated according to the Press Enterprise, that in the past six years, only one other case has come in under penal code section § 403 — disturbing a public meeting — and the district attorney ended up filing different charges against the suspect.  Penal Code § 403 states every person who, without authority of law, willfully disturbs or breaks up any assembly or meeting that is not unlawful in its character, other than an assembly or meeting referred to in Section 302 of the Penal Code or Section 18340 of the Elections Code, is guilty of a misdemeanor.  So they couldn’t charge someone with the original arrest charge of penal code § 403 and had to concoct subsequent charge or unlterior trumped up charge?  So why would the DA have to do this? Would it be because of the embarrassment of the whole charge to begin with?  As of January 4, 2013, Wright’s case remains “under review” and remains unlisted on the courts databases.  “Under review?”  Is this code word for “no case?”  It’s only common courtesy that the DA’s office show on a court date, it’s only common courtesy that the DA’s office collaborate with the defendent, otherwise can this be construed by the DA’s office of a pronounce expression of arrogance?  Information for the DA’s Office only.. we have included a printable icon for ease of printability in order for the DA’s office to file TMC articles..

THE TWEET OF THE CONDER

So far this year, it’s okay to utilize public emails for campaign purposes by violating CA Code 8314 (a), it’s okay to give the finger to someone at City Council.  Talking about fingers, according to Press Enterprise’s Alicia Robinson’s tweets, it appears that Councilman’ s Chris Mac Arthur’s legislative aide Chuck Conder issued a petition in lieu of a filing fee for the upcoming June 2013 election for Ward 4.

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Let’s see, by golly isn’t that Councilman Paul Davis’s current Ward?  Wasn’t that the same Chuck Conder who was canvassing the Ward 4 neighborhoods for petition signatures against changing wards due to redistricting?  Incidently, Chuck resides in Ward 4 and did not want that changed.  The final accepted version of the district map coincidently cut the area in question directly in half.  His residence remaining in Ward 4, while the other half went to Ward 2.

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Isn’t Councilman’s Paul Davis up for reelection in June 2013?  Will the real Chuck Conder please step up!

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and who was really the Wizard of Emerald City?

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View of the Santa Ana Bridge dedication ceremony, 1932, Riverside, California

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

I came across this settlement case when looking into the Lanzillo Incident few weeks ago, and it was quite enlightening.  How many times has a settlement lawsuit occurred whereby a councilman such as Steve Adam’s has allegedly had a part in interfering with a process such as police promotions, in which of course, he should not be interefering with.  The question is, why would he feel a need to be part of the process to begin with?  At the last City Council meeting, former City of Riverside Deputy Attorney Raychele Sterling stated that City Attorney Greg Priamos expressed that Councilman Steve Adams was a “huge liability”.  It certainly appears that Councilman Steve Adams in the following law suit has costed the taxpayer not $1.00, not $500,000.00, but $750,000.00 and more in incidental court cost according to the law firm of Lackie, Dammeier & McGill.

POLICE ASSOCIATION LEADERS SETTLE RETALIATION LAWSUIT

By: Russell Perry & Michael McGill

On the eve of trial, the City of Riverside settled a contentious lawsuit brought by two of its lieutenants–Darryl Hurt and Tim Bacon–brought against the City, its now retired Chief of Police, a City Manager, an Assistant City Manager, and two City Council members.  The lawsuit alleged retaliation based on the lieutenants’ political activities on behalf of the Riverside Police Administrators Association [“RPAA”], the union for police management employees.

In 2006, Lieutenant Hurt became President of the RPAA and was vocal about the City violating numerous provisions of the union contract, including the City’s surreptitious attempt to convert various positions to “at will” status.  Hurt was responsible for coordinating litigation against the City challenging its actions and spoke out in opposition at various City Council meetings.  Of course, Lieutenant Hurt did not stand alone in his opposition to the various issues that confronted the RPAA.  In 2006, Lieutenant Tim Bacon was a vocal and active member of the RPAA.  He gathered a wide range of community support at City Council meetings to oppose the implementation of the “at will” employment contracts.  Furthermore, Lieutenant Bacon was Chairman of the Political Action Committee [“PAC”] for the RPAA and endorsed a candidate for City Council that eventually lost an election against a current City Councilman.

In addition to their union activities, Lieutenants Hurt and Bacon also reported what they believed to be unlawful activities of Police Chief Russ Leach, City Manager Brad Hudson, and Assistant City Manager Tom Desantis to the California Attorney General related to the issuance of concealed weapons to the city managers, as well as unauthorized cold platting of city vehicles.  Lieutenants Hurt and Bacon believed that their outspoken criticism of City Hall, City Council, and the reporting of the alleged illegal activity angered the city managers and city councilman. Unfortunately, these protected activities ended up coming back to haunt Lieutenant Hurt and Bacon when they later tested for Captain.

In November 2007, both lieutenants participated in the promotional process for Captain. Naturally, their combined extensive training and fifty six plus years of collective law enforcement experience led to a high ranking following the oral interview. Despite their excellent qualifications as senior lieutenants, they were passed up for promotion allegedly based on their political activities.

During the discovery phase, numerous depositions were taken and provided startling insight into the manner in which promotions occur within the City of Riverside.  A former Deputy Chief testified that Chief Russ Leach was told by City Manager Brad Hudson and Assistant City Manager Tom Desantis that Lieutenants Hurt and Bacon would never be considered for promotion because of their union activities. In fact, the candidate that was ultimately selected for promotion over Hurt and Bacon by Chief Leach was specifically approved by the city managers after an unusual vetting process.

Before the official announcement of the captain promotion was released, Councilman Steve Adams met with the promotional candidate at a restaurant, intentionally selected outside the city limits to avoid the appearance of impropriety [presumably due to the timing of the gathering]. This meeting was allegedly needed to resolved personal differences between Councilman Steve Adams and the candidate. Amazingly the only apparent issue that has to be resolved is whether or not the candidate actually campaigned against Steve Adams during a prior election—like Hurt and Bacon did.  Once Steve Adams accepted the candidate’s plea that he did not campaign against him, all the personal differences were resolved. City Councilman Adams told City Manager Hudson the next day that the meeting went well and coincidentally, the official announcement of the promotion of that candidate followed shortly thereafter. By the terms of the City Charter, members of the City Council are not supposed to be involved in the promotional process.

After they were passed over for promotion, Lieutenants Hurt and Bacon notified the Chief of Police of their intent to file a lawsuit. This act had immediate consequences as they were both suddenly transferred to an undesirable assignment for seasoned lieutenants, specifically the watch commander position.

The City’s assertion that the Lieutenants Hurt and Bacon were not promoted because they never made it to the top three choices for captain was going to be exposed as a sham at trial. They had compelling evidence that they were not going to be promoted because they previously engaged in protected activities. The circumstances surrounding the promotion of the other lieutenant only after the secret meeting outside the city limits, the testimony of Deputy Chief that both candidates were not going to be considered for promotion to captain, and the total lack of credibility of the former Chief of Police were going to show otherwise.

A few weeks before the case was set to go to trial in April 2010, the City came to its senses and met the plaintiffs’ settlement demand.  The terms of the settlement were released to the public by the City Attorney’s Office and include the following: In exchange for dismissal of both lawsuits against all defendants, Lieutenants Hurt and Bacon agreed to be placed on administrative leave until they were eligible for retirement [July 2010 for Lieutenant Bacon and January 2011 for Lieutenant Hurt]. Both lieutenants will receive back pay at the captain rate from the date they were passed up for promotion in January 2008 until their retirement. The City will ensure that both lieutenants will receive top step captain pay for the twelve months prior to retirement. Furthermore, the City agreed to purchase additional PERS service time so that both lieutenants could retire at the maximum, thirty years of service. Finally, Lieutenant Bacon will receive payment of $300,000 and Lieutenant Bacon will receive payment of $250,000.  The City further agreed to pay the Lieutenants’ legal fees and costs.  In total, the Lieutenants will receive a combined cash settlement totaling approximately $750,000, not to mention retirement at top step captain—positions they would have had absent the retaliation by the Defendants.  We did not even consider the cost the City spent to defend this case, which I’m sure goes well into the six digit range.

Mr. Warmth he is not, Mr. Sensitivity he is not, so why should we even give him the benefit of doubt when it comes to leadership?  When in essence his leadership is not for the benefit of his constituents.  What about the damage to City vehicles and cold plates?  What about the story of Lt. Meredyth Meredith and the alleged interference with her promotional process to Captain?  According to a deposition of former Chief of Police Russell Leach, he was preparing to promote then Lt. Meredith to captain when former Assistant Manager Tom DeSantis called him and put a stop to it.  Leach then stated, “And I found out Steve Adams marched into the meeting with…Hudson and Desantis and told them emphatically she shouldn’t be promoted.”  So what would be the reasoning behind Adams not wanting Lt. Meredith to be promoted?  Why would it matter at all what he says to begin with, wouldn’t he be violating Section 407 of City Charter, Intereference in Administrative Service, by that behavior?  So the big question we at TMC are asking, are certain people in leadership positions within the City of Riverside setting the taxpayer up for more costly liability?  We know “Mr. Liability” is..

UPDATE: 09/17/2012: EXCESSIVE WATER RATES?  WE TOLD YOU SO….ARE THEIR PROPOSITION 218 AN PROPOSITION 26 VIOLATIONS NOT BEING ADDRESSED?  A NEW REPORT IN THE PRESS ENTERPRISE ON THE HIGH COST OF WATER DUE TO THE TIERED SCAM…WE’RE SAYING IT BUT THEY ARE NOT.  OTHER TMC LINKS ON WATER: CITY OF RIVERSIDE: EXCESSIVE WATER TAXATION? AND CITY OF RIVERSIDE: UNDERWATER AND SHOCKED BY HIDDEN UTILITY TAXES? AND OF COURSE: CITY OF RIVERSIDE: THREE TIERS FOR WATER! I’LL DRINK TO….SECOND THOUGHT CAN’T AFFORD TO…   AND IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ELECTRICITY RATES: HIDDEN TAXES ON YOUR ELECTRIC UTILITY RATE$!

UPDATE: 09/18/2012: CITY COUNCIL TUESDAY! The redistricting issue was debated and voted at Tuesday’s City Council Meeting on September 24, 2012.  The map that was accepted was as follows:

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Councilman Chris Mac Arthur’s legislative aid Charles Condor who was canvassing the his neighborhood for signatures to remain within his Ward 4, appeared to get his request.  The “deciders” cut “Chuckie Land” right down the middle, with Chuckie’s home address remaining in Councilman’s Paul Davis Ward 4, and the other half going to Councilman’s Andy Melendrez’s Ward 2.  Others rumored that Condor wanted to remain in Ward 4 in order to run against Davis next election cycle.  Now Condor has been quoted as saying he has no intention to run Ward 4 Council in the next election.  Chuckie Land in the first image should be all pink because it is actually in Councilman’s Paul Davis’s Ward 4.  It’s green in the photo because one of the redistricting map choices was that it would be redistricted to Councilman Andy Melendrez’s Ward 2, hence the second image which was accepted by council.

                                 

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Now the “Chamber Queen”, Cindy Roth, with all the controversy, did not get that piece of Ward 2, the Market Place of which TMC coined “Cindy Land”, to be moved to Councilman’s Mike Gardner’s Ward 1.

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Again, I must emphasize, that redistricting is not about ’business’ it’s about ‘population’.  If there is any inference of ‘gerrymandering’ that will be left for the state to investigate.  Redistricting, again, is based on a strict criteria, formulated to prevent political favoritism and gerrymandering.

Another change, was that Ward 1 was moved from Blaine to the Streets of Linden and University within the Andy Melendrez’s Ward 2.  Proponents, such as Christina Duran were not happy with that change.  Though, we must remember, what appeared to be of greater concern to the community of Ward 2 was the Market Place, which was of course, retained within Councilman’s Andy Melendrez’s Ward 2.  Regardless, public speaker Christina Duran made it known to Council that she would file a letter of objection to this change.  A letter of objection allows the decision in question to legally be brought up at a later time if deemed necessary due to inconsistencies, otherwise the decision could be considered final.

Again the act of redistricting is based on a set criteria which independently produces several redistricting map choices for council to vote on.  Changing those boundaries for the benefit of a few, known as gerrymandering, would be violating this set criteria, therefore would be left for investigation by the state.  The points made above were many of the ones which were seemed to be brought to the forefront of importance, otherwise movement and slight district changes overall were left unchallenged.

UPDATE: 09/20/2012: GANGNAM STYLE MEETS “RIVER CITY STYLE”? OR EVEN “THE LOVERIDGE STYLE” AS COINED BY ALICIA ROBINSON OF THE PE?  WOULD THIS HELP OUR SISTER CITY?  CAN IT HELP RIVERSIDE WITH NOTORIETY?  NEW POSTING ON THE PE BY ALICIA ROBINSON..

    

UPDATE: 09/26/2012: QUESTIONS ARISE ON THE FATALITY OF ISABEL PABLO STRUCK BY AN RPD VEHICLE.  Police Officer Boulerice’s initial statement was that he was looking at his computer before the collision.. but Greg Matthews, (paid by the City of Riverside to assess the actual circumstances of the fatality, in favor of the city, I would imagine), said the short amount of time Boulerice needed to stop indicated that he was not distracted… Well alrighty, I heard that one by the common people, or should I say the taxypayer.

    

Matthews said Pablo was not visible to Boulerice long enough for him to stop in time, even if he had not been driving 5 mph over the posted 35 mph speed limit.  We all know the dangers of going 40 mph and taking a second or two not looking at the road.  It only takes a second of distraction.  We’ve been told this time and time again, but now, is there a double standard now involved?

Trained police officers can text, use their cell, utilize their computer and the City can effectively argue that the officer was not distracted?  I know a thousand local taxpaying civilians that would like to hire that guy..  BUMP, Oppps, O’my god…what did I do??  Laws? What laws? What are they there for?  According to RPD, there Press Release suggest that Isabel Pablo was jaywalking.. by walking outside the crosswalk.  She was even given a toxicology test, the results have yet to be reported by the Chief.  In one instance to mitigate going over the speed limit, Chief Diaz states that Boulerice would not have been able to stop even if he were driving the posted 35 mph, police said at the meeting.

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Accordingly the following image from the PE shows where Pablo was when she was hit (red tear drop).  Also in the image are the lines of visual compromise to the police officer driving (red lines) which made it difficult to see Pablo.  Also notice that where Pablo was hit (second image), was the area or distance between one vehicle lane.  It is also important to notice the layout of the blocks in relation to the streets.

         

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The next series of images begins with image 1, approximately one block away from where Pablo was hit.  Image 2, is approximately at half the distance, with noticeable pedestrian crossing clearly painted on the street.  Image 3, is approxiamately a quarter of the distance.  In all images you can judge for yourself it their was any visual impairment.  Also consider the speed of the vehicle in excess of the speed limit, and driving while on the vehicle lap top.  The police officer also mentions a vehicle parked to the right curb also causing visual impairment (Image four).  Click images to enlarge.  According to the PE a southbound motorist who saw Pablo on the curb, nodded to Pablo that she could cross, but then honked his horn when he saw the police car approach at a speed that indicated Boulerice did not see Pablo.  I’m assuming that what he meant by honking the horn was that he was traveling in a speed in excess of what appeared to normal.  You the citizen be the judge..

        

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Three other views beginning approximately one quarter of the way to impact.  Keep in mind the view especially in image three.  Also consider as indicated by the PE, the landscaping, medians and planters were installed in a $1.1 million project in 1999 that was designed to slow vehicle traffic and make Madison more pedestrian friendly.  Image four is of Image Two with a parked truck.

        

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Could speed and distraction been a factor?

To make his point, Chief Sergio Diaz said there have been 23 fatal vehicle vs. pedestrian collisions in Riverside since 2007. In 15 cases, the pedestrian was at fault; in five cases, the driver was at fault but was not charged; in three cases, the driver was at fault — two charged with felony DUI and one charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter.  I’m not sure what Chief Sergio’s Diaz’s point was, but maybe it was to mitigate the collision somehow, but regardless, violations occurred.  If you wanted transperancy, one would want to look at the video dash cam for the purpose of seeing the police officer’s view from the police vehicle.  Chief Diaz doesn’t see it that way, he stated at a community meeting that he would attempt to prevent the police car’s dashboard video from going public, that he had no interest in satisfying anyone’s “macabre curiosity.”  “Macabre Curiosity”?  First Riversidian’s who asked questions regarding police procedures, were labeled as those who are “eating cheetos in their underwear”.  Now the question arises again, whereby the community would like to view all the evidence, especially the dash video.  Those who would like to see the dash video are now labeled as deviant, with a “macabre curiosity”.  Again many in the community are questioning the decisions and remarks of the Chief, especially now that he appears to be interfering with public records and how he skews issues of importance.

TMC INVESTIGATES WITH THEIR OWN VERSION AS SEEN ABOVE, WITH NO COST TO THE TAXPAYER.  WITHOUT THE COMMUNITY WORKING WITH POLICE HAND IN HAND, WE CANNOT HAVE A SAFE COMMUNITY.  TRUST NEEDS TO BE BROUGHT BACK, EVEN IF IT MEANS A NEW CHIEF.   WHAT! ANOTHER CHANGE ORDER FOR THE FOX PERFORMANCE PLAZA FOR $2.5 MILLION.  BUT GET THIS! STAFF ALREADY SPENT IT WITHOUT CITY COUNCIL APPROVAL.  OF COURSE THIS HAS CITY MANAGER SCOTT BARBER’S NAME ALL OVER THIS.  AT ONE POINT DURING COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS, COUNCILMAN STEVE ADAMS ASKED IF THE MONEY HAD ALREADY BEEN SPENT AND THE CONSTRUCTION ALREADY DONE?  CITY MANAGER SCOTT BARBER ANSWERED “YES’… THIS WAS ITEM #15 ON THE CITY COUNCIL AGENDA FOR TUESDAY 09.25.2012.  TAXPAYERS ARE ASKING WHO’S IN CHARGE?  BUT DID COUNCILMAN STEVE ADAMS, CITY MANAGER SCOTT BARBER AND THE CITY ATTORNEY GREG PRIAMOS ALREADY KNEW ABOUT THIS BEFORE HAND?  THE REASON WE ASK THIS AS WELL AS OTHER IN THE COMMUNITY IS BECAUSE IT IS NOT UNCOMMON TO SEE COUNCILMAN STEVE ADAMS WITH CITY MANAGER SCOTT BARBER AT SUCH LOCAL HANGOUTS AS MAZZ.  ALSO SEEN WITH ADAMS IS CITY ATTORNEY GREG PRIAMOS.  THREE PEAS IN A POD?  WAS THIS WHOLE EVENT POSSIBLY EVEN ORCHESTRATED?  WHAT ARE THE LEGAL REPERCUSSIONS BEHIND THIS DECISION?  KNOWING THE RULES OF CONDUCT, WHY WOULD CITY MANAGER SCOTT BARBER VIOLATE THEM?

                   

    SCOTT BARBER                        STEVE ADAMS                    GREG PRIAMOS

    

SHOULD THE CHIEF OF POLICE, CITY ATTORNEY AND CITY MANAGER POSITIONS BE ELECTED POSITIONS?  WE WELCOME YOUR COMMENTS..  AND YOU KNOW BY NOW HOW MUCH TMC LOVE’S THE DIRT, EMAIL YOU DIRT!  NOT LITERALLY… INCIDENTALLY, IF YOU HAVE EXTRA DIRT..MAIL IT TO CITY HALL!   CITY HALL NEEDS YOUR DIRT IN ORDER TO COMPLETE TEQUESQUITE PARK..AT THE RATE OF 1,800 TRUCKLOADS…  THIS WITH A COST OF $200,000.00 TO THE TAXPAYER.  $200K DIVIDED BY OUR POPULATION OF 300,000.00 COMES OUT TO $0.666 PER RESIDENT.  WE  WILL LET YOU KNOW OF ANOTHER INCIDENT WHERE THE 666 NUMBER COMES UP REGARDING EL TEQUESQUITE PARK, OF COURSE, RESERVED ONLY FOR THOSE 666 ENTHUSIAST..

Self Appointed Citizen Auditor Vivian Moreno question the documentation for Tequesquite Park which states that the six fire stations are equal to the $4 million.  “That can’t possibly be right, these six stations have to be worth over $50 million”!  ”If you divide $4 million by the 6 fire stations you get $666,666.66.  Your telling me that a fire station is only worth $666,666.66″?

UPDATE: 10/01/2012: ITEM # 19 ON CITY COUNCIL AGENDA FOR 10/02/2012: GINA AIREY CONSULTING TO BE CONTRACTED FOR “SEIZING OUR DESTINTY TWO”? AT A COST TO THE TAXPAYER OF $210,365.00?   Yes Folks, there is a Method in the Magic in order to initiatate Seizing Our Destiny Two..

    

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Methods & Magic: How to  Jumpstart a Focused Plan that Delivers Results… and Saves You Time! –This is a  day-long workshop to prepare for self-directed strategic planning, designed for  volunteers and smaller organizations. “Methods and Magic” is also available as a  workbook for all those City Council who need a helping hand with vision.

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The last time we had anything with the term “Magic”, was when Former City Manager Brad Hudson requested an outside investigation to the allegations of favoritism of himself, so he hired Rancho Cucamonga-based law firm Cihigoyenetche Grossberg Clouse  at a cost to the taxpayer of $150,000.00 to do the investigation which ultimately took a month.  Of course, in this investigative process they forgot to interview the other party which originally made the claims of impropriaties.  This is the same in Councilman Paul Davis’s case, whereby former RPD Lt. Jeff Callopy also forgot to take a statement, from non other than, Councilman Paul Davis, and was still able to determine wrong doing by the councilman.  Well, go figure.  But it gets stranger, one of the partners of the law firm Brad Hudson retained to investigate the email claims, specifically, Scott J Grossberg Esq.,  is also a motivational speaker who specializes in magic,  and is the author of three critically acclaimed and bestselling books, “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.”

This partner specializes in magic, thought-reading, and divination (Tarot, oracle cards, palmistry, astrology, and numerology).  I guess my question to the City of Riverside is, why do continue to focus on “magic” for the answers to the City of Riverside’s future?  What is their obsession with “magic”?  In their eyes, would “magic” be what is necessary to take the City that one step beyond?

UPDATE: 10/02/2012: CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO CONTINUE REDLIGHT CAMERAS, REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE PUBLIC AT LARGE HAD TO SAY…AND WHAT THEY SAID WAS TAKE THEM OUT!  THE VOTE:  ADAMS-YEA, HART-YEA, GARDNER-YEA, DAVIS-NAY, MAC ARTHUR-NAY, MELENDREZ-NAY, MAYOR PRO TEMP AND MAYORAL CANDIDATE, AKA “INDEPENDENT VOICE”  MADE THE DECIDING VOTE WITH AND ASTOUNDING YEA..  WHAT DOES AUSTRALIAN BASE REDLFLEX HAVE ON THESE INDIVIDUAL WHO VOTED IN FAVOR OF IT?

I heard 18 people speak against the cameras tonight and two in favor of keeping them. All agreed the fines are unreasonable, even Steve Adams. Outwardly he says he supports community opinion and supported alternative methods to improve traffic safety. An excess of 11,000 tickets at Arlington and Indiana shouts loud and clear that public works is not doing an effective job of improving traffic safety here. Warren Buffet recently invested in red light cameras as reported by some council members (Mac Arther and Davis).   - Mark Porter, Commenter on the PE

The proverbial saying: put your money where your mouth is, comes to mind. If the city’s position is that the red light cameras result in safer intersections then where are the substantiating facts? if a case cannot be made that the red light cameras are producing a safer traffic environment (presumably the reason for their existence, according to the city) then we must ask: Why are they there?  -dontsurfsaltcreekmiddles, Commenter on the PE

UPDATE: 10/04/2012: CITY COUNCIL WEEK SEPTEMBER 26, 2012.  CITY MANAGER’S SCOTT BARBERS EXPLANATION TO THE  SPENDING OF $2.5 MILLION WITHOUT CITY COUNCIL KNOWLEDGE OR APPROVAL.

First of all let me say that, if we didn’t proceed with the MOU, (Memorandum Of Understanding is a document describing a bilateral or multilateral agreement between parties),  this change order would be another $500,000.00 or $600,000.00 on top of what you are seeing right now cause that would have been the cost to rebuild the building that had no purpose or no use, (The Press Bindery).  Which seems to me to be would be a waste of money.  So I appreciate  and recognize that we would be writing a wrong, and we are going to do something really good with the money.

Second of all, there was some management decisions made during the course of construction, that should have been discussed with the council.  I fully understand and appreciate the depth and weight of those decisions that were made.  And you have my guarantee as your city manager …uggh, that we have a big convention center construction under way….  You have staff’s commitment that we will bring to you items as they come up, because when their’s construction, there are unforeseen things that happen, it just always happens with construction..   and there were some additional cost that were management decisions, and….that’s not the kind of thing that is going to happen again…  So, I appreciate your thoughtful consideration of this,  and you have my guarantee as your city manager that we will not be making management decisions to make changes on projects without discussing them with you…

City Councilman Paul Davis: Final question, has this work already been done?  And it’s kind of asking permission after the fact?

Barber: Most of the work been completed…(therefore the $2.5 million has been spent without City Council approval)..

Upcoming, another alleged hired retaliatory investigative hit job by former RPD Lt. Jeff Callopy against a Public Works employee?

RIVERSIDE FORGOTTEN….MAIN STREET, CIRCA 1900

JUST FOR LAUGHS….EL TEQUESQUITE PARK: MIDNIGHT DIRT REMOVAL:  WE JUST RAN OVER THAT PURPLE PIPE, WAS THAT ANYTHING IMPORTANT?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW PRESS ENTERPRISE CONTRACT WITH THE CITY.

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

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

-THE BAILEY LAPTOP CAPER-

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

JUST THE FACTS!

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

I’M ON IT..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

         

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

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

COMPLAINT OF 07-19-2011

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

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

                                                                  

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

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

    

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

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

JUST FOR LAUGHS….

RIVERSIDE FORGOTTENRIVERSIDE PLAZA 1960’s, RIVERSIDE, CA

         

THE ALFRED M. LEWIS GROCERY STORE, RIVERSIDE, CA, SEPTEMBER 18, 1940, ON 10TH AND MAIN. (COURTESY OF THE UC RIVERSIDE, SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AND ARCHIVES).

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

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

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


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