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Today, December 03, Assistant City Manager Belinda Graham gave her two weeks notice to leave her position.  She rose up the ranks and was part of the legacy of former City Manager Brad Hudson, there was no one in the history of Riverside who moved up faster then Ms. Graham.  Some say she did her best work horizontally as opposed to vertically.  She was instrumental in the destruction of so many lives, careers and businesses.  She has cost the taxpayers of Riverside hundreds of millions of dollars by the incompetent decisions she had made.  Currently, many sources have said that Council has no confidence in her ability and would not consider her as a contender for the upcoming City Manager vacancy.  Therefore, today’s decision is not a surprise.

One the many issues which came to the forefront was Pellisier Ranch, and her part in this illegal transaction.  Originally the Pellisier Ranch property was purchased by the Riverside Utility for water rights years ago.  Former City Manager Brad Hudson worked a deal to sell the majority of the property to an industrial developer friend, Majestic Realty.  The problem was the City, or the Utility, could not sell this public property without going through the public bidding process, so Hudson and Graham (then the Development Director) decided to transfer the property to the RDA (Redevelopment Agency), which has the power to sell the property directly to a purchaser without going through a public bidding process.  Sources told us that Hudson had already negotiated a price.  The negotiated price was way to low based on comparable surrounding real estate values.  This of course, was brought to the attention of Ms. Graham.  Ms. Graham was also advised that the transfer/transaction was not legal, since RDA are not allowed to purchase property outside the City Limits (which was actually Colton) of their own jurisdiction.  Belinda had already done a similar transaction with Utility land adjacent to Fairmount Park outside the City Limits.  We were told that Ms. Graham did not like the fact that the source knew this information.  In the end, the sale to Hudson’s industrial developer friend did not go through.

Under the leadership of Belinda Graham and Brad Hudson, the City of Riverside will never be able to recover.  From this disaster, we get another, Scott Barber, a total train wreck.

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Didn’t make the cut for City Manager in Puyallup, WA, so now she is retiring? (Click Image to Enlarge)  So it appears the total count is two. Graham attempted to apply for City Manager in two cities Bellevue, WA April 2014 and Puyallup, WA in November 2014.

RIVERSIDE POLICE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION HONORING DISGRACED CITY MANAGER SCOTT BARBER DECEMBER 14, 2014.

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It’s true, the Riverside Police Officers Association is holding a special breakfast program at the Mission Inn in celebration of City Manager Scott Barber’s retirement.  Why? you may ask would RPOA promote and plan an event such as this?  Could it be that RPOA President Brian Smith and Vice President Aurelio Melendrez (son of Councilman Andy Melendrez) would like to acknowledge his support and effort in attempting taking down a councilmember for the team, which ultimately backfired, and resulted in a shameful departure.

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Incidentally, the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce decided to get into the act along with RPOA to support this effort.  The conspiracy continues as to the real nexus between Cindy Roth’s Greater Riverside Chamber, RPOA President Brian Smith and the Riverside Office of the City Manager.

Back in 2010, Scott Barber approved a $2.5 million change order for the Fox Performance Plaza, without City Council Approval!  This violates every policy and procedure that the City Manager should abide by.  This my friends, is where City Manager Scott Barber should have been FIRED!  This is where is clearly over stepped his bounds as City Manager and his ethical integrity, but went ahead and did it anyway.  Either he was unknowledgable of City rules or all together simply unqualified to understand the severity of the overall picture.  So when City Council members continue to ignore it, they are in denial, this my taxpayer friends is the cusp of the problem!

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We therefore ask, before the door hits the backside on his way out, that City Manager Scott Barber pay back the taxpayers for utilizing our monies inappropriately.

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We know it is only $100,000.00 that Barber misappropriated with the support of RPOA President Brian Smith and Chief Sergio Diaz, but we believe the damage that they caused only supports $200,000.00.  Smith and Diaz, you can chip in any way you wish to help out Mr. Barber, maybe Cindy Roth and the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce can hold a fundraiser to help out.

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… AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!   COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  WE JUST CAN’T SPELL!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT BY CONTACTING US AT:   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

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

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

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

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

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

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

NO PROPERTY SHOULD BENEFIT, AT THE EXPENSE OF OTHERS..

Last weeks lively debate in one instant went as follows.

I believe that’s the way it needs to be handled again, Councilman Melendrez said.  It should be referred to Governmental Affairs, that three council members should participate plus the community.  Gardner is not part of the Governmental Affairs but I would invite him to participate.. and be an active participant.

After Melendrez stated his position he received a standing ovation…TMC believes that if Counilman Melendrez had shown this type of leadership before, he could have been in the Mayor’s runoff, now the constituents have no choice.

OTHER COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS…

Mayor Ron: I must repeat that the need for Conflict resolution is best done as a committee as a whole.

Councilman Melendrez:  Mayor, it didn’t work the last time, that’s why I am here.

Councilman Davis:  I have to openly admit that it was a mistake!   It’s about process, and the process was not followed properly.  This is not about businesses but about residential desires. You look at the business desires compared to the residential desires. It’s hard to weigh.  In this case it’s about the residential desires.  I would like to make a motion, I respectfully disagree with you Mayor.  Things are not done the same way they were 20 to 30 years ago (making these comment toward the mayor) things are done differently, we are wired in a wireless world and we need to respect that…that we move forward, rather than do things the old way, because a lot of the times they just don’t work anymore.  If the Governmental Committee would allow a substitution of Councilman Gardner.  That would be my motion that we take no action and postpone 60 days..and I hoping to see a second ( a motion which Melendrez solidifies later, but the Mayor thinks it already happened).

It should be vetted between Gardner (Ward 1) and Melendrez (Ward 2).  The rest of us five have no dog in the show here.  This is about ward 1 and ward 2 they should get together.  In other words  it’s about Melendrez and Gardner.

Davis offered stepping down from his Governmental Affairs position and allowing Ward 1 Mike Gardner to take his position in order that he can work with Melendrez at that level.  We need to see what the residents would like to see, and taking into consideration the businesses as well.  Taking the item 20 to the full council for a vote.  Basically the two can come back with their findings and bring them to council so that council can make a better decision.

Councilman Gardner: This has been a much bigger issue than I thought it was. And for that I apologize..  There were things here that I did not see.  I thought this would be relatively simple ( the issue of redistricting) and relatively not controversial.   There were things here that I did not see, but incidently agrees with the mayor about dealing it as a whole…and…and…and..(continues to ramble).. an interruption by Councilman Melendrez while Gardner speaks and Melendrez says,  I will second Pauls motion..Mayor replies..I thought you did, but Melendrez actually did not.

Gardner says he wouldn’t offer a second but proposes to put this off for 60days..council to hold more meetings to talk…I think the community has spoken in more than one way.

Councilman Melendrez: Remember I’m a member of the Downtown Partnership, a committee member, the downtown partnership said they had it in the works since 2002, They didn’t invite the councilman member until 2010.. I’m also a member of the Chamber Commerce, and get along with both the downtown partnership and the chamber, and supportive of the chamber,  except when I think they are inaccurate.  I think redistricting is here about community, not business.   I strongly believe that.  And when I look at what we as council, here to propose.   We have ten items listed,  I’m going to read four of them.  We have ten items listed, I’m going to read four.  Maintain Continutiy of existing wards to the extent possible, draw wards that are compact and continuous , use natural geographical boundaries to the extent possible, maintain cohesive neighborhood and community interest to the extent possible.   I went through all ten and it said nothing about business.  There is nothing here that says listen to what businesses have to say and route business around them.. So TMC ask,  how does Cindy Roth by pass these guidelines and convince the Council to break them?

TMC’s research came up with a interesting article on redistricting and a little know term called “gerrymandering”.  The article is called, Redistricting Now, Analysis of Ways to Prevent Gerrymandering.  But a question to ponder, is ‘gerrymandering’ actually occurring in the City Riverside?  Gerrymandering is a process and practice that attempts to establish a poltical advantage for a particular party or group by manipulating geographic boundries to create partisan or incumbent protected districts.  Another reference point would be Article 21 of the California State Constitution regarding Redistricting.

Also the following talks about the masterplan for the Riverside Market Place, never mentions the East Side, talks about the area as being the Downtown Market Place.

It’s always good to hear from Councilman Adams. When he talks to the people..I want to thank everybody here to night, it’s a great demonstration of democracy.   I work for the people of ward 7, and looking toward the crowd..says ”you are our bosses”.   he went on to say…and this is why Riverside is the greatest city in the state.  Finally and emphatically said..  I started to think, is this one of those “say what you mean and mean what you say moment”?

Brian Hawley, Vice Chair of the Greater Riverside Chamber.  The chamber represents the interest of its members, this includes of several members in the Market Place who pay dues as if they already were. We believe a unified downtown benefits the entire city.

Self Appointed Citizen Auditor, Vivian Moreno:  As I looked at redistricting, I went and read the information on your web site and the first thing that popped out to me was ‘equalizing the population count for each ward’.  How do you get into a controversy over a business division line out of that statement? What a waste of time.  I stand before some intelligent people, I’m sure, and I  don’t understand the difference between population and business?  This vote should have been a “slam dunk”, and for what purpose are we here?  Synergy for business?  Thats what you all said last week.  What happens to synergy for the people?  That’s your argument

Just because the chamber queen comes before you with her letter in hand, and her lovely little speech, you change the direction and the ultimate purpose of redistricting.  Really? Let’s just change ward one into Cindy Land.  Andy Melendrez made a good argument that the Arlington Business District is in two wards.  So your argument about making it one program, doesn’t fly.   The actual natural boundaries is the freeway (91 freeway) , not the railroad tracks Councilman Gardner… Just because the Downtown area is not very successful and their business district is (Market Place), you want to take it over.  Insignificant?  Well if it is so insignificant, than why are we doing it?

David Mudge said we market our offices and area as if it is Downtown.  Leasing office space in Downtown is doing extremely well for us.  If I marketed office space to someone in Orange County, as it was not Downtown, it wouldn’t get much attraction. One of the big attractions is feeling that they are downtown.

Tom Schultz said, one of Webster’s definitions of ‘rape’ is an outrageous violation.  I consider this a rape of the East Side by the Chamber of Commerce.

Item #7:  In 2003 the City issues a series of COP’s (Certificates Of Participation) bonds to fund a succession of municipal projects.  In doing so the central piece of city government was placed as collateral, City Hall, along with the new Lincoln Avenue Police Station, The Airport Fire station, Parking Garages 1,2 and 3 and some land known as The Corporation Yard.

         

It also appears that The Convention Center, The Downtown Library and some land called The Airport Clear Zone were also released from the 2003 COP’s when financing was being assembled for the new Convention Center.

         

In the new transaction, the financing involved will still require the property known as Riverside City Hall and the new Lincoln Avenue Police Station to remain as collateral.  As TMC understands public buildings used as collateral, the structure is not what is considered, it is the value of the land.  This is item #7 being brought to City Council this Tuesday July 24, 2012, Be There!  Don’t forget to comment on our blog site.

    

Item #13, another $100,000.00 to Entrepreneurial Hospitality Corporation (EHC) to include a New Riverside Sport Commission for Public Relations and Advertising within the Riverside Convention and Visitors Bureau?  And who are they?  Opps, related to The Mission Inn’s only Duane Roberts?  In these trying economic times, do we really need to spend money we don’t have?  What about our City bill board which struts above the 91 freeway?  Have we forgotten to be innovative and frugal?

    

 What am hearing about the Mission Inn Museum?  How about being taxpayer paid rent to Mr. Robert’s, or is it Mrs. Robert’s these days?  The Redevelopment Agency of The City Of Riverside entered into lease agreement with Duane Roberts Historic Mission Inn for a pre-paid amount of $1,255,873.00 to December 23,2022.  The Redevelopment Agency of The City Of Riverside also has the optional subleasing right, which it used to sublease to the Mission Inn Foundation, a non-profit organization, initiated by the City of Riverside.

                                                   

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In this sublease, the Mission Inn Foundation pays no rent to the Redevelopment Agency of The City of Riverside.  The argument in the lease is that it has already been paid for by The Redevelopment Agency. Is this a gift of public funds to the ‘burrito king’ Duane Roberts?  Well the 100K voted through by City Council.  Mayor Pre-Temp William “Rusty” Bailey even appeared to be giddy on the dais.  Was he feeling the illusional power of the Mayor?

Item #23, Marcy Library now considered surplus property and to be sold as such?  Fair market value in these times would be considered close to a ‘fire sale’, a few years back.  But not long ago it was in negotiations to be transformed into the new “Lucky Geek Greek Restaurant”.  TMC artist rendering of what could have been…you can just smell the burgers cooking in the new kitchen situated in what was the government section of the library.

Item#12 July 10, 2012 city council approves what I call a tax by voter neglect without voter approval. The City of Riverside will assess a levy on property owners for Landscaping and Maintenance for Riverswalk in the La Sierra area.  Each property owner will have to pay $225.73 in the 2012/2013 year.

         

By the way, the cities favorite son Albert A. Webb and Associates were appointed to assess the district, of course.

UPDATE: 08/01/2012: SAN BERNARDINO, CA FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY WITH OVER $1 BILLION IN DEBT.  THIS IS A CITY OF 210,000 OWING A $1 BILLION, THAT’S APPROXIMATELY $4,761.91 PER PERSON.  WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE TOTAL AGGREGATE DEBT $4.4 BILLION AND A CITY OF 300,000 THAT’S APPROXIAMATELY $14,677.00 PER INDIVIDUAL.  ANOTHER ARTICLE STATES THE THE CITY OF SAN BERNARDINO WAS PUSHED INTO AN EARLY BANKRUPTCY DUE TO THE NON PAYMENT OF THREE SEPARATE JUDGEMENTS AGAINST POLICE OFFICERS.

UPDATE: 08/06/2012:  WHAT IS IT WITH THE CITY’S NEW BUZZ WORD “THE FAB FIVE” THAT HAS LABELED A PARTICULAR GROUP OF PUBLIC SPEAKERS AT WEEKLY CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS?  MORE TO COME..

UPDATE: 08/09/2012: REUTERS SAYS SAN BERNARDINO’S BANKRUPTCY MAY START A TREND FOR CALIFORNIA CITIES.  THE UPSWING IN BANKRUPTCY FILINGS COULD SIGNIFY A LACK OF ABILITY, BUT A LACK OF WILLINGNESS TO PAY DEBT SERVICE AT THE EXPENSE OF OF OTHER FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS.  YES, “YOU HAVE TO PAY THE RENT”! AS ONE COUNCILMAN RUSTY BAILEY TOLD ONE DOWNTOWN MERCHANT.  YES INDEED…OTHERS ARE BLAMING UNSUSTAINABLE PENSIONS.  AS 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.  ONE INTERESTING CONCEPT.. 

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE 1977 ALL AMERICAN CITY RECIPIENT KNOWN AS THE CITY OF SAN BERNARDINO? WHO’S NEXT? RUMOUR IS THE CITY OF COMPTON CALIFORNIA.  BUT JUST AS BELL, MONTEBELLO, HERCULES, STOCKTON AND CITY OF RIVERSIDE…

THE CITY OF SAN BERNARDINO ALSO WAS THE RECEPIENT OF THE CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVMENT FOR EXCELLENCE IN FINANCIAL REPORTING IN 2010 BY THE GOVERNMENT FINANCE OFFICERS ASSICIATION.  I GUESS THE QUESTION IS, DO THESE AWARDS ACTUALLY MEAN ANYTHING?  WE RECENTLY AS A CITY WERE AWARDED MOST “INTELLIGENT COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR 2012″, BY AN ORGANIZATION THAT CALLS THEMSELVES THE INTELLIGENT COMMUNITY FORUM.  I WONDER WHAT WAS THE DECIDING POINT WAS?  RUMOR IS WE HAD THEM WITH RESIDENTS EATING CHEETOS IN THEIR UNDERWEAR..

UPDATE: 08/10/2012: COUNCILMAN/MAYORAL CANDIDATE RUSTY BAILEY, COUNCILMAN STEVE ADAMS, FORMER ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER TOM DESANTIS AND FORMER CITY MANAGER BRAD HUDSON INTERFERED WITH THE POLICE PROMOTION PROCESS?  ACCORDING TO THE PE, “BAILEY WAS FURIOUS”!  WAS RUSTY BAILEY IN ANY WAY INSTRUMENTAL IN INTERFERING WITH THE PROMOTION PROCESS OF LT. VALMONT GRAHAM?  HOW LONG CAN COUNCILMAN STEVE ADAMS DEFLECT THE INEVITABLE?

UPDATE:08/15/2012: OUR SOURCES HAVE STATED THAT COUNCILMAN ANDY MELENDREZ HAS EXPERIENCED A HEART ATTACK, AND IS IN INTENSIVE CARE.  TO WHAT SEVERITY, WE DO NOT KNOW. 

WHATEVER THE CONDITION, WE WISH COUNCILMAN ANDY MELENDREZ A SPEEDY RECOVERY.

JUST FOR LAUGHS…

RIVERSIDE FORGOTTEN..MAGNOLIA AVENUE, RIVERSIDE, CA (CIRCA 1903)

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 

At the June 26th City Council Meeting former deputy city attorney Raychele Sterling gave kudos to Councilman Paul Davis for calling City Attorney Gregory Priamos “out on his lies”  the prior week…it was nice to see that somebody would actually do that.

She went on to say that I’m here to talk about Employee issues, which appear to be on going.  People seem to be completely out of their minds, creating so much liability for you (referring to city management).  As I have said, over and over again, this stems not from personnel issue, but is a policy issue.  You continue to have employees sue you, you continue to have employees file claims, then your management comes back and says, geee.. maybe we should continue to retaliate against them because this will be great for our law suit and I’m sure the jury would really appreciate that. Well you might as well just add a couple more zeros to the check we have to pay out!  Well it not changing..and you have to change because the law suits will continue to come..

She went on to say, that if Tom Boyd, Public Works Director, calls any special meetings, or you believe he is harassing you, or retaliating against you, or if he writes a work performance evaluation that you don’t agree with..I want you to give me call, my number is 951-203-9952.  I will be happy to represent you pro bono, no charge!  Because this is going to stop!  TMC learned that a city employee who filed a civil lawsuit against the city a little more than a month ago was being set up for an administrative hearing with one day notice.  This was with Public Works Director Tom Boyd along with the usual suspects.  When Sterling contacted them, and said she would be representing this employee, the administrative hearing was called off, and business as usual was stopped for the moment.

She went on to talk about her grandparents who are absolutely disgusted with the council, with respect to her 87 year old grandmother who she said, “I never heard a cuss word come out of her mouth”.  Her grandmother said, ” you go there (to city council meetings) and they might as well give you the finger”.

“We have no government here”, Sterling said,  “you give all your power to Scott, your city manager, and you don’t monitor anything that he is doing, and he makes you end up looking like asses a lot of the times, and that’s really unfortunate, especially for people running for mayor.  You don’t want to be associated with that Rusty.  You said Jesus Christ is your inspiration.  I can’t ever think of an situation where Jesus Christ would ever under any circumstances permit employees to be just tortured the way that they are here at the City, and you have an obligation, not only as a Councilman and a Christian to make sure that stops immediately”

Public speaker Paul Chavez spoke prior to Sterling regarding an issue that occurred the prior week concerning workshop highlighting redistricting.  Mr. Chavez was surprised and disappointed in what the council did.  He said, “usually when you have a workshop, you don’t take a vote, because it is a workshop……you don’t make that type of a decision, you can have a concept of which way you want to go, or a direction of where you want to go, but you don’t make a decision”.  He went on to say that a vote was taken.. “I don’t know if it is legal or not… that’s why you have a city attorney”, (referencing City Attorney Gregory Priamos).   “The point that was very disturbing, was that the chamber (referencing the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce presided by CEO/ President Cindy Roth), came in and made a proposal.  I attended some of the other meetings for redistricting and nothing was mentioned.  Up to the last minute it was a ‘workshop’, you were all here (referencing the council), and you heard everybody talking about different things of what they like and disliked.”

“The chamber came in and told you that they wanted the ‘Market Place’”, (a district located in Councilman Andy Melendrez’s Ward).  And you said (the present council without Concilman Andy Melendrez present) “that’s a good idea, let’s all take it”!  Chavez said “the one that wasn’t spoken to was Mr. Melendrez (Councilman Melendrez), he was taken off guard.  That was very good planning for the chamber, and you guys all went for it.  It makes me very disappointed in all of you.  Also, it shows that those who are running for mayor, what kind of person are you? (I’d imagine Chavez was referring to Councilman “Rusty” Bailey who claims to be an independent voice for Riverside).   Is that what we want as citizens,  you don’t listen to us.. that’s the way I say.  I had a friend that was there and I asked him if you were going to the city council, he said no , what for?  They just look at you,  they let you talk but they don’t really hear you or acknowledge what you saying . So if this continues on you may have a lawsuit on your bench again, just as it has happened before and they have won, and we as taxpayer have to pay for that.  I wish you would reconsider when this comes up again, and stand for the people, not for the chamber, or our you guys bought out”?

While others in the community are calling this a “land grab” or “underhanded”, Dan Berstein explained this bit of shenanigans in the following blog posting, Eastside to Riverside: We Wuz Robbed!  Even PE’s Alicia Robinson had something to say in her blog posting Redistricting Riverside: Carving Up The Eastside.  TMC has spoken about this time and time again about what appears to be an incestuous relationship between the Chamber and the City of Riverside.  Cindy Roth who is president/CEO of the Greater Riverside Chamber, incidently her husband Richard Roth who has a position on the chamber, who also does work legal work for the City of Riverside and is runnig for State Senate and has the endorsement of the Mayor Ron Loveridge..  The residents and constituents of Riverside are disgusted and apathetic, and feel they have no recourse to make change as should appropriately be done by elected officials who flip flop on issues and do not listen to the real needs of the community.  Some have even used religion as a backdrop, and throwing citizen concerns through the back door..

I guess the question is for Councilpeople, anything Cindy wants, Cindy gets?  What would give Cindy Roth that much prominence?  Is it such a big deal to take the Marketplace and integrate it with the Downtown?  Why would they consider doing this in the first place?  Is it because it’s technically part of the East Side, and that has a negative connotation with many?  If we christened the East Side Marketplace as now part of Downtown, would the perceived visual perceptions change and now not be associated with the current perceptions of that nasty East Side?  Will the “East Side” now be just known as “the other side of the tracks”?  But Riverside Chamber’s, President/CEO, Cindy Roth wanted it that way, and the council thought it was a good idea.  Anything Cindy wants, Cindy gets?  For whatever reason it was done, what can I say, even independent voice of the people Rusty Bailey thought it was a good idea.  But Roth’s connections with the cities who’s who are appearing to be very clear.

Even her husband Richard Roth currently running for State Senate has clear ties with the City of Riverside by doing legal work for them.  Not to mention, he is part of the Board of Directors for the Riverside Chamber.  But now presented as the new improved and patriotic General Richard Roth for Senate.  Roth in conjunction with former Riverside Councilman Dom Betro had at a luncheon meeting with Democratic Senate Candidate Steve Clute, who was asked to step down from his running position….something for the community to think about regarding the generalisimo hardballing the Senate position…

Voilà, Now a Marketable Item for the Political Marketplace…

Richard Roth’s endorsements for senate are compelling, beginning with our Mayor Ron Loveridge and Jack Clark of Best,Best & Krieger, (doesn’t the City just hand over treasure chests of money for overpriced legal work to the Krieger)?   The Press Enterprise endorses Richard Roth!  Now let’s look at Cindy Roth’s Riverside Chamber Board of Directors.  Ahh, Peter Hubbard of American Medical Response, this is getting interesting…and it also appears that The Press Enterprise’s very own Ron Redfern is on Cindy’s Board of Directors for the Greater Riverside Chamber.   Richard Roth who had his ties to Republicans, now running as a Democrat, is all of sudden the next best thing to sliced smoked ham.  But can the smoke flavor of this latest innovation lose its taste over time?  Any way you slice it everyone appears to be incestuously connected in more ways than one?

But what is the big deal?  there only businesses?  Well, you already know how business friendly the City of Riverside can be, just take a stroll down the Main Street Mall.

TMC ARTIST RENDERING OF WHAT THE NEW MARKETPLACE MAY LOOK LIKE.

UPDATE: 07/10/2012: CITY OF SAN BERNARDINO FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION.  HOW WILL THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S FINANCIAL ISSUES PLAY OUT?  MAMMOTH LAKES, CA JUST FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY LAST WEEK BECAUSE IT COULD NOT AFFORD TO PAY OUT $43 MILLION DOLLAR JUDGEMENT WON BY A DEVELOPER.  IS THE CITY OF  CUDAHY NEXT?

THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE NAMED THE ‘MOST INTELLIGENT CITY’, PRIMARILY DUE TO TECHNOLOGY.  HIGH TECH SURADO SOFTWARE COMPANY NOW DEFUNCT, AFTER RECEIVING $350,000.00 OF PUBLIC FUNDS (THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICE GAVE $300,000.00 AND THE COUNTY’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCY GAVE THEM $50,000.00), BUT OWING EMPLOYEES IN EXCESS OF $250,000.00.   CITY OF RIVERSIDE NOT SO INTELLIGENT? WILL THIS BE THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S SOLYNDRA?

IT WAS TO LATE FOR SOME COUNCIL MEMBERS AND STAFF TO HIT THE TOWN DRINKING AT THE USUAL WATERING HOLES AS THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING WENT ON BEYOND THE 12 MIDNIGHT HOUR.

THE REDISTRICTING ISSUE VOTED BY CITY COUNCIL 6-0 TO TAKE THIS ISSUE TO GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS.  CRITICISM OF THE COUNCIL CAME UNDERFIRE WEEKS AGO WHEN RIVERSIDE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CEO/PRESIDENT CINDY ROTH MADE THE SUGGESTION THAT ‘THE MARKETPLACE’ (PART OF COUNCILMAN ANDY MELENDREZ’S WARD 2) BE PART OF DOWNTOWN (WARD 1 COUNCILMAN MIKE GARDNER’S DISTRICT).  WHILE A PACKED HOUSE OF RESIDENT AND BUSINESS OWNERS FILLED COUNCIL CHAMBER, THE MAJORITY SPOKE AGAINST THE MOVE.  PUBLIC SPEAKER, CHRISTINA DURAN EVEN SUBMITTED AND PLACED COUNCIL ON NOTICE WITH AN OBJECTION LETTER.  THOSE IN FAVOR WERE THE DOWNTOWN PARTNERSHIP AND OF COURSE, THE GREATER RIVERSIDE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, BOTH WHO RECEIVE CITY TAXPAYER MONIES FOR THEIR ENDEAVORS.  COUNCILMAN MELENDREZ COMMENTED ON THE TRUE PURPOSE OF RESDRICTING.  REDISTRICTING IS ABOUT POPULATION, AND NOWHERE IT IS TO BE USED TO FAVOR BUSINESSES.  FOR THE MOMENT, ‘THE CINDY LAND’ DEBACLE REMAINS ON HOLD.

THE ISSUE OF FUNDING FOR THE PURPLE PIPE REMAINS IN LIMBO FOR THE MOMENT, WHILE A PACKED HOUSE SPOKE AGAINST IT.  PUBLIC SPEAKER SCOTT SIMPSON PROVIDED AND PLACED THE CITY ON NOTICE WITH AN OBJECTION LETTER.  SIMPSON WENT BEYOND THE 3 MINUTES WHICH TRIGGERED RONNY’S BOUNCERS (RPD) TO ESCORT HIM FROM THE PODIUM.  AS SIMPSON MOVED AWAY FROM THE PODIUM AND BACK TO HIS SEAT, HE CONTINUED TO READ HIS OBJECTION.  THAT WAS A SIGHT TO SEE.. FOR THAT, TMC SHOUTS OUT, A ‘THAT A BOY’!  THE CITIZENS ARE NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE…

TMC HAS OBTAINED SCOTT SIMPSON’S OBJECTION LETTER TO THE PURPLE PIPE WHICH WAS PRESENTED AT CITY COUNCIL.

CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW FULL OBJECTION LETTER

QUESTIONS AROSE IF RECLAIMED WATER IS SAFE FOR PLANTS, AND IF PEOPLE AND CHILDREN ARE SAFE ON THE GROUNDS WHERE IT IS USED.  RIVERSIDE CITRUS GROWERS ALREADY MADE THEIR CASE THAT IT CANNOT BE USED FOR CITRUS.  ON SAFETY AND CEQA GUIDELINES (CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ACT), THE CITY SAID THEY WERE ABLE TO ‘BY PASS’ CEQA.  LEAVING QUESTIONS OF HOW CAN THE ISSUE OF THE SAFETY OF RECLAIMED WATER BYPASS CEQA?

THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE RED LIGHT CAMERA STAY, AFTER MAYOR BREAKS 3-3 COUNCIL TIE (COUNCILMAN MELENDREZ, MAC ARTHUR AND DAVIS VOTE AGAINST THEIR CONTINUED USE) WITH MAYOR LOVERIDGE BRINGING IN THE DECIDING VOTE TO FURTHER STUDY THE ISSUE OF MAKING IT COST EFFECTIVE.  COUNCILMAN STEVE ADAMS LOBBIES IN FAVOR OF CAMERAS, AND USES EXAMPLES OF SAFETY AND DEATHS, AND AS ADAMS SAYS..’BODIES’.  MANY CITIES ALTOGETHER HAVE DISMANTLED RED LIGHT CAMERAS DUE TO COST, SAFETY  ISSUES AND THE USE OF COMPANY PSUEDO STATISTICS DEMONSTRATING THAT THEY MAKE A DIFFERENCE.  COUNCILMAN ADAMS HAS BEEN AT THE BRUNT OF CRITICISM REGARDING ISSUES OF NEPOTISM DUE HIS BROTHER RON ADAMS HIRED AS A RED LIGHT CAMERA PHOTO EXPERT.

WATER RESPONSES FROM CITY COUNCIL COMING SOON!

UPDATE: 07/13/2012: CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION LAUNCHED AGAINST THE CITY OF SAN BERNARDINO REGARDING ALLEGATIONS OF FALSIFICATION OF DOCUMENTS.  OUR THE RAINCROSS BELLS RINGING? THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AND THE DA’S OFFICE ARE INVESTIGATING THE ALLEGATIONS OF CRIMINAL ACTIVITY IN THE CITY OF SAN BERNARDINO.  SAN BERNARDINO CITY ATTORNEY JAME PENMAN SAID HE HAD BEEN PRESENTED DOCUMENTS WHICH HAVE BEEN ALLEGEDLY BEEN FALSIFIED WHICH MASKED THE CITY’S DEFICIT FOR 13 (LUCKY NUMBER) OF THE PAST 16 YEARS.

FACEBOOK ONLY? THE PRESS ENTERPRISE HAS EXPRESSED THEIR DESIRE TO THE COMMENT SECTION TO PRIMARILY USE FACEBOOK.  WORKING TO CURVE UNDESIRABLE COMMENTS AND PREVENT ANONYMOUS COMMENTERS SPEAKING  WHILE EATING CHEETOS IN THEIR UNDERWEAR, WELL, AGAIN, AS MANY HAVE SAID, THIS IS RIVERSIDE..  BUT MANY ARE ASKING, IS THIS A PLOY FROM THE DOUBLE DIPPING CHIEF OF POLICE?  ARE WE TO NOW EXPECT PERFECTLY EXPRESSED OPINIONS AS EXPECTED IN A PERFECTLY POLITICALLY CORRECT NEWSPAPER?  BUT NOW THE CHIEF CAN MONITOR AND PERFECTLY SEE THE FACES..  BUT I GUESS FOR POLICE WORK, ‘WE TIP’ ANONYMOUS HOTLINE IS ACCEPTABLE?

“I want to live in a society that people can voice unpopular opinions because I know as result of that a society grows and matures,”   – Hugh Hefner

THE CITY OF SAN BERNARDINO: BID RIGGING?  POLICE INVESTIGATE..  WEREN’T CLAIMS OF BID FAVORITISM BROUGHT UP IN THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE?

UPDATE: 07/17/2012:  WILL RON BRING THE LOVE ON HOME TO BILL BAILEY?  THE MAYOR’S ENDORSEMENT FOR THE MAYOR’S CANDIDANCY..WHO WILL IT BE?  THE GIGGLES OF EXCITEMENT ARE APPEARING TO OCCUR ON MAYOR CANDIDATE’S BAILEY’S FACEBOOK PAGE, AS HE EXPRESSES A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT TO BE RELEASED IN THE NEXT 48 HOURS REGARDING A SIGNIFICANT ENDORSEMENT…

UPDATE: 07/17/2012: 12 NOON: MAYOR RON SENDS THE LOVE HOME BY ENDORSING WILLIAM “RUSTY” BAILEY FOR MAYOR…

UPDATE: 07/19/2012: WHAT ISSUE WILL MAYORAL CANDIDATE ED ADKISON CALL  HIS OPPONENT WILLIAM “RUSTY” BAILEY ON?  ADKISON PLANS TO PRESENT THESE ISSUES IN A PRESS CONFERENCE THURSDAY 07/19/2012 AT 11:00AM IN FRONT OF CITY HALL.

     

AT TODAYS PRESS CONFERENCE, ADKISON PRESENTED HIS BANCRUPTCY PREVENTION PLAN AND SIGNED A PLEDGE TO DO SO.  HE CHALLENGED RUSTY TO DO THE SAME.  THIS PLAN IS NEEDED, WITH A REJECTIONS FROM THE STATE FINANCE DEPARTMENT IN EXCESS OF $90 MILLION AND A NEW 218 LAW SUIT, THE GENERAL FUND WILL BE HIT HARD, CUTS NEED TO BE MADE STARTING WITH THE MAYOR’S OFFICE!  IS THERE MORE SALICIOUS INFORMATION COMING DOWN THE PIPELINE WITH REGARDS TO OPPONENT WILLIAM “RUSTY” BAILEY?

WAS ATTORNEY FOR THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE AND GENERALISIMO RICHARD ROTH’S OFFER TO SERGENT VALMONT GRAHAM OF A PROMOTION TO LIEUTENANT AND $25,000.00 TURNED DOWN?  LOW BALLING IS A COMMON PRACTICE THE CITY TAKES ON TO MESS WITH THE OTHER ATTORNEY. 

THE GAMES ARE ON AND THE NEGOTIATIONS HAVE YET TO BE SETTLED.

RIVERSIDE FORGOTTEN…MAIN STREET, LOOKING FROM CURRENT CITY HALL (CIRCA 1930)

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 

UPDATE: 04/20/2012: City Council has allocated time on Tuesday 04/20/2012  for President/CEO Cindy Roth to present and discuss Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce and its relationship to the City of Riverside.  Questions have been raised of City’s role in funding via taxpayer allocations of certain projects etc. with the Chamber.  The Greater Riverside Chamber is a non-profit, and questions have also been raised regards to conflict of interest as some have contracts with the city and its influence on particular projects which should only be a function between the council, mayor and the Riverside constituents.

UPDATE:04/19/2012: According to Former City Councilman and Mayoral Candidate Ed Adkison, City Manager Scott Barber divulged to him that the City of Riverside will have a $10 million dollar deficit.  Salvador Santana, of The Truth Publication, stated that the budget was balanced, this info he received in a recent 3:00 am meeting at the home of Finance Director Bret Mason.  Councilman Mike Gardner states we may have to use some of our reserves, but we have a balanced budget (I didn’t know the city had reserves, no one is yet able to pin point it).   According to the public records request act, TMC still sticks to premise that the City has more like a $90 million deficit.

UPDATE: 04/13/2012: BLOCKED WEBSITES HIGHLIGHTS TENSIONS BETWEEN COUNCIL, CRITICS.  Article in PE regarding the blocking of the Thirty Miles of Corruption on public city sites.  ACLU notified according to the Five Before Midnight blog, and has placed the City of Riverside on watch.

Most of the money to the chamber was donated between the years of 2005-2007 when Brad Hudson was city manager.  Cindy Roth CEO/ President of the Greater Riverside Chamber, a non-profit organization, was vehement against the city having a Citizen’s Auditing Committee.

CINDY ROTH, PRESIDENT/CEO OF THE GREATER RIVERSIDE CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE

As for the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce, it does nothing but collect paychecks. The office could be used for rental for income to the city. Cindy Roth laughs at how easy it is to hold a title and collect a big check and do nothing for it.  But that seems to be common with friends of friends. Several citizens looked to the Chamber for help and Cindy Roth never got back to them and really doesn’t cared as the fact no one will say anything to her.  — Airjackie, Commenter on the Press Enterprise 5:38 PM on 04/22/2012

Why would a non-profit care about local citizens participating in an oversite of the communities coffers?  Why would such an entity have presidence over the will of the people?  Further, Ms. Roth states that the City’s Finance Committee would suffice.  This has been a committee that has had an inconsistent track record of meeting, there have been times whereby it met twice a year..but since 2010 we see an up swing in Finance Committee Meeting, which is a good sign for the community.

FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETINGS 1999-2010 (CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW)

What would be so wrong for true dedicated oversite committee of local citizens for the community’s coffers?  What is Ms. Roth afraid of ? Is the Greater Riverside Chamber really a lobbying group?  Why would it matter to a non-profit organization such as the Chamber?  Well this struck us as odd, so we did a little investigation and found the following.

What many have also brought to our attention are the board members.  Many who receive contracts with the city, such as BB&K attorney Howard Golds and also Richard Roth, Attorney and husband for Cindy Roth, who is also running for Congress under General Richard Roth and endorsed by Mayor Ron Loveridge.

Also there was a great disparity which was evident between chambers, but is it legal to donate tax payer money to non-profits?  Click on the link under the image to view the full document.

           

GREATER RIVERSIDE CHAMBER      HISPANIC CHAMBER          ASIAN INDIAN CHAMBER        AFRICAN AM. CHAMBER

CITY COUNCIL TUESDAY AGENDA ITEMS APRIL 10, 2012:

ITEM #14  They simply want to raise your water rates from $2.83 to $5.82, they wanted actually to raise it to $10.00  Evidently Public Works is unable to work within their budget?

             

CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW COMPLETE DOCUMENT

On the above Public Works document, on page four, it mentions that the Greater Riverside Chamber voted to increase our rate from $2.83 to $5.82.  This sends a message to the community residents that there is an underlying connnection with this particular non-profit and the city.  Could we consider that there may be a conflict of interest with some of the board members?

So if we don’t pass this we will have to take it from the general fund.. According to Barber, the loss of Redevelopment has a direct impact on the General Fund to the extent of $6 million.  Therefore an already strapped General Fund will have to make up the slack of programs dependent on it.  He said it is a tax increase, but that was put in place before proposition 218, and therefore it is not subject to a vote.  This is a tax increase, City Manager Scott Barber said, and that is partly why I believe the Greater Riverside Chamber supported it.   Not because they receive financial support from the city,  most of the support that the Chamber receives from the City goes to pay Festival of Lights and Keeping Riverside Clean and Beautiful,  and thats what financially goes to support the chamber and that’s what needed to be said.  Well this needs to be said, I would imagine that the Greater Riverside Chamber is under city contract for services related with the Festival of Lights and Keeping Riverside Clean and Beautiful.

Since the Storm Drain issue is about keeping curbs clean of debris.  Chris Mac Arthur made mention to the problem of street sweeping both sides of the street on the same day.  We can’t have friends or family over…  of course we know we will be ticketed. you cant have any activity on those days.

Councilman Steve Adams is confused about the time line regarding the Federal Mandate of the Storm Drain issue, it was actually put in place in 1948, not 10 or 20 years ago.  These are mandates by the Federal Government that are unfunded.

Vivian Moreno Councilman Mike Gardner had suggested that we increase the rate from $2.83 to $5.82  Have you asked the citizens of Riverisde to sweep their curb, like you you make us clean the alley ways, which is actually your alley way.  The Greater Riverside Chamber will approve anything that has any increases, because they need their ‘financial fix’.

Dvonne Pitruzzello, Lower the rates and let us spend our money here in Riverside.  Your sucking the residents dry, it may go along with the mayors plan to remove the low to moderate out and middle to upper income residents in, in order to pay these taxes, but in terms of economics, this does not work.  Stop bleeding the citizens, especially for the elderly, this is there food money.

In reference to this isssue, Councilman Paul Davis vehemently stated, “I may stand alone, but I will not do this tax”!    Passes 6-1… and yes,  even our “independent voice for Riverside”  William “Rusty” Bailey voted for it.  TMC thanks Councilman Paul Davis for being an independent voice for Riverside, standing for people not politics, demanding fiscal responsibility and challenging the status quo to improve our quality of life.  Wow, that just sounded vaguely familiar..

So has Mr. Barber ever thought of cut backs?  Why again hit and terrorize the residents with more increases.  Residents have to financially cut back, why can’t the city?  Residents are made to live within their means, why not the city?  What would the city do, if they didn’t have the power to tax and implement such fees etc.?  They would have to be like us, forced to live within their means.

ITEM # 25  We have a resignation in the Human Resource Department of Tyrell H. Lawyer, Commission on Disabilities, a year before the contract ends, March 1, 2013.  Does anybody want to hear Tyrell’s story?  I sure do..

ITEM # 28  Continue an agreement with the Goeske Center to pay their electrical bill and and their landscaping bill.  The cost to the tax payer $403,590.00 from the General Fund.  The Janet Goeske Center is a non-profit organization, and questions have been raised if this monies our considered a gift of public funds.

PUBLIC COMMENT ON THE APRIL 6, 2012 PURPLE PIPE PROGRAM:

On April 6, 2012 at the Board of Public Utilities Meeting to allow public comment on the issue of the purple pipe.  The purple pipe program is a new water reclamation program the city would like to implement, with of course, you paying the bill.

CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW COMPLETE DOCUMENT

Not only was this meeting for the leyving of new fees for the purple pipe program, but for other issues.  One issue that we noticed, was Item #14 on the Public Utilities Board Meeting on their consent calender which was to approve a purchase order for the purchase and installation of office furniture for 3750 University Avenue.  Which was BB&K’s office space, whereby the City of Riverside assumed their lease, costing taxpayers $175,234.00 per month.  Well the furniture cost indicated in this item is for $280,691.84, but it doesn’t stop there.  They snuck in a change order, just in case they needed even more furniture, for $200,000.00  Usually change orders are brought back to council to be approved due to an unforeseen action which escalates the cost.  Therefore a justification needs to be brought to the attention of the council or board.  So the total cost for new furniture for their new place is $480,691.84, where does the old furniture go?  To that great office in the sky, I guess?  So, if they were to use their old furniture, and I’m sure it is not that old, we would have Tom Boyd’s needed $345,310.00 to pay for his storm drain, with something left over for a rainy day.  But of course, they may just use it for lunch.

CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW COMPLETE DOCUMENT

But let’s take it a step further, the adopt a tree program, which is Item #13 the Tree Power Program.  It allows Public Works to pay out a maximum to each vendor or $150,000.00, but the total program is capped at $500,000.00

Questions are being asked on the purple pipe tax.  Some are questioning the extra expense Public Utilities recommends for more furniture.  Out with the old, in with the new style?  at taxpayer expense? ..during a down economy?  Is the purple pipe program being push to help pay the rent for BB&K’s old lease, but now the City’s new lease (or should I say we the taxpayer’s new lease)?  When we swap out, or take over BB&K’s lease, it will cost the taxpayer $175,234.00 per month.  Excessive?  According to market statistics we will be paying $1.00/ sq. ft. over current market trends.

Mary Sheldon, Five Before Midnight Blog,  blasted Councilman Steve Adams last weeks response of discrimination being funny..  Discrimination isn’t funny when at a recent settlement cost the taxpayers $1.6 million.

Dvonne Pitruzzello, 2012 Mayoral Candidate, said that we need the same type of reporting for the city attorney, that we have for the city manager discretionary spending.  Also stated regarding discrimination law suits, that we can lose federal and state funding if a city has to many discrimination law suits, and that’s not funny!   Further, she wanted to find out when developer Mark Rubin’s property was transferred, because I see Councilman Mike Gardner’s mayoral signs there, and I thought the city owned those properties.

Self Proclaimed Citizen Auditor Vivian Moreno, said if we cleaned our own street and paid for our own trees, we would have enough money left over that we wouldn’t have to pay for the purple pipe.  To add to this comment, citizens are not recognized or thanked for the expense of cleaning back alleys, which is actually the city’s back alley.  But they do this under the duress of expensive code enforcement fines.  Citizens forced to clean city property under the threat of being fined…now that doesn’t sound like freedom, but it does sound like an oxymoron.

Former Assistant Deputy Attorney Raychele Sterling spoke of contract bids and prevailing wage increases, since interum public works director tom Boyd didn’t know this basic bit of info.  April 3, 2012 at City Council Ms. Sterling spoke about the public works performance evaluation form which had not been reviewed by the City Attorney’s office, and considered “a lottery ticket” for employment lawyers.  Without further adieu here is the infamous ‘Tom Boyd Special.’

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UPDATE: 04.12.2012: IN THE NEWS, COUNCILMAN STEVE ADAMS AGAIN ATTEMPTS TO IMPOSE CONTAINER FEES ON PASSING TRAINS.  TMC ADDRESSED THIS ISSUE SOMETIME BACK WITH THE ARTICLE BELOW,  WHEREBY A JUDGE WOULD NOT ALLOW THIS ATTEMPTED FEE.  THERE WAS EXTRODINARY LEGAL COST TO THE TAXPAYER IN LEGAL FEES AND AGAIN COUNCILMAN ADAMS ATTEMPTS TO PROPOSE TO THE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE THAT THE TAXPAYER PAY AN OUTSIDE CONSULTANT IN DALLAS, TEXAS $160.000.00 TO PERSUADE OFFICIALS AT VARIOUS PORTS THAT THESE FEES ARE NECESSSARY FOR PROJECTS SUCH AS RAILROAD GRADE SEPARATIONS..  IS THIS DALLAS BASED CONSULTANT REALLY A LOBBYIST?

CITY OF RIVERSIDE VS. PORT OF LONG BEACH: COURT STATES THE ORANGE BLOSSOM SPECIAL CAN PASS WITHOUT GREASING EMERALD CITY!

ALSO IN THE NEWS IS THE MAYORAL CANDIDATE RACE, WITH A NEW PRESS ENTERPRISE ARTICLE ON THE VIEWS OF THE MAYORAL CANDIDATES.

FAIRMONT PARK HOMELESS ENCAMPMENT BULLDOZED WITH POLICE ESCORT ACCORDING TO PRESS ENTERPRISE.

WASTE CONTINUES, TMC ENDORSES MAYORAL CANDIDATE DVONNE PITRUZZELLO

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 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… 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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The story gets better all the time.  It appears as if there was a private committee headed by the ring leader, Jack Clark, a partner in litigation for BB&K, a firm which receives millions in taxpayer money for their legal advice to the city and not to forget the recently signed assumption of their lease with the city.  This self appointed private committee included recognizable names with long titles, as Ex-City of Riverside Manager Brad Hudson, Private Developer Mark Rubin, Yeager Construction Companies Jack Yeager, Senior VP of The Entrepreneurial Corporate Group which owns the Mission Inn Ted Weggeland , City of Riverside Chief of Staff Kristin Tillquist, Riverside County Fair Housing Executive Director Rose Mayes, President/CEO Riverside Chamber of Commerce Cindy Roth, Roth Carney Law Firm Partner Jane Carney, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Roger Luebs, Director of Center for Philanthropy La Sierra University Dr. Jim Erickson, Retired Superintendent Alford Unified School District Dr. Damon Castillo, RUSD School Board Kathy Allavie.  The majority of these people in one way or another have benefited from City Hall and/or have had their palms financially greased by the taxpayer.   If you look at the names they all have some connection with the mayor in terms of contracts, associations, employment by the city etc.  Councilman Paul Davis didn’t know this committee existed till just recently, and asked for an extension to hear out his constituents of which he has received 15 email concerns.  Nancy Hart also had reservations as to the appropriateness of city hall being named by the current mayor.  Usually this is an honor attributed to someone who passed on.  But more egregious, the community was not invited to be part of this process.  Again a culture of arrogance and narcissism.  Councilmen Mike Gardner and Andy Melendrez had no reservations in voting for the naming of City Hall after the mayor.  Steve Adams couldn’t contain himself, he had no problem voting for him right that instant and just push the proclamation through.  Though, he consider Councilman Paul Davis and Councilwomen Nancy Hart’s reservations on the vote and the need for 2 weeks as “confusion”.  But again felt this decision as deserving of nothing more that than a unanimous vote by the whole council when they returned back in two weeks, and this he believed the mayor wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.   Councilman Andy Melendrez Asked Councilman Paul Davis and Councilwoman Nancy Hart what exactly they would be looking at in the next two weeks from their constituents.  This struck me  as an oxymoron and quite obvious, City Hall is owned by the community of Riverside, not by the few councilpeople and a private committee. Have we all forgotten this simple premise?  Let’s not forget that BB&K receives millions of dollars from Riverside taxpayers for legal advice to the city and city attorney’s office.  Conflict of interest?  A gift back to the mayor for his BB&K support?   A private committee was formed without imput from the community at large on the issue of City Hall being named, “The Ron Loveridge Riverside City Hall.”   Or should we call it the “Best Best & Krieger Riverside City Hall”?  Since we do so much business with them, I’m surprise Council hasn’t voted to give them a floor at City Hall.   But it all appears the initiation of the naming was more than likely instigated by Councilmen Chris Mac Carthur and William “Rusty” Bailey, both of whose families have been in existence in Riverside for generations and have been part of the fabric of Riverside politics.  Speakers on this issue were vehemently concerned.  Some speakers suggested other names should be considered, names which embody Riverside, such as Eliza Tibbets, John Wesley North or even Frank Miller.  Others stated that Ron is getting paid to do the work of the people.  As our forefathers of this country stated, no one should be elevated to level of king for doing the work of the people.  Now, if Ron did the work of the people and didn’t get paid for doing it for his 30 plus years, I would have no problem voting for Ron today either. This would reflect a sacrifice and a deep passion for the community he served, and it should be that way getting paid. But people in the community also work 30 or 40 years in a job without anyone naming a building after them, and there job is just as important as the mayor’s.   Names are for extraordinary circumstances.  It appears this has all gone to the dogs, but the entity I believe embodies Riverside and the name I would use on the walls of city hall would be an icon Riverside keeps close to their heart, therefore, “The Rin Tin Tin Riverside City Hall”.

UPDATE: 10/17/2011: COUNCILMAN STEVE ADAMS CHANGING HIS TUNE? “IT’S NOT THE TIME TO CONSIDER CHANGE”.  IN REFERENCE TO THE CITY HALL BEING NAMED AFTER MAYOR RON LOVERIDGE.  ADAMS NOW BELIEVES THE NAMING OF CITY HALL NEEDS TO GO TO THE PEOPLE, AND A PRIVATE INDEPENDENT COMMITTEE DOES NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE THAT CALL.  PLAYING POLITICS DURING ELECTION TIME?

UPDATE:10/23/2011: PRESS ENTERPRISE REPORTS CITY HALL NAME CHANGE ON HOLD!

KEEP CONNECTED WITH TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” BLOG SITE!   TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, AND THAT’S ALL WE’RE GOING TO SAY ABOUT THAT ONE…  AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!