Posts Tagged ‘city of bell’

Normally, TMC would post each month someone who took great risk to do the right thing.  Doing the right thing shouldn’t have to be a risk.  But I hope this story gives courage to those employees and officers of the law who work hard to do the right thing for the citizens of Riverside.  Sergeant James Corcoron served as a Bell officer for 19 years.  Corcoran said that then Bell Chief of Police Randy Adams was angered when he went to him with allegations of voter fraud, unlawful vehicle seizures and illegal selling of building permits.

At one point the Chief wanted to know if Corcoran had taken his information to the FBI.  The truth of the matter is that Corcoran already did.  Corcoran stated that instead of the Chief investigating, he retaliated against him.  In 2009, Corcoran said that he and two other officers went to the District Attorney’s Office to try to persuade the office to investigate city officials.  And we certainly know how this goes in Riverside with our District Attorney, sound familiar?  We had a similar experience when we dealt with our District Attorney here in Riverside, and we wrote about this in our posting of the “Triangle of Influence”.  The Chief placed Corcoran on administrative leave in January 2010, that was a striking similar situation which occurred recently in the PU department with five employees.  We think because of the AG Park investigation with the EPA.

To Sergeant James Corcoran we wish you the best and hope more will follow your example of integrity.  Chief Adams was eventially removed from office after the L.A. Times expose revealed enormous salaries that top officials in the City of Bell were earning (well excuse the pun of the term earning).  Eight former City of Bell leaders were arrested on corruption charges, the chief was not.  Four council members, City Manager, Assistant City Manager.  For people who don’t think the Mayor’s office is signifant or does not have any decision making power…..well,  the Mayor and the Vice Mayor were also arrested on corruption charges.  Something for our Riverside City Council to ponder.

We are happy to say that Sergeant James Corcoran will receive his job back as patrolman once there is a opening position.  Food for thought, US District Judge Dickran Tevrizian, said the City of Bell could have lost in excess of $3 million if the case had gone to trial, due to Corcoran’s whistleblower lawsuit for reporting city corruption.  But instead decided to recieve $400,000.00 and reinstatement to the force.  Again, something for our Riverside City Council and the Mayor for some of the outragious settlements and judgements that are a actual cost to the taxpayer, thanks again to the exceptional legal advice of our City Attorney Gregory Priamos.

Since then, Chief Randy Adams filed two law suits against the City of Bell and former Interum City Manager Pedro Carrillo regarding issues of severance pay.   Interum City Manager Pedro Carillo is seen here with State Controller John Chiang.

UPDATE: 08/22/2012: SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE JOHN VINEYARD SAYS CITY OF RIVERSIDE CAN’T BAN MEDICAL MARIJUANA CLINICS!

Commenter on the PE, Daniel Kippycash · Riverside, California So let me understand some SIMPLE facts. The voters of CA approved MMJ sales in the state. The state set up criteria for these businesses to operate and run. So the city elected officials have taken it on their own, against the voters decision, to BAN tax paying business and employers within the city. A city with millions of square feet of empty commercial real estate! NOW they are spending millions to try and defend their actions, try and alter the voter approved rights when they can’t even keep services open and other key people employed due to budget issues. City Businesses = LOSS. Police Expense to City= LOSS. Legal Expense to City = LOSS. Real Estate Owners = LOSS. Tax Revenue to City & State = LOSS. Utility gains for Riverside= LOSS. Corporate Insurance = LOSS. Added Unemployment = LOSS. True Patient Safe Access = LOSS…. Police Unions = GAIN. Legal Representation = GAIN. Court Costs = GAIN. DRUG CARTEL INCREASED BUSINESS = GAIN. People in this world the one thing that CAN NOT be wrong are numbers! Who is advising the city council? POLICE UNIONS and LEGAL FIRMS. Hummmmm interesting isn’t it? BUT Has the Press Enterprise or anybody in the press ever asked them why they have not sat down with the MMJ Community to work TOGETHER to find a plan that all can operate under together? NO NO NO. Come on it doesn’t matter what side of this issue you sit on. If the voters approved a measure then how do you explain the city and police acting outside the LAW? If the people really had the facts in front of them about what is being done they would be sick. What is even worse is that the press is NOT doing any true journalism on this topic. Sound bites, police lies about the situation and in the end it all adds up to only a few receiving any benefits from these efforts…….POLICE UNIONS, PRISON UNIONS and LAW FIRMS! Follow the money people. Speak out.

Yes it’s not a perfect world, unfortunately, Federal law supersedes State law, State law conflicts with Federal law, which mean local municipalities can call upon the Federal Goverment to enforce the illegality of Marijuana.  According to the Federal Government, marijuana is considered a ‘Class One Drug’, no medical use..  In the State of California, Marijuana use is legal with restrictions, but remember still ‘illegal’ under Federal Law, therefore one can be arrested for illegal use and sale of marijuana according to Federal Laws. Even back in 2006 the adoption of a zoning law to prohibit the establishment of Riverside County came into play.  There certainly would be a shift in the money paradigm if marijuana was made legal by the Federal Government.  We certainly have documented evidence of this with alcohol prohibition in the 1920′s and 1930′s.

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UPDATE: 09/07/2012: REPUBLICAN VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE PAUL RYAN STATES THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULDN’T INTERFERE WITH STATES, SUCH AS CALIFORNIA, THAT HAVE LEGALIZED MARIJUANA!

JUST FOR LAUGHS..

RIVERSIDE FORGOTTEN..

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

 THE PASADENA STAR-NEWS IS REPORTING NEWLY HIRED PASADENA PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR SIOBHAN FOSTER IS SUBJECT TO A LAWSUIT!  THE SUIT WAS FILES BY FORMER CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS ADMINISTRATOR, SEAN GILL IN 2010, WHO WAS TERMINATED WITHOUT EXPLANATION BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE. GILL DESCRIBED RIVERSIDE AS THE CITY TAINTED WITH CORRUPTION.  FORMER RIVERSIDE PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR SIOBHAN FOSTER RESIGNED IN SEPTEMBER 2011, TAKE A POSITION IN PASADENA AS PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR UNDER CITY MANAGER MICHAEL BECK.   ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE, SIOBHAN FOSTER WAS “APPOINTED” BY PASADENA’S CITY MANAGER MICHAEL BECK TO THIS POSITION.  NOW MICHAEL BECK ALSO WORKED FOR THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE AS ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER UNDER CITY MANAGER BRAD HUDSON.  THE OFFICE CAME UNDERFIRE VIA THE ALLEGATIONS OF ILLEGALLY PURCHASED GLOCK FIREARMS, BADGES AND COLD PLATES.    FIRED IN MAY 2011, FORMER DEPUTY CITY ATTORNEY RAYCHELE STERLING ALSO ALLEGED THE STEERING OF CONTRACTS WITHIN FOSTER’S OFFICE TO A SELECTIVE OR PREFERENTIAL GROUP OF CONTRACTORS.  IS THIS THE STORY THE RIVERSIDE PRESS ENTERPRISE WOULDN’T COVER?

The city fired me when I tried to make people aware of their corruption. Its been going on for years. Brad Hudson, Siobhan Foster and Tom Boyd all deserve to be fired for their corruption along with half of the city council. People think Bell is corrupt, I hope they keep digging into the City of Riverside. If Ed (Former Councilman Ed Adkinson) becomes mayor, wait and see how much more work his firm receives.

—Sean Gill, to Press Enterprise comments

OTHER RELATED TMC ARTICLES:

RIVERSIDE: FIRED EMPLOYEE ALLEGES CITY OFFICIALS AWARDED MILLIONS IN CONTRACTS WITHOUT BID

RIVERSIDE: DUCK TAPING A MOUTH HAS A PRICE: A CITY GONE ROGUE

CITY OF RIVERSIDE: PUBLIC WORKS FOSTER’S & BOYD’S THE BID PROCESS!

CITY OF RIVERSIDE: FUZZY MATH AND THE BID PROCESS IN THE SEWER, BUBBLES UP THE USUAL SUSPECTS

CITY OF RIVERSIDE: THE BID PROCESS IN THE SEWER! THE STINK KEEPS BREWING, THE GROUND KEEPS A SHAKING..

HOW MANY INSTANCES OF OVERSIGHT DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE A FRAUD?

KEEP CONNECTED WITH TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” 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 THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!  COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT!  THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

The reporting team  and Pulitzer Prize Winners for Public Service, led by Ruben Vives and Jeff Gottlieb, was hailed for “Breach of Faith,” which exposed the deep seated  municipal corruption in the city of Bell, California, and displayed the  excessive compensation packages received by city officials.  In the Los Angeles suburb of 36,000, city manager Robert Rizzo had received annual compensation of $1.5 million in salary and benefits, the reports showed, with similar pay packages going to the police chief and other city administrators.  The Times reporters uncovered the malfeasance while investigating a separate story in the neighboring city of Maywood.  Vives and Gottlieb described the story behind the coverage in an August event at USC Annenberg. (Watch the video here).  In the official award citation, the panel of judges called the team’s work “the finest tradition of shoe-leather investigative reporting,” and hailed the group for their service to the public.  Eight former and current city officials have been arrested in the aftermath of the scandal, and the state controller’s office has ordered municipalities around California to post the salaries of officials on the Internet.  On a side note Jeff Gottleib was a reporter for the Riverside Press Enterprise for about thirty years. We can sure use him now.

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 FOR YOUR SUPPORT!  COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED!

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 WHO WILL BE HIDING BEHIND THE COMPUTER NEXT WHEN THE AUDITOR COMES ASKING QUESTIONS? CHECK BACK WEEKLY…THAT IS, EVERY CITY COUNCIL TUESDAY! WE’LL EVEN PROVIDE THE DIRECT LINK SO YOU CAN CHECK THE CURRENT CITY COUNCIL AGENDA. CALL YOUR LOCAL ELECTED COUNCIL PERSON AND THE MAYOR AND REQUEST THAT A FORENSIC AUDIT BE DONE BY STATE CONTROLLER JOHN CHIANG OF THE CITY HALL BOOKS. Mayer Hoffman McCann had been the City of Riverside’s auditing firm for the last five years. In John Chiang’s review of the audits conducted by Mayer Hoffman McCann for the City of Bell, he found that the auditor “appears to have been a rubberstamp rather than a responsible auditor committed to providing the public with the transparency and accountability that could have prevented the mismanagement of the City’s finances by Bell officials.”  This has been the concern of the community in the City of Riveriside, but Chief Financial Officer Paul Sundeen believes an independent audit is too expensive and wouldn’t be necessary in his opinion. IF THERE IS NOTHING TO HIDE, THE NUMBERS WILL ALWAYS COME UP RIGHT!