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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW THE FULL BAR COMPLAINT AGAINST GREGORY PRIAMO BY VIVIAN MORENO

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COMPLAINT RECEIPT FROM STATE BAR

According to Riverside County’s Grand Jury, Riverside County’s Counsel, Gregory Priamos’, Office has been accused of interfering and hindering with it’s investigation of the County of Riverside’s  IT department.  Of course, that’s nothing new here.  We in the City of Riverside have been dealing with Priamos’ clown tactics for years.  Hopefully, this signals the end of his run of the clown corruption, and this Bozo will finally be placed in clown jail where he belongs.  It’s time he paid for the malfeasance that’s been done.  The liar has cost the taxpayers millions in shabby legal advice.

This wasn’t Priamos first rodeo with the Grand Jury.  In July 2013, the Grand Jury found that the City of Riverside, Office of the City Attorney, which Priamos ran at the time, did not recognize the responsibilities of the Grand Jury and did not honor the secrecy of the Grand Jury.

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Let’s of course not forget that Bozo was hiring outside legal help without contracts nor authority, to the tune of $16 million during the last 5 years he was the City Attorney.  In face, the City Attorney’s Office at Riverside was never looked at by internal audit his entire tenure as chief: what will the taxpayers find during the recently-ordered audit by the Governmental Affairs Committee?  Stay tuned.

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BOZO’S BIG TOP

In a classic Priamos comeback, according to the Press Enterprise, upon becoming aware of the Grand Jury’s dissatisfaction with his interference in their investigation, he offered to train the next grand jury on his office’s role…even we had to laugh at that one.  What he wants is “client control”, so he can massage the message, and redirect the Grand Jury to a favorable outcome, by the reeducation process.  The “Priamos Reeducation Process: A Study in Passive-Aggressive, Paranoid-Delusional, Obsessive Compulsive Assclownery”  Those in the loop know the scam.

The other item of contention is when his office decided to sue the registrar of voters with reference to placing the marijuana measure for the June 2015 ballot.  This could not be taken any other way, but to be a clear cut attempt to interfere with democratic process.  Further, this classic Priamos attempt was found unconstitutional according to State of California Law.  To be fair, Federal Law still classifies marijuana as a Class I drug, thus is classified as a substance which has no accepted medical use, thus illegal.  The point in this process, is that Priamos should have known the difference, but still attempted to waste millions of taxpayer monies challenging State Law, which found his argument unconstitutional.

There is also the issue of whereby his office was responsible for taking many properties from income strapped seniors and residents through the code enforcement process.  He was so proud of this, that he even had pictures of the homes taken within his office area.

CLOWNS TO THE LEFT OF ME, JOKERS TO THE RIGHT OF ME..JUST MORE OF THE SAME…

Related TMC stories on former City Attorney Gregory Priamos:(CLICK ON LINKS)

MAY 21, 2012: CITY OF RIVERSIDE: OFFICE OF CITY ATTORNEY: ‘WE DON’T NEED NO STINK’N CONTRACTS!’

AUGUST 29, 2012: CITY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE: IS THIS INSURANCE FRAUD? IS THIS PENSION SPIKING?

JULY 8, 2013: CITY OF RIVERSIDE: D.A. FILES NO CHARGES DAY AFTER APRIL FOOLS ON WRIGHT! WILL CHARGES BE FILED ON PEPPER ON CLAPPING?

THE BOOK THAT’S ON THE NUMBER ONE SPOT IN RIVERSIDE: DELVE MORE INTO THE UNDERWORLD CULTURE OF THE PRIAMOS FAMILY…

The “Shyster’s Daughter,” written by Paula Priamos, cousin of our County Counsel Gregory Priamos, which takes an intricate view of the family environment in which she grew up in, is on TMC’s must-read list.

Does Greg Priamos have a family history of unscrupulous legal work?  Paula Priamos’ book gives insight to the family dysfunctionality and immoral legal dealings.  When contacted by Dvonne Pitruzzello, Paula Priamos resolved to remain distanced from her cousin.

Excerpts:  “Your lucky he didn’t kill you,” I say.  If death didn’t get him in the form of an actual bullet, it could’ve gotten him from shock.  Primos men are known for strong minds and weak hearts.

“I see my father’s body doubled over the wheel.  I see his chest and arms spilling out of the car, his head dangling, blood seeping out of the wet hole in his scalp.”

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CLICK THIS LINK TO PURCHASE THE BOOK ON AMAZON

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Riverside County Counsel Gregory Priamos               Cousin and Writer Paula Priamos

SPEAKING OF CLOWN NEWS: HAM RADIO GETS CHOPPED LIVER WHEN IT COMES TO COUNCILMAN’S PUSH TO INVESTIGATE.

The Press Enterprise article states that neighbors were at odds, but commentors who were actual neighbors, stated that had no problem with it.  Hmmmm.  Radio operator Braiman’s next door neighbors, Patti and David Moran and a realtor Patti Triplett, had enough political pull to get Councilman Mike Gardner and Deputy Development Director Emilio Ramirez involved to try to find loopholes in City’s Municipal Code, again utilizing brute squad tactics to terrorize and financially threaten this one Wood Street resident.

We note Councilman Mike Gardner is currently running for re-election for his position.  The aggrieved neighbors claim the tower is a visual eyesore and decreasing the value of their property.  These neighbors must understand that the Wood Streets are not controlled by the structured rules and regulations of a Homeowners Association.  Neighbors have the right to be left alone and not be harassed by government, or of the few who feel that all should follow their utopian vision.

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MR. BRAIMAN’S ATTEMPT TO FIND INTELLIGENT LIFE OUTSIDE OF RIVERSIDE CAUSES NEIGHBORS TO MOVE

We at TMC have been having difficulty getting the City to help us. Around our home we have these large 50 foot wood poles, with black wires that extend about 100 feet in both directions, and are attached to yet another wood pole.  Some of these even have small trash cans attached to them.  These are eyesores and I’m convinced they have devalued numerous resident property values. The City is telling me these poles are necessary…..hogwash!

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CITY-PROTECTED VISUAL MONSTROSITIES

Kidding aside, what we seem to have here is a few influential constituents, who decide for the rest of us what is visually offensive, who lobby and employ the local government as a weapon to retaliate and terrorize a single resident. What we have not witnessed (to our knowledge) is that a majority has a problem with Mr. Braiman’s radio tower.   The ugly truth is that many residents feel they cannot come to City Council and present their views because they believe they will be retaliated by code enforcement, etc, if they do.  They see their neighbors that do complain, and observe how they are treated.  And this is how the City controls free speech: through intimidation and fear of the populace…and it needs to end if we are to prosper as a community.

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST, “VISIONS OF GRANDEUR,” “FULL OF B.S.,” “IGNORANT,” “MISGUIDED,” “BULLYISH,” “FILTHY,” “SICK,” “PERVERTED,” “STUPID,” “PATHETIC,” “DESPICABLE,” “DISAPPOINTING,” “BELOW THE BELT,” “A NEW LOW,” “SHOCKING,” “OFFENSIVE,” “INAPPROPRIATE,” “HURTFUL,” “MEAN SPIRITED,” “DISTASTEFUL,” “EMBARRASSING,” HORIFFIC,” “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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INTRODUCING JAKE THE SNAKE..

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Worst City Manager in Alameda history. Good luck with this snake. Good riddance.
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Welcome Mr. Russo! We are excited to start this wonderful journey together, making the City of Riverside a better place for us all.  I am counting on you to pull us through these tough economic times.  I’m sure we will have a long lasting relationship.

I would like to introduce myself, Vivian Moreno, Number 1 Citizen, Very Hard Worker, Blogger and Snake Trainer.  I would like to introduce you to “Jake The Snake.” He is my pet and the new Mascot of Thirty Miles of Corruption.com.  Now let’s get to work!

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “DISAPPOINTING,” “BELOW THE BELT,” “A NEW LOW,” “SHOCKING,” “OFFENSIVE,” “INAPPROPRIATE,” “HURTFUL,” “MEAN SPIRITED,” “DISTASTEFUL,” “EMBARRASSING,” HORIFFIC,” “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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Ward 7 Issues: Transparency, Ag Park, Chuck Cox, CFD’s (Community Facilities District) Arroyo Park 6 million dollar bond, lack of representation, future development, senior housing and Measure-L.

Candidates for Ward 7 City Council: Alysia Webb Vs. John Burnard:

There have been two debate forums thus far for Ward 7 that Thirty Miles of Corruption attended, Cindy Roth’s Greater Riverside Chamber event at the Convention Center and one at the La Sierra Senior Center.  At these forums the clear winner was Council candidate Alysia Webb.  It was her unscripted honest answers that put her above her opponent.  She has the dedication and the voice to represent and take care of the issues concerning the residents of Ward 7, not just the status quo.  She answered the debate questions sincerely and with integrity.

In our opinion, what really won it for Webb was when Burnard made the comment that Ms. Webb supported measure L. She calmly explained that the literature was confusing and the issues were muddled on both sides.  She had been assured that the hill would have been completely protected, and development restricted in a reasonable manner.  In the end she actually ended up attending the ‘NO on Measure L’ event.  I do believe she totally understands the issue and will support controlled development in Ward 7.

The Roth/Chamber forum was quite interesting.   There were about 40 people in attendance, mostly Chamberites, or the status quo party, with maybe about 4 voters for Ward 7.  Mr Burnard took out his notes and read from them.  It was a John Burnard-friendly event”: well-scripted, and most of his allotted time he spent thanking all the “right” people.  That of course made us very suspicious.  With eager confidence he named all who had given their endorsement: Ward 7 Councilman Steve Adams, Ward 1 Councilman Mike Gardner, Ward 6 Councilman Jim Perry, Ward 5 Councilman Chris MacArthur, Ag Park Developer Chuck Cox, and of course the police and fire unions.  Why is this important?  Because Burnard will now be expected to vote for the Union/Chamber/Cox interest.

Burnard is also supported by SEIU.  He conspicuously didn’t mention this.  Why would John Burnard leave out mentioning his support by SEIU?  He also left them out of his support page on his web site.  Is he embarrassed of them because he’s a Republican? Or is it that SEIU doesn’t want their members to know they supported a Republican?  Hmmmm…….  Also why would John Burnard take donations from Ag Park Developer Chuck Cox, when it’s such a hot political issue with the residents of Ward 7?  Oh, I know why!  Mr. Burnard wants to build an equestrian park for his elitist friends of Ward 6 and 7, instead of taking care of Ag Park.

We also find it very interesting that Burnard claims he didn’t support Measure L, while at the same time surrounding himself with all the very people who did.  He will ultimately take care of his supporters.  Of this, we are sure.

When Burnard initiated his campaign, he signed documents with the City outlining the rules of engagement.  What’s the first thing he does?  He places the City of Riverside logo on his website in violation of the agreement.  Ignorance, apathy, or sneaky: take your pick.  He was contacted by the City Clerk’s office and told to take it down, or face penalties.

We wonder why the City didn’t fine Mr. Bernard for his blatant use of their logo on his site, when a few years ago they fined Councilman Mike Soubirous for his sign being in the wrong place ($100.00), or at least they tried to.  Of course, Soubirous would not take this lying down.  He took this issue on directly … and it went away quietly.  Another great example in a litany of Union/City/Chamber double standards and retaliation.  Burnard is not a candidate for the people.

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He recently sent a mailer with him standing next to a RPD police car with the City of Riverside photo-shopped out, in order to let folks know he was supported by law enforcement.  Also inappropriate activity in a political campaign.  If Burnard will try to get away with fooling the citizens in his campaign, what “Tom Foolery” will he bestow on the taxpayer?  Possibly a ‘YES on Measure L’ next time, and higher utility rates?  A vote for Burnard will be a vote for sitting-Councilman Steve Adams’ kind of politics: the big guy over the little guy.  You would just be exchanging one deck chair for another on the Titanic.

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We can give you a laundry list of reasons why an endorsement from Steve Adams is something we wouldn’t brag about.  Adams threw a $6,000 party on the taxpayer at Papadakas Restaurant with belly dancers on the entertainment list.  This event had no attendee list and the payment of the RFP was totally against city policy.  He went out to breakfast, lunch and dinner on the taxpayer every chance he could get.  His response was, “We’ll I gotta eat!”  The most important issue has been his lack of representation to the citizens of Ward 7, especially the residents that live around Ag Park.  John Burnard is just more of the same.

A Vote for Alysia Webb would be a vote for real change and would give a voice to all the citizens of Ward 7, the ones that Steve Adams has ignored. Webb is highly educated with a Masters degree in Mental Health. She will be a champion for homeless issues that plague the streets of Riverside.

Thirty Miles of Corruption and Javier and Vivian Moreno ask all their followers and friends of Ward 7 to vote and elect Alysia Webb as their City Council representative. She will be the voice of the people and the change we need.

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “DISAPPOINTING,” “BELOW THE BELT,” “A NEW LOW,” “SHOCKING,” “OFFENSIVE,” “INAPPROPRIATE,” “HURTFUL,” “MEAN SPIRITED,” “DISTASTEFUL,” “EMBARRASSING,” HORIFFIC,” “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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Ward 1 Issues: Mr. Braimans Ham Radio, Transparency, Attack on the Squirrels, Tree Trimming, Bike lanes, Trolley Cars, Traffic, Total neglect of the North Side and the Main Downtown Library.

Candidates for Ward 1 City Council: Incumbent Mike Gardner Vs. Tom Podgorski:

There have been two candidate forums so far we have attended.  As residents of Ward 1 familiar with the issues, TMC believes challenger Tom Podgorski was the clear winner of both.  Podgorski is highly qualified: he’s an economics teacher at Poly High School, a certified financial planner, and we believe he would add a level of financial intelligence to the dais that has been sorely missing for years.

Councilman Mike Gardner spent the vast majority of his professional career working for SoCal Edison.  What did the citizens of Riverside and Ward 1 get with his qualifications and the 8 years he has been sitting on the Council? Higher utility rates, a total neglect of the north side neighborhood, the loss of the historic Press Bindery Building, the failure to get the Main Downtown Library redone, and tree branches falling on houses and in the street.  And traffic, traffic, and more traffic.

He is supported by the unions, so you can bet the unions got and will get their way.

Mike Gardner and the unions, along with the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce, want another term to fix things.  Should the citizens of Ward 1 give him one more try?  Thirty Miles of Corruption and Javier and Vivian Moreno say, “absolutely NO,” to more self-serving political hacks.  It would be our recommendation that all our followers and friends of Ward 1 please vote for Tom Podgorski.  We need a change.

We also urge my neighbors and friends to come to the final debate forum and see for yourself why Tom Podgorski is the change we need.  Our arguments about the dark side of union support will become painfully obvious.  Mr. Gardner has received all the union/Chamber support, and the work of the people did not get done.  However, believe you me the work of the unions and the Chamber did get done.  Cindy Roths’ Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce got her million plus this year in cash, subsidies, and in-kind contributions.  What did you get? Higher taxes, like the water conservation charge added to your utility bill last Spring!  Tom Podgorski is supported by the average person who pays the bills: let’s give him a chance.  We are hopeful that Ward 1 residents see through the Gardner smokescreen, and vote for change.

The last forum of this election cycle will be hosted by The League of Women Voters, The Group, Latino Network, NAACP Riverside Branch and the Downtown Neighborhood Alliance.  It will be held Wednesday May 6, from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Izaak Walton Building at Fairmont Park. (We have lived here for almost 30 years and never heard of this place.)  Please participate in our democracy and attend.  If you have a conflict, please inform yourself and watch the video of the event before casting your vote.

TMC STORY: 05.16.2011: RIVERSIDE: THE PRESS BINDERY: A BREACH OF TRUST

Legally we can do whatever we want there,” Hudson said. “The city wasn’t required to preserve any of it.”

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Not only shameful, but an orchestrated event..

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “DISAPPOINTING,” “BELOW THE BELT,” “A NEW LOW,” “SHOCKING,” “OFFENSIVE,” “INAPPROPRIATE,” “HURTFUL,” “MEAN SPIRITED,” “DISTASTEFUL,” “EMBARRASSING,” HORIFFIC,” “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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Strategic planning, rising utility rates, public participation encouragement vs. discouragement, redevelopment wind down, the legality of tiered pricing on our utility bills, $400 million in underfunded pension liabilities, customer service, additional taxes to renovate the main library, the trolley, transparency and marijuana: these are just some of the 2015-16 election issues.

In anticipation of the upcoming June decision, Thirty Miles of Corruption has decided to take a thorough look at all the candidates.  But first, we’d like to talk about what their endorsements really mean…

When a candidate is supported by the Service Employees International Union, Riverside Police Officers Association, Riverside City Firefighters Association, etc., etc., in return for their money and in-kind support, they will expect you to vote in their best interests. The union-backed candidate is expected to favor of ever-higher salaries, perks & pensions. The endgame to that is a lower quality of life for the general public through either higher taxes or cuts in services. Its classic, “pay to play,” politics.

The candidates in the 2015 race that have this support are Mike Gardner and John Burnard. These are the go-along-to-get-along candidates. This is the “Lazy Money”, usually demonstrated by the amble cash on hand they use to send out all those mailers that end up filling up your trash. We call it lazy money because it usually makes a candidate lethargic when it comes to doing any real work during a campaign. When the voting public see these kind of endorsements on a candidates’ support page, we believe its almost necessary from a self-preservation perspective to vote against them. This kind of support is what has perpetuated political favors, and is the ugly side of politics.

A vote for a union candidate is a vote for unsustainable spending, plain and simple, in our opinion.

When the City-insider interests wants a candidate to win, a familiar pattern emerges: the unions will donate a lot of money. It’s an, “us against them,” kind of mentality, Citizens vs. City-insiders.  Take for instance, the case of Valerie Hill vs. Mike Soubirous.  Ms. Hill cleaned up on endorsements that race: almost $100,000 in total.  She had all the fancy flyers and her signs were everywhere. Soubirous did the real work, shoe leather to pavement, with a small fraction of the endorsement money.  He connected with all citizens in Ward 3 and won handily.

So what did the Riverside Police Officers Union (RPOA), City Manager Scott Barber, and Police Chief Diaz decide to do then, sorry losers that they are? They started a bogus investigation with the help of Mayor Rusty Bailey, Steve Adams, Jim Perry, Chris MacArthur, Mike Gardner, and Andy Melendrez and wasted $100,000 of taxpayer money. It’s the kind of retaliation we’ve grown so accustomed to seeing in this City – all paid for on the public’s dime.

But something different happened that time. Mike Soubirous, with help from Paul Davis (also accused of doing his job in direct conflict with the City-insiders’ wishes) won again.  An enraged public smelled a rat and convinced a thoroughly-embarrassed Council to drop the case all-together.  And in doing so, they exposed the dirty deeds of the RPOA, Chief of Police and City Manager Scott Barber, who ended up resigning in disgrace over the issue (aka, “retiring early,” at our dear City).

As long as we allow this culture to exist by voting for the “endorsed” candidates who do not have the general public’s best interests at heart, the retaliation and lousy customer service our City has become known for will never change. VOTE NO ON UNION/CHAMBER ENDORSEMENTS.

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “DISAPPOINTING,” “BELOW THE BELT,” “A NEW LOW,” “SHOCKING,” “OFFENSIVE,” “INAPPROPRIATE,” “HURTFUL,” “MEAN SPIRITED,” “DISTASTEFUL,” “EMBARRASSING,” HORIFFIC,” “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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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW EXCERPTS OF THE BANNED VIDEO ON YOUTUBE.

On April 6th an anonymous email came in to Thirty Miles of Corruption concerning some current and former staff members at City Hall.  There were four issues, one of which had to deal with sex in the work place.  We were going to take the email to the monthly Human Resources Board meeting and address the boss herself, HR Director Brenda Diederichs, as to the allegations.  With email in hand, merrily we arrived to the meeting … but it had been cancelled at the last minute with no notice given to the public.  Staff and board members had of, course, been advised of this already, so as to not waste their time showing up.  TMC realizes the public is low man of the totem pole in Riverside, so we accepted our fate and moved on.

Now what were we our options?  For you see, there is no formal complaint policy in place at the City to address such issues.  The public has raised this issue before, only to be ignored by those on the dais. We first contacted Councilman Mike Soubrious by phone and read him the email.  He certainly didn’t sound shocked by it.  In fact, he stated these allegations were just a small piece of a larger puzzle.  Hmmmm … we wonder what he meant by that?  We couldn’t take the letter to City Manager Lee McDougal (that’s a whole other story, but will be told, much to the chagrin of Mr. McDougal we suspect).   With no other alternatives available, we decided to take our story right to City Council.

So at City Council on April 7th, we stood before all seven council members and the mayor and read the staff email … and all hell broke loose.  In the history of attending the council meetings, we have never seen such a response.  Apparently, the email was deemed so salacious by the powers that be that the video of the meeting was taken off the City’s website and government television channel.  That’s right folks: you will never be able to view the video on the City’s web site because of this censorship.  If you want the entire video you can order it from the City Clerk, but it will NEVER be posted again.  However, in the spirit of transparency, and as a free service to the public, we at TMC offer it here for the viewing public.

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW FULL APRIL 7, 2015 CITY COUNCIL MEETING ON YOUTUBE

‘It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.” – Noël Coward, Blithe Spirit .

Many on staff at the City of Riverside have been coming to Thirty Miles, anonymously, for their voice for years.  This is certainly not the first time we have brought an email to a board or council meeting.  Most employees know that if they come forward with any honest information or concerns that are in any way perceived as potentially embarrassing for management of the City, they will be retaliated against or fired: that is a fact.  Just as Raychele Sterling, Jason Hunter, Sean Gill, or countless others.  This has been an ongoing problem for years, which remains unaddressed.

TMC has taken up the cause of staff issues a number of times in the past.  One of our favorites recurring themes involves sex in the workplace: City Hall’s worst-kept, dirty little secret.  Now of course, we enjoy a scandalous tryst as much as anybody, but there’s another reason these romantic rendezvous capture our attention…

Where do you think the money comes from to run City Hall?  The taxpayers and ratepayers of Riverside foot the bill for the salaries for all employees and operations already.  Should we also have to pay for conferences that are really lovers’ vacations as well?  How about 2 hour lunches for folks to look starry-eyed into each others eyes, aka time card fraud?

There are other reasons sex in the workplace is detrimental to the taxpayer.  Moral suffers amongst fellow employees who suspect favoritism which then affect their productivity suffers.  When unqualified girlfriends/boyfriends get promoted over better candidates it ends up costing the taxpayer millions of dollars because of bad decisions.  The City knows this of course.  For example, let’s take a look at the Neely Nakamora vs. City of Riverside case.  Former Assistant City Manager Tom Desantis, a subject matter expert we’ve been told, testified in court that workplace relationships hurt the taxpayer.  The Council may pretend to be shocked by the email, but that’s just the facade they put on for the public.

Let’s talk about accountability for a moment.  Our City has been trying to figure out what to do with the former Riverside Golf Course on the north side of town for years now.  At one point, there was momentum for developing a soccer complex on the site. The developers who wanted the contract spent thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars putting their plans together to present to the city council.  The City/taxpayer spent almost two full years working on this project, an entire department laboring away.

Well what happened?  The project went quietly into the night.  It unraveled because of cover-ups and scandals from the previous administration, much of it having to do with a certain executive who had been promoted because of her ability to do the horizontal mambo we hear.  Now we’re back to square one.  And where’s the accountability?  Have you ever seen anyone from the city of Riverside ever admit to a mistake, or heaven-forbid try to quantify one.  They will happily just charge the taxpayer more – it’s free after all!  The taxpayer just has to pay the bill.  Now we’re told by our master that the public is not allowed to ask or encourage the council to look into matters that affect us all?  Well, what are they there for?

And that’s not all.  For you see, relationships beget hurt feelings sometime, which in turn result in sexual harassment lawsuits.  And guess what?  You will be forced ultimately to pay out all legal fees, investigative and court cost, settlements, verdicts, etc., all in the name of love.  If the public were to examine the typical weekly closed session City Council agenda, they would find a handful or two lawsuits against the City, maybe 20 to 25 a month.  Some ongoing, some new, and some anticipated.  Who do you think is writing check for all this? … Us.

Back in May 2011, Thirty Miles asked City Hall if there was a “Love Contract” on file, with reference to Miller vs. California Department of Corrections, as policy in order to deal with situations as this.  City Hall emailed us back there were no documents response to our request.  In City lingo, this means, “we ain’t got squat.”  Does anyone in this city use protection?  Apparently not.

COMMENTER CRUSADER SENDS EMAIL TO THIRTY MILES OF CORRUPTION:

Subject: Keep up the Good Work!
From: Crusader: 4/11.201  To: thirtymilescorruption@hotmail.com

Dear Vivian,
The minute I saw the headline in the PE article online re Riverside City Council, the first thing that came to mind was “That has got to be Vivian!”

Nice to see people raising hell in this county, to be sure. The government and politicians always try to find a way to hide stuff.  How childish to BAN the airing of council meetings because they don’t like the content; that is a real joke.  Also, I’m not a lawyer, but it might violate some type of rights of the public.

People who don’t live near the meetings, are in ill health, disabled, etc., have no way to see what is going on at the controversial meetings.  The City requiring a public records request is also troublesome, because its sole purpose is to DISCOURAGE the public from obtaining public information.  You probably know all this stuff anyhow, but I think there are some constitutional issues to be addressed.  Anyhow, I have to get back to proofreading.
Be well and stay safe!

Crusader

04.14.2015: RIVERSIDE PUBLIC UTILITIES ACCORDING TO THE PE ACCIDENTALLY OVERBILL$ RATE PAYERS!  OOPS, WE DID IT AGAIN!

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Since brought to the attention of Balachandran back in November of 2014, he has continued to give the public the bird when it comes to representing our interests.  Is he following in the footsteps of David Wright, and proving once again that in the River City there’s simply no bridge too far when it comes to conflict-of-interests, in this case his his board membership with the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce?  Will things change?  We’ll find out soon, as the topic’s scheduled for the next Governmental Affairs Committee … and right before an election too!  Bad timing for the status quo.

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JASON HUNTER, THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE FORMER RESOURCE ANALYST, PUBLICLY STATES THAT THE CITY IS CHARGING RATEPAYERS TO MUCH! (CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW ON YOUTUBE)

Jason Hunter, former City of Riverside Principle Resource Analyst, who was fired for reporting assorted executive tomfoolery within Riverside Public Utilities, speaks during City Council public comment on April 14, 2015.  Hunter points to the camera in the rear because of a new, old, new policy to film the public, and only the public, using the camera waaaaaay back in the rear of the Council Chambers, brought about by, “below the belt,” comments made by public speaker Vivian Moreno the previous week.  We’re told it is now official City Council policy, although we don’t know when they met to talk about it in yet another in a long line of apparent Brown Act violations.  Wanting to see the backsides of the public is a bit kinky if you ask us, but perhaps that’s a better question to ask Interim City Manager McDougal … who knows a thing or two about that.

Hunter asks the question: what is the purpose of having a $300,000,000 stockpile of cash at Riverside Public Utilities?   Who knows!…because our Water Utility has no Reserve Policy! The Electric Fund has a policy, but is 10 years old and completely outdated, and no one in the City is following it anyway. What the City has done is set the utility rates too high, resulting in a cash reserve which the city cannot justify … so give it back to the community we say.

What’s apparent is that the City needs to decrease utility rates, and give back, oh say, $100 million or so back to the 100,000 customers of Riverside Public Utilities.  That’s comes out to a nice tidy $1000.00 check apiece.  The larger question of course is: why were the rates set so high for so long?  Was it so that executives at Public Utilities could pay for every mistake that would every come up?  One being…San Onofre?  Or was it to maximize the annual transfer from the utilities to the General Fund to keep those glorious salaries and benefits going, and allow the Council to continue its fat cat spending ways?

One thing’s for certain: with Hunter’s lawsuit against the City settled, we can look forward to hearing from him every week in 2015 about another unethical or illegal activity that’s been funded with ratepayer money.  Hopefully, the District Attorney is watching.

04.14.2015: CITY MANAGER LEE MCDOUGAL GOES BACK TO FILMING PUBLIC SPEAKERS FROM THE BACKSIDE … AGAIN!  IS HE BEING PETTY? OR JUST ATTEMPTING TO PUNISH THE PUBLIC SO THAT WE “GET THE MESSAGE”?  BACK IN FEBRUARY 14, 2014 THE PE RAN A STORY OF THIS REAR VIEW FILMING.

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During public comment, folks watching MgmTV (McDougal Gluteus Maximus Television), will be treated to a new, “below the belt,” perspective of City Council meetings.  Juvenile as it may seem to the community, viewing public speakers from behind will not make the real issues in the City of Riverside go away.  They still need to be addressed, even if city hall isn’t quite ready to handle the truth.

04.15.2015: OPINION ON THE PE: DON’T SWAT GADFLIES FOR CIVILITY’S SAKE McDougal says the city will “look at how do we control speech, if we can, that is harmful, that is slanderous going forward.” If we can is an important caveat. It isn’t for any government official to say what’s “harmful” or not. “Harmful” can be just another word for embarrassing.

And who will get to determine what, “harmful,” speech the general public will not be exposed to?  Why government people like Mr. McDougal of course!!

Again, Mr. McDougal, the First Amendment is non-negotiable.  But your actions speak louder than words.

PCB’S AT AG PARK FROM MARCH 27, 2015 VIDEO DOCUMENTARY: PENNY NEWMAN AND DTSC DIRECTOR SHOW.

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OH BOY…..RIVERSIDE COUNTY SUPERVISOR MARION ASHLEY’S BOY CHIEF OF STAFF, JAIME HURTADO, WANTS TO SUCCEED HIS BOSS IN 2018.  IS IT ALL IN THE FAMILY?

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JAIME HURTADO

Jaime Hurtado filed paperwork this month with the county Registrar of Voters to run for the Fifth Supervisorial District three years from now. Ashley, who has represented the district since 2002 and was re-elected last year, has said he won’t run again.  Hurtado, a Moreno Valley resident, has been on Ashley’s staff since 2003, working his way up to Chief of Staff.  How well did Ashley groom Hurtado to continue his legacy … as some residents have said … to continue a legacy of corruption?

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “DISAPPOINTING,” “BELOW THE BELT,” “A NEW LOW,” “SHOCKING,” “OFFENSIVE,” “INAPPROPRIATE,” “HURTFUL,” “MEAN SPIRITED,” “DISTASTEFUL,” “EMBARRASSING,” HORIFFIC,” “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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TMC and the public has recently learned of city of Riverside secret investigative teams, which included several city of Riverside departments including Human Resources and Police, which were organized under the auspices of monitoring, “potentially dangerous,” city employees.  In another in a long line of Riverside coinkydinks, it just so happens that many of these employees were also known whisteblowers within the City at the time they were put under surveillance.  Employees whose only crime was to report fraud within the city of Riverside were subjected to background checks using confidential law enforcement sources, defamed, followed, and threatened – in one incident, threatened with their lives.

It has long been common knowledge that the city has been a hostile place to work if you aren’t ethically-challenged and report wrongdoing.  What we’re beginning to understand now is the extent that the city was/is willing to go to use public resources in order to cover-up its shameful acts.  The courageous few, who stuck their necks out to protect the taxpayers and ratepayers of Riverside, had their lives turned upside down by the municipal mafia, under the direction/protection of former Riverside City Attorney Gregory Priamos.

Who amongst the other City insiders were the other players in this game of deceit?  Further, was the law enforcement telecommunication system known as CLETS (California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System) used as a tool for defamation/retaliation by former Human Resources Director Rhonda Strout, current Human Resource Director Brenda Diederichs, and other department heads, thus violating these employees rights to privacy?  How about the coup d’état, the Chief of Police, Sergio Diaz: how was he involved because the CLETS system is solely a law enforcement tool? 

This secret organization was unbeknownst to even the Human Resource Board, who supposedly reviews HR policies.  They demanded to know more about it.  It was unbeknownst to the Community Police Review Commission, who supposedly reviews police policies.  It was also unbeknownst to certain City Council members, who supposedly know things none of the above-mentioned boards/commissions do.  Hold onto your hats, because we get the feeling this story will be explosive.    

There exists a secret panel, which is being financed by the taxpayer, and is under the guidance of a former Secret Service agent consultant, that investigates whistleblower employees within the city of Riverside in an attempt to intimidate and discredit them?  Why wasn’t it utilized to investigate Councilman Chris MacArthur’s legislative aide Chuck Condor?  He allegedly pulled a knife and threatened another Council Field Representative Mark Earley, who was Mayor Bailiey’s aide when he was Councilman?  This would appear to be a valid threat occurrence, which should be subjected to an evaluation by a threat assessment team.  That did not occur of course, as equal application of the rules is optional in the ole River City.

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Above we see Diaz, Diederichs, Adams, Gardner, Melendrez, MacArthur and Perry & Bailey: are these members of the alleged shadow government team that does not exist to anyone’s knowledge, but yet does?

 

RIVERSIDE CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC COMMENT (03.17.2015) HAD MUCH TO SAY ON THIS SUBJECT, WITH THE MAYOR INTERVENING AT ONE POINT TO SUPPORT AN ENTITY THAT EVIDENTLY NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT…BUT THE MAYOR SEEMINGLY BURPED AN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT?  AN INADVERTENT RECOGNITION OF A SHADOW ORGANIZATION THAT OTHERS ON THE CITY COUNCIL, AS WELL AS THE CURRENT HUMAN RESOURCE BOARD WERE NEVER AWARE OF?

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FORMER CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE, JASON HUNTER, PUBLICLY SPEAKS ABOUT A SHADOW GOVERNMENT ENTITY WITHIN THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE (WATCH ON YOUTUBE).  Incidentally, Mayor Bailey appears to mentioned the acknowledgement of a “Threat Assessment Team” in the following video ….though the Human Resources Board and some of the Council Members don’t know anything about it’s existence.  Things that make you go hmmm … Mayor Bailey also chimed in and attempted to downplay by stating that all city’s have some form of a threat assessment team, referring to a October 1998 shooting at Riverside City Hall.

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WATCH THE YOU TUBE VIDEO WHEREBY MAYOR BAILEY ACKNOWLEDGES A THREAT ASSESSMENT TEAM FOLLOWED BY PUBLIC SPEAKER VIVIAN MORENO.

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FORMER CITY OF RIVERSIDE DEPUTY CITY ATTORNEY RAYCHELE STERLING SPEAK ON THE ISSUE OF THE “THREAT ASSESSMENT TEAM”. (WATCH ON YOUTUBE).  She states that the “Threat Assessment Team” was created recently and had nothing to do with the Joseph Neale shooting.

 

RIVERSIDE COUNCIL MEMBERS SIGN A COMPLAINT TO REMOVE THE LAW LICENSE OF FORMER RIVERSIDE DEPUTY ATTORNEY RAYCHELE STERLING.  In what appears to be another conspiratorial closed door retaliatory move, certain council members – Adams, Melendrez, Gardner, Perry, and MacArthur – signed off on making a bar complaint against former deputy attorney Sterling, in what appears to a retaliatory move to silence her public speaking.  Sterling was fired for reporting fraud under former City Attorney Gregory Priamos.  The bar investigated the complaint and determined it to be unfounded.  Too bad, so sad.

What ringleader Adams didn’t know would happen by doing so, was that it opened many closed session meetings to be made available to the public.  This is going to definitely change the perspective of these councilmen when they find out we’ve had a chance to listen to tapes that were never meant to be made public.

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FORMER FIRED DEPUTY CITY ATTORNEY RAYCHELE STERLING SPEAKS TO COUNCIL REGARDING THEIR ATTEMPT TO SABOTAGE HER LAW LICENSE ON JANUARY 27,2015 (CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW YOUTUBE).

 

Now the question of former City Attorney Gregory Priamos’s spending practices when it comes to the hiring of outside legal council comes to the forefront, after the Government Affairs Committee orders an audit.  We did a story about this way back when, but no on listened..  We brought this lack of oversight to the attention of the public back in 2012 with an article “WE DON’T NEED NO STINK’N CONTRACTS.”  We revisited this issue in 2014 with an article, “WE DON’T NEED NO STINKING CONTRACTS SINCE WE HAVE A CHARGE CARD: AN UPDATE.”

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FORMER DISTRICT ATTORNEY PAUL ZELLERBACH’S WIFE, PAIGE ZELLERBACH CHARGED WITH DUI UNDER PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. WAS SHE ON HER WAY TO HER DENTAL PRACTICE, WHILE PATIENTS WAITED, BUT INSTEAD HIT A TREE?  WAS SHE PARTAKING IN HER OWN CANDY LAND STASH WHILE PRACTICING DENTISTRY?  Some of her patients secretly want to know…

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Questions arose with reference to this high profile couple.  We did a preliminary posting sometime back?

MAUREEN KANE OUT, RETIRES: WHAT IS THAT ALL ABOUT?  MAYOR WILLIAM “RUSTY” BAILEY’S CHIEF OF STAFF DROPPED.  WE DID A POSTING ABOUT A CAT FAT IN THE MAYOR’S OFFICE.  DID THIS HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH HER RELEASE? According to the Press Enterprise, Maureen Kane retires and is replaced by Cheryl-Marie Hansberger.  (Quite a unique phenomenon – no one in the public sector is really fired … they retire instead … unless they’re whistleblowers.  Of course, residents in the community of Riverside know what this means: we’re being screwed in some capacity … we just don’t know how yet.)

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TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “DEMENTED,” “MENTALLY WHACKED,” “OFFENSIVE,” “INAPPROPRIATE,” “HURTFUL,” “MEAN SPIRITED,” “DISTASTEFUL,” “EMBARRASSING,” “HORIFFIC,” “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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It’s never a pretty outcome for the public…

WE AT TMC WANT TO ADVISE OUR DEAR READERS (Yes, all 7 of you…) that when you hear the words, “private/public partnership,” grab your wallet!  A publicprivate partnership (PPP) is a government service or private business venture which is funded and operated through a partnership of government and one or more private sector companies. These schemes are sometimes referred to as PPP, P3 or P3.

Earlier this year, we detailed how the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce (GRCC), in partnership with Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey,  has turned the State of the City Address into a for-profit event benefiting the Chamber at a substantial expense to the taxpayers and ratepayers of Riverside.  Meanwhile, the general public got to sit in the back of the bus audience for this event, while the Chamber and City bigwigs were given the center stage, celebrity treatment compliments of the Mutual Admiration Society of Riverside County.

A week later, not having had its fill of pork, GRCC had its primary public benefactor, Riverside Public Utilities, sponsor its Mega Mixer and Trade Show at the Tyler Mall.

Last night, the Chamber had its hand out again, this time for its Inaugural Celebration, titled, “A Night in Bollywood” (given the amount of plastic surgery observed at the gala, perhaps, “A Night in Dollywood,” would’ve been more appropriate, but we digress…)

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Once again, we see Riverside Public Utilities headlining as an Emerald Sponsor (not to be confused with its earlier billings as Gold Sponsor and Premier Plus Exhibitor) of this event.  In what I’m sure is just a coincidence (sarcasm alert), the Chamber installed Bob Stockton, of Rick Engineering, as its Chairman of the Board…the same Bob Stockton who was just recently the Chairman of our Board of Public Utilities.

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Bob Stockton, new Panderer-At-Large in the revolving door scheme

We’ve previously covered how former General Manager, David Wright (another recycled executive, now LADWP’s problem), and current General Manager, Girish Balachandran, sat/sit/sut on the Board of Directors of the Chamber, cutting checks with their ratepayers’ money on a almost weekly basis: a grotesque conflict-of-interest even our own ethically-challenged City Council is a bit queasy with we hear.

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                           Dave “the Kingpin” Wright           Girish “The Bag Man” Balanchandran

All of this is done without any transparency to the general public or oversight.  In theory, the Chamber could host an event every day, and Girish Balachandran would seemingly be all-too-willing to write a check up to $25,000 (his maximum authority) for each one…well, until he ran out of your money.

But enough of the hyphens and run-on sentences, let’s shine the light on how the game works!

You pay your utility bills/taxes —> City/RPU funds the Chamber (and other favorite non-profits as part of an influence peddling scheme, but more on that later) —> the Chamber pushes its business-first agenda and supports local candidates —> the City Council continues to keep the GRCC on the public dole through an ever-expanding assortment of schemes (e.g. the no-bid Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful contract) —> lather, rinse, repeat!  They get an Indian dinner, you get the cheque!

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The Chamber is Watching You! (Click Image to Enlarge).

The game ends one of two ways: the City eventually goes bankrupt, a la San Bernadino and Stockton…or you get sick of the corruption and demand change.  On that note, City elections are June 2, 2015 .  Whom will TMC endorse!?  Stay tuned….

WHAT ABOUT ME?  The County of Riverside would of course not want to be left out of this party.  As you can see here, Riverside County Economic Development and Regional Medical Center both bought $1000 tables for the Mayor Bailey’s State of the City Address.  Yes, that’s the same Regional Medical Center that ran a $36 million shortfall just last fiscal year.  They must be feeling better (sic) because they were also an Emerald Sponsor of last night’s, “A Night in Bollywood,” boondoggle.  It’s heartwarming to know an institution drowning in a sea of red can continue to show its support for its local Chamber of Commerce….run by our Queen Cindy Roth, who just so happens to be married to Senator Richard Roth (31st District – cities of Riverside, Corona, Moreno Valley, Norco, Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Riverside, and Perris).

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“Let Them Eat Cake!” (or should that be Gulab Jamin?)

The Riverside County Transportation Committee, another in that miasma of Joint Powers Agreements the City is involved in (this one for, “coordinating highway and transit planning and identifying projects for state and federal funding [and] responsibility for all aspects of regionwide planning for Riverside County’s mobility”), also sponsored the Mega Mixer…because as you know, most folks go to the mall to hear about County transportation issues.

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And the deadbeat goes on…la dah dada dee, la dah dada dah. (CLICK THIS LINK TO WATCH YOUTUBE)

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “DEMENTED,” “MENTALLY WHACKED,” “OFFENSIVE,” “INAPPROPRIATE,” “HURTFUL,” “MEAN SPIRITED,” “DISTASTEFUL,” “EMBARRASSING,” “HORIFFIC,” “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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The Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce, according to this flyer, is conducting a Business Seminar Series, “Doing Business with the City and County.”  They claim that you will walk away knowing how to navigate County of Riverside and City of Riverside online bidding processes, how to apply to be an approved vendor, and finally, how to be considered for upcoming government projects, services and products (I guess they will show you how to be part of the special, “in crowd,” of vendors or contractors).

Suspicious?  You should be.  The Chamber will be charging members $35 and non-members $75, in order to turn a profit off public employees the taxpayers of this City and County are paying salaries for.  Was their time away from the office also donated by the taxpayer?  Can every other non-profit in the area expect similar commitments from staff, or is this just a freebie you get when you host the Mayor’s State of the City Address?

These speakers are Virginia Wilson, Contract Compliance Officer County of Riverside,  Art Torres, Purchasing and Services & Risk Manager for the City of Riverside and Shiloh Rogers, Procurement & Contract Specialist for the City of RiversideSome have noticed that Ms. Rogers has reached the position of Procurement & Contract Specialist, whereby just recently she was working the front desk for the Department of Finance.  Well congratulations, that was quick!  Keep it up and we think you could become a rising star in the River City…and on this blog.

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The City site states that the cost of the seminar varies.

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “DEMENTED,” “MENTALLY WHACKED,” “OFFENSIVE,” “INAPPROPRIATE,” “HURTFUL,” “MEAN SPIRITED,” “DISTASTEFUL,” “EMBARRASSING,” “HORIFFIC,” “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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News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Feb. 26, 2015
Contact:
Phil Pitchford
Intergovernmental and Communications Officer
951-826-5975
ppitchford@riversideca.gov

City of Riverside to Name Gary Geuss City Attorney
Veteran of Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office Scheduled to Start April 13

RIVERSIDE, Calif. –Gary Geuss, a 26 year veteran of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office who supervises legal operations for some of that city’s largest departments, including the Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles International Airport and the Department of Water and Power, has been named City Attorney in Riverside.

The Riverside City Council, which selected Geuss from six finalists, is scheduled to approve a contract with him at a City Council meeting on Tuesday. Geuss will be introduced to the community at 2 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 3900 Main St. He is scheduled to start in Riverside on April 13.

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“Gary Geuss brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from his post in Los Angeles, where he has worked his way up through the ranks during a distinguished career in municipal law,” Mayor Rusty Bailey said. “His weighty responsibilities there demonstrate the level of confidence Los Angeles has placed in him, which speaks volumes about why he is the right person for Riverside.”

Geuss will assume supervision of the Riverside City Attorney’s Office, which includes 23 people, of which 12 are attorneys. The Office has been led most recently by Interim City Attorney Kristi Smith, who has been a Supervising Deputy City Attorney, the second highest position in the office, since 2006.

“The Riverside City Attorney’s Office enjoys an excellent reputation in the legal community, and I am excited about the opportunity to lead such a fine organization,” said Geuss, a 15 year associate with the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Geuss (pronounced Gice) received his B.A. in political science from California State University Northridge and his Juris Doctor from Southwestern School of Law in Los Angeles. After working as a litigation associate at a Los Angeles firm and as an arbitrator, he joined the Los Angeles City

Attorney’s Office in 1989. Geuss has handled the legal affairs of a wide variety of city departments and advised a number of high profile boards and commissions with oversight of various facets of Los Angeles city government. He worked in the criminal branch and civil liability division as a Deputy City Attorney before becoming a Senior Assistant City Attorney, Civil Litigation; Chief Assistant City Attorney, Civil Liability Management; then Branch Chief, Proprietary and Risk Management since 2013.

His salary will be $265,000.

Geuss will certainly have to correct the mess that former City Attorney Gregory Priamos laid out, I hope he has the experience to do so receiving his law degree from Southwestern University.

Remember, Priamos comes from a family of scheisters.  From his days of allegedly running numbers at USC, to his best work of deceiving the public and elects with the City of Riverside, now seasoned, doing work for Riverside County.  But many say his days are numbered, as his number running days.

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 A cousin of Priamos wrote a book called “The Scheister’s Daughter,” written by Paula Priamos, which documents the Priamos family.  By it now on Amazon!

In a January 08, 1991 Los Angeles times article Priamos says he did not give Gathers money when he was at USC, but that his twin sons, Chris and Greg Priamos, did, and that Gathers paid them back. Priamos said he was told by Morrison that he could buy meals for Kimble and Gathers occasionally, but that his “interpretation of occasional was different,” he said.  Priamos had a history of not revealing public records, and further, the public found he was utilizing outside legal services without a contract.  If you can deal with this and make it right for the taxpayers, you have my support

SO WHAT ABOUT THOSE TROLLEY’S, WELL MAYOR BAILEY IS STILL THINKING ABOUT THEM ..MAYBE DREAMING ABOUT THEM..  People and residents in the community are beginning to question the cognitive thought processes of our elects, such as Mayor Rust Bailey and Ward 1 Mike Gardner.  With the big success story (just kidding) of reducing Brockton Avenue from two lanes to one for vehicles, and the other completely dedicated for bicycles.  Of course as we all know, this decision has caused chaos and increase traffic not only on Brockton Avenue but on Magnolia Avenue, and now a $500 million dollar trolley on Magnolia Avenue? Yep, that’s the thinking.  The reality, is that the City of Riverside has no money, but we will continue to toss the burden to our grand kids.

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BUT WILL IT ONLY BE A TRAIN WRECK FOR THE TAXPAYER? 10274177_10202919843310306_2925018241049635978_nTMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “OFFENSIVE,” “INAPPROPRIATE,” “HURTFUL,” “MEAN SPIRITED,” “DISTASTEFUL,” “EMBARRASSING,” HORIFFIC,” “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