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RIVERSIDE CITY HALL KEEPS ON TOSSING POLITICAL ROADBLOCKS, BUT HE KEEPS ON GOING…AND GOING…

Kim Kardashian may have a sex tape, but Councilman Mike Soubirous now has a water tape.  Who would be behind the new round of high school antics at City Hall?  Among the list of of roadblocks Soubirous encountered as he was voted into office were as follows…  First, you cannot “Like” the City of Riverside Facebook site if you are Council Candidate, because that would give constituents and residents the wrong idea.  Then we had the citation for campaign signs, Riverside famiglias within City Hall, decided to give Soubirios a run for his money by citing him for inappropriate sign placing, even if it wasn’t his campaign people, but a private citizen, who had relocated one sign to his own grass area in front of his own home!  I bet if they just called Zellerbach he would have been happy to come by in his county car, and rip that sign out of the ground and accidently toss it out onto the highway, as a favor to City.  Then the $100K hearing debacle, instigated by two of the most narcissistic and insecure people known, Chief Sergio Diaz and City Manager Scott Barber.  Now we have a hit piece by the Press Enterprise, the Center for Investigative Reporting (investigative team of Lance Williams & Katherine Mieszkowski) and KNBC’s Colleen Williams and Joel Grover.  Incidentaly, TMC was told that this investigation was initiated in and about March 2014, the same time as the investigation by Diaz and Barber were playing out.  This was of course before the passing of the July 2014 Water Conservation Ordinance.  Conspiracy or Coincidence?  Timing is everything when you are in the job of character assassinations.  Well in viewing over the scenario, the usual suspects come to mind, former KNBC reporter Mary Parks?  Former PE reporter and current Riverside City Hall Spokeshole, Phil Pitchford?  The Greater Riverside Chamber’s Ms.Cindy Roth?  Mr.Ron Redfern (former Press Enterprise Editor and now Chairman of the Greater Riverside Chamber working with Ms. Roth)?  Mayor Bailey? Former Mayor Loveridge?  Councilman Steve Adams?  City Manager Scott Barber?  Chief of Police Sergio Diaz?  Former Soubirous opponent and candidate for Council Valerie Hill?  Riverside Police Officer’s Asssociation (RPOA) Police Union President Brian Smith?

  Is this the best they can do to discredit a councilman by political assassination?  The powerhouse Riverside famiglias our out to get him, but this guy keeps on going!  Why is it that certain Riverside famiglias wish Soubiroius to resign?  While the people are stating otherwise.  If the Center of Investigative Reporting really did their homework they would open up a whole Pandora’s Box of corruption.  What KNBC, the PE and CIR didn’t get, was that TMC’s Center for Investigative Reporting stumbled upon the road blocks used in order to persuade one unruly Councilman, when a “go along, get along,” attitude is not followed.  The ACME Product Catalog !

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Not to mention, the addition of Wile E. Coyote on the City of Riverside payroll, which can definitely cause havoc in a Councilman’s daily endeavors.  To the TMC investigative staff, that’s dam good research! Something that the CIR (Center for Investigative Reporting) should be able to get some pointers from.

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THANKS AGAIN TO OUR CRACK TMC CENTER FOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING FOR THIS EXCLUSIVE BREAK THROUGH!

The following is a check made out to Wile E. Coyote Enterprises, a smoking gun, if I may say so..  Again, this check was cut, coincidentally, just under the $50,000.00 dollar amount allowed per City Charter, by the City Manager without Council approval.  With all this in play, makes me wonder what happened to Detective Jeff Collopy?  Was he not good enough? Diabolical enough? Clever as a Coyote enough?  Well the City went all out for the expert assassin.  TMC’s Center for Investigative Reporting is still attempting to assess if there is any connection between Detective Jeff Collopy, RPD Sergent Brian Smith, Chief Sergio Diaz and Mr. Coyote…  Of course Mr. Coyote’s resume states his experience with rabbits…  We found one such victim, a Mr. Bugs Bunny out in the Bahamas, under the FBI Protective Witness Program.  It’s all looney as a toon can get!

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In retrospect, I guess if 2013 was a rainy year we wouldn’t have this story, but with El Nino on the horizon this Fall 2014, I would imagine this would be a non issue.  With or without El Nino it’s a non-issue.  But if you are Mike Soubirous, that is a different story.  Water, was never an issue in the City of Riverside.  But the point is that Council made water conservation an issue in July 2014, including Soubirious, we didn’t have to in the City of Riverside, because we have plenty of water.  Yes Soubirious voted for it, but it seems his only crime was not changing his timer from 7 days to 4 days.  All his water use was legal!  Conservation was only voluntary before July 2014, since we had so much of it.  But the reality is as follows, if we currently sell 20% of our water to other municipalities at a profit, how much more can the City of Riverside make with selling 30%, or even 40% by enacting a “Faux Drought?”  That is the real issue, that is the real story.  It’s another example of the news medias “failure to communicate,” and investigate the true crux of a story.

KNBC states that as California’s drought worsened from 2012 to 2013, he (Soubirous) consumed enough water to supply eight California households – more than any other top water official in the state, records show.  The statement is absolutely correct, property size is relative to the water usage.  Soubirious property can be divided into 7 to 8 lots, therefore if each lot is using 125,000 gallons per year.  If you divide a million by 8 you get 125,000 gallons.  So what is the problem folks?  All within normal average household ranges.  Well it seems that KNBC, the Press Enterprise and Center for Investigative Reporting get’s the “Duh” Award, yep, even AP is laughing..  Let’s get real, I know that in our neigborhood, people are still washing down the driveways and sidewalks, and watering their lawns during the day and loading up there pools, no one seems to really care in Riverside, because we don’t have to.  The fact of the matter is that the amount of water used is proportional to the property size.

With this investigation KNBC, the PE and the CIR allegedly forgot to do, is to check into the other Council members, such as Chris Mac Arthur, who own a multitude of orange groves which need an enormous amount of water, much more than reported by Soubirous.  Then we have Councilman Paul Davis, who believes he actually uses more water on his property than Soubirous.  The Center of Investigative Reporting and KNBC failed to investigate this obvious point.  Was this on purpose?  Or just a professional oversight?  When City Officials and Elects are involved with DUI’s, Parking Lot Sex, Drugs, Misappropriation of Funds, Interference with the promotional process, wrecking cars and recent alleged rape, it’s all an abberration.  But sprinkler heads becomes the big issue.  If KNBC, the PE and the Center for Investigative Reporting finds this big news, than they are not investigating the mother load of corruption which resides in the City of Riverside.  Again, it’s not about sprinkler heads.  KNBC has already had their bouts with bad news reporting as in cutting, splicing and editing to format a particular view point.  So KNBC already has a track record of deceiving the public.

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What Joel Grover of KNBC doesn’t know is that the City of Riverside is on a punitive water rates.  Small homes less water, larger homes more water, it’s all relative in the larger scheme of things.  But did they mention that the ordinance was only enacted in July 2014, so where are their numbers coming from?  The Center for Investigative Reporting, possibly just forgot to investigate the real truth?  Well, all right..it’s obvious they were interested in the truth

But is there more to this picture than meet the eye?  Is their a conspiratorial nexus between KNBC’s Colleen Williams, former KNBC’s news reporter Mary Parks and former council opponent to Soubiroius, Valerie Hill?  According to the Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center web site, all three are listed!

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The following is a youtube which shows KNBC’s Colleen Williams and Riverside’s own and former KNBC reporter, Mary Parks.

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Again on KFI 640 AM Radio Councilman Mike Soubirous was crucified by the John and Ken Show via the KNBC report.

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Is there a nexus?  What TMC’s Center for Investigations found was the following.  Channel 9 signed on the air as KFI-TV on August 25, 1948, owned by Earle C. Anthony alongside KFI radio (640 AM).[1] The station initially broadcast a limited schedule, and formally began operations on October 6, 1948.[2]  Though KFI had long been affiliated with NBC Radio, KFI-TV did not affiliate with the then-upstart NBC Television Network as it was building its own station, KNBH (channel 4, now KNBC), which went on the air in January 1949.  Yep, KNBC connected to KFI Radio 640 AM.

Even local Press Enterprise Cassie Macduff decided to throw a few punches why’ll the going was good but made no attempt to contact Councilman Mike Soubirous for a response, or even attempt her own investigation.  Reading her post, it contains the same talking points as all the other articles with no research regarding how Councilman Mike Soubirous water usage is not that big of a deal.  Cassie should know that the new law was enacted in July 2014, prior to that it was legal to use as much water as you needed, some people even have Gage Canal shares and can basically run their water down the streets.  Cassie should know that the City of Riverside (the public) owns their own water rights, hence, Riverside Public Utilities.  Incidentally, the Press Enterprise resides in the  City of Riverside and Cassie MacDuff works in Riverside.  Why didn’t she ask the basic question or set a direction for the truth?  The only issue Soubirous as many residents have come out to say, is that they didn’t adjust their timers for 4 days of week instead of 7, from the end of July 2014 to when the story came out.  Shame on KNBC Colleen Williams and for KNBC reporter Mary Parks (Coincidentally, now works for DA Zellerbach’s office), Joel Grover, KFI 640 John and Ken and Riverside’s Press Enterprise and their cast of character reporters, Phil Pitchford now works for the City of Riverside and Ron Redfern now with the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce (How convenient).  Investigative reporting is dead, and if what is considered mainstream investigative such as the Center for Investigative Reporting in San Francisco, we have a problem.  They evidently couldn’t cut to the real issue in the City of Riverside.  What we have in the City of Riverside is corruption that far outweighs the City of Bell.  If any reporter from another news agency has the guts to come and investigate, I welcome it, but when we have an alleged nexus such as this, attempting to destroy the good name of a Councilman, because he is actually doing the work of the people, this should not be a problem.  The problem becomes he does not fall in line with “status quo,” that seems to be a contradiction, even if it points to the media.  We need to bring forth the real corruption, even if it is within mainstream media.  As of now, I can tell you, the whole City is Watching!

What people don’t know regarding the California Mandatory Water Restrictions, is that the City of Riverside never had to comply, since Riverside water regulations are pre-1916.  So the story goes that he (Soubiroius) used 1 million gallons of water between 2012 to 2013.  Well it was completely even after the City of Riverside’s passing this Ordinance in July 2014!   One of the stupidest things the Council did was pass a Ordinance to comply with California regulations..  We didn’t have to, we always had plenty of water.  Neighbors of Soubirous, actually used more than a 1 million gallons of water, even up to 2 million.  So what the the media is whining about including the PE is nonsense!  Many people in the City don’t know or understand the real truth of the situation.  The only reason to conserve water in the City of Riverside is that we can sell more at a profit to outside municipalities.  We currently sell about 20% of water harvested from the Bunker Hill Basin, if we could sell 30% to outside municipalities we make mint.  Problem is that the debt service in Riverside is increasing more than the incoming revenues.  With downgrades in our Sewer Bonds we cannot refinanced them.  That’s another story the PE won’t print.  You still need to ask the question, of why the powers want Councilman Mike Soubirous out!  I do know why, take it back, I do know why… working on my own time on this site or not getting paid for this, I’ve seen it.  The City of Riverside doesn’t really embrace honest representatives of the people.  But I believe the corruption may extend even beyond the City of Riverside.

According to the PE:

His hilltop property, fronted and backed by lawns, guzzled more than a million gallons a year as the drought worsened from 2012 to 2013, the center reported. It named Soubirous as the worst water waster among water policymakers in the state. -Cassie Macduff, PE

A Center for Investigative Reporting story this week showed that some of the state’s top water wasters are people whose agencies have imposed restrictions on watering – and three of the worst are from Riverside. -Cassie Macduff, PE

If Cassie did her homework, she would find that many in Riverside out use Soubirous, and some our in the 2 million gallon arena for 2012 to 2013, which of course is completely legal.

I believe the mandatory water conservation measures were put in place in 2014, so don’t we need to have this information before throwing so many stones? The City of Riverside has punitive water rates, meaning the more you use, the more you are punished in your bill. If Councilman Soubirous pays his bills, and thereby subsidizes the rest of the system (which I’m not even sure is legal in and of itself), I’m not so concerned about how much water he’s used in the past.If he broke rules this summer that he himself made, he needs to pay whatever fines the City is administering for such violations. Hopefully, he learns a lesson in the process. Let’s remember though, the City of Riverside itself has no dire water shortage itself unlike the State in general.Also, I would expect folks at the top of the food chain to have larger lot sizes for their homes, and hence, be larger consumers of water. This sample set is therefore biased to paint these folks in a bad light from the get go.  -Jason Hunter, Commeter on the PE
During my campaign for City Council, I brought copies of my water bills to forums and debates to bring to light the tiered billing system in place. I have been very open about it. Last summer I contacted my utility (water) provider to inquire about water saving sprinkler nozzles – which were installed in late February 2014. The utility’s contractor replaced every sprinkler head. I paid money above and beyond the rebate offer to complete the project. In addition, the contractor optimized my sparkler timer for most efficient use, timing and cycling. I have seen some reduction, and am finding ways to reduce further. Fake grass would run in the tens of thousands to install and has a life-cycle of 12 to 15 years. I am trying to do all I can to reduce the amount of water i use. I have removed sections of my grass in order to try other landscape options. I have lived in this house since 2006. I am currently serving my first term – and am serving with no pay. I will continue to find ways to cut my water use. BTW: I recently found out that the “CCF’s” listed on our water bills means “Hundred Cubic Feet.” I checked further to find out what this means in gallons. I did the math using the conversion 100 CCF’s = 748 gallons or one CCF = 7.48 gallons. Check your bill to find out your gallon usage – you might be surprised to find out how many gallons you use in a year. I was. Now I’m finding ways to cut that number.   -Councilman Mike Soubirous, Commmenter on the PE.
According to Councilman Soubirous in a comment in the PE:

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We were not on drought restriction when I applied for the sprinkler head rebate. There is concern over my water use for three years back? No mention of my cutting back the required 15% – which was done. Yes, messed up on the 7 day thing for a week or so, but was corrected when told. Not a planned thing. My water use is consistent with my surrounding area. I don’t waste. I just keep my front green so I don’t get a cite. The back yard is about half gone, all dirt and dying shrubs. That didn’t get reported. Seems like a lot was left out of the press the last few days. It’s always nice to read your statement in a quote that was taken out of context and clarifying parts left out. Yep, that’s fair and balanced reporting. Funny how one article will quote another and the second quoter relies on the first source to be accurate. Nice.
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Also, I would expect folks at the top of the food chain to have larger lot sizes for their homes, and hence, be larger consumers of water. This sample set is therefore biased to paint these folks in a bad light from the get go.   – Jason Hunter · Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)  –  Commenter on the PE.

The fact continues to remain, is that the City of Riverside by virtue of owning their own public utilities, doesn’t have to abide by post 1916 rules regarding water restrictions as set forth by the California Constitution.  We have enough water in the Bunker Hill Basin for City of Riverside residents to run water down the streets!  Which means we own it! you, me and all residents in Riverside.  Another story here, is the abuse of our Public Utilities.  Further what KNBC and the Center for Investigative Reporting doesn’t know is that Universities are exempt, and even swimming pools are exempt..that would pass the million gallon mark!  Let’s look at Riverside Community College’s Pool and the amount of water they use, or UCR, or California Baptist University.  The joke in Riverside is that are front lawns may be “brown”, but our backyard pools are “blue.”

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                              CITY COUNCIL MEMORANDUM                                     RIVERSIDE WATER ORDINANCE

Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) is in a unique position relative to the statewide drought picture. Because RPU’s water sources are groundwater, primarily from adjudicated basins, conservation action by Riverside residents does not create additional statewide water supply per se. In fact, much of Riverside’s water re source is available on a “use-it or lose-it” basis. The structure of the court adjudication does not allow water to be saved and “banked” for future years. Furthermore, while groundwater levels have declined in recent years, RPU is not in a position to declare Moderate or Severe water shortages as required to implement current conservation ordinances.  A more viable strategy is to allow agencies like RPU to produce adjudicated supplies and share with neighboring agencies.
In order to remain in compliance with the emergency regulations issued by the SWRCB, staff recommends that the City Council implement an emergency Water Conservation Ordinance.
FISCAL IMPACT:Measurable effects from customer response to the recommended conservation measures could negatively impact future Fiscal Year 20 15 and potentially Fiscal Year 2016 revenues. Additionally, there will be some non-de-minimus costs associated with enhanced customer outreach and communication. These costs will be absorbed within the approved budget and rate plans.
So they will increase are water rates!

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The above is from Blue Riverside, in their Q&A portion the question arises as to what if I have a pool?  It pretty much states not to worry about it.  This site also encourages neighbors to snitch on neighbors.

So by declaring and adopting the California Water Conservation rules, RPU can now increase their water supplies in order to sell more water to outside neighboring agencies. The truth of the matter is why did council pass this ordinance against the stock holders of the water rights, the residents?  Most of these violations will lye on the residents who are just attempting to make a living and pay their bills. I can only see that it was profit driven, maybe to help pay for the City’s increasing debt service.  Also, remember, approximately 20% of our water is sold to Western Municipal.  So our we conserving water so that we may be able to sell more off to other communities for a higher profit?  Then cite the citizens on water violations to increase profits?  Then we will be asked to use less water, then they will raise water rates to increase profits. You will use less and pay more.  Then they will manipulate the tier pricing seasonally or at will to increase even more profits. People in the City of Riverside, you need to start going to city council!  Why would Ward 1 Councilman Mike Gardner, who worked as an executive for Edison, vote for this uneccessary mandatory conservation?  The question is, “Why did Council decide to breach the residents ownership of water rights in order to make a profit?”  This simply appears to nurture another law suit against the City of Riverside for failing in their duty to protect the taxpayer.
Yes the law is the law, if within those two months Soubirous and others were in violation, they should be handed out a warning citation, as Code Enforcement does.  If not fixed they should be cited and fined!  In the City of Riverside they are just not doing that.  That’s another story for KNBC and the PE.  Warning Citations for a violation to be rendered, Soubirous did just that.  Make no mistake residents of Riverside, you may “Own It” but your water rates, electric rates and sewer rates will be going up.  The corruption is deep and you need to get smart, and the facts are in the documents, and the documents tell the truth, if you can handle the truth.  The media sources are not telling you the truth.  Good Luck Riverside, I am almost done fighting corruption in the City of Riverside, and may just move to the Beach area as well, Rancho Santa Fe or Del Mar sounds good.  We must make it perfectly clear, what was Coucnilman Soubirous actually guilty of?  Not his water use, that was all legal.  But failing to adjust his timer from 7 days a week to 4?  Yes, that was all this media frenzy was all about, the seven days.  There would be no story if the timer was changed to four days, a simple fix.
What we see here with Councilman Soubirous, is a “failure to communicate.”  A failure to communicate by the City and it’s Go-Along-Get-Along-Cohorts, who have done everything that the people don’t want, but everything that they want, that’s called corruption.  Soubirous happened to do what the people want, I guess you can’t do that, and that is your crime.

THE FAUX DROUGHT IN THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE CONTINUES TO FESTER..BROWN LAWN CITATIONS, BUT POOLS ..ARE OKAY?  It’s never clear what the residents are suppose to do in the City of Riverside.  Build it and they will come…Brockton Bike Lane Restriping…people are still waiting to see the droves of bicyclist.  Can’t water your lawns between certain hours, cut down 15% water usage, but if you have a swimming pool don’t worry about it?  But what are Riverside Residents saying?

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“BROWN LAWNS ARE SEXY” THE NEW TREND IN SHABBY CHIC IN RIVERSIDE?  OR, OUR FRONT LAWN MAY BE “BROWN”, BUT OUR BACK POOL IS “BLUE!” AS ONE RIVERSIDE HAPPY FAMILY STATES!

But for Code Enforcement Officers in Riverside who just don’t understand, it may cost you to be “Shabby Chic” in Riverside…  In the whole scheme of things, and in Riverside, the drought is a scheme, you didn’t hear from me, we just may have a “Failure to Communicate” by City Officials..  “Some Men You Cannot Reach”… you may not be able to if you cannot communicate.. duh..  Sometimes getting a good cold cocked in the back of the head can straighten a Riverside resident.  I imagine this because many in the neighborhood are afraid, and again, I say, afraid to argue with the City, or make their opinions known, without the feeling of retaliation by Riverside City Officials or the Riverside Police Department, as their bonafide enforcer.  But many are secretly stating “F” Riverside Code Enforcement.  Residents in the community just want to be let alone… Unfortunately, Councilman Mike Gardner is not really tied into the community as he thinks he is.

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Or do we just have a problem with color in the City of Riverside?  We prefer “Green” over “Brown?”  Why is Brown so bad?  It simply is the most cost effective color which actually supports all aspects of the mandatory drought resolution in the City of Riverside.  But Riverside Code sees an opportunity, and residents are seeing in now..and realizing the city just doesn’t give a rats ass for the concerns of the residents.  The contradiction again is that Riverside is promoting the fact that the residents “Own” their utilities!  Well if we own it shouldn’t we be treated as stock holders and receive dividends, instead  of them making the owners of the utilities feel like criminals?  Interesting enough, this comes from Jack B. Clarke, Jr., Attorney from Best Best & Krieger.  Some say Best Best & Krieger pretty much owns Riverside politics.  Well anyway, Jack attempted to have Riverside City Hall renamed under former Mayor Ron Loveridge

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Guess how many gallons I used legally between 2012-2013..

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Councilman Paul Davis and Councilman Chris Mac Arthur…Guess how many gallons I used legally between 2012-2013?

NO ON MEASURE-L SPOKEN BY RIVERSIDE’S OWN RETIRED  AND FAVORITE PRESS ENTERPRISE REPORTER, DAN BERNSTEIN:

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JUST FOR LAUGHS…..

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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 BELIEVE THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN NOW, SINCE GREG SKIPPED TOWN TO THE COUNTY)… 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 TOXIC DIRT BY CONTACTING US AT:   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

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A Submission to TMC:

Former Riverside City Attorney Gregory Priamos and other Riverside City Officials have been involved in a scheme using the Code Enforcement Department to issue fines up to $100,000.00, impose liens on thousands of properties to force their owners in foreclosure to eventually take their money or their homes. If you or people you know have lost money or their home, or both, in their scheme, please go online to Grand Jury – County of Riverside, fill out the Citizen Complaint Form and mail it to the Grand Jury ASAP. A pdf copy of the Form is attached. It’s time to stop these corrupt people from using US government grant to steal millions of dollars in fines and dozens of homes from Riverside residents. Enough is enough!

IF YOU WERE A VICTIM OF THIS ALLEGED SCHEME PERPETRATED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S FORMER CITY ATTORNEY GREGORY PRIAMOS, (CLICK THE LINK BELOW) TO DOWNLOAD THE CITIZEN COMPLAINT FORM, FILL IT OUT, AND MAIL IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO THE RIVERSIDE GRAND JURY.

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The following article was submitted May 30, 2014 regarding this issue FROM THE DESK OF LOUIS J. JEAN-LOUIS regarding a scheme to take Riverside Property Owners Homes for profit by inadvertently coding them by city violations, placing a lean on the property, and eventually taking the properties of hard working residents.  This scheme was allegedly perpetrated by former City Attorney Gregory Priamos, who is now with the County of Riverside:

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THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S UNCONSTITUTIONAL, PERSONAL & REAL PROPERTY GRAB UNDER THEIR OWN COLOR OF THE LAW? IS CITY ATTORNEY PRIAMOS THE CREATOR OF THIS SCHEME FOR PROFIT?

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 BELIEVE THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN NOW, SINCE GREG SKIPPED TOWN TO THE COUNTY)… 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 TOXIC DIRT BY CONTACTING US AT:   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

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According to the San Bernardino Sentinel, Colton City Attorney Christina Talley has been relieved of her position as of September 18,2014, or could we say “fired?”   Christina Talley works for the infamous Best, Best & Krieger, and incidentally has been hired by the City of Riverside through BB&K to be interim City Attorney, after former City Attorney Greg Priamos skipped town when he couldn’t handle the heat in the kitchen to Riverside County.  Of course, the County Boys embraced Priamos with open arms.  Accordingly, Ms. Talley appears to have been passed around to cities like a bad can of sardines beyond there expiration date.   Cities continued to employ her, regardless of the smell she left behind.  According to the article there is more to the story then meets the eye, not only was City of Colon Colton concerned with her ineptness with Brown Act regulations, whereby she allowed non-agendized items to be discussed by council.  But even more discerning, was what occurred at a June 3 Colton Council meeting , at which a decision was made to place City Manager Stephen Compton on administrated leave.  This was as a result of Compton’s inquiry with reference to questionable financial practices, including “off-the-book” projects in public works department which led him very close to uncovering details of how certain projects were funded, including several unauthorized projects which were being run out of the public works department.  This of course, brought scrutiny, according to the article, toward the actions of public works director Amer Jakher, who enjoyed a close relationship with a majority of the of the city council.  As the focus pointed to Jakher, some council members were pushing Compton to examine the city’s contract with  Best, Best & Krieger and Talley, and potentially put the contract for city legal services out to bid.

In July of 2014, a group of Colton residents filed a complaint with the city to investigate alleged irregularities in the city’s public works department alleging potential misappropriation of public funds, gift of public funds and misuse of public funds which benefitted two city council members.  The citizens provided documentation indicating that the “off the books” activity, i.e., work that had not been considered or approved by the city council, had indeed taken place in the public works division.  That request was moved forward by Police Chief Steve Ward, who was then acting in the capacity of city manager during Compton’s absence.  Chief of Police/City Manager Ward initiated an investigation and personally forwarded the request to Talley.  The investigation was handed over to another Best Best & Krieger attorney, Ronald Ball, who is “of counsel” with the firm.  Several weeks later it was discovered that Talley, however, neglected to provide Ball with the background documentation that had been provided to the city by the group of residents requesting the investigation.  Thus, the investigation failed to focus on the “off-the-books” activity in the public works department that was at the root of the concerns expressed by the citizens group, and the final report reflected an incorrect timeline of events which discredited its conclusion that two of the members of the council, Frank Gonzales and Susan Oliva, had not benefited from the misapplication of resources in the public works department.  Manipulation of the facts?  Read the whole story in the September 19th article in the San Bernardino Setinel.

Beginning in August 2014, according to the San Bernardino Sentinel, Talley became less and less visible in Colton.  She was replaced in some venues by Marco Martinez, a partner with Best Best & Krieger. In fact, Talley’s mishandling of the Colton account appears to have impacted her standing with Best Best & Krieger, which now appears to be in danger of losing Colton as a client altogether.  Talley, who formerly had an office in Best Best & Krieger’s Irvine office, where she was formerly listed as an “associate,” has been consistently unavailable at that location since August.  She is no longer listed as an “associate,” but is now deemed to be “of counsel,” an indication Best Best & Krieger is seeking to disassociate itself from her.

But it doesn’t stop there, in the “Anaheim Blog”, Christina Talley who was Anaheim’s City Attorney since 2009 was asked to resign in January of 2013, with what appears to be her ineptness, again,  with the Brown Act.  The “Voice of Orange County” also brought forward another issue with Talley with reference to her alleged ineptness with the Brown Act.

But in my eyes what we see is a powerful law firm who has been allowed to be part of the very fabric which ultimately represents the interest of the taxpayers.  It certainly appears that they are their to protect their taxpayer paycheck with bad legal advice.

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As in the instance whereby the City of Bell sues former City Attorney Edward Lee, a BB&K attorney, for let’s see, “Faulty Legal Advice!”  So Riverside, you know have a little information of how the City of Riverside rolls in what is in it’s best interest…it may very well not be you.  What appears to be allegedly evident is that Best Best & Krieger has been manipulating California City politics through their “fly-by-night” team of legal attorneys, which seem to cause more financial liability to the taxpayer, then financial protection to the taxpayer.

Well I would expect that the City of Riverside’s spokes hole and former PE reporter, Phil Pritchard may attempt to spin the story by just saying she left Colton to work for the City of Riverside… Watch Two Timing Talley’s antics unfold at today’s City Council Meeting, and you the taxpayer decide!  Is she really inept, or really good at playing the field of City Politics?  Should we allow uncontracted legal work to continue with BB&K?  Should we allow BB&K Trash Attorneys to represent the taxpayers?  I think not.

CITY OF RIVERSIDE: COUNCILMAN MELENDREZ: HUMANITARIAN RESOLUTION TRIGGERS ETHICS COMPLAINT.

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Councilman Andy Melendrez’s attempt to create the City of Riverside as a “Sanctuary City” appeared to be hidden according to many in the community and not brought forward at a Tuesday’s City Council Meeting.  As a result, a formal Code of Ethics and Conduct complaint was filed by Fontana Council candidate Tressy Capps, specifically against Melendrez’s assertion that their would be no “fiscal impact” in the adoption of this resolution, as stated in the City Council Memorandum.  The following is the filed complaint by Tressy Capps.

UPDATE: TRESS CAPPS IN THE NEWS: THE DAILY CALLER: WOMAN WHO REALLY HATES MEXICAN FLAG LOSE JOB OVER HATRED OF MEXICAN FLAG.  The title says she hates the Mexican Flag, but the report list no direct statement by her with the words “hate” etc.

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CLICK THIS LINK TOVIEW FULL ETHICS COMPLAINT FILED BY CAPPS

The following is the City Council Memorandum stating that there would be no “fiscal impact” with the adoption of this humanitarian resolution.  The meaning of a resolution is defined as a firm decision to do something, or not to do something.

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW CITY COUNCIL MEMORANDUM

What was more discerning was this item/resolution it was placed on the Consent Calender, as some have indicated, a way to pass and sneak a real issue from the community.  Rather than just passed, it was brought out from the consent calender for discussion.  This play on politics does not make Andy a proponent for what’s right and wrong, as indicated by many in his ward.  The resolution states the following: “WHEREIS: The City of Riverside hereby stands in support of sanctuary and humanitarian efforts or assistance in the processing and treatment of all immigrants, including those recently arriving in the United States..”    According to the Press Enterprise, Melendrez stated that “the resolution would not have actually required the city to do anything, nor would it have committed any city funds.”  Even our interim City Attorney Christina Talley chimed in when asked for an opinion by stating the following, “Based upon the face of the resolution, I didn’t see anything in that resolution that conflicted with federal or state law.”   But when you look at the resolution statement it appears rather vaguely written, possibly not to directly take issue with the real point, “illegal” immigration.  His point of stating “including those recently arriving in the United States,” would actually imply helping immigrants “illegally” in the country.  It also seems that the City of Riverside supports efforts of efforts and assistance in the processing of all immigrants.  According the statement, this would imply both “legal” and “illegal” immigrants.  If this is true, the City of Riverside would effectively stating in this resolution that it supports breaking the law by supporting efforts to process “illegal” immigrants.  This I would say is a direct conflict with Federal Law, and out of the scope of a local municipality, such as our City.  Further, the definition of a “child” is someone under the age of 18 year of age, in some in some instances it may very well be under 19 years of age. The full original resolution is as follows:

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW THE MELENDREZ HUMANITARIAN RESOLUTION

Capps states that this resolution directly violates specifically page 4, item #6 of the Code of Ethics and Conduct for Elected Officials.  She cited the item, “they will seek to insure that information provided by the city government to the public is accurate and clear.”  Where is City Attorney Greg Priamos when we need him?  Hell, he would just make matters worse.

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW FULL CODE OF ETHICS AND CONDUCT (CLICK IMAGES ABOVE TO ENLARGE)

According to some in the community, this resolution advocatess breaking Federal law.. Not only is he advocating breaking Federal Law, he is stating it would be acceptable for the City of Riverside to assume acceptance of those who have entered the country illegally.  Some in the community feel this was done without consideration of those in his community who are legal, and need help, such as are veterans, homeless, residents struggling financially to make ends meet etc.  On the other hand, proponents state that we need to ensure that the security, protection and needs of illegal or undocumented children are addressed on a humanitarian level.  Which appears to be acceptable since immigration is a Federal issue.  Though the term “children” has yet to be defined in these resolutions. Many city’s have adopted similar resolutions, even some states, there is really no conflict as such which would interfere with Federal laws.  But what does this mean when a resolution such as this, is adopted at a local level?

UPDATE: COUNCILMAN ANDY MELENDREZ AT THE SEPTEMBER 23RD COUNCIL MEETING INSISTED THAT THE RESOLUTION FOR “SANCTUARY CITY” STATUS FOR RIVERSIDE BE BROUGHT BACK FOR COUNCIL VOTE ONCE AGAIN.  WILL THIS MEAN HIDDEN ADDITIONAL ASPECTS WHICH WILL BURDEN THE TAXPAYERS OF THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE?

CITY COUNCILMAN PAUL DAVIS INVESTIGATION IN LIMBO…ACCORDING TO THE RIVERSIDE PRESS ENTERPRISE!

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UPDATE: CINDY ROTH AND THE GREATER RIVERSIDE CHAMBER RECEIVES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY, OVER A HALF A MILLION OVER THREE YEARS FOR “KEEP RIVERSIDE CLEAN AND BEAUTIFUL” PROGRAM, AS VOTED AT SEPTEMBER 23RD CITY COUNCIL, WITH THE ONLY NO VOTE BY COUNCILMAN PAUL DAVIS.  INCIDENTALLY, COUNCILMAN PAUL DAVIS FOUND THIS QUITE PECULIAR ENOUGH THAT HE REQUESTED THIS ITEM BE REMOVED FROM THE “CONSENT CALENDER’ FOR DISCUSSION.  The discussion led to questions regarding how Cindy Roth’s Greater Riverside Chamber is paid.  First, the taxpayer must pay for this “Volunteer Program” in their “Trash Bill.”  Five other cities in California wouldn’t think of doing this.  Riverside does.  Therefore, the issue of this item becomes an illegal charge or tax against the taxpayer!   Since the charge comes from the Public Works Department, it must be brought forth for “bid.”  Secondly, there must be a contractors contract, referencing item by item, how the taxpayer money is to be spent.  Non of this has ever been done!  With her attorney husband and now Senator, “Something seems to be Rotten in Denmark!”  Question have arose over the disbursements of taxpayer monies, which appear to have never been reported to Council in the past.  Taxpayers continue to argue that it is a “money laundering” scheme.  Incidently, Cindy Roth, CEO/President, her husband is now Senator for the State of California, Richard Roth…  In the past has done outside legal work for the City of Riverside, which has been allegedly been questionable with reference in how his work really benefited Riverside residents.

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Cindy Roth and the Greater Riverside Chamber was also against Measure A, which was not in the best interest of the taxpayers, and evidently is why her behind the scenes political activities at City Hall have been seen as some, as a political powerhouse, which includes former CEO and Publisher of the Riverside Press Enterprise , Ron Redfern.   Riverside, wouldn’t you think something is wrong in Denmark?  At the cost of  $574,754 over three years to the taxpayer in your Trash Bill?  Now folks, this is a volunteer program…  Technically according to City policy, since this money arrives from Public Works, this item must go out to bid, secondly, there must be a contractors contract initiated itemizing the cost of services provided.  This was not done.  Also, an expenditure report has never been given to the City to disclose a specific itemization of disbursements.  So, where does the money go?  With this in mind, questions arise to how the monies are actually spent.  First of all, is there a specified account for this money?  Or is this money just deposited in the Greater Riverside Chamber’s general fund?  To possibly be used for Councilmember and Mayor special trips, campaigns etc.

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UPDATE: IS THE AMERICAN DISABILITIES GUIDELINES NOTHING MORE THAN A “SHAKE DOWN” SCHEME PERPETRATED BY THE CALIFORNIA TRIAL LAWYERS THROUGH LEGISLATION?  NOW UNDER THE DECEPTIVE NAME OF CONSUMER ATTORNEY’S OF CALIFORNIA?  NEW STORY IN THE PRESS ENTERPRISE..

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 BELIEVE THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN NOW, SINCE GREG SKIPPED TOWN TO THE COUNTY)… 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 TOXIC 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
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Council members admittedly stated that the Code of Ethics & Conduct hearing process is broken.  A meeting to address this very problem is scheduled for next month.  Though in todays hearing, the adjudicating body admitted a broken system which needs repairs, they still decided not to postpone the process as suggested by public commentators. They decided to continue regardless of the process being broken or flawed.  Therefore, was this panel also guilty of violating the code of ethics, knowingly deciding to progress through this broken process anyway?  Keith Nelson, who was chosen to hear Hunter’s first case admitted the system is broken.  What we are now hearing is that the hearing process was more than flawed, it appears to have been designed to reach a favorable outcome.
 
The basis of this Code of Ethics & Conduct complaint filed by former and fired City employee, Jason Hunter, against the adjudicating chair, Justin Scott Coe was based on five points:
1) Scott-Coe says he was just following orders: he recieved a protocol and followed it. He is therefore excused from independent thought I guess, according to him.  The fact that the Adjudicating Body never received Jason Hunter’s pre-hearing objections and motions that were previously filed with the Clerk.  When Mr. Hunter took notice of this deviation by the City Clerks Office, he personally gave him copies at the first hearing.  Just this process described didn’t appear to provoke any questioning by Mr. Coe.
2) As described in Hunter’s complaint, the City Clerk, contrary to what was agreed to in the first hearing, supplied the Adjudicating Body with the city’s version of the evidence requested by the Adjudicating Body, not what was actually submitted by him!  Hunter was supposed to supply this information and did prior to 2nd hearing to the Clerk.  Scott-Coe then quashed all Hunter’s attempts to introduce this evidence at the 2nd hearing.
3) At the end of the Hunter hearing, Scott-Coe mentioned in front of several witnesses, that he met with City Attorney Gregory Priamos prior to the hearing!  Keith Nelson, former deputy City Attorney Raychele Sterling and Hunter all heard him mention Priamos’ name.  What motive does Nelson have to lie?  Regardless, all these communications should’ve been made public, or at the very least shared with the other Adjudicating Body members, prior to the hearing.
4) Perhaps the most damning thing revealed in Coe’s letter (email above): What is the Mayor doing coordinating the adjudicating body’s activities after-the-fact?  It seems from the Kane letter, Bailey was involved in: a) The decision to not rescheduled the appeal (thus ensuring Councilman Davis could not be present for deliberations) despite Hunter’s request to do so, b) The decision to separate the Adjudicating Body’s presentation from Hunter’s appeal (totally inappropriate), and c) The fact that this proposed meeting with the Adjudicating Body never took place, and hence the presentation to Council never took place.
5) Lastly, you gotta love the irony that Coe would be involved in a decision whereby he questions the training qualifications of the Human Resource Board in conducting quasi-judicial hearings, but Coe doesn’t admit he had no training to do exactly the same….despite the fact that the City Attorney’s office offers this precise training to commissions as the CPRC (Community Police Review Commission).
 
Again, the City of Riverside, at taxpayer expense, hired the impeccable, local favorite attorney, Doug Smith to represent Justin Scott-Coe.  Again at Friday’s 23rd, 2014 hearing, stated that Hunters willingness to resolve this issue with Coe gave the impression through Hunter’s emails that the request were “threatening!”  Nice Dougy Baby!  When Smith attempted to bad mouth Keith J. Nelson, PhD at the hearing, he interrupted and stated to Smith, “don’t put words in my mouth.”  Again a list of inaccuracies continue by this outside legal taxpayer hired gun.  In a letter, Nelson actually called Smith a “liar” in how he explained, or should I say, didn’t explain to Council, that the Code of Ethics and Complaint process was flawed.  As with former City Attorney Greg Priamos, furnishing “bad” legal advice, we ask the same question with Attorney Doug Smith!  He is just milking the taxpayers again for the benefit of City Hierarchy?  As with most law firms hired by the City of Riverside, the biggest, BB&K, have questionable and nefarious ethical track records.
 
Did the City of Riverside violate the Brown Act by not posting the hearing on the City’s within a 72 hours?  According to Jason Hunter they did according to the following email, not once but possibly twicel..
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TINA ENGLISH REVISITED: IS SHE QUALIFIED FOR THE JOB OF DEPUTY PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR/ENGINEER?
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According to the City of Riverside’s description of the requirement for this position, did she skew the system?  How did this happen?  Through the grapevine one qualified engineer is leaving the City of Riverside as a result of this.  Tina English has be purported to be the “god daughter” of Former Riverside City Manager Brad Hudson, who inadvertently skipped town when he was asked if he was having an affair with..
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 Assistant City Manager Belinda Graham.
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The following is quite remarkable..
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So is the City of Riverside in violation of the “Nepotism” clause of the City Charter by hiring family members as Tina English?  A position we believe is only held with a “Dance Degree?”  She started with the position of Assistant Development Director for Redevelopment under Hudson, then became a engineering genius when she moved on over to Public Works.
 
The requirements for this position are as follows:
1. Must Review and Sign Engineering Drawings.
2. Must Supervise, coordinate , the surveying, mapping, plan check, contract, administration, construction inspection, and industrial waste inspection activities.
3. Make complex engineering calculations and to prepare engineering plans and specifications.
4. In terms of Education, must have the equivalency of Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Civil Engineering.
5. In terms of the Experience Level:  A range of seven to ten years of progressively responsible supervisory and administrative public works engineering experience.
6. The necessary special requirement was the possession of a Certificate as a Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California.
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Of course, we find Tom Boyd’s..but Tina English..she doesn’t have a Certificate as a Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California.  Unfortunately this is the problem, we have unqualified people placed in the positions of which should be qualified.  Don’t you as tax payers think that there is something wrong?   If so, you should display your dissent?  Isn’t time that you begin to listen to those that the city has labeled as haters?
 
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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

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RIVERSIDE’S OWN THREE STOOGES: SHEMP BAILEY, LARRY BARBER AND THE INCOMPARABLE AND GOD LIKE (ACCORDING TO RPOA PRESIDENT BRIAN SMITH) MOE DIAZ!  ANOTHER EPISODE OF MALICE IN THE PALACE AT CITY HALL?

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THE JULY 22, 2014 COUNCILMAN MIKE SOUBIROUS HEARING INVESTIGATING CHARTER VIOLATIONS AND A HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT BY CITY MANAGER SCOTT BARBER AND CHIEF OF POLICE SERGIO DIAZ RESORTING TO PREFIDIOUS THIRD PARTY INFORMATION. (CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW ON YOUTUBE).  ALSO NONE OF THE INTERVIEWEES WERE SWORN OATH.  SECONDLY, GUMPORT MASTAN FAILED TO UPHOLD SOUBIROUS “DUE PROCESS” BY OUR US CONSTITUTION’S FOURTEENTH AMENDMENT.  IT APPEARS THAT THIS LAW FIRM ATTEMPTED TO “WING” IT.

WE SAW THE RUSH TO JUDGEMENT BY THE THREE…THE THREE STOOGES IN THE COUNCILMAN MIKE SOUBIROUS INVESTIGATIONAL DEBACLE, BUT WHAT ABOUT COUNCILMAN PAUL DAVIS?  WAS THERE A PROBLEM REGARDING THE PAUL DAVIS INVESTIGATION?  The City of Riverside’s contract with the law firm Gumport Mastan was signed and dated a day before it should have been voted on it in closed session by council for the following day.  This opens up the question, have there been other instances of criminal activity such as this with reference to Brown Act violations.  Is this conspiratorial behavior a pattern with certain council members and staff?  Is signing a contract before council approving a contract a commong practice?  The April 14, 2014 document below displays City Manager Scott Barbers thanks to Councilmember/Mayor ProTemp Steve Adams and Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey.  I find this rather eGREGious in the fact that the very next day City Attorney Greg Priamos placed the issue to be heard on April 22, 2014 in a Closed Session conference.

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EMAIL MEMORANDUM BY THE WHINER HIMSELF, CITY MANAGER SCOTT BARBER (click image to enlarge above)

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PRIAMOS PLACES ISSUE TO BE HEARD IN CLOSED SESSIONS(click image to enlarge above)

Now remember the Closed Session meeting of which the Councilman Paul Davis is to be heard is on April 22, 2014.  What happens next, is again eGREGious is that the contract with the Los Angeles Law Firm of Gumport Mastan is signed April 21, 2014, the day before the hearing!  Of course it was eGREGiously solidified by our City Attorney Greg Priamos.  Should he be disbarred?

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW FULL CONTRACT SIGNED BY COUNCILMAN & MAYOR PRO-TEMP STEVE ADAMS AGAINST COUNCILMAN PAUL DAVIS FOR THE ATTORNEY SERVICES OF GUMPORT MASTAN…THE SAME FIRM HIRED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE TO DEFEND DAVIS IN A DIFFERENT CASE!

On April 22, 2014, one of these two closed session items below were to discuss Councilman Paul Davis’s Investigation.

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 CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW FULL AGENDA

We believe that this investigation was hatched, plotted and conducted totally behind closed doors.  There were “Secret Meetings” at hand.  There are generally three topics that keep public official’s discussion of any topic behind closed doors – and even those sessions are audio recorded in case of lawsuit or other court order.  They are union bargaining, discussing employee performance/adverse action such as punishment for wrong-doing and potential/pending lawsuits against the City.  That’s about it.  Conduct of elected officials IS NOT on that list.  And employees that file complaints are not on that list – only THEIR job performance, not anything or everything related to there employment such as filing against their boss or elected officials.
 
The City conducted “Secret Meetings” all at taxpayer expense to ensure that Diaz’ and Barber’s job positions were secure.  That’s the bottom line here.  Quite remarkable!  Diaz is already receiving a pension from LAPD for almost a quarter million!  The unfortunate double dipping continues with the new hiring of the Fire Chief Michael D. Moore!  Is this a continuing saga in how the unions can allow retirement pensions at an early term, then most employees, of course are not really ready to retire, so they go for another position somewhere else!  Is Double Dipping a new blood sport for public employees, because of unions?  This is another aspect of the abuse of taxpayer monies, which of course, doesn’t occur in the private sector!  I have nothing against the guy, but if you are going to retire, retire… most don’t, it only appears as another opportunity to start all over again, to take more taxpayer money.  Shame on him if this is the case.  My point is, that the retirement system is broken and open to abuse by public employees!
 
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So if acceptable to discuss and plot behind “Closed Doors,” then why was it suddenly okay to bring it before the public (The Soubirous’ “Hearing”)?  And, if it something that can be discussed in open session (which it was on July 22nd) then why was it even discussed at all behind closed doors?  Can’t have it both ways.  RPOA President, Sergeant Brian Smith says in his first Council appearance that he met with City Manager Scott Barber and Chief of Police Sergio Diaz,  and they decided to investigate.  In Barber’s memo in the Davis’ investigation, he closes with his memo to Beetle Bailey and the Mr. Liability himself, Adams – “Thank you for investigating” this.  Wow, all these were decided BEHIND CLOSED DOORS – “Secret Meetings” before it went to Council – who heard this behind closed doors  “Secret Meetings.”  Cover Up at City Hall.  Or maybe Monte “City” Hall – what’s behind Door #1?  Let’s Make A Deal Show… SICK!  Folks we have something more egregious than Bell.  Eat your heart out Cindy Roth, no more taxpayer hand outs!
 
So what we have is the Clowns on the Cowncil bought into a plan that was hatched behind closed doors.  Scott, Sergio, Steve and Rusty all collaborated in Illegal Secret Meetings to craft, orchestrate and design how they would each file – they went to their respective (disrespective) offices and crafted “complaint” memos, after knowing what each other had just discussed – Holy Conspiracy Batman!
 
THE DOUBLE HIGH BALL AT MARIO’S PLACE, DID IT CURE THE RESIDENTS PAIN OF THEIR EXCESSIVE TAXES AND FAUX DROUGHT RESTRICTIONS?  NO, NO, NO CHIEF DIAZ! WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT MENS BALLS…IT’S “HIGH BALL”, IT’S A DRINK..
 
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Councilman Mike Gardner came into a high-falutin bar known as Mario’s Place Restaurant on University Avenue, with what was reported as an “angry” or “agitated” demeanor and ordered up a “High Ball.”   He sucked it down in a one gulp, placed his glass firmly on the bar, and quickly and asked the bartender to get him another…  He drank that one down in a quick gulp sitting again, paid his bill and left….  With two high balls under the Councilman’s belt, did he leave to do the work of the people driving off into the sunset DUI’ing on his Segway?
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By the way, this is what we call hearsay, TMC received this by first party information, but sometimes the city would like to deal with third party information, as in the Soubirous investigation, as if it was first party information.  Was he sober on this train?  Council member’s, be very careful of about what bar you’re patronizing and who is sitting next to you, it could be a good friend of Vivian’s.
 

COUNCILMAN MIKE GARDNER’S DRINK RECIPE FOR A “HIGH BALL” IS AS FOLLOWS:

Instructions

Simple as the highball may be, it’s not without principles:

Use a tall — at least 12 ounces — narrow-mouthed glass (which preserves the bubbles). Put in the ice — 2 or 3 cubes are plenty. Some Brits prefer theirs without ice. Let ‘em go it on their own hook.

Next, pour your chosen liquor — the highball began as a whiskey drink, but soon became less exclusive — over the ice. Don’t slug it: it’s better to have two pleasant belts than one knuckle-duster (although if the drink’s potency is the result of a bartender’s kindness, it would of course be churlish to kick about it). For normal use, 2 or 3 ounces should do nicely.

Finally, pour in the sparkling water (club soda or seltzer). If at all possible, this should be refrigerated in order to keep the ice from melting prematurely and drowning the bubbles. How much fizz? Less than twice the amount of hooch is too strong, more than three times too weak.

No need to stir — if the water’s got any life left in it, the bubbles will take care of that. In any case, avoid stirring with metal, which is supposed to “squelch” the bubbles. “If one of your guests is stir-crazy,” our 1949 Handbook for Hosts advises, “give him a plastic or glass swizzle stick.” In any case, serve it up immediately.

A TRIBUTE TO RIVERSIDE’S OWN WRITER FOR THE PRESS ENTERPRISE…DAN BERSTEIN.  SOMEONE WHO COULD TAKE THE CITY’S SPIN ON PERCEPTION AND GIVE RIVERSIDE RESIDENTS PERSPECTIVE!
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WHAT WOULD THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE DO IF OUR VERY OWN INCOMPARABLE CHIEF OF POLICE DIDN’T HAVE A FEMININE SIDE…
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AND OF COURSE, WE AS A COMMUNITY EMBRACE THAT…
AS A TMC REPORTER, I WOULDN’T SEE IT PASS MY DISCRETION THAT THE TWO (BARBER AND DIAZ) WERE REALLY OUT FOR THEMSELVES, AS OPPOSED TO THEIR LOYALTY TO THE TAXPAYER.
 
 
TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!  TEMPORARILY BLOCKED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE AT PUBLIC ACCESS SITES WITHIN THE CITY, THEN UNBLOCKED.  I GUESS YOU CANNOT DO THAT ACCORDING TO THE ACLU.  RATED ONE TWO ONE STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVLY EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE (WE BELIEVE THIS WILL END SOON, SINCE THE FOCUS IS NOW ON THE IMPROPRIETIES OF MR. “Z”, WE TRIED TO TELL YOU, BUT NOBODY LISTENED), AND DON’T FORGET WE ARE PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST… A STRATEGIC LEGAL MANEUVER THAT CAN BE DONE ONLY IN RIVERSIDE WITHOUT A CONTRACT, WE WILL HAVE TO ASK GREGORY ABOUT THAT ONE ( OUR PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO CONTACT HIS PEOPLE)… AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!   COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  WE JUST CAN’T SPELL!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT BY CONTACTING US AT:   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

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

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

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

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

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

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BARBER’S COMPLAINT (CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE)

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

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

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

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

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DIAZ’S COMPLAINT (CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Former RPOA President & former RPD Detective Chris Lanzillo

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

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW FULL COP PLAY BOOK

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

Always keep this in mind.  The public could care less about your pay, medical coverage and pension plan (really?), All they want to know is “what is in it for them?”  Again, how arrogant, deceiving and elitist of a statement this is, of course the taxpayer cares of the cost, they are paying for it!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 FORBES DECLARES RIVERSIDE A “COOL CITY”… 
The City of Riverside is rated #8 on their 2014 list of Cool Cities (CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW FORBES ARTICLE)
 
TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!  TEMPORARILY BLOCKED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE AT PUBLIC ACCESS SITES WITHIN THE CITY, THEN UNBLOCKED.  I GUESS YOU CANNOT DO THAT ACCORDING TO THE ACLU.  RATED ONE TWO ONE STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVLY EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE (WE BELIEVE THIS WILL END SOON, SINCE THE FOCUS IS NOW ON THE IMPROPRIETIES OF MR. “Z”, WE TRIED TO TELL YOU, BUT NOBODY LISTENED), AND DON’T FORGET WE ARE PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST… A STRATEGIC LEGAL MANEUVER THAT CAN BE DONE ONLY IN RIVERSIDE WITHOUT A CONTRACT, WE WILL HAVE TO ASK GREGORY ABOUT THAT ONE ( OUR PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO CONTACT HIS PEOPLE)… AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!   COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  WE JUST CAN’T SPELL!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT BY CONTACTING US AT:   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

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…continually yelling in a crowded restaurant, while on City business, in a foreign country, stating, “I’m the Mayor!!!” and continuously exclaiming that he is the Mayor and how dare I (Davis) question him on this matter.

Who would have known with seven council you get egg roll?  The Mayor that is… Mayor Bailey that is…in Jiahang, China that is….in a Chinese restaurant that is….that he stated in the most stately way that he is the the Mayor,  to Councilman Paul Davis that is….  Got your attention?   The following is a Code of Ethics and Conduct Complaint issued and filed August 1, 2014 by Councilman Paul Davis against Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey for an incident which occurred in the country of China.

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW THE THE FULL 88 PAGE DOCUMENT

Mayor Bailey is being charged with violating Riverside City Charter Section 201, Government Code 6252.5 & 6252.7 and will full & intentional interfering with a lawful public records request.  Not done yet, Riverside City Charter Section 300, 406, 407, 600 and 701.  Lastly, City of Riverside Resolution No. 22546.

The main gust is that Mayor Bailey directly interfered with a lawful public records request by Councilman Davis, by directly requesting City Manager Scott Barber not to give him those records!  Davis made a public records request a list of all employees who have left the city in the last 180 days, and who will be leaving.  During email exchanges with Davis, the City states the information does not exist, in a later email the information does exist.

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THIS CITY DOCUMENT STATES WHAT CAN, AND WHAT CANNOT BE REQUESTED REGARDING CITY EMPLOYEES (CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE)

The complaint states that Bailey admits he interfered with the Public Request Act by making this statement in the crowded restaurant: “I will not allow the City Manager (Barber) to provide you with the requested report, as you are only going to use it against Scott!!!”

In the complaint Davis states that Bailey failed to maintain order, decorum and civility in a public place:  “When asked why he (Bailey) was yelling, he had no response, yet continued to act unprofessionally, yelling again, and acting quite childish and in a visibly offensive posture.”

But this does not stop there, regarding the Soubirious and Davis Investigation done by the City, the actions that occurred as a result of the recent Soubirous hearing, July 22nd, will be  submitted to the Riverside Grand Jury for review.  Below is a statement to the Riverside Grand Jury by Councilman Davis.

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For more than two decades I was involved in responding to request for public information from a California City and State Agency. In all those years not a single request for public information was deemed to be an ethical violation, a criminal act or a violation of the Brown Act. I expect an elected official to make inquiries when they observe something out of the ordinary. It is called a fiduciary obligation!  - Monrow A. Mabon · Commissioner at City of Riverside, CA – City Government, Commenter on the PE

WE ARE STILL WAITING TO HEAR THE STATUS OF THE FEDERAL LAWSUIT FILE AGAINST MAYOR BAILEY BY ATTORNEY LETITIA PEPPER REGARDING THE CLAPPING INCIDENT, AND THE VIOLATION OF HER FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS, NOT TO MENTION THE QUESTIONABLE ARREST!

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JUST FOR LAUGHS, PIC WAS PHOTOSHOPED, BAILEY HOLDING ARTIST DON GALLEGOS RENDITION OF THE PEPPER INCIDENT. (CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE).

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!  TEMPORARILY BLOCKED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE AT PUBLIC ACCESS SITES WITHIN THE CITY, THEN UNBLOCKED.  I GUESS YOU CANNOT DO THAT ACCORDING TO THE ACLU.  RATED ONE TWO ONE STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVLY EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE (WE BELIEVE THIS WILL END SOON, SINCE THE FOCUS IS NOW ON THE IMPROPRIETIES OF MR. “Z”, WE TRIED TO TELL YOU, BUT NOBODY LISTENED), AND DON’T FORGET WE ARE PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST… A STRATEGIC LEGAL MANEUVER THAT CAN BE DONE ONLY IN RIVERSIDE WITHOUT A CONTRACT, WE WILL HAVE TO ASK GREGORY ABOUT THAT ONE ( OUR PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO CONTACT HIS PEOPLE)… AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!   COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  WE JUST CAN’T SPELL!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT BY CONTACTING US AT:   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW THE FULL LETTER SENT TO ATTORNEY MARK MAYERHOFF, OF LIEBERT CASSIDY WHITMORE

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What should be brought to the forefront is that Liebert Cassidy Whitmore is actually representing Councilman Paul Davis in the current case of Raychele Sterling vs. City of Riverside et al.  Liebert Cassidy Whitemore is also the law firm that is doing the investigation for the City of Riverside against, of course, Councilman Paul Davis.  So the firm is defending him but at the same time crucifying him and sticking the knife into him!  Those in Riverside who keep up with the politics see this time and time again.  Those in Riverside who are sleep, need to wake up and see what is happening in your City.

Additionally, I will be filing a bar complaint against you and your firm for violations of conflicts of interest rules, since your firm is my direct representation in the active case Sterling v City of Riverside et al. I have never waived my conflict rights in this case and neither can the council. Regards,
Paul Davis
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This according to Councilman Paul Davis’s personal statement as indicated below, under “Full Davis Personal Statement on this Investigation”.

The letter is directed toward Mark Mayerhoff, which Davis states he is “shocked” that his firm has released an incomplete investigation, as a result of the following:

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In the letter Attorney Mark Mayerhoff states the Investigation that will be release to Press Enterprise reporter Alicia Robinson will be redacted (to obscure or remove from a document prior to publication or release).  Of course we asked the question of Why?  Especially in the name of transparency.  Mayerhoff also states that he attached an unredacted copy of the investigation to Councilman Davis.  We have the unredacted investigation as follows, all 417 pages.  Alicia, if you need the full unredacted copy just download from our site!

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW FULL UNREDACTED INVESTIGATION AGAINST COUNCILMAN PAUL DAVIS

The following is a personal statement made by Councilman Paul Davis in reference to his investigation and submitted to Thirty Miles.

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW FULL DAVIS PERSONAL STATEMENT ON THIS INVESTIGATION

Some telling excerpts are as follows:

These issues that Soubirous and I have been charged with is misappropriations of Public Funds for Political Gain and it is about exacting retaliation for our not being the “Go along to get along” guys, like many of the rest. The funds issue will be handled in another venue, as Adams and Bailey appropriated the funds without authority of the council. Evidence will be produced to prove this up. What happened is Barber files the complaint then funds the investigation under his 50K expense authority and they split up the contracts into four separate ones to equate to $200k authorization.
Interestingly enough the hired gun law firm and investigator failed to insert my interview “Eratta”, correction sheet into the investigation materials and even failed to incorporate the right statements in to Gumpart’s statements, where I said “Surely Not” and the stenographer records “Sure”.  Gumport does this so that he can make a point in his opinion on his questions as to the effect of my statements on CM Barber being able to do his job. However, I have attached is separately.
More to come.
Paul Davis
Councilmember – Ward 4
City of Riverside

And of course it is not over yet!  There is “MORE TO COME” according to Councilman Paul Davis!  We will sit back and wait because it will be sooner than you think.  Paul Davis’s Interview “Eratta” is as follows:

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW FULL PAUL DAVIS TRANSCRIPT WITH ERRATA SHEET

We did a story on Ol’Scotty back when he intended to “Ferret” out a problem

We asked the question if Scott Barber should have been fired a long time ago.  First is he qualified for the job of City Manager?  Having a Thespian Degree?   Just back in September of 2012, City Manager Scott Barber decided to take his City Manager hat off and play Council by authorizing a change order of $2.5 million without council authority for the Fox Performance Plaza.

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He brought the issue to Council and basically appeared they would rubber stamp the idea, after-the-fact.  Had this type of shenanigans been done before by the prior City Manager?  The City Manager’s discretionary spending cap is at $50,000.00, anything over that amount must go to council.  Certainly violated the Charter Amendment.  What made Barber think that he had the authority to act as an elect and ferret it out without them?  A complaint should have been filed against him with Human Resources, and Council should have fired him immediately.

What is now remarkable is the fact that Scotty is creating more liability as what appears to be personality problems at the expense of the taxpayer! It is now becoming evident he doesn’t care about the residents of Riverside, if not, only for himself.  Will Scotty sue the City of Riverside?  Or I should say, the taxpayer because of his perception of in house politics?  Remember Scotty is a remnant of the Hudson legacy; he, Brad Hudson was convicted of credit card fraud.  But our current Mayor Rusty Bailey considers him a moral compass, go figure..

Some things never change as this is common in Riverside. Brad Hudson ran the city and the Council as the Mayor was just a figure head madding back room deals, traveling, giving speeches and breaking a tie vote. Well a city attorney made the law up as he went but talked his way out. As the Mayor left and the hopes of an honest Mayor we saw a candidate who had powerful friends of the former Mayor. yes false fliers were sent out but the candidate got caught and apologized, using illegal Fed agent license plates and more corruption, as he was the choice of the people. To start his term he made national news by having a citizen arrested for speaking over 3 minutes, a lawyer arrested for clapping and big money was made with the help of the city Attorney in red lining homes for illegal foreclosure. People were in place to defend and protect the criminal acts. Brad Hudson skipped out along with the Deputy Attorney after illegally buying Glock Hand guns as the Feds closed in but the council did nothing. A replacement who would follow orders was needed and the Code Enforcement Director was picked. Things went for bad to worse as all violations by the council insiders were ignored but the firing of a Deputy attorney who reported illegal action was done as Mrs. Sterling was out. HR answered to Hudson and that was well known. Loveridge was funny as his old time lies did not work on a new generation. Just think Adams history of assaulting his girl friend, messing in a police promotion and as a veteran police officer taking illegal plates still got elected to council again and now running for Congress. Wow we have enough corrupt Congressmen in DC but at lease Riverside has an Honest Congressman in Mark. Well Davis and Mike know their honesty and loyalty to their Wards is not what the Bailey team wants. Most people know a misdemeanor is a violation that gets you jail time and a fine. But it seems Priamos missed that class in law school. Mike charged with hear say that failed even paying to LA lawyers 200,000 dollars which a law student would know. Then Davis with documents as evidence and wow the filing of complaints done wrong but no problem as even the Brown Act was violated twice and no due process in either case. Conflict of interest even paid Attorneys were clue less. The Mayor is spending allot to get two council out in the next election and put Bailey team members in their seats. What is clear is Riverside no longer wants citizens to elect their representatives but will let the Mayor do it. The way things are going Bailey wont need an election to continue as Mayor he will appoint himself. Scott Barber is a good worker and did a great job giving out tickets in Code Enforcement rather legal or illegal and really wanted the city managers job to do as he was told. Anyone who lives in the city of Riverside knows how things are done and employees/appointees take orders and follow them. I remember when we were asked for bond for the Library to help the children well after the money was given oops the council and mayor used it for something else only to come back again to ask for money for the Library. Using citizens and wasting money while making back room deals will continue until the voters clean out the corrupt elected officials and the Bailey Team. The Feds and the State are likely to come in and then the blame game but it will be great to see Brad Hudson and Greg Priamos finally answer to their crimes over the years.  - AirJackie, Commenter to TMC

CODE OF ETHICS AND CONDUCT COMPLAINT HEARING BETWEEN FORMER EMPLOYEE JASON HUNTER AND JUSTIN SCOTT COE CANCELED FOR FRIDAY JULY 25TH, 2014 FOR FLAWS IN THE PROCESS!  MORE TO COME.  DOES THIS MEAN ALL PRIOR COMPLAINTS NEED TO BE REHEARD?  TMC THINKS SO!

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WAS THIS CANCELATION ALL BECAUSE OF WHAT KEITH NELSON HAD TO SAY? AND CALLING THE HIRED ATTORNEY FOR THE CITY A LIAR?

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW COMPLETE LETTER FROM KEITH J. NELSON TO SOUBIROIUS

Board Member, Keith J. Nelson, Ph.D., Inland Regional Board of Trustees, who also served a member of the City’s Adjudicating Body whenever an alleged violation of the City’s Code of Ethics, responded in this letter to Councilman Mike Soubirous regarding his concerns with the behavior and involvement of City Attorney Greg Priamos and outside legal, hired by the city, local Riverside attorney Doug Smith.  In fact, Doctor Keith J. Nelson calls Attorney Douglas Smith a “Liar” in the above letter.  This is the kind of corruption we have come to in the underbelly of the City of Riverside, and it is being taking notice locally, but world wide.  Thirty Miles of Corruption has being receiving hits from all over the world as you can see from it’s data banks.

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RIVERSIDE ATTORNEY HIRED BY CITY OF RIVERSIDE, DOUGLAS  SMITH

WATER CONSERVATION: THE FAUX DROUGHT IN THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE.  We don’t have a drought in the City of Riverside, but it seems the City will create one in order take advantage of fines and maintain the current water rates.  The clincher is that the City passed an ordinance to comply with State Law.  They didn’t have to because we are exempt because we own our water supply.  We as a City are also under a court order, if we don’t use the water we lose it!  Since we own our own water in no position to declare a water shortage!  Large educational institutions such as RCC and UCR are exempt.

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   CITY COUNCIL MEMORANDUM                            WATER RESTRICTION ORDINANCE

This is how contradictary this ordinance is, if you are a recipient of Gage Canal water, there are no restrictions, you can use as much as appropriated yearly to you depending on your shares.  That means you can run the water into the street if you want.  Of course, I’m not advocating that, but the point is that we have a unfair application of the laws, maybe because the City can always depend on squeezing a little more from the residents.  The City didn’t have to pass the ordinance, but they did, they did because there is a monetary MO behind it. Education institutions such as UCR and RCC are exempt. One of the absolute benefits of living in Riverside is ownership of water.  You can maintain you pool and jacuzzi as long as you don’t “overfill.”  Did you get that one?  Who overfills their pool?   The San Bernardino Water Basin holds about 5 Million acre feet of water. Only about a million acre feet are available to the existing wells. So about 4 millions acre feet remains to be tapped by deeper wells. There is plenty of water. This is focused on an income source, and that income source is us.  This political move also seems another way that the City can put one neighbor against the other by the snitch call to code enforcement, the other police force.  It’s time to see what is occurring in the City of Riverside and remove your Councilperson.  In my ward it is Councilman Mike Gardner.

Remember, approximately 20% of our water is sold to Western Municipal.   Are we to conserve more water so that the City can sell more off to other communities for a higher profit.  Cite the citizens on water violations to increase profits.  Then they will then ask us to use less water then they will raise water rates to increase profits. You will use less and pay more. Then they will manipulate the tier pricing seasonally or at will to increase even more profits.  The more money in the water fund, the more that 11.5% water transfer to the General Fund will have.

The Faux Drought continues with more City propaganda regarding  water usage!  New article by Alicia Robinson in the Press Enterprise addressing the city’s position regarding water conservation.

FROM THE DESK OF SCOTT SIMPSON: SCOTT RESPONDS TO RIVERSIDE’S FAUX DROUGHT AND THE DATA AND ARTICLE IN THE PRESS ENTERPRISE: REFERRING TO PE ARTICLE: DROUGHT GROUNDWATER AT RECORD LOW:

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

Interesting yet, manipulating the data. They first mentioned that ground water levels have dropped due to increased use/demand from consumers but, the graph displays only gw available in acre feet. The data that should have been shown in the graph in order to keep consistent with the written conversation is depth to ground water in the wells (1934-today). They have the data. The graph displays how much water was available every 2 yrs from 1934 on. This is the amount legally available to harvest annually. It is close to displaying how much water(rainfall) went into the basin each season. 1960-64 was the driest period on record but historical references are available of other dry and wet periods back to the early 1800’s. What the graph really shows is that Riverside takes about 10% of the annual harvest of water supplied by normal rainfall. The other water agencies share in the other 90%. The San Bernardino Water Basin holds about 5 Million acre feet of water. Only about a million acre feet are available to the existing wells. So about 4 millions acre feet remains to be tapped by deeper wells.

Of course in the current dry spell (notice there were several dry and wet periods 10 yrs apart) the available gw has decreased some due to demand but mostly due to low rainfall in the local mountains. Look at the wet years; almost instant recharge of the gw basin occurs as soon as we get the first normal or above normal rainfall. This shows the amount available to the various water harvesters is the amount of water that recharges the basin each year or about 500,000 acre feet on average. (this is detailed in the Court settlement order of 1980 settling the big water rights lawsuit filed in 1964.) There is plenty of water available in the gw basin. The Court has limited access to most of it.

Currently, Riverside uses about 84,000 acre feet of gw per year. Half or 44,000 acre feet is harvested from the San Bernardino Basin. The other 40,000 comes mostly from the North Riverside Basin from a well field near the soccer complex and old dead golf course. The North Riverside Basin is geologically and hydraulically connected to the San Bernardino Basin. Ground water flows from the San Bernardino Basin into the North Riverside Basin continuously via a narrow under ground channel beneath the Santa Ana River in Colton.

Now, lets get back to water rights. A Water Right is a legal claim to a fixed amount of water harvested annually from a defined source such as, a river. Your claim can be legally challenged at any time by another water harvester from the same water source. There are pre-1914 water rights and post-1914 water rights. The difference is the date of first lawful claim to the water. Post-1914 water rights claims are granted, processed, regulated and disputed through or by the Calif. Dept. of Water Resources. This legal status encompasses all of the state’s water resources unused or in its natural state post-1914 water law. This is about 62% of the states total water resources during average rainfall periods. The UlS. Constitution prohibits congress from passing retroactive law so, we get old law still in effect for many and the new law applying only to those engaging in the regulated activity as of the date of new law. Two systems of legal claims to water co-existing at the same time.

The other pre-1914 water sources comprising 38% of the states water resources pre-existed the 1914 change in state law toward state regulation of water harvesting and the creation of the Dept. of Water Resources. So if you held a legal water right prior to 1914 it was formed under old law dating back to the founding of the state circa 1849 and before John North et al started up the land development scheme (the Southern California Colony Assn) that became the city of Riverside circa 1885.

From 1850-1914 the primary concern of Californians and incoming settlers was the availability of water and the price! People were experiencing the tyranny of corporate monopolies with the railroad. Railroads arbitrarily raised freight prices after settlers moved in. Cheep rates to draw in settlers and raise them later to extract profits from them when they financially can’t leave. The basic lack of competition in a natural monopoly like a railroad sucked the money out of the local farmers. It was feared that the same monopolistic behavior would (and was) occur with water providers. The state legislature of 1850-1905 was very serious about curbing monopolistic water providers. 1852 saw the first laws regulating the formation of water companies and pricing. Our state Senator of the day, John Satterwaite, authored several laws including one passed in 1862, the Satterwaite Act or Civil Code 552. John North incorporated the So. Calif. Colony Assn. under this law to make profits from the sale of land with a guarantee of water delivery in perpetuity. In part it says, “The corporation is formed to build a water distribution (canal) system to make the land livable and profitable. The corporation making its’ profits from the sale of the land and the water sold at cost.”
This is further elaborated on in Superior Court, Appellate Court and Supreme Court decisions leading to Cal. Supreme, Price v. the Riverside Land & Irrigation Co., 1880. Where the law and lower court rulings were placed in context justifying the Supreme Courts decision. In part saying, ” The corporation having formed under the law of 1862 (civil code 552) may not make profits from the sale and delivery of water. The water belongs to the land and is fixed to it permenently. The price set for delivery of water is based only upon the cost of operating and maintaining the canal, pipes, pumps or other infrastructure annually, Water is not sold as a comodity the lawful price to only recover the cost of providing water to the land.” Including that this was a contractual obligation of the original sale of Colony land(s) to settlers. So, the So. Calif. Colony Assn. contractually sold parcels of land with the advertised and promissed guarantee of water delivery in perpetuity to the land, a contractual obligation that continues forever to pass with the land ownership and successive owners of the water company including a future municipality. This is published case law stating that state water law of the time is still in effect and contractural obligation both pass to successive owners. The water right is fixed to the land receiving water permanently and cannot be altered. State constitutional law upholding and the U.S. Constitution, fourteenth amendment protection of lawful contracts upholding. Land owners served by the city of Riverside water dept. as successor owner of the Riverside land &Irrigation Co. cannot be denied the water they have always received in the same amount and quality as originally delivered to the land and in perpetuity at not more than the cost to deliver the water.

So we are in a period of drought. The law and the Cal. Sup. 1880 says, “The (city of Riverside) water company must declare a water supply emergency to deviate from it otherwise lawful supplying of water to the land, in order to initiate any form of reducing water supply or consumption during the emergency period. It must also stop connecting new land/customers to the distribution system until the emergency is canceled.”

Hence, Riverside cannot charge us fees for conservation programs because that is not a cost of operating and maintaining the infrastructure/service. Riverside cannot do anything other than request Volunteer water conservation. Riverside cannot raise prices to force consumers to use less water. Riverside cannot use tiered punitive pricing to force less water consumption. You have a lawful right to water in the same amount as was originally delivered to your land. My parcel was originally planted in citrus pre-1890 and irrigated with about 8 acre feet of water per acre, the water also being of drinking water quality and used to supply the house. So my water allotment for our .84 acre parcel is about 6 acre feet of water per year. After that, Riverside can require conservation and maybe raise prices.

RUSTY’S RED TROLLEY! DOES HE THINK IT CAN?  MEETING PLANNED FOR JULY 30ST, 2014 TO EXAMIN THE FEASABILITY STUDY!  The City of Riverside received a Cal Trans Grant of $237,000.00 to do a feasibility study, and you better believe with this money the focus is on a reason to have it!

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TMC will have a rebuttle of the pro’s and con’s of a trolley system in the City of Riverside, and will be able to do it for no cost to the taxpayer!

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TROLLEY UPDATE:  TMC WAS TOLD THAT AT THE MEETING, THE TABLES HAD NAME CARDS OF ALL THE COUNCIL AND MAYOR WITH THE TROLLEY STUDY PACKETS.  NOT ONE MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL SHOWED, EVEN THE MAYOR DIDN’T SHOW AND IT’S HIS PROJECT!  IT APPEARS ANOTHER $237K IN STATE GRANT MONEY DOWN THE DRAIN..

THE RIVERSIDE CITY COUNCIL FINANCE COMMITTEE WILL TAKE QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS ON THE UPCOMING SPECIAL AUDIT OF THE SEWER FUNDS.  THIS WILL BE THIS TUESDAY JULY 29TH AT 6:00PM IN THE MAYOR’S CEREMONIAL ROOM ON THE 7TH FLOOR OF CITY HALL.  

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DEPUTY CITY ATTORNEY NEIL OKAZAKI LEAVES CITY OF RIVERSIDE.  Sources have said that Neil Okazaki would be leaving his position, possible going to the County.  This occurred the day of the Soubirious hearing.  Was this hearing the turning point for Okazaki?  Weeks before, City Attorney Greg Priamos said he was leaving for a position with the County as well.  What seems evident is that no one wants to go down with the ship!

 FUROR ENGULFS CHICAGO’S RED LIGHT SCAMERA CAMERA SYSTEM!  You’ll thank those that voted to remove our cameras here in Riversider sooner or later.

SORRY EVERYBODY! WE STILL HAVE MORE ON COUNCILMAN SOUBIROUS’S INVESTIGATION THAT WILL BE A COMPLETE SHOCKER! STAY TUNED FOR MORE AS RIVER CITY TURNS!

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!  TEMPORARILY BLOCKED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE AT PUBLIC ACCESS SITES WITHIN THE CITY, THEN UNBLOCKED.  I GUESS YOU CANNOT DO THAT ACCORDING TO THE ACLU.  RATED ONE TWO ONE STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVLY EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE (WE BELIEVE THIS WILL END SOON, SINCE THE FOCUS IS NOW ON THE IMPROPRIETIES OF MR. “Z”, WE TRIED TO TELL YOU, BUT NOBODY LISTENED), AND DON’T FORGET WE ARE PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST… A STRATEGIC LEGAL MANEUVER THAT CAN BE DONE ONLY IN RIVERSIDE WITHOUT A CONTRACT, WE WILL HAVE TO ASK GREGORY ABOUT THAT ONE ( OUR PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO CONTACT HIS PEOPLE)… AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!   COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  WE JUST CAN’T SPELL!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT BY CONTACTING US AT:   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

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WE WERE TOLD THEY ONLY GLOW AT NIGHT..

Now That six families in a two block area of the contamination have cancer will you admit you lied to us All you better than us city and government of Riverside. Have talked till I am blue but it didn’t make the cancer go away or the contamination of the soil we eat everyday while they build Jurupa Ave. When the people who move the dirt get cancer or breathing problems then will you do something more  - Marilyn Whitney, commenter to TMC

Toxic Trails Estates…A great place to raise your family?  What would you do if you paid $500,000.00 for a new home, and later found that it sits on a major toxic spill?  Would you drink the water, well evidently Council drank the Koolaid, and bobbled right behind their infamous leader City Attorney Gregory Priamos to a potential unlawful emergency close session meeting.  It is TMC’s opinion that Priamos called the unlawful meeting so he could reprimand the council for postponing the vote on the AG Park housing development.  Whether TMC is right or wrong, it sure does sound good!  The housing project couldn’t even get bonded.  Why is developer Chuck Cox allowed to do a project as this without any bond insurance?  Cox is asking the City to take a deed of trust in lieu of a bond.  Really?  Why is he so special?  Is it because he couldn’t get bond insurance because it was a toxic spill site?  The meeting even became dramatic when Attorney Letitia Pepper POUNDED on the closed session door, demanding they all come out, and she wasn’t kidding either!  Of course she was met by two of Riverside’s finest and that handsome devil himself Assistant Chief of Police Chris Vicino, who attempted to diffuse the whole situation.  Isn’t Vicino married, he should know that you shouldn’t argue with a woman, especially if she is smarter.  You have to believe that Chief of Police Sergio Diaz knew better this time around, to stay far away from these legal vixens..

It all started in 2003, whereby developer Chuck Cox gave the city a parcel of land next to the golf course by Riverside Municipal Airport in exchange for a piece of land called simply the Old Agricultural Park.  The Old Agricultural Park had evidently been contaminated from and old city sewer plant on or adjacent to the parcel.

The following is a 2003 Interoffice Memo from Public Works Director Tom Boyd, then deputy public works director, to former City Manager George Caravalho, reporting the breakage of a digester tank which spilled its contents, and the intended clean up plans.  Later, lab analysis determined the spilled contents to contain high amounts of PCB’s (Polychlorinated Biphenyls) as well as other dangerous contaminants, as indicated below:

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW FULL MEMO WITH ANALYTICAL CONTAMINANT RESULTS

Compare the Result with the DLR (Detection Limit for purpose of Reporting)-below the DLR is acceptable, over is unacceptable.  The below December 2005 Fact Sheet Cleanup Proposal states that as a result of the contaminant findings, that there are no health risk to current residents, however, they can pose a risk to future residents living in homes built on the site…  You be the judge, we’ve had City workers who have died working on the cleanup, we’ve had resident reports surrounding the untouched properties who claimed illness.

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In the below youtube video, Attorney Letitia Pepper had just pounded on a closed session door to attempt to notifying Council that they are violating the brown act.  The council was inadvertently called into session by City Attorney Gregory Priamos to discuss a non agendized matter.  By Council following the City Attorney’s lead, they unknowingly violated the Brown Act.

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Two Police Officers, Assistant Chief of Police Chris Vicino, Attorney Letitia Pepper and Attorney Raychele Sterling continued to discuss and ferret out legal aspects if pounding on a door is illegal, or just discourteous, as what they said about Chief Diaz.  The finer points of the discourteous pounding discussion continued even after council found a different mode of exit, known as sneaking out the back door.  Councilman Soubirous was the only council member that used the front door.

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Arrow points to the X Marks the spot where Pepper pounded closed session door…

UPDATE: 1:00PM: JUST IN: ANONYMOUS SOURCES ARE TELLING TMC THAT THE CLOSED SESSION MEETING WAS LEGAL BECAUSE IT DEALT WITH A PERSONNEL ISSUE, NOT A NON AGENDIZED ISSUE!  IS SOMEONE LEAVING?

UPDATE:2:00PM: IT TRUE, ALL THE HOOPLAH LAST NIGHT IF YOU PUT TWO AND TWO TOGETHER, WAS ALL ABOUT CITY ATTORNEY GREGORY PRIAMOS LEAVING THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE FOR NEW JOB WITH THE BIG TOP, THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE, AS INDICATED IN THE PRESS ENTERPRISE.  Priamos evidently had an interview with the County Supervisors yesterday morning, which was not on the agenda as well.  He will be named the County’s Chief Council.  As of 2012 salary statistics Priamo’s total salary package with the City of Riverside came out to $309,671.10, and will more than likely go up with as he double dips with the County.  Should he have to explain how he was clowning around with taxpayer monies when it came to utilizing outside legal help with no contract?  When it come to inside office parties, is Priamos the king of the clowns?

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WHAT ARE PEOPLE IN RIVERSIDE ARE SAYING, BESIDES GOOD RIDDANCE?

UPDATE: 06.24.2014: RIVERSIDE COUNTY GET’S OUR CROOK, NOW THEIR CROOK!  PRIAMOS OFFICIALLY NAMED COUNTY COUNSEL..

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UPDATE: 06.23.2014: FROM THE DESK OF LETITIA PEPPER: COMPLAINT REGARDING VIOLATIONS OF THE BROWN ACT.

To: Rusty Bailey, Mike Gardner, Andy Melendrez, Steve Adams, Chris MacArthur, Jim City Council Ward6 Perry, Paul Davis, soubirous@riversideca.gov
Cc: Colleen, Greg Priamos, Scott Barber

To Riverside’s City Council and Mayor:
In addition to ongoing violations of people’s free speech rights, the City officials have also engaged in violations of the Brown Act.  Most recently, the City Attorney called an illegal, unscheduled, un-noticed, and un-described closed session on June 17, 2014, as evidenced by the video of the City Council meeting at 05:07:03- 24.
This illegal closed session was further compounded by the Mayor’s adjourning the public meeting before the illegal closed session took place, as evidenced by the same video at 05:09:12. After closed sessions, there must be a report on such session. By adjourning the meeting, this step was side-stepped.
I demand that the Mayor and City Attorney publicly acknowledge that what occurred was a violation of the Brown Act, and that they publicly pledge not to engage in future violations.

Letitia Pepper

cc City Attorney, City Clerk, City Manager   bcc concerned citizens

UPDATE: 06.23.2014:9:00PM: ACCORDING TO THE BROWN ACT PRIMER, CITY COUNCIL VIOLATED THE BROWN ACT LAST WEEK!

 
 
   

Brown Act Primer: Closed Sessions

Part 5 of FAC’s Brown Act Primer discusses closed sessions rules for when the public may be excluded from public meetings
 
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If you look at the limited situations in which a closed session is legal, you’ll see that closed sessions can be used for personnel matters, but not for an announcement by an employee saying he’s leaving!  Closed sessions for personnel matters can only be used to discuss the appointment, employment, evaluation of performance, discipline, or dismissal of a public employee or to hear complaints or charges brought against the employee by another person or employee.  (Gov. Code section 54957, subd. (b).)  Furthermore, such sessions still need to be listed on the written agenda before hand, unless they involve an emergency,  the Council holds a vote and decides that it is an emergency, and then publicly states before going into closed session the code section that authorizes an emergency closed session.
Items not listed on a posted agenda may not be discussed in closed sessions except in three circumstances: an emergency, a need for immediate action and an item that was posted on a previous agenda.  (Govt. Code section 54954.2, subd. (b).)  None of those situations applied at the June 17 City Council meeting.
A City Council cannot decide that there’s an emergency or need for immediate action without discussing this during an open meeting, and then having 2/3ds of them vote to hold a closed session for this reason.  (Govt. Code section 54954.2, subd. (b)(2).)  Then there must be an oral, public announcement of the basis for the session before they go into a closed session.  Obviously, none of these things happened at the council meeting in question.
Any other (non-emergency) items for a closed session MUST be on the agenda.  Period.  It’s a basic part of the Brown Act.

WHAT WAS RIVERSIDE’S POLICE OFFICER ASSOCIATION/UNION (RPOA) PRESIDENT BRIAN SMITH AND VICE PRESIDENT AURELIO MELENDREZ TRYING TO SAY?  WERE THEY THE PERPETRATORS BEHIND THE EXPENSIVE TAXPAYER PAID COMPLAINT AGAINST ONE COUNCILMAN?  WAS THIS AN ATTEMPT TO MUSCLE A MOVE WITH THE HELP OF TAXPAYER MONEY AGAINST ONE COUNCILMAN?  THEREFORE WHAT WAS THE MO?

IS DOING THE WORK OF THE CITIZENS OF RIVERSIDE AGAINST CITY POLICY?

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             BIAN SMITH, PRESIDENT OF RPOA                       AURELIO MELENDREZ, VICE PRESIDENT OF RPOA

June 17, 2014 City Council: Public

Brian Smith, RPOA President

What was the RPOA talking about? Mike Soubirous? They appear to admit they were involved with this complaint, it couldn’t be more obvious.

Brian Smith, President of the Riverside Officers Association at City Council June 17, 2014:

Several months ago I had a conversation with a council member, ahh, which brought me some concern. Ahh, I brought that information back to some members within the City. The Department head and City Manager, ahh, it was then brought to the then Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem, and a decision was made to conduct an investigation. You authorized an investigation to be done, and I’m here to address a couple things that I believe are rumors, so, I’m not a huge fan of rumors, innuendo and supposition, so I’m going to ask you to do a couple things.

An investigation was conducted. To my understanding, the party of that investigation aside from myself as a witness, has not yet participated in the investigation, whether it be in writing or otherwise. And I think that should be done.

Secondly, my understanding is that some members want to see a summary of the investigation. And I don’t think that’s fair.  Not only to me, but it’s also not fair to you as a council and it’s not fair to the citizens as a whole. I would ask that you look into that, completely and thoroughly, don’t just take a summary. A lot of time and effort was put into that investigation. There’s an actual transcription of everyone’s interview, and I think that it is important that you get that interview, and that you read through each and every one of those, and make that decision.

I also think that if you as a council decide, after reviewing that, that it’s a matter of public record and public comment, I think it should be done. I think that publicly they should be able to.. the public should know what you’ve decided to do and what things, allegations have been made.

I also think that councilmember deserves the right to answer, to what I said, happened. I think he is entitled to that, and he should… And I think that he wants the opportunity to do that, and I think that it is the best thing, for all of us concerned, both myself, the city as a whole, the public, and those of you that are seated here.

You are the centuries at the gate, it is your responsibility to police yourselves, and conduct yourself in a manner that is appropriate. If somebody has brought forth an allegation of inappropriate behavior, it needs to be investigated, it needs to be looked into, and ultimately a decision made. And that’s.. I’m here to answer any questions that you may have, I doubt there will be any, but you all know how to get a hold of me, if need be.

Aurelio Melendrez

Aurelio Melendrez, Vice President of the Riverside Officers Association at City Council June 17, 2014:

Good evening, I’m Brian’s vice president with the Riverside Police Officers Association. My Biggest concern, that’s come out of this, is that, for any of you that have been for any longer than four years. You remember what it was like when we had city government that over reached their bounds, stuck there hands in department heads business that didn’t belong there. I want to make sure for the sake of transparency, just like this councilman has asked for, that we put it out there for everybody to see.  Brian, me, all of us at the association want to make sure our organization is protected.. we don’t want to go backwards, we’re trying to go forward.

Sergio Diaz recently had an incident, first thing he did was sign away his right to privacy, and he shared his complaint openly, he took ownership of what he did, and I want to make sure this person does the same.. Thank-you.

Does Melendrez appears to conceive that RPD is an independent “organization” as stated at City Council?  An organization (or organisation) is an entity, such as an institution or an association, that has a collective goal and is linked to an external environment.  Has Riverside’s finest lost there way?  Concerned citizens and local community groups in Riverside say Yes!  RPD needs to be more community orientated and needs to stop thinking they are an independent external entity.

What is it between Council and RPD?  According to Melendrez, there was a time that city government “overreached there bounds”, and stuck there hands in department heads business that didn’t belong there.   What was meant by that?  Were they talking about Councilman Adams interfering with the promotion process?  Or was it our City Attorney Greg Priamos, with his embroidered bullet proof vest, which states “City Attorney,”  involved with the raid on the Vibe club in Riverside?   Or is it simply by Chiefs Diaz’s standard, that people should simply stay out of police business and stay at home eating cheetos in their underwear?  Is he saying they should be independent?  Is Riverside a dicktatorship? Sorry, a dictatorship as many in our residential communities are expressing?  Who would then in the City be authorized to ask questions regarding police business?  Incidentally, Aurelio Melendrez is the son of current Ward 2 Councilman Andy Melendrez..

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Is the focus of Smith’s and Melendrez’s complaint directed possibly toward Councilman Mike Soubirous, the only independent voice on the Council?  A complaint against Soubirous is a complaint against Ward 3 constituents who we are told respect their hard working Councilman.  Since Aurelio is the son of Councilman Andy Melendrez, can we believe there may be some conflict of interest at hand due to his familial connection?

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What those two officers need to know is that Councilman Soubirous is their boss.

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We asked the question if this whole investigation is politically motivated because the City supported Valerie Hill rather than Soubirous.  Another interesting point regarding this mailer is that it was paid for by the Riverside Police Officer’s Association  as indicated by the red arrow.  According to a new article in the Press Enterprise, Soubirous continues to say he believes the investigation is politically motivated because the police union backed his opponent in the election, and because he has questioned police department actions and policies since taking office.  Is this becoming a issue of Piss Poor Politics?

Why did City Manager Scott Barber walk out right before Riverside Police Officers Association/ Union President Brian Smith came to the podium?  Was he disturbed that Smith made public, something that shouldn’t have been public?

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Second Councilman Paul Davis, is also up against a Human Resource Complaint for a similar presmise… Doing the work of the people has it drawbacks..it certainly seems you will get political blowback for asking question.

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When did that become so bad, is it only in Riverside?  The ultimate question they should be asking and concerned about is what is really going to happen to Police Officer Pensions in 2016?  That should be of concern.  Maybe Brian and Aurelio should realize that the way the City of Riverside has done business, will impact their jobs.  For one thing they should understand where pension monies have gone, there will be n money t sue the city if need be.  They need to do a little bit of investigative work themselves, in order to uncover how their pension monies have been used. The following is a response by Riverside Police Officers Association President Brian Smith to Thirty Miles of Corruption.

6/20/14: To: THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM 

Interesting to read your take on what the rpoa was “saying” at the council meeting.  Perhaps a little investigating on your part you’d find a councilman likely violated the Brown Act…intimated that the city manager and chief of police jobs were in jeopardy. ..and a myriad of other things..

You may also uncover during your investigation that the complaint was actually filed by city employees and not the union.  In fact, the union was interviewed as a witness only.

The fact of the matter is this particular councilman needs to stop campaigning and start governing!  

Feel free to contact me, after you have done a little investigation on your own. 

Brian C Smith

TMC’s response to Brian Smith’s email response..

6/20/14: To: BRIAN SMITH, PRESIDENT OF RPOA

Hi Brian,

I do appreciate your email response regarding the one councilman who allegedly violated the Brown Act.  With all due respect, myself and the citizens of Riverside have a great appreciation for our Police force and the excellent work they do for our community.  For some reason, many find it difficult to forward constructive criticism regarding The Riverside Police Force, because it seems when we are responded to, we are disregarded and not taken seriously.

I’d like more than anything to clean this possible misconception up.  I will definitely make it right with regards to your conception of spin.  Spin is not good, it only makes us dizzy about the reality of true events. I’d like to ask you some questions to clear this up.  Regarding this one councilman,  “What part of the Brown Act did he specifically violate?”

As taxpayers we spent approximately 100K to ask a question (50K for the investigation and 50K for the law firm), we are still waiting for the 100K question to be answered.  Wouldn’t it have been frugal for city employees to file an ethics complaint?  Which would be free.

In your email to me you stated that, “You may also uncover during your investigation that the complaint was actually filed by city employees and not the union.”  I realize that only employees of the City of Riverside can initiate this complaint.  Were you one of the employees at the time that initiated this complaint?  Were the employees City Manager Scott Barber and Police Chief Diaz?

Could you clear up the statements made at City Council June 17, 2014, whereby you stated that “Several months ago I had a conversation with a council member, which brought me some concern.  I brought that information back to some members within the City.  Department head and City Manager, it was then brought to Mayor Pro Temp and Mayor.”  Could you clarify this statement.

Also, you stated, “I also think that councilmember should have a right to answer to what I said, happen.  I think he is entitled to that.”  Could you clarify this statement.

At one time you were under Chris Lanzillo, who was president of RPOA, could you express any premonition yet to come regarding his behavior with reference to his alleged alliances with Lackie, Dammeier & McGill?

At some point in time did you feel that some in RPD were entitled to personal use of city vehicles?  Could you give us some insight regarding allegation of Councilman Steve Adams and interfering with the promotional process?  When you were Vice President and Chris Lanzillo was President of the RPOA, could you give us some insight in reference to the Cop Playbook?  Lastly, is this a concerted effort on part of the City to remove certain council people due to politics?

Again, thank-you for contacting us.

All the best,  Javier Moreno

UPDATE: JUNE,22,2014: FROM THE DESK OF ATTORNEY LETITIA PEPPER: NEW RULES WHEREBY SPEAKER CARDS MUST BE TURNED IN ADVANCE.

To: K Wright, Colleen, Sherry Morton-Ellis, asmelendrez@riversideca.gov, msoubirous@riversideca.gov, Chris MacArthur, Mike Gardner, Paul Davis, Rusty Bailey, Steve Adams, sbarber@riversideca.gov, Greg Priamos
Cc: Kevin Dawson, Gurumantra Khalsa
Re: The Recent Rule that All Speaker Cards Must Be Turned in Advance of the Public Comment Period Appears to Be Unconstitutional.

Honorable Mayor, City Council Members, City Attorney Priamos and City Manager Scott Barber:
I was present, as was Kevin Dawson and a few other people, when, as Karen Wright walked to turn in a speaker card during the on-going public comment period, she was specifically singled out by Mayor Bailey by name, and told that her card would not be accepted because it was turned in too late.
I had already intended to send you a letter about this event, but since Karen Wright copied me with her e-mail, I’ll provide my comments instead by e-mail.
Free speech is one of the fundamental rights guaranteed to us by both the stet and federal constitutions. Any time the government takes action that impairs a fundamental right, it must have a compelling reason to do so, and it must use the least intrusive means possible to accomplish its alleged goal.
Here, the right at stake is the First Amendment (and concomitant but more protective state constitutional article) right of political speech. This right includes the right to comment on the government’s actions in a specifically forum designed for such purpose, the public comment section, as well as the period for public comment after each agenda item. This relatively new rule requires that all speaker cards for each such period all be turned in before the agenda item has been called.
As explained below, this rule appears to be unconstitutional, and I ask that the City Council promptly rescind such rule and return to the original method of letting people turn in speaker cards up until the final comment for each period has concluded.
The background for my conclusion that the new rule is unconstitutional follows. If the City Attorney advises you to the contrary, please remember that this is the same attorney who told you that “moratoriums are illegal” (as you know, we currently have a moratorium on the issuance of building permits) and the same attorney who advised Mayor Bailey that arresting me for applauding was a perfectly good solution to — what? What problem was the applause causing? But I digress.
In the past, the citizens of Riverside were able to comment on various items simply by lining up along the walls and waiting their turn as each agenda item was called. They did not need to fill out speaker cards. The citizens, not the government, decided on the order in which they would speak. The citizens could listen to their fellow citizens speak, and then decide that they, too, wanted to comment — and then get up and join the line to add their comments, too. Legally, no one was required, as a condition of being allowed to speak, to give an name or an address, or any other information, including whether they favored or disfavored an item.
But under Ronald Loveridge, that clever political scientist, this was changed. Speaker cards were required, as well as the speakers supposed stand on an item. This changed the balance of power. The government could control the order of speakers. It could group those in favor or opposed together, and let one group or the other speaker first or last. The government could make sure that a strong speaker that supported the position of the government would be the final speaker. I personally saw these things happen over the years.
Although legally the government cannot require people to give a name, address or other information as a condition of speaking, the average person does not know this. So some people choose not to speak up because they do not want to share such information. I have seen this happen, too, when people, like me, who have used medial marijuana with great success, could share how much it has helped them, but are afraid to do so because of the potential ramifications such use could have on them because of the irrationnal laws that still exist making such use illegal or grounds for losing employment.
I have personally witnessed all these uses of the speaker card system to give the government an “edge” over public speech. This new rule is simply another attempt to let the government have unnecessary control over free speech.
Now, the rationale is that letting people turn in speaker cards during the meeting is somehow “disruptive.” It is not disruptive. It was never disruptive in the past for people to turn in cards during the meeting. I, and others, saw this happen for many years, with no problems.
Even court rooms function in this way, with people able to approach to bailiff or court room clerk, while court is in session and the judge is listening to other people, in order to quietly conduct other business unrelated to the event then taking place before the judge.

     So walking up to the front corner of the room to slip a speaker card into the receptacle, while someone else is at the podium speaking, is simply not so disruptive as to justify depriving anyone (even Karen Wright, who it’s clear is one of the City’s “disfavored” speakers) of the fundamental right of free political speech.
Requiring anyone who wishes to speak to turn in a speaker card at any time before the very end of the period for such speech is not the least intrusive way of solving the alleged problem of “disruption.” There was no disruption caused by handling things in the prior way.
Again, I ask that the City Council take a stand and represent its constituents by protecting their right to engage in the fundametnal constitutional right of political speech without unwarranted intrusion and interference by their government.

Letitia E. Pepper

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!  TEMPORARILY BLOCKED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE AT PUBLIC ACCESS SITES WITHIN THE CITY, THEN UNBLOCKED.  I GUESS YOU CANNOT DO THAT ACCORDING TO THE ACLU.  RATED ONE TWO ONE STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVLY EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE (WE BELIEVE THIS WILL END SOON, SINCE THE FOCUS IS NOW ON THE IMPROPRIETIES OF MR. “Z”, WE TRIED TO TELL YOU, BUT NOBODY LISTENED), AND DON’T FORGET WE ARE PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST… A STRATEGIC LEGAL MANEUVER THAT CAN BE DONE ONLY IN RIVERSIDE WITHOUT A CONTRACT, WE WILL HAVE TO ASK GREGORY ABOUT THAT ONE ( OUR PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO CONTACT HIS PEOPLE)… AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!   COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  WE JUST CAN’T SPELL!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT BY CONTACTING US AT:   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM


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