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Is it true that “Go Along, Get Along” employee Bob Hansen will be selected as the new City Attorney?  TMC has received information that seems to suggest the decision is made.  Hansen, former City of Moreno Valley City Attorney, was placed on administrative leave December 11, 2012 after the new Moreno Valley City Council was seated.  On December 27, 2012 Council announced Hansen will be retiring.  No apparent reason was ever given to why Hansen left his position.  Remarkably, on October 1, 2013 he apparently came out of retirement to take the position of Deputy City Attorney for the City of Riverside under then City Attorney Gregory Priamos.index                                                 Robert Hansen, Riverside Deputy City Attorney

Again we see a phenomenon which is apparent time and time again only in the public sector, a scheme of retiring early in order to work again for a second public sector pension, a scheme known as “double dipping.”  We as taxpayers never know if they are coming or going.  Will City of Riverside Double Dipping Deputy City Attorney Robert Hansen be the next Double Dipping City of Riverside’s City Attorney under former Priamos’s Big Top?

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

 

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A two part series of articles has been written regarding Pasadena’s Public Works Director Siobhan Foster and City Manager Michael Beck with relation to their part with the City of Riverside featuring former fired Resource Principle Analyst Jason Hunter, former City of Riverside Business Owner who was retaliated by a City of Riverside Executive and Taxpayer Advocate Vivian Moreno, former fired Riverside Contracts Administer for Public Works Sean Gill, former fired Deputy City Attorney Raychele Sterling and retired 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 Scott Simpson.

PART ONE:

SHAKEUP AT PASADENA CITY HALL-TWO KEY DIRECTORS “FIRED WITHOUT CAUSE” FROM CITY FALLOUT FROM EMBEZZLEMENT SCANDAL RAISES MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT MICHAEL BECK’S MANAGEMENT.

PART TWO:

PART TWO: MICHAEL BECK AND TOXIC POLITICS

RIVERSIDER’S COMMENT ON THE PASADENA INDEPENDENT:

The people of Pasadena are lucky they have a newspaper that is covering this information. The owner of the Riverside paper, the Press Enterprise, retired, and it was sold to a Texas corporation that then gutted its staff’s ability to do this kind of investigative reporting. It has since then changed hands again.
Meanwhile, Michael Beck was hired as City Manager by the City of Riverside WITHOUT ANY SEARCH FOR, OR INTERVIEW OF OTHER CANDIDATES. I know; I was there objecting to this hire.
Why was Beck hired without any search for candidates? I think it’s because our then-Mayor, Ron Loveridge, knew Beck would participate in covering up what already had been taking place for years, under the “leadership’ of the previous City Manager, Brad Hudson, who, with Loveridge, had concocted a redevelopment scheme, the so-called “Riverside Renaissance,” that has left local citizens forced to overpay utility bills, sewer charges, and more, and stripped local services so that, for example, the annual expenditure on public libraries is only 25 cents per citizen per year. (I think Pasadena was spending at least $4 a year on library services).
Beck had worked at the University of California at Riverside, where our multi-term Mayor, Ron Loveridge, was continuing to accrue pension credits while on repeated annual leaves to serve six four-year terms as the City’s Mayor. (This means Loveridge is getting pensions from both the UC system AND from the City of Riverside; a recent salary poll showed that some unnamed associate professor at UCR is making $680,000 annually, and I bet that it’s Loveridge.)
So Loveridge knew Beck before extolling his virtues as a City Manager — an accolade Beck received despite his lack of ANY experience as a city manager.
I hope this newspaper continues to dig deep into this story!  - LETITIA PEPPER, former Attorney for Best, Best & Krieger.

Beck started out without the proper credentials to be a city manager, but Mayor Loveridge brought him from UCR to pull off the Renaissance scheme. Although Beck is not smart enough to pull this scheme off himself he had help. We also fired good management so the scheme could be pulled off. Check with the purchasing manager, did they replace him/her. Did someone alert management and get fired? This is a trick Beck learned in Riverside. Fire Beck!!! Check not only your interfund/interagency loans but also your bond proceeds.  City council need to call the state controller to do an audit. Do not rely on outside auditors they can be bought and sold. Beck is no good, he will only try to hide the larger problems.  Someone needs to ask Beck why he was in the City of Riverside, city hall about 3 months ago, saw him in the elevator.  - DVONNE PITRUZZELLO, former candidate for Riverside Mayor & Council

And why, people should ask, did Beck fire Green and Foster “without cause”? Why weren’t they fired FOR cause — for failing to institute, and then follow, procedures designed to prevent the theft of at least $6.4 million? It looks like Beck is actually TRYING to protect them. He’s probably hoping that the average person will think that by firing them without cause, at least Beck is punishing them.
Under these circumstances, describing their departure as being “without cause” is actually a reward, compared to what should be happening.
So who REALLY knew WHAT was going on with that embezzlement — and WHERE did the money go, and WHO got a share of it? Will BECK’s name figure as an answer to any of these questions? Let’s hope there is an in-depth investigation and prosecution in the works.

I can’t believe the incredible timing of this article. Toward the end of the article, Jason Hunter, a former City of Riverside employee fired for knowing too much and not keeping quiet, talks about how the City of Riverside’s top officials worked to silence public discussion.

One of the ways to do that was that the City Council voted to take away the public’s right to take things off the Consent Calendar so that they were available for public discussion, and how then a small group — the Mayor, Mayor Pro tem, City Manager, City Attorney, and City Clerk — would decide what items went on the Consent Calendar.
In fact, individual Council members were denied the right to put anything on the Discussion or Consent Calendar at all, thus depriving their constituents of any voice as to issues that needed to be discussed.
I just recently stumbled onto the fact that this method of controlling public discussion is a violation of the Ralph M Brown Act. On January 16, 2015, I sent the Riverside Mayor and City Council a letter demanding that they stop violating the Ralph M. Brown Act and return to the former — and legal — method by which members of the public may object at any City Council meeting to any item being placed on the consent calendar, which then puts in on the Discussion Calendar for a full, public discussion and debate about its merits.
I am still awaiting a response, but if the City fails to correct this glaring, and meaningfully timed violation of law, there is a group of citizens ready to retain my legal services to sue the it.
Notably, the motion to take away this public right was made by Riverside City Council Member Dom Betro and seconded by Council Member Steve Adams as the “Riverside Renaissance” shell game was about to heat up. Steve Adams has been a HUGE proponent of developing the Ag Park land (mentioned in the second article in this series)and has continued to insist that there are no toxic chemicals there. I believe that Steve Adams was a primary a proponent of using sewer funds to build the infamous “road to nowhere” — a road built with city money leading directly to land that Cox, the developer mentioned in part two of this story, was planning to develop.  – LETITIA PEPPER, former Attorney for Best, Best & Krieger.

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

 

 

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The Greater Riverside Chamber and the City began their incestuous marketing campaign for the State of the City Address early on, against the GENERAL PUBLIC. About two weeks ago there was a little article in the press marketing the event and it was the first mention that there were free tickets. So I called to get one and this was the conversation: Pay $50.00 or you have to sit with the GENERAL PUBLIC and then after the speech you have to leave the event and you are not allowed to stay for the reception with the Mayor. So no feast on finger food for me !

On Jan 22, will this event be political suicide for the Honorable William Rusty Bailey who will be presenting the 2015 State of the City address to the segregated crowd of the Haves and Have Nots . This is nothing more than another event for the chamber to rape the taxpayer and the Rate payer with the blessing of the Mayor. You have to ask yourself whats in it for him. Maybe a huge political donation, a trip to Asia, or just another party paid for by the HAVE NOT’S so all his friends can come together and let him know how wonderful he is. When really all they want is a city contract.

The State of the City Address – or State of the Speech – is a speech customarily given once each year by the mayors of many cities in the United States and Canada. Most SOTC Addresses are held early in the calendar year, but some mayors deliver their address as late as December of each year. In many American and Canadian cities, by law or tradition the SOTC Address is usually used to outline the Mayors legislative proposal and policy direction for the upcoming year.

Some cities allow nonprofit organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce to use this speech as their annual fund raising event for their organization, and some cities offer a free event open to the public. Some California Cities that offer this event free to the public are: San Jose, Sacramento, Pasadena, L.A., San Diego. Cities that Charge anywhere from $20.00 to $65.00 for the event are: Corona, Riverside, Santa Monica, Burbank, and Mennifee.

I took this issue and this event to the City Council last Tuesday and it just so happened that Chamber Queen Cindy Roth was there. After the meeting she offered me an unused VIP seat and an invitation to the reception. I told her she needed to extend this invitation to all the GENERAL PUBLIC. I also told her that taking public utility money from the ratepayers for her organization was WRONG and segregating the public was wrong. Maybe she thinks shes doing a favor for the General public for even letting us attend.

UPDATE: 01.21.2015: RECEPTION OPEN UP TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC AT STATE OF THE CITY!   WE CAN ONLY REFERENCE THAT PUBLIC EVENTS SUCH AS THE “STATE OF THE CITY” SHOULD REMAIN PUBLIC, AND NOT NOT BE MADE OUT AS A MONEY MAKING ENTERPRISE AT TAXPAYERS EXPENSE BY PEDDLING SPONSORS.

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

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Just in…Former City of Riverside Public Works Director who left to take the job of Public Works Director in Pasadena was fired today, as well as Finance Director Andrew Green, according to the Pasadena Independent.  Pasadena’s City Manager Michael Beck, formally City of Riverside’s Assistant Manager, continues to deal with the repercussions of the $6.4 million loss from the Public Works Department.  The question is were they qualified for the positions they hold, or was it just a political favor at the expense of the taxpayer?  We later found that Foster does not hold an Engineering License with the State of California, for being the head of the department overlooking other Public Work Engineers.

Back in 2010 Foster was the brunt of a law suit filed against her by a whistle blower Sean Gill, City of Riverside Contracts Administrator, which included “bid rigging” and falsification of documents.  Gill stated that “they made me do a lot of things that were unethical and illegal.  Gill described the City of Riverside as a city tainted with corruption, but the City of Pasadena didn’t listen when he contacted them.

Citizens of the City of Riverside are wondering who will be next?  Tina English, Deanna Lorsen, Reiko Kerr, Brent Mason, Michael Beck?

OTHER TMC STORIES RELATED TO SIOBHAN FOSTER:

TMC NEWS FLASH: CITY OF RIVERSIDE: FORMER RIVERSIDE PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR SIOBHAN FOSTER: “IF THIS GETS OUT, I’M OUT!”

CITY OF RIVERSIDE:PUBLIC WORKS: THE CHECKS IN THE DESK

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

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

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

We believe that the same type of accounting process seen in Pasadena may be occurring with how our City Attorney’s Office was operated under former City Attorney Gregory Priamos.  Priamos suddenly left his office in the summer 2014 to take a position with the County of Riverside.  We have found that Priamos has been hiring outside legal services, especially BB&K, with no contracts.  When residents ask for an accounting of the total spending they are dissuaded from going further by the office calling the files privileged.  Again, TMC request a forensic audit of the Riverside City Attorney’s Office by the State Controllers Office.  Not a hired gun as seen with the Sewer Funds.

TMC RECEIVES KUDOS FROM DANIEL BLACKBURN OF CAL COAST NEWS:

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“Fear is the foundation of most Governments…”       

- John Adams, 2nd President of the United States of America,  January 1776

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

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Newly christened District Attorney Mike Hestrin, A.K.A. Superman, Clark Kent (also the underground A.K.A. name of “Hestrone”, because he is the man), layed out his plan for change with reference to rebuilding the DA’s office, as he was quoted as saying, “Brick by painful brick.”  We see a new turn of events whereby Hestrin will take the bull by the horns and remold the DA’s office in what many have said is in needed change.  Change in the sense that makes sense.  He states that now only will he be tough on crime, but he plans to concentrate on crime prevention.  Now what does that mean?

Hestrin is in charge of approximately 250 lawyers and 100 investigators.  He has an new expectation for his staff to volunteer their time in order to be more closely connected to the community.  Therefore he expects his lawyers and investigators to volunteer their time and expertise to community programs.  Not as a punishment, but as I see it, extending their responsibilities as DA’s etc. to actually resolving and mitigating the crime problem once and individual is released from prison.  By this, Hestrin’s intention is to prevent recidivism.  This would be done by keeping individuals from going back to their communities and associating with criminal elements.  If they associate with positive and constructive individual, he believes this would help individuals not going back to a life of crime.  The way I see it is that if you want to truly lower crime rates you have to have a 360 degree plan.  Hestrin is making such an attempt.

Programs such as YAT, Youth Accountability Team, helps young offenders, who are at risk youths, to be steered away from crime.  Another program is the Woman’s Wonder Writers program.  Then again, there is the Real Men Read community program.

He is not only asking his staff to volunteer their time to community programs, but to make the attempt to start new community programs.  So he is asking not only to prosecute, but go a step forward to connect to the community.  One of the questions he would ask in the promotion process would be “what have you done for the community to decrease crime.”  This is takes the DA’s office to a different level and bring it full circle, a 360 degree plan.  DA’s and investigators will not only be responsible for fighting crime, but finding solutions to decrease crime, and most importantly, crime due to recidivism.

WILL FORMER BB&K INTERIM CITY ATTORNEY CHRISTINA TALLEY AFTER BEING FIRED FROM THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE BE TRANSFERRED TO ANOTHER UNSUSPECTING CITY AT INTOLERABLE WASTE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS FOR MEDIOCRE LEGAL ADVICE??

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GOT MY CHECK…

Incidentally, Talley was the City Attorney for the City of Pasadena during the years of 1994-1996, cities do recycle their employees!  She came here to Riverside, while we sent former Public Works Director Siobhan Foster and former Assistant City Manager Michael Beck to Pasadena.

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Oops, looks as that didn’t sit to well..  Regarding the Jason Hunter Ethics Complaint, Talley told Councilman Paul Davis that the City Attorney’s Office had no authority to hire outside council for the Ethics hearing, this was weeks after she allowed outside hired counsel Doug Smith to represent Justin Scott-Coe, at taxpayer expense.  What goes?  What we found was that Hunter made the legal argument against the hiring of outside legal services, then Talley evidently concurred, or felt she was challenged by true legality of this aspect, which led her altered legal opinion in favor of Hunters original proceedings.

WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF ATTAINING EMAILS TO SUPPORT THE ABOVE CLAIM.

FORMER BB&K ATTORNEY LETITIA PEPPER SENDS EMAIL JANUARY 16TH TO CITY OF RIVERSIDE DEMANDING THAT THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE COMPLY WITH THE RALPH M. BROWN ACT PROVISIONS ABOUT ASSIGNING ISSUES TO THE CONSENT CALENDER..  Pepper states that the method the City has adopted for assigning issues to the consent calender violates the Ralph M. Brown Act provisions.

Pepper therefore demands on behalf of all residents of the City of Riverside, that:
    (1) the contents of all future Consent Calendars for City Council meetings be set, as required by law, at an open, public City Council meeting,;
    (2) that such Consent Calendar be set by the City Council as a whole, rather than by the Mayor and the City Manager and Assistant City Manager;
    (3) that the public be given the appropriate opportunity to make public comments objecting to an item being placed on the Consent Calendar before the City Council votes on the make-up of such calendar.

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UPDATE: On January 18th, Attorney Pepper sent out an addendum letter to her first letter, regarding the demand that the City comply with the Ralp M. Brown Act provisions about assigning issues to the consent calender.  Within this letter Pepper makes the connection that she believes that their is circumstantial evidence that prior Council member Don Betro was involved in a broad based conspiracy, along with other former elects and city executives such as City Attorney Gregory Priamos, Mayor Loveridge, City Manager Brad Hudson, CFO Paul Sundeen and Assistant City Manager Michael Beck, to pillage the City’s, or taxpayers finances.

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IS THE GREATER RIVERSIDE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MAKING MONEY ON A PUBLIC EVENT?  It has been brought to TMC’s attention that the yearly public event known as the Annual State of the City, may be just a campaign fund raising event, which appears to tell the public to not come!  This should be advertised as a free even since it is a public event.  Why has it appeared to be taken over by a non-profit, the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce?  They are asking that there is a charge of $50.00 per ticket, there is nothing to state that the public can come or attain free tickets. The truth of the matter is that the Chamber has a total of 650 tickets, 50 of those are free general public tickets and 600 are being sold

It also appears that Public Utilities is paying for advertisement on this site.  There was controversy last year when $500,000.00 of taxpayer monies was to be set aside to the Chamber to coordinate the Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful Program, without the bidding process.  TMC wants the same deal, we will gladly advertise Public Utilities for $24,999.00 right under the maximum amount Public Utilities Manager Girish Balachandran can cut a check for.

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It appears that the taxpayer funds the Chamber, even through Public Utilities, but the public is not even publicly invited to this event.  Is this what the Chamber has done a ruse or front for raising campaign funds for their “go along get along” candidates?  To be fair the PE did mention their would be a limited number of “free seats available.”  Really now, doesn’t that just want to make the public not want to go or even attempt to compete for these limited number of free seats?

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Again questions arise if employees of the City, as former Public Utility General Manager Dave Wright, should be on the Chamber board.  Curently,  Riverside Public Utilities General Manager Girish Balachandran, is on the board of the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce, and Taxpayer monies are cut from this General Manager to the Chamber as seen in this advertisement (figure one).  Unbelievable…  Conflict of Interest, or Culture of Corruption?

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Incidentally, Cindy Roth is the CFO/President of the Chamber who’s husband Richard D. Roth is now Senator for the State of California, and has been a recipient of taxpayer monies for doing the City’s dirty work, as many in the community have said, though are afraid to state their opinion for fear of retaliation by the City Department Agencies or even RPD.  Sorry folks, I’m only the messenger..  But many are told when calling the Chamber that the limited number of free seat are for the “General Public” which must be seated in the back of the event.  I say, the “Elite Public” can pay for a taxpayer event, but the rest, “General Public” sit in the back of the bus..  Quite fitting as January 19th is Martin Luther Kings Birthday.

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DON’T WE HAVE A STATUE OF MARTIN LUTHER KING IN FRONT OF RIVERSIDE HALL?

The question is why would anyone want to do business or even live in the City of Riverside when they don’t even feel safe by the Police Department or even that they can make a living under the duress of many rules and regulation by the City which makes it difficult to doing real business.

IS IT TIME TO RECALL RIVERSIDE COUNTY SUPERVISOR’S FOR ABUSE OF TAXPAYER’S MONIES?  ACCORDING TO A LETTER IN THE PRESS ENTERPRISE THE ANSWER IS YES..  Sounds like our former Riverside City Manager’s shoe shine machine at taxpayer expense of $600.00.  The bastard couldn’t even pay for his Starbucks coffee for two bucks without hitting the taxpayer..  you named him, former City Manager Brad Hudson.  Hopefully, Hestrin will place the likes of him in incarceration, and his cohort Assistant City Manager Belinda Graham, alleged lover.

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Opps, Jeff Stone not in the picture anymore, he took his bat to the Senate.

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

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW THE CHANNEL 9 REPORT FOR MONDAY JANUARY 12,2015

Former City of Riverside employee Jason Hunter makes Channel 9 News, click the link to view the coverage of last night’s City Council Meeting in Pasadena.  Hunter was fired from Riverside Public Utilities for attempting to expose fraud, just recently won a settlement against the City, as a result.

Local Riverside residents Jason Hunter and Vivian Moreno rev up the City of Pasadena’s Monday night City Council Meeting at public comment with the issue of recycled city executives.  Incidentally, both Hunter and Moreno were of the 15 winners of the 2014 VIC (Very Influential Citizen) Awards given out by the the Coalition for Better Government, Riverside.   The story broke a couple of weeks ago that $6.4 million in taxpayer monies were embezzled by a former Public Works employee, Danny Ray Wooten, for over a ten year period.  So who was minding the store?  Former Riverside Assistant City Manager Michael Beck, now Pasadena City Manager, and former Riverside Public Works Director Siobhan Foster, now Pasadena’s Public Works Director.  The question of recycled executives taking part of what we see a culture of corruption.

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Another fun fact is the the accounting firm of Mayer Hoffman McCann was the City of Pasadena’s!  Remember, Mayer Hoffman McCann was the same accounting firm that missed misappropriation of fund at the City of Bell.  Incidentally, Mayer Hoffman McCann had been the City of Riverside for quite some time.  Pasadena’s loss of $6.4 million beats Bell’s $5.5 million misappropriation of funds.

Incidentally, former interim City Attorney Christina Talley was the former City Attorney for the City of Pasadena during the years of 1994-1996, cities do recycle their employees!  She came here to Riverside, while we sent former Public Works Director Siobhan Foster and former Assistant City Manager Michael Beck to Pasadena.

TUESDAY’S COUNCIL MEETING NEWLY HIRED INTERIM CITY MANAGER LEE MCDOUGAL MADE SOME EAR SHATTERING COMMENTS.

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At Tuesday’s City Council, on January 13, 2015, Councilman Paul Davis suggested that a independent auditor be hired to overlook the City of Riverside’s financials.  Someone completely independent of the City, in order to give an honest and forthright opinion, in order to prevent an event such as Pasadena. This was downplayed by Interim City Manager Lee McDougal, stating these were two different forms of city governments, hence there are differences in how financials are processed for payouts.  He went on to state that the City of Riverside has an Internal Auditor who oversees our financials, thus implying no need for an independent auditor.  Interim City Manager McDougal just arrived and has already contradicted himself, because the City’s Internal Auditor works for the City, already a contradiction. The City Manager and the Internal Auditor need to know that they work for the pleasure of the Council, and more importantly, they work for the employers who pay their salaries…the Taxpayers.  Incidentally, McDougal made in known that the position of the Internal Auditor had been elevated to Assistant City Manager.  With Lee’s scenario, will Riverside have another Bell or Pasadena?

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Interim Riverside City Manager Lee McDougal

McDougal also seemed to take offense at the public criticizing staff and employees, and attempted what seemingly was to “hard ball” public criticism; the taxpayer and employer.  Well, Mr. McDougal needs to read up on California Assembly Bill 194, Section 1, 54954.3 to start.  Should we call it taxpayer insubordination?

We refer specifically to the following:

(c) (1) Subject to reasonable regulations promulgated pursuant to subdivision (b), the legislative body of a local agency, or its presiding officer or staff, acting in their official capacity on behalf of the legislative body, shall not prohibit, limit, or otherwise prevent any of the following:
(A) Public criticism of the policies, procedures, programs, or services of the agency, or of the acts or omissions of the legislative body or its officers or employees acting in their official capacity.

Therefore, Mr. McDougal, don’t tell your boss, the taxpayer, that they don’t have the right to criticize their government staff, you may also want to take a look at Baca vs. Moreno Valley.

Unlike our former wimpy City Manager Scott Barber, we find it appealing and respectful, that at least this Interim City Manager lays his cards on the table, and that’s a good thing, because we all love a lively debate, especially when it comes to debating for the absolute benefits of the taxpayer.  Let’s remember, TMC’s focus is taxpayers fighting for the greater good of taxpayers, and that’s, that.

But if McDougal was referring to the Reiko Kerr/Gary Nolff alleged incident or Darlene Elliot, then he must certainly need to do his homework.  Again, Welcome to the City of Riverside….hopefully you can handle it.

Carol Brodeur · Commenter in the Press Enterprise.

It appears that the interim city manager of Riverside would like to restrict free speech. Lee Mcdougal has threatened that “I will respond” if someone rebukes city employees. I would like to know what he intends to do? “There’s nothing in the charter that allows a resident to come to a city council meeting and berate a city employee,” said he. Hmmm. How about in the CONSTITUTION? “It’s unacceptable to me, and I will respond…uh…when that happens. So you should know that in advance.” Is he going to call Chief Sergio Diaz and have people arrested? Personally, I am glad that Vivian Moreno called Mayor Bailey on his $50 price for attending the upcoming “State of the City” address. Feel free to purchase your ticket at https://www.riverside-chamber.com/chamcart/index.cfm?categoryid=3

UPDATE: 01.15.2015: TO BE FAIR, CITY ATTORNEY LEE MCDOUGAL HAS BEEN REACHING OUT TO COMMUNITY INDIVIDUAL AND SETTING MEETING TO DISCUSS ISSUES.  Which we believe is a first for Riverside.  He was a bit taken back by when told what the residents perceived he meant by his statements made on Tuesday’s City Council meeting.  It appeared to us that what he said was not directed to any thing said at City Council public comment or by any emails or complaints made by any individual or residents regarding the city or staff.

CITY OF RIVERSIDE CANCELS BB&K CONTRACT FOR CITY ATTORNEY SERVICES:  This means that BB&K Attorney Christina Talley will no longer act as the Interim City Manager for the City of Riverside.  In her place, Supervising Deputy City Attorney Kristi Smith will now assume the position of City Attorney.  Taxpayers were paying BB&K $19,500 per month for her wonderful legal advice.  Well good riddance..

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Dvonne M. Pitruzzello · Commenter on the Press Enterprise

Thank god she is gone. Who’s hair brain idea was it to hire a BBKorruption attorney anyway? Now who do I get me overdue public records from?

HUDSON SIGHTING!  FORMER CITY MANAGER BRAD HUDSON WAS SEEN IN ABOUT UNIVERSITY AVENUE SOME DAYS AGO POSED AND SMILED FOR THE PIC WITH UNKNOWN LADY.

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ATTORNEY LETITIA PEPPER SENDS EMAIL TO CITY COUNCIL REGARDING THAT THE OATH TO OFFICE SHOULD INCLUDE THE CITY CHARTER!  Pepper referenced former City Attorney Gregory Priamos hiring of outside legal services without a contract, only invoices.  I believe even the State Bar of California requires that all legal services rendered be bound by a contract.  But that was how our former City Attorney rolled, self serving and no intention to protect the best interest of the taxpayers.

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SHOULD CITY OF RIVERSIDE COUNCIL MEMBERS BE FULL TIME? YES, WE THINK SO, THEY ARE ALREADY DOING FULL TIME WORK AT A PART TIME SALARY.

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

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In reference to the current audit, what the PE failed to report was that the scope of the audit was to not only include a forensic audit of the sewer, but the electric and water.  In addition, community advocates emphasized that the scope of the audit must address inter-agency transactions, not inter-fund transactions (of which we knew the majority of those were fine).  Inter-agency loans are those made between to agencies such as the City of Riverside Sewer Department and the State with reference to Redevelopment.  Inter-fund transaction happen all day long!  From one department to another within that single agency, such as the City.  So our question is, who got to the council?  We don’t know?  Did the best advocate for a resolution of this issue flip-flop?  We say, yes!

Let’s take a look at the above transaction.  Originally, the City Council approved the $5.4 million as a short term 120 day loan from the Sewer Fund to Redevelopment.  What Council voted on was different than what actually occurred behind the scenes under former CFO Paul Sundeen.  Council voted for a short term inter-agency loan (not inter-fund) from the Sewer Fund to Redevelopment which is a State Agency.  What happened was instead of paying from the Sewer Fund, they drew the $5.4 million from the Workers Comp Fund as indicated.  Then what happen next was the Electric Fund paid the Workmans Comp Fund.  Then the Sewer Fund paid the Electric Fund.  Why did all this happen?  We call it money laundering.  When the issue was brought forward, the City called it an “oversight,”  we called it the “Sundeen Shuffle” (in reference to former CFO Paul Sundeen).  The lingering question is how many instances of oversight does it take, to consider the actions fraudulent?

Barber and Sundeen have no concerns about how the City will make payments on debt because : a) they are part of the team that created the enormous mountain of debt, and b) the payments on the debt are the responsibility of City taxpayers/ratepayers. Success has many fathers. Failure is an orphan.  -whosincharg, Commenter on the PE

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How bout this one!  Another oversight, as the City is labeling them.  The original transaction was to be a $5 million dollar loan from the City Sewer Fund to the State Agency of Redevelopment.  What actually happened was the $5 million was drawn from the Electric Fund as an inter-agency loan to RDA, instead of the Sewer Fund.  What happened next was that the Workers Compensation Fund payed the Electric Fund.  Then the Sewer Fund payed backed the Workers Compensation Fund.  Again why was this done?  We call this the “Sundeen Shuffle.”  No it’s not a dance, as we know it, but a dance in perception.  Why did the funds take this turn of event again?  Was it nothing more than an attempt to “launder” taxpayer monies?

We noticed in 2011 that City of Riverside was commingling Redevelopment monies with our General Fund, and actually believed the city did this because to give the appearance of a healthy General Fund.  This would be important for those such as investors, who would be looking at the financial healthy of our general fund. We asked the question if the City of Riverside was doing what the City of Miami was?  In this Press Release by the Securities and Exchange Commission, it states that the City of Miami was transferring monies to their General Fund in order to mask increasing deficits in the General Fund.  The City of Miami was actively marketing bonds to the investment public while their primary operating fund was boosted to give the appearance of strength.  According to the SEC Press Release, Miami did not disclose to bondholders that the transferred funds included legally restricted dollars which, under city code, may not be commingled with any other funds or revenues of the city.

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As you can see in the first thumbnail listed as June 2011, we have a commingling of State Funds with the General Fund.  When we brought this to the attention the following month we saw a visual decrease by approximately 77% in the General Fund, this is thumbnail July 2011.  By November 2011, thumbnail three, we noticed the General Fund contains just about $2,000.00.  How would this look to an investor?  In September 2012, thumbnail four, we find our General Fund was negative $73,412.00, again does not look appealing to investors.  We have to remember, that it takes approximately 13 to 16 million a month to run the City of Riverside.

This is an example, of what former CFO Paul Sundeen did in order to give the impression that the General Fund was healthy.  A no no in accounting practices, since those assets are from a State Agency, Redevelopment.

THE CITY OF PASADENA’S $6.4 MILLION EMBEZZLEMENT WOES POINTS TO ONE CITY EMPLOYEE, WHILE THE COMMUNITY POINTS THE BLAME AT CITY MANAGER MICHAEL BECK FOR HIS LACK OF OVERSIGHT AND ASK FOR HIS FIRING!  Former Assistant Riverside City Manager Michael Beck, now City Manager of the City of Pasadena, is on the hot seat for a lack of oversight which the community resulted in the embezzlement of $6.4 million which lead to the arrest of three people, including a city employee, and the suspension of four other city hall employees.

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Danny Ray Wooten was a management analyst with the City of Pasadena’s Public Works Department who is now accused of embezzlement, and is being charged in a 60 part felony complaint, according to the DA’s office.

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The clincher here is that Mr. Wooten is also known as Pastor Wooten of the New Covenant Church in Pomona.  Even that church is scrambling to check and audit their finances to see if they have been scammed by pastor Wooten in any way.  But don’t sit down yet folks, it gets better, what the press has yet to mention is that former Public Works Director for the City of Riverside was Siobhan Foster… she is currently now the Public Works Director for the City of Pasadena, under the direction, of course, of Michael Beck.  So what was Ms. Foster’s excuse for her inability to catch this criminal act?  Possibly because she is not qualified?  While Director of Public Works in Riverside, employees mentioned that she would asked the question of what a “pot hole” was..  Foster also had her bout with fuzzy math and the bid process which were the brunt of employee complaints.

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Siobhan Foster

Both Michael Beck and Siobhan Foster when they both worked for the City of Riverside, were under the direction of disgraced City Manager Brad Hudson, who’s decisions that were made will cause our City to confront treacherous financial waters as the years pass.  But what many in the community are asking, is why did she resign in order to go to the City of Pasadena?

Incidentally, former interim City Attorney Christina Talley was the former City Attorney for the City of Pasadena during the years of 1994-1996, cities do recycle their employees!  She came here to Riverside, while we sent former Public Works Director Siobhan Foster and former Assistant City Manager Michael Beck to Pasadena.  Kiss that $6.4 million good bye Pasadena, it will cost another $6.4 million in legal fees to attempt to recover it!  Beck and Foster need to go down for this one.

DISTRICT ATTORNEY PAUL ZELLERBACH’S WIFE, PAIGE ZELLERBACH, ARRESTED FOR DUI!  On the morning of December 16th, around 10:30am, Paige drove from her home in Riverside on Overlook Parkway, where she evidently loss control on the wet street, went up on the center divider into a tree.  We believe the injuries sustained by the tree appear not to be life threatening, therefore the tree will survive.  A witness described her behavior as being under the influence.

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Paige Zellerbach is a Dentist who has her office on Indiana and Mary St. in Riverside, it is unclear if she was on her way to work at the time of the incident, and many people are asking if she works under the influence or had clients waiting that day?  She was cited and released to family.  Do to the conflict of interest with Paul Zellerbach’s office, how the case will proceed will be left to the State Attorney’s office.  People are asking if Zelly Baby lectured his wifey pooh regarding the “buzz driving, is drunk driving” campaign?  Who knows!  Zelly Baby is up for a whole different slew of charges by the State Attorney’s office as well:
· Vandalism Under $400 (594(2)(a) California Penal Code)
· Trespassing to Place Unauthorized Signs (602(f) California Penal Code)
· Trespassing with Intent to Cause Damage (602(k) California Penal Code)
· Embezzlement (504 California Penal Code)
· Theft of Public Funds (424(a)(1) California Penal Code)
Paige Zellerbach comments on her experience in the Press Enterprise, and criticizes Bishop Ron Gibson on his ulterior motives.  No comment yet regarding what the alleged prescription medications she ingested.  What is also coming into TMC is that others in the community have seen her at community events with the alleged appearance of being under the influence.
Paige’s own comment on the situation in the PE is as follows:
What this article fails to mention is that the man in the photo Ron Gibson, I believe his name is, offered me no assistance, when he found out who I was he began videotaping the entire incident and was “demanding this not be another Ferguson” he also demanded that I be arrested. Then after that he took it upon himself to go to my place of business and tell my staff and patients that I was driving around town drunk and that he smelled alcohol on my breath. Why would he do that?? I 100 % guarantee, I did not have ANY alcohol in my system. For those of you who believe I was given priority, REALLY?? How many people to whom this occurs get splashed all over the news and drug through the mud?
UPDATE: JANUARY 9, 2015: PAUL ZELLERBACH PLEADS “NO CONTEST” IN RIVERSIDE COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT:  Of which many in the community are just considering a favor by Riverside County Superior Judge Beck Dugan, according to the Press Enterprise, Zellerbach pleaded no contest to following:
· Vandalism Under $400 (594(2)(a) California Penal Code)
· Trespassing to Place Unauthorized Signs (602(f) California Penal Code)
· Trespassing with Intent to Cause Damage (602(k) California Penal Code)
· Embezzlement (504 California Penal Code)
· Theft of Public Funds (424(a)(1) California Penal Code)
In lieu of the seriousness of the charges, Judgy Duggy didn’t throw the book at Zelly Baby but gave him a cushy ruling!  1.) pay various fines totaling $1,070.00, 2.) Take part in 60 hours of community service and 3.) One year of probation, (and this is cushy probation, not the hardball probation everyone else must take).  There you are folks…
And of course, as is good practice with the PE, besides blocking commenters, is to bring the story out, and quickly bury it into the anal of internet ink..  Corruption runs deep from this trash we call Paul Zellerbach, to the Judges, Grand Jury, County Sups, Sheriff’s Unions etc. etc.
SHOULD SKIN COLOR BECOME AN ISSUE IN RIVERSIDE?  LEE MCDOUGAL, FORMER RETIRED CITY MANAGER FOR THE CITY OF MONTCLAIR HIRED TO BE INTERIM RIVERSIDE CITY MANAGER.  It is unfortunate that we must make race an issue regarding these announcement, as if this has any bearing on ones job position.  According to the PE City Spokeshole Phil Pitcford said that McDougal would be the first African American to lead Riverside.  Shouldn’t ethnicity not matter, and shouldn’t we be choosing people by their experience, qualification and the content of their character, and not bring skin color into the mix?  We did this again when our first black Fire Chief for the City was hired, Michael D. Moore, the PE notated his skin color.  Are we attempting to describe as a City, something about our future and something about our past?  Have we arrived as municipality that has no restrictions?  Shouldn’t skin color never be an issue to began with?  I think so.  Now that I placed skin color to the way side, why do we have so many public servant retirees coming back for a second round of benefits?  That is the question which needs to be answered.  Both McDougal and Moore are retirees, who continue to work.  Is the age for public retirement just to low?  Of course it is, who are we fooling?  Why is the public sector now the best gig in town?  Because you as voters and residents allowed this to happen.  You must be part of a Democracy or Republic in order for this exercise to occur.  It is not free, you must be part of it in order for true Democracy to exist.  This dysfunction seems relevant to the public sector.  This seems to be a phenomenon relative to the public sector as opposed to the private sector, and gives individuals a second opportunity to feed at the taxpayer trough?  That is of course, being able to retire at 55 years of age, and get a second attempt to repeat the process within a lifetime is just a misappropriation of taxpayer funds.
It is again unfortunate that we need to look at the outside for individuals to guide our City forward.  We all know for example, that Interim Chief Mike Esparza should have been the Fire Chief.  But did they all leave in order to solidify their pensions before the flow of money becomes less within the City in the coming years?
OUTSIDE LEGAL HELP PROBLEMATIC? DID WE HAVE A ROGUE FORMER CITY ATTORNEY WHO BY PASSED THE CITY COUNCIL TO APPROVE OUTSIDE LEGAL HELP WITHOUT COUNCIL AUTHORITY?  ABSOLUTELY YES!  With the new article in the PE regarding the hiring of outside legal help, which has been a common practice in the City of Riverside to do it without any sort of binding agreement or contract.  Not only was the contract issue a concern for many in the community, because no one knew what was really being spent by former City Attorney Greg Priamos’s office.  In many cases we felt that he used the taxpayers monies for his own legal agenda and agenda’s of the very few which in the long run, did not benefit the taxpayer, only cost them more.  One good example of Gregory’s contempt, was violating the will of the voters by blocking a ballot measure to be voted on, and of course, at taxpayer expense, as in the following PE article.One good example of Gregory’s contempt, was violating the will of the voters by blocking a ballot measure to be voted on, and of course, at taxpayer expense, as in the following PE article.
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According to the PE in a December 9th article, stated that in a December 3rd decision, San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Brian S. McCarville ruled against the city, writing that the state’s initiative process “is a right that should be jealously guarded,” and that “the better reasoned approach is to allow this type of challenge to be resolved after the voters have spoken to the issue.”  Therefore, the City of Riverside violated the voters right to place an initiative on the ballot, as is acceptable under the Democratic process.  Again people ask if the City of Riverside is a Dictatorship?  But what becomes more evident is that taxpayer monies were spent to block the Democratic process.  Further, more taxpayer monies will more than likely be spent to appeal the decision.  But that’s Riverside..  and of course, Priamos never protected the sanctity of taxpayer monies..he used the budget as if it was his own money, and of course never benefiting the best interest of the taxpayer.
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How would Christin Talley respond to this?  I would imagine “No Comment.”  Of course, Talley has had her own set of problems with competency with other cities whom hired her through Best, Best & Krieger Law Firms.

In any case, we don’t know how this one fell through the roof, but we did manage to receive one arrangement between BB&K and the City of Riverside to represent Former Chief of Police Russ Leach.  What a surprise, it’s signed by former City Attorney Greg Priamos and Grover Trask, former Riverside County District Attorney now in the employment of BB&K.  Oh lets’ just call it a “contract”, or correctly a “retainer agreement”.  Tomato, tomahto, oh let’s just call the whole thing off…  Wish we could, but it gets better.

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This was an article we posted back in May of 2012 when we requested all contracts for outside legal help by the City Attorney’s office.  There were no documents responsive!  This was recently brought to the forefront with a new article by Dan Bernstein from the Press Enterprise, “Riverside: The (Hidden) Cost of Business.”   Bernstein refers to all the non contractual outside legal services which are not documented, a hidden cost as he calls it, but not hidden to taxpayer monies.  One of the most striking documents we at TMC found a couple of years ago was one which Best, Best & Krieger had their own charge card, to charge the City of Riverside as they needed to for legal work rendered.  Charges to the tune in excess of six figures?

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 The writers of the below public records request were trying to determine by what authority did the City Attorney’s Office claim their right to hire outside legal without City Council approval.  The following first two documents are the letter of request to the City Attorney’s Office asking them to answer the question of no contracts.  The last letter is a response by City Attorney Greg Priamos stating there are no documents responsive.

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The question then arose was because of Section 702 Eligilbility, powers and duties of the City Attorney, from the City of Riverside City Charter.   This section of the charter stated, “The City Council shall have control over all legal business and proceedings and may employ other attorneys to take charge of any litigation or to assist the City Attorney therein.”  We were also told that state bar requires a lawyer to provide a contract for any work done for a client.  We ascertain that Section 702 makes all outside legal services require approval by the majority of the City Council.

With this in mind, an new issue arose, this was of the City Manager, Scott Barber.  The PE reported that the city has hired, with two contracts of $49K each, a law firm to conduct an investigation of two councilman, Davis and Soubirous.  The $49K is significant because it is just below the $50K cap that the city manager can spend without seeking council approval.  We don’t contest that the City Manager has the right to spend this money without council approval, but we don’t believe that Section 701 of the City Charter gives the City Manager the authority to hire outside legal without City Council approval.

Section 703 of the City Charter says: “The city clerk shall have the power and be required to: (c) maintain separate books, in which a record shall be made of all written contracts and official bonds.”  We believe the intent of this charter requirement is for there to be a publicly accessible record of how public funds are being spent.  The practice of hiring outside legal services circumvents the intent of this section.

 Section 1401 of the city charter states: “the violations of any provision of this charter shall be deemed a misdemeanor and be punishable upon conviction by a fine of not exceeding one thousand dollars or by imprisonment of a period not exceeding six months or by both such fine and imprisonment.”  We can therefore ask the question, “Is it per incident?”  If it is, it certainly can add up for some individuals.  When we are talking about millions of dollars, as indicated in the Press Enterprise, we have to ask the question, “Does it become a felony?”  How then can one account for such mismanagement of taxpayer monies without a legal rationale for the beneficial purposes of those monies?  What is the real truth here that appears to have been circumvented by City Attorney and City Managers by a document called a City Charter?  A document which appears not to be abided by when it should.

We say this because of the circumstances.  We bring the incident which involved our current City Manager Scott Barber. Just 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.  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.

Or the time, which involved City Attorney Greg Priamos denying that he had anything to do with the command for the arrest of public speaker, Karen Wright.  Officer Sahagun was commanded by the City Attorney to arrest public speaker Karen Wright.  Then Priamos calls the police report “inaccurate”, this then implies that officer Sahagun is s liar.  Brian Smith, RPOA President states, “we call that a lie in the profession, and the State of California calls it lying in a police report a crime.”  So if it is in fact a lie, will Priamos prosecute Officer Sahagun for falsifying a police report?  To this day it remains unclear what Priamos meant by referring to the report as “inaccurate.”  In addition, has yet to give an explanation of what was actually said between himself and Officer Sahagun.  Again is City Attorney Greg Priamos a liar?

The question is, “Why should the taxpayer put up with what appears to be “rogue” activity?  What should be done about it?  Why isn’t anything being done about it now?”  It is appearing that by default we are experiencing the “two sets of rules syndrome.”  So why does the house always win, when the taxpayer should be in charge? When will Council take the reigns of power they were given to them by the taxpayer and defend them?

MAY 2012 ORIGINAL TMC ARTICLE: CITY OF RIVERSIDE: OFFICE OF CITY ATTORNEY: “WE DON’T NEED NO STINKING CONTRACTS!”

may2014twoIt has been apparent to the community of the close working relationship between the law firm Best, Best & Krieger and the City of Riverside.  What’s quite evident in fact is that the working relationship between the two entities involves oral contracts.  According to City Attorney Gregory Priamos no hard contracts exist not even a retainer agreement, when a public request act is initiated.   When it comes to a public accounting of the expenditures of the City Attorney, as requested by Mayoral Candidate Dvonne Pitruzzello, a rejection letter below, for the request was sent.  According to the letter Gregory sent, there is no such accounting that has been prepared, and according to law, the law does not impose any duty to create such a record.  Therefore, non is required.  Since when has the taxpayer not be allowed to know what their money is being spent on?  This should be disturbing to many people, because it states that they treading waters they should not be treading.  And according to the law, the City Attorney’s office is not required to disclose the spending of taxpayer monies.  You have to know there is something very wrong with this picture.  Common sense would tell you there is something to hide behind the dark glasses of City Attorney Gregory Priamos.

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Above is a letter sent to Dvonne Pitruzzello regarding her request for an accounting of the City Attorney’s from Gregory Priamos.  The law does state that if no documents are responsive to ones request, they, the city has to help you identify the request.

On 05/15/2012 at City Council, Mayoral Candidate Dvonne Pitruzzello stated to City Attorney Gregory Priamos, how many denials of public records act does it take to get disbarred”?  What’s a real contradiction is that the City of Riverside has ‘retainer agreements’ for services with every other law firm they do business with.  Though an excess in millions of dollars have been paid out to BB&K, there has been no pertinent or rational explanation to the taxpayer.  We were even denied BB&K’s billing hours under the public records act.  As taxpayers, should we believe that we should expect anything less than a written contract?  I would say not.  When individuals ask for a rational explanation regarding no contracts, the city’s implication to the community is that “we don’t need no stink’n contracts”?  Is this an act of arrogance or defiance by a public servant toward their employer, the taxpayer?  If anyone has dealt with lawyers there is always a contract, but it appears that the City is the only entity that is allowed to perform this “verbally”, or as we understand it, not even with a “memorandum of understanding.”  One of the biggest law firms in the nation, Best, Best & Krieger is hands down an exception with the City of Riverside?   What is it between the two?  As community residents, are we also to accept the fact that Best, Best & Krieger is allowed to dictate carte blanche their legal fees to the taxpayer via their own credit card?  It seems so, according to the following documents, but what else is the public to otherwise believe?

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And we’re not talking nickels and dimes, but six figures and more.  So the question is, who’s in charge and watching taxpayer’s coffers?  It appears the city council is not, not even the mayor, it definitely appears that the city attorney’s office isn’t according to the excessive litigation cost.  So who’s minding the store?  Inquiring taxpayers would like to know.  But just maybe, the store has an open door policy, right to the cash register.  Why? Quite possibly as a direct result of their incestuous relationship between this law firm and the city that has grown over the years.

Such a cozy arrangement between certain ex-city of riverside employees as well as BB&K employees who are strategically now on city committees.  Conflict of interest?   The cast of BB&K characters interlaced with City of Riverside, who previously worked with the city, or on their boards and committees are numerous.  Former Grover Trask (former Riverside County District Attorney), Michelle Quellette (City of Riverside’s Charter Review Committee), Jack Clark (Committee to name City Hall after Mayor Ron Loveridge) or Charity Schiller (Vice Chair of Riverside Downtown Partnership), now of course, our interim City Attorney Christina Talley.  BB&K has also been in the media with the City of Bell, whereby the city is now suing BB&K attorney Edward Lee for faulty legal advice.  Even Governor Jerry Brown subpoenaed BB&K records regarding pay packages in Bell, California.

Measure A… The City of Riverside used taxpayer monies to bankroll their campaign against citizen advocate groups!  The scam that continues to continues to give, masterminded by former City Attorney Gregory Priamos!

OUR NEW INTERIM LAWTINA CITY ATTORNEY CHRISTINA TALLEY NOW SUING HER FORMER EMPLOYER THE CITY OF ANAHEIM.  According to OC Weekly Talley states that she is victim of council majority’s war on Latinos.  In this suit she is using the race card by claiming discrimination, retaliation and hostile work environment.  The majority of the lawsuit is aimed at Council member Kris Murray, who incidentally, is a white female, which Talley says was “extremely rude, condescending and sarcastic” in personal dealings.  Talley has a hearing set for January 5th, 2015, but in a prior hearing in November 2014, District Judge David O. Carter ordered both parties to try to resolve the dispute through mediation.

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One blog site defends Talley regarding her advice to Council members, and states that her advice on the issue of the Gardenwalk project was sound.  But one commenter on the Orange Juice Blog made this comment.

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IS GENERAL MANAGER GIRISH BALACHANDRAN OF THE RIVERSIDE PUBLIC UTILITIES IN CONFLICT BY BEING A BOARD MEMBER OF THE GREATER RIVERSIDE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE?  What has been brought to the attention to TMC is that the newly christened General Manager of our Riverside Public Utilities is also a board member with the Greater Riverside Chamber Commerce.  We find this a conflict of interest in that it directly impacts the public he represents without our input.  Checks written to the Chamber by Public Utilities for what ever supportive reason is not in the best interest of the public and the rate payers, especially if they are approved under the General Manager Mr. Balachandran.

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WHAT STAYS IN VEGAS DIDN’T STAY VERY LONG?  FORMER RIVERSIDE GENERAL MANAGER DAVE WRIGHT TAKES JOB WITH LOS ANGELES DWP.  Wright retired from the City of Riverside Public Utilities as the political heat got to him their General Manager in July 2013 to take a job in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Who retires to take another job?  If you say you are going to retire don’t you just retire?  Who retires at 53years of age? The common phenomenon with public workers is that you are set to retire early to take a pension, then you can go on to double and even triple dip into public taxpayer monies even more.  Then you are set to buy that mansion in Bel Air.  Now, Mr. Wright will begin work with the LADWP this coming February, 2015 as their Senior Assistant General Manager.  Good Luck Dave! you’ll probably fit in with all the scandal with LADWP, god knows what you did in Riverside.  The scandal of course involved inaccurate customer rates and $40 million in revenues that were mysteriously spent by then General Manager Ron Nicols and the head of DWP’s biggest union.  Brian D’Arcy, union head continued to skew the issue of how public monies were spent in the form of non-profit trust.

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IS IT A TAX OR FEE? THE QUESTION DEFINED BY THE WASHINGTON POLICY CENTER.  The question arises many times the definition of a tax and the term “fee”, and is a fee a tool utilized by Cities to create revenue.  But are they doing this illegally or getting around the law by calling a tax a fee?

NEXT UP: ONE OF RPD’S AND RPOA’S  FINEST…AND WE HAVE TO THANK SERGIO FOR THIS ONE!

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

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ARE THESE CITY COUNCIL INDIVIDUALS CAUSING A SNOWBALL EFFECT OF ISSUES? (CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW YOUTUBE).

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WHO’S WATCHING THE RIVERSIDE COUNTY SUPS WHILE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS? (CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW YOUTUBE).

DA ZELLERBACH AND SHERIFF STAN SNIFF SENDS PUBLIC A MESSAGE: IMPERSONATE AN OFFICER, BECOME STATE SENATOR!

 If you impersonate a law enforcement officer you will usually go to jail, as in this December 2014 PE story.  Or in this 2011 PE story of Derek Bash, it really is a crime!  The Murrieta Patch wrote about this in this story stating it is a crime to impersonate a police office. But if you are former County Supervisor Jeff Stone, you get voted to the position of California Senator!  Then you must be teflon, and that only means you have friends in high places around town, judges, lawyers, other politicians and even the DA. Well the only “Teflon King” or “Teflon Don” I know is Gotti, and he died in prison.

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Go figure.  Well Senator you certainly are no Barney Fife!  At least he was honest.

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But if your forte is playing cop, I ask one question, “Do you dress the part behind close doors?”  If that’s the case, isn’t there something  a bit wrong upstairs in that rats maze of yours.

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Flashing a badge is not normal..

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You decide, here is the police report and victim statement.  We will let you know if he attempts to retaliate against TMC… why? because that’s how these guys roll..

LAST BUT NOT LEAST, THOSE RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEES WHO LEFT IN DISGRACE AND CAUSED FINANCIAL LIABILITY FOR THE TAXPAYERS.

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW YOUTUBE OF GREG, SCOTT, RHONDA, DAVE AND BELINDA!

WE CAN’T FORGET THOSE CITY OF RIVERSIDE JIBJAB’S FROM CHRISTMAS PAST!

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CHRISTMAS 2013 (CLICK THIS LINK)             CHRISTMAS 20112 (CLICK THIS LINK)

CHRISTMAS 2011 (CLINK THIS LINK)

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

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THANK-YOU RESIDENTS FOR YOUR SUBMISSIONS…REMEMBER POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IS A DETRIMENT TO THE FREEDOMS WE BEHOLD TODAY.

Remember, no one for a second should think that this is okay.  To remove the power of the elected legislate, our council members, of placing issues on the agenda by a ceremonial Mayor, who has no power to legislate, and an appointed City Manager, who has no power to legislate, defines, simply, a political coup d’état, a sudden and illegal seizure of government.  It simply, a power grab by those who have no power.  What does this mean?  This means that issues such as the Red Light Cameras, the questioning of how monies are spent by the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce, the Sewer Fund Audit (incidentally have found discrepancies) and the issue of a toxic waste spill known as AG Park, which has been reported twice by the news agency KTLA.  We are peeling the layers of the onion folks, and some of our elects don’t like it because it is raining on their parade of obligations.  Obligations which concern themselves to others, negating their obligation to the taxpayer.  Again, the issue of AG Park has yet to be placed on the agenda and now folks, we have this item #19 to contend with.  Again, I must refer to Joe Isuzu and ask for his opinion regarding Mayor Bailey’s position..

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Wow..I didn’t see that coming!

What needs to remembered is that the elected legislative body, the Council member, set’s policy, not staff or the mayor.

Sec. 405. Duties of Mayor; Mayor Pro Tempore; Council tie–Mayor’s vote.The Mayor shall be the presiding officer at all meetings of the City Council and shall have a voice in all its proceedings but shall not vote except to break a City Council tie-votewhich exists for any cause. The Mayor shall be the official head of the City for all ceremonial purposes.
Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government; when this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins.  -Benjamin Franklin
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.  -Benjamin Franklin
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The contradiction of this statement is that it is outside of Riverside City Hall…

Will we be losing more of our Democracy as a City, and turn into a Hogan’s Heroes form of government, with the bumbling Colonel Klink and Sergeant Schultz running the camp?  Where’s transparency when Sergeant Schultz continues to insist he knows nothing?  Colonel Klink states everybody’s doing it, two council members are the only ones that seem to have a problem with it.  Will Sergeant Schultz take his excessive taxpayer pension check and cadillac health benefits and run for the hills?  “F-Troop” the taxpayer, right Barber!  Of course, you’ll be alright on the backs of the taxapayer!

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THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT CONCERNS OUR CITY AS A WHOLE, WE ASK ALL TO COME TO THIS TUESDAYS CITY COUNCIL MEETING TO EXPRESS YOUR VOICE!  TUESDAY DECMEBER 9, 2014 AT 6:30PM COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL.

Persons Who May Place Matters on the Agenda (ORIGINAL AND CURRENT VERSION)
Except for matters pending before any committee, commission or other advisory body of the City or the City Council, matters pertinent to and within the jurisdiction of the City may be placed on the agenda by the Mayor, any Councilmember, the City Manager, any Department Director, or any other person, subject to the discretion of the City Manager.

As I understand this language, an item can be placed on the agenda by the Mayor, any Councilmember, the City Manager or any Department Director.  Any other person, such as the public, is subject to the discretion of the City Manager.  I say this, because it would be a contradiction for the City Manager to place an item on the agenda, and still be under the scrutiny and discretion of himself to remove it, hence, below it is not surprising to find that the City Manager is in complete control of items placed on the agenda.

Persons Who May Place Matters on the Agenda (NEW PROPOSED MODIFIED VERSION)
Except for matters pending before any committee, commission or other advisory body of the City or the City Council, matters pertinent to and within the jurisdiction of the City may be placed on the agenda by the Mayor, any Councilmember subject to the discretion of the City Manager or with a majority vote of the City Council during the “Future Items” for consideration section of the City Council agenda. Department Directors may have matters placed on the agenda subject to the discretion of the City Manager.

This new version will create a City which the Mayor and the City Manager control and new proposal or agenda items, which leaves it to their discretion only, if it goes to public City Council for discussion.  The power will be taken away from the elected Council members, thus leading us to a power less elected council.  Control will be place back to the status quo good ol boy complex, which means the Mayor, those Council members who play to get along, a City Manager who will ensure the complex agenda is directed forward, while those in the minority will never have a voice.  This is not about people folks, it’s about a power grab!  Cindy Roth and the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce won’t have to go to each council member and tell them to get along.

A conspiracy to take charge?  Another attempted power grab by the Mayor and City Manager?  Remember, the City Manager serves at the pleasure of the City Counsel, it’s not the other way around.  Or does the City Manager serve at the pleasure of the Mayor, a ceremonial position, not a legislative position.  Our City has already seen what an abuse of power can do within the City Manager position, and it has cost the taxpayer enormously.

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What we also need to recognize as a community, is that when the Mayor and those in status quo are telling the community that many cities are doing this, that should be a red flag, let not history repeat itself.  The of control of agenda issues are more than likely a result of the lobbying and teachings of the League of California Cities.  Who teach cities how to get around the law.  Then we have the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce whom receives taxpayers monies through the tactfulness of the President/CEO Cindy Roth.

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Further, what gets into the Riverside Press Enterprise and doesn’t get published, may be a result of former Publisher/CEO of the Press Enterprise, Ron Redfern.  Incidentally, Chairman of the Board for the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce.

THE PRESS ENTERPRISE JUST RELEASED THERE VERSION OF THIS ISSUE BY ALICIA ROBINSON. (CLICK THIS LINK)

WE’VE BEEN RECEIVING MANY EMAILS AS TO WHY TMC STAFF DIDN’T FILL THE HOGAN PIC.  LET US KNOW WHO YOU THINK IS QUALIFIED TO FIT THE PIC OF HOGAN! AND THE TMC CRACK PHOTOSHOP STAFF (WHICH IS MYSELF AND TWO OTHER GUYS) WILL REPLACE THE IMAGE WITH SOMEONE WHO DESERVES THAT POSITION!  LET US KNOW AT THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

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P.S.  THANKS TO CLOSE TO A THOUSAND NEW READER’S THIS WEEKEND ON TMC!

LOCAL EMAIL IN REFERENCE TO CURRENT TMC POSTING CAUSES STIR IN AT CITY HALL LEADING TO APOLOGY!  You decide was their City Hall pressure to change their tune in the email below? The secondary and tertiary email were sent to City Council members.  A phone call was made by Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey, and he didn’t appear to like the Hogans Heroes bumbling Nazi pic and ask for a retraction from the writer.  Incidentally, Mayor Bailey is scheduled to speak at the Monday’s December 7, 2014 RRR (Residents for Responsible Representation) Meeting.  The antithesis is the apology, though the group title is Residents for Responsible Representation.  Before terms such as offensive, inappropriate, mis spirited, distasteful, embarrassing and horrific were used to describe TMC, we must view the last two emails, the writer states how “I don’t want to see our Councilmen “handcuffed” by City Staff.”  It was sent to over 200 residents because it was information that need to be disseminated.  One phone call changed the atmosphere.

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Initial email sent (below), describing this Tuesday’s City Council Item #19 up for discussion.
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and ANOTHER VERSION OF THE EMAIL (CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE).
In this email Tom, states that “it absolutely eliminates the public involvement,” he goes on to say “This is not meant to affect the legislators, only the unwashed, undisciplined voting masses.”  Now who will decide who is unwashed and not washed?  The Colonel or the Sergeant?  Sounds a bit “Naziistic.”  Sounds a bit “Offensive,” don’t you think?  Again, the following: With this tweak of the city charter the public will not have to worry their pretty little heads about the self-important things the city government bureaucrats will do for us — or to us.  Therefore, should you as residents be concerned of this type of dictatorial mentality?  Should we be concerned with the ‘status quo’ mentality?  Mayor Bailey stated in his campaign that he would not be apart of this “status quo.”  IS HE LIAR?  You decide here is the evidence..
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IS HE ‘STATUS QUO?” THE VERY ELEMENT HE CAMPAIGNED AGAINST? HE CERTAINLY NOT CHALLENGING STATUS QUO AS HE INDICATED IN HIS CAMPAIGN FLYER! (CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE).
 
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I think anyone reading the quotes attributed to people commenting to the PE speak for themselves. One wants to limit who speaks to “maintain decorum.” Wow! Another does not tell you that Councilmember have been able to place items on the Council (key word – Council) Agenda up until a few weeks ago. I’ve placed items on the agenda by simply informing our City Clerk. Now, there are a few at City Hall who want to limit my ability to effect change that the residents of Riverside demand of me. Putting an end to Red Light Cameras, non-emergency ambulance competition, a plan to deal with aggressive panhandlers – all Items placed on the Council Agenda by Councilmembers. “City Hall” is getting tired of these changes. They like things the way they were – Councilmembers going-along to get-along, let the bureaucrats decide how to spend our tax dollars. PLEASE SHOW UP THIS TUESDAY AND TELL THE BUREAUCRATS THEY WORK FOR YOU AND TO STOP TRYING TO LEGISLATE – THAT’S THE COUNCIL’S JOB!
FORMER COUNCILMAN FRANK SCHIAVONE SENDS LETTER TO COUNCIL MEMBERS NOVEMBER 2014 REGARDING ITEMS BEING PLACED ON THE AGENDA AND HIS RECENT CONTACT WITH FORMER CITY MANAGER BRAD HUDSON:
To All Councilmembers:
Hope this finds you all well. Recently, I was asked if I was familiar with Section IX(C) of the Rules of Procedure and Order of Business for the City Council of the City of Riverside. My response was yes, and that I was directly involved in its modification and adoption while sitting as a Councilmember. I offer the following comments for any historical value you may find useful.
1) The entire essence is captured in its title. “Rules of Procedure and Order of Business for the City Council of the City of Riverside” (not the City Manager Rules)
2) Reference made “Subject to the discretion of the City Manager” only refers to persons other than the Mayor, any Councilmember, the City Manager, any Department Director. During my 8 years as a Councilmember with four different City Managers (2 Acting-2 permanent) is was never suggested otherwise.
3) Just for information, I recently contacted by phone former City Manager Brad Hudson and posed this question to him. “Did you ever think you had veto power over any Councilmember wanting to place an item on the Council Agenda?” His response to me was, and I quote, “No, never, but what a great idea if you can get away with it!” (He started laughing at the mere suggestion).
4) Any attempt of “Clarification” by any Administrator is nothing more than an attempt eliminate your authority as a Legislator and have you follow by example, rather than lead by example.
Kindly yours,Frank Schiavone
NEW STORY: In the Press Enterprise, Chief Diaz said. “You can be smart or less smart about it, and I’m satisfied our folks handled the situation very expertly, and the proof of that is that there were no injuries or property damage.”  The TMC Investigative team that news is all over the internet about a car plowing through a crowd of protestors, with injuries.  In fact, some major news agencies such as KTLA, ABC and NBC.  Is it time for Diaz to go?  Does he allow his troops to really sleep on the job?  The next story…
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WITH THE NEW CRITICISM, TMC UPDATED IT’S DESCRIPTION…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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