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I WAS BORN TO BE READY!

On November 19, 2013, Vivian Moreno was at home reviewing the City Council video when Item #21 caught her curiosity.  The question arose.  Was Councilman Steve Adams telling the Riverside citizens in an open forum that one or all of his council members are corrupt?  Yes he did!

His Video Statement:  “We’ve seen it happen in Moreno Valley, we’ve seen it happen in San Bernardino, I’ve seen similar issues here.  They can lobby us, they can talk to us, there is absolutely nothing we can do legally.  In my ten years, have I seen council members try to influence things?  ABSOLUTELY! I think it is inappropriate.”

Steve Adams, you talk about the perception of collusion and how we need to be more transparent.  At the Governmental Affairs Meeting in October 2013 he stated,  “I can’t count how many times this has happened here (Riverside).”   We now need to take a look at how the action of lobbying effect are politics, in my estimation lobbying entails influence and money, as City Attorney Greg Priamos would say without coming out to say anything, this could give the “perception.”   In my eyes, this certainly can give the perception of bribery.  Bribery and lobbying seem to comingle, just like a bad monthly finance statement.  But is bribery what is really occurring?  Incidently Dvonne Pitruzzello had asked Congressman Ken Calvert if their office would look into the allegations of Sewer Bond Fraud, but was responded with deaf ears.  As we know Congressman Ken Calvert has had his issue in the past, but you as constituents continue to vote for him.  Who’s fault is it for faulty representation?  Look in the mirror folks.

COUNCILMAN STEVE ADAM’S ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL?  EVEN AT COUNCILMAN’S MIKE SOUBIROU’S WARD 3 INAUGURATION AT CITY COUNCIL?

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Congressman Ken Calvert message in support of Candidate for Congress, Steve Adams,  can be found by visiting his web site (click this link).  But Calvert received much flack from the gay community with a mailer he sent out when running against current Congressman Mark Takano back in the 1994, not to mention his appetite for side of the road activity, with his pants down.  We all know Congressman Ken Calvert has had his issues with “ladies of the night” in the past, but you as constituents continued to vote for him.  Incidently, Candidate for Congress, Steve Adams will be running against Takano in the next congressional race.

Some other highlights of Adam Antics were when former City of Riverside Deputy Attorney Raychele Sterling, asked him if he thought discrimmination was funny.  Or the time when Mayoral Candidate Dvonne Pitrozzello shared words while on the podium, if she actually saw an event happen.  This was in reference to a knife wielding incident by Councilman Chris MacArthur’s legislative aide Chuck Condor.  In a seperate unrelated incident, Vivian Moreno questioned the thousand of taxpayer dollars spent on Councilman Steve Adams going out to breakfast, lunch and dinner.  His response to Moreno was, “Well, I gotta eat!”

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What does Emilio have to say about this?…Emilio..Emilio…Well, will just ask him later..

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW CITY COUNCILMAN STEVE ADAMS SPEAK OF CORUPTION IN THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE ON YOUTUBE

Councilman Steve Adams spoke of corruption in the City of Riverside at a November 2013 City Council Meeting.  Some of the key pieces are as follows:

“We’ve seen it happen in Moreno Valley, we’ve seen it happen in San Bernardino, I’ve seen similar issues here.  They can lobby us, they can talk to us, there is absolutely nothing we can do legally.”

“In my ten years, have I seen council members try to influence things?  ABSOLUTELY!  I think it is inappropriate.”

In another completely different scenerio, Councilman Steve Adams at an October 2013 Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting stated the following:

“In my ten years…I’ve seen…I can’t count how many…I won’t even attempt to.  The number of times that a council member injected themselves in this process…tried to influence the process.  I think this is innaproppriate.”

“I think this staff is a good staff to eliminate that, because they may be personal friends,  people that they’ve done business with. Whatever the situation is, this eliminates the possibility of, or impropriety of happening.”

“Because I’ve seen it to many times.  You can’t say it doesn’t happen…it does.   And if it is eliminated from being possible, the repercussions, your eliminating the process of events…incentive enough not to violate this process.”

“Because the pressure of the public already is that everything we do is corrupt, no matter what it is.  So I think it  just gives us that buffer,of,  that there is no chance of impropriety..because have there been…they would’ve been removed.  So nobody is getting special treatment.”

“But I can say that I have on one or more occasion seen some of my colleagues inject themselves into this process to try to influence the process.  I think it is inappropriate.”

“But I have actually seen it..”

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW ON YOUTUBE CORRUPTION WITNESSED BY COUNCILMAN STEVE ADAMS BY HIS COLLEAGUES IN THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE

The ethics complaint again Councilman Steve Adams is as follows.  It indicates that he, as a sworn elected official,  had a duty to the taxpayer to reveal any wrong doing that would not be in the best interest of the taxpayer.

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW COUNCILMAN ADAMS ETHIC’S COMPLAINT

The complaint will be heard by the Code of Ethics Adjudicating Body, on Friday, March 28, 2014, at 3:00 pm in the Mayor’s Ceremonial Room.

Will Councilman Steve Adams really stand up for what is right?  Or is this just more political hot air?  Adams promises and makes a couple of poignant points as a candidate for US Congress in this YouTube Video:

“If something is wrong, it needs to be fixed, and I don’t care which party or which people are to blame.”  “I will always take the stand for what is right.”

“When you stand up to the status quo, you’re always going to be attacked.  And folks, I was born to ready to take on those attacks.”

Adams makes two important points, one, he will all stand for what is right, and two, he will stand up to the status quo.  We believe at TMC, that leaders, those representative of the people, should not allow others or themselves to circumvent the law, no matter what it is, a parking ticket, DUI, political corruption etc…

AGAIN, RIVERSIDIAN’S ARE ASKING THE QUESTION, OF CONGRESSMAN CANDIDATE STEVE ADAMS….WHY DIDN’T HE STAND UP FOR THE FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT OF FREE SPEECH FOR PUBLIC SPEAKERS KAREN WRIGHT AND ATTORNEY LETITIA PEPPER?

UPDATE: ATTORNEY LETITIA PEPPER WON’T BE CHARGED DO TO INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE!

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According to the Press Enterprise, Attorney Letitia Pepper will not be charge for clapping by District Attorney’s office Paul Zellerbach.

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According to the “Citizen’s Arrest” document signed by Mayor Rusty Bailey, a line was place over the following statement:  “that at the time of the arrest I informed the said defendent of his/her arrest, and my authority to make it.”  This whole thing stinks to high Bailey heaven… Again this is proof that RPD is unresponsive to Letitia Pepper, and DA Zellerbach does not find this a situation to express a legal opinion.  Many citizens are asking the question, is Zellerbach owned by the City of Riverside?

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CLICK LINK TO VIEW MAYOR BAILEY’S SIGNED CITIZEN ARREST FORM

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CLICK LINK TO VIEW ATTORNEY LETITIA PEPPER’S SIGNED CITIZEN ARREST FORM

Attorney Letitia Pepper’s citizen arrest form was of course refused by the attending Riverside Police Officer based on his assertion that there was no real evidence to sustain an arrest against the Mayor William ‘Rusty’ Bailey.  Evidently by Sgt. Patrick McCarthy stated Leticia had no evidence to sustain an arrest against Mayor Bailey.

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Sgt. Patrick McCarthy, Riverside Police Department

But in true accord with the first citizen arrest against Letitia Pepper, the RPD officer failed to realize that there was evidence to sustain an arrest against the Mayor.  But RPD officers arrested Ms. Pepper as we all know it, with “insufficient evidence” as stated by the D.A.’s office. So, is this really about right and wrong, or just not liking what someone says in Mayor Bailey’s classroom?  Or simply of an attempt to show who’s the boss by a mediocre endeavor by the new Mayor to display power?

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Why did the attending officer refuse?  Was it because of the presence in the city of Riverside that Mayor Bailey’s father hold?  Mayor Bailey’s father is non other than Judge Bailey.  Judge William R. Bailey II is connected to a close associate, friend and founding father of the infamous Riverside Best, Best & Krieger law firm, Judge John Gabbert. Does anybody see the light on this one?  Are we actually coming to answers of why the City of Riverside is the way that it is politically?

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In this pic we see Bailey’s father, Judge William R. Bailey II, with now Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey (middle) , and Judge John Gabbert.  Judge Gabbert has a history going back to the 40′s which answers the question of why the City of Riverside uses Best, Best and Krieger so much..

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Judge John Gabbert, in younger days, a Quandrangle of Influence within the City of Riverside? 

First, there was a Citizen’s arrest form signed by Bailey himself, accusing Pepper of violating PC 403, and the City’s own video tape was evidence to the reveal that Ms. Pepper did not disrupt the public meeting and therefore did not violate PC 403.  We often said, as many have said who live in this great city we call Riverside, we have a culture and practice of status quo.  To many, it’s simply known as corruption.  Many in the community are afraid to state this publicly.  Why is it?  Is it not public servants work in the employment and service of the taxpaying constituents?

I had the citizen’s arrest form signed by Bailey accusing me of violating PC 403, and the City’s own video tape that showed I did not disrupt the public meeting and therefore did not violate PC 403, Ms. Pepper stated.

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The question many Riversidian’s are having these days, is what would happen if Mayor Rusty Bailey attempted to tell either of these two folks to stop clapping?

A WORD TO THE WISE AND FOR FUTURE REFERENCE: UNLESS CHARGES ARE ACTUALLY FILED, NO NEED TO SHOW UP IN COURT!

According to the reporter, the DA’s Office said it had been decided in December not to charge me, but it also decided not to bother to TELL me that. That was inconsiderate enough, but what the DA’s Office did to Karen Wright was terrible. It sent her a letter saying it was not going to charge her, but that she was probably guilty! Since when does the prosecutor get to take the place of a jury of 12 people?   -Commenters on the PE, Letitia Pepper
The DA has 1 year to file charges on a misdemeanor citation. If he doesn’t file charges, the case doesn’t get put on calendar, so there’s no reason to go to court. THAT’S why I never appeared in court:: there was no court case. Karen Wright actually showed up in court on the day on her citation, and nothing happened because no charges had been filed; so she’d been worried and inconvenienced and appeared in court for no reason; I wasn’t going to show up unless charges were actually filed.   -  Commenter on the PE, Letitia Pepper
With the Karen Wright case being dropped by the DA, now again insufficient evidence on part of Mayor Bailey’s citizen arrest and Letitia Pepper’s case dropped. It would stand to reason to question anything those in an elected position would do. Riverside residents continue to live in city which has two sets of rules. But on a brighter note, it appears Ms. Pepper may have recourse against Mayor Bailey on possible grounds of a false arrest. Hope she will keep the fire burning on this one.  – Commenter on the PE, Bret Hudson
Mayor Bailey can rule the city as a Dictator but citizens have Constitutional rights. The DA is in the pocket of the crooks in office and did as he was told. Both women should file Federal charges. Just think a citizens spoke out when a US President was speaking and he said she had rights. But Bailey wants puppets and yes sir people. The tape spoke to the truth and the Mayor lied and the DA knows it.  -Commenter on the PE, Jackalyn Rawlings
Rusty is trying hide what is happening in this city by trying to control citizens free speech. You cannot pick and choose who may speak and who may clap. Wait till everyone’s sewer bill doubles. Let’s see him keep the citizens quiet.  – Commenter on the PE, Dvonne M. Pitruzzello
The Mayor was out of line in having the police remove Pepper for clapping. He looked petty and overbearing. The council chambers are not his classroom. It is not his dad’s courtroom. And it is not a military setting. He was not elected to rule over us.   – Commenter on the PE, Opaque
A retired DA told me WHY the DA’s Office sends people those letters saying the DA is not going to charge you even though you’re guilty. It’s because arrests go on your permanent record with the Department of Justice (or INjustice), and, if the DA sends you that kind of letter, they STAY on your record. So, you are denied the right to a jury trial, and have to hire an attorney to go to court and put on a case to have a judge make a finding of factual innocence to get the arrest expunged.  – Commenter on the PE, Attorney Letiticia Pepper
The Mayor was out of line in having the police remove Pepper for clapping. He looked petty and overbearing. The council chambers are not his classroom. It is not his dad’s courtroom. And it is not a military setting. He was not elected to rule over us.

THE CONNIE LEACH TAXPAYER PAID EXPENSES…YOU ASKED FOR!  The following are just a smidgen of some of the receipts turned in by Connie Leach for reimbursement, starting with a camera purchased in care of the taxapayer.

Connie Leach, the wife of Chief of Police Russ Leach and hired by the City of Riverside as an independent contractor to oversee the Multicultural Youth Organization, which was a youth program initiated by former Mayor Loveridge.  She was hired by contract to run this project, she also had an extravigant expense account that was paid for by the taxpayer.  Most organizations have donations pay for expenses.  Here are some of the receipts we found.

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  VARIOUS 3                       JACK IN THE BOX

When the Grand Jury was doing it’s investigation into the Connie Leach case, both Mary Figueroa and Dvonne Pitruzzello had been interviewed.  Pitruzzello told the Grand Jury that the person you want to talk to is Vivian Moreno, this was beacause she did the majority of the investigative research and was fully knowledgeable of the events that occured.  Moreno was next in line to be interviewed and the Grand Jury had just submitted a multitude of document request from the City of Riverside.  The investigation was suddenly squashed a couple of weeks later by a letter sent to Figueroa stating the investigation was unfounded.  Though to this day, their has not been a formal investigation of the findings and a conclusion submitted online.  Why hasn’t this occurred?  Was there a cover up or a failure of the current DA to take on what could possibly be an embarrassing event in his own back yard?  The following is the original complaint submitted to the Riverside Grand Jury back in March 2011.

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW COMPLETE COMPLAINT AGAINST CONNIE LEACH

The rumor mill states that then Mayor Ron Loveridge may have had something to do with this in conjuction with DA Paul Zellerbach, in order to stop the proceedings.  We now ask the question, if this is true, wouldn’t that be jury tampering?

STREET SWEEPING..SHOULD IT BE SWEPT UNDER THE RUG?

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A recent post in the Press Enterprise (PE) made in known as TMC had indicated many times the frustration of the city parking associates, AKA “parking nazis.”  The second thing of concern is that residents pay for this service, and possible three times over as we will demonstrate.  First, as the PE has indicated, we pay for street sweeping services through our trash bill.  But, we also pay for it through our property taxes as indicated in the document below.

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Incidently, Measure A was also indicated to pay for street sweeping in the form of keeping are streets clean as in this ad in favor of Measure A paid by the taxpayer.  A bit of a conflict I would say.

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In the City of Riverside the resident continue to double and triple pay for services they should receive through their property taxes.  This is only one example, but we not only see it in street sweeping, but in tree maintenance, parking, utility rates etc.

According to Dan Berstein, Press Enterprise, many of the no parking signs do not mention “street sweepint.”  TMC contributors have also noticed that certain areas of the city including commerical areas, no citations are given to illegally parked vehicles during street sweeping day.  Another double standard of punishment to the tax payer.  It appears that tickets are focused on property owners.  Maybe for alterion motives, if a ticket is not paid will place it on a lien against your property, or simply make it difficult to pay your next car registration.

CITY WI-FI TO BE ELIMINATED, BUT WASN’T MEASURE A TO PREVENT THAT?

Since it’s conception the city wi-fi never worked to it’s full potential, now the whole system is antiquated.  But on side note, the city claimed that the city wi-fi would be cut if Measure A did not pass.  But it appears that the city was just throwing money at the wi-fi programs, a system that never worked to begin with.  The city continued to spew the lies as indicated in this flyer focused on the Goeske Senior Center.  They even scared the seniors into thinking that there would be cuts directly effecting them if they didn’t vote Yes on Measure A.

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW FLYER DISPERSED AT JANET GOESKE CENTER WHICH STATES WIFI WILL BE CUT IF MEASURE A DOES NOT PASS

PENSION BACKDRAFT: IS FIRE CHIEF STEVE EARLEY FEELING THE HEAT OF FIRE AT HIS FEET?

Back in October 2002, Steve Earley submitted this paper to FEMA regarding the defeciencies within the Riverside Fire Department.  Primarily focusing on the preparing personnel for management positions.  Earley became Fire Chief in 2009; the contradiction is that currently he decided to retire as Riverside’s Fire Chief at 55 years of age, and take on a new position with the City of Riverside as Fire Administrator.  In doing so, no valid successor as Fire Chief could be found.  Three possibilities will be rotated, and in doing so, will also be each elgible for a 5% raise, and it was left as that.  Was this another scheme by the City Manager Scott Barber to spike the pensions of these three Fire Chief candidates?  Why would a Fire Chief with intellectual knowledge, not act or have a plan for his replacement?  Why must the taxpayer be responsible for Chief Earley’s irresponsbilities?  He stated the deficiencies in the Riverside Fire Department, and as acting Fire Chief never acted or implemented guidelines or criteria to reach these goals?

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW COMPLETE FIRE CHIEF EARLEY PAPER SUBMITTED TO FEMA

During Earley’s reign many of our fire stations were placed as collateral for city loans, this is no way show protection and a defense of taxpayer assets.  Remember folks, there were other instances of fire stations used for collateral.  Such as the time when Firestations #13 and #14 were given to Redevelopment as collateral in order to provide funding for the Hyatt Hotel.

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What did Earley do to protect the taxpayers against the misinformation of losing 12 Firefighters if Measure A did not pass?  Support it?  As in this taxpayer paid mailer shows below, and taxpayers thought they had a choice when it comes to voting…Not in Riverside:

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW FULL TAXPAYER PAID MAILER

Some say he worked hard for his money and the city, he deserves it.  I know a lot of people who work hard for their money, but will never get the compensation such as is seen in the government public sector.  It used to be that the big homes were owned by entrepreneurs and business people, now they are owned by government employees.

FROM THE DESK OF SCOTT SIMPSON: SIMPSON RESPONDS TO THE GOVERNOR BROWN’S DECLARATION OF A DROUGHT EMERGENCY.

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

Yesterday, the governor declared a statewide water emergency.  It will allow the city to raise water rates without a hearing per Prop. 218.  However, we are water dependent.  This means we do not purchase imported (expensive) water.  Remember, we sell water to Colton, Rialto, Fontana, High Grove, Home Gardens, Corona, Rubidoux and the WMWD.  We own court adjudicated water rights to annually harvest more water than the city uses.  Approximately 20% of our water is sold outside the city.  Most if not all of our water rights are a type that requires the city to pump and use it or loose it forever.  Our rights to the water can be taken away by anyone should we stop harvesting all of the water.

So where does water conservation fit in?  The Governors Emergency?  Once again we will be urged to conserve and leave the water in the ground?!  Not hardly, this is why we sell water outside the city–we have to in order to maintain the legal protections for our water rights.  So we will told to use less water, pay more for less water, and the city will sell your water to others and continue to approve new developments (future water customers) in spite of state law specifying that during a declaration of emergency “no new connections to the city water system can be approved.”  Riverside the city of Honesty, Clarity, Transparency and Measure A.

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NEW ELECTRIC RATE HIKES AND WATER RATE HIKES FOR 2014?

The city never fails to take advantage of a perceived disaster, refering to Governor Brown’s Declared Drought Emergency, as a result water rates are forcasted to go up.  This time it is masked into the recycled water program or also known as the purple pipe program.  But even at that, the rate increase must go to the voters for approval and the residents must have a direct benefit withing their property.  The last time the public question the purple pipe recycling plan, the whole idea was swept under the rug, only to raise it’s ugly head again in a different form.

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You may remember, TMC wrote about this in a past posting, whereby former Utilities Manager Dave Wright asked council for their blessing.  If people are to be confronted with a new charge, which is really a tax, the city should justify the direct benefit to the property owners.  It appeared the city could not.

On the other hand, regarding Electricity, if the people of Riverside would see the invoices on the wholesale purchases of electric credits for the City, they would be surprised.  The purchase rates are hardly nothing, the gouging of the citizens is.  The city even has electric credits that have not even been used.  We should also ask the city about their off book accounts in the Power Department.  Another L.A. DWP fiasco?

But currently, it appears that the City of Riverside plans to raise the water rates but not the electric rates.

Here’s a response to the water hikes From the Desk of Scott Simpson:

There is according to some sources, over a million acre feet of water in the Bunker Hill Basin (San Berdo).  This is the source of our water (we use about 80K acre/ft. and sell to other water agencies about 25K acre/ft.  We pump and use all we can for fear of loosing it in a legal challenge to our right to harves water.  Use it or lose it is how our water law works.  So we a lot of excess water pumping every year to protect the legal right to harvest all that we own.  It is so much more than we use each year that we sell it far under wholesale market value.  We take a loss on these sales in order to secure long term selling contracts for disposal of our annual excess harvest.

Conservation in Riverside means we sell more of our water outside the city in $ losing contracts!  It means nothing to us as far as protecting our annual supply.  We are annually ordered by a Court appointed water master to pump all of our water and more, or lose the future rights to pump it forever.  So our City Water Conservation ordinance is a fraud.  State policy to conserve water is VOLUNTARY, because some areas in the state are under Court order to pump and use according to prior adjudication of a regions wate rights.  It is history and law that goes back to the beginning of California in 1849.

The purple pipe is another project for future development/population increase.  State Law specifies that new infrastructure to serve new development (or our downtown redevelopment of high occupancy buildings) is required to recover the infrastructure cost via property assessments to the parcels that receive the benefit.

State Water policy conflicts with our constitution and law if you apply it in an area like Riverside as our city is doing.  Instead, our city wants to put the cost on our water bill under the guise of following state water conservation policy.  This increases the cash flow of water sales and Measure A sweeps more money into the general fund every month.  Increases in utility rates, fees and charges will always send more cash to the general fund.  This is why we, the current residential utility customers of Riverside are subsidizing the infrastructure investment to prepare the city for future growth.  We are being scamed.

-Scott Simpson, (former Chief of Enforcement for the California EPA Department of Toxic Control Substances, specializing in ground water contamination.)

TO RENEW OR NOT TO RENEW A WATER CONSERVATION SURCHARGE?  CITY OF RIVERSIDE RESIDENTS QUESTION THIS NEW TAX.

The following came in the mail of City of Riverside residents the first week of February 2014, that Riverside Public Utilities is proposing to renew the 1.5% Water Conservation Surcharge.  Well it’s being called a Surcharge, but that is code word of Tax, and all Taxes by law must be brought to a Vote of the residents.

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According to the mailing insert, the surcharge will expire May 31, 2014.  Therefore, there will be a hearing March 21, 2014 at 8:30 am at the Public Utilities Boardroom, located at 3901 Orange Street, Riverside.  At this time, the board will consider all public protest and objections.  Usually what we find is that hardly any of the public ever show up, or can show up for that matter due to the time element, most people work and cannot participate in this democratic process.  The board may just find that no showed and push through the renewal of this surcharge.  But again, this surcharge should be challenged, because what it is in essence, is a TAX.

FORMER RPD DETECTIVE JEFF COLLOPY HIRED ON IN MORENO VALLEY TO INVESTIGATE CORRUPTION?  It appears as if the City of Moreno Valley has hired on Riverside’s own retired RPD Detective Jeff Collopy to do some snooping into the corruption in Moreno Valley according to this local Moreno Valley blog.  Who could have hired him on?  Tom DeSantis?  After all he was former Assistant City Manager for the City of Riverside.  His leaving was questionable, in lieu of the scandal he left in Riverside, now he’s Assistant City Manager for the City of Moreno Valley.  Or could it be former City Manager Henry Garcia?  Or his girl Rhond Strout, Human Resource Director for the City of Riverside?  Everyone knows that Collopy is the goto guy to hire when you want a favorable outcome, good or bad…just ask Riverside City Attorney Gregory Priamos.  Keeping it in the family is always important.

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Does PI Jeff Collopy still have his detective agency office at Riverside City Hall?  If he does, isn’t about time he started to pay rent?

LOCAL 7-ELEVEN GETS A BAD DEAL FROM TOKYO BASED COMPANY AFTER 19 YEARS IN BUSINESS? Why’ll corporate 7-Eleven claims coupon fraud and threatens a law suit against the Patel’s, who were the legal franchise owners, the Patel’s inadvertainly signed over the store under duress and without council.  The new store owners are now telling loyal customers that the previous owners, the Patel’s, “retired and sold the store back and they didn’t want the store any longer.”  According to the Patel family, 7-Eleven managers had encouraged them to liberally coupon and give away free merchandise to children in the nearby elementary school for getting good grades!  Sounds like a good community supported endeavor.

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We have since found that the Tokyo based 7-Eleven’s have been trying to force out many older store owners on bogus grounds in order to get the stores for free and then to re-sell them as part of 7-Eleven’s new expansion plans.  In another words, it appears that the Tokyo based 7-Elevens are attempting to attain profitable stores by any means possible only to flip them at exorbitant profits!  The Patel’s 7-Eleven Store is on Jurupa and Magnolia in Riverside.

RIVERSIDE DISTRICT ATTORNEY PAUL ZELLERBACH BANNED FROM SPEAKING AT LOCAL MIDDLE SCHOOL? DAM IT ALL ANY HOO..

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What the #$%*!, Opps, I did it again… Ah *!#&%..

According to the Press Enterprise, DA Paul Zellerbach in an election year, won’t be invited back to talk to school children at Gage Middle School,  as a result of his use of a profane word, “dam.”  But it seemed uplifting to know, that the PE states he hasn’t been “blacklisted”, which sounds more devasting than just being banned from one school.  But it also seems that the PE didn’t get it all correct when it came to the profane termology use at the school.  According to KESQ News out in Palm Springs, he also used “ass” and “bullshit” as well.  According to commenter Bill Wallace on the PE, Zellerbach was only trying to “keep it real.”  Others have told TMC that the middle school should not have been offended, since these kids usually hear or use far worse profane terms on the school yard…

What does Vivian Moreno’s best friend, Riverside School Board Member Tom Hunt have to say about all this?

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Anyway, TMC came up with some possible alternatives swear terms that good ol DA may consider to use in place of the offensive ones and help prevent him from becoming black listed, and best of all, still keep it real!

Here you Go: Fudge!, Fiddle Sticks!, Jiminy Crickets!, Schucks!, Dagnabbit!, Gee Whiz!, Fish Sticks!, Holy Cow!, Sufferin Succotash!, Geez Loise!, Golly Gee!, Drat!, Oh My Goodness!, Leapin Lizzards!, Sam Hill!, Bummer!, Balderdash!, Crabcakes!, Doggone!, Heck!, Goodness!, Good Grief!, Gadzooks!, My Word!, Gobbledygook!, Hogwash!, Holy Frijoles!, Hockey Puck!, Kawabunga!, Mother of Pearl!, etc. etc.  So much for “sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”

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Maybe Middle Schools should consider a sign for the adults, not sure if this would apply to the children…that’s left to be seen.  But many are asking the question if this was politically motivated.  Was this actually about the middle school kids or the teacher’s unions?

SHOULD WE WORRY ABOUT POLICE OFFICER’S IN RIVERSIDE GIVING TICKETS TO BICYLCIST FOR UNSAFE DRIVING?  This was a TMC submission which shows an occurence between a Venice Beach bicyclist and an L.A. Police Officer on patrol with his motorcycle on a beach bike lane (is that even legal).  This was not meant to give the City of Riverside any ideas.

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW THIS TMC SUBMISSION ON YOUTUBE

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!  TEMPORARILY BLOCKED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE AT PUBLIC ACCESS SITES WITHIN THE CITY, THEN UNBLOCKED.  I GUESS YOU CANNOT DO THAT ACCORDING TO ACLU.  NOW TAGGED LOCAL BLOGGERS OR LOCAL MEDIA?  RATED ONE TWO ONE STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, AND PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST… WE WILL HAVE TO ASK GREGORY ABOUT THAT ONE ( OUR PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO CONTACT HIS PEOPLE)… AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!   COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT OR FOR CONTACT!   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

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ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER, BELINDA GRAHAM TAKING CONTROL.. yes it appears she searching Las Vegas on her City screen..

According to a Press Enterprise story on December 24, 2013, Assistant City Manager Belinda Graham again signed on the Rancho Cucamonga law firm Cihigoyenetche, Grossberg & Clouse to again investigate another alleged wrongdoing case for the City of Riverside.  This time they were again hired to investigate themselves, this time RPD’s asset forfeiture expenditures.

According to Vivian Moreno, her account and comment on this situation are as follows:

Does the misuse of assett forfeiture funds turn cops into robbers?  Equitable Shared Funds (Asset Forfeiture Funds) shall be used by law enforcement agencies for law enforcement purposes. Here are some of the “ALMOST NOTHING” things that were spent.  Baker to Vegas Run-tennis shoes,gear & hotel stay. Police Chief Leach paid $35K to his wife Connie.  Birthday cake and candles. Police Chief Leach & Gonzales spent almost  $500 a night each at the Ritz Carlton, Vicino goes golfing.  Police Chief Leach took Grover Trask to lunch with these funds, then the City of Riverside hired Grover to defend Leach.  I bet Grover didn’t know leach was using Asset Forfeiture Funds to pay for his lunch.  Or the $15,000 on Fitness Equipment, $2,084.40 on Small Kitchen Appliances or the $35,000 to former Police Chief Russ Leach’s wife Connie Leach’s Multi Cultural Youth Festival?  Assistant Finance Director for the City of Riverside tried to explain it to Dvonne Pitruzzello, but again the DOJ has precise criteria for the use of asset forfeiture funds.  One thing is certain, you cannot transfer Federal Police Asset Forfeiture monies to the General Fund.

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According to a recent Press-Enterprise review of asset forfeiture spending, they turned up almost nothing that appeared to be questionable.  Are you kidding?  Do you even know what Equitable Sharing is?  Here is a link of equitable sharing guideline by the DOJ.  Read this first, then do you review.  My second question is how much time did you spend on your review to find almost nothing?

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW COMPLETE EQUITABLE SHARING GUIDELINES

 Asset Forfeiture Guide: Seeks to assist state and local law enforcement agencies participating in the program by clarifying the directives they must follow to obtain and use equitably shared funds.  The goal is to make the process as clear as possible so that local communities and the nation can thrive from reduced crime and from quality law enforcement.  Were suppose to use bad guy’s monies against bad guy’s.  Who’s the bad guys in Riverside?

Equitably Shared Funds shall be used by law enforcement agencies for law enforcement purposes only.  What does Tennis Shoes, Lunches, Connie Leach and Golf have to do with Law enforcement?  I trust Aquino’s account of the situation than the City’s.  She understands the program even better than the Press Enterprise.

If the Press Enterprise turned up “almost nothing,”  that means they turned up something.  So what was it?  What may seem slight to the PE, may be huge to the Attorney General.  Communities have lost Asset Forfeiture Funds for almost nothing.  Here is a link with 14 ridiculous things police bought with Assett Forfeiture Funds.  Which includes law enforcement agencies who have spent $10,000 for gatorade to $25,000 for Disney training.  The following is former Chief Russ Leach uniform bill and lunch with former DA Rod Pacheco paid by police asset forfeiture.

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW CHARGES FOR FITNESS EQUIPMENT & KITCHEN APPLIANCES

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Then you have to ask the question, “Did the Chief Diaz cancel the current December “Chief’s advisory Board Meeting” because they could no longer use Police Asset Forfeiture funds to pay for the dinner provided to the Board Members?”   What fund will they use now and will there be a January meeting with no food?   I just have one thing to say to the CHIEF… POT LUCK!

If you remember back in March 2011, TMC did a story regarding forming Deputy City Attorney Raychele Sterling’s allegation of that former City Manager Brad Hudson was allegedley steering contracts to his friends.

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Sterling learned this from emails sent from employees in the Public Works Department.  Ms. Sterling reported these allegations of favoritism to the City Council Members and Superiors, and was then fired by her boss, City Attorney Greg Priamos.  City officials then said the allegations of contract steering were baseless, the City Attorney never responded and City Manger Hudson hired the above firm to investigate himself and put to put to rest these allegations against him.  We’ve yet to hear a response from her current boss, City Manager Scott Barber on this issue.

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The law firm will charge the taxpayer a measley $300.00 plus incidentals.  After $150,000.00, the law firm miraculously concluded the allegations were baseless!  What a miracle.  Belinda Graham was also assistant city manager under Hudson.  We as taxpayers must begin to ask the City why it has costed us so much liability, not this one case, but other, especially the ones you don’t hear about.  The new investigation is all about Police Asset Forfeiture expenditures.  The way these funds are spent are in question.  The criteria for spending is set by the Department of Justice.  According to the Press Enterprise, the PE themselves did their own investigation and found in a review of asset forfeiture spending by RPD, they concluded they turned up almost nothing that appeared questionable.  Really now PE?  Running shoes, Las Vegas to Baker Run, Connie Leach salary not questionable?  What the PE doesn’t understand is that items which appear as nothing can consequentionally be a basis for losing the whole assett forfeiture program in Riverside.

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NOW YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DON’T!  IS THIS WHAT THE TAXPAYER SHOULD EXPECT FROM THE NEW INVESTIGATION?

Partner Scott Grossberg of the law firm Cihigoyenetche Grossberg Clouse

The story gets stranger, because TMC found out later that one of the partners of the law firm, Scott Grossberg, also a motivational speaker who specializes in magic,  and is the author of three critically acclaimed and bestselling books, available on Amazon, “The Vitruvian Square: A Handbook of Divination Discoveries,” “The Masks of Tarot,” and “Bauta: Betraying the Face of Illusion,” in addition to his oracle/divination cards, “The Deck of Shadows.”

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This partner specializes in magic, thought-reading, and divination (Tarot, oracle cards, palmistry, astrology, and numerology).  How much will this investigation cost the taxpayer this time, I guess my question to the City of Riverside is, does this get paid through the taxpayer or the other side.  But it may be as it is in Belinda’s world, Cihigoyenetche Grossberg Clouse may be just the thing to take this investigation that one step beyond.

HERE’S THE ORIGINAL TMC STORY ABOUT THE WHOLE INCIDENT OF ALLEGED CONTRACT STEERING AND FIRING OF FORMER DEPUTY CITY ATTORNEY RAYCHELE STERLING.

ROUND THREE APPEAL FOR FORMER AND FIRED CITY EMPLOYEE JASON HUNTER

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In a letter, appellant Jason Hunter, former City of Riverside employee,  questioned the decision of the Code of Ethics Adjudicating Body made on his behalf.  TMC recently wrote about this in this December 2013 article.  Jason Hunter was the City of Riverside’s Principal Resource Analyst, in other words his was head of Wholesale Energy Marketing and Trading.  Hunter’s recent letter is as follows:

Appeal by Jason E. Hunter of Code of Ethics Adjudicating Body Decision of Code of Ethics and Conduct Complaint against the Human Resources Board 

In accordance with the City of Riverside Resolution No. 22461-Code of Ethics and Conduct -the following shall serve as a formal appeal of the Adjudicating Body’s decision regarding the above-referenced ethics complaint, filed September 9,2013, and heard on November 15, 2013, and December13, 2013.  It is appellant’s contention that the findings and conclusion of the Adjudicating Body weremade in clear error and abuse of discretion.

As to the first cause, Creating Trust of Local Government:

The Adjudicating Body (“AB”) ignored the fact that the members of the Human Resources Board (“HRB”), serving as a quasi-judicial panel, had a serious obligation to appellant to understand the basic tenets of local, State, and U.S. law regarding due process and disciplinary proceeding procedures. The AB found that the HRB was unprepared for this hearing, and delegated its responsibilities to an all-too-ready-to-take-charge City Attorney, but instead placed this blame on city staff. While appellant agrees there is significant fault on behalf of staff, he believes the HRB also had a fiduciary duty to him to make sure he was afforded a fair hearing by an impartial tribune. It is clear from the videotape of the disciplinary hearing that the appellant believed there were clear violations of his rights taking place, and yet these are never even minutely addressed by the HRB.

The Adjudicating Body did not consider the fact that all post-hearing attempts to cure the defects presented to the HRB after the May 13, 2013, hearing, including his Motion for Reconsideration of June3, 2013; letter to HRB Chairman Powell of May 16, 2013; and additional pleadings at subsequent HRB open hearings were simply ignored. The AB also chose to ignore Section 804 of the City Charter stating that Boards must meet monthly, so that the public has an adequate opportunity to voice its concerns regarding city operations.

As to the second cause, Making Unbiased, Fair, and Honest Decisions:

The Adjudicating Body admits the City Attorney took over the meeting at times. The Adjudicating Body recognizes the HRB was not prepared for the disciplinary hearing. Given these two admissions, how can the HRB have made fair, unbiased decisions?

As to the third cause, Treating Everyone with Respect and in a Just and Fair Manner:

The AB admits the HRB and city were remiss in providing transparent and easily comprehended protocols, rules, and outline in a timely fashion to the appellant. The AB seemed to ignore that the advocating Deputy City Attorney seemed well prepared for his disciplinary hearing in terms of time limits the appellant was ignorant to. Hence, the City Attorney’s office seemed to receive preferential treatment in preparation for the disciplinary hearing.

The AB admits procedural defects most likely happened during the course of the disciplinary hearing, but does believe the HRB had a responsible to at least slow down the proceedings to investigate the appellant’s claims of such. Appellant finds this logic flawed.

As to the fourth cause, Ensuring that all Public Decisions are Well Informed, Independent, and in the Best Interests of the City of Riverside: 

The Deputy City Attorney misled the AB at the December hearing by stating the HRB does not have the power to compel testimony nor evidence. This statement is a half-truth, nor was this assertion what appellant stated for the record at his disciplinary hearing. City Charter section 804 grants the HRB the option of requesting such power from the City Council, as would have been appropriate in an adversarial proceeding of substantial concern such as appellant’s demotion and termination under circumstances of alleged retaliation and harassment.

As far as protecting the best interests ofthe City of Riverside, the appellant leaves to the City Council to decide whether allowing a contested disciplinary hearing to spiral into Superior Court and the District Attorney’s office was good judgment.

As to the fifth cause, Ensuring that All Officials are Prepared for the Exercise of Their Duties: 

The AB acknowledges the HRB was unprepared for the disciplinary hearing, and delegated decision making to the City Attorney’s office in light of their willful ignorance. However, the AB seems to find city staff at blame. Appellant argues once again that the HRB was cognizant of the significance of this disciplinary hearing and chose to willfully come unprepared to conduct this quasi-judicial session.

Appellant in fact believes the rules, protocols, and outline for his disciplinary hearing were not even written by the HRB, which should have been their responsibility to deliberate publicly. Hence, the HRB allowed themselves to be beholden to a biased City Attorney’s office in how it was to conduct his disciplinary hearing.

Relief Sought: 

In light of the misrepresentations and omissions made by the city staff, as well as the Adjudicating Body’s refusal to discuss or vote upon appellant’s timely objections made prior to the November 15, 2013, hearing, and intransigence in accepting additional evidence at the December 13, 2013, some of which was requesting by the Adjudicating Body itself on November 15, 2013, the Adjudicating Body was unable to make an educated decision based upon complete information, including newly discovered evidence.

Appellant now respectfully requests that the City Council reverse the decision of the Adjudicating Body, and find that Human Resources Board members Norman Powell, Arthur Butler, Holly Evans, Jamie Wrage, Sonya Dew, and Patricia Eibs did violate the Code of Ethics and Conduct in failing to:

1. Create Trust of Local Government

2. Make Unbiased, Fair, and Honest Decisions

3. Treat Everyone with Respect and in a Just and Fair Manner

4. Ensure that all Public Decisions are Well Informed, Independent, and in the Best Interests of the City of Riverside

5. Ensure that All Officials are Prepared for the Exercise of their Duties.

Also, the appellant wishes the City Council to deliberate as to whether ignoring the complainants pre-hearing objections and motions, as well as requested evidence and new evidence, was an exercise in sound judgment on behalf of the Adjudicating Body. Additionally, the Appellant calls for the City Council to set for public review the protocols, rules, and outline established by the City Attorney’s Office for conducting Code of Ethics and Conduct hearings as per the spirit of Resolution No. 22461.

Sincerely,  

Jason Hunter

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THE COMPLETE LETTER WITH THE ALLEGATIONS OF DERILECTION OF DUTIES BY THE HUMAN RESOURCES BOARD IS AS FOLLOWS BY CLICKING THIS LINK.

SHOULD THIS BE THE NEW RULE ON THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S EMPLOYEE BULLETIN BOARD?

“WHISTLE BLOWER’S WILL BE FIRED” ..  “DO NOT REPORT FRAUD, MISUSE OF PUBLIC FUNDS or any ILLEGAL ACTIVITY by MANAGEMENT OF THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE, or YOU WILL BE FIRED!”

Your next City of Riverside employee position posting should read:

WANTED: ANYONE WILLING TO LIE, CHEAT AND STEAL FROM THE CITIZENS OF RIVERSIDE.  ALL OTHERS NEED NOT APPLY…

The high cost of liability litigation is costing the taxpayer a mint, his transparency is no transparency when it comes to the taxpayer as in this TMC article, especially when it comes to contracts.  Let’s find a way to curtail this..  Fire the City Attorney…

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City Attorney Gregory Priamos

FIRE CHIEF STEVE EARLEY RETIRING? OR JUST REINVENTING HIMSELF IN ORDER TO DOUBLE DIP?

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According to a Press Enterprise article, Fire Chief Steve Earley is retiring.  But we noticed he accepted a new position as the City of Riverside’s Fire Administer.  So is Chief Earley really reinventing himself and double dipping into the coffers of the taxpayer again.  Governor Brown has passed a “Double Dipping Bill,” making it illegal.  Is this what is happening?  Is Earley retiring Early to cash in on a good thing, simply because the system is set up to benefit government employees instead for the best interest of the taxpayer.  Now he will mentor three Fire Chief to act as acting chief in a musical chair format.  Are they kidding? No they are not!  How much is this going to cost the taxpayer, to carry on Earley as a temporary employee and to sustain 3 Fire Chiefs?  No one knows, not even Assistant City Manager Belinda Graham when posed the question by the Press Enterprise.  But what is really the PE describes Earley’s new position as fire administrator, they state he will advise the city on fire department issues.  What? Isn’t that the job of a Fire Chief? So, why do we need a Fire Administer?  Is that another word for a paid lobbyist for the city?  Well regardless, we definitely don’t need three Fire Chiefs, there should have been one person already qualified to make the move up.  But again, this is Riverside…  Politically, Earley made local history at the Goeske Center when he had to admit that Measure A, in a TMC store we reported that Chief Earley admitted it was not a City Charter amendment as the City contended, but a “General Tax.”

Is this new position for Earley been designed in colusion with the City Attorney to insure that American Medical Response (AMR) continues it’s monopoly in the City of Riverside?  Earley also proposed that ambulance services should hold accreditation by a private industry association known as the Commission on Accredition of Ambulance Services (CAAS), this despite state and county mandated regulatory standards.  The Press Enterprise called it “arrogant.”  Many in Riverside are calling it a “scam.”  Does Fire Chief Earley have the best interest of the taxpayers at heart?  We think not.  Further, the Commission was found to have other past ex AMR employees on board.  Sarah McEntee, the executive director of CAAS and presenter of the proposal to the Council, is married to current AMR executive Tom McEntee.  Conflict of interest?

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Sarah McEntee, Executive Director of CAAS

The whole scheme or artiface behind this commission appears to ensure the monopolization of the market place by AMR, and those ambulance services who can pay CAAS’s high fees for accredition.  This would leave out smaller ambulance services by design.  Thanks, but no thanks Chief Earley, the PE may call this “arrogant”, we call it plain “despicable.”

But it doesn’t end there folks we did several stories on this regarding the close ties between AMR executives and the City Council and Mayor.  Back in October 2011, 6-1, City Council votes to deny Mission Ambulance a franchise, except for Councilman Paul Davis.  That means American Medical Response, or AMR, will remain the sole medical transportation provider in Riverside. Councilman William “Rusty” Bailey suggested that a council subcommittee review the ambulance policy, but it’s not yet clear if that will happen.  It will never happen, because actions speak louder than words..  Mayor Bailey who was Councilman at the time voted on this denial, and we can see why.  At the time Councilman Rusty Bailey was seen with  having ice cream at a local Dairy Queen with non other than Peter Hubbard of American Medical Response (AMR).

On a side note and on good authority, we found out that now Mayor William “ Rusty” Bailey bought the cone of ice cream for Peter Hubbard.  Could this be a bribe?  You decide.. the point folks in this bit of levity but on good authority, is that we intend to expose the relationships of old family connections which have created a culture of corruption in the City of Riverside.  We are just sorry our source could not attain the ice cream flavor…

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 Back in 2009, Conflict of interest charges were filed agailst AMR’s Peter Hubbard, who was also Chairman of the Riverside Police Review Commission.

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Peter Hubbard, AMR

Back in August of 2012, TMC stated that Fire Chief Earley is also a friend of AMR’s Peter Hubbard.  There has been some talk around town that Peter Hubbard (AMR) hosted Tim Stack (President of the Riverside City Firefighter Union) and Wendy Stack’s wedding reception at Peter Hubbard’s home.  We shouldn’t be surprised, after all, this is River City and screwing is king…  Back in October 11, 2011, sources tell us Councilman Steve Adams, with intentions to run for Congress, was seen with AMR’s Peter Hubbard having drinks at a local water hole known as the Salted Pig.

What else can we tell you of the incestuous relationship with the City of Riverside and even Riverside County.  Well, TMC has found that back in February 13, 2012 the State Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) states that City of Riverside and County of Riverside overstepped it’s authority in limiting ambulance services.  TMC therefore ask the question if the $1.4 Million that AMR provides the City of Riverside each year for paramedic training and equipment contribute to how the City votes on issues that impact AMR?  TMC thinks so, we also think it can be construed as a “bribe.”  Oopps, I said it, and I’ll say it again, a “bribe.”  Others have mentioned that the $1.4 million allows AMR to buy two more minutes from an agreed response time.  This allows AMR to be late by 2 minutes, therefore how does this help the injured?  We say it is just like having a bad burrito, it just doesn’t sit well in the stomach’s of the Riverside community residents.  This of course shouldn’t be the case.

Here’s another exposé of a gem, Bruce Barton, Director of the Riverside County Emergency Medical Services Agency, according to the following document, was previously in the employment of American Medical Response (AMR) back in 2004.  Any surprise to anyone?  Could this contribute to a conflict of interest?

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Bruce Barton, Director of Riverside County’s Emergency Medical Agency

Bruce Barton, director of the county’s Emergency Medical Services Agency, and Tom McEntee, AMR’s general manager, said Thursday there was no intent to mislead anyone at the Oct. 17 workshop. Information about the rate increase was widely available online, Barton said.  Let’s not forget the accreditation company CAAS,  Sarah McEntee, the executive director of CAAS is the wife of AMR’s general manager, Tom McEntee.  Incestuous?

According to public speaker Rebecca Ludwig, could “Golden Boy”, Riverside County Supervisor, John Taviglione have a part with AMR?

So what is next for General Earley, oopps, retired at work again Fire Chief Steve Earley?  You decide…  You are always right, citizens of Riverside, make your opinions be known at City Council and not be afraid of retribution by the City as some residents have indicated.  One we are none, more than one we are many….

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Will the real Steve Earley please come forward..

As one local Riverside critics stated, “Would that mean its OK to embezzle as long as you don’t go over the budget?”

Of course, you know, there is more to come… stayed tuned for another episode of “As Riverside Turns Your Stomach”.

UPDATE: 01.07.2014: CITY OF RIVERSIDE BACKS OFF WITH THE HIRING OF THE FIRE CHIEF DUE TO PUBLIC PRESSURE ACCORDING TO THE PE.

With this, questions still linger regarding the process that went down.  Why is the Fire Union making decisions regarding the taxpayer?  Why is it that the City, through City Manager Scott Barber, must look elsewhere, outside the City for a new Chief?  Don’t we have capable people who can move up the rank, such as Deputy Chief Mike Esparza.  Incidently, Mike Esparza was chose to be the interim Fire Chief until a new one is found.  I just say we keep the new Fire Chief Mike Esparza.

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Esparza will take charge until March 2014; the next in roatation are Division Chief Bill Schellhous from April through June; and Division Chief LaWayne Hearn from July through September.  Again if we are touted as having the best of the best due to are training, why must we look outside for another candidate?  Time and time again we see the same scenario, we’ve seen it with Police Chief Sergio Diaz, another double dipper.  But remember this was also the legacy of the prior City Manager who skipped town when he seen the writing on the wall..  Brad Hudson.  Hudson was responsible for the hiring of Police Chief Sergio Diaz as well as Fire Chief Steve Earley, from the County of Riverside whereby Hudson previously worked, not to mention our current City Manager Scott Barber, former Public Works Director Siobhan Foster, who was said by insiders didn’t know what a “pot hole” was,  and current Human Resource Director, Rhonda Strout, known in some circles and “Luxury Girl”, who had her own set of problems with the cost of liability to the tax payer with current employees.

According to this PE posting, Chief Earley in his new position of Fire Administrator, would have offer his expertise on the city’s ambulance policy and the county emergency medical services system.  Again we need to ask the questiion of what is the Fire Unions role in the decision making process in the City of Riverside.  Secondly, are there ulterior motives involved between the City and the Unions to insure the continuation of the infamous ambulance monoply known as American Medical Response.

UPDATE: SCORES OF RETIRED, AND EX-FIREFIGHTERS AND EX-POLICE OFFICERS INVOLVED IN DISABILITY SCAM.  According to the L.A. Times many of them were coached before going to physician’s to be evaluated by their attorneys and supported by their unions.  This is the kind of behavior that concerns people in Riverside.  Many of them were found going fishing, riding motorcycles, running, going on cruise and working other jobs.  The let down was the taxpayer, who placed these individuals on a heroes pedestal.  These indivduals didn’t care, only for their own self interest at the expense of the hardworking taxpayer.  More arrest eminent, the fraud has been predicted to extend beyond $400 million.

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Boys just want to have fun, even on a disability retirement..

In Riverside we had the case of retired and ex RPD officer Chris Lanzillo, who was given a medical retirement/pension and went on to start his own investigation firm in Orange County.  Another medical/disability retirement fraud case?  Lanzillo was a former Union President for RPD and somehow connected to doing work for the law firm of  Lackie, Dammeier & McGill, which their offices were raided by order of the Orange County D.A. office.  Since then two Costa Mesa Councilman sue the law firm and it eventually closed.

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

UPDATE: DWP UNION CHIEF, BRIAN D’ARCY, OF THE INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF ELECTRICAL WORKERS REFUSES TO TURN OVER FINANCIAL RECORDS OF HOW PUBLIC MONIES HAVE BEEN SPENT TO AUDITORS. 

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Ron Nichols confided at a  private meeting with the DWP Board of Commissioners that IBEW Union Boss Brian D’Arcy had made the threat, and Nichols said he was worried the City of L.A.  would not defend him in a lawsuit, according to two officials who attended the  meeting.  Is this another example of how the Goodfellas continue to infiltrate public sector monies by strong arming and threatening public officials for their own self greedy gratifications?  It is apparently appearing to be so.  Alleged corruption of this magnitude should not be tolerated by the public at large.

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Ron Nichols, former DWP General Manager

“D’Arcy told him that if he were  to ever share any information, D’Arcy would sue him personally as a breach of  fiduciary duty,” DWP Commission president Mel Levine told KFI NEWS  Friday.  What also appears eminent, besides unions being in control of many public service aspects, many of them have infiltrated are political system with façade of representing the taxpayer.  Remember folks, we are dealing with rate payers money.  Money which is in the realm of Public Utilities, owned by the taxpayer.  Some commenters were stating that that the unions were no better that the mob.  I do believe that not only the taxpayer are hurt by union action and behavior, but the union workers, which the union’s use for their benefit.   Read more: http://www.kfiam640.com/articles/local-news-465708/outgoing-dwp-boss-threatened-over-secret-11964091/#ixzz2qAgvmZrm

UPDATE: FULLERTON POLICE NOT GUILTY IN MURDER OF KELLY THOMAS  Sobs fill courtroom..  Many are asking the question, why aren’t police cleaning house of the bad apples?  If not, is the beginning of a police state mentality?  Where by the judge and the jury accepted the actions of the police.  Will it be acceptable that the police act as the judge, jury and executioner, and the court system only a formality?  Should we as residents and citizens be concerned and afraid?

UPDATE: TORRANCE POLICE DENY ANY WRONGDOING IN ATTEMPTED KILLING OF CIVILIAN DAVID PURDUE.

UPDATE: RETIRED POLICE CAPTAIN KILLS TEXTING FATHER AFTER BEING ANNOYED BY TEXTING DURING PREVIEWS.

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!  TEMPORARILY BLOCKED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE AT PUBLIC ACCESS SITES WITHIN THE CITY, THEN UNBLOCKED.  I GUESS YOU CANNOT DO THAT ACCORDING TO ACLU.  NOW TAGGED LOCAL BLOGGERS OR LOCAL MEDIA?  RATED ONE TWO ONE STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, AND PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST… WE WILL HAVE TO ASK GREGORY ABOUT THAT ONE ( OUR PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO CONTACT HIS PEOPLE)… AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!   COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT OR FOR CONTACT!   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

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UPDATE:06.03.2013: IT WASN’T ENOUGH THAT BB&K ATTORNEY JACK CLARK ATTEMPTED TO PUSH THROUGH THE NAMING OF CITY HALL IN RECOGNITION OF RON LOVERIDGE..  NOW WE FIND JAMES ERICKSON, VICE CHANCELLOR EMERITUS, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA RIVERSIDE, ATTEMPTING TO PUSH THROUGH THE NAMING OF MAIN STREET UNDER THE NAME OF RON LOVERIDGE.  IN WHAT CAPACITY WE DO NOT KNOW.. LOVERIDGE LANE, RONNY’S STREET OR EVEN RONALD BOULEVARD.. 

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STRONG-ARMING SENIORS FOR A YES VOTE:  ISN’T THAT ELDER ABUSE?

There is nothing more despicable than taking advantage and misinforming seniors.  Where is Ofelia Yeager on this issue, the Chairperson on the Yes on Measure A Campaign?  Why was she chosen to spearhead this issue?  Why was Mathew Webb of Webb Engineering, the Co-Chairperson christen to participate in this elusive endeavor?  Why would Webb Engineering have a master engineering contract with Municipal Water?  How does this affect Mathew Webb’s relationship with Councilman Chris Mac Arthur, are they cousins or just doing the Hanky Panky?    Or Mathew Webb’s association with now Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey, stating he has known him for decades.  Is this all about keeping it in the family?  Does it dispute the fact that Webb Engineering recieved 13 Checks on the same day under former City Manager Brad Hudson’s discretionary account?  Where is the Council on this one, the Mayor and especially Steve Adams who has asspirations aspirations of being a Congressman?  This is only a reflection of how our City operates.  Every month the amount transferred goes up, it was $6.1 million now it is $6.7 million, probably because they are not allowed to transfer just yet.   But, what now appears to be covered by this transfer is everything that property taxes are suppose to cover.  In City Manager Scott Barber’s analysis of possible cuts if Measure A doesn’t pass could very well be considered a scheme, artiface or fabrication since it was simply based on projections.  Was this orchestrated and designed to attempt to mislead the voters?  The projections have no basis because they never had any accounting track record of expenditures to refer to, they don’t exist.  If no prior allocation records exist how does one extrapolate a true analytical projection?  According to the City’s October General Fund Forecast, the Mayor Bailey’s Office is overbudgeted by $116,100.00.  Instead of cutting his budget, he would rather cut Police and Fire?  Further, as indicate City Manager Scott Barber used the number of the adopted budget for the Mayor’s office to apply his 3.0% cut, which comes out to $22,000.00, therefore this amount would be cost applied to the 11.5% transfer.  The funny thing is that the number cannot be legitimatel verified because no accounting records of that number exist!  Every account that Barber utilizes applies the 3.0% in the same manner.  This is an example of how they are misinforming the public.

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The question to be asking the City, and many are asking the question by the way, “why do they appear to be strong arming the community into a Yes vote on Measure A?”  From candidates, community groups, community services, city employees etc.  Is it that the City is threatening funding to these programs if a Yes vote is not supported?  Money always seems to talk, especially when it is not your own money to spend.

This is a flyer that was dispersed at the Janet Goeske Center which states what will happen to senior funding if they do not vote Yes on Measure A.  Is the City of Riverside strong arming residents with an iron fist of reason?  Or is it extorsion?  Afterall isn’t the Hyatt suing the City of Riverside on this issue?  Yes they are.  Demand answers!  Demand Transperancy! Demand Leadership!  Well…at least the first two, and the only way to do this is to show up at City Council and voice your opinions.

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW FLYER DISPERSED AT THE JANET GOESKE CENTER

In the last two utility bills you received;  you as a taxpayer have paid for the few rogue City Officials who felt it was necessary to spend your tax money to misinform you, further, to deny your constitutional right of reaching a balanced voting decision.  City Tax money was used to favor a “Yes” vote on Measure A.  This flyer states to go to the City of Riverside’s web site for more information. If you go the City of Riverside’s web site, what we have can be construed as a Yes on Measure A bonanza!    Another FPPC (Fair Political Practices Commission) violation?

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW WHAT YOU PAID FOR, EVEN IF YOU DON’T AGREE!

According to Letitia Pepper, Riverside Attorney, the City is using city funds to promote Measure A, and to promote it with lies and propaganda — propaganda is “half-truths.”  She says to look at your May Riverside Public Utility bill, on the back ( the above image).  There’s a full page promoting the passage of Measure A.  This page includes the biggest of all lies:  “By re-affirming these previous voter actions, Measure A continues this funding [allegedly and impliedly only for for clean water programs], WITHOUT RAISING TAXES.” The real reason this issue MUST be submitted to the voters is not the self-serving settlement into which the City entered with the Moreno’s that required the City to submit the issue of the excess charges to the voters. The REAL reason the City is doing this is that since 1996, it has been illegal, under Prop. 218, for cities, incuding charter cities like Riverside, to charge more for water than the actual cost of providing it. To make such chares, cities had two years after Prop. 218 passed to submit them for a vote as taxes — and the City never did that until it got caught last year.

Another aspect of this measure is that it appears to be paying for alot of services!  The amount the City has indicated has gone from $6.1 million to $6.7 million.  If you are a taxpayer as I am, this transfer appears to be doing a better job of covering all expenses of city services than our property taxes.  Potholes, Storm Drains (we doubled the tax in 2012), Police, Fire, 911 dispatch, Childrens Lunch Programs, Clean Water (Covered by your water rates), Gang Control (Covered by Federal Police Asset Forfeiture Funds), Library, Crossing Guards, Tree Triming, Disabled Services, Senior Services, SRO’s (School Resource Officers), Maintaining Fairmont Park Lake, Low Income Lunch Programs, Powerwashing Downtown Streets, Installing Curbs and Gutters, Summer Camp Programs, Dealing with Abandoned Vehicles, Using Code Enforcement if your Landscaping doesn’t conform to the Politically Correct criteria of the City, Code Enforcement citations if you Overwater your landscaping, Code Enforcement citations if you have Trash exposed, Code Enforcement citations if it appears that you have Outdoor Storage, Code Enforcement citations if it appears that your property is contributing to storm drain contaminants and it goes on and on.  The storm drain fees don’t really help Riverside residents, but it contributes to Orange County Clean Water.  Property Taxes pay for City Services, the User Utility Tax on your utility bill pays for services and Proposition 172 allocates 1/2 cent from the sales tax to city services.  Government should live within their means, afterall you and I have to.  The new advertisement on Measure A on your utility bill states cleaning storm drain catch basins and storm drains.  But what! We had an increase from $2.83 to $5.22?  Yes folks, last year we had an increase in our Storm Drain Tax ( also know as Storm Sewer System), documents as follows:

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Is the City contemplating a triple tax by this above action?  Is the truth of the matter that the City is in need of paying upcoming bond obligations?  Would this be the real issue?

As indicated by Dan Berstein’s of the Press Enterprise new article, is this another Sleazy Campaign Mailer?  Rather than making cuts in their own back yard, the City of Riverside would like to punish residents that already have made cuts in their household with the fear of higher taxes, as indicated a couple of weeks ago by Councilman Steve Adams where he stated, “if Measure-A doesn’t pass, we have a change in the status quo, and we will have to raise your rates (referring to water) and increase your taxes.”

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WELL LET’S DO A DRUM ROLL TO INCREASE TAXES; SHALL WE COUNCILMAN ADAMS?

The mailers that the Yes on Measure A campaign have been distributing have been reflective of their talking points, but this new mailer just received is from the City of Riverside, and it has the City of Riverside star of approval with endorsing names such as our Chief of Police Sergio Diaz, Fire Chief Steve Earley and City Manager Scott Barber.  It cannot get any more blatant than this.  Legally the City of Riverside has had to take a position of neutrality, while over the past few months the City has stated it was on a Measure A informational tour.  This four page City mailer shows that the language can be ultimately construed as a campaign publication endorsing a Yes vote on Measure A.  This can be seen by the language and pictorial used, the tone, tenor and timing is there. Further this mailer was paid for by you and me the “Taxpayer.”  Therefore is the City of Riverside on the verge of violating FPPC (Fair Political Practices Commission) rules and regulations and misappropriation of taxpayer funds?  Elections Code § 8314(d) and Gov’t Code § 8314(d).

Gov’t Code § 8314 (a) It is unlawful for any elected state or local officer, including any state or local appointee, employee, or consultant, to use or permit others to use public resources for a campaign activity, or personal or other purposes which are not authorized by law.

Gov’t Code § 8314(d) Nothing in this section shall prohibit the use of public resources for providing information to the public about the possible effects of any bond issue or other ballot measure on state activities, operations, or policies, provided that (1) the informational activities are otherwise authorized by the constitution or laws of this state, and (2) the information provided constitutes a fair and impartial presentation of relevant facts to aid the electorate in reaching an informed judgment regarding the bond issue or ballot measure.

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According to a new article by Dan Berstein of the Press Enterprise, the Council knew of this piece, according to Councilman Mike Gardner, but didn’t discuss the content.  So who were the individuals or individual that approved and designed this mailer?  Well it appears it was within the City Attorney’s Office.  So, who approved the $23,777.00 for the cost of printing and mailing at taxpayer expense?  You would think if there was any inkling or sugestion of misappropriation of taxpayer funds that the council would have the descency to ask those obvious tough questions. This I say in lieu of City Attorney Gregory Priamos not returning Berstein’s calls. If it was approved by Priamos, it must be legal, right Greg?

Another editorial in the Press Enterprise, “Don’t use taxpayers’ monies for election fliers.”   Is the City of Riverside really a “Muni Mafia?”  How do they compare to San Bernardino? Or Moreno Valley?

The City continues to claim that these transfer monies are used for everything under the sun, and every week we have something new that it covers.  The reality is the City has no bonafide track record of accounting of any of these fund at anytime, this we see as Bernstein undercovered in reference to “library books.”  Remember folks, only tax money can be deposited into the General Fund.

I guess in the real realm of things why won’t District Attorney Paul Zellerbach act on this? Possibly, because of this rhetorical question: “Is it illegal or just bad business?”  Possibly all the above, but we won’t expect this office to react in reference to the oath of office you sworn to uphold….regardless, your track record indicates clearly, your answers and responses to local community inquiries.  What kind of message does this send to the community when the City itself doesn’t follow the letter of the law?  Our we a Banana Republic or an American City based on constitutional rights?

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SO WHAT IS A D.A. TO DO?

As of May 28, 2013 as indicated in the Press Enterprise, the “Yes on Measure A” campaign has contribution commitments which are in the neigborhood of $46,000.00, and the “No on Measure A” campaign has continues to maintain steady monetary commitments of $0.00

Vote No on Measure A,  www.noonmeasureariverside.com

For more information on this June 4th, 2013 Measure A, contact us noonmeasureariverside@hotmail.com

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GOVERNMENT SHOULD LIVE WITHIN THEIR MEANS, AFTERALL, WE THE TAXPAYER HAVE TO..

JUST FOR LAUGHS…

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COUNCILMAN ADAMS BRINGS HIS CITY VEHICLE IN FOR THE USUAL REPAIRS…

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!  TEMPORARILY BLOCKED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE AT PUBLIC ACCESS SITES WITHIN THE CITY, THEN UNBLOCKED.  I GUESS YOU CANNOT DO THAT ACCORDING TO ACLU.  NOW TAGGED LOCAL BLOGGERS OR LOCAL MEDIA?  RATED ONE TWO ONE STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, AND PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST… WE WILL HAVE TO ASK GREGORY ABOUT THAT ONE ( OUR PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO CONTACT HIS PEOPLE)… AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!   COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT OR FOR CONTACT!   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

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AS A SIDE NOTE, I’VE BEEN TOLD THAT CUSSING AND SPITTING WILL NOT BE TOLERATED, AND A HEAP OF BOOK LEARNING NOT NECESSARY IN ORDER TO TAKE ISSUE WITH THE COUNCIL ON FEBRUARY 5, 2013 AT 1:00PM  Since the council always agree on everything, I know they’ll agree with this one.  Will council keep Councilmember Steve Adam’s mouth in check long enough as to not make a reckless statement which may be interpreted as fighting words by the other side.

UPDATE: 02.05.2013: POWER LINE PROJECT APPROVED 5:0 BY CITY COUNCIL.  What next?  The City of Jurupa Valley filing suit against the City of Riverside?  An additional law suit against the City of Riverside for an alleged illegal tax, of which was charged to residents in what is known as the “reliability charge”.  The reliability charge is $10.00 dollar monthly utility charge seen on residents bills, which was never voted on by the residents therefore possible legal ramifications in regards to violations in reference to Proposition’s 218 and 26.  Lastly, a possible IRS audit as a result of alleged misuse of Federal Bonds?  How much can the City of Rivereside’s legal fund take?  Mayor Bailey thinks we are in good standing after told by CFO Brent Mason we have $400 million in reserves, but let’s not tell him there are rules and restriction to the use of these reserves which are actually investment funds.

“We don’t want to fight, but we will.”  – Mayor Vern Lauritzen, City of Jurupa Valley

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My mom always said to me, “Don’t let anybody step in your face.”

The City of Riverside’s darling in lobbying, Cindy Roth, and her lobbying group, the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce, was out in force with this mailer sent to members.

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At this point, the City of Riverside is still in need of a legitimate Chamber of Commerce that truly represents real business.

THE RELIABILITY CHARGE: A UTILITY ANOMALY?

Each month since 2008 the citizens of Riverside have been paying a $10.00 charge on their utilities bill that was originally intended for the construction and expansion of transmission lines.  These lines would give the City of Riverside a back-up system in case a disaster occurred as we were told.  But is this really a tax?  This in turn would be a violation of Proposition 26.

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The City of Jurupa states that the City of Riverside’s route encompasses prime land which in turn would destroy the value.  The City of Jurupa Valley states that there are alternative routes available.  The City of Riverside’s position is that the route is the only route available.  TMC understands that the City of Riverside has spent a cost of over $20K for an EIR (Environmental Impact Report), which may be the reason for snubbing the City of Jurupa Valley.  Bailey went to the City of Jurupa Valley for a meeting, but nothing appeared to come from it. The position of Riverside in reference to the transmission line route was maintained.

Again, most people thought the City of Riverside were neighbors with the City of Jurupa Valley, and that we were friends being neighboring cities, but is this going to turn out to be another Hatfield’s & McCoys?

According to the Press Enterprise, on Monday, Jan. 14, Jurupa Valley Chamber of Commerce President Dan Rodriguez met with Riverside Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey to discuss how the Interstate 15 route would impact commercial, industrial and residential development that would bring jobs, tax revenue and valuable services to Jurupa Valley.  Chamber director Ron Anderson and Jurupa Valley council members Laura Roughton and Frank Johnston also attended the meeting.  In a memo to Bailey, Rodriguez warned that “this project would eliminate approximately 806 homes in the city of Jurupa Valley, which will affect the local school district and eliminate future customers for businesses …”  TMC was also told that the transmission route would cut through land considered prime realestate.  Jurupa Valley Councilman Frank Johnston described the meeting as “disappointing, but not surprising.”  This is reference to the collaboration with Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey.

Did our fare leader, Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey leave a bad taste in the minds of the leadership of Jurupa Valley?  Or could we assume that the tone and atmosphere was such that it reflected ‘fighting words’?  With that in mind, are the two cities to embrace in another expensive legal battle?  One that the City of Riverside may lose at  another enormous cost to the taxpayer?  That my friends is left to be seen…

As told by a former councilman, the way they understood it at the time the ‘reliability charge’ was to pay for transmission lines.  The reliability charge was to pay for three specific things…but continued to state that it was not to pay for all of those three specific things, but it was to pay for a component of those specific things.  Well are you confused already citizens of Riverside, well just ask our neighbors and any of the Councilpeople next door at the City of Jurupa Valley.

If the the City of Riverside’s reliability charge was originally for transmission lines as it was passed by City of Riverside Councilmembers, we should at this time have $150 million in the pot to pay for them cash!  But, again we have a but!  Even if we had the $150 million available to pay for these transmission lines cash, would it be a violation of Proposition 26, since it appears that the there is no true benefit to the citizens of Riverside?  Again, the City Council at the time understood that the reliability charge was for new transmission lines, but currently Dave Wright states it was intended to be used for other purposes.  Such as …

One was the debt on the riverside energy resource center, which is four 50 megawatt units near the waste water treatment plant that provide peaking generation, the debt on those 4 units is approximately $200 million.

Also, at that point in time when the reliability charge was put in place we had some low cost coal power contracts that expired and we weren’t legally able to replace them with power that cost as low as that coal, so we had doubling or tripling in the cost of replacement that power.

In addition the riverside transmission reliability project which was our cost of about $150 million, the entire project including all of Edison cost, our portion of that project was $150 million, also will have some debt associated with it. So the amount of the reliability charge revenue each year 20 to 25 million.

The debt on work and dprt on work is about $30 to $35 million and you add to that the cost of replacement energy that may be renewable or other sorts of energy. Another 10 to 15 million.

The annual cost are $50 million, and this is off the top of my head..so I have to go back and get….(we assume the figures).

The reliability charge will cover about half that. So that all was included when we looked at our rate projections, cause we project our cost 10 years. We project the rate increases 10 years. We look at what we can do and the rate freeze.

So folks it appears that the reliability charge that you pay each month is being used by the City of Riverside to pay for debt.

And yes, there will be cost of living type of increases that occur at the end of the rate freeze.  There always going to be cost of living type living increases that are required in water, groceries, gasoline and anything else that you purchase. Mr. Wright went on to say that our rates our competitive, our rates are lower than the surrounding service providers, and they are projected to continue to be.

Was the original intention of the reliability charge presentation when brought to council chambers to decieve and misdirect the then council people on the dais?  Is this charge to the Riverside residents not really a charge, but a tax? and a direct violation of Proposition 26?  Should this issue originally been on the ballot for a vote by the Citizens of Riverside?  If it wasn’t, should the Citizen’s of Riverside be entitled to a refund?  This of course was not answered by Utilities Director Dave Wright, when the question was raised in public comment.  Other questions being asked by Riverside residents are tiered pricing on water and electrical legal?  Another good question for a Prop 218 Attorney to answer.

As one of the major property owners affected by the power lines I find Mr. Wright’s comments totally uninformed. Anyone who has dealt with an Edison easement knows they are prohibitively restrictive. SCE grants a license that is revocable and can be altered at any time SCE deems to their benefit. I wonder how many auto dealerships Mr. Wright has discussed my location with, to date he has never even bother to discuss this with me. To be sure this is a totally self serving and condenscending move by the City of Riverside it is obvious they could care less about Jurupa Valley and its residents.    - Alan Sharp, Commenter on the PE

Deputy Superintendent of Schools Mike Fine goes over the 16 second mark at public comment and no arrest made.  What does Mr. Fine have that Karen Wright doesn’t?  Is is it something possibly called ‘access’.

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New word of the week and how it was used, coming soon from the following ethics appeal hearing.  No folks, it wasn’t “constipation” as someone indicated they thought Davis said.  The word, “consternation”, amazement or dismay that hinders or throws into confusion.  TMC thanks Councilman Paul Davis for the “big word” of the week.

ETHICS APPEAL: THE CHRIS MAC ARTHUR SLIGHT OF HAND, WAS IT QUITE DIFFERENT FROM HIS LEGISLATIVE AIDE’S SLIGHT OF HAND?  WHAT KIND OF THING DID PITRUZZELLO HAVE FOR ADAMS WHEN SHE CALLED HIM “SWEETHEART”?  WAS THIS A ELABORATELY STAGED DOG AND PONEY SHOW?  NO ONE’S TALKING BUT QUITE A SHOW!  THIS BEGINING ABOUT THE 8:00 MINUTE MARK ON THE VIDEO.

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At the January 15, 2013 Ethics appeal against Chris Mac Arthur, the City Council founded their was no violation of the ethics code.  The questions that arose was who is really in charge of Councilman Chris Mac Arthur’s legislative aide Chuck Conder?  This now leads us to believe that the Ethic Panel was mislead and misinformed by City Attorney Greg Priamos and City Manager Scott Barber.  In another bit of disturbing information,  TMC has been told that legislative aide Chuck Conder and City Manager Scott Barber are good friends.  We were told “they go way back.”  So does Chris Mac Arthur maintain stability with Conder because he has the ‘in’ with Barber?  Did this in any way implicate the ethics complaint against Mac Arthur? Or even Bailey?  What about the relationship between Councilman Steve Adams and the City Attorney Greg Priamos and City Manager Scott Barber, who have been seen at various water holes having a libation or two, or so forth..  Regardless, why would City Manager Scott Barber see it fit to put the citizen’s and city employees of Riverside at risk?  Regardless, it was all about the “bitch” word that was king at this showdown.  What else can we say boys will be boys..

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW FULL TRANSCRIPT OF THE ETHICS PANEL HEARING OF DECEMBER 13, 2012 

But the way City Manager Scott Barber and City Attorney Greg Priamos handled the direction of the December 13, 2012 Ethics Hearing was to misaguide the panel, and therefore their decision.  On page 23 of the transcript, Barber states that “these complaints have been investigated and that he had taken whatever action was appropriate.”  The part that got me was the “whatever action”, meaning there wasn’t really anything conclusive regarding Barber’ investigation.  Then Barber refers to the California State Constitution with reference to privacy rights for public employees, stating that “those rights preclude me from discussing any confidential personnel matters.”  One of the incidents referred to a “knife”.  The action should have superseded this right and become a police matter, and that never happened.  But as indicated Councilman Chris Mac Arthur brought these complaints to the City Manager for review and investigation.  But Mr. Mac Arthur, as the employee contract indicates, has the power to teminate via his direction to the City Manager.  Therefore, it is appearing that we do have another “dog and poney show” of the original hearing where the activities were orchestrated and designed to produce a favorable end result.

But we all new what would happen this January day, the 22nd and year 2013 when council again possibly misguided by the the City Attorney and City Manager, voted against the alleged accusations against Councilman Chris Mac Arthur.

At extreme difficulty to find out who is really in charge of legislative aid Chuck Conder, via questioning by Councilman Paul Davis and Councilman Andy Melendrez, the following was founded.  The City Manager has ultimate ‘hiring’ and ‘firing’ authority, however, City Councilmember’s are in fact in charge of their legislative aide.  This appeared to be an uncomfortable and tense situation for Barber, do to his body language and visual blood flushing to his head.  Was he having difficulty telling the truth?  Now, it appears to TMC that the adjudicating body, who was the Ethics Complaint Panel, was not fully clear about this due to the manipulation of information directly from City Attorney Primos and City Manager Barber, and allegedly was coached before hand as allegedly in the Rusty Bailey ethics complaint.  If in fact these alleged incidents occurred, would this change the ultimate purpose of the ethics panels duties?

Chuck didn’t do anything but this is a political move to turn voters against Chris MacArthur. Look most of us know and have seen how it works. Chuck is just to nice and I can contest to pushing someone’s buttoms. The move is on to put a selected group in office and everyone will be used. Mark was used for votes as Bailey didn’t have a shot at getting elected. Mark’s Military service hit the hearts of voters and other tricks by Bailey were used. Mark is a close friend of Art and that put him out. All the fuss about this is just the beginning of what the future holds. We saw Riverside get National coverage as a citizen was handcuffed and removed because she spoke over 3 mins and the new Mayor had his City Attorney order the police to remove the citizen. We have seen many complaints of disrespect and even using kids for p…olitical gain by our new Mayor. Lessons not learned yet by voters is nothing good comes with corrupted elected officials. Lawsuits will continue and the blame will be place on others to protect the guilty. Loyality goes only so far as the bribes and criminal acts take front stage. Bell citizens set back until they stood up to their corrupt elected officials who are now on trial. Riverside has to eiither step up or wait for a Bell results. Citizens of Riverside now have been put on notice they can not speak to truth or ask serious questions. One lady learned that and has a criminal record and it doesn’t matter that the City Attorney broke the laws of a citizens Civil Rights and Constitutional Rights. Many remember the years when Mobesters rule and then convicted elected officals ruled but 2013 history repeats itself. Democracy is lost to this great city and we have to work together to get it back.  – Jackie Rawlings, Commenter on the Press Enterprise

But it appeared to be an all out war against the contender Dvonne Pitruzzello by Counciman Steve Adams.  Why’ll Adams asked Pitruzzello if she actually witnessed.  At one point, Ms. Pitruzzello even addressed Adams as ‘sweetheart.’  But Adams contued to insist if Pitruzzello was witness to this knife wielding episode by Conder.  Her attempt to state that she was witness to Conder using his finger in a vulgar way was squashed.

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At the end of this ordeal, Councilman Adams walked by Pitruzzello from the dais while intentionally directing a dastardly smirk toward her.  What was Adams trying to inadvertently tell Ms. Pitruzzello?

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Was it to say something insidious about the confrontation, prompting a valid evaluation and questioning of the whole council ordeal?  Dvonne Pitruzzello made it known that the ethics appeal process regarding Councilman Chris Mac Arthur was a “dog and pony show.”  The heated exchange went something as this.

Adams: I have only one question for the appellant.  Do you have any first hand knowledge of the incident?

Dvonne: Which one?

Adams: The one with which you are filing the complaint, and now the appeal?

Pritruzzello: I filed the complaint on three incidents.

Adams: Did you see the incident of which there was an accusation of something with the knife that was unfounded. Do you have first hand knowledge..

Pitruzzello: No, but I was flipped off at a city council meeting.

Adams: No, do you have first hand knowledge, let’s stick with one question at a time.

Pitruzzello: But that’s not what we are debating.

Adams: Yes it is..

Pitruzzello: No it’s not. We are debating if it should be appealed or not.

Adams: I’m trying to find out if you have first hand knowledge.

Pitruzzello: We are debating if it should be appealed or not.

Adams continued to badger Pitruzzello to answer a question unrelated to the actual appeal process.  Down the road Councilman Adams stated:

Adams: If an event never happened, everything after that no longer exist.  It doesn’t count. So my question is,  do you have first hand knowledge were you there were you present, do you understand what you saw was to be true as to what was the accusation against Mr. Conder.

Pitruzzello: Sweetheart you are not listening.

Adams: No I’m listening..the answer is yes you saw or no you didn’t?

Did Councilman Adams really understand the appeal process at hand?  It appeared he didn’t according to City Attorney and Pitruzzello, but maintained he did.  But he continued to ‘bully’ his unrelated questioning toward Pitruzzello, when the legal issue was the ‘appeal process.’  It appeared when creviced into a corner whereby he could not rationally respond to the issue at hand, he abruptly motioned to dismiss the appeal.  As Mayor Bailey mentioned in purpetouity at his State of the City speech, “the Riverside Way”?  Again, Adams is one who has been seen at local watering holes with Priamos and Barber.  Barber, of course, good friends and buddies with Conder.  Can we consider some incestious favoritism and to the extent of cronyism in this situation?  We have yet to revisit Bailey’s ethics complaint that was brought by Self Appointed Citizen Auditor Vivian Moreno.

Incidently, Mayor Bailey’s legislative aide Mark Earley, who was incidently ‘let go’, and Councilman’s Mac Arthur’s legislative aide Chuck Conder did not appear at the Council hearing.  Regardless, an OSHA investigation of the knife wielding incident is still ongoing.

What TMC believes to be true was that the adjudicating body was deceived and manipulated in their decision by City Attorney Greg Priamos and City Mananger Scott Barber.  Intentionally?  The question is what is the true purpose of the ethics panel when they are not allowed to actually have direct witnesses?

Self Appointed Citizen Auditor went on to say the following about the complaint at public comment:

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Chuck Conder called Raychele Sterling and myself Stupid Bitches.  He flipped Dvonne off when you were sitting here.  For you Chris Mac Arthure to condone this behavior from your personal employee of yours is a reflection of who you are.  WEAK, IGNORANT, or Just plain STUPID.  The Lying, the cheating and the stealing that goes on here at City hall on a regular basis is criminal.

Every single one of you know that all these situation occured. Every single one of you knows Scott Barber Riverside City Manager, lied to OSHA. over this situation.  He should be fired for putting the Staff, Public and Council in harms way.

A question.  Why would your City Manager Scott Barber feel the need to lie to OSHA?  If there is any work place violence that happens at City Hall you the council sitting here are to blame because you know of the situation.  Maybe its because CHUCKIE and BARBER go way back and Scott Barber will support his buddies no matter what they do.

This is merely an excercise in Paper Trailing so when some one comes here AGAIN and we have a political occurance of Gun Violence We know whom will be to blame All of you.

You guys know what you do, and you all know what goes on at City Hall We know what your doing. And now Chuckie wants to be a councilman!  Scott Barber you deserve him!

All of you here today are representive of Chuck Condor.  This is what happened: Chuck Conder pulled a knife on Colonel Mark Early and you Fired Mark Early.  Chuck Conder called Raychele Sterling and myself Stupid Bitches and we notified Chris Mac Arthur imediately.   Chuck Conder flipped Dvonne Pitruzello off right here in Council Chambers and you did nothing.

So now you can do what Council things you do.  And you try to let this just die but it’s not.. and this is just another example of who you all are. WEAK, IGNORANT and Just Plain STUPID.

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Dog and pony show” is a colloquial term which has come to mean a highly promoted, often over-staged performance, presentation, or event designed to sway or convince opinion for political, or less often, commercial ends. Typically, the term is used in a pejorative sense to connote disdain, jocular lack of appreciation, or distrust of the message being presented or the efforts undertaken to present it.

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THE LIE HAS BEEN EXPOSED AND THE ADJUDICATING BODY MISINFORMED? SO NOW WHAT? WILL THE COUNCIL NOW HAVE THE GUMPTION TO TAKE ACTION?

Rumor is that the some of the panel was made by the very same people that heard the Bailey ethics complaint, this was because some of the original panel members refused, because they did not want to be a part of this decision making pane hearing a complaint against Councilman Chris Mac Arthur.  Barber continues to lie and supterfuge the councilmembers on the dais.  Councilmember Davis continually had to repeat the question as to whom is really responsible for their legislative assistant.  The question as to who is directly responsible for the behavior of their legislative assistants is the councilmember.  The councilmember also has the termination authority via their direction to the City Manager.

At the beginning of the hearing Mayor Bailey made it be known that no new evidence would be considered, and if it was could not be considered.  Councilmember Adams asked the question twice thereafter during the proceeding if any new evidence came in.  He was corrected by Priamos twice as there wasn’t.

What appears to be true and apparent was that Mr. Barber and Mr. Priamos led the adjudicating body to believe that Mr. Barber was directly responsible for the behavior of the legislative assistant.  Further, Mr. Mac Arthur is directly responsible for the behavior of his legislative assistant and he has the ability to fire or terminate his legislative assistant at anytime, under his direction to the City Manager.  This, all per City of Riverside’s employment contract.

NEW FORMAT FOR THE MONTHLY FINANCIAL REPORT: BETTER? OR LESS TRANSPARENT?

Has the new monthly report format been changed to give the illusion of financial stability for the City of Riverside?  In the new report we have sections which appear not to be ‘actual’ but a ‘forecast’, such as the general fund budget forecast, general fund revenue forecast and general fund expenditure forecast.

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Old version as indicated above, one could simply see what’s in the general fund for that particular month, as opposed to the new formatted version.  New formatted monthly investment report removes the “Pooled Cash and Investment By Fund” section and replaced with “Forcast” reports.  Such as General Fund Budget Forcast Report, General Fund Revenue Forecast Report and General Fund Expediture Forcast Report.  The third pic shows Mayor’s Bailey office was overbudgeted by over $100,000.00, was this to pay for the new teleprompter that he used at the State of the City address?  Well anyway, the new format was signed off by Chief Financial Officer Brent Mason.

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CDBG MONIES USED FOR INCUBATOR COMPANIES, ONE OF WHICH WENT DEBUNK..  Giving Federal CDBG monies to incubator companies, is that legal?  Even though many at public comment asked that it be removed from the consent calender for more discussion, City Council unanimously voted on it.  Even Councilman Paul Davis and Councilman Andy Melendrez who appeared most concerned about and questioned the funds use voted on it.  This was item #16 on the Consent Calender for January 22, 2013.  CDBG funding requires citizen participation, nowhere found on the document.  So, what our CDBG funds and what should they actually be allocated for?  Well, let’s start with the following.

Community Development Block Grant Program – CDBG:  The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs at HUD. The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula basis to 1209 general units of local government and States.

About the Program:  The CDBG program works to ensure decent affordable housing, to provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities, and to create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses. CDBG is an important tool for helping local governments tackle serious challenges facing their communities. The CDBG program has made a difference in the lives of millions of people and their communities across the Nation. 

Citizen Participation:  A grantee must develop and follow a detailed plan that provides for and encourages citizen participation. This integral process emphasizes participation by persons of low or moderate income, particularly residents of predominantly low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, slum or blighted areas, and areas in which the grantee proposes to use CDBG funds. The plan must provide citizens with the following: reasonable and timely access to local meetings; an opportunity to review proposed activities and program performance; provide for timely written answers to written complaints and grievances; and identify how the needs of non-English speaking residents will be met in the case of public hearings where a significant number of non-English speaking residents can be reasonably expected to participate.

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So what happened to IE Connect? How did it morph to IE Initiative?  More to come..

WATER LAWSUIT FILED LAST YEAR COMES TO HEAD WITH A CITY OF RIVERSIDE RESPONSE.  This was the original law suit filed by Riverside Residents Dr. Javier and Vivian Moreno against the City of Riverside.

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The following is the City of Riverside’s filed response to their suit.

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UPDATE: 02.05.2013: EVEN THE CITY OF SAN BERNARDINO GETS PROP 218, WHY DOESN’T THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE?  According to an article in the PE by Cassie Macduff, Proposition 218 prohibits siphoning money from restricted funds like the water fund for general-fund expenses.

WILL COUCNILMAN PAUL DAVIS BE TREADING UNCERTAIN WATERS IF LEGISLATIVE AIDE CHUCK CONDER ENTERS THE PICTURE IN THIS JUNE’S ELECTION?

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WITH INCREASING AMOUNT OF POTHOLES BECOMING PREVALENT IN THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE, WILL IT BE NECESSARY FOR CITIZENS TO DO IT THEMSELVES?  Well, this is what San Diego Hillcrest resident Primo Vanicelli decided to do back in 2010 as reported by the SanDiego.Com

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LET’S NOT MENTION THE CITY TREES THAT TAXPAYERS HAVE PAID INTO AND ARE NOT MAINTAINED.  LAST YEAR RESIDENTS SAW THIS IN WARD 1 AS A RESULT OF UNMAINTAINED CITY TREES.  OF COURSE THE CITY IS QUICK TO TERRORIZE THE CITIZENS BY CITATIONS AGAINST WOOD STREET RESIDENTS.  WELL COUNCILMAN GARDNER ISN’T THIS YOUR BLOCK?  WHAT ABOUT ALL THE UNCUT TREES AND EXORBITANT AMOUNTS OF FALLEN PALM FRAWNS, THAT INCIDENTLY, MOST RESIDENTS TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES.  STREET SWEEPER’S DON’T, RESIDENTS DO, AND THE DON’T APPRECIATE THE TICKETS THAT CODE GIVES TO THESE RESIDENTS WHEN THEY FORGET TO MOVE THEIR VEHICLES.  WHAT’S MORE EMBARASSING IS WHEN THEY HAVE FRIENDS, RELATIVES, LANDSCAPING OR REPAIR PEOPLE OVER WHICH RECIEVE CITY TICKETS.  WHAT NOW COUNCILMAN MIKE GARDNER? IS IT WORTH THE EXTRA $40 BUCKS TO LOSE THE SUPPORT OF A CONSTITUENT?

A LETTER TO THE TRUTH PUBLICATION ONLINE:  ” GOD FORBID IF THIS 7 YEAR OLD GIRL HAD BEEN MAYOR BAILEY’S DAUGHTER…”  A letter to the editor of the Truth Publication Online regarding his opinion on two sets of rules and the devaluation of life by the City of Riverside sent by Donald Gallegos.  His opinion letter is as follows:

“Recent actions taken by Riverside authorities confirm my suspicion that there are two set of rules by which Riverside residents should be expected to live by, or face the repercussions by local authorities via the Riverside Police Department, the District Attorney’s office, and City Hall Officials. “The de-valuation of a  Riverside citizens life and of their pets. “An RPD officer can go into your backyard while you are not home and shoot your dog dead under the premise that the officer was in the act of performing their duties and was allegedly in fear for their own life after the officer had put themselves in that position.  “Can not Riverside residents keep a guard dog in their gated yard to protect their home without the risk of coming home and being told that their beloved pet has been shot to death by the RPD ?

“The fact that Riverside police chief Sergio Diaz says that there is nothing wrong with the RPD current policies and procedures regarding the tragic death of a Casa Blanca resident is irresponsible, and further endangers the lives of both Riverside police officers and residents. Imagine Jerry Carroll saying this comment after four white officers had shot 19 year old black teenager Tyisha Miller in
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“I do not blame the officer in the Casa Blanca incident, I blame the policy and procedure of allowing officers to drive while using a computer. Many police agencies do not allow this for obvious reasons.

“The recent tragedy of a Riverside traffic employee running down and killing both an adult and a child while they were innocently waiting at a bus stop.  “The Riverside police department allowed this man to go home after questioning him. The man was obviously distracted, daydreaming, or asleep, and speed was a factor when you consider the damages.  “I have since found out that the 7 year old child was black, and that the driver was a Riverside employee.  “Did the Press Enterprise print a photo of these two victims ? If not.. why not ?

“I would bet my life on this… God forbid if this 7 year old girl had been Mayor Bailey’s daughter, the man would not have been free to walk away after running them down regardless of the reasoning behind it. Someone would have hell to pay for this I can tell you that much. The man would have been arrested and charged with a minimum manslaughter charge if not more.

“Two different rules to live by and the de-valuation of the life of a Riverside resident when it involves Riverside authorities and their employees.

“Donald H. C. Gallegos.”

Letter Courtesy of The Truth Publication Online, Editor Salvador Santana.

UPDATE:02.03.2013: FOR WHATEVER REASON IT APPEARS THAT THE ORIGINAL LETTER HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THE TRUTH PUBLICATION ONLINE SITE.

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Joe D. Williams, a Parking Control Representative for the City of Riverside was named as the driver in the fatal bus stop crash.  As of December 28, 2012, the date of the incident no reported indication of a drug test or alcohol sobriety test being taken.  Incidently, Williams was also not arrested, RPD Officer Bryan Galbreath said intent and negligence did not appear to be factors in the fatal accident, though police have yet to indicate why Williams vehicle left or veered off the road.  Information continues to be sketchy and vague from police and the city.  If anyone has ever received a ticket close to City Hall, you may have been a William’s victim, it’s alleged that he has been noticed by some Riversidian’s to be hiding behind the bushes awaiting a ticketing opportunity.  A witness, Patty Roach, told The Press-Enterprise in an email that the driver had been sitting at a red light on Magnolia at Tyler Street just before the crash and did not proceed on the green light until other motorists honked their horns at him.  What appears to be a brand new KIA sedan veered across two lanes.  A double standard of how members of our city are treated, as opposed to the common taxpayer and residents?  Currently, some have said he was allegedly texting.  Chief Sergio Diaz, again supports the activity of his officers driving while on a lap top, while the rest of us may have to deal with being ticketed or arrested if in a fatal accident, what some are saying is a “double standard of hypocrisy.” Victims in these cases have been Black and Hispanic.

UPDATE: 02.03.2013: ACCORDING TO THE PRESS ENTERPRISE PARKING CONTROL REPRESENTATIVE JOE WILLIAMS WOULD BLACK OUT AT WORK!  If Mr. Williams has had a history of black outs with reference to a seizure condition, why would he be driving?  Why wouldn’t those close to him family, friends, employees and employer allow him to drive a vehicle, knowing his condition of periodically experiencing black outs?  When on the job does he, as an employee, drive a city vehicle or a operates a segway?  He has been prescribed seizure medication, and many times these medications will indicate not to drive or operate heavy machinery.  Does he take his medication daily as indicated?  Did his physcian counsel him that he shouldn’t drive?  Did he knowingly not tell DMV of his condition?  Would the two victims be alive today if someone had done the right thing?  The below reports documentation to two incidents which occurred why in the employment of the City of Riverside.

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TMC GOES GLOBAL: MONTH OF JANUARY 2013 THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES HAVE VISITED:  Canada, India, United Kingdom, Australia, Vietnam, Phillipines, Poland, Côte d’Ivoire, Indonisia, United Arab Emirates, Nigeria, Thailand, Ghana, France, Egypt, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Argentina, South Africa, Brazil, Republic of Korea, Pakistan, Ukraine, Jordan, Maldives, Israel, Turkey, Oman, Singapore, Greece, Hong Kong, Benin, Peru, Taiwan, Mexico, Kuwait, St. Lucia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Switzerland, Venezuela, Russian Federation, Uganda, Croatia, Austria, Ireland, Belarus, Malaysia, Romania, Czech Republic and Japan.

RIVERSIDE’S OWN FIVE BEFORE MIDNIGHT BLOGGER MARY SHELTON BREAKS HER SHOULDER IN A FALL ON A CITY CURVE.  Her surgery on Tuesday the 29th exposed what was seen as a shoulder bone which was badly crushed to the point of no repair.  Her shoulder bone was rebuilt with the use of a prosthetic titanium insertion which will replace the bone lost as seen in the x-ray.

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Mary thanks all of those who emailed her with good wishes and of their concerns for a speedy recovery which includes Councilmembers Steve Adams, Paul Davis, Mike Gardner; Director of Public Works Tom Boyd and City Manager Scott Barber.  Shelton is to be awarded the 2013 Bill Howe Award for Police Accountability by the Riverside Coalition for Police Accountability on Monday 11th at the Community Settlement Association, 4366 Bermuda Avenue, Riverside, CA , 92507, 6:30pm-8:00pm.  RPD Lt. Valmont Graham will also be awarded the 2013 Bill Howe Award for Police Accountability. Free and Open the Public.

FORMER POLICE CHIEF RUSS LEACH WEEKEND EXTRAVAGANZA..  IT’S HERE FOLKS! THE THIRD ANNUAL CHIEF RUSS LEACH SUPERBOWL MEMORIAL WEEKEND CELEBRATION! 

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AGAIN, FOR YOUR SAFETY, IF IN RIVERSIDE PLEASE WATCH OUT FOR CITY OFFICIALS IN WEAVING CARS!   WE ARE TOLD THERE MAY STILL BE TWO SETS OF STANDARDS!  BUT OF COURSE THAT IS A QUESTION FOR THE EXPERT ON SURFING ON A LAPTAP WHILE DRIVING,

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COMPUTER WHIZ CHIEF NACHO CHEESE SERGIO DIAZ, WHO MAINTAINS IT CAN STILL BE DONE, IF YOU’RE A POLICE OFFICER.

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UPDATE: 02.05.2013: THE THIRD ANNUAL RUSS LEACH SUPERBOWL MEMORIAL WEEKEND EXTRAVAGANZA CLAIMS ANOTHER.  RPD LT. LARRY GONZALEZ ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF DUI AFTER RUNNING INTO A MAILBOX AND A RETAINING WALL IN AN UNMARKED CITY VEHICLE AROUND 2:00 AM IN THE MORNING.  All were at at retirement party for the retiring Lt. Chris Manning.  It was also indicated that the Police Chief Sergio Diaz was attendance among a who’s who of others.  Mayor Rusty Bailey who left the pow pow at around 9:00pm, stated that “He (Lt. Larry Gonzalez) was sober when he left”, according the PE.  That folks was from the mouth of independent voice himself.  But others at the party indicate a different story regarding Gonzalez’s alleged sobriety, and why didn’t others there step up to the plate to give the Lt. a ride home?  Lt. Gonazales was not sober from those in attendance unlike the Mayor Bailey’s statement to the press.  Not a good start for Mayor’s Bailey first months in office whereby his statements have more contradiction than truth.  What about the other’s who made it home that very night without incident of hitting a block wall or even a pedestrian?  What will the outcome be?  Will Lt. Gonzalez DUI have a favorable outcome in the court system, or is this truly a visual formality?  Will Lt. Gonzalez be made to be an example, regardless of the other officers before him who didn’t make the press?

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In a new article in the PE, it states that in recent decades, police as well as the general public have come under increasing scrutiny. Once upon a time, cops often got a pass when they were caught drinking and driving. A recent Riverside police chief learned that those days are over.  Other activities of policy abuse was the use of cold plates for city vehicles issued to Councilmembers.  The DMV is clear that these types of vehicles are to be used in criminal investigations and supervisin parolees, though at one time, four councilmembers were issued these vehicles including our Mayor Bailey.

IS THE CITY THAT BROKE, WHY IS THE CITY TICKETING VEHICLES IN THIS PRIVATE MALL?  PIC SUBMITTED TO TMC OF A CITY EMPLOYEE TICKETING THE BLACK VEHICLE NEXT TO IT  IN THE RALPH’S SHOPPING CENTER ON MAGNOLIA AND JURUPA.

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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 ACLU.  RATED ONE TWO ONE STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, AND PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST… WE WILL HAVE TO ASK GREGORY ABOUT THAT ONE ( OUR PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO CONTACT HIS PEOPLE)… AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!   COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT OR FOR CONTACT!   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

Tuesday’s City Council begain with the rattle, then the strike and finally the discharge of venom by City Attorney Gregory Priamos by reading a complaint laid out against Councilman Paul Davis by a Fire Inspector.  Was this premature?  It wasn’t to long ago that a deposition by former Chief Russell Leach was release prematurely by Priamos, and the case was still active and ongoing, and in this case Bailey came out looking disfigured.   Today, Priamos released a bombshell against City Councilman Paul Davis regarding a complaint issued by a female fire inspector.  This stemmed from a June 12th, 2012 incident at the food truck festival regarding fire hydrants.  Davis and his wife were organizers of this event.  According to Councilman Davis a female fire inspector percieved that he was ‘loud’ and ‘disruptive’, therefore the complaint, and according to the Press Enterprise, felt she was ‘disrespected’.  Disrespected possibly because Councilman Davis called Chief Earley in front of her?  Now, anyone who has worked in the private sector knows, if you reach a wall with one person, you ask for the next person in charge.  This isn’t ‘disrespectful’, this is ‘expected’ and ‘acceptable’.  She also made mention that he was ‘rude’ and ‘interfered with her work’.  Then this incident evolved into a ‘discrimination’ and ‘harassment’ complaint.  According to Priamos the ‘discrimination’ and ‘harassment’ complaint was investigated by the City and it was determined to be ‘founded’ against Davis.  Therefore, it happened as indicated.  ‘Discrimination’ and ‘harassment’ accusations are serious.  So, could the perception of the chain events be a misunderstanding which now became a ‘harassment’ and ‘discrimination’ complaint?  Now, we all know about ‘harassment’ and ‘discrimination’ complaints because we have seen enough of these lawsuits filed against the City by employees.  The City, it appears forgot one thing, according to Davis he was never ‘interviewed’.  So how did this get by the good city attorney many are asking?  Well, were not sure.  But Priamos did hire a friend, former RPD Lt. Jeff Collopy, Internal Affairs Bureau, to do the “independent investigative work” on this complaint, except he forgot to ‘interview’ Councilman Davis regarding his side of the story.  “Independent”, we as you can see, Collopy was far from that.  According to a posting by Alicia Robinson of the Press Enterprise, former Lt. Jeff Collopy charged the City/ taxpayer $85/ hour for 10 hours of investigative work for a total of $850.00.

Sidenote: Is this really about Councilman Davis forcing Priamos to be transparent?  Two weeks ago, Tueseday August 14, 2012, at city council closed session, Priamos was asked to produce his personal reimbursement schedule for public record, and was given 72 hours.

This carried forward to Councilman Bailey acting as Mayor Pro-Tem, also known as “Independent voice of Riverside”.  “The City Council does not condone the actions of Councilman Davis, founded through a complaint and interview by a city employee and investigated by a private detective,” Bailey said.  “The City Council will continue to call out for behavior expected of a public official serving the residents of Riverside.”

Well okay, but we know Bailey has a few skeletons in his closet that can be called out for behavior expected of a public official serving the residents of Riverside.  Let’s not forget Councilman Steve Adam’s sliding by complaints, or the citizens complaint against Adams files by six members of the La Sierra/ Arlanza Neighborhood Aliance that was dismissed by former City Manager Brad Hudson.  Again, did Bailey know Davis never gave his side of the story in what is called an ‘interview’?

Davis went on to say.  However, I do want to add something to this, this unfounded or finding of the complaint now that it has been read out of my arrangement has not been completed.  And I’m hoping that we can.  I have not been ‘interviewed’ officially, for them to say that it was ‘founded’, I do have ‘cause on that’.  But to that person I’m very sorry, and that should be a public statement to her.  What was just read was not what I’m comfortable with.

We know the Councilman Davis and Councilman Adams have had their spirited disagreements, but for some reason it seemed that Councilman Steve Adams was egging Councilman Davis on by the following statement.  “Are you feeling that you weren’t handled appropriately?”  …….Nope, we can handled it now, you just made the statement, Adams said.  Would you like to call for an independent investigation? So that you make sure that your rights are upheld, Adams continued.  “Steve!”, Davis answered, “the information that we discussed was that it was in position that it should have been handle.  Now a statement comes out that says that in fact it was ‘founded.’”  “That is the report that was given”, Steve said…  Davis then said, “that my understanding is that one piece of this is not ‘founded’.”  The mayor then intervened as stated that the conclusion of the report was that it was ‘founded.’

Davis went on to say that “I have great difficulty with what was just read by city attorney’s office that was not discussed.”

Even Councilman Mike Gardner layed in his two cents with all the trivial remaining sense he had, and said, “as far as the council is concerned, it’s now done”.

It appears that there were parts that complaint that were ambiguously discussed behind closed doors, then an occurrence unbeknownst to him happened.  The complaint was ‘founded’.  Not a simple complaint now, it now evolved to a ‘harassment’ and ‘discrimination’ complaint.  In TMC’s opinion the lines of separation are evident, and the damage of an unaligned railroad apparent.

“The damage is done,” Davis said.

As a kids game, when you are no longer wanted as part of the pack, the bullying happens and is becomes apparent.. for whatever reason..the munimob has spoken..you can’t question it, it just is…

It appears that there were parts that complaint that were ambiguously discussed behind closed doors by ‘the City’, then an occurrence unbeknownst to him happened.  The complaint was ‘founded’.  Not a simple complaint now, it now evolved to a ‘harassment’ and ‘discrimination’ complaint.

We understand now that not even an interview of the incident was given to Councilman Davis, it appears to be a complete violation of procedure, as many are weighing in.  It’s no secret to many of Councilman’s Davis’s relationship with Priamos, and even with other councilman, such Steve Adam’s, who also put his two cents worth on the issue.  Now it’s also not uncommon to see Priamos with Adams at a local watering hole such as Mazz at the Riverside Plaza.  But others are asking now is this retaliation toward a tape of Priamos released last week at City Council, which of course the tape had nothing to do with Councilman Davis, but simply a breach within his own office.  At City Council, former Deputy Attorney Raychelle Sterling weighed in toward Councilman Mike Gardner that Priamos would call him an ‘idiot’ at staff meetings. “ I don’t know why you support the city attorney.”  We found he also called Councilman Bailey an ‘idiot’, as well.  She went further to state that Councilman Adams is a liability to the city.

So why is Priamos acting this way?  We go back in time and ask the questions on certain incidents.  The episode and complaint against former Councilman Dom Betro yelling inappropriatly and making threatening comments on Main Street at Kevin Dawson and his daughter, what did Priamos say then? Nothing..  What about the Valmont Graham discrimination case? Where Councilman Bailey may have had a part in Officer Graham not getting promoted, due to a percieved perception.  Now costing the taxpayer extrodinary litigation expenses because of a misunderstanding?  It’s been perceived that Priamos protects those he has relationships with, and others he doesn’t.  Even though he says he serves at the pleasure of the council, a different turn of event occurs behind the close doors of the Priamos office.  Many at this time are beginning to think, doesn’t the City Attorney represents and protects the needs of the community against liabilities?  Well think again, there is a whole other set of dynamics that don’t include the taxpayer, the employer.  Possibly as some have said, a whole other culture has developed at City Hall.  Viewing the incident, we know that Councilman Davis has been the sole person to vote for another ambulance company entering the boundaries of the City, such as Mission Ambulance. Could we say that the complaint by the fire inspector suspicious?  It was filed solely based on perception? Perception than now became harassment and discrimination.  Perception sure has exploded.  Let’s also not forget Priamos friendship with Peter Hubbard who runs AMR (American Medical Response).  The following is a transcribed letter of the original,  written by Priamos to the law firm representing Mission Ambulance, and telling them they cannot send a representative to City Council in order to lobby for them.

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Let’s take it a step further, his friendship with Councilman Steve Adams.  We have witnesses who seen them together at one of their favorite watering holes, the Salted Pig.  Okay, now I’m beginning to think is this whole episode politically motivated?  We forgot to say that Councilman Davis also spoke with Fire Chief Steve Earley, who state he could not comment on the complaint.

Fire Chief Earley is also a friend of AMR’s Peter Hubbard.  There has been some talk around town that Peter Hubbard (AMR) hosted Tim Stack (President of the Riverside City Firefighter Union) and Wendy Stack’s wedding reception at Peter Hubbard’s home.  We shouldn’t be surprised, after all, this is River City and screwing is king…

Of course, you know there is more to come… stayed tuned for another episode of “As Riverside Turns Your Stomach”.

“Elected officials aren’t typically involved in such investigations”… yes, that’s right. The difference here is that the staff is completely out of  control, and have repeatedly demonstrated a complete disregard for the citizens they serve. When people complain about “out of control government” this is what they’re complaining about. The staff does what they want, when they want without regard to their elected officials. Totally unacceptable. We need stronger and  better oversight on the council.   -Jim Stewart, Commenter on the PE

Yes, let’s have the city pay to block off some streets for a food truck festival and then not allow the food trucks we invited to the city to sell their food. Good for Davis for getting upset at that kind of nonsense. I was at a separate event with food trucks and the county inspectors were waiting at the gates of the event like rabid dogs. Using selective enforcement to single out and shut down businesses is one of the reasons why this state is in the mess it is in.  -John Rockwell, Commenter on the PE

Let’s start a forum of stories about fire inspectors being rude.  – Sharon Marshall, Commenter on the PE

So the city hires private investigators to handle complaints involving elected officials. Good! Now perhaps they can investigate the ones who allegedly  violated the city charter by interfering in the police department’s promotional process.   – Mary Shelton, Commenter on the PE

But this complaint is politically motivated, plain and simple – Paul questions the kickback given by AMR to the fire chief, and then this happens. It’s ridiculous.  – Jim Stewart, Commenter on the PE

If I were mayor pro tem, and was running for that very office, I might have used the “Face Time” for more strategic issues facing our city, and not bickering over an issue which has yet to be resolved.  – Ron Woodbury, Commenter on the PE

UPDATE: 08/29/2012: A REPORT FROM THE PRESS ENTERPRISE IS STATING THAT COUNCILMAN DAVIS’S COMPLAINT HAS BEEN RESOLVED.  NOW THAT THE DUST HAS SEEMED TO SETTLE, WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM CITY ATTORNEY PRIAMOS’S NEXT PERFORMANCE EVALUATION?

JUST FOR LAUGHS PERSPECTIVE..

RIVERSIDE FORGOTTEN…RIVERSIDE MAIN STREET MALL, CIRCA 1966

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!  TEMPORARILY BLOCKED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE AT PUBLIC ACCESS SITES WITHIN THE CITY, THEN UNBLOCKED.  I GUESS YOU CANNOT DO THAT ACCORDING TO ACLU.  PROUDLY RATED ONE STAR (POSSIBLY DOWN TO ZERO FROM OUR LAST ACCOUNTS) OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE FOR GOOD REASON, AND PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST, FOR GOOD REASON… WE WILL HAVE TO ASK GREGORY ABOUT THAT ONE ( OUR PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO CONTACT HIS PEOPLE)… AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!   COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPHALL SPELL CHECKERS!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT OR CONTACT US BY THE FOLLOWING EMAIL ADDRESS! CONTRIBUTORS WILL ALWAYS BE PROTECTED… YES, WE EXPECT THE JAIL TIME FOR THAT ONE…  THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

Redistricting is the process of drawing new electoral district boundaries in order to equalize district populations, and that’s that.  It’s not about business preferences or to insure a candidates political election.  The overall purpose of redistricting is to review districts and where necessary redraw districts in order to address any changes in population concentration.  Anything other than this would be considered gerrymandering.  Gerrymandering, of course, would the act of that attempts to establish a political advantage for a particular party or group by manipulating geographic boundaries to create partisan or incumbent-protected districts.  Gerrymandering may also be used to hinder a particular demographic, such as a political, racial, linguistic, religious, or class group.  A considerable amount to consider.Unfortunately, the grey lines of redistricting interpretation has escalated into a cornucopia of questionable delineations when it comes to the final district maps.  Some of the Principle Rules of Redistricting are as follows:

1. Compactness-districts shall be drawn to encourage geographical compactness such that nearby areas of population are not bypassed for more distant population.

2. Contiguity-The geographic integrity of any city, county, city and county, local neighborhood, or local community of interest shall be respected.

3. Community Interest-A community of interest is a contiguous population which shares common social and economic interests that should be included within a single district for purposes of its effective and fair representation.

4. Protection of Incumbents and Achieving Political Goals- The place of residence of any incumbent or political candidate shall not be considered in the creation of a map. Districts shall not be drawn for the purpose of favoring or discriminating against an incumbent, political candidate, or political party.

One such incident of questionable activity came up when legislative aide to Ward 5 Councilman Chris Mac Arthur, Chuck Conder questioned the possible move of his residence from Ward 4, represented by Councilman Paul Davis.

Has Mr. Conder been on a mission canvassing neighborhoods, allegedly in what some are saying ‘gerrymandering mode’ in hopes to swing a district to their benefit in the next council election?  But Mr. Conder was the same person who allegedly was involved in an altercation at city hall, to take it a step further, has blatantly called City Council Public Speakers ‘idiots’, ‘ bitches’ and even taken photographs for record purposes.  I suppose for Councilman Chris Mac Arthur’s reference file.  One would think that this would be enough for firing.  Nope, this is Riverside, we are old school, and some political families are deep rooted in more ways than one, a way that some say is responsible for how the City is currently runned.

But nothing surprises me these day when you view Moreno Valley School Board Member Mike Rios, (incidently who would want this person around or representing your children? But evidently they keep voting for him!).  This is one man who has been charged with attempted murder, pandering, rape and pimping of underage girls, a wife who has been deported for illegally being in the country and drug transporting.…a great resume and now running for City Council of Moreno Valley, which I just believe did not make the application deadline.  Should we call it sociopathic behavior?

What constitutes a resume for a position as City Council these day’s?  Would it be the same that constitutes a resume for City Council in the City of Riverside?  Could we say it would be much more than a ‘housekeeping’ background?   I would imagine one should at least be able to read the city’s financial books as a start.  But changing the page, how about those who have taken the oath of office to complete the office that they campaigned for, then inadvertently decide to change course to pursue another political office?  Councilman Andy Melendrez, William “Rusty” Bailey and Mike Gardner, decided to run for Mayor without completing their obligatory oath to represent the constituents that they asked to elect them.  Councilman Mike Gardner on record states at a City Council debate at Cal Baptist University in 2011,  that he has “no intention to run for Mayor”.  Soon as he wins the election for Ward 1 City Council, he decides to run.  The same with William “ Rusty” Bailey, who on the eve of his reelection wining decides he may also just run for mayor.  Is there something in Riverside water, besides hexavalent chromium that is causing these indecisive brain damaging responses from local leadership?

As you can see, Chuck Conder’s residence is in Ward 4, which is actually in the pink in color (according to the map)  because it reflects Councilman’s Paul Davis’s area, and is currently in the Canyon Crest neighborhood of which is in question.   The recommendation is that residential portion be shifted to Ward 2.  Conder said Thursday that he and a neighbor circulated a petition, which he created after hearing Ward 2 Councilman Andy Melendrez’s impassioned plea not to split the Eastside.  “When Andy talked about (how) contiguous neighborhoods should be respected and you ought to keep neighborhoods together and not split them, that’s what was going to happen to us,”  neigborhood Conder said.  Well it wasn’t really going to happen that way.  First, if you look at where Chuck resides, we just called it Chuckie Land for the point of argument.

Keep in mind Chuckie’s neighborhood lines (the broad red lines) are made up of Ward 4, Ward 3 and Ward 2 residences.  Even if one wanted to change Chuck’s residence to Ward 3, it would still remain within the boundaries of the neighborhood lines (large red lines), therefore not breaching the contiguous argument he attempted to make.  The ward boundary line is indicated by the dark blue line on the map.  Therefore the question of why the petition, as many are asking?  Not to make this more confusing, Chuck Conder currently resides in Councilman Paul Davis’s Ward 4.  The rumour is he wants to stay in Ward 4 so he can run against current Councilman Paul Davis in the 2013 election.  Chuckie currently stated on record he has no plans to run against current Councilman Paul Davis in the next election.  So why the effort?  Can we assume that their is some underlying agenda?  We’ve heard in the past the those in politics may somtimes portray a position of having no underlying meaning, but why do it?  Is their a concealed agenda for Adkison’s , Bailey’s , Melendrez and Gardner’s efforts to pursue the Mayor’s seat?  All have been Councilman, and all want to be Mayor…and the later three have discount their obligation to the constituents to fulfill their electoral term.

But is it also possible for those in City Council to negotiate amongst themselves pieces of their district within closed doors to insure their reelection?  Is it also possible for someone to canvass district neighborhoods for signatures in order to play musical chairs with district neighborhoods in order to allegedly benefit themselves and possibly a political agenda in the next council election?  Or a letter from the Greater Riverside Chamber President, Cindy Roth, to recommend the move of one area of Ward 2 to Ward 1?

I don’t know what really happened to decency in government, or if it ever existed, but what about our fourth branch of government?  I always thought the responsible party would be our local paper, the Press Enterprise, so why does this publication feel the need to confine opinion in the way that it does?  Opionion good or bad molds peoples opinions.  People should not have to be protected by opionion, people can certainly be the judge of that.  Relevant stories regarding the City don’t always seem to make to print.  Is it because, maybe they are so tied with the city that a true investigative story of relevance may never come to fruition.  Is it possible such non print occurrences may be due to accepting special electrical rates with the City?

CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW PRESS ENTERPRISE CONTRACT WITH THE CITY.

Would this then obligate the PE to turn some stories down?  But in the politically correct world we live in, it must seemingly be acceptable.  There was a time when part of our checks and balances in government was the press.  The presss was considered the fourth part of government, notwithstanding the judicial, executive and legislative, something went a rye when one piece failed to step up to the plate of protecting the taxpaying people.

Let’s also remember the City of Riverside owns it’s Public Utilities, and electricity can be purchased from next to nothing, allowing the City to make astronomical profits.

-THE BAILEY LAPTOP CAPER-

As Joe Friday would say “Only the facts”.  The facts are, quite confusing… We have a teenager with an attitude, no back up (not muscle, but computer lingo for data protection),  a dog that is a barker not a biter (I’m a lover not a fighter scenario) but still allowed the intruder to breach the premises, home was not ransacked, there was the feeling of being violated (which I can understand), no crystal or china was taken (did anyone care about this when they were a teenager?), emotionally disturbing face book postings (I assume nothing was password protected).  A confrontation with the hacker online, and in this virtual world a chase ensued, eventually pressing him to leave this synthetic social playground.

JUST THE FACTS!

Neighbors saw the teen casing homes but did nothing, except for one individual who confronted him, and his response was, “I’m now going to lunch”.   But according to the PE, Chief Diaz is on it, couldn’t comment on it due the ongoing investigation.

I’M ON IT..

Months back, Diaz was praised on his work on the apprehension of the fifty cent bandit, as we have posted on TMC.  A perplexing set of circumstances,  eventually leading to questions such as why did this individual actually spent the time to go on to his facebook site to post embarrising comments which were by all standards “juvenile”, (which I would and could not expect anything less from a teen).  Did this teen know Councilman Bailey?  Could he have been a former or current student of his??

No password, that was easy…Facebook, who is this guy? Let’s have some fun..

Many questions abound in this perplexing enigma, but thank god for the chief to hopefully bust this caper wide open.  And it appears they did.  Again the story reported by the PE still appears missing pieces of puzzle to make this story whole.  The Press Enterprise states police was investigating an unrelated burgalary, when they happened to visit this teen’s home and spoke to the guardian.  Shortly after, the guardian and teen met with detectives and surrendered the property.  Now it appears to me that quite possible Bailey knew the teen, and/or the teen knew Bailey.  In the real world this doesn’t happen.  I’ve had property stolen as well as other residents in our neighborhood, and RPD response to the property stolen, is that it may never be retrieved or found.  Needless to say, the laptop and all the other stolen items were found, good for Bailey.  Other suggestions from emails to help Bailey,  were using and online back up system such as Carbonite,  to protect against stolen or lost lap top computers Lo Jack for Lap tops is recommended.  Once a computer is turned by a robbery suspect, the laptop can be located within hours.  Then simply a home alarm system.

This goes to reason, as police are not always at our disposal, as one wood street retired police officer had stated, RPD is not always responsive.  This was one resident who walks his dog, and was accosted by three individuals on Ramona.  Which he was able to hold back with the use of pepper spray.  Now he walks his dog armed.  He was asked, If residents should learn how to use arms for protection, his answer was yes.  As trying times continue people will become more desperate, and individuals will need to be able to protect their properties and most importantly their families.  Local gun classes and pepper spray classes can be found by calling any gun store.  Until then, we can only wait to hear a response from the Chief himself on this laptop caper, which it appears their was a break in the story.  A great surprise for residents who never receive this quick of a response from RPD.  Regardless, as many residents agree, quite a bit of hoop la of stories for a lap top by PE, where other stories of importance are only mired into the depths and darkness below the camouflage of political quicksand.

Well, the culprit was arrested in this lap top caper.  Officer Manning said police were investigating an unrelated burglary when they visited the teenager’s home (I would imagine inadvertainly) and spoke with his guardian. Shortly after that, the guardian and the juvenile, who is 17, “met with detectives and surrendered property taken in the burglary at Councilman Bailey’s house.  The juvenile admitted participation in the burglary,” Officer Manning said.  Police believe the teenager is involved with at least half a dozen other burglaries. Manning said they assume others are involved because of the types of items that were taken. Manning said the teen has no prior criminal record, but he declined to release any identifying details because of the suspect’s age.  Bailey could not immediately be reached for comment (Well alrighty now).  A neighbor told Bailey he had seen a male teenager peering into homes, apparently casing them, but it’s not yet known whether that was the same person police arrested.  Whatever the vague cirmcumstances, we are glad Bailey has retrieved his famed lap top.  We only hope that he would now fight so that this type of efficient police work can be attained by all citizens.  In the East Side, currently RPD is still seeking clues to the June 30th murder of Ashanti Hassan and the January 26th murder of Gregory Ball.

-UNION MAYHEM IN SAN BERNARDINO: NOW THE MAYOR’S FAULT?-

It’s hard not bring up the blame of government officials without bringing up the unions.  This is of course not a one sided issue.  Public/Government Officials and Unions who negotiated unsustainable pension plans as well as salaries.  Executive Government Officials who had City Council give their blessing for their high salaries and pension, beyond the standard of the private sector.  There are two aspects here to consider.

It appears the Mayor is already being shaked down in a intimidation tactic to vote a certain way.  This would not happen if people In the communities would educate themselves in city politics and attend city council meetings and voice their opinion, otherwise what you get is out side organizations which may not have the community’s best interest at heart, because what is at stake is their interest which may be union emphasized.  Government should be representative of the people, not those who’s interest lies within a particular group or organization of a few.  This in essence can only breach the health and safety of the community as a whole.  As a whole the community must pay for it in higher taxes.  And that is would substantiate a breach of public trust by those who took an oath to protect and represent their constituents, rather than their obligations to their contributors.   Well, this will continue to become and ongoing conundrum brought to the forefront of many municipalities.  More cities in the next few years will file for bankruptcy, Compton, CA may be next..with many more to follow.  Salaries and pensions that go beyond what is found by the standard of the private sector, cannot be legitimately justified. In the private sector salaries are based on the value or service produced, in public service, nothing is produced.  Salaries are simply justified based on taxpayer monies available in some sort of revenue stream that ends up becoming some sort of illusion of value.  Unsustainable pensions: many feel these union pension contracts were negotiated not in the best interest of the taxpayer.  Therefore a breach of trust and consequently should legally be deemed null and void.

-HEXAVALENT CHROMIUM IN RIVERSIDE, ARE WE THIRD UP ON THE LIST?-

Alark Hard Chrome was a chrome plating shop in the 1970′s located at 2777 Main Street.  Soil and groundwater at this sit were contaminated with chromium as a result of spills, discharges and drips of plating solutions on the premises.

This site was added to the EPA’s National Priorities List (NPL), commonly called the Superfund Site here in Riverside.  Even though there are many hot spots of contamination in and around Riverside, the EPA has set their sights on this one and continue to monitor levels of Chromium-6 also known as Hexavalent Chromium, a known carcinogen when found in drinking water.  Hexavalent Chromium was made famous in the Erin Brockovich movie of ground water contamination in Hinkely, CA.  All of the City of Riverside’s water come from ground water wells.  The Environmental Protection Agency will continue to monitor the Alark site, ground zero for the known dumping of this contaminate.  The EPA will continue to follow it’s path, or technically it’s plume, to known drinking wells.  The City of Riverside has said that our water is safe.

Our understanding of regulatory guidelines is that neither the State of Federal Government limit Hexavalent Chromium in water, but both regulate total chromium instead.  The Federal Government has a cap of 100 ug/L (100 parts per billion) for total chromium and the State of California limits total chromium in drinking water to 50 ug/L (50 part per billion).  In 2001, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) conducted ground water samplings.  In one well (MW-7), the ground water sample contained 17,300 ug/L (17,300 parts per billion) hexavalent chromium exceeding the States maximum acceptable level of 50 ug/L (50 parts per billion).  As we understand, there are new methods to detect specifically the carcinogenic Chromium-6 (Hexavalent Chromium) in ground water.

The question which has not been quite answered, is has the plume hit the drinking water aquafiers to the extent of concerned levels?  According to Riverside Public Utilites water quality report of 2011, hexavalent chromium ranged from 1.9 parts per billion to 2.7 parts per billion, all in acceptable levels for drinking water.  So how much Hexavalent Chromium is necessary for someone to come down with cancer?  At this time the answer is unknown.  The EWG (Environmental Working Group), initiated by Erin Brockovich, is now pushing to reduce California’s hexavalent chromium limit down to 0.06 parts per billion.  In this scenario, making a case of levels of hexavalent chromium contaminant in water in relation to cases of related cancer, won’t be necessary.  Therefore, if she is successful, Los Angeles, San Jose, Sacramento and Riverside would be targets of her litigation team.  If the State levels of hexavalent chromium were to drop to 0.06 part per billion, the City of Riverside would be third on the list on the top five chromium contaminated cities.

THE ALARK SITE (FIRST TWO PICS), AND ANOTHER AREA OF CONCERN, THE NEW FAIRLY NEW DEVELOPMENT CLOSE TO ALARK ON TWOGOOD LANE (THIRD PIC).

         

-COUNCIL INTERFERENCE ON THE PROMOTION PROCESS? 35-0..SGT. VALMONT GRAHAM CALLS FOUL!

On one hand, Riverside Chief of Police Sergio Diaz states that his promotion decisions are not guided by racial bias, and he wants to dispel the image that the city “is a soft touch” for disgruntled employees by litigating their suits.  Even though the Chief refrained directly about this case, he certainly appears to infer that those bringing up these issues of discrimination are disgruntled employees.  Sgt. Valmont Graham has served the citizens of the City of Riverside for an outstanding 25 years.  Allegedly, Sgt. Valmont Graham has been passed over 35 times during his employment with the City.  It would personally be an insult to refer an officer of the law, of this caliber,(of course I’m not talking about the illegal gun sale to the former City Manager Brad Hudson by the President of the RPD Union),  as a ‘disgruntled employee’.  So why the pattern of retaliation?  Now keep in mind that the Chief was hired by former City Manager Brad Hudson, who left town in whisk to take a lower paying job for the County of Sacramento when his discretionary spending came into question.  But it’s no secret, retaliation has costed the taxpayer a mint in legal fees, and further the settlement via a court judgement.  Sgt. Valmont Graham’s original complaint is as follows:

COMPLAINT OF 07-19-2011

TMC wrote a story, City of Riverside See’s Skin Color as Problematic?  The Press Enterprise story that Sgt. Valmont Graham was passed over for promotion because he was “black”.  A highly respected black judge, Jaqueline Jackson was assigned to hear this case, but was then asked by Richard D. Roth, contract attorney for the City of Riverside, to be removed.  As an attorney, how effective will he be in defense of the City, when more than likely he will settle this case out of court.  Roth is also running for California State Senate and is endorse by those in the City such as Mayor Ron Loveridge.  By the way Mr. Roth’s wife, Cindy Roth, is President of the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce, also supported and financed to promote certain City events such as the “Festival of Lights”.

The question that seems to be returning to the forefront is, “are Council interfereing with the Police promotion process?”  Back in May 2011, Councilman Steve Adams, also a former police officer, was brought to the forefront with allegations that he interefered with the promotion process of police officers, specifically Lts. Darryl Hurt and Tim Bacon.  Even then, Adams emphatically denied any interference, though the taxpayer shelled out $550,000 to settle the case out of court.  Well, all I could say, if we shelled out that amount of green backs, the two officers must have had a good case.  It certainly appears to be a repeating pattern of this allegation of intereference with Adams, comes complete with a corresponding pattern of denial as well.  Was it a corruptible surprise that a ‘special panel’ found no ethics violations by Adams?  Even Retired Deputy Chief Pete Esquievel came to the rescue of Adams by telling the panel that he made it clear to the two officers that it was not a condition of the officers promotion. But approximately a year before, Esquievel came forward with a complaint against the police department in other matters as you will find in this tort claim.  This tort claim also followed Police Officer Neely Nakamura’s complaints against the Riverside Police Department in her tort claim.  The distrubing claim by Nakamura against the Riverside Police Department was that she was illegall held, seized and searched, kidnapped and held without reason, do in part to her alleged sexual relationship with Deputy Chief Pete Esquievel.

                                                                  

CLICK LINK TO VIEW ESQUIEVEL DOCUMENT             CLICK LINK TO VIEW NAKMURA DOCUMENT

In the case of Lt. Meredyth Meredith, the then Chief Russell Leach said he was preparing to promote her to captain.  Then Assistant City Manager Tom DeSantis called Leach to put a stop to this.  Leach found out later that Adams marched into a meeting with then City Manager Hudsion and DeSantis, and emphatically told them she should not be promoted.  Of course, you guessed it, that was denied by Adams again.  By the terms of the City Charter, members of the City Council are not supposed to be involved in the promotional process.  Therefore, a violation of the City Charter would tell us that this would be job for the District Attorney.  Well, we all know that will never be investigated, and if it is the complaint would be unfounded.

    

According to a deposition release by City Attorney Gregory Priamos of former Chief of Police Russell Leach, he states that complaints made by current Councilman and Mayoral Candidate William “Rusty” Bailey may have hindered Valmont Graham from being promoted.  In addition, we find it interesting that a deposition of an ongoing case is released by our City Attorney.  Was there some in fighting between Priamos and Bailey?  According to then Assistant Manager Tom DeSantis, Bailey was embarassed or sleighted by what Graham had said, and was furious to the point of expressing his anger to city management.  Did Bailey’s act hinder the well deserved promotion of this black officer?  Others mentioned that at the meeting Graham talked about police issues and answered questions from the audience.  One question was not a police related, but Graham felt it was more in line of a Council question.  He then handed the mike over to Bailey to answer.  Was Bailey taken off guard because of the question, maybe he could not answer?  In any case it appears he was embarrassed, then furious, not sure in what order.  Then the focus was on Sgt. Valmont Graham.  Was this simply a misunderstanding?  A misunderstanding which has cost a vast amount of taxpayer monies and resources?

If there was some words of advice, what would Sergeant Joe Friday say to Councilman Steve Adam’s?CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW CLIP

JUST FOR LAUGHS….

RIVERSIDE FORGOTTENRIVERSIDE PLAZA 1960′s, RIVERSIDE, CA

         

THE ALFRED M. LEWIS GROCERY STORE, RIVERSIDE, CA, SEPTEMBER 18, 1940, ON 10TH AND MAIN. (COURTESY OF THE UC RIVERSIDE, SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AND ARCHIVES).

CITY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, THE PRIAMOS TAPE, COMING SOON..

UPDATE: 0818/2012: CITY ATTORNEY GREGORY PRIMOS BARS MISSION AMBULANCE LAWYER FROM LOBBYING CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS TO CHANGE THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S AMBULANCE POLICY.  THIS IS ONE CITY OFFICE THAT NEVER CEASES TO AMAZE ME..  WHAT?  DON’T TELL ME…AMR’S PETER HUBBARD AND GREGORY PRIMOS ARE ALLEGEDLY GOOD FRIENDS?  I WOULD NEVE HAVE SEEN THAT COMING..

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!  TEMPORARILY BLOCKED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE AT PUBLIC ACCESS SITES WITHIN THE CITY, THEN UNBLOCKED.  I GUESS YOU CANNOT DO THAT ACCORDING TO ACLU.  PROUDLY RATED ONE STAR (POSSIBLY DOWN TO ZERO FROM OUR LAST ACCOUNTS) OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE FOR GOOD REASON, AND PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST, FOR GOOD REASON… WE WILL HAVE TO ASK GREGORY ABOUT THAT ONE ( OUR PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO CONTACT HIS PEOPLE)… AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!   COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPHALL SPELL CHECKERS!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT OR CONTACT US BY THE FOLLOWING EMAIL ADDRESS! CONTRIBUTORS WILL ALWAYS BE PROTECTED… YES, WE EXPECT THE JAIL TIME FOR THAT ONE…  THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Voilà, Now a Marketable Item for the Political Marketplace…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW FULL OBJECTION LETTER

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

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

WATER RESPONSES FROM CITY COUNCIL COMING SOON!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!  TEMPORARILY BLOCKED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE AT PUBLIC ACCESS SITES WITHIN THE CITY, THEN UNBLOCKED.  I GUESS YOU CANNOT DO THAT ACCORDING TO ACLU.  PROUDLY RATED ONE STAR (POSSIBLY DOWN TO ZERO FROM OUR LAST ACCOUNTS) OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE FOR GOOD REASON, AND PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST, FOR GOOD REASON… WE WILL HAVE TO ASK GREGORY ABOUT THAT ONE ( OUR PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO CONTACT HIS PEOPLE)… AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!   COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPHALL SPELL CHECKERS!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT OR CONTACT US BY THE FOLLOWING EMAIL ADDRESS! CONTRIBUTORS WILL ALWAYS BE PROTECTED… YES, WE EXPECT THE JAIL TIME FOR THAT ONE…  THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM 

It 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.  But there was nothing to hide after allowing $159 million in illegal RDA loans to be approved by City Council, then rejected by the Finance Office for the State of California.  What would then be the result of his performance evaluation, which was being discussed in closed sessions Tuesday April 4, 2012, at City Council?  I’m sure, just as it went well for our former City Manager, this will go well..

CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW DENIAL LETTER

Above is a letter sent to Mayoral Candidate 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 in their incestuous relationship that has grown over the years.

Such as the cozy arrangement between certain ex city of riverside employees or just BB&K employees who are strategically now on city committees.  Conflict of interest?   The cast of BB&K characters interlaced with City of Riverside 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).  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.   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 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.

CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW WHOLE DOCUMENT

Then there is developer Mark Rubin’s connected liaison with the City of Riverside and the City’s alter ego, the Redevelopment Agency. There is no doubt the brazen display of a conflict of interest displayed and perpetrated by the City of Riverside in approving the Citrus Tower’s lease deal between Best, Best & Krieger, Developer Mark Rubin and the City of Riverside.  “Three peas in a pod?”  Is it at all possible that the BB&K deal was orchestrated and designed to provide a lease revenue stream for the bonds held on the Citrus Tower project?  Was BB&K involved in bond advice for the city?  Councilman Paul Davis first told colleagues he’d heard concerns about “the general perception of the gift of public funds and creating a monopoly” to benefit a private developer, but he ended by saying it was a moot point because the city already has signed a lease.  How long will the City of Riverside continue to terrorize the taxpayer with shear incompetence and their breach of fiduciary duty to protect the coffers of hard earned taxpayer monies by the City Attorney’s Office? Good questions for City Attorney Greg Priamos, who coicidently has attended two of my alma maters, Loyola Marymount University and the University of Southern California.  A sad day for both university’s Gregory.  The question in the community are the ruthless expenditures within the City Attorney’s Office.  How much taxpayer money has been litigated out, or settled out as if it was your own, without any rational cognitive reasoning?  Or was it just for sport?  Or is the threat of litigation just a city tool used against the opposition for what is known in the business as “client control”?  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.  TMC believes the later is mostly true at our expense.  Therefore why would the city litigate to the tune of 9 million, then lose, and then have to award out 250K in one documented case?  Of course, that wouldn’t happened because after all as taxpayers we should all believe what the city does is rational and in our best interest.  Well the truth of the fact is, that it did, and nothing was in our best interest.  Though he serves at the pleasure of the council, should the City Attorney answer rightfully to the employer, which would be “we the people”?  This I say because the council and mayor has failed to supervise the activities of the city attorney.  The failure is such that we must ask the question of what makes one believe the city attorney needs to incorporate police lights with all the bells and whistles in their pimped out city vehicle? Where did one lose the sight of whose money it really is?  TMC can’t answer that, but I’m sure there is a rational answer from our city attorney, as in the case with the ‘no contracts allowed with our best customer.’  It may not be right but it is an answer.  Ultimately, the council and mayor is responsible for the activities, failures and actions of the city attorney.  In an article in Cactus Thorns, the 29 Palms City Council questions the spending to their City Attorney,  and when they looked at public records, that was even a total shock.   In this continuing painful saga, one can hire BB&K to run a city attorney’s office.  Carte Blanche in Riverside. For a price, instant city attorney, as in this article in The Orange County Register?  In the City of Yorba Linda, for example, BB&K attorney Sonia Carvalho represented the city in the capacity of the City Attorney for over a decade.  Conflict of interest? 

What is the responsibility of the city attorney?  What is the responsibility of the Federal Government?  Gregory Priamos is now after marijuana dispenseries as Hoover was after so called Communist. But now that Gregory is going after business owners such as the Johnson’s for leasing their property to a marijuana dispensery.   How allegedly connected is Gregory to pot smoking friends?  The contradiction is even Gregory allegedly has pot smoking friends, so why is he doing this?  Why does City Attorney Gregory Priamos think, as Vivian Moreno Self Appointed Citizen Auditor states, ” go and want to beat everybody up” in our fare city?

Gregory, even our forefathers smoked pot….. Gregory do you have pot smoking friends?  Do you need time to think about this one?

CLICK THIS LINK TO WATCH THE VIDEO

Well the contradiction is our first President was known to smoke hemp as it was called from time to time… or do we have to help remind you? So why is Gregory not after the most addictive drug of all time? Tobacco? or even Alcohol?

Questions have also arised in the controversial ambulance monopoly in the City of Riverside between AMR’s Peter Hubbard and City Officials.  The community is asking what are the alleged ties between City Attorney Greg Priamos and Peter Hubbard?  What are the alleged ties between Councilman Steve Adams and Mr. Hubbard?  What are the alleged ties between Fire Chief Steve Early and Mr. Hubbard?

What are the alleged ties between President of the City of Riverside’s Firefighter Union Tim Strack and Mr. Hubbard?  Why is AMR now a primary advertising entity at Regal Cinemas at the Riverside Plaza?  Does the following have any weight in the decision making process of the Council and Mayor’s influence in allegedly favoring AMR (American Medical Response)?  Bruce Barton, Director of the Riverside County Emergency Medical Services Agency, according to the corresponding document, appears was previously in the employment of AMR in 2004.

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Could this contribute to a conflict of interest outcome?  Will we find it is too close for comfort in the back of an AMR ambulance?  For a price maybe.  But AMR and the City of Riverside is not an isolated incident.  Alameda County has been a battleground for AMR’s ambulance wars.

UPDATE: FORMER DEPUTY CITY ATTORNEY RAYCHELE STERLING SERVES CITY OF RIVERSIDE COMPLAINT SUIT!

Last week former Deputy City Attorney, Raychele Sterling served the following complaint to the City of Riverside.  The suit incidently, names City Attorney Gregory Priamos, Former City Manager Brad Hudson, Supervising Deputy City Attorney Kristi Smith and of course, the City of Riverside.  This complaint was filed in United States District Court-Central District of California-Western District.  Besides the demand for jury trial, the complaint is for damages relating to violation of individual Civil Rights and Federal Law.  Already, the attorney defending the City, Brian Walter of Los Angeles based Liebert, Cassidy and Whitmore, is using Priamos’s famous words, “We believe there is absolutely no merit at all to any of her (Sterling) claims”.  In addition, wrongful retaliation in exercising free expression under the auspices of the whistleblower act.

CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW THE FULL COMPLAINT

EXCERPTS FROM THE COMPLAINT

Priamos threatened plantiff not to have any contact with the City Council…

Priamos stated that Hudson “never wanted to see her (Plaintiff’s) face again”..

Misuse of the 550 Sewer Fund has been a pervasive pattern in the City since Brad Hudson was appointed City Manager. Public Works Director, Siobhan Foster, and Deputy Public Works Director, Tom Boyd, routinely advised Public Works staff to use the 550 Sewer Fund for non-sewer related work.

     

During lunch SB ( Superintendent of Parks Division) stated to Plaintiff that she had been instructed by the Park and Recreation Director to set aside money from her budget to subsidize the City Hall café, as Provider (Company contracted with Rodney Couch to operate the Raincross Café) , was not making enough money and Hudson wanted to assist Provider.

The bond issuance documents were prepared by Best, Best & Krieger LLP (BBK) in Riverside, California, and had advised potental investors that the issuance of the bonds was to remimburse certain previously incurred improvement cost ($14,377,083.00) and to finance certain capital projects ($186,382,300.00) of the City’s Sewer System.

through its CFO, Paul Sundeen, did submit fraudulent and false documentation to the IRS to secure Treasury Credits it knew it was not eligible for…

LETTER WRITTEN BY STERLING TO THE SECURTIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

The city, through Hudson, hired an outside law firm to investigate the claims, and it found no wrongdoing. Walter, attorney defending the City, pointed to this internal city probe and an apparent investigation by the Riverside County’s District Attorney, Paul Zellerbach’s office, none of which resulted in any censure or charges.  But should we be surprised?  Considering the close quarters they all live in?  We experienced a similar result when citizen concerns were brought to his attention regarding Connie Leach, former wife of former Chief of Police Russ Leach and the City’s use of Asset Forefeiture monies in the amount of $35,000.00 to fund the Multi Cultural Youth Organization or was it really used to fund Connie Leach?

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I believe the internal probe they are referring to was former City Manager Brad Hudson’s hiring of the law firm Chigoyenetche, Grossberg & Clouse to investigate the allegations of himself.  This was whereby city employees told Sterling that Public Works bids were being fixed in order to favor one company.  Any monies left over from this department were diverted to subsidize Hudson’s friend, Rodney Couch, who ran the City Hall Raincross Café, or is know better in the community for running the Market Broiler Restaurants.  Of course after $150,000.00 legal bill to the taxpayer for this investigation, nothing pertinent was found.  Maybe if this crack law firm was to actually interview those involved, such as City Engineer Warren Huang, Sewer Treatment Plant Manager Craig Justice an former Deputy City Attorney Raychele Sterling, we may have come up with a different story.  But for $150,000.00 it allegedly appears that the conclusion derived was well orchestrated and designed to achieve an intended end result.  According to Sterling, Priamos was told about these incidents, and she was fired for doing the right thing and trying to protect the council.

In addition, where did Hudson’s paranoia lead?  It led, according to Sterling, to hacking into both Sterling and Priamos’s emails.  It led to Hudson ordering the Human Resource department to hire a private detective to tail Ms. Sterling and her children.  This at a cost to the taxpayer in excess of $80,000.00.  A similar incident of tailing took place with former Public Works Contractor Sean Gill, with a similar cost.  But according to Councilman and Mayoral Candidate William “Rusty” Bailey, Hudson was a ‘moral compass’.  Further, at public comment Raychelle Sterling talked about Priamos’s secretary decorating his house during a party, a former employee Kathy Gonzalez and alleged insurance fraud and Priamos playing golf with the former police chief while being paid for working.  If this is all true, should we as constituents of the City of Riverside allow this to happen?  While the council continues to be oblivious to these alleged activities, shouldn’t all involved be accountable if at all true?

The City should have fired Priamos years ago. His marginal legal advice has cost the City so much money during his tenure.  I hope Ms. Sterling takes the City to the cleaners. I hate to say that as a Riverside resident, but when the City starts acting like organized crime, they deserve to be punished.  I hope that Priamos’ days as City Attorney are numbered. Hudson is gone; Sundeen is on hiatus; it’s time for Priamos to leave. Maybe with a clean state in the leadership positions, and an new mayor, the City can start to make amends to the populace. With Priamos still in place, that can never happen.               – Kaptalizm, Commenter on the PE

City Attorney Greg Priamos should be tried under the RICO act.  – C’mon…Really?, Commenter on the PE

Again, in the name of transparency, good will and trust … TMC request the positions of the City Attorney, City Manager and the Chief of Police be elected positions, due to their failure to lead and their failure to protect the taxpayer.  Elected positions which would answer to the ‘people’ as opposed to a ‘do nothing or should we say do anything they want’ delegated source.  Now that the state auditor was in, will certain documents disappear?  Will the City again ‘verbally’ employ BB&K for advice or even a possible defense?  We know you heard the rings of Bell and even the clangs of Montebello, but are you hearing the Raincross Bells in the City of Riverside? Or is it just dumb bells I’m hearing?

Related Links to Stories in this TMC Blog:

Public Works Foster’s & Boyd’s the Bid Process

Fuzzy Math and the Bid Process in the Sewer, Bubbles Up the Usual Suspects

Fired Employee Alleges City Officials Awarded Millions in Contracts Without Bid

UPDATE: 05/22/2012: Former Deputy City Attorney Raychele Sterling drops another bombshell, another employee lawsuit against the City of Riverside.  Human Resources Department named in the suit.  Mayoral Candidate Dvonne Pitruzzello, spoke of the denial of public records regarding the City Attorney Gregory Priamos’s expenditures.  She state she will resubmit her request, and where is Priamos?  Is he making his exit strategy? Mary Shelton told the council that her public records were 3 week tardy.  The question to Mr. Barber, who was also not in attendance, was if the city gave it’s request to vacate from their current location. Usually a two year notice is given, and so far no response.  Self Appointed Citizen Auditor Vivian Moreno, asked for a refund of $250.00 for documents requested.  When these particular documents were requested, the documents that were delivered were not what was requested.  They were different, altered and bogus documents. 

Currently, no response from Congressman Ken Calvert when asked by Mayoral Candidate Dvonne Pitruzzello to investigate sewer bond fraud in the City of Riverside.  Interesting enough, from old research, we were surprised to see why he may not be of help, but helping himself in other self gratifying endeavors..

  There are other interest Congressman Calvert has that may not concern the constituents he represents.  Getting ‘caught with your pants down’ means, of course, what it is intended to mean.

“I noticed the male subject was placing his penis into his unzipped dress slacks, and was trying to hide it with his untucked dress shirt.”

It also appears according to a campaign he is not sensitive to the issues of the gay community, and quite possibly gay people in general, according to this 1994 campaign mailer against an openly gay opponent Mark Takano, running for the Congressional office.

Further, Congressman Ken Calvert allegedly benefited from earmarked projects he earmarked for Perris, California in 2005 with tax payer money, where he incidently owned seven properties.

 CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW THE YOUTUBE INVESTIGATIVE REPORT

But in all fairness, it appear that the House of Representatives came to the rescue on this one.  They concluded that the earmarked project would not provide any other direct or unique benefits to the properties. 

CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW THE FULL DOCUMENT

They concluded that any increase in the value of the properties resulting from the earmark would be incremental and indirect.  I realize the House usually has a way with words, but is this about semantics? or degrees?  Really now, how closely tied are all these individual in Washington D.C.?  Any guesses?  Interesting enough, I am told that many of his constituents are now seeing him much more differently than before..

Right you are, that’s an unexpected thumbs up by the Chief with respect to this unexpected bit of information regarding our local Congressman.

But in another aspect, there still has been no apology from Chief Sergio Diaz to public commenter Karen Wright, whereby she was confrontationally acosted and verbally berated at a March 16th City Council Meeting, on her opinion regarding the naming of Tequesquite Park after fallen officer Ryan Bonamino.  It appears that there are more instances of information coming into TMC whereby the Chief’s behavior was not up to professional standards, and many others who need apologizies that we can name, and others who recognize his abhorrent behavior within his own working environment that find it unprofessional.  And oops, does he have a hell of problem with bloggers?  Yes he does, and he doesn’t hold back, as apparent in many of his community and work related forums.  Many who appeared at his breakfast at the Mission Inn were vehemently aware of his focus, which again speaks of his professionalism.  One individual present, called the display of behavior “unfortunate”.

                                 

Chief Diaz is not one for freedom of speech as the majority sees it, this is suppose to be America.  There is no place for a strong repressive government ideals as he may be familiar with from his roots, this in essence can have counterproductive repercussions on our Democracy.  In a quote from the PE,  Before the evolution in technology, Diaz said, “We didn’t have the benefit of ignorant, inexperienced and hateful and cowardly and anonymous people give us their unsolicited opinions on the internet.”  But let’s not forget that’s what blogs and comment sections of many news agencies were intended to be.  It’s to get a true, raw and real opinion of how many feel, without the fear of retaliation, no matter how extreme one may percieve an opinion to be.  These comments should be put into good use, rather than censor them as some type of Batista/ Castro government would.  They are one person’s opinion, just as Diaz has an opinion, and this is all good in the central mix of opinions, whereby people can listen to all opinions and deduct their own.  The problem is whereby, censorship becomes acceptable, and one’s opinion becomes the only opinion.

There are many times when, even though there is freedom of the press and freedom of speech, it is hard to get a hearing for certain noble causes. I often think that we, all of us, should think very much more carefully than we do about what we mean by freedom of speech, by freedom of the press, by freedom of assembly. I sometimes am much worried by the tendency that exists among certain groups in our country today to consider that these are rights are only for people who think as they do, that they are not rights for the people who disagree with them. I believe that you must apply to all groups the same rights, to all forms of thought, to all forms of expression, the same liberties. Otherwise, you practically deny the fact that you trust the people to choose for themselves, in a majority, what is wise and what is right. And when you do that, you deny the possibility of having a democracy.  –Eleanor Roosevelt

What Chief Diaz needs to remember is that if he strived to make his department more transparent, questions of police tactics wouldn’t arise, or at least there would be a dialogue.  This was the very reason he was brought in and hired, to change the public’s perception after many years of allegations of favoritism, double standards and special treatment within the ranks of RPD.  In addition, just because community leaders have an opinion, you should’t castigate them, as a leader, he should embrace those concerns and work to bring the community closer together, rather than plant the seeds of divisiveness.  And if Chief Diaz feels that local bloggers are the problem, as he appears to be evidently consumed with, we have bigger problems.  Because bloggers are not the problem, leadership is, and I believe are community is seeking this in our Chief.

Mary Shelton from Five Before Midnight Blog, has much to say regarding Emperor’s with no clothes in this new blog posting..(click this link).

Or before you hit the above link to get to the really good stuff, and find free speech offensive, you may want to click this link instead..

Diaz told The Press-Enterprise at that time those posters were “sitting at home eating Cheetos in their underwear” and making anonymous comments online.

“Respect for the community, respect for other officers, respect for ourselves is going to be the byword by which I will attempt to lead the city of Riverside over the next few years”  – Chief Sergio Diaz

A contradiction in terms?

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

Double dipping must be a public sector phenomenon, but again we see a retirement at age 55, something unheard of in the private sector…and again, the gain of secondary benefits at taxpayer’s expense.  Possibly for their second life?  And another double dipping story as the one regarding former City Manager Brad Hudson below..

UPDATE: 05/24/2012: THE SACRAMENTO BEE STATES THAT BRAD HUDSON IS FLUNKING A KEY TEST- TRANSPARENCY..

According to the Sac Bee, Hudson, Sacramento County Executive plans to release his first budget proposal late.  Hudson planned to release his budget as late as June 7, whereby the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on the budget June 14 or 15.  Even Hudson’s predecessor, Steve Szalay, released his budget last year in mid-May.  Well, as Councilman Mike Gardner said when Hudson was City Manager, ” you’ve got to pay for talent”.  Well alright, we did, now Sacramento is paying for it now.

People from Riverside could tell you a lot about Brad Hudson.  His few admirers (mostly wealthy, and involved in dealings with the city) said he was effective, but most people were distressed by his manipulations, his secretiveness, and his obvious collaboration with a few corrupt developers.  I am sure that the Sacramento County Supervisors were aware of this reputation before they

 hired him, and in fact that is probably why they hired him.  The supervisors’ feet should be held to the fire by voters until they fire him, as this will be the only way any transparency or honesty can come to Sacramento county government.  – Kevinakin1950, Commenter on the Sacramento Bee

The question that Sacramento should be asking…Is Hudson competant or even qualified for the position?  These were the same questions Riverside constituents were asking, but were turned a blind eye by the Council and the Mayor on this issue.  So far according to the Bee, the way he’s runnig the budget only adds to questions about his judgement, skills and qualifications.  Sac is on to him, for River City, he just might have bamboozled them…
A Little Sac Humor..
UPDATE: 05/31/2012:  RIVERSIDE’S VERY OWN “MORAL COMPASS”, CONTINUES TO MAKE NEWS.  SACRAMENTO GET’S IT! HOW BOUT THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE? SACRAMENTO COUNTY SUPERVISORS NOT HAPPY ABOUT  HOW COUNTY EXECUTIVE BRAD HUDSON IS HANDLING THE FISCAL YEAR BUDGET PROPOSAL!  AND NEW EDITORIAL ON HUDSON FROM SAC BEE: COUNTY EXEC HUDSON COMES TO HIS SENSES ON BUDGET SCHEDULE, SORT OF..   HUDSON EVEN RECEIVED THE ATTENTION OF PRESS ENTERPRISE’S ALICIA ROBINSON WITH HER BLOG POSTING: FORMER CITY MANAGER HUDSON UNDER FIRE AGAIN.  ALSO, TAKE A LOOK AT THE UNCENSORED COMMENT SECTION ON THE SAC BEE, COMPARED TO OUR PRESS ENTERPRISE WHICH IS PRETTY MUCH ZIP.   POSSIBLY DUE TO THE IRON FIST OF CHIEF SERGIO DIAZ?

UPDATE: Alicia Robinson blogs regarding the Status quo on the menu at Riverside City Hall cafe.  The taxpayer has paid in excess of $3 million dollars to construct this cafe, which is open to the public.  The question TMC asks as Ms. Robinson ask, is the question is it the role of the public sector to pass that gray line and began to run their own businesses at taxpayer expense, in direct competition with the private sector?  TMC brought this to the attention with a posting regarding Rodney Couch, Provider Foods/ Market Broiler, and the thin line that exist between associations, friendships and favoritism:  You Provide the Food and the Couch, I’ll Provide the Millions!

UPDATE: 05/25/2012:  Standing outside our home, I watched elderly female individual taking a photo of the no parking sign during street sweeping. When I asked if she received a ticket, she said yes.  She lives down the block, her husband just had a stroke, and her son left the car out on that Wednesday, and they cannot afford the $42 ticket.  What we have been telling council is that there are families who are on tight budgets, and can’t afford a $42 dollar parking ticket.  Forty dollars can very well be food on the table.  Many who receive tickets around the wood streets are students.  The irony is that the City champions education, and would like students to eventually think of Riverside as a city to reside in.  Well, not this way… and the city doesn’t have to spend $25,000.00 on an outside consultant to find that answer.  I just gave it to you for free.  Remember, just because the street sweeper and the parking nazi have left the vicinity, they can still ticket between the hours indicated on the sign.  As a result, the residents know this isn’t an issue about cleaning streets, it’s about raising revenue at our expense..  Who makes a profit on your blue can recyclables while you pay a service fee for pick up.   A month ago we brought to our readers attention that tickets were even being issued to business vehicles as in the following TMC posting.

 In these tough economic times, will the city’s next endeavor be to ticket vehicles during trash pick up?  Will they consider billing Riverside residents for weekly garbage pick-up by the pound?  Especially now that they are doing a bang up job on creating a profit  debt with the Fox Theatre and City Hall’s Raincross Cafe.

UPDATE:05/26/2012: REDDER THAN A FOX’S COAT?  HAS THE FOX LOST IT’S PANTS?  NEW ARTICLE IN THE PE REGARDING OPERATING COST WERE GREATER THAN EXPECTED LEAVING THE FOX IN THE RED, OR SHOULD I SAY, “THE TAXPAYER”.

Councilman Paul Davis stated that, “the council should look at options such as offering a long-term lease or selling the theater”.  Now, selling the Fox Theatre is not a bad thing, it should be up for sale to be runned by private enterprise.  This is what Self Appointed Citizen Auditor, Vivian Moreno stated a year ago.  The Fox would have financial problems and it’s likelyhood that it would be closed or sold by summer 2012.  Why would the city feel that they can run a business when they fall short at running city government.  If these same numbers were corresponding to a private business enterprise, the Fox would be in foreclosure or up for sale.  That’s the real world, you just can’t continue to subsidize a deficit at taxpayer expense and believe that it is alright.  This is just a skewed way of thinking.

 City Finance Director Brent Mason said he doesn’t think city officials consider the theater a failure.  If anyone can consider any business not to be a failure when it loses close to a million dollars a year it would be someone that is spending other peoples’ money.  – Welrdelr, Commenter on the PE.

The Council and the Mayor has given a smoke screen to the problems and lost of revenue in the Fox Center.  The topic came up at the Mayoral debate and each Council candidate praised it but one honest candidate Dvonne Pitruzzello spoke out about how much this was costing the taxpayers and we didn’t make money we were losing money each year.  Dvonne suggested the City sell the Fox Center to stop losing money.  Adkison, Bailey, Gardner and Melendrez felt the city should keep Fox Center and hope for a profit in the future.  But Dvonne shocked the candidates and the crowd with the yearly lost can be doing nothing the loss would increase.  She suggested we sell it and recoup our loses.  Now that the public knows we see the same councilmen changing their view.  Dvonne has the facts of most of the debt and future debt we will learn about but the council just hope voters will elect them to stay Mayor Loveridge course and keep the deals secret and the large debt secret.  God does things for a reason and we ar learning things that have been kept secret.  Dvonne has a plan to clean up the debt and keep the council on track to do the work for the citizens not business friends.  We can expect more shockers to come as Dvonne said.  We need her to lead up to recovery and the council should be glad she took the time to get the facts to correct the mess.   - Airjackie, Commente on the PE.

According to Chief Financial Officer Bret Mason the expected deficit will be $900,000.00 for fiscal year 2012-2013.  While some of the council disturbingly feel the deficit is acceptable, no one in their right mind within the private sector would consider this acceptable.  Since when is losing money acceptable? Not in the private sector, this must be a public sector phenomenom, because when the money you are dealing with is not your own, you don’t feel the pain..  As I see it, that $900,000.00 loss could have been used for police and fire.  The city would rather have a loss then to utilize the wasted funds to pay for a police or fire salary.

UPDATE: 05/28/2012: Reported by 24/7 Wall Street, Riverside number one in home foreclosure’s.  In Riverside metro home prices fell by 56.6%, the foreclosure rate is 1 in 213 homes.

Current home values Riverside real estate and homes for sale as indicated by this link.

UPDATE: 05/29/2012: Lucky Greek owner sues the City of Riverside for $750,000.00 

Imagine what the old Marcy Library would like now if it was handed over to Lucky Greek?  What were the Council thinking?  According to the Press Enterprise the suit claims the restaurant suffered first from restricted traffic during construction of the nearby Magnolia Avenue railroad underpass as well as street configurations.  Many on the Main Street suffered from the construction, but were told they could not sue for loss of business, the city was protected against this.  Other businesses suffered from eminent domain and construction on Market Street.  Do these current businesses, some evicted and others who have gone, have someone to speak for them?  Or do they have any recourse against the City after the Redevelopment debacle?

UPDATE: 05/29/2012: RIEMER REAMING THE TAXPAYER NEVER HURT SO BAD?…According to the Press Enterprise, “Judge Riemer declared a mistrial after a week of trial testimony so he could take his vacation — costing the taxpayers (by his own estimate) up to $25,000 — on the day of closing arguments.”

          

WILL THE REAL JUDGE RIEMER PLEASE STAND UP?

WAS THE RIEMER FAMILY TRUCKSTER PACKED AND READY TO GO?

Riemer affirmed he said “something to that effect” regarding his comment to Cook. He agreed that it was regrettable. “It would be better to keep thoughts like that to oneself.”..  According to some, Rogue Judge Riemer making rogue judgments?  Not surprised, this is Riverside…

UPDATE: 06/01/2012: STATE FINANCE DEPARTMENT SENDS LETTER OF APPROVAL TO CITY OF RIVERSIDE ALLOWING COVERAGE OF $26 MILLION OF THE ORIGINAL $159 MILLION ORIGINALLY REJECTED.  THEREFORE, CURRENTLY, APPROXIMATELY $133 MILLION IS UNACCEPTABLE TO THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA AND REMAINS A DEBT OF THE CITY, OR SHOULD I SAY THE TAX PAYER.   

    

CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW MAY 26TH APPROVAL LETTER IN PDF FORMAT

ACCORDING TO CITY MANAGER SCOTT BARBER’ S BLOG, THIS LETTER RECEIVED FROM THE STATE, GIVES “CONFIRMATION THAT THE ACTIONS OF OUR FORMER REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY DID MEET THE LETTER AND SPIRIT OF THE LAW”.  BUT ACCORDING TO THE PRESS ENTERPRISE ALICIA ROBINSON’S BLOG, THE AMOUNT OF THE REMAINING DEBT IS ACTUALLY $21 MILLION.  WHICH DIFFERS FROM OUR AMOUNT OF $133 MILLION.  THEREFORE, IT APPEARS FROM THE CITY’S VIEW TO IMPLY THAT $138 MILLION HAS BEEN ACCEPTED BY THE STATE FINANCE DEPARTMENT AS LEGITIMATE ENFORCEABLE OBLIGATIONS.

ACCORDING TO THE PE, DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR EMILIO RAMIREZ STATED THAT NOT ONLY IS THE TOTAL AMOUNT STILL UNRESOLVED DOWN TO $21 MILLION, BUT “(JUST) BECAUSE THE LETTER DOESN’T INCLUDE EVERYTHING IT DOESN’T MEAN THAT THE OTHER (ITEMS) ARE DENIED”.   WE ARE THEREFORE ASSUMING THAT ALTHOUGH THE LETTER LIST $26 MILLION, THAT THE UNLISTED AMOUNTS ADDING UP TO $112 MILLION HAS BEEN BILATERALLY VERBALLY RESOLVED (Of course, no documents currently exist to corroborate Mr. Ramirez’s figure).  THEREFORE WE ASSUME THE FOLLOWING: $26 MILLION + $112 MILLION = $138 MILLION (STATE ACCEPTED EO’S).  THEN, $159 MILLION – $138 MILLION = $21 MILLION REMAINING DEBT IN QUESTION.  SO WAS THE THE $138 MILLION JUST WRITTEN OFF OR REMOVED IN WHAT IS KNOWN AS A STAFF OVERSIGHT?  OR WERE THEY, THE CITY, JUST TRYING TO PAD THE ROP’S TO SEE WHAT THEY COULD GET AWAY WITH?  OH WHAT THE HELL, I GIVE UP..I ADMIT IT, THEY’VE WORN US DOWN..

UPDATE: 06/02/2012: NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT, JACK OF ALL TRADES, ASSISTANT DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR TINA ENGLISH IS NOW ASSISTANT PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR? 

YES, IT’S TRUE..  BUT WILL SHE ASK THE QUESTION, FORMER PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR ALLEGEDLY ASKED?  “WHAT’S A POT HOLE”?  ACCORDING TO FIVE BEFORE MIDNIGHT BLOG, “MS. ENGLISH BRINGS A WEALTH OF PUBLIC WORKS EXPERIENCE TO THE JOB TO FIT IN WITH THAT PROUD TRADITION”.. AGAIN, WHAT DOES SHE HAVE A DEGREE IN?

 UPDATE 06/04/2012: IS RODNEY STILL PROVIDING THE FOOD AND THE COUCH, WHILE THE TAXPAYER PROVIDES THE MILLIONS?

WILL COUNCIL CONSIDER APPROPRIATING RODNEY COUCH, OWNER OF MARKET BROILER RESTAURANTS, WITH $48,000.00 FOR OPERATING COST ($35,000.00)  AND ADVERTISING ($13,000.00), FOR THE NOW TAX PAYER SUPPORTED CITY HALL RESTAURANT KNOWN AS THE ‘RAINCROSS CAFE’?  ACCORDING TO THE BELOW DOCUMENT, RODNEY IS ALSO CLAIMING LOSSES OF $123,800.00 THAT NEEDS TO BE REIMBURSED TO HIM BEFORE THE CITY CAN MAKE A PROFIT.  CLAUSE 4.2.1 STATES THAT ANY PROFIT RECOGIZED UP TO $100,000.00 SHALL BE PAID TO THE CITY.  IF PROFITS EXCEED $100,000.00, THEY WILL BE SHARED EQUALLY BETWEEN THE CITY AND THE OPERATOR.  BUT IN CASE THERE IS A LOSS, AS THERE IS,  THE LOSS SHALL BE CARRIED FORWARD TO OFFSET THE PROFIT IN THE SUBSEQUENT YEARS.

CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW THE FULL DOCUMENT

 WHAT DOES THE TAX PAYER GET?  WHAT DOES RODNEY GET?

1. Advertising on the electronic billboard overlooking the 91 freeway.  (so the City/ Taxpayer is paying for advertising of the billboard.  All other restaurant owners in the City get this)?

2. Rodney is the preferred provider for catering of all City Hall events.  (Since when does the taxpayer pay for event food for city hall elite)?

3. The City provides all the furniture, fixtures and equipment.

4. The City provides all janitorial services.

5. The City will pay all utilities.

THIS APPEARS TO HAVE COUNCILMAN AND MAYORAL CANDIDATE MIKE GARDNER’S WRITING ALL OVER THIS…BY GOLLY IT DOES!  IF THIS PASSES THEY CERTAINLY HAVE TO PAY FOR IT IN SOME SORT OF FEE, PSEUDO TAX  OR SERVICE FEE…

UPDATE: 06/05/2012: OPP’S! WE DID IT AGAIN!  PASSED 7-0 ON THE CONSENT CALENDER.  EVEN OUR INDEPENDENT VOICE, WHO STANDS FOR PEOPLE VOTED FOR IT..

UPDATE: 06/05/2012: DOES THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR TOM BOYD’S NEW RED CORVETTE?

RECYCLING THE MAYOR?  ACCORDING TO PUBLIC COMMENT SPEAKER REBECCA LUDWIG, IF JOHN TAVAGLIONE IS ELECTED TO CONGRESS, WILL HE RECYCLE THE MAYOR (RON LOVERIDGE) TO REPLACE HIS VACANT POSITION?

UPDATE: 06/13/2012:  City Manager presents budget, rebuttles community concerns.  I just could not help myself but add this tid bit of information regarding a response by  City Chief Finance Officer Bret Mason to Blogger Mary Shelton regarding the use of Firestations as colateral for a loan the City took out.  Mason said those assets (firestations) make good collateral because lenders assume the city would be more motivated to avoid defaulting on the debt.  This financial relationship I’ve never heard of in the current market place.  If you take a second on your home, you will as the owner be motivated to avoid default, when you home is used for colateral?  Mason went on to say, even if the city defaulted, the lender may only use the facilities until the debt is resolved but may not foreclose and take them from the city.  The key to that statement is “may”, and these are the if’s and but’s which envelop citizen concerns.  So if one defaulted as a home owner, the bank will only take your home over and never foreclose.  They will hold it and give it back to when you catch up and resolve your debt?   He goes to finish that his statement by saying basically that scenario would never happen..  “It’s beyond comprehension that the city would allow itself to get in a position where it could not make debt service payments,” Mason said.

UPDATE: 06/16/2012: Pravda Press Enterprise continues it’s art of molding popular public opinion?  Does our Chief Sergio Diaz have a starring role?  PE leading the way to absolutely no comments?

WHAT’S WRONG PE? CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH ABOUT OBAMA & ILLEGALS STEALING AMERICAN JOBS? WHY YOU SENSORING ALL THE COMMENTS THAT ARE TRUE. WE ARE IN AMERICA ( OR I THOUGHT ) WE HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH SO LET OUR OPINIONS BE KNOWN!!   – obama hater, commenter on the Press Enterprise possibly prior to being censored..

JUST FOR LAUGHS!  EVEN THOUGH I KNOW YOU’RE REALLY MAD BY NOW..

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!  TEMPORARILY BLOCKED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE AT PUBLIC ACCESS SITES WITHIN THE CITY, THEN UNBLOCKED.  I GUESS YOU CANNOT DO THAT ACCORDING TO ACLU.  RATED ONE STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, AND PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST… WE WILL HAVE TO ASK GREGORY ABOUT THAT ONE ( OUR PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO CONTACT HIS PEOPLE)… AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!   COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT OR FOR CONTACT!   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM 

While the City scrambles, TMC’s truth squad, oops, that’s the City’s tag line, has been blogging, reporting and speaking at Council Meetings as to why the Council should not have passed certain loans.  In addition, how passing these loans will come back to hurt the tax paying constituents.   The states silver bullet of termination appeared to be the only answer.  Now 10% of those Enforceable Obligations submitted to the State Finance Department were rejected for not following state guidelines.  Enforceable Obligations are legal contracts which declare that one person or agency owes another.  The question being asked is were these filing discrepancies inadvertainly overlooked by our protector of citizens, City Attorney Gregory Priamos?  And even their hired hand, Best, Best & Krieger?  Could these discrepancies possibly be considered faulty legal advice?  The City of Riverside shot back at the State Finance Department with the following letter.  According to the latest Press Enterprise the City Manager Scott Barber is defending some of the debt.

CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW FULL DOCUMENT

In the response letter sent back to the State Finance Department by City Manager Scott Barber, he then agreed with the State on the following two items which could not be considered Enforceable Obligations.  But shouldn’t the City’s legal council, Riverside City Attorney Gregory Priamos, have been able to clear this question of what is enforceable and what is not?

Page 1, Line Item 38: Grant agreement between City and Housing Authority  $60,000,000.00                                     Page 2, Line Item 13: LM LS Targets of Opportunity-La Sierra/ Arlanza            $1,085,749.17

A total of $61,085,749.17 which is due to hit our General Fund.

What is really disturbing in the letter is that Mr. Barber states there are three items of concern that can give way to a rate payer lawsuit.  This in response if the State is unable to accept the debt, it will go to Riverside residents in the form of higher utility rates.  But in doing so, these would in essence be a violation of proposition 218.  These are Page 1, Line Item 29 ($4,329,897.60), Page 1, Line Item 30 ($328,039.22) and Page1, Line Item 32 ($4,793,600.00).   Which amounts to $9,451,536.85.

Self Appointed Citizen Auditor, Vivian Moreno, emailed the following letter to Vicki Hightower of the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office indicating our frustration with the use of local resources.  The letter was also read to the Council and Mayor at the April 25, 2012 public comment section in council chambers.

CLICK LINK TO VIEW DOCUMENT

The rejections came from California State Department of Finance to the tune of nearly $159 million in projects and debts from Riverside’s former redevelopment agency, potentially leaving the city’s general fund responsible for the amount lost.  Did City management commit fraud when submitting inaccurate information to the State of California for responsibility of payment?  What role if any did the law firm Best, Best and Krieger have in this?  Or is the responsible party ultimately the decision makers, the deciders, the Council and the Mayor?

         

CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW THE COMPLETE DOCUMENT.

Above is the letter sent to Vanessa Kirks, Fiscal Manager for the City of Riverside dated April 13, 2012 from Mark Hill, Program Budget Manager for the California State Finance Department detailing the states rejections.  What was also found, was that the California Department of Finance sent 55 cities this letter out of over 400 cities with one or more items rejected.

CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW THE CORRESPONDING DRAFT ROPS SUBMITTED TO THE CALIFORNIA STATE FINANCE DEPARTMENT BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE.  POINTS HIGHLIGHTED IN YELLOW ARE THE REJECTIONS DETAILED BY THE STATES LETTER.

What people need to know about the relationship between the Redevelopment Agency and the City of Riverside, is that Redevelopment Agency is a state agency.  The agency board is made up of your own city council, mayor and employees of the city’s development department. The City and Redevelopment are one in the same, they just change hats.  Ultimately, they are responsible for all actions and decisions.

The state then mandated that local oversight boards or succesor agencies be created to organize and dissolve the assets, debts and other obligations of the former Redevelopment Agency.  Loveridge stated, “The irony of this is that the state set up these local oversight boards but (the Department of Finance) is setting the rules of the game”.  True mayor, but did some of your oversight board actually know some of these loans were wrong? While others may have not?  Or were you steered inaccurate legal advice?  Also Mayor, when you met with the initial oversight board didn’t you set some rules of the game?  It appears that Mayor Ron Loveridge and County Supervisor John Tavaglione appointed each other for Chair and Vice Chair of the Board.  Conflict of interest?  Or just two peas in the pod?  Not to mention, it appears that John Tavaglione is covering all bets by endorsing three mayoral candidates, which are running against each other.  Former Councilman Ed Adkison, Councilman Mike Gardner and Councilman William “Rusty” Bailey.  But would these endorsements have have anything to do with John Tavaglione running for Congress?  Or further, even Richard Roth, Esq., oops General Richard Roth, Esq.,  who does quite a bit of legal work for the city, such as the current Sgt. Valmont Graham case regarding racial discrimmination issues and a proposed settlement offer in todays city council agenda.  Even though they are both endorsed by Mayor Ron Loveridge, is this a conflict of interest?  Or just bad, bad business?  Even Nick Tavaglione endorses General Richard Roth.  Possibly some relation to John Tavaglione?   “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive”  This is pretty bad legal situation for our city and someone needs to be disbarred, but the city which continues to exist in a clouded stupor and may not have the gumption to know the difference.  For example, there are City loans made to the redevelopment agency, if not repaid, could be a future hit to the $214 million general fund. The problem is our general fund will not be able to sustain the additional debt load, we our are currently in a deficit as it is.  Will this mean layoffs? Program cuts? Department cuts etc. etc.?  More utility hikes?

If you were to read the California Department of Finance Question & Answer, which appears our city management did not, it states what is acceptable and what is not.  The state even has Question & Answer on Enforceable Obligatons as follows:

CLICK THIS LINK TO VEW FULL VERSION.

The Oversight Board or Succesor Agency, with John Tavaglione and Mayor Ron Loveridge on the sidelines appeared to approve all the obligations for the former RDA and thought they could pull the rug over on the State Finance Department.  The City and the Oversight Board sent the state a list of obligations they said were allowed and should be paid under the 2011 law that dissolved redevelopment agencies.  The Oversight Board in itself was filled with conflicts of interest, and they obviously acted accordingly and expectably.  The state then enforced its own pre-released guidelines, and rejected particular line items accordingly.  State officials disagreed with a number of items on the list, including construction contracts for the new downtown fire station, Municipal Auditorium and Doty-Trust Park, as well as a disputed amount of loans from the city to the redevelopment agency and nearly $18 million from bonds issued in 2007 that the state says should not be spent.  The City of Riverside took offense, and threatened litigation, well Gregory did, possibly by default.

In response to the State Finance Department rejection letter, City Manager Scott Barber will now send the state a response letter early this week, while Mayor Ron Loveridge will follow up with a trip in person to Sacramento.  This will turn into a grand event by having his lobbying group, the League of Cities, behind him?

City Attorney Gregory Priamos stated, “We’re confident that by continuing to engage in a serious dialogue with the Department of Finance that we’re going to solve these issues without the need for litigation.”

But to even think that the city attorney would threaten the state with costly taxpayer litigation without considering the guidelines the state implemented,  would be considered political suicide.  Especially in a time when the city has less of a revenue stream, but not the city attorney’s office it seems.  But of course, this is an office which operates without transperancy and without the duty to divulge expenses to the public, of which the public are entitled to.  Many constituents in the City of Riverside are telling TMC that they are questioning Greg Priamos’s abilities and practices, which do not appear to be truly protective of our local constituents interest.

According to the letter sent to the City of Riverside by the State of California Finance Department the state says no to approximately 10% of the submissions, while the City of Riverside of course, as we are now aware, threatens litigation.  What the State is saying is that Enforceable Obligations (EO),  of which the State cites HSC section 34171 (d) , declares in part that Enforceable Obligations do not include any 1. Agreements, 2. Contracts or 3. Arrangements with City (that created the Redevelopment Agency), and especially the Redevelopment Agency itself.  So it appears that the City and the Redevelopment Agency entered into multiple loan agreements.  The law appears to be very clear, I’m not sure what part Gregory, our City Attorney and Best, Best & Krieger didn’t quite get?  I know that they are both sharp cookies and it would appear to me that they wouldn’t allow the city to submit erroneous paperwork purposely.  But what do I know, I’m only a common citizen..

But let’s go a little further down.  The State considers the following not EO’s.  You cannot make inter agency loans and that’s what the TMC truth team has been trying to tell the Mayor and the City Council.  Did the city’s lobbying group The League of California Cities say this was legal.? Did the Greater Riverside Chamber say it was legal?  Did our City Attorney Gregory Priamos say it was legal.  Did Best Best & Krieger, the City’s hired law firm, say it was legal?

There were loans between RDA and the City totaling $41.3 million.  There was a cooperative and an agreement between RDA and the City totaling $61.2 million.  There was a loan between RDA and the City Housing Authority totaling $1 million.  So far $103.4 million total

Then there was an unused revolving line of credit for $19.9 million.  Again it remained unused, but the City still tried to push this through for payment regardless.  The State said no, it’s not EO’s. New total is $123.3 million.

There are contracts with the city with other entities, not RDA, that the City tried to pass to the state as a Redevelopment issue for $19.9 million.  It said no, these are not EO’s. New total, $143.2 million.

There was various expenditures with no expenditure contracts, similar to how the City handles business with BB&K, with no contracts.  The state said no, this amounted to $15.4 million. New total, $158.6 million.

So for now, the City of Riverside claims victim status, blaming the state for themselves over extending the city’s finances.  We all know that the City is in denial, they will never admit fault, and will not take a bit of responsibility for their past voting record as they should.  Continuing to blame the State Finance Department for themselves incurring our $2 billion in Redevelopment debt, and of course, the constituents of this city will ultimately be responsible for the debt.  We must also not forget those who were in charge at the time of these occurrences, such as Former Chief Financial Officer/ Assistant City Manager/ Treasurer Paul Sundeen.

The truth of the matter is that the city can only ‘cry wolf’ a limited amount of times, before the residents of this community realize what they have done.  But in all fareness we must allow the city’s newly formed “truth squad” to respond to this conundrum, and we will wait to hear from them.

Interum Public Works Director, Tom Boyd is now named Public Works Director.

It is now time time to ask the Public Works Director the question the constituents have been waiting to ask, with regards to bids, contracts, change orders and accountability of which he has taken part of .

UPDATE: 06/01/2012: STATE FINANCE DEPARTMENT SEND LETTER OF APPROVAL TO CITY OF RIVERSIDE ALLOWING COVERAGE OF $26 MILLION OF THE ORIGINAL $156 MILLION ORIGINALLY REJECTED.  CURRENTLY, APPROXIMATELY $133 MILLION IS UNACCEPTABLE TO THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA AND REMAINS A DEBT OF THE CITY.

WHAT WOULD JOE ISUZU HAVE TO SAY ABOUT ALL THIS?

UPDATE:04/23/2012: CITY HALL SCUFFLE? Info has been brought to TMC that Councilman Chris Mac Arthur’s aid Chuck Condor was allegedly involved in a scuffle with another individual at City Hall.  Condor has been called on the carpet of City Hall for making derogatory remarks such as calling woman commenters “bitches” and “idiots.”  This was done in plain sight of others at city meetings.  Is Condor out of control?  Or is this an accepted part of City Hall culture?  TMC has been told Chuck Condor is now on administrative leave, ‘paid leave’?  That we do not know.  Is Chuck Condor going to lawyer up?

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!  TEMPORARILY BLOCKED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE AT PUBLIC ACCESS SITES WITHIN THE CITY, THEN UNBLOCKED.  I GUESS YOU CANNOT DO THAT ACCORDING TO ACLU.  RATED ONE TWO STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, AND PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST… WE WILL HAVE TO ASK GREGORY ABOUT THAT ONE ( OUR PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO CONTACT HIS PEOPLE)… AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!   COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT OR FOR CONTACT!   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM 

NOT AGAIN…WEREN’T THOSE TWO HERE LAST WEEK?

CITY OF RIVERSIDE PUBLIC UTILITIES DEPARTMENT PROPOSED ADOPTION OF THE NEW PURPLE PIPE  WATER RULES AND RATES

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING- TOMORROW - April 6, 2012 at 8:30 a.m., Public Utilities Board Room – 3901 Orange Street

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to Article XIIID of the California Constitution, RPU is proposing to adopt the following increases to the City’s Water Rates, for water service to the parcel for which you are shown as record owner directly liable to pay such rate.

(1) A monthly recycled water charge based on meter size to all water rates of approximately $2.00 for residential and non-residential customers with meter sizes from 5/8” to 3/4”, effective May 1, 2012 (except for WA-2, WA-5, WA-8, and WA-10 rates). A monthly recycled water charge for other meters, ranging from $3.34 to $333.34, will be levied and will be dependent on the size of the meter.

(2) An increase to the monthly recycled water charge based on meter size to all water rates of approximately $2.00 for residential and non-residential customers with meter sizes from 5/8” to 3/4”, effective May 1, 2013 (except for WA-2, WA-5, WA-8 and WA-10 rates). An increase to the recycled water monthly charge for other meters, ranging from $3.34 to $333.34, will be levied and will be dependent on the size of the meter.

UPDATE:04/05/2012: A LITTLE POT? STAY IN YOUR SEAT GREGORY, NOT CANNABIS:  Joel Udayke, The Flowerloft, formerly downtown Riverside, indicated an RPD officer arrived to his new place of business to investigate the ownership of a pot.  The very professional officer was taken to the pot after he described it, shown the pot which had the business name on it.  Asked a few questions and was satisfied it was owned by Mr. Udayke.  Joel asked him who called you to come in?  He stated that the call came in from the City.  Joel and the City have been at odds since given a 3 day notice to leave his Main Street address, which to this day remains empty.

As many residents know, it is difficult reach an officer quickly in some instances, for them to be sent out questionable scavenger hunts.  Isn’t it enough that their professionialism is questioned by city officials in city chambers to bring them to the level of ‘bouncers’ at City Council Meetings?  TMC responds, ‘unforgiveable’.

UPDATE:04/04/2012: AWARDS:   The City of Riverside issued a press release announcing that they are the recepient of the Certificate of Achievment for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the US and Canada for it’s comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).

The question of awards and how they are persceived has been brought to the forefront since the City of Bell and their financial problems, like Riverside, Bell also received the same award in 2005.  Not only did Bell receive this distinquished award in 2005, but in 2008 as well.   Mayer Hoffman McCann pointed out in this article that accounting statements are only as good as the information that accountants and auditors are given. The auditing process might be perfect, but the results could be wildly of whack if they’re using doctored information.  Further, Joe Crivelli, the firm’s spokesman, told the Orange County Register: “When the client wants to hide something, they can. If there’s fraud going on, they’re not going to be suddenly up-front and honest.”  You may ask what relevancy do awards serve? or do they have any value?  The answer is yes, as in the City of Bell’s both awards were submitted as part of a bond prospectus, which is provided to investors deciding whether to purchase slices of municipal debt.  Awards utilized iin this manner give prospective investors the perception that their money is safe, and the risk is low.

                                

Incidently, GOFA appears to be a lobbying group according this article, whereby they are working to introduce a bill to congress to ease restriction on tax exempt municipal bonds.  In addition, the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers also awarded the City of Bell Outstanding Financial Reporting in 2006.

Incidently, again, the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers also awarded the City of Montebello Outstanding Financial Reporting in 2008.

Even Hercules, California, according to this October 22, 2010 memorandum, recieved the Certificate of Achievment for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for their 2008/2009 CAFR.

City of Riverside’s City Manager responded to the award in his blog by stating the following:

Second, I am also very proud to share with you that the City of Riverside has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for our comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). According to GFOA, the Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. Also, I think it is important to know that our CAFR was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of GFOA’s program, including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate Riverside’s financial story.

I hope that both of these recognitions assure all of our citizens that highly respected, independent organizations have reviewed our financial standing and reporting practices, and they have both given us high marks.

TMC WEB SITE BLOCKED:

TMC blocked at the Riverside Downtown Library.  According to public comment speaker Errol Koschewitz mentioned that at the county library the site is not blocked.  A local resident tried to access the TMC blog site, and observed an “access denied” notice on the screen.  A librarian said the denial came at the city level.  This in lieu of repeated request by Rebecca Ludwig, requesting that porn sites be blocked from library sites.  But because it is public tax payer funded,  it would be violating the law if the city did so.  But it appears poltical blog sites can be blocked, but porn sites not… ACLU getting involved?  Evidently, government entities cannot censor or ban political blogs based on what is written in them.  Who in the city ordered this?  Is the city being set up for more liability at the expense of the taxpayer.  If it wasn’t for unecessary legal liabilities, our city would definitely have the $4 million for Tequesquite Park.  Many in the community are at odds, not understanding why the city is practicing Banana Republic Politics..  Will castles made of sand eventually fall into the sea?

UPDATE:04/04/2012: WE RECEIVED WORD THAT THE BLOCK HAS BEEN RELEASED, AND TMC SITE IS NOW VIEWABLE.  THANK-YOU CITY OF RIVERSIDE!

Former Assistant Deputy Attorney Raychele Sterling fired upon Gregory Priamos’s City Attorney’s Office regarding the language of public work performance evaluations sheets, and how these sheets were not reviewed by the city attorney’s office and can place the city in liability.  This is existing under current interum public works director Thomas Boyd.  This performance evalutaion is a ‘lottery  ticket’ for outside employment attorneys with regard to discrimination suits.

CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW THE TOM BOYD SPECIAL

 After, her three minutes, City Council Steve Adams was laughing.  Sterling blasted at Adams, “Do you think discrimination is funny”?  He answered back, “Yehh”.  This response should not be overlooked and should be a reality check for the community, and especially those we inherently place in office to represent us.  But the community is to blame, when less than 20% of the Riverside population vote this is what you get.  The other 80% remain ‘apathetic’, but apathy has no friends in this political world.  A true vote of the people, not a perception, has the ability to make real change, and change cannot happen without 100% involvement by the community.

CLICK THIS LINK TO ACCESS VIEWING OF 04/03/2012 CITY COUNCIL FOOTAGE, AT PUBLIC COMMENT

This is lieu of the many cases of litigation with discrimination being involved.  One current case is Police Officer Sgt. Valmont Graham indicating discrimination by his department.  Sterling’s premise is that there are many items not attended to that sets the road to unecessary and costly litigation.

Self Appointed Citizen Auditor Vivian Moreno blast Councilman Rusty Bailey with this statement, ‘I just want you to know, that I know”..  Also brought to their attention the disproportinate amounts community business chambers receive.  The Greater Riverside Chamber received in excess of $5 million over 10 years, while the Hispanic Chamber received about $41,000.00, the Indian/Asian Chamber received about $2,600.00, and the African American Chamber received $355.00

City Councilman Andy Melendrez explains the difference between Indian culture and Spanish Culture to Councilwoman Nancy Hart, regarding the original construction of the Trujillo Adobe.

No sign of former finance director Paul Sundeen and no word from Congressman Ken Calvert with regard to a request to investigate sewer bond fraud.  Ken Calvert remains on public notice.

Late in the week we received are public records for the actual cost of the six fire stations which will be used for collateral for the new Tequesquite Park.  First, the construction cost correlate to the economic arena of the date they were built.  The cost were as follows:

  1. Fire Station #3 (Magnolia Center) was built in 1962……..$132,049.72
  2. Fire Station #4 (University) was built in 1963………………..$67,501.89
  3. Fire Station #2 (Arlington) was built in 1971………………. $253,782.15
  4. Fire Station #8 (La Sierra) was built in 1977…………………$315,717.81
  5. Fire Station #11 (Orangecrest) was built in 1991…………$1,101,063.00
  6. Fire Station #12 (La Sierra South) was built in 1996…..$2,359,854.27

The total cost considering the economic cost for those dates is $4,229,968.70, although the current economic value is not known at this time.  There is also related capital improvement cost for three of the stations above. The records attained were the result of a public records act request.

Regarding item # 14 Mayor Loveridge’s Campaign to promote, attract and retain individuals and families to live in Riverside. I’m glad they are acknowledging this, this is multi concern issue with regarding many residents leaving the city.  First looking at encouraging new families to move into the City of Riverside, the city needs to look at the family they already have here.  They (city) have ripped off low income housing,  They ripped off the schools and left them grossly underfunded with your redevelopment program.  Maybe if we were funding our schools and redoing our downtown library instead of building a hotel we would have a nice place for some people to live.  You have put us in the worst financial crisis of the history of Riverside.  You have raised our utility bills.  You want us to pay the purple pipe (new water reclamation program).  You sick code enforcement on us.  You ticket us to death.  We can’t have friends or family over to visit on Wednesdays in our neighborhood, because there is no place to legally park.  You are going to increase our sewer fees. You want access to our property taxes with an increase to the storm drain water compliance system CSA 152  from $2.83 to $10.00.  No, we are still in America..but where are we going?

The City of Riverside has spent $230,000.00 to hire a private detective to tail former assistant deputy attorney Raychele Sterling and her children and hire a law firm to investigate themselves in the name of descency,  or was it really retaliation and/or for the purpose of intimidation?  Other fired employee’s have received the same treatment of tactical retaliation and intimidation in the name of ‘client control’.  Former fired public works contractor Sean Gill may have been another victim of this expensive taxpayer paid intimidation tactic.

CITY MANAGER’S SCOTT BARBER’S BLOG SITE UP AND RUNNING!  TMC APPLAUDS CITY MANAGER SCOTT BARBER FOR STRIVING TO BRING TRANSPERANCY TO THE PUBLIC REGARDING CITY ISSUES.

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!  RATED ONE STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..TEMPORARILY BLOCKED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE AT PUBLIC ACCESS SITES WITHIN THE CITY.  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, AND PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST… WE WILL HAVE TO ASK GREGORY ABOUT THAT ONE… AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!  COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT OR FOR CONTACT!   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM