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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

According to the PE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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                              CITY COUNCIL MEMORANDUM                                     RIVERSIDE WATER ORDINANCE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Remember, we were never in a drought in California, we over extended ourselves by bad building and planning decision.  California had always had limited resources regarding water, and growth should have been taken into consideration.  Your representatives are responsible for that.

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

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Does the famiglia buy loyalty in the realms of the press?  The County lists it’s legal filings with the Press Enterprise (PE) – which of course, keeps ‘em afloat money-wise.  The County could use other newspapers – most in the County – even the little one’s are certified by the court for legal filings.  But the county pays the PE (sometimes 3 times the cost) the high end legal “ad’s” pricing.  Many of these little local “rags” charge a third of what the PE charges.  Could it be that John Tavaglione (JT) buys loyalty?….Is Tavaglione behind the PE not hitting hard, with reference to media events?  Could this scenario explain how he’s protecting his boy Mayor Bailey?  Mayor Bailey being a former staffer of John Tavaglione, and interesting enough, also worked for Congressman Ken Calvert, who didn’t hold back when it came to his voracious appetite for female street walkers.  Rumors in the grapevine continue to connect Calvert with local hotels and hookers.  Don’t quote me on that, these are alleged rumors.  Of course, Calvert and Tavaglione are friends.

These two have been seen associating with Western Municipal Water Board of Director, Don Galleano and of course Riverside’s own, Councilman Steve Adams in many local watering holes.  The “dangerous liaisons” appear publicly clear, but what does this all mean?

Well, first, it is no surprise that Riverside County Supervisors support Councilman Adam’s run for Congress, and of course, Michael Williams directing his fundraising campaign.  But why is that?  Councilman Adams has the most ethics complaints filed against him, but of course through a Council admitted flawed process, appears to always result in a favorable outcome.  But when you view the network of individuals involved in the political process or, as I call it, the “Machine,”  it is no surprise that Riverside County Supervisors support Councilman Adam’s run for Congress.

So what is the connection or relationship between the PE and the City of Riverside?  We do know they received preferential electric rates at one time.  Would this be a gift of public funds since the residents of Riverside had to pay more for electricity of a utility they publicly own?  So,  if Adams is seen conversing with Ronald Redfern , former CEO and Publisher of the Press Enterprise, what kind of message does this send to his community?  Or could this be construed as meaning anything when it came to City politics?  We give you this recent political article by non other than Councilman Steve Adams in the PE.  Is the fact that this article received exposure in the PE directly due with who you know?  Is this a free campaign ad given to Steve?  Why is Steve on board with the PE as a contributing writer?  The County of Riverside under the direction of Tavaglione purchased the Press Enterprise building…coincidence?  Former PE CEO and Publisher Ronald Redfern is incidentally now Chairman of the Board for the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce.  We also see that Cindy Roth is involved, who’s husband is now Congressman Senator Roth, who did outside legal work for the City of Riverside..  and of course, Roth’s legal work never directly impacted the taxpayer’s with a positive benefit!   Not surprising..  But what was Cindy Roth’s position of going to each council member to, as Rodney King would say, “Can’t we just get along..” when tension escalated with council members.  Who is Cindy Roth and why doe she appear to have some sort of influence on elected officials?  Was she worried about her taxpayer handout?

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I think John Tavaglione is the reason behind the PE not hitting hard on issues that are important to the community.  His connection to the PE is uncanny.  Is he’s protecting his Boy Bailey (the current Mayor, William Rusty Bailey) – no doubt in my mind.  The PE appears to cave to the supes – especially when we know that JT is the “leader” of the Supes.  We must not forget the Inland Empire Political Fundraiser Icon, Michael Williams – often referred to as the only real game in town, is an ally of JT.  It has been purported that Tavaglione owns the building that Williams  resides and rents office space from.  Would that be some sort of red flag?  I would think so. So if John Tavaglione does not approve of a candidate or a particular measure, can we say that Mike won’t do the political fundraising?  If this is true, does someone have to kiss the “Godfather’s” ring to get approval and show ones loyalty?  The Michael Williams Company client list appears to be quite telling.  Made up of the “usual suspects” with a particular commonality.  Not hard to see a diffused political leaning as we would imagine.

What causes the political chaos or the stagnation of someone attempting to do good for the community?  Would it be who you know?  Has one person become so powerful that one nervously jumps at the drop of a pen when asked to do a favor?  A possible favor to maintain status quo?  Of course, in the sense of JT’s boy Bailey the appearance of not being status qou would not be acceptable..
(RPOA) Riverside Police Officer’s Association,  President Brian Smith is a friend of John Tavaglione.  He who controls RPOA campaign funds, as Smith – can often control some Council Members, as what we have seen with such graduates of RPOA in Riverside, as Chris Lanzillo.   The “control” has been seen in the “Soubirous Hearing.”  .. known as “The Soubirous Hearing Debacle,” that Smith was a part of.  But the whole agenda just appeared to “blow back” on their original plan.  Was this all about the “Cop Play Book?”   Further, JT also toppled longtime Riverside Sheriff’s Association (RSA) President Pat McNamara.  Former County Supervisor Bob Buster one stated, “RSA is the single biggest political force in Riverside County.”  Well, not anymore. RSA President Robert Masson, supported by Big John, toppled McNamara two years ago and now controls the very large PAC fund built up during the McNamara years.  Since John Tavaglione (JT) controls Masson, he now controls the RSA Political Action Committee. The PAC funds are rumored to be half a million or more. Big money – huge control. Val Hill, who claims to be a good friend of JT, reportedly was recruited by him to run for Riverside City Council last year.  Let’s see, RPOA (strongly influenced by JT) supported a longtime friend of JT – she certainly would have fully supported Bailey and company.
From a residents point of view Val Hill certainly didn’t appear to know the issues, well to put it bluntly, didn’t really know jack shit!  Not to mention the shit load of money to support her campaign that didn’t pan out except for the broken sewer pipes.  So, JT, a County supe, strongly influenced Brad Hudson, who was a former County Employee prior to moving over to Riverside City.  His “mini-me” DeSantis, came from the County as well.  And we know Priamos needed an “exit stage left” when the poop hit the fan over the Soubirious “investigation” flop, and had a soft landing with a County job.  All John Tavaglione?…. I would bet on it!  If this is all true or somewhat true, how could John became so powerful as a simple public servant?  Is he really there to represent the taxpayer?  Or does his organizations true objective lie elsewhere?  Benefiting ….  ?
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CITY OF RIVERSIDE: COUNCILMAN STEVE ADAMS TAKES THE CAKE WHEN IT COMES TO ETHICS COMPLAINTS! WHAT! HE IS RUNNING FOR CONGRESS?  THE US CONGRESS?  In a recent PE article Councilman Steve Adams stated that “This system is broken and it’s unfair,” Councilman Steve Adams said. “I don’t think we have the transparency that we need.”  But, but in one of these complaint Steve stated that he saw corruption, not once, but two times!  It appears that the Ethics and Complaint process that was set up, designed and crafted by former City Attorney Greg Priamos has been brought to the fore front.  It appears that he skipped town just in time to work for the County Supes… Steve takes the cake as the most Ethics Complaints which have been brought against a Councilman in the City of Riverside..and were unfounded! So the question is, did he or didn’t he see corruption in the City of Riverside?  We think he did..and the Ethics and Conduct process was set up for Stevo and his episodes, to be mitigated to a position of non compliance.
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 I WONDER IF COUNCILMAN PAUL DAVIS REGRETS MAKING THIS ENDORSEMENT?
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Great work justice league! I know who John Aki is and in my estimation he has always been a straight up guy. I wish the best for him in his lawsuit. I will post his lawsuit and details. Thanks again for your insight and information. Agreed..why this news isn’t in the Press Enterprise, I just cannot understand. It may be why they blocked me from commenting, but their are many more who have contacted me complaining about being blocked by the Press Enterprise. Is the Press Enterprise a real newspaper? Or is it bought and paid for as many politicians are? I believe the next posting may have some answers. I look forward to your comments.  – Thirty Miles
UPDATE: HUMANITARIAN RESOLUTION TRIGGERS ETHICS COMPLAINT AGAINST COUNCILMAN ANDY MELENDREZ!
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UPDATE: MAYOR WILLIAM “RUSTY” BAILEY SERVED RECALL PAPERS AT TUESDAYS CITY COUNCIL MEETING! MORE TO COME…
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TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!  TEMPORARILY BLOCKED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE AT PUBLIC ACCESS SITES WITHIN THE CITY, THEN UNBLOCKED.  I GUESS YOU CANNOT DO THAT ACCORDING TO THE ACLU.  RATED ONE TWO ONE STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVLY EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE (WE BELIEVE THIS WILL END SOON, SINCE THE FOCUS IS NOW ON THE IMPROPRIETIES OF MR. “Z”, WE TRIED TO TELL YOU, BUT NOBODY LISTENED), AND DON’T FORGET WE ARE PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST… A STRATEGIC LEGAL MANEUVER THAT CAN BE DONE ONLY IN RIVERSIDE WITHOUT A CONTRACT, WE WILL HAVE TO ASK GREGORY ABOUT THAT ONE ( OUR PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO CONTACT HIS PEOPLE)… AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!   COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  WE JUST CAN’T SPELL!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT BY CONTACTING US AT:   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW FULL AGENDA

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

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

Instructions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WE WERE TOLD THEY ONLY GLOW AT NIGHT..

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

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

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

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

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW FULL MEMO WITH ANALYTICAL CONTAMINANT RESULTS

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

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW FULL FACT SHEET

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Letitia Pepper

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

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

 
 
   

Brown Act Primer: Closed Sessions

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

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

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

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June 17, 2014 City Council: Public

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aurelio Melendrez

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brian C Smith

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

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

Hi Brian,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Again, thank-you for contacting us.

All the best,  Javier Moreno

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

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

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

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

Letitia E. Pepper

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

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RIVERSIDE COUNCILMAN PAUL DAVIS GET’S SMART..

Councilman Paul Davis made the call to State Controller John Chiang’s office in order to initiate an audit this past Wednesday morning.  At City Council this past Tuesday, questions just seemed to abound in the audience, and when the answers to questions  just seemed not to be right, it just generated more questions.  The more questions that were asked specifically two Council member Davis and Soubirous, just seem to cause blow back by City personnel.  But why?  In July 2009 the rate for a single family dwelling was $14.94.  By July 2014, the rate was to be $28.55 + CPI (Consumer Price Index).  That evidently was not enough to cover increasing debt by a utility the public owns, and should actually get a divident in my eyes.  But who was running the store?  Because since it was not enough, Public Works had to pose an increase beyond $28.55 + CPI.  Councilman Mac Arthur motioned to pass the increase to $30.98 this July 2014, a $2.43 jump.  Many in the audience at City Council called out for a “recall.”  From 2009 to 2018 the sewer rate will jumped $16.04…quite remarkable!  Why did this happen?  Answers didn’t seem to fit logically into the template of rationality and the audience knew it..

The answers that were given was that CSD’s (Community Service Districst), such as the Jurupa Valley, Edgemont, Rubidoux and Highgrove were not paying their fair share.  The Sewer equipment needed to be upgraded because some of it went back as far as 1940.   Also, the recession, population growth rates, Federal requirement and as Councilman Adams suggested a “miscalculation.”  Of course, the one we know, is debt service from all the bonds taken out against the sewer.  Bonds that should have been used for the very sewer upgrade they are asking for.

The most significant points Council members Soubirous and Davis inquired about, how did the City of Riverside reach this pinnacle point of desperation?  In other words, how did it all happen?  Residents pay a sewer fee in order to maintain, repair and replace sewer related items.  If the fees were adequate over the years, maybe more than adequate, that the City borrowed/loaned/advanced monies to other City projects etc. etc., in the midst, did they inadvertently leave are sewer system to the back burner?  Therefore, are these rate hikes really necessary?  It seems to me, that someone was negligent at overseeing the property of the public.

While Councilman Gardner attempted to say that maybe we won’t need an audit, because we have CSD (Community Service Districts) revenue, reclamation water sales, rate hikes and more bond sales…   Councilman Mac Arthur said nothing was done for many years, but motions for rate hike increase, does Mayor Bailey motion to second?  Rate hikes are necessary in order for bond sales to occur.  Both Gardner and Mac Arthur did not address Davis’s comment of bringing John Chiangs office for an audit of the sewer accounts.

The Membrane Bioreactor is it really necessary?  The reclaimed water as a result is looked at as a commodity and a revenue source!  Therefore, shouldn’t the residents receive a divident or a lower sewer rate as a result of  this?  Isn’t a Membrane Bioreactor indicative of being part of a City’s Purple Pipe Program?  This is another question which we hope the State Controllers Office will have an answer for.  What are we paying for?  Did the City of Riverside sneak in the purple pipe project into the sewer master plan to get around Proposition 218 formalities?  If this is the case will the City of Riverside be set up for another Proposition 218 violation? I’m certainly beginning to feel as many in the community feel, that there “corruption” within the City of Riverside.

Remember, we are a City which owns are own public utilities, we own are water rights, we own the sewer.  So why should we pay for the purple pipe apparatus, whereby reclaimed will be sold at a profit and the taxpayer won’t directly benefit?

Some years back when Utilities Director Dave Wright was in charge, they tried to place a new charge on the taxpaying residents for the water reclamation program also known as the Purple Pipe Program.  The program never went through because there was never a direct benefit to the resident, a proposition 218 possible violation, and residents are wondering if this program was sneaked in the new Sewer Master Plan Project.  Tom Boyd mentioned at City Council that once the water reclamation is completed that we will be able to generate a revenue source from it.  Here’s a link to an article from Loudoun Water, which mentions the Membrane Bioreactor and it’s relationship to reclaimed water and the purple pipe.

Secondly, what appeared to be quite discerning, was when Davis questioned what appeared to be discrepancies in posting of accounting entries.  Whereby the post entry date was done first then the input date was done later, whereby it should be vise versa.  Further, there were several months between the entries which didn’t appear to comply with normal standard accounting.  According to Davis there was a significant number of backdated entries, not just one or two.  CFO Bret Mason explained it was a practice of closing the books for the fiscal year.  Fired former Construction Contracts Administer, Sean Gill brought this issue questioning how the city does contracts.  TMC did a story on this whereby checks were made fromFederal CDBG funds before expiration of those funds, then placed in a desk until they were needed.  Below is a document which appears to be post dated.

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“The city fired me when I tried to make people aware of their corruption. Its been going on for years. Brad Hudson, Siobhan Foster and Tom Boyd all deserve to be fired for their corruption along with half of the city council. People think Bell is corrupt, I hope they keep digging into the City of Riverside.”  Sean Gill, commented in the Press Enterprise back in May of 2011.

At a finance committee meeting on Wednesday May 14, 2014, Councilman Paul Davis asked the question at to why the staff seems to always go nuts every time we ask a question?  This is probably very telling.  Staff is not use to being ask relevant questions in TMC’s eyes and may construe this behavior indicative with interfering with city staffs work or creating a hostile work environment..  Thus, we now see two councilman who ask tough questions and are now being investigated.  Who are the suspects at the crux of this investigation?  Councilman Soubirous asked at this meeting that a Workshop Committee be formed, for the record, to look into a forensic audit by the State Controllers office.  Again, the appearance of this idea made everyone nervous.  If everything is on the up and up, why should anyone be nervous?

Residents in their district and all over the City of Riverside are calling the Councilman Heroes!  This is a big deal, National News Agencies are being contacted, and are keeping a close eye on the City of Riverside.  The majority or the residents will back up the forces of good which will challenge the forces that exist in the City of Riverside.  Many residents simply feel intimidated to challenge the forces of the City of Riverside, as many feel they will be targeted by Code Enforcement indirectly for frivolous charges, which will cost individual residents financially to much to fight.  That’s how the City wins.  More to come on this.

UPDATE: IS HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR RHONDA STROUT, A.K.A. LUXURY GIRL, LEAVING HER POSITION AT CITY HALL?

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW THE HUMAN RESOURCES BROCHURE.

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 ZELLERBACH’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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Now a second complaint alleging violation of City Charter 407 came in, this time it’s against Councilman Paul Davis.  Less than a week ago, a complaint came against Councilman Mike Soubirous.  It seems that the powers that be continue in their attempt to get back to a 7-0 team player vote.  We are assuming that the $16,000.00 Team Motivator/Psychologist isn’t working.  It’s clear by the information provided, that Davis was targeted at least on two facts, the work performance of the City Manager Scott Barber and what Davis said in testimony in the Raychele Sterling Case, which may not have made the City Attorney Greg Priamos look so good.

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COUNCILMAN PAUL DAVIS

When you view the overall pictorial of both Councilman, you cannot rule out a conspiratorial aspect by some of the usual suspects.  Just weeks ago Chief Financial Officer Brent Mason presented to City Council and spoke on how we will have a budget shortfall.  They continue to frivously spend tax payer monies in an effort to support their enormous egos and defend there inadvertent liabilities.  We must also ask the question, who are the players and what could they have to lose.

Just in September of 2012, City Manager Scott Barber decided to take his City Manager hat off and play Council by authorizing a change order of $2.5 million without council authority for the Fox Performance Plaza.  He brought the issue to Council and basically appeared they would rubber stamp the idea, after-the-fact.  Had this type of shenanigans been done before by the prior City Manager?  The City Manager’s discretionary spending cap is at $50,000.00, anything over that amount must go to council.  Certainly violated the Charter Amendment.  What made Barber think that he had the authority to act as an elect and ferret it out without them?  A complaint should have been filed against him with Human Resources, and Council should have fired him immediately.

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Do we have a rogue staff?  City Attorney Greg Priamos gives the order to Officer Sahagun to arrest public speaker Karen Wright for going over the 3 minute mark, then lies about having any part of it, until exposed by Sahagun’s police report.  He calls the report inaccurate, then rescinds his comment when he receives a letter from the Police Officers Association resulting in an appology to the public at City Council.  But I regress, there’s a double standard regarding the 3 minute rule?  While former Mayor Ron Loveridge is allowed to go over the 3 minute mark and the buzzard turned off, and no arrest, why are others at a whim being arrested?  Even RUSD Mike Fine went over the 3 minute rule and it was simply okay.  So we target, retaliate and financially shake down those who practice their 1st amendment right of free speech in a public forum.  This is as off beaten as City Attorney Greg Priamos writing a book on ethics and giving a course in ethics to council.  Isn’t that “the pot calling the kettle black?”  Therefore, Priamos must have taken a course in governmental ethics somewhere in order to have the knowledge to provide it.  Where did Priamos take his course?  The laughs are never ending in the on going reality melodrama “As River City Turns.”

Responsible legal advice by our City Attorney is pertinent to decrease the liabilities of the taxpayer.  But we have seen, it may have been the case as in the Moreno Law Suite which addressed violations of Proposition 218 by the City of Riverside.  Further, the city’s approach to the campaign as in conflict of interest mailers in the Measure A campaign as well as the Measure V campaign, whereby taxpayer monies from the general fund are utilized, for what the city states are “informational purposes.”

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Though the Supreme Court stated that “a special edition created and sent to would-be voters, specifically because of the upcoming election,” is improper campaign activity.  I guess Priamos does what is necessary for the greater good of those who feed off city revenues.

Councilman Steve Adams recently spoke of witnessing undo influence within the RFP (Request For Proposal) process, which in turn a formal Ethics Complaint was made, which resulted in complaint being unfounded.  But when you look at the Ethics Complaint process, one can see that process is set up to result in a favorable finding for the defendant, just by default.  Was a city paid investigator hired to investigate this?  Do we pick and choose opportunistically when such activity becomes politically advisable.  Who would play the role of the consigliere, possibly someone with a law degree?  Will these complaints lead new Councilman Jim Perry taking this as a message to not divert course?

In both the Davis and Soubirous case, the PE reports that all emails have been requested in which referenced Barbers “employment status.”  This is telling; what happened between these two council people and the City Manager?  Another question, could it have been the connection between families which include Councilman Mac Arthur, Mayor Bailey and Albert Webb, of Webb Engineering?  Webb contracts were brought in the Raychele Sterling Case.

We certainly would now have to consider if these city employees filed they’re complaints on the they’re own volition, or did they have encouragement, or were they promised promotion?  Plausible denial by some of the usual suspects may give us more thought to a theoretical conspiracy in this matter.

The fact that Councilmen Soubirous and Davis called for a forensic audit for transparency and accountability, IS exactly why these two councilmen are being investigated. These two men ask the tough questions on our behalf. City Hall status-quo do not want a forensic audit. Councilmen MacArthur and Perry do not want a forensic audit. Councilmen Gardner and Adams appear to not want a forensic audit. Councilman Melendrez is undetermined. A forensic audit is what is needed at Riverside City Hall.  - Donald Herman Gallegos, Commenter on the PE

UPDATE: 05.05.2014: CALIFORNIA FRIENDS OF THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN CAUCUS OUTRAGED!

The Riverside African-American Community and Law Enforcement are outraged with Riverside NAACP President, Woody Rucker-Hughess over Riverside District Attorney Paul Zellerbach to receive the prestiges Drum Major Award May 14, 2014.  The California Friends of the African-American Caucus are asking Ms. Rucker-Hughes to rescind the award to Paul Zellerbach after he was caught twice removing campaign signs of his opponent Mike Hestrin last month.  President William Hutchinson of the Palm Springs Police Officer’s Association read a statement to the press which describes Zellerbach taking down signs, using a County vehicle and the assistance of a county employee, his retaliation after getting caught of the veteran law enforcement officer and his family.

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Is it because Woody and Paul sing the same tune and dance the same steps? DA Mr. “Z” obviously is enjoying himself! Maybe we have something here folks, the dance styling”s of Woody & Paul…

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A Press Enterprise story broke April 25, 2014 which reported that the City of Riverside is investigating newly christened Councilman Mike Soubirous, retired California Highway Patrol Lieutenant and Acting Commander, on the issue of violating the City Charter Amendment Section 407.  Details of the violations or exactly what were the allegation were not given, but it all seems to stem from Soubirous contacts with police officials, such as Chief of Police Sergio Diaz and City Manager Scott Barber during recent discussions regarding panhandlers, vagrants, park security and a series of council emails.  This already is beginning to have a vial smell.  Did Diaz feel as if his abilities and experience levels were being questioned, challenged or even threatened?   With a murder at La Sierra Park, and recently a fatal stabbing at the new Bonaminio Park, four cold case murders on the East side, with crime rates increasing, did Diaz find that Soubirous’s questioning of panhandlers, vagrants and park security issues difficult to answer?  Was Soubirous rocking the boat of comfortness, just a little?

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City of Riverside Councilman Mike Sobirous

According to the PE, the whole thing seemed to begin with a series of emails sent out by Councilman Soubirous regarding his constituents concerns regarding vagrants and panhandlers.  The response from RPD was that “our hands are tied” or ‘there’s nothing we can do.”  Evidently, Soubirous states he didn’t send an email to Diaz, but the email was forwarded to Diaz by another councilman.  We are thinking here at TMC, could it have been Adams?  If so, would that have been a Brown Act violation?  Incidently, another unamed councilman has been accused of violating the Brown Act, and submitted to the DA, we all know where that will go.  Regardless, that never seemed to stop Adams before.  In response, Diaz wrote back to Councilman Soubirous that no good can come from labeling dedicated public servants as “lazy.”  The next statement by Diaz seems to be on the political threatening side, Diaz states that, “it would be politically unwise to declare war on you cops.”  Already we get the feeling that trouble is a brewing.  Anonymous sources are stating Diaz had made a similar threat regarding another current candidate running for office regarding the end of their political career if they continued on the road they are on.  TMC has found that it is John Brandiff, and has evidently filed a complaint against Diaz.  What kind of history does Diaz have in Los Angeles?  Information still coming through the pipeline.  So why is a Chief of Police out threatening elects and candidates?  Why is he acting as some sort of rouge underworld boss shaking down and hard balling constituents asking questions and threatening those who have aspirations of running for office?  Difficult as it seems, Riverside has serious problems in RPD, and no one is minding the store when minding the store are the residents of Riverside.

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Chief Sergio Diaz

Why does the Chief act as he does?  We are not sure but many in the community have witness his outburst.  It appears that Chief has a history of not being kind to taking suggestions and criticism well.  In one instance, he called certain commenters in the community who were questioning police tactics regarding the Officer Bonaminio murder, that they were “sitting at home eating cheetos in their underwear.”  In otherwords, the community should stay out of areas they know nothing about. If this is the case I can see conflict occurring if Council people are asking questions regarding Police affairs.

Section 407 refers specifically to the interference of individuals, such as the Mayor and Council, in city administrative services.  The section is as follows:

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

According to the PE, Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey and Councilman Steve Adams (also Mayor Pro Tem), told Soubirous that four complaints were filed for violation of section 407.  Both Bailey and Adams refrained to disclose who complainants were.  The last time similar situation occurred was when Fire Inspector Roni Forst filed a complaint against Councilman Paul Davis for harassment and discrimination.  Though not reported in the PE, I would deduce that before the complaints were filed, a proper intake interview was done without interference from outside sources, by the Human Resources Department.  From that point I would suspect that the interviewers would determine if there was enough evidence of a violation of section 407 of the City Charter for a proper complaint to be issued and filed.  When a complaint was filed against Davis, Steve Espinoza and Human Resource Director Rhonda Strout, A.K.A. Luxury Girl, did the intake interview.

The City Council then hired a Los Angeles based firm, Gumport Maslan, specifically Attorney Leonard Gumport would be handling the investigation. Gumport had been previously hired by the County of San Bernardino to investigate allegations of conflict of interest, bribery and corruption.  It doesn’t state if Soubirous was present when the Council decided to go forward with this investigation.  Regardless, Councilman Steve Adams, who was also Mayor Pro Tem, signed this contract with the law firm which interestingly has a cap of exactly $49,000.00.  Why $49,000.00?  Would it be that the City Manager’s maximum discretionary spending is capped at $50,000.00, at anything over $50,000.00 must be properly brought publicly to City Council?  Incidently, it was not uncommon to see Councilman Steve Adams having drinks and food together at local dining and waterholes with people from City Management.

Another time an issue came up with the interference with employee relations, was when Councilman Steve Adams was accused of interfering with the promotions process of RPD back in 2007, which by all appearances is a direct violation of Charter Section 407.   As a consequence, instead of a complaint filed, Lt. Darryl Hurt and Lt. Tim Bacon went straight for the jugular, filing a law suit against the City of Riverside which settled out of court to the taxpayer tune of $750,000.00, probably to prevent all the salacious details of a trial case.  When you look at the claims made by Hurt and Bacon against Adams, Adams gives the appearance of a “Godfather” like figure.  According to statements made by Hurt and Bacon, both whom were candidates for promotion to captain at the time, that they met individually at restaurant outside the city limits as to avoid the appearance of impropriety.  The issue at hand that allegedly Adams was concerned about was if the candidates actually campaigned against him.  When that issue was resolved, Adams then met with then City Manager Brad Hudson and spoke of the meeting.  Soon thereafter an official announcement ensued regarding the candidates.  Direct violation of Charter Section 407?

Another incidence, involved former Lt. Meredyth Meredith, whereby former Chief of Police Russel Leach was preparing to promote Meredith to captain, when he received a call from former Assistant City Manager Tom De Santis to put a stop to this.  According to a deposition, Leach stated, “And I found out that Steve Adams marched into a meeting…Hudson and De Santis and told them emphatically she shouldn’t be promoted”.  Leach stated in a PE story, that he was unhappy in his final two years on the job because “I didn’t like political involvement .  I hadn’t had it before.”  Leach also said that Hudson and DeSantis allowed council members – specifically City Councilman Steve Adams – to influence police promotions.

We didn’t even touch on the fact that Councilman Steve Adams had a series of citizen ethics complaints which followed him, all of them which were unfounded, of course, but one in particular which he admits witnessing corruption within the realms of the city.  I would imagine the current DA would respond by stating, “Is it illegal or just bad business.”

In another telling tale, there was story of John Carpenter, whereby Leach, Esquivel and De La Rosa had chosen him to be promoted to captain.  The went to City Hall to have a face-to-face with Hudson and DeSantis to present what the testing process revealed and who we selected.  And he said, “Let me think about it.”   So I let him think about it,  he hadn’t heard from him for a while, so Leach called Hudson.  Hudson told Leach that Carpenter and Adams had bad history together.  Adams was adamant that he didn’t want Carpenter to promote into Captain.  Section 407 violation?

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW COMPLETE CHIEF RUSSELL LEACH DEPOSITION

In a Press Enterprise article back in August of 2012, former Chief of Police, Russell Leach stated in a court deposition that a complaint Riverside Councilman William “Rusty” Bailey made in 2008 may have unwittingly help block Lt. Val Graham’s promotion.  In a phone call Leach received from former Assistant City Manager Tom DeSantis, he recalled how “Val had embarrassed Bailey at this community meeting, said a couple of inappropriate things and that Bailey was furious,” and expressed his anger at city management.  The following time Leach was preparing to make promotions, DeSantis asked him who was being considered?  Before Leach had a chance to answer, DeSantis stated, “Don’t tell me it’s Val Graham?”  Leach stated that because of the resistance he sensed in this conversation he didn’t put Graham’s name forward.  Was Graham held back because the then Councilman Bailey felt slighted?  Could this be perceived as a violation of the City Charter Section 407?

The players involved seem to be Councilman Steve Adams, Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey, Chief of Police Sergio Diaz and City Manager Scott Barber.  Incidently, Diaz and Barber were remnents of former City Manager Brad Hudson.  Hudson’s background was that he had a record for credit card fraud when he was seventeen.  Not that this is important, due to the fact that he was a teen.  But the question is, did Hudson carry his bad behavior to his adulthood?  During his reign he initially purchased a revolver from RPD Sgt. Cliff Mason, who was also President of the Riverside Police Officers Union, and fraudulently used the City Hall address of 3900 Main Street as his home address to apply for a concealed weapons permit. You would think that this officer would know the law in gun sales, well of course he does.  Well, we believe he did, and did otherwise, breaking the law.  Incidentally, neither the Riverside Police Department nor the City of Riverside are licensed to sell and transfer firearms, therefore the sale of firearms to private citizens or employees of the city is illegal.  In the City of Riverside no one seems to be accountable.  Again we see a culture of two sets of rules.  Can we call it corruption?  Can we call it illegal or just bad business, in the words of District Attorney Paul Zellerbach?  Whatever it is, it happened.

Opinions of residents in the City contend that Soubirous was not whom City insiders wanted to be part of the council “get along club.”  Valerie Hill would have been a better match, but residents have stated that they are tired of what the City has done with taxpayer monies and wanted someone to ask the tough questions and defend them, without the probability of being targeted.  Soubirous was whom the community elected.  But it certainly seems to have upset the apple cart of the usual suspects within the city status quo who are not accustomed to true leadership.  In this reporters opinion, the matter is petty, elementary, a waste of taxpayer monies and seemingly a non issue brought together by a bunch of frat boys.  What is most interesting and quite remarkable is the two peas in the pod appear to be Councilman Steve Adams and Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey.  Again you have to wonder if there was interference within the realm of the complaint, it’s hard enough to teach old dogs new tricks.

COMMENTS FROM THE PRESS ENTERPRISE:

My councilman did tell me he would look into an issue of concern involving the sale of an RPD helicopter., the city’s only fire fighting helicopter (photographed here at the Pomona Fairgrounds auction site)being sold off for $200,000 on Feb..22 of this year. Are CC members even allowed to ask those kind of questions or will be they be investigated? Given that Adams was not investigated for alleged 407 w/ RPD in 2006 and 2008 what are parameters to investigate? It’s our money folks.  -Mary Shelton

Seems like Councilman Soubirous’ digging into city corruption has garnered the attention of the Municipal Mob. He will now learn firsthand how this city conducts “independent” investigations. Just like Councilman Davis had to be taught: just nod your head Mike and they’ll leave you alone.  It’s time to wash the filth out of City Hall. We can start with whomever’s behind this plot. Of course, we’ll never find out because as Soubirous is realizing: their is ZERO transparency behind the process.  -Fay Vic

Most of you know that Mike Soubirous is a man of the highest integrity and ethics. Thus we know that this is just another witch hunt prompted by the City Manager Scott Barber, Chief Sergio Diaz, and perhaps even Mayor Rusty Bailey. Politics as usual at Riverside City Hall. Especially when someone such as Mike chooses to be a leader rather a city hall hack like most who sit on the city council are. Valerie Hill lost the election guys, just accept it. This is much to do about nothing. Nevertheless, we must support Mike now as much as possible. PS. We need a homegrown police chief instead of a double-dipping transfer from the notorious LAPD.  -Donald Herman Collins Gallegos

All I can say is that Mike is holding to his promise of transparency and honesty with his constituents. Knowing him and his family personally, I understand his right heart and integrity in wanting to serve his community, taking his job seriously in asking questions that are of importance and for the greater good of those he serves. Stay strong, Mike.  -JoeDeGerolamo

Something is screwy here. The Chief’s response do not seem connected to the e-mail cited. Also, does the right to face an accuser disappear for elected officials? What are the rules for Council members who wish to contact city employees? [Why do news articles seldom cover the information I want to know?]  – Richard P. Morrall

Chief Diaz needs to learn that the Council sets policy. Soubirous is well within his authority to question current policy and work with other council members to change it. This will end up being much ado about nothing, except that the City will be out $49k.  – sadf qwrett

Diaz feelings hurt because he was running cover for the vagrants (many of them are homeless sex offenders) and someone calls him on it. Someone should be investigating the tactics “The Chief” approved of before Soubirous spoke up on behalf of his constituents. Shame the rest of the lemmings are sitting on the sidelines, watching the City Manager-lead witch hunt.  Mike, hang in there. Keep your head high. The folks that elected you are smart enough to see what’s going on.  – Dick_Gosinya

Chief sounds insecure, well they all do. Barber and Diaz are dysfunctional leftovers from the Brad Hudson legacy. A cliquish culture of narcissistic lack luster leadership. All this because it seems one councilman, Soubirious, who is truly an independent voice. Didn’t Bailey run his campaign on being an independent voice?  – Bret Hudson

This is a city manager-led witch-hunt on behalf of the police chief with his panties in a wad because a ward councilman, on behalf of his constituents, pushed to tackle a thorny problem in the city. Diaz, Bailey, Barber et al are a bunch of spineless hacks who view their jobs as nothing more than gladhanding politics-as-usual.   – remmy700p

 As we have seen before, the nail that stands up, gets smacked down. Did the full council really discuss and vote to hire an investigator? The $49 K seems to be the maximum the city manager can spend on his own authority.  – Kevin Dawson

JUST IN: CITY OF RIVERSIDE HIRES A PSYCHOLOGIST TO HELP ALL CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS TO GET ALONG.  SORRY, THIS IS NO JOKE, THE CITY SPENT $16,000.00 TAXPAYER MONEY FOR THE HEAD SHRINK.  IS THIS AN OXYMORON TO THE TENTH DEGREE FOLKS?  Is it because some in the Council don’t want to be part of the “get along to go along” club, so they therefore must be crazy? So now we can fix that problem with an taxpayer motivator/psychologist, and somehow convince the council to get back to voting 7-0 on all issues.  Anonymous sources, of which we cannot corroborate, are stating that there was a big blow out between Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey and Councilman and Congressman Candidate Steve Adams which lasted in the neigborhood of 30 minutes.  The psychologist intervened and they are now friend again…
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UPDATE: 05.02.2014: JUST IN, RPD MICHAEL BLAKELY LEAVES RPD, NO OTHER INFORMATION AVAILABLE
Incidently, is also Karen Aquino’s superior.

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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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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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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW COMPLETE DOCUMENT

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 83K IN FURNITURE                            $495 TO MOVE SUPERVISOR’S FURNITURE

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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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City of Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey                         Sorry, Mayor William Rusty Bailey

 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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Brian D’Arcy, Union Chief IBEW

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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