Anonymous sources say City Manager Brad Hudson was given an ultimatum: BE FIRED OR RESIGN? NOT SO! At Tuesday’s closed sessions at City Hall, Brad Hudson was scheduled for his Performance Evaluation to be reviewed by the Council and Mayor Pro Tem Chistopher Mac Arthur. Neithertheless, the council and mayor pro tem ‘s scheduled evaluation was circumvented by Hudson revealing he would be resigning. Though we are told the City knew he was looking for a new job for some time, in reality it wasn’t a real shock to them as they indicated to the public. The Sacramento Bee stated that the interview process began in February 2011 for the Chief Executive Officer postion. We still do not know if the City of Riverside did anything to retain him, in lieu of two years remaining on his contract. Currently, Hudson has yet to present his resignation letter. Brad’s spending from his discretionary slush fund of $50,000 for each item with no limit on the quantity of times it can be paid out, has been under scrutiny of alleged misconduct and questionable accountability. The resignation is at the surface, a subterfuge to hide much more than the council would like you to know. Wrongdoing by the City Manager would ultimately and legally make the Council responsible. Will the council have enough gumption to tell the community the truth? According to the Sacramento Bee Brad Hudson will become Sacramento’s County Chief Executive Officer, his annual compensation in Riverside was $424,000.00 making him one of the highest paid city executives in California. The question is, why would you leave his base salary of $295,000.00 to make $258,000.00 in Sacramento? No one just chooses to make this move, especially to Sacramento. This goes along with former Assistant City Manager Tom DeSantis, who applied for a job in Gilbert, Arizona for Town Manager, but raised red flags when his past service came into question. Brad Hudson has been at the forefront of allegations of misconduct, nepotism and favoritism. The allegation have increase two fold the last few months with most of them coming from fired employees, accusing the City Manager of preferential contract awarding. This in lieu of the use of Police Cold Plate Vehicles, Request for Official Badges, Fraudulently Using the City Hall Address to Register a Firearm, Illegally Purchasing a Firearm and being in part responsible for the demolition of the Press Bindery. This beginning with a criminal conviction for credit card forgery at age eighteen. At the evening City Council session the the law firm Hudson hired, Cihigoyenetche,Grossberg & Clouse, is requesting an addtional amount of $50,000.00, not to exceed $100,000.00 for continued personnel investigations. This was the firm that was to investigate the favoritism allegations of himself as well as the varacity of the chain of events. The City Council and the Mayor have continued to deny these allegations, and have defended the City Manager. This is also the person who knowingly supported the actions of Chief Russ Leach, who left in disgrace, and out of 91 applicants hired retired LAPD Deputy Chief now Chief Sergio Diaz, who has criticized Riversidian commenters in the Press Enterprise as Cheeto eaters in their underwear, in reference to the realities of police business. The theatrics of City Council wishing Brad well stink to high heaven, probably from all the leaking sewers…
UPDATE: 06/14/2011: CITY COUNCIL BOMBSHELL: During Public Comment today, Citizen Auditor, as she would like to be known, Vivian Moreno asked all on the dais if City Manager Brad Hudson was having an affair with Assistant City Manager Belinda Graham? If true, there is a obvious conflict of interest. That questioned sure quieted the dais. Before her, Ward 1 City Council Candidate Dvonne Pitruzello stated this was a City Manager that has raped our sewage funds, our water fund, our electric fund and our workmans compensation funds. He has paid for properties with it and other projects with it. The City calls them inter-fund loans, but she gave Chief Financial Officer Paul Sundeen a lesson in finance terminology, by stating these were inter-agency loans. She also made known to Brad Hudson that you can run, but you cannot hide because criminal activity has no jurisdiction. Made known that the City Council has a City Manager that they are responsible for, whether or not they were aware of what they were voting on, and not only have a fiduciary but ethical responsibility of that final vote. Federal CDBG funds that were forged, with inference to Assistant City Manager Belinda Graham, and Dvonne even gave her phone number out, and stated she has the documentation to back it up. Questioned Councilman Mike Gardner statement, “We had to pay for talent”, regarding Brad Hudson. “This is not talent, Mike”. Criticized the council regarding terms use to describe Hudson’s positive moral compass as a leader. Questioned the Council about the expensive pavers on the Main Street Mall in which Brad Hudson personally sent a helicopter to Mexico to get, which she was told were special because they were waterproof, but when she looked into it they were just pavers (Anonymous sources state that they were not even water permeable, expensive, and paid for twice, and Mexican Made not American Made).. Questioned the construction of a house built with funds that was to be used on the construction of a police station. She stated that restrictive Police Asset Forfeiture Funds were used to purchase cars for city council. No reporting of the City Managers discretionary fund, and when she requested the documents, the spending was ridiculous because it was the councils responsibility to oversee these funds, and they allowed the city manager by doing this, to place our city in bankruptcy. And it will be in bankruptcy because all those loans will come do in 2012. Questioned the money used to built the Raincross Promenade, that continues to remain empty. The city use of sewer money, electric money and workmans comp money that was given to the developer to build those, and a portion of those were to go to low income people.
Sources are also are stating that City Attorney Greg Priamos and City Manager Brad Hudson were seen last Friday night, 06/10/2011, with two unidentified ladies at Duane’s Restaurant at the Mission Inn. Hopefully this dinner was paid appropriately. The question is , will Greg Priamos be next?
UPDATE:06/15/2011: 12:16pm: Anonymous Sources are stating that the City of Riverside is worse off than they thought, and the city can’t pay the bonds that are due in July 01, 2012.
UPDATE:06/15/2011: 02:52pm: The question arises, who will be the Interim City Manager. Sources say it would be counterproductive to hire from Brad Hudson’s surrounding emloyees, such as Deanna Lorson, Paul Sundeen or Belinda Graham. These people are partly to blame for the budget problems, and were the enablers behind Hudson spending wildly, they cannot be trusted to fix the broken monetary policies at City Hall.
UPDATE:06/15/2011:11:55pm: The house built with construction funds used for a police station. Does it have a well known City Executive’s name on it? In addition, most of the Council continue to drink the Kool-Aid and still don’t get it! Sources say, this is exactly what Brad Hudson stated about the council, “They just don’t get it!” This is the one time TMC is in agreement with Brad Hudson. Ward 1 Councilman Mike Gardner, elected for a second term, does not get it. “There’s a reason that city managers typically don’t last longer than three to five years,” Gardner said. “Either you make your bosses mad and they replace you, or you make the citizenry mad to some extent and they complain about you.” Mike, it’s time to put aside childish excuses and thinking and do the right thing you were elected to do. Stop the charades, you’ll get more support if you do. Toward Sacramento, how much Kool-Aid does Sacramento County Chairwoman Roberta MacGlashan drink, stated, “officials don’t believe Hudson ordered Riverside contracts steered to friends”. Well even if she doesn’t drink the Kool-Aid, which is even worse, Brad Hudson found a workable nitch. It appears to be a kind of Nancy Hart (City Council Representative for Riverside Ward 6), type of community in their thinking, possibly laughing out loud for no reason, perfect for the antics of Brad Hudson.
UPDATE: 06/16/2011: 12:15pm: COMMENT FROM THE SACRAMENTO BEE:
Supervisor chair, Roberta MacGlashen’s mismanagement is further revealed in this terrible selection of Hudson whose apparently the only qualified applicant in Calif at a 1/4 million dollars a year. MacGlashen, is full of myths and this one is a whopper; one reason’s these salaries are so inflated is because we are falsely informed that only a man of Hudson’s alleged skill level can do this job. Hudson sounds like a first class pos. MacGlashen, is also the one that is concealing the county council’s, Robert Ryan’s, bogus false legal advice to the Superior court’s state statutory committee (JJDPC) to thwart a valid felony complaint against the probation dept and chief Don L. Meyer. When MacGlashen’s total abuse of the office failed to obstruct that issue she then called an internal 911 to the sheriff’s that are now criminally investigating this citizen for threats & harassment of the board of supervisor’s, county council, prob dept, JJDPC, Little Hoover Commission; and who else Roberta, oh yah, the superior court? It certainty appears that board chair, Roberta MacGlashen, is an unethical supe and anyone she brings to the table should be heavily scrutinized.
Mr Hudson, I look forward to speaking with you soon since Steve Szalay swept it under the carpet.
Jake Wallace, 209-470-5175 Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/16/3704495/riverside-city-manager-is-picked.html#ixzz1PT4Tgqhw
UPDATE: 06/16/2011: 03:30pm: Brad Hudson still has 2 years remaining on his contract with the City of Riverside, has not submitted a formal resigation letter and flew to Sacramento the next day after the Tuesday closed sessions city council meeting to solidify his position as Sacramento County Chief Executive Officer. These chain of events do not reflect a prepared state of affairs. The story with the Sacramento Bee describing Brad’s new position was published for release 11:30 pm Tuesday the 15, 2011. Was it calculated, one week after elections? In an interview Wednesday in Sacramento, Hudson said he leaves Riverside having accomplished his goals. Is he leaving or is he running?
UPDATE: 06/17/2011: 12:15pm: SACRAMENTO BEE STATED THAT Chairwoman Roberta MacGlashan said the selection came about two weeks ago, after an extensive search for leaders with experience in California counties. This would be a week prior to the elections. Did the mayor and city council know this then, with two years remaining on Hudson’s contractual obligation with the City? Why did Brad make this decision, was it with or without the City Council or the Mayors knowledge? Were things getting hotter on the City Hall seventh floor? Is there more comming down the pipeline? Did it have anything to do with the Connie Leach Grand Jury Investigation received by the city?
UPDATE: 06/17/2011: 04:00pm: According to the Sacramento Press, Brad Hudson was one of five candidate in consideration for the new chief county executive position. Process for his consideration began in early February of 2011, and he will be offered a five year contract. He will replace interim chief executive Steve Szalay. Former state Sen. John J. Benoit (R-Riverside) worked with Hudson at the local level when Benoit was a member of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors and said that Hudson’s move will be “a great loss for Riverside, but a huge gain for Sacramento.” The rumor around downtown riverside is that Brad Hudson was looking for another job for some time. Did the City Council & Mayor know this information prior to Tuesday”s closed session meetings, as they indicate they were shocked to hear the news that he was resigning? Or the acceptance of Hudson in Sacramento regardless of his background, reveals a much bigger picture. A reflection of the status quo phoenomenom of which Hudson is part of, and the primary reason that California is economically suffering.
From the history that follows this guy, it is once again apparent that the Sac County Supervisors are not doing background checks, but rather relying on corrupt advisors. –Commenter Sacrameto Press
MORE COMING DOWN THE PIPELINE, SOURCES SAYING RIVERSIDE WORST THEN BELL, IS THE COUNCIL AND MAYOR PREPARED? ARE ORANGE JUMPSUITS IN THE WORKS? DO WE ALSO NEED TO WARN SACRAMENTO? OR IS SACRAMENTO PART OF THE SAME CULTURE OF BEHAVIOR? SUMMER’S HERE, RIVERSIDE HEAT IS JUST STARTING TO SWELTER….
SHOW CITY COUNCIL & THE MAYOR WHAT YOU THINK! SEND YOUR PACKETS OF KOOL-AID TO CITY HALL, 3900 MAIN STREET, RIVERSIDE, CA 92501
KEEP CONNECTED WITH TMC, MAKING THEM HONEST, AND HELL, IT AIN’T EASY….