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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                

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

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

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

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

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

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

TMC WEB SITE BLOCKED:

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

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

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

CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW THE TOM BOYD SPECIAL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 MR. CHIANG,…MR. CHIANG!  OK, SLOWLY TELL HIM AGAIN ABOUT THE FIRE STATIONS, JUST LEAVE OUT THE MONEY PART..

Don’t miss next weeks City Council Tuesday, April 3, 2012.  Let the fireworks begin, don’t forget to bring your popcorn and peanuts…

THE BIG ISSUE LAST WEEK WAS THE ISSUANCE OF A $4 MILLION DOLLAR FROM PINNACLE FINANCING, AND USING SIX FIRE STATIONS FOR COLATERAL.  THERE ASSESSED VALUE ACCORDING TO THE CITY IS $4MILLION DOLLARS.  ONE OF THE FIRE STATIONS, THE CAYNON CREST FIRE STATION #14 ALONE WAS VALUED AND COSTED THE TAXPAYER $4,812,684.00 ACCORDING TO CITY RECORDS.  THE DETAILS CAN BE SEEN IN LAST WEEKS BLOG POSTING BELOW. WELL IT APPEARS THAT IT ‘S ONLY BEGINNING.  LAST WEEK, STATE CONTROLLER JOHN CHIANG’S OFFICE SAYS THAT THE CITY IMPROPERLY CLAIMED ANIMAL SERVICES REIMBURSEMENTS THEREFORE OWING THE STATE THE SUM OF $500,239.00 

CITY COUNCIL TUESDAY IS HERE,  CLICK ON THIS LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE CURRENT CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEMS.  

Afternoon session, Item #2 Seizing Our Destiny/ Economic Development Plan with regards to an overview of foreclosure conditions and programs to address the foreclosure crisis.  It’s great to see the city finally addressing the problem that they have been in denial about.

Closed session, Item #6 Existing Litigation of the Bonaminio Family against the City of Riverside.

Closed session, Item #7 Conference with Labor Negotiators representing City Employees.

Evening session, Item # 14 Mayor Loveridge’s Campaign to promote, attract and retain individuals and families to live in Riverside.  I’m glad they are acknowledging this, this is multi concern issue with regarding many residents leaving the city.

Evening session, Item #26 City of Riveriside takes control of Municipal Parking Facilities.  The city now has the right to control rules, conditions and rates to parking.

Evening session, Item #27 Adoption of the draft recognized obligation payment schedule for the fomer redevelopment agency.  Funding for the obligations will come from bond funds, cash on hand and from the Redevelopment Property Tax Trust Fund (RPTF).

Evening session, Item #38 the City Council as Successor Agency to the former defunct Redeveloment Agency, the City of Riverside is now responsible for winding down the affairs of the Agency which includes disposition of assets and properties.

WEEKLY UPDATE:

LAST WEEK, SELF APPOINTED CITIZEN AUDITOR VIVIAN MORENO GIVES CITY COUNCIL A MATH LESSON IN MUNICIPAL FINANCING 101, AT EVENING COUNCIL SESSION.

 THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE IS OVER $35 MILLION IN RED CURRENT YEAR TO DATE IN THE GENERAL FUND.  IN THE ENTERPRISE FUND (UTILITIES) CURRENT YEAR TO DATE WE ARE OVER $15 MILLION IN THE RED.  THE CITIES EXPENSES ARE MORE THAN THE REVENUE’S BROUGHT IN. SHE REFERRED TO TWO CURRENT DOCUMENTS ONE FROM THE GENERAL FUND AND THE OTHE FROM THE ENTERPRISE FUND.

  

At times these wars have led to acrimonious exchanges between the two sides; at other times the exchanges have been more genteel. There have even been recent attempts at truces and fudges. But an end to the Math Wars is not in sight nor, I believe, should it be because the essential issues are too important and the essential positions of the two sides are so far from each other that what is needed is victory for one side, not a pale compromise that, in the long run, would not be good for anyone.   – Anthony Ralston

AFTERNOON COUNCIL SESSION:

THE ISSUE OF PINNACLE FINANCING:

Regarding the $4 million loan for Tequesquite Park, Councilman Mike Gardner ask City Attorney Gregory Priamos if he needs to recuse himself since his fathers property is across the street from the planned Tequesquite Park.  If this is true, would Councilman Gardner have had to recuse himself from other issues of Tequesquite Park of which he voted on?

Self Appointed Citizen Auditor Vivian Moreno question the documentation for Tequesquite Park which states that the six fire stations are equal to the $4 million.  “That can’t possibly be right, these six stations have to be worth over $50 million”!  “If you divide $4 million by the 6 fire stations you get $666,666.66.  Your telling me that a fire station is only worth $666,666.66″?   She went on to inform the council that first payment of $233,557.52 is due March 15, 2012 and second one of $233,557.52 is due September 15.  She mentioned that last year in March 2011 the city of riverside accidently comingled the general fund with money from Redevelopment, and actually believed the city did this because there was no money in the general fund.   If there is absolutely no money in March in the general fund, how can we pay $233,557.52   She said that in September 2011 we only had $9 million dollars in the general fund.  It takes 13 to 16 million a month to run this city and we are already negative $4 million.  My concern is when we get this park funded, it will also cost $400,000.00 to cut the grass ( the yearly cost to maintain the park), and if we have to lay off 12 police officers to fund this I think this would be a disgrace to Officer Ryan Bonaminio’s name.

DOCUMENT REFLECTING COMINGLING OF STATE REDEVELOPMENT FUNDS WITH THE CITY’S GENERAL FUND.

City of Riverside Mayoral Candidate, Dvonne Pitruzzello said, “There is something very wrong here.  I’m not sure if you see it,  at least Pinnacle relalized the risk of loaning $4million.  Of course they wanted to have properties of exceptionality.  At least Pinnacle could see the risk with the city by requesting six fire stations for a 4million loan. Why can’t we do a $15 million dollar loan as we do with our developer, Mark Rubin.  We are $4.4 billion in debt over 30 years, all you have to do is read the CAFR (Comprehensive Annual Financial Report) Ms. Graham, you will see it, add up all the bonds and add up all the debt.  You can see we cannot afford this.  By doing this we will risk our police officers.  Because of the lack of revenue, she said that Councilman Adams stated a couple of weeks ago, that if we were to call for a police officer, if we needed one, they won’t be available”.

CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S TOTAL AGGREGATE DEBT WHICH TOTALS TO $4.4 BILLION

Just as the previous speakers, I’m concerned we putting to much collateral for $4 million.  You are placing six firestations at risk because of our financial status.

You have grossly undervalued those firestations.  You have $4 billion in debt, but you vote yes when you don’t know what your voting on because you don’t read the back up for these issues.

After the vote 7-0 Andy Melendrez asked Assisstant Finance Director Bret Mason about the $4 billion dollars in debt mentioned by public comment speakers, and asked for an explanation from assistant finance director Scott Bret.  Does the council continue to be oblivious to these figures whereby citizens are aware those figures from public records?  Mr. Mason answers Councilman question of the specifics of that $4 billion dollar number by stating,’ it’s  the number that is touted’.  The 4 billion debt number is a number that is the sum total of all payments due over 30 years from Redevelopment and the General Fund, I can’t confirm the number, but it is a ‘high number like that”, referring to the $4.4 million debt.  The city has never defaulted on a payment, and the city has a good credit rating.

According Assistant Finance Director Scott Catlett, it appears that public property such as fire stations are not worth as much to banks when used as collateral. It looks as if they look at the ‘insured value”.   It would therefore appear to be bad deal, because banks view the properties as a ‘re-use value’ based on a third party appraisal, which answers the question of why the assessed value of the six stations came to only $4 million.  It would appear to be a bad deal all around, why would the city get into a bad deal and risk our fire stations?  Maybe the answer is they voted first and asked the questions later.  It seems to me this can be interpreted the same way as going to a pawn shop.  You have a diamond ring worth $10,000.00, but the pawn shop owner is only willing to give you $2,000.00 that instance.

If we don’t pass for the $4 million loan, we will have to use our General Fund, this is because of the Redevelopment, we therefore now are utilizing the General Funds for such items as code etc.

PUBLIC SPEAKING:

“Oh, Seriously”!  Rebecca Ludwig almost receives a police escort for going over the 3 minute mark.. Ms. Ludwig also uses a walker.. The last time a public speaker was physically removed was back in 2005 when Marjorie Van Pole when she complained on the reduction in public comment time from 5 minutes to 3 minutes.

              

TMC would like to recommend to City Attorney Gregory Priamos a trap door scenerio to be installed in front of the podium.  If public comment speakers know ahead of time that the bottom will fall out from them 5 seconds after the 3 minute mark, we believe there would be full compliance with the rule.  The trap door can be connected to a timer, therefore an unruly public speaker that does fall cannot blame anybody up on the dais for pressing the button.

“First of all, I have brought my timer, because I have no intention in seeing our police officers used for any other purpose than public safety, I will not allow them to resort to being ‘bouncers” if I exceed the time”.. I think that the two officers are to professional to be use in this manner.

I will like to help Bret Mason know what that really big number, if you don’t actually know what that number is,  it is in the CAFR.  If you don’t know what it is, I can help.  Bret Mason if you need help looking at the CAFR, I would be more than happy to sit down and help you.  By the way Councilman Chris Mac Arthur, your aid called us ‘idiots’, and by far we are not ‘idiots’, we are helping you.

EVENING COUNCIL SESSION:

Former Deputy City of Riverside Attorney Raychele Sterling commented on the Human Resource Department.  I’m going to be an advocate for those employees because of the horrible work environment they are working in, this department is completely out of control.  I don’t know if the council is aware, that Former City Manager Brad Hudson hired a private detective to follow me.  He used the tax dollars your hard working constituents to follow the mommy in the minivan, spy on my 8 year old daughter, spy on my 4 year autistic daughter while I took her to the doctor,  just to placate his complete paranoia.  This is what your constituents payed thousand of dollars for, and this continues to go on.  Unfortunatley for the detective that was tailing me, I probably was pretty boring, and not nearly as exciting as Brad and his buddy’s would be, because I don’t go to strip clubs, I don’t go to bars, and get so drunk that I crash city vehicles and step out of vehicle wetting my pants.  Councilman Bailey, how would you feel as a father if some creep was following you, or following Judy and your beautiful girls.. This goes on and it continues to go on.  Your Human Resource Department is non existent.  You are waisting your constituents money, because you have paranoid people in management.  They are a liability to you. You have employees right now that continue to experience discrimination and retaliation  Mr. Barber is aware of this, I know he’s been advised.   Mr. Barber used to be a good man, I used to have alot of respect for him, because he once told me that he would never ever mistreat his staff, the way that Brad Hudson mistreated the employees of this city, I don’t know where that man went, but in my book I call that a hypocrite.  You need to spend your money on other things rather than tailing mommy’s in minivans.

Truth Publication Editor, Salvador Santana spoke regarding an un named group of people who have been in violation of public comment speaking rules.  He made mention that this group is consistently showing a great lack of respect for the dais and other speakers, and to him it looks like a conspiracy.  He stated that this group is provokingly go over the 3 minute rule.  Having disrespect for the mayor and the chief of police.  Stated that, “it is interesting to observe that those rule breakers have an anti-establishment agenda attacking the government and the police department no matter what”.   Quoted Councilman Paul Davis, and state he declared to the Truth Publication On line, “I do agree, some of the speakers at City Council are getting out of control, I believe in freedom of speech, but when the disrespect the rules of decorum they are going to far”.  Lets speak about the good side once in a while.

TICKETING BUSINESS’S ON STREET SWEEPING WEDNESDAY:

Last Wednesday was infamous street sweeping day in our local neighborhood.  A landscaper had just finished his work and was loading up his truck, then I saw the parking nazi park behind him.  They continued to pack up there truck not paying any real attention, I believe since they were doing nothing wrong.  In the vehicle the parking nazi had already began to write them a ticket.  She came out of the car and handed it to one of the two landscapers.  No warning, she clearly saw they were a business, but still gave them a ticket.  Did not want to get to close to this activity, did not want to chance getting a ticket for ‘loitering’.  This is a true indication that Riverside continues not to be business friendly.  I would have to warn business’s such as FedEx, UPS, Sears Repair Service, Plumbers probably the US Postal truck to be aware that you will receive a ticket even if you are in our neigborhood for delivery or called upon legitimately by a resident for services.  The PE reports of residents trying to move their vehicles from the street before the street sweeper arrived, don’t bother you’ll get one anyway.  In Dan Bersteins article the street sweeper runs a stop sign, in our neighborhood the street sweeper followed the law and stopped before going ahead.  I also noticed the street sweeper now going slower.  In our neighborhood the street sweeper with the parking nazi in tow is more of a bi-monthly annoyance, than a service benefit.

   

Ahh, A welcome sign to the city of Riverside…

UPDATE ON STREETSWEEPING:04/04/2012: I’m embarrassed to say that this time the landscaper made arrangements with the homeowner to park his vehicle in the driveway so he wouldn’t be ticketed again.  I’ve also made mention to FedEx, UPS, Pool Cleaners, Sears and other landscapers etc. that they will be ticketed on certain street sweeping days.  This day the street sweeper went down our street three times, once on our side, and twice on the opposite side, with the parking nazi trailing closely behind.

UPDATE ON STREETSWEEPING:04/19/2012: The same landscaper decided that is was just to much trouble to come into the area on Wednesday’s taking another chance of being ticketed, he made arrangements with the owner to come on Thursday’s.  Good job City of Riverside, was is worth the $41 dollars for bad publicity?

JUST FOR LAUGHS!!!!!!!!!!

CITY COUNCIL UPDATE: 8:30 PM:

CITY COUNCIL DISTURBANCE: ALTERCATION BETWEEN A CAMERMAN AND TRUTH PUBLICATION EDITOR SALVADOR SANTANA ENDING WITH THE TWO PHYSICALLY ESCORTED OUT OF COUNCIL CHAMBER, TO BE INTERVIEWED BY RIVERSIDE POLICE OFFICERS.   INITIALLY THERE WAS AN ATTEMPT TO REACH TOWARD THE PHOTOGRAPHER, THE PHOTOGRAPHER RETRIEVED BACK.  THER WAS SECOND ATTEMPT BY SANTANA TO GRAB THE CAMERA FROM THE CAMERAMAN, WHAT ENSUED THEN WAS A STRUGGLE.  WITNESSES STATE SEEING SANTANA MAKING A REMARK TOWARD THE CAMERAMAN AFTER HIS PUBLIC SPEAKING.  NO MISDEMEANOR ASSAULT CHARGES WERE FILED BY THE CAMERAMAN OR THE RIVERSIDE POLICE DEPARTMENT AGAINST SANTANA.   EARLIER SANTANA SPOKE AT THE PODIUM REGARDING HIS CONCERN OF CITY FINANCES, EVEN GOING TO THE HOME OF ASSISTANT FINANCE DIRECTOR BRET MASON AT 3:00 IN THE MORNING JUST TO DISCUSS THS ISSUE.  I CAN’T SEE THAT HAPPENING AT 3:00 IN THE MORNING, THIS IS A BIT DISTURBING TO ME, BUT THAT’S WHAT HE SAID.  NO COMMENT HAS YET BEEN ATTAINED FROM MASON REGARDING THIS EARLY MORNING VISIT.  DURING THE COOL DOWN PERIOD, SANTANA WAS SEEN SPEAKING TO COUNCILMAN GARDNER, THEN SEEN SPEAKING WITH COUNCILMAN ANDY MELENDREZ FOR A SUSTAINABLE TIME IN THE ENCLOSED CITY HALL AREA.  ONE POLICE OFFICER WAS SEEN SPEAKING AT LENGTH TO SOME ONE IN CHARGE REGARDING THIS ISSUE FROM A CELL PHONE.  SOURCES STATE SANTANA HAS A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH CHIEF OF POLICE SERGIO DIAZ.  TWO WEEKS AGO, COUNCIL CHAMBERS ALSO SAW THE OUTBURST OF BEHAVIOR BY THE CHIEF OF POLICE SERGIO DIAZ TOWARD SOME PUBLIC COMMENT SPEAKERS, CALLING THEM EPITAPHS SUCH AS “HORRIBLE”, “DISRESPECTFUL”, “YOU HATE THE POLICE” AND “I DON’T LIKE YOU.”  ACCORDING TO HIS BLOG SIT, THE TRUTH PUBLICATION, SANTANA CLAIMS BEING ESCORTED BY POLICE OFFICERS TO HIS HOME ON ACCOUNT OF BEING HARASSED.  MOST OF THE TIME SANTANA WAS WITH AN OFFICER, OR TALKING WITH ONE OF THE COUNCILMEN; DURING THIS TIME NO INDICATION OF HARASSMENT OR SHOUTING BY ANY INDIVIDUALS WERE OBSERVED.

 

FORMER CITY OF RIVERSIDE DEPUTY ATTORNEY RAYCHELE STERLING THROUGH PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST ACT FINDS CITY OF RIVERSIDE SPENT $88,000.00 FOR A PRIVATE DETECTIVE TO TAIL HER AND HER CHILDREN.  IN ADDITION TO THE $150,000.00 SPENT BY FORMER CITY MANAGER BRAD HUDSON TO A LAW FIRM TO INVESTIGATE HIMSELF, FOR A TOTAL EXPENDITURE OF $230,000.00   STERLING REFERS TO THOSE IN CHARGE, COUNCIL AND MAYOR,  AS THE “BOBBLE HEAD BRIGADE”.

COUNCILMAN AND MAYORAL CANDIDATE ANDY MELENDEZ’S MISUNDERSTANDING OF THE SERAF PAYMENT OF $3.4 MILLION REMOVAL FROM THE LOW INCOME HOUSING FUND BECOMES EVIDENT.  A FINDING WAS MADE, BUT NO REPORTABLE DOCUMENTATION OF A JUSTIFICATION WAS EVIDENT FOR THE APPROVED TRANSFER.

MAYORAL CANDIDATE TO REQUEST PUBLIC RECORDS IN CONNECTION TO THE OFFICE OF CITY ATTORNEY EXPENDITURES.  ALLEGATIONS HAVE BEEN RAISED OF NEGLIGENT SPENDING AND BEHAVIOR, SUCH AS PRIAMOS USING HIS SECRETORY TO DECORATE HIS HOME, PLAYING GOLF WITH HIS SUPERVISORS AND FORMER POLICE CHIEF RUSSELL LEACH AND FORMER EMPLOYEE KATHY GONZALEZ.  QUESTIONS REGARDING HER POSITION AS ASSISTANT CITY ATTORNEY AT THE TIME OF HER DEATH, BUT RECEIVING THE MAXIMUM ON THE PAYSCALE OF $120,000.00 ASSOCIATED WITH THE TITLE OF DEPUTY CITY ATTORNEY.  THE QUESTION POSED TOWARD CITY ATTORNEY GREGORY PRIAMOS WAS DOES HE KNOW THE MEANING OF THE TERM, ‘INSURANCE FRAUD’?

TMC WELCOMES NEWEST BLOGGER TO THE COMMUNITY, CITY MANAGER SCOTT BARBER.  BARBER RECOMMENDS TO THE COUNCIL TO PLACE A BLOG FOR THE COMMUNITY TO ASK QUESTIONS.  QUESTIONS ABOUND OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF INTEROFFICE DATING AS RUMORED OF BARBER WITHOUT A LOVE CONTRACT.

NO SIGHT OF CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER PAUL SUNDEEN THIS WEEK.

THE CASE OF SGT. VALMONT GRAHAM HAS BEEN RUMORED TO HAVE BEEN SETTLED OUT OF COURT.  CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE RICHARD ROTH, ALSO HIRED TO REPRESENT THE CITY AGAINST GRAHAM’S ALLEGATIONS OF RACISM WITH THE RIVERSIDE POLICE DEPARTMENT.  INCIDENTLY ENDORSED BY MAYOR LOVERIDGE.   CINDY ROTH, PRESIDENT/CEO OF THE GREATER RIVERSIDE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IS ALSO INCIDENTLY SUPPORTED WITH FINANCIAL DONATIONS BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE.

LA ENDS RED LIGHT CAMERA’S! CBS INVESTIGATION FOUND ACCIDENTS WENT UP.  COUNCILMAN STATES FINES WERE EXCESSIVE.  THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE CONTINUES TO ENDORSE AND SUPPORT A RED LIGHT PROGRAM IN LIEU OF THE EXPENSE AND STUDIES OF NO BENEFIT.

TMC ENDORSES DVONNE PITRUZZELLO FOR CITY OF RIVERSIDE MAYOR

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

No doubt, Interum Public Works Director Tom Boyd maybe the focus of the John Chiang’s auditing teams hard lined questions.  and no doubt, former Public Works Director Siobhan Foster is also looking from the sidelines after leaving her Riverside position in a rush for the same position for the City of Pasadena, a much furthercommute away from home.  Did she know anything of the second coming?

DON’T MISS CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR,  DVONNE PITRUZELLO AND SELF APPOINTED CITY AUDITOR VIVIAN MORENO WILL BE GIVING CITY COUNCIL A MATH LESSON!   FORMER DEPUTY CITY ATTORNEY RAYCHELE STERLING WILL BE TALKING ABOUT HOW HUMAN RESOURCES TERRORIZES THEIR EMPLOYEES BECAUSE OF THEIR OWN PARANOIA.   TONIGHT AT 6:30 PM!

                                              

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 Item #2 is a big concern with the taxpaying residents of the City of Riverside.  The city doesn’t have all the money for the park, it therefore will be encumbering our six of the taxpayer fire stations for collateral against a $4 million dollar loan.  The six are as follows: Fire Station 2- Arlington, Fire Station 3- Magnolia Center, Fire Station 4- University, Fire Station 8- La Sierra, Fire Station 11-Orange Crest , and Fire Station 12- La Sierra South.  The city not to long ago encumbered Fire Station 13- Sycamore Canyon, Fire Station 14- Canyon Crest and two libraries: Casa Blanca and Arlington to use as collateral for monies that found it’s way to the devlopers of the Hyatt Hotel.  Now regarding the six fire stations, the finance company, Pinnacle Public Finance, Inc., states that the aggregate value of the fire statios is valued slightly over $4 million, and that is the reason for the need of six stations.  I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but if you divide $4 million by 6 you get $666,666.66.  A possible sign or just a coincidence? Regardless, the median value of each fire station.  Pinnacle Public Finance must feel their is risk with this loan to the city, because sources state that the actual cost to build a fire station can run from $9 to $10 million.  The estimated cost to build the Downtown Fire Station #1,  is $11,246,872.00.   Fire Station #14-Canyon Crest which was completed in 2007 costed $4,812,684.00 for one fire station , which contradicts the assessment of 4 million for all six.  Is anybody out there experienceing a conniption fit just yet?

                                                     

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So, are we placing approximately $24,000,000.00 to $50,000,000.00 in fire stations for a $4,000,000.00 loan?  More salt on the wound, the city’s finance team for this project includes Best, Best & Krieger.  Now when this is all over, we will probably have to encumber another 6 fire stations (if we have any left) to pay their bill, since it’s the cities practice not to use contracts with them.  Mad yet?  The cities annual payment or debt cost will be close to $468,000.00 per year from the General Fund for 10 years.  At the end of that 10 years the city will have paid out $671,150.40 in interest alone.  That means that could effect police or fire department payroll.  But it must not matter in lieu of the mayor’s staff receiving 15% raises.  Now nothing is free, so will the city make up the slack in higher taxes, or revenue enhancers such as service or violation fees?  Further, Chief Financial Officer Paul Sundeen’s name is not on any of these documents!  By the way where is Paul!

So far it is estimated that Tequesquite Park will cost $10.1 million.  The city already had $2 million to cover the design cost and environmental  and conservation fees, The other $4.1 million would come from municipal debt  that the city issued in 2008.  Therefore, $4 million is needed to complete the project, which will be paid back over a term of 10 years.  In terms of the next 10 years, the total cost from the City’s General Fund each year will be $804,000.00   That’s the cost of park maintenance $336,000 plus the loan payment including interest of $468,000.00

ITEM #20, ITEMS #21 and ITEM #22, the initiations of  Landscape Maintenance Districts, where by an annual process of leyving special assessments pertaining to landscape maintenance.  This cost of maintaining landscaping will assessed to property owners, as if you don’t have enough taxes to worry about.  Dear City of Riveside, don’t we already pay for landscape maintenance in the form of property taxes?  Another example of over taxation or double taxation without representation..  But this whole process brings back an old city favorite Albert Webb.  Back in 2008, the Albert Webb company was paid 12 seperate payouts all in one day.  Question abound, regarding this event.

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HOLDING TRUE TO HIS MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of the City Attorney’s Office is to provide excellent and ethical legal advice, effective legal representation, and other quality legal services for the City Council, City officers, and City employees in order that they may lawfully attain the City Council’s goals and other department program outcomes without undue risk to the City?  DO YOU SEE TAXPAYER OR CITIZEN OF THE RIVERSIDE COMMUNITY MENTIONED? AFTERALL, IF YOU ARE PAYING THE BILL SHOULDN’T YOU, THE TAXPAYER,  BE PROTECTED?

WHO WILL BE HIDING BEHIND THE COMPUTER NEXT WHEN JOHN CHIANG’S AUDITING?  CLICK ON THIS LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE CURRENT CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEMS.   CALL YOUR LOCAL ELECTED COUNCIL PERSON AND THE MAYOR AND REQUEST THAT THEY COMPLY FULLY WITH THE CONTROLLERS WISHES.  THIS CITY OF RIVERSIDE NEEDS TRANSPARENCY IN THE BOOKS, AND WITH A NEW CITY MANAGER, SCOTT BARBER THS CAN BE ATTAINED.

“OK, ONE MORE TIME, YOU SAY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE DID WHAT”?

 TWO WEEKS AGO AT CITY COUNCIL MARCH 6, 2012:

Evening session was attended by Tom Boyd Interium Public Works Director, no sign of Paul Sundeen since he was last seen leaving mid day from city hall. Councilman Steve Adams was not seen either. TMC had their protest signs with sticks attached to them, some of them pointed.  A plains clothes officer was called in by City Attorney Gregory Priamos. When the officer approached Gregory, Gregory said  “over there”!  The plain clothes officer looked over to us and went to the back of City Council Hall.  As the group was leaving and exiting the hall, he later told our group that he was told by Gregory to come in an remove the protesters, because some of the signs had points. That would be considered a “weapon”. In this officers opinion he was just not going to do that. Possibly because it’s appearance was “frivolous”, much as some of Gregory’s law suits.  In particular, Ms. Doreen Johnson. Evidently, the Johnson’s own a commercial building and leased property to someone who opened a marijuana dispensary and was then closed and a law suit ensued with their name on it.

  

It appears if anyone is doing drug business on a property you own, they the feds can take it away from you under asset forfeiture.  Others our stating that Ms. Johnson’s property is coincidently across the street from a developers property that has done many projects for the city.  But these projects have been in questioned regarding their public benefit.  Originally, the true intentions of ‘asset forfeiture laws’ were to hit drug dealers by taking their expensive homes, pimped out vehicles, jewelry and luxury items attained and purchased with drug monies etc.  This would occur after their arrest.  It currently appears the City Attorney is stretching it to include innocent property owners.  Whats really egregious is that they are using three BB&K attorney’s at taxpayer expense, with a cost of $300 to $400 an hour each to go against this business owner.  According to Johnson, she was voted on by Priamos and the City as a public nuisance, violating zoning codes, and as she states has been slandered as ‘drug dealer’.  Even though the City Attorney serves at the pleasure of the City Council and the Mayor, nothing is said.  Does our leadership care or even know the laws?  Or our just banking that the advice given by city attorney Gregory Primos is solid and true?  Does our leadership even have the background to contradict him?   So under Federal asset forfeiture law,even if you loan your car to a friend, and that friend makes a drug deal with the use of your vehicle, they can take your vehicle. It’s a true stretch from the original intentions but something the Johnson’s should inquire with the State Attorney General or Federal Department of Justice. Where was Gregory when some of the City Council and Management were driving illegal cold plate vehicles, or where illegal gun sales were occurring, or when concealed weapons permits were being fraudulently being applied for with a city hall address?  Did Gregory call the Feds?  Or where by the attempted cover up of the Chief Russell Leach case.  Where many at City Hall used their personal cell phones for communication whereby could not be subpoenaed, therefore did not exist.  The question everyone is asking is why does Gregory want to beat everybody up?

Afternoon session, not in attendance was Tom Boyd, and again Councilman Steve Adams and Chief Financial Officer Paul Sundeen.  The second day of the two month audit must be tumultuous. The Council Arena didn’t really get heated until the Chief of Police Sergio Diaz stepped in and began pointing fingers and speaking out at those those he didn’t like.  Pointing and looking at Mayoral Candidate Dvonne Pitruzello he exclaimed, “I don’ t like her”, and pointed to others with signs, “and any of them”.  Looked back at Pitruzello, “you said I wasn’t qualified”.  Ok, it is a public forum, but we weren’t sure if the good ol chief was acting in police mode or in private citizen mode.  Then he faced off with Activist Karen Wright, not once but twice, he left and then came back and he wouldn’t stop. “You’re a horrible person”, “Your disrespectful” and the coup de ta “You hate the police”!  Ooops..  Assistant Chief Chris Vicino even appeared to be trying to get the chiefs attention for the unchiefly behavior, “Hey Chief”! “Chief”!    Many around were asking who the man in the suit was. “He’s the chief of police”… “What, you’re kidding”?   Well when I came up to Karen, she was visually shaken as many in the room were at this display. She of course did not know how to respond to the Chief, and she said she didn’t ever meant any disrespect to fallen officer Ryan Bonaminio or his family, as she indicated.  Besides the chief, there were others who verbally attacked her. Have we forgotten what this country is all about?  Is Riverside a microcosm of beliefs predating 2012?  Have we forgotten what our forefathers warned us about?  Afterall they were considered Kooks and Traitors. Questions many are secretly asking about our Chief, if he has the ability or is he truly qualified with the skills to create a unifying and cohesive support and alliance between the police and the community?  Will the chief receive a letter from Gregory regarding his behavior at City Council Meetings as many others have for less of the behavior seen?  A Strategic Plan submitted to the council two years to late and nothing said regarding the lateness from the mayor or city council?  Do any of them care when the whole community is watching?  What message does this send to our community from our leaders?

In Public comment, Kevin Dawson stated that the comments the Chief made were not in line with the preamble of the city charter.  We want people to participate in city government. I’ve heard of other incidents where similar comments were made and I think they were inappropriate, and not in line with a leadership role.  People look at the Chief for guidance.. Kevin also mentioned since the chief is in a leadership role, that maybe the City Manager should have a conversation with him, and I think he owes Karen Wright an apology.  Both current City Manager Scott Barber and Chief of Police were brought in by Former City Manager Brad Hudson, whereby much of his activities have been in question.

NOT SURE WHERE THE CHIEF GETS HIS POLITICS ON SPEECH, BUT NEEDS TO READ THIS, I’M SURE HE PASSES IT DAILY..

Self appointed auditor, Vivian Moreno stated that one of things that the chief discussed in his description of his strategic plan was the enthusiasm and professionalism of the police department, there was nothing professional about the way he accosted Karen Wright when she was exercising her right to free speech.  You have a monument on City Hall and there is a quote of Benjamin Franklin that talks about free speech.  I’m sure that everyone would agree that everyone has the right to free speech.  Our we all civilized in this room except the Chief?  He also said that they (police) were a force of good.  I don’t think what he had to say was good for her,(Karen Wright).  He also stated something really interesting, he stated that the police don’t lie, cheat or steal..  There was $35,000.00 that was given to Connie Leach (former wife of chief Russ Leach) for the Multi Cultural Youth Festival from Police Asset Forfeiture, what about that? There was the receipts from the the Baker to Las Vegas Run for hotels, shoes, luches, dinners, what about that? …and Gregory Priamos, police asset forfeiture will now collect money from a poor woman (Ms. Doreen Johnson), you are now going to take her property because she rented it to someone undesirable..  I think there is no leadership in management, and I think there are a lot of problems with this city council and you better wake up!

CURRENTLY IN THE NEWS IS HOW PENSIONS RULES ARE NOW DISQUALIFYING SOME RETIRED WORKERS IN THIS NEW PE STORY.  IN OTHER WORDS THE PRACTICE OF DOUBLE DIPPING.  IN THIS PUBLIC DOCUMENT THEIR ARE WHO WERE PAID $31,875.00 FOR REDLIGHT CAMERA REVIEW, ONE OF THEM IS CITY COUNCILMAN’S STEVE ADAMS BROTHER, RON ADAMS.

 OTHERS SUCH AS CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER PAUL SUNDEEN, WHO WAS BROUGHT OUT FROM RETIREMENT, TO BE EMPLOYED ON A PART TIME BASIS WITH THE CITY OF RIVERIDE, ACCORDING TO THE RULES AND REGULATIONS IS CONSIDERED NULL AND VOID.  CURRENTLY, SUNDEEN WAS PLACED ON CONTRACT.  THE QUESTION PERCOLATING IS CAN HE EVEN BE PLACED ON CONTRACT TO CONTINUE WORKING FOR THE CITY?

DOWNTOWN PARTNERSHIP WEBSITE A THREAT? VIRAL INFESTED?  CAME ACROSS THE FOLLOWING:  “WEB SITES RATED “CAUTION” MAY HAVE A SMALL NUMBER OF THREATS AND ANNOYANCES, BUT ARE NOT CONSIDERED DANGEROUS ENOUGH TO WARRANT A RED “WARNING”.  PROCEED WITH CAUTION”.  IS THIS A MESSAGE TO COMMUNITY BUSINESS’S REGARDING THE LEGACY OF DOWNTOWN PARTNERSHIP?

 

UPDATE: 3:00 PM CITY COUNCIL:  PUBLIC SPEAKER REBECCA LUDWIG PASSESS 3 MINUTE MARK, ALMOST GETS A POLICE ESCORT OUT OF COUNCIL CHAMBERS.  THE CALL, POSSIBLY CITY ATTORNEY GREGORY PRIAMOS.  IT APPEARS THAT MAYOR PRO TEMPT PAUL DAVIS LOOKED AT PRIAMOS, THEN TWO POLICE OFFICERS WALKED DOWN THE HALL WAY.  DOES PRIAMOS HAVE A POLICE BUTTON UNDER HIS TABLE?

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!   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 GREG ABOUT THAT ONE… AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!  COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT OR FOR CONTACT!   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM 

TMC’s support of State Controller John Chiang’s Auditing Team started the morning off with protest signs facing incoming city workers. Protest involves the alleged fraud and misuse of Obama’s Federal Build America Bonds by the City of Riverside.  Whereby, bonds intended for one purpose or project, is diverted to other unrelated purposes. In the midst of taxpayer abuse as seen with California Cities such as Bell, Montebello and Hercules which have resulted in millions of dollars lost.  Local community residents have raised the questions of the sanctity of the city’s finances as well as their expenditures.  Concerns of increase power, water, sewer rates along with incidental service fees to get around proposition 218  to cover cost of mismanagement have been prevalent. Now with the City of Stockton, California on the brink of filing for bankruptcy, attention is high.  TMC request the auditing team to dig further.  “Seek and you will find”..  Join us in voicing your opinion in front of City Hall and at todays City Council Meetings, Afternoon session 3:00 pm and Evening session 6:30 pm.  According to the PE the auditing team will be in the City of Riverside for a two month routine evaluation, of one project, the Columbia Grade Seperation. TMC questions the length of time necessary for one project to be evaluated.

     

UPDATE: 03/07/2012:

At Tuesday’s City Council Meeting Chief of Police Sergio Diaz with Assistant Police Chief Chris Vicino presented the Police Departments Strategic Plan for 2010-2015 just prior to the display of unchiefly behavior everyone is talking about.  But wait a minute or two,  2010?  Wasn’t that two years ago.  Isn’t this just a little late in turning in this chiefly assignment? How do you retroact two years..?  So, shouldn’t it read 2012-2015?  Regardless here it is.

    

CLICK THIS LINK TO SEE THE COMPLETE ‘STRATEGIC PLAN FOR 2010-2015′ 

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!   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 GREG ABOUT THAT ONE… AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!  COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT OR FOR CONTACT!   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM 

THIRTY MILES OF CORRUPTION AND CONCERNED CITIZENS WILL OCCUPY CITY HALL IN SUPPORT OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE CONTROLLER’S AUDIT OF THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S MISUSE OF PUBLIC FUNDS.  EXERCISING THEIR RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH DURING PUBLIC COMMENT.

TUESDAY, MARCH 6TH, 2012

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM: GENERAL ASSEMBLY

3:00 PM- COUNCIL CHAMBER

6:30 PM- COUNCIL CHAMBER

IT TAKES A WHOLE COMMUNITY TO CLEANSE CORRUPTION… TAKE BACK RIVERSIDE!

Now that City Manager Scott Barber has been chosen, City Council will be voting on his base pay  of $280,500.00. (Item #33).  What will the new year bring? More of the same? Hopefully he’s familar with municipal financing and can have greater imput with the Chief Financial Officer Paul Sundeen.  Regardless, the citizens of the City of Riverside deserve more, and one way to began the New Year 2012 would be to call for a forensic audit of the city hall books.  This will assure balanced numbers and clear possible discrepancies of the general ledger books.

Why they try, I don’t even know, but the city will consider another franchise license for another ambulance service.  Of course it will be shot down, after the usual city theatre.  Alpha Ambulance just doesn’t have a chance for a fair consideration.  Months ago, Mission Ambulance was also denied a franchise license, the monopoly game continues. Denials may continue, and the friendship with AMR’s Peter Hubbard (Riverside Police Commisioner Ret.) with the Fire Chief Steve Earley, City Attorney Greg Priamos and many of the City Council such as Steve Adams.  Does this friendly love fest insinuate conflict of interest?  (Item #4).

UPDATE:12/13/2011: WHAT A SURPRISE!  CITY COUNCILS VOTES TO DENY FRANCHISE LICENSE TO ALPHA AMBULANCE BY A VOTE OF SIX TO ONE.   APPARENTLY ALPHA AMBULANCE’S PRESENTATION WAS DONE DURING PUBLIC COMMENT, INSTEAD OF THE CITY PROVIDING A SET PRESENTATION TIME.  WHY WOULD AMBULANCE EXPEND THE EFFORT.  BUT WHAT WE DO HAVE IS A PATTERN OF DENIALS WHICH MAY INFER A VIOLATION OF ANTITRUST LAWS.  BUT FOR THE TIME BEING THE CITY HAS THE EDGE, AND AS CHARLEY SHEEN SAYS, “WINNING”.

11:25 PM on 12/12/2011 PE story Riverside: City’s ambulance service may exceed authority.

The City Council has allowed their friend Mr. AMR to cloud their judgement on doing what is right. If you recall several months ago, Mission Ambulance proved their is an absolute need for another provider, and they were denied. If you read previous articles you’ll see how absolutely crazy this story is: 1) Mr. AMR is best friends with the City Attorney 2) Mr. AMR does give the council members a lot of money for their campaigns. 3) Mr. AMR is best friends with the Fire Chief 4) Mr. AMR does give the Fire Department 1.4mm 5) This is a Pay-to-Play city 6) No cities do not have the right to limit non-emergency transportation 7) Yes it is a conflict of interest that the Fire Chief is best friends with Mr. AMR, receives 1.4mm, and is responsible for denying applications. 8) Yes it is a violation of the Federal Anti-Kickback statue. Receives money in exchange for exclusivity is by definition a violation of the act. 9) AMR doesn’t care because the fines they’d have to pay on the violation is pennies compared to what they make in the City. 10) Yes it is true that AMR receives 40% of amount billed. What receiving 40% of $5,000 isn’t enough? Besides, it is the County’s responsibility to create a contract that is a win-win. It is NOT the City’s responsibility to take on that burden. So, just to clarify your comment Mr. Bigdawg86, the citizens and patients that receive healthcare in the City of Riverside are responsible for the other 60% that AMR cannot collect in all other cities??? C’mon…Really? 11) So does the City Attorney, Mr. AMR’s goooooood friend, know more about the EMS laws than the State EMS agency? The answer is no, he only knows what Mr. AMR tells him, and that goes for the rest of the council as well. All you have to do is listen to them, they are saying what Mr. AMR tells them say, oh ya and that also comes with a check from AMR, Mr. AMR, or EMS Corp. There are many ways to hide campaign contributions and they seem to be the best at it. 12) Does anyone else see this scandal is the size of Bell??? If you really get down and dirty and look at true numbers, you’ll see a HUGE story here.  - Commenter named “Come On…Really” on PE.

Councilman Paul Davis recommends the council authorization of $18,400.00 for obligatory promisses made to outside programs.  Paul opted out of using $50,000.00 specifically appropriated for a Council Assistant, and instead thought he could spend as he pleased for the community.  This wasn’ so.  The drama begun when former city manager Brad Hudson stated he could do that, but then retracted, and said he couldn’t without council approval. This incidently includes $8,000.00 to go to Paul’s wife May for the yearly Lunar Fest.  (item 34a).

The City of Riverside continues to terrorize the residents with more amendments to rules.  At some point, the City of Riverside needs to inform the community that they belong to Homeowners Association without voting rights. (Item 36).

Another change order, and would think Tom Boyd’s Public Works Department would finally get it right.  Yes, and this time it’s for $1,680,051.75… or is this a game the contractor plays with the city in order to get more money?  More delays more money? This is the fourth grade seperation project, you would think Tom would get the kinks out by the experience of the prior three and save the taxpayer some money by now.  But this is the same Tom Boyd who paved a residential street, then shortly later had to dig it up and repave it at taxpayer expense.  If he worked for the private sector wouldn’t he get fired? Because if this was the private sector, he would have lossed huge amounts of private sector money and be directly accountable for. (Item 52).

WHO WILL BE HIDING BEHIND THE COMPUTER NEXT WHEN THE AUDITOR COMES ASKING QUESTIONS? CHECK BACK WEEKLY…THAT IS, EVERY CITY COUNCIL TUESDAY! WE’LL EVEN PROVIDE THE DIRECT LINK SO YOU CAN CHECK THE CURRENT CITY COUNCIL AGENDA. CALL YOUR LOCAL ELECTED COUNCIL PERSON AND THE MAYOR AND REQUEST THAT A FORENSIC AUDIT BE DONE BY STATE CONTROLLER JOHN CHIANG OF THE CITY HALL BOOKS. 

HAVE THERE BEEN MORE PROCEDURAL GLITCHES OR RED FLAGS THAT HAVE RECEIVED THE ATTENTION OF INTERUM CITY MANAGER SCOTT BARBER THAT HAVE YET TO BE MENTION SINCE HUDSON SKIPPED TOWN?    TMC RECOMMENDS THAT SCOTT WITH THE HELP OF THE REST OF CITY COUNCIL REQUEST A FORENSIC AUDIT!  IT’S EASY, I EVEN LOOKED UP THE NUMBER FOR YOU, 916-445-2636, ASK FOR JOHN.  BY THE WAY, HE’S EXPECTING YOUR CALL…  IF THERE IS NOTHING TO HIDE, THE NUMBERS WILL ALWAYS COME UP RIGHT! 

KEEP CONNECTED WITH TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!   TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, AND THAT’S ALL WE’RE GOING TO SAY ABOUT THAT ONE… AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!  COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT!  THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

It seems that because of a whistle blower, Montebello is now being investigated by the FBI for misused housing funds, and the state controller found that $31 million in city funds were misused.  These investigations took place apparently thanks to Ms. Cortez, and where in the world were the rest of the members of City Council? Shame on them!  To City Councilwoman Christina Cortez thank-you for your service, initiative, ethics and guts to do what’s right in spite of the inviting wrath of fellow council-members.  American cities need more leaders like you. And let’s hope that Montebello residents will stand up next to you in defending your right to serve honestly, identify corruption and root it out and express yourself freely. They deserve your leadership; you deserve their support. And if funds were misused, it’s time to vote out and fire all those who were either complicit and/or fell asleep on the wheel.  You have a tough road ahead of you, keep up the good work!  It time, but they may not know it, for those in leadership positions in the City of Riverside do the same, and you know who you are..

“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”  – George Washington, Commander in Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution and First President of the United States (1789-97).

HE WAS CALLED A TRAITOR AND BECAME A HUNTED CRIMINAL, AND IN TERMS OF TODAY, AN EXTREMIST, A TERRORIST AND A CRAZED WINGNUT. SOMETHING FOR ALL TO THINK ABOUT.. 
UPDATE:12/11/2011: ACCORDING TO THE PRESS ENTERPRISE, UTILITY WORKERS FIRED FOR FALSIFYING METER READINGS WHILE SITTING IN THEIR TRUCKS.  WHO’S JOB IS IT TO SUPERVISE THESE WORKERS. DOES ANYBODY REMEMBER THE DWP WORKERS WHO WERE CAUGHT DRINKING IN THEIR TRUCK THEN PATRONIZING STRIP CLUBS.  IS THIS AN ISOLATED CASE FOR THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE?  AND MANY IN THE COMMUNITY ARE AFRAID TO ASK, BUT TMC IS ASKING, “WHY HAVEN’T THE ALL THE PALM AND TREE DEBRIE BEEN PICKED UP” FROM THE WIND STORMS TWO WEEKS AGO.  MANY IN THE COMMUNITY ARE BELIEVEING THAT THE CITY REALLY HAS NO MONEY.  TREES AND PALM TREES HAVEN’T BEEN TRIMMED FOR YEARS, AS THE COMMUNITY EXPECTS FROM ALOCATED TAX MONEY THEY HAVE PAID OUT FROM HARD EARNED MONEY.  IT DIDN’T HAPPEN WHILE SIOBHAN FOSTER WAS IN CHARGE.  HOPEFULLY, SHE TURNED A NEW LEAF IN PASADENA.  HOPEFULLY, NOT ONLY THE LEAVES, BUT THE PALMS WERE PICKED UP THERE..  THEREFORE, WHY ARE THE CITIZENS DOING THE WORK THEMSELVES IN THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE?  SHOULD THE CONSTITUENTS SUBMIT A BILL TO THE CITY FOR REIMBURSEMENT FOR WORK THE CITY HAS FAILED TO DO?  GOOD SLIPPERY QUESTION TO SLIDE TOWARD COUNCILMAN MIKE GARDNER.  951-826-5991 (office), 951-941-7084 (cell), email:  mgardner@riversideca.gov
KEEP CONNECTED WITH TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE,  AND PROBABLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE RIVERSIDE POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR WHAT EVER REASON, AND THAT’S ALL WE’RE GOING TO SAY ABOUT THAT ONE… AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S, COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT!  THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

Interim Riverside City Manager Scott Barber now been inexplicably chosen for the postion of Riverside City Manager.  Roberts Consulting Group was originally hired as headhunters to find a suitable and qualified person for the City Manager position, whom back in 2005, you guessed it! was Brad Hudson.  Well they were hired again to do the same, when City Manager Brad Hudson left at a cost to the taxpayers of 30 Grand.  It has also been allegedly stated that Roberts Consulting have ties to the Mayor’s office. Conflict of Interest? Business as usual? It appears that the City Council or the Mayor’s office are incapable of hiring someone qualified and knowledgeable for the position, or they may possibly be playing the Broadway Part of hiring friends at taxpayer expense to so call “headhunt” a candidate.  But is this only a ploy to direct taxpayer monies to friends, and  in doing so choose someone all ready predetermined?  Such as Interim City Manager Scott Barber?   Even though the Mayor received 6 outside bids, he still decided to choose preferentially his friend of Roberts Consulting Group.  What a surprise they were also on top of the Mayor’s list last time they were searching and found our now exiting City Manager Brad Hudson.  In 2005, Norm Roberts, Roberts Consulting, had mixed success. So much so that the council members rejected the city manager candidates Roberts found and recruited Hudson on their own.  Well they could have saved the taxpayer money. Roberts Consulting also headed the process that led to hiring police Chief Sergio Diaz in 2010.  This was after our Drugged and Alcohol induced Prior Chief of Police Russ Leach was caught in what became a predicament for local Riverside Police in deteriming the outcome in which common citizens would ordinarily be jailed for.  What was more egregious was the then Councilman Frank Schiovone coming to his defense, without regard for the common good for the safety of his constituents.  But what can I say, this is Riverside..  And Riverside will find as always, Scott Barber is a “team player”, in the literal sense, he didn’t make waves when waves were needed, and he may or he may not in his current position.  That’s left to be seen.  Or will change, as stated, mean that he will give the residents of Riverside the illusion of change?  According to the Press Enterprise he is quoted as saying, “I’m not going to take a city car.  I don’t have cold plates.  I’m not going to carry a gun,” he said with a laugh.  That’s one way of saying residents can expect some changes at City Hall under Barber.  But we know all those actions were illegal, in sofar as the former city manager Brad Hudson pursued them.  Change should not indicate, “I promise not do the crimes of the former city manager”.  In the legal sense, they should not have been done at all.  Further, the question everyone is asking, is what will be Scott’s salary and benefit package?  Will the taxpayer pay dearly for “talent” as in the case of former City Manager Brad Hudson?

UPDATE: 12/10/2011: CITY COUNCIL WILL VOTE ON SCOTT BARBER’S CONTRACT WHICH INCLUDES A BASE SALARY OF $280,500.00. JUST COMFORTABLE ENOUGH NOT TO MAKE WAVES.

HAVE THERE BEEN MORE PROCEDURAL GLITCHES OR RED FLAGS THAT HAVE RECEIVED THE ATTENTION OF INTERUM CITY MANAGER SCOTT BARBER THAT HAVE YET TO BE MENTION SINCE HUDSON SKIPPED TOWN?    TMC RECOMMENDS THAT SCOTT WITH THE HELP OF THE COUNCIL REQUEST A FORENSIC AUDIT!  ESPECIALLY NOW, THAT HE’S A “TEAM PLAYER” FOR THE RESIDENTS OR RIVERSIDE.  REAL CHANGE MEANS TO MAKE THAT CALL TO THE STATE CONTROLLER…  WE’VE MADE IT SO EASY SCOTT, TMC EVEN LOOKED UP THE NUMBER FOR YOU, 916-445-2636, ASK FOR JOHN.   IF THERE IS NOTHING TO HIDE, THE NUMBERS WILL ALWAYS COME UP RIGHT! 

KEEP CONNECTED WITH TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” BLOG SITE!   TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, AND THAT’S ALL WE’RE GOING TO SAY ABOUT THAT ONE… AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!  COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT!  THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

UDATE: 12/11/2011: TMC BROKE A STORY OCTOBER 17, 2011 REGARDING A $5.4 MILLION OVERSITE BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE.  FIVE MILLION DOLLAR BUDGET GAP?  TEAM PLAYER, SCOTT BARBER, STATES “MANAGEABLE”?  OR IS IT AN ISSUE TO BE FERRETED OUT?   IN 2010, RIVERSIDE COUNTY WAS RANKED SECOND IN FORECLOSURE RATES, THUS INDICATING FUTURE SHORTFALLS FOR THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE IN TAX REVENUES.  IF IT IS NOT TAKEN FROM THE CITIES RESERVES, WILL IT THEN BE TAKEN FROM THE CITIES INVESTMENT POOL?  OR DID IT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE $5,000,000.00 DEPOSITED INTO RIVERSIDE’S CITIZENS BANK LAST WEEK?

UNKNOWINGLY PUSHING THE ENVELOPE, KEEP CONNECTED WITH TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!   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…  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!    THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

Assistant City Manager Deanna Lorson came under the TMC radar when found that a lease contract was signed for new restaurant called Elephant Thai to go into a redevelopment area, after Governor Brown signed a stay on all redevelopment activity, especially entering into new contracts.  But I guess the city knows best? They may need the help of Best, Best & Krieger to defend this one, since this is part of the abuse the governor has been speaking about.  Self Appointed Citizen Auditor Vivian Moreno brought this to Council and Ms. Lorson’s attention last Council Meeting.  She advised her that she needs to be checking with her City Attorney Greg Priamos about that one.  All TMC can say is Slick…  How many instances of oversight does it take to make a fraud? 

More City negotiations with Redevelopment properties and interested parties post Governor Brown enacted stay on all Redevelopment activity. (Items #3) with Best, Best & Krieger For the Best, Best & Krieger Offices, (Items #4) with the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa for the BioKorium Building , (Item #5) the City of Riverside for 3737 Main Street with their own Redevelopment Agency,  & (Item #6) negotiations with Johnny Rockets and Redevelopment. 

Possible litigation by Claimants: Riverside Community College and Riverside County Office of Education vs. are infamous Redevelopment Agency.  What did they do this time? Call Best, Best & Krieger to the rescue or can our fearless city attorney battle this one out single handedly?   Well it appears the Riverside City Redevelopment Agency has defaulted on redevelopment money which should have transferred to these educational institutions, all educational institutions statewide are suing cities based on this premise.  Good reasoning to abolish RDA?  (item #7).   

Prepared by Rhonda Strout, Human Resource Department, an amendment that employees will pay 100% of their employee contribution to CALpers. (Item #27). Upcoming story regarding Rhonda Strout and the Human Resources Department.  Are we bringing back the love contract article?

(Item #31) a change order for $111,121.36 requested by Elite Bobcat Services. 

(Item #34) Legislative Reports with the City of Riverside’s lobbying group, League of California Cities.

WHO WILL BE HIDING BEHIND THE COMPUTER NEXT WHEN THE AUDITOR COMES ASKING QUESTIONS? CHECK BACK WEEKLY…THAT IS, EVERY CITY COUNCIL TUESDAY! WE’LL EVEN PROVIDE THE DIRECT LINK SO YOU CAN CHECK THE CURRENT CITY COUNCIL AGENDA. CALL YOUR LOCAL ELECTED COUNCIL PERSON AND THE MAYOR AND REQUEST THAT A FORENSIC AUDIT BE DONE BY STATE CONTROLLER JOHN CHIANG OF THE CITY HALL BOOKS.   WITH A NEW INTERIM CITY MANAGER, SCOTT BARBER, THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE NEEDS BASELINE NUMBER AS DONE IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN ORDER TO ASSURE BALANCED NUMBERS AND TO CLEAR POSSIBLE DISCREPANCIES OF THE GENERAL LEDGER BOOKS. IF THERE IS NOTHING TO HIDE, THE NUMBERS WILL ALWAYS COME UP RIGHT! 

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT, NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE RIVERSIDE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, AND THAT’S ALL TMC HAS TO SAY ABOUT THAT ONE FOR NOW…

Again is this another display of our culture favoritism and selective treatment within the gates of emerald city? (Item #9).  The ambulance debacle, government again interfering with the free market system to the point of allowing a monopoly?  City councilman Paul Davis was right to ask the question if it’s the cities policy to allow one ambulance company, American Medical Response, in the city.  Does this violate antitrust laws?  What’s quite interesting is that the city issues franchise agreement to control who runs non-emergency ambulance services.  Any ambulance company is allowed to apply, but the clincher is AMR is the only company to be issued one.  The city firefighters union opposes Mission Ambulance’s bid to serve Riverside.  Why would a firefighters union get involved in the business of rendering an opinion?  Questions are continually raised in regards to union influence in the city, and to the extent of special interest request.  But you have your answer as to why no other franchise agreements were ever issued over the last 50 years.  But again, the city can save money by placing more services up for bid.  (Item #9) Again, is the city and the firefighters union involved in a monopoly? And are the firefighters unions really looking toward the health and safety of the public?  In City Council session,  The Public Safety Commission will be recommending that the Council deny Mission ambulance from attaining a franchise agreement.  Get this, the Public Safety Commision is made up of the City Council, Chris Mac Arthur, Nancy Hart and Andy Melendez.  Further, Fire Chief Steve Early will actually be conducting the assessment of Mission ambulance’s application, and rendering an opinion to the Public Safety Commision.  Yes, I’m not making this up, it’s incestuous.  Can you guess what is going to be their decision?  In addition, the City pays AMR for certain training services to the Firefighters etc., in addition, AMR has had their own set of problems.  But it appears that according to the references in favor of Mission Ambulance, that the city would turn a blind eye to the health and safety of Riversidian’s in favor of alleged special interest.

UPDATE: COUNCIL VOTES TO DENY MISSION AMBULANCE A FRANCHISE, EXCEPT FOR COUNCILMAN PAUL DAVIS.  AMR HAS CONTRIBUTED TO THE CAMPAIGN’S OF CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS, INCLUDING DAVIS.  MISSION AMBULANCE CONTRIBUTED TO DAVIS ONLY.  BACK IN 2009, CONFLICT OF INTEREST CHARGES WERE FILED AGAINST AMR’S PETER HUBBARD, WHO WAS ALSO CHAIRMAN OF THE RIVERSIDE POLICE REVIEW COMMISSION.  MISSION AMBULANCE WAS CORRECT IN SAYING THAT MISINFORMATION HAS BEEN FED.  MISINFORMATION SUCH AS CHIEF STEVE EARLY STATEMENT THAT MISSION AMBULANCE MAY NOT RESPOND, IF THEY WERE CALLED, BECAUSE OF A COST FACTOR.  COUNCILMAN STEVE ADAMS ALSO STATED MISSION AMBULANCE REFUSES TO RESPOND TO PEOPLE WHO CANNOT PAY.  AMERICAN MEDICAL RESPONSE IS CONTRACTED FOR 911 SERVICES WITH THE CITY, AND YOU ARE ONLY CALLED IF CONTRACTED FOR 911 SERVICES.  MISSION AMBULANCE WOULD LIKE TO SERVE THE RETAIL END, AND CONTRACTS INDIVIDUALLY WITH PROVIDERS, AND SHOULD AND COULD HAVE THE OPTION TO CONTRACT FOR 911 SERVICES AT THE STANDARD CONTRACTS RATES IF ALLOWED.  MISINFORMATION ON THE DAIS?  CHIEF EARLEY RECOMMENDED THE APPLICATION BE DENIED, BUT WAS AT A LOSS OF WORDS TO RATIONALLY EXPLAIN IT.  WHEN ASKED BY PAUL DAVIS AS TO THE DETAILS OF THE DENIAL, CITY ATTORNEY GREG PRIAMOS WAS THEIR TO RESCUE AND SPIN, AND REMINDING EVERYONE OF THE ISSUE AT HAND.  THIS WAS REMARKABLY DONE MORE THAN ONCE AS TO CEASE COUNCILMAN PAUL DAVIS’S QUESTIONING.  IN RELATION TO THIS PROTECTIVE BEHAVIOR, A CLOSE OUTSIDE FRIENDSHIP IS ALLEGED BETWEEN CITY ATTORNEY GREG PRIAMOS AND PETER HUBBARD WHO HAVE BEEN SEEN AT FAMILY GATHERINGS, NOW RAISING QUESTIONS AGAIN OF CONFLICT INTEREST.  FURTHER, COUNCILMAN STEVE ADAMS WAS ALLEGED SEEN HAVING DRINKS WITH PETER HUBBARD AT RIVERSIDE’S SALTED PIG RESTAURANT ON 10/11/2011.  WOULD THIS HAVE ANY EFFECT ON HIS DECISION MAKING ON THIS ITEM AS A COUNCILMAN?   HOW ABOUT THE CLOSE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN COUNCILMAN AND MAYOR PRO-TEMP CHRIS MAC ARTHUR, EVEN THE MAYOR HIMSELF, RON LOVERIDGE?  AND LET’S NOT FORGET THE INFAMOUS BAD BOY’S THEMSELVES, BRAD HUDSON AND TOM DESANTIS.  WHAT ABOUT THE MILLIONAIRE’S CLUB?  WOULD MISSION AMBULANCE HAVE A LEGAL CASE AGAINST THE CITY UNDER THESE GROWING CIRCUMSTANCES?  DOES THIS NOW MEAN ONE FOR THE FIRE CHIEF, AND ONE FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE INTEREST OF THE UNION BROTHERHOOD? WHAT IS IT ABOUT THE CITY’S INCESTUOUS RELATIONSHIPS EFFECTING THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THE THE COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE, WITH POSSIBLE GRAND VIOLATIONS OF ANTITRUST LAWS?

Talking about firefighters their still negotiating their salaries and fringe benefits in closed sessions again under (Item #5), with you guessed it , the firefighters union etc.  Hopefully they’ll be negotiating low, because the city can’t afford to pay them more.  After all, the city will be at a standstill by next year 2012 when bonds come due. Maybe we should do as Norco did, dissolve their City Fire Department and bid out. In their case they went with Cal Fire/ Riverside County Fire Department,  or another alternative for saving money is go back to the Volunteer Fire Department. Another idea would be to dissolve RPD, and bring in the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in order to save money.  Excessive pensions is placing a large dent in the Cities budget. It’s no secret that 70% to 80% of a cities budget goes to payroll. (Item #5, Closed sessions of course).  This is a good reason that the City Charter needs to be modified, and whereby items as this should be in open session to be scrutinized by the public, and these closed door sessions leave an open door to abuse, at taxpayer expense.  And that my friends is how the city rolls..

Parking Citations Amnesty. Parking always a problem in Riverside and excessive violation fees at $41.00 a pop is another.   Won’t work, people have no money, honest! (Item #16)  The idea proposed by Public Works Director Siobhan Foster is that the end result of the amnesty program, the city will bring in $33,925.00 in revenue.  The actual total revenue expected from the amnesty program is $125,025.00.  But this figure will be offset by the initial expense of the taxpayer have in the amount of $91,000.00 to implement the plan.  THE BOTTOM LINE, IT ORDER TO BRING IN 27% BACK IN REVENUE, IT WILL COST THE TAXPAYER BY THE OFFSET COST, 73%.  I WOULD ALSO ASSUME THAT THE PERCENTAGE IS HIGHER DUE TO THE COST AND ATTEMPT TO RECOVER PRIOR COST TO THIS PROPOSAL, THEREFORE THE REVENUE BROUGHT IN FROM THE AMNESTY PROGRAM WOULD ACTUALLY BE LESS THAN 27% AS INDICATED.  NOW WE KNOW WHY SIOBHAN FOSTER IS MOVING PLACES, AND PASADENA PICKED HER UP LIKE A BAG OF CLEAN SOCKS!

One more week to go on naming city hall!  But after the item #9 debacle, we all know how that is going to turn out as well…  Bad news for Rin Tin Tin…

UPDATE:10/18/2011: A VERY SENSITIVE AMR CANCELS LEASE AGREEMENT WITH MURRIETA OVER A COUNCILMAN’S STATEMENT.  MURRIETA URGES COMPETITIVE BIDDING ON AMBULANCE CONTRACTS.    DID THEY ALSO HAVE A PROBLEM TAKING $1.4 MILLION IN “BLOOD MONEY” TO LOWER RESPONSE TIMES AS ALLEGEDLY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE TOOK?

UPDATE:10/29/2011: WHILE COUNCILMAN STEVE ADAMS BELIEVE OUTSIDE AMBULANCE COMPANIES WOULD NOT PICK THOSE WHO CANNOT PAY WITHIN THE CTY, IT APPEARS THE COUNTY HANDS OUT A STIPEND, AN ENCENTIVE ETC. TO COVER THAT COST. 

UPDATE:12/08/2011: ACCORDING TO THE STATE AGENCY THAT OVERSEES COUNTY MEDICAL SERVICE PLANS, RIVERSIDE OFFICIALS DON’T HAVE THE RIGHT TO STOP QUALIFIED AMBULANCE COMPANIES FROM FROM PICKING UP PATIENTS IN THE CITY.  THE QUESTION MANY CITY RESIDENTS ARE ASKING, IS THE CITY VIOLATING ANTITRUST LAWS?

UPDATE:02/13/2012: THE STATE EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES AUTHORITY (EMSA) STATES THAT THE CITY AND COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE OVERSTEPPED IT’S AUTHORITY IN LIMITING AMBULANCE SERVICES.  COULD THE $1.4 MILLION AMR PROVIDES RIVERSIDE EACH YEAR FOR PARAMEDIC TRAINING AND EQUIPMENT CONTRIBUTE TO HOW THE CITY VOTES ON ISSUES THAT IMPACT AMR?  OTHERS HAVE MENTIONED THAT THE $1.4 MILLION ALLOWS AMR TWO MORE MINUTES TO THEIR MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE RESPONSE TIME.  JUST LIKE HAVING A BAD BURRITO, IT JUST DOES’T SIT WELL IN THE STOMACH’S OF COMMUNITY RESIDENTS.  BRUCE BARTON, DIRECTOR OF THE RIVERSIDE COUNTY EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES AGENCY, ACCORDING TO THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENT PREVIOUSLY WAS IN THE EMPLOYMENT OF AMR AS OF 2004.  COULD THIS CONTRIBUTE TO A CONFLICT OF INTEREST OUTCOME?

UPDATE: 05/11/2012: COMMMENTER ON THE PRESS ENTERPRISE REGARDING THE AMBULANCE MONOPOLY IN THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE..

No,  what’s going on, you’ve got three mayoral candidates who already know from debates and feedback this is a major campaign issue and they don’t want to have to make any decisions about it before the June election. Gardner must think that most of us just got off the turnip truck yesterday based on his comments. But you know what? People in this city are capable of independent thought without being patronized. This whole ordinance was written back in the late 1980s to protect Goodhew Ambulance which was tied in heavily through the people connected to the city council and mayor at the time. It’s a shame that nothing’s changed since even though the city’s grown both in size through annexations and through its population.  The ambulance companies should call the Office of the Inspector General and ask him or her to initiate an investigation of the Federal Anti-Kickback statute. At best, there’s potential for a huge conflict of interest including financially in this case, but looking at the lettering of the statute, it might be more than that.   Exceptions or “safe reservoirs” for this law pertain to trying to avoid monopolies in high-need areas not create one. I’m sure if the inspector general has to start an inquiry into what’s going on, the City Council will be in a rush to reschedule its workshop.   – Mary Shelton, University of California, Riverside

WHO WILL BE HIDING BEHIND THE COMPUTER NEXT WHEN THE AUDITOR COMES ASKING QUESTIONS? CHECK BACK WEEKLY…THAT IS, EVERY CITY COUNCIL TUESDAY! WE’LL EVEN PROVIDE THE DIRECT LINK SO YOU CAN CHECK THE CURRENT CITY COUNCIL AGENDA. CALL YOUR LOCAL ELECTED COUNCIL PERSON AND THE MAYOR AND REQUEST THAT A FORENSIC AUDIT BE DONE BY STATE CONTROLLER JOHN CHIANG OF THE CITY HALL BOOKS.   WITH A NEW INTERIM CITY MANAGER, SCOTT BARBER, THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE NEEDS BASELINE NUMBER AS DONE IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN ORDER TO ASSURE BALANCED NUMBERS AND TO CLEAR POSSIBLE DISCREPANCIES OF THE GENERAL LEDGER BOOKS. IF THERE IS NOTHING TO HIDE, THE NUMBERS WILL ALWAYS COME UP RIGHT! 

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT, NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE RIVERSIDE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, AND THAT’S ALL TMC HAS TO SAY ABOUT THAT ONE FOR NOW… THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S MOST “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE.