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