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The story gets better all the time.  It appears as if there was a private committee headed by the ring leader, Jack Clark, a partner in litigation for BB&K, a firm which receives millions in taxpayer money for their legal advice to the city and not to forget the recently signed assumption of their lease with the city.  This self appointed private committee included recognizable names with long titles, as Ex-City of Riverside Manager Brad Hudson, Private Developer Mark Rubin, Yeager Construction Companies Jack Yeager, Senior VP of The Entrepreneurial Corporate Group which owns the Mission Inn Ted Weggeland , City of Riverside Chief of Staff Kristin Tillquist, Riverside County Fair Housing Executive Director Rose Mayes, President/CEO Riverside Chamber of Commerce Cindy Roth, Roth Carney Law Firm Partner Jane Carney, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Roger Luebs, Director of Center for Philanthropy La Sierra University Dr. Jim Erickson, Retired Superintendent Alford Unified School District Dr. Damon Castillo, RUSD School Board Kathy Allavie.  The majority of these people in one way or another have benefited from City Hall and/or have had their palms financially greased by the taxpayer.   If you look at the names they all have some connection with the mayor in terms of contracts, associations, employment by the city etc.  Councilman Paul Davis didn’t know this committee existed till just recently, and asked for an extension to hear out his constituents of which he has received 15 email concerns.  Nancy Hart also had reservations as to the appropriateness of city hall being named by the current mayor.  Usually this is an honor attributed to someone who passed on.  But more egregious, the community was not invited to be part of this process.  Again a culture of arrogance and narcissism.  Councilmen Mike Gardner and Andy Melendrez had no reservations in voting for the naming of City Hall after the mayor.  Steve Adams couldn’t contain himself, he had no problem voting for him right that instant and just push the proclamation through.  Though, he consider Councilman Paul Davis and Councilwomen Nancy Hart’s reservations on the vote and the need for 2 weeks as “confusion”.  But again felt this decision as deserving of nothing more that than a unanimous vote by the whole council when they returned back in two weeks, and this he believed the mayor wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.   Councilman Andy Melendrez Asked Councilman Paul Davis and Councilwoman Nancy Hart what exactly they would be looking at in the next two weeks from their constituents.  This struck me  as an oxymoron and quite obvious, City Hall is owned by the community of Riverside, not by the few councilpeople and a private committee. Have we all forgotten this simple premise?  Let’s not forget that BB&K receives millions of dollars from Riverside taxpayers for legal advice to the city and city attorney’s office.  Conflict of interest?  A gift back to the mayor for his BB&K support?   A private committee was formed without imput from the community at large on the issue of City Hall being named, “The Ron Loveridge Riverside City Hall.”   Or should we call it the “Best Best & Krieger Riverside City Hall”?  Since we do so much business with them, I’m surprise Council hasn’t voted to give them a floor at City Hall.   But it all appears the initiation of the naming was more than likely instigated by Councilmen Chris Mac Carthur and William “Rusty” Bailey, both of whose families have been in existence in Riverside for generations and have been part of the fabric of Riverside politics.  Speakers on this issue were vehemently concerned.  Some speakers suggested other names should be considered, names which embody Riverside, such as Eliza Tibbets, John Wesley North or even Frank Miller.  Others stated that Ron is getting paid to do the work of the people.  As our forefathers of this country stated, no one should be elevated to level of king for doing the work of the people.  Now, if Ron did the work of the people and didn’t get paid for doing it for his 30 plus years, I would have no problem voting for Ron today either. This would reflect a sacrifice and a deep passion for the community he served, and it should be that way getting paid. But people in the community also work 30 or 40 years in a job without anyone naming a building after them, and there job is just as important as the mayor’s.   Names are for extraordinary circumstances.  It appears this has all gone to the dogs, but the entity I believe embodies Riverside and the name I would use on the walls of city hall would be an icon Riverside keeps close to their heart, therefore, “The Rin Tin Tin Riverside City Hall”.

UPDATE: 10/17/2011: COUNCILMAN STEVE ADAMS CHANGING HIS TUNE? “IT’S NOT THE TIME TO CONSIDER CHANGE”.  IN REFERENCE TO THE CITY HALL BEING NAMED AFTER MAYOR RON LOVERIDGE.  ADAMS NOW BELIEVES THE NAMING OF CITY HALL NEEDS TO GO TO THE PEOPLE, AND A PRIVATE INDEPENDENT COMMITTEE DOES NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE THAT CALL.  PLAYING POLITICS DURING ELECTION TIME?

UPDATE:10/23/2011: PRESS ENTERPRISE REPORTS CITY HALL NAME CHANGE ON HOLD!

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Comments
  1. Dvonne Pitruzzello says:

    That is 1.5 or 7 billion that is going to be repaid with higher utility bills, on the backs of the citizens. Something we could not afford to do. Sooo… Mayor Luv decides to have his finance dept. get creative. Property values deflating, less Tax incremental funding, billions in bonds to finance and refinance, developers give property worth millions and projects (The Fox) that have fallen flat. Yup, let’s name that city hall”The Ronald O. Loveridge City Hall City Hall of Debt. Let’s put his name on the building as a reminder of his legacy…The Bankruptcy of the City of Riverside. Look at that committee…It’s so incestuous.
    I know TMC will not delete this message like the PE will…

    • kaptalizm says:

      Incestuous is the right word for how Riverside operates. This little clique of Loveridge admirers gets together and is able to put this idea directly on the agenda without going through any kind of process. The three candidates for Mayor (Bailey, Melendrez, Gardner) should not be allowed to vote on this because they have a conflict of interest on this vote. They are all seeking Loveridge’s endorsement. How could they possibly vote no?

      The examples that the group gave are all people who have died or retired before the buildings were named, except for James Hahn. But Hahn got his name put on City Hall EAST, not the iconic Los Angeles City Hall. If they want to follow Bernstein’s suggestion of naming a closed substation after Loveridge, I would have no problem with that.

      But the larger picture to paint here is the undue influence this clubby crowd has on our City. You have the Chamber of Commerce, the Raincross Group, the Monday Morning or Tuesday Afternoon or Wednesday Morning club, etc. Except for the Chamber, it’s invitation only – there is no public persona (try a web search on any of these), and they wield all the power downtown along with Duane Roberts. They also stick to themselves. I would have loved to have made a small contribution to the Tibbets statue, but I had no idea there was a fundraising group. Where is the public outreach for funding the Chavez statue? So much more could get done in Riverside if these groups became more public.

  2. sekisuispr says:

    I suggest looking into the following way of removal http://www.epa.gov/oig/reports/2012/20111006-Preston%20Indictment.pdf simple omissions by officials on their employment application may present several issues

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