UPDATE: CITY COUNCIL POSTPONES CONTINUATION OF THE RELIABILITY CHARGE FOR TRANSMISSION LINES TILL FEBRUARY 5, 2012. THE QUESTION IS IF THIS CHARGE IS ILLEGAL AND REALLY A TAX? IF IT IS A TAX IT MAY VIOLATE PROPOSITION 26. A question brought several times at City Council, and not addressed. The Reliability Charge came to council in and around 2008, and was sold to council at the time for Transmission Lines. Currently, Dave Wright gives a different story, the story being the fine print not emphasized to the Council at the time, whereby the reliability charge goes to pay for multiple items. Further, Mr. Wright addressed the Council and mentioned there was a sense of “urgency” on this project. The next question is the cost and funding.
FIRST DAY ON THE JOB, AND THE MAYOR BAILEY WANTS TO RAISE UTILITY RATES, SPECIFICALLY THE TRASH! NEXT UP, THE RELIABILITY CHARGE RESIDENT HAVE BEEN PAYING FOR SIX YEARS SPECIFICALLY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW TRANSMISSIONS LINES. IT NEVER ENDS, BUT NEXT UP, THE COUNCIL AND THE NEW MAYOR WILL NOW CONSIDER GIVING THEMSELVES A RAISE UP TO 5%. FINALLY, MAYOR BAILEY’S NEW OFFICE BUDGET EXCEEDS $116,100.00 OVER THE PROJECTED FOR YEAR 2012/2013 as indicated on the financial statement for general fund expenditure forecast below. Even Councilman Paul Davis showed concern with this figure at the Finance Meeting, and questioned the excessive amount. Is this an indication of more to come by self proclaimed “independent voice” for the community of Riverside? Is it because the rate payers are now responsible for a questionable lease, which appeared to be conjured up by former City Manager Brad Hudson? Or is it to pad his new budget? Or will it be to pad his salary? While every other department are making cuts (figures in parenthesis), his does not. With our next door neighbor, the City of San Bernardino, filing bankruptcy, former Mayor Loveridge found it appropriate to give his staff a 10% to 15% raise regardless. While the economic standard is 1%-3%, Mayor Luv was giving his Chief of Staff, Kristin Tilquist a 15% raise! Eric Ustation, assistant to Mayor Ron O. Loveridge and Government Affairs Representative at Riverside Transit Agency also received a 15% raise! Even Lizette Navarette, Mayor’s Community Relations person, a 10% raise! All this in lieu of approximately 40 city employees recently layed off.
As TMC understands, Item#6 and #13 on the City Council Agenda is for a continuation of the Reliability Charges on your utility bill. The City of Riverside has been collecting monies from taxpayers in the form of the reliability charge for six years. Ask the city how much is left in their account, zero! There was a clause unbeknownst, that money could be used for projects etc. other than it’s intended purpose…which of course was for new transmission lines. But the realiability charge could also be considered illegal, a clear violation of Proposition 26, in that there is no real direct benefit to residential customers. These new transmission lines are meant for new potential residences, and usually the developer takes part in this cost for construction.
An article in the Petuluma 360 states that in a recent court ruling that if a benefit isn’t tied directly to the fund, fees or taxes to pay for it must be approved by voters. This was in response to a law suit which claimed that the city of Petaluma, CA had wrongfully diverted at least $4.7 million from the wastewater fund, which comes from ratepayers’ bills, and spent it as part of the general fund.
FOLLOW UP ON THE ETHICS COMPLAINT AGAINST COUNCILMAN WILLIAM “RUSTY” BAILEY: As indicated in the Press Enterprise, the majority of the school board were in support of Councilman William “Rusty” Bailey in his efforts to attain the Mayors seat. Regarding Moreno’s concern that those handling the Bailey investigation could be “best buddies”, she was right on. But the question is, where do we go from here? Shouldn’t those supporter have know better, and recuse themselves? The right thing to do would have been to bring someone to independently investigate the incident, devoid of any connection with the “Team Bailey” camp, in order to receive an unbiased assessment.
Tom Hunt, RUSD Board, responded in defense of Bailey, when allegations of wrongdoing were brought up by Former Deputy City Attorney Raychele Sterling and Self Appointed Citizen Auditor Vivian Moreno at a School Board Meeting on October 15, 2012. This, without hearing all the facts.
Wade Coe, Principal of Poly High, with a Bailey sign in front of his home. Mr. Coe heading off the investigation of a teacher he oversees, Councilman William “Rusty” Bailey, would this be considered conflict of interest?Poly High Principal, Wade Coe
Mike Fine fires off the following letter to Self Appointed Citizen Auditor Vivian Moreno.
Vivian Moreno responds with a letter of her own to Mike Fine (seen above) and friends, when denied her request for public records.
BAILEY ETHICS COMPLAINT: CITY ATTORNEY INTERFERING AGAIN? WAS THE ETHICS BOARD TOLD BY CITY ATTORNEY GREG PRIAMOS THERE NEEDS TO BE A “FAVORABLE OUTCOME”, REFERRING TO COUNCILMAN AND NOW MAYOR WILLIAM “RUSTY” BAILEY?
Another bit of information coming down the TMC pipeline is a girl in a red dress who went up to visit a councilman on the seventh floor, where the two met on the city hall balcony. Does Chuck Conder know who this is ?
What was really going on in the Bailey camp? Misinformation on the campaign trail with a mailer? Photos taken from the TMC site for campaign purposes? Misinformation by a Bailey supporter Jim Stewart and youtube video attempting to disseminate information which has been diffused by Bailey’s own documents which were not interpreted correctly. But continued to stand by his interpretation of his opponents contracts in lieu of the correct information he had, and displayed on his web site. The contracts state differently then what Bailey and Stewart interpreted. What now? His current paranoia with his own emails and public records request? Regarding emails, Bailey has had a track record of misuse of public emails in clear violation of the state constitution.
Some of the comment to Jim Stewart’s video were quit remarkable, in that they were ultimately deleted. TMC was able to attain some of the original comments.
- Oh, this guy has no clue…. So in other words what your saying, Jimmy, is for all the contracts Rusty Bailey has VOTED APPROVAL ON as Councilman (using his political influence, of course) for other Riverside companies, (ie Stronghold, Albert A. Webb, AMR, etc etc) who have turned around and funded his campaign (money in Rusty’s pockets), via donations, is something we should look for in a mayoral candidate? Seems like the same thing to me?
- first off…who the hell appointed this guy to a city commission?!? now he is junk emailing me with this crap…did the city give him my email???? second….he seems like a loose canon to me, false information, unsubstantiated allegations!!!!
- You, sir, are entitled to your own opinion, but you are absolutely not entitled to your own facts. That you would let your bias against the truth overwhelm your good sense highlights your ineligibility to serve. I would call on you to resign before you do more damage to the reputation of our great city. It is always of great profit to know what someone is speaking about before one opens their mouth. Something you are clearly unaware of. Perhaps you should objectively look at Rusty’s record.
- I think is all good and I will be voting for him
TMC is later told that Jim Stewart is more of a supporter, and connected to the Bailey camp as well as his good relationship with Bailey’s Campaign consultant Toby Holmes.
Rusty has Matt Rexroad, Consultant, because of course Rusty would never make the call himself, and asked about the association of Vivian Moreno and a former Adkison campaign consultant Jason Finizza. Now folks the point is he “expressed concern” that someone continued to request public records on Councilman and Mayor elect William “Rusty” Bailey, how dare they, it appears. Why would a public elected official feel threatened by a public records request? It’s not illegal, but meant for the public to have access to transparency? I know Bailey is not against transparency, well, I hope not, but why the call? Now this a person, whom on campaign literature emphasizes the following, “as mayor, I’ll stand for people, not politics.”
Because Ed was asked by Bailey’s Campaign Consultant what was his former campaign aid doing with self appointed citizen auditor Vivian Moreno regarding public records. It appears that city hall insiders flagged Bailey, as they do when public records regarding himself are requested. So therefore, Ed Adkison responded to him by the following statement regarding public records request, a right bestowed to every citizen in order that we have access to the activities of our elected officials, after all, we the citizens are there employers. “ I am surprised that this was again questioned to me through my campaign consultant. If I am behind something, I will come out and stand proud of it, just as I made a public records request in my own name and not a surrogate. A public records request should be welcomed by anyone before during or after an election or otherwise. Any future questions about individuals making public records request shouldn’t be directed to me or my campaign but rather to the individuals making the requests.” In other words, why the concern, when public records should be an accepted fact of an elected official, and welcomed as part of the democratic process of government transparency.
Of course, Matt assured Bailey of the same thing, but this Bailey became a question of concern.. The concern being can Bailey hold it together when he seems to be quickly distracted by irrelevant issues? But I always come to the issue of how the masses choose their leaders, when so called leaders and their counterparts appear to manipulate scenarios to reach an illusionary form of them…so would we really choose them at all if we knew their true abilities?
If you took the oath of office to be the Mayor or city attorney or city manager or be a city employee, you pledge to uphold the state constitution among other things. Why would you decide to violate that pledge by continuing to illegally use state property in order to promote ones campaign? Specifically article 16 of the State Constitution.
What would happen if the the City Attorney again interfered with the decision making process of the Ethics Committee regarding Councilman Bailey’s ethics complaint? What if City Attorney Greg Priamos suggested the need for “a favorable outcome?” If this is true, did he decide this himself? Or was he given a directive from a higher source?
Poly High Principal Wade Coe’s home harbored a “Bailey” sign. Could he be unbiased in the process of investigating the complaint against Councilman Bailey? Why would the Mike Fine, of the School Board and Bailey supporter, refuse our public records request for the methodology of the investigation? Of course, Mr. Fine’s refusal is a violation of the Public Records Request Act.
Who will be Rusty’s council replacement when he is sworn in December 10? Another independent voice? Or a protégé of the original?
Vivian Moreno told Press Enterprise Alicia Robinson that the investigation could all be buddies. Well lo and behold they all were…
All we ask that Mayor Rusty Bailey and supporter Jim Stewart take a course in contract law in order to fully understand the differences in city contracts. Incidently, Jim Stewart is one of eight commissioner on the City of Riverside Airport Commission. Riversidian’s are asking, how do you get a position on the Airport Commission without having a clear understanding of economics, city finances and especially contracts?
THE ETHICS COMPLAINT AGAINST COUNCILMAN CHRIS MAC ARTHUR: WILL CITY ATTORNEY GREG PRIAMOS SPEAK TO THE ETHICS PANEL AGAIN IN THE IMPORTANCE OF A “FAVORABLE OUTCOME”? Of course the misunderstanding, why Councilman Chris Mac Arthur? The point being that as his superior, he is ultimately responsible for the actions of their subordinates, of course, being Legislative Aid Charles “Chuck” Condor. Today, a special panel made up of Larry Allen, Crista Curtis, James Perry, Cyndi Pardee, Bernie Titus and Robert Wade heard a complaint filed by Dvonne Pitruzzello against City Councilman Chris Mac Arthur. The panel found that the Councilman did not the violate the city’s ethic code by addressing the complaints against his legislative aide, Charles “Chuck” Conder, who has been with the councilman since he was elected. The premiss of this complaint by Pitruzzello was the councilmans action of inaction. In otherwords, their was a pattern of vulgar behavior that continued to occur, one allegedly violent, and he continued to be in the employment of the city, whereby other employees were fired for actually doing their job of protecting the city from liability, as in the former Deputy City Attorney Raychele Sterling case.
Three of the incidents that occurred from witnesses were as follows: Public Speaker Marjorie Von Pohle indicated she was sitting with her niece. In the back row were two military men and an unknown man at the time. When public speaker Karen Wright entered the council chambers, this person made the comment to the other military men that “she’s the biggest bitch around”. Van Pohle later ask for the indentity of that person, and later found it was Councilman’s Chris Mac Arthur’s legislative aide, Chuck Conder.
In another incident, Self Appointed Citizen Auditor Vivian Moreno stated as she entered the door of a meeting room, Conder called them “stupid bitches”. Former Deputy City Attorney Raychele Sterling brought this up to Councilman Mac Arthur. Moreno stated that later she found Conder was on administrative leave, maybe Chris did something about it, later found out about the knife wielding incident between Conder and then Councilman and now Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey’s legislative aide, Mark Earley. The last incident occurred at City Council when at public speaking Dvonne Pitruzzello brought to the attention the incident regarding Conder. Conder was sitting and listening in the back of the Council Chambers. When she walked down the isle to exit the rear of the chambers, Conder placed his middle finger in front of his face toward her. Pitruzzello interrupted the Council meeting to bring this vulgar act to the attention of the Council and Mayor.
The confusion started when Councilman Mac Arthur disgarded his connection with Conder, and said he works for the city. City Manager Scott Barbers stated he is an “at will” employee. So now we are to understand that Mr. Conder as an employee, is now under the responsibility of the City Manager, Scott Barber. Then complaints would trigger Rhonda Strout of Human Resources. Regardless, Pitruzzello states she will appeal. Allegation of the knife wielding incident continues to be under investigation by OSHA. TMC understands when OSHA contacted Human Resources Rhonda Strout, she stated to them that the incident never occurred, this in lieu of witnesses and a tape recording of the event.
Sources state Mac Arthur is responsible for the actions and behavior of his legislative aide, so was this simply an attempt by city personal to distract and convolute the ethics process?
Does anyone remember Oct 7 1998, when 6 City Councilpersons were wounded at a Riverside City Council meeting? I am thankful that Riverside Police Officers are restoring the order and basic rules of City Council meetings so ALL citizens who attend feel safe around the Professional Complainers, some who honestly seem unbalanced.
TMC has been told about another allegation in regards to Chuck Conder, that a photo of an ape with President Obama’s head had been shown to a African American City Employee by Conder.
CHEETOS TWO FROM THE CHEETOS CHIEF..
The Chief in the news again with his remarks regarding the use of technology in Police vehicles while driving. We understand that their were several other incidents of pedestrians being hit by RPD vehicles while distracted. It’s still okay in the City of Riverside, just as Red Light Cameras are. Currently, Chief Sergio Diaz has yet to appologize to public speaker Karen Wright, in his verbal and slanderous accosting in public at a city council this last summer. Even at Rusty Bailey’s innauguration; when Wrights name was mentioned at public speaking that she wouldn’t come back, Bailey supporters in the back of me were stating, “Good!”, and “she deserved it”, in reference to her arrest. I still feel there is much work to be done in the City of Riverside, before many of the constituents safe enough to feel that they will not be retaliated against for what they say.
For the common citizen, we continue to be below the radar in regards to our ability to multi task. Oh Darn! I guess it’s back to our basements to sit and watch Judge Judy in our underwear with a nice big bowl of Cheetos.
CITY OF RIVERSIDE OUTSTANDING ACCRUING DEBT $159 MILLION PER YEAR? MORE TO COME..
BAD STOP SIGNS?
Would you believe getting a parking ticket when the city sign looks like this? According to residents in the area, many who never even noticed there was a sign, had been parking there for years. Recently, in lieu of a city in need of money due to higher debt, it appears Code Enforcement are now out on weekends, doing what they do best….ticketing. Can you believe that the sign before this pic was actually closer to the ground and with it’s true metal exposure. In otherwords, after the complaint, the sign was bent back upwords as shown and the post painted yellow for better viewing. Of course, the sign remains unviewable and faded.
SELF APPOINTED CITIZEN AUDITOR, VIVIAN MORENO’S SEND OFF TO MAYOR RON OLIVER LOVERIDGE AND CITY COUNCIL DECEMBER 4, 2012
Mr. Mayor, I would like to thank you for all your years of service. But as I reminisce, I look back at what you have left the citizens of Riverside and our beautiful City of Riverside.
You have left us your vision of the Renaissance. Your 80 million dollar Fox Plaza, your 13 million dollar Main Street Walk Way, your 3 million dollar Raincross Café.
You made sure all your friends were taken care of. You made sure Cindy, the chamber queen, had plenty of money to run her show. You took care of Webb Engineering, Ted Weggland, Debbie Guthrie, Connie Leach, Duane Roberts and BB&K. You made sure you had plenty of money for breakfast, lunch & dinner, and traveling.
But what did you leave the citizens of Riverside? You left us with extremely high utility bills, customer service charges, public benefit charges, reliability charges and utility service charges.
You left us with tickets, plenty of tickets! You left us with parking tickets, street sweeping tickets, dog tag tickets, red light camera tickets, alley way cleaning tickets and wood burning tickets.
You left us with the largest bond debt in the history of Riverside. And as President of the National League of Cities, you willingly and knowingly violated proposition 218, and applied extra water rates on the backs of the rate payers.
You left us with an annual accruing debt of about 140 million dollars a year. You left us with the worst debt in the history of Riverside and we will never recover, and I don’t care what Scott Barber says. As you were giving raises to your staff, Scott Barber was laying off 40 employees.
Now that you go off to retirement heaven. I hope you can sleep at night when many of your citizens are hungry, cold and thirsty because they can’t pay their utility bill or parking tickets.
PUBLIC SPEAKER DVONNE PITRUZZELLO LIMERICK TO MAYOR RON OLIVER LOVERIDGE..MAYOR O MAYOR, RONALD O. LOVERIDGE, THAT’S ALL..
There once was a great man who came to our city, And when he got here he said what a pity. He soon found others as great as he was, and immediately formed a committee. His name was John North and he had a vision. His committee needed to make a decision.
There were men of great minds, great ethics and kind. And would have never have been so completely blind. But what our city really needed was economic stability. So the committee decided to start a utility.
One hundred years later came but another, but this time the city should fear. His name was Ronald Oliver Loveridge, and this leader his intentions were not so clear. He quickly dismantled our economic advantage and soon we were left with his knowledge and his damage, and what he told us was unclear.
King Ronnie decided without a committee to bring in the evil one Brad, he was bad, but they soon found out he was even stark raving mad. And when Brad Hudson arrived everyone thought he was great, and we soon paid the price for everything that he ate. And our debt began to accelerate.
So without hesitation Brad, the cad, starting putting in place a most disastrous of fate and making sure that the bread was buttered on Ronnie’s plate.
And King Ronnie would be King of all Kings, Cindy would be Queen of all Queens. And Queen Cindy would be in charge of many new things, including redistricting. She would form a committee of just a few to make sure htat at Ronnie’s bequest, a building is named after he’s left.
Such heartache to employees, they were treated so bad and debt that would ring for 252 years, cha ching, cha ching.
Debt of 4.4 billion in all, and maybe that’s higher, we really aren’t sure, cause Ronnie’s a liar. We do know that things stank and that there are other banks, but we still don’t know the prank of all pranks. But one day we’ll find out and then we will shout, The King of all Kings, Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge, will fall, sitting in jail pondering the shortfall.
But King Ronnie he swore to the citizens, don’t worry, things are just great! Just look at the Fox Theater, and look at the Hyatt, but most of all look at my employees pension spiking pay-rate, it’s a riot.
What King Ronnie knew that no one else did, was that we are bankrupt, but he did what he did. And now he is leaving and the citizens are seething, and he will be remembered for all of his thieving. Our water bills high and electric even higher, but again remember, Ronnie’s a liar.
Good bye Mr. Hudson, Mr. De Santis, Ms. Leach and Sundeen. Ronnie will be joining you on the beach with sunscreen. All with their retirements as big as their grins, cause the screwed us poor citizens and it just begins. We will be left with a debt that’s audacious, but remember dear Ronnie, I’m tenacious, as heck, and one day you will pay back the citizens with your retirement check.
So farewell for right now and good riddance to all, but just remember dear Ronnie, you will take the fall. Mayor o Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge, that’s all.
– written by Riverside Mayoral Candidate Dvonne Pitruzzello, and former employee of Mayor Ron O. Loveridge.
MAYOR LUV’S LAST WORDS TO HIS EMPLOYEES…HOW HARD WAS IT TO SAY I LOVE YOU IN AN EMAIL?
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Some our asking, who wrote it? Mayor Luv or an aspiring two year? Well Luv and Kisses anyway… “God Speed”, isn’t that a term Mayor Rusty Bailey uses?
THE THREE WAY SWAP BRING UP IT’S UGLY HEAD AGAIN.. Since it’s conception, city hall critics have been bringing these issue to Council with non addressing it properly. Councilman Paul Davis says we need to go forward. As to say let’s just forget about this one.
But for the taxpayer Councilman Davis, it not that forgettable. Is this a gift of public funds to a developer? Is this a conflict of interest with BB&K, a law firm which is so embedded and in bed with the city in terms of it being it’s hired hand for law work? TMC wrote about this July 30, 2011 about the notorious three way swap, which appear to ultimately benefit one of their compadres Mark Rubin.. The Press Enterprise Dan Berstein had much to say about this in his story, “The Winners? not necessarily Riverside Public Utility Payers” Even Berstein get’s it!
CONGRATULATIONS TO WILLIAM “RUSTY” BAILEY, SWORN IN BY DAD, JUDGE WILLIAM R. BAILEY II, AND FRIEND, FORMER JUDGE JOHN GABBERT. Criticism has been made that he ran for Council for his ward, once elected, decided to run for mayor, never fullfilling his obligation to his community. The same set of circumstances occurred with Councilman Mike Gardner, but in the end placed his support toward Rusty.
RIVERSIDE NUMBER 6 ON LIST OF DIRTIEST CITIES: This includes San Bernardino and the City of Riverside. We know that the State of California has directed their Superfund for clean up in the City of Riverside, specifially the Main Street area as indicated in this TMC report with regards to Hexavalent contamination in the water. Also there is concern in Councilmans Steve Adams Ward with regards to the Agricultural Park and PCB contamination as well as hexavalent chrominium contamination.
ACCORDINGLY PUBLIC SPEAKER KAREN WRIGHT WON’T BE BACK TO CITY COUNCIL…COURT DATE DECEMBER 27, 2012 It was with disgust that I had to hear from a group of Bailey supporter right in back of me that day that Rusty was sworn in, that I heard “she deserved it”, when public speakers asked council to drop the charges. When public speakers told the council that she wouldn’t be back, I heard, “Good!”
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