CITY OF RIVERSIDE: MORE CASH FOR TRASH?

Posted: February 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

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TRASH RATES FOR RESIDENTS GOING UP? YES IT IS, COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY PASSES THE VOTE BECAUSE MOST OF RIVERSIDE WAS SLEEPING.. THE SAME TIME WE ARE RAISING THE TRASH RATES, MAYOR RUSTY BAILEY IS RAISING HIS MAYOR’S BUDGET…DIRECTLY IN CONTRADICTION TO HIS CAMPAIGN PROMISE.

What appeared to be snuck in and sent to residents over this past holiday weekend, this mailer sent by the City of Riverside Public Works detailing their intent to raise your trash rates.  Simply saying that the rate for 2013 to 2014 will be raised $0.16 + CPI ( Consumer Price Index).  Will the CPI charge be $1.00 or $10.00?  Currently the rates for curbside pick up is $21.77.

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All rate increases by law, require rate studies, which appears not to have been done according to TMC.  The CPI or Consumer Price Index is an indicator that measures the change in the cost of fixed basket or collection of products or services, including housing, electricity, food and transportation.   The CPI is published monthly and is also known as the Cost-of-Living Index.  So if the CPI goes down would you think that the City of Riverside would pass that reduction over to the resident?  Probably not.  The City also refers to Article XIII (d) of the California State Constitution for the increase.  If there is any time to get mad, this is the time.  Off your knees Riversidian’s, stand tall and let your voices be heard at City Council.  If you don’t intervene, as is your duty, your representatives will continue to vote through initiatives which really don’t benefit you.  Again, please be on heightened alert and be aware…

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The adjusted percent change from December 2011 through December 2012 we then get the 2.9 value.  Which can then be applied to an annual rate increase using the current rates.

Even though a CPI increase is proposed, we believe Proposition 218 ensures that what is collected does not exceed the cost of the service.  Therefore, prior to imposing CPI, staff will need to ensure that the additional funding will be needed for the service.  If the additional funding collected exceeds the cost of the service, this would be considered a special tax, which requires a 2/3 voter approval.  Otherwise can trigger a violation of Prop 218 and lawsuits in favor of the taxpayers.

THE RIVERSIDE COALITION FOR POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY: BILL HOWE AWARD PRESENTATION.

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RCPA each years chooses two participants for the award that have made a meaningful impact on their community in regards to the relationship between RPD and the community.  One participant is chosen from the Riverside Police Department the other from the community.  This year RPD Officer, Lt. Valmont Graham and Community Activist, Mary Shelton recieved the award. TMC Congratulates both Lt. Valmont Graham and Mary Shelton for a job representative of the community well done..

WILL THE OSHA FINDINGS HAVE A PROPENSITY TO DERAIL THE FAÇADE OF CITY HALL? After OSHA was told an alleged knife wielding incident never occurred by the City Manager Scott Barber, between Councilman Chris MacArthur’s legislative aid, Chuck Conder, and Mayor Rusty Bailey’s former legislative aide, Mark Earley, OSHA reivestigated.  What impact will the findings have to those who may have diverted the truth, if the allegations are founded?  Individual fines are possibilities by OSHA to those involved as TMC understands.

OVER BUDGET DURING TRYING TIMES?

Our General Fund Revenue as of December 31, 2012, according to the City’s document if you look at all in red, appears to show that the City is actually in total $1,700,738.00 short, in those specific categories.  There is a $894,481.00 short fall in the category of ‘taxes’ and $806,257.00 shortfall in the category of ‘other revenues’ which totals out to the $1,700,738.00 

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If you look at the General Fund Expenditures ending December 31, 2012 we have an over budget of two priority city services, ‘the fire department’ at $1,378,000.00 and ‘the police department’ at $1,242,000.00, and what! Let’s not forget Rusty’s Mayor’s Office which is overbudget by $74,000.00, for a total of $2,694,000.00.

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Why would our ‘independent voice’ stick the taxpayer with an overbudget in the Mayor’s office of over $74 thousand?  This wasn’t what he appeared to be campaigning for when he stated that “I’ll demand fiscal responsibility and balanced budgets.”

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The City of Riverside’s total outstanding debt is $1,799,957,896.00, in case you haven’t notice it is over $1.7 Billion.

AS OF FRIDAY  02.22.2013 DAY 122 STILL NO CHARGES FILED AGAINST PUBLIC SPEAKER KAREN WRIGHT! DA’S CASE DOA? OR POLITICAL HOT POTATO? SHOULD CITY COUNCIL DROP THE CHARGES?

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At City Council Februrary 5, 2013, Deputy Superintendent of Schools Mike Fine BLOWS through the 3 minute up to and past the 16 second mark at public comment and no arrest made.  What would RPD Officer Sahagun have to say about this?  What does Mr. Fine have that Karen Wright doesn’t?  Is is it something possibly called ‘access’.  Incidently, Mayor Rusty Bailey is a teacher for the school district, and Mr. Fine was a supporter of the Team Bailey for Mayor Campaign.

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NEW LA TIMES ARTICLE, THE CONTROVERSY OVER THE USE OF THE INCENDIARY DEVICE CALLED “BURNERS’, USED TO BURN THE CABIN DORNER WAS BARRICADED IN.

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IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE BURNED CABIN, CHARRED BODY IDENTIFIED AS CHRISTOPHER DORNER THROUGH DENTAL RECORDS. 

NAME RELEASED OF RIVERSIDE POLICE OFFICER WHO SURVIVED THE DORNER SHOOTING IN WHICH OFFICER MICHAEL CRAIN WAS KILLED.  OFFICER ANDREW TACHIAS,27, IS EXPECTED TO RECOVER FROM THE SHOOTING INJURIES.

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SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY SHERIFF’S DETECTIVE JEREMIAH MACKAY,35, WAS KILLED IN THE GUN BATTLE THAT ENSUED IN THE SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAINS.

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SHERIFF’S DEPUTY ALEX COLLINS WAS WOUNDED IN THE SAME EXCHANGE WITH DORNER, AND EXPECTED TO SURVIVE HIS INJURIES.

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!  TEMPORARILY BLOCKED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE AT PUBLIC ACCESS SITES WITHIN THE CITY, THEN UNBLOCKED.  I GUESS YOU CANNOT DO THAT ACCORDING TO ACLU.  NOW TAGGED LOCAL BLOGGERS OR LOCAL MEDIA?  RATED ONE TWO ONE STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  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 ( OUR PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO CONTACT HIS PEOPLE)… 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

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