CITY OF RIVERSIDE: PUBLIC EMPLOYEE CELERY, OOPS.. SALARIES…CAN BE QUITE DIFFERENT FROM THE BASE CELERY.

Posted: August 10, 2014 in Uncategorized
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THIS IS THE BASE CELERY AND THEN WE HAVE THE BASE CELERY WITH SOMETHING EXTRA, AS IN THIS CASE A LITTLE CREAM CHEESE ON TOP..

We brought this issue to the forefront as a result of an article we wrote regarding the Councilman Mike Soubirous investigations.  We stumbled upon the interview by KFI’s John and Ken’s Interview with Costa Mesa Councilman Jim Righeimer, in which he openly talked about public employee salaries.  He stated that the base pay of public employees is not the actual pay.  What is not reported is that their are 75 additional pay scales for that base pay.  For example, a police officer base pay will show as $65K, but when you factor in the additional pay, such as overtime, and incidental salary charges, such as putting on your uniform, taking home the police dog, the actual pay can be in excess of $135K, and may not even include health care benefits!  So TMC investigated, and this what we found.

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ON TRANSPARENT CALIFORNIA YOU CAN REVIEW EVERY RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S BASE PAY PLUS AND THEN THE ACTUAL PAY FOR 2012 (CLICK THIS LINK)

City Manager’s Scott Barber’s base pay in 2012 was $280,634.96.  With other pay and benefits his total pay package is actually $377,775.04

Chief Sergio Diaz’s base pay in 2012 was $235,860.55.  With other pay and benefits his total pay package is actually $348,134.25

Former City Attorney Gregory Priamos’s base pay in 2012 was $212,946.  With other pay and benefits his total pay package is actually $309,671.10

But how does Tina English, AKA: Christina Marie English who previously worked for RDA, and all of a sudden is qualified for Deputy Public Works Director/ Engineering NC2E!  She only has a “Dancing Degree!”  How is that possible?  Was it because of the legacy of former City Manager Brad Hudson?  Is she the “God Daughter” of Brad Hudson?  TMC staff is investigating.

Tina English’s base pay in 2012 was $156,879.39.  With other pay and benefits her total pay package is actually $214,367.43!  Not bad for someone with a dance degree and no public works or engineering experience.  We asked that question.  Did she get the job because she maybe the goddaughter of former City Manager Brad Hudson?  How does one receive a position as this without an engineering degree and believe this is in the best interest of the taxpayer?  Her position is Deputy Public Works Director/ Engineering NC2E.  Before that she was Assistant Redevelopment Chief, under Hudson.  How does one believe there would not be some liability and technical problems for the City?

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Tina English, Ms. Jack of All Trades

What makes City Manager Scott Barber qualified to manage a City such as ours, Riverside, with a population of 300,000 with what we are being told is a “Thespian Degree?”

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City Manager Scott Barber

This is an individual who doesn’t care about our City, but what he can get out of it.  You can bet you bottom dollar, as Chief Diaz, that they will sue the City, the taxpayer, for imagery issues.  Thank-you former City Manager Brad Hudson, and Thank-you County of Riverside!  That’s a whole different story that will give you the dry heaves! and we will get to the throw-up issues soon..

When you look at Police and Fire, that becomes a different story.  Maybe there is good reason for overtime or is it a perk?  In the private sector that is a no-no.  Overtime sinks deep into your bottom line, and there is a lot of it.  In the private sector, even physicians who work 70 to 80 hrs our under professional status and work a base celery or base hourly pay.  Let’s look at a few employee salaries from Riverside’s Fire and Police.  As indicated, Costa Mesa Councilman Jim Righeimer stated that the base celery salary is not the actual celery salary.  Righeimer states that “other pay” is part of the 75 different other ways to get pay: in the Costa Mesa Police Department it would mean getting paid for putting your uniform on or getting paid to take care of the police dog, etc. etc.  Of course, we ask RPOA President Brian Smith to chime in on this, in order to clear the air!

It’s a common assumption that salaries workers can be asked to work overtime without being compensated extra. That assumption is not always true.  It’s not whether you’re salaried but whether you meet the test for exempt status as defined by federal and state laws. An employee that is exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act is not entitled to overtime.  There are many administrators, executives and professionals who are exempt from overtime, this can be done and would help municipalities and the bottom line help the taxpayer.

Fire Captain Terry L. Miller’s base pay in 2012 was $86,545.09.  Factoring in OT at $10,641.41, plus other pay $139,060.72 and benefits $63,658.03, his total pay package comes out to $299,905.25

Fire Battalion Chief Mitchell D. Wesche base pay in 2012 was $12,192.76.  Factoring in OT at $56.040.52, plus other pay $23.545.65 and benefits $68,655.83, his total pay package comes to $273.434.76

Police Lieutenant Boyd L. Phillips base pay in 2012 was $118,430.23.  Factoring in OT at $7,111.66, plus other pay $39,757.80 and benefits $60,908.03, his total pay package comes to $226,207.72

Police Sergeant Daniel C. Reeves base pay in 2012 was $102,481.22.  Factoring in OT at $28,180.79, plus other pay $30,325.60 and benefits $63,169.00, his total pay package comes to $224,156.61

Police Detective Matthew L. Lackey’s base pay in 2012 was $88,500.05.  Factoring in OT at $33,398.97, plus other pay $38,132.06 and benefits $56,680.51, his total pay package come to $216,711.59

Detective Aurelio Melendrez base pay in 2012 was $88,500.06.  Factoring in OT at $14,695.08, plus other pay $15,148.36 and benefits $51,630.53, his total package comes out to $169,974.03

Sergeant Brian Smith base pay in 2012 was $99,316.86.  Factoring in OT at $14,772.58, plus other pay $30,493.76 and benefits $61,343.59, his total package comes out to $205,926.79

I come from a corporate background, and what I see in reference to overtime, does not make sense..  The overtime is excessive, why not hire more police or fire if we need them?  As a corporate person looking in, this is unacceptable and a reflection of inefficiency in the management of adepartment.  Sorry, that is the reality!  This is not “union busting” or any such scenario as that, it’s simply business!  The business of the people should take preference, and should not be subjugated to soft extortion or a political shake down in references to community services.  This becomes a health and safety issue that needs to be addressed, and the taxpayer should take preference, not the union!

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WOULD AURELIO BE ASKING HIS DADDY FOR MORE CELERY?  OR WOULD BRIAN BE HANDING OVER A LITTLE MORE CELERY FOR HIS TROOPS?

THE TEXT THAT SHOULDN’T BEEN: WAS MAYOR BAILEY SOLICITING FOR A NEW CITY COUNCIL REPLACEMENT DURING A CITY COUNCIL MEETING?  IT APPEARS SO!  The text was sent by President/Chief Operating Officer for Riverside Medical Clinic Judy Carpenter.  So why was Carpenter so concerned with the vote to approve Care Ambulance, granting them a non-exclusive medical transport franchise?

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The initial text sent by Carpenter to Mayor Bailey during the June 17th City Council meeting and the vote that took place on this item,  “Very disapointing on the councils vote on ambulance service!!” (double exclamation points emphasized).  This was in reference to Council’s vote not to approve the franchise application for Care Ambulance.

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In response, Mayor Bailey unbeknownst sent his response as a group text (OOPS!) during a City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 17, 2014.  The group text included Councilman Mike Soubirous.  King Bailey responded, “Tell me about it. Embarrassing.  We need some new council members.  You ready to run?”  It appears that Bailey was also disappointed on how the council vote went, then he solicits Carpenter to run for City Council.  Has he solicited other members of the community to run against some current Council members?  Were they disappointed on the No votes by Davis, Mac Arthur, Perry and Adams?  Why is he texting during City Council, shouldn’t he be giving his full undivided attention to the work of the people?

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As a result of alleged Brown Act violations with this City Council meeting, Care Ambulance is requesting a second hearing to be heard.  Specifically, the concern was over City Councilman Paul Davis’s alleged violation of the state’s open meeting laws two months earlier!

Yeah, good luck with that, TMC. You need 2800 signatures to get the recall on the ballot, and there weren’t even 2800 votes in the last Ward 6 election. Have fun!

I find it hilarious that you all give Paul Davis the benefit of the doubt on his “accidentally” cc’ing Mike Soubirous on his e-mail about Care Ambulance. C’mon! Would you accept that explanation from anyone else on the dais? Later on, Davis said in the P-E article that he would not participate in the vote to rescind the earlier decision (you can look it up) and yet there he was, being petty and vindictive and demanding that Rusty Bailey recuse himself from the future vote.

Davis made the case over alleged bias on the part of Bailey, but since everyone up there has already voted, then they have all shown their bias on the issue, so why not recuse everyone?

The fact is, the only member to be reprimanded for ethics violations is Davis, and he admitted guilt and apologized to the Fire Department official that he interfered with.

Fact: the recent investigation concludes that Davis may have violated the charter in directing city employees to look at a March JPA land deal.

Fact: Davis’ actions caused the City to rescind its earlier decision on Care ambulance in order to avoid a lawsuit – and if he ends up voting on September 9, we may end up with a lawsuit anyway. Way to protect the taxpayers, Paul!

Davis has shown to be nothing but a bunch of hot air, a bull in a china shop, arrogant and bombastic. We’ve now learned that he’s petty and vindictive too.  -Kaptalizm, commenter on TMC

CITY OF RIVERSIDE INVITES THE PUBLIC TO CODE OF ETHICS AND CONDUCT MEETING WHICH WILL BE ADDRESSING THE PROCESS:

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THE CONTINUAL SAGA OF THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S FAUX DROUGHT.  We explained in earlier posting that the City decided to inadvertently comply and adopt the State mandated conservation measures, even though we were no required to do so.  Since the City had to go through the process of adopting the measures, meant that we as a City were exempt!  Exempt because we own our own water, or I should say the public, that’s why they call it “Public Utilities.”  So why would your representatives attempt to terrorize the citizens with these measure when not required?  After all you own it!  They even had to amend (change) portions of Riverside’s Municipal Code, specifically Chapter 14.22, “Water Conservation”, just to comply with the State of California’s mandated conservation measures!  How insane is that?  The second thing they did is they picked and choose what they wanted to enforce, for example pools.  You can’t water your lawn or your fruit trees, but you can certainly have a pool!  Why?  Because it is exempt! I guess you can say it’s true of the moniker, “Do not let a good tragedy go to waste!”  But the clincher is, Riverside is not experiencing the tragedy first hand, we decided to create one first hand in order to benefit from it.

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The bulletin sent to residents (above) states that RPU will be able to serve all of it’s customers needs.  It also states that most of the water come from the Bunker Hill Basin in San Bernardino and as a result of this drought the basin is at it’s lowest point in recorded history.  Interesting yet, a possible manipulation of the data.  At one point the city first mentioned that ground water levels have dropped due to increased use/demand from consumers but, they mention ground water available in acre feet.  The information they should have used was depth to ground water in wells.  The San Bernardino Water Basin holds about 5 Million acre feet of water. Only about a million acre feet are available to the existing wells.  So about 4 millions acre feet remains to be tapped by deeper wells.  So why the faux drought excuses?  Another conspiracy hatched by Council and Staff?  It also states that code will not be patrolling for violators, but it certainly appears that the City is encouraging neighbors to snitch on other neighbors!

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The above is from Blue Riverside, in their Q&A portion the question arises as to what if I have a pool?  It pretty much states not to worry about it.  This site also encourages neighbors to snitch on neighbors.

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POOLS ARE EXEMPT!

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THE PAN AMERICAN SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIP ARE OKAY UNDER MANDATORY DROUGHT!

Of course they didn’t tell you that, how can you respond to a contradiction?  The other thing they did is exempt educational institutions!  Cal Baptist College, RCC & UCR to name a few.  Of course with mandated water conservation there should be no new development according to the law!  I would imagine this is also exempt…after all this is Riverside.  Thank-you Council for being transparent and telling us the truth!  The following was sent out to all residents in Riverside telling us to conserve.  Since schools are exempt, I saw the water sprinklers in the middle of the day going like gang busters!  But we as residents are only allowed to water between the hours between 6 pm and 10 am, otherwise expect to be cited!

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WHAT WAS RECENTLY SENT TO THE RESIDENTS (CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE)

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The truth of the matter is why did council pass this ordinance against the stock holders of the water rights, the residents?  Most of these violations will lye on the residents who are just attempting to make a living and pay their bills. I can only see that it was profit driven, maybe to help pay for the City’s increasing debt service.  Also, remember, approximately 20% of our water is sold to Western Municipal.  So our we conserving water so that we may be able to sell more off to other communities for a higher profit?  Then cite the citizens on water violations to increase profits?  Then we will be asked to use less water, then they will raise water rates to increase profits. You will use less and pay more.  Then they will manipulate the tier pricing seasonally or at will to increase even more profits. People in the City of Riverside, you need to start going to city council!  Why would Ward 1 Councilman Mike Gardner, who worked as an executive for Edison, vote for this uneccesary mandatory conservation?  The question is, “Why did Council decide to breach the residents ownership of water rights in order to make a profit?  This simply appears to nurture another law suit against the City of Riverside for failing in their duty to protect the taxpayer.

 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 THE ACLU.  RATED ONE TWO ONE STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVLY EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE (WE BELIEVE THIS WILL END SOON, SINCE THE FOCUS IS NOW ON THE IMPROPRIETIES OF MR. “Z”, WE TRIED TO TELL YOU, BUT NOBODY LISTENED), AND DON’T FORGET WE ARE PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST… A STRATEGIC LEGAL MANEUVER THAT CAN BE DONE ONLY IN RIVERSIDE WITHOUT A CONTRACT, 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!  WE JUST CAN’T SPELL!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT BY CONTACTING US AT:   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

Comments
  1. airjackie says:

    An investigators dream is the Mayor texting Judy with group added. Like a criminal leaving the license plate. Now nice to see Rusty is texting during council meeting. Rusty will have to leave his phone outside the court room as the Judge does his job with ignoring the hearing. Well it is so sad but commonly done in Riverside as qualified people are ignored while friends or relatives get city jobs their not even qualified for. No wonder the unemployed look to King Bailey. Just think of the Riverside unemployed with engineering degrees and the city hires a person who is a dancer. Seems like Councilmen Melendrez learned from the Adams/Bailey play book join in and get or get replaced. Just think the city manger makes a few thousand less then the United States President and the rest of the jobs pay as much or more then the United State Vice President. Wow we are becoming Bell. Now if Rusty gives a 25% raise like the County is doing City Manager Scott Barber could be in the 1/2 million a year salary which explains why it is important to obey the King.

  2. thirtymiles says:

    The fact of the matter airjackie is that we may be worse off than Bell, not only due to our debts service, but unsustainable pensions, lack of leadership as a result of ego and a lack of care by the community residents who reside in Riverside. Community activist..some call them gadflies, wing nuts, watchdogs, hatters, critics…but are never respected as equals or seen as the employers of City Hall. We have a disconnect between community, police, fire, staff and elected officials seem to indicate at times that they are autonomous, that they know better and should therefore be left alone, and the community should trust that aspect! I don’t think so.. In a corporation this would be unacceptable and not tolerated, these individuals would be fired. The question is how such individuals who are not qualified such as the City Manager Scott Barber and the retired and Riverside Chief of Police Sergio Diaz get away with such vile behavior, misappropriating funds and creating a mockery of our Democracy and justice system? Should we say Nepotism?

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