CITY OF RIVERSIDE: CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM #19: DEMOCRACY OR DICTATORSHIP?

Posted: December 5, 2014 in Uncategorized
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THANK-YOU RESIDENTS FOR YOUR SUBMISSIONS…REMEMBER POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IS A DETRIMENT TO THE FREEDOMS WE BEHOLD TODAY.

Remember, no one for a second should think that this is okay.  To remove the power of the elected legislate, our council members, of placing issues on the agenda by a ceremonial Mayor, who has no power to legislate, and an appointed City Manager, who has no power to legislate, defines, simply, a political coup d’état, a sudden and illegal seizure of government.  It simply, a power grab by those who have no power.  What does this mean?  This means that issues such as the Red Light Cameras, the questioning of how monies are spent by the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce, the Sewer Fund Audit (incidentally have found discrepancies) and the issue of a toxic waste spill known as AG Park, which has been reported twice by the news agency KTLA.  We are peeling the layers of the onion folks, and some of our elects don’t like it because it is raining on their parade of obligations.  Obligations which concern themselves to others, negating their obligation to the taxpayer.  Again, the issue of AG Park has yet to be placed on the agenda and now folks, we have this item #19 to contend with.  Again, I must refer to Joe Isuzu and ask for his opinion regarding Mayor Bailey’s position..

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Wow..I didn’t see that coming!

What needs to remembered is that the elected legislative body, the Council member, set’s policy, not staff or the mayor.

Sec. 405. Duties of Mayor; Mayor Pro Tempore; Council tie–Mayor’s vote.The Mayor shall be the presiding officer at all meetings of the City Council and shall have a voice in all its proceedings but shall not vote except to break a City Council tie-votewhich exists for any cause. The Mayor shall be the official head of the City for all ceremonial purposes.
Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government; when this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins.  -Benjamin Franklin
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.  -Benjamin Franklin
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The contradiction of this statement is that it is outside of Riverside City Hall…

Will we be losing more of our Democracy as a City, and turn into a Hogan’s Heroes form of government, with the bumbling Colonel Klink and Sergeant Schultz running the camp?  Where’s transparency when Sergeant Schultz continues to insist he knows nothing?  Colonel Klink states everybody’s doing it, two council members are the only ones that seem to have a problem with it.  Will Sergeant Schultz take his excessive taxpayer pension check and cadillac health benefits and run for the hills?  “F-Troop” the taxpayer, right Barber!  Of course, you’ll be alright on the backs of the taxapayer!

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What did he say?

THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT CONCERNS OUR CITY AS A WHOLE, WE ASK ALL TO COME TO THIS TUESDAYS CITY COUNCIL MEETING TO EXPRESS YOUR VOICE!  TUESDAY DECMEBER 9, 2014 AT 6:30PM COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL.

Persons Who May Place Matters on the Agenda (ORIGINAL AND CURRENT VERSION)
Except for matters pending before any committee, commission or other advisory body of the City or the City Council, matters pertinent to and within the jurisdiction of the City may be placed on the agenda by the Mayor, any Councilmember, the City Manager, any Department Director, or any other person, subject to the discretion of the City Manager.

As I understand this language, an item can be placed on the agenda by the Mayor, any Councilmember, the City Manager or any Department Director.  Any other person, such as the public, is subject to the discretion of the City Manager.  I say this, because it would be a contradiction for the City Manager to place an item on the agenda, and still be under the scrutiny and discretion of himself to remove it, hence, below it is not surprising to find that the City Manager is in complete control of items placed on the agenda.

Persons Who May Place Matters on the Agenda (NEW PROPOSED MODIFIED VERSION)
Except for matters pending before any committee, commission or other advisory body of the City or the City Council, matters pertinent to and within the jurisdiction of the City may be placed on the agenda by the Mayor, any Councilmember subject to the discretion of the City Manager or with a majority vote of the City Council during the “Future Items” for consideration section of the City Council agenda. Department Directors may have matters placed on the agenda subject to the discretion of the City Manager.

This new version will create a City which the Mayor and the City Manager control and new proposal or agenda items, which leaves it to their discretion only, if it goes to public City Council for discussion.  The power will be taken away from the elected Council members, thus leading us to a power less elected council.  Control will be place back to the status quo good ol boy complex, which means the Mayor, those Council members who play to get along, a City Manager who will ensure the complex agenda is directed forward, while those in the minority will never have a voice.  This is not about people folks, it’s about a power grab!  Cindy Roth and the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce won’t have to go to each council member and tell them to get along.

A conspiracy to take charge?  Another attempted power grab by the Mayor and City Manager?  Remember, the City Manager serves at the pleasure of the City Counsel, it’s not the other way around.  Or does the City Manager serve at the pleasure of the Mayor, a ceremonial position, not a legislative position.  Our City has already seen what an abuse of power can do within the City Manager position, and it has cost the taxpayer enormously.

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                         COMPLETE AGENDA                                   COMPLETE ITEM#19 REPORT

What we also need to recognize as a community, is that when the Mayor and those in status quo are telling the community that many cities are doing this, that should be a red flag, let not history repeat itself.  The of control of agenda issues are more than likely a result of the lobbying and teachings of the League of California Cities.  Who teach cities how to get around the law.  Then we have the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce whom receives taxpayers monies through the tactfulness of the President/CEO Cindy Roth.

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Cindy Roth                      Ron Redfern

Further, what gets into the Riverside Press Enterprise and doesn’t get published, may be a result of former Publisher/CEO of the Press Enterprise, Ron Redfern.  Incidentally, Chairman of the Board for the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce.

THE PRESS ENTERPRISE JUST RELEASED THERE VERSION OF THIS ISSUE BY ALICIA ROBINSON. (CLICK THIS LINK)

WE’VE BEEN RECEIVING MANY EMAILS AS TO WHY TMC STAFF DIDN’T FILL THE HOGAN PIC.  LET US KNOW WHO YOU THINK IS QUALIFIED TO FIT THE PIC OF HOGAN! AND THE TMC CRACK PHOTOSHOP STAFF (WHICH IS MYSELF AND TWO OTHER GUYS) WILL REPLACE THE IMAGE WITH SOMEONE WHO DESERVES THAT POSITION!  LET US KNOW AT THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

THANK-YOU

P.S.  THANKS TO CLOSE TO A THOUSAND NEW READER’S THIS WEEKEND ON TMC!

LOCAL EMAIL IN REFERENCE TO CURRENT TMC POSTING CAUSES STIR IN AT CITY HALL LEADING TO APOLOGY!  You decide was their City Hall pressure to change their tune in the email below? The secondary and tertiary email were sent to City Council members.  A phone call was made by Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey, and he didn’t appear to like the Hogans Heroes bumbling Nazi pic and ask for a retraction from the writer.  Incidentally, Mayor Bailey is scheduled to speak at the Monday’s December 7, 2014 RRR (Residents for Responsible Representation) Meeting.  The antithesis is the apology, though the group title is Residents for Responsible Representation.  Before terms such as offensive, inappropriate, mis spirited, distasteful, embarrassing and horrific were used to describe TMC, we must view the last two emails, the writer states how “I don’t want to see our Councilmen “handcuffed” by City Staff.”  It was sent to over 200 residents because it was information that need to be disseminated.  One phone call changed the atmosphere.

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Initial email sent (below), describing this Tuesday’s City Council Item #19 up for discussion.
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and ANOTHER VERSION OF THE EMAIL (CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE).
In this email Tom, states that “it absolutely eliminates the public involvement,” he goes on to say “This is not meant to affect the legislators, only the unwashed, undisciplined voting masses.”  Now who will decide who is unwashed and not washed?  The Colonel or the Sergeant?  Sounds a bit “Naziistic.”  Sounds a bit “Offensive,” don’t you think?  Again, the following: With this tweak of the city charter the public will not have to worry their pretty little heads about the self-important things the city government bureaucrats will do for us — or to us.  Therefore, should you as residents be concerned of this type of dictatorial mentality?  Should we be concerned with the ‘status quo’ mentality?  Mayor Bailey stated in his campaign that he would not be apart of this “status quo.”  IS HE LIAR?  You decide here is the evidence..
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IS HE ‘STATUS QUO?” THE VERY ELEMENT HE CAMPAIGNED AGAINST? HE CERTAINLY NOT CHALLENGING STATUS QUO AS HE INDICATED IN HIS CAMPAIGN FLYER! (CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE).
 
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Councilman Mike Soubirous

I think anyone reading the quotes attributed to people commenting to the PE speak for themselves. One wants to limit who speaks to “maintain decorum.” Wow! Another does not tell you that Councilmember have been able to place items on the Council (key word – Council) Agenda up until a few weeks ago. I’ve placed items on the agenda by simply informing our City Clerk. Now, there are a few at City Hall who want to limit my ability to effect change that the residents of Riverside demand of me. Putting an end to Red Light Cameras, non-emergency ambulance competition, a plan to deal with aggressive panhandlers – all Items placed on the Council Agenda by Councilmembers. “City Hall” is getting tired of these changes. They like things the way they were – Councilmembers going-along to get-along, let the bureaucrats decide how to spend our tax dollars. PLEASE SHOW UP THIS TUESDAY AND TELL THE BUREAUCRATS THEY WORK FOR YOU AND TO STOP TRYING TO LEGISLATE – THAT’S THE COUNCIL’S JOB!
FORMER COUNCILMAN FRANK SCHIAVONE SENDS LETTER TO COUNCIL MEMBERS NOVEMBER 2014 REGARDING ITEMS BEING PLACED ON THE AGENDA AND HIS RECENT CONTACT WITH FORMER CITY MANAGER BRAD HUDSON:
To All Councilmembers:
Hope this finds you all well. Recently, I was asked if I was familiar with Section IX(C) of the Rules of Procedure and Order of Business for the City Council of the City of Riverside. My response was yes, and that I was directly involved in its modification and adoption while sitting as a Councilmember. I offer the following comments for any historical value you may find useful.
1) The entire essence is captured in its title. “Rules of Procedure and Order of Business for the City Council of the City of Riverside” (not the City Manager Rules)
2) Reference made “Subject to the discretion of the City Manager” only refers to persons other than the Mayor, any Councilmember, the City Manager, any Department Director. During my 8 years as a Councilmember with four different City Managers (2 Acting-2 permanent) is was never suggested otherwise.
3) Just for information, I recently contacted by phone former City Manager Brad Hudson and posed this question to him. “Did you ever think you had veto power over any Councilmember wanting to place an item on the Council Agenda?” His response to me was, and I quote, “No, never, but what a great idea if you can get away with it!” (He started laughing at the mere suggestion).
4) Any attempt of “Clarification” by any Administrator is nothing more than an attempt eliminate your authority as a Legislator and have you follow by example, rather than lead by example.
Kindly yours,Frank Schiavone
NEW STORY: In the Press Enterprise, Chief Diaz said. “You can be smart or less smart about it, and I’m satisfied our folks handled the situation very expertly, and the proof of that is that there were no injuries or property damage.”  The TMC Investigative team that news is all over the internet about a car plowing through a crowd of protestors, with injuries.  In fact, some major news agencies such as KTLA, ABC and NBC.  Is it time for Diaz to go?  Does he allow his troops to really sleep on the job?  The next story…
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WITH THE NEW CRITICISM, TMC UPDATED IT’S DESCRIPTION…

 TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “OFFENSIVE,” “INAPPROPRIATE,” “HURTFUL,” “MEAN SPIRITED,” “DISTASTEFUL,” “EMBARRASSING,” HORIFFIC,” “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… 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. Mr.Hopkins says:

    You know , i think the people should let them do it and it would show the people of riverside that it is to much for them to handle and also show the people exactly where our money is going ,, this is the chance we have to let them hang themselves on that money tree they take from and put into their pockets !!

  2. Aurora Chavez says:

    Another fight.Another battle.

    Riversiders have become warriors in
    the hostile takeover of our City. Until
    we get true leadership, we will keep
    fighting for the respect, honor, and
    we’ll being of its citizen. Those that claim respect are the very ones that are taking it away from us!

    A few that vote can control our City. Voters need to take the time to research candidates very well. It will take twice the effort to oust a wrongly elected than to vote correctly to one who really has your best interest at heart.
    This is NOT a time to be silent! Residents have much to lose on agenda item #19!!!

  3. Just read this post as well as today’s PE article. The entire city government is in total disarray and dysfunctional. What Mayor Bailey wants is simply a controlled environment and controlled public hearings with absolute no criticism of our city officials. And yes, an online system is great to make public comments. But, an online system for comments too can be controlled. Some people don’t simply rely on venting their issues only online. This is why our city have public hearings for the public to share their concerns with the mayor and city councilmen and have that face to face conversations. And yes, Mayor Bailey, criticisms does come with any leadership role. That is the position that Mr. Bailey applied for. Leaders has to face good and bad criticisms. And what make a good leader is how he or she handles the criticism. And Mayor Bailey to say that he wants to minimize distraction and disruption really speaks volume for his leadership skills. I agree with Mr. Davis that I do want to know about the investigations of himself and Soubirous, the cost of these investigations, and an audit of how our taxpayers’ dollars are being spent and wasted.

  4. airjackie says:

    reading is so important as the Mayor shouId have read section IX ( C ) or just become a dictator and appoint his own counciI. This is getting siIIy and wasting money because this group has no cIue what their doing except making deaIs.. Think BeII then say Riverside.

  5. Mr.Hopkins says:

    Can i be honest once again ,, I truly think that if it comes down to a diplomatic organization and city officials think they will take over Riverside i think they need to think again and hard,,, and realize that the people will not sit around and do nothing ,, from where i sit if they piss someone off ,,it would be nightmare from hell ,, but hay I’m up for some good entertainment …

  6. “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”— Abraham Lincoln

    After Tuesday’s night public meeting, Mayor Bailey’s decorum, leadership, and character have been tested. Enough said.

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