FUN AND GAMES WITH ENDORSEMENTS, FEATURING COUNCILMAN MIKE GARDNER AND THE SEIU

Posted: May 12, 2015 in Uncategorized
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MATCH THESE FAMOUS SLOGANS:

“I love __________.”                                                                                          Texas

“Don’t mess with _________!”                                                                             Riverside

“What happens in _______ stays in _______.”                                                       New York

“________: There’s simply no conflict-of-interest we can’t ignore.”                           Vegas

 

Ok, well maybe the last one isn’t quite famous yet, but our City leaders sure are trying their best. Whether it be the Chamber/Riverside Public Utilities insider dealing, the systemic rigging of quasi-judicial hearings, or the longstanding practice of City execs hiring investigators to clear themselves of allegations with your money, the City is the paragon of duplicity when it comes to conflicts-of-interests.  In fact, we hear the City recently received the Platinum Prime Select Ace A-1 Lifetime Achievement Award for Bestest, Transcendent, and Outstanding Illusion of Transparency and Fairness demonstrated by local government.

This award, chosen by the preeminent body judging such matters that no one has ever heard of – Twenty Kilometers of Crraption (not affiliated with this site…nudge, wink) – was in fact, bought and paid for, by the City itself.  It’s that dedication to underhandedness, which demonstrates the City’s deservedness (a word we just created) of this distinction.  Cities of Bell, Vernon, City of Industry?  Morons!  They’ve got nothing on our dear River City; and secondly, they all got caught!

As it’s election season, we figured we’d offer another interesting (or not) anecdote about how the endorsement game works in our dear municipal corporation (aka, city).  The players: Ward 1 Councilman Mike Gardner, SEIU Political Coordinator Becky Whatley, the SEIU (Service Employee International Union), and a cameo by Ward 1 Challenger, Tom Podgorski.

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Both Ward 1 candidates were invited to a SEIU “endorsement” Town Hall meeting on February 26, 2015 by SEIU Political Coordinator, Becky Whatley.  The SEIU routinely holds these events before elections and gives not just their atta-boy endorsement, but also a fair amount of cold hard cash to the person it sees as most sympathetic to its cause.  Seems innocent enough.  We’ve learned the hard way though that nothing is ever what it seems here in Riverside, and so we decided to start digging.

Turns out, Ms. Whatley wears several hats in town: one of them happens to be Councilman Gardner’s former campaign manager.  We hear that she’s been telling folks, including publicly at a recent Latino Network event, that she’s Gardner’s CURRENT campaign manager!

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THE NOT-SO-SECRET LIFE OF BECKY WHATLEY

 

Another hat Ms. Whatley adorns is that of small business owner, running a local printing company: Quality Printing. [Sarcasm alert] Surprise, surprise, Whatley has been getting paid by Councilman Gardner to do his mailings, invitations, and response envelopes!  She was also instrumental on setting up Gardner’s fundraiser on February 11, 2015, being reimbursed for drinks and desserts.

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A CONFLICT OF INTEREST, BUSINESS AS USUAL, OR BOTH? 

 

So….Ms. Whatley was Councilman Gardner’s campaign manager during his last election.  She was cavorting about town telling folks she is currently his campaign manager.  She is organizing his fundraisers and getting paid thousands to print his campaign materials.  Meanwhile, she was presenting herself to newbie challenger Tom Podgorski as the non-biased, Political Coordinator of the local SEIU, hoping he would never catch on….well, at least until it was too late.

Rumor has it Mr. Podgorski was given the run-around in the days leading up to this Town Hall meeting.  Dates were changed, questionnaires required at the last second, etc., etc., eventually leading him to cancel his participation in the event all-together and forgo the SEIU’s endorsement.  Too bad, because we bet the SEIU’s membership would’ve liked his message…but that’s exactly what the other side didn’t want.  So, Podgorski was given a Hobson’s choice: waste his time participating in a rigged scheme, or drop out.  To his credit, he chose the latter.

We hope Mr. Podgorski is familiar with Aesop’s Fables.  This lesson is entitled The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.

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DID THE SEIU GET USED?  OR WAS IT “IN” ON THE GAME FROM THE ONSET?

As you can also see from the above image, Mike Gardner is supported by Ward 7 Candidate, John Burnard, and vice versa.  It’s just how the game works: you scratch my back with donations and endorsements, I’ll scratch yours with votes and appointments (Ms. Whatley serves as Gardner’s choice for the Parks & Recreation Commission).  It’s the dirty pool that’s been played in Riverside for quite a long time now…we’re just shining a light on it in all it’s despicable glory.  If you want change, vote for Tom Podgorski in Ward 1 and Alysia Webb in Ward 7.  Unless you’ve been dealt “in” on the fixed game, we don’t see how you can afford not to.

It almost goes without saying whom the SEIU eventually ended up endorsing, but we figured we’d show you anyway, on the slick mailer Ms. Whatley most likely put together for him:

gardner mailer

RIVERSIDE’S MOST WANTED, GARDNER ENDORSERS, OR BOTH?

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST, “DISAPPOINTING,” “BELOW THE BELT,” “A NEW LOW,” “SHOCKING,” “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. Inland empress says:

    Raincross group plays the same games. Don’t tell candidates any of the info and then wait till the last minute. Same game, no difference.

  2. Becky says:

    You are like the mean girls in high school, telling lies and spreading innuendoes, trying to establish your cred. Puhleeze.
    My family has built a solid business in Riverside since 1982 by being a reputable company, meeting deadlines and giving value, supporting the community, and giving to worthwhile causes. We backed Mike Gardner a long time ago, against incumbent Dom Betro, when it wasn’t popular. And Mike continues to bring his printing to our company because he is loyal to his supporters.
    You think your blog is some sort of revelation, or power play for the common folk, but you’re a joke. I’ve been speaking “truth to power” since I was in grade school, challenging authority and questioning the status quo, and getting into trouble for it. I understand rebellion and anarchy. I embrace it.
    You’re not the real deal, you’re in this for your own visions of grandeur.
    I stand behind MY character and integrity. I never back down from who I am and what I stand for, and I never give in to bullies like you.
    You want to tear down a long standing family of integrity, well, you go for it. Just try it. I will take you on. You don’t scare me; you’re a bunch of ignorant misguided bullies. No problem. People like you rarely come out from under your rock unless you’re in anonymity. You’re a bunch of sick, perverted, misguided, fired from the city, out of touch wannabes. “Digging” is bullshit. “Rumor has it” is exactly right. You’re full of BS and you know it. I’ve been up front, unlike all of you, since the beginning.

    Bring it, I have no problem taking you on, if you want to come clean and talk in public instead of hiding behind this stupid blog about Riverside. This entire post is full of lies, but you’ll never admit how much you make up. I have to shower twice having read this, and responded.
    Seriously, bring it, if you can come away from this filthy misguided blog and take it to the public for a real debate. I am not ashamed of my family, my integrity, or my actions. I will go head to head with you any day. Bring it, Vivian or Mary or Karen, or any of you other cockroaches that scuttle when a light is shined on you. I’m not ashamed of my actions in Riverside. I will stand by all that my family and I have done in this community every day. This entire post is full of lies and hyperbole, designed to give you traction. You’re pathetic and a joke. I won’t post to this stupid blog again, but you want to take me on in public, again I say, bring it. I will meet you and your candidates and any of your accusations in public. I, my family, we have nothing to hide.

  3. John H says:

    You forgot something’s about Becky and her family. She was nationally recognized as printer of the year by over 1000 of her peers. She was choosen by members to lead them in a write in vote against the hand picked candidate. She has now been tasks by many of the same peers to run 4 national events. All in what many used to consider a all boys world. Most of all this is done as a volunteer. We have a similar blog to this in my area. 15-20 of the posters spend their time posting 1/2 truths claiming insight mostly just gossip. It has become a badge of honor to be the target. It means you have done something in your life not been a slug. So Becky keep on keeping on, you make things better around you for everyone. Something this blog confirmed by attacking you.

  4. Robert says:

    Funny how these people are so concern about “The Tax Payer’s Dollars” and yet whenever someone brings up their business, and the waste of tax payer money that went into that money pit, they change the subject and start to attack some random city issue. How about we talk how much Vivian Moreno cost that tax payers in back rent to the city? or the hefty amount of settlement they had with the city? Maybe Karn should do an information request on the back rent they owe the tax payers, or what was the settlement amount?? I Robert Moreno (thank god no relation to these clowns) would like to see this request posted….. unless the corruption runs deep??

    So lets see if these clowns erase my post I’m going to screen shot this and re-post. I look forward to seeing the post of the documents, from the back rent owed and the settlement.

    Thanks
    Rob Moreno

    • thirtymiles says:

      Robert, you can get the public documents, just by asking the City Clerk. You see Robert, the reason we have TMC is because of how we were treated by the City. Why don’t you also get our rental documents from the Freeman Company who we paid well over $800K over 11 years, not including the 350K of our own money to building upgrades. No City money, was given to us for building upgrades. We knew the City was corrupt then. We chose to stop payment on our check December 2009, they didn’t even know we stopped payment on our check. We will be telling the full story, you will be pissed, but maybe not at us..
      Best, Javier

  5. Fay Vic says:

    I read the post, then the comments. I don’t believe the author attacked either Ms. Whatley’s printing business, nor her family. The piece cast aspersions towards her individual integrity, which given the facts provided, seems reasonable. Perhaps if Ms. Whatley were to respond to the actual allegations that are in the post, her argument would be more convincing, but she chose not to…which could be perceived as misdirection/deception.

    Another commentor makes an ad hominem attack at whom I think is the perceived author instead of, once again, responding to the allegations contained within the post: more misdirection/deception. If I was judging this contest, so far I’d say TMC is winning this debate.

  6. Scott says:

    I think Vivian struck a raw nerve. The vitriolic response says it all. No point by point rebuttal, no docs, just a lot of anger directed back at the effective work placed into this blog site. Vivian serves up valuable information to our community. The blog works to expose the manipulators behind the scenes, the people and stuff nobody sees or hears about. Truth and proof inflame the emotions of the guilty. Take your lumps, you did it to yourself!

  7. DHCG says:

    As to Mike Gardner- I am going to support Mike until he has given me a reason not to. Mike’s legislative aide Lynn Anderson has always been very helpful to me, and both she and Mike have always addressed my concerns. When I support someone, I can respectfully disagree with them if the feeling is mutual.

    As to Tom Podgorski- Tom is a qualified candidate.

    As to the SEIU- It’s always been about the money.

    As to TMC- I support them.

    … and as to Becky Whatley- WOW! I’ll have what she’s having. At my age, my testosterone levels can use a lift. With that being said… I’d pay to see both Vivian Moreno and Becky Whatley go toe to toe in a public debate. We need more women like those two.

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