THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE: RU$TY’$ RED CHOO, CHOO: DOES HE THINK IT CAN? ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS MY TROLLEY..MERRY CHRISTMAS MR. BAILEY! THIS IS A WONDERFUL LIFE!

Posted: December 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

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Based on 19th-century technology, the street car has no place in American cities today except when it functions as part of a completely self-supporting tourist line…OUCH!  This was from a commentary on the rebirth of the trolley fad.

Currently the City of Riverside has attained a $237,000.00 dollar grant to study such a concept.  The new line would extend from Downtown to UCR on University Avenue, then Downtown to La Sierra on Magnolia Avenue.  How would this effect the traffic on University Avenue, how about on Magnolia Avenue with Brockton Avenue being converted to single lanes to accommodate envisioned bicyclist who will leave their cars to commute with this alternative transportation.  Which was another grant study which has caused even more traffic to a commuter City as Riverside, leaving bike lanes virtually empty and unused.

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Weeks ago TMC found that there was fact finding trip to Arizona in order to look at their light rail and trolley system which included cities as Tucson, Phoenix and Tempe.  Those on this best practices/fact finding trip included Councilman John Barnyard Burnard, Chris Mac Arthur, Mike Gardner and of course, Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey.  Quite surprisingly, the Press Enterprise star reporter for Riverside, Alicia Robinson, was invited along for the ride.  It also included Chamber and Private Sector people.  The only members of Council not on this trip were surprisingly Andy Melendrez, Mike Soubirous and Paul Davis.  TMC was a bit taken back that we were not invited by Rusty, considering that the two premier news sources in the City of Riverside are the Press Enterprise and Thirty Miles of Corruption!  I mean we even had are official TMC press identification badges and everything..

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CLICK TO ENLARGE PE’S ALICIA ROBINSON’S TWEET

Back in August of 2013 the City of Riverside receives a $237,000.00 Feasibility Grant, a grant to study the possibility of a 12-mile streetcar route between UC Riverside and Downtown Riverside via University Avenue.  A secondary line would be from Downtown Riverside to La Sierra, right around the Tyler Mall.  How fea$ible?  Proponents of this conceptual project are advocating a 12-mile streetcar route between UC Riverside and Downtown Riverside which will follow University Avenue.  In addition, a secondary line would be constructed from Downtown Riverside to La Sierra via Magnolia Avenue.

Does Rusty really think he can?

Or is he only attempting to capture the charm of the trolley of the past at taxpayers expense?

So if you receive a $237,000.00 Cal Trans Grant, don’t you think you will be pressed to make it happen?  Even if it isn’t a good idea?  Back in 2013 the cost of the project was assessed to be over $300 million.  The project was called “Riverside Reconnects.”   Approximately $100 million per four miles of streetcar line, that’s $25 million a mile!  In a later Press Enterprise article the projected cost of the completed project went past $615 million.

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Opps, did I clip the truck?  My vertigo must be acting up!  Thank god this is on tracks and not a black hawk helicopter!

In a commentary by Randal O’Toole: Light Rail Is The Wrong Choice For Cities, he states their are some drawbacks to consider. First the cost to build, the maintenance of the line if in fact can be sustainable. He states that proponents who advocate support of such wasteful and expensive lines reveals they really don’t care about transportation! Rail manufacturers and contractors just want to make money. Urban planners use rail as an excuse to redevelop neighborhoods to escalate to higher density populations.

The willingness of many transit advocates to support such wasteful and expensive lines reveals they really don’t care about transportation. Rail manufacturers and contractors just want to make money. Urban planners use rail as an excuse to redevelop neighborhoods to higher densities.

Though the feds may pay half the capital costs, local taxpayers have to pay not only the other half but the costs of long-term maintenance, which are much higher than bus costs.

For city officials, the incentive to build rail where buses would work better comes from a Federal Fund known as “New Starts.”  This fund promises to cover at least half the cost of new transit lines, and cities that spend more get more…   Thus, cities race to build the most expensive lines possible!

So what we find is not only waste of taxpayer monies, but community planning based on government subsidies!  This is not a win, win situation.  Even the Press Enterprise is against the trolley in this April 8, 2013 Editorial.

The Great Streetcar Conspiracy by Randal O’Toole.

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW 20 PAGE DOCUMENT ON THE GREAT STREETCAR CONSPIRACY

Also a commentary by Randal O’Toole called “Light Rail is the Wrong Choice for Cities,” which appeared in the Daily Caller on June 3, 2014.

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The conclusion of this CATO study according to Randa O’Toole was that City officials who believe that streetcars alone will revitalize blighted parts of their urban
areas have been deceived by smooth-talking consultants and dissembling politicians who were foolish enough to build streetcars in their cities. Cities with a billion dollars or so to burn could spend $100 million on a streetcar line, support it with $900 million in other subsidies to developers, and still not get the success of Portland’s Pearl District unless they do it in an area that is already rapidly growing.

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For whatever reason, we are told that trolleys are essential in order for our City to progress forward. Is this scam the same as the Jerry Brown’s Bullet Train?  A train which really is more like a the speed of Throwing a Rock as a result of the design plan.  What we have is a $68 Billion project which will eventually go into cost overruns paid by the taxpayer.  Taxpayers see this as Governor Jerry Brown throwing a really expensive ‘bone” to the unions, which paid dearly into his campaign and expect Jerry to honor his obligation to “The Família for their investment to his campaign.

ARE YOU TIRED OF HOW TUCSON IS BEING PORTLAND-IZED ?: BUSINESS INK: COMMENTARY BY ROGER YOHEM  Here’s an issue Imagine Greater Tucson will never ask about: How satisfied are you with the Portland-ization of Tucson? Are you tired of Portland, Ore., being idolized as the city that Tucson aspires to become?  Is there a relationship to this concept when concerning Riverside?  Maybe so.

POLICE USED APPARENTLY ILLEGAL WIRETAPS TO MAKE HUNDREDS OF ARREST: DESERT SUN: 11.20.2015: BRAD HEATH & BRETT KELMAN USA TODAY.  Wiretaps in Riverside more than quadrupled under the county’s former district attorney, Paul Zellerbach, who left office in January. Despite a federal court ruling that only the district attorney himself should usually approve wiretaps, Zellerbach said in two interviews over the past month that he could not recall having reviewed or personally authorized any of the county’s wiretap applications and said he was unaware of the details of the requests. Instead, he said, he delegated that job to one of his assistants.  Hestrin said the 9th Circuit ruling makes clear that district attorneys have a “legal obligation” to approve wiretaps themselves, but his office will  defend his predecessor’s wires if they are challenged in court.  Could this have contributed to the railroading against the Mayor and Councilmembers of the City of Moreno Valley sometime back on false pretenses

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S REGIONAL COUNTIES MOST, “NEGATIVE,” “RAUNCHY,” “LOW CLASS,” “VISIONS OF GRANDEUR,” “FULL OF B.S.,” “IGNORANT,” “MISGUIDED,” “BULLYISH,” “FILTHY,” “SICK,” “PERVERTED,” “STUPID,” “PATHETIC,” “DESPICABLE,” “DISAPPOINTING,” “BELOW THE BELT,” “A NEW LOW,” “SHOCKING,” “OFFENSIVE,” “INAPPROPRIATE,” “HURTFUL,” “MEAN SPIRITED,” “DISTASTEFUL,” “EMBARRASSING,” HORIFFIC,” “SLANDEROUS” “FIT TO BE VIEWED FROM THE REAR” 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

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  1. Roy Bleckert says:

    Here is a posting I made may be related to how the government fleeces you , all the while telling you what a great benefit you will get BwaHahaaa!!!!!! click on the link below to comment on it

    “The most important political office is that of the private citizen.” Justice Louis D. Brandeis ….This statement is critical read this below

    “I attended this workshop last week, 200 electeds, NGOs and Rent-Seekers all wanting to cash in on CA’s Cap and Trade system that uses the false issue of Global Warming to steal $2-4 Billion per year from CA industry…and guess who will end up paying for it. One emcee said: “They used to rob banks because that’s where the money was…you’re here because THIS IS WHERE THE MONEY IS NOW”

    They take our $$$ Hard Earned Dollars $$$ from the many commoners in many stealth ways & give it to a privileged few. The devil is in the details ?

    This may sound ok ” “The Billion Dollar Question: How to Access Cap and Trade Funds”, designed to help you create a winning grant
    application.’SoCalGas, in collaboration with SCAG, the California Contract Cities Association, and other co-sponsors, will be offering this workshop”

    Let’s delve into what these programs are designed to do.

    1) Grab your $$$ DOLLARS $$$

    You are paying this Cap & Trade with the highest Gas prices in the US
    in Ca & this will continue to rise !

    2) Convince you to do , what you normally would not do !
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    3) Feed the masses lots of propaganda to get them to willingly buy in !

    SCAG Southern California Associated Governments (SCAG) recently provided a grant ( which is our $$$ ) to do a study in Moreno Valley , trying to justify the get you out of your car & into mass transit, into high density, high occupancy housing , restrict your mobility , confine you to a ever decreasing space , striping you of your economic wealth , your ability to make the choices that will make your life better !

    Then SCAG reps showed up multiple times with lots of pretty pictures & drawing & stats to show the conclusion they wanted , now lets look @ there own reports.

    The SCAG profile of Moreno Valley in 2015 shows that from 2000 to 2013, single car trips went up from 77% to 82% , car pooling went down from 20% to 12 % & mass transit stayed flat @ 2% , yet we propose less roads for the increasing traffic demand & more car pooling & mass transit which people are NOT doing , We actually need more roads for cars to meet demand & government is proposing even less roads than what is needed & more of what is not, BRILLIANT !

    In the Ca Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) 2015 report of the effects of crowded housing/

    ” Crowded Housing Affects Well–Being and Educational Achievement. Individuals who live in crowded housing generally have worse educational and behavioral health outcomes than people that do not live in crowded housing. Among adults, crowding has been shown to increase stress and aggression, lead to social isolation, and weaken relationships between parents and their children. Crowding also has particularly notable effects on children. Researchers have found that children in crowded housing score lower on standardized math and reading exams. A lack of available and distraction–free studying space appears to affect educational achievement. Crowding may also result in sleep interruptions that affect mood and behavior. As a result, children in crowded housing also displayed more behavioral problems at school.”

    Moreno Valley bears this out as we have very high occupancy 4 per household vs. 3 per household in Ca & Riverside County , & our per capita income is very poor $ 18.000 vs. $ 27,000 Dollars state wide , our sales TAX generation per capita is very poor also , people who do not have money ,do not spend it , This leads to a ever decreasing share of the pie for the Citizens !

    What is going on is classic create a crisis were there was none then walk in with the solution, the solution does not bode well for the People !

    We are on a path of less freedom of mobility , less choice in the housing , more government control in your daily life , all the while they are picking your pockets for every $$$ DOLLAR $$$ you got !

    “Those who trade security for liberty deserve neither ” famous Ben Franklin quote !

  2. Aurora Chavez says:

    Strange. The surveys were mostly negative. Even, considering all the proposed positive options of having a light rail streetcar, ppl still said “NO”. Mayor Bailey must need a hearing aid??? Eehhh!! I’m sure everyone’s ears are fine to hear the word N-O!
    Maybe, I’m overly suspicious. Why would he continually push the idea??? Maybe, he promised the Gov. that it will be a slam dunk. No problem. Just go as far as telling the public the money was for a survey only!
    And, secondly, to push Councilman Andy Melendrez off the RCTC position which Mr. Melendrez should have been appointed by seniority rights. Mr. Bailey suggested to the Council to vote for or against to vote Mayor Bailey over Mr. Melendrez. It was a 3-3 tie. Which in the Charter says that the Mayor can break the tie. So, he voted himself in. Isn’t that a conflict of interest? Is voting a seniority right legal? Well, why bother? Stuff like this, usnt within state jurisdiction. It’s considered a local issue?? Let’s see. If you are in paid status and your employer says we are NOT going to pay you for the hour you put in. If you are non union money employee, you will have a fight on your hands. If you are a union member, the union will hopefully fight for you.
    But, denying a seniority right is like denying a pay increase. But, promotions aren’t guaranteed or assignment to standing committees are not considered a legal matter? To deny Councilman Melendrez his seniority right to the RCTC position does this(and many more) 1. Mr. Bailey can vote the streetcar to the region. 2. Mr. Bailey can control and maneuver anything involving the streetcar to Riverside and could blame RCTC. 3. Can stop Mr. Melendrez to vote the honest Riverside vote of NO to the streetcar. 4. Can show control over the City Council, even, though his position is only “ceremonial”? 5. He can disrepect a Ward Councilman that has a diverse ethnicities makeup and very few ppl came out to object to this injustice. 6. Mr. Bailey’s actions of manipulating the criteria of public speaking and changing the format of the agenda (which one City Council evening session there was not a listing of 7pm Public Speaking on the agenda and moved the Discussion Calendar to the back if the agenda to have as little amount of public dissent as the evening hours progress later and later).
    Anyone can still apply to run for Riverside City Mayor! You have until February to apply!!
    I hope we have more choices of candidates! NO MORE INCUMBENTS picking their successors!!! Let the people decide!

  3. Aurora Chavez says:

    Strange. The surveys were mostly negative. Even, considering all the proposed positive options of having a light rail streetcar, ppl still said “NO”. Mayor Bailey must need a hearing aid??? Eehhh!! I’m sure everyone’s ears are fine to hear the word N-O!
    Maybe, I’m overly suspicious. Why would he continually push the idea??? Maybe, he promised the Gov. that it will be a slam dunk. No problem. Just go as far as telling the public the money was for a survey only!
    And, secondly, to push Councilman Andy Melendrez off the RCTC position which Mr. Melendrez should have been appointed by seniority rights. Mr. Bailey suggested to the Council to vote for or against to vote Mayor Bailey over Mr. Melendrez. It was a 3-3 tie. Which in the Charter says that the Mayor can break the tie. So, he voted himself in. Isn’t that a conflict of interest? Is voting a seniority right legal? Well, why bother? Stuff like this, usnt within state jurisdiction. It’s considered a local issue?? Let’s see. If you are in paid status and your employer says we are NOT going to pay you for the hour you put in. If you are non union money employee, you will have a fight on your hands. If you are a union member, the union will hopefully fight for you.
    But, denying a seniority right is like denying a pay increase. But, promotions aren’t guaranteed or assignment to standing committees are not considered a legal matter? To deny Councilman Melendrez his seniority right to the RCTC position does this(and many more) 1. Mr. Bailey can vote the streetcar to the region. 2. Mr. Bailey can control and maneuver anything involving the streetcar to Riverside and could blame RCTC. 3. Can stop Mr. Melendrez to vote the honest Riverside vote of NO to the streetcar. 4. Can show control over the City Council, even, though his position is only “ceremonial”? 5. He can disrepect a Ward Councilman that has a diverse ethnicities makeup and very few ppl came out to object to this injustice. 6. Mr. Bailey’s actions of manipulating the criteria of public speaking and changing the format of the agenda (which one City Council evening session there was not a listing of 7pm Public Speaking on the agenda and moved the Discussion Calendar to the back if the agenda to have as little amount of public dissent as the evening hours progress later and later).
    Anyone can still apply to run for Riverside City Mayor! You have until February to apply!!

  4. Aurora Chavez says:

    Already, RTA have plans for an express bus route to stop at the colleges ONLY along Line 1. The public that live near a college on Line 1 may take that bus, too. The regular Line 1 will make all it’s usual bus stops.
    This may help alleviate sone of the passenger congestion at certain times of the day. More information to come by RTA.

  5. Bailey will never get his pet Trolley project. Waste of taxpayers’ monies. The only Xmas present that Bailey should get is a pink slip for his job as Mayor in 2016 election.

  6. JF says:

    In response to Roy, what you are talking about is part of the UN Agenda 21, and Agenda 2030. Cap and Trade, Global Warming now called Climate Change. They want to get people into congested living spaces piled on top of another, and out of our cars. Search UN Agenda 21, and Agenda 2030 and read up about these two plans being implemented nationwide by the Feds, state and local governments. Whenever you hear that bull about “sustainability”, that’s key word for these programs.
    See how our utilities are rising? They will continue to rise along with increasing cost of water.
    Making money for cronies, power and control, it is what this is all about.

    Now on the the trolley street cars or whatever they’re calling them. Its always gonna cost more then the projected cost, always. Will there be enough riders for both the streetcars and buses?
    They economy is not as great as they say, and it will be worse next year. 27000 people applied for 100 warehouse jobs last month according to a PE article, and the experts say the economy is doing fine?

  7. And here is another waste of taxpayers’ monies:

    RIVERSIDE: City settles Councilman Davis’ claim for $40,000
    http://www.pe.com/articles/davis-788307-city-council.html

    And love the statement by the new city attorney: “No charges were ever filed or brought against Councilmember Davis with regards to the events of 2014. The City Council regrets these events took place and hopes to put them behind us and move forward in the spirit of cooperation.”

    No charges brought on Davis and yet cost the taxpayers $40K for politically motivated investigation to oust Paul Davis and Soubirous. And look for a settlement for Soubirous. I am glad that Davis didn’t withdraw his ethics complaint against Bailey. Remember this come 2016 election.

  8. And guess who gets the dumb ass award of the decade Oh yes that would be Rusty Trolly cars how bad does he want them enough to lie cheat or steal would never put it past him This City has had it share of corruption don’t you think Why aren’t all those who tried to run this city in the ground in jail. Loverage, Priamos, Scot Barber, Steve Adams, Laura Pearson, Brad Hudson, Shibon Foster only to name a few. Spend all that money for Trolly’s and people in Ag Park are dead or dying sure lets turn our backs on the tax payers All I can say is when they all get to HELL I will finally have a smile on my face for the first time in decades.

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