The Raincross Group goes to all this effort to put this debate together, inconjunction with Charter Communications and the Press Enterprise, and hides the video. We are told by a commenter that Charter Communications is airing it on their channel, and is also on their youtube site. To this day, the video is still not on Raincross site. The Press Enterprise was also supporting entity in this event, no report has yet to be posted in the press as to this event. Have they, the PE, already made their decision of who to endorse?
As of Election Day June 7th, 2016, The Raincross Group has yet to post the Charter Communications/ Raincross Group/ Press Enterprise 2016 Mayoral Debates conducted May 3rd, 2016. Further, the Press Enterprise has yet to post the debates, even though they were a Sponsor! We believe at TMC, that this debate showed the incumbent Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey in his true colors, not in a leadership best. What the community is saying, not a “leader at all.” Therefore, what we have is an embarrassment to these sponsors, and their week attempt to protect “local establishment politics.”
First there is a short introduction by the President of the Raincross Group, Gary Christmas. Then the candidates are introduced by Charter’s Brad Pomerance.
Part 2: The first question to the 2016 Mayoral Candidates by Brad Promerance. “If you were to win the election, what top three priorities would you do as Mayor?” Transparency was also theme in this part of the debate. Question as follows referring transparency in City government: “In what way has there been a of transparency over the last four years?” All gave responses to this pertinent question.
In Part 3: The first single question was directed toward incumbent Mayor Bailey. “What do you consider your main accomplishment as Mayor, and is there anything you would change in the second term?” The question for the remaining candidates was as follows. “If elected Mayor, what would you do differently?” The investigation of Councilman Paul Davis and Mike Soubirous was brought to the forefront. A bit of a cat fight pursued between Davis and Bailey regarding that issue. A must watch!
Part 4: The question in this part was as follows: Riverside’s Mayor has very little political or policy making powers, but can be influential in other ways. What is your leadership style, and how would you use it to achieve your goals for the City? The question of “dark fiber” came to the forefront by Vivian Moreno. If this ‘dark fiber’ is being paid for by Public Utilities for the good of a few businesses, the legality of this was brought forward. Bailey doesn’t appear to understand why installing ‘dark fiber’ with RPU monies would be violation. He nonchalantly describes, “that the pattern of suing the City will continue..” But why Mayor Bailey? The $115 Public Utilities law suit was also discussed, Mayor Bailey attacks Davis and blames the initiation of the suit on the Davis Camp. Not so true, not the Davis camp at all. Incidentally, Davis states that he is in support of this lawsuit. A must see!
Part 5: Riverside’s Mayor has very little political or policy making powers, but can be influential in other ways. What is your leadership style, and how would you use it to achieve your goals for the City? This was posed to Mayoral Candidate Sally Martinez and Councilman Paul Davis. The $115 million Public Utilities law suit was questioned by Brad Pomerance. Was it lawful as to allegations made with reference to the proper transfer of monies to the General Fund as otherwise indicated in the lawsuit. Mayoral Candidate Vivian Moreno states, “If the people here on this panel do not understand the laws that are set in place, Prop 26 and Prop 218, they shouldn’t be running for Mayor. A must see!
Part 6: The question posed to the candidates this time was reference to the lack of diversity on City Council, Boards and Commisions. If Mayor what would you do broaden the city’s outreach to diverse communities and get more residents involved with civic affairs? The question on Measure B, increasing the salary for Council members was also posed to the candidates.
Part 7: The question posed to the candidates as follows: “What specific steps would you take to bridge the city’s multi million dollar budget deficit?” and “Would you include a proposal by the City Manager (John Russo) to increase the sales tax?” Mayor Bailey accused Davis of voting for every city budget, was corrected by Davis, on record, that he did not.
Part 8: The question of the Billion Dollar Trolley system was posed to the candidates. Five million of taxpayers monies was currently spent just studying the idea. Bailey flip-flops and is not for it now, and discounts the billion dollar cost. Then there was yes-no lightening round questions. “Do you believe that the Riverside’s Renaissance was a mistake?” “What is your position on Measure A, the prosecutorial initiative?” Davis hammers Bailey on why he did not veto Measure A. A must see! Last question, “Would you use the Mayor’s veto power?”
Last, but not least, closing statements by all Mayoral Candidates.
Don’t Forget to Vote Vivian Moreno
For Riverside Mayor this June 2016!
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