CITY OF RIVERSIDE: MAYOR’S STATE OF THE CITY JANUARY 2018: ROSY PICTURE IF YOU HAVE THE ROSE COLORED GLASSES

Posted: April 1, 2018 in Uncategorized
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Riverside Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey speaks during his State of the City Address, on Thursday, Jan 25, 2018, wearing his ever-present rose-colored glasses.

JANUARY 2018: AN “ECONOMICALLY STRONG REGION”?  WHAT IS PERCEPTION AND WHAT IS REALITY WHEN IT COMES TO LIVABILITY WITHIN THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE, AND WHAT NARRATIVE IS CREATED FOR GOOD PUBLIC RELATIONS?  WAS IT DONE BY DESIGN AND CONTRIVED IN THIS YEARS STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS?  

Summing up some of the larger points from the Mayor’s speech this year, Inland Empire economic growth is seen, particularly in construction, logistics, leisure and hospitality, and growth in healthcare and educational employment (more than double California’s growth), Bailey said, citing UCR’s Robert Kleinhenz.  He continued by stating good economic times are here to stay.

Bailey pointed to a talk by UC Riverside’s Robert Kleinhenz which was recently given to Good Morning Riverside, in which the economist and executive director of the school’s Center for Economic Forecasting and Development said no recession is on the horizon for the Inland Empire.  Keep in mind folks, this was the same institution which was paid $72,000 of taxpayer monies by Riverside Public Utilities to create favorable studies to support a political narrative to raise your utility rates.  Apparently this group with its rosy numbers and visions were specifically hired to convince and make you believe that increasing your utility rates is a good idea.

The mayor also touted a study by the Milken Institute that ranked the Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario metropolitan area 20th in the nation — a jump of 24 places compared to last year.

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UCR, the Milken Institute, and now your mayor are here to tell you that there has never been a better time to invest in Riverside,” Bailey said.  Who are we to believe?  It appears if you have all three on your side, UCR, the Milliken Institute and the Mayor on your side, it’s a smoking surefire formula for a ‘rosy picture.’

Well when you utilize UCR your going to get what you pay for, favorable numbers.  We saw this with RPU’s attempt to fudge numbers and use comparisons such as private and public, which is like comparing apples and oranges.  But if you have those rose-colored glasses, what a rosy picture it will show.

Hmmm…but wasn’t this the same UCR that compared apples and oranges in order to ratepayers to pay more for utilities?  Evidently so.

                         

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Here’s the lowdown: RPU commissioned at a cost of $72,000 of ratepayer dough a research team at UCR, to determine the financial and social impact of RPU on the Riverside community.  It’s a little-known-fact that UCR procures its electricity and water at special lower rates from RPU than what the rest of us suckers, the community pays, leading some to wonder if tit-for-tat was in play.  Shockingly (sic), the crack team at UCR determined that RPU was the greatest thing since adding that third taco to the combination plate.  How uncanny that this report was timed to come out right before RPU was to call for a rate increase!  Remarkable was a hand-written comment from General RPU Manager Girish Balachandran (a.k.a. Drunk Daddy) made while reviewing a draft of this UCR report. The note was in reference to numbers the UCR team gave comparing RPU with another utility company known as SoCal Edison. We will get to that Drunk Daddy chicken scratch in a moment.

First, you really cannot compare the two companies: RPU is publicly owned, at least we thought so, Edison is not.  Secondly, the UCR team states that Edison customers pay 16.51 cents per kwh compared to RPU customers 16.08 cents. The difference between the two numbers in the draft report submitted by UCR are not wide enough to justify a rate increase for residential electricity customers. But the final report submitted a few months later tells a different story. In the same comparison between RPU and Edison, the numbers magically transform so Edison customers pay 19.00 cents while RPU customers pay 15.70 cents – a very significant difference we’d say!

But there were a lot of other things of concern that should have been mentioned that were not so rosy for the resident taxpayer and utility ratepayers, such as:

The number of homeless people — “our neighbors without homes,” in Bailey’s words — is on the rise.  That’s true, was it by design or orchestrated by your friend Damien O’Farrell in order to receive more funding?  Who incidentally was a guest at the the event.  The city even double down by creating The Office of Homeless Solutions!  A new economic industry based on victimization?

In general, complaints concerning difficulty with planning permits, code enforcement, lack of law enforcement response, increase crime, increase homeless in the neighborhood, increase property taxes, increase utility rates, increasing unfunded pension liabilities, increase sale taxes, increase taxes and regulations…. all continue on deaf ears by representatives.

Higher electric and water utilities passed and we own the public owns the utilities!  Go figure… all we can tell you is that individuals who seek justice for taxpayer concerns have tied the City’s exuberance in court.

Less Law Enforcement Protection, police won’t even respond to resident calls anymore, even with higher taxes!  What are they telling us, come to Riverside BYOG (Bring Your Own Gun)?  Beatings and shooting in downtown.  We had a drug transaction incident three houses from us on Friday March 30, 2018; RPD wasn’t even interested.

UPDATE: DRUG TRANSACTIONS: 1:21 A.M.: 3564 BANDINI AVENUE: RPD HAS FAILED TO PROTECT OUR NEIGHBORHOODS.  Unfortunately are taxpayers monies are wasted, the only thing we can depend on to protect our families is Mr. Smith and Wesson.  Chief Sergio Diaz and Councilman Mike Gardner have failed to protect our neighborhoods, in this case Ward 1 Wood Streets! Regrettably we will not receive attention until someone is fatally injured or killed, that is the reality!  Not the perception… Unfortunately our neighborhood group, NOWS, is nowhere to be found on this issue!  No where to be found at City Council Meeting.  What are they afraid of?  Simply how to deal with the truth?  They also have failed our Community.

UPDATE: PROSTITUTION RING IN ACTION: 1:26 A.M.: 3564 BANDINI AVENUE: GIRL PICK UP: WHITE FORD TRUCK: ARMED WOOD STREETS RESIDENTS ON IT..RPD NOT.. SORRY MIKE, HOPE WE DIDN’T DISTURBED YOUR RIVERSIDE SUPERVISOR CAMPAIGN.

Fire, won’t get involved with creating fire lines and cleaning up City lots, but will definitely cite you for what they consider ‘fire hazards’ unannounced in your place of business or home.  The city has unfortunately pitted the taxpayers against those who apparently protect us, our law enforcement and fire.

Code Enforcement…A.K.A. The Other Police Force….Well, this is without saying, if you don’t pay the piper, you will be harassed till kingdom come.

Cases of women being beaten in City Parking lots, Woman one was punched in the face after rejecting the sexual advances of the assailantWoman two was sucker punch in the City Parking Garage after a fender bender….. A shootout caught on camera in the same City Parking Lot …. lastly, a good Samaritan killed attempting to stop a fight across the street from the Mission Inn.  Actually all several blocks from the RPD Central Department.. What Gives?  If this was a private parking facility the city would require security, two sets of rules?

Below, the Mayor touts that the City of Riverside has recently been named in the fifty safest metro cities in America!…. what, next to Chicago with off the chart crime?  Well actually yes, Riverside is rated 14 next to Chicago at 15.  When you include Chicago next Riverside as a safe place to live, you must realize there must be something quite wrong with that study!  Chicago with strict gun laws saw over 3,000 people shot in 2016 alone!  Did the City of Riverside get that when they evaluated the study?  We have to guess they did not!  Just this week, Two individuals knifed over a bar stool at a favorite local family restaurant known as Pepitos and Three people wounded in a drive by just blocks from City Central.

Increased crime and homelessness in our communities, that is without saying.  Our mail is being stolen, drug houses, prostitution rings.  Not in the so called bad parts of town, in the ‘Wood Streets’!  The City has simply indulged in programs that are simply inviting homeless to come to Riverside.  Taxpayers are now seeing tent city’s around town and now have to get use to finding more human feces in retail public places.

As UCR, the Milken Institute, and your mayor is telling the residents that there has never been a better time to invest in Riverside, why are businesses leaving?  Just recently, EnerBlü Inc. leaves high tax Riverside California to invest $372 million in Kentucky and create 875 full-time jobs.  Why couldn’t Riverside keep them?

What about public employee pensions?  Measure A and Measure Z won’t generate enough money to maintain those employee pensions, therefore, will we eventually have to sell our Public Utilities in order to satisfy the unfunded unsustainable pension debt?

The last Budget Engagement Commission meeting revealed a dire pension situation beginning in the 2020… so why are we going forward with a new $45 million library, the Cheech Marin Art Center, the new Police Building or any other project?  If pensions are of number one concern as opposed to taxpayer services, why won’t they consider the profitability of the sale of cannabis within city limits?

Was the State of the City more like the State of Delusion?  But say you had those rose-colored glasses?

….these rose-colored glasses
That I’m looking through
Show only the beauty
‘Cause they hide all the truth

John Conlee

So should the City continue to financially support educational and statistical entities for services that may be biased?  What is the purpose of that?  To support a perception of things, whereby in essence the reality is much different?  Is it to say, “All is well!” while the Titanic is apparently sinking?  Discernibly addressing true problems with true resolutions would surely be the key.

If you want the truth hidden and a prettier city, get your own pair of rose colored glasses, on Amazon $39.27 and free shipping!  They’ll just make your walk in the City of Riverside that much rosier.  The people of Riverside certainly hope that after taking a stand on the City Manager’s new contract by vetoing it, Mayor Bailey will continue to abide by the issues and concerns of the taxpaying residents and put a stop to the above nonsense.  You made a stand Mayor, you have our attention, and the now the whole City is Watching…

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE REGIONAL COUNTIES MOST, “SCANDALOUS,” “NEGATIVE,” “WARPED,” “RAUNCHY,” “LOW CLASS,” “VISIONS OF GRANDEUR,” “FULL OF B.S.,” “REPREHENSIBLE,” “IGNORANT,” “MISGUIDED,” “BULLYISH,” “INDECENT,” “REPUGNANT,””IMMORAL,” “FILTHY,” “VILE,” “SICK,” “PERVERTED,” “DEFAMATORY,” “STUPID,” “PATHETIC,” “DESPICABLE,” “DISAPPOINTING,” “BELOW THE BELT,” “A NEW LOW,” “SHOCKING,” “OFFENSIVE,” “OBNOXIOUS,” “INAPPROPRIATE,” “HURTFUL,” “MEAN SPIRITED,” “DISTASTEFUL,” “EMBARRASSING,” HORIFFIC,” “SLANDEROUS” “FIT TO BE VIEWED FROM THE REAR” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE! YES WE ADMIT WE OUR ALL OF THAT AND MORE, WHICH IN CURRENT TERMS IS KNOWN AS “UNPOLITICALLY CORRECT.” 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 STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS.. … AGAIN, THANK YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT! CONTACT US: thirtymilescorruption@hotmail.com

Comments
  1. Nick Savala says:

    Well said and written. Been a resident of the city for over 35 years and have worked for Riverside County Sheriffs Dept. with 21 years of service. I’ve seen some good things and some things from our political hacks. So after many years of putting up with our city politicians who seem to have no consideration and no moral compass for the city and the people who live there my wife and I have sold our home in La Sierra and relocated to San Jacinto. Our first consideration was leaving California (you obviously must know why) but because I and my wife still have parents living near in other cities we stayed. By the way we are both native Californians and are so disgusted with the entire corrupt California government. California has simply gone into the toilet and is quickly moving on down into the sewer!!! So far we love San Jac.

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