The time has come,
The time is now.
Just go, go, go!
I don’t care how.

You can go by foot.
You can go by cow.
Gary G. Geuss,
will you please go now!

June 11, 2019: Hunter catches City Attorney Geuss red-handed.  Our Council’s response?  He might be a crook, but he’s our crook!

While we appreciate his tenacity and optimism, we at TMC are often amused at the efforts of City watchdog Jason Hunter over the past decade.  In this instance, our guess is he thought he would bring overwhelming evidence that our City Attorney committed forgery in the execution of the John Russo contract back in February of 2018, leading to the Council summarily investigating the allegation, and then firing Geuss within months.  After all, they fired his comrade, the Talented Mr. Russo, seven weeks into a seven-year contract in April of 2018 based upon the evidence he brought forward at the time of misappropriation of funds and other hanky-panky…or at least that’s the cover story for why former Ward 1 City Councilman Mike Gardner and former Ward 7 City Councilman Steve Adams flipped their votes on “I can’t believe they just fired me” Russo.  But instead, the taxpayers are still paying Mr. Geuss’ salary and benefits (and his accumulating pension) while he’s been out on administrative leave for what seems to have been an eternity now.

Alas, we at TMC have no such misconceptions as to why a majority of our ethically-challenged Old City Council – Gardner (lost miserably in his re-election bid), Melendrez, Soubirous (ran for the hills), Conder, MacArthur (hiding out in the Greenbelt), Perry, and Adams (hopefully retired forever in 2 weeks) – never moved a finger to bring accountability to crooked executives: the fear of being exposed themselves.  Even Mayor Bailey – hightailing it off the dais in a couple weeks to build his dreams of a homeless industrial complex right here in Riverside – didn’t really care about the contents of the Russo contract when he vetoed it: it was a power struggle detailed in high definition here on TMC (another huge event the Press Enterprise was scooped on and never really understood).  Once you fall down the rabbit hole of Riverside County, you can rest assure that all previous concepts of reality cease to exist: the illusion of legitimacy is what we’re left with…kind of like a Dr. Seuss children’s book.

 

Bosom buddies Melendrez and Soubirous seen high-fiving over costing the taxpayers nearly a million dollars in legal fees over the Russo contract, which was later determined to be invalid.  Good job Thing 1 and Thing 2!

Exhibit 1A and 1B of Hunter’s argument (see if you can spot the difference):

Oh where or where did our little Mayor Bailey go?  Oh where oh where can he be?

Hunter astutely points out that the contract the City Council passed on February 6, 2018, is not the same contract that was executed on February 7th.  How?  The Mayor’s signature block was erased in the interim.  He next quotes from the City Charter regarding contracts and how only the Mayor (attested to by the Clerk) can sign them on behalf of the City, unless otherwise specifically designated by the Council.  He then presents the vote of the Council from February 6th.

          

click above to enlarge – City Charter on contracts & official minutes from February 6, 2018

Now we at TMC didn’t do much higher learnin’, but it seems kind of obvious to us that the City Council designated both the Mayor (Bailey) and Mayor Pro Tem (MacArthur) at the time to both sign Russo’s contract in order for it to be considered executed and payable from the City treasury.  The motion passed 5-2  (as seen in the image above) with Gardner and Adams later justifying their vote by saying they only jumped on board the Russo bandwagon because they wanted to discourage the Mayor from vetoing it.  Good strategy boys!

Mike Gardner, as the Grinch.  Would you vote for the Grinch for Western Municipal Water Board this November? 

TMC: History Channel buffs already know Russo began cashing out the extra provisions of his new contract within hours of it being signed, including his subsidized mortgage (waaaay below market interest rates) and a one-time $50,000 bonus, taken in the form of a vacation cash-out, etc.  Using our keen powers of logical thinking (and watching Hunter’s presentation 13 times) we’re pretty certain that when the Council voted specifically that TWO signatures were needed and the contract was funded with only one, hanky-panky [cough: fraud] has occurred.

It pays to the the Riverside City Manager: 2-day turnaround time between contract “execution” and money in-the-bank! Someone call the Guinness Book of Records!

WHODUNIT!?  Well, Hunter sinks the knife with the next documents he shares with the Council: transmittal sheets between the City Attorney’s Office and the Clerk Office.

Three Little Pigs?  $675,000 buys a lot of straw for a house, doesn’t it Mr. Russo?  Geuss’ house purportedly is made of sticks.

These transmittal sheets show the legal opinion of our City Attorney’s office during the approval process of the three Charter Officers contracts, the last time they had been extended.  Hunter notes, out of the three transmittal sheets, only Russo’s has two timestamps, one of them the day AFTER the contract had already been approved.  He points out what was changed: the word “Mayor” is scrawled out in the comments section as to who HAS to execute the contract.  And whose name is on this transmittal sheet?  Yes, dear readers, our current City Attorney’s, Gary G. Geuss.  In fact, checking the video from the night of the contract’s passage (and subsequent veto attempt), Geuss lets us know exactly what he’s going to do as far as changing his legal opinion after-the-fact:

I would indicate that the contract signed by myself and by Mr. Russo be forwarded to the [Mayor] Pro Tem for his signature and the City Clerk for her attestation.  And that is the only thing that is required to make this contract a legal and binding contract.”

Veto limited to legislature matters?  Well let’s remove the appropriations resolutions then!

 

The Cat-in-the-Hat Knows a Lot About That: Russo and MacArthur coordinating their possible criminal defense via text message.  TMC’s bet: Co-Conspirators Geuss, Russo, and MacArthur are going to see the “light”.

So where are we now and where do we go from here?  According to Geuss’ whine/complaint against the City (see below), almost A YEAR after Hunter brought damning evidence of forgery and named Geuss as the perpetrator, the new City Council (sworn in last December) finally put Geuss on administrative leave to investigate his claims.  In the interim, Riverside Superior Court ruled against the City in determining the Russo contract was invalid, as Mayor Bailey had the right to veto the extra provisions in the new contract, even though the resolution appropriating those provisions was never brought forward as it should’ve been.

Geuss’ complaint against the City after being put on administrative leave over 4 months ago.  Who withheld that necessary resolution we’ve circled?  Why it was none other than Geuss (and chief crony Kristi Smith) himself!!!  Funny he doesn’t mention that part!

Legal Malpractice?  Proof of intent to defraud the public?

As Russo informs us in his text above, the District Attorney’s Office, led by Mike Hestrin already reviewed the evidence once…and did nothing.  Would a referral for criminal prosecution this time by the full City Council lead to charges finally being filed?  Our prediction?  Not likely.

     

We need Superman, not Clark Kent: will the real Mike Hestrin please stand up?

From the Judicial Council of California … “To prove that the defendant is guilty of [forgery], the People must prove that: 1) the defendant falsely made/altered/forged/counterfeited a document (e.g. contract) AND 2) when the defendant did that act, he intended to defraud.”  So Geuss alters a contract, knowing he doesn’t have the authority to do so; and in doing so, it’s relied upon to be funded from the public treasury?  Sure seems like forgery to us…and every other human being we’ve asked (granted, TMC only has 4 friends  associates colleagues ok, we admit we called 4 random people from the phone book – yes, we are so old we still use the phone book).

Former Councilman MacArthur arriving at City Hall to sign Russo’s contract in the wee hours of the morning on February 7, 2018.  TMC says: at least he had the dignity to put on a suit when he was sleeping on the dais for 12 years.

 

Looks like prison food to us.

How the Grinch Stole Our Water Starring Mike Gardner? (a teaser for another day’s story)

 

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Comments
  1. Lisa Chow says:

    Jason Hunter is flipping AWESOME!

  2. Sean STRYKER says:

    Would like to discuss some Constitutional issues asap. Think we might have mutual interests.

    Pm me at sstrykert@protonmail.com and we can go from there😁

  3. Loren Dean says:

    Speaking of this, why isn’t there a Contact button on this site?

    • Loren Dean says:

      I’m glad such an email exists. Why isn’t it on this site someplace? 🙂

      • Hi Loren, the email is always the last part of our disclaimer. It is always at the end of it. I will investigate with the wordpress people if there is a better contact method. Thanks again, I appreciate your concern, and will follow through. I believe at the time we initiated the site back in 2012 or so, we didn’t have this choice available. Best, Javier Moreno

      • Loren Dean says:

        I’m not seeing anything on the site that calls itself a “disclaimer.” Where should I be looking?

      • At the very end of each posting. Best, Javier

      • Loren Dean says:

        Is that what that is? I hadn’t even looked at it, assuming it was an old-school SEO block of keywords. I see the email address in there now. Good deal.

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