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What the hell is an ‘Utilities Integration Manager’?  We at TMC are still attempting to figure it out.  This job title is what government does best: six-figure patronage jobs awarded not on merit, but on loyalty to “the program”.  And exactly what is “the program”?  Well, if you haven’t figure it out yet…after the new library tax, the increased hotel tax, the continuation of the water tax, the new sales tax, the new school bonds, the new gas tax, and the slew of lawsuits lining up to sue Riverside back into the Stone Age for illegal taxation…”the program” is: taking your money.

But we have have a sense of humor.  Justin Scott-Coe is what we refer to in these parts as big government RECYCLED TRASH!  First at Monte Vista Water District and now he’s ours…

               

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…except there’s no 5 cent return fee.  Above is the employment letter from his new boss, Drunk Daddy, a.k.a. RPU General Manager Girish Balachandrin.  Mr. Coe sat on the Riverside Public Utility Board for 8 years while employed as a public affairs specialist for the Monte Vista Water District in Montclair, CA.  His responsibilities include creating and implementing water conservation and water education programs, customer communications, community outreach and special administrative projects most recently related to the recycled water program, development of budget-based tiered rates, and a landscaping design project for District facilities.  During his time on Riverside’s Board of Public Utilities, he was the ultimate Kiss Ass on that panel of so called “ratepayer advocates,” and would say or do anything to look impressive, good, or worthy in his quest for higher status…all while you payed for it!

He left his position with the Board of Public Utilities after 8 years of service, at the end of February 2017.  And voila!  A position was opened up in June, less than 4 months later, he would uniquely qualify for.  In reality, he served 8 years as an “advocate” to the executive staff at RPU, when he was suppose to protect the interest of the public…who just happen to own RPU.   He sold us – the absentee owners – out and advocated himself into a nice $132,000 a year job.  Bravo Justin!  Mr. Scott-Coe’s new job is to convince the public as to why Riverside Public Utility needs a rate increase (60% at that for low-use water users!  Merry Christmas!).  You see, Drunk Daddy needs new reliable and loyal troops to pander the old narrative (infrastructure!!!!!!!!!!!!) to get the Riverside community on board to give them more of our money (gotta pay them public pensions after all).  And it also seems that those employees who have actually seen Drunk Daddy’s dark underbelly have disappeared from employment, leaving some room in the budget for “Utilities Integration Managers”.

So why does RPU need a rate increase? Well this is what they are telling the public. It’s all doom and gloom, it’s all about the infrastructure, and if we don’t get our antiquated infrastructure upgraded, trouble lies on the road ahead.  If you believe their bullshit I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn.  The problem began with lousy, inept management by former Utilities Manager Dave Wright and the skullduggery continues today with Girish Balachandran, a.k.a. Drunk Daddy.  The customer-owners have inferior infrastructure because RPU has a spending problem.  The executive staff at RPU recently purchased a new $40 million dollar building, complete with a $600,000 board, errr multi-purpose room, not to mention nearly 1/2 of the employees make over $100,000.00 a year.  For many years, RPU thought nothing of spending exorbitant and insane amounts of money on their employees overtime – as in the case of a utilities dispatcher receiving $257,719 last year, with a total take home pay of $373,235.  This is behavior never seen in the private sector: a phenomenon of the public sector, and like always, no one is ever held accountable…so it will happen again.

Another narrative to sell the rate increase we heard directly out of the mouth of Mr. Scott-Coe, is that they didn’t increase the rates in the aftermath of the 2008 recession as to give relief to the pitiful fools, us taxpayers. They did it for our benefit! The truth of the matter is that they were overcharging us the whole time and were able to increase the amount of their unrestricted slush fund, errr reserves, to the tune of over $300 million, which should have been returned to the ratepayer or could’ve actually lowered our rates years ago…because we, the public, own it!

Trust and loyalty is always important when dealing with subordinates at RPU, and Justin Scott-Coe embodies that very philosophy. He will do or say anything to play the game and climb the ladder of success. He is willing to tells half-truths, omits vital information, and create false equivalencies in order to separate you from your money with his soft monotone voice that puts most people to sleep.  Of course, this is not the first run-in we’ve had with our Wood Streets neighbor.  Questions arose back about his judgement and insider dealings in 2014, when former city employee Jason Hunter filed an ethics complaint against Mr. Scott-Coe.

In the end, TMC has to hand it to Justin though for selling out the public for his own personal gain…it’s the California way these days after all.  We’d also like to send a message to RPU Deputy General Manager Kevin Milligan: watch your back, because Mayor “Choo Choo” Bailey’s buddy Justin, “just” may take over your plush corner office before you know it!

Did Drunk Daddy and Kevin Milligan high-five the hiring of Scott-Coe, as they did with when they sent their nasty, extortion letter to our neighbor, the City of Norco?

 

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S REGIONAL COUNTIES MOST, “NEGATIVE,” “RAUNCHY,” “LOW CLASS,” “VISIONS OF GRANDEUR,” “FULL OF B.S.,” “REPREHENSIBLE,” “IGNORANT,” “MISGUIDED,” “BULLYISH,” “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 TWO 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

Former Riverside City Manager Brad Hudson, who was relieved of his duties in Riverside, to pursue a position in Sacramento, till they caught on and didn’t renew his contract, found a place in the City of Laguna Woods in December 2015.  Why? Well P.T. Barnum said it best, “there is a sucker born every minute.”

We hate to say it Laguna Woods, but you deserve Brad Hudson! Men of confidence are not always what you perceive them to be.  We brought this to your attention prior to him being hired by your association.  This hustler will steal, lie and leave you penny-less, and it certainly looks as that’s the case.  When the funds get low, he will go back to the association and ask for a rate, service or fee hike to continue to provide you with the good services you deserve.  Keep that in mind.

Back on December 31, 2015, TMC posted an article on Brad Hudson being hired to manager Laguna Woods.  We warned you about him in that posting, nobody listened, even with his historical rap sheet, which extended from the City of Riverside, Sacramento to your City of Laguna Woods.  In fact, Anthony Liberatore, the chair of the VMS Board in 2015, states this about Hudson.  “We’ve found the best person for Laguna Woods Village.  And he’s found us. (He’s found you for a reason Anthony).  We look forward to working with Bradley Hudson and appreciate his commitment to The Village.  His expertise and leadership will take us into an auspicious future.”   “Auspicious,” you say Mr. Liberatore, hmm it’s now 2017 and your reserves have gone from $28 million to $9 million, that’s certainly promising!  In an TMC article back in December 2015 we warned you (Laguna Woods) with these words from that posting.  “Keep a tight watch on your reserve funds Laguna Woods!”

Laguna Woods has still has many properties which can be used for potential development.  These properties still maintain an high monetary value.  Unknowingly to the community, Hustling Hudson will rezone these properties in order to decrease or undervalue them, hence attractive to potential developers.  Many of these developers could allegedly be quite connected to Hudson.  Once the undervalued properties are sold, Hustling Hudson will rezone them back to the initial value.  Hence, giving developers more in the pocket, and potentially more to spread around.  Many in your community are asking the question, is he receiving “kick-backs?”

The latest is that prior to the hiring of Brad Hudson at the City of Laguna Woods, the association had $28 million in their reserve funds.  As of the beginning of next year 2018, it is purported that they will have $9 million remaining.  Why?  As some are saying unessential and expensive projects that he has initiated, possible to his developer friends.  With Hudson’s contract coming up for review and renewal this December 2017, the City of Laguna Woods has a lot to think about.

BRAD HUDSON OCR STORIES WITH REFERENCE TO LAGUNA WOODS:

08.14.2017: THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: LAGUNA WOODS VILLAGE TO SEE ASSESSMENT INCREASES IN 2018

12.05.2017: THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: LAGUNA WOODS HOA DOUBLES TRANSFER FEES ON RESALE TO $5000

The following is Classic Hudson at his best, with his personal taste for luxury and extravagance at your expense of course…

OTHER BRAD HUDSON RELATED ARTICLES AND POSTINGS.

12.18.2015: SAC BEE: SACRAMENTO COUNTY CEO TO LEAVE NEXT MONTH

12.21.2015: SAC BEE: SACRAMENTO COUNTY’S NEXT CEO MUST MATCH OUR TIMES

12.27.2015: COUNTY OF SACRAMENTO: IS CEO BRAD HUDSON ON THE LAM AGAIN?

06.12.2011: CITY OF RIVERSIDE: I DIDN’T VOTE FOR BRAD

06.14.2011: CITY OF RIVERSIDE: CITY MANAGER BRAD HUDSON RESIGNS

06.18.2011: CITY OF RIVERSDE: HUDSON……………..BIGAMIST?

10.09.2011: CITY OF RIVERSIDE: WAS THAT BRAD? OR WAS IT JUST MY IMAGINATION?

12.24.2011: CITY OF SACRAMENTO: BRAD BRINGS HIS DECORATIVE TOUCH OF GUCCISM TO SAC CITY

01.11.2012: CITY OF RIVERSIDE: HUDSON DOUBLE DIPS IN A DOUBLE DIP RECE$$ION

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 EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

On May 3, 2017, a fire was reported in the Canyon Crest area between Canyon Hill Drive and Middle Creek Road.  From the initial Fire Department statement, it appears no injuries were reported.  Homes were threatened, but none damaged.  According to Riverside Fire Department Captain, Tyler Reynolds, the cause of the fire had not been determined at the time.

Who started this fire and was anyone arrested?  If an arrest was made by RPD, did the arrest filing go to District Attorney Mike Hestrin’s office for a determination of whether charges would be brought?  All good questions you might think the press might follow up on…or not (in the ole’ River City).  The following email came into TMC, and includes a response from former Press Enterprise reporter, Alicia Robinson, seemingly acknowledging the arrest of…gasp…everyone’s favorite City Manager’s, John Russo, son.  Kids these day!

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Did the Press Enterprise decline to pursue this juicy story because of the possible implications of naming the son of a high falutin city executive, who is allegedly now 18 years-old and an adult? Is this another in a long line of P.E. cover-ups, designed to provide the illusion that Riverside’s political “leadership” are the bestest people evah!?  Who paid the bill for the damage and the fire department services, the taxpayer or Russo?  We’ll let you draw your own conclusions…while we keep digging.

RIVERSIDE CITY MANAGER JOHN RUSSO SINGS, “ALL THE YOUNG DUDES…CARRY THE NEWS”

And what pray tell was the Press Enterprise using its precious ink for these days as opposed to reporting on potential arson?  Well, what could be more important than promoting City government’s Riverside Food Lab, next door to City government’s Fox Theater?  SIX separate stories now drumming up excitement about our government’s experiment into the eatery business.  Because when it comes to bringing home the bacon, the PE knows which way its bread is buttered.

JULY 14, 2017: PRESS ENTERPRISE: DOWNTOWN RIVERSIDE’S FOOD LAB FILLS TWO SLOTS: PIZZA, CRAFT BEER

JULY 21, 2017: PRESS ENTERPRISE: DESSERT WAFFLES JOIN THE LINEUP AT RIVERSIDE FOOD LAB

JULY 28, 2017: PRESS ENTERPRISE: NEWEST RIVERSIDE FOOD TENANT WILL OFFER ACAI BOWLS, AGUAS FRESCAS, POPSICLES

AUGUST 4, 2017: PRESS ENTERPRISE: NEXT AT RIVERSIDE FOOD LAB: LEBANESE FARE AND COLD-PRESSED JUICES

AUGUST 9, 2017: PRESS ENTERPRISE: RIVERSIDE FOOD LAB BRINGS HOME THE BACON WITH LATEST TENANT

SEPTEMBER 14, 2017: PRESS ENTERPRISE: RIVERSIDE FOOD LAB WILL OFFER EARLY TASTES WITH POP-UP SHOP

But how did the community fare up in bringing their concerns and issues regarding the Food Lab?  Nothing to see here folks?

Listen to this video whereby community residents Kevin Dawson and Jason Hunter express their opinion to the 55 year lease agreement created by City Manager John Russo for the Food Lab.  Then it gets better… Russo responds.

PHIL PITCHFORD, COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER FOR THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE, AND FORMER PRESS ENTERPRISE EMPLOYEE?

 

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S REGIONAL COUNTIES MOST, “NEGATIVE,” “RAUNCHY,” “LOW CLASS,” “VISIONS OF GRANDEUR,” “FULL OF B.S.,” “REPREHENSIBLE,” “IGNORANT,” “MISGUIDED,” “BULLYISH,” “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 TWO 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

Again “Drunk Daddy”, a.k.a. Girish Balachandran, RPU General Manager, is sinking the ship with the help of the unqualified, inept, and eternally conflicted City Council and Board of Public Utilities.  Again the public is asking, “Who is minding the store?”  The only ones minding the store are TMC and our small band of merrymen.  So what does this all mean to the ratepayers?  The City of Riverside continues to overcharge for utilities and re-direct monies to unrelated and illegal uses.

Lawsuit Against the City of Riverside Utility User Tax

TMC continues to ask, when is the ratepaying public going to wake up and hold these people accountable for years of theft?  After all…WE OWN IT!  We won’t hold our breath.

This new case filed October 16, 2017 contends that RPU (Riverside Public Utilities) violated Proposition 26 (the “Stop Hidden Taxes” amendment to the State Constitution).  The basis is that Riverside Municipal Code only authorizes UUT (Utility User Tax) charges, against charges for electricity, and that because UUT is applied against the GFT (General Fund Transfer) component of the rates, that portion is illegal.  In other words, part of the UUT is a tax calculated off a tax, which pays for non-electric utility intended purposes, and hence, is illegal under Proposition 26.

CITY OF NORCO CAN SLEEP WITH THE FISHES…IF OF COURSE, THEY HAD WATER…

It seems that “Drunk Daddy,” is on a roll these days, just having attempted to strong arm the City of Norco!  (“Strong Arm” being the exact words used by the Mayor of Norco at the Residents for Responsible Representation meeting on October 9th with regards to the Riverside Transmission Reliability Project.) Back in March 2017, Riverside’s Director of Riverside Public Utilities sent the following message to our fine neighbors to the West (see below).  “Since you have publicly objected to our new, ugly, overhead high power lines, we aren’t going to sell you any of our surplus water. Have a nice day!  Sincerely, Girish, RPU Kingpin.”

   

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So now I guess we know why we can’t seem to sell any of our surplus water to anyone other than Western Munical Water District…at a deep discount of course…while at the same time RPU is proposing a 60% (over 5 years) water rate increase for some customers.

And again, let’s not forget there is currently an ongoing suit filed by Attorney Raychele Sterling against the City of Riverside with reference to overcharging the ratepayers in excess of $200 million by ripping off the electric utility to pay off a lawsuit in which the City ripped off the water utility…and down the rabbit hole we go Alice!!!

BLAST FROM THE PAST: PAPADAKIS RESTAURANT: WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT OF MARCH 1, 2007 WHEN CITY ATTORNEY GREG PRIAMOS, COUNCILMAN STEVE ADAMS, CITY MANAGER BRAD HUDSON AND OTHERS SPENT $5,400.00 IN TAX PAYER MONIES TO HAVE DINNER?  More news on old friend Hudson soon to come…

PAPADAKISSPENDING

No man can get rich in politics unless he’s a crook. It cannot be done.  – Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the United States

REMEMBERING “FAT’S DOMINO”: ANTOINE DOMINIQUE DOMINO JR. (February 26, 1928 – October 24, 2017)

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S REGIONAL COUNTIES MOST, “NEGATIVE,” “RAUNCHY,” “LOW CLASS,” “VISIONS OF GRANDEUR,” “FULL OF B.S.,” “REPREHENSIBLE,” “IGNORANT,” “MISGUIDED,” “BULLYISH,” “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 TWO 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

 

Two weeks ago, we released our story of the Drug Dealers Next Door: Part I.  The following is the second part of Author David Silva’s response to the City of Riverside, approximately one year later, which was posted in the Inland Empire Weekly on September 24, 2008.  Nothing had been done by the City of Riverside to resolve the drug issue in his neighborhood, which leaves us pondering the question, “Did they really want to?” or “Did they really care?”

In this second Silva article, the author displayed his continued frustration with local law enforcement and local elected representatives.  Like the case of David Silva, no one within the City has contacted or given us any direction as to what to do about our problem neighbors.  At least you can rely on something in life – government inaction!

On September 19, 2017, Wood Streets resident and former Mayoral Candidate Vivian Moreno went to the City Council meeting to bring the lingering and current neighborhood issue of the Drug Dealer Next Door…with an added twist, prostitution!  Yep, the other night the Wood Street residents had the pleasure of hearing the annoyance of the Wood Streets King Pimp not being paid correctly by one of his employed working girls. Yep, right in the front yard without any fear of anyone knowing what they were talking about.

Keep in mind this issue had been brewing in our neighborhood for approximately 5 years and gets worse by the day, so I guess it was the natural progression we should’ve expected…and accepted?

Moreno came to Council to declare that she is required to have business license in order to do business in the City of Riverside, but a drug dealer or prostitution ring does not.  So why should she?  If the City allows an illegal business to operate, why should she continue to comply legally with a City that cannot protect legal businesses from the illegal ones?  She tore up her business license in front of them.  Much like Silva, it was an attempt to call attention to an unresolved issue by petitioning her government.

However, we conclude David Silva must be right: if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.  Besides having unsafe neighborhoods for our children, our seniors, our taxpayers, we still cannot get our trees appropriately cut, our pot holes filled.  It has been clearly evident for many years now that the City of Riverside cannot provide even the most basic services to our community, who are now paying through the roof (Utility Users Tax, General Fund Transfer, Measure Z, etc., etc.), and for what?  Certainly not safety.  Our neighborhoods continue to be put at risk by the inertness of our law enforcement and leadership.  It happened ten years ago; and it’s  happening now with no remedy in sight.  The same fools sit on the dais within the Art Pick Chambers; and Chief Sergio Diaz’s highly-paid, crack narcotic squad has done what? [crickets]

THE DRUG DEALERS NEXT DOOR: PART II: BY AUTHOR DAVID SILVA:

INLAND EMPIRE WEEKLY SEPTEMBER 24, 2008 

It’s been nearly a year since I wrote about the drug dealers operating next door to my house [vol. 2, issue 25 cover], and if you’re wondering how the guys are doing, let me assure you they’re doing just fine. 

Franco (not his real name, but drug dealing is illegal, you know) recently installed a carport awning to protect his trade in bad weather. Brother Mario (another pseudonym) is on what appears to be his fourth new car since Christmas. Say what you want about these guys (and lord knows I’ve said a lot—to the Riverside police chief, the mayor, the city’s crack narcotics unit and the Weekly’s readers), they’re single-handedly keeping the local auto industry afloat. 

Yes, these boys have struck gold, and the rest of us are green with envy. While no less than seven “for sale” signs can be seen on front lawns up and down the block, the dealers next door are in home-improvement mode.  While the rest of us sleep in shifts in case some addled tweaker tries sneaking through the bathroom window, the dealers sleep the untroubled sleep of the dead, their persons and their stashes safe behind wrought-iron doors and the sign on the front that reads (I kid you not) “Do not ring after 10PM.” 

Of course, there’s always the remote possibility that the dealers really should be more worried that, at any minute, Riverside’s crack narcotics unit will come crashing through those reinforced doors. But who are we kidding? If the police were going to put a stop to all that illicit activity next door, they would have done so by now.  

As I wrote back in October, my non-dealing neighbors and I tried repeatedly to draw the city’s attention to the situation next door, going so far as to arrange a neighborhood meeting with one of Mayor Ron Loveridge’s deputies. The deputy listened wide-eyed to our story and jotted down notes into a little black notepad, which he then tossed into a briefcase where, I imagine, it remains gathering dust to this very day.  Nothing was done.   

By the time my column appeared, I had called the Riverside PD three separate times to complain about the dealing next door (not counting follow-up calls to check on the status of the complaints). Since October, I’ve called the police and City Hall three more times, each time being told that the department had no record of any previous complaints, and each time being assured that the department was now right on it. One of those calls resulted in a callback from Riverside Councilman Frank Schiavone, with Police Chief Russ Leach sitting by his side. Both Schiavone and Leach assured me that the city took such complaints seriously, and that they were right on it.  

Nothing happened.  

This has been going on for three years now, during which I often wondered why the Riverside PD would put up with an open-air drug bazaar operating in a residential neighborhood just three blocks from three public schools. Drug busts are great PR for the police, and right here was a major bust just begging for the cops to walk up and slap the cuffs on it. So why didn’t they?  

Early last month, I finally learned the answer to this nagging question: It wasn’t that the police didn’t want to bust up the drug house next door. They just couldn’t find it.   

“According to my computer,” said the officer who took my sixth (and, I swear to God, last) complaint, “the street address you gave me doesn’t exist in Riverside.” 

“Well, that’s odd,” I said. “I’m looking right out my front window and there it is.” 

“Are you sure?” 

“Oh yeah, it’s right there. Maybe you should check again.” 

He did, and again declared the address didn’t exist. Back and forth we went, with me insisting the street address of the drug house next door to me existed, and the officer insisting that it didn’t. Finally: 

“Found it!” he said, sounding well pleased. “OK, we’re on it. The Police Department takes these calls very seriously.” 

After three years, six complaints, a meeting with the mayor’s aide and a conference call with a councilman and the city’s top cop, the Riverside Police Department’s crack narcotics unit finally located my neighbor’s house on a map.  

More than a month later, the dealing next door has continued unabated, and if there are any cops snooping around, they’re wearing invisibility cloaks. The only thing that’s changed around here is my attitude toward the neighbors. 

“How’s it going, Franco?” I shout when I go out for the mail. “Yo Mario! Nice new Prius, buddy!”  

If this is how the city of Riverside wants to wage its war on drugs, I might as well be on friendly terms with the winning side.  

–David Silva, Author

FROM THE DESK OF LOCAL RIVERSIDE RESIDENT, ACTIVIST & COUNCIL CANDIDATE, KEVIN DAWSON, REGARDING NEW LIBRARY DESIGN:

“UGLY” THE COMMON TERM TO DESCRIBE THE MONSTROSITY TO BE KNOWN AS THE NEW RIVERSIDE DOWNTOWN LIBRARY.

The $10 million over run is to elevate the building so people from the Fox will hopefully walk under it to get to the Culinary Institute. That’s $10 million for a walk way! Why don’t we just use $1 million to buy coupons to the Culinary, that we could hand out as incentives to Fox patrons to walk around a less exspensive library building on the ground? Of course I’m just joking. This is a ugly, over priced building, loaded with gimmicks that will become dated looking like the horse collar grill on a Ford Edsel. Unlike a car, we won’t be able to trade this lemon in a couple years after we realize we made a mistake. Also, the city has been cutting the library budget for years. They’ve let go all the professional staff that had library of science degrees and cut way back on programming. The current main library is denuded of books. The city is not going to restore funding with this new building. This project is based on lies and manipulations. The head librarian gave as reasons for needing a new building, that the current building was too big and that the pillars ruined the sight lines. They said it would cost almost as much to remodel the current building as building a new one, so why not build a new one. But then when they proposed the Discovery Cube would go in the old building, the remodel cost dropped to $10 million. When the Discovery Cube dropped out and the Cheech Art museum was proposed, they now say it will only cost $5 million to remodel the building. I say we should remodel the current building for the $5 million, and keep it as our main library, saving us $35 million! Measure Z was sold to the public as being needed for “needs” like public safety, and not wants like a new library. I want to support the library but not like this. If they have an idea for a great, inspiring new building, put it before the voters, and ask us to support the project based on its merits. Ask us to prove our support by our willingness to pay for it through a special acessment tax. That way, a crappy design will die the death it deserves, but an inspiring design will prevail and be supported by a proven majority. The people in San Francisco were so inspired by the Palace of Fine Arts, which had been built to only last a couple of years for the 1915 Panama exposition, that they voted to tear it down and rebuild it as a permanent structure. The Palace of Fine Arts is great example of inspirational artitecture and something that would compliment the mix of classic historic structures we have downtown, but an example of how to be bold, without being offensive to the surrounding neighborhoods. Our city is on the road to making a mistake but it’s not too late to change directions. We should not move forward with this design because people are tired, and just want to “get it done”. We should not move forward, just because we’ve already spent money on this design. Ugly needs to be called out for what it is, and this is an ugly building.

Let me also comment on councilman Gardner’s motion to approve, where he said he was making the motion to approve because he thought “the people of Riverside were ready, evidenced by the number of speakers who came to speak.” Really? The room was almost empty and hardly anyone was there to speak, unlike the night the council voted to move the library, and the room was packed. That night there were 80 speakers and a petition signed by almost 800 people saying don’t move the library. That meeting went until 1AM, but in the end, the council ignored the public, and approved an expensive project, without ANY discussion of how to pay for it. It was only later, they presented Measure Z. And while Measure Z was generously passed by voters, our city is still not out of financial danger. I believe our financial problems are what is driving the proposed utility rate increases. Our city has a electric and water fund transfer of 11.5%, that gets transferred straight into the city general fund, where it can be spent on anything. So, if the City Manager says the rate increase is not about more money for the General Fund, ask him if he would agree to not take a transfer from the rate increases, and see what he says.  – Kevin Dawson

NEW RIVERSIDE DOWNTOWN LIBRARY (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

With $60 million in unfunded future pension liabilities, Council, with the help of City Manager John Russo, overrode the community dissent that night, over-allocating funds for a new library.  Proving the establishment elite have an agenda, and your dissent for the project in public comment was only a legal formality they had to bear before moving on to a pre-determined decision.

REMEMBERING TOM PETTY: “DOG ON THE RUN”: 1977:

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S REGIONAL COUNTIES MOST, “NEGATIVE,” “RAUNCHY,” “LOW CLASS,” “VISIONS OF GRANDEUR,” “FULL OF B.S.,” “REPREHENSIBLE,” “IGNORANT,” “MISGUIDED,” “BULLYISH,” “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 TWO 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

When I first read the story written by David Silva below, I thought to myself, someone in the Wood Streets is having the same problem.  Then I looked at the date the story was actually written – October 4, 2007, 10 years to this day.  Looks like we’ve come full circle (and gone nowhere).  I found out that David has since passed away, but I can only guess that the drug dealing in his neighborhood continues.  Why you may ask?  Because my neighbors and I have exhausted all government resources to deal with this issue (houses of ill-repute) for over three years, and nothing has been done.  From the City Council, to the Mayor, to the County of Riverside – Social Services, Riverside Police Department, Code Enforcement, Animal Control, etc.  Well, David’s story is our story.  The story ends with good homeowners and renters giving up and moving on.  Giving up really, on the City of Riverside: the City of Arts and Innovation, and Crime and Homelessness.

But it is not only drugs in our neighborhood, it’s prostitution.  Sex, Drugs and Rock N’ Roll: I guess if you buy the drugs and sex, the rock n roll, or rap music, is comped.  Yep folks, it’s happening in one of the most sought after, historic neighborhood places to live in Riverside, the Wood Streets.  Where’s law enforcement?  They are ghosts and their cars are ghost cars, except for their taxpayer paid take-home vehicles.  What we have is a nuisance folks, a quality of life issue, and maybe something more one day.  We couldn’t take it anymore, so we filed a $10,000 small claims nuisance suit against the owner of the property…. and we won.  At least maybe we can profit too now.

We have children in our neighborhood who cannot come out, women who are harassed and intimidated, and neighbors who have been threatened.   My next door neighbor yelled at a vehicle running a stop sign in front of their house; when the vehicle did finally stop, they displayed a revolver.  Neighbor called RPD …..RPD simply said, “file a report.”  Most neighbors are now protecting themselves.   So up go the security cameras, it’s time to adopt a guard dog, and carry a club while walking at night.  It’s the return of the Wild West.

 

Chief Sergio Diaz said the following when he first began his employment with the City of Riverside:

“Respect for the community, respect for other officers, respect for ourselves is going to be the byword by which I will attempt to lead the city of Riverside over the next few years”  – Chief Sergio Diaz  

Sorry Diaz, you have lost the respect of our community.  They won’t say it, but I will.  They won’t say it because they are afraid to do so.  Why is that?  These homeowners actually feel they will be retaliated against somehow. Is it because we have seen Sergio retaliate against the community and city leadership before?  Maybe that’s the reason you were not promoted to higher ground in the LAPD.

We have a home business: everyone who knows us, knows our story.  As a home business, we are required to have a business license; but if you are running an illegal business in drugs and prostitution, you don’t.  We’re told it’s not worth the time and effort by RPD to investigate those – they’ll just be back at doing business the following week.  Law-abiding homeowners however are a different story: easy pickings for the City, and ensures those fat cat pensions are paid through fines and liens on your property.  So what is the resolution?  What do we do as a community?  We’ve increased the City payload for, “public safety and vital services,” with Measure A and Measure Z, so what gives?  Just what the heck did we create those Ward Action Teams for?

We’ve had two honey oil explosions and two fentanyl bust in our neighborhood, one with no arrest according to the PE within the past year.  Our friends in the extended Wood Streets tell us of other, “houses of ill-repute,” next to them.  Between the criminals and the homeless, it’s beginning to resemble, “Zombieland,” ’round these parts, only without Bill Murray for comedic relief.

Why has RPD failed us, and is that failure due to leadership of our Chief of Police, Sergio Diaz?

And so we thought, law enforcement and the City doesn’t care if you are selling drugs and pimping … as long as you are doing it quietly.  That is the message they are sending the community: ‘if you can’t beat them, join them.’  We are facetiously suggesting to all our neighbors to sell ‘drugs,’ because it’s easy,  profitable, and the City seemingly cannot do anything about it.  The Wood Streets can become the City’s new Red Light District – now there’s Innovation for you!  One neighbor told me they can only depend on three people in Wood Streets these days: themselves, Smith & Wesson.  Hello San Bernardino, and thank you Councilman Mike Gardner, Mayor Rusty Bailey and Chief Sergio Diaz!  Hell, it seems that the Feds are doing a better job of drug enforcement in the City of Riverside than RPD.

And so we offer you the tale of Riverside resident, David Silva, and remind you that the more things change in the ‘Ole River City, the more they stay the same…because we keep re-electing the same dopes and their protege.

THE FOLLOWING STORY WAS WRITTEN BY AUTHOR DAVID SILVA, FIRST PUBLISHED IN THE INLAND EMPIRE WEEKLY, CORONA, CA, ON OCTOBER 4, 2007, I THOUGHT IT BE FITTING TO RELEASE THIS STORY TODAY, OCTOBER 4, 2017:

Open drug dealing in a quiet Riverside neighborhood is perfectly ignorable if you’re the police–but if you’re a resident?

The neighbors to the right of us are moving, which bothers me like you wouldn’t believe. Good neighbors are hard to come by, and these folks–a couple and their three small children–were good neighbors. My wife talked to the husband, who confirmed what we already knew: The family was moving to get away from the drug dealers.

If it were just he and his wife, they’d try to stick it out, he said. But they had kids to think about, and the dealers were a problem that wouldn’t go away. They’d tried getting the city to do something, but nothing had been done and there was every reason to believe nothing would continue being done. For all practical purposes, our little corner of central Riverside had been ceded to the drug trade. No one at City Hall seemed to care, and the Riverside cops were invisible.

Was the husband bitter about any of this?

“I’m selling to the worst buyer I can find,” he said. “For every car the buyer agrees to park on the grass, I’m dropping the price $10,000.”

From what we could tell, the plight of the neighbors to the right of us affected the neighbors to the left of us not at all. Those neighbors, who we refer to as “the dealers next door” to distinguish them from our other neighbors, don’t care about quality of life or property values, and they sure as hell don’t care about who lives next to them. These neighbors–a constantly shifting assortment of parents, adult siblings, aunts, uncles and assorted nephews and nieces–appear to care about only one thing: making money as fast as they can by selling drugs to anyone who wants them.

With an invisible police department and a city hall that can’t be bothered, business is booming.

Like casinos and 7-Elevens, drug houses are a 24-hour enterprise, and the enterprise next door is no exception. Every hour of every day, the local tweakers beat a path to our neighbors’ door. My wife and I hear them as we climb into bed at night and we hear them when we get up in the morning, and if you’re wondering how we can tell it’s them with the windows closed and the curtains drawn, then you’ve never lived next door to speed dealers. Let me describe it for you: First you hear the shuffling shoes of the sleep deprived and calcium depleted, followed by the nervous whistle from the sidewalk, then the murmured hand-off of cash and poison ( “mumble-mumble-thanks, dude” ), and then a more hurried shuffle away from the scene of the crime. From start to finish, it sounds like this: shuffle-shuffle-whistle-mumble-mumble-“thanks, dude”-shuffle-shuffle. Twenty-four hours a day. Seven days a week.

Sometimes I’ll take my dog out for a late-night piddle on the front lawn, and find I’ve stepped right into the middle of a drug score. A dealer neighbor and his tweaker client look up startled, cash and baggie disappear in a flurry into pockets, and then they mill about looking at their shoes while my dog finishes his business so I can go back inside. Once, I stepped out with the dog and found myself in the middle of what appeared to be a skinhead reunion–six or seven muscular shitheels with Iron Cross tattoos who didn’t startle or mill, but, instead, stared at me with dead eyes until I scooped up my still-peeing dog and stepped back into the house.

It hasn’t always been thus. When my wife first told me she suspected something amiss next door, my reaction was disbelief. The street we live on is–was–fairly tight-knit, with neighbors looking out for one another’s property and most of us fairly aware of one another’s business. We know, for example, that the old man across the street, two doors down, is a contractor whose daughter died in a terrible car accident 10 years back, and that the neighbor on our side of the street, three doors to the right, is a former gang banger who renounced his ways when his child was born and now lives the straight life driving a tow truck–if driving a tow truck can be called a straight existence. Someone would have had to be insane to deal on this block, I reasoned. The neighbor across the street, two doors to the left, was a Riverside cop who frequently parked her squad car in her driveway, for Christ’s sake.

More than that, the dealers next door were a part of this blue-collar community; they’ve lived here longer than we have. The older kids went to the same school as my stepson. We know them by name.

“You’re paranoid,” I told my wife. “They couldn’t possibly be selling drugs next door.”

But, of course, they were.

As much as I wanted to hope for the best, that our neighbors were just incredibly popular people whose friends happened to be jittery insomniacs, it soon became impossible to deny the obvious. The dealers next door were simply too blatant about it. I could ignore the round-the-clock comings and goings and the neighbors’ increasingly odd behavior, such as washing their cars and mowing the lawn at four in the morning. But I couldn’t ignore the cash and the baggies and the skinhead conventions and the 16-year-old girls passed out on the lawn.

Finally, I did what any Riverside police or city official could have done had they cared enough to bother: I walked outside, grabbed the first medium-sized tweaker I saw, and asked him where I could score some speed. He immediately pointed to my neighbor’s front door.

“Don’t tell anyone I told you, OK?”

Of course, I wouldn’t, I told him. And the truth is, at the time, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do next. I hated the notion of reporting my neighbors to the cops. It just went against my blood. I come from a large family whose sons and daughters are geniuses at getting in trouble. My uncle was a pallbearer at John Gotti’s funeral; my father spent two years on the run from the FBI for a botched store robbery. When I was a kid, running to my mom when my brother hit me meant getting punished for being a rat.

“I’m not a rat,” I told my wife, who sighed and pointed out that I was, in fact, a journalist, meaning that I ratted for a living. Still, I advised caution.

“Just let it play itself out,” I said. “We’ve got a cop living across the street, and these idiots are dealing in the open. They’ll get busted without any help from us.”

Three months and about a kilo’s worth of drug deals later, I began to see the flaw in my logic. With a cop living on our block, the Riverside PD apparently feels we’re already covered. No one– no one – –patrols our street. Sure, the dealers next door do their business in the open. But so does the guy who goes up and down the block selling corn out of a stolen shopping cart. No one busts him either.

This new awareness, that a cargo plane full of Afghan heroin could land on our lawn and the cops wouldn’t notice, came right at the same time one of the dealers’ regular tweaker clients was spotted marching up and down our block with a butcher knife in his hand. It was time to get serious. Back in the day, none of my people would have ever dreamt of running to the police. But I had to accept that, back in the day, my people would have simply thrown the dealers in the back of a van and taken them for a long drive in the woods. I’m not the woodsy type, so I dropped a dime instead.

The call was routed to what the police receptionist described as an undisclosed location ( where, presumably, Riverside’s crack narcotics unit discusses drug policy with Vice President Cheney ), and answered by a sergeant, who promised me he’d look into the matter. When a month passed and nothing happened, my wife placed several calls to Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge, who returned none of them until she left the following message: “Yeah, I’m calling again about the drug dealers next door. You might also be getting a call from my husband, who, by the way, is a journalist whose friends include reporters from the L.A. Times and KFWB and a producer for Fox News.”

That call was returned in five minutes, and resulted in Loveridge sending one of his aides to meet with us. The aide, a diminutive young fellow who wisecracked that he’d seen it all in Riverside but whose baby fat caused us to doubt that sincerely, listened carefully to our complaints and took notes and promised he’d look into the matter.

Days turned into weeks and weeks turned into months, and if the narcotics sergeant and the mayor’s aide were looking into the matter, they weren’t looking next door. We called several times to check on the status of the case, and, depending on who we spoke with, were told that police had raided the house and found nothing, that the matter was still “being looked into,” or to call back on Monday because Riverside’s crack narcotics unit didn’t work weekends.

I work from home, and if the home next door had been raided, it was a masterwork of stealth. To be fair, though, I suppose the raid could have taken place while I was in the bathroom.

Months passed. The seasons came and went. Downtown, City Hall proudly unveiled its ( now ) $1.3 billion Riverside Renaissance Initiative, in which 30 years worth of public improvements would be built in five years. Next door, the dealers put in a drive-through, clearing out their garage so their customers could breezily pull in and out for fast and friendly service. Instead of “shuffle-shuffle-whistle,” we now heard “vroom-vroom-honk-honk.”

Here at home, I began pushing my wife for permission to buy a shotgun.

The city of Riverside is, as you read this, flinging itself headlong into massive debt in a balls-out effort to transform itself into an upscale shopping and high-end residential paradise. Meanwhile, the mayor and the Riverside Police Department are flummoxed on what to do about a single family committing class-E felonies on the sidewalk in broad daylight. This doesn’t inspire confidence in the city’s ability to get a job done.

In fact, my wife and I lost so much confidence that we’ve also decided to move. We’re looking around, and when we find a place that cares enough to enforce the law, we’re taking our dogs, our cats, and our taxable income, and leaving.

Are we bitter about this? All I’ll say is that when we sell, we’re giving the dealers next door first right of refusal.   – DAVID SILVA, AUTHOR

Part II to come…

IS COUNCILMAN STEVE ADAMS UP FOR A RECALL BY THE DEMOCRATS OF GREATER RIVERSIDE?

HUGH HEFNER ON FREE SPEECH:

1926-2017

“I want to live in a society that people can voice unpopular opinions because I know as result of that a society grows and matures,”   – Hugh Hefner

MISSING JERRY:

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S REGIONAL COUNTIES MOST, “NEGATIVE,” “RAUNCHY,” “LOW CLASS,” “VISIONS OF GRANDEUR,” “FULL OF B.S.,” “REPREHENSIBLE,” “IGNORANT,” “MISGUIDED,” “BULLYISH,” “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 TWO 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

At the March 21, 2017 AG Park Meeting, the Erin Brockovich Law Firm Giardi Keese has taken on this case against the City of Riverside. We at TMC have told the City of this problem years ago, but they laughed at us in the case of former Ward 7 City Councilman Steve Adams, which AG Park was in his ward.  The Council could have mitigated and helped their constituents, but they didn’t have the gumption to do so, for whatever reason.  People in their districts suffered, they now should be criminally accountable for that, and they will.

According to FOX NEWS CHANNEL 11, WE HAVE THE FOLLOWING:

“My wife used to take my 4-year-old son sliding around in the dirt there,” Gonzalez said. “Little did she know, she was playing on top of toxic soil with my kids.”

Residents have complained for years the soil is riddled with cancer causing chemicals or PCBs.

The “Ag park” was a former military site and sewage dump that’s now surrounded by homes.

“On my street is what started it. There’s 11 cases of cancer out of nine homes, that’s not a coincidence,” Marilyn Whitney, Ag Park Families, said.

Whitney and her group Ag Park Families has been spearheading the effort to get the site cleaned up.

For the first time, the State Department of Toxic Substance Control plans to take soil samples from nearly 30 homes and Rutland Park to test for PCBs.

“I was getting really sick and they didn’t know why so my mom took me to the doctor and they discovered nodules and that it was cancerous,” Williams said. “The doctor couldn’t understand why because it’s very rare for a 16-year-old to get thyroid cancer.”

Williams and other neighbors met with lawyers Tuesday night about a possible class action lawsuit.

A lawyer with the Girardi Keese Law Firm, which is affiliated with environmental activist Erin Brokovich, attended the meeting.

Although it’s unclear who would be named in the lawsuit, local attorney William Kennedy said there’s enough evidence to hold multiple parties responsible.

“We’ve had people collecting information for 5 to 6 years it’s time to stop collecting information and start doing something,” Kennedy said.

The site is slated for a future housing development.

On Thursday March 23, officials with the Department of Toxic Substance Control are holding a public hearing for residents to get input about the plan to test soil samples at homes.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Arlanza Community Center, 7950 Philbin Ave., Riverside.

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S REGIONAL COUNTIES MOST, “NEGATIVE,” “RAUNCHY,” “LOW CLASS,” “VISIONS OF GRANDEUR,” “FULL OF B.S.,” “REPREHENSIBLE,” “IGNORANT,” “MISGUIDED,” “BULLYISH,” “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 TWO 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

We need to thank Vivian Moreno, Dvonne Pitruzzello and Errol Koschewitz for this one!  What happened to Penny Newman and AG Park? Many in the AG Park community are asking the question did she take the money and run as she allegedly did in Wildomar? She’s also getting sued for not returning AG Park documents.  Newman has been seen with Riverside Chamber of Commerce, Cindy Roth; the wife of Congressman Roth, also known around town as the “Generalissimo.”  Don’t get me wrong, Newman did good things with the famous “String fellow Contamination” issue, but monies allocated to a non-profit set up for AG Park resident Marilyn Whitney, were diverted to Penny Newman’s Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice.  What was that about, TMC is attempting to find that answer.  The questions continue to rise as to why nothing has been getting done for this small community in Ward 7.  Will the City of Riverside be able to sustain the ‘Big One?’ referring to AG Park…it may financially bankrupt the City.  Not to mention the current Public Utilities law suits, and the many more which will be filed in the next coming months.

Just in, today there will be a meeting with reference to AG Park.  Their will be speakers from the law firms of Kennedy and Associates; and the Girardi/Keese Law Firm (Erin Brokovich Firm).  If you can make it, it’s TODAY, March 21 at 6:30pm at Norte Vista High School.

The Community of Ward 7 has been suffering with this since the alleged cover up by Riverside City Officials, for more than 10 years.  As TMC is now understanding, there may be people going to jail for this debacle, and rightly so!

By the way Fire and Public Safety, you thought you had the ‘gravy train’ because of Measure Z… Well, Kiss that good bye!  You may be right back where you started from.

I guess if former City Attorney Greg Priamos was around he be telling the opposition the same, “I don’t think you know who you are dealing with..”  But, LOL, we do, the City of Riverside!

UPDATE: 03.21.2017: 10:00PM: TMC has been told that no one from the City of Riverside was present at this meeting, not even Ward 7 Councilman John Burnard.  Channel 11 Fox News was present, and full house was present.

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S REGIONAL COUNTIES MOST, “NEGATIVE,” “RAUNCHY,” “LOW CLASS,” “VISIONS OF GRANDEUR,” “FULL OF B.S.,” “REPREHENSIBLE,” “IGNORANT,” “MISGUIDED,” “BULLYISH,” “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 TWO 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

richolquin

I brought this story on TMC because many in the community do not know of this brilliant man.  We lost our dear friend Rich Olquin  (51), Tuesday, January, 17, 2017.  He was greatly loved by his community and left a legacy of service that touched us all.  His community involvement extended in the social cultural, medical and educational aspects of life.  The City and County of Riverside were blessed to have such a civic minded individual who gave of himself.

He left his finger prints on many agencies he supported and kept community leaders engaged in the political dialog of current issues.  He sat on commissions, volunteered, was an advisory to political leaders and community groups. Causes Rich cared about were Poverty Alleviation, Civil Rights, Social Action, Children’s Rights, Economic Empowerment, Education, Politics, Disability Issues and Social Services.

Rich served as Co-Chair with the Inland Empire Disabilities Collaborative; President of Next Step Resources, Inc., and Member of Los Amigos of Orange County.  Also was recently appointed to the City of Riverside Commission on Disability in February, 2014.  As of October, 2015 Mr. Olquin was appointed by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors to serve on the In Home Support Services/Public Authority Advisory Committee representing the First District.  New ventures has the firm focusing on Veteran’s Affairs while he studies for his Master’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling while working with the Reaching New Heights Foundation to aid Veterans suffering from PTSD.

Rich was months away from receiving his Master of Arts in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor from California State University San Bernardino; he held a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from University of Phoenix; Associates of Arts in Broadcast Communication, Radio and Television Production and Computer Animation from Fullerton College; and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from California State University Los Angeles.

He is survived by his fiancé Alysia Webb; his sister, Cynthia Boyd; his three much loved dogs, Daisy, Dakota and Chinook.  He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, especially us…

All are welcome to his Memorial to celebrate his life.  It will be held Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the home of Councilman Paul Davis; 1091 Crestbrook Drive, Riverside, CA  92506

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It didn’t happen in the City of Riverside, but it happened across our Great Country!