DON’T GET HOSED AND TASED BY THOSE BEHIND THE TAX…VOTE NO ON MEASURE-Z
Let’s all remember that the City is out of money, or they want us to believe they are out of money, right! Well here we go again, the City of Riverside sent out this mailer to all of its residents, which would be well over 100,000 households. How much do you think you the taxpayer paid for this? I’m sure most of us just threw it in the trash. If the City can afford to send each household this information, then you would think that the City is doing okay. We saw this exact same thing with Measure-A pamphlets back in 2013, the City uses taxpayer monies to send these “informational pamphlets,” but in essence, are psychologically designed for a vote in their favor. Don’t be fooled, as you were last time, these informational pamphlet were structured, written and fashioned to have you vote Yes on Measure-Z.
Why are we receiving this informational pamphlet? THE CITY NEEDS TO ASK US FOR MORE MONEY BECAUSE THEY SCREWED UP!
Unbeknownst to the taxpayer is the claim that if you Vote No on Measure-Z, you will lose important City services. Let me make this perfectly clear, we lost City services a long time ago, and we will NEVER get them back. The City chose to invest and squander our money on such things as “Government Entertainment,” as in the Fox Theater, instead of taking care of basic services for its citizens.
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This “informational pamphlet” strategically shows a playground full of kids (because its all about the kids, isn’t it?), along with Public Works Employees, a Police Officer and a Fire Fighter. The title is “Measure-Z, What’s It’s All About.” Again, the City is going to tell the taxpayer how to vote, as they did with the water measure in 2013 known as Measure-A. When you foolishly passed this measure in 2013, you voted to tax yourself 11.5%! What the City promised us then never materialized, and what they promise us now will never happen. What is really egregious, is that the City and their cohorts really do believe you will fall for this and vote YES on Measure-Z. They are going to trick the unsuspecting taxpayer into showering them with billions of dollars.
Instead of holding staff and leadership accountable, our Council decided to concoct a “Spending Pledge” a few weeks ago. REALLY? How stupid and foolish this makes the Council looks. So rather then taking responsibility and accountability they’ve resorted to “pinky promises” in order to sway public opinion. Five of the eight electeds’ on the Council Chamber have held there positions for 7 years or longer. They own this fiscal mess. Measure-Z (Sales Tax Increase) is their attempt to remove accountability for running this ship aground….sort of a “You can trust us this time, we even placed our names on it!” These men are spending addicts. So what do they really need this money for? More Government Entertainment, Pensions and Raises.
You have to be a fool to give spending addicts more money! Vote “No on Measure-Z!”
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The above pamphlet tells you, the taxpayer, why the City needs the additional money. For years the City leadership Has been boasting about our City being financially sound, you can all remember them saying “We have 40 million in reserves” they are now telling us that the City never fully recovered from the economic recession that started in 2008. Even Police Chief Sergio came out in the Summer of 2015 to tell City Council the Police Budget was sound. The City is lying. The City will never recover because they have misspent, over spent, passed special interest projects and new employee contracts without any funding sources. They were irresponsible with taxpayer monies and NOW THEY WANT MORE!
This November 2016, you will also be voting on another tax, Measure-O (Riverside Unified School Bond). If it passes, this will increase your property taxes $100.00 per every $100,000.00 your house is worth. So if you have a $400,000.00 home, your new additional property tax will be $400.00, and then add your new sales tax (Measure Z), which can be an additional $100.00 or more per year. You now have a total approximation of $500.00 per year additional tax. Then I’m sure all of you do remember there will be a sewer increase this year, and don’t forget Public Utilities will also have their hand out soon. You will also need to look at the State and the Federal Government, they may need more money as well.
How much more can you afford ? And who will be most impacted by this? The Most obvious is the poor, disabled, seniors and the retiree. TMC predicts this will also have a HUGE impact on Churches, a 10% tithe at the very minimum will be difficult if we have an additional 5 to 10% tax each year. Taking $40 to $400.00 out of your packer each month for additional taxes will be devastating for many.
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This pamphlet was done by design to touch emotional center, voting with your heart, as opposed to voting with your head. Did the City purposely use two black police officer to show how diverse they are? With a small child to show they are connected to the community? This informational Pamphlet is simply just a bunch of BS and about the financial mess the city is in. They will not cut anything they will make the taxpayer go without the basics. Some say this is all about the increases to Police and Fire and Some state that Police and Fire make less than Teachers, I personally find that an insult to Teachers, but Transparent California tells a different picture on Fire and Police. It seems that they are making more than Corporate Execs and Doctors! The Riverside Police Department have incredible amounts of OT (Remember that’s how they pad their pensions), Other Pay and Benefits before finally tallying up the final total. If you come from the Corporate Private Sector as I do, OT as this is never seen. Overtime as this would lead a corporation to Bankruptcy, and that may be where the City is going.
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Well how about Fire, it appears they Need more Money also, check the incredible amounts of OT, Other Pay and Benefits before the final tally is totaled. What this tells me is that Union Contract Negotiations must be Public. We have the right to know and be engage, after all the taxpayer is the Employer. What we see here is that City Leadership has not been looking out for the best interest of the taxpayer, but for other interest.
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Back in 2013, the City sent out at taxpayers expense, and informational flyer, known as the Water Measure, or Measure-A. In this taxpayer paid pamphlet, the City of Riverside threatened the taxpayer, that if this Measure-A didn’t pass the following would occur: the City would be forced to cut $6.7 million in local services, there may actually as residents faced with more gangs, graffiti and rundown streets. They actually stated that 79 City positions would be eliminated which included Police Officers, Firefighters, School Crossing Guards (we know what happened there), youth recreation programs (we know what happened there), senior services (they actually threatened the Goeske Center Seniors they needed to vote for this or we won’t fund you).
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In the above 2013 Measure-A informational pamphlet, the first page also shows children, police officers with a child and public work employees. Quite the same formula as the current. In 2013 Mayor Rusty Bailey lied about Measure A, he has lied again today about Measure-Z. What else has Bailey Lied about? TMC HAS THE STORY! COMING SOON..
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CONTRIBUTIONS SUPPORTING YES ON MEASURE-Z HAVE BEEN POURING IN, you may ask “Who are they?” All the elitist bastards that will benefit handsomely, one in particular, Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey. But also the usual suspects such as the so called Non-Profits and Unions.
Bottom line folks, the City of Riverside never had a revenue problem, they have a spending problem, and spent they did. As with the Renaissance Project, with then City Manager Brad Hudson, who spent, over spent and misspent your monies like a drunken sailor. TMC wrote about this in detail. Most importantly we told council about that as well, and we predicted the City would be out of money and in trouble in 2015. WE WERE RIGHT. Now current leadership City Manager John Russo continues to lie and spin the truth on how all this happened. He now wants to continue the reckless spending practices. They just can’t help themselves.
Councilman Paul Davis, Andy Melendrez, Rusty Bailey, Mike Gardner and Chris McArthur were the responsible parties for getting us in this mess, This is how it works: Police and Fire Unions work to benefit themselves by laundering member dues, paid for by taxpayers, to return in campaign funds for the benefit and control of elected official. You may ask why Tim Strack, from the Fire Union, is giving over a $100,000.00 to the Yes on Measure-Z campaign. Why? Because its all about money and their own personal gain, its never been about you and the basic services of the city. Public Safety has found a way to hose and tase the taxpayer into submission, and this is wrong! Ultimately, sounds like strong arm tactics, when referencing the importance of their jobs to the community. This is a no, no, and could also be inferred as ‘coercion.’ But when you have no leadership to effectively protect the taxpayer, you have nothing.
In 2014, the Riverside Police Union President, Brian Smith and the Chief of Police Sergio Diaz conspired to railroad and politically remove Councilman Mike Soubirous. Unions in any capacity should never be involved in Public Sector Politics without our input for this reason. It our money not theirs, and we should be protected.
FORMER PRESS ENTERPRISE COMMENTATOR, DAN BERSTEIN, HIS TAKE ON WHY TO VOTE NO ON MEASURE-Z!
CONTRIBUTORS SUPPORTING YES ON MEASURE-Z THAT YOU AS A TAXPAYER SHOULD BE AWARE OF, BECAUSE THEY ALL BENEFIT SUBSTANTIALLY:
MAYOR BAILEY: BUT ALSO RECEIVED PLENTY FROM FIRE AS TO HAVE HIM IN THEIR BACK POCKET!
THE RAINCROSS GROUP
THE RIVERSIDE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
TMC: 04.10.2013: CITY OF RIVERSIDE: WHISKEY IS FOR DRINKING, WATER IS FOR FIGHTING OVER..AND EVERYBODY WANTS A PIECE OF THAT ACTION.
TMC: 05.10.2013: CITY OF RIVERSIDE: MEASURING UP TO MEASURE A.
PRESS ENTERPRISE: 01.20.2015: RIVERSIDE: FIREFIGHTERS GET RAISES IN NEW CONTRACT.
PRESS ENTERPRISE: 09.16.2015: RIVERSIDE: POLICE CONTRACT INCLUDES RAISES.
PRESS ENTERPRISE: 09.23.2015: RIVERSIDE: POLICE CONTRACT APPROVED.
PRESS ENTERPRISE: 06.13.2016: RIVERSIDE: DEAL WITH FIREFIGHTERS KEEPS ALL STATIONS OPEN.
PRESS ENTERPRISE: 09.21.2016: WHAT KIND OF CONTRACT DEAL MADE WITH POLICE ASSOCIATION.
PRESS ENTERPRISE: 09.23.2016: OPINION: CITIES BAILING OUT PENSIONS WITH TAX HIKES.
REMEMBER FOLKS DON’T BELIEVE FOR A MINUTE THAT THESE PARASITES ARE ON THE SIDE OF THE TAXPAYER! THE MONIES ALLOCATED TO PASS MEASURE-Z ARE HUGE! THESE PEOPLE ARE IN IT FOR PERSONAL GAIN, OUR LEADERSHIP HAS BEEN BOUGHT AND PAID FOR BY SPECIAL INTEREST. VOTE NO ON MEASURE Z
REMEMBER MY FELLOW TAXPAYERS DON’T GET HOSED!
VOTE NO ON MEASURE-Z
THIS TAX ONLY SERVES, AND CONTINUES TO SERVE THE PUBLIC SERVANT ELITES AND ESTABLISHMENT ELITES OF THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE.
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