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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

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The VIC awards are given to those “Very Important Citizens” that demonstrate outstanding involvement in the political process for all who live in the City of Riverside. These are citizens that are willing to take on the political process for the betterment of us all and dedicated to making the City of Riverside a quality city for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

These are the people fighting the causes that are changing the process, future, and structure at City Hall.  Through the selfless effort of many, these people have made significant change in the fabric we all call home.  These are the people who make the effort to attend city council meetings on Tuesday and are not afraid to speak up.  They do it without a retirement package, paycheck, or a car allowance.

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This year the award goes to Marilyn Whitney, for being one of the most influential citizens who has made change for the betterment of her community. In lieu of being called crazy and misinformed she kept the fight and shined the light on a housing development that would have been built on improperly cleaned, contaminated land. This development is called AG Park.

Marilyn has been instrumental in bringing the AG Park issue to City Council. Also, getting the media source KTLA involved and interested in the issues of AG Park. Marilyn last year was new to council meetings but has brought a lot to the table since then. She made sure that thee AG Park issue didn’t go away, in doing so, she changed helped change how the City of Riverside has done business with developer buddies such as Chuck Cox. During this year, Marilyn received a letter from Developer Chuck Cox’s lawyers to “Cease and Desist,” as to stop her first amendment right of free speech with reference to public comment at City Council. This was a back fireing blow to developer Mr. Cox., because later in the year the light of exposure brought to the forefront the true reality of this cover up.  Thsi was a someone has done someone wrong type scenario, and it came to light.

She created the AG Park Family, and exposed the misdoings of the Department of Toxic Substance Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), developer Chuck Cox and former scumbag Ward 7 Councilman Steve Adams. With her efforts, the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice (CCAEJ) Director Penny Newman took notice, then the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took notice, now there are investigations being forwarded on the Congressional level.  The community of Riverside expects accountability for those individuals and entities involved, and we believe we will see it 2016.  From all of us at the TMC Family, we Congratulate and Thank-you, and simply say Well Done….

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PRESS RELEASE BY CITY OF RIVERSIDE REGARDING AG PARK (CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE OR CLICK LINK TO VIEW PDF) 

A News Released disclosed publicly today July 27th by the City of Riverside that a meeting took place on Friday July 24th with City Manager John Russo and Barbara A. Lee, Director of the Department of Toxic Substance Control for the State of California (DTSC).   The DTSC outlined its intent to work with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on a concurrent review of the site and to identify any appropriate confirmation sampling at the site, which could include sampling of the soil as well as the groundwater.  The letter which requested the EPA to step in was sent on July 23rd and is as follows:

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW FULL LETTER REQUESTING ASSISTANCE FROM THE EPA BY THE DTSC ON JULY 23, 2015

The above document indicates that the reason DTSC was requesting EPA’s assistance was a result of a letter received by the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice (CCAEJ) March 5, 2015.  In this letter CCAEJ alleged that serious problems occurred before and during cleanup activities on the site, and that nearby residents were potentially exposed to toxic substances.  CCAEJ requested that DTSC and other environmental agencies, EPA, review the adequacy of the clean-up activities of the site.  The main issues the DTSC was asking EPA to review as a result of the CCAEJ allegations were as follows: 1.) Whether any additional soil sampling was necessary onsite and offsite. 2.) Whether any additional ground water monitoring is necessary onsite and offsite.  3.) Whether EPA could provide any assistance to the DTSC in assessing the health related concerns reported by some members of the community around the site.  The letter sent to the DTSC by CCAEJ on March 5th is as follows:

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 CCAEJ Document Riverside Agriculture Park

The letter from the CCAEJ written to the DTSC stated that the Voluntary Clean Up did not address the following:

1.) AG Park was formerly Camp Anza, a US Army Defense Site, which has potential explosives and chemical warfare material contamination.  This presents a grave threat to the residents living on the three sides of this property and to the construction crews who are presently digging trenches for sewer pipes.

2.) The groundwater is contaminated with PCB’s, perchlorate, lead, thallium, dioxin and furans.  It should be noted that the ground water flows directly into the Santa Ana River which is a primary source of drinking water for Orange County, therefore poses a real threat to that community as a result of potential substandard water quality.

3.) Sampling of the property was not done according to Federal EPA protocol.  It appears that there was “selective sampling” of the property as a result of not following Federal EPA protocol.  Therefore, when samples were taken they were not tested for the full range of contaminants such as metals, explosives, perchlorate, dioxin and furans; which are some of the most toxic chemicals known to science.

4.) A survey of the residents surrounding the AG Park indicate an elevated number of cancers which could indicate a cancer cluster.

5.) Dust monitoring logs indicate a high Part Per Million and particles exceeding the 10 micrometers in diameter in July 2013, this exceeds the maximum health level set by the Air Quality Management District (AQMD), thus causing the contamination of adjoining residential properties and injuring the lungs of residents.  It also appears that the consultants for the City misinformed the DTSC of the true aspects of the site, rather than indicating it was a sewer site whereby toxins were dumped, they indicated the property as a Riverside City Disposal Site for excavated sidewalks and roadways.  Ouch..not cool!  Who were the consultants, were they Adkin Engineering?  The consultants accordingly did not follow AQMD rule 1150, therefore did not send a report that the levels of PCB contaminants exceeded acceptable levels.  Exceeding potential acceptable levels would indicate elevated levels of PCB’s in the air, thus contaminating residential properties and exposing residents to PCB’s.

6.)  The City of Riverside identified ROHR as the source of the PCB’s and identified them the responsible party under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), but did not inform Riverside County or DTSC of this fact.  There was also improper disposal of the main sewer, with the main pipeline to ROHR still remains intact and underground.

AG PARK: FOLLOWING EXPLOSIVE LETTER REVEALS WRONGDOING BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE BY CITY EMPLOYEE! “THERE WAS NO BLACK AND WHITE, ONLY SHADES OF GREY..”

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Cathleen R. Baswell, Administrative Analyst for the City of Riverside, wrote the above letter and filed it with the City Clerk on July 7, 2015.  According to the letter, allegations were made that the City of Riverside had no policy or protocol at the time.  The protocol was assembled at the last minute and possibly used against the 15 workers, that they were at fault, and didn’t follow protocol.  The question is, “Was this assembled protocol used by former City Attorney Greg Priamos when fighting against their workman compensation claims?”

She states in the letter that Brian Nakamura was Public Works Director, while Siobhan Foster was Deputy Director at the time of the 2003 Toxic Sewage Spill.  It appears according to the letter that Foster was the “good soldier,” dependable and loyal, and carried out her superiors orders.  With that, we now have a prominent UCR Toxicologist, Bob Krieger who lied, and threw what was left of integrity out the door.

TMC thanks Ms. Baswell in bringing this story to the forefront and helping City of Riverside employees and the taxpayers.  This places a new light on a culture of cover ups of those in charge who not only endangered employee lives, taxpayer live but created liability for the taxpayers.

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST, “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” 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!   COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  WE JUST CAN’T SPELL!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT BY CONTACTING US AT:  THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

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I’M SEXY AND I KNOW IT

FLASH TMC UPDATE: 07.19.2015: IS THIS THE REAL STORY BEHIND WHY PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR, TOM BOYD, ANNOUNCED HIS “SURPRISE” RETIREMENT A WEEK AGO?  According to the Press Enterprise’s Cassie MacDuff, Boyd was contacted for comment to this article (“A Decade Later, Sludge Exposure Worries Workers”) but never responded.

Just to give you an example of the treachery the City is capable of, it had a UCR Toxicologist state the PCB’s are not toxic! Bob Krieger, the UCR toxicology specialist who spoke to the workers at the city’s request, said he doesn’t believe they have anything to worry about. “PCBs are not that toxic and they had minimal exposure,” he said, adding no ill health effects would be likely. Neumeyer’s (one of the exposed city workers) skin peeling was probably unrelated to the PCBs, he said.  We were once told that being close to certain Nevada thermal nuclear explosions was not that bad either, from an “expert”…

The EPA states PCB’s cause cancer, especially with effects on the immune system as one of the former workers David Cabrera describe.  More troubling is that the breakdown products of PCB’s, the furans and dioxins, are even more toxic.  This story does not mention Siobhan Foster, who was Public Works Director at the time,  and “incidentally” had no Engineering experience, license or degree, employees mentioned she did not even know what a pot hole was.  Let’s not forget the real cover up culprit, former City Attorney Gregory Priamos.  Foster, of course, is semi-famous these days for being the manager presiding over the $6.4 million Danny Wooten embezzlement scheme.  She was fired WITHOUT CAUSE for the fiasco and has since latched onto the City of Covina, no doubt to spread her curse there.

One phone call to the Fire Department would have taken care of this whole toxic debacle, but those in charge in the City at the time were not honest people.

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Was he or wasn’t he fired?  “Retired,” is such the buzzword at City Hall these days.  Former City Manager, Scott Barber, funded his own investigation using our money to retaliate against Councilmen Davis and Soubirous from doing their jobs.  He, “retired,” 6 months later in the face of public outrage at his misuse of authority and misappropriation of public monies.   Same for former Assistant City Manager, Belinda Graham.  Former HR Director, Rhonda Strout, “retired,” just as the scandals of whistleblower retaliation, the civil liberty-violating Threat Assessment Team, illegitimate hiring of outside counsel, and other municipal code violations were about to be uncovered by the Human Resources Board, the public, and the Council.

When former City Manager, Brad Hudson, was on the hot seat, he hightailed for Sacramento.  Former RPU General Manager, Dave Wright, left for Las Vegas right before the hundred million dollar over-collection was found.  City Attorney Clown, Greg Priamos, became County Attorney Clown, and now that internal audit has blown the lid off the $19 million he spent on outside counsel the past 5 years, we can see why.  The official word out of City Hall after these crooks left is always, “they’ve moved onto greener pastures,” but we at TMC have always known the truth.  They were escape artists, but not the likes of the great Houdini.  These guys had insider help in the form of a complicit City Council, willing to buy them whatever time was necessary.

And so Public Works Director, Tom Boyd will “retire” after 17 years from the City of Riverside.  Insiders are telling TMC that when Boyd was asked about his plans just weeks ago, he firmly stated, “he wasn’t going to retire.”  But there was still rumor around town that Boyd was going to retire because of the AG Park controversy heating up.   Therefore, was Tom given an ultimatum from new Rock Star City Manager Russo to hit the road, or be fired?  Or did he just retire because of all the B.S. at City Hall.

The AG Park bug-a-boo places Boyd and former Public Works Director Siobhan Foster right in the middle.  Maybe Boyd will resurface in Pasadena under former Assistant City Manager, Michael Beck.  Who’s next for Tom’s position here at Riveride, maybe Tina English? Who has a dance degree?  Or will they bring back Siobhan Foster, someone who didn’t have an Engineering degree or license either.  It’s trash pickup day in the world of public employee recycled executives.  Maybe Tom would just like to put this past him and be the president of the Corvette Club…

Our bet is this won’t be the last “retirement” or “onto greener pastures” of 2015.  Stay tuned.

CONTROVERSY IN RIVERSIDE, WATER MAIN BREAK LAST NIGHT, WAS IT DONE PURPOSELY FOR OVERTIME AS SOME OUR SAYING? Just as we recently spent $40 million on a building, after the question of overcharging ratepayers for utilities was brought forward, is this another attempt by RPU to justify spend our excess reserves on infrastructure in lieu of returning it to the ratepayers? Insiders are telling TMC that in order to collect overtime, some workers might monkey with water pressures to break older water pipes in the City.  Regardless, main line fixed! It may or may not be true, but just the same, we’ll be on the lookout for more stories like this in the weeks to come.

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GONNA BE HARD TO SPEND THE RESERVES ON INFRASTRUCTURE WHEN THAT, PER SE, VIOLATES RPU’S OWN POLICY MY BOYS!

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST, “LOW CLASS,” “PORNOGRAPHIC,” “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” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED”  BLOG SITE! YES FOLKS WE ARE ALL OF THIS AND MORE!  TMC SHOULD NOT BE READ IF EASILY OFFENDED!  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!   COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  WE JUST CAN’T SPELL!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT BY CONTACTING US AT:  THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

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According to the San Gabriel Tribune former fired Public Works Director from Pasadena, and former Public Works Director from the City of Riverside was hired by the City of Covina as Public Works Director! Once again are we seeing a pattern of hiring not conducive to the benefit of the taxpayers?  Foster according to the California Licensing Board for Engineers carries no Engineering license.  This all after the $6.4 million embezzlement scandal in Pasadena, which was under the scrutiny of her department.  In the City of Riverside, we had AG Park, which as Public Works Director was not dealt with appropriately.  Therefore city workers and surrounding residents of AG Park have fallen ill to her alleged ineptness.  Some have allegedly died as a result of her lack of educational background.  We have always asked this question, how did this happen?  In many city’s as Riverside we have attained people who have no degrees or licensing, who make critical decisions which we believe could have resulted in such.  If an engineering license is required for the job, how come she doesn’t have one?  In Riverside, we have one such person who currently is employed in the Public Works Department who has a Dance Degree.  It just so happens she was allegedly the goddaughter of our former City Manager.  Employees who do not have the educational background, the on job experience and the licensing hurt cities by their incompetence due to their lack of educational background.  This lack of educational background and credentials cause high risk legal liabilities for the taxpayers, which can have repercussions, such as higher taxes.

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Foster was appointed to the position Public Works Director by Covina City Manager Angela Miller, who incidentally, was City Manager of San Bernardino!  Is this to close for comfort?  In Riverside, questions arose regarding Foster’s handling of the AG Park clean up.  Was she a hands on Public Works Director?  The following document explains what workers have been saying for years, she only did her work from a distance.

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When the AG Park contamination story broke, was Foster competently able and educationally qualified to take on such a problematic task whereby peoples lives were at stake?  It is our opinion that we think not.  While workers and staff were on the contaminated site, witnesses stated she was there on site,  “but did not get out of vehicle.”  What did she know, or didn’t know?  Why didn’t she depart from her vehicle to investigate first hand and take charge?

OTHER TMC STORIES CONCERNING SIOBHAN FOSTER..

02.01.2015: CITY OF RIVERSIDE: CAT FIGHT IN THE MAYOR’S OFFICE?

01.23.2015: PASADENA INDEPENDENT: TWO PART SERIES OF ARTICLES REGARDING FORMER CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEES, RAISING QUESTIONS OF TOXIC POLITICS!

01.20.2015: CITY OF PASADENA: PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR: SIOBHAN FOSTER FIRED!

01.13.2015: CITY OF PASADENA/RIVERSIDE: CITY EXECUTIVES ARE RECYCLED…MUCH LIKE YOUR TRASH.

10.26.2011: TMC NEWS FLASH: CITY OF RIVERSIDE: FORMER RIVERSIDE PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR SIOBHAN FOSTER: “IF THIS GETS OUT, I’M OUT!”

06.13.2011: CITY OF RIVERSIDE: FUZZY MATH AND THE BID PROCESS IN THE SEWER, BUBBLES UP THE USUAL SUSPECTS

06.25.2011: CITY OF RIVERSIDE: PUBLIC WORKS FOSTER’S & BOYD’S THE BID PROCESS!

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST, “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” 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!   COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  WE JUST CAN’T SPELL!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT BY CONTACTING US AT:  THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

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Newly christened Ward 7 Councilmember-elect, John “the Exterminator” Burnard, is already embroiled in controversy.  In an email from Burnard (jburnard@riversideca.gov) to Ag Park (aka, Arroyo Park) family member, Marilyn Whitney, which was then forwarded to RRR (Residents for Responsible Representation) Chairperson, Sharon Mateja, Burnard states, “Got this done today,” in reference to a, “Stop Work,” order issued to the developer of Ag Park by the City.

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Thirty Miles of Corruption asks Burnard to elaborate on the email.  What exactly did, “he,” get done?  Many in the Ag Park family are confused and annoyed that Burnard seems to be taking credit for something he could not have accomplished single-handedly.  Despite our inquiry, Thirty Miles of Corruption.com has not yet heard back from Burnard.  Councilman-elect Burnard (as he hasn’t been formally sworn in yet) can contact us via our email address: THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

We want to make something VERY clear to Mr. Burnard: just as your predecessor Steve Adams has done nothing so far to help his constituents in regards to the Ag Park issue, you have yet to do so either.  He may have made a statement or two about it during his campaign expressing his sympathy, but talk is cheap.  We also believe that the longer Burnard is in office, the more his views towards Ag Park will resemble Steve Adams’, because Ag Park will be major legal issue going forward and we believe his loyalty will be to the City insiders’ club, and not his Ward 7 constituents.  We hope that will not be the case, but are not overly optimistic.

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As we understand, this DTSC (Department of Toxic Substances Control) letter was received by City Manager, John Russo, on June 16th at approximately 5:30 PM.  In response, Russo made the decision to initiate a “Stop Work” order as is indicated in this City News Release.

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Russo thereafter contacted Public Works to officially process the, “Stop Work,” order and deliver it to developer Chuck Cox’s head engineer, Bob Beers.  To our knowledge a Councilperson doesn’t have the power or authority to issue a, “Stop Work,” order.  Soooooo…a person, who is not yet a Councilmember, and even if he was, doesn’t have the power to unilaterally halt a project, seems to want to take credit for other peoples’ hard work.  Is this an aberration or the beginning of a pattern?  Time will tell.

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“Got this done?”  Got what done?  We guess if you are a supporter of John Burnard’s you just gotta love the big lug … maybe even expect more of the same, “leadership from behind,” in the near future.  Perhaps it’s just an error in judgment.  But, as we are told, if you need someone to kill bugs, he’s your man.  Some Ward 7 residents are asking, “Is he also developer Cox’s man?” since he got a campaign donation from him, and (from the top picture) is also on hugging terms with Councilman Steve Adams … who was definitely Cox’s guy.  If an exterminator know one things, it’s toxic business, so he should fit right in dealing with this mess.

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La Sierra resident, Jim Martin, recently confronted Burnard about the campaign donation.  According to a witness, and apropos of our, “WTF? Observation of the Day”, Burnard indicated he didn’t know this was the developer Chuck Cox, but perhaps another person by the same name!    COMMENTS WELCOMED!

 

REMEMBERING FORMER INTERIM CITY MANAGER LEE MCDOUGAL… What his fixation was with peoples’ behinds, we’ll never know.  Here you go Lee, the way the residents of the City of Riverside will always remember you… Did you get enough of our money to make your payments?  “Got Skeletons in Your Closet?”… you gotta know we know.

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While McDougal was certainly a step in the right direction for City of Riverside (a very low hurdle considering his two predecessors, Scott Barber and Brad Hudson, were ethically on the same level as most common criminals), we still bristle at his attempts to censor the public through disparate camera angles and removal of, “controversial,” videos from the City’s website.  You were a good soldier for your masters … just not a very American one.

Was McDougal somehow afraid or offended by a full frontal? From his past it sure doesn’t appear so … things that happen in Montclair don’t always stay in Montclair!  Until next time Lee…

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST, “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” 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!   COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  WE JUST CAN’T SPELL!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT BY CONTACTING US AT:  THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

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On Wednesday, May 29th, a forum on the history and health issues surrounding Riveride’s Ag Park was conducted by Penny Newman.  Newman concluded that the seriousness of the violations present at the site will probably end with someone going to jail.  Newman stated that developer Chuck Cox knew there were PCB’s in the liquid sludge, and that it would have to be incinerated.  However, as that would’ve been expensive, he instead decided to mix the liquid PCB’s with dirt to make it bulk waste so that it could be hauled off to Kettlemen Hills Toxic Dump site.

City workers were sent in to clean up the sludge.  Haz mat was never called.  The question is what did Chuck Cox know and when did he know it?  We believe he knew something.

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Newman also told the crowd of several dozen that the original description of the AG Park property submitted by Cox to the DTSC was that of “vacant,” never mentioning it was a former sewer plant.  Therefore, DTSC (Department of Toxic Substances Control) was misinformed.

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Bob Beers, Cox’s Engineer, told Newman that they had the proper document to show that they had the right to be on the property.  This October 04, 2003, Press Enterprise article stated that there was a contract with the City of Riverside, which read that, “subject to obtaining a grading permit from the city, shall….demolish and remove from the Ag Parcel the concrete, asphalt and sewer debris currently located thereon to the reasonable satisfaction of the city.”  Former Assistant City Manager Michael Beck mentions Cox, “jumped the gun.”  Was Beers disingenuous with Penny Newman?

At the AG Park Forum, resident Jim Martin gives a bit a history that took place early on in 2003.  We have to give the utmost respect and credit to Jim Martin, who has been an advocate for the AG Park neighborhood longer than anyone we can remember.  As is usually the case in the River City, no one listened to him when the solutions were less messy.

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Martin also spoke about another proposed golf course at the time, perhaps with rules of etiquette like the Cox-owned with Hidden Valley Golf Course?

Both Council Candidates, John Burnard and Alysia Webb for Ward 7, attended the forum.  Burnard was seen taking a slew of notes during the forum, sitting next to Press Enterprise reporter Alicia Robinson.  Were these to take back to developer Chuck Cox and the city of Riverside for damage control?

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Cassie MacDuff was also there from the Press Enterprise and wrote this story on the history of AG Park and the bungled cleanup.  It was shameful that not one current Councilman was there to hear the public.  Ag Park neighbors must not donate enough to their campaigns nor have high enough voter turnout.  Surely former Mayor and current Director of the UCR Center for Sustainable Suburban Development, Ronald Loveridge, had to know about the problems at this site…

Residents told us that they when they asked Ward 7 Council candidate, John Burnard, if he had received any contributions from Developer Chuck Cox, he stated emphatically, “No.”  So we at TMC investigated .. and what we found is that Mr. Burnard received a $100 contribution from …. (drumroll) Developer Chuck Cox, as indicated in his 460 filing.

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Who else is donating to Burnard’s campaign?  Ward 1 Councilman, Mike Gardner, contributed.  Of course current Ward 7 City Councilman Steve Adams was is a supporter as well.  Adam’s, whose long relationship of being tied to developer Chuck Cox, would leave a bad taste of toxins in anyone’s mouth … something we know pesty Burnard is an expert in.

Burnard has the support of a slew of unions, even the SEIU, which is quite remarkable since we are told he is a registered Republican.  (Burnard must have overlooked this endorsement, since he has yet to mention it publicly.)  The last time a council candidate didn’t agree with the union machine, we the public coughed up $100,000 for an investigation that concluded with the Council voting “not to vote”.

This stemmed from Councilman Steve Adams, former City Manager Scott Barber, Chief Sergio Diaz and RPD Union President Brian Smith’s vendetta against Councilman Mike Soubirous, who just happened to support ‘No on Measure A’, which was not supported by any union nor the Riverside Chamber of Commerce, and a precursor to retaliation towards Mr. Soubirous.

Hopefully, all this should give those in Ward 7 an idea of who and who not to vote for.  We endorse candidate Alyssia Webb, who has not received any union contributions, possibly because she wholeheartedly represents the concerns of the average residents of Ward 7, particularly in regards to the Ag Park issue.  If elected, will we see another Councilman Mike Soubirous character assassination?

Ward 7 resident, Jim Martin exposes that while Burnard is telling everyone he was against Measure L, all his current supporters were for it.  Meanwhile sources were telling TMC that Burnard was originally for Measure L, but was convinced at the last minute to place his vote against it.

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Riverside Police Officers Association gave Burnard $10,000.00, Riverside Firefighters Legislative Action Group gave $6,095.48, Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce gave $1,000, IBEW $1,000, California Apartment Association Political Action Commitee $1,000, Ted Weggeland, President of the Raincross group, $250.00.

If you are part of the Ward 7 AG Park Family who will serve your interest?  Vote Alysia Webb Ward 7, the Ag Park Council Choice.

OTHER RELATED AND PREVIOUSLY WRITTEN TMC STORIES ON AG PARK:

05.04.2015: CITY OF RIVERSIDE: WARD 7 COUNCIL ELECTION: WEBB VS. BURNARD

4.15.2015: CITY OF RIVERSIDE: DEVELOPER CHUCK COX ADMITS AG PARK A “TOXIC DUMP!” BUT ASK COUNCIL FOR ADDITIONAL PROPERTY TAX TO FUND HIS ALLEGED PROPERTY RESPONSIBILITIES.

11.20.2014: CITY OF RIVERSIDE: RIVERSIDE RESIDENTS EXPRESS CONCERNS OVER POSSIBLE CONTAMINATED SOIL AT AGRICULTURAL PARK!

09.13.2014: CITY OF RIVERSIDE: AG PARK: WAKING UP THE SLEEPING GIANT…

06.18.2014: CITY OF RIVERSIDE: “TOXIC TRAILS ESTATES” ANOTHER FINE MESS? OR ANOTHER FINE COX HOUSING DEVELOPMENT?

05.14.2011: JURUPA AVENUE EXTENSION: CAN SEWER FUNDS LEGALLY FINANCE A NEW PROJECT?

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AG PARK PRESENTATION (CLICK TO VIEW FULL PAMPHLET)

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Above pics show the digester, a diagram of the digester, more of the broken digester, the sludge and the city of Riverside attempting to dilute the concentration of contaminants with soil.  (Click Images to Enlarge).

All City staff and Council involved in this mess should resign immediately. You know who you are. The most heartbreaking part of all of this is that people have died and there are many who are very sick. The City of Riverside would have continued to cover-up the dirty little secret in Ag Park if it weren’t for some really great citizens. It was Dvonne M. Pitruzzello, Errol Koschewitz and TMC who went door to door in the Ag Park talking to the citizens in the area for a couple of days because we were so upset at Councilmember Steve Adams and his arrogant behavior especially about this project.
From there we found Marliyn Whitney, who has become the mighty force behind the fight to uncover the real story of Ag park. Thank you, Marilyn, for your dedication and tireless effort keeping your neighborhood informed and the City aware that this is not going to go away until there is accountability for the cover-up and devastation due to the misdeeds of some of our “leaders”.
OVER COLLECTION OF FUNDS FROM RIVERSIDE PUBLIC UTILITIES:
AT A WARD 1 COMMUNITY MEETING IN THE WOOD STREETS, JASON HUNTER, HOLDS COUNCILMAN MIKE GARDNER ACCOUNTABLE FOR HIS PROMISE OF TAKING ITEMS OFF THE CONSENT CALENDER IF A CONSTITUENT ASKS.  NOT TRUE SAYS HUNTER!  WOULD THE REAL MIKE GARDNER PLEASE COME FORWARD?  WHEN ASKED, GARDNER RESPONDS, “SOMETIMES I WILL, AND SOMETIMES I WON’T!”
 

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST, “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” 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!   COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  WE JUST CAN’T SPELL!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT BY CONTACTING US AT:  THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

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PROPOSED BOUNDARY MAP WITH DEVELOPMENT IN COMPARISON TO ORIGINAL 1963 AERIAL (CLICK TO ENLARGE PIC)

Current housing development now known as Arroyo Park approximately superimposed over a 1963 aerial of the original Riverside Sewer Site.  Red Arrow  over proposed boundary map (second pic-below left) displays approximate position of broken sewer digesters.  The housing development within the dark lines is the proposed properties which will be under consideration of the new community facilities district.   The new homes and properties will be subject to the additional tax on top of the standard property tax.  Third pic below right, original aerial of the Riverside Agricultural Park which includes the original City Sewer System.

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DEVELOPER CHUCK COX OF ARROYO PARK HOMES, A.K.A. AG PARK, DESCRIBES THE PROPERTY AS A ‘TOXIC DUMP.” (CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW YOUTUBE).  On March 3, 2015 Developer Chuck described the development he purchased from the City of Riverside as follows, “the city didn’t know it at the time, but they owned a “Toxic Dump.””  Now advertised as AHV Arroyo Park Homes, “Finding the Perfect AHV Home is a Walk in the Park.”  Did they mention a “Toxic Park?”

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Resident Jim Martin speaks about Developer Chuck Cox’s comment regarding the AG Park property (aka Arroyo Park) being a “toxic dump” site. ( CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW YOUTUBE).  Resident of Ward 7 Jim Martin, calls out council and reinforces the statement that developer Chuck Cox referenced AG Park, aka Arroyo Park, as a “Toxic Dump.”  Martin also made the claim that the City of Riverside spent over $1 million on the initial clean up of this site, therefore the City of Riverside has a tremendous investment in this project, regardless of what we are hearing. Further he speaks of the credibility of DTSC (Department of Toxic Substance Control) for the State of California. What he also states is that the original 15 inch diameter sewer line is significant, why was this significant? It’s significant because this concrete pipe contains PCB’s (Polychlorinated Biphenyls), but was broken up into smaller pieces and now stands in a huge pile waiting for Jurupa Avenue extension to be completed according to Developer Chuck Cox’s engineer Mr. Beers, and this PCB infused concrete rubble will be the the foundation of the Jurupa Avenue extension.  It is now known that the oversight by DTSC on particular toxic sites is in question.  Further, it is not argued as to why they are being investigated.

TMC was sent the following pics which were purported to show crushed toxic infused concrete being mixed with soil as the foundation for the Jurupa Avenue extension for that property, as Jim Martin stated at public comment, March 3, 2015.

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What can be seen in the mounds of dirt right behind someones backyard, with what appears to soil infused with crushed concrete, in the subsequent photos one can see crushed concrete laid out and graded by the machinery, then what appears to be mixed in with soil and graded.

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AG Park Family resident, Marilyn Whitney, states that AG Park should have been a Super Fund Site, and paid clean up by the State of California.  But the questions regarding California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control ability to effectively handle these issues remains in question.  Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) currently is under investigation regarding their policies and procedures.  She has a list within a 3 block area that claims illnesses, including cancer and reproductive problems.

Again we see the developer hard balling, intimidating and attempting to strong arm the residents.  Residents who attempt to ask the simple question of how they have been impacted by toxic materials that may not have been properly addressed.  One resident in particular Marilyn Whitney, was sent this letter by Developer Chuck Cox’s attorney Allen Matkins, who incidentally also does work on occasion for the City of Riverside.  The letter appears to utilize the lawyers tools of intimidation, hoping you don’t know your rights scenario.  Similar letter was sent to KTLA Channel 5 reporter Kacey Montoya.

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The following letter from the County of Riverside, Department of Environmental Health which states that test sampling must be witnessed by a Haz Mat representative.  Further the letter specifically states that the letter does not relieve the City of Riverside or other associates (possibly developer Chuck Cox) of any responsibilities mandated under the the California Health and Safety Code, if additional or previously unidentified contamination is discovered at this same location.  The reason this is important is that the Community Advocates brought the issue of AG Park to the County Supervisors, only to be told by them that this was a City of Riverside issue.

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Activist Vivian Moreno, attempted to correct interim City Manager Lee McDougal from “waffling” on the issue that the City of Riverside “screwed up.”  McDougal also states that DTSC (Department of Toxic Substances Control) canceled their appointment to speak on the AG Park issue.  TMC has learned that the reason DTSC canceled their appointment with the City of Riverside is that they could not support the City’s position on AG Park (Arroyo Park), therefore there was a no show.  It’s interesting to note they backed out from speaking at Council on short notice.  The following is interim City Manager Lee McDougal splaining explaining the whole situation.

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INTERIM CITY MANAGER LEE MCDOUGAL EXPLAINS WHY THE CITY “SCREWED UP”, REFERENCING AG PARK, AKA ARROYO PARK, A “TOXIC DUMP.”

Interim Riverside City of Riverside Lee McDougal explain how he feels he was quoted regarding what many at a Friday Morning Club Meeting at the Goeske Senior Center. Many are saying he was “back pedaling” and “waffling.” Activist Vivian Moreno interrupts McDougal and Mayor Bailey gets involved. Again, many now see Lee as a “Smooth Operator.” Cheating is cheating is cheating, and whether it happens to the public, a friend or a spouse – its still cheating. McDougal did give the community the option to have properties tested independently tested at the City of Riverside’s expense. He states that no scientific evidence was given to him, but maybe he does not know how to interpret scientific data. Chief Financial Officer Brent Mason gets involved toward the later part of the video.

The below advertisement shows that the AHV is in the process of selling these homes before they are built.

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AHV ADVERTISEMENT AND ARROW SHOW MARILYN WHITNEY’S HOME IN REFERENCE TO THE NEW HOME DEVELOPMENT. (CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE).

Advertised through AHV Homes. While residents adjacent and within the vicinity are claiming deaths and illness from cancer, would you purchase a home here, as many are asking.  The City of Riverside and Developer Chuck Cox continues to discredit the residents of this area as what appears to be allegedly a “cancer cluster.”  According to the below letters sent by developer Chuck Cox to KTLA’s reporter Kacey Montoya and AG Park resident Marilyn Whitney, there is “no toxic dump site.”  This was sent by the law firm of Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natisis LLP, which incidentally, also does work at taxpayer expense for the city of Riverside.

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Yep, a bit on the scary side as many are saying, but don’t shoot the messenger Allen….  A “bullshitter,” as residents are stating, or a law firm you can depend on? Again, an entity hired by the city of Riverside not to defend the taxpayer, but to screw them.  Another parasitic law firm, like Best Best & Krieger, that feeds on the sweat of the taxpayers.  Worst of all, they retaliate against the taxpayer with their own money.  Those that are elderly, sick and dying.

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LETTER TO KTLA REPORTER KACEY_MONTOYA   LETTER TO RESIDENT MARILYN WHITNEY

So let me get this straight, first Cox gets attorney Allen Matkins to send letters to KTLA reporter Kacey Montoya and resident Marilyn Whitney telling them that AG Park is not a “toxic dump.”  But on March 3rd Chuck Cox publicly calls AG Park a “toxic dump”?  There is definitely something rotten in Denmark.

What we have found is that the FRA-RSI Arroyo Park LLC address is associated with 21 other LLC’s.   Questions concerning residents as to how safe this property was in association to their homes.  With DTSC itself being investigated, can their clean bill of health be supported as legitimate?  Signs, which have since been removed, had stated the following:

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 Another fine dirty land deal?  What has been commonly known as AG Park a 21.34 acre housing development to built over contaminated ground, cleared by DTSC as safe for development.  In order to pay for all the incidentals, which the developer usually incurs the cost, they are proposing to council to set up a CFD in order to hit the taxpayer for $6 million, rather than those responsible.  It appears that the property will change hands under developer Chuck Cox’s Friends of Riverside Airport LLC to Friends of Riverside Airport-RSI Arroyo Park LLC, and the developer would like the City of Rivesride to implement a special levy, by declaring the development site a Community Facilities District, aka Mello-Roos.  This means a special tax will be collected to pay for all expenses he is responsible for to the tune of $6 million.  Is Chuck Cox the City’s new $6 million dollar man?  Or will it only become a Bionic crisis for the taxpayer?  The problem that has yet been addressed, has the property been given a clean bill of health in lieu of the Department of Toxic Substance Control being investigated.

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The Community Facilities Act (more commonly known as Mello-Roos) was a law enacted by the California State Legislature in 1982.[1] The name Mello-Roos comes from its co-authors, Senator Henry J. Mello (D-Watsonville) and Assemblyman Mike Roos (D-Los Angeles). The Act enabled “Community Facilities Districts” (CFDs) to be established by local government agencies as a means of obtaining community funding. Counties, cities, special districts, joint powers authority, and schools districts use these financing districts to pay for public works and some public services.[2]

A Mello-Roos District is an area where a special property tax on real estate, in addition to the normal property tax, is imposed on those real property owners within a Community Facilities District. These districts seek public financing through the sale of bonds for the purpose of financing public improvements and services.[3] These services may include streets, water, sewage and drainage, electricity, infrastructure, schools, parks and police protection to newly developing areas. The tax paid is used to make the payments of principal and interest on the bonds.

Therefore, localities that have been empowered by state law or local law can levy these special taxes on their residents to fund the capital costs of a wide variety of public improvements (such as roads and sewer services), as well as the ongoing operation and maintenance costs of a limited number of public services (such as schools, police and fire protection services, libraries, etc.) that benefit the community.  But of course, these are prone to abuse.

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CITY COUNCIL MEMORANDUM

The work on this project to date has been undertaken by the City’s financing team, which consists of bond counsel (Best Best & Krieger), special tax consultant (Albert A. Webb Associates) and the financial advisor (CSG Advisors).  Staff members from the Finance Department and the City Attorney’s Office are coordinating the formation process.  This already should be telling seeing that Best Best & Krieger and Albert A. Webb & Associates are in on this deal.

Some of the details of the language being brought forward to the Riverside City Council as follows:

Owner has the option to purchase that certain real property located on approximately 21.34 gross acres of land including Tract No. 28987 (the “Property”) located in the City, commonly known as “Arroyo Park” from Friends of the Riverside Airport, L.L.C., a California limited liability company.  Of course it is commonly known as “AG Park.”

The City, is in the process of establishing a community facilities district pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 2.5 (commencing with § 53311) of Part 1 of Division 2 of Title 5 of the Government Code, commonly known as the “Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act of 1982” (the “Act”), over and including the Property for the purpose of levying special taxes (the “Special Taxes”) and selling bonds, in one or more series (the “Bonds”), in an amount sufficient to finance the acquisition of land and improvements thereon for public use, and the design, planning, engineering, installation, and construction of certain public facilities and improvements, to be owned, operated or maintained by the City (the “City Facilities”) to satisfy the obligation of the Property and the Owner for the payment of certain fees to the City. The Public Facilities are generally described in Exhibit A attached hereto, which Public Facilities are necessary to the development of the Property. Said community facilities district shall be known as the “City of Riverside Community Facilities District No. 2015-2 (Arroyo Park).”

Section 3. Types of Facilities and Incidental Expenses.
(a) The types of public facilities proposed to be provided for and financed by the proposed community facilities district are street and road facilities, including street lights and traffic signals, storm water drainage facilities, water system facilities, including capacity in existing facilities, sewer system facilities, including capacity in existing facilities and sewage treatment capacity, or such other facilities of the City which have a useful life of five years or longer(the “Facilities”).
(b) The incidental expenses which will be incurred are: (i) the cost of planning and designing such facilities and the cost of environmental evaluations thereof, (ii) all costs associated with the formation of the proposed community facilities district, issuance of the bonds thereof, the determination of the amount of and collection of taxes, and costs otherwise incurred in order to carry out the authorized purposes of the community facilities district, and (iii) any other expenses

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The following is what is proposed that these properties pay for in the proposed Funding and Acquisition Agreement which is set for approximately $3.9 million, but the actually wiggle room requested expands to $6 million, therefore $2.1 million in taxpayer monies are questionable in appearance.

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Funding and Acquisition Agreement For AG Park Development (aka Arroyo Park)

This was discussed at City Council at 2:00pm on March 3, 2015 on the discussion calender, public invited to speak on the this subject.  We believe this should not go forward until the issue is fully investigated by an outside independent agency with reference to the safety issues brought up by residents, but will appear again for discussion and approval April 28, 2015 at 3:00pm within the City Council Chambers.  Concerned community members should show up for this very important issue.

What public speakers had to say on the proposed issue:

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Public speaker, Kevin Dawson, whom worked in the mortgage industry for years, speaks against the Community Facilities District issue being proposed for the AG Park (aka Arroyo Park) housing development.(click this link to view youtube).  He goes on to talk about capitalized interest, which is using borrowed money to pay the principle and interest of the project until the developer sells the houses. Therefore this benefits the developer for the first couple of years at the expense of the taxpayer.

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SCOTT ANDREWS QUESTIONS SECTION 4 OF THE AGREEMENT (CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW YOUTUBE).

Section 4. Special Taxes. Except where funds are otherwise available, special taxes sufficient to pay for all such facilities, to pay for debt service on other obligations of the City relating to such facilities, and to pay the principal of and interest on the bonds of the proposed community facilities district and the annual administrative expenses of the City and the proposed community facilities district in determining, apportioning, levying and collecting such special taxes, and in paying the principal of and interest on such bonds and the costs of registering, exchanging and transferring such bonds, secured by the recordation of a continuing lien against all taxable or nonexempt property in the proposed community facilities district, shall be annually levied within the proposed community facilities district.  This is also in the above Intention to Establish CFD, (Community Facilities District), but referring to Section 4.

AG PARK BACKGROUND: ACCORDING TO THE FOLLOWING CITY OF RIVERSIDE MEMO TO FILE PER DEBBIE ANDERSON, ASSOCIATED ENGINEER, THE DIGESTER BREAKAGE OCCURRED IN AND ABOUT JULY 1ST OR 2ND OF 2003 ACCORDING TO COX’S ENGINEER BOB BEERS.  This is important because Jorge Moreno, Office of Communications for the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) stated that the department didn’t get involved until 2005, two years after the fact.  The response plan by DTSC, according to their records, was not approved until 2006.  You may ask, why?  We are asking the same questions.  Incidentally, DTSC is currently being investigated.

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But again, we have Phil Pitchard, Intergovernmental and Communications Officer for the City of Riverside, contacting Kacey Montoya attempting to discredit and slander the Moreno’s.  They had recently been told by a former prior high profile executive within the City of Riverside, that the effort to remove them from there place of business was instigated by former Assistant City Manager Belinda Graham, as allegedly stated, “a personal vendetta.”  Mrs. Graham, who is known to work better horizontally, as opposed to vertically some city insiders have stated.  This contradicts the City of Riversides moniker as a business friendly city.  What is more remarkable, we found more small business owners have stated the same, but were afraid to openly state it for fear of retaliation.  What is that all about?  What it is about, is how the City of Riverside does business, and it’s not pretty.

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Incidentally, Phil Pitchard previously worked for the Press Enterprise of which very little, obviously, has been reported with reference to the AG Park issue, although many residents surrounding this development have claimed illness and have reported family deaths to unusual circumstances.  Was Pritchard given the job by the city in order to covering up a really big stories such as AG Park?  Is he a journalist or a snake?  Cause we are snake trainers.  As his email indicates, his attempts to silence the message and slander the messenger.  I checked, Jorge Moreno is not related, thank god… PR person for DTSC who was quick to defend his department of any wrong doing.  Our suggestion is that the City of Riverside hire Jay Carney… at least he is more entertaining and can be part of a more believable spin.

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Jay Carney had the art of words, and could have ‘splained just about any alleged malfeasance or bad press coming from the White House..

THE AG PARK ISSUE NOT GOING AWAY: THE COMMUNITY DISCUSSES THE ISSUE AT A PUBLIC MEETING IN DECEMBER OF 2014: COMMUNITY RESIDENTS ARE USING THE MONIKER “WHILE YOU ARE FILLING POCKETS, WE ARE FILLING COFFINS.”
Unanswered questions by the AG Park Community have continued to be unanswered.  The City of Riverside and the Developer Chuck Cox continue to play upon their talking points that the AG Park area is clean of toxins, and has been given a clean bill of health by DTSC.  Though the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) is being investigated, they continue to defend their actions on AG Park, though were allegedly never their to witness samples taken for samples.  According to a 2013 Consumer Watchdog article they indicate an investigation of DTSC after a scathing report against them.  The report states that top DTSC administrators “play favorites and hamper the staff from performing their environmental duties, including within its Office of Criminal Investigations,” and DTSC “suffers from a bias toward industry encouraged by a revolving door between regulators, lobbyist and lawyers.  Sound familiar folks?

In one NBC investigation first reported February 2, 2013, “People are getting sick, people are dying and community members are crying out.” said one DTSC source.  “We’re not doing near enough; in fact, we are allowing it to happen.”  A second DTSC source stated, that the “expectation the public has of being protected is not being served.”  The hazardous waste tracking system seems to be problematic.  The investigative unit analyzed the most recent 13 years of hazardous waste tracking system data and found that 44 percent of the entries detailing types of hazardous waste were listed as blank, unknown or invalid.  It was found that part of the problem could be the DTSC staff itself.  A state audit by the California Department of Human Resources found that 59 percent of employees in the DTSC department were just not qualified to hold the positions they held.  There is simply no doubt that there are problems within the DTSC, and for the City of Riverside to claim a clean bill of health is debatable at the very least.

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http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Insiders-Say-CA-Toxic-Regulation-is-Weak-192121371.html

Back in August of 2014 a Senate Investigation found major problems with the State of California’s Department of Toxic Substance Control, specifically with DTSC falling down on the job and putting polluters before public health and the environment.  In another story, residents across California are stating that they are getting cancer and other illnesses due directly to weak regulation by DTSC.  Many of these companies were working with expired permits.

FOR SOME FOLKS LIVING IN THE AG PARK VICINITY IT APPEARS THAT IT IS BECOMING A TOXIC TRAIL OF TEARS..

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GERALDO GONZALEZ AT PUBLIC COMMENT ASK CITY COUNCIL TO “RESURRECT HIS WIFE.”  LISTEN TO THIS HEART FELT SPEECH FROM JANUARY 27, 2015.(CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW YOUTUBE).

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RESIDENT JIM MARTIN SPEAKS ON AG PARK SPECIFICALLY DIRECTING HIS COMMENTS TO COUNCILMAN ADAMS JANUARY 27, 2015(CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW ON YOUTUBE).

ACCORDINGLY, TMC JUST LEARNED THAT FORMER AND FIRED CITY ATTORNEY CHRISTINA TALLEY WAS HAVING DIFFICULTY PAYING ATTENTION ON THE DAIS!  While it was noted by interim City Manager Lee McDougal at the Goeske Center, the Friday Morning club was told she had two phones, she would be texting someone on one and playing a “game” on the other.  This may answer the question as to why she appeared at times, surprised, as a deer caught in the headlights.  I as the CEO of the City of Riverside and employer would ask my council to ask for a part refund from Best, Best & Krieger for her lack of duties, as well as not representing the best interest of the taxpayers.  The City of Riverside hired the controversial law firm Best, Best & Krieger, who gave us one of their historically problematic attorneys, Christina Talley.

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RIVERSIDE COUNCIL MEMBERS SIGN A COMPLAINT TO REMOVE THE LAW LICENSE OF FORMER RIVERSIDE DEPUTY ATTORNEY RAYCHELE STERLING.  In what appears to be a conspiratorial closed door retaliatory move, certain council member signed off on a bar complaint against former deputy attorney Sterling, in  what appears to a retaliatory move to silence her public speaking.  Sterling was fired for reporting fraud under former City Attorney Gregory Priamos.  As a result of the bar investigation their complaint was unfounded.  This was an attempt Councilman Steve Adams (who was also serving as Mayor Pro Tem at the time), Councilman Andy Melendrez, Councilman Chris MacArthur and new Councilman Jim Perry.  Councilman Mike Soubirous and Paul Davis refused to part of this underhanded activity and refused to sign the document.  What Adams didn’t know would happen, was that it open many closed session meetings to be made public.  This is going to definitely change the perspective of these councilmen when they listen to tapes that were never meant to be made public.

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FORMER FIRED DEPUTY CITY ATTORNEY RAYCHELE STERLING SPEAKS TO COUNCIL REGARDING THEIR ATTEMPT TO SABOTAGE HER LAW LICENSE ON JANUARY 27,2015 (CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW YOUTUBE).

DID GOVERNOR BROWN CHOSE WELL WHEN IT CAME TO THE APPOINTMENT OF THE NEW RIVERSIDE COUNTY SUPERVISOR CHUCK WASHINGTON, TO TAKE THE PLACE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT IMPERSONATOR AND NEW SENATOR JEFF STONE?
While questions arose of why it took 3 months to appoint a replacement for Deputy Sheriff former Supervisor and new Senator Jeff Stone, how did the process for choosing Washington go forward?  But maybe the Riverside County Supervisors are ecstatic because of Washington’s association with Rancon Real Estate Development.  The process that Washington was involved continues to stink, no matter how many matches you use to curtail the smell, it smells.

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The disgusting part was that three of the five Temecula City Council had some connection to Rancon Real Estate, a development they needed to vote on.

The hotel’s owners are represented by an agent with Rancon Real Estate Corp. According to Thorson, Rancon Real Estate’s chief executive officer is Dan Stephenson, who also founded the Rancon Group, a Murrieta-based collection of development-related companies of which Comerchero is president and CEO.
Stephenson has been the top donor to all five council member’s political campaigns, and Roberts’ son is a Rancon Real Estate agent, although he is not the listed agent for the hotel.
Naggar and Washington are investors in limited liability companies managed by Stephenson, according to Thorson’s report. Naggar is also a real estate consultant to several of those companies.

So how many times has Washington possible voted in the past on conflict of interest issues that were not in the best interest of the tax payer?  How many times did the other two Council Bozo’s voted the same?  Questions are brewing as why he was markedly chosen for the position, was it because of Governor Brown obligations to union ties, and see that Washington.  Would SEIU have had a word with Brown to get Washington in?  After all, huge amounts of union monies are spent their campaigns.

Governor Jerry Brown did the bidding of the government employee unions? I never would have seen that coming… Good luck Riverside County! Maybe I’ll look at moving to San Bernardino County. Sure, they’ve been both corrupt and bankrupt, but at least they’re already on their way to recovery, while Riverside is only halfway to rock bottom.  –Bill Wallace, Commenter on the PE
$16 MILLION, MAYBE MORE SPENT ON OUTSIDE LEGAL IN THE LAST 5 YEARS!  We have to assume the majority of this money went to BB&K, of who we have not contracts or itemization of the any of the taxpayer work they do.  Just for argument sake, let’s take the amount of $16 million, that number is not set in stone of course because it very well could be $20 or $25 million.  If we divide $16 million by 5 years we arrive at $3.2 million per year.  Currently according to the article the City of Riverside employs 12 lawyers, you would think that it would be more cost effective to hire 16 additional attorneys at $200K per year.  Why doesn’t the City think smart?  Is it because they are too enbedded with some of these law firms, such as BB&K?  So much so that we even advertise for them at taxpayer expense, as you see on some bill boards around town?  For shame.
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The question is if we the public “own it.” Why must we waste our profits in advertisements?  After all Riverside Public Utilities only serves the public.  I believe this wasteful advertisement money should be returned to the taxpayer, as well, as any other monies funneled into other creative financing accounts.
RUMOR MILL UPDATE ON FORMER RIVERSIDE UTILITIES ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER OF RESOURCES, AND NOW “RETIRED” PRIVATE CONSULTANT GARY NOLFF:  The word around the grapevine is that the controversy that ensued after the exposure of Nolff’s $200/hr consulting contract with Riverside Public Utilities, is the mysterious Mr. Nolff is now working for Best Best & Krieger, who is working for Riverside Public Utilities.  It is now our premise that in order for Nolff to distance himself from the Reiko Kerr controversy, the City of Riverside strategically asked BB&K to hire him.  Therefore, taxpayers monies are now being funneled through the no contract BB&K arrangement in order to pay Nolff’s consulting fees.  Again, residents are silently asking the question to TMC, for obvious fear of retaliation, what the heck’s going on here?  To many in the community these kind of relationships bear an uncanny resemblance to what some might call a “criminal organization.”  Again, don’t shoot the messenger BB&K: you made the incestuous bed you lie in.
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IS THE PRESS ENTERPRISE DONE AS WE KNOW IT? MANY IN THE COMMUNITY SAY YES, AS TWO IMPORTANT INDIVIDUALS STEP DOWN.  Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz, Co-Owners of Freedom Communication, resigned from all executive duties. Will this in essence bring the PE into a tail spin.  The Riverside Press Enterprise is under Freedom Communication, a group with a Libertarian background.
We’ve heard rumblings from various online PE commenters complaining that their comments were blocked/edited/removed.  Freedom of speech does not seem to claim precedence over getting across, “the agenda,” on the Press Enterprise comment section.  For one thing, TMC has been blocked… and many in the community have said the same.  So what is up Press Enterprise, are you the Fourth Branch of Government, or only Pravda?  We made a call months back and asked the PE if there was any reason that we, TMC, would be blocked from commenting.  They answered that there was no reason they felt we should be blocked, and there system as they saw it, showed that we were not blocked.  Well TMC did a test this week regarding one of their editorials: Innovation Changes the Climate Change.
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Then we signed off, and voila!  The comment disappears.  Now you see it, now you don’t! PE readers have noticed the low amount of commenters, and less of those who can criticize.  Is this the new PE?  To control the message?  We welcome your comments, especially the PE.  Even though we felt that the PE didn’t tell us the truth, or just wasn’t privy to understand the real issues at hand, we felt this was important enough to know where the PE stands.  Is there an obligation to the public, or is it now just to an elite few?

THIRTYMILES BANNED FROM COMMENTING ON THE PRESS ENTERPRISE..THE CLAIM IS THAT THEY ARE CONNECTING PEOPLE TO THEIR COMMUNITY?…BUT ARE THEY REALLY?

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THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE CONTINUES TO UTILIZE THE BIOKORIUM BUILDING FOR A BACK DROP FOR KNBC’S MARY PARKS INTERVIEWS KNOWN AS “FACE 2 FACE.”  THANK YOU RIVERSIDE, INTERESTING NEXUS, AFTER FIVE YEARS, YOU HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO LEASE THIS BUILDING, UNFORTUNATELY AT TAX PAYERS EXPENSE.  YOU JUST COULD NOT PULL IT OFF… BUT WE KNOW WHAT REALLY HAPPENED, DON’T WE?  GRAHAM AND HUDSON… OF COURSE THE PE WON’T REALLY REPORT ON THE TRUTH OF THIS ISSUE, BUT TMC WILL.

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CAN NEWLY CHRISTENED RIVERSIDE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY FIND SOLACE IN THOSE WHO DIDN’T SUPPORT HIM?  WILL THESE NEW ASSOCIATIONS CHANGE HIS ORIGINAL CAMPAIGN OATH TO THE PEOPLE OF THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE?  The question to District Attorney Mike Hestrin is why is he embracing those that didn’t support him?  Such as Senator Jeff Stone, (Mr. Law Enforcement Impersonator), Sheriff Stan Stiff Sniff, Supervisor Kevin Jeffries, Supervisor John Tavaglione, Supervisor John Benoit and of course, who many are stating is the, “ringleader,” Supervisor Marion Ashley..
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How many from this cast of characters are embedded in land deals throughout the County of Riverside? And who are their cohorts, who support their business dealings.  The real question is, “Will Hestrin unveil the scam of developing properties through the mechanism known as newly incorporated cities?”  That is: taking properties from their owners via code enforcement and newly voted upon resolutions, which then can be exploited at their own discretion?
WILL NEW CITY ATTORNEY GARY GEUSS BE ABLE TO HANDLE THE TRASH LEFT BEHIND BY FORMER CITY ATTORNEY GREGORY PRIAMOS?  WILL HE BE ABLE TO KEEP THAT SMILE ON HIS FACE  FOR LONG?
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YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU HAD CLOWNS TO THE LEFT OF YOU AND JOKERS TO THE RIGHT, AND NOW MR. CITY ATTORNEY, YOUR STUCK IN THE MIDDLE OF IT ALL. (CLICK LINK TO WATCH YOUTUBE).
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PENNY NEWMAN SENDS LETTER TO THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE REGARDING AG PARK WITH REFERENCE TO CONTACTING LOCAL STATE AND FEDERAL AGENCIES:
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CCAEJ Document Riverside Agriculture Park (CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW FULL LETTER).  LOOKS LIKE THE RESIDENTS OF AG PARK GOT, “TOXIC DUMPED,” ON.  EWWWW!

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “OFFENSIVE,” “INAPPROPRIATE,” “HURTFUL,” “MEAN SPIRITED,” “DISTASTEFUL,” “EMBARRASSING,” HORIFFIC,” “SLANDEROUS” 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!   COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  WE JUST CAN’T SPELL!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT BY CONTACTING US AT:   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

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A two part series of articles has been written regarding Pasadena’s Public Works Director Siobhan Foster and City Manager Michael Beck with relation to their part with the City of Riverside featuring former fired Resource Principle Analyst Jason Hunter, former City of Riverside Business Owner who was retaliated by a City of Riverside Executive and Taxpayer Advocate Vivian Moreno, former fired Riverside Contracts Administer for Public Works Sean Gill, former fired Deputy City Attorney Raychele Sterling and retired Chief of Enforcement for the California EPA Department of Toxic Substances Control, and also worked for the Department of Food and Agriculture in their Environmental Hazards Assessment Program specializing in ground water contamination Scott Simpson.

PART ONE:

SHAKEUP AT PASADENA CITY HALL-TWO KEY DIRECTORS “FIRED WITHOUT CAUSE” FROM CITY FALLOUT FROM EMBEZZLEMENT SCANDAL RAISES MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT MICHAEL BECK’S MANAGEMENT.

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PART TWO: MICHAEL BECK AND TOXIC POLITICS

RIVERSIDER’S COMMENT ON THE PASADENA INDEPENDENT:

The people of Pasadena are lucky they have a newspaper that is covering this information. The owner of the Riverside paper, the Press Enterprise, retired, and it was sold to a Texas corporation that then gutted its staff’s ability to do this kind of investigative reporting. It has since then changed hands again.
Meanwhile, Michael Beck was hired as City Manager by the City of Riverside WITHOUT ANY SEARCH FOR, OR INTERVIEW OF OTHER CANDIDATES. I know; I was there objecting to this hire.
Why was Beck hired without any search for candidates? I think it’s because our then-Mayor, Ron Loveridge, knew Beck would participate in covering up what already had been taking place for years, under the “leadership’ of the previous City Manager, Brad Hudson, who, with Loveridge, had concocted a redevelopment scheme, the so-called “Riverside Renaissance,” that has left local citizens forced to overpay utility bills, sewer charges, and more, and stripped local services so that, for example, the annual expenditure on public libraries is only 25 cents per citizen per year. (I think Pasadena was spending at least $4 a year on library services).
Beck had worked at the University of California at Riverside, where our multi-term Mayor, Ron Loveridge, was continuing to accrue pension credits while on repeated annual leaves to serve six four-year terms as the City’s Mayor. (This means Loveridge is getting pensions from both the UC system AND from the City of Riverside; a recent salary poll showed that some unnamed associate professor at UCR is making $680,000 annually, and I bet that it’s Loveridge.)
So Loveridge knew Beck before extolling his virtues as a City Manager — an accolade Beck received despite his lack of ANY experience as a city manager.
I hope this newspaper continues to dig deep into this story!  LETITIA PEPPER, former Attorney for Best, Best & Krieger.

Beck started out without the proper credentials to be a city manager, but Mayor Loveridge brought him from UCR to pull off the Renaissance scheme. Although Beck is not smart enough to pull this scheme off himself he had help. We also fired good management so the scheme could be pulled off. Check with the purchasing manager, did they replace him/her. Did someone alert management and get fired? This is a trick Beck learned in Riverside. Fire Beck!!! Check not only your interfund/interagency loans but also your bond proceeds.  City council need to call the state controller to do an audit. Do not rely on outside auditors they can be bought and sold. Beck is no good, he will only try to hide the larger problems.  Someone needs to ask Beck why he was in the City of Riverside, city hall about 3 months ago, saw him in the elevator.  – DVONNE PITRUZZELLO, former candidate for Riverside Mayor & Council

And why, people should ask, did Beck fire Green and Foster “without cause”? Why weren’t they fired FOR cause — for failing to institute, and then follow, procedures designed to prevent the theft of at least $6.4 million? It looks like Beck is actually TRYING to protect them. He’s probably hoping that the average person will think that by firing them without cause, at least Beck is punishing them.
Under these circumstances, describing their departure as being “without cause” is actually a reward, compared to what should be happening.
So who REALLY knew WHAT was going on with that embezzlement — and WHERE did the money go, and WHO got a share of it? Will BECK’s name figure as an answer to any of these questions? Let’s hope there is an in-depth investigation and prosecution in the works.

I can’t believe the incredible timing of this article. Toward the end of the article, Jason Hunter, a former City of Riverside employee fired for knowing too much and not keeping quiet, talks about how the City of Riverside’s top officials worked to silence public discussion.

One of the ways to do that was that the City Council voted to take away the public’s right to take things off the Consent Calendar so that they were available for public discussion, and how then a small group — the Mayor, Mayor Pro tem, City Manager, City Attorney, and City Clerk — would decide what items went on the Consent Calendar.
In fact, individual Council members were denied the right to put anything on the Discussion or Consent Calendar at all, thus depriving their constituents of any voice as to issues that needed to be discussed.
I just recently stumbled onto the fact that this method of controlling public discussion is a violation of the Ralph M Brown Act. On January 16, 2015, I sent the Riverside Mayor and City Council a letter demanding that they stop violating the Ralph M. Brown Act and return to the former — and legal — method by which members of the public may object at any City Council meeting to any item being placed on the consent calendar, which then puts in on the Discussion Calendar for a full, public discussion and debate about its merits.
I am still awaiting a response, but if the City fails to correct this glaring, and meaningfully timed violation of law, there is a group of citizens ready to retain my legal services to sue the it.
Notably, the motion to take away this public right was made by Riverside City Council Member Dom Betro and seconded by Council Member Steve Adams as the “Riverside Renaissance” shell game was about to heat up. Steve Adams has been a HUGE proponent of developing the Ag Park land (mentioned in the second article in this series)and has continued to insist that there are no toxic chemicals there. I believe that Steve Adams was a primary a proponent of using sewer funds to build the infamous “road to nowhere” — a road built with city money leading directly to land that Cox, the developer mentioned in part two of this story, was planning to develop.  – LETITIA PEPPER, former Attorney for Best, Best & Krieger.

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “OFFENSIVE,” “INAPPROPRIATE,” “HURTFUL,” “MEAN SPIRITED,” “DISTASTEFUL,” “EMBARRASSING,” HORIFFIC,” “SLANDEROUS” 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!   COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  WE JUST CAN’T SPELL!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT BY CONTACTING US AT:   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

 

 

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THANK-YOU RESIDENTS FOR YOUR SUBMISSIONS…REMEMBER POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IS A DETRIMENT TO THE FREEDOMS WE BEHOLD TODAY.

Remember, no one for a second should think that this is okay.  To remove the power of the elected legislate, our council members, of placing issues on the agenda by a ceremonial Mayor, who has no power to legislate, and an appointed City Manager, who has no power to legislate, defines, simply, a political coup d’état, a sudden and illegal seizure of government.  It simply, a power grab by those who have no power.  What does this mean?  This means that issues such as the Red Light Cameras, the questioning of how monies are spent by the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce, the Sewer Fund Audit (incidentally have found discrepancies) and the issue of a toxic waste spill known as AG Park, which has been reported twice by the news agency KTLA.  We are peeling the layers of the onion folks, and some of our elects don’t like it because it is raining on their parade of obligations.  Obligations which concern themselves to others, negating their obligation to the taxpayer.  Again, the issue of AG Park has yet to be placed on the agenda and now folks, we have this item #19 to contend with.  Again, I must refer to Joe Isuzu and ask for his opinion regarding Mayor Bailey’s position..

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Wow..I didn’t see that coming!

What needs to remembered is that the elected legislative body, the Council member, set’s policy, not staff or the mayor.

Sec. 405. Duties of Mayor; Mayor Pro Tempore; Council tie–Mayor’s vote.The Mayor shall be the presiding officer at all meetings of the City Council and shall have a voice in all its proceedings but shall not vote except to break a City Council tie-votewhich exists for any cause. The Mayor shall be the official head of the City for all ceremonial purposes.
Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government; when this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins.  -Benjamin Franklin
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.  -Benjamin Franklin
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The contradiction of this statement is that it is outside of Riverside City Hall…

Will we be losing more of our Democracy as a City, and turn into a Hogan’s Heroes form of government, with the bumbling Colonel Klink and Sergeant Schultz running the camp?  Where’s transparency when Sergeant Schultz continues to insist he knows nothing?  Colonel Klink states everybody’s doing it, two council members are the only ones that seem to have a problem with it.  Will Sergeant Schultz take his excessive taxpayer pension check and cadillac health benefits and run for the hills?  “F-Troop” the taxpayer, right Barber!  Of course, you’ll be alright on the backs of the taxapayer!

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THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT CONCERNS OUR CITY AS A WHOLE, WE ASK ALL TO COME TO THIS TUESDAYS CITY COUNCIL MEETING TO EXPRESS YOUR VOICE!  TUESDAY DECMEBER 9, 2014 AT 6:30PM COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL.

Persons Who May Place Matters on the Agenda (ORIGINAL AND CURRENT VERSION)
Except for matters pending before any committee, commission or other advisory body of the City or the City Council, matters pertinent to and within the jurisdiction of the City may be placed on the agenda by the Mayor, any Councilmember, the City Manager, any Department Director, or any other person, subject to the discretion of the City Manager.

As I understand this language, an item can be placed on the agenda by the Mayor, any Councilmember, the City Manager or any Department Director.  Any other person, such as the public, is subject to the discretion of the City Manager.  I say this, because it would be a contradiction for the City Manager to place an item on the agenda, and still be under the scrutiny and discretion of himself to remove it, hence, below it is not surprising to find that the City Manager is in complete control of items placed on the agenda.

Persons Who May Place Matters on the Agenda (NEW PROPOSED MODIFIED VERSION)
Except for matters pending before any committee, commission or other advisory body of the City or the City Council, matters pertinent to and within the jurisdiction of the City may be placed on the agenda by the Mayor, any Councilmember subject to the discretion of the City Manager or with a majority vote of the City Council during the “Future Items” for consideration section of the City Council agenda. Department Directors may have matters placed on the agenda subject to the discretion of the City Manager.

This new version will create a City which the Mayor and the City Manager control and new proposal or agenda items, which leaves it to their discretion only, if it goes to public City Council for discussion.  The power will be taken away from the elected Council members, thus leading us to a power less elected council.  Control will be place back to the status quo good ol boy complex, which means the Mayor, those Council members who play to get along, a City Manager who will ensure the complex agenda is directed forward, while those in the minority will never have a voice.  This is not about people folks, it’s about a power grab!  Cindy Roth and the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce won’t have to go to each council member and tell them to get along.

A conspiracy to take charge?  Another attempted power grab by the Mayor and City Manager?  Remember, the City Manager serves at the pleasure of the City Counsel, it’s not the other way around.  Or does the City Manager serve at the pleasure of the Mayor, a ceremonial position, not a legislative position.  Our City has already seen what an abuse of power can do within the City Manager position, and it has cost the taxpayer enormously.

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                         COMPLETE AGENDA                                   COMPLETE ITEM#19 REPORT

What we also need to recognize as a community, is that when the Mayor and those in status quo are telling the community that many cities are doing this, that should be a red flag, let not history repeat itself.  The of control of agenda issues are more than likely a result of the lobbying and teachings of the League of California Cities.  Who teach cities how to get around the law.  Then we have the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce whom receives taxpayers monies through the tactfulness of the President/CEO Cindy Roth.

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Cindy Roth                      Ron Redfern

Further, what gets into the Riverside Press Enterprise and doesn’t get published, may be a result of former Publisher/CEO of the Press Enterprise, Ron Redfern.  Incidentally, Chairman of the Board for the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce.

THE PRESS ENTERPRISE JUST RELEASED THERE VERSION OF THIS ISSUE BY ALICIA ROBINSON. (CLICK THIS LINK)

WE’VE BEEN RECEIVING MANY EMAILS AS TO WHY TMC STAFF DIDN’T FILL THE HOGAN PIC.  LET US KNOW WHO YOU THINK IS QUALIFIED TO FIT THE PIC OF HOGAN! AND THE TMC CRACK PHOTOSHOP STAFF (WHICH IS MYSELF AND TWO OTHER GUYS) WILL REPLACE THE IMAGE WITH SOMEONE WHO DESERVES THAT POSITION!  LET US KNOW AT THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

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P.S.  THANKS TO CLOSE TO A THOUSAND NEW READER’S THIS WEEKEND ON TMC!

LOCAL EMAIL IN REFERENCE TO CURRENT TMC POSTING CAUSES STIR IN AT CITY HALL LEADING TO APOLOGY!  You decide was their City Hall pressure to change their tune in the email below? The secondary and tertiary email were sent to City Council members.  A phone call was made by Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey, and he didn’t appear to like the Hogans Heroes bumbling Nazi pic and ask for a retraction from the writer.  Incidentally, Mayor Bailey is scheduled to speak at the Monday’s December 7, 2014 RRR (Residents for Responsible Representation) Meeting.  The antithesis is the apology, though the group title is Residents for Responsible Representation.  Before terms such as offensive, inappropriate, mis spirited, distasteful, embarrassing and horrific were used to describe TMC, we must view the last two emails, the writer states how “I don’t want to see our Councilmen “handcuffed” by City Staff.”  It was sent to over 200 residents because it was information that need to be disseminated.  One phone call changed the atmosphere.

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Initial email sent (below), describing this Tuesday’s City Council Item #19 up for discussion.
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and ANOTHER VERSION OF THE EMAIL (CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE).
In this email Tom, states that “it absolutely eliminates the public involvement,” he goes on to say “This is not meant to affect the legislators, only the unwashed, undisciplined voting masses.”  Now who will decide who is unwashed and not washed?  The Colonel or the Sergeant?  Sounds a bit “Naziistic.”  Sounds a bit “Offensive,” don’t you think?  Again, the following: With this tweak of the city charter the public will not have to worry their pretty little heads about the self-important things the city government bureaucrats will do for us — or to us.  Therefore, should you as residents be concerned of this type of dictatorial mentality?  Should we be concerned with the ‘status quo’ mentality?  Mayor Bailey stated in his campaign that he would not be apart of this “status quo.”  IS HE LIAR?  You decide here is the evidence..
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IS HE ‘STATUS QUO?” THE VERY ELEMENT HE CAMPAIGNED AGAINST? HE CERTAINLY NOT CHALLENGING STATUS QUO AS HE INDICATED IN HIS CAMPAIGN FLYER! (CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE).
 
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Councilman Mike Soubirous

I think anyone reading the quotes attributed to people commenting to the PE speak for themselves. One wants to limit who speaks to “maintain decorum.” Wow! Another does not tell you that Councilmember have been able to place items on the Council (key word – Council) Agenda up until a few weeks ago. I’ve placed items on the agenda by simply informing our City Clerk. Now, there are a few at City Hall who want to limit my ability to effect change that the residents of Riverside demand of me. Putting an end to Red Light Cameras, non-emergency ambulance competition, a plan to deal with aggressive panhandlers – all Items placed on the Council Agenda by Councilmembers. “City Hall” is getting tired of these changes. They like things the way they were – Councilmembers going-along to get-along, let the bureaucrats decide how to spend our tax dollars. PLEASE SHOW UP THIS TUESDAY AND TELL THE BUREAUCRATS THEY WORK FOR YOU AND TO STOP TRYING TO LEGISLATE – THAT’S THE COUNCIL’S JOB!
FORMER COUNCILMAN FRANK SCHIAVONE SENDS LETTER TO COUNCIL MEMBERS NOVEMBER 2014 REGARDING ITEMS BEING PLACED ON THE AGENDA AND HIS RECENT CONTACT WITH FORMER CITY MANAGER BRAD HUDSON:
To All Councilmembers:
Hope this finds you all well. Recently, I was asked if I was familiar with Section IX(C) of the Rules of Procedure and Order of Business for the City Council of the City of Riverside. My response was yes, and that I was directly involved in its modification and adoption while sitting as a Councilmember. I offer the following comments for any historical value you may find useful.
1) The entire essence is captured in its title. “Rules of Procedure and Order of Business for the City Council of the City of Riverside” (not the City Manager Rules)
2) Reference made “Subject to the discretion of the City Manager” only refers to persons other than the Mayor, any Councilmember, the City Manager, any Department Director. During my 8 years as a Councilmember with four different City Managers (2 Acting-2 permanent) is was never suggested otherwise.
3) Just for information, I recently contacted by phone former City Manager Brad Hudson and posed this question to him. “Did you ever think you had veto power over any Councilmember wanting to place an item on the Council Agenda?” His response to me was, and I quote, “No, never, but what a great idea if you can get away with it!” (He started laughing at the mere suggestion).
4) Any attempt of “Clarification” by any Administrator is nothing more than an attempt eliminate your authority as a Legislator and have you follow by example, rather than lead by example.
Kindly yours,Frank Schiavone
NEW STORY: In the Press Enterprise, Chief Diaz said. “You can be smart or less smart about it, and I’m satisfied our folks handled the situation very expertly, and the proof of that is that there were no injuries or property damage.”  The TMC Investigative team that news is all over the internet about a car plowing through a crowd of protestors, with injuries.  In fact, some major news agencies such as KTLA, ABC and NBC.  Is it time for Diaz to go?  Does he allow his troops to really sleep on the job?  The next story…
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WITH THE NEW CRITICISM, TMC UPDATED IT’S DESCRIPTION…

 TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “OFFENSIVE,” “INAPPROPRIATE,” “HURTFUL,” “MEAN SPIRITED,” “DISTASTEFUL,” “EMBARRASSING,” HORIFFIC,” “SLANDEROUS” 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!   COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  WE JUST CAN’T SPELL!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT BY CONTACTING US AT:   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM