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Let me suggest your next Press Enterprise Editorial Headline : “Riverside Betrayed by its Leaders”

In the 2016 “Debate Cycle” Rusty Bailey completely collapsed and became the follower, not the leader.

Is the Endorsement of the Press Enterprise (“P.E.”) credible or is it just part of the rigged political process in Riverside County?  The P.E. official decision to endorse Rusty Bailey as Mayor is not only irresponsibly, but quite confusing.  This decision may have put the credibility of the P.E.’s political coverage at risk.  The Press Enterprise Editorial Board (“Board”) is either ignorant or illogical, maybe both.  Based on the P.E. editorials that have been written over the past few years, this board has clearly demonstrated to be unscrupulous.  It doesn’t take half a brain to figure out that Rusty Bailey’s decisions and the impressive relationships he has made as a Councilmember and Mayor of Riverside have contributed to the “sloppy and messy” state of affairs we find ourselves in today.

I took an in depth  look at the editorial opinions that the P.E. has written over the past few years, and here are some of the headlines:

  • Beaumont Betrayed by its leaders
  • Ambulance Monopoly Disputes.
  • Over whelming Pension Costs
  • Beaumont Ignoring Taxpayers
  • Riverside Fiscal outlook
  • Riverside has a spending problem
  • Budget goes into overtime.
  • Riverside Removes Rose Tinted Glasses
  • Keep Government Honest

In one of your editorials, there is even a discussion about inefficient government.  I included the Beaumont headlines because I believe the City of Riverside is very similar to Beaumont and or San Bernardino, for that matter.  That is because management and leadership for this entire region is governed the same way.

These headlines do not reflect the so called “successful direction that the leadership of Rusty Bailey has taken its citizens.”  These editorials reflect a message completely contrary to the P.E.’s endorsement of Rusty Bailey.  The Message coming out of the Press Enterprise is: Corruption, Cut Services for the Citizens, Continue to Pay for Special Interest and Increase Public Employee Pensions. Who do you think got us here? — RUSTY BAILEY.

The Press Enterprise has had a front row seat at City Hall longer than I have, and either I am missing something, or the P.E. is continuing to protect the “status quo.”  Throughout the 2016 Mayoral race, Rusty Bailey flipped on all the issues he previously supported.  First, at the Chamber sponsored debate, he stated he would not use the “veto” power of the Mayor, and that he supported Measure A (City Prosecution of Misdemeanors) and his vision of the Trolley/Street Car.  At the same debate, I stated I would have VETOED the Measure A vote, and that I opposed Measure A and his Trolley/Street Car — because we can’t afford it!!  Interestingly, at the very last debate, Rusty Bailey stated that he NOW believes that he should have vetoed the Measure A vote, is against Measure A and no longer supports his Trolley/Streetcar vision because we can’t afford it.  Hmmmm?  Sounds familiar. Rusty completely collapsed and is NOW singing my song.  I became the leader, and he the follower.

The suggestion of the P.E. Board to Rusty Bailey is that “he must become a cheerleader for fiscal responsibility.”  “HE MUST BECOME!”  Does the Board think the citizens of Riverside are stupid? What the hell has he been doing for the last 10 years?  Oh yea, he’s been riding his bike!  So, basically the P.E. Board is suggesting that Mr. Bailey need to be more like Vivian Moreno.  Rusty Bailey will NEVER be fiscally responsible because his “impressive list of supporters” still have their hands out to collect the municipal welfare he is ready, willing and able to give them.  That’s why he has them. The P.E. Board is just too clueless in thinking we don’t get its message.  We do.  We get it LOUD  AND CLEAR!

The only two Candidates that should have been considered for this endorsement based on the message coming out of current P.E. editorials and articles, should have been myself, Vivian Moreno, and Nancy Melendez.  The P.E. Board calls me an “interesting challenger.”  Really!  The ONLY candidate that has taken on the issues of the citizens has been myself, you said so yourselves.. The Citizens of Riverside need to take this City Back, and the Press Enterprise is not helping that happen.

Rusty and Paul have been part of the problem that will lead to the eventual destruction of the City of Riverside.  These men were afraid to fight for the rights of the citizens of Riverside. They were afraid of their own staff — that they were in charge of!  The Council and the Mayor have not been doing the job the people elected them to do.

The “YES MEN” of Riverside are Rusty Bailey, Paul Davis, Mike Gardner, Chris MacArthur, Jim Perry, John Burnard, and Andy Melendrez.  Make no mistake about it, these men are the ones responsible for the headlines coming out of the Press Enterprise.  These men are all ready to raise taxes and at the same time willing to cut services to the citizens, but not to the special interest.  Our quality of life has suffered greatly because of the waste, fraud, and abuse that these men all voted  “YES” for.

In my interview with this Editorial Board, the participants were all in agreement that the issues and concerns of the very valuable citizens brought forward week after week to council meetings should have been looked into by the Council and the Mayor.  They had a responsibility to do the work of the people.  They did not.  They will not.  Nothing will change.

The shell games will continue if Rusty Bailey becomes Mayor for a 2nd term.  The taxes of the citizens and the utility rate payers will continue to grow.  Our quality of life and our standard of living will decline.  The Lawsuits to protect our Charter/Constitution and the citizens of Riverside will continue to be filed.  I will continue to research City documents and keep informing the citizens of Riverside through my blog site Thirtymilesofcorruption.com

I had a blast running for Mayor, my message was sound and informative and by the end of the debate cycle, all the candidates were singing my “veto” song.  The Press Enterprise endorsement invitation was the only endorsement invitation I accepted and participated in.  I only did so because I was very curious about the process and outcome.   I knew that  endorsement of Rusty Bailey was possible, which would in essence confirm that the P.E. is really part of the problem.  However, the solution is already available to the people — Thirtymilesofcorruption.com  and they have been visiting in droves.

So despite the outcome of the Mayoral race, I achieved all my personal goals:

  1. I Tripled the readership of Thirtymiles.
  2. The public became more aware of the reality of abuses at City Hall.
  3. My name recognition is greater than ever before.
  4. The Citizens are becoming more aware that the TRUE FINANCIAL PICTURE of the City of Riverside can only be found on Thirtymilesofcorruption.com
  5. And The Citizens of Riverside Know that they can come to Thirtymilesofcorruption.com for the REAL STORY.
  6. THIRTY MILE’s Is the Independent Voice.

Let me suggest a last headline for the P.E.: “ It’s Cheaper to Keep Her”  You see P.E. Board, I may have been Mr. Baileys most interesting challenger but now I’m Yours…..

Do the Math… It’s Cheaper to Keep Her.

FULL PAGE AD PURCHASED BY RIVERSIDE PUBLIC UTILITIES IN THE PRESS ENTERPRISE FOR MEMORIAL DAY!  NOT ONLY A WASTE OF MONEY FOR THE RATE PAYERS, WAS THIS A GIFT BACK TO THE PRESS ENTERPRISE FOR ENDORSING RUSTY?  This is the kind of thing we constantly find reprehensible, the P.E. endorses Rusty during the week, and now receives payment for an expensive full page ad, paid for by RPU.  First, RPU does not need to advertise.  Why?  Because they are a public monopoly, meaning the rate payers own it.  Secondly, who authorized this ad to be purchased, none of the chair holding rate payers were told!  If RPU continues to waste rate payers monies, they should have at least given that money to real veteran needs.  What did this cost P.E.?  $30,000.00? We will get the invoice!  The veteran below in the pic is silver star recipient Andrew Melendrez, who is actually Councilman Andy Melendrez’s dad.  This is the second time RPU has run Andy’s dad picture like this.  Andy evidently won’t vote against these kinds of waste.  He owns it, actually they own him.

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Don’t Forget to Vote Vivian Moreno
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For Riverside Mayor this June 2016!

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 KEY IS TEMPERATURE AND GOOD QUALITY CALVADOS..

I found this recent story released by the Press Enterprise to be quite amusing.  For the record, TMC, Vivian Moreno, Dvonne Pitruzzello, Mary Shelton and many others had been talking about the over spending at City Hall for years.  We started investigating when the Finance Department was under the direction of the accounting legend,  former CFO Paul Sundeen. The Master of Manipulating the books. He would come to city council to tell the council and mayor how great our credit rating was. We were so disgusted, we knew otherwise, all you had to do was read their documents and follow the money.  What is quite sidesplitting in the PE article is that some council members were puzzled by how the city went from a budget that appeared balance in June 2015, to a deficit estimated at $8 million in February 2016 (we believe the deficit is more like $19-25 million).  The response that hit the jugular was that one council member asked the question whether officials had manipulated the numbers.

But City Manager John Russo, stated in the PE that he thinks the problem in not malfeasance, but outdated systems of practices…well alrighty now, should his answer be taken at face value or seriously?  But he goes on to say, “I don’t think there was malicious intent there; I think the attitude was, ‘This is the way we’ve always done it.'”  He went on to say, “They won’t be doing it that way anymore.” Mr. Russo don’t we pay you to know?  Maybe we should hire another consultant to find out for sure?  OH, we can’t afford it!

I have to say that there is only one way which comes to accounting practices, and that is the right way, it’s called BEST PRACTICES.  But, I ask the question, as myself with a science background.  There are many statistical applications that can be utilized to receive a favorable or desired result.  Is this what happened?

What is more disparaging is that the City will not comment on the reasons for Mason’s departure, which leaves a bad taste in my mouth, because what they are doing is not being upfront with the facts and being transparent. I thought Mr. Russo was all about transparency?   We the taxpayer, the CEO, the Employer, needs to know what is going on with our company…our City!

Mr. Russo again sugar coats everything and will hold no one accountable for the misdeeds that occurred in our city.  He has so far found that the City officials did not follow policy in the City Attorneys Office or Finance Department.  Former City Attorney Greg Priamos paid his friends by issuing no contracts and therefore was no accountability.  Russo has now dismantled the Finance Department for what is believed,  as “cooking the books.”  Brent Mason, Michael Gomez and Scott Catlett are GONE!  I think Human Resources is next.  I’m sure all the Department heads are looking for new jobs.

Thirty Miles of Corruption started receiving the news of Brent’s departure about a month ago from an anonymous source who sometimes appears to be wholly inadequate…  Vivian Moreno was at the RRR neighborhood meeting March 7th, she asked John Russo very specifically if Brent Mason was leaving and are we headed for BANKRUPTCY?  He stated “He could not respond to personal issues, but the Finance Department is wholly inadequate for an organization I am in charge of.”   As far as the bankruptcy issue he would not really elaborate but basically said “no!”  Do I believe him? NO!

When Councilmember Mike Gardner states “There’s always this magic pot of gold that appears,” common sense will tell there is no pot of gold, there is no magic money, and there is no money tree. The Councilmembers were so stupid they actually believed there was a pot of gold?   Now you have Assistant City Manager Marianna stating the imbalances were disguised?  We do not live in the Emerald Green Land of OZ either.  We live in Riverside.  They were STEALING from Riverside Public Utilities.  The City always spent way more than what was budgeted.  It was a ticking time bomb..

THERE IS NO MAGIC MONEY….. why do I say that?  The City of Riverside magically found 10 million dollars to pay off our Prop 218 lawsuit.  The $10 million was to be paid from the General Fund back to the Water Fund.  The creative finance people seemingly found the money?  More pots of gold?  Or is this the straw that breaks the camels back.  I suggest all you really smart council people check to see how legal that was, to take the magic money the way you approved it.  Let me give you a very simple explanation, we tax retail, “YES!”  We tax wholesale, “NO!”  Council approved a wholesale tax… “STUPID!”  Again, there is no Magic Money…..there was no real payment from the general fund of $10 million.  You had electric pay water.  Let me explain that to you even easier. You had the Electric Ratepayer pay the Water Ratepayer.

Paul Davis stated they were ‘cooking the books’… Mike Gardner believes there was no wrong doing, Mike Gardner also believes in pots of gold… Who do you believe?  The Council is ultimately responsible for the disguising, cooking, and lying about the true financial position of the city.

City Manager John Russo stated the Finance Department was wholly inadequate.  Mr. Russo, we think Former Mayor Ron Loveridge, Cindy Roth, Brad Hudson, Scott Barber, Michael Beck, Paul Sundeen, Scott Catlett, Brent Mason, Tom Desantis, Belinda Graham, Deanna Larson, Mayor Rusty Bailey, Chris MacArthur, Mike Gardner, Steve Adams, Andy Melendrez, Paul Davis, Jim Perry, Nancy Hart, and all the special interest groups and citizens that supported and benefited from all the wild spending, were wholly inadequate and responsible for the current financial mess we are in.

Council member mike Gardner sums it up by stating ” The old way has hurt the city.”

The Old way hasn’t hurt the City Mr. Gardner….. The Mayor and Council did….. and you did!

UPDATE: 03.21.2016: CITY OF RIVERSIDE NAMES SCOTT MILLER NEW INTERIM FINANCE DIRECTOR.

UPDATE: 04.18.2016: FORMER CITY OF RIVERSIDE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER BRENT MASON CHOSEN TO BE CFO FOR THE CITY OF SAN BERNARDINO.

 

VOTE MORENO FOR RIVERSIDE MAYOR 2016!

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S REGIONAL COUNTIES MOST, “NEGATIVE,” “RAUNCHY,” “LOW CLASS,” “VISIONS OF GRANDEUR,” “FULL OF B.S.,” “IGNORANT,” “MISGUIDED,” “BULLYISH,” “FILTHY,” “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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RUSS HISSOM, PARTNER AT BAKER TILLY VIRCHOW KRAUSE LLP, THE AUDITOR THAT DID THE AUDIT WITHIN THE AUDIT, OF THE ALREADY AUDITED NORTHSIDE PROPERTIES, THAT I HAVE A FEELING, WILL BE AUDITED AGAIN…

Bringing the truth to the North Side…….Vote Vivian Moreno Mayor 2016…..

Riverside hires Russ Hissom, Partner at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP, to perform an audit (another outside auditor paid for by the ratepayer) of the Northside properties that the City, the Redevelopment Agency, and Public Utilities made a mess of.

This blog post examines the 5th or 6th audit (we think) conducted on the Northside properties that were once owned by our Water Fund; that were sold to the Redevelopment Agency, General Fund and Electric Funds; a portion of which were subsequently given to the General Fund; all financed by the Sewer and Electric Funds; and with one property sold back to the Water Fund.  Did you get all that?  We may have missed a transaction or 2.  These deals are to transparency what Miley Cyrus is to propriety…and both smell fishy.

About 2005, the City needed money and property to get into the full swing of Redevelopment and they had their eyes set on the Northside of Ward 1.  This was easy pickings:  apathetic Northside residents, surplus utility property, outsized utility reserves, and a staff all-too-ready to violate the law and City policy in the name of advancing their careers.  The endgame was simple: special interests and the City wins and the average taxpayer and ratepayer would be left looking for the license plate of the vehicle that hit them.

Today, we look at one piece of the Northside goulash: the former Riverside Golf Course.  The dialog starts in 2010 around the water cooler that we need a soccer stadium and it should be in the Northside, and the City just happens to have the “perfect” piece of property. Council Member Andy Melendrez started selling it to the community. Then, we get a new Community Development Director (CDD), Al Zalinka, who starts planning for a beautiful new soccer stadium with all the bells and whistles. The CDD spends about a year and a half putting this project together. Hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions, goes into planning, designing and developing this stadium.

Let’s set the stage: the City has selected 2 main development teams to bid for this project. The Council is ready to hear the proposals from both teams.  The Council Chamber is full that afternoon with developers, architects, contractors, money men, and probably a couple of other scoundrels. Every one of them is dressed in their Sunday Best. The “Big” names of Riverside elitists were sitting there: Yeager, Tavaglione, Rubin, Singletary, Hunt… all ready, willing, and able to cash in on the taxpayer, as in this PE Article on the Soccer Complex back in September 2012.

We had repeatedly advised the Council and the City that this deal could not and should not go forward. But nobody wanted to listen as our electeds were salivating over each other and their proposed plans for futbol-for-all was within arms reach. THEN……….EVERYTHING FELL APART RIGHT BEFORE THEIR EYES.  WE WERE RIGHT, THEY WERE WRONG! (neener-neener)  The charade was turning into a legal liability nightmare for the City,  the integrity of Al Zelinka was in question, and the Council looked foolish.  In the end, nothing was ever done with the property UNTIL….2013/14

So what happened?  We were at the meeting that afternoon because we knew the dirty little deal that was planned to go down and we were dialed in to the State Controller and Department of Finance if it did pass. Everyone in those Chambers that day were all blindsided when they found out that no deal could be made. NONE, NADA, NO-WAY, NO-HOW……The land, at that point, was not owned by the City and was tied up in the dissolution of Redevelopment. Everyone was upset. The selected teams of developers had huge money invested in drawings and plans for the development to present to the Council. The soccer stadium died a slow, painful, very public death that day. . . and now we have another audit.

BACK…TO THE FUTURE: the City hires Baker Tilly to do another audit of the Northside. An audit within an audit — that is what the accountants call it. Mr. Hissom from Baker Tilley starts his comments by saying this site has already been audited by many financial firms and they had been done appropriately by some very highly quality firms. BUT… They were more than happy to take this task on again and perform another audit. Their scope would be looking at 5 issues.
1. Was the property properly recorded under accounting principals and were the rules followed?
2. Were the transactions all approved by council?
3. Was the purchase price appropriately supported by documentation?
4. Did the deed stay with the city?
5 Were the transactions approved by the policy of the City?
The Three main points that I got out of this audit were that:
1. Maybe we need 10 more audits until someone is willing to just tell the citizens the truth and the real reason we got into this fine mess.
2. Riverside Public Utilities recorded this property under OPTIMAL accounting principals instead of Best Practices. So what does that mean? If you grade Optimal vs. Best, Best is an A grade and Optimal is barely passing with a C-.
3. There was no formal appraisal performed on some of the transactions – it was all done by comparing properties in close proximity, if they were done at all.

So did the highly paid, well trained accounting firm of Baker Tilly tell the truth and get to the bottom of this mess? Lets go back and answer their 5 questions as they did:
1. Was the property properly recorded under accounting principals and were the rules followed?
BARELY: These principles were followed under OPTIMAL practices as stated by Ms. Susan Cash, Chairwoman of Riverside Public Utilities Board and the auditing firm.
2. Were the transactions all approved by council?
YES
3. Was the purchase price appropriately supported by documentations?
NO, there were no appraisals in some cases as stated with great concern by Susan Cash, Chairwoman and Andrew Walker, Board Member.  In one instance an $8.5 million property sold from the Water Fund to the General Fund in 2005, was re-purchased for over $9 million by Water in 2009…as if the great real estate crash never occurred.
4. Did the deed stay with the City?
YES
5. Were the transactions approved by the policy of the City?

What’s very interesting here is that this transaction was not a City issue, it was a Public Utilities issue between Water, Sewer, and Electric. So to answer the question its Yes and No. It all depends on what Administrative Manual you are reading, the City’s or Public Utilities’? Auditor, Russ Hissom, stated he was hired by the City and the Administrative Manual appraisal information came from the City’s manual. Board Member Andrew Walcker had no idea that RPU had its own Admin. Manual, and Chair Cash was a little concerned about what she read about appraisals in the RPU manual.  We know one thing: the City did not follow the laws or policy of the Redevelopment Agency.

The question should have been stated like this: Were the transactions approved by the policy of the Riverside Public Utilities and the former Redevelopment agency? The answer to my question would be NO and NO. An audit is only as good as the information provided and in this case the information or the scope had no strength or substance and didn’t address the real issues of this property.
Based on the very weak questions posed to the auditor we end up with three Yes’s, two No’s and a one Barely, or a C-.  At the end of this very short presentation Russ Hissom couldn’t stop praising the City using the City Hall and California League of Cities talking points. He closed his comments by presenting Riverside Public Utilities with glowing praises, so as to deflect from the real problems with this property.

So, what did this audit accomplish? NOTHING!! After all the hoopla, this property is still in the hands of RDA or the Department of Finance and tied up in the City vs. Dept of Finance on appeal. Undoing this property may take years and more audits. As of today, the note on this property is NOT getting paid. So, the ratepayers are getting the shaft AGAIN. Also, the City Council has approved 1.5 million square feet of warehouse space in the North Side which, by the way, was the original plan. It was the vote of Mike Soubrious and Paul Davis that stopped the planned moratorium until a strategic plan was completed. Once Paul and Mike shut down the moratorium, the City couldn’t move fast enough to get those warehouses approved. The Vote passed unanimously. The Northside Saga Continues…….

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S REGIONAL COUNTIES MOST, “NEGATIVE,” “RAUNCHY,” “LOW CLASS,” “VISIONS OF GRANDEUR,” “FULL OF B.S.,” “IGNORANT,” “MISGUIDED,” “BULLYISH,” “FILTHY,” “SICK,” “PERVERTED,” “STUPID,” “PATHETIC,” “DESPICABLE,” “DISAPPOINTING,” “BELOW THE BELT,” “A NEW LOW,” “SHOCKING,” “OFFENSIVE,” “INAPPROPRIATE,” “HURTFUL,” “MEAN SPIRITED,” “DISTASTEFUL,” “EMBARRASSING,” HORIFFIC,” “SLANDEROUS” “FIT TO BE VIEWED FROM THE REAR” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!  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!

 

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THIS IS THE BASE CELERY AND THEN WE HAVE THE BASE CELERY WITH SOMETHING EXTRA, AS IN THIS CASE A LITTLE CREAM CHEESE ON TOP..

We brought this issue to the forefront as a result of an article we wrote regarding the Councilman Mike Soubirous investigations.  We stumbled upon the interview by KFI’s John and Ken’s Interview with Costa Mesa Councilman Jim Righeimer, in which he openly talked about public employee salaries.  He stated that the base pay of public employees is not the actual pay.  What is not reported is that their are 75 additional pay scales for that base pay.  For example, a police officer base pay will show as $65K, but when you factor in the additional pay, such as overtime, and incidental salary charges, such as putting on your uniform, taking home the police dog, the actual pay can be in excess of $135K, and may not even include health care benefits!  So TMC investigated, and this what we found.

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ON TRANSPARENT CALIFORNIA YOU CAN REVIEW EVERY RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S BASE PAY PLUS AND THEN THE ACTUAL PAY FOR 2012 (CLICK THIS LINK)

City Manager’s Scott Barber’s base pay in 2012 was $280,634.96.  With other pay and benefits his total pay package is actually $377,775.04

Chief Sergio Diaz’s base pay in 2012 was $235,860.55.  With other pay and benefits his total pay package is actually $348,134.25

Former City Attorney Gregory Priamos’s base pay in 2012 was $212,946.  With other pay and benefits his total pay package is actually $309,671.10

But how does Tina English, AKA: Christina Marie English who previously worked for RDA, and all of a sudden is qualified for Deputy Public Works Director/ Engineering NC2E!  She only has a “Dancing Degree!”  How is that possible?  Was it because of the legacy of former City Manager Brad Hudson?  Is she the “God Daughter” of Brad Hudson?  TMC staff is investigating.

Tina English’s base pay in 2012 was $156,879.39.  With other pay and benefits her total pay package is actually $214,367.43!  Not bad for someone with a dance degree and no public works or engineering experience.  We asked that question.  Did she get the job because she maybe the goddaughter of former City Manager Brad Hudson?  How does one receive a position as this without an engineering degree and believe this is in the best interest of the taxpayer?  Her position is Deputy Public Works Director/ Engineering NC2E.  Before that she was Assistant Redevelopment Chief, under Hudson.  How does one believe there would not be some liability and technical problems for the City?

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Tina English, Ms. Jack of All Trades

What makes City Manager Scott Barber qualified to manage a City such as ours, Riverside, with a population of 300,000 with what we are being told is a “Thespian Degree?”

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City Manager Scott Barber

This is an individual who doesn’t care about our City, but what he can get out of it.  You can bet you bottom dollar, as Chief Diaz, that they will sue the City, the taxpayer, for imagery issues.  Thank-you former City Manager Brad Hudson, and Thank-you County of Riverside!  That’s a whole different story that will give you the dry heaves! and we will get to the throw-up issues soon..

When you look at Police and Fire, that becomes a different story.  Maybe there is good reason for overtime or is it a perk?  In the private sector that is a no-no.  Overtime sinks deep into your bottom line, and there is a lot of it.  In the private sector, even physicians who work 70 to 80 hrs our under professional status and work a base celery or base hourly pay.  Let’s look at a few employee salaries from Riverside’s Fire and Police.  As indicated, Costa Mesa Councilman Jim Righeimer stated that the base celery salary is not the actual celery salary.  Righeimer states that “other pay” is part of the 75 different other ways to get pay: in the Costa Mesa Police Department it would mean getting paid for putting your uniform on or getting paid to take care of the police dog, etc. etc.  Of course, we ask RPOA President Brian Smith to chime in on this, in order to clear the air!

It’s a common assumption that salaries workers can be asked to work overtime without being compensated extra. That assumption is not always true.  It’s not whether you’re salaried but whether you meet the test for exempt status as defined by federal and state laws. An employee that is exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act is not entitled to overtime.  There are many administrators, executives and professionals who are exempt from overtime, this can be done and would help municipalities and the bottom line help the taxpayer.

Fire Captain Terry L. Miller’s base pay in 2012 was $86,545.09.  Factoring in OT at $10,641.41, plus other pay $139,060.72 and benefits $63,658.03, his total pay package comes out to $299,905.25

Fire Battalion Chief Mitchell D. Wesche base pay in 2012 was $12,192.76.  Factoring in OT at $56.040.52, plus other pay $23.545.65 and benefits $68,655.83, his total pay package comes to $273.434.76

Police Lieutenant Boyd L. Phillips base pay in 2012 was $118,430.23.  Factoring in OT at $7,111.66, plus other pay $39,757.80 and benefits $60,908.03, his total pay package comes to $226,207.72

Police Sergeant Daniel C. Reeves base pay in 2012 was $102,481.22.  Factoring in OT at $28,180.79, plus other pay $30,325.60 and benefits $63,169.00, his total pay package comes to $224,156.61

Police Detective Matthew L. Lackey’s base pay in 2012 was $88,500.05.  Factoring in OT at $33,398.97, plus other pay $38,132.06 and benefits $56,680.51, his total pay package come to $216,711.59

Detective Aurelio Melendrez base pay in 2012 was $88,500.06.  Factoring in OT at $14,695.08, plus other pay $15,148.36 and benefits $51,630.53, his total package comes out to $169,974.03

Sergeant Brian Smith base pay in 2012 was $99,316.86.  Factoring in OT at $14,772.58, plus other pay $30,493.76 and benefits $61,343.59, his total package comes out to $205,926.79

I come from a corporate background, and what I see in reference to overtime, does not make sense..  The overtime is excessive, why not hire more police or fire if we need them?  As a corporate person looking in, this is unacceptable and a reflection of inefficiency in the management of adepartment.  Sorry, that is the reality!  This is not “union busting” or any such scenario as that, it’s simply business!  The business of the people should take preference, and should not be subjugated to soft extortion or a political shake down in references to community services.  This becomes a health and safety issue that needs to be addressed, and the taxpayer should take preference, not the union!

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WOULD AURELIO BE ASKING HIS DADDY FOR MORE CELERY?  OR WOULD BRIAN BE HANDING OVER A LITTLE MORE CELERY FOR HIS TROOPS?

THE TEXT THAT SHOULDN’T BEEN: WAS MAYOR BAILEY SOLICITING FOR A NEW CITY COUNCIL REPLACEMENT DURING A CITY COUNCIL MEETING?  IT APPEARS SO!  The text was sent by President/Chief Operating Officer for Riverside Medical Clinic Judy Carpenter.  So why was Carpenter so concerned with the vote to approve Care Ambulance, granting them a non-exclusive medical transport franchise?

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The initial text sent by Carpenter to Mayor Bailey during the June 17th City Council meeting and the vote that took place on this item,  “Very disapointing on the councils vote on ambulance service!!” (double exclamation points emphasized).  This was in reference to Council’s vote not to approve the franchise application for Care Ambulance.

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In response, Mayor Bailey unbeknownst sent his response as a group text (OOPS!) during a City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 17, 2014.  The group text included Councilman Mike Soubirous.  King Bailey responded, “Tell me about it. Embarrassing.  We need some new council members.  You ready to run?”  It appears that Bailey was also disappointed on how the council vote went, then he solicits Carpenter to run for City Council.  Has he solicited other members of the community to run against some current Council members?  Were they disappointed on the No votes by Davis, Mac Arthur, Perry and Adams?  Why is he texting during City Council, shouldn’t he be giving his full undivided attention to the work of the people?

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As a result of alleged Brown Act violations with this City Council meeting, Care Ambulance is requesting a second hearing to be heard.  Specifically, the concern was over City Councilman Paul Davis’s alleged violation of the state’s open meeting laws two months earlier!

Yeah, good luck with that, TMC. You need 2800 signatures to get the recall on the ballot, and there weren’t even 2800 votes in the last Ward 6 election. Have fun!

I find it hilarious that you all give Paul Davis the benefit of the doubt on his “accidentally” cc’ing Mike Soubirous on his e-mail about Care Ambulance. C’mon! Would you accept that explanation from anyone else on the dais? Later on, Davis said in the P-E article that he would not participate in the vote to rescind the earlier decision (you can look it up) and yet there he was, being petty and vindictive and demanding that Rusty Bailey recuse himself from the future vote.

Davis made the case over alleged bias on the part of Bailey, but since everyone up there has already voted, then they have all shown their bias on the issue, so why not recuse everyone?

The fact is, the only member to be reprimanded for ethics violations is Davis, and he admitted guilt and apologized to the Fire Department official that he interfered with.

Fact: the recent investigation concludes that Davis may have violated the charter in directing city employees to look at a March JPA land deal.

Fact: Davis’ actions caused the City to rescind its earlier decision on Care ambulance in order to avoid a lawsuit – and if he ends up voting on September 9, we may end up with a lawsuit anyway. Way to protect the taxpayers, Paul!

Davis has shown to be nothing but a bunch of hot air, a bull in a china shop, arrogant and bombastic. We’ve now learned that he’s petty and vindictive too.  -Kaptalizm, commenter on TMC

CITY OF RIVERSIDE INVITES THE PUBLIC TO CODE OF ETHICS AND CONDUCT MEETING WHICH WILL BE ADDRESSING THE PROCESS:

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THE CONTINUAL SAGA OF THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S FAUX DROUGHT.  We explained in earlier posting that the City decided to inadvertently comply and adopt the State mandated conservation measures, even though we were no required to do so.  Since the City had to go through the process of adopting the measures, meant that we as a City were exempt!  Exempt because we own our own water, or I should say the public, that’s why they call it “Public Utilities.”  So why would your representatives attempt to terrorize the citizens with these measure when not required?  After all you own it!  They even had to amend (change) portions of Riverside’s Municipal Code, specifically Chapter 14.22, “Water Conservation”, just to comply with the State of California’s mandated conservation measures!  How insane is that?  The second thing they did is they picked and choose what they wanted to enforce, for example pools.  You can’t water your lawn or your fruit trees, but you can certainly have a pool!  Why?  Because it is exempt! I guess you can say it’s true of the moniker, “Do not let a good tragedy go to waste!”  But the clincher is, Riverside is not experiencing the tragedy first hand, we decided to create one first hand in order to benefit from it.

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The bulletin sent to residents (above) states that RPU will be able to serve all of it’s customers needs.  It also states that most of the water come from the Bunker Hill Basin in San Bernardino and as a result of this drought the basin is at it’s lowest point in recorded history.  Interesting yet, a possible manipulation of the data.  At one point the city first mentioned that ground water levels have dropped due to increased use/demand from consumers but, they mention ground water available in acre feet.  The information they should have used was depth to ground water in wells.  The San Bernardino Water Basin holds about 5 Million acre feet of water. Only about a million acre feet are available to the existing wells.  So about 4 millions acre feet remains to be tapped by deeper wells.  So why the faux drought excuses?  Another conspiracy hatched by Council and Staff?  It also states that code will not be patrolling for violators, but it certainly appears that the City is encouraging neighbors to snitch on other neighbors!

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The above is from Blue Riverside, in their Q&A portion the question arises as to what if I have a pool?  It pretty much states not to worry about it.  This site also encourages neighbors to snitch on neighbors.

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POOLS ARE EXEMPT!

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THE PAN AMERICAN SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIP ARE OKAY UNDER MANDATORY DROUGHT!

Of course they didn’t tell you that, how can you respond to a contradiction?  The other thing they did is exempt educational institutions!  Cal Baptist College, RCC & UCR to name a few.  Of course with mandated water conservation there should be no new development according to the law!  I would imagine this is also exempt…after all this is Riverside.  Thank-you Council for being transparent and telling us the truth!  The following was sent out to all residents in Riverside telling us to conserve.  Since schools are exempt, I saw the water sprinklers in the middle of the day going like gang busters!  But we as residents are only allowed to water between the hours between 6 pm and 10 am, otherwise expect to be cited!

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WHAT WAS RECENTLY SENT TO THE RESIDENTS (CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE)

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The truth of the matter is why did council pass this ordinance against the stock holders of the water rights, the residents?  Most of these violations will lye on the residents who are just attempting to make a living and pay their bills. I can only see that it was profit driven, maybe to help pay for the City’s increasing debt service.  Also, remember, approximately 20% of our water is sold to Western Municipal.  So our we conserving water so that we may be able to sell more off to other communities for a higher profit?  Then cite the citizens on water violations to increase profits?  Then we will be asked to use less water, then they will raise water rates to increase profits. You will use less and pay more.  Then they will manipulate the tier pricing seasonally or at will to increase even more profits. People in the City of Riverside, you need to start going to city council!  Why would Ward 1 Councilman Mike Gardner, who worked as an executive for Edison, vote for this uneccesary mandatory conservation?  The question is, “Why did Council decide to breach the residents ownership of water rights in order to make a profit?  This simply appears to nurture another law suit against the City of Riverside for failing in their duty to protect the taxpayer.

 TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “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, WE WILL HAVE TO ASK GREGORY ABOUT THAT ONE ( OUR PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO CONTACT HIS PEOPLE)… 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

April 23, 2012 I wrote this email letter to the DA’s office to Vicki Hightower, Chief Deputy District Attorney, Special Prosecution Section, addressing concerns and frustrations.

Four days later, this letter of determination along with an article by City Manager Scott Barber was posted on Scott Barber’s Blog Site.  This letter was sent to Mary Figueroa, as opposed to myself directly, and is dated March 29, 2012.

         

CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW FULL DOCUMENT IN PDF FORMAT

SCOTT BARBER’S POSTING: IT APPEARS THAT THE FOLLOWING POSTING HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM BARBER’S BLOG SITE, BUT HERE IT IS IN IT’S ENTIRETY.

Letter of determination by the District Attorney regarding allegations made by Moreno, Pitruzzello and Figueroa

By sbarber | Published April 27, 2012

DA Letter

If you have been attending or watching recent City Council meetings, then you probably have heard statements from a group of citizens alleging a variety of inappropriate actions, such as favoritism towards a local developer, unauthorized spending by our former City Manager, loans from the sewer fund to the Redevelopment Agency (I blogged about this earlier today), and funds used to demolish property for the “Raincross” development. Yesterday, the City received a copy of the determination letter from the District Attorney’s Office, along with a list of the individuals who presented the information to the DA (see the title of this blog for that list), regarding these allegations. I am pleased to share the letter with you (click on the DA Letter link to read) and to let you know that the DA concluded that no criminal acts occurred as a result of the City’s actions.

SELF APPOINTED CITIZEN AUDITOR, VIVIAN MORENO RESPONDED AS FOLLOWS:

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Are you for real? it’s on. Are you guys really serious that you put this in writing? This letter will be sent to the Attorney General and the State Controller and let’s see what they have to say. the city spinners are at it again and now they have the DA in their pocket. Wait till the feds see this. Scott, the city is in big enough trouble as it is and you are going to try and challenge us. Go for it!!! If you are really transparent, post this. You might actually get someone to read your blog, because we are going to post our response. This took the DA a year to respond? Get a grip.

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One can see that if citizens have concerns locally with city officials in violation of the city charter, where do they take their concerns for investigation, if not District Attorney Paul Zellerbach’s office?  Any guesses?

This is the problem and the following scenario is reflective of this, as noted in Mary Shelton’s blog five before midnight, how do you investigate an official and have him sponsor a fundraiser at the same time?  This is why investigations of politicians conduct can’t be local.

Again, the determination of our concerns was assessed by a one time meeting and never followed through appropriately with a secondary or tertiary meeting.  Or in our estimation never investigated appropriately to the satisfaction of our community and individual concerns, of which was expected by this department.

First, Vicki Hightower, had our contact information on file, it’s quite paradoxical that she asked that the letter be forwarded, since there was no contact information. She does have our email, and further, the DA’s office has been quite adept at collecting and filing our articles regarding TMC postings.  We consider the DA’s office quite resourceful at attaining this information if necessary.  So, I’d like to address this question, the primary reason are group of concerned citizens contacted and met with District Attorney Paul Zellerbach, was the issue of Connie Leach, whereby  the contracts and issues of concern will come out shortly.  The items listed in the letter coincidently received by Mr. Barber, were discussed, but not the primary reason for contacting the DA.  By the way, I’d like to take this time to thank Mr. Barber for giving me top billing in his posting title.  You may observe, the issue of Connie Leach is not mentioned in this letter.  The meeting took place in confidence, and we were unaware of the possible collaborations between city officials and the district attorney’s office thereafter the breach. But questions arose regarding the associations between the DA, the City and The Grand Jury, not only when you view campaign support, but there close association within the working environment.  What’s quite interesting was the file of TMC articles the DA’s office had in their possession and their request to know who were the writers.  The cards appeared to change before our eyes.  Were we being the ones investigated?

Who would be the the enforcement agency regards to city charter violations , if not the DA’s office?  According to the letter, in many instances they are washing their hands of any responsibility.  It is our understanding and the accepted standard in other cities that the DA’s office is responsible for enforcing any violations of the City Charter etc.

Item #1: Loans from Sewer Funds used to fund Redevelopment Agency Projects:

Response by the DA’s office regarding sewer funds:

Riverside Municipal Code is as follows:

CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW FULL SEWER CODE CHAPTER 14.04 IN PDF FORMAT

Sewer Fund Loans; not sure why the DA’s office is playing symantics with us, but the ordinance is very clear, it states exactly what these funds should be used for.  It appears that the DA’s argument remains toward the premise that ‘nothing in the ordinance specifically prohibits the specified loans’.  Bingo, that is also correct, there argument is that ‘nothing specifically states you can’t’.  A DA diversion?  But again the ordinance is very clear on what the funds should be used for.  It states that such revenue (sewer) shall not be used for the acquisition or construction of new street sewers or lateral as distinquished from the main trunk, interceptor or outfall sewers.  So therefore, why would monies from the sewer fund be transferred from a local City fund to a State Agency (RDA) in what is know as an ‘inter-agency” loan.  When RDA is reflective of an agency of new construction, and the ordinance states this money cannot be used for new construction.  The DA’s office went on to say that if there was such a provision, it still would not be a crime for the District Attorney’s office to address, because it would be a violation of the City ordinance.  So who would be the appropriate source of contact for this concern?  We have been told it is the DA’s office.  We wouldn’t think for a moment that it could be the City.  Whereby the city would investigate themselves on this violations.  So the question remains..  Again, the DA’s office did not address the concern clearly, except to say that if there was not an ordinance saying you could not make a loan from the Sewer Fund., and of course this is also correct.  There is none.  But they didn’t consider the ordinance at its’ direct face value?  In doing so, do ordinances, provisions and laws truly mean anything at all?

A loan from the Sewer fund to RDA, would be consider an ‘inter-agency’ loan.  Even then would have to serve a sewer purpose.  Again the DA diverts attention from his office to allow the City Manager Scott Barber to state no criminal actions occurred within the auspices of the DA’s office.  Though, the DA states, if there was an ordinance, which there is, it would a ‘violation of the city ordinance’.  So who enforces violations of city ordinances?  Please Mr.DA, you know exactly what the intended meaning of this charter ordinance meant?

Item #2: City Manager Discretionary Spending

Response by the DA’s office regarding former City Manager Brad Hudson’s discretionary spending.

Former City Manager Brad Hudson’s total discretionary spending as indicated below.

Brad Hudson’s discretionary spending.  City Manager Scott Barber addressed this issue in a posting.  I also responded.

Ability to  enter into contracts up to $50,000.00 is available to City Manager, not all department heads.  Contractual agreements up to $50,000.oo without council approval was entered in after the firing of former City Manager George Carvahlos.  Mr. Carvahlos was a true Riversidian and was against much of what the current council wanted.  Which included Ed Adkison, Frank Schiavone, Steve Adams and Mayor Ron Loveridge.  Hudson was brought in and the contractual agreement clause was raised from $25,000.00 to $50,000.00.  Fifty thousand is alot of money, and again their were no guidelines which encompassed the proper spending of that amount to prevent spending abuses.  One could spend $50,000.00 daily, or one could spend incremental amounts in what is known as bid splitting.  Again Mr. Zellerbach, we are talking about apples and oranges when comparing the City Manager’s discretionary spending for fiscal year 2009/2010 is $299,685.00 when compared with Parks and Recreation of $2,000,000.00.  Our public records for City Manager’s discretionary spending  for fiscal year 2009/ 2010 for contracts under $50,000.00 comes out to $29,554,005.19.  You also state that the 2009/2010 discretionary spending under $50,000.00 is $299,685.00.  You are off by $29,254,320.19… I don’t think you are seeing the complete spending picture, these are contracts under $50,000.00 approved under City Manager’s or Department Heads authority.  The City Manager is ultimately responsible for all spending even over the Department Heads authority.  Therefore, the amount in oversight by the City Manager is $29,254,320.19.

Item #3: Favoritism to Mark Rubin (developer)

Response by DA’s office regarding favoritism by the City of Riverside toward developer Mark Rubin.

Dennis Morgan (aka. Larry the Liquidator) of IPA, which is the contracted property management company for all the City of Riverside’s properties.  Why does he also manage properties of Developer Mark Rubin, to what was mentioned at a land use committee meeting of in the neighborhood of 15,000 sq. ft.  Mark Rubin is a property developer for the city, one of the properties is the vacant and unfinished Raincross Promenade project.”  They even exchanged accolades at a Land Use Committee meeting in which they acknowledge themselves as “compadres”, in my estimation, as a figure of speech in regards to their close ties.  We have several witnessed who will attest that this occurred at a land use committee meeting.  But I guess it is not pertinent enough for the DA to address this issue on a constructive basis that would allow pertinent information to evolve..

The last statement Barber makes, “the DA concluded that no criminal acts occurred as a result of the City’s actions”.  According to the DA’s office in reference to property transfers they do address the fact that the City of Riverside did violate the law, and this concern should be forwarded to the State Attorney General. What is important to notice is that there is no criminal action to warrant action by his office.  That does not mean a serious criminal violation hasn’t occurred, it only means that the DA’s office is not the appropriate entity to handle it.  For example, the City of Riverside has created a resolution which does not allow Marijuana dispensaries within the City, even though at the State level it is legal, at the Federal level it is illegal.  The city can now stop the dispensary and cite them for violations, but they cannot take their property.  The Feds can.  Therefore a different office of government and must be called by the city to do just that.  This would be the Department of Justice.  The taking of property is known as ‘asset forfeiture.’

Again the DA states if this allegation occurred in (b) it would be a violation of RDA guidelines, not the DA’s responsibility.  If it isn’t there responsibility, isn’t it there responsibility to direct us to the appropriate office that could address our concerns?

Favoritism by the City toward Mark Rubin cannot be documented, that is true.  I agree with the DA’s office, this would be a hard nut to crack without solid evidence, such as bribery. But is it plausible to connect favoritism to the definition of nepotism?  Nepotism occurs in the city, but never addressed.  We have an instance such former councilman and mayoral candidate Ed Adkison at the Friday Morning Club Janet Goeskie Senior Center on February 23, 2012 stating that the City’s relationship with Connie Leach was ‘nepotism’.  Adkison was on the council during the Connie Leach allegations.  We also had councilman Steve Adams brother reviewing red light camera tickets.

Do you think if a Councilman received a ticket violation would they fulfill their obligation to pay it?  Or would it be surprisingly cleared from the system?  According to the DA, favoritism in their office must indicate documented bribery, otherwise it is out of the DA’s scope of practice. No documentation indicates bribery between the City of Riverside and developer Mark Rubin.

Item #4: Raincross property:

Response by the DA’s office regarding the demolition of the Swiss Inn, a Raincross property.

In the DA’s response, it shows the address to be 3120 Main Street, whereby it should read 3210 Main Street.  Our records show that the developer Mark Rubin owned the property when the City paid Dakeno demolition for the work on Mark Rubin’s property.   City acquired the property initially, transferred back to Mark Rubin, then flipped it back to the city.  The city did pay for demolition by Dakeno on the Swiss Inn property owned by developer Mark Rubin.  The City of Riverside paid for demolition according to the document which stated payment from the discretionary fund account on 03/06/2007, and Mark Rubin, developer, was still in posession of the property until 05/22/2008 when it was transferred to RDA.  According to the title company, the owner, Enrique Martinez transferred title on 11/09/2006

    

CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW DAKENO DEMOLITION DOCUMENT IN PDF FORMAT

The following document shows that payment of $44,770.00 as indicated in the notation in the above document from former City Manager Brad Hudson’s discretionary fund.

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The above document is on page 231 of former City Manager Brad Hudson’s discretionary sprending account for the amount $44,770.00 indicated in the above notion referring to Fund 476 University Corridor/ Sycamore Canyon Capital Project paid to Dakeno Demolition.

Click this link to view 2005-06, 2006-07, and 2007-08 City Manager Brad Hudson Discretionary Fund

TIMELINE OF EVENTS

06/01/2005: BRAD HUDSON ENTERS INTO CITY MANAGER POSTION

06/07/2005: RDA MEMORANDUM COMMENCE NEGOTIATION W/ RAINCROSS PARTNERS 136 LP & RIVER REGIONAL

08/00/2005: CITY HOME PARTNERS AGREEMENT HAS PURCH/SELL AGREEMENT WITH MARQUEZ $1.67 MIL

-the Swiss Inn, house 42 Developmentally Disabled and 10 Live In Employees

-this purchase activates affordable housing redevelopment clause

-City Home Partners is connected to Raincross Partners 136 LP

-Raincross Partners is connected to Mark Rubin

-River Regional is connected to Mark Rubin

-An upset Marquez believes RDA is purchasing his property, and finds out later the Developer is purchasing it.

-Actual sale doesn’t record until 11/09/2006 with Mark Rubin’s name all over it.

09/13/2005: DDA RIVER REGIONAL PROPERTIES LLC- mentions affordable housing

09/19/2006: Redevelopment memorandum-item #11, Resolution of necessity to acquire 1st to 3rd   properties-approved by city council, no resolution document exists, therefore no land acquisition should have taken place or developer (Rubin) was required to put into escrow monies to acquire property, pay for demolition, clearance, and relocation fees.  5.4 million dollar sewer transfer took place to pay for relocation, clearance, and demolition fees, deposited into escrow fund.  5.4 million sewer inter-fund transfer occurs according to council report but the sewer fund is not the loan of record, the worker’s comp and the electric fund are the receivable loan until August, 09 Money is not moved from the sewer-fund until August of 2009.  Money is posted to sewer fund June 30, 2009.  Why would an employee fraudulently back-date the postings of the sewer fund?

10/04/2005: DDA RAINCROSS PARTNERS 136 LP (CHUCK,RUBIN) -included affordable housing comprehensive plan

08/06/2006: CITY SURVEYS SWISS INN PROPERTY FOR PURCHASE

08/17/2006: GRANT DEED SIGNED FROM ENRIQUE MARQUEZ TO REGIONAL PROPERTIES INC. (MARK RUBIN)

09/06/2006: MARK RUBIN-REGIONAL PROPERTIES INC. TAKE OVER ESCROW

09/19/2006: RAINCROSS PARTNERS 136 LP TERMINATES THE ENTIRE DDA WITH AFFORDABLE HOUSING

09/19/2006: DDA AMENDMENT FOR RIVER REGIONAL FOR 256 UNITS.  IN A CITY EMAIL MARK RUBIN TAKES OVER ESCROW.  HE WILL CLOSE THE ESCROW AND FLIP PARCELS  TO THE AGENCY.

11/07/2006: CITY EMAIL STATES MARK RUBIN IS OKAY WITH HOLDING ON TO THE SWISS INN FOR NOW

11/09/2006: GRANT DEED RECORDED FROM ENRIQUE MARQUEZ TO REGIONAL PROPERTIES INC. (MARK RUBIN)

02/08/2007: PERMIT ISSUED: CITY DEMOS MARK RUBIN’S PROPERTY SWISS INN,   $44,700.00  as stated on permit.

03/06/2007: CITY OF RIVERSIDE PAY’S DAKENO DEMOLITION $44,700.00 VIA FUND 476 UNIVERSITY CORRIDOR/ SYCAMORE CANYON CAPITAL PROJECT.

07/16/2008: GRANT DEED TRANSFER/SELLS  (FLIPS IT) FROM REGIONAL PROPERTIES INC. (MARK RUBIN) TO RDA.

03/08/2011 – GRANT DEED TRANSFER FROM RDA (BRAD HUDSON) TO CITY OF RIVERSIDE

                                             

CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW COMPLETE DOCUMENT        CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE

Item #5: Transfer of Redevelopment Agency (RDA) real property to the City.

Response by the DA’s office regarding the issue of illegally transferring Redevelopment properties back to the City.

OK Scott, did we miss the part of the transfer of 149 properties from the Redevelopment Agency back to the City before the June deadline?  We brought this to City Council a year ago, and was discounted.  Even you City Attorney must have missed this one, or even your $400 per hour Best, Best & Krieger outside legal help missed this one.  This was a violation by the city that the DA addressed, but was not addressed or mentioned on your blog appropriately in detail by you.  Knowingly that a violation had occurred, is it not in the DA’s position to forward this to be investigated by the State Attorney General?

                                                 

CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW PROPERTY TRANSFERS       CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW 2ND VERSION OF PROPERTY TRANSFERS

Regarding Connie Leach, former Chief of Police Russell Leach’s wife.  TMC will post our concerns and allegations that the DA’s office and the Riverside Grand Jury to our knowledge, considered baseless, or without merit.  But questions still remain regarding the use of Police Asset Forfeiture funds in payment to Connie Leach, while her husband Police Chief Russell Leach was in charge.  Our position will posted.

What we find is that the DA’s office is not the appropriate office to address our concerns and allegations.  Though, when asked who would handle violations of charter at the City level, we were directed to the DA’s office.  But all local entities were exhausted, we went to the appropriate entities at the State and Federal levels.  Yes this is all true, Scott is right, no criminal actions at the DA level, and I’m sure no criminal actions at the City level, because as you would also find, that the City Attorney, Gregory Priamos would call this baseless.  Some may say that this is a system created by a few, to work for a few.  But I believe there continues to be something wrong with this picture. Something that reflects a triage of influence by these entities. Creating a difficult arena for local residents to address their concern without some sort of retribution, slanderously or financially, or what some in the city say, ‘client control’ tactics.  And that is my opinion. It may be right, it may be wrong but we will continue to investigate and learn the language of municipal politics..  Final word, we do appreciate City Manager Scott Barbers dialogue.

But we have to remember the DA’s office never addressed the issue of federal cold plates, illegal gun sales, illegal badges, fillegal law enforcement/emergency lights, fraudulently and illegally applying for concealed weapons permit with a false address, overlooking DUI’s and ticket fixing.  If this was anyone other than those in the office, such as the common citizen, we’d be in jail, and people have one to jail.   Of course, these violations would not be handled by the DA’s office, which is actually true…but again …who would?  And if they were responsible for oversight of these violations, would they actually mitigate them?  And would they contact or forward these issues to the proper legal authority?

Is there a triangle of influence connecting the City, DA and Grand Jury?  Is there a quadrangle of influence connecting the City, DA, Grand Jury and Judges?  Is there actually a pentagonal angle of influence which would involve the State?   Pentagonal in the sense that what do citizens do when they have utilized all resources without any reasonable response?  We have addressed this pressing issue in a TMC article.  These would include the City Attorney’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office, the Grand Jury, the Superior Court Judges, and now possibly the State?  Are only hope is those offices outside the State.  Such as the IRS, Security and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice, the FBI etc.

What do you do as a concerned citizen when the majority of the City Council is tied in with the Distric Attorney Paul Zellerbach?

CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO VIEW THE PIC.

Some public servants have said to bring such issues to the forefront is to ‘political’.  Even if the issues are right, they will not act on it, therefore leaving a conclusion that is vague and clandestine.  Therefore giving reason that the public is not important.  It then appears that one completely discounts the oath that was taken to serve, and placing their own interest as primary, superseding the public interest.  This is what most people in the community feel and are angry about.  Further, voters don’t vote because they feel it does’nt really matter..and in many ways they are right.  But they need to get involve at a different level.  I do feel at some levels that this letter was ‘orchestrated’ and ‘designed’ in many way by one or more political elements within city to divert and mitigate the actual concerns of the public as simply having no merit.  Further, to strategically label us as uninformed individuals.  This would only safeguard their political compulsory obligations to maintain their positions, supporting constituents and of course the ‘status quo atmosphere of illusionary stability’.  Another aspect to remember is that the DA’s office did not take upon themselves to even investigate our allegations.  They made their opinion simply on our one time meeting and the information we submitted that needed further investigation by his office, which was not done.  A step further, their opinion may have allegedly been made after contact with the city, further breaching our confidence as concerned citizens.  Many of these issues, according to District Attorney Paul Zellerbach’s Office, simply must be forwarded to the State Attorney’s Office, of course, we assume, the appropriate office to deal with these issues. City violations of the City Charter, as we understand, are to be directed toward the DA’s office.  But what we are told by the DA, “was it illegal or just bad business”?  Our we to accept as concerned citizens that bad business is an acceptable premise for city business?  City business that doesn’t have a public or constituent benefit?  When does bad business cross the line?  When does it cross the line into the gray line of illegal?  Our these departments of oversight really there to be good fiscal stewards of the people in which they took an oath to protect and serve?  If you view the premise of this blog article, this is more of a hit piece against Vivian Moreno, Dvonne Pritruzzello and Mary Figueroa by DA Paul Zellerbach and Riverside City Manager Scott Barber to discredit their concerns or mitigate their allegations? Can we call it collusion?  Regardless, what can I say, ‘This is Riverside’.

Again, our concerns were originally with Connie Leach, and TMC will be posting our findings in “Hush Money II” that were suddenly rejected by the Riverside Grand Jury, without fully investigating each respondent and fully evaluating the documents submitted and requested from the City of Riverside.  The Grand Jury had requested asset forefeiture records from the City of Riverside and failed to continue their interview process in order to fully complete their investigation.  Instead, decided to relieve themselves of their duty to act on citizens concerns by acting not to act.  Was the result allegedly orchestrated or meticulously created by design in order to mitigate any unintended repercussions?

Considering the DA’s TMC article file (kinda reminds me of Hoovers FBI files), considering the questions that were asked, in turn, were we actually the ones being interviewed?  Was this a last ditch effort in their process to protect the family?  Were we actually dancing around the issues?…  and a final question, what is your connection with local Attorney Virginia Blumenthal ingrained on your ribbon above the tutu?  and how many are truly ingrained within the family called ‘Riverside’?

PERDITION

UPDATE: 06/16/2012: Pravda Press Enterprise continues it’s art of molding popular public opinion?  Does our Chief Sergio Diaz have a starring role?  PE leading the way to absolutely no comments?

WHAT’S WRONG PE? CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH ABOUT OBAMA & ILLEGALS STEALING AMERICAN JOBS? WHY YOU SENSORING ALL THE COMMENTS THAT ARE TRUE. WE ARE IN AMERICA ( OR I THOUGHT ) WE HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH SO LET OUR OPINIONS BE KNOWN!!   – obama hater, commenter on the Press Enterprise possibly prior to being censored..

Once again, PE proves only certain opinions are acceptable here.  Good job, airjackie and kensew, you have achieved media sactioned thinking.  – censordefier, Commenter on the Press Enterprise

or

are commenters actually the ones censoring?

The problem with this comment section is there is no moderator. If a reader doesn’t like your comment, they report it as abuse and it’s collapsed. It’s supposed to be reviewed by a moderator but the PE has gutted it’s staff to generate profits so your comment will never be read and reinstated. In this case, it’s the illegal alien supporters collapsing the comments they oppose. Notice it’s only people who oppose the president’s stupid move that have been collapsed and the pro stupid move remain. Test it yourself. Report one of them and they’re comment will disappear as well. Terrible setup here.  – crymeariver, commenter on the PE

Other commenters make a case in point that comments with the highest approval ratings are being deleted or removed, especially when the comments don’t violate their guidelines..

UPDATE: 06/16/2012: REDLIGHT CAMERAS IN THE NEWS AGAIN:  Press Enterprise Alicia Robinson new posting on her blog regarding the issue of redlight cameras.

TMC had our own comments regarding redlight cameras as revenue enhancers over safety issues.  While Councilman Paul Davis voted against the renewal contract back in 2011, Councilman Andy Melendrez voted for it, Councilwoman Nany Hart voted for it, Chris MacArthur voted for it, Councilman Steve Adams must have voted for it to keep his keep his redlight camera reviewer brother Ron Adams working, Mayoral Candidate/ current Councilman  William “Rusty” Bailey and Independent Voice for Riverside voted for it, even “I have no such plans to run for mayor”, of course, mayoral candidate and current Councilman Mike Gardner voted for it.  And voted for it as a safety issue, as opposed to a revenue enhancer, and discounting studies countering the psuedo statistics they were provided.

But to now lose $1,154,000.00 in anticipated revenue projections according to City Manager Scott Barbers proposed budget?  The question remained that it was a bad deal last year when the proposal to renew the contract went in front of Council.  Councilman Paul Davis saw through it and didn’t vote for it, the rest did, and now how will they vote this time?  Vote for renewal, is a vote to continue hard earned taxpayer money down the toilet.

UPDATE: 06/18/2012: CITY OF RIVERSIDE TO REMOVE RED LIGHT CAMERAS!  COST CONSIDERED A FACTOR IN THE DECISION FOR THEIR REMOVAL.. 

UPDATE: 06/17/2012: ARE REDLIGHT CAMERA COMPANIES, SUCH AS AMERICAN TRAFFIC SYSTEMS BANKROLLING COUNTERSUITS AGAINST VOTER BACKED INITIATIVES TO REMOVE REDLIGHT CAMERAS?  Recently a story was leased in the Press Enterprise regarding the City of Murrieta and a voter backed initiative to remove redlight cameras.  Former council candidate and former chairman of Murrieta’s Public Safety and Traffic Commission Steve Flynn, in conjunction with the law firm Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk counter sued.  Steve Flynn skewed the issues when interviewed by KFI’s John and Ken Show.  Listen to this interview in it’s entirely by clicking this link.  At the end of the interview on this show,  John Kobylt stated toward Steve Flynn, “You have zero credibility”!  Questions arose on who is bankrolling these counter suits against citizen voter initiatives.  Mr. Flynn didn’t know who was financially backing the Murrieta suit, although his name is on it.  But appears that in other states that these counter suits are occurring, the redlight camera companies as American Traffic Systems are bankrolling them.

Steve Flynn

When Ken Champou asked Flynn asked, “Why can’t people vote to get rid of them”?  Flynn responded referring to the people, “they were misinformed”.

UPDATE: 06/17/2012: SACRAMENTO BEE: EDITORIAL: TIME FOR CALIFORNIA TO PUT AN END TO ‘DOUBLE DIPPING’?  Case in hand, editorial mentions former Riverside City Manager and current Sacramento County Executive Officer Brad Hudson.  Currently, it appears that ‘double dipping’ is a public sector phenomenon, whereby some government workers can retire as early as age 50, receive a CalPERS pension check and get another government job.  You better believe this would never occur in the private sector, because you are dealing with company money, and it is watched carefully.  In the public sector where taxpayer money funds salaries and pensions, it may appear to some government representatives guarding the till as ‘funny money’.

          

According to the editorial this type of activity show a failure, a failure to recruit and groom entry level and midlevel people to replace aging baby boomers.  Currently, if a retiree recieves a pension and a government salary, it appears that retiree no longer contributes to the pension system, therefore placing a strain on an already strained public pension system.   But if one transfers from a different local which has their own pension program, to new local with their own, this scenerio wouldn’t apply.  So it ask the question, “Should California do what New York does”?  Retired government workers under 65 who return to public employment cannot receive pension payments if eartnings reach beyond $30,000.00.  Questions arose when current Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz retired from the Los Angeles Police Department, as Deputy Chief at 55 years of age in March 31, 2010, to begin his new job of Riverside Police Chief July 1, 2010.  Diaz was hired by former City Manager Brad Hudson, and in unison with former Assistant City Manager Tom Desantis.

UPDATE: 06/18/2012: YELLOW BRICK ROAD TO EMERALD CITY?

 

I told you a thousand times, Chief Diaz say’s you need a permit for the costumes or the next time you’ll be arrested…

The City of Riverside has been labeled the ‘All American City’ in 1998, and christened the first ‘Emerald City’ in 2009, all we need now is the ‘Yellow Brick Road’?  The City of Redland’s has it’s ‘Orange Blossom Trail’ ( which in my opinion should have fittingly been in Riverside), the City of Indianapolis has it’s ‘Cultural Trail’, so why not?  Let’s build a yellow brick road.

                       

CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW THE FULL PROPOSAL

Passed on last week’s consent calendar is the creation of the signature ‘Yellow Brick Trail’, linking UC Riverside to ‘Emerald City’, of course, to our wonderfully blighted Downtown Riverside.

 UPDATE:06/18/2012: THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR EMILIO RAMIEREZ HAS MUCH TO SAY ON THE REDEVELOPMENT BUG-A-BOO…

According to the Press Enterprise the biggest concerns are the loans the city made to the redevelopment agency.  Ramirez said they were legal when they were done, which was long before the 2011 bill that ended redevelopment existed.  State officials have cited the law’s section that says loans between the city and redevelopment agency are not “enforceable obligations.”  In other words, ‘not legal’..  Ramirez goes on to say that at the June 16 meeting what started out as $158 million in questionable Enforeable Obligations by the State, that $60 million of that was unknowingly added as a ‘book keeping line item’.  This $60 million with 2 other similar items which add up to what he is calling ‘ the $80 million mistake’, which the State says are not payable.  This would appear to mean that the taxpayer is responsible for this $80 million???  and the ‘Ramirez Spin’ continues, if it shouldn’t have been there to begin with, it was never there?

UPDATE: 06/19/2012: NOW IF ANYONE WHO LIVES IN THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE KNOWS, IF THEY WERE TO TURN PLANS OR ATTEMPTED TO CHANGE THEIR WOODSTREET HOME, OR JUST DO IT ANYWAY,  WOULDN’T WE HAVE THE WRATH OF CODE ENFORCEMENT ON THE RESIDENT?  THEN HAVING TO RATIONALIZE WITH COMMADANT PRIAMOS OR EXPERIENCE SEVERE FINES?  SO HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN AT ALL?  OH, THESE ARE THE NEW RENDERINGS SUBMITTED FOR THE DOWNTOWN LIBRARY, AMONG OTHERS SUBMITTED TO THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE.  NOT SURE AT THIS TIME, WHAT ARCHITECT SUBMITTED THEM OR HOW MUCH TAXPAYER MONEY WAS PAID, BUT CERTAINLY FLOWS WITH THE EARLY CALIFORNIA REVIVAL? AROUND DOWNTOWN? OR DOES IT?  BUT CLICK THIS LINK TO UNDERSTAND THE HISTORICAL AND ARCHITECTURAL BACKGROUND OF THE DOWNTOWN LIBRARY.

Press Enterprise Dan Berstein has their take on this Architectural (or animal ?) rendering, and Alicia Robinson talks about the new library design, please don’t throw stones..

 JUST FOR LAUGH’S

Will the remnants of the mayor continue to pull the strings?

Ugggh…Call Public Works and tell them we will need another change order!

Now, for an update of how commenters feel about the current immigration issue in the Press Enterprise…….well okay, how bout page 5? 6? 7? hmmm….well we’ll have to just check back later. 

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “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 ACLU.  PROUDLY RATED ONE STAR (POSSIBLY DOWN TO ZERO FROM OUR LAST ACCOUNTS) OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE FOR GOOD REASON, AND PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST, FOR GOOD REASON… WE WILL HAVE TO ASK GREGORY ABOUT THAT ONE ( OUR PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO CONTACT HIS PEOPLE)… AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!   COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPHALL SPELL CHECKERS!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT OR CONTACT US BY THE FOLLOWING EMAIL ADDRESS! CONTRIBUTORS WILL ALWAYS BE PROTECTED… YES, WE EXPECT THE JAIL TIME FOR THAT ONE…  THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM 

CITY OF RIVERSIDE MAYORS RACE: FINAL TALLY: 96/96 100% AS OF 1:30AM 06/06/2012.  COUNCILMAN WILLIAM “RUSTY” BAILEY WINS TOP POSITION OF THIS MAYORS ELECTION  THE MAYORS POSITION, WHILE FORMER COUNCILMAN ED ADKISON CLOSES AT SECOND, CURRENT COUNCILMAN MIKE GARDNER AT THIRD, AND COUNCILMAN ANDY MELENDREZ AT FOURTH!  THAT MEANS THERE WILL BE A RUNOFF THIS NOVEMBER BETWEEN CURRENT COUNCILMAN WILLIAM “RUSTY” BAILEY AND FORMER COUNCILMAN ED ADKISON.

  1. RUSTY BAILEY                      7,800    32.30%
  2. ED ADKISON                         6,561     27.17%
  3. MIKE GARDNER                  4,118      17.05%
  4. ANDY MELENDREZ             3,389      14.03%
  5. DVONNE PITRUZZELLO       900          3.73%
  6. AURORA CHAVEZ                  846         3.50%
  7. PETER BENAVIDEZ               533        2.21%

         TOTAL                                   24,147         100%

Of all the candidates for mayor, only Dvonne Pitruzzello has demonstrated the heart of a reformer and the courage to take on the political establishment, therefore she gets my vote. It also helps that she hasn’t sent me one of those stupid mailers.  – Bill Scherer, Riverside Conservative Examiner

UPDATE:02/20/2012: AURORA CHAVEZ HAS JUST ENTERED THE MAYOR’S RACE.

UPDATE:02/16/2012: RUMOR HAS IT THAT FORMER MAYOR TERRY FRIZELL AND ANOTHER FORMER COUNCILMAN CHUCK BEATTY MAY BE ENTERING THE MAYOR’S RACE!  IT GOING TO BE AN EXCITING RACE! STAY TUNED.    A new entry to the Mayor’s race is 27 year old Bryan D. Pelkowski.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:

FORMER COUNCILMAN ED ADKISON WILL BE SPEAKING AT THE FRIDAY MORNING CLUB FEBRUARY 24, 2012, AT THE JANET GOESKE SENIOR CENTER, ROOM D, 5257 SIERRA ST. (AT THE CORNER OF STREETER), RIVERSIDE, CA FROM 10:00AM TO 11:30AM. http://edadkison.com http://www.facebook.com/ed.adkison http://www.michaelwilliamscompany.org/documents/ed_adkison.html

DVONNE PITRUZZELLO A FORMER CANDIDATE FOR CITY COUNCIL WILL BE SPEAKING AT THE FRIDAY MORNING CLUB MARCH 23, 2012, AT THE JANET GOESKE SENIOR CENTER, ROOM D, 5257 SIERRA ST. (AT THE CORNER OF STREETER), RIVERSIDE, CA FROM 10:00AM TO 11:30AM.

WARD 2 CITY COUNCILMAN ANDY MELENDREZ WILL BE SPEAKING AT THE FRIDAY MORNING CLUB MARCH 30, 2012, AT THE JANET GOESKE SENIOR CENTER, ROOM D, 5257 SIERRA ST. (AT THE CORNER OF STREETER), RIVERSIDE, CA FROM 10:00AM TO 11:30AM. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Andy-Melendrez-for-Mayor-of-Riverside-2012/166645973391187 

WARD 3 WILLIAM “RUSTY” BAILEY WILL BE SPEAKING AT THE FRIDAY MORNING CLUB APRIL 6, 2012, AT THE JANET GOESKE SENIOR CENTER, ROOM D, 5257 SIERRA ST. (AT THE CORNER OF STREETER), RIVERSIDE, CA FROM 10:00AM TO 11:30AM.  http://www.rustybailey.com

PETER BENAVIDEZ, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF BLINDNESS SUPPORT SERVICES, WILL BE SPEAKING AT THE FRIDAY MORNING CLUB APRIL 13, 2012, AT THE JANET GOESKE SENIOR CENTER, ROOM D, 5257 SIERRA ST. (AT THE CORNER OF STREETER), RIVERSIDE, CA FROM 10:00AM TO 11:30AM.   http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/riverside/riverside-headlines-index/20120128-riverside-sixth-candidate-enters-mayors-race.ece

TMC WOULD LIKE ALL THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED IN “VOTE FOR MAYOR 012” STRAW POLL ABOVE.  AS OF 06/06/2012 AT 12 MIDNIGHT, TMC CONGRATULATES COUNCILMAN MIKE GARDNER AT 118 VOTES!

CAMPAIGN MONEY RAISED FOR THE MAYOR’S RACE

Ed Adkison $128,000.00

William “Rusty” Bailey  $57,000.00

Andy Melendrez $16,000.00

Mike Gardner $19,500.00

Dvonne Pitruzzello $1,000.00

TMC ENDORSES DVONNE PITRUZZELLO FOR CITY OF RIVERSIDE MAYOR

STEVE CLUTE ASK FOR YOUR VOTE ON JUNE 5TH FOR THE OFFICE OF STATE SENATE!

BOB BUSTER ASK FOR YOUR VOTE FOR RIVERSIDE COUNTY SUPERVISOR ON JUNE 5TH

TMC THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT, KEEP CONNECTED WITH TMC…

Somehow the City Fathers and Mother, have done something right.  Whatever it is, we are finally seeing growing amount of visitors in Downtown Riverside.  They are shopping, eating at local restaurants etc.  Antonious Pizza owner Teresa Andrawis said protesters have given her business a little boost.  They are called Occupy Riverside.  But today,  the Lord’s Day, the City of Riverside, under the leadership of Chief Sergio Diaz decided it was a good day to end, what many consider a legal and lawful constitutional right to assemble.  TMC was also told that the Occupy Riverside’s permit is still active, but we were also told some weeks back by an Occupyer that they would be there till Saturday, November 5, 2011.   Therefore, the question remains.  Regardless, SWAT dressed up in full tactical gear, glocks locked and loaded, and onward went Emerald City’s finest to disrupt and arrest the occupying Americans participating in a legal assembly.  Why the disruption?  Is it possible the city feared the repercussions of Oakland?  Eleven arrested, tents disasembled and removed, but who’s to argue with a .45?  Riverside PE, how come your not reporting this?  Hopefully you didn’t receive that infamous lecture from the Chief on responsible reporting? OK, I was just joking..  Then there was the infamous bottle of soda that started it all, as stated by City of Riverside’s Chief Sergio Diaz himself, according to the PE.  So then there would be broken glass?  Protestors stated it wasn’t a bottle of soda, as the Chief indicates, it was a full can of soda.  LA Times reports that allegedly a full can of soda was thrown at the officers.  Another report stated a plastic bottle of water and a full can of soda was pelted.  These have now been labeled lethal weapons in Emerald City or The All American City 1998.  Many have said, “lethal weapons!”  Yes, but this is River City USA.  You haven’t seen nothing yet, just wait till the police reports come out.  But after all was said and done, the lightning and thunder then came to the City of Riverside…. and some began to ponder if this was an angry response from a higher source above, after all it was the Lord’s Day?

UPDATE: 11/07/2011: ACCORDING TO A REPORT BY CBS, THE ELEVEN PROTESTERS ARRESTED WERE CHARGED WITH ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON, ASSAULT ON A POLICE OFFICER AND RESISTING ARREST ACCORDING TO JOHN CARPENTER OF THE RIVERSIDE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

UPDATE: TMC takes that back, thanks PE,  RIVERSIDE PRESS ENTERPRISE POST STORY. , THE LOS ANGELES TIMES REPORT , STRICT RULES IMPLEMENTED BY CITY OF RIVERSIDE FOR OCCUPYERS AS REPORTED BY NBC , CHIEF SERGIO DIAZ INTERVIEW WITH NBC,  THE LOMA LINDA PATCH , CBS COVERAGE REPORT , KTLA LOS ANGELES REPORT.

YOUTUBE VIDEO LINKS OF THE SWAT RAID: VIDEO ONE , VIDEO TWO , VIDEO THREE , VIDEO FOUR , VIDEO FIVE  (TWO INCIDENCES OF RPD THROWING WOMEN TO THE GROUND, ONE THROWN WHILE HANDCUFFED HITS CONCRETE FACE FIRST), VIDEO SIX .

Occupier visually disturbed by officers hand on his shoulder, while he repeatedly ask him to remove as he does not have his permission to do so.

Occupier pleads with black police officer not hurt her friends in the chain.

Armed RPD confront two woman in the chain first…

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.  If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.  The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.                        – Thomas Jefferson [1802], 3rd President of the United States.

“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.”
                      — Harry S. Truman,[August 8,1950] 33rd President of the United States.

UPDATE: SOME HAVE CONSIDER IT STRANGE THAT ON OCTOBER 11, 2011, THE RIVERSIDE CHIEF OF POLICE, SERGIO DIAZ,  WALKED MAIN STREET UNKNOWNINGLY IN A SUIT, IN COGNITO, ALLEGEDLY ACCUSING CERTAIN RIVERSIDE OCCUPIERS OF BEING DRUG DEALERS… 

UPDATE: 10/08/2011: ALLEGEDELY, DO WE NEED TO GET THE OCCUPIERS OUT BEFORE THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, THE DAY AFTER THANKGIVING?  WILL WE FIND A MORE AGRESSIVE APPROACH THEN WHAT WAS SEEN SUNDAY?  THEN PLACING THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE ON THE MAP WITH GREECE, OAKLAND AND NEW YORK?

UPDATE: 11/08/2011: PROTESTER AT TODAYS RIVERSIDE CITY HALL STATES THAT RIVERSIDE POLICE FALSIFIED THE CLAIM AND CHARGE OF THE INFAMOUS BOTTLE OF WATER.  THE PROTESTOR STATED HE WAS THE ONE THAT THROUGH THE PLASTIC BOTTLE OF WATER.  HE WAS PART OF HOLDING THE LINE, DRANK FROM HIS BOTTLE OF WATER, TOSSED IT TO HIS FRIEND TO REFILL, FRIEND THROUGH BACK THE BOTTLE.  WITH ALL THE PHONE CAMERAS, CAMERAS AND VIDEO RECORDERS, NO BOTTLE USED AS A PROJECTILE WAS FILMED OR SEEN AS CLAIMED BY POLICE CHIEF SERGIO DIAZ.

ANOTHER STATED WHO WAS LOST HIS JOB TWO WEEKS AGO, “NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES YOU ARREST, OR BEAT ME, THE PROBLEM IS JUST NOT GOING TO GO AWAY”.

ANOTHER STATED, NEWS AGENCIES  SUCH AS CNN AND THE NEW YORK TIMES WERE ASKING HER IF POLICE BRUTALITY WAS A REGULAR THING?” OCCURRENCE IN THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE

ANOTER STATED CHARGED WITH RESISTING ARREST, WHILE BEING PINNED UNDER A COLLAPSED CANOPY.

KAREN RENFROE GIVE THE COUNCIL A LECTURE ON FREEDOM AND LIBERTY, GETS A STANDING OVATION.

SOMEONE IN THE BACK OF THE CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS CREATED A STIR, INTERRUPTING A SPEAKER AT THE PODIUM, AND HAD TO BE CORRECTED BY MAYOR LOVERIDGE.  IT APPEARS THAT THE MAYOR KNOWS HIM BY NAME.  HE WAS IDENTIFIED AS SALVADOR SANTANA, A LOCAL RIVERSIDE BLOGGER OF THE TRUTH PUBLICATION.  COUNCILMEN STEVE ADAMS, MIKE GARDNER AND CHRISTOPHER MACARTHUR ARE PAYING SUPPORTERS OF THIS SITE ACCORDING TO CITY 460 DOCUMENTS. 

         

THE SITE CLAIMS THAT THE LAST PAYMENT COUNCILMAN STEVE ADAMS MADE TO THIS SITE FOR CAMPAIGN ADVERTISING PURPOSES WAS IN THE AMOUNT OF $440.00, BUT NOT IN ANYWAY INDICATED ON ANY 460 DOCUMENT FORM. 

ACCORDING TO THE PUBLICATION, FORMER COUNCILMAN FRANK SCHIAVONE APPEARS TO ALSO HAVE MADE A CALL OF SUPPORT TO THIS PUBLICATION.  INTERESTING DERROGATORY COMMENTS TOWARDS WOMEN ON THIS SITE FROM SUPPORTERS.  SITE SUPPORTER COUNCILMAN MIKE GARDNER SHOWN WITH FORMER COUNCILMAN ED ADKINSON, NOW ALSO RUNNING FOR MAYOR. 

UPDATE: 11/09/2011: REPORTS OF COMPLAINTS FROM OCCUPIERS ARE COMING IN NAMING OFFICERS ANGOLA AND MUNIZ.  WHAT HAPPENED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS OF THE POLICE PROCESSING CENTER.  PROFESSIONALITY IN QUESTION AND THE TREATMENT OF THE WOMEN.   OTHER SOURCES STATING THE TWO WERE ALLEGEDLY FIRED AT ONE POINT, THEN REHIRED DUE TO ALLEGATIONS OF EVIDENCE PLANTING AND TAMPERING.  MANY ARE ASKING WHO ARE THE REAL CRIMINALS. ONE OF THE FEMALE OCCUPIERS WHO WAS NOT PART OF THE CHAIN, SAID SHE WAS PICKED OUT BY AN OFFICER FOR WHAT SHE APPARENTLY SAID TO HIM. THE OFFICER THAN TOLD HER SHE WAS BEING ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING HIM.  WHAT HAPPENS WITHIN THE UNDERWORLD OF THE RIVERSIDE POLICE PROCESSING CENTER CANNOT BE WITNESSED BY CIVILIANS.  WE HAVE TO REMEMBER THE CITY COUNCIL AND MAYOR ARE THE DECISION MAKERS OF WHAT OCCURS IN THE CITY, THEY ARE THE LEADERS, THE POLICE ARE ONLY THEIR FOOT SOLDIERS WHO FOLLOW THEIR ORDERS UNDER THE COMMAND OF CHIEF OF POLICE SERGIO DIAZ.   KEEP CONNECTED MORE TO COME.

KEEP CONNECTED WITH TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!   TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE,  AND PROBABLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE RIVERSIDE POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR WHAT EVER REASON, AND THAT’S ALL WE’RE GOING TO SAY ABOUT THAT ONE… AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S, COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT!  THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

Have you thought what you are going to say to your constituents, and ready for the debates?  It’s your turn to respond, or will you need a time out?  It will be tough run in 2012, with bonds payments due, tax increments decreasing, the city will not have a penny to spare.  It’s coming soon to a voting booth near you.  TMC welcomes the democratic process and the vote of the people to bring fresh new leadership to the City.  Candidates entering the fiery race are battle harden veterans of Riverside politics.  Councilmen, Mike Gardner, Andy Melendrez and William “Rusty” Bailey.  In addition, Former Councilman Ed Adkinson will entering, as well as a few surprise late comers.  Criticism has been propagated toward Councilman Mike Gardner and Councilman William “Rusty” Bailey of whom recently ran for Council postions in April 2011, but then decided the Mayor’s position was one to be attained.  One blog has venomously trashed Councilman Bailey for interfering with the voting process, to the extent of calling his actions treasonous and unpatriotic. I wasn’t sure what country I lived in for a moment, I was assured it was still the USA.  We all have had family members who have fought in foreign wars,  all to maintain the freedoms that we have today.   It is not my belief that anyone can upset the vote, this simply is part of the democratic process.  To claim that it will, would imply fixing the vote.  We cannot be as other countries and allow are system of government to go to hell in a hand basket!  The more people that take an interest in government, studies it, learns and understands the process, the better government will be, which means, the better leadership we will have.  This campaign is not going to be an easy one, people are down trodden, and it will take a lot more than the usual political rhetoric to win their vote.  TMC wishes all the candidates the best of luck.

KEEP CONNECTED WITH TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!   TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, AND THAT’S ALL WE’RE GOING TO SAY ABOUT THAT ONE… AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!  COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED!

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The story gets better all the time.  It appears as if there was a private committee headed by the ring leader, Jack Clark, a partner in litigation for BB&K, a firm which receives millions in taxpayer money for their legal advice to the city and not to forget the recently signed assumption of their lease with the city.  This self appointed private committee included recognizable names with long titles, as Ex-City of Riverside Manager Brad Hudson, Private Developer Mark Rubin, Yeager Construction Companies Jack Yeager, Senior VP of The Entrepreneurial Corporate Group which owns the Mission Inn Ted Weggeland , City of Riverside Chief of Staff Kristin Tillquist, Riverside County Fair Housing Executive Director Rose Mayes, President/CEO Riverside Chamber of Commerce Cindy Roth, Roth Carney Law Firm Partner Jane Carney, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Roger Luebs, Director of Center for Philanthropy La Sierra University Dr. Jim Erickson, Retired Superintendent Alford Unified School District Dr. Damon Castillo, RUSD School Board Kathy Allavie.  The majority of these people in one way or another have benefited from City Hall and/or have had their palms financially greased by the taxpayer.   If you look at the names they all have some connection with the mayor in terms of contracts, associations, employment by the city etc.  Councilman Paul Davis didn’t know this committee existed till just recently, and asked for an extension to hear out his constituents of which he has received 15 email concerns.  Nancy Hart also had reservations as to the appropriateness of city hall being named by the current mayor.  Usually this is an honor attributed to someone who passed on.  But more egregious, the community was not invited to be part of this process.  Again a culture of arrogance and narcissism.  Councilmen Mike Gardner and Andy Melendrez had no reservations in voting for the naming of City Hall after the mayor.  Steve Adams couldn’t contain himself, he had no problem voting for him right that instant and just push the proclamation through.  Though, he consider Councilman Paul Davis and Councilwomen Nancy Hart’s reservations on the vote and the need for 2 weeks as “confusion”.  But again felt this decision as deserving of nothing more that than a unanimous vote by the whole council when they returned back in two weeks, and this he believed the mayor wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.   Councilman Andy Melendrez Asked Councilman Paul Davis and Councilwoman Nancy Hart what exactly they would be looking at in the next two weeks from their constituents.  This struck me  as an oxymoron and quite obvious, City Hall is owned by the community of Riverside, not by the few councilpeople and a private committee. Have we all forgotten this simple premise?  Let’s not forget that BB&K receives millions of dollars from Riverside taxpayers for legal advice to the city and city attorney’s office.  Conflict of interest?  A gift back to the mayor for his BB&K support?   A private committee was formed without imput from the community at large on the issue of City Hall being named, “The Ron Loveridge Riverside City Hall.”   Or should we call it the “Best Best & Krieger Riverside City Hall”?  Since we do so much business with them, I’m surprise Council hasn’t voted to give them a floor at City Hall.   But it all appears the initiation of the naming was more than likely instigated by Councilmen Chris Mac Carthur and William “Rusty” Bailey, both of whose families have been in existence in Riverside for generations and have been part of the fabric of Riverside politics.  Speakers on this issue were vehemently concerned.  Some speakers suggested other names should be considered, names which embody Riverside, such as Eliza Tibbets, John Wesley North or even Frank Miller.  Others stated that Ron is getting paid to do the work of the people.  As our forefathers of this country stated, no one should be elevated to level of king for doing the work of the people.  Now, if Ron did the work of the people and didn’t get paid for doing it for his 30 plus years, I would have no problem voting for Ron today either. This would reflect a sacrifice and a deep passion for the community he served, and it should be that way getting paid. But people in the community also work 30 or 40 years in a job without anyone naming a building after them, and there job is just as important as the mayor’s.   Names are for extraordinary circumstances.  It appears this has all gone to the dogs, but the entity I believe embodies Riverside and the name I would use on the walls of city hall would be an icon Riverside keeps close to their heart, therefore, “The Rin Tin Tin Riverside City Hall”.

UPDATE: 10/17/2011: COUNCILMAN STEVE ADAMS CHANGING HIS TUNE? “IT’S NOT THE TIME TO CONSIDER CHANGE”.  IN REFERENCE TO THE CITY HALL BEING NAMED AFTER MAYOR RON LOVERIDGE.  ADAMS NOW BELIEVES THE NAMING OF CITY HALL NEEDS TO GO TO THE PEOPLE, AND A PRIVATE INDEPENDENT COMMITTEE DOES NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE THAT CALL.  PLAYING POLITICS DURING ELECTION TIME?

UPDATE:10/23/2011: PRESS ENTERPRISE REPORTS CITY HALL NAME CHANGE ON HOLD!

KEEP CONNECTED WITH TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” BLOG SITE!   TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, AND THAT’S ALL WE’RE GOING TO SAY ABOUT THAT ONE…  AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Is it true that the Redevelopment debt is increasing incrementally $100,000,000.00 per month?  According to the Enforceble Obligation Payment (EOP) in June 2011 the RDA debt was $1.5 Billion, The premliminary draft of the Enforceable Obligation Payment (IROPS-Initial Recognized Obligation Payment Schedule) as of September 27, 2011 states total RDA debt to now be $1.7 Billion.  Much of the the debt is being paid with bond proceeds as a revenue source.  How long can it sustain itself?  This would be as if one pays a debt with a credit card, then later uses another credit card to pay the first credit card.  Instead we are using bonds. Bonds are loans.  A bond is a formal contract to repay borrowed money with interest at fixed intervals.  Will this unsustained failure to deal with lead to banckruptcy?  Illegal or just Bad Business?  Where does the actions of the council breach their fiduciary duty to the taxpayer?  Is there a point whereby bad fiscal decisions just becomes illegal?

“Lying rides upon debt’s back.” -Benjamin Franklin

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!  KEEP CONNECTED WITH TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” BLOG SITE!   TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, AND THAT’S ALL WE’RE GOING TO SAY ABOUT THAT ONE… 


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