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Was it a “64-year-old female of Riverside,”, “on Victoria Avenue,” with a, “2014 maroon Dodge minivan”?

DOES ANYONE HAVE A CLUE?

We here at TMC consider ourselves at least C- level Clue players, piecing together various bits and pieces of information – an anonymous email here, a public record request there, an off-the-record phone call hither, a half-truthed City press release yonder – to try to provide our approximately 17.5 readers some insight into how local government works, or more precisely, doesn’t work for the betterment of the general public here in Riverside County.  And along those lines, while we may have once (or twice) called him a Panderer-At-Large for his revolving door roles in the community, we were still sad to hear of the passing this past May of long-time Riverside Hundred go-to-guy Bob Stockton while out jogging along Victoria Avenue with his wife.  Stockton purportedly dashed out into the bike lane to avoid pedestrians on the walking path and was hit from behind by a passing vehicle.  An outdoor enthusiast, Stockton died doing what he loved with whom he loved: still, a bitter pill to swallow.  Our deepest condolences to Kelli, our old Jazzercize friend from many ounces pounds and years ago.

Before the obligatory Press Enterprise nothing-burger of a story’s ink was even dry, we had been informed who was responsible for Stockton’s untimely demise, despite the PE nor the City not telling us.  That’s just how the informal network of information flows here in the ole’ River City – always has, at least for those of us playing.  Her name?  Ann Marie Melendrez – the wife of sitting Ward 2 City Councilman and Mayor wannabe Andy Melendrez.

In Case You Thought We Were Making Things Up: TMC Brings the Goods

And while the sheer indescribable-ness of the odds of two of Riverside’s power families’ fates careening together in such terrible circumstances on that fateful day, as well as the future political implications, may seem like a newsworthy story in-and-of-itself, we were struck by something else in the Riverside Police Department’s (RPD) press release from that morning: a shiny object that might have only stood out to perpetually-jaded beings like us at the time, that we thought combined with our unique institutional knowledge of the City and some public records, might shed some new light on how we the taxpayers are getting set up to take it on the chin again.  See if you can spot it!  We’ll even give you a not-so-subtle hint.

(Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

That’s an awfully wide bike lane for Stockton to not be running within

FATAL INJURY TRAFFIC COLLISION Riverside, CA – On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at approximately 10:54 a.m., the City of Riverside’s Public Safety Communications Center received calls of a traffic collision involving a vehicle and pedestrian on Victoria Avenue near Horace Street. Paramedics with the Riverside Fire Department and Riverside Police Officers responded and located the parties involved on westbound Victoria Avenue, between Lincoln Avenue and Horace Street. Lifesaving measures were performed but the pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Preliminary investigation shows an adult male was jogging on westbound Victoria Avenue when he was struck by a 2014 maroon Dodge minivan also traveling west on Victoria Avenue, being driven by a 64-year-old female of Riverside. The driver stayed at the scene and has been cooperating with investigators. At this time, it does not appear alcohol or drugs are a factor in this collision.

The Riverside Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.) responded and is currently investigating. They are being assisted by the Riverside County Sheriff – Coroner’s Office. The decedent has been identified as Robert Stockton, a 64-year-old resident of Riverside.

This investigation is still ongoing and there are no further details to release at this time. Anyone with additional information is urged to contact Riverside Police Traffic Detective F. Soria at (951) 826-8720.

 

THE REAL THIN BLUE LINE/IT’S A FAMILY AFFAIR

Hmmmmm.  RPD, which reports to new Chief Larry Gonzalez, who reports to City Manager Al Zelinka, who reports the City Council, on which happens to sit Ward 2 City Councilmember Andy Melendrez, is investigating one of its boss’ wife.  One of the seven individuals in this podunk town of 330,000+, who just happens to control RPD’s budget and will be negotiating on behalf of the public on all police union MOUs in the upcoming year.

City of Riverside new motto: There’s no conflict of interest so large we can’t completely ignore it!

The same guy handsomely supported by the local police his last campaign for City Council.

RPD can pick it’s boss, pick it’s nose, and maybe even it’s boss’ nose for $5000.

The same guy whose two brother-in-laws worked for RPD…for 30 years.

“I got eight months left, I don’t want any trouble”

SIDENOTE: Yes, that Frank Orta.  The one who was on-scene and wrote the police report on ex-Chief Russ Leach’s Super Bowl romp through Riverside on his rims back in 2010: the report that mentioned Leach’s impairment (just 11 drinks and 5 prescription drugs) and his assertions that all he had was a flat tire (despite having totaled his vehicle), but recommended no criminal action.  The traffic stop that under normal protocol, according to the City Manager at the time, police would have conducted a field sobriety test, taken blood, breath or urine samples and made an arrest?  C’mon, you remember our sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll ex-Chief Russ Leach?  Still don’t have your attention?  Did we mention STRIPPPERS?!

Now … for the good stuff.  If not for an anonymous call to former Mayor Ron Loveridge’s office, the whole shebang would’ve been most likely covered up.  Ex-City Manager, general scalawag, and self-preservationist Brad Hudson hired the California Highway Patrol within days to head up the investigation into Leach because of the obvious conflict-of-interest of RPD looking into their boss’ misadventures that evening.  Now Orta’s momma didn’t raise no family of dummies (and neither did her offspring).    Coincidentally, Frank took an early retirement just ahead of California Highway Patrol’s final report being released, and avoided any discipline.  Leach resigned almost immediately after the incident, took a medical retirement, and eventually pled to misdemeanor DUI.  Hudson proclaimed internal policies would be changed so that this kind of scandal would never rock the City again.  We suggest you read this paragraph twice, because [spoiler alert] we’ll be coming back to it throughout this story.

  

Leach’s police vehicle…”just a scratch occifer!”

Oh, and let’s not forget Councilman Melendrez’s son Aurelio, who had an illustrious career with RPD: he was the Vice President of the Riverside Police Officers Association, and participant in the Riverside’s Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre.  Aurelio, we are told, left the department under suspicious circumstances not unlike “Uncle” Frank…but we are saving that story for another day (by all means, feel free to contribute by emailing us or commenting below).

God must be paying well these days (inside joke of the day)

 

ANOTHER SUPER BOWL SHUFFLE

Three years after Leach’s sexcapades, in 2013 then-Lieutenant Larry Gonzalez, in apparent homage to the ex-Chief, had his own Super Bowl stroll through Riverside.  Unlike with Leach however, Gonzalez was given a field-sobriety test, determined to under the influence of alcohol, cited at the scene, and had his driver’s license was taken away.  He was later arrested, charged, and pled guilty to misdemeanor DUI.  If only poor Gonzalez had been Chief…(queue foreshadowing music)

Super Bowl XLVII Results: Baltimore 34, San Francisco 31, Mailbox 0.

A mere seven years later, Gonzalez would complete his road to redemption and be named Chief by City Manager Al Zelinka.  At the time of that announcement, Gonzalez would reminisce about his DUI, “It was a horrible decision and it was a decision that had major consequences.  I accept full responsibility for it. I realize that good people make bad decisions.”  We remind the Chief that the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.

 

BY THE BOOK, JUST NOT THE RIGHT BOOK

Now back to the shiny object we mentioned the day of the accident (clue: it was the sentence in bold).  Let’s take a look at the actual RPD policy regarding traffic collisions involving City officials:

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And while TMC doesn’t know who the on-duty Traffic Lieutenant nor the Watch Commander were on May 13, 2020, we do know their boss: Field Operations Division Commander Captain Eric Charrette.  And we know who his boss is: Deputy Chief Jeffrey L. Greer.  And we know who his boss is as well: Chief Larry Gonzalez.  Further, we know his boss: City Manager Al Zelinka.

Charrette, Greer, Gonzalez, Zelinka…Where does the buck stop?

Yes dear readers, despite RPD policy detailing the option available to immediately request assistance from the California Highway Patrol, specifically for the investigation of a traffic collision involving a City official where a fatality has occurred, no request from CHP to takeover the investigation was made despite the CHP Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team only being 20 minutes away (and similar County services in the vicinity as well). And now serious questions must be asked as to the independence of the investigation into the death of Stockton given the gross conflicts-of-interest present on behalf of RPD and the deep family ties of the Melendrez family within the Department.

RPD Response to PE Reporter Brian Rokos 9 Days After the Incident?  Hold My Beer, I Got This!

You have to love the part where RPD Spokeshole, Officer Ryan Railsback says the following to Rokos of the Press Enterprise: “We can assure your readers and our community there is no bias or favoritism being given in any direction to those involved in this investigation.”  Bwhahahahahah!  TMC would not exist if that was so.

Geez Ryan, you’re looking a little pale after that statement.

We don’t know what Rokos’ response was to RPD’s email, but we know what ours’ would have been: Give us a break!  Even, “I got run out of Riverside; I got run out of Sacramento; I got run out of Laguna Woods Village; I got run out of LAWDP,” Brad Hudson had enough common sense to bring in the CHP (and ex-DA Grover Trask to boot) for Leach’s drunk driving case within 48 hours.  Saying, “Our traffic investigators with our Major Accident Investigation Team are the very best and we are confident in their unbiased work,” would’ve made us blush.  We’re not sure we could’ve typed those words without a winking smiley at the end or at least crossing our fingers behind our back.  IT DOESN’T SOLVE THE CONFLICT-OF-INTEREST problem Chief, no matter even if you brought CHP in later for a review.  Good people do bad things I guess.  

Interagency rivalry?  Whodathunkit? Wonder what Mike Soubirous thinks?

WHAT ABOUT BOB?

So back to our headline, “Was Bob Stockton Murdered?”  No.  But he was killed, rumors are by a distracted driver…with a history of perhaps distracted driving leading to another major collision involving another person, for which she was never held accountable.  Oh, and what about the City coincidentally re-paving, re-striping (and re-constructing?) Victoria Ave within months of the accident (that might be the only way to get your street paved around here from the looks of things).  But alas, we will save those stories for another day as well, as the vice tightens on our main suspects.  TMC uses its built-in, shock-proof, shit detector to determine the integrity of RPD’s investigation as:

Conflicts-of-interest and family ties ignored; non-compliance with policy for unbelievable reasons; department history of cover-ups = PEAK Bullshit!

As we hear the CHP has conducted its review of the investigation, and the final report lies in the hands of the District Attorney’s Office, we wait to see if Mike Hestrin will offer voters an October Surprise for the Mayor’s race.  Our prediction?  Not likely.

     

We need Superman, not Clark Kent

Excerpts from Riverside Fire Department’s report on the AM Melendrez/Stockton accident can be found here for our CSI: Riverside watchers:

Going to be a little difficult to re-construct the crime scene, now that the roadway’s been re-constructed.

We believe Bob Stockton deserves justice.  We believe the City of Riverside’s citizens deserve accountability for the mishandling of this situation.  We believe all people should be treated fairly and equally, regardless of whom they’re are related to.  And we hear our local fourth estate has been muzzled, despite a story already having been written on the subject-at-hand … that has not been published for some odd reason.  But never fear sweet Polly Purebread!  UnderTMC is here to save the day!

Since Councilman Melendrez sees no need for a public apology, we’ll do it for him.

Requiescat in Pace

 

UPDATE 10/20/2020:  It seems we’ve stirred the pot enough to embarrass the Press Enterprise into finally writing a follow-up story.  Our favorite part?  “Riverside police spokesman Officer Ryan Railsback said that review took place in a meeting between police and CHP officials, and the CHP verbally agreed with the findings. Railsback said no written record of the CHP’s conclusion was produced.”  The CHP won’t even formally sign off on the findings!  RPD just broke our bullshit detector!  We might have to file a claim for damages for intentional infliction of emotional distress.

And since the Press Enterprise won’t produce the letter that offended soooo many our our neighbors, WE WILL!  Enjoy!

 

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I been thinking about this investigation quite a bit, and continue with the thought of just what were they thinking?  Was this a conspired smear campaign, a power play to remove a colleague who may have become a political advisery?  Their plan, it appeared, simply begain to unraveled at the seams unveiling a vile, putrid decay of the very fabric of our democratic system.  Mayor Bailey and Councilman Adams relayed to Soubirous on April 1, 2014, that four City of Riverside employees filed under the Whistleblower’s Protection Act with complaints against him that he violated Riverside City Charter Chapter 407, thereby creating a Hostile Work Environment, what was said to him never occurred.  At the July 22nd Councilman Soubirous hearing, Councilman Paul Davis admitted Brown Act violations in which are council were involved.

In the Hostile Work Environment Guide, whats important to note is that the conduct or behavior must be pervasive and constitute a pattern rather than consist of one or two isolated incidents.  This pattern must include discrimination in the work place based on race, ethnicity, religion, disability, age, sex or color.  I didn’t see incompetence listed here. Whats also interesting is that this specialized high priced Law firm of  Gumport Mastan, either didn’t know what the legal definition of “Hostile Work Environment” was, or they knew and were going to take advantage of City Manager Scott Barber, Chief Sergio Diaz, Mayor Rusty Bailey and Councilmember Steve Adams and RIP-OFF the City of Riverside for approx $100,000.00.   How embarrasing that Barber,Diaz, Bailey and Adams thought this investigation would be in the best interest of the public.  Who was advising these people!  Oh yea I forgot Greg Priamos. Did Greg know the legal definition of Hostile Work Environment?  Well I guess it was a good thing that Priamos left for new job with the County, he is that much closer to the County Jail.  In retrospect, are they all really that DUMB, INCOMPETENT, and/or CORRUPT?

According to Seattle Business Magazine, misapplying “hostile” increases unfounded legal claims and tension and strained relationships between employers and employees and/or between coworkers, while misunderstanding “hostile” causes management to mishandle such allegations.

Section 407. Interference in administrative service.  Neither the Mayor nor the City Council nor any of its members shall interfere with the execution by the City Manager of his/her powers and duties, or order, directly or indirectly, the appointment by the City Manager or by any of the department heads in the administrative service of the City, of any person to an office or employment or their removal therefrom. Except for purpose of inquiry, the Mayor, the City Council and its members shall deal with the administrative service under the City Manager solely through the City Manager and neither the Mayor nor the City Council nor any member thereof shall give orders to any subordinates of the City Manager, either publicly or  privately. (Effective 12/27/1995).

Since they are “Whistleblower’s”, I would have imagined Federal Complaints would be in order.  No such Federal filing according to records ever occurred.  The four employees would have been RPOA President Brian Smith, RPOA Vice President Aurelio Melendrez, Chief of Police Sergio Diaz and City Manager Scott Barber.  It would appear that the conspirators whittled the four filers to two since the true investigation only reveals two employees; Barber and Diaz, with Smith and Melendrez as “witnesses.”  Barber made an indirect claim of a hostile work environment based on the witness testimony of third party information which, came directly from his meeting with Union President Brian Smith.  He then crafted his letter and sent it to Mayor Bailey and Councilman Adams, of course, CC’d (Carbon Copy) City Attorney Gregory Priamos (AKA: The Architect).  Remarkably, his letter stated that what was said between Smith and Soubirous created a hostile work environment for himself, he even admits what he has written is derived “third hand”, or AKA third party information.  I guess you can always count on third party information to make a tight case.

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BARBER’S COMPLAINT (CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE)

Not once, did our City Manager Scott Barber find it necessary to contact Councilman Soubirous to corroborate RPOA President (and RPD Sergeant-hoping to be Lieutenant) Brian Smith’s side of the story.  This I find quite extraordinary!  Isn’t Barber a conflict manager specialist?  Or was this class just not offered in a Thespian Major?  They didn’t even file their complaint according to the rules they evidently uphold (Charter Chapter 202-Code of Ethics and Conduct).

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW CODE OF ETHICS AND CONDUCT SECTION 202

Did they perceive themselves as entitled, for the rules of law?  Did they think the rules of law didn’t apply to them?  They certainly apply to everyone else!  Section 202 describes that a complaint form should be used and filed with the City Clerk!  That certainly didn’t happen.

In a secondary act of incredible noteworthy importance, the Chief of Police in his letter did the exact same thing as City Manager Scott Barber.  He based his complaint on RPOA Union President and RPD Sergeant’s Brian Smith’s personal account of his meeting with Councilman Mike Soubirous, that fateful Valentine’s Day of 2014.

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DIAZ’S COMPLAINT (CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE)

Again, an indirect claim of a hostile work environment was made, this time by the Chief.  We have to ask the question if Soubirous was being set up as part of orchestrated smear campaign?  We know there was growing tension between Soubirous and his relationship with City Manager Scott Barber and the Chief of Police Sergio Diaz.  Diaz in fact, threatened Soubirous political career.  Diaz stating in an email that it is “politically unwise to declare war on your cops.”   This is a guy who Soubirous loaned his truck out to on several occasions!  Also  Council Candidate John Brandriff, had filed a complaint against the chief  in  which his complaint was “founded”Diaz had told Brandriff at a West Side Story showing at the Fox Theater said the following:  “If you have anymore political aspirations don’t make an enemy out of me”.  This is a Chief who makes more than a half a million a year, $247 from his LAPD pension and $307 from his current salary as RPD Chief. Thinking he can manipulate the political fabric of our city.

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW THE REST OF THE LEFT OVER INTERVIEWS ELIMINATED FROM THE FIRST INVESTIGATIONAL RELEASE, THEY JUST DIDN’T SEEM TO FIT INTO THE LAW FIRM OF GUMPORT MASTAN’S $100K STORY

RPOA President Brian Smith emailed me to tell me how I may have spun the actual fact, that I need to investigate before making a statement on the blog. So when RPOA Brian Smith sent TMC this email:

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We asked RPOA President Brian Smith to clear up some questions simply because of his tag line, that he felt our post was a “interesting spin.” (CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE).

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With that we asked our email to respond to the original Cop Play Book. (CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE).  I did attempt to clarify through Seargent Smith himself but he never emailed me back.  So I did take his advice and did a little investigation of my own.  What I also found quite peculiar was RPD Sergeant and RPOA President Brian Smith’s interrelationships and affiliations with reference to CorporateWiki.Com   The connection between Cliff Mason and Chris (Christopher) Lanzillo.

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Now, former RPOA President Sgt. Cliff Mason was implicated in illegal sale of revolvers to former City Manager Brad Hudson and Assistant City Manager Thomas DeSantis while a RPD officer with the City of Riverside.  At the time Lanzillo was president, Brian Smith was Vice President, and Aurelio Melendrez (Councilman Andy Melendrez’s son) was Secretary.  According to Chief Sergio Diaz, Lanzillo was fired for doing some “pretty bad things.”   Those bad things were never elaborated upon.  We are still attempting to find what these really “bad things” are.  But he did come back to sue the taxpayers with the law firm he later worked for, Lackie, Dammeier & McGill.  His job was reinstated with RPD and shortly thereafter retired on a medical disability.  Shortly thereafter, started his own investigation company in Orange County and did some investigatory work for this law firm.  We asked the question is Lanzillo committed insurance fraud as a result of his miracle recovery?  The law firm was later the brunt of a DA investigation, which ultimately led to their dissolution.

When Chris Lanzillo was President of the RPOA, Brian Smith was Vice President and Aurelio Melendrez was Secretary, was the cop play book in effect back then?  The Police Union have in the past employed a law firm, Lackie,Dammeier & McGill, and a member of that law firm- former RPD Officer and RPOA Union President Chris Lanzillo who, according to numerous reports chronicled in the Orange County Register, tailed Cost Mesa Councilman Jim Righeimer falsely claiming he was drunk.  He had a receipt for consuming his diet cokes at a meeting at a local bar in his possession.  We now must look at the person behind the incident, former RPOA President and former RPD Detective Chris Lanzillo, and if he still is in contact with current RPOA President Brian Smith?

Former RPOA President & former RPD Detective Chris Lanzillo

The Cop Play Book was a list of strategic tactics designed and crafted by the law firm of  Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir, for cops and their unions in order to get what they want on the negotiating table.  The full play book is listed below with some excerpts.  The Playbook was quickly removed from the law firms web site when the cow pies began fly; not to mention Chris Lanzillo’s name was also removed from their web site as a working associate when the press exposed their underbelly.

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW FULL COP PLAY BOOK

Accordingly, with reference to the first page above, “associations leaders know, association leaders should be selective in their battles.” We also know that Aurelio Melendrez, Vice President of the Riverside Police Officer’s Association has referred to their RPOA as an “Organization.”

Always keep this in mind.  The public could care less about your pay, medical coverage and pension plan (really?), All they want to know is “what is in it for them?”  Again, how arrogant, deceiving and elitist of a statement this is, of course the taxpayer cares of the cost, they are paying for it!  Isn’t this the reason for the majority of municipal bankruptcy’s? Unsustainable pensions?

The Association should be like a quiet giant in the position of, “do as I ask and don’t piss me off.”  Again I ask RPOA President Brian Smith, is this a formula to create better politics, or “piss poor politics?”

“You should be in very close contact with your associations attorney, during these times to ensure you are not going to get yourself or any of your members in trouble.”   I would say they are referring to the law firm of Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir.  The demise of this law firm and their criminal activity can be read in the article by OC Watchdog, “Bare-knuckle police defense gets knocked out.”    Further, part of the law firms criminal activity was that they used GPS, in the form of attaching electronic devices illegally in order to track city officials!

No City Council or Governing Board should take place where members of your association and the public aren’t present publicly chastasing them for their lack of concern for public safety.  Do we not see this in the City of Riverside because they deal and prevent this issue from being public in closed sessions?  Every City Council meeting Riverside has in closed sessions deals with negotiating  with Union Representatives!

Blunders by the City Manager, Mayor, or City Council members of wasteful spending should be highlighted and pointed out to the public at every opportunity.

…as a pressure tactic, tactic seeking petition to file a referendum on eliminating the City Manager’s position for a full time elected Mayor may cause the City Manager to rethink his or hers position.

Focus on a City Manager, Councilperson, Mayor or Chief of Police and keep the pressure up until that person assures you his loyalty and then move on to the next victim.  Sounds familiar?

Of course, other ideas that cops come up with a very imaginative.  Just keep in mind, the idea is to show the decision makers that the public favors public safety and it will only harm their public support by not prioritizing you and almost equally important, to let them know that next time that they should agree with you much sooner.  Sounds familiar?  Sound to me as another strong-arm tactic possibly utilized to attain an objective.  Is this in the best interest of the taxpayer?  Or is the taxpayer being shaked down?

“Are Police Unions crossing the line while bullying public officials?” as in this news story.  How effective was play book for former Upland Law Firm Lackie, Dammeier & McGill as in this news story “How Police Play Hardball At The Bargaining Table”.   Was the play book a soft illegal tool implemented in order to creatively “shake-down” or “strong-arm” political targets, in order to make them a bit more pliable?

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On the KFI 640, radio host John and Ken interview Councilman Jim Righeimer about the incident, the original 911 call by Chris Lanzillo is also played on this show.  It’s worth listening to.  Righeimer is being set up by police officer and Chris Lanzillo.  Lanzillo is driving a white Kia with no license plates while following Righeimer.  Also noted was that he was illegally on the phone while driving, while making a false 911 call.

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CLICK THIS LINK TO HEAR THE 08/27/2012 AUDIO INTERVIEW BETWEEN JOHN & KEN AND COUNCILMAN RIGHEIMER AND AUDIO OF LANZILLO’S 911 CALL REPORTING AN ALLEGED DUI WHILE TAILING RIGHEIMER

Councilman Jim Righeimer claims that the base pay that is indicated for police officers as well as fire fighters within the city is not the actual pay.  For example if their base pay states $65K, it can actually be $135K, because their are actually 75 different ways to pay a public employee, not to mention pension, and may not even include healthcare!  What they are saying is that the actual average pay per officer is actually $135K, but what you see or talked about is the base pay of $65K.  Righeimer states that this was the main reason he was targeted, because he exposed to the taxpayer how much public employees really make.  TMC is investigating this aspect within the City of Riverside.

On September 9, 2012 the Orange County DA subpoenaed video from the Costa Mesa bar, where Lanzillo says Councilman Righeimer was drunk.  According to a KTLA report, Lanzillo stated that Councilman Righeimer stumbled out of the bar and was swirving all over the road in 911 call.  According to the video, it showed that he was not.  The police officer who went to Councilman Righeimer’s home, found he was not drunk, and found he had only drank two diet cokes.  Congressman Dana Rohrabacher became involved, and a Federal investigation ensued.  Currently, Righeimer is suing the Costa Mesa Police Union over the DUI sting fiasco.  In what was called a “very sophisticated conspiracy” by Righeimer’s attorney, Vince Finaldi, the use of GPS tracking devices utilized just takes this whole episode to the next level.  Bad enough, that the FBI is involved.

Councilman Jim Righeimer

 

A very similar incident occurred with Buena Park Councilman Fred Smith in this Orange County Register story.

Jack Wu of the Daily Pilot brought this coveted point, if Lanzillo was getting paid to investigate and watch someone else, then stop and waste precious time following Councilman Righeimer whom he thought was drunk.  Wouldn’t you want your money back and question if there was some sort of attention deficit associated with his medical disability? 

In an article by Lauren Williams of the Daily Pilot, The Los Angeles Police Protective League (LLPPL) issued a statement critical of Upland based law firm Lackie, Dammeier & McGill and criticized the Costa Mesa Police Association (A Police Union).  They said that “Hardball Tactics”, or what I would say “Intimidation Tactics” can erode the publics trust.  Residents in communities trust and the need the police to protect and serve.  When these types of incidents occurr, the citizens see the police as a seperate entity, whereby the residents health and safety become at risk, and they to become intimidated by uncertaintity of who’s benefit the police really serve.   The LLPPL have a long and proven  record of working with city officials to ensure that public safety comes first.  It’s now left to the Fed’s to investigate the activities of this law firm and respond to the public with their conclusions.

Is the power of the badge being used to “bully” and/or being used in “enforcer type tactics” for police unions against elected officials?  Have police unions and law firms taken their activities to a different level that will become a red flag for the Feds?  An article by Steven Frank of California News and Views has this to say about that subject.

What I’m getting from some of these reports is very disturbing.  Have Police Unions become so powerful that they are somehow controlling certain political scenarios?  This would definitely not benefit the taxpayer, but the very few in union membership.  And by doing so, becomes a public health and safety issue.  So now you have a police union, an attorney law firm with a police background, and possibly toss in some outside police officers working together in unison using the grey areas of the law to terrorize and shake down individuals in city government.  Then decisions and contracts are then negotiated under these “circumstances.”  Others in elected positions are also saying that the law firm harasses by threatening grand jury investigations.

Well if anybody knows, you can file a grand jury investigation against just about anything, you are harassed by the fact that you have to deal with it.  Sounds like a good tactic as others say in the business, a “client control” strategy.  Taking it a step further, is this part of the reason why California has unsustainable union contracts, is going bankrupt, and/or the reason why these contracts cannot be fulfilled or honored?  Then the question would be, were some of these contracts not negotiated in the best interest of the taxpayer due to ulterior motives?  Something to think about, this is what movies are made out of..  And this is one scenario I would like to see played out on the wide screen.

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Let me see if I’ve got this straight…A Riverside detective named Chris Lanzillo gets fired…then is called back so that he can be retired early on a medical disability…which qualifies him to recieve his pay in large part tax free for the rest of his life.  BUT…he’s not so disabled that he can’t work as a private investigator for a law firm that represents cops and cop unions…and shall we say…suuplement his retirement pay……Is that absurd or what!  He’s a bad cop who’s now a crook…and we got to pay his freight for the rest of his life!  – John Bosch, Commenter on the Orange County Register

Chris Lanzillo made #15 of Orange County Weekly’s Scariest People of 2012!  According to OC Weekly, Lanzillo proved the adage that once an asshole cop, always an asshole cop.

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But in this pic it appears he (Lanzillo, to the right) is drinking his ass off…

We also ask the question if City Hall elites have a play book, to get what they want?  Reviewing, could this have been a concerted avenue utilized by Adams (Ex-RPD), Bailey, Smith, Aurelio and Diaz to destroy a political opponent?  Could this have been a set-up, as Councilman Righeimer felt, as in his case?

According to a PE article you stated that the investigation on Soubirous was “incomplete” rather than “inconclusive.”, since Soubirous refused to let Gumport interview him.  But it seems that Smith has forgotten that Soubirous was told April 1, 2014 that he would never know the identities of those who complained against him, that there were four and accused him of interfering with employee duties and causing a hostile work environment.  According to the Fourteenth Amendment, was Soubirious being deprived of his right of “due process?”  With this in mind, the case lacks creadance, therefore having documentation of all correspondence would be in order.  Soubirous did just that, he declined to be interviewed, instead provided written answers to questions.  After all we found out later that the interview process contained no audio recording or corresponding notes.  This already appears as a set-up when you don’t know who the accusers are, and not allowed to respond appropriately by questioning them.  Incidently, Smith supported Soubirous when he ran for Supervisor and had close ties to the Soubirous family.  What made this campaign different for RPOA?  Did the order come from the City?

Smith said he would have nothing to gain by making up a story about what Soubirous said. “As a law enforcement officer, if I am proven to be less than credible, that’s potentially career-ending,” he said.  But does he?  Does the Cop Play Book tell a different story?

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Are the actions of the seven responsible for this embarrassing political train wreck?

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The wife and I have lived at this address for 42 years…we have had outstanding council reps, Arden Anderson, Rosanna Scott, Frank Schiavone, Paul Davis and now Mike Soubirous.  The unfounded “complaints” lodged against Councilman Soubirous are a joke. Apparently our City Manager and Chief Diaz got their bowels in a uproar over statement{s} made by the police union president or whatever title he hold/held. What a waste of tax payers money for lawyer fees. The approx. $98.000.00 would have bought alot of books for the libraries.  We support Councilman Soubirous 110% against these complaints or whatever you want to call them. Same goes for the investigation of Paul Davis too…Suck it Up Boys…get over it and save the City of Riverside taxpayers money for good causes not mickey-mouse charges.  –  Gordon Williams, Commenter on the PE 
Smith met with Soubirous one time alone and Soubirious met with one time with Aurelio Melendrez. You would think that if Smith felt there was any inclination of inappropriateness by Soubirous, he would attempt to record the moment or bring along a second party (which he claims are in RPOA’s “policy”).   He did not.  In fact he supported Soubirous for County Supervisor, even then giving him a campaign check.

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Chief Sergio Diaz also supported Soubirious by giving him a $500.00 personal check.  Smith, Diaz and Soubirous were friends.  Soubirous even loaned his truck out (several times) to Chief Diaz.  So what happened?  Was it that he couldn’t be bought?  He asked the questions he shouldn’t have asked?

Does Melendrez appears to conceive that RPD is an independent “organization” as stated at City Council?  An organization (or organisation) is an entity, such as an institution or an association, that has a collective goal and is linked to an external environment.  Has Riverside’s finest lost there way?  Concerned citizens and local community groups in Riverside agree that changes need to be made.  The Riverside Police Department cannot be part of as an independent external entity, it cannot be effective distancing themselves from the community, they must be part of the community.

Aurelio made it very clear that there “organization” should be autonomous..  I don’t know what world he is living in, but the residents of Riverside pay his salary and all of those in RPD. If he would like to be in control of his own organization, he should try to privatize it and start up his own armed security company, otherwise it gives the impression of a rogue organization.  A police force which has no transparency or accountability!  Why would someone think this was anything but open, honest and transparent?  The residents, the taxpayers, pay a lot of money for their salaries and pensions, and they come back and treat us in a condescending manner?  That’s unacceptable! It’s apparent that RPOA only cares about their members, the members of their “organization,”  as opposed to the taxpayer who pays their salaries, who they are there to protect and serve..or are they really self serving?  I ask this because the question arises as to where their loyalty lies?  Is it an attempt to separate law enforcement from their responsibilities and loyalties to the community residents? We may attempt to say yes, only by their actions.. Actions speak louder than words.

Mr. Smith, do the majority of RPD officers believe in what you are doing? If so, the taxpayers best interest is not at heart and we have a conflict and a question of loyalty. Your oath should state that.  To breach that would cause a health and safety issue with the taxpayers, that you’ve taken an oath to protect and serve.  Would you hold the taxpayer hostage to the wishes of your organization?  This would be a cause of breaching your contract with the taxpayer.  We as taxpayers asked RPOA to replace the cost of this kangaroo investigation.  We asked the amount to be replaced to the General Fund.  We ask that you resign as well as Aurelio Melendrez, or be fired.  This the community of Riverside ask, in the hopes they will not be retaliated against, we know we will.

Regardless, I would like RPOA President Brian Smith to chime in on this.. especially placing his Chief as a “deity” or “god like”.  That statement just seemed off the beaten track.  It is also easy to use big words and threats on the taxpayer, with the taxpayers own money.  Should this be acceptable to the tax payer or criminal? I say this because we then attempt to arise to a different level of reasoning. Those who work for us and take an oath to protect and serve, those who pay for their services, can actually take a different route..a route that doesn’t include the taxpayer.  Therefore what do we have as a police force?  We have a double dipping Chief of Police who was approximately two years late with his Strategic Plan… Again I say it, he was not qualified!   And as a citizen and taxpayer, I should’t be threatened by the Chief of Police nor any citizen/resident in Riverside.  Why does he do this?  What is necessary and hasn’t been done is to investigate Chief Diaz’s background.  If we would have investigated former City Manager Brad Hudson’s background, we would find that he had a criminal background…credit card fraud.  While Mayor Bailey stated that Hudson was a “moral compass” we dispute that..   He did have a criminal past!   The Hudson legacy gave us City Manager Scott Barber and Chief Sergio Diaz.  Two of the four instigators of this Valentines Day Blunder.  Not to mention, Hudson gave us his greatest gift to the residents, $4 billion in unpaid debt. Ask why you are seeing increases in sewer rates and mandatory water conservation, where we own our own water.  We see that this was one issue all can agree on even Smith regarding former City Manager Brad Hudson.  Smith states, “I think Scott’s done a great job for the city considering the bucket of shit he was left with Brad (Hudson) and Tom (DeSantis) and half the City Council that there’s now left him with it.” (pg.20 Smith Investigation, pg. 46 Investigative Report).

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When Smith commented on this investigation at City Council on June 17th, he hadn’t known that Soubirous actually responded in writing to questions.  The current investigation as it stands was not good enough for Smith at the Jully 22nd, who calls the investigation “incomplete” and would like the DA to get involved.  When a group of conspirators decide that the accused, should not know who is accusing him, or have and information of what the detail charges are. Why would anyone agree to a oral interview?   The law firm didn’t even tape the interviews or had written notes!  Good thing Soubirous didn’t agree to that, and rightfully so.  The law firm could not be trusted, where’s the due process?  The Chief and RPOA should know better, especially the Fourteenth Amendment.  Maybe they don’t know, or maybe they don’t care about the people’s rights?

But it didn’t stop there, Smith claimed in his unsworn testimony that Soubirous wanted a meeting via his phone text. This was unverifiable by Smith, since he states he doesn’t keep his text messages, he deletes all of them.  Unknowingly, Soubirous kept his, and those text contradicted Smith’s testimony. The truth of the matter is that Smith called for a meeting. (pg.7 Smith Interview, pg. 33 of investigational report).

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Smith in the interview states Soubirous texted him to set up a meeting, Soubirous personal text show contradicts Smith’s statement. (CLICK ABOVE IMAGES TO ENLARGE).

Why didn’t Smith file a complaint on Soubirous, and was only a witness?  This investigation seems quite remarkable, after all, he created the allegations. In fact,  it was all about Sergeant Brian Smith.  Was he up for a promotion to lieutenant?  What hat was he wearing?  RPOA President or RPD Officer Sergeant Brian Smith?  He was definitely wearing RPOA President hat, and this was not the first time.  The question is what made this meeting different?

We also ask the question of why the suggestion of armed security guards were in order for La Sierra Park? Soubirous originally asked Chief Sergio Diaz about the issue of utilizing RPD officers to patrol at the February 11th, City Council meeting.  Diaz never responded to the question, but instead disrespected Councilman Soubirous and even tried (actually succeeded) to get the audience to laugh at the question at Soubirious expense.  Scott Barber seemed to have to come up with a plan if in fact Diaz refused to comply.  Was armed security the alternative as a result of Diaz’s ego?  RPOA President Brian Smith was in favor of 3 million bucks in overtime money for his “troops.”  Of course this would never happen in the private sector, overtime that is, that is a no-no.  Why couldn’t we utilize that money for hiring new officers at the base salaries? It therefore must be a perk.  But with Diaz claiming there was not enough officers to handle the panhandlers, this seem to be the only viable option left for Soubirous to suggest as a way to fix the problem.

Was Valerie Hill recruited as Ward 3 candidate to run against Soubirous because of her commitment to RPD issues over the taxpayer?  Was Soubirous not chosen because of his position on (he was against) Measure A?  Cindy Roth, of the Greater Riverside Chamber thought so.  Now that we have Measure A, we still apparently have a problem with a shortage of RPD officers, hum… Roth still needed to receive her city taxpayer handouts for her non-profit “laundering” activity.  When will these welfare groups ever do the right thing?  The bottom line is that Soubirous rubbed two RPD officers egos the wrong way, and a conspiratorial retaliation ensued. We saw it first hand, some residents have seen this first hand but have remained intimidated and or quiet.

Smith accuses Soubirous of calling his guys “lazy” when it was Soubirous constituents who made that call. That would be Smith’s real employer, the taxpayer. (pg. 11 Smith Interview, pg.37 Investigative Report). Smith then wanted those emails and names, was he thinking of retaliation of those constituents?  It seems like Smith is parroting his boss, Sergio Diaz, who in his email to Soubirious stated to him that he (Soubirous) referred to RPD as “Lazy.”  Did Diaz make this up and his little boy Brian follows Daddy’s lead?  We need to ask the question of why the community does not contact RPD with their concerns.  I also don’t believe there is a direct contact number anymore, except for 911.

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Why did Diaz avoid the issue of mental health training suggestions to help avoid officer-involved shootings when dealing with mentally disturbed or violent persons, when brought up by John Brandriff at a CPRC meeting?   Then he retaliated against him.. What kind of person with a badge and gun does a thing as this; without a badge, gun and power would someone actually attempt to do this?

According to Smith account in reference to Chief Diaz’s job being in jeopardy, he states that “Sergio Diaz is a “deity” in this City.”  “Other than the elected Sheriff of Riverside County, you are not going to remove Sergio Diaz without an uprising from the city and the citizens here and the employees that work for him.”  This according to his Smith’s interview.  Now remember non of these interviewees were legally sworn in to tell the truth, according to law.

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1. a god or goddess
2. the state of being divine; godhead
3. the rank, status, or position of a god
4. the nature or character of God

I’m not sure where he gets this, but most of the community of Riverside sees otherwise.  Why Smith would support Diaz, against community feelings is a misnomer.  We ask the question to what is Smith’s MO?  Again, the taxpayers of Riverside would like to be reimbursed for the amount of $49K times 4, by RPOA, City Manager Scott Barber and Chief of Police Sergio Diaz for this conspiratorial debacle and attempting to trump are Democratic process!  Who are the real criminal masterminds?

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Just the fact that at one time Chris Lanzillo was President of RPOA running the show, makes we wonder as to their MO’s when it comes to taxpayer’s monies, and what they will do to ensure that they get it.

Another promotional piece by the PE. Not going to work Press Enterprise. RPD Chief Sergio Diaz is a liability to the city of Riverside. He has already been found guilty of using inappropriate and vulgar language toward Riverside resident John Brandriff. Where do I start. Diaz has had numerous unprovoked angry outbursts toward several residents with whom he disagrees. RPD Chief Sergio Diaz is a bad role model for the Riverside Police Department. Among the things that he has said to residents: grow some balls – it is politically unwise to get me upset – if you have any political ambitions in this town, you do not cross me – residents who live in their mothers basement, sitting in their underwear, eating cheeto’s – you should not be able to say anything – you are a disgrace …    Sergio Diaz refuses to attend RCPA Riverside Coalition for Police Accountability community meetings. Sergio Diaz refuses to accept any proposals from the city’s CPRC recommendations police commission. Sergio Diaz supports out-dated police policies that have cost Riverside taxpayers into the six digits due to lawsuits from residents who have been injured or killed by the Riverside police department.  Is this the kind of behavior that Riverside should have as a police chief ?  Let’s get a REAL police chief, preferably someone from within our own department.  No more LAPD transfers !!!    -Don Gallegos, commenter on the PE

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