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DON’T GET HOSED AND TASED BY THOSE BEHIND THE TAX…VOTE NO ON MEASURE-Z

Let’s all remember that the City is out of money, or they want us to believe they are out of money, right!  Well here we go again, the City of Riverside sent out this mailer to all of its residents, which would be well over 100,000 households.  How much do you think you the taxpayer paid for this?  I’m sure most of us just threw it in the trash.  If the City can afford to send each household this information, then you would think that the City is doing okay.  We saw this exact same thing with Measure-A  pamphlets back in 2013, the City uses taxpayer monies to send these “informational pamphlets,” but in essence, are psychologically designed for a vote in their favor.   Don’t be fooled, as you were last time, these informational pamphlet were structured, written and fashioned to have you vote Yes on Measure-Z.

Why are we receiving this informational pamphlet?  THE CITY NEEDS TO ASK US FOR MORE MONEY BECAUSE THEY SCREWED UP!

Unbeknownst to the taxpayer is the claim that if you Vote No on Measure-Z, you will lose important City services.  Let me make this perfectly clear, we lost City services a long time ago, and we will NEVER get them back.  The City chose to invest and squander our money on such things as “Government Entertainment,” as in the Fox Theater,  instead of taking care of basic services for its citizens.

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This “informational pamphlet” strategically shows a playground full of kids (because its all about the kids, isn’t it?), along with Public Works Employees, a Police Officer and a Fire Fighter.  The title is “Measure-Z, What’s It’s All About.”  Again, the City is going to tell the taxpayer how to vote, as they did with the water measure in 2013 known as Measure-A.  When you foolishly passed this measure in 2013, you voted to tax yourself 11.5%!  What the City promised us then never materialized, and what they promise us now will never happen.  What is really egregious, is that the City and their cohorts really do believe you will fall for this and vote YES on Measure-Z.  They are going to trick the unsuspecting taxpayer into showering them with billions of dollars.

Instead of holding staff and leadership accountable, our Council decided to concoct a “Spending Pledge” a few weeks ago.  REALLY?  How stupid and foolish this makes the Council looks.  So rather then taking responsibility and accountability they’ve resorted to “pinky promises” in order to sway public opinion.  Five of the eight electeds’ on the Council Chamber have held there positions for 7 years or longer.  They own this fiscal mess.  Measure-Z (Sales Tax Increase) is their attempt to remove accountability for running this ship aground….sort of a “You can trust us this time, we even placed our names on it!”  These men are spending addicts.  So what do they really need this money for?  More Government Entertainment, Pensions and Raises.

You have to be a fool to give spending addicts more money!  Vote “No on Measure-Z!”

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The above pamphlet tells you, the taxpayer, why the City needs the additional money.  For years the City leadership Has been boasting about our City being financially sound, you can all remember them saying “We have 40 million in reserves” they are now telling us that the City never fully recovered from the economic recession that started in 2008.  Even Police Chief Sergio came out in the Summer of 2015 to tell City Council the Police Budget was sound.  The City is lying.  The City will never recover because they have misspent, over spent, passed special interest projects and new employee contracts without any funding sources.  They were irresponsible with taxpayer monies and NOW THEY WANT MORE!

This November 2016, you will also be voting on another tax, Measure-O (Riverside Unified School Bond).  If it passes, this will increase your property taxes $100.00 per every $100,000.00 your house is worth.  So if you have a $400,000.00 home, your new additional property tax will be $400.00, and then add your new sales tax (Measure Z), which can be an additional $100.00 or more per year.  You now have a total approximation of $500.00 per year additional tax. Then I’m sure all of you do remember there will be a sewer increase this year, and don’t forget Public Utilities  will also have their hand out soon.  You will also need to look at the State and the Federal Government, they may need more money as well.

How much more can you afford ? And who will be most impacted by this?  The Most obvious is the poor, disabled, seniors and the retiree.  TMC predicts this will also have a HUGE impact on Churches, a 10% tithe at the very minimum will be difficult if we have an additional 5 to 10% tax each year.  Taking $40 to $400.00 out of your packer each month for additional taxes will be devastating for many.

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This pamphlet was done by design to touch emotional center, voting with your heart, as opposed to voting with your head.  Did the City purposely use two black police officer to show how diverse they are? With a small child to show they are connected to the community?   This informational Pamphlet is simply just a bunch of BS and about the financial mess the city is in.  They will not cut anything they will make the taxpayer go without the basics. Some say this is all about the increases to Police and Fire and   Some  state that Police and Fire make less than Teachers, I personally find that an insult to Teachers, but Transparent California tells a different picture on Fire and Police.  It seems that they are making more than Corporate Execs and Doctors!  The Riverside Police Department have incredible amounts of OT (Remember that’s how they pad their pensions), Other Pay and Benefits before finally tallying up the final total.  If you come from the Corporate Private Sector as I do, OT as this is never seen.  Overtime as this would lead a corporation to Bankruptcy, and that may be where the City is going.

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Well how about Fire, it appears they Need more Money also, check the incredible amounts of OT, Other Pay and Benefits before the final tally is totaled.  What this tells me is that Union Contract Negotiations must be Public.  We have the right to know and be engage, after all the taxpayer is the Employer.  What we see here is that City Leadership has not been looking out for the best interest of the taxpayer, but for other interest.

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Back in 2013, the City sent out at taxpayers expense, and informational flyer, known as the Water Measure, or Measure-A.  In this taxpayer paid pamphlet, the City of Riverside threatened the taxpayer, that if this Measure-A didn’t pass the following would occur:  the City would be forced to cut $6.7 million in local services, there may actually as residents faced with more gangs, graffiti and rundown streets.  They actually stated that 79 City positions would be eliminated which included Police Officers, Firefighters, School Crossing Guards (we know what happened there), youth recreation programs (we know what happened there), senior services (they actually threatened the Goeske Center Seniors they needed to vote for this or we won’t fund you).

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In the above 2013 Measure-A informational pamphlet, the first page also shows children, police officers with a child and public work employees. Quite the same formula as the current.  In 2013 Mayor Rusty Bailey lied about Measure A, he has lied again today about Measure-Z.  What else has Bailey Lied about? TMC HAS THE STORY! COMING SOON..

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CONTRIBUTIONS SUPPORTING YES ON MEASURE-Z HAVE BEEN POURING IN, you may ask “Who are they?”  All the elitist bastards that will benefit handsomely, one in particular, Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey.  But also the usual suspects such as the so called Non-Profits and Unions.

Bottom line folks, the City of Riverside never had a revenue problem, they have a spending problem, and spent they did.   As with the Renaissance Project, with then City Manager Brad Hudson, who spent, over spent and misspent your monies like a drunken sailor. TMC wrote about this in detail.  Most importantly we told council about that as well, and we predicted the City would be out of money and in trouble in 2015.  WE WERE RIGHT.   Now current leadership City Manager John Russo continues to lie and spin the truth on how all this happened.  He now wants to continue the reckless spending practices.  They just can’t help themselves.

Councilman Paul Davis, Andy Melendrez, Rusty Bailey, Mike Gardner and Chris McArthur were the responsible parties for getting us in this mess,   This is how it works: Police and Fire Unions  work to benefit themselves by laundering member dues, paid for by taxpayers, to return in campaign funds for the benefit and control of elected official.  You may ask why Tim Strack, from the Fire Union, is giving over a $100,000.00 to the Yes on Measure-Z campaign.  Why? Because its all about money and their own personal gain, its never been about you and the basic services of the city.  Public Safety has found a way to hose and tase the taxpayer into submission, and this is wrong!  Ultimately, sounds like strong arm tactics, when referencing the importance of their jobs to the community.  This is a no, no, and could also be inferred as ‘coercion.’  But when you have no leadership to effectively protect the taxpayer, you have nothing.

In 2014, the Riverside Police Union President, Brian Smith and the Chief of Police Sergio Diaz conspired to railroad and politically remove Councilman Mike Soubirous.  Unions in any capacity should never be involved in Public Sector Politics without our input for this reason.  It our money not theirs, and we should be protected.

FORMER PRESS ENTERPRISE COMMENTATOR, DAN BERSTEIN, HIS TAKE ON WHY TO VOTE NO ON MEASURE-Z!

CONTRIBUTORS SUPPORTING YES ON MEASURE-Z THAT YOU AS A TAXPAYER SHOULD BE AWARE OF, BECAUSE THEY ALL BENEFIT SUBSTANTIALLY:

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FIRE

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MAYOR BAILEY: BUT ALSO RECEIVED PLENTY FROM FIRE AS TO HAVE HIM IN THEIR BACK POCKET!

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THE RAINCROSS GROUP

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THE RIVERSIDE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

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ARTICLE LINKS:

TMC: 04.10.2013: CITY OF RIVERSIDE: WHISKEY IS FOR DRINKING, WATER IS FOR FIGHTING OVER..AND EVERYBODY WANTS A PIECE OF THAT ACTION.

TMC: 05.10.2013: CITY OF RIVERSIDE: MEASURING UP TO MEASURE A.

PRESS ENTERPRISE: 01.20.2015: RIVERSIDE: FIREFIGHTERS GET RAISES IN NEW CONTRACT.

PRESS ENTERPRISE: 09.16.2015: RIVERSIDE: POLICE CONTRACT INCLUDES RAISES.

PRESS ENTERPRISE: 09.23.2015: RIVERSIDE: POLICE CONTRACT APPROVED.

PRESS ENTERPRISE: 06.13.2016: RIVERSIDE: DEAL WITH FIREFIGHTERS KEEPS ALL STATIONS OPEN.

PRESS ENTERPRISE: 09.21.2016: WHAT KIND OF CONTRACT DEAL MADE WITH POLICE ASSOCIATION.

PRESS ENTERPRISE: 09.23.2016: OPINION: CITIES BAILING OUT PENSIONS WITH TAX HIKES.

REMEMBER FOLKS DON’T BELIEVE FOR A MINUTE THAT THESE PARASITES ARE ON THE SIDE OF THE TAXPAYER!   THE MONIES ALLOCATED TO PASS MEASURE-Z ARE HUGE!  THESE PEOPLE ARE IN IT FOR PERSONAL GAIN, OUR LEADERSHIP HAS BEEN BOUGHT AND PAID FOR BY SPECIAL INTEREST. VOTE NO ON MEASURE Z

REMEMBER MY FELLOW TAXPAYERS DON’T GET HOSED!

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VOTE NO ON MEASURE-Z

THIS TAX ONLY SERVES, AND CONTINUES TO SERVE THE PUBLIC SERVANT ELITES AND ESTABLISHMENT ELITES OF THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE.

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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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How did these 4 people turn Vivian Moreno into the most written about and talked about Citizen in the history of Riverside and how did she became the NUMBER ONE Viable Candidate for Mayor.

Over the last 7 years Vivian Moreno has uncovered and exposed many of the unexplained dark secrets at City Hall.  In this story Vivian Moreno will explain how much of this happened, and why we are in unsustainable debt.  All her work for the City of Riverside was determined by these 3 men and the girl with the curly hair over cocktails…… Vote Vivian Moreno for Mayor 2016

The City of Riverside was in the hands of reckless unqualified people that took advantage of the taxpayer DAILY.  Life in Riverside has a way of coming full circle. Last Sunday I had a visit from a fairly new friend of mine. I have known her for about 3 years. We were discussing my bid for Mayor and out of nowhere she tells me this fascinating story about Brad Hudson, Steve Adams, Tom Desantis and the girl with the curly hair.  I knew my friend was a bartender but never in my wildest dreams did I know she was the bartender for these three high level executives and their really good friend with the curly hair.  She was the bartender at the Citrus City Grille, the watering hole for the “Riverside Elite and Special interest” or whatever you want to call them.  These people were nothing more than a tightly organized, determined group with shared ideas and attitudes who attempted to influence public policy and change, over cocktails… and who paid for those cocktails?  We did, the taxpayer!

The story goes that these three high level executives at the City of Riverside, Brad, Tom, and Steve were frequent guests at the Citrus City Grille, almost daily according to the bartender.  “Their bar tabs were always so high,” she said, “our Martinis cost $14.00.”   “They were so drunk I don’t know how they got home!”  But their was one thing that seemed to capture her curiosity, “Who was the girl with the curly hair?” she asked.  “She was always there.”

My friend had one question for me, “ How is it that they can get in their cars and drive drunk and no one else can?”  I told her because they all belonged to a private club.  These men were also drunk on their own Power Trip.

They were at this bar so many times in 2009, that in 2014 “the girl with the curly hair” was in Laughlin, Nevada and ran into the same bartender.  The two women recognized each other, exchanged pleasantries and memories. (By the way the girl with the curly hair is still an employee at the City of Riverside. I will leave it at that).

So how does this story overlap with me, Vivian Moreno, BioKorium Skin Care and Day Spa, and 3615 Main Street?  Early 2009 the owners of Citrus City Grille were looking for a new location. You guessed it! 3615 Main Street.  The City of Riverside would buy the building for $4.4 million dollars from the workman’s comp fund and set up their buddies and their favorite bar in our location. What a deal Citrus City Grille was going to get from the taxpayer 1/2 million in tenant improvements and a hefty amount for working capital.  All on the tax payer and all for their favorite bar.  Also this deal was all done through Redevelopment, which is a very important part of this story.

In August or September of 2009 the deal was done, the City had purchased the building, the “three amigos” were still holding their frat parties courtesy of the taxpayers at the Grille.  The one thing left to do was to get rid of BioKorium and me.  I knew the city wanted us out because the owners of the Grille came in and told us that 3615 Main Street would be their new location and the city would take very good care of them, and indeed that was the plan.   RIVERSIDE FRAT BOY MEMBERS…….Brad Hudson, Tom Desantis, Greg Priamos, Steve Adams, and Rusty Bailey.

As a downtown business owner for 11 years, I knew nothing about the politics of Riverside… nothing….I didn’t know any of the executives at City Hall.  This experience was about to throw me into the world of Riverside politics and would change the face, policy and many employees of the city of Riverside forever.  I was determined to uncover what really happened to us and in the process I uncovered many of the dark secrets that were holding the Citizens of Riverside hostage to the unscrupulous deeds and political favors that were bestowed on a select few.

We had been at the 3615 location for 11 years, our landlords were the Freeman Co., we had paid almost a million dollars in rent to them over that time. They were the best downtown landlords.  It was a wonderful experience and opportunity. When the City took over the building, it was confusing and complicated. For the first couple of months we didn’t know what was going on.  All I knew was that something was wrong and it was time for us to go.

So what ended up happening?  The Citrus City Grille faded away in Riverside owing a lot of money to the Riverside Plaza, they have one restaurant left in Corona, Brad left and went to Sacramento. Was he pushed out of Sacramento like some suspect? and now he is in Laguna, Steve Adams ran for Congress and lost they say he is now working for the County of Riverside.  If this is true, this is just another political favor, Tom Desantis left because of an uncomfortable situation involving the girl with the curly hair and an alleged incident in the parking lot.  He is now Assistant City Manager for the City of Moreno Valley. Running that city into the ground.  What a train wreck!  The girl with the curly hair is still employed at the City of Riverside and is climbing the ladder of success.  3615 Main Street sat empty for 6 years. What happened to me? Vivian Moreno…. We left 3615 Main Street June 30th 2010 and now I am a Candidate for Riverside Mayor 2016, I found my passion for politics and became a very successful tax advocate for all the citizens in the City of Riverside.

In 2015-2016, 3615 Main Street is finally full of life again.  It houses the Salon of John Michaels. We couldn’t be happier.

Last Wednesday night I had attended a LANA meeting. This is a neighborhood group meeting for La Sierra.  I wanted to hear about our new City Managers  2 YEAR BUDGET Road Show.  At that meeting City Manager Russo mentioned we would have to sell off some city owned properties. He very specifically mentioned 3615 Main Street. He stated that 3615 would go up for sale next week and 2 million dollars of the proceeds would be spent on Chow Alley, the new pet project (more government entertainment) for the City. If the City truly was fiscally responsible, all the proceeds from the sale of this building should go right to the workman’s compensation fund, where they took this money from in the first place.  The money should not be used for more Government Owned Restaurants!  Why? Because they do a terrible job.

As I was sitting there I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. OH NO here we go again! What is going to happen to all the new businesses in the downtown building that developers were salivating over? A new plan for Main Street is on the way, 165 new high density apartments are in the planning stages right now.  The property around this development is being assembled by the cities favorite developers. Will these new businesses like John Michaels at 3615 be included in the future of Main Street or will they be replaced by Corner Bakery?

The City Council and the Executive Staff haven’t learned anything…

These Invoices show that they went out to breakfast lunch and dinner regularly on the taxpayer, I have hundreds of invoices. What you will notice is that only the Credit Card receipt were turned in for payment. These invoices were paid without any itemized statements. So common sense will tell you they were buying cocktails.  This is totally against city policy. Finance didn’t care that is just the way business was run. Finance was run by: Paul Sundeen, Bret Mason, and Scott Catlett; 2 of these men are gone. Paul Sundeen retired and Scott Catlett went to Yorba Linda.  UPDATE 3/11/16:  Mr. Mason has left the building…all 3 of our financial wizards are no longer employed with the city of Riverside.  Looks like new Assistant City Manager, Marianna Marysheva-Martinez, has seen enough.

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Include the e-mails between John Russo and Dvonne Pitruzzello, start read from bottom to top on both.  These are the emails that Dvonne asked the question to Russo whether the City owned this property or not.

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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!

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FRIENDS, BUDDIES, COMPAÑEROS, COLLEAGUES?  HE EVEN WANTS TO LOOK LIKE HIM..

I have to ask the question, “Is the reason the City of Riverside will not hold former City Attorney Greg Priamos accountable for past discrepancies because he is buddies with current City Attorney Gary Geuss?”  Was Geuss just hired to continue to cover up the blatant abuse of power that has plagued the Riverside City Attorney’s Office under the direction of Greg Priamos for the last decade? Is this more of the same recycled trash that rotates across the State of California on behalf of The Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce, AKA Cindy Roth, or should I say Mrs. Senator Richard Roth and The California League of Cities?  Interesting enough, Senator Richard Roth’s law firm received $358,961.00 in outside legal payment in the last five years according to last years Performance Audit, which falls in line with it’s risk in procuring outside legal.  One, perception of favoritism, and two, potential conflicts of interest.  The Roth’s have made there living on the backs of the taxpayer.

I would not even be surprised if Gregory Priamos hand picked Gary Geuss to take his spot.

Here is my Argument, and you can all  decide for yourself.  When Geuss came to town April 13, 2015; I’m sure he needed some time to investigate, but it took almost 5 months til October 20th, 2105 for the council to have a candid discussion about Priamos from the dais.   The topic of conversation began with Soubirous robustly addressing the issue of the abuses of outside legal.  He then yields the discussion to the new City Attorney, Gary Geuss,  and asks if he can give an overview of how we got here.  Mike was obviously not paying attention but Mr. Geuss NEVER answered his question.  What he did or didn’t say was interesting.  He starts out by saying “I hesitate to comment upon what happened here before me, this has not been part of my job in the last 6 months.”  He also states in his candid discussion that when the council was selecting a new Attorney getting to the bottom of this very issue was a top priority.  The council was looking for someone who was ready, willing and able to look at the procedures that the city employed.  Obviously Mr. Geuss couldn’t make this his top priority, whats important to the council and the public is not important to him.  He’s ready, willing and able to take on the DA’s office (that’s a whole other story).  Mr Geuss goes on to compare the city of Riverside to LA in a similar policy and procurement issue: Geuss referred to the outside legal problems as a “lack of vigilance, lack of accountability, and lack of transparency.”  He makes reference to the outside law firms as “profit driven machines” that are motivated to make as much money as possible.  There is a trend that when these firms work for the public they are not held accountable as they should be.  He goes on to say in the future there will be 4 sets of eyes viewing all bills for outside legal.  Maybe he should have said 4 sets of honest eyes.  The old bills that need to be audited were viewed by 3 sets of eyes.  Greg Priamos, Scott Catlett and Brent Mason.  The fact that Mr. Geuss didn’t want to answer council member Soubirous question was obvious that he was intentionally dodging the real answer.

So I’ll answer it.  We had/have a very weak council that were all afraid of Greg Priamos, Brad Hudson, and Scott barber.  They allowed the legal department and Management to  run the city into the ground at an unsustainable cost to the taxpayer.  They ran a intimidation-retaliation form of government and they were all allowed to RAPE the taxpayer.  They all know the truth and they will continue to try to suppress the dialog. The citizens of Riverside have had it and we will continue to ask the very important sensitive and uncomfortable questions.

This only gets better………..

Then Councilman Paul Davis ask the question that no one could answer or everyone on the dais was afraid of.  “How much of the $11 million dollars that Greg Priamos spent on outside legal council was approved by City Council?”

The City Auditor replied, “That is not clear, I did ask that question to Kristy Smith, Deputy Assistant City Attorney, and she was not able to tell me.  She didn’t know.” The fact that Kristi Smith is still lying to the public goes to show nothing has changed.  She Knows!

Well, I can tell everyone that Priamos never went to Council for any approval.  Priamos ran the City of Riverside’s City Attorney’s Office fraudulently and illegally, with the help and support of the finance department Scott Catlett, Assistant Finance Director, and Brent Mason, Finance Director.  They also paid Greg’s bills without following any policy.  What a disgrace, they all should have all  been fired.  The new City Attorney Gary Geuss refers to this as a “lack of vigilance.”  New City Manager John Russo says, “No one will be held accountable.”  No! Mr. Russo, you and Mr. Geuss will hold the Citizens of Riverside accountable because we end up paying for all the padded bills and very bad behavior.  So who cheated the Taxpayers of Riverside, Greg Priamos, all the “profit machine” law firms that may have padded their bills like : Liebert-Cassidy-Whitmore, Best Best & Krieger, Burke Williams and Sorenson, the expert attorneys that we cannot live without, the Council, Mayor William Rusty Bailey,  John Russo and Gary Geuss.  This is a clear example of the leadership of Riverside putting themselves first and making the Taxpayer pay for all their FRIENDS, GREG PRIAMOS INCLUDED.

At the Council meeting of October 20th , it was as if the Council and new City Attorney wanted this all to go away quickly and be done with. But Davis and Soubrious were not going to let it die.  Councilmen Soubirous and Davis could not get a second on their motions for an outside legal firm to investigate further the problem which plagued the City Attorney’s Office, via a forensic audit.  Then Davis scolded everyone on the dais, he called them all hypocrites and gave Soubirous the second he needed.  The final vote was 6-1, to go forward and investigate this malfeasance of taxpayer monies.  John Burnard voted “NO.”  TMC is being told that the residents of John’s Ward 7 are just getting used his voting habits, he simply just not understanding what he is voting on, or if he is, is completely against his campaign platform.  In any case, what happen next, was the look on City Attorney’s Gary Geuss’s face when the motion passed, then he looked over to Russo.  A picture speaks a thousand words.

HUMMMMMMM………..What was going on?  Then I found this……….Let me set this up.  California League of Cities 2012 legal conference: Moderator Greg Priamos, Speaker Gary Geuss, Neil Okazaki another corrupt City of Riverside attorney, Liebert-Cassidy-Whitmore, Best Best & Krieger, and Burke Williams and Sorenson. All Friends, Buddies, Frenemies?  Nothing has changed.

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After the 6-1 vote of the city council to move forward with the audit Councilmember Melendrez pressured Geuss to give them a time frame that his office would bring back names of possible auditors, Geuss said 30 days.  Thirty days has come and gone we are pushing 90 days. We have seen issues like this fester for months, even years. Our very weak council needs to step up and ask why it is taking so long to get back to the council and public? This is unacceptable. Mr Geuss need to be held accountable: Need I remind him of our new STRATEGIC PLAN 2.0, Accountability Policy: Government officials must always keep in mind they are working for the residence and businesses that pay the taxes that run this city. Every municipal employee should be expected to produce real value for the public and solve, rather than merely process the problems assigned to them. Employees who fail to add value, or worse, abuse the public’s trust, need to be retrained, or in extreme cases released from service (page 6).  Looks like Mr. Geuss needs a good talking to and possible retraining.

This is all about processing the problems instead of solving them.  This goes back to taking care of our friends and letting the illegal abuse that Greg Priamos and all the legal firms associated with him get away with possible theft of the taxpayer.   Is it possible that these California League of Cities, distinguished, trusted “profit machine law firms” (Geuss’s own words) padded their bills or screwed the taxpayer of Riverside?( that’s my use of words).  Maybe Mr. Geuss does not want to audit his friends?  Or Maybe everyone is afraid of the Distinguished, Trusted, Profit Machine law firms that may be exposed.  Only time will tell and the clock is ticking on your reputation!

Back in June 10, 2015 Press Enterprise article, Councilman Mike Soubirous stated, “If people did things that were illegal or they did things that were immoral or they did things that were outside policy, they need to be held accountable.

UPDATE: 01.08.2016: PRESS ENTERPRISE: ALICIA ROBINSON: RIVERSIDE: PROSECUTION DISCUSSION DELAYED:  Well accordingly, Riverside officials have postponed a discussion of whether to ask voters to give the city attorney the power to prosecute misdemeanor crimes.  Well it goes to show you our story made a difference!  What we find later, is that the Council were the people who wished for prosecutorial powers to be given to the City Attorney, for misdemeanors usually prosecuted by the District Attorney’s office.

UPDATE: 01.10.2016: PRESS ENTERPRISE: CASSIE MacDUFF: A RIVERSIDE CITY PROSECUTOR?  In this new article by Cassie MacDuff, continuing saga and questioning as to why the Riverside City Council are pushing forward to create a new job description for our City Attorney Gary Geuss.  When the City Attorney’s Office is in shambles regarding questionable spending without contracts, what is the true reason for taking away a job that is part of the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office?  Are they attempting to fill in space in the new $40 million Wells Fargo Building just newly purchased by the taxpayer?

Geuss believes he can do it without breaking the bank. His office expects to save at least $1 million by slashing wasteful spending on outside counsel, according to the PE.  But folks, we just had $19.4 million utilized by the City Attorney’s Office without Council approval, we still at this time do not know the extent of the monetary damage on the taxpayer.  Even subtracting $1 million from $19.4 million, even from $50 million is a drop in the bucket and an insult to the taxpayer.  We would still have tremendous waste.

Another laughable Geuss fact, is what he has to say about how the DA handles plea deals.  The following is a Geuss example: In one such case handled by the DA’s office, a masseuse who had traded sex for money was allowed to plead guilty to disturbing the peace.  This is untrue, the City Attorneys office has been known to plea deal all the time as a common practice.  Good try Geuss.

VIVIAN MORENO: RIVERSIDE CITY COUNCIL: 01.05.2016: SPEAKS ON PROSECUTORIAL POWERS!  Taxpayer Advocate Vivian Moreno speaks on the issue of the Riverside City Attorney’s Office desire to take over the misdemeanor category from the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, Mike Hestrin duties. City of Riverside’s City Attorney Gary Geuss, with the direction of the City Council would like this implemented by a vote of the people. Presently the City Attorney’s Office is in shambles and in need of organization. It still has yet to account for $19.4 million or even more paid out with the authorization of the CFO Brent Mason.

JASON HUNTER: CITY OF RIVERSIDE: 01.05.2016: HUNTER SPEAKS ON PROSECUTORIAL POWERS AND RPU MONIES!

UPDATE: 01.15.2016: RECOMMENDING THE USE OF AN OUTSIDE AGENCY TO REVIEW LEGAL BILLS, CALLED “REVIEWBILLING.COM”  THIS AGENCY CAN REVIEW ALL LEGAL BILLINGS AND DETERMINE IF  THE LAW FIRM IS OVERCHARGING!

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TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S REGIONAL COUNTIES MOST, “NEGATIVE,” “RAUNCHY,” “LOW CLASS,” “VISIONS OF GRANDEUR,” “FULL OF B.S.,” “IGNORANT,” “MISGUIDED,” “BULLYISH,” “FILTHY,” “SICK,” “PERVERTED,” “STUPID,” “PATHETIC,” “DESPICABLE,” “DISAPPOINTING,” “BELOW THE BELT,” “A NEW LOW,” “SHOCKING,” “OFFENSIVE,” “INAPPROPRIATE,” “HURTFUL,” “MEAN SPIRITED,” “DISTASTEFUL,” “EMBARRASSING,” HORIFFIC,” “SLANDEROUS” “FIT TO BE VIEWED FROM THE REAR” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!  TEMPORARILY BLOCKED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE AT PUBLIC ACCESS SITES WITHIN THE CITY, THEN UNBLOCKED.  I GUESS YOU CANNOT DO THAT ACCORDING TO THE ACLU.  RATED ONE TWO ONE STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVLY EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE (WE BELIEVE THIS WILL END SOON, SINCE THE FOCUS IS NOW ON THE IMPROPRIETIES OF MR. “Z”.  WE TRIED TO TELL YOU, BUT NOBODY LISTENED), AND DON’T FORGET WE ARE PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST… A STRATEGIC LEGAL MANEUVER THAT CAN BE DONE ONLY IN RIVERSIDE WITHOUT A CONTRACT… AGAIN, THANK YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

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Mayor Bailey’s Moral Compass…Former Riverside City Manager Brad Hudson

The Sacramento Bee reported on December 18th, 2015 that CEO Brad Hudson is leaving the County of Sacramento, in his predictable style of departure. DRAMATIC….. Hudson was also former City of Riverside’s City Manager. He left the taxpayer with paying for compulsive purchases such as a white noise contraption, a $600 personal shoe shine machine and paying daily for his outside purchases of coffee. He was totally responsible for leaving the Citizens of Riverside with an unsustainable debt that the taxpayers will continue to carry for decades.

Reading between the lines of the Sac Bee article what we have another scenario that we had in the City of Riverside, but no one admitted to it, “Leave or be Fired.”  First, he still had 8 months remaining on his contract and the rumors that were circulating was that his contract would not be renewed.  Multiple closed door meetings to discuss his performance evaluation during this year possible didn’t turn out well.  Hudson, in his dramatic style as to “control the message,’ also appeared to intentionally keep one of the Supervisors, Phil Serna, from commenting on the Press Release.  While only one Supervisor, Susan Peters, was allowed to comment on the great work Hudson was doing…

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The Sac Bee reported the following December 21, 2015:  Selected after a secretive process, Hudson came to Sacramento County in 2011 after two decades as an administrator in Riverside County. He immediately raised eyebrows with a $21,000 refurnishing of his office, including a $78 shoe polisher – a tone-deaf move when the county was still in a budget crunch.

VIVIAN MORENO’S COMMENTS TO SACRAMENTO BEE ARTICLE:

We tried to warn all of you about him but you wouldn’t listen. He has a way of communicating what you want to hear. This is his style of departure. I’m sure Supervisor Susan peters believed his BS. She probably collaborated very closely with him! The saying in Riverside under the Brad Hudson Reign was SLEEP WITH YOU BOSS GET A PROMOTION. It never was about the citizens of Riverside or the Citizens of the County of Sacramento it was always about BRAD and the perception of the office of City Manager or CEO. He always had to have the best regardless of the state of affairs of the city or county of which he worked. He saw the writing on the wall the County of Sacramento is probably in deep financial trouble and doesn’t want his name associated with it.  It wouldn’t look good on his resume.

He was the driving force behind the Renaissance program in Riverside, that we cannot pay for.  Brad Hudson put The City of Riverside in an enormous amount of debt that we will NEVER be able to recover from.  He was reckless and arrogant and had to gold plat his office here as well.  One of the most incredible moments of his departure from Riverside was when our current Mayor Rusty Bailey stated Brad Hudson was his MORAL COMPASS.  That speaks volumes as to the government style of our Mayor.

Let’s look at the bright side now the staff no longer has to deal with him any more they are all probably jumping for joy. Except the ones that he fired for not doing his dirty work. He used the intimidation-retaliation form of governing.  Be glad he’s gone!  To bad for the new employees in Orange County maybe they will read this article or thirty miles of corruption and start looking for another job.

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

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

TMC BRAD HUDSON POSTINGS:

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

06.14.2011: CITY OF RIVERSIDE: CITY MANAGER BRAD HUDSON RESIGNS

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

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

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

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

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S REGIONAL COUNTIES MOST, “NEGATIVE,” “RAUNCHY,” “LOW CLASS,” “VISIONS OF GRANDEUR,” “FULL OF B.S.,” “IGNORANT,” “MISGUIDED,” “BULLYISH,” “FILTHY,” “SICK,” “PERVERTED,” “STUPID,” “PATHETIC,” “DESPICABLE,” “DISAPPOINTING,” “BELOW THE BELT,” “A NEW LOW,” “SHOCKING,” “OFFENSIVE,” “INAPPROPRIATE,” “HURTFUL,” “MEAN SPIRITED,” “DISTASTEFUL,” “EMBARRASSING,” HORIFFIC,” “SLANDEROUS” “FIT TO BE VIEWED FROM THE REAR” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!  TEMPORARILY BLOCKED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE AT PUBLIC ACCESS SITES WITHIN THE CITY, THEN UNBLOCKED.  I GUESS YOU CANNOT DO THAT ACCORDING TO THE ACLU.  RATED ONE TWO ONE STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVLY EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE (WE BELIEVE THIS WILL END SOON, SINCE THE FOCUS IS NOW ON THE IMPROPRIETIES OF MR. “Z”.  WE TRIED TO TELL YOU, BUT NOBODY LISTENED), AND DON’T FORGET WE ARE PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST… A STRATEGIC LEGAL MANEUVER THAT CAN BE DONE ONLY IN RIVERSIDE WITHOUT A CONTRACT… AGAIN, THANK YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

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Does the famiglia buy loyalty in the realms of the press?  The County lists it’s legal filings with the Press Enterprise (PE) – which of course, keeps ’em afloat money-wise.  The County could use other newspapers – most in the County – even the little one’s are certified by the court for legal filings.  But the county pays the PE (sometimes 3 times the cost) the high end legal “ad’s” pricing.  Many of these little local “rags” charge a third of what the PE charges.  Could it be that John Tavaglione (JT) buys loyalty?….Is Tavaglione behind the PE not hitting hard, with reference to media events?  Could this scenario explain how he’s protecting his boy Mayor Bailey?  Mayor Bailey being a former staffer of John Tavaglione, and interesting enough, also worked for Congressman Ken Calvert, who didn’t hold back when it came to his voracious appetite for female street walkers.  Rumors in the grapevine continue to connect Calvert with local hotels and hookers.  Don’t quote me on that, these are alleged rumors.  Of course, Calvert and Tavaglione are friends.

These two have been seen associating with Western Municipal Water Board of Director, Don Galleano and of course Riverside’s own, Councilman Steve Adams in many local watering holes.  The “dangerous liaisons” appear publicly clear, but what does this all mean?

Well, first, it is no surprise that Riverside County Supervisors support Councilman Adam’s run for Congress, and of course, Michael Williams directing his fundraising campaign.  But why is that?  Councilman Adams has the most ethics complaints filed against him, but of course through a Council admitted flawed process, appears to always result in a favorable outcome.  But when you view the network of individuals involved in the political process or, as I call it, the “Machine,”  it is no surprise that Riverside County Supervisors support Councilman Adam’s run for Congress.

So what is the connection or relationship between the PE and the City of Riverside?  We do know they received preferential electric rates at one time.  Would this be a gift of public funds since the residents of Riverside had to pay more for electricity of a utility they publicly own?  So,  if Adams is seen conversing with Ronald Redfern , former CEO and Publisher of the Press Enterprise, what kind of message does this send to his community?  Or could this be construed as meaning anything when it came to City politics?  We give you this recent political article by non other than Councilman Steve Adams in the PE.  Is the fact that this article received exposure in the PE directly due with who you know?  Is this a free campaign ad given to Steve?  Why is Steve on board with the PE as a contributing writer?  The County of Riverside under the direction of Tavaglione purchased the Press Enterprise building…coincidence?  Former PE CEO and Publisher Ronald Redfern is incidentally now Chairman of the Board for the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce.  We also see that Cindy Roth is involved, who’s husband is now Congressman Senator Roth, who did outside legal work for the City of Riverside..  and of course, Roth’s legal work never directly impacted the taxpayer’s with a positive benefit!   Not surprising..  But what was Cindy Roth’s position of going to each council member to, as Rodney King would say, “Can’t we just get along..” when tension escalated with council members.  Who is Cindy Roth and why doe she appear to have some sort of influence on elected officials?  Was she worried about her taxpayer handout?

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I think John Tavaglione is the reason behind the PE not hitting hard on issues that are important to the community.  His connection to the PE is uncanny.  Is he’s protecting his Boy Bailey (the current Mayor, William Rusty Bailey) – no doubt in my mind.  The PE appears to cave to the supes – especially when we know that JT is the “leader” of the Supes.  We must not forget the Inland Empire Political Fundraiser Icon, Michael Williams – often referred to as the only real game in town, is an ally of JT.  It has been purported that Tavaglione owns the building that Williams  resides and rents office space from.  Would that be some sort of red flag?  I would think so. So if John Tavaglione does not approve of a candidate or a particular measure, can we say that Mike won’t do the political fundraising?  If this is true, does someone have to kiss the “Godfather’s” ring to get approval and show ones loyalty?  The Michael Williams Company client list appears to be quite telling.  Made up of the “usual suspects” with a particular commonality.  Not hard to see a diffused political leaning as we would imagine.

What causes the political chaos or the stagnation of someone attempting to do good for the community?  Would it be who you know?  Has one person become so powerful that one nervously jumps at the drop of a pen when asked to do a favor?  A possible favor to maintain status quo?  Of course, in the sense of JT’s boy Bailey the appearance of not being status qou would not be acceptable..
(RPOA) Riverside Police Officer’s Association,  President Brian Smith is a friend of John Tavaglione.  He who controls RPOA campaign funds, as Smith – can often control some Council Members, as what we have seen with such graduates of RPOA in Riverside, as Chris Lanzillo.   The “control” has been seen in the “Soubirous Hearing.”  .. known as “The Soubirous Hearing Debacle,” that Smith was a part of.  But the whole agenda just appeared to “blow back” on their original plan.  Was this all about the “Cop Play Book?”   Further, JT also toppled longtime Riverside Sheriff’s Association (RSA) President Pat McNamara.  Former County Supervisor Bob Buster one stated, “RSA is the single biggest political force in Riverside County.”  Well, not anymore. RSA President Robert Masson, supported by Big John, toppled McNamara two years ago and now controls the very large PAC fund built up during the McNamara years.  Since John Tavaglione (JT) controls Masson, he now controls the RSA Political Action Committee. The PAC funds are rumored to be half a million or more. Big money – huge control. Val Hill, who claims to be a good friend of JT, reportedly was recruited by him to run for Riverside City Council last year.  Let’s see, RPOA (strongly influenced by JT) supported a longtime friend of JT – she certainly would have fully supported Bailey and company.
From a residents point of view Val Hill certainly didn’t appear to know the issues, well to put it bluntly, didn’t really know jack shit!  Not to mention the shit load of money to support her campaign that didn’t pan out except for the broken sewer pipes.  So, JT, a County supe, strongly influenced Brad Hudson, who was a former County Employee prior to moving over to Riverside City.  His “mini-me” DeSantis, came from the County as well.  And we know Priamos needed an “exit stage left” when the poop hit the fan over the Soubirious “investigation” flop, and had a soft landing with a County job.  All John Tavaglione?…. I would bet on it!  If this is all true or somewhat true, how could John became so powerful as a simple public servant?  Is he really there to represent the taxpayer?  Or does his organizations true objective lie elsewhere?  Benefiting ….  ?
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CITY OF RIVERSIDE: COUNCILMAN STEVE ADAMS TAKES THE CAKE WHEN IT COMES TO ETHICS COMPLAINTS! WHAT! HE IS RUNNING FOR CONGRESS?  THE US CONGRESS?  In a recent PE article Councilman Steve Adams stated that “This system is broken and it’s unfair,” Councilman Steve Adams said. “I don’t think we have the transparency that we need.”  But, but in one of these complaint Steve stated that he saw corruption, not once, but two times!  It appears that the Ethics and Complaint process that was set up, designed and crafted by former City Attorney Greg Priamos has been brought to the fore front.  It appears that he skipped town just in time to work for the County Supes… Steve takes the cake as the most Ethics Complaints which have been brought against a Councilman in the City of Riverside..and were unfounded! So the question is, did he or didn’t he see corruption in the City of Riverside?  We think he did..and the Ethics and Conduct process was set up for Stevo and his episodes, to be mitigated to a position of non compliance.
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Great work justice league! I know who John Aki is and in my estimation he has always been a straight up guy. I wish the best for him in his lawsuit. I will post his lawsuit and details. Thanks again for your insight and information. Agreed..why this news isn’t in the Press Enterprise, I just cannot understand. It may be why they blocked me from commenting, but their are many more who have contacted me complaining about being blocked by the Press Enterprise. Is the Press Enterprise a real newspaper? Or is it bought and paid for as many politicians are? I believe the next posting may have some answers. I look forward to your comments.  – Thirty Miles
UPDATE: HUMANITARIAN RESOLUTION TRIGGERS ETHICS COMPLAINT AGAINST COUNCILMAN ANDY MELENDREZ!
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UPDATE: MAYOR WILLIAM “RUSTY” BAILEY SERVED RECALL PAPERS AT TUESDAYS CITY COUNCIL MEETING! MORE TO COME…
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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
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DID THIS EMAIL FROM CHIEF OF STAFF MAUREEN KANE INFER THAT THE MAYOR’S OFFICE WAS INTERFERING WITH THE CODE OF ETHICS & CONDUCT REVIEW PROCESS?(CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE)
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Council members admittedly stated that the Code of Ethics & Conduct hearing process is broken.  A meeting to address this very problem is scheduled for next month.  Though in todays hearing, the adjudicating body admitted a broken system which needs repairs, they still decided not to postpone the process as suggested by public commentators. They decided to continue regardless of the process being broken or flawed.  Therefore, was this panel also guilty of violating the code of ethics, knowingly deciding to progress through this broken process anyway?  Keith Nelson, who was chosen to hear Hunter’s first case admitted the system is broken.  What we are now hearing is that the hearing process was more than flawed, it appears to have been designed to reach a favorable outcome.
The basis of this Code of Ethics & Conduct complaint filed by former and fired City employee, Jason Hunter, against the adjudicating chair, Justin Scott Coe was based on five points:
1) Scott-Coe says he was just following orders: he recieved a protocol and followed it. He is therefore excused from independent thought I guess, according to him.  The fact that the Adjudicating Body never received Jason Hunter’s pre-hearing objections and motions that were previously filed with the Clerk.  When Mr. Hunter took notice of this deviation by the City Clerks Office, he personally gave him copies at the first hearing.  Just this process described didn’t appear to provoke any questioning by Mr. Coe.
2) As described in Hunter’s complaint, the City Clerk, contrary to what was agreed to in the first hearing, supplied the Adjudicating Body with the city’s version of the evidence requested by the Adjudicating Body, not what was actually submitted by him!  Hunter was supposed to supply this information and did prior to 2nd hearing to the Clerk.  Scott-Coe then quashed all Hunter’s attempts to introduce this evidence at the 2nd hearing.
3) At the end of the Hunter hearing, Scott-Coe mentioned in front of several witnesses, that he met with City Attorney Gregory Priamos prior to the hearing!  Keith Nelson, former deputy City Attorney Raychele Sterling and Hunter all heard him mention Priamos’ name.  What motive does Nelson have to lie?  Regardless, all these communications should’ve been made public, or at the very least shared with the other Adjudicating Body members, prior to the hearing.
4) Perhaps the most damning thing revealed in Coe’s letter (email above): What is the Mayor doing coordinating the adjudicating body’s activities after-the-fact?  It seems from the Kane letter, Bailey was involved in: a) The decision to not rescheduled the appeal (thus ensuring Councilman Davis could not be present for deliberations) despite Hunter’s request to do so, b) The decision to separate the Adjudicating Body’s presentation from Hunter’s appeal (totally inappropriate), and c) The fact that this proposed meeting with the Adjudicating Body never took place, and hence the presentation to Council never took place.
5) Lastly, you gotta love the irony that Coe would be involved in a decision whereby he questions the training qualifications of the Human Resource Board in conducting quasi-judicial hearings, but Coe doesn’t admit he had no training to do exactly the same….despite the fact that the City Attorney’s office offers this precise training to commissions as the CPRC (Community Police Review Commission).
Again, the City of Riverside, at taxpayer expense, hired the impeccable, local favorite attorney, Doug Smith to represent Justin Scott-Coe.  Again at Friday’s 23rd, 2014 hearing, stated that Hunters willingness to resolve this issue with Coe gave the impression through Hunter’s emails that the request were “threatening!”  Nice Dougy Baby!  When Smith attempted to bad mouth Keith J. Nelson, PhD at the hearing, he interrupted and stated to Smith, “don’t put words in my mouth.”  Again a list of inaccuracies continue by this outside legal taxpayer hired gun.  In a letter, Nelson actually called Smith a “liar” in how he explained, or should I say, didn’t explain to Council, that the Code of Ethics and Complaint process was flawed.  As with former City Attorney Greg Priamos, furnishing “bad” legal advice, we ask the same question with Attorney Doug Smith!  He is just milking the taxpayers again for the benefit of City Hierarchy?  As with most law firms hired by the City of Riverside, the biggest, BB&K, have questionable and nefarious ethical track records.
Did the City of Riverside violate the Brown Act by not posting the hearing on the City’s within a 72 hours?  According to Jason Hunter they did according to the following email, not once but possibly twicel..
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TINA ENGLISH REVISITED: IS SHE QUALIFIED FOR THE JOB OF DEPUTY PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR/ENGINEER?
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According to the City of Riverside’s description of the requirement for this position, did she skew the system?  How did this happen?  Through the grapevine one qualified engineer is leaving the City of Riverside as a result of this.  Tina English has be purported to be the “god daughter” of Former Riverside City Manager Brad Hudson, who inadvertently skipped town when he was asked if he was having an affair with..
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 Assistant City Manager Belinda Graham.
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The following is quite remarkable..
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So is the City of Riverside in violation of the “Nepotism” clause of the City Charter by hiring family members as Tina English?  A position we believe is only held with a “Dance Degree?”  She started with the position of Assistant Development Director for Redevelopment under Hudson, then became a engineering genius when she moved on over to Public Works.
The requirements for this position are as follows:
1. Must Review and Sign Engineering Drawings.
2. Must Supervise, coordinate , the surveying, mapping, plan check, contract, administration, construction inspection, and industrial waste inspection activities.
3. Make complex engineering calculations and to prepare engineering plans and specifications.
4. In terms of Education, must have the equivalency of Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Civil Engineering.
5. In terms of the Experience Level:  A range of seven to ten years of progressively responsible supervisory and administrative public works engineering experience.
6. The necessary special requirement was the possession of a Certificate as a Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California.
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Of course, we find Tom Boyd’s..but Tina English..she doesn’t have a Certificate as a Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California.  Unfortunately this is the problem, we have unqualified people placed in the positions of which should be qualified.  Don’t you as tax payers think that there is something wrong?   If so, you should display your dissent?  Isn’t time that you begin to listen to those that the city has labeled as haters?
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DADDY MAYOR              SON JEREMY
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 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

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IS THE ETHICS PROCESS NOTHING MORE THAN JUST A KANGAROO COURT RUN BY THE CAPTAIN KANGAROO HIMSELF, GREG PRIAMOS?

Has our Ethics Complaint process been thoughtfully designed by City insiders to orchestrate a favorable result each and every time a complaint is brought forward to the adjudicating body by a member of the public?  We’ve noticed the members of that body always seems to somehow be a little too closely associated with City business. We therefore ask the following question, “did this resolution deny former employee of Public Utilities, Jason Hunter, due process and deny his civil liberties regarding his right to a fair hearing?”

Mr. Hunter was recruited to run our utility’s wholesale marketing and trading function.  Apparently, he wasn’t too impressed by what he saw there, because he became a whisteblower within years of his start date.  A non-native to Riverside, poor Mr. Hunter just didn’t know exactly how we treat, “those kinds,” when he began his complaints.  Of course, if he did, he most likely would not have come to the River City in the first place!  When the City terminated his services, in lieu of a lawsuit, it appears Mr. Hunter filed an ethics complaint to quickly and inexpensively get to the bottom of what he perceived to be an illegal and unethical appeals hearing process within the City, which he had just been dragged through, he filed an ethics complaint against our Human Resources Board…only to find out that process was as crooked as the appeals process!

His concerns included the City hiring outside council, whereby he had none, City Attorney Gregory Priamos’s continued interference in the process, etc., etc., ad naseum, ad infinitum.

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW COMPLETE RESOLUTION 22590

When we look at the following resolution passed by City Council passed October 2012, the above resolution appears to contradict the core values.  One of the core values is “creating trust in government.”  By consolidating all individuals into one hearing represented by one or several attorneys, places doubt on this concept.  The conflict of interest of Justin Scott Coe, chairman of the Ethics Panel, also chairman of the board of Public Utilities, of the department of which Hunter’s services were terminated.  It doesn’t stop there, the first hearing did not end in a definitive decision, but was deferred to a later date or continuance, so the panel could study the complaint with a better perspective.  We will get to that a bit later.  Priamos was did not appear at any of the ethics hearing, and according to Hunter should have recused himself at the Human Resources hearing as a result their prior interaction with his resulted in none compliance to his document and informational request.

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW RESOLUTION 22461

Hunter names the following as part of the ethics complaint: Norman Powell, Chairman of the Human Resources Board; Arthur Butler, Holly Evans, Jamie Wrage, Sonya Dew and Tricia Eibs, all members of the Human Resources Board.

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW HUNTER’S ETHIC COMPLAINT

Hunter’s objections are as follows:

  • I object to the city paying for outside counsel for the Human Resources Board members at their ethics hearing if this indeed is happening.  I remain unrepresented and question the fairness of such arrangement.
  • Per City Charter Section 702 (b), the City Attorney is to, “represent and appear for the City in any or all actions or proceedings in which the City is concerned or is a party, and represent and appear for any City officer or employee, or former City officer or employee, in any or all actions and proceedings in which any such officer or employee is concerned or is a party for any act arising out of such officer’s or employee’s employment or by reason of such officer’s or employee’s official capacity.”
  • I object to the City Attorney’s Office advising the Ethic Hearing Committee, as it cannot fulfill its obligation under the Charter and remain as independent counsel to this committee.  This is an obvious conflict of interest, much like the City Attorney himself advising the Human Resources Board at my grievance hearing of May 13, 2013, while his subordinate, Mr. Neal Ozaki, advocated against me.  In fact, as a former city employee, I question why I was not given the option of being represented at the City’s expense at the May hearing, as it appears members of the Human Resources Board will be at this Friday’s scheduled hearing.
  • I object to the City Attorney’s Office writing the protocols all-together.  Per Section 804 of the City Charter: “Each board or commission may prescribe its own rules and regulations which shall be consistent with the Charter and copies of which shall be kept on file in the Office of the City Clerk where they shall be available for public inspection.”  Resolution No. 22590 violates the Charter by allowing a conflicted City Attorney to unilaterally adopt the protocols for this hearing and is therefore illegitimate.
  • I object to any past, present, or future ex-parte communication between Smith Law Offices, city-appointed counsel (I assume) for the Human Resources Board, and either Ethics Committee members themselves or their counsel regarding any matters regarding this complaint.  If this communication has already occurred, I demand to know the nature of such, and based upon such information, may request dismissal of the HRB’s counsel or Ethics Committee members to ensure a fair hearing.  Per the California Public Records Act, I request all contracts and invoices of Smith Law Offices with the city related to this hearing.
  • I object to city of Riverside board and commission chairmen serving as members of the adjudicating body.  These appointed officials owe a duty to the city of Riverside, and hence have a considerable conflict in remaining independent.  Further, they themselves fall under the jurisdiction of the Code of Ethics and Conduct and are therefore not unbiased in determining the intent of the voters in interpreting the code. Moreover, members of the adjudicating body themselves may be subject to ethics complaints at a future date, with members of the current Human Resources Board finding themselves serving as their adjudicating panel.  The conflict here is obvious.
  • For the same rationale as above, I object to the Riverside City Council serving as the appellate body.
  • I object to Justin Scott-Coe serving as the chairman of the Ethics Committee.  Mr. Scott-Coe is the current chairman of the Board of Public Utilities.  I was illegally terminated without cause from Riverside Public Utilities in part for whistleblowing activities against its executives, and the conflict here should be obvious.
  • I object to being given only 15 minutes to state my case.  This matter should be dealt with seriously and no time limits should be in place, as long as relevant materials are being discussed and the meeting is progressing efficiently.  I question the fairness of this protocol, and its compliance with the Code of Ethics and Conduct (Resolution No. 22318) itself.
  • I object to opposing counsel being given unlimited time to state its case, given the restrictions on my time.  I question the fairness of this protocol.
  • I object to not being allowed to compel witnesses and evidence, as allowed under Section 804 of the City Charter.
  • I object to not being allowed to question city employees and members of the Human Resources Board as to their involvement in the proceedings of May 13, 2013.  I question the absence of this protocol, and whether this absence violates compliance with the Code of Ethics and Conduct (Resolution No. 22318) itself.
  • I object to not receiving answers to the various questions I have asked to elected officials and public employees over the course of the last several months in regards to this complaint and my grievance hearing of May 13, 2013.

In an email to the City Council he hopes that they would consider the alternative..

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The City Charter for the City of Riverside is as follows where he specifically refers to Section 804:

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In the second part of the hearing or the continuance, after 2 hours of discussion the panel found no code of ethics violation connected with the hearing process of the Human Resource Board, but the panel would recommend to City Council that their be more training of the Human Resource Board.  Also noted was the interference of City Attorney Gregory Priamos in the process.  What was also disturbing was that Ethics Panel Chairman Justin Scott Coe admitted meeting with City Attorney Gregory Priamos prior to the hearing, and that he recieved a set of protocol from Priamos that the others on the Ethics Panel did not receive.  Again we have a conundrum with the perseption of conflict of interest and swaying the decision process by the City Attorney himself.

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Interesting enough one of the speakers who in defense of the HRB was none other than BB&K Attorney, Joseph T. Ortiz.  Who is also part of the Greater Riverside Chamber Business Council as well as the Riverside Community Police Review Committee.  But if you have been reading this blog, you also know very well how entangled BB&K is with the City of Riverside on boards etc.  Coincidence, conflict of interest, you decide.

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Joseph T. Ortiz, Best, Best & Krieger Labor & Employment Attorney

Ortiz was quite outspoken on the issue, but it doesn’t end their.  A complaint was issued by Jason Hunter regarding an RPD episode at his home, evidently initiated by City Attorney Gregory Priamos.  In regards to this episode, Hunter issued a complaint against the Riverside Police Department via the Riverside Community Police Review Committee.  Will Hunter recieve a fair hearing of which was against Riverside’s finest?  His story is as follows:

RPD GIVE FORMER CITY EMPLOYEE JASON HUNTER A VISIT

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What TMC learned, was that after Hunter was released from his postion, a pack of three RPD officers were sent to his house.  We were later told anonymously that one of the RPD officers was known as “Crazy Vince.”  We learned they were sent by non other thatn City Attorney Gregory Priamos, this in order to question him regarding a complaint made against him of alleged threats.  He was told by an RPD officer that he was not allowed to appear at City Council or on the City Hall grounds.  The officer told him they would place handouts around to inform other RPD officers.  “You can’t do that,” Hunter stated.  The officer responded, if you do they’re may a young edgey police officer and you may get shot.  Now what we had in the past, was Karen Wright arrested for going over the 3 minute mark, Letitia Pepper arrested for clapping, and now the threat to shoot to kill a former employee by RPD enforcers given the order per the City Attorney Gregory Priamos.  When RPD attempted and reached Hunter’s ex-wife to ask her information regarding his state of mind, she asked how did you get my information?  They didn’t respond.  She also now has a complaint with CPRC for illegally attaining private information, as well as Jason Hunter for the threats to kill him if he shows up at City Hall.  It doesn’t get better than this folks!  Others also have come out anonymously, and have also had experiences with RPD acting out of the line of duty as “enforcers.”  We certainly may not hear anything from DA Zellerbach, expecially in an election year..or Chief Sergio Diaz, because I imagine they will say it just doesn’t exist.  So far the Riverside Community Police Riview Committee has not responded to Hunter’s complaint.  But how will this pan out with City supporter Ortiz, a BB&K Attorney and Commission Member of the Riverside Community Police Review Committee?  In which their mission statement states that the Community Police Riview Commission was created in order to promote public confidence in the professionalism and accountability of the the sworn staff of the Riverside Police Department.  Sworn should mean something to a police officer, to uphold the law and not the so called blue line of protection.  Most use the term to refer to the unwavering commitment the police have for each other, to the point of willingness to blur the truth in favor of their “blue” brethren.  Meaning: The police do not cross “the thin blue line” when it comes to defending each others’ actions.

Let’s hope TMC doesn’t get a visit from the so called enforcers… Thanks, we have the FBI.

More to come on this breaking story…

PAST ETHICS COMPLAINT AGAINST COUNCILMAN CHRIS MAC ARTHUR:

Going through past ethics complaints we bring the isssue of the complaint against Councilman Chris Mac Arthur and his legislative aide Chuck Condor.  While the adjudicating body found no wrong doing, OSHA cited with the complainents regarding the action in question.  Councilman Adams may have other words to describe his attack on complanents, “Did you see it? did you see it?”

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW FULL OSHA REPORT

LANZILLO: THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING…

The gift that keeps on giving, once again one of Riverside’s former best, fired RPD officer Chris Lanzillo is in the news again.  In 2010 he was fired by RPD, then shortly reinstated, then granted a tax free medical retirement after a settlement agreement.  Lanzillo decided to start his own investigative practice in Orange County and worked with an Upland Law Firm, Lackie, Dammeier & Mc Gill.  So TMC asked the question, “Is this insurance fraud?”  According to Police Chief Sergio Diaz in a 2010 Press Enterprise story,  Lanzillo was fired “not because he was a member of the leadership of the [police union], but because he did some really bad things.”   The specifics of “THE REALLY BAD THINGS” was not elaborated on by the chief.  But if the Chief chimed in on this, we must speculate the worst. So Sergio, what the hell does “REALLY BAD THINGS MEAN!”  If you can tell the community of Riverside, which incidently pay for your double dipping salary, what do we have as a Chief of Police?  If you are a leader, take control to protect, serve and train your officers.  If you cannot do that, just retire, and allow those officers who can take the City Riverside into the the 21st Century.

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In a TMC story earlier this year allegations of former RPD officer and former President of the Riverside Police Officers’ Union, Lanzillo was involved in some unscrupulous activities in Orange County.  After his medical retirement, Lanzillo must have had a health miracle in that he felt good enough to to start his own investigative practice, in which from time to time, worked with an Upland Law Firm, Lackie, Dammeier & Mc Gill.  Lackie, Dammeier and McGill, which represents more than 120 police associations in California, until recently had featured on its website a manual for tough negotiating tactics that included targeting city officials until they caved in to union demands.

The current allegations were that the two allegedely conspired and were involved with shaking down elected officials with embarrassing information that would compell them to vote on issues favorable to Police officers and their Police Union.  The latest is that FBI became involved.   Further, they were utilizing the local law enforcement officers as enforcers for their ill gains, without concern of the taxpayer.  Lanzillo allegedly utilized GPS tracking devices illegally placing them in the vehicles of elected officials.  The conclusion was that this gave the perception that this was a conspiratorial shake down and black mail operation of elected officials, hiding under the auspices of a legal law firm supporting the request of union law enforcement officers.  Then the Orange County DA raided their offices in October of 2013.

TMC did a full story on Lanzillo back in August of 2012, click this link to view the full story.

Incidently, there is also an incident of stalking, anonymously sent to us, regarding Lanzillo when he was with RPD.  This he did as a uniformed officer.

LIVE NATION TO TAKE OVER THE FOX THEATRE.

“This is an exacting opportunity for the City of Riverside,” Mayor Rusty Bailey said., “this contact will provide Riverside with a world-class entertainment provider to match are world-class facilities.”  We at TMC were not aware that Riverside had “world class facilities.”  Did Mayor Bailey give this paid gig to Live Nation because he grew up with one of the officials Live Nation, Paul McGuigan?

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The City continues to be in the business of government entertainment, even though the Fox Theatres continues to operate in the black at over $1 million a year.

Sometime back TMC did a story regarding Nederlander and the operation of the Fox Theatre.

We also did a story regarding how city associations may favor who you know.

GOING BACK IN TIME IN RPD,  THE KEERS COMPLAINT: “LOOK HER MOUTH IS OPEN, SHE MUST BE TRYING TO GET PROMOTED.”

In 1989, when Keers yawned in the bay, Detective Ron Adams (Councilman Steve Adam’s brother, prior police officer), commented, “Look her mouth is open, she must be trying to get promoted.”  Nice Ron..and good luck on your brother who believes he is Congressman material for the next election.  Watch out folk who you vote for!

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW FULL BACK IN TIME KEERS COMPLAINT

This complaint filed by female RPD officer Keers back in the 90’s against the police department.  Yes, it does have Councilman Steve Adams brother Ron Adams included in this complaint.  Even now, what will the City of Riverside do to curtail undo liability against the taxpayer via their employees, such as RPD?

HOW DOES IT LOOK WHEN RIVERSIDE CITY ATTORNEY, GREG PRIAMOS, IS HELPING BEST, BEST & KRIEGER MAKE TONS OF MONEY FROM RIVERSIDE CITY TAXPAYERS BY VIOLATING STATE BAR RULES AND THE PUBLIC INTEREST?  

According to an email sent to TMC by Attorney Letitia Pepper the following was stated:

As I think most of you know, local activists have been trying for years to get copies of any contracts for legal services between the City of Riverside and the law firm of Best, Best & Krieger. This is because the City Charter provides that the City Council is supposed to approve — after review of course — contracts for outside legal for legal services.

Their Public Record Act requests have been met with a claim that no such contracts exist! Yet the City continues to pay BB&K the big bucks — but without any contracts?

State Bar Rules require that attorneys provide all clients with a written contract for any legal services. There are only two possible exceptions to this requirement that might apply to explain why no contracts exist between BB&K and the City:

(1) if the services provided were provided on an emergency basis (in which case a contract in writing must be provided once the emergency has been dealt with), or

(2) if the client has waived its right to a written contract.

I have urged these activists to submit a written Public Records Act request to the City for any records related to the existence of such a waiver of the right to a written contract. I don’t know if they’ve done so yet. But this is an important issue that must be addressed alongside the absence of any written contracts.

Would such a waiver of the City of Riverside’s right to a written contract for legal services be legally valid? No, it would not.

The right to a written contract for outside legal services, which can then be reviewed and approved only by the complete City Council, is a right which exists for the public’s interest, not the interest of the City Attorney, or the interest of the City Council members. A right created in the public interest can never be waived.

This issue is of particular importance right now. The City Attorney has been retaining the expensive services of Best, Best & Krieger to file amici briefs in appeals in which the City of Riverside has absolutely no interests! The amicus brief I was shown by Jason Thompson, Esq. already filed By BB&K on behalf of the City of Riverside, even states, in its introduction, that Riverside has no interest in such case.

After the City Council’s plea (and mailings) that people vote for Measure A, or else face the reduction or closure of libraries and other public services, why and how is the City paying for such legal fees? Do the members of the City Council even know what’s going on, or how much money we’re bleeding in fees in cases in which the City and its residents are not involved?

And is the City Council prepared to allow the City Attorney to continue to funnel taxpayers’ dollars into even more lawsuits related to Best, Best & Krieger’s lucrative war against medical marijuana, when the City’s own residents have not been demanding an attack on medical marijuana?

Who is running this City? Its residents, or the City Attorney?

Below is a link to the page at the BB&K website, showing how BB&K will be able to continue to raid the public trough for millions of dollars, with help from City Attorney Greg Priamos, unless the City Council demands that, as required by the City Charter, any further outside legal services be first put into a written proposal, with a written legal services contract, submitted to them as an agenda item, and then put to a vote of the complete city council.

I request that Jason Thompson provide the City Council, the press, and the public with copies of these amicus briefs showing that the citizens of Riverside are paying for legal services that provide them with absolutely no benefits.

Our governments, at all levels, have been hijacked by special, financial interests. What’s happened in Riverside with this outside-legal-service-payments-without-a-written-contract scheme is a great local example. It’s also a great opportunity for our currently elected officials to prove that they are going to begin to represent their constituents, not big businesses, and not big law firms.

Sincerely,  Letitia E. Pepper

Here’s the link to BB&K’s website that shows that, if the City Council doesn’t regain control over outside legal services, we’ll be bleeding wasted money for years to come.http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40%20&an=27170&format=xml#!”

UPDATE: 12.24.2013: ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER BELINDA GRAHAM HIRES SAME LAW FIRM TO INVESTIGATE THEMSELVES.

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According to a Press Enterprise story on December 24, 2013, Assistant City Manager Belinda Graham again signed on the Rancho Cucamonga law firm Cihigoyenetche, Grossberg & Clouse to again investigate another alleged wrongdoing case for the City.  This time they were hired to investigate RPD’s asset forfeiture expenditures.  If you remember back in May 2011 we did a story regarding forming Deputy City Attorney Raychele Sterling’s allegation of that former City Manager Brad Hudson was allegedley steering contracts to his friends.  This Sterling learned from emails via employs in that department.  Ms. Sterling reported these allegations of favoritism and was then fired by City Attorney Greg Priamos.  City officials  then said the allegations of contract steering were baseless, the City Attorney never responded and City Manger Hudson hired the above firm to investigate himself and put to put to rest these allegations against him.  The law firm will charge the taxpayer a measley $300.00 plus incidentals.  After $150,000.00, the law firm miraculously concluded the allegations were baseless!  What a miracle.  Belinda Graham was also assistant city manager under Hudson.  We as taxpayers must begin to ask the City why it has costed us so much liability, not this one case, but other, especially the ones you don’t hear about.

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NOW YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DON’T!

Partner Scott Grossberg of the law firm Cihigoyenetche, Grossberg & Clouse

The story gets stranger, because TMC found out later that one of the partners of the law firm,  Scott Grossberg, also a motivational speaker who specializes in magic,  and is the author of three critically acclaimed and bestselling books, available on Amazon, “The Vitruvian Square: A Handbook of Divination Discoveries,” “The Masks of Tarot,” and “Bauta: Betraying the Face of Illusion,” in addition to his oracle/divination cards, “The Deck of Shadows.” This partner specializes in magic, thought-reading, and divination (Tarot, oracle cards, palmistry, astrology, and numerology).  How much will this investigation cost the taxpayer this time, I guess my question to the City of Riverside is, does this get paid through the taxpayer or the other side.  But it may be as it is in Belinda’s world, Cihigoyenetche, Grossberg & Clouse may be just the thing to take this investigation that one step beyond.

HERE’S THE ORIGINAL TMC STORY ABOUT THE WHOLE INCIDENT OF ALLEGED CONTRACT STEERING AND FIRING OF FORMER DEPUTY CITY ATTORNEY RAYCHELE STERLING.

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.  NOW TAGGED LOCAL BLOGGERS OR LOCAL MEDIA?  RATED ONE TWO ONE STAR 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, AND PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST… 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!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT OR FOR CONTACT!   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:

  1. Vivian Moreno

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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.

CLICK IMAGE TO SEE FULL DOCUMENT

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 

It has been apparent to the community of the close working relationship between the law firm Best, Best & Krieger and the City of Riverside.  What’s quite evident in fact is that the working relationship between the two entities involves oral contracts.

According to City Attorney Gregory Priamos no hard contracts exist not even a retainer agreement, when a public request act is initiated.   When it comes to a public accounting of the expenditures of the City Attorney, as requested by Mayoral Candidate Dvonne Pitruzzello, a rejection letter below, for the request was sent.  According to the letter Gregory sent, there is no such accounting that has been prepared, and according to law, the law does not impose any duty to create such a record.  Therefore, non is required.  Since when has the taxpayer not be allowed to know what their money is being spent on?  This should be disturbing to many people, because it states that they treading waters they should not be treading.  And according to the law, the City Attorney’s office is not required to disclose the spending of taxpayer monies.  You have to know there is something very wrong with this picture.  Common sense would tell you there is something to hide behind the dark glasses of City Attorney Gregory Priamos.  But there was nothing to hide after allowing $159 million in illegal RDA loans to be approved by City Council, then rejected by the Finance Office for the State of California.  What would then be the result of his performance evaluation, which was being discussed in closed sessions Tuesday April 4, 2012, at City Council?  I’m sure, just as it went well for our former City Manager, this will go well..

CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW DENIAL LETTER

Above is a letter sent to Mayoral Candidate Dvonne Pitruzzello regarding her request for an accounting of the City Attorney’s from Gregory Priamos.  The law does state that if no documents are responsive to ones request, they, the city has to help you identify the request.

On 05/15/2012 at City Council, Mayoral Candidate Dvonne Pitruzzello stated to City Attorney Gregory Priamos, ‘how many denials of public records act does it take to get disbarred”?  What’s a real contradiction is that the City of Riverside has ‘retainer agreements’ for services with every other law firm they do business with.  Though an excess in millions of dollars have been paid out to BB&K, there has been no pertinent or rational explanation to the taxpayer.  We were even denied BB&K’s billing hours under the public records act.  As taxpayers, should we believe that we should expect anything less than a written contract?  I would say not.  When individuals ask for a rational explanation regarding no contracts, the city’s implication to the community is that “we don’t need no stink’n contracts”?  Is this an act of arrogance or defiance by a public servant toward their employer, the taxpayer?  If anyone has dealt with lawyers there is always a contract, but it appears that the City is the only entity that is allowed to perform this “verbally”, or as we understand it, not even with a “memorandum of understanding.”  One of the biggest law firms in the nation, Best, Best & Krieger is hands down an exception with the City of Riverside?   What is it between the two?  As community residents, are we also to accept the fact that Best, Best & Krieger is allowed to dictate carte blanche their legal fees to the taxpayer via their own credit card?  It seems so, according to the following documents, but what else is the public to otherwise believe?

CLICK LINK TO VIEW FULL DOCUMENT

 And we’re not talking nickels and dimes, but six figures and more.  So the question is, who’s in charge and watching taxpayer’s coffers?  It appears the city council is not, not even the mayor, it definitely appears that the city attorney’s office isn’t according to the excessive litigation cost.  So who’s minding the store?  Inquiring taxpayers would like to know.  But just maybe, the store has an open door policy, right to the cash register.  Why? Quite possibly in their incestuous relationship that has grown over the years.

Such as the cozy arrangement between certain ex city of riverside employees or just BB&K employees who are strategically now on city committees.  Conflict of interest?   The cast of BB&K characters interlaced with City of Riverside are numerous.  Former Grover Trask (former Riverside County District Attorney), Michelle Quellette (City of Riverside’s Charter Review Committee), Jack Clark (Committee to name City Hall after Mayor Ron Loveridge) or Charity Schiller (Vice Chair of Riverside Downtown Partnership).  BB&K has also been in the media with the City of Bell, whereby the city is now suing BB&K attorney Edward Lee for faulty legal advice.  Even Governor Jerry Brown subpoenaed BB&K records regarding pay packages in Bell, California.   In any case, we don’t know how this one fell through the roof, but we did manage to receive one arrangement between BB&K and the City of Riverside to represent Former Chief of Police Russ Leach.  What a surprise, it’s signed by City Attorney Greg Priamos and Grover Trask, former Riverside County District Attorney now in the employment of BB&K.  Oh lets’ just call it a “contract”, or correctly a “retainer agreement”.  Tomato, tomahto, oh let’s just call the whole thing off…  Wish we could, but it gets better.

CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW WHOLE DOCUMENT

Then there is developer Mark Rubin’s connected liaison with the City of Riverside and the City’s alter ego, the Redevelopment Agency. There is no doubt the brazen display of a conflict of interest displayed and perpetrated by the City of Riverside in approving the Citrus Tower’s lease deal between Best, Best & Krieger, Developer Mark Rubin and the City of Riverside.  “Three peas in a pod?”  Is it at all possible that the BB&K deal was orchestrated and designed to provide a lease revenue stream for the bonds held on the Citrus Tower project?  Was BB&K involved in bond advice for the city?  Councilman Paul Davis first told colleagues he’d heard concerns about “the general perception of the gift of public funds and creating a monopoly” to benefit a private developer, but he ended by saying it was a moot point because the city already has signed a lease.  How long will the City of Riverside continue to terrorize the taxpayer with shear incompetence and their breach of fiduciary duty to protect the coffers of hard earned taxpayer monies by the City Attorney’s Office? Good questions for City Attorney Greg Priamos, who coicidently has attended two of my alma maters, Loyola Marymount University and the University of Southern California.  A sad day for both university’s Gregory.  The question in the community are the ruthless expenditures within the City Attorney’s Office.  How much taxpayer money has been litigated out, or settled out as if it was your own, without any rational cognitive reasoning?  Or was it just for sport?  Or is the threat of litigation just a city tool used against the opposition for what is known in the business as “client control”?  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.  TMC believes the later is mostly true at our expense.  Therefore why would the city litigate to the tune of 9 million, then lose, and then have to award out 250K in one documented case?  Of course, that wouldn’t happened because after all as taxpayers we should all believe what the city does is rational and in our best interest.  Well the truth of the fact is, that it did, and nothing was in our best interest.  Though he serves at the pleasure of the council, should the City Attorney answer rightfully to the employer, which would be “we the people”?  This I say because the council and mayor has failed to supervise the activities of the city attorney.  The failure is such that we must ask the question of what makes one believe the city attorney needs to incorporate police lights with all the bells and whistles in their pimped out city vehicle? Where did one lose the sight of whose money it really is?  TMC can’t answer that, but I’m sure there is a rational answer from our city attorney, as in the case with the ‘no contracts allowed with our best customer.’  It may not be right but it is an answer.  Ultimately, the council and mayor is responsible for the activities, failures and actions of the city attorney.  In an article in Cactus Thorns, the 29 Palms City Council questions the spending to their City Attorney,  and when they looked at public records, that was even a total shock.   In this continuing painful saga, one can hire BB&K to run a city attorney’s office.  Carte Blanche in Riverside. For a price, instant city attorney, as in this article in The Orange County Register?  In the City of Yorba Linda, for example, BB&K attorney Sonia Carvalho represented the city in the capacity of the City Attorney for over a decade.  Conflict of interest? 

What is the responsibility of the city attorney?  What is the responsibility of the Federal Government?  Gregory Priamos is now after marijuana dispenseries as Hoover was after so called Communist. But now that Gregory is going after business owners such as the Johnson’s for leasing their property to a marijuana dispensery.   How allegedly connected is Gregory to pot smoking friends?  The contradiction is even Gregory allegedly has pot smoking friends, so why is he doing this?  Why does City Attorney Gregory Priamos think, as Vivian Moreno Self Appointed Citizen Auditor states, ” go and want to beat everybody up” in our fare city?

Gregory, even our forefathers smoked pot….. Gregory do you have pot smoking friends?  Do you need time to think about this one?

CLICK THIS LINK TO WATCH THE VIDEO

Well the contradiction is our first President was known to smoke hemp as it was called from time to time… or do we have to help remind you? So why is Gregory not after the most addictive drug of all time? Tobacco? or even Alcohol?

Questions have also arised in the controversial ambulance monopoly in the City of Riverside between AMR’s Peter Hubbard and City Officials.  The community is asking what are the alleged ties between City Attorney Greg Priamos and Peter Hubbard?  What are the alleged ties between Councilman Steve Adams and Mr. Hubbard?  What are the alleged ties between Fire Chief Steve Early and Mr. Hubbard?

What are the alleged ties between President of the City of Riverside’s Firefighter Union Tim Strack and Mr. Hubbard?  Why is AMR now a primary advertising entity at Regal Cinemas at the Riverside Plaza?  Does the following have any weight in the decision making process of the Council and Mayor’s influence in allegedly favoring AMR (American Medical Response)?  Bruce Barton, Director of the Riverside County Emergency Medical Services Agency, according to the corresponding document, appears was previously in the employment of AMR in 2004.

CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW DOCUMENT

Could this contribute to a conflict of interest outcome?  Will we find it is too close for comfort in the back of an AMR ambulance?  For a price maybe.  But AMR and the City of Riverside is not an isolated incident.  Alameda County has been a battleground for AMR’s ambulance wars.

UPDATE: FORMER DEPUTY CITY ATTORNEY RAYCHELE STERLING SERVES CITY OF RIVERSIDE COMPLAINT SUIT!

Last week former Deputy City Attorney, Raychele Sterling served the following complaint to the City of Riverside.  The suit incidently, names City Attorney Gregory Priamos, Former City Manager Brad Hudson, Supervising Deputy City Attorney Kristi Smith and of course, the City of Riverside.  This complaint was filed in United States District Court-Central District of California-Western District.  Besides the demand for jury trial, the complaint is for damages relating to violation of individual Civil Rights and Federal Law.  Already, the attorney defending the City, Brian Walter of Los Angeles based Liebert, Cassidy and Whitmore, is using Priamos’s famous words, “We believe there is absolutely no merit at all to any of her (Sterling) claims”.  In addition, wrongful retaliation in exercising free expression under the auspices of the whistleblower act.

CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW THE FULL COMPLAINT

EXCERPTS FROM THE COMPLAINT

Priamos threatened plantiff not to have any contact with the City Council…

Priamos stated that Hudson “never wanted to see her (Plaintiff’s) face again”..

Misuse of the 550 Sewer Fund has been a pervasive pattern in the City since Brad Hudson was appointed City Manager. Public Works Director, Siobhan Foster, and Deputy Public Works Director, Tom Boyd, routinely advised Public Works staff to use the 550 Sewer Fund for non-sewer related work.

     

During lunch SB ( Superintendent of Parks Division) stated to Plaintiff that she had been instructed by the Park and Recreation Director to set aside money from her budget to subsidize the City Hall café, as Provider (Company contracted with Rodney Couch to operate the Raincross Café) , was not making enough money and Hudson wanted to assist Provider.

The bond issuance documents were prepared by Best, Best & Krieger LLP (BBK) in Riverside, California, and had advised potental investors that the issuance of the bonds was to remimburse certain previously incurred improvement cost ($14,377,083.00) and to finance certain capital projects ($186,382,300.00) of the City’s Sewer System.

through its CFO, Paul Sundeen, did submit fraudulent and false documentation to the IRS to secure Treasury Credits it knew it was not eligible for…

LETTER WRITTEN BY STERLING TO THE SECURTIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

The city, through Hudson, hired an outside law firm to investigate the claims, and it found no wrongdoing. Walter, attorney defending the City, pointed to this internal city probe and an apparent investigation by the Riverside County’s District Attorney, Paul Zellerbach’s office, none of which resulted in any censure or charges.  But should we be surprised?  Considering the close quarters they all live in?  We experienced a similar result when citizen concerns were brought to his attention regarding Connie Leach, former wife of former Chief of Police Russ Leach and the City’s use of Asset Forefeiture monies in the amount of $35,000.00 to fund the Multi Cultural Youth Organization or was it really used to fund Connie Leach?

CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW

I believe the internal probe they are referring to was former City Manager Brad Hudson’s hiring of the law firm Chigoyenetche, Grossberg & Clouse to investigate the allegations of himself.  This was whereby city employees told Sterling that Public Works bids were being fixed in order to favor one company.  Any monies left over from this department were diverted to subsidize Hudson’s friend, Rodney Couch, who ran the City Hall Raincross Café, or is know better in the community for running the Market Broiler Restaurants.  Of course after $150,000.00 legal bill to the taxpayer for this investigation, nothing pertinent was found.  Maybe if this crack law firm was to actually interview those involved, such as City Engineer Warren Huang, Sewer Treatment Plant Manager Craig Justice an former Deputy City Attorney Raychele Sterling, we may have come up with a different story.  But for $150,000.00 it allegedly appears that the conclusion derived was well orchestrated and designed to achieve an intended end result.  According to Sterling, Priamos was told about these incidents, and she was fired for doing the right thing and trying to protect the council.

In addition, where did Hudson’s paranoia lead?  It led, according to Sterling, to hacking into both Sterling and Priamos’s emails.  It led to Hudson ordering the Human Resource department to hire a private detective to tail Ms. Sterling and her children.  This at a cost to the taxpayer in excess of $80,000.00.  A similar incident of tailing took place with former Public Works Contractor Sean Gill, with a similar cost.  But according to Councilman and Mayoral Candidate William “Rusty” Bailey, Hudson was a ‘moral compass’.  Further, at public comment Raychelle Sterling talked about Priamos’s secretary decorating his house during a party, a former employee Kathy Gonzalez and alleged insurance fraud and Priamos playing golf with the former police chief while being paid for working.  If this is all true, should we as constituents of the City of Riverside allow this to happen?  While the council continues to be oblivious to these alleged activities, shouldn’t all involved be accountable if at all true?

The City should have fired Priamos years ago. His marginal legal advice has cost the City so much money during his tenure.  I hope Ms. Sterling takes the City to the cleaners. I hate to say that as a Riverside resident, but when the City starts acting like organized crime, they deserve to be punished.  I hope that Priamos’ days as City Attorney are numbered. Hudson is gone; Sundeen is on hiatus; it’s time for Priamos to leave. Maybe with a clean state in the leadership positions, and an new mayor, the City can start to make amends to the populace. With Priamos still in place, that can never happen.               – Kaptalizm, Commenter on the PE

City Attorney Greg Priamos should be tried under the RICO act.  – C’mon…Really?, Commenter on the PE

Again, in the name of transparency, good will and trust … TMC request the positions of the City Attorney, City Manager and the Chief of Police be elected positions, due to their failure to lead and their failure to protect the taxpayer.  Elected positions which would answer to the ‘people’ as opposed to a ‘do nothing or should we say do anything they want’ delegated source.  Now that the state auditor was in, will certain documents disappear?  Will the City again ‘verbally’ employ BB&K for advice or even a possible defense?  We know you heard the rings of Bell and even the clangs of Montebello, but are you hearing the Raincross Bells in the City of Riverside? Or is it just dumb bells I’m hearing?

Related Links to Stories in this TMC Blog:

Public Works Foster’s & Boyd’s the Bid Process

Fuzzy Math and the Bid Process in the Sewer, Bubbles Up the Usual Suspects

Fired Employee Alleges City Officials Awarded Millions in Contracts Without Bid

UPDATE: 05/22/2012: Former Deputy City Attorney Raychele Sterling drops another bombshell, another employee lawsuit against the City of Riverside.  Human Resources Department named in the suit.  Mayoral Candidate Dvonne Pitruzzello, spoke of the denial of public records regarding the City Attorney Gregory Priamos’s expenditures.  She state she will resubmit her request, and where is Priamos?  Is he making his exit strategy? Mary Shelton told the council that her public records were 3 week tardy.  The question to Mr. Barber, who was also not in attendance, was if the city gave it’s request to vacate from their current location. Usually a two year notice is given, and so far no response.  Self Appointed Citizen Auditor Vivian Moreno, asked for a refund of $250.00 for documents requested.  When these particular documents were requested, the documents that were delivered were not what was requested.  They were different, altered and bogus documents. 

Currently, no response from Congressman Ken Calvert when asked by Mayoral Candidate Dvonne Pitruzzello to investigate sewer bond fraud in the City of Riverside.  Interesting enough, from old research, we were surprised to see why he may not be of help, but helping himself in other self gratifying endeavors..

  There are other interest Congressman Calvert has that may not concern the constituents he represents.  Getting ‘caught with your pants down’ means, of course, what it is intended to mean.

“I noticed the male subject was placing his penis into his unzipped dress slacks, and was trying to hide it with his untucked dress shirt.”

It also appears according to a campaign he is not sensitive to the issues of the gay community, and quite possibly gay people in general, according to this 1994 campaign mailer against an openly gay opponent Mark Takano, running for the Congressional office.

Further, Congressman Ken Calvert allegedly benefited from earmarked projects he earmarked for Perris, California in 2005 with tax payer money, where he incidently owned seven properties.

 CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW THE YOUTUBE INVESTIGATIVE REPORT

But in all fairness, it appear that the House of Representatives came to the rescue on this one.  They concluded that the earmarked project would not provide any other direct or unique benefits to the properties. 

CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW THE FULL DOCUMENT

They concluded that any increase in the value of the properties resulting from the earmark would be incremental and indirect.  I realize the House usually has a way with words, but is this about semantics? or degrees?  Really now, how closely tied are all these individual in Washington D.C.?  Any guesses?  Interesting enough, I am told that many of his constituents are now seeing him much more differently than before..

Right you are, that’s an unexpected thumbs up by the Chief with respect to this unexpected bit of information regarding our local Congressman.

But in another aspect, there still has been no apology from Chief Sergio Diaz to public commenter Karen Wright, whereby she was confrontationally acosted and verbally berated at a March 16th City Council Meeting, on her opinion regarding the naming of Tequesquite Park after fallen officer Ryan Bonamino.  It appears that there are more instances of information coming into TMC whereby the Chief’s behavior was not up to professional standards, and many others who need apologizies that we can name, and others who recognize his abhorrent behavior within his own working environment that find it unprofessional.  And oops, does he have a hell of problem with bloggers?  Yes he does, and he doesn’t hold back, as apparent in many of his community and work related forums.  Many who appeared at his breakfast at the Mission Inn were vehemently aware of his focus, which again speaks of his professionalism.  One individual present, called the display of behavior “unfortunate”.

                                 

Chief Diaz is not one for freedom of speech as the majority sees it, this is suppose to be America.  There is no place for a strong repressive government ideals as he may be familiar with from his roots, this in essence can have counterproductive repercussions on our Democracy.  In a quote from the PE,  Before the evolution in technology, Diaz said, “We didn’t have the benefit of ignorant, inexperienced and hateful and cowardly and anonymous people give us their unsolicited opinions on the internet.”  But let’s not forget that’s what blogs and comment sections of many news agencies were intended to be.  It’s to get a true, raw and real opinion of how many feel, without the fear of retaliation, no matter how extreme one may percieve an opinion to be.  These comments should be put into good use, rather than censor them as some type of Batista/ Castro government would.  They are one person’s opinion, just as Diaz has an opinion, and this is all good in the central mix of opinions, whereby people can listen to all opinions and deduct their own.  The problem is whereby, censorship becomes acceptable, and one’s opinion becomes the only opinion.

There are many times when, even though there is freedom of the press and freedom of speech, it is hard to get a hearing for certain noble causes. I often think that we, all of us, should think very much more carefully than we do about what we mean by freedom of speech, by freedom of the press, by freedom of assembly. I sometimes am much worried by the tendency that exists among certain groups in our country today to consider that these are rights are only for people who think as they do, that they are not rights for the people who disagree with them. I believe that you must apply to all groups the same rights, to all forms of thought, to all forms of expression, the same liberties. Otherwise, you practically deny the fact that you trust the people to choose for themselves, in a majority, what is wise and what is right. And when you do that, you deny the possibility of having a democracy.  –Eleanor Roosevelt

What Chief Diaz needs to remember is that if he strived to make his department more transparent, questions of police tactics wouldn’t arise, or at least there would be a dialogue.  This was the very reason he was brought in and hired, to change the public’s perception after many years of allegations of favoritism, double standards and special treatment within the ranks of RPD.  In addition, just because community leaders have an opinion, you should’t castigate them, as a leader, he should embrace those concerns and work to bring the community closer together, rather than plant the seeds of divisiveness.  And if Chief Diaz feels that local bloggers are the problem, as he appears to be evidently consumed with, we have bigger problems.  Because bloggers are not the problem, leadership is, and I believe are community is seeking this in our Chief.

Mary Shelton from Five Before Midnight Blog, has much to say regarding Emperor’s with no clothes in this new blog posting..(click this link).

Or before you hit the above link to get to the really good stuff, and find free speech offensive, you may want to click this link instead..

Diaz told The Press-Enterprise at that time those posters were “sitting at home eating Cheetos in their underwear” and making anonymous comments online.

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

A contradiction in terms?

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

Double dipping must be a public sector phenomenon, but again we see a retirement at age 55, something unheard of in the private sector…and again, the gain of secondary benefits at taxpayer’s expense.  Possibly for their second life?  And another double dipping story as the one regarding former City Manager Brad Hudson below..

UPDATE: 05/24/2012: THE SACRAMENTO BEE STATES THAT BRAD HUDSON IS FLUNKING A KEY TEST- TRANSPARENCY..

According to the Sac Bee, Hudson, Sacramento County Executive plans to release his first budget proposal late.  Hudson planned to release his budget as late as June 7, whereby the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on the budget June 14 or 15.  Even Hudson’s predecessor, Steve Szalay, released his budget last year in mid-May.  Well, as Councilman Mike Gardner said when Hudson was City Manager, ” you’ve got to pay for talent”.  Well alright, we did, now Sacramento is paying for it now.

People from Riverside could tell you a lot about Brad Hudson.  His few admirers (mostly wealthy, and involved in dealings with the city) said he was effective, but most people were distressed by his manipulations, his secretiveness, and his obvious collaboration with a few corrupt developers.  I am sure that the Sacramento County Supervisors were aware of this reputation before they

 hired him, and in fact that is probably why they hired him.  The supervisors’ feet should be held to the fire by voters until they fire him, as this will be the only way any transparency or honesty can come to Sacramento county government.  – Kevinakin1950, Commenter on the Sacramento Bee

The question that Sacramento should be asking…Is Hudson competant or even qualified for the position?  These were the same questions Riverside constituents were asking, but were turned a blind eye by the Council and the Mayor on this issue.  So far according to the Bee, the way he’s runnig the budget only adds to questions about his judgement, skills and qualifications.  Sac is on to him, for River City, he just might have bamboozled them…
A Little Sac Humor..
UPDATE: 05/31/2012:  RIVERSIDE’S VERY OWN “MORAL COMPASS”, CONTINUES TO MAKE NEWS.  SACRAMENTO GET’S IT! HOW BOUT THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE? SACRAMENTO COUNTY SUPERVISORS NOT HAPPY ABOUT  HOW COUNTY EXECUTIVE BRAD HUDSON IS HANDLING THE FISCAL YEAR BUDGET PROPOSAL!  AND NEW EDITORIAL ON HUDSON FROM SAC BEE: COUNTY EXEC HUDSON COMES TO HIS SENSES ON BUDGET SCHEDULE, SORT OF..   HUDSON EVEN RECEIVED THE ATTENTION OF PRESS ENTERPRISE’S ALICIA ROBINSON WITH HER BLOG POSTING: FORMER CITY MANAGER HUDSON UNDER FIRE AGAIN.  ALSO, TAKE A LOOK AT THE UNCENSORED COMMENT SECTION ON THE SAC BEE, COMPARED TO OUR PRESS ENTERPRISE WHICH IS PRETTY MUCH ZIP.   POSSIBLY DUE TO THE IRON FIST OF CHIEF SERGIO DIAZ?

UPDATE: Alicia Robinson blogs regarding the Status quo on the menu at Riverside City Hall cafe.  The taxpayer has paid in excess of $3 million dollars to construct this cafe, which is open to the public.  The question TMC asks as Ms. Robinson ask, is the question is it the role of the public sector to pass that gray line and began to run their own businesses at taxpayer expense, in direct competition with the private sector?  TMC brought this to the attention with a posting regarding Rodney Couch, Provider Foods/ Market Broiler, and the thin line that exist between associations, friendships and favoritism:  You Provide the Food and the Couch, I’ll Provide the Millions!

UPDATE: 05/25/2012:  Standing outside our home, I watched elderly female individual taking a photo of the no parking sign during street sweeping. When I asked if she received a ticket, she said yes.  She lives down the block, her husband just had a stroke, and her son left the car out on that Wednesday, and they cannot afford the $42 ticket.  What we have been telling council is that there are families who are on tight budgets, and can’t afford a $42 dollar parking ticket.  Forty dollars can very well be food on the table.  Many who receive tickets around the wood streets are students.  The irony is that the City champions education, and would like students to eventually think of Riverside as a city to reside in.  Well, not this way… and the city doesn’t have to spend $25,000.00 on an outside consultant to find that answer.  I just gave it to you for free.  Remember, just because the street sweeper and the parking nazi have left the vicinity, they can still ticket between the hours indicated on the sign.  As a result, the residents know this isn’t an issue about cleaning streets, it’s about raising revenue at our expense..  Who makes a profit on your blue can recyclables while you pay a service fee for pick up.   A month ago we brought to our readers attention that tickets were even being issued to business vehicles as in the following TMC posting.

 In these tough economic times, will the city’s next endeavor be to ticket vehicles during trash pick up?  Will they consider billing Riverside residents for weekly garbage pick-up by the pound?  Especially now that they are doing a bang up job on creating a profit  debt with the Fox Theatre and City Hall’s Raincross Cafe.

UPDATE:05/26/2012: REDDER THAN A FOX’S COAT?  HAS THE FOX LOST IT’S PANTS?  NEW ARTICLE IN THE PE REGARDING OPERATING COST WERE GREATER THAN EXPECTED LEAVING THE FOX IN THE RED, OR SHOULD I SAY, “THE TAXPAYER”.

Councilman Paul Davis stated that, “the council should look at options such as offering a long-term lease or selling the theater”.  Now, selling the Fox Theatre is not a bad thing, it should be up for sale to be runned by private enterprise.  This is what Self Appointed Citizen Auditor, Vivian Moreno stated a year ago.  The Fox would have financial problems and it’s likelyhood that it would be closed or sold by summer 2012.  Why would the city feel that they can run a business when they fall short at running city government.  If these same numbers were corresponding to a private business enterprise, the Fox would be in foreclosure or up for sale.  That’s the real world, you just can’t continue to subsidize a deficit at taxpayer expense and believe that it is alright.  This is just a skewed way of thinking.

 City Finance Director Brent Mason said he doesn’t think city officials consider the theater a failure.  If anyone can consider any business not to be a failure when it loses close to a million dollars a year it would be someone that is spending other peoples’ money.  – Welrdelr, Commenter on the PE.

The Council and the Mayor has given a smoke screen to the problems and lost of revenue in the Fox Center.  The topic came up at the Mayoral debate and each Council candidate praised it but one honest candidate Dvonne Pitruzzello spoke out about how much this was costing the taxpayers and we didn’t make money we were losing money each year.  Dvonne suggested the City sell the Fox Center to stop losing money.  Adkison, Bailey, Gardner and Melendrez felt the city should keep Fox Center and hope for a profit in the future.  But Dvonne shocked the candidates and the crowd with the yearly lost can be doing nothing the loss would increase.  She suggested we sell it and recoup our loses.  Now that the public knows we see the same councilmen changing their view.  Dvonne has the facts of most of the debt and future debt we will learn about but the council just hope voters will elect them to stay Mayor Loveridge course and keep the deals secret and the large debt secret.  God does things for a reason and we ar learning things that have been kept secret.  Dvonne has a plan to clean up the debt and keep the council on track to do the work for the citizens not business friends.  We can expect more shockers to come as Dvonne said.  We need her to lead up to recovery and the council should be glad she took the time to get the facts to correct the mess.   – Airjackie, Commente on the PE.

According to Chief Financial Officer Bret Mason the expected deficit will be $900,000.00 for fiscal year 2012-2013.  While some of the council disturbingly feel the deficit is acceptable, no one in their right mind within the private sector would consider this acceptable.  Since when is losing money acceptable? Not in the private sector, this must be a public sector phenomenom, because when the money you are dealing with is not your own, you don’t feel the pain..  As I see it, that $900,000.00 loss could have been used for police and fire.  The city would rather have a loss then to utilize the wasted funds to pay for a police or fire salary.

UPDATE: 05/28/2012: Reported by 24/7 Wall Street, Riverside number one in home foreclosure’s.  In Riverside metro home prices fell by 56.6%, the foreclosure rate is 1 in 213 homes.

Current home values Riverside real estate and homes for sale as indicated by this link.

UPDATE: 05/29/2012: Lucky Greek owner sues the City of Riverside for $750,000.00 

Imagine what the old Marcy Library would like now if it was handed over to Lucky Greek?  What were the Council thinking?  According to the Press Enterprise the suit claims the restaurant suffered first from restricted traffic during construction of the nearby Magnolia Avenue railroad underpass as well as street configurations.  Many on the Main Street suffered from the construction, but were told they could not sue for loss of business, the city was protected against this.  Other businesses suffered from eminent domain and construction on Market Street.  Do these current businesses, some evicted and others who have gone, have someone to speak for them?  Or do they have any recourse against the City after the Redevelopment debacle?

UPDATE: 05/29/2012: RIEMER REAMING THE TAXPAYER NEVER HURT SO BAD?…According to the Press Enterprise, “Judge Riemer declared a mistrial after a week of trial testimony so he could take his vacation — costing the taxpayers (by his own estimate) up to $25,000 — on the day of closing arguments.”

          

WILL THE REAL JUDGE RIEMER PLEASE STAND UP?

WAS THE RIEMER FAMILY TRUCKSTER PACKED AND READY TO GO?

Riemer affirmed he said “something to that effect” regarding his comment to Cook. He agreed that it was regrettable. “It would be better to keep thoughts like that to oneself.”..  According to some, Rogue Judge Riemer making rogue judgments?  Not surprised, this is Riverside…

UPDATE: 06/01/2012: STATE FINANCE DEPARTMENT SENDS LETTER OF APPROVAL TO CITY OF RIVERSIDE ALLOWING COVERAGE OF $26 MILLION OF THE ORIGINAL $159 MILLION ORIGINALLY REJECTED.  THEREFORE, CURRENTLY, APPROXIMATELY $133 MILLION IS UNACCEPTABLE TO THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA AND REMAINS A DEBT OF THE CITY, OR SHOULD I SAY THE TAX PAYER.   

    

CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW MAY 26TH APPROVAL LETTER IN PDF FORMAT

ACCORDING TO CITY MANAGER SCOTT BARBER’ S BLOG, THIS LETTER RECEIVED FROM THE STATE, GIVES “CONFIRMATION THAT THE ACTIONS OF OUR FORMER REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY DID MEET THE LETTER AND SPIRIT OF THE LAW”.  BUT ACCORDING TO THE PRESS ENTERPRISE ALICIA ROBINSON’S BLOG, THE AMOUNT OF THE REMAINING DEBT IS ACTUALLY $21 MILLION.  WHICH DIFFERS FROM OUR AMOUNT OF $133 MILLION.  THEREFORE, IT APPEARS FROM THE CITY’S VIEW TO IMPLY THAT $138 MILLION HAS BEEN ACCEPTED BY THE STATE FINANCE DEPARTMENT AS LEGITIMATE ENFORCEABLE OBLIGATIONS.

ACCORDING TO THE PE, DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR EMILIO RAMIREZ STATED THAT NOT ONLY IS THE TOTAL AMOUNT STILL UNRESOLVED DOWN TO $21 MILLION, BUT “(JUST) BECAUSE THE LETTER DOESN’T INCLUDE EVERYTHING IT DOESN’T MEAN THAT THE OTHER (ITEMS) ARE DENIED”.   WE ARE THEREFORE ASSUMING THAT ALTHOUGH THE LETTER LIST $26 MILLION, THAT THE UNLISTED AMOUNTS ADDING UP TO $112 MILLION HAS BEEN BILATERALLY VERBALLY RESOLVED (Of course, no documents currently exist to corroborate Mr. Ramirez’s figure).  THEREFORE WE ASSUME THE FOLLOWING: $26 MILLION + $112 MILLION = $138 MILLION (STATE ACCEPTED EO’S).  THEN, $159 MILLION – $138 MILLION = $21 MILLION REMAINING DEBT IN QUESTION.  SO WAS THE THE $138 MILLION JUST WRITTEN OFF OR REMOVED IN WHAT IS KNOWN AS A STAFF OVERSIGHT?  OR WERE THEY, THE CITY, JUST TRYING TO PAD THE ROP’S TO SEE WHAT THEY COULD GET AWAY WITH?  OH WHAT THE HELL, I GIVE UP..I ADMIT IT, THEY’VE WORN US DOWN..

UPDATE: 06/02/2012: NOW, FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT, JACK OF ALL TRADES, ASSISTANT DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR TINA ENGLISH IS NOW ASSISTANT PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR? 

YES, IT’S TRUE..  BUT WILL SHE ASK THE QUESTION, FORMER PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR ALLEGEDLY ASKED?  “WHAT’S A POT HOLE”?  ACCORDING TO FIVE BEFORE MIDNIGHT BLOG, “MS. ENGLISH BRINGS A WEALTH OF PUBLIC WORKS EXPERIENCE TO THE JOB TO FIT IN WITH THAT PROUD TRADITION”.. AGAIN, WHAT DOES SHE HAVE A DEGREE IN?

 UPDATE 06/04/2012: IS RODNEY STILL PROVIDING THE FOOD AND THE COUCH, WHILE THE TAXPAYER PROVIDES THE MILLIONS?

WILL COUNCIL CONSIDER APPROPRIATING RODNEY COUCH, OWNER OF MARKET BROILER RESTAURANTS, WITH $48,000.00 FOR OPERATING COST ($35,000.00)  AND ADVERTISING ($13,000.00), FOR THE NOW TAX PAYER SUPPORTED CITY HALL RESTAURANT KNOWN AS THE ‘RAINCROSS CAFE’?  ACCORDING TO THE BELOW DOCUMENT, RODNEY IS ALSO CLAIMING LOSSES OF $123,800.00 THAT NEEDS TO BE REIMBURSED TO HIM BEFORE THE CITY CAN MAKE A PROFIT.  CLAUSE 4.2.1 STATES THAT ANY PROFIT RECOGIZED UP TO $100,000.00 SHALL BE PAID TO THE CITY.  IF PROFITS EXCEED $100,000.00, THEY WILL BE SHARED EQUALLY BETWEEN THE CITY AND THE OPERATOR.  BUT IN CASE THERE IS A LOSS, AS THERE IS,  THE LOSS SHALL BE CARRIED FORWARD TO OFFSET THE PROFIT IN THE SUBSEQUENT YEARS.

CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW THE FULL DOCUMENT

 WHAT DOES THE TAX PAYER GET?  WHAT DOES RODNEY GET?

1. Advertising on the electronic billboard overlooking the 91 freeway.  (so the City/ Taxpayer is paying for advertising of the billboard.  All other restaurant owners in the City get this)?

2. Rodney is the preferred provider for catering of all City Hall events.  (Since when does the taxpayer pay for event food for city hall elite)?

3. The City provides all the furniture, fixtures and equipment.

4. The City provides all janitorial services.

5. The City will pay all utilities.

THIS APPEARS TO HAVE COUNCILMAN AND MAYORAL CANDIDATE MIKE GARDNER’S WRITING ALL OVER THIS…BY GOLLY IT DOES!  IF THIS PASSES THEY CERTAINLY HAVE TO PAY FOR IT IN SOME SORT OF FEE, PSEUDO TAX  OR SERVICE FEE…

UPDATE: 06/05/2012: OPP’S! WE DID IT AGAIN!  PASSED 7-0 ON THE CONSENT CALENDER.  EVEN OUR INDEPENDENT VOICE, WHO STANDS FOR PEOPLE VOTED FOR IT..

UPDATE: 06/05/2012: DOES THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR TOM BOYD’S NEW RED CORVETTE?

RECYCLING THE MAYOR?  ACCORDING TO PUBLIC COMMENT SPEAKER REBECCA LUDWIG, IF JOHN TAVAGLIONE IS ELECTED TO CONGRESS, WILL HE RECYCLE THE MAYOR (RON LOVERIDGE) TO REPLACE HIS VACANT POSITION?

UPDATE: 06/13/2012:  City Manager presents budget, rebuttles community concerns.  I just could not help myself but add this tid bit of information regarding a response by  City Chief Finance Officer Bret Mason to Blogger Mary Shelton regarding the use of Firestations as colateral for a loan the City took out.  Mason said those assets (firestations) make good collateral because lenders assume the city would be more motivated to avoid defaulting on the debt.  This financial relationship I’ve never heard of in the current market place.  If you take a second on your home, you will as the owner be motivated to avoid default, when you home is used for colateral?  Mason went on to say, even if the city defaulted, the lender may only use the facilities until the debt is resolved but may not foreclose and take them from the city.  The key to that statement is “may”, and these are the if’s and but’s which envelop citizen concerns.  So if one defaulted as a home owner, the bank will only take your home over and never foreclose.  They will hold it and give it back to when you catch up and resolve your debt?   He goes to finish that his statement by saying basically that scenario would never happen..  “It’s beyond comprehension that the city would allow itself to get in a position where it could not make debt service payments,” Mason said.

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..

JUST FOR LAUGHS!  EVEN THOUGH I KNOW YOU’RE REALLY MAD BY NOW..

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.  RATED ONE STAR 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, AND PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST… 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!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT OR FOR CONTACT!   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM