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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LETTER TO KTLA REPORTER KACEY_MONTOYA   LETTER TO RESIDENT MARILYN WHITNEY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CITY COUNCIL MEMORANDUM

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

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

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

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

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

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                    CITY COUNCIL MEMORANDUM                      Intention to Establish CFD-section 3

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

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

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

What public speakers had to say on the proposed issue:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “OFFENSIVE,” “INAPPROPRIATE,” “HURTFUL,” “MEAN SPIRITED,” “DISTASTEFUL,” “EMBARRASSING,” HORIFFIC,” “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!  TEMPORARILY BLOCKED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE AT PUBLIC ACCESS SITES WITHIN THE CITY, THEN UNBLOCKED.  I GUESS YOU CANNOT DO THAT ACCORDING TO THE ACLU.  RATED ONE TWO ONE STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVLY EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE (WE BELIEVE THIS WILL END SOON, SINCE THE FOCUS IS NOW ON THE IMPROPRIETIES OF MR. “Z”, WE TRIED TO TELL YOU, BUT NOBODY LISTENED), AND DON’T FORGET WE ARE PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST… A STRATEGIC LEGAL MANEUVER THAT CAN BE DONE ONLY IN RIVERSIDE WITHOUT A CONTRACT… AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!   COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  WE JUST CAN’T SPELL!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT BY CONTACTING US AT:   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

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According to the San Bernardino Sentinel, Colton City Attorney Christina Talley has been relieved of her position as of September 18,2014, or could we say “fired?”   Christina Talley works for the infamous Best, Best & Krieger, and incidentally has been hired by the City of Riverside through BB&K to be interim City Attorney, after former City Attorney Greg Priamos skipped town when he couldn’t handle the heat in the kitchen to Riverside County.  Of course, the County Boys embraced Priamos with open arms.  Accordingly, Ms. Talley appears to have been passed around to cities like a bad can of sardines beyond there expiration date.   Cities continued to employ her, regardless of the smell she left behind.  According to the article there is more to the story then meets the eye, not only was City of Colon Colton concerned with her ineptness with Brown Act regulations, whereby she allowed non-agendized items to be discussed by council.  But even more discerning, was what occurred at a June 3 Colton Council meeting , at which a decision was made to place City Manager Stephen Compton on administrated leave.  This was as a result of Compton’s inquiry with reference to questionable financial practices, including “off-the-book” projects in public works department which led him very close to uncovering details of how certain projects were funded, including several unauthorized projects which were being run out of the public works department.  This of course, brought scrutiny, according to the article, toward the actions of public works director Amer Jakher, who enjoyed a close relationship with a majority of the of the city council.  As the focus pointed to Jakher, some council members were pushing Compton to examine the city’s contract with  Best, Best & Krieger and Talley, and potentially put the contract for city legal services out to bid.

In July of 2014, a group of Colton residents filed a complaint with the city to investigate alleged irregularities in the city’s public works department alleging potential misappropriation of public funds, gift of public funds and misuse of public funds which benefitted two city council members.  The citizens provided documentation indicating that the “off the books” activity, i.e., work that had not been considered or approved by the city council, had indeed taken place in the public works division.  That request was moved forward by Police Chief Steve Ward, who was then acting in the capacity of city manager during Compton’s absence.  Chief of Police/City Manager Ward initiated an investigation and personally forwarded the request to Talley.  The investigation was handed over to another Best Best & Krieger attorney, Ronald Ball, who is “of counsel” with the firm.  Several weeks later it was discovered that Talley, however, neglected to provide Ball with the background documentation that had been provided to the city by the group of residents requesting the investigation.  Thus, the investigation failed to focus on the “off-the-books” activity in the public works department that was at the root of the concerns expressed by the citizens group, and the final report reflected an incorrect timeline of events which discredited its conclusion that two of the members of the council, Frank Gonzales and Susan Oliva, had not benefited from the misapplication of resources in the public works department.  Manipulation of the facts?  Read the whole story in the September 19th article in the San Bernardino Setinel.

Beginning in August 2014, according to the San Bernardino Sentinel, Talley became less and less visible in Colton.  She was replaced in some venues by Marco Martinez, a partner with Best Best & Krieger. In fact, Talley’s mishandling of the Colton account appears to have impacted her standing with Best Best & Krieger, which now appears to be in danger of losing Colton as a client altogether.  Talley, who formerly had an office in Best Best & Krieger’s Irvine office, where she was formerly listed as an “associate,” has been consistently unavailable at that location since August.  She is no longer listed as an “associate,” but is now deemed to be “of counsel,” an indication Best Best & Krieger is seeking to disassociate itself from her.

But it doesn’t stop there, in the “Anaheim Blog”, Christina Talley who was Anaheim’s City Attorney since 2009 was asked to resign in January of 2013, with what appears to be her ineptness, again,  with the Brown Act.  The “Voice of Orange County” also brought forward another issue with Talley with reference to her alleged ineptness with the Brown Act.

But in my eyes what we see is a powerful law firm who has been allowed to be part of the very fabric which ultimately represents the interest of the taxpayers.  It certainly appears that they are their to protect their taxpayer paycheck with bad legal advice.

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As in the instance whereby the City of Bell sues former City Attorney Edward Lee, a BB&K attorney, for let’s see, “Faulty Legal Advice!”  So Riverside, you know have a little information of how the City of Riverside rolls in what is in it’s best interest…it may very well not be you.  What appears to be allegedly evident is that Best Best & Krieger has been manipulating California City politics through their “fly-by-night” team of legal attorneys, which seem to cause more financial liability to the taxpayer, then financial protection to the taxpayer.

Well I would expect that the City of Riverside’s spokes hole and former PE reporter, Phil Pritchard may attempt to spin the story by just saying she left Colton to work for the City of Riverside… Watch Two Timing Talley’s antics unfold at today’s City Council Meeting, and you the taxpayer decide!  Is she really inept, or really good at playing the field of City Politics?  Should we allow uncontracted legal work to continue with BB&K?  Should we allow BB&K Trash Attorneys to represent the taxpayers?  I think not.

CITY OF RIVERSIDE: COUNCILMAN MELENDREZ: HUMANITARIAN RESOLUTION TRIGGERS ETHICS COMPLAINT.

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Councilman Andy Melendrez’s attempt to create the City of Riverside as a “Sanctuary City” appeared to be hidden according to many in the community and not brought forward at a Tuesday’s City Council Meeting.  As a result, a formal Code of Ethics and Conduct complaint was filed by Fontana Council candidate Tressy Capps, specifically against Melendrez’s assertion that their would be no “fiscal impact” in the adoption of this resolution, as stated in the City Council Memorandum.  The following is the filed complaint by Tressy Capps.

UPDATE: TRESS CAPPS IN THE NEWS: THE DAILY CALLER: WOMAN WHO REALLY HATES MEXICAN FLAG LOSE JOB OVER HATRED OF MEXICAN FLAG.  The title says she hates the Mexican Flag, but the report list no direct statement by her with the words “hate” etc.

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CLICK THIS LINK TOVIEW FULL ETHICS COMPLAINT FILED BY CAPPS

The following is the City Council Memorandum stating that there would be no “fiscal impact” with the adoption of this humanitarian resolution.  The meaning of a resolution is defined as a firm decision to do something, or not to do something.

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW CITY COUNCIL MEMORANDUM

What was more discerning was this item/resolution it was placed on the Consent Calender, as some have indicated, a way to pass and sneak a real issue from the community.  Rather than just passed, it was brought out from the consent calender for discussion.  This play on politics does not make Andy a proponent for what’s right and wrong, as indicated by many in his ward.  The resolution states the following: “WHEREIS: The City of Riverside hereby stands in support of sanctuary and humanitarian efforts or assistance in the processing and treatment of all immigrants, including those recently arriving in the United States..”    According to the Press Enterprise, Melendrez stated that “the resolution would not have actually required the city to do anything, nor would it have committed any city funds.”  Even our interim City Attorney Christina Talley chimed in when asked for an opinion by stating the following, “Based upon the face of the resolution, I didn’t see anything in that resolution that conflicted with federal or state law.”   But when you look at the resolution statement it appears rather vaguely written, possibly not to directly take issue with the real point, “illegal” immigration.  His point of stating “including those recently arriving in the United States,” would actually imply helping immigrants “illegally” in the country.  It also seems that the City of Riverside supports efforts of efforts and assistance in the processing of all immigrants.  According the statement, this would imply both “legal” and “illegal” immigrants.  If this is true, the City of Riverside would effectively stating in this resolution that it supports breaking the law by supporting efforts to process “illegal” immigrants.  This I would say is a direct conflict with Federal Law, and out of the scope of a local municipality, such as our City.  Further, the definition of a “child” is someone under the age of 18 year of age, in some in some instances it may very well be under 19 years of age. The full original resolution is as follows:

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW THE MELENDREZ HUMANITARIAN RESOLUTION

Capps states that this resolution directly violates specifically page 4, item #6 of the Code of Ethics and Conduct for Elected Officials.  She cited the item, “they will seek to insure that information provided by the city government to the public is accurate and clear.”  Where is City Attorney Greg Priamos when we need him?  Hell, he would just make matters worse.

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW FULL CODE OF ETHICS AND CONDUCT (CLICK IMAGES ABOVE TO ENLARGE)

According to some in the community, this resolution advocatess breaking Federal law.. Not only is he advocating breaking Federal Law, he is stating it would be acceptable for the City of Riverside to assume acceptance of those who have entered the country illegally.  Some in the community feel this was done without consideration of those in his community who are legal, and need help, such as are veterans, homeless, residents struggling financially to make ends meet etc.  On the other hand, proponents state that we need to ensure that the security, protection and needs of illegal or undocumented children are addressed on a humanitarian level.  Which appears to be acceptable since immigration is a Federal issue.  Though the term “children” has yet to be defined in these resolutions. Many city’s have adopted similar resolutions, even some states, there is really no conflict as such which would interfere with Federal laws.  But what does this mean when a resolution such as this, is adopted at a local level?

UPDATE: COUNCILMAN ANDY MELENDREZ AT THE SEPTEMBER 23RD COUNCIL MEETING INSISTED THAT THE RESOLUTION FOR “SANCTUARY CITY” STATUS FOR RIVERSIDE BE BROUGHT BACK FOR COUNCIL VOTE ONCE AGAIN.  WILL THIS MEAN HIDDEN ADDITIONAL ASPECTS WHICH WILL BURDEN THE TAXPAYERS OF THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE?

CITY COUNCILMAN PAUL DAVIS INVESTIGATION IN LIMBO…ACCORDING TO THE RIVERSIDE PRESS ENTERPRISE!

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UPDATE: CINDY ROTH AND THE GREATER RIVERSIDE CHAMBER RECEIVES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY, OVER A HALF A MILLION OVER THREE YEARS FOR “KEEP RIVERSIDE CLEAN AND BEAUTIFUL” PROGRAM, AS VOTED AT SEPTEMBER 23RD CITY COUNCIL, WITH THE ONLY NO VOTE BY COUNCILMAN PAUL DAVIS.  INCIDENTALLY, COUNCILMAN PAUL DAVIS FOUND THIS QUITE PECULIAR ENOUGH THAT HE REQUESTED THIS ITEM BE REMOVED FROM THE “CONSENT CALENDER’ FOR DISCUSSION.  The discussion led to questions regarding how Cindy Roth’s Greater Riverside Chamber is paid.  First, the taxpayer must pay for this “Volunteer Program” in their “Trash Bill.”  Five other cities in California wouldn’t think of doing this.  Riverside does.  Therefore, the issue of this item becomes an illegal charge or tax against the taxpayer!   Since the charge comes from the Public Works Department, it must be brought forth for “bid.”  Secondly, there must be a contractors contract, referencing item by item, how the taxpayer money is to be spent.  Non of this has ever been done!  With her attorney husband and now Senator, “Something seems to be Rotten in Denmark!”  Question have arose over the disbursements of taxpayer monies, which appear to have never been reported to Council in the past.  Taxpayers continue to argue that it is a “money laundering” scheme.  Incidently, Cindy Roth, CEO/President, her husband is now Senator for the State of California, Richard Roth…  In the past has done outside legal work for the City of Riverside, which has been allegedly been questionable with reference in how his work really benefited Riverside residents.

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Cindy Roth and the Greater Riverside Chamber was also against Measure A, which was not in the best interest of the taxpayers, and evidently is why her behind the scenes political activities at City Hall have been seen as some, as a political powerhouse, which includes former CEO and Publisher of the Riverside Press Enterprise , Ron Redfern.   Riverside, wouldn’t you think something is wrong in Denmark?  At the cost of  $574,754 over three years to the taxpayer in your Trash Bill?  Now folks, this is a volunteer program…  Technically according to City policy, since this money arrives from Public Works, this item must go out to bid, secondly, there must be a contractors contract initiated itemizing the cost of services provided.  This was not done.  Also, an expenditure report has never been given to the City to disclose a specific itemization of disbursements.  So, where does the money go?  With this in mind, questions arise to how the monies are actually spent.  First of all, is there a specified account for this money?  Or is this money just deposited in the Greater Riverside Chamber’s general fund?  To possibly be used for Councilmember and Mayor special trips, campaigns etc.

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CITY COUNCIL MEMORANDUM                      CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE

UPDATE: IS THE AMERICAN DISABILITIES GUIDELINES NOTHING MORE THAN A “SHAKE DOWN” SCHEME PERPETRATED BY THE CALIFORNIA TRIAL LAWYERS THROUGH LEGISLATION?  NOW UNDER THE DECEPTIVE NAME OF CONSUMER ATTORNEY’S OF CALIFORNIA?  NEW STORY IN THE PRESS ENTERPRISE..

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 BELIEVE THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN NOW, SINCE GREG SKIPPED TOWN TO THE COUNTY)… 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 TOXIC DIRT BY CONTACTING US AT:   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM