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NOT-SO-FAST ON THOSE SHINY NEW CONTRACTS!

Local resident Jason Hunter exposes the truth about the newly-signed gold-plated contracts of both City Manager John Russo and City Attorney Gary Geuss.  Turns out the current contracts were not accompanied by an amendment to a resolution called the Master Fringe Benefits and Salary Plan, signed by the Mayor as required by City’s Municipal Code (local law).  That particular resolution grants authority to the Council to pay certain salaries and benefits to certain positions.  And the jury at TMC believes the omittance of this document to be intentional given other recent employee deals.  But what the heck do we know!?

When both Russo and Geuss were initially employed, this particular resolution was included within the agenda packet that contained their contracts.  Three years later it magically disappears.  Hunter states the two ramifications of what’s been perpetrated: 1) the contracts terms negotiated outside the authority of the resolution are invalid (and the monies need to be returned immediately to the City’s treasury) and 2) upon re-introduction of the resolution, the Mayor has the right to veto the terms, as he does all resolutions under Section 413 of the City Charter.

                       

Who would have known?  We could extrapolate that City Attorney Gary Geuss, City Manager John Russo and even Human Resources Director Stephanie Holloman would have known.  Incidentally, Holloman and Geuss we hear know each other from their employment with the City/Port of Los Angeles.  Perhaps even Councilman Chris MacArthur could have known given how he eagerly tried to override Mayor Bailey’s veto by signing Russo’s contract as Mayor Pro-Tem.  Maybe even Councilman Jim Perry, who signed Geuss’ deal, was in on the scheme.

        

Who also should have 100% with-out-doubt-known is City Clerk Colleen J. Nicol. Her 30% raise over the past 2-1/2 years must have affected her emotional decision-making not to alert Mayor Bailey. She is either afraid of Russo and Geuss, or she’s simply a master at playing the game (and consequently cruising into retirement at your expense). In our experience, Colleen doesn’t miss a piece of paper at City Hall…what we’d call a pro’s pro…so what’s up?  Whatever the reason, you can be sure TMC will find out!

                         

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Let’s not forget this quote from City Manager John Russo, “…as a child of immigrants with a scholarship Yale degree, and a top ten law school that I have to beg you to do and preserve what we all busted our tails to do to make this city move.”  “But I assure you, I might be here in two years, and whether you extend my contract or not I’m not going to have any trouble getting a job.  But if we vote no tonight, I cannot make any assurances to you about keeping this team together, that’s the reality that’s your choice!”  More famous words for us Riverside Hillbilly’s is, “You can’t afford to have this team break up!”  So what did Russo really mean?  “I’m am so brilliant I’m going to screw Mayor Bailey and the taxpayer out of millions of dollars and they are so stupid they won’t even notice, and my cronies and I can live our much-deserved lavish lifestyles free of interference from the unwashed masses.  Let them eat cake!”  Our bet is the only cake we’ll be eating, John, will be at your going away party.

RIVERSIDE’S CONTRACT-GATE: ONE QUESTION REMAINS

UPDATE: REQUEST FOR INVESTIGATION INTO MAYOR BAILEY’S OFFICE:  At the March 7, 2018, Riverside City Council meeting, Councilman Andy Melendrez requests an investigation into Mayor Bailey’s Office to determine if confidential materials related to the Mayor’s right to veto a contract of a City officer were released without Council authorization to the public.  Rumor has it this request involves the Mayor’s Office releasing the Colantuono Legal Opinion (and hence violating the City’s Attorney/Client privilege) prior to it becoming a public document a few weeks ago.  What? He’s requesting the formation of Special Counsel for this inquiry?  Does he think the City of Riverside river water is full of the same rats found in the swamps of Washington D.C.?  Shouldn’t have Andy requested Special Counsel to investigate the contract fraud Mr. Hunter speaks of instead?

As an aside we love how Andy is so nice and polite in this video right before he inserts the dagger of righteousness into the Mayor’s Office.  All of sudden, after all these years, Andy wants “transparency,” into the dirty deeds done dirt cheap within the confines of City Hall.  How marvelous!  Andy should have just called TMC: we’ve already done the investigation for free!  But alas, that’s for another day dear readers…

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE REGIONAL COUNTY’S MOST, “SCANDALOUS,” “NEGATIVE,” “WARPED,” “RAUNCHY,” “LOW CLASS,” “VISIONS OF GRANDEUR,” “FULL OF B.S.,” “REPREHENSIBLE,” “IGNORANT,” “MISGUIDED,” “BULLYISH,” “INDECENT,” “REPUGNANT,””IMMORAL,” “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 “POLITICALLY INCORRECT.” 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 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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GRAND JURY COMPLAINT FILED JULY 20, 2015 (CLICK ABOVE IMAGES TO ENLARGE)

On July 20, 2015, the Riverside County Grand Jury received the following complaint filed by former Riverside Deputy City Attorney Raychele Sterling.  The Officials in the complaint are Council members Mike Gardner, Chris Mac Arthur and John Burnard; Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey and City Clerk Colleen Nicol.

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On July 14, 2015, Councilmen Gardner, MacArthur and Burnard voted to approve a motion made by MacArthur and seconded by Gardner to accept the Mayor’s Nominating Screening Committee (“Screening Committee”) recommendations for regional organization assignments.

The vote was a tie, 3 for approval and 3 against, which was broken by Mayor Bailey in support of acceptance of the recommendation. One of the recommendations therein was that Mayor Rusty Bailey serve as the member of Riverside County Transportation Committee (“RCTC”) with Councilman Melendrez as the alternate. This recommendation was in direct contradiction of the Rules of Procedure and Order codified in Resolution No. 22796 (“Rules”) adopted by the City Council and executed by Mayor Rusty Bailey on January 27, 2015, in that the senior Councilmember, Melendrez, had indicated his preference for the member position as required by the Rules.  The rule states as follows:

To the greatest extent possible for Standing Committee and regional organization appointments, preference of senior Councilmembers shall be honored. Councilmembers shall forward preferences on Standing Committee assignments to the City Clerk to be shared at the Mayor’s Nominating and Screening Committee.

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Well folks this didn’t happen.  The senior Council member on board was Andy Melendrez, and it was his preference to stay on board. The three council votes plus the breaking Mayors vote discounted Council member Melendrez’s request. On the other hand, the question arose, was Melendrez holding on to a senior position meant that he could hold on to the position indefinitely, which means that very act could be a problem, after all he was on four boards.

Regardless, the Rules mandate that the RCTC member position be assigned to the most senior Council member, Melendrez. It is also important to note, that the Rules do not provide for a preference to be submitted by the Mayor, only the City Council. Therefore, any assignment preferences made by the Mayor should have been immediately rejected by the City Clerk and not forwarded to the Screening Committee for review and consideration. The City Clerk’s actions of forwarding the assignment preference of the Mayor to the Screening Committee was outside the scope of her authority granted by Resolution No. 22796.

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW FULL RESOLUTION 22796

To add further drama to the picture, during his introduction of the agenda item, Mayor Bailey inappropriately interjected his perceived qualifications for the member position, noting a letter of recommendation drafted on his behalf by Supervisor John Tavaglione, for whom he had worked as a legislative aide while employed by the County of Riverside. It is also believed that Mayor Bailey is a close personal friend of Supervisor Tavaglione’s, often socializing with him and his family.  Again, the City Clerk’s action of providing this letter to the Screening Committee and including it in the City Council Agenda packet was inappropriate and outside the scope of her authority under Resolution No. 22796. Complainant believes that Supervisor Tavaglione’s attempt to influence the committee assignments in violation of Resolution No. 22796 is indicative of the incestuous relationship between certain “chosen” elected officials of the City and the County Board of Supervisors and constitutes yet another act of political favoritism and cronyism that has plagued both the County and the City of Riverside for years.  

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Did we have an concerted orchestrated attempt to take over, or simply a political coup d’État, to change the players in this Chess game, in order to ensure future favorable outcomes?  Our the Riverside County Supervisors part of the problem or all of the problem?  I Rusty Bailey wants to sit on that board, he should have changed the rules of the resolution which he actually executed back in January of 2015!  Instead he skipped the step, and in doing so violated his own resolution.  Sorry, can’t do that.

godfatherartwork14 copyI guess in some cases you can impersonate a law enforcement officer and become Senator, as is the case with Jeff Stone, the one with the bat.  In other cases as this PE story, whereby someone impersonated a fire fighter, you just simply go to jail…

FROM THE DESK OF SCOTT SIMPSON REGARDING THE INFORMATION DISCLOSED BY HIRED UCR TOXICOLOGIST BOB KRIEGER AND THE HANDLING OF THE AG PARK SPILL:

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Scott Simpson was the former Chief of Enforcement for the California EPA Department of Toxic Substances Control, and also worked for the Department of Food and Agriculture in their Environmental Hazards Assessment Program specializing in ground water contamination.

Our Courts have ruled in criminal environmental cases that, omitting information critical to the event under review is a form of lying to the government. Sometimes it is charged as lying to a federal investigator and in other cases it has been a charge of falsifying federal documents or reports.
Leaving out of any communication with your employees or public, the pertinent facts that could way heavily on their health could be charged as a crime. So, lying by omission is what our city did. They left out all the information about the health hazards posed by exposure to all the other hazardous waste ingredients in the sludge. They had the knowledge but, instead hired an “Expert” to tell the employees that PCBs are not that toxic. The obvious question is, “Why are PCBs classified in federal and state law as Hazardous Waste? It is because, PCBs are dangerous to your health and the environment! Congress passed the TOSCA statute in the late 1970s specifically to stop the manufacture and use of PCBs in America! What the city never told anyone is, that PCBs contain other more dangerous chemicals from the manufacturing process called, Dioxins and Furans. These are the toxins of concern in this discussion. There are others to worry about at Ag Park too.

UPDATE: DTSC IS SCHEDULED TO MEET WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE FRIDAY JULY 24, 2015 WITH REFERENCE TO CLEARANCE DOCUMENTS FOR AG PARK.  WE WILL KEEP YOU POSTED OF THE RESULTS.  ROCK STAR RUSSO SEEMED TO BE PERTURBED THE LAST TIME DTSC WAS IN TOWN, BECAUSE THEY ACTUALLY WANTED HEAR FROM THE PUBLIC AND DID NOT WANT TO MEET WITH THE CITY.  DOES ROCK STAR RUSSO GO BY ANOTHER NAME WHILE IN OAKLAND CALIFORNIA?  STAY TUNED TO TMC, BECAUSE WE HAVE IT….

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AND ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER ALEX NGUYEN, WE HAVEN’T FORGOTTEN YOU!  THANKS TO OUR NEW FRIENDS IN OAKLAND CALIFORNIA WHO HAVE CONTACTED TMC.

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