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WHAT IS MEASURE Z?

Measure Z is a November ballot initiative that will increase the sales tax from 7.75% to 8.75% in the City, or in other words from 8-cents per dollar to 9-cents per dollar. Currently, the City of Riverside receives 1-cent per dollar in tax from the 8-cents with the balance going to the State and County. Measure Z will increase the City’s portion to 2-cents per dollar in sales tax.

WHY DO THEY SAY THAT THERE IS A NEED FOR MEASURE Z?

The City of Riverside has simply spent and continues to spend more money than it takes in. They have blamed a shortage of personnel in their finance department as well as bad accounting practices for their miserable performance, however, even after they knew or should have known that they were in deficit, they continued spending more money than they had. This money came from the city’s reserves.  An example of their actions is that $4 million of the $7.8 million 2015-2016 deficit was the result of knowingly giving the police department a pay raise that was unbudgeted and unfunded. The effect now is that they have to cut city services to balance the budget.

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DID CITY MANAGER JOHN RUSSO GET THE MESSAGE FROM THE TAXPAYERS?

MY TOP TEN (10) REASONS FOR VOTING “NO”

#10. The City of Riverside’s portion of sales tax revenue will go up 100% or $50 million annually, while the actual annual deficit is only $10 million. This $50 million annual increase will continue for at least 20 years: ONE BILLION DOLLARS!!

#9. I believe that the City hired professional consultants at the cost to us of tens of thousands of dollars to manipulate our thinking about the need for this measure. This included the construction of supporting information and presentation materials, the use of wording that is misleading, and a highly questionable telephone survey with questions composed in a fashion designed to indicate citizen support. (1)

#8. Even though police and fire departments could have been left UNTOUCHED for budget cuts, I believe that they were instead included as leverage for a yes vote.

#7. As an example of the effect of the increase, purchasing a $35,000 vehicle will cost residents $350 more. And by the way, you can’t save the extra cost by buying in another city.

#6. Contrary to what the City may have implied, there is no written requirement within the measure to spend ANY of the sales tax increase on operational needs & capital improvements.

#5. The new City employees “Partnership Compensation Model” for some of the privileged city unions, provides larger compensation increases if revenue from Sales tax, Property Tax, Hotel Tax, and Utility Consumption Tax go up. The sales tax increase I believe is the first step toward that end with the others to follow.

Larger city employee raises = larger required pension contributions = larger future financial problems. I believe that personnel levels will spike as the City hires additional employees to soften the burden on current operational department employees.

#4. On top of the cost to residents if this measure passes, utility rates are expected to go up between 7% and 15% next year placing additional strain on household budgets.

#3. Measure A in 2013 which was approved by the voters, was supposed to secure our police and fire departments from the then present and future cuts. But it didn’t. Why should we believe that Measure Z will turn out differently? (2)

#2. About 16% or 52,000 of our neighbors live below the poverty level. These include senior citizens, the disabled, the homeless, and low wage earners. Personally, I don’t want them to have to make tough spending decisions while the City continues on their mindless spending spree. (3)

#1. First and foremost, the same group of individuals who through their ineptitude created the deficit and massive City debt, will make future final decisions on how to spend the huge additional revenue increase.

Approving this measure would be like letting your financial planner who lost you $10,000, have $50,000 a year more of your money to manage. You wouldn’t do that with your nest egg, why would you do it with YOUR tax dollars?

I feel that the City wants TOO MUCH, for TOO LONG, which will HURT TOO MANY, and will be administered by those TOO IRRESPONSIBLE.

I say let the city learn how to manage our money for the next 12 months, then create another ballot initiative with a ten (10) year term at a 1/4 to 1/2 cent increase. If they have demonstrated that they can be trusted with how they spend our money, we should consider approval.   – From the Desk of Ron Todar, Riverside Taxpayer

Here is what one honest former Press Enterprise journalist has to say:

https://www.facebook.com/debra.mayberry….

AXE THE TAX*****VOTE “NO” ON MEASURE Z

SOURCES:
(1) http://www.riversideca.gov/press_release…
(2) http://www.pe.com/articles/percent-81337…

MORE PROPAGANDA FROM THE FIRE FIGHTERS UNIONS: REMEMBER TAXPAYERS, DON’T SUCCUMB TO THEIR “EXTORTION” TACTICS OF LESS SERVICE AND DECREASE RESPONSE TIMES, I WOULD INTERPRET THIS AS A CRIMINAL ACT TO “SHAKE DOWN” THE TAXPAYERS!  THE FIRE UNIONS HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE TUNE OF $100,000.00 TO PASS MEASURE Z.  REMEMBER THEY TOLD YOU THE SAME LINE WITH THE WATER MEASURE KNOWN AS MEASURE-A BACK IN 2013.  THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT THE TAXPAYER, THEY WILL PROFIT HIGHLY FROM MEASURE-Z IF IT PASSES.  WHY WOULD ANYONE CONTRIBUTE $100,000.00 IF THEY DIDN’T EXPECT TO GET ANYTHING FROM IT?  YOUR CITY COUNCIL LEADERSHIP IS AS FAULT EXPECIALLY MAYOR WILLIAM “RUSTY” BAILEY.

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The propaganda on Measure-Z continues even in advertising on the Press Enterprise by Fire and Police Unions!

THIS IS ALL ABOUT UNFUNDED PENSION LIABILITIES, FIRE AND POLICE ARE NOT CONTRIBUTING THEIR FAIR SHARE, IT’S DISPICABLE!  I BLAME OUR LEADERSHIP FOR UNFORTUNATELY PITTING AND CREATING TENSION BETWEEN THE TAXPAYERS (EMPLOYERS) AND THE PUBLIC SAFETY EMPLOYEES.  REMEMBER FIRE AND POLICE UNIONS ONLY ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THEMSELVES AND DO NOT KNOW WHAT IT TAKES TO RUN A BUSINESS.

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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Today is the day…..  As I sit silently in my living room and reflect on the years I have been writing for Thirty miles of Corruption, I can’t help but wonder what got me here…..Vivian Moreno

Briefly I will try to explain. When I became very curious about what was going on at City hall I was dumbfounded with all the corruption I witnessed and discovered.  The Corruption was diabolical, the waste, fraud and abuse was hideous,  and the SEX GAMES, Relationships and the  dehumanizing of Women was so in-your-face that I needed a place to put all this information. WHO WOULD BELIEVE IT!

I have been holding on to this particular story content for years. The content was so offensive and unbelievable even for me. I was waiting for the right time to post this information.  And here we are November 2016 Presidential Election, SEX as the number one topic of consideration in nominating the right choice for president of the United States Of America. Trump with all his offensive banter and Bill Clinton with all his indiscretions.  Never in my wildest imagination could I have believed this to be so!

Today with the highted dialog of sex and the dehumanizing of women on the National Stage, I was compelled to tell this story.  Do the Citizens of Riverside even care this has been going on at City Hall for years-decades?  Do the citizens of Riverside even care their tax dollars pay for all the Frat-Boy-Fun at City Hall?

I have written about some high level promotions at the City of Riverside, California….women who we’re promoted simply because they  had sex  with their boss and  were being good soldiers. It’s a dog eat dog world at City hall and I mean that literally.  The first article I wrote for TMC was the “Love Contract” I had heard rumors of swingers, affairs, and sex promotions going on with high level leadership, and I wanted to make sure the tax payer was protected.

DISCLAIMER:  This article is rated-R (18+), not suitable for people under 18.  Content is STRONG in impact; It is advised that people under the age of 18 do not view the content, due to the strength of the elements within. The Official City of Riverside documents contained in this article are explicit, sexual in nature and should not be read by children. Yes Folks, you the taxpayer, Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Libertarians, Tea Partiers, and those of you who just don’t give a dam, Pay for all of this at Riverside City Hall.  These are the PERKS!

DEDICATION:  This new article I am writing will be dedicated to the special interest here in Riverside, The Greater Riverside Chamber Queen Cindy Roth, the Rain Cross group and the local media The Press Enterprise.  These people have their heads so high up the ass of the city it’s disgusting.  They will, and have supported all new taxes and continue to try to cover up all the really deep dark secrets hidden at city hall.  Remember you the Taxpayer, Citizen, Female, Male, Republican, Democrat, Independent or Tea Party,  pay for all the waste, fraud, abuse , and the DEHUMANIZING of women at Riverside City Hall.  These people all knew it and didn’t do anything about it!  Their Pathetic….

Here we are in the once quaint quiet town of Riverside California. The day I walked into the Council Chambers in 2010, to speak before the Council I’m sure I took them by surprise. I wasn’t afraid, ashamed or lacking the confidence to tell it like it was. I asked about rumored affairs that were going on. I felt everything was on the table as long as the tax payer was paying for it. I spoke about sexual relations that caught everyone off guard. The City pulled the infamous video from the public where I spoke of a sexual encounter and the leadership at City hall couldn’t handle it. The City Manager at the time Lee Mac Dougal, he tried to demean and discredit me with his comments.  Little did he Know I had all the information on his sorted past.  The hypocrisy spilling over from the dais was off the charts . They thought they were going to shame me….REALLY, HOW DARE THEY!

Here is the Video Where I refer to the sexual escapades of some employees at City Hall.

I will set up this first OFFICIAL CITY document: Tax Payers in Riverside  paid Millions of dollars to this claim In lost productivity, Moral, Time card fraud, and the  actual Lawsuit itself , this was circa 1996:  This is your…..RIVERSIDE POLICE DEPARTMENT( RPD), Defendant Ron Adams, you remember Councilman Steve Adams’s brother?  Does this all come down to just Boys being Boys or is this politics as usual…..   As the spoken words just preached by Mrs. Michele Obama, “This is not politics as usual,”  ah Yes it is Michelle! …. in Riverside it is.  In this document you have both the dehumanizing of women and lewd sexual acts performed on officers during work hours.  That’s considered time card fraud. (Getting Blow Jobs on work hours with clerks in the office is not allowed).  We the taxpayer paid this claim handsomely , the women in this case was fired and the officers were promoted and climbed the ladder of success. And I’m sure these officers we’re later regarded as upstanding respectable public employees.  WOMEN OFFICERS OF THE RPD WERE REFERED TO AS “THE PUSSY PLATOON,” (Page 5, 21).  Two female officers to a patrol car was referred to as the “CUNT CAR.”   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!   The Posted Lawsuit was Settled 1996:

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This set of Official Documents are the Pictures/Cartoons that were left on female officers desks. I have to ask who was taking care of the safety of the citizens in 1996?

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Current Claim 2015 Official City of Riverside Documents, this time CODE ENFORCEMENT:  Not much has changed in 10 years.  The culture of sexual Corruption has been ongoing. This Frat-Boy-Mentality had created a huge financial liability for the taxpayer. This Claim itself will and has already cost the taxpayer tens of millions of dollars in lost productivity, Moral, Time card fraud, Oral sex during work hours with interns, and the actual Lawsuit itself . Three women have endured this repulsive treatment for 10 years. This suit claims these women were asked  “ Who would you like to Marry, Fuck or Kill.” Who thinks about murder during work hours? Is this normal Banter?  “WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO KILL!” Make no mistake about it they wanted to know which employee they wanted to kill…..MURDER…..

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FULL ROBERTSON SEXUAL HARASSMENT COMPLAINT

As an involved Taxpaying, Voting , Republican in the city of Riverside I was shocked with  all the self gratification going on …….Sex-in-the-City parking lot, in city automobiles, blow jobs during work time with interns.  Couldn’t these officers do this after work?

Just the 2015 Lawsuit alone will cost the taxpayer approximately $5 million dollars, it could be more.  This suit is still going through the court system.  This may partly explain why the City desperately needs more money.   The taxpayer needs to or will be forced to Pay for all the STUPID MISTAKES, SEX PROMOTIONS WITH INCOMPETENT PEOPLE, SEX BANTER AND JUST PLAIN BAD BEHAVIOR that has been going on at City Hall for decades!

I don’t care and I’m sure many taxpayers don’t care either, if you want to be swingers, have affairs or receive Blow Jobs, do it after work on your own time.  The Taxpayer should not have to pay for this Vulgar behavior.  The Demoralization of women at City Hall continues……..POLITICS AS USUAL IN RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA!

VOTE NO ON MEASURE Z

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S REGIONAL COUNTIES MOST, “WORST LOCKER ROOM TRASH TALK SITE,” “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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Brent addressing City Council on the wasteful spending of staff, city execs and bad decisions of the council with reference to taxpayer monies.  Sorry wrong Brent Mason..

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                             Brent Mason, CFO                    Michael Gomez                   Scott Catlett

Chief Financial Officer Brent Mason will be leaving or has left the City of Riverside as its Chief Financial Officer according to the Press Enterprise, in addition, Financial Resource Manager Michael Gomez is also gone or on his way out?  Is this part of the Russo campaign for better government, beginning with a little bit of spring cleaning?  TMC also learned weeks ago that former Assistant Finance Director Scott Catlett also was released.  We found that the City of Yorba Linda accepted to recycle Catlett into the position of their new Finance Director.

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Did Cat (Scott Catlett) see the writing on the wall and it was only a matter of time that the new Russo administration would catch up to his creative financing? Or was he just fired after Assistant City Manager Marysheva-Martinez found innaccuracies in the books, or what is also known as rigging the numbers.  Many in the community are questioning this sudden turn of events, especially when the City Executives are now admitting we are 13 Million in the hole. TMC has been looking at the books for years and it is our professional opinion the number is more like 20 to 25 million in the hole.  Were they not able to keep it together over the years, even after the teachings of our former CFO legend in creative financing, Paul Sundeen?  Or are they all responsible by default due to the Sundeen culture of public irresponsibility?

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The Legend, former CFO Paul Sundeen

So where is the accountability?  Employees leave on good terms, its called “without cause,” but the taxpayer ends up paying for all the bad decisions.  It is high time that this culture of behavior ceases, and City Manager John Russo brings accountability up to the forefront, even if it means bringing the DA.  The bottom line, was that the books were being “cooked” in an effort that they appear more prosperous and healthy than they really were.  The perception of looking at the books was that the money was there, but not.  This allowed the Council to spend more money to the long term detriment of the taxpayers, who no matter what, is ultimately responsible.  Council, thanks again for those wasteful audits, they should have done the right thing and brought in the State Controller.  Unbeknownst to the taxpayer, we were sent down this road to perdition, by the very people the community placed their trust in.  All of these people in the finance department have been under the scrutiny of the new Assistant Manager Marianna Marysheva-Martinez.

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In this City of Riverside it seems that we have come full circle with “The Good, The Bad and the The Ugly.”

CITY OF RIVERSIDE: MORE STORIES OF RECYCLED TRASH!  Former City of Riverside Assistant City Manager Deana Lorson now has been recycled to become the Assistant City Manager to the the City of Oceanside…

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IS THE QUESTION EVERY CITY EMPLOYEE IS ASKING, “SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO?”

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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The issue du jour is if the voters should designate our appointed City Attorney, Gary Geuss, as the “City Prosecutor” with the primary responsibility of prosecuting state misdemeanors within the city limits?  (At the same time the City Attorney’s Office will also be moving to the City’s newly purchased $40 million Wells Fargo Building (aka, Mission Square to some) to rent from our public utilities department.  Need more space of course.)  In order to grant these additional duties, the City Charter would have to be changed, and hence, the public vote.

The conundrum is that of accountability. While the District Attorney’s Office is an elected position accountable to the taxpayers, the City Attorney is not an elected position, accountable only to the Council. Question is, “Is this a scenario ripe for abuse?” This is a department that was just found to be seeking outside legal services with no contracts and no approval from our Council, that ended up costing taxpayers millions.

Regardless, the city of Riverside is leading the charge in demanding these prosecutorial duties, and it appears they will not take ‘no’ for an answer from District Attorney, Mike Hestrin. In response, the City proposes to place the matter to the voters this June, with a measure tagged, “The Riverside Criminal Prosecution and Crime Reduction Measure.”  If voters approve the change, the city attorney will prosecute offenses such as assault, prostitution, commercial burglary, animal cruelty, graffiti, child abuse and domestic violence.  In light of the historical track record of our City Attorney’s Office the residents in Riverside find that there is still something missing from this story, and continue to question the actions taken to date.

Thirty Miles and Mayoral Candidate Vivian Moreno invited Councilman Mike Soubirous to bring the Citizens of Riverside his “VOTE YES” position.

Councilman Mike Soubirous Says Yes!

The Riverside City Council’s decision to place a proposed City Charter amendment on the ballot was simple. The council believed there was merit to the idea of allowing the Riverside City Attorney the power to prosecute Misdemeanor violations that occur within the City of Riverside. Putting the issue directly before the voters makes sense. Because ultimately they must decide if a Charter amendment is to be approved or denied.

We can debate the merits of the proposal all day long, but at the end of the day it comes down to this: Is it worth doing or not.? Are we better off having the City Attorney’s office handling Misdemeanors or keeping things the way they are – with the County District Attorney handling all crimes? If so, put it to the voters. Let them decide.

This debate should not be about personalities. It’s not about District Attorney Mike Hestrin or City Attorney Gary Geuss. It’s about Riverside. It’s about the people of Riverside. Should we enhance or build upon what the District Attorney’s office currently provides to us, or should we keep what we have?

Every day, councilmembers field concerns from residents and business owners complaining about everyday quality of life issues such as panhandling, street thugs, homeless, prostitution, graffiti, vandalism and more. We have pushed our police department to do more and more to combat these concerns. They counter back to us that many of these cases are not being prosecuted. They have provided written proof of these claims.

Our cops are getting discouraged. They work hard, write lengthy reports, only to have the case rejected, pled to a lesser charge or other disposition simply because there is just not enough Deputy District Attorneys to handle the huge caseloads. How discouraging is that?

It’s not District Attorney Mike Hestrin’s fault. He’s elected and tasked with running the District Attorney’s office, but there is a catch. The County CEO sets Mr. Hestrin’s budget and the County Board of Supervisors approves that budget. In the end, Mr. Hestrin must do all he can to stretch that allotted money. Typically, it starts with prosecuting the serious Felonies, then the lesser Felonies. After the Felonies, the prosecution of serious Misdemeanors and finally, the lesser Misdemeanors.

He does a great job with what limited resources he’s given.

The Deputy DA’s work hard and are often underpaid. They work long hours and have high caseloads.

Funds are limited. Riverside County is yet again reporting money problems, cuts are on the way including furloughs and layoffs. This will severely impact the DA’s office and their ability to adequately cover the county’s needs and the needs of the many cities within the county. Even if county revenues were to increase, there are many higher priority needs the county must work on. First is increasing jail space, along with the current plans to expand the County Medical Center and more.

The City of Riverside is not unhappy with the DA’s office. We understand what obstacles our District Attorney faces. We simply hope to have the power – as a Charter City – to enhance what the D.A.’s office does. We are looking at our quality of life needs now, 5 years out and 20 years from now.

The City Council is simply offering a proposal to the people as a direct response to resident’s demands that we do more to curb the negative issues and problems facing our city each day.

This proposal will cost money to implement. Is it worth the investment? It’s up to the voters to decide. More information will be provided at upcoming community meetings and on ballot statements.

If the people of Riverside believe the City Prosecutor Program is the answer to the problems they complain about, they will pass the Charter amendment. If they don’t believe this will help, then it won’t pass. It’s that simple.

This is nothing revolutionary – many cities in California prosecute their own city’s Misdemeanors. It just hasn’t been done in Riverside County yet. So far, most seem very satisfied with their City Prosecutor Programs. These programs have been in place for many decades. Cities like Los Angeles, Anaheim, Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank, Santa Monica and many others.

The city’s plan for a Neighborhood Prosecutor Program calls for having city attorney prosecutors working closely with our police officers and detectives. Finding solutions to problems and doing what it takes to best mitigate those problems. Not just prosecution and jail, but getting to the root of the problems.

This is something the District Attorney’s office can’t adequately provide due to limited funding imposed by the county. There are just too many cities competing for the same level of prosecution of their Misdemeanor cases as we would like to have in Riverside.

Having our own city prosecutors allows Riverside the ability to focus on those crimes and issues that affect us each day. These are problems that hurt Riverside’s ability to recruit and keep businesses here. These problems affect our property values and our everyday way of life.

Our resident’s have demanded we tackle these issues to the best of our ability. We have this tool available for us to use. It’s up to our residents to choose if they want to pay for this tool and use it to the maximum benefit of those living and investing in Riverside.

 

Mayoral Candidate 2016 Vivian Moreno Says NO :

Vote Vivian Moreno Mayor Riverside 2016……. Bringing the real issues and truth to the public

I found this quote from a local Oakland newspaper:…According to Russo’s “make city government more accountable, more transparent and more effective.” However, a closer inspection reveals that these are no more than hollow words to veil their failed promises, brokerage of white collar crime, advocating of racism, selective prosecution and white class privilege!

CITY OF RIVERSIDE: NEEDS MO’ MONEY….  WILL THE CITY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE BE BROKERS OF WHITE COLLAR CRIME UNDER THE GUISE OF THE HOMELESS AND PANHANDLING?  VOTE NO TO GROWING EVEN BIGGER GOVERNMENT AND THE CONTINUATION OF ABUSE IN THE CITY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE.

Most likely in June, the voters of Riverside will be decide by ballot measure whether to add a new government-run program to City Hall’s ever-expanding arsenal. It will be called something like the Neighborhood Law Corp (NLC) under the City Attorney’s Office. Mr. City Attorney, Gary Geuss, stated the Neighborhood Law Corp program will cost the taxpayers $2.5 million, while our District Attorney, Mike Hestrin, says more like $5 million.  Geuss geusstimates $750,000 to $1 million in fines and fees will go back into the city’s coffers per year. I believe it will bring in closer to 2 million, if not more. And where will this money come from? Residents and businesses, but of course.

If you go to any of the community meetings that address this new program, the message coming from City Hall is, “your altruistic government will have more CONTROL over the homeless, panhandling, and prostitution.”  Well … common sense will tell you that the homeless and panhandlers are not going to be paying a cool million in fines and fees. So where will it come from? You guessed it – from us!  The real CONTROL will be over whomever can pay the fines.

Another real concern we have with this program, is that we are growing our government at an unsustainable rate.  We will be adding 17 new employees, 12 of whom will be Lawyers, as part of the NLC Program.  We already have 13 Attorneys, this will take us to a grand total of 25 Attorneys hired by the city of Riverside.

Mr. City Attorney, Gary Geuss, came here from the City of L.A.  They have 4 million residents and 16 attorneys that handle their “Neighborhood Program”, or one attorney per 250,000 citizens.  Riverside wants 12 Attorneys, and that would be 1 attorney per 25,000 Citizens.  In L.A. up until 2014, they only had 4 Attorneys on this program, that’s one attorney for 1 million citizens.  In Oakland, California, where our very clever City Manager, John Russo, hatched this program in 2002, they have three Attorneys for about 400,300 Citizens.  That’s one Attorney for 133,000 Citizens. I just don’t get it. In fact, like all too often in the good ole’ River City, perhaps the real reason they want to hire more attorneys has just not been revealed to us.

City Councilman, Mike Soubirous, Mike Gardner, Chris MacArthur, and Jim Perry all voted YES to place the city prosecutor measure on the June 2016 ballot.  Paul Davis said he wanted this program eventually, but voted NO; John Burnard wanted to increase the Police Department, so he also voted NO; Andy Melendrez just said NO, but the vote passed and unless some last minute deal is reached with the D.A., this sucker’s going to the people (at a nice tidy cost of $80k just to put it on the ballot) to decide.

At the Council meeting it was brought up by Raincross Group man-about-town, Tom Evans, that the City wasn’t even following their own Charter and that the Council should form a Charter Review Committee and vet this issue with the public.  Once the committee finds consensus on the best way to go about implementing a city prosecutor’s office, they make a recommendation to the Council “to ask” the voters for final approval.  The Council decided to ignore that option (hey, I thought they valued public input? Lol.)

There have been a total of two hours that I’m aware of spent informing the public on this very important issue.  I have attended two community meetings and one City Council meeting when the issue of changing the Charter to take prosecutorial powers for misdemeanors away from the District Attorney’s office, and give them to the City Attorney’s office.  At the community meetings I attended, this was hailed as a Neighborhood Law Corp. program and will address livability issues as the homeless, pan handling and prostitution.  At the City Council meeting, the message changed a bit.  It seems the city of Riverside also wants to be the power brokers for white collar crime, code enforcement cases, bad landlords, liquor stores, seedy businesses, unruly bars and restaurants, and or anything else they can think of. Is this the start of more legal abuses in the city of Riverside City Attorney’s office? If history is any predictor of the future…ABSOLUTELY!

At the February City Council meeting where the vote took place, there was a diverse group in attendance: the local activists, the whistleblower employees, a representative from the District Attorney’s Office, the League of Women Voters, the Raincross Group, and a couple of Chamber of Commerce members.  With a group like that there is almost always disagreement, but with this vote everyone was opposed – it was almost unanimous.  That evening 95% of the public said NO!  The City Council voted to approve the ballot measure against all the concerns of the public.

I also feel it’s important to add that the District Attorney of Riverside County is an elected position, whereby this person is directly accountable to the public.  The City Attorney, whom City staff and elected want to usurp the D.A. is an appointed position, who is only accountable to the City Council.  Is the public set up for abuse?  Who will the public go to if there is a grievance?  How do you replace 4 of the 7 members of the Council if you don’t like the way our City Attorney uses his new prosecutorial powers?  You can’t, and that’s a big problem.  Our personal liberties are being threatened.

Now you have to ask yourself, is our honeymooning City Manager, John Russo, just running the city of Riverside on autopilot. He brings us the Sunshine Ordinance, the 2-year Budget, and our new favorite Assistant City Manager Alex Nguyen (absolutely fabulous honey), and now the Neighborhood Law Corp.  Let’s take a look at June 8th, 2011, article “Russo’s Next Big Challenge”:

“Russo also is seeking to make Alameda’s city government more user-friendly, a task he’ll delegate to Alex Nguyen, who will follow him over from Oakland. Nguyen headed Russo’s Neighborhood Law Corps, a groundbreaking program that allowed Oakland residents to access his office to solve quality-of-life issues, taking on slum lords, liquor stores, and other blight. Russo, however, was quick to say that people won’t always be happy with the solutions he proposes for Alameda. ‘Real decisions mean real disappointments,’ he warned”

Queue later photo of the drama behind this program in Oakland. The public is ANGRY over potential fraud in the Neighborhood Law Corp program:

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Who is really behind this new Neighborhood Law Corp. program?  City Attorney Geuss stated this program was A#1, top of the list, king of the hill, A nummmmmber ooooooooone, top priority of the Council.  In fact, Geuss stated he was instructed by our electeds to begin implementing this program immediately after he was hired.  We wonder why the public and press just found out about it if it was so important and being worked on for almost a year?

So, how did City Manager Russo’s and his trusty sidekick, Nguyen’s foray into prosecuting the public work out after being implemented in Oakland in 2002?  They spent way too much money and created a firestorm of D R A M A.  There was so much drama that it was a distraction to the City and to the Office of the City Attorney.  All we need is more controversy.  Was this program the real reason Mr. Russo left the city of Oakland? Maybe. This program may be nothing new to our City Manager or or City Attorney, but I believe the residents and business owners in the city of Riverside have had enough drama for a lifetime.

To hopefully shut the door on the whole idea of a city prosecutor’s office, I point out that City Attorney Geuss continually compares our city to the city of Anaheim, who has an appointed City Prosector.  So let’s take a look at these similarities:

Medium Income Anaheim: $62,000

Medium Income Riverside: $32,000

Anaheim PRIVATELY OWNED: Disneyland, the Honda Center, Anaheim Convention Center, Angels Stadium, the Anaheim Resort, numerous hotels, The Platinum Triangle, and really great fireworks every day.

Riverside GOVERNMENT OWNED: Fox Theater, Riverside Convention Center, and really great fireworks three times a year.

Population of Anaheim: 350,000     Out–of-town guests: THOUSANDS every day.

Riverside Population:  300,000        Out -of -town guests: THOUSANDS every year?

Annual Budget Anaheim 1.7 Billion

Annual Budget City of Riverside: 900 Million

Anaheim Prosecution Program 10 Attorneys Sometimes up to 15 Attorneys depending on the cases.  I was told of these figures today by the Anaheim prosecutors office.

City of Riverside Prosecution Program wants 12 Attorneys

Apples to apples – Anaheim vs. Riverside – and I say there is NO comparison.  Anaheim is unique from all other communities.  The comparisons coming from our City Attorney is political rhetoric, and that is why the public is so concerned with this program.  Common sense will tell you there is more to the story! (But they ain’t telling you what…you’ll find out later).  VOTE NO.

FOR MORE INFORMATTION COME TO THE “NO ON MEASURE-A” FACEBOOK SITE!

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,” “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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THE GRESHAM SAVAGE DEAL: A WIN, WIN FOR GRESHAM SAVAGE, AGAIN AT TAXPAYER EXPENSE!

The taxpayers just bought a $40 million dollar building, how do we help maintain it?  Sublease some space from a partner in crime know as the legal outfit of Gresham Savage?  With that in mind, the City Attorneys office who gets paid by the taxpayer will be paying rent in their new taxpayer paid building.

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So how does all this benefit the taxpayer?  It won’t, the fact of the matter is that it will cost an additional $411.035.00 from the taxpayer!  Currently, the City Attorneys occupation of the 5th Floor of City Hall has a yearly cost of $208,039.00.  The total annual cost in rent the City would pay to Grease-Them-Savagley would be $548,046.00.  Bad deal at a cost to the taxpayer.  Of course the other side are emphasizing that we need the space!  We are hiring more attorneys and the cubicles at City Hall do not allow for privacy for sensitive legal issues.  But why is the City Attorney’s Office anticipating hiring more lawyers?  The City of Riverside already has approximately about 13 (not sure)? But we want to hire more, not to include all the other outside legal firms we may have contracted and on retainer.  City of Moreno Valley with a population of 200K has two attorney’s.  The City of Murreta with a population of 100K has one. The question, is how many laws suits against the City are we receiving?  If that is what is happening, why is it happening?  Why is the City receiving so much liability?

This completely smells of Deja Vu with the bad deal made with Developer Mark Rubin’s building Citrus Towers.  We initially assumed Best, Best & Krieger’s lease so that they could move to his new building.  RPU taking over this lease to move into this gold plated building, cost the taxpayers a pretty penny which shouldn’t have happened, because we had plenty of taxpayer properties that could have been occupied at low  expense.  But is this culture of elitism whereby the real interest of the taxpayers doesn’t really matter?  What happened to public service and public servants?

TMC did a story on this very issue back in July 2011 called: I’LL TAKE A DOUBLE RUBIN ON A BB&K WITH RPU ON THE SIDE!

At this time the City Attorney’s Office, along with Riverside Public Utilities will now reside in the $40 million dollar Wells Fargo building.  With that in mind, the best part is that the City, in the best of interest of the taxpayer was able to negotiate a rate of $2.50 per rentable square foot to $2.25 per square foot. Along with this there will also be a one time cost of a $125, 000.00 to cover the cost of moving, new furniture, fixtures and equipment.  This at a time when City Manager John Russo is going around town to public meetings stating that we don’t have money and need tighten our belts.

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According to local residents, the City refuses to give a tour to them on this Gold Plated building.  You paid for a $40 million dollar building, but you can’t see what you bought!  Is the America you want to live in?  One was told that City Manager John Russo and even Councilman Mike Gardner said “no!”  As a result, following records request was sent by Attorney Raychele Sterling.

To: Nicole Roa <droa@riversideca.gov>, jrusso@riversideca.gov, ggeuss@riversideca.gov, Sherry Morton-Ellis <SMorton@riversideca.gov>, “Nicol, Colleen” <cnicol@riversideca.gov>, “Allen, Susan” <sallen@riversideca.gov>
Cc: Alicia Robinson <arobinson@pe.com>, cmacduff@pe.com, “Davis, Paul” <pdavis@riversideca.gov>

In light of the Public Utilities Director’s and Councilman Mike Gardner’s (with the alleged concurrence of the City Manager) refusal to permit a tour of the recently remodeled PU facility located on University Avenue by members of the community who are critical of PU’s extravagant expenditures (while allowing other  non-critical members of the public to observe the facility), please make the following available for my review:

1) Entire project file for the PU Board Room/Multi Purpose Room remodel (including all photographs).

2) All Purchase Orders and Purchase Requisitions for the past 5 years for the procurement of any furniture (module or stationary), electronics (excluding PCs, Printers, Photocopiers), art, photography or sculptures, appliances (including refrigerators, dishwashers, microwaves etc.) flooring, tile and carpet for Riverside Public Utilities.

3) A list of all participants (including the Chamber of Commerce members) in ANY tour of ANY City Facility and all accompanying releases of liability for the past 5 years. I personally have observed and participated in tours of the Sewer Treatment Plant, RERC, Orange Square and Utilities Plaza, as well as witnessed the execution of releases of liability by members of the public for such tours.

4) Any current policies and procedures regarding touring of City facilities by members of the public. 5) All releases for PU’s “Bring Your Daughter to Work Day”, as well as a list of the facilities where these individuals were permitted to be for the past five years.

6) All releases for any “Bring your Child to Work Day”, “Shadow the Mayor Day” or “Shadow a Council Member Day”, Grade School tours, or the like, and a list of any and all facilities these individuals were permitted to be in for the past five years.

7) List of any currently scheduled or proposed tours of ANY City Facility by any individuals or group. Please identify the facilities intended to be toured.

8) A List of all PU facilities (please identify specific rooms as well) that were open to the public to attend City and/or Utility meetings within the past 5 years.

9) A list of all City employees who have provided tours of ANY City facility to members of the public.

Upon review, I will determine what documents I would like to duplicated. Thank you

Raychele Sterling, Esq.

WHAT IS THE STORY ON THIS SMALL PIECE OF CITY LAND THAT A BASKETBALL COURT AND TENNIS COURT WERE BUILT ON?

No one seems to know how a Tennis Court and Basketball Court was built on City Land!  Even Development Director Emilio Ramirez didn’t have an answer for Council.  The issue (Item #14) was removed from the Consent Calender by Council.  According to Ramirez, City documents could not be found which showed a timeline of permits for building etc.

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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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PRESS RELEASE BY CITY OF RIVERSIDE REGARDING AG PARK (CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE OR CLICK LINK TO VIEW PDF) 

A News Released disclosed publicly today July 27th by the City of Riverside that a meeting took place on Friday July 24th with City Manager John Russo and Barbara A. Lee, Director of the Department of Toxic Substance Control for the State of California (DTSC).   The DTSC outlined its intent to work with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on a concurrent review of the site and to identify any appropriate confirmation sampling at the site, which could include sampling of the soil as well as the groundwater.  The letter which requested the EPA to step in was sent on July 23rd and is as follows:

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW FULL LETTER REQUESTING ASSISTANCE FROM THE EPA BY THE DTSC ON JULY 23, 2015

The above document indicates that the reason DTSC was requesting EPA’s assistance was a result of a letter received by the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice (CCAEJ) March 5, 2015.  In this letter CCAEJ alleged that serious problems occurred before and during cleanup activities on the site, and that nearby residents were potentially exposed to toxic substances.  CCAEJ requested that DTSC and other environmental agencies, EPA, review the adequacy of the clean-up activities of the site.  The main issues the DTSC was asking EPA to review as a result of the CCAEJ allegations were as follows: 1.) Whether any additional soil sampling was necessary onsite and offsite. 2.) Whether any additional ground water monitoring is necessary onsite and offsite.  3.) Whether EPA could provide any assistance to the DTSC in assessing the health related concerns reported by some members of the community around the site.  The letter sent to the DTSC by CCAEJ on March 5th is as follows:

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 CCAEJ Document Riverside Agriculture Park

The letter from the CCAEJ written to the DTSC stated that the Voluntary Clean Up did not address the following:

1.) AG Park was formerly Camp Anza, a US Army Defense Site, which has potential explosives and chemical warfare material contamination.  This presents a grave threat to the residents living on the three sides of this property and to the construction crews who are presently digging trenches for sewer pipes.

2.) The groundwater is contaminated with PCB’s, perchlorate, lead, thallium, dioxin and furans.  It should be noted that the ground water flows directly into the Santa Ana River which is a primary source of drinking water for Orange County, therefore poses a real threat to that community as a result of potential substandard water quality.

3.) Sampling of the property was not done according to Federal EPA protocol.  It appears that there was “selective sampling” of the property as a result of not following Federal EPA protocol.  Therefore, when samples were taken they were not tested for the full range of contaminants such as metals, explosives, perchlorate, dioxin and furans; which are some of the most toxic chemicals known to science.

4.) A survey of the residents surrounding the AG Park indicate an elevated number of cancers which could indicate a cancer cluster.

5.) Dust monitoring logs indicate a high Part Per Million and particles exceeding the 10 micrometers in diameter in July 2013, this exceeds the maximum health level set by the Air Quality Management District (AQMD), thus causing the contamination of adjoining residential properties and injuring the lungs of residents.  It also appears that the consultants for the City misinformed the DTSC of the true aspects of the site, rather than indicating it was a sewer site whereby toxins were dumped, they indicated the property as a Riverside City Disposal Site for excavated sidewalks and roadways.  Ouch..not cool!  Who were the consultants, were they Adkin Engineering?  The consultants accordingly did not follow AQMD rule 1150, therefore did not send a report that the levels of PCB contaminants exceeded acceptable levels.  Exceeding potential acceptable levels would indicate elevated levels of PCB’s in the air, thus contaminating residential properties and exposing residents to PCB’s.

6.)  The City of Riverside identified ROHR as the source of the PCB’s and identified them the responsible party under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), but did not inform Riverside County or DTSC of this fact.  There was also improper disposal of the main sewer, with the main pipeline to ROHR still remains intact and underground.

AG PARK: FOLLOWING EXPLOSIVE LETTER REVEALS WRONGDOING BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE BY CITY EMPLOYEE! “THERE WAS NO BLACK AND WHITE, ONLY SHADES OF GREY..”

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Cathleen R. Baswell, Administrative Analyst for the City of Riverside, wrote the above letter and filed it with the City Clerk on July 7, 2015.  According to the letter, allegations were made that the City of Riverside had no policy or protocol at the time.  The protocol was assembled at the last minute and possibly used against the 15 workers, that they were at fault, and didn’t follow protocol.  The question is, “Was this assembled protocol used by former City Attorney Greg Priamos when fighting against their workman compensation claims?”

She states in the letter that Brian Nakamura was Public Works Director, while Siobhan Foster was Deputy Director at the time of the 2003 Toxic Sewage Spill.  It appears according to the letter that Foster was the “good soldier,” dependable and loyal, and carried out her superiors orders.  With that, we now have a prominent UCR Toxicologist, Bob Krieger who lied, and threw what was left of integrity out the door.

TMC thanks Ms. Baswell in bringing this story to the forefront and helping City of Riverside employees and the taxpayers.  This places a new light on a culture of cover ups of those in charge who not only endangered employee lives, taxpayer live but created liability for the taxpayers.

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

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I’M SEXY AND I KNOW IT

FLASH TMC UPDATE: 07.19.2015: IS THIS THE REAL STORY BEHIND WHY PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR, TOM BOYD, ANNOUNCED HIS “SURPRISE” RETIREMENT A WEEK AGO?  According to the Press Enterprise’s Cassie MacDuff, Boyd was contacted for comment to this article (“A Decade Later, Sludge Exposure Worries Workers”) but never responded.

Just to give you an example of the treachery the City is capable of, it had a UCR Toxicologist state the PCB’s are not toxic! Bob Krieger, the UCR toxicology specialist who spoke to the workers at the city’s request, said he doesn’t believe they have anything to worry about. “PCBs are not that toxic and they had minimal exposure,” he said, adding no ill health effects would be likely. Neumeyer’s (one of the exposed city workers) skin peeling was probably unrelated to the PCBs, he said.  We were once told that being close to certain Nevada thermal nuclear explosions was not that bad either, from an “expert”…

The EPA states PCB’s cause cancer, especially with effects on the immune system as one of the former workers David Cabrera describe.  More troubling is that the breakdown products of PCB’s, the furans and dioxins, are even more toxic.  This story does not mention Siobhan Foster, who was Public Works Director at the time,  and “incidentally” had no Engineering experience, license or degree, employees mentioned she did not even know what a pot hole was.  Let’s not forget the real cover up culprit, former City Attorney Gregory Priamos.  Foster, of course, is semi-famous these days for being the manager presiding over the $6.4 million Danny Wooten embezzlement scheme.  She was fired WITHOUT CAUSE for the fiasco and has since latched onto the City of Covina, no doubt to spread her curse there.

One phone call to the Fire Department would have taken care of this whole toxic debacle, but those in charge in the City at the time were not honest people.

I’M SEXY AND I KNOW IT, IT’S HOW I ROLL…

Was he or wasn’t he fired?  “Retired,” is such the buzzword at City Hall these days.  Former City Manager, Scott Barber, funded his own investigation using our money to retaliate against Councilmen Davis and Soubirous from doing their jobs.  He, “retired,” 6 months later in the face of public outrage at his misuse of authority and misappropriation of public monies.   Same for former Assistant City Manager, Belinda Graham.  Former HR Director, Rhonda Strout, “retired,” just as the scandals of whistleblower retaliation, the civil liberty-violating Threat Assessment Team, illegitimate hiring of outside counsel, and other municipal code violations were about to be uncovered by the Human Resources Board, the public, and the Council.

When former City Manager, Brad Hudson, was on the hot seat, he hightailed for Sacramento.  Former RPU General Manager, Dave Wright, left for Las Vegas right before the hundred million dollar over-collection was found.  City Attorney Clown, Greg Priamos, became County Attorney Clown, and now that internal audit has blown the lid off the $19 million he spent on outside counsel the past 5 years, we can see why.  The official word out of City Hall after these crooks left is always, “they’ve moved onto greener pastures,” but we at TMC have always known the truth.  They were escape artists, but not the likes of the great Houdini.  These guys had insider help in the form of a complicit City Council, willing to buy them whatever time was necessary.

And so Public Works Director, Tom Boyd will “retire” after 17 years from the City of Riverside.  Insiders are telling TMC that when Boyd was asked about his plans just weeks ago, he firmly stated, “he wasn’t going to retire.”  But there was still rumor around town that Boyd was going to retire because of the AG Park controversy heating up.   Therefore, was Tom given an ultimatum from new Rock Star City Manager Russo to hit the road, or be fired?  Or did he just retire because of all the B.S. at City Hall.

The AG Park bug-a-boo places Boyd and former Public Works Director Siobhan Foster right in the middle.  Maybe Boyd will resurface in Pasadena under former Assistant City Manager, Michael Beck.  Who’s next for Tom’s position here at Riveride, maybe Tina English? Who has a dance degree?  Or will they bring back Siobhan Foster, someone who didn’t have an Engineering degree or license either.  It’s trash pickup day in the world of public employee recycled executives.  Maybe Tom would just like to put this past him and be the president of the Corvette Club…

Our bet is this won’t be the last “retirement” or “onto greener pastures” of 2015.  Stay tuned.

CONTROVERSY IN RIVERSIDE, WATER MAIN BREAK LAST NIGHT, WAS IT DONE PURPOSELY FOR OVERTIME AS SOME OUR SAYING? Just as we recently spent $40 million on a building, after the question of overcharging ratepayers for utilities was brought forward, is this another attempt by RPU to justify spend our excess reserves on infrastructure in lieu of returning it to the ratepayers? Insiders are telling TMC that in order to collect overtime, some workers might monkey with water pressures to break older water pipes in the City.  Regardless, main line fixed! It may or may not be true, but just the same, we’ll be on the lookout for more stories like this in the weeks to come.

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GONNA BE HARD TO SPEND THE RESERVES ON INFRASTRUCTURE WHEN THAT, PER SE, VIOLATES RPU’S OWN POLICY MY BOYS!

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST, “LOW CLASS,” “PORNOGRAPHIC,” “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! YES FOLKS WE ARE ALL OF THIS AND MORE!  TMC SHOULD NOT BE READ IF EASILY OFFENDED!  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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Newly christened Ward 7 Councilmember-elect, John “the Exterminator” Burnard, is already embroiled in controversy.  In an email from Burnard (jburnard@riversideca.gov) to Ag Park (aka, Arroyo Park) family member, Marilyn Whitney, which was then forwarded to RRR (Residents for Responsible Representation) Chairperson, Sharon Mateja, Burnard states, “Got this done today,” in reference to a, “Stop Work,” order issued to the developer of Ag Park by the City.

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Thirty Miles of Corruption asks Burnard to elaborate on the email.  What exactly did, “he,” get done?  Many in the Ag Park family are confused and annoyed that Burnard seems to be taking credit for something he could not have accomplished single-handedly.  Despite our inquiry, Thirty Miles of Corruption.com has not yet heard back from Burnard.  Councilman-elect Burnard (as he hasn’t been formally sworn in yet) can contact us via our email address: THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

We want to make something VERY clear to Mr. Burnard: just as your predecessor Steve Adams has done nothing so far to help his constituents in regards to the Ag Park issue, you have yet to do so either.  He may have made a statement or two about it during his campaign expressing his sympathy, but talk is cheap.  We also believe that the longer Burnard is in office, the more his views towards Ag Park will resemble Steve Adams’, because Ag Park will be major legal issue going forward and we believe his loyalty will be to the City insiders’ club, and not his Ward 7 constituents.  We hope that will not be the case, but are not overly optimistic.

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As we understand, this DTSC (Department of Toxic Substances Control) letter was received by City Manager, John Russo, on June 16th at approximately 5:30 PM.  In response, Russo made the decision to initiate a “Stop Work” order as is indicated in this City News Release.

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Russo thereafter contacted Public Works to officially process the, “Stop Work,” order and deliver it to developer Chuck Cox’s head engineer, Bob Beers.  To our knowledge a Councilperson doesn’t have the power or authority to issue a, “Stop Work,” order.  Soooooo…a person, who is not yet a Councilmember, and even if he was, doesn’t have the power to unilaterally halt a project, seems to want to take credit for other peoples’ hard work.  Is this an aberration or the beginning of a pattern?  Time will tell.

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“Got this done?”  Got what done?  We guess if you are a supporter of John Burnard’s you just gotta love the big lug … maybe even expect more of the same, “leadership from behind,” in the near future.  Perhaps it’s just an error in judgment.  But, as we are told, if you need someone to kill bugs, he’s your man.  Some Ward 7 residents are asking, “Is he also developer Cox’s man?” since he got a campaign donation from him, and (from the top picture) is also on hugging terms with Councilman Steve Adams … who was definitely Cox’s guy.  If an exterminator know one things, it’s toxic business, so he should fit right in dealing with this mess.

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La Sierra resident, Jim Martin, recently confronted Burnard about the campaign donation.  According to a witness, and apropos of our, “WTF? Observation of the Day”, Burnard indicated he didn’t know this was the developer Chuck Cox, but perhaps another person by the same name!    COMMENTS WELCOMED!

 

REMEMBERING FORMER INTERIM CITY MANAGER LEE MCDOUGAL… What his fixation was with peoples’ behinds, we’ll never know.  Here you go Lee, the way the residents of the City of Riverside will always remember you… Did you get enough of our money to make your payments?  “Got Skeletons in Your Closet?”… you gotta know we know.

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SEPARATED AT BIRTH?

While McDougal was certainly a step in the right direction for City of Riverside (a very low hurdle considering his two predecessors, Scott Barber and Brad Hudson, were ethically on the same level as most common criminals), we still bristle at his attempts to censor the public through disparate camera angles and removal of, “controversial,” videos from the City’s website.  You were a good soldier for your masters … just not a very American one.

Was McDougal somehow afraid or offended by a full frontal? From his past it sure doesn’t appear so … things that happen in Montclair don’t always stay in Montclair!  Until next time Lee…

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST, “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

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INTRODUCING JAKE THE SNAKE..

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Worst City Manager in Alameda history. Good luck with this snake. Good riddance.
An Alameda resident
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Welcome Mr. Russo! We are excited to start this wonderful journey together, making the City of Riverside a better place for us all.  I am counting on you to pull us through these tough economic times.  I’m sure we will have a long lasting relationship.

I would like to introduce myself, Vivian Moreno, Number 1 Citizen, Very Hard Worker, Blogger and Snake Trainer.  I would like to introduce you to “Jake The Snake.” He is my pet and the new Mascot of Thirty Miles of Corruption.com.  Now let’s get to work!

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “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