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Sent by Art Cassel in response to Vivian Moreno’s January 22, 2020 video on TMC:

Wed 1/22/2020 3:13 PM

Congratulations Vivian on your return to the little screen.?? I find it hard to believe that Javier and yourself, two of the prime parties in putting the Riverside City Council in the position it is, have the balls (Sorry, but there’s no other words to describe this) to complain about the monster you’ve created.

You and the other of your ilk give gadflies a bad name,?? Your constant whining about everything the Council did, accomplished nothing but bad for 325,000 people. How dare you bitch about your offspring??? First of all, your immense belief in how important and well known you are was clearly shown in your Mayoral run.?? You disappeared after that!?? Don’t screw around in politics if you don’t have the skin thickness to lose and lose badly.?? The gang of you think everything the City does is criminal.?? You complain when a Councilperson doesn’t act on the endless array of alleged wrongdoing.?? Like simpletons, you praise those that go along with some of your allegations and then turn on them like deranged pit bulls when they should, God forbid, disagree with you.

OK, you didn’t like John Russo because he defended his staff against your slander and his east coast, abrupt speaking style offended your delicate ears.?? You never once looked at all the good he and his staff were doing for the City.?? Who found the fact that the City had been BSing all along about their financial stability??? Who kept coming up with ideas on how to improve the City?? Keep in mind that every positive thing that’s now happening in the City is a result of his work.?? Because you didn’t like him, you jumped on brain dead Baileys wagon and got rid of him.?? Kudos for your support of Rusty, whom you’ve made clear is not one of your favorite people.?? Now he’s going off to become Queen of Path of Life, another of your favorites.?? Good work!

Mike Soubirous and Paul Davis had fought off all the attacks they endured and came out of it as the?? kingpins of the Council.?? It doesn’t matter what you think, the City WAS heading in the right direction.?? The departure of Russo and Paul losing his seat led to Mike walking away.?? They fixed it only to have you and your gang take it back to where it was.?? Nobody wants to endure fixing something only to have it broken again and having to fix it again.?? You must be so proud!

You should be really proud of the new Council and City Manager you so desperately wanted, But you’re not.?? Now you’re back to the same whining again.?? Here’s a couple of words of advise for you.???? If someone is disagrees with you, learn to analyze if they’re actually right.?? Second word is to be damn careful of what you wish for.?? As one of the main contributors to the current disaster, you should be ashamed of the role you played in it, not complaining about your result.

Response Art Castle by Advocate Vivian Moreno:

….” I can honestly say that I never made a wrong ethical decision.   –  ex-City Manager John Russo, 03.08.2018,   “I never have either,” -Vivian Moreno 2020

Art now let’s have some fun!

Thank-you Art for giving me so much power.  I am proud to be a ‘gadfly’ and the time, energy and effort I spent with my ‘ilks.’   I am especially proud to have run for mayor, and extremely proud of Thirty Miles Of Corruption.com. and the 500,000 people who have tuned in to read and watch our work.

Art if you think we have the ability to change the face and course of this city by nearly attending City Council meetings on Tuesday’s, in my opinion that makes us the best gadflies in the history of Riverside.  The beauty is Art, I see my experience completely different than you do.  It’s all okay, that’s what I love about politics, we can all have opposing views.  As for my mayor’s race, I am very proud of the almost 3000 people that voted for me, that’s a lot of people.  For your information the reason my husband and I dropped out of the political scene after the mayor’s race is that our adult daughter had four strokes and we decided that she needed our full attention and we decided to bring her home and take care of her full time.

Now let’s discuss what your letter is really about, your love affair with former City Manager John Russo and your opinion that we ran him out of town, now that’s funny.  Well it is my opinion that Mr. Russo was bad for the City of Oakland, bad for the City of Alameda, bad for the City of Riverside and now really bad for the City of Irvine, check out the links below.  Apparently the City Council of Irvine is having buyer’s remorse.

VOICE OF OC: JANUARY 15, 2020 BY NOAH BIESIADA: EFFORTS TO DISCIPLINE/ FIRE IRVINE CITY MANAGER FAILS.

… and he certainly looks concerned, once again.

LIBERAL OC: JANUARY 13, 2020 BY DAN CHMIELEWSKI: IS IRVINE’S CITY MANAGER ON HIS WAY OUT?

It was always my understanding that Mr. Russo was selected as City Manager because the Council believed he could control Mayor Bailey better than any other city manager candidate.  As of your belief that CM John Russo found that the City had been BS’ing about their financial stability.  It was not Mr. Russo who discovered the financial shenanigans within the City of Riverside, it was me and my ‘ilks,’ and all this information could be found on Thirty miles of corruption.com   We found that the years before Mr. Russo was hired, the only thing that Mr. Russo did, was read thirtymilesofcorruption.com, collect all the documents, expose it and then verbalize our work to the public.

Now, as for your buddy former Riverside City Councilman Mike Soubirous.  When he was having a hard time at City Hall, he was supported by all of us, you can also read that on Thirty Miles.  Former City Manager John Russo, former City Councilman Paul Davis and former City Councilman Mike Soubirous made it the perfect trifecta situation against Mayor Rusty Bailey.  Russo in my opinion handpicked Paul and Mike so he could groom them, therefore helping Russo get away with his bad predatorial behavior.  It’s was John’s M.O. ( Modus Operandi ) in every city he worked at, to find the weakest links.  He has two council buddies in every city he worked at, even in Irvine.

Listen, thirtymilesofcorruption.com is my soapbox.  It’s my playground, and if you don’t like my whining, don’t tune in.  I can assure you there are a lot of people who do enjoy my whining.

One more thing, the decline in the stability of the City of Riverside did not start with me and my ilks, it started with former Mayor Ron Loveridge and former City Manager Brad Hudson, both of them getting our city in debt to the tune of billions of dollars.  The progressive decline over the years,  was uncovered by a group of dedicated citizens who were determined to figure out what the truth really was.

The decline in Riverside happen with executive staff with former City Manager Brad Hudson and former Assistant City Manager Tom DeSantis and their love interests at the time.  This effected staff and the moral of City Hall Staff.  Let’s not forget how many of the council spent hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars treating themselves to breakfast, lunch, dinner and expensive hotels on the taxpayer.  There was so much financial waste at that time.  John Russo may have reiterated the dire financial situation at the City of Riverside, but these findings were discovered by the brilliant gadflies, and the findings and documents were all posted to TMC.  Do your homework.

Now, I’m going to give you a piece of advice…. relax, take a hot shower and apply a little moisturizer, you will feel sooo much better.  I would advise Russo to do the same, as for the looks of him.  Thank-you for your comment….. Vivian

Here’s a comment from local Riverside Advocate Kevin Dawson on the Voice of OC from January 15, 2020:

“I think one of the techniques Russo employed when he was city manager in Riverside, was to work very hard at developing close personal relationships with different city council people. During the discussion of his contract, one councilman said he and his wife had developed a close friendship with “John” and his wife. And that in fact, they were going over to the Russo’s house that Friday for diner. Did this councilman recuse his self from voting on Russo’s contract? No. Another councilman implored his fellows to listen to their emotions. Listen to their emotions on this important financial instrument? His day job was as a financial advisor. I wonder how his clients would have like being told to use their emotions when deciding their finances.  I wouldn’t doubt the failure of the Irvine Council was due to improper relationships.”

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