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Electric Prop 26 Law Suit

Subject:  Press Release for Immediate Distribution – Lawsuit filed challenging City of Riverside Electric General Fund Transfer as a violation of Proposition 26

In a complaint filed yesterday in Riverside Superior Court, the Law Offices of Raychele B. Sterling brought allegations that the City of Riverside, through its ownership of Riverside Public Utilities (“RPU”), violated Proposition 26, approved by voters in 2010, when the City Council in December of 2013 changed the formula by which it calculates the tax generated from electric utility operating revenues (known as the General Fund Transfer), so as to increase taxes paid by its ratepayers to its general fund.  The complaint contends that the City Council changed the formula to pay off a settlement agreement involving the City’s water utility, and did so without a public vote as required by the State of California Constitution.

According to the filing, the City of Riverside violated its City Charter for a decade by transferring a portion of the monies it receives annually as part of its participation in the California Independent System Operator system, referred to as the Transmission Revenue Requirement, to its general fund instead of keeping those monies at its electric utility.  Further, the City classified the Transmission Revenue Requirement as non-operating revenues for a decade before intentionally misclassifying them as operating revenues for the sole purpose of extracting higher taxes from its electric utility customers.

The plaintiff seeks to halt the approximately $40 million/year the City collects in taxes from its electric ratepayers as part of its General Fund Transfer and to return the $115 million in transfer taxes taken the past 3 years from RPU.

“For years city officials have ignored near-constant complaints by members of the general public that Riverside Public Utilities has been overcharging its customers in order to support the City’s general fund,” Ms. Sterling said.  “Today, we begin to shine a light on the hidden taxes the City of Riverside has imposed upon its RPU’s customers – particularly the elderly, poor, and disabled – causing them considerable economic and personal hardship.  It was particularly sickening to discover that this illegal tax increase was a scheme devised by the City to avoid having its general fund pay off a settlement agreement regarding an illegal water utility tax.  These financial shell games must end.”

Established in 1895, Riverside Public Utilities is a consumer-owned water and electric utility governed by a Board of nine community volunteers that provides services to over 105,000 metered electric customers and 63,000 metered water customers throughout the City of Riverside.

The Law Offices of Raychele B. Sterling is located in Riverside, California and provides law services to victims of government fraud, abuse and corruption.

Again I believe we have a disconnect between the ratepayers and the City.  The City created a situation whereby no one had any other choice but to bring forward a lawsuit due to concerns of RPU monies, it seems this is the only way they listen.  We cannot wait another 13 years before our voices are heard.  What will Michael Colantuono have to say about this?

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MICHAEL COLANTUONO, ESQ.

Again, most of this occurred under the watchful eyes of former Public Utilities General Manager Dave Wright, who left (maybe saw the writing on the wall) to ‘sin city,’ Las Vegas, then to Los Angeles, where recently they have had there own set of embarrassing problems.

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DAVE WRIGHT, FORMER RPU GENERAL MANAGER

But, Wright came back to write a contributing editorial, titled “Riverside Water for Responsible Development,” back in 2014.  Was Wright simply worried that what was concealed would be exposed? Why was he so concerned about the Prosecutorial Issue of Measure A?

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And Don’t forget to VOTE for Vivian Moreno Mayor 2016…..She will definitely  keep everyone HONEST!

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S REGIONAL COUNTIES MOST, “NEGATIVE,” “RAUNCHY,” “LOW CLASS,” “VISIONS OF GRANDEUR,” “FULL OF B.S.,” “IGNORANT,” “MISGUIDED,” “BULLYISH,” “FILTHY,” “SICK,” “PERVERTED,” “DEFAMATORY,” “STUPID,” “PATHETIC,” “DESPICABLE,” “DISAPPOINTING,” “BELOW THE BELT,” “A NEW LOW,” “SHOCKING,” “OFFENSIVE,” “OBNOXIOUS,” “INAPPROPRIATE,” “HURTFUL,” “MEAN SPIRITED,” “DISTASTEFUL,” “EMBARRASSING,” HORIFFIC,” “SLANDEROUS” “FIT TO BE VIEWED FROM THE REAR” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!  YES WE ADMIT WE OUR ALL OF THAT AND MORE, WHICH IN CURRENT TERMS IS KNOWN AS “UNPOLITICALLY CORRECT.”  TEMPORARILY BLOCKED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE AT PUBLIC ACCESS SITES WITHIN THE CITY, THEN UNBLOCKED.  I GUESS YOU CANNOT DO THAT ACCORDING TO THE ACLU.  RATED ONE TWO ONE STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  … AGAIN, THANK YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!  CONTACT US:  thirtymilescorruption@hotmail.com

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CITY MANAGER RUSSO IS IN THE DRIVERS SEAT….HOW SAFE DO YOU FEEL?

Our Fugacious, City Manager Mr. Russo and Assistant City Manager Marianna wrote an editorial about the current state of  “Fiscal Reckoning”, in the City of Riverside. He was trying to defuse the message that the city is going down the path of bankruptcy.  I think Mr. Russo needs to leave the messaging to the professionals. His office is only making it worse and more obvious. You can read the full article on the Press Enterprise.

Who are the Perennial Critics or should I say who are the Truth Tellers. Me Vivian Moreno, Dvonne Pitruzzello, Raychelle Sterling, Jason Hunter, Kevin Dawson, Karen Wright, Marilyn Whitney, Aurora Chavez, Scott Simpson and my man Javier Moreno, we all work really hard and our motivation is to protect the underserved, disabled, elderly, and the  taxpayer/ ratepayer from bad decision making at city hall that will ultimately raise taxes and our utility bills.

Because I was referred to in this article I needed to answer or clarify the statements that were made. We took out all the fat or unnecessary verbiage and just left in the substance.

The city of Riverside has enjoyed financial success in the past decade, most notably through the on-time and on-budget delivery of the nearly $2 billion Riverside Renaissance capital improvement program. The city rode out the Great Recession with grace. By Borrowing or Stealing (depending who you ask) from Riverside Public Utilities, Water fund, Sewer fund, Electric fund, Workmans comp.fund, and the Rate Payer. Now, the city is in a “Fiscal Reckoning of this magnitude”, those are your words Mr. Russo not ours.

That success, however, was partially due to budgeting practices that are no longer sustainable. Whether it was borrowing from other funds to prop up the city’s General Fund. Why would the General fund have to be propped up? Our General fund cannot function without the propping up by Riverside Public Utilities…..REALLY BIG MISTAKE!

There is nothing ethically wrong with these practices, NO… IT”S JUST PLAIN STUPID, and they are certainly not illegal.  Depending on who you ask.  Indeed, many cities employ some variation of such budgeting practices, and Riverside could have continued doing so for many years without encountering serious financial difficulties.  Just like the city of Bell.

However, reliance on such practices is not sustainable over the long term, and goes against the principles of prudence and conservatism in municipal budgeting.  First you say we could have continued down this path for many years and now you say it’s unsustainable, WHAT? You sound like a crooked politician, maybe you should elaborate on (long term) and (many years).

The city’s new administration has spent several months working to institute the kind of fiscal discipline required to generate healthy and sustainable budgets well into the future.  This process has been difficult at times for everyone involved.  A $1 million surplus projected for fiscal year 2015-16 – built on the type of budgeting we should no longer allow – has morphed into a shortfall of about $8 million. This shortfall, if not corrected with sustainable ongoing measures, will result in a $10-12 million budget hole in fiscal year 2016-17.

While the projected deficit numbers may seem scary, they are not surprising – the city has had an expenditure problem for years. The very smart Perennial Critics recognized a expenditure problem years ago. The Council, over the last 10 years voted yes to all the expenditures. No one was listening to the very smart citizens who saw the writing on the wall. BUMMER!

All city departments will recommend cuts to the council, and, while it is management’s intent to minimize service reductions, those impacts are probably unavoidable in the face of a fiscal reckoning of this magnitude. Why? Because the only effective budgeting tool available to the council is service cuts; in California, most revenue increases require voter approval.  Are you going to cut the contracts for Government Entertainment? I can answer that NO! So let’s get this perfectly clear the Citizens have their services cut but we the citizens continue to pay for Government Entertainment. Most of the citizens of Riverside will never have the opportunity to afford to go to the Fox Theatre but they will still have to pay for it! We lose Police and Fire but we keep Rusty’s buddy.. Live Nation….REALLY! Is this because your band, Mr. Russo will be the ongoing featured act headlining at the FOX..It usually is self serving isn’t it!

Moreover, Riverside will now pass its budget within the context of a five-year financial plan.

This approach to municipal budgeting is bound to find more potential issues that demand attention.

As we hold ourselves to a higher budgetary standard, The real challenge John and Marianna is to wean the general fund off the RPU gravy train.

Unfortunately, some perennial critics of the city have confused the cure (early diagnosis of future budget challenges) with the disease (a negative imbalance between ongoing expenses and ongoing revenue). These folks have been frightening some Riversiders by proclaiming loudly that the city faces imminent bankruptcy. It’s amazing to me that we are labeled critics when all we ask for is the truth. When you make truthful statement like “Fiscal Reckoning, and while the projected deficit numbers may seem scary, they are not surprising,” these statements scare the folks. Even though you are in the driver seat Mr. Russo we will still demand the truth.

Let us state unequivocally that the city of Riverside is not going bankrupt; in fact, the city could have continued on its prior path for many years without suffering financial doom. But we believe that our standard should be higher than the very “low bar” of “just don’t go bankrupt.” We are committed to a rational budget in which ongoing revenue meets ongoing expenses, and long-term capital needs, like road repair and tree trimming, are properly covered.  Mr. Russo you cannot unequivocally state that the city is not going bankrupt. When you say the city need to be propped up. That sounds as dumb as Mike Gardner saying there were pots of gold.  We could not exist without the propping up of public utilities.

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You also state very clearly in this editorial that, budgeting practices are no longer sustainable, We are experiencing a Fiscal Reckoning of this magnitude, projected deficit numbers may seem scary, and Residents and business owners may hear things that make them uncomfortable, and perhaps even a bit nervous about Riverside’s financial health. You can lay it out any way you like but what the critics are absolutely sure about 100% is that the life line to the General Fund is Public Utilities. The General Fund needs to be propped up. This is a scary situation to be in. We are one legal challenge away from a disaster….. BANKRUPT! That’s the truth.

As Riverside moves through weeks of introducing, refining and, ultimately, approving a budget for fiscal years 2016-17 and 2017-18, there will be some bumps in the road. Residents and business owners may hear things that make them uncomfortable, and perhaps even a bit nervous about Riverside’s financial health.  Mr. Russo you can make your case to the public any way you like, but there will be no new rate increases or new taxes. I can assure you of that. BRING IT ON!

We encourage everyone in Riverside to attend the council’s budget hearings or go to EngageRiverside.com to let us know what you think and be a part of that solution. Together, we will ensure that our city’s great past will be honored by an even greater future built upon sound and secure finances. What a joke! sound and secure finances were built on the backs of the RATE payers, overcharging and bilking Riverside Public Utilities has been going on for over a decade. The City Council is responsible for this entire fiasco. THEY OWN IT! The Perennial Critics encourage everyone to attend.

John A. Russo is Riverside city manager; Marianna Marysheva-Martinez is assistant city manager.

NOW FOR A LITTLE MUSIC TO SOOTHE THE SAVAGE BEAST…

VOTE VIVIAN MORENO MAYOR 2016, DON’T FORGET THE DEBATE TOMORROW NIGHT APRIL 28TH AT THE STRATTON CENTER (7:00PM TO 8:30PM), BORDWELL PARK, 2008 MARTIN LUTHER KING BLVD., RIVERSIDE.

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S REGIONAL COUNTIES MOST, “NEGATIVE,” “RAUNCHY,” “LOW CLASS,” “VISIONS OF GRANDEUR,” “FULL OF B.S.,” “IGNORANT,” “MISGUIDED,” “BULLYISH,” “FILTHY,” “SICK,” “PERVERTED,” “DEFAMATORY,” “STUPID,” “PATHETIC,” “DESPICABLE,” “DISAPPOINTING,” “BELOW THE BELT,” “A NEW LOW,” “SHOCKING,” “OFFENSIVE,” “OBNOXIOUS,” “INAPPROPRIATE,” “HURTFUL,” “MEAN SPIRITED,” “DISTASTEFUL,” “EMBARRASSING,” HORIFFIC,” “SLANDEROUS” “FIT TO BE VIEWED FROM THE REAR” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!  YES WE ADMIT WE OUR ALL OF THAT AND MORE, WHICH IN CURRENT TERMS IS KNOWN AS “UNPOLITICALLY CORRECT.”  TEMPORARILY BLOCKED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE AT PUBLIC ACCESS SITES WITHIN THE CITY, THEN UNBLOCKED.  I GUESS YOU CANNOT DO THAT ACCORDING TO THE ACLU.  RATED ONE TWO ONE STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  … AGAIN, THANK YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!  CONTACT US:  thirtymilescorruption@hotmail.com

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Vivian Moreno confronts City Council on her prediction for the future of Riverside.

UPDATE: 04.25.2016: Budget Problems?… feeling good to be vindicated about ‘crying wolf’ over the budget for the past several years?  So why would this new City Manager Russo mention “perennial critics” who are “frightening folks” with the talk of bankruptcy?  But at the same time he is NOT providing any solutions aside from his straight across the board cut of 5% to every department…….so let’s roll the time clock back to the Tyisha Miller days of the police department…..does he realize that’s what got this city in trouble on that shooting?   I think he needs to be made aware that the rest of us were here and will be here after he leaves.

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Good job on transferring your crew from Oakland to the sleepy Southern California town of Riverside.  Wow! how did you do it? You even brought your band down under?

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THE KEY IS TEMPERATURE AND GOOD QUALITY CALVADOS..

I found this recent story released by the Press Enterprise to be quite amusing.  For the record, TMC, Vivian Moreno, Dvonne Pitruzzello, Mary Shelton and many others had been talking about the over spending at City Hall for years.  We started investigating when the Finance Department was under the direction of the accounting legend,  former CFO Paul Sundeen. The Master of Manipulating the books. He would come to city council to tell the council and mayor how great our credit rating was. We were so disgusted, we knew otherwise, all you had to do was read their documents and follow the money.  What is quite sidesplitting in the PE article is that some council members were puzzled by how the city went from a budget that appeared balance in June 2015, to a deficit estimated at $8 million in February 2016 (we believe the deficit is more like $19-25 million).  The response that hit the jugular was that one council member asked the question whether officials had manipulated the numbers.

But City Manager John Russo, stated in the PE that he thinks the problem in not malfeasance, but outdated systems of practices…well alrighty now, should his answer be taken at face value or seriously?  But he goes on to say, “I don’t think there was malicious intent there; I think the attitude was, ‘This is the way we’ve always done it.'”  He went on to say, “They won’t be doing it that way anymore.” Mr. Russo don’t we pay you to know?  Maybe we should hire another consultant to find out for sure?  OH, we can’t afford it!

I have to say that there is only one way which comes to accounting practices, and that is the right way, it’s called BEST PRACTICES.  But, I ask the question, as myself with a science background.  There are many statistical applications that can be utilized to receive a favorable or desired result.  Is this what happened?

What is more disparaging is that the City will not comment on the reasons for Mason’s departure, which leaves a bad taste in my mouth, because what they are doing is not being upfront with the facts and being transparent. I thought Mr. Russo was all about transparency?   We the taxpayer, the CEO, the Employer, needs to know what is going on with our company…our City!

Mr. Russo again sugar coats everything and will hold no one accountable for the misdeeds that occurred in our city.  He has so far found that the City officials did not follow policy in the City Attorneys Office or Finance Department.  Former City Attorney Greg Priamos paid his friends by issuing no contracts and therefore was no accountability.  Russo has now dismantled the Finance Department for what is believed,  as “cooking the books.”  Brent Mason, Michael Gomez and Scott Catlett are GONE!  I think Human Resources is next.  I’m sure all the Department heads are looking for new jobs.

Thirty Miles of Corruption started receiving the news of Brent’s departure about a month ago from an anonymous source who sometimes appears to be wholly inadequate…  Vivian Moreno was at the RRR neighborhood meeting March 7th, she asked John Russo very specifically if Brent Mason was leaving and are we headed for BANKRUPTCY?  He stated “He could not respond to personal issues, but the Finance Department is wholly inadequate for an organization I am in charge of.”   As far as the bankruptcy issue he would not really elaborate but basically said “no!”  Do I believe him? NO!

When Councilmember Mike Gardner states “There’s always this magic pot of gold that appears,” common sense will tell there is no pot of gold, there is no magic money, and there is no money tree. The Councilmembers were so stupid they actually believed there was a pot of gold?   Now you have Assistant City Manager Marianna stating the imbalances were disguised?  We do not live in the Emerald Green Land of OZ either.  We live in Riverside.  They were STEALING from Riverside Public Utilities.  The City always spent way more than what was budgeted.  It was a ticking time bomb..

THERE IS NO MAGIC MONEY….. why do I say that?  The City of Riverside magically found 10 million dollars to pay off our Prop 218 lawsuit.  The $10 million was to be paid from the General Fund back to the Water Fund.  The creative finance people seemingly found the money?  More pots of gold?  Or is this the straw that breaks the camels back.  I suggest all you really smart council people check to see how legal that was, to take the magic money the way you approved it.  Let me give you a very simple explanation, we tax retail, “YES!”  We tax wholesale, “NO!”  Council approved a wholesale tax… “STUPID!”  Again, there is no Magic Money…..there was no real payment from the general fund of $10 million.  You had electric pay water.  Let me explain that to you even easier. You had the Electric Ratepayer pay the Water Ratepayer.

Paul Davis stated they were ‘cooking the books’… Mike Gardner believes there was no wrong doing, Mike Gardner also believes in pots of gold… Who do you believe?  The Council is ultimately responsible for the disguising, cooking, and lying about the true financial position of the city.

City Manager John Russo stated the Finance Department was wholly inadequate.  Mr. Russo, we think Former Mayor Ron Loveridge, Cindy Roth, Brad Hudson, Scott Barber, Michael Beck, Paul Sundeen, Scott Catlett, Brent Mason, Tom Desantis, Belinda Graham, Deanna Larson, Mayor Rusty Bailey, Chris MacArthur, Mike Gardner, Steve Adams, Andy Melendrez, Paul Davis, Jim Perry, Nancy Hart, and all the special interest groups and citizens that supported and benefited from all the wild spending, were wholly inadequate and responsible for the current financial mess we are in.

Council member mike Gardner sums it up by stating ” The old way has hurt the city.”

The Old way hasn’t hurt the City Mr. Gardner….. The Mayor and Council did….. and you did!

UPDATE: 03.21.2016: CITY OF RIVERSIDE NAMES SCOTT MILLER NEW INTERIM FINANCE DIRECTOR.

UPDATE: 04.18.2016: FORMER CITY OF RIVERSIDE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER BRENT MASON CHOSEN TO BE CFO FOR THE CITY OF SAN BERNARDINO.

 

VOTE MORENO FOR RIVERSIDE MAYOR 2016!

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S REGIONAL COUNTIES MOST, “NEGATIVE,” “RAUNCHY,” “LOW CLASS,” “VISIONS OF GRANDEUR,” “FULL OF B.S.,” “IGNORANT,” “MISGUIDED,” “BULLYISH,” “FILTHY,” “SICK,” “PERVERTED,” “DEFAMATORY,” “STUPID,” “PATHETIC,” “DESPICABLE,” “DISAPPOINTING,” “BELOW THE BELT,” “A NEW LOW,” “SHOCKING,” “OFFENSIVE,” “OBNOXIOUS,” “INAPPROPRIATE,” “HURTFUL,” “MEAN SPIRITED,” “DISTASTEFUL,” “EMBARRASSING,” HORIFFIC,” “SLANDEROUS” “FIT TO BE VIEWED FROM THE REAR” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!  YES WE ADMIT WE OUR ALL OF THAT AND MORE, WHICH IN CURRENT TERMS IS KNOWN AS “UNPOLITICALLY CORRECT.”  TEMPORARILY BLOCKED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE AT PUBLIC ACCESS SITES WITHIN THE CITY, THEN UNBLOCKED.  I GUESS YOU CANNOT DO THAT ACCORDING TO THE ACLU.  RATED ONE TWO ONE STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  … AGAIN, THANK YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!  CONTACT US:  thirtymilescorruption@hotmail.com

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S REGIONAL COUNTIES MOST, “NEGATIVE,” “RAUNCHY,” “LOW CLASS,” “VISIONS OF GRANDEUR,” “FULL OF B.S.,” “IGNORANT,” “MISGUIDED,” “BULLYISH,” “FILTHY,” “SICK,” “PERVERTED,” “DEFAMATORY,” “STUPID,” “PATHETIC,” “DESPICABLE,” “DISAPPOINTING,” “BELOW THE BELT,” “A NEW LOW,” “SHOCKING,” “OFFENSIVE,” “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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RUSS HISSOM, PARTNER AT BAKER TILLY VIRCHOW KRAUSE LLP, THE AUDITOR THAT DID THE AUDIT WITHIN THE AUDIT, OF THE ALREADY AUDITED NORTHSIDE PROPERTIES, THAT I HAVE A FEELING, WILL BE AUDITED AGAIN…

Bringing the truth to the North Side…….Vote Vivian Moreno Mayor 2016…..

Riverside hires Russ Hissom, Partner at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP, to perform an audit (another outside auditor paid for by the ratepayer) of the Northside properties that the City, the Redevelopment Agency, and Public Utilities made a mess of.

This blog post examines the 5th or 6th audit (we think) conducted on the Northside properties that were once owned by our Water Fund; that were sold to the Redevelopment Agency, General Fund and Electric Funds; a portion of which were subsequently given to the General Fund; all financed by the Sewer and Electric Funds; and with one property sold back to the Water Fund.  Did you get all that?  We may have missed a transaction or 2.  These deals are to transparency what Miley Cyrus is to propriety…and both smell fishy.

About 2005, the City needed money and property to get into the full swing of Redevelopment and they had their eyes set on the Northside of Ward 1.  This was easy pickings:  apathetic Northside residents, surplus utility property, outsized utility reserves, and a staff all-too-ready to violate the law and City policy in the name of advancing their careers.  The endgame was simple: special interests and the City wins and the average taxpayer and ratepayer would be left looking for the license plate of the vehicle that hit them.

Today, we look at one piece of the Northside goulash: the former Riverside Golf Course.  The dialog starts in 2010 around the water cooler that we need a soccer stadium and it should be in the Northside, and the City just happens to have the “perfect” piece of property. Council Member Andy Melendrez started selling it to the community. Then, we get a new Community Development Director (CDD), Al Zalinka, who starts planning for a beautiful new soccer stadium with all the bells and whistles. The CDD spends about a year and a half putting this project together. Hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions, goes into planning, designing and developing this stadium.

Let’s set the stage: the City has selected 2 main development teams to bid for this project. The Council is ready to hear the proposals from both teams.  The Council Chamber is full that afternoon with developers, architects, contractors, money men, and probably a couple of other scoundrels. Every one of them is dressed in their Sunday Best. The “Big” names of Riverside elitists were sitting there: Yeager, Tavaglione, Rubin, Singletary, Hunt… all ready, willing, and able to cash in on the taxpayer, as in this PE Article on the Soccer Complex back in September 2012.

We had repeatedly advised the Council and the City that this deal could not and should not go forward. But nobody wanted to listen as our electeds were salivating over each other and their proposed plans for futbol-for-all was within arms reach. THEN……….EVERYTHING FELL APART RIGHT BEFORE THEIR EYES.  WE WERE RIGHT, THEY WERE WRONG! (neener-neener)  The charade was turning into a legal liability nightmare for the City,  the integrity of Al Zelinka was in question, and the Council looked foolish.  In the end, nothing was ever done with the property UNTIL….2013/14

So what happened?  We were at the meeting that afternoon because we knew the dirty little deal that was planned to go down and we were dialed in to the State Controller and Department of Finance if it did pass. Everyone in those Chambers that day were all blindsided when they found out that no deal could be made. NONE, NADA, NO-WAY, NO-HOW……The land, at that point, was not owned by the City and was tied up in the dissolution of Redevelopment. Everyone was upset. The selected teams of developers had huge money invested in drawings and plans for the development to present to the Council. The soccer stadium died a slow, painful, very public death that day. . . and now we have another audit.

BACK…TO THE FUTURE: the City hires Baker Tilly to do another audit of the Northside. An audit within an audit — that is what the accountants call it. Mr. Hissom from Baker Tilley starts his comments by saying this site has already been audited by many financial firms and they had been done appropriately by some very highly quality firms. BUT… They were more than happy to take this task on again and perform another audit. Their scope would be looking at 5 issues.
1. Was the property properly recorded under accounting principals and were the rules followed?
2. Were the transactions all approved by council?
3. Was the purchase price appropriately supported by documentation?
4. Did the deed stay with the city?
5 Were the transactions approved by the policy of the City?
The Three main points that I got out of this audit were that:
1. Maybe we need 10 more audits until someone is willing to just tell the citizens the truth and the real reason we got into this fine mess.
2. Riverside Public Utilities recorded this property under OPTIMAL accounting principals instead of Best Practices. So what does that mean? If you grade Optimal vs. Best, Best is an A grade and Optimal is barely passing with a C-.
3. There was no formal appraisal performed on some of the transactions – it was all done by comparing properties in close proximity, if they were done at all.

So did the highly paid, well trained accounting firm of Baker Tilly tell the truth and get to the bottom of this mess? Lets go back and answer their 5 questions as they did:
1. Was the property properly recorded under accounting principals and were the rules followed?
BARELY: These principles were followed under OPTIMAL practices as stated by Ms. Susan Cash, Chairwoman of Riverside Public Utilities Board and the auditing firm.
2. Were the transactions all approved by council?
YES
3. Was the purchase price appropriately supported by documentations?
NO, there were no appraisals in some cases as stated with great concern by Susan Cash, Chairwoman and Andrew Walker, Board Member.  In one instance an $8.5 million property sold from the Water Fund to the General Fund in 2005, was re-purchased for over $9 million by Water in 2009…as if the great real estate crash never occurred.
4. Did the deed stay with the City?
YES
5. Were the transactions approved by the policy of the City?

What’s very interesting here is that this transaction was not a City issue, it was a Public Utilities issue between Water, Sewer, and Electric. So to answer the question its Yes and No. It all depends on what Administrative Manual you are reading, the City’s or Public Utilities’? Auditor, Russ Hissom, stated he was hired by the City and the Administrative Manual appraisal information came from the City’s manual. Board Member Andrew Walcker had no idea that RPU had its own Admin. Manual, and Chair Cash was a little concerned about what she read about appraisals in the RPU manual.  We know one thing: the City did not follow the laws or policy of the Redevelopment Agency.

The question should have been stated like this: Were the transactions approved by the policy of the Riverside Public Utilities and the former Redevelopment agency? The answer to my question would be NO and NO. An audit is only as good as the information provided and in this case the information or the scope had no strength or substance and didn’t address the real issues of this property.
Based on the very weak questions posed to the auditor we end up with three Yes’s, two No’s and a one Barely, or a C-.  At the end of this very short presentation Russ Hissom couldn’t stop praising the City using the City Hall and California League of Cities talking points. He closed his comments by presenting Riverside Public Utilities with glowing praises, so as to deflect from the real problems with this property.

So, what did this audit accomplish? NOTHING!! After all the hoopla, this property is still in the hands of RDA or the Department of Finance and tied up in the City vs. Dept of Finance on appeal. Undoing this property may take years and more audits. As of today, the note on this property is NOT getting paid. So, the ratepayers are getting the shaft AGAIN. Also, the City Council has approved 1.5 million square feet of warehouse space in the North Side which, by the way, was the original plan. It was the vote of Mike Soubrious and Paul Davis that stopped the planned moratorium until a strategic plan was completed. Once Paul and Mike shut down the moratorium, the City couldn’t move fast enough to get those warehouses approved. The Vote passed unanimously. The Northside Saga Continues…….

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!  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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CODE ENFORCEMENT: CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.. 5 CODE EMPLOYEES GONE!……………………………………………………………….By Vivian Moreno

In a Press Enterprise story written January 7, 2016, A Sexual Harassment lawsuit filed against the City of Riverside, Gary Merk, Paul Hooper, Chris Pullen, Caleb Enriquez, and Matthew Ramos. Hold onto your wallets people, this is a really, really big one.

(If they treated their co-workers with contempt, how do you think they treated the public dealing with the code enforcement claims they executed?  That could be a whole other issue for the City).

Sexual Harassment has been a constant problem through out the City of Riverside.  A Multi-Million Dollar Sexual Harassment Lawsuit has been filed against the City of Riverside, Merk, Hooper, Pullen, Enriquez, and Ramos.  The Payee…… The Taxpayer

I have been warning the leadership of Riverside for years and no one was listening…..

This was investigated (if you want to call it that), by the City three times.  All the problems reported by these women continued even after the investigations.  I have to ask, “Who was this investigated by?”  Was it Brenda Dietrich?  Rhonda Strout ( we all know about Rhonda aka Luxury Girl)? or was it Greg Priamos’ office?  Maybe it was Priamos’ favorite investigator, former Riverside Police Officer and golfing buddy Jeff Colopy?  What a joke!  We all know Colopy was told well before he spoke with anyone how these investigation needed to turn out.  I think Priamos’ standard line was “We need a favorable outcome.”  They were never serious about taking care of staff.  They were only serious about harassing and retaliating against anyone who dared to complain.

Code enforcement Manager, Gary Merk, supervisors Paul Hooper and Curtis Pullen, and code Officers Caleb Enriquez and Matthew Ramos, mysteriously “no longer work for the City.”  They all probably received a Tom DeSantis special – Collect a fat check for months on administrative leave and jump over to the next unsuspecting City.  Just more recycled City trash.

So, you might be asking yourself, “Who knew this was going on and who continued to let it happen?” EVERYONE!!!!  Including: Ron Loveridge, Brad Hudson, Belinda Graham, Deanna Larson, Tom Desantis, Scott Barber, Lee MacDougal, The Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce, Cindy Roth, Mike Gardner, Andy Melendrez, Mike Soubrious, Paul Davis, Rusty Bailey, Chris MacArthur, Steve Adams, Nancy Hart, and Jim Perry just to name a few.  The Council knew that certain City Management was just a bunch of sexual predators.  You see, the culture of our alleged “leaders” is about covering up the problem instead of exposing it and correcting it so that it doesn’t happen again.  The leadership allows all these problems to fester and then blows up in their faces.  So, now we have yet another scandal.  A multi-million dollar one.

Who has to pay this multi-million dollar settlement?  You guessed it, the taxpayer!  So, open up your pockets and pay for all at City Hall to… GET OFF…. scott free… you voted for it!

You wonder why our streets and trees are unkempt and our main library looks like a dilapidated shack? Here’s why:  The GOOD OLE BOY FRAT CLUB located at your City Hall.  The culture welcomes sexual harassment and intimidation – retaliation of victims who attempt to follow the City’s own reporting protocol.  Who participated and who didn’t?  Just take a look at all the men and women that were promoted and not qualified for their jobs.  Everyone knows who really got screwed here – THE TAXPAYER.

The total cost of this claim to the TAX PAYER is probably about $4 to $5 million dollars.  The actual settlement will be about $2.5 to $3 million, PLUS all the outside legal costs.  Who know how high the cost is if you include the loss of productivity in the department.  Five Million dollars could have built a really nice library, probably fix all the potholes in the entire City and appropriately trim our neighborhood trees.  Kiss the money goodbye folks…..

Code Enforcement and the Police Department for years has been plagued with sexual harassment claims and settlements.  No one wanted to talk about this “TOUCHY” subject (pardon the pun) but me.  These problems in Code Enforcement were happening while former City Manager Scott Barber was the department head.  Scott Barber had his own indiscretions, if you know what I mean.  So, of course the then City Council rewarded him and promoted him to City Manager and we all know how that ended up.  In fact, many City Managers and Assistant City Managers participated in the GOOD OLE BOY FRAT CLUB.  They would take all the willing participants to conferences and then turn City business into “play dates” on the taxpayer’s dime.  Tom Desantis was always taking Bruni Macardo out to breakfast, lunch, and dinner DAILY.  Reiko Kerr and Gary Nolf (Riverside Public Utilities management staff) were always conveniently traveling at the same time.  What position do these women have now?  How fast did Belinda Graham climb the ladder of success and what has she cost the taxpayer for her incompetence and lack of qualifications?

I have been bringing the issue of sexual harassment up to the City Council for years.  All they did was try to discredit me. Again no one will be held accountable and it will all fall on the taxpayer’s back.  Well, I was right AGAIN.  That is what happens when you tell the TRUTH boys.  You should try it some time.

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

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

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

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

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

This only gets better………..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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