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IS THE SWORD OF DEMOCLES HANGING OVER THE CITY’S HEAD?

Vote No on Measure-Z folks!  Have you always believed that local Riverside Police and Fire had your back, and had your best interest at heart?  Not so, think again..  They have always thought of themselves before the taxpayer and TMC will prove that these so called Heroes, are really imposters of deception, disguised in sheep clothing, making you believe, you the taxpayer are of the utmost importance.  But not so, they will deceive to attain what they believe they are entitled to.  Your money, your hard earned money, and will continue to make you believe that it is well spent.  Not so folks, the reality is that your public servants are charlatan and  masters of deception when it comes to tax monies, and these opportunist should be exposed.  It is a sad case when your public servants care more about their entitlement pay, then servicing the public!

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Example One: Tim Strack, President of the Riverside City Firefighters Association (Fire Union) has set aside $100,000.00 to the campaign on Yes on Measure Z, to get this tax through so his firefighters will continue receive their high pensions.  But Strack is singing the same tune he did a couple of years ago when they lied about the No on Measure A campaign, and said we would lose important services in the community, and if Measure A didn’t pass we would have problems in service.  Well folks he lied, lying Tim continues to lie about Measure-Z.  This $100K started out as taxpayer monies when given as salaries to the firefighters, then give to the unions as dues, then the unions utilized it on issues that benefit themselves.  This is the “laundering” system in action.

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Example Two: Brian Smith, President of the Riverside Police Officers Association ( Police Union), attempted to ensure the audience at the Goeske Senior Center that “monies wouldn’t be squandered because the Police Association would be watching.”  Sure Brian, you weren’t watching when you were embezzled out of $350,000.00 of member dues as this CBS report explains.  Brian, are you going to tell the taxpayers that no officer in your association could read the books?  So guys, if you can’t protect your own back yard, how can you confidently protect the publics?

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Example Three: All non-profits that can’t make it on their own, and depend on “taxpayer welfare,” of course, are for Yes On Measure-Z.  This would be the notorious Raincross Group and the boldly infamous Riverside Chamber of Commerce.

THE FOLLOWING IS INFORMATION FROM THE “NO ON MEASURE-Z” CAMPAIGN:

By passing Measure-Z, the City of Riverside’s tax will double from the current 8% to 9%, becoming the biggest tax increase in our City’s history.  Also, remember as some of friends have told me, If I bought a high price item, as a new car, I’ll just buy it somewhere else where the sales tax is lower.  Not so, if you buy a car anywhere, you will still have to pay the Riverside tax, because the tax is tied to you home property address.

Secondly, the new tax gouges Riverside Taxpayers by inadvertently raising “five times” the amount needed to “balance the 2016 City budget.”  Measure-Z fleeces the taxpayer for $2 billion over 20 years.  We find this excess is purposely done, that continues to encourage the City of Riverside’s bad behavior of “wasteful spending.”  Measure-Z is a “regressive general tax.”  What this means is that your tax dollars will be spent on anything the elected officials dream up in the next two decades….without voter approval.

The best part for the City Establishment is that there is no specific taxpayer accountability written into Measure-Z.  This means that the City is not “obligated” to tell you how your money is spent!

Thirdly, Fine Print, Measure-Z tax monies can be “diverted” from “vital services” to:

  • Build a new City Hall, Trolley System (Remember the Brockton Bike Lane Bug-A-Boo) or expand the Riverside Convention Center.
  • Raise “salaries and benefits.”  Don’t you see Fire and Police salivating like Pavlov’s Dog?  Google “Salaries Riverside 2015 Transparent California.”
  • Pay down predominantly soaring Fire and Police Pension Debt. The City of Riverside are ‘horrible’ negotiators for the taxpayers.  Currently, for example, the City of Riverside has been paying the entire cost of employee pensions, $71,811.00.  Police and Fire pension average $108,173.00  Pretty incredible!  I have a Doctorate in Clinical Pharmacy from USC, a B.S. in Pre-Medical Sciences from Loyola Marymount, and an emphasis in Medical Bacteriology from California State University Los Angeles, and currently receive $12K in a pension per year…. go figure!

Again beware of “scare tactics” from the City of Riverside.  TMC has been told that the “financial condition” in the City of Riverside is “dire,”  but the City is “lying” again, as they did with Measure-A.  How are they lying?  Through their teeth, because “official budget documents” state there is “absolutely no financial trouble,” and the City Manager reports that “prudent belt-tightening” is enough to balance budgets and restore services.  Don’t Be Misled!

TMC has been dealing with this issue since we battled with the City with our Downtown Business in 2011.  What we have with the City is a “failure to communicate.”  What TMC has been stating for years is that “we do not have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem.”  Realistically, the City of Riverside is “rolling in doe,” therefore Measure-Z is not needed!  Tax Revenues are at an all time high and expected to keep on growing.  For example, Riverside Public Utilities provides a huge revenue source other cities don’t have …… $45 million from your Surplus Utility Rates which goes directly to the City of Riverside General Fund!

Fourthly, City Unions, which unfairly positions City Employees against the taxpayer.  The Fire Union under Tim Strack, pledges $100,000.00 to the Yes on Measure-Z campaign, in the hopes that Measure-Z passes, thus ensuring, bigger pay increases and higher pensions to the “rat bastards!”  Remember, these ‘public servants’ have betrayed us!  Back on August 16, 1937 President Franklin D. Roosevelt state this on “public sector unions.”

All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management. The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with Government employee organizations. The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives in Congress. Accordingly, administrative officials and employees alike are governed and guided, and in many instances restricted, by laws which establish policies, procedures, or rules in personnel matters.

Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of Government employees. Upon employees in the Federal service rests the obligation to serve the whole people, whose interests and welfare require orderliness and continuity in the conduct of Government activities. This obligation is paramount. Since their own services have to do with the functioning of the Government, a strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to prevent or obstruct the operations of Government until their demands are satisfied. Such action, looking toward the paralysis of Government by those who have sworn to support it, is unthinkable and intolerable. It is, therefore, with a feeling of gratification that I have noted in the constitution of the National Federation of Federal Employees the provision that “under no circumstances shall this Federation engage in or support strikes against the United States Government.”

Fifthly, a “Yes on Measure-Z” vote will absolutely hurt families and seniors on fixed incomes.  The City of Riverside’s median household income is $56,000.00  This amount has yet to recover from “pre-recessions highs,” thus causing financial uncertainty for families.  Taking it a step further, Retirees Social Security household income averages $16,000.00

Sixthly, If Measure-Z passes, a single consumer will pay $250.00 dollars more in addition to the $2000.00 in taxes for the cost of a $25,000.00 vehicle!

Seventhly, Verify the Facts, go to the City of Riverside website  www.riversideca.gov/measurez    You will find two videos that should be watched on why the City would like to vote Yes on Measure-Z, there is also a Q & A on Yes on Measure-Z, a report on Budget Facts, City Manager John Russo’s letter in For Year 2016-2018 Biennial Budget.  Is Russo thinking that he should have retired and just have bought that pizza joint in the Bronx?

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In that same area we have the impartial analysis of Measure-Z and City Council Agenda Item #37.

MEASURE-Z NEWS LINKS:

09.16.2016: PRESS ENTERPRISE: RIVERSIDE LEADERS, RESIDENTS TAKE SIDES ON TAX ISSUE.

09.23.2016: PRESS ENTERPRISE: CITIES BAILING OUT PENSIONS WITH TAX HIKES.

09.26.2016: PRESS ENTERPRISE: RIVERSIDE HOLDS MEETINGS ON MEASURE Z.

No on Measure-Z endorsed by former Riverside County District Attorney, Grover Trask.  Former City of Riverside Chief Financial Officer Paul Sundeen, Former Council Member and County Supervisor Bob Buster.  Dr. Sharon B. Mateja, Dentist; Kevin Dawson, homeowner/taxapayer; Susana Hernandez, Alford School District Retired; The Lincoln Club of Riverside County.

DONATE: Come On Folks, Help and Support No On Measure-Z by donating to the following links:

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  3. FACEBOOK NO ON MEASURE-Z RIVERSIDE

Or simply make checks payable to and mail to:

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BOB BUSTER, TREASURER, 7401 DUFFERIN AVENUE, RIVERSIDE, CA, 92504, 951-780-4749

VOTE NO ON MEASURE-Z

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

The Raincross Group goes to all this effort to put this debate together, inconjunction with Charter Communications and the Press Enterprise, and hides the video.  We are told by a commenter that Charter Communications is airing it on their channel, and is also on their youtube site.  To this day, the video is still not on Raincross site.  The Press Enterprise was also supporting entity in this event, no report has yet to be posted in the press as to this event.  Have they, the PE, already made their decision of who to endorse?

As of Election Day June 7th, 2016, The Raincross Group has yet to post the Charter Communications/ Raincross Group/ Press Enterprise 2016 Mayoral Debates conducted May 3rd, 2016.  Further, the Press Enterprise has yet to post the debates, even though they were a Sponsor!  We believe at TMC, that this debate showed the incumbent Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey in his true colors, not in a leadership best.  What the community is saying, not a “leader at all.”  Therefore, what we have is an embarrassment to these sponsors, and their week attempt to protect “local establishment politics.”

First there is a short introduction by the President of the Raincross Group, Gary Christmas. Then the candidates are introduced by Charter’s Brad Pomerance.

Part 2: The first question to the 2016 Mayoral Candidates by Brad Promerance. “If you were to win the election, what top three priorities would you do as Mayor?” Transparency was also theme in this part of the debate. Question as follows referring transparency in City government: “In what way has there been a of transparency over the last four years?” All gave responses to this pertinent question.

In Part 3: The first single question was directed toward incumbent Mayor Bailey. “What do you consider your main accomplishment as Mayor, and is there anything you would change in the second term?”  The question for the remaining candidates was as follows. “If elected Mayor, what would you do differently?”  The investigation of Councilman Paul Davis and Mike Soubirous was brought to the forefront.  A bit of a cat fight pursued between Davis and Bailey regarding that issue.  A must watch!

Part 4: The question in this part was as follows:  Riverside’s Mayor has very little political or policy making powers, but can be influential in other ways.  What is your leadership style, and how would you use it to achieve your goals for the City?   The question of “dark fiber” came to the forefront by Vivian Moreno.  If this ‘dark fiber’ is being paid for by Public Utilities for the good of a few businesses, the legality of this was brought forward.  Bailey doesn’t appear to understand why installing ‘dark fiber’ with RPU monies would be violation.  He nonchalantly describes, “that the pattern of suing the City will continue..”  But why Mayor Bailey?  The $115 Public Utilities law suit was also discussed, Mayor Bailey attacks Davis and blames the initiation of the suit on the Davis Camp.  Not so true, not the Davis camp at all.  Incidentally, Davis states that he is in support of this lawsuit. A must see!

Part 5: Riverside’s Mayor has very little political or policy making powers, but can be influential in other ways.  What is your leadership style, and how would you use it to achieve your goals for the City?  This was posed to Mayoral Candidate Sally Martinez and Councilman Paul Davis.  The $115 million Public Utilities law suit was questioned by Brad Pomerance.  Was it lawful as to allegations made with reference to the proper transfer of monies to the General Fund as otherwise indicated in the lawsuit.  Mayoral Candidate Vivian Moreno states, “If the people here on this panel do not understand the laws that are set in place, Prop 26 and Prop 218, they shouldn’t be running for Mayor.  A must see!

Part 6: The question posed to the candidates this time was reference to the lack of diversity on City Council, Boards and Commisions.  If Mayor what would you do broaden the city’s outreach to diverse communities and get more residents involved with civic affairs?  The question on Measure B, increasing the salary for Council members was also posed to the candidates.

Part 7: The question posed to the candidates as follows:  “What specific steps would you take to bridge the city’s multi million dollar budget deficit?”  and “Would you include a proposal by the City Manager (John Russo) to increase the sales tax?”  Mayor Bailey accused Davis of voting for every city budget, was corrected by Davis, on record, that he did not.

Part 8: The question of the Billion Dollar Trolley system was posed to the candidates.  Five million of taxpayers monies was currently spent just studying the idea.  Bailey flip-flops and is not for it now, and discounts the billion dollar cost.  Then there was yes-no lightening round questions.  “Do you believe that the Riverside’s Renaissance was a mistake?”  “What is your position on Measure A, the prosecutorial initiative?”  Davis hammers Bailey on why he did not veto Measure A.  A must see!  Last question, “Would you use the Mayor’s veto power?”

Last, but not least, closing statements by all Mayoral Candidates.

Don’t Forget to Vote Vivian Moreno
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For Riverside Mayor this June 2016!

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

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The RAINCROSS Group Debate, Why won’t they air the debate video……. Because Vivian Moreno was the breakout candidate and Paul Davis was the aggressor…and their golden boy, Bailey, well……. 

The RAINCROSS Group’s golden boy, Mayor William Rusty Bailey, LOST the 2016 Charter Debate and now they are refusing to air it because of his failed performance.  I had a front row seat, Paul Davis took the right jab for the one-two comb punch then I took the straight-shot right to the truth.  

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Who are the people that call themselves the RAINCROSS Group?

RAINCROSS Group Mission Statement:  Behind every great city is a team of leaders that executes the vision and many followers who support the leader’s work. RAINCROSS strives to address the accountability mechanisms that make sure the leadership is on the right course. Our organizations strive to offer sound strategic support and oversight to keep our city on the right path.  Governance, which includes recruiting and development of new leaders on boards and commissions, monitoring systems and signaling mechanisms of transparency, and identifying critical quality of life to sustain higher standard of living.  Focusing on good governance ensures the success of leadership visions and the long term success of Riverside.

Listen I have watched this group lie, control, and try to manipulate the message of our corrupt government.  They have been in the drivers seat for the last 25 years, well then, they drove us right off the fiscal cliff.  We are in the worst fiscal condition in the history of Riverside, and according to their statement these people claim to have put us there.  This group is comprised of only those who claim to be the leaders, and those who are their followers. To belong to this group, you have to be invited.  People who think like this, is exactly what is wrong with this city.

I was looking forward to this debate because my message was the message that would expose the leadership of the RAINCROSS Group to the real truth about the city.  I knew that their elitist mentality couldn’t handle it.  It was going to be fun! Tuesday morning May 3rd I woke up early to get prepared for the debate at Charter Communication. This was the debate that was sponsored by the RAINCROSS Group, Charter Communications and the Press Enterprise.  I was ready and excited to attend. This debate would be televised in order to have a good account of the 2016 Mayorial candidates. We were all told to be there at 9 A.M. The debate started at 10 A.M.  I was there early and was ready to go.  I was greeted by some members of the RAINCROSS Group, Charter staff, and a Greater Riverside Chamber Staff member.  We were all instructed to wait in a conference room where they had a lovely breakfast spread.  Paul, Sally, Nancy, and myself were there on time. We all enjoyed pleasantries prior to the debate. There was no Bailey. His entourage gets there 15 minutes before we start, and he finally strolls in 10 minutes before the main event.

I have to ask, was Bailey’s staff there on City time campaigning for him?  Paul Davis’ staff was not there.  I asked about it later, and Paul’s camp said they were on city time, and it would appear to be a conflict if they attended the debate.  Again there are two sets of rules for Bailey and all others, and in his life he needs an entourage.

The actual debate started at about 10:20 A.M., we are on.  I was a bit nervous, but I knew the facts and issues surrounding the city really well, so I was ready to take on Paul and Rusty. When we were all finished, I was satisfied with my performance, as I’m sure Mr. Davis was with his. After the actual filming was done, moderator Brad Pomerance acknowledged each candidate.  Sally was first, he said “ Good Job,” then Paul, he said “ Good Job,” then Rusty, he winked at Rusty, then said  “Good job,” then it was Nancy, he said “ Good Job.”……. Now I am waiting for my hand shake and “Good Job,” instead!!!!!! Mr. Pomerance grabs my hand and stated very loudly for all to hear, “I like you, I really like you.”…. I WON!

Following the debate, I left after all was finished.  It was told to me later that Mr. Pomerance entered the room, and made a comment to the guests that were still there, that he was surprised with the performance of Vivian Moreno. The story goes that Gary Christmas from the RAINCROSS group mumbles something and then brushes me off…. OK Mr. Christmas, I brushed you and your RAINCROSS Group off a long time ago when you were the Measure A (the water measure) lying spokes person for your so called civic minded group.

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The Candidates were all told that the debate video would start airing Monday, May 9th.  After the 9th there was no airing, I e-mailed Brad Pomerance and he stated it would air Wednesday or Thursday of that week. Those days past, still no video! Today is Sunday May 15th, still  No Video Airing…..

Not airing this debate is offensive to the voters of Riverside and to all the candidates who participated in this forum. The RAINCROSS Group is part of the Special Interest problem in this city. Just look at their membership. This clearly demonstrates that they are trying to suppress and control the message, again. This debate was sponsored by the RAINCROSS Group, Charter Communications and the Press Enterprise.  Are they all involved in suppressing this message?

Just a quick note: Thirty Miles believes that Bailey will be running for John Tavaglione’s County Board of Supervisors seat in two years. Bailey is a career politician, Riversiders need to put him out of his misery.  VOTE ANYBODY BUT BAILEY!

What is also interesting is that Mayoral Candidate Vivian Moreno has a Mayoral Facebook site; but only Davis, Bailey and Melendez were listed as linked.

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Just for the record, Paul and Bailey, Do you know who is taking the “Vivian Moreno for Mayor” signs and replacing them with yours?  This is what the sign looks like.
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Don’t Forget to Vote Vivian Moreno for Riverside Mayor 2016!

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

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CROOKED..Rusty Bailey is the worst possible decision for the Taxpayers and Ratepayers of the City of Riverside.  We have already had  four years of unscrupulous behavior coming out of the mayors office. He and his cronies will try to purchase the office of Mayor so they can continue down the path of LYING , CHEATING and STEALING from the Ratepayers. Rusty Bailey’s so called  God Like Behavior has cost the taxpayer Millions in Lawsuits… PAUL DAVIS-MIKE SOUBIROUS-VALMOUNT GRAHAM.  Back in 2012 Mayor Bailey was blamed for diffusing a promotion of a Black RPD Police Officer by the name of Valmont Graham all because in reality he is nothing more than a spoiled brat, and if he doesn’t get his way, or someone tries to correct him, he will go after their integrity or try to get them fired.  His montra is Divide and TRY to Conquer.  It always backfires and ends up costing the taxpayer millions and he ends up looking like an ass.

He instigated the “investigation” of  Paul and Mike, an action that could have cost the city millions if they had each pursued more than their attorneys fees to clear their names. Bailey’s actions showed that his true intent was to try to remove Davis and Soubirous from office by slandering their names.  Then we see this, Councilman Mike Soubirous now endorsing Mayoral incumbent Rusty Bailey?  WHAAAAT??? How should the taxpayers read into this?  Politics as usual or an agreement in lieu of the debacle?

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But to be fair, there are two side of this story.  As TMC is told, Councilman Mike Soubirous, was willing to move forward, even with all that he had been through.  He endorsed Bailey in an effort to show the community that he was able to amend broken bridges.  Prior to this, he asked Paul Davis if he was running for the Mayor’s office.  He stated he wasn’t.  At the last minute, when Davis decided to run, Davis asked Soubirous for his endorsement, but he was already obligated to Bailey.

And having a citizen arrested for clapping in the City Hall chambers, the total tab for that exceeds $250,000 this includes the settlements and plaintiffs attorneys fees. Yep,,,he’s done a bang up job (for the millions he’s  wasted in taxpayers monies)… Time for a Change…

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The above document has been received by all candidates, which states City logos, emblems, insignias etc. cannot be used for political purposes.  Bailey’s Campaign Consultant Matt Rexroad, attempted to diffuse the seriousness of this action in the current Press Enterprise article by Alicia Robinson.  He states it’s common for candidates to use pictures with police in campaign fliers. Rexroad said he got the photo of Diaz with Bailey from Facebook, though he couldn’t recall whose page. He blurred or obscured the chief’s badge and city patch.  “If you look around you’ll see lots of campaign mailers with (pictures like) that on it,” he said.

Rexroad is from the Sacramento firm of Meridian Pacific and has over 20 years experience in politics, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California as well as a Juris Doctor from McGeorge School of Law. He is an active member of the California State Bar (and we know what a corrupt entity that is according to the response of the Greg Primos situation).  Mr. Rexroad was also County Supervisor for the Yolo, California.  During that time Mr. Rexroad’s name came up in a FCCP violation which was called by FCCP, a “money laundering operation.”  So I certainly do not buy the fact that the Bailey Camp, especially Mr. Rexroad,  is unaware of the rules and laws of which surround campaigning.

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Bailey knows the rules, but continues to break them.  He’s been down this road many times.  A seasoned politician who has entered into another predicament, not a First Amendments Right’s issue as before, but a campaign issue.  This time he knowingly used a photograph of Chief Sergio Diaz and himself in a campaign mailer.  In doing so generated a FPPC violation and an ethics complaint.  Diaz when notified initiated the following press release in response..  If these are the professional campaign consultants Rusty hired, they should be fired.  What another fine mess Mr. Bailey got himself into.

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Police are the employees of the public not the politician, therefore, inappropriate.  This would give the impression that Chief Law Enforcement Public Servant would be more likely to serve the politician rather than the public he has taken a sworn oath to uphold.

This same issue came up with the Councilman John Burnard campaign. Whereby he took a picture in front an RPD Police vehicle, which you can see, that the RPD Insignia had to be erased.  The second shows the City Emblem, which is illegal as all hell, which had to be removed from the site at the time he was running.  For fairness, both these images were immediately corrected by the Burnard Camp.  For the record, both these instances give the public a perception which may give an advantage to one politician, as oppose to another.  Burnard was new to the political game, but Bailey has family roots into this game, and should have known better. Thirty Miles does believe that Mr. Burnard will never do this again.

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Bailey is not one to care about how he intends to procure the position of the Mayor of Riverside.  When he ran back in 2012, he utilized TMC’s photographical property to use in a campaign mailer.  He never asked us for permission to use the photograph, or even offered to TMC the customary $5,000 license fee.  The first photograph shows the original taken by Thirty Miles staff photographer, the second shows the original Bailey campaign mailer, the third was TMC’s parody of his original campaign mailer done by one of our underpaid crack photo shop experts, who also free lances as TMC ‘ghost writer.’

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There are two sets of campaign rules, one for Bailey, and one for everybody else.  The last time Bailey ran for Mayor he also made a complaint to Diaz himself, with reference to his  Adkison’s campaign mailer, accusing him of using City resources.  This is the same thing that he is a being accused of.  Diaz, in this Gumport interview, on line 21, states he received a complaint from a member of the public.  That member of the public was sourced to have come from the Bailey campaign camp.

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OUR  ‘ghost writer’ also brought to the  attention of TMC that during the last campaign ‘LYING  Paul Davis’ supported and endorsed our dear CROOKED Mayor Rusty Bailey.  Councilman Paul Davis states:

“We know Rusty will do his best for Riverside, not the special interest.  His plan for job creation is just what the City needs now.”   – Paul Davis, Ward 4 Councilmember and Small Businessman.

Paul, did you believe all this, or was this a quid pro quo? Politics as usual in River City.

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What was the change of events that made you decide otherwise Paul?..  Mayor Bailey stated in his campaign that he would not be a part of the “status quo.”  IS HE A LIAR?  You decide, here is the evidence.. “Bailey is the Independent Voice for Riverside.” Really who believes that? bailey

IS HE ‘STATUS QUO? ” THE VERY ELEMENT HE CAMPAIGNED AGAINST? HE’S CERTAINLY NOT CHALLENGING STATUS QUO AS HE INDICATED IN HIS CAMPAIGN
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In the Email fiasco back in 2012, it was alleged that Bailey used emails considered State of California property to send campaign materials.  According to the California State Constitution Government Code 8314 (a) states, “It shall be unlawful for any state officer, appointee, employee or consultant to permit others to use state resources for campaign activity, or personal or other purpose not authorized by law”.  According to an article in the Press Enterprise, by Dan Bernstein, Bailey used Riverside Unified School Districts email addresses to send campaign literature regarding his mayoral candidacy.  Work emails are considered State property and not to be used for campaign activity.  According to the Kathy Allavie, he was exercising his free speech right.  Yes that is true, but utilizing the tools of public property for personal gain can be considered a violation of the State Constitution.  Or does anyone remember the use of “cold plates” on City vehicles driven by councilmembers back in 2010 as reported by the Press Enterprise?
 
Just for the record, Paul and Bailey, Do you know who is taking the “Vivian Moreno for Mayor” signs and replacing them with yours?  This is what the sign looks like.
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Don’t Forget to Vote Vivian 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

Six years ago small business owner Vivian Moreno ran into a little problem with the City. Today she’s one of Riverside’s most knowledgable residents when it comes to the workings of City Hall. She’s also running for Mayor. Vivian took time from campaigning to talk to Ralph over coffee about her odyssey of citizen awareness and how these experiences have shaped her contentious candidacy. 2016 is turning out to be an unconventional political year. Riverside’s getting its own showcase in the Mayor’s race with two boisterous (and radically different) challengers to Rusty Bailey’s incumbency. Good stuff here…get your own cup going and settle in for a provocative episode…   – Ralph from 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!  … AGAIN, THANK YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!  CONTACT US:  thirtymilescorruption@hotmail.com

Mayoral Candidate Vivian Moreno has a Come to Jesus meeting with the council… Council is in complete denial of the City’s true economic condition, and may not have farthing of what is really going on.  Private Sector businesses must make cuts all the time, a 10% cut across the board would be nothing, a 20% cut may take a little thinking.   The decisions our leadership has made over the last ten years has brought us to this stage in the game.  Further, I do not believe that the Council and Mayor actually know how much tougher it will be in the coming years.  The easy thing to do is raise taxes, but tax payers have already had their pockets emptied out.  The Public Sector should act as the Private Sector.   The Private Sector does not have an incidental source of reliable revenue such as taxes, they must bite the bullet, the City will now have to do the same.

Will the residents bite the bullet for the pain of higher taxes?

Let’s not forget the City was hit with a $115 million dollar General Fund/ Prop 26 law suit, and will also have to be settling a $5 million dollar sexual harassment law suit, and there will be more.  Taxpayers are tired of all the waste, fraud and abuse.

They will cut your services, before they will cut employees.  They will make you feel the pain of ‘no services’ then come back and tell you that we need to ‘raise taxes.’  You will be in so much pain you will just say ‘uncle,’ for sweet relief.  The City will ask you to “bite the bullet” to help soothe your pain of higher taxes, because they screwed up over the years.  The City needs to stop using RPU as their personal piggy bank, there are more law suits on the way.

I can assure the readers of the Press Enterprise that the $115+ million lawsuit filed against the City for extracting illegal taxes out of RPU ratepayers did NOT originate from the Davis’ camp, as Bailey stated.  I can also assure ratepayers that the days of this City overcharging them to play all sorts of shell games involving illegal taxes disguised as utility fees are coming to an end. My hunch is, there will be MANY more lawsuits coming in the upcoming years, and folks will begin to realize the extent to which City Hall electeds and appointeds have been abusing them for years…and they will be mad as hell. Hopefully, finally mad enough to throw the bums out.   – Jason Hunter

OT and Other Pay should be looked into in Police and Fire, this would never occur to this degree in the private sector, these number our off the charts.  We would actually be able to hire more police if this was cut.

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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!  CONTACT US:  thirtymilescorruption@hotmail.com

 

THIRTY MILES OF CORRUPTION WANTS TO THANK THE FIRST THOUSAND PEOPLE TO HIT THIS ARTICLE BY 11:00 A.M.!

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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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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!

UPDATE: 05.02.2016: HUMAN RESOURCES BRENDA DIEDRICHS LEAVES THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE, TO BE RECYLED TRASH AT A NEW JOB IN ORANGE COUNTY.

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Will the City Attorney’s Office Audit show that her law firm, Law Offices of Brenda Diedrichs,  was paid indiscriminately with tax payer monies, due the fact there was no contract? While working as Human Resource Director?  This while on Councilman Davis’s and Mayor Bailey’s watch.  Which were told, but did nothing…

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What is really telling is that Senator Roth’s Law Firm is on this Audit, whom did legal work for the City.  His wife, Cindy Roth, Riverside Chamber of Commerce, was taking taxpayer handouts to keep her organization afloat.  The question, if you need hand outs to sustain your business in the form of taxpayer subsidies, are you a good business?  The rest of us, true entrepreneurs or business people, must make it within the free market by our own perserverance or just dissolve.

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?

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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.

According to RivPublic, anonymous contributor to Thirty Miles of Corruption, “And about Russo, the man rocks! Can play the electric guitar and keyboard (and kinda sing??). Maybe he could pull a rabbit out of his hat and find some $$$$ too!”

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