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The Three-Zero Club: Big Momma Cradling Her Two Boys….

BREAKING UPDATE: 01.12.2018: PRESS ENTERPRISE: COUNCILWOMAN VICTORIA BACA FACES SECOND RECALL ATTEMPT: RECALL PAPERS SERVED 01.09.2018: The uncorroborated underground dark rumor is that Councilman David Marquez, Councilman Jeffrey Giba, former Councilwoman Delores LaDonna Jempson and former Councilman George E. Price are allegedly some of the few behind the recall effort.

I guess the story starts here at conception, but was the notion of the children a last minute decision, or a quick romp of nefarious ideas in the back of a 57 Chevy?  Collusion, schemes and dirty deals has plagued the City of Moreno Valley for decades as residents have seen.  The above three seemingly were meant to be, but are the obvious example of lobbying, scandals and corruption associated with political campaign contributions.

That said, this story is not only about the three bumbling idiots in charge,  but the recent firing of Ciy Manager Michelle Dawson and the hiring of Tom DeSantis as new City Manager.  TMC said it first when Vivian Moreno suggested many times that City Manager Michelle Dawson should have been fired years ago for her apparent lack of direction to Council, as indicated by her long track record of nothing.

This is our opinion on the situation:

1.)  Either Michele Dawson had enough and could no longer keep up with the job and wanted out. We also believe that she was in on the deal/bribe to have herself fired.

2.)  OR….. Assistant City Manager Tom Desantis stabbed her in the back and stole her job. He has been shopping around for a City Managers job for years now. No one would hire him!

3.) OR……The fix was in by the collusion of all; Baca, Gutierrez, Cabrera, DeSantis and Dawson.  DeSantis will do what it takes and it may suit Baca’s style, with her two whipping boys in her hip pocket.  Dawson is an anomaly, caught up in a job whereby her qualifications were much to be desired.  The fact remains that DeSantis has been running the show behind the scenes.  DeSantis many times took the podium over Dawson at Council, driving the question as to “Who is really running the store?”  Was it time for Dawson to move on?  With her contract up next year in 2018, why didn’t they allow that contract to expire, let her go before this years ending and pay the rest of the contract?  Instead they renewed her contract in September 2017 till 2020.  So Dawson is terminated, prior to having her contract renewed and prior to receiving favorable work related reviews.  Was this calculated?  Was this in the fix as a gift to keep the silence, and of course, with taxpayer monies?  Now the two threesome, Baca, Gutierrez, Cabrera and DeSantis, Benzeevi, Villaraigosa?  Of course, in reality sense, you all no this wouldn’t happen, but was it their intention? Was it Baca’s intention?

But where does this all stem from?  Back in March 2008, Baca tells The Press-Enterprises it isn’t fair that Moreno Valley city officials are considering accommodating developers by allowing warehouses in an area where schools are planned. The projects include Highland Fairview’s Skecher’s warehouse. “Who would want schools around warehouses that pollute the area with exhaust, traffic and who knows what else?”  Between the years of 2008 and 2009 Baca interestingly enough reports income earned by her and her husband from work as consultants for Highland Fairview, a company owned by developer Ido Benzeevi.  Remarkably, her tune changes January 2009: Baca voices support for the Skechers project before the city Planning Commission, saying it would bring needed jobs: “The children of Moreno Valley deserve to have companies like Skechers come to Moreno Valley.”  June and July 2010: Baca attends closed-door school meetings to discuss Highland Fairview’s request for $500,000 credit toward developer fees.  Yep, for Baca, it’s always about the children.  August, September and October 2010 Baca’s unsuccessful school board re-election campaign receives $14,690.71 in donations, goods and services from the Moreno Valley Taxpayers Association, whose principal backer is Highland Fairview.  November 2012: Baca is elected to the Moreno Valley City Council.  She receives a $2,000 campaign donation from Highland Fairview.  She was then recalled in 2014, and then came back in November 2016 with her boy Gutierrez with huge monies behind them, mainly from one developer.  Incidentally, Baca received $150,000.00 from Highland Fairview to fight the recall effort.  Cabrera, a 22 year old from Texas, suddenly appeared into the picture June 2017, with muncho dinero from that same developer Ido Benzeevi.  He also seems to enjoy doing things without his shirt off; beside getting into a little trouble with perjury, the District Attorney’s Office and California Form 700.

Baca a prior campaign manager and supporter of former Mayor Jesse Molina later to do an about-turn.  The question then became as to why Council Woman Baca turned the other cheek on former Mayor Jesse Molina when he was making strides on challenging issues that effected the community and concerns which infected Moreno Valley’s City Hall government?  Was it jealously?  Was it simply because he was resolving issues in the community that should have resolved years ago?  Or was it that he allowed Vivian Moreno to come into the picture?   Was Tom and Victoria behind this union debacle attempting to shake down Mayor Jesse Molina to dump administrative volunteer Vivian Moreno?  We did our own story on this issue and found some interesting facts in the relationship of this Union with the City Manager Office.  The letter sent to then Mayor Jesse Molina wasn’t even signed!  No one in the City Managers office had the guts to, or did they know anything about it.  This was eye catching and revealing in this October 11, 2017 Thirty Miles Posting.

The citizens of Moreno Valley always seem to get the raw end of the deal, paying over inflated salaries to under qualified City Managers. But the City Manager job  wasn’t a bad gig for ‘dog catcher,’ Dawson.

The apparent corruption in MoVal appears to be getting more difficult to cover up.  The city has been taken over by special influential interests that are undermining the true political process of the people, (IDDO).  We see this with Councilwoman Victoria Baca’s inherent position in dismantling the ‘Sunshine Act.‘  You can’t control your agenda if you have to be transparent.  There is a reason why Baca would like to do away with allowing the people of Moreno Valley to see council agendas and policies 12 days in advance, as to oppose to 72 hours.  It will now take a council majority vote, which would be the Three Amigos, in order for items to placed on the agenda.  The pattern arises as to why anyone who so called represents people would want to be less transparent, What our they hiding?  What will they receive in return?  Bottom line how can anything get done with transparency!

Former Councilman Jesse Molina, who had called for the change to the Sunshine Act, said he’s disappointed to hear that it could end.  “They will probably reverse everything that was accomplished,” he said.

It didn’t stop there, one rule required council members to report contributions of more than $500 that they’ve received within the past 48 months from a donor if that entity or individual has business before the council.  On October 17, 2017, Baca, Gutierrez  and Cabrera repealed the conflict of interest rules.  If you see how much the three received from Developer Ido Bezeevi you will know why…just follow the money.  All three said the rules were unnecessary because candidates must already report donations in public campaign contribution reports that are filed with the city clerk’s office…go figure.

What does transparency do for the community?  It insures accountability and truth.  Without, you have the conspiracy theories began, the gray areas between truth and fiction.  Is Victoria Baca now the Inland Empire Campaign Manager for Antonio Villaraigosa’s Governership as some eluded to?  Is Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez and Councilman Ulises Cabrera related as Cousins as some have indicated?

But the drama didn’t stop there, Baca filed a police complaint against her brother, Christopher Baca, alleging that he and former Mayor & Councilman Jesse Molina – a candidate for mayor in the Nov. 8 election – tried to break into her house September 12, 2016.  This gets interesting…. is she a loose cannon?  Or Just being Big Mama trying to teach her boys the ways of her corrupt world.  In reality she is making them a laughingstock in the region and no one takes them seriously.

As far as TMC understands the dire situation that is taking Moreno Valley down boils down to this.  Michelle, Tom, Baca and her boys are the fools that will own the further destruction of Moreno Valley.  These people are incapable or unqualified to run the City, with the economic potential of this city decimated.  Desantas deserves Baca and Baca Deserves Desantas.  Tom, you go from BRUNI to BACA REALLY ! Its all down hill from here.

As seen on TMC, newly christened City Manager of Moreno Valley, Tom DeSantis has a questionable past with the City of Riverside and how he handled city business, but it didn’t start there it goes back to the City of San Bernardino.  TMC has the following stories:

1.) JUNE 28, 2011: MORENO VALLEY: EX ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER TOM DESANTIS HIRED BY MORENO VALLEY CITY MANAGER HENRY GARCIA.

2.) MARCH 8, 2016: CITY OF RIVERSIDE: WHO’S THE GIRL WITH THE CURLY HAIR?

3.) JUNE 14, 2011: CITY OF RIVERSIDE: CITY MANAGER BRAD HUDSON RESIGNS! IN 2016 COUNCILMAN PAUL DAVIS STATES HE WAS ‘GET RID OF.’ TMC HAD IT RIGHT ‘HE WAS FIRED!’

I guess the real issue was the fix already in by the MoVal Three, or was the fix on a greater scale that included all?  Even MVGordie felt there was something fishy about who was placed to run for City Council.  Stating in a post, “It is also alleged that the subject Ulises Cabrera started said businesses in furtherance of his planned campaign run for the elected position for the now vacant seat in Councilman District 4 and that said businesses were created to bolster the subjects campaign, along with the false history narratives of residency within Moreno Valley created by the subject with the assistance of Moreno Valley Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez and Moreno Valley Council Member (Mayor Pro-Tem) Victoria Baca.”

August 16, 2017 Gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa will speak alongside Moreno Valley Mayor Yxstian Alberto Gutierrez at the State of the City address. Villaraigosa was someone who took the California Bar four times and failed all four times; he preached to the Los Angeles Mexican Community that “we clean your toilets!,” but turned the City of Los Angeles into just that, “A Toilet.”  Tickets for the luncheon are $40 per person, it appears to leave the rift raft out, which would be the taxpayers of the City of Moreno Valley.  We questioned the fact that an event held for the public, become a political and illegal side show.  Leaving the community out because no one would pay the $40 dollars.  We had a similar situation on our neck of the woods, and you bet, we put a stop to that pompous elite and self entitled.

Same day on August 16, 2017, Villaraigosa held a campaign fundraiser — $1,000 for guests and $10,000 for hosts — at ProAbition Kitchen & Whiskey Lounge in downtown Riverside.  Moreno Valley Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez and Moreno Valley Councilman Ulises Cabrera attended.  Wonder who helped pay for their tickets?

Iddo Benzeevi’s company, Highland Fairview, gave $58,400 – the maximum allowed by law in the 2018 election cycle – to Villaraigosa’s gubernatorial campaign on Dec. 1, 2017 state campaign finance records show.  The Moreno Valley City Council approved the World Logistics Center in 2015. It faces legal challenges from environmentalists, who fear the project will worsen already-poor air quality. Critics also argue the project will clog local roads with truck traffic.  Benzeevi and city officials defend the project’s environmental analysis and say the World Logistics Center will generate $2.5 billion annually in economic activity and support 20,000 jobs.  Of course, Baca and her boys were all in for the long hall.  Air quality and the children didn’t seem to come out as an issue.  Villaraigosa, a former Los Angeles mayor and Assembly speaker, praised the project at Moreno Valley’s State of the City Address in August.   Well of course he did…  Villaraigosa, once a property owner in MoVal stated, “I know how important it is to moving goods in this region,” he said at the time.

But is there a possible motive operandi behind diligently courting Villar, especially if he does become Governor of California?  The reason is quite elementary, Brown’s office announced the veto of AB 890 on Monday, Oct. 16.  The bill by Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside, would have closed a loophole in the California Environmental Quality Act, also known as CEQA, that allows projects approved by voters to bypass the act’s review process.  Having, Villar/Villaraigosa in their ‘hip pocket’ would apparently ensure an unequivocal veto.  Incidentally, Baca and Gutierrez even went to Sacramento to lobby against AB890.  With AB890 vetoed, The Three Amigos could continue there work of ensuring the rest to occur.

Moreno Valley politics is a disaster. The three clowns running the City… Baca, Gutierrez and Cabrera are a visual reflection of what now represents the City of Moreno Valley. The Inland Empire is watching these fools up the hill from Riverside in what is apparently being coined the Mo Val Ghetto Banana Republic. The one thing I can say is the level of corruption in the City of Riverside is much more sophisticated. But really the citizens of Mo Val you deserve better, much better.

But here is the Down and Dirty, back in September 2017 Council extends City Manager Michelle Dawson’s contract till May 2020 — approved Tuesday night, Sept. 5, by the City Council — City Manager Michelle Dawson will stay on until May 2020. Her employment agreement had been set to expire in 2018.  December 2017, City Council fires City Manager Michelle Dawson, and replaces her with Assistant City Manager Tom DeSantis.  It sounds as if Mo Val Three colluded early behind closed doors to pad her salary and pension with the agreement that she would go quietly.  I’m sure Bumbling Council felt a good quiet time would December 19, 2018 during the holidays, when they thought no one would be watching.

I guess the real issue was the fix already in by the MoVal Three, or was the fix on a greater scale that included all?  Even MVGordie felt there was something fishy about the cascade of events which led to the these three attaining their elected position, hence power.  Now we have the MoVal Three Vote, Three-Zero all the way!  MVGordie called it the “Revitalization of the Moreno Valley 3-0 Club.”  Is it me or I’m just seeing the invention of the perfect storm, perfect political storm that is: A possible Governor Antonio Villar, Councilwoman Victoria Baca, Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez, Developer Iso Benzeevi and now City Manager Tom DeSantis?  There are individuals who simply have no true leadership skills and must rig the system in order that it works in their favor.

Street Justice continues with the renaming of ‘Theodore Street’ to ‘World Logistics Parkway’ by The Three Amigos.  Quid Pro Quo continues, again is MoVal losing a bit a history to history yet written?  Is “The World Logistics Center” the figment of ones imagination, an idea that will never transpire.  Is what will transpire the rezoning of land, only to be resold at a higher profit by Highland Fairvew?  Will The Three Amigos unsuspectingly be part of that plan?

MAYOR VILLARAIGOSA CRASH PAD AND INVESTMENT PROPERTY IN MORENO VALLEY 2014, HIS INEPTNESS IN AS L.A. MAYOR CARRIED OVER TO HIS INEPTNESS IN PROPERTY MANAGEMENT.

According to an article in Buzzfeed News, July 15, 2014, records show that the house — which recently featured boarded-up windows, peeling blue and white paint, and cinderblocks in the weed-choked front yard — racked up a series of code violations, including for unmaintained landscaping and discarded junk in the yard.  Former Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa owned the house from 1990 until June of 2014, county records show.  “He’s a slumlord, that’s what he is,” complained Steven Patzer, who lives next door to the small house on Eucalyptus Avenue in the city of Moreno Valley.  What TMC has also learned is that the property may not have all been pretty, but the toilet was immaculate.  Any taxpayer would have been proud to give their sentiments to Villaraigosa and his gang on that prized throne…

IS THERE ANOTHER SIDE TO HIGLAND FAIRVIEW’S IDO BENZEEVI AND HIS PLAN FOR MORENO VALLEY.  HIS SUCCESSES AND FAILURES;  OR SIMPLY  HIS ART AT SUBLIMINAL SEDUCTION?  OR OUR WE DEALING WITH AN EXTRAORDINARY CONFIDENCE MAN?

Building warehousing in Moreno Valley even on the scale of the World Logistics Center isn’t the issue at heart. It’s that a company like Highland Fairview and its owner are not credible at all in the area of development or construction. It’s in effect a fly-by-night group which purchases land cheaply and rezones it in the hope of selling or leasing to other parties in the long term. Neither really has much of any track record of building at all despite being active under one corporate name for over three decades or another.

Is it true that Iddo and his medical doctor brother Benny recently formed a company who tried to redevelop and manage Tulare’s Regional Medical Center and also the Southern Inyo hospital?  Both are now bankrupt, contracts ended, one closed, is it true that the Healthcare Conglomerate Associates or HCCA as depicted in this video is under criminal investigation by the Tulare County District Attorney’s office at present for issues such as financial malfeasance and grand theft of equipment?  Just asking!

TMC thought we had it bad in the City of Riverside, but the City of Moreno Valley beat us by a long shot.

BLAST FROM THE PAST: JUNE 12, 2013: PRESS ENTERPRISE: WHERE DOES VICTORIA BACA’S LOYALTY LIE? TAXPAYER OR FORMER EMPLOYER?

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

Former Riverside City Manager Brad Hudson, who was relieved of his duties in Riverside, to pursue a position in Sacramento, till they caught on and didn’t renew his contract, found a place in the City of Laguna Woods in December 2015.  Why? Well P.T. Barnum said it best, “there is a sucker born every minute.”

We hate to say it Laguna Woods, but you deserve Brad Hudson! Men of confidence are not always what you perceive them to be.  We brought this to your attention prior to him being hired by your association.  This hustler will steal, lie and leave you penny-less, and it certainly looks as that’s the case.  When the funds get low, he will go back to the association and ask for a rate, service or fee hike to continue to provide you with the good services you deserve.  Keep that in mind.

Back on December 31, 2015, TMC posted an article on Brad Hudson being hired to manager Laguna Woods.  We warned you about him in that posting, nobody listened, even with his historical rap sheet, which extended from the City of Riverside, Sacramento to your City of Laguna Woods.  In fact, Anthony Liberatore, the chair of the VMS Board in 2015, states this about Hudson.  “We’ve found the best person for Laguna Woods Village.  And he’s found us. (He’s found you for a reason Anthony).  We look forward to working with Bradley Hudson and appreciate his commitment to The Village.  His expertise and leadership will take us into an auspicious future.”   “Auspicious,” you say Mr. Liberatore, hmm it’s now 2017 and your reserves have gone from $28 million to $9 million, that’s certainly promising!  In an TMC article back in December 2015 we warned you (Laguna Woods) with these words from that posting.  “Keep a tight watch on your reserve funds Laguna Woods!”

Laguna Woods has still has many properties which can be used for potential development.  These properties still maintain an high monetary value.  Unknowingly to the community, Hustling Hudson will rezone these properties in order to decrease or undervalue them, hence attractive to potential developers.  Many of these developers could allegedly be quite connected to Hudson.  Once the undervalued properties are sold, Hustling Hudson will rezone them back to the initial value.  Hence, giving developers more in the pocket, and potentially more to spread around.  Many in your community are asking the question, is he receiving “kick-backs?”

The latest is that prior to the hiring of Brad Hudson at the City of Laguna Woods, the association had $28 million in their reserve funds.  As of the beginning of next year 2018, it is purported that they will have $9 million remaining.  Why?  As some are saying unessential and expensive projects that he has initiated, possible to his developer friends.  With Hudson’s contract coming up for review and renewal this December 2017, the City of Laguna Woods has a lot to think about.

BRAD HUDSON OCR STORIES WITH REFERENCE TO LAGUNA WOODS:

08.14.2017: THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: LAGUNA WOODS VILLAGE TO SEE ASSESSMENT INCREASES IN 2018

12.05.2017: THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: LAGUNA WOODS HOA DOUBLES TRANSFER FEES ON RESALE TO $5000

The following is Classic Hudson at his best, with his personal taste for luxury and extravagance at your expense of course…

OTHER BRAD HUDSON RELATED ARTICLES AND POSTINGS.

12.18.2015: SAC BEE: SACRAMENTO COUNTY CEO TO LEAVE NEXT MONTH

12.21.2015: SAC BEE: SACRAMENTO COUNTY’S NEXT CEO MUST MATCH OUR TIMES

12.27.2015: COUNTY OF SACRAMENTO: IS CEO BRAD HUDSON ON THE LAM AGAIN?

06.12.2011: CITY OF RIVERSIDE: I DIDN’T VOTE FOR BRAD

06.14.2011: CITY OF RIVERSIDE: CITY MANAGER BRAD HUDSON RESIGNS

06.18.2011: CITY OF RIVERSDE: HUDSON……………..BIGAMIST?

10.09.2011: CITY OF RIVERSIDE: WAS THAT BRAD? OR WAS IT JUST MY IMAGINATION?

12.24.2011: CITY OF SACRAMENTO: BRAD BRINGS HIS DECORATIVE TOUCH OF GUCCISM TO SAC CITY

01.11.2012: CITY OF RIVERSIDE: HUDSON DOUBLE DIPS IN A DOUBLE DIP RECE$$ION

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!

If you think the City of Bell had serious taxation problems and mis-appropriation of funds, if you were shocked by the posting on electric rates, grab your socks again, and you may want to grab everbody else’s!  Every city’s doin it! Is what’s being said…but it looks as if the people are taking the upper hand on this, or as Charley Sheen would say, “Winning”!  For example, the City of Fullerton.

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Or in this article in the Orange County Register questioning $27 million in illegal water fees..  And of course challenging Fullerton’s illegal water tax as in this article.  And again, more on the City of Fullerton and illegal water rate increases.  But onward, let’s look at the City of Riverside.

Riverside levies hidden taxes on your utility bill.  They are simply and stealthily included in the utility rates the city charges residential customers.  Your minimum tax rate on water and electric utility services to your property is 11.5%.   It expands upward from there depending on how much utility service you use that is subject to punitive tiered pricing.

Let us look at your bill for water and the city’s wa-1 residential winter water rate schedule.  The first tier or the base metered rate for water service is $1.13 per ccf (this is the metered unit of measure for water service and is 100 cubic feet of water).   The base rate is charged to the consumption of each of the first 15 ccf of water service each month.   On a per ccf basis $0.13 of the first tier rate per ccf is tax revenue paid to the general fund.  That is a tax rate of 11.5%.

Should you exceed first tier usage as most homeowners do then, you are charged at the second tier price of $1.64 per ccf from the 16th thru the 35 th ccf of service.   The difference of $0.51 per ccf in the second tier water rate is an additional tax for using more water service than the city thinks you should.  It is a punitive tax to economically force you the consumer to conserve water.   You are being taxed even though you are using water for beneficial purposes and not wasting water.   Looking at just the $0.51 price difference per ccf of first tier and second tier ccfs the effective tax rate is 39%!

Should you use more than 35 ccf of water service per month you are billed at the 3rd tier rate of $2.26 per ccf for those units consumed from the 36th thru the 60 th ccf.   The third tier tax is $1.26 per ccf.  This is an effective tax rate of 56%!

Now, if you are a big-time water waster according to the city, you pay the fourth tier rate of $2.75 per ccf for any ccfs consumed over 60 ccf per month.   The price difference from the 1st tier is $1.62 per ccf and the 4th tier effective tax rate is 64%!!   Now that’s a punitive tax!

 

If this really bothers you, wait until the summer rates kick in on your June billing.

Residential water rate schedule wa-1 summer.

1st tier 0-15 ccf      $1.14       your tax rate=11.5%

2nd tier 16-35 ccf   $1.83       your tax rate=44%

3rd tier  36-60 ccf   $2.85      your tax rate=64%

4th tier  >60ccf        $4.10      your tax rate=75%

To help put this into perspective with how our water is produced by pumping wells and the fact that Riverside does not buy expensive imported water please review the following facts:

  • Water production is measured in acre feet of water.  That is enough water to stand 12 inches deep on one acre of land.
  • A ccf is water  your city water meter records as you consume water service.  A ccf is one hundred cubic feet of water.   There are 436 ccfs in an acre foot of water.
  • Imported water from northern California or the Colorado River is priced between $550-800 per acre foot.  According to Dave Wright, the city does not buy imported water.   Dave also says, we are water independent even during the statewide drought of recent years.
  • The city’s cost to provide ground water to you is less than $300 per acre foot.   That calculates to $0.68 per ccf at your meter.  They do need some funds to maintain the infrastructure (the extra $0.32 ??).
  • At the city’s summer 1st tier rate of $1.15 per ccf , you are paying $500 per acre foot of water at your meter. 
  • At the city’s 2nd tier summer rate of $1.83 per ccf, you are paying $800 per acre foot of water at your meter. 
  • At the city’s 3rd tier summer rate of $2.85 per ccf, you are paying $1,243.00 per acre foot of water.
  • At the city’s 4th tier summer rate of $4.10 per ccf, you are paying $1,788.00 per acre foot of water.
  • A municipal utility is not allowed to make money.  It is a government owned monopoly and may not charge more than the actual cost of providing the service to you at your property.  They are budgeted to break even.  They have reserve funds in case of a bad year and the City can always make a loan or spend other tax revenue to cover an annual loss.
  • In recent years the city has taken no steps to reduce costs of operating its’ utilities.  They have taken every opportunity to expand the cost to residential consumers.
  • The water utility has a huge fixed annual cost (mostly debt payments) averaged over the calculated water rates and total annual production.  It must sell all of its planned annual production to recoup the funds needed to pay the bills.  If you are forced to conserve water, the city has to automatically raise the price.  It is the Math!
  • The city makes more money by transfers to the general fund with every rate increase!  A city general fund may only receive tax revenue.

Now that is some profit margin of hidden taxes!  Where is your money going?  I hope you can live on 15 ccf of water service per month!!

Remember the City Municipal Code requires all property owners to landscape, irrigate, mow, trim and weed all portions of their property that faces a public street or right of way.  Code enforcement may issue you a citation and a fine of up to $1000.00 per day and/or prosecution of a misdemeanor for failing to adequately water your front yard!  If you fail to comply with Code enforcement a lien for the fines will be placed on your property and the city will enforce the lien and auction your house on the court house steps to satisfy the lien.   See Municipal Code Chapter 6.14.

Most residential properties in the city have a right to a water allotment equal to the annual amount originally supplied to your land by any of the original water companies that first supplied water to your property via canal, ditch or pipes (Cal. Supreme, A.O. Price v. The Riverside Land & Irrigation Co. , 1880).  Historical records indicate you may have a right of up to 10 acre feet of water supply per acre of land per year.  In the Supreme Courts words, “the water is welded to the land as a permanent right to the same level of water service as originally provided,  … it cannot be separated or sold from the land by the water company or the land owner or owners of either in succession.”  You are the current landowner in succession and the city is the current water company owner in succession.  This is a right to water, “the water stays with the land in perpetuity.”  This is the legal reason the City must sell 18% of its water production each year to areas outside the city in Home Gardens and Corona (but the city won’t tell you this).

The city by approving 50% increases in water rates over the last six years and instituting punitive tiered pricing is forcing you to conserve water you are entitled to use beneficially on your property (October 2006, city council approved rate hikes and tiered pricing to fund the “$1.5 billion Renaissance”).  This burden of hidden taxation falls most harshly on fixed income (retirees) and low income families in the city.

UPDATE: 05/06/2012: PRESS ENTERPRISE ENDORSES FORMER COUNCILMAN ED ADKISON..

“THE ONE WHO DOES NOT REMEMBER HISTORY IS BOUND TO LIVE THROUGH IT AGAIN”..  – GEORGE SANTAYANA

UPDATE: 0505/17/2012: FORMERS DEPUTY CITY ATTORNEY RAYCHELE STERLING SUES THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE, INCLUDING CITY ATTORNEY GREGORY PRIAMOS  AND FORMER CITY MANAGER BRAD HUDSON.  OF COURSE, WERE WE SURPRISED? ACCORDING TO GREGORY, THE CASE HAS NO MERIT.

8:27 PM on 5/17/2012

I believe her claims.There’s a reason why over the years, those in office use the same construction firms, law firms, management firms, environmental firms and so on..they know people in those business so when they get “approved” for their services, the price is millions over the cost than it should be so each side makes a profit under the table..on our dime..but yet..city services are struggling to make ends meet. perhaps if they take a look at their dirty deeds and wasteful/corrupt spending and bilking and quit looking toward us to pay for their actions, they would have money to pay the paychecks and their bills instead of using the guise of “the money just isn’t there”..it’s there buried under “official accounts” for various services that don’t exist.  – Navyguyhm3, commenter on the PE.

TMC ENDORSES DVONNE PITRUZZELLO FOR CITY OF RIVERSIDE MAYOR

STEVE CLUTE ASK FOR YOUR VOTE ON JUNE 5TH FOR THE OFFICE OF STATE SENATE!

CLUTE SAYS NO! TO DOM BETRO AND JANE CARNEY!

BOB BUSTER ASK FOR YOUR VOTE FOR RIVERSIDE COUNTY SUPERVISOR ON JUNE 5TH

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!  TEMPORARILY BLOCKED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE AT PUBLIC ACCESS SITES WITHIN THE CITY, THEN UNBLOCKED.  I GUESS YOU CANNOT DO THAT ACCORDING TO THE ACLU.  RATED ONE TWO STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, AND PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST… WE WILL HAVE TO ASK GREGORY ABOUT THAT ONE ( OUR PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO CONTACT HIS PEOPLE)… AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!  WE REALIZE IT’S TOUGH, SO HANG IN THERE.. COMMENTS ALWAYS

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Just recently Riverside has had a rash of Brad Hudson sightings around town. Did he actually leave, or is he visiting or is he commuting?  The question appears if he has left his local residences in Riverside and the desert, to move to Sacramento.   Or is he doing an Arnold Schwarzenegger and commuting by plane?  The question now becomes did he really leave his residence in the City of Riverside or did he not?  If he didn’t, why was is in a hurry to leave his high paying position with the City of Riverside, to receive a lesser paying one 450 miles north?  Was it his discretionary spending allowance of $50K a pop that ended with him spending approxiamtely $29 million several years?  When brought to the council attention it  dropped to $1 million.  Did the council know he was spending $29 million a year?  Was it the deals he made? Are there skeletons and bodies of information buried in the halls, walls and basement of the city yet to be discovered?  He left the City of Riverside, that’s for sure, but didn’t quite leave town yet? That leaves a serious question mark!  At this point, it still needs further investigating, otherwise will have to place it with the file of Elvis sightings.  We can only guess that he is adjusting and assimilating well to his surroundings in good ol’ Sac Town….

KEEP CONNECTED WITH TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!   TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, AND THAT’S ALL WE’RE GOING TO SAY ABOUT THAT ONE… AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

SEND YOUR BRAD HUDSON SIGHTINGS TO THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM    COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED!