Posts Tagged ‘code of ethics and conduct’

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According to the San Bernardino Sentinel, Colton City Attorney Christina Talley has been relieved of her position as of September 18,2014, or could we say “fired?”   Christina Talley works for the infamous Best, Best & Krieger, and incidentally has been hired by the City of Riverside through BB&K to be interim City Attorney, after former City Attorney Greg Priamos skipped town when he couldn’t handle the heat in the kitchen to Riverside County.  Of course, the County Boys embraced Priamos with open arms.  Accordingly, Ms. Talley appears to have been passed around to cities like a bad can of sardines beyond there expiration date.   Cities continued to employ her, regardless of the smell she left behind.  According to the article there is more to the story then meets the eye, not only was City of Colon Colton concerned with her ineptness with Brown Act regulations, whereby she allowed non-agendized items to be discussed by council.  But even more discerning, was what occurred at a June 3 Colton Council meeting , at which a decision was made to place City Manager Stephen Compton on administrated leave.  This was as a result of Compton’s inquiry with reference to questionable financial practices, including “off-the-book” projects in public works department which led him very close to uncovering details of how certain projects were funded, including several unauthorized projects which were being run out of the public works department.  This of course, brought scrutiny, according to the article, toward the actions of public works director Amer Jakher, who enjoyed a close relationship with a majority of the of the city council.  As the focus pointed to Jakher, some council members were pushing Compton to examine the city’s contract with  Best, Best & Krieger and Talley, and potentially put the contract for city legal services out to bid.

In July of 2014, a group of Colton residents filed a complaint with the city to investigate alleged irregularities in the city’s public works department alleging potential misappropriation of public funds, gift of public funds and misuse of public funds which benefitted two city council members.  The citizens provided documentation indicating that the “off the books” activity, i.e., work that had not been considered or approved by the city council, had indeed taken place in the public works division.  That request was moved forward by Police Chief Steve Ward, who was then acting in the capacity of city manager during Compton’s absence.  Chief of Police/City Manager Ward initiated an investigation and personally forwarded the request to Talley.  The investigation was handed over to another Best Best & Krieger attorney, Ronald Ball, who is “of counsel” with the firm.  Several weeks later it was discovered that Talley, however, neglected to provide Ball with the background documentation that had been provided to the city by the group of residents requesting the investigation.  Thus, the investigation failed to focus on the “off-the-books” activity in the public works department that was at the root of the concerns expressed by the citizens group, and the final report reflected an incorrect timeline of events which discredited its conclusion that two of the members of the council, Frank Gonzales and Susan Oliva, had not benefited from the misapplication of resources in the public works department.  Manipulation of the facts?  Read the whole story in the September 19th article in the San Bernardino Setinel.

Beginning in August 2014, according to the San Bernardino Sentinel, Talley became less and less visible in Colton.  She was replaced in some venues by Marco Martinez, a partner with Best Best & Krieger. In fact, Talley’s mishandling of the Colton account appears to have impacted her standing with Best Best & Krieger, which now appears to be in danger of losing Colton as a client altogether.  Talley, who formerly had an office in Best Best & Krieger’s Irvine office, where she was formerly listed as an “associate,” has been consistently unavailable at that location since August.  She is no longer listed as an “associate,” but is now deemed to be “of counsel,” an indication Best Best & Krieger is seeking to disassociate itself from her.

But it doesn’t stop there, in the “Anaheim Blog”, Christina Talley who was Anaheim’s City Attorney since 2009 was asked to resign in January of 2013, with what appears to be her ineptness, again,  with the Brown Act.  The “Voice of Orange County” also brought forward another issue with Talley with reference to her alleged ineptness with the Brown Act.

But in my eyes what we see is a powerful law firm who has been allowed to be part of the very fabric which ultimately represents the interest of the taxpayers.  It certainly appears that they are their to protect their taxpayer paycheck with bad legal advice.

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As in the instance whereby the City of Bell sues former City Attorney Edward Lee, a BB&K attorney, for let’s see, “Faulty Legal Advice!”  So Riverside, you know have a little information of how the City of Riverside rolls in what is in it’s best interest…it may very well not be you.  What appears to be allegedly evident is that Best Best & Krieger has been manipulating California City politics through their “fly-by-night” team of legal attorneys, which seem to cause more financial liability to the taxpayer, then financial protection to the taxpayer.

Well I would expect that the City of Riverside’s spokes hole and former PE reporter, Phil Pritchard may attempt to spin the story by just saying she left Colton to work for the City of Riverside… Watch Two Timing Talley’s antics unfold at today’s City Council Meeting, and you the taxpayer decide!  Is she really inept, or really good at playing the field of City Politics?  Should we allow uncontracted legal work to continue with BB&K?  Should we allow BB&K Trash Attorneys to represent the taxpayers?  I think not.

CITY OF RIVERSIDE: COUNCILMAN MELENDREZ: HUMANITARIAN RESOLUTION TRIGGERS ETHICS COMPLAINT.

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Councilman Andy Melendrez’s attempt to create the City of Riverside as a “Sanctuary City” appeared to be hidden according to many in the community and not brought forward at a Tuesday’s City Council Meeting.  As a result, a formal Code of Ethics and Conduct complaint was filed by Fontana Council candidate Tressy Capps, specifically against Melendrez’s assertion that their would be no “fiscal impact” in the adoption of this resolution, as stated in the City Council Memorandum.  The following is the filed complaint by Tressy Capps.

UPDATE: TRESS CAPPS IN THE NEWS: THE DAILY CALLER: WOMAN WHO REALLY HATES MEXICAN FLAG LOSE JOB OVER HATRED OF MEXICAN FLAG.  The title says she hates the Mexican Flag, but the report list no direct statement by her with the words “hate” etc.

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CLICK THIS LINK TOVIEW FULL ETHICS COMPLAINT FILED BY CAPPS

The following is the City Council Memorandum stating that there would be no “fiscal impact” with the adoption of this humanitarian resolution.  The meaning of a resolution is defined as a firm decision to do something, or not to do something.

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW CITY COUNCIL MEMORANDUM

What was more discerning was this item/resolution it was placed on the Consent Calender, as some have indicated, a way to pass and sneak a real issue from the community.  Rather than just passed, it was brought out from the consent calender for discussion.  This play on politics does not make Andy a proponent for what’s right and wrong, as indicated by many in his ward.  The resolution states the following: “WHEREIS: The City of Riverside hereby stands in support of sanctuary and humanitarian efforts or assistance in the processing and treatment of all immigrants, including those recently arriving in the United States..”    According to the Press Enterprise, Melendrez stated that “the resolution would not have actually required the city to do anything, nor would it have committed any city funds.”  Even our interim City Attorney Christina Talley chimed in when asked for an opinion by stating the following, “Based upon the face of the resolution, I didn’t see anything in that resolution that conflicted with federal or state law.”   But when you look at the resolution statement it appears rather vaguely written, possibly not to directly take issue with the real point, “illegal” immigration.  His point of stating “including those recently arriving in the United States,” would actually imply helping immigrants “illegally” in the country.  It also seems that the City of Riverside supports efforts of efforts and assistance in the processing of all immigrants.  According the statement, this would imply both “legal” and “illegal” immigrants.  If this is true, the City of Riverside would effectively stating in this resolution that it supports breaking the law by supporting efforts to process “illegal” immigrants.  This I would say is a direct conflict with Federal Law, and out of the scope of a local municipality, such as our City.  Further, the definition of a “child” is someone under the age of 18 year of age, in some in some instances it may very well be under 19 years of age. The full original resolution is as follows:

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW THE MELENDREZ HUMANITARIAN RESOLUTION

Capps states that this resolution directly violates specifically page 4, item #6 of the Code of Ethics and Conduct for Elected Officials.  She cited the item, “they will seek to insure that information provided by the city government to the public is accurate and clear.”  Where is City Attorney Greg Priamos when we need him?  Hell, he would just make matters worse.

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW FULL CODE OF ETHICS AND CONDUCT (CLICK IMAGES ABOVE TO ENLARGE)

According to some in the community, this resolution advocatess breaking Federal law.. Not only is he advocating breaking Federal Law, he is stating it would be acceptable for the City of Riverside to assume acceptance of those who have entered the country illegally.  Some in the community feel this was done without consideration of those in his community who are legal, and need help, such as are veterans, homeless, residents struggling financially to make ends meet etc.  On the other hand, proponents state that we need to ensure that the security, protection and needs of illegal or undocumented children are addressed on a humanitarian level.  Which appears to be acceptable since immigration is a Federal issue.  Though the term “children” has yet to be defined in these resolutions. Many city’s have adopted similar resolutions, even some states, there is really no conflict as such which would interfere with Federal laws.  But what does this mean when a resolution such as this, is adopted at a local level?

UPDATE: COUNCILMAN ANDY MELENDREZ AT THE SEPTEMBER 23RD COUNCIL MEETING INSISTED THAT THE RESOLUTION FOR “SANCTUARY CITY” STATUS FOR RIVERSIDE BE BROUGHT BACK FOR COUNCIL VOTE ONCE AGAIN.  WILL THIS MEAN HIDDEN ADDITIONAL ASPECTS WHICH WILL BURDEN THE TAXPAYERS OF THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE?

CITY COUNCILMAN PAUL DAVIS INVESTIGATION IN LIMBO…ACCORDING TO THE RIVERSIDE PRESS ENTERPRISE!

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UPDATE: CINDY ROTH AND THE GREATER RIVERSIDE CHAMBER RECEIVES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY, OVER A HALF A MILLION OVER THREE YEARS FOR “KEEP RIVERSIDE CLEAN AND BEAUTIFUL” PROGRAM, AS VOTED AT SEPTEMBER 23RD CITY COUNCIL, WITH THE ONLY NO VOTE BY COUNCILMAN PAUL DAVIS.  INCIDENTALLY, COUNCILMAN PAUL DAVIS FOUND THIS QUITE PECULIAR ENOUGH THAT HE REQUESTED THIS ITEM BE REMOVED FROM THE “CONSENT CALENDER’ FOR DISCUSSION.  The discussion led to questions regarding how Cindy Roth’s Greater Riverside Chamber is paid.  First, the taxpayer must pay for this “Volunteer Program” in their “Trash Bill.”  Five other cities in California wouldn’t think of doing this.  Riverside does.  Therefore, the issue of this item becomes an illegal charge or tax against the taxpayer!   Since the charge comes from the Public Works Department, it must be brought forth for “bid.”  Secondly, there must be a contractors contract, referencing item by item, how the taxpayer money is to be spent.  Non of this has ever been done!  With her attorney husband and now Senator, “Something seems to be Rotten in Denmark!”  Question have arose over the disbursements of taxpayer monies, which appear to have never been reported to Council in the past.  Taxpayers continue to argue that it is a “money laundering” scheme.  Incidently, Cindy Roth, CEO/President, her husband is now Senator for the State of California, Richard Roth…  In the past has done outside legal work for the City of Riverside, which has been allegedly been questionable with reference in how his work really benefited Riverside residents.

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Cindy Roth and the Greater Riverside Chamber was also against Measure A, which was not in the best interest of the taxpayers, and evidently is why her behind the scenes political activities at City Hall have been seen as some, as a political powerhouse, which includes former CEO and Publisher of the Riverside Press Enterprise , Ron Redfern.   Riverside, wouldn’t you think something is wrong in Denmark?  At the cost of  $574,754 over three years to the taxpayer in your Trash Bill?  Now folks, this is a volunteer program…  Technically according to City policy, since this money arrives from Public Works, this item must go out to bid, secondly, there must be a contractors contract initiated itemizing the cost of services provided.  This was not done.  Also, an expenditure report has never been given to the City to disclose a specific itemization of disbursements.  So, where does the money go?  With this in mind, questions arise to how the monies are actually spent.  First of all, is there a specified account for this money?  Or is this money just deposited in the Greater Riverside Chamber’s general fund?  To possibly be used for Councilmember and Mayor special trips, campaigns etc.

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CITY COUNCIL MEMORANDUM                      CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE

UPDATE: IS THE AMERICAN DISABILITIES GUIDELINES NOTHING MORE THAN A “SHAKE DOWN” SCHEME PERPETRATED BY THE CALIFORNIA TRIAL LAWYERS THROUGH LEGISLATION?  NOW UNDER THE DECEPTIVE NAME OF CONSUMER ATTORNEY’S OF CALIFORNIA?  NEW STORY IN THE PRESS ENTERPRISE..

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 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 (WE BELIEVE THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN NOW, SINCE GREG SKIPPED TOWN TO THE COUNTY)… AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!   COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  WE JUST CAN’T SPELL!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR TOXIC DIRT BY CONTACTING US AT:   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

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DID THIS EMAIL FROM CHIEF OF STAFF MAUREEN KANE INFER THAT THE MAYOR’S OFFICE WAS INTERFERING WITH THE CODE OF ETHICS & CONDUCT REVIEW PROCESS?(CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE)
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Council members admittedly stated that the Code of Ethics & Conduct hearing process is broken.  A meeting to address this very problem is scheduled for next month.  Though in todays hearing, the adjudicating body admitted a broken system which needs repairs, they still decided not to postpone the process as suggested by public commentators. They decided to continue regardless of the process being broken or flawed.  Therefore, was this panel also guilty of violating the code of ethics, knowingly deciding to progress through this broken process anyway?  Keith Nelson, who was chosen to hear Hunter’s first case admitted the system is broken.  What we are now hearing is that the hearing process was more than flawed, it appears to have been designed to reach a favorable outcome.
The basis of this Code of Ethics & Conduct complaint filed by former and fired City employee, Jason Hunter, against the adjudicating chair, Justin Scott Coe was based on five points:
1) Scott-Coe says he was just following orders: he recieved a protocol and followed it. He is therefore excused from independent thought I guess, according to him.  The fact that the Adjudicating Body never received Jason Hunter’s pre-hearing objections and motions that were previously filed with the Clerk.  When Mr. Hunter took notice of this deviation by the City Clerks Office, he personally gave him copies at the first hearing.  Just this process described didn’t appear to provoke any questioning by Mr. Coe.
2) As described in Hunter’s complaint, the City Clerk, contrary to what was agreed to in the first hearing, supplied the Adjudicating Body with the city’s version of the evidence requested by the Adjudicating Body, not what was actually submitted by him!  Hunter was supposed to supply this information and did prior to 2nd hearing to the Clerk.  Scott-Coe then quashed all Hunter’s attempts to introduce this evidence at the 2nd hearing.
3) At the end of the Hunter hearing, Scott-Coe mentioned in front of several witnesses, that he met with City Attorney Gregory Priamos prior to the hearing!  Keith Nelson, former deputy City Attorney Raychele Sterling and Hunter all heard him mention Priamos’ name.  What motive does Nelson have to lie?  Regardless, all these communications should’ve been made public, or at the very least shared with the other Adjudicating Body members, prior to the hearing.
4) Perhaps the most damning thing revealed in Coe’s letter (email above): What is the Mayor doing coordinating the adjudicating body’s activities after-the-fact?  It seems from the Kane letter, Bailey was involved in: a) The decision to not rescheduled the appeal (thus ensuring Councilman Davis could not be present for deliberations) despite Hunter’s request to do so, b) The decision to separate the Adjudicating Body’s presentation from Hunter’s appeal (totally inappropriate), and c) The fact that this proposed meeting with the Adjudicating Body never took place, and hence the presentation to Council never took place.
5) Lastly, you gotta love the irony that Coe would be involved in a decision whereby he questions the training qualifications of the Human Resource Board in conducting quasi-judicial hearings, but Coe doesn’t admit he had no training to do exactly the same….despite the fact that the City Attorney’s office offers this precise training to commissions as the CPRC (Community Police Review Commission).
Again, the City of Riverside, at taxpayer expense, hired the impeccable, local favorite attorney, Doug Smith to represent Justin Scott-Coe.  Again at Friday’s 23rd, 2014 hearing, stated that Hunters willingness to resolve this issue with Coe gave the impression through Hunter’s emails that the request were “threatening!”  Nice Dougy Baby!  When Smith attempted to bad mouth Keith J. Nelson, PhD at the hearing, he interrupted and stated to Smith, “don’t put words in my mouth.”  Again a list of inaccuracies continue by this outside legal taxpayer hired gun.  In a letter, Nelson actually called Smith a “liar” in how he explained, or should I say, didn’t explain to Council, that the Code of Ethics and Complaint process was flawed.  As with former City Attorney Greg Priamos, furnishing “bad” legal advice, we ask the same question with Attorney Doug Smith!  He is just milking the taxpayers again for the benefit of City Hierarchy?  As with most law firms hired by the City of Riverside, the biggest, BB&K, have questionable and nefarious ethical track records.
Did the City of Riverside violate the Brown Act by not posting the hearing on the City’s within a 72 hours?  According to Jason Hunter they did according to the following email, not once but possibly twicel..
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TINA ENGLISH REVISITED: IS SHE QUALIFIED FOR THE JOB OF DEPUTY PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR/ENGINEER?
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According to the City of Riverside’s description of the requirement for this position, did she skew the system?  How did this happen?  Through the grapevine one qualified engineer is leaving the City of Riverside as a result of this.  Tina English has be purported to be the “god daughter” of Former Riverside City Manager Brad Hudson, who inadvertently skipped town when he was asked if he was having an affair with..
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 Assistant City Manager Belinda Graham.
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The following is quite remarkable..
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So is the City of Riverside in violation of the “Nepotism” clause of the City Charter by hiring family members as Tina English?  A position we believe is only held with a “Dance Degree?”  She started with the position of Assistant Development Director for Redevelopment under Hudson, then became a engineering genius when she moved on over to Public Works.
The requirements for this position are as follows:
1. Must Review and Sign Engineering Drawings.
2. Must Supervise, coordinate , the surveying, mapping, plan check, contract, administration, construction inspection, and industrial waste inspection activities.
3. Make complex engineering calculations and to prepare engineering plans and specifications.
4. In terms of Education, must have the equivalency of Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Civil Engineering.
5. In terms of the Experience Level:  A range of seven to ten years of progressively responsible supervisory and administrative public works engineering experience.
6. The necessary special requirement was the possession of a Certificate as a Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California.
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Of course, we find Tom Boyd’s..but Tina English..she doesn’t have a Certificate as a Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California.  Unfortunately this is the problem, we have unqualified people placed in the positions of which should be qualified.  Don’t you as tax payers think that there is something wrong?   If so, you should display your dissent?  Isn’t time that you begin to listen to those that the city has labeled as haters?
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 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 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, 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!   COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  WE JUST CAN’T SPELL!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT BY CONTACTING US AT:   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM