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Will the real John Russo please stand up.  TMC called it February 19, 2015… a blast from the past.  When John Russo was hired, TMC carefully did all the research.  It was shocking… we called it.  The bobble heads on the Council ignored the citizen taxpayers, and here we are today. We called him a SNAKE.  When John Russo set his sights and ego on Riverside the Council was drooling all over him.   Interesting that we had Councilman Jim Perry in the picture at the time, stating “I think he’s going to be a high-octane city manager who likes to get things done.”  Perry was the council member who threw Russo under the bus.  I guess he wasn’t so high-Octane after all!

I bet if Russo were to respond about why he fled Riverside he would say  “I believe this a morally corrupt government and I just didn’t want to serve anymore in that capacity.” He would also say “THEY ARE BROKE AND I DON”T WANT TO PLAY IN THE PLAYGROUND ANY MORE.”  Mr. Russo will continue to blame every one else except himself. He will never take responsibility for creating the mess he left us in.  The problem for the taxpayer is that every city manager that comes into town has their own vision of how we should look.  Then he or she proceeds to blow millions of tax dollars, while giving away a piece of the farm bit by bit.

Now interim city manager Lee McDougal is going to have to change that ugly art decco furniture Russo brought in!

The writing was on the wall now the council looks like a bunch of fools with major legal problems. If there is a city out there looking to hire Russo you better think twice. All the information is out there. Do your homework, save your city from more recycled trash!  The following is a comment in the February 19, 2015, The Alamedan, by local Riverside expert gadfly Dvonne Pitruzzello:

Well John, since you’ve had experience with morally corrupt city council and mayor in Oakland you’ll do fine in Riverside. Although we are very innovative in the corruption department. You see John the renaissance is but one of the morally corrupt projects in Riverside. Whereby, loaning utility monies and pension obligation money to redevelopment and then laundered to developers. You know the game. We have no one to blame but ourselves for allowing a mayor and city council to bring in a sociopath city manager to enact the scheme putting the citizens of Riverside in billions of dollars of debt. How to pay for all of this, up utility costs till the people can’t afford to water their lawns and cool their houses. Your friend the new public utilities director in Riverside can vouch For this. Oh by the way, Ron Loveridge devised this scheme, Mr. League of cities himself. Good luck you’ll need it, it will test your moral competency.   

– Dvonne Pitruzzello

COUNCILMAN MIKE SOUBIROUS BRINGS FORWARD A PAY AND BENEFIT CAP FOR FUTURE HIRED CITY MANAGERS, AFTER THE FIRING OF CITY MANAGER JOHN RUSSO.
 According to Councilman Mike Soubirous City Council Memorandum he wishes to bring for Council consideration is the review, development and implementation of salary and benefit setting for City Manager position.  He feels it is imperative that the discussion be considered before any further recruiting or hiring of a City Manager takes place.  But I always stated that shouldn’t the salary be based on performance as in the private sector and what a city local can actually afford.  A City Manager should be able to bring value to the community and residents in the sense of an actual in pocket cost savings to the taxpayer.  Not what we have currently seen, raise our utilities (which we own), raise local sales taxes, raise fees, raise property taxes and pass measures that simply do not benefit taxpayers, but benefit union based entities tightly ingrained within the our city.  Council needs to be mindful of this, and in future campaigns, turn down dirty union monies which have only set up leadership not to do the work of the people and not to be good stewards of taxpayer coffers.  It’s all about politics folk!  Now that Mayor Bailey is on a high with the firing of the City Manager John Russo, he is now doing a fund raiser for Councilman Mike Gardner’s campaign for Riverside County Supervisor.  Gardner of course voted for the termination of Russo, while supported his good efforts months ago…What gives?  Politics.  He can give a crap about Riverside taxpayers.

 

         

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 According to his Facebook Site he states that the compensation matter for City Manager will be discussed (I hope) at the May 1st City Council meeting (evening session).  I believe the public’s input on pay and benefits for the City Manager and settling on what is acceptable to the people MUST be resolved BEFORE we hire a permanent City Manager.  I worry that there will be a rush to replace and the talks will occur BEFORE the people have weighed in on this and make it very clear what level of compensation they want for Riverside’s next City Manager. Failure to settle the pay will set up the next manager for failure and again possible removal.

What do you think about this? Will you email your Council? Will you speak at the May 1st evening Council meeting?

Comments can be emailed to: City_Clerk@riversideca.gov

Riverside City Hall – Council Chambers
3900 Main Street
Riverside, CA 92522

But maybe we deserve it, maybe the taxpayers deserve this, because we do nothing to make real change which is relatively easy, but we don’t, so are we simply a bunch of idiots and dirt farmers out here in the City of Riverside in terms of how we vote for some local leadership?

HERE’S THE FEBRUARY 19, 2015 POSTING:  CITY OF RIVERSIDE: ALAMEDA CITY MANAGER JOHN RUSSO TO BE RIVERSIDE’S NEW CITY MANAGER! MORE DRAMA, OR JUST A DRAMA QUEEN?

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RIVERSIDE CITY MANAGER JOHN RUSSO (CENTER WITH HANDS FOLDED), WHAT WILL THIS MEAN FOR RIVERSIDE? A CITY MANAGER FULL OF EGO, DRAMA QUEEN OR JUST LIKES GREAT SUNGLASSES? OR SHOULD WE JUST “FORGET ABOUT IT?”  Are public workers just out of control at the expense of the taxpayer?

SHOULD WE AS RIVERSIDIAN’S OVERLOOK BROOKLYN BORN RUSSO’S PAST AND “JUST FORGET ABOUT IT?  (CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW VIDEO)

OR MAYBE AL PACINO’S VERSION..MAYBE IT JUST MEANS “I’M KNOWN, FORGET ABOUT IT, I’M KNOWN ALL OVER THE FUCKING WORLD,  OR ARE WE AS RESIDENTS “JUST PISSING UP THE WRONG TREE.”  IN OTHER WORDS IS RUSSO REALLY GOOD FOR RIVERSIDE?

jones_RUSSO-copy-620x465He has been quoted in the PE as saying, “Riverside has an excellent reputation around the state because of its ability to blend a reverence for its unique local history with an aggressive and groundbreaking public improvement program like the Riverside Renaissance.”   Well is he in for a big surprise…  John Russon (56)will also be the highest paid City Manager in the City’s history at a whopping $295,000.00, will have to check if the benefit package is included in this deal or is in addition to.  Prior to taking the position of City Manager with the City of Alameda, he was a Councilman and then an elected City Attorney for the City of Oakland.  What people also need to know is that Riverside’s Utility’s General Manager Girish Balachandran was also from the City of Alameda.  Is Riverside just getting more recycled employees?

You have to ask your self why Mr Russo left abruptly at the city of Alameda. Story is he was unhappy with the direction of the City Council, I should remind him that the last City Manager in the City of Riverside, Scott Barber was forced to resign over issues with City Council members Mike Soubirous and Paul Davis.  Also it is public knowledge that Mr. Russo was in a feud with Mayor Jane Quan, good luck with Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey.  One more thing, Mr. Russo need to know that the City of Riverside has the best public speakers that will keep him fully informed. One of the The Oakland A”s owner says he is full of “empty rhetoric” and he wanted to be MAYOR!  Be careful Bailey you may have competition. Hopefully he (Russo) won’t get to bored in Riverside.  I’m sure we can keep him entertained.  I give him two years.  Can’t wait to meet.  WELCOME MR. RUSSO.

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According to the Mercury News Russo is disrespectful to public speakers…is the City of Riverside just getting a hybrid of former City Attorney Gregory Priamos and former City Manager Brad Hudson with a little asshole on the side?  Also mentioned, was that Russo has developed a reputation as someone who cannot let criticism or even minor points go by without a defensive response, and frequently an aggressive one.

In an interview with KQED News, Russo states that the reason he left the City of Oakland to the City Manager position in Alameda, was the following: “I believe this a morally corrupt government and I just didn’t want to serve anymore in that capacity.

GETTING TO KNOW YOUR NEW CITY MANAGER: CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW YOUTUBE VIDEO INTERVIEW OF A VERY APPROACHABLE MR. JOHN RUSSO

SOME SAID HE WAS ANGRY, ABRASIVE, DISRESPECTFUL AND RUDE IN THIS VIDEO (CLICK LINK TO VIEW YOU TUBE)

A’S CO-OWNER BITCH SLAPS JOHN RUSSO: Guy T. Saperstein, a co-owner of the Oakland A’s, went after Oakland City Attorney John Russo today in an op-ed published in the Tribune. Saperstein accuses Russo of “empty rhetoric” for his op-ed published last week and of being a “grandstanding” politician who simply wants “to be the next mayor.”

xvolincali, commenter on the PE  “Worst City Manager in Alameda history. Good luck with this snake. Good riddance.”  –An Alameda resident

That’s okay Alameda resident, some city’s deal with field snakes, here in Riverside we are use to dealing with Cobras…we are snake trainers.
I’m from the City of Alameda CA. It was just announced here today, that our City Manager John Russo has been hired, by the City of Riverside. All that i can advise the Citizens of Riverside is to GET READY. More than likely Mr. Russo will need to hire an Assistant City Manager along with who know’s what else. At our city council meetings he would interrupt speakers and belittle them, should they say something that he didn’t like. Lately he has kept his mouth shut since the election of a new Mayor, who wasn’t going to let Mr. Russo’s mouth run amok. All I can say in closing is (in my opinion) you’ve been had, good luck, your’e going to need it!   Dennis Laine, Alameda, CA, Commenter on the Press Enterprise
“I think he’s going to be a high-octane city manager who likes to get things done,” Councilman Jim Perry said. Well alrighty now Mr. Perry, maybe that’s why he is being recalled.  Sort of like the 2 Billion dollar mess former City Manager Brad Hudson left us with.
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John Russo, Zorro, champion of the underdog and defender of the common man; or low-down outlaw and notorious gang leader?

As we at TMC wax nostalgic over the passing of the largest tax increase in the history of the City of Riverside just over a year ago, we pass along these gems, proving once again: the more things change, the more they stay the same in the ole’ River City…

Exhibit A, Councilman Mike Soubirous, 11/30/2017, a year after the passage of Measure Z:

As a 2013 candidate for Council I was against the GFT (Measure A). Mostly out of principle because I thought that the City should not have to rely upon the GFT to make ends meet. At the time, being an outsider (not on the Council) not knowing our City’s true financial status, I believed that if we needed that transfer that much we must be in bad shape financially. After the former City management team left and newly hired City Manager John Russo and his staff came on board, it was discovered that the City was about $11.5 million in the hole (or $11-1/2 million less than what Council had been told we had). In order to balance the budget Council immediately implemented 4% across-the-board cuts to all departments/services (June, 2016). We also discovered additional bond debt that was kept somewhat quiet.  We were headed down the path toward bankruptcy had we not taken the immediate budget cutting action!

The residents/voters saw the Council initiated reforms and pledges to pay down debts, raise our dwindling reserves (from 15% to 20% – actually at the time down to 13%) while balancing key infrastructure and public safety needs. So the residents voted to approve Measure Z. Since May, 2015,the City Council and Executive Management team has promoted an openness, transparency track and have been improving the City’s economic development/building & safety/planning business model (more business friendly) customer service oriented position. Things are headed in the right direction! Problem is, the economy is not growing very fast (tax revenue) and is staying somewhat flat. Flat is better than trending down, but means we will probably have to impose ANOTHER 4% across-the-board cuts this June (2018) to again balance the budget. This is good for taxpayers as our City is becoming financially leaner and leaner. Doing more with way less. But not so good for those who want City services right now or five minutes ago. So by cutting back on the GFT at this point would mean imposing more than the upcoming anticipated 4% across-the-board cuts to all departments and services. Most who voted for the Measure Z (1 cent per dollar sales tax) did so to keep or advance City owned tree trimming, road paving, hiring of more police and some infrastructure projects in place or actually (finally) catching-up.

                      

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Exhibit B, City Manager John Russo and sidekick Natasha Fatale Marianna Marysheva, 4/23/16, seven months or so before the vote on Measure Z:

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.

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.

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.

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. But as we work through this difficult process, please keep in mind that Riverside is in good financial condition overall, and that this process is only going to make that even stronger.

                   

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So who are we to believe regarding the financial condition of the City of Riverside in 2016?  Staff prior to the passage of the Measure Z ballot measure, a $50+ million new annual sales tax; or an elected official afterwards?  Well neither, of course!  Butttttttttt, neither were technically (fingers crossed) lying either…the key word being “imminent” when it came to the timing of bankruptcy.

Staff and the Council knew back in early 2016 (and looooong before that for some of them) that the City had been hiding its true liabilities off-balance-sheet for years.  Trouble was, the cows were soon to be returning to the barn, where they was no hay. We’ll even give you TMC’s version of proof of this knowledge: former Finance Director Brent Mason was scapegoated fired within months of Assistant City Manager Marysheva arrived on the scene.  Given the tremendous leeway the City has traditionally afforded other overpaid, hack executive employees caught with their pants down hands in the cookie jar, so they could either “retire” or “seek better opportunities,” while staying on the City payroll for much greater time periods, we must conclude Mr. Mason did something fairly egregious to merit his ignoble departure.  Marysheva described it at the time as, “The city has a history of unbalanced budgets, but those imbalances have been disguised,” while ex-City Councilman Paul Davis described it more in layman terms: “cooking the books”.

But the real truth would have to wait until 2017 because Harold Hill John Russo had a tremendous idea at the time and just the right strategy to pull it off.  And that hustle plan was the Wells Fargo Wagon Measure Z good folks.  And along the way he would seduce one spinster librarian loner Councilman and perhaps fool the whole town into believing his shipoopi.  But that fine story is for another day…but with a twist we’ll bet you didn’t see coming!  Then you may have been caught with your pants down in River City.

Instead of hustlers and charlatans, put your faith in Thirty Miles of Corruption, who last time we checked received no income or favors from any local government source: we predicted years ago that the City would run out of money by 2016 …  and as they like to say at the Goeske Center, “B-I-N-G-O!” (another pyrrhic victory…hooray!)

Long-time readers will remember how we and our band of, “perennial critics,” trudged over to council chambers week after week after week to warn of impending financial collapse, and our dear “leaders” (gulp) only response was to call us crazy or deranged.  As the old adage goes: if you can’t attack the message, attack the messenger.  And so who’s crazy now?  With gargantuan unpaid pension liabilities, fully-leveraged assets with bonds that need to be paid, and skyrocketing taxes, fees and rates … yep, there’s still going to be plenty of trouble; right here in the ole’ River City.  More to come.

Brent Mason, Recycled Trash Sent to San Bernardino

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RIVERSIDE CITY HALL KEEPS ON TOSSING POLITICAL ROADBLOCKS, BUT HE KEEPS ON GOING…AND GOING…

Kim Kardashian may have a sex tape, but Councilman Mike Soubirous now has a water tape.  Who would be behind the new round of high school antics at City Hall?  Among the list of of roadblocks Soubirous encountered as he was voted into office were as follows…  First, you cannot “Like” the City of Riverside Facebook site if you are Council Candidate, because that would give constituents and residents the wrong idea.  Then we had the citation for campaign signs, Riverside famiglias within City Hall, decided to give Soubirios a run for his money by citing him for inappropriate sign placing, even if it wasn’t his campaign people, but a private citizen, who had relocated one sign to his own grass area in front of his own home!  I bet if they just called Zellerbach he would have been happy to come by in his county car, and rip that sign out of the ground and accidently toss it out onto the highway, as a favor to City.  Then the $100K hearing debacle, instigated by two of the most narcissistic and insecure people known, Chief Sergio Diaz and City Manager Scott Barber.  Now we have a hit piece by the Press Enterprise, the Center for Investigative Reporting (investigative team of Lance Williams & Katherine Mieszkowski) and KNBC’s Colleen Williams and Joel Grover.  Incidentaly, TMC was told that this investigation was initiated in and about March 2014, the same time as the investigation by Diaz and Barber were playing out.  This was of course before the passing of the July 2014 Water Conservation Ordinance.  Conspiracy or Coincidence?  Timing is everything when you are in the job of character assassinations.  Well in viewing over the scenario, the usual suspects come to mind, former KNBC reporter Mary Parks?  Former PE reporter and current Riverside City Hall Spokeshole, Phil Pitchford?  The Greater Riverside Chamber’s Ms.Cindy Roth?  Mr.Ron Redfern (former Press Enterprise Editor and now Chairman of the Greater Riverside Chamber working with Ms. Roth)?  Mayor Bailey? Former Mayor Loveridge?  Councilman Steve Adams?  City Manager Scott Barber?  Chief of Police Sergio Diaz?  Former Soubirous opponent and candidate for Council Valerie Hill?  Riverside Police Officer’s Asssociation (RPOA) Police Union President Brian Smith?

  Is this the best they can do to discredit a councilman by political assassination?  The powerhouse Riverside famiglias our out to get him, but this guy keeps on going!  Why is it that certain Riverside famiglias wish Soubiroius to resign?  While the people are stating otherwise.  If the Center of Investigative Reporting really did their homework they would open up a whole Pandora’s Box of corruption.  What KNBC, the PE and CIR didn’t get, was that TMC’s Center for Investigative Reporting stumbled upon the road blocks used in order to persuade one unruly Councilman, when a “go along, get along,” attitude is not followed.  The ACME Product Catalog !

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Not to mention, the addition of Wile E. Coyote on the City of Riverside payroll, which can definitely cause havoc in a Councilman’s daily endeavors.  To the TMC investigative staff, that’s dam good research! Something that the CIR (Center for Investigative Reporting) should be able to get some pointers from.

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THANKS AGAIN TO OUR CRACK TMC CENTER FOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING FOR THIS EXCLUSIVE BREAK THROUGH!

The following is a check made out to Wile E. Coyote Enterprises, a smoking gun, if I may say so..  Again, this check was cut, coincidentally, just under the $50,000.00 dollar amount allowed per City Charter, by the City Manager without Council approval.  With all this in play, makes me wonder what happened to Detective Jeff Collopy?  Was he not good enough? Diabolical enough? Clever as a Coyote enough?  Well the City went all out for the expert assassin.  TMC’s Center for Investigative Reporting is still attempting to assess if there is any connection between Detective Jeff Collopy, RPD Sergent Brian Smith, Chief Sergio Diaz and Mr. Coyote…  Of course Mr. Coyote’s resume states his experience with rabbits…  We found one such victim, a Mr. Bugs Bunny out in the Bahamas, under the FBI Protective Witness Program.  It’s all looney as a toon can get!

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In retrospect, I guess if 2013 was a rainy year we wouldn’t have this story, but with El Nino on the horizon this Fall 2014, I would imagine this would be a non issue.  With or without El Nino it’s a non-issue.  But if you are Mike Soubirous, that is a different story.  Water, was never an issue in the City of Riverside.  But the point is that Council made water conservation an issue in July 2014, including Soubirious, we didn’t have to in the City of Riverside, because we have plenty of water.  Yes Soubirious voted for it, but it seems his only crime was not changing his timer from 7 days to 4 days.  All his water use was legal!  Conservation was only voluntary before July 2014, since we had so much of it.  But the reality is as follows, if we currently sell 20% of our water to other municipalities at a profit, how much more can the City of Riverside make with selling 30%, or even 40% by enacting a “Faux Drought?”  That is the real issue, that is the real story.  It’s another example of the news medias “failure to communicate,” and investigate the true crux of a story.

KNBC states that as California’s drought worsened from 2012 to 2013, he (Soubirous) consumed enough water to supply eight California households – more than any other top water official in the state, records show.  The statement is absolutely correct, property size is relative to the water usage.  Soubirious property can be divided into 7 to 8 lots, therefore if each lot is using 125,000 gallons per year.  If you divide a million by 8 you get 125,000 gallons.  So what is the problem folks?  All within normal average household ranges.  Well it seems that KNBC, the Press Enterprise and Center for Investigative Reporting get’s the “Duh” Award, yep, even AP is laughing..  Let’s get real, I know that in our neigborhood, people are still washing down the driveways and sidewalks, and watering their lawns during the day and loading up there pools, no one seems to really care in Riverside, because we don’t have to.  The fact of the matter is that the amount of water used is proportional to the property size.

With this investigation KNBC, the PE and the CIR allegedly forgot to do, is to check into the other Council members, such as Chris Mac Arthur, who own a multitude of orange groves which need an enormous amount of water, much more than reported by Soubirous.  Then we have Councilman Paul Davis, who believes he actually uses more water on his property than Soubirous.  The Center of Investigative Reporting and KNBC failed to investigate this obvious point.  Was this on purpose?  Or just a professional oversight?  When City Officials and Elects are involved with DUI’s, Parking Lot Sex, Drugs, Misappropriation of Funds, Interference with the promotional process, wrecking cars and recent alleged rape, it’s all an abberration.  But sprinkler heads becomes the big issue.  If KNBC, the PE and the Center for Investigative Reporting finds this big news, than they are not investigating the mother load of corruption which resides in the City of Riverside.  Again, it’s not about sprinkler heads.  KNBC has already had their bouts with bad news reporting as in cutting, splicing and editing to format a particular view point.  So KNBC already has a track record of deceiving the public.

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What Joel Grover of KNBC doesn’t know is that the City of Riverside is on a punitive water rates.  Small homes less water, larger homes more water, it’s all relative in the larger scheme of things.  But did they mention that the ordinance was only enacted in July 2014, so where are their numbers coming from?  The Center for Investigative Reporting, possibly just forgot to investigate the real truth?  Well, all right..it’s obvious they were interested in the truth

But is there more to this picture than meet the eye?  Is their a conspiratorial nexus between KNBC’s Colleen Williams, former KNBC’s news reporter Mary Parks and former council opponent to Soubiroius, Valerie Hill?  According to the Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center web site, all three are listed!

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The following is a youtube which shows KNBC’s Colleen Williams and Riverside’s own and former KNBC reporter, Mary Parks.

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Again on KFI 640 AM Radio Councilman Mike Soubirous was crucified by the John and Ken Show via the KNBC report.

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Is there a nexus?  What TMC’s Center for Investigations found was the following.  Channel 9 signed on the air as KFI-TV on August 25, 1948, owned by Earle C. Anthony alongside KFI radio (640 AM).[1] The station initially broadcast a limited schedule, and formally began operations on October 6, 1948.[2]  Though KFI had long been affiliated with NBC Radio, KFI-TV did not affiliate with the then-upstart NBC Television Network as it was building its own station, KNBH (channel 4, now KNBC), which went on the air in January 1949.  Yep, KNBC connected to KFI Radio 640 AM.

Even local Press Enterprise Cassie Macduff decided to throw a few punches why’ll the going was good but made no attempt to contact Councilman Mike Soubirous for a response, or even attempt her own investigation.  Reading her post, it contains the same talking points as all the other articles with no research regarding how Councilman Mike Soubirous water usage is not that big of a deal.  Cassie should know that the new law was enacted in July 2014, prior to that it was legal to use as much water as you needed, some people even have Gage Canal shares and can basically run their water down the streets.  Cassie should know that the City of Riverside (the public) owns their own water rights, hence, Riverside Public Utilities.  Incidentally, the Press Enterprise resides in the  City of Riverside and Cassie MacDuff works in Riverside.  Why didn’t she ask the basic question or set a direction for the truth?  The only issue Soubirous as many residents have come out to say, is that they didn’t adjust their timers for 4 days of week instead of 7, from the end of July 2014 to when the story came out.  Shame on KNBC Colleen Williams and for KNBC reporter Mary Parks (Coincidentally, now works for DA Zellerbach’s office), Joel Grover, KFI 640 John and Ken and Riverside’s Press Enterprise and their cast of character reporters, Phil Pitchford now works for the City of Riverside and Ron Redfern now with the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce (How convenient).  Investigative reporting is dead, and if what is considered mainstream investigative such as the Center for Investigative Reporting in San Francisco, we have a problem.  They evidently couldn’t cut to the real issue in the City of Riverside.  What we have in the City of Riverside is corruption that far outweighs the City of Bell.  If any reporter from another news agency has the guts to come and investigate, I welcome it, but when we have an alleged nexus such as this, attempting to destroy the good name of a Councilman, because he is actually doing the work of the people, this should not be a problem.  The problem becomes he does not fall in line with “status quo,” that seems to be a contradiction, even if it points to the media.  We need to bring forth the real corruption, even if it is within mainstream media.  As of now, I can tell you, the whole City is Watching!

What people don’t know regarding the California Mandatory Water Restrictions, is that the City of Riverside never had to comply, since Riverside water regulations are pre-1916.  So the story goes that he (Soubiroius) used 1 million gallons of water between 2012 to 2013.  Well so what, all completely legal, some people within the community use even more.  One of the stupidest things the Council did was pass the Ordinance to comply with California water conservation regulations..  We didn’t have to, we always had plenty of water, but they did.   Some neighbors of Soubirous, actually used more than a 1 million gallons of water, even up to 2 million.  So what the the media is whining about including the PE is nonsense!  Many people in the City don’t know or understand the real truth of the situation.  The only reason to conserve water in the City of Riverside is that we can sell more at a profit to outside municipalities.  We currently sell about 20% of water harvested from the Bunker Hill Basin, if we could sell 30% to outside municipalities we make mint.  Problem is that the debt service in Riverside is increasing more than the incoming revenues.  With downgrades in our Sewer Bonds we cannot refinanced them.  That’s another story the PE won’t print.  You still need to ask the question, of why the powers want Councilman Mike Soubirous out!  I do know why, take it back, I do know why… working on my own time on this site or not getting paid for this, I’ve seen it.  The City of Riverside doesn’t really embrace honest representatives of the people.  But I believe the corruption may extend even beyond the City of Riverside.

According to the PE:

His hilltop property, fronted and backed by lawns, guzzled more than a million gallons a year as the drought worsened from 2012 to 2013, the center reported. It named Soubirous as the worst water waster among water policymakers in the state. -Cassie Macduff, PE

A Center for Investigative Reporting story this week showed that some of the state’s top water wasters are people whose agencies have imposed restrictions on watering – and three of the worst are from Riverside. -Cassie Macduff, PE

If Cassie did her homework, she would find that many in Riverside out use Soubirous, and some our in the 2 million gallon arena for 2012 to 2013, which of course is completely legal.

I believe the mandatory water conservation measures were put in place in 2014, so don’t we need to have this information before throwing so many stones? The City of Riverside has punitive water rates, meaning the more you use, the more you are punished in your bill. If Councilman Soubirous pays his bills, and thereby subsidizes the rest of the system (which I’m not even sure is legal in and of itself), I’m not so concerned about how much water he’s used in the past.If he broke rules this summer that he himself made, he needs to pay whatever fines the City is administering for such violations. Hopefully, he learns a lesson in the process. Let’s remember though, the City of Riverside itself has no dire water shortage itself unlike the State in general.Also, I would expect folks at the top of the food chain to have larger lot sizes for their homes, and hence, be larger consumers of water. This sample set is therefore biased to paint these folks in a bad light from the get go.  -Jason Hunter, Commeter on the PE
During my campaign for City Council, I brought copies of my water bills to forums and debates to bring to light the tiered billing system in place. I have been very open about it. Last summer I contacted my utility (water) provider to inquire about water saving sprinkler nozzles – which were installed in late February 2014. The utility’s contractor replaced every sprinkler head. I paid money above and beyond the rebate offer to complete the project. In addition, the contractor optimized my sparkler timer for most efficient use, timing and cycling. I have seen some reduction, and am finding ways to reduce further. Fake grass would run in the tens of thousands to install and has a life-cycle of 12 to 15 years. I am trying to do all I can to reduce the amount of water i use. I have removed sections of my grass in order to try other landscape options. I have lived in this house since 2006. I am currently serving my first term – and am serving with no pay. I will continue to find ways to cut my water use. BTW: I recently found out that the “CCF’s” listed on our water bills means “Hundred Cubic Feet.” I checked further to find out what this means in gallons. I did the math using the conversion 100 CCF’s = 748 gallons or one CCF = 7.48 gallons. Check your bill to find out your gallon usage – you might be surprised to find out how many gallons you use in a year. I was. Now I’m finding ways to cut that number.   -Councilman Mike Soubirous, Commmenter on the PE.
According to Councilman Soubirous in a comment in the PE:

Michael Soubirous · · Top Commenter · Council Member Ward 3 at City of Riverside, CA – City Government

We were not on drought restriction when I applied for the sprinkler head rebate. There is concern over my water use for three years back? No mention of my cutting back the required 15% – which was done. Yes, messed up on the 7 day thing for a week or so, but was corrected when told. Not a planned thing. My water use is consistent with my surrounding area. I don’t waste. I just keep my front green so I don’t get a cite. The back yard is about half gone, all dirt and dying shrubs. That didn’t get reported. Seems like a lot was left out of the press the last few days. It’s always nice to read your statement in a quote that was taken out of context and clarifying parts left out. Yep, that’s fair and balanced reporting. Funny how one article will quote another and the second quoter relies on the first source to be accurate. Nice.
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PICTURES SHOW SOUBIROUS BACK AND SURROUNDING LAWN WHICH WAS RIPPED OUT IN JANUARY 2014, IN FEBRUARY, THE SPRINKLER HEADS WERE CHANGED AND TIMERS WERE SET AT 7 DAYS A WEEK, PERFECTLY LEGAL, UNTIL THE END OF JULY 2014.(CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE)
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Also, I would expect folks at the top of the food chain to have larger lot sizes for their homes, and hence, be larger consumers of water. This sample set is therefore biased to paint these folks in a bad light from the get go.   – Jason Hunter · Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)  –  Commenter on the PE.

The fact continues to remain, is that the City of Riverside by virtue of owning their own public utilities, doesn’t have to abide by post 1916 rules regarding water restrictions as set forth by the California Constitution.  We have enough water in the Bunker Hill Basin for City of Riverside residents to run water down the streets!  Which means we own it! you, me and all residents in Riverside.  Another story here, is the abuse of our Public Utilities.  Further what KNBC and the Center for Investigative Reporting doesn’t know is that Universities are exempt, and even swimming pools are exempt..that would pass the million gallon mark!  Let’s look at Riverside Community College’s Pool and the amount of water they use, or UCR, or California Baptist University.  The joke in Riverside is that are front lawns may be “brown”, but our backyard pools are “blue.”

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                              CITY COUNCIL MEMORANDUM                                     RIVERSIDE WATER ORDINANCE

Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) is in a unique position relative to the statewide drought picture. Because RPU’s water sources are groundwater, primarily from adjudicated basins, conservation action by Riverside residents does not create additional statewide water supply per se. In fact, much of Riverside’s water re source is available on a “use-it or lose-it” basis. The structure of the court adjudication does not allow water to be saved and “banked” for future years. Furthermore, while groundwater levels have declined in recent years, RPU is not in a position to declare Moderate or Severe water shortages as required to implement current conservation ordinances.  A more viable strategy is to allow agencies like RPU to produce adjudicated supplies and share with neighboring agencies.
In order to remain in compliance with the emergency regulations issued by the SWRCB, staff recommends that the City Council implement an emergency Water Conservation Ordinance.
FISCAL IMPACT:Measurable effects from customer response to the recommended conservation measures could negatively impact future Fiscal Year 20 15 and potentially Fiscal Year 2016 revenues. Additionally, there will be some non-de-minimus costs associated with enhanced customer outreach and communication. These costs will be absorbed within the approved budget and rate plans.
So they will increase are water rates!

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The above is from Blue Riverside, in their Q&A portion the question arises as to what if I have a pool?  It pretty much states not to worry about it.  This site also encourages neighbors to snitch on neighbors.

So by declaring and adopting the California Water Conservation rules, RPU can now increase their water supplies in order to sell more water to outside neighboring agencies. The truth of the matter is why did council pass this ordinance against the stock holders of the water rights, the residents?  Most of these violations will lye on the residents who are just attempting to make a living and pay their bills. I can only see that it was profit driven, maybe to help pay for the City’s increasing debt service.  Also, remember, approximately 20% of our water is sold to Western Municipal.  So our we conserving water so that we may be able to sell more off to other communities for a higher profit?  Then cite the citizens on water violations to increase profits?  Then we will be asked to use less water, then they will raise water rates to increase profits. You will use less and pay more.  Then they will manipulate the tier pricing seasonally or at will to increase even more profits. People in the City of Riverside, you need to start going to city council!  Why would Ward 1 Councilman Mike Gardner, who worked as an executive for Edison, vote for this uneccessary mandatory conservation?  The question is, “Why did Council decide to breach the residents ownership of water rights in order to make a profit?”  This simply appears to nurture another law suit against the City of Riverside for failing in their duty to protect the taxpayer.
Yes the law is the law, if within those two months Soubirous and others were in violation, they should be handed out a warning citation, as Code Enforcement does.  If not fixed they should be cited and fined!  In the City of Riverside they are just not doing that.  That’s another story for KNBC and the PE.  Warning Citations for a violation to be rendered, Soubirous did just that.  Make no mistake residents of Riverside, you may “Own It” but your water rates, electric rates and sewer rates will be going up.  The corruption is deep and you need to get smart, and the facts are in the documents, and the documents tell the truth, if you can handle the truth.  The media sources are not telling you the truth.  Good Luck Riverside, I am almost done fighting corruption in the City of Riverside, and may just move to the Beach area as well, Rancho Santa Fe or Del Mar sounds good.  We must make it perfectly clear, what was Coucnilman Soubirous actually guilty of?  Not his water use, that was all legal.  But failing to adjust his timer from 7 days a week to 4?  Yes, that was all this media frenzy was all about, the seven days.  There would be no story if the timer was changed to four days, a simple fix.
What we see here with Councilman Soubirous, is a “failure to communicate.”  A failure to communicate by the City and it’s Go-Along-Get-Along-Cohorts, who have done everything that the people don’t want, but everything that they want, that’s called corruption.  Soubirous happened to do what the people want, I guess you can’t do that, and that is your crime.

THE FAUX DROUGHT IN THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE CONTINUES TO FESTER..BROWN LAWN CITATIONS, BUT POOLS ..ARE OKAY?  It’s never clear what the residents are suppose to do in the City of Riverside.  Build it and they will come…Brockton Bike Lane Restriping…people are still waiting to see the droves of bicyclist.  Can’t water your lawns between certain hours, cut down 15% water usage, but if you have a swimming pool don’t worry about it?  But what are Riverside Residents saying?

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“BROWN LAWNS ARE SEXY” THE NEW TREND IN SHABBY CHIC IN RIVERSIDE?  OR, OUR FRONT LAWN MAY BE “BROWN”, BUT OUR BACK POOL IS “BLUE!” AS ONE RIVERSIDE HAPPY FAMILY STATES!

But for Code Enforcement Officers in Riverside who just don’t understand, it may cost you to be “Shabby Chic” in Riverside…  In the whole scheme of things, and in Riverside, the drought is a scheme, you didn’t hear from me, we just may have a “Failure to Communicate” by City Officials..  “Some Men You Cannot Reach”… you may not be able to if you cannot communicate.. duh..  Sometimes getting a good cold cocked in the back of the head can straighten a Riverside resident.  I imagine this because many in the neighborhood are afraid, and again, I say, afraid to argue with the City, or make their opinions known, without the feeling of retaliation by Riverside City Officials or the Riverside Police Department, as their bonafide enforcer.  But many are secretly stating “F” Riverside Code Enforcement.  Residents in the community just want to be let alone… Unfortunately, Councilman Mike Gardner is not really tied into the community as he thinks he is.

CoolHandLukeWATCH YOUTUBE VERSION HERE…

Or do we just have a problem with color in the City of Riverside?  We prefer “Green” over “Brown?”  Why is Brown so bad?  It simply is the most cost effective color which actually supports all aspects of the mandatory drought resolution in the City of Riverside.  But Riverside Code sees an opportunity, and residents are seeing in now..and realizing the city just doesn’t give a rats ass for the concerns of the residents.  The contradiction again is that Riverside is promoting the fact that the residents “Own” their utilities!  Well if we own it shouldn’t we be treated as stock holders and receive dividends, instead  of them making the owners of the utilities feel like criminals?  Interesting enough, this comes from Jack B. Clarke, Jr., Attorney from Best Best & Krieger.  Some say Best Best & Krieger pretty much owns Riverside politics.  Well anyway, Jack attempted to have Riverside City Hall renamed under former Mayor Ron Loveridge

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Guess how many gallons I used legally between 2012-2013..

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Councilman Paul Davis and Councilman Chris Mac Arthur…Guess how many gallons I used legally between 2012-2013?

Remember, we were never in a drought in California, we over extended ourselves by bad building and planning decision.  California had always had limited resources regarding water, and growth should have been taken into consideration.  Your representatives are responsible for that.

NO ON MEASURE-L SPOKEN BY RIVERSIDE’S OWN RETIRED  AND FAVORITE PRESS ENTERPRISE REPORTER, DAN BERNSTEIN:

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW YOUTUBE VIDEO BY BERNSTEIN’S NO ON MEASURE L POSITION

JUST FOR LAUGHS…..

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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 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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RIVERSIDE’S OWN THREE STOOGES: SHEMP BAILEY, LARRY BARBER AND THE INCOMPARABLE AND GOD LIKE (ACCORDING TO RPOA PRESIDENT BRIAN SMITH) MOE DIAZ!  ANOTHER EPISODE OF MALICE IN THE PALACE AT CITY HALL?

THE JULY 22, 2014 COUNCILMAN MIKE SOUBIROUS HEARING INVESTIGATING CHARTER VIOLATIONS AND A HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT BY CITY MANAGER SCOTT BARBER AND CHIEF OF POLICE SERGIO DIAZ RESORTING TO PREFIDIOUS THIRD PARTY INFORMATION. (CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW ON YOUTUBE).  ALSO NONE OF THE INTERVIEWEES WERE SWORN OATH.  SECONDLY, GUMPORT MASTAN FAILED TO UPHOLD SOUBIROUS “DUE PROCESS” BY OUR US CONSTITUTION’S FOURTEENTH AMENDMENT.  IT APPEARS THAT THIS LAW FIRM ATTEMPTED TO “WING” IT.

WE SAW THE RUSH TO JUDGEMENT BY THE THREE…THE THREE STOOGES IN THE COUNCILMAN MIKE SOUBIROUS INVESTIGATIONAL DEBACLE, BUT WHAT ABOUT COUNCILMAN PAUL DAVIS?  WAS THERE A PROBLEM REGARDING THE PAUL DAVIS INVESTIGATION?  The City of Riverside’s contract with the law firm Gumport Mastan was signed and dated a day before it should have been voted on it in closed session by council for the following day.  This opens up the question, have there been other instances of criminal activity such as this with reference to Brown Act violations.  Is this conspiratorial behavior a pattern with certain council members and staff?  Is signing a contract before council approving a contract a commong practice?  The April 14, 2014 document below displays City Manager Scott Barbers thanks to Councilmember/Mayor ProTemp Steve Adams and Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey.  I find this rather eGREGious in the fact that the very next day City Attorney Greg Priamos placed the issue to be heard on April 22, 2014 in a Closed Session conference.

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EMAIL MEMORANDUM BY THE WHINER HIMSELF, CITY MANAGER SCOTT BARBER (click image to enlarge above)

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PRIAMOS PLACES ISSUE TO BE HEARD IN CLOSED SESSIONS(click image to enlarge above)

Now remember the Closed Session meeting of which the Councilman Paul Davis is to be heard is on April 22, 2014.  What happens next, is again eGREGious is that the contract with the Los Angeles Law Firm of Gumport Mastan is signed April 21, 2014, the day before the hearing!  Of course it was eGREGiously solidified by our City Attorney Greg Priamos.  Should he be disbarred?

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW FULL CONTRACT SIGNED BY COUNCILMAN & MAYOR PRO-TEMP STEVE ADAMS AGAINST COUNCILMAN PAUL DAVIS FOR THE ATTORNEY SERVICES OF GUMPORT MASTAN…THE SAME FIRM HIRED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE TO DEFEND DAVIS IN A DIFFERENT CASE!

On April 22, 2014, one of these two closed session items below were to discuss Councilman Paul Davis’s Investigation.

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 CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW FULL AGENDA

We believe that this investigation was hatched, plotted and conducted totally behind closed doors.  There were “Secret Meetings” at hand.  There are generally three topics that keep public official’s discussion of any topic behind closed doors – and even those sessions are audio recorded in case of lawsuit or other court order.  They are union bargaining, discussing employee performance/adverse action such as punishment for wrong-doing and potential/pending lawsuits against the City.  That’s about it.  Conduct of elected officials IS NOT on that list.  And employees that file complaints are not on that list – only THEIR job performance, not anything or everything related to there employment such as filing against their boss or elected officials.
The City conducted “Secret Meetings” all at taxpayer expense to ensure that Diaz’ and Barber’s job positions were secure.  That’s the bottom line here.  Quite remarkable!  Diaz is already receiving a pension from LAPD for almost a quarter million!  The unfortunate double dipping continues with the new hiring of the Fire Chief Michael D. Moore!  Is this a continuing saga in how the unions can allow retirement pensions at an early term, then most employees, of course are not really ready to retire, so they go for another position somewhere else!  Is Double Dipping a new blood sport for public employees, because of unions?  This is another aspect of the abuse of taxpayer monies, which of course, doesn’t occur in the private sector!  I have nothing against the guy, but if you are going to retire, retire… most don’t, it only appears as another opportunity to start all over again, to take more taxpayer money.  Shame on him if this is the case.  My point is, that the retirement system is broken and open to abuse by public employees!
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So if acceptable to discuss and plot behind “Closed Doors,” then why was it suddenly okay to bring it before the public (The Soubirous’ “Hearing”)?  And, if it something that can be discussed in open session (which it was on July 22nd) then why was it even discussed at all behind closed doors?  Can’t have it both ways.  RPOA President, Sergeant Brian Smith says in his first Council appearance that he met with City Manager Scott Barber and Chief of Police Sergio Diaz,  and they decided to investigate.  In Barber’s memo in the Davis’ investigation, he closes with his memo to Beetle Bailey and the Mr. Liability himself, Adams – “Thank you for investigating” this.  Wow, all these were decided BEHIND CLOSED DOORS – “Secret Meetings” before it went to Council – who heard this behind closed doors  “Secret Meetings.”  Cover Up at City Hall.  Or maybe Monte “City” Hall – what’s behind Door #1?  Let’s Make A Deal Show… SICK!  Folks we have something more egregious than Bell.  Eat your heart out Cindy Roth, no more taxpayer hand outs!
So what we have is the Clowns on the Cowncil bought into a plan that was hatched behind closed doors.  Scott, Sergio, Steve and Rusty all collaborated in Illegal Secret Meetings to craft, orchestrate and design how they would each file – they went to their respective (disrespective) offices and crafted “complaint” memos, after knowing what each other had just discussed – Holy Conspiracy Batman!
 
THE DOUBLE HIGH BALL AT MARIO’S PLACE, DID IT CURE THE RESIDENTS PAIN OF THEIR EXCESSIVE TAXES AND FAUX DROUGHT RESTRICTIONS?  NO, NO, NO CHIEF DIAZ! WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT MENS BALLS…IT’S “HIGH BALL”, IT’S A DRINK..
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Councilman Mike Gardner came into a high-falutin bar known as Mario’s Place Restaurant on University Avenue, with what was reported as an “angry” or “agitated” demeanor and ordered up a “High Ball.”   He sucked it down in a one gulp, placed his glass firmly on the bar, and quickly and asked the bartender to get him another…  He drank that one down in a quick gulp sitting again, paid his bill and left….  With two high balls under the Councilman’s belt, did he leave to do the work of the people driving off into the sunset DUI’ing on his Segway?
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By the way, this is what we call hearsay, TMC received this by first party information, but sometimes the city would like to deal with third party information, as in the Soubirous investigation, as if it was first party information.  Was he sober on this train?  Council member’s, be very careful of about what bar you’re patronizing and who is sitting next to you, it could be a good friend of Vivian’s.

COUNCILMAN MIKE GARDNER’S DRINK RECIPE FOR A “HIGH BALL” IS AS FOLLOWS:

Instructions

Simple as the highball may be, it’s not without principles:

Use a tall — at least 12 ounces — narrow-mouthed glass (which preserves the bubbles). Put in the ice — 2 or 3 cubes are plenty. Some Brits prefer theirs without ice. Let ’em go it on their own hook.

Next, pour your chosen liquor — the highball began as a whiskey drink, but soon became less exclusive — over the ice. Don’t slug it: it’s better to have two pleasant belts than one knuckle-duster (although if the drink’s potency is the result of a bartender’s kindness, it would of course be churlish to kick about it). For normal use, 2 or 3 ounces should do nicely.

Finally, pour in the sparkling water (club soda or seltzer). If at all possible, this should be refrigerated in order to keep the ice from melting prematurely and drowning the bubbles. How much fizz? Less than twice the amount of hooch is too strong, more than three times too weak.

No need to stir — if the water’s got any life left in it, the bubbles will take care of that. In any case, avoid stirring with metal, which is supposed to “squelch” the bubbles. “If one of your guests is stir-crazy,” our 1949 Handbook for Hosts advises, “give him a plastic or glass swizzle stick.” In any case, serve it up immediately.

A TRIBUTE TO RIVERSIDE’S OWN WRITER FOR THE PRESS ENTERPRISE…DAN BERSTEIN.  SOMEONE WHO COULD TAKE THE CITY’S SPIN ON PERCEPTION AND GIVE RIVERSIDE RESIDENTS PERSPECTIVE!
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WHAT WOULD THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE DO IF OUR VERY OWN INCOMPARABLE CHIEF OF POLICE DIDN’T HAVE A FEMININE SIDE…
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AND OF COURSE, WE AS A COMMUNITY EMBRACE THAT…
AS A TMC REPORTER, I WOULDN’T SEE IT PASS MY DISCRETION THAT THE TWO (BARBER AND DIAZ) WERE REALLY OUT FOR THEMSELVES, AS OPPOSED TO THEIR LOYALTY TO THE TAXPAYER.
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

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RIVERSIDE COUNCILMAN PAUL DAVIS GET’S SMART..

Councilman Paul Davis made the call to State Controller John Chiang’s office in order to initiate an audit this past Wednesday morning.  At City Council this past Tuesday, questions just seemed to abound in the audience, and when the answers to questions  just seemed not to be right, it just generated more questions.  The more questions that were asked specifically two Council member Davis and Soubirous, just seem to cause blow back by City personnel.  But why?  In July 2009 the rate for a single family dwelling was $14.94.  By July 2014, the rate was to be $28.55 + CPI (Consumer Price Index).  That evidently was not enough to cover increasing debt by a utility the public owns, and should actually get a divident in my eyes.  But who was running the store?  Because since it was not enough, Public Works had to pose an increase beyond $28.55 + CPI.  Councilman Mac Arthur motioned to pass the increase to $30.98 this July 2014, a $2.43 jump.  Many in the audience at City Council called out for a “recall.”  From 2009 to 2018 the sewer rate will jumped $16.04…quite remarkable!  Why did this happen?  Answers didn’t seem to fit logically into the template of rationality and the audience knew it..

The answers that were given was that CSD’s (Community Service Districst), such as the Jurupa Valley, Edgemont, Rubidoux and Highgrove were not paying their fair share.  The Sewer equipment needed to be upgraded because some of it went back as far as 1940.   Also, the recession, population growth rates, Federal requirement and as Councilman Adams suggested a “miscalculation.”  Of course, the one we know, is debt service from all the bonds taken out against the sewer.  Bonds that should have been used for the very sewer upgrade they are asking for.

The most significant points Council members Soubirous and Davis inquired about, how did the City of Riverside reach this pinnacle point of desperation?  In other words, how did it all happen?  Residents pay a sewer fee in order to maintain, repair and replace sewer related items.  If the fees were adequate over the years, maybe more than adequate, that the City borrowed/loaned/advanced monies to other City projects etc. etc., in the midst, did they inadvertently leave are sewer system to the back burner?  Therefore, are these rate hikes really necessary?  It seems to me, that someone was negligent at overseeing the property of the public.

While Councilman Gardner attempted to say that maybe we won’t need an audit, because we have CSD (Community Service Districts) revenue, reclamation water sales, rate hikes and more bond sales…   Councilman Mac Arthur said nothing was done for many years, but motions for rate hike increase, does Mayor Bailey motion to second?  Rate hikes are necessary in order for bond sales to occur.  Both Gardner and Mac Arthur did not address Davis’s comment of bringing John Chiangs office for an audit of the sewer accounts.

The Membrane Bioreactor is it really necessary?  The reclaimed water as a result is looked at as a commodity and a revenue source!  Therefore, shouldn’t the residents receive a divident or a lower sewer rate as a result of  this?  Isn’t a Membrane Bioreactor indicative of being part of a City’s Purple Pipe Program?  This is another question which we hope the State Controllers Office will have an answer for.  What are we paying for?  Did the City of Riverside sneak in the purple pipe project into the sewer master plan to get around Proposition 218 formalities?  If this is the case will the City of Riverside be set up for another Proposition 218 violation? I’m certainly beginning to feel as many in the community feel, that there “corruption” within the City of Riverside.

Remember, we are a City which owns are own public utilities, we own are water rights, we own the sewer.  So why should we pay for the purple pipe apparatus, whereby reclaimed will be sold at a profit and the taxpayer won’t directly benefit?

Some years back when Utilities Director Dave Wright was in charge, they tried to place a new charge on the taxpaying residents for the water reclamation program also known as the Purple Pipe Program.  The program never went through because there was never a direct benefit to the resident, a proposition 218 possible violation, and residents are wondering if this program was sneaked in the new Sewer Master Plan Project.  Tom Boyd mentioned at City Council that once the water reclamation is completed that we will be able to generate a revenue source from it.  Here’s a link to an article from Loudoun Water, which mentions the Membrane Bioreactor and it’s relationship to reclaimed water and the purple pipe.

Secondly, what appeared to be quite discerning, was when Davis questioned what appeared to be discrepancies in posting of accounting entries.  Whereby the post entry date was done first then the input date was done later, whereby it should be vise versa.  Further, there were several months between the entries which didn’t appear to comply with normal standard accounting.  According to Davis there was a significant number of backdated entries, not just one or two.  CFO Bret Mason explained it was a practice of closing the books for the fiscal year.  Fired former Construction Contracts Administer, Sean Gill brought this issue questioning how the city does contracts.  TMC did a story on this whereby checks were made fromFederal CDBG funds before expiration of those funds, then placed in a desk until they were needed.  Below is a document which appears to be post dated.

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“The city fired me when I tried to make people aware of their corruption. Its been going on for years. Brad Hudson, Siobhan Foster and Tom Boyd all deserve to be fired for their corruption along with half of the city council. People think Bell is corrupt, I hope they keep digging into the City of Riverside.”  Sean Gill, commented in the Press Enterprise back in May of 2011.

At a finance committee meeting on Wednesday May 14, 2014, Councilman Paul Davis asked the question at to why the staff seems to always go nuts every time we ask a question?  This is probably very telling.  Staff is not use to being ask relevant questions in TMC’s eyes and may construe this behavior indicative with interfering with city staffs work or creating a hostile work environment..  Thus, we now see two councilman who ask tough questions and are now being investigated.  Who are the suspects at the crux of this investigation?  Councilman Soubirous asked at this meeting that a Workshop Committee be formed, for the record, to look into a forensic audit by the State Controllers office.  Again, the appearance of this idea made everyone nervous.  If everything is on the up and up, why should anyone be nervous?

Residents in their district and all over the City of Riverside are calling the Councilman Heroes!  This is a big deal, National News Agencies are being contacted, and are keeping a close eye on the City of Riverside.  The majority or the residents will back up the forces of good which will challenge the forces that exist in the City of Riverside.  Many residents simply feel intimidated to challenge the forces of the City of Riverside, as many feel they will be targeted by Code Enforcement indirectly for frivolous charges, which will cost individual residents financially to much to fight.  That’s how the City wins.  More to come on this.

UPDATE: IS HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR RHONDA STROUT, A.K.A. LUXURY GIRL, LEAVING HER POSITION AT CITY HALL?

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CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW THE HUMAN RESOURCES BROCHURE.

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 ACLU.  NOW TAGGED LOCAL BLOGGERS OR LOCAL MEDIA?  RATED ONE TWO ONE STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH ZELLERBACH’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!   COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT OR FOR CONTACT!   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM

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COUNCILMAN MIKE SOUBIROUS, WARD 3                           COUNCILMAN PAUL DAVIS, WARD 4

Tonight’s explosive Council meeting regarding the rate increases to residents, ended with questions regarding bonds, loans, advances and debt service to the taxpayer.   The new rate hikes were passed by Council, to replace the old.  According to Councilman Davis, this rate hike will be a 302% increase since the year 2008.  Councilman Davis also made a motion to bring  California State Controller John Chiang do to a forensic audit of the sewer.  Councilman Soubirous asked for same, but to include water and electric.  If we are to increase the rates we need to bring trust back to the community by having a independent entity evaluate the taxpayer’s books over the years.  Davis questioned CFO Brent Mason regarding posting dates and why some entries were backdated. The rest of Council and Mayor Bailey were visually disturbed and shaken by this call.  TMC was right, the ones who went for the rate increase were, Councilman Mike Gardner, Chris Mac Arthur, Steve Adams and Jim Perry.  When Councilman Jim Perry asked for a seperation of the issues, between the rate increases and forensic audit, the audience asked for a recall!  The audience was shocked at Perry’s position not to support the issue of a forensic audit, but he called for a workshop on it.  Councilman Soubirous and Davis can call the State Controller directly requesting an audit without the approval of council or a workshop!  Councilman Andy Melendrez was absent from council, was he glad he was?  What does this mean for the City of Riverside?  The end of corruption?  What is the Council afraid of finding?  A Swiss Bank Account?  It is evident that Davis and Soubirous find the atmosphere in the City of Riverside necessary to ask the State Controller to come in and bring closure for the taxpayer.  What is the nervousness of those council people who are against this.  Colusion?  Why wouldn’t they see this as a win, win situation for the taxpayer? Especially newcomer, Councilman Jim Perry?  Why would he attempt to divert attention to a prominent and relative issue somewhere else?  Did they get to him?  Coucilman Chris Mac Arthur asked the question to the City Attorney if it was proper to request the services of John Chiang’s office.  It was obvious that City Attorney Greg Priamos did not want an audit, when he told council that they should take CFO Mason’s word that the books are in order, but left to their discretion if an outside auditing should be requested.  This in lieu of a letter by an Code of Ethics Adjudicating Body Member, Keith Nelson, Ph.D, calling a local City of Riverside hired attorney Doug Smith a liar, and questioning the unscrupulous behavior of City Attorney Greg Priamos!  Why would anybody rely on the word of our City Attorney Greg Priamos, he has a track record of misinforming council.

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STATE CONTROLLER, JOHN CHIANG

FROM THE DESK OF SCOTT SIMPSON: SCOTT RESPONDS TO RIVERSIDE’S SEWER RATE HIKES:

Scott Simpson was former Chief of Enforcement for the California EPA Department of Toxic Substances Control, and also worked for the Department of Food and Agriculture in their Environmental Hazards Assessment Program specializing in ground water contamination:

Some times what the city does not tell you is most important to the decision to raise the sewer rates.
1. Hudson changed the financing stategy for sewer capital improvements away from voter approval of municipal bonds or property assessments or special taxes. These would show up on your property tax billing. We are still paying off capital improvement bonds from pre-Hudson era on our property tax bill. Bonds in general are a 30 year repayment obligation. Hudson took away your right to vote No on ever increasing debt which is what is driving these outrageous sewer rate increases.
2. Remember last night, staff kept saying the sixteen year period of no rate increases was pre-Hudson and bonds were financed differently. The truth is the operation and maintenance of the waste water facillity doesn’t out pace the cost of living. Especiallysince we experienced a recession that left 25% of our homes and businesses empty and thus not Flushing. This is the real reason they kept saying they have less waste water to treat along with less customer revenue.
3. California courts have ruled that rates fees and charges for sewer sevices supplied to the land are only for the purpose of recovering the annual cost of operation and maintenance. The rates are to be set annually utilizing the accounting records of the prior fiscal year. The courts said, this is the true Variable cost of the sewer service.
4. California courts also say that Fixed costs and Capital improvement cost and infrastructure replacement costs are not to be included in the sewer rates, fees and charges. They (fixed costs) must be a separate charge on the bill. They have also emphasized that capital costs are only lawfully recovered by voter approved municipal bonds, voter approved property assessments and/or voter approved special taxes. All of which will be collected on your property tax bill. The court specifically prohibited the inclusion of debt service in rates, fees and charges.
5. The courts also said that all customers pay the same rate for the same service to their property. This includes tax-exempt educational customers and all governmental agencies recieving the service.
6. The courts have also ruled that You as the indiviual property owner/renter recieving sewer services provided by a municipality can only be charged rates, fees and charges that do not exceed the actual (variable) cost of providing the service to your property. This means the city must individually determine the (variable) cost of the service you impose upon them.
7. Finally, our courts have ruled that when a municipality enters into a new instrument of debt of any kind, this act automatically creates a new demand for new tax revenue which must be approved by the voters before the debt is entered into.

– Scott Simpson

WAS FORMER CITY MANAGER BRAD HUDSON TO BLAME FOR THE SEWER WOES?

It is appearing that much of the problems that the City of Riverside is experiencing may be due to former City Manager Brad Hudson.  When Brad was City Manager for the City of Riverside TMC asked for a forensic audit of the taxpayer utility books, but he just would hide behind the computer, as our City Attorney Greg Priamos currently does.

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FORMER CITY MANAGER BRAD HUDSON

All this activity was in lieu of both Councilman Davis and Councilman Soubirous being investigated for complaints, of which we are not really sure of.  We don’t know who the accusers are and why the complaints were filed.  We know that Councilman and Congressional Candidate Steve Adams signed both contracts with the same law first to initiate the investigation.  Incidently,  these contracts were signed at the the City Manager’s cap of $49,000.00, anything over $50,000.00 must go to council for approval.  Are we looking at the origins of a conspiracy?

We do know that there has been friction with these two council members with the Chief of Police Sergio Diaz, City Manager Scott Barber, City Attorney Greg Priamos and possibly some of the Council members, when pertinent questions were asked and not answered to the desires of the council.

Former City Manager Brad Hudson hired City Manager Scott Barber and Chief of Police Sergio Diaz.  Councilman Steve Adams and Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey were supporters of Hudson.

TMC did a story on Christina Cortez, Whistleblower, back in December 2011, regarding bringing in the State Controller to look into the books of Montebello, California, which ended up being investigated by the FBI.

HERE’S ONE FOR RIVERSIDE POLICE CHIEF SERGIO DIAZ, WHO WE FIND THREATENING LOCAL ELECTS AND POLITICAL CANDIDATES!  There are many instances of outburst and threats by this individual who formerly worked for the Los Angeles Police Department.  Questions abound on his qualification, not only by TMC but by the residents of the City of Riverside which have not been addressed by those at City Hall.

TMC did a story back in June 2011 regarding Costa Mesa Police Chief Steven Stavely with his impressions of City Council.

Over the years, I have had city councils I thought were smart and thoughtful and ones who were less skilled. In every case, I know they were trying to do the right thing – I did not always agree, but clearly they were trying hard to improve the communities we all served. I have never, however, seen a council such as this one. They lack skill, training, education, knowledge, they fail to study (or at least learn). The majority either lies or are so lacking in the necessary skills that they actually believe the junk they say. They act as if they are owners of the business that is the municipal government of the City of Costa Mesa, but they are not, they are merely trustees of these public assets both human and physical and they fail in that role completely. They are in my opinion incompetent, unskilled and unethical.

UPDATE: MAY 21, 2014: NEW PE STORY BY ALICIA ROBINSON: INVESTIGATIONS OF COUNCIL CLOUDED BY UNKNOWNS:  New article ask the question regarding the Soubirous and Davis investigation, as to what policies or procedure is guiding city officials.  The City has been vague and secretive of the inquisition regarding the complaint and who are behind the filing.

    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 ACLU.  NOW TAGGED LOCAL BLOGGERS OR LOCAL MEDIA?  RATED ONE TWO ONE STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH ZELLERBACH’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!   COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT OR FOR CONTACT!   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM                                               

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A Press Enterprise story broke April 25, 2014 which reported that the City of Riverside is investigating newly christened Councilman Mike Soubirous, retired California Highway Patrol Lieutenant and Acting Commander, on the issue of violating the City Charter Amendment Section 407.  Details of the violations or exactly what were the allegation were not given, but it all seems to stem from Soubirous contacts with police officials, such as Chief of Police Sergio Diaz and City Manager Scott Barber during recent discussions regarding panhandlers, vagrants, park security and a series of council emails.  This already is beginning to have a vial smell.  Did Diaz feel as if his abilities and experience levels were being questioned, challenged or even threatened?   With a murder at La Sierra Park, and recently a fatal stabbing at the new Bonaminio Park, four cold case murders on the East side, with crime rates increasing, did Diaz find that Soubirous’s questioning of panhandlers, vagrants and park security issues difficult to answer?  Was Soubirous rocking the boat of comfortness, just a little?

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City of Riverside Councilman Mike Sobirous

According to the PE, the whole thing seemed to begin with a series of emails sent out by Councilman Soubirous regarding his constituents concerns regarding vagrants and panhandlers.  The response from RPD was that “our hands are tied” or ‘there’s nothing we can do.”  Evidently, Soubirous states he didn’t send an email to Diaz, but the email was forwarded to Diaz by another councilman.  We are thinking here at TMC, could it have been Adams?  If so, would that have been a Brown Act violation?  Incidently, another unamed councilman has been accused of violating the Brown Act, and submitted to the DA, we all know where that will go.  Regardless, that never seemed to stop Adams before.  In response, Diaz wrote back to Councilman Soubirous that no good can come from labeling dedicated public servants as “lazy.”  The next statement by Diaz seems to be on the political threatening side, Diaz states that, “it would be politically unwise to declare war on you cops.”  Already we get the feeling that trouble is a brewing.  Anonymous sources are stating Diaz had made a similar threat regarding another current candidate running for office regarding the end of their political career if they continued on the road they are on.  TMC has found that it is John Brandiff, and has evidently filed a complaint against Diaz.  What kind of history does Diaz have in Los Angeles?  Information still coming through the pipeline.  So why is a Chief of Police out threatening elects and candidates?  Why is he acting as some sort of rouge underworld boss shaking down and hard balling constituents asking questions and threatening those who have aspirations of running for office?  Difficult as it seems, Riverside has serious problems in RPD, and no one is minding the store when minding the store are the residents of Riverside.

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Chief Sergio Diaz

Why does the Chief act as he does?  We are not sure but many in the community have witness his outburst.  It appears that Chief has a history of not being kind to taking suggestions and criticism well.  In one instance, he called certain commenters in the community who were questioning police tactics regarding the Officer Bonaminio murder, that they were “sitting at home eating cheetos in their underwear.”  In otherwords, the community should stay out of areas they know nothing about. If this is the case I can see conflict occurring if Council people are asking questions regarding Police affairs.

Section 407 refers specifically to the interference of individuals, such as the Mayor and Council, in city administrative services.  The section is as follows:

Neither the Mayor nor the City Council nor any of it’s members shall interfere with the execution by the City Manager of his/her powers and duties, or order, directly or indirectly, the appointment by the City Manager or by any of the department heads in the administrative service of the City, of any person to an office or employment or their removal theirfrom.  Except for purpose of inquiry, the Mayor, the City Council and its members shall deal with the administrative service under the City Manager solely through the City Manager and neither the Mayor nor the City Council nor any member there of shall give orders to any subordinates of the City Manager, either publicly or privately. (Effective 12/27/1995)

According to the PE, Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey and Councilman Steve Adams (also Mayor Pro Tem), told Soubirous that four complaints were filed for violation of section 407.  Both Bailey and Adams refrained to disclose who complainants were.  The last time similar situation occurred was when Fire Inspector Roni Forst filed a complaint against Councilman Paul Davis for harassment and discrimination.  Though not reported in the PE, I would deduce that before the complaints were filed, a proper intake interview was done without interference from outside sources, by the Human Resources Department.  From that point I would suspect that the interviewers would determine if there was enough evidence of a violation of section 407 of the City Charter for a proper complaint to be issued and filed.  When a complaint was filed against Davis, Steve Espinoza and Human Resource Director Rhonda Strout, A.K.A. Luxury Girl, did the intake interview.

The City Council then hired a Los Angeles based firm, Gumport Maslan, specifically Attorney Leonard Gumport would be handling the investigation. Gumport had been previously hired by the County of San Bernardino to investigate allegations of conflict of interest, bribery and corruption.  It doesn’t state if Soubirous was present when the Council decided to go forward with this investigation.  Regardless, Councilman Steve Adams, who was also Mayor Pro Tem, signed this contract with the law firm which interestingly has a cap of exactly $49,000.00.  Why $49,000.00?  Would it be that the City Manager’s maximum discretionary spending is capped at $50,000.00, at anything over $50,000.00 must be properly brought publicly to City Council?  Incidently, it was not uncommon to see Councilman Steve Adams having drinks and food together at local dining and waterholes with people from City Management.

Another time an issue came up with the interference with employee relations, was when Councilman Steve Adams was accused of interfering with the promotions process of RPD back in 2007, which by all appearances is a direct violation of Charter Section 407.   As a consequence, instead of a complaint filed, Lt. Darryl Hurt and Lt. Tim Bacon went straight for the jugular, filing a law suit against the City of Riverside which settled out of court to the taxpayer tune of $750,000.00, probably to prevent all the salacious details of a trial case.  When you look at the claims made by Hurt and Bacon against Adams, Adams gives the appearance of a “Godfather” like figure.  According to statements made by Hurt and Bacon, both whom were candidates for promotion to captain at the time, that they met individually at restaurant outside the city limits as to avoid the appearance of impropriety.  The issue at hand that allegedly Adams was concerned about was if the candidates actually campaigned against him.  When that issue was resolved, Adams then met with then City Manager Brad Hudson and spoke of the meeting.  Soon thereafter an official announcement ensued regarding the candidates.  Direct violation of Charter Section 407?

Another incidence, involved former Lt. Meredyth Meredith, whereby former Chief of Police Russel Leach was preparing to promote Meredith to captain, when he received a call from former Assistant City Manager Tom De Santis to put a stop to this.  According to a deposition, Leach stated, “And I found out that Steve Adams marched into a meeting…Hudson and De Santis and told them emphatically she shouldn’t be promoted”.  Leach stated in a PE story, that he was unhappy in his final two years on the job because “I didn’t like political involvement .  I hadn’t had it before.”  Leach also said that Hudson and DeSantis allowed council members – specifically City Councilman Steve Adams – to influence police promotions.

We didn’t even touch on the fact that Councilman Steve Adams had a series of citizen ethics complaints which followed him, all of them which were unfounded, of course, but one in particular which he admits witnessing corruption within the realms of the city.  I would imagine the current DA would respond by stating, “Is it illegal or just bad business.”

In another telling tale, there was story of John Carpenter, whereby Leach, Esquivel and De La Rosa had chosen him to be promoted to captain.  The went to City Hall to have a face-to-face with Hudson and DeSantis to present what the testing process revealed and who we selected.  And he said, “Let me think about it.”   So I let him think about it,  he hadn’t heard from him for a while, so Leach called Hudson.  Hudson told Leach that Carpenter and Adams had bad history together.  Adams was adamant that he didn’t want Carpenter to promote into Captain.  Section 407 violation?

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In a Press Enterprise article back in August of 2012, former Chief of Police, Russell Leach stated in a court deposition that a complaint Riverside Councilman William “Rusty” Bailey made in 2008 may have unwittingly help block Lt. Val Graham’s promotion.  In a phone call Leach received from former Assistant City Manager Tom DeSantis, he recalled how “Val had embarrassed Bailey at this community meeting, said a couple of inappropriate things and that Bailey was furious,” and expressed his anger at city management.  The following time Leach was preparing to make promotions, DeSantis asked him who was being considered?  Before Leach had a chance to answer, DeSantis stated, “Don’t tell me it’s Val Graham?”  Leach stated that because of the resistance he sensed in this conversation he didn’t put Graham’s name forward.  Was Graham held back because the then Councilman Bailey felt slighted?  Could this be perceived as a violation of the City Charter Section 407?

The players involved seem to be Councilman Steve Adams, Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey, Chief of Police Sergio Diaz and City Manager Scott Barber.  Incidently, Diaz and Barber were remnents of former City Manager Brad Hudson.  Hudson’s background was that he had a record for credit card fraud when he was seventeen.  Not that this is important, due to the fact that he was a teen.  But the question is, did Hudson carry his bad behavior to his adulthood?  During his reign he initially purchased a revolver from RPD Sgt. Cliff Mason, who was also President of the Riverside Police Officers Union, and fraudulently used the City Hall address of 3900 Main Street as his home address to apply for a concealed weapons permit. You would think that this officer would know the law in gun sales, well of course he does.  Well, we believe he did, and did otherwise, breaking the law.  Incidentally, neither the Riverside Police Department nor the City of Riverside are licensed to sell and transfer firearms, therefore the sale of firearms to private citizens or employees of the city is illegal.  In the City of Riverside no one seems to be accountable.  Again we see a culture of two sets of rules.  Can we call it corruption?  Can we call it illegal or just bad business, in the words of District Attorney Paul Zellerbach?  Whatever it is, it happened.

Opinions of residents in the City contend that Soubirous was not whom City insiders wanted to be part of the council “get along club.”  Valerie Hill would have been a better match, but residents have stated that they are tired of what the City has done with taxpayer monies and wanted someone to ask the tough questions and defend them, without the probability of being targeted.  Soubirous was whom the community elected.  But it certainly seems to have upset the apple cart of the usual suspects within the city status quo who are not accustomed to true leadership.  In this reporters opinion, the matter is petty, elementary, a waste of taxpayer monies and seemingly a non issue brought together by a bunch of frat boys.  What is most interesting and quite remarkable is the two peas in the pod appear to be Councilman Steve Adams and Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey.  Again you have to wonder if there was interference within the realm of the complaint, it’s hard enough to teach old dogs new tricks.

COMMENTS FROM THE PRESS ENTERPRISE:

My councilman did tell me he would look into an issue of concern involving the sale of an RPD helicopter., the city’s only fire fighting helicopter (photographed here at the Pomona Fairgrounds auction site)being sold off for $200,000 on Feb..22 of this year. Are CC members even allowed to ask those kind of questions or will be they be investigated? Given that Adams was not investigated for alleged 407 w/ RPD in 2006 and 2008 what are parameters to investigate? It’s our money folks.  -Mary Shelton

Seems like Councilman Soubirous’ digging into city corruption has garnered the attention of the Municipal Mob. He will now learn firsthand how this city conducts “independent” investigations. Just like Councilman Davis had to be taught: just nod your head Mike and they’ll leave you alone.  It’s time to wash the filth out of City Hall. We can start with whomever’s behind this plot. Of course, we’ll never find out because as Soubirous is realizing: their is ZERO transparency behind the process.  –Fay Vic

Most of you know that Mike Soubirous is a man of the highest integrity and ethics. Thus we know that this is just another witch hunt prompted by the City Manager Scott Barber, Chief Sergio Diaz, and perhaps even Mayor Rusty Bailey. Politics as usual at Riverside City Hall. Especially when someone such as Mike chooses to be a leader rather a city hall hack like most who sit on the city council are. Valerie Hill lost the election guys, just accept it. This is much to do about nothing. Nevertheless, we must support Mike now as much as possible. PS. We need a homegrown police chief instead of a double-dipping transfer from the notorious LAPD.  -Donald Herman Collins Gallegos

All I can say is that Mike is holding to his promise of transparency and honesty with his constituents. Knowing him and his family personally, I understand his right heart and integrity in wanting to serve his community, taking his job seriously in asking questions that are of importance and for the greater good of those he serves. Stay strong, Mike.  -JoeDeGerolamo

Something is screwy here. The Chief’s response do not seem connected to the e-mail cited. Also, does the right to face an accuser disappear for elected officials? What are the rules for Council members who wish to contact city employees? [Why do news articles seldom cover the information I want to know?]  – Richard P. Morrall

Chief Diaz needs to learn that the Council sets policy. Soubirous is well within his authority to question current policy and work with other council members to change it. This will end up being much ado about nothing, except that the City will be out $49k.  – sadf qwrett

Diaz feelings hurt because he was running cover for the vagrants (many of them are homeless sex offenders) and someone calls him on it. Someone should be investigating the tactics “The Chief” approved of before Soubirous spoke up on behalf of his constituents. Shame the rest of the lemmings are sitting on the sidelines, watching the City Manager-lead witch hunt.  Mike, hang in there. Keep your head high. The folks that elected you are smart enough to see what’s going on.  – Dick_Gosinya

Chief sounds insecure, well they all do. Barber and Diaz are dysfunctional leftovers from the Brad Hudson legacy. A cliquish culture of narcissistic lack luster leadership. All this because it seems one councilman, Soubirious, who is truly an independent voice. Didn’t Bailey run his campaign on being an independent voice?  – Bret Hudson

This is a city manager-led witch-hunt on behalf of the police chief with his panties in a wad because a ward councilman, on behalf of his constituents, pushed to tackle a thorny problem in the city. Diaz, Bailey, Barber et al are a bunch of spineless hacks who view their jobs as nothing more than gladhanding politics-as-usual.   – remmy700p

 As we have seen before, the nail that stands up, gets smacked down. Did the full council really discuss and vote to hire an investigator? The $49 K seems to be the maximum the city manager can spend on his own authority.  – Kevin Dawson

JUST IN: CITY OF RIVERSIDE HIRES A PSYCHOLOGIST TO HELP ALL CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS TO GET ALONG.  SORRY, THIS IS NO JOKE, THE CITY SPENT $16,000.00 TAXPAYER MONEY FOR THE HEAD SHRINK.  IS THIS AN OXYMORON TO THE TENTH DEGREE FOLKS?  Is it because some in the Council don’t want to be part of the “get along to go along” club, so they therefore must be crazy? So now we can fix that problem with an taxpayer motivator/psychologist, and somehow convince the council to get back to voting 7-0 on all issues.  Anonymous sources, of which we cannot corroborate, are stating that there was a big blow out between Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey and Councilman and Congressman Candidate Steve Adams which lasted in the neigborhood of 30 minutes.  The psychologist intervened and they are now friend again…
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UPDATE: 05.02.2014: JUST IN, RPD MICHAEL BLAKELY LEAVES RPD, NO OTHER INFORMATION AVAILABLE
Incidently, is also Karen Aquino’s superior.

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