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WHO WILL BE HIDING BEHIND THE COMPUTER NEXT WHEN THE AUDITOR COMES ASKING QUESTIONS? CHECK BACK WEEKLY…THAT IS, EVERY CITY COUNCIL TUESDAY! WE’LL EVEN PROVIDE THE DIRECT LINK SO YOU CAN CHECK THE CURRENT CITY COUNCIL AGENDA. CALL YOUR LOCAL ELECTED COUNCIL PERSON AND THE MAYOR AND REQUEST THAT A FORENSIC AUDIT BE DONE BY STATE CONTROLLER JOHN CHIANG OF THE CITY HALL BOOKS.  IF THERE IS NOTHING TO HIDE, THE NUMBERS WILL ALWAYS COME UP RIGHT! 

MAKE SURE YOU TAKE A LOOK AT THIS CITY COUNCIL AGENDA, AS REQUESTING A 100K INCREASE FROM 50K FOR A PAYOUT TO THE LAW FIRM CIHIGOYENETCH, GROSSBERG & CLOUSE THAT BRAD HIRED TO INVESTIGATE HIMSELF. “ABSOLUTELY SILLY!” AS ONE CITY MANAGER STATED ABOUT THE CLAIMS OF AN ASSISTANT DEPUTY ATTORNEY, THOUGH I DO AGREE WITH THE CITY MANAGER THIS TIME ON THE FOLLOWING ISSUE, (ITEM 41).   NOT TO FORGET THE REISSUANCE OF THE MEASURE C BALLOT (LIBRARY SERVICE TAX) INITIATIVE FOR A VOTE OF THE PEOPLE (ITEM 17).  THEN THERE IS RIVERSIDE CONVENTION CENTER EXPANSION AND RENOVATION PROJECTED COST OF 36 MILLION.  AGAIN, THEY HAVE THE CREATIVE FINANCING THAT WE ARE SEEING WITH THE FOX THEATRE/PARKING GARAGE EXPANSION.  TAKE A LOOK AT FISCAL IMPACT.  YOU KNEW BRAD WAS GOING TO GET THIS ONE OUT BEFORE HE LEAVES (ITEM 12, 3:00PM SESSION).  

NOT TO FORGET THE “ASSIGNMENT AND ASSUMPTION” OF LEASE BETWEEN PUBLIC UTILITIES AND BEST, BEST & KRIEGER.  THIS MEANS THAT THE CITY WILL TAKE OVER BB&K’S VERY EXPENSIVE LEASE, SO THEY CAN GO TO A NEW LOCATION THAT IS CURRENTLY IN CONSTRUCTION. (ITEM 40).  

The leasing schemes only represent smoke from a small brush fire. The really, really big wildfire is in  redevelopment. The Council just dumped another 56 million gallons of gasoline on  the wildfire last night. And the taxpayer is locked into a burning house…with  no way out. -Nomo Taxes, Commenter from the PE

RIVERSIDE CONVENTION CENTER EXPANSION AND RENOVATION PROJECT APPROVED AT THE COST OF $36 MILLION. (ITEM 12).  THE 6 MILLION OF THAT COST WILL IS COMING FROM REDEVELOPMENT FUNDS DUE TO THE CREATIVE MERGING OF DOWNTOWN/AIRPORT-HUNTER PARK/NORTHSIDE REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT AREA.  THE $30 MILLION WILL BE RAISED BY THE ISSUANCE OF DEBT BY THE GENERAL FUND.  THIS WILL BE DONE IN EITER OF TWO WAYS, 1. THE ISSUANCE OF CERTIFICATES OF PARTICIPATION (COP) OR,  2. A BANK LOAN SIMILAR TO THE ONE UTILIZED TO FINANCE THE FOX ENTERTAINMENT PLAZA.

ON JUNE 29, 2011 GOVERNOR BROWN SUSPENDED ALL REDEVELOPMENT ACITIVITIES IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA.  THE OPTIONS TO THIS SUSPENSION FOR CITIES AFTER THAT DATE IS TO DISSOLVE IT OR CONTINUE IT.  BECAUSE OF THE ABUSES OF REDEVELOPMENT AND YOU CHOOSE TO CONTINUE, THE PAPERWORK THE STATE EXPECTS TO FILL OUT IS TEDIOUS, AND HAS UPSET MOST CITY GOVERNMENTS AS OURS.  SO YOU HAVE BEHAVIOR SUCH AS THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE CALLING THE “OBLIGATION PAYMENT” A FORM A RANSOM.  THE CITY ISSUED AN ORDINANCE TO CONTINUE THE VOLUNTARY REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAM. THE CHOICE OF A VOLUNTARY PROGRAM IS MORE OF A STRUCTURED PROGRAM TO MAKE THE CITY BECOME MORE RESPONSIBLE, WITH THE STATE’S  VIEW THAT IT WILL MITIGATE ABUSE OF FUNDS.  THE PARTY WAS OVER IN RIVERCITY.  BUT THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE DID NOT TAKE THIS SUSPENSION WELL, CALLING IT “RANSOM”, KICKING AND SCREAMING TO THE EXTENT THAT THE LEAGUE OF CITIES (MAYOR IS PART OF) AND THE REDEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION FILED A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE STATE.  THE SUSPENSION WAS IN LIEU OF REDEVELOPMENT FAILING TO DO WHAT IT WAS ORIGINALLY DEVELOPED FOR, TACKLING URBAN BLIGHT.(ITEM 13).

SO COME ONE, COME ALL! THE USUAL SUSPECTS WILL ALL BE IN ATTENDANCE! 

UPDATE: 07/26/2011: RIVERSIDE POLICE OFFICER SERGENT VALMONT GRAHAM’S COMPLAINT AGAINST THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE IS AS FOLLOWS: Complaint+07-19-11   “PEOPLE ARE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING THAT I DON’T THINK EXIST, I THINK PEOPLE ARE READING PERFECTLY INNOCENT THINGS AS SOMETHING SINISTER.”  WELL, YOU MAY BE RIGHT MIKE, BUT WOULDN’T THIS BE A GREAT VENUE FOR SUPERIOR COURT THEATRE?  THAT’S WHERE THE LIGHTS SHOULD BE, NOT THE FOX THEATRE!   SERGENT VALMONT GRAHAM VS. THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE, NO HOLDS BARRED!   I’LL PAY $60.00 A SEAT FOR THAT ONE, ESPECIALLY WITH THE GREAT CITY CAST OF CHARACTERS, DESANTIS, HUDSON AND CHIEF DIAZ! MAYBE WE COULD EVEN GET EX-CHIEF LEACH TO ROLL IN ON RIMS TO MAKE A SURPRISE CAMEO APPEARANCE!  BUT YOU KNOW THE CITY WILL MAKE IT RAIN ON THIS MUSICAL, AND SEE IT IN THERE BEST INTEREST, NOT THE TAX PAYERS, TO PAYOUT A GILLION DOLLARS JUST TO MAKE IT GO AWAY.

UPDATE:THIS IS WILKIPEDIA’S CURRENT ARTICLE OR DESCRIPTION OF THE RIVERSIDE POLICE DEPARTMENT.  BEFORE IT WAS REWRITTEN, EARLIER TODAY THE ARTICLE APPEARED AS THIS RPD ARTICLE.  THE TOP PART SHOWS HOW IT WAS DISPLAYED ON WILKIPEDIA, THE LOWER PORTION SHOWS THAT SOMEONE CHANGED THE ARTICLE TO THE ABOVE, IT EVEN DISPLAYS THEIR ISP ADDRESS!

UPDATE: 07/26/2011: CITY COUNCIL HAS JUST NAMED RIVERSIDE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR SCOTT BARBER AS INTERIM CITY MANAGER, UNTIL THE CITY COUNCIL HIRES A SEARCH FIRM TO FIND A PERMANENT REPLACEMENT.  THIS QUESTIONS THE LEADERSHIP SKILLS OF THE COUNCIL AND MAYOR WHO HAVE TO HIRE A FIRM TO FIND A CITY MANAGER THAT IS BEST FOR THE CITY.  DIDN’T THEY RUN FOR OFFICE BECAUSE THEY KNOW OUR CITY AND NEIGHBORHOODS?   AS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, SCOTT OVERSEES THREE DEPARTMENTS: PLANNING , BUILDING  & SAFETY AND THE INFAMOUS CODE ENFORCEMENT.  AS OF NOW,  WE’VE YET TO RECEIVE A RESIGNATION LETTER FROM CURRENT CITY MANAGER BRAD HUDSON WHO WILL BE LEAVING AUGUST 11, 2011 TO TAKE ON THE POSITION OF CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF SACRAMENTO COUNTY.  AND A LOOK BACK ON THE FUTURE OF RIVERSIDE IN 2006 WHEREBY THE RIVERSIDE CITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED A $780 MILLION PLAN TO PAY FOR PROJECTS, INCLUDING LIBRARIES, SENIOR CENTERS, PARKS AND UNDERPASSES AT CONGESTED RAILROAD CROSSINGS. THE CLINCHER THEN, THE CITY DOES NOT INTEND TO RAISE TAXES TO COMPLETE 30 YEARS WORTH OF PROJECTS IN FIVE YEARS! 

UPDATE:07/28/2011: ALABAMA’S JEFFERSON COUNTY’S BANCRUPTCY WOULD TOP 4.1 BILLION.  THIS IS SIGNIFICANT BECAUSE 3.14 BILLION OF THAT HAS BEEN CONNECTED TO SEWER DEBT,  A DEBT THAT THE COUNTY CAN NO LONGER AFFORD TO PAY!  IT WAS FOUND THAT THE SEWER UPGRADES WERE FINANCED WITH RISKY TRANSACTIONS SHOWN LATER TO BE LACED WITH BRIBES AND INFLUENCE-PEDDLING.

AND PLACENTIA POLICE OFFICERS SUE OVER RAISES!

UPDATE: 08/01/2011: CITY OF CENTRAL FALLS RHODE ISLAND FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY!

TMC’S PREDICTION IS THAT THE FOX THEATRE WILL BE OUT OF BUSINESS BY JULY 2012, BECAUSE THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PAY THE 2 MILLION DOLLAR YEARLY DEFICIT ON OPERATING COST.  THIS IS BECAUSE THE CITY SHOULD NOT BE IN BUSINESS OF DOING BUSINESS.  THEY SHOULD NOT BE IN THE ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS, THE RESTAURANT BUSINESS, THE FUTURE HOTEL BUSINESS, PROPERTY MANAGMENT BUSINESS AND REAL ESTATE BUSINESS.  THEY SHOULD BE IN THE BUSINESS AS A GOVERNMENT AGENCY, OF FIXING OUR SEWERS AND REPAIRING OUR POT HOLES!  WHO KNOWS, H.J. “JOE” ZIVNAK MAY BE ABLE TO THEN PICK UP THE FOX THEATRE FOR A COUPLE OF MIL, BECAUSE THAT MY FREINDS, IS HOW THE CITY ROLLS….

According to Brad Hudson’s planned Guccism for Riverside was to transform Downtown into a major entertainment mecca.  But if that was the plan, what is Downtown Riverside going to do now that the New York Style Theatre is non-the-neder?  What are we going to do without Nederlander?  Well, the City of Riverside figured it was a format problem, therefore the new idea is that the format needed to be change according to the geographics.  Well, neder mind, why didn’t we just do that to begin with?  Should we have just kept it local?  It does appears that’s exactly what the prior owner of the Fox, H.J. “Joe” Zivnak, wanted to do until it was taken by eminent domain by the usual suspects at City Hall.  At the time, the then Riverside City Council stated the current owner had failed to restore the historic vaudeville stage and cinema and turn it into a cutting-edge performing arts center.  Well, neder-the-less, it is what it is now, a cutting-edge government runned underperforming arts center.  The next confusing question, is the unreachable Nederlander really out of Riverside?    Not at all, says Fox General Manager Bill Malone. “It’s just a new relationship”, and “they’re (Nederlander) are affiliated with McCoy Rigby Entertainment”.   Malone says he will now pick and choose from Nederlanders’s traveling shows.  Won’t have to take them all.   This sounds sort of like ordering theatre tickets from the internet, you can pick and choose the tickets you want.  Well, I guess there is an internet site where you can pick and choose traveling shows from a list, then add to the cart.  But further, did it ever occur to management why so many Nederlander shows were being cancel?   He goes on to say, “together we can conclude from experience what will be viable.”  But the delusional new relationship is non-existent, and far from viable, consider the yearly 1 million dollar deficit to the taxpayer in operating cost since The Fox Theatre opened.  

Again, as written in the Riverside Outlook on Page 2, the statement that the City of Riverside is bringing in Nederlander affiliate McCoy Rigby Entertainment  from La Mirada on board to the Fox Theatre is also misleading.  The term “affiliation” brings about the understanding that McCoy Rigby is somehow connected with Nederlander as a business associate, or further, that Nederlander has an interest in McCoy Rigby.  Neder is true!  McCoy Rigby does not have an interest in Nederlander or the reverse.  But as I was told from McCoy Rigby per phone conversation is that they work together as colleagues, and will use one or the other as a referral if the other decides neder to take a gig.  Therefore, McCoy Rigby was more of a business referral per Nederlander, if that’s what really happened. So, now let’s stop with the affiliation part and the denial, Nederlander really is gone, but good try on the spin.

Nederlander officials also told the city they were losing money in Riverside, though they didn’t provide figures, according Assistant City Manager Deanna Lorson.    But what Deanna didn’t tell you was that The Fox Theatre was losing money on operations since it opened and the very night she walked the red carpet of the grand opening.  But here are the figures according to the Annual Budget of 2010-2011.  Malone calls it a primary win for the Fox and a secondary win for Nederlander. And let’s not forget there is a third win, too, because this is truly a win,win situation, that is, replacing Nederlander with Orange County’s McCoy Rigby Entertainment.  Well Malone….if you really look at the whole picture the Fox Theatre is also not winning when it is losing money.  Nederlander left because is was losing money. And  McCoy Rigby Entertainment won’t know just yet if it is a win, till they tell us they’re making money. We realize the city meant neder to be misleading, but neder-the-less, you say tomato, I say tomahto, why don’t we just call the whole thing off?  Well Nederlander did, and they meandered right out of Riverside, but neder mind the incidentals!

But how did this all happen? How did the City of Riverside decide they wanted to be in the business of entertainment? As Ex Chief of Police Steve Stavely stated when referring to Costa Mesa City  Council, “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”.  Does Riverside City Hall believe they are the owners of the business they called their Fox Theatre, of whom they have access for meetings and events, and whom receive free tickets for their personal use each month? Which council people were at the top of the list for free taxpayer paid government entertainment tickets? Councilman Paul Davis? maybe Nancy Hart? How bout newly re-elected councilman and candidate for Mayor Mike Gardner?  

Well, an article isn’t an article without an insult or two regarding Riverside.  Emil Marzullo, economic development chief for San Bernardino, which owns the California Theatre, says Nederlander may have “overestimated this market area. I see this area as an immature theater market. Not that the people are immature, but they’re not used to going to theater here.”  Thanks for that analytical synopsis, Emil.  But we could have also said Nederlander was just giving Riverside a trial run, afterall, they are Nederlander! And Riverside is Riverside, not Neanderthal Land! 

Well neder mind the above, the point is they should have kept it local and simple to begin with, and their is no reason why the Fox Theatre should have some sort of entertainment venue every day, especially during the summer.

COME ONE, COME ALL, GOVERNMENT ENTERTAINMENT AT ITS BEST SINCE NEDERLANDER LEFT,  THE GOVERNMENT HIT PARADE BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE TAXPAYER…  THE MAYOR AND I, BYE BYE BRADLEY, THE PHANTOM OF SEVENTH FLOOR, THE BLUE COUNCIL GROUP, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, SINGING IN THE SEWER, SEVEN COUNCILS FOR SEVEN CONTRACTORS, MISS HART GON…..IT IS A BETTER VENUE!

UPDATE:07/20/2011: The theatrics continues when drama king Fox manager William P. Malone told party guests that he is in “partnership” with McCoy Rigby on the Fox’s Broadway season and that he approached the couple to step in after the Nederlander Organization closed its Riverside operation. This is quite different than what was quoted last time, when he stated it was just a new relationship, insinuating that Nederlander never really left, because they are “affiliated” with McCoy Rigby Entertainment, which of course, is not true.

I wish the Fox good sailing. I wish the City government would get out of private enterprise businesss. Socialism.  Management chosen by a private enterprise organization would bring back some of the historic pride of Riverside. The Mission Inn was not built by government. Since 1955 Riverside government has spent (invested) hundreds of millions of dollars trying to push water uphill. Government is the business of mile square. Services to support all those government employees, hundreds of millions in payroll should be the quest of planning for downtown. Bringing a night life to milesquare might be desirable for some but that should be the agenda of private enterprise.   Riverside City Government should not be in any business that competes with the private sector. That is unfair  competition and discourages economic progress.         -Ron, PE Commenter

UPDATE:05/26/2012:  HAS THE FOX LOST IT’S PANTS?  NEW ARTICLE IN THE PE REGARDING OPERATING COST WERE GREATER THAN EXPECTED LEAVING THE FOX IN THE RED, OR SHOULD I SAY, “THE TAXPAYER”.

According to Chief Financial Officer Bret Mason the expected deficit will be $900,000.00 for fiscal year 2012-2013.  While some of the council disturbingly feel the deficit is acceptable, no one in their right mind within the private sector would consider this acceptable.

UNKNOWINGLY PUSHING THE ENVELOPE, KEEP CONNECTED WITH TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S MOST “SLANDEROUS” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!   TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, AND PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST…  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!   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM  BY THE WAY, COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED!