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I came across this story about a year ago whereby the taxpaying people in the community were asking the question, “What is up with former City of Riverside’s Deputy Director of Community and Economic Development now Director of the Office of Homeless Solutions, Emilio Ramirez?”

Emilio Ramirez

In many of his email responses, he responded with his name Emilio, but he did it with a graffitti/gangland font, and of course people were wondering, is this the new City’s version of connecting with the crime ridden city street residents?   In other emails, he responded with the epitaph of “Hasta La Victoria Siempre!”  Until Victory Always! or Until the Victory Always! or Forever Until Victory! or Always Until the Victory.  This was a victory slogan used by Che Guevara during the revolutionary war in Cuba against the Batista regime.

What was Emilio trying to say to his respondents?  Was he attempting to impart a revolutionary message or was Emilio simply referring to the plight of the homeless situation, and stating an on going and continued fight to combat the homeless situation in the City of Riverside?  I certainly don’t think it was anything nefarious, but maybe his attempt to give this office some style or savoir-fare.  Or simply to fit in with the socialist aspects of the New California, whereby the elite make the decisions through central planning and the rest of us must take it on all fours.  Welcome to the Peoples Republic of California.

              

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Uggh, It looks as if Emilio has already made his mark on the walls of Riverside City Hall….

           

Emilio Ramirez, Director of the Office of Homeless Solutions for the City of Riverside, was named by former Central Planning Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. (A.K.A. Moonbeam) to the new statewide Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council back in June 28, 2017, which is devoted to identifying ways to prevent and end homelessness across California.  Incidentally, guess who knows Governor Brown directly and has worked with him… former City Manager John Russo.  Of course the Office of Homeless Solutions within the City of Riverside at the time was created by former City Manager John Russo.  Was this another scam to create a manufactured problem which would continue to receive funding from taxpaying sources?

On the other hand, what about that new homeless office Emilio’s running? What is the plan to solve homelessness, create more homelessness? Is this the new so called industry, the industry of homeless in order to profit?  Shouldn’t most of the young able body homeless be working?  Is this a cultural change in choice for those “unwilling to work?” A new frontier in simply doing nothing?  Or simply the forgotten Americans that succumbed to be victims of the current Democratic and Liberal Policies?  Of which the attempt to say…”We can’t help you unless your a victim?”

Well we do have to ask Emilio, while he was under the radiant light of former Governor ‘Moonbeam,’ to help us understand how the homeless problem exploded in the City of Riverside?  Brown states he has a new way to keep direct contact with his Attorney General Xavier Becerra, but that is beside the point.  Moonbeam gave Emilio a position in the new statewide industrial complex… The Homeless Coordinating and Financial Council.

Then Moonbeam endorsing Emilio…

In lieu of million of dollars potentially going into the coffers of our General Fund through a passage of legal sale of marijuana in the City, interesting enough, the City of Riverside has enough money to launch a new Office of Homeless Solutions consisting of a team made up of former Assistant City Manager Alex Nguyen and 12 other people.  With this scenario we asked the question, ” When will the taxpayers receive the services they pay for?”  But instead are they really paying/contributing to those that can’t?  Is this fair?  Of course, those in the socialist limelight will always make the bucks, drink the fine wine, have the walls of security, while the rest of us ‘eat cake.’  We know what happened with the French Revolution of 1789.  Many simply lost their heads…literally.

Consider the 80 Unit Apartment Complex proposed across from the Riverside Animal Hospital, next to the RPU substation about a year ago in 2018:

Given the thumbs up by the Development Committee (Gardner, Soubirous, Davis): R.C. Hobbs Company, Inc. has been given the go ahead to develop the 2.06 vacant acres on the easterly side of Magnolia Avenue between Elizabeth Street and adjacent railroad right-of-way for multi-story residential project with subterranean parking garage.  The site is contaminated with tetrachloroethylene (PCE) in the soil from a prior dry cleaning business and will require a Vapor Intrusion Mitigation System on the entire parcel. Land was surplus city property left over from the Magnolia grade separation project and will be sold for $1.35 million.  Site is currently zoned as commercial and will require a variance to the general plan for the area.  I spoke against the project today as I thought it will be a traffic nightmare with folks turning left out onto an already very busy Magnolia going south with bad visibility, and heavily impact our neighbors on Eleanor St. with new residents cutting through trying to get out onto Riverside Ave and Olivewood. It would also dwarf all other structures in the area and most likely negatively impact parking for the hospital. In my opinion, the site needs to stay zoned for commercial; the City has no urgent deadline to sell this parcel and should demonstrate some patience. For the life of me, I don’t know who would want to live directly next to a substation and abut train tracks, but what do I know? 

THE NEW HOMELESS INDUSTRY IN CALIFORNIA:

Referring to this new City of Riverside Division, Former Assistant City Manager Alex Nguyen leads the newly formed “People” section of City Hall and oversees the homelessness office.“  Was this what Nguyen had in mind from his Oakland roots?

It allows us to focus, focus, focus,” Nguyen said, adding that only a few large cities, including San Francisco, have such a division such as Riverside new “Homelessness Office.”  Was this a conceived office developed in accordance with the socialistic conception of  “Central Planning?Former Riverside Assistant City Manager Alex Nguyen, again this Recycled Trash is now in the position of City Manager for the City of Oxnard.  Flash!  Alex has just taken Emilio under his wing to bring him to the City of Oxnard with an appointment as the new Housing Director.  Did he need a token Hispanic to placate Hispanic issues within that community?

THE CITY OF FRISCO, MANY OUR JUST LEAVING AND TAKING THEIR HEART BEYOND THE CALIFORNIA BORDER:

Has anyone seen San Francisco lately, you certainly don’t want to leave your heart there.  We all know where there will lead us, another third world city such as seen with the implosion of the Country of Valenzuela.  Of course, this is the new type of mentality which has created a new industry based on a victimization of people, whereby more taxpayers monies will be thrown to a continually chronic problem.  I’m just jumping the gun folks, but don’t you want to continue to be a free people?  The only ones getting richer are City employees, and you guessed it, we continue to be footing the bill.  So when will taxpayers actually benefit from there taxes?  When will representatives actually represent us?  This isn’t rocket science folks, we all have to live within are means and what we can afford, why shouldn’t our representative government?  The following is a video, it’s not current but still relevant, it was published in August of 2016.  This seems to fit Governor’s Gavin Newsom’s contradictory homeless debacle.

ITS NOT OK TO HAVE ORANGE COUNTY HOMELESS NEAR UPPER CRUST AREAS OF OC !!! But its ok to use OC money to farm them out to the Inland Empire ???

As reported in the LA Times @ Tuesday’s Orange County Supervisors Board meeting , Huntington beach resident Mark Smith suggested that Orange County Money should be used to move homeless to areas like the Inland Empire, the ‘Land of the Dirt People’ as described by some.  We thought we were elevated to the term ‘Hillbillies’ as inferred by one Riverside City Councilman Mike Soubirous. 

HOW DID ALL THIS HAPPEN AND HOW DID WE GET ACCORDING TO THE HOMELESS?

IS THIS WHAT THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE HAS TO LOOK FORWARD TO? FRISCO’S GOT IT… SO FAR THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE HAS FECES INFESTED PARKING LOTS… DRUGS AND PROSTITUTION IN THE WOOD STREETS, BUT NO ONE HAS THE MOXEY TO TAKE IT ON, EXCEPT THE RESIDENTS WHO HAVE TO ARM THEMSELVES, KEEP WATCH AT ALL HOURS OF THE NIGHT SIMPLY BECAUSE RPD CAN’T DO THE JOB.  MAYBE NOT DIRECTLY THEIR FAULT BUT CURRENT LIBERAL POLICIES WITHIN OUR STATE THAT HAS CAUSED THIS.

HOW MANY ARE STILL READY TO NOW LEAVE THEIR HEART IN SAN FRANCISCO? NOT MANY, BUT IF YOU LIKE LIVING WITH FECES AND SYRINGES ON THE STREET THAT’S THE TOWN FOR YOU.  IT’S NOW RECOMMENDED NOT TO LEAVE YOUR HEART IN FRISCO, BUT TO TAKE IT RIGHT PAST THE CALIFORNIA BORDER.  IT ALSO APPEARS THAT LOW TAX STATES ARE CALLING TO CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES ENTICING THEM WITH SAFETY AND LOWER TAXES.

BUT WHAT ABOUT SEATTLE, WASHINGTON?  This is a city whereby law enforcement secretly reveals they cannot do their jobs because of City Government.  Law enforcement states that homelessness is a side issue, the primary problem is drugs infiltrating our borders and drug addiction.  This is a must see video…”Seattle Is Dying.”

WHAT WOOD STREET RESIDENTS ARE SAYING:  WOOD STREET’S ARE CONTINUING TO SEE HOMELESSNESS EFFECT THEIR CHERISHED NEIGHBORHOODS AND OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT IS LESS THAN RESPONSIVE TO OUR NEEDS! TMC would like to give a voice that was never heard from Ward 1 Neighbors, this is Councilman Mike Gardner’s forgotten taxpayers:

Late this morning around 11:00 I noticed a man coming from behind the apparently vacant house on the “almost” corner of Home Garden and Brockton. He went straight to the bus stop there but the bus came before I could get a better look. This house has had issues in the past and hope not again. I feel for those without and want to live in peace with others but realize potential for clash of lifestyles exist. I observed a broken down van in front of the former Knollwood (sp?) hospital for several days also. I understand that some of this may be due to the recent actions of Orange County disbanding the encampments down there. Hope not  – Next Door, Phil Coon, Wood Streets

Alley behind Briscoe and Rosewood. Be careful there is a homeless man sleeping there. I almost ran him over but I was going slow when I saw him move. He is under a blanket. I honked and he moved. That was yesterday. Today there is an older black two door sedan. I just called the police. Please we need to keep the alleys clean and clear of brush so people don’t setup camp back there.

THERE ARE SEVERAL “NEIGHBORING” CITIES THAT SEND THEIR HOMELESS HERE, AS RIVERSIDE HAS AN OPEN ARMS ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE HOMELESS. I SAW THE ULTIMATE ON MOTHER’S DAY. THERE WAS AN IGLOO 2-MAN TENT SET UP ON THE SIDEWALK ALONG WITH AN ACCUMULATION OF WHOPPING CARTS FILLED WITH “CRAP” AND OTHER MOVABLE “VALUABLES.” HAVE YOU SEEN THE SET-UP ON THE MAGNOLIA SIDE OF THE BUILDING BETWEEN TUXIES AND THE AUTO PARTS STORE? IT’S A BEAUTY!

Can we say that the Mayor Bailey and his support of the Path of Life to support homelessness is a scam?  A creation of a new industry which takes taxpayers monies to a black hole of nowhere?
Three teens were recently walking down our alley on Brentwood between Palm and Brockton and they took our bird dish. When my husband confronted them they said, “ F… you old man.”. It was not of great value but it’s still irritating that they were disrespectful . No wonder my dogs are always barking as they face the alley. Just beware, because they obviously could care less about people’s property.  – Gina Gurrola, Wood Streets

Lady came on to my lawn and porch after leaving neighbor’s property where she threw a pot at their window and threatened him. She walked away headed north on Magnolia, police were called. Approximately 5:30AM. She has short dark hair, wearing jacket and holding tote bag. Incident happened on Magnolia at Chapman.  – Carmen Long, Wood Streets

I agree but its a huge problem around here because the speeders know that the cops are no where to be found in riverside plus when you do see them they are speeding down the streets as well. There is no control in Riverside and its getting worse….  – Jessica Northey, Wood Streets

According to Joe Frey, Wood Street Resident and Taxpayer. Woke up to this homeless person this morning in our front yard. Called RPD, took them two hours to come out. Guy finally work up, deficated in our front yard and was on his way. Welcome to Riverside!!!!! I have reported this information to the police.  Posted on Next Door.Com April 8, 2019.

But then current Councilman Mike Gardner who was running for Riverside County Supervisor and lost, was stating this: “FIGHTING TO KEEP OUR FAMILIES SAFE!”  WHAT DO RIVERSIDE RESIDENT DO NOW WHEN WE CAN’T KEEP OUR FAMILIES SAFE THROUGH THE VERY TAXES WE PAY?

LAST YEAR IN 2018 ACCORDING TO THE REPORTS BY THE LOU DESMOND SHOW, THE IMAGE OF THE INLAND EMPIRE IS THE “LAND OF THE DIRT PEOPLE.”   A STEP DOWN FROM ONE RIVERSIDE COUNCILMAN MIKE SOUBIROUS ESTIMATION THAT WE ARE LOOKED UPON AS HILLBILLY’S.

 

ADDENDUM: BACK FLASH FEBRUARY 2018: BUDGET ENGAGEMENT COMMISSION: THE RUSTY FILES: COMMISSIONER JOHN LYELL:  In the Rusty Files, Budget Engagement Commissioner John Lyell emphatically states that the spending is out of control and will lead our City to bankruptcy.

“(Former Fired City Manager John Russo) Mr. Russo is knowledgeable but as you stated he accepted the original contract, and if he were to leave the same 100 others would be in line to take his place and what has he done to deserve this?”

The council needs a reminder of who they work for.  I couldn’t agree with Commissioner Lyell more, and he is not alone.  He continues to state that city staff salaries are approaching or exceeding that of the President and his cabinet.

I know our neighbors in the Wood Streets are livid about how their neighborhoods have deteriorated over the years.  Where are thou Ward 1 City Councilman Mike Gardner?

Lyell believed that former City Manager John Russo was taking advantage of our good city and it’s taxpayers!  In the video below Commissioner John Lyell ask the question to a very nervous CFO Adam Raymond, if this pension situation is new.  Because he just never heard of this when the City was touting the passage of the Measure Z sales tax.  Well again, we knew it all the time, but now people as John Lyell and Mike Fine are realizing they were duped and lied to by the City and the Unions.

Big problem if Mayor Bailey intends to seek changes to the city charter to expand the mayor’s power. But that’s how his predecessor Mayor Loveridge ran the City, he never followed the charter to begin with. He had access to city staff and influenced council in many ways. When CM John Russo came, he placed a big stop sign in front of this nonsense, hence the Bailey vs. Russo feud. Russo’s contract outrageous? Mike Fine of the Budget Engagement Committee calls it “an unjustified huge raise!” I see the comparison when comparing Russo’s salary with other city’s but that is like comparing apples and oranges. As in the private sector, did he save money in the pocket book for the chair holders? Nope, he raised our utilities, sales and property taxes. How about this comparison, Governor Jerry Brown runs the whole State of California and according to Transparent CA, his total salary including benefits in 2016 was $270,132.96; City Manager John Russo’s total salary including benefits in 2016 was $454,838.85

LA SIERRA PROJECT HAS TIES WITH FORMER DEVELOPER JEFF BURUM, WHO WAS CHARGED WITH FOUR FELONY COUNTS!

But what is going on with the so called La Sierra Project under Emilio and Councilman Jim Perry?  Perry has apparently been hit hard by the pressure of the Riverside District Attorney’s Office last year.  Well the yelling continues on the seventh floor of City Hall between Jim and City Attorney Gary Geuss.

   

What was Jim praying for?  A green suit or an orange suit, or simply to be resolved of this whole nightmare?

Jeff Burum (National CORE) is the developer that is being considered by the City of Riverside to develop 4350 La Sierra Avenue (the property by the church, near Collett and across from La Sierra High School).  Colonies was involved in a lawsuit with San BernardinoJeff Burum was charged with four felony counts of aiding and abetting the receipt of bribes and one felony count of aiding and abetting in the misappropriation of public funds.  It ended November 2017 with 3 acquittals, including Burum, and one hung jury for Erwin, the defendant who said he took a $100,000 bribe from Burum (co-partner in National CORE).  Barely two months after his acquittal in the Colonies bribery case, developer Jeff Burum stood in front of a standing ovation crowd Thursday night at the Fairplex Conference Center stage in Pomona to resume leadership of the affordable housing non-profit he co-founded 25 years ago.

National CORE is a non-profit developer for affordable housing projects.  Hope Through Housing Foundation was created in 1998 as a charitable organization to help people in affordable housing with education programs such as on-site preschools, as well as senior health and debt reduction.  Is this the new industry created by Central Planning in the name of Social Justice that intends to use your tax dollars for their utopic vision?  Questions arose on this property with a the usual city shell game of now you see now you don’t with regards to the RFP on this property.  Of course, the key is that we intend to be more transparent, but with the lack of transparency and answers, we have conspiracy theories.  In one instance, regarding some of the details that was removed from our City site, by Emilio in the following email:

The city now wishes to redirect people to offsite training and approve this RFP which is against the tenants.

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While the City scrambles, TMC’s truth squad, oops, that’s the City’s tag line, has been blogging, reporting and speaking at Council Meetings as to why the Council should not have passed certain loans.  In addition, how passing these loans will come back to hurt the tax paying constituents.   The states silver bullet of termination appeared to be the only answer.  Now 10% of those Enforceable Obligations submitted to the State Finance Department were rejected for not following state guidelines.  Enforceable Obligations are legal contracts which declare that one person or agency owes another.  The question being asked is were these filing discrepancies inadvertainly overlooked by our protector of citizens, City Attorney Gregory Priamos?  And even their hired hand, Best, Best & Krieger?  Could these discrepancies possibly be considered faulty legal advice?  The City of Riverside shot back at the State Finance Department with the following letter.  According to the latest Press Enterprise the City Manager Scott Barber is defending some of the debt.

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In the response letter sent back to the State Finance Department by City Manager Scott Barber, he then agreed with the State on the following two items which could not be considered Enforceable Obligations.  But shouldn’t the City’s legal council, Riverside City Attorney Gregory Priamos, have been able to clear this question of what is enforceable and what is not?

Page 1, Line Item 38: Grant agreement between City and Housing Authority  $60,000,000.00                                     Page 2, Line Item 13: LM LS Targets of Opportunity-La Sierra/ Arlanza            $1,085,749.17

A total of $61,085,749.17 which is due to hit our General Fund.

What is really disturbing in the letter is that Mr. Barber states there are three items of concern that can give way to a rate payer lawsuit.  This in response if the State is unable to accept the debt, it will go to Riverside residents in the form of higher utility rates.  But in doing so, these would in essence be a violation of proposition 218.  These are Page 1, Line Item 29 ($4,329,897.60), Page 1, Line Item 30 ($328,039.22) and Page1, Line Item 32 ($4,793,600.00).   Which amounts to $9,451,536.85.

Self Appointed Citizen Auditor, Vivian Moreno, emailed the following letter to Vicki Hightower of the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office indicating our frustration with the use of local resources.  The letter was also read to the Council and Mayor at the April 25, 2012 public comment section in council chambers.

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The rejections came from California State Department of Finance to the tune of nearly $159 million in projects and debts from Riverside’s former redevelopment agency, potentially leaving the city’s general fund responsible for the amount lost.  Did City management commit fraud when submitting inaccurate information to the State of California for responsibility of payment?  What role if any did the law firm Best, Best and Krieger have in this?  Or is the responsible party ultimately the decision makers, the deciders, the Council and the Mayor?

         

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Above is the letter sent to Vanessa Kirks, Fiscal Manager for the City of Riverside dated April 13, 2012 from Mark Hill, Program Budget Manager for the California State Finance Department detailing the states rejections.  What was also found, was that the California Department of Finance sent 55 cities this letter out of over 400 cities with one or more items rejected.

CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW THE CORRESPONDING DRAFT ROPS SUBMITTED TO THE CALIFORNIA STATE FINANCE DEPARTMENT BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE.  POINTS HIGHLIGHTED IN YELLOW ARE THE REJECTIONS DETAILED BY THE STATES LETTER.

What people need to know about the relationship between the Redevelopment Agency and the City of Riverside, is that Redevelopment Agency is a state agency.  The agency board is made up of your own city council, mayor and employees of the city’s development department. The City and Redevelopment are one in the same, they just change hats.  Ultimately, they are responsible for all actions and decisions.

The state then mandated that local oversight boards or succesor agencies be created to organize and dissolve the assets, debts and other obligations of the former Redevelopment Agency.  Loveridge stated, “The irony of this is that the state set up these local oversight boards but (the Department of Finance) is setting the rules of the game”.  True mayor, but did some of your oversight board actually know some of these loans were wrong? While others may have not?  Or were you steered inaccurate legal advice?  Also Mayor, when you met with the initial oversight board didn’t you set some rules of the game?  It appears that Mayor Ron Loveridge and County Supervisor John Tavaglione appointed each other for Chair and Vice Chair of the Board.  Conflict of interest?  Or just two peas in the pod?  Not to mention, it appears that John Tavaglione is covering all bets by endorsing three mayoral candidates, which are running against each other.  Former Councilman Ed Adkison, Councilman Mike Gardner and Councilman William “Rusty” Bailey.  But would these endorsements have have anything to do with John Tavaglione running for Congress?  Or further, even Richard Roth, Esq., oops General Richard Roth, Esq.,  who does quite a bit of legal work for the city, such as the current Sgt. Valmont Graham case regarding racial discrimmination issues and a proposed settlement offer in todays city council agenda.  Even though they are both endorsed by Mayor Ron Loveridge, is this a conflict of interest?  Or just bad, bad business?  Even Nick Tavaglione endorses General Richard Roth.  Possibly some relation to John Tavaglione?   “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive”  This is pretty bad legal situation for our city and someone needs to be disbarred, but the city which continues to exist in a clouded stupor and may not have the gumption to know the difference.  For example, there are City loans made to the redevelopment agency, if not repaid, could be a future hit to the $214 million general fund. The problem is our general fund will not be able to sustain the additional debt load, we our are currently in a deficit as it is.  Will this mean layoffs? Program cuts? Department cuts etc. etc.?  More utility hikes?

If you were to read the California Department of Finance Question & Answer, which appears our city management did not, it states what is acceptable and what is not.  The state even has Question & Answer on Enforceable Obligatons as follows:

CLICK THIS LINK TO VEW FULL VERSION.

The Oversight Board or Succesor Agency, with John Tavaglione and Mayor Ron Loveridge on the sidelines appeared to approve all the obligations for the former RDA and thought they could pull the rug over on the State Finance Department.  The City and the Oversight Board sent the state a list of obligations they said were allowed and should be paid under the 2011 law that dissolved redevelopment agencies.  The Oversight Board in itself was filled with conflicts of interest, and they obviously acted accordingly and expectably.  The state then enforced its own pre-released guidelines, and rejected particular line items accordingly.  State officials disagreed with a number of items on the list, including construction contracts for the new downtown fire station, Municipal Auditorium and Doty-Trust Park, as well as a disputed amount of loans from the city to the redevelopment agency and nearly $18 million from bonds issued in 2007 that the state says should not be spent.  The City of Riverside took offense, and threatened litigation, well Gregory did, possibly by default.

In response to the State Finance Department rejection letter, City Manager Scott Barber will now send the state a response letter early this week, while Mayor Ron Loveridge will follow up with a trip in person to Sacramento.  This will turn into a grand event by having his lobbying group, the League of Cities, behind him?

City Attorney Gregory Priamos stated, “We’re confident that by continuing to engage in a serious dialogue with the Department of Finance that we’re going to solve these issues without the need for litigation.”

But to even think that the city attorney would threaten the state with costly taxpayer litigation without considering the guidelines the state implemented,  would be considered political suicide.  Especially in a time when the city has less of a revenue stream, but not the city attorney’s office it seems.  But of course, this is an office which operates without transperancy and without the duty to divulge expenses to the public, of which the public are entitled to.  Many constituents in the City of Riverside are telling TMC that they are questioning Greg Priamos’s abilities and practices, which do not appear to be truly protective of our local constituents interest.

According to the letter sent to the City of Riverside by the State of California Finance Department the state says no to approximately 10% of the submissions, while the City of Riverside of course, as we are now aware, threatens litigation.  What the State is saying is that Enforceable Obligations (EO),  of which the State cites HSC section 34171 (d) , declares in part that Enforceable Obligations do not include any 1. Agreements, 2. Contracts or 3. Arrangements with City (that created the Redevelopment Agency), and especially the Redevelopment Agency itself.  So it appears that the City and the Redevelopment Agency entered into multiple loan agreements.  The law appears to be very clear, I’m not sure what part Gregory, our City Attorney and Best, Best & Krieger didn’t quite get?  I know that they are both sharp cookies and it would appear to me that they wouldn’t allow the city to submit erroneous paperwork purposely.  But what do I know, I’m only a common citizen..

But let’s go a little further down.  The State considers the following not EO’s.  You cannot make inter agency loans and that’s what the TMC truth team has been trying to tell the Mayor and the City Council.  Did the city’s lobbying group The League of California Cities say this was legal.? Did the Greater Riverside Chamber say it was legal?  Did our City Attorney Gregory Priamos say it was legal.  Did Best Best & Krieger, the City’s hired law firm, say it was legal?

There were loans between RDA and the City totaling $41.3 million.  There was a cooperative and an agreement between RDA and the City totaling $61.2 million.  There was a loan between RDA and the City Housing Authority totaling $1 million.  So far $103.4 million total

Then there was an unused revolving line of credit for $19.9 million.  Again it remained unused, but the City still tried to push this through for payment regardless.  The State said no, it’s not EO’s. New total is $123.3 million.

There are contracts with the city with other entities, not RDA, that the City tried to pass to the state as a Redevelopment issue for $19.9 million.  It said no, these are not EO’s. New total, $143.2 million.

There was various expenditures with no expenditure contracts, similar to how the City handles business with BB&K, with no contracts.  The state said no, this amounted to $15.4 million. New total, $158.6 million.

So for now, the City of Riverside claims victim status, blaming the state for themselves over extending the city’s finances.  We all know that the City is in denial, they will never admit fault, and will not take a bit of responsibility for their past voting record as they should.  Continuing to blame the State Finance Department for themselves incurring our $2 billion in Redevelopment debt, and of course, the constituents of this city will ultimately be responsible for the debt.  We must also not forget those who were in charge at the time of these occurrences, such as Former Chief Financial Officer/ Assistant City Manager/ Treasurer Paul Sundeen.

The truth of the matter is that the city can only ‘cry wolf’ a limited amount of times, before the residents of this community realize what they have done.  But in all fareness we must allow the city’s newly formed “truth squad” to respond to this conundrum, and we will wait to hear from them.

Interum Public Works Director, Tom Boyd is now named Public Works Director.

It is now time time to ask the Public Works Director the question the constituents have been waiting to ask, with regards to bids, contracts, change orders and accountability of which he has taken part of .

UPDATE: 06/01/2012: STATE FINANCE DEPARTMENT SEND LETTER OF APPROVAL TO CITY OF RIVERSIDE ALLOWING COVERAGE OF $26 MILLION OF THE ORIGINAL $156 MILLION ORIGINALLY REJECTED.  CURRENTLY, APPROXIMATELY $133 MILLION IS UNACCEPTABLE TO THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA AND REMAINS A DEBT OF THE CITY.

WHAT WOULD JOE ISUZU HAVE TO SAY ABOUT ALL THIS?

UPDATE:04/23/2012: CITY HALL SCUFFLE? Info has been brought to TMC that Councilman Chris Mac Arthur’s aid Chuck Condor was allegedly involved in a scuffle with another individual at City Hall.  Condor has been called on the carpet of City Hall for making derogatory remarks such as calling woman commenters “bitches” and “idiots.”  This was done in plain sight of others at city meetings.  Is Condor out of control?  Or is this an accepted part of City Hall culture?  TMC has been told Chuck Condor is now on administrative leave, ‘paid leave’?  That we do not know.  Is Chuck Condor going to lawyer up?

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.  RATED ONE TWO STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  TMC IS NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON FILE WITH THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, AND PROSSIBLY POSSIBLY ON FILE WITH THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE’S POTENTIAL SLAPP SUIT LIST… WE WILL HAVE TO ASK GREGORY ABOUT THAT ONE ( OUR PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO CONTACT HIS PEOPLE)… AGAIN, THANK-YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!   COMMENTS ALWAYS WELCOMED, ESPECIALLY SPELL CHECKERS!  EMAIL ANONYMOUSLY WITH YOUR DIRT OR FOR CONTACT!   THIRTYMILESCORRUPTION@HOTMAIL.COM 

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The story gets better all the time.  It appears as if there was a private committee headed by the ring leader, Jack Clark, a partner in litigation for BB&K, a firm which receives millions in taxpayer money for their legal advice to the city and not to forget the recently signed assumption of their lease with the city.  This self appointed private committee included recognizable names with long titles, as Ex-City of Riverside Manager Brad Hudson, Private Developer Mark Rubin, Yeager Construction Companies Jack Yeager, Senior VP of The Entrepreneurial Corporate Group which owns the Mission Inn Ted Weggeland , City of Riverside Chief of Staff Kristin Tillquist, Riverside County Fair Housing Executive Director Rose Mayes, President/CEO Riverside Chamber of Commerce Cindy Roth, Roth Carney Law Firm Partner Jane Carney, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Roger Luebs, Director of Center for Philanthropy La Sierra University Dr. Jim Erickson, Retired Superintendent Alford Unified School District Dr. Damon Castillo, RUSD School Board Kathy Allavie.  The majority of these people in one way or another have benefited from City Hall and/or have had their palms financially greased by the taxpayer.   If you look at the names they all have some connection with the mayor in terms of contracts, associations, employment by the city etc.  Councilman Paul Davis didn’t know this committee existed till just recently, and asked for an extension to hear out his constituents of which he has received 15 email concerns.  Nancy Hart also had reservations as to the appropriateness of city hall being named by the current mayor.  Usually this is an honor attributed to someone who passed on.  But more egregious, the community was not invited to be part of this process.  Again a culture of arrogance and narcissism.  Councilmen Mike Gardner and Andy Melendrez had no reservations in voting for the naming of City Hall after the mayor.  Steve Adams couldn’t contain himself, he had no problem voting for him right that instant and just push the proclamation through.  Though, he consider Councilman Paul Davis and Councilwomen Nancy Hart’s reservations on the vote and the need for 2 weeks as “confusion”.  But again felt this decision as deserving of nothing more that than a unanimous vote by the whole council when they returned back in two weeks, and this he believed the mayor wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.   Councilman Andy Melendrez Asked Councilman Paul Davis and Councilwoman Nancy Hart what exactly they would be looking at in the next two weeks from their constituents.  This struck me  as an oxymoron and quite obvious, City Hall is owned by the community of Riverside, not by the few councilpeople and a private committee. Have we all forgotten this simple premise?  Let’s not forget that BB&K receives millions of dollars from Riverside taxpayers for legal advice to the city and city attorney’s office.  Conflict of interest?  A gift back to the mayor for his BB&K support?   A private committee was formed without imput from the community at large on the issue of City Hall being named, “The Ron Loveridge Riverside City Hall.”   Or should we call it the “Best Best & Krieger Riverside City Hall”?  Since we do so much business with them, I’m surprise Council hasn’t voted to give them a floor at City Hall.   But it all appears the initiation of the naming was more than likely instigated by Councilmen Chris Mac Carthur and William “Rusty” Bailey, both of whose families have been in existence in Riverside for generations and have been part of the fabric of Riverside politics.  Speakers on this issue were vehemently concerned.  Some speakers suggested other names should be considered, names which embody Riverside, such as Eliza Tibbets, John Wesley North or even Frank Miller.  Others stated that Ron is getting paid to do the work of the people.  As our forefathers of this country stated, no one should be elevated to level of king for doing the work of the people.  Now, if Ron did the work of the people and didn’t get paid for doing it for his 30 plus years, I would have no problem voting for Ron today either. This would reflect a sacrifice and a deep passion for the community he served, and it should be that way getting paid. But people in the community also work 30 or 40 years in a job without anyone naming a building after them, and there job is just as important as the mayor’s.  Names are for extraordinary circumstances.  My opinion is that Rin Tin Tin personifies a historical facet of the City of Riverside.  The dog was loyal, honorable, ardent, trustworthy, trust worthy and true.  Something that simply does not personify Mayor Ron Loveridge as someone who was honorable, the ugly truth of the matter he wasn’t.  The establishment kept his behavior under wraps.   It appears this has all gone to the dogs, but the entity I believe embodies Riverside and the name I would use on the walls of city hall would be an icon Riverside keeps close to their heart, therefore, “The Rin Tin Tin Riverside City Hall”.

UPDATE: 10/17/2011: COUNCILMAN STEVE ADAMS CHANGING HIS TUNE? “IT’S NOT THE TIME TO CONSIDER CHANGE”.  IN REFERENCE TO THE CITY HALL BEING NAMED AFTER MAYOR RON LOVERIDGE.  ADAMS NOW BELIEVES THE NAMING OF CITY HALL NEEDS TO GO TO THE PEOPLE, AND A PRIVATE INDEPENDENT COMMITTEE DOES NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE THAT CALL.  PLAYING POLITICS DURING ELECTION TIME?

UPDATE:10/23/2011: PRESS ENTERPRISE REPORTS CITY HALL NAME CHANGE ON HOLD!

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