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The Raincross Group goes to all this effort to put this debate together, inconjunction with Charter Communications and the Press Enterprise, and hides the video.  We are told by a commenter that Charter Communications is airing it on their channel, and is also on their youtube site.  To this day, the video is still not on Raincross site.  The Press Enterprise was also supporting entity in this event, no report has yet to be posted in the press as to this event.  Have they, the PE, already made their decision of who to endorse?

As of Election Day June 7th, 2016, The Raincross Group has yet to post the Charter Communications/ Raincross Group/ Press Enterprise 2016 Mayoral Debates conducted May 3rd, 2016.  Further, the Press Enterprise has yet to post the debates, even though they were a Sponsor!  We believe at TMC, that this debate showed the incumbent Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey in his true colors, not in a leadership best.  What the community is saying, not a “leader at all.”  Therefore, what we have is an embarrassment to these sponsors, and their week attempt to protect “local establishment politics.”

First there is a short introduction by the President of the Raincross Group, Gary Christmas. Then the candidates are introduced by Charter’s Brad Pomerance.

Part 2: The first question to the 2016 Mayoral Candidates by Brad Promerance. “If you were to win the election, what top three priorities would you do as Mayor?” Transparency was also theme in this part of the debate. Question as follows referring transparency in City government: “In what way has there been a of transparency over the last four years?” All gave responses to this pertinent question.

In Part 3: The first single question was directed toward incumbent Mayor Bailey. “What do you consider your main accomplishment as Mayor, and is there anything you would change in the second term?”  The question for the remaining candidates was as follows. “If elected Mayor, what would you do differently?”  The investigation of Councilman Paul Davis and Mike Soubirous was brought to the forefront.  A bit of a cat fight pursued between Davis and Bailey regarding that issue.  A must watch!

Part 4: The question in this part was as follows:  Riverside’s Mayor has very little political or policy making powers, but can be influential in other ways.  What is your leadership style, and how would you use it to achieve your goals for the City?   The question of “dark fiber” came to the forefront by Vivian Moreno.  If this ‘dark fiber’ is being paid for by Public Utilities for the good of a few businesses, the legality of this was brought forward.  Bailey doesn’t appear to understand why installing ‘dark fiber’ with RPU monies would be violation.  He nonchalantly describes, “that the pattern of suing the City will continue..”  But why Mayor Bailey?  The $115 Public Utilities law suit was also discussed, Mayor Bailey attacks Davis and blames the initiation of the suit on the Davis Camp.  Not so true, not the Davis camp at all.  Incidentally, Davis states that he is in support of this lawsuit. A must see!

Part 5: Riverside’s Mayor has very little political or policy making powers, but can be influential in other ways.  What is your leadership style, and how would you use it to achieve your goals for the City?  This was posed to Mayoral Candidate Sally Martinez and Councilman Paul Davis.  The $115 million Public Utilities law suit was questioned by Brad Pomerance.  Was it lawful as to allegations made with reference to the proper transfer of monies to the General Fund as otherwise indicated in the lawsuit.  Mayoral Candidate Vivian Moreno states, “If the people here on this panel do not understand the laws that are set in place, Prop 26 and Prop 218, they shouldn’t be running for Mayor.  A must see!

Part 6: The question posed to the candidates this time was reference to the lack of diversity on City Council, Boards and Commisions.  If Mayor what would you do broaden the city’s outreach to diverse communities and get more residents involved with civic affairs?  The question on Measure B, increasing the salary for Council members was also posed to the candidates.

Part 7: The question posed to the candidates as follows:  “What specific steps would you take to bridge the city’s multi million dollar budget deficit?”  and “Would you include a proposal by the City Manager (John Russo) to increase the sales tax?”  Mayor Bailey accused Davis of voting for every city budget, was corrected by Davis, on record, that he did not.

Part 8: The question of the Billion Dollar Trolley system was posed to the candidates.  Five million of taxpayers monies was currently spent just studying the idea.  Bailey flip-flops and is not for it now, and discounts the billion dollar cost.  Then there was yes-no lightening round questions.  “Do you believe that the Riverside’s Renaissance was a mistake?”  “What is your position on Measure A, the prosecutorial initiative?”  Davis hammers Bailey on why he did not veto Measure A.  A must see!  Last question, “Would you use the Mayor’s veto power?”

Last, but not least, closing statements by all Mayoral Candidates.

Don’t Forget to Vote Vivian Moreno
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For Riverside Mayor this June 2016!

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S REGIONAL COUNTIES MOST, “NEGATIVE,” “RAUNCHY,” “LOW CLASS,” “VISIONS OF GRANDEUR,” “FULL OF B.S.,” “REPREHENSIBLE,” “IGNORANT,” “MISGUIDED,” “BULLYISH,” “FILTHY,” “VILE,” “SICK,” “PERVERTED,” “DEFAMATORY,” “STUPID,” “PATHETIC,” “DESPICABLE,” “DISAPPOINTING,” “BELOW THE BELT,” “A NEW LOW,” “SHOCKING,” “OFFENSIVE,” “OBNOXIOUS,” “INAPPROPRIATE,” “HURTFUL,” “MEAN SPIRITED,” “DISTASTEFUL,” “EMBARRASSING,” HORIFFIC,” “SLANDEROUS” “FIT TO BE VIEWED FROM THE REAR” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!  YES WE ADMIT WE OUR ALL OF THAT AND MORE, WHICH IN CURRENT TERMS IS KNOWN AS “UNPOLITICALLY CORRECT.”  TEMPORARILY BLOCKED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE AT PUBLIC ACCESS SITES WITHIN THE CITY, THEN UNBLOCKED.  I GUESS YOU CANNOT DO THAT ACCORDING TO THE ACLU.  RATED ONE TWO ONE STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  … AGAIN, THANK YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!  CONTACT US:  thirtymilescorruption@hotmail.com

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The RAINCROSS Group Debate, Why won’t they air the debate video……. Because Vivian Moreno was the breakout candidate and Paul Davis was the aggressor…and their golden boy, Bailey, well……. 

The RAINCROSS Group’s golden boy, Mayor William Rusty Bailey, LOST the 2016 Charter Debate and now they are refusing to air it because of his failed performance.  I had a front row seat, Paul Davis took the right jab for the one-two comb punch then I took the straight-shot right to the truth.  

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Who are the people that call themselves the RAINCROSS Group?

RAINCROSS Group Mission Statement:  Behind every great city is a team of leaders that executes the vision and many followers who support the leader’s work. RAINCROSS strives to address the accountability mechanisms that make sure the leadership is on the right course. Our organizations strive to offer sound strategic support and oversight to keep our city on the right path.  Governance, which includes recruiting and development of new leaders on boards and commissions, monitoring systems and signaling mechanisms of transparency, and identifying critical quality of life to sustain higher standard of living.  Focusing on good governance ensures the success of leadership visions and the long term success of Riverside.

Listen I have watched this group lie, control, and try to manipulate the message of our corrupt government.  They have been in the drivers seat for the last 25 years, well then, they drove us right off the fiscal cliff.  We are in the worst fiscal condition in the history of Riverside, and according to their statement these people claim to have put us there.  This group is comprised of only those who claim to be the leaders, and those who are their followers. To belong to this group, you have to be invited.  People who think like this, is exactly what is wrong with this city.

I was looking forward to this debate because my message was the message that would expose the leadership of the RAINCROSS Group to the real truth about the city.  I knew that their elitist mentality couldn’t handle it.  It was going to be fun! Tuesday morning May 3rd I woke up early to get prepared for the debate at Charter Communication. This was the debate that was sponsored by the RAINCROSS Group, Charter Communications and the Press Enterprise.  I was ready and excited to attend. This debate would be televised in order to have a good account of the 2016 Mayorial candidates. We were all told to be there at 9 A.M. The debate started at 10 A.M.  I was there early and was ready to go.  I was greeted by some members of the RAINCROSS Group, Charter staff, and a Greater Riverside Chamber Staff member.  We were all instructed to wait in a conference room where they had a lovely breakfast spread.  Paul, Sally, Nancy, and myself were there on time. We all enjoyed pleasantries prior to the debate. There was no Bailey. His entourage gets there 15 minutes before we start, and he finally strolls in 10 minutes before the main event.

I have to ask, was Bailey’s staff there on City time campaigning for him?  Paul Davis’ staff was not there.  I asked about it later, and Paul’s camp said they were on city time, and it would appear to be a conflict if they attended the debate.  Again there are two sets of rules for Bailey and all others, and in his life he needs an entourage.

The actual debate started at about 10:20 A.M., we are on.  I was a bit nervous, but I knew the facts and issues surrounding the city really well, so I was ready to take on Paul and Rusty. When we were all finished, I was satisfied with my performance, as I’m sure Mr. Davis was with his. After the actual filming was done, moderator Brad Pomerance acknowledged each candidate.  Sally was first, he said “ Good Job,” then Paul, he said “ Good Job,” then Rusty, he winked at Rusty, then said  “Good job,” then it was Nancy, he said “ Good Job.”……. Now I am waiting for my hand shake and “Good Job,” instead!!!!!! Mr. Pomerance grabs my hand and stated very loudly for all to hear, “I like you, I really like you.”…. I WON!

Following the debate, I left after all was finished.  It was told to me later that Mr. Pomerance entered the room, and made a comment to the guests that were still there, that he was surprised with the performance of Vivian Moreno. The story goes that Gary Christmas from the RAINCROSS group mumbles something and then brushes me off…. OK Mr. Christmas, I brushed you and your RAINCROSS Group off a long time ago when you were the Measure A (the water measure) lying spokes person for your so called civic minded group.

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The Candidates were all told that the debate video would start airing Monday, May 9th.  After the 9th there was no airing, I e-mailed Brad Pomerance and he stated it would air Wednesday or Thursday of that week. Those days past, still no video! Today is Sunday May 15th, still  No Video Airing…..

Not airing this debate is offensive to the voters of Riverside and to all the candidates who participated in this forum. The RAINCROSS Group is part of the Special Interest problem in this city. Just look at their membership. This clearly demonstrates that they are trying to suppress and control the message, again. This debate was sponsored by the RAINCROSS Group, Charter Communications and the Press Enterprise.  Are they all involved in suppressing this message?

Just a quick note: Thirty Miles believes that Bailey will be running for John Tavaglione’s County Board of Supervisors seat in two years. Bailey is a career politician, Riversiders need to put him out of his misery.  VOTE ANYBODY BUT BAILEY!

What is also interesting is that Mayoral Candidate Vivian Moreno has a Mayoral Facebook site; but only Davis, Bailey and Melendez were listed as linked.

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Just for the record, Paul and Bailey, Do you know who is taking the “Vivian Moreno for Mayor” signs and replacing them with yours?  This is what the sign looks like.
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Don’t Forget to Vote Vivian Moreno for Riverside Mayor 2016!

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S REGIONAL COUNTIES MOST, “NEGATIVE,” “RAUNCHY,” “LOW CLASS,” “VISIONS OF GRANDEUR,” “FULL OF B.S.,” “REPREHENSIBLE,” “IGNORANT,” “MISGUIDED,” “BULLYISH,” “FILTHY,” “VILE,” “SICK,” “PERVERTED,” “DEFAMATORY,” “STUPID,” “PATHETIC,” “DESPICABLE,” “DISAPPOINTING,” “BELOW THE BELT,” “A NEW LOW,” “SHOCKING,” “OFFENSIVE,” “OBNOXIOUS,” “INAPPROPRIATE,” “HURTFUL,” “MEAN SPIRITED,” “DISTASTEFUL,” “EMBARRASSING,” HORIFFIC,” “SLANDEROUS” “FIT TO BE VIEWED FROM THE REAR” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!  YES WE ADMIT WE OUR ALL OF THAT AND MORE, WHICH IN CURRENT TERMS IS KNOWN AS “UNPOLITICALLY CORRECT.”  TEMPORARILY BLOCKED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE AT PUBLIC ACCESS SITES WITHIN THE CITY, THEN UNBLOCKED.  I GUESS YOU CANNOT DO THAT ACCORDING TO THE ACLU.  RATED ONE TWO ONE STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  … AGAIN, THANK YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!  CONTACT US:  thirtymilescorruption@hotmail.com

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CROOKED..Rusty Bailey is the worst possible decision for the Taxpayers and Ratepayers of the City of Riverside.  We have already had  four years of unscrupulous behavior coming out of the mayors office. He and his cronies will try to purchase the office of Mayor so they can continue down the path of LYING , CHEATING and STEALING from the Ratepayers. Rusty Bailey’s so called  God Like Behavior has cost the taxpayer Millions in Lawsuits… PAUL DAVIS-MIKE SOUBIROUS-VALMOUNT GRAHAM.  Back in 2012 Mayor Bailey was blamed for diffusing a promotion of a Black RPD Police Officer by the name of Valmont Graham all because in reality he is nothing more than a spoiled brat, and if he doesn’t get his way, or someone tries to correct him, he will go after their integrity or try to get them fired.  His montra is Divide and TRY to Conquer.  It always backfires and ends up costing the taxpayer millions and he ends up looking like an ass.

He instigated the “investigation” of  Paul and Mike, an action that could have cost the city millions if they had each pursued more than their attorneys fees to clear their names. Bailey’s actions showed that his true intent was to try to remove Davis and Soubirous from office by slandering their names.  Then we see this, Councilman Mike Soubirous now endorsing Mayoral incumbent Rusty Bailey?  WHAAAAT??? How should the taxpayers read into this?  Politics as usual or an agreement in lieu of the debacle?

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But to be fair, there are two side of this story.  As TMC is told, Councilman Mike Soubirous, was willing to move forward, even with all that he had been through.  He endorsed Bailey in an effort to show the community that he was able to amend broken bridges.  Prior to this, he asked Paul Davis if he was running for the Mayor’s office.  He stated he wasn’t.  At the last minute, when Davis decided to run, Davis asked Soubirous for his endorsement, but he was already obligated to Bailey.

And having a citizen arrested for clapping in the City Hall chambers, the total tab for that exceeds $250,000 this includes the settlements and plaintiffs attorneys fees. Yep,,,he’s done a bang up job (for the millions he’s  wasted in taxpayers monies)… Time for a Change…

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The above document has been received by all candidates, which states City logos, emblems, insignias etc. cannot be used for political purposes.  Bailey’s Campaign Consultant Matt Rexroad, attempted to diffuse the seriousness of this action in the current Press Enterprise article by Alicia Robinson.  He states it’s common for candidates to use pictures with police in campaign fliers. Rexroad said he got the photo of Diaz with Bailey from Facebook, though he couldn’t recall whose page. He blurred or obscured the chief’s badge and city patch.  “If you look around you’ll see lots of campaign mailers with (pictures like) that on it,” he said.

Rexroad is from the Sacramento firm of Meridian Pacific and has over 20 years experience in politics, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California as well as a Juris Doctor from McGeorge School of Law. He is an active member of the California State Bar (and we know what a corrupt entity that is according to the response of the Greg Primos situation).  Mr. Rexroad was also County Supervisor for the Yolo, California.  During that time Mr. Rexroad’s name came up in a FCCP violation which was called by FCCP, a “money laundering operation.”  So I certainly do not buy the fact that the Bailey Camp, especially Mr. Rexroad,  is unaware of the rules and laws of which surround campaigning.

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Bailey knows the rules, but continues to break them.  He’s been down this road many times.  A seasoned politician who has entered into another predicament, not a First Amendments Right’s issue as before, but a campaign issue.  This time he knowingly used a photograph of Chief Sergio Diaz and himself in a campaign mailer.  In doing so generated a FPPC violation and an ethics complaint.  Diaz when notified initiated the following press release in response..  If these are the professional campaign consultants Rusty hired, they should be fired.  What another fine mess Mr. Bailey got himself into.

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Police are the employees of the public not the politician, therefore, inappropriate.  This would give the impression that Chief Law Enforcement Public Servant would be more likely to serve the politician rather than the public he has taken a sworn oath to uphold.

This same issue came up with the Councilman John Burnard campaign. Whereby he took a picture in front an RPD Police vehicle, which you can see, that the RPD Insignia had to be erased.  The second shows the City Emblem, which is illegal as all hell, which had to be removed from the site at the time he was running.  For fairness, both these images were immediately corrected by the Burnard Camp.  For the record, both these instances give the public a perception which may give an advantage to one politician, as oppose to another.  Burnard was new to the political game, but Bailey has family roots into this game, and should have known better. Thirty Miles does believe that Mr. Burnard will never do this again.

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Bailey is not one to care about how he intends to procure the position of the Mayor of Riverside.  When he ran back in 2012, he utilized TMC’s photographical property to use in a campaign mailer.  He never asked us for permission to use the photograph, or even offered to TMC the customary $5,000 license fee.  The first photograph shows the original taken by Thirty Miles staff photographer, the second shows the original Bailey campaign mailer, the third was TMC’s parody of his original campaign mailer done by one of our underpaid crack photo shop experts, who also free lances as TMC ‘ghost writer.’

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There are two sets of campaign rules, one for Bailey, and one for everybody else.  The last time Bailey ran for Mayor he also made a complaint to Diaz himself, with reference to his  Adkison’s campaign mailer, accusing him of using City resources.  This is the same thing that he is a being accused of.  Diaz, in this Gumport interview, on line 21, states he received a complaint from a member of the public.  That member of the public was sourced to have come from the Bailey campaign camp.

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OUR  ‘ghost writer’ also brought to the  attention of TMC that during the last campaign ‘LYING  Paul Davis’ supported and endorsed our dear CROOKED Mayor Rusty Bailey.  Councilman Paul Davis states:

“We know Rusty will do his best for Riverside, not the special interest.  His plan for job creation is just what the City needs now.”   – Paul Davis, Ward 4 Councilmember and Small Businessman.

Paul, did you believe all this, or was this a quid pro quo? Politics as usual in River City.

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What was the change of events that made you decide otherwise Paul?..  Mayor Bailey stated in his campaign that he would not be a part of the “status quo.”  IS HE A LIAR?  You decide, here is the evidence.. “Bailey is the Independent Voice for Riverside.” Really who believes that? bailey

IS HE ‘STATUS QUO? ” THE VERY ELEMENT HE CAMPAIGNED AGAINST? HE’S CERTAINLY NOT CHALLENGING STATUS QUO AS HE INDICATED IN HIS CAMPAIGN
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In the Email fiasco back in 2012, it was alleged that Bailey used emails considered State of California property to send campaign materials.  According to the California State Constitution Government Code 8314 (a) states, “It shall be unlawful for any state officer, appointee, employee or consultant to permit others to use state resources for campaign activity, or personal or other purpose not authorized by law”.  According to an article in the Press Enterprise, by Dan Bernstein, Bailey used Riverside Unified School Districts email addresses to send campaign literature regarding his mayoral candidacy.  Work emails are considered State property and not to be used for campaign activity.  According to the Kathy Allavie, he was exercising his free speech right.  Yes that is true, but utilizing the tools of public property for personal gain can be considered a violation of the State Constitution.  Or does anyone remember the use of “cold plates” on City vehicles driven by councilmembers back in 2010 as reported by the Press Enterprise?
 
Just for the record, Paul and Bailey, Do you know who is taking the “Vivian Moreno for Mayor” signs and replacing them with yours?  This is what the sign looks like.
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Don’t Forget to Vote Vivian Moreno for Riverside Mayor 2016!

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S REGIONAL COUNTIES MOST, “NEGATIVE,” “RAUNCHY,” “LOW CLASS,” “VISIONS OF GRANDEUR,” “FULL OF B.S.,” “IGNORANT,” “MISGUIDED,” “BULLYISH,” “FILTHY,” “SICK,” “PERVERTED,” “DEFAMATORY,” “STUPID,” “PATHETIC,” “DESPICABLE,” “DISAPPOINTING,” “BELOW THE BELT,” “A NEW LOW,” “SHOCKING,” “OFFENSIVE,” “OBNOXIOUS,” “INAPPROPRIATE,” “HURTFUL,” “MEAN SPIRITED,” “DISTASTEFUL,” “EMBARRASSING,” HORIFFIC,” “SLANDEROUS” “FIT TO BE VIEWED FROM THE REAR” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!  YES WE ADMIT WE OUR ALL OF THAT AND MORE, WHICH IN CURRENT TERMS IS KNOWN AS “UNPOLITICALLY CORRECT.”  TEMPORARILY BLOCKED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE AT PUBLIC ACCESS SITES WITHIN THE CITY, THEN UNBLOCKED.  I GUESS YOU CANNOT DO THAT ACCORDING TO THE ACLU.  RATED ONE TWO ONE STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  … AGAIN, THANK YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!  CONTACT US:  thirtymilescorruption@hotmail.com

Six years ago small business owner Vivian Moreno ran into a little problem with the City. Today she’s one of Riverside’s most knowledgable residents when it comes to the workings of City Hall. She’s also running for Mayor. Vivian took time from campaigning to talk to Ralph over coffee about her odyssey of citizen awareness and how these experiences have shaped her contentious candidacy. 2016 is turning out to be an unconventional political year. Riverside’s getting its own showcase in the Mayor’s race with two boisterous (and radically different) challengers to Rusty Bailey’s incumbency. Good stuff here…get your own cup going and settle in for a provocative episode…   – Ralph from Riverside

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S REGIONAL COUNTIES MOST, “NEGATIVE,” “RAUNCHY,” “LOW CLASS,” “VISIONS OF GRANDEUR,” “FULL OF B.S.,” “IGNORANT,” “MISGUIDED,” “BULLYISH,” “FILTHY,” “SICK,” “PERVERTED,” “DEFAMATORY,” “STUPID,” “PATHETIC,” “DESPICABLE,” “DISAPPOINTING,” “BELOW THE BELT,” “A NEW LOW,” “SHOCKING,” “OFFENSIVE,” “OBNOXIOUS,” “INAPPROPRIATE,” “HURTFUL,” “MEAN SPIRITED,” “DISTASTEFUL,” “EMBARRASSING,” HORIFFIC,” “SLANDEROUS” “FIT TO BE VIEWED FROM THE REAR” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!  … AGAIN, THANK YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!  CONTACT US:  thirtymilescorruption@hotmail.com

Mayoral Candidate Vivian Moreno has a Come to Jesus meeting with the council… Council is in complete denial of the City’s true economic condition, and may not have farthing of what is really going on.  Private Sector businesses must make cuts all the time, a 10% cut across the board would be nothing, a 20% cut may take a little thinking.   The decisions our leadership has made over the last ten years has brought us to this stage in the game.  Further, I do not believe that the Council and Mayor actually know how much tougher it will be in the coming years.  The easy thing to do is raise taxes, but tax payers have already had their pockets emptied out.  The Public Sector should act as the Private Sector.   The Private Sector does not have an incidental source of reliable revenue such as taxes, they must bite the bullet, the City will now have to do the same.

Will the residents bite the bullet for the pain of higher taxes?

Let’s not forget the City was hit with a $115 million dollar General Fund/ Prop 26 law suit, and will also have to be settling a $5 million dollar sexual harassment law suit, and there will be more.  Taxpayers are tired of all the waste, fraud and abuse.

They will cut your services, before they will cut employees.  They will make you feel the pain of ‘no services’ then come back and tell you that we need to ‘raise taxes.’  You will be in so much pain you will just say ‘uncle,’ for sweet relief.  The City will ask you to “bite the bullet” to help soothe your pain of higher taxes, because they screwed up over the years.  The City needs to stop using RPU as their personal piggy bank, there are more law suits on the way.

I can assure the readers of the Press Enterprise that the $115+ million lawsuit filed against the City for extracting illegal taxes out of RPU ratepayers did NOT originate from the Davis’ camp, as Bailey stated.  I can also assure ratepayers that the days of this City overcharging them to play all sorts of shell games involving illegal taxes disguised as utility fees are coming to an end. My hunch is, there will be MANY more lawsuits coming in the upcoming years, and folks will begin to realize the extent to which City Hall electeds and appointeds have been abusing them for years…and they will be mad as hell. Hopefully, finally mad enough to throw the bums out.   – Jason Hunter

OT and Other Pay should be looked into in Police and Fire, this would never occur to this degree in the private sector, these number our off the charts.  We would actually be able to hire more police if this was cut.

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TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S REGIONAL COUNTIES MOST, “NEGATIVE,” “RAUNCHY,” “LOW CLASS,” “VISIONS OF GRANDEUR,” “FULL OF B.S.,” “IGNORANT,” “MISGUIDED,” “BULLYISH,” “FILTHY,” “SICK,” “PERVERTED,” “DEFAMATORY,” “STUPID,” “PATHETIC,” “DESPICABLE,” “DISAPPOINTING,” “BELOW THE BELT,” “A NEW LOW,” “SHOCKING,” “OFFENSIVE,” “OBNOXIOUS,” “INAPPROPRIATE,” “HURTFUL,” “MEAN SPIRITED,” “DISTASTEFUL,” “EMBARRASSING,” HORIFFIC,” “SLANDEROUS” “FIT TO BE VIEWED FROM THE REAR” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!  YES WE ADMIT WE OUR ALL OF THAT AND MORE, WHICH IN CURRENT TERMS IS KNOWN AS “UNPOLITICALLY CORRECT.”  TEMPORARILY BLOCKED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE AT PUBLIC ACCESS SITES WITHIN THE CITY, THEN UNBLOCKED.  I GUESS YOU CANNOT DO THAT ACCORDING TO THE ACLU.  RATED ONE TWO ONE STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  … AGAIN, THANK YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!  CONTACT US:  thirtymilescorruption@hotmail.com

 

THIRTY MILES OF CORRUPTION WANTS TO THANK THE FIRST THOUSAND PEOPLE TO HIT THIS ARTICLE BY 11:00 A.M.!

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Electric Prop 26 Law Suit

Subject:  Press Release for Immediate Distribution – Lawsuit filed challenging City of Riverside Electric General Fund Transfer as a violation of Proposition 26

In a complaint filed yesterday in Riverside Superior Court, the Law Offices of Raychele B. Sterling brought allegations that the City of Riverside, through its ownership of Riverside Public Utilities (“RPU”), violated Proposition 26, approved by voters in 2010, when the City Council in December of 2013 changed the formula by which it calculates the tax generated from electric utility operating revenues (known as the General Fund Transfer), so as to increase taxes paid by its ratepayers to its general fund.  The complaint contends that the City Council changed the formula to pay off a settlement agreement involving the City’s water utility, and did so without a public vote as required by the State of California Constitution.

According to the filing, the City of Riverside violated its City Charter for a decade by transferring a portion of the monies it receives annually as part of its participation in the California Independent System Operator system, referred to as the Transmission Revenue Requirement, to its general fund instead of keeping those monies at its electric utility.  Further, the City classified the Transmission Revenue Requirement as non-operating revenues for a decade before intentionally misclassifying them as operating revenues for the sole purpose of extracting higher taxes from its electric utility customers.

The plaintiff seeks to halt the approximately $40 million/year the City collects in taxes from its electric ratepayers as part of its General Fund Transfer and to return the $115 million in transfer taxes taken the past 3 years from RPU.

“For years city officials have ignored near-constant complaints by members of the general public that Riverside Public Utilities has been overcharging its customers in order to support the City’s general fund,” Ms. Sterling said.  “Today, we begin to shine a light on the hidden taxes the City of Riverside has imposed upon its RPU’s customers – particularly the elderly, poor, and disabled – causing them considerable economic and personal hardship.  It was particularly sickening to discover that this illegal tax increase was a scheme devised by the City to avoid having its general fund pay off a settlement agreement regarding an illegal water utility tax.  These financial shell games must end.”

Established in 1895, Riverside Public Utilities is a consumer-owned water and electric utility governed by a Board of nine community volunteers that provides services to over 105,000 metered electric customers and 63,000 metered water customers throughout the City of Riverside.

The Law Offices of Raychele B. Sterling is located in Riverside, California and provides law services to victims of government fraud, abuse and corruption.

Again I believe we have a disconnect between the ratepayers and the City.  The City created a situation whereby no one had any other choice but to bring forward a lawsuit due to concerns of RPU monies, it seems this is the only way they listen.  We cannot wait another 13 years before our voices are heard.  What will Michael Colantuono have to say about this?

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Again, most of this occurred under the watchful eyes of former Public Utilities General Manager Dave Wright, who left (maybe saw the writing on the wall) to ‘sin city,’ Las Vegas, then to Los Angeles, where recently they have had there own set of embarrassing problems.

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But, Wright came back to write a contributing editorial, titled “Riverside Water for Responsible Development,” back in 2014.  Was Wright simply worried that what was concealed would be exposed? Why was he so concerned about the Prosecutorial Issue of Measure A?

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And Don’t forget to VOTE for Vivian Moreno Mayor 2016…..She will definitely  keep everyone HONEST!

UPDATE: 05.02.2016: HUMAN RESOURCES BRENDA DIEDRICHS LEAVES THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE, TO BE RECYLED TRASH AT A NEW JOB IN ORANGE COUNTY.

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Will the City Attorney’s Office Audit show that her law firm, Law Offices of Brenda Diedrichs,  was paid indiscriminately with tax payer monies, due the fact there was no contract? While working as Human Resource Director?  This while on Councilman Davis’s and Mayor Bailey’s watch.  Which were told, but did nothing…

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What is really telling is that Senator Roth’s Law Firm is on this Audit, whom did legal work for the City.  His wife, Cindy Roth, Riverside Chamber of Commerce, was taking taxpayer handouts to keep her organization afloat.  The question, if you need hand outs to sustain your business in the form of taxpayer subsidies, are you a good business?  The rest of us, true entrepreneurs or business people, must make it within the free market by our own perserverance or just dissolve.

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S REGIONAL COUNTIES MOST, “NEGATIVE,” “RAUNCHY,” “LOW CLASS,” “VISIONS OF GRANDEUR,” “FULL OF B.S.,” “IGNORANT,” “MISGUIDED,” “BULLYISH,” “FILTHY,” “SICK,” “PERVERTED,” “DEFAMATORY,” “STUPID,” “PATHETIC,” “DESPICABLE,” “DISAPPOINTING,” “BELOW THE BELT,” “A NEW LOW,” “SHOCKING,” “OFFENSIVE,” “OBNOXIOUS,” “INAPPROPRIATE,” “HURTFUL,” “MEAN SPIRITED,” “DISTASTEFUL,” “EMBARRASSING,” HORIFFIC,” “SLANDEROUS” “FIT TO BE VIEWED FROM THE REAR” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!  YES WE ADMIT WE OUR ALL OF THAT AND MORE, WHICH IN CURRENT TERMS IS KNOWN AS “UNPOLITICALLY CORRECT.”  TEMPORARILY BLOCKED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE AT PUBLIC ACCESS SITES WITHIN THE CITY, THEN UNBLOCKED.  I GUESS YOU CANNOT DO THAT ACCORDING TO THE ACLU.  RATED ONE TWO ONE STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  … AGAIN, THANK YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!  CONTACT US:  thirtymilescorruption@hotmail.com

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CITY MANAGER RUSSO IS IN THE DRIVERS SEAT….HOW SAFE DO YOU FEEL?

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Our Fugacious, City Manager Mr. Russo and Assistant City Manager Marianna wrote an editorial about the current state of  “Fiscal Reckoning”, in the City of Riverside. He was trying to defuse the message that the city is going down the path of bankruptcy.  I think Mr. Russo needs to leave the messaging to the professionals. His office is only making it worse and more obvious. You can read the full article on the Press Enterprise.

Who are the Perennial Critics or should I say who are the Truth Tellers. Me Vivian Moreno, Dvonne Pitruzzello, Raychelle Sterling, Jason Hunter, Kevin Dawson, Karen Wright, Marilyn Whitney, Aurora Chavez, Scott Simpson and my man Javier Moreno, we all work really hard and our motivation is to protect the underserved, disabled, elderly, and the  taxpayer/ ratepayer from bad decision making at city hall that will ultimately raise taxes and our utility bills.

Because I was referred to in this article I needed to answer or clarify the statements that were made. We took out all the fat or unnecessary verbiage and just left in the substance.

The city of Riverside has enjoyed financial success in the past decade, most notably through the on-time and on-budget delivery of the nearly $2 billion Riverside Renaissance capital improvement program. The city rode out the Great Recession with grace. By Borrowing or Stealing (depending who you ask) from Riverside Public Utilities, Water fund, Sewer fund, Electric fund, Workmans comp.fund, and the Rate Payer. Now, the city is in a “Fiscal Reckoning of this magnitude”, those are your words Mr. Russo not ours.

That success, however, was partially due to budgeting practices that are no longer sustainable. Whether it was borrowing from other funds to prop up the city’s General Fund. Why would the General fund have to be propped up? Our General fund cannot function without the propping up by Riverside Public Utilities…..REALLY BIG MISTAKE!

There is nothing ethically wrong with these practices, NO… IT”S JUST PLAIN STUPID, and they are certainly not illegal.  Depending on who you ask.  Indeed, many cities employ some variation of such budgeting practices, and Riverside could have continued doing so for many years without encountering serious financial difficulties.  Just like the city of Bell.

However, reliance on such practices is not sustainable over the long term, and goes against the principles of prudence and conservatism in municipal budgeting.  First you say we could have continued down this path for many years and now you say it’s unsustainable, WHAT? You sound like a crooked politician, maybe you should elaborate on (long term) and (many years).

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.

While the projected deficit numbers may seem scary, they are not surprising – the city has had an expenditure problem for years. The very smart Perennial Critics recognized a expenditure problem years ago. The Council, over the last 10 years voted yes to all the expenditures. No one was listening to the very smart citizens who saw the writing on the wall. BUMMER!

All city departments will recommend cuts to the council, and, while it is management’s intent to minimize service reductions, those impacts are probably unavoidable in the face of a fiscal reckoning of this magnitude. Why? Because the only effective budgeting tool available to the council is service cuts; in California, most revenue increases require voter approval.  Are you going to cut the contracts for Government Entertainment? I can answer that NO! So let’s get this perfectly clear the Citizens have their services cut but we the citizens continue to pay for Government Entertainment. Most of the citizens of Riverside will never have the opportunity to afford to go to the Fox Theatre but they will still have to pay for it! We lose Police and Fire but we keep Rusty’s buddy.. Live Nation….REALLY! Is this because your band, Mr. Russo will be the ongoing featured act headlining at the FOX..It usually is self serving isn’t it!

Moreover, Riverside will now pass its budget within the context of a five-year financial plan.

This approach to municipal budgeting is bound to find more potential issues that demand attention.

As we hold ourselves to a higher budgetary standard, The real challenge John and Marianna is to wean the general fund off the RPU gravy train.

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. It’s amazing to me that we are labeled critics when all we ask for is the truth. When you make truthful statement like “Fiscal Reckoning, and while the projected deficit numbers may seem scary, they are not surprising,” these statements scare the folks. Even though you are in the driver seat Mr. Russo we will still demand the truth.

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.  Mr. Russo you cannot unequivocally state that the city is not going bankrupt. When you say the city need to be propped up. That sounds as dumb as Mike Gardner saying there were pots of gold.  We could not exist without the propping up of public utilities.

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You also state very clearly in this editorial that, budgeting practices are no longer sustainable, We are experiencing a Fiscal Reckoning of this magnitude, projected deficit numbers may seem scary, and Residents and business owners may hear things that make them uncomfortable, and perhaps even a bit nervous about Riverside’s financial health. You can lay it out any way you like but what the critics are absolutely sure about 100% is that the life line to the General Fund is Public Utilities. The General Fund needs to be propped up. This is a scary situation to be in. We are one legal challenge away from a disaster….. BANKRUPT! That’s the truth.

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.  Mr. Russo you can make your case to the public any way you like, but there will be no new rate increases or new taxes. I can assure you of that. BRING IT ON!

We encourage everyone in Riverside to attend the council’s budget hearings or go to EngageRiverside.com to let us know what you think and be a part of that solution. Together, we will ensure that our city’s great past will be honored by an even greater future built upon sound and secure finances. What a joke! sound and secure finances were built on the backs of the RATE payers, overcharging and bilking Riverside Public Utilities has been going on for over a decade. The City Council is responsible for this entire fiasco. THEY OWN IT! The Perennial Critics encourage everyone to attend.

John A. Russo is Riverside city manager; Marianna Marysheva-Martinez is assistant city manager.

NOW FOR A LITTLE MUSIC TO SOOTHE THE SAVAGE BEAST…

VOTE VIVIAN MORENO MAYOR 2016, DON’T FORGET THE DEBATE TOMORROW NIGHT APRIL 28TH AT THE STRATTON CENTER (7:00PM TO 8:30PM), BORDWELL PARK, 2008 MARTIN LUTHER KING BLVD., RIVERSIDE.

According to RivPublic, anonymous contributor to Thirty Miles of Corruption, “And about Russo, the man rocks! Can play the electric guitar and keyboard (and kinda sing??). Maybe he could pull a rabbit out of his hat and find some $$$$ too!”

TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S REGIONAL COUNTIES MOST, “NEGATIVE,” “RAUNCHY,” “LOW CLASS,” “VISIONS OF GRANDEUR,” “FULL OF B.S.,” “IGNORANT,” “MISGUIDED,” “BULLYISH,” “FILTHY,” “SICK,” “PERVERTED,” “DEFAMATORY,” “STUPID,” “PATHETIC,” “DESPICABLE,” “DISAPPOINTING,” “BELOW THE BELT,” “A NEW LOW,” “SHOCKING,” “OFFENSIVE,” “OBNOXIOUS,” “INAPPROPRIATE,” “HURTFUL,” “MEAN SPIRITED,” “DISTASTEFUL,” “EMBARRASSING,” HORIFFIC,” “SLANDEROUS” “FIT TO BE VIEWED FROM THE REAR” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!  YES WE ADMIT WE OUR ALL OF THAT AND MORE, WHICH IN CURRENT TERMS IS KNOWN AS “UNPOLITICALLY CORRECT.”  TEMPORARILY BLOCKED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE AT PUBLIC ACCESS SITES WITHIN THE CITY, THEN UNBLOCKED.  I GUESS YOU CANNOT DO THAT ACCORDING TO THE ACLU.  RATED ONE TWO ONE STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  … AGAIN, THANK YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!  CONTACT US:  thirtymilescorruption@hotmail.com

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Vivian Moreno confronts City Council on her prediction for the future of Riverside.

UPDATE: 04.25.2016: Budget Problems?… feeling good to be vindicated about ‘crying wolf’ over the budget for the past several years?  So why would this new City Manager Russo mention “perennial critics” who are “frightening folks” with the talk of bankruptcy?  But at the same time he is NOT providing any solutions aside from his straight across the board cut of 5% to every department…….so let’s roll the time clock back to the Tyisha Miller days of the police department…..does he realize that’s what got this city in trouble on that shooting?   I think he needs to be made aware that the rest of us were here and will be here after he leaves.

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Good job on transferring your crew from Oakland to the sleepy Southern California town of Riverside.  Wow! how did you do it? You even brought your band down under?

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How did these 4 people turn Vivian Moreno into the most written about and talked about Citizen in the history of Riverside and how did she became the NUMBER ONE Viable Candidate for Mayor.

Over the last 7 years Vivian Moreno has uncovered and exposed many of the unexplained dark secrets at City Hall.  In this story Vivian Moreno will explain how much of this happened, and why we are in unsustainable debt.  All her work for the City of Riverside was determined by these 3 men and the girl with the curly hair over cocktails…… Vote Vivian Moreno for Mayor 2016

The City of Riverside was in the hands of reckless unqualified people that took advantage of the taxpayer DAILY.  Life in Riverside has a way of coming full circle. Last Sunday I had a visit from a fairly new friend of mine. I have known her for about 3 years. We were discussing my bid for Mayor and out of nowhere she tells me this fascinating story about Brad Hudson, Steve Adams, Tom Desantis and the girl with the curly hair.  I knew my friend was a bartender but never in my wildest dreams did I know she was the bartender for these three high level executives and their really good friend with the curly hair.  She was the bartender at the Citrus City Grille, the watering hole for the “Riverside Elite and Special interest” or whatever you want to call them.  These people were nothing more than a tightly organized, determined group with shared ideas and attitudes who attempted to influence public policy and change, over cocktails… and who paid for those cocktails?  We did, the taxpayer!

The story goes that these three high level executives at the City of Riverside, Brad, Tom, and Steve were frequent guests at the Citrus City Grille, almost daily according to the bartender.  “Their bar tabs were always so high,” she said, “our Martinis cost $14.00.”   “They were so drunk I don’t know how they got home!”  But their was one thing that seemed to capture her curiosity, “Who was the girl with the curly hair?” she asked.  “She was always there.”

My friend had one question for me, “ How is it that they can get in their cars and drive drunk and no one else can?”  I told her because they all belonged to a private club.  These men were also drunk on their own Power Trip.

They were at this bar so many times in 2009, that in 2014 “the girl with the curly hair” was in Laughlin, Nevada and ran into the same bartender.  The two women recognized each other, exchanged pleasantries and memories. (By the way the girl with the curly hair is still an employee at the City of Riverside. I will leave it at that).

So how does this story overlap with me, Vivian Moreno, BioKorium Skin Care and Day Spa, and 3615 Main Street?  Early 2009 the owners of Citrus City Grille were looking for a new location. You guessed it! 3615 Main Street.  The City of Riverside would buy the building for $4.4 million dollars from the workman’s comp fund and set up their buddies and their favorite bar in our location. What a deal Citrus City Grille was going to get from the taxpayer 1/2 million in tenant improvements and a hefty amount for working capital.  All on the tax payer and all for their favorite bar.  Also this deal was all done through Redevelopment, which is a very important part of this story.

In August or September of 2009 the deal was done, the City had purchased the building, the “three amigos” were still holding their frat parties courtesy of the taxpayers at the Grille.  The one thing left to do was to get rid of BioKorium and me.  I knew the city wanted us out because the owners of the Grille came in and told us that 3615 Main Street would be their new location and the city would take very good care of them, and indeed that was the plan.   RIVERSIDE FRAT BOY MEMBERS…….Brad Hudson, Tom Desantis, Greg Priamos, Steve Adams, and Rusty Bailey.

As a downtown business owner for 11 years, I knew nothing about the politics of Riverside… nothing….I didn’t know any of the executives at City Hall.  This experience was about to throw me into the world of Riverside politics and would change the face, policy and many employees of the city of Riverside forever.  I was determined to uncover what really happened to us and in the process I uncovered many of the dark secrets that were holding the Citizens of Riverside hostage to the unscrupulous deeds and political favors that were bestowed on a select few.

We had been at the 3615 location for 11 years, our landlords were the Freeman Co., we had paid almost a million dollars in rent to them over that time. They were the best downtown landlords.  It was a wonderful experience and opportunity. When the City took over the building, it was confusing and complicated. For the first couple of months we didn’t know what was going on.  All I knew was that something was wrong and it was time for us to go.

So what ended up happening?  The Citrus City Grille faded away in Riverside owing a lot of money to the Riverside Plaza, they have one restaurant left in Corona, Brad left and went to Sacramento. Was he pushed out of Sacramento like some suspect? and now he is in Laguna, Steve Adams ran for Congress and lost they say he is now working for the County of Riverside.  If this is true, this is just another political favor, Tom Desantis left because of an uncomfortable situation involving the girl with the curly hair and an alleged incident in the parking lot.  He is now Assistant City Manager for the City of Moreno Valley. Running that city into the ground.  What a train wreck!  The girl with the curly hair is still employed at the City of Riverside and is climbing the ladder of success.  3615 Main Street sat empty for 6 years. What happened to me? Vivian Moreno…. We left 3615 Main Street June 30th 2010 and now I am a Candidate for Riverside Mayor 2016, I found my passion for politics and became a very successful tax advocate for all the citizens in the City of Riverside.

In 2015-2016, 3615 Main Street is finally full of life again.  It houses the Salon of John Michaels. We couldn’t be happier.

Last Wednesday night I had attended a LANA meeting. This is a neighborhood group meeting for La Sierra.  I wanted to hear about our new City Managers  2 YEAR BUDGET Road Show.  At that meeting City Manager Russo mentioned we would have to sell off some city owned properties. He very specifically mentioned 3615 Main Street. He stated that 3615 would go up for sale next week and 2 million dollars of the proceeds would be spent on Chow Alley, the new pet project (more government entertainment) for the City. If the City truly was fiscally responsible, all the proceeds from the sale of this building should go right to the workman’s compensation fund, where they took this money from in the first place.  The money should not be used for more Government Owned Restaurants!  Why? Because they do a terrible job.

As I was sitting there I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. OH NO here we go again! What is going to happen to all the new businesses in the downtown building that developers were salivating over? A new plan for Main Street is on the way, 165 new high density apartments are in the planning stages right now.  The property around this development is being assembled by the cities favorite developers. Will these new businesses like John Michaels at 3615 be included in the future of Main Street or will they be replaced by Corner Bakery?

The City Council and the Executive Staff haven’t learned anything…

These Invoices show that they went out to breakfast lunch and dinner regularly on the taxpayer, I have hundreds of invoices. What you will notice is that only the Credit Card receipt were turned in for payment. These invoices were paid without any itemized statements. So common sense will tell you they were buying cocktails.  This is totally against city policy. Finance didn’t care that is just the way business was run. Finance was run by: Paul Sundeen, Bret Mason, and Scott Catlett; 2 of these men are gone. Paul Sundeen retired and Scott Catlett went to Yorba Linda.  UPDATE 3/11/16:  Mr. Mason has left the building…all 3 of our financial wizards are no longer employed with the city of Riverside.  Looks like new Assistant City Manager, Marianna Marysheva-Martinez, has seen enough.

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Include the e-mails between John Russo and Dvonne Pitruzzello, start read from bottom to top on both.  These are the emails that Dvonne asked the question to Russo whether the City owned this property or not.

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TMC, RATED RIVERSIDE’S REGIONAL COUNTIES MOST, “NEGATIVE,” “RAUNCHY,” “LOW CLASS,” “VISIONS OF GRANDEUR,” “FULL OF B.S.,” “IGNORANT,” “MISGUIDED,” “BULLYISH,” “FILTHY,” “SICK,” “PERVERTED,” “DEFAMATORY,” “STUPID,” “PATHETIC,” “DESPICABLE,” “DISAPPOINTING,” “BELOW THE BELT,” “A NEW LOW,” “SHOCKING,” “OFFENSIVE,” “OBNOXIOUS,” “INAPPROPRIATE,” “HURTFUL,” “MEAN SPIRITED,” “DISTASTEFUL,” “EMBARRASSING,” HORIFFIC,” “SLANDEROUS” “FIT TO BE VIEWED FROM THE REAR” AND MEZZSPELLED, “MISSPELLED” AND “OPINIONATED” BLOG SITE!  YES WE ADMIT WE OUR ALL OF THAT AND MORE, WHICH IN CURRENT TERMS IS KNOWN AS “UNPOLITICALLY CORRECT.”  TEMPORARILY BLOCKED BY THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE AT PUBLIC ACCESS SITES WITHIN THE CITY, THEN UNBLOCKED.  I GUESS YOU CANNOT DO THAT ACCORDING TO THE ACLU.  RATED ONE TWO ONE STAR OUT OF FIVE IN TERMS OF COMMUNITY APPROVAL RATINGS..  … AGAIN, THANK YOU COMMUNITY OF RIVERSIDE AND THE CITY OF RIVERSIDE EMPLOYEE’S FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

 

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The issue du jour is if the voters should designate our appointed City Attorney, Gary Geuss, as the “City Prosecutor” with the primary responsibility of prosecuting state misdemeanors within the city limits?  (At the same time the City Attorney’s Office will also be moving to the City’s newly purchased $40 million Wells Fargo Building (aka, Mission Square to some) to rent from our public utilities department.  Need more space of course.)  In order to grant these additional duties, the City Charter would have to be changed, and hence, the public vote.

The conundrum is that of accountability. While the District Attorney’s Office is an elected position accountable to the taxpayers, the City Attorney is not an elected position, accountable only to the Council. Question is, “Is this a scenario ripe for abuse?” This is a department that was just found to be seeking outside legal services with no contracts and no approval from our Council, that ended up costing taxpayers millions.

Regardless, the city of Riverside is leading the charge in demanding these prosecutorial duties, and it appears they will not take ‘no’ for an answer from District Attorney, Mike Hestrin. In response, the City proposes to place the matter to the voters this June, with a measure tagged, “The Riverside Criminal Prosecution and Crime Reduction Measure.”  If voters approve the change, the city attorney will prosecute offenses such as assault, prostitution, commercial burglary, animal cruelty, graffiti, child abuse and domestic violence.  In light of the historical track record of our City Attorney’s Office the residents in Riverside find that there is still something missing from this story, and continue to question the actions taken to date.

Thirty Miles and Mayoral Candidate Vivian Moreno invited Councilman Mike Soubirous to bring the Citizens of Riverside his “VOTE YES” position.

Councilman Mike Soubirous Says Yes!

The Riverside City Council’s decision to place a proposed City Charter amendment on the ballot was simple. The council believed there was merit to the idea of allowing the Riverside City Attorney the power to prosecute Misdemeanor violations that occur within the City of Riverside. Putting the issue directly before the voters makes sense. Because ultimately they must decide if a Charter amendment is to be approved or denied.

We can debate the merits of the proposal all day long, but at the end of the day it comes down to this: Is it worth doing or not.? Are we better off having the City Attorney’s office handling Misdemeanors or keeping things the way they are – with the County District Attorney handling all crimes? If so, put it to the voters. Let them decide.

This debate should not be about personalities. It’s not about District Attorney Mike Hestrin or City Attorney Gary Geuss. It’s about Riverside. It’s about the people of Riverside. Should we enhance or build upon what the District Attorney’s office currently provides to us, or should we keep what we have?

Every day, councilmembers field concerns from residents and business owners complaining about everyday quality of life issues such as panhandling, street thugs, homeless, prostitution, graffiti, vandalism and more. We have pushed our police department to do more and more to combat these concerns. They counter back to us that many of these cases are not being prosecuted. They have provided written proof of these claims.

Our cops are getting discouraged. They work hard, write lengthy reports, only to have the case rejected, pled to a lesser charge or other disposition simply because there is just not enough Deputy District Attorneys to handle the huge caseloads. How discouraging is that?

It’s not District Attorney Mike Hestrin’s fault. He’s elected and tasked with running the District Attorney’s office, but there is a catch. The County CEO sets Mr. Hestrin’s budget and the County Board of Supervisors approves that budget. In the end, Mr. Hestrin must do all he can to stretch that allotted money. Typically, it starts with prosecuting the serious Felonies, then the lesser Felonies. After the Felonies, the prosecution of serious Misdemeanors and finally, the lesser Misdemeanors.

He does a great job with what limited resources he’s given.

The Deputy DA’s work hard and are often underpaid. They work long hours and have high caseloads.

Funds are limited. Riverside County is yet again reporting money problems, cuts are on the way including furloughs and layoffs. This will severely impact the DA’s office and their ability to adequately cover the county’s needs and the needs of the many cities within the county. Even if county revenues were to increase, there are many higher priority needs the county must work on. First is increasing jail space, along with the current plans to expand the County Medical Center and more.

The City of Riverside is not unhappy with the DA’s office. We understand what obstacles our District Attorney faces. We simply hope to have the power – as a Charter City – to enhance what the D.A.’s office does. We are looking at our quality of life needs now, 5 years out and 20 years from now.

The City Council is simply offering a proposal to the people as a direct response to resident’s demands that we do more to curb the negative issues and problems facing our city each day.

This proposal will cost money to implement. Is it worth the investment? It’s up to the voters to decide. More information will be provided at upcoming community meetings and on ballot statements.

If the people of Riverside believe the City Prosecutor Program is the answer to the problems they complain about, they will pass the Charter amendment. If they don’t believe this will help, then it won’t pass. It’s that simple.

This is nothing revolutionary – many cities in California prosecute their own city’s Misdemeanors. It just hasn’t been done in Riverside County yet. So far, most seem very satisfied with their City Prosecutor Programs. These programs have been in place for many decades. Cities like Los Angeles, Anaheim, Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank, Santa Monica and many others.

The city’s plan for a Neighborhood Prosecutor Program calls for having city attorney prosecutors working closely with our police officers and detectives. Finding solutions to problems and doing what it takes to best mitigate those problems. Not just prosecution and jail, but getting to the root of the problems.

This is something the District Attorney’s office can’t adequately provide due to limited funding imposed by the county. There are just too many cities competing for the same level of prosecution of their Misdemeanor cases as we would like to have in Riverside.

Having our own city prosecutors allows Riverside the ability to focus on those crimes and issues that affect us each day. These are problems that hurt Riverside’s ability to recruit and keep businesses here. These problems affect our property values and our everyday way of life.

Our resident’s have demanded we tackle these issues to the best of our ability. We have this tool available for us to use. It’s up to our residents to choose if they want to pay for this tool and use it to the maximum benefit of those living and investing in Riverside.

 

Mayoral Candidate 2016 Vivian Moreno Says NO :

Vote Vivian Moreno Mayor Riverside 2016……. Bringing the real issues and truth to the public

I found this quote from a local Oakland newspaper:…According to Russo’s “make city government more accountable, more transparent and more effective.” However, a closer inspection reveals that these are no more than hollow words to veil their failed promises, brokerage of white collar crime, advocating of racism, selective prosecution and white class privilege!

CITY OF RIVERSIDE: NEEDS MO’ MONEY….  WILL THE CITY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE BE BROKERS OF WHITE COLLAR CRIME UNDER THE GUISE OF THE HOMELESS AND PANHANDLING?  VOTE NO TO GROWING EVEN BIGGER GOVERNMENT AND THE CONTINUATION OF ABUSE IN THE CITY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE.

Most likely in June, the voters of Riverside will be decide by ballot measure whether to add a new government-run program to City Hall’s ever-expanding arsenal. It will be called something like the Neighborhood Law Corp (NLC) under the City Attorney’s Office. Mr. City Attorney, Gary Geuss, stated the Neighborhood Law Corp program will cost the taxpayers $2.5 million, while our District Attorney, Mike Hestrin, says more like $5 million.  Geuss geusstimates $750,000 to $1 million in fines and fees will go back into the city’s coffers per year. I believe it will bring in closer to 2 million, if not more. And where will this money come from? Residents and businesses, but of course.

If you go to any of the community meetings that address this new program, the message coming from City Hall is, “your altruistic government will have more CONTROL over the homeless, panhandling, and prostitution.”  Well … common sense will tell you that the homeless and panhandlers are not going to be paying a cool million in fines and fees. So where will it come from? You guessed it – from us!  The real CONTROL will be over whomever can pay the fines.

Another real concern we have with this program, is that we are growing our government at an unsustainable rate.  We will be adding 17 new employees, 12 of whom will be Lawyers, as part of the NLC Program.  We already have 13 Attorneys, this will take us to a grand total of 25 Attorneys hired by the city of Riverside.

Mr. City Attorney, Gary Geuss, came here from the City of L.A.  They have 4 million residents and 16 attorneys that handle their “Neighborhood Program”, or one attorney per 250,000 citizens.  Riverside wants 12 Attorneys, and that would be 1 attorney per 25,000 Citizens.  In L.A. up until 2014, they only had 4 Attorneys on this program, that’s one attorney for 1 million citizens.  In Oakland, California, where our very clever City Manager, John Russo, hatched this program in 2002, they have three Attorneys for about 400,300 Citizens.  That’s one Attorney for 133,000 Citizens. I just don’t get it. In fact, like all too often in the good ole’ River City, perhaps the real reason they want to hire more attorneys has just not been revealed to us.

City Councilman, Mike Soubirous, Mike Gardner, Chris MacArthur, and Jim Perry all voted YES to place the city prosecutor measure on the June 2016 ballot.  Paul Davis said he wanted this program eventually, but voted NO; John Burnard wanted to increase the Police Department, so he also voted NO; Andy Melendrez just said NO, but the vote passed and unless some last minute deal is reached with the D.A., this sucker’s going to the people (at a nice tidy cost of $80k just to put it on the ballot) to decide.

At the Council meeting it was brought up by Raincross Group man-about-town, Tom Evans, that the City wasn’t even following their own Charter and that the Council should form a Charter Review Committee and vet this issue with the public.  Once the committee finds consensus on the best way to go about implementing a city prosecutor’s office, they make a recommendation to the Council “to ask” the voters for final approval.  The Council decided to ignore that option (hey, I thought they valued public input? Lol.)

There have been a total of two hours that I’m aware of spent informing the public on this very important issue.  I have attended two community meetings and one City Council meeting when the issue of changing the Charter to take prosecutorial powers for misdemeanors away from the District Attorney’s office, and give them to the City Attorney’s office.  At the community meetings I attended, this was hailed as a Neighborhood Law Corp. program and will address livability issues as the homeless, pan handling and prostitution.  At the City Council meeting, the message changed a bit.  It seems the city of Riverside also wants to be the power brokers for white collar crime, code enforcement cases, bad landlords, liquor stores, seedy businesses, unruly bars and restaurants, and or anything else they can think of. Is this the start of more legal abuses in the city of Riverside City Attorney’s office? If history is any predictor of the future…ABSOLUTELY!

At the February City Council meeting where the vote took place, there was a diverse group in attendance: the local activists, the whistleblower employees, a representative from the District Attorney’s Office, the League of Women Voters, the Raincross Group, and a couple of Chamber of Commerce members.  With a group like that there is almost always disagreement, but with this vote everyone was opposed – it was almost unanimous.  That evening 95% of the public said NO!  The City Council voted to approve the ballot measure against all the concerns of the public.

I also feel it’s important to add that the District Attorney of Riverside County is an elected position, whereby this person is directly accountable to the public.  The City Attorney, whom City staff and elected want to usurp the D.A. is an appointed position, who is only accountable to the City Council.  Is the public set up for abuse?  Who will the public go to if there is a grievance?  How do you replace 4 of the 7 members of the Council if you don’t like the way our City Attorney uses his new prosecutorial powers?  You can’t, and that’s a big problem.  Our personal liberties are being threatened.

Now you have to ask yourself, is our honeymooning City Manager, John Russo, just running the city of Riverside on autopilot. He brings us the Sunshine Ordinance, the 2-year Budget, and our new favorite Assistant City Manager Alex Nguyen (absolutely fabulous honey), and now the Neighborhood Law Corp.  Let’s take a look at June 8th, 2011, article “Russo’s Next Big Challenge”:

“Russo also is seeking to make Alameda’s city government more user-friendly, a task he’ll delegate to Alex Nguyen, who will follow him over from Oakland. Nguyen headed Russo’s Neighborhood Law Corps, a groundbreaking program that allowed Oakland residents to access his office to solve quality-of-life issues, taking on slum lords, liquor stores, and other blight. Russo, however, was quick to say that people won’t always be happy with the solutions he proposes for Alameda. ‘Real decisions mean real disappointments,’ he warned”

Queue later photo of the drama behind this program in Oakland. The public is ANGRY over potential fraud in the Neighborhood Law Corp program:

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Who is really behind this new Neighborhood Law Corp. program?  City Attorney Geuss stated this program was A#1, top of the list, king of the hill, A nummmmmber ooooooooone, top priority of the Council.  In fact, Geuss stated he was instructed by our electeds to begin implementing this program immediately after he was hired.  We wonder why the public and press just found out about it if it was so important and being worked on for almost a year?

So, how did City Manager Russo’s and his trusty sidekick, Nguyen’s foray into prosecuting the public work out after being implemented in Oakland in 2002?  They spent way too much money and created a firestorm of D R A M A.  There was so much drama that it was a distraction to the City and to the Office of the City Attorney.  All we need is more controversy.  Was this program the real reason Mr. Russo left the city of Oakland? Maybe. This program may be nothing new to our City Manager or or City Attorney, but I believe the residents and business owners in the city of Riverside have had enough drama for a lifetime.

To hopefully shut the door on the whole idea of a city prosecutor’s office, I point out that City Attorney Geuss continually compares our city to the city of Anaheim, who has an appointed City Prosector.  So let’s take a look at these similarities:

Medium Income Anaheim: $62,000

Medium Income Riverside: $32,000

Anaheim PRIVATELY OWNED: Disneyland, the Honda Center, Anaheim Convention Center, Angels Stadium, the Anaheim Resort, numerous hotels, The Platinum Triangle, and really great fireworks every day.

Riverside GOVERNMENT OWNED: Fox Theater, Riverside Convention Center, and really great fireworks three times a year.

Population of Anaheim: 350,000     Out–of-town guests: THOUSANDS every day.

Riverside Population:  300,000        Out -of -town guests: THOUSANDS every year?

Annual Budget Anaheim 1.7 Billion

Annual Budget City of Riverside: 900 Million

Anaheim Prosecution Program 10 Attorneys Sometimes up to 15 Attorneys depending on the cases.  I was told of these figures today by the Anaheim prosecutors office.

City of Riverside Prosecution Program wants 12 Attorneys

Apples to apples – Anaheim vs. Riverside – and I say there is NO comparison.  Anaheim is unique from all other communities.  The comparisons coming from our City Attorney is political rhetoric, and that is why the public is so concerned with this program.  Common sense will tell you there is more to the story! (But they ain’t telling you what…you’ll find out later).  VOTE NO.

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