Ward 7 Issues: Transparency, Ag Park, Chuck Cox, CFD’s (Community Facilities District) Arroyo Park 6 million dollar bond, lack of representation, future development, senior housing and Measure-L.
Candidates for Ward 7 City Council: Alysia Webb Vs. John Burnard:
There have been two debate forums thus far for Ward 7 that Thirty Miles of Corruption attended, Cindy Roth’s Greater Riverside Chamber event at the Convention Center and one at the La Sierra Senior Center. At these forums the clear winner was Council candidate Alysia Webb. It was her unscripted honest answers that put her above her opponent. She has the dedication and the voice to represent and take care of the issues concerning the residents of Ward 7, not just the status quo. She answered the debate questions sincerely and with integrity.
In our opinion, what really won it for Webb was when Burnard made the comment that Ms. Webb supported measure L. She calmly explained that the literature was confusing and the issues were muddled on both sides. She had been assured that the hill would have been completely protected, and development restricted in a reasonable manner. In the end she actually ended up attending the ‘NO on Measure L’ event. I do believe she totally understands the issue and will support controlled development in Ward 7.
The Roth/Chamber forum was quite interesting. There were about 40 people in attendance, mostly Chamberites, or the status quo party, with maybe about 4 voters for Ward 7. Mr Burnard took out his notes and read from them. It was a John Burnard-friendly event”: well-scripted, and most of his allotted time he spent thanking all the “right” people. That of course made us very suspicious. With eager confidence he named all who had given their endorsement: Ward 7 Councilman Steve Adams, Ward 1 Councilman Mike Gardner, Ward 6 Councilman Jim Perry, Ward 5 Councilman Chris MacArthur, Ag Park Developer Chuck Cox, and of course the police and fire unions. Why is this important? Because Burnard will now be expected to vote for the Union/Chamber/Cox interest.
Burnard is also supported by SEIU. He conspicuously didn’t mention this. Why would John Burnard leave out mentioning his support by SEIU? He also left them out of his support page on his web site. Is he embarrassed of them because he’s a Republican? Or is it that SEIU doesn’t want their members to know they supported a Republican? Hmmmm……. Also why would John Burnard take donations from Ag Park Developer Chuck Cox, when it’s such a hot political issue with the residents of Ward 7? Oh, I know why! Mr. Burnard wants to build an equestrian park for his elitist friends of Ward 6 and 7, instead of taking care of Ag Park.
We also find it very interesting that Burnard claims he didn’t support Measure L, while at the same time surrounding himself with all the very people who did. He will ultimately take care of his supporters. Of this, we are sure.
When Burnard initiated his campaign, he signed documents with the City outlining the rules of engagement. What’s the first thing he does? He places the City of Riverside logo on his website in violation of the agreement. Ignorance, apathy, or sneaky: take your pick. He was contacted by the City Clerk’s office and told to take it down, or face penalties.
We wonder why the City didn’t fine Mr. Bernard for his blatant use of their logo on his site, when a few years ago they fined Councilman Mike Soubirous for his sign being in the wrong place ($100.00), or at least they tried to. Of course, Soubirous would not take this lying down. He took this issue on directly … and it went away quietly. Another great example in a litany of Union/City/Chamber double standards and retaliation. Burnard is not a candidate for the people.
He recently sent a mailer with him standing next to a RPD police car with the City of Riverside photo-shopped out, in order to let folks know he was supported by law enforcement. Also inappropriate activity in a political campaign. If Burnard will try to get away with fooling the citizens in his campaign, what “Tom Foolery” will he bestow on the taxpayer? Possibly a ‘YES on Measure L’ next time, and higher utility rates? A vote for Burnard will be a vote for sitting-Councilman Steve Adams’ kind of politics: the big guy over the little guy. You would just be exchanging one deck chair for another on the Titanic.
We can give you a laundry list of reasons why an endorsement from Steve Adams is something we wouldn’t brag about. Adams threw a $6,000 party on the taxpayer at Papadakas Restaurant with belly dancers on the entertainment list. This event had no attendee list and the payment of the RFP was totally against city policy. He went out to breakfast, lunch and dinner on the taxpayer every chance he could get. His response was, “We’ll I gotta eat!” The most important issue has been his lack of representation to the citizens of Ward 7, especially the residents that live around Ag Park. John Burnard is just more of the same.
A Vote for Alysia Webb would be a vote for real change and would give a voice to all the citizens of Ward 7, the ones that Steve Adams has ignored. Webb is highly educated with a Masters degree in Mental Health. She will be a champion for homeless issues that plague the streets of Riverside.
Thirty Miles of Corruption and Javier and Vivian Moreno ask all their followers and friends of Ward 7 to vote and elect Alysia Webb as their City Council representative. She will be the voice of the people and the change we need.
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