Motorcycle Enforcement in Rialto

Rialto plans motorcycle safety enforcement

Created:   08/30/2012 07:39:06 AM PDT

The Rialto Police Department plans to have extra officers on duty this weekend to focus on motorcycle safety.Police will patrol areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes often occur. They will be looking for traffic violations made by riders or drivers that can lead to motorcycle crashes.

Officers will also be keeping an eye out for intoxicated motorcyclists or drivers.

The California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provided a grant for the operation.

Read more: http://www.dailybulletin.com/breakingnews/ci_21433777/rialto-plans-motorcycle-safety-enforcement#ixzz258iZvhRd

Municiple Bonds Become Volitile, What Does This Mean For Rialto?

“A decision by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. BRKB +0.28% to end a large wager on the municipal-bond market is deepening questions from some investors about the risks of buying debt issued by cities, states and other public entities.”

“Some investors said the decision to end the bet indicates that one of the world’s savviest investors has doubts about the state of municipal finances“.

Read more of the Wall Street Journal article at the link below:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443855804577601413630604118.html

So what I find funny in a scary way about all this is Rialto/RUA is looking to take out a $177 Million loan with $27.4 Million in existing debt. I was told that the overall rate is going to be between 7.25% & 7.5%. Yet the bulk ($144 Million) we will be paying 4.33% to 4.83% so the rates average out to be so expensive once we tack on existing debt. Why is that?

First of all because California has borrowed itself into a hole. That’s why governor Brown & a ton of other people have qualified tax measures for the November ballot. They have borrowed us into a massive hole and wont stop spending to save this state.

Second cities, school districts, counties and the state have been using bonds as a dirty band aide for their budget woes. Bonds were seen as good long term investments because municipalities made sure money was there for the bond payments to keep AA & AAA bond ratings or good credit scores. Now they just don’t have the money so they are defaulting on payments or just faulting altogether with Bankruptcy.

I have said time and time again, this deal isn’t good for the RESIDENTS in RIALTO! Yes the infrastructure needs to be upgraded but Rialto and the RESIDENTS are not in the position take on such massive debt while reaching into the pockets of struggling families. Do you know how we are going to pay the interest on this debt; we are borrowing money to pay the first three years. So that means we are borrowing more money than needed to pay interest on debt we cannot afford.

I have heard that this deal is worth $1 Billion to the parties involved. We need to stop this deal in its tracks, hold on and once our economy is back on track look into moving forward. Rialto will be $5 Million in the hole this year. Meaning we are using our reserves for what we can’t get out of our unions in the way of contract negotiations.

The amount of money we are in the hole ($5 Million) is the same amount that staff said was nessicary to bring all the county areas up to city code ($5 Million) since the city and the mangers of the Lytle Creek Development were strong armed by Josie Gonzales and the rest of the Board of Supervisors on the county board. They said if we wanted to annex the county areas in the proposed Lytle Creek Development we must also annex the areas already within our city limits. So when Ed Scott tells you that the water deal isn’t part of the Lytle Creek Development what are we supposed to think with this info. Looks like $5 Million is coming from the borrowed money to fund yet another project.

Warren Buffets recent actions means he dosent trust municipalities ability to re-pay the loans!!!! Said Ric Edelman of Edelman Finacial Services (see the podcast link below, fast forward to the last 7 minutes).

http://www.ricedelman.com/cs/radio_show/past_shows?id=1837

I have been told that this deal is also nessicary for attracting new development. What I find funny is In & Out is good to go for next year and Wal-Mart has won its lawsuits and plans to move forward with plans to re-locate to the empty lot on the corner of San Bernardino and Riverside Avenues (I don’t like this store). So why do we need 30 million dollars? To pay off the back room deals that Ed Scott and Ed Palmer have made with the Lewis builders (Target Developers) and Ron Pharrise the principle owner of the Lytle Creek Development. So once they have wasted the 30 Million dollars then what? Our CURRENT city government is so horrible at attracting real development that the community actually wants.

For example I have heard numerous council members say in reference to In & Out “we need more than another fast food place” or “we have enough burger joints”. We have too many crappy stupid chain fast food burger joints that hire the worst employees, pay the lowest wages and offer horrible customer service. On top of all that they offer a un healthy over processed food option.

In & Out is the best burger option in the State. They offer fresh quality food at a reasonable price. They also are and employer that looks for the best expects the best and pays a very fair wage. They are always clean, polite and productive. The next best option is Bakers but for some reason they are always right smack in the middle of the worst part of the city.

People in Rialto do you want to see this deal drag this city into ruin? How much more money do you want to give these defunct local legislators? Stop the back room deals and call them on this failed deal, also let’s vote for major change in November.

Below is a list of people tied to or working on this Water Deal call and email them and let them know what you think of their deal even if you already called or emailed do it again they have yet to get the message:

All Council Members can be reached at 909-820-2525 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            909-820-2525     end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Grace Vargas vargasg@rialtoca.gov

Ed Scott

scotte@rialtoca.gov

Joe Baca Jr

bacaj@rialtoca.gov

Ed Palmer

palmere@rialtoca.gov

Deborah Robertson

robertsond@rialtoca.gov

Contact Anthony W. Araiza General Manager

administration@wvwd.org
Table Rock Finacial:
Megan – 415-497-2320 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            415-497-2320     end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Lynn Smull – 510-326-3209 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            510-326-3209     end_of_the_skype_highlighting

855 W. Base Line Road P.O. Box 920 Rialto, CA  92377 Ph: (909) 875-1804 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (909) 875-1804     end_of_the_skype_highlighting ext. 703 Fx: (909) 875-7284

PLEASE COME OUT AND SUPPORT!! A GREAT CAUSE!!

THIS SUNDAY !!PLEASE COME OUT AND SUPPORT!!
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Were not the only ones smelling coruption

Let’s start with some awesome news we have the attention of more than just or city council we have senators and senators of the future, financial advisors and Dr. Imran Farooq.

Mr. Farooq is a partner at:

The Omnius Group – The Omnius Group specializes in comprehensive economic development to dynamically integrate public and private sectors. Our experience includes real estate development, commercial finance, green technologies, workforce development and extensive relationships across local, state and federal agencies. Our objective is to pursue projects that incorporate economic, social and environmental value in the local communities.

http://www.facebook.com/DrIFarooq

His preliminary advice is to look at:

Is it possible to propose exemptions to rate increases depending on household incomes? This might be a way to protect the most vulnerable in the community but still facilitate the deemed ‘necessary’ upgrades.

Now we were sent an interesting piece of news. The article below is about the failure of American Water to secure the contract with the City of Rialto. I find it interesting that in the press release they (RWS) claim they decided to sever ties with American Water, but here it looks like American Water was the one cutting the ties. Insiders have told me that the cities decision to ignore the residents desire to put the outsourcing issue to a vote in November gave American Water an uneasy feeling about moving forward. The city attorney’s bad advice to the council now looks like a failed political move.

You see they didn’t put the issue on the ballot for a ton of reasons:

  • They don’t want to know what you think, at least the Eds and the city attorney. Call them sometime and try asking questions they will try everything in their power to shove you off they just want to make their money.
  • They know it’s an election year with a presidential election which means more people at the polls.
  • Putting the issue on the ballot would remove their ability to say that most of the people want this deal.
  • The city wants to have a stock pile of money to dip into to bring us “Development”. What happens once the $30 Million is gone and spent? How then will you bring us the economic development we desire?
  • The city tried to hide from their bad decision by saying it was a union issue not a community issue, let alone I saw hundreds of residents getting petitions signed the union got what they wanted and left, the residents are still here and a few of us refuse to stop fighting.
  • Lastly, from the looks of the words of American Water’s CEO American Water walked away. So the city took what they thought would remain secret and tell us we (Council) have decided to remove American Water from the deal and not change the deal just the players right before an election. They didn’t hear us if they did they would have started from the ground up and better involve the community and find ways to protect residents that are elderly, poor and struggling.

Also if this deal is to bring Development to our city can someone explain the consequences of their miss-direction and lies as seen at the bottom of this article from the Public Works Newsletter:

 

The deal called for American Water to be paid $26.5 million a year to run the system and cover certain maintenance expenses – but not counting the automatic price escalator each year. Multiply that out 30 years – and that’s just for the O&M, which of course must be covered by sufficient revenues from the ratepayers, on top of covering the financing for the improvements, the $30 million “catch up lease payment” to the City, refinancing existing RUA debt (at much higher interest rates), etc.

When I asked Megan Madsen from Table Rock Financial about the built in profit guarantee that was there for American Water she said she had no idea what I was talking about. So when information I stumbled across leads one to believe there is more than they are telling us. Does anyone know that 27.4 million is going toward refinancing existing debt?

 

No one will tell us the rates they are financing at or why it nessicary to add such a massive amount of debt to something that’s tied to our WATER & WASTE WATER systems. On financial person told me that depending on how the loan is structured it may very well hurt more than help if the city ever found its self in the same situation as our neighbor San Bernardino. I have been told we will be in deficit spending this next fiscal year in the realm of $5 million dollars.

We need to be wiser to WHO is sitting on certain sub communities when it comes to dealings with contracting out services.

 

Pay Part-Time County Supervisors, Real Part-Time Wages

What we have here are two sides at odds. The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors on one side and the employee unions on the other. The board began talking about pension reform and the unions took that as a threat, so they used a massive petition drive to lower the Supervisors Salaries to $60 Thousand from $120 Thousand and office budgets to $1.5 Million from $3 Million.

 

 

 

 

Mr. Neil Derry and Janice Rutherford actually think you’re going to buy the line that they are trying to give you more control over their salaries. Everyone from Public Safety, Teachers, Construction to Office workers public and private have been making concessions and or losing their jobs.

Lets use my family for example:

I lost my job as a irrigation specialist with central school district in Rancho Cucamonga, I was laid off to save money from budget cuts. 4 months later my job was given to the husband of the lead secretary in HR at District office. I was working and building the pre-school program at Calvary Chapel Rialto and had been told I was going to be the director I spent over a year going to Community Care Licensing meetings filling paperwork and putting together a program from the ground up. I had a active waiting list of 60+ parents waiting to enroll their students, I even used my own resources to have one of the top Special Education Experts with high qualifications in Early Child Development do obersavtions of multiple Special Ed students who’s parents wanted to move their children from the County Pre-School Program and into a private setting. I had the license and clearance to open the center one week prior to my layoff date. What happened the pastor gave the position to another person with fewer qualifications. So I ended up on unemployment and found a job in Security making much, much less than I did before. We had to use my wife’s medical which was more expensive and she got furloughs and Medical Benefits’ increases thrown at her every year. We make less combined than one of these supervisors will make if the unions petition passes.

Just recently news of hidden money and bloated staff salaries has hit the news. Along with state polotitions staffers getting raises, Local Legislators tried to make it easier for us to swallow by saying these people work hard and haven’t received a raise in years. So what who cares, who has received a raise since 2008? Time and time again people are lucky to keep their jobs let alone get a raise.

Our elected officials have become way to comfortable with being politions. If the founding fathers could only see them now.

Janice Futherford claims that the supervisor’s competing ballot measure will cap supervisors total compensation at what Riverside County Supervisors make. Who knows what their total yearly compensation is? Here it is from Janice Rutherford herself:

“According to a survey the County conducted in 2011, Riverside County Supervisors receive about $225,191 a year in salary and benefits. However, I need to note that the survey is based on some estimates and may not include every benefit the Supervisors receive. If voters approve the proposed ballot measure, the County will be required to conduct a full and complete survey of salary and benefits paid to Supervisors in the comparable counties.”

I like the unions ballot measure better. I think the supervisor’s time should be focused on balancing the county’s budget, REAL PENSION REFORM and finding ways to attract new types of revenue to bolster our lack luster financial system.

Plus why should a polotition make more than a Teacher who not only needs at least a four year degree but has to take 2 state tests to get a credential to look for a job then another 2 years to clear that credential with more college classes and seminars.

Our local, county & state officials sit on commissions and boards. No education needed and they rely on staff to instruct them on how to vote.

Below is the actual ordinance that the county created to keep their jobs as a full time over priced body.

CONTINUED FROM TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2012, ITEM #72 – Adopt ordinance relating to County Charter Amendment Forty to enact a permanent cap on compensation and mandatory transparency for members of the County Board of Supervisors, calling an election thereon, consolidating said election with the General Election, and giving notice of final dates for submission of arguments. (Affected Districts: All) (Presenter: Gregory C. Devereaux, Chief Executive Officer, 387-5418)

Below are various comments from supervisors that responded to our questions in writing:

Supervisor Neil wrote: “The vote was unanimous. The other measure was written by Bill Postmus, and then the unions, who don’t want pension reform, paid for the signatures. The board approved item lowers our pay to what Riverside County provides.”

Janice wrote: “We unanimously placed a measure on the ballot to: 1) give voters control over our entire compensation (not just salary as current law & the union measure do, but benefits, too), 2) brings our compensation in line with similar counties (unlike current law that spikes pay by including L.A.) and would result in reduction of our current pay, 3) maintains voter say on the pay if the other county elected officials (which the union measure eliminates). ”

Supervisor Josie Gonzalez

Thank you for taking the time to contact me regarding your questions. In response to your concern, at the Board of Supervisors (BOS) Meeting on July 24, the County Administrative Office presented an ordinance that would amend the County Charter (Item 72 on the BOS Agenda) to place a cap on the salaries of Board Members. It was continued to the August 7th BOS Meeting- Item 60 on the Agenda. All 5 Board Members approved the ordinance and it will be placed on the General Election ballot in November. For your convenience I have attached the link for the Clerk of the Board website where you can review the minutes and agenda for these meetings ( http://www.facebook.com/l/FAQELpV36AQH88s4g4Maha32j6cYEGZjCKB-IEaScjowYmg/cob-sire.sbcounty.gov/sirepub/). If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office and my staff can assist you.

I am glad I could assist you. I am not sure about the salaries of the Supervisors in Riverside County. As I do not want to mistake you, I have attached the link to their Board website.

http://www.countyofriverside.us/government/boardofsupervisors.html

Thank you.

Its not personal its business and we need to start being more responsible when it comes to our local politics. Our cities, County & State have been left in the dark for far too long. In Supervisor Derry’s district you have James Ramos running for the board seat.

Why would a multimillion dollar Native American want to get into our local politics? In Supervisor Josie Gonzales District we never have a formidable opposition candidate because the area has mentally checked out when it comes to voting. The number of registered voters that actually vote isn’t very big, the numbers of people who vote with an informed mind seems even smaller.

We need to send a message to our elected officials that were done with high taxes, massive deficits, out of control budgets, lack of responsible pension reform and out of control government salaries.

Please feel free to comment here and tell us what you think about this move.

What Does Carter High School and UCLA Have In Common?

Article from San Bernardino Sun Newspaper

RIALTO – On the surface, there seems to be little in common between the football programs at UCLA and Carter High School.

During the summer, Carter senior lineman Kenny Clark attended camps at UCLA, USC and Washington. He got offers from Washington and UCLA, and interest from USC.

But he gave a verbal commitment to go to UCLA in part because of a similarity between UCLA and Carter.

“I want to be part of building something,” Clark said. “Like we’ve done here at Carter.”

Clark was a key player on both the defensive and offensive lines for last year’s

Carter High School offensive lineman works a play during football practice in Rialto. (Gabriel Luis Acosta/Staff Photographer)

best-ever Lions squad that went 11-2 and advanced to the CIF-SS Central Division semifinals.

He wants a lot more this year.

“I want to go 14-0 and win CIF,” he said. “I don’t like losing.”

The 6-foot-2, 297-pound Clark seems to have two sides: soft-spoken and good-natured off the field, but intense on the field and in workouts.

That’s the only reason to explain Clark refusing to rest on his laurels.

“Last year, he was listed at 280 (pounds),” Carter coach Alex Pierce said. “He filled out in the weight room. He had 36 college offers and he could’ve just coasted. But he’s got a great work ethic.”

He certainly wasn’t coasting when he spent most of his days this summer working out from 5-7 a.m.

And the reason for that? Not necessarily what you’d think. He’s not focused on college or the NFL. Rather, he wants to help his Carter team win.

“Unless someone brings it up, you wouldn’t know I have a scholarship because I don’t talk about it,” Clark said. “That (UCLA) will happen next year. Right now, I’m focused on this year.”

He’s focused on this year, but he says he’s not focused on personal statistics. A year ago, he had 6 1/2 sacks, 36 tackles and two fumble recoveries. He may be bigger and stronger this year, but can expect to see a steady diet of two blockers.

As an offensive lineman, there aren’t accurate statistics to measure your worth. The only one is how the offense runs and last year area Player of the Year Gaylon Maxie rushed for 1,905 yards for Carter.

But Clark’s athletic talents aren’t limited to the football field. As a heavyweight wrestler last season, Clark advanced to the CIF State Championships.

Despite a future in football, Clark says he still plans to wrestle for his senior season this winter.

“I started wrestling my sophomore year,” Clark said. “Coach (Kevin) Hennessy got me to wrestle and I really like it. If something goes wrong, it’s on you.

“Everybody is questioning me … asking me why I want to keep wrestling. But I’m careful.”

His focus may be on his senior year at Carter, but make no mistake – he wants to play in the NFL.

“That’s what I’ve always wanted, to go to the NFL,” he said. “I never really had a college team in mind.”

He’s certainly got a college team now. But first, he has a high school team to worry about.

Read more: http://www.sbsun.com/ci_21351365/heart-lion#ixzz246hCcI6h

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Rialto woman leads team that makes blankets shawls, hats to comfort the terminally ill

Great story found in the Redlands Daily Facts:

 

RIALTO – For Kathy Seidenberg and her team of volunteers, colorful yarn and the clicking of crochet hooks is about love.

The comfort covers they crochet are “prayer blankets” for the terminally ill to wrap themselves with care.

And the prayers?

In every stitch.

Kathy Seidenberg, Director of Comfort Covers Ministry, displays her blankets Tuesday at her home in Rialto. (LaFonzo Carter/Staff Photographer)

“There was a 10-year-old girl with leukemia and we gave a blanket to her. She was at a barbecue and wouldn’t go outside because she had no hair and the other kids were making fun of her. That’s when we started making hats, too,” said Seidenberg, founder and director of Comfort Covers Ministry, creators of Prayer Blankets.

Volunteer Maria Vargas said she especially enjoys making the hats for the little ones.

In memory of her mother-in-law, Seidenberg founded her comfort covers ministry at Blessed John XXIII church to provide blankets, shawls and hats to the terminally ill.

“My mother-in-law, who I called `Mom,’ received a prayer blanket from a ministry at her church in New York and as her health began to decline, the blanket was her constant companion,” said Seidenberg, who started her own ministry last spring.

Kathy Seidenberg, Director of Comfort Covers Ministry, displays one of her “forest floor” blankets Tuesday at her home in Rialto. (LaFonzo Carter/Staff Photographer)

Her mom, Susan Seidenberg, passed away last December and the prayer blanket was buried with her.

The ministry has given out 14 blankets or shawls to three people at a nursing home, two kidney dialysis patients, a stroke victim and six cancer patients, including a 6-year-old boy with brain cancer.

The nonprofit, which first met in May, made 40 blankets in July, along with shawls, knit hats and Prayer Bears.

“I pray and say lots of rosaries over every blanket I make,” said volunteer Carmen Felix.

“We are making these for sick people who need them,” Felix said.

In the Rialto home Seidenberg shares with her husband, Bob, and her dogs Brandy and Oscar, there is a room devoted exclusively to all things yarn.

Blankets, shawls, hats and other gifts are stacked neatly in a bookcase lining a wall. Yarn skeins are stacked according to color on their own shelves.

For Seidenberg, it’s all about giving and helping those in need. She and her husband are funding the materials, and even discount yarns have totaled more than $500 this month, she said.

Seidenberg, herself, is terminally ill.

She suffers from Churg Strausse Syndrome, a blood vessel disorder, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fiber Myalgia – all painful conditions.

She recently completed the Forest Floor, a 5-foot by 4-foot crocheted symphony of greens, tans and browns.

On Saturday, the Forest Floor blanket will be raffled off at the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association Forest Festival.

The festival is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Barton Flats Visitors Center, on Highway 38. The volunteer group is now at 82 but more are needed, according to Seidenberg. Mostly, the ministry is hoping for donations.

Seidenberg emphasizes that the group serves anyone who is terminally ill – regardless of religion or ethnicity within our communities.

Reach Michel via email, call her at 909-386-3859.

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