Truth on Measure M

We have been inundated with attacks on Social Media and in the comments of this blog. The worst of the attacks we choose to moderate. Since the Measure M supporters keep attacking us and the No on Measure M group we thought it would be fitting to tell you what they are not. Also lets kick this off with one of their statements to us for publishing the No side of this measure:

TheREAL FACTS About Measure M Measure M is a tax increase. The 8% Rialto Utility Users Tax (UUT) was given to the …

You misquoted the article, little nugget

So the people who get these benefits are clearly Yes on Measure M supporters and for good reason. They have a vested interest in Rialto having money since they work here including councilman Scott. Having 100% health coverage means they pay nothing towards their health plan (see video below). The city told the Budget Advisory Committee that city management staff and elected leaders have 100% coverage for LIFE!!!!

So of course the Thompson’s and Councilman Scott want to keep taking your money they need it for all of their perks. This is not to say our staff should not be taken care of in retirement but we are the only Public Agency in the region that offers:

  1. Health Care benefits that are covered 100% for management and elected leaders.
  2. Cover up to a family in retirement for life.

So this means that if you still have dependent kids the city will offer them Health Benefits even if you are retired. Not even Rialto Unified offers this perk to their staff. When you retire from Rialto Unified only the retiree is covered any spouses or kids have to pay for their own benefits.

Another nugget that came out in the comments of our blog is the fact that one approved the council can raise or lower the rate as they see fit. These words are not mine but those of Resident/Budget Advisory Member/City Employee for an outside city Lupe Camacho. Lupe is a great person that seems to be looking for the truth but her affiliation with our least favorite councilman makes it hard to tell who is controlling who.

“My statement never implies that council is “only” able to increase the tax without tax payer input. Let’s be clear. Fact: Our elected governing board would be able to “Increase” or “Decrease” the tax.” Lupe Camacho

Lupe went on to chastise me on how I responded to her comments. I focused on the fact that council can increase the Utility Users Tax and she was upset that I didn’t point out that they could lower it too. From my experience with this council they will never give you back a dime but they may find a way to take your last dime.

“When you choose to omit the fact that our elected board can also select to decrease the tax, you are interjecting your personal opinion and skewing the facts. Although you may have your own valid reasons for believing that, it is your opinion and it should be stated as such.
I personally do not share your point of view on the fact I have stated above and I just want to be clear about it.” Lupe Camacho

Another fun fact is the Yes on Measure M people are stressing out pretty bad since it looks like they are going to loose badly June 5th. They have become so desperate that they are promising to recall dirty elected leaders, a spending over site board and more safety.

  • Promising to recall dirty elected leaders – Love to see who is going to fund that, recalls are not cheap and the yes crowd likes dirty elected leaders.
  • A spending oversight board – Any board would be picked by the same people they are supposed to watch and the current oversight committee has had issues with people shitting down discussion and wants to hear nothing about abuse of spending. Also this isn’t in the ballot measure so the city is bound to nothing.
  • More safety – Even with the Utility Users Tax the city is $150 Million in debt we can’t pay so please show me where this safety is coming from?

Finally the city isn’t telling you that even if Measure M passes there is a Ballot Measure on the November Ballot that will make Measure M a thing of the past the California Two-Thirds Vote for State and Local Revenue Increases Initiative (2018).

“The measure requires tax measures to include a statement of how the revenues can be spent. If the revenue is to be used for general purposes, the law must state that the revenue can be used for “unrestricted general revenue purposes.” These requirements would apply to increases in state and local taxes. In the case of local government taxes, the measure requires that a statement of allowable uses be included in the ballot question presented to voters. Any change to the statement of allowable uses of revenue would have to be passed by two-thirds vote of the electorate in the case of local government taxes, or (3) a two-thirds vote of the electorate in the case of local citizen initiative taxes.” Legislative Analyst’s Office

Every poll put out has Measure M loosing 70-30%

So don’t buy into the last ditch efforts to twist your arm, you are not alone and yes you are taxed to death.

The council choose to play Russian Roulette with finances of the city. City Staff and the budget advisory committee advised the council to remain with the 5 year sunset and the council ignored that recommendation.

The Mayor choose to play chicken with the voters.

http://www.lao.ca.gov/BallotAnalysis/Initiative/2017-050

https://ballotpedia.org/California_Two-Thirds_Vote_for_State_and_Local_Revenue_Increases_Initiative_(2018)

Bob Marley’s Granddaughter Cries Racism Where No Racism Exists

Sunday afternoon we were tagged in a video that claimed Rialto Police Department racially profiled and harassed a group of young adults as they left an Air B&B in North Rialto. Donisha Prendergast, and granddaughter of singer / song writer Bob Marley, Komi-Oluwa Olafimihan and Kelly Fyffee Marshall were all detained as Rialto Police officers conducted an investigation that a neighbor of the Air B&B they were staying at called in suspicious activity.

“On Monday April 30, 2018, at 1236 PM, Rialto Police officers were dispatched to a call from a reporting party advising of a possible in progress residential burglary at a residence in the 2600 Block of West Loma Vista Dr., Rialto, CA. The reporting party identified several people taking suitcases from the residence and loading into a vehicle that was backed into the driveway. The reporting party did not recognize the vehicle or the people as neighbors, or the homeowner.” According to a Rialto Police Department Press Release.

On Instagram Donisha Prendergast claims that she “Got surrounded by the police for being black in a white neighbourhood.” Funny our favorite person to quote in these types of situations is Luis Nolasco the racist ACLU employee that says white people are non existant! Mrs Prendergast also remarks that “I’m sad and irritated to see that fear is still the first place police officers go in their pursuit to serve and protect, to the point that protocol supersedes their ability to have discernment.”

What Mrs Prendergast may not know is that in most cases people who are detained and in a large group are asked to sit down on the curb, ankles crossed and not walking around filming a traffic stop. Rialto Police showed mountains of resttraint in the fact that not one person was ever placed into handcuffs another thing that is done when people are being detained.

Even the homeowner who rented to the group says that the whole situation is being blown up. Also the neighbor said that when she saw 4 young people loading a car in a hurried manner that she didn’t recognize she was uncertain. Then she smiled and waved and got no response so she called police. This is the very thing that Rialto Police and Police across the nation are telling people what to do when they see something to say something.

Another big problem is that there are requirements that people renting out facilities in Rialto even Air B&B need to have a permit. If this permit was obtained then the police would have verified the fact that these people were renting.

 

 

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Common Sense Says No To Measure M

TheREAL FACTS About Measure M
  • Measure M is a tax increase. The 8% Rialto Utility Users Tax (UUT) was given to the city council and all they did is abuse the tax and waste time and money. Now to remove any responsibility to the voters they are giving themselves a permanent TAX increase FOREVER!!!!!!!
  • This levy on utility bills provides roughly $14 million in revenue per year. These funds go into the General Fund and are abused by the city. The mayor and council play games with your taxes and name buildings and parks after their political allies. The council needs this money to cover the MILLIONS in Lawsuits that they have single handily brought on Rialto Tax Payers.
  • To scare you into voting for this measure the city is using the old scare tactic of taking away police and fire services. Councilman Ed Scott has been Quoted saying that rialto police the bottom of the barrel.
    • The police never respond to complaints and are causing more problems then they solve. Rialto Police are famous for the drive by they do when they respond to a call. This consists of cruising by the location at 45 MPH. Rialto Fire spends more time outside the city under a mutual aide agreement than they do inside the city. Also they are preparing to stack a Fire Tax on top of this one next year. ALL WITHOUT YOUR CONSENT!
    • Reducing the Public Works Department by 11 positions, will make little change since the city looks horrid as it is so nothing will change.
  • Had it not been for dedicated people like us the Council was HELL bent on charging this tax on all seniors!
  • Rialto Fire charges annual fees to pick you up in an emergency leading to more people avoiding calling for help and risking further injury by waiting or self transport.
  • Rialto charges you a TRASH TAX because BURRTEC trucks are too heavy for Rialto streets but we can’t charge BURRTEC for it because they are political allies of Mayor Robertson.
  • $100,000 a year is paid so that our elected leaders can travel all over the country on your DIME.
  • Even if this measure passes Rialto will still be bankrupt in 4 years. The only difference is you will be stuck with a Utility Users Tax that NEVER ENDS!!!!!
  • The people signed onto this TAX are doing so to keep the flow of your tax money into their pockets. A small handful have been bullied into signing on to this tax. Multiple people have reached out saying that the Mayor said get on board or else.

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Seven Year Autistic Boy Threatened With Arrest

 

If you are aware of Rialto Unified School District past with problems with their Special Education program then this story will bother you but not surprise you. Anyone else will both be shocked and surprised at what Seven Year Old Caiden Trujillo had to go through on Monday April 23rd.

Caiden Trujillo a 1st grader at Kordyak Elementary was removed from his classroom and was forced to face adults he didn’t know which included officers from 3 different public safety agencies. Caiden Trujillo is an Autistic child who is in school under an IEP (Individual Education Plan) he is in Special Education in the RSP program (Resource Specialist Program). This program helps kids who qualify as a student learner that requires some assistance but can still find educational success in a regular education environment. “The events that led up to Mondays incident are a direct result of Rialto Unified School Districts lack of ability to do what is right for Caiden Trujillo” his mother and her advocate said.

All children work better under the confines of a schedule this is why kids have regular bedtimes and preform better in school when there is a regular flow to the day. Well Autistic children require as much structure as possible and don’t do well with changes. They trust who they know and any sudden changes to their Aide, Teacher or class day leads to them having a bad day. Caiden has had two teachers this year and his one on one aide was leaving this job for another so Caiden was loosing the person that helped him work through a regular school day.

On this Monday there was a plan in place that when Caiden’s aide left at 11am to do paperwork for her new job. Jon a person that Caiden know was going to take over Caiden’s case for this school year and help train the new staff member, the new staff member would be shadowing Jon so that Caiden would be more comfortable with this change. Well another situation took Jon’s attention to another school site leaving the new employee to work with Caiden without any prior introduction or phasing in period.

Before we go into what happened next we feel it is important that you know a little of the backstory according to Caiden’s mother Sandra Trujillo-Langdon:

  • Caiden had a teacher switch during Christmas break.
  • Mrs Rubalcava Caiden’s new teacher has refused to communicate with Caiden’s mom in person.
  • Mrs Rubalcava said “she only teaches GATE kids not Special Ed kids”.
  • At this years IEP meeting Mrs Rubalcava had to be instricted on how to grade Caiden’s work according to his IEP by District office personel.
  • Caiden’s mother Sandra Trujillo has felt disrespected and treated poorly by both the Principal and Teacher at this school.

So according to Sandra Trujillo’s account when the staff change happened Caiden’s day went from good to bad:

Caiden did not respond well to a new person as his aide and began to act out and cause a disturbance in the classroom. None of the in class interventions were working so Caiden was taken to a designated safe room where he could collect himself and not be a distraction to the rest of the class. The safe room was not working that day and Caiden continued to act out by pushing over a desk and some chairs. Instead of following the IEP and calling mom right away Mrs Kemp the school principal decided to call Rialto Unified School Safety officers and Police officer from Rialto and Fontana Unified School District Police Department. Caiden’s mother did not know what was going on until a staff member called her to tell her to “come to the school quick they are arresting Caiden” and then hung up. During this time Caiden’s older brother a 4th grade student at Kordyak heard somone say that they were going to put his brother into handcuffs as he was passing by the school office.

Sandra Trujillo-Langdon came to the school to be greeted by a Fontana School Police officer that informed her that he would need to speak to her. Mrs Trujillo-Langdon refused the conversation and went to her son who was crying and visibly afraid. Her son said mom they are going to put me in cuffs and take me to jail! Mrs Trujillo-Langdon asked who called the police and Dr. Kemp the school Principal eventually admitted to calling the authorities. Mrs Trujillo-Langdon then asked why were they going to put him in handcuffs and take him to jail and they said it was done to make him calm down it was a threat not something they were going to do for real. At this time the mother asked to have the room cleared so she could calm her son down. While in the room Mrs Trujillo-Langdon saw that Caiden was only going to be better once she got him off campus. So she took her kids off campus through a side door and left. While leaving Mrs Trujillo-Langdon said that school staff and law enforcement officers were acting likr they were hunting down the small family.

Caiden was so effected by this situation that he didn’t want to return home because the school and police knew where he lived. Mrs Trujillo-Langdon had to take Caiden all the way to Buena Park to Knotts Berry Farm to allow him to have peace knowing he was away from the long hands of the police that threatened him. Yet Caiden still suffered as he saw a police officer at Knotts and began to cry please don’t take me to jail I am a good boy and waking up Tuesday morning saying he had a nightmare that he was taken to baby jail.

Rialto Police Lt Paul Stella said that Rialto PD Although one of our officers did respond to the call yesterday at Kordyak Elementary, our officer never made contact with mom and student.  I encourage you to reach out to the Fontana Unified School Police Department who was also on scene and may have further information regarding this call. When pressed Lt Stella would not say from where the call for service originated from “We will not be releasing the Reporting Person’s information and any request via the call for this information under the Public Records Act would have that information redacted.” Rialto Police Lt. Stella is refusing to release the name of the officer or any other details in regards to this incident.

When we reached out to Rialto Unified School Spokesperson Syeda Jafri sent us the following statement:

Syeda Jafri RUSD School Spokesperson also said that a full investigation of this incident will be contucted because the School Distirct wants to get to the bottom of what happened here so that it never happens again.

We have spoke to Sgt Avalos at Fontana School Police he said that they were called out to Kordyak elementary school where a student was being violent and trying to harm a teacher with scissors. When the officer arrived there was a discussion of restraining the child with handcuffs but that was deemed unnecessary. The mother and child left before the Fontana School Officer could interview them.

 

Here is the problem,

  • The parent is made it clear a person in uniform told her son her was going to be put in handcuffs.
  • The School board members are reaching out to begin to get the verbiage around this situation under control (direct blame away from them).
  • The school districts statement never says weather the Rialto Police officer never made contact with the student.
  • Rialto Police Information Officer Stella refuses to give out where the call for service originated from weather it was the school principal, RUSD Public Safety or someone else (even refuses to give the officers name).

So what we have here is a problem because this student refuses to return to school, his mother doesn’t feel safe having him at school and now his brother no longer feels safe at school. The parent is clear that a person in uniform spoke to her and her son says that the officer spoke to him too. The Mother described the officer as a Hispanic man about my height (I am 5’10”).

Only time will tell what really went on here. Hopefully the Districts investigation will pull that out soon.

More Lies Coming From City Hall

On Monday March 5th the Budget Advisory Committee was given a presentation on why   the City Began getting involved in repairing community mail boxes. Committee Member and Rialto Police Benefit Association President Richard Royce brought this issue to the Committees attention and began the process of fishing out one of many ways the city is wasting taxpayers money.

What happened is that these Community Mailboxes have become a haven for criminals over the last few years in a state where you can steal peoples mail and get away with no jail time. So we put everyone’s mail in one location and then decrease the consequences for getting caught it has become a major problem that the post office never foresaw reaching the levels it has today.

The interesting thing here is why did the city get involved in doing something that is clearly a post office issue and why they once again feel it necessary to lie about it? What happened was the post office wasn’t moving fast enough for the Mayor and some of her friends here in the city. A few group of residents in the Las Colinas area of Rialto didn’t like the answer that the post office had a 6 month wait for Community Mail Box Repair and Replacement. So the mayor directed Public Works staff to purchase and replace these boxes after hours on overtime.

What happened next is people talk and then what started as a favor from our Mayor to her friends became a public program that we don’t have the money for. If it wasn’t for RPBA Union President Richard Royce sniffing out this missuse of funds we may have never known that $30k was spent on a program that was not the cities responsibility in the 1st place. Now the Mayor is trying to take a fake victory lap for something she had nothing to do with. The Post Office has ruffly $1.3 million in boxes that will be used to replace damaged boxes.

Makes you wonder what else we don’t know about……………

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Glimmer of Hope in the Midst of Tragedy

Photos by: Horacio Garcia

Follow his work at Instagram.com/horacio_photos

A local photographer captured a bright moment in a horrible situation last Friday as a truck crash in Rialto turns fatal. Photographer Horacio Garcia just happened to be in the area and this is what he said:

I happened to be on the Riverside Avenue overpass overlooking the wreckage when I saw the officer in the distance coming up the eastbound on-ramp with something in his arms and its head bobbing with each step he took. That’s when I saw the dog in his arms. I’m not sure which car the dog came from.

All to often the story of tragedy takes center stage and the small wins within that tragedy seem to go unnoticed. The Rialto Police Officer pictured carrying the dog is Motor Officer Shaun Mooney. Officer Mooney is a great officer and has been working traffic for the last few years. People from the community have had the chance to get to know this officer through his attendance at many local events and police sponsored meetings. It isn’t surprising that Officer Mooney was captured in this moment as this is just the type of Public Servant the community says they know him to be.

The other side of this story that is equally awesome yet not surprising to the community of Rialto is the dedication of the Animal Control Officers in Rialto. These officers never seem to back down from doing their jobs or refuse a request to help out in an area that may not be their area of responsibility. Animal Control Officer Erica Bluff-Hopp responded to the accident scene even though normally Animal Control does not respond to traffic accident especially on the Freeways those areas are normally handled by Local Fire, the CHP and Caltrans but this accident was anything but normal and required all hands on deck.

It is simply amazing to see how our 1st responders jump into action in situations many of us may never know about. Animal Control is not given the credit they deserve many times for advocating and help animals that have no voice and are at the mercy of compassionate human care. This moment in time also speaks to what our police officers do, they are more than simply a person to offer up a consequence for bad choices. They also do things for people that go unseen or unspoken. This dog was taken away from a crazy accident scene and placed in a place of safety, this dogs owners didn’t have to worry about their animal because strangers decided to step up and help this animal and their family.

We found out later that this dogs owners were the people who passed away in the Red car. The two people inside the car passed away and our thoughts and prayers are with the family who we found out has experienced a lot of unexpected loss recently. The upside is that because Officer Mooney and Animal Control Officer Erica Bluff-Hopp this animal survived such a horrible accident and was reunited with family shortly after the accident.

 

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Threats Made To Carter High School This Week

Photo provided by Barbara Horzen

Carter High School in Rialto was the latest school to fall victim to a rise in local students trying to capitalize on fear with the recent school shooting in Florida. Political leaders have not helped because they have run off to their fight over guns rather than making sure people are ok. Photos of empty classrooms were popping up on social media today as parents decided to keep their kids home from school out of an abundance of caution.

Parents main fear is of the unknown, many of the comments from parents show a growing frustration with no information or information that contradicts itself. Many parents were upset that the school never called or when they did call there still were more questions than answers.

I’m very concerned for the safety of the students. I will be up at school tomorrow at 7 a.m. with my daughter. If there’s anyone who would like to join me please do. This is going on too often at mostly all the schools. My daughter is scared to go to school and really do not want to send her to school tomorrow. But I will be up there tomorrow morning at 7am asking questions.

So Friday my girls said they heard some stuff around the campus about someone threatening the school but since I didn’t get any voicemail from the district I thought it was just gossip. And yesterday and the day before I picked up my daughter from the back of the school (Maple) and there was nothing going on but practice. I get them not wanting to cause panic with the kids and parents but damn tell us something.

We spoke to Dr Avila about communication at Rialto Unified and he spoke about events such as these and the problems with not having one source giving out information:

As of this article there has been no message to our knowledge about the issues at Carter this week. We spoke to Rialto Unified Communications Director Syeda Jafri and she confirmed there was a threat made but that the student involved was contacted and deemed unable to carry out any threat. Mrs Jafri reassured us that students were never in any danger and School authorities along with Rialto Police were working on this issue once the threat was made.

One reason parents were so concerned has to do with the extreme rise in school threats locally in the last 2 weeks. As seen in the Press Enterprise article. One thing that local leaders are taking on is forming an opportunity for students and local leaders to talk and discuss how to deal with what is causing these horrible situations and how to begin to stop them.

 

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