West Valley Water Board Swears In New Members & Changes Rules

On Thursday December 3rd West Valley Water District ushers in a lot of change. With the coming changes the cloud of controversy that hangs over the sitting board remains.

The first order of business will be to administer the oath of office for the three board members that were elected in November. The three people include Greg Young, Alan Dyer and Donald Olinger. Greg Young was one of the three people that current Vice President of the West Valley Water Board was supporting which lays a layer of uncertainty over his seat on the Board. One of the people Greg Young replaced (Rafael Trujillo) appeared follow Clifford Young’s lead even when it led to potentially violating the Brown Act as well as possibly misappropriating funds and hiding information that the public inside closed session that should have been heard before the public. Alan Dyer the only sitting incumbent won re-election but not without being under extreme scrutiny by Clifford Young, Linda Gonzalez and the private counsel that is being paid public funds to investigate Mr. Dyers residency and secretly report back to the Water Board in closed session. Don Olinger is a common name in the city of Rialto as a former teacher, school board member and a former West Valley Water Board Director. Given the latest antics that the current board has underwent Mr Olinger has his work cut out for him.

The next major item on the board agenda is a change from the Roberts Rules of Order to the Rosenberg Rules of Order. Now you may say who cares what system they use. Well I would caution you to hold that thought it was Clifford Young who asked for this change and as he stated in the first meeting of November he is not at all happy with the increase of public participation that his actions have garnered lately. If you look below we copied some of the areas of the Rosenburg’s Rules of Order sections for you and the one that stood out the most was “a five-member body with a few members of the public in attendance” Clifford Young wants to use a system that works with low public participation.

If one is chairing or running a parliament, then Robert’s Rules of Order is a dandy and quite useful handbook for procedure in that complex setting. On the other hand, if one is running a meeting of say, a five-member body with a few members of the public in attendance, a simplified version of the rules of parliamentary procedure is in order.

Below it talks about these 21st Century rules have found a welcoming audience. How is this possible if its used to lower public attendance? We see the writting on the wall and more public elected boards will be doing what they can to get better control of what the public is ALLOWED to participate in.

These rules have been simplified for the smaller bodies we chair or in which we participate, slimmed down for the 21st Century, yet retaining the basic tenets of order to which we have grown accustomed. Interestingly enough, Rosenberg’s Rules has found a welcoming audience.

Finally this is the best part for Mr. Clifford Young he wants to be able to silence people that speak against him and his tactics.

The chair should always ensure that debate and discussion of an agenda item focuses on the item and the policy in question, not the personalities of the members of the body. Debate on policy is healthy, debate on personalities is not. The chair has the right to cut off discussion that is too personal, is too loud, or is too crude

It is unfair to ask someone to bottle up their passion for a given issue but when it comes to elected power and water issues nobody seems to want to play fair lately.

Join us:

WEST VALLEY WATER DISTRICT

855 West Base Line Road, Rialto, CA

BOARD MEETING AGENDA

Thursday, December 3, 2015 – 6:00 p.m.

Deborah Robertson & the Utility Users Tax

RPBA

So on Tuesdays Council Meeting we had some serious shenanigans going on.

Pshing our police into the brink of disaster

Pushing our police into the brink of disaster

Council Woman Robertson had made statements prior to Tuesdays meeting that she was demanding that Rialto PD pay their full 9% pension costs or she would be the one to vote no on placing the extension of the UUT on the march ballot. So what did the Police do? They did what was in the best interest of the citizens and agreed to pay their full pensions.

So since she got what she wanted the she voted yes, right? Nope she clearly wanted more. She still voted no citing that she wants the police to do more.

After her no vote the council went straight into another closed session. While in the closed session Rialto Police Benefit Association President Richard Royce debunked the notion the police offer was anything more than their way of helping the city and Community and had no conditions as stated by George Harris with city staff. When asked what more does she want Royce said he had no idea.

Our police have given massive concessions over the years from loosing uniform allowances, cost if living, pay reduction and now paying their full retirement.

So after closed session they decided to go with our wishy washy city attorney Jimmy Gutierrez new interpretation of the law regarding just when this vote must happen. For the longest time they have said this vote must be done by the end of November. Jimmy stated that it’s his offices interpretation that they have until December 8th. Why it changed is indicative of what we saw Tuesday.

First off we saw council woman Robertson and city attorney Gutierrez having a dozen side conversations.

Second we saw council woman Robertson bring up the opportunity to delay this vote prior to rejecting it with her no vote.

So now they postponed the vote or finalizing the vote till Monday it leads us to ask what more does she want? Whatever it was she got it and its big, so big no one will speak if it. Not even off record!

The good part is in a message from Deborah Robertson she has been satisfied with the pound of flesh and blood she let from our police to vote with the fellow council members on Monday.

Here is what she said to me:

The changes have already been resolved. RPBA met with me and we appear to be good on my end and they indicated they are good as well. It was a good meeting!

These are 2 text messages she sent to me.

Everyone watch this council meeting Monday and let’s see if she finally lets the residents have a say.

Also check back Wednesday to hear how Deborah Robertson and George Harris plan to raise your trash bill……..

 

Power Point Slides from the UUT Workshop

Public Workshop regarding the Utility Users Tax

Hello Rialto Now readers there is a workshop we need to attend our very TAX DOLLARS depend on it.

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Five Years ago the city put a Utility Users Tax on the Ballot it was sold as a way to pay for Police and Fire supplies, services and Equipment we thought exclusively. Now looking back it was thrown into the general fund and used a revenue source to keep the city afloat. I am very proud of you Rialto residents for showing the city council that lies and using the fact that we like our fire and police services as tax hostages with measure “V”. Sadly though because we told them with our vote on measure “V” to be honest with us and stop lying they are floating the idea of raising the Utility Users Tax.

Now the Utility Users Tax expires in June 2013. City Council is holding this workshop to get your opinions as well as hopefully show what services will need to be cut and personnel we will lose if its not extended. Another reason to hold the workshop is to float increasing the rate to as much as 15% up from 8%. At 8% they bring in just over $11 million they were banking on measure “V” bringing in about $5 million the amount we are short year to year.

What happens from here:

  1. Workshop to get the cities temp on an increase or leaving it the same, showing the cuts that will be made if the tax isn’t extended and talk of impending bankruptcy if it fails.
  2. The results will be tabulated together and city staff will make a recommendation to the council on a direction to proceed at the November 27th council meeting. Be advised this council meeting is just as important as the workshop, why? Because the decision to reinstate the tax and put the issue on a special election ballot in March must be made in November. If the decision isn’t made in November and unanimous the tax will end and the city will be scrambling to find ways to pay its obligations.

I hate taxes more than life itself, we never seem to get real representation in our government and the unions have the elected officials ears so we are unheard. We also pay the highest taxes across the board here in California and these taxes crush the hard working middle class as well as chase away the wealthy job creators to other more business friendly states.

With that being said I will vote for the extension of the Utility Users Tax but only at 8% and only if the city doesn’t lie to get the tax passed just tell us what you need!!!!!!!!

Finally please contact Mr. Joe Baca Jr. and let him know it’s important that he does his job as a Rialto City Council Member and attend Tuesday’s workshop. He ran for this office now he must take time out of his schedule to work through this issue together.

Below is the information on the workshop:

Utility Users Tax Workshop

The City of Rialto is conducting a Public Workshop to receive updated information regarding the Utility Users Tax. The Workshop will take place at 6:00 pm on November 20th at the Civic Center 150 So. Palm Ave.

http://www.ci.rialto.ca.us/gov_5913.php

Career Vision Bootcamp in Rialto!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have attended Jamie Becks workshops they are fun and interactive also SHE WILL BLOW YOUR MIND. Be prepared to be energized and empowered to hit the ground running in the job market.

Career Vision: Employment Boot Camp!

Presenter: Jamie Beck, MS

Date: February 20, 2013

Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location: Rialto Senior Center

To RSVP, please call (909) 820-2540 … Seating is limited to 60!

 

About the Workshop:

“Whether someone has been searching for a job for two weeks or two years, this workshop provides imaginative ideas to turn their job search process from reactive to proactive and puts them in the driver’s seat. Participants will learn how to NOT be their own worst enemy and find a job based on their passion and interests, using innovative search techniques and learn effective resume writing and interview techniques.” – Jamie Beck, MS

 

Presenter Bio:

Presenter, Jamie Beck, has a Master’s Degree in Human Services with an emphasis in Social Systems and a concentration in Family and Work and She has worked for California Department of Education and First 5 funded programs in the public and nonprofit sector, has been a CSU Career Counselor, owns and

operates Baby Elephant Books, presents career education workshops and trainings at libraries, high schools, colleges and community organizations, keynotes at conferences and offers private career coaching.

Coming up in Rialto in October

Pepper Avenue Extension Groundbreaking         

The City of Rialto invites you to the Pepper Avenue Extension Groundbreaking. The City of Rialto is moving forward to greatly improve traffic circulation and access to SR210. This event takes place October 2, 2012 at 10:00 am north of the intersection of Pepper Avenue and Winchester Ave. in Rialto. For more information, please contact the Public Works Dept at (909) 820-2602.

Farmer’s Market         

Every Wednesday, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Rialto City Hall, 150 S. Palm Ave. (Grass Area off South Parking Lot)!

Get Healthy, come out and pickup some fresh Vegetables and Fruit!

Coffee With The Chief

Come out and learn whats up within the police department and also have the ability to ask questions of the cities top law enforcement official.

Map of this months location is below:

Great oportunity to hear others issues and air out your own.

Candidates Come Out and Answer Your Questions

These events are being organized, sponsored and marketed by the community and local businesses there is no sponsorship by any city entity. Flores Park NW acts on its own and is not controlled by any agency. All candidates were given the opportunity to host a Q&A, October 16th, 24th, 30th & 31st are still open and available.

Get your questions answered and find out where the people running stand on issues that matter to YOU:

When: Tuesdays & Wednesdays in October @6pm

Where: Flores Park 1020 West Etiwanda in between Cactus and Cedar.

Who: Look Below

Deborah Robertson

Rialto Councilwoman

P.O. Box 852

Rialto, CA 92377

(909) 644-8520

Shawn P. O’Connell

Retired Police Sergeant

2542 W. Windhaven Dr.

Rialto, CA 92377

(909) 429-1138

Josef (Joe) Britt

Local Businessman

720 E. Madrona St.

Rialto, CA 92376

(951) 204-4013

Nancy O’Kelley

Former Principle Eisenhower High School

Running For RUSD Board

Citizen’s Academy

The Citizen’s Academy curriculum will include, among other things:  criminal investigations, traffic laws, radio communications, drug and gang enforcement, police ethics, police K9s, SWAT, crisis negotiation, crime analysis, and patrol functions.

Anyone interested in attending the Citizen’s Academy, please contact Lieutenant Kathy Thompson at (909) 820-2560, or an application can be located on the department’s website at http://www.rialtopd.com/, or obtained at the Rialto Police Department, 128 N. Willow Avenue.

Class size is limited to about 40 attendees, due to site capacity limitations.  Preference will be given first to Rialto residents.  You must be at least 21 years of age; no felony convictions; no misdemeanor convictions within the last 3 years; and no pending criminal cases.  The recent academy class filled up quickly, and classes are filled on a first come, first served basis.

Please submit your application no later than Wednesday, September 26, 2012.

Fire Department Open House

Join us at our Annual Fire Prevention Open House! October 13, 2012 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Come out and meet some of the Rialto Fire Fighters and tour the station.  The kids will have a blast and sit in a fire engine! There will be demonstrations, food & games for the kids!

http://www.rialtoca.gov/documents/downloads/2012_Open_House_Flyer.pdf

The Haunted Fire Station

Fire Station #201 (131 S. Willow) will be a haunting place to be on October 26th & 27th.  From 5:00 – 10:00 pm, come see if you are brave enough to get through the “Scary Station”.

Halloween Hi-Jinks

The City of Rialto’s “Halloween Hi-Jinks” is an annual event that is held in downtown Rialto on Halloween night. This event takes place Wednesday, October 31st, on Riverside Avenue between Rialto and First Street from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This is a free, family friendly event with a costume contest, guess the weight of the giant pumpkin contest, games, food and lots of candy. All booth participants are community organizations that provide a safe alternative for children to “Trick or Treat.” If you are interested in hosting a game booth and would like more information, please call 909 421-4949 or 909 877-9706.

WOMAN’S CLUB OF RIALTO A CANDIDATES FORUM

Below you will see the details on the first debate amoung the canidates looking to lead Rialto into the next few years.

We have included a map from google to better give you an idea on where the club is:

WOMAN’S CLUB OF RIALTO

219 North Riverside Ave.
PRESENTS

A CANDIDATES FORUM

October 4th, 2012 – 7:00pm (Thursday)
Mayor
Deborah Robertson
Ed Scott
RIALTO CITY COUNCIL
Shawn P. O’ Connell
Sarmad (Sam) Syed
June D. Hayes
Rafael Trujillo
Josef (Joe) Britt
Edward Palmer
CITY CLERK
Barbara A. McGee
City Treasurer
Edward J. Carrillo
MODERATOR
Lynn Hirtz
ALL WELCOME
Sharon Hughes (909) 875-3197
Angie Consolo (909) 4009

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