Why Can’t Rialto Vote on Who runs the Water & Waste Water Systems?

Ok everyone we have recived the phone calls from both sides and with an issue like this in these economic times it can be hard to decifer the honesty and mistruths in both messages.

On one hand you have SOS Save our Water with a petition drive to undo the decision by the City Council and Mayor to sell off our water and waste water systems to American Water. The only Council Member to vote against this twice was Joe Baca Jr. who is running for Assembly.

I spoke to somone down at the city and this is the best I can decifer from both messages.

SOS Save Our Water (AKA AFL-CIO) – The union that represents the water workers dosen’t like this deal. So what they are doing is they have begun over the last couple weeks began circulating a petition to put on the ballot for the voters to decide on wheather they want American Water to actually take ownership of our systems. It does not effect water rates increasing, it just reverses councils decision. In my opinion this is a bad deal with the wrong company. Its just a last ditch effort to sell or water off for 30 YEARS for a small one time payment of 30 million dollers.

 

 

 

 

 

City of Rialto, Edward J Carrillo, Scott Beard, Midge Zupanic, Mayor Grace Vargas, Bill Perez & Randall Lewis – This group has Robo Called, wrote in the voice of the people and mailed out letters. They want you to believe that without American Water no upgrades will ever be done and the city will crumble around itself. Ok maybe the city falling apart was my adding of dramatics but not without a little help from the city goverment. There are other companies out there with better deals for residents, its the 30 million doller pay back that has council salivating. They keep calling the 30 million dollers Redevelopment money, they had better be careful lest the state takes ownership of that money as well. If all else fails let the current employees do their job and slowly upgrade our systems. What your telling us is the people the city employed to do the job can’t meaning you don’t know how to hire the right people. Also I really dont understand how a private company can get better deals on materials and supplies but a City can’t. Cities have resources like legislators, County Supervisors and others that can help them get those great prices on supplies. Hey if Lewis Comercial Properties want to build here so bad why can’t they or Ron Pharris help the city barter for reasonable prices. With the right protection and projects Rialto is a reat place to bring your business because so many of us shop well outside our community for entertainment and day to day needs.

City office said if you don’t like the American Water Deal feel free to sign the Petition, But if you want to battle the water rates only then you must mail or walk in a letter of protest with the following information.

Name, Adress or APN & Signature. These three things must be on your letter I am signing the petition and sending out a letter and I suggest that the rest of the city does the same.

If you want to sign a petition you can go to:

379 W Valley Blvd

Rialto Ca 92376

Or if you have peitions that need to be turned in also go to the Valley Location.

If you dont want to leave your home feel free to respond to this post or email rialtonw@aol.com with your address and we will come to you with a petition to sign. Or you can go to Fresh And Easy above the 210, Walmart on Riverside or call petition cordinator Mark (615) 419-2932.

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The person that really makes out on Rialto’s Water Sale

Who Really owns Rialto?????

Below is a letter from the San Bernardino Sun Newspaper from realeste developer  Randall Lewis. In it he makes it sound like what the city council did by voting to outsource our water department was a good thing. What it really boils down to is a group of lobbies that are getting well fed while the rate payer suffer for the next 30 yrs. What people like Midge Zupanic, Max & Pualine Tiddler, the Mayor and all of council don’t seem to understand is we can swallow the idea that rates may need to be adjusted, and that the repairs that THEY have failed to implement over the years need to be done. But what we don’t need to do is:

  • Promise American Water or any other company a 30 year contract that runs like a mortgage, meaning if we get a few years into this and find out they couldn’t deliver on their promises we are on the hook to re-pay 130 million early termination charge that reduces by 4 million for every year until the end of 30 years.
  • Promise American Water or any other company 30% profit every year for 30 years.
  • Use the 30 million dollar pay off to line the pockets of developers like Ron Pharris or Randall Lewis.
  • To pander to one union while stabbing another in the back.

The reason you have petitions in circulation right now is the AFL-CIO/TEAMSTERS will lose the shop because it will no longer be a union shop, the current employees are only guaranteed their jobs for a year and a half after that there is no promises of jobs. So while they are singing the praises of creating jobs in the industry of construction of the water system upgrades, they are signing the pink slips for every water and waste water employee & their families. Our Mayor and city council sold their own people down the river for the promise of a Target Shopping Center, a Super Walmart (which is still in litigation), a Lowes and then maybe we will finish the In and Out Project. Most of this money (30 million Dollar pay off) will be given to Randall Lewis for his “Target” Shopping Center. Our water employees family’s will suffer because of this councils actions and the prior ones inactions.

  • Fail to give the community the ability to decide. People have to force the city to seek out what the public thinks and wants to do.

Most of the proponents of this Sale are Elderly meaning they Qualify for the 20% discount for low-income and senior citizens. Also meaning that they wont be alive to see the end of this bad deal. Yet we will all suffer their ill-informed, illegal decision.

So when you get recorded calls from the city telling you not to sign the petition and allow democracy to decide this very important decision, or the city manager mayor and  sell Rialto down the river lobby (Randall Lewis and Ron Pharris) write letters to the sun stating how great this is and that we should be proud of this council and mayor. Listen to what their not saying. If you see them tell them what you think and ask them why we didn’t hear any of the other proposals from local companies working with local water and waste water systems. Ask them if they will repeal the brown lawn ordnance since we will no longer be able to afford to water our lawns. Ask them if they even CARE.

 

 

Rialto invests in itself

RandallLewissbsun.com

Posted:   05/03/2012 09:05:21 PM PDT

A city’s economic vitality is based in large part on its ability to create jobs and it’s commendable to see that the leaders of Rialto understand that necessity. The city has faced difficult choices and will face more in the months ahead as it positions itself for an economic recovery that will favor those communities with the infrastructure to compete for new businesses.We understand that growth requires investment, and appreciate what Rialto has done in that regard. Recently, the City Council took the difficult step of raising water rates, with the very specific intention of reinvesting in the community to help make Rialto more competitive.

However, it doesn’t end there. With the loss of redevelopment agencies, cities need to be more resourceful and visionary than ever. They need to address challenges head on and turn them into opportunities.

By taking bold steps, Rialto is fulfilling its promise of a “2nd Century of Progress.” That bodes well for the city’s economy and its ability to provide residents with the essential services they’ve come to expect.

RANDALL LEWIS

Lewis Group of Companies Upland

San Bernardino PD Fails

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (KABC) — A pregnant San Bernardino woman is asking for the public’s help to catch a repeat burglar.

Danielle Helmick believes the man has broken into her home four times in the last four months.

She was able to catch the suspect on camera after setting up a surveillance system in her home.

Helmick has filed a police report, but she hopes someone might recognize the suspect and help put him behind bars.

 

    (Copyright ©2012 KABC-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved.)
Now they wont show this on the news but they will put it on their website.
This is a shinning example of how San Bernardino PD operates. They only respond to the many shootings in their city. They don’t know their city, they don’t respond to calls in a timely fashion. I have been near assaulted twice in their city and in one circumstance I actually had the suspects place of business and license plate and the dispatcher told me if they were gone then it wasn’t a big deal anymore. The Mayor doesnt care he is to busy fighting like a big child with the other big children in city government there.
I don’t let my family go there even with me and I advise my extended family to shop and do commerce elsewhere because safety just isn’t there.

Make better choices

Also all of these board memebers have been given a list of interview questions for the Rialto Now blog and none have returned them its almost been a year. They don’t like to be questioned, and the funny part it was a softball interview nothing to telling of them. Only memeber Edgar Montes and member Martinez have even said they would complete them. Any resident looking to make their voice heard on our blog please go to www.rialtonow.wordpress.com and comment on the most recent or current story that you would like to have a story posted and we will email you with the nessicary information.

Voice of the People

Make better choices

Bianca Urbinasbsun.com

Posted:   04/25/2012 03:21:59 PM PDT

As I watched the April 11 Rialto school board meeting, I wasn’t surprised to see the board vote 4-1 (board member Montes voting no) to approve payment for board member Joanne Gilbert, who missed the March 28 board meeting where the board voted to issue pink slips to the classified workers.

Gilbert is not the first board member to be paid even though they didn’t attend the board meeting; board member Michael Ridgway last year was paid for two board meetings he didn’t attend.

 

 

This board also approved the superintendent’s contract where he is earning roughly $300,000 a year, including benefits, retirement and car allowance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This board also approved for 32 staff members to attend a leadership training costing the district more than $65,000.

This board also has set policy that each board member has three minutes to give their board report, all because board member Montes is asking questions.

This board also requires anyone who wants to speak during public comment to submit a card no later than 6:45 p.m. before the meetings and it has to be filled out (name, address, etc.), which violates the Brown Act.

This board also seems not to understand the purpose of the Brown Act and would prefer that board member Montes ask all questions behind closed doors.

Residents of the Rialto school district, three board members are up for re-election. Let’s make better choices.

BIANCA URBINA

Rialto

Repeal the Bad Water Deal

Ok Everyone this is what it has come down to………………

There are petitions in circulation right now that ALL REGISTERED RIALTO VOTERS CAN & MUST SIGN.

There are people out there with petitions that you can sign. The best bet would be for each and every one of you to go to the:

Teamster Local 63 Hall
379 W. Valley Blvd.,
Rialto, CA  92376
Saturday from 10am-12pm you can go to the location on Valley Blvd and pick up petitions and marketing materials from staff here. Also Anne Lopez is an awesome resident and she is making herself available to those of you that just want to sign the petition. Below is her message to all of you:

I have a petition for any registered Rialto voter resident to sign.  We need 6000 signatures.  If any one is interested in signing you can reach me by email and I will come to you.  anne.67.lopez@gmail.com.  I will also be in front of Stater Brother’s on Monday April 23, 2012 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. located at 571 East Foothill Blvd. Rialto, CA 92376.  Please come out and show you support.

In addition David Phillips will also come to you to give you the opportunity to sign a petition Email him at davidsmarketing@aol.com .

Also Anne and David Phillips will be at the next City Council Meeting Tuesday at 6pm with petitions outside council chambers.

We will be adding more locations this week so add your email address to the right and get all the updates sent directly to your email and know of every single location. Also we are looking for spanish speaking petition gathers to work our hispanic markets.

If you are a Rialto business owner and would allow signature gathers outside your business or would like to collect signatures as well let one of the contacts on here know and we will get you what you need.

If you have questions you can call:

Mark at (615) 259-1186

OR

Jerry at (602) 684-0552

Dining choices are few

I have lived in Rialto since 1969 and during that time the leadership in this community has done little or nothing to attract quality businesses.

There is no Target, Office Max, Best Buy, etc. I am amazed when I venture to north Fontana and see the businesses in the Summit Center. How did Fontana succeed when all we get from the Rialto mayor and her cronies are empty promises of a Target and an In-N-Out? One of the promises was if they built a new fire station that the land left vacant would be used to build an In-N-Out.

I am still waiting to order my double-double.

Other than Carrows and Corky’s, there is not even a good sit-down family restaurant north of Base Line. There are discount 99-cent stores and fast-food places.

What did the leadership of this community do with the money that they already had? They are bemoaning the fact that they will lose redevelopment money but what happened to the funds prior to this?

Since they squandered the funds in the past I will not support a raise in water and sewer rates and I encourage others to oppose the increase as well.

HARLAN McWHORTER

Rialto

This letter was in the editorial portion of the Sun Newspaper on 4-20-12. Please click the link and post your comments on this issue because this will be a big reason to wipe the slate clean in the city of Rialto.

http://www.sbsun.com/letters/ci_20437131/dining-choices-are-few

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Baca Out Spends Mcleod

Rep. Joe Baca is aggressively spending money on his campaign for the newly redrawn 35th Congressional District, despite what observers say is a high likelihood he’ll move forward past the June 5 primary and into the general election.

The San Bernardino-based congressman is far ahead in fundraising and spending compared to his main opponent, Gloria Negrete McLeod, who represents much of the district’s area in the state Senate.

Baca has raised about $123,000 from Jan. 1 through March 31 and $527,000 since the beginning of the election cycle, according to quarterly finance information from the Federal Election Commission. He’s spent about $128,000 in the past quarter, but still has about $248,000.

“You’ve got to show a clear picture between yourself and you can’t wait until the general election and allow momentum to shift from one candidate to the other,” Baca said.

“That’s why I’m running aggressively right now. We shouldn’t be on the same playing field. I am the congressman and I am the incumbent. I’m doing everything aggressively to make sure people know there is a difference between an incumbent who brings back the bacon.”

McLeod’s campaign, in the past quarter, has raised about $17,000 and has spent about $28,000. She has about $110,000 left in her treasury as of March 31.

Efforts to reach McLeod for comment on Wednesday were unsuccessful.

McLeod contributed $50,000 to her own campaign last September, with about $20,000 coming from PAC contributions and $80,000 coming from individual contributions since the beginning of the election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

In addition to a number of individual contributions, Baca’s committee has received funds from the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, the National Rifle Association, Upland-based Lewis Investment Company, and corporate political action committees including JP Morgan Chase, Exxon Mobil, Comcast, Coca Cola, and Univision.

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“I feel good about the people supporting me,” Baca said. “I want to thank the supporters who have gotten behind me. This is only the beginning. I think we’re going to see a lot more people coming through, from labor to the private sector as well.”

Observers expect Baca and McLeod’s money and name recognition to take them past the primary. New rules allow the top two vote earners in the primary to be on the November ballot.

Green Party candidate Anthony Vieyra, a financial analyst from Pomona, said he has yet to begin raising money for his bid, but has expressed faith in web-based media and meeting people door to door.

“My plans are to finish up my website this week,” Vieyra said. “It’s going to have a contribute button … I’m also printing up envelopes and possibly do some fundraisers. I may go ahead and have friends help me with YouTube videos which might reach a broader section of people than TV ads.”

Read more: http://www.sbsun.com/ci_20424971/latest-campaign-finance-reports-show-baca-outpacing-mcleod#ixzz1saWx95dp

Wouldn’t it be nice if the canidates put some of this money into the local communities? That would sway my vote better than some wasted campaign mailer or video/tv add.

Public Safety Committee shoots down Teacher Sex Bill

Chair, Committee on Public Safety Primary jurisdiction is the California Penal Code

Tom Ammiano represents the 13th district and was key in shooting down key legislation that would put harsh penalties on teachers looking to take advantage of their students.

So who wants a new reason to despise their elected officials?

I got one for you, who thinks its ok for teachers K-12 to date their students? Who thinks its ok for teachers to pull full pensions when they have committed a crime especially crimes against children?

The Committee on Public Safety Voted down Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, who sponsored a bill that would have made it a felony for teachers to date their students. , accused committee members of siding with predators.

Why does she accuse them of siding with predators, because their committee voted down Mrs Olsons bill. Her bill would have re-drawn the lines between the Student Teacher relationship. Yes a law is needed because of the bond a child can develop with their teachers especially with parents becoming more busy and kids are spending more time with their adult teachers vrs their own parents. Plus teachers hold a level of control over their students that gone unchecked can be dangerous.

I speak with knowledge of my education in Child Development not to mention the ease teachers in LAUSD and other surounding districts have been abusing children and going undetected.

committee chairman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco called the bill “not fully baked” and suggested it might violate the rights of consenting adults. Who cares about the children Right Tom Ammiano?

Olsen said at least 16 other states have passed similar laws. She said it was not knee-jerk legislation. I agree our legislators have wasted time on do nothing bills and ignored crime and the budget. This is why we need a pert time legislator.

Former Teacher in Northern Ca

James Hooker left his wife and three kids for a former student who just turned 18.

Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, objected to targeting the pensions of a single group of public employees. She said she would be open to a bill that made teacher-student relationships a felony but did not go after retirement benefits. So Mrs Mitchel is more worried about Criminal Teacher Pensions than your children’s safety.

Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, joined Ammiano and Mitchell in voting against the legislation. Cares more for criminal Teachers than your kids Safety. Mr Cedillo makes me the most sick because LAUSD seems to be the main breeding ground for education pedifiles.

Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, abstained from voting, and is a coward for doing so what good is she if she wont go on the record.

The two GOP members of the committee, Steve Knight, R-Lancaster, and Curt Hagman, R-Chino Hills, were absent.

36th District Assemblyman Steve Knight

Public Safety Committee (Vice Chair) Steve Knight was absent from the committee meeting where a bill was introduced that would place harsh penalties on teachers looking to take advatage of their students.

Steve Knight was in Sacramento by his own admission on his Face Book page pandering to the airspace lobby instead of casting his vote and being the voice for the people. Both GOP lawmakers are cowards and could care less about our children or their communities.

Long story short all of these legislators are afraid of the teachers union. The Democrats are in debt to the teachers union because they fund their campaigns and if they cross the union the union will fund their opponent. Republicans are scared because the teachers union already target them these republicans don’t speak for their communities because they are scared losers.

Below are some of the ways to contact these legislators and tell them what YOU THINK.

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http://www.facebook.com/curt.hagman?sk=wall – Curt Hagman

http://www.facebook.com/search/results.php?q=Steve%20Knight&init=quick&tas=0.9251023551046305&search_first_focus=1334792069911#!/pages/Curt-Hagman/146670642076583

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1675314298 – Steve Knight

http://arc.asm.ca.gov/member/36/

http://www.facebook.com/gilcedillo?sk=wall – Gil Cedillo

http://www.facebook.com/tom.ammiano?sk=wall – Tom Ammiano

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003617235288&sk=wall – Holly Mitchell

http://asmdc.org/members/a14/ – Nancy Skinner

URGENT PLANNING MEETING

URGENT PLANNING MEETING
Thursday, April 19, 2012, 6:00 p.m.
Teamster Local 63 Hall
379 W. Valley Blvd.,
Rialto, CA  92376
Dear friends and neighbors:
Please come to an urgent meeting to help make plans for stopping the outrageous water and sewer rate hikes recently approved by the Rialto City Council. …
As you know, the Council voted on March 27 to impose huge water and sewer rate hikes on you and your neighbors, and to saddle ratepayers with an outrageous 30-year contract for American Water Company to run the City’s water system. Rialto citizens can block these unfair rate hikes, but there is no time to lose!
We need to collect thousands of signatures in Rialto over the next few weeks. This urgent planning meeting will take place on Thursday, April 19, at 6:00 p.m., at the Teamsters Local 63 Hall, 379 W. Valley Blvd., Rialto, CA  92376.
We will have the necessary campaign materials at the meeting. We will also provide pizza and soft drinks.
Thank you for your continuing support.
We look forward to seeing you at this important meeting.
Sincerely,
Mark Brooks
Stop Rialto Water Rate Hikes!

Conversation with In & Out

Here are the facts:

San Bernardino and Highland have new In & Out Burger locations.

Highland didn’t use any development funds to get that project done. (per the sun paper)

Our City Manager in Rialto says that there is little hope for an In & Out here. ( Stated at the Area 1 command meeting in January)

Listening to council and our mayor use the Dias and Sun Newspaper as their mouth piece stating that without the selling off of our utility and getting paid off they can’t attract new business.

I decided to give In & Out a call and I spoke to the Project Manager Ken. Ken said that they were days away from signing the deal and getting started when Governor Brown killed the RDA’s. He said that they are still committed to a In & Out restaurant here in Rialto and that they have done all of their due diligence paid all their fees and are waiting on the city to re-draft the contract from the RDA to the City.

So when your city council & mayor tell you that unless we sell off our water interests to a German Company and raise your rates over 100% and guarantee German water 30% a year profits no new business will come here know that they are full of it.

The real issue is that the people who council is playing to is big developers like:

Lewis Properties developers of the proposed Target shopping center where the airport now resides. The city has already thrown millions of dollars at this project to no where in environmental and Economic Studies, removing tenants from airport and re building streets. Now Council wants you to dump most of their 30 million dollar payoff from German Water into this project, a project lewis homes ran screaming from once because of the housing crash then with the loss of RDA’s. The only reason they are back in because there is now the possibility of more money 30 million worth.

Ron Pharris developer of the proposed Lytle Creek development project and the main reason that the water system needs to be up graded NOW. You see Ron wants to add a massive home community up above the 210 freeway, but he doesnt want to wait or pay to have the system upgraded he wats you to. Read all about it at http://inlandpolitics.com/blog/2010/05/27/sbsun-lytle-creek-ranch-development-in-rialto-facing-opposition/

SUPER WALMART someone is fighting for a Super Wal-Mart I don’t know who but they are. To make that project happen WE the RESIDENTS must pay to have infrastructure upgraded.

Lowes in old Wal-Mart spot ( One we get that Super Wal-Mart yuck) Lowes couldn’t pull off a successful store in North San Bernardino where more wealthy people live, what makes them think it will work here.

Unions AFL-CIO, Pipe Layers or Metal Workers they will sell your water company down the road to these select few to have the veiled promise of jobs and heck German Water can afford it remember the city has promised them 30% profits every year on top of expensive labor.

So don’t listen to what council IS SAYING listen to what their not saying.

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