Update on the American Water Petitions and Prop 218 Protest Letters

Dear friends and neighbors:

As you know, we are fighting the American Water privatization deal in Rialto in two different ways:  first, the petition we recently filed to require the City to place the American Water contract up for a vote of the people; and second, the Prop 218 process for Rialto property owners to block the rate hikes the City is trying to impose in order to pay for this misguided scheme.

I am writing to alert you to developments on both fronts.

Concerning the voter petition, the San Bernardino Sun reported today that the City has forwarded our petitions to the County of San Bernardino to certify whether we have submitted enough signatures from registered voters to qualify for the ballot.  The County says that process will take about two weeks.

We expect the County to confirm that we have submitted more than enough votes to place this critical decision before the voters of Rialto.  You can read the Sun’s article at the following link:

http://www.sbsun.com/ci_20648408/county-elections-staff-verifying-signatures-rialto-petition-vote

Concerning the Prop 218 process, we mailed protest cards today to all Rialto property owners.  These cards provide property owners with a convenient way to tell the City that the people of Rialto reject these unfair rate hikes.  We also included a postage-prepaid envelope to make it easy for impacted property owners to return the protest cards.

Under Proposition 218, if a majority of impacted property owners file protests with the City, the City cannot impose these rate hikes!

If you are property owner in Rialto – or a renter who is responsible for paying the water or sewer bill – we encourage you to return the protest card as soon as you receive it.  If you receive a mailing from SOS Rialto Water, please open it immediately; sign the enclosed protest card; and return it to us in the postage-prepaid envelope.

We will deliver every protest card we receive to the City Clerk’s office before the June 12 deadline.

Please remember – Rialto property owners can block these unfair rate hikes, but only if a sufficient number of protests are filed with the City by June 12.  Please return your protest card to SOS Rialto Water immediately.

Thank you again for your support in blocking these unfair rate hikes.

Sincerely,

Mark Brooks

SOS Rialto Water and Utility Workers Union of America

Special Ed at a loss in RUSD

Below is an article from the San Bernardino Sun Newspaper on Parents Protesting the way RUSD treats their Special Ed cases.

Now I wasnt one the ground at this protest but I can tell you I have used my education in Child Development & Knowledge of School District Practices a time or two to help parents who were being walked over by special education staff at RUSD as well as pushy administrators. If you have a special ed student in RUSD you have eithier had to fight for services or your rights were never properly explained to you.

Within Special Ed you have all the control as the parent the school can only offer certain programs and intervetions, when its all said and done you must agree to their RECOMENDATIONS. If their rushing you call the meeting and re-scedule, when you come back let them know you will be recording the next meeting and everything will change, get an advocate there are tons of advocates that defend parents and kids on a daily basis & never just let an administrator levy a punishment against your kid because its too much work or its almost the end of the year. Because once you have been notified of your rights to challenge its almost a lost cause.

Most importantly if you feel lost contact somone for help school districts are no longer in the business of educating students they are for the most part there to keep people employed and run large budgets nothing more your children are mearly and ends to a means. I heard it all the time when I worked in public education “this place would be great if it were not for the students”.

RIALTO – More than 30 people protested the Rialto Unified School District’s policies and treatment of special education students Tuesday morning in front of the district’s administration building.

Parents, family members and those who said they were supporting parents carried signs calling for the removal of several key district administrators and the need for a state audit of the district’s special education program.

“Things have been going on behind closed doors at this district for a long time,” said Alejandra Rivera, who has a fifth-grade student in special education classes. “We thought the public should know what is going on.”

The protestors chanted, “no more abuse to special ed students” and other slogans as they walked on the sidewalk in front of the administration building on Walnut Avenue.

In interviews, several parents said that their complaints about the district’s handling of special education students has resulted in “retaliation” in the form of a visit to their home by San Bernardino County’s Child Protective Services or Rialto police.

Among the complaints, Rivera’s husband Jorge Rivera, who was an organizer for the protest, said the district is good at checking boxes showing that it provides services to special needs students, but that many times what is actually being provided has little value.

For example, his son receives speech therapy twice a week, but it is a group lesson with four other students lasting 20 minutes.

That means his son receives 10 minutes of speech therapy per week, not enough to help him overcome his many deficiencies, Jorge Rivera said.

The district has 2,257 children in special education, said Vivian Billups, attorney for the district.

Despite the financial hardships faced by the district, it has increased the number of professionals available to help special education students, she said.

The district has hired a board-certified behavioral analyst to help staffers address and understand behavioral symptoms and emotional disturbances.

The district has also hired two more psychologists and additional speech therapists, she said.

Additionally the district has been developing training for parents of special needs children and has established specialized track and field competition for special education participants, she said.

A parent advisory group has also been formed, she said.

“The district has a policy that it does not retaliate,” Billups said.

There are venues of complaint for retaliation, she said.

As to Jorge Rivera’s complaint of not enough time per student: ” … That doesn’t mean that the effort is not ongoing,” Billups said. “Just because a speech therapist isn’t two feet away doesn’t mean they are not receiving the benefit of the work.”

The speech therapist has likely developed a plan with the teacher to help the student progress, she said.

Read more: http://www.sbsun.com/ci_20630109/rialto-parents-protest-alleged-inadequate-special-education-services#ixzz1v0Vk0X8L

Won this (Water) Battle, Yet Still forging on the War Front

Below is the form email that went out from SOS Water, the organization that is spearheading the drive to allow City of Rialto Voters to vote on the decision to outsource our water and waste water systems. I hope this push proves a few things to the city council and mayor of Rialto:

  • Simple transperity isn’t enough when it comes to our water and a 30 year contract – Besides people who either work for the city, sit on a city commission/board or belong to a group or organization that is owned by the city government no one things that the information meetings were informative, they were more confusing. No other proposals were shown, staff presenting the information came off cocky and rude & people were left with more questions than answers.
  • When the people (Rialto Residents) speak listen – 80+ people signed up to speak on the impending vote on water services & the city council choose to instead listen to Union reps, possible future business owners, labor lobbies & inappropriate city mouth pieces (Ref June Hayes calling one of the speakers a card carving communist). When Rialto business owners and residents filled 4 rooms and spoke their piece and you still chose to ignore it, you work for us remember that.
  • For years this city government has made a choice to ignore the water system, now when RDA funds are gone we make a made dash for the first person willing to pay us off. How is this fair to the city? Why should the residents pay for your lack of leadership. It was best said today as Governor Brown was making his latest pitch for higher taxes he ask a reporter if she didn’t like his plan what did she think he should do and she said “THATS YOUR JOB”. IF the city water is in such disrepair then let’s get to work fixing it. Start off by using the 30 million dollars the Utility owes you and let’s get to work. Then lets talk about slow graduated increases that will hurt less over time to obtain the remainder of the money and finish the work. By the councils own admission this alone will bring business here that was avoiding us because of our water systems age and disrepair. I don’t agree that is why they are avoiding us but that’s for another post.
  • SOS is comprised from people out-of-state that have seen American Water at work and know first hand what type of service they provide. This doesnt bother me one bit because without the hard work and passion of the people of Rialto their efforts would have died out eons ago.

Dear friends and neighbors:

On Saturday, May 12, we filed our petition with the City Clerk with substantially more than enough signatures to place the water privatization scheme before the voters of Rialto.  Under California law, this means that the City will be required to present this critical issue to a vote of the people.

We needed 10% of the registered voters of Rialto to qualify for the ballot – or just over 3,600 signatures.  Instead, we turned in more than 6,400 signatures!

The people of Rialto really came through to let City Council know that the voters of Rialto deserve to have the final say on this misguided 30-year privatization scheme.

The next step is that the City will review our petition to verify that we have submitted a sufficient number of valid signatures.  After that, this issue should be presented to a public ballot sometime over the next few months.  We will need to re-double our efforts to make certain this water privatization contract is defeated at the ballot box.

In addition, in the next few days we will be sending Prop 218 protest cards to all Rialto property owner who are affected by the huge rate hikes that the City Council is trying to push through to finance this deal.  If a majority of property owners protest these rate hikes, then the City cannot impose the rate increases and the entire water privatization scheme fails.

We will keep you posted on both of these efforts as we move forward.

Congratulations again for all of your hard work and for standing up for the future of Rialto.

Mark Brooks

SOS Rialto Water

P.S.  I am posting below a link to the news story in the Sunday’s San Bernardino Sun concerning our success in getting the petition filed, and another link to a guest editorial from SOS Rialto Water members that was printed in the Sun on May 9.

http://www.sbsun.com/ci_20612243/more-than-6-000-rialto-residents-sign-petition

http://www.sbsun.com/pointofview/ci_20585383/rialto-voters-deserve-say-american-water-deal

 

Area Command Meetings For June

 

Hello everyone, as we come up on summer we also tend to have spikes in certain crimes. Its hot and people tend to make bad choices when they are hot and bothered. I know that people are more likely to fight because of Alcohol, tension & did you just look at my girl…….. Lol. Another variable in this equation is teens off school for summer break coupled with parents having to work more than one job so they are less likely to be home to keep their kids busy with a little thing called all the adults are taking teens jobs & our governments lack of ability to see marijuana as harmful.

Also what is so wrong with insisting that at least one council memeber attend an area command meeting?

Everyone needs to make every effort to be at their communities area command meeting so that they can hear what the police have planned for the summer, they can convey current problems & can have an oportunity to ask additional questions of elected and law enforcement officials.

Signature Collectors be proud Final signature count is……

Josef Britt
We the People have spoken. The final count is into the Rialto City Clerks Office.The Referendum Petition that we fought so hard for, 3 weeks of door to door asking all Rialto Voters to please sign and you did. We were hoping for min of 3500 and topping out 5000 for padding and our numbers are 6418, You did it. We the People of Rialto have spoken. Here’s a camera shot of the receipt I took in front of the Clerks office 5:00pm. Now let’s start to rebuild Rialto to the Jewel that it should be. Rialto you did it. Thanks! Joe Britt

Up Coming Events

City of Rialto — Notice

The Rialto City Clerk’s Office, located at 290 W. Rialto Ave., CA. 92376, will be open on Saturday, May 12th, 2012 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

 

 

Vote By Mail Ballots – Rialto Drop-Off Site

The Rialto City Clerk’s Office is a designated Vote-By-Mail Ballot Drop-Off site for the Presidential Primary Election June 5, 2012. For more information, please contact the Rialto City Clerk’s Office at (909) 820-2519, or the Registrar of Voters at (909) 387-8300/Toll Free (800) 881-VOTE / TDD (909) 387-2788.

 

Fire Station 202 Grand Opening

The City of Rialto Fire Department Cordially Invites You to Attend on Saturday, May 12th at 10:00 am 1700 N. Riversde Ave.

Job and Resource Fair

The City of Rialto is hosting a Job and Resource Fair in partnership with the County of San Bernardino Workforce Development Department.

Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Location: Cathedral of Praise

1521 S. Riverside Ave

Rialto, CA 92376

Employers will be recruiting for full-time and part-time employment. Come professionally dressed, bring copies of your resume and be prepared to speak to employers on site.

Greetings Homeless Network Providers, Please see the calendar below for a list of Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County events coming soon. Thank you.

6th Annual Community Garden Open House

Saturday, May 19th

From 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

539 N. Acacia Ave.

(Behind Grace Lutheran Church)

FREE MULCH!

Donated by BURRTEC Waste (Bring your own bags & shovel!)

There will also be: Plant and Vegetable Sale Information Booths Garden Tours Free Kids Craft               Butterfly Lady & Orchid Society

For more information call 421-7222.

SUNRISE CHURCH-1:00PM 690 W ETIWANDA AVE, RIALTO, CA 92376 MONDAY  MAY 21,  2012 USDA Commodities Distribution

Area Command Meeting – Area #1

For mor information please contact Lieutenant Karol at 909-820-2526. Meeting times are from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
When
Thu May 24 7pm – 8:30pm Pacific Time
Where
Sunrise Church 2759 N. Ayala Ave

10th Annual Memorial Day Tribute

On Monday, May 28, from 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m., the City of Rialto will host its 10th Annual Memorial Day Tribute at the Rialto Park Cemetery 200 N. Willow. Last year over 300 people attended and it continues to grow each year. If you have any further questions, please contact the Rialto City Clerk’s Office at (909) 820-2519. Rialto Residents, who are World War II Veterans, please contact the City Clerk’s Office for a special honor at the Memorial Day event. Please click here to view the prior year’s event.

8th Annual Taste of Rialto

Thursday, June 7, 2012
  • 5:00pm
  • Downtown Rialto – Northeast Corner of Riverside & Rialto Ave.
  • Food, Beer and Wine Tasting – Come enjoy an evening of good food, music and fun!  50’s theme – tickets $25.00

Area Command Meeting – Area #3

WhenWed, June 6, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
WhereSimpson Elementary School 1050 S Lilac Avenue (map)
DescriptionFor more information please contact Lieutenant Hardin at 909-820-2634. Meeting times are from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
Area Command Meeting – Area #4
WhenWed, June 20, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
WhereBoyd Elementary School 310 E Merrill Avenue (map)
DescriptionFor more information please contact Lieutenant Hardin at 909-820-2634. Meeting time are from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

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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